Staff Picks
Lindsay – Charley Crockett and Marlon Williams
Zach – Jockstrap, Stella Donnelly, Paranoyds
Dario – JPW and Charles Stepney
Caleb – Daniel Johnston and JPW

Kimber –  Built to Spill 

Afghan Whigs – How Do You Burn? CD/LP (BMG)
How Do You Burn?, the ninth studio album from The Afghan Whigs, finds the band in peak form, making the most vaulting and thrilling music of their lives. The album is virile, ready-for-action, and finds frontman Greg Dulli as swaggering, enigmatic and darkly charismatic as ever, and singing up a storm.

Charley Crockett – Man From Waco CD/LP (Son of Davy)
What started as a demo session with producer Bruce Robison at Robison’s studio The Bunker outside Austin, TX turned into the first album Crockett has ever made with his band The Blue Drifters backing him from start to finish. Mostly first takes with only a handful of overdubs, The Man From Waco finds Crockett refining his singular “Gulf & Western” sound which continues to captivate an ever-growing legion of fans.

Oliver Sim – Hideous Bastards CD/LP (Young)
Oliver Sim, best known for his work as songwriter, bassist, and vocalist of The xx, delivers his debut solo album Hideous Bastard. Produced by bandmate Jamie xx, Hideous Bastard is the culmination of two years of writing and recording, inspired by Sim’s love of horror movies and his own life experience, unpacking themes of shame, fear, and masculinity.

Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B CD/LP (Rough Trade)
When Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye make music as Jockstrap, the process and result has one definition: pure modern pop alchemy. With their debut album I Love You Jennifer B, Jockstrap will cement themselves as one of the most vital young groups to emerge from London’s melting pot of musical cultures in years.

Built To Spill – When The Wind Forgets Your Name CD/CASS (Sub Pop)
Built to Spill returns with When the Wind Forgets Your Name, Doug Martsch’s unbelievably great new album (and his eighth full-length)… with a fresh new label. When the Wind Forgets Your Name continues expanding the Built to Spill universe in new and exciting ways. In 2018 Martsch’s good fortune and keen intuition brought him together with Brazilian lo-fi punk artist and producer Le Almeida, and his long-time collaborator, João Casaes, both of the psychedelic jazz rock band, Oruã. What emerged is When the Wind Forgets Your Name, a complex and cohesive blend of the artists’ distinct musical ideas. Alongside Built to Spill’s poetic lyrics and themes, the experimentation and attention to detail produces an album full of unique, vivid, and timeless sounds, from guitar-driven rock odes to REM and Dinosaur Jr to bluesy ’60s-style anthems to dub-reggae-inspired instrumentation.

Marlon Williams My Boy CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
My Boy, the third solo record from acclaimed New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams, announces an artist emerging anew. Gone is the solemn, country-indebted crooner with the velvet voice – in his place comes a more playful, shape-shifting creature. Following the release of his second album, 2018’s stunning portrait of a breakup, Make Way For Love, Williams’ toured the world, playing major festivals, and appearing on Conan and Later with Jools Holland. He forged a fledgling acting career, making a cameo in Oscar winning film A Star Is Born, and then major roles in films The True History of the Kelly Gang, Lone Wolf and current Netflix series Sweet Tooth. Williams’ has also become an in-demand collaborator, singing on stage with Lorde and Florence Welch, recording duets with Courtney Barnett, Paul Kelly, Yo-Yo Ma, releasing the Plastic Bouquet album with Kacy and Clayton, and making his first foray into composing with the film Juniper. My Boy parlays this flush of worldly experience into a vivid, dynamic record as spirited, complex and kinetic as the unfolding life of its performer.

GA-20 – Crackdown CD/LP (Colemine)
On Crackdown, GA-20’s third full-length release, the band creates an unvarnished, ramshackle blues that is at once traditional and refreshingly modern. Expanding on their previous releases (2019’s Lonely Soul and 2021’s Try It…You Might Like It! GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor) GA-20 finds inspiration on the edges of the genre, where early electric blues first converged with country and rock ‘n’ roll. The album’s nine original songs include the loping, Louisiana-flavored Dry Run, the dirty, and bare-bones Easy On The Eyes and the melodic, garage-tinged Fairweather Friend. With tight, propulsive performances and a brevity and punk energy reminiscent of The Ramones, Crackdown is rowdy and fun, filled with instantly memorable, and well-crafted songs.

Unwound – Live Leaves LP [Reisse/2012] (Numero)
After recording their 2001 opus Leaves Turn Inside You at home, Unwound reconfigured as a quintet to tour this more ambitious repertoire. Added to the mix was original Unwound drummer Brandt Sandeno on keys, and David Scott Stone on guitar. Every feedback squeal, bass chug, and hi-hat sizzle of what would be their final 37 shows was taped, the most compelling bits of which have been edited into a cohesive snapshot of a band at the end of an incredible run. This 10th year anniversary edition adds two additional tracks to the original double album, mastered direct to metal, and otherwise replicated to the tiniest detail.

Daft Punk – Alive 2007 LP [Reissue/2007] (Daft Life)
Daft Punk – Daft Club LP [Reissue/2003] (Daft Life)
Daft Punk – Human After All LP [Reissue/2005] (Daft Life)
LP Reissues

Flogging Molly – Anthem CD/LP (Rise)
Available on indie-exclusive yellow vinyl. Anthem is the first album in five years and seventh overall from Celtic punk veterans Flogging Molly, and it reunites them with engineer Steve Albini, who worked on their classic 2000 debut Swagger. “With this record we went back to the basics in a way that I don’t think we could have done if we hadn’t been playing together for over 20 years,” says frontman Dave King. “I think going back to Chicago and doing this record with Steve made the experience so fun and I really believe you can hear that on the record.”

Stella Donnelly – Flood CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
Like the many Banded Stilts that spread across the cover of her newest album Flood, Stella Donnelly is wading into uncharted territory. Here, she finds herself discovering who she is as an artist among the flock, and how abundant one individual can be. Flood is Donnelly’s record of this rediscovery: the product of months of risky experimentation, hard moments of introspection, and a lot of moving around.

Santigold – Spirituals LP (Little Jerk)
Spirituals, Santigold’s first full-length album since 2016’s 99¢ was recorded mainly during the 2020 lockdown. Facing the time constraints and physical exertion involved in bringing up three children, Santigold managed to re-channel her creative Muse, working remotely with producers Rostam, Boys Noize, Dre Skull, P2J, Nick Zinner, SBTRKT, JakeOne, Illangelo, Doc McKinney, Psymun, Ricky Blaze, Lido, Ray Brady, and Ryan Olson (phew!) to create an album of forward-gazing future hope. An album that looks to readdress the misery and difficulties that we as a global nation have faced during the last two and half years. It’s unapologetically Santigold throughout – merging sharp beat production with her child like choruses, earworm hooks and beautifully detailed arrangements. Blending ragga, dancehall and trap styles with unashamed pop prowess; it’s a beguiling but intoxicating formula Santi White has championed throughout her career.

Daniel Johnston – Welcome To My World LP (Eternal Yip Eye)
Welcome To My World is a collection of some of Daniel’s most-beloved songs and is now available on vinyl for the very first time. These are the songs that built the legend…a must-have for the legion of devoted Daniel Johnston fans, as well as the perfect introduction for new listeners. Welcome To My World serves as an introduction to Daniel Johnston, housing a number of his most acclaimed works. Johnston’s music captivated fellow artists and fans with its childlike elements and lo-fi elements. The singer-songwriter and artist earned a cult following in the early ’80s, sharing homemade cassette tapes of his music, and his prominence was established after Kurt Cobain was publicly seen wearing a shirt with Johnston’s illustration.

Joshua Redman / Brad Mehldau / Christian McBride / Brian Blade – LongGone CD/LP (Nonesuch)
The members of the legendary original 1990s Joshua Redman Quartet – Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums) – reunited after 26 years for 2020’s RoundAgain; they return now with LongGone, featuring six original songs by Redman. RoundAgain, the group’s first recording since 1994’s MoodSwing, debuted at No. 1 on the Current Traditional Jazz Albums chart in the US and at No. 1 on the Jazz & Blues chart in the UK. The album received two Grammy nominations. NPR called it “a flawless effort, ” stating that the four musicians have “only gotten better in that time” and are each “at the very top of his game now.”

Ozzy Osbourne – Patient Number 9 CD/LP (Epic)
Patient Number 9 is Ozzy Osbourne’s 13th solo studio album and a continuation from 2020’s top 5 release Ordinary Man, once again produced by Andrew Watt. This 13-track project running nearly over an hour long has the most legendary guests ever on an Ozzy Osbourne release. Three tracks alone – “Patient Number 9”, “Degradation Rules”, and “One Of Those Days” – feature Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) respectively, not to mention Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy’s long standing guitarist from the late 80’s) as well as the late Taylor Hawkins.

Moby – 18 LP [Reissue/2002] (D.E.F.)
18 is the sixth studio album by electronica musician, songwriter, and producer Moby, originally released in 2002. After the unexpected commercial and critical success of his previous album, Play (1999), Moby started to write songs for a follow-up during it’s supporting tour. He started work on the album at its conclusion in December 2000, using fewer samples than before. Guest vocalists include Azure Ray, MC Lyte, Angie Stone, and Sinéad O’Connor.

Moby – Hotel LP [Reissue/2005] (D.E.F.)
Hotel is the seventh studio album by electronica musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Moby, originally released in 2005. The album marked a stylistic shift from electronic and dance-oriented music towards alternative rock and Moby’s decision not to use vocal sampling for the first time since his 1993 album Ambient.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon Volume I: Crescent LP (Fantasy)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon Volume II: Ascension LP (Fantasy)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon Volume III: The FallLP (Fantasy)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon Volume IV: Farewell LP (Fantasy)
Now Available on vinyl. Tedeschi Trucks Band’s I Am The Moon is a four album rock ‘n’ roll event. Inspired by classical literature and driven by the isolation and mourning of the pandemic era, I Am The Moon features 24 original tracks and more than two hours of music. I Am The Moon was written collectively and collaboratively, with band members contributing their own unique perspectives on the work.

Bad Religion – Generator LP [Reissue/1992] (Epitaph)
Limited 30th Anniversary green and clear galaxy vinyl LP pressing. Generator is the sixth studio album by the punk rock band Bad Religion. Although the album was completed in the spring of 1991, it was not released until 1992. This digitally re-mastered version of Generator contains two bonus tracks for “Heaven Is Falling” and “Fertile Crescent” that originally appeared on the split 7″ with Noam Chomsky put out by Maximum Rock’N Roll in ’91.

Roxy Music – Best Of LP (Republic)
To coincide with the band celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Roxy Music’s career-encompassing collection from 2001 is available for the first time on vinyl. Containing all of their classic singles including “More Than This,” “Jealous Guy,” “Love Is the Drug,” “Virginia Plain,” and classic album cuts, it’s a definitive testament to one of the most influential and daring artist catalogs of all time. This beautifully presented 2 LP set includes enhanced artwork and full song lyrics.

Paranoyds – Talk Talk Talk CD/LP (Third Man)
The Paranoyds’ forthcoming release and first on Third Man, Talk Talk Talk, is rooted in the life-altering transformation they experienced since 2020. The process began back in April 2020 when they drove to San Francisco to record seven demos from the album at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios. There, the band’s unbreakable friendship was tested once again as they ended up crashing at the studio for a week with no air conditioning or showers.
Their singular sound and ability to surprise listeners is something that has driven Talk Talk Talk. You’ll be hard-pressed to find two songs that sound alike. Considering each of the band’s four members are drawn to everything—groovier R&B, lo-fi punk, fun, fuzz-pop and jazz—they’re able to create a bold collage throughout their music.

Of Montreal – Freewave Lucifer f>ck f>ck f>ck CD/LP (Polyvinyl)
On Of Montreal’s latest album, Freewave Lucifer f ck f ck f ck, Barnes continues to push the boundaries of what pop music can be. On songs like “Marijuana’s A Working Woman,” Barnes revisits themes of psychedelia using pulsating synths over their instantly recognizable bass playing. The album also touches on aspects of gender fluidity and is a fascinating look at what makes Barnes one of the most prolific and creative songwriters making music today.

Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen CD/LP (Stones Throw)
Fittingly for a record named for a homecoming event, Natural Brown Prom Queen is all about home – both Sudan’s adopted hometown of L.A. and Cincinnati, where she was raised. The album takes in themes of race, womanhood, and the fiercely loyal, loving relationships at the heart of Sudan’s life with her family, friends and partner. Whereas Sudan came up as a violinist and loop maker creating beats in her bedroom, on Natural Brown Prom Queen she worked with producers including MonoNeon, Simon on the Moon, Hi-Tek and Nosaj Thing, and invited her family members to contribute lyrics and vocals. Over 18 tracks spanning hip-hop, disco-influenced R&B, Afrocentric soul, and much more, Sudan gets into character as Britt, the girl next door from Cincinnati who drives around the city with the top down and shows up to high-school prom in a pink furry bikini with her thong hanging out her denim skirt. While Sudan is unafraid to be vulnerable, tender and open about her insecurities, the record is also about finding pleasure – after all, this is the artist who played violin upside-down on a pole in a music video. On Natural Brown Prom Queen, Sudan Archives invites you to join in and embrace that shared joy.

Spacehog The Chinese Album LP [Reissue/1998] (Real Gone)
The second release from the British expat group Spacehog, The Chinese Album was originally conceived as the soundtrack for a movie called Mungo City; the movie never got made but thankfully the album retained the glam/power pop song by the same name (which, in a just universe, would have been a big hit)! This record never really got its due, partly because the band took three years to follow up on the success of their debut album Resident Alien and its hit “In the Meantime.” But The Chinese Album, in many ways, is a much more fully-realized work than its predecessor; instead of merely playing at being a glam-rock band, Spacehog here crafts a fully-realized sound and aesthetic, with nods to such artists as Queen, Badfinger, The Kinks, and even R.E.M. (Michael Stipe makes an appearance on the mellow “Almond Kisses”). And the songwriting (e.g. “Lucy’s Shoe”) is consistently strong, making The Chinese Album one of the late ’90s’ great lost records.

Scone Cash Players – Brooklyn to Brooklin CD/LP (Daptone)
Longtime Daptone Hammond ace, Adam Scone was seduced when his traveling performances brought him from Brooklyn, New York to Brooklin, Brasil, where he found a trove of new love and music. Produced by Bosco Mann, and featuring Jimmy James (True-Loves, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio) on guitar and Neal Sugarman (Sugarman 3, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings) on tenor sax the group took this newfound inspiration into the studio and tracked some of the freshest soulful music we’ve heard in some time. With help from his intergalactic choir, the opening track, “Cold 40’s”, leaps out of the speakers with the screaming organ sound that has put Scone on the short list of go-to organ players. The Hammond then gives way to a dreamy, funky groove that’s perfectly seasoned with ethereal background vocals that will transport you to a place where summer is on repeat.  Brooklyn to Brooklin brings you deep into a fever-dream of tropical rhythms and seductive flourishes of psychedelia, sure to delight dancers and dreamers alike. Come take a trip!

Charles Stepney – Step on Step CD/LP (International Anthem)
International Anthem is proud to present Step on Step, a double LP collection of home recordings marking the de-facto eponymous debut album by enigmatic producer, arranger, and composer Charles Stepney (1931-1976). The music that makes up Step on Step was created by Stepney alone, in the basement of his home on the Southside of Chicago, sometime in the late 1960s and early 1970s, before his untimely death in 1976. A Chicago born and bred arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Stepney is known for his work with Earth, Wind & Fire, Deniece Williams, and Ramsey Lewis, and as a staff producer for Chess Records in the 1960s, where he was an essential creative force behind seminal recordings by Rotary Connection, Minnie Riperton, Marlena Shaw, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Terry Callier, The Dells, The Emotions, and many more. In the decades since his passing, the presence of his name in liner notes and on vinyl labels has become a seal of quality for record collectors, music historians, and aficionados, while his sound has been used by countless samplers in the hip-hop world including Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, MF Doom, and Madlib.

Blockhead – Music By Cavelight LP [Reissue/1994] (Ninja Tune)
Limited orange colored vinyl LP pressing. Music by Cavelight is the first solo studio album by hip hop producer Blockhead, originally released in 2004. It peaked at #43 on the UK Independent Albums Chart.

Various Artists – Studio One Presents Music Lab LP (Soul Jazz)
This Studio One collection on Soul Jazz Records delves deep into a melting pot world of reggae and funk and dub created at the music laboratory of 13 Brentford Road, Kingston in the 1970s – an intense collaboration of crack musicians, singers, DJs and engineers under the guidance of producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd. Here you will find some of the deepest and rawest cuts to emanate out the Studio One factory – truly hypnotic rhythms, powerful funk guitar and bass, soaring horns and more interspersed with occasional vocals and toasting as musicians reach for the highest heights and deepest roots of reggae music.

Powerman 5000Tonight The Stars Revolt LP [Reissue/1999] (Real Gone)
Wielding a sonic death ray composed of metal, industrial, and rap (with trace elements of camp), Powerman 5000’s 1999 release Tonight the Stars Revolt! pulverized everything in its path on the way to a million-selling Top 30 release boasting a pair of hits in “When Worlds Collide” and “Nobody’s Real” (and a killer cover of the Cars’ “Good Times Roll”). Rob Zombie’s younger brother Spider One’s obsession with ‘50s pulp science fiction holds the whole thing together, right down to the cheesy-but-charming graphics that we’ve faithfully recreated on the matte-finish album and inner sleeve to this, its FIRST-EVER vinyl release. Seldom has there been an album more suited to the visual and aural pop of the LP format…brace for impact! Coke clear with bright yellow streaks pressing (look lively for that hidden bonus track at the end of side two).

Glen Hansard + Marketa Irglova – Swell Season LP [Reissue/2006] (Overcoat Recordings)
THE 2006 DEBUT RELEASE FROM GLEN HANSARD AND MARKETA IRGLOVA OF THE MOVIE “once” – THIS IS YOUR SUPPLEMENT TO THE SOUNDTRACK! In 2005, The Frames front man Glen Hansard teamed up with classically trained Czech vocalist and pianist, Marketa Irglova, to produce The Swell Season, an album of affecting songs and compositions. The record side stepped many of the conventional strategies offered on The Frames’ records. From straight songs to piano instrumentals, The Swell Season afforded an insight into a whole other side of Hansard, as well as offering a perfect introduction to a very talented newcomer in Irglova.

Lake Street Dive – Fun Machine: The Sequel CD (Fantasy)
Fun Machine: The Sequel is Lake Street Dive’s second set of distinctive cover songs. While 2012’s Fun Machine paid homage to their classic R&B, soul, and jazz roots, Fun Machine: The Sequel expands the aperture wider, featuring selections from R&B and pop favorites like Dionne Warwick’s “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” The Pointer Sisters’ funky “Automatic,” The Cranberries’ gorgeous “Linger,” Carole King’s classic “So Far Away,” and Shania Twain’s pop-country anthem, “You’re Still the One.”

Spoon – Kill The Moonlight LP reissue (Matador)
Limited white colored vinyl LP pressing. Kill the Moonlight is the fourth album by Spoon, originally released in 2002. The album features a stripped-down, minimal sound that incorporates various different instruments such as tambourines and pianos along with an idiosyncratic production style. The album has gone on to receive critical acclaim with its lead single “The Way We Get By” being used in various television shows, and is regarded as Spoon’s magnum opus.

KMFDM – Hyena CD (MVD)
KMFDM has forged its own singular path over the course of 38+ years, refining & redefining the parameters of modern music, never missing the opportunity to address the social & political zeitgeist in brazen, belligerent, & boisterous fashion. HYËNA marks the 22nd studio album from the Ultra Heavy Beat, & what title could be more appropriate as the band laughs mockingly at the frayed & frantic state of world affairs

Melvins – Bad Moon Rising LP (Amphetamine Reptile)
The best part about a new Melvins album is that you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get. With Bad Mood Rising it’s a tuned-down rock and roll nightmare.  BIG riffs and scary vocals. The 12-minute album opener “Mr Dog is Totally Right” features guest guitarist Dylan Carlson from the world famous band Earth. What a treat!! From there it goes into Never Say You’re Sorry. It sounds like the way a big mean dog walks. Great fun! The rest of the album rounds out nicely. “Hammering” might be one of the catchiest songs the Melvins have ever written.

Madison Cunningham – Revealer CD/LP (Verve)
Revealer is full of confessions, intimations, and hard truths. It’s a warts-and-all self-portrait of a young artist who is full of doubt and uncertainty, yet bursting with exciting ideas about music and life; who has numerous Grammy nominations but still feels like she has far to go; who turns those misgivings into songs that are confident in their idiosyncrasies. It’s a rumination on music as a vehicle for revelations, what’s gained and what’s lost when you put words to your innermost feelings.

JPW – Something Happening, Always Happening LP (Fort Lowell)
SUPER limited pressing, limited to 100. Jason Woodbury is a galactic citizen, dialing in from the Sonoran Desert on planet Earth. Something Happening / Always Happening is the debut from his project JPW. It’s a collection of songs you might hear on the radio after a cosmic camping trip, familiar but far off. Songs for stepping out of the spaceship to crack a goddamn cold one on a blurry summer day, taking a moment to enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass. Woodbury’s voice may be familiar to those interested in the more theologic strains of American songwriting. For the last decade, he’s penned liner notes and criticism, and contributed to Aquarium Drunkard, hosting the weekly Transmissions podcast and Range and Basin on Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab, a radiophonic showcase for his love of comic books, science fiction, and mysticism. All of that is legible on the surface of Something Happening / Always Happening, but here listeners are gifted with another side of Jason’s voice: his singing, which is just as unhurried and serene as you’d expect.
Mostly self-recorded by Woodbury with longtime musical collaborators Zach Toperek and Zane Gillum, the album was produced by Michael Krassner of Boxhead Ensemble.

BLACK ANGELS – Wilderness Of Mirrors CD/LP
CALVIN HARRISFunk Wav Bounces Vol 2 CD
MURLOCSRapscallion CD/LP
RHETT MILLERMisfit CD/LP (Old 97s)
BETHSExpert In A Dying Field CD/LP
CLUTCHSunrise On Slaughter Beach CD/LP
MASERATI – Language Of Cities LP
OCEAN BLUESee The Ocean Blue CD/LP
NO AGEPeople Helping People CD/LP/CASS
JOHN COLTRANEBlue Train LP mono reissue