10/23/20 NEW RELEASES
There are a few new releases like Pallbearer, Rancid reissue & a few more that we’re hoping will arrive on Saturday
SUZANNE CIANI – Music for Denali LP (Finders Keepers)
An early soundtrack created for a documentary about a skiers’ descent from the tallest mountain in Alaska. This 1973 composition showcases Ciani’s skill as not only a masterful synthesist, but also pianist.
FUZZ – III LP/CD (In the Red) limited color vinyl
Ty Segall, Charles Moothar & Chad Ubovich return with their third album as FUZZ, this time with Steve Albini at the controls. Melodic, heavy riffs with some fantastic guitar playing & some off kilter rhythms this time around. Albini did an excellent job capturing the band’s sound & this one reminds us a lot of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KING GIZZARD etc…
ADRIANNE LENKER – Songs & Instrumentals LP/CD/TAPE (4AD)
The ridiculously prolific musician Adrianne Lenker has had a busy last few years. Her band BIG THIEF released two albums in 2019 & they leaped ahead to become one of the most critically acclaimed bands around. Then, like all of us it all came to a halt because of the pandemic. Thankfully for us she’s used her time to make two more new records, “Songs” & “Instrumentals.” The albums were written & recorded in a cabin in Western MA & her goal was to make music that sounded like the inside of an acoustic guitar & she’s succeeded. These songs remind us more of the stripped-down almost freak folk of “UFOF” mostly just acoustic guitar & voice with a loose recording style with audible background noise & occasional talking. “Instrumentals” are two lengthy stream of consciousness songs that really sounds like exactly what they probably are, Lenker jamming in a cabin while the tape rolled. RECOMMENDED.
THURSTON MOORE – By the Fire CD/TAPE (Daydream Library Series) vinyl coming soon
We think a lot of you will be excited to hear that “By the Fire” is the most SONIC YOUTH sounding Thurston solo record in a while. Featuring the same band as the last few records featuring Deb of MY BLOOD VALENTINE & guitarist James Sedwards, the songs are strong with some truly inspired guitar work. Hearing this now, it almost seems like the more experimental & jammy “Spirit Counsel” was Thurston working out new guitar sounds for the next pop record & this is it. RECOMMENDED.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS – Getting Into Knives 2LP/CD/TAPE (Merge) limited stock of only the gold Peak Vinyl for now — the rest of our order will be arriving over the weekend!
“Getting Into Knives” – John Darnielle’s 19th full-length under the MOUNTAIN GOATS banner & his 2nd 2020 release following the excellent tape-only “Songs For Pierre Chuvin” – was cut in a few days in early March with a full band (including Al Green sideman Charles Hodges on organ) in Memphis, the pandemic looming on the horizon. The result is a lean, soulful rock record evocative of “Automatic For The People”-era R.E.M., early SPRINGSTEEN, and even AGAINST ME! and THE HOLD STEADY in its most righteously charged moments. And all throughout, Darnielle is at the very height of his songwriting powers. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
THIS IS THE KIT – Off Off On LP/CD (Rough Trade)
“Off Off On” is the fantastic 2020 album by THIS IS THE KIT led by Kate Stable who has also collaborated with THE NATIONAL & Taylor Swift. Tight & rhythmic folky rock with nods at FAIRPORT CONVENTION, BIG THIEF etc…RECOMMENDED.
YO LA TENGO – Sleepless Night EP (Matador) finally here!
Ira, Georgia & James return with this EP featuring the new song “Bleeding” & covers by THE BYRDS, Bob Dylan, DELMORE BROTHERS, Ronnie Lane & THE FLYING MACHINE. THE BYRDS cover is particularly excellent.
OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES
ACTRESS – Karma & Desire 2LP/dlx 2LP/CD (Ninja Tune)
BOY PABLO – Wachito Rico LP (777)
KAHIL EL’ZABAR – America the Beautiful LP (K.E.Z.)
GORILLAZ – Song Machine Season 1 LP/DLX LP/CD/DLX CD (Warner)
ROLAND HAYNES – Second Wave LP (Real Gone) remastered
DAN LACKSMAN – Dan Lacksman LP (Real Gone)
SEN MORIMOTO – Sen Morimoto LP/CD (Sooper)
NOCTURNAL EFFIGY – The Moonlit Branches of Powder LP (We Are Busy Bodies)
OPTIC SINK- Optic Sink LP (Goner) now on vinyl!
MARTIN REV – Strangeworld LP (Bureau B) reissue
SKULLCRUSHER – Skullcrusher LP (Secretly Canadian)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Letter to You LP/CD (Columbia) limited indie only grey or black vinyl
VARIOUS ARTISTS – A Stranger I May Be: Savoy Gospel 1954-1966 2LP (Honest Jons)
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Harry Smith B-Sides (4CD & booklet) (Dust to Digital)
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Turn It Loose, Ain’t No Good: Savoy Gospel 1970-1979 2LP (Honest Jons)
VARIOUS ARTISTS – You Better Get Ready: Savoy Gospel 1978-1986 2LP (Honest Jons)
WALLOWS – Remote LP (Atlantic)