A huge round of releases hit the floor , lending some major oomph to the old saying "Every day is record store day".
We start with two big ones. 20 years since its original release, Widespread Panic's early classic 'Light Fuse Get Away' sees its first ever vinyl pressing, in a lush 4LP box set package. We also have the long-awaited new album from A Perfect Circle, 'Eat the Elephant' on CD and limited white vinyl.
Michigan folksters Lord Huron have producer Dave Fridmann on board for extra twinkle on their latest, 'Vide Noir', on CD and LP. Dear friends of the shop Count This Penny relocated to Knoxville TN a couple of years back and we miss them sorely. They've sent us copies of their brand new album 'A Losing Match' on LP, which helps dull the pain a bit. Fans of their tender twilit folk harmonies are in for a treat with this one.Jams abound with a reissue of the early Disco Biscuits album 'Uncivilized Area' and a new collection of Thievery Corporation rarities and vault tracks, 'Treasures From the Temple'.
Strap in for another ride with Bonnie Prince Billy. 'Wolf of the Cosmos' is here on CD and LP, and features Master William playing versions of songs by the great Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrod. The ever unpredictable Mike Donovan (of Sic Alps and Peacers infamy) returns with the mighty 'How To Get Your Record Played In Shops'. One way is naming your record that.
7 inches! We get a preview of with these two lil guys. Sufjan Stevens has a limited EP called 'Tonya Harding', and Jesse and the Wolf deliver 'Selecta', which features Ghostface and Juelz Santana.
Drinks are back! The bubbly duo of Cate le Bon and Tim Presley drop their 2nd record of helium-filled DIY pop. It rules. No less a stunner is the latest from Christina Vantzou, the dense ambient arranger delivers her 4th album, with assists from members of Forma and Emeralds. Gorgeous!
More new releases this week from Post Animal, Alexis Taylor, Kimbra, Uranium Club, Joshua Hedley, Old Crow Medicine Show, Charli XCX, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Ashley Monroe, and Marcia Ball!
Some fine raps in the house this week. Prhyme's huge sophomore album '2' is now here on vinyl, as well as a slighty-delayed LP version of the new Dr. Octagon release, LPs and CDs from Defari, the Nonce, and Smoke DZA, plus a truly incredible 2CD set from Oakland-based DJ Platurn, who has investigated his ancestral homeland of Iceland for many years, compiling this expansive set of rare disco, funk, and unexpected breaks.
New jazz this week from Ryan Porter, John Zorn, and Terence Blanchard, plus a vinyl reissue of Gil Evans-collaborator Billy Harper's 1973 Strata East debut 'Capra Black'.
Reissues aplenty this week, including the Black Lips' self-titled debut, the Promise Ring's 1997 classic 'Nothing Feels Good', a 10th anniversary edition of Rogue Wave's classic 'Asleep at Heaven's Gate', Poison's tongue-heavy 'Open Up and Say Ahh!', Felt's spectral 1982 debut 'Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty', and a 45th anniversary vinyl pressing of David Bowie's 'Aladdin Sane' on silver vinyl.
Folk reissues from far and farther this week: two great LPs from Bert Jansch, 'A Rare Conundrum' and 'Santa Barbara Honeymoon', plus two spectacular Japanese folk reissues from Yasumi No Kuni and Tetsuo Saito, the latter of which was featured on last year's stellar 'Even A Tree Can Shed Tears' compilation.Couple big ones from Who-ville this week! First up is a huge 2CD or 3LP version of 'Live at the Fillmore East 1968', and then we've got a greatly expanded version of Pete Townshend's 1972 solo debut 'Who Came First'.
The Afro7 label delivers two incredible new LPs this week. 'Light & Sound of Mogadishu' compiles a slew of 45-only tracks showcasing some classic Somalian cuts that vary between haunting traditional folk and blazing psych funk. Killer sound quality on this one, and loving packaging! We've also got an LP of contemporary Afro-rock from the Scorpios, a band of Sudanese musicians now living in London, which channels tradition Sudanese forms with notes of funk, synthesizer, and Arabic rhythms. Truly blissful stuff here. Back again is the one of a kind album 'My Ancestors' by Chrissy Zebby Tembo and the Ngozi Family, which has already seen a couple small represses become quite scarce. Originally released in 1976, there's simply nothing else out there like this one. Plenty of other great records emerged from the Zamrock scene of Zambia, but 'My Ancestors' is the one you can take with you into the afterlife. It sounds like a Central African 'Loaded', but better than that!A pair of sweet compilations this week. Numero follows up their RSD release of a few years back with a sequel to 'WTNG 99.9 FM', and it's chock full of soft-rock, melodic downer, private funk, and amateur yacht rarities. The Hobo Camp label drops 'Night Palms' upon us, a killer selection of contemporary modern funk, electro-hop, retro-futurist boogie and (gulp) chillwave from names like Brian Ellis, XL Middleton, and Moon B.
Two very different soundtracks hit the racks this week: the trippy, unending score to 90s videogame 'After Burner II' is here, and the lush, transporting, and elegant soundtrack to 'The Phantom Thread', composed by Jonny Greenwood.
We wrap with some serious stunners in the ambient and experimental realms. Leftfield ambient-dance unit Entourage released a couple of rare LPs in the 70s mostly known for being sampled by Four Tet, and now we have an LP of unreleased jams that is an incredibly deep trip. On the 30th anniversary of its release, Steve Roach's 'Dreamtime Return' is back on vinyl, offering us a new chance to experience what could easily be the total pinnacle of the new age genre as listening experience. The Etats-Unis label has unearthed some sound-art rarities that are better heard than described. We've got Annea Lockwood's 'Glass World', John Duncan's 'Organic', and Remko Scha's 'Machine Guitars', all on extremely limited clear vinyl. Sample and hold, dudes.
Heading downstairs for this week's used vinyl alert, we've got a delicious spread for you to complement this week's phenomenal selection of new releases, and to whet your appetite for a massive haul rolling out on Saturday. It may be the week of Record Store Day, but first of all it's Friday which means fresh used records, 52 weeks of our year.Check out deep and classic jazz from John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Max Roach, John Lewis, Sonny Terry, Oliver Nelson, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Mal Waldron, Roscoe Mitchell, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Egberto Gismonti.Plenty of classics in the house from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Beatles, plus some Lennon/Ono collectibles, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Shuggie Otis, Dennis Wilson, Roxy Music, Rush, the Who, the Grateful Dead, and Fleetwood Mac.Scores upon scores of contemporary indie, pop, rock, and electronic from names lpike Grizzly Bear, the New Pornographers, Destroyer, Fucked Up, Sonic Youth, the Decembrists, Tortoise, the Shins, Ratatat, Portishead, Pinback, Outhud, Explosions in the Sky, Toro Y Moi, Tame Impala, the Strokes, Interpol, the Field, Pantha Du Prince, LCD Soundsystem, Beck, Washed Out, Andrew Bird, Titus Andronicus, Car Seat Headrest, Sigur Ros, Fleet Foxes, Olivia Tremor Control, and Big Thief!Some crucial 80s jernts this go-round from the Talking Heads, X, Metallica, Joy Division, the Smiths, Byrne/Eno, Duran Duran, and Ministry, plus some fine soundtracks in the Star Trek and Lord of the Rings realms, and some blues musts from Mississippy John Hurt and Howlin Wolf.We wrap up with some fine funk and soul from Otis Redding, Outkast, Parliament, A Tribe Called Quest, Sam Cooke, RIck James, Don Covay, Betty Davis, Solomon Burke, Little Richard, Booker T, Bootsy Collins, Nina Simone, and the almighty Earth Wind and Fire!
Remember Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Swing revival? It seemed like we might not make it to the other side of those events as they loomed before us, but we're fine. And so, Monroe Street construction has begun, and the disruption it has wracked upon our lives…is not that bad. Really.
We've got helpful directions on our site involving a couple of side streets and gentle re-routing. You can still get here, just consult the map of your choice and give yourself a little extra time.
We’ll still be putting out a minimum of 500 incoming used records out every and we’ll keep bringing in today’s freshest titles. While you’re here, make it count and pay a visit at one of our friends in the neighborhood. Even when a bit of dust kicks up, we like it here, and it's gonna look even better when all this pounding is done!
DIRECTIONS FROM REGENT/EAST:
From Regent Street:
Continue on Regent through the Monroe St intersection
Turn Left on SPOONER ST
Turn Right on West Lawn or Keyes
Turn Left on Harrison St.
We are on the corner of Harrison & Monroe Streets (the street level parking lot outside of the Trader Joe's doors is a public City of Madison lot & the side streets all have FREE 2 hour parking.
MONROE STREET IS OPEN FROM THE WEST
Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, May 8th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. Save the date for June 5th and July 10th!
The basement is fully stocked with new and vintage equipment:
New turntables (Pro-Ject Debut Carbon) & New speakers (Kantu YU2)
Vintage turntables, speakers & receivers starting at $99.
Full vintage systems including turntable, receiver & speakers, starting at $299.
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.
Son Volt – “The Search” This reissue of their 2007 release was the album right after their classic “Okemah and the Melody of Riot” It still retains some of the magic that made “Okemah” one of the high points of the band’s twenty-four year career. On “The Search” Son Volt decided to mix things up sonically this time around. They departed from their usual safe place and took chances that they wouldn’t have taken before. It seems that they band hit a high point during the middle of the last decade they haven’t touched since then. This reissue comes with a second disk of outtakes that certainly illustrates how hard it must have been to pick out the running order of the original album from all the music that was recorded during the sessions.
Sloan – “12” Yes, this is the band’s twelfth album. This little power pop band from Nova Scotia has been quietly chugging away for twenty-six years without much popular support. They have had many highs and lows in those intervening years. And “12” is one of those high points. The band somehow got their mojo back and made another power pop classic. “12” ranks up there with some of their classic albums from ten and twenty years ago. I really hadn’t expected much from another Sloan album prior to listening to this one. I am certainly glad that I listened.
The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy - Republic
Grammy-winning artist The Weeknd releases new project ‘My Dear Melancholy,’ via XO Records / Republic Records. 'My Dear Melancholy,' follows the Weeknd's 2016 record, 'Starboy', which debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Charts and charted 2 Top 10 hits, “Starboy” & "I Feel it Coming." The Weeknd will perform at a handful of major festivals this summer, including headlining performances at Coachella & Panorama.
King Tuff - The Other - Sub Pop
When asked to describe the title track from his new record, Kyle Thomas—aka King Tuff—takes a deep breath. “It’s a song about hitting rock bottom,” he says. “I didn’t even know what I wanted to do anymore, but I still had this urge—this feeling—like there was this possibility of something else I could be doing… and then I just followed that possibility. To me, that’s what songwriting, and art in general, is about. You’re chasing something, there is something out there calling to you and you’re trying to get at it. ‘The Other’ is basically where songs come from, it’s the hidden world, it’s the mystery. It’s the invisible hand that guides you whenever you make something. It’s the thing I had to rediscover—the sort of voice I had to follow—to bring me back to making music again in a way that felt true and good.”
Breaking Benjamin - Ember - Hollywood Records
Ember is Breaking Benjamin's 6th studio album and is the follow up 2015’s DARK BEFORE DAWN, which debuted #1 on Billboard's Top 200, spun off three No. 1 rock radio tracks, “Failure” and “Angels Fall,” as well as their latest hit single “Never Again.” Selling over 500K, DARK BEFORE DAWN was certified gold in early 2017.
Metallica - The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited - Blackened Recordings
The Wait is over! Nearly three decades after going out of print, Metallica release a remastered version of The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited as part of their ongoing remasters series via their own Blackened Recordings label. Originally released over 30 years ago on August 21, 1987, the collection features the band covering songs by early Metallica influencers such as Diamond Head, Holocaust, Killing Joke, Budgie, and The Misfits. The five songs from the EP were later included as a part of the 1998 multi-platinum release Garage, Inc., but the band felt it was time to bring it back in the original formats! Garage Days Re-Revisited was remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA
Laura Veirs - The Lookout - Raven Marching Band
Fresh off the success of her 2016 collaboration with Neko Case and kd lang, Laura Veirs brings you her 10th album, The Lookout. A batch of inimitable, exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things. Featuring contributions from Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Sufjan Stevens. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine
John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness - Oh Boy
The highly-anticipated album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, is John Prine's first collection of new material since 2005's Grammy-winning Fair and Square. Rather than going out on a limb, Prine cultivated the themes that have brought international acclaim since the 1970s. For example, he can take a topic like loneliness and make it funny or heartbreaking. Prine teamed with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb to record in Nashville's historic Studio A, enlisting friends like Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires to sing along. The songs are new, although some had waited to be finished for decades, like a co-write with Phil Spectro called 'God Only Knows'; Another incomplete song, 'I Have Met My Love Today' now celebrates the unexpected spark that leads to lifelong romance -- with a dash of youthful innocence. The musical arrangements may be simpler than on past efforts, yet his unique ability to distill complex emotions into everyday language remains fully intact.
A Place To Bury Strangers - Pinned - Dead Oceans
A couple of years ago, A Place To Bury Strangers were in search of a new drummer. Lia Simone Braswell, an L.A. native, had recently moved to New York, and was playing drums in shows around Brooklyn "just to keep her chops up." As it turned out, APTBS bassist Dion Lunadon caught one of those shows and, after seeing her play, was moved to ask her if she'd want to come to a band practice sometime. For well over a decade now, A Place to Bury Strangers-Lunadon, founding guitarist/singer Oliver Ackermann, and, officially, Lia Braswell-have become well known for their unwavering commitment to unpredictable, often bewildering live shows, and total, some might say dangerous volume. This week marks the release of Pinned, their fifth full-length and an album that finds them converting difficult moments into some of their most urgent work to date. It's their first since the 2016 election, and their first since the 2014 closing of Death By Audio, the beloved Brooklyn DIY space where Ackermann lived, worked, and created with complete freedom. There are searing meditations on truth and government-led conspiracies ("Execution"), as well as haunting, harmonized responses to the tensions of our current political climate ("There's Only One of Us"). It all opens with "Never Coming Back," a frightening crescendo of group vocals, vertiginous guitar work, and Lunadon's unrelenting bass. It's a clear and honest statement of intent, not just for everything that follows, but for this band as a whole.
Joshua Hedley - Mr. Jukebox - Third Man Records
With the release of his highly anticipated debut album Mr. Jukebox via Third Man Records, Joshua Hedley will embrace the role he was born to play: this generation’s classic country champion. An accomplished fiddle player, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the instrument as a child. He got his hands on his own fiddle at age 8, and by 12, he was playing with middle-aged pickers at the VFW. At 19, he moved from his native Florida to Nashville, where he became an in-demand sideman at Robert’s Western World and other bars, and ultimately, a well-respected frontman. Armed with an easy croon and prodigious fiddle playing, he became known as the Mayor of Lower Broad. He hit the road to perform with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle, and more, while the 2015 documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited featured Hedley prominently.
Lord Huron - Vide Noir - Republic
Lord Huron to release new album, Vide Noir, on 4/20 via Republic Records. The album follows critically lauded EPs, 'Strange Trails' and 'Lonesome Tails', which has garnered over 400M streams to-date. Previous single 'The Night We Met' is best known for featuring in Netflix's '13 Reasons Why.' The band is currently on an extensive USA headlining tour through Summer 2018.
Pennywise - Never Gonna Die - Epitaph
Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles, a neighborhood with a rich punk rock history, Pennywise began in 1988. The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history and are ready to continue their legacy with their long awaited new album, Never Gonna Die. A return to form for the band, Never Gonna Die contains 14 solid tracks that a punk fan can run in circles to.
Brothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe - EMI Nashville
John and TJ Osborne co-wrote every track on Port Saint Joe along with frequent collaborators Lee Thomas Miller, Kendall Marvel, Barry Dean, Shane McAnally, Troy Verges and more. The title, Port Saint Joe, reflects the small town on the Florida coast where the real-life siblings recorded the album. “Port Saint Joe is a sonic representation of who we’ve become not only as a band but as people,” says John Osborne. “Every show we’ve ever played together is on this record. Every song we’ve ever written and every mile we’ve ever ridden has led to the making of this record. Imperfections and all.” TJ adds, “we shacked up for two weeks to make an unabashed record that would reflect who we are in every way, and in the process we had the most enjoyable and memorable recording experience of our lives.”
Old Crow Medicine Show - Volunteer - SME Nashville
Old Crow Medicine Show have announced the release of their new studio album, Volunteer, due out April 20th, on Columbia Records Nashville. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson).
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.