Jimmy Eat World - Surviving - RCA
Surviving is the new album from American rock band Jimmy Eat World. This new set marks the groups 10th studio album, and is released on their 25th Anniversary as a band! The album features a reworked version of fan favorite “Love Never” plus “All the Way (Stay).”
Jim James / Teddy Abrams / Louisville Orchestra - The Order of Nature - Decca
The Order of Nature presents a hypnotic meeting of the classical and folk-rock worlds with both classic and brand-new material by Jim James (lead singer of critically/commercially successful My Morning Jacket) and fused with Teddy Abrams’ inspired orchestrations with the Louisville Orchestra.
clipping. - There Existed An Addiction To Blood - Sub Pop
The science-fiction visionary Octavia Butler once declared that “there is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.” The aphorism could apply to any art form where the basic contours are fixed, but the appetite for innovation remains infinite. Enter clipping, flash fiction genre masters in a hip-hop world firmly rooted in memoir. If first person confessionals historically reign, the mid-city Los Angeles trio of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes have spent the last half-decade terraforming their own patch of soil, replete with conceptual labyrinths and industrial chaos. They have conjured a mutant emanation of the future, built at odd angles atop the hallowed foundation of the past. Their third album for Sub Pop, There Existed An Addiction To Blood, finds them interpreting another rap splinter sect through their singular lens. This is Clipping’s transmutation of horrorcore, a purposefully absurdist sub-genre that flourished in the mid-90s. If some of its most notable pioneers included Brotha Lynch Hung and Gravediggaz, it also encompasses seminal works from the Geto Boys, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and the near-entirety of classic Memphis cassette tape rap. The most subversive and experimental rap has often presented itself as an “alternative” to conventional sounds, but Clipping respectfully warp them into new constellations. There Existed an Addiction to Blood absorbs the hyper-violent horror tropes of the Murder Dog era, but re-imagines them in a new light: still darkly-tinted and somber, but in a weirder and more vivid hue. The album contains interludes with hissing recordings of demonic invasions, and guest appearances from Griselda Gang’s Benny the Butcher and Hypnotize Minds horror queen La Chat. Other tracks feature contributions from noise music legends The Rita and Pedestrian Deposit. It all ends with “Piano Burning,” a performance of a piece written by the avant-garde composer Annea Lockwood. Yes, it is the sound of a piano burning. There Existed an Addiction to Blood fits neatly into the broader scope of the band’s career, which has seen them expand from insular experimentalists into globally recognized artists. Since the release of their first album in 2013, Diggs has won a Tony and a Grammy (both for his acting/rapping work as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in Hamilton), as well as co-written and starred in 2018’s critically hailed Blindspotting, while Snipes and Hutson have scored numerous films and television shows. Clipping’s last album, the 2016 afro-futurist dystopian space opus Splendor & Misery was recently named one of Pitchfork’s Best Industrial Albums of All-Time. Commissioned for an episode of This American Life, their 2017 single “The Deep” became the inspiration for a novel of the same name, written by Rivers Solomon and published by Saga Press. But their latest masterwork embodies what the band had been building towards — a work that finds them without peer. This is experimental hip-hop built to bang in a post-apocalyptic club bursting with radiation. It’s horrorcore that soaks up past blood and replants it into a different organism, undead but dangerously alive. It is a new sun, blindingly bright and built to burn your retinas.
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On Live - Motown
‘What's Going On Live’ features Marvin Gaye’s legendary concert – the only live performance of his iconic 1971 What’s Going On album in full – recorded in February of 1972 at the Kennedy Center in his Washington, D.C. hometown, & notable as Marvin’s first concert after a 4 year hiatus. After being shelved for decades, the recording was eventually released on CD in 2001 within Motown/UMe’s expanded deluxe edition for the What’s Going On album. Never before issued on vinyl or as a standalone CD, What’s Going On Live is newly mixed for its 2019 release by John Morales at M+M Mix Studios and mastered by Alex Abrash at AA Mastering. Packaging includes rare photos from Gaye’s performance and a new liner notes essay by Marvin Gaye biographer David Ritz.
Hollow Coves - Moments - Nettwerk Records
Australian alternative folk duo Hollow Coves' debut album Moments is a collection of warm, introspective songs that reflect the pair's travels across the globe and their deeply felt experiences along the way.
Fieh - Cold Water Burning Skin - Verve
Fieh (pronounced “fee-ah”) is a band created by Sofie Tollefsbøl, a singer from Eina in Norway, a small village with under a 1000 inhabitants located deep in the Norwegian forest. Sofie draws inspiration from different hip hop and soul artists such as Outkast, D’Angelo and Erykah Badu. The band’s music has evolved a lot since Sofie started releasing her Garageband-produced demos from 3 years ago, and since she attended the Norwegian Academy of Music her solo project has grown into a large band, with elements such as multiple backup singers, a drummer, a bass- and guitarist, a trumpeter and a keyboardist, all of them fellow students at the jazz course at the same school.
Ringo Starr - What's My Name - UMe
What's My Name, Ringo Starr's 20th studio album, features brand new recordings with special guests Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather & Dave Stewart. Ringo recorded the new LP at his home studio, Roccabella West. “I don’t want to be in an old-fashioned recording studio anymore, really,” Starr said. “I’ve had enough of the big glass wall and the separation. We are all together in here, whoever I invite over. This is the smallest club in town. And I love it, being at home, being able to say hi to Barb, it’s just been good for me and the music.”
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.
The deadline to create a Black Friday Record Store Day WISH LIST is Wednesday, October 16th at NOON.
Strictly Discs will be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day, also known as Black Friday.
And that's because certain indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they're scheduled for release on Black Friday, November 29, 2019.
Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr., but it is brought to you by the powers-that-be at Record Store Day. This is a group of special releases you can only find at certain independent record stores nationwide. The magic of these pieces (many uber-limited) is that every one of them is something someone will really LOVE to get, and you'll really ENJOY giving. And you may have the added nice feeling of supporting a local, independently owned (Strictly Discs, Independently Owned since 1988) business during the holidays.
Our list of Black Friday exclusives can be found HERE. You've got to register for our list or you can also jump over to the RSD site which shows the list (just without our pricing). And while we will try to have ample stock (one of the deepest in the midwest) of all items, please know that some of these products are extremely limited and will sell out quickly.
If you create a wishlist, it will be updated within our system prior to November 29, 2019. We expect that you will be in the store on November 29th to pick up any requested items. And remember, a wish is NOT an order. Thank you!
I know we say this every week, but man oh man, do we have some great new records in the house for you today. It can be a challenge to keep up with the deluge week after week, but hopefully these messages help you narrow down your selections! So lets start, then, with a band that's already given us one great album this year, Brooklyn's BIG THIEF. Few bands have hit the ground running with as much force as this quartet, who seem to have a dozen songwriters packed into their lean lineup. 'Two Hands' is the 'earth twin' to May's 'U.F.O.F.', and finds the band pitched a bit less cosmically, as they elegantly bang out folk rock gems that sound at home on a modernized indie version of the Festival Express tour. KIM GORDON is a diamond, revealing more facets with each turn, and she does a proper 180 with her first true solo album, 'No Home Record'. The thrill of encountering an artist like Kim, the co-founder of Sonic Youth and a multi-generational cultural icon, is her natural accessibility. Dating back to the last blinks of the 1970s, Gordon has been making sound-art from the scraps of modernity, ugly pop with beautiful melodies, bathed in a film of noise; her voice has always been more of an offstage narration than a siren, whether describing a meeting on a train, a parade of swimsuit models, or fake male feminists, and it has a powerful presence here. AND AS A BONUS, THE FIRST PERSON TO SNAG A COPY ON CD OR LP, WILL ALSO TAKE HOME A TEST PRESSING OF THE FIRST SINGLE! As you listen to an album that has more fresh and strange ideas than plenty of records done by people half her age, it's startling to reflect on how perceptibly she has done this for across close to four decades. 'Joey Always Smiled' is the naturally foreboding title of a new collaborative album from MARK KOZELEK and PETRA HADEN, who turns in a great performance as a foil to the Koz' trademark taciturnity. Pianist and producer KIEFER continues his blissful ride through warm boogie vistas on 'Superbloom', an album that follows his recent production work for Anderson.Paak.
The War on Drugs guitarist Anthony LaMarca steps out as THE BUILDING with a new album called 'Petra' that is quite tender, and we have a phenomenal new album from the ALLAH LAS, that finally delivers on the band's true promise. We've loved all the Las jams so far, but this one, which is called, helpfully, 'LAHS', sees the band way out from shore, on some kind of terminal blues cruise chock full of CSN 'Dark Star', Poco, and Agitation Free vibes. Neon art-grind lifers LIGHTNING BOLT have been the freakiest band on earth for literally half of my puny existence, and they might be the last band on the planet ever, if 'Sonic Citadel' is any indication of their continued might. Speaking of freaks, its been ten years now since KURT VILE sold his soul to the corporate rock machine of Matador Records with the release of the mini-album 'Childish Prodigy'. Back in print now, this is the record that announced Kurt's brilliance to the wider world, mingling his savage bedroom melodies with aspirations to the arena/stoner/blues world that he's ended up properly ensconced within. It's nice when a prophecy comes true.Panamanian singer and bandleader RUBEN BLADES conjures a sparkling new band on 'Paraiso Road Gang', a killer romp of ska and spaghetti western influenced Nueva Cancion. LEE SCRATCH PERRY lands on the Stones Throw label with a new EP remixed in modern dubplate style by none other than longtime SD basement denizens Aaron and Indra of PEAKING LIGHTS. A new compilation called RADIO VERDE collects disco and electro sounds from Cape Verde, in a sort of sequel to the 'Space Echo' comp from a few years back, which documented how a lost shipment of rare synths launched an electronic music revolution on the small Atlantic archipelago. Every track on this one is a scorcher! The Numero Group continues to pluck gems of international disco, heading to late 70s Armenia and the necksnapping, understatedly titled 'Armenian Pop Music' by HAMLET MINASSIAN. Alas, poor disco! I knew him well.
Lots of words in the English language might prepare you to listen to 'Neighborhoods', the sole 1975 album from a self-taught sound engineer named ERNEST HOOD, but they pale in comparison to the singularly unique experience that is listening to it. A beloved eccentric living in Portland, OR, Hood spent decades collecting the detritus of his home city, including countless hours of field recordings. Children playing, grandpas telling old tales, shopkeepers shooing loiterers away from their door, basketballs bouncing along to singsong taunts, crickets chirping. In 1975, using his own DIY recording rig, he wove these voices and sounds together with interludes of zither and synthesizer, creating an album that sounds like a sci-fi soundtrack, but for a movie where literally nothing at all is going wrong. In the incredibly still soundfield that Hood created (again, with no training or professional studio gear!), ice cream truck jingles become distant galaxies before your ears, and mundane overheard conversations gather a cosmic weight. This 'audio postcard' comes back to us via the loving heads at Freedom to Spend, who have blessed this rare recording with a new stereo cut that truly comes to life in your living room. Believe me I tried it the other night and it's a miracle that I even came back. Rolling on with records that don't really sound like anything else, we have a collection of unheard ballads from the Namibian singer BEN MOLATZI. 'No Way To Go' compiles the hauntingly memorable songs the protest singer recorded in 1981, while living under apartheid, which stride an unusual line between political folk, reggae and calypso styles. The landmark 1978 album by LINO CAPRA VACCINA, 'Antico Adagio', is back in stock in all its hypnotic minimalist grandeur, and we have a spectacular collection of unheard 80s and 90s music from Bay Area synth whiz JOHN DI STEFANO, which runs wild in a Ralph Records art-punk meets gamelan style.Three later-period releases from KING CRIMSON are back in print on heavyweight vinyl: 'Thrak', 'Reconstrukction', and 'The Power To Believe'.
We've got a slick LP version of the latest from CURREN$Y and STATIK SELEKTAH; 'Gran Turismo' celebrates the duos love of weed and cars over genius, laidback instrumentals. Detroit producer FLEET DREAMS joins up with vocalist Aj Magic for an expansive EP of Balearic R&B that could be dominating any commercial airwaves if it had half a chance. We've got two new arrivals from NAS: a second volume of his 'Lost Tapes' on CD, and a new LP edition of 'It Was Written'.
The Russian label GOST ZVUK turns 5 years old and celebrates their potent stable with a lovely 3LP set featuring every one of their artists. We'd have no idea what was going on over there in the cold streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg if not for this groundbreaking label, and this comp lays that out with a quickness. Having shed his prior moniker Ital, we have a great new album of spectral, psychedelic techno from RELAXER, and a similarly brainstem-rubbing new double album from SPECIAL REQUEST, packaged in stunning silver foil. Detroit techno hardware warrior H-FUSION has a new collection of dusty, freewheeling beatdown on the Death of Rave label.
Right on the heels of their gig at the Crucible last night, we have a new expanded repress of the 'Country Girl EP' by BOY HARSHER. The Running Back label delivers a snappy, happy comp of sparkling nu-disco called 'One Swallow Doesnt Make A Summer', and we have a new EP on the more clubby end of things from SUZANNE KRAFT.
On the jazz tip, we've got the latest International Anthem release from JAMIE BRANCH, 'Fly or Die II'. Toronto jazz unit EUCALYPTUS convene a lovely session of mellow, vibey horn-led jams on 'Kick It Till You Flip It'. Rising UK phenom NEUE GRAFIK has yet another entry in the long list of great British jazz records this year on 'Foulden Road'. Plus, we've got a new CD from DAVE HOLLAND.Duos! Guitarist BILL MACKAY joins cellist KATINKA KLEIJN for an elevated session of folk instrumentals called 'Stir'. British improv dudes JACOB SAMUEL and BEN VINCE craft liminal, yet strident pieces centered around courageously frail piano. UK unit MOSQUITOES return with 'Vortex Veering Back To Venus', an unpeggable record of post-industrial bleakness drawing on the teachings of This Heat. JATINDER SINGH DURHAILAY and DAVID EDREN deliver 'Tea Notes', a therapeutic album of classical Indian strings and synth meant to enhance the sipping experience. This is a nice one for when you are looking to go night-night soon.
Last up, we've got releases from a handful of labels who are really doing the on-the-ground work of unearthing funk biz and rare grooves from round the world. Not quite a household name but no less astounding is the Brazilian singer ANA MAZZOTTI, whose 1974 album 'Ninguem Vai Me Segurar' is a stunning slab of bossa nova pop with its ambitions pointed towards the coming eras of funky soul. Belize's BRO DAVID released some scarce albums of funky soul he called 'cungo' in the 80s and now sees a compilation of the best ones out called 'Modern Music From Belize'; really heart-lifting stuff here. South African boogie funk scarcely sounds more timeless than on this new collection from KUMASI, titled 'I Know You Feel It' with much deserved confidence. 90s R&B from the Bahamas with a distinct poetic edge comes through from F.J., and we have a nice repress of the Haitian folk-fusion bomb from MUSHI & LAKANSYEL.
Heading downstairs for this week's Used Vinyl Alert, you'll be pleased to see some spectacular new arrivals this week. We've refreshed the recent 45 arrivals and the LP bins are loaded up with everything from Buena Vista Social Club to Boards of Canada, from Candlemass to Sam Cooke, from Mount Rushmore to Mission UK, from Lonnie Smith to Patti Smith.The classics front is well-covered this week, with seminal titles from the Beatles, the Stones, Cream, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and the Mothers, Van Morrison, the Box Tops, King Crimson, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the Who, the Doors, and Lou Reed.Some crucial, seldom seen titles in jazz are in from Lonnie Smith, James Moody, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, and Ron Carter.Country comes through from Jeannie C Riley, George Jones, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams.Heavy classics from Metallica, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Candlemass, and Blue Oyster Cult are joined by new wave from INXS, Blondie, the Cars, Tears For Fears, and Nick Lowe. We've got some great indie things in from Bis, Panda Bear, Of Montreal, Whitney, the Pixies, Deerhoof, Belle and Sebastian, and an early rarity from the Flaming Lips.We wrap up with some great 80s soundtracks and an incredible vinyl set of Akira Kurosawa filmscores, plenty of disco EPs and LPs, some hip-hop, blues, and folk oddities, and some lovely Japanese traditional LPs!
It’s a three-course meal for this week’s batch. We continue to unearth some country and folk gems, from the high and lonesome to the rollicking and raucous. More good stuff this week from Dolly, along with a trio from Rosanne Cash, three from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Circle” series and a pair from Hag. Look out for single-disc surveys from consummate craftsmen Tom T. Hall, Don Williams, John Stewart, Pete Seeger and Dwight Yoakam, as well as roots-adjacent sides from Dougie Sahm and Gram Parsons. Moving over to the rock section of town there’s tasty vitals like the expanded versions of “McCartney I” and Dave Crosby’s “If I Could Only Remember My Name,” along with sturdy standards like the White Album and the soundtrack to “Easy Rider.” Ol’ Neil factors in heavy with 70s highlights “Zuma” and “On the Beach,” along with the earthier “Old Ways” and the recent archives release of his work with the International Harvester. Plenty of Garcia this week, covering his work with his eponymous band, his tenure in the New Riders of the Purple Sage and, of course, the Dead. We’ll close with another strong jazz selection. The Blue Note deluge continues, with lesser-seen dates from Tony Williams and Joe Henderson, along with a 3-cd Mosaic set from Horace Silver sideman Carmell Jones. In addition, pay particular attention to the material this week coming off well-regarded but undercirculated labels like Soul Note, Black Lion and Muse, proof that great jazz was still coming out whether attention was directed earwards or not.
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The Avett Brothers - “Closer Than Together” The Avett Brothers have trod a lot of musical ground since they exploded on the scene about fifteen years ago. But the last several albums have seemed to be lacking in the fire that fueled their earlier recordings. “Closer Than Together” is a concept album detailing the state of the United States the last several years. Most concept albums can be rather turgid affairs which often sacrifice good songwriting for the sake of the concept’s overarching theme. That is not the case with “Closer Than Together.” The album is a breath of fresh air, with some of the best songwriting that the band has produced in years. I noticed that Rick Rubin produced the album, and it may be that Mr. Rubin kicked some butt to get such inspiring performances and songs out of the Brothers. The songs are freed from the fancy production that dogged the last several albums. The production of “Closer Than Together” is sparse but it spotlights the songs and performances. “Closer Than Together” is a simple return to the excitement that the band generated back in the 2000s. - Ted
Angel Olson - “All Mirrors” Angel Olson has has always worn her emotions on her sleeve. She was not shy about exposing her soul to her public with her songs. “All Mirrors” is finally the vehicle that Ms. Olson needed to finally liberate the deep emotions that her songwriting conveys. The vast majority of the tracks have a small string section that quite simply highlights what is good and great about her music. But the string sections are not used as classical light, rather the string arrangements are used almost in a psychedelic sense that immediately draws the listener into the raw sentiments of the songs, And the album's eleven songs are the best that she has written so far. It may be premature to declare “All Mirrors’ as the best album of the year. But I believe, that those who hear the album will immediately agree with that ranking. - Ted