THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
Hey there, record, compact disc and cassette tape lovers! Here's our full rundown of the latest and greatest on offer this weekend at Strictly Discs.
We kick things off with a new album from one of our favorite bands here at SD, Detroit's own Protomartyr. 'Relatives in Descent' is the group's 4th LP, and finds them as we like them, contemplative and surly. It's a rare thing when a post-punk band, thirty years on from most of the genre's best records, finds a new take on the sound. They do it by sounding both agitated and tired, with frontman Joe Casey's lyrics full of the addle-brained brilliance that comes after hours of frenzied activity. While we have em, the LP comes on blue vinyl with a zine included.
A few years on from blowing up the jazz world with his properly-titled 'Epic', Kamasi Washington brings us a new record in a more digestible size. The affordable EP 'Harmony Of Difference' collects all 6 parts of the suite Washington played during the Whitney Biennial, and it's an artful and compelling exploration of counterpoint.
We've even more new jazz for you this week. The Blue Note All-Stars, a group made up of a new generation of American jazz heavyweights Lionel Loueke, Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland, Kendrick Scott, Robert Glasper, and Derrick Hodge, have an incredible new album on CD and LP. We also have new discs from Keyon Harrold, Bjorn Meyer, and a very compelling collaboration disc from Bill Murray and the German cellist Jan Vogler, who literally met on an airplane and ended up making a classical-oriented album that finds Bill singing Gershwin and reciting Whitman. We're down.
Two new albums this week from artists who got too big for country: Shania Twain and Miley Cyrus.
On the vinyl frontier, we have some much-awaited arrivals. The LP version of Neil Young's recent archival discovery 'The Hitchhiker' is finally here, and may not stay in print long. We also have limited copies of both the Badalamenti score from Twin Peaks, and the compilation of music from the series, which includes songs from Nine Inch Nails, the Chromatics, and Sharon Van Etten. Someone put a fish in the percolator.
Judee Sill's outsider folk classic 'Heartfood' is back in print on a 2LP 45 RPM audiophile pressing. Hear it like youve never heard it before, or for the first time!
We have a new LP cut of the Akira soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogumi. This one never sticks around long.
More Steve Earle vinyl represses! This week it's 'Jerusalem' and 'The Revolution Starts Now.'
We have picture discs of some classic LPs from Mastodon and The Flaming Lips, as well as a pink vinyl pressing (to benefit the Gilda's Club charity) of Metallica's 'Hardwired...' LP from last year.
New rap vinyl comes from Mike Will Made It and 21 Savage.
Early emo classics from Joan of Arc and their influential predecessor band Cap'n Jazz get limited vinyl reissues. We've also got some crucial 80s indie reprints from Marine Girls (their last album, 'Lazy Ways') and the Durutti Column.
The Popeye Soundtrack, composed entirely by the late great Harry Nilsson has been re-assembled with a bonus disc of demos and outtake versions.
We've got a compilation of all the music of The Golliwogs the band of young fellas that would go on to become Creedence Clearwater Revival.
There's new albums from Chris Rea, David Crosby, Bruce Cockburn, Ronnie Montrose, Tommy Castro, plus an epic release celebrating David Gilmour's Live at Pompeii performance from last year.
On the indie front, we have new releases from Ibeyi, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Wolf Alice, Torres, and J Roddy Walston, plus a much anticipated new album from the band with the longest name in the world, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.
Feeling like the 90s? It's been 25 years since the release of Stone Temple Pilots' mutli-platinum smash 'Core', and we've got an expanded CD set with a second disc of demos and outtakes. There's also a new album from Primus, on colored vinyl.
USED VINYL ALERT:
Heading downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we've got over 900 fresh LPs for your digging, including tons of rare and sweet jazz, another round of recent-ish collectible soundtracks, indie, hip hop, new wave, psych, blues and soul!
From the jazz world, we've got some major scores from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Booker Ervin, Vince Guaraldi, Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Johnny Hammond, Oscar Peterson, Cannonball Adderley, Billy Cobham, and McCoy Tyner. Plus some super sweet exotica from Esquivel and Arthur Lyman, and a couple of mega-crucial ones from ambient trumpet god Jon Hassell!
Rock, pop, and other masters of songsmithery are in the house from Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones (some rarities!), Black Sabbath, Bruce Springsteen (many bootlegs!), David Bowie, Lou Reed, the Beatles and solo Harrison, Lennon and McCartney, Robert Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield, the Allman boys, and Neil Young. Digging a little deeper, we have some big winners from the Byrds, Fleetwood Mac, Bunky and Jake, Ry Cooder, Harry Nilsson, Rush, Todd Rundgren, Queen, The Band, Slade, Hot Tuna, the Kinks, Badfinger, Blind Faith, Cream, Gene Clark solo (oh yes), Leonard Cohen, the Zombies and Paul Simon.
On the edgier end of the rock and waver world, we've got fine ones from Camel, The Cult, Dennis Coffey, Climax Blues Band, The Jam, The Neats, Kate Bush, Squeeze, R.E.M., the Damned, Polystyrene and X.
This brings a lot of affordable blues classics from Taj Mahal, BB King, JB Lenoir, Howlin Wolf, Lightning Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Albert King, and RL Burnside, plus country from Hank Williams, Porter Wagoner, Bob Wills, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, plus folk from John Fahey, Flatt and Scruggs, the Staple Singers, and Richard Ruskin.
Another wave of recent-ish limited run art edition soundtracks hit the floor this week, this time with titles like The Fog, Deadpool, and Tron in the mix.
We've got cool electronic titles in from Yellow Magic Orchestra, Demdike Stare, Unkle, Belleruche, and the insanely great, insanely rare Coil side project Time Machines' lone eponymous album, which we've never seen before!
Hip hop and the like come in from big names like Method Man, Nas, Aesop Rock, De La Soul, Ghostface, Eyedea and Abilities, RJD2, DJ Shadow, and the GZA.
Funk, soul, funky soul and soulful funk hit the floor this week from names like Stevie Wonder, Ike Turner, the Meters, Sam Cooke, Blowfly, the Impressions, Harold Melvin, Bobby Womack, Otis Redding, Sharon Jones, Etta James, Nina Simone, Smokey Robinson, The Time, Betty Wright, and the great Guelewar from the Gambia.
More new and nearly new LPs are here, for the time being, from names like Gorillaz, Air (including some very rare Air), Radiohead, St. Vincent, Ty Segall, Black Angels, Coldplay, Sublime, Brian Jonestown, Real Estate, Sleater-Kinney, Yo La Tengo, the Hold Steady, the Hives, Morgan Delt, Tennis, Portishead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Panda Bear, Sigur Ros, Guster and Mazzy Star!
As the calendar turns to October, we'll be rolling out the first of our stash of Halloween themed records this weekend. Have you started planning your costume yet? I'm thinking of going as a sexy record.
On that note, Strictly Discs takes leave of your inbox. The rest is up to you. We hope to see you in the new arrivals!