Strictly Discs

July 28, 2022

New This Week At The Shop

The furniture is piling up at the curbs which can only mean its almost August already, and even the dead of summer, there's no lull in the record storm. This week brings a long-awaited sophomore record from folk-pop songwriter MAGGIE ROGERS. 'Surrender' is here on limited tangerine vinyl and CD, and we have some nice lithographs and autographed cd cards to give away. 'Earthling', the grungy, crunchy, occasionally chamber-poppy solo album from EDDIE VEDDER at last gets its LP release this week. While they last we have the crystal clear vinyl, as well as some nice lithographs to take with purchase. Violinist and songwriter AMANDA SHIRES hits reset with a bold new record of confessional relationship tunes on 'Take It Like A Man' on white vinyl, while country rockers WHISKEY MYERS deliver 'Tornillo' on clear copper wax.
Swedish chaos-makers VIAGRA BOYS are back with another whipcrack of an LP, the funny and degenerate 'Cave World'. Shambolic psych vets THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE turn in their best album since the Bush era with 'Fire Doesn't Grow On Trees'. Pop punk belongs to the kids, but BEACH RATS (a band of relatively grandpa-aged former members of Minor Threat, Lifetime and the Bouncing Souls) manage to turn in a hellofa classic record in 'Rat Beat'. Scuzz-pop duo DEAP VALLY deliver the very high-energy 'Marriage' on orange wax.
About a decade back, Vancouver producer JACK J doled out a couple of smile-inducing, loose-fitting house EPs that attained a rare ubiquity in the dance scene; fun, funky, and mechanically-sound enough to please even the coldest hater. He's been largely quiet since then, so a new full length album from him is a very welcome surprise. 'Opening The Door' finds Jack indulging his Arthur Russell fixation (something we will never begrudge around here) while stitching an almost New Romantic pop sensibility to percolating dance tunes that pay homage to all the right David Mancuso tropes. It's also been quite awhile since we've heard from Texas indie stalwarts SHEARWATER, though frontman Jonathan Meiburg has been boppin around with Emily Cross and Loma. A new disc from the group called 'The Great Awakening' is full of sweeping, introspective tunes that sound oddly unbothered by the chaos of the modern world. A similar vibe is on hand with the latest from upstate NYers FLORIST; led by tuneful vocalist Emily Sprague, this earthy folk-pop unit strikes a blissfully disconnected note not far off from another well-known Berkshires band (Igbay Eefthay). Indie trio FRIENDSHIP return with a sprawling, patient record of perfect pop called 'Love The Stranger', in the house on blue swirl vinyl.
Prolific and unencumbered by genre, Philly musician MOOR MOTHER returns with a fresh disc called 'Jazz Codes', making up the future in real time. West-coast ambient jazz guru CARLOS NINO proves once again that he has the coolest friends on earth with 'Extra Presence', a shimmering new double album with guests like Jamire Williams, Sam Gendel, Laraaji, and Iasos. The hypnotic effects of classical and house music inform the precise jazz of arranger BEN MARC on 'Glass Effect', while Shabaka and the Ancestors percussionist TUMI MOGOROSI steps into the bandleader role for the incandescent protest jazz session 'Group Theory: Black Music'.
Even more jazz heat emerges on the reissue front. Laid back bop abounds on SONNY CLARK's 1957 debut as a bandleader for Blue Note, 'Dial "S" For Sonny'. A deep trip through the JUJU archives turns up an incredible session in 'Live at 131 Prince Street', a 1973 performance at Ornette Coleman's gallery featuring a smoldering take on Pharoah Sanders' "Thembi'. We're psyched to have a nice affordable repress of the spiritual jazz lodestone 'Kawaida' from KUUMBA-TOUDIE HEATH, with its band featuring Don Cherry and Herbie Hancock. The Jazz Room label strikes again with another "25 have / 1,823 want" banger in their reissue of the Florida private press rarity from JAZZBERRY PATCH, which honestly sounds like a bunch of outtakes from 'Headhunters'. Another unearthed gem from the Steve Reid archive turns up the sole 1980 LP from the NEW LIFE TRIO, featuring drummer Reid and a very young Brandon Ross on guitar. The only producer on earth who has possibly sampled all of these artists? That would be MADLIB. His must-hear 2010 beat tape 'History of the Loop Digga' gets a nice repress this week on sky blue colored vinyl.
With production touches of guitar and strings as well as 808s, R&B songwriter ELLA MAI and her incredible voice make her follow-up album 'Heart On My Sleeve' a can't miss. Even though I worry about them, the characters on HBO's EUPHORIA really pick some great tunes to do drugs to, as evidenced by the 'Season 2 Soundtrack' now in stock on vinyl. Is it hot in herre or is it just me? NELLY's multi-platinum classic 'Nellyville' gets a vinyl reissue this week, alongside another pressing of NICKI MINAJ's album 'Beam Me Up Scotty', in case you missed it on Record Store Day.
Southern Lord founder and SunnO))) grim-rober Greg Anderson reincarnates as THE LORD for his tribute to Nordic doom on 'Forest Nocturne', while Darkthrone frontman Fenriz dials into his unreleased ISENGARD material for 'Vandreren'. FUCKED UP reissues their early foray into longform hardcore with a reissue of 2010's 'Year Of The Ox', and we've also got new vinyl editions of the ALKALINE TRIO / HOT WATER MUSIC, and a pair of out of print gems from A GIANT DOG on color wax.
Stridently independent folk-rocker ANI DIFRANCO revisits her magnum opus 'Living In Clip' for a 25th anniversary 3LP edition on red smoke wax, that marks the release's first time ever appearance on vinyl. My Morning Jacket's JIM JAMES dials up a deluxe reissue of his solo album 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God' on clear purple vinyl. If most fans of YO LA TENGO had to pick one album to bring with them to the desert island (which somehow has a killer hifi in this scenario?), it would likely be their '97 gem 'I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One', which gets a lovely reissue this week on yellow wax. JETHRO TULL's 'Thick As A Brick' gets a nice half-speed remaster with its original newspaper sleeve, and LITTLE FEAT's classic live album 'Waiting For Columbus' gets a nice remaster as well. Though they have yet to be awarded a seat at the UN, the fuzz-rock diplomats KING GIZZARD continue to crank out foreign language editions of 'Butterfly 3000'. This week we have the Polish, Swedish, Greek, Serbian, and Welsh versions. éiveli!
An incredible 2LP set from the Sublime Frequencies label collects hard to find, deeply infectious surf-rock and soul gems from female vocalist PHU'O'NG TAM. One of the headier psychedelic records from the golden era of Brazilian pop is reissued on ALCEU VALENCA's 'Molhado De Suor'. Prolific Italian dance producer is better known to the world as ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK, thanks to his absolutely perfect '84 record 'Ce N'est Q'Un Debut', and its all time classic tune "Problemes D'amour". Finnish jazz headliners KOMA SAXO return with a gorgeous album of approachable improv with 'Koma West', on red vinyl and a stunning foil sleeve. Moroccan producer HASSAN IDEDDIR pulled a little bit from all over, primarily Algerian rai and Belgian new beat, for his 1990 dance smash 'Atfalouna'. Japanese ambient musician EIKI NONAKA was a member of Interior, known for their one incredible album on Windham Hill. In the 90s he made a powerful record of tropical chill called 'A-Key', with guest musicians including the very influential Seigen Ono and Yasuaki Shimizu.
Some super swell comps in the house this week! 'Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Music In The Digital Age, 1983-1992' and 'Burning it Up Australian Reggae 1979-86' each reveal deep worlds you may not have expected to exist at all. A new one from the No Wahala label, 'Crossroads Kenya', collects some deeply grooving guitar-led benga from the 1980s. 'Earl's Closet' collects a slew of unheard demo recordings from a snapshot of 70s artists, collected by a little-known member of the music biz named Earl McGrath, who parlayed his friendship with Atlantic's Ahmet Ertegun into a brief tenure running the Rolling Stones' sublabel. The ever-on-point Athens of the North label delivers a pair of hitters: IKE NOBLE & THE UPTIGHTS were Little Rock, AR's local answer to James Brown, while crooner ARTHUR PONDER turned in some silky smooth modern soul for small Georgia labels in the 1980s.
Russian DJ extraordinaire NINA KRAVIZ teases her upcoming pop-oriented album with a lovely single called 'This Time' packaged with giant poster. A pair of longitudinal THEO PARRISH remixes of Japanese house producer KUNIYUKI stand the test of time with a fresh edition over 15 years since their original release. A fresh cut of the bouncy, party ready 'Hooked' EP from producer DJOKO is back, on the Shall Not Fade label. Canadian producer KHOTIN makes some of the most irresistible pop ambient sketchwork out there, and his mighty 2017 album 'New Tab' has gotten a fresh repress with a new remaster. 'City of Djinn', the 1997 pairing of THE ROOTSMAN and MUSLIMGAUZE, gets a lovely vinyl edition this week, showcasing its brilliant blend of detuned dub and tribal ambient. Lastly, ALVA NOTO + RYUICHI SAKAMOTO, two of the best to ever play the atmospheric minimalism game, deliver a beautiful remastered edition of their 2005 classic 'Insen'.

Used Vinyl Alert

Plenty of heat in the Used Vinyl Alert this week! Beloved names like Queen, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, the Doors, and Neil Young are here, plus prog from Hawkwind, King Crimson, Man, Focus, Frijid Pink, and ELP, and heavy essentials like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC, and a nice crop of rare one-off psych gems, including some regional favorites.

80s/90s wave and alternative is in from Peter Gabriel, INXS, Bob Mould, Jane's Addiction, Nitzer Ebb, KMFDM, Midnight Oil, the Smithereens, REM, and Echo & the Bunnymen. New 45s include classics from Minor Threat, Burning Airlines, Mudhoney, Pavement, and Oasis. Recent LPs from Animal Collective, Camera Obscura, the Knife, Autechre, and Boards of Canada are in.

Another eye-popping jazz selection this week includes multiple titles from names like Kenny Burrell, David Murray, James Blood Ulmer, Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor, Lockjaw Davis, Leo Smith, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, George Braith, Hamiet Bluiett, Dollar Brand, Jack DeJohnette, Oliver Lake, Art Ensemble, Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, Thelonious Monk, and more.

Classic hip-hop alert! Seldom seen jewels are here from Slick Rick, NWA, Salt N Pepa, Digable Planets, Public Enemy, Madlib, Immortal Technique, Muggs, Dead Prez, Saul Williams, Tim Dog, Mos Def, J Dilla, and Boogie Down Productions. Soul is in from Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, the Stylistics, Vivian Reed, Isaac Hayes and many others.

The rest of our selection runs from deep 20th century classical and modern composition, to reggae, to blues, to poetry and spoken word, and female vocalists from Edith Piaf to Billie Holiday.

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