Staff Picks
Lindsay – Perfume Genius and Cola
Zach – Perfume Genius, Anteloper, OSEES
Caleb – Summer Of Soul Comp
Dario – Anteloper
Kimber – Half-Handed Cloud

Perfume Genius – Ugly Season LP (Matador)
Double vinyl LP pressing. The music of Ugly Season was written for Perfume Genius and choreographer Kate Wallich’s immersive dance piece, The Sun Still Burns Here. The work was commissioned by the Seattle Theatre Group and Mass MoCA and was performed via residencies in Seattle, Minneapolis, New York City and Boston throughout 2019. During this time, Perfume Genius shared two of the dance project’s compositions – ‘Pop Song’ and ‘Eye in the Wall’. “It’s the sound of dancefloor euphoria,” said Pitchfork. “The color of lights flashing as you move through a crowd, the touch of skin damp and warm against everyone else’s.” Now the entirety of the project’s original music can be heard in Ugly Season. The album was produced by Perfume Genius and GRAMMY-winning producer and long-time collaborator Blake Mills and was created in collaboration with Hadreas’ long-time partner Alan Wyffels.


Available on indie exclusive yellow vinyl. The Smile is the new project from Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), and Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet). The 13- track album was produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Tracks feature strings by the London Contemporary Orchestra and a full brass section of contempoarary UK jazz players including Byron Wallen, Theon and Nathaniel Cross, Chelsea Carmichael, Robert Stillman and Jason Yarde.


Slang – Cockroach in a Ghost Town CD/LP (Kill Rock Stars)
Slang’s debut Cockroach In A Ghost Town is a force of nature that came, seemingly, out of nowhere Lyricist/singer/guitarist Drew Grow and drummer/singer Janet Weiss started the band over a decade ago in Portland, OR – both having spent more than half their lives dedicated to making and performing music. Through the years, Weiss has played with everyone from her bands Quasi, Wild Flag, and Sleater-Kinney, to collaborators like Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus, and others. ; Grow has fronted his own groups Modern Kin and the Pastors’ Wives, producing other bands along the way. Starting as a moonlighting collaboration, the meeting of this particular group was kismet if not totally cosmic. In their first iteration as a duo, Slang hammered the Everly Brothers inside-out; they put a keen new light on songs by the Traveling Wilburys and Jackson C. Frank – setting out to harmonize together and just play.


Cola – Deep in View CD/LP (Fire Talk)
Deep in View is the debut album from former Ought members Tim Darcy (vocals, guitar) and Ben Stidworthy (bass) alongside Evan Cartwright (drums). Titled after philosopher Alan Watts’ anthology of the same name, the record is built on a foundation of elegant guitar grooves and knotty rhythms, offering commentary on modern life and technology through curious lyrical vignettes, where quotidian objects and scenes are never just as they seem. Deep In View is equally a product of introspective songwriting as it is a consideration of the abstract landmarks of an increasingly media-mediated society. It also presents the most concise and melodic songs Darcy and Stidworthy have written to date.. The album sounds streamlined and intentional, as the rhythms of the punchy and exuberant guitar parts, urgent basslines, and unexpected drum patterns all tangle with each other in an elegant dance. At the center of all these elements is Darcy, whose characteristically wry voice shifts from detached to decisive to distressed, throughout the album’s course. Both enigmatically dense in meaning but precisely intricate in sound, Deep in View is an album that sparks novel interpretations with every listen, like an art object that takes on new shape with each angle from which you hold it.


Osees – Live at Henry Miller Library, Big Sur LP (Spiritual Pajamas)
“When we finally decided to bite the bullet during Covid’s initial shut down and subsequent clubs shuttering, we thought we should play some lovely and close to our heart spots to keep it interesting. Henry Miller Library fits that bill perfectly. Lovely place, lovely people and general good vibes. A perfect place for us to set up and record. We’ve dipped deep into the dark waters of our song-sack of holding and found several more never-before-performed-live tunes and paired them up with some oldies we’ve knocked the dust off of, as well as some fan favorites and general surprises to make the merry very. That’s right, we’ve been paying attention. Also, included here are the covers we did because why the fuck not.” Recorded from dusk ’til dawn too at the gorgeous Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. Same killer crew, similar killer vibes. An enchanting pre-holiday evening to tell you that we miss and love you. Play it loud and have one on us. And keep your chin up for goodness sake. 
“Be well out there.” – OSEES


J Rocc – Wonderful Letter LP (Stones Throw) 
Available on indie exclusive orange vinyl. J.Rocc and his crew the Beat Junkies have been a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, and were among a handful of DJs who transformed the craft into an art form. All along the way J.Rocc has been making his own beats, and A Wonderful Letter – his letter to Los Angeles, and his dedication to a lifetime of L.A. music scenes – is only his second full-length album.

Anteloper – Pink Dolphins LP (International Anthem)
Pink Dolphins is a major new step for Anteloper – a duo consisting of Jaimie Branch (Fly or Die, Exploding Star Orchestra, TV On The Radio, Matana Roberts, William Parker, etc) on trumpet & synths plus Jason Nazary (Helado Negro, Bear In Heaven, Little Women, Desertion Trio, etc) on drums & synths. The album was produced by Jeff Parker (The New Breed, Tortoise, Chicago Underground), who also plays guitar on some tracks.


Jonny Greenwood – Power of the Dog CD/LP (Lakeshore)
Original soundtrack to the 2021 motion picture composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.


Gun Club – Las Vegas Story LP Reissue [Reissue/1984]  (Blixa Sounds)
Double vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download of never before seen video of 1984 Home Movie: The Gun Club On The Road. Expanded version of the classic 1984 album by legendary punk/blues band The Gun Club. Includes a second LP of Live at Scorgie’s 1984 in Rochester, NY.


Various Artists – Summer of Soul OST LP (Sony Legacy)
The Summer of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack accompanies Questlove’s directorial debut documentary Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. It notably took home six top honors at the Critics Choice Awards, including Best Documentary Feature, Best Director, Best First Documentary Feature, Best Editing, Best Archival Documentary, and Best Music Documentary, and was winner of Best Documentary Award from the National Board of Review.


Cabaret Voltaire – Crackdown Reissue LP [Reissue/1983] (Mute) 
Cabaret Voltaire – Covenant Sword and Arm LP [Reissue/1985] (Mute)
Cabaret Voltaire – Micro-phonics LP [Reissue/1984] (Mute)
Limited color reissues


Bill Evans Trio – Trio 65 LP [Reissue/1965]
There’s scarcely a more towering figure in modern jazz than Bill Evans. His relaxed, emotional style would prove influential to generations of pianists who would follow him. On Trio ’65, Evans is joined by bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Larry Bunker. It includes “If You Could See Me Now,” Johnny Carisi’s “Israel,” and the heart-wrenching “Who Can I Turn To?” Verve Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered on 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.


Chromeo – Date Night: Chromeo Live! LP (Last Gang)
Date Night: Chromeo Live! is a document of a band nearly 20 years into their storied career and a foreshadowing of what’s to come from Dave 1 and P-Thugg, inseparable friends and collaborators and forever guardians of the groove. The album features live versions of songs spanning the band’s entire career, recorded on their last pre-pandemic tour, a 2019 headline run of iconic U.S. venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks and the Hollywood Bowl


Brad Mehldau – Jacob’s Ladder LP (Nonesuch)
Recently released on CD, now on LP. The album features new music that reflects on scripture and the search for God through music inspired by the prog rock Mehldau loved as a young adolescent, which was his gateway to the fusion that eventually led to his discovery of jazz. Jacob’s Ladder is made up of original compositions by Mehldau alongside interpolations and covers of songs by Rush, Gentle Giant and Yes. Featured musicians on the album include Mehldau’s label mates Chris Thile and Cécile McLorin Salvant, as well as Mark Guiliana, Becca Stevens, Joel Frahm, and others.


Lucius  – Wildewoman LP [Reissue/2013] (Mom & Pop)
Lucius – Good Grief LP [Reissue/2016] (Mom & Pop)
Lucius  – Nudes LP [Reissue/2018]  (Mom & Pop)
Limited colored reissues


Black Marble – Bigger Than Life LP [Reissue/2019] (Sacred Bones)
Sacred Bones 15-year edition on blue vinyl.  As with every Black Marble album, Chris Stewart recorded, produced, and played everything you hear on Bigger Than Life using entirely analog gear, though the process was new. This time around, he wrote everything on his MPC and sequenced it lie to his synths – only using the computer to record, not to create. “I try new approaches every time, which helps me stay engaged but also it’s kind of a trick I play on the creative side of my brain,” Stewart says. “Keeping one side of my mind busy on organizational creativity I think frees up the other side where the inspirational creativity comes from.”


Molchat Doma – Etazhi LP [Reissue/2018] (Sacred Bones)
Sacred Bones 15-year edition on seaglass vinyl. The second LP by Belarusian trio Molchat Doma, Этажи (pronounced Etazhi, meaning “Floors”), was first released in 2018 on Berlin-based Detriti Records. It became a viral hit, garnering over one million views on YouTube and becoming a legitimate phenomenon on Bandcamp. The band may fly under the radar in their native Belarus, but they’ve reached huge audiences across Europe and beyond. Six separate vinyl pressings of the album have sold out in quick succession, and Sacred Bones Records is now thrilled to bring the record back in print for good.


Half-Handed Cloud – Flutterama  CD/LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
Also available on indie exclusive colored vinyl. John Ringhofer, the man behind Half-Handed Cloud, is as joyful and frugal as his music. An economical thinker, Ringhofer prefers the subway over a taxicab, is a recycler of plastic, a compulsive note-taker, and a habitual optimist. Half-Handed Cloud started as a home-recording project in Chattanooga, TN in 1999. Ringhofer was later based in the California Bay area for over a decade (where he worked as a part-time custodian) before moving with his young family to Helsinki, Finland in 2015 for his wife’s linguistics research. Half-Handed Cloud is able to ensconce complicated theological concepts into catchy and sublime playground songs that refuse to condescend to it’s subject or it’s listener.


SPICE – Viv LP (Dais)
Orange/Mint Split Vinyl. The second LP by California rock n roll unit SPICE expands their palette of damaged anthems and addiction poetics with a more bristling, visceral sound, distilled from years in the trenches of bands, break-ups, and breakdowns. Singer Ross Farrar (Ceremony) explains their chemistry succinctly: “We all got in a room and this is what came out.” Viv is named for a precursor project of bassist Cody Sullivan and violinist Victoria Skudlarek, but also alludes to broader notions of vividness, sonic, visual, and otherwise. Engineered by Jack Shirley and mixed/mastered by Sam Pura in Oakland, the mix achieves that rare balance of every element being elevated but distinct, with voices, strings, and drums each given space to blaze parallel paths.


Various Artists – Brown Acid – The Thirteenth Trip LP (Riding Easy)
That’s right, we’ve reached a toker’s dozen editions of brilliant long-lost, rare, and unreleased hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal tracks from the 60s-70s. Clearly this has become a bonafide archaeological movement as each new installment leads us to more exciting new discoveries. Like we’ve done throughout this series, all of these tracks were painstakingly licensed legitimately and the artists were paid. Make yourself comfortable and prepare for yet another deep, deep dive into the treasure trove of dank, subterranean, wild-eyed and hairy rock ‘n’ roll.


Foals – Life Is Yours CD/LP (Warner)
Foals take a fresh, thrilling new direction on Life Is Yours, the follow-up to the triumphant, two-part Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, which proved to be a pivotal pinnacle in the band’s story. Not only did it result in the band’s first ever UK #1 album, but the ambitious scale of the Mercury-nominated album saw Foals win their first BRIT Award for Best Group. ‘Life Is Yours’ feels like a natural evolution for Foals, it’s disco-tinged guitars, tight syncopated rhythms and punchy, insistent hooks echoing their roots as purveyors of rambunctious house party chaos. Thematically, it’s escapist, transportive and in rapture at life’s endless possibilities. It’s a record that’s perfectly in tune with the prevailing atmosphere of this moment in time – a life-affirming celebration as the world is reunited.


Foals – Antidotes LP [Reissue/2008] (Warner)
This is the debut from Oxford, England’s five piece, dance rock band. Completing the circuit between the minimalism of American composer Steve Reich, guitars that sound like insects and tennis player Andy Roddick, theirs is a uniquely winning formula. Driving percussion high in the mix, guitars played above the 12th fret, no chords and splashes of synth color all come together like the schematics for a piece of precision engineering.


Claypool Lennon Delirium – South of Reality LP [Reissue/2019]
Amethyst Edition 2 LP set pressed on cloudy blue/purple vinyl in a gatefold jacket. The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s sophomore album, South of Reality, is just the antidote this sick world needs. With music so potent it could repel an asteroid impact from space, these seasoned warriors of psychedelia have crafted timeless songs that may as well be chiseled in stone. Produced by Les Claypool and Sean Lennon and mixed/engineered by Les at his own Rancho Relaxo studio in Sonoma County, California.


Beach Boys – The Very Best Of LP [Reissue/2003] (Capitol)
Originally released in 2003, UME has updated the classic Sounds Of Summer compilation by The Beach Boys. Featured among the 30 tracks are 13 new stereo mixes, including one first-time stereo mix. Newly remastered and available on standard black 2 LP with updated photos and liner notes.


David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust LP [Reissue/1972] (Rhino)
Half-speed master. Limited vinyl pressing. Includes bonus poster. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is the breakthrough album that catapulted David Bowie into the international spotlight. Over the past 50 years it has remained a touchstone record, growing in stature with each passing year. It is now ingrained in popular culture, it’s undeniable influence spanning musicians from Arcade Fire to Lady Gaga, to Harry Styles’s androgynous fashion sense to Noel Fielding’s shirts on The Great British Bake-Off to Ziggy make-up challenges on Tik-Tok. Also available on Picture disc!


Grand Puba – 2000 LP [Reissue/1995] (Tommy Boy) 
Vinyl LP pressing. Grand Puba, rapper and emcee, is best known as one of the members of the group Brand Nubian. 2000 is his second solo studio album and was released in 1995 and hit number 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the US and got 4 mics from The Source. The album spawned two singles: “I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are)”, which was featured in the soundtrack for the video game Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 and “A Little of This” which has backing vocals from Kid (from Kid ‘n Play). The album contains a good juxtaposition of tough drums and bass with smooth soul samples & interpolations (DeBarge, Barry White, The Delfonics, Rose Royce, The Stylistics).

Pharaoh Sanders – Moon Child LP [Reissue/1990] (Music on Vinyl)
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of iconic Dutch jazz label Timeless Records, Music On Vinyl is releasing a series that features albums that are part of the Timeless Records legacy and will be released mainly throughout 2022.Part of this series is Pharoah Sanders’ Moon Child from 1990, which bookended a decade of musical soul searching for Sanders. The acclaimed free jazz player is known to have a raw and abrasive sound, but reinvented himself on this album as a more traditional improviser capable of thoughtful deliberations. Moon Child is a grand old time throughout, and Sanders has never been more eminently sing-along-able as he is on it’s title track. The record was co-written with Horace Silver, George Gershwin and Abdullah Ibrahim and recorded with William Henderson, Stafford James, Eddie Moore and Cheikh Tidiane Fall. 


Troggs – Trogg Tapes LP [Reissue/1976] (Liberation Hall)
’60s Brit band The Troggs are garage music forefathers and are cited as influences on numerous alternative and punk bands such as The MC5, R.E.M., The Buzzcocks, The Fleshtones and countless others. Their classic rock hit “Wild Thing” is an international classic covered numerously from Jimi Hendrix, X, Fancy and Siouxsie & The Creatures. Other songs are revered and often covered including “Love Is All Around”, “With A Girl Like You” and “I Can’t Control Myself’. The band recorded 4 studio albums in the ’60s before a hiatus in the early ’70s. They recorded 2 albums in the mid-part of the decade with The Troggs Tapes (not be confused with the legendary spoken word tapes) in 1976. This 12-track album has a ’70s glam-punk sound with raucous tracks like “Supergirl” and “Down South to Georgia” along with cover versions of Rufus Thomas’s “Walkin’ the Dog” and Brendon Dunning’s “Rock and Roll Little Lady”. The album hasn’t ever been re-released on vinyl.


Zola Jesus – Okovi LP [Reissue/2017] (Sacred Bones)
Sacred Bones 15-year edition on clear and black splatter vinyl. For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. She’s been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label. Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova’s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi’s textural universe. With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of it’s genre. The album speaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. It’s songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.

Coming Next Week!

Coheed and CambriaVaxis II A Window of the Waking Mind CD/LP
CaampLavender Days CD/LP
Soccer Mommy –  Sometimes Forever CD/LP
PolicaMadness CD/LP
Porcupine TreeClosure/Continuation CD/LP
Regina SpektorHome Before and After CD
Damien Jurado – Reggae Film Star CD
Jack JohnsonMeet The Moonlight CD/LP
G Love and Special SaucePhiladelphia Mississippi CD/LP
Tegan and SaraStill Jealous CD/LP
Elizabeth King – I Got A Love CD/LP
Blake BabiesSunburn LP
Chrome Another World LP
Cold War Kids New Age Norms 2 LP
Distillers Sing Sing Sings LP reissue
Redd Kross – Neurotica CD/LP reissue
Reverend BaronFrom Anywhere CD/LP
Zola JesusArkhon CD/LP
Hollie CookHappy Hour CD/LP
Brian Jonestown MassacreFire Doesnt Grow On Trees CD
Joan Shelley – Spur CD/LP
Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubScreaming Gun Demos LP reissue
Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubSelf-Titled LP reissue
ConvergeBloodmoon I LP
Dengue Fever Self-Titled LP reissue
Dengue Fever – Escape From Dragon House LP reissue
Dengue FeverVenus On Earth LP reissue
Magnetic FieldsHouse Of Tomorrow 12″
Kanye WestDonda LP
Leyla McCallaBreaking The Thermometer LP