Here is the first part of the week's new releases. More to come
Smashing Pumpkins- "Chicago Tapes & Unreleased Demos" LPx2 colored vinyl (Tarantula)
Double LP packed with SMASHING PUMPKINS rarities! The first LP features pre-'Gish' cuts that were sold only on cassette prior to getting signed - most of these tracks were never re-recorded for future albums! The second disc is BILLY CORGAN demos he did on his tape machine for the 'Mellon Collie', all acoustic with nice textures! 21 trracks.
White Hills- "Heads On Fire" CD (Rocket)
After two critically acclaimed self released CDR’s, Rocket Recordings are proud to announce the release of Heads On Fire, the first official album by New York's White Hills. Ever changing and always striving to push the envelope, Heads on Fire finds the band playing a heavier style of spacerock as compared to their previous releases. Relentless and punishing, with a mesmerising blend of fuzz/wah guitar growl, pounding bass, sprawling synth, and chaotic drumming. Whether it be the mere one minute track Return of Speed Toilet or the 26 plus minute Don't Be Afraid, the listener will be taken on a ride through a world that is all encompassing from beginning to end.
Lightning Bolt- "Wonderful Rainbow" LP (Load)
In case its unique brand of sonic assault and battery didn't leave you lying dead on the floor with your spleen poking halfway out your gaping mouth the first time around, Lightning Bolt is back for a second strafing run on your sense of mental and musical balance. Think you're up for it? Well, maybe you are, but only if you leave your volume knob down between two and three. It's hard to believe that all this noise is made by only a guitarist and a drummer, and it's sometimes even harder to believe that no electronic manipulation is involved. But however it is that they create this glorious ruckus, it's a sound that attracts at least as strongly as it repels, and there are a few tracks (let's not call them "songs," thank you) on Wonderful Rainbow that come perilously close to actually having hooks. The brilliant "Dracula Mountain," for example, with its heavily processed and thoroughly indecipherable vocals, or the equally baffling and wonderful "Assassins," both of which pummel and dance in equal measure. In fact, the only real misstep here is "Duel in the Deep," which clocks in at an eventually tedious six minutes. At its best, though, this album is like having a beautiful girl hit you repeatedly over the head with a baseball bat. Imagine all the best aspects of Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, the Ruins, Slayer, and Ornette Coleman all thrown into a blender together. Then imagine them on speed. This one's a keeper.
Brian Eno- "Before And After Science" CD (EG Records)
Before and After Science is really a study of "studio composition" whereby recordings are created by deconstruction and elimination: tracks are recorded and assembled in layers, then selectively subtracted one after another, resulting in a composition and sound quite unlike that at the beginning of the process. Despite the album's pop format, the sound is unique and strays far from the mainstream. Eno also experiments with his lyrics, choosing a sound-over-sense approach. When mixed with the music, these lyrics create a new sense or meaning, or the feeling of meaning, a concept inspired by abstract sound poet Kurt Schwitters (epitomized on the track "Kurt's Rejoinder," on which you actually hear samples from Schwitters' "Ursonate"). Before and After Science opens with two bouncy, upbeat cuts: "No One Receiving," featuring the offbeat rhythm machine of Percy Jones and Phil Collins (Eno regulars during this period), and "Backwater." Jones' analog delay bass dominates on the following "Kurt's Rejoinder," and he and Collins return on the mysterious instrumental "Energy Fools the Magician." The last five tracks (the entire second side of the album format) display a serenity unlike anything in the pop music field. These compositions take on an occasional pastoral quality, pensive and atmospheric. Cluster joins Eno on the mood-evoking "By This River," but the album's apex is the final cut, "Spider and I." With its misty emotional intensity, the song seems at once sad yet hopeful. The music on Before and After Science at times resembles Another Green World ("No One Receiving") and Here Come the Warm Jets ("King's Lead Hat") and ranks alongside both as the most essential Eno material.
Jackie-O-Motherfucker- "The Blood Of Life" LP (Fire)
Recorded live in the studios of VPRO Radio in Amsterdam last year.
Bee Houston & His High Steppers- "The Hustler" CD (Arhoolie)
Seriously funky 60's blues out of Chicago.
John Littlejohn- "Slidin' Home" CD (Arhoolie)
Johnny Littlejohn's stunning mastery of the slide guitar somehow never launched him into the major leagues of bluesdom. Only on a handful of occasions was the Chicago veteran's vicious bottleneck attack captured effectively on wax, but anyone who experienced one of his late-night sessions as a special musical guest on the Windy City circuit will never forget the crashing passion in his delivery. This November 14, 1968, session was recorded in Chicago, co-produced by Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records and Willie Dixon. Littlejohn did write most of the dozen tunes, interspersed with covers of songs by James, Dixon, Brook Benton (a refreshingly unusual choice for a mainstream '60s Chicago bluesman), and J.B. Lenoir.
Acid Bath- "Paegan Terrorism Tactics" LPx2 (Rotten)
Acid Bath's 2nd album now reissued on double vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
Harry Belafonte- "Belafonte Sings The Blues" CD (Classics)
After flirting with traditional African-American material in his previous albums, Belafonte, for the first time, devotes an entire album to the blues. However, of the eleven songs, only two could be classified as traditional blues: "In the Evenin' Mama" and "Cotton Fields," the latter given a five minute treatment. Belafonte would take this song on the road as part of his live act for the next decade. Of the other songs, three were covers of Ray Charles standards ("A Fool For You," "Hallelujah I Love Her So," "Mary Ann"). Another highlight is Belafonte's rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." Footnote: this was the first Belafonte album recorded in stereo. Recorded in 1958.
Frazey Ford- "Obadiah" CD+LP (Nettwek)
Debut solo CD from Be Good Tanyas member. Vinyl now here as well.
Gorillaz- "Plastic Beach" LPx2 (EMI)
Latest album finally released on vinyl.
Sleepy Sun- "Fever" L ATP)
For all of its hazy decadence, Sleepy Sun’s debut, Embrace, was an album rippling with disarming vocal duets and quaking guitars so in sync, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were twinned. But when any song breaking the five-minute barrier is liable to be labelled “progressive” or “stoner rock” by a simple virtue of time and guitars beyond the requisite three chords, shedding the tags is always going to be difficult. It won’t come as a surprise, then, that the band’s second album, Fever, has built on the immense, psychedelic promise of its predecessor and delivers with an equally panoramic somnolence. Inspired by the undulating hills of Sierra Gold Country and the sunshine climes of California, it’s an album draped in a languid, rolling spirituality that’s as prone to weave and wander as it’s capable of splitting the sky in two with an amplified thunder crack.
Natural Yogurt Band- "Eastern Promise" 7" (Jazzman)
The Natural Yogurt Band don't disappoint with another glimpse into their extensive archive of ethereal, esoteric and otherworldly sounds! Percussive polyphonics, transient pulsations and phonosynthetic oscillations massage your brain and ease your senses into a floating world of physiodelic cosmic space throb. Their first album sold out everywhere, quickly, and much was said about the band, much of it rumor and conjecture. Here's a glimpse of their next record, Tuck In With The Natural Yogurt Band.
Bad Religion- "The Dissent Of Man" LP+CD (Epitaph)
Bad Religion entered the studio armed with 16 songs that are a testament to why Bad Religion has remained relevant for the better part of three decades. "These are some of my favorite songs I’ve ever written," says Gurewitz. "A few of them took me way outside my comfort zone as a writer to a place I haven’t gone since Recipe or Stranger than Fiction." New songs, 'Resist Stance' and 'Won’t Somebody' have already been embraced by the band’s passionate fans, as evidenced by the overwhelming response during a series of 25 live shows celebrating Bad Religion’s 30th anniversary earlier this year. These songs were recorded and given away as part of a free digital album, 30 Years Live, as a thank you to their fans for their support over the last three decades.
Swans- "My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky" CD (Young God)
The first new record from SWANS since 1996! Yes, after years of pursuing ANGELS OF LIGHT and recording and producing a diverse roster of artists for his label, Michael Gira has reconvened his legendary group Swans. As he says: "this is not a reunion. It’s not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After five Angels of Light albums, I need a way to move forward, in a new direction, and it just so happens that revivifying the idea of Swans allows me to do that". This highly anticipated album is as powerful and diverse as anything Gira has ever done, in Swans or otherwise. It opens with the epic, soul-crushing "No Words/No Thoughts", but quickly veers to more pastoral terrain, and on to ever-ascending monotonal grooves. A filmic-folk idyll featuring Devendra Banhart on lead vocal abruptly shifts to cataclysm, and is followed by more airplane-taking-off ascensions, art songs and lethal sonic pummeling. In short, this is the new Swans album, a significant advance from where they left off and as challenging and emotionally demanding as ever. A massive 18 month tour (Montreal and Toronto dates are scheduled for early October) in support of the album begins in September. The vinyl edition (coming soon) includes a digital download coupon.
Raveonettes- "Lust Lust Lust" LP (Vice)
In on vinyl for very first time.
Gov't Mule- "Life before Insanity/Dose" CD (Retrowoeld)
Two albums by GOV'T MULE packaged together in an attractively priced 2CD set - 1998's 'Dose' and 2000's 'Life Before Insanity'.
Dead Confederate- "Wrecking Ball" LPx2 (Tao)
Double LP from 2008 with download.
Atomic Rooster- "In Hearing Of" CD (Castle)
Excellent early 70's organ led hard rock band from the UK.
Atomic Rooster- "Made In England" CD (Castle)
Excellent early 70's organ led hard rock band from the UK.
Hacienda- "Loud Is The Night" LP (Alive)
Now on vinyl! The buzz surrounding San Antonio's Hacienda may signal a rebirth of young rock n' roll - with emphasis on the "roll". This Mexican-American quartet blends a raw yet sophisticated style of pop music with harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles and Beach Boys. In order to keep the integrity of the music, "Loud Is The Night" was largely captured live in the room with a helping hand from new friends Scott and Frank of Dr. Dog. With them they worked on existing vocal harmonies and created new ones, greatly embellishing the album. The result is a beautiful collection of songs played with integrity and soul to spare, and while the band is aware of its 60's influences, the music on "Loud is the Night" is far from derivative, and the finished product is modern pop music performed with genuineness and taste.
Black Angels- "Phosphene Dream" CD+LP (Blue Horizon)
Brand new from Austin Tx. psyche rock band. Their 3rd full length.
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.
Steve Marriott- "S/T" CD (Lemon)
In between the demise of HUMBLE PIE and the reformation of The SMALL FACES, STEVE MARRIOTT found time to record his first solo record 'Marriott'. This classic album has been hidden away in the A&M vaults for many years, having been deleted in 1980 and as such had never been available on CD, prior to the first Lemon reissue. The album has been digitally remastered and contains 10 electrifying tracks of soul and rock’n’ roll, all delivered perfectly by the godfather of Britpop! The package contains all original artwork plus bonus sleeve-notes from Carol Clerk.
The Weepies- "Be My Thrill" LP (Nettwerk)
Like an earthier version of Sixpence None the Richer, the Weepies brew up a sound that’s part Lilith Fair throwback, part coffeehouse folk, and part NPR-approved pop. Be My Thrill, the duo’s third album, continues the same thread the Weepies have been spinning since their 2003 debut, with acoustic guitars and light boy/girl harmonies taking most of the spotlight.
Patterson Hood- "Murdering Oscar" LP+CD (Red Ink)
Patterson Hood, the leader of the Drive-By Truckers, recorded his first solo album in 2001 as a series of rough four-track demos, and when Killers and Stars finally received an official release in 2004, it sounded like a set of songs too eccentric and too personal to fit in with the Truckers' hard-driving approach, even though the quality of the material was certainly consistent with what he'd created with the group. In many respects, Hood's second solo set, 2009's Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs), is also dominated by songs a little too odd and close to the vest to make it onto a DBT album, but if Killers and Stars sounded heartfelt but tentative, Murdering Oscar is confident and full-bodied, and not just because most of these songs include a full band rather than just Hood and his guitar.
Lalo Schifrin- "OST: Mission Impossible" LP (Dot)
TV soundtrack recordings from 1968-1973.
Portastatic- "Slow Note From A Sinking Ship" LP (Merge)
As a side project of Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, Portastatic provides an outlet for ideas that would sound out of place on a Superchunk album, and others that would fit right in. Playing by himself for the most part -- with some help from local musicians -- and recorded on a four track, the project has a modest low-fi feel. Quieter and gentler than his regular gig, Mac experiments with analog synths, lap steel, and other instruments, while creating songs with a soft, somber quality about them.
Blind Willie Johnson- "Nobody's Fault But Mine" CD (Rev-Ola)
"Blind" Willie Johnson straddled that spooky border between blues and spirituals. Among musicians, he is considered one of the greatest slide or bottleneck guitarists, as well as one of the most revered figures of depression-era gospel music. Covered by everyone from Peter, Paul and Mary to Led Zepelin to Fairport Convention to Bob Dylan to Beck to The White Stripes, he is one of those almost secret figures who seemingly influence everything. Ry Coooder's soundtrack to "Paris, Texas" was conceived as a distillation of his work and spirit. Willie Johnson's life in itself reads like an early blues, blinded at age seven by his own mother in a fight with his errant father, living as an itinerant preacher and singer, having to live in the burnt out ruin of his ramshackle house after a fire, on a wet mattress, which eventually helped kill him, pneumonia, malarial fever and syphilis being a powerful combo. A major figure in the "eerie voiced" blues genre genre typified by Robert Johnson, Skip James and others, that sense-of-dread hellhound on my trail atmosphere which makes great movies...Here is a collection of Blind Willie Johnson's finest, with his slashing 12 string and scary slide all over them...Blind Willie's song Dark Was The Night, Cold Was the Ground was included on the Voyager Golden Record, sent into space with the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. Out there, there may be lifeforms hearing the unheimlich sound of Blind Willie Johnson. Are you ready for it? A rich, strange, and wonderful collection of Blind Willie Johnson's best! Lovingly packaged with wonderful memorabilia and detailed notes by our man in the world of I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang, Mr. Vic Templar! Beautifully remastered in RevOlasonic sound by Joe Foster and Norman Blake at the secretly-located Studio 3! A must for ANYONE who likes the magical, eerie and scary sound of all the people mentioned above..."adapted" by Led Zep, launched into space, covered by The White Stripes...surely you have to check out Willie's scary world of black cat bones and revelators and cold, cold graves
J.B. Lenoir- "The Parrot Sessions 1954-5" CD (Relic)
Newcomers to his considerable legacy could be forgiven for questioning J.B. Lenoir's gender upon first hearing his rocking waxings. Lenoir's exceptionally high-pitched vocal range is a fooler, but it only adds to the singular appeal of his music. His politically charged "Eisenhower Blues" allegedly caused all sorts of nasty repercussions upon its 1954 emergence on Al Benson's Parrot logo (it was quickly pulled off the shelves and replaced with Lenoir's less controversially titled "Tax Paying Blues").
J.B. (that was his entire legal handle) fell under the spell of Blind Lemon Jefferson as a wee lad, thanks to his guitar-wielding dad. Lightnin' Hopkins and Arthur Crudup were also cited as early influences. Lenoir spent time in New Orleans before arriving in Chicago in the late '40s. Boogie grooves were integral to Lenoir's infectious routine from the get-go, although his first single for Chess in 1951, "Korea Blues," was another slice of topical commentary. From late 1951 to 1953, he waxed several dates for Joe Brown's JOB logo in the company of pianist Sunnyland Slim, drummer Alfred Wallace, and on the romping "The Mojo," saxophonist J.T. Brown.
Lenoir waxed his most enduring piece, the infectious (and often-covered) "Mama Talk to Your Daughter," in 1954 for Al Benson's Parrot label. Lenoir's 1954-1955 Parrot output and 1955-1958 Checker catalog contained a raft of terrific performances, including a humorously defiant "Don't Touch My Head" (detailing his brand-new process hairdo) and "Natural Man." Lenoir's sound was unique: saxes (usually Alex Atkins and Ernest Cotton) wailed in unison behind Lenoir's boogie-driven rhythm guitar as drummer Al Galvin pounded out a rudimentary backbeat everywhere but where it customarily lays. Somehow, it all fit together.
Humble Pie- "S/T" CD (Repertoire)
Alternating hard-driving blues-rockers with country-folk numbers, Humble Pie neatly showcases the two sides of this band's personality on their first release for a major American label and third album overall. All of the elements are in place for the sound that would reach its studio peak with the next release, Rock On, and culminate with the classic Live at the Fillmore album. "Earth and Water Song" provides a blueprint for the acoustic guitar-based sound Peter Frampton would ride to multi-platinum success as a solo artist later in the decade. "One Eyed Trouser-Snake Rumba" and "Red Light Mama, Red Hot!" show the hard-rocking direction in which Steve Marriott would move the band after Frampton's departure the following year.
Spoon- "Ga Ga Ga Ga" LP (Merge)
Restock on vinyl.
Spoon- "Gimme Fiction" LP (Merge)
Restock on vinyl.
Spoon- "Kill The Moonlight" LP (Merge)
Restock on vinyl.
Spoon- "Transference" LP (Merge)
Restock on vinyl.
Radiohead- "OK Computer" LPx2 (Capitol)
Superchunk- "Majesty Shredding" CD+LP (Merge)
'Majesty Shredding' is a powerful document of Superchunk as a band, augmented as needed with well-placed harmonies, keyboards, and guitar overdubs (and some backing vocals courtesy of the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle). Since releasing their first 7" single in 1989, Superchunk has run the gamut of milestone albums: early punk rock stompers, polished mid-career masterpieces, and lush, adventurous curveballs. Conventional wisdom holds that a band two decades into its career can only rehash or reinvent, but with 'Majesty Shredding', Superchunk has done something entirely different. Neither a return nor a departure, 'Majesty Shredding' telescopes two decades into 41 indelible, action packed minutes. It is the sound of youthful exuberance fine tuned with grown-up confidence. And it may very well be Superchunk's best record yet. Live date announced for Vancouver Oct. 13!
Shit Robot- "From The Cradle To The Rave" D (DFA)
Everyone in the music biz seems to have a story, and Irish emigre Marcus Lambkin has a whopper; after leaving Dublin for New York in the early 90's he soon became acquainted with one James "LCD Soundsystem" Murphy, founder of the legendary DFA label and - like I need to tell you - one of the key players in the noughties emergence of dance punk and twisted disco.
Despite nearly two decades of DJing (After initially using his skills as a trained cabinet maker to help build the DFA studio) From The Cradle To The Rave constitutes Lambkin's debut album under the Shit Robot pseudonym, one that he's admitted is broadly influenced by his early days attending warehouse parties on Manhattan's bohemian Lower East Side.
Those interested in Murphy's will he/won't he claim to be retiring LCD Soundsystem as a vehicle will note that he contributes on both production and vocal duties, the latter being on the acid-tinged closer Triumph. He's by no means the only top drawer collaborator; Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor adds his geeky falsetto to the soulful 8-bit tones of Losing My Patience, whilst Nancy Whang's turn on the supreme kitsch of Take 'Em Up sounds like a cross between LA psych poppers The Bird And The Bee and early Pet Shop Boys.
It's these moments that you sense what Lambkin is referring to when he says that From The Cradle To Rave has a "Poppy side". Happily however for the Detroit obsessed there are wide open spaces designed to facilitate their more utilitarian dancefloor nature. Opener Tuff Enuff pillages Kraftwerk's Trans Europe Express - but since when the hell has that ever been a bad thing - whilst I Found Love has all the trademark leftfield finesse of Carl Craig and I Got A Feeling similarly the euphoria of classic early house.
With a speed dial to kill for and his boss disapearing off into the background for a while, opportunity could be knocking belatedly for Marcus Lambkin: you assume his next outing will be less than twenty years in gestation.
Laetetia Sadier- "The Trip" LP (Drag City)
This is the debut album from one of the most celebrated singers of rock's recent history, LAETITIA SADIER. For as long as records are made (or at least listened to in some fashion), Sadier will forever be linked with STEREOLAB, the band she has fronted with ex-partner Tim Gane throughout the heady pre-and-post-millennial years of the past two decades. But 2009 signaled changes - Stereolab announced an indefinite hiatus and Laetitia disbanded her original solo project/band, MONADE. Fittingly, Laetitia is releasing her first "official" solo record, 'The Trip'. Throughout the album, a straightforward, carefully arranged approach expresses Laetitia's reflections (including an attempt to make sense of her sister's recent suicide) in a personal, yet public form of entertainment. Musical collaborators on the album include Rebecca Gates, Richard Swift, April March, Julien Gasc, and Emmanuel Mario. br>
F-Minus- "Suburban Blight" CD (Hellcat)
So-Cal crust punk from 2001 (their 2nd album).
Roky Erickson & Okkervil River- "True Love Cast Out All Evil" LP (Anti)
Legendary musician Roky Erickson triumphantly returns with True Love Cast Out All Evil, his first new album in fourteen years, produced by Will Sheff from Okkervil River, and featuring Will and Okkervill as Erickson’s backing band. True Love Cast Out All Evil is comprised largely of unreleased songs that Austin native Erickson wrote throughout his decades-long career – detailing with heart-breaking candor a harrowing life that has included shock treatment, imprisonment, mental illness, and irreversible loss. With a wisdom that can only be marshaled by someone who has been through all of this, Erickson also interjects the songs with love, hope, and spiritual grace. While True Love Cast Out All Evil echoes the many musical styles in which Erickson has been a participant or a pioneer – including garage-rock, lo-fi psych, heavy metal, and country-tinged Texas folk – it also moves Erickson into new territory, foregrounding his songwriting skill. In these songs, Erickson addresses his troubled history in his own words, eschewing the metaphors of earlier songs like “I Walked with a Zombie” to speak directly about hardship and the lessons learned from it. Will Sheff’s production highlights the songs while interweaving them with found-sound and archival recordings culled from Erickson’s home videos and recordings made in the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. This is not a cynical comeback record, a lukewarm update on an established legacy – these are the best songs Roky has ever written, unreleased due to decades of personal problems.
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan- "Sunday At devil Dirt" CD (V2)
The second collaboration between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, 2008's Sunday at Devil Dirt, follows roughly the same template as the first, 2006's Ballad of the Broken Seas. The songs hit all the same signposts with stops at the lowdown country blues, and melancholy orchestral pop à la Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, restrained British folk, and dramatic Bad Seeds-lite balladry. Once again, Campbell reverses the traditional pop formula of a male Svengali, writing, producing, and molding his female talent by writing all the songs and doing all the production and arranging herself, leaving Lanegan in the diva role.
Motorhead- "No Remorse" CDx2 + LPx2 (Bronze)
There have been dozens and dozens of Motörhead compilations released over the decades, but the first one remains definitive, even if it's not perfect. Released in 1984 as a gap-filler -- for Motörhead were regrouping in the wake of the bandmember shuffling that followed the odd Another Perfect Day album -- No Remorse compiled two-dozen songs across two discs (latter-day editions adding a good serving of bonus tracks, too). Many of the band's best songs to date are here, like "Ace of Spades," "Stay Clean," "Overkill," "Bomber," and "Iron Fist." There are also four new recordings that were cut exclusively for No Remorse: "Killed by Death," "Snaggletooth," "Steal Your Face," and "Locomotive." These four songs were cut by the newly instated four-piece lineup that would go on to record Orgasmatron (1986): guitarists Michael Burston and Phil Campbell, drummer Peter Gill, and of course, bassist/vocalist Lemmy. These new recordings make No Remorse more than a standard greatest-hits package, as do the number of stray recordings compiled here as well.
Joy Division- "Unknown Pleasures" LP (Rhino)
A classic bit of 80's history now back in on LP.
Captain beefheart- "Safe As Milk" LP (Buddah)
Reissue of one of the greatest albums of all time (according to many people), CAPTAIN BEEFHEART's "Safe As Milk". With A&M junior popmeister Richard Perry, jack of all trades Ry Cooder, songwriting genius Russ Titelman, The Captain makes his first real shot at being legendary - and succeeds! Originally released in 1967. Colored vinyl.
Jimmy Eat World- "Chase This Light" LP (Interscope)
New release on vinyl.
Porter Wagoner- "What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen/Sings 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!
Sword- "Age Of Winters" LP (Kemado)
Restock on colored vinyl. Better price now!
Bo Diddley- "Where It All Began" LP Chess)
Johnny Otis and Pete Welding produced this surprisingly successful soul effort by Bo, which succeeded in reshaping his sound, not as a Sly Stewart wannabe or a lounge act covering Creedence Clearwater Revival hits. Bo at least sounds comfortable and natural doing songs like "Look At Grandma" and "Woman," and the latter is a pretty damn good song -- Bo finally emerged as a soul singer in his own right, and it worked, artistically at least. "Hey Jerome" even recalls tracks like "Say Man" in a not-unflattering light. Unfortunately, none of this mattered to the people who still cared about Bo Diddley -- they wanted the beat and the old sound, which was present here on "I've Had It Hard," and the extraordinary "Bo Diddley-itis," but not in the kind of quantity they craved.
Rory Gallagher- "Ghost Blues/Best Of The Beat Club" DVDx2 (Eagle Vision)
This superb two disc DVD set tells for the first time the complete and fully authorised story of Rory Gallagher. Directed by Ian Thuillier, disc one “Ghost Blues” follows Rory’s life and career from his upbringing in Cork, his early days with a showband, the brief success of Taste and then his legendary solo career leading up to his health problems in later life and tragic death at the age of just 47. There are archive interviews, both audio and visual, with Rory and contributions from many of his friends and admirers including his brother Donal, Bob Geldof, The Edge, Cameron Crowe, Slash, Ronnie Drew, Bill Wyman, band members and many more. Disc two “The Beat Club Sessions” then shows what Rory Gallagher was really all about – a magnificent live performer. Drawn from three different appearances on the German TV series “Beat Club”, this disc contains over 90 minutes of previously unreleased live performances which illustrate why he inspired so many of the musicians who pay tribute to him in “Ghost Blues”.
Leftover Crack- "Mediocre Generica" LP (Hellcat)
Restock on LP.