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Record Store Day 2014

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Hey folks,

Here’s our list of RSD exclusives that we’ll have on Saturday. We’re expecting the titles that are slated to arrive to show up on Saturday morning.

See you then!
June

CONFIRMED ARRIVALS
Animals: Animals EP
Black Angels: Clear Lake Forest (10”)
David Bowie: 1984 (7” Pic Disc)
Darcys: Hymn for a Missing Girl (12”)
Neko Case & Friends: Satellite Of Love (7”)
Chocolate Milk: Action Speaks Louder Than Words
CHVRCHES: Recover EP
Sam Cooke: Ain’t That Good News
Creedence Clearwater Revival: 1969 Singles (Coloured 10”)
Cure/Dinosaur Jr.: Just Like Heaven (7”)
Death Cab for Cutie & Magik*Magik Orchestra: Live 2012
Disclosure: Apollo (12” EP)
The Doors: Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine
Flaming Lips: 7 Skies H3 (LP)
Foals: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Charlotte Gainsbourg: Hey Joe (7”)
Grateful Dead: Live at the Coliseum (2 LP)
HAIM: Forever (12”)
Half Japanese: Vol. 1: 1981-1985
Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At Monterey
Donny Hathaway: Live at the Bitter End
Husker Du: Candy Apply Grey
Inspiral Carpets: Dung 4 + The Cow EP (LP + 7”)
Joy Division: An Ideal for Living (12”)
July: July
Just Friends: Don’t Tell Me (10”)
LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye (5LP)
MGMT: Congratulations (2LP)
MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
Randy Newman: S/T
Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (3LP)
Oasis: Supersonic (12”)
Oneohtrix Point Never: Commissions (12”)
William Onyearbor: What?!
Outkast: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzk
Gram Parsons: Alternate Takes From GP and Grievous Angel
Jaco Pastorius: Modern American Music Period!
Pinback: S/T
Otis Redding: Pain in My Heart (Mono)
Alexander Robotnick: Vintage Robotnicks
Gil Scott-Heron: Nothing New
Tame Impala: Live (12” EP)
Big Mama Thornton: Sassy Mama
Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart): Son Of Dustsucker
Velvet Underground: Loaded (coloured vinyl)
Doc Watson: Southbound
V/A: The Muppets Movie (OST)
V/A: Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 2

SLATED TO ARRIVE
Black Milk: Glitches in the Break (12”)
The Field: Here We Go Sublime
Mel: Burning Stones
Nirvana: Pennyroyal Tea (7”)
Pussy Galore: Pussy Gold 5000 (12”)
Soundgarden: Superunknown: The Singles (5x10”)
Frank Zappa: Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow (7”)

At June Records This Week

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Hey vinyl people, it’s Record Store Day this Saturday! We’ll be posting a special RSD list on Thursday to list off all titles that are both confirmed and expected to arrive.  As for now, enjoy our usual weekly lists of arrivals - the noteworthy vintage we got in this week is killer!

Happy Hunting,
June Records

NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
S. Carey: Range of Light
Gord Downie & The Sadies: …And the Conquering Sun
Bernard Gagnon: Musique Electronique 1975-1983 (LP)
Damien Jurado: Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Sun
Ema: The Future’s Void
Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime
William Onyeabor: Who is William Onyeabor? (3LP)
Gisele Ricard: Electroacoustique (1980-1987) (LP)
Slint: Spiderland (Limited Edition Box Set)
Todd Terje: It’s Album Time
Irma Thomas: In Between Tears
Tricky: False Idols
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS

Acid Mother’s Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: La Novia
Acid Mother’s Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: Absolutely Freak Out (Zap Your Mind!!!)
The Arrows: Cycle-delic Sounds

Bad Seeds: Bad Seeds (French Compilation)

Barbard Acklin: Love Makes A Woman

Arel / Davidovsky / Gaburo / Ussachevsky: Electronic Pioneers

Amon Duul II: Wolf City
The Band: The Band
Bardo Pond: Peri
Bardo Pond / Carlton Melton: Split 12”

Fontella Bass / Sugar Pie De Santo: Sisters of Soul (Comp)

Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi’s Dead (UK)

Bauhaus: The Sky’s Gone Out (UK w/ bonus 12”)
Beast: S/T
The Beatles: With the Beatles (Sealed UK)

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Picture Disc)

Karl Berger-Blomdahl: Sisyphos/Forma Ferritonans

Luciano Berio: Sequenza VI / Chemins II / Chemins III

Luciano Berio / Swingle II: A-Ronne / Cries of London

Luciano Berio / Kolner Rundfunkchor: Coro

Berio / Maderna / Ferrari / Xenakis / Defrene-Baronnet: Images Fantastiques

Jane Birkin / Serge Gainsbourg: Jane Birkin / Serge Gainsbourg (Original CDN)

Black Flag: In My Head (1st SST Press)

Blues Magoos: Psychedelic Lollipop 
Bobby Bland: Dreamer
Bob Dylan & the Band: The Basement Tapes

Booker T & The M.G.’s: Melting Pot
David Bowie: Space Oddity

David Bowie: The Man Who Sold The World (Black & White Cover)

David Bowie: Diamond Dogs

David Bowie: Low

David Bowie: “Heroes”
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust (1990 Repress w/ Bonus LP)
James Brown: Super Bad
Butthole Surfers: Psychich…Powerless…Another Man’s Sac (UK Alt Cover)

Buzzcocks: A Different Kind Of Tension

Buzzcocks: Another Music In A Different Kitchen

Can: Ege Bamyasi (OG U.S.)

John Carpenter: The End (Assault On Precinct 13) (German Import)
Leonard Cohen: New Skin for the Old Ceremony

Sam Cooke: This is Sam Cooke

Elvis Costello: My Aim is True

Crawdaddys: Here ‘Tis!
Crime and the City Solution: Room Of Lights

The Cure: The Head At The Door

Cypress Hill: Black Sunday (OG U.S.)
Miles Davis: At The Fillmore (Original)
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (First Pressing)

Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue

Demics: Demics

Demics: Talk’s Cheap

Detree: Architectura Celestis

Bo Diddley: Another Dimension

Dinosaur: You’re Living All Over Me (Original ‘87 SST)
Diodes: Released
Willie Dixon: I Am the Blues

Dirty Rotten Imbeciles: Crossover

Doors: Morrison Hotel (Gold Elektra)

Doors: L.A. Woman

Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home

Bob Dylan: Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid OST

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline
Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
England’s Glory: S/T

Brian Eno: Here Come The Warm Jets
Brian Eno: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Brian Eno: Music For Films

Brian Eno: Discreet Music

Brian Eno: Ambient 1: Music For Airports

Brian Eno / Robert Fripp: No Pussyfooting

Fantasy Factory: Ode To Life (OG 1996)
Fapardokly: S/T (UK RE)

Aretha Franklin: Aretha Arrives (Original Blue/Green Atlantic)

Aretha Franklin: Aretha Now (Original Red Atlantic)

Aretha Franklin: This Girl’s in Love With You (Original Red Atlantic)

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul (Red Atlantic)
Freedom: Is More than A Word

Serge Gainsbourg: Aux Armes Et Caetera (Original French)

Gang Of Four: Entertainment! (First Canadian Press)
Gang Of Four: Solid Gold

Marvin Gaye: How Sweet it is to be Loved by You
Stan Getz ft. Astrud Gilberto: Getz Au Go Go

Golden Tears: Summeria (French Import)

Gong: Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1

Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead

Wardell Gray Memorial: Vol. 1 (Original Prestige, RVG, Alt Cover)

Al Green: Green is Blues
The Gruesomes: Gruesomania
The Gun Club: Miami

Guns N’ Roses: Appetite For Destruction (w/ insert)

Half Pint: In Fine Style

Eddie Harris: Plug Me In
Richard Hell & the Voidoids: Blank Generation

Heartbreakers: Live At Max’s Kansas City

Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit
Jesus and Mary Chain: Cutmedeadnailmedownandkickmyhead (1985 Bootleg)

Innocent Youths: Earth, Roots And Water (Original Canadian w/Poster)

Isaac Hayes: Shaft OST

Hit Factory: Now Generation

John Lee Hooker: Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley: The Super Super Blues Band

Freddie Hubbard: Red Clay

Incredbile Bongo Band: The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band

Incredible String Band: The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter 

Iron Maiden: The Number Of The Beast
Jane’s Addiction: Nothing’s Shocking (Sealed Original)

Millie Jackson: It Hurts So Good

Zoltan Jeney: Impho 102/6 / Orpheus’ Garden / A Hundred Years Average / End Game

Jesus & Mary Chain: Send Me Away (Early Demos)

Jefferson Airplane: Flight Log (live 1996 bootleg)

Tom Jobim: A Art De Tom Jobim (Uruguay Press)

Jay Jay Johnson: The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Vol. 1

Syl Johnson: Love Chimes
Janis Joplin: I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Margie Joseph: Makes A New Impression
King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King (Original Red Atlantic)

Kraftwerk: Man Machine

Kraftwerk: Tour de France (12” - UK)

Joachim Kuhn: Paris Is Wonderful (OG BYG Pressing, French Import)
LaBradford: Mi Media Naraja
Led Zeppelin: III

Love: Best Of
HP Lovecraft: S/T

Lydia Lunch: Queen Of Siam

Magic Fly: Space

Curtis Mayfield: Move On Up/Little Child Runnin’ Wild (12” UK Single)

Curtis Mayfield: Roots

Messiaen / Xenakis: Messian / Xenakis

Charles Mingus: Blues & Roots (Original)


Gordon Monahan: Speaker Swinging

Grachan Moncoor III: Evolution (2nd Press, RVG)

Monkees: Head

Thelonious Monk: Live In Paris Part 1 (BYG Japanese Press)

Van Morrison: Astral Weeks

Motorhead: Ace Of Spades

The Moving Sidewalks: Flash (Sealed 2009 Repress)

The Moving Sidewalks: 99th Floor (French Compilation)

David Murray: Flowers For Albert

David Murray: Live At The Lower Manhattan Ocean Club
My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (2003 RE)
Nektar: Journey to the Centre of the Eye (Original German)
Nektar: …Sounds Like This (Original German 2LP)
New York Dolls: S/T

Spids Nogenhat: En Marerkelig Kop Te (Sealed RE)

Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson
Nilsson: The Point! (w/book)

Klaus Nomi: Encore

The Only Ones: The Only One
The Only Ones: Even Serpents Shine
The Open Mind: S/T (1986 UK RE)

Johnny Osbourne: Never Stop Fighting

The Outta Place: We’re Outta Place

The Outta Place: Outta, Too!!

Michael Palmer Showcase: I’m Still Dancing

Passion: Passion

Pavement: Slanted & Enchanted (OG 1992)

Pere Ubu: Dub Housing (First Canadian Press)

Mats Persson: Piano (Swedish)

Oscar Peterson Trio: Night Train

The Pipettes: We Are The Pipettes

Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd: Piper at the Gates of Dawn

The Poppy Family: Which Way You Goin’ Billy?

The Golden Dawn: Power Plant

Public Image Ltd: The Flowers Of Romance

Puff Daddy & The Family: No Way Out
The Rabble: Album (Original)

R.E.M: Automatic For The People
Red Cro$s: Born Innocent (Original US)

Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

Lou Reed: Transformer

Residents: Diskomo/Goosebumps

Rolling Stones: Her Satanic Majesty’s Request

Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed

Rolling Stones: Some Girls (Dutch Only Orange Vinyl - 1978)

The Roots: The Tipping Point (U.S. Promo Copy)
Greg Sage: Straight Ahead (Sealed)

Archie Shepp/Bill Dixon: Consequences (French Import)

Sky Saxon Blues Band: A Full Spoon Of Seedy Blues

The Serpent Power: S/T (White Label Promo)
Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols: Indecent Exposure (bootleg)

Sex Pistols: Spunk (bootleg)

The Shocking Blue: The Shocking Blue

Valerie Simpson: S/T

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Join Hands (UK)

Slits: Typical Girls / I Heard It Through The Grapevine (UK 12”)

Sly & Robbie: Sound of Taxi Vol. 1

Sly & The Family Stone: A Whole New Thing

Sly & The Family Stone: There’s A Riot Goin’ On

Patti Smith: Horses
Patti Smith: Hard Nipples (Bootleg)
Soft Machine: 1&2 (Architects of Space Time) (2LP Comp)
The Sonics: Here are the Sonics!!!
The Sound: Jeopardy (OG German)

Soundgarden: Screaming Life EP (OG U.S.)
The Splash Band: John Carpenter’s Das Philadelphia Experiment (12”)

Standells: Why Pick On Me Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White

Edwin Starr: Five Miles

Stockhausen: Desang Der Junlinge - Kontakte

Stranger Cole: “Forward” In The Land Of Sunshine
Talking Heads: Fear Of Music

Tangerine Dream: Alpha Centauri
Teenage Head: S/T

Television Personalities: How I Learned To Love The Bomb (UK)

Television Personalities: Mummy, You’re Not Watching Me (Original UK)

Television Personalities: …And Don’t the Kids Just Love It (Original Rough Trade)
Leon Thomas: Blues And The Soulful Truth
Tomorrow: S/T

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights
The Tragically Hip: Up to Here

T. Rex: Electric Warrior

Ugly Duckings: Ugly Ducklings
V/A: We Ain’t The Sonics

V/A: It Came From The Pit

Vanilla Fudge: The Beat Goes On

Velvet Underground: Another View
Velvet Underground: Velvet Underground & Nico (UK Import)

The Vibrators: Pure Mania (White Label Promo)

Violent Femmes: Violent Femmes
The Who: Quadrophenia
Wipers: S/T

Stevie Wonder: Live

Stevie Wonder: My Cherie Amour

Betty Wright: Clean Up Woman/Tonight’s the Night (45RPM 12” Radio Promo)

Iannis Xenakis: Electro-Acoustic Music

Xenakis / Glass: Mikka / Strung Out

Neil Young: Tonight’s the Night
Neil Young: Time Fades Away
Yo La Tengo: Ride the Tiger

Frank Zappa: 200 Motels OST
*plus many more

COMING SOON (RELEASES & RESTOCKS)
Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary
John Cage: Early Electronic and Tape Music
Coil/Nine Inch Nails: Recoiled (LP)
Converge: Jane Doe
Chromeo: Business Casual
Death: III
Drive Like Jehu: S/T
JD Emmanuel: Time Traveler
Jon Hopkins: Immunity
Jackson C. Frank: S/T
Stefan Jaworzyn: Drained of Connotation
Gig Masin: Talk to the Sea
LRJ Martens & Ada Van Hoorebeke: Eternal Landscapes
MF Doom: Operation Doomsday
L. Pierre: The Island Come True
Jason Lescalleet: Much to My Demise
Andrew Liles: Fast Forward Through Time (Illusion Four)
Orphan Fairytale: My Favourite Fairytale
Ought: More Than Any Other Day
Linda Perhacs: Parallelograms
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions
Pulse Emitter: Aeons
Selda: Selda
Stellar Om Source: Heartlands Suite
Peter Walker: Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms?
Tyler, the Creator: Wolf
Joel Vandroogenbroek: Biomechanoid
Chad VanGaalen: Shrink Dust
*plus many more…

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Arcade Fire: Suburbs
Broken Social Scene: You Forgot it in People
Cloud Nothings: Here and Nowhere Else
Constantines: Kensington Heights
Darcys: Warring
Feist: Let it Die
Feist: Metals
K.C. Accidental: Captured Anthems for An Empty Bathtub
Little Ann: Deep Shadows
Stars: Set Yourself on Fire
Timber Timbre: Cedar Shakes
Timber Timbre: Medicinals
Timber Timbre: S/T
Timber Timbre: Creep On Creepin’ On
Trust: Joyland
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
Acid Mother’s Temple: Are We Experimental?
Amon Duul II: Made in Germany
Erykah Badu: Live
Booker T. & the M.G.’s: McLemore Avenue
Chameleons UK: Script of the Bridge
Chet Baker: Chet
Bartlebees: Music Sounds Better With You (10”)
Black Sun: Black Sun
Bobby Bland: Dreamer
David Bowie: Images - 1966-1967
David Byrne / Brian Eno: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Camera Obscura: Let’s Get Out of this Country
Johnny Cash: Live At San Quentin
The Clash: Sandinista!
Leonard Cohen: Songs Of Leonard Cohen
The Cure: The Head At The Door
Depeche Mode: People Are People
D.O.A: Let’s Wreck The Party
The Dirty Blues Band: Stone Dirt
Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan: Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid OST
Bob Dylan: Together Through Life
Bob Dylan: Visions Of Johanna (Bootleg)
Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes
Betty Everett: There’ll Come a Time
Ella Fitzgerald: Ella
Flaming Lips: Unconsciously Screamin’ EP
The Flying Lizards: The Flying Lizards
The Flying Lizards: The Flying Lizards (Alt. Cover, White Label Promo)
Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man
Iggy Pop: Suck On This (2LP Bootleg)
Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsys
Jimi Hendrix: Midnight Lightning
Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys (1968 UK Press w/ Alt. Cover)
The House of Love: S/T
Howlin’ Wolf: S/T
Willie Hutch: Mark Of The Beast
The Impressions: The Vintage Collection
Weldon Irvine: Cosmic Vortex
Michael Jackson: Ben
Michael Jackson: Got To Be There
Michael Jackson: Forever, Michael
The Jackson 5ive: Get It Together
Bob James: One
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: Album
Kinks: The Kink Kontroversy (Spanish Pressing)
Kraftwerk: Autobahn
Ladytron: Commodore Rock (10”)
Led Zeppelin: I (First Canadian Press)
Led Zeppelin: III (First Canadian Press)
John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band
John Lennon: Mind Games (with bonus 7”)
Lion Youth: Love Comes And Goes (clear vinyl)
Brian May: The Road Warrior OST
John Mayall with Eric Clapton: Blues Breakers
The Mexicano: Move Up Starsky
Sugar Minott: Herbman Hustling
Paul & Linda McCartney: Ram
Nilsson: The Point!
Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson
Nilsson: A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night
Michael Palmer: Lick Shot
Harry Partch: The World of Harry Partch
Hermeto Pascoal: Slaves Mass
Poppy Family: Which Way You Goin’ Billy? (UK)
Popol Vuh: Bruder Des Schattens - Söhne des Lichts  
Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley
Prince: Prince
Psychotic Reaction: The Fire Escape
Rational Youth: Saturdays In Silesia
Rolling Stones: Her Satanic Majesty’s Request
Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed
Rolling Stones: Between The Buttons (OG Canadian)
Sex Pistols: Nevermind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
Leroy Sibbles: On Top
Sonny Rollins: Next Album
The Soft Machine: S/T (2LP Comp)
The Soft Machine: Volume Two
Spooky Tooth/Pierre Henry: Ceremony: An Electronic Mass
Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska
Rush: 2112
Paul Simon: Negotiations & Love Songs 1971-1986
Nancy Sinatra: Movin’ With Nancy
Dusty Springfield: A Brand New Me
Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska
Bruce Springsteen: The Great White Boss (3LP Coloured Bootleg)
Bruce Springsteen: You Can Trust Your Car to the Man Who Wears the Star (2LP Bootleg)
Supertramp: Indelibly Stamped
Television: Adventure
Them: Again (OG Canadian)
T.Rex: The Slider
Tangerine Dream: Phaedra
Debbie Taylor: Comin’ Down On You
Teenage Head: Teenage Head (signed by Gord Lewis)
Today, Tomorrow & Forever: Surprise! Surprise!
Travelling WIlburys: Volume One
U2: Rattle & Hum
V/A: Invictus’ Greatest Hits
Mary Wells: Sings My Guy
Stevie Wonder: Up-tight
Stevie Wonder: Innervisions
Iannis Xenakis: Electro-Acoustic Music
Neil Young: After The Gold Rush
Neil Young: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neil Young: Live Rust
Neil Young: Trans
Frank Zappa: Uncle Meat
V/A: Woodstock (3LP)
*plus many more

COMING SOON (RELEASES & RESTOCKS)
Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary
John Cage: Early Electronic and Tape Music
Coil/Nine Inch Nails: Recoiled (LP)
Converge: Jane Doe
Chromeo: Business Casual
Death: III
Drive Like Jehu: S/T
JD Emmanuel: Time Traveler
Jon Hopkins: Immunity
Jackson C. Frank: S/T
Stefan Jaworzyn: Drained of Connotation
Gig Masin: Talk to the Sea
LRJ Martens & Ada Van Hoorebeke: Eternal Landscapes
MF Doom: Operation Doomsday
L. Pierre: The Island Come True
Jason Lescalleet: Much to My Demise
Andrew Liles: Fast Forward Through Time (Illusion Four)
Orphan Fairytale: My Favourite Fairytale
Ought: More Than Any Other Day
Linda Perhacs: Parallelograms
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions
Pulse Emitter: Aeons
Selda: Selda
Stellar Om Source: Heartlands Suite
Peter Walker: Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms?
Tyler, the Creator: Wolf
Joel Vandroogenbroek: Biomechanoid
Chad VanGaalen: Shrink Dust
*plus many more…
**including tons of exciting RSD titles…

Featured Releases

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Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks: Enter the Slasher House (Domino)
The power to mislead is a gusty, adventuresome force, and Slasher Flicks by name alone is not what it appears to be. Scrambled horror film soundtracks? Not even remotely. A bunch of East Coasters making their quintessential LA album? No, more like escape from LA, say leather masked guitar-wielding Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), knife-wielding keyboard player Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and the cannibal chief drummer and decaying grandfather Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon). If LA is an environment to get lost in, as they claim, this group sewing roots in SoCal have become lost in the best way: relocating and reinventing sounds they are already skilled in making, sounds that as Avey Tare says, are not only regionally unrestricted but that come from a place that is not human. In that, the Slasher Flicks‚ music is rather monstrous, like the band’s love of horror comic books, and is audibly underpinned by Avey Tare constant dedication to garage music distorted by miscreant artifice: Arthur Lee, LOVE, Misfits, and Cramps. Slasher Flicks’ inaugural release undulates like a mirage: beyond the sonic space it creates, the band hopes it expresses something more synesthetic, what they call pure emotional space.

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Black Lips: Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)
Atlanta’s Black Lips come from a storied past of garage rock counter-culture greatness. It has been 15 years since Cole Alexander and Jared Swilley were kicked out of school for being regarded as subculture danger and joined up with drummer Joe Bradley to form the group. In their early days, the guys gained attention for their scrappy melange of blues, rock and roll, doo-wop and punk along with their crude antics at live shows like vomiting, setting guitars on fire, urinating and starting riots. Since then, they‚ have made a name for themselves by being, essentially, the best of the worst. Their ragtag mix of lo-fi production, jumbled punk noise and “we seriously don’t give a shit” attitude has propelled them through criticism and into a continuously blissful pocket of music where rock and roll is still alive and authority still sucks.

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Brothers & Sisters: Dylan’s Gospel (Light in the Attic)
Of all the great back catalogs in the history of rock, Bob Dylan’s is among the most covered, his acolytes ranging from The Byrds to Adele via Manfred Mann and Guns N’ Roses. But something tells us you haven’t heard anything quite like Dylan’s Gospel by The Brothers and Sisters, a choir of Los Angeles session singers brought gloriously to the fore for a very special, one-off record.Originally released in 1969 on Ode Records, this rare and sought-after album finds the California collective covering a clutch of Dylan classics in the era’s revolutionary gospel style. Produced by Lou Adler, soon to work his magic on Carole King’s mega-successful Tapestry, and arranged by Gene Page, noted for his work for Motown, the performers were largely unknown, but many went on to find great acclaim. Merry Clayton, the powerhouse singer best known for sparring with Mick Jagger on Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” (and star of the recent documentary 20 Feet from Stardom), appears here, as does Edna Wright of Honey Cone and Gloria Jones who recorded the original version of “Tainted Love” in 1965.

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S. Carey: Range of Light (Jagjaguwar)
S. Carey’s work is a hugely beatific, restorative panorama of beauty - perfect given how landscape and the wonder of nature inspire much of Carey’s imagery. His new album Range of Light takes its title from the name that 19th century naturalist John Muir gave to the Sierra Nevada, and follows suit with a dazzling array of musical light and shade, drawn from Carey’s love of jazz, modern classical and Americana. Like a weathered mountain range changing shadow form and color, or the ebb and flow of a river’s current, S. Carey’s music is simultaneously restful and rhythmic, complex and simple, and always evolving.

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Cloud Nothings: Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark)
On their third full-length, Cleveland-bred outfit Cloud Nothings give joy a hard, sharp edge. “I was feeling pretty good about everything so I just made stuff that made me happy,” says founding member and mild-mannered chief songwriter Dylan Baldi of Here and Nowhere Else. “I had nothing to be angry about really so the approach was more positive and less ‘fuck everything.’ I just sat down and played until I found something that I like, because I was finally in a position to do that.”Utilizing every possible opportunity to write while on the road for 18 consecutive months following the release of 2012’s Attack on Memory, Baldi presented an album’s worth of new material to his bandmates with just days before they’d enter the studio with esteemed producer John Congleton. “I’m pretty sure every song was written in a different country,” he says. “It’s the product of only having a couple of minutes here and there.” But Cloud Nothings would enjoy a full week with Congleton at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey, followed by three days of mixing at his own studio in Dallas shortly thereafter. The result is Cloud Nothings, refined: impossibly melodic, white-knuckle noise-rock that shimmers with sumptuous detail.

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Liars: Mess (Mute)
Mess is the follow up to 2012’s WIXIW, the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile in-between state. Mess, on the other hand, is Liars with their balls out - an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon. Explains Angus Andrew, “We are a reactionary, or maybe a better word is schizophrenic band. We go from one extreme to the other. Working on the last record was really doubtful and paranoid, and that’s fine, but it just meant that when work started on this one, it was the exact opposite. It was way more instinctual, fun and confident.”

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Sisyhus: Sisyphus (Joyful Noise)
Sisyphus is the new name for the collaboration between Serengeti, Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens (formally s/s/s), whose new project under this moniker is a self-titled album partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges and commissioned by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/Saint Paul. The 11-song set was recorded at Sufjan’s office in Dumbo, Brooklyn and at Son Lux’s in-law’s house in Indianapolis, Indiana and features a cover designed in collaboration with the artist.

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Schoolboy Q: Oxymoron (Interscope)
Although the artist born Quincy Matthew Hanley has only been rapping since 2007, his bluntly charismatic presence on wax should’ve already put him on your radar as one of rap’s emerging voices. Born in Germany to a pair of military parents, Q spent the first three years of his life in Texas before his family eventually settled in Los Angeles. Like so many before him, Schoolboy’s L.A. experience provided a lifeshaping balance of sports, school, drugs and gangs. Growing up on the corner of 51st and Figueroa, Schoolboy Q lived just 8 minutes away from the Staples Center where Kobe Bryant and the Lakers hoisted trophies every other year. For a while, Q looked to be on his way to a similar path as he played football, baseball, basketball and even joined the swimming team in high school. Unable to resist the lure of his surroundings, he soon found himself drowning in an abyss of slanging crack, shootouts and jail time.
SBQ got a chance to overcome his circumstances and bad decisions with his music in 2007 when he debuted his first mixtape, ScHoolboy Turned Hustla. The project generated enough attention for growing imprint Top Dawg Entertainment to recruit him to the label that was already home to his future Black Hippy cohorts Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and AbSoul.
Schoolboy Q then issued the critically acclaimed independent digital albums Setbacks (2011) and Habits & Contradictions(2012) which led to a joint venture deal with Interscope and Aftermath Records for the release of his major label debut,Oxymoron. Preceded by the three singles “Collard Greens,” “Man of the Year” and “Break the Bank, Oxymoron features production from the likes of The Alchemist, Pharrell, Sounwave, Nez & Rio and Digi+Phonics along with famous guest spots by Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon, 2 Chainz, ASAP Rocky, Jay Rock, Tyler The Creator and Kurupt.

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Tokyo Police Club: Forcefield (Dine Alone)
“Since writing started for Forcefield in mid-2011 there have been so many trends and every kind of ‘wave.’ We saw them all come and disappear or change into something broader. It left us wanting to make something that would last. We ended up rediscovering energy and guitars and simple, direct songs. There was certainly a lot of pressure to take the music somewhere new and there were lots of opinions about how to do that, but in the end we blocked all that out and followed our instincts. I think that’s what Forcefield is—it doesn’t matter what else is going on out there, the music just has to be honest and have a real feeling to it.” -David Monks

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Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts)
Hot Dreams is Timber Timbre’s most fully realized album in a sinuous and infinitely rewarding catalog of imagistic work. The thoughtful songcraft, Kirk’s expressive accent, are intensified by his most affective lyrics to date. The sardonic mantra of “Run From Me” casts its company off in a dirge disguised as an ode, giving way to the speechless devolution of “The New Tomorrow,” as Hot Dreams slowly lowers the curtain on a beautifully unsettling scene. With the residue of its end credits etched on our lids, Hot Dreams instills as Timber Timbre’s most evocative and focused work to date: so distinctly familiar though it precedes memory, recognizable only as itself, as woodsy evokes the exotic.

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Tycho: Awake (Ghostly International)
Following 2011’s Dive LP, the San Francisco-based Scott Hansen toured extensively, and with a full band on stage, his sound coalesced into a percussive, organic whole. Zac Brown (guitars, bass) rejoined Scott on the road for this tour, but it was the particular addition of Rory O’Connor’s live drumming that ultimately sent Hansen back to the studio with a more precise vision. 
In a cabin near Tahoe last winter, Scott and Zac began fleshing out the structure of the new record, but it wasn’t until they set up shop in the hills of Santa Cruz with Rory that it all fell into place. “It crystallized the vision of how the drums would come to the forefront on this record,” says Hansen. The sound was much more stripped-down and concise with more organic instruments in the fold. Songs like “Montana” and “Awake” are a departure from Tycho’s previous material – unique to the group effort poured into the songs on the new record – while “See” and “Dye” echo ideas from previous works, bridging a middle ground between the old and new. Working with Count Eldridge, who also engineered Dive, the team could fixate on the pulses that Tycho might previously layer under synthesizers and exhume them with distinct bass and guitar patterns. Also known for his design work as ISO50, Hansen’s visual and sonic efforts have dovetailed throughout the course of his career. “This is the first time in my life I’ve dropped everything to focus on one artistic pursuit,” notes Hansen. Previous Tycho releases came to fruition when an amalgam of songs were nearing completion, but Awake is where music becomes the focus and true expression becomes the result.

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Against Me!: Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Alice in Chains: Dirt
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks: Enter the Slasher House
Bent Wind: Sussex
Big Brother & the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills
Black Lips: Underneath the Rainbow
Big Star: #1 Record
Big Star: Radio City
Boards of Canada: Music Has the Right to Children
Brothers and Sisters: Dylan’s Gospel
S. Carey: Range of Light
Cat Power: The Greatest
Johnny Cash: Out Among the Stars
Clash: Clash (Remaster)
Cloud Nothings: Here And Nowhere Else
Cortex: Troupeau Bleu
Cortex: Vol. 2
Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
Do Make Say Think: S/T
The Doors: Strange Days
The Doors: Waiting for the Sun
Feelies: Crazy Rhythms
Four Tet: Rounds (2LP)
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
Serge Gainsbourg: Histoire De Melody Nelson
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: F#A#
Gonzales: Solo Piano
Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (UK Mono)
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
Hold Steady: Teeth Dreams
Janis Joplin: I Got Dem Ol Kozmic Blues Again
Joy Division: Love Will Tear Us Apart (7”)
Bob Marley: Legend
Janelle Monae: Electric Lady
Nirvana: 1993 Unplugged in New York
Michael Jackson: Off The Wall (180g Remaster)
Liars: Mess
Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Charlie Parker: Live at Massey Hall
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
Radiohead: The Bends
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Freaky Styley
Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil
Sisyphus: S/T
Schoolboy Q: Oxymoron
Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream
Elliott Smith: Either/Or
Songs: Ohia: Magnolia Electric Co.
Tame Impala: Innerspeaker
Television: Marquee Moon
Tokyo Police Club: Forcefield
Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams
Tycho: Awake
Tom Waits: Closing Time
Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
The 5.6.7.8’s: S/T
Big Youth: Hit the Road Jack! (First Jamaican Pressing)
Paul Bley, et al: Turning Point
Bohannon: Gittin’ Off
The Brides of Funkenstein: Funk or Walk
Ekambi Brillant: Nayo-Nayo
Booker T. & the MGs: Up Tight OST
Dennis Brown: Visions of… (Jamaican Pressing)
Dennis Brown: Words of Wisdom (Jamaican Pressing)
Gary Byrd: The Gary Byrd Experience
Johnny Cash: Ride This Train
CCMC: Free Soap (Sealed)
Chalawa: Exodus Dub
Ornette Coleman Trio: At the Golden Circle, Stockholm, Vol. 1 (Original 1965 Press)
Marius Cultier: Marius de la Martinique
D.D. Sound: Café
Miles Davis: Miles In Europe (Sealed 70s Press)
Dynamic Superiors: Dynamic Superiors
Dynamic Superiors: Pure Pleasure (White Label Promo)
Flamin’ Groovies: Now
The Fugs: The Village Fugs Sing Ballads of Contemporary Protest, Point of Views, and General Dissatisfaction
Funkadelic: Hardcore Jollies
Funkadelic: Maggot Brain (Original Canadian Press)
Funkadelic: Motor Booty Affair
Funkadelic: Uncle Jam Wants You
Gang of Four: Solid Gold
Joe Gibbs and the Professionals: African Dub Chapter Two (Original Jamaican Pressing)
Jimi Hendrix: In the Beginning
Justin Hines and the Dominoes: Jezebel
Eddie Kendricks: S/T (Sealed)
Iggy and the Stooges: Metallic 2xKO (Double LP Version)
The Individuals: Together…
Iqualah: Rasta Philosophy
Ishan People: Roots
Millie Jackson: Get it Outcha System
Etta James: S/T (Mono)
Etta James: Tell Mama
Azar Lawrence: Bridge into the New Age
The Love Unlimited Orchestra: My Sweet Summer Suite 12”
Robert Lowe: Double Dip
Pat Lundy: The Lady Has Arrived!
Jimmy Lyons: Other Afternoons
Gladys Knight & The Pips: Pipe Dreams OST
The McCrarys: All Night Music
Van Morrison: T.B. Sheets (Original German Pressing)
Junior Murvin: Police & Thieves
Nil’s Jazz Ensemble: S/T
John Oswald, et al: Moose and Salmon (Sealed)
John Oswald: Plexure
Parliament: The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein
Parliament: Live, P. Funk Earth Tour
Parliament: Mothership Connection
Pink Floyd: Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Red Target Canadian)
Rhyze: Just How Sweet is Your Love
The Sensuous Sounds of Silvetti: Spring Rain
Earl Sixteen: Reggae Sound (First UK Pressing)
Reiner Stadler: Brains on Fire Vol. 2
The Staple Singers: Be Altitude…
The Staple Singers: Best Of…(Sealed)
Edwin Starr & Blinky: Just We Two (Sealed US Original)
Sylvester: S/T
Cecil Taylor: Air Above Mountains (Buildings Within) (Sealed)
Together: Don’t You Want to Go
The Trammps: The Legendary Zing Album
Tina Turner: Acid Queen
Tony Valor Sounds Orchestra: Gotta Get It (White Label Promo)
V/A: Dial: Modern Jazz Collector’s Series: The Fabulous Bird Blows (3LP Box)
V/A: Dial: Modern Jazz Collector’s Series: The Stupendous Dial Masters Vol. 2 (7LP Box)
V/A: New World: Introspection: Forgotten Jazz Figures of the 50s & early 60s (Sealed)
V/A: New World: Jazz In Revolution: The Big Bands in the 1940s (Sealed)
V/A: New World: Jive At Five: The Style-Makers Of Jazz 1920s-1940s (Sealed)
V/A: New World: Little Club Jazz: Small Groups in the 1930s (Sealed)
V/A: New World: Mirage: Avant-Garde & Third Stream Jazz (Sealed)
V/A: New World: Nica’s Dream: Small Jazz Groups of the 50’s & Early 60’s (Sealed)
V/A: New World: Steppin’ On The Gas: Rags To Jazz 1913-1927 (Sealed)
V/A: New World: When Malindy Sings: Jazz Vocalists 1938-1961 (Sealed)
Bunny Wailer: Rock n’ Groove (Original Jamaican Pressing)
Bunny Wailer: Tribute (Original Jamaican Pressing)
Lenny Williams: Rise Sleeping Beauty
Delroy Wilson: The Best of… (Original Studio 1 Pressing)
Ugly Ducklings: Off the Wall
Neil Young: Live at the Los Angeles Music Center Dorothy Chandler Pavilion February 1, 1971
Frank Zappa: The Untouchables (2xLP Bootleg)
*plus many more

COMING SOON (RELEASES & RESTOCKS)
John Cage: Early Electronic and Tape Music
Coil/Nine Inch Nails: Recoiled (LP)
Converge: Jane Doe
Chromeo: Business Casual
Death: III
Drive Like Jehu: S/T
Jon Hopkins: Immunity
Jackson C. Frank: S/T
L. Pierre: The Island Come True
Andrew Liles: Fast Forward Through Time (Illusion Four)
Ought: More Than Any Other Day
Linda Perhacs: Parallelograms
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions
Selda: Selda
Tyler, the Creator: Wolf
Chad VanGaalen: Shrink Dust
*plus many more…
**including tons of exciting RSD titles…

Featured Releases

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Francois Bayle: Les Couleurs De La Nuit (Sub Rosa)
Sub Rosa presents the complete version of Les Couleurs de la Nuit, as premiered in 1982, and one of François Bayle’s masterpieces. François Bayle studied with Stockhausen and Messiaen. He joined the ORTF Groupe de Musique Concrète in 1960. He later led the group when it became the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in 1966. Most of his compositions are electronic, and his first important work, “Espaces inhabitables” (1967) is suggestive of an imaginary world in which nature is distorted in a dream-like fashion. He later utilized natural and synthetic sounds in his compositions, such as the recorded sounds made in a Lebanese cave. He has stated that his purpose as a composer is to enable the listener to feel the motion and vibration of energy in the universe. François Bayle characterizes his art like this: “…my purpose was always the same: to compose with only ‘images-de-sons’ (sound images); to show how, through pure listening in an acousmatic situation, these sound images move like butterflies through audible space and project a colored twinkling on the listener. Out of frame, this is a world proved by itself…” Les Couleurs de la Nuit was created for “tapes and computer.”

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Biblical: Monsoon Season (New Damage)
The debut album by the Toronto band is a deft combination of Kyuss-derived stoner rock, rampaging heavy metal, and enough stylistic breadth to set itself apart from any other new bands.

Not only that, but this excellent six-song record has tremendous crossover appeal, its restraint on adventurous tracks like “All Justice, No Peace” and the slow-burning “The Quiet Crooks” sure to appeal to the indie crowd. Surf rock, Americana, and rockabilly slowly creep into the music, which gracefully melds with the otherwise heavy arrangements – check out “Married Man”, which is like The Sadies meets Ten Years After – but for the metal crowd, folks need not look further than “Second Sight”, a flat-out beast of a track that opens the album in sleek yet menacing style.

At 11 and a half minutes, the title track best exemplifies what Biblical is all about, juxtaposing power with mood, creating a dynamic hybrid sound that hints at various subgenres but never fully commits to one.

It’s the kind of debut you hope for form a promising band, sounding mature and fully-formed, yet brimming with potential.

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Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around (American)
No other artist has touched the world of music quite like Johnny Cash. He is the only person to be inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and The Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. His very name is synonymous with the fight for the rights of the poor and downtrodden and the image of “The Man In Black” is as deeply American as the stars and stripes themselves. 

The Man Comes Around includes new Cash compositions like the title track and revisits of older material such as “Give My Love To Rose” and “Tear Stained Letter” as well as a diverse array of cover songs including Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with Fiona Apple, the Eagles “Desperado” with Don Henley, and Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” with Nick Cave.
The Man Comes Around also continued Cash’s Grammy winning streak, taking home awards for Best Country Male Vocal Performance for “Give My Love To Rose” and Best Short Form Video for the moving music video for “Hurt.” 

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Joe Delia: MS.45 OST (Death Waltz)
Like Abel Ferrara, Death Waltz Recording Company is not prone to shying away from the more extreme corners of culture, and are delighted to be presenting a true underground classic for the first time ever. Ferrara’s pictures often tread the line between grindhouse trash and art-films with insightful social commentary – and unflinching realism – and Ms. 45 is his most notorious film, with much of its power coming from Joe Delia’s grimy yet haunting music. 

A sparse piano motif initially creates a lonely voice for the (mute) heroine but it’s overshadowed by wailing trumpet, electric guitar, and menacing synths that paint a disturbing musical picture of the world she inhabits. Delia’s music is so great at creating a vivid image in your head and you begin to imagine the grubby streets, the sleazy sex-shops, the leering onlookers, with it building and building until it reaches sensory assault. 
The instruments sound as violent as the acts on screen, as loud synth stings ring out like gunshots, edgy jazz beats unnerve you, and a repeating brass motif becomes a theme for violence and vengeance – even during the awesome “Dance Party.” You may need a shower after listening, but you’ll be right back to play it again and again.

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Future Islands: Singles (4AD)
Singles is the 4AD debut album from Baltimore trio Future Islands consisting of enigmatic frontman Sam Herring, bassist/guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist/guitarist/programmer Gerrit Welmers. Despite the kind-of-just-a-little-bit-confusing title, it is not a collection of singles but is, in fact, a completely new full-length record. 

Singles serves as the band’s boldest and most immediate work to date and Herring’s poetic tales of heartbreak, love and loss are finally up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear). 
The 10-song set is the band’s latest full length album, following 2011’s On The Water (Thrill Jockey) which earned a Best New Track nod from Pitchfork for the song “Balance” and 2010’s In Evening Air (Thrill Jockey) which the LA Times praised for its “icy synth-pop melodies [and] lo-fi soul.”

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Leong Lau: Dragon Man (Strawberry Rain)
"Leong Lau has remained something of an anomaly in the record collecting scene. A fantastic LP loaded with wah guitar, fuzz solos, flute solos, and wild vocals. A truly impressive offering, it’s amazing that an album of this quality still remains unknown to so many collectors and dealers. Extremely rare and hardly ever available (even in Australia where it was made), we are proud to finally bring this one to the world with Leong’s full approval." Includes poster insert.

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Joe McPhee / Harold E. Smith / Mike Kull: Trinity (Bo Weavil Recordings)
First time vinyl reissue of Joe McPhee’s classic CJR LP from 1972. Recorded on November 28, 1971 in the Parish Hall, West Park, New York. Exact repress of the original artwork. This excellent trio recording of blues-inflected out-jazz from ‘72 follows up on the hugely successful Nation Time, which was actually recorded a year Later. McPhee says it was not only a turning point in his music, but a turning point with his tenor sax as well: “With Trinity, I began to feel more comfortable with the instrument. Not having a bassist also removed me from a normal ‘jazz’ context, let the music just be what it was… The larger space provided by the trio gave me more time to explore the instrument, the colors became more clear, the area I wanted to work became more defined.” Even for Joe McPhee, Trinity is a far-reaching record, as broad as you can possibly imagine. McPhee delivers animalistic howls, plaintive melodies, and bluesy ramble. The group sound spans from free-range “space” music with vocals to high-intensity energy laid down over kicking drums. Each duo combination is explored at length, winding in and out of trio improvisation. Group improvisations guide this record, a simple conversation between three strong musicians with strong ideas. Joe McPhee (tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet, pocket cornet); Mike Kull (piano and electric piano);Harold E. Smith (percussion).

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Mixed Band Philanthropist: The Impossible Humane (Staubgold)
Recorded from 1984 to 1986, The Impossible Humane is the sole album from The New Blockaders side project Mixed Band Philanthropist. Originally released on the German Selektion label in 1987 and impossible to find nowadays, Staubgold makes this rare gem of industrial-goes-musique concrète available again in a strictly limited edition of 400 copies. Furthermore, the reissue contains two bonus tracks taken from the 7” single The Man Who Mistook a Real Woman for His Muse and Acted Accordingly. The album is assembled of exclusive source material by the who’s-who of the industrial music scene of the time, including contributions from Nurse With Wound, Organum,Andrew Chalk, The New Blockaders, Etant Donnes,H.N.A.S., P16.D4, Asmus Tietchens, Controlled Bleeding,Smegma, Merzbow, and many more. “A classic chunk of destroyed concrète. Assembled from a variety of musical and spoken sources, this is a nonstop barrage of genius. Filled with headsnapping changes, sexual innuendo and general confusion, it’s a totally great listening experience,” said The Wire. Idwal Fisher wrote: “This car-crash tape collage still stands today as one of the best examples of the genre. Its perpetual barrage of split-second samples are a dizzying mess of ’60s pop songs, scrapes, industrial whirr, uncategorizeable racket, ghostly voices, electronic beebles and burrs, sped-up records, tape whizz, machine rumble, snatches of reggae, bucket damage, kazoo farts, disco spots and about three-thousand or more (I’m guessing) other samples that really shouldn’t work, but, by some sleight of hand or genius, actually do. On paper, snatches of steel bands shouldn’t be found on the same side of tape as Geordie MCs, Michael Jackson, pneumatic drills, early Merzbow and ’50s doo wop, but here they are and it works. Totally. Then comes the added bonus of being able to listen to this to the point of ad nauseam, mainly due to the fact that there are so few reference points that every listen brings something new.”

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Arthur Russell: World Of Echo (Audika)
"Arthur Russell’s most extraordinary work, World of Echo is reissued in this remastered vinyl edition by Audika Records. 18 tracks are featured including drumless versions of his disco classics ‘Let’s Go Swimming,’ ‘Tree House,’ and ‘Wax The Van’ along with four previously unreleased tracks. Originally released in 1986, World Of Echo is a deeply intimate and meditative work of awe-inspiring grace and remains a timeless work of sublime beauty. Arthur’s aim was to achieve what he calls ‘the most vivid rhythmic reality,’ with just cello, voice, and echoes. Arthur achieved all of this and more on one of the most incredible albums you will ever hear.” 

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Sid Selvidge: Cold of the Morning (Omnivore)
A mid-’70s Memphis classic. And, it almost never saw the light of day. Recorded in 1975, Selvidge and producer Jim Dickinson (Big Star, Ry Cooder, The Replacements) created a 12-track song cycle, captured live in the studio with Selvidge on vocals and guitar, plus Dickinson on piano with Memphis’ iconic Mudboy and the Neutrons on two tracks. 

With a cover photo taken by William Eggleston, it was destined for greatness, but when Peabody Records’ benefactor decided not to put the record out at the last minute, he gave the rights to the recently pressed LP to Selvidge, who drove down to the plant, loaded up his car and distributed them himself. The album eventually found its way into regional stores and the national press, even reaching the Cashbox charts, and was enough to take Selvidge to New York, but life intervened, and bigger record deals were not in the cards.
Omnivore Recordings is proud to issue this indelible piece of the Memphis music canon on LP for the first time since its initial release. Produced in conjunction with Sid’s son, Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady), it has been expanded to include six previously unissued tracks from the original sessions on the CD release.

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Ryan Adams: Demolition
Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger
A$AP Rocky: Long.Live.A$AP: Deluxe
Devendra Banhart: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Francois Bayle: Les Couleurs De La Nuit
Beirut: The Rip Tide
Biblical: Monsoon Season
Aloe Blacc: Lift Your Spirit
Black Milk & Danny Brown: Black and Brown
Big L: Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous (2LP)
Biz Markie: The Biz Never Sleeps
Breeders: Last Splash
Danny Brown: XXX
Jeff Buckley: Grace
Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around
Johnny Cash: Out Among the Stars
Bobby Charles: Bobby Charles
Luciano Cilio: Dell’Universo 
Alice Coltrane: Journey To Satchidananda
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
John Coltrane: Blue Trane
John Coltrane & Duke Ellington: Ellington & Coltrane
Alice Cooper: Pretties for You
Philip Corner: Piano Activities
Elizabeth Cotton: When I’m Gone
Darkthrone: Transilvanian Hunger
Reverand Gary Davis: New Blues & Gospel
Miles Davis: Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud
Death Grips: The Money Store
Joe Delia: MS. 45: OST
DJ Koze: Kosi Comes Around
Dr. Dog: Be The Void
Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde
Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Kim Fowley: Outrageous
Nils Frahm: Felt
Nils Frahm: Spaces
Future Islands: Singles
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin: Jane Birkin
Gang of Four: Entertainment!
Gastr Del Sol: Camofleur
Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On
Astrud Gilberto: Now
Glenn Gould: Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Al Green: I’m Still In Love With You
Iggy Pop: Lust For Life
Michael Jackson: Thriller (Ltd. Edition)
Jesus and Mary Chain: Darklands
Jesus and Mary Chain: Stoned and Dethroned
GX Jupitter-Larsen: Big Time Crash Bang 2008
Andy Kaufman: Andy & His Grandmother
Leo Kupper: Electronic Works & Voices 1961 - 1979
Ray Lamontagne: Gossip In The Grain
Ray Lamontagne: Till The Sun Turns Black
Ray Lamontagne: Trouble
Leong Lau: Dragon Man 
Cliff Martinez: Drive OST
John Mayer Trio: Try!
Minor Threat: Minor Threat
Joe McPhee & John Snyder: Pieces Of Light
Joe McPhee Quartet: Underground Railroad
Joe McPhee/Harold E. Smith/Mike Kull: Trinity
Metallica: Master Of Puppets
Morrissey: Your Arsenal
Paul McCartney: Band on the Run (2LP)
Paul & Linda McCartney: Ram (Mono)
Pearl Jam: Vitalogy
Pixies: Trompe Le Monde
Van Morrison: Blowin’ Your Mind
National: Alligator
National: High Violet
Nirvana: Nevermind
No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom
Onra: Chinoiseries (2LP)
Outkast: Stankonia
Panda Bear: Tomboy
Q-Tip: The Renaissance
Roots: Rising Down
Reign Ghost: S/T
Reign Ghost: Featuring Linda Squires
Replacements: All Shook Down
Mixed Band Philanthropist: The Impossible Humane
William Onyeabor: Who Is William Onyeabor? 
Orphan Fairytale: My Favorite Fairytale
Pearl Jam: Ten
Jean-Claude Risset: Music From Computer
Akos Rozmann: Images Of The Dream And Death (3LP)
Arthur Russell: World Of Echo
St. Vincent: Strange Mercy
SBTRKT: SBTRKT
Shins: Oh, Inverted World
Sid Selvidge: Cold of the Morning
Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
Sleater-Kinney: Dig Me Out
Sleep: Dopesmoker
Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith
Alan Sondheim: 56
Spiritualized: Ladies And Gentlemen We are Floating in Space
Jonathan Snipes & William Hudson: Room 237 OST
Stereolab: Mars Audiac Quintet
Stereolab: Sound Dust
Ray Stinnett: A Fire Somewhere
Stone Roses: Second Coming
Strokes: Angles
Sublime: Sublime
Sun Araw: Ancient Romans
T.Rex: The Slider
Mark Templeton: Jealous Heart
Tool: Undertow
Toro Y Moi: Underneath the Pine
A Tribe Called Quest: Hits, Rarities & Remixes
Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend: Contra
Dave Van Ronk: Inside Dave Van Ronk
Townes Van Zandt: Delta Momma Blues
Townes Van Zandt: Our Mother The Mountain
Townes Van Zandt: Live At The Old Quarter, Houston Texas
Townes Van Zandt: For The Sake Of The Song
V/A: I Am The Center (Light In The Attic)
V/A: Traces One (REGRM)
Kurt Vile: Childish Prodigy
Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo
J Roddy Walston & the Business: Essential Tremors
Tom Waits: Rain Dogs (Import)
24 Carat Black: Ghetto Misfortune’s Wealth
War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
Warpaint: Warpaint
Weezer: Pinkerton
Weezer: Blue Album
Kanye West: 808s and Heartbreak
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Witch: Introduction
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
AC/DC: Back in Black
April Wine: S/T
Audio Letter: It Is This It Is Not This (Neti-Neti)
Borbetomagus & Shaking Ray Levis: Coelacanth (10” Pic Disc)
John Cage / Pauline Oliveros / Ben Johnston: The Contemporary Contrabass
John Cage / Luciano Berio / Ilhan Mimaroglu: Electronic Music
Cream: Wheels of Fire
Dead Machines: Futures (Sealed 10”)
Detroit City Limits: 3
The Dramatics: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
Feiler Marhaug: No More Drama
Marvin Gaye: Live at the London Palladium
God is My Co-Pilot: Getting Out of Boring Time, Biting into Boring Pie (10”)
Hair Police: Prescribed Burning
Hey Paulette: I Really Do Love Penelope (12”)
Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky
Hendrix/Morrison: Woke Up This Morning… 
Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man (RE)
Holeist / Illusion of Safety: Untitled
Howlin’ Wolf: London Sessions
Iron Maiden: Powerslave
Iron Maiden: Live After Death
Justice Yeldham: S/T (Picture Disc)
Kiss: Alive II 
Kiss: Dressed to Kill
Barbara Lewis: Workin’ on a Groovy Thing
Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble: The Constant Extension Of Inescapable Tradition
Judy Mowatt: Mellow Mood
Margaret Reynolds: Keep On Holdin’ On
Pauline Oliveros: To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation
The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones: Out of our Heads
The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street`
St. Christopher: Bacharach (10”)
Savage Republic: Recordings from Live Perfomance 1981-1983 (2x10”)
Conrad Schnitzler: Ballet Statique (RE)
Sex Pistols: Flogging a Dead Horse (Bootleg)
Sex Pistols: Pirates of Destiny (Bootleg)
Sex Pistols: The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle
Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks
Soulful Dynamics: Soulful
The Stooges: Death Trip (Bootleg)
The Stooges: Rubber Legs (Bootleg)
The Stooges: I’m Sick of You
The Stooges: Raw Power
Swans: A Screw (12”)
Swans: Time is Money (Bastard) (12”)
Cecil Taylor: The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor (Sealed 3LP Box)
Cecil Taylor: Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!
T. Rex: Tanx 
Tullycraft: Beat Surf Fun
U.S. Maple: Sang Phat Editor
The Who: Tommy
Stomu Yamash’ta’s East Wind: One By One
Neil Young: Live Rust
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Maps (10”)
Zoogz Rift: Island of Living Puke
V/A: Halleluwah Festival of Enthused Arts Sept. 1-2, 2006
*plus many more

COMING SOON (RELEASES & RESTOCKS)
Black Lips: Underneath the Rainbow
Brothers and Sisters: Dylan’s Gospel
S. Carey: Range of Light
Mac Demarco: Salad Days
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Pinata
Liars: Mess
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions
Schoolboy Q: Oxymoron
Sisyphus: S/T
Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams
Tokyo Police Club: Forcefield
Tycho: Awake

*plus many more…
**including tons of exciting RSD titles…

Featured Releases

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Actress: Ghettoville (Ninja Tune)
The bleary-eared swagger of Ghettoville concludes Actress’ album cycle begun with his debut ‘Hazyville’ back in 2008. As we’re sure you’re well aware, in the meantime he’s released a pair of modern classics, Splazsh and R.I.P., two radically rugged, sophisticated abstractions of electronic music alternately rendered in crystal clear and far-more-murky resolution. With Ghettoville it would appear he’s wearing his black-tinted glasses again, the ones which don’t show up his bloodshot eyes and give him license to prowl the most fugged-up interzones between dancefloor, bedroom and headspace without hassle. Like ‘Hazyville’ the emphasis is on heavy troddin’ grooves - a backyard distillation of grime, rare groove, house and hip hop - but he’s now upped the overdriven noise factor to noxious, memory-bleaching degrees, making everything eerie as fuck and disorienting, like a dazed 5am stroll around familiar yet somehow alien ends of a concrete jungle shrouded in pre-dawn fog. The oppressive atmosphere would be enervating if not for his buoyant beats and the redemptive traces of melody that perfuse the murk, whether that’s the tweet of birdsong that cuts through the foundry clank of ‘Forgiven’, the half-heard Thriller-era boogie hope of whoever’s been crushed to def in ‘Contagious’, or the seductive bassline calling you back in from the smoking area 52 in ‘Frontline’, always keeping his sound cannily poised with an ambiguous, ambivalent nonchalance. DJs will find useful gear in the gauzy bump and grind of ‘Skyline’ and the low-slung, knock-kneed swing of ‘Birdcage’, but ultimately this album is one for the heads, the headphones, and lowlit habitats.

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Nils Frahm: Spaces (Erased Tapes)
Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they only reveal a fragment of what to expect from a Frahm concert. The artist’s heart lies in improvisation, in the magic of a moment where, inspired by the space and the audience, his fingers create new compositions loosely based around his familiar melodies. Spaces is an ode to the joy of live performance. It expresses Frahm’s love for experimentation and answers the call from his fans for a record that truly reflects what they witness during his concerts. Breaking the convention of a traditional live release, the album was recorded over the course of two years in different locations and on various media, including old portable reel-to-reel recorders and cassette decks. These moments were later pieced together in his Durton Studio for what Frahm refers to as a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. Spaces includes surprises such as the sound of a toilet brush banging on piano strings to create a dub-sounding track. The decision to select takes that include the sounds of people coughing and cell phones ringing make clear that his audience is an integral part of every performance.

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The War On Drugs: Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
The War On Drugs’ creative fulcrum Adam Granduciel once declared the first record he ever bought was Phil Collins’ … But Seriously. When it comes to challenging conventional wisdom about supposedly discredited ’80s musical tropes, Granduciel has form: 2011’s Slave Ambient dipped into the future-curious sound of Bruce Springsteen circa Born In The USA and Tunnel Of Love, coating The War On Drugs’ pellucid space rock with earthy grit. Now, still oozing the romance of the tarmac, Lost In The Dream heightens this process by layering both the lush textures and the meditative choogle, through which Granduciel’s hallucinatory hobo stumbles – “Like a train in reverse down a dark road,” he notes amid Eyes To The Wind, a mid-tempo Zimmer-train of pedal steel, piano and ARP analog synths, plausibly evoking Spiritualized covering The Traveling Wilburys. It gets pretty trippy on the highway.

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Various Artists: Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles (Numero)
With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we summoned a horde of 16 bands, cloaked in eons of tortured obscurity, whose sole release amounts to a blistering chapter ripped free of rock’s lumbering mythos. This music hails from an occluded realm, somewhere just beyond the pot-addled minds of its creators. Lyrically, the Darkscorch Canticles trifle with themes most grave: crippling fear, pagan hostility, paranoia, power addiction - even necromancy. Satan’s name is openly invoked, alongside Sauron’s. These worried, warlike Canticles occupy a miniscule niche in the American underground of self-released rock, but their appeal is more broad today than in any previous era. One year ago, Medusa’s mysterious First Step Beyond LP emerged from its Chicago forge, numbered in gold, sheathed in the black faux-velvet of a centaur’s nutsack, heralding The Numero Group’s first dive into the Stygian caverns of the American hard rock underground. But Darkscorch Canticles hail from no simple aural landscape: Numero 048 melds amateur D&D artwork with stout chunks of stoner basement rock, grafting physical music artifacts into an imagined world.

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
7 Days of Funk: S/T
AC/DC: Back in Black
AC/DC: High Voltage
Actress: Ghettoville
Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique
Big Star: #1 Record
Big Star: Radio City
Black Keys: Attack and Release
Black Keys: Brothers
Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe
Breakbot: By Your Side
Sam Cooke: For Always
Daft Punk: Homework
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
Mac DeMarco: 2
Mac DeMarco: Rock & Roll Night Club
De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising 
Elbow: Seldom Seen Kid
John Fahey: Blind Joe Death
Florence + the Machine: Lungs
Forest Swords: Engravings
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Classic Album Collection (3LP)
Nils Frahm: Spaces
Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys
Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (200G Mono)
Little Richard: Here’s Little Richard
Joni Mitchell: Blue
Hank Mobley: Soul Station
Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Music
Monks: Black Monk Time
Wes Montgomery: Incredible Jazz Guitar
Lee Morgan: Sidewinder
Van Morrison: Astral Weeks
Neu!: Neu!
Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York
Outkast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Portishead: Dummy
Radiohead: The Bends
Ramones: Rocket to Russia
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication
Rhye: Woman
Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream
Smiths: Hatful of Hollow
Smiths: Queen is Dead
Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggystyle
Specials: Specials
St. Germain: Tourist
Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City
Chad Van Gaalen: Soft Airplane
Velvet Underground: Scepter Studios Acetate
The Verve: Urban Hymns
White Stripes: Elephant
White Stripes: White Blood Cells
War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Neil Young: After the Gold Rush
Neil Young: Harvest
V/A: Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
Bankie Banx: Bankie Banks & His Roots & Herbs
Beatles: Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany 1962
David Bowie: Aladdin Sane
David Bowie: Young Americans
David Bowie: Heroes
Canadian Conspiracy: S/T
Greg Cartwright: Live at the Circle A
Cramps: Get Off the Road
The Early Moles: S/T
Earthling: Radar 
Family: Music in a Doll’s House
Genesis: From Genesis To Rebelation 
Gunter Hample: Celebrations
Hate: Hate Kills (Original UK)
In-Sect: Direct from England
Kaleidoscope: Side Trips
Le Pamplemousse: Le Spank 
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Album (2013 RSD Edition)
Jets to Brazil: Perfecting Loneliness (Orange Vinyl)
John Lennon: Imagine
John Lennon: Mind Games
Kak: S/T
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd
Mano Dibango: O Boso
Morrissey: You are the Quarry 
Freddie McGregor: Showcase
Mtume: Kiss The World Goodbye 
NSU: Turn on, or Turn Me Down (Original UK)
Dave Pike: The Doors of Perception (Original)
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter (German Import)
Runaways: Queens of Noise
Rush: 2112
Who: The Kids Are Alright OST
Yellowman: Nobody Move
*plus many more…

COMING SOON (RELEASES & RESTOCKS)
Brothers and Sisters: Dylan’s Gospel
Philip Corner: Piano Activities
S. Carey: Range of Light
Jackson C. Frank: S/T
Future Islands: Singles
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Pinata
Gastr Del Sol: Camofleur
Liars: Mess
Leo Kupper: Electronic Works & Voices 1961 - 1979
Orphan Fairytale: My Favorite Fairytale
Onra: Chinoiseries
Joe McPhee & John Snyder: Pieces of Light
Joe McPhee Quartet: Underground Railroad
L. Pierre: The Island Come True
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions
Akos Rozmann: Images of the Dream and Death (3LP)
Arthur Russell: World of Echo
Schoolboy Q: Oxymoron
Sisyphus: S/T
Ray Stinnet: A Fire Somewhere
Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams
Tycho: Awake
Joel Vandroogenbroek: Biomechanoid
Kanye West: 808s and Heartbreaks
*plus many more…

Featured Releases

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Johnny Cash: American VI: Ain’t No Grave (American Records)
American VI: Ain’t No Grave (2010) is the final chapter and last recordings in the illustrious series of Johnny Cashrecordings produced by Rick Rubin. The series began with 1994’s acclaimed American Recordings, followed by Unchained(1996), American III: Solitary Man (2000), the final release during his lifetime American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002) and first posthumous release American V: A Hundred Highways (2006).

Recorded during the same 2002-2003 sessions that produced its predecessor American V: A Hundred HighwaysAmerican VI: Ain’t No Grave features one Johnny Cash original (“I Corinthians 15:55”), covers of material by Sheryl Crow (“Redemption Day”) and Kris Kristofferson (“For the Good Times”) and the Avett Brothers on the title cut. 

“These songs are Johnny’s final statement. They are the truest reflection of the music that was central to his life at the time. This is the music that Johnny wanted us to hear.” - Rick Rubin

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Bryce Dessner/Jonny Greenwood: St. Carolyn By the Sea/ Suite from “There Will Be Blood” (Deutsche Grammophon)
Deutsche Grammophon is proud to announce the release of orchestral works composed by Bryce Dessner, known to many from acclaimed rock band The National, as well as a complete Suite from the soundtrack of Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 masterpiece There Will Be Blood, composed by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. Never before have classical and rock converged in such an organic, compelling and sensual way as they do here in these orchestral performances by conductorAndre de Ridder and the Copenhagen Phil.

Dessner is known to many as one of the guitarists with American indie rockers The National, a band who are famed for their full guitar sound and their lead singer’s distinctively seasoned baritone voice, who sell out the largest venues in the US and have long since conquered Europe as well. But what many of their fans may not know is that guitarist Dessner originally studied classical music (earning a master’s degree from Yale University), and absorbed the influences of composers such as Morton Feldman and Steve Reich when he came to New York. These days, as well as playing with The National, he regularly collaborates with contemporary artists such as Bang on a Can and the Kronos Quartet. 

Dessner presents three pieces of modern classical music, written from the perspective of a rock musician who is keenly aware of the raw emotional impact music – any music – can have on an audience. He draws on elements from Baroque and folk music, late Romanticism and modernism, minimalist music and the blues, among others, as well as referencing the work of such legendary figures as John Fahey, La Monte Young, Bela Bartok, Glenn Branca, Benjamin Britten, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Despite this broad spectrum of influences, his voice remains individual and distinct. The works performed here with Andre de Ridder show Dessner to be a composer of surprising independence of mind. 

The same is true of Jonny Greenwood, the composer of a suite of six miniatures for the soundtrack of There Will Be Blood which rounds out the album. The pairing of Dessner and Greenwood on the album didn’t come about by chance, but becauseAndré de Ridder likes programming their music together, for live concerts too. The defining strand of the collaboration is not so much the similar musical backgrounds of Dessner and Greenwood, but more their mutual preoccupation with quintessentially American themes such as the vast expanses of the country’s landscape, or a sense of nostalgic longing; themes which, previously, were largely the domain of other musical genres. With this album Dessner and Greenwood open up a new frontier for symphonic music.

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Gang Starr: Step in the Arena (Virgin)
1991’s Step In The Arena is the breakout second full-length album from the legendary East Coast hip hop duo Gang Starr - consisting of MC Guru and DJ/producer Premier - and follow-up to their 1991 debut No More Mr. Nice GuyStep In The Arena firmly established Gang Starr’s trademark sound which radically blended the unprecedented jazz samples of Premier with the deadpan street narratives of Guru and greatly altered the boundaries of hip hop in the process. Featuring the all-time hip-hop classics “Just to Get a Rep,” “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?”, “Check the Technique” and “Step In The Arena.”

"Their partnership was curious – with DJ Premier in New York and Guru in Houston, their debut was made exchanging tapes by post – but their second album made them icons. Premier’s superlative production brought jazz firmly into the hip-hop sample lexicon, while Guru’s languid flow and persuasive take on black nationalism helped bring rap’s burgeoning political consciousness to curious outsiders as well as seriously impressing credibility-obsessed devotees." - Angus Batey, The Guardian / #26 on The 50 Key Events in the History of Hip-Hop Series.

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Lo-Fang: Blue Film (4AD)
4AD will release Blue Film, the debut album by LA based producer Lo-Fang. Matthew Hemerlein, the man behind Lo-Fang, is classically trained in violin, cello, bass, piano and guitar, and performs all of the instruments on Blue Film. Highly detailed, the album has roots in electronic, R&B, classical, and folk music, cast through a pop prism.

Blue Film was written and recorded during Hemerlein’s world travels, from a farmhouse in Maryland to a hotel in Cambodia, whilst taking in studios in London and Nashville. He completed the album at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles with producer Francois Tetaz.

The first pressing of Lo-Fang’s Blue Film comes on blue colored vinyl with MP3 coupon.

Tenzier Records

An exciting addition to our store this week is the catalogue of Montreal label Tenzier Records. We are very pleased to be perhaps the first store in Toronto to keep regular stock of these gems.

Tenzier focuses exclusively on preserving and disseminating archival recordings by overlooked Quebec avant-garde artists. The four records released thus far are now essential listening for anyone that is at all interested in Canadian electronic music. With each record a new name enters the barren can-lexi-con of our storied but obscure avant-garde history… 

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Bernard Gagnon’s LP is rife with alien electronics blistering with concrete interventions and SF effects, lapsing often into beats that sound like a holographic door being pummelled with robotic fists. 

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The previously unknown Etienne O’Leary, it turns out, was plundering popular music unapologetically well before Plunderphonics entered household vocabulary as a Canadian innovation. The LP is a veritable court case waiting to happen, laced throughout with monolithic prepared piano and bursts of what sounds like construction noise-inspired electronics.

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Le Quatuor de Jazz Libre Quebec is an explosive din originally released by CBC Radio Canada. The pieces within oscillate between barbaric tonal assaults and unhurried moments of lush freedom… 

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The latest addition to the label is the baffling Electoacoustique (1980-1987) by Gisele Ricard, which is undoubtedly the most terrifying music on the label. The pieces here, like O’Leary’s, are plundered from one place or another, but rendered an unintelligible pastiche of choir-like horror. It becomes so multi-layered and miasmic that one becomes transfixed by it’s ugly allure. 

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