NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
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.