Album of the week is the first album in 21 years from Ride, more on that HERE.
Another busy week for releases, alongside what's here, there's others only available in the shop (wink wink, etc). Indie folk crew Fleet Foxes return with their first LP in 6 years, in which time their ex-drummer went off to become a star. Brighton's biggest Death From Above 1979 fans Royal Blood are back with more mainstage conquering drums and bass rawk, this time available on (very) limited white vinyl. Brent Rademaker (who used to be in Beachwood Sparks, who I LOVE) is back with his new band GospelbeacH, which has an early-70s AM radio vibe, alongside the breezy Californian country-rock. Kevin Morby who knocks out album of the year contenders on the reg, is back with another, City Music, with nods to Lou Reed, Jim Carroll, Patti Smith, etc. Michael Nau is another I really like, his last album, which was released over here only a few months back, has yet another killer LP, which comes on indies-only limited edition orange vinyl. Beth Ditto is stepping out from the Gossip to release her solo debut, which is full of swooning rock & roll, blues and countrified soul. Greg Ashley (who once covered the entrirety of Leonard Cohen's Death Of A Ladies Man) makes his bow on the great Trouble In Mind label with Pictures Of Saint Paul Street. Jason Loewenstein, who was a quiet force in Sebadoh from their pivoltal album III, finally follows his Sub Pop solo debut up...15 years later. Ian Svenonius's Chain & The Gang have re-recorded some classics from their decidedly lo-fi back catalogue for Best Of Crime Rock, which, to be fair, is their best record yet. Can are one of the greatest, no question. So this compilation of their singles is totally essential. Get it, you won't regret it. The Strypes, who used to be a 60s R&B outfit, now look, and sound, much like Squeeze on Spitting Image. The Drums' new one is a band record in name only, everything written and recorded by Morrissey loving frontman Jonny Pierce. Eyelids' second LP, Or, is a refining of their main loves - Big Star, the Paisley Underground, XTC - this time produced by REM's Peter Buck. There's a few Bowie releases this week - the Record Store Day Cracked Actor album comes to CD, Be My Wife is the latest of the 7" picture disc releases and Ziggy Stardust follows Hunky Dory on to limited edition gold vinyl (which is only available in the shop). Royal Trux's Platinum Tips & Ice Cream is the (of course) under-rehearsed duo running through the hits in front of a few thousand people. Mali's Songhoy Blues follow up the massive success of their debut with Resistance, this time featuring guests including Iggy Pop, Stealing Sheep, etc. Available on limited yellow vinyl. And there's more, head HERE for all the new releases
Pre-order recommendations this week are ex-Vampire Weekend-er (and friend of the shop) Baio, who returns with Man Of The World, Kendrick Lamar's Damn finally gets a vinyl issue, The Cure's Acoustic Hits (a Record Store Day picture disc release) gets a standard vinyl release, along with the Greatest Hits and there's a new one from Waxahatchee. Click HERE for more info and to order and as always, enter the code 'PREORDER' at checkout for 10% off and remember, we offer free in-store collection (select the option at checkout).
Two used releases to highlight this week are both classics - Idris Muhammed's jazz funk classic Turn This Mutha Out and Dolmen Music from avant-garde composer Meredith Monk. Check the Discogs page or in the shop for more.
We have Southend's rockabilly blues and soul man Steve Hooker playing live in the shop on Sunday 9th July, more info HERE