1/28/22 NEW RELEASES
BITCHIN BAJAS – Switched on Ra TAPE (Drag City)
This was released digitally in late 2021 & now it’s finally here physically. Chicago astral travelers pay tribute to the ultimate spaceman Sun Ra with this tape of covers. Analog synth mastery & surprising vocal treatments from some local faves. RECOMMENDED.
BURIAL – Antidawn 12” (Hyperdub)
“Antidawn” is BURIAL’s longest release since “Untrue” in 2007 (at 44 minutes it’s practically a full length), and it’s also his most ambient, taking beatless sound design into icy, immersive environments that evoke the cold of winter. Beautiful stuff that’s enormous yet subtle. VERY RECOMMENDED.
BILL CALLAHAN & BONNIE PRINCE BILLY – Blind Date Party LP/CD/TAPE (Drag City)
This 2022 album isn’t just a Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy collaboration but it’s also a Drag City family album of sorts. Bill & Will team up for some Leonard Cohen meets John Prine style folk tunes, country waltzes, & quirky pop songs with help from a ridiculous amount of the Drag City roster including Azita, David Pajo, David Grubbs, Bill Mackay, Mick Turner, Ben Chasny & more.
CLOAKROOM – Dissolution Wave LP (Relapse)
2022 album by the Indiana band that blends elements of shoegaze with a 90s Brit Pop sound. Fans of things like SWERVEDRIVER, TEENAGE FANCLUB, DUSTER, JESU etc… will dig this.
DESERT LIMINAL – Glass Fate LP (White Sepulchre)
DESERT LIMINAL is an art pop band from Chicago & this is their 2022 album. Hints of that early 90s VELVET UNDERGROUND worship, early CAPTURED TRACKS dream pop, etc…Good stuff!
CHARLIE MEGIRA – Da Abtomatic Meisterzinger Mambo LP (Numero) limited color or black
This is a reissue of a 2000 album by the Israel musician Charlie Megira courtesy of Numero Group. Timeless sounding lo-fi songs with lyrics in English & Hebrew that remind of everything from Joe Meek’s singles, mysterious music playing in the background at the RoadHouse in Twin Peaks, lost Santo & Johnny tunes, something you might hear on “Songs the Cramps Taught Us” etc…RECOMMENDED.
PINEGROVE – 11:11 LP/CD (Rough Trade) black or limited red vinyl
NJ quintet PINEGROVE has produced music at a fast clip by modern standards – seemingly a record a year – and “11:11” develops their sound beyond “Amperland, NY” by striking a balance between wide-eyed, DEATH CAB-esque indie pop, emo and Americana with tight, melancholy harmonies and sun-kissed arrangements. Many parts of this remind us of WAXAHATCHEE’s “Saint Cloud”, with a touch of country and folk being placed into a “rock band” milieu.
CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON – Alpha LP (Stone Woman) limited color or black vinyl
Debut solo album from the Toronto based artist & regular BADBADNOTGOOD collaborator Charlotte Day Wilson. Combining elements of soul/R&B, jazz & melodic indie pop ala BON IVER & XX’s Romy, Day Wilson has created a new modern R&B classic.
OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS
TORI AMOS – Ocean to Ocean LP (Decca)
BAD SUNS – Apocalypse Whenever LP (Epitaph)
LADY BLACKBIRD – Black Acid Soul LP (BMG)
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Beat the Devil’s Tattoo LP (Vagrant) Vagrant 25 reissue
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Specter at the Feast LP (Vagrant) Vagrant 25 reissue
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Wrong Creatures LP (Vagrant) Vagrant 25 reissue
CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD – Highs in the Minuses LP (Double Double Whammy)
FRUIT BATS – Sometimes a Cloud is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits & Lost Songs (2001-2021) LP (Merge) pink & violet vinyl
GRATEFUL DEAD – Fillmore West March 1st 1969 3LP box set (Rhino)
PJ HARVEY – Let England Shake LP (Island)
PJ HARVEY – Let England Shake – Demos LP (Island)
TIM HECKER – The North Water (Original Score) LP (Invada)
JONSI – Without Remorse (Original Score) LP (Krunk)
LADY WRAY – Piece of Me LP/CD (Big Crown) limited color or black vinyl
ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE – Candyman (Soundtrack) CD (Wax Work)
ELENA SETIÉN – Unfamiliar Minds LP (Thrill Jockey) limited blue vinyl
MAYA SHENFELD – In Free Fall LP/CD (Thrill Jockey) limited clear vinyl
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES – Alien Coast LP (Ato) limited color or black
THE WEEKND – Dawn FM CD (Select Sound) signed copies!! Limited to 1 per customer
LUCINDA WILLIAMS – You Are Cordially Invited…: Tribute to the Rolling Stones LP/CD (HIghway 20)