Email February 22, 2018
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
Hello SD readers, listeners, and collectors! Another week is already in the books, and we're back in your inbox with a MASSIVE rundown on what's new in the shop. Pull up a chair and put a pot of coffee on, cuz this one's a doozy.
Let's start with a couple things a lot of us have been waiting for! Near the close of last year, Karin Dreijer of The Knife dropped a surprise digital-only release by her solo venture Fever Ray, nearly a decade after her chart-topping debut. At last, we've got CDs and LP copies of 'Plunge'. Good news as well on the Bowie front, as the latest round of LP reissues from his catalog have arrived. This batch covers the Berlin period, including 'Heroes', 'Lodger', 'Scary Monsters', and the one everyone wants and needs, 'Low'!
A pair of fierce and talented women grace us with new records. We've got 'Chime', a sparkling new album from the Doomtree rapper/vocalist Dessa, and 'All At Once', a hard-charging new album from guitar master Marissa Paternoster's band Screaming Females.
We've also got new albums from S. Carey, Lo Moon, Dylan Pratt, the Low Anthem, Grant Lee Phillips, Totally Mild, and Courtney Marie Andrews! Bjork delivers us a new EP, and we've got fresh vinyl from Ty Dolla Sign.
North African guitar band Imarhan stunned us with their debut album and live show a couple years back, announcing themselves as the heirs to the legendary Tinariwen's desert groove. They return with another impeccable album, called 'Kemet'. We've also got a vinyl repress of Tony Allen's 1999 afrobeat banger 'Black Voices'.
We've got three essential, legit and remastered Isaac Hayes LPs in, basically the holy trinity of his catalog: 'Shaft', 'Hot Buttered Soul', and 'Black Moses'.
Nina Simone's Colpix singles are compiled on one handy LP, and we've got copies of the legendary 1973 protest soul album 'Ghetto Misfortune's Wealth' from 24 Karat Black in on a nice vinyl repress.
2 extremely deeply compiled CDs bring you rare delicacies from the world of jazz. Some of these tracks come from LPs commanding 4 figures on the resale market. I dunno about you but that doesn't fly with my wallet. 'J Jazz' collects Japanese deep cuts from the 70s/80s, while 'Jazz Dance Fusion' finds longtime selector Colin Curtis showing off his unparalleled knowledge of latin- and funk-fueled cuts for moving. We've also got a nice reissue of Bill Evans' last LP for Riverside, 'Live at Shelly's Manne Hole', and a slick reprint of the incredible 'Sunshine Man' LP from Harold Alexander, a 1971 LP that sits alongside Pharaoh Sanders and Leon Thomas on the ecstatic jazz spectrum.
Solid slate of new guitar CDs this week from the blues and jazz realms; check out new titles from Al Di Meola, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, and Michael Landau.
USED VINYL ALERT:
Heading downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we're taking you on another vinyl journey this week, through a collection that is especially strong on jazz, soundtracks, international and exotica, and female vocalists.
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OTHERS TALK BACK:
This isn't the spot to lay down odds on the third race. OTB is where Others Talk Back and give you the lowdown on what they've been feeling lately. This one's for the customers.
Superchunk – “What A Time to Be Alive” Since their return in 2009, Superchunk has released two albums, one in 2010, and another in 2013. Those albums were good but not great. But those albums were more than one would expect from a band who had not released an album in ten years and had basically stopped touring. The five year wait, however, for “What A Time to Be Alive “was definitely worth it. “What A Time to Be Alive” is as good as any the band released in their classic years – those years being roughly from 1990 to 1995. Yes, it is that good. If you were ever a fun of Superchunk you will have to pick this one up right away. Just remember, it is that good. - Ted
Shannon and The Clams - “Onion” Shannon and the Clams (SATC) have released four albums since 2009. Before this album, Shannon Shaw and her band cranked out a sixties garage/surf sound. They were fun, but also a bit jokey, playing everything for laughs. “Onion” was produced by Dan Auerbach of Black Keys fame. It appears that during the production, Mr. Auerbach and the band went back and looked at the deep background of the band’s sound. They swept aside the jokey parts and went back to what made the songs so great so many years ago. Those songs that got the band hooked on the sounds of the sixties in the first place. The time frame for the new album is 1963 to 1965, and includes soul, R&B, pop, surf, girl groups and more. SATC songs on “Onion” are not pastiches of the early sixties, but songs that take the best parts of the sixties and build upon them to make great songs, songs that are great regardless of the time frame. “Onion” is a head turner when compared to what the band did before. And there is nothing wrong with growth! - Ted
Marlon Williams – “Make Way For Love” Mr. Williams is only 28 and this is only his second album. How a man as young as Mr. Williams can make an album that sounds like it is from another era but still sound so totally fresh is astounding. The sweet and high voice of Mr. Williams conjures up visions of a young Roy Orbison. The country/pop music also seems to bring back another era. But as with Shannon and the Clams, there is more going on with Mr. Williams than revivals. His talent is what makes this album something familiar but also some new. And his vocal talent is astounding. “Make Way For Love” is an album from a talent that is just beginning. One wonders what he will do in the next few years. - Ted