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Hey everyone,

Not a ton of vintage LPs to mention this week, but tons of 45s just hit the floor for your digging pleasure. Lots of rock, soul and reggae - simply too many to list each one!

See you soon,
June

NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS

Mac DeMarco: Salad Days
Fleet Foxes: S/T
Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues
Hiss Golden Messenger: Lateness of Dancers
Hollerado: Record in a Bag
Jamiroquai: Travelling Without Moving
Merchandise: After the End
Stella Ella Ola: I Think We Should Hang Out All the Time
Teenanger: E P L P
Ty Segall & White Fence: Hair
Ty Segall: Twins
Ty Segall: Manipulator
Shellac: Dude Incredible
White Fence: Cyclops Reap
Adrian Younge Presents: Venice Dawn - Something About April
V/A: The Dynamic Label (Numero)
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
James Brown: Live at the Apollo
James Brown: I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown: Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag
Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue
King Crimson: Starless and Bible Black
King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King
King Crimson: Larks’ Tongues in Aspic
Curved Air: Air Conditioning (UK Original)
Deep Purple: In Rock
Dimentia 13: S/T
Dr. John: Gris-Gris (UK Original)
Eddie Kendricks: Love Keys
Taj Mahal: The Natch’l Blues (UK Origina)
Taj Mahal: Giant Step (UK Original)
Bruce Springsteen: Live 75-85 (5LP Box)
Tasavallan Presidentti: Milky Way Moses
*plus many more

Featured Releases

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Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams (Blue Note)
He did it his way. Ryan Adams, who over the past 20 years has deservingly cultivated one of the most loyal and large followings in contemporary music, steps out on his own on this highly anticipated solo record appointed with his trademark storytelling, probing lyrics, and soulful voice. Adams self-produced the self-titled set at his own Pax Am Studios in LA, and is releasing it on his own imprint with distribution from the iconic Blue Note label. Extending the critically acclaimed style and vein of 2011’s Ashes & Fire, the record continues Adams’ artistic resurgence and creative vitality that followed his rebound from several chemical addictions. You need to hear this album, especially in analog. image
The Beatles: 11 albums in Mono + 14 LP Box Set (EMI)
The Beatles’ original mono studio albums remastered at Abbey Road directly from the analogue masters for vinyl release. 180-Gram LPs Available now, individually and in a limited 14-LP boxed edition with hardbound book.
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Benjamin Booker: Benjamin Booker (ATO Records)
New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker sounds years ahead of his 25-year age on this thrilling self-titled debut. His husky, raspy, nicotine-coated voice is spackled with raw soulfulness and Southern grit. His songs spark with blustery blues, high-intensity boogie, amplified folk, and guitar-driven punk. Smeared with greasy hooks and danceable rhythms, Benjamin Booker announces the launch of a rock n’ roll emissary that connects lines between the old Delta and contemporary scenes with charisma, verve, and purpose.image
Death From Above 1979: The Physical World (Last Gang)
The wait is finally over. Ten long years after Death From Above 1979’s highly successful debut album, 2004’s You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, the band will drop its not so patiently awaited follow up, The Physical World, produced by D. Sardy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Wolfmother, Oasis).

The 11-song set comes a decade after that universally acclaimed debut, which made Jesse F. Keeler (bass, synths, backing vocals) and Sebastien Grainger (vocals and drums), an underground sensation who quickly transitioned to mainstream. DFA 1979 broke up in 2006 while the first album and subsequent remix album continued to sell inexplicably. The guys decided to reunite in 2011 and began to perform live, picking up where they left off without missing a beat. Their rabid cult has only continued to amass just as inexplicably.
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The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers (Matador)
Brill Bruisers is the first new release in four years from the acclaimed supergroup The New Pornographers, who NPR calls “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock.” Additionally, the New Yorker describes the band’s music as, “…magnificent and clever…,” while Stereogum proclaims, “In recent history, no group has featured so much formidable established talent, collaborating on a regular basis.” 

Produced by band-members John Collins (bass) with AC Newman, the 12-track album was recorded primarily at Little Blue in Woodstock, NY and at JC/DC Studios in Vancouver B.C. with additional recording in Austin, Brooklyn and Vermont. Of the album, lead-singer and main songwriter AC Newman comments, “This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster.”

Massively melodic, Brill Bruisers is joyous pop music helmed by the soaring vocals of Neko Case, Dan Bejar (Destroyer) and Newman himself. Not since Twin Cinema has the band sounded so deliriously, goofily happy. The record boasts sonic heft and song after song of inventive arrangements, wry lyrics and driving force. This is absolutely one of the most fun - yet deep - albums of 2014.

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Royal Blood: Royal Blood (Warner Music)
Brighton, UK act Royal Blood's ferocious riff based attack is the result of just two men – vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher. The duo’s self-titled debut on Warner Bros. Records follows-up their well received EP Out of the Black from earlier in 2014 and was co-produced with Tom Dalgety. 
A mixture of anguished vocals, savage drumming and primal bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm, Royal Blood comes from a lineage that stretches from present day heroes Queens of the Stone Age to Led Zeppelin, and all the way back to early blues pioneers. Their explosive 10-track debut is ushered in by first two singles - “Little Monster” and “Come On Over.” Album artwork by Dan Hillier.
"We’re not quite sure how, but Mike Kerr makes his bass guitar sound like Armageddon itself: even The Black Keys needed six strings to do what Royal Blood have done with four. Coming in at just over half an hour, their debut is a fast-and-dirty rock ’n’ roll smash-and-grab, with plenty going on under the bonnet." - James Manning, Time Out London

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Ryan Adams: S/T
Bahamas: Bahamas is Afie
Beatles: 11 Albums in Mono + the 14LP Box Set!
Big Star: #1 Record
Big Star: Radio City
Blonde Redhead: Barragan
Benjamin Booker: S/T
Death From Above 1979: The Physical World
Interpol: El Pintor
Jack Ruby: Jack Ruby Vol. 1
King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King
Liars: Mess
Madlib: Shades of Blue
Morrissey: World Peace is None of Your Business
Motorhead: Ace of Spades
New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers
Owen Pallett: In Conflict
Pyramids: King of Kings
Pyramids: Lalibela
Royal Blood: S/T
Strokes: Room On Fire
Jack White: Lazaretto
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
[[[VVRSSNN]]]:[[[VVRSSNN]]](K Records, edition of 500)
Cro Mags: Revenge (Signed, Blood Red Splatter Vinyl)
Miles Davis: Filles De Kilimanjaro
The Doors: Weird Triangle (Bootleg)
Electric Chairs: Electric Chairs (Signed by Jayne County)
Funkadelic: Hardcore Jollies (Promo EP)
Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove (w/7”)
Joy Division: Shadowplay (UK Bootleg, edition of 400)
Pat Kelly: A Lonely Man
Joey Lewis & His Orchestra: Plays Yuh Cyar Get
Michael Mantler: Jazz Composer’s Orchestra Box
Revillos: Rev Up (Signed)
Shadow: Return Of The Bassman
Siouxsie & The Banshees: Kaleidoscope (Signed by Siouxsie!)
Ernie Smith & The Roots Revival: Don’t Down Me Now/To Behold Jah (12” Single)
Strawberry Alarm Clock: Strawberries Mean Love (German)
Tangerine Dream: Green Desert (Sealed)
Julie Tippet (Driscoll): Sunset Glow
V/A: Mister Garager’s Neighbourhood (Sealed)
V/A: Psychedelic Unknowns Vol. 5
*plus many more

Featured Releases

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Jennifer Castle: Pink City (Idee Fixe)
A collection of intimate reflections on both the internal and external world, Pink City displays a sharpened musical focus showcasing Jennifer’s powers as a writer and performer amidst a new sense of sonic clarity. The reunited production team of Castle, Dave Clarke and Jeff McMurrich invited a host of musical friends to embellish their vision. Owen Pallett provides string arrangements for a number of songs including the cinematic opener Truth is the Freshest Fruit and stirring ballad I’m Like A Gun. Other notable guests include American folk legend Kath Bloom providing inspirational harmonica on side A closer Down River. Throughout the album downtown Toronto’s finest musical stalwarts, such as Ryan Driver (piano,flute), Mike Smith (bass, arrangements), Paul Mortimer (guitar), Jonathan Adjemian (piano and keys) and Brodie West (saxophone), provide stunning support.

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Alessandro Cortini: Sonno (Hospital Productions)
Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’ live unit. His recordings under his own name have gained prominence in recent years and he has become known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America. Cortini makes a surprising departure into the 202 on his debut album for Hospital Productions - Sonno. Sonno was recorded in hotel rooms, using a Roland MC 202 through a delay pedal, recorded direct, sometimes into a small portable speaker system.

“I liked to walk around the room with a handheld recorder to hear where the sequence would sound better, turn on faucets, open doors or windows to see how the ambient sounds would interact with the MC 202/delay/speaker sound. It was very relaxing and liberating to make music this way…”

The result is a beautifully restrained yet oddly emotive album that’s quite distinct from the overly academic approach so often undertaken by hardware driven devotees.

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Brian Eno & Karl Hyde: High Life (Warp)
Finally on vinyl! - When Brian Eno and Underworld frontman Karl Hyde got together to record Someday World, released in May, they intended to create in the experimental mode Eno had dubbed “Reickuti” — the minimalist drones of avant-garde classical composer Steve Reich combined with the maximalist funk of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. And although those elements occupy the background on that album, what ended up being showcased is playful European art-pop, the sort of stuff Eno released on his ‘70s milestones Another Green World and Before and After Science, understatedly vibrant records that Hyde drew from on his uncharacteristically subtle 2013 solo debut, Edgeland.

But when it came time to promote Someday World, Eno instead suggested that the press watch them make another record, one that forefronts techniques Someday World ultimately minimized or abandoned, and does so with a far smaller cast. Leaning heavier in Reichkuti, High Life delivers the bold strokes you’d expect from England’s most adventurous veteran studio alchemist and the improvisational singer from that country’s longest running techno-rock hybrid.

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Grateful Dead/John Oswald: Grayfolded (Important Records)
Print advertisements circa Grayfolded's initial unveiling in 1995 read: “Yes, it's really them playing it!” “Them” being the Grateful Dead and “it” is their performance epic “Dark Star.” Decades prior to the Beatles' LOVE in 2007 — which brought the concept of the musical “mashup” into the mainstream — John Oswald had been creating borrowed tunes for nearly 30 years. His uncanny compositions — which he terms “plunderphonics” — are sculpted by morphing and layering multiple incarnations of a song to make a thoroughly unique version. With a quarter-century of live recordings at their proverbial disposal, the Grateful Dead are one of the only — if not the only — artists capable of providing the raw material to successfully attempt such an endeavor.

Now for the first time on vinyl, a deluxe audiophile pressing cut in Toronto under the watchful ears of John Oswald. Elaborately printed packaging in a heavy duty triple gatefold jacket includes liner notes by musicologist Rob Bowman featuring exclusive interviews with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Robert Hunter plus six “time maps” which chart the source concerts of “Dark Star”.

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Jack Ruby: Jack Ruby Vol. 2 (Feeding Tube Records)
When Don Fleming was doing the initial transfers of the tapes we’d gotten retrieved from Randy Cohen’s barn, every evening seemed to bring a new surprise. But nothing was a bigger jawdropper than the material which makes up the second LP of our Jack Ruby archival series. The central core of the album is the 16 & a 1/2 minute track, “Destroy/Lost,” recorded at the band’s rehearsal space in January ‘74. Robin Hall vocalizes and Boris plays electric viola, but the bulk of the piece is screaming analog synth weirdness from Randy Cohen’s Serge synthesizer. According to Robin, the track was recorded in hopes that it might be pared down to a single. Hard to imagine how the hell it might’ve been done (or in what universe), but it is a masterpiece of long-format insanity — with Boris and Robin providing a context for the massive gallumping of the Serge. Additional players appear on some of the shorter tracks — new music/free jazz saxophonist, Pete van Riper, on “Lithium Serenade”; Boris’s electric viola on “Hydrogen Lullaby”; Chris Gray’s guitar on “Mandible Mambo”; Rich Gold’s Serge joins Boris’ strings on “Ghost Note.” The rest is the product of Randy’s whacked-out compositional notions and his mastery of the Serge’s patch-cords. Some of the material was recorded pre-Jack Ruby at Cal Arts (where Randy and Boris first met). The rest was from a performance in New York in early ‘74. Heard as a whole, it is a bizarrely shaped piece of the pre-punk/free-form puzzle that was Jack Ruby. Buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. —Byron Coley

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Zeus: Classic Zeus (Arts & Crafts)
Zeus returns with the unapologetically titled Classic Zeus, resuming its affair with timeless melody, vintage ambience, and instant future classicism. Classic Zeus is the band’s most cohesive and heartfelt record to date: a truly collective effort of singular vision: 11 songs of introspective pop and spirited rock and roll, buoyed by Zeus’ studio mastery reinvented. This is the story of a band that has walked through fire and come out the other side naked and raw. Take your past and throw it on the fire.

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Francois Bayle: Les Couleurs de la Nuit
Rashad Becker: Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. 1
Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded
Jennifer Castle: Pink City
Alessandro Cortini: Sonno (2LP)
Circulatory System: Mosaics Within Mosaics
Mike Cooper: Places I Know/Machine Gun Club Co.
Cousins: The Halls Of Wickwire
D.A.F.: Produkt der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft
Demdike Stare: Forest of Evil
Demdike Stare: Liberation Through Hearing
Demdike Stare: Voice of Dust
Dinosaur Jr: Bug
Dinosaur Jr: You’re Living All Over Me
Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan 
Donnie & Joe Emerson: Dreamin’ Wild
Durutti Column: Return Of
Lawrence English: Wilderness of Mirrors
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde: High Life
Foxygen: We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
Future Islands: Singles
Grateful Dead/John Oswald: Grayfolded
Lee Hazlewood: LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (2LP)
Stephen David Heitkotter: Black Orchid
Here We Go Magic: A Different Ship
Jack Ruby: Vol. 2
Matt Krefting: Lymph Est
Angus MacLise: New York Electronic, 1965
Madlib: Shades Of Blue 
MF Doom: Operation Doomsday
Angel Olson: Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Onra: Chinoiseries
Ergo Phizmiz: Two Quartets
Pyramids: King of Kings
Pyramids: Lalibela
Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
Real Estate: Days
Real Estate: Atlas
Lou Reed: Early Lou - Pre Velvet Underground Lou Reed Recordings 1958-1965
Mike Rep and Friends: Darby Creek Drifter
St. Vincent: Strange Mercy
Sewn Leather: Freak on Hashish/Longboarding is a Crime
Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty
Nina Simone: Little Girl Blue
Souls of Mischief: ’93 til Infinity
Staple Singers: Uncloudy Day
Staple Singers: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Staple Singers: Swing Low
Todd Terje: It’s Album Time
White Lung: Deep Fantasy
Wipers: Over the Edge
Witch: In the Past
Sharon Van Etten: Are We There
Sharon Van Etten: Tramp
Viet Cong: Cassette (12”)
V/A: Forge Your Own Chains
V/A: Punk 45
V/A: Traces Three
Zeus: Classic Zeus
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: In C
Add N To (X): Avant Hard
Bobby Bland: Call On Me/That’s The Way Love Is
Bjork + Dirty Projectors: Mount Wittenberg Orca
Cults Percussion Ensemble: S/T
Com Truise: Galactic Melt
Miles Davis: Miles In The Sky (Capitol)
Bob Dylan: Another Side Of Of Bob Dylan (MOFI Pressing)
Chico Freeman: Spirit Sensitive
Factory Floor: ~(Real Love)
Faust: Faust IV (RE)
Glass House: Thanks I Needed That
Guns N’ Roses: Use Your Illusion I
Islands: Return to The Sea
Albert Jones: The Facts Of Life!
Pat Kelly: Pat Kelly Sings (UK Import)
King Floyd: Well Done
Funkadelic: Hardcore Jollies
Willie Hutch: Concert In Blues
Willie Hutch: Colors Her Sunshine
HTRK: Work (Work, Work)
Fela Ransome - Kuti and The Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker: Live!
Antoni Maiovvi: Yellow (12”)
Jae Mason: Tender Man
Getatchew Mekuria* & The Ex & Guests: Moa Anbessa
Paul and Linda McCartney: Ram
Fred McDowell: S/T
Michigan Avenue: Michigan Avenue
New Order: Substance
Jeannie Reynolds: One Wish
Michael Shrieve: Transfer Station Blue
The Smashing Pumpkins: Adore
Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (Sealed)
Swamp Dogg: Have You Heard This Story??
Ike & Tina Turner: River Deep ~ Mountain High
Traveling Wilburys: Volume One
Neil Young: Comes A Time
Valentino: On Target
Brenton Wood: Oogum Boogum
V/A: Next Stop…Soweto Township Sounds from the Golden Age of Mbaqanga
V/A: Something is Wrong - Songs from East Africa, 1952-7
V/A: Bellyachers, Listen - Songs from East Africa, 1938-46
*plus many more

Featured Releases

Alien City: Alien City (Unofficial)
Unbelievable/beautiful handmade LP reissue of this amazing sub-underground masterpiece from Seattle 1979: not much is known about Alien City but what we do know is that it was the obsessive personal project of one Jon Turnbow who saw it as a concept album based around ideas of “the incarnation of celestial visitors” and who is rumoured to have spent some time in an insane asylum after the LP came out. Originally privately released in an edition of 500 copies, this ultra-limited/handmade edition represents its first ever reissue and the first time it has been even remotely available. Alien City have a damaged/moody glam side to their avant garage, mainlining Bowie with alla the no count élan of fellow wasteland glam units like Victoria Vein & The Thunderpunks, Debris, Crime, Germs et al while cutting it the kinda extended basement prog that would marry Jane From Occupied Europe-era Swell Maps and the fist Vertical Slit LP (which in many ways is the only ‘true’ contemporary reference point). Turnbow’s vision of day-glo basement UFO communion has some of the reality-warping appeal of a Doctor Mix And The Remix circa “Sister Ray” and the song stylings are the equal of an Alastair Galbraith or Peter Gutteridge but the feel is so irradiated that it could almost be a moody/hermetic basement re-think of the second Chrome album. One of the major weirdo unearthing of 2014, very limited supply, make your move! Highest possible recommendation!” -David Keenan/Volcanic Tongue

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Cold Specks: Neuroplasticity (Arts & Crafts)
Neuroplasticity is the second full-length offering form Canadian artist Cold Specks. Recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango and Toronto’s Revolution Recordings studios, the album was produced by Jim Anderson and mixed by Anderson and Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). Neuroplasticity is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed 2012 debut, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion.

The 26 year-old Canadian singer, under the sobriquet Al Spx, began work on Neuroplasticity while holed-up in a cottage in Wick, Somerset during the winter of 2012. “In retrospect, I probably didn’t choose the most ideal season to live there,” she deadpans. “The record was mapped out in the cottage. I was there for about three months,” she says, “’A Formal Invitation’, ‘Old Knives’ and ‘Absisto’ were essentially written there. They are the more unusual songs on the record. I may have been reflecting on my surroundings. Have you ever been to Glastonbury? It’s a pretty fucked up place.”
Contributions to Ambrose Akinmusire’s new record for Blue Note and the latest Swans album To Be Kind left a significant impression on Neuroplasticity. The indomitable Swans founder Michael Gira appears midway through on “Exit Plan,” and Akinmusire joins him on the holocaust of a closer “A Season of Doubt” as well as permeating most of the record with trumpet lines of an anguished, cracking frailty.
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Heldon: Allez-Teia (Superior Viaduct)
Allez-Téia, the second album by French guitarist Richard Pinhas under the Heldon moniker, was originally released in 1975 on the artist’s own Disjuncta imprint. Far from the band’s prog-tinged trio lineup, Allez-Téia features a menagerie of guitars, Mellotron and analog synthesizers.

While opening track “In the Wake of King Fripp” pays homage to King Crimson in its title, the album’s heady textures and rhythmic meditations are more reminiscent of the German Kosmiche movement (Cluster, Harmonia, et al.) and post-rock experimentalists, such as Jim O’Rourke and Gastr del Sol. Acoustic guitar even makes a rare appearance on the beautiful and melancholy “Aphanisis.”
 
With front cover artwork depicting the events of May ’68 in Paris (by renowned photojournalist Gilles Caron), these dark ambient sounds make Allez-Téia perhaps the most revolutionary release in Heldon’s influential catalog, foreshadowing Pinhas’s incredible solo work for decades to come.
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Brigitte Fontaine: S/T (Superior Viaduct)
Never one to settle on a single musical style, Brigitte Fontaine followed up her debut, Est Folle, and her astonishing collaboration with The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Comme A La Radio, with the most eclectic release of her lengthy career, 1972’s Brigitte Fontaine. It is telling that Fontaine chose an eponymous title for her third album, the sole release from her venerable ’70s catalogue attributed to her alone. Here the actress-cum-singer has finally arrived.

From the introspective opening track, simply named “Brigitte,” seductive melodies perfectly hang above slithery bass lines and acoustic strumming. On “Moi Aussi,” a sparse and trance-like duet with long-time collaborator Areski, Fontaine muses, “They put me in a cage and after they told me ‘You fly down.’” Brigitte Fontaine is an unmatched European art-pop masterpiece anchored by both vocal and lyrical dexterity – in many ways, Fontaine’s most compelling work and an excellent entry point for those unfamiliar with this unique French icon.

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Fela Kuti: Sorrow, Tears and Blood (Knitting Factory)
Over a decade a half after his death, vindication has come to Fela Kuti, Africa’s musical genius. AfroBeat, his gift to the world, is now an international staple on his own uncompromising terms, social content intact. Throughout his life, Fela contended that AfroBeat was a modern form of danceable, African classical music with an urgent message for the planet’s denizens. Created out of a cross-breeding of Funk, Jazz, Salsa and Calypso with Juju, Highlife and African percussive patterns, it was to him a political weapon.

Fela wrote the title track of this album as a response to the Soweto Uprising of 1976 in which thousands of South African students protested the forced teaching of Afrikaans, the colonial language of Apartheid. During the uprising and the ensuing riots, hundreds of students were killed. The song calls out killings that have gone on in the name of authority and totalitarian rule as well as the instruments of repression of colonial Africa – the police and the army. In this way the song indirectly references the brutality that Fela and his family have experienced in the series of raids on his family compound, the Kalakuta Republic. The musical composition parallels the somber tone of the lyrics; focused and direct, the track avoids the bombastic funk of many of Fela’s compositions.
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Fela Kuti: Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (Knitting Factory)
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Fela Kuti: Confusion (Knitting Factory)
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Craig Leon: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1 (RVNG International)
Craig Leon’s seminal synthesizer albums Nommos and Visiting are finally re-editioned in definitive form as the Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1 for RVNG Intl.’s archival series. Issued respectively by John Fahey’s Takoma record label in 1980 and Leon’s Arbitor private press in 1982, Nommos and Visiting were the twin brainchildren of studio wizardCraig Leon. Leon’s production was pivotal in realizing the debut recordings by Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell and Suicide. While those albums broke ground in new worlds of sound, Leon’s own debut album was arguably, if not literally, more alien.
In 1973, the Brooklyn Museum hosted a comprehensive collection of sculptures by the Dogon of the Republic of Mali, a tribe whose religion is based in reveries and recollections of a visit from an extraterrestrial species they named Nommos. Years after experiencing the exhibit, Leon remained fascinated by the idea of alien visitors sharing not just stories of their home-planet, but musical traditions as well. For the classically trained Leon, a puzzle was presented and a challenge in place: what would music sound like if handed down from an ancient alien species? And how best to imagine it?

While reissues and bootlegs have appeared to relieve the demand for these records, this collection will stand as definitive versions authorized by Craig Leon himself. The vinyl edition will be housed in a 2xLP set that includes detailed artwork and two essays by Leon. The first tells the complete story of the stargazing Dogon people and their prescient understanding of cosmology. The second details Leon’s adventure in creating the Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1, an epic story bookended on this side of history as one seamless synth classic.
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Pallbearer: Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore)
In the short time that they’ve been a band, Little Rock, Arkansas’ Pallbearer have set a new standard for modern-day doom metal. The band’s debut full-length, 2012’s Sorrow and Extinction, made a massive impact not only in the metal scene, but crossed over to wider audiences in the mainstream as well, landing on numerous “Best of 2012” lists and garnering acclaim from tastemakers across the board. 
Pallbearer followed the release by touring with the likes of St. Vitus, Boris and Enslaved, and performing at Roadburn, Hellfest, Maryland Death Fest, Scion Rockfest, Fun Fun Fun and Hopscotch. With their sophomore full-length, the band has taken it to the next level, unleashing a followup even more glorious than its predecessor. If Sorrow and Extinction left its mark on the metal scene, Foundations of Burden will be the stuff of legend.

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Souls of Mischief: There is Only Now (Linear Labs)
There Is Only Now, the sixth album from legendary hip-hop group Souls of Mischief, is a cinematic crime tale of love, loss, and revenge. A conceptual collaboration with producer Adrian Younge and the first release on his freshly-launched Linear Labs Records label, the album serves as a bookend to two decades of music since the release of the group’s seminal debut album,‘93 Til Infinity.

Souls of Mischief and Adrian Younge have created a hip-hop album unlike any other. The result of a special moment for all involved, both parties feel the album represents the best work of their careers. There Is Only Now proves that after two decades in the rap game, hip-hop’s Fab Four remains committed to the expansion of their legacy as pioneers and innovators of hip-hop.
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Sun Ra: Church Organ 1948 (Unofficial)
SUN RA’s trademark glee-spree sprawl dipped into the cosmic glitter of nothingness, alone in a empty church with his vivid and endless imagination as co-pilot. If Gene Moore’s Carnival Of Souls soundtrack makes you want to take it with you forever and drive off a bridge, here are more smiling golems of interplanetary lost-world haunts to pepper your eerie day. Pressed on one-sided colored vinyl. Paste on-covers. Edition of 600.

Velvet Underground: Chelsea Girls (Unofficial)
"Glorious hand-numbered/handmade LP in an edition of only 300 copies that issues The Velvet Underground’s legendary soundtrack to Andy Warhol’s 1966 Chelsea Girls movie on vinyl for the first time: The Velvet Underground soundtracked parts of Chelsea Girls, specifically the section known as “The Gerard Malanga Story”, and it’s a remarkable piece of music. This is the holy sound of The Velvets at a ghostly, non-corporeal peak, playing in a loose free style that combines the black-hearted drone of the first LP with the feel of sad, melodic pop music denuded of anything but endless denouement. Lou’s guitar sounds heavenly chimes around barely stated phantom chord patterns, almost like a Disintegrations Loops-style re-think of fragments from “Sunday Morning” or “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, before sending them floating out into deep space. In many ways this is closest to a blueprint for the way contemporary underground groups like Vibracathedral Orchestra mined the Velvets sound for the keys to the horizon and here it feels like Reed, Cale, Morrison and Tucker are truly riding all the way into the sun, flashing on transmuted moments of psych rock, revved up R n B and classic American pop while extrapolating them into endlessly unfolding paeans to a long-gone New York moment. Impossibly beautiful, melancholy, otherworldly, just too much. Classily packaged in all hand-made/paste-on sleeves and pressed on coloured wax, you know the deal. This shit is gonna fly out, so make your move: this is the real holy sound of American pipe. Very highly recommended." - David Keenan/Volcanic Tongue

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Alien City: Alien City (Unofficial)
BadBadNotGood: III
Bikini Kill: Bikini Kill EP
Broken Social Scene: You Forgot it in People
Broken Social Scene: S/T
Broken Social Scene: Feel Good Lost
Circulatory System: Mosaics Within Mosaics
Cold Specks: Neuroplasticity
Cold Specks: I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
Darcys: Warring
Gord Downie, the Sadies & the Conquering Sun: S/T
Patrick Grant & The Flesh Vignettes: Gather All Around You (Cassette)
Heldon: Allez-Teia
Feist: Let It Die
Feist: The Reminder
Brigitte Fontaine: S/T
Julia Holter: Tragedy
Jungle: S/T
Fela Kuti: Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense
Fela Kuti: Confusion
Fela Kuti: Sorrow, Tears and Blood
Craig Leon: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1
Outkast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Pallbearer: Foundations of Burden
Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal
Ty Segall: Manipulator
Souls of Mischief: There is Only Now
Space Lady: Space Lady’s Greatest Hits
Sufjan Stevens: Illinoise
Stars: Set Yourself on Fire
Sun Ra: Church Organ 1948 (Unofficial)
White Fence: For the Recently Found Innocent
Timber Timbre: Creep On Creepin’ On
Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams
Timber Timbre: S/T
Timber Timbre: Cedar Shakes
Velvet Underground: Chelsea Girls (Unofficial)
Zeus: Busting Visions
Zeus: Say Us
*plus many more


NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
George Berry: Plays New Orleans
Birthday Party: Prayers on Fire
Jerry Butler: Great Soul Hits
Cerrone: 3
Dark Day: Window
Fad Gadget: Fireside Favourites
Grateful Dead: Live/Dead (German)
Freddie Hubbard: Here To Stay
Luther Ingram: If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right
Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers
LFY: Growing Seeds
Lebanon Hanover: Why Not Just Be Solo
The Meters: Here Come The Metermen
Nico: Chelsea Girl
Pas De Deux: Cardiocleptomanie
Prince: Sign O’ The Times
Queen Samantha: II
Rocket From The Tombs: The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs (Original Pressing)
Lalo Schifrin: Enter the Dragon OST
Siouxsie & The Banshees: Once Upon A Time/The Singles
S.O.S. Band: S.O.S.
Spacemen 3: The Perfect Prescription
The Undertones: The Undertones (Original Pressing)
Yardbirds: Shapes Of Things
Yellow Magic Orchestra: S/T
V/A: Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Texas Flood
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Couldn’t Stand The Weather
The Whitfield Brothers: In The Rain
*plus many more

Featured Releases

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Bahamas: Bahamas Is Afie (Brushfire/Republic)
Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie - a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas - writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. His new album, Bahamas Is Afie, will be issued in August 2014 on Brushfire Records/Universal.

Bahamas is Afie is a coming of age record. Self-titled and self-produced – it is the next step in the evolution of Jurvanen’s songcraft, guitar mastery, and melodic pop hooks – following his previous full-lengths Pink Strat (2009) and Barchords (2011).Bahamas is Afie remains a sparse, moving, headphone album, complemented by a more developed arrangement of strings, brass, winds, orchestral percussion, and chamber choruses that transport the listener from moving seas to a search for strength, to a place of resolve and comfort.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars: Lose (Barsuk)
"Wanna wake up wanting to listen to records / But those old feelings elude me / I raise a toast to the rock n’ roll ghost," sings Cymbals Eat Guitars frontman Joseph D’Agostino on the hyper-adrenalized “XR,” which sounds like a Tonight’s the Night outtake recorded at triple speed, with its braying harmonica and spitfire vocal delivery. It’s the track that perhaps best captures the spirit of the band’s third LP, Lose, one of coping with abject loss and grief by rediscovering what you’ve always loved, as difficult as it may be - he redemptive power of music. For D’Agostino, this entailed coming to terms with his best friend and musical collaborator Benjamin High, who passed away suddenly seven years ago, just as Cymbals Eat Guitars began recording in earnest. 

"Lose is a very apropos title because it refers not only to losing Ben, but also it’s about a sort of nostalgia, a longing for a time when music meant everything to you and your friends, and it seemed like one great rock record could change everyone’s life the way it changed yours," says D’Agostino. "It’s about being in mourning for your long-held belief that music could literally change the world. That’s the contradiction at the heart of Lose…You’re disillusioned, but somehow you can do nothing else but rail against that feeling mightily and try, once again, to make a record that makes you and everyone else ‘wake up wanting to listen to records’.
And indeed, the band, rounded out by bassist Matthew Whipple, keyboardist Brian Hamilton, and drummer Andrew Dole, alongside producer John Agnello, do little wallowing. This is a raucous affair, an Irish Wake, ultimately rooted in nothing less than a celebration of just being alive.

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Moonwood: Hexperience (Arachnidiscs)

Live Mixtape: 2012-2014. Improvised segments extracted from live performances. Deep, heavy, drone-infused jams never played before or since. All would have been lost to time if not for the vigilant recordists. Captured at various Toronto psych zones. 

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Naomi Punk: Television Man (Captured Tracks)
Over the last four years, Olympia-based punk trio Naomi Punk – featuring singer/guitarist Travis Coster, guitarist Neil Gregerson, and drummer Nic Luempert – have been lighting up DIY warehouses and large concert halls alike with their singular brand of mid-tempo, cathartic punk. Commencing their breakout  2012 debut ‘The Feeling’, Naomi Punk return to the fold with their sophomore record, ‘Television Man’ – their first for Captured Tracks. A key fixture in the Northwest DIY punk scene, Naomi Punk channel a similar energy to their contemporaries (Milk Music, Broken Water, Vexx, Gag) and their fore bearers (Wipers, Dead Moon, Nirvana) while cultivating a body of work and aesthetic that is wholly their own. Home recorded in Olympia, Washington over the Fall and Winter of 2013, and mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI, ‘Television Man’ is a collection of oblique punk anthems and collaged instrumental pieces which best showcases the cathartic aggression that has become their signature.

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Octoberman: What More What More (Ishmalia)
It’s hard not to notice how much of Octoberman’s 5th album What More What More wrestles with the subject of death. A rumination on the loss of loved ones, friendships, or simply the world as he knows it, hope still permeates Toronto-based songwriter Marc Morrissette’s vocals.

Engineered and mixed by Andy Magoffin at the House of Miracles in Preston, Ontario with additional tracking in Toronto courtesy of Annelise NoronhaJustin Nace and Tavo Diez de Bonilla, this folk-rock offering expands further upon 2012’s Jim Guthrie co-produced Waiting In The Well (Saved By Vinyl). Alongside Morrissette (vocals, guitar), the familiar line-up of Marshall Bureau(drums), Shaun Brodie (trumpet), Tavo Diez de Bonilla (bass), Randy Lee (violin) as well as newest member J.J. Ipsen (guitar, piano) and Andy Magoffin (horns) come together to round out the sounds. With mastering for CD / Digital done by Joao Carvalho, the vinyl version, which includes four bonus songs including Jonathan Richman and Andy Swan covers, was handled by John Golden.

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Clinton St. John: The Minor Arkhana (Medicine Records)
Storyteller, vocalist, and visual artist formerly of The Cape May and Pale Air Singers, the man known as Flemish Eye Records’ poet laureate recorded with Steve Albini and toured across Europe and the USA as a member of Nina Nastasia’s band before venturing out on his own.

This ten track album sees the release of ten stripped down songs with beautiful arrangements incorporating vibraphone, clarinet, trumpet, cello and also violin, viola and mandolin of three-time Juno award-winner, Jesse Zubot (Dan Mangan, Hawksley Workman). Produced by Sub Pop’s Chad Van Gaalen, and recorded in his Calgary studio, ‘Yoko Eno’, this album is a sophisticated and lush offering that demonstrates the unique and intuitive songwriting talents of St. John. With beautiful and dense lyrical content and haunting melodies, this album is definitely his most accessible work to date.

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Reverend Moon: Coyote Gospels (Arachnidiscs)
High-bias C44 cassette with gold print on smokey shells. Includes unlimited streaming of Coyote Gospels via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

"Reverend Moon has released one of the most immediate and essential albums of this year… Some of the numbers may put you in mind of Dylan; that is no bad thing—there is no intention to mimic or overthrow the master. What ‘Coyote Gospels’ does is to instill some of Dylan’s particular moments— the anger and apocalypse of his early work; his Christianity works towards the ’80s; some of his latter-day wonder—around songs that cover a spectrum of subjects: religious truths, Satan and God; strange and weird dreams; dangerous street scenes etc. ….’Drinking With Jesus’ is an insanely gripping and memorable story; something destined for the big screen—a song you will be quoting endlessly. Looking at murderous avenues and disreputable evil, it grips you and haunts your soul- how many other tracks can do that? …. no other act has presented 13 songs that sounds and play like this …. I sure as hell hope that another album is coming. Like his countryman legends Neil Young and Leonard Cohen; Reverend Moon mixes an evocative and stirring voice with intelligent and witty songs that explore love, life and religion. The early numbers … are quirky and stunningly strange; unlike anything I have heard, they are filled with wonderful images. When proceedings look at death, religion and questioning; the album becomes profound and investigative …. The master of sonic innovation and intrigue, there is no a flat moment or insincere thought on ‘Coyote Gospels’ — it is as dangerous, imperious and wonderful as the title itself." ~ Music Musings and Such

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Arctic Monkeys: Humbug
Ariel Pink: Before Today
Erykah Badu: Mama’s Gun
Bahamas: Barchords
Bahamas: Bahamas is Afie
Art Blakey: Moanin’ (Music Matters 33RPM)
Beyonce: S/T (2LP+DVD)
Big Star: 3rd
James Blake: S/T
Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe
Boards Of Canada: Music Has The Right To Children
Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded
Tina Brooks: True Blue (Music Matters 33RPM)
John Carpenter: Prince of Darkness OST
John Carpenter: Halloween II OST
Chvrches: Bones Of What You Believe
John Coltrane: Blue Train (Music Matters 33RPM)
The Cure: Disintegration
Cymbals Eat Guitars: Lose
J Dilla: Ruff Draft
Deafheaven: Sunbather
Nick Drake: Bryter Layter
Bill Fay: S/T
Flying Burrito Bros: Gilded Palace of Sin
Goblin: Roller
Goblin: Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo
Goblin: Contamination
Goblin: Buio Omega
Goblin: Amo Non Amo
Dexter Gordon: Go (Music Matters 33RPM)
Joe Henderson: Page One (Music Matters 33RPM)
The Knife: Silent Shout
Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
Libertines: S/T
Mazzy Star: So Tonight That I Might See
John Mayer Trio: Try!
Moonwood: Hexperience (Cassette)
Naomi Punk: Television Man
Octoberman: What More What More
Offspring: Smash
Ought: More Than Any Other Day
Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold
Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal
Pavement: Wowee Zowee
Linda Perhacs: Parallelograms
Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville
Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Pink Floyd: Division Bell
Primus: Sailing the Seas of Cheese
PS I Love You: For Those Who Stay
Pusha T: Fear of God II: Let Us Pray
Reverend Moon: Coyote Gospels (Cassette)
Replacements: Tim
Clinton St. John: The Minor Arkhana
St. Vincent: St. Vincent
Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Sleep: Dopesmoker
Solids: Blame Confusion
Spoon: They Want My Soul
Irma Thomas: In Between Tears
Temples: Sun Structures
TLC: CrazySexyCool
Titus Andronicus: The Monitor
Tranzmit: Ubertragung (Cassette)
Sharon Van Etten: Are We There
Vampire Weekend: Contra
Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo
Jack White: Lazaretto
Lucinda Williams: Ramblin’ On My Mind
Wilco: Sky Blue Sky
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones
Neil Young: A Letter Home
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
Kevin Ayers: Sweet Deceiver
Beatles: Abbey Road (Mobile Fidelity 1980 Re)
Derek Bailey & Noel Akchote: Close to the Kitcen
Buzzcocks: A Different Kind of Tension
Der Blutharsch: Werkschau 1997 : 2010 
John Cage: Sonatas & Interludes / A Book of Music
Captain Beefheart: Safe As Milk
John Coltrane: Om
Betty Davis: Nasty Gal
Devo: Are We Not Men? We are Devo! (Marble Vinyl)
Eric Dolphy: Out To Lunch
Genesis P-Orridge & Stan Bingo: What’s History
Greyboy: 15 Years of West Coast Cool
Herbie Hancock: Mwandishi
Hard Corps: Clean Tables Have to be Burnt
David Holland Quartet: Conference of the Birds
In Aeternam Vale: Dust Under Brightness
Joy Divison: Substance 1977-1980
Lebanon Hanover: The World is Getting Colder
Rational Youth: I Want to See the Light (12”)
Spacemen 3: Sound of Confusion
Sun Ra: Atlantis
Tanit: Can An Actor Bleed
Staple Singers: Be Altitude: Respect Yourself
The Sword: Warp Riders
Toubabou: Le Ble Et le Mil
Új Látásmód Fúzió: Fúzió Adventures
Ike Yard: S/T
*plus many more

Featured Releases

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FKA Twigs: LP1 (XL)
LP1 is London-based producer, singer, songwriter, video director, classically trained ballerina, and choreographer FKA Twigs’ defining artistic statement to date. The 10-track offering builds on the success of her two previous EPs and accompanying videos (EP1 and EP2) which have elevated FKA Twigs from a word-of-mouth secret to global obsession over the past two years. LP1 features none of these previously released songs; instead each of the tracks on LP1 is brand new, born out of FKA Twigs’ artistic philosophy of spontaneous creation and collaboration in the studio.

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Lee Hazlewood: The N.S.V.I.P.’s (1972)
Lee Hazlewood’s partnership with Reprise Records in the 1960s resulted in timeless hits for Dean Martin and Nancy Sinatra. Throughout the decade, though, the label also released three of the artist’s most highly regarded solo works: The N.S.V.I.P.’s, Friday’s Child and Love and Other Crimes.  Hazlewood’s 1964 sophomore album The N.S.V.I.P.’s (Not So Very Important People) is the perfect companion to his classic debut, Trouble Is a Lonesome Town, released the year prior. Setting his signature spoken intros to a new cast of small town eccentrics (perhaps modeled on his childhood locale in Mannford, Oklahoma), this early career high-point presents Hazlewood with all of his singular assets already intact: playful lyrics veering toward the bizarre, wry delivery and wonderfully understated pop-country song craft. “First Street Blues” opens The N.S.V.I.P.’s with the saga of Leroy, the once-irascible dragon who converts to a cheerful wino. The small-town drunkard’s likely story merges with fantastic whimsy in Hazlewood’s strange world. Elsewhere, he waxes absurd on “I Had a Friend” about Tarzan’s deficiencies as a citizen and marital prospect for Jane. He even imparts some simple wisdom about the presidential election on “Save Your Vote for Clarence Mudd.” As always, Hazlewood’s tongue is firmly rooted in cheek. Still, it’s easy to just forget that and live inside the poignant songs he creates for each and every one of the not so very important, but absolutely riveting, people—and dragons, too.

Also reissued:

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Lee Hazlewood: Friday’s Child (1972)
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Lee Hazlewood: Love and Other Crimes (1972)


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Kyuss: Blues For The Red Sun (Elektra)
1992’s Blues For The Red Sun is the influential second album from short lived Palm Desert, CA stoner/desert rock trailblazers Kyuss and final release recorded by the band’s classic line-up of vocalist John Garcia, guitarist Josh Homme, bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Brant Bjork. The explosive 14-song masterwork marks Kyuss’ first with producer and Godfather of desert rock Chris Goss and therefore the true emergence of the band’s powerful wall of sound with guitars tuned way down and amps turned way up.

Goss remembers, “It was the loudest thing I’d ever heard in my life. And that’s what I wanted to get on the record – all the frequencies clashing in the middle of the room. It was like sitting in the middle of a bowling alley when the balls are rolling down the wood. Kyuss had a rumble. I think that’s one of the reasons people love them so much, because there’s frequencies there that embrace you – you feel like you’re there with them.”
The members of Kyuss officially went their separate ways for good in 1995 after only four genre defining albums with Homme and Oliveri forming Queens of the Stone Age, Garcia founding groups Unida, Slo Burn, and Hermana and Bjork joining Fu Manchu. 

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Wretch (Elektra)
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And The Circus Leaves Town (Elektra)
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Welcome To Sky Valley (Elektra)

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P.F. Commando: Manipulerade Mongon (Ugly Pop)
Self-released in 1979, this monster debut was the very first Swedish punk LP, packing in 15 tracks of pure three-chord punk rock at its most primal and aggressive. Vocals are alternately barked and snarled, guitars slash and buzz, the rhythm section thrashes along maniacally— no pop, no art, just PUNK.

At June Records This Week

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NEW ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Arcade Fire: Neon Bible
Arcade Fire: Suburbs
Bent Wind: Sussex
Brian Jonestown Massacre: Revelation
Danny Brown: XXX
The Clean: Anthology (4LP)
FKA Twigs: LP1
Lee Hazlewood: The N.S.V.I.P.’s
Lee Hazlewood: Friday’s Child
Lee Hazlewood: Love and Other Crimes
Jungle: S/T
Mike and the Censations: Don’t Sell Your Soul
Fela Kuti: Fela Kuti & his Koola Lobitos
Kyuss: Wretch
Kyuss: Blues from the Red Sun
Kyuss: Welcome to Sky Valley
Kyuss: And the Circus Leaves Town
Perfect Pussy: Say Yes to Love
P.F. Commando: Manipulerade Mongon
Reigning Sound: Shattered
Spoon: They Want My Soul
Swans: To Be Kind
Thor’s Hammer: If You Knew
White Fence: For the Recently Found Innocent
White Stripes: S/T
White Stripes: White Blood Cells
*plus many more

NOTEWORTHY VINTAGE ARRIVALS
ADULT.: Anxiety Always
Bauhaus: Mask
Bauhaus: Burning from the Inside
Art Blakey: Bag Of Blues
Art Blakey: A Night At Birdland
George Brigman & Split: I Can Hear The Ants Dancin’
Brass Fever: Time Is Running Out (sealed)
The Clash: Combat Rock
Cheech & Chong: Big Bambu (w/ rolling papers!)
Cypress Hill: Skull and Bones
Alice Coltrane: Reflection On Creation & Space (A Five Year View)
Greg Hatza: Organized Jazz
Headhunters: Survival Of the Fittest (White Label Promo)
Eddie Kendricks: People…Hold On 
Steve Lacy/Brion Gyson: Songs (Swiss Import LP/7”)
Love: Forever Changes (OG Stereo)
Charles Mingus: The Great Concert Of Charles Mingus (OG French Pressing)
Yoko Ono: Season Of Glass (sealed)
Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music 
Archie Shepp: Kwanza
Roy Shirley: Return Of The High Priest
Spleen: The Sound Of Feeling 
Squirrel Nut Zipper: Hot
Dusty Springfield: A Brand New Me
Dusty Springfield: Where Am I Going?
Charles Sullivan: Genesis 
Sun Ra: Sound Of Joy
Television: Adventure (Original)
V/A: Canadian Talent Library (ft. Gordon Lightfoot)
Zombies: Odyssey & Oracle (1969 Press, Rare Alternate Cover)
*plus many more

+ 12” Singles: We’ve priced out many crates of: Disco, House & Techno singles for all you “chune” diggers to feast.

AUDIO GEAR ARRIVALS & RESTOCKS
Used: Audio Technica LP60 (trade-in)

Featured Releases

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Bruce Haack: The Electric Lucifer Book II (Telephone Explosion)
Bruce Haack is perhaps best known for his innovative and engaging (and extremely hard to find) electronic records for children made from the mid/late 60’s through the 70’s and even into the 80’s. Current ‘electronic’ acts and collectors seek these albums out for their exciting use of homemade synthesizers (homemade because it was difficult to find much else in the mid 60’s), all built by Bruce himself to enhance his and his musical cohorts’ (dance instructor Esther Nelson, pianist Praxiteles Pandel and numerous children) fun and instructional songs in which the children lucky enough to hear them were invited to participate, learn, dance and sing. Many of the songs on these albums gave hints of Bruce’s intellectual side, but it was his one major label release, The Electric Lucifer, put out by Columbia in 1970 (all other albums were released on Bruce and friends’ own label, Dimension 5), that better showed just what Bruce was capable of: a groundbreaking mixture of contemporary rock, futuristic electronic sounds, and high-concept philosophic poetry. To quote Bruce from the liner notes of that album, ‘I have unblocked a few media — both philosophical and technical — this is a good age of unblocking.’ Musically, it was sort of a blend of the Moody Blues and Kraftwerk, four years before the latter would even begin to create the sounds for which they would best be remembered. The album explored the war between Heaven and Hell, with Earth being caught in the middle, and asserted that even Lucifer could be forgiven if only there was enough love in the world. This may have been too much for the mainstream to handle, unsurprisingly, so Bruce continued recording and releasing great albums on Dimension 5. In 1979, however, he would revisit his earlier hallowed ground and record The Electric Lucifer Book 2, which remained unreleased in Bruce’s lifetime (he died in 1988), but now, finally, the rest of the world will be able to hear the fabulous sequel, as Bruce intended it to be heard. The context of the sequel is one in which Satan, fancying himself a ‘mean ole devil,’ tries to tempt a young Jesus by telling him about all the hurt and betrayals he will go through in life before his dramatic death. There are tender moments, funny moments, and frightening moments, but all moments end up catchy or moving or both. The album is no more ‘religious’ than works by Dante or Milton; Bruce merely uses well-known mythologies and icons to explore his own ideas about a universe that is bigger than anything anyone could say about it — a universe made smaller by words themselves. And behind the ideas is the best damn electronic album you never heard! While Book One involved ‘professional’ singers and friends being brought in to sing along with Bruce’s homemade electronic voice, which he called ‘Farad,’ Book 2 is purely Bruce. The entire album is sung using his somehow very moving robot/vocoder vocals. The music is more Kraftwerk this time than Moody Blues — imagine that the Residents made an album about works by Dante or Milton, and then for some reason had Kraftwerk re-record the whole thing and you will begin to describe the wondrously strange beauty that dominates this album. Bruce was always somewhat prophetic in his works and in predictions to friends (he once described a future age in which all music would be shared by everyone — though who could have predicted Metallica), and the highly insightful lyrics on this album will give plenty of philosophic fodder to be discussed ‘round the ole jukebox, while the music coming from it will set your soul a-tappin’.
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Life In Vacuum: 5 (Skeletal Lightning/New Damage)
Life In Vacuum was born in late 2006 shortly after brothers Sasha and Ross Chornyy moved to Canada from Ukraine. They recruited Dylan Bravener after meeting at a local pizza shop and completed the line up. Early years were spent crafting their sound, releasing two EPs and playing across Canada. Following their 2010 “Commander Clark” release came hundreds of shows and thousands of miles of DIY touring in North America. With the brand new LP “5” under their belt Life In Vacuum have no plans on stopping. The LP is equal parts Constantines and DD/MM/YYYY with a healthy dose of Kitchener/Waterloo aggression. 
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Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty (Sub Pop)
Herein bumps and soars Lese Majesty, the new sonic action of Shabazz Palaces. Honed and primal, chromed and primo. A unique and glorified offering into our ever-uniforming musical soundscape. Lese Majesty is a beatific war cry, born of a spell, acknowledging that sophistication and the instinctual are not at odds; Indeed an undoing of the lie of their disparate natures. Lese Majesty is not a launching pad for the group’s fan base increasing propaganda. It is a series of astral suites, recorded happenings, shared. A dare to dive deep into Shabazz Palaces sounds, vibrations unfettered. A dope-hex thrown from the compartments that have artificially contained us all and hindered our sublime collusion. These reveries were sent to Palaceer Lazaro and Fly Guy ‘Dai in the year of gun beat battles in excess; In a succession of days, whilst walking in dreams and in varied transcendental states…(every minute of every day is filled with observation and composition. In action). Songs are committed and gathered by robots at Protect and Exalt Labs, a Black Space in Seattle, Washington.
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Spoon: They Want My Soul (Republic)
Artful Austin, TX rock ‘n’ rollers Spoon make their welcome return with They Want My Soul, the band’s long awaited eighth full-length offering and first since 2010’s Transference. The loose and upbeat 10-song set finds the band working with outside producers for the first time - Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2, Tori Amos) and Dave Fridman (MGMT, Weezer, OK Go) - as well as new member Alex Fischel from Britt Daniels’ side supergroup Divine Fits. Lauded by NPR Music as “unmistakably a Spoon record, with fantastically infectious grooves and melodies,” They Want My Soul is preceded by the punchy swagger of lead single “Rent I Pay” and also boasts a cover of Ann-Margret’s “I Just Don’t Understand.”

"The album was recorded this past winter, mostly at Public HiFi in Austin and Tarbox in Cassadaga, NY. It was the first time we’ve had the chance to work with Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT, Creaming Jesus) and we’re pretty sure that the levels indicate this to be our loudest record — it’s also Deux Deux’s favorite…Side One begins with the gnarliest Jim Eno drum sound ever recorded and Side Two ends with Rob Pope’s bass amp completely breaking down to fuzz + hiss at the end of a take. The record’s got beats, whispers, chants, guitars, whistles, secret codes, and horror-movie strings. It’s got songs about holy rollers, back masking, real life properties of physics, love during the apocalypse and a brief reappearance of Jonathon Fisk." - Britt Daniels
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"Weird Al" Yankovic: Mandatory Fun (RCA)
Weird Al is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million album sales. Now entering his fourth career decade, he has won 3 Grammys (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” and “The Saga Begins.” His most recent album, 2011’s Alpocalypse, which featured the Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way,” charted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 – the highest debut of his storied career.
Mandatory Fun is Weird Al’s 14th studio album and it finds the entertainer depicted as a military leader on a war propaganda poster on its cover. The album’s many hilarious parodies include: “Tacky” (Pharrell’s “Happy”), “Word Crimes” (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”), “Foil” (Lorde’s “Royals”), “Handy” (Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”), “Sports Song” (college football fight songs), “First World Problems” (Pixies), “Mission Statement” (Crosby, Stills and Nash) and “Lame Claim to Fame” (Southern Culture on the Skids).

 

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