New Stock Arriving August 25th

Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 04:24 AM CST

Contributed by: Dave

Watch for details of a X-Ray Records "back to school sale" starting this week and running until the end of the month. I'll also be posting the particulars on Facebook as well via my weekly email.

These items should arrive wednesday.

Junior Wells & Buddy Guy- "Hoodoo Man Blues" LP (Delmark)
Restock of this killer album from 1965.

MGMT- "Oracular Spectacular" LP (CBS)
Their 1st album now back in stock.

The Police- "Regatta De Blanc" LP (A&M)
Back in stock on LP.

She & Him- "Vol.1" LP (Merge)
M. Ward & Zooey Deschanel. Back in stock.

She & Him- "Vol.2" LP (Merge)
M. Ward & Zooey Deschanel. Back in stock.

Jimi Hendrix- "Axis: Bold As Love" LP (Sony)
Restock on vinyl.

Jimi Hendrix- "Are You Experienced?" LP (Sony)
Restock on vinyl.

Bob Marley- "Legend" LP (Island)

Bob Marley- "Exodus" LP (Island)

Bob Marley- "Live" LP (Island)

Bob Marley- "Catch A Fire" LP (Island)

Bob Marley- "Burnin'" LP (Island)

Derek & The Dominoes- "Layla" LPx2 (WB)
Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Bobby Whitlock etc.

Wire- "Pink Flag" LP 180 gram (4 Men With Beards)
Vintage material from the highly influential UK band which flourished in the late 70's & 80's.

Wire- "Chairs Missing" LP 180 gram (4 Men With Beards)
Vintage material from the highly influential UK band which flourished in the late 70's & 80's.

Robin Trower- "Bridge Of Sighs" LP (Friday Music)
Guitarist Robin Trower's watershed sophomore solo disc remains his most stunning, representative, and consistent collection of tunes. Mixing obvious Hendrix influences with blues and psychedelia, then adding the immensely soulful vocals of James Dewar, Trower pushed the often limited boundaries of the power trio concept into refreshing new waters. The concept gels best in the first track, "Day of the Eagle," where the opening riff rockingly morphs into the dreamy washes of gooey guitar chords that characterize the album's distinctive title track that follows. At his best, Trower's gauzy sheets of oozing, wistful sound and subtle use of wah-wah combine with Dewar's whisky-soaked soul-drenched vocals to take a song like the wistful ballad "In This Place" into orbit. "Too Rolling Stoned," another highlight and one of the most covered tracks from this album, adds throbbing, subtle funk to the mix, changing tempos midway to a slow, forceful amble on top of which Trower lays his quicksilver guitar. One of the few Robin Trower albums without a weak cut, Bridge of Sighs holds up to repeated listenings as a timeless work, as well as the crown jewel in Trower's extensive yet inconsistent catalog.

Devo- "Something For Everybody" LP+CD (WB)
Devo's latest (comeback) album on colored vinyl. Includes bonus CD.

Can- "Flow Motion" LP (It's A Mystery)
Vinyl reissue of this 1976 album from Krautrock legends CAN.

Ryan Adams- "Cold Roses" LPx2 (Lost Highway
Back in stock.

Ryan Adams- "Jacksonville City Nights" LP (Lost Highway)
Back in stock.

Eels- "Tomorrow Morning" LP+7" (Cobraside)
Brand new Eels album with bonus 7".

Sword- "Warp Riders" LP+CD (Kemado)
Titans in the realm of metal, Austin TX's THE SWORD have proven themselves to be one of the most influential and revered hard rock groups of the past ten years, having released two flawless slabs of vintage heaviness on Kemado Records, being the hand-picked opening act for Metallica, gracing the past three editions of Guitar Hero, and selling over 130,000 copies of their first two albums. This summer, the band casts its gaze to the stars for 'Warp Riders', their third full-length and their most ambitious effort to date. This is the band's first concept album and is fittingly grand in scope both lyrically and in terms of musical craftsmanship.

NOFX- "Jamaica's Alright...." 7" (Fat Wreck)
Restock on a variety of NOFX singles.

NOFX- "Your Hubcap's Cost More Than My Car" 7" (Fat Wreck)
Restock on a variety of NOFX singles.

NOFX- "Fuck The Kids" 7" (Fat Wreck)
Restock on a variety of NOFX singles.

NOFX- "All My Friends In New York" 7" (Fat Wreck)
Restock on a variety of NOFX singles.

NOFX- "Surfer" 7" (Fat Wreck)
Restock on a variety of NOFX singles.

NOFX- "Regaining Unconsciousness" 7" (Fat Wreck)
Restock on a variety of NOFX singles.

NOFX- "The Longest EP" LPx2 (Fat Wreck)
It's NOFX!! You know, one of the most imitated punk bands of the last 25 years, beloved by droves of loyal fans, the standard bearer in the independent music scene, among the most influential and often controversial bands of their time, the most widely traveled group around, the authors of countless hit songs. They've got a prodigious resume to be sure and an extensive catalog to back it up: 11 full-length studio albums, 2 live records, 13 EP’s, and so many 7" singles it'll give you a headache trying to remember them all. With so many odds and ends out there, Fat Mike (singer/bassist) decided it might be nice to cull the majority of their EP's into one release, 'The Longest EP'. A collection of 30 songs, 'The Longest EP' spans NOFX’s first Fat Wreck Chords release 'The PMRC Can Suck On This' to their latest, 'Cokie The Clown'. It includes 8 tracks that have never been available on CD or digitally, and 2 songs previously unreleased in any format. With an ardent and extensive fan base, NOFX’s releases are always met with great anticipation and 'The Longest EP' will be no different. Just to up the ante, the vinyl version (double LP) will be a pressing limited to 2000 copies.

DJ Q-Bert- "Needle Thrashers: Gamma" LP (Dirtstyle)
Scratch album for all you DJ's out there.

Iron Maiden- "The Final Frontier" LPx2 (EMI)
Double Picture Disc of their new album.

Easy Star All-Stars- "Dub Side Of The Moon" CD (Easy Star)
Recorded in 2003. Dub reggae version of "Dark Side Of The Moon". Very highly regarded.

Of Montreal- "For Our Elegant Caste" 7" (Polyvinyl)
Limited edition of 1000 on blue vinyl. Includes remix of A-Side.

Sufjan Stevens- "Michigan" LPx2 (Asthmatic Kitty)
Back in stock.

Robyn- "With Every Heartbeat" 12" (Interscope)
12" single from her 2008 release "The Album".

Ryan Bingham- "Mescalito" LPx2 (Lost Highway)
The debut recording from the now more widely known Ryan Bingham (he sang the popular song from movie Crazy Heart). This is a double LP on 180 gram vinyl.

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses- "Roadhouse Sun" LPx2 (New West)
The 2nd album from this hard scrabble country boy & the oldest 28 year old you'll ever hear.

Blakroc- "S/T" LP+CD (Blakroc)
Back in stock. Black Keys team up with various hip hop singers.

Strawbs- "Live @ The BBC Vol.2" CD (Polydor)
Having worked the underground folk clubs of the 1960s the Strawbs became pioneers of the early 70s prog rock scene, uniquely merging the two scenes together. They enjoyed critical and commercial success and played with some of the finest members of both scenes including Sandy Denny and Rick Wakeman. This double cd combines all their BBC concerts together for the first time. It charts their rise to success and straddles both their folk and prog rock periods It features live versions of some of their biggest hits including Part of the Union and Lay Down.

Big Boi- "Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty" LPx2 (Def Jam)
Big Boi has no shortage of friends, so it's only right that on his new solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, the Big Boi is joined by a slew of guests. On the production side, Scott Storch (who helmed "Shutterbug"), Salaam Remi (Nas, Fugees), Organize Noise, the rapper's own Boom Boom Room producers and Boi-1da (perhaps best known for his work on Drake's "Best I Ever Had") contribute to the set.

Flying Burrito Brothers- "Burrito Deluxe" LP (4 Men With Beards)
180 gram vinyl issue. While not the immediate classic that is The Gilded Palace of Sin, 1970’s Burrito Deluxe is still a very strong album, and the last FBB’s album to feature the songwriting and vocals of the now legendary Gram Parsons. At this point Parsons had befriended Keith and Mick and as a result Burrito Deluxe features the very first recorded version of their classic Wild Horses which would not make its way onto a Rolling Stones LP (Sticky Fingers) for another year. Along with great Parsons originals like Cody Cody, Older Guys, and Lazy Days, there are stellar versions of Dylan’s If You Gotta Go and the traditional Farther Along.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones- "Pin Points & Gin Joints" CD Big Rig)
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have stuck more pins in the map and pulled more Gin from taps than they care to remember. Over the years they’ve earned the reputation as one of the hardest touring bands in rock. Now they are back with their first full length studio release in seven years. Featuring 14 new songs 'Pin Points and Gin Joints' has the band at their fun, exuberant, chaotic best. The rare band comfortable in almost any genre they are also patient, passionate songwriters. Blending ska and soul, punk and metal, and arrow to the heart pop, these songs are the Bosstones at their best. Lead singer and lyricist Dicky Barrett is at the top of his game as a brash cynic, a harsh critic and a crooner with a heart of gold. His voice as both a storyteller and poet is highlighted in songs about family life, politics, war, art, biker gangs, baseball, ska music legends and blue collar stiffs. With Pin Points and Gin Joints the Bosstones have taken their trademark power chord, driving horns, wicked backbeat sound back to the barroom for another round of shots.

Porter Wagoner- "What Ain't To Be Just Might Happen/Plays His Own" CD (Omni)
Presented here for the very first time on CD are the late PORTER WAGONER's two greatest LPs from the early 1970's, both full of stark autobiographical moments. Most notorious of these is "The Rubber Room", a 1971 country chart hit over-brimming with pain and insanity. Other highlights abound; "If I Lose My Mind" and "Comes And Goes" both explore similar tortured terrain, while "Albert Erving" describes a broken recluse and "Be A Little Quieter" a man tormented by his ghosts. Remastered with love and care from the original RCA Victor master tapes and presented with exclusive liner notes, rare photos from Porter’s private collection and a generous clutch of extra tracks (including a rare duet with Merle Haggard). Porter Wagoner was a consummate showman, songwriter and performer who clothed the darkest jewels from the human heart in a purple sequined countrypolitan sheen. Remastered in 2010 from the original RCA Victor master tapes! 30 tracks!

3 Inches Of Blood- "Here Waits Thy Doom" LP (Century Media)
The biggest defenders of traditional Heavy Metal are releasing their most punishing, epic and mighty album to date! This LP is green colored, hand numbered to 666 copies. Limited edition CD is also in stock.

Paul Collins- "King Of Power Pop" CD+LP (Alive)
King Of Power Pop is the new studio album by Paul Collins, one of the originators of the high-energy pop sound known as power pop. Paul got his start in the late seventies as the drummer for the legendary NERVES, (with Peter Case and Jack Lee,) later forming The BREAKAWAYS with Peter Case, and finally starting The BEAT, or Paul Collins BEAT in 1979. King Of Power Pop, his third record of this century is a complete return to his roots, to power pop, the sound he helped create and popularize, a sound that has seen a resurgence in recent years, a sound that is here to stay! \"For me this is the record that connects the dots, from The Nerves to The Breakaways to The Beat to today… this is the record that puts it all together!\" — Paul Collins Produced and engineered in Detroit by Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs, The Go, White Stripes, to name just a few), King Of Power Pop also features Eric Blakely on guitar and backing vocals, Diamond on bass, and Dave Shettler on drums (SSM, The Sights). Motor City guests include Wally Palmar of the legendary power pop hit-makers the ROMANTICS, as well as pop icon Nikki Corvette of NIKKI & The CORVETTES. The catchy cover art is the work of legendary artist BILL STOUT.

Iggy & The Stooges- "Search & Destroy/Penetration" 7" (Sundazed)
Repressing of this old single.

She & Him- "Thieves" 7" (Merge)
Limited edition single (1000 copies) culled from SHE AND HIM's sophomore album, 'Volume Two' which was released in March 23rd and debuted at #6 on Billboard's Top 200. The b-side is the non-album track "I Knew It Would Happen This Way".

Coldplay-"Viva La Vida" LP+CD (EMI)
Restock. 180 gram vinyl with bonus CD.

Black Keys- "The Big Come Up" LP (Alive)
Their 1st album, now being pressed on swirled colored vinyl.

Black Keys- "Brothers" LPx2+CD (Nonesuch)
Their most recent album on double vinyl with bonus CD & poster.

Black Keys- "Chulahoma" LP (Fat Possum)
Tribute album to the music of bluesman Junior Kimbrough. Back in stock for the first time in ages.

Black Keys- "Tighten Up/Howlin' For You" 12" (Nonesuch)
Still have this limited Record Store Day release. Gone when they're gone!

Black Keys- "Attack & Release" LP (Nonesuch)
Back in stock on LP.

Ray Lamontagne- "God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise" CD (BMG)
Brand new album from Ray & his band. A solid release that won't disappoint his fans LP to follow soon.

Tom Russell- "Veteran's Day: Anthology" CDx2 (Shout Factory)
So this is what it comes to: Shout Factory does Hightone's songwriters. For those who don't know, Oakland, CA's defunct Hightone Records was a small independent that focused on blues -- its debut release was Robert Cray's Bad Influence in 1983 -- and eventually spread itself to include all kinds of roots music including, country, rockabilly, and the music that walked in between. While the other two volumes in this series focus on single discs by Dave Alvin and Buddy Miller -- two artists who came to be synonymous with the label -- Tom Russell is the dark horse, the most restless and surly of songwriters who has made a career of positioning himself as an outsider, and whether he really enjoys that distinction or not is debatable, but he is one nonetheless. He's written songs for Ian Tyson and Nanci Griffith (both of whom appear here, among others) and many others. His career dates back further to the mid-'70s and is entirely on display in this fine, 37-track, two-disc anthology.

Tom Russell- "Blood & Candlesmoke" CD (Shout Factory)
On 19 previous albums, songwriter Tom Russell has told stories about secret histories and compelling, desperate characters along the way. He's written about William Faulkner in Hollywood, the camps at Manzanar, a prisoner in Washington State whose cellmate was Little Willie John, and name-checked -- without artifice -- everyone from to Archie Moore to Charles Bukowski. On 2006's Love and Fear, the songs began to change shape. "The Pugilist at 59," "Beautiful Trouble," "Stealing Electricity," and "Ash Wednesday" transcended his usual tropes; they were darker, more vulnerable and tautly confessional and poetic. Here, on Blood and Candle Smoke, he's perfected this method of songwriting and learned to record in a completely new way, to boot. Co-produced with Craig Schumacher, and cut at Wave Lab Studios in Tucson with members of Calexico and others, it sounds like nothing else in his catalog. Russell played his guitar and sang live with the band, providing little direction and allowing the musicians to open up a natural space around him. Instrumentally, this collaboration employs everything from mariachi and jazz horn sections, reverbed electric guitars, organic acoustics, and miniscule drum kits to hand percussion, marimbas, accordions, talking drums, Vox organs, and Rhodes pianos. The backing and duet vocals by songwriter Gretchen Peters add warmth, depth, dimension, and presence to Russell's songs.

V/A- "Woodstock" LPx5 box set (WB)
Deluxe 5xLP box set with elaborate photo booklet.

Jane- "Together" CD (Universal)
Inundated with every characteristic of progressive rock, Germany's Jane combined elements of jazz fusion, space rock, and even heavy metal at times to come up with a sound that was always exciting and never restrained. On 1972's Together, they fabricate a sound that combines the percussiveness of hard rock with the expansive wandering of makeshift melodies, all kept intact by the vocals of Berndt Pulst, who luckily doesn't have to be a great singer thanks to the intricacies of the organ and flute that are widely predominant. Nonetheless, this debut album offers up some engaging prog rock through the freestyled transience of the lead and bass guitars. The full 12 minutes of "Spain" is punctuated with some stellar drum playing via Peter Panka and some interesting singing from bass player Charly Maucher near the end. Showing signs that their music will gain experimental momentum in future albums (and it did), the placid eeriness that is germinated in "Daytime" and "Hangman" prove that Jane have their roots firmly planted in the space rock and Krautrock genres, only to evolve into other avant-garde areas later in the '70s on albums like Here We Go and Fire, Water, Earth & Air. As one of the most popular bands on the progressively oriented Brain label, Jane's exploratory brand of guitar/organ/percussion based music is well-established throughout these six tracks.

Choking Victm "No Gods No Managers" LP (Hellcat)
Back in stock,

Charles Manson- "Lie" CD (Aware One)
Back in print yet again. The musical hippie ramblings of the infamous CM.

The international Submarine Band- "Safe At Home" CD (Sundazed)
Safe at Home, Gram Parsons' first full-length album (and the only LP he would record with the International Submarine Band), today sounds like a dry run for the country-rock he would later perfect with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers; it's also a major changeup from the psychedelically shaded pop/rock of the ISB's hard to find debut singles. In many ways, the album sounds more purely "country" than Parsons' best-known work; the Burritos' crucially important R&B edge had yet to make its presence felt in Gram's music, and on these sessions the rock influence is often more felt than heard (probably due in part to the presence of Nashville session veterans who pitched in on piano and pedal steel). But Parsons' considerable gifts as a songwriter were already evident on tunes like "Blue Eyes" and "Luxury Liner," and while there's a touch less grace in Gram's vocals than on his best work, his passion, understated wit, and deep love for country music are always in the forefront. And while Gram is the star of this show, his bandmates -- John Nuese and Bob Buchanan on guitars, Jon Corneal on drums, and future Burrito Chris Ethridge on bass -- are solid, soulful, and firmly in the pocket throughout. If Safe at Home sounds like a rough draft for Gram Parsons' later triumphs, it's also a fine record on its own terms, and leaves little doubt that the International Submarine Band's leader had something special right from the start. [Sundazed's 2004 reissue of the album adds an unreleased bonus track, the Marty Robbins/Guy Mitchell hit "Knee Deep in the Blues," and a new liner essay from Parsons biographer Sid Griffin, as well as brief notes from Tim Connors of the "Byrdwatcher" website. Bob Irwin also remastered the album, and it sounds notably different from Shilo's previous CD release; each version has different amounts of studio chatter prefacing songs, and the Sundazed edition has more echo and a slightly wider stereo "spread," though there also seems to be a touch more distortion in the high end, especially audible in the vocals, though it's still a listenable presentation of an album that's lost none of its charm with the passage of time.]

Devendra Banhart- "Oh Me Oh My The Way The Day Goes By" (Young God)
The magically twisted, imaginative, and personal debut album from engaging songwriter Devendra Banhart is back in print! 'Oh Me Oh My The Way The Day Goes By The Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs Of The Christmas Spirit' features 22 songs performed with Banhart’s unique vocals (his occasionally warbling falsetto is alternately bizarre, comical, and often a little frightening); advanced acoustic guitar work that veers schizophrenically from gentle grooves into jolting, non-rhythmic stabs and weird harmonic flights of chaos; and the wildly surreal nature of his truly exceptional lyrics. Comparisons have been made to the first three Tyrannosaurus Rex albums, Nick Drake, Comus, Daniel Johnston, and Karen Dalton. Wonderful, to say the least.


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