Alex G (Sandy)
"House of Sugar" [Indie Exclusive] LP (Domino)
On 'House of Sugar,' his third full-length for Domino and ninth overall, (Sandy) Alex G inhabits a diverse range of musical and emotional points-of-view (often simultaneously), in turn illuminating the tension that hides in the shadow of desire.
Automatic "Calling It" 7" (Stones Throw)
Automatic are a three-piece electronic post punk band from LA formed in 2017: Lola Dompe (drums / vocals), Izzy Glaudini (synths / vocals) and Halle Saxon Gaines (bass / vocals). "Calling It" is a minimal and sinister cut which is a mix of ESG, Suicide and Anika. Debut single "Calling It" comes backed with an exclusive cover of Delta 5's "Mind Your Own Business." Sleeve design hand-drawn by Lola Dompe. Recorded and mixed by Joo-Joo Ashworth of the band Froth.
Banhart, Devendra "Ma" [Indie Exclusive] LP / CD (Nonesuch)
Devendra Banhart's new album, 'Ma,' is his first since 2016's 'Ape in Pink Marble.' Bursting with tender, autobiographical vignettes, 'Ma' displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. Banhart favors organic sounds to accompany his voice and guitar, the arrangements bolstered by strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards.
Bat For Lashes "Lost Girls" [Indie Exclusive Clear Vinyl] LP (Bat For Lashes)
Bat For Lashes -- aka Natasha Khan -- releases her fifth studio album via AWAL Recordings. 'Lost Girls' is another brilliant, full-length entry in Khan's incredible, acclaimed discography, mixing sounds she's always loved -- heavy bass lines, synth arpeggios, Iranian pop beats, cascading choruses -- with some of her finest songwriting to date. It's an album full of romance, an homage to Los Angeles, to being a kid in the 80's, to films that touched and changed her life.
Black Belt Eagle Scout "At the Party With My Brown Friend" CS (Saddle Creek)
Arriving just a year after her debut record, 'At the Party With My Brown Friends' is a brand new full-length recording from Black Belt Eagle Scout. Where that first record was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of Katherine Paul's standing as a radical indigenous queer feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship. This album is a profound and understated forward step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters. The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines KP's beautifully singular artistic vision.
"Miami Memory" [Blue Vinyl] LP / CD / CS (Secretly Canadian)
Alex Cameron's newest and most musically expansive LP, the glistening 'Miami Memory,' takes a surprising turn. Cameron's flair for narrative and character are still on full display; yet 'Miami Memory's' most frequent narrator is, for the first time, Cameron himself - singing with stunning candor of his three-year relationship with visual artist and actor Jemima Kirke. "When you listen to these songs, and you're waiting for the twist, or the joke, or any kind of discomfort, I can assure you none of those things were there when I wrote them."
Chase Atlantic "PHASES" LP (BMG)
Chase Atlantic's new LP is fueled by their obsession with creation, songwriting, and beat-making and refusing to conform to any one sound as their spotlight only continues to grow. "We're always learning and trying different things while being as expressive as possible without losing integrity," Mitchel says. "We're in it for the long journey, and we have a broad music-making spectrum. We've done everything ourselves-we're gonna do our shit 'til the day we die."
"Home Made Satan" LP / CD (Numero Group)
Brandon Williams' second full-length record as Chastity is a new direction for the Whitby, Ontario-native. It's an emotional and political concept album from the perspective of a young man who's spent too much time alone, inside, isolated from the world. It's about fear, and radicalization; an intense meditation on youth and extremism in an increasingly irrational and violent Western World.
Coachwhips "Night Train" LP (Girlsville)
2017 compilation includes demos and outtakes from all 4 Coachwhips full lengths ('Hands on The Controls,' 'Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine,' 'Bangers vs Fuckers,' 'Peanut Butter and Jelly'), as well as some 7" cuts the band wanted to keep in print.
Cook, Mira "A Level Lower" LP (Gold Robot)
4th studio album is introspective and whimsical, exploring personal power, imagination, and the natural. The Texas native's early contact with music came from Eastern chanting groups she attended with her parents, studies in classical piano, and living in an ashram in India for her kindergarten years. After studying ballet and classical piano in Austin, she spent 8 years in California dancing professionally and developing her musical style; she continues to perform dance and music frequently in New York, where she currently lives.
(AKA Jonsi) "2000-2004" 3xLP (Krunk)
Frakkur was the artist name Jónsi used to define his experiments in electronic music in the early years of the 21st century. Working on his own, either at home in Reykjavík, in hotel rooms on tour with Sigur Rós, or later at his boyfriend's house in Boston, Jónsi spent endless hours diving into then-new bits of kit and programming.
half*alive "Now, Not Yet" LP (RCA)
Debut album by American band. The songwriting process for the record began in 2015, before Half Alive was formed, during a challenge in which lead singer Josh Taylor would try to write 50 songs, and drummer Brett Kramer joined him on the project. After the band's formation and the release of their debut EP 3, bassist J Tyler Johnson was added to the band in 2016 and from then the trio would rent a number of Airbnb's to write the songs off the album until 2019.
Hammered Hulls "S/T" 7" (Dischord)
The Hammered Hulls are a brand new band from Washington D.C. made up of some very old connections. Mary Timony (bass) and Alec MacKaye (vocals) grew up in the same Washington neighborhood and have spent the better part of their lives in each other's somewhat distant orbit. Mark Cisneros (Guitar) cut his teeth in Los Angeles listening to both Mary and Alec's bands, but also a healthy dose of free jazz and garage. Hammered Hulls are rounded out by Chris Wilson (drums), a monstrous drummer with no shortage of love for all three of his bandmates. Every person in this band is a fan of every other person in this band. Mutual respect drives this train. To say they are an odd collection of influences is to understate the point. If you tried you couldn't imagine what this band might sound like. The band's three-song debut single was recorded in a single day at Inner Ear studios with Don Zientara and Ian MacKaye.
Hunt Sales Memorial "Get Your Shit Together" CS (Burger)
Debut by Hunt Sales Memorial is an explosive 12-track roots-rock exploration from the Runt band member, "Lust for Life" beatmaker, and Tin Machine co-founder.
"The Practice of Love" [Sand color vinyl] LP / CD (Sacred Bones Records)
At first listen Hval's seventh full-length album unspools with an almost deceptive ease. Across eight tracks, filled with arpeggiated synth washes and the kind of lilting beats that might have drifted, loose and unmoored, from some forgotten mid-'90s trance single, 'The Practice of Love' feels, first and foremost, compellingly humane. Given the horror and viscera of her previous album, 2016's 'Blood Bitch,' 'The Practice of Love' is almost subversive in it's gentleness - a deep dive into what it means to grow older, to question one's relationship to the earth and one's self, and to hold a magnifying glass over the notion of what intimacy can mean.
"Giving Birth To Thunder" LP (Numero Group)
The fourth leg on the early emo table of Rites of Spring, Moss Icon, and Cap'n Jazz, Indian Summer's 'Giving Birth To Thunder' compiles their complete discography. Emo's second wave crashed into the Bay Area in the summer of 1994 in a rage-filled capsule of quiet and loud, octave chords, angry sons, Spock haircuts, and screaming. At the eye of this pissed-for-the-hell-of-it storm were Indian Summer. In the quartet's 12-month existence they wrote ten songs, appeared on a dozen singles and comps, and played over 100 gigs across the U.S. and Canada before burning out, passing out, and moving out of their Blue House in Oakland. Their hand-screened aesthetic is replicated in alarming detail in the accompanying by 24-page book with detailed liner notes, flyers, and miscellaneous propaganda.
Ivey, Jeremy "The Dream And The Dreamer" LP (Anit)
Nashville-based performer Jeremy Ivey has operated in the background for years, initially performing in bands like Secret Handshake and country-soul group Buffalo Clover with his wife, celebrated country-rock luminary Margo Price. But now Ivey is ready to take a much-deserved step into the spotlight with a debut LP. Recorded in a "little bitty house studio" in Nashville and produced by Price, the nine-song album hosts a collection of homespun, deeply introspective tracks.
JARV IS "Must I Evolve" Jarvis Cocker 12" (Rough Trade)
New single from Pulp's Jarvis Cocker.
Jean, Olivia "Night Owl" LP / CD (Third Man Records)
Olivia Jean, Detroit born n' bred, current resident of Nashville, TN, first staked her flag with the gothic garage rock upstarts The Black Belles in 2010. Her debut solo release 'Bathtub Love Killings' was an exciting and concise statement with a controlled vision of where rock n roll can go in these modern pop dominated times. Her latest, 'Night Owl,' takes this vision even further by placing Olivia behind the control desk in the role of producer. Surf guitar, 60s Girl Group harmonies, and punk commingle into a collection of songs depicting heartache, revenge, guilt, and frustration - It's 'Bubblegum Garage' at its best.
Jonsi & Alex Somers "Riceboy Sleeps" (Analogue Remaster) 3xLP (Krunk)
Known primarily for his haunting falsetto and other-worldly presence as the singer in Sigur Rós, Jon Thor Birgisson aka Jónsi has, together with his partner Alex Somers, been exhibiting artwork and staging exhibitions under the name Riceboy Sleeps for years now, including the release of a limited edition picture book. The early fruits of the musical side of this collaboration surfaced in physical form for the first time, with the track "Happiness," on the exemplary Dark Was The Night Red Hot compilation.
Kazu "Adult Baby" [Blonde Redhead] LP (Adult Baby)
Kazu, Blonde Redhead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kazu Makino, issues her first solo LP, 'Adult Baby' on her new imprint of the same name later. "Salty" (the first single) and all of 'Adult Baby' is teeming with contributions from significant pioneers of the global pop, electronic, rock and indie scenes such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Byrne) and Ian Chang (Son Lux, Landlady).
"III" [Indie Exclusive Opaque Silver Vinyl] LP (Dualtone)
Two-time Grammy-nominated band The Lumineers are back with their third album, 'III,' a cinematic piece presented as a narrative in three chapters, with each one centering on one main character.
Messthetics, The "Anthropocosmic Nest" LP / CD (Dischord)
The second full-length by The Messthetics. Recorded at the band's practice space throughout 2019, it's an album that more perfectly captures the trio's current live dynamic, complete with improvisational tangents, playful experimentation, and cathartic sprawl.
múm "Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK (20th Anniversary Edition)" 3xLP (Morr Music)
In 1999, on December 23rd to be precise, the electronic music landscape changed forever. On that day, the now legendary Icelandic band Múm released their debut album 'Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK.' The thing is though, back in the day, hardly anybody realized. The album went on to become one of the most influential building blocks of what back then was called electronica and today is considered an art form playing a crucial and important role in shaping and defining the rich electronic music culture of the 21st century. Now, 20 years after the record dropped onto planet Earth, Morr Music is re-issuing the remastered album with it's original artwork, adding newly commissioned re-works.
"Face Stabber" [Color Vinyl] LP (Castle Face)
"This album is Soundcloud hip-hop reversed, a far flung nemesis of contemporary country and flaccid algorithmic pop-barf. No songs about money or love are floating in the ether. Just memories, echoes, foggy blurs, blip-blop goes the scope, heavy funk, dystopia-punk canons, long jams, bloated solos dribbling down your caved-in chest. Human cattle like a beef avalanche, right on your burned out face hole. Spider-legs fuzz crawling in your brain. Lots of curse words for your mom. You've gotten the over-population blues, so let's have some art for art's sake." -- Oh Sees
Paranoyds, The "Carnage Bargain" [Blue Vinyl] LP / LP (Suicide Squeeze Records)
Los Angeles punk quartet The Paranoyds channel revelry and revulsion into their debut album 'Carnage Bargain' - a raucous blend of garage rock grit, new wave swagger, horror film soundtrack campiness, and a myriad of other influences.
Patton, Mike & Jean-Claude Vannier "Corpse Flower" LP (Ipecac)
Mike Patton and renowned French composer Jean-Claude Vannier, who is perhaps best known for his work with Serge Gainsbourg, have come together on the 12-song album, 'Corpse Flower.' Other musicians on the album include Smokey Hormel (Beck, Johnny Cash), Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Nine Inch Nails) and James Gadson (Beck, Jamie Lidell). The Parisian players are Denys Lable, Bernard Paganotti (Magma), Daniel Ciampolini, Didier Malherbe, Léonard Le Cloarec and the Bécon Palace String Ensemble.
Pixies "Beneath the Eyrie" [Indie Exclusive Color Vinyl] LP (Infectious)
For album number three post-2004 reformation, Pixies have gone concept. 'Beneath the Eyrie' is a haunted kind of album. Recorded in four weeks at Dreamland Studio (a former church in New York state), the album is filled with gothic imagery and thoughts of death - and whatever it is that comes after that.
Prince "Chaos and Disorder" [Ltd. Purple Vinyl] LP / CD (Legacy)
Reissue of the eighteenth studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on July 9, 1996 by Warner Bros. Records. Prince refused to promote the album, still engaged in his fight against his Warner Bros. Contract, and the album was released simply to fulfill his contractual obligations.
Prince "Emancipation" 6xLP Box / 3xCD (Legacy)
'Emancipation' is the nineteenth studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on November 19, 1996 by NPG Records and EMI Records. The title refers to Prince's freedom from his contract with Warner Bros. Records after 18 years, with which he had a contentious relationship. The album was Prince's third to be released that year (along with Chaos and Disorder and the soundtrack album of the Spike Lee movie Girl 6), which made 1996 one of the most prolific years for material released by Prince.
"The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)" LP / CD (Legacy)
In anticipation of the release of 'The Gold Experience,' the first album credited to his infamously unpronounceable symbol, Prince issued 'The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold' as a gift to attendees of the designer's collection at Fashion Week in Paris during the summer of 1995. The cassette, which featured remixed versions of future favorites "Pussy Control," "Gold" and "Eye Hate U" as well as rare and commercially unreleased selections by The New Power Generation and Prince's jazz-fusion project Madhouse, remains one of the rarest Prince releases of all time.
Rain Parade, The "Emergency Third Rail Power Trip" [Limited Red & Yellow Starburst Vinyl] LP (Real Gone Music) Though there are a number of worthy contenders - Dream Syndicate's 'The Days of Wine and Roses,' The Bangles' 'All Over the Place,' Green on Red's 'Gas Food Lodging' among them - The Rain Parade's 1983 release 'Emergency 3rd Rail Power Trip' places at worst in a tie for first among the greatest albums to emerge from the early '80s L.A. Paisley Underground scene. That's because the band - and the album - were probably the most transparent in their influences and probably the most successful in transcending them.
"Pang!" LP / CD (Rough Trade)
A Welsh language pop album with a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title, Gruff Rhys' 'Pang!' was produced and mixed by Muzi in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 9-track collection was developed unexpectedly over about 18 months and recorded in Cardiff, Wales. Drums by Welsh-American psychedelic warlord Kliph Scurlock, brass by Gavin Fitzjohn and flute and percussion by engineer Kris Jenkins. Beats, bass and ah's by Muzi with Gruff on vocals and guitar.
Sampa The Great "The Return"
[Indie Only Color Vinyl] LP / CD (Ninja Tune)
Sampa The Great creates a sense of home on her debut album 'The Return' on Ninja Tune. A characterful record, its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds. Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it's an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.
Stereolab "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" [Limited Clear Vinyl] LP / LP/ CD (Duophonic)
Stereolab "Dots & Loops" [Limited Clear Vinyl] LP / LP / CD (Duophonic)
Stereolab "Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night" [Limited Clear Vinyl] LP / LP / CD (Duophonic)
September 6, 2019 sees the continuation of Stereolab's seven album reissue campaign when 1996's 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup', 1997's 'Dots and Loops' and 1999's 'Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night' are reissued, via Warp Records and Duophonic UHF Disks, as expanded and re-mastered editions on vinyl and compact disc. Each album has been re-mastered from the original 1/2' tapes by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering and overseen by Tim Gane. Bonus material will include alternate takes, 4 track demos and unreleased mixes. These reissues follow 1993's 'Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements' and 1994's 'Mars Audiac Quintet' which received Expanded Editions earlier in 2019.
Trupa Trupa "Of The Sun" LP (Glitterbeat Records)
Almost every song on 'Of The Sun', the magnetic
fifth album from the Polish quartet Trupa Trupa, lands like an anthem, with barbed hooks driven by an italicized rhythm section and a chimera of crisscrossing harmonies. Throughout its propulsive 12-song sequence, this is an album that never lets up. From the relentlessly pulsing "Long Time Ago" to the deep glisten of "Longing," 'Of The Sun' is an unbroken string of hits in Trupa Trupa's idiosyncratic, self-made universe.
Twin Peaks "Lookout Low" [Indie Orange Swirl] LP (Grand Jury)
The freshly powdered Twin Peaks have returned with a collection of new bangers for your fall season. Their first studio album since 2016's 'Down In Heaven' and their first produced effort with Ethan Jones (Kings of Leon, Paul McCartney, U2). 'Lookout Low' is a testament to the boys honing in on their songwriting as well as further exploring studio capabilities.
Twin XL "How to talk to Strangers" LP (Century Media)
Twin XL is an alt-pop trio from Los Angeles. Before coming together, the trio reached musical triumph on two different paths; Cameron Walker-Wright (vocals) is part of the synth-pop band Nekokat, and brothers John and Stephen Gomez gained famed the American rock band they founded, The Summer Set. Between the trio, they have written and produced for artists such as All Time Low and many more.
Unlikely Candidates, The "Novocaine" CD (Century Media)
New EP from the Ft. Worth band.
"Birth of Violence" [Indie Exclusive Color Vinyl] LP / CD (Sargent House)
Chelsea Wolfe connects with a spectrum of musical dynamics, from the heavy, distorted guitars of metal music to the intimate, sparse instrumentals of folk. On her new album, 'Birth of Violence,' Wolfe embraces her folk side with acoustic songs and themes that embrace her womanhood and strength in the world.
Wolfram "Amadeus" LP (DFA Records)
Vienna/New York City based electronic artist's newest full length album.
v/a "Disco Not Disco" LP (Strut)
Strut Records were there first, well before DFA recorded The Rapture's Sub Pop debut. 'Disco Not Disco' preceded the punk funk revolution by two years. Strut present a new repress of the influential first volume of 'Disco Not Disco' compiled by Joey Negro and Sean P as part of the label's 20th Anniversary.