1/12//21 NEW RELEASES
WILLIAM BASINSKI – Lamentations LP (Temporary Residence) color or black vinyl
The legendary minimalist William Basinski returns with a haunting album that’s perfect for these gloomy winter months. Comprised of washed-out, damaged & decaying tape loops going back to 1979, the album has a beautiful & timeless mood that will please fans of his work & maybe get him as famous on tiktok as CARETAKER. RECOMMENDED.
BICEP – Isles LP/CD (Ninja Tune)
A highly anticipated 2021 return for London’s BICEP, who’ve remained relatively quiet since the release of their self-titled debut four years ago. “Isles” is perhaps their most “UK club” record so far, mixing up broken beats with floating trance pads and disco-like vocal sampling. Really solid stuff that reminds us sometimes of FLOATING POINTS with its detail, energy and playfulness.
BUZZCOCKS – Complete United Artists Singles 12×7” box set (Domino)
BUZZCOCKS were one of the best singles bands of all time & now some of their tunes are collected in one place. RECOMMENDED.
NOTE: this set contains a mispress on single 12A; the track Running Free has Why Can’t I Touch It?; we will be receiving replacement singles soon, so leave us your contact information if you’ve purchased this set and would like the replacement as well. THANK YOU!
DUNGEN – Dungen II LP (Busy Bee) reissue
The second album by the Swedish psych rock geniuses is finally back in print with new artwork.
BILL FOX – Transit Byzantium LP (Scat Records)
First ever vinyl reissue of Bill Fox’s 2nd album. Bill Fox started out in Cleveland in the 80s in the band THE MICE & reemerged as a solo artist in the 90s. Excellent lo-fi pop with a 60s British pop influence & similarities to fellow 90s indie rocker Elliott Smith. Fans of BADFINGER/Pete Ham solo, THE KINKS, GUIDED BY VOICES & even early BOB DYLAN/Greenwich Fox started out in Cleveland in the 80s in the band THE MICE & reemerged as a solo artist in the 90s. Excellent lo-fi pop with a 60s British pop influence & similarities to fellow 90s indie rocker Elliott Smith. Fans of BADFINGER/Pete Ham solo, THE KINKS, GUIDED BY VOICES & even early BOB DYLAN/Greenwich Village folkies etc… will love this. RECOMMENDED.
BILL FOX – Shelter from the Smoke LP (Scat Records)
The definitive version of Bill Fox’s 1997 album reissued again by Scat Records. Bill Fox started out in Cleveland in the 80s in the band THE MICE & reemerged as a solo artist in the 90s. Excellent lo-fi pop with a 60s British pop influence & similarities to fellow 90s indie rocker Elliott Smith. Fans of BADFINGER/Pete Ham solo, THE KINKS, GUIDED BY VOICES & even early BOB DYLAN/Greenwich Village folkies etc… will love this. RECOMMENDED.
GUIDED BY VOICES – Styles We Paid For LP (GBV inc)
This is the first GBV pandemic record & likely not the last. With the band members scattered around the country, the album was recorded remotely & it definitely sounds like GBV. This is the same line-up as the last few records & this is pretty rockin’, straight-ahead rock ‘n roll records from Bob & the boys.
OSEES – Metamorphosed LP (Rock is Hell)
Some more songs from the “Face Stabber” sessions but these aren’t throw away tracks. Super upbeat & energetic tunes that will just make fans wish they could see them live again even more.
PALBERTA – Palberta5000 LP (Wharf Cat) color or black vinyl
PALBERTA is a band from NYC & they write jangly pop tunes that blend elements of that early Rough Trade post-punk sound & nods at the more shambolic side of early 90s indie rock. There’s some great vocal ideas & overall they have a unique take on this sort of thing. RECOMMENDED!
SPEED STICK – Volume One LP (Don Giovanni)
Debut album from this supergroup of sorts, featuring members of POLVO, BAT FANGS, THE LOVE LANGUAGE and THE PAUL SWEST. Songs are built from drum rhythms into nervous, angular experiments that get into some wild post-punk territory a la MELT-BANANA.
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980-1988 LP/CD (Light in the Attic)
Light in the Attic knocks it out of the park again with this compilation of 80s outsider Japanese 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.
OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES
DAVID BOWIE – Station to Station: 45th Anniversary LP (Parlophone) color vinyl
CARM – Carm LP (37D03D)
SAM COOKE – Ain’t That Good News LP (Abcko)
SAM COOKE – At the Copa LP (Abcko)
SAM COOKE – Keep Movin’ On LP (Abcko)
CUB SCOUT BOWLING PINS – Heaven Beats Iowa 7”/CD (GBV inc)
DIRE STRAITS – Brothers in Arms LP (Rhino) reissue
DIRE STRAITS – Dire Straits LP (Rhino) reissue
DIRE STRAITS – Making Movies LP (Rhino) reissue
DIRE STRAITS – Communique LP (Rhino) reissue
DIRE STRAITS – On Every Street LP (Rhino) reissue
BRIAN ENO – Film Music 1976-2020 LP/CD (Opal Music)
GENESIS – Duke LP (Rhino) color vinyl reissue
GENESIS – A Trick of the Tale LP (Rhino) color vinyl reissue
RICHARD HELL – Destiny Street Remixed LP/CD (Omnivore)
KINKS – Lola Versus Powerman & the Moneygoround 3XCD/2X7” box set (Sanctuary)
KIWI JR. – Cooler Returns LP (Sub Pop) first press “Loser Edition” color vinyl
CURTIS MAYFIELD – Superfly LP (Rhino) red vinyl reissue
RHYE – Home 2LP (Loma Vista)
ELORI SAXL – Blue of Distance LP (Western Vinyl)
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 LP (Rhino)