American Football "s/t" LP (Poly Vinyl Records)
The long-awaited third album from the emo post-rock group.
Avey Tare "Cows On Hourglass Pond" LP/CD (Domino)
The new album from Avey Tare, a.k.a Dave Portner of Animal Collective.
Bad Suns "Mystic Truth" CD (Epitaph)
The third full-length from L.A. band Bad Suns.
Bird, Andrew "My Finest Work Yet" LP/CD (Loma Vista)
New album finds Bird grappling with themes of current day dichotomies and how to identify a moral compass amidst such divisive times. "I'm interested in the idea that our enemies are what make us whole-there's an intimacy one shares with their opponent when locked in such a struggle. If we were to just walk away would our enemies miss us? How did we get to this point and how can we, through awareness of it, maybe pull ourselves out of this death spiral," says Bird.
Cinematic Orchestra "To Believe" 2xLP (Domino)
Cinematic Orchestra "To Believe" 2xLP (Domino)
Guest vocalists on To Believe include the art-soul singer Moses Sumney, legendary UK rapper Roots Manuva, longtime vocal collaborator Heidi Vogel and many more. To Believe is the product of a long period of gestation, a reflection of the kind of album they wanted to make - the kind of album, that is, they've always made: deep, textured, and layered with meaning.
Devo "Smooth Noodle Maps" LP (Futuro)
Long out of print and never reissued, this year FUTURISMO invite you to snake through the chaos with a deluxe limited edition of DEVO's 1990 album - Smooth Noodle Maps! Each gatefold LP set includes 2×180g limited edition colored vinyl in the choice of 'Brain Drain', 'Postmodern Chaos' or 'Donut Glaze' as well as a 2xCD gatefold digipak version. Included alongside the original album are remixes, demos and unheard tracks unearthed from the archives. The records come in a die-cut gatefold sleeve that enables an interchangeable cover, it contains a huge double sided poster with unseen pictures and new liner notes by Gerald V. Casale, plus a sheet of cut-out finger spinners.
Dickinson, Luther and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon "Solstice" LP/CD (New West Records)
New album from the Americana artist.
"Capsule Losing Contact" 4xLP/3xCD (Numero)
San Jose's sonic cure-all for the Y2K hangover that never materialized, Duster emerged from a cloud of lonely bong rips to take indie rock to the moon, and beyond. Scotch-taped guitars toggle between a chorus of brittle winter trees and a blanket of distorted fuzz. The low rumble of a cardboard box being kicked in a dead mall keeps pace in the background, as muffled, sung-spoken vocals ponder the great mysteries of modern mundanity. Three years of home recording accidents and blown-out 2am studio experiments are spread across four LPs, gathering the short-lived trio's Stratosphere and Contemporary Movement albums, 1975 EP, singles, demos, and other miscellaneous debris into one escape pod, now free to drift in the endless void of space.
Ellis "The Fuzz EP" 12" (Fat Possum)
A faint voice and a fervent guitar make their match in a cluttered bedroom, each song finding itself in a growing folder of recordings stamped by initials "L.S". Ellis is the music project of Linnea Siggelkow. Daughter to a traveling book salesman and a piano teacher, Ellis flips the words from the books she once read, intertwining vulnerable with bold into the songs that she now sings. Having already made her mark as a solo performer in the Toronto DIY scene, the project has evolved into a 4-piece band, inspiring a grittier take on the same solemn refrain.
"It's Real" LP/CD (Merge)
On It's Real, the band's second album, Ex Hex's commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage-y, postpunk approach that defined Rips has grown in scale and ambition. What started as a reaction to the blown-out aesthetic of Rips would test the sonic limits of the power trio and lead the band on a quest for a more immersive and three dimensional sound. Vocal harmonies are layered ten tracks deep, solos shimmer and modulate atop heaving power chords, and the codas linger and stretch toward new frontiers of sound.
Faint, The "Danse Macabre" LP (Saddle Creek)
Do you remember a time before the words "dance" and "rock" were linked by a hyphen and the synthesized sounds of the '80s were a regular part of the modern musical landscape? The members of The Faint do, because they were there when it started to happen. In fact, you could even say they're one of the main reasons it happened at all. The Faint's third full-length is filled with lyrics of death, betrayal, paralyzations, and murder. The 'macabre' subject matter is easily forgotten as Todd Fink and Jacob Thiele's keyboards overdrive the vocals with hooky, synth lines, in addition to the ferocious drum machines, spastic outbursts of noise, and edgy tension that will have you shaking out to the dance floor.
Frazer, Paula & Tarnation "What Is And Was" LP (Slimstyle)
Paula Frazer's first album in ten years.
Garrett, Kevin "Hoax" CD (KG Music LLC/AWAL)
Kevin Garrett twists up soulful tradition with singer-songwriter spirit, lush instrumentation, and alternative adventurousness.
Guided By Voices "1901 Acid Rock" 7" (GBV Inc)
Guided By Voices
"Umlaut Over the Ozone" 7" (GBV Inc)
Two limited edition 7" EPs previewing 6 songs each from the upcoming Warp And Woof long-player. Recorded at soundchecks, hotel rooms and in the tour van, all dozen songs clocking in at 2 minutes or under, recalling the spontaneous spirit of 1993-94 eps Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, Static Airplane Jive and Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer.
Hardy, Francoise "Personne D'Autre" LP (Arts Music)
Her 24th studio album and first in six years.
Her's "Invitation To Her's" LP (Heist or Hit)
New album from the UK dream pop group.
Ibibio Sound Machine "Doko Mien" LP/CD (Merge)
Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk, disco, and modern post-punk and electro. Evocative Nigerian poetic imagery set against an edgy Afro-Electro soundscape gives the band a unique space within the wave of modern Afrocentric sounds sweeping the globe.
Iron & Wine "Our Endless Numbered Days" LP/CD (Sub Pop)
This reissue features the original album, plus eight previously unreleased demo versions and a 12-page booklet with an essay about the album by Amanda Petrusich.
King Kong Paradise "Atsusa Mo Samusamo..." LP (Studio Mule)
Reissue, originally released in 1984 on Johnny's Disk. Following a cult classic jazz fusion album on Bourbon Records, King Kong Paradise delivered Atsusa Mo Samusamo... an album of alternative, left-field Balearic rock that was way ahead of its time. An anomaly that sticks out in the Johnny's Disk's catalog, this rare record may appeal more to new wave, reggae and rock fans than jazz heads.
La Dispute "Panorama" LP/CD (Epitaph)
New album from the emo group.
Lambchop "This (is what I wanted to tell you)" LP/CD (Merge)
Lambchop continue to establish themselves as forerunners and innovators of what was once called Alt Country. Their sound has morphed to encompass multiple genres, blending folk songwriting with the tones of urban soul.
"On The Line" LP/CD/CS (Warner Bros)
The 11 all-new original songs were written by Lewis and recorded at Capitol Records' Studio B, and feature a backing band of legendary talent including Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, and Ringo Starr.
MacKay, Bill "Fountain Fire" LP (Drag City)
Fountain Fire' is Bill MacKay's second solo album on Drag City. The Chicago-based guitarists continued sonic journeys in conversation with himself follow a travel-worn map written in his own hand. Bill has followed the trail from familiar confines to unknown places, catalyzing a style equally enamored with the traditional and the avant-garde to make his most expansive and forceful music to date.
My Disco "Environment" LP (Downwards)
My Disco drill down to concrète/industrial styles with visceral, thrilling style for Downwards. Gutting out the driving, math-y repetition of their prized early work, the Melbourne-based trio now recall the ungodly offspring of Raime and Swans. On Environment, they operate with an increased appreciation of space, rhythm, and tone that will shock even the hardest to please explorers of avant-rock and industrial fault lines.
New Order "Temptation" 12" (Rhino)
Featuring the full versions of both tracks this 12" was first released in May 1982 and were the first self-produced released recordings. With 'Temptation' being a cast iron New Order classic, this is an essential part of any New Order collection.
O, Karen & Danger Mouse "Lux Prima" LP (BMG)
Lux Prima is the debut album from Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O and acclaimed producer Danger Mouse. Includes the single, 'Woman.' The straightforward rock stomper puts the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman's vocals on display as she screams and croons.
O'Rourke, Jim / Not Waving "Side A/Side B" 12" (Diagonal)
In a dream hook-up for Diagonal, Jim O'Rourke reimagines material from the vaults of Alessio Natalizia AKA Not Waving and turns in a magisterial kosmiche synth-scape, backed with a sprawling slab of mazy rhythmic brilliance. O'Rourke has been a long-time admirer of Not Waving, and what started out as more of straight remix project quickly turned into a collaboration-at-a-distance, with Natalizia sending extra material and pushing O'Rourke to stray as far from the original material as possible.
Palmer, Amanda "There Will Be No Intermission" LP (Cooking Vinyl)
Amanda says this is the most personal and painfully vulnerable album she has ever made and her songwriting has climbed up a few notches. This is the most honest record she has ever written, and was fueled by everything that was going on around her to dig deeper, try harder, and be less afraid. Included on There Will Be No Intermission are some songs that have been longtime live favorites, like Amanda's cover of Dillie Keane's "Look Mummy, No Hands," as well as more recent releases like a tribute to Judy Blume on her 80th birthday.
Peck, Orville "Pony" LP/CD (Sub Pop)
Combining the lulling ambience of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, enigmatic outlaw cowboy - Orville Peck, croons love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is one completely his own, taking the listener down dusty rose-colored desert highways, through a world where worn out gamblers, aloof road-dogs and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze. Orville's upcoming debut album, Pony, delivers a diverse collection of stories that sing of heartbreak, revenge and the unrelenting tug of the cowboy ethos.
Place to Bury Strangers "Fuzz Club Session" LP (Fuzz Club)
For over a decade, Brooklyn's A Place To Bury Strangers has been dealing in pure sonic destruction. The band's contribution to the 'Fuzz Club Sessions' series is available on 180-gram green vinyl!
Spiral Stairs "We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized" LP (Nine Mile)
For his feel good third solo album We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized, Pavement co-founder Scott Kannberg best known to the musical world as Spiral Stairs concocted some of the most fun and accessible music of his storied career by expanding his musical repertoire. We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized is fun, infectious and musically compelling, while still managing to cover some hefty topics like the current rambunctious political climate.
Strand of Oaks
"Eraserland" LP/CD (Dead Oceans)
In December 2017, Tim Showalter was uncertain about his next record and the shape it would eventually take. With no new songs written and lacking any clear vision, he was unprepared for the message he would receive from his friend Carl Broemel, the conversation that would follow, and the album that would become Eraserland.
Wallows "Nothing Happens" LP (Atlantic)
Recorded at Los Angeles' Sargent Studios, the album sees Wallows reunited with Grammy award-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Alvvays, Future Islands) and captures the band's journey towards adulthood through 11 intimate, introspective tracks.
"Side Effects" LP (City Slang)
Side Effects sees White Denim unmasking the darker side of themes from their previous album, Performance. The bands 9th studio album, Side Effects includes the first studio recordings by their current touring roster a formidable lineup that is selling out shows on both sides of the Atlantic. As always, the album is heavy on musicianship, but it also marks a return to the wilder, weirder side of White Denim.
Yanya, Nilüfer "Miss Universe" CD (ATO Records)
Taking her inspiration from iconic songwriters such as Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley as well as modern influences Connan Mockasin and The Strokes, Nilüfer's music incorporates the city's urban edge with beautiful wandering guitar lines, downtrodden soulful and jazz flickered melodies, on top of minimalist and atmospheric beats.
Yellow Magic Orchestra "Solid State Survivor" LP (Sony Japan)
Solid State Survivor is the second album by Japanese electronic trio Yellow Magic Orchestra. A synthetic cornucopia featuring compelling sounds across their unique electronic palette. Compositions are key here in direct contrast to the sounds of their German counterparts of the same era. Never released in the US, Solid State Survivor, became a cult favorite and a catalyst for the techno genre around the world.
Yellow Magic Orchestra "YMO-Japan" LP (Sony Japan)
Yellow Magic Orchestra "YMO-USA" LP (Sony Japan)
The first official studio album by Yellow Magic Orchestra. Pioneers of the synth-pop genre, YMO helped inspire the future of hip hop, techno and electro music. The album broke conventions from their sampling of video game sounds to the use of a music sequencer to create new electronic sounds. The US version features unique cover art and special mixing for the American audience.