Staff Picks
Lindsay – Cedric Burnside, Darkside, and Trees Speak 
Dario – Darkside and Anika
Zach- Darkside, King Gizz, Bills & Aches & Blues, and Sigur Rós ‎Reissue
Kimber – Justin Sullivan 

Darkside – Spiral CD/2xLP+MP3 (Matador)
Darkside is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician/vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. In the summer of 2018, Jaar and Harrington rented a small house on Lenni-Lenape territory, which is present-day Flemington, New Jersey. The group spent a week there, making a song a day. While it would take another year and a half to complete their second album, six songs from the band’s new record Spiral were written and recorded during this initial session. “From the beginning, Darkside has been our jam band. Something we did on days off. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn’t wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again,” he said. “We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. Darkside is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together.”

Descendents – 9th & Walnut CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Named for their Long Beach practice space back in the day, 9th & Walnut features the Descendents’ earliest material written from 1977 through 1980. Begun in 2002 and finished in the pandemic, the 18-track collection also includes the band’s debut tracks “Ride The Wild” and “It’s a Hectic World” (heard here for the first time with vocals by Milo Aukerman), and the Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over” with the full Descendents treatment. [An indie-store exclusive vinyl pressing is available.]

Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
In the spring of 1991, Mudhoney recorded Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge – a whirlwind of the band’s influences at the time: the fierce ‘60s garage rock of their Pacific Northwest predecessors The Sonics and The Lollipop Shoppe, the gnashing post-hardcore of Drunks With Guns, the heavy guitar moods of Neil Young, the lysergic workouts of Spacemen 3 and Hawkwind, the gloomy existentialism of Zounds, and the satirical ferocity of ‘80s hardcore punk. This 30th anniversary edition, remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, stands as testimony to the creative surge that drove them in this period. The album sessions yielded a clutch of material that would subsequently appear on B-sides, compilations, and split singles. This edition includes all those tracks, and a slew of previously unreleased songs, including the entire five-track Music Source session.

Molly Burch – Romantic Images CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Romantic Images marks a distinct evolution for Molly Burch, both emotionally and sonically. Recorded in Denver with Tennis’ Alaina Moore and Pat Riley producing, the collection celebrates the timeless delights of a well-crafted pop song, flirting with Blondie, Madonna, and even Mariah Carey as it forges a joyful soundtrack to liberation and self-discovery. Burch deliberately worked with more women collaborators than ever before on the album, and the results are transcendent, reveling in the passion and the power of the divine feminine. Written with the live show in mind, the collection prioritizes ecstasy and escape, and it’s easy to hear Burch’s commitment to collective catharsis in her lifted, airy delivery, which manages to exude both thoughtful introspection and carefree abandon all at once. [An indie-store exclusive color vinyl pressing is available.]

Leon Bridges – Gold Digger’s Sound CD/LP (Capitol)
Gold-Diggers Sound is the new album from Leon Bridges birthed from extended late nights at the Los Angeles, California studio of the same name. The R&B collection celebrates Leon’s immersive experience of creating music in the same East Hollywood room where he lived, worked and drank over the course of two years. The soulful collaboration between Leon as an artist and the space itself was so encompassing that he chose to name the album after the studio complex. Produced by Ricky Reed and Nate Mercereau, Gold-Diggers Sound features the Terrace Martin collaboration “Sweeter” plus further guest appearances by Robert Glasper and Ink. [An indie-store exclusive vinyl pressing is available.]

PJ Harvey & John Parish ‎– A Woman A Man Walked By [Reissue/2009] LP (Island)
Limited 180gm vinyl pressing. A Woman A Man Walked By is the second collaboration between PJ Harvey and John Parish. Produced by Parish and Harvey, and originally released in March 2009, the album features the single “Black Hearted Love”. This reissue is faithful to the original recording with vinyl cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, overseen by John Parish.

Anika – Change CD/LP/Cassette (Sacred Bones)
When asked to describe the circumstances that influenced her beautifully fraught new work, Berlin-based musician Annika Henderson – better known simply as Anika – quickly articulates a set of feelings and unpredictable circumstances that are familiar to anyone who tried to make art – or simply tried to live through – the recent global pandemic. “It’s a moment caught in time,” she says of Change, her much-anticipated new record. Given that it has been 11 years since the release of her last solo album, 2010 cult-favorite Anika, the artist suddenly found herself with a lot to say. The intimacy of its creation and a palpable sense of global anxiety are seemingly baked into the DNA of Change. Spread across nine tracks, the central feeling of the record is one of heightened frustration buoyed by guarded optimism. The songs offer skittering, austere electronic backdrops reminiscent of classic Broadcast records or High Scores-era Boards Of Canada, playing them against Anika’s remarkable voice – Nico-esque, beautifully plaintive, and – in regards to the record’s subject matter – totally resolute. [An indie-store exclusive red & silver ‘galaxy’ color vinyl pressing is available.]

Jackson Browne – Downhill From Everywhere CD (Inside Recordings)
Jackson Browne’s latest studio album, Downhill from Everywhere finds the lauded 72-year-old singer/songwriter tackling a variety of topical and emotional themes, including the plight of illegal immigrants, prejudice against same-sex relationships, environmental pollution, racial justice and his own mortality. “I see the writing on the wall,” says Browne. “I know there’s only so much time left in my life. But I now have an amazing, beautiful grandson, and I feel more acutely than ever the responsibility to leave him a world that’s inhabitable.” [Vinyl edition due August 6.]

Rodney Crowell – Triage CD/LP (RC1)
A writer known for the universal and literary quality of his writing, Triage is a departure, a revealing album that Rodney Crowell has called his most personal to date. This is no small statement from such a prolific and acclaimed musician, a man who has stacked up 15 No. 1 hits including six of his own, and dozens of others for an impressively diverse array of artists including Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban, Bob Seger, Etta James, Grateful Dead and many others. This new collection of songs was written during the great political, climate and economic upheaval that has marked recent years. The noise of that chaos encouraged the songwriter to go inside for solace and answers. The result is this series of songs that contend with these themes but approach them from a place of healing love and solution. That they are being released while we find ourselves walking through a global pandemic, is a gift of perfect timing.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000 CD (ATO)
KGLW’s 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000, might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; 10 songs that began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesizers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and seductive dream-pop. It sounds simultaneously like nothing they’ve done before, yet unmistakably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. [Vinyl edition August 20.]

Paul McCartney – McCartney III Imagined CD/2xLP/Cassette (Capitol)
Hailed upon its 2020 release as “vital and comfortable taking new chances” (Rolling Stone) and “cheery, resilient, forever looking forward” (The New Yorker), Paul McCartney’s McCartney III, which topped album charts around the world, is now literally moving into the future in the form of McCartney III Imagined. Curated by Paul, McCartney III Imagined features an A-List assortment of friends, fans and brand-new acquaintances, each covering and/or reimagining their favorite McCartney III moments in their own signature styles. Contributors include Beck, Dominic Fike, Khruangbin, St. Vincent, Blood Orange, Phoebe Bridgers, Ed O’Brien, Damon Albarn, Josh Homme, Anderson .Paak, and 3D RDN of Massive Attack plus an exclusive remix of “Long Tailed Winter Bird” by Idris Elba included only on physical editions of the album.

Piroshka – Love Drips And Gathers CD/LP+MP3 (Bella Union)
Piroshka’s stunning second album Love Drips And Gathers, builds on the acclaim of their 2018 album debut Brickbat, and the reputations of former members of Lush, Moose, Elastica and Modern English. Piroshka emerged in 2018, four individuals with distinct musical identities but also overlapping histories – a combination that might have unsettled, or even overwhelmed, some bands. But in their case, the bond only got stronger. After Brickbat explored social and political divisions by way of what Mojo described as “Forceful, driving garage songs and dream-pop epics”, Love Drips And Gathers follows a more introspective line. Reflecting on the ties that bind us, as lovers, parents, children and friends, to a suitably subtler, more ethereal sound, whilst still reveling in energy and drama. [An indie-store exclusive red color vinyl pressing is available.]

David Crosby – For Free CD (BMG Rights Management)
On his new album For Free, David Crosby shares the latest offering from a life devoted to the pure and powerful alchemy of music. Arriving just a month before his 80th birthday, For Free finds the folk-rock legend continuing to tap into the tremendous surge of creativity he’s experienced since the making of his acclaimed 2016 album Lighthouse, this time collaborating with the likes of Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, and multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Sarah Jarosz. [Release date for the vinyl edition is TBD.]

Erika de Casier – Sensational CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
Copenhagen-based songwriter and producer Erika de Casier releases her second full-length studio album, Sensational, which includes recent singles “No Butterflies, No Nothing” and “Drama”. Sensational expands the universe of de Casier’s 2019 self-released debut album Essentials. Where Essentials dealt more with the infatuation stages of love, Sensational has more of an attitude, aiming to dismantle the stereotype of single women looking for love, tackling relationship dramas and the toxicity of dating. It was a chance to rewrite scenarios in ways that empowered her, fantasizing about what could’ve been. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is also available.]

The Gun Club ‎– Fire Of Love [Reissue/1981] 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Blixa Sounds)
Digitally remastered reissue of The Gun Club’s debut album, expanded with bonus live album.

Alexis Marshall – House Of Lull. House Of When CD/LP (Sargent House)
Alexis Marshall is best known as the frontman for Rhode Island’s notorious provocateurs Daughters, whose eight-year hiatus between their posthumous self-titled album and the critically acclaimed comeback album You Won’t Get What You Want found the ever-evolving band explode from down-and-out cult heroes to one of the biggest bands in the nebulous territory where abrasive noise rock fuses with high-art aspirations. For his debut album House Of Lull. House Of When, Marshall wanted to push that sense of chaos even further, by crafting an album around moments of spontaneity and sonic detritus, where a mistake could become a hook, or the whip of a chain could become a beat.

Justin Sullivan – Surrounded CD/2xLP (earMUSIC)
Justin Sullivan steps out from New Model Army to release his second solo album, 18 years after the first. Surrounded is a collection of sixteen new songs, written in the first weeks of the 2020 lockdown. These songs are again stunning guitar-vocal compositions highlighting Sullivan’s love of storytelling, wide open landscapes and unforgettable atmospheres.

Trees Speak – PostHuman CD/LP+7”+MP3 (Soul Jazz)
PostHuman blends 1970s German electronic, motorik Krautrock instrumentals, haunting, powerful 1960s & 1970s soundtracks, with a New York no-wave electronic synth-guitar analogue DIY-ness.

Various Artists – Bills & Aches & Blues CD/2xLP+MP3 (4AD)
In 2020, 4AD turned 40. Never one to be on time for a party, the label is commemorating that landmark this year with the release of Bills & Aches & Blues. The compilation features 18 of its current artists covering a song of their choosing from 4AD’s past: a creative experiment rooted in the spirit of collaboration and a snapshot of 4AD, 41 years after its inception. Killer line-up including U.S. Girls covering The Birthday Party, The Breeders covering His Name Is Alive, Big Thief covering The Breeders, Dry Cleaning covering Grimes, Helado Negro covering Deerhunter, Future Islands covering Colourbox and more!

Cedric Burnside – I Be Tryin’ LP (Single Lock)
Recorded over three days at Royal Studios in Memphis (the home studio of Al Green and Hi Records in the ‘60s and ‘70s), I Be Tryin’ is the ultimate statement of purpose for a critically acclaimed artist who has proudly carried the mantle of Mississippi Hill Country blues around the world. Over thirteen tracks, Burnside delivers his bruised but unfettered truth over blistering guitar and deep pocket drums-a sound birthed in his soul but developed and perfected on the road.

Curren$y – Collection Agency 12” (Jet Life)
At just under 24 minutes, Curren$y delivers another unforgettable round of smooth joints and cruising music. Two color vinyl pressings are available: blue and orange.

Enigma ‎– MCMXC a.D. [Reissue/1990] LP (Republic)
Enigma – The Cross Of Changes [Reissue/1993] LP (Republic)
180gm vinyl reissues. Enigma started as a studio project by multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Michael Cretu in 1990. Enigma’s debut MCMXC a.D. became a worldwide success, reaching the top 10 in ten countries. With a concept mixing atmospheric soundscapes, meditative beats, world music themes, fascinating vocal samples and mystical imagery, Enigma paved the way for electronic music bursting into the mainstream.

JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain – Don’t You Marry No Railroad Man LP+MP3 (Free Dirt)
JP Harris has a secret: his name is actually Squash. Long before Harris became a well-regarded honky-tonker, he used his childhood nickname while playing archaic old-time American tunes at underground fiddlers’ gatherings, engrossed in this punkish folk music world. Don’t You Marry No Railroad Man, his debut recording of traditional music under the moniker JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain, features ten tracks spanning the breadth of American old-time repertoire.

Dolly Parton – Early Dolly LP (Golden Lane)
Two color vinyl pressings: pink and gold. Archive collection containing Parton’s first professional recordings.

Sigur Rós ‎– Valtari [Reissue/2012] 2xLP (Krunk)
Valtari is Sigur Rós’ sixth studio album which was initially released in 2012 on XL Recordings. Sigur Rós started recording Valtari, described by the band as ‘an avalanche in slow motion’ in 2009 co-producing it themselves with Alex Somers in Reykjavik, Iceland. The title means ‘roller’ in English with Jónsi saying it kind of fits with the album because it’s big and slow and rolls over you slowly.

Spitboy – Body Of Work 1990-1995 All The Songs 2xLP+MP3 (Don Giovanni)
Limited double red and black color vinyl pressing. “They were one of those bands that were a prequel to what the future was becoming. Feminism, human rights, animal rights, environmental protection, gender issues… Spitboy was singing about these issues 30 fucking years ago. I’m so grateful to have witnessed it.” – Billie Joe Armstrong

BLEACHERSTake The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night CD/LP
YOLAStand For Myself CD/LP
PRINCEWelcome 2 America CD/LP
KING WOMANCelestial Blues CD/LP
SON VOLTElectro Melodier CD/LP
SKYZOOAll The Brilliant Things LP
BAD BRAINS I and I Survive LP