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Alvvays: Alvvays (Royal Mountain)
Molly Rankin (lead vocals/guitar) and Kerri Maclellan (keyboards) grew up as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and singing folk-songs. Now with the help of, Alec O’Hanley (guitar), Brian Murphy (bass) and Phil MacIsaac (drums) they make, jingle-jangling sun-splashed fuzz pop. Produced by Chad VanGaalen.

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Beyoncé: Beyoncé (Columbia)
Featuring 14 tracks on 2LPs and 17 accompanying videos on DVD. Beyonce’s new self-titled album is the artist’s fifth solo studio effort and first visual album. Beyonce is infused with 14 new songs and 17 visually stunning, provocative videos shot around the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, all before the album’s release. “I see music,” says Beyoncé about her decision to create a visual album. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

For an artist who has been the target of leaks, this is a fully designed preventative plan. The album will be offered as a cohesive body of work with every song and every video available all at once for one single purchase. While not a concept album, the record is designed to be consumed as a comprehensive audio/visual piece from top to bottom. The antithesis of making singles, the visual album is a non-linear journey through the thoughts and visions of Beyoncé. Not one to stand on past achievements, this is an artist who thrives on evolving, challenging herself and raising the bar. This creative process gave Beyoncé power over her music and provided an opportunity to control how the music is heard. She is not playing by the rules and breaking what is expected, preferring to put music out as an entire body of work.

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OOIOO: Gamel (Thrill Jockey)
OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into to making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future. Their focus is not to replicate these ancient styles, but to incorporate them into their consistently inventive, constantly shifting musical frameworks. They take their love of indigenous music into an entirely new dimension by freely weaving organic and electric tones into a vivid tapestry, employing their keen sense of color and texture.

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PS I Love You: For Those Who Stay (Paper Bag)
Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson raised their band from Kingston’s lowest places, from bars and basements and late-night pits of the heart, above the swirling fug of death dreams and depression, until this two-piece rock’n’roll act was like a black and red corona setting St George’s aglow. And then while Nelson minded the fort(s), Paul left home – to Toronto, following his heart. For Those Who Stay was encouraged by the girding strength of love but of course it’s still dredging and confused, of course it’s still resplendent in its churn. Maybe it’s the sound of leaving home and still hearing it calling.

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Reigning Sound: Shattered (Merge)
Shattered is Reigning Sound’s first album for Merge and the first full LP from the group since 2009’s Love and Curses. The band’s principal songwriter/member is Greg Cartwright, who’s been leading the shifting cast of characters since 2001. You may be familiar with some of the band’s work, as this album is preceded by five studio efforts as well as numerous EPs and live records. Or perhaps some of Greg’s other projects have been on your musical radar: The Oblivians, Parting Gifts, Compulsive Gamblers, 68 Comeback, Deadly Snakes, Detroit Cobras.

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Josef Van Wissem & SQURL: Only Lovers Left Alive OST (ATP Recordings)
ATP Recordings are proud to release the original soundtrack from Jim Jarmusch’s crypto-vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive.Out now on Double 180g 12” Blood Red Vinyl (with download code), Featuring Jim Jarmusch’s band SQÜRL, Jozef Van Wissem and Yasmine Hamdan, plus guest appearances by Zola Jesus and Madeline Follin from Cults.

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White Fence: For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)
For the Recently Found Innocent is many things - the fifth White Fence album, the first White Fence album to be recorded outside the bedroom fence (with live drumming!), the first White Fence record to be produced for Drag City. Plus also, a sophomore pump: the second time that Tim Presley and Ty Segall have met to record music (does anyone remember Hair?), this time pure and simply committed in the name of White Fence. Inevitably, the collision at the intersection of all these winding roads is a beautiful pileup of deep impacts, graceful lines and open space embodied in sound, White on White, compacted for your eyes and ears to believe.

In the tale of For the Recently Found Innocent, Presley has succeeded in bringing his signature role, that of the hissing reptilian wraith, to the magnesium screen. Moving with the sidewalks in the first rippling of the light, our gimlet-eyed hero is steeped in the time-honored practice of hand-eye coordination known as ‘rhythmatism’; master of verbal acrobatics (always sticking the landing) and palm-reading melodies, where he proves uncannily prescient in tracing where the lifeline goes as moves it through the path of verse-chorus-bridge-et al.
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V/A: Tropicalia - Ou Panis Et Circencis (Soul Jazz Records)
This is the compilation that helped to define the sound of Tropicalia, whose artists made huge and influential strides in creating exotic pop that was as influenced by psychedelia as it was by samba, bossa nova, and more traditional South American genres. Tropicalia not only includes tracks from the label’s most important acts (Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso Gal Costa), but presents a large number of collaborations between these artists, many of which are simply amazing. Given the fact that many of the original Tropicalia releases have not been reissued or are not widely available, the compilation stands as a near-definitive package for the sound, and a great opportunity for anyone unfamiliar with the artists to experience an amazing and hugely important genre.

 

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Alt-J: An Awesome Wave
Alvvays: Alvvays
Animal Collective: Feels
Bad Brains: S/T
Erykah Badu: Baduizm
Band of Horses: Everything All The Time
Chris Bell: I Am The Cosmos
Beyonce: S/T
Black Milk & Danny Brown: Black and Brown
Jeff Buckley: Grace
Built To Spill: Keep It Like A Secret
Can: S/T (Import)
Can: Delay 1968 (Import)
Can: Flow Motion (Import)
Can: Landed (Import)
Can: Monster Movie (Import)
Can: Saw Delight (Import)
Can: Soon Over Babaluma (Import)
Can: Soundtracks (Import)
Can: Unlimited Edition (Import)
Ray Charles: 24 Greatest Hits (Import)
The Clash: London Calling
Alice Coltrane: A Monastic Trio
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
The Cure: Disintegration
D’Angelo: Voodoo
Lana Del Rey: Paradise
Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence
Diana: Perpetual Surrender
Dr. Dre: The Chronic
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Classic Album Collection (Import)
Lee Fields & the Expressions: Emma Jean
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
Funkadelic: Maggot Brain
Gang of Four: Entertainment!
GZA/Genius: Liquid Swords
HAIM: Days Are Gone
Jon Hopkins: Immunity
J Dilla: Donuts (7” box)
Jay Z: The Blueprint
Jaylib: Champion Sound
Jeru The Damaja: The Sun Rises In The East
The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy
Junior Kimbrough: First Recordings (10”)
The Knife: Silent Shout
Talib Kweli & Madlib: Liberation
LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening
Madvillain: Madvillany
The Mars Volta: Amputechture (Ltd. ed. colour vinyl)
MC5: Kick Out The Jams
Paul McCartney: Band On The Run
MF Doom: Special Herbs 5 & 6 (Ltd. ed. + 7”)
MF Doom: Mm… Food
Mobb Deep: The Infamous
The Modern Lovers: S/T
Modest Mouse: The Moon & Antarctica
Modest Mouse: Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Nas: Illmatic
The National: Boxer
OOIOO: Gamel
Outkast: Aquemini
Pearl Jam: Ten
Pearl Jam: Vs.
Pixies: Surfer Rosa
Pixies: Doolittle
Postal Service: Give Up - Deluxe (Ltd. ed.)
PS I Love You: For Those Who Stay
Q Tip: The Renaissance
Lou Reed: Transformer
Reigning Sound: Shattered
The Roots: How I Got Over
The Roots: Rising Down
The Shins: Oh, Inverted World
Paul Simon: Graceland - 25th Anniversary
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (2LP 2014 Reissue)
Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material
The Strokes: Is This It
T. Rex: The Slider
Tame Impala: Innerspeaker
Thom Yorke: The Eraser
A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory
TV On The Radio: Return To Cookie Mountain (Import)
Jozef Van Wissem/SQURL: Only Lovers Left Alive OST
Townes Van Zandt: Live at The Old Quarter - Houston, TX
Townes Van Zandt: S/T
Tom Waits: Rain Dogs
The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
Weezer: Blue Album (ltd. ed.)
Kanye West: College Dropout
Kanye West: Late Registration
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
White Fence: For The Recently Found Innocent
Bill Withers: Just As I Am
Bill Withers: Still Bill
V/A: Tropicalia - Ou Panis Et Circencis
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
Rance Allen Group: The Rance Allen Group
Baden: Fresh Winds
Bathory: Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (Blue Vinyl)
Bathory: Hammerheart (Gold Vinyl)
Bathory: Blood Fire Death (White Vinyl)
Boards Of Canada: Tomorrow’s Harvest
Joao Bosco: Galos De Briga (Brazilian Press)
James Brown: Body Heat
Danny Brown: Old (4LP Box Set)
Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Rhys Chatham: Factor X (German)
Clash: Combat Rock
Ornette Coleman: The Shape Of Jazz To Come
Crabby Appleton: Crabby Appleton (Sealed)
The Cramps: Bad Music For Bad People (Original)
The Cramps: Songs The Lord Taught Us (Original)
The Cramps: Psychedelic Jungle
The Cramps: A Date With Elvis
Daft Punk: Discovery
Holy Modal Rounders: Alleged In The Own Time
Holy Modal Rounders: Good Taste Is Timeless
Syl Johnson: Diamond In The Rough (Sealed)
The Joneses: The Joneses
Alicia Meyers: Alicia
Chris McGregor: Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath
Jackie McLean: Live At Montmartre (Danish Pressing)
The Moon: The Moon
Opeth: Ghost Reveries (Sealed)
Emitt Rhodes: Emitt Rhodes (Sealed)
Rockets: Plasteroid
Lalo Schifrin: Black Widow
Gil Scott-Heron: The Mind Of
Lonnie Smith: Afro-Desia (Sealed)
Lonnie Smith: Think! (Sealed)
Gabor Szabo: More Sorcery
Toots & The Maytals: Funky Kingston
Moe Tucker: Moejadkatebarry
Turtles: Happy Together
Underground All-Stars (Kim Fowley): Extremely Heavy
Melvin Van Peebles: As Serious As A Heart Attack (Sealed)
Zomby: With Love (3LP Sealed)
*plus many more

Featured Releases

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The Clean: Anthology (Merge)
Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you’ve never heard of them before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism. The album is a compilation of songs from across The Clean’s legendary musical career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge originally released the 2-CD Anthology in 2003, but in celebration of the label’s 25th anniversary, they felt the time was right to release this essential collection on quadruple LP.

Hamish and David Kilgour formed The Clean in 1978. Hamish played drums, and David picked up a guitar and figured out how to play it as he went along. Various other folk passed through the Kilgour brothers’ orbit during the first two years or so before Robert Scott (The Bats) joined on bass. Hamish, David, and Robert all wrote songs and sang in The Clean, who made their first recordings for the renowned New Zealand label Flying Nun in 1981.

The Clean’s story is on-again/off-again purely by design. It suits the trio’s creative desires and keeps them clear of the machinery that threatened to interfere with that process from the moment they threatened to get awfully popular awfully quickly over thirty years ago. The Clean’s modern age has seen them splitting time and hemispheres: David Kilgour has a reputable solo catalog; Robert Scott has The Bats; and Hamish Kilgour has been an endearing and enduring fixture in New York City, playing with assorted combos.


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Ben Frost: A U R O R A (Mute)
A U R O R A is the highly anticipated fifth solo release from Ben Frost, his first since the widely acclaimed By The Throat in 2009. These lean, athletic visions seem to stand testament to a kind of survival – a proof of life. Muscular shapes maintained only to a level of functioning physical survival, of necessity, and no further; filthy, uncivilized, caked in sweat, and battery acid.

Starved of all the adornments of its predecessor; wholly absent of guitar, of piano, of string instruments and natural wooden intimacy, A U R O R A offers a defiant new world of fiercely synthetic shapes and galactic interference, pummelling skins and pure metals. Performed by Frost with Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy), Shahzad Ismaily and Thor Harris (Swans) and largely written in Eastern DR Congo, A U R O R A aims directly, through its monolithic construction, at blinding luminescent alchemy; not with benign heavenly beauty but through decimating magnetic force.

This is no pristine vision of digital music; but an offering of interrupted future time, where emergency flares illuminate ruined nightclubs and the faith of the dancefloor rests in a diesel-powered generator spewing forth its own extinction, eating rancid fuel so loudly it threatens to overrun the very music it is powering. And so, is the ongoing evolution of Frost’s music, conceived as equally the observer, as the catalyst in this music, and harbinger of the idea that so often we think of beauty when in fact we should be thinking of destruction.

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Fela Kuti: Expensive Shit (Knitting Factory)
During the early 70’s the Nigerian government and their cronies in the police department consistently raided Fela Kuti’s communal family compound The Kalakuta Republic, viewing it as both a social and political threat. In 1974, the police once again invaded Fela’s compound, this time planting a joint on the artist, who promptly swallowed it, destroying any evidence of illegal activity. Fela was arrested, and was held in jail until he could produce a “sample” in order for the evidence to be recovered.

Due to some miraculous help from other prisoners, Fela’s “sample” came back completely clean, and he was released without charges. The experience is recounted in the title track, “Expensive Shit,” in which Fela discusses the lengths the police went to in order to literally examine his shit.

The second poetic, organ driven track, “Water Get No Enemy,” derives its name from a Yoruban proverb that instructs on the power of nature. This song is Fela’s encouragement to his fellow Nigerians, saying, essentially, that if you’re working in tune with the universe, nothing can be done to stop you. Extending the point further: the world needs the black man, and therefore it needs Africa.

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Fela Kuti: He Miss Road (Knitting Factory)
He Miss Road combines the sound of James Brown-style 70s funk with a stripped down Afrobeat performance. Ginger Bakerproduced this ethereal, nearly psychedelic album with Tony Allen on drums, backed by Fela’s Africa 70 band. The title track refers to the ways in which people have lost their way – and the ensuing chaos it causes. Through call-and-response lyrics, Fela illustrates a few ways in which someone has “missed the road,” including a gorilla who runs out of the jungles and into Lagos, and a musician who sings only for the deaf. This last example is a caustic personal attack on a fellow Lagosian musician who had stolen one of Fela’s girlfriends – the attack extends even onto the original album cover, where this point is literally illustrated.

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Fela Kuti & the Africa 70 with Ginger Baker: Live! (Knitting Factory)
Originally recorded in 1971 and 1978 by Fela Kuti’s band, Africa 70, with the addition of former Cream drummer Ginger Baker, this album contains 4 songs plus a bonus track 16-minute drum duet between Baker and Africa 70’s drummer Tony Allen recorded at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival.

Let’s Start: ‘Let us start what we’ve come into the room to do’ is telling it as it is - graphic explicit sex. Sung in Yoruba with some broken English explanations, Fela calls on his partner in the room to get on with it, ‘don’t play the innocent…let’s start! Take off your clothes! Let’s start!’. The recording has Ginger Baker, of the former English pop group ‘Cream’ playing live as guest drummer on some tracks like Let’s Start, in place of Tony Allen, the regular drum player in Fela’s Africa 70 band. The Album titled ‘Live with Ginger Baker’ was recorded in the sixteen track mobile studio Ginger Baker sold to Polygram Nigeria in 1976.

Black Man’s Cry: Black man’s cry is about identity. ‘I am black and proud’ Fela sings in Yoruba, ‘Who says Black is not beautiful! Bring that person out, let me see!’ - he challenges, ‘There is nothing as beautiful as the black skin! Look at me! Look at me very well! There is nothing as beautiful as the black skin! Look at me very well!’. It is a song to rid the black mind of inferiority complex, particularly Africans who use chemical products to bleach their skin, or Africans who feel inferior to the White folks.

Ye Ye De Smell: Ye ye de smell is about people getting what they deserve-reaping what you sow. If you flirt with another person’s wife, you shouldn’t feel bad if people do the same to you. Literally meaning: bullshit stinks. It implies that if you give people bullshit, you should not be surprised if you get the same back from others.

Egbe Mi O (Carry Me I Want To Die): “Egbe Me” in Yoruba language means: Carry me. In this song, Fela is singing about the different kinds of things that happen to you while you dance. How could you go into trance while dancing? How in a state of musical trance, the traditional beads women wear under their skirts break without the woman noticing. How a man’s hat would fall of his head while dancing without him noticing. All kinds of things happen to you doing the dance - but you are not alone! ‘…be ke iwo nikan ko’. Fela ends this track with a general chorus calling everybody together with the band: Egbe Mi O!

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Mastodon: Once More Around The Sun (Reprise)
Art is a cyclical beast. The same can easily be said of Grammy Award nominated hard rock juggernaut Mastodon. The group’s four members recognize the importance of life’s omnipresent cycles on their sixth full-length album, Once More ‘Round the Sun. The band orbits around themes of loss and rebirth, twirling a sonic spiral of its signature robust riffing, hypnotically haunting soundscapes, triage of dynamic voices, and thundering seismic grooves. At the same time, this particular collection proves personal for Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Troy Sanders. Mastodon’s own collective cycle encompasses a staggering string of accolades. Whether it’s the public endorsement of peers as diverse as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, CeeLo Green, and Feist or unanimous praise from the likes of Time and Rolling Stone, the band continue to make an impression at every turn. 2011’s The Hunter saw them achieve their highest chart debut yet, reaching #10 on the Billboard Top 200, while the single “Curl of the Burl” notched their second Grammy Award nomination in the category of “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.” As far as rock ‘n’ roll goes, their legacy irrefutably stands alone. However, that legacy expands yet again with Once More ‘Round the Sun.

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The Roots: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam)
From Philly street corner buskers to hip-hop pioneers to perpetual touring live act to late-night TV house band, legendary hip-hop group The Roots have never been one to rest on their laurels. After more than 15 years, the critically acclaimed, award-winning band continues to reinvent themselves and remains one of music’s most enduring and forward-thinking groups. 

In 2014 that evolution is resumed with their multi-layered eleventh album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin featuring the lead single “When The People Cheer.” The 11-song set is a satirical look at the Dionysian impulse in contemporary hip-hop as told through a series of characters who have found themselves trapped in the permanent underclass. Lost in history’s shuffle, broken, yet self-aware, they see their lives both from within and from without. Self-possessed, they’re ever ready to scale the fourth wall. 
The album’s lyrics seed the character’s internal monologues and provide their personal and political context. Its melodies and rhythms are all set against a background of cascading absurdist monologues, flat-footed rap verse, deconstructed samples, found sounds, and improvisational movement pieces. 
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Strand Of Oaks: Heal (Dead Oceans)
From the first bars of Heal, the exhilarating melodic stomp of ‘Goshen ‘97’ puts you right into Tim Showalter’s fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family’s basement den in Goshen, Indiana, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old, believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. “The record is called Heal, but it’s not a soft, gentle healing, it’s like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that’s how I got better.” Heal embodies that feeling of catharsis and rebirth, desperation and euphoria, confusion and clarity. It is deeply personal and unwittingly anthemic.

At June Records This Week

NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Animal Faces: Half Asleep 12” EP (self released)
Arctic Monkeys: AM
Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am
Arctic Monkeys: Suck it and See
Arctic Monkeys: Humbug
Syd Barrett: Madcap Laughs
Syd Barrett: Opel
Blind Melon: Blind Melon
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out
Death From Above 1979: You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine
The Clean: Anthology
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Classic Album Collection
Ben Frost: Aurora
Steve Gunn: Time Off
Fela Kuti: Live With Ginger Baker
Fela Kuti: Expensive Shit
Fela Kuti: He Miss Road
Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours
M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Madlib: Piñata Beats
Mastodon: Once More Round The Sun
Perfect Pussy: Say Yes To Love
Pink Floyd: The Division Bell
Public Enemy: Yo! Bum Rush the Show
The Roots: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Strand of Oaks: Heal
Tame Impala: Innerspeaker
V/A: Country Funk Vol. II 1967-1974
Adrian Younge Presents: Venice Dawn: Something About April
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
Glenn Branca: The Ascension (OG)
James Brown: Live At The Apollo (U.S. Second Pressing)
James Brown: Cold Sweat (1967 U.S. Original)
Ray Bryant: Slow Frieght (Sealed)
John Cage: Music For Keyboards 1935-1948
Cold Blood: Cold Blood
Ornette Coleman: Something Else!!!!
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (OG)
Brian Eno/David Byrne: My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
John Fahey: Yes! Jesus Loves Me
Fanny: Fanny (OG)
Peter Gabriel: Passion-Sources (German Comp)
Bruce Haack: The Electric Lucifer (1970 Columbia 2-Eye)
Michael Hurley: Snockgrass (OG)
Michael Jackson: Bad (Sealed)
Millie Jackson: Millie Jackson (Spring Records White Label Promo)
Janis Joplin: Move Over! (7” Box Set)
Gary McFarland & Gabor Szabo: Simpatico
Carmen Moore: Four Movements For A Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon
Katheryn Moses: Katheryn Moses
Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pere Ubu: Dub Housing (1985 Dutch Pressing)
Tito Puente & His Orchestra: Bossa Nova (OG)
Radio Birdman: More Fun! (Australian)
Residents: The Census Taker OST
Rockets: On The Road Again
Raphael Saadiq: The Way I See It (7” Box Set)
Suicide: Suicide (Martin Rev/Alan Vega cover, alternate tracklist)
Rufus Thomas: Crown Prince Of Dance (Sealed)
Van Der Graaf Generator: H To He Who Am The Only One (Dutch)
V/A: Sounds Of The American Southwest (Folkways)
V/A: Vile Vinyl Vol. I: Rare, Wild & Primitive Mid-Sixties Garage
V/A: Vile Vinyl Vol. II: Rare, Wild & Primitive Mid-Sixties Garage
Velvet Underground: Loaded
Wipers: Is This Real? (1984 Second Pressing)
Wipers: Land Of The Lost (1986 First Pressing)
Wipers: Over The Edge (OG 1983 Pressing)
X: Los Angeles (OG with Lyric sheet)
*plus many more

Featured Releases

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Bob Dylan: Time Out Of Mind (Music On Vinyl)
1997 comeback album Time Out Of Mind marked Bob Dylan’s first set of original songs since 1990’s Under the Red Sky. Enlisting the talents of producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson) who he first worked with on the 1989 effort Oh MercyTime Out Of Mind shares that album’s atmospheric and ominous sound which Lanois creates with innovatively placed microphones and strategic mixing. With the steady grooves of contemporaries like Jim Dickinson (piano), Augie Myers (organ), Jim Keltner (drums) and Duke Robillard (guitar) behind him, Dylan takes a world-weary and forlorn stock of the past that’s inspired by both his mortality and mythology, and then elevates these ruminations with passionate lived in performances. The critically acclaimed album won three 1998 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Cold Irons Bound.”

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Donnie & Joe Emerson: Still Dreamin’ Wild (Light In The Attic)
Some people have to wait for fame; some people wait even longer than most. Donnie and Joe Emerson are in a league of their own. As teenagers in Fruitland, Washington in the late ‘70s, the farming brothers dreamed of being heard. The synthesizers were sometimes crude and the 8-track recorder had its limitations, but the brothers aimed at nothing short of perfection in their home studio on the farm.  
They titled their 1979 debut Dreamin’ Wild, and, as multi-instrumentalist Donnie later admitted, “Joe and I basically lived the dream of the title of the album.” The same goes for their parents who heavily believed in their sons’ musical dreams, taking out a second mortgage on the farm and investing $100,000 in a dream that refused to die. But their privately funded, private press record sank without trace, the family lost most of their 1,600 acre farm, and as Joe focused on the family farming business, Donnie focused on his solo career.
But Dreamin’ Wild does not tell the full story. In a relatively short span of time – just two and half years – the boys put close to 70 songs down on tape, all recorded at that magical home studio on the farm. A dozen of them are included here on Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 and ready to be enjoyed for the first time ever. With a familiar blend of FM rock, power pop, and new wave, these 12 tracks cover the entirety of that fruitful period, stretching from the second song Donnie ever recorded (“Everybody Knows It”) – to tracks documenting his temporary move to L.A. in 1981.
The long-belated success of Dreamin’ Wild has given the Emerson brothers – still close, and still the heart of a loving family – a new lease of life. They’ve finally taken their music on the road, performing at Seattle’s Showbox followed by New York’s Mercury Lounge. Still Dreamin’ Wild proves that the album wasn’t a fluke, and that Donnie’s songwriting is as consistent as it is rare. All this time later, we finally have the pleasure of hearing the brothers’ music. And the good news? They’ve still got the jumpsuits.

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Every Time I Die: From Parts Unknown (Epitaph)
Hardcore heroes Every Time I Die return with the new Epitaph Records album From Parts Unknown. It could have been easy for Every Time I Die to go on autopilot. After 16 years as a band they know what works and could go on doing the same thing – but that would be “boring and baseless,” according to vocalist Keith Buckley. “Instead of making something that the kids can all sing along to, we wanted to make music that scares them.”
Cathartic and chaotic but always anchored by guitar-fueled hooks, the new album finds Every Time I Die pushing into brighter emotional territory than they’ve ever explored before. From Parts Unknown is an album of depth from a band that has more than earned their hardcore chops. It has every marking of legendary status. 

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Lewis: L’Amour (Light In The Attic)
In 1983, a man named Lewis recorded an album named L’Amour, which was released on the unknown label R.A.W. And that’s about all is known about it. The record itself is a delicate, whispered album, reflecting the way the artist himself – spectral, movie star-like – almost disappears into the grey of the cover. It should come as no surprise that it failed to shout loudly enough to be noticed, another private press album that sank without trace. The ingredients are simple: smooth synthesizers, feather-light piano, ethereal, occasionally inaudible vocals and the gentle plucking of acoustic guitars. But the effects are arresting: a spine-tingling, sombre album that echoes Springsteen’s Nebraska or Angelo Badalamenti’s atmospheric soundtracks. Later, Arthur Russell would grasp for something similar on the epochal World Of Echo LP. Lewis remains a ghost, a total mystery, but the music will be heard. The album is being pressed for the first time in more than 30 years, and widely distributed for the first time ever. Lewis’ royalties will be placed in escrow until he makes himself known. Perhaps you know Lewis. Perhaps Lewis is you. The only certainty is this: Lewis is about to find a whole bunch of new fans.

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V/A: Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul (Numero)
Fifty records later, The Numero Group returns to its eccentric roots, Ohio’s Capitol City and the sonorous Shangri-La carved out by the indefatigable Bill Moss. Filling in, around, and on top of our original The Capsoul Label collection, Capitol City Soul is a trove of completely unissued and underissued treasures from Moss and company. A decade in the making, this is the set of soul discoveries that no one but The Numero Group could achieve. Features otherwise unreleased songs from the Kool Blues, the Four Mints, Jupiter’s Release, and Love Maximum, alongside rare sides by Dean Francis & the Soul Rockers, the Chandlers, Associated Press, the Soul Partners, and the Vondors. From the vaults under the basements under the garages of one of the nation’s most unsung music scenes.
This double LP set is ensconced in a thick tip-on gatefold jacket splashed with a colorful spread of vivid archival imagery accumulated over a decade of research into the Columbus, Ohio culture. The liner notes serve as an in-depth history of Columbus soul music, linking The Capsoul Label with The Prix Label and Norman Whiteside’s Wee project (as sampled by Kanye West). The CD version boasts all of the same, with a few extra photos. A strong addition to the already epic Eccentric Soul series from The Numero Group.

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V/A: Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label (Numero)
Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners and boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, Cleveland, Ohio’s Way Out Records offered asylum for a rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles, and trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers, gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint masterpieces for the Sensations, Volcanic Eruption, the Exceptional Three, and Bobby Wade, all beneath the mindful gaze of a wall-mounted shotgun. Reaching their peak in the late ’60s, Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label gathers the brightest moments from the quirky operation’s eleven year bid. 
The 3LP configuration boasts a double gatefold with beautiful photos and ephemera from the label’s low-flying promotional department. The 2CD version boasts images unique to this format, plus the same great liner notes, clocking in at 7,000 words. For fans of group harmony, sweet soul, orchestral feats and lo-fi oddities, The Way Out Label is an excellent addition to our already popular and powerful Eccentric Soul series.

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Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (Music On Vinyl)
Available on vinyl for the first time. Lucinda Williams has always been adept at painting landscapes of the soul, illuminating the spirit’s shadowy nooks and shimmering crannies. Over the course of a recording career that’s now in its fourth decade, the Louisiana-born artist has established a reputation as one of music’s most uncompromising and consistently fascinating writers and performers. 
She’s never settled for any sort of pigeonholing, incorporating aspects of rock, country, folk, blues and an author’s turn of phrase into her own timeless sound. Williams cemented her spot in the musical and cultural lexicon for good with the 1998 rough-hewn masterpiece Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which earned Lucinda her first Grammy award as a performer. 
Produced by Ray Kennedy, Steve Earle, Roy Bittan and Lucinda herself and mixed by Rick Rubin and Jim Scott with the exception of “Metal Firecracker,” Car Wheels on a Gravel Road came six long years after 1992’s Sweet Old World and ten years after her breakthrough 1988 self-titled release due to label issues and Williams’ famous perfectionism.

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Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Forever (Music On Vinyl)
The Wu-Tang Clan’s reputation as one of the most vital hip-hop groups to ever rock the mic is hardly undeserved. Since its inception, the prolific collective has churned out no less than three platinum albums, one gold, more than 20 solo records and a flurry of hit singles. Along the way, Wu-Tang has concocted its own mythology inspired by the mysticism depicted in kung-fu flicks, the pro-black man teachings of the Five Percent Nation and a rugged street-oriented aesthetic. 
But it’s the entertainment, not ideology, that’s put Wu-Tang on the charts and kept them there. In 1993, the group’s debut release, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), exploded nationwide, yielding a cavalcade of instant classics including “Method Man,” “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit,” “C.R.E.A.M,” “Can It Be All So Simple” and “Shame on a Nigga.” 
Four years and a string of solo endeavors later, the collective issued their brazingly titled second album Wu-Tang Forever in 1997. The sprawling release includes even more elaborate production flourishes than their debut, with powerful off-kilter beats, inventive samples and soundtrack style violins and synths aplenty. Wu-Tang continues to tell great narrative stories about the trials and tribulations of urban life here with a mad dash of no less than nine MCs, including the debut of protégée Cappadonna. Wu-Tang Forever is an outstanding and defining hip hop record - on no less than eight sides - that as its title suggests is built to last.

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Arcade Fire: Funeral
Blind Melon: Blind Melon
Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Sings Greatest Palace Music
Bill Callahan: Woke On A Whaleheart
Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Bob Dylan: Time Out Of Mind (Music On Vinyl)
Death From Above 1979: You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine
Donnie & Joe Emerson: Still Dreamin’ Wild
Eric B & Rakim: Paid In Full RSD 7”
Every Time I Die: From Parts Unknown
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Ella & Louis
Harmonia: Music Von Harmonia
Etta James: At Last!
Lewis: L’Amour
James Mason: Rhythm Of Life
Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over The Sea
Roy Orbison: Monument Singles Collection
Outkast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
She & Him: Vol. 1
She & Him: Vol. 2
She & Him: Vol. 3
Slint: Spiderland (2014 Reissue)
Space Lady: The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits
Spoon: Girls Can Tell
Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Spoon: A Series Of Sneaks
Spoon: Kill The Moonlight
Spoon: Gimme Fiction
Sufjan Stevens: Enjoy Your Rabbit
Swans: To Be Kind
Perfect Pussy: Say Yes To Love
V/A: Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label (Numero)
V/A: Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul (Numero)
V/A: Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label (Numero)
Viet Cong: Cassette EP
Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Forever (Music On Vinyl)
Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
David Axelrod: Marchin’
Chet Baker: Big Band (Pacific Jazz)
Chet Baker: Sings & Plays (Sealed Comp)
Chet Baker: The Trumpet Artistry Of Chet Baker (World Pacific Records)
Chet Baker Quartet: Chet Baker Quartet (OG 1953 Pacific Jazz 10”)
Chet Baker Sextet: Chet Baker Sextet (OG 1954 Pacific Jazz 10”)
Chet Baker & Strings: Love Walked In
George Braith: Two Souls In One
Sandy Bull: Inventions
Nels Cline & Eric Von Essen: Elegies
John Coltrane: Blue Train (1978 Dutch)
Stompin’ Tom Connors: Love & Laughter
The Damned: Machine Gun Etiquette
Miles Davis: Big Fun
Depeche Mode: Speak & Spell
Bob Dylan & The Band: Basement Tapes
Echo & The Bunnymen: Porcupine
Echo & The Bunnymen: Ocean Rain
Echo & The Bunnymen: Crocodiles
Kim Fowley: Sunset Boulevard (Sealed)
Stan Getz: Eloquence
Herbie Hancock: Headhunters
Herbie Hancock: Manchild
Freddie Hubbard: Sing Me A Song Of Songmy
Langston Hughes & Randy Westion: Uhuru Afrika (OG 1960 Roulette)
Iggy & The Stooges: Metallic KO
Milt Jackson: Plenty
Ahmad Jamal: Cry Young
Bob James: One
Bob James: Two
Cliff Jordan Quartet: Bearcat
Joy Division: Still (UK 2nd Press)
Kinks: Lola Vs. Powerman & The Moneygoround Pt. 1
Leadbelly: Take This Hammer: Legacy Vol. 1 (Folkways 10”)
George Lewis: Echoes Of New Orleans
Les McCann: McCanna
Jackie McLean: Jackie’s Bag (70’s US)
Blue Mitchell: Bantu Village
Joni Mitchell: Blue
Wes Montgomery: Montgomery Land (Japan, Red Vinyl)
Jim Morrison: Live In London 1968 Bootleg
Van Dyke Parks: Song Cycle (Gold Warner)
Charley Patton: You’re Gonna Need Somebody When You Die: The Recorded Works (4LP Box)
Freda Payne: Contact
Freda Payne: Band Of Gold
Dave Pike: Jazz For The Jet Set
Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood: Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood (OG 1968 Impulse)
Poison: On Our Way To Number 1 (Roulette)
Cole Porter: Delightful, Delicious, De-lovely
Radio Birdman: Burn My Eye
Django Reinhardt: Django Reinhardt (UK 10”)
Jerome Richardson: Groove Merchant
Max Roach, His Chorus & Orchestra: It’s Time (U.S Impulse)
George Russell: New York Big Band
Silver Apples: Contact
Jeremy Steig: Wayfaring Stranger
Gabor Szabo: Spellbinder
Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures
Them: Here Comes the Night (OG US)
V/A: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 1: Ballads
V/A: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 2: Social Music
V/A: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 3: Songs
Velvet Underground: Live At End of Cole Avenue 1969
Michael White: The Land Of Spirit And Light
Young-Holt Unlimited: Soulful Strut
Neil Young: Harvest
*plus many more

COMING SOON (RELEASES & RESTOCKS)
Erykah Badu: Mama’s Gun
Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs
Syd Barrett: Barrett
Syd Barrett: Opel
Electric Wizard: Witchcult Today
JD Emmanuel: Trance-Formations I - Ancient Minimal Meditations
Lee Fields & The Expressions: Emma Jean
Ben Frost: Aurora
Goblin: Zombi (IMPORT)
Goblin: Suspiria (IMPORT)
Goblin: Roller (IMPORT)
Goblin: Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo (IMPORT)
Goblin: Contamination (IMPORT)
Goblin: Buio Omega (IMPORT)
Goblin: Amo Non Amo (IMPORT)
Craig Leon: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1
Heldon: Allez-Teia
Lee Hazlewood: Friday’s Child
Lee Hazlewood: The NSVIP’s
Lee Hazlewood: Love and Other Crimes
Kyuss: Blues For The Red Sun
Kyuss: Welcome To Sky Valley
Jason Lescalleet: Much to My Demise
Fela Kuti: Expensive Shit
Fela Kuti: Live With Ginger Baker
Fela Kuti: He Miss Road
Mars Volta: Amputecture (Limited 180G Coloured Vinyl)
Mastodon: Once More Round the Sun
Costin Miereanu: Pianos-Miroirs
Costin Miereanu: Carrousel
Thelonius Monk: Monk’s Music
Public Enemy: Yo! Bum Rush the Show
Roots: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Valerio Tricoli: Miseri Lares
Lou Reed: Early Lou - Pre Velvet Underground Lou Reed Recordings 1958-1965
V/A: Country Funk Vol. II (LITA)
Laurence Vanay: Evening Colours
*plus many more…

Featured Releases

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Actual Water: Call 4 Fun (Bad Actors)
Toronto’s Actual Water have been around in one form or another since the late ’00s, centered around Gary Pooni and Anthony Nemet. Currently a four-piece that includes “Marvelous” Mark Fosco, the band make smart (smartass) powerpop, the kind Canadian bands seem to do so well. (This could’ve come out on Murderecords in 1994.) The band’s new album, Call 4 Fun, was just released via Bad Actors, the label run by Fucked Up’s Ben Cook.

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Boris: Noise (Sargent House)
Boris has always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically and aesthetically. In keeping with that tradition, they again flip the script for the band’s first official release in three years by serving up their most all-encompassing effort to date. Noise is an amplification of Boris’ endless pursuit of musical extremes while moving aggressive, intense rock into new territories. In writing Noise, Boris was intent upon condensing all that the band had explored over the years, in order to create something more bold, streamlined and powerful. And, upon completion, the band considers Noise its most defining effort, stating, “If we had to suggest just one album for those unfamiliar with Boris’ music, we will pick this for sure.” Throughout the album’s 8 song, 58 minute duration, the band masterfully intermingles sludge-rock, blistering crust punk, shimmering shoegaze, epic thunderous doom, psychedelic melodies and just about everything else they’ve ever done.

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Mike Cooper: “Trout Steel” & “Places I Know/The Machine Gun Co. With Mike Cooper”
(Paradise of Bachelors)
After two years of tireless work to liberate these long out-of-print masterpieces from the vaults, Paradise of Bachelors is presenting the first artist-sanctioned reissues—and first-ever vinyl reissues—of iconoclastic English-born, Rome-based folk and experimental music legend Mike Cooper’s classic trio of early 1970s avant-folk-rock records.

By the time the Rolling Stones invited him to join the band in the early ’60s, and he politely declined (true story; Brian Jones took the gig), he had already progressed far beyond the circumscribed bounds of their early, hip-histrionic Albionic blues. The molting began in 1970 with Trout Steel, on which Cooper took a decisive step away from the folk and blues scenes in which he was well-known—he had toured with Michael Chapman and traveled in the same circles as Bert Jansch, Wizz Jones, and Davey Graham, among others—toward the New Thing jazz of Pharaoh Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, and Derek Bailey, without sacrificing any of his lyrical songwriting or forsaking his established roots in the soil of the American Southern vernacular.

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How to Dress Well: What Is This Heart? (Domino)
Tom Krell has been releasing music as How To Dress Well for something like six years, but he’s kept his voice obscured, shrouded in flickering fog, buried in audio murk. Even on 2012’s great Total Loss, the moment where he fully and finally stepped away from cultivated mystery, his voice was something of a ghost. But that voice is warm and clear and supple on the new What Is This Heart? The album doesn’t entirely do away with the vocal effects that Krell loves, but while he’ll occasionally transform himself into a reverb-spectre or a screwed-up ghoul, those moments are in there for contrast, for effect. What Is This Heart? is easily the most emotionally naked, profoundly beautiful collection of music he’s yet given us, and the effect of hearing his voice like that only drives these songs further home. He’s got things he wants to say, and he’s not hiding anything this time.

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Simply Saucer: Baby Nova EP (Schizophrenic Records)
The pride of Hamilton’s first wave of punk, Simply Saucer, mark a return to turntables with the release of their Baby Nova 12” EP courtesy of Schizophrenic Records. This EP features the first ever studio versions of five classic Simply Saucer songs recorded in Detroit at Jim Diamond’s Ghetto Recorders studio in August of 2011, and produced by Jeff Meier (Detroit Cobras and Rocket 455). The use of vintage analogue recording equipment in this session allowed the band to return to the immediacy of their own raw edgy roots in a city that had influenced the formation and early direction of the band.

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Actual Water: Call4Fun
Boris: Noise (2LP)
Mike Cooper: Trout Steel
Machine Gun Co. With Mike Cooper: Places I Know
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: F#A# ∞
How To Dress Well: What Is This Heart?
Sufjan Stevens: Illinois
Simply Saucer: Baby Nova EP
Unfinished Business: Mix And Mash
War On Drugs: Lost In The Dream (2LP)
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
The Beach Boys: Friends
The Bevis Frond: Inner Marshland
Willie Bobo: Bobo Motion
Oscar Brown Jr. & Luiz Henrique: Finding a New Friend
Eric Burdon And War: The Black-Man’s Burdon
The Creation: How Does It Feel To Feel
Bill Doggett: Honky Tonk Popcorn (King, Original US Pressing)
The Doors: Critique
Jan Dukes de Grey: Mice And Rats In The Loft
Art Farmer & Benny Golson: The Jazztet / Big City Sounds
Robyn Hitchcock: Loften Dream Of Trains
Iko: ’83 (Manhattan Formula)
Ahmad Jamal: All of You
Bob James: One (CTI)
Duke Jordan: Flight To Denmark (Steeple Chase)
Little Richard: Here’s Little Richard (Specialty, Canadian Pressing)
Love: Da Capo
Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: The Flow Of Things
Thelonious Monk: Two Hours With Thelonious (Riverside)
The Mothers Of Invention: Burnt Weeny Sandwich
The Pretty Things: Get The Picture
Otis Redding: The Best Of Otis Redding (ATCO)
Lalo Schifrin: The Other Side of Lalo Schifrin
Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers (Blue Note, France)
Siouxsie and the Banshees: Dazzle
The Incredible Jimmy Smith: Bucket! (Blue Note, 1966 Original)
Rolling Stones: England’s Newest Hit Makers
Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed
Rolling Stones: 12x5
Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request (Original, Mono)
Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request (Original, Stereo)
Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (Original)
Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Original w/ zipper)
Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (Original w/Inners & Postcards)
Rolling Stones: December’s Children
Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!
Rolling Stones: Some Girls (Original)
T. Swift And The Electric Bag: Are You Experienced (Custom)
Themselves: The No Music
V/A: The Greatest Of The Reggae Greats (Island)
The Velvet Underground: Live At Max’s Kansas City (UK Mono)
Vital Dub: Well Charged
*plus many more

AUDIO GEAR ARRIVALS
Pro-Ject Elemental Belt Driven Turntable
Pro-Ject Elemental Belt Driven Turntable w/ USB & Internal Preamp

COMING SOON (RELEASES & RESTOCKS)
Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else (75th Anniversary Edition)
Erykah Badu: Mama’s Gun
Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs
Syd Barrett: Barrett
Syd Barrett: Opel
Donnie & Joe Emerson: Still Dreamin’ Wild
Electric Wizard: Witchcult Today
JD Emmanuel: Trance-Formations I - Ancient Minimal Meditations
Lee Fields & The Expressions: Emma Jean
Ben Frost: Aurora
Goblin: Zombi (IMPORT)
Goblin: Suspiria (IMPORT)
Goblin: Roller (IMPORT)
Goblin: Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo (IMPORT)
Goblin: Contamination (IMPORT)
Goblin: Buio Omega (IMPORT)
Goblin: Amo Non Amo (IMPORT)
Grizzly Bear: Shields
Craig Leon: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1
Heldon: Allez-Teia
Lee Hazlewood: Friday’s Child
Lee Hazlewood: The NSVIP’s
Lee Hazlewood: Love and Other Crimes
Kyuss: Blues For The Red Sun
Kyuss: Welcome To Sky Valley
Jason Lescalleet: Much to My Demise
Lewis: L’Amour
Fela Kuti: Expensive Shit
Fela Kuti: Live With Ginger Baker
Fela Kuti: He Miss Road
Mars Volta: Amputecture (Limited 180G Coloured Vinyl)
Mastodon: Once More Round the Sun
Costin Miereanu: Pianos-Miroirs
Costin Miereanu: Carrousel
Thelonius Monk: Monk’s Music
Public Enemy: Yo! Bum Rush the Show
Roots: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Sufjan Stevens: Enjoy Your Rabbit
Valerio Tricoli: Miseri Lares
Lou Reed: Early Lou - Pre Velvet Underground Lou Reed Recordings 1958-1965
V/A: Country Funk Vol. II (LITA)
Laurence Vanay: Evening Colours
*plus many more…

Featured Releases

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Clone: Son of Octabred (Dead-Cert)
Kosmiche tinted birthing music anyone? If the title Son of Octabred conjures lysergic inflected sci-fi odysseys, you’re not too far wrong. Salvaged from a one-off broadcast on Alaskan radio back in 1982, the concept here was a radio-play about childbirth via a bit of electronic articulation from some of the finest analogue gadgetry of the era. The spoken word introduction sets the theme, but from here on, it’s out-frequency and vocodered interplay akin to the bizarre soundworld of The Residents ‘Eskimo’. A tangled garden of cathartic sounds, this one’s sure to get a fair few spins. - The Vinyl Factory

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Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi: Sonja Henies vei 31 (Planam)
Recorded during a week-long sojourn in Norway, “Sonja Henies vei 31” is a profoundly moving document of the personal and artistic union between Crys Cole and Oren Ambarchi.

Abandoning their usual instrumental artillery, both performers make themselves vulnerable to the listener, undertaking a committed exploration of pure physical gesture. Surrounding an explicitly intimate duo performance is a hazy collage of field recordings, tape hiss, metallic clinks and wandering voices.This forces the listener to hover in a disorienting psychological space between a confronting real world, and a swirling dream-world. While the latter’s abstraction cannot penetrate the former’s emotional directness, both environments function to obscure one another’s meaning. What is most affecting for the listener is how he/she inadvertently becomes part of the record’s scenery: a dreamer, narrator and voyeur in equal parts.

"Sonja Henies vei 31" is a brave personal statement, a celebration of the idyllic, and a tragic theatre of emotional longing. 

Edition of 150

- James Rushford

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Charles Cohen: Group Motion (Morphine Records)
Philadelphia’s Charles Cohen, free-jazz improvisor and synth composer has managed to remain almost unknown outside of his local improv scene for decades. This retrospective of his early works, all recorded between 1976 & 1989, testify to the understated genius of his work. Fleeting between polyrhythmic cosmic patterns, gravity-tarred bleeps and noise, outer-worldly melodies, all executed with unfathomable astuteness and grace, this collection showcases the breadth of this idiosyncratic electronic musician.

One of the few people to master the rare Buchla Music Easel, his work since the 1970s has focused almost exclusively on this instrument. With his first solo european tour hypnotizing audiences in early 2014, his work is finally reaching a wider audience, enchanted by his mesmerizing yet deeply focused approach. His roaming raw synths, rhythmic intensity and immersive drones have resonated with uncanny familiarity for a younger generation of electronic experimentalists.

- Keith Fullerton Whitman

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Embryo: Message From Era Ora (Black Sweat)
One of the most original and innovative Krautrock bands, Embryo fused traditional ethnic music with their own jazzy space rock style. Over their 40-year existence, during which Christian Burchard has been the only consistent member, the group has traveled the world, playing with hundreds of different musicians and releasing over 20 records. This is a never before released jams recorded live during 1976 in various locations. This is the only record of the collaboration with the italian jazz legend Massimo Urbani during a wild live in a church of Udine, Italy. If you freaked-out on Jimmy Jackson’s organ-playingon „Steig aus“ then „Message From Era Ora“ is right up your alley! This is much more than just another unearthed archival recording – it’s a rare occasion to actually feel the enthusiasm and joy that fuelled the jams back in 1976. Catch the spirit!

500 copies edition: 200 on splatered colour vinyl, 300 on black vinyl.

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First Aid Kit: Stay Gold (Columbia)
With their Columbia Records debut Stay Gold, First Aid Kit - Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg - have honed their lush arrangements and blossomed as vivid storytellers in creating this ambitious 10-song collection of originals. Recorded at ARC studios in Omaha and produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk), the duo also enlisted The Omaha Symphony Orchestra to play on the record, with arrangements by Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Broken Bells, Rilo Kiley). 

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Greys: If Anything (Buzz/Carpark)
If Anything, the first full-length by Greys, is the young quartet’s own warped update of vintage post-punk; frenetic guitars running against walls of noise, held together by sharp strands of melody. Emerging from the vibrant Toronto punk scene, Greys are economical in their swift punches of noise, anchoring short bursts of mania with huge choruses. “Each song exists in its own space and represents different aspects of the things we like about noisy, dissonant music,” says singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani. “But instead of being built solely around riffs, they were built with hooks in mind, too.”

The 35-minute LP pulses with a manic urgency, as drummer Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie’s syncopated rhythms punctuate guitarist Cam Graham’s smothering dissonance. Through exasperated shouts, Jiwani lets loose the fury that splits open his songwriting. “The lyrics went from outward frustration to inward,” he says. “A lot of it takes place from within my own head.” Swinging between hard-driving punk and ‘90s indie riffing, the respites on If Anything only underscore Greys’ brute force and anthemic inclinations.

Written over the summer of 2013 and recorded in ten days at Toronto’s Candle Recording studio, If Anything is a fulfilling aftershock of noise rock, immediately arresting and bursting with confidence.

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Stephen David Heitkotter: Black Orckid 2xLP (Now Again)
Psychedelic rock record collectors have been repeating the name Heitkotter as if it were a mantra ever since the first copy of a hand-made demo LP turned up in a Los Angeles music publisher’s reject bin, with nothing more than that word scrawled across a plain white jacket. Now-Again Records embarked some years ago on what seemed like a fruitless crusade — to find out more about this Heitkotter, his music, his story. In the process, we’ve visited the house where this confounding album was recorded, found Heitkotter’s musicians, rescued the demo-recordings that paved the way for this album, uncovered unpublished photos and paintings by the man behind the album, and are now ready to present the definitive look into a musical vision equal parts dangerous and peaceful, nihilistic and optimistic. It’s safe to say the world has never heard something like Heitkotter — it is a unique piece of art unlike anything that came before or has come after it. The bizarre LP known as Heitkotter — recorded in around 1971 and pressed in a run of less than twenty five copies - was the culmination of one Stephen David Heitkotter’s artistic career. Ross Dwelle, Stephen’s childhood friend and the drummer on the record, describes the bedroom sessions in a handsome Craftsman home in Old Fresno as this young trio ‘trying to play five songs written by a man losing his mind…probably stoned the whole time.’ Heitkotter, this time issued asBlack Orckid, as we assume Stephen would have wanted it - is too complicated to be written off as a symptom of a greater ill, or lionized by a few (and dismissed by the majority) as ‘outsider’ art. It’s a rare and vital look at 60s and 70s American rock through the sad story — and incredible music — of an untethered soul. And as we hope to show in enlightening more of Stephen’s backstory, it can also be considered sweet, kind and optimistic. The Heitkotter tale is cautionary, but Stephen’s music is as close to the sublime as American rock has ever ventured.

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Hi Sheriffs Of Blue: NYC 1980 (Feeding Tube)
"The No Wave era of NYC was a short, dark flash of energy that was extinguished almost as soon as it was noticed. It happened so goddamn fast that if you missed the imaginal cut-off for inclusion by a few fucking weeks, you were forever written out of the picture. Believe me. 
Thurston and I wrote the book on this goddamn scene, and the Hi Sheriffs were just outside our temporal markers, despite the fact they’d played Tier 3, the Mudd Club and everywhere you’d think would matter. But look, they were as second gen No Wave as the Raybeats, the Bush Tetras and Eight Eyed Spy. If you have to ask why that was, and why such things were a matter of weeks rather than anything else, I dunno what to say. It’s just how it was, and we all knew it. Shit moved fast. The fact that the Hi Sheriffs were devolved from the Girls — the BEST band Boston ever birthed, as well as the only non-CLE band to ever record for Pere Ubu’s label, Hearthan — did not mean shit. They were perhaps only weeks too late to make the No Wave cut (something they’d immediately wanted to hit after the Girls played Tier 3 with Basquiat’s band, Gray), but hey — even Gray is a tad late for my taste. Still, musically, this quartet — Mark Dagley and George Condo from Boston’s Girls, Seth Weinhardt and Beth Fowler from RISD’s Bachelors Of Art — blew my mind. I first saw them at Tier 3, and they were like a crazed version of DNA playing the blues. Mark brought the first single up to the NY Rocker office a while later and Andy recognized the cover he was doing, but I assumed it was all just blown brain originals. Little did I know. This album is mostly made up of pre-first single live and rehearsal stuff, and it is just the sort of raw madness everyone wants to hear all the time. Even Lydia Lunch liked ‘em. She did not record with them until later — not long before she’d begin her Devil Dogs project — but even she knew she was beyond No Wave at the point of Eight Eyed Spy. It was a weirdly specific scene in many ways. But sonically, it bore lots of fruit. And one of the first, best and most blues-wailingest of its proponents was the Hi Sheriffs Of Blue.” —Byron Coley; Includes a download card. Edition of 500.

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Angus MacLise: New York Electronic 1965 (Sub Rosa)
Angus MacLise, age 27, New York, November 1965, leaves the Velvet Underground for far-away lands. 

Drone-based experiments (notably with Tony Conrad, extremely present on the album, and John Cale), and purely electronic compositions - a path (almost) nobody knew MacLise had explored. 

Miraculously salvaged by Gerald Malanga, these archives provided a new perspective on the artist’s whole body of work and expanded considerably his artistic palette. And so we are now able to draw a whole record’s worth from MacLise’s early electronic music.

First edition of 500, silver vinyl.


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Small Cruel Party: Unroof the House of the Fishes (Harbinger Sound)
Reissue of an amazing cassette, on vinyl for the first time, from one of the most enigmatic of American underground groups; Seattle’s Small Cruel Party. Key Ransone was the brains behind SCP who released a slew of multi-format releases between the years 1989 and 2002. The sonics were always somehow occluded, minimal sound environments that touched on small sounds, a piano, a repeating single note melody, the scutter of low-level improvised activity, almost voices… cohering to make something that was both compulsively listenable and bewitchingly weird. Every track feels like a puzzle, or another cryptic angle on an impossible scene.

Unroof The House Of The Fishes was originally released in 1993 on the Japanese G.R.O.S.S. label run by Akifumi Nakajima aka Aube and it still sounds completely unparalleled. It’s a striking recording, with aspects of Andrew Chalk’s early noise and field recordings work circa Ferial Confine as well as hands-on DIY noise ala The New Blockaders. But there’s also a rigorous, eerie compositional feel to the unfolding of the piece, with inchoate shapes and odd, grating sonorities inserted into the two side long tracks in a way that is quite uncomfortable, undermining the piece’s sense of space and somehow constantly forcing you to re-think or re-process your perspective…

- David Keenan

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS AND RESTOCKS
AANIPAA: Through A Pre-Memory
Ai Aiso: Lone
Robbie Basho: Seal Of The Blue Lotus
Big L: Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous
Charles Bradley: No Time For Dreamin
Charles Bradley: Victim of Love
Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene
Brothers And Sisters: Dylan’s Gospel
Tina Brooks: True Blue (Music Matters, 33rpm)
Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue (Music Matters, 33rpm)
Clone: Son Of Octabred
Charles Cohen: Group Motion 
Chris Cole / Oren Ambarchi: Sonja Henies vei 31
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
John Coltrane: Blue Train (Music Matters, 33rpm)
Constantines: Kensington Heights
Gal Costa: Gal Costa
Cure: Three Imaginary Boys
Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue
Miles Davis: In A Silent Way
Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca 
Gord Downie & The Sadies: And The Conquering Sun
Drive Like Jehu: Drive Like Jehu
Embryo: Message From Era Ora
Donnie & Joe Emerson: Dreamin’ Wild
Fennesz: Becs
First Aid Kit: Stay Gold
Ghostface Killah: Ironman
Goat: World Music
Dexter Gordon: Go! (Music Matters, 33rpm)
Gorguts: Coloured Sands
Greys: If Anything
Stephen David Heitkotter: Black Orckid 
Hi Sheriffs Of Blue: NYC 1980
Michael Hurley & The Unholy Modal Rounders: Have Moicy!
Michael Hurley: Back Home
J Dilla: Donuts (7” Box Set)
Jesus & Mary Chain: Psychocandy
LCD Soundsystem: Sound Of Silver
LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening
Angus MacLise: New York Electronic, 1965
Madvillain: Madvillainy
Paul McCartney: Band On The Run
Joe McPhee: Underground Railroad
Joe McPhee: Nation Time 
MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
Modest Mouse: The Moon & Antarctica 
Nilsson: Aerial Ballet
William Onyeabor: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Bill Orcutt: Solo Acoustic Vol. 10
Bill Orcutt: A History Of One
Outkast: ATLiens
Pearl Jam: Vita-logy
Ann Peebles: I Can’t Stand The Rain
Linda Perhacs: Parallelograms
Pixies: Bossanova
Polvo: Exploded Drawing
Portishead: Third
Postal Service: Give Up: Deluxe
Q Tip: The Renaissance 
Real Estate: Real Estate
Roots: How I Got Over
Slint: Spiderland (2014 Reissue w/DVD)
Small Cruel Party: Unroof the House Of the Fishes
Smith Westerns: Dye It Blonde
Spanish Gold: South Of Nowhere
Spiritualized: Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
St. Vincent: Actor
Staple Singers: Swing Low
Staple Singers: Uncloudy Day
Staple Singers: Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Swans: To Be Kind
Timber Timbre: Timber Timbre
Timber Timbre: Creep On Creepin’ On
Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams
Timber Timbre: Cedar Shakes
A Tribe Called Quest: Beats, Rhymes, Life
TV On The Radio: Return To Cookie Mountain 
Kurt Vile: Childish Prodigy
Tom Waits: Rain Dogs
Peter Walker: Second Poem To Karmela Or Gypsies Are Important
Jack White: Lazaretto (7”)
White Stripes: Elephant
Lucinda Williams: Lucinda Williams
Yo La Tengo: Fakebook
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else (Blue Note, Liberty)
Cannonball Adderley/John Coltrane: Cannonball & Coltran
Stiv Bators: Disconnected
Chocolate Watchband: Let’s Talk About Girls
The Clean: Compilation (UK Import)
Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar Band: Evolution
Jean-Louis Costes: Negre Blanc
The Creeps: Enjoy The Creeps
Crime & The City Solution: Just South of Heaven
Damon & Naomi: Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi
Miles Davis: In A Silent Way (Columbia 2-eye)
The Doors: Fast Times at Danbury High (Live at Danbury High School ’67)
The Doors: The Night On Fire (Live in Frankfurt, Germany 1968)
Double Leopards: Halve Maen
Endless Boogies: Focus Level
The Fall: Grotesque
The Flesh Eaters: A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die
The Fugs/Holy Modal Rounders: Fugs 4, Rounders Score (Split Comp)
Goatlord: The Last Sodomy of Mary
Harry Pussy: Live at Salon Ziverge, Chicago 4-16-97 
Isaac Hayes: Black Moses
Herbie Hancock: The Best of Herbie Hancock
Joe Harriott: Indo-Jazz Suite
Keith Jarrett Trio: Somewhere Before
Hank Jones & Oliver Nelson: Happenings
Joy Division: Peel Sessions
Eddie Kendricks: All By Myself (Sealed US Original)
Lazy Cowgirls: S/T
Lazy Cowgirls: Tapping The Source (Sealed Original) 
Leadbelly: …From Last Sessions
The Lemon Fog/The Nomads: Three O’Clock Merrian Webster Time (Split Comp)
Los Cincos: The Five Deadly Sins
Mad River: S/T (UK Re-Issue ’85)
Midnight Oil: Blue Sky Mining (Blue Vinyl)
Charles Mingus: Mingus Three
Hank Mobley: The Flip
Meredith Monk: Dolmen Music
Moonrakers: Trouble with Him
The Morlocks: Emerge
Mouse and The Traps: Public Execution 
Oscar Peterson Trio: Live From Chicago
Wilson Pickett: The Exciting Wilson Pickett
Iggy Pop: Lust for Life
Sun Ra: The Magic City
Red Rockers: Condition Red
Soft Machine: Alive and Well (Live from Paris)
The Sound: All Fall Down
The Sound: From The Lions Mouth
Morton Subotnick: 4 Butterflies
Gabor Szabo: Spellbinder
Television: Marquee Moon (Canadian Original)
McCoy Tyner: Plays Ellington
Luther Vandross: Luther
Caetano Veloso/Gilberto Gil: Autografo De Sucessos
Lucinda Williams: Ramblin’ On My Mind (Folkways First Pressing w/Booklet)
Lucinda Williams: Happy Woman Blues (Folkways First Pressing w/Booklet)
Young-Holt Unlimited: Born Again
V/A: Copenhagen Beat (Danish Garage Comp. 1965-1966)
V/A: Extended Voices (Modern Composition)
V/A: True Love Has Gone Forever (Danish Garage Comp. 1963-1968)
V/A: Syde Trips Seven 
V/A: Psychedelic Unknowns Vol.3
V/A: Psychedelic Unknowns Vol.4
V/A: Psychedelic Unknowns Vol.9
V/A: Psychotic Reactions
V/A: Star Trek Original Television Soundtrack
*plus many more

COMING SOON (RELEASES & RESTOCKS)
Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else (75th Anniversary Edition)
Erykah Badu: Mama’s Gun
Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs
Syd Barrett: Barrett
Syd Barrett: Opel
Boris: Noise
Donnie & Joe Emerson: Still Dreamin’ Wild
Electric Wizard: Witchcult Today
JD Emmanuel: Trance-Formations I - Ancient Minimal Meditations
Lee Fields & The Expressions: Emma Jean
Ben Frost: Aurora
Goblin: Zombi (IMPORT)
Goblin: Suspiria (IMPORT)
Goblin: Roller (IMPORT)
Goblin: Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo (IMPORT)
Goblin: Contamination (IMPORT)
Goblin: Buio Omega (IMPORT)
Goblin: Amo Non Amo (IMPORT)
Grizzly Bear: Shields
Craig Leon: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1
Heldon: Allez-Teia
How to Dress Well: What Is This Heart
Lee Hazlewood: Friday’s Child
Lee Hazlewood: The NSVIP’s
Lee Hazlewood: Love and Other Crimes
Kyuss: Blues For The Red Sun
Kyuss: Welcome To Sky Valley
Jason Lescalleet: Much to My Demise
Lewis: L’Amour
Fela Kuti: Expensive Shit
Fela Kuti: Live With Ginger Baker
Fela Kuti: He Miss Road
Mars Volta: Amputecture (Limited 180G Coloured Vinyl)
Mastodon: Once More Round the Sun
Costin Miereanu: Pianos-Miroirs
Costin Miereanu: Carrousel
Thelonius Monk: Monk’s Music
Public Enemy: Yo! Bum Rush the Show
Roots: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Sufjan Stevens: Enjoy Your Rabbit
Valerio Tricoli: Miseri Lares
Lou Reed: Early Lou - Pre Velvet Underground Lou Reed Recordings 1958-1965
V/A: Country Funk Vol. II (LITA)
Laurence Vanay: Evening Colours
*plus many more…

Featured Releases

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Antlers: Familiars (ANTI)
In seven years together, Brooklyn’s The Antlers have created a quiet revolution in thought and sound with their harrowing and often haunted tales of love unmoored, human frailty and emotional evisceration. On Familiars, their fifth album, The Antlers - vocalist / guitarist Peter Silberman, multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci, and drummer Michael Lerner - have resumed the journey they began with 2009’s Hospice and continued over the next two albums Burst Apart and Undersea, which found the trio picking their way through a labyrinth of fear, doubt, love and loss against a backdrop of layered textural songs that were as deeply atmospheric as they were anthemic.
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Cerebral Ballzy: Jaded & Faded (CULT)
“…probably the coolest band in the world at the moment, a truly legit modern hardcore/punk band, and by far my favorite. It’s beyond exciting to try and help them in any and all ways we can and we’re honored to put their deliriously great new record [Jaded & Faded] out on Cult Records.” - Julian Casablancas
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The Clientele: Suburban Light (Merge)
Suburban Light was meant to be a complicated, high-production affair rendered in a major studio. From 1997 until 2000, The Clientele had released a sterling string of 7” singles on several labels - Pointy and Fierce Panda, Elefant and Johnny Kane. These songs were demos, preparations for the smash they knew they’d doubtlessly make. When it finally came time to record that debut, the four post-graduate friends entered expensive studios during off hours. Instead of finding their sound, though, they only found frustration. They went, then, with the demos, relatively primitive but especially intimate recordings they made wherever they lived and whenever they wanted. Perhaps that was all for the best: though The Clientele would later add more flourishes and finesse to their records, Suburban Light establishes the unwavering, minimal core of the band. 
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Greys: If Anything (Carpark)
If Anything, the first full-length by Greys, is the young quartet’s own warped update of vintage post-punk; frenetic guitars running against walls of noise, held together by sharp strands of melody. Emerging from the vibrant Toronto punk scene,Greys are economical in their swift punches of noise, anchoring short bursts of mania with huge choruses. “Each song exists in its own space and represents different aspects of the things we like about noisy, dissonant music,” says singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani. “But instead of being built solely around riffs, they were built with hooks in mind, too.” The 35-minute LP pulses with a manic urgency, as drummer Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie’s syncopated rhythms punctuate guitarist Cam Graham’s smothering dissonance. Through exasperated shouts, Jiwani lets loose the fury that splits open his songwriting. “The lyrics went from outward frustration to inward,” Jiwani adds. “A lot of it takes place from within my own head.” Swinging between hard-driving punk and ‘90s indie riffing, the respites on If Anything only underscore Greys’ brute force and anthemic inclinations. Written over the summer of 2013 and recorded in ten days at Toronto’s Candle Recording studio, If Anything is a fulfilling aftershock of noise rock, immediately arresting and bursting with confidence. (Editor’s note: totally sweet dudes also.)

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Hieroglyphics: The Kitchen (Hieroglyphics Imperium)
Founded in 1997 in Oakland, CA, Hiero Imperium Records is Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the Souls of Mischief. Coming off waves of success from earlier releases like Souls’ ‘93 Til Infinity, the Hiero crew firmly established themselves as a name in underground hip-hop with their first two collective releases Third Eye Vision (1998) and Full Circle (2003). Since then the Hiero team has been thriving in the hip-hop world, releasing a number of projects within the label as well as branching out for collaborations with the likes of Jurassic 5, George Clinton, Dilated Peoples, Q-Tip, Xzibit and Gorillaz. Hieroglyphics has been simmering for days upon days with the scent of sonic sustenance emanating from that place where hip hop warms the heart and stimulates the mind. The Kitchen LP is an album that brings the ingredients of archival audio, new music and collaboration between turntablism, beat chopping and lyricism together to form an original authentic entree for your ears to devour and digest. For this special project Hiero has enlisted the skills and support of Sacramento, CA based DJ and beat chopping crew The Sleeprockers. They bring the skills of master chefs dealing with quality ingredients to create a concoction of seamless yet eclectic flavors for the rare hip hop palate. 
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White Lung: Deep Fantasy (Domino)
Resilient and hard hitting rock n’ roll outfit, White Lung are set to release their third album Deep Fantasy via Domino Recording Co. The band is every bit as confrontational as before, but they’ve managed to open their sound up just enough to draw listeners in before kicking them in the face. In a good way of course. 

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