Staff Picks
Lindsay – Nick Waterhouse, New Pornographers, Altin Gün, and William Tyler
Caleb – Eddie Chacon
Dario – Rob Mazurek and Damien Jurado
Zach – William Tyler and Deerhoof
Kimber – Steve Gunn & David Moore 

Altin GünAşk CD/LP (ATO)
An exuberant return to the ‘70s Anatolian folk-rock sound that characterized Turkish psych-folk innovators Altin Gün’s landmark first two albums, Aşk finds the band veering away from the electronic, synth-drenched sound of their critically acclaimed 2021 albums, Âlem and Yol, to capture all the infectious power and urgency of the Amsterdam-based band’s famously propulsive live performances. Recorded using vintage equipment and techniques, the album’s ten groundbreaking tracks all represent visionary new readings of traditional Turkish folk tunes, revealing how these ancient songs remain eternally resonant and ripe for reinterpretation. [An indie store exclusive orange color vinyl pressing is available.]

The New PornographersContinue As A Guest CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Over the past 20 years, The New Pornographers have proven themselves one of the most excellent bands in indie rock. They’ve constantly offered new sonic surprises with every album and Continue As A Guest is their greatest leap to date. The group’s ninth album establishes them alongside modern luminaries like Yo La Tengo and Superchunk when it comes to their ability to evolve while still retaining what made them so special in the first place. A dazzling and intriguing collection of songs that are truly built to last, Continue As A Guest finds bandleader A.C. Newman and his compatriots Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Todd Fancey, and Joe Seiders exploring fresh territory and shattering the barriers of their collective comfort zone. [An indie store exclusive blue w/ green color vinyl pressing is available.]

Boygenius The Record CD/LP (Interscope)
The Record is the debut full length album from indie supergroup Boygenius. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus formed Boygenius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that. Through a series of tours and performances together, and chance encounters that led to friendships – including Bridgers’ and Dacus’ first in-person meeting backstage at a Philadelphia festival, greenroom hangouts that felt instantly comfortable and compatible, a couple of long email chains and even a secret handshake between Baker and Dacus – the lyrically and musically arresting singer-songwriters and kindred spirits got to know each other on their own terms. [An indie store exclusive clear vinyl pressing is available.]

Alan Braxe And Friends The Upper Cuts CD/2xLP+MP3 (Smuggler’s Way)
“Simplicity, sincerity… et voilà!” If you want to understand how French producer Alain Quême (aka Alan Braxe) ended up making some of the most important house music records of the late 1990s and early 2000s, you need to understand his modus operandi. Everything must be simple; and everything must be sincere. You hear this time and again in Braxe’s music, from the golden emotional minimalism of Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You”, a worldwide hit he produced with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and singer Benjamin Diamond, to the perfectly uncluttered house music strut of “Intro”, his underground anthem with Fred Falke. The Upper Cuts, originally released in 2005, is a compilation that rounded up several of Braxe’s greatest hits. This newly reissued version of that album adds seven bonus tracks. [An indie store exclusive blue w/ pink color vinyl pressing is available.]

City And ColourThe Love Still Held Me Near CD/2xLP (Dine Alone Music)
New album by this folky solo project from Alexisonfire co-vocalist Dallas Green. Dallas wrote the album following the loss of his best friend, as he explains: “The Love Still Held Me Near was born out of unimaginable loss and the subsequent journey through the grief and heartache that followed. It’s about digging deep down into yourself and attempting to unearth hope and light in the things that can comfort you through those times. For me that has always been writing and recording music, so that’s exactly what I did.” The new album was co-produced by Dallas and longtime collaborator Matt Kelly. [An indie store exclusive translucent white color vinyl pressing is available.]

The Hold SteadyThe Price Of Progress CD/LP (Positive Jams/Thirty Tigers)
The Price Of Progress arrives as The Hold Steady mark the 20th anniversary of their foundation bringing new ideas, sounds, and textures to a still-evolving canon of nine studio album releases that began with 2004’s Almost Killed Me. The Price Of Progress stands as their most sonically expansive record thus far, while also remaining unmistakably The Hold Steady, showcasing narrative rock ‘n’ roll tales of ordinary people struggling and surviving in a modern world. “These are some of the most cinematic songs in The Hold Steady catalog,” says Craig Finn, “and the record was a joy to make. I feel like we went somewhere we haven’t before, which is a very exciting thing for a band that is two decades into our career.” [An indie store exclusive CD and gold vinyl colorway are available.]

Melanie MartinezPortals CD/LP (Atlantic)
Melanie Martinez reemerges with the spellbinding new album, Portals. It marks the 27-year-old NYC-born singer-songwriter-filmmaker’s first full-length release in nearly four years following her RIAA Gold-certified conceptual second album, K-12, which proved a sensation upon its September 2019 release, entering the Billboard 200 at No. 3 – Martinez’s highest chart placement thus far – with further debuts at No. 1 on the Alternative album chart, and No. 1 on the Soundtrack album chart. “Portals screams death is life is death is life is death is life. A continuous loop. A circle,” Martinez shares.

Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expanding Shabang CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Scott McMicken has always thrived on switching things up. As a founding member of Philadelphia rock mainstays Dr. Dog, McMicken and his bandmates consistently explored new sounds and new ways of writing songs across 10 gleefully eclectic albums before their 2021 hiatus. While McMicken has quietly released solo projects via cassette and vinyl on his own label Press On Records, for his latest effort, he’s done something he’s only done once before: started a band. With Shabang comes the debut album from Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expanding, and he’s made some of his freest and most adventurous music yet: a wonderfully collaborative collection of songs that feel lived in and true.

PusciferExistential Reckoning: Re-Wired CD/2xLP (BMG)
Puscifer continue their series of album remixes with the release of Existential Reckoning: Re-Wired, a track-by-track reinterpretation of the 12 songs from 2020’s Existential Reckoning. Puscifer band members Mat Mitchell and Carina Round, along with current touring musicians Greg Edwards (Failure, Autolux) and Gunnar Olsen, reinterpret the tracks from the prophetic, electro-heavy album. Puscifer is one of the many musical projects by Maynard James Keenan, who is also a member of the rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. Stylistically, the band moves in the field of progressive rock, downbeat and experimental electronic music. [Available on colored vinyl.]

SamiamStowaway CD/LP (Pure Noise)
Samiam wouldn’t be the same without a little bit of chaos. Over their three decades together, the Oakland, CA-based band have specialized in energetic hard luck songs that are as hooky as they are relatable, so perhaps it’s fitting that the creation of Stowaway, the band’s first new album in 12 years and their ninth full-length overall, wasn’t the easiest. But there are very few bands better at capturing the feeling of stumbling only to get up again, and on Stowaway, Samiam prove exactly why they remain one of the most endearing and enduring punk bands of their generation. Stowaway seamlessly picks up where Samiam left off, with just as much energy, melody, and pathos as their classic works. [An indie store exclusive yellow w/ orange color vinyl pressing is available.]

Nick Waterhouse The Fooler CD (Innovative Leisure)
The title of the sixth album from Californian singer-songwriter Nick Waterhouse is more than just the name of one of its tracks. The Fooler is both a clue and a red herring. The Fooler is the observed and the observer, narrator and subject, truth and lie. The Fooler is the shadow and reflection of a city the artist knows sufficiently well to wander with his eyes closed, and a place which very possibly never even existed. The Fooler is not so much an unreliable narrator as a constantly shifting perspective. The Fooler is the new album by Nick Waterhouse, and it’s a lot. It’s a song-cycle of sorts, the arc of the album telling a tale of a city and its denizens. The result is a record that offers up new riches and fresh perspectives with every spin. [Vinyl edition due April 7.]

Alberta CrossSinking Ships CD/LP (Amk)
A gorgeous 10-track collection of modern indie-rock including an irresistible cover of Sharon Van Etten’s “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”. Sinking Ships is at times expansive and subtly anthemic, beautifully mellow, folk-tinged and awash with a layered, maximalist sound that variously recalls The War On Drugs, Bon Iver and Phosphorescent. [A limited-edition clear vinyl pressing is available.]

BotchAmerican Nervoso [Reissue/1998] LP+MP3 (Sargent House)
15th anniversary edition. Legendary Tacoma, Washington mathcore/hardcore/metal band Botch’s debut full-length American Nervoso features white-hot guitar action, scathing vocals, sweet bass moves, and torrential drums, smashing existing precepts of hardcore and redefining both the word and the music for a generation of kids and grizzled vets alike. [An indie store exclusive translucent purple color vinyl pressing is available.]

Cave InUntil Your Heart Stops [Reissue/1999] 2xCD/2xLP (Relapse)
Digitally remastered and edition featuring the original track sequence. Until Your Heart Stops is the debut album by metalcore band Cave In, originally released in 1999. It has been regarded as a landmark release in the metallic hardcore genre. [The expanded CD version contains a bonus CD of never-before released 4-track instrumental demos. A limited-edition red w/ blue color vinyl pressing is available.]

Eddie ChaconSundown CD/LP (Stones Throw)
Sundown is the new album from “low-key R&B legend” singer and songwriter Eddie Chacon. Across the album’s eight tracks, Eddie collaborated with producer and labelmate John Carroll Kirby. Sundown follows singles “Holy Hell”, “Comes And Goes”, and “Step By Step”.

DeerhoofMiracle-Level CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
After 28 years, Deerhoof records their studio debut and it’s all in Japanese. Musically, Miracle-Level is vulnerable, brave, and brimming with spicy surprises. Deerhoof once again speaks in a secret code that only their fans understand, in which hooks abound, and genre is nonexistent.

William Tyler & The Impossible TruthSecret Stratosphere CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Recorded live at Yellowhammer Brewing in Huntsville, Alabama, in May 2021, Secret Stratosphere finds William Tyler and fellow psychedelic dreamers The Impossible Truth refashioning prime cuts from the Nashville guitarist’s rich catalog, casting new light onto once-familiar songs. Featuring the crackling combo of Jack Lawrence (Raconteurs, Dead Weather), Brian Kotzur (Silver Jews, Country Westerns), and Luke Schneider (solo, Margo Price), the quartet stretch the dynamics of Tyler’s compositions to their fullest interdimensional potential, exposing a deep undercurrent of kosmische and post-rock influences (with the right amount of grit from the nitrous corner of the Dead Lot). [A limited-edition orange color vinyl pressing is available.]

Andrew BirdI Felt A Funeral, In My Brain b/w The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns 7” (Loma Vista)
I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain” is a rare duet in Andrew Bird’s deep discography. He and Phoebe Bridgers join forces to share a haunting reimagination of the Emily Dickinson poem of the same name. Sparse and spectral, the arrangement pairs chilling, swelling shrieks of strings with the slight strum of guitar as they trade verses and soar in harmony over Dickinson’s words. Paired with a B-side rarity, “The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns”, Bird’s tribute to the Shel Silverstein poem

David BowieMoonage Daydream: A Brett Morgan Film 3xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. Original soundtrack to the 2022 documentary. The companion album to Moonage Daydream features songs spanning Bowie’s career and includes previously unheard material, unique mixes created for the film and this release, along with dialogue from Bowie himself. 

CavetownAnimal Kingdom [Reissue/2019] LP (Sire/London/Rhino)
CavetownSleepyhead [Reissue/2020] LP (Sire/London/Rhino)
CavetownWorm Food LP (Sire/London/Rhino)
Vinyl pressings of three albums from British singer/songwriter Robin Skinner aka Cavetown. [An indie store exclusive green colorway of 2022’s Worm Food with alternate cover is available.] 

Eric DolphyOutward Bound [Reissue/1960] LP (Survival Research)
Outward Bound is the debut album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, released in 1960. It is oriented towards straight bebop, and slightly less adventurous than most of his later recordings. The album was recorded at Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey and features Dolphy in a quintet with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Jaki Byard, bassist George Tucker and drummer Roy Haynes.

FilterThe Amalgamut [Reissue/2002] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
Filter’s third studio album, The Amalgamut, is available for the first time on vinyl in celebration of the title’s 20th anniversary. Following the success of the band’s platinum-selling 1999 release, Title Of Record, 2002’s The Amalgamut spawned singles “Where Do We Go from Here” and “American Cliché”. 

Jerry GarciaReflections [Reissue/1976] LP (ATO)
New 2023 pressing on pink vinyl. Originally released in early 1976, Reflections features a diverse mix of roots-oriented styles with contributions from Garcia’s two primary vehicles of musical expression – the Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band. As writer Steve Silberman noted while Reflections was effectively two half-albums in one, “it’s one of Garcia’s most artistically unified statements of harmony, affirmation and joy.”

Jerry Garcia GarciaLive Vol. 14: January 27th, 1986 – The Ritz [Reissue/2020] 2xLP (ATO)
GarciaLive Vol 14 showcases a buoyant acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia and longtime friend John Kahn during the middle of a rare duo tour recorded on January 27, 1986, at The Ritz in NYC.

Steve Gunn & David MooreLet The Moon Be A Planet LP+MP3 (RVNG Int’l)
Let The Moon Be A Planet marks the first volume of Reflections, a new series of contemporary collaborations, and documents an inspired exchange between guitarist and songwriter Steve Gunn and pianist and composer David Moore of Bing & Ruth. The album is an invitation to relive the intimate moments shared between two artists finding their way along a single path, and into a world where the most subtle of gestures can eternally ripple.

Damien JuradoSometimes You Hurt The Ones You Hate LP (Maraqopa)
Sometimes You Hurt The Ones You Hate by Damien Jurado is a gorgeous, richly diverse and compact album and his third full-length on his label Maraqopa Records. The eight tracks are heavy with emotion and feature a wide spectrum of Jurado’s continuously developing talents as a songwriter.

KMDBl_ck B_st_rds [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Rhymesayers)
Following their 1991 debut album, Mr. Hood, KMD shed one member leaving two remaining – Subroc and his brother, Zev Love X (better known today as MF DOOM). Originally scheduled for release in 1994, their sophomore album Black Bastards showed clear progression from their debut. It was a truly amazing record, both sonically and lyrically, full of youthful creativity and tinged with the stresses of growing up as Black men in urban America. Songs like the lead single “What A N*gga Know”, the slippery, bass-driven “Get U Now”, and the album’s title track explore Black consciousness viewed through young-but-experienced eyes. Musically alternating between bouncy and raw, the tracks gave the MC’s the springboard they needed to express themselves clearly. [A limited-edition red colorway is available.] 

Rob Mazurek & Exploding Star OrchestraLightning Dreamers LP (International Anthem)
Lightning Dreamers is a new work by composer, trumpeter, post-rock and avant-jazz legend Rob Mazurek (Isotope 217, Chicago Underground), who wrote the music for a compacted version of his long-running Exploding Star Orchestra. The album is dedicated to the late artist jaimie branch (who was a protégé of Mazurek’s), and features guitarist Jeff Parker, vocalist Damon Locks, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and pianists Angelica Sanchez and Craig Taborn, among others. [CD version due April 21.]

MF DOOM Operation: Doomsday [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Rhymesayers)
Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After his first group KMD’s sophomore album Black Bastards was shelved by Elektra in 1994, and his blood brother Subroc – one half of the sibling rap duo – passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X slowly mutated into the supervillain MC known as MF DOOM, and the rap world is better for it. The 1999 release of Operation: Doomsday marked MF DOOM’s official debut, reintroducing a mysterious figure who would soon become one of underground rap’s greatest voices. Within its 19 tracks, Operation: Doomsday reveals the confluence of DOOM’s tragic past, personal interests and daring creativity. His clever rhymes and remarkable schemes stood out against the landscape, and every sound he touched – from cartoon theme songs, to ’80s soul, to rap classics and more – got reinterpreted into something brand new and surreal.

MidlakeAntiphon LP [Reissue/2013] (ATO)
Limited red, yellow and green splatter color vinyl pressing housed in a gatefold jacket. The fourth album from Midlake released in 2013 marked “a return to brighter, more breezily melodic territory” per MOJO. Long out of print on vinyl.

Mac MillerBlue Slide Park [Reissue/2011] 2xLP (Rostrum)
Double transparent splatter color vinyl pressing in die-cut gatefold jacket. 10th Anniversary edition of Mac Miller’s debut studio album Blue Slide Park. Features a recreation of 2011’s Blue Slide Park US tour poster.

Moss IconLyburnum Wits End Liveration Fly [Reissue/1993] LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly was the one and only full-length album by experimental post-punk innovators, Moss Icon. Recorded in 1988, Lyburnum would not be released until 1993 – several years after Moss Icon’s demise. Originally released on Vermiforn – the esoteric noise label founded by Sam McPheeters of Born Against – the vision that Moss Icon’s Tonie Joy had for Lyburnum failed to manifest in its finished product. An uphill battle that involved misplaced photos, misunderstood instructions and increasing apathy, Lyburnum ended up being an “it-is-what-it-is situation”. Despite these challenges and shortcomings, Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly was instantly cherished as a feral masterpiece – a singular entity that would become a defining influence on post-hardcore and emo in the 1990s and beyond. [A limited-edition clear vinyl pressing is available.]

Surf CurseBuds [Reissue/2013] LP (Big Joy/Surf Curse)
Surf CurseNothing Yet [Reissue/2017] LP (Danger Collective/Surf Curse)
Surf CurseHeaven Surrounds You [Reissue/2019] LP (Danger Collective/Surf Curse)
Surf CurseMagic Hour 2xLP (Atlantic)
Surf Curse is the indie rock recording project of Los Angeles based songwriters Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck. Seeing Surf Curse live has become a rite of passage for disaffected adolescence in the South – West while Rattigan and Rubeck have spent their formatives years between Las Vegas, Reno, and Los Angeles. Now’s your chance to snag their first four albums on vinyl.

TomahawkOddfellows [Reissue/2003] LP (Ipecac)
The band’s fourth studio album, Oddfellows, was recorded live in the Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, after a brief period of rehearsal. Guitarist Duane Denison favored the location as its cheaper studio costs allowed for longer periods of songwriting.

King Gizzard Laminated Denim (Lemon Sun Edition) LP (KGLW)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard –Laminated Denim – The spiritual successor to 2022’s Made In Timeland, Laminated Denim is a world of its own. First made available at their October 2022 shows at Red Rocks, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s 22nd album consists of two special 15-minute tracks swarming with the mysteries and maverick inventions that thrive within the Gizzverse. Indie Exclusive “Lemon Sun Edition” 

The No OnesMy Best Evil Friend LP (Yep Roc)
The No Ones are Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen and Frode Strømstad. Consisting of members from R.E.M., The Minus 5, The Young Fresh Fellows, The Baseball Project, and I Was A King, the bi-continental collaborators share their third collection of songs, paying tribute to the artists that inspire them and populate their turntables. Through their upbeat 60s-style indie sound infused with psychedelic flourishes, The No Ones honor Nick Lowe, Pamela Polland, George Harrison, Jenny Lewis, and Phil Ochs, among others. The group enlisted contributions from friends Debbi Peterson (Bangles), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) for backing vocals, Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven) on bass, and strings from Marin Stallemo Bakke.

Ulrika SpacekCompact Trauma CD/LP (Tough Love)
Nearly five years on from their last transmission, Ulrika Spacek resurface from self-imposed exile with their third album, a collection of songs that function as a chance treatise of sorts for our current collective condition. 

Jared MattsonPeanut LP (Company)
Jared Mattson’s Peanut didn’t originally come from a need to break away. As the pandemic hit, Jared holed up in his home studio and kept developing the new music. During that process it became increasingly clear to them that this wasn’t shaping up to be the next Mattson 2 album. This was a Mattson 1 album. Mattson’s solo debut unfolds like a string of fascinating clouds: These are not songs in a hurry; they shift around as they float by, and carry their unique kind of electric charge.

Alasdair Roberts Grief In The Kitchen and Mirth In The Hall CD/LP (Drag City)
From our now-venerable, but ever thistle-sharp, Scots singer of new songs and old, comes a fifth full-length collection of traditional songs. Reaching down the centuries to unpack these numbers anew, Alasdair finds a set of eternal melodies – and with them, an unsettling number of surreal images that parallel the madness of our modern times. 

London BrewLondon Brew 2xCD (Concord Jazz)
London Brew is inspired by the legendary Miles Davis album Bitches Brew, one of jazz’s greatest albums. Produced by Martin Terefe and Downtown Music UK Limited, the record reflects an emotional journey of the times, having been recorded during the pandemic after many months of isolation and the inability to collaborate in person. Recorded in December 2020 at The Church Studios in London, the recording session brings together 12 all-star London based artists including Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, Theon Cross, Dave Okumu, Benji B, and Tom Skinner among others. The group is collectively known as London Brew. “Sometimes the music is uncomfortable,” producer Martin Terefe describes, “other times it’s familiar and joyous and other times it’s like deep meditation.” [Vinyl edition – including an indie store exclusive maroon colorway – due April 14.]


ANDERSON PAAKMalibu LP reissue
ALICE COLTRANEJourney In Satchidananda LP reissue
MICE PARADE Bem Vida Contade LP reissue
BRAIDFrame and Canvas LP reissue
YAEJIWith A Hammer LP
ANGELS OF LIGHT Sing Other People LP reissue
ANGELS OF LIGHTWe Are Him LP reissue
LOU REEDTransformer LP (bronze)
DE LA SOULDe La Soul Is Dead LP reissue
KALI UCHISIsolation LP reissue
FACSStill Life In Decay CD/LP
MOUNTAIN GOATSAll Hail West Texas LP reissue
WEDNESDAY – I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone CD/LP
NAI PALM (Hiatus Kaiyote) Needle Paw LP reissue