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    Tuesday, February 19 2013 @ 12:16 am CST
    Contributed by: Dave

    These LP's & CD's will be here on Thursday this week due to the long weekend. More will be added to the list shortly.

    Bonnie Prince Billy & Dawn McCarthy- What The Brothers Sang LP
    What the Brothers Sang is made with deep respect for, is inspired by The Everly Brothers, but it pays tribute by being a record that only Dawn and Bonnie could make, and only in the room with the players that had come to join them. Their duets are a sensuous display of give and take that includes everything that’s resonating in the room, every surface that’s being pressed or rubbed or hit is a part of the action. With a great spirit of collaboration, support and exaltation, What the Brothers Sang was recorded and mixed by David Ferguson. The songs were played by Emmett Kelley, Dave Roe and Kenny Malone, with featured players Billy Contreras, John Mock, Dan Dugmore, Matt Sweeney, Pete Townsend, John Catchings, Bobby Wood, Joey Miskulin, Nils Frykdahl, Ian McAllister, Joey Baron, Dr. Chris Vivio, and Noah Tag. This is as fine a bunch of musicians as can be assembled, and their combined session credits include hundreds and hundreds of records, and a stack of number one singles--- all of which informed their playing of the great Everly Brothers songs included on What the Brothers Sang.

    Jamie Lidell- S/T LPx2
    A collaboration-free solo affair, and a record that's supercharged with the type of electro-funk and soul he's made a hallmark.

    The Bronx- The Bronx IV CD+LP
    Brand new album now here on both CD & LP. This limited first edition is on red colored vinyl.

    Django Django- S/T LPx2
    Brand new album from Scottish group working out of London these days. A real nice mix of pop smarts with electronic underpinnings, and danceable energy. Double LP comes with bonus CD.

    M83- Hurry Up We're Dreaming LPx2
    Back in stock after being MIA for several months.

    Azam Ali- Elysium For The Brave CD
    In a career which spans over a decade and includes eight collaborative and solo albums, Azam Ali has confirmed her place as one of the most prolific, versatile, and gifted singers in the world music scene today. Looking at her entire body of work, it is hard to deny Azam her rightful place among the best singers and composers in music today. Azam's immense talent and ability to adapt her voice to any musical style have drawn the attention of many diverse artists and film composers. Azam collaborated in the studio and on stage with numerous artists like Serj Tankian of System of a Down, The Crystal Method, Pat Mastellato and Trey Gunn of King Crimson, Dredg, Chris Vrenna formerly of Nine Inch Nails, Ben Watkins of Juno Reactor, Buckethead, Steve Stevens, film composer Tyler Bates, Mercan Dede, the world renowned Japanese group Kodo, Zakir Hussain, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and Mickey Hart with whom she also toured for two years as a lead singer in his group Bembe Orisha. Her latest band project Niyaz with Loga Ramin Torkian of Axiom of Choice, and two time Grammy nominee producer/ re-mixer Carmen Rizzo, released on Six Degrees Records, blended ancient Persian and Urdu Sufi poetry, rich acoustic instrumentation, and modern electronics. It has been hailed by critics worldwide as one of the most groundbreaking of its time. Elysium For The Brave, Azam's second solo album, signals a new turn in her musical evolution. The album, her most ambitious work to date, brings together musicians from varied musical backgrounds performing in diverse permutations. The result is a highly coherent body of work that seamlessly weaves together all of Azam's cultural and musical influences into a haunting tapestry of atmospheric rock, electronic, and global sounds. Singing predominantly in English for the first time, the songs are based on lyrics written by Azam herself and reveal a poetic lyricism heard only in glimpses in her previous works.

    Loga Ramin Torkian- Mehraab CD
    Loga Ramin Torkian cut his teeth as a member of the groundbreaking Axiom of Choice before becoming one-third of the highly acclaimed Niyaz. It's taken quite a while, but he's finally put out his first solo album, although fellow Iranian singer Khorso Ansari is a vital part of the sound here -- there are others involved, but the disc essentially revolves around this pair making Torkian's vision real. Quite a vision it is, too, grounded in Persian music, whether it's the delicacy of "Through the Veil" or the relentless, hypnotic Carmen Rizzo remix of "Your Bewitching Eyes" (and if you don't believe Persian music can rock, listen to this), and all shades and moods in between. What's especially striking is the way Torkian makes his instruments sound, at times at least, like programming. It works, in a weird and twisted way, giving a contemporary sheen to a classical-based sound, making it something fully realized, complex, and immensely satisfying.

    Fleetwood Mac- Rumours CDx3
    Deluxe expanded triple CD version.

    Ramones- Rocket To Russia LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Raconteurs- Broken Boy Soldiers LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Smiths- Hatfull Of Hollow LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Dream Theater- Black Clouds...LPx2
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Black Keys- El Camino LPx2
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Black Keys- Brothers LPx2
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Neil Young- Live At Massey hall 1971 LPx2
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Metallica- Kill 'Em All LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Metallica- Ride The Lightning LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Metallica- S/T (black album) LPx2
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Ramones- S/T LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Mastodon- Blood Mountain LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Mastodon- Crack The Skye LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Pantera- Vulgar Display Of Power LPx2
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Pantera- Cowboys From Hell LPx2
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Pantera- Reinventing The Steel LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Stooges- Fun House LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    MC5- Kick Out The Jams LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    The Jealous Sound- A Gentle Reminder LPx2+CD
    Limited deluxe first edition run on colored vinyl with bonus CD. What happens over the course of nine years? In the case of the Jealous Sound, simultaneously a lot and a little. That's how long it's been since the band released its full-length debut, Kill Them with Kindness, winning over critics and fans alike with its passionate, powerful, and mature post-grunge melodies. Despite sharing the stage with At the Drive-In, Death Cab for Cutie, and Foo Fighters and generally being poised to make a big breakthrough, after the release of Kill Them with Kindness the band performed a great rock & roll disappearing act. Singer/guitarist Blair Shehan relocated (to Las Vegas and later Florida), and by 2006 rumors circulated that the Jealous Sound had split. On the contrary, two years later the band re-emerged seemingly out of nowhere with the Got Friends EP and the opening slot on Sunny Day Real Estate's reunion tour the following year. Enter two more years of silence and we've got the winkingly titled A Gentle Reminder, another collection of thoughtfully crafted, heartfelt songs that recall late-'90s emo bands like Jimmy Eat World, Samiam, and the Appleseed Cast. Recorded at Foo Fighters' Studio 606 by their longtime engineer John Lousteau, A Gentle Reminder raises the production values compared to the Jealous Sound's previous efforts, lending an overall crispness and more solid foundation for Shehan's powerhouse vocals and the rest of the gang (co-founding guitarist Pedro Benito, alternating bassists Nate Mendel [S.D.R.E., Foo Fighters] and Josh Staples [the New Trust, the Velvet Teen], and drummer Bob Penn) while still fitting consistently with their past works.

    The Beach Boys- Pet Sounds LP
    Back in stock on LP.

    Al Green- Greatest Hits LP
    Back in stock on LP.

    The Beatles- Revolver LP
    Back in stock on LP.

    Syl Johnson- Total Explosion LP
    During his eight-year stint with Hi Records, Johnson was in the shadows of both Al Green and Ann Peebles. His albums never flew off the shelves but he could be trusted to release two or three good singles a year. By 1975, Johnson's partnership with Hi Records started to yield even more success. As this album's predecessors had Johnson vacillating between being a romantic and a wretch, Total Explosion explores his unrepentant side with good results. The album's biggest single was Johnson's slowed-down take on Green's "Take Me to the River." Although the religious/sexual imagery is lost in the translation, Johnson does a good job with it. The best track, the brilliantly arranged "Watch What You Do to Me" has Johnson playing the role of cuckold, and as he sings "I carry my piece, everywhere I go," it certainly made him more a menace than romantic balladeer. Total Explosion was Johnson's most successful album at Hi Records and was one of the best in the label's catalog.

    Focus- X CD
    Dutch band Focus return with a new album after a four year hiatus and only their 2nd new album in 10 years. American rock fans probably remember Dutch band Focus best for their second album, Focus II (aka Moving Waves and its breakout instrumental hit, "Hocus Pocus." That 1971 single featured band founder, Hammond organist, and flautist Thijs van Leer wildly yodeling in falsetto over a driving prog rock jam. While they had European success with a follow-up instrumental, "Sylvia," Focus quickly disintegrated into a group of on-again, off-again changing lineups without cohesion or direction.
    In 2001, van Leer assembled a new Focus including stepson Bobby Jacobs on bass and released the revival album Focus 8 in 2002. When Focus 9/New Skin came out in 2006, Pierre van der Linden became the current drummer. Now, van Leer, Jacobs, and van der Linden are joined by guitarist Menno Gootjes, a veteran of a short-lived 1993 incarnation of the group. This is the band on the new album, X, a collection of 10 mostly instrumentals that are quirky, if middle of the road prog rock and art/rock melodies.
    The album opens with "Father Bachus," a joyously raucous Jethro Tull flavored track in which each of the players get a moment to introduce themselves and remind us this is the same band once responsible for "Hocus Pocus." But beyond the flute lines and comic non-verbal vocal articulations on "All Hens on Deck," few tunes to follow are cut from the same cloth.
    For example, "Focus 10" and "Amok in Kindergarten" show the band's jazz/rock fusion side and are very evocative of what was going on in the mid-'70s. One standout, "Le Tango," features surprising sensitive English lyrics sung by Van Leer with acoustic guitar work from Gootjes supported by syncopated rhythms and almost Middle Eastern tones. How about an old-fashioned lilting Celtic jig? That's "Talk of the Clown." Then, almost New Age whale song is the musical bed for "Hoeratio" in which van Leer first recites Dutch lines about, well, I don't know, before the group bursts into dramatic heavy rock. The final cut, "X Roads," is the group's tour de force with driving percussion, sophisticated bass lines, hot guitar work, and a spoken word English-language verse about being at the crossroads of life.

    A Perfect Circle- Thirteenth Step LPx2
    Back in stock on double LP.

    Coldplay- A Rush Of Blood To The Head LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Julie Doiron & Wooden Stars- S/T LP
    This is the new reissue of her Juno award winning album from 1999.

    Otis Taylor- My World Is Gone CD
    Otis Taylor is among the most mercurial of bluesmen. While his signature vocal phrasing and playing -- whether it be on guitar, mandolin, or banjo -- is rooted in several blues traditions -- his music almost never strictly conforms. Taylor's ability to morph his elliptical "trance blues" into any sound he pursues is beguiling. My World Is Gone is no exception. Its title refers to a comment made to him by Native American guitarist Mato Nanji of Indigenous after a concert. Nanji and his guitar are key players on about half the record. Most of these cuts address various issues in Native American history (from the Indian's side), especially the ill treatment of this first world people by the United States government and populace. Yet, in typical Taylor fashion, there are a couple of curve balls too.
    The music on My World Is Gone is always seemingly familiar yet impossible to pin down. Taylor's chameleon-like always-hiding-in-plain-sight aesthetic gives us a poignant, compelling recording that warrants repeated listening. In a decade or a century, it will more than likely sound as elliptical and necessary as it does now.

    Jimi Hendrix- Electric Ladyland LPx2
    Back in stock.

    Jimi Hendrix- Axis: Bold As Love LP
    Back in stock.

    The Clash- London Calling LPx2
    Dutch audiophile pressing on double LP.

    Watain- Sworn To The Dark LPx2
    Intense Black Metal. First time here on vinyl. Contains download card.

    Watain- Casus Luciferi LPx2
    Intense Black Metal. First time here on vinyl. Contains download card.

    Overkill- Fuck You & Then Some... LPx2
    Back in stock. Limited hand numbered copies.

    Bjork- Bastards LPx2
    For the singles from her album/educational tool/multimedia app Biophilia, Björk recruited artists as distinctive, ambitious, and rule-breaking as she is to provide remixes. Spanning newer acts like Death Grips to longtime collaborators like Matthew Herbert, Bastards gathers the most striking reworkings of Biophilia's songs. Where the album had a fittingly organic flow to its meditations on nature (human and otherwise), Bastards branches out from that concept while remaining true to its essence. These tracks aren't as lacking in parentage as the collection's title suggests, but they are notably unlike each other and the album that spawned them.

    Johnny Cash- The Fabulous Johnny Cash LP
    This was an RSD release from last fall. Numbered edition of Johnny's first album for Columbia from 1958 in mono.

    Leonard Cohen- Old Ideas LP
    Back in stock on 180 gram vinyl.

    Riverside- Rapid Eye Movement CD
    2007 release from this great Polish prog rock band. If you dig bands like Porcupine Tree, Pineapple Thief etc. you'll love these guys.

    The Black Dahlia Murder- Ritual LP
    In stock for the first time on LP. This is from 2011.

    Mellowhype- Numbers LP
    When the Odd Future crew burst into the mainstream with their first wave of label-backed releases, it felt as though Pandora's box had been opened, unleashing a torrent of chaotic, youthful energy upon the hip-hop world. While members Tyler and Earl Sweatshirt drew initial plaudits with their profane nihilism, duo MellowHype emerged as an altogether different kind of presence. Still cloaked in a shroud of blunted-out darkness, Hodgy Beats and Left Brain continue to deliver sonic uneasiness on Numbers. With a sound that's more subtly sinister than their other OF comrades, the album finds the pair upping the ante with a collection of songs that feels more visceral than their earlier work, while still maintaining enough of a haze that that it feels distinctly like MellowHype. This helps to create an almost intoxicating mix of aggression and dissonance. The way the songs work to rile up, confuse, and generally poke at the listener from all angles makes the group feel like the hip-hop equivalent of black metal (and not just because the album's packaging features an upside-down cross and pentagram), wrapping Hodgy's hostility in Left Brain beats that feel like traditional club bangers that took a detour through the uncanny valley as they unsettle dazed listeners while they try to put their finger on what exactly is wrong. It's that line between accessible and alienating that MellowHype have so brilliantly walked, making Numbers an engaging album from some of Odd Future's best and brightest. (AMG)

    Sleigh Bells- Reign Of Terror LPx2
    "Push it push it push it!" Alexis Krauss shouts at the beginning of Reign of Terror, and that's exactly what she and Derek Miller do on their follow-up to Treats. Despite its in-the-red volume, Sleigh Bells' debut was a fragile, almost alchemical blend of wispy melodies and crushingly heavy beats and riffs. How could they top an album that was already turned up to 11? By turning things up to 12: on Reign of Terror, the duo brings the nods to metal that added a headbanging thrust to Treats to center stage. From the album's name down to song titles like "D.O.A." and "Never Say Die," Krauss and Miller allude to metal's flirtations with death, which makes a strange kind of sense: Treats was a blend of sounds that shouldn't have worked but did, and changing that formula is riskier still. Oddly, though, the duo sound more gimmicky with a narrower focus than they did when they were tossing drumline beats and P-Funk samples into the mix.

    Metallica- S&M LPx6
    This is the 6xLP 45rpm version in a nice heavy box.

    Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Sheepdogs- Learn & Burn LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Portal- Vexovoid CD
    No death metal band in the history of the genre is as bizarre, unique and aesthetically engaging as Australia’s Portal. Unfolding a singular vision through polarizing music, distinct imagery and otherworldly live shows, Portal has slowly set a new standard within the underground over the course of a decade.. indeed, giving a new meaning to the term 'death metal' itself. The band has spread their sonic plague via three full-length albums to date, the last of which, 2009’s Swarth, brought them their highest level of recognition and praise yet. Portal’s surreal psychosis sounds like a Lovecraftian nightmare manifested; weird rhythms and perplexing musical structures twist together in a cinematic soundscape of sheer terror and madness. Vexovoid takes their artistry to new levels, delivering their biggest and most dense sounding album of their career. Comprised of seven harrowing tracks, it proves once again why Portal is the harbinger of the coming new dreadful age of death metal.

    Steve Earle- I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive 7"
    This was a recent warehouse find! Limited edition RSD release from 2011. Steve's album from back then was called "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" but didn't have this song on it. B side is from "Treme". 7” Colored Vinyl. Tracks: "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" and "This City"

    Beatles- Magical Mystery Tour LP
    Back in stock.

    Beatles- White Album LPx2
    Back in stock.

    Beatles- Sgt. Pepper LP
    Back in stock.

    Dusty Springfield- Dusty In Memphis LP
    Back in stock onLP.

    Iggy Pop- The Idiot LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Iggy Pop- Lust For Life LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    13th Floor Elevators- The Psychedelic Sounds Of.... LP
    Did the 13th Floor Elevators invent psychedelic rock? Aficionados will be debating that point for decades, but if Roky Erickson and his fellow travelers into inner space weren't there first, they were certainly close to the front of the line, and there are few albums from the early stages of the psych movement that sound as distinctively trippy -- and remain as pleasing -- as the group's groundbreaking debut, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators. In 1966, psychedelia hadn't been around long enough for its clichés to be set in stone, and Psychedelic Sounds thankfully avoids most of them; while the sensuous twists of the melodies and the charming psychobabble of the lyrics make it sound like these folks were indulging in something stronger than Pearl Beer, at this point the Elevators sounded like a smarter-than-average folk-rock band with a truly uncommon level of intensity. Roky Erickson's vocals are strong and compelling throughout, whether he's wailing like some lysergic James Brown or murmuring quietly, and Stacy Sutherland's guitar leads -- long on melodic invention without a lot of pointless heroics -- are a real treat to hear. And nobody played electric jug quite like Tommy Hall...actually, nobody played it at all besides him, but his oddball noises gave the band a truly unique sonic texture. If you want to argue that psychedelia was as much a frame of mind as a musical style, it's instructive to compare the recording of "You're Gonna Miss Me" by Erickson's earlier band, the Spades, to the version on this album -- the difference is more attitudinal than anything else, but it's enough to make all the difference in the world.

    Junip- Fields LP+CD
    Gothenburg, Sweden-based indie rock outfit Junip was formed in late 90’s by singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez. The trio, which consists of Gonzalez on guitar and vocals, drummer Elias Araya and keyboard player Tobia Winterkorn, crafts dark, moody, indie folk in the vein of their founder.
    Fields, the debut album by José González's band Junip, was nearly a decade in the making, and it sounds like it. Not because it’s particularly elaborate -- actually, in many places, it’s nearly as spare as González's solo work -- but because the chemistry evident on these songs only comes with time. González and his bandmates, keyboardist Tobias Winterkorn and drummer Elias Araya, began playing together in the late ‘90s. Though they went in different directions for several years, with Araya studying art and Winterkorn teaching and building a studio while González made a name for himself as a solo singer/songwriter, Fields' simple, confident, surprisingly easy feel shows that Junip was never far from their minds. They sound like a real band, and González is as much a team player here as the other two-thirds of the group; while “To the Grain” could have appeared on one of his own albums, most of these songs are fleshed out in their own unique way. “In Every Direction” kicks off the album with hypnotic beats and keyboards that have a much more rock feel than anything González has done on his own, while “Tide” closes it with big drums and drones. In between are songs filled with interesting, but not showy, textures and ideas, from “Rope & Summit”'s acoustic Krautrock motorik to “Sweet & Bitter”'s distorted beats. “Howl” is another standout, futuristic folk-blues with percussion that sounds like an impromptu rhythm tapped on a water glass. Elsewhere, jazz and the repetition-based Ethiopian music González grew up with make their presences felt, giving Fields a subtly exotic feel that sets a lingering mood. Indeed, mood sometimes overtakes songwriting, with tracks like “Without You” and “Off Point” focusing more on atmosphere than melody. Despite this, it’s a real pleasure to hear González thinking and playing bigger here with the help of his friends. Fields is intriguing in a low-key way that grows with repeated listening and will make González fans into Junip fans.

    Neurosis- Horror Found In Decay LPx2
    Super limited double coloured vinyl version of the latest album. My guess is that I'm only going to see this one copy, before it's gone.

    NOFX- Punk In Drublic LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Offspring- Smash! LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Weezer- Hurley LP+CD
    Vinyl edition comes with bonus CD.

    Of Monsters & Men- My Head Is An Animal LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Howlin' Wolf- Moanin' In The Moonlight LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Howlin' Wolf- Evil LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Little Walter- Hate To See You Go LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Toro Y Moi- Anything In Return LPx2
    This is the brand new album. Back in stock on vinyl.

    Toro Y Moi- Underneath The Pine LP
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Baby Huey- The Living Legend LP
    Baby Huey's only album, released after his untimely death, is titled The Living Legend with good reason. He was legendary in his appearance, a 400-pound man with a penchant for flamboyant clothing and crowned by a woolly Afro, a look that is best illustrated by one of several rare photos included in the Water Records edition that shows our man in a wide-lapeled polka-dot shirt with a lime-green jacket. Beyond his unusual appearance, though, he was graced with a stunning, fierce voice on par with Otis Redding and Howard Tate, wailing and howling one moment and oddly tender and sentimental the next. Nowhere on Living Legend is his range more apparent than the opening track, "Listen to Me," where listeners are introduced to both the enigma of Baby Huey and his diamond-tough psychedelic funk backing band, the Baby Sitters. The high-energy instrumental workout "Mama Get Yourself Together" is worthy of the J.B.'s and a hazy, spiraling ten-minute rendition of Sam Cooke's chestnut "A Change Is Going to Come" confirms that the Baby Sitters could hold their own with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Further lore that catapults The Living Legend from good to great: the production was helmed by Curtis Mayfield, reason enough to make it near essential, and is highlighted by three of his compositions, "Mighty Mighty," which Mayfield and the Impressions recorded a few years earlier; "Running," a classic Mayfield cut that can only be heard here ripped to glorious bits by a band that is trying to let every member solo; and "Hard Times," which Mayfield himself would revisit on his 1975 album There's No Place Like America Today, although Baby Huey's razor-edged reading remains the definitive version -- no small caveat considering Mayfield not only wrote the tune, but could rightfully be considered one of the architects of soul to boot.

    California X - S/T LP
    In less than a year, Amherst trio California X have emerged from basements and punk practice spaces of Massachusetts as one of the tightest new garage punk bands in the Northeast, teetering between various pockets of the punk spectrum - drawing influence from the worlds of noisy 80s Western Mass rock, fuzzy 90s garage pop, and classic post-hardcore SST sounds. Fronted by main songwriter Lemmy Gurtowsky, their debut LP for Don Giovanni follows one prior release, a double A-side single "Sucker" b/w "Mummy" out via the UK’s Sound of Sweet Nothing label. From start to finish, the record’s eight hook-heavy tracks of melodic guitar punk could all be singles: the noisy vox and huge grungy riffs on "Curse of the Nightmare"; the slower-burning head-banging pulse of "Pond Rot"; the shoegaze-inflicted fleshed-out melodies of "Lemmy’s World". Songs like "Hot Hed" feels so essential you’ll wonder how they’re not actually from some long-lost punk tapes of the 1980s Western Mass. Appropriately, the band recorded the album in MA with Justin Pizzoferrato, previously a collaborator with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr - and though California X sound like they could have been contemporaries with those bands, they’re also carving out their own space in a lineage of their hometown’s punk history.

    Agent Orange- Living In Darkness LP
    Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on opaque-blue vinyl. As our first release of 2013, Drastic Plastic Records is delighted to bring back Agent Orange’s classic hardcore masterpiece Living in Darkness for a second run! While we were immensely proud of our 2010 limited edition, (a run of 1000 orange vinyl) our new series is even more exciting. We’ve had Masterdisk remaster for vinyl, and the record sounds stunning! "We here at 'Drastic Plastic' boldly assert that Living In Darkness is the greatest skate-punk record of all time. Certainly one of the three most important hardcore records for the burgeoning skate scene in the early eighties (JFA’s Valley of the Yakes and Minor Threat’s Out Of Step being the other two). Originally released in 1981, this marriage between hardcorepunk and surf music has influenced countless music fans, musicians and skate fans since its debut. Always relevant and extremely seminal, this record is a key cornerstone of any punk collection."

    Strung Out- Another Day In Paradise LP
    Restock on vinyl.

    Strung Out- An American Paradox LP
    Restock on vinyl.

    Strung Out- Exile in Oblivion LP
    Restock on vinyl.

    Caravan- in The Land Of Grey & Pink LPx2
    Coloured 2LP/gatefold edition with bonus tracks. Pioneering album by Canterbury’s own, Caravan, originally released in 1971, and now reissued with TWO FULL SIDES of bonus outtakes taken from the album’s original recording sessions at A.I.R. and Decca studios in London in 1970-71. This was the last album to feature the original Caravan line-up, before David Sinclair left to form Matching Mole with Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine) later that year.

    Tame Impala-Lonerism LPx2
    Back in stock on double LP.

    Tame Impala-Inner Speaker LPx2
    Back in stock on double LP.

    Black Sabbath- Paranoid LP
    This is back in both colored vinyl & the 180 gram black vinyl version.

    John Coltrane- Blue Train LP
    1957. Although never formally signed, an oral agreement between John Coltrane and Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion was indeed honored on Blue Train -- Coltrane's only collection of sides as a principal artist for the venerable label. The disc is packed solid with sonic evidence of Coltrane's innate leadership abilities. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry -- touching upon all forms in between. The personnel on Blue Train is arguably as impressive as what they're playing. Joining Coltrane (tenor sax) are Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The triple horn arrangements incorporate an additional sonic density that remains a trademark unique to both this band and album.

    Miles Davis- Kind Of Blue LPx2
    Double 180 gram vinyl edition of this all-time jazz classic, featuring stereo and mono versions.

    Corb Lund- Cabin Fever LP
    Finally back in stock on LP.

    Elliott Smith- XO LP
    Finally available on vinyl! Following the success and acclaim of his two releases on the Kill Rock Stars label, as well an Oscar nomination for the use of his song Miss Misery in the film Good Will Hunting, the late Elliott Smith signed with Dreamworks for the 1998 release of XO. With a major label budget for this, his fourth full length album, Smith was able to craft a fully realized pop masterpiece, fulfilling the promise of previous releases. Though firmly in the McCartney/Lennon/Rundgren/Davies school of songwriting Smith was nothing if not an original. Possibly his best record.

    Joe Bonamassa- Dust Bowl LP
    First time here on LP. Limited edition on 180 gram vinyl.

    Blind Boy Fuller- Truckin' My Blues Away LP
    The song that eventually turned into the goofy 70s saying 'Keep on Truckin' was Fuller's. After losing his sight in his teens, Fuller had few options, but gained countrywide popularity playing hokum songs in genteel Durham, NC. The city was known for it's mammoth tobacco industry & vibrant blocks of black-owned businesses. Fuller often played to whole neighborhoods as they walked to & from work in the tobacco factories. His style is metrically smooth & straightforward, and unusual in that he seems to've learned more from records than from local players. He's also a great big influence on the Grateful Dead. Tracklisting: Truckin My Blues Away, Untrue Blues, Homesick and Lonesome Blues, You Never Can Tell, Mamie, Jivin Woman Blues, Funny Feeling Blues, I Crave My Pigmeat, Meat Shakin Woman, Walking My Troubles Away, Painful Hearted Man, Corrine What Makes You Treat Me So, Sweet Honey Hole, Weeping Willow.

    Link Wray- Link Wray & The Wraymen LP
    Collecting both sides of his first three Epic singles along with half a dozen other numbers, Link Wray's all-instrumental 1959 debut album introduced to the world the power chord, the basis of modern rock guitar-playing without which punk rock or heavy metal would never have existed. Such classics as "Rumble", his astonishing version of Duane Eddy's classic "Raw Hide", "Dixie Doodle" or "Comanche" were about to influence fifty years of rock and roll to come.

    The Bahamas- Barchords LP
    Bahamas is the musical pseudonym of Toronto-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Afie Jurvanen, whose disarmingly forthright, captivatingly melodic songs have already earned him both a devoted fan base and a significant amount of critical acclaim on both sides of the border. On the second Bahamas album Barchords, the determined, down-to-earth tunesmith delivers a beautifully bittersweet, infectiously uplifting set whose insightful lyrics, rousing melodies and raw, intimate performances exude an organic warmth and a timeless sense of universality. Jurvanen's compositions are effortlessly accessible yet defy easy categorization, rewarding continued attention with multiple musical and emotional layers that reveal themselves with repeat listens. Despite his tropical nom de music, Afie (pronounce AY-fee) isn't from the Caribbean, but from Barrie, a working-class town in rural Ontario. In addition to his own work as Bahamas, Jurvanen won considerable attention during an extended stint working with Feist, with whom he recorded and toured extensively as guitarist/keyboardist. While his associations with other artists demonstrated his collaborative skills, it's his own songs that mark Jurvanen as an exceptional talent. After touring internationally with Feist for three years and returning home with a large backlog of new compositions, Afie recorded Bahamas' 2009 debut Pink Strat. That album's combination of sterling songwriting and sparse, lo-fi arrangements struck a chord with listeners and critics in Canada, where it received nominations for a prestigious Juno Award and Polaris Prize. That notoriety led to some high-profile touring and festival appearances. Barchords--which Jurvanen recorded with his touring drummer Jason Tait and bassist Darcy Yates--offers 12 compelling new examples of Afie's distinctive songcraft, including such personally-charged numbers as the haunting album-opener "Lost in the Light," the loping, lilting ballad "Montreal," the rocking yet intimate "I Got You Babe" and the bittersweetly uplifting "OK, Alright, I'm Alive." Those tunes, like the rest of Barchords, demonstrate Jurvanen's uncanny knack for combining subtly indelible melodies with lyrics of uncommon insight and vulnerability. The songs' eloquent evocations of longing, loss and regret are supported by Afie's sublimely expressive vocals and subtly inventive guitar work.

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