Band of Heathens "A Message From the People Revisited" LP (BoH)
The Band of Heathens have announced an ambitious new project, a re-envisioning of Ray Charles' 1972 album A Message From The People, in its entirety. The band chose to re-record the often forgotten album because of its moving commentary on social justice, abuse-of-power, and its vision for a stronger, more-unified America.
Bitchin Bajas "Rebajas" 7xCD BOX (Drag City)
A 7-disc, 6 hour and 42 minute second time around-for some of you, anyway-through the BITCHIN BAJAS catalog to date, including all 11 of their solo releases: eight albums and the Bajas sides of three split records! It's a musical second time around-but on this format, it's a first. None of these records have previously been released on CD.
Bush, Kate "Remastered In Vinyl II" 4xLP (Rhino / Parlophone)
Remastered editions of The Hounds of Love, The Sensual World, and Red Shoes. These albums, many of which have been unavailable on vinyl for a decade, have been remastered by Kate Bush and James Guthrie. Kate's ten studio albums are spread over three vinyl boxes, whilst the fourth box contains many rarities previously unavailable on vinyl, including a whole disc of cover versions. The total number of vinyl discs is 18.
Carey, Mariah "Caution" CD (Epic)
2018 release from the pop/R& superstar. Features the tracks "GTFO" and "The Distance" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign).
Cigarettes After Sex "Crush" 7" (Partisan)
New single features b-side "Sesame Syrup".
"s/t" CD/2xLP (A&M)
2018 collection that commemorates Chris Cornell's life and legacy not only as a singer, but as a poet and one of the most prolific writers and greatest voices of the modern rock era. His widow Vicky worked extensively with Chris' bandmates and friends to compile a collection of material from the late artist's expansive career, showcasing his contribution to music history with selections culled from the deep catalogs of his three influential bands- Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave- as well as songs from his solo career.
"Discreet Music" LP (Astralwerks)
180g Vinyl 2018 Standard Edition. While his earlier work with Robert Fripp on 'No Pussyfooting' and several selections from his own 'Another Green World' feature similar ideas, 'Discreet Music' marked a clear step toward the ambient aesthetic Eno would later codify with 1978's 'Ambient 1: Music for Airports.' The inspiration for this album began when Eno was hospitalised after an accident. Whilst bed-ridden and listening to a record of eighteenth-century harp music, the volume was too low and he couldn't reach to turn it up. It was raining outside, and Eno recounts he began listening to the rain and to "these odd notes of the harp, that were just loud enough to be heard above the rain". This presented what was for me a new way of hearing music - as part of the ambience of the environment, just as the colour of the light and the sound of the rain were parts of that ambience, he observed.
Eno, Brian "Music for Airports Ambient 1" LP (Astralwerks)
180g Vinyl 2018 Standard Edition. Eno conceived the idea for 'Music For Airports' while spending several hours waiting at Cologne Bonn Airport, becoming annoyed by the uninspired sound and the atmosphere it created. The recording was designed to be continuously looped as a sound installation, with the intent of defusing the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal, by avoiding the derivative and familiar elements of typical 'canned music'. The album features contributions from Robert Wyatt and Rhett Davies.
"On Land Ambient 4" LP (Astralwerks)
180g Vinyl 2018 Standard Edition. On 'Ambient 4 (On Land)' - the final edition in Eno's ambient series - his palate shifted from electro-mechanical and acoustic instruments towards "non-instruments" like pieces of chain, sticks and stones. In a pioneering early incarnation of what later became widely-known as remixing, Eno explained, "I included not only recordings of rooks, frogs and insects, but also the complete body of my own earlier work making 'On Land', which involved feeding unheard tape into the mix, constant feeding and remixing, subtracting and composting." Conventional instruments do occasionally feature however, including Jon Hassell's trumpet and Bill Laswell's bass. The album also features contributions from Michael Brook and Daniel Lanois.
Good, The Bad & The Queen, The "Merrie Land" LP (Merrie Land-Studio 13)
New album from the band featuring Damon Albarn and Tony Allen.
Harvey, Mick & Christopher Richard Barker "The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War" LP (Mute)
The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War examines the work of a long forgotten World War I poet, Edgar Bourchier, through his poetry as put to music in a concept album by Mick Harvey and Chris Barker.
Idles "Joy As An Act Of Resistance" LP (Partisan)
Sophomore album from the UK post-punk group. Black vinyl edition.
Ishibashi, Eiko "The Dream My Bones Dream" LP (Drag City)
Ishibashi's sixth solo album, rides the rails into a partly envisioned, partly imagined past. Eiko's previous songs-with-singing records explored the ambitions and intoxications of pop music-but never so dramatically as with The Dream My Bones Dream.
Khruangbin 'Christmas Time Is Here" 7" (Dead Oceans)
At the close of a marathon year supporting their breakthrough album, Con Todo El Mundo, Khruangbin return with an exciting addition - an update on Vince Guaraldi's timeless "Christmas Time Is Here."
Liars "Titles With The Word Fountain" LP (Mute)
TWTWF (Titles With The Word Fountain) is a physical companion piece to Liars' 2017 release, TFCF (Themes From Crying Fountain) and contains 37 minutes of new music.
"Lover Chanting" 12" (Ninja Tune)
Swedish electronic group Little Dragon takes a low-key approach on the follow-up to 2017's Season High. For one thing, the Lover Chanting EP features just three new songs, plus an edited version of the title track that runs two minutes shorter. It's also not as far-flung in terms of the sound: instead of expansive stylistic explorations and Prince homages, the new songs flow together like the foursome intended them to serves as the basis for a mini-set in a club. There's still a pronounced early '80s influence at work, though it tilts more toward Michael Jackson this time around.
mmph "Serenade" LP (Tri Angle Records)
Above 24 year-old Sae Heum Han's desk hangs a blue and white crochet crucifix given to him by his grandmother. This object doubles as the artwork for Serenade, Han's second EP as mmph. Separate from any religious connotations, the crucifix represents love, loss and hope - themes mmph explores on the EP.
Moore, Thurston "Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv" LP (Glass Modern)
Glass Modern present the first vinyl issue of Thurston Moore and Tom Surgal's Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv. Originally released on CD in 1995 only in New Zealand by the Dead C's Bruce Russell on his Corpus Hermeticum label. 180 gram, white vinyl.
Moran, Kelly "Ultraviolet" LP (Warp)
Composer, producer, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Moran made an early name for herself in New York collaborating with dance performance and composing for long-term John Cage collaborator Margaret Leng Tan. It was with the 2017 album Bloodroot that Moran began to reach wider attention. Now, on her Warp Records debut Ultraviolet she continues to interpret these wealth of inspirations into a sound all her own and pulls off a nearly impossible feat: the annihilation of experimental music's imposing, esoteric, über-academic status quo in the name of pure, unbridled intuition, of human joy. Ultraviolet plays to a wide, arresting array of stylistic influences: dazzling inflections of jazz and dream pop, classical composition and black metal, darkness and light, encapsulated in a single, mystifying LP.
Mumford & Sons "Delta" CD/LP (Glassnote)
The fourth studio album by British band Mumford & Sons. The band recorded more than 25 songs with Paul Epworth at The Church Studios, and were intent on keeping the "collaborative spirit" of their live shows. Around 100 people were involved in these sessions, with some being featured on the record, including American singer-songwriters Maggie Rogers and Gill Landry.
Nilsson, Molly "Twenty Twenty" LP (Night School)
Twenty Twenty is Molly Nilsson's eighth album: the latest opus of an artist in a constant state of development and strength. In 2018, with the climate changing, democracy crumbling, inequality and injustice erupting, this album examines the near future, seeking clarity, reflection, renewal and opportunity. It contains anthems so tall as to induce vertigo, leaving the taste of Euro-dance in the mouth, albeit without a four on the floor beat. Here, the pop auteur is haunted by the late Prince, channelling Courtney Love and Lou Reed, anger and love.
Old 97's "Love The Holidays" LP (ATO)
The Old 97's are excited to announce the release of their first ever collection of original Christmas songs, Love The Holidays. The album was produced, mixed & engineered by John Pedigo in the band's home state of Texas. The LP presents a sack full of rockin' new Yuletide favorites, as well as Old 97's take on holiday classics.
"Brown Album" LP (Interscope)
"Pork Soda" LP (Interscope)
Rainer Maria "Catastrophe Keeps Us Together" [180-Gram Colored Vinyl] LP (Polyvinyl)
Rainer Maria "Long Knives Drawn" LP (Polyvinyl)
Rainer Maria "Look Now Look Again" LP (Polyvinyl)
Rainer Maria "Past Worn Searching" LP (Polyvinyl)
Shabason, Joseph "Anne" CD/LP (Western Vinyl) Anne, the second album By Toronto saxophonist and composer Joseph Shabason, is a tonal essay on degenerative illness. Delicately and compassionately woven with interviews of Shabason's mother from whom the album takes its name, Anne finds its creator navigating a labyrinth of subtle and tragic emotions arising from his mother's struggle with Parkinson's disease.
Smashing Pumpkins, The "Shiny and Oh So Bright, VOL. 1 / No Past. No Future. No Sun." CD/LP (Napalm Records)
10th studio album by the veteran alternative rockers. In early February 2018 it was announced that original members Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha had rejoined the band, marking the first time since Machina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music in 2000 that Iha has worked with the band. The reunited band started production on new material in February 2018 with Rick Rubin producing, the first time he had worked with the band since the Adore album cycle. Recording took place at Shangri Las recording studio, Malibu, California. The project was originally conceived as two four-song EPs, the first of which was originally scheduled to be released in May 2018. In September 2018, it was announced that the EPs would now take the form of a full-length album, the first in the Shiny and Oh So Bright album series.
Spencer, Jon "Spencer Sings the Hits" LP (In The Red)
Often imitated, never duplicated, the original NYC underground-rock legend returns from the wilderness with twelve red-hot hits, each more powerful than the last. This is Garage Punk for Now People. A wizard's brew of rhythm and blues and subversive dance grooves, weaponized with sci-fi skronk and industrial attitude, calibrated for the Revolution, a Molotov cocktail of sound guaranteed to destroy any post-modern hangover.
SRSQ "Unreality" LP (Dais)
SRSQ (pronounced seer-skew) is the solo project of Kennedy Ashlyn (vocalist/keyboardist of Them Are Us Too). As a debut, Unreality is entrance into a new form of storytelling, traversing the present while pulling from a deep swath of experience, immersion, and sound. Ambient synthesizers that approach harshness, relentless arpeggiations act together with Kennedy's vocals as a lush weapon, weaving cloudlike fables over orchestration that's familiar and foreign.
Stevens, Sufjan "The Greatest Gift" CD (Asthmatic Kitty)
2017 album - first time on CD
Superette "Tiger" LP (Flying Nun)
One of Flying Nun's mid-90s gems, this deluxe re-issue of Tiger features the album along with the band's debut EP, Rosepig, b-sides from the Touch Me and Killer Clown singles plus unreleased demos from the bands' never released, uncompleted second album.
This Will Destroy You "New Others Part Two" LP (Dark Operative)
Fifth studio album from This Will Destroy You was produced, engineered, and mixed by John Congleton, the man responsible for the sound of the band's wildly popular sophomore "S/T" album of ten years ago. Available on random colored vinyl.
Tilian "The Skeptic" LP (Rise)
Solo project from Dance Gavin Dance front man Tilian Pearson.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra "s/t" LP (Fat Possum)
Back in print on vinyl!
v/a "Brainfeeder X" CD/LP (Brainfeeder)
The 36 track album celebrates the Brainfeeder label's past, present and future and, in addition to retrospective highlights, features 22 new tracks from the label roster and extended family including: Thundercat feat. BADBADNOTGOOD, Flying Lotus feat. BUSDRIVER, WOKE feat. George Clinton (first official release), Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ross from Friends, Dorian Concept and more. A beautiful 4LP vinyl box set designed by Charles Munka (creator of the original Brainfeeder logo) alongside a 2CD edition.
v/a "JD Twitch presents Kreaturen Der Nacht" CD/2xLP (Strut)
Strut present an exclusive new compilation curated by Optimo's JD Twitch, 'Kreaturen Der Nacht', bringing together classics, rarities and oddities from Germany's original post-punk and DIY scene. 1979 to 1984 was an era of particular artistic upheaval in Germany as strong subculture scenes formed in many German cities. Emphasis was placed on expression rather than technical perfection, artistic impact rather than skill. DIY self-organisation prevailed with the establishment of small record labels and independently produced records and cassettes. Bands experimented across genres and consciously abandoned the English-speaking mainstream with German band names and lyrics.
Vagabon "Infinite Worlds" LP (Father / Daughter)
Laetitia Tamko is a multi-instrumentalist and a producer, recording since 2014 as Vagabon. Her debut album, Infinite Worlds, builds upon Tamko's stripped-down demos that had originally circulated online and throughout the independent music community. Tamko's songs are embedded with her own story and personal history: growing up in Cameroon, her family's move to New York and adjusting to culture shock. She grew up around music and loved it, but finishing engineering school was a priority before music could start to feel like a real possibility. To date, Tamko mostly listens to East and West African music nostalgic of her childhood, styles of music that influence her own in subtle ways.
Walker, Ryley 'The Lillywhite Sessions" CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Ryley Walker's paean to Dave Matthews Band's unreleased fan-favorite, The Lillywhite Sessions, masterfully covered and reimagined by an indie rock polemicist
Weaver, Jane "The Silver Globe" LP (Fire)
Reissue of 2014 album. In this late teen decade, as green men are burnt, resources dwindle and naturalists plunder for authentic Englishness, the hunt for the grail-like Silver Globe continues. Back in 2014, the story was first whispered; A mythical jaunt set to a motorik rhythm, played out in an overgrown forest of ideas: Jane Weaver's The Silver Globewas a conceptual delicacy - "a synth-ridden post-apocalyptic prog-pop opus based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and re-filtered past experiences." Featuring tracks co-produced by David Holmes, guest appearances by Australian vintage space-rockers Cybotron, a recycled chunk of a Hawkwind track, an intricate Damon Gough guitar solo, some Suzanne Ciani waves and post production, plus remix flourishes by Andy Votel, The Silver Globe is a shiny beautifully polished gem.