A Certain Ratio "I'd Like To See You Again" LP (Mute) Reissue of the 1982 album from the post-punk-funk group.
Bark Psychosis "Codename: Dustsucker" LP (Fire) Reissue of Bark Psychosis' second studio album (2004) which finds the band in remarkable form. Arriving ten years after the band disbanded, the long-awaited and criminally overlooked follow up brings with it an evolution of their sound. Their experimentations are layered with blissed out electronics, shoegaze, post-rock and jazz are still at its fore as are Sutton's crystalline vocals. Languid and brooding, the soundscapes are dark and sustained while their trademark cocoon of limpid, rippling guitar figures and jazzy adornment is bulleted by sharp leftward turns.
Bjork "Arisen My Senses" 12" (One Little Indian) Limited edition 12" on colored vinyl. Björk has released three remixes of the track 'Arisen my senses'; one by Kelly Lee Owens, another by Jlin and a final by Lanark Artefax, each taking the original track to a new place with their trademark production sounds.
Blind Melon "Nico" LP (Analog Spark)
Never before available on vinyl. Thirteen track collection of rarities, which includes an alternate mix of the Top 20 single 'No Rain' as well as covers of Steppenwolf's 'The Pusher' and John Lennon's 'John Sinclair'.
"s/t" LP (Captured Tracks) Clear vinyl reissue of their 2011 debut.
Broderick, Peter "How They Are" LP (Hush Records) In 2010, after completing work on his elaborate sophomore release, Peter Broderick went into the studio with the goal of recording and mixing an album in one day, live to two-track tape, with no overdubs or punch-ins. The
instrumentation was limited to voice, guitar and piano.
Buck Meek "s/t" LP (Keeled Scales) Debut solo album from Big Thief guitarist.
Burns, Aisha "Argonauta" CD/LP (Western Vinyl) New album from the Austin-based singer-songwriter.
Cheer-Accident "Fades" LP (Skin Graft) Though the album opens and closes in "Kraut Pop" territory, that term does little to prepare the listener for the breadth of musical riches contained within. On "Fades" Thymme Jones, Jeff Libersher and Cheer-Accident's core line-up are emboldened by a parade of musical guests - a 21st Century Wrecking Crew of the underground -
whose contributions are absolutely dizzying.
Chvrches "Love Is Dead" CD/LP (Glassnote) Latest (and darkest) album from the Glaswegian synth-pop trio.
DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) "Alles Ist Gut" CD/LP (Groenland) Reissue
DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) "Die Kleinen Und Die Bosen" CD/LP (Groenland) Reissue
DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) "Fur Immer" CD/LP (Groenland) Reissue
DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) "Gold Und Liebe" CD/LP (Groenland) Reissue
Dear Nora "Skulls Example" LP (Orindal) Songwriter Katy Davidson revived the band Dear Nora in January 2017 when Orindal Records reissued the thirteen-year-old album Mountain Rock on vinyl. The reissue received great acclaim and the band toured the west and east coasts last year. Spurred by the momentum, Davidson decided to create the first album of new Dear Nora material in a decade, Skulls Example.
Deeper "Deeper" LP (Fire Talk) The debut album from Chicago based Deeper. Origins of the project date back to 2014 where the band has made their mark locally supporting like minded acts Omni, Protomartyr, Chris Cohen & fellow Chicago powerhouses Whitney & Ne-Hi. Fresh off official after show appearances at Pitchfork & Lolapalooza the band is poised to jump out wide with this debut record. These 9 tracks channel the anxiety and uneasiness of modern life in this pit of endless internet, chiming post punk rave ups with pointed "of the times" lyrics & gorgeous ambient interludes woven in. It's as if Women & Deerhunter had an ill-legit midwestern love child, all killer no filler.
Destroyer "City of Daughters" LP (Merge) Reissue on red vinyl.
Destroyer "Thief" LP (Merge) Reissue on orange vinyl.
Doiron, Julie "Desormais / Heart and Crime" LP - Julie Doiron's stunning album Désormais, originally released via Jagjaguwar in 2001, marked a departure from the Canadian artist's grunge pop releases in the 1990s. Like its title might suggest, the intimate record is sung almost entirely in French. Across Désormais' ten tracks, Doiron builds a disarming and warm atmosphere - through minimally-composed fingerpicking, Doiron's soft voice steers a wounded sound. Even for the English-speaking listener, the cohesion of the LP's subdued, immersive atmosphere looms.
E "Negative Work" LP (Thrill Jockey) E, the trio of Jason Sidney Sanford, Thalia Zedek and Gavin McCarthy make angular, energized, and idiosyncratic rock music. These accomplished and inventive musicians could not be more different in the way they express themselves but their egoless dedication to ensemble playing and writing shapes E's distinct sound. Negative Work is the product of three individuals whose dedication to the collaborative process may very well be the source of compelling tension underlying their songs.
"Return of the Frog Queen" CD/LP (Sub Pop) Jeremy Enigk performed with legendary indie rock band Sunny Day Real Estate from 1993 to 2000. He was their singer, songwriter, and one of their guitarists. In 1996, following Sunny Day Real Estate's first breakup (which lasted from 1995 to 1997), Enigk released his first solo album, Return of the Frog Queen. Out of print since its original 1996 pressing, this reissue includes the original album, remastered in 2018, plus digital bonus tracks from Enigk's 1996 live session on Seattle radio station The End.
Goat "Let It Burn" 7" (Rocket Recordings) The 6 minute+ fuzz groove of Let it Burn but now it can be heard in all its glory. Not only that, but you get a brand new b-side, and like most recent Goat b-sides it reveals another exploratory sound to the bands world music. Friday Pt.1 is a 4 minute excerpt from an organically evolving, cosmic-jazz, studio jam. The ltd 7" comes in 3 exclusive colours, each ltd to 400 copies; yellow flame vinyl, orange flame vinyl and red flame vinyl, which have been distributed randomly around the world.
"The Long Sleep" LP (Sacred Bones) The follow-up to Jenny Hval's acclaimed 2016 album Blood Bitch is The Long Sleep, an adventurous new EP that sees the Norwegian multidisciplinary artist embracing an instinctive, even subconscious, approach to creating meaning. In contrast to Hval's more explicitly conceptual work, The Long Sleep foregrounds the act of composition itself, letting the melodies and structures reveal the other elements of the songs.
"Their Prime" CD/LP/CS (Sub Pop) Jo Passed sounds like Lennon and McCartney discovered Can and Neu!, and maybe a little Sonic Youth and XTC along the way. "Their Prime" demonstrates that timeless knack for dreamy melodies - chord progressions that sound like they were created in a land far, far away. Lyrically, however, it's imbued with a philosophical longing for answers to questions that have resurfaced for the first time since the explosion of counterculture in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Lithics "Mating Surfaces" LP (Kill Rock Stars) Mating Surfaces is the second full length from Portland, Oregon's Lithics. Twelve tightly wound fragments of brittle abstract twin guitar, impellent rhythm, and absurd, imagistic lyricism.
Love-Birds "In The Lover's Corner" LP (Trouble In Mind) San Francisco's The Love-Birds have been breaking hearts and making fans across the city's disappearing DIY spaces and proper venues alike since 2016. After releasing a 7-inch EP in early 2017, they're ready to unveil In The Lover's Corner, their debut album & first release on Trouble In Mind. The album eases into view with the first track, "Again"; it's gentle acoustic strum augmented by guitarist Eli Wald's chiming electric twelve-string. From there the listener is treated to dynamic, life-affirming power-pop; bell-ringing, fuzz stompers, warm, carefully crafted fragile pop and urgent, crystalline rockers.
Lovelytheband "Everything I Could Never Say..." LP (Century Media) New album from LA pop group.
Merton, Alice "No Roots" EP CD (Mom + Pop) Debut EP from new pop artist.
Numb.er "Goodbye" CD/LP (Felte) New shoegaze/post-punk release from ex-guitarist of Froth.
Pedro The Lion "It's Hard To Find A Friend" LP Jade Tree Reissue.
Prince "Nothing Compares 2 U" 7" - Contains the original version of the iconic song. This previously unreleased version was recorded in 1984, six years before 1990's classic reimagining by Sinéad O'Connor and before Prince started performing the song live.
"Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To" LP (Superior Viaduct) Amidst the swirl that is Spacemen 3's discography, Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To occupies a pivotal position --- one right at the nexus between their garage beginnings and their expansionist future. While much of this material is expanded upon via Sound Of Confusion and The Perfect Prescription, many devotees consider these urgent, minimally treated recordings as the prime document of Spacemen 3 at this stage.
Tracyanne & Danny "s/t" CD/LP/LP+7" (Merge) New collaborative project between singer-songwriters Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby).
Valley, Chad "Imaginary Music" LP (Cascine) For his third album as Chad Valley, Hugo Manuel returned home to Oxford to recover a lost album from scratch. But instead of trying to recreate the material, Manuel took a concept-driven approach, opposed to his traditional autobiographical method. In seeking to understand the art and secret of timeless pop music, a new album - Imaginary Music - emerged. Sonically, the record channels the hyper-romantic music of the 80s, citing inspiration in China Crisis and Prefab Sprout, as well as less esoteric and more bombastic artists like Toto and Heart.
Wallows "Spring EP" LP (Atlantic) Produced by Grammy award-winning producer, engineer & mixer John Congleton - who has worked with everyone from St. Vincent to Modest Mouse, Amanda Palmer to Laurie Anderson and Brian Wilson to The War on Drugs - at L.A.'s famed Sunset Sound, Spring captures that eclecticism.
Wand "Perfume" CD/12" (Drag City) If the emblem of Wand's Plum was the stark blue cloud then Wand's new EP reeks of something more forceful, more seductive, more intoxicating, more insidious: this is Perfume. Here are seven electric hues, shocks of light that flagrantly provoke the dark, a posy's clutch of purple, fuchsia, green and snowy white that curl against a stench of plague.
Ward, Lauren Ruth "Well, Hell" LP (SME US) New album from American singer/songwriter.
Wilson, Charlotte Day
"Stone Woman" 10" (eOne Music) New EP from the Toronto soul singer.
Wooden Shjips "V." CD/LP (Thrill Jockey) Wooden Shjips, long-time leaders of the contemporary psychedelic movement, expand their sound with V. The quartet of Omar Ahsanuddin, Dusty Jermier, Nash Whalen and Ripley Johnson augment their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs.
v/a "Outer Himmilayan Presents"
LP - Between 1979 and 1982, Nick Blinko and Martin Cooper's Outer Himmilayan Records released 7-inches by three short-lived bands - The Magits, Soft Drinks, and S-Haters - who would nonetheless cast a massive shadow on the UK's burgeoning post-punk/anarcho punk scene. Outer Himmilayan Presents collects all of the music found on those original records, along with rare and unreleased tracks by all three bands.
50's ROCK N ROLL / ROCKABILLY / SURF ROCK
v/a "19 More Japanese Garage Monsters" LP Groovie True to its original concept this new volume of 'Kaminari' brings you another batch of 19 exciting underground bands from all over Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Kobe...).
PSYCHEDELIC & PROGRESSIVE ROCK
MacFarlane, Ian "Planetarium" LP (Roundtable / Votary / Dual Planet) Following a brief stint with the legendary Australian Krautrockers Cybotron, MacFarlane produced three independent solo albums throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. Presented with hours of unreleased home recordings, The Roundtable has begun a dedicated search through the fascinating archives of this under exposed artist. Beginning with a vinyl release of the rare cassette-only album Planetarium; this private press sees MacFarlane armed with a bank of Roland Synthesizers, Drum Machines and field recordings, spawning a mutant amalgam of German Kosmische Musik, French Library electro and Private Issue New Age.
Markheim "s/t" LP+CD LP (Shadoks) Reissue of Markheim's self-titled album, recorded in 1972 and released in 1991. The Swiss band Markheim was formed in 1972 by Andreas Wyden. Ten demos of a hidden treasure from Switzerland -- a mix of crazy progressive, folk, and psych rock. Heavy sleeve; 180 gram vinyl; Two-page insert; Includes CD; Edition of 450 (numbered).
Schulze, Klaus "Silhouettes" CD/LP (SPV) Following the celebrations of his 70th birthday in August 2017, Klaus Schulze presents four new pieces.
Shadows of the Knight "Live '65" [Gold Vinyl] LP (BeatRocket)