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Terminal Mind, formed in 1978, was one of the early first-wave punk acts in Austin, TX. Based far from the urban roots of a genre in its earliest stages, the band absorbed influences as disparate as Pere Ubu, Roxy Music, John Cale, and Wire. The life span was short, but their influence touched many of the next generation of Texas noise and hardcore acts as they shared bills with fellow proto-punks The Huns and Standing Waves at Raul's, The Big Boys on the UT campus, and even opened for Iggy Pop at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

Founding members Steve Marsh and the Murray Brothers, Doug and Greg, started as a trio before adding synthesizer player Jack Crow. Steve Marsh moved to New York with his experimental noise band Miracle Room (before eventually returning to Austin and forming space/psychedelic rock band Evil Triplet and beginning an experimental solo project dubbed Radarcave), while Doug Murary joined the Skunks and Greg Murray played in a later version of The Big Boys. Jack Crow passed away in 1994.

This collection of songs is a journey back to the 'anything goes' first steps of American punk as it left the dirty streets of New York and Los Angeles and made its way into the heartland. Like the Austin of 1978, Recordings is a small outpost of musical individualism that planted seeds for the alternative music explosion familiar to later generations.

Recordings will be available on LP, CD and download on January 12th, 2018 via Sonic Surgery Records.

Artist: Terminal Mind
Album: Recordings
Label: Sonic Surgery Records
Release Date: January 12, 2018

01. I Want to Die Young
02. Refugee
03. Sense of Rhythm
04. Zombieland
05. Obsessed With Crime
06. Fear In the Future
07. Radioactive
08. Bridges Are For Burning
09. (I Give Up On) Human Rights
10. Black
11. Missing Pieces
12. Bureaucracy

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dow, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 01:45 (five months ago) Permalink

Some albums I didn't mention on RR 17: here's a couple of follow-ups to Omnivore's (legit, expanded) 2016 reissue of Henske & Yester's Farewell Aldebaran:

SRLP: $16.98 / BOX LOT: 30
• 15 previously unissued tracks recorded throughout the 1970s.
• Songwriting collaboration with Larry Beckett (Tim Buckley).
• Liners feature new interviews with Yester and Beckett.
Yester’s name on classic albums. Whether producing acts like The
Association, The Turtles, Tim Buckley, or Tom Waits, or hearing him in
bands like The Modern Folk Quartet, Rosebud, The Lovin’ Spoonful, or
with Judy Henske on the (now) classic Farewell Aldebaran—aside from
a pair of 1967 singles, there wasn’t a Jerry Yester “solo album” from
that period, as he was so busy creating music with and for other artists.
Pass Your Light Around collects the songs recorded in various studios
throughout the 1970s (and even one dating back as far as 1964 from
his Bleeker Street apartment). The songs were written with poet/
lyricist and Tim Buckley collaborator Larry Beckett (who he got to
know while producing Buckley’s Goodbye And Hello and Happy
Sad), and feature performances by Yester, *Rosebud bandmates David
Vaught and John Seiter, future Lone Justice member Don Heffington,
and even Laurel Masse from The Manhattan Transfer, among others.
In true Yester fashion, the instrumentation moves from classic guitar
based instrumentation to strings, celeste, harmonium and synthesizer.
Produced by Jerry Yester with Grammy ® Award-Winner Cheryl Pawelski,
the sources for all the tracks were pulled from Jerry’s personal archives,
and mastered by Grammy ® -winning engineer Michael Graves. These
15 previously unissued tracks act as what could, and should have
been another Yester-tagged classic, but this time under his own name.
Packaging contains photos, lyrics, and a new essay from Barry
Alfonso detailing the genesis of the songs and recordings, augmented
by new interviews with both Yester and Beckett.
While it may have taken over 40 years to hear it, as Alfonso says in his
liner notes, “What matters is that this remarkable music is available after
four decades of obscurity. The light never dimmed. Now it’s finally
ready to be shared.”
1. Pass Your Light Around
2. My Dusty Darling
3. Brooklyn Girl
4. The Whiskey Moon
5. Showboat
6. The Sun Is Like A Big Brass Band
7. Corn Cracker
8. Dance For Me, Anna Lee
9. With A Hickory Pole
10. Seesaw
11. The Minutes
12. The Rose
13. Across The Persian Gulf
14. All I Can Do Is Dance
15. Hip Toad
All tracks previously unissued
Pass Your Light Around
Photo: Henry Diltz
*Speaking of Rosebud:

SRLP: 16.98 / BOX LOT: 30
• Remastered and expanded reissue of the
1971 classic.
• Contains 10 bonus tracks—7 previously
unissued .
• Packaging contains rare ephemera and
new interviews with band members Judy
Henske, Jerry Yester, and Craig Doerge.
The iconic 1971 release – expanded with 10 bonus tracks!
When Judy Henske and Jerry Yester’s (now revered) Farewell Aldebaran sadly disappeared into legend,
they decided to take a different approach for their next release—becoming a “band.” Adding songwriter
and multi-instrumentalist Craig Doerge (pronounced “Durgee”) and John Seiter (known for his work
with Spanky & Our Gang and The Turtles), Rosebud was born. After recording was done and the album
“fi nished”—the band added Bassist David Vaught. Additional songs were laid down, and others re-
moved in lieu of the new material. Finally, in 1971—Rosebud the album appeared.
In his liner notes, Barry Alfonso (acclaimed author and songwriter) says “French choral numbers, gospel
rockers, nostalgic ballads, angelic lullabies—it sounds like the contents of a greatest hits collection.
In fact, the above tracks are all found on the sole album by Rosebud, an L.A.-based quintet that barely
lasted a year.”
Rosebud, is indeed, all of that and much more. While inching Henske & Yester closer to the main-
stream, Rosebud is just as daring as Aldebaran, as its songs have the same studio sophistication,
hook-laden material, and wit.
To make this reissue even more special, 10 bonus tracks have been added, 7 of which are previously
unissued. The packaging contains photos and ephemera, tracing the changing history in the making
of the album, as well as new interviews with Henske, Yester and Doerge in Alfonso’s essay. Produced
for release by Grammy ® -winning Producer Cheryl Pawelski, and new mastering and restoration by
Michael Graves (who also has won a few Grammys ® himself), Rosebud is ready to take the uninitiated
on a journey, and adds nearly another album’s worth of rare singles and unheard tracks for those who
loved the original.
Named after the sled in Orson Welles’ iconic Citizen Kane, Rosebud is a secret no more.
Le Soleil
Western Wisconsin
Lullabye II
(Summer Carol)
The Yum Yum Man
Roll Home Cheyenne
Flying To Morning
Mercury Of Fools *
Hey Old Friend (JUDY VOCAL) *
Le Soleil (DEMO) *
What’s The Matter
With Sam *
Easy On Me, Easy *
Father Of Souls
Mercury Of Fools (DEMO) *
Hey Old Friend
The iconic 1971 release – expanded with 10 bonus tracks!
Photo: Henry Diltz

dow, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 02:13 (five months ago) Permalink

Human Sexual Response - In A Roman Mood. Finally has a CD reissue, being sold on eBay along with a new printing of their debut.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:33 (five months ago) Permalink

More catching up:

The Choir
Artifact: The
Unreleased Album
SRLP: $16.98 / BOX LOT: 30
• Unreleased material from Cleveland legends, whose
members would eventually form Raspberries.
• Packaging contains liners and rare photos
from band members.
• Restored and mastered by the team behind
Raspberries’ acclaimed Pop Art Live .
Cleveland Ohio is not only the home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but
the birthplace of many classic musical acts. The Choir’s first release was
an acclaimed single on Canadian-American Records (eventually picked up
by Roulette). It gained them opening spots for The Who and The Yardbirds
among others, but the group eventually dissipated and morphed into other
bands including the James Gang, and eventually, Raspberries.
Some of their original recordings have been complied on import EPs, vari-
ous compilations, and on the expanded boxed set of Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets
series, but not much is known about the band’s second wind. Until now.
Artifact: The Unreleased Album showcases 10 tracks, recorded in 1969,
making their first appearance anywhere. They resonate with the original
Choir vibe, adding in post-British Invasion influences like Procol Harum.
Recently unearthed by Suma Recordings operator Ken Hammon’s son
Paul Hammon, they have been lovingly restored by Tommy Allen and
Ducky Carlisle, whose work has been universally lauded after their work
on Raspberries’ Pop Art Live.
The packaging contains liners from Eric Carmen, Al Kaston, and Choir
members Denny Carleton and Phil Giallombardo, plus a family tree, and
rare photos from the bands’ collections. Artifact: The Unreleased Album
is a trip to the late ’60s church of rock ’n’ roll.
C hoir
I went to see The Choir when I was 16, and
immediately wanted to join their band. They
were a great group that had many lives and
many members. This album was made by one
of the last and final versions of the band. This
recently discovered recording is sure to rekindle
fond memories for the many fans of The Choir,
including myself. Give it a spin, and enjoy a
special piece of Cleveland rock history.
—Eric Carmen
December 2017

SRLP: $22.98 / BOX LOT: 30
• Dynamic recording of the Raspberries
fi rst live show in 30 years.
• Liner notes from Academy Award ® -winner
and music scribe Cameron Crowe.
• Memorabilia & ephemera from Raspberries
aficionado Bernir Hogya.
• Perfect renditions of all the hits plus covers of classic
songs by the The Beatles, The Who & The Choir.
Photo by Gene Taylor
“Having waited this long to witness the impossible—Raspberries live—we
showed up two hours early, parking our car in the empty parking lot . . .
[and] moments before the house lights went down, we looked at each other
and said the words that we never thought we would ever say: ‘We’re at a
Raspberries concert.’ Then it began . . . ”
—Ken Sharp and Bernie Hogya from the liner notes to Pop Art Live.
November 26, 2004, the stage was set for a reunion most thought could never hap-
pen—the Raspberries Live In Concert! Over 30 years since the original four members
of Raspberries last played together, Pop Art Live captures opening night, at Cleveland’s
House of Blues, as never before! You will experience the power and magic that led the
group to a successful reunion tour in 2005.
Founding members Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, David Smalley, and Jim Bonfanti power-
fully muscle through 28 slices of pure rock ’n’ roll heaven, bringing to life the legacy
of power pop’s founding fathers. Brilliantly mixed by longtime Raspberries’ associate
Tommy Allen, the Midwestern quartet has never sounded this good!
Pop Art Live contains live versions of songs from all four of the Raspberries’ classic
original studio albums including the hits “Go All The Way,” “I Wanna Be With You,”
“Let’s Pretend,” and “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” as well as perfect renditions of
timeless favorites by The Beatles and The Who.
Also included in this 2-CD package are refl ections and testimonials from Academy
Award ® -winning fi lmmaker and rock scribe Cameron Crowe and longtime Raspberries
afi cionados Bernie Hogya and Ken Sharp. Hogya also contributes a wealth of ephemera
from opening night in Cleveland.
The Raspberries are one of rock’s most treasured bands infl uencing everyone from John
Lennon to Bruce Springsteen to Paul Westerberg!. Pop Art Live is an essential document
of that band, providing another chapter to their lasting impact! The Raspberries Live . . .
they said it would never happen . . . they were wrong.
1. I Wanna Be
With You
2. Play On
3. I Can’t Explain
4. Nobody Knows
5. Let’s Pretend
6. Don’t Wanna
Say Goodbye
7. Party’s Over
8. Overnight Sensation
(Hit Record)
9. Might As Well
10. It Seemed So Easy
11. Baby’s In Black
12. If You Change
Your Mind
13. Tonight
14. I Can Remember
1. Starting Over
2. Last Dance
3. I Saw The Light
4. No Reply
5. When You Were
With Me
6. It’s Cold Outside
7. Should I Wait
8. Come Around
And See Me
9. Makin’ It Easy
10. Ticket To Ride
11. Hard To Get Over
A Heartbreak
12. Ecstasy
13. I’m A Rocker
14. Go All The Way

dow, Thursday, 4 January 2018 00:58 (five months ago) Permalink

that Human Sexual Response record is good fun, I picked it up on vinyl for five bucks, not a lost classic or anything

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 January 2018 02:15 (five months ago) Permalink

This reads like a parody, but…

Solid Space - [/i]Space Museum[/i]
Dark Entries Records
January 2018

"Dark Entries is honored to finally present the first ever official vinyl reissue of Space Museum by Solid Space. Solid Space was the British duo of Dan Goldstein (keyboards, vocals) and Matthew 'Maf' Vosburgh (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals) formed in 1980. Dan and Matthew met at the age of 11 while attending school in north London. In late 1978 at at the age of 14, they formed Exhibit 'A' with Paul “Platypus” and Andrew “Lunchbox” Bynghall. They recorded two EPs in 1979 and 1980, self-released on Irrelevant Wombat Records and appeared on 'The Thing From The Crypt' compilation. After the dissolution of the group, Mathew started taking his guitar over to Dan’s house where he’d play his Casio MT-30 and they would record songs. Eventually a second hand drum machine and Wasp synthesizer were acquired from classified ads in Melody Maker and the Solid Space sound was born. By this time they were just turning 18 and finally found the freedom to make the music they’d had in their heads.

Over the course of the next two years the band assembled eleven bedroom recordings that would become one of the most cherished DIY obscurities of its kind. Their debut album ‘Space Museum’ was released in 1982 on cassette by In Phaze Records. All of the songs were mixed by label boss Pat Bermingham on 8-track tape at The Shed, in Ilford, which was literally a garden shed. The band's music and lyrics were heavily indebted to science fiction, in particular the 1960s television series Doctor Who. ‘Space Museum’ is an unveiling of atmospheric, minimalist post punk supported by bright melodies. The music combines drum machines and synths with acoustic guitar and toy drums whilst also experimenting with samples between tracks. Lyrics deal with space travel and a general sense of dejection. Representing a bubbling spirit within the underground, they foreshadowed an entire world of independent music which would emerge across the 80’s and well into the 90’s. For this reissue we’ve included two bonus tracks from the band’s archive, “Platform 6” originally released on the B-side of the second single by Exhibit ‘A’, this song features only Dan and Matthew and is the first Solid Space track ever recorded. “Tutti Lo Sanno” is a cover of In Phaze label mates Marine Girls, though the lyrics have been changed to suit the gender of the new singer.

Each song has been carefully remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The record is sleeved in a replica of the cassette artwork featuring the Cybermen and Jamie (surely Zoe? - pedantic Jeff) from the Doctor Who episode "The Wheel in Space". Every copy includes a double sided 11x11 insert with lyrics, notes and never before seen photographs of the band taken by Maf as well as a postcard featuring an original advert for the cassette."

Jeff W, Thursday, 4 January 2018 15:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Superstar & Star
“Mastermind E.P”
12 inch, PB019

Superstar & Star are back on Porridge bullet with there first vinyl E.P Proper!: Mastermind E.P!

A collection of seven classic songs from Superstar’s vaults available for the first time on an Estonian Vinyl Record!

Neville Lawrence Immigrated from his home country of Trinidad to New York in the mid 80’s where, a few years later, following his fleeting east coast success, he re-settled with Wife Anne (Star) in Omaha, Nebraska where they continued to perform, produce and record music until the present day.

After releasing a cassette, 7” and 12” single with us in the last year we are happy to present yet another wonderful release from superstar and star! Big Big Hugs!

A1 • Rolling So
A2 • Any Where in the US is a Party
A3 • I Want You
A4 • Kicking at Home
B1 • No More Sorrow
B2 • I Ain't Missing You
B3 • I am Dreaming

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:36 (five months ago) Permalink

when i pre-ordered this it had a 10/01/2018 release date. the sound clips were very distorted so i fear this will be very lofi pressing but that is admittedly par for the course for Superstar & Star anyways

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:39 (five months ago) Permalink

From Vinyl Factory---interesting site!

Allen Ginsberg’s seminal beat opus Howl And Other Poems gets deluxe box set release
By Gabriela Helfet
Published on
January 9, 2018

“A poetic rage against society’s conformism and capitalism.”

Allen Ginsberg’s Howl And Other Poems is being rereleased in a new vinyl box set, this February by Craft Recordings.

Read next: The story of the beat generation in 10 records

A 1959 recording of Ginsberg reading Howl and Other Poems in Chicago was originally released on translucent red vinyl.

The Howl deluxe box set includes a reissue of this red LP, a replica of the original poetry book published by City Lights in 1956, a photograph of Ginsberg and a booklet with liner notes by Ann Charters and poet Anne Waldman.

Though an unofficial repress was released in March 2017, this is Howl’s first official reissue in over 30 years.

Listen to the 1959 Chicago reading, and check out the track list below ahead of its 22nd February release.


Side A

A1. A Supermarket In California
A2. Transcription Of Organ Music
A3. America
A4. In Back Of The Real
A5. Strange Cottage In Berkeley
A6. Europe, Europe
A7. Kaddish

Side B

B1. Howl
B2. The Sunflower Sutra
B3. Footnote To Howl
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dow, Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:54 (five months ago) Permalink

Aother one from Vinyl Factory
Electronic music pioneer and Can co-founder Holger Czukay 5xLP retrospective box set announced
Written by
Gabriela Helfet
Published on
January 11, 2018

With a ‘vinyl video’ 7″ that has film footage stored on the record.

A new 5xLP Holger Czukay box set is being released this March via Gröndland, to coincide with what would have been his 80th birthday.

Listen next: VF Mix 102: Holger Czukay by DJ soFa

A musician who “bridged the gap between pop and the avant garde”, Czukay was a co-founder of German krautrock band Can, as well as pursuing a number of experimental solo projects and collaborations.

These are featured on the new retrospective Cinema box set, with five LPs which include his work with Brian Eno, Conny Plank and Jah Wobble, a 36-page booklet with liner notes plus photographs by Anton Corbijn, and the ’80s made for television film starring Czukay with his original soundtrack.

Cinema also includes Czukay’s ‘vinyl video’ 7″: “a system that makes it possible to store video footage on vinyl”, with an unreleased video of Czukay explaining the recording, and 1979 music video for ‘Cool In The Pool’.

Pre-order a copy here ahead of its 23rd March release, watch ‘Cool In The Pool’ and check out the track list below.


Disc 1

1. Holger Schüring Quintett – Konfigurationen (1960, previously unreleased)
2. Technical Space Composer’s Crew – Canaxis (1969, Canaxis 5)
3. Technical Space Composer’s Crew – Boat Woman Song (1969, Canaxis 5)
4. Cluster & Eno – Ho Renomo (1977, Cluster & Eno)

Disc 2

1. Holger Czukay – Oh Lord Give Us More Money (1979, Movies)
2. Holger Czukay – Persian Love (1979, Movies)
3. Holger Czukay – Cool In The Pool (1979, Movies)
4. Holger Czukay – Hollywood Symphony (1979, Movies)
5. Les Vampyrettes (Czukay/Plank) – Biomutanten (1980, Les Vampyrettes)

Disc 3

1. Les Vampyrettes (Czukay/Plank) – Menetekel (1980, Les Vampyrettes)
2. Phew (Phew/Czukay/Liebezeit/Plank) – Signal (1981, Phew)
3. Holger Czukay – Witches Multiplication Table (1981, On The Way To To Peak Of Normal)
4. Holger Czukay – On The Way To The Peak Of Normal (1981, On The Way To To Peak Of Normal)
5. Holger Czukay – Ode To Perfume (1981, On The Way To To Peak Of Normal)
6. Holger Czukay – Two Bass Shuffle (1981, On The Way To To Peak Of Normal)
7. Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble – How Much Are They? (1982, Full Circle)

Disc 4

1. Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble – Trench Warfare (1982, Full Circle)
2. Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble – Full Circle R.P.S. (No. 7) (1982, Full Circle)
3. Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble – Twilight World (1982, Full Circle)
4. Holger Czukay – The Photo Song (1984, Der Osten Ist Rot)
5. Holger Czukay – Der Osten Ist Rot (1984, Der Osten Ist Rot)
6. Holger Czukay – Das Massenmedium (1984, Der Osten Ist Rot)
7. Holger Czukay – Träum Mal Wieder (1984, Der Osten Ist Rot)
8. Holger Czukay – Hey Baba Reebop (1987, Rome Remains Rome)
9. Holger Czukay – Hit Hit Flop Flop (1987, Rome Remains Rome)

Disc 5

1. Holger Czukay – Perfect World (1987, Rome Remains Rome)
2. Holger Czukay – Music In The Air (1987, Rome Remains Rome)
3. Holger Czukay – Ride A Radiowave (1991, Radio Wave Surfer)
4. Holger Czukay – We Can Fight All Night (1991, Radio Wave Surfer)
5. Holger Czukay – Through The Freezing Snow (1991, Radio Wave Surfer)
6. Holger Czukay w/ Karlheinz Stockhausen – Breath Taking (2008, Second Life, previously unreleased)
7. Holger Czukay & U-She – La Premiere (2008, Second Life)
8. Holger Czukay / Ursa Major – 21st Century (2007, 21st Century)
9. Bison (Czukay/Murphy/Smith) – Mandy (2004, Travellers)
more info, audio, video posted here:

dow, Saturday, 13 January 2018 02:03 (five months ago) Permalink

Any idea how you actually extract the video from that 7"? Do you need one of those old RCA videodisc players? VHD? I guess a laserdisc wouldn't have been esoteric enough.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Saturday, 13 January 2018 20:15 (five months ago) Permalink


OMIT – Enclosures 2011–2016 [5xCD]
Pica Disk 2018 • PICA044
Co-released with End of the Alphabet Records
Distribution by Metamkine.

Since his first self-released cassettes in the early 1990s, New Zealand’s Clinton Williams AKA OMIT has been on a singular and personal musical journey. Described as one of the greatest outsider artists currently working in the field, OMIT employs homebuilt instruments constructed from modified electric motors and salvaged sound sources to create a startlingly original soundworld. It is a world he inhabits alone, isolated in the small town of Blenheim in southern New Zealand, but it involves a deep exploration of the human condition. Over the years OMIT’s music has become less noisy and more sparse and minimal, as open signal patterns and oblique textures pass each other in haunted spaces.

“Enclosures 2011-2016” is a 5xCD box-set co-released by Pica Disk (run by Lasse Marhaug out of Norway) and End of the Alphabet (run by Noel Meek in New Zealand) and collects OMIT’s most recent self-released albums, artefacts that originally came in super limited edition CDRs with hand-made covers between 2011 and 2016. Unavailable except directly from the artist, these beautiful works are now available remastered in a deluxe box-set along with OMIT’s famous surrealist drawings and science fiction themed artwork, plus liner notes by close friend and collaborator Bruce Russell (The Dead C/A Handful of Dust).

“Clinton Williams is the hardest-working man in minimal electronic music. He is one of two people I know fairly well who I honestly believe is possessed by genius.”
– Bruce Russell (from the liner notes)

€35 ppd Europe to paypal: mail(at)lassemarhaug(dot)no
€40 ppd World to paypal: mail(at)lassemarhaug(dot)no

Also available from End of the Alphabet (New Zealand)

by the light of the burning Citroën, Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:30 (five months ago) Permalink


2-CD / Highlights LP Remastered In Mono, Including Seven Singles Available In
Their Original Edits For The First Time Since The 1960s, And Liner Notes By
$tateside DJ And Compiler Dean Rudland

Available February 23 On $tateside Records

LOS ANGELES - Nina Simone started her musical career as a classically trained child virtuoso, whose piano recitals were local events. Strongly rooted in the works of Bach, the musician became a singer almost by accident and the rest is history. In 2018, Simone will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cementing her role as one of the most important musicians of our time.

Throughout Simone's nearly five decade long career, her recordings reached the top of the charts and earned her cult status and critical acclaim. From 1959 to 1964 she was signed to Colpix, who relinquished all creative control to her. On February 23, $tateside Records will present this integral collection, NINA SIMONE - THE COLPIX SINGLES as a 2-CD set for $24.98, 1-LP for $21.98, and digitally on the same day.

With her voice at her finest during this time, she worked her way through jazz and blues standards such as "The Work Song" and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)," as well as folk tunes like "Little Liza Jane," "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair," her very own "Blackbird" and "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl."

"I played what I wanted and nothing else," said Nina of her Colpix days in her autobiography, I Put A Spell On You. "Hell, they weren't paying me well enough to tell me what to play. There was no proper producer on my records - just an engineer to set everything up, an orchestrator to write out the arrangements, and the rest I did myself."

In recent years, Nina Simone's life and career have been extensively covered in acclaimed biographies and documentaries. However, her early recordings (that do not particularly illustrate her fight for civil rights or her personal life) are often overlooked. Very little is said about her output for Colpix, yet it is with these records that she began to develop her uniqueness. Her time at the label is often distilled down to the successful series of live albums she recorded, but it was in the 7-inch singles that her progress is clearest.

From the pop-tinged opening single "Chilly Winds Don't Blow," to the hauntingly spiritual, self-penned "Blackbird" on the flipside of her final 45 for the label, Nina Simone's creative development can be traced through her Colpix singles. A performer with a breakthrough hit when she joined in 1959, she was an established artist when she left the label in 1964.

Nina Simone's background is well known. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, in 1933, her prodigious talent as a musician was evident early on. Spotted playing hymns in church at the age of 6, some of the town's prominent residents established the "Eunice Waymon Fund" to pay for her music lessons. A noted musician, Muriel Mazzanovich (who Nina affectionately called Miz Mazzy), trained the budding prodigy to be a classical concert pianist. It was from these humble roots that Eunice developed a lifelong love of Johann Sebastian Bach, Chopin, Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert.

After graduation she studied at Juilliard in New York before applying to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her application was rejected; something she suspected was due to racism. The blow was devastating. Broken-hearted, she vowed to apply again, but in the meantime needed to make a living and fund her music lessons. In 1954 she took a residency playing in a bar in Atlantic City, where she was also asked to sing. It was at this point Nina Simone was born.

When the owner of the Midtown Bar asked her for her stage name, Eunice told him to call her Nina Simone. "I always liked the name Nina, and I saw the name Simone on a movie poster" (probably the French actress Simone Signoret).

Her unique blend of jazz, classical music and blues soon won her an audience, and in 1958 she signed to Bethlehem Records. Her version of George and Ira Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy" went Top 20 on the Billboard pop chart. Her debut album Little Girl Blue followed soon afterwards. It was a bold artistic statement, especially notable for "Love Me Or Leave Me," which incorporated a touch of Bach. The contract Simone signed with Bethlehem reverberated years later when "My Baby Just Cares For Me" went to number one all over Europe and yet, having previously signed them away, she received no royalties.

In 1959 she moved to New York City. "New Year 1959 found me in a creepy marriage stuck in a tiny room with a hit record, a rising reputation, and no idea of how to make the money I needed to finish my classical training," said Nina. However, the success of "I Loves You Porgy" meant she was in demand, and Joyce O'Selznick, the talent scout for Columbia Pictures Records, Colpix, offered her a long term deal. It was an unusual label that released soundtracks, records by actors under contract to the studio, and some jazz and rhythm and blues.

The first single, "Chilly Winds Don't Blow," was written and produced by Hecky Krasnow. Hecky was best known for novelty records with Columbia Records, including Gene Autry's "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." The follow-up was an adaptation of the spiritual "Children Go Where I Send Thee" backed with "Willow Weep For Me."

In September 1959 she was booked at NYC's Town Hall in Midtown Manhattan. The show, recorded live, mixed folk songs, ballads, jazz, and blues, as well as a couple of originals. "All these club dates had been trashy rehearsals for this, the night belonged to me," said Nina, "if you don't believe me you can listen for yourself, I was a sensation. An overnight success, like in the movies." Released as an album, Nina Simone At Town Hall would define her time at the label and lead to two further live albums. The first single from this session was "The Other Woman," coupled with "It Might As Well Be Spring" from her debut studio album for the label, The Amazing Nina Simone. It was followed by two more tracks from Town Hall, "Summertime" and "Fine And Mellow."

The next single "Since My Love Has Gone" was based on a melody by the composer Verdi, and was backed by "Tomorrow (We Shall Meet Once More)." Both of these were enhanced by dramatic, almost operatic string arrangements. This was then followed by "If Only For Tonight," paired with an exclusive edit of Simone's "Under The Lowest" taken from Nina Simone At Town Hall. Colpix had Nina return to the blues for the next release, and she excels on "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." The B-side is even better, as she takes on "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair," a signature song she would return to time and time again.

The Nina Simone At Newport album brings us the next single: an upbeat version of "Cotton Eyed Joe" and a wonderful rendition of "Trouble In Mind." The run of compelling singles continues with her take on Oscar Brown Jr's "Work Song" which she makes her own, just as she does with B-side "Memphis In June" by Hoagy Carmichael. She surpasses herself on her next outing with readings of "You Can Have Him" and "Gin House Blues."

Keen to score a hit with Simone, Colpix sent her back to the studio for an answer to Ray Charles's smash "Hit The Road Jack." A sought-after record nowadays, "Come On Back Jack" didn't chart, and as a follow-up, the next single was "In The Evening By The Moonlight"
from the Nina Simone At Newport album.

Only two more singles followed. The first one's A-side, taken from Nina Simone Sings Ellington, was a version of "I Got It Bad," and on the flipside was one of her own and finest self-penned songs, "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl." Her final single paired the traditional folk standard "Little Liza Jane" with the astounding Simone original "Blackbird." More than any biography or documentary, this song shows how far she had matured artistically, revealing a glimpse of her future as a civil rights activist, and songs to come like "Mississippi Goddam" and "Young, Gifted And Black."

With these 27 songs, the Colpix singles trace Nina Simone's musical journey from jazz and folk singer to critically acclaimed songwriter.



CD 1
1. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
2. Solitaire
3. Children Go Where I Send You
4. Willow Weep For Me
5. The Other Woman
6. It Might As Well Be Spring
7. Summertime
8. Fine And Mellow
9. Since My Love Has Gone
10. Tomorrow (We Will Meet Once More)
11. Under The Lowest (Short Version)
12. If Only For Tonight
13. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
14. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair

CD 2
1. Trouble In Mind
2. Cotton-Eyed Joe
3. Work Song
4. Memphis In June
5. You Can Have Him
6. Gin House Blues
7. Come On Back Jack
8. You've Been Gone Too Long
9. In The Evening By The Moonlight
10. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
11. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
12. Little Liza Jane
13. Blackbird


Side 1
1. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
2. Children Go Where I Send You
3. The Other Woman
4. Summertime
6. Since My Love Has Gone
6. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
7. If Only For Tonight

Side 2
1. Trouble In Mind
2. Work Song
3. Gin House Blues
4. Come On Back Jack
5. In The Evening By The Moonlight
6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
7. Little Liza Jane

dow, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Drawing Room Records reissues New Zealand-based Sandra Bell's second album!

Out March 30th, Net not only will be available on vinyl for the first time but the reissue also compiles two stellar singles, “Angel” and the Chord double 7 inch.

Stream "Trains" now over on Bandcamp!

Sandra Bell is the type of artist perhaps too easily described by pat phrases. It’s understandable, the human animal needs simplicities, but if I was in a rush, I’d say: “She’s a New Zealand musician and poet.” One might ask if she does ‘spoken word.’ Someone else might be curious as to whether she’s a ‘free spirit.’ A third might wonder what she has to say about ‘women in rock.’ By that time I would ponder another visit to Dunedin to go out to Taiaroa Head to fling myself into the ocean, exclaiming as I went, “Look that’s all too limiting and simple!”

Dunedin isn’t where the South Island-born Bell is originally from, though if you’d like a fuller story of her life and work across the world, it’s best told by Syd Newman’s overview for the Audio Culture site ( Dunedin is where she’s spent many years off and on recording and working and living and much more, though, and sessions from 1993 to 1995 led to the release not only of Net, her second full length solo release, but two stellar singles, “Angel” and the Chord double 7 inch. All three are collected here for the first time together as Net (Plus).

It’s often been said that New Zealand’s independent music scene, and Dunedin’s in particular, is one of a shared community, and many names familiar to listeners near and far can be found in the credits on this collection. It’s testimony to both Bell’s artistic skills and friendship that they were here supporting her vision, wherever it took her — and it ranged widely.

Recorded over some months in late 1994 and released on the shortlived Dunedin IMD label on CD only the following year, Net starts with a big brawling rocker, “Long Time,” but by the time it reaches “The Trees Can’t Dance,” everything from electric piano to Irish pipes have taken a bow. Beyond the instrumental variety, though, was the demonstration of Bell’s own ear for wry, cool vocals, unusual hooks and remarkable imagery, ranging from the personal to the natural world.

At the time of its own 1995 release on the Colorado- based Zabriskie Point label, “Angel” was the most recently recorded effort, two songs with a rough, growling edge (don’t call it grunge). Meantime, the Belgian Turbulence label, which had previously introduced Bell to Europe via a rerelease of her earlier Dreams of Falling cassette on Xpressway, put out Chord as its own final release, four engaging songs, electric and acoustic, from 1993.

As Bell’s followed her artistic drive over the years, with more releases, collaborations and journeys to her credit through to the present day, this clutch of efforts slipped into second-hand sales and file-trading. First through Bandcamp and now this physical release, it’s a pleasure to see Bell’s mid-1990s work return to the conversation properly — as well as to demonstrate a key point: a true artist can never be summed up in any one phrase, or phase.

— Ned Raggett, San Francisco, September 2017

dow, Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:32 (five months ago) Permalink

Holy shit...

ANTI- is re-releasing Tom Waits' entire 1970's Elektra Asylum catalog
Closing Time Available Now For Pre-Order On Vinyl & CD

Tom Waits’ first seven albums, originally released through Elektra Asylum Records in the 1970’s, have been re-mastered and will be released via ANTI-Records.

All titles – many of which have been long out of print – will be re-issued on hi quality 180 gram vinyl throughout 2018. Closing Time vinyl is out March 9 and available for pre-order. CD versions of all Elektra Asylum titles are available for pre-order and will be released on March 23 with all digital releases slated for March 9.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 20 January 2018 01:08 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh wow. Was wondering what the holdup was on those.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 20 January 2018 01:54 (five months ago) Permalink

"Leave," by barely remembered Drag City-reissued Your Food, features shed-industrial, bandsaw-jangly (atonal?) guitar support to punk-chant, for kinda catchy results. Not as intense as DC's 4ever hot-breathing prose, but wouldn't mind hearing the rest:

Poke it with a Stick -- the only record by Louisville legends Your Food -- is a sui generis gem of the American underground, now faithfully reissued for the first time by Drag City. Recorded in 1983 by four scarecrows from Kentucky subsisting largely on cheap beer and baked beans, the album is a burbling burgoo of hypnotic rhythm, uncoiling tension, and sharp invective -- a proud bastard of post-punk royalty.
Listen To "Leave" Here!

In the fall of 1981, the residents of 1069, Louisville's original punk house, began to spy two teenagers lurking outside the decrepit environs. Eventually the teens grew bold enough to approach, and soon John Bailey and Wolf Knapp, were learning guitar and bass in the trashed rehearsal space within. Charles Schultz, who had been the drummer for Louisville's recently defunct Dickbrains (a band described by the Village Voice as freaky weirdos who couldn't fit in if they tried) started playing with John and Wolf. Douglas Maxson, the Dickbrains male singer, was lured back from New York with the promise of beer and cigarettes, and soon Your Food was playing weekly shows at the local Beat Club, mostly for free beer.

Financed by a Pell Grant and what little cash the band could scrounge, the album was cut largely live in the studio by a guy who usually recorded church groups, and self-released on the band's own Screaming Whoredog label. The prevailing themes of restlessness and isolation are palpable in songs like opener "Leave," where ennui morphs into dark comic fantasy. The punk funk of "Don't Be" fits perfectly with the downtown NYC groove of bands like ESG and Bush Tetras.

It was a golden age, but a waning one, an adolescent state before hope or commercial prospect or any plan for the future. Your Food managed three short tours in a world before cell phones, social media, or global positioning, and earned the admiration of the few who heard them. But, it all came to a spectacularly bitter end on the side of some frozen, forlorn highway in West Virginia. After the van broke down three times in four days, the band called it quits. Add this essential reissue to your collection on March 23rd!

Live-sounding, short and too sweet(lively):

Ditto, tho' more yer basic yip-yip durr-durr than these others: a Dickbrains recycle?

dow, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 21:03 (five months ago) Permalink

"short and NOT too sweet," I meant to say.

dow, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 21:05 (five months ago) Permalink

Smog Veil are releasing a load of Cleveland related lps/cds
most of the lps have audio files linked to on the site.

looks interesting. Or was this 2017.
I just saw the Hy maya being reviewed in the current Wire

Stevolende, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:05 (five months ago) Permalink

Spiny Norman
Spiny Normen
(RidingEasy Records)
LP/CD/Digi: 3/2/2018

Spiny Normen is an incredible mid-70's Houston hard rock, progressive, psychedelic rock band (yes, all that and more) that featured mellotron, vox jaguar, crunchy, heavy guitars, flute with echo effects, and lots more. A totally lost relic this album is, recorded at the community college and never released. This band has a very English, dark, mysterious and proggy but very acid drenched feeling to it.

The band was on the second installment of the Brown Acid anthology of '60s and '70s post-proto-metal nuggets with "Bell Park Loon" that is found on the full-length as well.

Steve Brudniak (Vocals/Guitar) says in the press release, "we were way behind and way ahead of our time," and he was actually right! They sound like they liked prog rock but couldn't play well enough to pull it off, which makes it come off like a proto-punk Hawkwind or Uriah Heep. Anyone remember Apes, the Washington DC noise band that put out several albums in the 00's? This sounds a lot like they did and I am pretty sure Apes never heard of them.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 26 January 2018 17:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Solaris: Sound And Vision is a collector's edition box set that includes Edward Artemiev's soundtrack to Andrey Tarkovsky's 1972 masterpiece Solaris in both LP and CD formats as well as a 96-page book of previously unreleased images from the movie set and a Blu-ray Disc of the film in its original Russian (with English subtitles).

The collaboration between Tarkovsky and Artemiev started with Solaris and would extend to two more films, Mirror and Stalker. The director was seeking a film score capable of completing, through sound, the meaningful images of his film. Artemiev was a member of the legendary Experimental Studio of Electronic Music in Moscow, a place of high experimentation in the field of the electronic music, in the context of which the ANS synthesizer was conceived and employed for the first time for music composition. Invented by Soviet engineer Evgeny Murzin, the ANS was used by Artemiev to create the special sound atmosphere that Tarkovsky was looking for.

Made in collaboration with the Andrey Tarkovsky Institute.

budo jeru, Saturday, 27 January 2018 04:33 (four months ago) Permalink

Wow, that looks great. Would like to hear the music by itself, outside the gravitational pull of the movie, which would be great to have on blu-ray, not that it isn't immersive already (grab a coffee or three before descent).

SLEEPYHEAD's 'Future Exhibit Goes Here' Double LP Reissue - Out April 13th on Drawing Room Records!

There’s rock and roll mythology, and then there’s 90’s indie rock mythology…Unfortunately, stories about then NYC’s Sleepyhead are really neither. Michael Galinsky, Rachael McNally, and Chris O’Rourke, NYU students more into music than books, form a band, practice, release singles and an album on a non-descript independent label, tour, and then again practice, release another album, tour and play Lollapalooza’s second stage, and so on…Yeah, it is neither very glamorous nor salacious. It’s simply three individuals playing, recording, and releasing music, as that’s what lady destiny called them to do.

Born in 1988, Sleepyhead was certainly a band of the era, pre-internet, pre-cell phone, and fully dependent on Xeroxed zine culture and passed around hand-written knowledge on all things music. It was definitely slower times in terms of technology, but one that was still full of young adventurers eager to play music and see the world in a used van on their own terms. With things always rapidly evolving, some things will always stay near the same. In a certain sense, it is through the driving culture provided with a used van that really allowed Sleepyhead to discover itself and thrive. Tours (on their own, with rad bands like Polvo, or even for lower-tiered Lollapalooza sets) helped hone the band’s vibe and distinctiveness. Many of these travels of Sleepyhead are the impetus for the stories told in Suki Hawley’s 1994 classic film, Half-Cocked, co-written by Hawley and Michael Galinsky. Additionally, by the time of this awesome visual documentation, Sleepyhead was at its initial apex in terms of sound and creativity with the results recorded on the two mid-90’s albums Starduster (1994) and Communist Love Songs (1996).

Nearly forgotten after over two decades for very uninteresting reasons, Drawing Room brings new life to this era of Sleepyhead with its release of Future Exhibit Goes Here. Presented as a deluxe set, Future Exhibit…contains completely re-mastered versions of both Starduster (LP 1) and Communist Love Songs (LP 2), two albums that showcase the band’s best penchants for noisy and naïve hooky guitar tunes (LP 1) and pure direct power pop (LP 2). Additionally, this new set marks the first time ever release of Communist Love Songs on vinyl. Included with Future Exhibit…is an 11×11” booklet full of Michael Galinsky’s wonderful black and white photography of Sleepyhead’s 90’s road excursions and notes and details from all three members.

Mastered by Josh Bonati and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the 2xLP of Future Exhibit Goes Here comes in a wide-spine sleeve accompanied by a 14-page 11×11“ booklet full of Michael Galinsky’s black and white photography, and notes and ephemera from all members of Sleepyhead.
A re-mastered digital release is also available.

Future Exhibit Goes Here is out April 13th, 2018 on Drawing Room Records.

Praise for SLEEPYHEAD:

"Alternately silly and sexy, and always tuneful as all get out, Communist Love Songs is a non-stop delight." - AllMusic

"Twinky pop students of Sonic Youth, New York's Sleepyhead wields noisy guitars and some of the airiest vocals on the planet." - Trouser Press

"Nerd punk for now people." - SPIN

"Sleepyhead was a band that "overemphasized the noise over the pop in their noise pop sound." - AllMusic

dow, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:06 (four months ago) Permalink




Listen to “Be What You Wanna Be” from acr:mcr here:

A Certain Ratio announce details of the next phase of their reissues campaign with Mute. On April 27, Mute will release acr:mcr, I’d Like To See You Again, Good Together and Up In Downsville.

The reissues are part of the ongoing collaboration with Mute that started with The Graveyard And The Ballroom, To Each and Force. The forthcoming releases, including the long out-of-print albums acr:mcr and Good Together will be followed by Sextet,Mind Made Up, Change The Station and a new compilation with recently recorded tracks. Additionally, various box sets will include rare and previously unreleased material. The entire campaign is set to run over the next three years.

dow, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:19 (four months ago) Permalink

Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton – Music and Poetry Of The Kesh

Music and Poetry of the Kesh is the documentation of an invented Pacific Coast peoples from a far distant time, and the soundtrack of famed science fiction author, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Always Coming Home. In the novel, the story of Stone Telling, a young woman of the Kesh, is woven within a larger anthropological folklore and fantasy.

The ways of the Kesh were originally presented in 1985 as a five hundred plus page book accompanied with illustrations of instruments and tools, maps, a glossary of terms, recipes, poems, an alphabet (Le Guin’s conlang, so she could write non-English lyrics), and with early editions, a cassette of “field recordings” and indigenous song. Le Guin wanted to hear the people she’d imagined; she embarked on an elaborate process with her friend Todd Barton to invoke their spirit and tradition.

For Music and Poetry of the Kesh, the words and lyrics are attributed to Le Guin as composed by Barton, an Oregon-based musician, composer and Buchla synthesist (the two worked together previously on public radio projects). But the cassette notes credit the sounds and voices to the world of the Kesh, making origins ambiguous. For instance, “The River Song” description reads, “The prominent rhythm instrument is the doubure binga, a set of nine brass bowls struck with cloth-covered wooden mallets, here played by Ready.”

According to writer and long-time friend of LeGuin, Moe Bowstern (who pens the liners for the Freedom To Spend edition of Kesh), Barton built and then taught himself to play several instruments of Le Guin’s design, among them “the seven-foot horn known to the Kesh as the Houmbúta and the Wéosai Medoud Teyahi bone flute.” Barton’s crafting of original instruments lends an other-worldly texture to the recordings of the Kesh, not unlike fellow builders Bobby Brown and Lonnie Holley. Bowstern notes, “Other musician / makers have crafted their own Kesh instruments after encountering the earlier cassette recordings that accompanied some editions of the book.”

Both Barton and Le Guin are sensitive to the sovereignty of indigenous Californians and were careful not to trample the traditions of the Tolowa people who lived in the valley long before the Kesh. “You research deeply, and then you bring your own voice to the table,” said Barton. Within the Kesh culture, the numbers four and five shape the lives, society and rituals. Barton composed loosely around these numbers, patiently listening to the land of Napa Valley for signs and audio signals from the natural elements. Todd incorporated ambient sounds of the creek by Le Guin’s house and a campfire they built together.

The songs of Kesh are joyful, soothing and meditative, while the instrumental works drift far past the imaginary lands. “Heron Dance” is an uplifting first track, featuring a Wéosai Medoud Teyahi (made from a deer or lamb thigh bone with a cattail reed) and the great Houmbúta (used for theatre and ceremony). “A Music of the Eighth House” sends gossamer waves of the faintest sounds to “float on the wind.” Like the languages invented in the vocal work of Anna Homler, Meredith Monk, and Elizabeth Fraser, the Kesh songs and poems play with the shape of voice.

The Music and Poetry of the Kesh cassette was meant to accompany and enhance the experience of reading Always Coming Home. Presented in this edition as a long-playing album, where only traces of the book linger (the jacket offers some of Le Guin’s illustration, and a letterpressed bookmark featuring the the narrative modes of western civilization and the Kesh valley is included), the music alone breaking the silence of what might be. It can transport—offering a landscape for imagining a future homecoming. One in which we are balanced, peaceful, and tend to the earth and its creatures.

A line from “Sun Dance Poem” reminds us, “We are nothing much without one another.” Freedom To Spend gives new life to the recordings of the Kesh people in the first ever vinyl edition of Music and Poetry of the Kesh also availably on digital formats on March 23, 2018. The LP will include a spot printed jacket with Ursula’s illustrations from Always Coming Home, a facsimile of the original lyric sheet, liner notes by Moe Bowstern, a multi-format digital download code and a bookmark letter pressed by Stumptown Printers in Portland, OR.

First edition limited to 1,000 copies.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Friday, 2 February 2018 14:42 (four months ago) Permalink

Get a little vegan buzz just reading that---is it more music than the orginal cassette that came with the book? (Why didn't I ever buy that original set)

Nice---Kill Rock Stars just posted the album that Elliott Smith hadn't quite finished before he died--15 tracks, now on 2-LP vinyl edition:

dow, Saturday, 3 February 2018 02:27 (four months ago) Permalink

May well be the most extensive re-re-re-etc.-issue of this so far (yes they are squeezing a stone, but what a stone):


Love's 1967 Masterpiece Celebrated With A 4CD/DVD/LP Collection Packed With
Various Mixes Of The Original, Rare And Unreleased Tracks, Plus A 1968 Promo

The Set Will Be Available On April 6 From Rhino

LOS ANGELES - Love's FOREVER CHANGES is the psychedelic folk-rock pioneers' finest achievement. Mostly overlooked when it was released in 1967, today the album is considered an indispensable masterpiece. In 2008, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and - in 2012 - the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry.

Rhino will celebrate the acclaimed album's golden anniversary with an extensive 4CD/DVD/LP collection housed in a beautifully illustrated 12 x 12 hardbound book that features a newly written essay and track-by-track notes by music historian Ted Olsen. FOREVER CHANGES: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available on April 6 for $99.98.

The set features a few firsts for the album, including the CD-debut of a remastered version made by its original co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnick, as well as the first-ever release of the mono version on CD. Also included are alternate mixes of the album, as well as a selection of rare and unreleased singles and studio outtakes. Botnick's stereo remaster of the original album also makes its vinyl debut on the LP included with this set. It was cut from high resolution digital audio by celebrated audio engineer Bernie Grundman.

The DVD that accompanies the anniversary collection includes a 24/96 stereo mix of the album version of the original album remastered by Botnick. Also featured is "Your Mind And We Belong Together," a rare promotional video directed by Elektra producer Mark Abramson that was originally released in 1968.

Recorded during the Summer of Love in Hollywood, CA, Forever Changes is the group's most fully realized studio effort, featuring Arthur Lee (vocals, guitar), Johnny Echols (lead guitar), Bryan MacLean (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ken Forssi (bass) and Michael Stuart (drums, percussion). The original album introduced classics like "Andmoreagain," "Red Telephone," "A House Is Not A Motel" and "Alone Again Or."

FOREVER CHANGES: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION boasts more than a dozen rarities, including single versions of "Alone Again Or" and "A House Is Not A Motel" that are available now for the first time since 1967. Two other recordings on the set have never been released: the backing track for "Live And Let Live" and an outtake backing track for "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)."

For more information about FOREVER CHANGES, please contact Jessica Giordano in the Rhino Media Relations Department at jess✧✧✧.giord✧✧✧@rh✧✧✧.c✧✧ or 818-238-6403.

Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"
7. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
8. "Live And Let Live"
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
10. "Bummer In The Summer"
11. "You Set The Scene"

Disc Two: Mono Mix

Disc Three: Alternate Mix
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"
7. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
8. "Live And Let Live"
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
10. "Bummer In The Summer"
11. "You Set The Scene"
12. "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)" - Outtake - Alternate Mix

Disc Four: Singles and Outtakes
1. "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)"
2. "Alone Again Or" - Single Version
3. "A House Is Not A Motel" - Single Version
4. "Hummingbirds" - Demo
5. "A House Is Not A Motel" - Backing Track
6. "Andmoreagain" - Alternate Electric Backing Track
7. "The Red Telephone" - Tracking Sessions Highlights
8. "Wooly Bully" - Outtake
9. "Live and Let Live" - Backing Track *
10. "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)" - Outtake, Backing Track *
11. "Your Mind And We Belong Together" - Tracking Sessions Highlights
12. "Your Mind And We Belong Together"
13. "Laughing Stock"
14. "Alone Again Or" - Mono Single Remix

DVD: 24/96 Stereo Mix
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"
7. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
8. "Live And Let Live"
9. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
10. "Bummer In The Summer"
11. "You Set The Scene"
12. "Your Mind And We Belong Together" - Video

LP: Original Album
Side One
1. "Alone Again Or"
2. "A House Is Not A Motel"
3. "Andmoreagain"
4. "The Daily Planet"
5. "Old Man"
6. "The Red Telephone"

Side Two
1. "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale"
2. "Live And Let Live"
3. "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"
4. "Bummer In The Summer"
5. "You Set The Scene"

* Previously Unreleased

more info in orig press release:

dow, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 21:50 (four months ago) Permalink

Just got my double Roxy Music CD in the mail yesterday. Hardcover book style, many pages of liner notes in tiny, tiny text. Second disc is BBC sessions.

I was just randomly looking at the 80s noise chart on RYM, looked to see if High Rise - II is on Bandcamp, and coincidentally it's being reissued on Friday! Japanese heavy noise psych from 1986

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 19:51 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, local record store owner had me listen to a copy, immediately had him order one for me!

willem, Thursday, 8 February 2018 13:47 (four months ago) Permalink

American rock & roll band Royal Trux (Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty) have signed with Mississippi label Fat Possum Records which will re-release the entire digital catalog from the duo's 1988 self-titled debut up to 2000's pre-hiatus gem Pound for Pound (not including their two major label releases). Herrema and Hagerty have also confirmed plans to enter the studio this summer to record a new album for Fat Possum. The band have performed spontaneous secret shows across the USA and Europe since picking back up where they left off in 2015. But 2018 will prove to be their busiest year with strategic headlining shows across the US and festival dates across Europe going in to 2019.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO "THE FLAG" (from Cats and Dogs; 1993) (several other RT on same page)

Kurt Cobain named this 1993 Royal Trux song as his top track of the year in NME

Titles to be re-issued in March, April + May 2018:

Royal Trux s/t (1988)

Hand of Glory (1989)

Twin Infinitives (1990)

Untitled (1992)

Cats and Dogs (1993)

Accelerator (1998)

3-Song EP (1998)

Veterans of Disorder (1999)

Pound for Pound (2000)

Radio Video EP (2000)

Expect the first slate of re-releases from Fat Possum on all streaming sites in March.

dow, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:22 (four months ago) Permalink

Anyway it's on youtube

dow, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:22 (four months ago) Permalink

dow, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:23 (four months ago) Permalink

The first of several from Sounds Of The Universe, Soul Jazz Records' store:

Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble
Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite
Universal Sound

Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are releasing “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" a superb lost USA deep jazz independent private-press album originally self-published by Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble on Triad Music Concepts in 1975.

This great soulful/spiritual jazz album was the only album that Strachan released and consequently has become a lost rarity - a must for fans of Tribe, Strata-East and other conscious jazz from the 1970s and features in Gilles Peterson/Soul Jazz Records' Freedom, Rhythm and Sound book.

Donald Alexander Strachan is composer, conductor, guitarist, vocalist and more leading a large 11-piece line-up that includes Jay Hoggard on vibes.

Strachan studied in New York City in the 1970s with composer/saxophonist Sam Rivers and Ghanaian Drum-master Abraham Adzenyah as well as avant-garde guitarist/composer Bruce Johnson all of who helped shape his unique sound.

In the 1980s Strachan entered into the collaborative world of cinema by composing musical scores and has been involved in cinema ever since both musically, as a scriptwriter and director. Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble’s “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" is a unique product of Strachan’s multicultural and African-American heritage and aesthetic - polyrhythmically complex and spiritually intense.

This is a bespoke high quality hardback-cased Japanese thick card CD edition with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album.

The 180-gram vinyl thick card exact-reproduction artwork is strictly limted to 1000 copies wordwide.
Other Releases on Universal Sound.
CD, LP, MP3---more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:38 (four months ago) Permalink

Soul of A Nation
Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots of Rap 1964-79
Soul Jazz Records

his album is released this week to coincide with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation - Art in the Age of Black Power now on at Tate Modern, London until Oct 2017.

For more information on the TATE MODERN exhibition go here

Watch Channel 4 news piece here

The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.

Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets.

The Soul of a Nation exhibition draws on the links between Black art forms – art, music, poetry - and how they came together during the civil rights and black power era as part of the wider black arts movement across the United States.

Iconic African-Amercian revolutionary figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Muhammad Ali all appear in the radical artworks of Barkley L. Hendricks, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.

Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear with the curators on the panel of Jazz for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power discussion at the gallery as part of the show.

The Soul of a Nation album comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.
2xLP + Download Code, CD, MP3
More info (incl. links to reviews of exhibit), audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:55 (four months ago) Permalink

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3
Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1971-81
Soul Jazz Records

This latest installment in Soul Jazz Records’ successful Deutsche Elektronische Musik series delves deeper into the German nation’s vaults to bring a fascinating new collection that again brings together a selection of classic German electronic and rock groups, including Neu!, Cluster, Popol Vuh, La Düsseldorf, Agitation Free, alongside a host of rare tracks by lesser known artists which includes Michael Bundt, Bröselmaschine, Dronsz, Achim Reichel and others.

The music of Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 ranges from the introverted pastoralism of Hans Joachim Roedelius and Bröselmaschine, to the angular and futuristic electronic experimentations of Klauss Weiss, Pyrolator, Deuter, Michael Bundt and others, to the proto-punk of La Düsseldorf and the heavy space, progressive and cosmic rock of Missus Beastly, Niagara and Dyzan.

The music on Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 was all recorded in the 1970s up to the early 1980s, at a time when forward-thinking German electronic and rock groups were searching for a new musical identity in order to separate themselves from both the cultural legacy of post-world war two Germany as well the ‘cultural imperialism’ of USA and UK rock. In this process German groups created some of the most unique and inspired music, the defining motorik beat alongside a host of ethno-musical influences from far afield – including Turkey, India, Brazil – as well as the musical and futurist possibilities of developments in electronics and technology itself.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 is released as a heavyweight 3xLP, deluxe double CD pack and digital release. The new extensive sleevenotes are by David Stubbs, who is the author of the acclaimed book, ‘Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany’ (Faber & Faber).

Deutsche Elektronische Musik: “A near-definitive guide to some of the world’s most extraordinary music’’ ***** The Guardian
3 LPs * download code
2 CDs
MP3 more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:11 (four months ago) Permalink

New York Noise 2016 Edition
Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977–1982

Soul Jazz Records

This is the new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print first New York Noise collection, Dance Music From The New York Underground 1978-82.

This new 2016 edition features classic New York post-punk, punk funk and no wave tracks from Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L, James White and the Contortions, The Theoretical Girls, Mars, Konk, Material, Bush Tetras, Lizzy Mercier Descloux as well as new tracks by Alan Vega (Suicide), Chain Gang and Implog.
2 LPs, CD, MP3 more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:17 (four months ago) Permalink

Space, Energy and Light
Experimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961 - 88

Soul Jazz Records

Soul Jazz Records’ new Space, Energy and Light is a collection of music by early electronic and synthesizer pioneers (from the 1960s through the 1970s), mid-1970s proto-new age gurus and 1980s guerrilla D-I-Y cassette-era electronic artists, spanning in total over a near 30-year time frame. All of these artists used electronic advancements in music technology as a means of exploring not only space and the idea of the future, but also of looking inwards to the soul and of creating music in harmony with the natural world.

From computer software and hardware experimentalists and sound pioneers such as Laurie Spiegel and Kevin Braheny, as well as Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company – the first synthesizer ensemble created in collaboration with Robert Moog – through to musique concrète experimentation, the album shows how technological advancements and creative artistic expression often went hand in hand.

In the mid-1970s artists Steven Halpern and Iaxos were instrumental in creating proto-new age music, experimenting in both the healing properties of sound and its relationship with the natural world. These artists also pioneered a new self-contained and underground D-I-Y approach to music, creating their own record labels, forming new distribution networks (with albums sold in meditation centres, health food stores and ashrams) far away from the commercialism of the mainstream music industry. In the early 1980s after the revolution of punk, these D-I-Y attitudes and ideas appeared once more in the growth of the distinctly anti-commercial and underground cassette-only careers of artists such as Germany’s Stratis and Carl Matthews in Britain.

This album is available as a heavyweight triple vinyl album (plus download code), CD and digital release. Artwork includes some of the earliest photography of the Plieades star cluster dating from the 1880s.

3 LPs + download code, CD. MP3 more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:23 (four months ago) Permalink

In the fertile terrain of New Zealand's 1980s post-punk scene, few figures loom as large as the Jefferies brothers. Graeme Jefferies and Peter Jefferies – the primary forces behind This Kind of Punishment – wrote some of the best music to come out on Flying Nun, Xpressway or elsewhere. A dizzying mix of pastoral ballads and DIY experimentation, TKP's songwriting was at once classic and acutely raw.

On their self-titled debut, the Jefferies brothers and Chris Matthews eschew the punk-informed modes of their contemporaries for a sound that is decidedly more deliberate / intimate. Rooted in a marriage between simplistic, classically-influenced piano, alternating guitar chime and sparse, subtle violin drone, This Kind Of Punishment is a contemplative, inventive collection of ideas corralled via economic 4-track recordings, minimal instrumentation and an austere performance style entirely of the Jefferies' own making. Songs like "After The Fact," "In View Of The Circumstances" and "Two Minutes Drowning" boast a living quality whereby the listener can act as bystander to these moments of creation – a trait that the band would expand upon throughout the course of their brief tenure.

First-time vinyl reissue since its initial release in 1983.

Among This Kind Of Punishment's myriad recordings, A Beard Of Bees best outlines the collective vision of the Jefferies brothers. Their classic second album feels more meticulous than its predecessor, proffering a grey, near-Mancunian influence that serves as both touchstone and springboard for the proceedings. The unique maneuvering on "Trepidation" is a marvel: guitar sweetness shifting toward melancholic piano and ending with their combined shimmer. Conversely, the augmented VU-inspired noise of "East Meets West" positions itself as the album's prime moment of severity – creepily building toward horror-show screams that inch to a buried, found-sound resolution.

Originally self-released in 1984, A Beard Of Bees has been out of print for almost 25 years.

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:36 (four months ago) Permalink

damn that's cool

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 01:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Trailed a year ago by Jonny Trunk, and finally out - well, as a download. Vinyl coming soon? (it's currently showing as 'out of stock' on the Trunk Records shop website)

As the opening track of Trunk’s 2007 Fuzzy Felt Folk compilation, the 'I Start Counting' cue would have seemed to many an exquisite piece of pastoral jazz-licked folk from the master composer Kirchin. Now in situ, heading up the full score to the 1970 horror flick of the same name, it takes on new hues, its ethereal motif repeated throughout the 24-minute soundtrack, melting at one point into Eastern percussion en route to a full free jazz deconstruction. After some particularly doom-laden strings mid-way through the score, the main theme rises back into view, now sporting organ grooves and a country backing. Yes, patently Kirchin heard sound in a way we mere laggards could never really understand.

To further prove his deft mastery, the unreleased score found on tapes labelled “Third World Documentary” drops in on Kirchin in the 80s, but, really, shows us yet more timeless synthesis as dramatic as that on I Start Counting, albeit put to very different ends. Here Kirchin carefully harnesses then-modern electronics to a jazz rhythm section, producing something that straddles time zones, and perhaps even edges towards creating his own.

For further evidence of how ahead of his time he was, the final track sees him pull together some programmed beats that, amazingly, presage Soul II Soul’s Keep On Movin’, with added Kirchin textures on top. Worlds within worlds, indeed…

Jeff W, Friday, 16 February 2018 16:34 (four months ago) Permalink


The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring: The Complete Recordings

Limited-Edition Boxed Sets Available From Rhino Starting On April 6

LOS ANGELES - The Lord of the Rings is one of most successful trilogies in film history earning 17 Academy Awards ® including three for its music. Beyond critical acclaim, the music from the films also enjoyed wide commercial success, collectively selling 7 million copies. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings films are based on the popular J.R.R. Tolkien novel of the same name.

Rhino is returning to Middle-earth on April 6 with the first soundtrack from the Trilogy, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS, available on vinyl for the first time as a 5-LP boxed set ($119.98). Housed in a collector's box with red leather style spine, the collection is limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies on red vinyl. The soundtrack will also be available as a 3-CD disc set ($79.98) plus 1 Blu-ray audio disc containing high-resolution 5.1 and Stereo mixes of the entire score, a reactivation of the 2005 box set featuring the entire score from the extended versions of the film. Both versions come with extensive liner notes from author Doug Adams who analyzes many of the themes and motifs used throughout the score.

The music for all three films was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Howard Shore. The music he wrote for The Fellowship of the Ring was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with contributions by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the London Voices and the London Oratory School Schola. The soundtrack also highlights two original songs written and performed by Enya: "May It Be" and "Aníron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen)." The soundtrack was certified platinum in the U.S. alone, and sold extremely well around the world. It won the Academy Award ® for Best Original Score, as well as the Grammy ® for Best Score Soundtrack Album.

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS is the first of in a series of three releases that will also feature The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) on color vinyl for the first time. More information on the series of releases will be available at a later date.

The Complete Recordings is last year's most important archival soundtrack release, expanding and preserving one of the finest and most significant recent scores in all of film music. Shore's Lord Of The Rings trilogy is an operatic symphony that is among the finest musical accomplishments of the last half-century. The plethora of unreleased material on this beautifully packaged edition is mouth-watering at the least, and the sonic dynamic achieved on the surround sound DVD of the entire 180-minute score is simply astonishing. - Randall Larson from Music From the Movies, 2005

There's probably never been as ambitious a film score as Howard Shore's 10-hour epic for the "Lord of the Rings" series... the music is rich and complex, drawing on a vast range of styles and exotic instruments to evoke J.R.R. Tolkien's world of elves, hobbits and warlocks. But it's more than just background music: Shore uses an elaborate leitmotif technique (where musical themes are associated with specific characters or ideas, and are developed across the entire series) to hold the sprawling tale together. Lush, beautiful and full of intriguing surprises, it's no wonder that it's become one of the most popular film scores ever written. - Stephen Brookes for the Washington Post, May, 2008

The Lord of the Rings No. 1 Best Movie Score of the 21st Century - IndieWire, February, 2018

For more information about LORD OF THE RINGS, please contact Jessica Giordano in the Rhino Media Relations Department at jess✧✧✧.giord✧✧✧@rh✧✧✧.c✧✧ or 818-238-6403.

Track Listing:

LP 1
1. Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All
2. The Shire
3. Bag End
4. Very Old Friends
5. Flaming Red hair

1. Farewell Dear Bilbo
2. Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe
3. A Conspiracy Unmasked
4. Three Is Company

LP 2
1. The Passing Of The Elves
2. Saruman the White
3. A Shortcut to Mushrooms
4. Strider
5. The Nazgûl

1. Weathertop
2. The Caverns of Isengard
3. Give Up the Halfling
4. Orthanc
5. Rivendell
6. The Sword That Was Broken

LP 3
Side E
1. The Council of Elrond Assembles Featuring "Aníron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen)" Composed &
performed by Enya
2. The Great Eye
3. Gilraen's Memorial
4. The Pass of Caradhras

Side F
1. The Doors of Durin
2. Moria
3. Gollum
4. Balin's Tomb

LP 4
Side G
1. Khazad-dûm
2. Caras Galadhon Featuring "Lament for Gandalf" performed by Elizabeth Fraser

Side H
1. The Mirror of Galadriel
2. The Fighting Uruk-hai

LP 5
Side I
1. Parth Galen
2. The Departure of Boromir

Side J
1. The Road Goes Ever On... Pt. 1
2. May It Be Composed & performed by Enya
3. The Road Goes Ever On... Pt. 2 Featuring "In Dreams" performed by Edward Ross

dow, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 19:19 (four months ago) Permalink

This looks pretty cool, it would be a good to have a well recorded Who live record pre-Tommy.

The Who Live at the Fillmore East 1968 Track List

Disc One:
1. "Summertime Blues"
2. "Fortune Teller"
3. "Tattoo"
4. "Little Billy"
5. "I Can’t Explain"
6. "Happy Jack"
7. "Relax"
8. "I'm A Boy"
9. "A Quick One"
10. "My Way"
11. "C'mon Everybody"
12. "Shakin' All Over"
13. "Boris The Spider"

Disc Two:
1. "My Generation" - 33 minutes, ends with instrument smashing.

Kind of wonder if the 'unreleased' Zep that is supposed to come out this year will also be Fillmore tapes. I say possible.

earlnash, Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:58 (four months ago) Permalink

Excellent, thanks for the tip!

Amazon has the release date of April 20.

The original Live At Leeds, minus the performance of Tommy added on the reissue, still invades my headspace pretty often, no warning.

dow, Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:51 (four months ago) Permalink

And I don't miss the bonus Tommy, though should be dynamic as possible, considering the heat of the night otherwise.

dow, Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:54 (four months ago) Permalink

Cool new agey LP from Eblen Macari is being reissued on Seance Centre

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 25 February 2018 13:52 (four months ago) Permalink

This sounds great:

Pat Ament "Songs By Pat Ament" LP (Grapefruit)

In 1971, at the age of 25, Pat Ament self-released his debut album, Songs By Pat Ament, in a very limited run for friends and local shops. The album is sparse and moody, conjuring a space not unlike the one that Songs of Leonard Cohen occupies, featuring Ament on Wurlitzer with a jazz drummer and a guitarist alternating between acoustic and electric. It’s dark and at times forlorn, with meditations on yearning and loss and love. It’s ideal long-night-of-the-soul music. The lyricism evokes Dylan, Cohen, Tim Hardin and Bill Fay.

When he released Songs, Ament was already a world renowned mountain climber, and he became famous for pioneering 60’s and 70’s ascents in Colorado and Yosemite. He wrote poetic books and essays on climbing, including biographies of legendary climbers Royal Robbins and John Gill. Through the years he’s balanced multiple simultaneous careers as artist, photographer, filmmaker, chess master, karate black belt, lecturer, teacher, and, yes, singer-songwriter.

Pat Ament’s musical mastery was clear right out of the gate but it was only one of his many interests. Perhaps if he hadn’t been moved to pursue life’s other tempting summits and focused solely on music, he’d be as well known for his songs as for his climbing. Grapefruit is extremely proud to reissue this rare and virtually unknown singer-songwriter masterpiece, sourced from original sources and under Ament's supervision, with original artwork and deluxe Stoughton tip-on jacket. The record also comes with a bonus career retrospective CD entitled Time Moved On of additional songs hand-picked by the artist.

Aquarium Drunkard write-up, includes an interview of Ament by Simon Joyner and a stream of the album.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Sunday, 25 February 2018 15:01 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah, that pat ament is totally fantastic, very highly recommended!

tylerw, Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:13 (four months ago) Permalink

Rolling Giant Album Covers

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:49 (four months ago) Permalink

(I realize that I am responsible for one giant album cover)

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:49 (four months ago) Permalink

Keep 'em coming.
None such w this, alas:

In advance of Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary celebration, slated to commence this September, the band will wet fan’s appetites with their first ever Record Store Day release on April 21st, 2018.

Produced by Jimmy Page and pressed on yellow vinyl, the limited-edition 7” single will feature two previously unheard studio mixes, handpicked by Page – the “Sunset Sound Mix” of “Rock And Roll” b/w the “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends.”

The previously unreleased version of “Rock And Roll” provides an additional peek into the fabled “Sunset Sound Mixes” of “Led Zeppelin IV.” Only two previous “Sunset Sound Mixes” have been released, the first being the version of “When The Levee Breaks” on the original album, and the second the “Stairway To Heaven” mix that debuted on the 2014 deluxe edition.

The previously unheard “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends” is a stripped-down version, without the orchestration of the final mix, offering a true fly-on-the-wall feel from the band’s recording sessions for “Led Zeppelin III” at the Headley Grange recording and rehearsal venue in Headley, Hampshire, England.

dow, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 19:15 (three months ago) Permalink


Rhino Celebrates Oklahoma's Fearless Freaks With Two Newly Remastered
Collections Of Their Early Work

A Single-Disc Compilation Will Be Available April 20
Followed By A Six-CD Boxed Set On May 25

LOS ANGELES - The Flaming Lips have pushed the envelope and bent boundaries for more than two decades with the band's Grammy®-winning music and ground-breaking concerts. This year, Rhino and Warner Bros. Records will celebrate Oklahoma's most famous freaks with an ambitious reissue program, kicking off with two releases that spotlight the joyous weirdness the band recorded for Restless Records before signing with Warner Bros. in 1991.

It begins with SCRATCHING THE DOOR: THE FIRST RECORDINGS OF THE FLAMING LIPS, a single-disc compilation that features music recorded by the band's original lineup. The 19-track collection will be available on April 20 for $14.98. It will be followed by SEEING THE UNSEEABLE: THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS OF THE FLAMING LIPS 1986-1990, a six-CD boxed set that includes their four Restless Records studio albums and two discs of rarities, available on May 25 for $34.98. Both releases will also be available on digital download and streaming services, with over 40 tracks making their digital debut. 2018 also sees a slew of vinyl reissues from The Flaming Lips, including remasters of the Restless albums. These will feature some tracks appearing on vinyl for the very first time.

All of the music on SCRATCHING THE DOOR and SEEING THE UNSEEABLE has been remastered from original sources by the band's longtime musical foil and producer, David Fridmann with help from the Lips' Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins.

SCRATCHING THE DOOR highlights tracks recorded by The Flaming Lips' original line-up, which featured Wayne Coyne's brother Mark on vocals. The album includes the band's first and second cassette demos, in addition to The Flaming Lips first self-released EP, which has been remastered from the original 1/4" analog tape master. This marks the first time all of these recordings have been collected together on a single release. Among the other featured tracks are covers of The Who's "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown" and the theme song from the 1960's Batman television series, which previously appeared on Rykodisc's 2002 compilation, Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid.

SEEING THE UNSEEABLE brings back into print (physically - they are available digitally) all four studio albums that the band released on Restless Records between 1984 and 1990: Hear It Is (1986), Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips (1987), Telepathic Surgery (1989) and In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares) (1990). All of these have been remastered from the original 1/4" analog tape masters and include sonic treasures such as "Godzilla Flick," "Unconsciously Screaming," "One Million Billionth Of A Millisecond On A Sunday Morning" and their cover of the classic "(What A) Wonderful World."

The set is also packed with rare recordings originally released as b-sides, flexi discs, and on various compilations like, the Sub Pop single "Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding" and a cover of "After The Gold Rush" from a 1989 Neil Young tribute album Also included is The Mushroom Tapes, the series of demos for the band's final Restless album, In A Priest Driven Ambulance, only previously issued on the Rykodisc compilation CD, The Day They Shot A Hole In the Jesus Egg.

Track Listing:
1. "Bag Full Of Thoughts"
2. "Out For A Walk"
3. "Garden Of Eyes"
4. "Forever Is A Long Time"
5. "Scratchin' The Door"
6. "My Own Planet"
7. "Killer On The Radio"
8. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"
9. "Batman Theme"
10. "Handsome Johnny"
11. "Flaming Lips Theme Song 1983"
12. "The Future Is Gone"
13. "Underground Pharmacist"
14. "Real Fast Words"
15. "Groove Room"
16. "Jesus Shootin' Heroin"
17. "Trains, Brains & Rain"
18. "Communication Breakdown"
19. "Summertime Blues"

Track Listing:
Disc One: Hear It Is
1. "With You"
2. "Unplugged"
3. "Trains, Brains and Rain"
4. "Jesus Shootin' Heroin"
5. "Just Like Before"
6. "She Is Death"
7. "Charlie Manson Blues"
8. "Man From Pakistan"
9. "Godzilla Flick"
10. "Staring At Sound/With You (Reprise)"

Disc Two: Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips
1. "Everything's Explodin'"
2. "One Million Billionth Of A Millisecond On A Sunday Morning"
3. "Maximum Dream For Evil Knievel"
4. "Can't Exist"
5. "Ode to C.C. (Part I)"
6. "The Ceiling Is Bendin'"
7. "Prescription: Love"
8. "Thanks To You"
9. "Can't Stop The Spring"
10. "Ode To C.C. (Part II)"
11. "Love Yer Brain"

Disc Three: Telepathic Surgery
1. "Drug Machine In Heaven"
2. "Right Now"
3. "Michael, Time To Wake Up"
4. "Chrome Plated Suicide"
5. "Hari-Krishna Stomp Wagon (Fuck Led Zeppelin)"
6. "Miracle On 42nd Street"
7. "Fryin' Up"
8. "Hell's Angel's Cracker Factory"
9. "U.F.O. Story"
10. "Redneck School Of Technology"
11. "Shaved Gorilla"
12. "The Spontaneous Combustion Of John"
13. "The Last Drop Of Morning Dew"
14. "Begs and Achin'"

Disc Four: In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares)
1. "Shine On Sweet Jesus - Jesus Song No. 5"
2. "Unconsciously Screamin'"
3. "Rainin' Babies"
4. "Take Meta Mars"
5. "Five Stop Mother Superior Rain"
6. "Stand In Line"
7. "God Walks Among Us Now - Jesus Song No. 6"
8. "There You Are - Jesus Song No. 7"
9. "Mountain Side"
10. "What A Wonderful World"

Disc Five: Restless Rarities
1. "Death Valley '69"
2. "Thank You"
3. "Can't Stop The Spring" - Remix
4. "After The Gold Rush"
5. "Death Trippin' At Sunrise"
6. "Drug Machine In Heaven" - Sub Pop 7" version
7. "Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding"
8. "Lucifer Rising"
9. "Ma, I Didn't Notice"
10. "Let Me Be It"
11. "She's Gone Mad Again"
12. "Golden Hearse"
13. "Stand In Line"
14. "I Want To Kill My Brother; The Cymbal Head"
15. "Five Stop Mother Superior Rain"

Disc Six: The Mushroom Tapes
1. "Take Meta Mars"
2. "Mountain Side"
3. "There You Are"
4. "Five Stop Mother Superior Rain"
5. "Rainin' Babies"
6. "Unconsciously Screamin'"
7. "Stand In Line"
8. "God's A Wheeler Dealer"
9. "Agonizing"
10. "One Shot"
11. "Cold Day"
12. "Jam"

dow, Thursday, 1 March 2018 00:08 (three months ago) Permalink

xp Boy the brainy 80s NYC hipster rollcall of Marvin's musical attendants---"the downtown crowd," as Lou Reed used to say---really takes me back, though they're a bit underemployed here, despite the alert, expert zigzag elevator groovage---underemployed compared to some other ventures, though not quantity-wise, would be better at half the length---about 25 minutes---or less (an excellent bonus EP w Lounge Lizards box, for inst). "Small Car" gets him out of the neighborhood or ward for a few minutes: it's about tiny farmers with "inch-long dogs" who are happy but one night they start to wonder where the stars come from, so they get in their cars made from cans and drive and drive, happy in the starlight and saying, "Hi farmer" to each other, 'til they come to the giants, us, or people our size, and agree that they don't belong here/there, so get in their can-cars and drive back home, but they enjoyed the trip and they're happy ever after to remember the night. Nice music.
Otherwise, in the usual fedoraheadspace, my fave line is "I put a piece of fur in my shoe to hide it from you. " Last track, "No Kids," has an intriguingly more serious vibe, or back and forth, coulda used a few more like that (although I kept getting interrupted, took most of the day so far to hear it all, so some may take hold later).

dow, Tuesday, 1 May 2018 20:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Numero Group announces Ectotrophia, the first authoritative compilation of American dream pop artist Happy Rhodes' earliest recordings from 1984-87, out June 29

The first authoritative compilation of American dream pop artist Happy Rhodes, whose singular songwriting and four-octave vocal range emanated from the pastoral confines of upstate New York in the 1980s. Her melding of classical music influences with synthesizer and acoustic guitar, and her enchanting and idiosyncratic singing, are favorably compared to heralded English chanteuse Kate Bush.

Fans of such artistic pop music would be remiss to overlook Rhodes’s similarly remarkable and otherworldly sonic transmissions, traversing tales of dreamers, outsiders, lovers and other lovely and terrifying creatures born of a wellspring of wild creativity and bold imagination.

Affectionately remastered from the original tapes, Ectotrophia gathers essential songs from Rhodes’s mid-'80s salad days, many written when she was just a teenager—wildly ahead of her time and unafraid to bare her soul to regional audiences, the ectophiles who’d eventually coin an entire subgenre of pop music in her honor. Dive deep into ecto, with the woman who started it all.

"When The Rain Came Down" (not my cuppa, but maybe yours)

dow, Saturday, 5 May 2018 01:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Aw crap--anyway it's on YouTube

dow, Saturday, 5 May 2018 01:39 (one month ago) Permalink

So Guns N' Roses are putting out a 4-CD/1-Blu-Ray super deluxe edition of Appetite For Destruction in June. There are various versions, the biggest of which costs $999 and comes in a crate with about a hundred stupid things nobody needs. But here's the track listing, which includes new remasters of the album and the Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide and G N' R Lies EPs, plus a bunch of previously unreleased tracks:

Disc One - Appetite For Destruction

01 “Welcome To The Jungle”
02 “It’s So Easy”
03 “Nightrain”
04 “Out Ta Get Me”
05 “Mr. Brownstone”
06 “Paradise City”
07 “My Michelle”
08 “Think About You”
09 “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
10 “You’re Crazy”
11 “Anything Goes”
12 “Rocket Queen”

Disc Two – B-sides N’ EPs

01 “Reckless Life”
02 “Nice Boys”
03 “Move To The City (Live)
04 “Mama Kin”
05 “Shadow Of Your Love” (Live)
06 “You’re Crazy” (Acoustic Version)
07 “Patience”
08 “Used To Love Her”
09 “You’re Crazy”
10 “It’s So Easy” (Live)
11 “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” (Live)
12 “Whole Lotta Rosie” (Live)

Disc Three – 1986 Sound City Session

01 “Welcome To The Jungle” (1986 Sound City Session)
02 “Nightrain” (1986 Sound City Session)
03 “Out Ta Get Me” (1986 Sound City Session)
04 “Paradise City” (1986 Sound City Session)
05 “My Michelle” (1986 Sound City Session)
06 “Think About You” (1986 Sound City Session)
07 “You’re Crazy” (1986 Sound City Session)
08 “Anything Goes” (1986 Sound City Session)
09 “Rocket Queen” (1986 Sound City Session)
10 “Shadow Of Your Love” (1986 Sound City Session)
11 “Heartbreak Hotel” (1986 Sound City Session)
12 “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1986 Sound City Session)

Disc Four – 1986 Sound City Session and More

01 “Shadow Of Your Love”
02 “Move To The City” (1986 Sound City Session)
03 “Ain’t Goin’ Down No More” (Instrumental Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
04 “The Plague” (1986 Sound City Session)
05 “Nice Boys” (1986 Sound City Session)
06 “Back Off Bitch” (1986 Sound City Session)
07 “Reckless Life” (1986 Sound City Session)
08 “Mama Kin” (1986 Sound City Session)
09 “New Work Tune” (1986 Sound City Session)
10 “November Rain” (Piano Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
11 “Move To The City” (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
12 “You’re Crazy” (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
13 “November Rain” (Acoustic Version – 1986 Sound City Session)
14 “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (Acoustic Version- 1986 Sound City Session)
15 “Move To The City” (1988 Acoustic Version)

Blu-Ray Audio

01 “Welcome To The Jungle”
02 “It’s So Easy”
03 “Nightrain”
04 “Out Ta Get Me”
05 “Mr. Brownstone”
06 “Paradise City”
07 “My Michelle”
08 “Think About You”
09 “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
10 “You’re Crazy”
11 “Anything Goes”
12 “Rocket Queen”

Bonus Tracks

01 “Shadow Of Your Love”
02 “Patience”
03 “Used To Love Her”
04 “You’re Crazy”
05 “Move To The City” (1988 Acoustic Version)

Music Videos

01 “Welcome To The Jungle”
02 “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
03 “Paradise City”
04 “Patience”
05 “It’s So Easy” (Brand New Video From 1989)

Did you notice what's missing from Disc Two? That's right - "One In A Million" is not included on this box. Axl is woke now. (Well, kinda - "Used To Love Her" is still there.)

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 May 2018 13:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Five Temptations albums from their psychedelic soul period - Puzzle People, Psychedelic Shack, Sky's The Limit, Solid Rock, and Masterpiece - are being reissued June 1 on the Elemental Music label. These are all long out of print, newly reissued on CD with original artwork and track listing/timings and digitally remastered audio, packaged in deluxe gatefold mini-LP style jackets with inner sleeves and info.

Sky's The Limit is by far my favorite of theirs, followed by All Directions and 1990, which were on CD not too long ago I guess.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 6 May 2018 01:36 (one month ago) Permalink

There are various versions, the biggest of which costs $999 and comes in a crate with about a hundred stupid things nobody needs.

Including a life-size replica of Slash's hat or GTFO.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 6 May 2018 01:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Axl is woke now. (Well, kinda - "Used To Love Her" is still there.)

It’s about his dog, remember? ;)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Sunday, 6 May 2018 02:19 (one month ago) Permalink

I watched the unboxing video for this and could only see a succession of sad living rooms where this product serves as some kind of altar or shrine.

DACA Flocka Flame (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 6 May 2018 16:54 (one month ago) Permalink

I’m slightly interested in the 2CD version they’re putting out – I’ve never actually owned Appetite, in any form – but spending any amount of money on it feels like a failure of imagination (and sense).

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 7 May 2018 03:57 (one month ago) Permalink has beaucoup news, about first-timers and reissues; here's some, starting last month:

Far Out reissues two cult ’70s Brazilian albums featuring original members of Azymuth

With Victor Assis Brazil, Orlandivo, and legendary producer and multi-instrumentalist Durval Ferreira.

Far Out Recordings is reissuing two 1970s Brazilian “comedy concept” albums from television duo Chico Anysio and Arnauld Rodrigues this June.

Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos (1974) and Azambuja & Cia (1975) are based on characters created by Anysio and Rodrigues, with sounds that mix jazz-funk, soulful samba-rock and MPB.

Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos is a satire on Brazil’s Tropicália movement, while Azambuja & Cia tells the story of Carioca conman Paulo Maurício Azambuja.

Both albums have been remastered for these new viny reissues, with original album artwork.

More pix and full albums streams linked here:

dow, Saturday, 19 May 2018 22:24 (one month ago) Permalink

South African kwaito jazz

A future-facing hybrid of jazz, broken beat and afro-synth.

Composer and pianist Moses Taiwa Molelekwa’s 2000 album Genes And Spirits has been reissued on vinyl for the first time by Matsuli Music.

Released a year before his death at the age of 29, Molelekwa forged a unique international sound with a band that included Cuban legend Chucho Valdez, Cameroonian drummer Cuba Brice Wassy and Brazilian singer and fusion star Flora Purim.

The result is an album of genre-defying dexterity, created by a process of “finding a range of rhythmic alternatives”, of which the jazzy broken beat of second track ‘Spirits Of Tembisa’ is a particularly strong example.

The album will be reissued ion gatefold vinyl by Matsuli Music, who have already been responsible for reviving South African jazz gems by Batsumi, Black Disco and Ndikho Xaba And The Natives.

More info, audio here:

Read next: An introduction to 10 of South Africa’s most important labels

dow, Saturday, 19 May 2018 22:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Little-known Turkish female singers from the ’70s and ’80s collected in new LP

“With eccentric synthesisers, mesmerising arabesque string orchestras, wakawaka funky guitars and narcotising rhythm sections of darbukas and drum sets.”

A new compilation called Turkish Ladies showcases female singers from Turkey in ’74 – ’88.

Spanning classical Türk Sanat, Argentinian tango, and Egyptian classical orchestras to disco, psychedelia, funk, the album is curated by Ladies on Records, from the archives of labels Elenor, Türküola and Şah Plak.

It features lesser-known female singers who never achieved international fame outside of Turkey such as Huri Sapan, Handan Kara, Gönül Yazar, and Esmeray, with liner notes telling their stories, in both Turkish and English.
More info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 19 May 2018 22:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Dreamy Fourth World inspired soundscapes meet Balinese instrumentals.

Spencer Clark’s 2010 record Make Mine, Macaw, originally released under the Monopoly Child Star Searchers moniker will be reissued on vinyl for the first time, this June via Discrepant.

Second in the Tropical Bird Romance Audio trilogy between 2010’s Bamboo For Two and 2011’s The Garnet Toucan, Make Mine, Macaw is also the rarest. While the other releases had vinyl pressings on Olde English Spelling Bee and Underwater Peoples, Macaw was a tour-only CDr.

The trilogy features some of Clark’s most hypnotic soundscapes, melding exotica, Fourth World music, gamelan and more. It also includes contributions from his Skaters partner James Ferraro, Dolphins Into The Future’s Lieven Martens Moana and Orphan Fairytale.

More info, audio:

Read more: An introduction to Jon Hassell in 10 records

dow, Saturday, 19 May 2018 22:47 (one month ago) Permalink

From “the James Brown meets Fela Kuti of Sudan.”

Habibi Funk has launched a new series showcasing little-known music from Sudan’s jazz scene, starting with the first ever release of Kamal Keila’s album Muslims and Christians.

The label discovered Keila while on a recent trip to curate a collection of Arabic zouk tracks, where Keila’s name repeatedly came up in conversations.

For decades in Sudan, radio stations were not allowed to play label recordings on air, so stations hosted live sessions for musicians.

To prevent artists from self-releasing these sessions they rarely received copies of the tapes; however Keila managed to attain the studio reels of two, 5-track performances from the 12th of August 1992.

According to the label, “some of the songs were already written in the 1970s and have been part of Keila’s sets ever since, with only small changes for contemporary references in the lyrics and musically sometimes adopting to “new” sounds here and there.”

“Both sessions stand as a testament to how he stuck to a sound aesthetic from decades ago, while incorporating current events into his lyrics.”

Muslims and Christians includes Keila’s ‘Al Asafir’ which appeared on Habibi Funk 007: An Eclectic Selection of Music From The Arabic World, alongside nine previously unreleased songs.

The series will continue with albums by The Scorpions and Sharhabeel, forthcoming later this year.

more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 19 May 2018 23:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Soul Jazz collects the best unknown rap records from ’70s-’80s in new Boombox installment

The ode to independent hip-hop, electro and disco rap returns.

Soul Jazz is releasing the third edition of its Boombox series this June on triple vinyl.

According to the label the compilation was “created with just one thing in mind – to get this party jumping!”

As with previous editions, Boombox 3 showcases lesser known artists who released some of the first rap and hip-hop records on vinyl.

Boombox 3‘s 18-tracks include “New York rap artists, classic disco breaks...proto- electro and more,” shares Soul Jazz.

Boombox 3‘s triple vinyl release also includes a 44-page book with photographs, original artwork and images discussing “hip-hop’s trajectory from the first wave of Bronx creativity..."

1. Majestics – Class A
2. Brother’s Disco – Thumpin
3. Mifflin Ensemble – On The Move
4. Sherod – Schooling (Put Your Mind To The Message)
5. Sugar Daddy – Another One Bites The Dust
6. Family Four – Rap Attack
7. She-MsD.J.RapItUp!
8. The Caution Crew – Rhythm Rock (Part 1)
9. Poor Boy Rappers – The D.J. Rap
10. Family – Family Rap (6.56)
11. Bobby Deemo – Bugs-B-Skate Rap
12. Teen-Machine – Teen-Machine Rap
13. T.J. Swann & Company – Get Fly
14. Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap
15. Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty – Rhapazooty In Blue
16. Mr. Fox – Smooth Talk
17. Solid C, Bobby D & Kool Drop – Wack Rap
18. Disco Daddy & Capt. Rapp – The Gigolo Rapp

More Info, Audio:

Read more: Worldwide Underground: 10 records that define Soul Jazz
(More about Soul Jazz releases than a subgenre, ranging even unto their first hardcore punk comp)

dow, Sunday, 20 May 2018 01:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Wow, that's one infodump of must-have releases up there.

Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos is a satire on Brazil’s Tropicália movement, while Azambuja & Cia tells the story of Carioca conman Paulo Maurício Azambuja.

Dunno if this needs explaining to any of the heads here, but the joke here is they conflated the band Novos Baianos ("new guys from Bahia") with Caetano Veloso.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 21 May 2018 08:50 (one month ago) Permalink

the first two volumes in the Boombox series have been great, looking forward to the third

boxedjoy, Monday, 21 May 2018 09:44 (one month ago) Permalink

A CERTAIN RATIO have announced the final phase in their studio album reissue series. Sextet (1982) will be released on orange vinyl in textured sleeve replicating the original Factory release, Change The Station (1997) will be released on double blue vinyl and Mind Made Up (2008) is out on double purple vinyl. Change The Station and Mind Made Up will appear on vinyl for the first time. CD and digital copies will also be available on July 27.

This is the latest installment in an ongoing collaboration with Mute and follows the release of The Graveyard And The Ballroom, To Each and Force. This Friday will see the release of I’d Like To See You Again, Good Together, Up In Downsville and ACR:MCR.

Sextet (1982) - Dark and brooding, yet bright and funky, Sextet is a firm favorite amongst the critics. The album saw A Certain Ratio refine the experimentation of the first two albums and deliver a masterpiece that is as off-kilter and weird as it is commercial and pop. Listen to “Crystal” here.

Change The Station (1986) - An abstract album that sees A Certain Ratio bring the funk to laid back ambience in a way that only they could. The party is still there and it's more hypnotic than ever. Listen to “Yeah Boy” here.

Mind Made Up (2008) - To date, this is A Certain Ratio’s last album release, and one that sees them explore pop closer than ever before - short sharp bursts of classic sing-a-long post-pop funk. Listen to “Bird to the Ground” here.

A new compilation will follow later in the year and various box sets will be released in 2019 to mark the 40th anniversary of the first releases by the band.

Known for their carnival atmosphere live performances, A Certain Raito have been playing blistering sold out shows throughout 2017 and 2018. A new series of dates have been announced. See below for an itinerary.
A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in 1978, the band had various members throughout their career and a core line-up comprised of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson.

Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of “Shack Up” on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon-holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic.

They have gone on to influence generations of musicians including Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall.

The Guardian’s Dave Simpson paid tribute to the band, once described as “James Brown on acid” in a recent Cult Heroes piece: “Once you start listening to A Certain Ratio, it’s difficult to stop”.

For a look inside the band’s early days, watch the inspiring short film Tribeca, directed by Michael Shamberg, here.

May 25 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
June 30 – Birmingham, England – Hare and Hounds (w/ Sink Ya Teeth)
September 7 – Portmeirion, Wales – Festival Nº6
September 15 – Dublin, Ireland – The Sugar Club
September 22 – Helsinki, Finland – Aaniwalli
September 29 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Voodoo Rooms
November 24 – Manchester, England – Gorilla
December 1 – Clitheroe, England – The Grand
A Certain Ratio are supporters of Artists Against Hunger and will donate £1 for each ticket sold in 2018. For further details, please go to

dow, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 02:48 (one month ago) Permalink

(Those promo tracks are all on YouTube)

dow, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 02:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Disciples of California is one of my favorite records of the aughts, nice to see this:

The Skygreen Leopards
The Jingling World of The Skygreen Leopards
SAB086 | LP, DL

“The Jingling World of The Skygreen Leopards” is a collection of songs from the first two Skygreen Leopards CDRs on Jewelled Antler; two mini albums written & recorded in the distant days of 2001, a year with a name that evokes a psychedelic future but which now seems very much part of the psychedelic past. Guided by Tall Dwarfs, The Monkees & The TVPs, the early SGLs concept was to mix automatic songwriting, two voices, California 12-string and put it on reverb smothered 1/4″ tape. The restrictions were that no songs could break the 3 minute mark, no jamming allowed, and you never went back to fix mistakes. All songs were written and performed by Glenn Donaldson and Donovan Quinn; both switching instruments and overdubbing until Glenn’s Tascam 388 had run out of open tracks.

From the womb of fanzines, flea market record crates of the 90’s and San Francisco’s fading victorians, it’s “The Jingling World of The Skygreen Leopards”!

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Light in The Attic Records is ecstatic to announce the release of their Hauromi Hosono 5-album series, coming out this Summer/Fall.

“A basking adventure through exquisite & intricate melodies & grooves.” -Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

"Amazing sound presence in his voice and in his musical arrangements...a gifted sound artist for sure." -Laraaji

“I personally think he is beyond being a musician, more like a philosopher. He creates a borderless mindset with his music portraying a deep understanding of the world with his wit and elegance.” -Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto)

There is perhaps no figure more towering in the history of modern Japanese music than Haruomi “Harry” Hosono. From the groundbreaking folk rock of Happy End and the pioneering techno pop of Yellow Magic Orchestra, to the countless influential solo works that have touched on exotica, funk, country, electronic, ambient, and everything in between.

Light in the Attic is beyond proud to present a comprehensive archival series of Hosono’s key albums from throughout his solo career. These highly influential and sought-after albums have never been reissued outside of Japan, until now.

Philharmony (1982) – RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2018
* First ever vinyl reissue and first ever release outside of Japan
* Translated interview with Haruomi Hosono
* Originally released in 1982
* LP housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket & limited to 1500 copies on black vinyl
* 3xLP Bundle includes "Philharmony", "omni Sight Seeing", and "Paraiso"

Philharmony is one of the most well-loved of Hosono’s albums, and a favorite of the artist himself. Admired by artists ranging from Van Dyke Parks to Mac DeMarco, Hosono continues to forge ahead as he heads into his fifth decade as a musician. With the re-release of his key albums for the first time outside of Japan, his genius will be discovered by a whole new generation of fans around the world.

omni Sight Seeing (1989) – RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2018

* First ever vinyl release
*Originally released in 1989
* Translated interview with Haruomi Hosono
* LP housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket & limited to 1500 copies pressed on black vinyl
* 3xLP Bundle includes "omni Sight Seeing", "Philharmony", and "Paraiso"

Omni Sight Seeing, originally released in 1989 during YMO’s initial hiatus, is an exhilarating musical journey around the world as filtered through Hosono’s kaleidoscopic lens. This work stands as a manifestation of his concept of “Sight Seeing Music,” putting his own tasteful spin on the “world” music encountered during his explorations of global cultures.

Paraiso (1978) – RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2018

* First ever vinyl reissue and first ever release outside of Japan
* Originally released in 1978

* Translated interview with Haruomi Hosono
* LP housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket & limited to 1500 copies pressed on black vinyl
* 3xLP Bundle includes "Paraiso,” "Philharmony,” and "omni Sight Seeing"

The album can be seen as a turning point in Haruomi Hosono’s career, having been newly signed to Alfa Records by label head Kunihiko Murai. Hosono expands on the Van Dyke Parks-inspired tropical funk styles explored in the previous albums, and arrives at a captivating fusion sound that’s at times equally earthy and exotic.

Hosono House (1973) – RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2018

* First ever release outside of Japan
* Remastered form the original analog master tapes
* 2xLP Bundle (both on Color & Black vinyl) includes "Hosono House" & "Cochin Moon"

After Happy End’s amicable break up in 1973, Hosono released Hosono House, an intimate slice of Japanese Americana recorded at home with a back-to-basics approach akin to Music from Big Pink or McCartney. While his former band helped pave the way for the rise of “city pop” that reflected upon urban themes and city life, Hosono took a 180 degree turn towards the countryside for his highly-regarded first solo album.

Cochin Moon (1978) – RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2018

* First ever release outside of Japan

* Translated interview with Haruomi Hosono
* Remastered form the original analog master tapes

* Originally released in 1978
* 2xLP Bundle (both on Color & Black vinyl) includes "Cochin Moon" & "Hosono House"

Cochin Moon is a clear precursor to the groundbreaking synth and sequencer-dominated sounds that would come to define the iconic trio. Credited to Hosono and Pop Art legend Tadanori Yokoo (who created the cover art), Cochin Moon is a fictional soundtrack to a journey into unknown worlds, inspired by Hosono and Yokoo’s trip to India.

I think all of these will be available on CD as well, not seeing digital. For more info:

dow, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 01:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sweet, they send these images and won't let us post---anyway, I overlooked some of the news:

As he approaches his 50th anniversary as a working musician, Hosono will play his first ever UK shows as

Solo act in June 2018:

June 23: London – Barbican Centre*

June 25 – The Old Market

* with Acetone + Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback in celebration of Light In The Attic's Sweet 16 Year Anniversary!

dow, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 03:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Manu Dibango

Electric Africa



Afrobeat-Afrofunk genius MANU DIBANGO’s 1985 Electric Africa has been reissued by One Way Static Records, distributed through Light in The Attic in North America

Manu Dibango needs litle introduction, born in Cameroon in 1933, Manu developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. He’s definitely among the best known African

artists outside of Africa. Collaborations were numerous and include top acts like Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Sly & Robbie, Don Cherry and Bernie Worrell.

In addition to selling hundreds of thousands of copies of the albums he recorded, he played such huge venues as Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden. In 1972, at 40 years of age, Manu Dibango did something almost unheard of for an African

artist – he had a pop hit. His song “Soul Makossa” became an enormous hit which influenced popular music for decades to follow. First picked up by David Mancuso (The Loft), “Soul Makossa” took New York dancefloors by storm & in July 1973 it became the first disco record to enter the Billboard Top 40 —an early instance of Western pop experiencing a paradigm shift thanks to Africa. The song’s chant of “ma-mako ma-ma-sa mako-mako sa” echoes through the greatest-selling pop album of all-time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and it’s in the DNA of the music of Kanye West, Rihanna, A Tribe Called Quest, Akon and The Fugees.

Side A


Pata Piya


Electric Africa

Side B


Echos Beti


L’Arbre A Palabres

·Back on vinyl for the first time since 1985 – BLUE VINYL now!

·Comes with the original 1985 artworks & obi strip

·All-star line-up featuring Herbie Hancock, Mory Kante & Bernie Worrell

·Strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide (that sweet Blue Vinyl)

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 16:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

SUNN O))) Releases Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998 Limited Edition LP
SUNN O))) has unleashed the earliest recording of the band's monolithic tones, revamped for a limited edition pressing via Southern Lord Recordings, as the label celebrates its twentieth anniversary, as a split label release together with Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ imprint.

The Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998 dates back to the earliest rehearsals during the genesis of the SUNN O))) project. The source is a C60 cassette tape recorded on a boombox, and the result is essentially an extremely raw noise/drone record. It was taped in the band's early practice space at Downtown Rehearsal (RIP), Los Angeles, in a practice room which the band shared with The Melvins and Goatsnake at the time. The LP sees SUNN O))) founders Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley on guitars and stacks of amps, the original cassette was mastered by Brad Boatright February 2018.

Longtime/old school diehard listeners of SUNN O)))'s massive sound and those who have watched the collective's transformation over the past two decades can find the brutal practice tape revamped as Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998, available only through Southern Lord and directly from the band in a limited run on 180-gram vinyl LP - 900 black, 500 silver, 100 white, with machine numbering on the front cover - and digitally.

Find SUNN O)))'s Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998 at Bandcamp HERE

Other buying options at band's website.

Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998 Track Listing:
Side A:
1. Room 206 pt.1
2. Room 206 pt.2
3. B-Witch

Side B:
1. Room 206 pt.3
2. The Grimm Robe / Black Wedding
3. Mustaine / Thorns
4. M & D I.L.F.
5. The DJs

The celebration of twenty years of SUNN O))) and Southern Lord this year will continue with reissues of the band's lauded White1 and White2 albums in the coming weeks.

SUNN O))) will perform live at the Psycho Las Vegas festival on August 19th alongside Godflesh, Goblin, Enslaved, All Pigs Must Die, Wolves In The Throne Room, and scores more.

Watch for further updates on SUNN O))) in the coming days.

SUNN O))) Live:
8/19/2018 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 17:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

more news from The Vinyl Factory:

Soundway collects under-the-radar Brazilian synth hits on new compilation

Samba boogie, synth wave and electro oddities from ’80s and ’90s Brazil.

Globe-trotting label Soundway Records touches down in Brazil for the first time this summer with the release of Onda De Amor, charting the “synthesized Brazilian hits that never were” on gatefold double vinyl.
Released in July, the compilation covers a ten year period between ’84 and ’94 of Brazilian music not yet extensively explored by reissue labels, and follows Music From Memory’s superb Outro Tempo last year, which exposed the country’s rich history of synthesized pop to a wider audience for the first time.

Onda De Amor is compiled by DJ Millos Kaiser, one half of Brazilian duo Selvagem, who says, “the idea is to do justice to these songs. Songs that combine all the right ingredients that should have put them on radio playlists when I was growing up, or at least in the case of more adventurous DJs.”

Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984​-​94) is out on 6th July via Soundway Records.

1.Ricardo Bomba – Você Vai Se Lembrar
2.Vânia Bastos – Tabu (The Sweetest Taboo)
3. Rosana Mendes & Grupo Veneno – Reague
4. Grupo Controle Digital – A Festa É Nossa
5. Villa Box – Break De Rua (Versão Longa)
6. Batista Junior – Cheira
7.Dado Brazzawilly – Saramandaia
8. Anacy Arcanjo – Toque Tambor
9. Fogo Baiano – O Fogo Do Sol
10.Dodô Da Bahia & As Virgens De Porto Seguro – Africamerica 05:00
11.Via Negromonte – Love Is All
12. Electric Boogies – Electric Boogies
13. Os Abelhudos – Contos De Escola (Millos Kaiser Edit)
14. Nanda Rossi – Livre Pra Voar (Millos Kaiser Edit)
15. André Melo – Onda De Amor
16. Região Abissal – Feminina Mulher (Instrumental)

Read more: How Brazil is reclaiming its record culture

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 17:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Experimental Brazilian records from 1976-1985 collected in vibrant new book

Sights and sounds from the underground.

Journalist and record collector Bento Araujo has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help publish the second instalment of his Lindo Sonho Delirante book series.

A follow-up to Lindo Sonho Delirante Volume 1, – one of our favourite music books of 2017 – which looked at rare Brazilian psychedelic records released between 1968 – 1975, Volume 2 delves into 100 avant-garde and progressive psychedelic records from 1976–1985.

As with the first edition, the book features fully illustrated cover art reproductions for all albums, with a review written in both Portuguese and English, alongside comprehensive original release information.

Lindo Sonho Delirante is currently crowdfunding on Catarse, head here for more info.

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 18:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

French Caribbean label Disques Debs collected in new 2xLP series

From early biguine and bolero to zouk, reggae and créole.

Strut is releasing a new multi-volume vinyl series featuring archival music from Guadeloupe imprint Disques Debs, on June 25.

Launched by Henri Debs in the late ’50s, the studio released over 300 7″ singles and 200 LPs during its time.


Volume 1, compiled by Hugo Mendez of Sofrito and Emile Omar of Radio Nova, includes 21 tracks taken from the first decade of the label’s existence, with percussive biguines, big bands like Orchestre Esperanza and Orchestre Caribbean Jazz, poet and radio personality Casimir “Caso” Létang and folkloric gwo ka artist Sydney Leremon.

Disques Debs International: An Island Story: Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise 1960 – 1972 2xLP release also includes rare and unseen photos, extensive liner notes and interviews with Phillpe Debs and Max “Maxo” Severin from Les Vikings.

listen to Guy Conquette’s ‘Assez Fait Cancan’:


Side A

1. Daniel Forestal Et Sa Guitare – Ces P`Tits Je T`aime
2. Casimir Lètang – Travail Zènfants! Chantez Après!
3. Cyril Diaz Et Son Orchestre – Feeling Happy
4. Georges Tinedor Et Manuela Pioche – Colliè Et Zanno
5. Henri Debs Quintet – Douce Kombass
6. Joseph Lacides – Mr. Morin

Side B

7. Geno Exile – Lan Misè
8. Dolor Et Les Diables Du Rythme – Salvana
9. Syndey Lèrèmon Et Ses Amis Du Calvaire Baie-Mahault – You You Matayango
10. Raymond Cicault Et Son Orchestre Volcan – À Mon Ami Lucien Jolibois
11. Orchestre Esperanza Et Jean Leroy – Ou Pas Bel
12. Henri Debs Sextet Et Paul Blamar – Moin Çé On Maléré

Side C

13. Le Ry-Co Jazz – Si I Bon Di I Bon
14. Remy Mondey – Meringue Mondey
15. Henri Guedon Et Les Contesta – Van Van
16. Les Shupa Shupa D`Haiti – Batterie Shupa

Side D

17. Paul Blamaret Vèlo – Lovency
18. Eric Virgal – Stanislas
19. Les Aiglons – Les Aiglons Ka Satisfait
20. Tutus De La Guyane – Nanao Nanao
21. Guy Conquette – Assez Fait Cancan

Read more: Island Digging with Ruf Dug: The disco funk sound of Guadaloupe in 10 records

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 18:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Elusive disco, dub, ambient and electronics collected on new Isla of Jura 2xLP

Norwegian tropico-funk, Legowelt space synth, ’80s hip-hop breaks and more.

Australian label Isle of Jura is releasing a new double vinyl compilation of elusive reissues, edits and originals from around the world.

Jura Soundsystem Presents Transmission One is the first in a series of compilations from Jura Soundsystem, aka label head Kevin Griffiths.

Highlights from Transmission One include a stellar edit of Ken-Dang’s 1983 percussive super jam ‘Born in Borneo’, the first ever vinyl release of Legowelt’s Smackos alias ambient tune ‘We Can Watch Alf In The Hotel Room’, Minus Group’s elusive 1979 Italian psych 7″ ‘Black Shadow’, and the eighties Baltimore booty shake of Mix-O-Rap’s ‘All Party People’.
Ken Dang--'Born In Borneo"

The collection also features four “soothing” Jura Soundsystem ambient tools, and follows the release of ‘Dear Adrian’ / ‘Udaberri Blues’ – one of our favourite dance 12″s of April – on sub-label Temple of Jura, as well as The Voice of Q 12″ reissue on the main imprint.

Smackos---'We Can Watch Alf In the Hotel Room'


Side A

A1. Smackos ‘We Can Watch Alf In The Hotel Room’
A2. Astral Engineering ‘Seashore Dub’
A3. Minus Group ‘Black Shadow’

Side B

B1. Ken Dang ‘Born In Borneo’ (Jura Soundsystem Edit)
B2. Trevor Bastow ‘Integration’

Side C

C1. Kash ‘Percussion Sundance’
C2. Tabou Combo Superstars ‘Ooh La La’ (Jura Soundsystem Edit)

Side D

D1. Blindboy ‘Traumerei’
D2. Mix-O-Rap ‘All Party People’ (Special Mix) (Go-Go Style)
D3. Jura Soundsystem ‘Jungle Ambient Tool’
D4. Jura Soundsystem ‘Ocean Ambient Tool’
D5. Jura Soundsystem ‘Time Ambient Tool’
D6. Jura Soundsystem ‘Pyramids Ambient Tool’

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 18:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kuniyuki Takahashi
Early Tape Works (1986-1983) Vol. 2
(Music From Memory)

Soothing ’80s synthscapes and breezy tropical samples abound, in this second instalment of Music from Memory’s compilation series showcasing the music of Japanese producer Kuniyuki Takahashi. Whereas the first instalment, one of the records had a more club orientated feel, Vol. 2 delves into cinematic territory that carries a Joe Hisaishi touch. An emotive and ethereal essential, whether you’re previously familiar with Takahashi’s tunes or not.

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 18:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Giorgio Moroder’s elusive 1975 Einzelgänger LP reissued on vinyl for the first time.

“A look into the experimental side of his disco synth.”

Italian maestro composer and producer Giorgio Moroder’s seventies album Einzelgänger is being rereleased on vinyl for the first time.

Regarded as the “Father of Disco” Moroder created some of the era’s most popular singles with artist Donna Summer, including ‘I Feel Love’, ‘Love to Love You Baby’, and ‘On The Radio’.

Originally released in 1975 on Moroder’s own Oasis label under his Einzelgänger alias (German for individualist), the 9-track LP was composed, performed and produced by Moroder in collaboration with Reinhold Mack.

Though it failed to achieve commercial success, later that year Summer and Moroder released ‘Love To Love You Baby’ – one of the first hit disco singles to be released as an extended version, and the track that catapulted the duo to international fame.

In 2015, The Vinyl Factory released Moroder and Bruce Sudano’s track ‘Willoughby’ on limited 12″, as part of Doug Aitken and the Barbican’s Station to Station.


1. Einzelgänger
2. Aus (The End)
3. Warum (Why)
4. Percussiv
5. Good Old Germany
6. Basslich
7. Untergang (Ruin)
8. Liebes-Arie (Love Song)
9. Einzelganger

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 18:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink


sleeve, Friday, 8 June 2018 18:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Alice Coltrane’s Lord of Lords reissued on vinyl for the first time

The last in her Universal Consciousness and World Galaxy trilogy.

Alice Coltrane’s 1972 album Lord of Lords is being reissued for the first time, via Superior Viaduct this June.

Its five tracks were recorded over the course of one week in a Los Angeles studio during July of 1972, following the release of her seminal albums World Galaxy and Journey in Satachidananda featuring Pharaoh Sanders.

Lord of Lords was released by Impulse! in the US and Canada that same year, with a UK release in 1976.

The album’s reissue follows last year’s World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitnanda, our favourite reissue of 2017.


Side A

A1 Andromeda’s Suffering
A2 Sri Rama Ohnedaruth
A3 Excerpts From The Firebird

Side B

B1 Lord Of Lords
B2 Going Home

'Amdromeda's Suffering'

A Short Documentary About Alice Coltrane's Spiritual Journey

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 18:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

from 2017:

Joe Henderson and Alice Coltrane’s rare 1973 LP The Elements reissued for the first time

A soulful and celestial voyage to otherworldly music realms.

Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson rose to stardom releasing iconic post-bop jazz on Blue Note in the sixties, but it was in the seventies when Henderson branched out into inspiring and experimental terrain.

The Elements is one of the most exciting examples of Henderson’s innovative creative directions.

Mixing jazz with funk, soul, psych, latin, Indian and beyond, the LP is a four-part improvisation based on compositions written by Henderson, exploring fire, air, water and earth.

For this journey, Henderson enlisted a heavyweight group of likeminded, intrepid musicians including Alice Coltrane on piano and harp, Charlie Haden on bass, Michael White on violin, and Kenneth Nash on percussion.

What followed was a unique album, captured over the course of two days at Village Recorders studio in Los Angeles.

Remastered from the original tapes for this first ever reissue, The Elements is an essential sonic exploration, that still sounds as fresh and forward-thinking over 40 years later.

Henderson/Coltrane: "Earth"

John and Alice Coltrane’s Cosmic Music reissued on vinyl

With the original private press cover artwork.

Spiritual jazz power couple Alice and John Coltrane’s collaborative album Cosmic Music is to be reissued on vinyl via Superior Viaduct, on 5/26/17.

Self-released by Alice Coltrane in 1968 following her husband’s death, Cosmic Music was subsequently re-released by Impulse! who introduced the recognisable moon motif on the sleeve.

Featuring two tracks by John Coltrane’s legendary final quintet (‘Manifestation’ and ‘Rev. King’) that were recorded in San Francisco on February 2nd, 1966 and two from Alice Coltrane’s very first session as a bandleader after her husband’s passing (‘Lord Help Me To Be’ and ‘The Sun’), it’s a joint monument to the pair’s vast influence on spiritual jazz, giving a platform to heavyweight contemporaries like Jimmy Garrison, Rashied Ali and Pharoah Sanders.

John Coltrane Quintet w Alice Coltrane:

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 19:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This whole "reissued on vinyl for the first time" thing is such utter sucker-baiting horseshit it makes me froth with rage.

The Elements has been in print on CD since the 1990s. Lord of Lords is just as readily available, as half of a budget twofer CD (it's paired up with Universal Consciousness). But hey, pay $25 for the LP if that's what you wanna do with your life.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 8 June 2018 19:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't even have a working turntable, but find these items good for info, since I never heard of most of these Vinyl Factory news objects. Always look for the most affordable option anyway.

dow, Friday, 8 June 2018 19:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That David Bowie live album, Waiting for the Blackout: Live London '78, that came out as a 3LP set for Record Store Day, is being released as a 2CD set on June 29. I'm listening to it now and other than the inclusion of a version of "Sound and Vision" that's inferior to the studio version, there's literally no point to it if you already have Stage. Same tour, virtually identical set list. But I'm agnostic-to-skeptical w/r/t Bowie in general, so.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 8 June 2018 21:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

From latest Smog Veil newsletter:

European fans: many of our releases are now available from Soundohm, a quality distributor of electronic, psych, cinematic, and otherwise fantastic reissue releases. Check 'em out!


Chris Butler/Ralph Carney: Songs For Unsung Holidays LP/CD
Obnox: Bang Messiah LP/CD

Speaking of Chris Butler, take a gander at his newest release, a Smog Veil digital exclusive "Get It Togehter". A collection of demos, works in progress, and all things Chris. Think a little bit of Tin Huey, a little bit of The Waitresses, and of course, all Akron all the time. Check it out at your favorite online download/stream source (or check smogveil site)

So, say hello to these 7" records that we recently unearthed in our warehouse:

Rocket From The Tombs "I Sell Soul"
HG Lewis and the Amazing Pink Holes "2000 Maniacs" splatter wax
Rubber City Rebels "Annoyed, Destroyed, Unemployed"
2 Bobs "Papa Oom Mow Mow/Roll On Big O"
This Moment In Black History "Family Day At Euclid Beach" etched
Defnics "Look At Me Mom I'm Not Dead" green vinyl
Van Failin' (aka FYPM) "Panama" pic disc

These records are available for sale. 3 7"s for 1 low price plus postage. But, act now as on June 30, anything left over will be gifted to the guys that pick up the trash. If you don't see the 7" available in the drop down box or if the link is dead, that means we are sold out. No special code needed. We have very limited quantities on these, so this is the last chance forever and once June 30 rolls around, well, say goodbye.

dow, Saturday, 9 June 2018 20:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And a few from xp Soundohm:

Nurse With Wound
Sinister Whimsy For The Wretched (2Cd)
GENRE: Experimental | FORMAT: 2 x CD | CATALOG N. DPROM140 | YEAR. (2018)
In Stock
Sinister Whimsy For The Wretched contains the long out-of-print albums, Sugar Fish Drink (1992) and Large Ladies With Cake In The Oven (1993). Both discs are remastered by Andrew Liles. You will never hear these better. Sugar Fish Drink, "Cod Surrealism", is a distinctly wet aberration on paranoid aesthetics occasionally coordinated by John Balance and Steven Stapleton. For Large Ladies With Cake In The Oven, all tracks were previously released in some form or another. Songs titles have been altered from their original forms on their original releases. "Head Cold" is very close to being the exact song as the Miss Ticker remix of "Cold" from the Thunder Perfect Mind CD reissue and "Steel Dream March Of The Metal Man".
more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 9 June 2018 20:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Anthony Braxton - Derek Bailey
Royal (2Lp)
LABEL: Honest Jon's
GENRE: Jazz | FORMAT: LPx2 | CATALOG N. HJR 201LP | YEAR. (2018)
In Stock
2018 small repress. Honest Jon's Records present a reissue of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton's Royal, expanded to include both intended volumes. Volume 1 was originally released in 1984; the second volume was never issued. The second release in a series of collaborations between Honest Jon's Records and Incus: three double-LPs of the legendary free-improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, solo (HJR 200LP) and in duos with Anthony Braxton and Han Bennink (HJR 202LP), augmenting the original releases with marvelous, previously unissued music. Recorded in 1974, at the Royal Hotel in Luton, with Braxton playing soprano and alto saxophones, and Bb and contrabass clarinets. Two volumes were planned; only one was issued, till now. This was an early transatlantic meeting between the leading free improvisers. Many of Braxton's signature techniques and ideas were gestated in such sessions. It still brims with inquisitive musical creativity and knockabout jazzbo allusiveness. Newly transferred from tape at Abbey Road, and remastered by Rashad Becker. The records are manufactured by Pallas.
more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 9 June 2018 20:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Aleister Crowley
Original Wax Recordings (LP)
LABEL: Fantome Phonographique
GENRE: Sound Art | FORMAT: LP | CATALOG N. OME 1007LP | YEAR. (2018)

Fantôme Phonographique present a reissue of the only known recordings from the infamous occultist, mystic, magician, poet, novelist, sexual deviant, and all-around misfit, Aleister Crowley. Recorded onto wax cylinder in the early 1910s, and later transferred to 78 RPM discs. The tracks include Crowley's recitation of the first two Enochian Keys, original poetry, incantations, and songs. An absolutely essential piece of occult history. This collection was originally compiled and released on LP in 1986.
more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 9 June 2018 21:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Antonin Artaud
Pur En Finir Avec Le Jugement De Dieu (LP)
LABEL: Fantome Phonographique
GENRE: Sound Art | FORMAT: LP | CATALOG N. OME 1006LP | YEAR. (2018)
In Stock
Fantôme Phonographique present a reissue of Pur En Finir Avec Le Jugement De Dieu by Antonin Artaud. Antonin Artaud was a French poet, dramatist, and director and one of the most important figures in 20th century European theater, and especially the avant-garde. His piece "Pour En Finir Avec Le Jugement De Dieu" was recorded in 1947 to be aired on French radio. But the project was shelved not only for its scatological, anti-American, anti-religious content, but also for its avant-garde sound, with screams, cries, grunts, glossolalia, and general cacophony, all of which the radio thought would be too shocking for the listeners of post-WWII France. Now regarded as one of his most brilliant works, the piece is finally available again on vinyl courtesy of Fantôme Phonographique. Features the voice actors Maria Casarès, Roger Blin, and Paule Thévenin.
more info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 9 June 2018 21:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Robbie Basho
Land of Our Fathers: Rarities 1967-1983 (Lp)
€ 22.00
LABEL: Holographic Ontological Networks
GENRE: Folk | FORMAT: LP | CATALOG N. HON 40 | YEAR. (2018)

Land Of Our Fathers' is a stunningly beautiful compilation of never-before-released and hard-to-find recordings by America's great guitar mystic Robbie Basho. Spanning 16 years, this is 42 minutes of essential and extremely rare music from throughout Basho's multifaceted career. 'Land Of Our Fathers' provides further illumination of Basho's mysterious and incomparably poetic soul.
more info, audio: (good related at bottom of this page, though may be older reissued: Tibbets, Jansch, Fahey, Tompkins Square excavations etc.)

dow, Saturday, 9 June 2018 21:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mad River
Mad River (LP)
GENRE: Psych | FORMAT: LP | CATALOG N. LP5243 | YEAR. (2018)
In Stock

180gram High Definition Vinyl, originally released in 1968 on Capitol; by far the most ominous-sounding of the Bay Area’s 1960s psychedelic bands, the music of Berkeley’s Mad River comes across like a spiralling, acid-spiked descent into hell. With a raw, garagey style marked by Lawrence Hammond’s quavering vocals and the interlocking exchanges of guitarists David Robinson and Rick Bockner, Mad River’s sound conjures a darker, more menacing version of Quicksilver Messenger Service or early Country Joe and The Fish. No wonder the quintet’s self-titled 1968 debut has long been at the top of many collector’s want lists! Presented in sealed & stickered picture sleeve).
more info, audio:
(CREEM's ancient mention of this debut quoted lyrics, imploring "Merciful monks from your caves of ether" to do some stuff incl. "sweep the burning nostrils into the sea...and no one looks to me like they've come here," followed by a typesetter's note, "I can't go on this, stuff is too awful. Historian added that the second album went to an opposite extreme of mellow, even incl. a guest appearance by Richard Brautigan," and it's a classic of its kind too.")

dow, Saturday, 9 June 2018 21:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've loved this band and its later incarnation as mad River since I discovered them a few decades back. My teens coincided with the Ultimate Action coming out on Edsel which i got when i was like 14.
Now all of their material hopefully in best possible sound is coming out next October in one box set

Sixties Mod band THE ACTION only released six singles in their lifetime – or seven, if you count a pre-Action single by The Boys – but their legend has grown exponentially since their demise in 1968.

THE ACTION was the first band signed by Beatles producer George Martin after he left EMI to set up his own company AIR Productions. In due course, he produced the band’s five singles issued on Parlophone between 1965 and 1967 as well as tracks intended for a never-released album.

SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS is far and away the most comprehensive tribute to THE ACTION so far assembled, boasting all their known recordings in the studio and live on radio/TV.

Many of the original Parlophone single mixes have never been reissued in their original form on compact disc – until now. The fresh discovery of multi-tracks and rehearsal tapes has led to a whole disc’s worth of previously unheard mixes and performances.

The box set includes numerous photos of THE ACTION in their heyday, with 16,000 words of sleeve-notes by David Wells and a 36-page booklet within a handsome 4-CD ‘digibook’.

Includes all previous material issued from the band’s BBC sessions and post-Parlophone period, suitably remastered by Alec Palao.

17. JUST ONCE IN MY LIFE (New Mono Mix) *

21. I SEE YOU (BBC Session)

* Previously unissued


16. SOMETHING HAS HIT ME (Rehearsal)
17. I LOVE YOU (YEAH) (Backing Track Take 1)
18. NEVER EVER (Rehearsal)
19. COME ON, COME WITH ME (Backing Track Take 4)
20. TWENTYFOURTH HOUR (Alternative Version)
21. THE PLACE (Backing Track Take 2)
23. SOMETHING HAS HIT ME (Alternative Backing Track)

All tracks previously unissued

7. BRAIN (Full Length Version)
9. CLIMBING UP THE WALL (SEE ME) (Full Length Vers.)
10. REALLY DOESN’T MATTER (Full Length Version)
12. LITTLE BOY (Full Length Version)
14. IN MY DREAM (George Martin Orchestrated Version)


20. IN MY DREAM (Demo Version)

1. IT AIN’T FAIR – The Boys
2. I WANT YOU – The Boys
5. IN MY LONELY ROOM (Decca Audition)
6. YOU’LL WANT ME BACK (Decca Audition)
9. GOING TO A GO-GO (BBC Session)
10. NEVER EVER (BBC Session)
11. INDIA (BBC Session)
12. LOVE IS ALL (BBC Session)
13. I’LL KEEP HOLDING ON (“Edsel” mix)
14. BABY YOU’VE GOT IT (“Edsel” mix)
15. THE HARLEM SHUFFLE (“Edsel” mix)
16. JUST ONCE IN MY LIFE (“Edsel” mix)
17. NEVER EVER (“Edsel” mix)
18. TWENTYFOURTH HOUR (“Edsel” mix)
19. SOMETHING HAS HIT ME (“Edsel” mix)

Stevolende, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:29 (six days ago) Permalink

Mighty Baby not Mad river. Think I got that from the entry immediately above.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:29 (six days ago) Permalink

Also should have just said taht there are a couple of tracks included there better known as recorded by Mighty Baby.

I think some members wound up in Habbibiya after going through the same Sufi conversion as Richard and Linda Thompson.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:31 (six days ago) Permalink

From a Pitchfork news item about the next reissue of Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same:

Jimmy Page supervised the remastering process, according to Rolling Stone. The reissue will be available as a digital release, as well as on Blu-ray audio, CD, and vinyl. Additionally, the vinyl will include the entire nearly-30-minute rendition of “Dazed and Confused” on one side for the first time. A super deluxe edition is also available, and comes with two CDs, four 180-gram vinyl LPs, DVD audio of the entire album, two DVDs of the original film plus extras, a numbered art print of the album cover, a 20-page replica of the 1977 Japanese Cinema Programme, and more.

That bolded part seems...unwise. Also, "Dazed And Confused" always did take up one whole side - it's just that the reissued version is about two and a half minutes longer.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 22 June 2018 11:45 (three days ago) Permalink

Drivin’ N Cryin’ are set to reissue their long out of print, 1997 eponymous album as Too Late To Turn Back Now on July 27th via New West Records. The record was produced by Kosmo Vinyl (associate to The Clash, The Jam, and Stiff Records) and features the Drivin’ N Cryin’ trio of founding members Kevn Kinney on vocals/guitar, Tim Nielsen on bass/mandolin, along with Jeff Sullivan on drums. The newly christened Too Late To Turn Back Now was remastered by Chris Griffin and features new, original artwork by Kosmo Vinyl which was assembled by Kosmo and longtime Drivin’ N Cryin’ tour poster artist Mike Sears. Available for the first time on vinyl, the album was pressed at Kindercore Vinyl in Athens, GA. Following their departure from Geffen Records, Drivin’ N Cryin’ returned to their hometown, independent roots. Of this time, longtime tour manager Scott Munn said, “The band was firing on all cylinders going into the studio, and there was a feeling that this was their truest representation and the record they had always wanted to make. Producer Kosmo Vinyl offered, “...I’d been around enough musicians, and in enough recording studios, to know what didn’t work. I wanted to make a record that sounded, and felt, like the Drivin’ N Cryin’ you would go see live. If I could do that, then I knew it would be good. All told, we spent about two weeks at Casino Studio, and I think we got what we wanted.” Upon its initial release, the album had success at radio with their cover of John Denver’s iconic “Leaving On A Jet Plane.” Relix Magazine has premiered the newly remastered lead off track “Keepin’ It Close To My Heart” which can be heard HERE. Too Late To Turn Back Now is available for pre-order now via NEW WEST RECORDS.

Drivin N Cryin’ frontman Kevn Kinney says of the album’s inception, “Too Late to Turn Back Now started out as a series of 45 rpm 7 inches. It was recorded in Clay Harper’s little Five Points studio and produced by Kosmo Vinyl. Kosmo had done a couple of Clay’s singles...production and artwork, and I asked him if he’d be interested in working with us for a 45? The first single was about Lenny Bruce! ‘Let Lenny B’ was a song from my early 80s punk band The Prosecutors. As well as the song Drivin N Cryin’. Kosmo IS real life rock and roll legacy. Not only his tenure with The Clash but his early days working at Stiff Records. I owned every Stiff 45 and would drive from Milwaukee to Chicago to get the newest ones! I was so honored to have his energy collaborating with us in this small, hot studio!! This is why I do this. This is who I am. Gone are the major labels. Gone are the tour buses. And the trappings of big empty studios and expenses. Well boys, it’s just us...None of those things have anything to do with making art. Well, one single turned to two and since we were already four songs in, let’s add a few more and make an album…’album’ refers to a collection of recorded music by the way. But it took 23 years to debut in all its vinyl glory!! We can’t thank everyone at New West Records enough for this. It sounds amazing. I toured Kindercore Vinyl last week and was blown away. I got my copy hot off the presses (literally) and I’ve played it every day. It’s too late to turn back now...I’m ready!”

Drivin’ N Cryin’ Too Late To Turn Back Now Track Listing:

1. Keepin’ It Close To My Heart
2. Roof Garden
3. I’ve Got A Message
4. Drivin’ N Cryin’
5. Around The Long Way
6. Let Lenny B
7. Paid In Full
8. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
9. Beneath The Undertow
10. Passing Through
11. Leaving On A Jet Plane
12. Nothing To Lose

dow, Friday, 22 June 2018 17:10 (three days ago) Permalink

Another one from Soul Jazz Records' store Sounds of the Universe:

Just landed - Mutima. Super deep jazz from Cecil McBee on Strata-East vinyl new vinyl. Includes the seminal heavy cut 'Tulsa Black.'

w/ Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cecil McBee, Michael Carvin, Jimmy Hopps, Billy Hart & more.

More info, audio:

dow, Friday, 22 June 2018 17:19 (three days ago) Permalink

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