BOARDING HOUSE REACH is the new solo album from Jack White, and is a testament to the breadth of the artist’s creative power and his bold artistic ambition. This new material finds Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with literally no outside world distractions, White exclusively used the same kind of gear he had when he was 15 year
BOARDING HOUSE REACH was produced by Jack White III and recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The album was mixed by Bill Skibbe, Joshua V. Smith, and White at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN. The album features White on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and drums, organ, and synthesizers. He’s backed by a remarkable new lineup of musicians that includes: drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncé, Q-Tip, John Legend, Mariah Carey), bassist.
Five vinyl LP pressing. A gorgeous vinyl box set featuring the early ’70s recordings of reggae legend Bob Marley performing with the group that launched not only his own career but also put the Jamaican music scene on the world stage, The Wailers! These historic recordings include the Lee Scratch Perry produced Small Axe, Mr. Brown, Soul Rebel, Natural Mystic and many more! Packaged with extensive liner notes by music historian Dave Thompson and photos by Barry Plummer in a full color 12×12 booklet PLUS four bonus postcards!
Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release, the fourth album from the singer/songwriter. A powerful combination of heartfelt introspection and contemporary dream-pop, Lissie’s Castles marks the return of a singular voice in the modern American scene. Includes ‘Blood And Muscle’. Stripped back to one voice and it’s simple, yet poignant piano accompaniment, ‘Blood And Muscle’ allows Lissie’s vocals to soar, as she summons the strength to laugh at the dark. ‘Blood And Muscle’ serves as a perfect distillation of the spirit of self-determination that courses through all of Castles. No longer willing to stand back and cede her power to others, Lissie is unafraid to finally, and boldly state her dreams and desires: I want a love that’s made of blood and muscle.
Previous Sidi Touré albums were recorded in a modest tin-roofed studio in Bamako. The recording sessions have to be timed around Mali’s rainy season due to the noise from the rain pelting the roof. Toubalbero was recorded over the course of four days at Studio Bogolan, one of the best in Mali where artists that include Ali Farka Touré, Rokia Traoré, Toumani Diabate and Björk have recorded. The album was recorded by Yaya Cissé and produced by Nicolas “Covalesky” Richard. The songs were recorded live to tape in order to capture the energy of the performance. The album was also mixed entirely live by Jason Meagher at Black Dirt Studio (Steve Gunn, Jack Rose). The approach mirrored the live mix of a performance. Much as mixes by the great King Tubby, it retains all the joy and energy of a gig.
The songs are steeped in Malian culture and traditions. “Hendjero Moulaye” (the slippery fish) is a whimsical cautionary tale not unlike the western folksy idiom “don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched.” In this, we hear of the perils of a man who bragged about his very big fish while on the way to catch it, warning to not sell your fish before you get it from the river. “BK” is an homage to Baba Belkatras, a legend of Songhai music. “Tchirey” is about the kings of the Holleys, the djinn of thunder. For Sidi, it is a call for help from Marou Tchirey for the Songhai people. Sidi wrote this song in 1984 and it won the Bamako Biennale. It was the first time that Vaudou (possession) Songhai songs were played with non-traditional instruments. There are songs of love: “DJiribi Mardjie,” and “Handaraïzo” (the small star), and of family: “Hannah” (the vigil for a newborn) and “Sitiali Boubou” (honoring the ancestor). Perhaps the song that captures the spirit of the album most clearly is “Heyyeya,” an expression to describe a shout of joy. It is based on a Songhai folklore song about the joy of a new marriage. It is a celebration of the beauty of this moment of pure happiness.
Sidi Touré’s Toubalbero is an exuberant and irresistible call out for unity and peace for Malians and Africans. Much like the drum that gathers folks in Goa, this album’s aim is to unite through joyous expression for the greater good of all. Unity is strength and joy is unstoppable.
Limited double silver vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. Monster Magnet put the pedal to the metal with Mindf***er, their 11th record. In terms of power driven stoner rock these gentlemen from New Jersey belong to the measure of all things. But Mindf***er is different, a step forward and a step back at the same time to the almighty roots of beat music. Dave manipulates his guitar with rich virility and the drive of his shifty soul. Wyndorf seeks and finds: Timeless songs, kindled by the unpretentious Proto-punk era. Mindf***er pumps and scratches at every turn! Dave fires off piercing calls over neck-breaking guitar work and whirlwinds of psychedelic solos. All things are in constant motion with a sound of groovy straightforwardness, always heading for the essence of “the” song. “Why you gonna f*** with my head?”, screams Wyndorf their credo in the title track. Up tempo, savage in both sound and spirit, Mindf***er is the real deal!
Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. Showcasing the musical chemistry shared by Miles and Trane and let’s fans experience the magic of both artists at the peak of their collective powers. Miles and Trane each implemented their own jazz revolutions at the time of these concerts and the electrifying sonic frisson produced by the sometimes competing/sometimes intertwining music visions of these artists perplexed contemporary jazz fans. As quoted by music historian Ashley Kahn, “it’s not that the band members were so much apart, but rather that each were more themselves within the same unit – that divergence could co-exist and make music together”. Focuses on the final chapter in the landmark collaboration between Davis and Coltrane – their last live performances together.
Double vinyl LP pressing. Recorded between 2003 and 2007, United We Swing finds an unparalleled array of musical talent that collectively boasts 94 Grammy Awards joining Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis (a nine-time Grammy Award winner himself) and his Septet. Together, they perform blues-inflected versions of iconic American repertoire and celebrate the red, white, and Blues. These one-night-only, live performances have never been released before. They include Lenny Kravitz performing Marsalis’s hypnotizing, New Orleans-inflected arrangement of Kravitz’s own song, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”; Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks uniting for a stirring, infectious take on Civil Rights anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”; Bob Dylan adding harmonica licks to a deeply felt, in-the-pocket rendition of “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”; and Ray Charles taking the stage for one of his final performances to play “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town.” Together these artists raise their voices to highlight jazz’s importance to America’s cultural heritage and to remind us that, even in divided times, music can unite us all. All proceeds from the album will go toward Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs, which introduce thousands of children to jazz each year.
Led Zeppelin continue their reissue campaign with a new edition of their celebrated live album How The West Was Won, originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page.HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the four-LP collection captures the band at the height of its formidable powers. Standouts include a 25-plus minute version of “Dazed And Confused” and a 21-minute medley based around “Whole Lotta Love.” The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album Houses Of The Holy, which would be released nine months later.
Various Artists – “Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar & Banjo” The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar and Banjo (1963-1974) celebrates the groundbreaking, inventive approach to traditional music brought forward by a collection of maverick artists whose interpretations of folk, blues, and traditional song gave rise to one of American music’s most unique and singular styles. Features John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, and more.
Stimming and Lambert present Exodus, their debut as a duo, released on the new Berlin based Kryptox. Stimming is one of the main names in German advanced techno. He first appeared to the public with cooperations with David August and Solomun on Diynamic records. Later he created orchestral techno works and he is now one of the leading names in his genre. Lambert is one of the rising stars of German neo-classical music, often called the “pianoman with the mask”. After three albums – some recorded with a little help from Nils Frahm – he is selling out venues all over Europe. Together Stimming and Lambert create a new approach to postmodern, romantic, and kraut-y electronica mixed with classical piano elements. Kryptox is the new label for neo-jazz/kraut/classical music by Gomma and Toy Tonics founder Mathias Munk Modica. 180 gram vinyl.
Vinyl LP pressing. In 2018, Guided by Voices release precisely one new album, Space Gun. Once you hear it, you will know why. With a renowned work ethic and a daily pot of coffee, Robert Pollard continues to outclass younger generations of come-and-go rock bands. After 20+ years, 100+ albums, 2000+ songs, Pollard still can’t really explain (or doesn’t want to explain) his secret: “The songs just come to me.” In 2017, the new GBV line-up (veterans Doug Gillard and Kevin March and newcomers Mark Shue and Bobby Bare Jr) blew audiences away and toured behind the ambitious and sprawling multi-vocalist double album August By Cake, followed just months later by the concise punchy and catchy How Do You Spell Heaven. Pollard has acknowledged that this line-up’s adroit talents pushes him to more daring and dizzying heights. And now, here it comes: Space Gun, the fullest realization yet of Pollard’s song talents, with the band firing on all cylinders. There’s humor and whimsical childlike musings, cinematic grace and elegance, heavy duty propulsion, dark futuristic undercurrents, twists and turns and kinetic magic. This is a band that turns on a dime, rips it up, psychs it out and can radically shape-shift to realize a three-act rock opera in 2 minutes and 48 seconds. Robert Pollard is a lyrical master; not a word out of place, every line bristling with surprise, telling a story that’s both irresistible and impossible. Invention and imagination remain the undiminished life-forces of a Guided by Voices record and this one absolutely crackles with this energy: this band is on fire.
Wanderers, boogiers, strangers – unite! The end is nigh and the beginning is in sight. These are troubled times, easy to get you down. But not if you seek refuge in loftier sounds! This year has the Squirrel Nut Zippers roaming the lands, warding off evil, telling sweet lies, and making a joyful racket on wax and on wheels. Twelve original new songs from the mind of Jimbo Mathus and the Squirrel Nut Zippers. This is the band’s first studio album in 18 years. A return to form… a revival not a reunion.
2018 release. Sweet Unknown is the debut album from Heartless Bastards front-woman, Erika Wennerstrom, and will be released March 23, 2018. NPR describes Wennerstrom’s voice as “warm yet gritty, throaty yet sweet, gigantic yet intimate… a mix of country-rock twang, classic-rock heroics and restless ambition that’s not afraid to incorporate psychedelia, indie rock and pure pop songcraft.”
Vinyl LP pressing. Growing up in the bustling port city of Busan and running his own record shop there from the late ’70s, Kim Byoung Duk had a front-row seat to the finest in foreign record imports and a taste for the psychedelic that naturally evolved into spiritual, ambient and avant-garde sounds. His growing interest in Tao philosophy and the meditative music that accompanied it provided a fertile environment for his audio imagination. Unhampered by limited access to musical gear, he made use of a wide assortment of self-sourced pots of various sizes and curvature, cymbals, wooden sculpted flutes and percussion tools-each chosen for it’s unique harmonic vibration-to create an entirely new and unique body of work. Experiment No. X retraces the oeuvre of Kim Byoung Duk, assembling tracks from Experiment No. 2, Pot Concerto and New Trilogy, illustrating a meditative journey from the freeness of the Tao sound, in the borders of ambient music and the avant-garde, to later groove-oriented jams which introduce rhythmic elements to the palate. This fully licensed release is the first collection of Kim Byoung Duk’s music, remastered from the original tapes and including for the first time on vinyl songs from the very scarce CD New Morning. Includes four-page booklet with photographs and an interview from Kim’s personal archives.
Eccentric Soul: The Saru Label The 20th volume of our flagship Eccentric Soul series has all the boxes checked: Gun-toting, skip-tracing record producers, child stars, rip-offs, the “World’s Greatest Bail Bondsman,” swindles, soaring falsettos, and a dwindling rust-belt cityscape offering mere glimpses of hope before the record industry escaped for the coasts. Helmed by the O’Jays Bobby Massey, Saru was a creative vortex that pulled Cuyahoga County’s greatest talent in, making a strong case for Cleveland to contend with Detroit, Philly, and Memphis as America’s soul music’s capital. Includes obscure and unknown sides from the Out of Sights, the Elements, Pandella Kelly, David Peoples, Sir Stanley, the Ponderosa Twins + 1, Ba-Roz, Bobby Dukes, and of course, the O’Jays. VINYL LP
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold sleeve. Digitally remastered edition of this 2006 album. Spiritual Front is a five-part neofolk act from Rome. It’s members describe their music as “nihilistsuicide pop”, although elements of neoclassical and rock music, melancholic folk, as well as tango are prevalent, along with a recurring experimental feel. From dark, wailing experimental folk in the beginning, the sound began to transform and grow, to where it is now compared to the work of Nick Cave, Swans, and Scott Walker. The group’s work has been described as crossing a wide variety of genres and musical styles or traditions, and the band itself is considered highly unique among the modern neofolk and post-industrial scenes in Europe.
Vinyl LP pressing. Good God’s Urge is the second and final release from Porno for Pyros, the Los Angeles-based alternative rock band featuring former Jane’s Addiction members Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins. The album features performances by legendary bassists Mike Watt and Flea, as well as former Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. The 1996 album was never released on vinyl, making this the first ever commercial pressing, 20 years later. There were three singles released from the album.
Vinyl LP pressing. François Bayle on Tremblement de terre très doux (1978); first performance on March 19, 1979 at the Grand Auditorium of Radio-France, Ina-GRM’s Cycle Acousmatique: “The familiar generates the strange. These rolls, these hums, these sudden rushes; this song, these peaceful circlings; these sudden outbursts, these returns to quiescence – what do they remind us of? This piece’s trajectory could also be a representation of the dramatic unfolding of a day – of a life – from sunrise (‘Climate 1’) to night-time (‘Landscape 4’) via restless encounters, transitions (‘Transit 1’, ‘2’, and ‘3’) that announce the drama climaxing in ‘Landscape 3’, before reaching it’s denouement in “Climate 4″… A whole concrete ‘story’. The subterranean properties inherent to listening gently shift our ideas…”
Double vinyl LP pressing. The Best of The Grateful Dead Live: 1969-1977 – Vol 1. Rock’s longest, strangest trip, Grateful Dead, was the psychedelic era’s most beloved musical ambassadors as well as it’s most enduring survivors. They spread their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout three decades. The group had popular music’s most fervent and celebrated fan following – the Dead Heads, whose numbers and devotion were legendary in their own right. Grateful Dead was the ultimate cult band, creating a self-styled universe all their own. The Dead became superstars solely on their own terms as tie-dyed pied pipers whose epic, free-form live shows were rites of passage for an extended family of listeners who knew no cultural boundaries.
Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2018 release, the sixth album from the Austin, Texas-based metal band. After worldwide touring and critical acclaim on High Country, The Sword returns with Used Future. Produced, recorded and mixed by Tucker Martine and Recorded at Flora Recording and Playback, Portland, OR. Includes the single ‘Deadly Nightshade’. The Sword formed in 2003. During it’s early career, The Sword was categorized primarily as a doom metal band, with the group’s members citing bands including Black Sabbath and Sleep as influences. In recent years, the group’s style has generally been classified as hard rock or stoner rock. The Sword has toured with a wide range of fellow rock and metal artists since it’s formation, including Metallica, Lamb of God and Clutch, and in recent years has also headlined it’s own tours.
“Limited edition vinyl pressing of this classic 1985 debut solo album from Chrome founder Damon Edge pressed on both crimson and clear vinyl!
Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release, the sophomore album from the NY-based alt-rock band. While the trio remains a guitar band at it’s core, new and different textures shine on this album. Sunflower Bean’s diverse sound has allowed them to tour alongside DIIV, Best Coast, Pixes and Wolf Alice. New York is still home to bands as varied as Sunflower Bean, whose music suggests what might have happened if psychedelia had emerged after punk and the Police rather than before – Jon Pareles of The New York Times. Sunflower Bean consists of Nick Kivlen (lead guitar and vocals), Jacob Faber (drums), and Julia Cumming (bass and lead vocals).