Chris Bell – Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star CD (Omnivore)
This 22-track collection chronicles music made by and with Bell before Big Star’s iconic #1 Record—from bands with imaginative names like Rock City, Christmas Future, Icewater, The Wallabys, and more. It examines Bell’s progress as a writer, performer, and engineer leading up to Big Star in which the sounds and roots of Big Star are completely evident.
Randall Bramblett – Juke Joint At The Edge Of The World CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
“Juke Joint At The Edge Of The World is a record that reflects the freedom my bandmates and I have found playing together in the last few years. Some of the places we play are like the old juke joints where people dance and shout – from these people and places we’ve found the energy we need to be free to shake the music up. Now, when we improvise we know it’s going to take us to a new and better musical place. Time listening and working together has given us that. The result is that this record has more of a ‘live in the studio’ feel to it. It’s also rooted more in the soul and R&B dance music I grew up listening to and playing. Less thinking and more playing. Less analyzing and more fun.”
Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder CD/2xLP (Arts & Crafts)
On Hug Of Thunder the 15 members of Broken Social Scene – well, the 15 who play on the record, including returnees Leslie Feist and Emily Haines – refract their varying emotions, methods, and techniques into something that doesn’t just equal their other albums, but surpasses them. It is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising.
Decapitated – Anticult CD/LP (Nuclear Blast America)
Seventh album from the Polish metal band. [Limited “bone with blood splatter” vinyl edition also available.]
Flatfoot 56 – Odd Boat CD/LP (Sailor’s Grave)
Playing a positive-natured brand of hardcore-tinged Celtic punk, Flatfoot 56 has been unleashing itself upon America and the rest of the world for over 16 years. “The tallest man in punk rock music, Tobin Bawinkel and his band of merry Celtic brethren have done it again. Towering at 6’10“, the gentle giant of punk rock comes out swinging with the first track, ‘Ty Cobb.’ His signature gravelly, husky voice continues to stand tall amidst his Celtic punk rock counterparts.” – Indie Vision Music
Haim – Something To Tell You CD/2xLP (Columbia)
Something To Tell You is the sophomore album from Haim. When the time came to record the album’s eleven tracks, Haim decided to “go in and record as a band, keeping it a little more organic. That was kind of a mission statement for the album” offered Danielle Haim. Pitchfork gave “Want You Back” its coveted Best New Track saying “Haim are pulling the rug out from under our feet in the run-up to releasing their second album.” Entertainment Weekly declared “Want You Back” sees HAIM returning to their sonic roots as a funky, pop-inspired trio, complete with groovy strings, sprightly percussion, a soulful chorus, and a spritz of electronic sheen.”
Sarah Jaffe – Bad Baby CD/LP (Kirtland)
“Throughout her career, Texas singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe has allowed her sound to expand and evolve in exciting ways. From the beginning, she’s had a tremendous knack for heartsick ballads, but she’s also grown increasingly adept at vibrant electro-pop that incorporates her career’s detours into film scoring and even hip-hop. Jaffe’s two most recent albums, 2012′s The Body Wins and 2014′s Don’t Disconnect, showcase a fascination with science and machinery, with a futuristic sound to match. Now, on Bad Baby, she sounds as versatile as ever in songs that mix spiky synth-pop with softer, slower-burning reflections on the way human beings interact.” — WUWM
Jay-Z – 4:44 CD (Roc Nation)
Jay-Z’s first album since Magna Carta … Holy Grail in 2013 — 4:44 features 10 intensely personal and provocative tracks that include a few references to the marriage-baring “Lemonade” album by his wife, Beyoncé, and the recent birth of their twins.
Melvins – A Walk With Love And Death 2xCD/2xLP (Ipecac)
Melvin’s first double-album find the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band’s music: Death, a proper Melvins’ release, and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love And Death. “This was a huge undertaking,” explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. “All three things: the album, the soundtrack, and the film are benchmarks for us.” Drummer Dale Crover added, “A Walk With Love And Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You’ll sleep with the lights on after listening.”
Daniel Martin Moore – Turned Over To Dreams CD/LP (Sofaburn)
The idea for Turned Over To Dreams came after Daniel Martin Moore learned that close friends of his were using one of his previous albums as a bedtime lullaby routine for their children. So he decided to make some new recordings to help out.
Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley CD/LP (PIAS America)
Every Valley is Public Service Broadcasting’s third album. The album’s theme is focused on the industrialization decline of south Wales: It’s centered around coal mining but it’s a story which has been told around the western world and is particularly relevant given the current political climate.
Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 2xCD/3xLP+Cassette+MP3 (XL)
OKNOTOK features the original OK Computer twelve track album, eight B-sides, and the Radiohead completist’s dream: “I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War.” The original studio recordings of these three previously unreleased and long sought after OK Computer-era tracks finally receive their first official issue on OKNOTOK. [Vinyl edition includes a C90 cassette mix tape taken from OK Computer session archives and demo tapes and a notebook containing 104 pages from Thom Yorke's library of scrawled notes of the time.]
River Black – River Black CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
“River Black is an emotional reaction; an answer to the call of today’s heavy music. It is a creative process that journeys to the heart and soul; purging all the good, the bad and the ugly along the way. River Black was formed by guitarist John Adubato and drummer Dave Witte after the dissolution of Burnt By The Sun. The duo felt the need to keep the spirit and energy behind that going, pushing it a darker and heavier direction than anything in their collective past.
Toro y Moi – Boo Boo CD/LP+MP3 (Carpark)
“After 7 years of touring and recording, I found myself becoming self-conscious about my position in life as a ‘famous’ person, or at least my version of whatever that is. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment. I couldn’t help but fall into what might be described as an identity crisis. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real. During this time of personal turmoil, I turned to music as a form of therapy, and it helped me cope with the pain that I was feeling…. I decided that I wanted to make a pop record with these ideas in mind. That idea for a record is what eventually became Boo Boo.”
Twista – Crook County CD (GMG Entertainment)
New album from the rapper featuring Vic Spencer, Supa Bwe, Cap1, Blac Youngsta & B. Scott, Bodi Deeder, The Boy Illinois, Jeremih, and YP.
Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary – American Grandstand CD (Upper Management)
Not since George & Tammy and Conway & Loretta has there been a vocal duet performance like Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary, two of the greatest singers in this generation of country music. Their special ability to turn a note is unmatched, and that magical sound pierces the heart and soul of anyone who loves traditional country music.
Violent Femmes - Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America CD/LP+MP3 (PIAS America)
Violent Femmes’ new live album, 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged in America, includes rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests and random improvisations. While visiting radio stations to support their latest record I Can Do Anything, Violent Femmes and their talented backing band of multi-instrumentalists recorded this live record using special equipment and recording techniques to capture an ideal sound.
Whitehorse – Panther In The Dollhouse CD/2xLP (Six Shooter)
On their new album, Whitehorse takes a place of wholesome, conventional life and sets loose a wild animal to stalk, shred and smash its way through ideals of adult life and social conditioning. Whitehorse turns a microscope on domestic life to reveal a writhing, tangled biota of dreams and desire, despair and degradation. With Panther In The Dollhouse, the duo’s songwriting makes a clean break from autobiography to fully embrace cinematic fiction in sleek, stylized collages of neo-noir drama and high-gloss showmanship.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Black Lips – Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art? 2xLP (Vice)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Atlanta, GA flower punk pioneers Black Lips return with their first album in three years. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio compound in upstate New York throughout 2016, Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art? is the group’s most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock ‘n’ roll. The album features contributions by Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family and guest vocals by Yoko Ono.
Booker T. & The MG’s – Hip Hug-Her [Reissue/1967] LP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissue of the fifth studio album by the Southern soul band, originally released on Stax Records in June 1967. The title track was the band’s most successful single since their debut, “Green Onions.”
Goo Goo Dolls – Goo Goo Dolls [Reissue/1987] LP (WB)
Goo Goo Dolls – Jed [Reissue/1989] LP (WB)
Goo Goo Dolls – Hold Me Up [Reissue/1990] LP (WB)
Goo Goo Dolls – Superstar Carwash [Reissue/1993] LP (WB)
150gm vinyl reissues of the Goo Goo Doll’s first four albums.
Emmylou Harris – Elite Hotel [Reissue/1975] LP (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris – Pieces Of The Sky [Reissue/1975] LP (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris – Luxury Liner [Reissue/1977] LP (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris – Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town [Reissue/1978] LP (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris – Blue Kentucky Girl [Reissue/1979] LP (Nonesuch)
Limited 150gm vinyl reissues now available.
Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign [Reissue/1967] LP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissue of the second studio album by Albert King. Born Under A Bad Sign became “one of the most popular and influential blues albums of the late ’60s.”
Master P – Ice Cream Man [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of the fifth studio album by New Orleans rapper.
Nickelback – Silver Side Up [Reissue2001] LP (Atlantic)
Nickelback – The Long Road  LP (Atlantic)
Nickelback – All The Right Reasons  LP (Atlantic)
Limited vinyl pressings now available.
Otis Redding – The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads [Reissue/1965] LP (Atlantic)
Otis Redding – The Soul Album [Reissue/1966] LP (Atlantic)
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads is the third studio album by American soul singer-song writer Otis Redding, released in 1965. The album was one of the first issued by Volt Records, a sub-label of Stax Records, and Redding’s first on the new label. The Soul Album followed a year later.