An Horse "Rearrange Beds" LP (Lame-O)
On vinyl for the first time. An Horse's Kate Cooper and Damon Cox met working at a Brisbane independent record store Skinny in the mid-2000s, forming a band together in 2007. Cooper gave a CD of their roughly mixed debut EP Not Really Scared to Tegan and Sara after an in-store performance at Skinny, and quickly got invited to open their 2008 US tour. That led to a Mom + Pop signing, and the release of their critically acclaimed 2009 debut, Rearrange Beds which saw the band touring the world, performing on David Letterman, and opening from everyone from Silversun Pickups to Cage The Elephant to Dashboard Confessional.
Big Star "Live on WLIR" CD/LP (Omnivore Recordings)
Big Star inspired a fevered allegiance among fans of power pop, giving rise to a cult of believers who spent decades spreading the gospel. Their enthusiasm turned this obscure Memphis pop band-one that got little airplay, sold few records, and only played a handful of times-into a remarkable rock and roll resurrection story. Big Star's trek from obscure Memphis band to standard bearers for an entire genre of music has never been fully mapped-until now.
DAWN "new breed" LP (Local Action)
Following her acclaimed trilogy of solo albums, electronic R&B innovator DAWN (formerly Dawn Richard) returns with new breed, a new album-length project that dates back to her upbringing in New Orleans, taking in the city's rich traditions and musical heritage. A self-produced return to the electronically-focused sonics of her previous solo work, new breed is an authoritative stamp on the genre in her own unique fashion. A duality between the more soulful sounds of New Orlean's more traditional forms of R&B and DAWN's own innovative brand of electronic sonics. With new breed, DAWN has further set herself apart as one of R&B's true iconoclasts, merging styles and metamorphosing them to her own style to create one of the most important, culturally relevant projects of recent times.
De Augustine, Angelo "Tomb" RED LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
The third full length album from Thousand Oak, CA's Angelo de Augustine addresses lost love, the cost of honesty, and the ramifications of regret. It's a deeply inward album, but like the best albums about heartbreak, 'Tomb' transforms pain into beauty.
Disq "Communication b/w Parallel" 7" (Saddle Creek)
New single from the Saddle Creek duo.
Eagles of Death Metal "Death By Sexy" LP (IGA)
Reissue of the band's second album, released in 2006.
Eagles of Death Metal "Heart On" LP (IGA)
Reissue of the band's third album, released in 2008.
"Pet Town" LP (Joyful News)
Second album as Eerie Wanda from Dutch/Croatian songwriter and visual artist Marina Tadic is a stripped-down spectral manifestation, anchored by Tadic's wistful lyrics and self possessed vocal delivery. Mixed by producer Jasper Geluk, the album is perched in warm, homespun recordings-live drums are replaced with handclaps, finger snaps, and a Roland-CR 78 drum machine, enhancing the music's tactile and intimate headspace. Using minimal recording techniques, Tadic shaped these ten songs on sheer intuition, while drawing inspiration from solitude: how it can be both a state of euphoria but also one of loneliness-of inner meditation and outer yearning.
"Almost Free" CD/LP (Mom + Pop)
Almost Free, the new release from FIDLAR touches on many of the tragedies and irritations of modern life: existential dread, gentrification, the inescapable sway of the super-rich and the self-involved, post-breakup telecommunication, performative wokeness, the loneliness of sobriety or the lack thereof. But through sheer force of imagination and an unchecked joie de vivre, the L.A.-based band manages to turn feeling wrong into something glorious and essential.
Franti, Michael & Spearhead "Stay Human Vol II" CD (Boo Boo Wax)
The 10th studio album from the acclaimed artist.
Frost, Max "Gold Rush" LP (Atlantic)
Executive produced by Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (of Fitz and the Tantrums) with production by Mick Schultz (Rihanna, Jeremih, YG), JR Rotem (Panic! At The Disco, Nicki Minaj, Fallout Boy) and M-Phazes (Eminem, Logic, KYLE), Gold Rush further includes such popular tracks as "Eleven Days" and "Sometimes".
Guided By Voices "Zeppelin Over China" CD/LP (GBV Inc)
Zeppelin Over China is a major and majestic work in the GBV canon, spotlighting the scope and genius of Robert Pollard's songwriting. With thirty-two songs in 75 minutes, the massive double-album Zeppelin reaches lofty heights on it's musical journey. Pollard continues to deliver endless invention and emotional wallop in two and three-minute guitar rock gems.
Hamburger, Neil "Still Dwelling" CD/LP/CS (Drag City)
In our time of America's greatest dismay, it takes "America's Funnyman" to show the way back to a little bit of love and a whole lot of classic entertainment. With vocal pipes alight and a full studio orchestra behind him, Neil Hamburger is Still Dwelling - and dare we say, better than ever, as he brings to new life some of the greatest songs of his era. Known around the world for timeless comedy routines, Neil's no slouch when it comes to all-round entertainment, either - having sung his own songs and others in concert for many years, notably tackling the country genre to great acclaim on such albums as First of Dismay and Sings Country Winners. With Still Dwelling, the Hamburger touch is applied to a veritable potpourri of 20th century songwriters, from Frank Loesser to Lennon & McCartney, from Andrew Lloyd Webber to T.S.O.L. Don't forget about Ann & Nancy Wilson, either - talk about Heart! This ambitious project began with a handful of popular standards that Neil and his accompanist of choice, Erik Paparozzi performed regularly on the road. These numbers allowed Neil to sing his truth, relieving the unending pain of all his trials. This music flows through the speakers, from Neil's heart to ours.
Keuning "Prismism" CD (Pretty Faithful)
More than 17 years have passed since Iowa transplant Dave Keuning placed an ad in the local Las Vegas Weekly looking to form a band, mentioning Oasis as one of his faves. An eager 20-year-old named Brandon Flowers, who shared Keuning's love of groups like New Order and the Cure, answered it, only to have Dave promptly hand him a TASCAM-recorded four-track demo of "Mr. Brightside." The result was the formation of The Killers, who have released five consecutive chart-topping albums and toured the world thanks to a songwriting partnership which molded such hits as "Somebody Told Me," "When You Were Young," "Read My Mind," "A Dustland Fairy Tale," "The World We Live In" and "Spaceman," among others.
"Power Chords" CD (Merge)
Power Chords picks up where 2015's Turkey left off. It traces Krol's journey back to punk rock, harnessing both the guitar technique and the musical redemption referenced in it's title. He's wielding the same influences-Misfits, The Strokes, early Weezer, Ramones-but turning up the gravity and the gain. Indeed, Krol has gone somewhere new; yes, he bludgeoned himself with over-analysis and self-loathing, but along the way he stumbled upon a trove of intricate guitar lines and artfully mutating melodies.
LIP TALK "D A Y S" LP (Northern Spy)
LIP TALK is the project and alternate identity of frontwoman Sarah K. Pedinotti, and D A Y S is her debut album. "I imagined characters in the songs like scenes in a movie, emotion expressed like colors on a canvas," Pedinotti says of D A Y S. Throughout, Pedinotti's production mixes singsong simplicity with densely ambitious art rock, charming and challenging her audience in equal measure.
"After the News" CD (Sylvan Songs)
On her captivating solo debut, After The News, Addi McDaniel points her search inwards, channeling the pain of loss and regret into a transformative work of beauty and strength. Hailed as "a dynamo with a brass-plated voice" by the LA Times, McDaniel is both an extraordinary singer and a gifted interpreter of song, and After The News finds her breathing vivid life into a raft of original songs from collaborator Tom Siering, whose material she deftly pairs with covers of tracks by Andrew Bird and Bruce Cockburn.
Merton, Alice "Mint" CD (Mom + Pop)
After rising to fame two years ago in 2016 with her explosive debut 1 Million selling single 'No Roots' (Mom + Pop), written about her constant moving homes as a child becoming such as huge debut, it's safe to say it's been a whirl wind for Alice Merton with 124 Million YouTube hits to date. She also gained 6+ Million streams, toured the US supporting the brilliant Vance Joy, championed by Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine with Performances on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonights Show and James Corden's Late Late Show, Live With Kelly and Ryan, and even a recent 2018 Teen Choice Awards Nomination in 'Best Rock' category.
Mono "Nowhere Now Here" CD/2xLP (Temporary Residence)
Across 10 albums in 20 years, Mono have convincingly reflected the quietest and most chaotic parts of life through their music. Their ever-expanding instrumental palette - which began in earnest in 1999 with the traditional guitar- bass-drums rock band setup - has evolved to include as many as 30 orchestral instruments. Now, on Nowhere Now Here, the band add electronics to their repertoire - partially inspired by guitarist/composer Takaakira 'Taka' Goto's recent collaboration with John McEntire, the beguiling Behind the Shadow Drops.
Rat Boy "Internationally Unknown" CD (Hellcat)
UK artist RAT BOY has teamed up with Tim Armstrong to produce his new album. They immediately connected through a shared love for mixing the visceral energy of punk with hip-hop beats.
Rival Sons "Feral Roots" CD (Atlantic)
New album is highlighted by the single "Back In The Woods." Produced by longtime collaborator Dave Cobb at Nashville's famed RCA Studio A and the equally legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL, Feral0 Roots marks Rival Sons' Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records debut and features cover artwork painted by renowned contemporary artist Martin Wittfooth.
Say Anything "Oliver Appropriate" CD (Dine Alone Music)
New concept album from the pop punk band.
"Ten Silver Drops" LP (Run Out Groove)
Expanded edition with alternate versions. Secret Machines-the three piece alternative rock band from Dallas consisting of Brandon Curtis on vocals, bass and keyboards, Benjamin Curtis on guitar and backing vocals and Josh Garza on drums-is best described as progressive rock with some Krautrock mixed in.
"Highway Hypnosis" CD (Merge)
Just as she takes up space in the male-dominated Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area punk scene, Sneaks - AKA Eva Moolchan - takes up space among the patriarchy. Highway Hypnosis, plays on hip-hop, post-punk, and invented words to fill a gap between the feminist underground and genre-specific singles charts. Through it, Moolchan joins the resistance forged by queer black feminists who create, explore, empower, conquer, and play bass.
Soul Asylum "While You Were Out" CD (Omnivore Recordings)
Soul Asylum were inheritor's of the throne in the Minneapolis scene launched by The Replacements and Husker Du. Soul Asylum stood out because of their smart, punky, hard rock songs and relentless work ethic. They made four records for hometown label Twin/Tone Records before moving on to the majors; first A&M, then Columbia, where they scored two platinum albums and won a Best Rock Song Grammy for "Runaway Train." While You Were Out was the band's 3rd album and its 3rd release of 1986, following 2nd album Made To Be Broken and the cassette-only rarities compilation, Time's Incinerator. It is considered by many to be their finest album.
Spill Gold "s/t" CS (Beacon Sound)
Reissue of the Amsterdam experimental psych-pop group Spill Gold's 2017 debut. Spill Gold is the project of Nina de Jong and Rosa Ronsdorf. They worked with American singer Jessica Tucker for Spill Gold, which was recorded and mixed in Ghent by Belgian producer Koen Gisen. RIYL: Veronica Falls, Beach House, and Still Corners.
Stewart, Mark and the Mafia "Learning to Cope with Cowardice" LP (Mute)
The groundbreaking 1983 debut solo album by visionary post-punk iconoclast and founder of The Pop Group, Mark Stewart - is given a definitive colored double vinyl reissue alongside The Lost Tapes, a newly discovered cache of unreleased material. Collected together, this set realizes an expansive restoration of one of Stewart's most audacious statements.
Sun Kil Moon
"This is My Dinner" LP (Caldo Verde)
This Is My Dinner was written during Sun Kil Moon's November 2017 European tour and recorded on November 18, 2017 at TAPF Studio in Copenhagen and December 7-9, 2017 at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. The 10-track collection features music by Tony Scherr, Ben Boye, and Ramon Fermin and words by Mark Kozelek. The album also includes versions of AC/DC's "Rock 'N' Roll Singer, " The Partridge Family's "Come On Get Happy, " and John Connolly's "Chapter 87 of He" set to music. Musicians include Tony Scherr, Jim White, Scott McPherson, Ben Boye, Ramon Fermin, Chris Connolly and special guest Jordan Cook.
"Future Ruins" CD/LP (Dangerbird)
The follow up to 2015's I Wasn't Born to Lose You presents a band moving with real time and real life vitality, showcasing new tricks alongside classic hallmarks. Future Ruins exhibits Swervedriver's fabled widescreen escapism, but with a tension that echoes the sleeve image of Coney Island in skeletal monochrome, like a post mortem photograph of a failed utopia.
Tim Presley's White Fence
"I Have To Feed Larry's Hawk" CD/LP (Drag City)
Gliding past ghostly statues of mythic entities and through the mist into the present world, Tim Presley's White Fence shed their multicolored-shroud for a heartfelt yet enigmatic, cycle of songs about losing the thing that's killing you that you love in order to gain the thing that makes you love what you love, with loads of Heartbreakers and other new pop classix.
Toy "Hapy In The Hollow" LP (Tough Love)
Happy In The Hollow is entirely uncompromising: an atmospheric capturing of a state of mind that touches on post-punk, electronic dissonance, acid folk and Krautrock. Familiar qualities like metronomic rhythms, warping guitars, undulating synths and Tom's gentle, reedy vocals are all in there, but so is a greater emphasis on melody, a wider scope, and a combining of the reassuring and the sinister that is as unnerving as it is captivating.
Trout, Walter "Survivor Blues" CD (Mascot Label Group)
Survivor Blues is no ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for Survivor Blues. "I'm riding in my car sometimes," says the US blues titan. "I've got a blues station on - and here's another band doing Got My Mojo Workin'. And there's a little voice in me that says, 'Does the world need another version of that song?' So I came up with an idea. I didn't want to do Stormy Monday or Messin' With The Kid. I didn't want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that's how Survivor Blues started..."
"Two EPs" LP/CS (Keeled Scales)
This 14-song collection is a companion piece to Twain's most recent album, Rare Feeling, released in late 2017. Side A is "New Miami Sound," which consists of four unreleased songs recorded during the Rare Feeling album sessions, and Side B, "Alternator," is a collection of solo demos performed and recorded inside a van to raise funds for a new alternator at the time. These recordings were previously available only digitally through Bandcamp.
Tyler, William "Goes West" CD (Merge)
2019 release from the indie musician best known for his work with Lambchop and Silver Jews.
"Guitar Dream" LP (Wharf Cat Records)
New solo album from founding member of Merchandise.
Wiles, Lula "What Will We Do" CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
The band fosters contradiction, embracing the spirit of traditional American music, yet unflinchingly calling into question the virtues of the culture that produces it- country songs that shine a light on a country's crimes; love songs about being alone; murder ballads that challenge the standards of morality. Lula Wiles exist in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music.
Writing Squares "Out of the Ether" LP (Trouble In Mind)
Writhing Squares have been conjuring up cosmic slop from the Philadelphia underground for a few years now, mixing growling bass, motorik synthesis, and skronking sax into a heady brew of punk-laced progressive R'n'R. The duo of Daniel Provenzano (Purling Hiss, Spacin, Rosali & the Middlemen) & Kevin Nickles (Ecstatic Vision, Taiwan Housing Project) emerged in 2015 with their self-released "Gemini Blues" 7-inch, following it up the next year with their debut album "In The Void Above" for the renowned Siltbreeze imprint. "Out of The Ether" is their sophomore effort, & first for Trouble In Mind.
Zola Jesus "Conatus" LP (Sacred Bones Records)
Colored vinyl reissue.
Zola Jesus / Johnny Jewel "Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remixes)" LP (Sacred Bones Records)
The new EP by Zola Jesus sees Nika Roza Danilova revisiting a pair of songs from her 2017 album, Okovi, alongside prolific composer and musician Johnny Jewel. In a nod to the maxi singles of the 1980s, the album features multiple remixed versions of the two songs, "Ash to Bone" and "Wiseblood." The track "Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remix)" is featured in the soundtrack to the film Beautiful Boy, directed by Felix Van Groeningen and starring Timoth e Chalamet and Steve Carell.
v/a "Midnight in Tokyo Vol. 3" LP/CD (Studio Mule)
Midnight In Tokyo is a compilation series that aims to be the perfect companion to nights in Tokyo, collecting tracks by Japanese artists that sound best at night. Vol. 3 picks up where Vol. 1 left off, bringing together forgotten soul, disco, and new wave gems. Features Kangaroo, Maiko Okamoto, The Fad, and more.