Strictly Discs

May 4, 2023

New This Week At The Shop

Ohio singer DURAND JONES is a leader in the modern soul revival, with a voice that absolutely gleams with honesty. A new record from him called 'Wait Til I Get Over' finds Jones in a solo mode, sans The Indications, reflecting on his small-town Louisiana upbringing, tightening the personal microscope while keeping his gospel soul production raw and rootsy. (Blue Jay color vinyl available) London songwriter WESTERMAN charmed the bejeezus out of us with his debut album a few years back, a blissfully harmonic soft-rock affair produced by Bullion. For his follow up, 'An Inbuilt Fault', he's teamed up with Big Thief's James Krivchenia and a crew of LA musicians for another instant classic; this one has a bit more tension and fragility to it, with Westerman's glowing vocals keeping things buoyant. (Transparent sun yellow vinyl available) Sophisticated disco queen JESSIE WARE is back with another cracking album of heady and fun dance-pop called 'That! Feels Good!', which must be about her physical therapist. Modern T-Rexicans THE LEMON TWIGS are back with another gorgeous set of soft-glam tearjerkers called 'Everything Harmony', which will have you longing for the days when a Snickers bar cost a quarter.
Jack White's better half OLIVIA JEAN returns to Third Man for another session of stalking, gothic rock called 'Raving Ghost' (Phantom Amethyst color vinyl available). Affable crooner ED SHEERAN really packs 'em in on his latest record of soaring ballads called 'Subtract'. (Indie exclusive white vinyl available, as well as yellow) YOUNG THE GIANT return from long hiatus with 'American Bollywood', and we have the debut from Needtobreathe's Bear Rinehart as WILDER WOODS, with the hotly-anticipated neo-soul of 'Fever/Sky'.
Veteran riff-generators SMASHING PUMPKINS are no stranger to epics; Corgan and co are back with 'Atum', a vast new 4LP rock opera that's in-stock while it lasts in its limitedindie version, which includes several bonus lithographs. There is a new GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY film headed to theaters soon so we have 'Awesome Mix Vol. 3' in stock on LP, along with some crucial limited color reprints of two from MASTODON, 'Leviathan'and 'Call Of The Mastodon'.
Cape Town percussionist ASHER GAMEDZE makes his debut on the International Anthem label with 'Turbulence and Pulse', an extended rumination on metaphors of time, space, and travel through music that hits with the same sense of measured power as recent efforts from Makaya McCraven and Angel Bat Dawid. 'Tribal Dance', the overwhelmingly potent 1977 soul-jazz burner from bassist HENRY FRANKLIN gets a much needed reissue, plus we've got the vinyl edition of the gorgeous new release from the limber-lipped vocalist CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT called 'Melusine', and the latest from all-female jazz supergroup ARTEMIS, called 'In Real Time'.
Guitarist and songwriter BILL DIREEN was a crucial member of the early New Zealand indie scene, and his 1984 album 'Split Seconds' is the perfect snapshot of his timeless take on Velvet Underground/Modern Lovers-style jangle. It's impossibly rare and so is this limited run reissue we have now. Before he began gently blowing minds with Built To Spill, Doug Martsch was a member of the Boise post-hardcore band TREEPEOPLE. Their 1991 album 'Guilt, Regret and Embarrassment' is a nearly-perfect combination of Husker-style bombast and the melodic indie rock Martsch would later make a career on, and its been expanded with a 30 year reissue this week. The year-2000 classic 'Unsolved' from jazzy post-rockers KARATE finally gets a necessary standalone 2xLP reissue from Numero, and we've got a fresh color vinyl edition of the BUTTHOLE SURFERS's 2001 album 'Weird Revolution'.
Tommy aint my boy! The DE LA SOUL reissue program arrives at the brainy rappers third album and fan favorite, 'Buhloone Mindstate'. It's all here, and its all cleared....even the skits! Veteran duo ATMOSPHERE returns with one of their headier efforts, 'So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously'. Hey, that spells "S'mores"! No strangers to spelling it out themselves, THE WU TANG CLAN bless us with new editions of some out of print 00s albums, 'Chamber Music' and 'Legendary Weapons'.
The Analog Africa label delivers another one of their immediately essential LP reproductions, this time its the 1982 album of blazing, funky highlife from Nigeria's THE GOOD SAMARITANS, 'No Food Without Taste If By Hunger'. The Soul Jazz STUDIO ONE series presses on with 'Space-Age Dub Special', a collection of rare, non-commercial dubplates by Coxsone Dodd that are fantastically far out. After leaving the Temptations, DAVID RUFFIN released one of the most essential Motown records ever with his 1973 self-titled LP. It's never been reissued since then until now, along with the equally momentous 'Shotgun' by JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS, also back in print this week.
The swansong of modern Japanese psychsters KIKAGAKU MOYO continues, as their label Guruguru Brain offers what it claims are the final (!!) reissues of the band's incredible catalog. While they last, we'll be stocking 'Kikagaku Moyo', 'Forest Of Lost Children', 'House In The Tall Grass', and 'Masana Temples'.
Percussionist godfather DAVE LOMBARDO (Slayer, Mr. Bungle) has long offered glimpses of a more experimental, genre-free side of his pummeling abilities, but never before with a full solo album like he brings us now on 'Rites Of Percussion'. Louisville free-rock ensemble EQUIPMENT POINTED ANKH make some of the greatest rural psych we've heard in a minute on the Henry Flynt/Arnold Dreyblatt inspired album 'Without Human Permission'. Mutant improvising drummer CHRIS CORSANO teams up with guitarist RYLEY WALKER and Chicago jam bassist ANDREW SCOTT YOUNG on 'Belladonna Garnish', while the Aussie guitarist OREN AMBARCHI joins Swedish avant-vets JOHAN BERTHLING and ANDREAS WERLIIN on a new disc called 'Ghosted'.
Downtempo chiefs TOSCA revisit their '03 classic 'Dehli9' with a remastered four LP reissue. RODNEY CROWELL's latest album, 'The Chicago Sessions', was produced by Jeff Tweedy. Finally, last and certainly not least, reissues are here of two crucial mid-90s albums from the massively influential jazz trio MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD, who caused a lot of "you got chocolate in my peanut butter" moments for the jazz, rock and jamband scenes with 'Friday Afternoon In The Universe' and 'Shack-Man', neither of which have ever been available on vinyl until now. If you've ever seen these on LP before, you imagined it completely! Might want to get that checked out.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

This week's Used Vinyl drop is fully loaded with with heavy hitters with almost all genres represented. Rock is well represented with some names we don't see very often in the basement like The Clash, The Ramones, Laurie Anderson, Black Crowes, Jack White, The Cult, Del Shannon, Talking Heads, and The Four Seasons. We also have lots of titles from favorite artists such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Van Halen, Elvis Costello, The Yardbirds, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, The Beach Boys, ZZ Top, Traffic, Stephen Stills, and Prince.

We've got country favorites hitting the floor by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Merle, Haggard, Charley Pride, Bobby Bare, Buck Owens, Gene Watson, Gene Autry, Bobbie Gentry, Carl Perkins, Tammy Wynette, and Rodney Crowell.

We're keeping our Jazz-heads happy with a grip from Bill Evans, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Phil Woods, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Smith, Gary Burton, Ramsey Lewis, Jean Luc Ponty, Oscar Peterson, and Gato Barbieri.


Rounding things out for the week we've got plenty of experimental, electronic, folk, soul, international, soundtracks, blues, and classical with what we've highlighted above.

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