New Stock For Week Of April 16th

Monday, April 16 2012 @ 09:03 am CST

Contributed by: Dave

Here's the first look at this weeks stock. More will be added in a day or so. Don't forget RSD on Saturday April 21st. Limited edition stock is starting to arrive. I'll try and get a simple list of the RSD stock posted in a few days,

NOFX- 126 Inches of NOFX 7" Box Set
126 inches of NOFX? What does that mean, you ask? It's actually quite simple - it refers to a box set containing 18 classic NOFX 7" singles. 18 glorious 7" singles including extremely limited and formerly out of print titles, one previously unreleased title (exclusive to the set), and a bunch of other classic NOFX jams all combined into one collection. The track list is a whopping 82 songs! Oh, did we mention that all 18 singles will be on colored vinyl too? Gold! Talk about a sound investment in these unstable times. You know gold never loses its value, right? Well, neither does NOFX vinyl. As if the contents of this box set weren't sweet enough, all the vinyl masters have been recut using high quality DMM, resulting in far superior sound. Still not satisfied? There's a limited edition NOFX logoed 7" slipmat included too! One last thing, '126 Inches Of NOFX' is limited to 1800 copies and it will sell out, so get it while you can!

Guided By Voices- Jon The Croc 7"
"Jon The Croc" is one of the heavier songs on the forthcoming 'Class Clown Sees A UFO'. We don't know who the Jon referenced in the title is, but we wouldn't want to be him. Features a wonderfully melodic dual-guitar solo towards the end. The B-Side is a classic Tobin Sprout song, with Toby playing all the instruments himself, and it's as catchy as hell, although we're not sure why hell is catchy, but people do say that. Would not have been out of place on the album itself, but you can't have everything. Apparently.

White Stripes- Hello Operator/Jolene 7"
Back in stock.

White Stripes- Merry Christmas From... 7"
Back in stock.

White Stripes- Let's Shake Hands 7"
Back in stock.

White Stripes- The Big Three Killed My Baby 7"
Back in stock.

White Stripes- Lord Send me An Angel 7"
Back in stock.

Smiths- Hatful Of Hollow CD

Thin Lizzy- Bad Reputation CD
Remastered with 6 bonus tracks.

Ten Years After- Watt CD
The 1970 follow up to Cricklewood Green. More fast fingered blues rock workouts from this revered 70's UK band.

John Hiatt- Bring The Family CD
In 1987, John Hiatt, clean and sober and looking for an American record deal, was asked by an A&R man at a British label to name his dream band. After a little thought, Hiatt replied that if he had his druthers, he'd cut a record with Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums. To Hiatt's surprise, he discovered all three were willing to work on his next album; Hiatt and his dream band went into an L.A. studio and knocked off Bring the Family in a mere four days, and the result was the best album of Hiatt's career. The musicians certainly make a difference here, generating a lean, smoky groove that's soulful and satisfying (Ry Cooder's guitar work is especially impressive, leaving no doubt of his singular gifts without ever overstepping its boundaries), but the real triumph here is Hiatt's songwriting. Bring the Family was recorded after a period of great personal turmoil for him, and for the most part the archly witty phrasemaker of his earlier albums was replaced by an wiser and more cautious writer who had a great deal to say about where life and love can take you.

John Hiatt- Slow Turning CD
After the success of Bring the Family, John Hiatt originally intended to reunite that album's all-star backing band (Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner) for a follow-up. Hiatt's "dream band" proved to be unavailable, and he ended up cutting Slow Turning with his road band, the Goners, but the finished product proves he remembered well the lessons learned from Bring the Family. Slow Turning is a lighter and wittier affair than Bring the Family; the outlaw rocker "Tennessee Plates" and its more subdued companion piece, "Trudy and Dave," are more rambunctious than anything on the previous album, and the tempos are sharper this time out, with a bit less blues and a touch more twang in the melodies.

Terry Reid- Seed Of Memory CD
A minor but interesting late-'60s British rock singer, Terry Reid could have been a lot more famous if he had been able to accept the slot of lead singer for the New Yardbirds in 1968. That slot, of course, went to Robert Plant, and the New Yardbirds became Led Zeppelin. Unlike Plant, Reid was also a guitarist, and the opportunity to head his own group no doubt played a part in his decision to gun for a solo career.
Terry Reid moved to California in the mid-'70s, befriending a number of musicians from those parts and broadening his sound in the process. One result was this album, produced by Graham Nash and featuring David Lindley on acoustic and slide guitars. Seed of Memory isn't as heavy as his earlier work, and not remotely the bold, strident virtuoso rock production of his first LP -- most of it, apart from the vaguely Led Zeppelin-ish "The Way You Walk," is fairly laid-back by Reid's standards. The album show's some great country leanings, and the title track is a mind blower.

Candlemass- From The 13th Sun CD
Excellent Sabbathy doom rock from this English band. Recorded in 1999.

Earthless- Sonic Prayer Jam Live CD+LP
CD format of Earthless' previous Live-Sonic Prayer Jam 10'' release, this CD version includes one bonus track. San Diego based Earthless includes Mario Rubacalba on drums (Hot Snakes, Rocket From the Crypt, & Clikitat Ikatowi), guitarist Isiah Mitchell (Nebula), & bassist Mike Eginton (Electric Nazarene). On this release, Earthless are shown in their most natural, and best form, as a live band. They play thundering, 20 minute, partially improvised, dynamic songs, with ultra-long effected psychedelic leads and relentlessly pounding drum parts, all tied together with a distorted wall of bass.

Ufomammut- Oro: Opus Primum CD
2012 release, the sixth album from the Italian sorcerers of supernatural and obliterating doom. This is the mammoth follow-up to their 2010 full-length Eve, the band's most devastating piece of magic to date... until now. Oro is divided into 10 massive movements, which are to be delivered in two separate pieces over the coming year: this is the first chapter, Opus Primum.

Possessed- Seven Churches CD+LPx2
Back in stock.

Gary Moore- Grinding Stone CD
Reissue of 1973 debut album for the Irish blues-rock guitarist who played with Skid Row and Thin Lizzy. Highlights include the soulful 'Spirit' and the raunchy 'Boogie My Way Back Home'. Fully annotated booklet contains an interview with Moore.

Frijid Pink- S/T CD
Frijid Pink's self-titled debut album is a slashing, seriously soulful example of late-'60s Detroit rock near its best. Although they never registered with critics or rock historians the way MC5 or the Stooges did, Frijid Pink had obviously learned something in the course of two years on the road, and with Mike Valvano producing, they were able to channel the excitement of their work onto the grooves of this album very neatly. Those who bought the number seven single "House of the Rising Sun" weren't disappointed with the bluesy boogie sound of "I'm on My Way" or the slowed-down Yardbirds approach of "Drivin' Blues", and even if "Tell Me Why" was a tuneless mess, Gary Thompson made up for it with a fuzz-out guitar performance that sounded like speaker burnout in slow motion. They were back in form on the next number, the crunchy, pumping rocker "End of the Line," where Green, Thompson, and company move into Led Zeppelin territory very effectively (you can just imagine them switching gear into "Black Dog" in a jam to this song on-stage), with a killer performance by Rich Stevers on the drums.

Caravan- Cunning Stunts CD
From 1975. Caravan was one of the more formidable progressive rock acts to come out of England in the 1960s, though they were never much more than a very successful cult band at home, and, apart from a brief moment in 1975, barely a cult band anywhere else in the world. They only ever charted one album in their first six years of activity, but they made a lot of noise in the English rock press, and their following has been sufficiently loyal and wide to keep their work in print for extended periods during the 1970s, the 1990s, and in the new century.

Ozric Tentacles- Floating Seeds Remixed CD
Great album from this cool UK band who play instrumental progressive rock with large doses of electronica, and global rhythms.

Jello Biafra & D.O.A.- Last Scream Of The Dying Neighbors CD
Restock on CD.

Hanson Brothers- Sudden Death CD & LPx2
Restock on CD, and newly reissued on double vinyl from the UK.

Dead Meadow- Howls From The Hills CD
Hailing from the nation's capital and looking rather like the teenage cast from the cult film Rushmore, Dead Meadow garnered many an accolade with its first album's surprisingly accomplished and highly authentic brand of psychedelic rock. The young musicians' subtle yet dazzling technical interplay lies at the core of this formula, where power chords and all other such outbursts are usually hinted at, but rarely fully vented through the soft haze of the group's stoner musings. With its flowing grooves and measured, slow stomp, the band's self-titled debut was a discreetly seductive affair, slowly creeping up on the listener when least expected. Quickly released later the same year, second opus Howls from the Hills reprises this same M.O.

The Strokes- Is This It LP
Their first album back in stock.

DJ Shadow- Preemptive Strike LPx2
From 1998. A collection of singles recorded before his proper debut "Endtroducing" album.

DJ Shadow- Endtroducing LPx2
Back in stock.

Crass- Penis Envy LP
First time back in ages. Highly political 80's UK punk rock.

Guns N Roses- Use Your Illusion 1 LPx2
Back in stock.

Gene Clark- No Other LP
Upon its release in 1974, Gene Clark's No Other was soundly reviled as an exercise in studio and financial excess, a critical and commercial failure -- it was pop music's Heaven's Gate. However, a scant year and a half later, Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album and its successor, Rumours, utilizing similar performance and production techniques, were adored by critics and the record-buying public, and have become cultural mainstays. The appearance of No Other on CD in America some 26 years after its release offers the opportunity to hear this record for what it was: a solidly visionary recording that decided to use every available means to illustrate Gene Clark's razor-sharp songwriting that lent itself to open-ended performance and production -- often in the same song (one listen to the title track bears this out in spades). Clark and producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye entered Village Recorders in L.A. having assembled a cast of players that included Clark veterans such as Michael Utley and Jesse Ed Davis, the Allman Brothers' Butch Trucks, Lee Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Joe Lala, Chris Hillman, Danny "Kooch" Kortchmar, Howard Buzzy Feiten, and Stephen Bruton. Backing vocalists such as Clydie King, Venetta Field, and Shirley Matthews -- who would appear on Bob Dylan's Street Legal two years later -- and including Cindy Bullens, Carlena Williams, Ronnie Barron, Claudia Lennear, and the Eagles' Timothy B. Schmidt were also in the house. What it adds up to is a sprawling, ambitious work that brought elements of country, folk, jazzed-out gospel, blues, and trippy rock to bear on a song cycle that reflects the mid-'70s better than anything from that time, yet sounds hauntingly timely even now. (AMG)

Small Faces- First Step LP
First album after Steve Marriott left, and they brought Rod Stewart & Ronnie Wood on board. They shortened to The Faces thereafter.

Otis Redding- Dock Of The Bay LP
Back in stock.

Otis Redding- Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul LP
Back in stock.

Bob Marley & The Wailers- Catch A Fire LP
Back in stock.

Bob Marley & The Wailers- Exodus LP
Back in stock.

Bob Marley & The Wailers- Legend LP
Back in stock.

Bob Marley & The Wailers- Burnin' LP
Back in stock.

Weakerthans- Live At Burton Cummings Theater LPx2+DVD
Restock on double LP. Contains bonus DVD of concert.

Acid Bath- When The Kite String Pops CD+LPx2 (colored vinyl)

Chicken Shack- Poor Boy: The Deram Years CDx2

Billy Cobham- Crosswinds CD

Humble Pie- Rock On CD

Humble Pie- Rockin' The Fillmore CD

Earthless- Sonic Prayer CD

Earthless- Rhythms From A Cosmic Sky CD+LP

High On Fire- Vermis De Mysteriis CD

King Crimson- Discipline CD+DVD

King Crimson- In the Wake Of Poseidon CD+DVD & LP

King Crimson- Starless & Bible Black CD+DVD

King Crimson- Islands CD+DVD

Alphonse Mouzon- Mind Transplant CD

Ozric Tentacles- Erpland CD

Ozric Tentacles- Hidden Step CD

Ozric Tentacles- Paper Monkeys CD

Ozric Tentacles- Jurassic Shift CD

Billy Joe Shaver- Billy & The Kid CD

Billy Joe Shaver- Old Five & Dimers CD

Billy Joe Shaver- Real Deal CD

Billy Joe Shaver- Unshaven: Live @ Smith's Olde Bar CD

Billy Joe Shaver- Live From Austin Texas CD+DVD

Pat Travers- Putting It Straight CD

Mirel Wagner- S/T CD

Black Angels- Passover LPx2

Dwight Yoakam- Sings Buck Owens LP

Tool- Undertow LPx2

Bruce Springsteen- Wrecking Ball LPx2

Radiohead- Amnesiac 10"x2 vinyl

My Morning Jacket- It Still Moves LPx2

Mumford & Sons- It Still Moves LP

Modest Mouse- Moon & Antarctica LPx2

Killer's- Sam's Town LP (picture disc)

Soundtrack- Heartworn Highways LPx2 (Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle etc.)

Buddy Guy- Living Proof LPx2

Death Cab For Cutie- Plans LPx2

Death Cab For Cutie- Narrow Stairs LP

Daft Punk- Discovery LPx2

Roy Buchanan- Live From Austin Texas LP

Birthday Party- Complete Peel Sessions LPx2
UK import. Double LP recorded for John Peel Radio Show on BBC.

Black Label Society- Blessed Hellride LPx2
Back in stock. 180 gram vinyl. UK pressings.

Black Label Society- Stronger Than Death LPx2
Back in stock. 180 gram vinyl. UK pressings.

Miles Davis- Birth Of The Cool LP
New 180 gram pressing. A Jazz classic!

Miles Davis- Milestones LP
New 180 gram pressing. A Jazz classic!

Austra- Feel It Break LP
Austra's Katie Stelmanis fits right in with the resurgence of dark electronic songstresses in the late 2000s/early 2010s, sharing the aloof beauty of Glasser, Esben and the Witch, Fever Ray, and Zola Jesus. Unlike some of the band’s peers, however, there’s a humanity to Stelmanis' vocals that, even when distorted, keeps Feel It Break's songs from feeling too remote. Stelmanis is an operatically trained vocalist, though that background reveals itself more in the nuances of her singing than in any showy displays of technique.

Neutral Milk Hotel- In The Aeroplane Over The Sea LP
Back in stock.

Dead Kennedys- Plastic Surgery Disasters LP
New 180 gran reissue.

NOFX- Maximum Rock N Roll LP
Back in stock.

Motorhead- Iron Fist And The Hordes From Hell LP+CD
180 gram vinyl reissue of Motörhead's first live album, recorded in early 1978 at The Roundhouse, less than a year after the release of their groundbreaking, self-titled debut. This is vintage, 'take-no-prisoners' Motörhead, and the band (playing a mix of originals and a few speed-freak versions of early R&B, country and British blues songs) is a fast and furious machine. Punk rock step aside...this is Motörhead! Includes bonus CD version.

Thee Oh Sees- Castlemania (2LP)
San Francisco's incredibly prolific THEE OH SEES are back with another full-length album of original tracks plus a smattering of covers. While the group's previous releases on In The Red, 'Help' and 'Warm Slime', showcase their amped-up, reverb-drenched garage-psych pummel, on 'Castlemania', John Dwyer and company take a more low key approach. Dwyer himself describes 'Castlemania' as "summer-y and poppy"; on many of the tracks, electric guitars are jettisoned for acoustic, and the normally echo-laden vocals are a bit clearer. Happy pop melodies, sweet and somber tunes, psychedelic moves galore, cover versions of The Creation and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, and at least one garage stomper all rub elbows on Thee Oh Sees' "sunshine pop" album. Its release couldn't be more perfectly suited to the time of the year when the sunny skies return and the flowers start blooming. The vinyl edition is a three-sided double LP housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with a fourth side featuring an etching by William Keihn, who also did the fantastic cover art.

Thee Oh Sees- Help LP
Last year (2008), Thee Oh Sees made an unexpected turn, delivering their wildest, weirdest, hardest rocking record yet with "The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In". Now Thee Oh Sees have followed it with an even wilder, more hard-rocking record, "Help". The album draws straight, dark lines to both the British psychedelic rock of bands like The Creation and the caveman thud of The Troggs while a Cramps-like appreciation for rockabilly lies not far below. The album weaves Dwyer's signature AM radio howl with the catchiest of driving tunes, Brigid Dawson’s gorgeous harmonies, heightened fidelity, thick spring-reverbed bombast, mighty drums, and an undeniable pull. The result is a sound somewhere beyond nostalgia, beyond the garage, beyond the fireside song and supposed goo-rock.

Thee Oh Sees- Suck Blood LP
JOHN DWYER and his THEE OH SEES' 'Suck Blood' album on his own Castle Face imprint. Produced by KELLEY STOLTZ using all green energy (no joke), the album serves as a half-way point between the band's 'Cool Death of the Island Raiders' album and their most recent material.

Jesus & Mary Chain- Stoned & Dethroned LP
Vinyl reissue of the JESUS & MARY CHAIN's fifth album, originally released in 1994. Previously known for feedback-drenched pop songs and gothic surf/blues storms, The Jesus & Mary Chain followed a successful year of touring in 1992 by entering the studio to record an acoustic album. The sessions were the first time that principal members Jim and William Reid had embarked on a recording with a full band since their incendiary debut, but the results could not have been different. Though the hooks were still there, 'Stoned & Dethroned' emerged with a calmer, almost folk/country-tinged sound. Any feedback appears as hazy atmospherics rather than pain-inducing squeals. The sound of the album nobly approximates the drugged swagger of the classic early-70s Rolling Stones records, but with The Jesus & Mary Chain's uniquely foreboding lyrical perspective. With guest appearances from Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) and Shane MacGowan (The Pogues)!

Minor Threat- Out Of Step LP
Back in stock on vinyl.

Lagwagon- Duh LPx2
Remastered & expanded on double LP.

Roots- Game Theory LPx2
Back in stock.

Roots- Rising Down LP
Back in stock.

Trombone Shorty- For True LP
Guests include Jeff Beck, Ivan Neville, and Kid Rock. New Orleans' Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews knows the music biz inside out. Hounded for years by friends and music business types to jump into the game, he understood the lessons of his lineage elders: too many had been been ripped off and discarded. He took his time, assembling, rehearsing, and touring Orleans Avenue, a band steeped in brass band history, jazz improv, funk, soul, rock, and hip hop. He finally signed to Verve Forecast and released Backatown in April of 2010. Entering at number one on the jazz charts, it stayed there for nine straight weeks, and was in the Top Ten for over six months. For True hits while Backatown is climbing again. Chock-full of cameos -- in the manner of modern hip-hop recordings -- it is an extension of Backatown but not necessarily in sound. It's perhaps crisper in production, but the musical diversity more than compensates.


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