Staff Picks
Lindsay – Hard Feelings and Joan as Policewoman 
Dario – Mountain Man and Charles Mingus reissue
Zach – Connan Mockasin, Ben Chasny, and Titus Andronicus reissue
Kimber – Fela Kuti reissue
Catherine Howe 

Connan MockasinJassbusters Two LP+MP3 (Mexican Summer)
Jassbusters Two is the second instalment of the soundtrack to Bost’n ‘n’ Dobs’n, the daytime TV miniseries created by Connan Mockasin. Recorded at Gary’s Electric Studio in Brooklyn, New York, Mockasin and his band of imagined music teachers (Nicholas Harsant on bass, Matthew Eccles on drums, and Rory McCarthy, aka Infinite Bisous, on rhythm guitar) freestyled across long live takes, weaving under, over, and straight through each other’s blurry riffs. 

Mr. BungleThe Night They Came Home 2xLP (Ipecac)
White color vinyl pressing. This 14-track vinyl double-LP set gathers the audio of Mr. Bungle’s 2020 livestream event, The Night They Came Home. Includes performances of songs from their album, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo along with cover songs and more. This version of Mr. Bungle is original members Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn, joined by Scott Ian of Anthrax and Dave Lombardo of Slayer/Dead Cross. 

Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso [Reissue/2014]CD/LP/Cassette (Psychic Hotline)
Pink color vinyl reissue. Recorded in a little bedroom studio out in Durham, North Carolina, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn’s debut LP as Sylvan Esso arrived in 2014 at the juncture of pop and experimental. Even now, years later, the LP remains an urgent and fitting introduction to a push-and-pull that would go on to inform the duo’s sound – a thoughtful headiness that also wants you to get out on the dance floor. A blend of analog and digital, Meath and Sanborn were two unexpected puzzle pieces fitting together with singular ease, producing a ten-track LP that was both minimalist and shimmering, with dark undulations rippling beneath the synthy-surface and crystalline quality of Meath’s voice.

Snail Mail – Valentine CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Valentine was written and produced by Lindsey Jordan and co-produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee). Written in 2019 – 2020 the album is filled with romance, heartbreak, blood, sweat and tears. The sonic leap forward can be heard from the first moments of the title track – the whispered voice and eerie synths erupting into a full-on stadium-sized adrenaline-rush of a chorus. From there it’s all go – with electronic anthems, baroque FM rockers, smoldering slow-jam R&B, and heart rendering finger-picked ballads. The star of the show however is Lindsey’s voice. Her vocals and words are rawer, deeper, snarlier, and more feeling than ever before. [A limited-edition indie store gold exclusive vinyl is available.]

Brian Fallon – Night Divine CD/LP (Lesser Known)
Night Divine is a series of hymns covered by The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon. This is a project he’s been wanting to create for a long time, inspired by his time singing in the church choir as a child. “This was the first music I’d ever heard and learned,” Fallon said. “It’s one of the earliest musical memories I have. So, the idea has been churning in my head for a long time. Even when I was making rock ‘n’ roll, this was always in the background.” He finally got the opportunity to make the intimate record during lockdown, with background vocals by his mother. The 10-track collection is introduced by the lead single and album opener, “The Virgin Mary Had One Son”. “I heard Odetta sing an incredible live version of ‘Virgin Mary Had One Son’, and it was actually one of the performances that inspired me to learn the piano,” he notes.” Joan Baez sang it back in the sixties too. From those two versions, I put down my own structure with the acoustic guitar and the vocal. The other sonic elements appear and disappear like characters in a play. In the end, everything comes out for one last note.”


Hard Feelings – Hard Feelings CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Hard Feelings is the collaborative project between Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Amy Douglas (DFA, Horse Meat Disco). For all intents and purposes Hard Feelings, their self-titled debut album, is “an opera of sad bangers.” Loosely conceptual without being a full concept album, the material is the ultimate immersive cinematic experience for your feet and ears, seated fluidly at the intersections of new wave and synth-pop inspired pop music and full-on dance majesty.

Houndmouth – Good For You CD/LP (Dualtone)
Recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), the fourth full-length album from the Indiana-bred, platinum-selling band marks a return to what Houndmouth does best: “shaggy, swinging, big-screen storytelling” (NPR Music) set to a rustic, home-recorded sound.

Radiohead – Kid A Mnesia 3xCD/3xLP (XL)
Twenty-one years since the release of Radiohead’s seminal albums, Kid A and Amnesiac, comes a combined and expanded triple vinyl disc reissue entitled Kid A Mnesia. The release presents the records together as originally intended, with an additional disc of bonus material – including two original unreleased recordings from the era: the never-before-heard “If You Say The Word” and a previously unreleased studio recording of “Follow Me Around”. “We humbly submit Kid A Mnesia,” notes the band. “It’s a coming of age for Kid A and Amnesiac and it’s joined by a new album, Kid Amnesiae, a memory palace of half-remembered, half-forgotten sessions and unreleased material.” [A limited-edition indie store exclusive red vinyl is available.]

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – The Future CD (Fantasy)
With the highly anticipated new album The Future, Nathaniel Rateliff once again demonstrates that he is a writer and performer of the highest order. The third full-length from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats showcases his unique observations of our world and people’s ongoing struggle in learning how to better understand each other. “I look at the album overall as a big question,” notes Rateliff. “When I was writing the record we were in the middle of a pandemic and our future looked pretty bleak. I just continue to try to write from a place of hope. Then my own neurosis, and maybe being a libra gets in the way, and I can’t make up my mind. There is this constant back and forth battle in me personally and I am sure that comes out in my writing.” [Limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing due November 12.]

Primus – Green Naugahyde (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) 2xLP (ATO/Virgin)
This 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition color vinyl reissue comes packaged in a gatefold jacket with emboss and spot gloss plus updated artwork (new gatefold image, new inner sleeve art, naugahyde texture printed inside gatefold pockets). Originally released in 2011 after a long hiatus, Green Naugahyde reunited Primus with their early drummer Jay Lane and harkened back to their early days (think Frizzle Fry). Green Naugahyde expands on Primus’ incomparable sound, bringing it into the next millennium. It is a cerebral and complex album that is teeming with the band’s signature blend of whimsy and underlying darkness. The trio were described by Rolling Stone at the time as a “tight knotty rhythm team.”

Ben Chasny – The Intimate Landscape CD/LP (Drag City)
At the invitation of KPM Music, the wizard of Six Organs of Admittance steps behind his acoustic to produce a new instrumental guitar set. Library music, or deeply personal essays on a formative instrument? Under his fingers, Ben plays it both ways, making simply beautiful music that spans beyond the limits of folk, ambient and soundtrack music.

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

Blueprint – Adventures In Counter Culture (10th Anniversary Edition) LP (Rhymesayers)
First trained in his church choir, Print played in R&B bands in high school and later developed a reputation as a standout rapper. On Adventures in Counter-Culture, he experiments with the synths, keyboards, and drum machines that connected the musical dots of those early days. Print began pursuing his career as a musician in 2001, working on several hip hop projects including his collaborative project Soul Position with DJ/Producer RJD2.

Mountain ManMade The Harbor reissue CD/LP/CASS (Psychic Hotline)
Released in the muggy summer of 2010, Mountain Man’s debut full-length Made the Harbor catapulted the project into the spotlight on indie music blogs across the Internet, and then on to much bigger stages offline, too. From a MySpace buzz band to touring as back-up singers for Feist across the world, Mountain Man’s Made the Harbor and the sound of their three voices tangling together had a certain magic that resonated so easily. Now, a decade past its release, Made the Harbor celebrates its tenth anniversary with an additional disc’s worth of bonus material. The second LP here features unreleased songs, live sessions recorded at Bennington College’s Greenwall Auditorium at the inception of the project, along with covers of the Mills Brothers, Arthur Russell, and then-Vermont contemporary toothache, and more. The deluxe packaging includes a collage culled from the band’s personal collection and live photos from that time, as well as a personal essay by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

Snarky Puppy – Live At The Royal Albert Hall LP (Groundup)
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. In 2012, Snarky Puppy booked their first European tour through Facebook posts, begging people to help find a bar they could play in. Years later, on November 14, 2019, Snarky Puppy recorded their sold-out show from the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London, which serves as their first official live release in almost four years. Featuring an extended line-up of 15 out of their 18 regular members, the record includes many tracks from their recent studio album, Immigrance. Live at the Royal Albert Hall captures an interesting mix of new and old songs, illustrating their musical and artistic progression over the years.

Bad Brains – Rock For Light LP yellow edition (Org Music)
Rock for Light is the second full-length album by Bad Brains, released in 1983. It was produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars. We’re proud to present the original mix of the album, for the first time in decades, as the band originally intended. Most fans will be more familiar with the 1991 reissue, which was remixed by Ocasek and bass player Darryl Jenifer. In addition to new mixes, that version used an altered track order. This reissue marks the fourth release in the remaster campaign, re-launching the Bad Brains Records label imprint. In coordination with the band, Org Music has overseen the restoration and remastering of the iconic Bad Brains’ recordings. The audio was mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Furnace Record Pressing.

Titus Andronicus – The Monitor LP reissue (XL)
Remastered LP reissue. Vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. The Monitor is the second studio album by American indie rock band Titus Andronicus, originally released in March 2010. It is a concept album loosely based on themes relating to the American Civil War.

Fela Kuti – London Scene (Blue/Red/White Splatter) LP (Knitting Factory)
EMI, his label at the time, saw the true power of his musical creation, what we now know as Afrobeat, and brought Fela and his band back to London. The result was London Scene. While recording, Fela began his friendship with Ginger Baker, who plays uncredited on the track “Egbe Mi O”. London Scene is the beginning of what would become Fela’s signature Afrobeat style and serves as a great introduction to Fela’s music.

Cannabis Corpse – Tube Of The Resinated CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Reissue of the sophomore album from Richmond, VA’s weed-obsessed death metal maniacs. Not a parody or cover band, but an homage to the greats of the first wave of death metal featuring Land Phil from Municipal Waste alongside his twin brother Josh. “The debut was a cute novelty; Tube Of The Resinated… feels like a real record by a real band. Catchy vocal patterns and groovy riffs yield a solid, headbangable set of old-school death metal” (Invisible Oranges). [A limited-edition picture disc vinyl pressing is also available.]

Joan As Policewoman – The Solution Is Restless CD/LP (PIAS America)
The Solution Is Restless is a brand-new collaborative album by Joan As Police Woman, Tony Allen and Dave Okumu. Joan was invited to Africa Express: The Circus in 2019, where Damon Albarn introduced her to Tony Allen for the first time and they played a version of Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”. That same year she was invited to the Africa Express in Waltham Forest, where Damon Albarn came to see her collaborate. They got on so well, that besides it being the seed where this record started to grow, it also led to Joan lending guest vocals to the Gorillaz’s track “Simplicity”, off their 2020 album Song Machine album. Dave Okumu and Joan have known each other for a few years and worked together on Pieces Of A Man: The Gil Scott-Heron Project in March 2016. When Joan and Tony decided to record together, she invited her longtime friend to join from London and they ended up improvising all night in a Parisian studio. Then when the world shut down, she used those recordings to write this new record The Solution Is Restless.

Aimee Mann – Queens Of The Summer CD (Super Ego)
New release from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Queens Of The Summer Hotel contains 15 songs inspired by the book Girl Interrupted, written by Susannah Kaysen. [Vinyl edition due November 21.] 

Emma Ruth Rundle – Engine Of Hell CD (Sargent House)
Emma Ruth Rundle’s new album Engine Of Hell is stark, intimate, and unflinching. For anyone that’s endured trauma and grief, there’s a beautiful solace in hearing Rundle articulate and humanize that pain not only with her words, but with her mysterious language of melody and timbre. The album captures a moment where a masterful songwriter strips away all flourishes and embellishments in order to make every note and word hit with maximum impact, leaving little to hide behind. [An indie store exclusive white color vinyl pressing is due November 12.]

The Black Keys – El Camino (10th Anniversary Edition) 3xLP/5xLP (Nonesuch)
This Deluxe three-LP set contains the original album remastered plus a previously unreleased full live concert. [The Super Deluxe five-LP box set adds a BBC Session Recorded in 2012, the 2011 Electro-Vox Session, a photo book, a limited-edition poster and lithograph, and “new car scent” air freshener.] El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s then-new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The Black Keys won three awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards for El Camino—Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album—among other worldwide accolades. In the UK, the band was nominated for a BRIT Award (Best International Group) and an NME Award (Best International Band). The week of release, the band performed on Saturday Night Live, the Colbert Report, and the Late Show with David Letterman, and later that year, went on to perform their first Madison Square Garden show. [The Super Deluxe four CD edition is due December 3.]

Steve Earle – Townes: The Basics [Reissue/2009] LP (New West)
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) ‎– The Low Highway [Reissue/2013] LP (New West)
Steve Earle & The Dukes ‎– Terraplane [Reissue/2015] LP (New West)
Steve Earle & The Dukes ‎– Ghosts Of West Virginia [Reissue/2020] LP (New West)
Limited color vinyl LP pressings.

Jerry Garcia/John Kahn – GarciaLive Volume 14: January 27th, 1986 The Ritz LP (ATO)
GarciaLive Volume 14 showcases a buoyant acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia and longtime friend/bassist John Kahn during the middle of a rare duo tour. Recorded on January 27, 1986, at The Ritz in New York City, Garcia and Kahn deliver two exquisite sets featuring Grateful Dead favorites (“Ripple”, “Friend Of The Devil”, “Dire Wolf”, and “Bird Song”, among others), spirited takes on Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and “Simple Twist of Fate”, and more from Garcia’s songbook.

The Legendary Shack Shakers – Cockadoodledeux LP (Alternative Tentacles)
Join those Legendary Shack Shakers as they mark their 25th anniversary as a band on Planet Earth. to celebrate the occasion, they’ve invited former members to help them record an all country & western album. From spaghetti western to bluegrass, western swing to rockabilly, Tex-Mex to country folk, the variety of the genre is on full display. Always ones to respect their history, the Shack Shakers have also included some Kentucky local legends to pick and grin. [CD edition due November 12.]

Charles Mingus ‎– Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus [Reissue/1964] LP (Verve)
Limited 180gm vinyl pressing in gatefold jacket. One of the quintessential Charles Mingus recordings regardless of label, Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus finds a mini-big-band playing some of Mingus’ best-known compositions -albeit with new titles. Features Mingus favorites Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin, and Jaki Byard among its all-star cast.

DAMON ALBARNNearer The Fountain More Pure The Stream Flows CD/LP
TANGENTS Timeslip and Chimeras LP
THE CLEANBoodle Boodle Boodle LP
THE CLEANTally Ho/Platypuss 7″
SHE AND HIM – Very She and Him Christmas (10th Anniversary Deluxe) LP
GOVT MULE – Heavy Load Blues CD/LP
LANA DEL REYBlue Bannisters LP
SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE – Entertainment Death CD/LP
SHARON JONES It’s A Holiday Soul Party LP reissue
JON HOPKINSMusic For Psychedelic Therapy CD