Strictly Discs

July 27, 2023

New This Week At The Shop

Greetings! Hope you like great records cuz we've got a slew of em this week! We start with a major new sonic event from Chicago-and-beyond improvisers DAMON LOCKS and ROB MAZUREK. 'New Future City Radio' traverses genre with the vivre of a well-flung FM dial, and the International Anthem label has put together an incredible 24 hour listening event to celebrate it. Starting at midnight, a stream of radio mixes curated by labels like Strut, Luaka Bop, Brownswood, Nonesuch and Numero will be running at the link here ( as well as live material from Damon and Rob. A couple dozen shops around the world will be playing the stream in-store on Friday and we are proud to be one of them! 'Nfcr' pairs well with a new record from HIGH PULP; the west-coast future jazz ensemble welcomes guests like Jeff Parker, Brandee Younger, and James Brandon Lewis on 'Days In the Desert'. When POST MALONE first flashed in the pan, I doubt many expected his fame would last a year, let alone long enough to release five studio albums! The affable rapper has leaned harder into the harmonizing on 'Austin', remaking himself as some kindof††face-tatted Don Henley whose parents are gonna be gone all summer. Nigerian disco-funk vocalist AYO MANUEL released a pair of extremely rare LPs in the 80s, which the mighty Soundway label has now condensed into an explosive lil reissue disc.†
Just in case anyone doubted her continued vitality, JONI MITCHELL made a surprise visit to the Newport Folk Festival last year, making her first live appearance in close to eight years alongside guests like Wynonna Judd and Brandi Carlile. The performance is commemorated with a limited 2LP set, and it comes with a nice poster while they last. Canadian new age folk legend BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND continues his miraculous career with 'The Ones Ahead', pairing well with a new record from the 90-and-thriving Cuban jazz singer OMARA PORTUONDO. We're still blushing and gushing over her latest album and now JANELLE MONAE delivers a limited clear vinyl repress of her 2018 classic 'Dirty Computer'.
The almighty APHEX TWIN has a new EP out this week, his first new music in five years. 'Blackbox Life Recorder' is four songs of elliptical dreamy IDM, and it is packaged in a massive fold-out diorama that may or may not be a portal to a new dimension. Electro-pop chanteuse JESSY LANZA returns with another evocative banger called 'Love Hallucination'. Veteran producers KODE9 and BURIAL helped bring dubstep into this world and by gum, they can help take it out too. A new split 12" from them heads in a number of new directions. Beloved blooper ANTHONY NAPLES continues his incredible run of brainy chillout with another incredible set called 'orbs'.
The Elemental label restores a quartet of foundational R&B from back when the B really stood for blues: HOWLIN WOLF's 1971 album 'Message To The Young', JOHN LEE HOOKER's '73 classic 'Born In Mississippi, Raised Up In Tennessee', IKE & TINA TURNER's 1969 session 'The Hunter', and CHUCK BERRY's 'In Memphis'.
Beaucoup audiophile jazz LPs land this week including CANNONBALL ADDERLEY's 'Quintet In Chicago' via Verve/Acoustic Sounds; MAL WALDRON's roiling 'Mal/2' features guests Jackie McLean and John Coltrane; FREDDIE HUBBARD's adventurous soul-jazz classic 'Blue Spirits' includes soloists Hank MObley and Joe Henderson, and gets the Tone Poet treatment this week alongside KENNY BURRELL's 'Introducing'.
Korean indie-folk genius MID-AIR THIEF sees his recent classic 'Gongjoong Doduk' get a new pressing on orange and pink vinyl; fans of Grizzly Bear or early Fleet Foxes take a listen.†Pop naturalist CUT WORMS is back with another lovely third album, and we've got a fresh rambler from indie veterans THE CLIENTELE called 'I Am Not There Anymore'. Avant-garde folkies GUNN TRUSCINSKI NACE form a new trio of fluttering, understated brilliance on 'Glass Band'.
The GRATEFUL DEAD 'Live at RFK Stadium' set, widely considered the peak of their 1973 tour and featuring encore performances joined by the Allman Brothers, gets a very limited 8 disc vinyl edition this week, almost as big as the mega-deluxe 'Extended Impera' set from GHOST. We're also charmed to have new records in from GEORGIA and THE BUDOS BAND.
A pair of reprints of classic PRINCE records are in: the 1988 Bowie and Sly-channeling 'Lovesexy', and his 1994 album 'Come', which concluded his run on Warner in magnificently weird jazz/funk/orchestral fashion. Despite it's unassuming cover, many of the most beloved tunes in the STEELY DAN canon come from 'Pretzel Logic', which is back in print this week alongside its private press spiritual counterpart, CHUCK SENRICK's soft-lounge gem 'Dreamin'.
After he was in grind pioneers Napalm Death and before he reinvented gloom as Jesu, Justin Broadrick made some uncanny industrial music somewhere in between those two poles in a duo called GODFLESH. On new album 'Purge', they revisit the themes of their 1991 classic 'Pure', pairing pummeling guitar noise with synthetic rhythm. KORN revisit their 'Untitled' album in a new expanded edition, and we've new albums from heavy vets SEVENDUST with 'Truth Killer' and MUTOID MAN with 'Mutants'.
KING GIZZARD und el Lizard Wizard reboot their classic 'Flying Microtonal Banana' in a new 'eco-wax edition'. Rattlesnake anyone? Melodic indie-rockers 12 RODS are a serious artifact of the 90s, but what if they reformed and made a new record? Well they did, and its called 'If We Stayed Alive' and its just as strangely enchanting as their old stuff. Follow that up with a couple more essential 90s punk gems back on wax this week: BAD RELIGION's 'Recipe For Hate' and AVAIL's '4 AM Friday'.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

Cool records only in the Used Vinyl Alert this week. Plenty of icy cold ones from our fave names like Rush, the Grateful Dead, the Eagles, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Steely Dan and Donald Fagen solo,Warren Zevon, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Yes, The Doors, David Bowie, Jimmy Buffett, The Who, and Paul McCartney. Essential heavy stuff as well, from Kiss, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Black Sabbath and Ozzy solo, Blue ÷yster Cult, MŲtley CrŁe, Vinnie Vincent, Slade, and Judas Priest. Classic punk and new wave comes through from The Go-Gos, the Clash, the Dead Boys, the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Vapors, Iggy Pop, Wire, and Beat Happening.

An absolute motherlode in the jazz department this week. We've got a few vintage pressings here and there, but the bulk of the selection this week is more recent audiophile pressings, many of which are already long out of print despite not being that old. If you've been looking to upgrade, now is your chance! The roster includes Elmo Hope, Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, Art Blakey, Stan Getz, Stan Turrentine, Ron Carter, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Milt Jackson, Jackie McLean, Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, Hank Mobley, Cannonball Adderley, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Jordan, Duke Pearson, Jimmy Smith, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Redd, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Clark, and even more.

Weve got plenty of classic songwriters and song-singers like John Martyn, Delaney and Bonnie, Tim Hardin, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Carole King, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Elton John, Billy Joel, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, and Frank Sinatra. Fantastic blues records from Muddy Waters, Howliní Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Roosevelt Sykes, Otis Spann, BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Little Walter, and some classic country from Jerry Reed, Hank Williams, The Dillards, Randy Travis, and Vince Gill.

An above-average crop of hard to find classical records are in this week, lots of them audiophile editions. Experimental gems are in from Barton and Priscilla McLean, Charles Dodge, Luc Ferrari, Julius Eastman, Jim OíRourke, Daniel Bachman, Bardo Pond and Acid Mothers Temple.

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