- What a stimulating week! We start with copies of the sophomore album from songwriter CASSANDRA JENKINS. 'An Overview on Phenomenal Nature' is a triumph of emotionally resonant pop-craft along the lines of Sharon Van Etten or Katie Crutchfield
- silky pop meets 'Silk Degrees' on the latest from the dynamically talented LAKE STREET DIVE on 'Obviously' which we have (maybe also obviously) on indie exclusive vinyl
- number one astro-creep ROB ZOMBIE returns with 'The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy' on limited red and black splatter vinyl
- Captured Tracks delivers an absolute dream of a compilation of the under-heralded east coast indie popper LINDA SMITH on 'Till Another Time 1988-1996'. Her song 'I So Liked Spring' opened up the world-class 'Sky Girl' compilation a few years ago, and probably got more than just this author wondering what other kindsa songs she had. Now we have a dozen more gems collected from various cassettes and singles, recorded bedroom-style, in the vein of Black Tambourine or the Softies, ineffably cast in a dreary yet hopeful light - the Modern Love label delivers a lovingly done reissue of the debut of UK electronica artist LEILA. 'Like Weather' came out in 1998 following her stint as touring/studio keyboardist for Bjork, and is a timeless gem of ethereal trip-hop and unclassifiable wigged-out electro moves, now on a remastered LP with a bonus 7"
- a fresh repress of SIGUR ROS' classic album 'Takk' with all the trimmings
- post-minimalist composer NILS FRAHM delivers a potent live release, 'Tripping With Nils Frahm', which captures an epic live show from 2018 at Berlin's historic Funkhaus
- Annie from Chastity Belt and Melina from Jay Som are ROUTINE, with a nice new EP of twangy pop called 'And Other Things' on coke bottle vinyl
- songwriter GUY BLAKESLEE of Entrance/Entrance Band has a new record of earnest Costello-like pop called 'Postcards From the Edge'
- Legendary spooky hip-hop producer DJ MUGGS of Cypress Hill and Soul Assassins fame heads to the Sacred Bones label for a very strong session of haunted instrumentals called 'Dies Occidendum', on red vinyl
- a fresh repress of the deliriously smooth beat tape 'In Flight' by LA producer JINSANG on LP
- nice reissue of a deep one from the Music De Wolfe library, 'Mean & Dirty' by PATCHWORK, 1978 jazz funk led by some very fluid guitar
- underground hip-hop legends CANNIBAL OX return with 'Blade of the Ronin'
- laidback lyrical genius from ELZHI on 'Seven Times Down Eight Times Up'
- the latest monster record from BIG SEAN, 'Detroit 2', in the house on LP
- THE LOX aka Styles P, Sheek Louch, and Jadakiss with a new LP 'Living Off Experience'
- Guitarist Mary Halvorson co-leads the jazz quintet THUMBSCREW on 'Never Is Enough'
- new LPs from CHARLES LLOYD and BRAXTON COOK
- A pair of new collections from Jazzman continue their SPIRITUAL JAZZ series with tracks from contemporaries like Makaya McCraven, Nat Birchall, Angel Bat Dawid, and many more
- the rarest record on the Strata label is MAULAWI NURURDIN's self-titled 1974 album, expanded now with extra tracks and revamped artwork
- one of the more uncompromising Incus releases from soprano saxophonist EVAN PARKER, 'Monoceros', gets a limited reissue
- ambient duo WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN reflect on Calvino for a new LP called 'Invisible Cities' on beer orange colored vinyl. my, I do love me some orange beer.
- Dutch improv rock trio with a very good name UNIVERSITY CHALLENGED introduce us to their strange world on a massive 2LP called 'Oh Temple', getting strong Popol Vuh / Jackie O MFer vibes from this
- Aussie avant-rock duo CS+KREME deliver 'Howwouldyoufeelwithoutthatthought', a 12" of two lengthy jams that were left over from their iconic 2020 album, the quarantine-defining 'Snoopy'
- MAKGONA TSOHLE REGGI were a South African jazz ensemble credited as the earliest SA musicians to incorporate ska and calypso influences into their sound, just a cracking party record here
- super fluid, undulating cape jazz abounds on the reissue of the rare 'Spring' by the IBRAHIM KHALIL SHIHAB QUARTET
- a dazzling new comp called SILK ROAD collects blazing disco and funk from late 70s Armenia
- the unstoppable Ohio soul label COLEMINE blesses us with a new 3LP box set of their recent singles on the limited edition 'Soul Slabs Vol 2', plus we get a debut LP from Kansas City soul unit THE FREEDOM AFFAIR with 'Freedom Is Love', and a new pressing of the 'Gods Bathroom Floor' 45 from ATMOSPHERE
- Japanese sound-artist Juntaro Yamanouchi has a long, wooly history with his project THE GEROGERIGEGEGE, but his recent work 'Decrescendo', a site specific ambient piece that finds him playing a frame drum in a park, really stands out
- 'Col' is a 1991 cassette only gem from new age musician CARL MATTHEWS that's been long overdue for a vinyl reissue, hitting a melodic sweet spot between Schulze and Roach
- the A.G. COOK album 'Apple' is in stock on LP, the first time any PC MUSIC vinyl has appeared in the shop
- a fleet-footed new EP from producer FLORIST called 'Intermedia 1' finds clarity in delirious tempos
USED VINYL ALERT:
Heavy times in the Used Vinyl Alert this week! We roll out some more special rare folk and blues pressings from names like Sonny Boy Williamson, Gus Cannon, Koko Taylor, Rev Gary Davis, Johnny Shines, Screamin Jay Hawkins, BB King, JB Hutto, Doc Watson, Nimrod Workman, Flatt & Scruggs, Elisabeth Cotten, Stan Rogers, Tony Rice, Norman Blake, the Church Brothers, Uncle Dave Macon, Charlie Moore and many more.
Some classic hip-hop in the mix this week from names like Jay Z, Biz Markie, MC Lyte, KMD, Eric B & Rakim, Too Short, D-Nice, and Public Enemy. Soul, funk and disco aplenty comes from Wilson Pickett, Prince, Gil Scott Heron, Tami Lynn, the Detroit Emeralds, Aretha Franklin, Egyptian Lover, the Isleys, and more, plus a slew of cool gospel LPs and disco 12"s.
Some great pressings from classic names like the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Queen, Velvet Underground, David Bowie, the Grateful Dead, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, the Fugs, Shuggie Otis, the Ventures, Dusty Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, the Cowboy Junkies, New Order, Ratt, Whitesnake, Queensryche, Van Halen, and more.
Recent-ish indie classics abound from Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, The Faint, Heartless Bastards, TV On the Radio, Wilco, Hot Snakes, Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Feist and more. Jazz is in from Chick Corea, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Lou Donaldson, Illinois Jacquet, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, and Gil Evans, while we have some nice electronic LPs from Kraftwerk, The Knife, Zero 7, and some rare soundtracks from Tangerine Dream.
Plus the return of bargain LPs (priced 3 for $5) and a nice stash of punk 7"s round out the week.
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BILLBOARD MAGAZINE'S BIWEEKLY FEATURE ON STRICTLY DISCS:
As part of Billboard’s efforts to best cover the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on the music industry, Chris Eggertsen has been speaking with Angie every other week to chronicle the experience of an independent record store throughout the crisis. Here is a link to the stories in the series so far: