Today's new stuff, pre-orders, and back-in-stock items
This week sees new releases from the rejuvenated Manic Street Preachers, with influences ranging from krautrock, to modern art via all sorts of German philosophers. Harry Dean Stanton (Molly Ringwald's dad in Pretty In Pink among many, many other thing) releases the soundtrack to his new film where he covers George Jones, Danny Boy and reconnects with Ry Cooder. The long talked about Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Live 1974 album finally comes out, along with new releases from Eugene McGuinness, The Acid and Elton John's mate Bright Light Bright Light.
Following on from last years Top 5 albumRewind The Film, the new albumFuturology finds Welsh rock icons Manic Street Preachers in a more aggressive, propulsive, furious & expansive form, whilst retaining all their usual finesse
Long-rumoured and highly anticipated,CSNY 1974 captures the band’s one-of-a-kind harmonic alchemy during its remarkable outdoor stadium tour, a trek that spanned more than two months, and included 31 concerts, in 24 cities, with combined audiences of over a million people.
After the polish and pop of last album,Chroma treads a simpler, more spontaneous path (“I wanted to do a direct, stripped-back guitar album,” explains McGuinness), perfectly showcasing his timeless song writing talent.
The Acid are Californian polymath and producer Steve Nalepa, world-renowned DJ and Grammy-nominated producer Adam Freeland and producer-singer-songwriter RY X. Fusing minimal techno, synth pop and soaring vocal lines,Liminal is an outstanding debut from one of 2014’s most unique new groups
Soundtrack to Harry Dean Stanton’s acclaimed new film Partly Fiction. The LP, featuring covers of George Jones songs, and collabarations with Ry Cooder, will appeal to fans of not only Stanton, but all film and music. This release is a representative portrait of one of the world’s greatest artists, a familiar face and a distinctive voice.
The Guardian, NME, The Times, Time Out and Q championed Bright Light Bright Light follows his critically acclaimed debut with a warm, sparkling second LP. Life Is Easy features guitars by Scissor Sisters’ Del Marquis, vocals by James Yuill and a duet with Elton John.
World Peace Is None Of Your Business explores the tragedy of human apathy in our turbulent, modern era. Morrissey's career as a writer reaches new lyrical heights but maintains his signature humor, drama, and emotional longing.
Shattered will be Reigning Sound’s first album for Merge and the first full LP by the group since 2009’s Love and Curses. The band’s principal songwriter/member is Greg Cartwright, who’s been leading the shifting cast of characters since 2001. Recorded at Daptone’s Brooklyn studio, the recordings are warm and punchy, a mixed bag of rockers, ballads, and something in between.
Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal (their ‘Platoon’ video has already racked up more than 4 million views).
Goat return with the eagerly awaited follow up to their astonishing debut albumWorld Music. Commune continues on with the acidic grooves, hypnotic incantations, and serpentine guitar lines but also introduces a darker, more angry edge to the band, not seen before on previous releases.
The widescreen-epic third album from Stockholm based duo Roll The Dice . A monumental shift in both sonics and psychogeography. The characteristic framework of piano and synthesiser is reinforced with a newly conscripted 26-piece string section to startling effect. The cinematic sound of mechanised warfare: life, death, hope and devastation.
Ex-Walkmen organist Bauer usesLiberation! as an opportunity to welcome the rest of the world into his personal history of a childhood spent living in ashrams and a life shaped by the constant presence of religion and mythology amidst uncertainty. Peter’s music fuses a wide swath of influences and technique into an assured, anthemic statement in the palette of rock ‘n’ roll.
The debut solo album from Hamilton Leithauser. Inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man, the album brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again.
C86 was a 22-track cassette released with NME in 1986. Aside from a few name bands, most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pages and gig listings of the weekly music press. C86slowly became the NME's best-selling ever compilation, selling an estimated 40,000 copies. This is an expanded 3CD version
Wheedle's Groove Vol.2 Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie 1972-87
As the years unfurl in the tracks of 'Wheedle's Groove Volume 2', so does the recent history of American music, the songs tracing technological changes and social change, and music's move from the club to disco as live bands moved aside for DJs
The second volume of classic tracks from Algeria's popular music history. Where volume 1 focused on the early to mid-1970s Rai scene in western Algeria, this album features a variety of pop and folk styles from that same period. This limited edition LP comes in a full-color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig
With a familiar blend of FM rock, power pop, and new wave, these 12 tracks cover the entirety of that fruitful period. 'Still Dreamin' Wild' proves that the first album wasn't a fluke, and that Donnie's songwriting is as consistent as it is rare. And they've still got the jumpsuits.
2LP vinyl limited edition with colour insert. 32 dancefloor-friendly tracks from the bestselling 3CD, 75-track set. Featured artists include Wanda Jackson, Ruth Brown, Janis Martin, Etta James, Irma Thomas and Ruth Brown. Compilation and annotated insert by rock & roll authority Lucky Parker.
Yvette are based in Brooklyn make deeply spiritual, wildly aggressive noise music in the tradition of early post-punk and industrial artists like Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, and This Heat. A barrage of rolling toms and sub-bass triggers, processed guitar noise, and monk-like incantations
This 12" EP (on 45 rpm black vinyl) was recut from the Silver Sonya re-masters in November 2008 at Chicago Mastering Service, features a new yellow cover and comes with a free MP3 download of the album
Few bands are as convincing in their critique of the status quo as Nation of Ulysses. They transform the slogans of a harmless youth fad into a manifesto for revolution, combining hardcore drive with punk humour and a jazz / rock groove.