10,000 Russos "Distress Distress" LP (Fuzz Club) Portugals 10,000 Russos are a formidable force within modern psychedelia; described as industrial psych/post-punk; they bring an intensely psychedelic buzz to their sound, whilst utilizing hypnotic motorik rhythms. Distress Distress is their second LP and is released by the London label Fuzz Club Records. For fans of Neu!, Spacemen 3, or more recently the Chilean group Follakzoid. Adult Mom "Soft Spot" LP (Tiny Engines) Bathgate, Chris "Dizzy Seas" CD/LP (Quiet Scientific) Latest from the indie folk singer-songwriter and musician from Ann Arbor. Bathgate's ornate songs unfold gracefully and deliberately, revealing rich layers over time, and his new work is no different. Inspired by a hike on the North Country Trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, "Northern Country Trail" rolls by in a wash of dreamy imagery. Brokeback "Field Recordings from the Cook County Water Table" LP (Thrill Jockey) New repress Brokeback "Looks at the Bird" LP (Thrill Jockey) New repress Buffalo Tom "Let Me Come Over" 25th Anniversary Edition LP (4AD) !!! (Chk Chk Chk) "Shake the Shudder" CD/LP (Warp) New record from the long-running New York dance punks. On colored vinyl while it lasts. Daddy Issues "Deep Dream" LP (Infinity Cat) Dip In The Pool "On Retinae" 12" (Music From Memory) Two versions of the track "On Retinae" by the Japanese pop duo Dip In The Pool. With support from friend Yasuaki Shimizu (AKA Mariah) on clarinet, the track is pure end-of-the-night pop perfection and something of a lost classic. Originally appearing on Dip In The Pool's 1989 LP of the same name. Do Make Say Think "Stubborn Persistent Illusions" CD/LP (Constellation) The group's first album in eight years as they now enter their third decade playing together. Guerilla Toss "GT Ultra" CD (DFA Records) The Boston band's second LP for DFA, with GT Ultra they continue their speedy lysergic mission of cramming in slightly too many elements creating a busy & buzzing energetic mix. Wild & psychedelic skronk. Harding, Aldous "Party" CD (4AD) New full-length release for the New Zealand folk singer-songwriter, moving from the Flying Nun imprint to 4AD. "Party" is an album that creates a very particular headspace of desire, paranoia and possibility -- for the most part though, this is a party for one, best enjoyed curled up with few distractions in twilight. Helium "Ends With And" 2LP (Matador) New 19-track double LP collection from the 90s alt-rock band, containing the Pirate Prude EP, plus rarities, b-sides, and demos. On colored vinyl. Helium "The Dirt of Luck" LP (Matador) First ever vinyl reissue of the Boston indie rock band's 1995 debut LP. Helium "The Magic City + No Guitars" LP (Matador) From 1997, reissue of their sophomore album -- includes the "No Guitars" EP from the same year. Higuchi, Hisato "Kietsuzukeru Echo" LP (Root Strata) The home-recorded Kietsuzukeru Echo (which loosely translates to "Disappearing Echo") conjures an incredibly intimate space with only guitar and voice. Tokyo, Japan stalwart Hisato Higuchi is known for his delicate barely there take on bedroom psych folk. Houses of Heaven "Remnant" LP (Felte) Latest project of Keven Tecon, Adam Beck and Nick Ott. Mixing drum machines, analog synths, ambient guitars and live percussion the band blends their musical love of shoegaze, dub, krautrock and electronic music into their debut EP. LaFarge, Pokey "Manic Revelations" CD (Rounder) New eighth full-length from the Americana singer-songwriter. LP restock coming. Lung Letters "Passing Days" 7" (Self Sabotage) Mountain Goats "Goths" CD/2LP/3LP (Merge) The latest LP from the John Darnielle indie project, this one features no guitar. Amusing and poignant, Goths is vivid and light on its toes. Available on CD, as a double LP, and a limited 3LP version on vampire red vinyl pressed at 45 RPM with a bonus 12" called 'Selected Goths in Ambient' with four ambient re-interpretations on green vinyl. Orange Revival, The "Black Smoke Rising" LP (Fuzz Club) Repress She-Devils "s/t" CD/LP (Secretly Canadian) Vile, Kurt "So Outta Reach EP" LP (Matador) First reissue of Vile's 2011 six song EP, now on colored vinyl. Vile, Kurt "Square Shells EP" LP (Matador) First reissue of Vile's mini-album from 2010, now on colored vinyl. Wavves "You're Welcome" CD/LP (Ghost Ramp) New LP from Nathan Williams features influences from 1950s doo-wop, Cambodian pop, and South American '70's psychedelia. Not a mere homage to the history of popular music; the band has assimilated these influences into its own sonic approach. As a result, even Wavves' familiar inspirations feel invigorated. Weaver, Jane "Modern Kosmology" LP (Fire UK) A radiant blast of kosmic rock and intergalactic electro-pop from the British artist. White Hills "H-p1" LP (Thrill Jockey) Repress White Hills "Stop Mute Defeat" LP (Thrill Jockey)
Joplin, Janis "California 1962: The Early Days" LP (Jambalaya)
Childish Gambino "Awaken, My Love!" LP (Glassnote) Now available on vinyl! Colourful, brilliantly messy, and a fully committed hodge-podge of psych and spacecake croons, 'Awaken, My Love!' is unlikely to shed further light on exactly what Childish Gambino is at heart, but by now, Glover's erratic approach is surely part of his central appeal. The multi-instrumentalist delivers his fourth full-length, steeped in 70 P Funk and the like. Includes: Exclusive booklet, 2 x heavyweight 45 RPM LPs, Virtual reality headset, & a glow in the dark cover, digital download and more. Homeboy Sandman "Veins" LP (Stones Throw) New seventh studio album from the Queens, New York rapper. Tosca "Suzuki" LP (!K7) Reissue of the second studio album by Austrian downtempo / trip-hop duo, from 2000.
Arkona 'Lunaris" LP ( Debemur Morti Productions/Thrill Jockey) Ulver "The Assassination Of Julius Caesar" CD/LP (House of Mythology) New self-produced LP from the Norwegian genre-spanning rock trio. The group have never produced anything as melodic and simple as this before yet it sounds unforced and natural, almost as if Ulver have been working on smooth electronic pop for decades rather than a few years. The challenge of making something so immediate and inviting is obviously one everyone involved has taken to with gusto, as a musical work it might be their most daring experiment to date. Voivod "Dimension Hatross" LP (Noise Records) Three reissues from the Canadian progressive thrash legend's classic Noise Records years, 1986's "Rrrroooaaarrr", 1987's "Killing Technology" and 1988's "Dimension Hatross". All have been remastered, with the CD versions containing lots of extras including a double CD of the album, a live set and an additional DVD of live performances & rehearsals. The band's style changed several times since their inception in the early 1980s, starting out as a speed metal band, Voivod then added a mix of prog metal and thrash to create a unique style. Voivod are considered by many underground circles as one of the most influential metal bands from the '80s, across numerous genres. Re-mastered from the original tapes & pressed to high quality heavy-weight vinyl. Voivod "Killing Technology" LP (Noise Records) Reissue Voivod "Rrroooaaarrr" LP (Noise Records) Reissue
Crimpshrine "Duct Tape Soup" LP (Numero) New reissue of the 1992 compilation from the highly influential punk band. The trio of Berkeley kids reinvented the genre with music that was melodic but full of feedback. Featuring comic artist Aaron Cometbus, a twelve year-old Jeff Ott, and rotating cast of Bay Area punks including Jesse Michaels who later formed Operation Ivy. Crimpshrine members would go on to play in, Fifteen, Operation Ivy, Rancid, Shotwell Coho, Pinhead Gunpowder, Sweet Babys, Tilt and many other East Bay bands. Crimpshrine "The Sound Of A New World Being Born" LP (Numero) New reissue of the band's second compilation, originally released in 1998. Collects the band's EPs from 1988 to 1990, as well as their 1989 LP 'Lame Gig Contest' and several comp tracks.
The Como Mamas "Move Upstairs" CD/LP (Daptone) New sophomore LP from the American South's toughest power trio of Gospel & Soul. The Como Mamas are the real thing. Ester Mae Wilbourn, Della Daniels and Angelia Taylor are the kind of natural talents that can push music outside of a category. This is a gospel record through and through, but you don't have to be a fan of the genre or a churchgoer to appreciate its strengths or to recognize the positive, life-affirming role music this powerful can play. Given the state of things in the American South, music this soulful is clearly timeless. Available on limited white vinyl while we have it. Five Royales, The "Tell the Truth" LP (Southern Routes) Watson, Johnny "Guitar" "A Real Mother For Ya" LP (Culture Factory USA Inc./LMLR) Watson, Johnny "Guitar" "Ain't That a Bitch" LP (Culture Factory USA Inc./LMLR)
Bumblebee Unlimited "Lady Bug" 12" (Get On Down) Bumblebee Unlimited was a studio-based disco unit conducted by Patrick Adams and Gregory Carmichael. 'Lady Bug' is considered by many to be one of the most important underground tracks of the Disco era, this almost 10 minute mix brings out the Latin percussions to the front making it a true dance floor classic. Richenel "La Diferencia" 12" (Music From Memory) Totally wicked slab of disco funk and electroid boogie on Amsterdam's Music From Memory, pulling out their very first reissue/compilation by a Dutch artist, Richenel, who was a something of a dance-pop-star in his home country through the late '80 and into the early '90s.
Astatke, Mulatu "Mulatu of Ethiopia" CD/LP/3LP (Strut) New first ever official reissue of Mulatu Astatke's legendary 1972 debut. Arguably one of the most influential musicians from Ethiopia. During the 1960's, he studied music abroad in London, Boston, and New York. He then returned home to Ethiopia armed with a love for jazz and Latin music. There he blended Ethiopian traditional music with the Latin-jazz he was so fond of to create a unique hybrid he called "Ethio-jazz". Also available as a limited a deluxe triple LP, including a mono edition, stereo edition, and outakes. Umoja "707" CD/LP (Awesome Tapes From Africa) New first-ever reissue from legendary South African pop artist "Om"Alec Khaoli, whose band Umoja recorded several astoundingly danceable records in the 1980s. "707," perhaps the band's most successful outing, was originally released in 1988. Love and vocoder, positivity and synth. This recording rocks short and sweet, with a dollop of electronic post-disco hook-y songwriting. Every song was a top ten hit at the time, and to me this music feels timeless.
Odeon "Rocket Launch" 12" (Edizioni Mondo) Radiophonic Workshop, The "Burial In Several Earths" CD/4x10" (Room 13)
PROG / PSYCH
Cluster "Konzerte 1972/1977" LP+CD (Bureau B) The two authorized recordings presented on Konzerte 1972/1977 vividly conjure up the atmosphere, perhaps even the magic, of a Cluster performance back in the day. One took place in 1977 during a science fiction festival in Metz (France). The other dates back to an earlier show in Hamburg's Fabrik venue. A utopian, previously undiscovered world of sound was created in the presence of the beholder. A successful performance was considered more important than a perfect recording thereof. As listeners, this should be accepted today. Konzerte 1972/1977 provides a short journey into the nascent heart of Cluster's creative universe, just after the big bang. Trad, Gras och Stenar "Tack For Kaffet (So Long)" CD (Subliminal Sounds) Long-awaited and unexpected new album from the legendary Swedish pioneers of transcendental psychedelic rock music and DIY culture in general. Tack För Kaffet (So Long) is a tribute to deceased band members and dear friends Torbjörn Abelli and Thomas Mera Gartz from the original foursome. The sounds were captured on tape in their workshop in the countryside and consists mainly of improvised moments where the sounds travel beyond time and space, something that has been TGS hallmark over the years from International Harvester to Parson Sound, to the more focused and expansive Trad, Gras Och Stenar efforts. A manifestation of improvised timelessly organic music and free creation. LP restock on the way!
Black Leather Jesus / Smegma "split" LP (self-released) Flying Luttenbachers "Revenge Of The Flying Luttenbachers" LP (Skin Graft) First ever remastered reissue of the band's fantastic 1996 LP, a head first jump into the genre blender. Golden Cup "Futura" LP (Grandangolo)
Bottin "YAML" 12" (2MR) You Are My Love. A song about a somewhat destructive yet playful relationship. Jlin "Black Origami" CD (Planet Mu) Jerrilynn Patton, known as Jlin, is an electronic musician from Gary, Indiana. With "Black Origami" Patton has done away with the use of samples, of others, entirely and created a remarkable sophomore full-length that demands repeat listening. She turns the tools of footwork into an overwhelming piece of musical architecture, an epic treatise on where rhythm comes from and where it can go. Named 'best new music' on Pitchfork. LP restock on the way.
Coley, Byron "Defense Against Squares" BK (L'Oie de Cravan) This is the first major collection published of music journalist Byron Coley's poetry. Defense Against Squares features odes to personal heroes such as Jack Rose, Lou Reed, and Captain Beefheart, poems against the rotten world of George Bush and words of resistance against all squares. Introduction by Kim Gordon.
Friday, May 12th
POP / ROCK
Busy P (Featuring Mayer Hawthorne) "Genie" 12" (Ed Banger Records) Busy P asked his longtime friend from Los Angeles Mayer Hawthorne (of Tuxedo) to write a love song. The EP is completed with remixes from the UK's finest producers. Girlpool "Powerplant" LP (Anti) On colored vinyl Growl "Won't You" LP (Austin Town Hall) John-Pauls, The "Forget to Remember To Forget" CD/LP (AAGOO Records) New release from the Austin post-punk band. Kennedy, Sophia "s/t" LP (Pampa) New self-titled debut album by Germany's versatile pop composer, Sophia Kennedy. In eleven songs, Kennedy travels from doo-wop to dubstep, from classic crooning to breathless R'n'B, revealing her as a deft lyricist and master of melody. Little Dragon "Season High" LP (Loma Vista) New fifth full-length release for the Swedish electronic quartet merges synthetic R&B, modern textures and of-the-moment dance music. Nesh, Moses "No Labor Saving Machine" LP (Keeled Scales) Austin-based primitive Americana folk. Palmer, Amanda & Edward Ka-Spel "I Can Spin A Rainbow" CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl) Panic at the Disco "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" LP (Fueled By Ramen) Reissue of the 2005 debut album. Styles, Harry 's/t" LP (Columbia) Debut full length from 1/5th of the One Direction empire. Tres Oui "Singles Going Nowhere" LP (Austin Town Hall)
v/a "Slacker Capital 2" CD (Austin Town Hall)
Lil Ugly Mane "Mista Thug Isolation" (anniversary edition) LP (Hundebliss Italy) New limited anniversary vinyl reissue of Lil Ugly Mane's 2012 classic Mister Thug Isolation. Originally released on cassette by Ormolycka. Presented here with the original artwork. Ross, Rick "Rather You Than Me" LP (Epic)
Martyn, John "Inside Out" LP (Mercury) New reissue of the British singer-songwriter and guitarist's 1973 LP. Martyn, John "Sunday's Child" LP (Mercury) New reissue of the British singer-songwriter and guitarist's 1975 LP.
Harris, Emmylou "Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers At The Ryma" LP Jackson, Wanda "Rockin' With Wanda" LP (Cornbread) New reissue of the queen of rockabilly's 1962 LP. This compilation is the definitive collection of Wanda Jackson's rocking, rockabilly sides. Includes four bonus tracks. Reissued here on 180 gram vinyl.
Chenier, Clifton "Bayou Blues" LP (Cornbread) New reissue of Clifton Chenier's Bayou Blues, originally released in 1971. Clifton Chenier is considered one of the originators of zydeco music. Bayou Blues compiles most of Chenier's classic recordings for R&B label, Specialty. Reissued here on 180 gram vinyl. Hooker, John Lee "I'm John Lee Hooker" LP (Cornbread) New reissue of I'm John Lee Hooker, originally released in 1959. Collecting material recorded between 1955 and 1959, these are some of John Lee Hooker's most evocative recordings ever. Reissued here on 180 gram vinyl.
SOUL / FUNK
Brown, James "Prisoner Of Love" LP (Cornbread) New reissue of James Brown's Prisoner Of Love, originally released in 1963. The godfather of soul's seventh studio album is pure R&B and soul, mid-tempo pain and pleading. Features his first big pop hit in the title track. Reissued here on 180 gram vinyl Shirelles, The "Sing To Trumpets And Strings" LP (Cornbread) New reissue of The Shirelles Sing To Trumpets And Strings, originally released in 1961. The follow up to their 1961 debut, Tonight's The Night. Features songwriting from Luther Dixon who produced his all-time classic "Mama Said". Reissued here on 180 gram vinyl; Includes a bonus track.
King Ayisoba "1000 Can Die" LP (Glitterbeat) Donato, Joao & Seu Trio "Muito A Vontade" LP (Go! Bop!) New reissue of Joao Donato & Seu Trio's Muito A Vontade, originally released in 1962. The debut from a legend of Brazilian jazz and Latin music. A combination of skillful jazz performance, catchy melodies, and Latin sounds. Relaxed slow jazz tunes with an obvious bossa nova groove. Les Freres Megri "Mahmoud, Hassan Et Younes" LP (Sudiphone) New first ever reissue of the 1974 LP. The second album from Les Freres Megri, a family band formed in Oujda, Morocco in the late 1960s. One of the finest examples of the early '70s progressive, psych and folk sounds coming from North Africa and beyond. Psychedelic baroque folk that recalls Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Trees, and early Pink Floyd. Beautifully remastered and reissued in an edition of 500.
Ayler, Albert "Prophecy" LP (ESP-Disk) New reissue of Ayler's 1975 LP, recorded in concert at the Cellar Cafe, NYC, June 14, 1964, three weeks before this trio recorded the epochal Spiritual Unity. Contains excellent trio versions of several of Ayler's signature tunes: the ripping take on 'Ghosts (First Variation)' finds Ayler in heavy honk mode as he sandwiches eight minutes of furious double-time runs between statements of the uplifting, childlike theme. 'The Wizard' and 'Prophecy' are excellent demonstrations of the band's ability to chip away at a lovely tune until the ground is clear for playful collective improvisation. Features Gary Peacock & Sunny Murray, pressed to opaque yellow vinyl. Coltrane, Alice "World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Turiya Alice Coltrane" CS/LP (Luaka Bop) Alice Coltrane's stunning devotional works find their way back to their original format: cassette. In a secluded ashram Coltrane found the freedom to explore her spirituality through music unfettered, performing countless solo bhajans, and group kirtans and experimented with synthesizers using the complex structures learnt from jazz. The result is stunning and not easy to explain. This collection compiles select tracks from all four of the original self-released cassettes. Combo Los Yogas "Canabrava" LP (Vampi Soul) New reissue of the 1977 LP. Combo Los Yogas was a short-lived early Colombian salsa band from Medellin directed and arranged by Anibal Jose Angel Echeverri, the famous antioqueno keyboardist known as Anibal Angel or simply Anan. The sound here is very raw and hard. Despite being a record with no originals, Canbrava holds up magnificently due to the inherent quality and execution of its repertoire, providing a wonderful snapshot of the influences and early development of the genre of salsa in 1960s Colombia. Combo Los Yogas "Canabrava" LP (Vampi Soul) New reissue of the 1977 LP. Combo Los Yogas was a short-lived early Colombian salsa band from Medellín directed and arranged by Aníbal José Ángel Echeverri, the famous antioqueño keyboardist known as Aníbal Ángel or simply Anán. The sound here is very raw and hard. Despite being a record with no originals, Cañabrava holds up magnificently due to the inherent quality and execution of its repertoire, providing a wonderful snapshot of the influences and early development of the genre of salsa in 1960s Colombia. Davis, Miles "Conception" LP (Cornbread) New reissue of the classic Miles Davis hard bop recordings from October 5, 1951. Features Art Blakey; Sonny Rollins; Walter Bishop, Jr.; Tommy Potter; and Jackie McLean in his very first recording session. 180-gram vinyl. Fruko "A La Memoria Del Muerto" LP (Vampi Soul) New facsimile reissue of Fruko Y Sus Tesos's second album, released in 1972, featuring the soaring and soulful vocals of Cali native Edulfamid Molina Díaz, aka 'Píper Pimienta'. Produced and engineered by Fruko's uncle Mario "Pachanga" Rincón, the album has an uncompromisingly stark, hard sound. Instead of basic salsa, there are many different rhythms - guaguancó, bomba, plena, oriza, bolero, cha-cha-chá, descarga and Latin soul. Mingus, Charles / Max Roach / Eric Dolphy / Roy Eldridge / Jo Jone "Newport Rebels" LP (Cornbread) New reissue of Newport Rebels, originally released in 1960. Led by Charles Mingus and Max Roach, this 1960 recording was made, in some regard, in protest to the booking policy of the Newport Jazz Festival. Recorded over only two sessions at New York's Nola Penthouse Studios, Newport Rebels features the vocalist Abbey Lincoln. A fine piece of post-bop. Reissued here on 180 gram vinyl. Roach, Max "We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite" LP (Cornbread) Reissue of the controversial 1960 civil rights protest album. Weston, Randy "Uhuru Afrika" LP (Cornbread) New reissue of Randy Weston's Uhuru Afrika, originally released in 1960. One of the earliest examples of the blending of African rhythms and progressive, socially conscious jazz. Features a 24-piece big band and lyrical content from Langston Hughes. Reissued here on 180 gram vinyl.
Ausencia "Cuantas Vidas" 7" (Verdugo Discos) Second EP from L.A.'s AUSENCIA and they follow up their first EP with more great melodic Spanish-language punk. Burnout "st" 7" (To Live A Lie) Cadenaxo "Belleza Mexicana" 7" (Verdugo Discos) Reissued debut flexi from this band from Mexico City. Cadenaxo deliver an early 80s Boston hardcore sound, like DYS or NEGATIVE FX, complimented with their influence of 90's Mexican punk. Futura "s/t" CS (Verdugo Discos) Gun Club "In My Room" LP (Bang! Records) First ever release of the unreleased recordings of what would have been the very last album of The Gun Club. Featuring the very last studio recordings Jeffrey Lee Pierce did with the band, between 1991 and 1993. The sound is exceptional yet basic, but to hear JLP sing on these gems is a haunting yet beautiful thing. Includes covers from The Who, Wilson Pickett, and more. Pressed to 150 gram vinyl in an edition of 500. Hondartzako Hondakinak "s/t" 7" (Solar Funeral) Hardcore punk from French Basque country. True to the tradition of Basque punk music, it is played with intense passion and a rawness that feels like the songs are barely being held together. Jesus Chris + The Beetles "Trickle Down" CD/CS (Heavy Baby Records) Glam noise punk from Denton. Marrón "Terreno" LP (Verdugo Discos) Prision Postumo "s/t" 7" (Verdugo Discos) Great new Orange County punk. Six songs of primitive, tuneful oi! Redd Kross "Hot Issue" LP (Bang! Records) New proper reissue of a compilation that was self-released by the band and sold out immediately, featuring rarities recorded by Redd Kross in Hollywood between 1981 and 2007. Top quality recordings that focus mostly on the band's most explosively creativite period in the '90s. 150 gram vinyl in an edition of 600. Tollwut (Bochum) "Seuchen" LP (Hayride) New compilation from the iconic early 80's underground German band. Seuchen compiles the rare 1981 Seuchen 7" EP, the even more rare 1983 MC cassette album, and the more sophisticated 1983 recordings. Raw, nihilistic, and aggressive. Punk in its original form and spirit: border songwriting with ska rhythms and furious riffs. For fans of leftist German street punk of the '80s.
Cirith Ungol "King of the Dead" CD/LP (Metal Blade) Domestic reissue of the 2nd album from US power metal legends. CD version includes extra tracks. Cloven Hoof "s/t" LP (Wax Maniax) Their debut from 1984, available again on LP for the first time since then. NWOBHM at it's finest. Duel "Witchbanger" LP (Heavy Psych Sounds) New sophomore LP from the Austin-based tripped-out heavies. Duel pay tribute to the darker breed of early '70s proto-metal and classic, old school, early '80s, heavy metal pioneers. Limited colored vinyl. Orcanaut / Mountain of Smoke "Split 2016" CD (Heavy Baby Records) Oxbow "The Thin Black Duke" LP (Hydra Head) Venom "Skeletons in the Closet" LP (Wax Maniax) Compilation of demos and early unreleased tracks from the fathers of Black Metal.
PROG / PSYCH
9:30 Fly "s/t" LP (Wah Wah) UK Psych / Folk record from 1972 now reissued. Acid Mothers Temple / ST37 "Sycamore Trees b/w Just You" 12" (Super Secret Self Sabotage) As we await the return of Twin Peaks, here is a split 12-inch with Acid Mothers Temple from Japan and ST 37 from Austin, Texas -- both contributing covers of Angelo Badalamenti/Lynch songs from the original run of Twin Peaks. Ackerman, Forrest J. / Frank Coe "Music For Robots" 10" (Wah Wah) Science fiction writer, literary agent, and collector Forrest J. Ackerman's 1961 collaboration with famed sound effects editor Frank Coe. Limited edition of 300. Gam "1976" LP (Wah Wah) New first ever vinyl pressing of the 1976 recording that was originally released on cassette only in 1986. Gam, fronted by the guitar maestro Günter Schickert, were a part of the "New-Deutsch-Wave", picking up where groups like Guru Guru and Ash Ra Tempel left off. Recorded in Schickert's cellar. Li Garattoni "Find Out What I'm Dreaming" LP (Private) A journey into the world of female cosmic energy. A feminine concept production conceived and produced by Li Garattoni with a backup band comprised of known names in the German synth/psychrock scene. Beautiful downtempo synth pop with a lot of Krautish psychedelic ingredients - originally released on the small German label Software Music in 1982. DMM audiophile import pressing with foldout insert. Maypole "s/t" LP (Vinilisssimo) Facsimile reissue of the band's self-titled debut, originally released in 1971. Formed in Baltimore in late 1969, by Demian Bell and Paul Welsh, Maypole released their debut LP on Colossus in 1971. Bluesy hard psych vibes, strong melodies, and nice group harmonies. Their sound was compared to Cream, Iron Butterfly, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. Picchio Dal Pozzo "s/t" LP (Goodfellas) Reissue of Picchio Dal Pozzo's self-titled album, originally released in 1976. Picchio Dal Pozzo can be considered as the definitive "Canterbury"-inspired band coming from Italy's 1970 progressive rock scene. Oblique tunes and liquid harmonies, airy flutes, crispy horns, loads of electric piano and fuzz bass. Drops of jazz, pop romanticism, waves of minimalism and deep pataphysical vocals and lyrics. Pythagoron "s/t" LP (Wah Wah) First time on vinyl since it's release in 1977, an album self-proclaimed to "alter your awareness, to get you high". Yamasuki "Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki" LP (The Great Thunder) New reissue of Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki, originally released in 1971. The brainchild of French composers Jean Kluger and Daniel Vangarde, Yamasuki is a diamond in the field of weird exploito-pop, fusing western pop with folkloristic elements of different origins. A simmering mixture of bloomy late '60s pop with a psychedelic edge, elements of funk, and fuzzed-out acid rock tunes, and a beautiful western pop art vision of Japanese music.
Badings, Henk & Dick Raaijmakers "Evolutions, Contrasts & Electronic Music" LP (Aurora Rising) Reissue of Henk Badings and Dick Raaijmakers's Evolutions, Contrasts & Electronic Music. Originally released in 1958 under the title Electronic Music and released again in 1968 as Evolution & Contrasts. Badings and Raaijmakers (Kid Baltan) were pioneers in the field of electronic music. They created electronic soundscapes with a rather creepy atmosphere. This reissue includes five bonus tracks.
Baker, Aidan & Karen Willems "Nonland" LP (Gizeh) New limited edition release from classically-trained multi-instrumentalist Aidan Baker (Nadja, B/B/S/, Caudal) and Belgium drummer Karen Willems live in Berlin. Recorded in a single session in Berlin on June 18, 2016. Nonland combines atmospheric, looping guitar with textural, polyrhythmic percussion. The Caretaker "Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 2" LP (History Always Favours The Winners) Leyland James Kirby's new second chapter of 'Everywhere at the End of Time', the six-album swan song to his haunting Caretaker project. 'Everywhere at the end of time' is a new and finite series exploring dementia, its advance and its totality. The second stage is the self realization and awareness that something is wrong with a refusal to accept that. More effort is made to remember so memories can be more long form with a little more deterioration in quality, confusion begins setting in. Loop points wilt away in dusty autumnal greys and russet rustles as new information becomes more difficult to process, making it more preferable for The Caretaker to back pedal down memory lane toward an opaque smudge of half-forgotten/remembered spaces, places and un/familiar faces which provide more comfort and clarity than the world around him. An enlightening experience for these strange, disingenuous and unpredictable end times that we inhabit right now. As always, artwork by Ivan Seal. Glochids "Ni Fila" LP (Ascetic House) New LP from the Arizona native. Electronics & field recordings, acoustic & midi percussion. Gamelan bonang share space with Guatemalan street scenes. Various tracks built from material used extensively in Glochids live performances over the past three years. Granite Mask "Second Wind" LP (Ascetic House) After several cassette releases on Ascetic House and Nostilevo, Los Angeles based Granite Mask delivers his first vinyl release. Lumbering & rugged techno. Magamura "Supernaturals" LP (Kebko Music) New debut from the Hungarian duo combines an indie aesthetic with the electronic music prowess. Supernaturals captures and distills their improvisational mutability into a testament to their promising potential. øjeRum "When Birds Fly, The Eyes Of Heaven Can Rest" LP (Aurora Borealis) Debut vinyl from Danish multi-disciplinary artist øjeRum. Two extended tracks of ethereal, haunting, and otherworldly beauty. Clear vinyl; Edition of 300. Pancrace "s/t" LP (Penultimate Press) New debut recording from the French outfit. Music for many instruments including: pipe organ Stiehr-Mockers 1848, baroque violin, motorized bow, Standuino Pi synth, hurgy toys, AM radio, uilleann pipes, hulusi, and more. On Pancrace, one can hear many shape-shifting instruments and devices being twiddled without quite knowing which are bowed, plucked, hammered, or rubbed. Microtones, striated polyrhythms, and the language of the birds. Edition of 500. Rahbek, Loke "City Of Women" LP (Editions Mego) New LP from Danish artist Loke Rahbek, his first solo full-length under his own name.
v/a "Mono No Aware" 2LP (Pan) Mono No Aware is the first compilation to be released from the PAN label, collating unreleased ambient tracks from both new and existing PAN artists. The 80-minute compilation amplifies the subliminal and moves through more traditional notions of what is called "ambient", incorporating wider variations that fall under the term and reflecting our present moment. Where ambient music was once dominated by auteurs-Eno, Richard D. James, GAS, Stars of the Lid-it's now increasingly becoming the province of low-key producers working in relative anonymity who let the work speak for itself. Features: Helm, Yves Tumor, M.E.S.H., Sky H1, Bill Kouligas, and more.
GOTH / DARKWAVE
Der Blaue Reiter "Epitaph 1980-1983" LP (Dead Wax Records ) New discography compilation, released for the first time ever, freshly mixed and mastered with all their original analog glory. Drum machine, synths, bass, guitar, deep vocals to give aural shape to melancholy, together with heartfelt lyrics. An amazing, historical document of what could be considered one of the first cold wave bands from Italy. Edition of 265 (hand-numbered).
Craig, Carl "Versus" 3LP (InFine Music) Limited edition Deep Pill "Sub Dural Frequency'" LP (Ascetic House) Deep Pill's long anticipated vinyl debut comes in the form of the Sub Dural Frequency EP. Following a string of highly coveted, limited cassette releases on Ascetic House, the notoriously reclusive producer D. Pupillo presents his most malicious statement to date. Three expansive, hi-fidelity tracks, soaked in acid, written in isolation and anxiety. Din "Saturate" LP (Ascetic House) For years now, Greg (High-Functioning Flesh) and Josie Vand (DVA Damas) have been ceaselessly labouring in Los Angeles' underground punk and art scenes. As DIN, they come together with a focus and precision that is palpable, compelling you to lose yourself while they mock a certain type of darkness. With an honest nod to the minimal/dark-wave originators, their partnership of rhythm and vocals constructs a hallway of mirrors you want to get lost in. GAS "Narkopop" 3LP+CD/CD (Kompakt) Following Kompakt's re-release of label-founder Wolfgang Voigt's essential GAS back catalog as a box set, Voigt returns to present Narkopop, his first new work as Gas in seventeen years. Inspired by childhood trips into the forest (and a subsequent LSD experience as a teenager in the Königsforst, near Cologne), the ambient techno of GAS is among the German artist's most personal music. It's also his most elusive. The deep drones, thrumming kick drums and snatches of classical music are as dense and mysterious as the forests that inspired them. But despite its grand gestures, the great triumph of GAS is that the feelings the project evokes are hard to name. The music of Narkopop can be meditative, but there's always something unsettling lingering beneath -- it's about shaking something loose rather than easing us into serenity. The arrangements imply "drama," but it's a nonspecific type, a blurry scene where details are just out of reach. There's no major reinvention here, but the sheer scale of Narkopop feels bigger and richer than what came before. While earlier Gas tracks were often based on the hypnotic effects of looping techniques, the ten new pieces on Narkopop unfold their magic in a more entwined manner, sometimes with the sonic might of an entire philharmonic orchestra. LP version includes a bonus track; Comes with a 24-page booklet in a hardcover book. Jock Club "Morphism" LP (Ascetic House) Four cuts of jacked track-style bangers. Club ready. Lo Phi / Yim Sock "20/20: Vol. 1" CS (Growth In Decay) Massive Attack "Mezzanine" (Import) LP German import reissue of the 1998 album, featuring the massive single 'Teardrop' with Cocteau Twin's Elizabeth Fraser. Darker, slicker, and more monstrous than the group's fizzy first steps, Mezzanine relied on heavy sampling to braid together disparate threads in music's history. There's a violence that courses through the record, a subtle menace that the UK trio pricked at with their lyrics, but never fully traced. Through the aperture of lines like "she's on the dark side" and "you're lost and you're lethal," Massive Attack let you imagine an enemy that is always out of sight. They sculpted the shadows. Orgonon Pit "s/t" LP (Ascetic House) From Providence, Rhode Island, Orgonon Pit makes its vinyl debut with this self-titled full-format electronic synthesis of modern abstraction. Concrète jungle. Somali Extract "Pareidolia" LP (Ascetic House) Soren Roi "Macon" LP (Ascetic House) Vinyl debut from Soren Roi. Manic bliss with contrasting lush tones and unsettled micro-percussions. Surgeon "Convenience Trap" 12" (Dynamic Tension) Since September 2015 Surgeon has been performing live improvised techno using hardware machines. This has gradually evolved over the 25 years that he's been performing to a point where it really can't be called DJing anymore. He's taken the techniques and inspiration from this live creative process and distilled them into these four tracks. Convenience Trap follows on from the techniques learned in his Bland Ambition release, also on Dynamic Tension. Always pushing forward against the plague of mediocrity.
OST Bowie, David / Trevor Jones "Labyrinth" LP (Capitol) Long out of print in the U.S., this 30th anniversary edition is fully remastered and features the original jacket and artwork.
OST "Frida" LP (Deutsche Gammophon)
Friday, May 5th
POP / ROCK
Afghan Whigs "In Spades" CD/LP/CS (Sub Pop) New full-length from the Cincinnati alternative rock band led by Greg Dulli. In Spades clocks in at just 10 songs in 36 minutes, but feels as expansive and substantial as a double-album statement. Alex Napping "Mise En Place" CD/LP (Father / Daughter) Austin-based quartet Alex Napping draws from the deeply personal and the sonically groovy to create storytelling with a beat. This is the band's sophomore full-length release. At The Drive In "in*ter a*li*a" CD/LP (Rise) Long-awaited return of El Paso's favorite post-punk quartet, their first record in 17 years. The band's new found restraint warrants some of the record's finest moments, and when the Texas rockers aren't twisting and distorting their music like a rubber band, they get lost in the ether. Inter Alia is a blistering return to form. On limited color vinyl, while it lasts. Bibio "Beyond Serious" 12" (Warp) Big Walnuts Yonder "s/t" LP (Sargent House) Bonnie Prince Billy "Best Troubador" CD/LP/CS (Drag City) Will Oldham's tribute album to Merle Haggard. Cave, Nick "Lovely Creatures - The Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (1984-2014)" CD Copeland, Eric "Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect" LP (L.I.E.S.) Craig, Ian William "Slow Vessels" LP (Fatcat) New EP from the classically-trained Canadian composer. 'Slow Vessels' is a six-track addendum to the Vancouver artist's last LP, 'Centres', a radical reprise. RIYL: James Blake, Tim Hecker, & Bon Iver, maybe. Mac Demarco "This Old Dog" CD/LP (Captured Tracks) New third full-length release for the Canadian singer-songwriter. DeMarco has shifted his musical style in a way that does not feel forced or as though he lost anything in the process. Intimate and endearingly honest, This Old Dog is Mac DeMarco's most essential chapter of slacker gospel yet -- and with a cleaner studio sound it's also the most polished version of his signature sound we have heard to date. Available on white vinyl, while it lasts. Diet Cig "Swear I'm Good At This" CS (Father/Daughter) Flaming Lips "The Flaming Lips Onboard the International Space Station Concert for Peace" CD Flume "Skin Companion II" 12" (Mom & Pop) Geraldine Fibbers "Lost Somewhere Between The Earth and My Home" LP (Jealous Butcher) Gonzalez, Delia "Horse Follows Darkness" LP (DFA) Helado Negro "Private Energy" LP (RVNG) The latest from Roberto Carlos Lange's cosmic electronic pop project is a melodic and beautifully produced meditation on identity and the difficulty of connection. Jesu / Sun Kil Moon "30 Seconds To The Decline Of Planet Earth" CD (Caldo Verde) Joni Void "Selfless" CD/LP (Constellation) Debut official full-length release from the young French soundcloud producer Jean Cousin aka Joni Void (and fka Johnny_Ripper). Cousin takes influence from the likes of The Books, Four Tet, Matmos, Burial, Boards of Canada, & Nicholas Jaar. Juan Maclean "Can You Ever Really Know Somebody" LP (DFA) Look Blue Go Purple "Still Bewitched" LP (Flying Nun) Double LP discography compilation of the over-looked New Zealand band's three studio releases plus live & unreleased tracks. MacKay, Bill "Esker" LP (Drag City) Marcy Playground "s/t" LP (Slow Down Sounds) Reissue of the band's 1997 debut, now on vinyl for the first time. Sex & Candy. Moon Duo "Occult Architecture Vol. 2" CD/LP (Sacred Bones) New fifth full-length release for the Oregon psychedelic duo explores the light side on this second of a two-part concept that explores dark and light/ying and yang energies. Pressed to blue vinyl. Moreland, John "Big Bad Luv" CD/LP (4AD) Moss, Jessica "Pools of Light" CD/LP (Constellation) One of Constellation's most pivotal contributors, Canadian violinist Jessica Moss, takes the solo spotlight to afford a stunning glimpse of her personal sonic world view in a rare, captivating away day from her work with Godspeed You Black Emperor, Vic Chesnutt, & A Silver Mt. Zion. New Year "Snow" LP (Undertow) Nightlands "I Can Feel The Night Around Me" CD/LP (Western Vinyl) New full-length from War On Drugs bassist Dave Hartley's spacey choral solo project. Nite Jewel "Good Evening" (Expanded Reissue) LP (Gloriette) A reissue of the 2009 indie disco debut will include 2 new tracks. Nite Jewel "Real High" LP (Gloriette) Perfume Genius "No Shape" CD/LP (Matador) New fourth full-length release for the indie singer-songwriter. With strident chords, spiralling melodies, and shiver inducing delivery, No Shape might spend a lot of its time searching, but in being open about that the record presents Perfume Genius at his most realised. Featuring Weyes Blood, pressed to clear vinyl. Phantom Shakers, The "Gloss My Lips b/w Blues I Can't Hide" 7" (Ghettobilly Records) Porcupine Tree "The Sky Moves Sideways" LP (K Scope) Shelley, Joan "Over and Even" CD/LP (No Quarter) New third full-length release for the Kentucky singer-songwriter features guest appearance from Rachel Grimes and Will Oldham. Slowdive "s/t' CD/LP/CS (Dead Oceans) First new release in 22 years for the recently re-formed British shoegaze band. It's strange to call it a comeback album, because it seems so sure of itself. Instead, it feels like a completely logical next step in their discography. The record fits snugly inside the band's canon, so much so that it makes the 22 years since Pygmalion all the more difficult to believe. Slowdive delivers nearly everything their fans desire in a return: familiarity, innovation, and vast atmospheres to get lost in -- all uniquely Slowdive. Available on colored vinyl while it lasts. St. Jude, F.M. "Almost Lost" FM Frederick Michael 12" (Drag City) Survive "S/T" LP (Holodeck) New reissue of the Austin synth quartet's 2012 release. The band's debut full-length remains their most defining effort, marking the culmination of several years spent recording, honing, and crafting a remarkably intricate balance of song-writing and experimentation. Available on colored vinyl, while it lasts. Tuttle, Doug "Peace Potato" CD/LP (Trouble in Mind) Massachusetts songwriter Doug Tuttle returns with his third solo album, "Peace Potato", recorded alone in a bedroom in Somerville for the Typhonian Highlife "The World of Shells" LP (Drag City) Woods "Love Is Love" CD/LP (Woodsist) New full-length release from the New York psych folk rock band, recorded in two months after the presidential election. Reverbed out with an atmospheric warble.
Chris Stapleton "From A Room: Volume 1" CD/LP (Mercury Nashville) New anticipated sophomore full-length from the outlaw country soul musician and Nashville songwriter. The first of two volumes (the second is due later this year), From A Room was recorded in Nashville with throwback-country super-producer Dave Cobb at RCA Studio A, a venerable room where Waylon, Willie, Dolly and others made classics back in the day.
Dillinger Escape Plan "Limerent Death" 7" (Cooking Vinyl) Sword, The "Greetings From..." LP (Razor & Tie) First ever live record released from the Austin stoner rock band. Voivod "Dimension Hatross" 2CD+DVD (Noise Records) Voivod "Killing Technology" 2CD+DVD (Noise Records) Voivod "Rrroooaaarrr" 2CD+DVD (Noise Records)
Bad Brains "Build a Nation" LP (Megaforce) Crooked Bangs "II" LP (Nervous Intent) Latest release from the Austin trio. Descendents "Everything Sucks" LP 20th Anniversary reissue Pin Group "Go To Town" 12" (Superior Viaduct) New first ever reissue of the New Zealand band's 1982 12" EP, their third and final classic release. Featuring an expanded five-piece lineup with Mary Heney on guitar/vocals and Peter Fryer on viola. Showcasing the band's dramatic chiaroscuro textures and arresting lyrics, Go To Town make staggeringly clear how much sonic ground The Pin Group covered in their unfortunately short tenure. Translucent red vinyl pressed in limited edition of 1,000 copies for Record Store Day. US Weekly "s/t" LP (Night Moves) New full-length from local post-punk group.
v/a "Contaminazioni No Wave Italiane (1980-1985)" LP (Spittle) Reissue of the 2013 CD compilation of the Italian take on post-punk, from Southern Italy to the Alps, now on vinyl for the first time. Inspired by New York's no wave scene, many Italian bands of the early '80s, began creating compelling sounds of a similar ilk. Features the nervous white funk of Bisca, the instrumental explorations of Confusional Quartet, the "fake jazz" of the Hi-Fi Bros, and more.
SOUL / FUNK
Benjamin & The Dreamdancers "Not One More Tear b/w That's What You Mean To Me" 7" (Palmetto Street) Paz "Paz Are Back" LP (BBE)
Alice Coltrane "World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Turiya Alice Coltrane" CD/LP (Luaka Bop) Stunning retrospective of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda's devotional works collated from the private tape archive of the Avatar Book Institute. Undoubtedly moved by the passing of her husband John Coltrane in 1967, Alice embarked on a spiritual reawakening that took her out of the public eye and culminated with the establishment of a 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram in Malibu, California in 1983. This secluded ashram gave Coltrane the freedom to explore her spirituality through music unfettered, performing countless solo bhajans, and group kirtans and experimenting with them and synthesizers using the complex structures learnt from jazz. The results is stunning and not easy to explain. This collection compiles select tracks from all four of those self-released cassettes. A real head melter, don't sleep on this one. Kynard, Charles "Afro-Disiac" LP (Fantasy) Sun Ra "Singles Vol. 2" LP (Strut) LP version of fully remastered tracks, rare photos, poster artwork, extensive sleeve notes by Francis Gooding, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths. The 45s box sets each feature a hardboard flip top box containing 10 x 45s in their original artwork along with a bound 28pp booklet.
PROG / PSYCH
Faust 'Fresh Air" CD/LP (Bureau B) New album from the long-running experimental rock project. Fresh Air presents several hypnotic pieces with the kind of noisemaking the band is known for. Features Barbara Manning in a live lecture, Jurgen Engler (Die Krupps) in overdub, and Ysanne Spevack as a wonderful wave-maker on the viola.
Hosono, Haruomi , Shigeru Suzuki, and Tatsuro Yamashita "Pacific" LP (Victory) New reissue of Pacific, originally released in 1978. Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, and Tatsuro Yamashita evoke the atmospheres of the South Pacific with an instrumental fusion of city pop, soft jazz, and 1970s funk. A cult LP and a vaporware inspiration. First reissue since 1983. Roelens, Puccio "La Musica Di Puccio Roelens" LP (Sonor Music Editions) New first ever reissue of the legendary Italian library LP from 1969 -- psychedelic jazz arrangements, lounge funk tunes, catchy bossa, and terrific drums groove. Edition of 500 on 180 gram vinyl. Umiliani, Piero aka Moggi "Double Face" LP (Overdrive) First ever reissue of Moggi's (aka Piero Umiliani) 1981 LP. The A side is Umiliani's compositions performed by a traditional string orchestra. The tracks have been synthesized for side B, exclusively by electronic instruments. Now available on 180gram vinyl.
Andriessen, Jurriaan "The Awakening Dream" LP (Bureau B) First reissue of Jurriaan Andriessen's 1977 LP. The Dutch composer studied with Olivier Messiaen, Serge Koussevitsky, and Aaron Copland. Andriessen strayed from classical traditions and created The Awakening Dream, which is more in tune with the electronic sounds of Germany in the '70s. An excursion into experimental ambient and minimal music - described by Andriessen as a "trance symphony". Ciani, Suzanne "Fish Music" 7" (Finders Keepers) First ever release of Suzanne Ciani's commissioned Fish Music, originally proposed exclusivly for infinite-looped airings in an American shopping mall aquarium in 1977. Includes a copy of the original press release as well as a press cutting from the time. Limited Record Store Day release.
AUnt's AnAlog "Conduit Of Heaven A~" CD (A-A.D.O.) The first two parts of a new series of melodic synth-based works from the local musician. AUnt's AnAlog "Conduit Of Heaven ~Z" CD (A-A.D.O.) The first two parts of a new series of melodic synth-based works. Edition of 12 hand-numbered copies. Barbieri, Caterina "Patterns Of Consciousness" LP (Important) New press of the limited debut album Italian electro-acoustic composer and synthesist Caterina Barbieri, originally released on cassette only in 2014. Vertical was composed for the Buchla modular synthesizer and vocals. Cortini, Alessandro & Masami Akita (Merzbow) "s/t" LP (Important) Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails) and Japanese noise legend Masami Akita (Merzbow) flex the analog circuitry of the British early '70s synthesizer, EMS Synthi on this coloaborative release. Notorious for its patch matrix, portability, and distinct tone, this classic synth a modern workout. Croatian Amor "Finding People" 12" (Posh Isolation) Croatian Amor's clearest move towards pop, albeit a weird one. Ginsberg, Allen "Allen Ginsberg Reads Howl and Other Poems" LP (Modern Silence) New reissue of Allen Ginsberg's readings from Howl and Other Poems, originally released by Fantasy Records in 1959. Pressed to red vinyl. Horse Lords " Mixtape IV" CS (Northern Spy) New cassette from the Baltimore minimalist explorers. Mixtape IV presents two side-long journeys. Side A is the band''s own re-arrangement of over-looked NY composer Julius Eastman's "Stay On It" (1973). While side B is a sound and voice collage that includes chanting protestors recorded at the Women's March on Washington on January 21. "Remember the Future" takes a Samuel Beckettian I can't go on, I'll go on approach to song storytelling. Luar Domatrix "Non Glance" CS (Sucata Tapes) Last seen meddling with Portuguese workers chants on Antologia De Musica Atipica Portuguesa Vol. , Portuguese artist Luar Domatrix sketches an eerie sci-fi inspired tape. Hesitant basslines conflict with lush distant drones and unsteady beats. Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus "Mirror" LP (Occultation ) New reissue of the Liverpool-based collective's second album Mirror, originally released in 1991 on CD-only. Now on vinyl for the first time. In addition to their signature blend of ethereal beauty and stark brutalism, Mirror burrows deep into the European psyche with multiple musical, literary, and spiritual allusions; taking it's name and cover image from filmmaker Tarkovsky's stream-of-consciousness meditation on war.
v/a "Sounds of New Music" LP (Modern Silence) Reissue of the 1957 Folkways compilation, a collection of 18 compositions from the 1920s to the mid-1950s. Composers include Edgard Varese, Henry Cowell, and John Cage, whose "Dance" is performed on a transformed Steinway piano that gives the music an almost primitive quality. Varg "Nordic Flora Series Pt. 3: Gore-Tex City" 2xLP" LP (Northern Electronics) Varg epitomizes a certain kind of modern techno: gloomy beats and funereal ambience, dressed in shadowy aesthetics. Ronnberg produces music at an astonishing pace-Gore-Tex City is Varg's third full-length in 12 months. Over time, his work has grown in depth and complexity, particularly on his new Nordic Flora series. Ronnberg boasts of his ability to dash off releases in a hurry with rudimentary equipment. The album's track titles, most of which reference trains or foreign cities, imply music made on the go, a product of an increasingly busy lifestyle. That Gore-Tex City is Ronnberg's richest and most varied record is only confirmation of his growing talent.
Gesloten Cirkel "M 011" 12" (Murdercapital) New reissued 12" from the Russian producer. Forest Swords "Compassion" CD/LP (Ninja Tune) New sophomore full-length from the UK producer, known for cutting together a unique blend of jagged hip-hop and R&B beats, looping guitar lines and manipulated samples. His evocative and emotional music reflects the sprawling Wirral landscape of river, coastland and woodland with all the haunting melodies of nearby city Liverpool's enviable pop history Compassion uses the same hybrid processes as past Forest Sword records. Acoustic and digital sounds rub against each other. Sampled and synthesised content merge and coalesce. Available on colored vinyl while it lasts. Holy Balm "Activity Mixes" 12" (Chapter Music) Parrish, Theo "Parallel Dimensions" LP (Sound Signature) 2017 reissue with new artwork. Originally released in 2000. Creative house music that sounds like it could be the soundtrack for a parallel dimension. Parrish's style of house isn't just abstract for the sake of being abstract. It's brilliantly crafted. Pessimist "Through The Fog/Peter Hitchens" 12" (Blackest Ever Black) Album sampler from Bristol producer Pessimist. His forthcoming debut album will be out on Blackest Ever Black, to prepare the ground, the label have cut this two track 12" of dnb, techno, and abyssal/industrial sound design. Edition of 350. Tzusing "Eastern Undefeated" (LIES 092) LP (L.I.E.S.)
OST "Bubble Girl" Jones, Sharon, Corey Harris and Peter McGennis LP (Galora) Record Store Day release
Prine, John "Beyond Words" BK Oh Boy Records John Prine's songs have become central to the American musical heritage. In this book, Prine curates a selection of some of his favorites songs, photographs and stories. One part autobiography, one part songbook -- Beyond Words includes over 100 photographs from John Prine's personal collection, copies of hand-written lyrics showing how the songs evolved, commentary from John about the songs and photographs and lyrics and guitar chords for over 60 classic John Prine songs.