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  • What's New 2-23-24

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    New West

    El Viejo is a masterful homage to western heritage, blending traditional country with modern storytelling as Lund's gravelly vocals deliver tales of cowboy life with authenticity and depth. From haunting balladry to rollicking romps, Lund's craftsmanship shines in this captivating journey through the heart of Americana, rich with soul and sincerity.

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    Alligator Records

    Olustee is a masterpiece of soul-shaking music. JJ’s deep Southern roots and skill as a storyteller shine through, whether he’s rocking with gospel-tent fervor or slowly winding his raspy voice around a lyric of heartbreak and loss. It’s an aggressively groove-driven record fueled by JJ’s gritty vocals and funk-infused guitar playing.

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    Mom + Pop

    A very "MGMT MGMT album" which the band describes as "a group of songs about love and change, first and foremost." Descriptors from the band include: bold, flavorful, playful, sincere, optimistic, perceptive. Loss Of Life was produced by MGMT and Patrick Wimberly (Solange, Lil Yachty, MGMT), with mixing by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips).

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    Interscope

    The non-binary, London-based artist continues their evolution, by inviting listeners into their unparalleled universe of alternative, infectious pop. Traumatic Livelihood explores themes of consent, addiction, and relationships while representing the sound and spirit of Generation Z’s genderless subculture – unapologetic and impossible to define.

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    Napalm Records

    10 tracks of heavyweight thrash-infused extremity and sprint-worthy speed, Quad Brutal will instantly have listeners coming back for more - ready for endless reps and skipping nothing (except maybe leg day). Austrian Death Machine is prepared to climb back to the top of their weight class - packing more punch than Mr. Universe himself with Quad Brutal!

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    Metal Blade

    The band’s long-awaited Moon Healer is musically multifaceted, unabashedly brutal, and compellingly conceptual. It’s a mathematically mind-blowing hybrid of bludgeoning death metal specializing in unconventional riffing that echoes the resemblance of legendary experimentalists like Cynic, Atheist, and Gorguts.

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    MNRK

    Rock'n'roll and heavy metal simply wouldn't sound, look, or feel the same without KISS’s Ace Frehley. The Grammy-nominated Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and guitar legend is back with 10,000 Volts of electrifying, hard-hitting, riff-heavy rock’n’roll. Play it loud!

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    Concord

    This is a glimpse into the mind of Dallon Weekes. Produced by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT), Gloom Division is the most autobiographical work to date from Weekes (formerly of Panic! At The Disco), leaving listeners with the same sense of euphoric fascination that sparked the album’s creation.

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    Polyvinyl Records

    Trailblazing powerhouse Laura Jane Grace returns with an even stronger set of ‘50s-biting rock songs on her second full-length solo album, confronting aging, dysphoria, sobriety and her own legacy. While 2020’s Stay Alive felt limited by pandemic and production, Hole in My Head is an open invitation to a wild romp through Grace’s psyche.

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    Dangerbird Records

    With the album title Blu Wav meant to be a literal mash-up of “bluegrass” and “new wave”, the new collection has a distinct feel, a uniform vibe, and a somewhat unexpected sound. Lytle incorporates the lo-fi lushness and sometimes-psychedelic orchestration Grandaddy is known for with his first foray into true country.

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    Death Note Music, LLC

    Originally released independently in 2016 and commercially re-released in 2020 after Peep's untimely 2017 death, Crybaby's slow, thoughtful, and sweetly dreary songs were indeed music for searching, sensitive types to play when deep in their feelings. It’s a dismal, grasping affair that feels beautiful in all of its sadness.

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    Napalm Records

    Elegantly progressive and seemingly allergic to cliché, Illumishade set out with a flamboyant flourish, casually blending everything from gleaming modern metal to arcane atmospherics into their always highly melodic and symphonic sound. So much for the "difficult second album". This is the kind of immaculate creation from which great legacies are built.

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    Century Media

    Suffer & Become is a potent, unforgiving force of nature which challenges your perceptions of extreme metal, dragging you kicking and screaming through a vortex of horrifying but addictive passages. It might not be an album which you gravitate to on a regular basis but it is an album which will certainly leave a lasting impression.

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    Quarto Valley Records

    The legendary musicians’ second album is a skillful combination of power and precision, fun and introspection, featuring soaring harmonies and a burst of R&B with the pure essence of rock and roll. Fourteen tracks showcase the remarkably versatile musical skills including one of the most renowned rhythm sections in rock history, Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar.

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    Tyler Ramsey

    Fans of Ramsey’s former projects, Band of Horses, Father John Misty and Lord Huron, will find New Lost Ages to be a relatable reprieve - one that feels both familiar and starkly new. Traversing genre-bending terrain, the new record is as indie and psych-rock as it is singer-songwriter, showcasing his talent and dedication to the craft.

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    Century Media

    Fans of big, shiny, 21st century melodic death metal are more than catered to these days, which makes this full-blooded return to first values all the more satisfying, particularly for those of us who prefer to dwell in the dirt. Upon Stone have resurrected something of profound value here. Dead Mother Moon is the real thing, revived and realized anew by true believers.

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    Label 51

    Featuring all never-before released live audio spanning the band's entire career from 1983 to 2023. Plus, special guest Vicki Peterson of the Bangles on a searing 15-minute version of "John Coltrane Stereo Blues" from the band's recent London appearance. Includes a DVD that includes a documentary and previously unreleased one hour 1983 live concert.

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  • NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP

    Shrinking attention spans and a cultural obsession with the fresh new thing have led to a generally received wisdom that our best artists make their greatest, most lastingly impactful work when they are young. Their vision is uncluttered by influence, competitiveness and jealousy, their disregard for old conventions is a welcome jolt of disruption, and their unwrinkled visage looks great on the cover of a magazine. Well hooey to that says MARY TIMONY, who turns in the strongest album of her career with 'Untame The Tiger', here in her 53rd year on Earth. No slight intended to her illustrious back catalog (which includes early days with DC femme-punks in Autoclave, the one of a kind evil-pixie noise-grrl band Helium, fronting the garage rock unit Ex Hex, stints with Carrie Brownstein in Wild Flag and the Spells, and recently ripping bass with Alec MacKaye in Hammered Hulls, to name just a few), but it does feel like it's all been leading to this one. T-Money is a guitar hero of incredible breadth, a lyricist capable of threading the fantastical and the real in one tight braid, and a performer comfortably at home within herself, cutting vocal takes that sound human and real. 'Untame' covers every edge of her territory: jagged garage, woozy psychedelic folk-rock, cheeky Guyville-esque kissoffs, and nifty inside-out blues. Sounds she's made before, sure, but never all at once and with such grace. This album is so good, the fact that the drums on most of its tracks are played by none other than Dave Mattacks of Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull only rates as a minor footnote, though I am certainly fascinated by how that came to pass. Album of the week! Plenty more though: the dynamic duo MGMT return with their first proper studio album in several years. Cursory googling of 'Loss Of Life' mentions the band being "Tik Tok Famous" and I am thrilled to have no idea why that might be the case. More people should always be listening to MGMT though! No other band emerged from the early Obama era psych pop scene with enough ideas to still be putting out unusually hooky albums all these years later. Chilled R&B crooner ERIKA DE CASIER returns with 'Still', which has to be shorthand for "I'm still the queen of addictively vibey, elegantly low-key vocal house that makes you blush". Her longtime production partner Central is still in the mix, adding some cool hip-house flourishes to keep things interesting, and she's attracted some pretty big guest vocalists in Blood Orange and Shygirl. New Jersey and Brooklyn might try to claim REAL ESTATE as their own, but I think of them as a Madison band. Guitarist Julian Lynch priced records here at the shop once upon a time! These dream-rock professionals return with 'Daniel', another blissed out album of intimate soaring.
    Here in this section we have new issues of records from some of our favorite vocalists ever. Hold on, you say, EMAHOY TSEGE MARYAM GEBRU is a vocalist? Well, if you heard her last archival collection "Jerusalem", you would have heard her voice on one track there, for the first time ever, accompanying her cosmically expressive piano playing. Did she record any other vocal music? Turns out, yes, the immense vault of unheard Gebru material under the care of Mississippi Records includes a lot of it, and a selection is compiled on 'Souvenirs' in stock on limited edition gold vinyl in a gold foil sleeve. It showcases yet another transporting side of this musical titan's catalog, and it soothes and stirs just like the rest of her available material, just about all of which is back in stock now. Few singers define a literate and yet primitive level of cool like Stereolab frontwoman LAETITIA SADIER, who returns to Drag City with another joyful album of timeless pop called 'Rooting For Love'. The "Pressed at Third Man" series restores some essential vocal jazz with crisp new editions of ASTRUD GILBERTO's 'Look To The Rainbow' and BETTY CARTER's 'The Modern Sound of Betty Carter'.
    There's a couple things I know for sure about NEIL YOUNG. He loves the San Jose Sharks, and he really loves recording music. You might appreciate the classic album with CRAZY HORSE from 1975 called 'Zuma', with its coloring book style cover and its inclusion of permanent live set fave "Cortez the Killer". Well, did you know he recorded another 2 LPs of songs and outtakes to go along with it, called 'Dume'? You didn't, and that's why you're reading this newsletter. Ol' Neil's opened up the archives yet again for a luxurious new experience of this classic, and our limited edition copies come with a lithograph of its classic cover art. British folk-rocker BILL FAY has been making music for decades that never seems to fit into its place in the timeline, so it's fitting that his most classic work (from 1977) is called 'Tomorrow Tomorrow and Tomorrow', as it spacy yet earthbound folk yearns ever forward. This classic has made enthusiasts out of everyone from David Tibet to Jeff Tweedy to Kevin Morby for good reason. Albertan (as in Edmonton, go Oilers) twangmaster CORB LUND returns with another crackling album of modern honky-tonk on 'El Viejo', while blues dealers JJ GREY & MOFRO drop their first album in nearly a decade, called 'Olustee'.
    Dallas Duster-lovers TEETHE usher in a new pressing of their 2020 debut self-titled LP, a gorgeous collection of melodic, plodding fuzz pop. Title Fight vocalist Ned Russin reconfigures his new band GLITTERER with an uber-punchy synthrock banger called 'Rationale'. Canadian progressive hardcore dons FUCKED UP changed things up in a major way with 'The Chemistry Of Common Life' around, oh (checks watch) fifteen years ago, yikes. Time for an anniversary reissue of this classic, which saw the band welcoming organ and woodwinds to the mix alongside a seemingly infinite number of guitars. I like Nirvana, you like Nirvana, but the Baton Rouge sludge dealers THOU really love Nirvana. Enough to record a whopping sixteen Nirvana covers across a decade of singles and compilations. 'Blessings Of the Highest Order' collects them all, with some cover art that doesn't really make sense to me, but I'm sure Kurt would have loved, and a version of "Territorial Pissings" that sounds like the Earth literally splitting open.
    New York's GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA return with a delightful new album, an exotica-flavored album of spaceways called 'A Trip To the Moon'. The Numero Group stays dealing out the stoned soul, alien-laned doowop with a reish of the DC-area rarity 'Your Funny Moods' from SKIP MAHOANEY & THE CASUALS. New rap business is in from POST MALONE and CONWAY THE MACHINE.
    Live albums aren't always mandatory unless you are a devoted completist, or have a strange affinity for stage banter and crowd noise. Not so with the ongoing CAN live releases, which capture the band at their alchemical heights, playing long, perambulating meditations on scraps of songs from their albums and beyond. 'Live In Paris 1973' captures an early appearance from the band's longtime vocalist Damo Suzuki, who recently left this Earth but will live forever in this band's limitless music. Similar sentiments apply to FELA KUTI: another pair of 70s classics come back this week from the afrobeat icon: 'Original Sufferhead' and 'Ikoyi Blindness'. Argentine composer GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA has made quite a career with his prolific soundtrack work, but a reissue of a spectacular 1990s album called 'Ronroco' showcases the guitarist's talent for tender traditional Andean music. First time on vinyl for this overlooked gem, and it sounds stellar; same goes for a lush new Mr. Bongo reissue of jazz-funk guitarist O'DONEL LEVY's lovely, languorous 'Simba'.
    Now defunct California duo SWEET TRIP spent the past few decades combining their affinity for the glitch of Autechre and Aphex with the turbocharged fuzz-pop of Slowdive and Ride, peaking with 2003's 'Velocity:Design:Comfort', a manic ride of infinite hooks, blasted chorus, and colorful noise. It felt sorta ADHD for its era, and gained only the smallest of a cult following: naturally, its a rightly-beloved classic now! And its back in print on LP for the first time in foreverrrrr. Erstwhile Daft Punksman THOMAS BANGALTER turns in a soundtrack for 'Daaaaaali!', and we've got new records from LOVING and LIAM BAILEY.
    Last up, some nice strong reissues of essential LPs from bygone Jack White dalliances THE RACONTEURS and THE DEAD WEATHER. By the feel of em, these are pressed on 800 gram vinyl, or maybe shellac? Leave it to ol Jack to find a new way to pay old debts!
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  • USED VINYL ALERT

    Welp! After a brutal January double bubble ice storm bonanza and Wisconsin's first ever Feb-Nad-do, we were all due for some good weather and good vibes. Mother Nature is bringing one, we're bringing the rest with our latest crop of choice used this week.

    Enough variety to shake a recently unfrozen stick at, we got these beauties coming in hot:
    Eno/Byrne, Muse, Lumineers, Jimmy Eat World, Japanese Breakfast, The White Stripes, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. A beautiful Brigitte Bardot rounds out Husker Du (and don'ts) and AFI. Not to mention a great Billy Joel and fun times with Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper. Help us give the Cryan' Shames a hand, as they join Santana, Van Morrison, The English Beat, Dalis Car in the jams department. Bad Brains laying it down in strong, Belle And Sebastian, also strong, but you know, a more quiet strength. James Taylor, Todd Rungren, Leon Russell, and our fave Canucks Rush, join the likes of ELO, Led Zeppelin and a jet setted Taylor Swift.

    We're hoping to see those spring worms, thanks to HMLTD. Beegees, Richard Holmes, Gene Ammons, John Mayer showing what they got against Mongo Santamaria digging into that Soul Bag. The jams continue with Chief Keef, Flamin Groovies, Charlie Parker, Pet Shop Boys, Bruce Springsteen, and first lady of country Loretta Lynn. India Aire bringing some grooves to the stacks, holding it down with Steely Dan, Ann Peebles, Jaco, U2 and everyone's favorite formidable trio, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass and Niels Pedersen. And as always we end on a bit of familiar bang with Europe. The group, not the continent, don't be silly.
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  • New Release Round-Up 02-23-24

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    Lil Peep - Cry Baby

    Lil Peep Cry Baby

    Lil Peep - Cry Baby - Death Note Music / The Orchard

    Lil Peep - Crybaby 1st Press 45rpm - in interviews that followed the release of Crybaby, and even afterwards during press runs for HELLBOY as well as Come Over When You're Sober Pt. 1, one of the most consistently asked (and answered) questions that would be thrown at Peep usually teetered around the lines somewhat of "aye Peep, love what you've been doing with your past couple of projects man, but what's the deal with that massive Crybaby tattoo you got on your forehead?" - To which, he would typically answer, "I got the Crybaby tat to keep me grateful, to remind myself that even if I'm going through a lot, there are kids across the world that don't even have clean water or know when their next meal will be, so I got it to remind myself that I need to be grateful for what little I have, and to keep pushing through for those who can't." - With this context now surrounding the whole ethos of this project, it seems fitting that the whole mixtape essentially focuses on Peep's hopes, dreams, and overcoming the emotions that ever so powerfully bled through nearly every song on here one way or another. Whether it's through the haunting coke lines on "Lil Jeep" and the Radiohead-sampled "Falling 4 Me", or through the ambitious glimpse into the future that initially got him signed in the first place with the Smokeasac-produced signature track "Nineteen", he flips blatant samples and turns them into his own songs. For example, there's a borderline "Wonderwall' cover (and hear me out on this one) in the shape of "Yesterday," where he paints a bleak picture of getting out of a toxic environment with the chorus "Change my name, shave my head // Tell my friends that I'm dead, run away from the pain // Yesterday is not today, it's not the same," that winds up adding to the source material more often than it taking away anything. - More notably though perhaps, is that he never conveys a sense of giving up when singing/rapping about any of these topics, and that only aids the sense of triumph found in moments all throughout the record. While it may seem like Peep is promoting all of the wrong things, what people don't seem to realize is that he never condones it; it's almost as if he's telling the listener to not make the same mistakes as he did, which eventually led to his untimely death just over a year later.

    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    MGMT - Loss Of Life [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Jay Opaque LP]
    Real Estate - Daniel [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]
    Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Dume [2LP]

    Glitterer - Rationale [LP]
    Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Dume [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP + Litho]
    Dust Bolt - Sound & Fury [White/Black Marbled LP]
    I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME - GLOOM DIVISION [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Dreamsicle LP]
    Prince - The Vault - Old Friends 4 Sale [LP]
    June McDoom - With Strings EP [Crystal Clear Vinyl]
    Corb Lund - El Viejo [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear with Black & White Splatter LP - Includes Autographed Postcard]
    Reneé Rapp / Auli’I Cravalho - Mean Girls (Music From The Motion Picture)
    Job For A Cowboy - Moon Healer [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
    Mick Mars - The Other Side of Mars [LP]
    JJ Grey & Mofro - Olustee [LP]
    Jazmin Bean - Traumatic Livelihood [Clear LP]v
    Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Past Is Still Alive[Orange LP]
    Mama Zu - Quilt Floor [Coke Bottle Clear LP]
    Gracie Abrams - The Good Riddance Acoustic Shows (Live) [Magenta LP]
    Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - of the Last Human Being [Oxblood & Blood Red 2LP]
    Laetitia Sadier - Rooting For Love [LP]
    Allie X - Girl With No Face [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Mustard LP]
    Ace Frehley - 10,000 Volts [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
    Remo Drive - Mercy [LP]
    Rod Stewart with Jools Holland - Swing Fever [LP]
    BTS - LOVE YOURSELF : 'Tear' [LP]
    Amigo the Devil - Yours Until the War Is Over [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White/Black Swirl LP]
    Various Artists - Bear's Sonic Journals: Sing Out! (Berkeley Community Theater, 4/25/1981)
    Post Malone - The Diamond Collection [Metallic Silver 2 LP]
    Art Pepper Quintet - Smack Up: Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series [LP]
    The Snuts - Millennials [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
    Various Artists - Street Fighter 6 (Original Soundtrack) [4LP Box Set]
    TWICE - With YOU-th [Blast ver.]
    Wynonna - Wynonna
    Van Halen - Live: Right Here, Right Now (Box)
    Natalie Jane - Where Am I? [White LP]
    Olivia Dean - Messy (Uk)


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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Liam Gallagher & John Squire - Liam Gallagher & John Squire

    Liam Gallagher & John Squire - Liam Gallagher & John Squire - Warner Records


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    Mannequin Pussy - I Got Heaven

    Mannequin Pussy - I Got Heaven - EPITAPH

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