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The Moldy Peaches - Origin Story: 1994-1999 [i[is a collection of songs, unreleased demos, live tracks, and poems from the early years of The Moldy Peaches, and outline the tale of how the band came to be. Liner notes written by Adam and Kimya detail the stories behind each track and rare photos included in the packaging help to illustrate the life and times of the duo when they were young. This is a very special release from Org Music coming out on February 25, 2022 and we'd love to help their origin story be told before they made their weird, adorable mark in the 00s.

Adam Green and Kimya Dawson originally crossed paths at an open mic night in Mount Kisco, New York in the early 90s. From there they went on to record a surplus of home recordings with various friends under the moniker The Moldy Peaches, and eventually became staples in the NYC anti-folk scene of the late 90’s/ early 2000’s. After releasing several albums that gained traction in the U.S. and UK, the group broke into the mainstream when their song “Anyone Else But You” appeared in the hit indie film “Juno” (2007). They've lived in haunted cult band fandom ever since.
RIYL: Modern Lovers, Aesop Rock, Lisa Germano, The B-52s, Fatlip, Mountain Goats, Regina Spektor, Nina Hagen, Jeffrey Lewis, They Might Be Giants, Jandek

“While the naive wisdom of childhood is eroded in most of us by responsibility and respectability, Adam Green and Kimya Dawson have not only clung to the surreal images and outspoken brashness of youth but distilled it into an artform. … sweetly crazy and completely memorable.” -The Guardian [/i]

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Studio One Dub
18th anniversary 3 New Special Editions

2xLP (Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl) + Download Code£28.00
Expected 04 Mar
CD (Limited Edition Coloured CD)£12.00
Expected 04 MarPREORDER
Cassette Tape + Download Code£12.00
Expected 04 MarPREORDER
MP3 Release£9.99
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Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print classic ‘Studio One Dub’ collection is being re-released in three new one-off limited-edition coloured pressing 18th anniversary format editions!

Firstly a heavyweight special limited edition one-pressing only orange 2xLP vinyl + download.

Secondly, there is also a new special limited-edition one-off pressing edition yellow-pressed CD enclosed in jewel case and slipcase.

And thirdly there is a very limited unique new one-off pressing orange-cased cassette format (200 copies only)!

18 years on from its original release Studio One Dub remains super-hard hitting featuring classic + rare Dub tracks from Studio One, many available on vinyl for the first time in over thirty years.

Studio One Dub includes the dubs of many classic tracks such as Horace Andy’s “Skylarkin”, Johnny Osbourne’s “Truth and Rights”, John Holt’s “Hooligan”, Freddie McGregor’s “Bobby Bobylon” plus many more rare tracks.

The album also comes with two rare interviews - one with Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd about dub and dubplates and one with the sound engineer Sylvan Morris, talking about his groundbreaking period at Studio One and his many innovations that he evolved there.

In short, this is a 100% essential album!


"Almighty slab of dub featuring loads of rare and classic dub versions of Studio One's foundation tracks." Rough Trade

“Quite a treat awaiting here for the unsuspecting reggae faithful - as always with Soul jazz chock full of a bunch of big tunes - but here in version form lies some of the freshest rhythms and most radical revisions of some of the greatest Studio One music. The darkest and the absolute deepest in the series - naturally essential”. Boomkat

"Continuing the Studio 1 Series this album features classic and rare Dub tracks from Studio One, many available for the first time in over thirty years. Studio One Dub includes the dubs of many classic tracks such as Horace Andy’s “Skylarkin”, Johnny Osbourne’s “Truth and Rights”, John Holt’s “Hooligan”, Freddie McGregor’s “Bobby Bobylon” plus many more rare tracks. In short, this is an essential album!" Wax Museum


“Soul Jazz’s Studio One Dub collection, cannot help but to serve as loving tribute to Sir Coxsone Dodd. This giant of a man not only defined popular music for the isle of Jamaica, but for the world over, his innovations laying the foundations for hip-hop, dance and post-rock.”

“Dodd's dubs drew on such a fertile ground of classic Jamaican rhythms that he rarely missed. As such, it's difficult to find fault with the versions presented here and many of these cuts are ridiculously rare.”

“This burning set celebrates Dodd's extraordinary life by mashing time and space until it's joyfully suspended. What better tribute could there be?” Pitchfork
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dow, Friday, 4 March 2022 18:45 (three months ago) link

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For the next four weeks this album is available NOW EXCLUSIVELY at the Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s-Now exhibition currently showing at Tate Britain.
You can also pre-order the album direct from us here to ship for release date 28 Jan 2022

NEW RELEASE Life Between Islands: Soundsystem Culture - Black Musical Expression In The UK 1973 - 2006 (Soul Jazz Records)3×LP£28.00
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Soul Jazz Records new ‘Life Between Islands’ collection is released in conjuction with Tate Britain’s exhibition of the same name. This landmark exhibition explores the links between Caribbean and British art and culture from the 1950s to now.

Soul Jazz Records album, sub-titled “Soundsystem Culture – Black Musical Expression 1973-2006,” focuses on the most important Black British musical styles to emerge out of the distinctly Caribbean world of sound systems. The album features an all-star line-up including Dennis Bovell, Shut Up and Dance, Cymande, Digital Mystikz, Brown Sugar, Funk Masters, Janet Kay, Ragga Twins and more.

The album is a lightning-rod journey across Roots Reggae, Jungle/Drum & Bass, Jazz-Funk, Lovers Rock, Jazz, Dubstep and more. Much of Soul Jazz Records’ catalogue comes out of these genres and this album is partly an overview of some of Soul Jazz’s earlier releases (including Digital Mystikz’ long-deleted groundbreaking and now highly-collectible single, ‘Misty Winter’) alongside some choice rare and classic tunes that span over 30 years of sound system culture.

Many of the tracks represent how Black British artists defined their own identity with songs such as Brown Sugar’s righteous ‘Black Pride’, ‘I’m In Love with A Dreadlocks’ and Tabby Cat Kelly’s powerful ‘Don’t Call Us Immigrants’. Aside from being musically rooted in the distinctly Jamaican-born phenomenon of the sound system, much of this identity is also shaped by the triangular relationship of being British-born, of Caribbean heritage, and with an equal love of African-American Jazz, Funk and Soul, as evidenced with many Lovers Rock tunes reggae covers of American soul tunes (such as those of Jean Carn, William de Vaughan and Rose Royce featured here). This stateside influence can also be heard in groups such as the Funk Masters, a group formed by reggae radio DJ Tony Williams, whose jazz-funk music successfully crossed over into New York’s clubland, as well as the great Cymande, whose unique street-funk became staple material for numerous US hip-hop artists in the years that followed.

In the early 1990s, jungle and drum and bass artists took the essence of reggae’s soundsystem culture – MCs, dubplates, crews – and applied them to their own music, applying heavy reggae bass lines to intense double-speed drum breakbeats. At the forefront of this new movement were the duo Shut Up and Dance, working closely with The Ragga Twins, aka Deman Rocker and Flinty Badman, both MCs for North London’s infamous Unity reggae soundsytem. In the early 2000s, dubstep, spearheaded by Digital Mystikz, became the latest instalment in this ever-evolving soundsystem culture.

Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Life Between Islands’ shows how these many styles are interconnected. The album comes as a heavyweight triple vinyl (+ download), deluxe double CD with slipcase and digital release. Lloyd Bradley (author of the classic book on reggae ‘Bass Culture’, and ‘Sounds Like London’), provides the excellent sleevenotes, which are also accompanied with exclusive and striking photography.


"There is probably no better or more appropriate way to celebrate the Tate Britain’s exhibition, Between the Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now, than with an accompanying compilation album. As with the art itself, music has all the possibilities to reflect its surroundings through an array of lenses limited only by the creator’s imagination. Hence this astutely conceived and compiled soundtrack is as beautiful and as varied as the art itself, offering stories of immigration and settlement that can exist without filters or outside interference, providing a vivid snapshot of one of the cornerstones of black British culture.” Lloyd Bradley

Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s-Now is at Tate Britain 1 Dec 2021 until 3 April 2022.


"It’s yet another example of Soul Jazz Records winning combination of historical insight and high quality, often exceptional music, the label spreading knowledge with nary a trace of academic dryness." Vinyl District
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dow, Friday, 4 March 2022 18:53 (three months ago) link

Don't have to pay for this---okay?
Warning: now approaching Drag City copy

Maybe you've heard by now: Jim O'Rourke's got bad timing. For many of you, though, this news will be good timing - for BAD TIMING!

Why is it that American composers always end up at least once in their careers writing a quintessentially American composition? God only knows, but Bad Timing has gone down in the O’Rourke discography as that composition. And a god-damned one-of-a-kind classic of that genre, and other ones too! Known as an exceptional improvisational and experimental wunderkind for most of the 90s, a new phase of O'Rourke emerged in 1997 with Bad Timing. Reflecting on a Fahey-esque 6-string acoustic guitar fantasias, each of the three pieces here gradually expands with harmonic information and musical elements - piano, organ, electric guitar, brass, strings (everything, it seems except vocals--those would come later!) - all interwoven to chart the agony and ecstasy of a simple passage of star-crossed fate.

Bad Timing, Jim O'Rourke's masterwork from 1997(?!), is now available to digitally stream -- losslessly! -- for the very first time, on Apple Music. Never heard an LP in your life? Well, they're just great, we highly recommend them. Never heard a CD in your life?! Now you will hear what all the fuss was (and is) about, unreasonably replicated in a hi-fi, lossless experience your ears'll thank you for. But your brain may hate you, cause now it's gotta WORK. Such polarization in the world today! A good time for the bad timing of Bad Timing, in deed. Listen to 'Bad Timing' in lossless audio here

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dow, Saturday, 5 March 2022 00:56 (three months ago) link

Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were 1984-94
Various Artists

The mighty Soundway Records present a new compilation, this time turning their attention to South America, specifically Brazil. This is a treasure trove of synth jams, pop, samba boogie, balearic and electro from 1980 & ‘90s Brazil - the tracks are picked by Millos Kaiser, one half of the Brazilian duo Selvagem. Another winner from the Soundway stable!

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dow, Saturday, 5 March 2022 01:47 (three months ago) link

The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr
Jazz, Jazz, Jazz

Habibi Funk reissue the highly sought after, Sudanese jazz LP from The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr, 'Jazz, Jazz, Jazz'. An OG goes for big money online, so don't miss the chance to grab yourself an official reissue, including come a booklet with photos, interviews, and liner notes.
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dow, Saturday, 5 March 2022 01:52 (three months ago) link

Fame: Jon Savage's Secret History Of Post-Punk 1978-81 (2021 Re-Edition)
Various Artists

New edition of this WICKED post-punk collection from the great Jon Savage complete with revised track-listing & artwork with extensive liner-notes, colour inner-sleeves.

Post-punk luminaries including Wire, Joy Division and the Prefects - not so 'secret' you may think, but consider the nascent lo-fi Subway Sect, the uncompromising other-worldly sounds of impLOG's 'Holland Tunnel Dive' and the hyper obscure experimentalism of File Under Pop and you're getting the idea. From Pere Ubu's dystopian madness to the motorik of Chrome, it's a snapshot of a brief era, excellently put together by Jon Savage writer (and co-editor of Soul Jazz's Punk 45 book, records etc).
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dow, Saturday, 5 March 2022 01:56 (three months ago) link

Tony Allen & Afrobeat 2000

A absolute classic by the legendary Tony Allen, originally issued in 1984. Includes a track previously unreleased called 'Olokun'.
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dow, Saturday, 5 March 2022 02:03 (three months ago) link

Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz
Desert Equations: Azax Attra

When it frst appeared in 1986, the 'Desert Equations: Azax Attra' album was greeted with enthusiasm, awe and disbelief: nobody had done anything quite like that before, and this dizzying, inspired blend of Persian tradition, New York avantgarde and electronic music remains incomparable, powerful and mesmerising to this day.

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dow, Saturday, 5 March 2022 02:07 (three months ago) link

From Numero:
V4 Visions: Of Love & Androids
In the midst of the UK house rave-olution of the early-’90s, London’s V4 Visions imprint documented the confluence of street soul, deep house, swingbeat, and jungle sounds emanating from the clubs and pirate radio signals. Over the course of half a decade, V4’s unparalleled 12” output referenced every significant Black British music scene; from lovers rock to jazz-funk, sound system reggae to hip hop, new jack swing to garage, from artists Ashaye, Julie Stapleton, Maureen Mason, Rohan Delano, The Wades, and Endangered Species. This 18-track double LP is the first critical overview of the label, with extensive notes by Simon Reynolds, era-defining photographs, and fresh remasters, all housed in a glorious foil-stamped gatefold tip-on sleeve. Is this a dream?

They call him country: A Sanford Clark Repress
Propelled by his 1956 Lee Hazlewood-produced hit “The Fool,” Sanford Clark was already a rockabilly legend in his own mind by the time he swapped his hair gel and switchblade for a pair of cowboy boots on They Call Me Country. Recorded between 1965-'67 and originally released as a series of singles for Phoenix’s Ramco label, the 12 tracks on this LP borrow Bakersfield’s outlaw sound and ignore Nashville’s countrypolitan flair, standing as a true lost masterpiece of country music’s third generation. Clark’s booming baritone tells tales of bar fights, heartaches, and drinking ‘til you can’t stand, while Waylon Jennings provides a backdrop of fuzzed-out guitar twang. Limited to 1,000 copies and pressed onto opaque blue vinyl, our repress is mastered from the original session tapes and back on vinyl for the first time since the Nixon administration.

dow, Monday, 14 March 2022 17:32 (three months ago) link

Also from Numero:

A slice of Chicago's Puerto Rican history

La Solución’s final album found them moving into more politically charged territory. Mi Barrio se Quemó (My Neighborhood is Burning) attempted to address growing pains in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, where white flight was driving down property values and landowners turned to arson in their attempts to squeeze what value they could out of buildings left fallow. The cover for the 1976 album—drawn by lead singer Hector del Valle and his brother Tony— portrayed a match being struck to burn down a tenement building. Inset images included boarded-up businesses, neglected tenements, a smoking joint, and a needle in a junkie’s arm. The musical guest on these recordings was fittingly aggressive; Ebirac label owner Caribe tapped acclaimed Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria to bulwark the extraordinary “Mozambique.” Caribe bit his tongue as studio time—and corresponding dollars—ticked away during the hour it took Santamaria to bandage his hands before cutting what may have been the Ebirac label’s finest recorded moment.

dow, Monday, 14 March 2022 17:34 (three months ago) link

Yet more from Numero:
Atena--Samba On Ice
...It was their hollowed-out and spidery reading of “The Boy from Ipanema” that brought them as close to San Francisco’s version of No Wave as the group would ever get, setting the chilly precedent for a style Isabelle Powaga now claims as her own take on Cold Wave. The Jobim/Getz/Gilberto classic’s heart of samba is boldly announced, but the beat is straight 808 electro, with frosty vocals subverting the blissed-out lyric with synthetic double-tracking. The cover--issued as a 7” under the name Antena and as Crepuscule’s TWI 073 in 1982--was backed by “Spiral Staircase,” though that track’s bracing, concussive synth drum stabs, ringing keys, and paranoid lyrics recall nothing of the flipside’s Tropicalia pedigree.

Released almost simultaneously was TWI 074, a 12” “single” that lead again with “Ipanema” on its “studio side.” Self-produced in Belgium, the songs on its “home side”—“Unable” and, in particular, “To Climb the Cliff”—establish the group’s signature sound and make sardonic use of Kraftwerk’s robot-pop innovations. Germany’s seminal electronic pop combo had, in 1975, released their Radio-Activity LP, featuring the track “Antenna” and offering Isabelle her future band’s perfect moniker, though she’d drop the third “n” and use the shortened title as the replacement for her own surname that survives to this day. “To Climb the Cliff” and “Unable” encapsulate Antena’s deceptively inviting sound. Both begin as delicately noisy patio evening parties and end on polite applause. But Isabelle Antena’s French-accented English lyrics subvert the music’s inclusive ambience. One song recounts a solitary cliffhanger’s difficult progress up a rock face; the other describes a teacher’s ineptitude. Set to the icy electro-samba Antena was in the process of perfecting for themselves, these tracks drained the Brazilian song styles of their time-worn tropical bliss. This instead was worldly, strange, seductive, and dusky machine music, a hybrid strain of sound still new under the sun.

...We’ve grouped the extant Antena recordings from that exceptional period by session, reviving artwork from the band’s debut 12". Side C brings together all four songs from the “Ipanema” singles, while side D couples “Seaside Week End” with the four Island demos. Both sides end on Antena’s additions to Crepuscule special products. Our replica pressing of Camino Del Sol's A and B sides preserves the original mini-album in close detail, including the intriguing cover art by brilliant in-house Crepuscule designer Benoit Hennebert. Its still-life of sunlit domestic emptiness fully captures the Antena aesthetic, hinting at a mysterious trio who sat together only long enough to sip at fruited cocktails before hearing Europe’s mechanized pop signals on the air, following them for a spell, and disappearing.

Camino Del Sol

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dow, Monday, 14 March 2022 17:47 (three months ago) link

More Latin rock etc. from Numero, deep backstories etc:

dow, Monday, 14 March 2022 17:51 (three months ago) link

from Nonesuch:

Tango: Zero Hour is incredible. How about these others?

Nonesuch Records will release a three-LP/three-CD box set of albums from the great Argentine composer, bandleader, and bandoneón player Astor Piazzolla—originally released by American Clavé Records in the 1980s and reissued by Nonesuch more than two decades ago—on May 6, 2022. Astor Piazzolla: The American Clavé Recordings, available to pre-order here, marks the first time this landmark trio of albums—Tango: Zero Hour, La Camorra: The Solitude of Passionate Provocation, and The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Tango Apasionado)—is being issued as a set, now remastered, and is the first time the albums have been available on vinyl since their initial release on American Clavé. The set’s liner notes include original and new notes by the albums’ producer and American Clavé founder Kip Hanrahan as well as an in-depth essay from journalist Fernando González, who translated and annotated Piazzolla’s memoirs and wrote liner notes for four of his albums. Originally scheduled for release in Piazzolla’s centenary year 2021, the set now inaugurates the beginning of the second century of Piazzolla’s lasting influence.

González says in his 2021 note: “In May 1986, Astor Piazzolla, the creator of New Tango, entered the studio in Manhattan with his Quintet to record Zero Hour. It would turn out to be the first of three consequential recordings that would finally establish him in the United States and strengthen his standing around the world.”

Though Piazzolla was known as the progenitor of “nuevo tango,” Hanrahan says in his new liner note, “I’m not sure whether Astor really liked or loved or hated the tango. I think he loved the music his father surrounded the family with as the sound of what they’d left behind in Argentina … It was the audible identity that made them different from the Italian and Jewish families that lived around them on the Lower East Side of New York, where Astor grew up.

“When I listen to Astor, I’m not really listening to the tango re-imagined and saved by a brilliant composer, I’m listening to the music of a turbulent, complex, restless, brilliant man rearranging the vocabulary of his father’s dreams.”

Tango: Zero Hour was recorded in New York with Piazzolla and his classic New Tango Quintet, which worked with Piazzolla from 1978 to 1988 and included Fernando Suárez Paz (violin), Pablo Ziegler (piano), Horacio Malvicino, Sr. (guitar), and Héctor Console (bass). González says of Tango: Zero Hour: “These are demanding pieces, yet the individual playing remains consistently precise and intense throughout. As an ensemble, Piazzolla and his New Tango Quintet sound focused, loose and forceful. They are in total control of the music and prove it by casually changing direction, moods, and dynamics on a dime. Piazzolla immediately recognized that the quintet had accomplished something special, believing it to be ‘the greatest record I’ve made in my entire life. We gave our souls to [it].’” Tango Zero Hour was originally released by American Clavé in 1986.

First released in 1989, La Camorra was recorded in New York in May 1988, also with the New Tango Quintet. González writes: “La Camorra not only delivers a late masterpiece, the three-part title piece, but it also serves as a marker completing two significant chapters in Piazzolla’s life and musical career. Set up as three separate but related pieces, La Camorra is more than a summation. It suggests Piazzolla reflecting on tango, now lovingly, conjuring old players and styles, now angrily fighting with tango history, demanding his place in it.

“In Zero Hour style, Piazzolla completes the program with versions of pieces he had already recorded, polished to a gleam. The Quintet is again in excellent form. Featuring a substantial new work and impeccable performances of four repertoire pieces, La Camorra is a high water mark in Piazzolla’s discography. It was also Piazzolla’s last recording with the New Tango Quintet.”

The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night, also originally released in 1989, was recorded in New York in September 1987, with an ensemble that included Fernando Suárez Paz (violin), Pablo Zinger (piano), Paquito D’Rivera (alto sax, clarinet), Andy González (bass), and Rodolfo Alchourrón (electric guitar).

González says, “The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Tango Apasionado), recorded by Piazzolla without the Quintet, occupies a unique place in his discography. It is based on the music Piazzolla composed for Tango Apasionado, a dance and theater piece created by Graciela Daniele based on stories by Argentine short-story writer, poet, and essayist Jorge Luis Borges. But what truly sets The Rough Dancer apart in Piazzolla’s discography is how it was created. Up to this point, the studio for Piazzolla had been, for the most part, a means to document the music he was producing. But [at this point], Piazzolla was intrigued by the idea of using the studio as a creative tool, perhaps even for composing and arranging.”

Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango, which incorporates classical forms and jazz elements into the traditional tango, was so controversial at its advent that Piazzolla had his life threatened on numerous occasions and was even exiled from his country. The traditional tango, born out of the bordellos of Buenos Aires in the way that jazz began in New Orleans, had been haunted by its origins for decades. Piazzolla, with his innovative style and desire to legitimize the tango and bring it to a serious musical audience, changed the face of the music forever.

When Tango: Zero Hour was first released, Piazzolla was at the peak of his powers. The Village Voice called Piazzolla “a modern master” while the New York Times said, “To hear Mr. Piazzolla’s tangos as musical marvels is beside the point. As edgy lines and long-breathed tunes defy and embrace one another, the tangos suggest that even in the modern world, romance survives.”

Nonesuch’s Piazzolla catalog features a number of other significant recordings, including Piazzolla’s Concierto para bandoneón and Tres tangos, released in 1988, and his last recording, Five Tango Sensations, which was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet and released in 1991. In addition, Piazzolla’s first composition for Kronos, Four, For Tango, appears on their 1988 release Winter Was Hard. The music of Piazzolla is also featured on three Nonesuch recordings by the violinist Gidon Kremer: Hommage à Piazzolla, El Tango, Eight Seasons, and Tracing Astor; these also were released as a box set, entitled Hommage à Piazzolla: The Complete Astor Piazzolla Recordings.

dow, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 02:24 (three months ago) link

from Vinyl Factory newsletter:

Encapsulating the best of Yasuaki Shimizu’s electronic experimentalism and originally recorded during one of his creative zeniths during the ’80s, the existence of his Kiren album was previously the stuff of lore. (The album was said to exist, yet had never received a release.) Serendipity in the form of Shimizu unearthing the album from his archives allowed the record to lovingly receive its first release courtesy of Palto Flats. Its vinyl offering also includes detailed liner notes by Chee Shimizu about its context and history. Kiren is a sonic gem of freewheeling creativity infused with his signature sax – a unique and vital insight into the musical mind of maestro Shimizu. – GH

dow, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 02:04 (three months ago) link

There’s been a sharp increase in demand for Japanese city pop the last few years, pushing up prices even for questionable records that fall under this genre. Luckily we’re seeing more affordable reissues such as Eri Ohno’s classic Good Question remastered from the original tapes and released on limited run by Mondo Groove. It opens with the title track, a short blast of blistering boogie-funk – and proceeds to wind through pop ballads, sultry jazz, and even some fusion reminiscent of her fellow Columbia label-mate Herbie Hancock. – AW

dow, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 02:06 (three months ago) link

Life Is a Heavy Burden: Ghazals & Poetry From Afghanistan
As a writer, harmonium player and vocalist, Dr Mohammad Sadiq Fitrat’s poetically inspired work as Nashenas was a weekly feature of Radio Kabul’s transmissions in the 1950s and ’60s. With these recordings only ever being released as singles in Iran, this collection gathers these rarities as a whole, showing Nashenas’ unique approach to Ghazal poetic tradition, cinematic storytelling and overarching themes of love and loss. Having had his music suppressed or destroyed by Taliban law, these early works have endured and form a valuable insight into the oeuvre of one of Afghan music’s oldest living voices. — JH

dow, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 02:40 (three months ago) link

Roberta Vandervort & Sally Townes
Roberta Vandervort & Sally Townes
(Forager Records)

Forager Records brings together the works of two exceptional private press singers from the late ’70s in one stunning compilation. Roberta Vandervort and Sally Townes sit in parallel sonic planes, from their respective surroundings in downtown LA to the vast landscapes of Dallas, bringing touches of breezy funk, mystic folk rock, and seductive jazz. The two artists never crossed paths in real life, but this inventive pairing paints a shared picture of worlds – bridging the passion in their voices and their shared convictions on love, life, and living on their own terms. – EH

dow, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 02:43 (three months ago) link

Paprika Soul / Soft Sugar
Come With Me / Métro / Swampin
(Heels & Souls Recordings)

This week Heels & Souls Recordings release their third ever reissue, collecting tunes from Paprika Soul / Soft Sugar. Paprika Soul was formed of Andrew Spiller and Alan Barnes, while the closely linked Soft Sugar consisted of Andrew Hughes and Barnes. Moving from the Balearic goodness of opening tune ‘Come With Me’, the EP ventures into dreamy breaks on ‘Métro’, before closing off with a previously unreleased version of transcendental house tune ‘Swampin’. Expect these tracks to be played far and wide during the coming warmer months. – LR

dow, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 02:45 (three months ago) link

All of those reissues, and some first-timers, have links to streams here:

dow, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 02:48 (three months ago) link

Didn't realize I'd started this thread twice---now I'm putting on posts from other RR (will request delete of it when through, to avoid further confusion, sorry)

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:06 (three months ago) link

Starting at the beginning of other RR:
With something new dropping every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, it can be a challenge keeping up with all the projects we're unearthing.

Keep up with the best to emerge from Numero HQ with our Numero '22 playlist, highlighting new tracks almost daily (on Spotify, Apple, Deezer)
...Check the below for a round up of 2021 releases.

What's left in stock can enjoy a '22% discount to kick off the first week of 2022 in good vibes added to the cart automatically.

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Some picks of my interest from sale stock:
The third installment of Numero’s ode to lowrider souldies, Rust Side Story compiles highly sought after sweet soul singles from the Buck Eye State. Prepare for a low and slow ride from Youngstown to Dayton, Cleveland to Columbus, Toledo to Cincinnati, all soundtracked with silky falsettos and dreamy harmonies.

Numero Group and Rush Hour present: the V4 Visions label sampler, 1990-1994. A five-song overview of the pioneering UK street soul label that lived at the confluence of lovers rock, deep house, swingbeat, and jungle. In anticipation of the forthcoming 2xLP label-spanning compilation, the sampler is perfect for the spinners at home or in the club.

Limited edition on Transparent Teal vinyl, exclusively available domestically through Numero. Limited Edition through Rush Hour in Europe with Clear and Black vinyl variants.

A truly underground document of the national obsession with heavy, mind-bent psychedelia. Originating in the unassuming suburb of Prairie Village, Kansas, Bulbous Creation seem to have warped directly from the wrong side of the looking glass with a jabberwocky full of surreal lyrics and gratuitous guitar solos. Recorded and abandoned in the catacombs of Independence, Missouri's Cavern Sound studio in 1969, Bulbous Creation's eight-song screed invokes images of sinners, wage slaves, drugs, out of touch parents, jail, and the devil, naturally.

“He was kind of a loner,” Jan Parkinson said of his younger brother Paul, singer and guitarist of Kansas City’s Bulbous Creation. Born and raised on the west side of the Missouri River in Prairie Village, Kansas, Paul used his semi-isolated surroundings as fuel for his fantastical lyrics. A series of informal bands were formed in high school with his childhood friend Jim “Bugs” Wine and revolving cast of drummers. The band was put on ice in 1966 for Wine’s enlistment, and he spent the next three years stationed in Korea, Germany, and Fort Riley, Kansas, where he spent his downtime honing his bass chops to a fine point. Discharged honorably into the heady climate of the ’60s final year, Wine waded into the potent stream of freedom and higher consciousness that was flowing in every city. He got an apartment in KC with another childhood friend whose hair was gathering around the collar and a job in avionics. It was here he reconnected with Paul Parkinson.

Wine had already been looking into putting a band together. A personal ad in the K.C. Star put him in contact with guitarist Alan Lewis, who had a monstrous talent and a familiarity with Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep. Lewis and Wine gelled immediately, but lacked the introspective nature of true songwriters. Wine invited the wordsmith Parkinson to apply his lyrics and melodic ideas to their heavy foundation. On the drum stool was Chuck Horstmann. For no identifiable reason, Lewis thought the term “Bulbous” applied to their sound, and wanted to name the band thus. His mates balked, but applying the slightly cosmic “Creation” to it at least let it roll off the tongue. Their all-originals set list made them a difficult booking, and profits did not materialize.

In 1971, the quartet poured what little personal surplus they had into a full day of recording at Cavern Studios, tracking enough material for a full length album. Bulbous Creation wouldn’t stay together long enough to save up for a custom pressing. The deeply individualistic Parkinson left to perform his songs as he thought appropriate, as a solo act. He preferred coffee shops to concert halls, and would stick to his craft another 20 years before hanging it up. Horstmann followed suit. Wine and Lewis soldiered on, adding a few components and then shortening their name to the more sensible Creation on the path to a more progressive sound. The Bulbous Creation LP might’ve been doomed to oblivion but for the efforts of Rich Haupt, who issued the seven-song LP in 1995 on his Rockadelic imprint. When Paul Parkinson died of leukemia in 2001, a lone copy turned up amongst his possessions, proof enough that someone, somewhere, was listening.

A seamless mix of the organic and inorganic, the recent past and distant future, and the possible and impossible, Japanese multi-media artist Masumi Hara’s sophomore album arrived like a fish on the moon in 1984. An album filled with contradiction and purpose, 4 X A Dream is both balearic acid folk and damaged steel drum dub, hi-tech new wave balladry and ambient synth pop. Classical and neoimpressionist vibes haunt and entrance. Quite possibly the most unique LP you’ll ever add to your collection.

― dow, Tuesday, January 4, 2022 1:28 PM

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:06 (three months ago) link

More from Numero 2021 Wrap-Up in-stock sale picks (this first one is on same page, though not out yet):

The bastard love child of Elvis and Lux Interior, Israeli guitarist Charlie Megira brewed a heady amalgam of ’50s trash rock, surf-y tremolo, and reverb-drenched goth during his all-too-brief 44 trips around the sun. He recorded seven albums worth of material in 15 years, primarily issued on CD-R, most of which is now unreadable or in a landfill. Armed with only an Eko guitar, a black tuxedo, and his signature wrap-around shades, Charlie Megira was a mold-breaking artist who disintegrated while we were all staring at our phones.

On his 2000 debut, Da Abtomatic Meisterzinger Mambo Chic, Megira channels the optimism of post-war America, narcoleptic surf, and the Twin Peaks soundtrack into a lo-fi masterpiece all his own. Sung in both Hebrew and English, Mambo Chic moves at a deliberate pace, unconcerned by the traffic of the modern world and wrapped in a blanket of Tascam 4-track hiss. On “Tomorrow’s Gone” Megira achieves the feat of being so far back in time that he’s somehow living in the future and waiting for the rest of us to arrive.

Da Abtomatic Meisterzinger Mambo Chic LP out 1/28/22.

Lodged between a heartbreak and a smoke break, Kathy Heideman’s Move With Love wandered off I-5 somewhere just south of Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area and broke down. At its dusty roadside, cheap truck-stop java flows over plaintive coffeehouse tunes concerning “Bob” and “Need.” Her session hand’s lanky, echo-laden guitar might’ve twanged a bit strong for the typical sandal-shoed hitchhiker, who’d have fell harder for Dylanesque grandeur on “The Earth Won’t Hold Me.” More Bakersfield than Laurel Canyon, and set to walking in 1976 by the one-off Dia imprint in a plain-Jane, black-on-white sleeve, Heideman’s lone LP suffered the geographical misfortune of having ripened in the pre-silicon orchards of San Jose, California, far from more marketable realms—Emmylou’s backyard, say, or Joni Mitchell’s summery lawn. Heideman herself faded out thereafter, packing her shaken, singular voice into a rustic suitcase, moseying on, and leaping into the moving sun.

The Unwound album that ended all Unwound albums. Recorded in a moldering farmhouse basement at the crest of the new century, Leaves Turn Inside You is the no-wave response to Spector’s wall of noise call. Infinite layers of choppy guitar stabs and bridge scrapes, guttural bass thronk, thrift store synths, and monotone chanting wash over suffocating rhythms to deliver the world’s only choral grunge LP. Remastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on heavyweight vinyl for the discerning noise-nik.
The 2xLP is back in print on limited edition "Scarlette" color vinyl, packaged in a tip-on gatefold jacket pressed at Record Technology Inc., and we are hoping to get these shipped early January.

2021 Repress features Gold Vinyl.

In 1975, Brooklyn transplant Pepe Willie booked time at Cookhouse Recording Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to demo five original compositions. Without roots in the Twin Cities’ insular scene, Willie had no fixed backing group to help realize the arrangements he and vocalists Marcy Ingvoldstad and Kristie Lazenberry had been rehearsing. Willie organized a young cast of backing musicians for the session, among them his wife's cousin: a 16-year-old guitar prodigy named Prince Rogers Nelson.

Known colloquially as “The Cookhouse 5” these recordings showcase Prince’s instantly recognizable guitar playing, seasoning to perfection 94 East’s short-but-sweet songbook. A crucial document concerning the origins of the Minneapolis Sound, the B-side boasts instrumental versions of each infectious tune, providing an even greater vantage point from which to admire the Purple One’s expressive playing style, already evident in his teenage years.

Home to Cuca Records and hundreds of Nashville-fantasizing pluckers and singers, Wisconsin’s Driftless region was a hotbed of country music in the 1960s. Influenced by old-timey ethnic songs, Bakersfield outlaws, countrypolitan rainbows, and the lonesome twang of every rural route roadhouse, these 17 Driftless Dreamers washed up at Jim Kirchstein’s Sauk City record plant with little more than $100 and a longing. Collected here are the fruits of Cuca’s documentary approach to record making, capturing the voices and stories of a culture and glacier in abatement.

A post-modern mixtape of 12 micro-genres created by The Numero Group. Bending the rules of the compilation with a selection of songs bound by their soaring spirit and adventurous approach, REACH is inspirational living for algorithmic times. Available as a limited edition LP (500 copies) with broadsheet liner notes poster or much cheaper compact cassette (200 copies). The only LP guaranteed to save your life during humanity’s apocalyptic demise.

― dow, Tuesday, January 4, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:07 (three months ago) link

Just a couple more from Numero sale stock (maybe I shouldn't have put so many in the same posts, sorry)

Art-house kosmische from the battered basements of pre-9/11 New York. Polyrhythmic screamo for underemployed Gen-Xers and trust fund weed dealers alike. La Mia Vita Violenta, Blonde Redhead’s 1995 sophomore effort, in print as a definitive single LP for the first time since… ever.

“These songs combine a raw need, a ready access to neediness, with seemingly incongruous cinematic changes reminiscent of ‘60s Italian pop music and movie scores. They switch between emotional grandeur and eye scratching immediacy.” —Arto Lindsay

This recorded autobiography of Catherine Howe, age 20, briefly appeared in 1971. Too young for memoirs, most artists have barely established any sort of musical competence by the age of legal adulthood, let alone compositions matching the maturity and complexity of Howe’s. What A Beautiful Place, however, is a prodigious effort wrought from the melancholy ruminations of post-adolescence. The album’s twelve songs unfold like a classic bildungsroman, beginning in the smoke-stained industrial county of Yorkshire, transformed by the electrified creative landscape of mid-century London, and retiring to the warm pastoral bliss of the county of Dorset on England’s southern coast. Produced by noted jazz pianist Bobby Scott, the LP—oft-mistaken for a concept album—was available for only a month in the summer of 1971, disappearing after Reflection Records’ shuttering in 1971.

― dow, Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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― joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Thursday, January 13, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:09 (three months ago) link
Ethiopian Soul And Groove - Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol. 1
Various Artists

Brilliant compilation of rare Ethiopian music from the 1970s! Has Mulatu Astake left you hungry for more? Then this is the record for you!

Nine brilliant dancefloor tracks from obscure 1970s musicians and singers!
More info, audio:

― dow, Friday, January 14, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:14 (three months ago) link

Kosuke Mine Quintet

Essential Japanese jazz rarity!

Sublime debut album from The Kosuke Mine Quintet, released in 1970 on the legendary Three blind mice label. The record comprises of 4 long pieces of dense, spiritual jazz. A welcome reissue from Le Tres Jazz Club. Recommended!
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― dow, Friday, January 14, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:15 (three months ago) link

Sun Ra
Disco 3000

Legendary session recorded in Milan in 1978, this quartet recording gives John Gilmore, Michael Ray and Luqman Ali the space to improvise and solo more extensively than with the full Arkestra. The result is an astounding synergy of individual virtuosity and group interplay, but it's the man himself who arguably steals the show with the rhythmic atmospherics of "Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens".
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― dow, Friday, January 14, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:17 (three months ago) link
Latin Underground Revolution, Vol. 3: Ansonia Records Rare Groove: Mambo, Boogaloo, Descarga & Salsa from NYC, 1960-1976
Various Artists

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― dow, Friday, January 14, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:18 (three months ago) link

Endless Summer (Expanded Edition)

Expanded reissue of Fennesz's groundbreaking, electronic/experimental guitar classic from 2001. Features 'Ohne Sonne' and '47 Blues' previously only available on the Japenese CD versions, as well as an new extended version of 'Happy Audio' exclusive to this release.
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― dow, Friday, January 14, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:20 (three months ago) link

The D-Vine Spirituals Records Story Vol. 1
Various Artists

In 1970, while the United States was recovering from the tumultuous unrest of the sixties and Southern segregationist George Wallace was between bids for the presidency, a young black preacher and an aging hillbilly bandleader struck up a friendship in a coffee shop in downtown Memphis. For the next decade and a half, record producer Juan D. Shipp and studio engineer Clyde Leoppard embarked on a musical journey that produced some of the most stirring sacred soul music ever laid to tape. Behold the story of Shipp's D-Vine Spirituals record label, told here for the very first time since its 45 RPM glory days.
More info:
Second volume:

― dow, Friday, January 14, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:22 (three months ago) link

Ornette Coleman
Round Trip: Ornette Coleman on Blue Note (Tone Poet Edition)
6×LP Box set £230.00
Expected 28 Jan

Iconoclastic saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman shook the jazz world when he arrived at the Five Spot Café in New York City in 1959 and began his run of seminal albums on Atlantic that laid the foundation for the free jazz movement to come. After a period of disillusionment during which he withdrew from public music making, Coleman re-emerged on Blue Note in 1966 and began writing an intriguing new chapter of his legendary career.

The boxset Round Trip: Ornette Coleman On Blue Note presents all-analog 180g Tone Poet Vinyl Editions of all six albums featuring Coleman that were recorded for Blue Note Records, including his five albums as a leader—the two-volume At The ‘Golden Circle’ Stockholm (1965), The Empty Foxhole (1966), New York Is Now! (1968), and Love Call (1968)—as well as his lone sideman appearance on New And Old Gospel (1967) by fellow saxophonist Jackie McLean. The boxset includes a booklet featuring rare photos and an enlightening essay by critic Thomas Conrad.

The Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series is produced by Joe Harley and features all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues packaged in deluxe Stoughton Printing “Old Style” Gatefold Tip-On Jackets.
(unperson says no bonus tracks)
More info:

― dow, Friday, January 14, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:24 (three months ago) link

In here to mention the project Norske albumklassikere på CD (Norwegian Album Classics on CD), in case it is of interest to anyone here: At the start of 2021, a couple of guys with a record label began a series of crowdfunding projects with the aim of releasing CDs of Norwegian albums never before released in that format (or at best with very limited CD releases). This unsurprisingly mostly means stuff from the 1980s and earlier.

At any time, there are about 20 projects up, each running for 30 days with a target of NOK 30000, (about USD 3400 / GBP 2500 / EUR 3000), corresponding to ~150 people buying a CD at NOK ~200. If the target is reached, a remastering is done and a run of copies is made (I think in the 300-500 range), and the issue is added to the catalogue. If it is not reached, the money is refunded.

The interest turned out to be considerable; during 2021, something north of 200 projects were successful (and only a low-double-digit number unsuccessful, if I understand things right). I expect a lot of the releases are of interest primarily to Norwegians (and many probably for nostalgic reasons as much as anything), but certainly not exclusively. I think I've heard that contributing to the crowdfunding is problematic from abroad(?), but buying from the catalogue should work, I believe(?). There are naturally a few months' lag between addition to the catalogue and actual production and distribution, btw.

Links (mostly in Norwegian):
Home page with catalogue
Currently crowdfunded projects
Facebook group
Discogs page (updated up to #178 of 216 as of now)

(For the record: I have nothing to do with this myself.)

― anatol_merklich, Wednesday, January 19, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:24 (three months ago) link

Didn't Sunbeam do an Oriental Sunshine several years ago? Just seen that lp on the Home page link.

― Stevolende, Wednesday, January 19, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:25 (three months ago) link

In addition to the Blue Note Ornette box, Craft Recordings is reissuing his first two albums, Something Else!!!! and Tomorrow is the Question!, as a 2LP or 2CD set in March.

― but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, January 19, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:27 (three months ago) link

Didn't Sunbeam do an Oriental Sunshine several years ago? Just seen that lp on the Home page link.

So it seems. And not that hard to find, it would seem. Maybe an oversight.

― anatol_merklich, Tuesday, January 25, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:28 (three months ago) link

Norma Tanega’s I’m the Sky: Studio and Demo Recordings, 1964–1971 is a comprehensive survey of the pioneering folk artist’s two commercially released studio albums, an unreleased album, and a trove of unheard demos.

Before playing a pivotal part in folk music’s cultural crossover in the ‘60s, Tanega was a curious little girl born at the very end of the ‘30s to a multicultural Navy family in Long Beach, California. Her parents often brought her to Los Angeles for piano lessons, and eventually Tanega earned an MFA at Claremont College, where she studied classical composers like Aaron Copeland and George Gershwin. Amidst her academic pursuits, Tanega learned to play acoustic guitar and autoharp by following Joan Baez records and hanging out at the Folk Music Center, a music store and performance space in Claremont that exists to this day.

After college, Tanega landed in Greenwich Village in 1963, and became active in the coffee house scene and early protests against the Vietnam War. Working summers as a camp counselor in the Catskill Mountains, the up-and-coming producer and arranger Herb Bernstein caught Tanega perform at the camp, and introduced her to songwriter Bob Crewe. The trio found their first collaborative success in 1966 when Tanega’s “Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog” rocketed to #22 on the American and British charts (#3 in Canada). Her debut full-length of the same name followed that year, which saw her perform on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and Where The Action Is, and tour North America with artists including Gene Pitney and Bobby Goldsboro.

That same year, Tanega traveled to England to tour in support of Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog. During rehearsals for the British music television show Ready Steady Go!, Tanega met Dusty Springfield. The pair became fast friends, then partners in a committed long-distance relationship. Tanega moved to London to be with Springfield, for whom she also went on to write and co-write a number of songs.

While in London, in 1969 Tanega recorded Snow Cycles, a second album that would never see the light of day, and I Don’t Think it Will Hurt if You Smile, eventually released with little fanfare in 1971. As heard on the first half of I’m the Sky, the same whimsical and joy-filled spirit guides all three of Tanega’s studio albums, and provides a colorful stage for her idiosyncratic meter and songwriting. Tanega’s lyrics touch on love and adoration to introspection and melancholy, while her music offers an eclectic take on popular folk-rock and psychedelic sound of the late ‘60s.

The second half of I’m the Sky opens a rare and intimate window into Tanega’s songwriting process with a collection of demos discovered in Tanega’s Claremont home. Unfettered by instrumentation save for a single guitar on most songs, Tanega’s voice soars across the mid-range and above the six string reverberations, openly musing on life and love. More than merely sketches, the demos capture an essence of Tanega’s songcraft, and a tangible translation of the emotional range which sets her work apart from the banality in certain folk music of the era.

In 1972, Tanega returned to Claremont and shifted focus to her visual arts, teaching ESL, and participating in her surrounding community of LGBTQ experimental artists. She kept recording and performing music with a number of local groups as well. While Tanega, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 80, is essential to California’s legacy of folk and experimental music, she’s also essential to the canon of folk-rock writ large. Tanega left behind an exceptional catalog of music encapsulated in part on I’m the Sky, but, more than anything, she left an enduring expression of what it is to be free.

― bulb after bulb, Wednesday, February 23, 2022

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:30 (three months ago) link

Karen Dalton's In My Own Time (50th Anniversary Edition)is out now, remastered with bonus tracks: all streaming here, with the KD backstory and overview:

dow, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:32 (three months ago) link

Today, David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label announces a reissue of the Staples Jr. Singers’ sole album, When Do We Get Paid, originally released in 1975, out May 6th. In conjunction, they share the album’s title track and a short film.

An incredibly rare recording, only a handful of copies of the original record have survived the last 40 years. At the time of its release, the Staples Jr. Singers were just teenagers, and they sold the copies they pressed themselves at shows and on their front lawn to neighbors. All of their soul-inflected gospel songs carried timely, subtle social messages that responded to what they saw in the South...
Like many gospel groups at the time, the Staples Jr. Singers were a family band: Annie Brown Caldwell was 11, A.R.C. Brown was 12, and Edward Brown was only 13 in 1971 when they started playing school talent shows, local churches, and front yards near their hometown of Aberdeen, Mississippi, on the banks of the Tombigbee River. As was common practice among gospel acts, they named themselves after their idols: the Staple Singers. As their reputation grew, they started traveling across the Delta and the Bible Belt, piling into their family van on weekends to perform as many as three shows in a single day. Back then, the South was desegregated on paper but not always in practice, and the Staples Jr. Singers weren’t always sure what kind of welcome they would receive—whether a new audience would embrace them, whether local restaurants would serve them.
...The Staples Jr. Singers got their big break in 1975, when a traveling gospel singer Joe Orr introduced them to a man who ran a now long gone recording studio in Tupelo—like a figure from a parable, he only went by the name of Big John. By then, 10-year-old Ronnel Brown (1964-2011) had joined the band—he was finally big enough to hold the bass on his own.

The family drew inspiration straight from their lives. “It was kind of like some of the things that my parents were going through,” said the vocalist and youngest living member, 61-year-old Annie Brown Caldwell. “They didn’t have much, but the little they had, they tried to take care of the family. My daddy used to work, come home and make sure that we had food, clothes on our back, and a place over our head. So, those songs had the meaning of some of the things that we were going through.”

While the Staples Jr. Singers have all gone on to write an entire catalog of gospel music since the era of When Do We Get Paid, for the original members of the band, the incantatory funk of this music still holds the power to help make a way out of dark and troubled times.

This project from Luaka Bop originates from their critically acclaimed compilation World Spirituality Classics 2: The Time for Peace Is Now - Gospel Music About Us (2019), which includes the Staples Jr. Singers’ single “We’ve Got a Race to Run” (Best New Music by Pitchfork (8.5), and listed among the best reissues of the year by NPR and Uncut). The compilation also resulted in the 2020 Vinyl Factory documentary, “The Time For Peace Is Now,” featuring Annie Brown Caldwell.

Today, the family is still performing regularly at local churches and events—all four generations (and counting!) are overflowing with musical talent—but always under other band names. However, for the first time in 40 years, and for the first time ever outside the Mississippi Delta, they will be performing again as the Staples Jr. Singers. It may be one of the best performances that you’ll see all year.

sam at

dow, Monday, 28 March 2022 03:42 (three months ago) link

In 1976 the Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble reached a creative zenith. The nomadic troupe had just released The Neptune Collection, its iconic second album for Moses Asch’s Folkways Records, and decided to present the music to audiences across the rust belt in its most miasmic, elemental form. Extended stretches of full-group improvisation mingled with folk-tune like melodies during these performances, which featured multiple dancers spontaneously interpreting the music, at times in elaborate costume. Like contemporaries Popol Vuh, Sandy Bull, and Don Cherry, Entourage fused jazz and strains of traditional music from around the world to form a singular, kaleidoscopic vision of musical liberation. The Mermaid’s Purse: Live at Chatham College 1976 is the most complete, best-preserved audio recording of these performances, featuring music from across the Entourage catalog. It is being released for the first time 45 years after its recording, and features liner notes by lone surviving member Wall Matthews.

dow, Saturday, 2 April 2022 19:37 (two months ago) link

For more Entourage, and related Walls Matthews music, see
S/D: Tompkins Square Records

dow, Saturday, 2 April 2022 19:39 (two months ago) link


Genre ~ Spiritual Jazz, Near Eastern, Classical
RIYL ~ Sun Ra, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Secret Museum of Mankind, Alice Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Heliocentrics, Moondog

Hello -

We are really excited to share with you this collection of recordings from the incredibly prolific and equally enigmatic artist Lloyd Miller whose life and studies in Near and Middle Eastern music spans generations. Unearthered from Miller's own library and painstakingly transfered from tape by FOUNTAINavm founder Adam Michael Terry, this collection of unreleased songs span from 1960 - 2021 and track Miller's journeys through the Middle and Near East where Miller lived as an educator and Iranian Prime Time televesion host.

Following two incredbly well received albums - one with the Heliocentrics and one as a trio that was released by FOUNTAINavm in 2020 - we are thrilled to give you a sneak peak into Lloyd Miller's work and life. I'l be following up regarding coverage of the first single "Pacific Breeze". So do get back with me if you are interested in premiering or covering that single. Otherwise, any coverage of this album or larger features on Miller's work would be happily received. Feel free to follow up with me at ryan at or just respond to this email.

While modern life is increasingly characterized by constant global communication and exchange, some things still feel very far away––and very improbable.

Take, for example, the story of Lloyd Miller, an American musician and intellectual who after living in Europe throughout his twenties, found his way to Tehran in the late 1960s on a Fulbright scholarship and became the host of a primetime Iranian television variety show. If this seems improbable, Miller’s mastery of over 100 instruments and half a dozen languages may appear downright outrageous. But Lloyd Miller’s ouervre amounts to more than an unlikely story, and his artistic brilliance is on full display on Orientations, a career-spanning double LP of unreleased recordings from this master of global music traditions and Heliocentrics collaborator.

The exploratory, orientalist modes of Orientations will find easy devotion among fans of Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Sun Ra, and the pantheon of similarly oriented spiritual jazz stalwarts. Miller’s fascination with such modes runs deep. As a polyglot and expatriate artist who traveled the world and embedded himself in the cultures of the Middle East and Asia, Lloyd Miller manifests in such frankly unbelievable ways throughout history, and with such magical effervescence, that his musical presence is uncanny; his effect is extraordinary and literally haunting.

Orientations provides a dazzling survey of this uncanny presence, over 22 recordings that span from 1960 to 2021. This material––all of which was sourced from Miller’s master tapes and sole existing personal recordings and appears here on vinyl for the first time––documents everything from performances on Iranian TV to recent collaborations with students at Brigham Young University. Listeners may think of The Secret Museum of Mankind Ethnic Music Classics, Alice Coltrane and Yusef Lateef, as Miller interweaves oud, santur, and hand drums with saxophones and occasional analogue synthesizer. In some cases, these threads interweave across time, as on “Orientation #1 (Kheneccordion),” a reinterpreted Laotian melody arranged for accordion and recorded originally in 1963, retouched in 2021 with floating flourishes from a Roland JUNO synthesizer. “Bending space and time,” the liner notes read, “Lloyd engages in a meta conversation with his younger self.”

This meta conversation stretches out over the entire collection. The very order of the songs seems to tell a story, not unlike the way Jorge Luis Borges’ A Personal Anthology unfolds as a cohesive narrative. A few key moments of amusing dialogue haunt the conversation as well, as on a 1963 rehearsal recording of a rhapsodic modal jazz take on an Indian traditional. Upon abruptly releasing his fellow American jazz musicians from a trance, Miller says, with enthusiasm, “It sounds pretty hip!” And indeed it does.

- Mark Trecka, 2022

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Other Music doc to be released as deluxe edition Blu-ray on April 26, pre-order available now, via Vinegar Syndrome / Factory 25

"One of the world's greatest record stores gets a fitting eulogy.”
-John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter


Other Music, a documentary about the legendary NYC record store that closed in 2016 will be released as a deluxe edition Blu-ray on April 26, released by Factory 25 through a distribution partnership with Vinegar Syndrome, you can pre-order it now.

Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city’s early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its doors due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost. Through vibrant storytelling, the documentary captures the record store’s vital role in the musical and cultural life of the city, and highlights the artists whose careers it helped launch including Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, William Basinski, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo and TV On The Radio.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray include:

• Extras reel with deleted scenes featuring Jason Schwartzman, Daniel Kessler from Interpol, William Basinski and performances by Gary Wilson, Revl9n, Bill Callahan and Handsome Boy Modeling School
• Commentary by Puloma Basu, Rob Hatch-Miller, Duane Harriott, Josh Madell and Chris Vanderloo
• Trailer
• 38 page booklet featuring an Oral History of Other Music feat. interviews with Sharon Van Etten, Robert Pollard, Alan Licht, Jon Wurster, Mark Robinson, Beans, Sadie Dupuis, David Grubbs, etc., an essay by Tom Scharpling and the 100 albums to check out after you watch the documentary
• English SDH subtitles

"It's a story about record stores, sure, but moreover it's about the power of community, and the changing face of our cities and towns and culture. The film is a joyous celebration of creativity and the people and places that matter in this life. And it feels all the more relevant today." - Josh Madell, Former Owner of Other Music


Other Music
Directed and produced by Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller

Featuring: Tunde Adebimpe (TV On the Radio), William Basinski (composer), Panda Bear, Avey Tare & Geologist (Animal Collective), Matt Berninger (The National), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), James Chance (The Contortions), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Benicio Del Toro (actor), Janeane Garofalo (comedian), Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Daniel Kessler (Interpol), Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius), JD Samson (Le Tigre), Jason Schwartzman (actor), Regina Spektor (singer/sonwriter), Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500/Luna) and more...

About FACTORY 25:
FACTORY 25 is a Brooklyn-based independent film + music label founded in 2009 by Matt
Grady. FACTORY 25 releases films theatrically, digitally, physically, and curates provocative
limited edition DVD/vinyl combination packages. Specializing in indie niche projects, FACTORY 25 is committed to delivering films and music in perfect analog or digital quality. In addition to Other Music, indie film label Factory 25 released the critically-acclaimed Ham on Rye, Werewolf; Sylvio; The Great Pretender; Kid Thing; For the Plasma; MA Almost There; Little Feet; Ape; Bloomin Mud Shuffle; Jobriath A.D.; Sex and Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU; All the Light in the Sky; Sun Don't Shine; Marvin, Seth and Stanley; The Sheik and I; The Color Wheel; Green; Francine; The Oregonian; Richard's Wedding; Fake It So Real; Bad Fever; Convento; Frownland; Shit Year; You Won't Miss Me; Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the Same; New York Export: Opus Jazz; Rio Breaks; New Jerusalem; Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo; Until The Light Takes Us; Wah Do Dem; Kids of Today; Two Gates of Sleep; Family Jams; and Make-Out With Violence; Better Than Something: Jay Reatard; Homemakers; The Other Side of Sleep; Buttons; and Pavilion.

For pre-order: For more info re coverage etc., contact Forcefield PR

dow, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 17:57 (two months ago) link

Drag City News---comes out June 10:


40-plus years since its original release, the pop-punk-new wave inventions of Anthony Moore’s Flying Doesn’t Help are freshly remastered, blasting the sparkling, angular sounds into today with perfect vitality.

After spending the early years of the 1970s making experimental music first as a solo artist, then with Slapp Happy and Henry Cow, Anthony Moore's 1976’s OUT sessions had reinvigorated his youthful love of pop radio's naïve melodies, the undeniable rush of a song. England was roiled as violently as it had been in counter-cultural days a decade earlier; the UK pop charts breathlessly reflected this changing spectrum with a radically democratic view. This was an ideal environment for Anthony to explore, as he puts it, the “deep connection between minimalism, repetition, working with tape and celluloid and forming the modules of a three minute pop song.”

Building on the pop/experimental axis that distinguished OUT, and further informed by raw sensibilities exploding everywhere, Flying Doesn’t Help blasts out of the speakers with its own blend of sophistication and aggression. The first single, “Judy Get Down”, received Single of the Week honors from the NME (with review penned by a certain Brian Eno). It deserved it - three minutes and one second of pure pop perfection, 1979-style! This song has everything: hand claps, bass bombs, stereo-spread clouds of twinkling guitars and keyboards, special FX on the mixing desk, and sugar-sweet chorus backing vocals - the stuff hits are made of!

Rather than recreate the original release of Flying Doesn’t Help, this reissue instead embraces the changed environment of the current time and place: instead of no credits, now they are complete, with Anthony’s full name restored and the artwork subtly “relocated” to reflect new relationships. All of which brings the forward-looking sounds of Flying Doesn’t Help into the indie-informed 21st century syntax where it belongs.

Advance track: "Judy Get Down"

dow, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 21:31 (two months ago) link

Zappa/Erie Limited Edition 6CD Box Set
Ships on June 3, 2022
Three complete shows from the Vault based on appearances made in and around the Vaultmeister’s hometown of Erie, PA: Edinboro College and Gannon University ’74 with Erie County Fieldhouse ’76. Also includes bonus tracks from the same tours. Three separate band line-ups, newly mixed from the original 4-Track tapes by Craig Parker Adams and mastered by John Polito at Audio Mechanics. Historical essays by Dan Schell & Joe Travers. Available on 6CD Box Set with exclusive poster.


dow, Saturday, 9 April 2022 02:26 (two months ago) link

Those were the days, my friend!

On April 8, the four-time Grammy-winning and diamond-certified rock legends AEROSMITH will release "Aerosmith - 1971: The Road Starts Hear" (UMe), a rare and previously unheard rehearsal from 1971, on CD and digital.

dow, Saturday, 9 April 2022 02:30 (two months ago) link

More KD:

Karen Dalton’s live recordings released for the first time
A new collection of American folk singer and guitarist Karen Dalton’s archival live performances — called Shuckin’ Sugar — is being released via Delmore Recording Society, this April on Record Store Day 2022.

The 12-track album features a collection of her previously unreleased live performances with her then-husband and guitarist Richard Tucker, as well as her solo compositions.

Shuckin’ Sugar was recorded between 1963 to 1964.

The album is accompanied by archival photos, newspaper clippings, artwork by Dalton, and an essay by journalist and author Kris Needs.

Shuckin’ Sugar follows the 50th anniversary reissue of her In My Own Time album, in March.

Head here for more info in advance of Shuckin’ Sugar’s 23rd April release; check out the artwork and tracklist below.

dow, Saturday, 9 April 2022 03:05 (two months ago) link

I've never heard any version of it, but I remember reading that the previous re-release of Flying Doesn't Help was remixed or fiddled with in some way from the original. I wonder what version is coming out on Drag City.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 10 April 2022 04:00 (two months ago) link

Occupying its own hinterland within Scandinavia's early 80s electronic/ progressive movements, ‘Mindgames’ navigates a lifetime of musical and personal exploration by Sjunne Ferger.

Child jazz drummer prodigy, arts venue operator, music teacher and Aikido practitioner, a bewildering array of personal & creative influences are distilled into the Örebro native’s only long player. Written around a new wave context, his own jazz fusion roots and at times with an unintentionally balearic outcome, Sjunne goes some way to conjuring up a singular sounding album of the time.

Narratives of love and loss, calls to self-empowerment and mindfulness, the new age zeal throughout follows Sjunne’s own awakening. Its music caught in meditative reflection one mo-ment before propelling into ecstatic revelation the next, with Sjunne’s collective ‘Exit’ providing electric backing throughout. Propelled by the Drummer’s beat, its hard not to be caught up with Sjunne’s personal vision of a ‘Polymood Music’

Painstakingly transferred and fully remastered from the original tapes, with new liner notes and photography in the vinyl edition. Mindgames follows Strangelove’s previous issue of Sjunne’s early singles and soundtrack work on “Childrens Mind” (SL106)

donna rouge, Thursday, 14 April 2022 22:29 (two months ago) link

Brown Acid series of rare 60s-70s pre-metal singles shares new track from Fourteenth Trip
Popular compilation series curated by RidingEasy Records & Permanent Records

"So rare that diehard fuzz junkies say you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a physical 45 rpm single by one of the bands featured on their latest installment." -- Dangerous Minds

"Will do for hard rock, proto-metal and heavy psych what Nuggets did for garage rock, and bring it to a wider audience of collectors and music fans." -- The Guardian

"Mining the surprising rich reserves of heavy rock and proto-metal from the '60s and '70s, these collections have been crucial to understanding the history of a subgenre of rock that had far deeper roots than most fans realize." -- Paste Magazine

The forthcoming latest edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Fourteenth Trip will be released April 20th, 2022. The latest single "Play It Cool" by Transfer is available to hear & share via Bandcamp and YouTube.

Metal Injection recently launched the 1969 raging lead track "Fever Games" by The Legends HERE. (Direct YouTube.) Ultimate Classic Rock recently hosted Mijal & White's "I've Been You" HERE.

The Brown Acid series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records.

About the Brown Acid series:

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on Brown Acid.

Lance Barresi, owner of L.A.-based Permanent Records and the Permanent Records Roadhouse has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long.

"I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success.

"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."

Brown Acid: The Fourteenth Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on April 20, 2022 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital at Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records.
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Fourteenth Trip
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 20th, 2022

01. The Legends “Fever Games”
02. Mijal & White “I’ve Been You”
03. Liquid Blue “Henry Can’t Drive”
04. San Francisco Trolley Co. “Signs”
05. Blue Creed “Need A Friend”
06. Transfer “Play It Cool”
07. Appletree “You’re Not The Only Girl (I’m Out To Get)”
08. Cox’s Army “I’m Tired”
09. Raven “Raven Mad Jam”

More info and links:

dow, Thursday, 14 April 2022 23:46 (two months ago) link

Numero's Ohio Soul Bundle:

Includes 1 copy of the Soul Music of Ohio book, 1 color vinyl copy of each: Hot Chocolate Self-Titled, Lou Ragland Is The Conveyor, The Ponderosa Twins Plus One and a special bonus unreleased, unknown Ohio Soul white label 7". The 7" is only available as part of this bundle while supplies last.

dow, Friday, 15 April 2022 21:15 (two months ago) link

L7 is doing a reunion tour this year---

Licorice Pizza is proud to announce as its first vinyl release a special reissue marking the 30th anniversary of L7's seminal third album, Bricks Are Heavy. Originally debuting at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekerschart, the album’s 11 tracks are digitally remastered by Howie Weinberg(Ramones, Pixies, Metallica). Produced by Butch Vig(Nirvana, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins), this limited editionrelease will be available with luxurious packaging on both gold and black vinylwith rare artifacts from the archive.

With an effortless blend of punk ethos, heavy grunge, socio-political anthems and humor, L7 is often associated with Seattle Grunge, even though they are from Los Angeles. L7’s vocalist/guitarist Donita Sparks says, “We are going to pull out all the stops for this release. Together with Licorice Pizza, this is going to be one tasty treat.”

L7’s heavy, but catchy guitar riffs are especially highlighted on the songs “Wargasm”, “Slide”, and “Everglade”. The group emphasized their feminist and Riot Grrrl side with “This Ain't Pleasure” and “Diet Pill”. Fan favorite “Shitlist” was famously featured in Natural Born Killers. Named by Rolling Stone as among the “Essential Recordings of the 1990s” and one of SPIN’s “300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014),” Bricks Are Heavy is a landmark album of '90s rock.

dow, Friday, 22 April 2022 20:44 (two months ago) link

Omnivore's Muffs demos have often been revelatory:

Limited Edition vinyl honoring the wonderful Kim Shattuck available this Saturday for @recordstoreday

— Omnivore Recordings (@OmnivoreRecords) April 19, 2022

dow, Saturday, 23 April 2022 20:49 (two months ago) link

Dunno what "New Improved" means, though...

dow, Saturday, 23 April 2022 20:50 (two months ago) link

O Numero, so weirdo:

[VINYL] Bedhead: Transaction De Novo

Bedhead's third and final album, 1998’s Transaction De Novo finds the band destroying the sound it helped forge. No longer concerned with loud and quiet, the quintet uses distortion at its leisure. Tempos increase at will, chasing wave after wave with no break in sight. Desert-dry guitars jangle along, nearly jaunty at times, journeying through songs with no chorus or bridge. Steve Albini’s masterful ear keeps the entire 37-minute affair clean, giving Matt Kadane’s vocals the chance to creep above near-mumble. Repressed onto gold vinyl.

Sophomore effort from the Wichita, Texas, slowcore masters. Originally issued in 1996 on King Coffey’s Trance Syndicate label, Beheaded is a dark and brooding affair. The braided, triple guitar attack of brothers Matt and Bubba Kadane and Tench Coxe is more reflective than bracing, each note simultaneously sustaining and building. The rhythm section of drummer Trini Martinez and bassist Kris Wheat breath effortlessly along, anxious only for more space.

Their shambolic 1994 debut, remastered from the original tapes and presented in lavish, gatefold form. A mix of restrained loud and purposeful quiet, WhatFunLifeWas’s eleven tracks unfold at a marathon runner’s pace, picking up speed when necessary, but its eye on completing a personal race. Singer Matt Kadane’s soft, semi-drawl is buried in the mix, letting brother Bubba and Tench Coxe’s guitars weave cleanly around drummer Trini Martinez’s all-ride-all-the-time timekeeping.

Those are also vinyl; debut also on CD, others also on digital
More info for all Bedhead on this page:

dow, Monday, 25 April 2022 20:14 (two months ago) link

New Release: Studio One Women Vol. 2 feat. Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley, Hortense Ellis and more

Brand new selection of rare and classic releases made at Studio One by reggae's leading women! Featuring legendary artists such as Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley and Hortense Ellis (with a guest appearance by her brother Alton), alongside a host of rarities from lesser known names such as Nina Soul, Nana Mclean, Denise Darlington, Myrna Hague and also Doreen Schaeffer - vocalist and founding member of The Skatalites!

Featured here are some notable cover versions - from Tyrone Davis’ soul classic 'Can I Change My Mind' to the Byrds' 60s psychedelic anthemic 'Turn Turn Turn' in a rub-a-dub style!. Doreen Schaeffer versions Alton Ellis’s seminal 'I’m Still in Love with You', Nina Soul versions the slack rocksteady anthem 'Barb Wire'.

Many of these tracks are almost impossible to find and many have never been issued ever since their initial release. The music on the album is - of course - 100% killer and features backing from all of the seminal groups at 13 Brentford Road including The Skatalites, Sound Dimension, Soul Brothers and the Brentford All Stars, and ranges from ska, rocksteady, roots, lovers and more from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

All produced by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at Studio One Records, the number one sound in reggae music.

The album is released on Soul Jazz Records as a double-vinyl with gatefold sleeve, download code, the CD comes in slipcase and both come with extensive sleevenotes.

More info, audio:

dow, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 19:43 (two months ago) link

Saw news of "a proper reissue" of Minnie Riperton's Come to My Garden from a label called Soulgramma. I understand this album has a history of problematic releases; it would be nice if "proper" means "from the master tapes" but if it were they would probably say so in the press release.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 22:17 (two months ago) link

Would like to hear that; album-wise, I only know her with Rotary Connection on YouTube, which I should def listen to some more.

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN FOLKS, The Spring Cleaning Sale is here! Save up to 40% off select vinyl from Light In The Attic and our huge family of distro labels, with records from Jim Sullivan, Hosono, Goblin, Dilla, and more! Don't miss this one!

— Light In The Attic (@lightintheattic) April 21, 2022

dow, Friday, 29 April 2022 03:38 (two months ago) link

Not much off on this one, but I didn't know of its existence and yep Japanese Ghost (DC has several others, maybe all, incl reissue of the one w Damon and Naomi, and still got my gateway, Hypnotic Underworld):


Drag City's ITEM OF THE DAY program provides an amazing insider discount on a different Drag City release each day, exclusively for mail order customers! Every one of your favorite Drag City artists is eligible: it's up to our tireless selection committee, using a complex series of algorithms to pick a new one every 24 hours!

Friday items hang out all weekend long and this weekend's item is Ghost's DVD+CD, Metamorphosis: Ghost Chronicles 1984-2004. This DVD boasts unreleased early material, live footage and rare archival jams from the Japanese band Ghost.

dow, Saturday, 30 April 2022 15:13 (two months ago) link

onnecting Wasulu hunter music, griot praises, Senufo pastoral dances, Fula and Mandingo repertoire alongside Western psychedelia, blues and afro-beat, Zani Diabaté’s Super Djata Band de Bamako was among Mali’s top orchestras by the late 1970’s well into the mid-1980’s. Tracked live inside Radio Mali’s raw but inspiring studio in January 1982, En Super Forme was briefly available via Côte d'Ivoire’s Musique Mondiale imprint. The album centers around Diabaté and his electric guitar’s pyrotechnics, a relentless shredder that stands shoulder to shoulder with Mali’s fingerstyle gods Ali Farka Touré and Rail Band's legendary Djelimady Tounkara.

* Expected to ship first week of June *

dow, Friday, 6 May 2022 19:20 (one month ago) link

Volta Jazz: Air Volta
From the landlocked tropical savanna of Upper Volta, an ever-evolving cast of musicians brought the world’s rhythms to the streets of their native Bobo-Dioulasso. Combining Congolese rhumba, American R&B, French yé-yé, Cuban son, and regional Senufo and Mandingo traditions, Orchestre Volta Jazz was at the epicenter of the West African musical explosion of the ’60s and ’70s. Air Volta compiles nine original songs originally issued on the Disques France-Afrique and Sonafric labels, a peerless primer of a group that turned the brutality of colonialism into something beautiful and enduring.

“Boisterous and simmering in equal measure.”—Pitchfork

“Infectious and filled with joy.”—The New Yorker

Air Volta and En Super Forme Vol. 1 are expected to ship the first week of June.

Also Numero, but so far the link is just showing cover art.

dow, Friday, 6 May 2022 19:23 (one month ago) link

Also, Numero would like us to know:

From doo-wop to disco to funk, our Eccentric playlists are now all in one place. Follow Eccentric Soul on Spotify to satiate all of your soul music cravings. And to kick things off, we created the long-overdue Eccentric Motown playlist, featuring Numero mainstays like Penny & The Quarters, The Georgettes, and Curtis Liggins Indications, as well as some bigger names synonymous with the venerable Detroit label.

dow, Friday, 6 May 2022 20:05 (one month ago) link

This announcement gave me a much-needed laugh this afternoon.

Al Stewart “The Admiralty Lights” 50CD Box Set – The Definitive Collection From Legendary Singer-Songwriter Now Available For Pre-order

Released by Madfish on June 3, 2022

Al Stewart’s sixty-year career in music has made him one of the most successful folk-rock artists the British Isles have ever produced. “The Admiralty Lights” shines a light on how a Glasgow born Skiffle-mad kid conquered the world.

Lights is the new career spanning, definitive collection of Al Stewart’s work. Comprising 50 discs, this astounding set follows the legendary singer-songwriter from humble beginnings in 1964, to global stardom in the ‘70s, through to his most recent recordings in 2009.

The new deluxe box set features Al’s complete original run of 21 studio albums which have been remastered from the original tape transfers, housed in original sleeves and lovingly presented in deluxe LP style jackets. Also included are 18 discs featuring never-before-heard live concert recordings from 1970 to 2009, 3 discs of rare BBC Sessions from 1965 - 1972 and 8 discs of Demos, Outtakes and Rarities, offering a rare inside look into Mr Stewart’s world.

Studio album pick-outs include the 1967 debut “Bedsitter Images” with its Dylan influences, the follow up “Love Chronicles” (1969) which saw Stewart backed by Fairport Convention alongside appearances from Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, and 1973’s “Present & Future” featuring guest slots from Rick Wakeman and Queen’s Roger Taylor. Then came the celebrated Alan Parsons years, commencing with “Modern Times” (1975) which in turn sowed the seeds for its magnificent follow up, the perennial classic “Year of the Cat” (1976) before concluding with 1978’s “Time Passages.” Another inclusion in the pantheon of distinguished Al Stewart studio albums is the highly acclaimed 2005 release “A Beach Full Of Shells,” a wonderful listening experience featuring 13 songs full of the dream-like, poetic lyrical wordplay that has become the singer-songwriter’s hallmark.

The collection also includes over 300 previously unheard tracks recorded from 1964, showcasing a young Al as he made his start, through to 2008.

A beautiful 160-page hardback coffee table book is at the center of this spectacular package, featuring comprehensive liner notes from author and Al Stewart expert Neville Judd and previously unseen photographs, flyers and ephemera from across his illustrious career. Vigilant fans will recognize the masterful touch of Colin Elgie, who has provided a visually striking original illustration for the outer box cover, having previously collaborated with Al on his “Year of the Cat” album.

Rounding off this smorgasbord of Al Stewart delights is a “Year of the Cat” print, individually signed by Colin Elgie, three posters and a 24 page Collectors’ Book, detailing all of the rare recordings in the set.

• 21 Discs of Newly Remastered Studio Albums
• 18 Discs of Live Recordings
• 3 Discs of BBC Sessions from 1965 - 1972
• 8 Discs of Demos, Outtakes and Rarities from 1964 - 2008
• 160 Page Hardback Coffee Table Book featuring Comprehensive Liner Notes, and In Depth Interview with Al Stewart and Rare Photographs, Memorabilia and Ephemera
• 24 Page Collectors’ Book detailing all the Rare Recordings in the set
• “Year of the Cat” Print individually signed by Colin Elgie
• “Last Days of the Century” Poster

This is a person who had two hits roughly 50 years ago. 50 CDs? 18 of them live? "Man, I really didn't think he was gonna play 'Year of the Cat' on this one, but then — bam! Set closer!"

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 16 May 2022 22:16 (one month ago) link

There's a golden ticket promotion wherein the winner gets to have Al himself move into their home for six months.

Has there been another box set more expensive than this one, prior to inflated discogs prices? Would be interested in hearing the unreleased tracks but $650 can still buy a few tanks of gas in Canada.

doug watson, Monday, 16 May 2022 23:14 (one month ago) link

that's hilarious

he does have at least a handful of class studio albums to be fair

also for some reason his material his been difficult to come by on streaming services

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 17 May 2022 06:42 (one month ago) link

Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) Announces Reissue of Debut LP, Shares "Speedo Man" Bonus Single + Video via Brooklyn Vegan

The History of Dogs Reissue LP Out 6/17

2xLP with Born Stupid LP Available for Pre-Order Now via Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise

dow, Tuesday, 17 May 2022 18:58 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

NEU! Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Self-titled Debut with NEU! 50! Box Set,
Out September 23rd via Grönland Records

Featuring Reworks by The National, Idles, Man Man, Mogwai, Guerilla Toss & More

NEU! Picture Disc and Cassette Available June 17th

Watch “Hallogallo (Stephen Morris and Gabe Gurnsey Remix)” Visualizer

dow, Thursday, 9 June 2022 01:55 (three weeks ago) link



Creature Catcher (Live) (morrisp), Thursday, 9 June 2022 02:20 (three weeks ago) link



This took me 12 hours to get, bravo.

Antifa Sandwich Artist (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 9 June 2022 13:29 (three weeks ago) link

yeah, they should do t-shirts in the usual style for us olds.

koogs, Thursday, 9 June 2022 13:46 (three weeks ago) link

in fact
your terrible ideas

koogs, Thursday, 9 June 2022 13:49 (three weeks ago) link


It was six years ago that we assigned the catalog number 070 to the band Blondie. I’d just returned from Chris Stein’s Woodstock estate where the band’s historic recording archive sat under a blanket of dust and mouse excrement and knew we were onto the next great Numero box set. Over the ensuing years, the project has taken many shapes, growing from a humble set of four LPs to the massive Super Deluxe Edition 10xLP+10”+45+2 books boxset we’re pleased to announce today.

Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982 gathers the original line-up’s six albums, including Blondie, Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines, Eat To The Beat, Autoamerican, and The Hunter, four additional LPs of session outtakes, B-sides, and demos, a 10” with the 1975 Alan Betrock demo and a previously unissued 1974 rehearsal tape, and a 45 rpm single featuring their rumored-to-exist cover of the Doors’ “Moonlight Drive” and the at-home sketch of “Mr. Sightseer”—a whopping 124 studio tracks. Erin Osmon’s liner notes tell the group’s story in exacting detail, with session commentary from Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Frank Infante, Nigel Harrison, and Gary Valentine, and essays from producers Richard Gottehrer and Mike Chapman all housed in a glorious foil-wrapped, 144-page, hard cover book. A second 120-page volume gives a discographical overview of the period via hundreds of pic sleeves, 45 labels, international sleeve variants, flexis, cassettes, and even 8-tracks. This behemoth of a box set weighs 17 pounds and is hands down the most in depth physical release we’ve manifested in our 19 year history.

But after six years of production, we knew we couldn’t stop there. We’ve built not one, but four configurations across five variants, including an eight CD box featuring replicas of all six studio albums and an additional two discs of extras (124 songs total) plus a 128-page hard cover book and slipcase; a four LP edition with all 52 bonus tracks nestled against a 128-page hard cover book and tucked inside a foil-wrapped slipcase; and finally a three CD edition with all 52 bonus tracks and a 164-page hard cover mini-book housed in a sturdy slipcase. All 124 tracks have been remastered from the original analogue tapes and the vinyl lacquered at Abbey Road and pressed on high quality 180 gram virgin wax. Each one is a stunning work craftsmanship that the band and Numero have agonized endlessly over these six long years.
...To recap, the set is available in 4 different configurations.
Super Deluxe Edition (Available in Black or Platinum Blonde Color Vinyl, Limited to 500 Copies)
6 Remastered Studio Albums (Blondie, Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines, Eat To The Beat, Autoamerican, The Hunter)
4 LPs of Bonus Material (Plaza Sound, Parallel Beats, Coca Cola, Home Tapes)
Unreleased 7" - Moonlight Drive b/w Mr. Sightseer
10" Out-takes & rarities (Out In The Streets)
144-page, hard cover liner note book.
120-page photographic discography of the entire period.
Check the unboxing video here.

Deluxe Edition (Black Vinyl)
4 LPs of Bonus Material (Plaza Sound, Parallel Beats, Coca Cola, Home Tapes)
128-page Hard Cover Liner Note book + Slipcase

Deluxe 8 CD Edition
CD Album Replicas of all six studio albums
2 additional discs full of the bonus extras
Full Size 128-page hard cover book and slipcase

3 CD Edition
3 CDs including 52 bonus tracks
164-page hard cover mini-book housed in a sturdy slipcase.

3 CD Edition
3 CDs including 52 bonus tracks
164-page hard cover mini-book housed in a sturdy slipcase.

dow, Sunday, 12 June 2022 18:09 (two weeks ago) link

Release date: Aug. 26.

dow, Sunday, 12 June 2022 18:12 (two weeks ago) link


This title is a pre-order. Purchased items will ship on or before 8/19/22.
(CD Digiwallet)
(140g turquoise color vinyl
12", 2-LP)

Squalls were a band who came from the same rich Athens, GA scene as The B-52’s, Pylon, R.E.M., and Love Tractor, but played their own brand of quirky pop with their own unique sound. Equal parts Lovin’ Spoonful, Grateful Dead and Talking Heads, they got many a person up on the dance floor. From 1981 to 1989, Squalls rocked Athens and made several tours of the South, the Midwest, and East coast cities including several shows at New York City clubs CBGB, Danceteria, and Peppermint Lounge. They released 4 recordings and were included in the 1986 movie Athens, GA: Inside/Out. The band also played at the legendary Athens 40 Watt Club 64 times during their heyday.

Squalls Live from the 40 Watt is a collection of 24 tracks recorded by 40 Watt Club soundman, T. Patton Biddle, and selected from five early 1980s shows.

Live from the 40 Watt is set for release on August 19, 2022 via Strolling Bones Records.


Bride of Frankenstein
Catholic Girls
The Prince of Wails
Ellie Dee
Na Nanana
Pop Roots
Waltzing Mathilda
Dancing Example
Tell Me Now
Unrelated Happenings
The Sheik
Strolling Bones
Modern World
What You Get
Elephant Radio

dow, Sunday, 12 June 2022 18:31 (two weeks ago) link

I’d just returned from Chris Stein’s Woodstock estate where the band’s historic recording archive sat under a blanket of dust and mouse excrement and knew we were onto the next great Numero box set.

tis details like this that make me absolutely full of 'huh, wtf !!' moments.
blondie were on a major label, had massive success, and yet its down to a crew like numero to give them the full on love treatment via a persoanlly kept archive.
no special storage system, nah.
then again, perhaps chris had it right given what happened a few years back in which whole bands archives were destroyed in a fire.

mark e, Sunday, 12 June 2022 19:33 (two weeks ago) link

Joint release w UMe, but looks like Numero (and Blondie) did all the work, according to the press release.

dow, Sunday, 12 June 2022 21:04 (two weeks ago) link

Speaking of the great fire, wiki's Voivod incl. this:

The master tapes for Voivod's MCA-era albums were long thought to have been destroyed in the 2008 Universal Studios fire; this was later disputed by Blacky, who revealed in late 2019 that the master tapes for Nothingface, Angel Rat and The Outer Limits were located in a facility in Pennsylvania, after persistently questioning Universal staff, and claimed that they are now in his possession.[25][26]
No word on release dates...

dow, Sunday, 12 June 2022 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

Joint release w UMe, but looks like Numero (and Blondie) did all the work, according to the press release.

― dow,

my point remains.
chris was canny in keeping all he could albeit under layers of dust and suchlike.
a band like Blondie needed an archivist,
i am glad that Chris realised to put aside such detritus for future generations.

mark e, Sunday, 12 June 2022 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

I've been really digging this archival release of obscure electro-minimalist composer John McGuire's Pulse Music that came out on Unseen Worlds a couple months ago:

All the references to serialism in the press materials primed me to expect a grey, atonal wash, but it's more like he applied serialism's rigorous mathematical principles of organization to the technicolor tonal palette of American minimalists like Reich, Riley, and Glass. So most of it is beautiful, extremely detailed, neon-textured computer music that's both easy on the ears and rhythmically complex, "Pulse Music III" being the standout for me:

J. Sam, Monday, 13 June 2022 00:54 (two weeks ago) link

New to me, thanks, J.Sam!

JUNE 17, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) — Following the widely celebrated release of From The Capitol Vaults (Vol. 1), the second volume of NAT KING COLE’s rarest tracks is joining the digital age today, June 17th, to celebrate Juneteenth and Father’s Day (both on June 19th). Cole’s smooth and engaging voice, inhabiting some of the greatest love songs, typified its era and proves everlasting in 2022 on From The Capitol Vaults (Vol.2). Listen HERE.
This second collection of 14 tracks explores more of the hidden gems in his illustrious catalog. Comprised of songs from his most prolific period between 1953 to 1959, a span that saw the legendary jazz/pop performer release hits that sold millions and, in 1956, he became the first Black entertainer to host a national network variety television show, NBC’s “Nat King Cole Show.”

Cole’s effervescent swing and moonlit balladry propelled him to the forefront of the most iconic performers ever to emerge from the jazz/pop sphere. Even the most casual music listeners probably know one or two hits by memory — such is his ageless appeal — but From The Capitol Vaults (Vol. 2) is for those interested in the deeper reaches of his vast and immersive catalog. With such memorable and classic tracks as “For A Moment Of Your Love,” “Something Happens To Me,” and “You Are My First Love,” which was the B-side to his hit single “Ballerina,” the collection contains collaborations with some of the best in the business, including composers Irving Berlin, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Jack Segal and arrangers Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins. All but one of the tracks is currently unavailable digitally.

In addition to the first volume of the From the Capitol Vaults series, Capitol/UMe recently released A Sentimental Christmas with Nat King Cole and Friends: Cole Classics Re-imagined. Taking its lead from “Unforgettable,” the 1991 GRAMMY award-winning virtual duet with his daughter Natalie Cole,” the holiday album weaves Nat’s distinctive and beautifully restored vocals with new arrangements and contemporary artists, creating unique duets of holiday classics.

Cole should still be with us by all rights, but he passed away in 1965 at just 45 years old. As an icon from the bygone Swing Era and Jazz Age, this volume is a great way to revisit and enjoy the Cole tracks that permeate our culture. But when it comes to American geniuses like him, digging a little deeper now and again is always an excellent idea.

From The Capitol Vaults (Vol. 2) (2022)

Why Can't We Try Again? (1953)
For A Moment Of Your Love (1953)
I’m Shooting High (1956)
Maybe It’s Because I Love You Too Much (1956)
One Sun (1956)
You Are My First Love (1956)
It’s None Of My Affair (1957)
How Did I Change? (1957)
When Rock And Roll Come to Trinidad (1957)
Laughable (1958)
Something Happens To Me (1958)
Do I Like It? (1958)
When You Belong To Me (1958)
Give Me Your Love (1959)

dow, Monday, 20 June 2022 01:23 (one week ago) link

Cole should still be with us by all rights

He'd be 102.

Soul Jazz Records

Available at 8pm tonite Mon 20 Jun 2022 everywhere or direct from us!!!

Studio One Classics RSD 2022
Soul Jazz Records’ new 20th anniversary one-off limited-edition heavyweight special-edition purple coloured double vinyl pressing + download code and striking ‘Wailers’ alternative gatefold sleeve only available for Record Store Day 2022.


Studio One Classics features a non-stop selection of stone-cold classic Studio One killers! Spanning 40 years of the legendary label, this album is a celebration of the music of Studio One Records and features a who’s who of Jamaican Reggae: Bob Marley, The Heptones, Horace Andy, Sugar Minott, Don Drummond, Prince Jazzbo & more.

This collection contains numerous legendary tracks, including Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Simmer Down”," "Love Me Forever" by Carlton & His Shoes, Slim Smith's "Rougher Yet," Horace Andy's "Fever,", Alton Ellis’s “I’m Just A Guy’, The Skatalites’ blazing ‘Confucious’ and loads more. Timeless stuff - every track here is indeed a classic, no-one can argue about that!

Studio One produced literally hundreds of hits and this selection includes some of the label’s most enduring songs. Often described as both the University of Reggae, and the Motown of Jamaica, never were these phrases more apt than if we look at the number of artists who launched their musical careers at Studio One. It is simply impossible to imagine modern Jamaican music without Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, founder of the iconic label, and virtually every singer and musician of note in Reggae cut their teeth at Studio One.

Studio One's output spans over four decades, all represented here. Coxsone Dodd pioneered nearly every new form of Jamaican music as it developed over time and this album includes Ska, Dancehall, Roots, Rocksteady, DJ, Lovers and more.

This is probably the best entry of the many Soul Jazz Studio One releases if you're after a primer in the Studio One sound. It's all here from the stomping Ska of the Skatalites to The Lone Ranger's Rub-a-dub stylee!

Like it says on the wrapper 'Classics' pretty much sums it up.

1. The Skatalites – El Pussycat Ska
2. Carlton & The Shoes – Love Me Forever
3. Sound Dimension – Rockfort Rock
4. Johnny Osbourne – Sing Jah Stylee
5. The Heptones – Pretty Looks Isn't All
6. Slim Smith – Rougher Yet
7. Lone Ranger – Automatic
8. Horace Andy – Fever
9. Prince Jazzbo – School
10. The Wailers – Simmer Down
11. Burning Spear – Rocking Time
12. Alton Ellis – I'm Just A Guy
13. Sugar Minott – Oh Mr Dc
14. Jennifer Lara – Consider Me
15. Don Drummond – Confucious
16. Michigan & Smiley – Rub A Dub Style
17. Sound Dimension – Full Up
18. Dennis Brown – No Man Is An Island

More info, audio:

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Oops, this is the better link:

dow, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 02:53 (one week ago) link

“100% Dynamite is among the finest compilations ever assembled.” The Quietus

This is a new one-off limited-edition special edition yellow coloured vinyl pressing of Soul Jazz Records’ seminal reggae meets funk and soul collection. 100% Dynamite is the cornerstone of Soul Jazz Records’ releases and launched their long-running series of highly-regarded reggae albums.

This album is the fully expanded version and comes with download code.

This new coloured vinyl expanded edition is exclusively for Record Store Day 2022.


Since the album’s original release,100% Dynamite has become a cornerstone of funky reggae music. Eighteen killer tracks that show the influence that American Jazz, Funk and Soul music had on Jamaican Reggae.

The album was Soul Jazz Records first foray into the mighty vaults of Studio One and many of the tracks featured come from the legendary label and the expanded edition features seminal tracks from the greatest Jamaican producers – Clement Dodd, Lee Perry, Winston Riley (Techniques) and many more.

100% Dynamite features come serious and heavyweight Jamaican funk by Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, alongside the cream of Jamaican jazz musicians such as Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks and Lennie Hibbert. Also included here are killer Reggae versions of USA Soul classics including Marlena Shaw’s ‘Woman of the Ghetto’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rocksteady’, Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’, William DeVaughan’s seminal ‘Be Thankful’ and more.

Jamaican/USA influences went both ways and included here are many cornerstone reggae songs that cross into the worlds of both hip-hop and punk worlds – check Brentford All Stars massive ‘Greedy G’, the basis for Boogie Down Productions’ ‘Jack of Spades’, and Willie Williams’ ‘Armagideon Time’ later covered by The Clash.

1. Willie Williams – Armageddon Time
2. The Maytals – Night and Day
3. The Marvels – Rock Steady
4. The Upsetters – Popcorn
5. Bunny Clarke – Be Thankful
6. Tommy McCook – Green Mango
7. Brentford All Stars – Greedy G
8. Lennie Hibbert – Real Hot
9. Horace Andy – My Soul
10. Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love
11. Bunny Clarke – I Love The Way You Love
12. Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
13. Phyllis Dillon – Woman Of The Ghetto
14. Cecric Im Brooks – Give Rasta Glory
15. Alton Ellis – Son Of Man
16. Sound Dimension – Granny Scratch Scratch
17. Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
18. Sound Dimension – Drum Song
19. Ken Boothe – Is It Because I'm Black

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dow, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 03:00 (one week ago) link

Neither those nor these are absolutely necessary, if you can stand anything but the latest vinyl, but these are half-speed:

2022 marks a year of celebration for Roxy Music. Throughout the year, we reissued each of their eight studio albums - all heralded as modern classics - as special anniversary editions. Throughout the year, we reissued each of their eight studio albums - all heralded as modern classics - as special anniversary editions. Their seventh album, FLESH + BLOOD was released in 1980 and will be released as this special edition on July 1, 2022 along with Avalon, via Virgin/UMe.

Greil Marcus wrote of the album "This record, all graceful lust and wistful regret, is pure romance; it’s also the best summer music anyone’s made since oil spills began undermining the concept... Flesh + Blood floats; it drifts; it fades away; it soars back. It captures the easy, endless promises of summer, and it captures the summer you’ve never gotten over; it works as soothing, mindless background music, and it can break your heart. Like a perfect July day, it makes no demands on a listener, yet it can give a listener everything."

Flesh + Blood, like Avalon, has been given a fresh half-speed cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios in London. To reflect the enhanced audio, the album artwork has been similarly revised with lyrics and a deluxe gloss laminated finish.

Both Flesh + Blood and Avalon will be released on July 1, 2022 via Virgin/UMe.

dow, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 23:35 (one week ago) link

Both a marketing firm and metaphysical mission, Valley of the Sun synthesized style and spirituality to produce an extensive catalog that at once defines and defies new age music. Founder Dick Sutphen worked with tireless devotion to spread a message he believed could change the world for the better. This 18-track Double LP overview of VOTS’ fertile 1977-1990 period includes music from Upper Astral, Robert Slap & Steve Powell, David Naegele, David Storrs, Steven Cooper, and Gloria Thomas, a 24-page booklet with extensive liner notes, J-card scans, and a hint of Sedona sand. Subliminal hypnosis likely.

Track List
Upper Astral Upper Astral Suite
David Naegele Temple In The Forest
Slap & Powell Sex Drive
David Storrs Channel For The Light (Part II)
Steven Cooper Key West Afternoon VI
Robert Slap Boynton Canyon
Upper Astral Celestial Whispers II
Steven Cooper Crystal Garden I
Robert Slap UFO
Robert Slap Search For Utopia II
Gloria Thomas I AM
Robert Slap Sands Of Time
Celestial Odysseys Daystar
Steven Cooper Key West Afternoon V
David Storrs Aerobic Exercise Music (Driving Beat II)
Robert Martin Great Peace (Guitar)
David Storrs Sedona Sunrise
Robert Slap East of West VIII

Available in Sedona Sunrise vinyl, black vinyl, and digital.
More info:

dow, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 23:55 (one week ago) link

Several from Real Gone Records, via Sound of the Universe once again:
Think Andy Bey is still around? Cosmik jazz baritone balladeer, not unlike Cecil Taylor and Screamin' Jay Hawkins intensity-wise, though smoother and I've never heard him scream, alas.
Was also good w the Bey Sisters.

Andy Bey
Experience And Judgement

New LP (Coloured Vinyl)£34.00
Limited 'sea' blue coloured vinyl edition
Expected 12 AugPREORDER
1. Celestial Blues
2. Experience
3. Judgment
4. I Know This Love Cant Be Wrong
5. Hibiscus
6. You Shouldve Seen The Way
7. Tune Up
8. Rosemary Blue
9. Being Uptight
10. A Place Where Love Is
11. Trust Us To Find The Way
12. The Power Of My Mind
Classic album of wicked funky deep jazz vocals! Includes the AWESOME 'Celestial Blues'

Andy Bey is well known through his association with saxophonist Gary Bartz - his mellifluous barritone graces several of Bartz' most sought after LPs from the early 70s - but it's on this solo album that he really shines the brightest!

These are real songs delivered in a unique and creative style with an early 1970s indy label deep jazz feel!

More info, audio:

dow, Friday, 24 June 2022 21:06 (one week ago) link

much later, standards, different label, still that sound...

Andy Bey
Ballads, Blues & Bey
Ko Ko Music

In stockADD TO BAG
1. Someone To Watch Over Me
2. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
3. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
4. In A Sentimental Mood
5. Willow Weep For Me
6. Yesterdays
7. If You Could See Me Now
8. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
9. Day Dream
10. Embraceable You
First time on vinyl! The 1996 album 'Ballads, Blues & Bey' from one of the most distinctive voices in jazz, Andy Bey!

dow, Friday, 24 June 2022 21:11 (one week ago) link

Back to Real Gone for a while:

Brian Bennett
Voyage (A Journey into Discoid Funk)
Real Gone Music
New LP (Coloured Vinyl)

1. Voyage
2. Solstice
3. Chain Reaction
4. Pendulum Force
5. Air Quake
6. Ocean Glide
Brian Bennett is one of instrumental music's true cult figures. Drummer for Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Bennett also is the composer of some of the most collectible production music albums ever made, and for over 40 years has been a sought-after composer for TV and film. But of all his projects, his 1978 release "Voyage (A Journey into Discoid Funk)" is probably his most beloved, a truly pioneering "space disco" recording inspired by Brian Eno but wielding a groove all its own. Despite its absolutely eye-popping Discogs stats, our release marks its first vinyl reissue outside of Australia, and its first-ever release on colored vinyl (blue with black swirl), complete with original gatefold jacket art. Limited to 4500 copies!

More info, audio:

dow, Friday, 24 June 2022 21:17 (one week ago) link

Darlene Love
The Many Sides of Love—The Complete Reprise Recordings Plus!

12" (Coloured Vinyl)
In stock
50 years of criminally overlooked recordings by one of the greatest R&B and rock vocalists ever! Darlene Love's work for Phil Spector gets most of the ink, and understandably so, but this 15-track collection captures her rare singles for the Reprise label with the vocal groups The Blossoms and The Wildcats, plus her own solo work. And the bonus tracks are priceless: you get her 1985 Elektra recording of "River Deep, Mountain High," her 2014 duet with Bette Midler on "He's Sure the Boy I Love," and two 1990 recordings for the Sire label! None of this material has ever been on LP, and this release comes with an insert featuring photos and extensive liner notes. An essential addition to the Darlene Love discography, pressed in teal vinyl limited to 3500 copies!

dow, Friday, 24 June 2022 21:22 (one week ago) link

Natural Feelings

New LP (Coloured Vinyl)£16.00
Limited pink, green and yellow marbled vinyl edition.
In stock

First vinyl reissue in over 45 years for a long-lost, pivotal jazz fusion record! This album, originally released in 1970 on the thinly-distributed Skye label, marks Airto' s debut as a bandleader and captures the percussionist right at the time he recorded Bitches Brew with Miles Davis, and right before he joined Weather Report for their first album. Indeed, the line-up on this album reflects the fact that Airto had one foot in the NYC jazz scene and one foot in his native Brazil, as bassist Ron Carter joins Airto' s countrymen Sivuca and Hermeto Pascoal, along with Airto' s wife Flora Purim. The music' s a fascinating blend of jazz-funk and Brazilian tropes, housed inside the original wild, Hieronymus Bosch album art!

More info, audio excerpts of all tracks:

dow, Friday, 24 June 2022 21:27 (one week ago) link

Free (1972)

Out of stock
Reissue LP£16.00
In stock

return to forever
2. flora's song
3. free
4. lucky southern
5. creek (arroio)
6. CD Bonus Track – so tender
7. CD Bonus Track – jequie
8. CD Bonus Track – creek (arroio)
Tough Brazilian meets Jazz fusion from Airto Moreira, produced by Creed Taylor in 1972 for CTI! Line-up includes Flora Purim, Ron Carter, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Nelson Ayres, George Benson plus orchestra.

dow, Friday, 24 June 2022 21:32 (one week ago) link

from elsewhere:

Shimmy-Disc Announces First-Time-Ever-On-Vinyl LP of Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved, Shares "On Our Way Back To The Motel" Single + Video
via Rolling Stone

ft. All Star Cast Including Tim Robbins, Dr. John, Bill Frisell, Ralph Steadman, Annie Ross, and Others

The Kentucky Derby is Decadent & Depraved LP due 7/15 via Shimmy-Disc/Paris Records
Produced by the Late, Great Hal Willner.


“Produced by Hal Wilner, the Robert Altman of all-star concept LPs, this dramatized reading of Hunter S. Thompson's 1970 essay casts Tim Robbins in the lead, with cameos by Dr. John and Ralph Steadman, Thompson's sidekick and frames illustrator. Basically Fear and Loathing at the Track, this album is a rifle-scope piss-take with a heart of darkness and a soundtrack composed by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, who colors the tale with skewed Dixieland brass, shivering strings and groaning woodwinds. The joke, per usual, is that monsters are everywhere. "Shit," Thompson writes after examining Steadman's horrifying crowd portraits. "We both look worse than anything you've drawn here."
- WILL HERMES, Rolling Stone

Today, Shimmy-Disc (through exclusive license with Paris Records) announces an exclusive first-time vinyl release of iconic Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby is Decadent & Depraved (originally published in 1970 via Scanlon's Monthly and released as a CD performance via Paris Records in 2012), featuring an all-star cast of musicians and actors including Tim Robbins (as Thompson), Dr. John, Bill Frisell, Ralph Steadman, Annie Ross, John Joyce III, and Will Forte. The release translates the classic piece of reporting through spoken word and music, introduced now with the first segment, "On Our Way Back To The Motel."

Hunter S. Thompson’s inimitable non-fiction hysterics are perfectly portrayed here by none other than TIM ROBBINS, with music composed by BILL FRISELL, illustrating the full-on decadence of The Kentucky Derby, as Thompson himself saw it, and felt it… ”Neither of us had brought any strange or illegal drugs, so we’d have to get by on booze.”

The LP, re-mastered by Kramer in 2021, is due July 15 via Shimmy-Disc.

"I remember the day i met Hal Willner in 1979. It was love at first sight. We remained friends, like brothers, til the day he died, when a big part of me died with him.

I wasn't far away when he was making this amazing project come to life in 2011. He played the final mixes for me in his little listening room in NYC, surrounded by his puppets, his records (well, some of them, anyway), and the swirling surgical wit and spirit of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

'So whaddaya think?', Hal asked. 'Is HST spinning in his grave right now? Did I do something good here, or is he gonna go gonzo on me in my dreams, forever?'

You done good, Hal. You done real good. Rest in Peace."

- Kramer, June 2022

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Release Bio:
Shimmy-Disc (through an exclusive license with Paris Records), is set to release for the first time on vinyl THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS DECADENT AND DEPRAVED - by the father of Gonzo Journalism, HUNTER S. THOMPSON - an all-star cast of musicians and actors lead by Tim Robbins, Dr. John, Bill Frisell, Ralph Steadman, Annie Ross, John Joyce III, and Will Forte, who bring Thompson’s classic Gonzo reportage on the 1970 Kentucky Derby to life through spoken word and musical composition. Conceived by executive producer Michael Minzer, the project was produced by Hal Willner who invited Bill Frisell to compose the music. Bill enlisted the help of an ensemble including Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Ron Miles (trumpet), Eyvind Kang (viola), Doug Weiselman (woodwinds), Jenny Scheinman (violin), Hank Roberts (cello) and Kenny Wolleson (drums, percussion).

Ralph Steadman does double duty portraying himself in the narration and contributing original artwork for the project.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON's “THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS DECADENT AND DEPRAVED” limited-edition vinyl and streaming/download will be available on July 15, 2022.

In 2005, Paris Records founder Michael Minzer called up his friend Hal Willner with the idea of recording a definitive performance of an all time classic piece of journalism, The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved. Originally published in Scanlon’s Monthly in June of 1970, it’s the quintessential example of Hunter S. Thompson’s uniquely humorous and piercing insight—the article that inspired the term Gonzo Journalism (coined by the late Bill Cardoso). Minzer and Willner had collaborated before on several “wide open” tributes to such literary luminaries as Allen Ginsberg’s "The Lion For Real," William S. Burrough’s “Dead City Radio,” and Terry Southern’s “Give Me your Hump!.” Hal was friends with Ralph Steadman who’s involvement was a major boost in getting the project off the ground. Hal also was able to enlist Tim Robbins as lead narrator and Bill Frisell to oversee the music and the project was off to the races so to speak.

Says Michael Minzer: “The big challenge was to match Bill’s sharply drawn moody vignettes with the perfect segments of a very long reading. When we realized that it all worked out beautifully, Hal just said ‘I told you I had worked on this!’’

Says Tim Robbins: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this project—who could say no to such an opportunity to toast the king of Gonzo journalism? It’s been a great pleasure diving into the chaotic, genius prose of Hunter and I feel flattered to be working with such a stellar group of creative folks like Hal Willner, Ralph Steadman, Bill Frisell and Michael Minzer who made it come alive so brilliantly.”

Re-Mastered by Kramer in 2021, this limited-edition LP (on 'Horse-Shit Brown' vinyl) is destined to become the indispensable classic it always deserved to be.

Dedicated to Hal Willner, producer extraordinaire, in Loving Memory.

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