Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. Producer/singer/songwriter Neko Case has won a large and loyal audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals and the downcast beauty of her music. Now more than 23 years into her musical calling, Case is the consummate career artist-fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. Hell On is an indelible collection of colorful, enigmatic storytelling that features some of her most daring, through-composed arrangements to date. Produced by Neko with help from Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn & John), Hell On is simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging album in a rich and varied career that’s offered plenty of both. Rife with withering self-critique, muted reflection, anthemic affirmation, and her unique poetic sensibility, the 12 tracks of Hell On – which features collaborations such as Joey Burns, Beth Ditto, Kelly Hogan, KD Lang, AC Newman, Paul Rigby, Laura Veirs, and more.
Brian Jonestown Massacre/Something Else
Vinyl LP pressing. Something Else is the first of two full-length offerings from The Brian Jonestown Massacre to be released in 2018 with a self-titled LP following in the fall. Recorded between 2017 and 2018, this is the prolific purveyors of drone-laden psychedelia’s seventeenth full-length release overall, a less experimental departure which finds the Anton Newcombe commandeered outfit revisiting their more traditional roots. Sure to please old and new fans alike, Something Else is introduced by lead cut “Hold That Thought,” a reflective acoustic pscyh number with pounding drums.
Father John Misty/God’s Favorite Customer
Vinyl LP pressing. God’s Favorite Customer (alternatively Mr. Tillman’s Wild Ride) is the fourth studio by American musician Josh Tillman, under the stage name Father John Misty. The album was primarily produced by Tillman himself, alongside a variety of collaborators including Jonathan Rado and previous engineers Trevor Spencer and Dave Cerminara, with further contributions by Tillman’s long-time producer Jonathan Wilson. It also features a variety of musical collaborators, including The Haxan Cloak, Weyes Blood, Mark Ronson and members of Tillman’s touring band. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman was a former member or toured with Demon Hunter, Saxon Shore, Fleet Foxes, Jeffertitti’s Nile, Pearly Gate Music, Siberian, Har Mar Superstar, Poor Moon, Low Hums, Jonathan Wilson, Bill Patton, The Lashes, Stately English, and has toured extensively with Pacific Northwest artists Damien Jurado, Jesse Sykes, and David Bazan.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 EP from the ethereal Americana duo, the first new music from the band since 2014. Includes 3 new tracks – “Quiet, The Winter Harbor”, “That Way Again” and “Still” – alongside an alternate version of ‘So Tonight That I Might See’ from their biggest album, of the same name from 1993. Mazzy Star is an American alternative rock band formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1989 from remnants of the group Opal. Founding member David Roback’s friend Hope Sandoval became the group’s vocalist when Kendra Smith left Opal. Roback and Sandoval are the creative center of the band, with Sandoval as lyricist and Roback as composer of the majority of the band’s material.
Tower of Power/Soul Side of Town
Vinyl LP pressing. Tower of Power, the most dynamic and distinctive band of survivors in soul music, roars into it’s 50th anniversary with a dynamic new LP of all new material. A labor of love, definitively titled Soul Side of Town, it’s charged with 14 filler-free songs, primarily composed by the hit-making team of founding members Emilio Castillo and Stephen Doc Kupka who also hold down the world famous five-man Tower of Power Horns. Along with the legendary rhythm section of David Garibaldi (drums) and Francis Rocco Prestia (bass), TOP is rounded out here by guitarist Jerry Cortez, Hammond B3 organist/keyboardist Roger Smith, tenor saxophonist Tom Politzer, and trumpeters Adolfo Acosta and Sal Cracchiolo. Soul Side of Town is also blessed with not one but two lead singers: Ray Greene and Marcus Scott (boldly introduced on several selections, including “Hangin With My Baby”). Co-produced by Joe Vannelli and mastered by Bernie Grundman.
Mobb Deep/Murda Muzik
Double vinyl LP pressing including digital download. Murda Muzik is the fourth studio album by Mobb Deep, which was released on August 17, 1999. It features one of the group’s best-known and most acclaimed songs, “Quiet Storm.” It is also the duo’s most commercially successful album to date, for shipping over one million copies in the United States and was certified platinum by the RIAA, debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200 charts. Murda Muzik also garnered positive reviews from The Source and Allmusic, among others. Mobb Deep was a hip hop music duo from the Queensbridge Houses in New York City. The group consisted of Havoc and Prodigy, and were known for their dark, hardcore delivery. Mobb Deep became one of the most successful rap duos in hip hop, having sold over three million records.
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson/Apart
Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson and American singer-songwriter Pete Yorn have returned with new music, following the duo’s 2009 release Break Up, which was certified platinum in France. The EP, titled Apart, features the new euphoric electro-pop single “Bad Dreams.” Apart features four new songs, including “Bad Dreams,” along with a reworking a song from Yorn’s 2016 album Arranging Time. Yorn said that the concept for their original collaboration was realized in a dream he had. The project was inspired by Serge Gainsbourg’s 1967 and 1968 albums with Brigitte Bardot. After their initial collaboration, Johansson went on to explore other musical outlets with supergroups like The Singles and Sugar For Sugar, but it’s to Yorn she returns.
The Neighbourhood/The Neighbourhood
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold jacket. Includes digital download. 2018 release. The Neighbourhood is the eponymous third album from the critically acclaimed LA based alternative rock band. This collection shows another dimension of The Neighbourhood’s music, and includes the tracks “Scary Love,” “Sadderdaze,” “You Get Me So High,” “Stuck With Me,” and “Void.” The Neighbourhood’s 2013 debut album, I Love You, catapulted the band to the top of the pop and alternative charts. Wiped Out!, The Neighbourhood’s sophomore album proved to be a swirling collection of R&B-infused rock, and once again rewrote the rules of what it means to be a rock band in the modern musical landscape. The Neighbourhood is Jesse Rutherford (vocals), Jeremy Freedman (guitar), Zach Abels (guitar), Mikey Margott (bass) and Brandon Fried (drums). Over the years, The Neighbourhood have proved themselves to be trendsetters through their musical and cultural output, taking The 1975, Travis Scott and Kevin Abstract on their first national tours.
Spacemen 3/Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To
Double vinyl LP pressing. Amidst the swirl that is Spacemen 3’s discography, Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To occupies a pivotal position – one right at the nexus between their garage beginnings and their expansionist future. While much of this material is expanded upon via Sound Of Confusion and The Perfect Prescription, many devotees consider these urgent, minimally treated recordings as the prime document of Spacemen 3 at this stage. Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To casts Spacemen 3 alongside the mid-80s cadre of UK front-line rockers, contributing a distinct variation of high pop shining through layered noisy guitars. Ultimately, this collection serves to exalt the strength of Spacemen 3’s songwriting over the atmospherics and production assemblage that would permeate their later efforts. Be it the rave-up rendering of “The Sound Of Confusion” or the churning take on “Losing Touch With My Mind”, these full band recordings capture the excited and inspirational spark of psychedelia rather than deep-dive ruminations on sonics and space.
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore/Downey To Lubbock
DOWNEY TO LUBBOCK was born by immaculate inspiration from live shows Grammy winner Dave Alvin and Grammy nominee Jimmie Dale Gilmore performed together in 2017. Just the two of them were swapping songs and cutting up, each with a guitar and a heart full of soul, musicians who’ve been on the road their entire adult lives. The result is an album of blues, rock and folk inspired tunes that both of their fans will enjoy. The album contains 12 songs – 10 covers and two originals – and is destined to be a classic Americana album from two Americana legends.
Lilac Vinyl. British trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba return with their first new album in over five years. The band have released 8 albums that have sold in excess of 10 million records in their career. ‘Blaze Away’, their positivity-packed ninth album, marks both a fresh start in it’s organic approach and a return to the joyous genre-mashing of their early days, with featured guests Roots Manuva and Benjamin Biolay. There was no template for it’s ten, extraordinary, future-facing songs, no self-imposed limits on style, no themes to be adhered to or rules in place to break. Morcheeba’s global success is no surprise. Their melting pot sound has been border-hopping ever since the London-based band emerged from the mid-’90s trip hop scene that made them a household name. They’re about to embark on what’s shaping up to be their biggest world tour yet, taking in headline shows and festivals globally, and debuting new tracks from their upcoming record, as well as playing classics to the delight of their global fan base.
Oneohtrix Point Never/Age Of
Vinyl LP pressing. Age Of is Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never’s most cohesive and richly composed work to date weaving a tapestry of disparate musical histories – early music, country and folk balladry, melodic pop, computer music and much, much more – demonstrating both the complexity and range of the artist’s repertoire. With sounds that are unsettlingly familiar and uniquely his own, Age Of guides us through an unclassifiable new world.
Maps & Atlases/Lightness Is Nothing New
Vinyl LP pressing. Dave Davison’s voice – a seasoned croon continually abandoned for a controlled yet penetrating howl – betrays the range of emotions he has faced in the six years since the band’s last release. In 2012, just before the launch of the acclaimed Beware and Be Grateful, Davison unexpectedly lost his father, his best friend. Grief took the form of inquiry: How can you reckon with the sudden death of someone whom, your entire life, was right beside you? How can you go on living in the unbridgeable gulf between the light and the dark, between the dark and the light? The title of Maps and Atlases’ new album, Lightlessness Is Nothing New, serves to foreshadow an emotionally and musically dynamic collection of songs that contemplates the jolt of loss and the strain of longing to music that, against our better judgment, makes us want to dance. In the brooding yet playful vein of The Talking Heads and Peter Gabriel, Maps and Atlases embrace the paradox of what it is to be human – constantly searching and, forever unsatiated, returning again and again with everlasting hope to the ever-darkening fray.
Limited vinyl LP repressing in gatefold jacket. Includes digital download. Ship Ahoy is a soul/R&B album by Philadelphia trio The O’Jays, originally released on November 10, 1973 on Philadelphia International Records. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Black Albums chart and #11 on the Pop Albums chart and launching two hit singles, “For the Love of Money” and “Put Your Hands Together.” Conceived as a theme album built around the title track, Ship Ahoy includes socially relevant tracks and love songs under a cover that is itself notable for it’s serious subject matter. Ship Ahoy was the highest selling R&B album on the Billboard Year-End chart for 1974.
Royce Da 5’9″/Book of Ryan
Vinyl LP pressing. In the case of hip-hop’s legendary Detroit lyricist Royce 5’9″, you shut out all of the hype that places you in the same esteemed company as such revered, game-changing emcees as Jay-Z, Ice Cube, Eminem, Scarface, Nas, and Andre 3000 and release your most potent, celebratory and brazenly honest album of your 20-plus-year-career. Book of Ryan, the seventh solo studio project from the grinding rhyme visionary born Ryan Montgomery, is a work that defies well-worn, grizzled veteran rap clichés. This is the sound of artistic freedom.
Damien Rice/ O
An expanded double-LP version of Damien Rice’s album O has been set for release via Rhino Records. O, originally released in the summer of 2002, was one of the last albums to build a true word-of-mouth following before widespread streaming. The Guardian wrote, “Rice’s personality and deft songwriting hoist him above the mass of bedsit mumblers… at it’s best, O is gorgeous and understated, never too introverted to include a lovely melody.” This is the first time O will be available on vinyl and this extended 16-track edition includes four additional recordings: “The Professor & La Fille Danse” and “Moody Mooday,” which were both originally b-sides to the “The Blower’s Daughter”; “Lonelily,” which appeared also appeared alongside the track “Moody Mooday” as a limited edition 7″ single in 2004; and “Woman Like A Man,” which was recorded live in a session at Galway Bay FM and was the lead track for the song’s single release.
The Flaming Lips/Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Limited vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. This is the first time The Lips have presented singles from Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1999), Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002), At War With The Mystics (2006), Embryonic (2009) and their current album Oczy Mlody (2017). The Flaming Lips (Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins), formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983 have since become one of the most iconic, influential, unpredictable and vital forces in American rock music. During their tenure, their ever-evolving, Grammy Award-winning sound has become a genre unto itself and contains lush, multi-layered arrangements. Lyrically, their compositions reflect the light and dark in all of us and combined with bold experimental production that breathes life into their space-age-prog, punk pop that appeal to broad spectrum of music lovers around the globe.
Jerry Garcia/Run For The Roses
Vinyl LP pressing. Originally released in 1982, Run for the Roses is Jerry Garcia’s fourth and final solo studio album. Produced by Garcia and John Kahn the track list includes several new Garcia/Hunter originals including the title track, “Midnight Getaway” plus choice covers of Bob Dylan and The Beatles among others. Run for the Roses features the first appearance by organist Melvin Seals who remained with Garcia for the next 15 years. The album artwork was created by legendary psychedelic visual artist Victor Moscoso. Jerry Garcia was best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s. Although he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or “spokesman” of the group.
Faze Action/Under The Influence Vol. Six: Collection of Rare Soul and Disco
Chuck Jackson/Best Of The Wand Years
Although Chuck Jackson had eight solo LPs on Wand, there has never been a greatest hits compilation derived from all of that fine label’s recordings, until now. First known to the original mods as a singer of superb ballads such as ‘Any Day Now’ and ‘Tell Him I’m Not Home’, he attracted a loyal following and further releases such as ‘I Keep Forgetting’, ‘Beg Me’ and ‘Hand It Over’ demonstrated the depth of his and Wand’s talents on uptempo tracks. Somewhere in between rhythmically were highlights such as ‘Two Stupid Feet’, an album-only track, and Jackson’s Wand debut that first made his name in the USA, ‘I Don’t Want To Cry’. By the mid-60s it was back to ballads as a stunning reading of the Skyliners’ ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ charted, followed closely by Goffin and King’s ‘I Need You’. These two sold well so it is surprising that the superb version of the Van McCoy song ‘I Don’t Want To See You Cry’ was never released. Vee-Jay released Jerry Butler’s version on 45 in 1965, but Jackson’s rendition tops even that. Moving with the times, in 1965 Wand took Chuck to Detroit for ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Wait’ which, like ‘Chains Of Love’, became firm favourites on the early Northern Soul scene, while being largely ignored in the States. Those rare soul fans rekindled their appreciation of all things Chuck in the late 80s when UK Kent Records unearthed unissued Wand recordings. They included ‘What’s With This Loneliness’ and ‘(I’d Be A) Millionaire’ which filled dancefloors with new recruits and older originals who appreciated the easier pace and more soulful delivery of these gems. The compilation is crowned with a brilliant studio publicity shot of Chuck on the cover which captures both the majesty of his singing and the era.