Alice in Chains
"Rainer Fog" CD/LP (BMG) The new highly anticipated album from Alice In Chains.
"Transit" LP (Constellation) Reclusive glitch artist and electronic music producer William Jourdain has been keeping busy since the release of his acclaimed 2016 debut under the moniker Automatisme. Building out his modular synthesis racks and amassing new field recordings, Jourdain has plunged Automatisme deeper into experimentation with Transit, his second full-length for Constellation.
"Negro Swan" CD (Domino) Producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist Devonté Hynes returns with his fourth album as Blood Orange. Raised in England, Hynes started out as a teenage punk in the UK band Test Icicles before releasing two orchestral acoustic pop records as Lightspeed Champion. In 2011, he released Coastal Grooves, the first of three solo albums under the moniker Blood Orange. His last album, Freetown Sound, was released to critical acclaim in 2016, and saw Hynes defined as one of the foremost musical voices of his time, receiving comparisons to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and D'Angelo for his own searing and soothing personal document of life as a black man in America. He has collaborated with Solange Knowles, Skepta, fka twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Blondie, and many other artists, and was recently one of four artists invited to the Kennedy Center to perform alongside Philip Glass.
"Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk" 3xLP (Legacy) Collection of studio tracks and four-track demos recorded by Jeff Buckley in the summer of 1996 and early 1997.
"Head Over Heels" 2xLP (Big Beat Records) Deluxe double 180gm vinyl LP pressing including digital download.
"2 Demos" LP (Captured Tracks) On green vinyl to celebrate the label's 10th Anniversary.
"Salad Days Demos" LP (Captured Tracks) On white vinyl to celebrate the label's 10th Anniversary.
Devil Makes Three, The
"Chains Are Broken" CD/LP (New West) The power of words isn't lost on longstanding Americana triumvirate. For as much as they remain rooted in troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime, and reckless rock 'n' roll, the band nods to the revolutionary unrest of author James Baldwin, the no-holds barred disillusionment of Ernest Hemingway, and Southern Gothic malaise of Flannery O'Connor. The incorporation of new sounds as well as the experimentation in space finds the Devil Makes Three crafting a new yet still familiar sound. Coupled with a continued focus on in-depth lyricism that tells a story in every song, Chains Are Broken is a liberating, rump-shaking collection of past, present and future.
"This Night Falls Forever" CD/LP (Concord) Their most ambitious album yet with more detailed arrangements, more people involved including full orchestras and an overall bigger sound. The band's sixth studio album features 10 tracks written and produced by frontman Nick Urata.
"s/t" LP (Trouble In Mind) Chicago group with a debut that consists of twelve songs of ragged, soulful rock and roll, and heavy on hooks
"st" LP (Super Secret) New album from Austin noise punk group.
Finn, Neil & Liam
"Lightsleeper" CD (PIAS America) Recorded mainly in Neil Finn's Auckland studio, Lightsleeper bursts with melody and the trademark euphoric flips that are the Finn family trademarks. When Neil's iconic pop sensibility meets Liam's lo-fi atmospherics, it's produces a feeling of intimacy and awe that makes it easy to wonder why the dynamic father and son duo haven't written together sooner.
"Hypochondriac" LP (Epitaph) The third full-length album from San Diego band The Frights, is an album full of addictively catchy songs about fear and frustration. Throughout Hypochondriac, The Frights build a brilliant tension between their shiny hooks and painful lyrics, their goofball spirit and melancholy outlook. In the end, the album unfolds as their most emotionally honest work so far, just as the band intended it to be.
Here Lies Man
"You Will Know Nothing" LP - L.A. band comprised of Antibalas members quickly follow their auspicious debut with the even more thoroughly realized album You Will Know Nothing. Its eleven tracks expand upon the band's exploration of heavy riff-based rock and psych within the ancient rhythmic formula of the clave.
"omni Sight Seeing" CD/LP (Light in the Attic) The unbelievably prolific Haruomi Hosono is one of the major architects of modern Japanese pop music. With his encyclopedic knowledge of music and boundless curiosity for new sounds, Hosono is the auteur of his own idiosyncratic musical world, putting his unmistakable stamp on hundreds of recordings as an artist, session player, songwriter and producer. Born and raised in central Tokyo, his adolescent obsession with American pop culture informed his early forays into country music, which he would revisit later in his career. Hosono made his professional debut in 1969 as a member of Apryl Fool, whose heavy psychedelia was somewhat at odds with his influences, which leaned towards the rootsy sounds of Moby Grape and Buffalo Springfield. The latter was one of the main inspirations for his next group, Happy End, whose unique blend of West Coast sounds with Japanese lyrics proved to be highly influential over the course of three albums. After the band's amicable break up in 1973, Hosono began his solo career with Hosono House, an intimate slice of Japanese Americana recorded inside a rented house with recording gear squeezed into its tiny bedroom. Hosono's solo career would take many twists and turns from this point forward, with forays into exotica, electronic, ambient, and techno, culminating in the massive success of techno pop group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), who made their debut in 1978.
Omni Sight Seeing, originally released in 1989 during YMO's initial hiatus, is an exhilarating musical journey around the world as filtered through Hosono's kaleidoscopic lens. This work stands as a manifestation of his concept of "Sight Seeing Music," putting his own tasteful spin on the "world" music encountered during his explorations of global cultures. From Japanese minyo and Algerian rai, to American swing jazz and the self-described, extraterrestrial "Ether music," his eclectic influences coalesce into a sound that is unmistakably Hosono's, and many consider this album to be the perfect summation of his mastery of pop music forms.
Admired by artists ranging from Van Dyke Parks to Mac DeMarco, Hosono continues to forge ahead as he heads into his fifth decade as a musician. With the re-release of his key albums for the first time outside of Japan, his genius will be discovered by a whole new generation of fans around the world.
"Paraiso" CD/LP (Light in the Attic) Following Tropical Dandy (1975) and Bon Voyage Co. (1976), Paraiso is the concluding saga in his "Tropical Trilogy." The album can be seen as a turning point in Haruomi Hosono's career, having been newly signed to Alfa Records by label head Kunihiko Murai. Hosono expands on the Van Dyke Parks-inspired tropical funk styles explored in the previous albums, and arrives at a captivating fusion sound that's at times equally earthy and exotic. Hinting at the breakthrough sounds he would perfect with Yellow Magic Orchestra, Hosono uses synthesizers to provide otherworldly textures and a spiritual undertone to songs like "Femme Fatale" and the title track. On his Caribbean-style take on the Okinawan folk song "Asatoya Yunta" and the synth/gamelan workout of "Shambhala Signal," Hosono takes traditional melodies and mixes them into his own inimitable stew. Featuring a host of well-known musicians like Taeko Ohnuki, Hiroshi Sato and his future bandmates Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Paraiso perfectly encapsulates Hosono's eccentric worldview that has shaped his solo career, right before his techno-pop project would blast him into the stratosphere.
"Philharmony" CD/LP (Light in the Attic) Following YMO's first wave of success, Hosono took a break from the group and, with help from Alfa Records head Kunihiko Murai, established Yen Records in 1982. The label's inaugural release was Philharmony, a masterwork recorded almost entirely by Hosono himself at his brand new LDK Studio. With unlimited studio time and freedom to explore, Hosono let himself loose with an array of synthesizers and the latest gadgets, from the Prophet 5 to the E-mu Emulator - all listed as "guest performers" in the album credits. Inspired by the possibilities opened up by these music-making tools, Hosono found new ways to approach his songwriting, resulting in a set of songs that showcase his ability to constantly and consistently innovate and create new standards. With ambient synthscapes like "Luminescent/Hotaru" and the abstract sample-based expressionism of "Birthday Party" sitting perfectly in tune alongside pop favorites like "Sports Men" and "L.D.K.", Philharmony is one of the most well-loved of Hosono's albums, and a favorite of the artist himself.
"Marauder" CD/LP (Matador) New album from the post-punk revivalists.
"Bad" LP (Legacy) Picture disc pressing.
"Dangerous" LP (Legacy) Picture disc pressing.
"History Continues" LP (Legacy) Picture disc pressing.
"Invincible" LP (Legacy) Picture disc pressing.
"Off the Wall" LP (Legacy) Picture disc pressing.
"Plurality Trip" LP (Constellation) New album from this experimental/cosmic/jazz duo.
"Woman Worldwide" 2xCD/3xLP - While touring Woman, Justice had to reconfigure the album to be suited to being played live. This process unearthed a different side to the album's tracks, one they have documented in the studio on Woman Worldwide.
"Dogviolet" LP (Counter Records) Debut album from this UK singer.
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
"With Animals" CD/LP (PIAS) The record's twelve songs are spectral and sinewy, often defined by the spaces in between the sounds. A ghost's whistle weaves itself around a pulsing single note on Lonesome Infidel; Feast to Famine's hard luck story floats above a guitar part so strung out and washed with distortion it's become barely recognizable. It's soul music for anyone who's long since left the crossroads.
Murder By Death
"The Other Shore" CD (Bloodshot) The eighth studio album from Louisville, KY-based indie Americana trailblazers Murder by Death. It's an epic space-western about a ravaged earth, it's fleeing populace, and a relationship in jeopardy. Here, the group explores untapped genres, dynamic and emotional touches, intersecting and introspective storylines, and remote edges of the galaxy.
"Dance on the Blacktop" CD/LP (Relapse) Nothing's third full-length recording, Dance On The Blacktop, is the next chapter in the band's tumultuous story and like it's predecessors, pulls from all corners of life with a focus on the bleak and despairing. Captured by renowned producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile) at Dreamland Studio in Woodstock, NY, Dance On The Blacktop is a stirring collection of songs accentuating the band's love for all sounds '90s from both sides of the pond; from alternative rock and shoegaze to the realms of pop and post-punk. Across the course of 45 minutes, Nothing weave together nine tales of heightened confusion, anxiety, paranoia, depression and chronic pain juxtaposed against angelic yet apocalyptic, reverberating walls of shimmering sound.
"Parts" LP (Joyful Noise) Duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart with their new record on Joyful Noise.
Pedro The Lion
"Control" LP (Epitaph) Pedro the Lion's third full-length album Control (2002) heralded another beautiful progression within the band's sound and lyrical vision. A deepening complexity to their songwriting mirrors the complexity of messages and lyrical content. Anchored by trademark rolling, indelible hooks and Dave Bazan's vocals, which swing from sweet indictments to mournful mocking, Pedro the Lion digs deep here to examine the vast disparity between the "haves" and the "have-nots."
Plain White T's
"Parrallel Universe" CD (Fearless/Concord) New album from the pop rock group.
"Sun Machine" CD (Grand Jury) New album from indie dance group.
"Nobody's Watching" LP (Barsuk)
"8-bit Computer" LP (Unfortunate Face) Vinyl edition of this chiptune cover of the entire OK Computer album by Radiohead.
"Wave Refraction" LP/CS (Holodeck) Austin based psych collective Sungod returns to Holodeck with the transcendent new full length Wave Refraction. Reflecting a wide range of influences, this eclectic array of songs coalesce in harmony as Sungod continues to construct innovative ways to compose their unique brand of instrumental music. Wave Refraction raises the bar as Sungod once again demonstrates their outstanding musicianship and cosmic vision.
"With The Sun" LP (ORG Music) Los Angeles-based street singer, guitarist, and roots music revolutionary Sunny War has always been an outsider, always felt the drive to define her place in the world through music and songwriting. As a young black girl growing up in Nashville, she searched for her own roots, looking first to the blues she heard from her mother's boyfriend, and learning from a local guitarist. Her new album is the culmination of years of burning curiosity as an artist, the result of many wandered paths to find some new way to speak her heart.
This Heat "Live 80-81" LP (Modern Classics) Formed in 1976 in Brixton, a multicultural, and - at the time - down-at-heel part of south London, This Heat were born into a music scene in rapid flux, first thanks to the punk explosion and then via new wave and its myriad offshoots into pop, rock and art-rock. But while many sought to apply punk attitude to chart-friendly sounds, This Heat were concocting some of the most experimental ideas ever committed to tape, taking influence from musique concrète, krautrock, the burgeoning industrial scene and even the dub reggae blasting out in their home borough.
T. Benny & The Buzz Brothers
In many ways, the nuanced sound worlds created in the studio by This Heat are tailor made for sedentary headphone listening. But pulling off such complicated, genre defying compositions live was surely something to witness. Until now, there was no real official document of the group's live performances. Compiled by Charles Hayward and Charles Bullen from rough cassette tape recordings of European gigs in Tilburg, Nijmegen, Ärhus, Apeldoorn, Vienna and Rheims between April 1980 and June 1981, Live 80-81 is an essential document of This Heat's powerful live performances.
Following Modern Classics Recordings' 2016 reissue campaign to mark the band's 40th anniversary, these new releases Made Available, Repeat / Metal and Live 80 - 81 round out the story. Each release is sanctioned by surviving members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward and features newly remastered audio sourced from original tapes.
This Heat "Made Available" LP (Modern Classics) Given the difficult, abrasive, and involved nature of their furiously forward-thinking sound, This Heat never found anything approaching mainstream success, but patronage by the influential Radio 1 DJ John Peel meant they reached a national audience - whether that audience was ready for them or not. Made Available collects This Heat's two Peel Sessions, recorded for BBC Radio 1 in April and October of 1977 and features essential songs that would later appear on their debut album, This Heat (1979) and the follow-up, Deceit (1981), as well as electro-acoustic works unique to these sessions. These are the earliest public recordings of the band, showing even in their infancy, masterful use of live tape loops and radical song structure.
This Heat "Repeat / Metal" LP (Modern Classics) Recorded from 1979 - 1980 Repeat / Metal is essentially This Heat's third proper album, although it was released posthumously in 1993. Arguably their most radical work, Repeat / Metal features side-length tape experiments ranging from the dubby drum loops of "Repeat", a 20 minute edit / reworking of their landmark piece "24 Track Loop", to the gamelan-inspired sounds of "Metal", an electro-acoustic work recorded outside of their studio, Cold Storage, and helmed by member Gareth Williams.
"Gimme a Buzz b/w The Drought" 7" (Wick / Daptone)
"Territories" CD (Pirates Press Records) Debut album from this Canadian group.
Vryll Society, The
"Course of the Satellite" LP (Delta Sonic) Debut album from Liverpool psych group.
"Foreign Affairs" LP (Anti) 1977's Foreign Affairs takes the jazz and poetry that Tom Waits explored on his earlier albums in a more cinematic direction, foreshadowing his own breakthrough work in the 80s. Opening with the instrumental "Cinny's Waltz" and featuring some new standards like "Muriel" and "I Never Talk To Strangers", his dramatic duet with Bette Midler, this album gets into some of Waits' most ambitious storytelling ever. Foreign Affairs also features the jazzy, colorful "Jack and Neil" and the sweeping, dramatic "Potters Field" as well as classic Waits ballads "Burma Shave" and "Sight for Sore Eyes".
"Performance" CD/LP (City Slang) White Denim's new album Performance collects nine expertly crafted songs that twist and turn, bending genres in the band s unique style. Students of rock music, White Denim has clearly listened to and learned from the best albums ever made from T. Rex to XTC to Little Feat to Jim O Rourke... but they write songs just dumb enough to drink, dance, and fight to. Rock and roll music that aims for the whole body. Recorded in hometown Austin, Texas in their new Radio Milk studio, Performance displays a band of extraordinary musicians at their creative peak.
"Ice Station Zebra" 7" (Third Man Records) The third single from Jack White's "Boarding House Reach" album.
Years & Years
"Palo Santo" LP (Interscope) New album from London electropop group.
PSYCH & PROG