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L- SEVEN
L- Seven
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Third Man
Third Man has delivered an excellent LP of previously unreleased material by the early 80s Detroit post-punk band L-SEVEN, not to be confused with the well known 90s group L7. Led by vocalist Larissa Stolarchuk who would later play guitar with LAUGHING HYENAS as Larissa Strickland, L-SEVEN made rhythmic & angular post-punk that had touches of SLITS & ESSENTIAL LOGIC funkiness to it but a darker tone ala PYLON. They only released one 7" at the time & it was the first release on the TOUCH & GO offshoot label Special Forces. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $15.99
MOLINA, JASON
Eight Gates
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Secretly Canadian
In the mid 2000s, Jason Molina moved from the Midwest to London. He had already solidified himself as one of the best American songwriters of his generation & he started his first songs in England that would turn out to be his final recordings. Some songs seem fully formed & others are skeletons of songs, mostly acoustic based with his singing as strained & emotional as ever. It's amazing that this exists & it's great that we can all get to hear this. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99
POLIZZE, MIKE
Long Lost Solace Find (transparent Blue Vinyl, Ltd.)
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Paradise of Bachelor
"Long Lost Solace Find" is the debut solo album by Mike Polizze of PURLING HISS & BIRDS OF MAYA. With help from buds like Kurt Vile & WAR ON DRUGS engineer Jeff Zeigler, Polizze has now made his own classic Philly record. There's no way you can listen to a song like "Cheewawa" & not hum the melody to yourself for the rest of the day. Mellow acoustic rock that will appeal to KV, WAR ON DRUGS, Steve Gunn, AFGHAN WHIGS, & THE CHURCH will dig this. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $19.99
GANSER
Just Look At That Sky (color Vinyl)
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Felte
This is the 2nd album by the excellent Chicago band GANSER. Aggressive noise rock with snarling guitars, heavy bass & vocals that remind us of the great Ari Up of THE SLITS & KAREN O. Fans of TOUCH & GO, AM REP style noise rock will dig this for sure.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99
OHMME
Fantasize Your Ghost (color Vinyl)
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Joyful Noise
The massively talented Chicago duo OHMME are back with their third album. Sima Cunningham & Macie Stewart are both fantastic guitarists, multi-instrumentalists & their vocal harmonies are truly impressive. Crisp & complex songs that almost veer into math rock territory at times. Fans of ST. VINCET, THE ROCHES, TALKING HEADS, FIERY FURNACES etc... will love this. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $20.99
BARWICK, JULIANNA
Healing Is A Miracle (ltd. First Press) (w/ Signed Art Print)
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Ninja Tune
Four years since the release of "Will", JULIANA BARWICK returns for her first release on Ninja Tune. Featuring JONSI (of SIGUR ROS), MARY LATTIMORE and NOSAJ THING, "Healing Is A Miracle" continues to expand upon the use of looped samples and ambient textures that has been BARWICK's calling card. Densely layered vocals, beautiful string textures & crystalline synths make for an emotional journey. Think GROUPER, Bjork's "Vespertine" & even ENYA. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $23.99
BELL WITCH / AERIAL RUIN
Stygian Bough Vol. 1 (2lp, Color Vinyl)
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Profound Lore
"Stygian Bough" is the collaboration between giants from the Pacific Northwest, doom metallers BELL WITCH & the solo acoustic guitar project of Erik Moggridge, AERIAL RUIN. The album start off with a dark acoustic piece & the evolves into heavy, progressive doom that BELL WITCH is now famous for. The album then alternates between those two styles in a truly epic fashion. The last BELL WITCH album "Mirror Reaper" is a good touchstone for this but "Stygian Bough" takes it to a new level for sure. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $33.99
ELDER
Omens (2lp, Color Vinyl)
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Armageddon Label
The band of U.S. ex pats now based in Berlin known as ELDER return with their 5th album. Melodic & progressive, metallic hard rock with some tasteful synth programming & soaring vocals. Fans of early MASTODON, TORCHE, BARONESS etc... will eat this up. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $34.99
SKELETON
Skeleton (color Vinyl)
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20 Buck Spin
This is the debut album from the Austin, TX band SKELETON. Melodic but crushing metal that scratches so many itches for us. There are so many memorable riffs on here, tons of tempo changes & even some clean intros that would make James Hetfield blush. Things that come to mind are CRAFT's excellent "Fuck the Universe", later DARKTHRONE, MOTORHEAD, SLAYER etc...This is definitely going to be on our end of the year list. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $22.99
COUNT OSSIE & THE MYSTIC REVELATION...
Grounation (3lp, Reissue) Of Rastafari
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Dub Store
ESSENTIAL reissue of this classic Rastafarian record by the Jamaican drummer Count Ossie. Rastafarians were considered outcasts in Jamaica in the 50s when Ossie was getting his start but they gradually became accepted in the music scene. In 1973 Count Ossie released this incredible album of music dedicated to the Africans that were brought to Jamaica as slaves. Heavy & repetitive percussion & a almost improvisational jazz feel, this album will appeal to fans of 70s spiritual jazz like Eddie Gale, Chicago's own Philip Cohran & even the early Moondog records at times. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $39.99
ARCA
Kick I
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XL
ARCA is making a pretty serious statement with her 4th album "KiCk i." We loved the 2017 album & this time she brings in some big guns including Bjork, Rosalia & Sophie. The Venezuelan artist has made her most "mainstream" album yet, though if you know her other music you'll know that it's not going to a traditional "pop" album. Bombastic beats, quick edits & an overall pretty claustrophobic vibe, this is futurist music for troubled times. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $24.99
SOUND
Physical World (reissue)
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Reminder
The debut 7" by THE SOUND is available again for the first time in 40 years. After the band THE OUTSIDERS disbanded, the immensely talented Adrian Borland formed THE SOUND, a band that would go on to release a number of now classic albums. While THE SOUND did achieve some level of success, they never really caught on like they should have. Inspired by seeing JOY DIVISION live, Borland aspired to write melodic post-punk songs with intense & energetic live shows. There are some amazing live videos on Youtube that prove that they succeeded. Maybe someday more people will discover the greatness of THE SOUND but for now super fans like us are still scratching our heads wondering why they weren't one of the biggest bands of the 80s. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New 45 $8.99
MARGARET, GIA
Mia Gargaret
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Orindal
After a recent tour, the Chicago musician Gia Margaret became ill & couldn't sing for about 6 months. During that time she began composing instrumental music to comfort herself while healing. Melodic synthesizer instrumental with some vocal samples that remind us of Juliana Barwick, BOARDS OF CANADA & Max Richter. Beautiful stuff.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99
DYLAN, BOB
Rough & Rowdy Ways (2lp) (gold Vinyl, Indie Only)
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Columbia
Who would have thought that a 16+ minute Bob Dylan song about the Kennedy assassination would be one of our favorite quarantine songs? Well here we are folks. Bob seems to have found the next level & this 2020 record has some truly inspired moments from the living legend. A great record that will certainly appear on many 2020 year end lists if we make it that far. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $33.99
YAEJI
What We Drew
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XL
"What We Drew" is the fantastic album from the Korean-American artist Kathy Lee aka YAEJI. Alternating back & forth between Korean & English lyrics, Lee often quietly sings over lush & mellow beats & playful electronic production. Some of this feels like nerdier Awkwafina or Billie Eilish if she got into house music. It's all really fun, effortless & refreshing sounding.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99
CORIKY
Coriky
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Dischord
This one couldn't have landed at a better time! CORIKY is a new trio from D.C. featuring Ian Mackaye on guitar, his partner Amy Farina on drums & Joe Lally on bass & there's a lot to like here. In a lot of ways this is exactly what you probably would imagine & we mean that in the best way possible. It's like a more stripped-down FUGAZI & simultaneously a more expanded EVENS. Joe Lally is just as important in driving this band & as he was in FUGAZI & his bass lines interact with the guitar & drums perfectly. Ian & Amy trade off & share vocals & their voices sound excellent together. This is the closest we'll get to a new FUGAZI record any time soon & it's simultaneously its own thing. We didn't realize how badly we needed a record like this until we heard. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $13.99
AYLER, ALBERT
New Grass (third Man Reissue)
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Third Man
Third Man gets into the jazz game with this reissue of the classic but often misunderstood 1969 album by saxophone legend Albert Ayler. A mix of his free jazz style with some groovy soul tunes, electric bass, spoken word passages, gospel inspired backing vocals & more. It's easy to imagine that this must have turned a lot of heads back in the day, especially some stuffy critics. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $22.99
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Louis Wayne Moody High (2lp) (in Faux-leather "yearbook" Jacket)
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Numero Group
An excellent compilation of mysterious underground garage rock tunes from the 60s. Like the best genre compilations, this one has a really specific vibe & the songs sound excellent together. This one sort of reminds us of the excellent "Anxious Color" comp on Mississippi. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $27.99
MUTE DUO
Lapse In Passage
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American Dreams
Chicagoans Sam Wagster on pedal steel & drummer Skyler Rowe are Mute Duo. Dusty instrumentals for just when the sun is going down that owe as much to Neil Young's "Dead Man" soundtrack as they do the DIRTY THREE. Excellent stuff.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $17.99
CIVIC CENTER
Ground Below
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American Dreams
2020 album by the Chicago band CIVIC CENTER. Heavy Factory Records vibes with even a little Martin Hannett sounding drum production & some deep vocals that might remind you of a certain Factory band's deep voiced singer. Fans of JOY DIVISION, THE WAKE, CRISPY AMBULANCE, the pre-industrial Manchester etc... will dig this.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99
SUN CITY GIRLS
Live At The Sky Church (w/ Dvd) September 3rd, 2004
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Twenty One Eight Two
This is the first new SUN CITY GIRLS music released in about 10 years. This was recorded live in Seattle in 2004 & displays the full force of these legendary free jazz/rock/psych masters.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $21.99
GROSSKOPF, HARALD
Synthesist (imp, 2lp 40th Anniv. Ed.) (color Vinyl)
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Bureau B
Bureau B presents the first solo album by ASHRA drummer HARALD GROSSKOPF, originally released in 1980 on Sky Records. This LSD-influenced album is one of the classics of German electronic music. Absolutely beautiful and liberating. A MUST! This 40th anniversary edition is pressed on color vinyl & features a bonus LP of various artists give their takes on the songs.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $30.99
ANIMATED EGG
Animated Egg (imp, 180grm Reissue) (orange Marble Vinyl, Numbered Ltd. Ed.)
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Music on Vinyl
Legendary/groovy fuzz 60s fuzz rock album once again! Jerry Cole was as musician & producer who worked on "Pet Sounds" & some BYRDS hits & he also a member of the psych rock band THE ID. Outtakes from an ID sessions were then STOLEN by a different producer & repackaged as THE ANIMATED EGG, something Cole wasn't aware of until just before he died in 2008. Though some of it is somewhat dated sounding, there are some killer fuzz solos & some great playing. Think Harvey Mandel's 60s albums & you're on the right track. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $24.99
TALSOUNDS
Acquiesce (blue Vinyl)
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NNA
GOOD WILLSMITH's Natalie Chami returns as TALSOUNDS, crafting gorgeous ambient and drone music with a hint of improvisation. A prominent member of Chicago's DIY community, Chami's sonic explorations of subconscious emotions were perfected on the stage, allowing for the expressions to become uninhibited. For fans of synth wizards KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH and TIM HECKER, or local post-rock titans TORTOISE, this is a stone cold winner. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $18.99
FLYING LOTUS
Flamagra: Instrumentals (2lp) (w/ Slipmat)
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Warp
A year after the release of his landmark double-album "Flamagra", FLYING LOTUS brings us an instrumental version, ripe with hazy, off-kilter beats and spacious soundscapes that draw equally from hip-hop, house, jazz and IDM. A required cop! RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $39.99