THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
Well, well, well record lovers. Evan here and we have more great music freshly in the house than any email can contain. I can only try to do my best to sum it up and let you come in and see the rest of the surprises. Lets just say this time of year is an exciting one around record stores, with so much great stuff coming out, and we've doubled it with the fresh used vinyl hitting the floor today.
First, the new releases. Today brings the long, long-awaited new album from Bon Iver, and we think it more than lives up to expectations. In stock on CD, LP and, yes, cassettes, while they last.
We've also got new albums from some seasoned veterans: The Pixes are back, there's a great new Regina Spektor record, plus new ones from Drive-By Truckers (with a free bonus CD) Van Morrison, Nick Waterhouse, Doyle Bramhall, a new Kings of Leon 10", a rare solo album from Bob Weir (with free added value litho), a new John Prine, plus some new live Clapton and Hendrix releases.
On the indie front, we've got a new album from SURVIVE, fresh off the wave of acclaim for their Stranger Things score. Plus new ones from The Growlers, Banks, Norma Jean, My Chemical Romance, The Mowgli's, and Ultimate Painting.
We've got an expanded reissue of Temple of the Dog's lone album and there's another round of Emerson, Lake and Palmer expanded reissues.
Folkies Itasca and Mandolin Orange each have great new albums and on the jazz front, there's new stuff from Herb Alpert and Erroll Garner
In the electronic and out there zones, we've got new ones from Jenny Hval, Yann Tiersen, Moscoman, Genius of Time, New World Aquarium, Unicorn Hard-on, several great new LIES releases, and a stellar repress of the Chicago house classic that is Gemini's Imagine-A-Nation. In the international realm, we've got new collections of Brazilian contemporary music, Susana Baca, and an excellent LP by Martinique funkster Claude Rodap.
USED VINYL ALERT:
Moving downstairs (slowly) to the USED VINYL ALERT, I'm confident in saying that we are putting out the FINEST collection of R&B, soul, and blues of the entire year of 2016. All the records you want are here, and even more you've never seen before.
On the soul front, we've got an endless run of great titles from Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, the Temptations, the Spinners, the Chi-Lites, Betty Wright, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Al Green, Junior Walker, Rufus Thomas, Stevie Wonder, and some sweet early Johnny Watson LP! Plus killer R&B from the Jacksons, Issac Hayes, the SOS Band, Bobby Brown, The Time, Roy Ayers, Sade, Earth Wind and Fire, Ohio Players, Maze, Clarence Carter, Rick James, Michael Jackson, Prince, and some very cool, deep ones from Parliament, Funkadelic, and related!
As for blues, it goes just as far. Lots of classic, canonical blues records, in some early pressings, from Sonny Boy Williamson, Magic Sam, Robert Nighthawk, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Howlin Wolf, Albert King, T-Bone Walker, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, BB King, Albert King, Bobby Bland and Elmore James, plus many, many more.
Rock collectors have a lot of options this week, with great early pressings and deep catalog runs on Pink Floyd, the Beatles and all related solo (George, Paul, Yoko and her husband, and that other guy), Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, plus some Robert Plant boots, Rolling Stones, John Mayall, Donovan, the Faces, Short Stuff, Grateful Dead, Marianne Faithfull, U2, Neil Diamond, CCR, Joni Mitchell, JJ Cale, Hall and Oates, and plenty more.
We wrap things up with some cool Mobile Fidelity pressings, folk from Arlo Guthrie, the Holy Modal Rounders and Bunky & Jake. New wave from the Chameleons, the Celibate Rifles, Eyeless in Gaza, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Adam Ant. Jazz from Duke Ellington, Charlie Byrd, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Christian. We've also got some nice nearly new copies of recent pressings from Mumford and Sons, David Bowie, Jeff Tweedy, the Pixies, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
And like we said, that's only what could fit in the email! Stop down and take a look for yourself this weekend!
NEW OR NOTEWORTHY THIS WEEK:
Recorded after a year in which she received more press attention than in the entirety of her career prior, Jenny Hval's follow up-to 2015's acclaimed 'Apocalypse, Girl' reflects on a long season of travel, monotony, and bullshit. For some musicians, this would mean an overwrought, audience-provoking album of angst and bitterness. Not our Jenny. Having spent her last album examining the male gaze and its sociopolitical implications, the Norwegian artist now turns to the topic of menstruation, told through a narrative of a vampire, and delivers her most direct, engaging and introspective album yet. Recorded solo, with production assistance from Norse noise god Lasse Marhaug, 'Blood Bitch' sounds like Jenny Hval in your justifiably packed living room. Where 'Apocalypse' was desiccated, foreboding and lean, here Hval grants us ultimate entry; witness the pulsing thrum of 'Female Vampire', it's racing beat bathed in several tracks of Hval's voice, intoning "here it comes". On 'Conceptual Romance' we meet the blood bitch, as Hval inhabits two of the many characters living inside this album, one an angelic chorale, the other Hval's trademark mix of droning monotone and climbing muezzin's call. 'The Plague' unleashes a shrieking banshee, crawling on all fours across a bed of noise and broken tabla samples. As with Hval's previous efforts, you're given plenty to digest here, but she's never put so much of herself into the mix as she has now.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $14.99 / LP $18.99
For the latest installment in their 90s-kid catnip "200 Series", the many-headed hydra of the Numero Group takes on the early material of the chameleonic art rockers Blonde Redhead. Before they evolved into the dream pop butterfly of their pristine 4AD albums, and before their turgid glam-punk records for Touch and Go, Blonde Redhead were a restless, evolving group of expats (brothers Simone and Amadeo Pace were born in Italy and raised in Montreal, vocalistp/songwriter Kazu Makino was born in Kyoto and moved to NYC for college) dabbling in modish no-wave, borrowing their name from the title of an old DNA song. The incredible success of their 21st century output makes Blonde Redhead's early material easy to overlook, but if you were around when albums like 1995's Blonde Redhead and 1997's La Mia Vita Violenta came out, you remember how much they captivated the imagination of their intrepid, pre-internet audiences. These records blended the intellectual elan of The Fall (simultaneously self-aware and self-effacing), the dystopian, detuned pop of DNA, Mars and early Sonic Youth, and the same rambling, punky dub strains being mined a few towns south by Fugazi, whose guitarist Guy Picciotto would eventually produce several albums by the band. In the early days, they pulled this off with a slipshod, spit-and-scotch tape production aesthetic that played in compelling contrast with the Pace brothers' remarkable instrumental synergy, Makino's singular solemnity, and the objective fact that these people were the most beautiful and fashionable beings alive. Masculin Feminin celebrates these delicious contradictions, embedding the two albums with two more LPs of singles, demos, outtakes and radio sessions which, combined with unpublished photos and essays, captures a band alive with possibility. It's no less a marvel to take in, knowing that, for once, a group so talented ended up getting the credit they deserved, rather than fading into the anguished obscurity that so often accompanies sets like these. Viva la vita.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
2CD $28.99 / 4LP $44.99
For her third full-length album, Itasca's Kayla Cohen steps up to the bold folk outpost Paradise of Bachelors, and unfurls her most perspicacious effort yet. Cohen's lovely early LPs featured her skilled fingerpicking and glimmering voice less overtly, as if made out through a predawn fog. On 'Open To Chance', a Laurel Canyon sunrise has burned it all away, leaving us a sterling image of a folk classicist in full. Cohen's playing is stately, patient and poised, unfolding gently at a selfless pace, conjuring early William Ackerman and, when her voice merges euphoniously with bits of flute and pedal steel, the blissful oneness of Linda Perhacs.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $13.99 / LP $20.99
The Manchester producer Sophie Wilson, aka Willow, turned a lot of heads with her track "Feel Me" leading off last year's polyglot various artists EP for Workshop. It's knocking beat, and R&B diva-sucked-into-an-airlock vocal made it a selectors favorite, occupying a soulful nether region between house and broken beat techno. Returning to the label for her own EP, Willow continues to explore this zone, craftin one of the 2016's finest mini-albums from a techno auteur. Sadly, as is standard for Workshop, the music does all the talking here: no artwork, not even any songtitles to entertain you on this one. Untitled A1, picks up where "Feel Me" left off, marrying a warped synth warble to a mini yet maxi sub-bass beat decoupaged with a brilliant sleigh bell. A2 revives Willow's familiar delirious vocal, while the flipside is given over to two excellent deconstructions of keyboard riffs not far off from Beatrice Dillon's recent examinations of space. A record that delivers on promise while raising the stakes even higher for the next one.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
TEN BANDS ONE CAUSE:
Ten Bands re-issue their albums on limited edition pink vinyl, all for one cause. This is the third year for the initiative that helped raise $65,000 for Gilda’s Club, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from the disease at the age of 43 in 1989.
This year’s limited pink vinyl are from Anthrax, The Black Keys, Courtney Barnett, Ed Sheeran, Jim Breuer & The Loud & Rowdy, My Chemical Romance, NOFX, Opeth, Pixies and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Quantities are limited, so please pre-order (by phone 608.259.1991 or in the shop).
PHANTOGRAM 7" PROMOTION:
Phantogram's new album will drop on October 7th however we already have a 7" featuring two new tracksl. The 7" costs two bucks and comes with a coupon for $2 off the CD or LP.
UPCOMING INDIE-ONLY VINYL EDITIONS - PRE-ORDER NOW:
New Jenny Hval on September 30th pressed on red vinyl.
New Bob Weir on colored vinyl to be released on September 30th.
New Goat LP on October 7th with a Sub Pop LOSER edition on limited edition red marbled vinyl.
New LP on pink vinyl from Joyce Manor (streets October 7th)
Also out October 7th, American Football will release their new LP on red and orange starburst vinyl.
New album, Prey, on beer colored vinyl on October 7th.
New Kings of Leon on coke bottle clear vinyl October 14th.
The Stranger Things Soundtrack arrives October 28th on very limited clear with black smoke vinyl.
THE HOLD STEADY TO REISSUE FIRST TWO ALBUMS WITH BONUS TRACKS:
The Hold Steady will release deluxe reissues of their first two LPs, 2004's Almost Killed Me and 2005's Separation Sunday on November 11th.
Almost Killed Me and Separation Sunday have both been remastered from the original tape and fleshed out with unreleased tracks, demos and other songs from their respective eras. The Almost Killed Me reissue will feature the Hold Steady's debut seven-inch single "Milkcrate Mosh" plus four tracks only available on the Australian version of the album.
Separation Sunday comes with two unreleased cuts – "212-Margarita" and "The Most Important Thing" – plus demos for the album tracks "Cattle and the Creeping Things," "Charlemagne in Sweatpants" and "Crucifixion Cruise."
Both albums will also be available on vinyl after being out of print for a decade; Almost Killed Me is pressed on a bright blue vinyl while Separation Sunday will be reissued on white vinyl. Although the vinyls maintain the album's original track lists, the bonus tracks will be available via download card; the CD versions of the deluxe reissues also contain the bonus tracks. Pre-order now in the shop or by phone 608.259.1991.
A collection of b-sides and bonus material from the band’s debut album available on LP on November 18th.
NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA MONDAY, OCTOBER 17TH AT THE HIGH NOON SALOON:
Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Monday, October 17th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM.
SELL US YOUR CDs & LPS:
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.
"Mirage" is thought by many fans to be an
answer album to "Tusk." Many thought "Tusk" was too experimental and outre. "Mirage" was supposed to be a return to what Fleetwood Mac did
best, writing pop songs. On that level, "Mirage succeeds. It is an
album of glorious pop songs, containing many of the band's best
remembered compositions. The album, however, set the seeds for
Lindsey Buckingham leaving the band further down the road. The
original album is stunningly remastered. The two disc reissue contains
an additional disc devoted to alternative versions and outtakes from
the sessions, many unreleased until now. In my opinion, many of the
alternative takes are better than what was released. They are more
raw and interesting. "Mirage" is a second look at an album that
demanded a second look.
- Ted Talks
In March of 2016, Mr. Bragg and Mr. Henry
took a long train voyage from Chicago to Los Angeles. During the
journey, they recorded blues, country and pop standards in train
station waiting rooms,on train platforms and hotels. All of the songs
that they recorded also mentioned trains in the lyrics. The sound,
which is acoustic, is surprisingly good, considering where the songs
were recorded. And the performances are inspired and delightful. Mr.
Bragg takes the low end of the vocals, with Mr. Henry taking the high
end. 'Shine A Light" is an unusual idea for an album. But it is an
unqualified success in its execution. In fact, it is some sort of a
left- field classic.
- Ted Talks
This is Mr. Banhart's ninth
album overall. The music and style that made him memorable and
exciting at first got lost in the intervening albums. "Ape in Pink
Marble" is a welcome return to Mr. Banhart's early music. Mainly
acoustic, it is whimsical, quirky and just overwhelming Devendra. That
Donovan/Marc Bolan vocal style that endeared one to Mr. Banhart years
ago is more than abundant on this release. It just may be possible
for an artist to go back to the future, if that artist possess the
talent and style that Mr. Banhart does.
- Ted Talks
One of the strangest albums of
the last fifty years gets a new release. Three sisters in late sixties
New Hampshire write songs and rehearse them under the tutelage of a
stern father. The sisters have a rudimentary knowledge of rock music.
But they have an enthusiasm that transcends their skills. The album is
remastered so the listener can revel in their glorious ineptitude. At
times, performers can make the most memorable music by not knowing
what they are doing. "Philosophy of the World" is a strong testament
to that philosophy.
- Ted Talks
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