for the week of 12 january 2018
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage [Reissue/2016] 4xLP (Capitol)
Limited quadruple vinyl LP pressing of the band’s seventh studio album.
>Crooks On Tape - In The Realm Of The Ancient Minor LP (Pure Orgone)
John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) and Joey Galvan present Crooks On Tape’s first instrumental release. The textures and sampled/looped aesthetic these men have cultivated is still very present but, these tracks offer something more akin at times to a movie soundtrack or a hypnotic meditation.
>Betty Davis – Nasty Gal [Reissue/1975] LP (Light In The Attic)
Vinyl reissue of the third album from the influential funk/soul vocalist. Betty Davis was riding high in the '70s. A new record label (Island), a series of high profile relationships, and intensely sexualized live performances made her a rising star. It seemed like everything was aligned to take the music world by storm. So, Betty and band got back into the studio where she would act as writer, producer, and performer, creating what she thought would be her definitive release. Born Betty Mabry, the singer changed her last name when she married jazz legend Miles Davis.
>Brett Dennen – Brett Dennen  LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Brett Dennen is a modern-day troubadour with one foot tapping to the tradition of Woody Guthrie and the other foot in step with his social and political convictions. This is the first vinyl pressing of Dennen's ground-breaking self-titled debut album, originally released in 2004.
>Dim – Stereo 45 12” (Rotted Tooth)
Chicago four-piece Dim make the kind of shoegaze that’s allergic to the daylight.
>Dio – Holy Diver [Reissue/1983] LP (Rhino)
Dio – Last In Line [Reissue/1984] LP (Rhino)
Remastered colored vinyl reissues of Dio’s first two albums.
>Willie Dixon – Catalyst [Reissue/1973] LP (Tuff City)
Willie Dixon is one of the most prolific songwriters of his time. He is a Grammy Award winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee. This long out-of-print album, originally released in 1973, is a classic representation of the Chicago Blues sound post Chess Records and features a who’s who of the best sidemen of the genre.
>Drunken Foreigner Band – White Guy Disease LP (Electric Cowbell)
Drunken Foreigner Band's debut album is a sprawling electrified iteration of the Akha and Lam Lao music of Thailand and Laos.
>Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul [Reissue/1968] LP (Atlantic)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissue of the Queen Of Soul’s 1968 LP.
>Heavy Lids – Final Days LP (Blak Skul)
“The garage-punk scene in New Orleans is a breeding ground for weirdos who fuck around with electronics. One of its finest bands is Heavy Lids, whose debut album, We Believe In The Night, was one of the best in its class last year.”—Evan Minsker (Pitchfork)
>Futurians – Distorted Living LP (Feeding Tube)
“The way they compress the psychedelic thrust of their sonics makes one think this whole album may have been recorded in an air lock.” – Byron Coley
>The Human League – Anthology: A Very British Synthesizer Group 3xLP (Virgin)
This anthology features all of the hit singles, including seven previously unreleased edits.
>Hundred Waters – Communicating LP (Owsla)
Released late last October on CD – now available on vinyl. The L.A.-based trio - comprised of vocalist Nicole Miglis, producer Trayer Tryon and drummer Zach Tetreault - return with their long-awaited new full-length. At the core of the album is the relationship between band members Nicole Miglis and Trayer Tryon, whose relationship catalyzed the band in 2012. The album raises questions of romantic and non-romantic love, self-realization, growing apart, and finding understanding.
>Ihsahn – angL [Reissue/2008] LP (Spinefarm)
Limited transparent green colored vinyl reissue of the former Emperor frontman’s second album.
>Jess And The Ancient Ones – The Horse And Other Weird Tales LP (Svart)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Third time around for Jess And The Ancient Ones sees them take a magical mystery trip to the dark side of the ‘60s as seen through the eyes of modern-day occult rock musicians. This time the band went for an organic and human approach and produced a very old-fashioned album. Groovy, heavy, psychedelic beat music? Hard death rock? Occult head-exploding meltdown? All of them and more.
>King Parrot – Ugly Produce LP (Housecore)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Australia's unhinged extreme metal villains return with their third long player.
>The Last Gang – Sing For Your Supper 7” (Fat Wreck Chords)
The Last Gang may seem like a new band, but they’ve been grinding out their mix of tough-as-nails punk and bouncing melodies for a little over a decade now. Sing For Your Supper is more than just a teaser for the 2018 full-length album.
>Lil’ Keke – Don’t Mess Wit Texas  2xLP (SoSouth)
Limited colored vinyl pressing. First-time vinyl edition of the rappers 1997 album which features performances from an amazing guest list of performers that have since passed away, including DJ Screw, Fat Pat, Big Moe and Rap-A-Lot star Mr. 3-2.
>Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2 2xLP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Philadelphia rap pioneer Lil Uzi Vert flaunts a vision and fashion sense just as loud as his "futuristic trap" sound and dynamic voice. Luv Is Rage 2 serves as the rising hip-hop star's official full-length debut following a handful of name making mixtapes and features guest appearances from The Weeknd, Oh Wonder and Pharrell Williams.
>Dave Mason – Alone Together [Reissue/1970] LP (Friday Music)
Limited audiophile 180gm marble colored vinyl pressing of Mason’s debut album.
>The Notorious BIG – Big Poppa [Reissue/1994] 12” (Bad Boy)
The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize [Reissue/1997] 12” (Bad Boy)
Limited colored vinyl reissues.
>Panda Bear – Day With The Homies 12” (Domino)
The Animal Collective co-founder's first solo music since 2015's Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper and Crosswords EP. "I hoped to make something without frills or much embellishment, principally because I've found more fluff tends to equal less power," Lennox says in his introduction to the EP. "Since the juiciest action is entirely focused in the deeper zones of the frequency spectrum (at least from where I've sat), power was key." He adds, "The songs aren't lyrically linear or narrative as such, though I did scatter pieces of longer-chewed themes across the tracks."
>Elvis Presley – Back In Memphis [Reissue/1970] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm translucent gold vinyl reissue of Presley’s 35th studio album.
>Razorbumps – Hellrazors LP (Pop Wig)
Razorbumps' songs are quick, noisy and loud, taking influence from the best parts of garage rock, power pop and straight up rock n' roll. "Razorbumps clearly wear their Devo influence proudly, leaning on the speedy-side of that legendary band's approach to angular post-punk," wrote Brooklyn Vegan.
>Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay b/w Sweet Lorene 7” (Atlantic)
Limited 7” gold colored vinyl pressing of this classic single from the soul music legend released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the song's recording and Redding's death a short time later.
>Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street [Reissue/1972] 2xLP (Interscope)
Limited double 180gm half-speed mastered vinyl LP repress.
>Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi featuring Masahiko Satoh – Proton Pump LP (Family Vineyard)
A milestone achievement in the winding career of alto saxophonist, gibberish shrieker and jazz legend Akira Sakata. A lightning-fast, real-time cut-up of melody and bare-knuckle action that swings between the avant garde and hardcore be-bop.
>Saluki – Saluki [Reissue/1977] LP (Round 2)
The jewel in the crown of Compendium Records' brilliant back catalog is the eponymous album from the progressive jazz-funk band Saluki, released in 1977. Featuring members from the highly-significant proggers Junipher Greene, Saluki is a much-loved rare groove classic and a crate digger favorite. Saluki consists of eight advanced and ambitious tracks showcasing Saluki's blistering fusion of prog rock, jazz, west- coast harmonies and funk, as well as great songwriting abilities.
>Social Unrest – Before The Fall [Reissue/1986] LP (New Red Archives]
Limited edition red vinyl reissue of the 1986 sophomore album from pioneering hardcore band.
>Tears For Fears – Rule The World: The Greatest Hits LP (Mercury)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New 16-track best-of collection featuring two new tracks.
>Various Artists - America's Hardcore Compilation: Volume 4 LP (Triple B.)
17 new and exclusive tracks from hardcore/punk/metal’s best bands. Each band also designed and submitted their own pages for the 20-page 12x12” insert booklet included with each record.
>Various Artists - Hard-Core Ljubljana [Reissue/1986] LP (FV Zalozba)
Originally published in 1986, Hard-Core Ljubjana is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful hardcore punk compilations released in the '80s. Showcasing the furious sounds coming out of Slovenia's capital (then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia), it would catch the attention of punks worldwide with the sheer rawness of the five bands included: U.B.R., Odpadki Civilizacije, Tozibabe, Epidemija, andIII. Kategorija. 25 tracks of utter punk chaos.
>Various Artists – Sun Records Does Hank Williams LP (ORG Music)
A collection of Hank Williams hits performed by artists from the legendary Sun Record Company catalog. The compilation features superstars Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, alongside a handful of lesser-known Sun Records artists.
>Voodoo Glow Skulls – Firme [Reissue/1995] LP (Epitaph)
Voodoo Glow Skulls – Band Geek Mafia [Reissue/1998] LP (Epitaph)
Limited colored vinyl reissues of the ska band’s second and fourth albums.
>John Williams – Jaws [Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Reissue/1975] 2xLP (Mondo)
Limited edition 180gm double colored vinyl pressing. John Williams' score to Jaws is absolutely essential for soundtrack collectors.
>Wooing – Daydream Time Machine 7” (Ba Da Bing!)
Fronted by multi-instrumentalist Rachel Trachtenburg—a performer in the New York music scene since she was nine years old—Wooing offer hauntingly beautiful vocals backed by echoing guitars. The lead single, “In Colour", displays the vintage influences that come into play: the urgency of underground ‘90s rock (i.e. Sonic Youth, Helium, Breeders) meets the psychedelic Syd Barrett sounds of the ‘60s.
>X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents [Reissue/1978] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited yellow with blue-green splatter edition of the English punk band’s classic debut.
>ZZ Top – Rio Grande Mud [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino)
ZZ Top – Tres Hombres [Reissue/1973] LP (Rhino)
Limited edition colored vinyl pressings.
for the week of 05 january 2018
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Horace Andy – Good Vibes [Reissue/1997] LP (VP)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl. Ten tough disco mixes – vocal and dub – with Horace at the peak of his late ‘70s form.
>Michael Banabila – Trespassing 2xLP (Séance Center)
Trespassing is a compilation focusing on Dutch electronic artist Michel Banabila's incursions into otherworldly and imagined realms. LP One is a compilation of works spanning over 20 years that acts as a bridge between his earliest work and his contemporary practice. LP Two is a reissue of his early masterpiece Marilli, a highly sought-after album that acts as both an LSD inspired DIY tribute to Byrne and Eno's My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and a youthful exploration of Banabila's personal background and his experience as a squatter in Amsterdam in the early 80s.
>A Cat Called Fritz – Vertical Iris 2xLP (Hhv.De)
A Cat Called Fritz is back on another journey through space and sound. His sample-based trademark productions, using crispy samples and heavy drums, again lay the foundation for an all-star cast of feature guests on the mic including like-minded cats like Sach of The Nonce, Audessey, Glad2Mecha, Black Josh, Pete Flux, Pseudo Slang and others.
>Marty Baller –Baller Nation LP (Omerta Inc.)
A$AP Mob affiliate Marty Baller, started his career out as A$AP Ferg's hype man, before becoming a serious solo artistic his own right. Baller Nation is Marty's second mixtape, following 2016's 'Marty G Raw.' The concise 10 track tape sees Marty upping the stakes, with confident lyrics, big trap beats and an all start features list including A$AP FERG, Rich The Kid, Rob $tone and Smooky Margeilaa. Limited 180gm white vinyl LP pressing housed in a high-quality matte finish jacket with original artwork.
>David Bowie – Beauty And The Beast b/w Blackout (Live) 7” (Rhino/Parlophone)
Limited edition 7” picture disc vinyl pressing featuring a previously unreleased live version of the Heroes album track “Blackout” recorded on the 16th May, 1978 at the Deutschlandhalle, Berlin. Originally released in the UK in January 1978 (and remastered in 2017), “Beauty And The Beast” was the second single to be taken from Heroes.
>Chapel – Sunday Brunch LP+MP3 (Rise)
A thens, Georgia's Chapel (featuring Carter Hardin of Nightmares and Kortney Grinwis of Favorite Weapon) may be a new name in the indie pop world, but they're quickly creating a stir. The duo has already toured with the likes of Pierce The Veil, Sum 41 and Waterparks and their first three singles were met with universal acclaim. Now they're ready to take the next step with their Rise Records debut EP Sunday Brunch which was recorded with Issues frontman Tyler Carter and features seven catchy and energetic tracks. Limited vinyl picture disc pressing.
>Dissection – The Somberlain [Reissue/1993] LP (Black Lodge)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album by Swedish black metal band.
>DJ Harrison – Rule The World & I’m From Virginia b/w Brown Water 7” (Stones Throw)
The son of a radio DJ who introduced him to the world of record collecting, DJ Harrison finds himself inspired by local musicians in the Richmond scene that's as diverse and nonexclusive as they come. Among rappers, producers, punks and bluegrass bands, he falls within reach of an expansive pool of musicians to collaborate with. He lives and works in Jellowstone, a house turned recording compound occupied by his band mates in Butcher Brown, a "garage punk jazz funk" group.
>Kim Byoung Duk – Experiment No. X LP (Daehan Electronics)
Growing up in the bustling port city of Busan and running his own record shop there from the late '70s, Kim Byoung Duk had a front-row seat to the finest in foreign record imports and a taste for the psychedelic that naturally evolved into spiritual, ambient and avant-garde sounds. His growing interest in Tao philosophy and the meditative music that accompanied it provided a fertile environment for his audio imagination. Unhampered by limited access to musical gear, he made use of a wide assortment of self-sourced pots of various sizes and curvature, cymbals, wooden sculpted flutes and percussion tools-each chosen for its unique harmonic vibration-to create an entirely new and unique body of work. Experiment No. X retraces the oeuvre of Kim Byoung Duk, assembling tracks from Experiment No. 2, Pot Concerto and New Trilogy, illustrating a meditative journey from the freeness of the Tao sound, in the borders of ambient music and the avant-garde, to later groove-oriented jams which introduce rhythmic elements to the palate.
>First Touch x Bybo Funk – Stardust LP (Omega Supreme)
Stardust is a magical collaboration of new music from Germany's tiptop funk duo First Touch that combine forces with native master blaster Bybo Funk. This four-song up-tempo EP brings charismatic chord arrangements along with sophisticated and infectious basslines together for cosmic dance floor boogie.
>Peter Hook / Ministry – Dancing Madly Backwards 12” (Cleopatra)
Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order) and industrial legends Ministry recreate a stone cold '70s rock classic, Captain Beyond's "Dancing Madly Backwards!" The original Captain Beyond version of the song is available on their self-titled1972 album. Limited colored vinyl pressing.
>Hoops – Tapes #1-3 2xLP (Fat Possum)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Indiana's Hoops was born in frontman Drew Auscherman's teenage bedroom as a solo ambient and beat-driven project à la Oneohtrix Point Never's Replica. Auscherman named the band after the hoop houses at the nursery where he worked. Eventually he corralled a few of his friends to flesh out his songs, and the music inevitably shifted toward something new: more melodic, more guitar-driven, more extroverted. Fast forward to 2014, Hoops became a fully formed quartet. Since then, Hoops have released three cassette tapes, a self-titled EP (2016) and full-length debut Routines (2017).
>Kansas – Leftoverture Live & Beyond 4xLP+2xCD (Inside Out U.S.)
Recently released on CD – now available as a Deluxe vinyl edition. New live album from America's legendary progressive rock band features nineteen songs selected from twelve shows recorded during Kansas's spring 2017 Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. The set list includes classic hits, deep cuts, new songs from 2016's studio album The Prelude Implicit and culminates with the band's sextuple-platinum breakthrough album, 1976’s Leftoverture, performed in its entirety. Limited edition blue colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Allan Kingdom – Lines LP (Omerta Inc.)
A unique young artist, taking a refreshing stance to the Hip-Hop genre in 2017, Allan's sound is one that draws from early Kanye West and Kid Cudi. Limited 180gm blue colored vinyl pressing housed in a high-quality matte finish jacket.
>Dave Matthews / Tim Reynolds – Live At Luther College [Reissue/1999] 4xLP+MP3 (RCA)
On February 6, 1996, Dave Matthews and guitarist Tim Reynolds played an intimate set at Iowa's Luther College, wowing fans with acoustic arrangements of Dave Matthews Band songs. The two hour-plus set included songs that would appear on that year's Crash, along with fan favorites "Granny" and "Deed Is Done" otherwise unreleased at the time of the 1999 debut of the Live At Luther College CD.
>Suzanne Menzel – Goodbyes & Beginnings [Reissue/1981] LP (Frederiksberg)
This sought-after rarity presents a blend of ambient, new-age, '60s-inspired folk music. The melancholic lyrics of singer/songwriter Suzanne Menzel are transformed by Danish new-age pioneer, Klaus Schønning's, futuristic soundscape. Schønning not only produced Goodbyes and Beginnings, Menzel also credits him as giving her the artistic courage to self-release her first and only album.
>Milo - Who Told You to Think??!!?!?!?! CD (Ruby Yacht)
Released last August on CD – now available on vinyl. Latest release from the iconoclastic East Coast rapper. Found in gardens of intricate tones and soulfully abstract beats, vortexes of unique meaning spiral from Milo's pen. The production elevates the lyricism and is unique from track to track, supplied with the backdrop of varying samples, harp, flute, keys, guitar, electric bass, violin, synth, and many other instrumental elements.
>Osage – Algorhythm 12” (Bastard Jazz)
Osage (pronounced Oh-Sage) is the electronic music making alter ego of DJ/producer Lil' Dave, a veteran DJ on the Philadelphia nightclub scene, a member of the highly respected DJ crew Illvibe Collective and the co-host of the internationally known broadcast Eavesdrop Radio. The Osage sound is an amalgamation of musical influences such as deep house, samba, African rhythms, futuristic R&B, boogie, UK garage, salsa, broken beat, and soul.
>Red Death – Formidable Darkness LP (Triple B.)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Red Death has been heirs to the proudest of traditions in the heavy-music underground, and with Formidable Darkness they’ve fulfilled their immense promise — just in time for the world’s ignominious end.”
>Yasuaki Shimizu – Kakashi [Reissue/1982] LP (Palto Flats)
Originally released in 1982, Kakashi is another high-water mark in the 1980's Japanese underground. This album, which has gathered cult status in recent years, is the project of musical visionary Yasuaki Shimizu, and considered to be a highlight of his solo career. Shimizu was the bandleader of Mariah, who also saw their album Utakata No Hibi reissued by Palto Flats in 2015. Kakashi offers a similar blend of saxophone experimentations, jazz fusion and ambient dub excursions. Since the '70s Yasuaki has collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Julee Cruise, and Van Dyke Parks among others.
>Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Live In 1960 LP (ORG Music)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm & blues and rock & roll audiences, later being referred to as "the original soul sister" and "the godmother of rock & roll". This live recording from 1960 has never been available on vinyl.
>Subterranean Masquerade – Vagabond LP (ViciSolum Productions)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the progressive metal band.
>Triumph – Allied Forces [Reissue/1981] LP (Round Hill)
Limited gold colored vinyl reissue of the Canadian hard rock power trio’s fifth album.
>Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – The Visitor 2xLP (Reprise)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise Of The Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he'd seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. . By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he'd made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn't blink then, and he is not blinking now.