All Them Witches "ATW" CD (New West Records) Fifth album from the Nashville band: something new, something sprawling, and grander-feeling than anything before it.
All Time Low "Birthday" 7" (Fueled By Ramen) New single, limited to 2,000 copies. Pink vinyl.
Alt-J "Reduxer" CD/LP (Atlantic) A set of 11 reinterpretations of songs from the band's third album, RELAXER, reimagined by a variety of hip hop artists and producers.
Ava Luna "Moon 2" LP (Western Vinyl) On Moon 2 Ava Luna's de facto band leader
Carlos Hernandez steps back, leaving space for the rest of the band members to
step up and step into roles they hadn't occupied on previous albums. Felicia Douglass (now a touring
member of Dirty Projectors) worked with percussion and sampler, Julian Fader experimented with synths, nearly every band member ran the computer during recording sessions, and Becca Kauffman composed her first song for the group "On Its Side the Fallen Fire," a deeply layered orchestral piece of Kate Bush grandeur meets Julia Holter reverie.
Beta Band "The Best of the Beta Band" CD (Because Music) Compiles their best hits and includes a live show recorded at the Shepherd's Bush Empire (London) in 2004.
Cohen, Tim "The Modern World" LP (Sinderlyn) 2018 has found Cohen at the top of his songwriting game, as focused and direct as ever. The Modern World is a visceral, raw yet clear amalgamation of Cohen's utmost paranoias and deepest joys.
Cruise, Julee "The Voice of Love" CD (Sacred Bones Records) Reissue of the debut LP by Julee Cruise, a David Lynch protegee who famously appeared on Twin Peaks. Cruise's material is a sort of 'missing link' between the ethereal wave of This Mortal Coil and the Dream Pop of Mazzy Star.
Das Body "S/T" LP/CS (Luminelle Recordings)
Debut EP from the Oslo electronic indie pop band.
Espers "II" LP (Drag City) 2nd album, getting all Elizabethan.
Espers "III" LP (Drag City) Psych-folk band's 2009 album back on vinyl.
Father John Misty "Live at Third Man" 12" (Third Man Records) New live EP, recorded in September of 2017, covers songs from all three Father John Misty albums out at the time of its recording, heard here stripped totally bare.
Foodman "Aru Otoko No Densetsu" LP (Sun Ark) Foodman delivers to the adventurous music lover's table in excess, effortlessly fractalizing sonic devices, in his own tradition, building further worlds and inviting the listener to wander their future domes.
"Stardust Birthday Party" LP (New West Records) "Stardust Birthday Party is about human evolution. Specifically, one humans evolution: mine, Ron Gallo. It is about me sitting with myself for the first time and confronting the big question "WHAT AM I, REALLY?" It's about the love and compassion for all things that enters when you find out you are nothing and everything." On birthday
Grohl, Dave "Play" LP (RCA) Limited edition vinyl release featuring a 23 minute original song on one side (all instruments played by Dave) and an etching on the other, all in a special die-cut vinyl jacket.
Holydrug Couple, The
"Hyper Super Mega" LP (Sacred Bones)
An album that represents the culmination of everything they've learned in their years as a band. If Hyper Super Mega feels like a classic pop record, that's because Sepulveda and Parra spent much of the recording process thinking about the classic pop records of the '60s and '70s. Masterpieces by bands like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Fleetwood Mac were all reference points, not always explicitly in sound, but certainly in spirit. Available on black or red vinyl.
Jay Som & Justus Proffit "Nothing's Changed" LP (Polyvinyl) There's a little bit of everything -- garage rock, country twang, art pop -- on the five songs that comprise Nothing's Changed, a record showcasing the burgeoning collaboration between Justus Proffit and Jay Som.
Lala Lala "The Lamb" CD (Hardly Art) Across the album's 12 tracks, guitarist Lillie West carefully examines the skeletons in her closet for the first time, hoping to capture honest snapshots of her past selves. Many of the songs show West asking herself agonizing questions about her life with a clever and hopeful curiosity.
Monae, Janelle "Dirty Computer" 2xLP (Bad Boy) The third LP (and first in five years) from Janelle Monáe, the actress and recording artist features appearances by Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, and Grimes, plus musical contributions from Prince just prior to his death. Includes download card.
Mudhoney "Digital Garbage" CD (Sub Pop) Vocalist Mark Arm, guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Guy Maddison, and drummer Dan Peters are back with Digital Garbage, a barbed-wire-trimmed collection of sonic brickbats. Arm's raw yawp and his bandmates' long-honed chemistry make Digital Garbage an ideal release valve for the 2018 pressure cooker. "My sense of humor is dark, and these are dark times," says Arm. "I suppose it's only getting darker."
Myrrors, The "Fuzz Club Sessions" LP (Fuzz Club) Live session comprised of three bewitching tracks that evoke warm images of the sandy plains of the Sonoran desert that they call home, underpinned by a worldly influence of traditional Eastern folk. Complete with meandering violins, shamanic vocals and slow-burning (yet oh-so-expansive) instrumentation, the live recording of the Fuzz Club Session allows the tracks to take on an even more hypnotic form.
"For My Crimes" CD/
LP (Sacred Bones) The eighth album from Marissa Nadler is the sound of guilt giving way to truth. The songs stare down the dark realization that love may not be enough to keep two people together through distance and differing needs. By asking these difficult questions about her relationships, Nadler has found a stronger sense of self and a sharper voice as both a songwriter and a vocalist, culminating in her most evocative entry in an already impressive discography.
Once Human "Stage of Evolution" CD (earMUSIC) Having made waves with their 2015 debut, 'The Life I Remember', the band have dramatically progressed beyond the melodic death metal sound of that release into something more complex, emotional, distinct, and devastatingly heavy. Stage Of Evolution is the consequential mutation of the 'Evolution' album from studio to stage, recorded during last year's US tour.
Pale Waves "My Mind Makes Noises" LP (Dirty Hit Records) The hugely anticipated debut full length from Pale Waves, following on from a string of singles and the "All The Things I Never Said" EP. They play huge and addictive 80's inspired indie-pop tunes wth dazzling synth elements.
Parquet Courts "Wide Awake Remixes" LP (Rough Trade) Embracing New York's roots, Parquet Courts have collaborated with legendary first wave NYC Disco pioneer Danny Krivit on a new 12" of Wide Awake! remixes. The B-side also includes two remixes by Mikey Young of Total Control.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs "King Of Cowards" LP (Rocket Recordings) On 'King Of Cowards', the band's Iggy-esque drive to dementia, Sabbath-esque squalor and Motörhead-style dirt may still be present and correct, but the songs are leaner, the long-drawn-out riff-fests are sharpened into addictive hammerblows, and the nihilistic dirges of yore alchemically have been transformed into an uplifting and inviting barrage of hedonistic abandon.
Pixies "Come On Pilgrim...It's Surfer Rosa" 3xLP (4AD) 30th anniversary edition of Pixies' very first release, the eight-track mini-album, Come On Pilgrim and the band's first full album, Surfer Rosa. 3xLP edition with new artwork reimagined by original designer Vaughan Oliver and the bonus disc, Live From The Fallout Shelter - one of the earliest recordings of the band, a radio concert that first aired in late 1986 on WJUL-FM in Lowell, MA.
Rage Against the Machine "Evil Empire" LP (Legacy) Reissue
Rage Against the Machine "Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium" LP (Legacy) Reissue
Rage Against the Machine "Renegades" LP (Legacy) Reissue
Rage Against the Machine "The Battle of Los Angeles" LP (Legacy) Reissue
Rankin, Jimmy "Moving East" CD (Truth North Recods) One of the true originals in Canadian music has moved from Nashville to Nova Scotia, and is celebrating with music only he could make. Jimmy Rankin's new Moving East is pure East Coast, a homecoming album featuring true stories, tall tales and bittersweet ballads, and the classic folk-rock sound that Rankin helped pioneer.
Rat Columns "Sometimes We're Friends" 7" (Slumberland) recorded at the same time as their 2017 album"Candle Power" in Guildford, Western Australia, this recording sees Rat Columns dancing around classicist, German-influenced propulsive guitar pop on 'Sometimes We're Friends', an indie pop gossamer ballad involving an 'Astral Lover', and an unusual diversion into downer, vaguely Young-esque dirge rock on the cheery 'Waiting To Die'.
Sadies, The "Darker Circles" LP (Yep Roc) New vinyl reissue of the band's 2010 album.
Sadies, The "Favourite Colours " LP (Yep Roc) New vinyl reissue of the band's 2004 album.
Sadies, The "Internal Sounds" LP (Yep Roc) New vinyl reissue of the Canadian band's 2013 release.
Sadies, The "New Seasons" LP (Yep Roc) New vinyl reissue of the band's 2017 album, produced by The Jayhawks' Gary Louris.
Stereolab "Switched On, Vol 1" LP (Duophonic) Remastered edition of a compilation of Stereolab's first three singles, first issued in 1992. Initial copies come on clear vinyl. Includes download card.
Stereolab "Refried Ectoplasm: Switched On, Vol. 2" LP (Duophonic) Remastered edition of a compilation of Stereolab singles and rarities, first issued in 1995. Initial copies come on clear vinyl. Includes download card.
"Aluminum Tunes; Switched On Vol. 3" 3xLP LP (Duophonic) Remastered edition of a compilation of Stereolab singles and rarities, first issued in 1998. Initial copies come on clear vinyl. Screenprinted gatefold sleeve. Includes download card.
Stereolab "Switched On, Vol 1 - 3" CD (Duophonic) Anthology box set of Stereolab's Switched On compilations of singles and rarities, originally issued between 1992 and 1998. Contains Switched On, Refried Ectoplasm [Switched On Volume 2], and Aluminum Tunes [Switched On Volume 3]. Reverse board clam shell box with disks in individual card wallets and insert.
Swervedriver "Ejector Seat Reservation" LP (Music On Vinyl) The Oxford based alternative rock band Swervedriver released their third studio album Ejector Seat Reservation in 1995. Despite the little promotion and disappointing sales the album is widely considered as one of their strongest records.
Thompson, Linda "My Mother Doesn't Know I'm on Stage" CD (Omnivore) A new collaborative album that explores the British folk great's roots in Vaudeville.
Toadies "Live At Billy Bob's Texas" LP (Smith Music Group) New live album.
U2 "Best Of 1990-2000" 2xLP Double 180-gram repress.