Strictly Discs

June 29, 2023

New This Week At The Shop

Ever since she got turned loose, NEKO CASE has been blessing the world with the message of her fiery songcraft. 'Wild Creatures' is a career retrospective album containing twenty-three of her most impactful tracks, and comes with an extensive booklet of essays and commentary from a host of musical and literary luminaries. Veteran rocker LUCINDA WILLIAMS turns similarly introspective with 'Stories From A Rock n Roll Heart', and we've got reissues from a pair of lovingly defiant icons: JANELLE MONAE brings back 'Electric Lady' on clear vinyl while ANI DIFRANCO takes us back to 'Little Plastic Castle'. KESHA has clearly had enough of the mess by the looks of 'Gag Order' while JAPANESE HOUSE turns in tender fitting-room altpop on 'In The End It Always Does'.
A new collection of unheard material sheds more light on the sainted musician ARTHUR RUSSELL's final period. 'Picture Of Bunny Rabbit' collects rehearsals and demos (Russell famously reworked his music over and over, never truly considering it "finished") from around the time of his swan song, 'World of Echo'. If you've ever found yourself lost and then found in that album's dubbed-out mirror maze, you will delight at having even more paths to try, including a hauntingly pared-down version of "In the Light of the Miracle". Brattleboro bad boys PHISH have seen fit to reissue their fan-favorite record 'Farmhouse', originally released in 2000 at the absolute nadir of vinyl production. This new edition comes on 'northern lights' color wax, with a 2x180 gram remaster. The Numero Group continue to top themselves with the latest in their Cabinet of Curiosities series of thematic compilations. 'L80s: So Unusual' collects unsung smooth jammers so fine, they could only come clothed in a sleeve made of actual denim. It's been fifty years since SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE's classic album 'Fresh' first came out, bewildering critics but providing an unimpeachable blueprint for funk-rock on songs like 'If You Want Me To Stay'. LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES brought us the 'New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera' twenty five years ago, and now we've got a fresh printing of this essential party kit. We're feeling particularly old-aged to hear its been twenty years since KING GEEDORAH(aka MF DOOM) dropped 'Take Me To Your Leader'. Depending on the day, this set of flittering lyrics and herbaceous sample flips could be called the metal faced fellow's finest effort.
Keyboardist and composer JOHN CARROLL KIRBY keeps the frisky sunk flowing on another clutch album called 'Blowout'. KHRUANGBIN feature another one of their talented friends in NUBYA GARCIA on a new split live album, 'Live at Radio City Music Hall'. In anticipation of a new album from him, we welcome a trio of represses from UK trumpeter and composer MATTHEW HALSALL: 'Fletcher Moss Park' , 'Into Forever' and 'Colour Yes'. ARCHIE SHEPP and his cohort get especially far out on 1975's 'There's A Trumpet In My Soul', back in print this week alongside two bangers from SUN RA. 'The Space Age Is Here To Stay' collects decades of vocal tracks from the Arkestra in one place, while an expanded edition of 'Jazz In Silhouette' captures the late 50s period where he left bop behind for good.
Lawrence, Kansas, power duo SWEEPING PROMISES made fans out of every record store clerk in the land with their whipsmart debut album, and they return now with 'Good Living Is Coming For You', another short sharp shock of skeletal post-punk with plenty of fight in it, taking the best parts of Sleater-Kinney and early Devo into their basement lab. Amarillo guitar whiz HAYDEN PEDIGO continues to come up with creative ways to inject new narratives into the dusty fingerstyle canon on 'The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored'. Folk-rocker ANNA ST. LOUIS ups her game bigtime on the swooning, surging 'In The Air', while Fontaines D.C. frontman GRIAN CHATTEN steps out for his first solo jawn, 'ChaosFor The Fly'. Lofi newjack ALEX G treats fans with a super limited edition new live disc, and we have a repress of the first album from WILD PINK, 'Yolk in the Fur'.
KIERAN HEBDEN & WILLIAM TYLER team up for two longform rhythmic & bluesnik excursions on ''Darkness, Darkness / No Services', inaugurating a new collab series on the Psychic Hotline label. Pennsylvania rockers SUPERHEAVEN revisit their album 'Jar' on its 10th anniversary; if you missed this the first time around like we did, its major Hum meets Cave-In vibes here. THE FLESHTONES' 'Do You Swing?' gets a red and pink vinyl repress for its 20th anniversary. Pastiche post-rockers SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE deliver reprints of two early LPs, 'Hypnic Jerks' and 'Pleasure Suck'. Belgian experimental pop collective AKSAK MABOUL remain as inventive as ever in their fourth decade on 'Une Adventure De VV', with guest vocals from Laetitia Sadier.
There's two types of people in this world: people who love WOO, and people who haven't heard them yet. The Ives brothers of South London have whiled away several decades honing their truly one of a kind take on hushed, homespun dream-pop, and now we have the definitive edition of what's arguably their best album, 'Into The Heart Of Love', originally only released on cassette back in 1990. Arthur Jeffes continues to carry the PENGUIN CAFE torch with a splendid new disc, 'Rain Before Seven'. Textural ambient pioneer TIM HECKER keeps pushing himself to new highs on 'No Highs', which pairs well with a stirring new collection from austere composer RICHARD SKELTON called 'Selenodesy'. Beguilingly interlaid spoken poetry clambers atop humid synth on the incredible 'Fiction of the Physical' by ELLEN ZWEIG, a collection of unreleased 80s material. One of the holy grails of early electronic music from Japan is 'Divin', the 1981 album by a mysterious woman under the TOLERANCE moniker; this deeply abstracted experience gets its best-sounding edition yet, expanded to two 45 rpm discs my Mesh-Key.
Certified sick puppies KHANATE break a decade-plus of silence with a fresh drone/doom three-track album called 'To Be Cruel', on white wax just to soften the blow a little. A fresh dash of post-metal brutality comes in via THE BODY; 'I Shall Die Here / Earth Triumphant' was produced with THE HAXAN CLOAK for an extra layer of cursed sludge. Ringleader of the tormentors SWANS return with a sprawling new disc called 'The Beggar', and we welcome reissues of noise-rockers SIX FINGER SATELLITE with a color edition of 'The Pigeon Is the Most Popular Bird', an early highlight in the knotty WOLF EYES canon, 'w/SPYKES', features the crucial trinity of Dilloway, Olson and Young, and last but certainly least, new pressings of a pair of puerile PUSCIFER platters, 'C is for...' and 'V is For...'

Used Vinyl LP Alert

For this week's Used Vinyl Alert, clean hard rock & prog continues to flood the new arrivals bins! We have sharp copies from groups like Camel, Argent, Focus, The Groundhogs, Kiss, Baby, UFO, Rush, Black Sabbath, Redbone & many more. There's no shortage of classic rock and pop either - scores of classic titles from Electric Light Orchestra, Queen, Manfred Mann, JJ Cale, Grateful Dead, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, 13th Floor Elevators, Tom Waits, Van Morrison and lots more!

A sweet selection of contemporary LPs are in (some out of print and tough to track down nowadays). Lots of 90s & 00s artists, from the likes of like The Microphones, Yellow Ostrich, Sufjan Stevens, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Alex G., Bright Eyes, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Shins, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers & Mac Demarco, among others.

Jazz and soul are in this week from Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters, George Duke, Dave Brubeck, Wes Montgomery, John Scofield, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Funk Inc., & more.

We round things out this week with some country classics from Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Johnny Cash, Randy Travis, Marty Robbins & Willie Nelson.

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