The Berlin based singer Anika Henderson returns with her first album in 11 years. “Change” is her most accessible album yet & we can definitely say that this is a proper “pop” album. The dub & trip-hop influences are still there but everything is cleaner & much less scuzzy sounding than her previous solo work. Some moments almost sound like Sharon Van Etten, SAULT or even BECK (musically that is) but with Anika’s unique, avant twist. RECOMMENDED!
The Austin based musician Molly Burch returns with “Romantic Images.” Burch has a great voice that reminds us a lot of Angel Olsen but she’s gone in a more pop direction this time. Hints of 80s pop, 70’s r&b & funk & contemporary dance pop. We hear hints of everything from Blondie to Robyn, ST. VINCENT & DAFT PUNK. This is a really fun album!
ERIKA DE CASIER – Sensational LP/CD (4AD)
Copenhagen-based singer ERIKA DE CASIER moves to 4AD to follow up 2019’s excellent “Essentials”, a release that saw DE CASIER plant one foot firmly in the world of dance music, collaborating with producers DJ SPORTS and CENTRAL. “Sensational” sees DE CASIER lean further into the influence of 90s R&B and quiet storm (think later SADE) to phenomenal results, adorning her gentle melodic lines with warm, detailed production that uses motifs from UK garage, future jazz and even touches of Windham Hill new age. Still, even with all of these influences, this is a record anchored by DE CASIER and her voice, which moves easily from confident to sultry to introspective, never losing power even at its most quiet moments. This is one of our favorite pop records of the last few years, one that both immediately grabs and also rewards multiple listens. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
DARKSIDE – Spiral LP/CD (Matador)
The duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington make their long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s “Psychic”, and these guys will make those Sennheiser audiophile headphones that you dropped $2K on very happy, with uber-detailed floating production sliding in & out of crisp guitar lines and ethereal vocals. There’s a sense of planned chaos to this thing, as everything seems jammy and impromptu yet finds a way to lock in to the overall concept. A welcome return for these guys on Matador.
R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe/Sitting Still 7” (Craft)
The legendary debut 7” that launched the career of one of America’s best bands has been reissued for the first time ever thanks to Craft Recordings. We’re so glad to be able to stock this in our racks! RECOMMENDED.
OTHER IMPORTANT RELEASES & RESTOCKS
BEACH HOUSE – Depression Cherry LP (Sub Pop)
LEON BRIDGES – Gold-Diggers Sound LP/CD (Columbia) indie only vinyl has an alternate cover
CLAIRO – Sling LP (Republic) indie only color vinyl back in stock!
DAVID CROSBY – For Free CD (BMG)
PJ HARVEY – Woman A Man Walked By LP (Island)
MILEY CYRUS – Plastic Hearts LP (RCA)
LANA DEL REY – Ultraviolence LP (Polydor)
DESCENDENTS – 9th & Walnut LP (Epitaph) these shipped late but they should be in Wicker Park on Saturday
BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND – Expansions LP/CD (Big Crown) limited color or black vinyl
The fantastic steel pan group from Hamburg returns with another album of solid covers. This time they tackle JAY-Z, Grace Jones, SLUM VILLAGE, Minnie Ripperton & more. RECOMMENDED!
BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY & MATT SWEENY – Superwolves LP (Drag City)
Will Oldham & Matt Sweeney revisit their duo project in 2021 with “Superwolves.” Matt Sweeney displays his impressive guitar prowess with nods at classic rock, Saharan guitar & efficient fingerstyle playing while Oldham provides the lyrics & vocals. Despite a few upbeat tunes, the album has a mostly dark & somber vibe with mostly just guitar & vocals. RECOMMENDED.
ALICE COLTRANE – Kirtan: Turiya Sings LP/CD (Impulse!)
2021 is the 60th anniversary of Impulse Records & this release is the first ever vinyl issue of Alice Coltrane’s 1982 cassette “Turiya Sings” but with an altered mix. Alice Coltrane’s devotional cassettes recorded & released through her ashram have developed a cult following specifically in the last decade. The original version has overdubbed strings & synths giving the songs & almost otherworldly feel, almost predicting the sounds of 90s/00s trip-hop & ambient music. Though a proper reissue of that version would be appreciated (come on Impulse!) this stripped-down version of the original recording of Alice singing with simple Wurlitzer accompaniment does have a special, very mellow quality. We’re not going to complain, any unheard Alice Coltrane music is welcome in our shops. RECOMMENDED!
DAMIANA – Vines LP (Hausu Mountain)
The duo of Whitney Johnson (aka MATCHESS) and Natalie Chami (aka TALSOUNDS) forms DAMIANA, and prior to this debut release they’d joined together on stage at spots like The Hideout & Sub-T, weaving their unique voices together over ambient electronics and lite percussion. This collaborative effort is absolutely stunning, and recalls the swirling sound design of GROUPER with the gentle pathos of mid/late-80s ENYA, while capturing their quiet intensity recreated on stage. RECOMMENDED!
JODI – Blue Heron LP/CD/TAPE (Sooper)
JODI is the new project of Nick Levine of PINEGROVE. This is a more mellow & folky approach to the melodic post-Emo that PINEGROVE is known for. Fans of PINEGROVE, AMERICAN FOOTBALL/OWEN, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE etc…will dig.
HOLLIE KENNIFF – The Quiet Drift LP (Western Vinyl)
Along with her husband, Hollie Kenniff is a member of the band MINT JULEP & “The Quiet Drift” is her 2021 album. Swirling synths, deep sub bass & layered vocals make us think of Badalamenti’s TWIN PEAKS score, Juliana Barwick & even ENYA plus that cover photo! RECOMMENDED.
LUGGAGE – Happiness LP (Husky Pants)
The Chicago trio LUGGAGE are back with a new album in 2012 called “Happiness.” Post-industrial noise/rock sounds that remind us of Chicago/Touch and Go Records days of yore ala TAR, early SHELLAC etc…Metallic guitars, motorik beats & hush/spoken vocals
on Ryley Walker’s Husky Pants label & RECOMMENDED.
***NOTE: Some titles are only in stock at one or two stores. We did our best to mark that as such when we could***
***Bastille Vs. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III) (Capitol) these shipped late and will hopefully arrive on Saturday. Feel free to place a special order on Saturday if you want one***
***Slightly Stoopid – Live At Roberto’s 4LP box set (TRI Studios) these supposedly shipped to us but they’re missing. We might be able to get more so place an order on Saturday if you want to get one***
ADD N TO X – On the Wires of Our Nerves 2LP (Soul Jazz)
Alcatrazz – Born Innocent (Silver Lining Music) WICKER PARK ONLY
The Allman Brothers Band – The Final Note (Allman Brothers Band)
Amigo the Devil – Cover, Demos, Live Versions, B-Sides (Liars Club)
Jon Anderson – Olias of Sunhillow LP (Esoteric) WICKER PARK ONLY
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!
AT THE GATES – The Nightmare of Being LP/CD/2CD (Century Media) limited color or black vinyl
Death metal heroes AT THE GATES are back together & “The Nightmare of Being” is their 2021 album. The album opens with a short acoustic intro & then blasts into a very triumphant melodic guitar passage but don’t let that fool you, these guys are still masters of fast & brutal death metal. Lyrically, the album was supposedly inspired by the contemporary horror writer & Lovecraft disciple Thomas Ligotti. RECOMMENDED.
GOAT – World Music LP (Rocket Recordings) back in print on “sacrificial blood” color vinyl
This debut full-length from the mysterious Swedish collective GOAT is an all-out MONSTER of an album. This collective comes from a remote part of Sweden and are inspired by African tribal voodoo and we believe it. They’re definitely channelling some kind of dark energy. This thing is fuzzed out, droney, “world” and so much more. It’s the perfect synthesis of so many things. This is one of the more unique and special records to come around and we love it. GET THIS!!
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Cold Wave #1 LP/CD (Soul Jazz)
This first volume of Soul Jazz Records’ “COLD WAVE” compilations is a doozy, drawing in DIY artists from around the world (Sweden, Germany, Detroit). Divided by distance, these artists and their music presented here are unified by their sound, drawn from classic post-punk and early electronic artists like SUICIDE, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD., PATRICK COWLEY and the Factory Records production of MARTIN HANNETT. This is both a wonderfully curated collection that flows naturally from start to finish and a great jumping-off point for discovering new music in this realm. RECOMMENDED!
OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES AND RESTOCKS
ALASTOR – Onwards & Downwards LP/CD (Riding Easy)
FIONA APPLE – Fetch the Bolt Cutters LP (Epic)
THE BETHS – Warm Blood 12” (Carpark) limited splatter vinyl
CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Cage The Elephant LP (RCA)
CHILDISH GAMBINO – Awaken My Love LP (Glassnote)
CUB SCOUT BOWLING PINS – Clang Clang Ho CD (GBV)
DEAD MEADOW – Live At Roadburn LP (Reverb Appreciation Society)
FRANKIE & THE WITCH FINGERS – Heavy Roller LP (Greenway) color vinyl
GNOD – Easy to Build, Hard to Destroy LP (Rocket) limited blue vinyl
THE GO! TEAM – Get Up Sequence Volume One LP (Memphis Industries)
JOE HISAISHI – Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (soundtrack) LP (Studio Ghibli)
JOE HISAISHI – Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (image album) LP (Studio Ghibli)
JOE HISAISHI – Tale of the Princess Kaguya (soundtrack) LP (Studio Ghibli)
JOE HISAISHI – The Wind Rises (soundtrack) LP (Studio Ghibli)
KMD – Black Bastards LP (Metal Face)
MF DOOM – Operation Doomsday LP (Metal Face) original or alternative cover versions
NAS – Illmatic XX LP (Sony)
PLUNKY & ONENESS OF JUJU – Make a Change LP (Strut) remastered
PORTAL – Hagbulbia LP (Profound Lore)
BOOKER STARDRUM – Crater LP (NNA)
STROKES – First Impressions of Earth LP (RCA)
FRANK TURNER – England Keep My Bones LP (Xtra Mile) color vinyl reissue
LUCY DACUS – Home Video LP/CD (Matador) limited clear or black vinyl
This third full-length from songwriter LUCY DACUS is also her best, building upon the lush-yet-rugged folk rock of her previous releases with more concise pop structure, while taking the lyrical content into even more confessional territory, exploring her Christian upbringing and her sexuality, with hallmarks inspired by her BOYGENIUS bandmates PHOEBE BRIDGERS and JULIEN BAKER. Rest assured, fans of her previous work will not be disappointed! On Matador.
DARKTHRONE – Eternal Hails CD (Peaceville) LPs coming in July
“Eternal Hails” is the 19th album by the legendary Norwegian black metal duo DARKTHRONE. We’re not sure how Fenriz & Nocturno Culto manage to still sound fresh so deep in their career but they have done that on this fantastically titled 2021 album. The classic nods are there of course like MOTORHEAD & CELTIC FROST but we’re also hearing hints of SST Records like later Rollins BLACK FLAG & ST. VITUS. These guys never disappoint! RECOMMENDED.
ANGEL BAT DAWID & THA BROTHERHOOD – Live LP/CD (International Anthem)
Fantastic live recording from Germany for ANGEL BAT DAWID, performed in 2019 off the heels of her superb album “The Oracle”. This takes some of that material and more and, with the support of a full backing band, thrusts it into expansive, experimental territories. DAWID’s mantra-like singing sets a template for the band’s improvisation, providing a distinct atmosphere separate from the more structured original. The result travels on similar pathways to early 70s SUN RA and the Int’l Anthem roster as a whole, and mixed with the stage banter and DAWID’s field recordings this album has an immediacy to its moment. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
PJ HARVEY – White Chalk LP/CD (Island)
PJ HARVEY – White Chalk– Demos LP/CD (Island)
The PJ Harvey reissue campaign continues with her 2007 dark horse album “White Chalk.” Polly Jean took it upon herself to learn how to play piano & in the process this dark & moody album was born & it’s one of our favorites. Her piano playing is somewhat rudimentary but it works for these songs that have lyrical themes about childhood & her late grandmother. RECOMMENDED.
MIA JOY – Spirit Tamer LP/CD (Fire Talk)
Chicago’s MIA JOY debuts with a soulful, soft-focus collection of music that draws influence disparately from “World of Echo”-era ARTHUR RUSSELL, quiet storm soul in the SADE mold, and ethereal dream pop like COCTEAU TWINS and THIS MORTAL COIL, all while staying thematically centered in the realm of the metaphysical and spiritual. The result is a heady, “nighttime” sort of avant-pop record that absolutely comes RECOMMENDED!
MOUNTAIN GOATS – Dark in Here LP/CD (Merge) limited Peak color vinyl
John Darnielle & co. remain as productive as ever, and this 2021 album comes hot off the heels of “Getting Into Knives”. Both records were recorded at around the same time in early March 2020, but there’s a distinct difference in sound, so whereas “Knives” was both more aggressive and soulful, “Dark in Here” is more dusty and atmospheric. It’s also home to some of the best MG titles to date (personally a fan of “Arguing With the Ghost of Peter Laughner About His Coney Island Baby Review”). Darnielle seems like an unstoppable writing force right now, and believe us we’re happy for it!
SPIRITUALIZED – Pure Phase LP (Fat Possum) glow in the dark or black vinyl
Fat Possum’s SPIRITUALIZED reissues continue on with Jason Pierce’s fantastic second album “Pure Phase.” Originally released in 1995 under the short-lived SPIRITUALIZED ELECTRIC MAINLINE name, the album was a fantastic continuation of Pierce’s attempt to blend psychedelic rock, gospel & 20th century minimalist composition. Also remastered with new green cover art, we’re proud to be able to stock this classic in the racks once again. RECOMMENDED.
FAYE WEBSTER – I Know I’m Funny HaHa LP/CD (Secretly Canadian) limited color or black vinyl
At just 23 the Atlanta based musician Faye Webster is already four albums deep into her career. Webster recently landed a spot on the “coveted” Barack Obama summer playlist & things have gone crazy since. There’s a certain laissez faire vibe to this record that reminds us of Kurt Vile’s breezier moments or Phoebe Bridgers if she let a little country in.
OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES
AMENRA – De Doorn LP/CD (Relapse) white or gold vinyl
DANIEL AVERY – Together in Static LP (Phantasy Sound)
BRAINSTORY – Ripe LP (Big Crown)
MATTHEW DEAR – Preacher’s Sigh & Potion: Lost Album LP/CD limited color or black vinyl
EVIDENCE – Unlearning Vol. 1 LP (Rhymesayers)
JOHN GRANT – Boy From Michigan LP (Partisan)
HIATUS KAIYOTE – Mood Valiant LP/CD (Brainfeeder) LP/CD limited color or black vinyl
HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE – This is a Mindfulness Drill LP (Jagjaguwar) color vinyl
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER – Quietly Blowing It LP/CD (Merge) peak vinyl edition
ETTA JAMES – The Montreaux Years LP (BMG)
JOHN CARROLL KIRBY – Septet LP (Stones Throw)
MAPLE GLIDER – To Enjoy is the Only Thing LP/CD (Partisan) marble vinyl
MODEST MOUSE – Golden Casket CD/TAPE (Epic) regular or deluxe CD or deluxe with t-shirt. Vinyl is August
CARLOS NIÑO & FRIENDS – More Energy Fields, Current LP/CD (International Anthem)
POM POM SQUAD – Death of a Cheerleader LP/CD (City Slang) red vinyl
SONNY ROLLINS – On Impulse! LP (Impulse) acoustic sound series
ROOTS – Do You Want More ???!!?? 3LP (Geffen)
THE RUBINOOS – The CBS Tapes LP (Yep Roc) limited splatter vinyl
NINA SIMONE – The Montreux Years LP (BMG)
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – The Veiled Sea LP (Three Lobed)
SLADE – Feel the Noize: The Singlez Box! 10X7” box set (BMG)
SPELLLING – The Turning Wheel LP/CD (Sacred Bones) limited color or black vinyl
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Eccentric Disco LP (Numero Group) limited color or black vinyl
JESSE WARE – What’s Your Pleasure? Platinum Pleasure Edition LP (Universal)
MAKI ASAKAWA – America No Yoru LP (Universal Japan)
Pricey but fantastic reissue of this 1986 album by the Japanese jazz icon Maki Asakawa. After years of making albums influenced by jazz & blues Asakawa started toying with the popular sounds of City Pop & American pop & R&B. Fans of the City Pop resurgence will want to check this out for sure.
MAKI ASAKAWA – Nothing at All to Lose LP (Universal Japan)
Pricey but fantastic reissue of this 1988 album by the Japanese jazz icon Maki Asakawa. After years of making albums influenced by jazz & blues Asakawa started toying with funkier sounds & then she met the former bass player of RUFUS Bobby Watson. He brought in most of the other RUFUS members & they made this slick 80’s funk album. Slick & smooth 80s funk with Asakawa’s smoky voice. Wild stuff.
BURIAL – Chemz / Dolphinz 12” (Hyperdub)
Will Bevan drops a burner of a 2-tracker here in 2021. A-side “Chemz” goes full high bpm UK garage, staying light, hooky & propulsive, while B-side “Dolphinz” is content to stay aquatic, drawing from underwater noise to create an otherworldly ambience. GET IT! THIS THING IS A FRICKIN HEAT-SEEKING MISSILE!!
NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS – Carnage LP/CD (Goliath)
Nick Cave & BAD SEEDS/DIRTY THREE member Warren Ellis have scored a number of films over the past decade or so & this is their first proper album as a duo away from THE BAD SEEDS. Cave’s lyrics are short story-like with spoken word passages at times with sparse arrangements & beats. This is probably most similar to the recent “Ghosteen” & the other more subdued Cave albums like “No More Shall We Part” & “Boatman’s Call” but there’s an experimental “looseness” that Ellis brings to the songs. RECOMMENDED OF COURSE.
GETTING THE FEAR – Death is Bigger: 1984-1985 LP (Dais) ltd. color or black vinyl
GETTING THE FEAR was a short-lived post-punk band from the UK that featured the rhythm section of SOUTHERN DEATH CULT which would go on to become THE CULT. G.T.F wrote rhythmic songs with some funk influence. Think early Rough Trade bands like A CERTAIN RATIO & ESSENTIAL LOGIC with a darker side.
MISTREATER – Hell’s Fire LP (On the Dole)
The Swedish label On the Dole has been reissuing some killer stuff over the past few years & this first ever vinyl reissue of this early 80s Ohio metal album is probably our favorite. The band formed in a trailer park in a small town near Cleveland called Creston. They recorded & self released this absolute monster of an album & not surprisingly originals are difficult to come by. The album starts with a drum fill & then the band hits a big chord & their AMAZING guitarist launches right into a killer solo. Seriously this guy is prodigy level & we imagine he must have been hot shit in that small Ohio town. The vocals are melodic & memorable, reminding us of a mix of early MOTLEY CRUE, PENTAGRAM & of course the mighty BLACK SABBATH. Fans of underground proto-metal & acid friend hard rock MUST check this out. RECOMMENDED.
SQUAREPUSHER – Feed Me Weird Things CD/2LP + 10” (Warp) black or clear vinyl
Tom Jenkinson’s debut finally gets a nice, fancy-pants remaster on Warp. Originally released on APHEX TWIN’s Rephlex label in 1996, “Feed Me Weird Things” brought SQUAREPUSHER to a wide audience and remains a seminal work in 90s IDM and drum ‘n’ bass. Featuring an extra 10″ that contains the original Japanese bonus tracks!
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Strain, Crack & Break: Music From the Nurse With Wound List Volume 2 (Germany) LP (Finders Keepers)
Steven Stapleton has teamed up with Finders Keepers once again to bring us more gems from the legendary Nurse With Wound List, this time focusing on twelve lesser known German psychedelic, experimental, noise & prog gems. RECOMMENDED!
OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES:
MARINA ALLEN – Candlepower LP (Fire)
ASHE – Ashlyn CD (Mom + Pop) LP scheduled for Fall 2021!
CHRIS CONNELLY & MONICA QUEEN – Birthday Poems CD (Jnana)
CRUMBSUCKERS – Life of Fear LP (Combat) ltd. color vinyl
EBONI BAND – Eboni Band LP (We Are Busy Bodies) remastered
DEAD BOYS – Young Loud & Snotty LP (Jackpot) remastered on color vinyl
This punk classic is available once again on limited color vinyl, remastered from the original tapes courtesy of Jackpot records. We have a number of “punk 101” LPs in the racks & this one featuring Stiv Bators & Cheetah Chrome is one of them. RECOMMENDED!
HAILU MERGIA – Tezeta LP (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
What an amazing discovery by Awesome Tapes From Africa! Mostly unknown outside of Ethiopia until only recently, “Tezeta” was the debut release by Hailu Mergia & the Walias Band originally released on cassette in 1975. The recordings are slightly lo-fi but the songs are fantastic. Fans of Hailu Mergia & classic Ethic jazz in general must hear this. RECOMMENDED!
RYLEY WALKER – Course in Fable LP (Husky Pants) now on vinyl!
It’s been a whirlwind few years for Chicago ex-pat & our friend Ryley Walker. After years of battling addiction, he managed to get clean while being almost nakedly open about his experience in interviews. Free of his label, Ryler decided to spend his down time while he couldn’t tour by starting a new label to host his music & music made by his friends. Ryley
seems to be almost reborn & “Course In Fable” might be his strongest & most unique album yet. He’s pretty open about his love of British prog on his hilarious Twitter posts & there’s a lot of influence from prog legends GENESIS, the Canterbury Scene & 90s indie rockers like Jim O’Rourke. The album was recorded by another former Chicagoan, John McEntire of TORTOISE/SEA & CAKE et al. Congrats to Ryley & his bright future! RECOMMENDED.
ADRIAN YOUNGE – American Negro LP (Jazz is Dead)
Big 26-track record from the retro-soul practitioner ADRIAN YOUNGE, articulating the long, tragic and very “American” history of black oppression in the United States by exploring the psychological footprint left on the minds of black and white people alike. Heady stuff that still keeps the hazy, symphonic sound of his earlier material. On YOUNGE’s own Jazz Is Dead
label and RECOMMENDED.
OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES
BEHERIT – Drawing Down the Moon LP (Kvlt) classic black/death metal back in print!
MIKE COOLEY, PATTERSON HOOD & JASON ISBELL – Live at Shoals Theater 4LP (Thirty Tigers)
JAPANESE BREAKFAST – Jubilee LP/CD/TAPE (Dead Oceans) limited color or black vinyl
MF DOOM – MM FOOD LP (Rhymesayers) back in print on limited color vinyl!
MIZMOR & ANDREW BLACK – Dialetheia LP (Gilead Media)
MNDSGN – Rare Pleasure LP (Stones Throw)
LIZ PHAIR- Soberish LP (Chrysalis) indie only color vinyl with signed print while supplies last! Regular vinyl & CD will be in early next week
RED FANG – Arrows LP (Relapse) limited color vinyl
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Strong Love: Songs of Gay Liberation 1972-81 LP (Chapter Music)
RISE AGAINST – Nowhere Generation LP/CD (Loma Vista) indie only color or deluxe w/ bonus 7”
ROSTAM – Changephobia LP/CD (Matsor Projects)
STROKES – Room on Fire LP (RCA) back in stock!
WIPERS – Wipers aka Tour 1984 LP (Jackpot) remastered on color vinyl
BLACK MIDI – Cavalcade LP/CD (Rough Trade) black vinyl or limited picture disc
These London lads had certainly built up quite a bit of anticipation for the follow-up to their 2019 debut “Schlagenheim”… and folks? They deliver. “Cavalcade” is certainly more structured (though no less frenetic) than its predecessor, building not from improvisation but more from tight prog compositions that touch on jazz fusion, folk-pop and even crooner ballads. Still, the band remains essentially noisy, pulling from HENRY COW, BOREDOMS, LIGHTNING BOLT and even a bit of John Wetton / Bill Bruford-era KING CRIMSON to make one of the best experimental rock records of the young decade so far. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
CAN – Live in Stuttgart 1975 3LP/2CD (Mute) orange vinyl
“Live in Stuttgart 1975” is the debut release in a planned series of live albums by the legendary German group CAN. This recording is a remaster of a semi-legendary bootleg supervised by keyboardist Irmin Schmidt. Five long-form instrumental jams recorded just after the release of “Landed.” Considering the era this recording sounds pretty darn good. RECOMMENDED!
CZARFACE & MF DOOM – Super What LP/CD (Silver Age)
SUPER WHAT? The final collaboration between Hip Hop’s Greatest Super Villains, the Metal Face Despot & the Villainous Hero Czarface. The two acts have committed great capers, both together & separately, leaving the Rap world shaking in fear as the dastardly rhyme evil-doers destroy beat after booming beat with the technical wizardry only available in a world defined by four colors on the page. Here in your hands, listeners, you hold the last living crimes of MF DOOM, the greatest villain!
ALL HAIL DOOM!
LOSCIL – Clara LP/CD (Kranky)
Scott Morgan returns with his fantastic LOSCIL project for the 2021 album “Clara.” Morgan sourced the album from just a 3 minute recording of an orchestra & Budapest & manipulated it into 10 beautiful tracks & drone washes, some Badalamenti esque/Lynchian pieces & electronic cut-ups that make for a truly beautiful listen. RECOMMENDED.
MUSTAFA – When Smoke Rises LP/CD (Regent Park Songs) black or limited green vinyl
Toronto-based poet MUSTAFA AHMED has also dipped his toes into songwriting, crafting airy-yet-cathartic pop and folk music that incorporates tasteful electronic arrangements and focuses on the struggles of grief and daily life for black people (and black immigrants) in Canada. Featuring support work from both JAMIE XX and SAMPHA, this still stands alone as a fully realized debut. Really nice stuff on MUSTAFA’s own Regent Park Songs label.
PORTAL – Avow LP/CD (Profound Lore)
The dark & mysterious Australian death metallers PORTAL returns with their sixth album. PORTAL’s music has always been technical & complex but there’s always enough to grab into to stop you from totally falling into their abyss. These guys are still one of the most unique metal bands going. RECOMMENDED.
REIGNING SOUND – A Little More Time With Reigning Sound LP/CD (Merge) limited “Peak Vinyl” yellow & green swirl
The first album from REIGNING SOUND since “Shattered” in 2014 rewards the wait, showcasing their signature blend of garage and Americana with arrangements that are fairly lush (pedal steel, cello, Hammond organ). A welcome return for these guys on Merge.