Staff Picks
Lindsay – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings 
Dario – Julie Doiron
Zach – Jeff Rosenstock and OSees

Kimber – Ben Watt 

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All The Good Times LP (Acony)
Released earlier this year on CD – now available on vinyl. The first Gillian Welch & David Rawlings collaboration to feature both of their names, All The Good Times, a collection of ten acoustic covers recorded at home, received a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. After a devastating tornado ravaged Nashville in the Spring of 2020 making their studio unusable, immediately followed by a global pandemic shutting down their community and touring livelihood, Welch & Rawlings were able to find the inspiration to set up recording equipment in their home living room and record ten performances on their reel-to-reel of some of their favorite songs from the likes of John Prine (“Hello In There”), Bob Dylan (“Abandoned Love”), Norman Blake (“Ginseng Sullivan”), and more. According to Uncut magazine, “The 10-song collection is the equivalent of being welcomed into Welch & Rawlings’ living room and the pair treating you to a private recital. In other words, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

Next up on Levitation Sessions: OSEES return for another blistering set, this time from the depths of a cavernous Los Angeles factory. The performance features a fresh batch of tracks spanning over a decade of the band’s expansive discography with a handful of never-before-played-live tunes & some new surprises, and will be released as a streaming film + live album. The artwork for this show is courtesy of John Dwyer himself, from a painting created in the midst of the pandemic.


Paul Weller – Illumination [Reissue/2002] LP (Craft Recordings)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. Includes 16-page booklet. Weller’s sixth solo studio album Illumination includes the hit singles “It’s Written in The Stars” and “Leafy Mysteries” and features guest performances from Carleen Anderson, Jocelyn Brown, Kelly Jones and Noel Gallagher.


Jerry Garcia Band – Jerry Garcia Band (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) 5xLP (Rounder Records)
Selling over 360,000 CDs since its release, the beloved self-titled album, Jerry Garcia Band, was the band’s first live release recorded in the spring and summer of 1990 at The Warfield in San Francisco. The iconic lineup features John Kahn, Melvin Seals, David Kemper, Gloria Jones, and Jacklyn LaBranch. In celebration of the album’s 30th anniversary, this five-LP set out is pressed on 180gm vinyl in a cloth wrapped, foil-stamped box and available in a limited edition of 10,000 copies.

Julie Doiron – I Thought Of You LP (You’ve Changed)
Julie Doiron is back with I Thought Of You, her first solo record since 2012’s So Many Days. Every bit an instant classic as only she can masterfully create, Doiron emanates a radiative force with her guitar and her unmistakably indomitable voice. Doiron is a maker of songs and a teller of stories, wielding her instruments like a craftsperson would their tools.

Can – Live In Brighton 1975 2xCD/3xLP+MP3 (Mute)
Can’s lineup for this legendary 1975 performance features all four original members – Irmin Schmidt on keys, Jaki Leibezeit on drums, Michel Karoli on guitar, and Holger Czukay on bass. The band’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance – from Portishead, James Murphy, Sonic Youth, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Madlib and Radiohead – as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature. [A limited-edition gold color vinyl pressing is available.]

Goldfrapp – Head First LP (Mute)
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. Head First remains one of Goldfrapp’s most powerful trips to date, a speedy rush of synth optimism, euphoria, fantasy and romance. With life affirming lyrics and stellar production it lifts off at full tilt and takes us on a journey to the heart of 2010. The diversity, ambition and direction of the album highlights Goldfrapp as true agenda-setters and modern British musical icons.

Garbage – Beautiful Garbage [Reissue/2001] 3xCD/2xLP (Geffen)
Beautiful Garbage is the third studio album from Garbage, initially released on October 1, 2001. The album expanded on the band’s musical variety, with stronger melodies, more direct lyrics, and sounds mixing rock with electronica, new wave, hip-hop, and girl groups. This brand-new Deluxe triple CD edition features newly remastered audio by Billy Bush & Butch Vig, B-sides and alternate versions with six previously unreleased selections, and a disc of remixes. [Also available as a stand-alone 180gm double LP pressing.] 

Jeff Rosenstock – SKA DREAM CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
SKA DREAM is a complete re-recording of Jeff Rosenstock’s critically acclaimed 2020 record NO DREAM, however this time around all the songs are in the ska style.

Vince Staples – Vince Staples CD (Motown)
Esteemed hip-hop artist Vince Staples has released his self-titled album, produced by Kenny Beats. His first full-length release since 2018’s critically acclaimed FM!, the 10-track album delves not only into Staples’ upbringing in Long Beach but his psyche as he learns to cope with his yesterdays and strides toward new tomorrows, picking others up along the way. Includes a 12-page booklet. [Vinyl edition due April 15.]

The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria – Live At Hamer Hall 2xLP (Glassnote)
The Teskey Brothers’ acclaimed 2020 Christmas performance with Orchestra Victoria is available on vinyl for the first time.

Therapy? – Nurses [Reissue/1992] LP (Virgin)
Nurse was the first record by Therapy? for A&M. Released in 1992, it moved the band to a more industrial sound. The album reached #38 on the UK charts and had a Top 30 hit on the UK charts with “Teethgrinder”. [A limited-edition single disc red color vinyl LP pressing is also available.] 

Ben Watt – Storm Shelter CDEP/12” (Virgin)
Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) releases his six-track mini album, Storm Shelter, a stripped back piano-vocal companion piece to his acclaimed 2020 album, Storm Damage. A proportion of royalty proceeds will go to the UK homelessness charity, Shelter. The mini album was recorded during rehearsals for the Storm Damage Tour in January 2020, a world tour with his new trio that was cancelled due to the pandemic. All the songs were recorded in one day at RAK Studios in London. 

Idles Feat. slowthai – Model Village 7” (Partisan)
The A-side is the album version of “Model Village” from 2020’s smash album Ultra Mono and the B-side is a special version “Model Village” featuring slowthai.

Calvin Keys ‎– Proceed With Caution! [Reissue/1974] LP (Real Gone Music)
Indie store exclusive orange w/ black color vinyl pressing. Bay Area jazz guitar legend Calvin Keys released his debut solo record, Shawn-Neeq, in 1971, and it remains one of the most beloved albums on the Black Jazz label. But that record was mere prelude for 1974s Proceed With Caution; this time around, the arrangements were more complex, the instrumentation more diverse. In short, a quantum leap forward.

Doug Carn – Adam’s Apple [Reissue/1974] LP (Real Gone Music)
Indie store exclusive orange w/ black color vinyl pressing. Doug Carn made four records for the Black Jazz label, more than any other artist, and each one topped the previous release’s lofty standard. Adam’s Apple was his last (1974) album for the label, representing the final note in his staggeringly creative crescendo.

The Black Keys – El Camino (10th Anniversary Edition) 4xCD (Nonesuch)
This four-CD Super Deluxe set contains original remastered album, previously unreleased full live concert and BBC Session Recorded in 2012, a 2011 Electro-Vox Session, and a photo book. 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 55thannual 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.

Jarvis Cocker – Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top CD/LP (Abkco)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top is the companion release to Wes Anderson’s film, The French Dispatch. The album expands on the Anderson and Jarvis Cocker cover collaboration of the French pop hit “Aline” for the film. This is an entire album of French material from the same period. Cocker’s signature style interprets material made known by the likes of Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, Jacques Dutronc, and Christophe’s “Aline.”

The Armed – ULTRAPOP LP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Limited-edition orange color vinyl pressing. The Armed’s first new album in over three years reaches the same extremities of sonic expression as the furthest depths of metal, noise, and otherwise heavy counterculture music subgenres but finds its foundation firmly in pop music and pop culture. As is always The Armed’s mission, it seeks only to create the most intense experience possible, a magnification of all culture, beauty, and things.

Johnny Cash – Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968 2xLP (BMG)
An historic and never-heard live concert recorded in San Francisco by innovative sound wizard Owsley Stanley. Captured in the heart of Haight-Ashbury, just days before the release of Cash’s iconic At Folsom Prison album (and over six months before the arrival of the equally revered At San Quentin), At The Carousel Ballroom serves as a third essential – and wholly unique – live document from the era, a moment of cultural collision, with Cash leaning into songs about society’s outcasts, while playing a venue operated by The Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead.

Chicano Batman – Invisible People [Reissue/2020] LP (ATO)
Limited pink color vinyl LP pressing of the fourth studio album by Chicano Batman. The 12-song set accentuates the group’s high-spirited synthesis of tropicália, west coast psychedelia and late-’60s/early-’70s soul.

Jukebox The Ghost – Everything Under The Sun LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
Jukebox The Ghost’s Yep Roc debut celebrates its 10th Anniversary with this limited edition pressing on yellow vinyl with new liner notes from the band and nine bonus tracks on the digital download. At the time, PopMatters said of the album, “For those mourning the loss of Jellyfish, Beulah, Blur, or the sounds of XTC’s or Squeeze’s heydays, purchasing this album is a direct order, and not up for debate.” 

Röyksopp – The Lost Tapes 2xLP (Cooking Vinyl)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Lost Tapes is a monthly release of rare B-sides, exclusives – and even some previously unreleased tracks. Now the first 10 tracks from the series are released on vinyl for the first time.

Samia – Before The Baby LP (Grand Jury)
Samia’s 2020 full-length debut The Baby was an introduction for many, but the Nashville-by-way-of-NYC songwriter had been cultivating a fanbase with a series of singles dating back to 2017. Before The Baby collects those early Samia singles on an official 12″ release for the first time.

They Might Be Giants – Book LP (Idlewild)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Book is a new phase They Might Be Giants album. Featuring “I Broke My Own Rule”, “I Lost Thursday”, and “I Can’t Remember The Dream”, Book is billed as a beacon of light amid a pretty unanimously rough period of time with the band’s John Linnell describing its songs as “humorously germane to the catastrophe going on around us.”

Thrice – Beggars [Reissue/2009] LP (Vagrant)
To take stock of California alt-rock quartet Thrice’s discography is to witness the dramatic evolution of a band perpetually committed to pushing their own creative boundaries, taking their music to new and breathtaking heights of expression and challenging fans to explore each startling soundscape the group conjures, while simultaneously promoting social awareness and change. Revolver Magazine hailed Beggars as “a brooding, at times Radiohead-esque post-rock groove with a hint of blues that makes it the band’s most atmospheric record to date.” 

KING KRULEYou Heat Me Up You Cool Me Down CD/LP
LILYSBetter Can’t Make Your Life Better LP
COMMONBeautiful Revolution 2 CD/LP
ANTI-FLAG Die For The Government LP
CURTIS HARDING – If Words Were Flowers LP
MOSES SUMNEY Live From Blackalachia LP
DMXThe Legacy LP
FLAG DAY SOUNDTRACK (Eddie Vedder, Cat Power, Glen Hansard)