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Forced Exposure New Releases for Week of 8/10/2020

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New music is due from Hedvig Mollestad, Jon Collin, and Brigid Dawson and the Mothers Network, while old music is due from L-Seven, Embrujo, and Merzbow.

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1960'S RECORDS (UK)
REP 035EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: REP 035EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
EPISODE SIX & WAINRIGHT'S GENTLEMEN 1965-66 Demos/Broadcasts 7"
A rare Deep Purple-related release. Wainwright's Gentlemen were a fixture on the West London club and pub scene throughout 1964 and 1965. The tracks featured here were cut at Jackson Sound Studios in Rickmansworth in February 1965 with Ian Gillan and Ann Cully on vocals. A later incarnation of Wainwright's Gentlemen included future members of The Sweet, Brian Connolly, Frank Torpey, and Mick Tucker. Mid-1965, Ian Gillan joined Roger Glover in Episode Six and he was still with them two years later when they recorded these two tracks for German TV.
AMETHYST SUNSET
AS 026LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: AS 026LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
IMAGINARY SOFTWOODS Annual Flowers in Color LP
Green vinyl repress! "Time is absolute garbage . . . But here's the thing: given enough time, your friends are going to keep making records, you're going to keep listening to them, and if you're lucky, some of them are going to seep into the cracks of your day-to-day . . . Since its initial appearance as a private press double cassette in 2016, Annual Flowers in Color has been exactly this sort of talisman for me. More to the point, it's also the closest thing to a definitive statement in the twelve-year history of John Elliott's Imaginary Softwoods and a no-brainer on the thinking head's shortlist of Elliott's most essential releases, alongside Outer Space's Akashic Record (Events: 1986-1990) (SP 019LP, 2012), Emeralds' Solar Bridge (2008) and What Happened (EMEGO 109LP, 2010), Mist's House (SP 004CD/LP, 2011), Lilypad's Capacitor (2008), Colored Mushroom and the Medicine Rocks' self-titled LP (2010), and Quiet Light Water Gap's Live at the Delaware County VFW Hall (2010). While each of these projects draws from the same reservoir of glittering pinpoint riffcraft and homespun surrealism and each reflects in its own fashion the awareness that a certain undercurrent of lurid horror is essential to all authentically psychedelic music, Imaginary Softwoods has always been distinguished in its relationship to a particular decades-long chain of private press loner music, or chamber music for shut-ins. You wouldn't necessarily be wrong to call Annual Flowers in Color 'deeply personal,' but that almost misses the point . . . it's handmade, human-scale domestic ritual music the making of which is inseparable from the sense in which it's been 'lived in.' . . . Above all, Annual Flowers in Color is an absolutely gorgeous, perfectly weathered, subtly strange record. It's exactly the thing you're thinking of when you think 'I want to hear really killer polysynths and tape delay,' but it's also much more, glistening with distended reflections of Steve Roach and Stapleton, ringing with simultaneous sublimated echoes of the dorkiest and most expensive French mellotron prog and the most incandescent cheap heat from the $2 exotica bin, and dripping with the 'as above, so below' that characterizes synthesizer records at their best. It's both a welcoming point of entry for the uninitiated and a sticky, seductive cut deep enough to envelop any heads seeking a way station on the search for the apocryphal second volume of Cosmos Farm Sessions." --Chris Madak (Philadelphia, February 2020)
BACKWARDS (ITALY)
BW 006CD
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: BW 006CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MOUSE AND SEQUENCERS (LAY LLAMAS) Didactic Music CD
Experimentation and Italian library music are the coordinates in which Didactic Music is written, the second work of the solo project Mouse and Sequencers by Nicola Giunta (The Lay Llamas), published by Backwards. The Sicilian multi-instrumentalist makes a "catalog" of genres that range among a melancholic bucolic-folk, documentary field recordings, fleeting expeditions in space and small experiments. From the sidereal ambient music of "Ancient Chants" to the late-summer suggestions of "Unmapped Islands", passing through the abstract blues of "Giant Squids" and the analog '70s electronic perfumes in "New Socialism", Giunta gives us a precious prism with 17 faces that shines with its own light, spreading absolutely colorful emotions on the walls of your soul. There's nothing left to do but listen to it and let yourself be carried away. The original artworks are made by Nicola Giunta, in handcrafted xerography. Digipack; edition of 300.
BW 007CD
PRICE: $47.00
CAT #: BW 007CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ORSI, FABIO Di Lumi E Chiarori 4CD
Backwards present the new Fabio Orsi release, Di Lumi E Chiarori. This time Fabio offered a monumental work: eight long tracks contained in a huge box set with four compact discs. Musically it stands on the new course of the artist: together with the classic ambient and drone atmospheres, the work has more dynamic parts with rhythms and pulsations, and more melodic parts. A perfect meeting between ambient music and Berlin-style electronics, between intimate and dreaming atmospheres and epic soundscapes. Immersive electronic music that will puts your mind into a wonderful trance like state of being. Comes in an elegant matte finish box, with four cardboard wallet inside and one insert; edition of 250.
BIOLOGIC RECORDS (UK)
BIO 038EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: BIO 038EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MALCOLM Baptem 12"
Hot on the heels of their Pletnev and Panorama Channel pairing (BIO 037EP, 2020), Biologic invite rising French bass sculptor and Rinse selector Malcolm to the fold for a brave new excursion into the rave hinterland. Smelting down everything that there is to know, love and appreciate about soundsystem and bass culture, techno and melting pot alchemy, and compounding it and flipping it in a moody, deep stew, he delivers something genuinely unique and fresh here. "Badman" ignites the smoldering sonic session with a slow-mo swampy low-end vibe that tips its cap just as much to jungle as it does techno thanks to its sense of tension and classic samples. Remix-wise, Nathan Micay continues to unfold that immersive signature he's been developing on LuckyMe with a breakbeat-driven remix that brings aspects of trance and classic electro into the mix. "Damâa" takes the listener even deeper into Malcolm's reference-heavy mix as he teams up with fellow Parisian resident Glitter for a sublime Moroccan mission. Once again slow and moody, from its measured percussion to its rising harmonics, the mystic allure here is pure and palpable in both the full vocal and instrumental forms. The EP bids adieu with "Schaerbeek," which is powerfully unhurried, scant on kicks and heavily layered in psychedelic acidic layers, the real payoff happening in the last two minutes. Whatever end of the bass spectrum or hardcore continuum, it's easy to be all over this one. Fresh and exciting, yet completely entrenched in the rudiments of all things rave, bass, techno, and soundsystem, Malcolm has fine-tuned an exceptional blend of elements here. Once can only hope to hear a lot more from the young producer as he continues to forge his own unique path.
BLACK TRUFFLE (AUSTRALIA)
BT 018LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: BT 018LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
AMM AMMMusic LP
2020 repress! First vinyl reissue of the landmark 1967 debut album by AMM, AMMMusic. Remastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Exact replica sleeve by Stephen O'Malley. "Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of its recording in 1966, this reissue makes one of the cornerstones of the experimental music tradition available again in its original form, replete with Keith Rowe's beautiful pop art cover and the terse aphorisms by the group that served as its original liner notes. A testament to the interaction between the experimental avant-garde and the countercultural underground, the album was originally released on Elektra, recorded by Jac Holzman (the label's founder, responsible for signing The Doors, Love, and The Stooges) and produced by DNA, a group that included Pink Floyd's first manager, Peter Jenner (the title of Pink Floyd's 'Flaming' is a tribute to AMM's 'Later During a Flaming Riviera Sunset'). Formed in 1965 by three players from the emerging British jazz avant-garde -- Keith Rowe and Lou Gare had played with the great progressive big band leader Mike Westbrook and Eddie Prévost played in a post-bop group with Gare -- AMM quickly evolved from a free jazz group into something decidedly more difficult to categorise. By the time these recordings were made, two more members had joined the group: another Westbrook associate, Lawrence Sheaff, and the radical composer Cornelius Cardew. Then at work on his masterpiece of graphic notation Treatise, Cardew brought with him extensive experience of the post-serialist and Cageian currents in contemporary composition. Using a combination of conventional instruments and unconventional methods of sound production (most famously Keith Rowe's prepared tabletop guitar, but also prepared piano and transistor radio), the group performed improvised pieces often running for over two hours and ranging from extended periods of silence to terrifying cacophonies. On AMMMusic, long tones sit next to abrasive thuds, the howl of uncontrolled feedback accompanies Cardew's purposeful piano chords, radios beam in snatches of orchestral music. AMM's clearest break with jazz-based improvisation concerned the idea of individuality. Initially through an engagement with eastern philosophy and mysticism and later though a politicized communitarianism, AMM sought to develop a collective sonic identity in which individual contributions could barely be discerned. In the performances captured on AMMMusic the use of numerous auxiliary instruments and devices, including radios played by three members of the group, contribute to the sensation that the music is composed as a single monolithic object with multiple facets, rather than as an interaction between five distinct voices." --Francis Plagne
CASTLE FACE
CF 119CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: CF 119CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DAWSON AND THE MOTHER'S NETWORK, BRIGID Ballet Of Apes CD
"Tip-top of Castle Face's osmosis list is the first quiver of tunes from Brigid Dawson and her newly minted Mothers Network: wise warnings dyed in dark hues, knotted and hard-won torch songs from the edge of a turbulent sea, bittersweet balladry spun in defense against evils familiar and unknown. Lovely though it may seem from a distance, the striation of loss quicksilvered throughout provides weighty balance to her contralto lilt. Those familiar with her harmonic counterpoint from her time in Thee Oh Sees or in OCS know she can belt as well as lullaby but there's a fresh and smolderingly heavy swing in her step on display here that Castle Face mightily digs. Ballet Of Apes tapestries together sessions that read like a who's who from outside the label's castle walls -- in Australia with Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring), in San Francisco with Mike Donovan (ex-Sic Alps), Shayde Sartin (ex-Fresh & Onlys/lifetime ringer) and Mike Shoun (ex-Oh Sees/Peacers), and in Brooklyn with instrumental heavy-weights Sunwatchers -- and the results are spellbinding. At the focal point of this maelstrom, the lady, as if illumed by candlelight, intones, pleads, consoles -- white magic perhaps, but it carries with it the anodized tang of blood."
CF 119LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: CF 119LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DAWSON AND THE MOTHER'S NETWORK, BRIGID Ballet Of Apes LP
LP version. "Tip-top of Castle Face's osmosis list is the first quiver of tunes from Brigid Dawson and her newly minted Mothers Network: wise warnings dyed in dark hues, knotted and hard-won torch songs from the edge of a turbulent sea, bittersweet balladry spun in defense against evils familiar and unknown. Lovely though it may seem from a distance, the striation of loss quicksilvered throughout provides weighty balance to her contralto lilt. Those familiar with her harmonic counterpoint from her time in Thee Oh Sees or in OCS know she can belt as well as lullaby but there's a fresh and smolderingly heavy swing in her step on display here that Castle Face mightily digs. Ballet Of Apes tapestries together sessions that read like a who's who from outside the label's castle walls -- in Australia with Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring), in San Francisco with Mike Donovan (ex-Sic Alps), Shayde Sartin (ex-Fresh & Onlys/lifetime ringer) and Mike Shoun (ex-Oh Sees/Peacers), and in Brooklyn with instrumental heavy-weights Sunwatchers -- and the results are spellbinding. At the focal point of this maelstrom, the lady, as if illumed by candlelight, intones, pleads, consoles -- white magic perhaps, but it carries with it the anodized tang of blood."
CF 123LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: CF 123LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DAMAGED BUG Bug On Yonkers LP
"I first heard Michael Yonkers via the Microminature Love reissue (Sub Pop) and was immediately hooked. I started collecting any piece of his legend that I could... some true, some likely not. He had hand-built all of his gear. He had broken his back. He was part of experimental surgery that left him in lifelong pain. He was a dancer. He was still kicking around making some of the oddest and most contrary-to-contemporary-popular-norms type of music. (A man after my own heart) And then I heard Goodby Sunball, recorded and released in 1974, the year I was born. I had and have a very deep connection with this set of songs. I wasn't sure why, but when I finally met Michael, I understood. He was kind and seemingly a pretty regular guy. But he was also a weirdo. A rare bird, waving the true freak music flag, and it didn't matter what kind of music he made, I loved it all. So, this record was recorded as a way to reboot and reconnect with some songs that have heavily inspired me over the years. It was hard to pick from his vast catalog, so I just sort of jumped in, with Tom Dolas, Nick Murray, and Brigid Dawson as my band (along with a bevy of others along the way) and these are the tunes that stuck to the wall. I will forever be grateful to Mr Yonkers for bringing me a little joy with his music and inspiring weirdos everywhere." --John Dwyer, Feb 2020
DUB MIR (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
MIR 100739LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: MIR 100739LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SCIENTIST Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires LP
2020 repress; LP version. Rids the World of the Curse of the Vampires (1981) not only ably displays Scientist's varied approach, but also clocks in as one of his best outings. Scientist keeps things lively with plenty of reverb and echo-treated percussion, ghostly piano parts, video game sound effects, and other wobbly interjections from the mixing board. The record's expert evocation of the Halloween spirit also includes some fiendishly-voiced intros, the cover art's cartoon potpourri of horror film characters, and the dubious claim made in the liner notes that Scientist mixed it all at midnight on Friday the 13th. Along with Keith Hudson's Pick a Dub (1974) and Lee Perry's Blackboard Jungle Dub (1973), this is one of the essential dub albums.
MIR 100740LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: MIR 100740LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SCIENTIST Encounters Pac-Man at Channel One LP
2020 repress; LP version. With this 1982 album, Scientist delivers one of his most progressive mixes, deconstructing the originals down to their skeletal base and adding just the right amount of mixing board-generated Echoplex and reverb with his patented minimal sound. A landscape resplendent with steely piano, depth-charge drums, and futuristic dub effects; a mind-warping yet eminently enjoyable way to check into dub central.
MIR 100741LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: MIR 100741LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SCIENTIST Wins the World Cup LP
2020 repress; LP version. Scientist's name can be found all over any dub record collection; he was a protégé of King Tubby, and many would say that when dub fell on quieter times it was Scientist who breathed new life into it. His pared-down mixing style suited the dancehall reggae sound that arrived as the '70s rolled into the '80s. This 1982 album includes the priceless dub of Johnny Osbourne's classic "Give a Little Love," as well as further cuts of the likes of Hugh Mundell and Wayne Jarrett. Scientist is always in control. This reissue includes the complete original album (which listed its tracks only as "Five Dangerous Matches" on each side), plus six bonus tracks.
FANTOME PHONOGRAPHIQUE (ITALY)
OME 1026LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: OME 1026LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ESKENAZI, ROZA Rembetissa LP
Roza Eskenazi was a giant of rembetika, the urban Greek music of Ottoman origin associated with the poor underclass. Eskenazi's life was extraordinary: born Sarah Spinazi to a poor Sephardic Jewish family in Constantinople, probably in the mid-1890s, after an itinerant childhood, she began dancing at the Grand Hotel Theatre in Thessaloniki. She eloped with the wealthy Yiannis Zardinidis around 1913, with whom she bore a son, but after his untimely death in 1917, she placed the son in the care of an orphanage and moved to Athens, where she danced with Armenian cabaret artists. Eventually, the composer Panagiotis Toundas discovered her singing and arranged her first recordings for Columbia Records in 1929, which catapulted her to fame. Cutting over 500 songs in the 1930s, she became the leading exponent of the Smyrna school of rembetika. Running a nightclub in Athens during the German occupation of World War II, she hid resistance fighters and British spies and helped many Jewish families flee the country. She finally toured the USA in the 1950s, and though her career subsequently waned, a 1970s revival led to further work. The longevity of her output is such that her song "Misirlu" was included on the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction; the 21 gems collected here were recorded between 1931 and 1947.
OME 1029LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: OME 1029LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BADINGS/DICK RAAIJMAKERS, HENK Evolutions, Contrasts & Electronic Music LP
One of the most prolific composers of contemporary music in The Netherlands, Henk Badings was born in Indonesia in 1907, the son of an East Indies Company army officer, and orphaned at an early age. Back in Holland, Badings worked as a mining engineer and paleontologist, but abandoned this career to devote his life to music, making an impact in 1930 with the performance of his first cello concerto. The composer of various symphonies that made use of unusual music scales and uncommon harmonic structures, Badings began experimenting with electronic music in the 1950s, composing the first side of the Electronic Music LP in 1952 for a performance at the Gravesano Music Festival, using 12 oscillators and a violin, the second side in 1958 for a ballet performed by the Hannover Opera Ballet; recorded at Philips's studio in Eindhoven, it utilizes various sound generators, the final track featuring Dick Raaijmakers, a composer and electronic music specialist then employed by Philips in the field of electro-acoustics.
FAT POSSUM
FP 1760LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: FP 1760LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
X Alphabetland LP
"Now, on the 40th Anniversary of the landmark, Los Angeles, and 35 years since the original band have released an album -- X, one of the greatest punk rock bands in music history, releases Alphabetland. The original foursome -- Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake have now made the album available for fans to purchase and by adapting to this moment, X continues to embody the same spirit they did when they began in 1977. Includes 24x24 poster."
FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
FTR 534LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: FTR 534LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COLLIN, JON Water & Rock Music Volumes 3-4 LP
"A single LP compiles another two installments in the Water & Rock Music series by Jon Collin, UK ex-pat guitarist currently based in Sweden. Once again, Collin has put together a riveting set of acoustic guitar pieces, these recorded around Stockholm between April and October, 2018. There is a wistful, bluesy quality to the playing and inventions here. John Fahey once told me that blues was 'about anger.' But this work seems suffused with delicately scrambling melancholia, like a tangle of vines trying to reach for a breath of sunlight. Sometimes this attempt is rewarded, other times it just turns back on itself for further rumination. Which I guess is really just another kind of reward. Interestingly, while the playing here is nothing like Loren Connors's, Collin begins to vocalize along with his guitar lines in places. He also employs a good bit of rough string sliding, both of which were features of Connors's very early work. This suggests they two share parallels in terms of thinking that are deeper than mere style. Jon's melodic inventions remain as open-ended as they have ever been, but he has begun to add an extra chiming element ay the end of some lines. It almost sounds like he's using a small harp, but I'm guessing it is not. Just another stone in the path Jon Collin is following, ever deeper into the forest of his imagination. His most gorgeous album yet." --Byron Coley, 2020
FEEDING TUBE RECORDS/CARDINAL FUZZ
FTR 552LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: FTR 552LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LEFT OUTSIDES, THE A Place to Hide LP
"Much needed vinylization of an amazing live set, previously issued as a CDR in an edition of 100 by the fine Borley Rectory label. Finally, for the good of all mankind, the music from this great night, opening for Robyn Hitchcock at London's Betsey Trotwood in October 2018, is turntable ready. A Place to Hide begins with the album's one new original tune 'My Reflection Once Was Me.' The song brims with harmonium-iced vocals that cannot fail to bring a certain German-born chanteuse to mind. Built over a lovely droning base, and slow, martial pulsing, the song answers a rarely asked question -- what might it have sounded like if Tim Buckley had written a tune for Nico to do on Chelsea Girl? I think you'll be damn happy with this reply. About half the album is made up of songs from their then-newly-released masterpiece, All That Remains. But the way they attack those tunes here has an additional shroud of moodiness drawn over it, adding a whole 'nother layer of dark richness. This is not always the tone the band shoots for in a live setting, but it's a truly otherworldly treat when they do. Because they really nail it, with a feel that makes me recall early work by the legendary Opal. The same is true on the two cover tunes. The traditional 'Young Girl Cut Down in Her Prime' (done so memorably by Shirley & Dolly Collins on Love Death & the Lady) is a tune the duo previously recorded for the Ptolemaic Terrascope's great 2016 comp LP, Paper Leaves. But precious few copies of that one managed to get into the right hands. And this version is perfect -- stark, haunting, electric. The other cover is a revelatory take on 'Splash 1,' from The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators. The Left Outsides gently lift up one of the most beautiful songs the Elevators ever did, turning it into something even more charmed and wistful than the original. And that's it. A truly beautiful album from start to finish. And a great place to start exploring the band's sound if you've not done so yet. Don't be afraid to play catch up. There's plenty more to come." --Byron Coley, 2020
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS (ITALY)
HPS 132CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: HPS 132CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ORGONE Mos/Fet CD
Mos/Fet is the first studio album by the French band Orgöne. Fully self-produced, this first opus is a double-album composed of four twenty-minutes tracks, delivering a complete immersion from which you won't escape unscathed. With Mos/Fet, Orgöne reveals a SF mythology mixing '70s pop culture, ancient Egypt, pan-Africanism, spatial and paranormal exploration against the backdrop of Cold War and USSR. This first album is an interdimensional music journey in which the guide would have left you alone in a dead-end world. Sometimes immersed in the thickness of a burning and hostile desert, sometimes in the depths of space, floating in weightlessness or crossing the Milky Way faster than light, atmospheres succeed one after another and tell you incredible, uchronial, dystopian, exhilarating, and bewitching stories.
HONEY PIE RECORDS (ITALY)
HONEY 001LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: HONEY 001LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
STITT, SONNY Stitt Goes Latin LP
Honeypie present a reissue of Sonny Stitt's Still Goes Latin, originally released in 1963. Musically born in the great tradition of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt was one of the alto sax giants in Jazz history. Recorded in 1963 and originally released on the Roost label, Stitt Goes Latin catches him at the head of an all-star line-up, a highly distinctive combo in full Latin mood, featuring Thad Jones on trumpet, a young Chick Corea on piano, Larry Gales on bass and a fabulous drums and percussion section with the great Willie Bobo (drums), Carlos "Patato" Valdes (congas, bongos), and Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez (cowbell, maracas). Needless to add that on this fine disc the music flies high through a series of catchy elegant tunes and highly sophisticated and yet infectious Afro-Latin grooves.
HONEY 002LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: HONEY 002LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
PIKE, DAVE Bossa Nova Carnival LP
Honeypie present a reissue of Dave Pike's Bossa Nova Carnival, originally released in 1962. Here's another beautiful example of the great impact of Brazilian music on American jazz in the '60s. Vibraphonist Dave Pike, mostly known for his work with the likes of Herbie Mann, Bill Evans, and Paul Bley, displays a marvelous sextet performing music of Brazilian composer João Donato. Recorded and released in 1962 on the New Jazz label, and considered one of Pike's essential albums, Bossa Nova Carnival sounds like a perfect combination of Brazilian sensuous flavor and jazz-swing sensibility. Personnel: Dave Pike - vibraphone, marimba; Clark Terry - flugelhorn; Kenny Burrell - guitar; Chris White - bass; Rudy Collins - drums; Jose Paulo - cabasa, banderol.
HONEY 004LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: HONEY 004LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
JEFFERSON, EDDIE Letter From Home LP
Honeypie present a reissue of Eddie Jefferson's Letter From Home, originally released on Riverside Records in 1962. Letter From Home was the debut album of jazz vocalist Eddie Jefferson. Often credited as the founder of vocalese, Jefferson wrote memorable lyrics to classic jazz standards including "Parker's Mood", "Lady Be Good", "So What", "Freedom Jazz Dance," and others. Eddie Jefferson is backed here by a bunch of jazz heavyweights, all at the top of their game. Among them: tenor sax masters Johnny Griffin and James Moody, trumpeter Clark Terry, pianists Winton Kelly and Joe Zawinul, bassist Sam Jones, and two hyper swinging drummers, Louis Hayes and Osie Johnson. This is an often underrated vocal jazz album, a hidden gem ready to be unearthed.
HONEY 005LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: HONEY 005LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
LAND QUINTET, THE HAROLD The Fox LP
Honeypie present a reissue of The Harold Land Quintet's The Fox, originally released in 1960. Harold Land was one of the greatest West Coast tenor saxophone voices of all time. A strong player rooted in bop language, famous for his role in the legendary Max Roach and Clifford Brown quintet and later as part of another great Los Angeles based combo, such as bassist's Curtis Counce group. The Fox is a 1960 album originally released on the Hifijazz label and reissued by Contemporary in 1969. Here, Land is at the head of a marvelous quintet, some sort of who's-who of the LA jazz scene: Dupree Bolton (trumpet), Elmo Hope (piano), Herbie Lewis (bass), and Frank Butler (drums). Besides the well-known instrumental skills of these musicians, the album displays four superior compositions by the great pianist Elmo Hope and two of Land's originals. Music that combines a deep feeling for the blues and a highly sophisticated West Coast sound approach. "This is high-quality hard bop, easily recommended to fans of straight-ahead jazz." --Scott Yanow, All Music
HONEY 006LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: HONEY 006LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
MCCANN, LES Les McCann Sings LP
Honeypie present a reissue of Les McCann Sings, originally released in 1961. Here's a true West Coast soul-jazz gem originally released on Pacific Jazz. Les McCann's warm and emotional singing shines over some gorgeous big band arrangements signed by the great conductor and bandleader Gerald Wilson. McCann's usual trio with Herbie Lewis on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums is augmented by a phenomenal bunch of West Coast top musicians including clarinetist Buddy Collette, tenor sax lions Charles Lloyd, Teddy Edward, and Harold Land, and two absolute guest stars: tenor sax giant Ben Webster and organ stylist Richard "Groove" Holmes, what else? "Soul-jazz and blues at their best." --All Music
HONEY 007LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: HONEY 007LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SIMONAL, WILSON Tem Algo Mais LP
Honeypie present a reissue of Wilson Simonal's Tem Algo Mais, originally released in 1963. A strong figure in the development of Brazilian pop music, a real superstar in the '60s, a key voice in Rio's soul scene, even though still largely unknown outside South America. In fact, Simonal never fit completely in the dominant bossa nova sound of the period. Tem Algo Mais, originally released in 1963 was his second album, a highly distinctive and very successful formula based on the idea of a marriage between bossa nova, jazz, and stylized orchestral pop arrangements. All without forgetting Simonal's hyper-smooth vocal style, the fruit of old school Brazilian approach, and genuine '60s positive vibes.
IN THE RED
ITR 342LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: ITR 342LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HOWLAND, DON Endgame LP
"In The Red are proud to announce the new solo album by Don Howland. Howland's been pursuing his brand of scuzzy roots rock for over a quarter of a century, first as a member of Columbus's beloved Gibson Bros. and later as the main man in the Bassholes. His music is a raw convergence of country blues, '76 punk and lo-fi garage. Howland was one of the original flagship artists for In The Red and the label is happy to be working with him again. He's been a crucial figure in underground music for several decades and is one of the American underground's true originals." "Howland's music is a tinnily mixed, macabre mix of psychobilly, swamp rock, and Captain Beefheartian avantgarde weirdness, peopled with weird and disturbing images, relaying troubled encounters and stories with a streak of wild-eyed glee." --Richie Unterberger
ITR 343LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: ITR 343LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BURNING BUS Burning Bus LP
"Another Don Howland-related album! That's right, In The Red is putting out two albums by the man at the same time! That's how much the label loves him and his music. This full length is by his now defunct five-piece band Burning Bus. The band released two 7-inches earlier this decade and recorded this album, which has laid dormant until now. While Howland's solo work and the Bassholes tend to be stripped-down, treble-kicking affairs, Burning Bus is a full throttle three guitar and bass attack. It's much noisier and more brutal than anything else he's done. Fans of Pussy Galore will want to take note."
LA VIDA ES UN MUS (UK)
MUS 211LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: MUS 211LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PERMISSION Organised People Suffer LP
The latest record from London's Permission perfects their thin savage sound that they've been refining for three records now. Restless manic hardcore, squirming with fury. While some hardcore attacks with sheer force or repetitive brutality, Permission's riffs whip back and forth like loose firehose, and though there may be some spiritual ancestors in the likes of weirder, more discomfiting ends of '80s hardcore like Die Kreuzen or Mecht Mensch, Permission's angle of attack, their style of itchy marshalled chaos, unpredictable yet never disjointed, is very much their own.Organised People Suffer sleeve and poster designed by guitarist Ralph Simmonds with a lyric insert designed by drummer Lloyd Harris.
LILITH (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
LR 138LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: LR 138LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FAUST Faust LP
2020 repress. Legendary German post-rock band formed in 1971 by undisputed noise pioneer Uwe Nettelbeck, Faust garnered an immediate following due to its artistically extreme experimentations with music cut ups and other mixed sources hinging on cacophony and distortion. Don't miss their 1971 cult classic debut, now reissued with its original clear printed sleeve on 180 gram clear vinyl.
LOVELY MUSIC
LCD 1011CD
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: LCD 1011CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LUCIER, ALVIN Music On A Long Thin Wire CD
2020 restock; 1992 release. First released on Lovely Music in 1980. A 50-foot length of taut wire passes through the poles of a large magnet and is driven by an oscillator; the vibrations of the wire are miked at either end, amplified, and broadcast in stereo. The thin wire is set vibrating four times at four different frequencies; what results is not the low drone one might expect from a long, vibrating wire, but a complexity of evocative, ethereal chords. Music On A Long Thin Wire is a classic example of Alvin Lucier's investigations into the physics of sound and the sonic properties of natural processes.
LCD 1042CD
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: LCD 1042CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BEHRMAN, DAVID Leapday Night CD
2020 restock;; originally release on Lovely Music in 1987. A series of three pieces/suites; "Leapday Night", "A Traveler's Dream Journal", and "Interspecies Smalltalk" involving Rhys Chatham/Ben Neill (on trumpet/mutantrumpet), Fluxus mainstay Takehisa Kosugi (violin), and David Behrman himself on electronics. Behrman creates thickly layered liquid sounds utilizing this complex computer music system which absorbs, actually hears, the sounds of instrumentalists, and then plays off their improvisations with its own synthesized reactions. The system consists of pitch sensors ("ears" with which it listens to the performing musicians), various music synthesizers (some homemade), a computer graphics color video display and a personal computer. "Heavy period-synth float with bare accompaniment, thankfully just-pre DX-7."
MANNEQUIN RECORDS (GERMANY)
MNQ 126LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: MNQ 126LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GROUP A anOther LP
Japanese industrial/avant-garde synth duo group A partner with choreographer/performer Dana Gingras and Montréal media artist Sonya Stefan as well as Finnish lighting designer Mikko Hynninen for anOther, the multimedia project developed and premiered at Agora de la danse, Montréal, April 2018. Performance, installation of televisions, sound, light, and image converging to create an exhilarating event placing a living, breathing and transmuting body at the heart of the experience. "A hybrid of art installation and electroacoustic performance, anOther transports us into a post-feminine fourth dimension, whose atmosphere is as enticing as it is paradoxically unsettling. This jewel of experimental choreography will thrill visual art and underground music aficionados." --Mélanie Carpentier, Le Devoir. Solid red vinyl; edition of 400.
MANUFACTURED RECORDINGS
MFG 037LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MFG 037LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
BROTHER AH Sound Awareness LP
Restocked; LP version. "The renowned French horn player known as Brother Ah (aka Robert Northern) is one of the most prolific and respected musicians in the history of jazz music, with a recorded output spanning more than 30 years. Born in 1934 and raised in the south Bronx, Brother Ah was playing jazz trumpet as early as fifteen years of age. Following a classical French horn education at Austria's Vienna State Academy, he emerged in the late '50s and established himself as a skilled and consistent session musician, playing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and numerous Broadway theater orchestras. Brother Ah recorded well into the '60s with some of the most illustrious names in the genre, including Donald Byrd, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and, perhaps most influentially, Sun Ra. In 1969, Ah formed his own group, the Musical Sound Awareness Ensemble, and released several works under his own name from 1974 onward. In the late '60s, his interest in non-western music developed, and his '70s recordings, incorporated elements of Eastern and 'Third World' music, fusing them with jazz structures. His first solo recording, Sound Awareness was released on the Strata East label in 1972. By this time, Ah had recorded extensively with the Sun Ra Arkestra and his solo work continued the boundary-pushing approaches he explored with that ensemble. Consisting of two side-length tracks, 'Beyond Yourself (The Midnight Confession)', and 'Love Piece', the album features notable appearances by percussionist Max Roach and the M'Boom Re:percussion Ensemble, as well as a 90-piece vocal choir. The 22-minute 'Beyond Yourself' is billed as 'a sound journey' in seven parts, outlining a man's struggle to either give up drugs or become a monk."
MFG 038LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MFG 038LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
BROTHER AH Move Ever Onward LP
Restocked; 2017 repress; LP version. "In 1975, Ah released his second LP, Move Ever Onward on his own label, Divine Records. A more straightforward affair, the record infused Indian, Japanese and African folk music elements into more traditional jazz structures than Ah's debut LP. Of its eight tracks, four include vocals by the artists Dara, Aiisha, Kwesi Gilbert Northern and Ayida Tengemana. The instrumental tracks provide more colorful moments, such as the cacophonous percussion on 'Boundless Rhythm' and the hypnotic kora and koto notes on 'Enthusiasm' and 'Celestial Strings'."
MFG 039LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MFG 039LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
BROTHER AH & THE SOUNDS OF AWARENESS Key To Nowhere LP
Restocked; 2017 repress; LP version. "Key To Nowhere, Brother Ah's third LP, also released on Divine in 1983, features him on flute, horn, harmonica, nayamka, and shell horn, leading an octet of musicians, including lush and driving harp, as played by Jeff Majors, and vocals on 'Motherless Child', 'Key To Nowhere' and 'Nature's Blues' from Natasha Hasan Yousef. Ah's harmonica flourishes on 'The Void' are a standout moment not only on the album, but in his catalog. Despite these fascinating infusions, Key To Nowhere is perhaps Ah's most cohesive '70s recording."
MFG 065LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MFG 065LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
HAMMOND, DOUG Ellipse LP
Restocked. "A composer, writer, percussionist, singer and coordinator, Doug Hammond was born in Tampa, Florida in 1942, the city where he cut his teeth in percussive studies with Don Templeton's Tampa Metropolitan Symphony, preparing for a career in classical music that he would never enter into. Instead, Hammond began a career that would eschew typification and stylistic categories, excelling at everything from blues to bop and free jazz. Though he may be most remembered as the composer and one of the vocalists of Mingus Moves, Hammond is much more than that. His journey began as a musician. Before his high school graduation, he was playing blues music with Barney Lowis and B.B. King, who went onto get him his first gigs sitting in with Earl Hooker. By the grace of pianist and vocalist Kitty Daniels, Hammond was inducted into jazz, at first playing with Andy 'Gump' Martin and then, upon graduation, The Five Royals, Little Willie John and Sam and Dave. Splitting his time between New York City and Detroit in the 60s and 70s, Hammond lent his percussive and vocal talents to Donald Byrd, Sonny Rollins, Kenny Dorham, Charles Mingus, Sam Rivers, Etta James, Nina Simone, the Dorothy Ashby Trio and more. In 1967, he became a founding member and vice president of the Detroit Creative Musicians Association, an artist-led cooperative that presaged Tribe, Strata and Strata-East. Released in 1977, Ellipse features Hammond on percussion, drums, piano and voice along with Karen Joseph on flute and alto flute. Moving fluidly from the uptempo 'Warm Up' to the deep, dreamy 'Concentric Dream', this session runs the gamut with Hammond drawing inspiration from an 'inner-voice that has roots in Africa, which manifests itself through impressions perceived by the composer in America from his African ancestors'. A rare and underrated spiritual jazz excursion."
NO KIDDING (ITALY)
NK 202003LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: NK 202003LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ROLLING STONES, THE The BBC Sessions 1963-1965 LP
The original Rolling Stones line-up with Brian Jones at the BBC, in different sessions cut between the October of 1963 and the hot summer of '65.
PLEASURE FOR MUSIC (ITALY)
PFM 101LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: PFM 101LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
HYMAN, DICK The Man From O.R.G.A.N. LP
Pleasure For Music present a reissue of Dick Hyman's The Man From O.R.G.A.N., originally released in 1965. Can you truly believe this record was released in 1965? Forging a brand new hybrid of space-age, easy listening, and spy jazz, the American pianist and composer born in New York in 1927, put together one of the cornerstones of the genre. Before switching to the Moog synthesizer (right on time with the moon landing in 1969), Hyman had some very influential theme music releases on MGM Records and Command. But The Man From O.R.G.A.N. was a monster in itself. How could you go wrong with this trio of guitars, a bassist and three guys playing percussion? And Dick himself bringing the Lowery Organ (and the Theater Model in particular) to the front of the stage... Dig yourself!
PFM 103LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: PFM 103LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JONES, TAMIKO I'll Be Anything For You LP
Pleasure For Music present a reissue of Tamiko Jones's I'll Be Anything For You, originally released in 1968. Tamiko Jones -- born Barbara Tamiko Ferguson in 1945 in Kyle, West Virginia -- debuted in 1967 on Atlantic with flautist and mentor Herbie Mann on the soul-jazz-bossa flavored A Mann & A Woman. Her solo career took off in 1968 with the rare groove inflected I'll Be Anything For You, released on A&M/CTI and produced by label owner Creed Taylor. Recorded and engineered by master Rudy Van Gelder at his own Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, the album is such a lovely combination of soul-funk jams and R&B ballads with craft strings arrangements by Artie Butler and Don Sebesky. Featuring a who's-who line-up of classy session men -- Bernard Purdie on drums and Eric Gale on guitar just to name a few -- I'll Be Anything For You is namely one of the best soul-pop crossovers ever.
POSH ISOLATION (DENMARK)
PI 202229LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: PI 202229LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
CROATIAN AMOR & VARG2TM Body of Water/Body of Carbon LP
Two celebrated collaborative recordings by Croatian Amor and Varg2TM, available on limited vinyl for the very first time. Body of Water from 2018 was the first collaboration between Croatian Amor and Varg -- five tracks of aquatic ambient celebrating the myth of brilliant summers. It was followed in late 2019 by the lean and quick, beat-driven Body of Carbon. Now available together on limited vinyl presented in black disco sleeve with printed labels. Hazmat bouquets drenched in rain, a tiny piece of coral on a chain around neck, an invitation to see the miracle in the things around us. Croatian Amor and Varg2TM together. Contemporary electronic music.
RECITAL
R 078LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: R 078LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
BARON, DEREK Curtain LP
Derek Baron is a composer, musician, and artist. Curtain is a diary. Both in musical and non-musical situations, they attribute a filmic quality to their journal-like aural self-documentation. Dreams turn real then dissolve. Single phrases and events arrive and leave, abruptly. Yet, the overall sense of place that Baron creates is understood. Opening Curtain is the eponymous piece. A 21-minute live chamber work for quintet recorded in 2018. A musical assemblage of glued-together fragments and scraps of sheet music from Baron's past. Compositions wrote in the small margins and folds of paper; illustrated in the art booklet included with the LP. The flute, violin, guitar, keyboard, and bass clarinet phrases saunter at a pre-sleep pace, until a subdued, yet ecstatic Mass theme ushers in periodically. Delivering the warmth of life... it is a slow beauty. It brings me such happiness listening to this piece. Its continuity is cut with scissors and pasted about oddly... all soaked in a certain malaise; a resigned grace. The next piece and other side of the LP, "Chancel," is rather different. An audio journal flipped through, dropped on the ground, picked up and opened to another page. A confusing montage of world-ized musical snatches: car radios, church choirs emanating to the streets, moldy organs, domestic piano recordings. Similarly, machine vibrations, bodega conversations, and other environmental observations segue the harmony and disharmony of this listening experience. Here are some of Derek's notes from the booklet: "Co-opting new achievements / Thank you for this incredible demonstration / This theatre of procedures / This consoling play of recognitions / No theatre but "what's that", / Nowhere for the silver ball to roll to. / How are we so in love." 16-page color pamphlet of artwork & text by Baron; edition of 150.
RIDINGEASY RECORDS
EZRDR 116LP
PRICE: $27.00
CAT #: EZRDR 116LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HOLDEN, RANDY Population II LP
LP version. "'Godzilla just walked into the room. People just stood there with their eyes and mouths wide open.' To hear Randy Holden describe the audience's reaction in 1969 to his solo debut performing with a teeth-rattling phalanx of 16 (sixteen!) 200 watt Sunn amps is about as close as one will get to truly experience the moment heavy metal music morphed into existence. However, at last Riding Easy have unearthed the proper fossil record. Population II, the now legendary, extremely rare album by guitarist/vocalist Holden and drummer/keyboardist Chris Lockheed is considered to be one of the earliest examples of doom metal. Though its original release was a very limited in number and distribution, like all great records, its impact over time has continued to grow. In 1969, Holden, fresh off his tenure with proto-metal pioneers Blue Cheer (appearing on one side of the New! Improved! Blue Cheer album and touring for the better part of a year in the group), aimed for more control over his band. Thus, Randy Holden - Population II was born, the duo naming itself after the astronomical term for a particular star cluster with heavy metals present. 'I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before,' Holden explains. 'I was interested in discordant sounds that could be melodic but gigantically huge. I rented an Opera house for rehearsal, set up with 16 Sunn amps. That's what I was going for, way over the top.' And over the top it is. The six-song album delves into leaden sludge, lumbering doom and epic soaring riffs that sound free from all constraints of the era. It's incredibly heavy, but infused with a melodic, albeit mechanistic, sensibility. Troubles with the album's release bankrupted Holden, who subsequently left music for over two decades. It was bootlegged several times over the years, but until now hasn't seen a proper remaster and has yet to be available on digital platforms. 'The original mastering just destroyed the dynamics of it,' Holden says. 'They flattened it out. Now we got a really nice remaster that should be the closest thing to the original recording.'"
ROOM40 (AUSTRALIA)
RM 4126CD
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: RM 4126CD
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
UGHETTI, EUGENE Agglomeration Of Measurement CD
Australian master percussionist Eugene Ughetti teams up with composers Anthony Pateras, Liza Lim, Robin Fox, and others to create a series of deeply textured and intensely executed solo percussion works. Exploding out the ideas of his chosen instruments, Ughetti's work is relentless in its search for new articulations and extended readings, seeking entirely new methods of approaching percussion.From Eugene: "This album is a distillation of the many long-term relationships I've had with Australian composers. The music forms a body of work, spanning fifteen years, that provides a glimpse into my percussive language and a 21st century Australian percussion sound. In many instances the pieces on this album were the germ for larger scale compositions and collaborations, forming some of the major works for Speak Percussion, the organisation I currently direct. Sitting around these solo works are other percussion solos, trios, quartets, sextets, twelve-tets, mixed ensemble works and an opera. Each of these projects have cumulatively deepened my creative rapport with the represented artists. Major works of note include Liza Lim's 'Atlas of the Sky' (opera for solo soprano, 3 percussion soloists and 20-person crowd), Alex Garsden's 'tolle lege, tolle lege...' (spatialized percussion quartet with electronics), a co-composition with Robin Fox entitled 'TRANSDUCER' (quartet, live electronics and eight channel speaker system), James Rushford's 'Whorl Would Equal Reaches' (percussion sextet with electronics), Thomas Meadowcroft's 'So Long Country' (mixed ensemble and electronics), and Anthony Pateras' 'Flesh and Ghost' (percussion twelve-tet), among others. I am attracted to sound that speaks more to concept than to musical convention and in performance more than concert. In Agglomeration Of Measurement my artistic practice is articulated through experimental techniques exploring feedback, microtonality, micro-percussion, post instrumental practice and an investigation into broader non-musical concepts. I am indebted to these composers for their exceptional artistry and collaboration and to Speak Percussion for providing the extraordinary platform for these works to flourish."
RM 4131CD
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: RM 4131CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MERZBOW EXD CD
Room40 continues its series of archival releases from Tokyo noise maestro Merzbow with an unreleased work originally recorded in 1997. EXD is like some kind of pulse driven industrial electronics experiment. It grinds with an uneasy sense of determination, rupturing outward into caustic waves of Merzbow's trademarked harsh noise. Across the middle years of the 1990s, Merzbow (Masami Akita) refined a stochastic language for harsh noise that had emerged from his studio experiments at the beginning of that decade. This technique, which involved a combination of self-made instruments, synthesizers, tabletop effects and, in the case of EXD, drum machines, often recorded at incredible levels to create a uniquely visceral distortion, has essentially become the benchmark for noise music in the 21st century. A devout archivist, Merzbow's unreleased works from this period are finally getting the attention they deserve. Editions like Noise Mass, issued by Room40 in 2019 (RM 4108CD), are amongst a growing number of releases that document the gradual unfolding of his signature approach to overabundance of frequency and ceaseless sonic chaos. Recorded at the end of 1997 and early 1998, EXD owes its title to the Bias Rockaku-kun EXD 5ch analog drum synthesizer. It is an exercise in maximal minimalism. Using repeated phrases, atmospheric, but reductive drum patterns, and tightly wound pulses, Merzbow calls up a vision proto-industrial technoscape. Bathed in white noise, it is a music in which the reassurance of the kick drum is largely torn away, sending the music into an uneasy orbital decay. It's the sound of warning systems onboard a satellite as it begins to burn up, falling back to earth. An exquisite sonic evisceration. What makes EXD quite unusual is it reveals, in part at least, some of the skeletal structures Merzbow deploys in the creation of his works. It's especially revealing, as this period is mostly recognized for its unending shower of brutalizing harsh noise. On the title track "EXD" a Roland TR-606 drum machine folds into and out of focus. Its grooves ruptured by, and then become gradually consumed in, a field of phasing noise and distortion. Includes poster.
RUNE GRAMMOFON (NORWAY)
RCD 2215CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: RCD 2215CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MOLLESTAD, HEDVIG Ekhidna CD
In May 2018 Hedvig Mollestad received an invitation from Vossajazz -- the much-loved annual festival established in 1973 -- to write the commission work for 2019. This came at the right time, she had been thinking about writing for a bigger group than the trio, and this would be a good opportunity. To make it suitable for album release the full festival version was edited, sharpened and recorded from scratch in Amper Tone studio in Oslo. And this stunning album is the result. In addition to Hedvig on guitar, the line-up includes powerhouse drummer Torstein Lofthus (Elephant9) and percussionist Ole Mofjell, the youngest member, but with solid experience from the European improvisation scene. Keyboard duties are handled by Marte Eberson, probably most known from her five years with Highasakite, and Erlend Slettevoll (The Core and supergroup Grand General). Hedvig first met trumpeter Susana Santos Silva in Mats Gustafsson's NU-ensemble. This three-women, three-men lineup defies the general notion of progressive jazz as being a typically male activity. Maybe this is why it's so multifaceted, rich on textures and melodically strong? Being the riffmeister Hedvig truly is, she has of course found room for some really strong ones, as well as some subtle and powerful soloing.
RLP 3215LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: RLP 3215LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MOLLESTAD, HEDVIG Ekhidna LP
LP version. White vinyl. In May 2018 Hedvig Mollestad received an invitation from Vossajazz -- the much-loved annual festival established in 1973 -- to write the commission work for 2019. This came at the right time, she had been thinking about writing for a bigger group than the trio, and this would be a good opportunity. To make it suitable for album release the full festival version was edited, sharpened and recorded from scratch in Amper Tone studio in Oslo. And this stunning album is the result. In addition to Hedvig on guitar, the line-up includes powerhouse drummer Torstein Lofthus (Elephant9) and percussionist Ole Mofjell, the youngest member, but with solid experience from the European improvisation scene. Keyboard duties are handled by Marte Eberson, probably most known from her five years with Highasakite, and Erlend Slettevoll (The Core and supergroup Grand General). Hedvig first met trumpeter Susana Santos Silva in Mats Gustafsson's NU-ensemble. This three-women, three-men lineup defies the general notion of progressive jazz as being a typically male activity. Maybe this is why it's so multifaceted, rich on textures and melodically strong? Being the riffmeister Hedvig truly is, she has of course found room for some really strong ones, as well as some subtle and powerful soloing.
RUNNING BACK (GERMANY)
RB 024EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: RB 024EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SULEIMAN, MIM Mingi 12"
2020 repress. RB proudly presents Mim Suleiman. The Zanzibar-born and Sheffield-based singer/songwriter/performer made quite a name for herself on the Afrobeat stages of this world with her mixture of East African vocals and percussive traditions. This is the second single accompanying her mesmerizing album Tungi (RB 001CD), and here we have a seductive 808-drum-groove, a highlife-like guitar and Mim's irresistible hook line. Instrumental on the flip for extended mixing pleasure and double copy pressure. Produced by Maurice Fulton.
SCRUB A DUB (UK)
SCRUB 022LP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SCRUB 022LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALXZNDR Golden Gate EP LP
Scrub A Dub with their 22nd release, featuring the vinyl debut for one of the most requested dubstep producers of the moment. A L X Z N D R has been making big waves with his melodic bootlegs and textured rhythms, gaining support from the likes of Mala, Sir Hiss, and Zha. The American producer's Golden Gate EP breathes fresh life into soundsystem music with his original formulations and atmospheric sounds -- a fully immersive four-track journey, combining synths and soundscapes to provide deep, precise, yet raw dance material. Heavyweight vinyl.
SURVIVAL RESEARCH (ITALY)
SVVRCH 016LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: SVVRCH 016LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
EMBRUJO Embrujo LP
Survival Research presents a reissue of Embrujo's self-titled album, originally released in 1971. Chilean prog band Embrujo began as El Embrujo Ques Besa or Kissing Spell, formed by the guitarist, singer, and drummer Carlos Fernandez with chief songwriter Juan Carlos "Tato" Gomez on bass and vocals and Ernesto "Kiko" Murillo on lead guitar, with organist/flautist Ernesto Aracena and pianist/flautist Guillermo Olivares joining later. Signing to Camilo Fernandez's Arena Producciones in 1970, debut LP Los Pajaros was issued under the Kissing Spell moniker, but Chile's unstable political climate, subject to CIA meddling, saw them renamed Embrujo for their coveted second album, the self-titled disc mixing subtle Latin elements within their beautifully-delivered songs of quietly contemplative psychedelic rock. A must-have for all South American psych fans out there. Edition of 500.
SVBKVLT (CHINA)
SBKT 033EP
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: SBKT 033EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
OSHEYACK Memory Hierarchy 12"
One of the great truths of today's reality is that it's mostly fake. Technological advancement, in a dual process of exteriorization (our memories and organs extended into manipulated artifacts) and interiorization (artificial structures installed as prostheses), has muddied our waters so that we are unable to tell truths from lies, actuality from abstraction. Musing on the contemporary culture of "deepfakes", where interlocking algorithms meet the omnipresence of surveillance, Eli Osheyack's Memory Hierarchy is a gesamtkunstwerk, crystallized into the memorial device of a record. When first performed live at Unsound Festival in 2019, Osheyack, together with collaborator, the late Adam Dupré, captured and live-streamed the audiences' motions. Evidence of this event is rendered here as album artwork, transporting audiences into a doubly displaced moment in time. With its almost epical structure, punctuated by recurring howls and gasps, "Liar's Dividend" feels like an omen -- of, among other things, a Nietzschean last man suffering from gluttony. On the B-side, "Mutual Shaping" and "Tertiary" leave you, instead, reveling in warped time and disorientation.
THIRD MAN RECORDS
TMR 593LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: TMR 593LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
L-SEVEN L-Seven LP
"L-Seven were a short-lived but foundational post-punk band from Detroit, MI. Active between 1980-83, L-Seven only ever officially released one 7" on Touch And Go's Special Forces, a division of Touch And Go Records designated for releases that were not just straight-ahead punk and hardcore, the L-Seven 7'' was the only Special Forces release. L-Seven was formed by members of The Blind, Retro and Algebra Mothers and fiery singer Larissa Stolarchuk and are not to be confused with the similarly named LA grunge group L7 who would form a decade afterward. Following the demise of L-Seven, Larissa (now going by Larissa Strickland), while still donning her bleached blonde hair and tattered floral sundress with combat boots, would put down the mic and pick up a guitar and form the seminal Laughing Hyenas with her partner in (life of) crime John Brannon. During their time together L-Seven was loved and respected by all of the Detroit punk and hardcore bands. Larissa was the surrogate den mother to the hardcore scene and although L-Seven's sound was far from hardcore, their DIY attitude and willingness to bring art into their music was hugely inspiring and influencial to the 'Freezer Theater' crew. They shared stages with Negative Approach, Necros, Meatmen and all of the midwest superstars as well as many legendary touring artists. L-Seven opened for Iggy, The Birthday Party, Bush Tetras, did a small tour with Gun Club and even played U2's first ever Detroit show (proof of this is included on this LP). Third Man Records is beyond proud to be releasing an LP of unreleased studio and live recordings. It has been our honor to work closely with longtime fan and almost-member Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, all surviving L-Seven members as well as a few other folks from the L-Seven scene. Sadly, Larissa passed away in 2006, but her presence is missed and this record is dedicated to her. The limited colored vinyl exclusive LP includes a bonus 4 song 7" -- three studio tracks and one live, very raw version of L-Seven and John Brannon covering 'You Drive Me Nervous' by Alice Cooper."
TRADING PLACES (UK)
TDP 55001CD
PRICE: $12.50
CAT #: TDP 55001CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
IMPLOSION Implosion CD
Trading Places present a reissue of Implosion's self-titled album, originally released in 1988. Obscure yet outstanding '80s Italian outfit that combined, space rock, psychedelia, and proto-electronics. The epitome of a "cult" album whose original copies sell for over 300 euros on the internet. Consisting of long, spacey, dreamy, mostly-instrumental tracks made of killer, acid-leaking electronics, and released in a mere 500 copies in 1988, this monster-rare album is now on CD for the first time ever. Limited edition including three bonus tracks and a 16-page booklet featuring lyrics and liner notes.
UGLY THINGS
UT 054
PRICE: $9.95
CAT #: UT 054
FILE UNDER: Misc
UGLY THINGS #54 MAG
"In this special issue we pay tribute to Phil May of the Pretty Things. Included our interviews with those who knew him best, including his close friend and lifelong collaborator, Dick Taylor, as well as an array of rare and previously unseen Pretty Things photos. Also this issue, the story behind the Electras' gnarly sixties punk masterpiece 'Dirty Old Man,' the tale of Midwest psychedelic masters the Paisleys (Cosmic Mind at Play), Southern California garage-psych combo the Search, guitarist Craig Tarwater (Hawk & the Randelas, Sons of Adam, Daily Flash, Arthur Lee & Love), and a night of music and mirth with Hasil Adkins. We also explore the world of gypsy jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo and its intersections with pop and psychedelia in the 1960s, and tell the strange story of the San Jose garage pop group People, who recorded a hit version of the Zombies 'I Love You,' only to become enmeshed in the sinister world of Scientology. All this and a lot more, including as always our expansive review sections covering all the latest reissues and rock & roll-related books."
VINYL LOVERS (ITALY)
VL 900199LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: VL 900199LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CREAM Wheels of Fire (Golden Jacket) 2LP
2020 repress. Wheels of Fire is the third album by the British rock band Cream. It was released in August 1968 as a two-disc vinyl LP, with one disc recorded in the studio and the other recorded live. It reached number three in the United Kingdom and number one in the United States, becoming the world's first platinum-selling double-album. The band's drummer Ginger Baker co-wrote three songs for the album with pianist Mike Taylor. Bassist Jack Bruce co-wrote four songs with poet Pete Brown. Guitarist Eric Clapton contributed to the album by choosing two older blues songs, For the second disc, Felix Pappalardi chose "Traintime" because it featured Jack Bruce performing a harmonica solo, and "Toad" because it features Ginger Baker's drumming while "Spoonful" and "Crossroads" were used to showcase Eric Clapton's guitar playing. Gold sleeve; 180 gram vinyl.
VL 900228LP
PRICE: $36.00
CAT #: VL 900228LP
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CURE, THE Faith 2LP
2020 repress of Vinyl Lovers' 2008 expanded reissue; originally released in 1981. Two 180-gram LPs in deluxe gatefold sleeve. Recorded in 1981, this classic album took The Cure further down the road of despair they'd initiated with Seventeen Seconds in 1980 (VL 900358LP). It's an album full of mournful atmospheric tracks, including their hit single, "Primary." This reissue includes six bonus tracks.
VL 900389LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: VL 900389LP
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OS MUTANTES A Divina Comedia Ou Ando Meio Desligado LP
2020 repress; Vinyl Lovers present a reissue of Os Mutantes' A Divina Comedia Ou Ando Meio Desligado, originally released in 1970. This was the third album from Os Mutantes, the geniuses of wacked out Brazilian psychedelic rock. They may have been trying to pay homage to their better known icons back in the States, but in doing so they created something that went beyond all that until, 30 years later, they became the ones that everyone was trying to imitate. This album, further testimony to their limitless creativity and considered by many to be their best, was recorded during the height of the Brazilian military regimes crack down on artists, and fellow members of the Tropicalia movement, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil had already been sent into exile in the UK. 180 gram vinyl.
VL 990020LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: VL 990020LP
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MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS, JOHN Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Blue Vinyl) LP
2020 repress, light blue vinyl. Vinyl Lovers presents a reissue of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers's Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, originally released in 1966. This seminal British blues album gave Clapton the chance to finally show his chops, not surprisingly, launching Clapton into stardom. Recorded in 1966 during Clapton's short stint with the Bluesbreakers, just after leaving the Yardbirds (the birth place of other legendary guitar players like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck) and before he joined Cream. Includes 4 bonus tracks. Light blue vinyl.
VL 990229LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: VL 990229LP
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CURE, THE Faith LP
2020 repress. 140 gram LP on grey vinyl. Recorded in 1981, this classic album took the band further down the road of despair, initiated with Seventeen Seconds, with an album full of mournful atmospheric tracks, including their hit single, "Primary". "Robert Smith has expressed his appreciation for the music of Joy Division and I would say that this album, Faith, is The Cure's Closer -- dark, monotone, toy drumming with layers of anguish and compelling lyrics. 'The Funeral Party' is like Joy Division's 'Eternal' -- dealing with loss in an effective, but original way. I compare The Cure's Faith album to Joy Division's Closer only to express how well I feel Robert Smith managed to make an effective album -- this is original, unique and beautiful music."
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