released 17 FEBRUARY 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

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Aborym – Shifting.Negative CD (Agonia)
New album from the Italian industrial/electronic metal band.

>Ryan Adams
– Prisoner CD/LP (Pax Am/Blue Note)
Ryan Adams mined an unexpected influence – hard rock icons AC/DC – for the sonic design of his 16th LP,
Prisoner. “When I run, I listen to [an iPod] Nano that I have,” the singer/songwriter told Entertainment Weekly. “I put all the AC/DC records on from back to front, or I'll listen to the best of stuff from the '80s: Springsteen, or Hornsby, and I'll listen to what is going on there. I was listening to AC/DC's Fly On The Wall, and that's when I realized what I had to do for the record.” Last fall, Adams told EW his next album would feature material inspired by Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge Of Town and the Smith's Meat Is Murder. But he's since added several disparate influences into the mix – including classic rock act Bachman-Turner Overdrive (“Takin' Care Of Business,” “You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet”) and pop hit-makers Electric Light Orchestra, both of whom helped expand his guitar production expertise. “I was like, ‘Wow!’ I understand the multicolored guitar tone moments now,” he said. “You can layer stuff. I really just learned a lot.” “How do I make a real distinct record where anybody listens to it and says, ‘That's the truth from beginning to end?’” he said. “So it's like exercise. It sucks in the beginning. But then you get into it.” [Limited red color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Aquilo
– Silhouettes CD/LP (Harvest)
Silhouettes is the debut album from this atmospheric pop duo.
>Battle Beast
– Bringer Of Pain CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
New release from the Finnish heavy metal band.

>Big Sean
– I Decided CD (Def Jam/G.O.O.D. Music)
Fourth album from the Detroit rapper. Includes guest contributions from Eminem, Jeremih, Jhene Aiko, The Dream, Migos and others.

>Bing And Ruth
– No Home Of The Mind CD/LP (4AD)
On their third album,
No Home Of The Mind, the New York ensemble continues with the deft minimalism that has marked them out in critical circles in recent years. Established in 2006, Bing And Ruth is an ever-evolving collective steered by composer David Moore. A pianist from Kansas and graduate of New York’s school of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School, Moore’s work follows in the great tradition of fellow alumni John Cage and Steve Reich, albeit looking past the more studied repetition of the style’s forerunners toward a meditative form built on feeling.
>Blacksage
– Shivers CD (Friends Records)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Since their debut EP
Sixtape in 2014, Baltimore-based duo Blacksage has been possessing listeners with the devastating coo of folk singer Josephine Olivia and the bass heavy beats of producer Drew Scott. Melting gothic-tinged elements of modern R&B and ‘90s trip-hop with old-fashioned pop, their 2015 full-length Basement Vows expanded on this dynamic to stunning effect. Their songs tread on the darker side of love and lust while remaining aware of the experimental and danceable nature of the music scene brewing in Baltimore.
>Black Sites
– In Monochrome CD/LP (Mascot)
Black Sites is a super group of sorts, featuring some of Chicago’s finest players from the underground metal scene including former Trials-members Mark Sugar (vocals/guitar) and Ryan Bruchert (guitar), plus John Picillo from Without Waves and Immortal Birds on bass, and Chris Avgerin, formerly of Autonomy and Lost Dog, on drums. The four-piece band draws inspiration from a panoramic pedigree of classic and modern metal and hard rock influences including Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, 1970s Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Fates Warning, Motörhead, Queensrÿche, Voivod, Hammers Of Misfortune, and Dawnbringer.

>Molly Burch
– Please Be Mine CD/LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Molly Burch was exposed to the arts at an early age. Growing up in L.A. with a writer/producer father and a casting director mother, Burch's childhood was filled with old Hollywood musicals and the sounds of Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. After finding her voice in adolescence, Burch packed up for the UNC in Asheville to study Jazz Vocal Performance. “I was always really interested in singing before songwriting. I didn't always have the confidence to write,” Molly says, “Initially it was more about finding the right songs to complement my voice.” And that voice is the first thing you'll notice on Burch's debut album.

>Cultes des Ghoules
– Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead Of Love 2xCD (Hell’s Headbangers)
Crushing raw black death metal.

>Tim Darcy
– Saturday Night CD/LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
Saturday Night, the first proper solo album from Tim Darcy (Ought), comes from one of those crossroads-type moments in life where one has to walk to the edge before knowing which way to proceed. Each track is woven to the next in a winding, complex journey through a charged, continuous present. There are love/love lost songs like the standout, almost-new wave “Still Waking Up” in which a Smiths-esque melody builds upon an underbrush that recalls ‘60s AM pop and country. Darcy's unmistakable, commanding voice and lyrical phrasing are, as they are in Ought, an instrument here: vital to the entire affair.
>Edenbridge
– The Great Momentum 2xCD/2xLP+CD (Steamhammer)
New album from the Austrian symphonic metal act. [CD edition includes a bonus disc of instrumental versions. Limited brown color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Eisley
– I’m Only Dreaming CD/LP (Equal Vision)
I’m Only Dreaming is the Tyler, TX-based indie pop outfit’s fifth album, and was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, Lauryn Hill). Vocalist/guitarist Sherri DuPree-Bemis opened up about album single “You Are Mine” revealing, “This song is about loving someone deeply and the beauty and challenges that come with being in a long term, committed relationship. You’re going to argue, you’re going to rub each other wrong and disagree and drive each other absolutely crazy sometimes but at the end of the day you just want to be together. I’m Only Dreaming stays true to form of the band’s signature dreamy sound, with DuPree-Bemis elaborating, “Musically, you could say it’s classic Eisley, in the sense that it’s melodic, moody pop and is written from the heart. Lyrically, it’s very whimsical; it has a vibe that will take you into its own world and let you escape your normal life for a few minutes. I like to cloak things in a little mystery and romance; I think it’s part of what makes all of Eisley’s songs sound like they’re from the same world. Every record is like opening and reading a book in a series.”
>Hanni El Khatib
– Savage Times CD/3x10”+MP3 (Innovative Leisure)
Hanni El Khatib should be the next garage rock god. It doesn’t take much of a leap to see him headlining hockey arenas on the back of nothing but his scuzzy guitar and his monster hooks. His new release
Savage Times is a compilation of a boatload of singles he released over 2016. His first idea for the Savage Times project was to do something he'd never done before. Instead, he ended up doing … well, everything he'd never done before. He'd be playing new instruments, writing in unfamiliar new ways, opening himself up to an unrelenting stream of ideas and dedicating himself totally to pure musical instinct—and then releasing songs instantly to the public, without waiting to tour or assemble an album or anything. At the end of 2015, he'd walked into the studio with his guitar and a few lines of lyrics, hoping to sketch out a track or two just to stay busy, but that very first day he walked out with two finished songs and the inspiration to create something raw in real time, recording and releasing songs direct to the public as soon as tape stopped rolling: “Everything was really as I did it,” he says. “It was meant to be an experiment in how I could write and record and release something as quickly as possible. I didn't wanna make an album—I wanted to put songs out every week. It's personal for me.”
>Electric Guest
– Plural CD/LP (Downtown)
The first album in five years from L.A.-based duo Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton aka Electric Guest.
Plural breaks the group's silence with their most confident, catchy, fully-realized music to date, featuring behind the scenes contributions from Joanna Newsom, Haim, and Justin Young from The Vaccines. Recorded in L.A., Plural infuses Electric Guest's off-kilter blend of electronic, pop and R&B with an even more adventurous spirit than on 2012's Mondo.
>Danny Elfman
– Fifty Shades Darker [Original Motion Picture Score] CD (Backlot Music)
Original score to the erotic romantic drama film.

>Peter Erskine and The Dr. Um Band
– Second Opinion CD (Fuzzy Music)
Peter Erskine – In Praise Of Shadows CD (Fuzzy Music)
Two new CDs from the Peter Erskine New Trio, featuring jazz drumming legend Erskine with his nephew and bass phenom Damian Erskine, plus keyboard virtuoso and arranger Vardan Ovsepian (with guests Artyom Manukyan on cello and EVI master Judd Miller).

>The Gibson Brothers
– In The Ground CD (Rounder)
The Gibson Brothers' brand of bluegrass is a visceral mix of heritage and soaring harmony, making them the premiere brother duet of the genre, following in the footsteps of legendary brother acts such as the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers. Their first-ever album of entirely original songs,
In The Ground sees the Gibson Brothers taking on their own roots as the sixth generation of Gibsons to grow up on their family farm.
>Grails
– Chalice Hymnal CD/LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Rather than pick up where they left off, Grails take the sky-high riff-based heaviness of their earlier albums and distill it into a nuanced, widescreen opus. The perennial influences of mid-20th century Western film scores, obscure library music, and psychedelic krautrock are indelibly imprinted, but
Chalice Hymnal exudes an eerie patience in unfurling the many layers of its subtle details.
>Haxxan
– Loch Ness Rising CD (Hell’s Headbangers)
Although “new” in name, Haxxan features underground legend Killjoy DeSade (Necrophagia, The Ravenous, Wurdulak, et. al.) on vocals and synth. Spread over 10 tracks, Haxxan's
Loch Ness Rising is conceptually based on Aleister Crowley, as Killjoy has been a life-long Crowley enthusiast. Recorded at Thelema Studios and mixed/mastered by Grzegorz Kulawiak at Sin Mix Studios, Loch Ness Rising richly resonates with a pure (and purely eerie/uneasy) tone that lends these songs a unique character: undoubtedly heavy in a manner not unlike To Mega Therion-era Celtic Frost, there's likewise a ghostly aspect to its conversely crushing stomp.
>Hearts Like Lions
– If I Never Speak Again CD (Tooth & Nail)
New album from the Long Beach, California alt-rockers.

>Benedikt Jahnel Trio
– The Invariant CD (ECM)
The trio with Spanish bassist Antonio Miguel and Canadian drummer Owen Howard has been an invariant in the life of Berlin based pianist Benedikt Jahnel. Hence the album title:
The Invariant is issued as the group goes on tour to celebrate its tenth anniversary as a working unit.
>Jethro Tull
– Stand Up [Reissue/1969] CD/LP (Rhino)
Steven Wilson’s new stereo mixes of the original album plus the original stereo and mono single mixes of “Living In The Past” and “Driving Song.” Jethro Tull's second album,
Stand Up, marked an early turning point for the band with the addition of guitarist Martin Barre along with Ian Anderson s introduction of folk-rock influences to the group's blues-based sound.
>Jidenna
– The Chief CD (Epic)
“I want to create a whole different genre. The genre that I’m working on is called Swank,” the Nigerian American singer said. “My biggest goal is to be the swankest man in hip-hop history and the swankest man alive. I already have the swankest DJ you’ve ever seen, Nana Kwabena Tuffour, who is also my co-producer. People compare me, though, and say, ‘This is the millennial version of André 3000.’ Those are big shoes to fill and that’s an admirable position, but my goal is to redefine and create a new genre.”

>Kool Keith
– Sex Style [20th Anniversary Limited Edition] 2xCD (Threshold)
He comes in many forms and many incarnations, but his style is distinctly his own. Just as there's no mistaking his smooth lyrical delivery and searing hip-hop prose with its underlying edgy beats, there's no denying the incredible force that is Kool Keith. Whether as a founding member of the legendary Ultramagnetic MCs, or in the guises of his renegade rap personas Dr. Octagon and Dr. Dooom, Keith has established himself as an innovative lyricist whose erudite raps push the envelope to the limit. When Keith Teams up with KutMasta Kurt on the production, they arguably create the best albums in his catalog. This expanded reissue of his 1997 album adds a bonus disc of instrumental versions.

>Alison Krauss
– Windy City CD/LP (Capitol)
Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in Grammy history (27 awards including Album of the Year in 2009), releases a beautifully curated collection of classic songs produced by Nashville Veteran Buddy Cannon. While they span different eras and musical genres, there is a unifying sensibility. Some of the songs on
Windy City are familiar, like “Gentle On My Mind,” a signature song of Glen Campbell’s, and “You Don’t Know Me” which was a hit for Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles. Others are lesser known, like Willie Nelson’s “I Never Cared For You” and “All Alone Am I,” originally recorded by Brenda Lee. “Like the nine other tracks on Windy City, ‘River In The Rain’ is a previously recorded song that’s given new life thanks to Krauss’ Americana/bluegrass stylings. The tune, written and originally sung by beloved Nashville singer/songwriter Roger Miller, is melancholy and introspective, about the destruction and rebirth that can come from winding rivers and ceaseless rain.” – The Boot
>Nikki Lane
– Highway Queen CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (New West)
Nikki Lane’s third album
Highway Queen sees the young Nashville rebel emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Produced by Lane and fellow singer/songwriter Jonathan Tyler, and recorded in Denton, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, Highway Queen is an emotional tour-de-force. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage ‘60s country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Black Keys and Lana Del Rey fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. Highway Queen starts with the whiskey-soaked restlessness of “700,000 Rednecks,” a rowdy call to action, and ends on the profoundly raw “Forever Lasts Forever,” where Lane belts freely, mourning a failed marriage – the “lighter shade of skin” left behind from her wedding ring. Lane’s journey to heartbreak takes exquisite turns. “Companion” is pure Everly Brothers’ dreaminess (“I would spend a lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can”). Elsewhere, she goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking “Jackpot,” fights last-call blues (“Foolish Heart”) and tosses off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano (“Big Mouth”). [Limited vinyl picture disc edition also available.]
>Jens Lekman
– Life Will See You Now CD/LP+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
Jens Lekman describes his new record,
Life Will See You Now, playfully, but also honestly, as "a midlife-crisis disco album; it's an existentialist record, about seeing the consequences of your choices". It's a typical Lekman album in several ways: sly humor is key to its heartfelt nature; it inverts pop's writing norm by making songs with sad concerns sound happy and songs with a happy subject sound sad; and it plays with notions of identity and the self. But, as the title suggests, it also represents a significant move forward, as if across a threshold. It's the more expansive, upbeat sound of a revitalized Lekman, who is just one of many characters in his new stories about the magic and messiness of different kinds of relationships. [Limited orange vinyl pressing also available.]
>Lift To Experience
– The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads [Reissue/2001] CD/2xLP (Mute)
Multi-format remixed and remastered reissue of Lift To Experience's cult classic 2001 double album. (Also available is a limited vinyl boxset featuring the album plus the original LTE EP which was only ever released in Texas on CDRs and LTE's classic John Peel session which has never been released.) “All it takes is a run through opening track ‘Just As Was Told’ to find yourself committed to the full double-album ride of Lift to Experience's remarkable 2001 release,
The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. Unfolding in varying musical sections over nearly seven minutes, biblical references are sprinkled over a startling mix involving elements of My Bloody Valentine, Slint, and math rock that drive into a slow-burning, beatific finish and set the bar high for all that follows.” – Under The Radar
>Lorna Shore
– Flesh Coffin CD (Cooking Vinyl)
Lorna Shore’s unique signature aesthetic spans death metal, black metal, power metal, and progressive rock for a style that encompasses brutal breakdowns, dazzling technical passages, white-knuckle-ride dynamics, and rich textured moments. [Vinyl edition due March 10.]

>Meat Wave
– Incessant CD/LP (SideOneDummy)
The Chicago punks return with their third full-length. Recorded by Steve Albini.

>Middle Kids
– Middle Kids CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
It hasn’t taken long for Australia’s Middle Kids to make their mark. They are fantastic counterpoint alt pop: A strong three piece band with male and female lead singers that play off each other as well as the play and sing together. Their debut self-titled EP is a collection of six tracks demonstrating exactly why this band is marked as one to watch.

>Mind Over Mirrors
– Undying Color CD/LP+MP3 (Paradise Of Bachelors)
The new album by the ever-evolving project of Jaime Fennelly is a set of roiling, meditative recordings.
Undying Color is the first to supplement his foundational arsenal of Indian pedal harmonium, analog synthesizers, and incantatory voices with a full ensemble including Janet Beveridge Bean (Eleventh Dream Day, Freakwater), Jim Becker (Califone, Iron and Wine), Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux, Jackie Lynn), and Jon Mueller (Death Blues, Volcano Choir). The album braids folk and formal, praise and play, within its heady swells and troughs, invoking American vernacular musical traditions and pulsating avant-garde electronics alike.
>Novella
– Change Of State CD/LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Over the course of ten tracks, Novella take the time and space necessary to let the physical and ideological implications behind a changing state run rampant through themes that linger as much in topical discussion as they do in perennial reflections of human experience. Recorded over the period of a few months in the Victorian bedroom studio of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) on an old 1960s 8-track, Novella utilize an economy of sound on
Change Of State to create ethereal swathes of textures, gentle melodies and energetic, motorik bursts.
>London O’Connor
– OΔ CD/LP (True Panther Sounds)
London O’Connor is a New York based self-produced songwriter from suburban Souther California. His debut album, titled OΔ, was created entirely from his backpack while living between apartments in NY. OΔ is based on the suburban upbringing he fled to NY from, birthed onto the internet and referential to a range of musicians from the likes of Earl Sweatshirt to early Beck in its genre-spanning explorations.

>The Orwells
– Terrible Human Beings CD/LP+MP3 (Canvasback Music/Atlantic)
You know the kind of song that makes you feel uneasy, but excited? Maybe you felt it the first time you heard The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog” or The Pixies “Monkey Gone To Heaven” -- creepy yet catchy songs that are ominous and playful at the same time. It’s a category that now welcomes The Orwells’ raucous third album, Terrible Human Beings, the Chicago band’s most dynamic and engrossing collection to date. “Not too far back we sat down to write what we call mutilated pop songs," explains guitarist Matt O'Keefe." “We wanted to make songs that at their core are catchy and pretty, then slash them up,” adds singer Mario Cuomo. "After two misfires we landed on something that felt right," O'Keefe continues, "like an engine failing to start then finally turning itself over.” Whereas Cuomo was more focused on the his own tales of suburban malaise for The Orwells 2014 album
Disgraceland, he found external inspiration for Terrible Human Beings. Movies such as the psychological thriller It Follows and noir fiction like Last Exit To Brooklyn provided fodder for a more narrative, vignette-based approach.
>Augustus Pablo
– King David’s Melody [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (VP)
The late Augustus Pablo is a legendary founder of dub music as well as one of the greatest reggae producer/writer/instrumentalists ever to be heard.
King David’s Melody is an Augustus Pablo instrumental album full of beguiling melodies played by Pablo on melodica and keyboard.
>The Paperhead
– Chew CD/LP (Trouble In Mind)
“Nashville psych-pop trio Paperhead have been blending psych and prog with other genres to create silky textures all their own for six years now. They’re set to drop their fourth album
Chew early next year, and the first foray into it is the smooth, jazz-infused “Dama De Lavanda.” Their usual liquid psychedelia is tinged with Ennio Morricone-esque twang and mixed with intricate percussion and Latin jazz-leaning trumpet. They ease in and out of the different aesthetics before transitioning to some throwback soul reminiscent of the Delfonics for a cool-down into the fadeout. Beautiful harmonies and gauzy vocals drift across the varying, well-arranged sonics and further meld them together for a far-flung yet cohesive song.” – Stereogum/November 2016
>Matt Pryor
– Memento Mori CD/LP (Equal Vision)
Though best known for his work as the primary singer-songwriter for The Get Up Kids, Matt Pryor has a vast musical catalog including his folk-tinged group The New Amsterdams, children’s music project Terrible Twos and indie-rock super group Lasorda – featuring Nate Harold (fun.), Mike Standberg (Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band), and Dustin Kinsey (The New Amsterdams). Pryor also contributes to Chicago start-up Downwrite – a website that enables artists to create fan-commissioned songs and connect with fans on a personal and creative level. Pryor hosts the
Nothing To Write Home About podcast as well, where he interviews fellow musicians and industry friends, including the likes of Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra), Chris Conley (Saves The Day), Dan Campbell (The Wonder Years), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), and more. Memento Mori is his fifth solo album. “We lost a lot of people close to us in the last couple of years,” notes Pryor. “This album is both a way for us to remember them and to celebrate everyday the lives that we still have.”
>PVT
– New Spirit CD/LP (Felte)
“Elaborate motorik grooves, dense, post-rock complexity and intricate electronic experimentalism.” -- Mojo

>Robert Randolph & The Family Band
– Got Soul CD/LP+MP3 (SME Masterworks)
Pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph returns with his new album,
Got Soul. The album takes stock of Randolph's past as a church musician as it pushes the band forward into new places., with songs that run the gamut from gospel numbers to deep, funky grooves to incendiary rock-and-soul jams. The hauntingly exquisite “Heaven's Calling” features Randolph on solo steel while guest vocalists Darius Rucker and Anthony Hamilton lend their golden voices to “Love Do What It Do” and “She Got Soul” respectively. “I Thank You,” the ‘60s Sam & Dave R&B smash, is completely re-imagined in the hands of the Family Band and Snarky Puppy's Cory Henry.
>Maggie Rogers
– Now That The Light Is Fading CDEP (Capitol)
Maggie Rogers grew up playing banjo on a working farm in rural Maryland and first came to the public’s attention when she appeared in a video posted on YouTube of Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams teaching a Masterclass at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where Rogers was a student. In the clip, Rogers plays an unfinished recording of “Alaska” and the song earned slew of media attention. SPIN declared that the song “blends folk, electronic, and pop music sensibilities to form an entirely new hybridized sound,” while Paste called it “hauntingly beautiful.” The Los Angeles Times said “it has the lilting vocal inflections of a country song and the depth of a poem.” Rogers' debut EP,
Now That The Light Is Fading, features five original songs written, produced and performed by the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist, including the aforementioned single “Alaska.”
>Six. By Seven
– Greatest Hits 2xCD (Beggars Banquet)
Six. By Seven – The Closer You Get + Peel Sessions 2xLP (Beggars Banquet)
Six. By Seven was a band from Nottingham England that formed in 1994. Inspired by the Pistols and the Stranglers as well as My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Mercury Rev, Six. By Seven straddled a fine line between post-Brit pop, British rock and a much edgier kind of punk. [Along with the
Greatest Hits CD, the band’s 2000 album The Closer You Get has been reissued on vinyl and expanded with Peel Sessions and B-sides.]
>Son Volt
– Notes Of Blue CD/LP (Transmit Sound)
The 10 songs on
Notes Of Blue are inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues as most know it. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Son Volt’s Jay Farrar for the new collection. The album opens with the country soul of “Promise The World,” followed by “Back Against The Wall,” a song that could stand alongside the great Son Volt songs of their early albums. However, Notes Of Blue reflects the blues as it resides in the folk tradition, but heavily amplified. The primal stomp of Cherokee St, the frenetic guitar on “Static” and the raw slide in “Sinking Down” exude grit and attitude. Conversely, tracks such as “The Storm” and “Cairo And Southern” seamlessly meld blues with hypnotic melodies that add a unique balance to the album.
>The Standells
– Dirty Water [Reissue/1966] CD/LP (Sundazed)
The Standells - Why Pick On Me - Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White [Reissue/1966] CD/LP (Sundazed)
The Standells – Try It [Reissue/1967] CD/LP (Sundazed)
The Standells’ amazing string of punkish, tough-guy anthems, like “Dirty Water” and “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White”, define the legacy of mid-‘60s garage rock like nothing else.

>Stinking Lizaveta
– Journey To The Underworld CD/LP (Translation Loss)
“Stinking Lizaveta has once again demonstrated their ability to take listeners on an unpredictable journey, providing both frenetic and subdued moments that are woven together in a truly enticing manner. The playing is just as tight as you’d expect from this trio, but this time around the recording seems to fully capture their energetic, powerful peaks and softest moments without sending too thin. Instrumental rock can be tricky to pull off but
Journey To The Underworld is a perfect example of how to pull it off and keep the listener engaged from beginning to end. Put this one on, close your eyes, and let Stinking Lizaveta take you to new and exciting places through their instrumentation.” – Transcending Obscurity
>Strand Of Oaks
– Hard Love CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Tim Showalter's latest release as Strand Of Oaks,
Hard Love, emanates an unabashed, raw, and manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. “For me, there are always two forces at work: the side that's constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and the side that's naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It's about finding a place where neither side is compromised, only elevated.” Drawing from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub compilations, and Jane's Addiction, and informed by a particularly wild time at Australia's Boogie Festival, he sought to create a record that would merge all of these influences while evoking something new and visceral. These influences coupled with an uninhibited and collaborative studio experience moved an initial concept for a singularly feel-good record to something more complex and real. As much as Showalter wants this record to seem like a party, it's more than that. It feels like living. [Limited green color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Tash Sultana
– Notion CD/LP (Mom & Pop Music)
“Tash’s carefully crafted, edgy, multi-instrumental pieces featuring beat boxing, unique guitar work and percussion styled finger tapping, has left sold out audiences in awe.”

>Tall Tall Trees
– Freedays CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Although it's often hard to imagine, most of the sounds on
Freedays are experiments with the banjo, and they all reflect the innovative musings of one of the freshest sounds to come out of the Appalachians in decades.
>Tarkovsky Quartet
– Nuit Blanche CD (ECM)
Ingmar Bergman once said of Andrey Tarkovsky, “He moves with such naturalness in the room of dreams,” and the French-German quartet named after the great Russian filmmaker has developed an associative dream-language of its own. For leader and pianist François Couturier the silence and slowness of Tarkovsky are closely related to an ECM aesthetic further developed on the group’s third album
Nuit Blanche, produced by Manfred Eicher in Lugano in April 2016. Here pieces variously composed by François Couturier, or created in the moment by Couturier, cellist Anja Lecher, saxophonist Jean-Marc Larché and accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier, explore the texture of dreams and memory and continue to make oblique reference to Tarkovsky.
>Otis Taylor
– Fantasizing About Being Black CD (Trance Blues)
Blues music visionary Otis Taylor reflects on the African American experience on this timely release.
Fantasizing About Being Black is Otis Taylor’s poetic musical exploration from the voyages of slave ships to the Mississippi Delta with a raw and haunting multi-instrumental blend that reveals the connection of history to modern day events; features musical guests Jerry Douglas, Brandon Niederauer and Ron Miles.
>Virgin Steele
– Visions Of Eden [Reissue/2006] 2xCD (Steamhammer)
Expanded reissue of the barbaric romantic power metal band’s eleventh album. The first disc contains a remixed version of the entire album, while the second contains a remastered presentation of the original version.

>Visible Cloaks
– Reassemblage CD/LP+MP3 (RVNG International)
Visible Cloaks'
Reassemblage is a collection of delicately rendered passages of silence and sound that invokes -- and invites -- consciousness. The foundation of the duo's second album could be described as translingual or polyglottal, working within an eastern/western feedback loop of influence, Fourth World ambiguity, and the universality of human emotion.
>Tash Sultana
– Notion CD/LP (Mom & Pop Music)
“Tash’s carefully crafted, edgy, multi-instrumental pieces featuring beat boxing, unique guitar work and percussion styled finger tapping, has left sold out audiences in awe.”

>Chip Taylor
– A Song I Can Live With CD (Trainwreck)
“In the early days of Chip Taylor’s remarkable career, he penned some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, most notably ‘Wild Thing’ (Jimi Hendrix, the Troggs) and ‘Angel Of The Morning’ (Merilee Rush). Then, in 1980, after releasing several solo albums, he stopped recording and began a successful 16-year run as a professional gambler. He returned to music in the late ‘90s, issuing a series of superb duet CDs with Texas singer and fiddler Carrie Rodriguez. Now, in Taylor’s incredibly prolific latest period, he has reverted to solo recording, delivering about an album a year over the past decade. Taylor’s mesmerizing latest release offers more proof that he deserves to be considered a national treasure, right up there with folks like Greg Brown and the late Jesse Winchester and Steve Goodman. Backed mostly by piano and guitar, he sings—and sometimes talks—about everything from his love for his wife Joan to a cable TV horseracing channel.” – No Depression

>Benjamin Wallfisch
– A Cure For Wellness [Score] CD/LP+MP3 (Milan)
Wallfisch’s score combines creepy lullabies and an orchestral majesty. [Limited color vinyl pressing available.]

>The Wild
– Wild At Heart CD (E1)
“Shooting guns, setting fires and shaking shacks with half-stacks make for the type of nights that separate the men from the boys and The Wild from the other 99% of what some people are calling rock ‘n’ roll these days.”

>Charlie Wilson
– In It To Win It CD (RCA)
Seventh solo album from the R&B legend. Guests include T.I., Pitbull, Wiz Khalifa, Robin Thicke, Lalah Hathaway, and Snoop Dogg.

>Danny Worsnop
– The Long Road Home CD/LP (Earache)
“Danny Worsnop, best known for being the vocalist of British metalcore band Asking Alexandria, returns with something that’s completely off the rails from anything he’s done in the past. Forged through years of addiction, substance abuse, heartache, pain and self-loathing
The Long Road Home sees him pursuing a career in the more southern/country side of the musical spectrum. After relocating to Nashville, TN when he left AA, he became inspired by all the country lifestyle and all it had to offer. Featuring a more bluesy, soulful sound… This is Worsnop at his most vulnerable moments, put on display for the world to see. No subject is too taboo for the singer/songwriter, as he tackles his battles with his many demons. Melancholic, depressive tracks like ‘Prozac’ will have you feeling overly emotional. ‘I Feel Like Shit,’ on the other hand has a vaudeville vibe to it, playful, light and bouncy while Worsnop recalls all the times that he’s suffered a hangover from the previous night’s ventures. A modern country hit, if ever there was one, is the album’s lead single ‘Mexico.’ I can’t tell, entirely, if this is a satirical track that is aimed at the most common things found in the genre, or if he legitimately feels the way he does. What I can say is that, no matter the case, he sells it well.” – Metal Wani
>WSTR
– Red, Green Or Inbetween CD/LP (No Sleep)
Debut full-length from Liverpool alternative four-piece WSTR. The quartet grew up on the original mainstream pop punk bands, like Blink 182, New Found Glory and Sum 41.

>Youth In Revolt
– The Broken CD (Cooking Vinyl)
Debut album from the East Coast punk outfit. Youth In Revolt is a five-piece rock band hailing from Holmdel, New Jersey with musical similarities to bands such as Sleeping With Sirens and Of Mice And Men.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>3 Doors Down
– The Better Life [2000] 2xLP (Republic)
Featuring their breakthrough anthem “Kryptonite,”
The Better Life is the debut album from rock band 3 Doors Down. Available for the first time on vinyl.
>Evanescence
– The Ultimate Collection 6xLP (The Bicycle Music Company)
A career-spanning vinyl box set encompassing Evanescence’s studio albums including the commercial debut for the previously unreleased demo album
Origin.
>Sallie Ford
– Soul Sick LP (Vanguard)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. The Portland singer/songwriter’s new album
Soul Sick “is an open, honest and relatable one acting as what Ford refers to as a ‘confessional’ album. ‘It’s about struggling with my issues -- some that I’ve overcome and some that I still carry around. I felt confused, down about life and unsure of myself,’ Ford explains. As someone dealing with anxiety and depression, Soul Sick was a way for the singer to dig into her past, battle her inner demons, and heal by pouring herself into her lyrics. In addition to the deeply relatable concept and lyrics of Soul Sick, the album perfectly displays Ford’s unfiltered vocals and retro rock sound.
>Duke Garwood
– Garden Of Ashes LP (Heavenly/PIAS America)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “In the face of an apocalypse, we all need a safe house. A place for sanctuary; not to hide, but to claim for our own. On his new album, South London’s unlikely bluesman Duke Garwood has found the perfect place for us all, and says it’s time to meet in the
Garden Of Ashes. ‘I am an angry man; so angry I burn myself. So angry I heat up the air around me. This is the nuclear fuel I use to make music,’ tells Duke. ‘In a world so full of pain and madness we need to be better than ever; to evolve not devolve. To become masters of our fate and stop listening to the snake talkers who would steal our last breath. It’s time to go Elvis and shoot the cursed TV.’ For an artist who claims to be angry, there’s a lot of love to be heard in Duke’s music and in the face of impeding Armageddon, just as Nick Cave claims in his film One More Time With Feeling, the only way to fight anguish is with positivity. On Duke’s sixth album Garden Of Ashes, that’s precisely the message. ‘I make beautiful music, because we don't need angry music right now. Everyone can turn on the TV and see the horror show, they don't need to hear it coming out the stereo. I’m trying to distil this frustrating feeling we all have right now into something more focused.’” – Drift
>IIVII
– Colony LP (Consouling Sounds)
IIVII is the solo project of visual artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Josh Graham. Founding member of Red Sparowes and Battle of Mice, Graham currently plays in A Storm of Light and has also made appearances with Jarboe, Blood and Time, Tombs, Syndrome, Fallen Black Deer, and Tribes of Neurot. IIVII focuses on sonically engulfing and moody soundscapes, layered with a science-fiction edge.

>Jai Wolf
– Kindred Spirits LP (Mom & Pop Music)
“Breathtaking and cinematic adventure, electronic artist Jai Wolf’s new
Kindred Spirits EP will take you somewhere. Where, exactly, depends on you. Sajeeb Saha, the New York-based producer who is Jai Wolf, works from his own memory and emotions to create songs he hopes every listener will connect with through the emotions they elicit in each one of us. ‘Every song should remind you of a past memory – a person or a place – or just take you somewhere else than you currently are,’ Jai Wolf explains. The effort put behind this idea is clear, with each song possessing a distinct vibe – a specific setting for our minds to latch onto in its introspection – and therein lies their power to make us feel.” – Atwood Magazine
>Loscil
– First Narrows [2004] 2xLP (Kranky)
First time on vinyl. The third album from Vancouver-based sound composer and sampler, synth, effects, and computer maestro Scott Morgan, and his first to feature real instruments and input from other musicians. Using sound sources that range from sampled instruments to miscellaneous lo-fi mini-cassette recordings, Morgan generates music on computer by custom programming, sequencing and processing designed so no two performances of the patches would be the same.

>Majeure
– Apex 12”+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Fresh off his tours supporting Mogwai and S U R V I V E, Majeure returns with a blistering EP of seemingly limitless synth textures and seemingly endless drum fills. Majeure -- the solo moniker of Zombi and Contact cofounder, A.E. Paterra -- has built a reputation as one of North America's most interesting purveyors of synth-based rock music.

>The Melvins
– King Buzzo [Reissue/1992] 12”+MP3 (Boner)
The Melvins – Dale Crover [Reissue/1992] 12”+MP3 (Boner)
The Melvins – Joe Preston [Reissue/1992] 12”+MP3 (Boner)
“In 1992 the Melvins’ fascination/adoration/denigration of the mighty Kiss rock & roll universe compelled them to excrete three solo masterworks inspired by the Kiss solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins’ giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin’ banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge™ superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins’ sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin’ the drummin’, singin’, guitarin’, and dancin’. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins’ electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12”s reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print.”

>Our Lady Peace
– Clumsy [Reissue/1997] LP (SRCVinyl)
Two years after their impressive debut, Our Lady Peace continued their rock journey with 1997’s
Clumsy. This time around, the melodies were more comfortable and the roaring rock riffs calmer, resulting in a sound that earned them the highest sales of their career.
>Parquet Courts
– Captive Of The Sun 12” (Rough Trade)
When Parquet Courts made their second television appearance supporting 2016’s brilliant
Human Performance LP, they were joined on Late Night with Stephen Colbert by a very special surprise guest, rapper Bun B (of UGK), who added a verse to the album’s percussive, lyrically-dense “Captive of the Sun.” What fans of both artists may not know, is that Bun B, a huge fan of Parquet Courts (whose Austin Brown, a Houston rap acolyte, is himself a Bun B and UGK superfan), already had a studio version of the track featuring his guest verse in the works. This brilliant meeting of the minds is now available on a club-ready 12”, with a B-side featuring the track as remixed by two more legendary Houstonians, DJ Candlestick & OG Ron C, whose “Chopped Not Slopped” edition brings plenty of purple codeine haze to the party.
>Iggy Pop
– Lust For Life [Reissue/1977] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Limited edition purple color vinyl pressing. Released less than a year after Iggy Pop's solo debut
The Idiot, 1977 follow-up Lust For Life marked a welcomed return to the sloppy, sleazy, blues-y, swagger of the Stooges. Though the record is, again produced by David Bowie, he takes much more of a backseat musically here, allowing for Iggy to take center stage in this true return to form.
>Six. By Seven
– The Closer You Get + Peel Sessions 2xLP (Beggars Banquet)
Six. By Seven was a band from Nottingham England that formed in 1994. Inspired by the Pistols and the Stranglers as well as My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Mercury Rev, Six. By Seven straddled a fine line between post-Brit pop, British rock and a much edgier kind of punk. The band’s 2000 album
The Closer You Get has been expanded to a double LP containing Peel Sessions and B-sides.
>Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
– Grand Opening And Closing [2001] 2xLP (Blood Music)
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Of Natural History [2004] 2xLP (Blood Music)
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – In Glorious Times [2007] 2xLP (Blood Music)
The legendary avant-rock band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum’s three albums are available on vinyl for the first time. A band that leaps beyond mere categorization, SGM represents a defiance against anything we've come to expect about musical delivery. Steeped somewhere in the pantheon of 19th-century scientific lectures, vaudevillian blasts of excitement, puppet shows, self-made instruments, formless abstraction, soothing atmospheres, man-on-the-street interviews, and death metal - SGM has proven itself as one of the most prominent experimental forces in the musical underground of the last 15 years. Harkening back to the mischievous influences of The Residents, Frank Zappa, and Captain Beefheart; SGM has fashioned their own intense Dadaist universe out of a string of legends that manifest in the mysterious manners of being unable to be proven true or untrue.

>Soundtrack
– The Man Who Fell To Earth [1976] 2xLP (UMe)
Now available as a stand-alone vinyl reissue. This is the first release of the soundtrack to David Bowie's 1976 cult film
The Man Who Fell To Earth. Includes music by Stomu Yamash’ta, Gordon Jenkins Orchestra and Choir and Louis Armstrong, John Phillips, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and George Hurst, The Kingston Trio, Queen's Hall Light Orchestra and Robert Farnon and more.
>Spiritualized
– Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Plain)
Limited edition 180gm blue and white color vinyl pressing. A hypnotic, narcotic, psychedelic gospel album full of confessional songs about heartbreak and drug abuse, it is a flat out masterpiece which received a 10.0 rating from Pitchfork.

>The SteelDrivers
– The SteelDrivers [2007] LP (Rounder)
Available for the first time on vinyl, The SteelDrivers' critically and commercially successful 2008 self-titled debut firmly established the Nashville five-piece as a force to be reckoned with. With singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton at the helm, The SteelDrivers has been praised for its contemporary mix of blues, Americana and country.

>Prins Thomas
– Gerd Janson Remixes 12” (Smalltown Supersound)
“Besides being a close buddy for soon 20 years and one of the best DJs on the planet, Herr Janson is also a safe bet for your ‘floor friendly’ rework. He just knows what your track will need to work those feet. He handed over his ‘Prinspersonation’ together with a drum-tool version that will be useful for any adventurous DJ out there. I also made two tracks specifically for this 12” that fills the B-side and wraps up the story of ‘Principe Del Norte’ for now.” -- Prins Thomas

>Vision Of Disorder
– Razed To The Ground [2015] LP (Candlelight)
First time vinyl edition of the Long Island hardcore band’s last album.

>Rick Wakeman
– Piano Portraits 2xLP (UMe)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Piano Portraits is the 100th solo album from Rick Wakeman in what represents a truly remarkable body of work. The 15 tracks that Rick has re-interpreted on piano represent a distillation of all the music that has impacted and influenced him over the decades, taking in ‘70s rock and pop, classical, jazz and choral.

>Weather Report
– Live In Tokyo [Reissue/1972] LP (Friday Music)
Limited red color 180gm audiophile pressing in a gatefold sleeve.

>Wiegedood
- De Doden Hebben Het Goed [2015] LP (Consouling Sounds)
A relentless onslaught of atmospheric black metal.

>Steve Winwood
– Arc Of A Diver [Reissue/1980] LP (Island)
Steve Winwood – Talking Back To The Night [Reissue/1982] LP (Island)
180gm vinyl reissues of Winwood’s second and third solo albums.

>Zos Kia/Coil
– Transparent [Reissue/1983] 2xLP+MP3 (Cold Spring)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl. The entire
Transparent recordings released for the first time, completely remastered from the unedited tapes. Zos Kia was formed by John Gosling (Mekon), John Balance (Coil) and Min—with guest Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle). Their one and only album, Transparent, was released on August 23rd, 1983 in a cassette only edition on the now defunct Austria label Nekrophile. They were the first released recordings of both Coil and Zos Kia.
released 10 FEBRUARY 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

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Darin And Brooke Aldridge – Faster And Farther CD (Mountain Home)
New album from the sweethearts of bluegrass featuring guest vocals by Vince Gill and John Cowan.

>Aquarian Blood
– Last Nite In Paradise CD/LP (Goner)
Aquarian Blood is a crew of six (sometimes seven) Memphis degenerates from assorted generations playing hypnotic, synthy tracks whose main ruminations are cults, the paranormal, and other obscurities-whirlwind, weirdo punk soaked in the brain-goo pouring out of the ears of an acid freak.

>Bee Gees
– The Ultimate Bee Gees [Reissue/2009] 2xCD+DVD (UMe)
The Ultimate Bee Gees is a compilation album and DVD released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Bee Gees. Though every song in the Bee Gees catalogue since 1967 has been mixed in stereo, a few early tracks are presented here in the mono mixes heard on the original single releases, for the first time on a CD compilation. All songs were written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb, except where noted.
>Tony Bennett
– The Singles Collection 1951-62 3xCD (Acrobat)
This triple-CD set comprises a substantial proportion of the A & B sides of the sixty or so singles Bennett released during the first decade and more of his career, with at least one side of most releases included, and naturally features all the 38 US and UK chart hits which he enjoyed during that period, including his signature song “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” plus the classic No. 1s “Because Of You,” “Cold Cold Heart,” “Rags To Riches” and “Stranger In Paradise.”

>Elvin Bishop
– Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio CD (Alligator)
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio is an exciting new project from one of the most recognized and beloved roots music figures in the world. The music is rootsy, spirited and soulful, performed by serious musicians hell-bent on having a good time.

>Black Flower
– Artifacts CD/LP (Sdban Ultra)
Stirred up from deep within, from an abstract spiral of sound and movement, from a sensation of time and space absolving and converging at once, the Black Flower musicians have molded a tangible matter: the album
Artifacts. Their second full album sounds international and ageless; Eastern influences, Ethio-dub, and jazz effortlessly merge producing psyche-delicious and accessible 21st century Ethio-dub-jazz.
>The Bombpops
– Fear Of Missing Out CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
After two buzz-building EP’s, SoCal punk quartet The Bombpops deliver their highly anticipated debut full-length.

>David Bowie
– Diamond Dogs [Reissue/1974] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Young Americans [Reissue/1975] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Station To Station [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Albums included in the
Who Can I Be Now? 1974-1976 boxset are now available individually. These are the 2016 remastered editions.
>David Bowie
– David Live (2005 Mix) 2xCD/3xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Live At Nassau Coliseum ‘76 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Live is David Bowie’s first official live album, originally released by RCA Records in 1974. The set was recorded over five days in July of that year, on the initial leg of Bowie's US Diamond Dogs Tour, at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia). The album catches Bowie in transition from the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane glam-rock era of his career to the 'plastic soul' of Young Americans. Live At Nassau Coliseum was originally released as part of the 2010 Special Edition reissue of Station To Station, and was recorded in Uniondale, NY, March 23, 1976 during his Isolar Tour in support of Station To Station. (These albums were also included in the Who Can I Be Now? 1974-1976 boxset and are now available individually.)
>Allman Brown
– 1000 Years CD (Allman Brown)
The global internet sensation releases his long-awaited debut album featuring the hit singles '”Sons And Daughters'” and '”Rivers,'” as well as a new single, '”Palms.'” “Allman Brown possesses the kind of vocal prowess that transitions effortlessly from gently rasping to raw and powerful” (Indie Shuffle). “There's a sensitivity to Allman Brown's work that feels all too rare (Clash Magazine).

>Carousel Kings
– Charm City CD (Victory)
New album from the Lancaster, PA pop-punkers.

>CES Cru
– Catastrophic Even Specialists CD (Strange Music)
New album from the hip-hop duo comprised of Ubiquitous and Godemis.

>Ornette Coleman
– The Complete Albums Collection: 1958-1962 4xCD (Enlightenment)
This four-CD set compiles all eight Ornette Coleman albums released between 1958 and 1962, from his stunning debut
Something Else, through to his final album with the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Ornette On Tenor. This collection serves as both an excellent starting point for those new to this musical genius, and as a welcome reminder of Coleman’s most acclaimed and respected era, from a career that lasted the best part of 70 years, ended only by his death in 2015 at the age of 85.
>Cromwell
– At The Gallop [Reissue/1975] CD/LP+MP3 (Get Kinda Lost)
Self-released in 1975 by the Drumcondra, Dublin-based Cromwell,
At The Gallop is a blistering, heavy, loud n' lascivious ten-track offering (thirteen in this expanded edition) of proto-metal infused street rock ‘n’ roll from a time when Ireland was still under the sway of conservative showbands, quasi-religious, sentimental pop pap and traditional Irish music.
>Cynic
- Uroboric Forms - The Complete Demo Recordings CD/LP+7”+CD (Century Media)
Legendary demo recordings of Florida’s most influential progressive death metal band. All material was recorded prior to the band’s 1993 milestone
Focus and shows their development from a thrash band to progressive death metal in astonishing fashion. Features impressive artwork by Manuel Tinnemans (The Devil’s Blood, Bölzer) as well as rare photos, flyers and detailed liner notes. [Limited assorted color vinyl pressings are also available, each including a bonus 7” and a copy of the CD.]
>Dangerkids
– blacklist_ CD (Paid Vacation)
A mix of hard rock, electronic, rap, and metal.

>Darling West
– Vinyl And A Heartache CD (Vestkyst/Inkind)
Darling West create music that resonates equally well on the crowded streets of Nashville, the sunny mountaintops of Hollywood Hills and in the rainy valleys of Norway. When asked to name musicians they’re inspired by, the band cites legends such as Emmylou Harris, Doc Watson, Gram Parsons, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, but also current artists Gillian Welch, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Adams, Sam Outlaw and Jason Isbell.

>Trevor De Brauw
– Uptown CD/LP (The Flenser)
Chicago-based guitarist Trevor Shelley de Brauw (Pelican, RLYR) has announced the release of his first solo album - a collection of power-ambient compositions entitled
Uptown. The album is a stream of consciousness sustained for too long, an aural pendulum swinging between poles of murky distress and cathartic resolve that take shape somewhere in the hazy valleys between rock, ambient and experimental music.
>Baudouin De Jaer/Quatuor Tana
– Eclerectic Attracta CD (Sub Rosa)
Surrounded by Quatuor Tana, the unpredictable Baudouin De Jaer presents four new pieces that push the boundaries of contemporary composition. Since 2011, Quatuor Tana has been the only European ensemble to be playing on electronic equipment with the Airturn Electronic Scoring System.

>Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society
- Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society CD (Six Degrees)
Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society is Garry Hughes (Bombay Dub Orchestra) and Harvey Jones. “Based on the foundation of a 35-year friendship, ‘a mutual respect for Delia, Eno, Tomita and Kraftwerk, and a roomful of iconic and mostly working synthesizers,’ the Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society pays homage to electronica pioneers with an ambient excursion that would be right at home amidst such landmarks as
Music For Airports or Klaus Schulze’s Mirage.” – Wax Poetics
>Kevin Drumm
– Elapsed Time 6xCD (Sonoris)
A key figure in American avant-garde, Kevin Drumm perpetually shakes up conventions of various sub-genres.
Elapsed Time is a collection of some of his recent works, released via CDR or digitally, dating from 2012 to 2016. The boxset sees Drumm focus on desolate ambient drone, "cassette tape music" or raw musique concrete, computer assisted live electronics, and rough spectral music. Features music from: Middle Of Nothing (2016), February (2016), Earrach (2013), The Whole House (2012), Crooked Abode (2015), Bolero Muter (2015), Tannenbaum (2013), and Shut-In (2014).
>Albert Af Ekenstam
– Ashes CD (Kning Disk)
Matching the exquisite detail of Bon Iver to the sonic wash of Explosions In The Sky, Albert Af Ekenstamhis's work is powerful and emotionally trenchant. Hugely affecting, the way each cut gently unfurls has a real sense of grace, a true sense of patience. Clashing music like Elliot Smith and Damien Jurado, Albert is a very brave and straightforward singer/songwriter.

>Emperor
– In The Nightside Eclipse [Reissue/1995] CD/LP (Caroline)
Recently reissued on vinyl, the 1995 album from the legendary Norwegian black metal band is back in print on CD.

>FFUG
– FFUG CD (Strangetown)
This Crymych, Pembrokeshire band play crunching punk with melodic, lyrical interludes and pointed, thoughtful lyrics in both English and Welsh.

>Fixity
– The Things In The Room CD (Penske Recordings)
The Things In The Room is the fourth release by Fixity. The album was recorded in Malmö on the February 13th, 2016 with a band made of up Dan Walsh on drum kit, joined by Swedish improvisers, tenor saxophonist Emil Nerstrand (Brigaden, Heavy Water, The Nod), guitarist Nils Andersson (Ljom, Ava), and bassist Fredrik Persson (Sista Bossen, The Good Morning Spider, Leo Kall, Cassus). TRIYL: Ultralyd, Fire!, Paal Nilssen-Love, Supersilent.
>Marcus Fjellström
– Skelektikon CD/LP+MP3 (Miasmah)
Released last year on vinyl -- now available on CD. Born out of shattered dreams and an obscured vision of the future,
Skelektikon is a delirious yet lucid exploration of the farthest and most conflicted reaches of the heart, teeming with confusion, passion, and ghostly shadows. Being no conventional composer in any way, Marcus stumbles further down his musical domain of detuned orchestral (re-)arrangements and pain-inducing synth passages, arriving at a most unique and personal result. Where 2010’s essential Schattenspieler gave way to noir filled alleyways, Skelektikon fills them with paranoia.
>Sallie Ford
– Soul Sick CD (Vanguard)
The Portland singer/songwriter’s new album
Soul Sick “is an open, honest and relatable one acting as what Ford refers to as a ‘confessional’ album. ‘It’s about struggling with my issues -- some that I’ve overcome and some that I still carry around. I felt confused, down about life and unsure of myself,’ Ford explains. As someone dealing with anxiety and depression, Soul Sick was a way for the singer to dig into her past, battle her inner demons, and heal by pouring herself into her lyrics. In addition to the deeply relatable concept and lyrics of Soul Sick, the album perfectly displays Ford’s unfiltered vocals and retro rock sound. If you need a reason to fall in love with Sallie Ford, Soul Sick gives you eleven.
>Godfathers
– A Big Bad Beautiful Noise CD/LP (Metropolis)
The British band’s new album fuses trademark primal rock & roll, super-melodic anthems, raw guitars and a gritty, lyrical attitude.

>Group Doueh & Cheveu
– Dakhla Sahara Session CD/LP (Born Bad)
Cheveu, the French three-member band and Group Doueh, a Sahrawi band from the Sahara desert (Dakhla), create a telluric big bang with
Dakhla Sahara Session. Their music spans across many styles and hammers tradition with unprecedented finds. In between both their remote musical universes dwells a sound clash.
>Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
– Roma Violenta [OST/Reissue/1975] CD/2xLP (Sub Ost)
New reissue of Guido & Maurizio De Angelis's soundtrack to the 1975 film
Roma Violenta. This is the complete original soundtrack (with all the outtakes) for one of the most iconic Italian "poliziotteschi" films, the Italian answer to the Charles Bronson/Clint Eastwood mania of the 1970s. [Limited color vinyl edition also available.]
>H-Burns
– Kid We Own The Summer CD/LP+2xCD (Vietnam)
Kid We Own The Summer finds its identity between a few landmarks such as David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti's California, the intimacy of Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978), the relative calmness of Suicide's second album (1980), and the elegant melancholy of The National. [Vinyl edition version includes two CDs: Disc One features the studio album; Disc Two features the ten demo versions of the album.]
>Hand Habits
– Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) CD/LP (Woodsist)
Debut solo album by Meg Duffy of Mega Bog and the Kevin Morby Band. "Singer, songwriter and guitarist from Upstate New York Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, has been putting in her time on the road and in the studio over the past two years with Pacific Northwest band Mega Bog, and the Kevin Morby Band, making an impression on everyone she comes across with her natural charisma and uncharted talent as a multi-instrumentalist. But let
Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) be her open invitation to the world to step inside and take a much deeper look into who Duffy actually is.” – Kevin Morby
>Charles Hayward/Gigi Masin
- Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre 2 [Reissue/1989] CD/LP (Modern Classics)
Following the reissue of the entire recorded output of South London-based experimental act This Heat and its successor, Camberwell Now, Modern Classics Recordings holds the lens up to a special split album created by one of the driving forces behind those groups -- drummer Charles Hayward -- in collaboration with Italian musician Gigi Masin, whose looping, rhythmic, electronic compositions have seen his cult following grow in his four decades as a recording artist.

>The High Kings
– Grace & Glory CD (ARD RI Entertainment)
To say that The High Kings are charting a new course for Irish ballad music equal parts rousing and reflective, energetic and insightful is an understatement. They are, essentially, marking out a new and bright era for Irish folk music.

>Mark Porkchop Holder
– Let It Slide CD/LP (Alive)
There is something intoxicating about the sound of a guitar played with a slide. Mark Porkchop Holder of Black Diamond Heavies shows just how good the slide guitar can sound on his new album,
Let It Slide. This is a healthy blend of gritty rock and blues kind of like you can hear on the first couple of albums by The Black Keys.
>Jesca Hoop
– Memories Are Now CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Jesca Hoop’s new album
Memories Are Now wastes no time in making clear its confidence, confrontation, and craftsmanship. The stark and reverberant title track opens the album with “a fighting spirit,” says Hoop, serving as an anthem to push through any obstacle and put forth your very best work. And she has unequivocally done that here, with an album of stunningly original songs -- minimalist yet brimming with energy, emerging from a wealth of life experience, great emotional depth, and years of honing the craft of singing. As riveting as it is reflective, the album, produced by Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes), is a fresh debut of sorts for Hoop, as the first of her solo records made outside of Tony Berg’s Zeitgeist Studios where she and Mills were mentored. Memories Are Now covers a great deal of ground, showcasing every edge and curve of Hoop’s captivating voice, with sounds and themes ranging from the mythic to the deeply intimate. She sings of the religion that weighs heavily on her past and the world, of the imagination of myth, of the cruel nature of life and love.
>Sonny James
– The Singles Collection 1952-62 2xCD (Acrobat)
Known as The Southern Gentleman, Sonny James was one of the most popular and successful country artists of them all during the decades following WWII, racking up more than 75 hits in a chart career that lasted three decades through to 1983. This 62-track collection comprises a substantial proportion of the A and B-sides of the 40 or so singles he released on Capitol, NRC, RCA and Dot during the first decade or so of his career.

>Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
– Made To Move CD (Mountain Home)
The bluegrass artist’s new album title references the extreme travel the band engages in on a regular basis. Bandleader Jones typically flies in from Alberta to meet up with the rest of the group in Nashville, where bassist Jon Weisberger resides. Mandolinist Mark Stoffel meets them there from his home in Illinois, as does newest member Gina Clowes, who drives in from Virginia.

>Carsten Jost
– Perishable CD/2xLP (Dial)
On
Perishable Tactics, David Lieske aka Carten Jost runs through his distinctively stealthy, low-slung “beatmospheres” -- Detroit-inflected house rhythms, with crystalline keys, disembodied voices, and gently soaring strings.
>Bap Kennedy
– Reckless Heart CD (Last Chance)
Steve Earle described Bap Kennedy as “the best songwriter I ever saw.” Kennedy’s new (and final album -- he passed away last November) is “a set of solidly constructed songs that generally lean towards country rock with simple chord structures and strong lyrical and melodic hooks. In general, the instrumentation is restricted to rhythm and lead guitars, piano, percussion and bass, augmented at times by organ and accordion” – Folking.com. [Vinyl edition due March 3.]

>Nadine Khouri
– Salted Air CD/LP (One Flash)
Nadine Khouri is a British-Lebanese musician and songwriter currently based in London. Influenced by dream-pop, moody soundtracks and spoken-word, her sound has been described as a “music born of perennial outsider-status.”

>King Kobra
– Ready To Strike [Reissue/1985] CD (Rock Candy)
King Kobra – Thrill Of A Lifetime [Reissue/1986] CD (Rock Candy)
CD reissues of the heavy metal band’s first two albums. King Kobra was founded in 1983 by Carmine Appice and Mark Free.

>Simon Kirke
– All Because Of You CD (The End)
Some of you are probably familiar with the name Simon Kirke, but those who don’t know the name will certainly have listened to songs he played on. He was a member of legendary rock band Free, having been recruited by Paul Kossoff to form the band. Being a member of one band of that stature would be enough for many, but when Free split, Kirke joined forces with Paul Rodgers and formed new band Bad Company. And while Bad Company has had various lineups over the years, Kirke remains the lone consistent member who has played in every iteration of the band. Bad Company is of course still around, but Simon Kirke found the time to write and record a new solo album,
All Because Of You. Demonstrating his versatility, Kirke handled most of the instrumentation on the album, including drums, vocals, guitar, ukelele, keyboards and drums.
>Kris Kristofferson
– The Austin Sessions [Reissue/1999] CD/LP (Atlantic)
Remastered edition. In the summer of 1997, Kris Kristofferson spent a few days in Texas recording stripped-down versions of his best-known songs. Released by Atlantic Records in 1999,
The Austin Sessions pairs the acclaimed outlaw country songwriter with a band of studio aces and guest harmony vocalists for intimate versions of classics like “Me And Bobby McGee,” “Why Me?” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”
>Gábor Lázár
– Crisis Of Repetition CD/LP (Shelter Press)
Budapest-based composer Gábor Lázár debuts on Shelter Press with his second full-length album, Crisis Of Representation, a collection of seven pieces recorded between 2011-2015. Instead of repeating beats, Gábor Lázár maintains linearity by using only one type of characteristic sound and a few composition techniques.

>Lecherous Gaze
– One Fifteen CD/LP+MP3 (Tee Pee)
Oakland, CA's Lecherous Gaze play, in their own words, “psycho-delic shred-tastic ultra-hyphened rock-punk heavy jams.” Mean and greasy riff-forward proto-punk is the name of the game.

>Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
– Backlash CD/LP+MP3 (Black Joe Lewis)
Fourth studio album from Austin Soul screamer Black Joe Lewis featuring the band The Honeybears. On
Backlash, the band return to their celebrated classic soul and punked up R&B.
>Lowly
– Heba CD/LP+MP3 (Bella Union)
The debut album by hotly-tipped Danish quintet Lowly is as uniquely sensual, rhythmic and mesmerizing a brand of modern pop as you’ll hear in 2017: restlessly inventive, exquisitely melodic and defying easy categorization. The band describe their music as “noise-pop, and everything in between.”

>Lupe Fiasco
– DROGAS Light (1st & 15th Prod.)
“After recently declaring his retirement from music, Lupe Fiasco has announced a new album
DROGAS Light. Last year, Lupe announced plans to release a trilogy of albums in 2016 (including one titled Drogas) which he later retracted, due to ‘clearance and mixing issues.’ He later released a track called ‘Made in America,’ reportedly from an album called Drogas Light slated to be released ‘at the top of 2017.’ His plans seemed to come to a halt when a lyric in a new song ‘N.E.R.D.’ sparked anti-semitism claims among listeners. After defending the track vigorously on Twitter, Lupe announced his decision to retire from music: ‘Yo Lupe fans it’s been fun and I hope you’ve had fun,’ he wrote, ‘I’m officially not releasing anymore music. Albums cancelled.’ Following his remarks, he briefly set his Twitter to private before engaging in debates with the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. His recently declared retirement ends February 10.” – Pitchfork. [Vinyl edition due February 24.]
>Christopher Martin
– Big Deal CD (VP)
New album from one of Jamaica’s most in-demand reggae singers.

>Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
– Zombies On Broadway CD/LP (Vanguard)
Singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon was the vocalist, pianist and primary lyricist for the bands Something Corporate and main songwriter for Jack's Mannequin and performs solo both under his own name as well as moniker Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. When discussing
Zombies On Broadway, McMahon had the following to express, “I wrote this album in the middle of a whirlwind, when the future was unclear. Isn’t it always? I found my way to the city, thinking I could settle a score with a ghost. You can’t, so I came home and rewrote the ending. I spent more than a year hoping to find new answers to old questions. What I found; I have always been two people; One in search of peace and the other in search of whatever makes my hair stand up and my heart beat faster. This record is mostly about the latter.”
>Meatbodies
– Alice CD/LP (In The Red)
With
Alice, Meatbodies return ascending toward ground level. A "heavy-pop" concept, metal on molly. Chad Ubovich, Patrick Nolan, and Kevin Boog step out in new form, soaring through diverse stories, tones, and characters. Dancing between quiet and loud, funk and doom, pop and noise. Their message preached is celestial and deafening, a sacred scripture for today's world: a warbling Rhodes piano, a liquefying electric guitar, a ghostly synthesizer skating across the sands of a twelve-stringed acoustic.
>The Microscopic Septet
- Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me: The Micros Play The Blues CD (Cuneiform)
Since storming back into action in 2006 after a 14-year hiatus, this radically old-school combo has continued to evolve and extend its reputation. Their new album builds on the band’s longstanding love of that most basic and profound musical form, bringing the same reverently irreverent and insistently playful approach to the blues that has marked the Micros music from the beginning. The blues provide another avenue for the band to explore jazz history while forging a sound quite unlike any other ensemble.

>The Moonglows
– The Complete Singles As & Bs 1953-62 2xCD (Acrobat)
This 56-track double-CD set comprises the A and B sides of every single The Moonglows released before they parted company, their music encompassing rocking up-tempo bluesy R&B as well as smooth, immaculate ballads, with beautifully textured harmonies.

>Gerry Mulligan
– The Pacific Jazz Collection 4xCD (Enlightenment)
Widely respected and revered inside and out of jazz circles, Gerry Mulligan retains a reputation as one of the foremost figures on the West Coast scene, as a musician, an arranger and a composer. Primarily a baritone saxophonist, Mulligan was also an accomplished pianist, and could play too numerous other reed instruments. This collection collates his output for the Pacific Jazz label – a total of nine original releases.

>Nidingr
– The High Heat Licks Against Heaven CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
New (fourth) album from the Norwegian black metal band. “I wanted icy-cold black metal with unrelenting savagery, and for the most part, High Heat satisfies.” – Angry Metal Guy

>Molly Nilsson
– Follow The Light [Reissue/2010] CD/LP (Night School)
The beginning moments of Molly Nilsson’s second album
Follow The Light now seem like the start of a personal mythology that was to reach further than she could have imagined. Few contemporary artists have seeped into the underground pop psyche more thoroughly than the Stockholm-born songwriter. After releasing her debut These Things Take Time on hand-made CDRs, Nilsson’s follow up was a leap in scope and ambition. Of course, the personal takes on a tumultuous life in Berlin and the journeys to and from it inform the songs, as before, but a growing maturity in the songwriting is in evidence. From the diary pages of her first album to a growing stature as a songwriter in touch with the universal, this album contains many of Nilsson’s now firm fan-favorites.
>Noveller
– A Pink Sunset For No One CD/LP (Fire)
Noveller is the moniker for L.A.-based guitar wizard and score composer Sarah Lipstate. Fresh off a tour supporting Iggy Pop, she releases her new album
A Pink Sunset For No One. “Working as Noveller, Sarah Lipstate crafts cinematic guitar-focused instrumentals. Using alternatively-tuned guitar techniques fed through an assortment of pedals—which make it sound like she’s playing a synthesizer and not a string instrument—Noveller’s mesmerizing art has even soothed the grizzled ears of Iggy Pop. After reading a newspaper album review of Lipstate’s 2015 album Fantastic Planet, Iggy started spinning her tracks on his BBC radio show, and subsequently invited Noveller to support him on last year’s extensive Post Pop Depression tour. Noveller’s eighth studio album, A Pink Sunset For No One, is partly inspired by that experience, although Lipstate’s meditative sound differs wildly from Iggy Pop’s garage-punk racket.” – Bandcamp Daily
>Nurse With Wound
– Thunder Perfect Mind [Reissue/1992] 2xCD (Durtro Jnana)
Remastered double-CD reissue of this NWW classic. Remastered by Andrew Liles and featuring expanded artwork by Babs Santini in a six-panel digipack. The second disc features very rare tracks as well a previously unreleased material from the same era.

>Old Crow Medicine Show
– Best Of CD/LP+7”+MP3 (Nettwerk)
Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show release select tracks from
O.C.M.S. (2004), Big Iron World (2006), Tennessee Pusher (2008) as well as two previously unreleased tracks: “Black Haired Quebecoise” and “Heart Up In The Sky.” [180gm vinyl edition includes a bonus red color 7” featuring the two previously unreleased tracks.]
>Overkill
– The Grinding Wheel CD/2xLP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
18th album from the thrash metal kings. [Limited orange color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Triston Palmer
– Stop Spreading Rumours [1980] CD (Black Solidarity)
Triston Palmer's, aka Triston Palma, first visit to a recording studio at the age of 16 was with Ossie Thomas. Their initial release was “A Class Girl” (1979), which was a hit in England, and Triston's subsequent releases on their Black Solidarity label laid the foundation for his rapid rise to dance super stardom.

>PopHop
– Essential Tracks Mix CD (Acker)
A treasure chest full of dancefloor gold. Features PopHop remixes of Zigan Aldi, Sandeck, Il Civetto, Pulsar Trio, Timboletti, Ziski, Brummkreisel, Jan Ploetzlich, Kalletti Klub, JPattersson, Skazka Orchestra, Into Lala, Die Vogelperspektive and Stephan Zovsky.

>Pow!
– Crack An Egg CD/LP (Castleface)
Pow! Continue their danse macabre in the laser glow of hi-beam synthesizers, with a new batch of synth-punk candy that will rot your teeth. Vacuum-sealed, chrome gleaming, propulsion pounding, eyebrows arched and slightly pixelated, this album is like the cupie-doll face beckoning from a digital billboard outside your hovercraft window.

>Chuck Prophet
– Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Chuck Prophet describes his new disc
Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins as California noir. The state has always represented the Golden Dream, and it's the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs. Doomed love, inconsolable loneliness, rags to riches to rags again, and fast-paced violence are always on the menu on the Left Coast. [Vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve with die-cut cover and collectible button.]
>Rag'N'Bone Man
– Human CD (Columbia)
Rory Graham aka Rag'N'Bone Man's artistry began with the blues. The Englander discovered the genre as a child, with the rhythmic troubles that rang out from his parents' record player and planted a stubborn seed in this kid's head. It wasn't long before the youngster was venturing through classic realms of soul, jazz and folk. He brought his musical fascinations to local club jam sessions, and one particular evening, after one too many, he got the courage to jump on stage and sing.
Human is his debut album.
>Requiem
– For A World After [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (Mental Experience)
Dark, progressive, synth ambient meets Berlin-School sounds on this obscure kraut album, which “tells the story of world annihilation through nuclear war.”

>The Sadies
– Northern Passages CD/LP (Yep Roc)
“The Sadies are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and trust me, we'll be better off because of it.” Recorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis' parents' home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies' sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as “Riverview Fog” are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it. Kurt Vile appears on “Easy (Like Walking).”

>Conrad Schnitzler
– Filmmusik 2 CD/LP (Bureau B)
Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011), was one of the pivotal avant-garde figures in Germany electronic music. Bureau B present part two of their
Filmmusik series -- various pieces of music to accompany films, recorded by Conrad Schnitzler. One-half of Filmmusik 2 comprises tracks from 1975, the other half is a 23-minute piece with the title "Lichtpunkte und schwarze Zeichen", written for a film in 1978.
>Conrad Schnitzler/Pole
– Con-Struct CD/LP+CD (Bureau B)
Pole, the Düsseldorf-native musician Stefan Betke, takes part in the
Con-Struct series. Jens Strüver's Con-Struct series started from the idea of “con-structing” new compositions, not remixes, from the archived material of Conrad Schnitzler.
>Klaus Schulze
– Ballett 1 & 2 [Reissue/2006] 2xCD (Made In Germany Music)
“These four pieces were originally intended to be one composition in honor to my mother who had been a ballet dancer and had died in 1998.”

>Sinkane
– Life & Livin’ It CD/LP+MP3 (City Slang)
Produced by founder and frontman Ahmed Gallab,
Life & Livin’ It draws from the best elements of Sinkane's previous records: the slinky funk and soul grooves are there, so are the sparkling melodies with roots in sub-Saharan Africa. Life & Livin' It is true to its name: it's an album about all kinds of experiences, an uplifting album about a universal feeling of soul. “My family emigrated to the United States from Sudan,’ Ahmed explains, “and I grew up around a lot of folks who weren't like me, as an outsider. That's influenced me and my music immensely, and ultimately, this entire project is my way of connecting with all kinds of people - what better way to start a conversation with someone than by telling them a story about yourself that they can relate to?’ [Limited edition yellow color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Soundtrack
– Fifty Shades Darker CD (Republic)
Soundtrack to the second installment in the
Fifty Shades trilogy, featuring tracks by Nick Jonas & Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Tove Lo, John Legend, The-Dream, Sia, and Kygo, and more. [Danny Elfman’s original score is due February 17.]
>Southern Comfort
– Southern Comfort [Reissue/1971] CD (Prog Temple)
CD reissue of Southern Comfort's self-titled album, originally released in 1971. As Matthews' Southern Comfort, this superb British band enjoyed a massive worldwide hit with "Woodstock" in October 1970. Not long after the departure of Iain Matthews, the band decided to continue, recording
Frog City in 1971, followed by this laid-back, country-styled effort, which was also released later that year.
>Sonny Stitt
– The Classic Albums Collection 1957-1963 4xCD (Enlightenment)
Having appeared on over 100 albums as either leader or sideman, across a career spanning four decades, Sonny Stitt remains one of the best-documented musicians in all of jazz history. A master of the saxophone – primarily alto and tenor – Stitt’s tireless dedication to recording, touring and the jazz genre in general was renowned, earning him the moniker lone wolf from acclaimed jazz critic Dan Morgenstern. This collection collates the very best of his extensive catalogue of albums released between 1957 and 1963.

>Svarte Greiner
– Moss Garden CD/LP+MP3 (Miasmah)
Released last year on vinyl -- now available on CD. Erik K Skodvin returns with a focused album under his Svarte Greiner moniker, releasing two twenty-minute cinematic compositions. "The Marble" patiently sets the tone with a slow moving wall of strings underlaid by a warped bass line.

>Craig Taborn
– Daylight Ghosts CD (ECM)
Keyboardist/pianist Craig Taborn leads new quartet Daylight Ghosts, which features two other luminaries from the New York scene -- reed player Chris Speed and bassist Chris Lightcap, plus drummer Dave King (the leader’s fellow Minnesota native and one-third of alt-jazz trio The Bad Plus).

>Ten Fé
– Hit The Light CD/LP (Some Kinda Love/PIAS America)
Debut album release by Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, aka Ten Fé. Recorded in the studio built into the Berlin HQ of Kompakt Records in Berlin with Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture),
Hit The Light is a highly accomplished album with a captivating concoction of styles. The record seamlessly fuses intricate contemporary electronics and the band’s signature energetic mix of Americana, Manchester baggy and soulful vocals.
>Thievery Corporation
– The Temple Of I & I CD/2xLP+MP3 (Eighteenth Street Lounge)
Temple Of I & I is the tenth studio album from the Washington DC duo. The 15 tracks, recorded on location in Port Antonio JA, finds Thievery Corporation deftly blending their signature style with the classic dub, dance hall, and roots vibes that have inspired them over an illustrious 20-year career. Includes guest vocal contributions from Mr Lif, Racquel Jones, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Puma and others.
>Thinking Plague
– Hoping Against Hope CD (Cuneiform)
Thinking Plague is a storied band, whose 35-year history has seen it cleave consistently to the extreme limits of what is possible to do within rock music. Much of the music it released has owed more to traditions external to rock, such as folk, chamber music, and particularly, the avant-garde tradition of 20
th century classical music.
>Tinariwen
– Elwan CD/2xLP+MP3 (ANTI-)
For the last five years, Tinariwen have been busy crisscrossing the globe bringing their triumphant tours to all five continents and expanding their audience. During this time their beloved homeland in the Adrar des Ifoghas, a Saharan mountain range that straddles the border between northeastern Mali and southern Algeria has, in effect, been transformed into a conflict zone, a place where nobody can venture without putting themselves in danger. These conflicts have forced the band into exile to record their eighth album,
Elwan. Elwan means “the elephants” -- an animal metaphor to describe those “beasts,” whether militias or multinational consortiums, who have trampled everything in their path: in the desert, where both the human and ecological equilibriums are extremely fragile. The album was recorded in several locations around the world, and features guest contributions from Kurt Vile (electric guitar), Mark Lanegan (vocals on “Nànnuflày”), Matt Sweeney (electric guitar) and producer/guitarist, Alain Johannes (cigarbox guitar).
>Tosca
– Going Going Going CD/2xLP+CD (!K7)
Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber return to the kind of instrumental tracks full of deep beats and dubbed out textures that made Tosca’s name. Hitting the ground running, opening track “Import Export” sounds like a Lee Scratch Perry version of a Ennio Morricone soundtrack, a motif reoccurs throughout the album, most notably on “Dr. Dings,” their reinterpretation of America’s classic “Horse With No Name.”

>Various Artists
– The Britxotica! Box: Three Amazing Albums Of Primitive Pop And Savage Jazz From The Wild British Isles! 3xCD (Trunk)
All three killer
Britxotica! LPs now available as a three CD box set -- 48 super rare and extraordinary exotic British masterpieces over three genre-defining albums.
>Various Artists
– Dreamy Harbor CD/3x12” (Tresor)
Dreamy Harbor marks the spirit of Tresor's 25 years of creativity, started by Dimitri Hegemann in East Berlin in the early '90s. Features: Donato Dozzy, Jon Hassell, Mønic, Marcelus, and more.
>Various Artists
- Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989 CD (Bureau B)
A compilation of cassette music from East Germany which was inspired by punk and post punk and dedicated to independent self-actualization by means of self-distributed cassettes. [Vinyl edition due February 24.]

>Various Artists
- Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Dusseldorf 1982-1989 CD/LP (Bureau B)
A compilation focused on the electronic tape scene of Düsseldorf in the early 1980s.

>Vermont
– II CD/LP (Kompakt)
Motor City Drum Ensemble's Danilo Plessow and Innervisions's Marcus Worgull reunite for more synth daydreaming on the second recording under their Vermont moniker.
II strolls further down their luminous and undulating path, influenced in equal measures by kosmische, krautrock, minimal wave and synth soundtracks.
>Gene Vincent
– The Complete Singles As & Bs 1956-62 2xCD (Acrobat)
Gene Vincent was a key figure in the history of rock 'n' roll, if only for his iconic landmark hit in 1956 with the self-penned “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” which remains one of the great rockabilly records of its time.

>Francois Virot
– Marginal Spots CD/LP (Born Bad)
French musician Francois Virot presents his second solo album,
Marginal Spots, following his acclaimed 2008 debut, Yes Or No. That album's lo-fi pop-folk won Virot praise for his staggering melodies and nervous urgency, earning comparisons to artists like Animal Collective. Now Virot returns with an album that is as much a realization of his obsessions (colorful drums, catchy but devious melodies, referential tangles including The Police, The Ex, Joe Dassin...) as a declaration of independence from indie pop laws.
>Weltesser
– Crestfallen CD/LP (Prosthetic)
Fueled by sour diesel and misery, Weltesser is comprised of Ian Hronek (Rotting Palms, Landbridge) Nate Peterson (Rotting Palms, Sky Burial) and Mike Amador (Landbridge), who formed the band in Saint Petersburg, FL over Sabbath worship and Monolord.
Crestfallen is the metallic doom trio’s debut album.
>Brett Young
– Brett Young CD (Big Machine)
Good looks, honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed the “Caliville” style. [Vinyl edition due March 31.]


DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man [2006] Blu-ray (Lion’s Gate)
First-time Blu-ray edition. A wonderful tribute to one of folk music's most respected figures, this captivating mix of concert film and documentary intercuts interviews with Cohen admirers with their performances of some of his greatest tunes, filmed live at the Sydney Opera House. Features appearances by Nick Cave ("I'm Your Man"), Rufus Wainwright ("Chelsea Hotel No. 2"), Pulp's Jarvis Cocker ("I Can't Forget"), and many more, with U2 joined onstage by Cohen for a performance of "Tower Of Song." 105 minutes.

>Def Leppard
- And There Will Be A Next Time...Live From Detroit DVD+2xCD/Blu-ray+2xCD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
In the summer of 2016, Def Leppard’s World Tour rolled into the DTE Energy Music Theatre on the outskirts of Detroit. 112 minutes.

>Tommy Emmanuel
– Music Gone Public DVD (Favored Nations)
PBS has pulled together some of the best footage from previous Tommy Emmanuel specials like
Centerstage, Live From The Balboa Theatre, and Live & Solo In Pensacola along with never-before-seen performances, collaborations, interviews, and stories from Tommy himself.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>311
– From Chaos [Reissue/2001] LP (Volcano/Sony Legacy)
Amidst their signature hip-hop/heavy rock/reggae hybrid, 311 additionally blends surf guitar over jungle beats, merges punk guitar with dancehall, and introduces ska on 2001’s
From Chaos.
>John Abercrombie Quartet
– Up And Coming LP (ECM)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Guitarist John Abercrombie (who has recorded as a leader for ECM since 1974) returns with a second album by his quartet featuring kindred-spirit piano foil Marc Copland, along with longtime rhythm partners Drew Gress and Joey Baron.

>Avenged Sevenfold
– The Best Of 2005-2013 3xLP (WB)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Features tracks from Avenged Sevenfold's bestselling Warner Bros. albums released between 2005 and 2013 including
City Of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare and Hail To The King. The package also features a cover of Black Sabbath's “Paranoid,” originally on the tribute album Covered, A Revolution in Sound as well as two original songs the band wrote for video games: “Carry On” (Call Of Duty II) and “Not Ready To Die” (Call Of The Dead).
>Average White Band
– Average White Band [Reissue/1974] LP (Friday Music)
Limited edition 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Average White Band is widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit “Pick Up The Pieces” off of this, their breakthrough Arif Mardin-produced 1974 album, the band's strength actually lays in their consistently accomplished songwriting, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi-Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records.

>Angelo Badalamenti
– Evilenko [OST] LP (Rustblade)
Superb mix of melancholic melody with illusions, terror spiral to tragic climax with beautiful orchestration. A must buy for fans of Angelo Baldalamenti. features two tracks with Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries).

>The Believers
– Memo From Otter LP (Feeding Tube)
“The Believers were, in many ways, the flagship band of the Apostasy Recordings empire. Their roots were in the Hampshire College-based experimental outfit, Son Of Earth – Flesh In Bone Trio (generally shortened to Son Of Earth), via Matt Krefting and John Shaw. Also on board were Anna Klein (player with many woefully under-documented ensembles) and Jessie Swenson, Esq. (who was associated with various Scott Foust projects, and would go on to 50 Foot Women). But much of this other work was abstract weirdo-ism. The Believers were, more or less, a rock band, and they kinda f**king ruled.” – Byron Coley

>Big Star
- Complete Third: Vol. 2: Roughs To Mixes 2xLP+MP3 (Omnivore)
RSD/Black Friday 2016 saw the release of the first in a series of three volumes of double LPs that will contain the entire, recently released
Complete Third CD boxed set. This second volume, Roughs To Mixes, continues the journey, featuring rough mixes from producer Jim Dickinson, as well as Ardent’s John Fry, with over 15 previously unissued tracks. Almost every song on this collection is making its vinyl debut.
>Marc Bolan
– Skycloaked Lord (Of Precious Light) LP (Easy Action)
A recording of Marc on US radio playing acoustic guitar of his classic tracks including the hit single “Jeepster” at the height of his career.

>Bon Jovi
– The Albums 25xLP (Island)
Collects every Bon Jovi studio album spanning 1984-2016, each on 180gm vinyl. Includes:
Bon Jovi (1984), 7800° Fahrenheit (1985), Slippery When Wet (1986), New Jersey (2xLP/1988), Keep The Faith (2xLP/1992), These Days (2xLP/1995), Crush (2xLP/2000), Bounce (2002), Have A Nice Day (2xLP/2005), Lost Highway (2007), The Circle (2xLP/2009), What About Now (2xLP/2013), Burning Bridges (2015), This House Is Not For Sale (2016), Blaze Of Glory: Inspired By The Film Young Guns II (1990), Destination Anywhere (2xLP/1997), and Extras.
>Megan Bonnell
– Magnolia LP+MP3 (Cadence Music/Fontana North)
Released April 2016 on CD – now available on vinyl. Megan Bonnell is an alternative folk singer/songwriter based in Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in Caledon, Ontario, she became proficient on the piano and guitar, and crafts music that carries a quiet but intense disposition led by the singer's breathy vocal delivery.

>David Bowie
– Sound And Vision [1977] 7” (Rhino/Parlophone)
40
th Anniversary picture disc. The A-side features a brand new remaster of “Sound And Vision” and the flip side sees the first physical release of the 2013 remix of the song. The stripped back remix by Sonjay Prabhakar was originally done for a Sony Experia advertisement and utilizes the original lead vocals and Mary Hopkin's backing vocal with a new piano part.
>Bremen
– Bremen [Reissue/2013] 2xLP (Skrammel)
Bremen finds two luminaries of the Swedish punk underground, Jonas Tiljander (Brainbombs) and Lanchy Orre (Totalitär, Brainbombs, Teenage Graves, etc.), coming together to explore the dark side of kraut and progressive rock, early electronic and drone music, whilst also invoking the fathomlessly bleak interior landscapes conjured by Nico and John Cale on
The Marble Index (1968) and Desertshore (1970).
>Brian Jonestown Massacre
– Dropping Bombs On The Sun (U.F.O. Paycheck) 10” (A. Recordings)
Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck) is the third and final single from the forthcoming Brian Jonestown Massacre album, Don't Get Lost.
>Bush
- Razorblade Suitcase: In Addition [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Round Hill Music)
20th Anniversary remastered 180gm black and white swirl double-vinyl repress featuring four bonus tracks and new, re-interpreted art and design, printed inner sleeves and huge poster with complete album lyrics and liner notes from original album producer Steve Albini.

>John Cameron
– Psychomania [OST/1973] LP (Trunk)
First-time vinyl edition of Cameron’s 1973 jazz-rock score to the British cult biker classic film
Psychomania.
>Vic Chesnutt
– Drunk [Reissue/1993] 2xLP+MP3 (New West)
Faithfully remastered and complete with 13 bonus tracks, New West Records is proud to present Vic Chesnutt’s influential third full-length
Drunk. Recorded over five total days, Drunk is marked by sparse instrumentation and minimal studio trickery that accent the depth of Chesnutt’s idiosyncratic lyrics and storytelling style. Bonus tracks feature B-sides, selections from an Inner Ear session and from a 1994 Radio Holland performance.
>Chevelle
– This Type Of Thing (Could Do Us In) [2004] LP (Sony Legacy)
First-time vinyl pressing of the alt-metal band’s third album.

>Nat King Cole
– Unforgettable [Reissue/1954] LP (Capitol)
Originally released in 1954,
Unforgettable is a collection of some of Nat King Cole's earliest recordings, including a track from The Nat King Cole Trio. Reissued on standard weight vinyl as part of the Capitol Records 75th Anniversary series.
>Natalie Cole
– Unpredictable [Reissue/1977] LP (Capitol)
Unpredictable includes major hits “I'm Catching Hell” (a confessional ballad) and “I've Got Love On My Mind” as well as the exuberant feel-good anthem “Party Lights.” Reissued on standard weight vinyl as part of the 40th anniversary of its original and Capitol Records' 75th anniversary.
>De-Bons-en-Pierre
– Crepes 12” (Dark Entries)
Over 23 minutes of garbles, sludgy synths and leviathan rhythms. Surfing the slippery slope between industrial and electro, but never quite falling in, just a dip of your pinky toe to to test the temperature.

>Epic Soundtracks
– Change My Life [1996] LP (Mapache)
First-time vinyl pressing. A masterclass of songwriting at a difficult time for songwriters, here again we have Epic’s amazing piano ballads, following a similar path to that of his heroes John Cale, David Bowie, Alex Chilton and Brian Wilson.

>The Golden Filter
– Still // Alone 2xLP (Optimo Music)
An album about being in love with pure solitude,
Still // Alone is separated into two distinct records. Record one, Still, is a hypnotic meditation for the nightclub. Wavy patterns of sound and light bounce off of Penelope's literary vocal bursts, layered over the ominous deep synths and arpeggiators, held together only by a strict 4/4 beat -- the rhythm, ironically forcing the body to move, however internally focused and mindful, still. Record two, Alone, takes the club offline and into the fringes of raw, odd pop. Ever-prominent drum machine beats rule, while love and loss permeate the four atmospheric goth songs.
>Immolation
– Here In After [Reissue/1995] LP (Metal Blade)
Immolation – Failures For Gods [Reissue/1999] LP (Metal Blade)
Immolation – Close To A World Below [Reissue/2000] LP (Metal Blade)
Limited red color vinyl pressings of three of the death metal band’s formative albums.

>Isis
– Wavering Radiant [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (Robotic Empire)
Limited edition clear with yellow splatter vinyl repress. The music of Isis is a suitable metaphor for their twelve-year career: patient, meticulous, fraught with tension and gradually building toward an apex of seismic proportions. They have successfully navigated the process of growing and evolving without disavowing their initial vision. On
Wavering Radiant every component of this armory comes into equal play -- an audiophile's dream: grandiose without over-indulgence, epic without compromised focus. This is their fifth and final full-length album, last released by Ipecac Recordings in 2009.
>Jeezy
– Trap Or Die 3 2xLP (Def Jam)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the rapper. Jeezy's street swagger and authentic style has quickly made believers out of some the biggest players in the game, from Fabolous to P. Diddy.

>Jim And The French Vanilla
– Afraid Of The House LP (Dirtnap)
Jim And The French Vanilla is the solo project of Jim Blaha from The Blind Shake. Raw, feral, but incredibly catchy,
Afraid Of The House covers a wider sonic pallet than one might pick up on at first. From poppy to heavy, from atmospheric to wild, it reflects a wide range of ideas and emotion, while maintaining surprising consistence throughout.
>Jlin
– Dark Lotus 12” (Planet Mu)
Jlin returns with the first fruits of her new work since last year’s
Free Fall EP. Dark Lotus is a transition between Dark Energy, her debut album, and her forthcoming Black Origami full-length. A-side “The Escape Of The Blvck Rxbbit (ft. Avril Stormy Unger)” is the more traditional of the two tracks, starting off proceedings with a constantly switching rhythmic structure and a stop-start sweeping hoover stab panning between the speakers, descending bleeps and Avril's vocals cut into shapes and pushed through effects. “Nyakinyua Rise” races headlong into uncharted territory, with a fierce barrage of djembe drums over pounding bass, punchy war cries and jubilant ululations that paint a tension between hot aggression and weightless ecstasy.
>Johnny Teardrop
– No Problemo LP+MP3 (Rouge Mecanique Musique)
No Problemo is Jonny Teardrop's first physical album release. Inspired by Native American peyote songs, Jonny uses his Jaguar as a bass, drum samples from obscure Japanese crust punk songs, and charges through 13 brief songs, snapping audible Polaroids and conjuring fragments of memories.
>Kid Koala featuring Emilíana Torrini
- Music To Draw To: Satellite 2xLP (Arts & Crafts)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. An uncharted journey for the legendary scratch DJ, producer, and composer, Kid Koala’s fifth studio album is an emotional work of expansive instrumental soundscapes and chilling vocal ballads. A record of many firsts for Eric San, the inaugural volume in the
Music To Draw To series finds Kid Koala collaborating with a singer, writing lyrics, and producing and performing all instruments. Satellite is the renowned audio-collagist’s first non-sample-based record, using an array of synthesizers, keys, guitars, basses, strings, turntables, noisemakers, and inventive recording techniques to create its celestial atmosphere. Written during the gelid Montreal winter, Music To Draw To: Satellite tells a heartrending tale of discovery and loss through the lens of lovers separated by a one-way space mission to Mars. The album’s eighteen spacious movements are threaded with eight lyrical songs written by Kid Koala in collaboration with Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini.
>Kill Devil Hills
– In On Under Near Water LP (Bang!)
The Kill Devil Hills, one of Australia's best-kept secrets, present their fourth album,
In On Under Near Water. Coming from the isolated city of Perth, these musicians continue their growth and evolution, delivering the very finest and most intense music, which takes the listener, with their unique stamp and signature, to the world of The Drones, The Beasts Of Bourbon, Kim Salmon, The Gun Club, and Johnny Cash.
>Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace
– Sugar Daddy [Reissue/1980] LP (Strut)
Strut present the first in a series of essential original LP reissues (Original Masters Series) exploring rare and underrated African, Latin and Caribbean music classics, curated by Duncan Brooker. The series kicks off with
Sugar Daddy, an experimental highlife/disco outing by Nigerian highlife guitarist Joe King Kologbo.
>Dean Martin
– Dino: Italian Love Songs [Reissue/1962] LP (Capitol)
Originally released in 1962,
Dino: Italian Love Songs shows Dean Martin at his best. He alternates between English and Italian seamlessly singing songs of the heart. Reissued on standard weight vinyl to mark Capitol Record's 75th Anniversary.
>Phil X. Milstein & Thurston Moore
– Songs We Taught The Lord Vol. 1 LP (Feeding Tube)
Phil X. Milstein & Thurston Moore – Songs We Taught The Lord Vol. 2 LP (Feeding Tube)
Complete recordings of the duo’s set opening for John Fahey over two nights, December 4 & 5, 1996. Limited color vinyl pressings of each also available.

>Ennio Morricone
- Un Uomo Da Rispettare OST [1972] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Un Uomo Da Rispettare translates to “A Man to Respect,” which can easily be said of Ennio Morricone himself—the unparalleled maestro of the soundtrack. This 1972 crime film stars Kirk Douglas as a master safecracker at a crossroads in his life, emerging from prison yet tempted by one last big job. This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Krzysztof Penderecki, Harry Partch and Sun City Girls.
>The Neon Judgement
– Cockerill-Sombre [Reissue/1983] 12” (Dark Entries)
The Neon Judgement hail from the small town of Leuven near Brussels, Belgium and gave birth to the New Beat and EBM scenes worldwide with the release of their first two cassettes
Suffering (1981) and TV Treated (1982). Always a consistent duo of Dirk Da Davo (synthesizers, vocals) and TB Frank (guitar, drum machine, vocals) The Neon Judgment worked in a parallel world alongside Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire, and the Deutsche Neue Welle. In 1983 they released the infamous four-song Cockerill-Sombre EP containing the dance-floor smash “The Fashion Party.”
>The Other People Place
– Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Warp)
The much sought-after LP from Drexciya’s James Stinson has been hard to come by for many years, but is back in print on vinyl. “It's hard to sum up in words just how important
Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café truly is. Originally released back in 2001 as part of the Drexciyan off-shoot Storm Series, Lifestyles was one of the various projects of one-half of deep sea electro pioneers Drexciya, James Stinson. Shrouded in mystery, the two members of Drexciya took the blueprint laid out by the pioneers of the hypnotic groove, Kraftwerk and gave it a truly electro feel -- cold, yet funky. Where Drexciya's sound was focused in the deepest corners of the ocean, James's work as The Other People Place was a solo project that turned its gaze elsewhere, most notably in the direction of love.” -- Bleep
>Palberta
– Bye Bye Berta LP (Wharf Cat)
In an industry that favors niche branding and subgenre packaging, Palberta is a difficult band to place. Their music is free and uninhibited in a way that makes it all their own. Often, Palberta songs are marked with a child-like communication—chants and lullabies are met with snarling tantrums, while their instruments coo and careen towards an abrupt finish. Their playful approach to writing produces work that is hyper-emotional—as jarring as it is soothing and as loopy as it is sinister.

>Parkway Drive
– Horizons LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
The metalcore band’s best-selling album -- available for the first time on vinyl.

>Queen
– Greatest Hits II [Reissue/1991] 2xLP (Hollywood)
Queen’s best-selling compilations
Greatest Hits I (reissued on vinyl last November) and Greatest Hits II throw fresh light on an unrivalled track record of chart-topping, award-winning, record-breaking rock and pop classics. As with the recent vinyl reissue of Greatest Hits I, the 2011 remasters were used for this pressing.
>Terry Riley
– Descending Moonshine Dervishes [Reissue/1982] LP (Beacon Sound)
Terry Riley – Songs For The Ten Voices Of The Two Prophets [Reissue/1983] LP (Beacon Sound)
Decending Moonshine Dervishes was recorded live in Berlin in 1975 and is largely improvised, with Riley playing a modified Yamaha organ with variable resistors to facilitate tuning in just intonation. Recorded live in Munich in 1982 using two Prophet synthesizers and voice, Songs For The Ten Voices Of The Two Prophets is a reflection of Riley's ongoing interest in melding improvisation, electronic music, and the raga vocal stylings of his mentor, Pandit Pran Nath.
>Sleep
– The Clarity [Reissue/2014] 12” (Southern Lord)
Recorded by Neurosis’ Noah Landis and mastered by John Golden, the near 10-minute track “The Clarity” has been re-cut for this new pressing on 180gm red vinyl. The B-side of the platter features a special etching of the artwork by David V. D’Andrea (Samaritan Press). The record is housed in a heavyweight picture disc-style sleeve, silkscreened with the Sleep logo.

>Starset
– Vessels 2xLP+MP3 (Razor & Tie)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Starset's follow-up to their debut album
Transmissions highlights their writing ability, modern rock production, and the wide-ranging vocal talents of frontman Dustin Bates. Vessels contains 15 modern rock songs with hints of electronic music, pop, rock and metal influences woven throughout, with the continuation of their science and space related sci-fi themes. 180gm marble vinyl LP pressing.
>Sun Ra
– Spaceways LP (ORG Music)
Spaceways features live performances by Sun Ra and his Arkestra from New York City in 1966 and 1968. Free and “spacey” as ever, the recordings capture Sun Ra in his element with over a dozen Arkestra members backing him up. The recordings were remastered for vinyl and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.
>Ultimate Spinach
– Behold & See [Reissue/1968] LP (Sundazed)
The Spinach's self-titled debut album is now considered a psychedelic classic, but it's the group's second record,
Behold & See, that is perhaps their finest achievement. Ostensibly a concept album, it’s centered around lead singer/songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist Ian Bruce-Douglas' cynical worldview. He skewers "normal" society with all the fervor of Zappa and all the surreality (and insanity) of Bob Markley on songs like "Visions Of Your Reality" and the four-part "Suite: Genesis of Beauty." Add in the lush, floating vocals of Barbara Jean Hudson, fuzz guitar and some great late- ‘60s psych jangle and you've got the formula for an unhinged classic that stands up to the best of the non-coastal psych sounds of the late- ‘60s. Mono mix. Spinach color vinyl.
>Colin Vallon / Patrice Moret / Julian Sartorius
– Danse LP (ECM)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Colin Vallon Trio has found its own space in the crowded world of the piano trio by quietly challenging its conventions. On his third ECM album Vallon again leads the group not with virtuosic solo display but by patient outlining of melody and establishing of frameworks in which layered group improvising can take place.

>Various Artists
– The Hamilton Mix Tape 2xLP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
The Hamilton Mix Tape is a musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Executive produced by The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon and more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased Hamilton demos.
>Various Artists
– Where The Mountains Meet The Sky: Folk Music Of Ladakh LP (Sublime Frequencies)
Music from Ladakh recorded during the making of the film
The Song Collector (2014) by director Erik Koto, with additional material recorded by Bill Kite in 1992. LP comes with a full-size insert containing historic photos, song lyrics, and liner notes by Erik Koto.
>The Weeknd
– Starboy 2xLP (Republic)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. The Weeknd’s third studio album features guest contributions from Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey, Future and Kendrick Lamar.

>Wolfgang
– Eliminate Hate LP (Out-Sider)
After more than 30 years hidden in a dusty storage unit, Out-Sider presents the previously unreleased album from one of the most enigmatic bands from the Texas psychedelic scene, Wolfgang. An unusual blend of '60s garage-punk, Texas psychedelia (think 13th Floor Elevators or Golden Dawn), The Seeds, The Misunderstood, late era Velvet Underground, '70s era Rolling Stones and '70s pre-punk swagger.

>The Yardbirds
– Sounds I Heard [Reissue/2014] LP+7” (Easy Action)
Vinyl LP with one-sided 7" single of BBC session "White Summer." Most tracks for this LP were taken from the box set
Glimpses, including improved audio versions of “Dazed & Confused” and the “White Summer” BBC session. (Previous edition was available for RSD 2014.)
>youANDme/The Analog Roland Orchestra
- Baum Limited Picture Edition 004 10” (Bureau B)
Two deep dub techno cuts with deep bass and atmospheric FXs.
released 03 FEBRUARY 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

>
Advent – Pain & Suffering CD/LP (Bridge 9)
Brutally heavy, metal-infused hardcore.

>Alice Babs & Duke Ellington
– Serenade To Sweden [Reissue/1963] CD (Real Gone Music)
Real Gone Music is proud to present what is probably the rarest album in the voluminous Duke Ellington discography, his 1963 date with Swedish singer Alice Babs,
Serenade To Sweden. That year, Ellington was hired by the Reprise label as an A&R man, free to sign any artist he wanted and to record them. His first choice was Babs, who, in Ellington’s words, was “the most unique artist I know...She sings opera, she sings lieder, she sings what we call jazz and blues, she sings like an instrument, she even yodels, and she can read any and all of it!”
>Lynn Anderson
– The Definitive Collection 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
She is one of the Top Ten charting female country singers of all time, the first to win an American Music Award, the first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden, and was a regular on TV including everything from
The Lawrence Welk Show to The Tonight Show to Starsky & Hutch. The Defiinitive Collection gathers 40 tracks, 38 hits, including her classic Chart and Columbia sides, lovingly remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios and annotated by Joe Marchese.
>Big Wreck
– Grace Street CD (Rounder)
Canadian multi-platinum-selling rockers Big Wreck continue to build on the creative momentum of their two previous JUNO Award-nominated releases,
Ghosts and Albatross. New album Grace Street contains heavy grooving tracks such as lead-off single “One Good Piece of Me” and “Digging In” along with the atmospheric “A Speedy Recovery” and the epic seven-minute instrumental “Skybunk Marché.” Other tracks feature added touches, such as Miles Davis-style muted trumpet, wine glasses, a sample of a child's heartbeat and a Leslie speaker guitar solo recorded on a mountainside adjacent to Richardson's B.C. studio. At the core of Grace Street are live, off-the-floor performances by founding front man Ian Thornley on guitar and keyboards, accompanied by drummer Chuck Keeping and bassist Dave McMillan.
>Black Sabbath
– The Ultimate Collection 2xCD/4xLP (Rhino)
The 31-track
The Ultimate Collection features Black Sabbath classic songs including “Paranoid,” “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” “N.I.B.” and “The Wizard” as well other choice cuts from their discography. [Vinyl edition 180gm.]
>Black Star Riders
– Heavy Fire CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
New release from this hard rock band featuring Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), Ricky Warwick (The Almighty), Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy, Brother Cane), Robbie Crane (Ratt), and Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth, Alice Cooper).

>Cigarettes After Sex
– I. CDEP/12” (Spanish Prayer)
Formed in 2008, Cigarettes After Sex has been host to a number of different musical collaborators, working through a variety of sounds since their inception. In the spring of 2012, inspired by the Cowboy Junkies’
Trinity Session, Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Mazzy Star and the sound of early '60s records like "I Love You How You Love Me" by the Paris Sisters, they recorded their first proper EP, I., live over the course of a single night in the stairway of a four-story building.
>Common Kings
– Lost In Paradise CD (Island Emperor)
Common Kings produce phenomenal pop hits with rock, reggae, R&B and classic soul influences.

>Communions
– Blue CD/LP (Fat Possum)
“In the two and a half years since they bowled us over with debut single ‘So Long Sun,’ Copenhagen pop-rockers Communions have continually honed their sparkling guitar music, signed to Fat Possum, and shared a smattering of other promising music. Along the way, we named them one of 2015’s Best New Bands. And now they’re released their full-length debut album,
Blue. It’s a collection of stylish guitar music out of a different era (the Stone Roses era, specifically), a stack of hook-laden tracks that exist in the arena-sized gulf between rock and pop.” – Stereogum
>Larry Coryell
– Coryell [Reissue/1969] CD (Real Gone Music)
1969’s
Coryell offers an intriguing blend of improvised and arranged pieces, with an all-star cast that includes Ron Carter, Bernard Purdie, Albert Stinson (“The Jam With Albert” is perhaps the highlight of the entire album), Chuck Rainey, and Free Spirits bandmate Jim Pepper. Jimi Hendrix is definitely an influence on this jazz-rock gem, but Coryell takes his axe in directions only known to him; at this time, only John McLaughlin (with whom Coryell would shortly cut the one-off Spaces) could rival him in the fusion field.
>Courage My Love
– Synesthesia CD (Invogue)
Courage My Love is a high energy trio comprised of Mercedes Arn-Horn on vocals and guitar, Phoenix Arn-Horn on vocals, drums, and synth; and Brandon Lockwood on bass.
Synesthesia is a 14-track new age fusion of indie, pop, rock, and dance.
>Cypress Spring
– Denim CD (Average Joe’s Ent.)
Cypress Spring’s music epitomizes the down home, Southern way of life with songs s about dropping a tailgate, bumping a good song on a dirt road and being proud of where you’re from.

>Delaney & Bonnie and Friends
- Motel Shot [Reissue/1971] CD (Real Gone Music)
Though they never achieved the popular success enjoyed by some of their peers, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett spearheaded the roots-rock revolution of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s along with The Allman Brothers and The Band, turning away from the exoticism of psychedelia towards music “rooted” in blues, country, and soul. Witness the fact that the “And Friends” that played with the pair included Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Dave Mason and Bobby Whitlock….out of Delaney and Bonnie’s various aggregations arose Derek and the Dominoes and Joe Cocker’s band for the legendary
Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour. And for Motel Shot, the duo’s fourth studio album and their third for Atco/Atlantic, the circle of “friends” included Cocker, Whitlock, and Mason, plus appearances by Duane Allman, Gram Parsons, and John Hartford among others.
>The Dig
– Bloodshot Tokyo CD/LP+MP3 (Roll Call)
Third album from Brooklyn indie rockers, mixed by Richard Swift (of The Shins & The Arcs). The Dig have toured with Beady Eye, The Walkmen, Portugal the Man, Antlers, The Lumineers, Editors and She Wants Revenge.

>Dominic
– Goodnight, Doggies. A Collection Of Songs By Dominic CD/LP (Lame-O)
At the core of all long human relationships there are dark corners. With his solo debut, Dominic Angelella uncovers such painful discoveries with masterful and subtle execution. More importantly, he does this with an expertly alternative hand at pop songwriting, cherry picking from a vast array of influences not limited to visionaries such as Prince, Harry Nilsson, and Andre 3000.

>Elbow
– Little Fictions CD/LP+MP3 (Concord)
Little Fictions was recorded in Scotland and Manchester and sees the band collaborate with the string players of The Hallé Orchestra, the Hallé Ancoats Community Choir, members of London Contemporary Voices and session drummer Alex Reeves. “This album, according to Elbow’s guitarist Mark Potter, is ‘the sound of four people who love what they do, and each other’. If that seems a little too bromantic to be true, the proof is in the playing. Elbow are sometimes pigeonholed as prog-rockers, but the special ingredient in their recipe is something you won’t find in early Genesis: blokey warmth. It’s there in Garvey’s big-hearted lyrics, his beer-stained vocals, and the layers of music behind him, which tend to be intricate but emotional. When it all falls into place, an Elbow song is a thing of beauty, built to make arms sway. The producer, the band’s keyboard player Craig Potter, maintains their tunefulness while nudging it into the world of 2017, where rhythm is king. These ten songs require some patience. Only the opener, the stirring ‘Magnificent (She Said),’ grabs you right away, and the title track is a full eight minutes long. But, as so often, the effort is rewarded.” – Daily Mail [Limited color vinyl copies also available, along with standard black 180gm pressing.]
>Emily Estefan
– Take Whatever You Want CD (Alien Shrimp)
Emilio and Gloria Estefan's daughter, Emily, steps into the spotlight. The 22 year-old singer/songwriter eschews stereotypes and societal expectations through thought-provoking originals, cool harmonies, and world rhythms on her debut album,
Take Whatever You Want. [Vinyl edition due February 24.]
>Emperor
– Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk [Reissue/1997] CD/LP (Spinefarm)
Emperor / Wrath Of The Tyrant - Emperor / Wrath Of The Tyrant [Reissue/1998] CD/LP (Spinefarm)
New reissues of the legendary black metal band’s second album and their compilation of songs recorded with original bassist Mortiis. [Limited color vinyl pressings are
also available.]
>Fenech-Soler
– Zilla CD (So Recordings)
The bold, shimmering, eclectic pop of
Zilla heralds a thrilling new chapter for the Northamptonshire band, now a duo comprising brothers Ben and Ross Duffy. Loaded with personality and pockets of experimentation, Zilla (named after a close friend) is chock full of positive and upbeat pop songs.
>Ron Gallo
– Heavy Meta CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (New West)
A few words from Ron Gallo “
Heavy Meta is 11 tracks of lyrical confrontation and laughter for cynics laid down roughly on a bed of fuzz, chaotic structures and primal sounds evoked from a red Fender jaguar electric guitar -- there is bass, there are drums and not much else besides the occasional icing (no artificial colors or dyes). It’s not comfortable and easily pinpointed and I’m sure that will create an issue for the desire for neat little boxes we have grown to love. I still don’t know what I’m doing and I plan on keeping it that way. Besides a couple of years of emotional and mental turmoil, loss, confusion, breakdown and internal growth what did all of that ever get me? Well, it gave me this record called Heavy Meta and it is the first few findings from my guerilla treasure hunt for bullsh*t, both outside and within. Ethos meets pathos. The only thing I do know is that I want to use music to reflect the times and as a primary outlet for me to become a total psychopath on stage, challenge myself and talk about potentially heavy real world things, call you out, then maybe we can even hug after the show.” [Limited pink color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Duke Garwood
– Garden Of Ashes CD (Heavenly/PIAS America)
“In the face of an apocalypse, we all need a safe house. A place for sanctuary; not to hide, but to claim for our own. On his new album, South London’s unlikely bluesman Duke Garwood has found the perfect place for us all, and says it’s time to meet in the
Garden Of Ashes. ‘I am an angry man; so angry I burn myself. So angry I heat up the air around me. This is the nuclear fuel I use to make music,’ tells Duke. ‘In a world so full of pain and madness we need to be better than ever; to evolve not devolve. To become masters of our fate and stop listening to the snake talkers who would steal our last breath. It’s time to go Elvis and shoot the cursed TV.’ For an artist who claims to be angry, there’s a lot of love to be heard in Duke’s music and in the face of impeding Armageddon, just as Nick Cave claims in his film One More Time With Feeling, the only way to fight anguish is with positivity. On Duke’s sixth album Garden Of Ashes, that’s precisely the message. ‘I make beautiful music, because we don't need angry music right now. Everyone can turn on the TV and see the horror show, they don't need to hear it coming out the stereo. I’m trying to distil this frustrating feeling we all have right now into something more focused’” – Drift. [Vinyl edition due February 17.]
>Beth Hart
– Fire On The Floor CD/LP+MP3 (Provogue)
“In every generation, there are a handful of female blues vocalists that rise far above the common ground. Names such as Bessie Smith, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Tina Turner, and Billie Holiday are forever etched in the world’s psyche. For the past two decades, Beth Hart has been climbing that stairway to musical immortality. Her new album,
Fire On The Floor, is a prime example why.” – American Blues Scene
>Dave Hause
– Bury Me In Philly CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
“A beautifully written piece of work. Dave Hause has always been blessed with a purity of songwriting craft that sets him apart from the punk troubadour pack. This collection is no exception – the misery-tinged love letter of opener ‘With You’ setting the tone for an album which deals in both human triumph and defeat with beautifully observed skill. As the lusty porch-side reminiscence of ‘The Ride’ gives way to the anthemic, titular homage to Hause’s hometown of Philadelphia, he once again cuts to the core of the human condition. It adds up to another deft, mature and utterly addictive release” – Rock Sound. [Limited color clear vinyl pressing also available.]

>Homeshake
– Fresh Air CD/LP+MP3 (Sinderlyn/Captured Tracks)
Homeshake is the pseudonym and solo project of Edmonton-born, Montreal-based musician Peter Sagar. “Former Mac DeMarco bandmate Peter Sagar introduced us to his Homeshake project with
In the Shower, then took us to the kitchen for a Midnight Snack. For his next offering, though, he's taking things outside with a new album titled Fresh Air. The 14-track finds Sagar taking his breezy R&B-infused sound in a ‘slightly funkier direction.’ A press release notes that the new record aims to evaporate negativity in the minds of listeners with its collection of ‘smokey, laid-back love songs and airy productions.’” -- Exclaim
>Horisont
– About Time CD/LP (Century Media)
New album from the Swedish heavy prog traditionalists.

>Iron Reagan
– Crossover Ministry CD/LP (Relapse)
“Crossover deviants Iron Reagan call upon thee to join the holy order of thrash on their latest full-length, Crossover Ministry. Across 18 tracks and 30 minutes of frantic, punk-metal fury, Iron Reagan mix a blitzkrieg of relentlessly catchy riffs and irresistible, mosh-ready grooves with punchy, thrash gallops and hardcore punk attitude.”

>Wyclef Jean
– J’ourvert CD (Urban/E1)
J’ouvert is a 10-track precursor to Wyclef’s forthcoming full length album aptly titled Carnival III: Road To Clefication dropping next summer on the 20th anniversary of Wyclef’s critically acclaimed debut The Carnival – and album that established himself as a producer and solo artist whose work draws from elements of pop, country, folk, disco, Latin, and electronic music.
>Judas Priest
– Turbo 30 3xCD/LP (Sony Legacy)
Digitally remastered and expanded triple CD edition of the metal band’s 10th studio album, originally released in 1986, reissued to coincide with its 30th Anniversary. Includes
two bonus discs that feature the audio from the show Live At The Kemper Arena, Kansas City. [Single disc vinyl pressing also available.]

>Jim Kweskin
– Relax Your Mind [Reissue/1955] CD (Real Gone Music)
After a couple of albums on Vanguard Records established Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band as a major force in the folk scene, their leader had something different in mind for his first LP without the group. Billed to Jim Kweskin, 1965’s
Relax Your Mind gave him the opportunity to, as he puts it in Richie Unterberger’s liner notes, record “music that was a little more meaningful to me personally.” With accompaniment by the Jug Band members Fritz Richmond on washtub bass and Mel Lyman on harmonica, Kweskin delivered a set just as diverse as his records with the full Jug Band, encompassing traditional folk standards, blues, gospel, African music, and more.
>Less Than Jake
– Sound The Alarm CDEP/12” (Pure Noise)
New release from the Gainesville, Florida-based ska/punk band.

>Reba McEntire
– Songs Of Faith & Hope 2xCD (Nash Icon)
The country music vocalist’s new double-disc project highlights traditional hymns of faith throughout the first 10 songs while more contemporary tracks of hope round out the back half. [Vinyl edition due March 31.]

>The Menzingers
– After The Party CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
For their fifth full-length
After The Party, The Menzingers set out to make the quintessential jukebox record: an unstoppably melodic album primed for bar-room sing-alongs. Delivering anthemic harmonies, furious power chords, and larger-than-life melodies, the Philadelphia-based garage-punk four-piece amply fulfills that mission while achieving something much more deeply nuanced. [Limited red vinyl pressing also available.]
>The Mist
– Phantasmagoria [Reissue/1989] CD/LP (Greyhaze)
The Mist was a Brazilian thrash metal band, formed in 1986 and split-up in 1997.

>Moon Duo
– Occult Architecture Vol. 1 CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Meaning all things magick and supernatural, the root of the word occult is that which is hidden, concealed, beyond the limits of our minds. If this is occult, then the
Occult Architecture of Moon Duo's fourth album -- a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes released in 2017 -- is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light. Offering a cosmic glimpse into the hidden patterning embedded in everything, Occult Architecture reflects the harmonious duality of these light and dark energies through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang. In Chinese, Yin means “the shady side of the hill” and is associated with the feminine, darkness, night, earth. Following this logic, Vol. 1 embraces and embodies Moon Duo’s darker qualities, released appropriately in the heart of the northern hemisphere’s winter. [Limited red and black color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Muna
– About You CD/2xLP (RCA)
Debut album from the L.A. pop band. “Listening to MUNA forces you to remember why they call it a hook. Great pop songs always have one: a huge and prickly soaring moment that sticks in your brain and draws your memory back to the moment. A hook is a musical curveball, something unexpected that feels endlessly familiar. It fools you with trajectory, coaxing you back around the same smooth path again and again, like a lap around a track. Nearly all of Muna’s tracks launch with a huge hook, incorporating soul, funk, pop, and rock, each grappling with emotions that feel like they’ll endure longer than eternity” – Stereogum. [Limited opaque pink color vinyl pressing also available.]

>New Gen
– New Gen CD (XL)
An album bringing together the best of the UK’s underground grime and rap scenes with collaborations between 17 young artists “anchored in the half space between trap, grime and new wave R&B, the melting pot which has typically come to represent the New Gen sound.” [Vinyl edition due February 17.]

>Art Pepper
- Art Pepper Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 1: Sonny Stitt 2xCD (Omnivore)
Art Pepper - Art Pepper Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 2: Pete Jolly CD (Omnivore)
Originally issued as
Groovin’ High and Atlas Blues: “Blow! & Ballade” by Sonny Stitt And His West Coast Friends in 1980, these two releases are now available as Art Pepper Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 1, which presents the material recorded in July of that year with Stitt and Art Pepper on sax, Russ Freeman and Lou Levy on piano, bassists John Heard and Chuck DeMonico, and Carl Burnette on drums. Art Pepper Presents "West Coast Sessions!" Volume 2: Pete Jolly collects Pete Jolly And His West Coast Friends’ 1980 album Strike Up The Band, which was recorded in February of that year with Jolly on piano, Art Pepper on sax, bassist Bob Magnusson, and Roy McCurdy on drums. In addition to a track found on 2001’s The Hollywood All-Star Sessions boxed set, this CD also contains a previously unissued take mixed from the original multi-tracks, and new liner notes from Laurie Pepper.
>Leann Rimes
– Remnants CD (Thirty Tigers)
16th studio album from the world-renowned vocal powerhouse, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and artist who debuted as the youngest Grammy recipient of all time. On
Remnants, LeAnn reaches back into her Mississippi-born soul and truthfully delivers piece-by-piece who she is now as a woman: a wife, a stepmother, a daughter, a friend, an artist, a songwriter and a survivor.
>Sampha
– Process CD/LP (Young Turks)
Sampha hails from Morden, south London and has spent the last six years generously dividing his musical talents across solo and collaborative work. Equally in demand as a songwriter, singer, producer and player, Sampha has been sampled by and produced for Drake (“The Motion” and “Too Much ft Sampha”), Kanye West (“Saint Pablo ft Sampha”), Beyonce (“Mine ft Drake”), Katy B (“Play ft Sampha”) and FKA twigs (
LP1 standout “Numbers”). He also remains a frequent collaborator in the Young Turks family and beyond; from remixing The xx and Chairlift to experimenting in sonics and structure as half of production duo Short Stories (alongside Koreless).
>Soen
– Lykaia CD/LP+MP3 (UDR)
Soen, the progressive group featuring the otherworldly driven drumming of Martin Lopez (formerly of Amon Amarth and Opeth) and the dynamic voice of Joel Ekelöf, plus bassist Stefan Stenberg, new guitarist Marcus Jidell (ex Avatarium) and new keyboard/guitarist Lars Åhlund have been taking another trip into uncharted waters for the past few months at Ghostward and Deepwell Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

>Soundtrack
- The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh [Reissue/1979] CD (Real Gone Music)
The 1979 cult favorite film
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh featured an all-star team from the worlds of basketball and Hollywood – for Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Meadowlark Lemon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry Tarkanian, Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters, Flip Wilson, Debbie Allen, Harry Shearer, and more – for its fantastical tale of a struggling Pittsburgh basketball team that beats the odds with a little help from the heavens. The movie’s soundtrack was equally illustrious. Pop-soul maestro Thom Bell, renowned for his work with The Spinners, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, and Johnny Mathis, wrote, produced, arranged, and conducted his very first motion picture score, and the result was a soul symphony incorporating funk, disco, and jazz rhythms, and of course, Bell’s trademark luscious balladry.
>Surfer Blood
– Snowdonia CD/LP+MP3 (Joyful Noise)
Surfer Blood is one of the best young indie-rock bands around, and their fourth album,
Snowdonia, is one of their most ambitious efforts. Overcoming adversity, the band has artistically grown and thrived. Following the departure of bassist Kevin Williams and guitarist Thomas Fekete (tragically lost to cancer in May), singer/guitarist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz have rebuilt a talented lineup with guitarist Michael McCleary and bassist Lindsey Mills, all four alumni of the same high school in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pitts wrote specifically with the new band's talents in mind: “When I was writing I was thinking more about background vocals and harmonies. Lindsey and Michael are great singers, and I really wanted that to show in the songs. There are layers of vocals on almost every track, and the call-and-response parts between Lindsey and I are something totally new.” [Limited white color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Ten Fé
– Hit The Light CD/LP (Some Kinda Love/PIAS America)
Debut album release by Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, aka Ten Fé. Recorded in the studio built into the Berlin HQ of Kompakt Records in Berlin with Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture),
Hit The Light is a highly accomplished album with a captivating concoction of styles. The record seamlessly fuses intricate contemporary electronics and the band’s signature energetic mix of Americana, Manchester baggy and soulful vocals.
>Ralph Towner
– My Foolish Heart CD (ECM)
After critically-lauded projects with trumpeter Paolo Fresu (
Chiaroscuro) and with fellow guitarists Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan (Travel Guide), Ralph Towner returns to solo guitar for My Foolish Heart. Whether on classical guitar or 12-string, Towners touch is immediately identifiable. He has recorded for ECM since the label’s inception in 1973.
>Wilson & Fairchild
– Songs Our Dads Wrote CD (BFD)
Wil & Langdon have brought a refreshing new appeal to some songs of the Statlers from long ago. They chose nine songs their dads (Harold & Don Reid) co-wrote over the years and presented them with a front porch, rootsy, acoustic charm.


DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Mumford & Sons - Live From South Africa: Dust And Thunder DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Live From South Africa: Dust And Thunder chronicles the meeting of South Africa with their long-standing favorites, Mumford & Sons. A British band in huge demand, and a country extremely excited to welcome them. With a coachload of their close musical friends brought along for the ride, this exquisitely shot film captures the tour's conclusion with two nights in the beautiful Pretorian outback.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Avalanches
– Since I Left You [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album from the Australian electronic outfit. Playful, twisted, psychedelic, sampledelic, delirious and infectious, it's the sound of six men who spent most of adolescence rummaging through bargain bins in Melbourne's record shops, constructing their own post-modern disco-pop amalgam from rubbish '50s rejects and saccharine '60s pap.

>Behind Closed Doors
- Exit Lines: The Brief History of Behind Closed Doors LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Behind Closed Doors was a young hardcore band from Baltimore, MD. Formed in 1996 and disbanded by 1998, they quickly became renowned in the Baltimore/DC region for their unusually long, dynamic songs and alarmingly unhinged live shows. Pressed onto opaque red with black splatter color vinyl featuring a custom laser etching that includes the album’s lyrics etched directly into the LP.

>Dragonette
– Royal Blues LP (Virtual Label)
Fourth album from Toronto electro-pop darlings. “At the very end, “Future Ghost” shows off a darker side, almost reaching the weird intensity of a Nite Jewel or Zola Jesus number. And therein lies the real question: do Dragonette want to be a cool niche act, or a cool pop group? The answer seems to be the latter, and I salute them.” – Drunken Werewolf

>The-Dream
– Love Hate [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Def Jam)
Vinyl reissue of The-Dream’s debut album.
Love Hate features layered production incorporates spacious beats, oscillating keyboards, throbbing synths, and baroque elements such as synthetic strings and harpsichords. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic on standard weight 2LP for the first time in 10 years.
>Eluvium
– Talk Amongst The Trees [2007] 2xLP (Temporary Residence)
Eluvium – Copia [2007] 2xLP (Temporary Residence)
Originally released on CD and Digital formats only,
Talk Amongst The Trees and Copia were eventually available on vinyl exclusively as part of the Life Through Bombardment Vol. 1 box set. Each is now available separately in full-color widespine jackets with dual heavyweight full-color inner sleeves.
>Roy Lee Johnson And The Villagers
- Roy Lee Johnson And The Villagers [Reissue/1973] LP (Stax)
Recorded at the legendary FAME Studious in Muscle Shoals,Alabama this 1973 10-song masterpiece from Georgia born and bred guitarist, bandleader, vocalist and composer Roy Lee Johnson is a true lost gem. A veteran journeyman in the music business who actually penned a 1962 track called "Mister Moonlight" a song later covered by The Beatles; this would be Johnson's lone Stax recording. The Villagers were Johnson's backup outfit featuring Pete Carr on guitars, Michael James on bass, Roger Hawkins on percussions, Barry Beckett on clavinet, Ed Logan on flute, The legendary Memphis Horns and a wonderful trio of backup vocalist including Sandra Chalmers, Charlie Chalmers, and Donna Rhoades round out this funky affair.

>JoJo
– Mad Love. LP (Atlantic)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. JoJo's first new album since 2006 sees the talented singer/songwriter partnering with a number of top pop producers including Max Martin/Wolf Cousins' Oscar Holter (P!nk, Haliee Steinfeld, Tori Kelly), Whiskey Water (Nick Jonas Feat. Demi Lovato), and songwriter Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani).

>Ben Lee
– Freedom, Love And The Recuperation Of The Human Mind LP (Gold VE)
Guests include Grant Lee Phillips and Sara Watkins. “Like all the songs on the album, this recording began at my home studio in Laurel Canyon CA, with a live guitar and vocal – no click track, no tuning, no funny business. Just me singing this song, from my heart. It was a beautiful thing to see it take life as I brought in other musicians to add to it, culminating in the incredible Sara Watkins adding her harmonies.” – Bee Lee

>Madonna
– Confessions On A Dance Floor [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Rhino)
Pink vinyl reissue of the pop diva’s 10
th studio album.
>The Steve Miller Band
– The Joker: 40th Anniversary LP (Capitol)
1973's
The Joker is the legendary breakthrough for the band previously known for their winding improvs and spacey jams. Steve Miller and company honed the songwriting skills churning out a good vibes album that is full of hits. The album features the singles “Your Cash Ain't Nothin’ But Trash,” “The Joker,” “Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma,” and “Evil.”
>Miracle Fortress
– Five Roses [2007] LP+MP3 (Secret City)
“Miracle Fortress is getting some serious blog-love these days from such esteemed hot spots as My Old Kentucky Blog, and for good reason. I'm really digging anything that has a distinct Brian Wilson influence these days, so this is right up our alley” (Gorilla Vs Bear, April, 2007). “Miracle Fortress just completely knocked me upside the head with a handful of great songs. The band is pretty much just Graham Van Pelt's (Think About Life) solo project. He combines beautiful melodies and great hooks with instrumentation that ranges from sparse to downright curious” (You Ain't No Picasso).

>Prince And The Revolution
– I Would Die For You [Reissue/1984] 12” (WB)
Limited 12” vinyl reissue of this single lifted from the funk/R&B singer/songwriter’s 1984 album
Purple Rain.
>Max Richter
- On the Nature Of Daylight - Music From The Film Arrival 12” (StudioRichter)
This is the first record released on Max Richter’s brand new label StudioRichter -- a 12” vinyl edition of
On The Nature Of Daylight, which is the title track from the soundtrack to Denis Villeneuve’s hotly-tipped new movie Arrival. Includes the original quintet recording and the later recording for full string orchestra.
>Soft Machine
– Live At The Paradiso LP (Real Gone Music)
Soft Machine was one of the first prog-rock bands, but if your vision of prog-rock consists of musicians wreathed in pot smoke airily singing of fairies and wizards, it will be summarily dispelled by this fantastic “authorized bootleg,” which captures the band in March 1969 at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, playing material that was to be released six months later on
Soft Machine: Volume Two. Limited “soft purple” color pressing.]
>Stereophonics
– Word Gets Around [Reissue/1997] LP (UMe)
Stereophonics – Performance And Cocktails [Reissue/1999] LP (UMe)
Stereophonics – Just Enough Education To Perform [Reissue/2001] LP (UMe)
Stereophonics – You Gotta Go There To Come Back [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (UMe)
Stereophonics – Language.Sex.Violence.Other? [Reissue/2005] LP (UMe)
180gm vinyl reissues of the South Wales alt-rock band’s first five albums.

>Train
– A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat LP (Sony)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat is Train's first album without lead guitarist and founding member Jimmy Stafford. Although he is not on the new album, he is currently still partially involved with the band, as he continues to play with them at some live performances and events. It marks the band's first new music since their 2014 album Bulletproof Picasso. The album’s first single "Play That Song" borrows the central melody from the 1938 single "Heart And Soul" by Howard Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael.
>Tuxedomoon
– Half-Mute LP (Crammed Disc)
“At no less than 36 years of age, the warped synths and humming basslines of
Half-Mute by Tuxedomoon return to the fore on vinyl with Crammed Discs. The experimental new-wavers from San Fran helped kick off the 1970s punk rock revolution, and this offering is largely responsible for establishing the outfit's cult status.” – Norman UK
>Unwound
– Fake Train LP (Numero)
After the Pacific Northwest grunge raids of the early '90s that saw Nirvana, Mudhoney, and even the Melvins hoisted up the major label flagpole, Unwound's 1993 debut came as a welcomed reprieve for underground noise-niks everywhere. A pulsing cluster of wiry feedback, lurching bass, and single stroke rolls,
Fake Train entangles the energies of frustrated backpack emo, faded Riot Grrrl back issues, and their own dash of teen spirit and unleashes it all in an earsplitting 10-song assault. "Comes on like an homage to Wire's ‘1 2 X U’ as filtered through Minor Threat and a broken bottle of Robitussin" (Pitchfork). "It's no contest: Unwound is the best band of the '90s" (A.V. Club).
>Matteo Vallicelli
– Primo LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Matteo Vallicelli is an Italian drummer and composer, best known as the live drummer of The Soft Moon, Death Index, and as a founding member of many renowned Italian punk bands.

>Young Thug
– Jeffery 2xLP+MP3 (300 Ent)
2016 mixtape from the Atlanta-based rapper.
Jeffery – titled after Young Thug’s real name, Jeffery Williams -- features the hits singles "Pick Up The Phone” with Travis Scott featuring Quavo and “Wyclef Jean". Known for his unconventional vocal style, fashion, and persona, he first received attention for his collaborations with fellow Southern rappers.
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