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NEW OR NOTEWORTHY THIS WEEK:
Life aquatic depth charges from the Italian duo, originally recorded in 2008 and released in microscopic 12" editions via the ultimately discriminating Berlin techno vendor Hardwax. The Aquaplano Sessions found DD + N heading to the underside of the oceanic ridge in Drexciyan fashion, and beaming their muted, dubbed-out techno off of its cavernous, dark surfaces. At the time, the prevailing forces of European electronics were shedding minimalism's skin and sheen for a harder, BPM-heavy 90s intensity. Dozzy and Neel opted for a different channel of 90s-vintage escape, crafting slow-moving ambient body music that described a much vaster space. Along with fellow Italian Neel (who believe it or not is not the same person as the Nuel who appears here), Dozzy made one of the 21st century's best album-length techno experiences with Voices From the Lake. Here is its precursor, 8 heady concoctions that drop the bottom out of the dance floor. On Spectrum Spools, which maintains a crucial commitment to filling in the blanks of underground electronics history.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $15.99 / 2LP $26.99
At last, the Numero Group career retrospective of the late great Unwound hits the sweet spot of the band's catalog (for me at least): their first two albums for Kill Rock Stars, Fake Train and New Plastic Ideas. I'm still unsure if Unwound were a "you had to be there" band or not. Even listening to these albums now is enervating for me, but I already had just about every note on them committed to memory, from a more youthful part of life when you really logged hours with the albums you loved. Riding buses and trains, waiting for the arrival of same, killing time or just trying to drown out anything else nearby; for many years these albums of dynamic, moody, heavy art rock were more or less my soundtrack to those activities. Will they grab new listeners in 2014 the same way? I would hope so, but who knows. Numero, as always, treats the band as a prized and lauded tributary of modern music, and the supremely detailed liner notes (along with the 3rd LP of scarce singles and unreleased tracks) make this worth the snag.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
3LP Box $33.99
The War On Drugs new album, Lost In The Dream, shows an immense amount of growth. Though their past releases were great they sounded more like beefed up solo albums with a singular vision running the show. Lost In The Dream feels like an album by a bonafide rock band and shows the mark that former member Kurt Vile has left. Lost in the Dream sounds like a heavier Phosphorescent or a more subdued Walkmen, in addition to the momentary nods to Vile. It is a well executed album that should see plenty of buzz in the blogosphere.
- Marty / Strictly Discs
CD #13.99 / LP $21.99
Talk of "influential" bands is thrown around these days more than ever, as the internet's crush towards pure hyperbole continues and as, frankly, more and more influential music gets rediscovered. For the modern pop world, I'd truthfully put the list of core influential bands at a much smaller number. There's Velvet Underground, there's maybe another handful of artists, and then there's Glasgow's Young Marble Giants, with their spare, guileless chamber pop. In the space of one album, YMG made ambidextrous modern music capable of expressing sorrow, joy and boredom in one sound that, while minimal in weight, referenced Eno, samba, jazz, and the wail of VU, with a signature austerity that was entirely new. Alison Statton was a significant crafter of the trio's sound, and after YMG she made one other record with another trio called Weekend that put a bit more vibrancy into the recipe. The four songs on this miniLP are either double in length of their album counterparts, or unheard altogether. They provide a tantalizing window into group drone-pop synthesis that will have you wondering where the other 3 lost Weekend albums are, but you'll have to settle for flipping this one over and over.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
A stunningly sui generis jazzdance epic from this anonymous NYC crew. True to its title, A Walk in the Dark is a serious strutter of an album, warming up with some lightly buffering piano house that sounds like it walked straight off a Sound Signature b-side and into the frame, then easing into a tempo just north of an elevated heart rate for ten languorous cuts. The mood here is urgent, yet light, especially once vocalist Clover Ray's starkly isolated wail takes center stage. We walk (quickly) on through what feels like a fever dream of NYC dance history; Moulton's endless drums, Arthur Russell's lost city of Atlantis acoustics, the joyous punk-funk of Jellybean's days with Madonna, the pulse and experimental swagger of the later-80s Nu Groove sound, on and on. All of these milepost sounds are treated with an honest reverence as they are expertly reconfigured with the spontaneous feel of someone simply out for a stroll. Vinyl only, with download code.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
THIS WEEK'S JUKEBOX - featuring selections from our New & Noteworthy Picks:
CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SOME OF OUR SELECTED & NOTABLE RELEASES FOR MARCH 18:
ADDED VALUES (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST):
RECORD STORE DAY IS APRIL 19 - SAVE THE DATE:
Beginning in 2007 with the simple idea to pick a day to celebrate independent record stores, Record Store Day has grown into something much more. Yes, the list of amazing LPs and CDs available only on that day has grown to fantastic lengths (and is even longer this year), and more and more labels are participating, releasing an ever more diverse slate of music. Above all that, Record Store Day itself has become an event where music-minded people connect with and energize their community.
It's true, on Record Store Day there's typically a line outside the shop all morning, just as there is at hundreds of other local shops across the country (and the world). But walk through this line, and you'll find ardent music fans of every stripe: young, old, male, female, seasoned pro and beginners. The line has come to symbolize the size, passion and staying power of both the physical music audience and the locally-oriented music community. Amidst the RSD crowds, we've seen musicians discussing upcoming gigs and tours, knowledgeable jazz heads giving high schoolers tips on the essentials, people meeting up for the first time "in real life" or for the first time in a decade, parents buying their kids their first new LPs, or better yet, a huge stack of 99 centers.
There's no better figure than Public Enemy's Chuck D to bring this message as this year's Record Store Day Ambassador. His long and awesome career is testament to the nurturing culture that local record stores provide. Here's Chuck:
"I don't go one single day without emphasizing that the genre of hip-hop is spawned from DJ culture. The founding members of Public Enemy were, and still are, DJs. The tool and fuel for DJs has forever been recordings. And where these recordings have long connected, with pros and fans alike, has simply been The Record Store, the connection point of listener and the recording."
We look forward to celebrating a 7th Record Store Day with you. It oughta be the best one yet!
CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF CONFIRMED RELEASES (MORE TO COME):
UPCOMING NEW RELEASES & REISSUES OF NOTE - PREORDER NOW:
Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans CD/LP
Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit CD/LP
Metronomy - Love Letters CD/LP
Anthology Of American Folk Music - Four individual volumes LP
Nirvana - In Utero 2013 mix LP
Alsarah & The Nubatones - Silt CD/LP
Dean Wareham - S/T CD/LP
Ekoplekz - Unfidelity CD/LP
311 - Stereolithic CD
Elbow - Takeoff and Landing of Everything CD
Ambrose Akinmusire - Imagined Savior CD
Tycho - Awake CD/LP
War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream CD/LP
Harry Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show LP
Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak LP
Harry Nilsson - Aerial Ballet LP
Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is CD/LP
Foster the People - Supermodel CD/LP
Kiss - First 8 LPs
Dead Rider - Chills on Glass CD/LP
Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow CD/LP
Weekend - The 81 Demos LP
Nils Frahm - Spaces LP
Kangding Ray - Solens Arc CD/LP
Donato Dozzy + Nuel - Aquaplano Sessions CD
Richard Buckner - Bloomed CD/LP
Hauschka - Abandoned City CD/LP
Magic Touch - Palermo's House Gang 2LP
Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love CD/LP
Residents - Santa Dog 2x7"
Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials LP
Woo - When the Past Arrives CD/LP
Unwound - Rat Conspiracy 3LP (Numero)
Arthur Russell - World of Echo 2LP reissue
ScHoolBoy Q - Oxymoron LP
Mount Carmel - Get Pure CD/LP
Shakira - S/T CD
Baseball Project - 3rd CD/LP
Eric Reed - The Adventurous Monk CD
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD/Deluxe CD/LP
Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia Live CD/LP
Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars CD/LP
Jon Porras (Barn Owl) - Light Divide CD/LP
Chicago Underground Duo - Locus CD/LP
Howler - World of Joy CD/LP
Big Scary - Not Art CD/LP
The Faint - Doom Abuse (2LP DELUXE)
Koen Holtkamp - Motion CD/LP
Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha CD/LP
Lavender Country - S/T CD/LP
Liars - Mess CD/LP
Owls - TWO CD/LP
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard - Here Be Monsters CD/LP
M83 - You And the Night Sdtk CD/LP
Millie & Andrea (Miles & Andy Stott) - Drop the Vowels CD/LP
Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else CD/LP
Body - I Shall Die Here CD/LP
Brothers & Sisters - Dylan's Gospel CD/LP
S. Carey - Range of Light CD/LP
Cut Hands - Volume 3 & Volume 4 LPs
Dahga Bloom - No Curtains CD/LP
Mac DeMarco - Salad Days CD/LP
Evian Christ - Waterfall LP
HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club CD/LP
Inventions - S/T CD/LP
Octo Octa - Cause I Love You LP
Pattern Is Movement - S/T CD/LP
Pure X - Angel CD/LP
Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run CD/LP
White Hinterland - Baby CD/LP
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.
This is the 7th studio album from this bunch of goofs. It you have ever seen them live, you will know what I mean by calling them goofs.
This band is usually a wild amalgam of garage and punk. On this album, they have slowed down a bit to obviously smell the flowers. And added some very pop elements too. It seems that you are at a CYO teen dance in 1967, listening to a band playing the various garage and psychedelic sounds that were around at the time. The funny thing is this new twist on their sound works. They added their own personalities to the mix and made the sound their own. This is a very fun and engaging album, and probably a career high to boot.
- Ted Talks
Music fans with long, long memories may remember this Cleveland band from the 80s. They split up in 1990, and all the original members reunited and recorded this live in the studio "best of" from all 3 of their albums. The most famous member of the band would be Doug Gillard, who played with Guided By Voices for many years. They may be best remembered as one of the loosest and wildest live bands from that period. They were/are a cross between England's the Only Ones and the Replacements. But they are a more literate and emotionally engaging version of those two bands. There are some great psychedelic moments on this disc too. I certainly didn't expect to hear anything from this band ever again, but I am certainly glad that I got reacquainted with them once again.
- Ted Talks
Ron, Ryan, Evan, Angie, Marty, Ethan & Clay