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Here is what we have left from the recent Record Store Day Drops:
Black Friday
October 24 (Drop 3)
September 26 (Drop 2)
August 29 (Drop 1)

MADLIB
Sound Ancestors Arranged By Kieran Hebden
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Madlib
"Sound Ancestors" has been out in the world streaming for a few months now & we're very excited to be able to finally stock these in the racks. This isn't the first collaboration between MADLIB & Kieran Hebden aka FOUR TET but it's certainly the most fully realized one. Hebden acts more as an arranger or editor for MADLIB's beats & samples. The album has a great flow & bounces from psych-rock breaks to soulful vocal passages, a decent variety of guitar samples, some jazzy excursions all combined with MADLIB's insane knack for digging out the coolest beats. Hebden's thoughtful arranging gives everything enough room to breathe & it really grows on you with repeat listens. AN INSTANT CLASSIC!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $25.99
GENEVA JACUZZI
Lamaze
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Mexican Summer
Geneva Jacuzzi is a L.A. based musician & performance artist & "Lamaze" is a collection of recordings from the early/mid 2000s reissued again by Mexican Summer. Hints of 80s dance, new wave & early hip-hop production with great analogue sounds that will appeal to fans of minimal wave, vaporwave, Italo disco & artists like Saada Bonaire, Patrick Cowley, Nina Hagen etc...RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $18.99
YOUNG, NEIL & CRAZY HORSE
Way Down In The Rust Bucket (4lp Box Set)
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Reprise
2021 is set to be possibly the biggest year yet for Neil's archive releases. We know of at least 3 that are coming & there are likely more. This 4LP set features the earliest live recordings of the "Ragged Glory" tunes in front of an intimate crowd in 1990. The recordings are raw & excellent sounding. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $69.99
TRIBULATION
Where The Gloom Becomes Sound (bone White/black Melt Vinyl)
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Metal Blade
The great Swedish goth metallers TRIBULATION are back with their 5th album & shockingly, the final album with main songwriter Jonathan Hulten who amicably left the group after finishing the record. Similar to their last few albums, this one owes as much to goth & death rock as it does to their early metal sound. Great songs & dark vibes that will appeal to their fans, stuff like SISTERS OF MERCY, CHRISTIAN DEATH & the classic Swedish sound. RECOMMENDED
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $29.99
BODY
I've Seen All I Need To See
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Thrill Jockey
Big time return for this Portland duo. THE BODY departs a bit from the power electronics of their more recent albums, zeroing in on a live presence based around Lee Buford's pummeling drums and Chip King's thunderingly resonant guitar sheets of noise. Amazingly, this is one of the heaviest records in their cataloguel; but more importantly that heaviness provides space to explore subtleties in the vicious crackling distortion. An absolute mind-melter! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $20.99
SLOWDIVE
5 Ep (imp, 180grm Reissue) (pink/purple Vinyl, Numbered)
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Music on Vinyl
Music on Vinyl continues to reissue the SLOWDIVE EPs & this 12" is one of our favorites. On this one, the band explored minimal electronic beats with their trademark verb'd & delay'd guitar sounds & the result is the nearest they'd get to a dance record. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $32.99
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop...(2lp) :electronic Minimalism... (color Vinyl)
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Light In The Attic
Light in the Attic knocks it out of the park again with this compilation of 80s outsider pop & electronic minimalism. This one sort of sits nicely between their ambient "Kankyo Ongaku" & city pop "Pacific Breeze" compilations with new wave influenced pop & experimental electronic music. Fans of the Music From Memory label compilations should check this out too. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $34.99
ROXANNE, ANA
Because Of A Flower
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Kranky
We loved the first album by the New York based artist Ana Roxanne & her second album & first for Kranky is even better. The album opens with a spoken word piece that sets a theme for the album: identifying as intersex. The rest of the album fits right in on Kranky opening with a rich, GROUPER esque drone piece follows with a mellow loop & beautiful choral vocals, a track that reminds us of MJ GUIDER & ending with a track that reminds us of LABRADFORD as well as nods at Japanese ambient & furniture music like the great Hiroshi Yoshimura. Top notch drone/new age & definitely RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $16.99
FLAMING TUNES
Flaming Tunes (reissue)
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Superior Viaduct
Gareth Williams was a member of the highly influential THIS HEAT & sadly he died on Christmas Eve in 2001. The great Blackest Ever Black (RIP) reissued this on vinyl in the aughts & it was a big staff favorite & now Superior Viaduct has delivered their version with original tape cover art. The songs are a mix of ENO-esque experimental pop, lo-fi recordings that would fit in nicely on the New Zealand Xpressway label, Eastern influenced melodies & a playfulness that may remind you of Robert Wyatt's 80's albums, Kevin Ayers & Syd Barrett. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave and Loop
New LP $22.99
HUM
Inlet
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Earth Analog
In the middle of the pandemic in 2020 we got a nice surprise when HUM dropped their first album in 22 years without any warning. After numerous delays the physical versions are finally here. The band hasn't changed their sound much, maybe just updated it a little more with modern effects pedals & synths. This is a strong album with memorable riffs & vocals melodies. This one maybe feels a little more shoegaze but it's still got some muscle to it. Fans of their original albums & stuff like SHINER, early SMASHING PUMPKINS, CHAVEZ, TORCHE, SWERVEDRIVER etc... will love this. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $33.99
PYLON
Gyrate (reissue)
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New West
FINALLY. PYLON formed in Athens, GA in the late 70s. In pretty much any other place, PYLON would have been the best band there, but early 80s Athens also was the home of R.E.M & B-52s. PYLON had their share of success though releasing a handful of classic underground singles & albums & even opening for U2 on a tour. Reissues have been rumored for years but now thanks to New West they're finally here. The band's sound was tough & in your face, like GANG OF FOUR with all of the bass tone taken out or the most aggressive parts of BLONDIE amped up 100%. Their singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay has one of those amazing voices in post punk & new wave, bouncing between poetic speaking & totally crazed throat-tearing screams. We are so excited to be able to carry these records by this band truly deserving of their cult status. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $21.99
STEVENS, SUFJAN
Ascension (2lp, Clear Vinyl)
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Asthmatic Kitty
Recently Sufjan Stevens moved from NYC To the Catskills & while his trusty acoustic instruments were in storage he wrote & recorded the music that would become The Ascension with synthesizers & a drum machine. Though electronic, these are still Sufjan Stevens songs & the album is a dense 2 hours of danceable electronic pop, lush synth ballads & even some experimental/drone leaning moments.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $24.99
DENNY, MARTIN
Exotica (reissue Red Vinyl, Mono) Limited To 1000
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Jackpot
The late 50s albums by Martin Denny, the father of the "Exotica" movement, are available once again this time on limited color vinyl on Jackpot Records. Lounge/tiki records seem to have a resurgence every 10 years or so & after Numero released their excellent "Technicolor Paradise" compilation a few years back it seemed like people were ready to dig in again. There's a reason these records are considered classics so there's no time like the present to get loungey! RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $26.99
CALLAHAN, BILL
Gold Record
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Drag City
Just a little over a year after 2019's excellent "Shepard in a Sheepskin Vest", Bill Callahan is back with the aptly titled "Gold Record". This time around Bill brings in even more colorful instrumentation & an expanded musical vocabulary- with mariachi trumpets & guitars, even cowboy whistles shifting in & out of focus to a near psychedelic effect. Every song has a story to tell, with Callahan's free-wheelin' & wry vocals reminding us of the great storytellers like TERRY ALLEN & KRIS KRISTOFFERSON. The record also contains some 'gold' Callahan lyrics, including "it's almost beer-thirty", "...with eyes like honey-drunk bees", & of course the introductory line, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash". As always, on Drag City & recommended!
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New CD $13.99
ROLLING STONES
Goats Head Soup (2lp, 2020 Remaster) (deluxe Edition W/ Bonus Tracks)
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Interscope
2020 remix & half-speed master of of possibly the most under appreciated 'Stones albums, "Goats Head Soup" from 1973. Mick, Keef & the boys were always thought of as bad boys, especially compared to their rivals THE BEATLES, but we know now a lot of that was myth. But on this album the weariness of fame and the road, drug use, the fall-out of Altamont etc... seems to have creeped in & permeated these songs. There aren't a lot of outtakes for their albums usually but this one has a decent amount including a mostly unknown track with Jimmy Page called "Scarlet" which is just bonkers if you think about it. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Loop
New LP $33.99
NAUCKE, BRETT
Ems Hallucinations
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American Dreams
The always reliable Chicago based experimental musician Brett Naucke recorded these pieces at his residency at the famed Stockholm Elektromusikstudion in 2019. Recorded on the legendary Buchla 200 series Analog synthesizer, Naucke has done a fantastic job of creating a heavy, electronic space for us to lose ourselves in during pandemic times.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99
OLSEN, ANGEL
Whole New Mess (clear Smoke Translucent)
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Jagjaguwar
Though this might seem like a pandemic record, This record of stripped down versions of the "All Mirrors" songs was originally recorded at Phil Everum's (MICROPHONES/MT. EERIE) Unknown studio in Washington back in 2018. These versions were originally intended to be released side by side with "All Mirrors" but it sort of makes sense now that she decided to hold them back. Recently the Chicago ex-pat has discussed in interviews that she's backing away from some of the more visible aspects of being a "rock star" so a return to her more minimal songwriting style makes sense. We're just happy that she decided to release these amazing versions. RECOMMENDED OF COURSE!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $19.99
MICROPHONES
Microphones In 2020 (2lp)
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PW Elverum & Sun
If you've been following Phil Elverum's life over the past few years then you know he's been through a lot. But now deep in 2020, we've ALL been through a lot & this record might help some of us deal with that. Elverum has re-started his adored MICROPHONES project with a 45 minute song. It starts with an acoustic riff that repeats for almost 8 minutes before he gets to singing. The song is like a short story about his life as a musician or a lengthy journal entry. Drums, distorted bass & guitar, piano, drones & various other instruments come in & out but mostly the song is based around the same acoustic riff. Lengthy conceptual songs like this can go very wrong but this definitely works. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $21.99
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: Loop
New LP $19.99
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: Loop
New LP $20.99
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: Belmont and Loop
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: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $23.99
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: Belmont
New LP $21.99
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: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99