Strictly Discs

May 30, 2024

New This Week At The Shop

Pakistani nightingale AROOJ AFTAB took the world by storm with her 2021 album 'Vulture Prince', which made nearly every critic and publication's year-end list, including noted music fan and list-maker Barack Obama's. She's stayed busy with some interesting collaborations since then, but now rolls out her first proper follow-up on the exquisite 'Night Reign' this week, which expands her phenomenal range. Singing in Urdu, she channels centuries of Pakistani classical music, singing in English, she sounds like Billies Holiday and Eilish. With a minimalist jazz quartet backing (upright bass and harp play a major role), Aftab's voice unfurls, rich and dominant, across songs that relate to nocturnal themes while sounding blazingly illuminated. # LA dream-pop ensemble THE MARIAS prove they're much more than a one-hit wonder with their sublime (literally!) sophomore album 'Submarine'. Frontwoman Maria Zardoya coos and croons over slap-happy synths, bending bass-lines, and the occasional dembow rhythm, perhaps a nod to reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny, who has championed the young group and featured them on his most recent album. A global polyglot vibe reigns on this lovely record; if the latest Khruangbin was too sleepy for you, let this be the pick-me-up. # Nevermind the youngsters, here's RICHARD THOMPSON, who began his music making career in the mid-1960s and has never stopped very long to rest since then. Wielding guitar solos like erudite, long-winded asides, Thompson covers the map on 'Ship To Shore', an impeccable summary of all he is capable of. # West coast jazz improvisers SAM GENDEL and SAM WILKES first came to wider attention with their unassuming 2018 duo album 'Music For Saxofone & Bass Guitar', which blew up conventions with such ease as to feel accidental. The pair of Sam's have stayed very busy since then, but we've yet to get a second installment of their potent sessions as a duo. Until now! 'The Doober' is here, and it's incredible; demonstrating the depths of their synchronicity and their disparate influences across eleven swelling tracks that combine original compositions with reinterpretations in uncanny ways. Witness album highlight 'Ben Hur', which builds a funereal dirge on a rhythmic lattice of a trotting horse, then slowly transforms into a resplendent version of Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game'. Wtf, guys. Not sure what a Doober is, but please pass it over thisaway.
Hong Kong British artist MUI ZYU made one of last year's best records, and she's back at it with 'nothing or something to die for', which once again transforms creepy, baroque melodies into illuminating and peppy bedroom dream-pop. Just like the last one, easily a half dozen tracks here will be stuck in your head immediately. I'm hoping that the Chicago prog-pop duo FINOM aren't on the run from anyone, because they keep changing their name. Who do they think they are, God? 'Not God' clears up at least one of those questions, another immensely compelling collection of humorous, relatable art pop that channels the playful chops of the Roches and Robert Wyatt. Ethereal gauze-mistress BAT FOR LASHES returns with 'The Dream Of Delphi', and we've got a fresh vinyl edition of the delectable samba pop of RODRIGO AMARANTE's 'Drama'.
Indie superstars LUCIUS have come a long way since their breakout 2013 album 'Wildewoman', so they're taking another crack at it with '(The New) Wildewoman', expanding the arrangements of these classic songs and enlisting guests like Marcus Mumford, Devon Gilfillian, and Brandi Carlile. Brooklyn psych-poppers HABIBI expand their horizons remarkably with the hypnotic and sprawling 'Dreamachine'. Model, actress, daughter of friggin Uma's been a rough go for MAYA HAWKE, I'm sure. Somehow, she still makes deeply relatable music on 'Chaos Angel', a lovely record of 90s-tinged indie pop. Aussie fuzz-rock duo GOOD MORNING channel early Kurt Vile vibes on their debut album 'Barnyard', back in print this week.
Experimental MC and surrealist producer JPEGMAFIA celebrates a decade of looking ominously handsome while standing outside of buildings with limited-edition represses of out-of-print classics 'Veteran', 'LP!', and 'All My Heroes Are Cornballs'. Philadelphia post-hardcore darlings SOUL GLO bring us much-demanded represses of their early EP compilation and the 2019 album 'The N**** In Me Is Me'.
Renowned folk singer, idea animator and obscure thing enjoyer BONNIE PRINCE BILLY enlists his fellow Kentucky colonels NATHAN SALSBURG and TYLER TROTTER for a thing I never thought I'd see (while awake) in my lifetime: a tribute to the eternally underappreciated Baltimore tantric punk band LUNGFISH. On 'Hear The Children Sing & The Evidence', the trio breathes longform life into two classic tracks, turning them into cosmic lullabyes. This one pairs well with the latest beauty from ERIC CHENAUX; on 'Delights Of My Life', the guitarist and vocalist continues to turn the rock song inside out, revealing beautiful guts. We've also got new records from traditionalist lifers ANDERS OSBORNE and SWAMP DOGG.
Finnish multi-talent JIMI TENOR has been dreaming up all styles of music for decades, making him an unpredictable yet reliable listen. On his latest for longtime Finnish jazz-plus label Timmion, he teams up with house band COLD DIAMOND & MINK for some sultry space-age luxotica on 'Is There Love in Outer Space?'. If anyone's gonna find out, it's Jimi. Pianist AKIRA KOSEMURA and electronics whiz LAWRENCE ENGLISH team up for a palatial post-classical ambient album called 'Selene'. New York gonzo abstract rock unit ONEIDA's feral 2002 classic 'Each One Teach One' is back in print, and we've got another Windy City tippler from Numero, as the 'W3NG' comp concocts a parallel-universe AOR station of yore.
We wrap it up with some great reissues! The Mr. Bongo label resurrects an essential gem of Cuban jazz with RAUL GOMEZ's self-titled 1977 album, combining Afro-Cuban style with a bit of string-laden disco sleaze. There are dozens of great albums associated with the British folk revival, but the 1968 debut by PENTANGLE might be the most essential of them all. R.E.M. made their first foray outside of the rustic environs of Athens with their third album, 'Fables Of The Reconstruction', back in print this week. STEVEN WILSON's spooky 2013 classic 'The Raven That Refused To Sing' gets a limited run 10th anniversary pressing.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

Here is your weekly update for May 30. We'll pickup where the Thursday night sneak peek video on our @StrictlyDiscs Instagram and Facebook left off. No frills. Just the artists. The rest is for your 500+ fresh-used digging pleasure downstairs. Some of the headliners this week:

HipHop: Ransom, Juicewrld, Realbadman, Raekwon, Asher Roth, Conway the Machine, Action Bronson, The Scotts - Travis Scott & Kid Cudi, Bun B

Rock/Pop: Frank Zappa/Mothers, Morticia, Steely Dan, The Kinks, Patti Smith, Deep Purple, Sade, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Lou Reed, Scorpion, The Stooges, David Lee Roth, Ted Nugent, Neil Young

Jazz: George Benson, Ray Bryant, Glenn Miller, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Cannonball Adderley

Country: David Allen Coe, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Alabama, Patsy Cline

Contemporary: Sarah McLachlin, Dan Auerbach, I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME, Electric Moon, Comacozer, Avett Brothers

Soul/Funk/Blues: Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Issac Hayes, Carla Thomas, John Prine, Josh White, Revolutionary Blues Band

Soundtracks: Deathwish, Blues Brothers, Thunderball

Assorted Classical, mixed International LPs

Happy Digging!

Sell Us Your HiFi! Tuesdays 11 - 3 with Eric

Our HiFi Buyer/Tech, The Flavor That Kills drummer, Madison College teacher and all-around renaissance man Eric Hartz will be downstairs in the shop on Tuesdays from 11 - 3 in June evaluating HiFi buys.

If you have a receiver or turntable you're looking to part ways with, please do think of us. We are a bit selective and are particularly interested in 70s and early 80s silver-face and woodgrain HiFi components. Speakers can be challenge, especially if they take up a lot of space. But we're happy to hear what you have. Live chats with Eric on Tuesdays or a drop-off and a follow-up from us via phone both work.


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