Incoming Stock For The Week

Tuesday, July 01 2008 @ 01:11 AM CST

Contributed by: Dave

All CD's & LP's from this list are now in stock.

Black Keys- "Attack & Release" LP+CD (Nonesuch)
After many delays it's finally here on vinyl! My guess is that it will be limited, since it's now getting harder to find their previous Nonesuch title "Magic Potion" on LP (earlier albums on other labels still circulate freely). Heavyweight vinyl that comes with a bonus cd version tucked inside. If you haven't heard this new one from Akron's best blues rock duo yet, it's song for song, one of their most solid efforts. Recommended!

Black Keys- "The Big Come Up" LP+CD (Alive)
Restock of their debut. LP now on clear vinyl with a bonus song not found on the CD, which is also back in stock.

Sebadoh- "Bubble & Scrape" CD (Sub Pop)
15th anniversary reissue of the '93 schizophrenic lo-fi opus. Remastered to imperfect perfection. Featuring previously unreleased hand picked versions and tracks of honest intensity.

Reckless Kelly- "Bullet Proof" CD (Yep Roc)
A Texas band that explores the rockier edges of Alt-Country.

King Khan & The Shrines- "The Supreme Genius Of......" CD (Vice)
An absolutely smokin' garage/soul review band that must kill in concert. A big sound with horns & hammond organ. The schiznet!

The Silver Jews- "Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea" CD+LP (Drag City)
David Berman (Pavement) returns with this latest batch of bracing indie pop tunes, sodden with hooks & melody. Also in on LP as well.

The Notwist- "The Devil, You & Me" CD+LP (Domino)
Out for a couple of weeks now on CD, the LP has just arrived on heavyweight vinyl with free MP3 downloads. Formed near Munich as a post-hardcore band, the Notwist gradually began to embrace a fusion of classic '80s indie pop songwriting and scruffy electronic backings indebted to Oval and Autechre. The quartet is comprised of brothers Markus and Micha Acher (on vocals/guitar and bass, respectively) plus programmer/keyboard player Martin Gretschmann and drummer Martin Messerschmid. Their last album "Neon Golden" received great reviews from all quarters, and I concur.

Steve Fisk & Ben Gibbard- "Kurt Cobain: About A Son" LPx2 (Barsuk)
Soundtrack to the movie about Kurt Cobain. This is an original score and does not contain any Nirvana music. Double LP contains free high quaility MP3 downloads.

Neutral Milk Hotel- "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" LP (Merge)
Back in stock on vinyl. CD also here at the moment.

Neutral Milk Hotel- "On Avery Island" LP (Merge)
Back in stock on vinyl.

Donovan- "Open Road" CD (Repertoire)
Stripping down to a Celtic rock format that managed to be hard and direct, yet still folkish, Donovan turned out a series of excellent songs on this one, notably the minor hit "Riki Tiki Tavi," that seemed to show him moving toward a roots-oriented sound of considerable appeal. From 1970. A personal favorite.

Motorhead- "Bomber" CD (Bronze)
Restock. I realized I was completely out of Motorhead cd's, so here are some great ones back in stock.

Motorhead- "Overkill" CD (Bronze)

Motorhead- "Ace Of Spades" CD (Bronze)

Motorhead- "No Remorse" CDx2 (Bronze)
Restock. A fantastic anthology. Also in on double vinyl in the limited leather sleeve.

Motorhead- "Orgasmatron" CD (Bronze)

Southern Culture On The Skids- "Liqoured Up & Laquered Down" LP (Telstar)
LP in stock for the 1st time. On Liquored Up and Lacquered Down, Southern Culture on the Skids melds different styles into its core Southern rock sound and breaks many traditional rules of the genre. One of the talents of Southern Culture on the Skids lies in its ability to musically venture way out there -- industrial-like processed vocals, high-reverb surf guitar, Spanish-style horn parts, and other un-Southern rock-like treatments -- and bring the songs back home. It's the kind of cohesiveness found among groups who've developed a synergy from years of playing together. Liquored Up and Lacquered Down is an example of true ensemble playing, where the parts all effortlessly work together, no matter how far out the musicians take them.

Arcade Fire- "Neon Bible" LPx2 (Merge)
Restock on LP. I still have copies of the limited edition 3-D box set on CD.

The Decemberists- "A Practical Handbook" DVD (Kill Rock Stars)
A live document of this popular band. 17 songs performed.

Gwar- "This Toilet Earth" CD (Metal Blade)

My Dying Bride- "A Line Of Deathless Kings" CD (Peaceville)
A Line of Deathless Kings is the ninth album from the band, and is their first new material featuring drummer John Bennett from fellow Yorkshire doomsters, The Prophecy. From the titanic opener "To Remain Tombless" to the closing notes of the mighty "The Blood, The Wine, The Roses," My Dying Bride once again show that they remain leaders of their respective field of sorrow-filled epic tales narrated to a cacophony of crushing doom metal. The looming menace of vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe is perfectly backed up by a solid wall of apocalyptic guitar.

Vetiver- "Thing Of The Past" LP (Gnomonsong)
Two years after the highly acclaimed To Find Me Gone, Andy Cabic and Vetiver return with a new album of old songs, all hidden treasures, entitled Thing Of The Past. Think of it as Cabic’s fully realized mix tape to the world - a collection of some of his favorite songs from some of his favorite records - but presented, sequenced, and in this case performed by Cabic himself, with a little help from his friends far and wide. From good-time rocking on Hawkwind’s Hurry On Sundown and Loudon Wainwright III’s The Swimming Song, to the beautiful triptych of songs that runs from Biff Rose’s To Baby through Ian Matthews’ Road To Ronderlin and Garland Jeffreys’ Lon Chaney, this is a diverse and harmonious collection of songs. With the album so centered around the lasting resonance of the song, the focus inevitably falls upon Cabic’s warm, honey-toned vocals, which are perfectly suited to the material he’s gathered. Rather than obvious plundering from the well-worn rock cannon, these are largely overlooked and forgotten tunes (spanning a period from 1967-1973), dusted off, reverently refashioned, and given the opportunity to sing again. Guests include Vashti Bunyan and Michael Hurley.

Tom Waits- "Real Gone" LPx2 (Anti)
Back in stock after a lenghty absence. These latter period domestic Tom Waits LP releases are always cheaper than the European pressings of his early to mid recordings. Someday maybe all of his albums will once again be manufactured in North America to keep the prices down. Wishful thinking perhaps.

Despised Icon- "Ills Of Modern Man" CD+DVD (Century Media)
Deluxe edition with DVD.

Carcass- "Heartwork" CD+DVD (Earache)
Part of the ongoing series of Carcass reissues that include bonus material and DVD footage.

Street Dogs- "State Of Grace" CD (Hellcat)
Mike McColgan – frontman, singer and songwriter for Boston’s beloved punk rock quintet Street Dogs – has lived the life that other bands just sing about. As the founding frontman of Dropkick Murphys, McColgan helped bring his experiences as a Gulf War combat veteran to the uncompromising, working class sound that launched that band. But in 1998, following a family tradition, McColgan left the band and music to become a Boston firefighter. Four years later, he began jamming on nights off with some old friends from the Boston punk scene; he found he needed the voice that only fronting a band could give him, and the Street Dogs were born. Now with their Hellcat debut, State of Grace, Street Dogs are ready to bring their passion-fueled songs to a wider audience. Covering themes from politics to family to social injustice, the songs on State of Grace show a new depth, with tracks like “Kevin J. O’Toole” – a tribute to Mike’s firefighter uncle – and “Two Angry Kids” painting vivid pictures of neighborhood life in working Boston, while a raucous cover of the Skids’ “Into the Valley” shows the band has not abandoned their punk roots. With a main-stage run on the entire 2008 Warped Tour, and a batch of melodic, fist-pumping anthems to win over the crowd, the band are ready to take the streets.

Coffins- "Buried Death" CD (20 Buck Spin)
The Japanese band's third album has plenty of forward momentum, starting with the steady jackhammer riffing that is “Under the Stench” and continues to pound away at you until the last note of “The Frozen Styx” fades away. And yet it's also impossibly dense, a monolith of guttural distortion. This unholy mix of thrash and doom is an entity unto itself, singular in execution and approach, unrelentingly grim and heavy. Seriously, it makes Church of Misery seem like easy listening. (All That Is Heavy)

Nightwish- "From Wishes To Eternity" DVD (Spinefarm)
Concert DVD.

The Offspring- "Rise & Fall Rage & Grace" LP (Columbia)
Brand new album from these maturing punks.

Charlie Musselwhite- "Harmonica According To Charlie" LP 180 gram (Blind Pig)
Unique within his long and varied body of recorded work, this 1978 session features Charlie offering a virtual master class in blues harmonica style and performance, playing thirteen tunes in thirteen different keys. A tour-de-force from a giant of the blues harmonica. Remastered from the original analog tapes with a new design for this limited edition LP.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones- "Medium Rare" CD (Bosstones)
After a five year hiatus, the band reunited in December 2007. Dicky Barrett- Vocals, Joe Gittleman-Bass, Ben Carr-The Bosstone, Joe Sirois-Drums, Tim Burton-Saxophone, Roman Fleysher- Saxophone, Chris Rhodes-Trombone and Lawrence Katz-Guitar are back with that infectious brand of fun only the Bosstones can deliver. A 5 night stand in their hometown of Boston sold out in 15 minutes. A NYE show in Providence, RI also sold out instantly. To commemorate the dates, the band released ' Medium Rare '- 3 brand new songs along with 10 previously unreleased recordings spanning their career. The new song ' Don 't Worry Desmond Dekker ' held the #1 position on WBCN in Boston for several weeks. An 8-page oral history of the band just ran in Alternative Press.

Deicide- "The Stench Of Redemption" LP 180 Gram Vinyl & Picture Disc (Earache)
Despite being one of the longest-running death metal/black metal bands from the U.S., Deicide had a bit of a hurdle in front of them before working on their eighth studio album, 2006's The Stench of Redemption -- founding members Eric and Brian Hoffman had exited the band. But growler/bassist Glen Benton soldiered on with a pair of quite accomplished replacements -- Jack Owen (ex-Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (ex-Iced Earth) -- resulting in a release that follows the same path as Deicide's previous efforts.

Morphine- "Cure For Pain" CD (Ryko)
A unique band if ever there was one. Morphine is a rarity -- bluesy, bare-bones rock & roll without any guitars. Instead of guitar riffs, the trio relies on sliding two-string basslines, raucous Baritone saxophones, downtuned drums, and wry, ironically detached vocals. They call their sound "Low Rock" and in the big musical picture they stand alone. Highly recommended.

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan- "Ballad Of The Broken Seas" CD (V2)
It's tempting to say something facile like "beauty meets the beast" in writing about this collaboration between former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, best known for his work with Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age. After all, Campbell's voice is all sweet angelic whisper while Lanegan's whisky-and-nicotine rasp sounds like the product of ten thousand nights in a barroom, but somehow these sweet and sour elements come together with striking and impressive results on Ballad of the Broken Seas. (AMG)

Bob Dylan- "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid" CD (Columbia)
Fantastic soundtrack to the 1974 Sam Peckinpah directed duster starring Kris Kristofferson & James Coburn. Contains the ageless "Knockin' On Heavens Door".

Jason Isbell & The 400 Strong- "Live @ Twist & Shout" CD (New West)
2008 live mini album from the former member of Drive-By Truckers and his band 400 Unit. Recorded live during an in-store at Twist And Shout Records in 2007. Six tracks including 'Hurricane And Hand', 'Outfit' and more.

Talking Heads- "Fear Of Music" SACD (Rhino)
Remastered with bonus material and DVD features on the flipside.

Talking Heads- "Talking Heads 77" SACD (Rhino)
Remastered with bonus material and DVD features on the flipside.

Wolf Parade- "At Mount Zoomer" CD+LP (Sub Pop)

Link Wray- "Jack The Ripper" LP 180 gram (Sundazed)
With his rawboned and ravaged instrumentals from the early ’60s, Link Wray single-handedly made the guitar the ultimately cool instrument of choice for a whole new generation. Wielding a Danelectro Longhorn, Link Wray—who created the blueprint for everyone from the Kingsmen to the Cramps with his flame-throwing sound—proceeded to outdo himself with this rare LP from 1963, now corralled on this exact-repro, Sundazed High-Definition Vinyl edition, in crunchily perfect sound courtesy of the original Swan mono master tapes!

Nick Cave- "Dig Lazarus Dig" Book+1 song 3"cd. (Anti)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have released a book which focuses on their latest album. The book, 'DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!!: The Book' is "a strictly limited edition, hard back, four inch square book, forty-six pages long, with three inch CD inside with the track 'Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!'."
This book contains handwritten lyrics and notes from Nick Cave, photos and the story of the song ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’, along with an interview with Nick, and artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster about their story along with pictures of Sue and Tim working on creating the installation artwork for the front cover of the 'Dig...' album. All the material is not available anywhere else and has been "specifically put together by Nick for this book."

The Kinks- "Singles Collection" LPx2 (Earmark)
25 greatest hits on double heavyweight vinyl LP set. Gatefold sleeve.

Th' Legendary Shack Shackers- "Swampblood" LP 180 gram (Yep Roc)
Back in stock on LP.

Band Of Horses- "Cease To Begin" CD+LP (Sub Pop)
Restock on both formats. LP contains free MP3 downloads.

King Khan & The Shrines- "The Supreme Genius Of......" LPx2 (Vice)
An absolutely smokin' garage/soul review band that must kill in concert. A big sound with horns & hammond organ. The schiznet!

T-Rex- "The Slider" CDx2 (Edsel)
The bonus disc contains alternate versions to all the songs on the proper album (which of course you also get). These recordings have come to be known as the "Rabbit Fighter" album.

She & Him- "Volume One" CD (Merge)
Collaboration between hot babe Zooey Deschanel (singing) & M.Ward (playing).

Adam & The Ants- "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" CD (Epic)
Restock of this classic 80's album. Cheap too!

The Dictators- "Go Girl Crazy" CD (Epic)
Restock. From 1975. Best cover ever! Cheap too!

Elf- "S/T" CD (Epic)
1972. This is Ronnie James Dio's legendary 1st band. He looks funny on the back with a beard.

Mahavishnu Orchestra- "Birds Of Fire" CD (Epic)
Back in stock. 70's fusion gods led by John Maclaughlin.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion- "Extra Width" CD (Matador)
Restock. From 1992. This is kinda where all the lo-fi blues rock revival stuff began. Recommended if you dig the Black Keys, Legendary Shack Shakers, any Fat Possum label stuff etc.

T Bone Burnett- "Twenty Twenty: The Essential" CDx2 (Sony Legacy)
T-Bone Burnett is an artist whose reputation among critics, fellow musicians, and discerning record-buyers has cast a far longer shadow than his visibility among casual listeners for the better part of four decades. As a lyricist, Burnett has few peers; his sharply etched, intelligently witty, and very human meditations on love (both romantic and divine), compassion, corruption, and greed in our culture dig deeper than most other writers of his generation, but roll gracefully off the tongue with a grace that never quite belies their philosophical heft. Burnett's musical instincts are as sure as his lyrical sensibility (the fact Pete Townshend, Richard Thompson, David Hidalgo, Jim Keltner, Mick Ronson, Marc Ribot, and some guy called Bono have all guested on his records suggests he's well regarded by folks who know), and his gifts as a producer are such that he managed to turn bluegrass into a 21th century cultural phenomenon with the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? Simply stated, this man deserves a wider audience, and Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett is a compilation assembled with Burnett's participation designed to provide a one-stop introduction to his music. This is a noble enough idea, and there's no shortage of superb music included on this package -- 40 songs and nearly two and a half hours of music are crammed onto two CDs, with a thick accompanying booklet featuring a gushing profile from writer Bill Flanagan and notes on each tune from Burnett himself. The set is admirably comprehensive, featuring cuts from two of the three hard to find albums Burnett made with the Alpha Band in the mid-'70s, excellent selections from the five albums and two EPs he released between 1980 and 1992, and three unreleased cuts. (AMG)

Gang Of Four- "Entertainment" CD (Rhino)
The original album plus 8 bonus songs. A trailblazing classic from 1979.

John Hiatt- "Master Of Disaster" CD (New West)
John Hiatt has often wavered back and forth between his instincts as a rocker and a more measured singer/songwriter bent, and after the rowdy guitar-fueled blues-rock of 2003's Beneath This Gruff Exterior, it should come as no great surprise that Hiatt toned things down a bit for his next album, 2005's Master of Disaster. Produced by Jim Dickinson, with his sons Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson (from the North Mississippi Allstars) on guitar and drums, Master of Disaster is rooted in loosely tight Memphis groove, but while Hiatt sounds soulful as all get out (as per usual) on this set, the lingering mood is often downbeat and introspective.

Chris Smither- "Leave The Light On" CD (True North)
One of the most compelling folk/roots/country/blues cd's you're likely to hear. Chris' performances are gritty and brandy smooth all at the same time. Wonderful.

D.R.I.- "4 Of A Kind" CD (Metal Blade)

Bill Laswell- "Dub Chamber 3" LP (Roir)
In stock again on LP. Beautiful instrumental fusion of Middle Eastern & Dub styles.

Bill Laswell- "Sacred System: Book Of Entrance" LP (Roir)
In stock again on LP. Beautiful instrumental fusion of Middle Eastern & Dub styles.

Ray Lamontagne- "Trouble" CD (BMG)
Restock. Singer songwriter Ray Lamontagne's 1st album of soulful tales of the heart.

Ray Lamontagne- "" CD (BMG)
Restock. If it weren't for his singing voice, so full of smoke and ether, one would be hard-pressed to believe that Till the Sun Turns Black was made by the same man who recorded Trouble just two years prior to it. Ray LaMontagne takes a brave leap from the rootsy singer/songwriter material of his stellar debut album and goes nearly 180 degrees. Once more collaborating with legendary producer and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Johns, the singer and songwriter turns in a highly textured, atmospheric, and subdued performance on his sophomore effort -- and hell yes that's a good thing. All the grit and earth in LaMontagne's voice on Trouble, and the basic country-folk and even R&B (on the title track) has been swept out the backdoor here. This new set of songs is startling all on its own. The reliance on skeletal yet delicate string arrangements adds so much to the interior nature of these songs.Comparison's to Nick Drake are fully deserved. (AMG)
V/A- "You Don't Know: Ninja Cuts" CDx3 (Ninja Tune)
The latest installment of Ninja Tunes budget label compilations. 49 tracks spread over 3 CD's encompassing Downtempo, Acid Jazz, Hip Hop, DJ stylee and even some pop meanderings these days. Always good value.

Niyaz- "9 Heavens" CDx2 (Six Degrees)
By any measure, Niyaz has come very far, very fast. The trio's 2005 debut featured a convincing blend of Sufi mysticism and trance electronica, and quickly established them as a standout ensemble in a very crowded world music field. A worldwide tour followed. Now, Niyaz returns with Nine Heavens, which doesn't just cross cultural and stylistic boundaries, but the centuries as well. Drawing on medieval Persian poetry and 300-year old Persian folk songs, Niyaz has created a 21st century global trance tradition.
Vocalist Azam Ali co-founded the best-selling world music duo Vas in 1996; her unmistakable voice has graced numerous recordings and major film scores. Loga Ramin Torkian is a multi-instrumentalist whose group Axiom of Choice brought the ancient sounds of Persian classical music to Western listeners in the 1990s. And producer Carmen Rizzo, a multiple Grammy nominee, has worked with Coldplay, Seal, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and many others. Small wonder then that the trio hit the ground running with its self-titled debut. Now, with Nine Heavens, Niyaz breaks new ground in a two-disc format: the first is an adventurous, spiritual exploration of the ties that bind Persian, Indian, Turkish, and Western dance music. The second is the same set of songs, in a purely acoustic setting.

Mogwai- "Young Team: Deluxe Edition" CDx2 (Chemikal Underground)
Double CD format of Mogwai's seminal 1997 debut, featuring a fully remastered version of the original album, brand new liner notes and a nine track bonus disc with BBC sessions, live recordings and additional rarities. Huge quadruple LP box set will be coming soon.

Eliza Gilkyson- "Beautiful World" CD (Red House Records)
Grammy-nominated Eliza Gilkyson returns with Beautiful World, a fresh new masterpiece that is upbeat, sensual, dark and deep! Already topping radio charts, this radio-friendly album mixes Americana, rock, jazz and folk styles and features a long list of hot players including Rich Brotherton, Cindy Cashdollar, John Inmon and brother Tony Gilkyson. Celebrating the beauty that shines amidst these dark days, this is a CD you’ll find yourself listening to again and again!

Watermelon Slim & The Workers- "No Paid Holidays" CD (Northern Blues)
Bill Homans, a.k.a. “Watermelon Slim” is one of the most intriguing bluesmen out there. Watermelon Slim first appeared on the music scene in the early 1970s as the only Vietnam veteran to record a full length LP during the war.
In subsequent years, Slim played with a variety of famous blues stars, but only recently has he become a full-time bluesman.
Less than six months after leaving his last truck driving job, hauling industrial waste, Slim was making a living as a full-time touring bluesman. The decision was predominantly the result of a nearly fatal heart attack, and the renewed perspective on mortality that followed. Logically, why drive industrial waste around Oklahoma to dispose of when one can drive band mates around the US to play music and entertain?

The Fleshtones- "Take A Good Look" CD (Yep Roc)
The highly infectious new album from these godfathers of garage. If you wanna kick start your next rock & roll dance party, put on some Fleshtones.

Ronnie Dawson- "More Bad Habits" CD (Yep Roc)
At age 60, and with a lifetime of rock & roll behind him and accounted for, Ronnie Dawson could still bring the heat, as exemplified by this inspired session. Recording for the first time in America in a couple of decades, Dawson turned in a plate of originals, co-written with manager/producer Barney Koumis, that tell the tale of what happens when a rockabilly wildcat reaches middle age. Tunes like "Good at Being Bad," "Mac Attack," "Toe Up from the Flo Up," and "Bad Habit or Two" address rebel concerns in an age of political correctness, seeing life for what it is while defiantly refusing to equate getting older with getting old. Sharing the lead guitar duties with Mike Molnar and Matt Robbins (on "Party Slab"), Dawson rocks just as hard as ever and his material has never been better. This record puts the lie to most any "too old to rock & roll" myth you'd care to encounter. (AMG)

Bob Mould- "Body Of Song" CD (Yep Roc)
From 2005. One of his 3 best albums in my opinion. Nothing wrong with his new one, but ultimately this one has the superior songwriting.

Th' Legendary Shack Shakers- "Pandelerium" CD (Yep Roc)

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys- "Turntable Matinee" CD+LP 180 gram (Yep Roc)
This spectrum of early influence is clearly on display on Turntable Matinee, from the western swing of "(Yes) I Feel Sorry For You" to the old-time country of "Lonesome Dollar" and the spit-curl rockabilly of "The Power of the 45." This time around, though, the group has expanded their stylistic palette even further by delving into Stax-style Memphis soul on "Slipping Away" and even bossa nova on "Spanish Dagger," of which Big Sandy says, "It's another example of how I wanted to open up to different styles." Restock.

Southern Culture On The Skids- "Mojo Box" CD (Yep Roc)
North Carolina's Southern Culture On The Skids (SCOTS) are back with "Mojo Box", the band's first recording since 2000's "Liquored Up and Lacquered Down" and their first release for the NC-based Yep Roc Records. "Mojo Box" combines SCOTS trademark elements of rockabilly, surf, country, blues and more for as irreverent and enlightening a record as the band has ever assembled. Produced by main SCOTSman Rick Miller and longtime studio collaborator Mark Williams, "Mojo Box" is the first Southern Culture album recorded and mixed entirely in Miller's rural North Carolina studio: Kudzu Ranch Recorders (Fleshtones, Forty-Fives). The studio boasts an impressive collection of Miller's vintage guitars and amps, many of which are used here to create the down-home, rockin' feel to songs like "Doublewide," "69 El Camino," "Where Is The Moon" and more. Restock.

Miss Kitten- "Bat Box" CD+LPx2 (Nobody's Bizness)
Dark & burbling elektro from this Swiss chanteuse. If you're at all a fan of Ellen Allien, you'll totally dig this gal.

V/A- "Miles From India" CDx2 (Times Square)
In a startlingly original recreation of music associated with jazz legend Miles Davis, producer-archivist Bob Belden, renowned for his Grammy Award-winning reissue work on a series of Miles Davis boxed sets for Sony/Columbia, along with co-arranger Louiz Banks (celebrated keyboardist from India), has recast familiar themes from such landmark recordings as Bitches Brew, In A Silent Way, and Kind of Blue with an East Meets West sensibility on Miles...From India. An incredibly ambitious project involving two dozen musicians from two separate continents recording in studios around the world, Miles...From India is a cross-cultural summit meeting that puts a provocative pan-global spin on such Miles classics as All Blues, Spanish Key, So What, It s About That Time and Jean Pierre. Sitar and tablas, ghatam and khanjira, mridangam and Carnatic violin blend seamlessly with muted trumpet and saxophones, screaming electric guitar and grooving electric bass lines, piano, upright bass and drums on this profound fusion of Indian classical and American jazz. Recorded in Mumbai and Madras, India and New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, the music on Miles...From India was performed by classical and jazz musicians from India with the addition of musicians who have recorded or performed with Miles Davis over the span of five decades. The Miles alumni included on the sessions are saxophonists Dave Liebman (1972-74) and Gary Bartz (1970-71), guitarists Mike Stern (1981-84), Pete Cosey (1973-76) and John McLaughlin (1969-72), bassists Ron Carter (1963-69), Michael Henderson (1970-76), Marcus Miller (1981-1984), Benny Rietveld (1987-91), keyboardists Chick Corea (1968-72), Adam Holzman (1985-87) and Robert Irving III (1980- 88), drummers Jimmy Cobb (1958-63), Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler (1971), Lenny White (1969) and Vince Wilburn (1981, 1984-1987) and tabla player Badal Roy (1972-3). The Indian contingent is represented by keyboardist Louiz Banks, drummer Gino Banks, American-born alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, sitarist Ravi Chari, Vikku Vinayakram (a charter member of Shakti) on ghatam, V. Selvaganesh (a member of Shakti and Remember Shakti) on khanjira, U. Shrinivas (from Remember Shakti) on electric mandolin, Brij Narain on sarod, Dilshad Khan on sarangi, Sridhar Parthasarathy on mridangam, Taufiq Qureshi and A. Sivamani on percussion, Kala Ramnath on Carnatic violin, Rakesh Chaurasia on flute and Shankar Mahadevan & Sikkil Gurucharan on Indian classical vocals.

Flying Lotus- "Los Angeles" CD (Warp)
Experimental hip-hop/electronica from this young fella who's some relation to Jazz lady Alice Coltrane. Very busy sound!

No Age- "Weirdo Rippers" CD (Fat Cat)
Two young heavyweights from the LA Skate / Art / Punk underworld, No Age are comprised of Dean Spunt and Randy Randall, a super-talented noise pop two piece, who until 12th March this year had released no recorded output whatsoever. That changed when they decided to release five ltd. vinyl only releases on a variety of DIY indie labels across the globe on the same day (namely UTR, Deleted Art, Teardrops, Youth Attack, and Dean’s own PPM label), and their debut LP release, ‘Weirdo Rippers’, is a collection of recorded highlights taken from the aforementioned releases. Made available on CD for the first time, and serving as a concise introduction to the bands sound, the tracklist nevertheless follows a narrative of its own, with the songs traversing a wealth of sonic territory, and lending themselves to an album that clearly stands up in it’s own right.

Frightened Rabbit- "Sings The Greys" CD (Fat Cat)
Though the past year has seen Frightened Rabbit finally step into public view, with tour dates and a limited availability of their debut LP, the past year or two have largely been about the band quietly, commitedly honing their sound, and cultivating their art. But the widespread release of ‘Sing The Greys’ (revamped, expanded and remastered by Alan Douches) is set to step things up another gear for Frightened Rabbit, with singles, and tour dates to follow. An unconventional three-piece with a defined personality, and a gift for being able to nail a near perfect pop song, Frightened Rabbit convey candid tales of ordinary folk with a wry, acerbic wit via an eloquent, emotive, modern garage-pop aesthetic.

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore- "Geisterfaust" CD (Wonder)
Spooky, dark, minimalist, agonizingly slow jazz is the best way to describe these guys. Formerly a black metal band who gave up all the noise & corpse paint for some barely there riddims. Amazing sound if you're into this sort of thing. From Germany.

John Prine- "Fair & Square" CD (OhBoy!)
Good things come to those who wait. During John Prine's nine-year interval between albums of original material, fans who hailed his recovery from cancer wondered whether he'd ever return to full creative speed. Here, Prine puts doubts to rest with an album that ranks with the finest of an inspired career. The big heart of "Glory of True Love," the socially conscious bite of "Some Humans Ain't Human," the reflective grace of "Taking a Walk," the wry whimsy of "Crazy as a Loon"--the hallmarks of Prine's artistry are reaffirmed on Fair & Square. The album also reflects Prine's first attempt at producing himself, with the warmth of his rough-hewn vocals finding a comfortable fit among the organic, largely acoustic arrangements. Though Prine penned 12 of the 14 cuts (including two bonus tracks, one recorded in concert), a pair of covers prove revelatory: Blaze Foley's "Clay Pigeons" sounds like it could well be one of Prine's own (with a melody that recalls "Hello in There" and a lyric of renewal that sounds like personal testament), while A.P. Carter's "Bear Creek Blues" carries an electric charge as the traditional song rocks harder than anything else on the album. With a generous selection of close to an hour of music, the album stands as a creative triumph for Prine, a fully satisfying effort that rewards the patience of his loyal fans. Welcome back. (Online Review)

Animal Collective- "Sung Tongs" CD (Fat Cat)

WhiteSnake- "Goo To Be Bad" CD+LPx2 (SPV)
Brand new on both formats. LP in a hefty gatefold sleeve. A real return to form for these grizzly old metal dudes.

Sennen- "Where The Light Gets In" CD (Hungry Audio)
Where The Light Gets In, their long-overdue debut album proper smelling like Explosions In The Sky and Mogwai, taking in their expansive, multi-instrumental nature and filtering in tunefully tender vocal melodies. A mixture of the instrumental and the conventionally vocal, here post-rock moments are bolted onto pop songs and, for good measure, mixed with the occasional interesting twist, from ‘Blackout’ and a chorus that seems to loop forever, to the swaggering, fuzzy, almost Ian Brown-recalling breakdown of ‘Just Wanted To Know’ suddenly reinventing itself for two minutes of steadily-accelerating breakneck rock in its instrumental finale. Rarely is a lonesome voice heard, for the most part the vocals either altogether absent or arranged into wistful, soft-focus harmonies. At the album’s summit lies the crossover point between the mix of styles, where shoegazing rock slopes out in order for the stargazing, Godspeed-y twinkle of the instrumental title track to seamlessly fade in, before its sweeping strings and stirring piano too depart in favour of the uplifting melody of ‘Falling For You’ and its two-part harmonies so stunningly pretty it could be forgiven for dropping jaws on first listen.

Grizzly Bear- "Yellow House" CD+LPx2 (Warp)
Now here on both formats. Yellow House is the second album by Grizzly Bear. It was released by Warp Records on September 5, 2006. The album received mass critical acclaim from several important publications. It ranked #8 in Pitchfork Media's best albums of 2006 list, as well as a similarly high placement in the same list of the New York Times. The music webzine Tiny Mix Tapes ranked Yellow House #7 on the Top 25 Albums of 2006. Grizzly Bear have stepped up their songwriting in every way, assembling melodies that proceed in a logical fashion but never sound overused or overly familiar. Yellow House is a much better record than we could rightfully have expected from these guys, better, even, than we could have imagined them making.

Jamie Lidell- "Jim" CD (Warp)
Latest album from London soul/funk dance floor crooner Jamie Lidell. Is it hot & sweaty in here, or is it just me.

Midnight Juggernauts- "Dystopia" CD (Capitol/Europe)
Really suave 80's inspired electropop from this trio from Australia & Afghanistan. If this sounds good to you, drop by & I'll spin some, or simply check out their myspace page.

Burial- "Untrue" CD (Hyperdub)
“This is the second full-length release on Hyperdub from the UK's mysterious and much-acclaimed Burial. He returns with Untrue, a new record of weird soul music, which lovingly processes spectral female voices into vaporized R&B and smudged 2-step garage. Vocal lines are blurred, smeared, pitched up pitched down and pitch bent until their content is cast adrift from their original context and they whisper their saccharin sweet nothings into the void. Also in stock on DJ friendly double LP.

Circle Jerks- "All Over" Logo white T-Shirt

Descendents- "All" Blue T-Shirt

Descendents- "Logo" White T-Shirt

Detroit Cobras- "Baby" CD (Bloodshot)

Detroit Cobras- "Mink, Rat or Rabbit" CD (Sympathy)

Devo- "Duty Now For The Future" Black T-Shirt

Devo- "Q:Are We Not Men?" Yellow T-Shirt

The Dirtbombs & King Khan & His Shrines- "Billiards At Nine Thirty" LP (Sounds of Subterrania)
12 unreleased songs. Raw energy. There are six tracks per band but there’s no contest between them despite the ‘vs.’ in the title: rock and roll wins each time! The ever prolific Dirtbombs offer six of their more psychedelic numbers. ‘Phantoms In A Lesser Crystalline Sphere’ is like something from a Pebbles compilation, kicking off with the frantic rhythm of mutant garage rock and slowing down in a psychedelic soup before Mick Collins intones “the spheres…the spheres….” Troy Gregory has a number of writing credits on the record but takes the palm for ‘Born In A Haunted Barn’ that is another psych classic - “born in a haunted barn/ blessed with an honest face…she went and joined a church that worked with rattlesnakes” - with a hint of Cream about it. ‘The House As a Giant Bong’ is tripped out free jazz, with shades of Sun Ra, while ‘I Had To Chew My Own Leg Off’ is a psychedelic slow burn full of twisted guitar shapes. The whole is just one of the many faces of the Dirtbombs but well worth hearing. King Khan is a Canadian (once in the brilliantly named Spaceshits!) who worships at the thrones of George Clinton and Sun Ra and assembled his “psychedelic soul big band” in Germany. It’s a classic 60s tight r’n’b nightclub sound and reminded me a lot of the mid 80s Barrance Whitfield and the Savages that were a favourite of Andy Kershaw. ‘Annabelle’ is a screaming super frenzy while ‘Burnin’ Inside’ is a horny two minutes of Sly and the Family Stone and ‘Sweet Tooth’ is the best of the half dozen, with a frenzied Hammond organ, breathless vocals and a brass section tooting sweetly. No need to fight for your right to party on this record!

Electric Wizard- "Let Us Prey" LPx2 (Rise Above)
Restock of the UK version. Double LP in gatefold sleeve. Dark pummeling Doom.

Joy Division- "Substance" Grey T-Shirt

Joy Division- "Unknown Pleasures" Black T-Shirt

King Khan & The Shrines- "Mr. Supernatural" CD (Hazlewood)
“Blazing brass levitating over a bubbling witches brew of raw scintillating Rhythm n' Blues and deep fried rock n'soul. Like a rabid hurricane the Shrines boost their audience - a heterogeneous batch of punks and junks, nerds and maniacs, of the brothers and sisters of Rock and Soul, of toad-lickers, of the apostles of the new Eros, pill-spinners and mushroom-lovers, of anarchists and sectarians, of freaks and "normal" people - into a fiery inferno of Soul and R&B, Cajun and Boogaloo. King Khan (ex-Spaceshits) is convulsively quivering with a staring gaze, the wooden sceptre in his hand, voodoo-baton with totem-skull, as he reigns over the nine-headed Hydra-band. Enmeshed by Bamboorella's ritual go-go-dance, the Master's scar-covered bare torso suggests that the "Maharadscha of Soul" himself had ripped the fangs of his alligator-neck-lace out of the gaping jaws of a swamp-reptile lacking any sense of humour. Concerts resembling spirituals, alike occult consecrations have founded the Legend of the Indo-Canadian Voodoo-Priest, who is said to have provoked an earthquake in the French city of Colmar by a single stroke of his Baton. On the other hand it is an undisputable fact that King Khan and the Shrines have rediscovered the lost traditions of Stax and Motown, and that they have spiked them with a sordid dose of insubordination and psychedelic soul power, carrying Soul music back into the garages and bringing Punk back into snobby parlours all across Europe. Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Bo Diddley, The mighty Hannibal, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown stood godfather to this just as Stiv Bators, Jello Biafra, Johnny Thunders or Joey Ramone did. Mr. Supernatural is King Khan’s second album-vinyl-gravure. It invites you to a sultry jungle-séance inside the Swamp-Cosmodrome, where Hougan King Khan gets his mojo working to the sounds of pure blood curdling Soul and R&B with a touch of that sweet New Orleans Funk to make all them Voodoo-dolls seize the dancefloor and shimmy all their blues away.”

Nathaniel Mayer- "Why Don't You Give it to Me?" LP (Alive)
"A psychedelic classic!" - Detroit Free Press Following his critically acclaimed comeback album "I Just Want To Be Held" (Fat Possum 2004), Detroit soul legend Nathaniel Mayer's new album sounds like the record he should have made in 1970. This time production was the team effort of Matthew Smith (Outrageous Cherry), Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), and Dave Shettler (SSM/The Sights), all simultaneously turning knobs, grabbing faders, and switching various boxes on and off. Troy Gregory (Dirtbombs) played bass. The result is soul music with a psychedelic rock n' roll heart. Purple vinyl!

MC5- "Logo" Green T- Shirt

Minor Threat "Bottled Violence" Red T-Shirt Clothing.

The National- "Alligator" CD+LP 180 gram (Beggars Banquet)
Restock on both formats.

Pandora's- "It's About Time" LP (Voxx)
Avoiding the sputter of careerist garage rock for a spectacularly bleary haunted house feel, It's About Time was a welcome alternative to art-punk, synth pop, and the power hunger of bands like X and the Cramps. That's not to say that the Pandoras didn't owe themselves to an extinct musical movement, but thanks mostly due to Paula Pierce, who fronted and wrote virtually everything here, rough charms like "Cry on My Own," "I Live My Life," and "Hot Generation," had a musicality to them that allowed the Easybeats-like throb to bob and sway instead of simply blaring out into a din. Years later, much of It's About Time still shines in its muddily produced, tonally confident swagger, remaining one of 1984's best garage-punk releases.

The Ramblin' Ambassadors- "Vista Cruiser Country Squire" CD (Mint)
Almost five years have passed since the critically acclaimed, Avanti. The Ramblin' Ambassadors are back and preparing to unleash their latest, Vista Cruiser/Country Squire. This new release boasts eight new high-octane instrumental originals from the band as well as covers of The Surftones, The Bel-Airs and The Sadies. The Ramblin' Ambassadors are, lead guitarist Brent J. Cooper (of Huevos Rancheros fame) and his band-mates Scott Nickless (Bass), Tyler Pickering (Drums). These are the fellows who, when only weeks old, played shows with punk and rockabilly legends, The Supersuckers as well as Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys. However, this time around, rounding out the driving tremolo sounds is the new addition, guitarist "Gentlemen" Doug Waite. Vista Cruiser/Country Squire explores the true core of the surf and cow punk sound: stinging guitar lines, aggressive rhythm section passages and just enough laid back West Coast feel. This is an album that balances tremolo and twang within an instrumental presentation. The result showcases the many strengths of a band that can play off of each other while displaying a love for a vintage sound performed without irony or pretense. It was recorded live off the floor, with minimal overdubs, in their Calgary, Alberta rehearsal studio by Russell Broom (Chixdiggit, The Dudes). Following the release of the sophomore, Vista Cruiser/Country Squire, The Ramblin' Ambassadors are preparing a split 7 inch shared with garage rockers Heavy Trash (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion).

Otis Redding- "Dock of The Bay" LP 180 gram ()Sundazed)
Restock. One of the great soul albums of the 60's.

Suicidal Tendencies- "Won't Fall in Love Today" Grey T-Shirt

Sun Records- "Memphis Logo" Black T-Shirt

Tool- "Opiate" LP (Zoo)
Restock on vinyl.

V/A- "...and Back to Earth Again: Ten Years of Meteorcity" CDx3 (MeteorCity)
Restock. Budget priced 3xCD box set of fuzz rock/stoner & psyche rock from this trustworthy label. Bands include Lowrider, Spirit Caravan, Nebula and many many more.

Tool- "Undertow" LPx2 (Zoo)

Rancid- "B sides & C sides" CD (Rancid Records)

T-Rex- "Electric Warrior" LP 180 gram (Rhino)
Reissue of this all time favorite. Heavy duty vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

The Who- "Who's Next" LPx3 (MCA)
Triple LP version of their big hit album with lots of bonus material, which is mostly live if I'm not mistaken. I had this once before and it was gone immediately.

Minus The Bear- "Planet Of Ice" LPx2 (Suicide Squeeze)
Limited edition double LP set on clear blue vinyl. Also in stock on black vinyl and it's a bit cheaper.

Fuck Buttons- "Street Horrrsing" LPx2 (ATP)
Some bands with a name like Fuck Buttons would go for a raunchy approach, but on their debut Street Horrrsing, the Bristol-based group focuses on messing with layers of sounds instead of anything sleazy. Fuck Buttons' collage of brittle electronics, post-rock epics, and blistering noise recalls more than a few other bands -- they're capable of raging like Wolf Eyes, conjuring Aa's dead calm, echoing Mogwai's majesty and mining similar territory to tourmates like Stars of the Lid and Deerhunter -- but they put these elements together in their own beautiful, and often unsettling, way.

Old 97's- "Blame It On Gravity" LP 180 gram (New West)
Just in on LP for the 1st time on HQ 180 gram vinyl. I also have the limited CD version that come with a bonus DVD.

The Sonics- "The Witch/Keep A Knockin'" 7" (Norton)
In for the 1st time.

The Sonics- "Strychnine/Shot Down" 7" (Norton)
In for the 1st time.

The Sonics- "Psycho/Have Love Will Travel" 7" (Norton)
In for the 1st time.

The Sonics- "Boss Hoss/The Hustler" 7" (Norton)
In for the 1st time.

The Cure- "Freakshow" 7" (Geffen)
B-side is "All Kinds Of Stuff".

Queens Of The Stone Age- "Rated X" LP (Interscope/UK)
Imported copy on 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with all the x-rated pictures on the inside.

Drive By Truckers- "Southern Rock Opera" LPx2 (Lost Highway)
Reissued through Lost Highway which means it's now a lot cheaper than it used to be. In a gatefold sleeve.

T-Rex- "The Slider" Picture Disc LP (get Back)
The 1973 follow up to "The Slider".

T-Rex- "Electric Warrior" LP 180 gram (Rhino)

Flamin' Groovies- "Slow Death" LP (Norton)
This album represents all of the Flamin' Groovies self produced recordings from their incredibly creative transitional years post-TEENAGE HEAD and pre-SHAKE SOME ACTION 1971-1973.

Fred Neil- "Everybody's Talkin'" LP 180 gram (Capitol)
60's folk troubadour. Restock.

Fred Neil- "Other Side Of This Life" LP 180 gram (Capitol)
60's folk troubadour. Restock.

Charlie Feathers- "Honky Tonk Kind" CD+LP (Norton)
Charlie is a Rockabilly icon. In stock for the 1st time. Rare & unissued recordings.

Charlie Feathers- "Wild Side Of Life" CD+LP (Norton)
Charlie is a Rockabilly icon. In stock for the 1st time. Rare & unissued recordings.

Charlie Feathers- "Long Time Ago" CD+LP (Norton)
Charlie is a Rockabilly icon. In stock for the 1st time. Rare & unissued recordings.

Tool- "Undertow" LPx2 (Zoo)

The Hellacopters- "Head Off" LP (Psychout)
The final album from one of the best rock bands ever. The mighty Hellacopters hang it up, but not before unleashing this final blast of bar rock Nirvana. Imported.

The New York Dolls- "S/T" LP (Mercury)
I have both the colored vinyl version & the 180 gram version.

Minus The Bear- "They Make Beer Commercials Like This" CD+LP (Suicide Squeeze)
New reissue.

Children Of Bodom- "Blood Drunk" LP (Spinefarm)
Beautiful artwork. Gatefold sleeve and LP is on Blood Red vinyl. Includes the Slayer song "Silent Scream" as a bonus song.

John Otway- "Patron Saint Of Losers" CDx2 (Sanctuary)
A beautiful 46 track anthology from this UK cult musician. I own all his albums and believe me, this really covers all the bases.

Swervedriver- "Juggernaut Rides" CDx2 (Castle)
Excellent double cd compilation from the best of the 90's UK shoegazer bands. Most of their proper albums are all out of print, so this is the way to go.

The Fall- "Live At The Witch Trials" CDx2 (Sanctuary)
Huge amount of bonus material in this budget priced double cd reissue of the Fall's 1st album. Contains original album (obviously), 10 bonus studio tracks, plus 8 BBC Sessions songs & a live 12 track concert from Liverpool from 1978.

The Exploited- "Troops Of Tomorrow" CD (Captain Oi)

The Exploited- "Let's Start A War" CD (Captain Oi)

Social Distortion- "Greatest Hits" LPx2 (Time Bomb)

Colin Meloy- "Sings Live" LPx2 (KRS)
This is not an improvement on The Decemberists, from whose repertoire most of the songs come (two supplemented with allusions to old songs by Fleetwood Mac and Morrissey). But no matter how much intricate production and arranging is lost by stripping those songs down to just Decemberists leader Meloy’s voice and acoustic guitar, the songs still entertain, and the increased intimacy makes it an interesting tradeoff. And there is one previously unreleased song here, the charming “Wonder” (I’m not counting the snippet of “Dracula’s Daughter,” his self-proclaimed “worst song I’ve ever written”). At first it seemed like there were more, but research revealed them to be songs from EPs, but they do offer a welcome change-of-pace sprinkling of unfamiliar material (unless you’re a Decemberists completist). Plus there’s plenty of Meloy’s dry wit on display in between songs. Essential? No. Endearing? Absolutely. (Online Review)

Cryptopsy- "Unspoken King" CD (Century Media)
Probably the most confident stride into newfound creativity attempted by a modern death metal band” - The Montreal death metal band’s 6th full length release overall. Reinventing and redefining metal’s boundaries, CRYPTOPSY, recognized worldwide for infusing extreme music with awe-inspiring precision, rabidly dynamic rhythms and mouth-foaming viciousness, have earned music fans respect inside and outside the metal community. The band’s viperous recordings and punishing live performance have confirmed their place in music’s elite.

Coldplay- "Viva La Vida" LP+CD (EMI)
Brand new! Gatefold sleeve with bonus CD included.

Nico- "Chelsea Girl" CD (Warner)
Nico's first solo album. Co-written with then boyfriend Jackson Browne who also plays guitar. Easily one of her best efforts.

Method Of Defiance- "Inamorata" CD (Ohm Resistance)
METHOD OF DEFIANCE is BILL LASWELL’s newest super group - drum 'n' bass/electronic beat meets flesh and blood musicians. For the project, Laswell enlisted influential musicians Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Buckethead, John Zorn, and others in collaborating with the cream of the drum 'n' bass crop - represented by Evol Intent, Paradox, Submerged, Black Empire, Fanu, and others, to create a memorable masterpiece. The world of free jazz and avant composition weighs in throughout - a dark vortex of electronics and musicians blending into an infinitely listenable journey.

Method Of Defiance- "The Only Way To Go Is Down" CD (Sublight)
Featuring guest collaborators TOSHINORO KONDO, DR. ISRAEL, BOB BELDEN, ENDUSER and BUCKETHEAD! BILL LASWELL has been one of largest forces responsible for shaping modern music into what it is today. His artistic breakthrough in producing "Rockit" for Herbie Hancock's Future Shock album, has been cited by many as influencing the explosion of hip-hop and turntablism. Laswell has remixed the works of Bob Marley, Miles Davis, and Carlos Santana as well as collaborated with hundreds of musicians like Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger and many more. Laswell continues to hybridize music styles with his latest project METHOD OF DEFIANCE. New York City's finest blend of do it yourself/resist/outsmart/destroy comes together under one name Method of Defiance. 1 Legendary bassist, 1 iconoclastic beat and sound splicer, and 1 time defying drummer join forces on A project 2 years in the making. METHOD OF DEFIANCE is bassist/producer BILL LASWELL, sound destroyer SUBMERGED, and drummer GUY LICATA. A grammy award winning producer. A world renowned DJ. A prodigy of live drumming.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band- "The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw" CD (Warner)
On their third album, 1967s "The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw", the Paul Butterfield Blues Band added a horn ensemble and said goodbye to slide guitarist Michael Bloomfield, leaving previous second guitarist Elvin Bishop as the sole guitar player.
This album is much more influences by soul and R&B than Butterfield's previous work, and the horn section and the many organ-laden numbers are reminicent of Albert King's Stax recordings (although Bishop's guitar is much less prominent than King's usually was, and Butterfield doesn't have Albert King's vocal powers).
One of the saxists is a very young David Sanborn, by the way, and trumpet player Keith Johnson has worked with Etta James and Van Morrison among others.

Lemmy- "Damage Case" CDx2 (Castle)
1966-2005! 40 years of music from rock's greatest frontman. Featuring work from Motorhead, Hawkwind, The Damned, The Head Cat, The Upsetters & The Rockin' Vickers. 31 tracks in total.

Spiritualized- "Songs In A&E" CD (Universal)
They're Back! The 1st album of new material since 2003's Amazing Grace. NME calls it a work of undisputed genius.

Eagles Of Death Metal- "Death By Sexy" CD (Bored Stiff)

Fu Manchu- "We Must Obey" CD (Century Media)

Hank III- "Lovesick Broke & Driftin'" CD (Curb)

Junior Wells & Buddy Guy- "Hoodoo Man Blues" CD (Delmark)
An utterly fantastic blues album from the mid 60's. A must have if you like music.

Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson- "Kidney Stew Is Fine" CD (Delmark)
Eddie was a bluesman from the 50's & 60's who sang and played the alto sax. He's backed up on this album by T-Bone Walker & Jay McShann.

T-Bone Walker- "I Want A Little Girl" CD (Delmark)
Recorded in 1968, this album focused a little more on T-Bone's supple voice, and a bit less on his great guitar work. Not to worry though, you still get plenty of the latter. One of the legendary Texas bluesmen.

Peter Tosh- "Legalize It" CD (Columbia)
Now contains a bonus track.

DRI- "Thrashkore Retrospektif" CD (Mausoleum)

Junior Brown- "12 Shades Of Brown" CD (Curb)

Love- "Forever Changes" CDx2 (Rhino)
The deluxe package with remastered sound and tons of bonus tracks. Arthur Lee & Love deliver their best work from 1967.

John Martyn- "Anthology" CDx2 (Primo)
People fawn & slaver over Nick Drake, yet most have never heard of John Martyn who was easily his equal and a contemporary who's continued to lanquish in obscurity. Amazing UK acoustic & electric folk/blues with tons of personality.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre- "My Bloody Underground" CD+LPx2 (A Records)
Less retro pop songwriting, and more drugged out drone rock on this the 1st BJM album in many years.

Solomon Burke- "Don't Give Up On Me" CD (Anti)
The comeback album that won him a Grammy in 2003.

Solomon Burke- "Proud Mary" CD (Rev-Ola)
Some classic soul & R&B from 1969.

Al Green- "Lay It Down" CD+LPx2 (Blue Note)
Back in stock on both formats.

Baby Shambles- "Shotters Nation" CD (EMI)
Restock. From this year.

Michael Franti & Spearhead- "Yell Fire!" CD (Anti)
Restock. Coming to Folk Festival again this august.


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