released 28 JULY 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

Abhorrent Decimation – The Pardoner CD (Prosthetic)
Abhorrent Decimation offer up their most inspired, charismatic and dominating material to date in the form of sophomore album
The Pardoner. [Vinyl edition due August 25.]
– Time Traveler’s Dilemma CD/LP (Unique Leader)
New York-based death metal behemoths Afterbirth – featuring within its ranks members of Helmet, Artificial Brain, and Buckshot Facelift – release their brutalizing debut full-length.

– Good For You CD (Republic)
Debut album from the critically-acclaimed Portland, Oregon rapper.

>Arthur Alexander
– Arthur Alexander [Reissue/1972] CD (Omnivore)
When The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Dusty Springfield, George Jones & Johnny Paycheck, Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees and countless others cover your songs, you must be on to something. Arthur Alexander was a songwriter and song stylist, whose career took off in the early 1960s—writing and recording hits like “Anna (Go To Him)” and “You Better Move On”—some of the earliest hits recorded at Rick Hall’s Fame Studios and featuring the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. After a short break at the end of the decade, he released a self-titled ‘comeback’ album in 1972. This reissue of that album
is expanded with six bonus tracks—two previously unissued. Arthur Alexander was produced by Muscle Shoals bassist Tommy Gogbill, and include a version of “Burning Love”—covered by Elvis Presley shortly after the album’s release. As Barry Hansen (better known to most as Dr. Demento) wrote in the original notes, “Arthur is especially proud of the variety and versatility of his work on this album. All of it is strong medicine, and should be a fine antidote for a lot of bad scenes.”
>Herb Alpert
– Music Volume 1 CD (Herb Alpert)
Joyful, romantic sounds that stir the soul: that’s the overarching theme of the trumpeter and composers’ new album,
Music Volume 1. Alpert’s passion for timeless melodies takes the listener on a voyage that spans genres and generations with surprising twists and turns. Music Volume 1 arrives with a brand-new song written by Alpert, the infectiously funky “Sugarfoot.” The euphoric album unfurls with tasteful twists on iconic songs, such as turntable scratches and electronic flourishes on “Unforgettable” and “Cheek To Cheek.” The inclusion of both "Michelle" and "Imagine" point to the near-endless inspiration that Alpert draws from the music of John Lennon and The Beatles. In his hands, “Michelle” starts with lush strings and effortlessly shifts into a swinging, Parisian-inspired jazz motif. Alpert’s lifelong love of Django Reinhardt led him to the classic "C'est Si Bon” and further takes the listener on a trip straight to France, the smell of tulips in the air, lovers walking hand in hand. Herb also puts a fresh, breezy spin on “Flamingo,” a song he first recorded for 1966’s chart-topper S.R.O.
>Aphex Twin
– Selected Ambient Works Volume II [Reissue/1994] 2xCD (Warp)
Aphex Twin – I Care Because You Do [Reissue/1995] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Aphex Twin
– Richard D. James Album [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy [Reissue/1997] CDEP/12”+MP3 (Warp)
Aphex Twin – Windowlicker [Reissue/1999] CDEP/12”+MP3 (Warp)
Classic Aphex Twin back in print on CD and vinyl formats.

>Arcade Fire
– Everything Now CD/LP/Cassette (Columbia)
“Filing a review of Arcade Fire's new album, one that will be aggregated with myriad others, is really antithetical to the whole point of it, i.e. that we're so overwhelmed with thoughts, feelings, opinions – ‘content’ - in 2017, that the meaning of words is diminishing at a rate of terabytes-per-second. This palpable modern information overload has been niggling at the band for years, but
Everything Now is their fullest expression of it yet. The torrent of content we absorb on a daily basis is a topic ripe for art that has been largely been under-explored in music thus far, but Arcade Fire don't do it in somber and morbid fashion, Everything Now being their most upbeat, joyful album to date. It's like they've chopped up a bunch of Abba tracks with this album, tenderized them, sprinkled them with glitter and reassembled them into something a little more subtle and insouciant. Arcade Fire's fifth studio album doesn't have the sprawling nature of The Suburbs or Reflektor nor the cacophonic intensity of Funeral, but the sequin-festooned, disco-ish Everything Now is every bit as good as these albums in its own right. Departures in sound are often unwelcome when we're already so happy with where a beloved band are, but, in this case, their experiments are a complete success.” – The Independent. [Two covers are available: ‘Day Version’ and an exclusive indie-store-only ‘Night Version.’ Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
- I & II CD/LP (Goner)
Hailing from an H Class planet far across the cosmic highways, Bênní makes hi-NRG new age music.

>Peter Bernstein
– Signs Live CD (Smoke Session)
Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein leads an all-star quartet featuring pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson for a double set of music recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC.

>Rex Brown
– Smoke On This… CD/LP (Metal/E1)
Brown wields a six-string guitar as confidently as he wore the bass in Pantera and Down. His engaging voice crackles with easygoing spirit and truth-telling power. It's a crunchy drawl that's down-to-earth, grippingly relatable, charmingly welcoming, and gritty, somewhere between the achingly resonant spiritual shamanism of Tom Waits and the instantly recognizable everyman AM radio vibes of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

– The Cicada Tree CD/2xLP (Metal Blade)
Muscular yet lithe riffs and fluid leads play against gripping, dynamic and at times unpredictable rhythms, while rich melodies and lyrics that are both involved and intelligent wind their way through every track of
The Cicada Tree. The groove metal unit has continued their steady evolution – the interplay between their members organic and natural, imbuing the record's sixty-two-minute running time with a freshness and urgency.
>Cage The Elephant
– Unpeeled CD (RCA)
Cage The Elephant's new live album,
Unpeeled, was recorded over a series of intimate shows in cities including Los Angeles, Washington DC, Knoxville, and Nashville where the band performed in a stripped down arrangement with a string quartet and additional percussion. Unpeeled features 21-tracks: 18 curated songs from their past four albums plus three re-imagined versions of existing songs. Said frontman Matt Shultz about the inspiration behind the double live release: “Many times you're adding sonic layers looking for something to hide behind, and what you don't realize is that that vulnerability and that nakedness might be the most compelling and interesting thing about the song.” [Vinyl edition due August 25.]
>Camo & Krooked
– Mosiak CD/LP (RAM/The End)
“Camo & Krooked are best known for being influencers in the Drum & Bass scene; their selections are as eclectic as one would expect.” -- Dancing Astronaut
“In the ever-evolving world of electronic music, each genre has a handful of centerfold acts that have pioneered the movement in such a way that many have brashly followed suit. By paving the creative way and decimating every glass ceiling in their path, these said artists continually construct a precedent that directly reflects the extreme hours and tireless passions spent culminating a production so pristine, yet only a few minutes long. Camo & Krooked for me and many others, embody everything I've described above and more.” -- Your EDM

>The Cars
– Candy-O [Reissue/1979] CD/2xLP (Elektra)
The Cars – Panorama [Reissue/1980] CD/2xLP (Elektra)
Digitally remastered and expanded editions of two classic album from the new wave/rock quintet.

>Tommy Collins
- This Is Tommy Collins CD (Rural Routes)
Oklahoma-born, Bakersfield-based Tommy Collins was a brilliant composer who exerted a powerful influence on Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. These two classic Collins albums showcase the singer-songwriter freewheeling gift for wild, oft-lascivious novelties and the intensely focused, darkly romantic ballads that earned him a reputation as one of the best in the business. One of a kind.

– Final Man CD/LP (Regain)
Debut album from Australia's Contaminated, a sickening wasteland of authentically '90s death metal sickness: gurgling and gangrenous, fetid and filthy, and just utterly pulverizing.

– To Perceive Is To Suffer CD (Willowtip)
Rooted in early ‘90’s progressive death metal, but with an unrelenting forward-thinking approach, Contrarian return with their second full-length album.s

>Alice Cooper
– Paranormal 2xCD/2xLP (earMUSIC)
Alice Cooper's new studio album, his first in 6 years,
Paranormal was recorded in Nashville with long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin. The 10-track album also features a bonus CD mini-album consisting of two brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce alongside carefully selected live recordings. Paranormal also features special guest appearances by U2's Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple's Roger Glover. [Limited edition red color vinyl pressing also available.]
– Fabriclive 93 CD (Fabric)
New album from the alter-ego of mainman Dan Snaith (aka Caribou). This is his first full body of work since 2012's
Jiaolong album, featuring 23 unreleased Daphni tracks and four new edits.
>Scott Ellison
- Good Morning Midnight CD (Red Parlor)
The work of veteran blues-guitarist Scott Ellison reflects influences from the British Blues Invasion, Motown, and Memphis rhythm and blues. On
Good Morning Midnight, he continues his long-time collaboration with producer/writer/pianist Walt Richmond, who is known for his work with Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale and Bonnie Raitt.
>Emerson, Lake & Palmer
– Black Moon [Reissue/1992] 2xCD/LP (BMG Rights Management)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - In The Hot Seat [Reissue/1994] 2xCD/LP (BMG Rights Management)
Latest in the ongoing reissue series of ELP’s back catalog. Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the most successful, innovative and ground breaking British groups of the golden age of progressive rock. The band is notable for their classical and jazz influenced compositions, virtuoso musicianship and over-the-top live performances.

>Fairport Convention
– Come All: The First Ten Years (1968-1978) 7xCD (A&M)
Formed in London in 1967, Fairport Convention are the hardy perennials of the British folk scene and are credited with inventing the genre known as folk rock. This seven-CD set contains 121 tracks, 55 of which are previously unreleased. Highlights include key tracks from all of their classic albums, single B-sides, BBC Radio Sessions and TV performances.

>Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders
- GarciaLive Volume Nine: August 11th, 1974 Keystone Berkeley 2xCD (ATO)
GarciaLive Volume Nine presents Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders' adventurous rock-jazz-R&B fusion performance from August 11th, 1974 at Keystone in Berkeley, CA with John Kahn on bass, Martin Fierro on saxophone & flute and the Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann on drums. While the evening's setlist focuses mainly on standards, the approach is anything but regular or straight. It showcases their ability to reimagine standards through inventive arrangements and fiery virtuosity permeated with soul.
>The Isley Brothers/Santana
– Power Of Peace CD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Led by the legendary Ronald Isley on lead vocals and the album's main producer/arranger Carlos Santana on lead guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion and background vocals,
Power Of Peace covers songs first made familiar by the Chambers Brothers, Swamp Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Eddie Kendricks, Curtis Mayfield, Muddy Waters/Willie Dixon, Dionne Warwick/Jackie DeShannon, Marvin Gaye, Leon Thomas and Sy Miller and Jill Jackson.
>Wanda Jackson
- Wonderful Wanda / Lovin' Country Style [Reissue/1962] CD (Rural Routes)
Wanda Jackson, the growling Oklahoma Fireball who smashed late 1950s convention with her explosive rockabilly and at-the-time scandalous use of mixed race band, showcases her formidable straight-ahead country chops on these two classic albums. With
Wonderful Wanda Jackson eases into a cool, countrypolitan sound that highlights both her artistic flexibility and natural gift as an expressive, one of a kind song stylist, while Lovin’ Country Style collects her earliest recordings for Decca at the time, Jackson was just a teenager, but you’d never know it from her evocative, powerful vocals.
– 25 CD (Mighty Loud)
Jackyl celebrates 25 years of rock ‘n’ roll swagger with this 18 song career-spanning retrospective.

>Jillette Johnson
– All I Ever See In You Is Me CD/LP (Rounder)
Jillette Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson), Johnson's sophomore album A
ll I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and ever-changing vocal texture, an instrument that's irresistibly powerful whether she's belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody. Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity. Recorded at RCA Studio A - the historic Nashville space where Dolly Parton laid down “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” in the same three-hour span - All I Ever See in You Is Me bears an unhurried pace and warm intimacy that echoes the purposeful looseness of its production. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, Johnson examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful and magnetic vulnerability.
>Tom Jones
– Live On Soundstage CD+DVD (BMG Recorded Music)
Tom Jones and Alison Krauss bring their electric chemistry to the intimate live setting of the WTTW Grainger Studios in Chicago for the taping of PBS’s
Live On Soundstage. This performance showcases Tom Jones' greatest hits including “Delilah,” “It's Not Unusual,” “Green Green Grass Of Home” and many more, including three duets with Krauss. Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.
– Content CD (Hollywood)
Content is a world of shifting dynamics. Daniel Armbruster’s (Joywave’s lead singer and lyricist) fragile words give way to howling, bewildering blasts of rock and electronic programming. Powerful, immersive, lush, emotionally distant. The production by Armbruster, bassist Sean Donnelly and Rich Costey, who has worked with layered, dense-sounding bands such as Arctic Monkeys and Muse, is careful to keep the vocals out front. Other sonic details are a treat, but hardly cute: There are what critics call ‘Beatlesque’ moments. The dreamlike segue of applause folding into a murky machine rhythm of ‘Thanks, Thanks For Coming.’ Armbruster tipping toward Paul McCartney-like Tin-Pan Alley vocals. The final track, ‘Let’s Talk About Feelings,’ is the most subversively daring of all 11 songs. ‘I am drowning in love with you,’ Armbruster sings over Bailey’s lounge piano, the shimmer of Brenner’s cymbals and cocktail-crowd chatter. Armbruster dares to carry the song like a cracked Perry Como. It’s a theatrical, murky sadness.” – Democrat & Chronical [Vinyl edition due September 15.]
– Freaked Out American Loser CD/LP/Cassette (Dangerbird)
Freaked Out American Loser is the latest album from Juiceboxxx, the Milwaukee-bred punk rap artist who is quite simply the first and last of his kind all at once. Juiceboxxx grew up in the 2000s within the noise, punk rock, and underground rap communities of Wisconsin, and while those banners still fly high independently today, there are very few other artists who not only understand that Venn diagram but who are also actively attempting to merge those sounds cohesively. Juiceboxxx might be out of his mind, but in all the best ways-- he owns it and commits to this unstoppable onslaught of creative ideas and outbursts. Freaked Out American Loser is a punk rap blast that captures the anarchic, aggressive spirit of Juiceboxxx's live show while also adding a new level of polish, focus, and dare we say, professionalism.
>Ben E. King
– The Rise Of Ben E. King: 1959-1963 CD (Contrast)
R&B icon Ben E. Kings masterly vocals created some of the most memorable hits of the 20th Century (“Stand By Me,” “Save The Last Dance For Me,” “Spanish Harlem”) and this collection highlights both his success with The Drifters and his superb early 1960s solo sides, a powerful testament to the soulful, charismatic King’s timeless appeal.

– Ruinism CD/2xLP (Brainfeeder)
Ruinism the British producer takes this exploration further, journeying onward to the more ominous limbo space between life and death. In this liminal space where the finite and infinite intermingle, Lapalux sounds more at home than ever. Much of Ruinism's inspiration was born out of a theatrical score Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) wrote for the performance art piece Depart which was performed in an East London cemetery. The aptly named project served as genesis for a direction wrought with doom and melancholia. Ruinism is all sonic wreckage and rubble created using only hardware and real instruments. The sound simultaneously destroys and redeems itself across a tight and formidable 48-minutes. [Limited blue color vinyl pressing also available.]
– Loviatar CD (Prosthetic)
Loviatar is a metal band from Canada whose sound borrows equally from the hazy gloom of My Bloody Valentine and the crushing riffs of Isis. Thunderous elements of doom and post-metal contrast with hypnotic moments of atmospheric introspection. [Vinyl edition due August 11.]

– The Darkest Hour CD/LP+MP3 (Battle Axe)
New album from the Canadian rapper best known for his work in Swollen Members. [Transparent green colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Make Them Suffer
– Worlds Apart CD (Rise)
Ten brand new intense, guttural tracks from the deathcore band. [Vinyl edition due August 25.]

>Manchester Orchestra
– Black Mile To The Surface CD/2xLP+MP3 (Loma Vista)
Describing a rock record as "cinematic" usually implies a double-length, sprawling album with a full orchestra on every song; Manchester Orchestra's
A Black Mile To The Surface is cinematic in that it conjures worlds. There's magical surrealism at work, with songs about a boy with no ears ("The Alien") and the father/sleeping child callback of "The Sunshine." There's a story to parse here – three brothers, an abandoned wife and child, a mysterious journey through the depths of a miles-deep mine, a narrative of twists and turns, recurring characters, alternating timelines – but the songs and melodies stand on their own. [Deluxe color vinyl pressing with an etching on Side D also available.]
>Mappe Of
- A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone CD/LP (Paper Bag)
Debut album from the experimental Canadian artist. The album's opening two tracks, the delicate, atmospheric "Cavern's Dark" and the progressive oeuvre "Nimbin" offer a perfect glimpse into the scope of A
Northern Star, A Perfect Stone, an other-worldly collection of 10 tracks that showcase Mappe Of's ethereal avant-folk and sonic explorations. From classically-inspired, masterfully performed acoustic guitar arrangements to hauntingly beautiful melodies to lush epic soundscapes, this debut introduces the world to a new artist unafraid to annihilate any musical boundaries and chart his own course. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>James Vincent McMorrow
– True Care CD/2xLP+MP3 (James Mahogany Books)
The beloved Irish singer-songwriter is now four albums deep into his career, with
We Move and True Care both arriving in the last year alone. His soulful voice stretches to breathtaking heights here as he man’s guitar, keyboards and more. He's known for folk anthems, but his experiments with R&B are a testament to his ability and drive to evolve.
>Vic Mensa
– The Autobiography CD (Roc Nation)
“When history ranks 2017 among hip-hop's wonder years — and from the sounds of the previous six months it certainly qualifies — Vic Mensa's long-awaited full-length debut will be a big part of the reason why. The Chi-town native has created a work in The Autobiography that's equal parts confessional and confrontational, gut-wrenching and uplifting. Steeped in a personal story arc that envelopes Mensa's hometown, it echoes with the pain of a generation.” -- NPR

>Midnight Ghost Train
– Cypress Ave. CD (Napalm)
Dark 'n' dirty southern rock with a hefty portion of sludge and funk.

>Ikue Mori
– Obelisk CD (Tzadik)
Universally acclaimed as a pioneer in live laptop electronics, Ikue’s signature style is still uniquely her own and has influenced two generations of laptop performers. Her new band project
Obelisk is a super-band featuring three of the most acclaimed and original players in the Downtown scene—Okkyung Lee, Jim Black and Sylvie Courvoisier. Ikue’s startling compositions blend gorgeous melodies with hypnotic rhythms and evocative soundscapes. Strange and beautiful music from a legendary master of laptop improvisation.
>Joe Nichols
- Never Gets Old CD (Red Bow)
New album from one of country music’s most praised traditional country artists.

>Oceans Ate Alaska
– Hikari CD (Fearless)
New release from the British metalcore band. [Vinyl edition due August 11.]

>Pet Shop Boys
– Nightlife: Further Listening 1996-2000 2xCD/LP (Rhino)
Pet Shop Boys – Release: Further Listening 2001-2004 3xCD/LP (Rhino)
Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental: Further Listening 2005-2007 3xCD/LP (Rhino)
Digitally remastered and expanded editions. Single-disc 180gm vinyl also available.

>John Pizzarelli featuring Daniel Jobim
– Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 CD (Concord)
Two of John Pizzarelli's greatest influences, Frank Sinatra and the bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, joined forces in 1967 to present a softer, sultrier side of Sinatra. Half a century later, John Pizzarelli celebrates that unique gathering.

>Elvis Presley
– A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings 3xCD (Sony Legacy)
Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters LP (Sony Legacy)
The definitive collection of Elvis' Sun-era recordings in one comprehensive package.
A Boy From Tupelo contains every surviving Elvis Presley Sun master and outtake, plus two private records Elvis paid with his own money to record, as well as all known radio- and concert performances from the period. Many of these recordings are rare demos, session takes, and live performances including a newly discovered and previously unreleased recording of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.
– Zero Days CD/2xLP+CD (Steamhammer)
Another monster of an album from Prong. Musically,
Zero Days hits home from the first bars of mighty opener “However It May End” to the last bars of closer “Wasting Of The Dawn.” Every cut is its own emotional roller-coaster ride, chock-full of massive riffage, ironclad grooves and topped off by Tommy Victor's ever-improving vocal delivery. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Rings Of Saturn
– Ultu Ulla CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
New album from the Bay Area death metal/ “Aliencore” quartet. [Limited purple colored vinyl pressing also available.]

– S.A.N.D.A.S. CD (WB)
S.A.N.D.A.S. showcases SahBabii's lyrical ability and a melodic flow that's essentially taking over hip-hop right now. From cuts off the tape like "Chit Chat" and the title track, his sound is infectious.” -- XXL
>Shaman’s Harvest
– Red Hands Black Deeds CD/LP+MP3 (Mascot)
“The very name of the latest album,
Red Hands Black Deeds, from Shaman’s Harvest evokes a certain sort of imagery; One of dark southern roots, wicked ways, a soiled soul, and something mysteriously sexy in that Nick Cave ‘Red Right Hand’ sort of way. It also aligns perfectly with the band’s bluesy blend of southern inspired rock and roll, which oozes harmonious melodies and a gritty, raw sound that harkens back to the classic rock era of the ‘60s and ‘70s. In fact, while the band no doubt sounds fresh and current, there is something undeniably vintage about their sound, in a way that would have made them the perfect opening act for artists such as The Doors or Deep Purple back in the day. Fans of the band’s previous record, Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns, will undoubtedly be thrilled over this release, as it’s not only an extension of what the band has previously produced, but it’s more dynamic as well.
– Masterpiece Of Bitterness [Reissue/2005] CD (Spinefarm)
Reissue of the Icelandic metal band’s sophomore album. [Vinyl edition due August 25.]

>Colin Steele Quartet
- Diving For Pearls: Jazz Interpretations Of The Pearlfishers Songbook CD/LP (Marina)
One of Marina's most beloved acts, gets the royal jazz treatment, with exciting new arrangements by the Colin Steele Quartet. Continuing a great jazz tradition -- like Miles Davis with
Porgy & Bess (1958) and Chet Baker with Plays The Best Of Lerner & Loewe (1959) -- Diving For Pearls is dedicated to the work of one composer, David Scott of The Pearlfishers.
>Juanita Stein
- America CD (Nude/Hammerheart)
Debut solo album from the Howling Bells lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist. “This is a different, yet equally valid take on pure Americana, a pure Americana old Philco tube radio with Patsy Cline’s voice, like some sort of Bible miracle, singing from the speaker. This is dreamy, soulful, and lovely country.” – Soundlab [Vinyl edition due August 25.]

>Sweet Apple
– Sing The Night In Sorrow CD/LP (Tee Pee)
This all-star hard rock band includes David Sweetapple (Witch, Eerie), Jay Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., Heavy Blanket) and special guests Bob Pollard (GBV), Doug Gilliard (GBV, Nada Surf) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees). “Caffeinated, power-pop-leaning rockers, some of which are imbued with Mascis' transcendent guitar playing, and all of which espouse a fun, loose swagger that seems to reflect the members' long-time friendships.” -- Rolling Stone

>Temple Of Void
– Lords Of Death CD (Shadow Kingdom)
Detroit band Temple Of Void harkens back to the somber sound of early European doom, while channeling the energy and devastation of old-school American death metal.

>Ernest Tubb
– The Ernest Tubb Story [Reissue/1959] CD (Rural Routes)
This 1959 double album retrospective, showcasing stereo remakes of the Texas Troubadours two decades of classic material, combines an impeccable selection of honky tonk classics with some of the best singing Tubb ever committed to vinyl. By turns ebullient, tragic, romantic and desolate, Tubbs double-barreled, authoritative vocals, hard charging musical accompaniment and first-rate song selections makes this downright essential listening.

>Valve Studio Orchestra
– The DOTA 2 Official Soundtrack 2 CD/LP (Ipecac)
Valve Studio Orchestra has composed music for such games such as
Half Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left4Dead and Day Of Defeat. The official soundtrack to DOTA 2 from composer Jason Hayes (Warcraft III, World Of Warcraft, Hearthstone) and audio director Tim Larkin (Myst, Riven, Prince Of Persia) features conductor Timothy Williams leading the Northwest Sinfonia and Chorale.
>Various Artists [BADBADNOTGOOD]
– Late Night Tales CD/2xLP+MP3 (Late Night Tales)
For the 46th release in the
Late Night Tales series, Canadian quartet BADBADNOTGOOD create the ultimate late night selection of tracks utilizing their record collections. (The CD edition is mixed, while the vinyl version is unmixed.)
>Various Artists [Henry Saiz]
– Balance Presents: Natura Sonoris 2xCD (Balance)
Spanish musical genius Henry Saiz provided one of Balance’s most memorable efforts on the 19th volume, utilizing vinyl, cassette, reel-to-reel tapes and over 100 field recordings to create an incredible patchwork of sounds that came together as a beautiful whole. Ever keen to provide something unique, he returns to the series for Balance presents Natura Sonoris: an expansive mix comprised completely of exclusives from his award-winning label.

>Various Artists
– Caribbean Audio Odyssey Volume One + Two CD (Stag-O-Lee)
Calypso in the Caribbean includes a range of genres, including: the benna genre of Antiguan and Barbudan music; mento, a style of Jamaican folk music that greatly influenced ska and reggae; ska, the precursor to rocksteady and reggae; spouge, a style of Barbadian popular music; cadence-lypso, which mixed calypso with the cadence rampa of Haiti and Dominican traditional music; and soca music, a style of kaiso/calypso, with influences from cadence-lypso, soul, funk, and Indian musical instruments. [Available as one CD or across two separate volumes on 10” vinyl.]

>Various Artists
- Curiosity Shop: A Collection Of Rare Aural Antiquities and Objets d'Art: Volume Six 1967-1971 CD (Particles)
A colorful collection of obscured and exuberant pop nuggets recorded in the British psychedelic period. Volume Six of
Curiosity Shop provides an insight into the changing times with an illustrious soundtrack to furnish the senses.
>Various Artists
- Dustin E Presents... Cornflake Zoo: Episode Nine CD (Particles)
Episode Nine sails forth across exotic seas and returns triumphant with a prized selection of stereophonic hallucinations. 20 songs all recorded from 1966-1971. A captivating collection replete with archival imagery, a loving touch of restoration, and a simple (minded) narrative.
>Various Artists
- The Treasure Isle Story: The Soul Of Jamaica 4xCD (Sanctuary)
The first comprehensive anthology of one of Jamaica’s music’s greatest record labels, this four-CD set comprises 115 tracks, including numerous major ska, rock steady and reggae hits, as well as 29 tracks new to CD.

>Venomous Maximus
– No Warning CD (Shadow Kingdom)
Heaving heaviness, haunting melodicism, sweaty grit, red-blooded swagger, rock-god vocals. [Vinyl edition due August 25.]

>The Wedding Present
- Live 2007 CD+DVD (Scopitones)
In November 2007, The Wedding Present performed their classic debut album
George Best live, in its entirety, in Dublin, Ireland. The concert, which took place in front of a thrilled crowd at the city’s Village venue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the LP, was recorded and filmed for posterity is now released for the first time here on DVD and CD.
>Jackie Wilson
– You Better Know It: The Soul Sides CD (Contrast)
‘50s-‘60s Detroit R&B idol Jackie Wilson’s progressive, supercharged brand of proto-soul pushed the music into a whole new creative dimension. This deep, joyous trove of Wilson’s classic hits re-establishes him as one of the most potent, influential voices in modern American music. Includes many of his grittier, more bluesy R&B and pop hits.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
Tom Jones – Live On Soundstage Blu-ray (BMG Recorded Music)
Tom Jones and Alison Krauss bring their electric chemistry to the intimate live setting of the WTTW Grainger Studios in Chicago for the taping of PBS’s
Live On Soundstage. This performance showcases Tom Jones' greatest hits including “Delilah,” “It's Not Unusual,” “Green Green Grass Of Home” and many more, including three duets with Krauss.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Dorothy Ashby
- Hip Harp/On A Minor Grave 2xLP (Doxy)
A combined reissue of legendary jazz harpist and poly-instrumentalist Dorothy Ashby's
Hip Harp and In A Minor Groove, both released separately in 1958. Both albums feature Frank Wess. Dorothy Ashby had a unique soul jazz harp sound, and although the instrument she used is probably more thought of in terms of bedtime lullabies, she actually makes it swing nicely, and with a soulful sound that draws back to traditions of African stringed instruments.
– Piece Of Time [Reissue/1989] LP (Season Of Mist)
Atheist – Unquestionable Presence [Reissue/1991] LP (Season Of Mist)
Limited edition ultra-clear vinyl reissues of the technical metal band’s first two albums.

>Gary Bartz NTU Group
- Harlem Bush Music – Uruhu [Reissue/1971] LP (Milestone/Fantasy)
This righteously grooving mixture of jazz, funk, soul, and searching rhythms proves an essential and politically relevant entry in the canon of timeless jazz recordings. 180gm audiophile pressing.

>DJ Harrison
– HazyMoods LP (Stones Throw)
DJ Harrison is Richmond, VA-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Devonne Harris. The son of a radio DJ who introduced him to the world of record collecting, Harris grew up with music, progressing from violin, to high school drum-line, to the Jazz Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Despite his concentration on drumming, he also continued working with other instruments and developed an interest in sampling. Without a computer or sampler, he learned to replay samples on the drums, piano, bass or guitar. DJ Harrison finds himself inspired by local musicians in the Richmond scene that's as diverse and nonexclusive as they come. Amongst the likes of rappers, producers, punks and bluegrass bands, he falls within reach of an expansive pool of musicians to befriend and collaborate with.

– Tooth And Nail [Reissue/1984] LP (Friday Music)
180gm audiophile vinyl reissue in a gatefold sleeve.

>The Doors
- Light My Fire b/w The Crystal Ship [Reissue/1967] 7" (Elektra)
50 years ago, “Light My Fire” debuted on the Billboard Charts on June 3, 1967. It hit #1 on 29 July 1967 and stayed there for 3 weeks. This is a reissue of the original Japanese 7”.

>Evergreen Terrace
– Wolfbiker [2007] LP (Metal Blade)
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Metal Blade has released Evergreen Terrace's magnum opus
Wolfbiker (an album which Outburn hailed as being "indeed badass") on vinyl for the very first time.
>Fairport Convention
– Liege & Lief [Reissue/1969] LP (A&M)
180gm vinyl repressing of this classic 1969 album by the British folk legends.

– Baby Loves A Funny Bunny [Reissue/1996] LP+MP3 (Vampire Blues)
For F**k's 1996 sophomore release, the band got sophomoric: the playing got more playful, and the lyrics got more nonsensical. Think Jonathan Richman's whimsical sincerity battling the obfuscation of Erik Satie:
Baby Loves A Funny Bunny imbues both yin and yang. Includes a vinyl bonus track and a handful of bonus live cuts on an accompanying download.
>Jerry Garcia
– (Compliments Of) [Reissue/1974] LP (ATO)
Jerry Garcia – Reflections [Reissue/1976] LP (ATO)
Originally released in 1974,
(Compliments Of) is Jerry's second full-length solo studio album and boasts classics from artists like Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson, and Peter Rowan. Originally released in 1976, Reflections is a mix of roots-oriented styles featuring Garcia's two main vehicles of musical expression the Grateful Dead and Jerry GarciaBand.
>Joe Henderson featuring Alice Coltrane
– The Elements [Reissue/1974] LP (Milestone/Fantasy)
The definitive vinyl reissue of the Joe Henderson and Alice Coltrane's sprawling spiritual-jazz opus. An essential listen addition for all fans of adventurous music.

>Illa J
– Home LP+MP3 (Jakarta)
Following his self-titled LP, Illa J sometimes known as "John Regal" is a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, multi- instrumentalist. He takes us on a trip to his hometown Detroit with his third solo album
Home. His last LP successfully took Illa J out of his brother and hip-hop legend J Dilla's shadow to show he is in his own lane.
>Iron Maiden
– Death On The Road [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Sanctuary)
Iron Maiden – Flight 666 [Reissue/2008] 2xLP (Sanctuary)
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Sanctuary)
Iron Maiden – En Vivo! [2012] 3xLP (Sanctuary)
180gm vinyl reissues now available: three live albums and their fifteenth studio album, 2010’s
The Final Frontier.
>Ahmad Jamal
– Marseille LP (Jazz Village)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New album by the legendary pianist and composer.

– King Of Everything LP (Napalm)
“The Ukrainian band Jinjer are a bit of a mash-up of metal sub-genres: they have the cookie monster growl, and sometimes can sound death metal-y, but especially with this third album,
King Of Everything, they have emerged as progressive metal: Odd time signatures and tempo shifts abound, with both heavy distorted (and fast) sections, along with clean-guitar dreamier parts, somewhere between Fates Warning/Dream Theatre and Voivod/Tool.” – EntropyMag
>Elton John
– Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player [Reissue/1973] LP (Mercury)
Elton John
– Caribou [Reissue/1974] LP (Mercury)
180gm vinyl reissues celebrating Elton’s 50 years in music.

>Júníus Meyvant
- Floating Harmonies LP (Shellshock)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Júníus Meyvant is the artist name of Westman Islands born singer-songwriter Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson. The sound of Júníus Meyvant is a rich and afflicted take on freaky folk pop with a familiar and soulful feel.

>Larry Juris
– Bedtime Stories [OST/1986] 2xLP+MP3 (Terrorvision)
First time available in any format Original soundtrack to the 1986 horror anthology film composed by Larry Juris, pressed on colored vinyl.

– One For The Road [Reissue/1980] 2xLP (Friday Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Limited audiophile 180gm pink colored vinyl reissue of the Kinks’ 1980 live double-album.

>Dua Lipa
– Dua Lipa LP (WB)
The self-titled debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa has spawned six singles: “New Love,” “Be The One,” “Last Dance,” “Hotter Than Hell,” “Blow Your Mind (Mwah),” and “Lost In Your Light.” Lipa describes the album as “dark pop.” The lyrical themes revolve around her personal views of love, rising above, sex and self-empowerment. Commenting on the album's direction, Lipa said “When I had taken interest with my own music, I would listen to Nelly Furtado, P!nk and Destiny's Child, but as I grew older I found my love for hip-hop … I love the realness behind it, that's why I try to also bind that into the music.”

>Roberto Musci
- Loa Of Music [Reissue/1984] 2xLP (Soave)
The Loa Of Music is the first recording project of Milanese composer and musician Roberto Musci inspired by Voodoo Religion; Vever (the magical voodoo paintings) and Loas, the dark and magic spirits. The deep charm of non-Western music had led him to travel for many years across Africa, India and Asia, studying rhythms, scales, performance and interpretation of the most varied traditional and indigenous music. While abroad made many field recordings and collected ethnic instruments that would then be combined with synthesizers and electronics on The Loa Of Music.
– Mutation III: Dark Black LP (Shellshock)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Mutation III: Dark Black boasts a dazzling array of guest contributions from a great number of similarly demented human beings, including prog metal superstar Devin Townsend, Phil Campbell from Motörhead, Arthur Shepherd of Primitive Weapons, ex-Cardiacs fruitloop Random Jon Poole, Jamie Oliver of UK Subs, Mauro Pawlowski (ex-dEUS) and the mighty Paul Catten (Barrabas, Bed Wetter, Stuntcock, The Sontaran Experiment, ex-Medulla Nocte).
>Kate Nash
– Made Of Bricks [Reissue/2008] LP (Geffen)
Kate Nash's most popular songs are both intimate and confrontational, using brief portraits and slang-conversational vocals to illustrate the larger issues going on, like a dinner party that exposes a crumbling relationship on the hit song “Foundations.” Her debut album is back in-print on 180gm heavyweight vinyl.

>Arne Nordheim
- Electric [1998] 2xLP (Rune Grammophon)
Among the most stunning and musical electronic works ever produced, these five compositions represent the complete electronic works of Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim (1931-2010). They have stood the test of time remarkably well and have been embraced by new generations of influential musicians.

– Gold & Green [2000] 2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
OOIOOs seminal album Gold & Green is finally widely released on vinyl for the first time. “OOIOO traffic in a crafty kind of post-punk primitivism…the synths, power chords, polyrhythmic drumming and wordless chants building into an irresistible, throbbing whole.” -- The Wire

>Elvis Presley
– Golden Records 1 [Reissue/1958] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm audiophile colored vinyl pressing in a gatefold sleeve.

– Hip Mobility LP+MP3 (Butterscotch)
Mikael Jorgensen (of Wilco) joins art historian James Merle Thomas as Quindar.
Hip Mobility, the duo's first full-length LP, is built upon deep research into the audio archives of NASA's golden era, the 1960s and ‘70s. These Space Age recordings – and specifically the tiny, iconic communication beeps known as Quindar Tones – form the basis for Hip Mobility's electronic compositions. Quindar manipulates these archival recordings beyond recognition, samples and plays them as unique instruments, blends them with Jorgensen's vintage analog synths, and sometimes simply plays them back verbatim.
>Rascal Flatts
– Back To Us LP (Big Machine)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The best-selling country vocal group of the past decade returns with their tenth studio album.

>Martin Rev
– Demolition 9 LP (Atlas Réalisations)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Demolition 9 is New York electronic music pioneer Martin Rev's ninth solo album, and first new material since 2009. Comprised of 34 wildly divergent vignettes -- only one of which reaches three minutes in length -- he describes it as autobiographical “yearning for joy and the unattainable perfection of the artistic ideal.” From violent percussion experiments to neo-classical reveries to noir-sleaze abstractions and beyond, Demolition 9 offers a radically non-linear spelunk through the dreams and distractions of one of the 20th century's most influential sonic iconoclasts.
>Rise Against
– Wolves LP (Virgin)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Throughout its career, Rise Against has kept its moral compass steady, using its international punk platform to speak out for social justice. With
The Black Market (2014) follow-up Wolves, the band challenges fans to join them in creating a bold new identity together. The album is about recognizing the power within; it's a primal call for the prey to become the hunters. “In many ways, a Rise Against show is a safe space for our fans," lead singer Tim McIlrath says. “But I realized that I don't only want to create safe spaces, I want to create dangerous spaces where misogyny can't exist, where xenophobia can't exist. I want to create spaces where those sentiments don't have any air, and they suffocate: where those ideas die. Wolves isn't about creating a safe space, it's about creating a space that's dangerous for injustice.”
>Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus [Reissue/1956] LP (Prestige/Fantasy)
The sixth album Sonny Rollins r
ecorded as the leader of his own band, Saxophone Colossus features Sonny on saxophone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Max Roach on drums. It was recorded in a single day, the tight knit of the musicians enabling them to record most of the songs in one take, then something of a rarity. 180gm pressing in a Stoughton jacket.
>The Rumjacks
– Gangs Of New Holland [Reissue/2010] LP (ABC)
The Rumjacks – Sober & Godless [Reissue/2015] LP (ABC)
Formed in 2008 by Frankie McLaughlin (vocals) and Johnny McKelvey (bass), The Rumjacks combine a variety of musical influences, including elements of punk rock and tradit
ional Celtic folk.
>Saint Vitus – Lillie
: F-65 LP (Season Of Mist)
-clear vinyl reissue of the doom metal band’s 2012 album.
>Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki & Other Japanese Hit
s LP (Go Bop)
cool collection of early-mid '60s recordings by Japanese crooner extraordinaire Kyu Sakamoto. These heartwarming tunes, with “Sukiyaki” being the best-known cut, draw on soul, doo-wop, quasi-Japanese exotica, Latin and more.
>Soundtrack - Big Little Lies (Music From The HBO Series) 2xLP (ABKCO)
Includes tracks by Michael Kiwanuka, Charles Bradley, Martha Wainwright, Agnes Obel
, Irma Thomas, Zoe Kravitz and many others.
>Soundtrack – The Fate Of The Furious: The Album LP (Artist Partner Group/Atlantic)
Released last April on CD – now available on vinyl. The Fate Of The Furious (the franchise’s eighth release) marks the first film of the franchise since The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) not to star Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013 during the filming of Furious 7 (2015). The hip-hop heavy soundtrack features Travis Scott, Migo
s, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, Post Malone, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Kehlani, PnB Rock and more.
>Melvin Sparks - Live At Nectar’s LP (One Note)
Archive release. Until he was abou
t 20, Texas-born Melvin Sparks was a rhythm & blues guitarist, backing Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye as a member of The Upsetters. But Sparks gave up his seat on The Upsetters' bus in New York City, where a chance introduction to George Benson led him to a place in soul jazz history. This release documents Melvin's final band just months before his death in 2011.
>Squeeze – Squeeze [Reissue/1978] LP (A&M)
Squeeze – Argybargy [Reissue/1980] LP (A&M)
Guided by the redoubtable songwriting team
of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, enduring South London quintet Squeeze have created one of the most covetable – and quintessentially English – catalogs in pop. Their first and third LPs have been repressed on 180gm vinyl.
>Sun Ra – The Magic City [Reissue/1966] LP (Cosmic Myth)
This 201
7 definitive vinyl edition has been remastered with historical and technical notes. Although shorter in scope than side A's magnum opus, the four works on The Magic City's flip side reflect the same improvisational approach, spatiality, and lack of structure. One session outtake, “Other Worlds,” an alternate version of “Shadow World,” is included as a bonus track on side B.
>Thor - Live In Detroit 1985 LP (Deadline Music)
Digitally remastered edition o
f this vintage live album from classic metal superhero Thor.
>Tradition - Captain Ganja And The Space Patrol [Reissue/1980] LP (Bokeh Versions)
Years before Scientist and Jammy battled the space invaders, Tradition dreamt up a sci-fi jazz/dub odyssey in north London. Captain Ganja And The Space Patrol is one of the most singular dub albums that barely saw the light of day.
>Umphrey’s McGee – Hall Of Fame: Class Of 2016 LP (Nothing Too Fancy)
Fans voted on album track listing, chosen from 100 live shows performed in 2016.
Band weighed in on favorite selections for inclusion, resulting in our first joint band/fan collaborative album track listing. Recorded at many of the nation's marquee venues including Red Rocks, multiple Fillmore Theatres, Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.
>Univers Zero – Heresie [Reissue/1979] LP (Sub Rosa)
A classic of chamber rock music, featuring heavy use of dissonance and dark, brooding, and extremely complex melodies. Limited edition orange and gold vinyl.
>Various Artists [DJ Tennis] – DJ-Kicks 3xLP (!K7)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Next up on DJ-Kicks is Life And Death label founder DJ Tennis. His knack for the
musical and emotive side of things characterizes both cerebral mixes he has put together here including versions of tunes by Pole and Frank Brettschneider. All in all, it's a thoughtfully composed mix that's subversive yet seductive in equal measure.
>Various A
rtists - Derrick Harriott Rock Steady 1966-1969 2xLP (Dubstore)
Recently released on CD – now avai
lable on vinyl. A selection of magical rocksteady music from one of the masters of the genre and forerunners in Jamaican music from its very beginning, Derrick Harriott, along with a stellar cast, showcases some superb rocksteady.
>Various Artists – The Rough Guide To Bottleneck Blues (Second Edition) LP (World Music Network)
Whatever the worldly origins of usin
g a glass or metal object to slide across the strings of a guitar, this style has become famously associated with the blues. For many of the finest early blues practitioners it was the ultimate mode of musical expression as it could emulate the sound of the human voice to great effect. Employing open tunings, guitarists would use anything that they could find to produce the desired effect, ranging from pocketknives to medicine bottles and even bones, but because using a broken bottleneck (without the sharp edges) was probably the most popular method, the term ‘bottleneck’ has endured.
>Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest [2011] LP (Acony)
The long-aw
aited first pressing of Gillian Welch’s The Harrow & The Harvest was mastered direct from the original tapes through custom Ortofon amplifiers to a Neumann VMS-80 cutting system and plated and pressed on standard-weight audiophile-quality vinyl.
>Matt Wertz – Gun Shy LP (Handwritten)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Singer-songwriter Matt Wertz forced himself out of his adopted homet
own of Nashville, TN and took to Los Angeles. Thousands of miles from home and fueled by infectious, '90s-inspired beats, Gun Shy came to life.
>Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates – Live At CBGB LP (Feeding Tube)
Really, really strange man Gary Wilson gained his reputation with a series of oddball records that could be perfectly summed up as prog-based lounge music. This release documents a live set at New York's CBGBs - one of the few venues in which he was welcome to play. The back up by a pact of ex-New Yorkers called The Blind Dates gives these songs a harder punk
ier edge. 
>Wolfheart - Winterborn [2013] 2xLP (Spinefarm)
Death/folk metal band Wolfheart began as a solo project from Finnish musician Tuomas Saukkonen, who has spent time in a half-dozen other metal bands including Black Sun Aeon, Daw
n Of Solace, and Before The Dawn. Debut album Winterborn is now available for the first time on vinyl.
>Brenton Wood – Oogum Boogum [Reissue/1967] LP (Craft Recordings)
Brenton Wood – Baby You Got It [Reissue/1967] LP (Craft Recordings)
Brenton Wood's charmingly unpredictable phrasing and his infectious sense o
f good times made the smooth uptown soul of "The Oogum Boogum Song" into a hit in 1967. His second album Baby You Got It features the smash hit, "Gimme Little Sign" as well as his signature ballads "Me & You" and "Catch You On The Rebound."
>Link Wray - Link Wray [Reissue/1971] LP (Future Days Recordings)
Recorded in a shaky makeshift chicken shack in rural Maryland, Link Wray's eponymous 1971 solo album is a compelling and forward-looking piece of honest, handmade Americana. This album is vastly different from his previous work, foregoing instrumentals entirely
. Instead, Wray, left with only one lung following a bout with tuberculosis in 1956, gives us his raw voice, full of spit and vinegar, as he blends elements of country, rock 'n' roll, roots, folk and gospel marked with fuzzy guitar and booming percussion.
released 21 JULY 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

Nicole Atkins – Goodnight Rhonda Lee CD/LP (Single Lock)
Nicole Atkins is a rare artist whose timeless songwriting and raw, emotional voice spans decades - a miasma of faded glamour and nostalgic pop noir. Nicole's voice has always recalled a classic vinyl collection, a heir to the legacy of Roy Orbison, Lee Hazlewood, Sinatra, Aretha, Carole King and Candi Staton. However, she remains untethered to a decade or movement or the whim of the hipster elite. In order to capture the timelessness she sought for her fourth studio album
Goodnight Rhonda Lee, Nicole enlisted a modern day Wrecking Crew, Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, TX who had just risen to national acclaim as Leon Bridges' secret weapon, and co-writers like Chris Isaak and Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds).
>Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
– War Machine [A Netflix Original Film/OST] CD (Lakeshore)
Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds/Grinderman bandmate Warren Ellis composed the score for the Netflix film starring Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Topher Grace, and more. “Together we made a score that was both light and dark, propulsive and meditative at the same time. We developed a kind of ‘spiritual electronics’ that captured both the melancholy and the terrible absurdity of the Afghan war,” the two of them said.

>Dan Croll
– Emerging Adulthood CD/LP (Communion)
There are multiple moments on Dan Croll’s extraordinary second album, Emerging Adulthood, which may cause you to question his sanity. Press play on the riotous “One Of Us” and prepare for the album’s purest pop moment. Soak up the dreamy “January Comes Too Soon” and sense the spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire summoned alongside vintage soul. Delve as deep as you dare into the Tijuana-tinged “Away From Today” and discover what could be the sound of a shotgun blast and crystal raindrops nestled next to a nod to the Pearl & Dean theme. Elsewhere,
Emerging Adulthood sends languid lounge-jazz in to outer space, sets a metronome at the centre of a song, blends brass and breakbeats, finds common ground between the Beach Boys and ELO and Paul Simon and Pink Floyd and tells the tale of a phantom heart attack.
– Gammageddon CD/LP (Unique Leader)
The German death metal act returns after a five-year absence.

>Decrepit Birth
– Axis Mundi CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Awakening from a 7-year slumber, the newest offering from technical death metallers Decrepit Birth is entwined with musical athleticism and characteristic esoteric themes.
Axis Mundi was recorded at three different studios over the course of a year. The clarity, the power, the musicianship, and the brutality aren't vying for attention. They're in absolute harmony. The guitars are razor sharp yet spine-snappingly heavy. The drums are genre-defining, recalling what Sean Reinert, Gene Hoglan, and Steve Flynn did for Death and Atheist, respectively. And the bass has a great deep-end against the ceaselessly wicked rhythms. Tracks like “Hieroglyphic,” “Spirit Guide” and “The Sacred Geometry” wouldn't crush skulls and blow minds if it wasn't for the accomplished mixing and mastering of Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios. The icing on the cake is the astonishing cover artwork that was made by renowned fantasy artist Dan Seagrave (Morbid Angel, Entombed, The Devil Wears Prada). [Limited blue and yellow splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Lana Del Rey
– Lust For Life CD (Interscope)
Along with an appearance by The Weeknd on the title track, Del Rey expanded her circle of collaborators on her upbeat new album,
Lust for Life, to include Sean Ono Lennon, hip-hop producer Boi-1da (Drake, Rihanna), and pop hitmakers Benny Blanco (Ed Sheeran, Major Lazer) and Max Martin (Katy Perry, Ariana Grande), among others. As a result, Del Rey’s creative partners call Lust For Life her most diverse work to date. “There is a ton of hip-hop that’s infused,” Grant says. “But there are some [songs] that go back to her jazz and folk roots.” Says Nowels, “There’s hip-hop, piano songs, acoustic guitar songs, psychedelia.” Del Rey’s collaborators say she was well aware that listeners could use some positivity in 2017.
- Racing Time CD (Jullian)
Hailing from Los Angeles, DWNTWN was formed by singer Jamie Leffler and guitarist Robert Cepeda before later being joined by Daniel Vancieri on drums. Following the success of the song “Til Tomorrow” from the
DWNTWN EP, the band was likened to such artists as Ellie Goulding by the UK newspaper, The Guardian. Their blend of acoustic and electric guitar work, combined with prevalent drums surrounding Leffler’s vocals place their sound in the esteemed company of The Veronicas, Varuca Salt and Tegan and Sarah. Oscillating between emotionally-charged ballads and dancey indie jams, often within the same song, Leffler displays her impressive talents as both singer and songwriter with such sun-bleached tracks as “Drowning” and “Sticks And Stones” - a song which belongs on the playlist of every memory-making beach party of the summer.
>Sara Evans
- Words CD/LP (Born To Fly)
The first new album from the country singer in over three years was co-produced with Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts).

>Foster The People
– Sacred Hearts Club CD (Columbia)
Los Angeles, CA dance-pop outfit Foster The People incorporate '60s-inspired sounds and a psychedelic influence on their third studio effort
Sacred Hearts Club. “One of my favorite things about music is that it's unifying,” says frontman Mark Foster. “We wrote these songs to reflect joy in a time where people have needed it more than ever and we thought it was a good time to share them with you.” [Vinyl edition due August 11.]
>Sam Frazier Jr.
- Take Me Back CD/LP (Big Legal Mess)
In the story of southern soul, the studios of Memphis and Alabama's Muscle Shoals region loom large, effectively overshadowing other musical scenes in the South, including that of Birmingham, Alabama. A leading force in the soul movement there was Neal Hemphill, who set up his Sound Of Birmingham production studio in the basement of his plumbing shop in the mid- ‘60s and continued recording until a decade later, when health problems led him to sell the operation. A regular at the studio was Sam Frazier, Jr., whose power as a southern soul vocalist is captured here in recordings he made between 1969 and 1971.

>Lowell Fulson
- Classic Cuts 1946-1953 4xCD (JSP)
Lowell Fulson was one of the most creative figures in post war blues. These superb and rare early sides document how his career started with some amazingly good country blues stylings and then developed into the tough, small group rhythm & blues styling that took him through the 1950s.

- The Knife CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
The Knife includes 13 catchy, energetic tracks that showcase the evolution of the punk/ska band. Goldfinger’s first new album since 2008’s Hello Destiny… features several notable guest appearances, including Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun, Mighty Mighty Boss Tones’ Nate Albert and ONE OK ROCK’s Takahiro Moriuchi among many others. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
– Smoke Fire Hope Desire CD/LP (Washington Square/Concord)
“When Prince invited Darren Hart, aka Harts, to his Paisley Park mansion in 2014, he famously said, ‘He reminds me of me at that age.’ The praise could hardly be higher for the Melbourne singer/multi-instrumentalist, and while it would be hyperbolic to call him heir to the throne after Prince’s untimely death in April 2016, on Harts’ second LP he demonstrates the maturity, skill and range to show that he’s no flash in the pan. Where 2014 debut
Daydreamer was an electro-funk-dominated nod to his musical mentor – think Justin Timberlake with guitars – Smoke Fire Hope Desire is more purple haze than Purple One, with more gravelly riffs and fewer squiggly synth lines, surely concocted with live crowds in mind. Tracks like ‘All Rise’ and ‘Power’ are rollicking rock jams that combine chant-along choruses with Harts’ virtuosic shredding, while the smoky atmospherics of ‘Fear In Me’ and ‘Deeper The Hole’ reveal the musician’s broodier side, despite the overwhelmingly positive, self-empowering tone of his broad message.” – Rolling Stone
>In This Moment
– Ritual CD (Roadrunner)
Throughout history, art rejoices and revels in the wisdom of women. Within a deck of tarot cards, the High Priestess serves as the guardian of the unconscious. In Greek mythology, the old oracles celebrate the Mother Goddess. William Shakespeare posited portentous prescience in the form of Macbeth’s Three Witches. On their sixth full­length album
Ritual, In This Moment—Maria Brink [vocals, piano], Chris Howorth [lead guitar], Travis Johnson [bass], Randy Weitzel [rhythm guitar], and Kent Diimel [drums]—unearth a furious and focused feminine fire from a cauldron of jagged heavy metal, hypnotic alternative, and smoky voodoo blues. It’s an evolution. It’s a statement. It’s In This Moment 2017… “It’s like we’re going into the next realm,” asserts Maria. “I had a conviction of feeling empowered in my life and with myself. I always write from a personal place, and I needed to share that sense of strength. I’ve never been afraid to hold back. Sometimes, I can be very suggestive. However, I wanted to show our fans that this is the most powerful side of myself and it’s without overt sexuality. It’s that deeper serious fire inside of my heart.” “What Maria is saying comes from deep inside,” Chris affirms. “This time, we had a bunch of ideas started before we hit the studio. There was a really clear direction. It’s different.”
>Stu Larsen
– Resolute CD/LP (Nettwerk)
Singer-songwriter Stu Larsen’s 'Resolute' brings the self-professed vagabond’s experiences around the globe to life triggering feelings as if you were right there with him on his journey.

>Manchester Orchestra
– A Black Mile To The Surface CD/2xLP+MP3 (Loma Vista)
Manchester Orchestra has always prided themselves on their approach. The Atlanta-based band, led by singer/lyricist Andy Hull with Robert McDowell, had spent their career challenging each other to build a poignant, exhilarating narrative with each new album and EP. Since the beginning, each subsequent Manchester Orchestra album has been a grand statement for that specific moment in their career, originated in a desire to push themselves forward creatively. For a band on record number five and seeking innovation, how do you untangle yourself from the past? How do you write songs about being happy? Describing a rock record as “cinematic” usually implies a double-length, sprawling album with a full orchestra on every song; Manchester Orchestra's
A Black Mile To The Surface is cinematic in that it conjures worlds. There's magical surrealism at work, with songs about a boy with no ears (“The Alien”) and the father/sleeping child callback of “The Sunshine.” There's a story to parse here – three brothers, an abandoned wife and child, a mysterious journey through the depths of a miles-deep mine, a narrative of twists and turns, recurring characters, alternating timelines – but the songs and melodies stand on their own. [Deluxe colored 180gm vinyl edition, featuring an etching on the D-side, is also available.]
– Misplaced Childhood [Reissue/1985] 4xCD+Blu-ray/4xLP (Rhino)
As openings go, they don’t come any more enigmatic than the one that ushers in Marillion’s third album,
Misplaced Childhood. The concept album that was conceived during a 10-hour acid trip is widely regarded as the flagbearer for the entire ‘neo-prog’ movement and features the band’s two most famous singles “Kayleigh” and “Lavender”. Includes a new remaster and 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson presented in a case-bound book including a 60-page booklet with extensive liner notes.
>Damian Marley
– Stony Hill CD (Republic)
New album from the reggae star Marley (who just came off his contribution to Jay-Z’s
4:44 album on the song “Bam”).
>Declan McKenna
– What Do You Think About The Car? CD/LP (Sony)
Debut album from the 18-year-old alternative singer/songwriter and socially conscious artist. Of the album’s lead single, “Humongous,” Declan says, “this was the last song I wrote for the record, not to pick a favorite child, but I think this might be. Definitely a step in the direction I'm heading in. I love big powerful choruses that you can just scream and I wanted this to be one of those.” Other tracks on the album include the song “Listen To Your Friends,” produced by Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend; “Paracetamol,” produced by Neil Comber; and “Brazil,” produced by Max Marlow.

>Meek Mill
– Wins And Losses CD (Atlantic)
The Philly rapper’s new album features guest appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Quavo, Future, Yo Gotti and more.

>Stanton Moore
- With You In Mind: The Songs Of Allen Toussaint CD/LP+MP3 (Cool Green)
New release from Galactic-drummer Stanton Moore with David Torkanowsky (keyboards) and James Singleton (bass) features an all-star cast: Cyril Neville, Jolynda Kiki Chapman, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty, Maceo Parker, and Wendell Pierce.

>Mr. Big
- Defying Gravity CD (Frontiers)
Produced by Kevin Elson, who’s worked with Mr. Big on their classic albums from the Eighties and Nineties,
Defying Gravity features inspired songwriting, virtuosic musicianship and most importantly, tasty fretwork.” – Guitar World [Vinyl edition due August 18.]
>Billy Ocean
– Here You Are: The Music Of My Life CD (Sony Legacy)
10 new Billy Ocean performances alongside five of the classic hits that made him one of the most popular UK recording artists of the 1980s.

– 27861 CD (Stoney Creek)
Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play.

– Leave Home (40th Anniversary Edition) [Reissue/1977] CD/3xCD+LP (Rhino)
Following on from the 40th Anniversary Deluxe version of the Ramones’ debut comes the expanded edition of the original punks’ second album – another 30 minute opus of buzzsaw rock. Released in January 1977,
Leave Home features a clutch of Ramones’ classics including “Swallow My Pride,” “Pinhead,” “Suzy Is A Headbanger,” “California Sun” (a hit for the Rivieras in the ‘60s) and of course the controversial “Carbona Not Glue.” Produced by Tony Bongiovi and Tommy Ramone, Leave Home also features the engineering talents of Ed Stasium, who would go on to work with the band over numerous other releases, and is on hand to compile this 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album. Along with the remastered edition of the original album, this set includes a special 40th Anniversary Remaster Mix along with the Sundragon Rough Mix and other assorted mixes. A live set recorded at CBGB’s on 4/2/77 is also included, as well as a copy of the 40th Anniversary mix on vinyl.
>Chris Robinson Brotherhood
– Barefoot In The Head CD+LP (Silver Arrow)
The self-produced
Barefoot In The Head serves as the third collection of new material in only two years’ time for the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The album opens with the Americana funk of “Behold The Seer,” which sounds like something of a mission statement for the CRB. On the dreamy “She Shares My Blanket,” Robinson crafts cinematic scenes from a winter love affair in the mountains, while elegant pedal steel added by special guest Barry Sless on “Blonde Light Of Day” casts a warm, romantic haze and “Blue Star Woman” sounds like T-Rex dressed in overalls living on a West Coast commune. Throughout Robinson and Co. deftly intertwine country, blues and psychedelia, even channeling freewheeling ‘60s folk on “Hark The Herald Hermit Speaks,” a breakneck stream of consciousness that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. On the English psych inspired “Glow,” which Robinson calls “one of the most special things I've ever done in the studio,” The CRB are joined by the celebrated sarodist Alam Khan (son of the legendary Ali Akbar Khan).
>s a r a s a r a
– a m o r f a t i CD/2xLP (One Little Indian)
s a r a s a r a is a 29-year-old French woman who, by day, works as a project manager for an agency making mobile apps, and by night is a performer and musical artist whose recordings echo Björk’s recent declaration in the Guardian: “I build bridges between tech and the human things we do.” That’s what s a r a s a r a does (she remains surname-less because she wants to protect the day job and renders her name with spaces between the letters, because “it looks beautiful even though it’s really challenging for search engines”). She uses Ableton, Korg and Tenori-on, those must-haves for the modern at-home composer-producer, as well as various keyboards and African instruments.

>Shattered Sun
– The Evolution Of Anger CD (Victory)
“A whole lot of mosh. Despite sticking a touch too religiously to the entry-level metalcore handbook, Shattered Sun’s follow up to 2015’s
Hope Within Hatred still packs a considerable punch.” –
>Soul Remnants
- Ouroboros CD (Metal/E1)
Soul Remnants is a death metal quintet from Boston who aim aimed to combine the raw intensity of American death metal with Scandinavian black metal.

- Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets CD/2xLP (Europacorp)
A mix of score, original pop songs and existing famous songs. The amazing score is composed by well-known French composer Alexandre Desplat (
Harry Potter, Twilight, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Grand Budapest Hotel and many more). It was recorded in the prestigious Radio France Studio 104 with the National French Orchestra (97 musicians) and the Choeur de Radio France (40 choristers) and has a continuous and determining presence in the movie. [180gm blue and white colored vinyl pressing in gatefold jacket also available.]
– Sid & Nancy: Love Kills [Reissue/1986] CD/LP (Geffen)
Soundtrack to the 1986 biopic on the lives of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen featuring songs from Clash founder Joe Strummer, former Pistols' bandmate Steve Jones, Velvet Underground's John Cale, plus contributions from The Pogues and Circle Jerks, as well as actor Gary Oldman.

>Straight No Chaser
– Six Pack: Volume 3 CDEP (Atlantic)
Six Pack: Volume 3 sees the world famous a cappella group cracking open a number of contemporary pop hits and rock classics, highlighted by “Sweet Dreams/HandClap” – their one-of-a-kind mash-up of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” and Fitz and the Tantrums’ “HandClap” – as well their show-stopping “Beyoncé Medley.” The new EP continues Straight No Chaser's long history of bringing their unique touch and inimitable vocal style to a stunning range of contemporary standards.
>Avey Tare
– Eucalyptus CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Eucalyptus is the new studio album written and produced by Animal Collective's Avey Tare. Conceived on Hawaiian mornings, written on a sunlit bedroom afternoon in Los Angeles, practiced in the dark early hours of the California twilight, recommended listening for dawn or dusk. Recorded by Animal Collective's Deakin (Josh Dibb), featuring chamber orchestration arranged by Eyvind Kang, musicians Angel Deradoorian and Jessika Kenney, Eucalyptus is an immersive album length electroacoustic movement through leaves, rocks and dust.
>Tau Cross
- Pillar Of Fire CD/LP (Relapse)
Tau Cross, the multinational punk/heavy metal collective revolving around Amebix bassist/frontman Rob "The Baron" Miller, Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War//Plague, return with their sophomore full-length.
Pillar Of Fire is comprised of dark folk witchery to industrial punk metal brutalism; a moody melting pot of Killing Joke's metallic post-punk and Motörhead's anthemic, hard rock with flourishes of traditional instrumentation and an infusion of 16th century English mysticism.
>Trapped Under Ice
– Heatwave CD/LP/Cassette (Pop Wig)
“Clocking in at just shy of 14 minutes across 11 blistering tracks, the band’s long-awaited third LP makes up for their six year absence in fitting style, with a barrage of blistering riffs and sizzling punk attitude.” –

>Tyler, The Creator
– Scum F**k Flower Boy CD (Sony)
14 new tracks - includes guest appearance from Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County, A$AP Rocky, and more.

>Various Artists
- Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965)
Jesus Rocked The Jukebox offers a spirited celebration of some of the most foundational songs in American musical history, tracing the evolution of the modern soul, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll genres via the likes of The Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Swan Silvertones, The Staple Singers, Sam Cooke, and The Chosen Gospel Singers featuring Lou Rawls among many others.
>Vera Blue
– Perennial CD (Capitol)
Debut album by Australian electro-folk artist. “While there is a stylistic distinctiveness between individual tracks, the album is cohesive overall.
Perennial is an ambitious debut. It follows a narrative of the initial rawness of a relationship which is then transformed into a celebration of renewal and vivacity.” -- Beat
>Violent Femmes
- Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America CD (PIAS America)
Violent Femmes’ new live album,
2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged in America, includes rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests and random improvisations. While visiting radio stations to support their latest record I Can Do Anything, Violent Femmes and their talented backing band of multi-instrumentalists recorded this live record using special equipment and recording techniques to capture an ideal sound. “This is the first time we’ve delivered a full scale recording to the public which captures the sound and spirit of the band the way we play together when we’re working out songs in the hotel or dressing room,” says bassist Brian Ritchie. The intriguing vulnerability of a live show captured in a refined recording is unable to be matched by a polished studio session. Ritchie explains further, “This project refocuses attention upon the repertoire as a whole by stripping songs to their essentials, conveying them without artifice and removing them from any timelines. It’s the closest we’ve gotten to the essence of Violent Femmes.” [Vinyl edition due August 4.]
>Neun Welten
- The Sea I'm Diving In CD (Prophecy)
Third full-length release from the German dark folk collective.

– The Forest Seasons CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Since the band's inception in 2003 Wintersun has released two critically acclaimed full-length records, 2004's self-titled
Wintersun album and 2012's Time I, each of which blended elements of power metal, melodic death metal, neo-classical metal and black metal into their own genre. The Forest Seasons is Wintersun's third full length release, comprised of four sprawling tracks which clock in at thirteen plus minutes each. The new collection picks up on some of the atmospheric aspects of Time I while incorporating more aspects of the band's black and symphonic metal elements. [Limited mint-green splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Abuse Of Power
– When Then Becomes Now 7” (Triple B.)
Five songs featuring catchy riffs, singalongs, and raging breakdowns in the vein of Outspoken, Chain Of Strength, and Resurrection.

>The Beach Boys
– Surfer Girl [Reissue/1963] 2xLP (Analogue Productions)
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds [Reissue/1966] 2xLP (Analogue Productions)
Limited 200gm 45RPM mono and stereo pressings.

>The Beach Boys
– Wild Honey [Reissue/1967] LP (Capitol)
Originally mixed in mono, The Beach Boys transitional 1967 album
Wild Honey is newly mixed in stereo for the very first time and pressed on 180gm vinyl.
>Bolt Thrower
– War Master [Reissue/1990] LP (Earache)
Originally released in 1990,
Warmaster cemented Bolt Thrower's reputation for delivering incredibly heavy war-obsessed death metal, propelling the band to the top of the genre alongside contemporaries such as Napalm Death, Morbid Angel and Entombed.
>The Bucking Mules
- Smoke Behind The Clouds LP (Free Dirt)
Straight-shooting stringband The Bucking Mules deliver American old-time music at it's pure and joyous best. Their new full-length record
Smoke Behind The Clouds features 17 mostly traditional songs treated with the Mules' characteristic throw-down groove.
– Homey LP+MP3 (Sumerian)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from the instrumental progressive band.

– Doyle II: As We Die LP (Emp Label Group)
Limited green colored vinyl pressing. New release from former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein.

- 3G LP (Dzang Recs)
14 tracks of weekend West Coast electronic rhythm, alternately soft and summery, downtempo and upscale. Gunther’s touch is heady, hi-fi, and healing, Pacific dreams for specific times.

– Their Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2 2xLP (Elektra)
Two of the best-selling albums of all time together on 180gm vinyl.

>Bill Frisell/Morgan Thomas
– Small Town 2xLP (ECM)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York’s hallowed Village Vanguard.
>Fu Manchu
– California Crossing: Deluxe Edition [Reissue/2001] 3xLP (At The Dojo)
This deluxe gatefold 3xLP reissue of stoner rock legends Fu Manchu's classic 2001 album includes: their first demo for the release (recorded by Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry) with three unreleased songs and different arrangements of additional tracks; the second demo (recorded and mixed by Matt Hyde) with heavier and rawer versions of the final songs with “Planet Of The Ape Handler” included; and the official final Mammoth Records album remastered in 2017 for a fuller and heavier sound.

>Rodrigo Gallardo & Nicola Cruz
– El Origen 12” (Wonderwheel)
El Origen is a collaborative project between Chile's Rodrigo Gallano (Matanza) and Nicola Cruz (ZZK) exploring the folkloric musical traditions of South America. The A-side is comprised of original compositions written, played and sung by Rodrigo while Nicola Cruz remixes all the tracks on the B-side, giving the sons his signature deep electronic vibe.
– The Mountains Are Beautiful Now LP (Prophecy)
GlerAkur is the moniker Icelandic composer and sound designer Elvar Geir Sævarsson has chosen to represent the unique cinematic music he creates apart from his engagement as a sound engineer at the National Theater of Iceland. Icelandic for 'Glass Field', GlerAkur draws inspiration from post rock, drone and ambient music, as well as black and doom metal, blending and bending sound into hypnotic waves of dreamlike atmosphere that Rolling Stone hailed as “brutally irresistible,” calling for comparison to “Metallica covering the live half of Pink Floyd's 1969 album
>Imagine Dragons
– Evolve LP (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Las Vegas quartet returns with their vibrant third album. Billboard called lead single “Believer” ‘a whimsical-yet-authoritative anthem” while TIME backs up the claim calling it “another showstopper.”

>The Indoor Garden Party
– The Musical LP (Model 101)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Curated by principal songwriter Russell Crowe, The Indoor Garden Party currently features Canadian folk rock hero Alan Doyle and chart-topping producer Carl Falk, as well as master vocalists Scott Grimes and Samantha Barks. Free from conventional restraints, their ever-growing songbook spans a variety of genres including pop, soul, rock and folk.

>The Kickback
- Weddings & Funerals LP (Jullian/Inkind Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Kickback immediately enter the front ranks of contemporary rock ‘n' roll with
Weddings & Funerals, a furious, exhilarating, and deeply emotional collection that somehow captures all of the shared experiences that bring us together – joy and sorrow, unity and separation, love and hate, life its own self. Produced by Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Wavves), the album sees singer-songwriter Billy Yost rending his chest to bare his own dark heart while grappling with intense personal trauma.
>The Denny Laine Band with Ron Pullman
– Meant To Be / Over The Horizon LP (Ron Pullman Music)
Denny Laine, Wings-man for Paul McCartney and front man for The Moody Blues debut album,
The Magnificent Moodies, has put his musical pen to paper for the first time in years.
>Limbonic Art
– Spectre Abysm LP (Spinefarm)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Norway's black metal masters make their long awaited return with their first new album in almost eight years.

>Clint Mansell
- Black Mirror: San Junipero [OST] LP (Lakeshore)
In October 2016 Netflix debuted the six-episode third season of
Black Mirror. This season featured an amazing array of composers including Max Richter (Nosedive), Bear McCreary (Nosedive), Alex Heffes (Shut Up And Dance), Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (Men Against Fire), and Martin Phipps (Hated In The Nation). Composed by Clint Mansell, the beloved fourth episode, San Junipero, takes place in a seaside town in 1987. Two pressings: Limited purple colored and limited picture disc.
– Moloch [Reissue/1969] LP (Stax)
A supremely successful combination of rock, hard blues, psychedelic acid-washed guitar solos, and blue eyed soul, Moloch is a prime example of the wildly eclectic music coming from Memphis at the time. 180gm.

>Napalm Death
– From Enslavement To Obliteration [Reissue/1988] LP (Earache)
Vinyl reissue of the grindcore band’s last album to feature vocalist Lee Dorrian and guitarist Bill Steer and the first to include Shane Embury on bassist.

>Oh Wonder
– Ultralife LP (Republic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from the British synth-pop duo.

>Carl Perkins
- The Best Of The Sun Records Sessions LP (ORG Music)
Prime selections of Carl Perkins’ material from his time at the legendary Sun Record Company in Memphis. The recordings have been remastered for vinyl. The album includes favorites like Roll Over Beethoven, Blue Suede Shoes, and Only You. [Limited cream colored vinyl pressing also available.]

- Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reich's Music For Pieces Of Wood LP (Totally Gross Nation)
Blazing a trail across the modern musical landscape with three albums of dark, personally political pop, Poliça has distorted the conventions of production and form to create deeply affecting songs that claw into your consciousness. This fourth release, a collaboration with Berlin-based neoclassical powerhouse s-t-a-r-g-a-z-e, dives further into the creative form that Poliça has developed since its inception. Taking minimalist pioneer Steve Reich's
Music For Pieces Of Wood as a basis and corrupting its polyrhythms across a continuous twenty minutes, the recording pushes the boundaries of both artists in a truly engrossing and transportive collaboration. Etched vinyl.
>The Pursuit Of Happiness
– Brave New Waves Session LP (Artoffact)
Exploding onto the Canadian rock scene with
I'm An Adult Now, The Pursuit of Happiness went on to sell over 100,000 copies of their debut album. This recording of the Pursuit of Happiness' Brave New Waves Session is taken from the original CBC Archives' tape and remastered at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, by Harris Newman. [Limited green colored vinyl pressing also available.]
– OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 3xLP+Cassette+MP3 (XL)
This Deluxe Boxed Edition features a black box emblazoned with a dark image of a burned copy of
OK Computer containing three heavyweight 180 gram black 12” vinyl records and a hardcover book containing more than thirty artworks (many of which have never been seen before) and full lyrics to all the tracks (except the ones that haven’t really got any lyrics). Under this weighty tome are yet more surprises: a notebook containing 104 pages from Thom Yorke’s library of scrawled notes of the time, a sketchbook containing 48 pages of Donwood and Tchock’s “preparatory work” and a C90 cassette mix tape compiled by the band, taken from OK Computer session archives and demo tapes.
>Ras Kass
– Soul On Ice [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Priority)
Vinyl reissue of the acclaimed debut album by West Coast emcee Ras Kass. The album's title is a reference to Black Panther member Eldridge Cleaver's 1968 book
Soul On Ice.
>The Regrettes
– Feel Your Feelings, Fool! LP (WB)
Released last January on CD – now available on vinyl. Perfectly imperfect - that’s one way to describe L.A. based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O -- with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of ‘50s and ‘60s acts a la The Temptations or Buddy Holly -- the four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks. Lead by outspoken front woman, Lydia Night, and comprised of Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Chavis on bass and drummer Maxx Morando, the group have left the rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Sleigh Bells, Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins and more. With a handful of singles released, the group have already caught the attention from outlets like NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, The Observer, Vogue, Noisey and more, with NYLON heralding them as a “punk act you should be listening to.”

>Roxy Music
– Avalon [Reissue/1982] LP (Virgin)
Vinyl reissue of the eighth and final studio album by Roxy Music.
Avalon is widely considered one of their finest albums and filled with lush, elegant soundscapes that are far removed from the edgy pop of their early recordings. Features the singles “More Than This”, “Avalon”, and “Take A Chance With Me”.
>Omar Souleyman
– To Syria, With Love LP (Mad Decent)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
To Syria, With Love is the third album from Syrian musician Omar Souleyman. The album is a departure musically and lyrically from his previous material, with focus on more elaborate keyboard and techno elements. Completely setting politics aside, Souleyman consciously shares this personal ode to his native country with an emphasis on his emotional connection to the land and people but not without heartache in view of the nation's current state. “It's been six years I've been away, and I'm tired of looking for home and asking about my loved ones. My soul is wounded and it's like having dust in my eyes,” Souleyman says. Limited colored vinyl pressing.
- Walk The Line [2005] LP (Craft)
First-time vinyl edition. Joaquin Phoenix delivers a fiery collection of Johnny Cash's most memorable songs on this Grammy-winning soundtrack. Producer T-Bone Burnett navigated Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and their fellow cast members through new recordings of classic country and rockabilly tunes. With additional tracks by Tyler Hilton, Johnathan Rice, Shooter Jennings and Waylon Payne, this album serves as a lively tribute and worthy companion to Cash's original works.

>Sun Of The Sleepless
– To The Elements LP (Prophecy)
Sun Of The Sleepless – Shadows Past LP (Prophecy)
Sun Of The Sleepless is the solo project of Schwadorf (aka Markus Stock), the mastermind behind two of Prophecy Productions' most popular acts, Empyrium and The Vision Bleak. The band creates poetic black metal dirges that twist with cold, raw atmospheres..

>Teenage Bottlerocket
– Stealing The Covers LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Teenage Bottlerocket s put their pogo-punk stamp on 14 cover songs. Instead of going the traditional route of covering well-known hits, TBR take the opposite approach by putting their unique twist on songs from obscure and unsigned acts that have caught their fancy over the years. The result is just as satisfying as any of their original work, packed with pop-punk power and ear catching melody from start to finish.

>Ten Foot Pole
– Setist LP (Cyber Tracks)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New recordings of eleven of the melodic punk band’s old songs, plus two new tracks.

– Abominationz [2012] LP (Majik Ninja)
Four and a half years after its initial release,
Abominationz is available for the first time on vinyl. Limited edition picture disc pressing.
>Various Artists
– The Passion Of Charlie Parker 2xLP (Impulse!)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. On this Impulse! Release, Charlie Parker's music is uniquely re-imagined by living legends of the modern jazz scene. Produced by Larry Klein, and including artists like Ben Monder, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, and Gregory Porter, this 'musical play' follows the narrative arc of Bird’s life.

>The White Noise
– AM/PM LP+MP3 (Fearless)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Southern CA's The White Noise have launched an audio assault onto the scene with their brand of kinetic, heavy-hitting tunes, packing a high dose of punk aesthetic. Limited white and purple colored vinyl pressing.

>Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr
– Resonator LP (One Little Indian)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Look past the quite frankly not-very-good cover art for
The Resonator, and you will find an interesting leftwards turn in folk singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams’ career. She has set aside her own material and embraced the vibraphone of Anthony Kerr: together, the pair have taken on a set of jazz standards, making them into something new.” – Norman UK
>Yoke Lore
– Goodpain EP 10” (Independent Label Alliance)
Brooklyn-based Yoke Lore is the new musical venture of Adrian Galvin (Yellerkin, Walk The Moon). Yoke Lore layers the harmonies of Panda Bear, the soulful beats of M83, and the modern pop of Blackbird Blackbird to tell the stories of how we are bound. Bone colored vinyl.
released 07 JULY 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

Barb Wire Dolls – Rub My Mind CD/LP (Motörhead Music)
Fronted by the whip-smart vocal and fashion icon Isis Queen (named after the Greek Goddess herself), Crete, Greece band Barb Wire Dolls intelligently weave sub-genres of punk, grunge, and metal, producing an urgent sound that is truly unique.

>Beatrix Players
– Magnified CD/LP (Cadiz Music)
Beatrix Players is a London-based all-female trio who make florid, adventurous music that operates at the interface between folk, singer-songwriter acoustica, prog and quasi classical baroque chamber pop.

>Chris Bell
– Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star CD (Omnivore)
This 22-track collection chronicles music made by and with Bell before Big Star’s iconic
#1 Record—from bands with imaginative names like Rock City, Christmas Future, Icewater, The Wallabys, and more. It examines Bell’s progress as a writer, performer, and engineer leading up to Big Star in which the sounds and roots of Big Star are completely evident.
>Blind Guardian
– Live Beyond The Spheres 3xCD/4xLP (Nuclear Blast America)
A 22-track, three-CD live collection by the power metal band spanning the band’s 30 year, ten album career.

>Randall Bramblett
– Juke Joint At The Edge Of The World CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Juke Joint At The Edge Of The World is a record that reflects the freedom my bandmates and I have found playing together in the last few years. Some of the places we play are like the old juke joints where people dance and shout - from these people and places we’ve found the energy we need to be free to shake the music up. Now, when we improvise we know it’s going to take us to a new and better musical place. Time listening and working together has given us that. The result is that this record has more of a ‘live in the studio’ feel to it. It’s also rooted more in the soul and R&B dance music I grew up listening to and playing. Less thinking and more playing. Less analyzing and more fun.”
>Broken Social Scene
– Hug Of Thunder CD/2xLP (Arts & Crafts)
Hug Of Thunder the 15 members of Broken Social Scene – well, the 15 who play on the record, including returnees Leslie Feist and Emily Haines – refract their varying emotions, methods, and techniques into something that doesn’t just equal their other albums, but surpasses them. It is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising. The title track on its own might just be the best thing you will hear all year – a song that might become as beloved as “Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl” from their breakthrough album, You Forgot It In People. The album’s title, Kevin Drew says, captured what he wanted people to feel about the group’s comeback, and how they sound playing together again: “It’s just such a wonderful sentiment about us, coming in like a hug of thunder.” In troubled times it offers a serotonin rush of positivity: “Stay Happy” lives up to its title, with huge surges of brass that sound like sunshine bursting through clouds. “Gonna Get Better” makes a promise that the album is determined to deliver. That’s not to say it’s an escapist record: Broken Social Scene is completely engaged, wholly focused, and not ignoring the darkness that lurks outside. But there is no hectoring, no lecturing, but a recognition of the confusion and ambiguity of the world.
>Death SS
– In Death Of Steve Silvester [Reissue/1989] CD/LP (Shadow Kingdom)
Death SS – Black Mass [Reissue/1989] CD/LP (Shadow Kingdom)
Death SS – Heavy Demons [Reissue/1991] CD/LP (Shadow Kingdom)
One of the most cult names in international heavy metal, Italy's Death SS have influenced numerous acts over the past three decades in their long, twisted history, equally impacting the nascent speed metal and black metal scenes with their trademark ghoulish and theatrical presentation. Their first three albums are back in-print on CD and vinyl.

– Anticult CD/LP (Nuclear Blast America)
Seventh album from the Polish metal band. [Limited “bone with blood splatter” vinyl edition also available.]

– Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea CD (Laser’s Edge)
Detroit, MI's Discipline has performed and recorded together since 1987, and remains one of the top bands in the American progressive rock scene. [Vinyl edition due July 21.]

>Flatfoot 56
– Odd Boat CD/LP (Sailor’s Grave)
Playing a positive-natured brand of hardcore-tinged Celtic punk, Flatfoot 56 has been unleashing itself upon America and the rest of the world for over 16 years. “The tallest man in punk rock music, Tobin Bawinkel and his band of merry Celtic brethren have done it again. Towering at 6’10“, the gentle giant of punk rock comes out swinging with the first track, ‘Ty Cobb.’ His signature gravelly, husky voice continues to stand tall amidst his Celtic punk rock counterparts. The song starts with a clip of a baseball game announcer that mixes smoothly with the guitar and then, alas, the bagpipes jump in. The second track keeps up the tone and doesn’t disappoint. A lead guitar part is thrown in and is a bit of a departure from their prior albums, but it seems to blend perfectly. Indeed,
Odd Boat is yet another jewel in the Flatfoot catalog. I can’t really find anything wrong with this album. It has solid production, amazing bagpipe and mandolin parts that are all mixed perfectly with the rest of the band.” – Indie Vision Music
>Great Grandpa
– Plastic Cough CD/LP/Cassette (Double Double Whammy)
The debut full length from Seattle WA's Great Grandpa is bursting with grunge and pop sensibilities focused around the legendary indie rock sound that's dominated the Pacific Northwest music scene for the past three decades. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

– Something To Tell You CD/2xLP (Columbia)
Something To Tell You is the sophomore album from Haim. When the time came to record the album’s eleven tracks, Haim decided to “go in and record as a band, keeping it a little more organic. That was kind of a mission statement for the album” offered Danielle Haim. The group first announced the release of Something To Tell You with an in-studio video version of album track “Right Now,” which was shot and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights). Haim then released the single “Want You Back,” which Rolling Stone described as having “a Hot 100 ready sheen.” Pitchfork gave “Want You Back” its coveted Best New Track saying “Haim are pulling the rug out from under our feet in the run-up to releasing their second album.” Entertainment Weekly declared “Want You Back” sees HAIM returning to their sonic roots as a funky, pop-inspired trio, complete with groovy strings, sprightly percussion, a soulful chorus, and a spritz of electronic sheen.”
>Heaven In Her Arms
– White Halo CD/LP (Translation Loss)
Third full-length from Japanese post-metal hardcore band. Heaven In Her Arms combine post rock, hardcore, metal and early-‘90s screamo. RIYL: Envy, Touché Amoré, Funeral Diner, City Of Caterpillar, Loma Prieta, PG.99 and Circle Takes The Square.

>Impure Wilhelmina
– Radiation CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Veteran post-hardcore troupe Impure Wilhelmina has been crafting evocative and deeply moving heavy rock for twenty years.
Radiation is 10-track collection that gracefully traverses the peaks and valleys of human emotion, and underscores their command of intense, melodic, and expressive post-hardcore.
>Sarah Jaffe
– Bad Baby CD/LP (Kirtland)
“Throughout her career, Texas singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe has allowed her sound to expand and evolve in exciting ways. From the beginning, she's had a tremendous knack for heartsick ballads, but she's also grown increasingly adept at vibrant electro-pop that incorporates her career's detours into film scoring and even hip-hop. Jaffe's two most recent albums, 2012's
The Body Wins and 2014's Don't Disconnect, showcase a fascination with science and machinery, with a futuristic sound to match. Now, on Bad Baby, she sounds as versatile as ever in songs that mix spiky synth-pop with softer, slower-burning reflections on the way human beings interact.” -- WUWM
>Ahmad Jamal
– Marseille CD (Jazz Village)
New album by the legendary pianist and composer. [Vinyl edition due July 28.]

– 4:44 CD (Roc Nation)
Jay-Z’s first album since
Magna Carta ... Holy Grail in 2013 — 4:44 features 10 intensely personal and provocative tracks that include a few references to the marriage-baring “Lemonade” album by his wife, Beyoncé, and the recent birth of their twins.
>Limbonic Art
– Spectre Abysm CD (Spinefarm)
Norway's black metal masters make their long awaited return with their first new album in almost eight years. [Vinyl edition due July 21.]

– A Walk With Love And Death 2xCD/2xLP (Ipecac)
Melvin’s first double-album find the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band’s music:
Death, a proper Melvins’ release, and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love And Death. “This was a huge undertaking,” explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. “All three things: the album, the soundtrack, and the film are benchmarks for us.” Drummer Dale Crover added, “A Walk With Love And Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on after listening.” The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were self-produced with engineer Toshi Kosai. [Limited pink vinyl pressing also available.]
– Busted, Broke & American CD/LP (Megaforce)
New album from veteran crossover/thrash band Method Of Destruction -- a mix of hardcore, punk rock, and thrash.

>Daniel Martin Moore
– Turned Over To Dreams CD/LP (Sofaburn)
The idea for
Turned Over To Dreams came after Daniel Martin Moore learned that close friends of his were using one of his previous albums as a bedtime lullaby routine for their children. So he decided to make some new recordings to help out.
>Laura Nyro
– A Little Magic, A Little Kindness: The Complete Mono Albums Collection 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
Both of Nyro’s original mono albums newly-remastered:
More Than A New Discovery, originally released on Verve Folkways in 1967 and Eli And The Thirteenth Confession, originally released on Columbia in 1968.
– Can’t Talk Medicine [Reissue/2013 CD/LP (Small Press)
Pickwick – LoveJoys CD/LP (Small Press)
Two albums from the KEXP favorites: a reissue of their 2013 debut and new album
LoveJoys. Slinky, sinewy, and articulate, LoveJoys pulses with a palpable confidence. Hypnotically intricate, just-right sonic ornamentation shimmers around a thick, undulating bed of propulsive rhythm. [Limited purple vinyl pressing of LoveJoys also available.]
>Public Service Broadcasting
– Every Valley CD/LP (PIAS America)
Every Valley is Public Service Broadcasting's third album. The album's theme is focused on the industrialization decline of south Wales: It's centered around coal mining but it’s a story which has been told around the western world and is particularly relevant given the current political climate. Known for their use of narrators from historical footage played over music, Every Valley, finds Public Service Broadcasting expanding with special guests vocals from James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers and Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura. “At first, Public Service Broadcasting's music scans as a lighthearted gimmick: A stripped-down band — led by a guy billed as ‘J. Willgoose, Esq.’ — performs dramatic instrumentals over voiceovers from old newsreels, documentaries, propaganda and public-service materials. But as the U.K. group releases its third album, it's striking how sturdy and versatile that sound has become.” – NPR
– OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 2xCD/3xLP+Cassette+MP3 (XL)
OKNOTOK features the original OK Computer twelve track album, eight B-sides, and the Radiohead completist’s dream: “I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War.” The original studio recordings of these three previously unreleased and long sought after OK Computer-era tracks finally receive their first official issue on OKNOTOK. [Vinyl edition includes a C90 cassette mix tape taken from OK Computer session archives and demo tapes and a notebook containing 104 pages from Thom Yorke's library of scrawled notes of the time. Limited colored vinyl pressing due July 21.]
>River Black
– River Black CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
“River Black is an emotional reaction; an answer to the call of today’s heavy music. It is a creative process that journeys to the heart and soul; purging all the good, the bad and the ugly along the way. River Black was formed by guitarist John Adubato and drummer Dave Witte after the dissolution of Burnt By The Sun. The duo felt the need to keep the spirit and energy behind that going, pushing it a darker and heavier direction than anything in their collective past, and enlisted long-time friend and bassist Brett Bamberger. After working through a few different line-ups, the trio brought vocalist Mike Olender into the fold. Witte explains, ‘I’ve always had a strong connection with John and his riffs. Somehow, he’s able to pull things out of me drumming-wise that no one else can. I found a rhythm partner and brother in Brett over the years, so those two together are the ultimate wing men for me so-to-speak. Adding Mike back into the fold was the puzzle piece that had been missing the whole time we’ve been working on this project.’” – New Noise Magazine

>Lucy Rose
– Something’s Changing CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
Like all folkloric stories, the making of
Something's Changing has a certain degree of serendipity. While on a quick break from the hectic tour commitments of Lucy's top 10 charting second album Work It Out, she noticed a steady stream of tweets reaching her from Latin America. This was in addition to the unlikely statistic that her music's most listened to city on Spotify was Mexico City. This insight gave birth to the seed of an idea that became a real labor of love over the next six months.
>Ulrich Schnauss
– No Further Ahead Than Today CD/2xLP (Scripted Realities/PIAS America)
At once uplifting and otherworldly, the music of Schnauss combines multilayered synthesizers with beats and ethereal vocals, serving as an aural escape route from the trappings of reality.

>Del Shannon
– The Dublin Sessions CD/LP (Rockbeat)
Previously unreleased album from 1977. Del Shannon was a consistent hit maker in the early 1960s.

>Keely Smith
– Little Girl Blue, Little Girl New [Reissue/1963] CD (Real Gone Music)
First-time CD edition of the jazz singer’s (Louis Prima/Frank Sinatra) debut album on Reprise.

>The Tardo Hammer Trio
– Swinging On A Star CD (Cellar Live)
Propulsive and swinging from top to bottom, Tardo Hammer sets a high bar for piano trio playing with
Swinging On A Star. Buoyed by bassist Lee Hudson and master drummer Steve Williams, Hammer is at once earthy and ethereal in his nine-tune program that ranges from Gil Evans to Monk. Whether tearing into searing up-tempo bop lines, or laying into a relaxed groove, the trio plays with verve and style.
>This Is The Kit
– Moonshine Freeze CD/LP (Rough Trade)
This Is The Kit, led by Paris-by-way-of-Bristol vocalist and songwriter Kate Stables along with the core trio of Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, and Neil Smith, as well as a revolving cast of horn players, additional percussionists, strings, and others, worked with producer John Parish on new album
Moonshine Freeze. Parish’s known brilliance for capturing a close-mic’ed vocal is felt here: Stables’ uniquely-textured voice is brought to the fore, and - following the tradition of exquisitely strange troubadours like Karen Dalton, Will Oldham, or Robert Wyatt - is simply arresting. [Limited red vinyl pressing also available.]
>Toro y Moi
– Boo Boo CD/LP+MP3 (Carpark)
“After 7 years of touring and recording, I found myself becoming self-conscious about my position in life as a ‘famous’ person, or at least my version of whatever that is. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment. I couldn’t help but fall into what might be described as an identity crisis. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real. During this time of personal turmoil, I turned to music as a form of therapy, and it helped me cope with the pain that I was feeling. I’d listen to the same ambient song over and over again, trying to insulate myself from reality. I fell in love with space again. By the time I felt ready to begin working on a new record, I knew that this idea of space within music would be something that propelled my new work forward. The artists that were influencing what I was making included everyone from Travis Scott to Daft Punk, Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kashif and Gigi Masin. I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof. I decided that I wanted to make a pop record with these ideas in mind. That idea for a record is what eventually became
Boo Boo.”
– Sneaker Waves CD/LP+MP3 (Modern Outsider)
A native of South Side Chicago turned longtime Nashville resident, Tristen has released two critically acclaimed solo records – 2011's
Charlatans At The Garden Gate and 2013's Caves – and toured extensively as a member of Jenny Lewis' backing band. The folk-oriented Charlatans earned her praise as “Nashville's best-kept secret” (The Boston Globe), and the more synth-pop-oriented Caves featured “tales of greed, alienation and heartache, made poignant but never saccharine by their electronically enhanced surroundings” (Nashville Scene). Now an established touring musician with finely tuned chops and a knack for lashing exceptional melodies to her singularly poetic lyrics, she travels with a practiced backing trio of top-notch Nashville sidemen. [Limited cloudy translucent vinyl edition also available.]
– Crook County CD (GMG Entertainment)
New album from the rapper featuring Vic Spencer, Supa Bwe, Cap1, Blac Youngsta & B. Scott, Bodi Deeder, The Boy Illinois, Jeremih, and YP.

>Steve Vai
– Modern Primitive CD (Favored Nations)
Seventh installment in the
Secret Jewel Box. “The bulk of the music on Modern Primitive was either written or recorded in between my first solo record Flex-Able (1984) and my second solo record, Passion And Warfare (1990).”
>Various Artists
– The Complete Loma Singles Vol. 1 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
The first of four volumes collecting 100+ singles from the ‘60s soul and R&B label.

>Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary
– American Grandstand CD (Upper Management)
Not since George & Tammy and Conway & Loretta has there been a vocal duet performance like Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary, two of the greatest singers in this generation of country music. Their special ability to turn a note is unmatched, and that magical sound pierces the heart and soul of anyone who loves traditional country music.

>Violent Femmes
- Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America CD/LP+MP3 (PIAS America)
Violent Femmes’ new live album,
2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged in America, includes rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests and random improvisations. While visiting radio stations to support their latest record I Can Do Anything, Violent Femmes and their talented backing band of multi-instrumentalists recorded this live record using special equipment and recording techniques to capture an ideal sound. “This is the first time we’ve delivered a full scale recording to the public which captures the sound and spirit of the band the way we play together when we’re working out songs in the hotel or dressing room,” says bassist Brian Ritchie. The intriguing vulnerability of a live show captured in a refined recording is unable to be matched by a polished studio session. Ritchie explains further, “This project refocuses attention upon the repertoire as a whole by stripping songs to their essentials, conveying them without artifice and removing them from any timelines. It’s the closest we’ve gotten to the essence of Violent Femmes.”
– Panther In The Dollhouse CD/2xLP (Six Shooter)
On their new album, Whitehorse takes a place of wholesome, conventional life and sets loose a wild animal to stalk, shred and smash its way through ideals of adult life and social conditioning. Whitehorse turns a microscope on domestic life to reveal a writhing, tangled biota of dreams and desire, despair and degradation. With
Panther In The Dollhouse, the duo’s songwriting makes a clean break from autobiography to fully embrace cinematic fiction in sleek, stylized collages of neo-noir drama and high-gloss showmanship. From the grindhouse ballad of “Die Alone” to the peroxide burn of “Trophy Wife,” the new songs are full of flawed characters, foiled plans and anti-fairytales. To make this record, Whitehorse expanded their studio team with the addition of Likeminds, a pair of hip-hop/R&B producers and musicians. The beat-makers joined the returning crew of Gus Van Go and Werner F, who produced the band’s previous album, Leave No Bridge Unburned. The results bring vintage drum machines, samplers and analog synths into duo’s space twang sound.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Behold The Brave
– Behold The Brave LP (Withyn)
Born in Chattanooga and residing in Nashville, Behold The Brave has enjoyed regional acclaim as the must-see rock band in Music City. No Country For New Nashville wrote: “Their lead vocalist has a distinct Shannon Hoon (of Blind Melon) meets alt-j bravado to his voice with just a touch of Robert Plant, and their fuzzy bass driven arrangements complement it beautifully.” [Limited color vinyl pressing.]

>Black Lips
– Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art? 2xLP (Vice)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Atlanta, GA flower punk pioneers Black Lips return with their first album in three years. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio compound in upstate New York throughout 2016,
Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art? is the group's most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock ‘n' roll. The album features contributions by Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family and guest vocals by Yoko Ono.
>Body Count
– Bloodlust LP+CD (Century Media)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Body Count’s sixth album features guest appearances by Soulfly and Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine and Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe.

>Booker T. & The MG’s
– Hip Hug-Her [Reissue/1967] LP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissue of the fifth studio album by the Southern soul band, originally released on Stax Records in June 1967. The title track was the band's most successful single since their debut, “Green Onions.”

>Tim Buckley
– Sefronia [Reissue/1973] LP (Real Gone Music)
Tim Buckley – Look At The Fool [Reissue/1974] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissues (colored pressings also available) of the last two records Buckley released during his lifetime. Long-time fans decried these records as sellouts, and indeed their soft ‘70s funk feel is jarring to those used to his more adventurous work. But Buckley proves himself to be one helluva R&B singer on these albums, which deserved a much larger audience than they got.

>Rosanne Cash
– King’s Record Shop [Reissue/1987] LP (Sony Legacy)
180gm 30
th anniversary vinyl reissue. King's Record Shop proved a pivotal album in the career of Rosanne Cash and in the emergence of Americana as an heir to traditional country music. After working on a series of albums which contained singles introducing a new wave/pop sound to America's country charts, producer Rodney Crowell shifted gears on King's Record Shop to bring a more roots-oriented, contemporary folk approach to the genre.
>Beth Ditto
– Fake Sugar LP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. After 17 years with garage-punk band the Gossip, Beth Ditto makes her solo debut with
Fake Sugar. On the album, Ditto approaches love, loss, looking back and moving forward with all the sexiness, poignancy, power and beauty befitting such an iconoclastic artist. Fake Sugar is a mash-up of driving blues, malt-shop pop, swooning rock and countrified soul.
– Embrace The Emptiness [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Season Of Mist)
Vinyl reissue of the funeral doom metal band’s 1998 debut album.

>Goo Goo Dolls
– Goo Goo Dolls [Reissue/1987] LP (WB)
Goo Goo Dolls – Jed [Reissue/1989] LP (WB)
Goo Goo Dolls – Hold Me Up [Reissue/1990] LP (WB)
Goo Goo Dolls – Superstar Carwash [Reissue/1993] LP (WB)
150gm vinyl reissues of the Goo Goo Doll’s first four albums.

>Emmylou Harris
– Elite Hotel [Reissue/1975] LP (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris – Pieces Of The Sky [Reissue/1975] LP (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris – Luxury Liner [Reissue/1977] LP (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris – Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town [Reissue/1978] LP (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris – Blue Kentucky Girl [Reissue/1979] LP (Nonesuch)
Limited 150gm vinyl reissues now available.

>Hidden Orchestra
– Dawn Chorus 2xLP (Tru Thoughts)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A highly personal yet expansive work from producer and composer Joe Acheson, Hidden Orchestra's third album is built around a collection of birdsong and other field recordings captured across many years in diverse locations around the UK and abroad. Rich in detail and character, these sonic snapshots intertwine with layers of bass, drums, percussion and eclectic instruments - including piano, electro-harp, glockenspiel, Turkish mey, clarinet and cello - for an emotive and transporting listen.

>Albert King
– Born Under A Bad Sign [Reissue/1967] LP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissue of the second studio album by Albert King.
Born Under A Bad Sign became “one of the most popular and influential blues albums of the late '60s.”
>Sonny Landreth
– Recorded Live In Lafayette 2xLP+MP3 (Provogue)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. Sonny Landreth’s unique spin on guitar playing has made him legendary. He combines the slide with fretted notes; this finger picking technique helps him create a complex, multi-layered sound onstage. Along the way Landreth has continued to develop his vision and his musical voice, growing increasingly original and diverse, expanding from blues, zydeco, folk, country and jazz into increasingly category- blurring musical excursions.
Recorded Live In Lafayette is a perfect showcase of Landreth’s talents and skills; Disc One contains a full acoustic set and Disc Two his full electric set.
>k.d. lang
– Ingénue (25th Anniversary Edition) [Reissue/1992] 2xLP (Nonesuch)
Expanded 25th Anniversary edition released to celebrate the double platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning album's silver anniversary. This double-disc set includes remastered versions of the album's original ten tracks, including its huge hit “Constant Craving,” along with eight previously unreleased performances from Lang's 1993
MTV Unplugged episode. [CD edition due July 14.]
>Pedro Laza Y Sus Pelayeros
– Rito Esclavo [Reissue/1961] LP (Vampisoul)
Lisandro Meza Y Su Combo Gigante – Salsita Mami [Reissue/1970] LP (Vampisoul)
Rare cumbia, porro, mambo, cha-cha-chá, salsa repressed on vinyl.

>Master P
– Ice Cream Man [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of the fifth studio album by New Orleans rapper.

– Live LP (Mute)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Moderat’s first-ever live album was recorded at Berlin’s Velodrom on June 5, 2016 during a sold out hometown show. In an age where technology develops at an exponential rate, the band crafted a live experience that truly exemplifies three of their homeland’s core competencies: technological innovation, musicianship and artistic expression. Instead of “pushing play”, Moderat works throughout their 90-minute performance to re-work their own music.

>Municipal Waste
– The Fatal Feast (Waste In Space) [Reissue/2012] LP (Nuclear Blast America)
Two pressings: orange splatter and red & yellow splatter colored vinyl. Undisputed masters of the crossover genre, Richmond, VA's Municipal Waste returned in 2012 with their fifth full-length album in their endless quest to bring the fury, bring the laughs and bring the party to obscene new lows.

>Randy Newman
– Randy Newman [Reissue/1968] LP (Nonesuch)
Randy Newman – 12 Songs [Reissue/1970] LP (Nonesuch)
Randy Newman – Sail Away [Reissue/1972] LP (Nonesuch)
Randy Newman – Good Old Boys [Reissue/1974] LP (Nonesuch)
Randy Newman – Little Criminals [Reissue/1977] LP (Nonesuch)
Limited 150gm vinyl reissues now available.

– Silver Side Up [Reissue2001] LP (Atlantic)
Nickelback – The Long Road [2003] LP (Atlantic)
Nickelback – All The Right Reasons [2005] LP (Atlantic)
Limited vinyl pressings now available.

>Night Drive
– Night Drive LP+MP3 (Roll Call)
Inspired by sci-fii cinematic landscapes, Night Drive create modern synthpop with infectious melodies wrapped in thoughtful lyrics.

>Agnes Obel
– Philharmonics [Reissue/2010] LP (PIAS America)
2010's P
hilharmonics, the debut album from Danish-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter Agnes Obel, has very much found its own flight. Its sparse, disarmingly beautiful songs have connected past the barriers of culture and language to become a pan-European hit, most notably in Obel's former homeland.
>Otis Redding
– The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads [Reissue/1965] LP (Atlantic)
Otis Redding – The Soul Album [Reissue/1966] LP (Atlantic)
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads is the third studio album by American soul singer-song writer Otis Redding, released in 1965. The album was one of the first issued by Volt Records, a sub-label of Stax Records, and Redding's first on the new label. The Soul Album followed a year later.
>Rotting Christ
– Theogonia [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Season Of Mist)
On Rotting Christ's tenth studio album, 2007's
Theogonia, the Greek black metal gods remained faithful to their ancient blackened-gothic style while also materializing as a faster, more aggressive entity. The established melodies of the past are indeed alive but this new apparition is cloaked with deeper atmospheric and epic elements as they recall the history of their homeland.
>Sam & Dave
– Double Dynamite [Reissue/1967] LP (Atlantic)
Perhaps no act epitomized soul music as the secularization of gospel more than Sam & Dave.
Double Dynamite was the second Sam & Dave album to enjoy significant crossover appeal.
– True Romance [1993] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited “pillow feather white & blood red splatter” vinyl edition. Though it was directed by Tony Scott, the 1993 film True Romance displayed all the signature themes and images of its writer, Quentin Tarantino, from its grisly violence to its B-movie homages to its gleeful amorality. And the same could be said of the soundtrack; alongside composer Hans Zimmer’s riff on Carl Orff (which itself was an homage to another violent road movie, Badlands),
True Romance offered a playlist that smacked of Tarantino in its embrace of rockabilly (Charlie Sexton, Chris Isaak), grunge (Soundgarden), honky-tonk (Shelby Lynne), and romantic machismo (Robert Palmer’s take on “[Love Is] The Tender Trap)”.
– Blue Moon Blood LP (Translation Loss)
Statiqbloom is the dark hallucinogenic brainchild of Fade Kainer (Batillus, Tombs, Theologian). Drawing from the grittiness of early industrial and EBM, Statiqbloom combines hard dance beats and haunting electronics with disorienting vocals to create a pulsing raw vision of electronic music.

– Vault Vol. 2 LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
A collection of rare, previously unreleased songs.

>Ten Years After
– Ten Years After [Reissue/1967] LP (Sundazed)
Ten Years After –Undead [Reissue/1968] LP (Sundazed)
Ten Years After – Stonedhenge [Reissue/1969] LP (Sundazed)
Ultra-rare mono mixes of Ten Years After’s first three albums.

>Throttle Elevator Music
– Area J LP (Wide Hive)
Thrilling sophomore release from the jazz-rock outfit, who bring a garage band attitude to some very tuneful songs. Comprised of Wide Hive label artists (The Wide Hive Players) and featuring saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who just burns on this recording without sacrificing a bit of lyricism.

>Carla Thomas
– Carla [Reissue/1966] LP (Atlantic)
Carla Thomas was to Memphis' Stax Records what Aretha was to Atlantic: the label's reigning matriarch, able to wrap her glorious voice around “B-A-B-Y” and “Let Me Be Good To You,” chart-toppers from the precocious songwriting team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter, as well as R&B standards like Willie Dixon's “Little Red Rooster.” Backed by the Stax house combo, fronted by Booker T. and Steve Cropper, Carla also shows off her storied versatility with knockout renderings of “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “I Fall To Pieces.”

– Double Dare LP (Equal Vision)
“This isn't just a ‘pop-punk’ band and I think when people hear the album, it'll be pretty apparent. There are songs that have elements of jazz, hip-hip, pop, indie, electronic, punk, etc.” – Awsten Knight [Limited purple and blue vinyl pressing also available.]
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