7/9/21 NEW RELEASES & SOME IMPORTANT RESTOCK
ARTHHUR – Occult Fractures CD (Back To The Light)
Chicago polymaths ARTHHUR follow up their superb 2018 LP “Lost in the Walled City” with an even grander and more ambitious project by expanding on the wild, furious disco-punk of its predecessor by drawing influences from lean motorik krautrock, lush Philly soul and the caged, darkened post-punk reverberations of early 80s Martin Hannett production at Factory Records, while maintaining their liberatory political edge in a world that’s increasingly hostile to liberation. For fans of GOLDEN TEACHER, FACTORY FLOOR and GRAMME, This one is an absolute heater! RECOMMENDED.
BLONDE REDHEAD – Blonde Redhead LP (Numero Group) limited color or black vinyl
BLONDE REDHEAD – La Mia Vita Violenta LP (Numero Group) limited color or black vinyl
First ever stand alone reissues of the classic mid 90s albums from BLONDE REDHEAD. These versions were included in the now out of print box set on Numero & we’re very thankful that they’ve made the proper albums available again. These records sound incredibly fresh today with obvious nods to noise Gods (& Goddess) SONIC YOUTH (the albums were originally released on Steve Shelley’s Smells Like Records) but with their own unique take on alternate tuning art rock. AS GOOD AS THEY GET!
GOON SAX – Mirror II LP/CD (Matador)
THE GOON SAX is a trio out of Brisbane, Australia, making jangly indie-pop with a post-punk edge, almost seemingly plucked straight out of early 2000s NYC if not for their Aussie twang – which gives “Mirror II” a bit of a Flying Nun sound – and is centered around the trio vocals of drummer Riley Jones, guitarist Louis Forster and bassist James Harrison. This is a strong, kinda throwback indie rock record that straddles the line between casual shambles and lock-tight grooves.
KORELESS – Agor LP (Young Turks)
The Welsh producer Lewis Roberts has been making music for over a decade but this is his first full-length album. Excellent production techniques, textures & great sounds with a lot of shifts in styles throughout the album. This should appeal to fans of everything from AUTECHRE, Johann Johannsson, M83, SIGUR ROS etc…
LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD – At Pioneer Works LP/CD (Sahel Sounds) limited color or black vinyl
The brilliant group from Niger LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD (daughters of Illighadad) return with “At Pioneer Works.” Their rhythmic & entrancing songs are a mix of desert guitar & tende, a term that refers to the style of traditional music featuring women chanting & singing & also the percussive instrument used to keep the beat which is a converted mortar & pestle. This was recorded live in New York in 2019 pre-pandemic & there’s a joy & excitement to the recordings that we’re so happy was captured. Fans of Saharan guitar music like Mdou Moctar, TINARIWEN etc…will love this. RECOMMENDED.
THE WALLFLOWERS – Exit Wounds LP/CD (New West) limited purple vinyl
JAKOB DYLAN & co. return for their first album since 2012’s “Glad All Over”, channelling roots-rock in the TOM PETTY and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN vein with a solid, upbeat rhythmic foundation and rich-but-not- stuffy arrangements. This is a strong entry in this project’s discography!
OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS
CLIPPING – Wriggle (Expanded) LP (Sub Pop) first press Loser Edition
DAFT PUNK – Random Access Memories LP (Columbia)
DEATH – Human LP (Relapse) splatter color vinyl
DEATH – Individual Thought Patterns LP (Relapse) splatter color vinyl
DEATH – Scream Bloody Gore LP (Relapse) splatter color vinyl
DEATH – Sound of Perseverance LP (Relapse) splatter color vinyl
HIGH ON FIRE – Blessed Black Wings LP (Relapse) color vinyl
HIGH ON FIRE – Death is This Communion LP (Relapse) color vinyl
JUSTICE – Cross LP (Ed Banger)
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – Teenage Gizzard LP split color vinyl
MICA LEVI – Blue Alibi LP (Mica Levi)
MICA LEVI – Ruff Dog LP (Mica Levi)
JENNY LEWIS WITH THE WATSON TWINS – Rabbit Fur Coat LP (Loves Way) 15th anniversary reissue
DAMON LOCKS & BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE – NOW CD (International Anthem) vinyl scheduled for later this summer
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA – In the Heights (soundtrack) LP (Atlantic)
THE MONKEES – The Monkees LP (Run Out Groove) 2LP deluxe edition
MUSE – Origin of Symmetry: XX anniversary remiXX LP (Warner)
PACKS – Take the Cake LP (Fire Talk) limited blue vinyl
SONIC YOUTH – Smart Bar Chicago 1985 LP (Sonic Youth) limited edition version pressed by the band with newsprint poster sleeve
SPACEHOG – Resident Alien LP (Real Gone) pink vinyl reissue
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Erased Tapes 20⠂⠂— 2LP (Erased Tapes)
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Oz Echoes: DIY Cassettes & Archives 1980-1989 LP (Efficient Space)
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Trojan Story 3LP (Trojan)
WHITE STRIPES – Seven Nation Army 7” (Third Man) color vinyl limited
LUCINDA WILLIAMS – Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 2: Southern Soul: From Memphis to Muscle Shoals & More LP/CD (Highway 20)