Date: March 26th 2012

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Wow, you haven't heard from us in a month!! That must mean we have been sitting around doing nothing, right? Haha! Nothing further from the truth - just check out all the bountiful booty below.



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BURNING HEARTS-Extinctions CD (Shelflife-$11.99)
Finnish indie pop stalwarts Jessika Rapo (vocalist for Le Futur Pompiste) & Henry Ojala (ex-drummer for Cats On Fire) teamed up to form Burning Hearts in 2006. In fall 2011, Johan Ekstroem & Niko Kivikangas joined the band as the live line-up was renewed. Their 2nd full-length album, "Extinctions", was written as a consequence of many tragical stories that in a way or another touched the band. Quite a few of the songs are dedicated to persons or creatures that no longer exist. Even if human tragedies inpired the writing & death is present in nearly all the songs, the sound remains vivid and full of hope.

DISAPPEARS-Pre-Language CD (Kranky-$12.99)
With Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH) now fully integrated into the line up, Disappears return with a full-bore assault of a new record. "Pre Language" finds the band speaking on, of all things, love. Direct allusions to Philip K. Dick, James Baldwin, & Joan of Arc sit side by side with songs about the lows of life & the characters that permeate it. Recorded in Hoboken, NJ at Sonic Youth's Echo Canyon West studio & mixed with John Congleton, "Pre Language" finds Disappears at their most potent and focused. The band has finally stepped into their own world & the results are thrilling.

DROWNER-s/t CD (Saint Marie-$12.99)
Drowner is a band from Houston, Texas whose big, oceanic, atmospheric sound draws on influences as varied as shoegaze, post rock, noise pop and dream pop as well as bands like The Cure, R.E.M., My Bloody Valentine and Mogwai. Drowner is Darren Emanuel on guitar/drums/keys, Sean Evans on guitar, Mike Brewer on bass and Anna Bouchard on vocals.
Drowner began as a side project of Darren Emanuel (Swimming In, Apples to Earth). Darren's increasing use of the guitar in both of his previous bands led him to an interest in the sounds of a resurgent shoegaze scene and some of the post rock music happening both in Texas and elsewhere. In 2008, he started writing demo tracks to test some new guitar sounds. The early tracks had a soaring, oceanic feel with strong melodies and heavy use of the Roland Space Echo, drenched in fuzzed-out reverb.
In 2010, Darren worked with a few different singers on the project before finding the perfect counterpoint in longtime friend Anna Bouchard. After some discussion of the project, Anna and Darren began writing in their respective studios and sending demos and tracks back and forth via the internet. Anna brings not only beautiful vocals to Drowner, but a deep lyricism. In late summer 2011, Sean and Mike joined the band. In instrumental work and vocals, music and lyrics, Drowner attempts to embody the power of music to overwhelm and transcend.

ELIKA-Always the Light CD (Saint Marie-$12.99)
Where ominous, fuzzed-out textures and energetic, geometric electronics meet, you'll find Brooklyn's Elika. The power duo of multimedia artists Evagelia Maravelias and Brian Wenckebach have quietly recorded and released a torrent of adventurous music since 2006, earning recognition the old fashioned way. It paid off. Elika have toured internationally, and were recently handpicked to support shoegazers Asobi Seksu and revered dream-electro musician and producer Ulrich Schnauss, who went on to describe Elika as "an incredibly exciting, radical fusion of shoegaze and electronica elements."
Their previous effort saw XLR8R raving "every musical note seems as carefully placed as a comma in a novel, and Maravelias' voice soars through a collection of intelligent lyrics centered on lost love." Elika's latest, Always the Light, offers the group's clearest musical vision yet: Finding a path through [Love] + [Tragedy] + [Defeat].
Always the Light places catastrophic personal events into an ocean of complex programmed rhythms a la Lali Puna and M83, with an emphasis on honey-coatedvocals and washes of distant, dreamy synths and guitars. Nowhere is this more evident than on album lead-off, the instantly hummable "Stay Beside Me," and the Curve-incarnate anthem "No One Gets Lost." Providing extra dimension to Always the Light, Elika explores more cavernous, ambient IDM-informed concepts on "Never Touch the Sky," "Waiting Room," and "All My Wishes." The many facets of Elika combine in top form with "We Had It All" – soaring choruses, a celestial crescendo, and visceral electrogaze vibes done right.

MEDICINE-Time Baby II 7" (Captured Tracks-$6.99)
"Time Baby 2" is simultaneously one of the most widely heard Medicine songs (It's the tune they're "playing" in their appearance in the 1994 film, "The Crow") and also one of the most difficult to find a copy of. Originally released in the U.K. only as one of three non-LP B sides on the 1993 Creation Records "5ive" E.P., it has never been released anywhere else until now. It's also worth mentioning that the original Creation release suffered from poor, out of phase mastering, so this song's appearance here (as well as its inclusion along with all of the other non-LP B-Sides on the upcoming expanded re-issues of the first two Medicine albums) marks the first time this noisy pop gem can be heard as the band truly intended. "Miss Drugstore (alternate mix)" is previously unreleased (save for a short snippet on the 1994 "Sounds of Medicine" E.P.) and will be exclusive to this release. This somewhat stripped down experimental self-remix is a rare chance to discover what those who l
isten closely will have already realized long ago: Medicine was a kick-ass rock band with an amazingly powerful rhythm section.

RINGO DEATHSTARR-Shadow 10" (Sonic Unyon / Club AC30-$13.99)
Limited to 1000 copies on swirled pink and purple vinyl! Austin, Texas based Ringo Deathstarr have announced details of the release of a new 4-track EP. The Shadow EP will be released through Sonic Unyon Records. The tracklisting of the EP, features a guest appearance by ....And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead's Jason Reece on the title track and a cover version of Just You from Twin Peaks series 2.
The band released their first album, Colour Trip, in March 2011 and a compilation of their early singles, Sparkler, was released in the autumn of 2011. The last twelve months have seen them play across the globe, including a rapturously received show at this summer's Fuji Rock Festival; for once, a band genuinely 'big in Japan'. The EP comes on the heels of their recent European tour supporting the Smashing Pumpkins in November and December 2011, and their third Japanese tour of the year in late December.

WHIRR-Pipe Dreams CD (Tee Pee-$10.99)
Bay Area post-shoegaze sextet Whirr generates suspenseful songs of soothing, razor sharp guitar textures backed by soft, cooling vocals. On their full length debut Pipe Dreams, the band's supercharged spirit rejuvenates the '90s shoegaze sound, providing a widescreen update for the post-millennial era. Whirr's wall of lush guitars, breathy vocals, dreamy synth and thunderous drumming propel listening ears into a near cinematic realm where instantly catchy melodies and emotional, enveloping atmospheres hang perfectly in the balance. The sound of Whirr is a totalizing crush when texture and volume hit perfect balance and bright pop melodies wander through dark, dense guitar noise. Twenty years after My Bloody Valentine awed music fans with its now-classic Loveless LP, Whirr takes hold of the reins and lets its fluid, immaculate surge of drones and reverberations light the way. The New Psychedelia has arrived!


MAGNETIC FIELDS-Love at the Bottom of the Sea CD (Merge-$13.99)
The Magnetic Fields return to the signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds they established in the 90s with Merge releases such as The Charm of the Highway Strip and Get Lost. Stephin Merritt has come back to synths with a fresh approach: "Most of the synthesizers on the record didn't exist when we were last using synthesizers," he notes. The songs ? none over three minutes long ? were recorded in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York with Merritt's usual cast of collaborators: Claudia Gonson, Sam Davol, John Woo, Shirley Simms, Johny Blood and Daniel Handler.

THE MEGAPHONIC THRIFT-s/t CD (Sonic Unyon / Club AC30-$12.99)
The Megaphonic Thrift return with their second, eponymous album. Entering their rehearsal space in Bergen with only a handful of riffs and a desire to experiment, the tracks that make up the album came about through a process of all members writing towards a unified record, disregarding any template and looking to move on from the marker set down by Decay Decoy. The result is an album that pushes at the edges of their previous noise assault at times but also reveals a softer and more delicate side to their songwriting.

MIRRORING-Foreign Body CD (Kranky-$12.99)
Mirrorring is Jesy Fortino, who has recorded under the Tiny Vipers moniker, and Liz Harris, better know as Grouper. The recordings on this album came about through a songwriting session in Portland, Oregon. The resulting sounds are contemplative, reflective, and introspective, creating a feeling as much as a song, a mood as much as a tune. One could try to assess what part of the album each artist was responsible for, but that would prevent one from seeing the proverbial forest for the trees. Foreign Body was recorded and produced in 2011.

LEE RANALDO-Between the Times and the Tides CD (Matador-$11.99)
Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo puts out his first proper, song-oriented studio album this March. Recorded with longstanding Sonic Youth producer John Agnello, the album is a shimmering and melodic tapestry of rock sounds. Ranaldo's trademark alternate-tuning guitar work is at the forefront, but it is amplified by brilliant leadwork from Wilco's Nels Cline on every track. The all-star lineup also includes Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley on drums, Alan Licht on guitar, and John Medeski on keyboards. There are also cameos from original Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert and Jim O'Rourke.

SPIRACLES-How Things Went Well When I Met You CD (Saint Marie-$7.99)
For over a decade, Luis Rodriquez has been writing songs and playing guitar for the shoegaze band Resplandor. During this time he has played with Robin Guthrie, The Radio Dept, Airiel, The Ocean Blue, Mark Gardener (Ride), Mahogany, Elika, House Of Love, Altocamet, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Asobi Seksu and many more. Luis brings all of this experience to the forefront, along with the majestic and enigmatic vocals of Aracelli Fernandez, in The Spiracles.
This first EP includes the beautiful indie-pop single "Fireflies", followed by a mid-tempo "Mercy" and a lovely version of The Field Mice's "End Of The Affair". It also includes a remix by the shoegaze/electronica Brooklyn based band Elika and another by Canu, lead singer/DJ from the Argentina band Altocamet.
The Spiracles have taken great influence from bands such as REM, The Smiths, Robin Guthrie, The Field Mice, Trembling Blue Stars and it is evident in this recording. Upon initial listen, you will find yourself singing along with the sure to be college radio hit "Fireflies" long after the song has ended.

THE WEDDING PRESENT-Valentina CD (Scopitones-$12.99)
The Wedding Present's eighth studio album, Valentina, comes four years after 2008's critically acclaimed El Rey. Recorded in the wilds of France, the suburbs of Los Angeles and the lanes of Brighton... it shimmers with near perfection.
The ten track Valentina rumbles in with the crunchy statement track You're Dead vibrating with familiar overdriven guitars and Gedge's words dripping with finality. The first single, You Jane, comes next; a rhythmic rock 'n' roll treat, laden with forlorn wanting... and letting the thing you love go free.
The record was mixed by the legendary Andrew Scheps who adds The Wedding Present to an impressive list of clients such as Adele, Iggy Pop and Johnny Cash. It has been said that Scheps' production adds a live feel to the recording while retaining the power of the band.
Unsurprisingly, there is no filler on this album... each track has its own distinct atmosphere and David Gedge's lyrics explore the same beginning and ending of relationship material, but with his ever-fresh take on the highs and lows of a lovelife.
Back A Bit... Stop, another high point, is The Wedding Present at their pop-guitar best... driven by a delightfully overdriven bass line... and punctuated by what can only be called a drum 'performance'.
At the end of the record, Mystery Date twinkles and lilts... tricking you into thinking that it's going to be a soft story of the very beginnings of love... but then absolutely thunders in with a cacophony of tempo changes and soaring guitars... leaving you gasping for breath as a Japanese voiceover trails on...
The Wedding Present have found the best recording studio, the best mixing engineer and the best set of songs to complete what may very well be their best album to date.


THE BEETS-Let the Poison Out LP (Hardly Art-$11.99)
Over the course of four years, the Beets have become one of the best bands, if not the best band, in New York. With two full-length LPs and three singles on NY label Captured Tracks under their belt, and an amazing live show to boot, it is no wonder why they have been personally asked to share the stage by the likes of Pavement, and to tour with bands from the Vivian Girls to the Mountain Goats. The Beets are the musician's band, the artist's band, the band of bands. The Beets are smart and colorful individuals who treat life as a sing-along and a comic book all at once. The Beets are more than a band: they are a way of life, a gang, a gang from Jackson Heights, a gang that you want to be a part of.
Hardly Art is proud to present to the world Let the Poison Out, the third masterpiece from the Beets. It was recorded in two days, with a few overdubs here and there, at Marlborough Farms by Gary Olsen of Ladybug Transistor. It's the album the Beets have been working up to. Let the Poison Out also marks the addition of Chie Mori, an important component as the latest and last drummer for the Beets. It's true that the Beets have had many drummers. "If this doesn't work out, then no more Beets," asserts Garcia.
While the title references the band's idol and unofficial mascot, Howard Stern, Let the Poison Out is really an album about getting everything out of your system. All of the Beets elements are here: jangly acoustic guitar; simply captured, sing-along lyrics about being yourself, being free, not fitting in; and an undercurrent of restless energy. The Beets love the Ramones. The Beets love MAD magazine. The Beets love Queens and Keds. Now is the time for you to love the Beets.

BLACK KEYS- Attack & Release LP+CD (Nonesuch-$16.99)
Until now, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys took an extreme do-it-yourself approach to record making, hunkering down in a basement studio or setting up equipment in one of the abandoned factories of their native Akron, Ohio Their modus operandi was more séance than session. With a minimal set of tools, they conjured up a big, swaggering blues-rock sound, seemingly drawn from some distant time and place yet too weirdly original to ever be called retro
For this album, however, the Black Keys decided not to go it alone; Attack and Release is the result of one of the most audacious, and eagerly awaited collaborations in alternative rock history. As producer, Auerbach and Carney chose Danger Mouse, the mega-eclectic sonic mastermind behind the Grammy Award winning Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere and its multi-format hit, "Crazy," as well as the music industry provocateur who created the mother of all mash-ups, The Grey Album. The Black Keys also deigned to work at an established studio, albeit one within driving distance of Akron. Suma Recording, a legendary spot in northeast Ohio renowned for its supply of great vintage gear, provided just the right ambiance fort he guys .As Carney put it, with genuine affection, Suma "smells like a moldy cabin and looks like a haunted house."

BLACK KEYS-Brothers 2xLP+CD (Nonesuch-$24.99)
Specs: 2-LP Set. Content includes two 120g regular weight black vinyl discs pressed at Furnace/Pallas, in single pocket Stoughton jacket with expanded spine with poster insert (MPS) and CD in babypak.
The maturation of the Black Keys as record makers and performers has been both subtle and startling. With their 2008 Nonesuch release Attack & Release - the fifth album of their eight-year career which doubled the sales of their previous album and Nonesuch debut Magic Potion - guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney illustrated the durability of their few-frills sound, a mysterious and heavy brew of seventies-vintage rock, classic R&B and timeless, downhearted blues. Producer and pal Danger Mouse, their first outside collaborator, didn't try to reinvent their sound but further isolated its essence with the help of a few carefully chosen guest players and some retro-modern electronic gear. It didn't need to get slicker to get better, or, as the Boston Globe put it, "Attack & Release proves that cleaning up the boys still won't stop them from tracking mud all over the house."
Danger Mouse returned to co-produce "Tighten Up" on Brothers, but for the most part, the duo was on its own, spending ten days at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama and coming up with the an even more intensely focused, deeply soulful set that includes a cover of Jerry Butler's "Never Gonna Give You Up." The performances are inventive and impassioned: Auerbach extends his vocal range to falsetto on lead-off track "Everlasting Light" and "The Only One"; "Howlin' For You" opens with a Gary Glitter-style drum riff and the chorus practically invites singing along. The tunes offer a surprising amount of lyrical candor and more than a little dark humor; the grooves alternate between ballsy swagger and bluesy rumination. The album reflects where Auerbach and Carney have been lately, most recently collaborating with a who's who of New York City MC's, including RZA, Q Tip, Mos Def and Raekwon on the 2009 BlakRoc super-session organized by hip-hop impresario and Black Keys
fan Damon Dash. They've also pursued projects on their own, Auerbach with his solo Keep It Hid album and tour, Carney with his band Drummer and its debut disc, Feels Good Together. Their maturation didn't happen just in the studio, though. Carney admits, "Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we're brothers, and I think these songs reflect that."
Brothers was primarily cut in Muscle Shoals, a setting that turned out to have more in common with the Akron, Ohio factories where the Black Keys used to record. The place was desolate, the town depressed, so once again the duo slipped into a world all its own. They did additional recording at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound System in Akron and The Bunker in Brooklyn. The album was mixed by engineer Tchad Blake, a veteran of sessions with Los Lobos, Pearl Jam and Peter Gabriel. Says Carney, "The way he approaches mixing is the same way we approach making music. Respecting the past while being in the present.."

BLUE WATER WHITE DEATH-s/t LP (Gravefave-$10.99)
Brainchild of Jamie Stewart (XIU XIU) & Jonathan Meiburg (SHEARWATER). Clean, even tones & the nonchalant picking of acoustic guitars that recall life on the open sea, notes & words paced like breaststrokes on the journey to the depths, & jarring, mysterious noises meshed w/ vocals that echo the isolated, garbled qualities of the inside of a diver's mask

BONNIE PRINCE BILLY-Wolfroy Goes to Town LP (Drag City-$16.99)
"Wolfroy Goes To Town was recorded in Kentucky and mixed by Shahzad Ismaily, Emmett Kelly and Will Oldham. In addition to Bonnie Prince Billy, the players on this record are: Ben Boye (keyboards and extra singing), Van Campbell (drums and percussion), Shahzad Ismaily (percussion, guitar, extra singing), Emmett Kelly (guitars, mandolin, harmony singing), Danny Kiely (basses) and Angel Olson (singing). Prior to the recording, the ten songs on Wolfroy Goes To Town were played by the whole band in performance at Chicago's Millennium Park in May of 2011. Some of the songs were played and sung by Bonny, Emmett Kelly and Angel Olson on the Free Florida tour that immediately followed. This is the first time any Bonny album has been previewed in public before it was made in the studio!"

BRIGHT EYES-A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997 3xLP (Saddle Creek-$25.99)
The debut album for Bright Eyes was compiled from 4 reels of analog 4-track recordings which Conor Oberst had made prior to his 18th birthday. Conor spent most all of his teenage years touring and playing music with bands such as Commander Venus and Park Ave. Now, he has focused his efforts on Bright Eyes, the moniker by which he shares his intimate and personal stories. The 20 songs on this album are stated elegantly and humbly with guitars, keyboards, drums, and voice.Oberst's imagery and storytelling is at times quite sad and other times rather uplifting, yet always exhibits the sophisticat

BURNING HEARTS-Extinctions LP (Shelflife-$13.99)
See CD description above!

CRASS-Yes Sir I Will LP (Crass-$11.99)
The 5th release in the Crassical Collection reissues. The band then came back to Southern Studios in March 1983 & in one intense, 45 minute recording session, the band's fifth & last studio album "Yes Sir, I Will" was made. The band chose to forgo the formulaic clichés of punk rock & instead adopt the improvisational approach of free jazz, in a bid to replicate the desperation they were all feeling at that time.

KAREN DALTON-1966 LP (Delmore-$18.99)
LP version housed in tip-on jacket, with four page heavy insert, exclusive color portrait and download card. "In 1966, Carl Baron brought his reel to reel over to her remote cabin in Summerville, Colorado and recorded one of those exquisite musical evenings. Karen and Richard Tucker were rehearsing for a gig when Carl hit the record button. The result is a 45-year-old tape, carefully exhumed, documenting Karen at her most raw and unfiltered. On it are Fred Neil and Tim Hardin songs we've never heard Karen give voice to before, as well as traditional songs she uncannily makes her own, including a devastating version of 'Katie Cruel', that is so powerful, it is as if the ghost of Katie Cruel seeped into her blood. This recording is a window to her Summerville cabin opened, allowing us to eavesdrop on Karen Dalton at her most pure and unaffected. Newly unearthed rehearsal tape from 1966. Features Karen solo on banjo and guitar, plus four duets with Richard Tucker. Many never hea
rd before covers including 'Reason To Believe' and 'Don't Make Promises' by Tim Hardin, and 'Other Side To This Life' by Fred Neil. KD at her most intimate and unfiltered. CD booklet contains beautiful, unseen photos (including Karen with Fred Neil and Tim Hardin), and a 3500 word essay by Ben Edmonds (MOJO and currently working on a biography of Tim Hardin)."

DIRTY THREE-Toward the Low Sun LP (Drag City-$16.99)
Dirty Three return seven years since their last album, and Toward the Low Sun is a true humdinger. Warren Ellis is always sawing away at something on the violin that kind of tightens our chest and gives us that ol' thousand-yard stare; Mick Turner wanders with hollow-bodied guitar from abstract and dreamy to punishing hard chord rock in the space of a breath, never sacrificing a sense of the awesome along the path; then there's Jim White. He's doing something that no one else does back there. Plus, he's drumming!

DISAPPEARS-Pre-Language LP (Kranky-$12.99)
See Cd description above!

THE DRUMS-Portamento LP (Frenchkiss-$16.99)
Emerging from Brooklyn via Florida in 2009, The Drums initially caught the ear of the indie world with their Summertime! EP. It was an escapist collection of beach pop fantasies; tracks suffused with a wistful, longing nostalgia that never pandered to cheap sentimentality. Their terrific self-titled debut LP, was bifurcated into a first half dedicated to more upbeat pop songs, and a second half revealing a darker, more introspective side of the band. For the often difficult sophomore LP, the band sidestepped the pitfalls of a slump by recording it quickly, again self-producing, often laying down tracks spontaneously in singer Jonny Pierce's kitchen. Following the departure of guitarist Adam Kessler, drummer Connor Hanwick switched to guitar, and guitarist Jacob Graham picked up his more natural instrument of synthesizers. Portamento, the new album, follows their debut by a mere 14 months and reveals a band tugging lightly at the boundaries of their sound while still retaining
their sonic signatures – sweet rushes of melody, winsome lyrics, and brittle synthesizer sheens colliding with wiry Spector-esque guitar and bass lines.

DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE-She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke LP (Hardly Art-$10.99)
Compared to "Between The Buttons"-era Stones, Dylan, and Leonard Cohen, The Dutchess & The Duke's songs mark a turning point for Kimberly Morrison and Jesse Lortz. Each song touts magnetic guitar lines and vocals so straightforward that they belie all other intricacies.
"By taking tonal cues from darker, acid-tinged '60s pop and sweetening it with just the right amount of meticulously constructed harmonies, they are managing to pull off one of the trickier combinations in songwriting - sounding timeless and utterly modern at the same time" - Seattle Weekly.

DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE-Sunset / Sunrise LP (Hardly Art-$11.99)
The Dutchess and the Duke's sophomore record, Sunset/Sunrise, is a slump-dodging opus that takes the dark, draw beauty of the band's debut and scales it up to distinctly luminescent heights, thanks to a graceful synthesis of painfully earned creative maturity and thoughtful production under Ashley's adroitly tuned ears.
Though minor chords and romantically morose lyrical yarns about misplaced affections and spiritual inertia remain touchstones, there's a refreshing undercurrent of optimistic light running through the songs like "The River" and "New Shadow," a bewildered and beautiful reflection on Lortz's impending parenthood. The presence of Lortz's innate grasp of classic '60s pop structures is still audible, but so is growth beyond an obvious affection for early Rolling Stones, with songs like "Let It Die" pulsing with a sly warmth and subtle twang all their won.

ELIKA-Always the Light 180g LP (Saint Marie-$21.99)
Limited edition of 100 pink haze on clear two-tone 180 gm vinyl LP in gatefold with download coupon.

EMERALDS-What Happened 2xLP (Editions Mego-$24.99)
After the runaway success of their Does It Look Like I'm Here? (EMEGO 101CD/LP) album, Editions Mego is chuffed to release these vintage synth-guitar improvisation jams recorded straight to tape, 2007-2008. Previously released as a CD by No Fun, this is now the definitive vinyl edition of this material, and serves as archival insight into the development of Emeralds' sound over the last years. Mastered by James Plotkin. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.

FUN-Some NIghts 180g LP+CD (Fueled by Ramen-$22.99)
Having earned widespread acclaim with their 2009 debut album, "AIM AND IGNITE," fun. decided to raise the stakes with this album, their first on Fueled By Ramen, by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake).
The first single from "SOME NIGHTS," "We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)," is available now via all digital retailers. The single has generated quite a buzz, hitting the top 3 on The Hype Machine music blog aggregator in its first week of release, not to mention the top 5 on iTunes' "Top Alternative Songs" sales ranking. What's more, "We Are Young" has received major airplay from KCRW's influential Morning Becomes Eclectic, while USA Today applauded the "baroque indie-popsters" for "(making) a counterintuitive play for the big time, slowing down for the massive singalong chorus."

BRUCE HAACK & MS. NELSON-Electronic Music Record for Children LP (Misissippi-$14.99)
Recorded in '69. Early electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack & child educator Ms. Nelson go bravely & deeply into psychedelic music compositions designed to open the minds & hearts of the kiddies. Songs subjects range from ancient folk tales to outerspace, to alternate universes & what the world sounds like if you listen w/ your "inner self"

"On their self-titled debut album, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion had worked out the basic framework of their sound -- lots of guitar clatter, booming drums, and wild vocal gesticulations from Spencer -- but it took a while for the pieces to really come together, and 1993's Extra Width was the first album where they revealed their true potential. The opening tune, "Afro," provides the key -- Spencer and Judah Bauer's guitars lock in with a sharp call and response, drummer Russell Simins pounds the kit with the force of a punk rocker but the groove of a soul man, and the organ that chimes in with the band slyly pays homage to any number of classic funk sides while adding a good, greasy undertow to the sound. The Blues Explosion were never any kind of blues band (as they freely admitted when anyone bothered to ask), but on Extra Width they copped to the fact they'd learned a lot from classic R&B of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, and after spending the better part of a year on the
road, their studying and hard work paid off. Not everything on Extra Width comes together with the precise chaos of "Afro," but practically every track feels like a better song and a stronger performance than anything on the debut album, and the layers of vocal reverb, keyboard patches, and dubwise studio effects showed that JSBX had learned a lot about the possibilities of the studio since the bare-bones sessions that produced their earliest recordings. If The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion sounded like the work of a band that was a natural evolution from what Spencer was doing with Pussy Galore, Extra Width made it clear they were something quite a bit different -- still crazed and noisy, but with lots more soul, some butt-shaking tunes, and a sense of fun thoroughly absent from the earlier group." – All Music

In the aftermath of Extra Width's success, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion were drawing large crowds virtually everywhere they played. It both gratified them and made them suspicious. The track "Afro" on the previous album provided a clue as to the forthcoming no man's land JBSE would raucously explore. Orange is almost entirely new sonic terrain -- but it keeps the trio's trademark sweaty, musical terrorism and hedonistic rage up front. "Bellbottoms" kicks it off with a distorted two-chord guitar vamp, juxtaposed against strings worthy of the Love Unlimited Orchestra in full dramatic swell. Drummer Russell Simins meets Spencer and Judah Bauer's guitars with cracking snares and breaking beats, rolling them out like staccato machine-gun fire yet perfectly on the one. The sound feels like electricity actively coursing through the spine. Funk, hypnotic thrashing white-boy blues, and punk fistfight one another for dominance in a careening frenetic dance number that shakes the ver
y foundations of rock & roll while defining its spirit. This is the liftoff point through the bravado of James Brown, the self-destructive gospelized pill-fueled hellish visions of Jerry Lee Lewis, the sheer exaggerated funk of blaxploitation soundtracks, and Saturday-night knife-fight juke-joint blues. "Ditch" melds the burn-it-down boogie of R.L. Burnside, the sloppy vibe of Exile-era Rolling Stones, the Cramps' demonic swagger, the rhythmic attack of the Meters, and the overdriven volume of the Stooges live. "Blues X Man" marries 12-bar back-country roadhouse blues and back-alley back-seat eros to Lower East Side boasting about the Blues Explosion's musical virility. It begins sparse and skeletal before adding a female backing chorus and DJ turntablism, turning traditionalism upside down and scraping country and city down to their nubs in order to make everything bleed. "Greyhound," the set's final track, rocks hip-hop drums and '70s rock guitars on stun that riff hypnotically and knottily; two-note vamps substitute for solos before the entire thing morphs into pure breakbeat cacophony and smears turntable scratches across the mix as it crashes out the door. Orange is the most commercially successful set JBSE ever turned in, but that's beside the point. In the 21st century, it sounds every bit as messed up, necessary, and frenzied as it did in 1993. – All Music

M83-Saturdays = Youth 2xLP+CD (Mute-$20.99)
The M83 full catalog is recieving the vinyl release treatment, some titles avail on wax for the very 1st time! This is their album from 2008. Comes w/ bonus CD of the entire album inside!

MAGNETIC FIELDS-Love at the Bottom of the Sea LP (Merge-$17.99)
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THE MEGAPHONIC THRIFT-s/t LP (Sonic Unyon / Club AC30-$13.99)
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MINKS-By the Hedge LP (Captured Tracks-$14.99)
With the release of "By The Hedge," MINKS further the ability to make you feel eternal autumn. Frontman and songwriter Sean Kilfoyle's ability to capture the raincoat grey Boston mornings of his youth, have the desire to make you feel like you are listening to a dream while awake and standing in the pouring rain. put on your raincoat and enjoy the splendor.

MIRRORING-Foreign Body LP (Kranky-$12.99)
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NIRVANA-Nevermind 180g LP (Original Recordings Group-$22.99)
This reissue from Original Recordings Group is on 180g vinyl and remastered from the original analog recordings. Nevermind was never meant to change the world, but you can never predict when the zeitgeist will hit, and Nirvana's 1991 album turned out to be the place where alternative rock crashed into the mainstream. Kurt Cobain's personal problems and subsequent suicide naturally deepen the dark undercurrents, but no matter how much anguish there is on Nevermind, it's bracing because Kurt Cobain exorcises his demons through evocative wordplay and mangled screams - and because the band has a tremendous, unbridled power that transcends the pain, turning it into pure catharsis. And that's as key to the record's success as Cobain's songwriting, since Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl help turn this into music that is gripping, powerful, and even fun (and, really, there's no other way to characterize "Territorial Pissings" or the surging "Breed"). - All Music Guide

NIRVANA-In Utero 180g LP (Original Recordings Group-$22.99)
Beautifully packaged and pressed on deluxe 180g black vinyl, this classic album is finally back in print on vinyl! Nirvana probably hired Steve Albini to produce In Utero with the hopes of creating their own Surfer Rosa, or at least shoring up their indie cred after becoming a pop phenomenon with a glossy punk record. In Utero, of course, turned out to be their last record, and it's hard not to hear it as Kurt Cobain's suicide note, since Albini's stark, uncompromising sound provides the perfect setting for Cobain's bleak, even nihilistic, lyrics. Even if the album wasn't a literal suicide note, it was certainly a conscious attempt to shed their audience - an attempt that worked, by the way, since the record had lost its momentum when Cobain died in the spring of 1994. Even though the band tempered some of Albini's extreme tactics in a remix, the record remains a deliberately alienating experience, front-loaded with many of its strongest songs, then descending into a series o
f brief, dissonant squalls before concluding with "All Apologies," which only gets sadder with each passing year. Throughout it all, Cobain's songwriting is typically haunting, and its best moments rank among his finest work, but the over-amped dynamicism of the recording seems like a way to camouflage his dispiritedness - as does the fact that he consigned such great songs as "Verse Chorus Verse" and "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" to compilations, when they would have fit, even illuminated the themes of In Utero. Even without those songs, In Utero remains a shattering listen, whether it's viewed as Cobain's farewell letter or self-styled audience alienation. Few other records are as willfully difficult as this. - All Music Guide

NIRVANA-Incesticide 180g LP (Original Recordings Group-$26.99)
Re-compiled and re-mastered from the original tape and recording sources by Bernie Grundmand at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios, Hollywood; pressed on 180 gram vinyl at RTI. 'Buying time and thwarting bootleggers, Nirvana and DGC released the rarities compilation Incesticide toward the end of 1992. Like any odds 'n' sods collection, this is uneven, but that's its charm since it captures Nirvana's character better than any official album. After all, this was a band that was born equally from '70s sludge metal, bubblegum pop, post-punk artiness, and indie rock inclusiveness, each of which are apparent on this collection . . . Nirvana meant everything to everyone, from the jangle pop veterans to the garage rock ravers that worshipped the Stooges to stoner metal fetishes and indie rock bed-sits that adopted Sebadoh just as they outgrew Morrissey - everybody loved Nirvana, and there's something for every kind fan here, thanks to murky sludge, Devo and Vaselines covers, BBC sessi
ons, instrumentals, and limited-edition singles, plus sub-Melvins goop, everything visceral where Bleach was tame. Nevermind doesn't capture this freewheeling indie spirit but Incesticide does, piling on some essentials in the meantime - the pummeling "Dive," the childhood snapshot "Sliver," the terrific forgotten indie pop tune "Been a Son," and "Aneurysm," perhaps the greatest single song the group ever recorded.' - Stephen Thomas Erlewine / All Music Guide

JIM O'ROURKE-Halfway to a Three Way 12" (Drag City-$11.99)
2012 repress, originally released 1999. "Well, never mind--as long as people love it, here's another few sides of long-ago and far-away O'Rourke back on vinyl for the first time since way back in the mid-aughties. It's the Halfway to a Threeway 12" EP back to set turntables a-spinnin'! Fans of Eureka and Insignificance (not to mention Jim's tomfoolery as part of the Loose Fur band) will appreciate the analog pressing of these four slices of the pop music party-pooper combination of folk, classic rock, smooth jazz and a bit of the old avant-garde to help communicate the twisted ways of the misanthrope that made Jim such a perennial in the fickle world of record sales. A quick listen to the title track will hip you to our meaning: Halfway to a Threeway exposes our sweet soul-crusher as a lustful man-beast on the make. The song is a straight folk number--straight, that is, until you listen through the haze of those six-string overtones and chirpy harmony vocals to hear the true
perversity of O'Rourke's fantasies. The decadence of stardom seems to have turned Jim into not only a sex freak, but also a man who loves women of all persuasions--particular the crippled and brain-dead kind! Don't listen to this song alone--at least, not with the drapes open."

PALE SAINTS-Comforts of Madness LP (Original Recordings Group-$22.99)
Remastered for vinyl for the first time in over two decades, this record is pressed on high quality, European vinyl. This is the first ever U.S. release of The Comforts of Madness on vinyl, the way it was meant to be heard. The Comforts of Madness, the band's debut studio album, was released in 1990. It proved to be their most successful and critically acclaimed record, reaching the top 40 of the UK Albums Chart. An ambitious sound that remains unique right to this day, Ian Masters and the crew successfully merged dream pop with rather gentle shoegaze. The album includes a cover of Opal's, "Fell From the Sun," and was produced by John Fryer and Gil Norton.

LEE RANALDO-Between the Times and the Tides CD (Matador-$11.99)
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REAL ESTATE-It's Real 7" (Domino-$5.99)
Real Estate's first release since last year's wonderful "Out Of Tune" single, "It's Real" is the lead single from the Tri-state group's sophomore album and it is a doozy: a worthy contender for "effervescent pop anthem of 2011" if there ever was one. Following on the heels of releases on Woodsist, Mexican Summer and True Panther, the stage is set for their wonderfully clement new album coming in the autumn.

SBTRKT-s/t LP (Young Turks-$13.99)
While he has had multiple releases in single and EP forms, this is SBTRKT's first full-length, and about that he says, "This release is the culmination of a longer period of constant writing and collaboration, tracks on previous EPs were written as singular pieces. This record is much more of a whole project, more representative of my thoughts and ideas as an artist and each track was completed with the aim to be coherent together."

SONIC YOUTH-Bad Moon Rising 180g LP (Original Recordings Group-$26.99)
An album quite unlike any other in the colorful Sonic Youth canon, Bad Moon Rising captures the New York band in 1985 during its most morose phase, one that is quite forbidding yet fascinating all the same. The proper album is an eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant clattering percussion, and dreamy vocal mumblings, all of it woven together by sullen interludes of ambient noise. It's a piercing capstone to an otherwise hazy album and is no doubt one of the highlights of Sonic Youth's overall output.

SONIC YOUTH-Confusion is Sex COLOR 180g LP (Original Recordings Group-$22.99)
Confusion Is Sex, the debut album from Sonic Youth, was originally released in 1983 on Glenn Branca's label Neutral Records. In 1995, it was reissued on CD from DGC Records, with the extra tracks from the Kill Your Idols EP.
Confusion Is Sex remains one of the most important and influential records to emerge from the American No Wave, post-punk scene which thrived through the late 1970s and early 1980s in the lower east side of New York, with bands like The Contortions, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Mars and DNA. Lee Renaldo and Thurston Mooreutilized various experimental techniqueswhile playing and recording this album. Notably and most interestingly perhaps are the "third bridge" techniques which evolved from theirt ime working with Branca and his prepared guitars-Thurston and Leebuilt a third bridge by sticking screwdrivers between the strings and fretboards of their guitars.

SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE-Diary 2xLP (Sub Pop-$15.99)
This remastered edition of Sunny Day Real Estate's defining debut album, Diary, includes rare bonus tracks as well as newly written liner notes. Originally formed in Seattle in 1992, Sunny Day Real Estate featured Nate Mendel (bass), William Goldsmith (drums), Dan Hoerner (guitar, vocals) and Jeremy Enigk (vocals, guitar)."...Diary, virtually defined emo in the '90s, laying much of the groundwork (along with Weezer) for the genre's end-of-decade indie prominence. Although emo existed (both as a term and as a style) prior to Diary, it hadn't yet risen out of the deepest hardcore punk underground, save for a few bands on the Dischord label. For all intents and purposes, Diary was the album that made emo accessible, fusing its gnarled guitars and nakedly emotional vocals with more than a hint of melodic Seattle grunge. Diary still ranks as arguably the definitive '90s emo album, and an indispensable introduction to the genre." - All Music Guide

TANLINES-Mixed Emotions LP (True Panther Sounds-$13.99)
Mixed Emotions is the debut album from Brooklyn's Tanlines, the duo of Eric Emm (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Jesse Cohen (drums, keyboards, bass). Initially a production project, Tanlines have evolved through two acclaimed EPs into a deeply personal, electronic pop group. The album was recorded in a series of locations after the band were evicted from their own studio, which in turn pushed Emm to focus on his lyrics and songwriting. In the process, he discovered a beautiful baritone vocal style. The lyrics poured out of him, and their maturity and honesty form the core of Mixed Emotions.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-Bandwagonesque LP (Original Recordings Group-$22.99)
This twentieth anniversary edition of Bandwagonesque is on 140 gram vinyl, pressed at Record Industry in Holland. Released for the first time in the US and re-mastered for the first time in over a decade, ORG Music is proud to present another album that helped inspire a revolution in music. Includes a faithful recreation of the original jacket and lyric sheet. 'The gold standard of the early '90s power pop revival, in its own way Bandwagoneque was as much a benchmark as contemporary records like Nevermind and Loveless; though not the generational rallying cry of the former nor the revolutionary sonic breakthrough of the latter, Teenage Fanclub's sophomore album nevertheless heralded the return of melody and craft, coupled with energy and spirit - hallmarks of much of the greatest rock & roll of the past, and virtues as rare as hen's teeth in the years immediately prior to the disc's release. Although its incandescent harmonies, lazily immediate songs, and crunching guitars ea
rned it endless comparisons to vintage Big Star, Bandwagoneque is in every way a product of its own time - the thick, grungy sound of the Fannies' debut A Catholic Education remains intact for gems like "What You Do to Me" (arguably the most brilliantly simpleminded love song ever penned) and the instrumental "Satan," while the lyrics of other standout moments like "Star Sign" and "Alcoholiday" reflect a laissez faire irony and unassuming genius even more emblematic of the moment in question.' - Jason Ankeny / All Music Guide

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT-s/t 2xLP (Plain-$23.99)
"Showered with critical praise upon its 1998 release, Rufus Wainwright's debut album established him as the massive talent that he remains today. The child of acclaimed folk songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus' style owes more to the orchestral pop of Scott Walker or Van Dyke Parks (whose orchestral arrangements adorn much of this album), the opera, and the work of Edith Piaf and Judy Garland, than it does his own musical lineage. The debut pop classic from one of this generation's most important artists. Available on vinyl for the very first time." Gatefold sleeve.

TOM WAITS-Bad as Me LP (Anti-$19.99)
Throughout his career, Tom Waits has created milestone albums that serve both to refine the music that has come before, and to signal a new phase in his career: Rain Dogs and Mule Variations are both counted by fans as among these pivotal works. Now comes Bad As Me, his first studio album of all new music in seven years, which finds Tom Waits in possibly the finest voice of his career and at the height of his songwriting powers, working with a veteran team of gifted musicians and longtime cowriter/ producer Kathleen Brennan. From the opening horn-fueled chug of "Chicago," to the closing barroom chorale of "New Year's Eve," Bad As Me displays the full career range of Waits' songwriting, from beautiful ballads like "Last Leaf," to the avant cinematic soundscape of "Hell Broke Luce," a battlefront dispatch. On tracks like "Talking at the Same Time," Waits shows off a supple falsetto, while on blues burners like "Raised Right Men" and the gospel tinged "Satisfied" he spits, stutt
ers and howls. Like a good boxer, these songs are lean and mean, with strong hooks and tight running times. And there is a pervasive sense of players delighting in each other's musical company that brings a feeling of loose joy even to the album's saddest songs. Bad As Me is a Tom Waits album for the ages.

WHIRR-Pipe Dreams LP (Tee Pee-$13.99)
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THE XX-s/t LP (XL-$13.99)
The xx arrive with their debut album xx - a whole new sound of love, loss and longing. Gingerly dodging the storm cloud of hype hysteria that plagues seemingly every other new buzz act of the moment, Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Baria Qureshi and Jamie Smith are edging into our hearts. Their unique make-up is an inadvertent second nature marriage of 2009's urban/guitar tribes, in one corner fluttering new wave indebted reverberation, in the other, plumes of post-dubstep sub-bass and figuratively, their defining core of rich R&B vocal textures. If it all reads on paper like some potentially post-modern hotchpotch, then this makes their timeless results all the more alluring. The enveloping vocal partnership of Romy and Oliver is one that would've dropped-jaws in any decade this century, and set amidst a shivering soundscape of beats and plucks, their bedroom-reared concrete-soul is being justly heralded as the UK's most original and treasured alt-pop artifact of late.
In an effort not to draw too much distance from the DIY aesthetic of their early demos, which were recorded in their bedrooms, they recorded their debut album xx under no one's watch, other than engineer Rodaidh McDonald, at XL Recordings' west London in-house studio. The result a wash of sexy, coy, cold and sad rhythms and melodies the likes of Robert Smith, Massive Attack and The Streets.


JOANNA NEWSOM-Have One on Me 3xLP BOX, Ys 2xLP, ...& the Ys Street Band 12"
RAVEONETTES-Raven in the Grave LP
SILVER JEWS-American Water LP, Bright Flight LP
SMOG-Dongs of Sevotion, Julius Caeser, Knock Knock LP, Supper LP, Doctor Came at Dawn LP, Wild Love LP
STEREOLAB-Refried Ectoplasm 2xLP
SWIRLIES-Strictly East Coast / Remixes 2xLP

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