EAR/Rational Update Week 47-52, 2010

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Ah Coma-Sotz * Air Waves * Alexander Tucker & Decomposed Orchestra * Ambassador 21 * ANP (Absolut Null Punkt) * Area C * Aril Brikha * Arsene Souffriau * Atsuhiro Ito * Balam Acab * Bart Davenport * Bastian Wegner * Ben Patterson * Blackdeath * Blackwood Apology * Bon Homme * Capricornus * Carlos Casas * Carlos Casas/Prurient * Cluster * COH * Config.sys * Conquering Animal Sound * Control * Corpus * Crass * Daniel Menche * Danielle De Picciotto & Alexander Hacke * Dave DK * Death * Decima Victima * Deirdre Wilson Tabac * Dimitri Voudouris * Dionysos * Dirty Martha * Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer * Duo505 * Eluvium * Empress * Eric La Casa * Fabio Orsi * Faust * Floating Bridge * Floor * Flower Travellin' Band * FM3 * Forest Swords * Frivolous * Frl. Linientreu * Gang Gang Dance * Gog * Gowns * Gray * Gregory Carmichael * Gruel * Haare * Head Over Heels * Hyperjinx Tricycle * Igor Boxx * Index * Ironomi * Isolee * Iszoloscope * Jacobs Creek * Jane Kennaway * John Cage * John Duncan * Jokers * Jono El Grande * Junk Culture * Kazuo Uehara * Kiki Keren-Huss * Liz Janes * Locrian * Low Five * Mahogany * Mamiffer/House Of Low Culture * Markley * Martino Traversa * Master Musicians Of Bukkake * Maurizio Bianchi * Melvin Davis * Michael Chapman * Michael Ranta * Miguel y El ComitÄ~c? * Monotonix * Mount Eerie * Mr. Oizo & Gaspard Auge * Mudsuckers * Muslimgauze * Nadja * Nat Dove & The Devils * Near The Parenthesis * Nicolas Jaar * Nin Kuji * Non Toxique Lost * Nsi (Non Standard Institut) * O Rex * Paul Kalkbrenner * Phil Manley * Pim Scheelings * Plastikman * Port Royal * Queen Constance Band * Rascher Saxophone Quartet, The * Residents, The * Rimacona * Roedelius * Rorschach Garden, The * RVDS * Scuba * Sea-Ders, The * Shackleton * Shindig * Sic Alps * Sidi Toure & Friends * Sky Burial * Sleep Chamber * Sleepy Hollow * Soft Moon * Steffi * Stooges, The * Subtractivelad * Sufjan Stevens * Swankia * Teebs * Tetragrammaton * Thank You * Thollem Mcdonas & Stefano Scodanibbio * Tim Hecker * Vanessa Van Basten * Wade Matthews * Walter Marchetti * West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, The * White Wires * Wire * Wolfram * Wunder * Xavier Charles & Terrie Ex * Yoni Kretzmer Trio * Zero Degree

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Eric La Casa - W2 (1998-2008) Water and Wind CD (Herbal) [herb1005] $21.00
When I listen today to these pieces, I hear, of course, a geographic inventory of all the places I encountered. Above all, though, and as if by default, I hear the sonic journal of twelve years spent recording sound. My relation to the sites wasn't based on a desire to document but it is worth noting, however, that a « sound story », more trivial perhaps, has instituted itself, expanding and commenting on my musical journey: that of a man listening. Moreover, it has never seemed more obvious to me that listening is always situated in what I would qualify as the extreme present, that is, the instant when listening, landscape and time become one. Bouvier was right : the more we journey, the more the journey transforms us. Fascinated by water and by wind, these agents of transformation, activators of change, became, during those twelve years, my principal, almost exclusive, subjects, wherever I happened to be. Progressively, a methodology, informed by cartography, gave my way of working a certain determinism without, however, breaking my intuitive relationship with the landscape. This also informed my conception of that which is sonic (le sonore), and its importance: being inside, at the very heart of movement. Listening, without drawing breath, led me beyond my preconceptions — and into the depths also, along with all my recording gear: I remember very well my fall into the cold water of a waterfall's plunge pool. That was in 1991... Listening to water or to wind is to bring one's attention to bear on the perpetual motion of things, a living alchemy, the pulsing of the world.

FM3 - Buddha Machine III: Chan Fang Black Soundbox CD (FM3) [BUDDHA03-BLACK] $19.00
Aural bliss in a see-thru box! The all-new, third-gen Buddha Machine from Beijing duo Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. Pure, crystal-clear melody. Four extended-play loops. Advanced 12K audio quality and "deja-vu" translucent styling make Chan Fang the freshest Buddha ever! Chan Fang, which translates as "Zen Room," sees the duo swap drones and tones from their first two Buddha releases for unadulterated classical loops. All tracks were composed and performed on the Qin, a seven-string zither revered as the grand-daddy of Chinese instruments. Deep sonorous tuning and complex harmonic overtones give the Qin a contemplative and soothing voice. Turn on Chan Fang and soundtrack your life. Tweak the pitch to match your mood. Pair it with another Buddha Machine for a pocket orchestra to enlighten your morning commute, long bath, thinking, reading, relaxing, romancing? Chan Fang comes in five plastic-fantastic colors to match even the most fashion-forward lifestyle -- retro Red, Blue, Black, Clear and Forest Green. Christiaan and Zhang were pioneers of electronic music in China even before releasing their first-generation Buddha Machine in 2005. Fueled by praise in media as diverse as tech blog BoingBoing, The New York Times and the avant-rock Arthur magazine, the Buddha Machine series has become one of the most talked-about ambient music releases of all time. Requires two AA batteries (not included).

FM3 - Buddha Machine III: Chan Fang Blue Soundbox CD (FM3) [BUDDHA03-BLUE] $19.00
Aural bliss in a see-thru box! The all-new, third-gen Buddha Machine from Beijing duo Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. Pure, crystal-clear melody. Four extended-play loops. Advanced 12K audio quality and "deja-vu" translucent styling make Chan Fang the freshest Buddha ever! Chan Fang, which translates as "Zen Room," sees the duo swap drones and tones from their first two Buddha releases for unadulterated classical loops. All tracks were composed and performed on the Qin, a seven-string zither revered as the grand-daddy of Chinese instruments. Deep sonorous tuning and complex harmonic overtones give the Qin a contemplative and soothing voice. Turn on Chan Fang and soundtrack your life. Tweak the pitch to match your mood. Pair it with another Buddha Machine for a pocket orchestra to enlighten your morning commute, long bath, thinking, reading, relaxing, romancing? Chan Fang comes in five plastic-fantastic colors to match even the most fashion-forward lifestyle -- retro Red, Blue, Black, Clear and Forest Green. Christiaan and Zhang were pioneers of electronic music in China even before releasing their first-generation Buddha Machine in 2005. Fueled by praise in media as diverse as tech blog BoingBoing, The New York Times and the avant-rock Arthur magazine, the Buddha Machine series has become one of the most talked-about ambient music releases of all time. Requires two AA batteries (not included).

FM3 - Buddha Machine III: Chan Fang Clear Soundbox CD (FM3) [BUDDHA03-CLEAR] $19.00
Aural bliss in a see-thru box! The all-new, third-gen Buddha Machine from Beijing duo Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. Pure, crystal-clear melody. Four extended-play loops. Advanced 12K audio quality and "deja-vu" translucent styling make Chan Fang the freshest Buddha ever! Chan Fang, which translates as "Zen Room," sees the duo swap drones and tones from their first two Buddha releases for unadulterated classical loops. All tracks were composed and performed on the Qin, a seven-string zither revered as the grand-daddy of Chinese instruments. Deep sonorous tuning and complex harmonic overtones give the Qin a contemplative and soothing voice. Turn on Chan Fang and soundtrack your life. Tweak the pitch to match your mood. Pair it with another Buddha Machine for a pocket orchestra to enlighten your morning commute, long bath, thinking, reading, relaxing, romancing? Chan Fang comes in five plastic-fantastic colors to match even the most fashion-forward lifestyle -- retro Red, Blue, Black, Clear and Forest Green. Christiaan and Zhang were pioneers of electronic music in China even before releasing their first-generation Buddha Machine in 2005. Fueled by praise in media as diverse as tech blog BoingBoing, The New York Times and the avant-rock Arthur magazine, the Buddha Machine series has become one of the most talked-about ambient music releases of all time. Requires two AA batteries (not included).

FM3 - Buddha Machine III: Chan Fang Green Soundbox CD (FM3) [BUDDHA03-GREEN] $19.00
Aural bliss in a see-thru box! The all-new, third-gen Buddha Machine from Beijing duo Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. Pure, crystal-clear melody. Four extended-play loops. Advanced 12K audio quality and "deja-vu" translucent styling make Chan Fang the freshest Buddha ever! Chan Fang, which translates as "Zen Room," sees the duo swap drones and tones from their first two Buddha releases for unadulterated classical loops. All tracks were composed and performed on the Qin, a seven-string zither revered as the grand-daddy of Chinese instruments. Deep sonorous tuning and complex harmonic overtones give the Qin a contemplative and soothing voice. Turn on Chan Fang and soundtrack your life. Tweak the pitch to match your mood. Pair it with another Buddha Machine for a pocket orchestra to enlighten your morning commute, long bath, thinking, reading, relaxing, romancing? Chan Fang comes in five plastic-fantastic colors to match even the most fashion-forward lifestyle -- retro Red, Blue, Black, Clear and Forest Green. Christiaan and Zhang were pioneers of electronic music in China even before releasing their first-generation Buddha Machine in 2005. Fueled by praise in media as diverse as tech blog BoingBoing, The New York Times and the avant-rock Arthur magazine, the Buddha Machine series has become one of the most talked-about ambient music releases of all time. Requires two AA batteries (not included).

FM3 - Buddha Machine III: Chan Fang Red Soundbox CD (FM3) [BUDDHA03-RED] $19.00
Aural bliss in a see-thru box! The all-new, third-gen Buddha Machine from Beijing duo Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. Pure, crystal-clear melody. Four extended-play loops. Advanced 12K audio quality and "deja-vu" translucent styling make Chan Fang the freshest Buddha ever! Chan Fang, which translates as "Zen Room," sees the duo swap drones and tones from their first two Buddha releases for unadulterated classical loops. All tracks were composed and performed on the Qin, a seven-string zither revered as the grand-daddy of Chinese instruments. Deep sonorous tuning and complex harmonic overtones give the Qin a contemplative and soothing voice. Turn on Chan Fang and soundtrack your life. Tweak the pitch to match your mood. Pair it with another Buddha Machine for a pocket orchestra to enlighten your morning commute, long bath, thinking, reading, relaxing, romancing? Chan Fang comes in five plastic-fantastic colors to match even the most fashion-forward lifestyle -- retro Red, Blue, Black, Clear and Forest Green. Christiaan and Zhang were pioneers of electronic music in China even before releasing their first-generation Buddha Machine in 2005. Fueled by praise in media as diverse as tech blog BoingBoing, The New York Times and the avant-rock Arthur magazine, the Buddha Machine series has become one of the most talked-about ambient music releases of all time. Requires two AA batteries (not included).

Jokers - Iran's Lost Psychedelic Treasure CD (Fading Sunshine) [FS001CD] $12.25
"Hailing from Tehran, Iran, the Jokers were one of Iran's heavy underground rock groups during the early 70's. Having visited the UK for a short period, Vaheed, the lead singer and guitarist of Jokers returned to Iran with new ideas and influences. After hearing groups like MC 5 & Cream, the Jokers decided to pursue this type of sound, and subsequently recorded a heavy psychedelic blues album in a garage circa 1972 using nothing more than a reel to reel and two microphones. Filled with heavy fuzz, loud wah guitars and screaming vocals, the album sounds unlike any rock artifact unearthed from Iran so far. Sadly no record label would release their album, so they continued to perform at local venues, and even managed to get a performance at the German Embassy before disbanding. Here for the first time ever is a limited edition pressing taken directly from the reels they recorded in 1972. Fully licensed, this is a one-time pressing only. The 1000 copy CD comes in paste-on mini-LP jackets with inner sleeves."

Kiki Keren-Huss - Mi/Me CD (Interval) [IL06] $19.00
Mi/Me, Kiki Keren-Huss' debut release on Interval Recordings, is a chamber opera for four singers, six players and electronics. It somewhat came into being about 18 years ago through an obscure image the composer had had during a sleepless night. That image, hallucinated, as a hyper-real desire and thought, draw a woman confronting her man while another man, a-la Lewis Carol's plot, getting taller and taller threatening to perform a cannibalistic act upon her. The couple, apparently, tries to escape... the seed had been sown. The opera Mi/Me is a journey into the inner world of a woman, following the many voices of her consciousness. There is no linear narrative in Mi/Me. The four characters and six players are playing, singing and moving on the stage most of the time with no connection to one another. They take part in dreamlike situations that dissipate like soap bubbles. Out of all these voices a complex multi-layered world evolves. The world of Mi/Me.

Michael Chapman - Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010 2CD (Tompkins Square) [TSQ2530CD] $17.25
"UK's Michael Chapman began his career on the Cornish folk circuit in 1967. He signed to the Harvest label, home to Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and many others, recording four quasi-legendary albums. The influential Fully Qualified Survivor was John Peel's favorite record of 1970, and featured future Bowie collaborator Mick Ronson. (The album is set for reissue on Light In The Attic in February 2011). After decades of recording and touring, Chapman remains an obscure figure in the states. His profile was raised by a lengthy interview with big fan Thurston Moore in Fretboard Journal last year, and he also toured extensively with the late guitarist Jack Rose, with whom Michael shared a warm kinship. Chapman has released dozens of albums, but only a few in the states. Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010 is a 2CD collection of twenty-six recently recorded solo guitar versions of tunes spanning his entire career. It is a fascinating look at one of the most prolific and profound guitarists of our time. This release, out one day after his 70th birthday, should finally bring proper attention to this inspiring and masterful musician. Tompkins Square is truly honored to be releasing this album by one of our favorite musical heroes."

Muslimgauze - Camel Through a Needles Eye 2CD (Muslimgauze Preservation Society) [MPS02] $25.00
"It was one of those rare occasions when you hear something, you cannot help but think 'where the hell does this come from?" So thought Steve Wilson in 1996 as he listened to the two Digital Audio Tapes (DATs) of remixes by Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze of his bands Porcupine Tree and No Man. Wilson chuckled good-naturedly as Jones referred to the remixes as "improvements" over his own musicianship. Actually, Wilson was flattered since Jones, whom he met a week earlier at a Manchester pub, responded both promptly and creatively to promo CD singles passed along as both a gesture and musical calling card. While Wilson found the remixes intriguing, he did not know what to do with them. The DATs held only faint resemblance to the source material, which was smothered in the toxic waste distortion, deft manipulations, and industrial strength beats of Muslimgauze. Perhaps a handful of Wilson's fan base would have 'gotten it', but it would have simply went over the heads of the majority. Wilson rang up Jones and said there was no way he could possibly release this music. The response was yet another DAT a week later titled, the "We cannot possibly release this' remixes". Wilson then suggested, rather than release remixes, to work on a collaboration which would be the basis of his then-new experimental music project, Bass Communion. Jones agreed and sent original Muslimgauze material which was the basis for the full-length and EP CD's Bass Communion V. Muslimgauze (Soleilmoon 1999 and 2000, respectively). The remix DATs as well as unused material for the collaboration languished in Wilson's studio until the Muslimgauze Preservation Society approached Wilson about bringing the music into the loving homes of Muslimgauze enthusiasts. The Muslimgauze Preservation Society are proud to offer you Camel Through A Needles Eye, featuring two discs of unreleased music that clock in at just under three hours. Muslimgauze like you never heard it; a yin/yang of both the abrasive textures and ethereal, beat-driven and ambient―fused into wondrous harmony. To commemorate this release, the MPS sourced covers in Egypt to be hand-printed onto genuine papyrus. A second cover is set amidst a 9 panel fold insert with extensive liner notes on one side, and a fold-open poster featuring Jones' original art work on the other. A bonus sticker of Jones' art work is also included. The music and packaging is all set within a super jewel case to protect this special edition limited to a run of 500. Quantities are already selling fast!

Non Toxique Lost - Chrrroooooom! CD (Klanggalerie) [11448] $18.75
NTL are one oft the most important bands of the German Industrial scene of the 1980's. Most of their albums were released as cassettes only - six of those can be found on this CD. All material here has never seen a release outside these tapes: "Made on Cuba", "NTL", Rekonstruktionen", "Tavo Ctas Esna", "Ware11" and "Wladiwostok 111984". Compiled by Sea Wanton, this CD is filling an essential gap in the band's discography. Very harsh Industrial sounds from the Golden Age of German 1980s, traces of Einstrzende Neubauten and Sprung aus den Wolken. A perfect companion to the SBOTHI CD released in October this year - both featuring Achim Wollscheid.

Plastikman - Arkives Reference 1993-2010 CD Box (Minus) [MINUS100CD] $184.75
17 years of Richie Hawtin's alter-ego Plastikman in one super-limited, luxurious box comprising 11 CDs, 1 DVD and a book! Only available on pre-order! Richie Hawtin's triumphant return to the stage as Plastikman in 2010 proved that his best-known alias is as innovative and as relevant as ever. Hawtin has taken Plastikman's most classic material, originally released between 1993 and 2003, and reworked it for a truly live performance accompanied by mind-bending, synchronized visuals. Since 2003, Hawtin has been far better known simply as Richie Hawtin, the celebrated DJ and mastermind behind the M_nus label. Some fans today were still infants when Plastikman's acid ripple first began streaming from Hawtin's basement studio in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. For long-time devotees and new fans alike, Hawtin now presents Plastikman's Arkives, a comprehensive box set that pulls together all 17 years of the Plastikman story so far, including remastered versions of all six previously-released Plastikman albums and a trove of rarities, unreleased sessions and new material. Arkives is a strictly-limited, made-to-order edition -- only as many copies will be manufactured as have been pre-ordered. Arkives Reference, the main personalized edition, features 11 CDs and 1 DVD. The deluxe packaging includes a slipcase with fold-out sleeves for all 12 discs, plus a 64-page book that tells the Plastikman story in archival photos and a newly-commissioned text. The set includes newly-remastered versions of all six previously-released Plastikman albums -- Sheet One, Musik, Recycled Plastik, Consumed, Artifakts (B.C.), and Closer -- and five further CDs of rare and unreleased material: Rekonstruktions collects Plastikman's classic and hard-to-find remixes for other artists, including La Funk Mob, System 7, New Order, Depeche Mode, Hardfloor, and even an unreleased remix of his own Robotman project. Replikants features all-new remixes specially commissioned for the project, in which Hawtin's influences and heroes rework Plastikman's back catalog. Reaching far beyond the world of techno, the disc features luminaries such as Vince Clarke, Cliff Martinez, Franħois Kevorkian, Moby, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads, Flood, and Mute's Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones. Two further CDs contain previously-unreleased material -- one features the never-before heard, complete recording session from which Spastik emerged, along with an unreleased John Peel in-studio live session. Still more previously-unreleased Plastikman material follows on the second of these CDs, including the soon-to-be-released single "Slinky." Finally, Nostalgik collects rare, out-of-print, vinyl-only editions and bonus Plastikman tracks. In addition to the CDs, Optik is a DVD of classic & rare Plastikman videos plus previously-unreleased footage of Plastikman live at Glastonbury, 1995 and Plastikman live at Mutek, Montreal, 2003. Arkives Reference also includes a digital download code redeemable at m-nus.com, which will unlock additional material not included on the CDs (or other Arkives editions), insuring that each collector receives the most complete Plastikman Arkives to date. Just as Hawtin and his crew used to cap admission to their underground parties, Arkives' edition will be strictly limited to the pre-orders received. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the full sweep of Plastikman's journey so far.

Various Artists - Music For Merce (1952-2009) CD Box (New World Records) [NW80712CD] $135.50
"The late Merce Cunningham was renowned for his legendary collaborations with the most significant experimental musicians of the late 20th century. Particularly notable is his association with John Cage, who served as the founding musical director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company until Cage's death in 1992. Spanning six decades from the early 1950s onward, these recordings capture the breadth of the Cunningham repertory and the rich diversity of Cunningham's musical collaborations. Composers whose work features prominently in this collection include seminal figures of late-20th-century experimental music such as John Cage, David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, Christian Wolff, and Takehisa Kosugi, among others. For the most part, these compositions have not been recorded elsewhere and are making their first appearance on CD. This is a document of enormous historical import that will be a revelation to both listeners and scholars interested in the evolution of American experimental music over the past five decades. Also included is a 124-page booklet featuring a 15,000-word essay by Amy Beal, one of the foremost scholars of contemporary American music." Featured works: Maryanne Amacher: Remainder [excerpt]; David Behrman: ... for nearly an hour... [excerpt], Long Throw [excerpt]; Earle Brown: Indices [excerpt]; John Cage: 108 and One8 (excerpt), Four3 (excerpt), Four6 (excerpt), Inlets (excerpt), Music for Piano 1-20, Sculptures Musicales (excerpt),Variations V (excerpt), Voiceless Essay (excerpt); John Cage, Gordon Mumma, David Tudor: 52/3 [excerpt]; Stuart Dempster: Underground Overlays [excerpt]; Morton Feldman: Ixion; Jon Gibson: Equal Distribution [excerpt]; Toshi Ichiyanagi: Activities for Orchestra; Bo Nilsson: QuantitĤten; John King: blues '99 [excerpt], gliss in sighs, longtermparking [excerpt]; Takehisa Kosugi: S.E. Wave/E.W. Song (excerpt), Spacings, Spectra, Wave Code A-Z (excerpt); Annea Lockwood: Jitterbug [excerpt]; Gordon Mumma: Mesa, Telepos; Pauline Oliveros: In Memoriam: Nikola Tesla, Cosmic Engineer [excerpt]; Michael Pugliese: Peace Talks [excerpt]; Yasunao Tone: Geography and Music [excerpt]; David Tudor: Neural Network Plus (excerpt), Phonemes (excerpt), Sextet for Seven, Toneburst, Virtual Focus (excerpt), Weatherings (excerpt), Webwork (excerpt); Christian Wolff: Burdocks (excerpt); For 1, 2, or 3 People (excerpt); For Magnetic Tape (pt. 1 of 4); For Piano I; Or 4 People (excerpt); Various: 13 Events (excerpts) (1993-2009)

Wade Matthews - Early Summer CD (Con-V) [CNVCD002] $15.80
These are 10 virtual soundscapes selected from among 14 made in Madrid in late June and early July 2009, hence the name, Early Summer. They are improvised sound collages, real-time assemblages of field recordings (manipulated to greater or lesser degrees), noises, electroquotes and digital synthesis. The field recordings were made over the last two years in the San Francisco Bay area, La Mancha, and Madrid. The noises were recorded at my studio in Madrid. There is one electroquote, but it is significantly altered and might thus more accurately be called an "electro-misquote." The digital synthesis was carried out in real time, that is, played as part of the process of improvising these pieces. My setup contains two laptops, which I play simultaneously. The left one is for synthesis, the right one has all the field recordings and noises. The playing process involves triggering, stopping, filtering and mixing the recordings on the right computer while simultaneously playing the software synthesizer in the left computer. The results are sent to a pair of loudspeakers, each of which has a microphone in front of it. The mics are in turn sent to my recording setup. So these pieces are recorded in stereo, as is. There is no remixing and a minimum of touching up—basically just a couple of fades. I chose this setup, rather than multi-track recording, because I wanted the end result to really reflect the improvisatory nature of these pieces, avoiding the temptation to "recompose" them post-facto.

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Ah Coma-Sotz - Blood Will Tell CD (Bats & Cats) [11431] $20.75
hidden inside a gorgeously designed black and red cover lies a book with stories, told by the master of creepy bedtime narrations: ah cama-sotz. like other ah cama-sotz' albums 'blood will tell' is a narrative album covering the orient, the middle-east, the unknown and the unspoken. eleven tracks ranging from dark ambient soundscapes to pounding dance floor fillers. and still the master succeeds in covering all those different styles in between without breaking the continuous drive he is so famous for.

Air Waves - Dungeon Dots CD (Underwater Peoples) [UPLP004] $13.50
Underwater Peoples is proud to present the debut LP from AIR WAVES. New York/ Austin's NICOLE SCHNEIT wrote all the songs and plays guitar throughout the album. Her soft, clear voice careens across walking bass lines, big cymbals and brassy guitars. Her songs are universally described as warm, inviting and bittersweet. Nicole's pop reaches great depths, enticing all who hear to stay and listen. Dungeon Dots features SHARON VAN ETTEN as well as YELLOWFEVER's JENNIFER MOORE.

Alexander Tucker & Decomposed Orchestra - Grey Onions CD (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT020CD] $13.50
"Limited edition of 1000! Here Alexander Tucker carefully constructs his Latitude session, layering fully orchestrated pieces from deceptively simple beginnings using guitar, mandolin, cello & most importantly his voice. It's Tucker's voice which has always set him apart from other psych/folk explorers: wonderfully English & simultaneously other-wordly, something of his humble & extremely thoughtful nature comes through his self-harmonising & often wordless refrains. Along with a playful sense of humor you can sense something quite melancholy at its core."

Ambassador 21 - Riot Death (Face Your Future Killers) CD (Invasion Wreck Chords) [11443] $19.25
A doom metal noise assault from pflichtkauf... we are swanika - can you hear us in your dreams? we are swanika - can you see us in the night? we are swanika - can you feel us in the cellar? we are swanika - can you smell us in the hut? we are swanika - noisy, rythmical, extreme. we are swanika - we are you!

Ambassador 21 - Justified Thirst For Blood CD (Invasion Wreck Chords) [11445] $19.25
A doom metal noise assault from pflichtkauf... we are swanika - can you hear us in your dreams? we are swanika - can you see us in the night? we are swanika - can you feel us in the cellar? we are swanika - can you smell us in the hut? we are swanika - noisy, rythmical, extreme. we are swanika - we are you!

ANP (Absolut Null Punkt) - Metacompound CD (Important) [IMPREC110CD] $12.50
"Metacompound is the first full length studio album from ANP in 19 years. Lavish metallic ink on vellum packaging by ANP fan and Sunn O))) member, Stephen O'Malley. ANP was formed in 1984 by K.K. Null & Seijiro Murayama. In 1987 ANP broke up. 17 years later they reformed for some live performances and released the singular Live In Japan on Important Records. Metacompound, their first studio recordings in over 19 years, is as indescribable as Live In Japan was. Combining free jazz, heavy rock, industrial noise, glitch and free improvised dynamics, ANP creates a sound that is entirely unprecedented."

Area C - Map Of Circular Thought CD (Preservation) [CIRCA211CD] $13.25
The Preservation label presents Map Of Circular Thought from Providence, Rhode Island's Area C. Area C is the music project for composer and multi-media artist Erik Carlson. Carlson has recently completed the soundtrack to a National Geographic documentary on New Orleans in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and has worked on several projects for NASA's Space Grant Consortium along with numerous audio, multi-media and public art installations. Map Of Circular Thought follows several acclaimed works including 2009's The Planetarium Project, described by The Wire magazine as "inspiring." Map Of Circular Thought is a set of meditative, contemplative pieces -- a sonic rendering of the connection between memory and the present. Using minimal rhythm and melody to form constellations of fixed tones, these compositions burst with flickering sonic detail to create constant flux among the patterns he creates. The warm, analog sounds on Map Of Circular Thought -- made using guitar, organ, keyboard and a drum machine -- engage and play with states of consciousness in listening, and in particular found inspiration in the abstract dreamscapes of UK electronic pioneers Seefeel. Carlson also traces a line back to minimalist composers Terry Riley and Steve Reich, and shares a kinship with the transfixing qualities of more recent acolytes such as William Basinski and Philip Jeck. Map Of Circular Thought mainlines to the mind but is also a visceral, tingling thrill for the ears. This album is the second in a new limited edition CD series from Preservation called Circa. 300 copies only will be available of each release in the series and each will feature a design by Mark Gowing. Each design will be realized using a specially-created abstract alphabet of shapes, determined by artist, title and catalog number for something both fixed and random.

Aril Brikha - Deeparture In Time: Revisited 2CD (Art Of Vengeance) [AOV001CD] $19.75
Now a new star of deep techno, Stockholm's Aril Brikha went on tour with his live show playing all over the world, including the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and clubs like Fabric, Air, and Yellow, and hasn't stopped doing so ever since. As one of the most innovative producers from Europe, he went on to release the club-hit EP Winter on Kompakt, and more releases on Pokerflat followed. In the summer of 2007, his long-awaited album follow-up was released by Peacefrog -- a classic Detroit techno/house longplayer, with elements from his previous productions. Deeparture In Time - Revisited is released in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of his 1999/2000 album on Transmat. This also kicks off his own label, Art Of Vengeance. Next to the remastered originals from Deeparture In Time, the release features a second CD with 10 previously-unreleased tracks that were created between 1995 and 1999. All of them time travel you to the '90s, with a sound still prevalent in modern productions, as pure as can be. This one's for the lovers of early Detroit techno with that unique Aril Brikha twist, and all those who'd like to discover it: One Chord To Rule Them All.

Balam Acab - See Birds CD (Tri Angle) [TRIANGLE001CD] $9.75
Due to popular demand, the Brooklyn-based Tri Angle label has decided to issue this critically-acclaimed witch-house EP on CD -- originally released in August 2010 on 12" vinyl that sold-out immediately. Balam Acab's See Birds EP presents an optimistic yet haunting glimpse of a droning future. See Birds is the product of 19 year-old Ithaca, New York resident and solo producer, Alec Koone. Founded by Robin Carolan of 20 Jazz Funk Greats and distributed by the renowned Kompakt label, Tri Angle will continue with releases by oOoOO, Creep, Nowa Huta, Stalker, and more. "He isolates and distorts bits of source material (say, vocal loops or beat fragments) and smears them together in new arrangements. The results are remarkably seamless. Take opener 'See Birds (Moon)', where a scratchy drone meets heavy, blown-out beats and a chorus of layered vocals. The way he puts them together, a new natural rhythm for these sounds emerges and it becomes hard to imagine them in any other order... a heck of an impressive first step." --Pitchfork (8.0)

Bart Davenport - Searching For Bart Davenport CD (Tapete) [TR194CD] $16.00
Bart Davenport releases an album of cover songs dear to his heart. Davenport grew up in California, devoured his hippie parents' vinyl collection, and learned to play guitar at 8 years old. He was the frontman for The Loved Ones and The Kinetics. His first solo album Bart Davenport came out in 2002. He has toured with Kings Of Convenience and opened for many of his heroes, including Arthur Lee, Robyn Hitchcock, Jonathan Richman and John Lee Hooker. His second solo album Game Preserve came out in 2003 and Maroon Cocoon followed in 2005. The absolutely brilliant Palaces came out in 2008. Bart is also the singer of Honeycut. One of California's coolest songwriter/performers, this is a totally fab collection of tracks. "At the turn of the century I found myself at a crossroads, transforming from axe-less frontman into solo voyager. I clearly was a singer already but I also wanted to write. I spent days, months, years cocooning, trying to become a songwriter. Time flew by, and eventually I re-emerged with a handful of decent tunes and lyrics. I've been fortunate to have so many friends around, musicos who've helped me record those little gems. I've performed on what feels like a thousand stages and often, out of pragmatism, I'm alone up there. Also, along the way, I've taken to performing the songs of my heroes. That these cover versions should fit so seamlessly into one of my sets could be seen as living proof of just how derivative my own music is. If that's true, I'm not bothered by it. In performance, I tend to forget which ones are mine and which ones are theirs. I forget where the songwriter ends and the singer begins. Or perhaps I've been trying subconsciously to reveal my influences for a long, long time." Searching For Bart Davenport is the musical chronicle of an artist seeking his soul with words from others made into his own. Songs by Broadcast, Kings Of Convenience, Caetano Veloso, Sandycoates, The Incredible String Band, Bridget St. John, Love/Arthur Lee, David Byrne, Bert Jansch, Jackson C. Frank, The Changes, and Gil Scott-Heron.

Bastian Wegner - Elmsfeuer CD (Sahko) [SAHKO024CD] $21.00
"A sparse, subtle jazzy, wonderful virtual sound track."

Blackdeath - Katharsis: Kalte Lieder Aus Der Hölle CD (Hospital Productions) [HOS288CD] $13.50
"We are proud to announce the new album from this long-running Russian black metal legend. Violent, angular, and twisting original black metal with disturbing clear voices from the 666 dimension. Further words from Marco of Seed Stock Records regarding the new Blackdeath: 'Hot blood in the frozen wastes, tormented sleeps, no rest, no peace -- always some war to be fought. Blackdeath keep fighting, living life as war. On this new album, all of the wildness and violence that Blackdeath have been renowned for have now hardened into an idiosyncratic and cracked style: manic vocals that switch between black rasp and psychotic singing, nordic-style riffs that are somehow bent into a weapon with sharper angles, and a song progression that is equal parts percussive brawl and wide-eyed revelation. After six albums you'd think that they would have plateaued, or grown tired, but no. Rather, here, you find them in the strongest form since the band's inception back in 1998. They now have finally secured themselves a real drummer, and full-professional studio sound. For some underground black metal bands, that might equal an awkward combination, but Blackdeath have always been stubbornly focused on quality of riff and refined composition of song, which translates perfectly in this level of production. 'Blackdeath means black metal' and effectively it is presented here on Katharsis without the trappings of politic or theologian rhetoric, and it's given in its most potent and straightforward dosage."

Blackdeath - Katharsis - Kalte Lieder Aus Der Holle CD (Hospital Productions) [HOS288] $14.50
BLACKDEATH keeps fighting, living life as war. Wildness and violence have hardened into an idiosyncratic and cracked style: manic vocals that switch from a black rasp to psychotic singing; Nordic riffs bent into a weapon with sharper angles; and song progression equal parts percussive brawl and wide-eyed revelation. Black metal stubbornly focused on quality of riff and refinement of composition. Potent.

Bon Homme - Bon Homme CD (Rent A Record Company/Motor Music) [BH002CD] $14.75
Bon Homme is the alter ego of Tomas Hĸffding, who is also known as the singer and bass player of WhoMadeWho. After playing in bands all his life and always having to make compromises, he decided to create a piece of music entirely his own -- so the Dane spent every single minute while not on tour with WhoMadeWho jamming by himself and recording tracks in his newly-equipped studio. The result is a cutting-edge record between sparkling dance pop, driving rhythms and psychedelic electronic sounds, dominated by analog synthesizers and Tomas' passionate and emotional vocals. Mainly, it makes you want to go straight onto the dancefloor -- sometimes it makes you wanna think, but it always makes you feel the music and feel the beat. Its catchy hooks and lyrics, which were written by Tomas' friend Uzi Frank and Danish poet Rolf Steensig, will get stuck in your head for ages. Without wanting to compare him to anyone, it sometimes feels like Hot Chip teamed up with Kraftwerk, with an emotionality all its own.

Capricornus - Halation CD (Infraction) [INFX045CD] $10.50
"'Halation gives off a flat-on-back eyes-to-skies drowsy air with its long drawn out tone-rays. Highly amorphous in strategy, a purist ambient Enovian ethos a la Thursday Afternoon may suggest itself. On occasion, clusters of notes flicker within the free-floating drone, mirroring the eponymous halation effect -- transient morning brume, or light refracted through water vapour rendered blurred." -- Alan Lockett for Furthernoise.org. Capricornus is the working name of Hiroshi Tanaka. This is the Japanese artist's first release in any format. Four-panel digipak, limited to 500 copies."

COH - IIRON CD (Editions Mego) [EMEGO114CD] $14.75
It would be too easy to simply call IIRON the COH metal album, as it goes way beyond that. True, this album of classic Ivan Pavlov stompers contains more than its fair share of guitars both acoustic and electric, yet it still maintains that sense of power and purpose through electronic music which stands out as the COH "raison d'Ä~Cªtre." Coming 11 years after IRON (Wavetrap, 2000), which also tackled the sound of rock with alarming results, the new album features not only recent guitar tracks recorded at Music Research Centre at York University, but also recordings made during Soviet-era Russia, which refer to Pavlov's underground music activities in the early '80s when making or even consuming of "metal music" was forbidden. IIRON is a powerful, well-executed electronic rock record, with just a dash a humor to keep it from becoming pompous, as so much of that kind of music can be sometimes. Packaged in a 4-panel digipack for CD, and lavish gatefold for the vinyl, with stunning artwork by Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))). Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, November 29th, 2010. HAIL TO WORLD PEACE AND DEATH TO FALSE METAL. In memoriam: Satoshi Kon and Peter Christopherson.

Config.sys - Disco Loud CD (Pflichtkauf) [11435] $17.50
on their forth album config.sys stick to industrial / noise roots enriched with technoid components - this time supplemented by fascinating female vocals forcing to turn the disco loud!

Conquering Animal Sound - Kammerspiel CD (Gizeh Records) [GZH027CD] $14.75
Conquering Animal Sound hail from Glasgow, Scotland (having recently departed their home in Edinburgh) and comprise of Anneke Kampman and James Scott. This is their debut full-length album for Gizeh Records. The duo formed in 2009 and were soon making waves in the fine city of Edinburgh. A host of labels came knocking and subsequently a split 7" single (featuring the song "Giant") with Debutant was released via Gerry Loves Records in May 2010 and agreements were put in place with Gizeh and mini50 Records to release Kammerspiel. Live, the duo perform the majority of what you hear on record -- it is something of awe-inspiring greatness, creating loops, beats and samples out of anything and everything with Anneke's sumptuous vocals carrying the sounds to what seems like a new world. In 2010, Conquering Animal Sound took to the road for their first UK tour, performed at Wickerman Festival (Scotland), De Affaire (Netherlands) and played shows with the likes of Tunng and Zola Jesus. Kammerspiel is essentially pop music, but in the way the likes of Fever Ray or Björk portray pop music. Where Conquering Animal Sound differ is in their love for tape-hiss and children's toys. There is no doubt, with this record they are in a world of their own.

Control - Deadly Sins CD (Malignant) [11447] $12.25
frl. linientreu has been in the public eye for three years - but possibly it is an unknown fact that ina peters had already started to make music at the age of 5. However, besides her own project, she is also a member of the german industrial / techno / comedy project schlauch 2 elf. and after various live appearances in germany (also at maschinenfest 2010) and one cd-r release on le petit machiniste, ant-zen and l.p.m. are proud to present this outstanding artists' second album. in her own words, lifelines is intended as a kind of biography. lots of emotions have been changed and filtered into sound which was helpful to bring certain phases of her life to an end but also to turn over a new leaf. music as a medium for ideas and feelings - a reason to go further and not to remain in paralysis. as a result of this melting pot of expressed emotions, a large variety of musical styles is displayed here. ranging from heavy-handed fast technoid rhythmic attacks (von schrecken und schönheit des verhörens, empty), chilling ambient with idyllic synth melodies (ode an die stille, different in this life), and vexing collages (licht an!) to minimalistic electro pop with bass guitar and vocals (spiel mal minimal ey!), this album demonstrates frl. linientreu's amazing eclectic skills. the additional remixes append a tightrope walk between breakbeats and breakcore (saturmzlide) and distorted dance beats combined with an unexpected radio interference. musically and personally, lifelines displays an accumulation of many directions. whether it is industrial (in its many forms), ambient, soundscapes, electronica, or idm - all this and more result in frl. linientreu's aural visualization. an album as manifold and complex as life.

Daniel Menche - Terre Paroxysm CD (Utech Records) [UR054CD] $15.50
"Terre Paroxysm is Daniel Menche's second release for Utech Records and a continuation in his bringing back the vehement nature of sound. A pure acoustic-electronic recording of storms: wind, ice and rain. The field recordings were captured by Menche and densely mixed and treated in a manner to create a sense of the earth sleeping then cracking open with violent emotion. An air of electronics crackles and slides around the storm recordings in a way that only can be described as acoustic-electro. Terre Paroxysm roars and cries with the organic sound only Menche can evoke. Photograph by Christopher Colville. Edition of 500."

Danielle De Picciotto & Alexander Hacke - Hitman's Heel CD (Potomak) [POTOMAK954952] $16.00
Alexander Hacke is known as the bass player of Einstürzende Neubauten and main figure in Fatih Akins' movie Crossing The Bridge: The Sound Of Istanbul. Besides collaborating in countless bands on the side, he has also been composing film scores for two decades. Danielle de Picciotto was a singer for Space Cowboys and Gudrun Gut's Ocean Club and is an icon in Berlin's creative underground. She is also the co-founder of the Love Parade together with Dr. Motte. Her art and film projects are exhibited internationally. Hacke and de Picciotto have been a huge influence on Berlin's underground scene since the '80s and have been touring the world with their collaborations since 2000. This album goes back to the basics. After deciding to give up their house in Berlin in 2010, the couple is on the road in search of new horizons. Celebrating this restless nomadic lifestyle, they decided to go back to classic songwriting, without sequencing or electronic processing. Concentrating purely on their instruments (guitar, autoharp, keyboards, drums), their songs can be performed on any stage and unplugged. Disregarding fashion, conventions or everyday standards, their lyrics speak of the world they are discovering: solitude, magic and freedom. The brew-ballads, gypsy rolls, Italo Western piano tunes, heavy guitar riffs and autoharp transport the audience into the world of the uncompromising explorer.

Dave DK - Retake One CD (Moodmusic) [MOOD013CD] $16.00
Berlin's Moodmusic label kicks off a new mix CD series called "Retake." The first edition is being delivered by Moodmusic homeboy, Dave DK. The idea for the Retake series was born when label head Sasse had released the Starstyling mix on the occasion of Fashion Week 2009, including only releases from the label. Retake One contains some classic and new, unreleased Moodmusic tracks as well as influential material from the past 10 years. Besides Dave's edit of Sasse's "Wrapper" (Penner + Muder Remix), the mix features three new exclusive tracks that will also be released on a separate 12": Dave DK's "Will Be Gone," Axel Boman's "Cinquenta" and Citycobra's "Fresh Simple." To present an 80-minute overview of his DJ style, Dave has hand-picked some of his favorite tunes from his record box. To present a modern and organic sound, most tracks have been recorded from vinyl, partly from vinyl-only labels. With the focus being put not only on the music but also on the packaging and design, Retake One stands out in the present flood of mediocre media and music releases. Top designer Matthias Egil Last has been called in for the artwork. No less than two photo-shoots were necessary to come up with the final result. Last is also responsible for the design of the Watergate mix CD series. After his residencies at Tresor Club since 1999 as well as Panorama Bar since 2001, Dave DK has been a key figure in Berlin's music community. Spinning nowadays regularly throughout legendary clubs in Berlin, Dave is also playing gigs all around the world. Having released his first 12"s on Raum Musik in the late '90s, the albums Sensory Overload (2000, Müller Records) and Lights And Colours (2007, Moodmusic) were the highlights of his career which is now being crowned with Retake One. Other artists include: Ada, Lawrence, Holger Zilske, Daso, Ian Simmonds, Smallpeople, Chopstick & Johnjon, Jackmate, Superpitcher, Good Guy Mikesh, Christian Löffler, Sascha Funke, Horror Inc, DJ Koze, and Nina Kraviz.

Dimitri Voudouris - Î~QÎ~ CD (Pogus) [Î~X=Φ/UVIVI/1] $12.25
"Pogus is very pleased to release its second recording by composer Dimitri Voudouris, a South African composer of Greek birth. As Massimo Ricci wrote in his Touching Extremes review of the first Pogus release 'Voudouris is interested in the 'research of cognitive psycho-acoustic behavioral patterns in humans and the behavior of sound in relationship to continued environmental changes'. Don't let the composer's difficult description fool you into thinking about some kind of cerebral pretentiousness, though, as this album contains instead four magnificent examples of his approach, music that's always challenging and, in many of its expressions, of extraordinary beauty.' This description applies just as well as to this new recording. Î~QÎ~[Î~X=Φ (for text to speech synthesis with computer assisted processing for 24 speaker interactive robotic ensemble) is a comparative study of pathways in communication between Man and Machine and is composed using fragments of processed speech synthesis; UVIVI is a computer music piece that is Voudouris's fourth work that was composed for contemporary dance theatre. UVIVI originates from Zulu -- meaning 'daybreak'. This computer music composition focuses on linearity and infinite memory in the kinetic flow of vehicular traffic. Four languages were chosen to represent the composition of 1:Î~XΨ4 (singing synthesis for four artificial female voices) namely Greek, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. ONTA (for voice and electronics) is a project that discusses the daily tensions encountered and focuses on the energy building up, exploding, or imploding from these tensions in the city, be it organically or inorganically created; this promotes musical creativity integrated into everyday life, of familiar places and natural behaviours."

Dimitri Voudouris - ΑΛΘ=Φ / UVIVI / 1:ΘΨ4 / ΟΝΤΑ CD (Pogus) [POGUS21056] $12.25
"Pogus is very pleased to release its second recording by composer Dimitri Voudouris, a South African composer of Greek birth. As Massimo Ricci wrote in his Touching Extremes review of the first Pogus release:'Voudouris is interested in the 'research of cognitive psycho-acoustic behavioral patterns in humans and the behavior of sound in relationship to continued environmental changes'. Don't let the composer's difficult description fool you into thinking about some kind of cerebral pretentiousness, though, as this album contains instead four magnificent examples of his approach, music that's always challenging and, in many of its expressions, of extraordinary beauty.'This description applies just as well as to this new recording. ΑΛΘ=Φ (for text to speech synthesis with computer assisted processing for 24 speaker interactive robotic ensemble) is a comparative study of pathways in communication between Man and Machine and is composed using fragments of processed speech synthesis; UVIVI is a computer music piece that is Voudouris's fourth work that was composed for contemporary dance theatre. UVIVI originates from Zulu -- meaning 'daybreak'. This computer music composition focuses on linearity and infinite memory in the kinetic flow of vehicular traffic. Four languages were chosen to represent the composition of 1:ΘΨ4 (singing synthesis for four artificial female voices) namely Greek, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. ONTA (for voice and electronics) is a project that discusses the daily tensions encountered and focuses on the energy building up, exploding, or imploding from these tensions in the city, be it organically or inorganically created; this promotes musical creativity integrated into everyday life, of familiar places and natural behaviours."

Duo505 - Walzer Oder Nicht CD (Morr Music) [MORR103CD] $14.00
This is the third album by Bernhard Fleischmann and Herbert Weixelbaum aka Duo505. Forget about lyrics to convey feelings or moods: it's all in the music, in the melodies and harmonies. After all, these tracks don't need words to say a whole lot. The same is true of their genesis: Bernhard Fleischmann and Herbert Weixelbaum hardly discussed any ideas or musical concepts while in the studio. Instead, these tracks simply emerged while they were playing together; the melodies grew out of a wordless conversation, an exchange of sounds and notes. This newfound collaborative spirit lies at the heart of Walzer Oder Nicht: the various tracks and layers intertwine and complement each other on a whole new level. That's how a song like "No Mail" came about, a track whose inner logic and intricate composition manages to captivate the listener entirely. Yet, it's not just the interlocking density that's new, as Duo505 present a whole new set of arrangements: above all, Fleischmann and Weixelbaum added guitars to the mix, which in turn means that the Roland MC-505 is no longer the predominant element of their sound. Case in point: On the opening track "Facing It 2010," a re-recording of a song they wrote for their debut full-length Late (MORR 046CD/LP), they hardly use electronic elements at all. This, however, doesn't affect the fundamental nature of Duo505's music: Walzer Oder Nicht ultimately shows that their tracks work both as acoustic and electronic versions. These recordings are somewhat reminiscent of The Velvet Underground (at their catchiest), of Yo La Tengo's sense of melody, or the kind of ballads Brian Eno or Zach Condon are known for. Make no mistake: even though Walzer Oder Nicht certainly has its noisier moments, some Tall Dwarfs-style clank and clatter even, this album is even more thoughtful, quiet and warm-hearted than its predecessors. Walzer Oder Nicht is an album that evokes child-like enthusiasm, ease, swing, and elegance.

Eluvium - Motion Makes Me Last CD (Temporary Residence Ltd) [TRR165] $9.00
Following the release of the artistically daring and critically-acclaimed Similes earlier this year, we're proud to present The Motion Makes Me Last EP, the scarcely limited companion CDEP to the equally rare Leaves Eclipse The Light EP. In addition to the stately ambient pop title track, The Motion Makes Me Last EP features three brand new, previously unreleased non-album tracks. "Crash Deconstructed" is a melancholy keyboard-based instrumental that's equal parts Sigur Ros and Hill Street Blues; "Remnant Signals" matches the elegant, otherwordly beauty of Eluvium's most striking ambient instrumentals; and closing this collection is a reworking of the Similes cut "Leaves Eclipse The Light" by NICK ZAMMUTO from the BOOKS that's as much a cover as it is a remix-and every bit as charming, beautiful and unique as you'd expect from the Books. Strictly limited to 2,000 copies and featuring an exquisite custom die-cut cover, we don't expect these to stick around for very long.

Empress - Empress CD (Pehr) [pehr006] $11.50
"calls to mind the sparseness of low and the mysteriousness of movietone. breathtaking and hearrtachingly fragile." - kickbright. empress woudl appeal to fans of twin peaks." - outburn.

Empress - Homeward Sounds CDEP (Pehr) [PEHR-011] $5.25
Last copies. Members of Hood, Steward, Boyracer, Hem, and Halkyn. Toured with The Pastels. Now signed to Stephen Pastel's Geographic label on Domino. Played UK with Low. The vinyl version is sold out on 555 Records. 5 inch mini LP sleeve, full color, with the Empress logo invisibly placed in spot varnish. Saddest lyric: "Caught between staying here, and letting go."

Fabio Orsi - Stand Up Before Me, Oh My Soul! CD (Preservation) [CIRCA111CD] $13.25
The Preservation label presents Stand Up Before Me, Oh My Soul! from Italian composer Fabio Orsi. Fabio's prolific output has had him heralded as a master of modern ambience, creating rich, freeform atmospheres with organic instrumentation and processed sounds. Though known for momentous pieces of hypnotic power, this work marks a dynamic new turn in Fabio's sound. The force of his composition takes more of an overt stance on Stand Up Before Me, Oh My Soul!. The raw and primal pulse at the heart of his music is writ large here with a punk mind-set, unleashing a heady mass of guitars against a backdrop of cavernous, shimmering distortion and crashing drums (courtesy of Rich Baker, who also performs regularly with Nadja's Aidan Baker). It also boasts a bristling sense of lysergic, hazy melody. Brutal and glimmering, dark and beautiful, Stand Up Before Me, Oh My Soul! drops loud and large in pursuit of pure, dissonant bliss. This is the first in a new limited edition CD series from Preservation called Circa. 300 copies only will be available of each release in the series and each will feature a design by Mark Gowing. Each design will be realized using a specially-created abstract alphabet of shapes, determined by artist, title and catalog number for something both fixed and random.

Faust - Something Dirty CD (Bureau B) [BB065CD] $16.00
Faust has been around for over 40 years. Since 2007, the line-up of the Krautrock legends has comprised founding members Jean-HervÄé Peron and Zappi Diermaier, the English musician James Johnston, founder of the brutish blues rockers Gallon Drunk and long-standing member of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, plus the English painter, filmmaker, author and musician Geraldine Swayne. On Something Dirty, the creativity and musical ideas of these four personalities coalesce into a perfect symbiosis of sound. It is at once hypnotic, repetitive, melodic, exhilarating, psychedelic, menacing, Dadaist and ethereal. Johnston's guitar saws its way through Diermaier's archaic beats, harmonically enriched by Peron's powerful bass and Swayne's psychedelic keyboards. Time and again, Faust revisits their avant-garde roots, experimenting with voices and unusual instruments. (A flamethrower and goat hooves can be detected in their arsenal of sonic sources.) Best of all, however, Faust have succeeded in reproducing the raw energy and roughness of their live performances on Something Dirty. Breathtaking stuff! "There is no group more mythical than Faust." Thus wrote English musician and eccentric Julian Cope. Which says it all really, neither the habitus nor the music of the six-piece Hamburg group was easy to grasp. While some lauded Faust as the best thing that ever happened to rock, others dismissed them as shameless dilettantes. Their collage of Dadaism, avant-garde rock and free improvisation radically divided opinion. When the first LP was unleashed on the world in 1971, Faust were very much the prophet in his own land, as the saying goes: few were interested in listening to their music -- in Germany. Not so across the Channel: this is where Faust's career really kick-started. These monoliths of avant-garde rock sold 100,000 copies of their album The Faust Tapes. Exactly 40 years after their debut, Faust has come up with another archetypical album: inspiring, innovative, unpredictable, anarchic and Faustian.~@¨Something Dirty is a definitive milestone in the long history of this world-famous musical institution from Hamburg.

Forest Swords - Dagger Paths CD (No Pain In Pop) [NPIP016] $13.00
NOW AVAILABLE ON CD!!! Received an 8.4 rating from Pitchfork Wirral's FOREST SWORDS make a textured, gauzy music as indebted to the Liverpool region's rich musical heritage as it is to the bleak-yet-beautiful coastal environment from which it was born. The result is something completely organic, sounding like a dancehall mix of Mogwai's more luscious soundscapes, Burial's sample-strewn claustrophobia, and Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western scores. The record's sweaty and thunderous dub grooves and cavernous guitar licks rub shoulders with R'n'B shuffles, dread-soaked percussion, and heady drones to create a visceral and epic sound. Dagger Paths consists of specially remastered versions of songs from the out-of-print cassette singles Miarches and Glory Gongs, along with brand new tracks. UK import.

Frivolous - Meteorology CD (Cadenza) [CADENZA008CD] $16.00
This is the first full-length release on Cadenza from Canada's Frivolous (Daniel Gardner). To Frivolous, dance music is about living life to the full, about acting out all possible human emotions in the eccentric, sweaty arena of a club. Gardner's tracks engage the crowds with grooves bursting with life and startling, eerie atmospheres. Exotic samples arranged into improbable yet emotionally-charged sound-scapes create a very special Frivolous experience: the sounds of a primeval forest encounter a dignified, aristocratic piano, a beautiful Russian waltz gets twisted into an overturning house groove. Romance turning into contempt, one's home becoming alien and strange, Metereology deals with the experience of emotional extremes. Focusing strongly on the rhythmic sides of things, this album is denser than its predecessors. The grooves have an enhanced inertia. Short melodic sequences create sustainable loops superseding elaborate forms on top. Frivolous merges his seminal genre-bending qualities and jazzy intricacy into grooves that push the house sound as far into the experimental realm as physically possible. The sonic arrangements are fused into one immersive idea that engages dancers completely. With these sonic landscapes, one is never quite sure which objects exist in their immediate environment and which objects are super-imposed. The sounds become a reality of their own, creating imaginary spaces. In an experience as exciting as uncanny, everyone on the dancefloor realizes that the other, sonically-projected environment is more real than anything else. The album represents a journey with different emotional chapters: disappointment, depression, relief, excitement and exuberance for life. The eleven tracks span the spectrum of existential extremes and all the subtleties of emotional dissonance that exist between them. There is a mystical, idealistic side to Metereology, yet there is the isolated, angry, frightened side to it as well. The songs explore the whole range of experience from devoted love to detached solitude, from social commitment to radical autarchy. These contradictions separate the music from obliging escapism in order to express a significant human experience.

Frl. Linientreu - lifelines CD (Ant-Zen) [11440] $17.50
frl. linientreu has been in the public eye for three years - but possibly it is an unknown fact that ina peters had already started to make music at the age of 5. However, besides her own project, she is also a member of the german industrial / techno / comedy project schlauch 2 elf. and after various live appearances in germany (also at maschinenfest 2010) and one cd-r release on le petit machiniste, ant-zen and l.p.m. are proud to present this outstanding artists' second album. in her own words, lifelines is intended as a kind of biography. lots of emotions have been changed and filtered into sound which was helpful to bring certain phases of her life to an end but also to turn over a new leaf. music as a medium for ideas and feelings - a reason to go further and not to remain in paralysis. as a result of this melting pot of expressed emotions, a large variety of musical styles is displayed here. ranging from heavy-handed fast technoid rhythmic attacks (von schrecken und schönheit des verhörens, empty), chilling ambient with idyllic synth melodies (ode an die stille, different in this life), and vexing collages (licht an!) to minimalistic electro pop with bass guitar and vocals (spiel mal minimal ey!), this album demonstrates frl. linientreu's amazing eclectic skills. the additional remixes append a tightrope walk between breakbeats and breakcore (saturmzlide) and distorted dance beats combined with an unexpected radio interference. musically and personally, lifelines displays an accumulation of many directions. whether it is industrial (in its many forms), ambient, soundscapes, electronica, or idm - all this and more result in frl. linientreu's aural visualization. an album as manifold and complex as life.

Gang Gang Dance - Kamakura CD (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT016CD] $13.50
"Limited edition of 1000! Gang Gang Dance define the ultimate 'world music' for the now, & possibly for an unknown tomorrow. Utilizing avant garde sensibilities & cut-and-paste assemblies, they approach music as pure sound. Lizzie Bougatsos' vocals are often non-verbal communications -- words as sound rather than any immediate apparent linear meaning or message. As interest grows in the indigenous music of many cultures of the Far and Middle East, especially in hybridized fusions of the familiar Western forms with local historical folk forms, so Gang Gang Dance are the logical product of an outward looking NYC in the global age: Middle Eastern percussion & keyboard stabs collide with Far Eastern instrumentation, & elements of Western pop & dance."

Gog - Heavy Fierce Brightness: Spells Of The Sun CD (Utech Records) [UR053CD] $15.50
"Pour the sun upon the ground, stand to throw a shadow, watch it grow into a night and fill a spinning sky. Heavy Fierce Brightness: Spells of the Sun writhes and creaks and slowly burns. Feedback, riffs and drums ignite like a brilliant star exposing our corners and weaknesses. Black/white. There can be no darkness until something shines. GOG's second release for Utech Records. Four-panel poster sleeve. Illustration by Terence Hannum. Edition of 500."

Gowns - Broken Bones CD (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT019CD] $13.50
"Limited edition of 1000! Gowns are a band evolving around the partnership of Erika Anderson - previously the guitar wrangler in Amps For Christ - and Ezra Buchla - ex-horror show vocalist and programmer for The Mae Shi. Gowns cast an apocalyptic net over a broad church of influences, hauling in their fractured folk songs with cracked electronics, lending their confessional lyrics the directness of a spooked grunge approach, whilst embracing their smart oscillating pop with troubled atmospherics."

Gregory Carmichael - Red Greg: The Sounds Of Gregory Carmichael 2CD (P&P) [TEG3312CD] $12.00
2007 release. "Producer, arranger, instrumentalist, and label owner Greg Carmichael ran with the prominent members of the underground disco/boogie brigade like Patrick Adams and LeRoy Burgess, but he remains one of the lesser recognized figures from the scene. Despite this, he was every bit a key behind-the-scenes member of the dance music world and deserves the recognition accorded to those he worked with. Carmichael, along with Adams, was behind Universal Robot Band, Inner Life, Phreek, and Bumblebee Unlimited. Each of these outfits delivered a handful of club classics that endure as house-DJ favorites decades after their original release ('Dance and Shake Your Tamborine,' 'Barely Breaking Even,' 'Weekend,' 'Love Bug,' 'Moment of My Life,' and 'I'm Caught Up' being amongst the most popular). A number of Bumblebee Unlimited singles were released through Carmichael's Red Greg label, and Inner Life's 'I'm Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)' was originally issued on his TCT label before Prelude purchased the rights and catapulted it to the top of many club playlists. Carmichael also worked closely with Burgess for the Convertion ('Let's Do It') and Logg ('I Know You Will,' 'Dancing Into the Stars') projects, which also yielded some cream-of-the-crop disco/boogie. The only time Carmichael truly tasted the mainstream was when Cathy Dennis' 'Touch Me (All Night Long),' a cover of a Fonda Rae tune written with Adams, blitzed the pop charts in 1991. By then, he was all but completely removed from the music industry. Peter Brown and Traffic Entertainment are proud to present this rare collective of the work of Greg Carmichael and his label, Red Gregg Records."

Gruel - Gruel CD (At War With False Noise) [ATWAR090] $11.75
CD reissue of classic avant-sludge, the only recording GRUEL made. Like The Melvins playing King Crimson's Red album, this is theatrical, beautifully composed, and troglodyte heavy. Four 15-minute, utterly immersive songs, with quiet, atmospheric passages getting shattered by barrages of repetitious riffing. Edition of 500 in a stickered PVC sleeve, with the disc wrapped in a big double-sided, full-color poster.

Haare - Madon Evankeliumi CD (At War With False Noise) [ATWAR091] $13.00
Total swirling psychedelia, heavy shifting tides of drone with evil organ lines permeating the noise, self-described as "a slow, heavy bell." Based on source sounds provided by OLLY PEARSON, CHRIS CHANTLER and DOM FINBOW. Edition of 500 in foldover wallet and PVC sleeve. Art by ANDREW LABANARIS (Electric Wizard and MOSS).

Hyperjinx Tricycle - The Songs of Jack Medicine, Daniel Johnston & Ron English CD (Important) [IMPREC006CD] $9.00
Year 2001 release. "Hyperjinx Tricycle is a band formed by Texas cult hero Daniel Johnston, New York pop-surrealist Ron English and Brooklyn singer/songwriter Jack Medicine. With the help of various producers this album celebrates the weirdness of these three strange writers. Most songs sung by Daniel Johnston. CD also contains two tracks of Johnston alone singing and performing 'Keep Your Feelings To Yourself' and 'Reality.' Highpoints of the disc include a beautiful version of 'Seasons in the Sun' sung by Johnston ('Seasons In the Sun' features production work and instrumentation from Kramer marking the first time these two have worked together since 1990) as well as Daniel's rejected theme song for the Fox program Greg The Bunny."

Igor Boxx - Breslau CD (Ninja Tune) [ZEN166CD] $15.50
"Igor Boxx known also as Igor Pudlo (from Ninja Tune's Polish act Skalpel) is opening a new decade with his first solo album, Breslau. Skalpel have released two acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune -- Skalpel (2004) and Konfusion (2005) have become one of the most important Polish music exports, well received both in Poland and internationally. In Igor's solo debut album, the inspiration comes like before from his home country and his home town. Breslau tells a tale of 1945 siege of Festung Breslau undertaken by the Red Army. The historical background might mean nothing to an average listener not familiar with the multinational and multicultural history of Breslau (now known as Wroclaw) but this journey is musically so emotional and powerful that it allows anyone to follow the story."

Ironomi - Sketch CD (Kitchen) [KI005] $21.00
RELEASE DATE: 12-14-2010
ironomi's delicate field recordings capture the tangible atmosphere of a specfic time and place. "sketch" attempts to conjure something of the glaring light and torpid air of a Japanese summer using sound alone. The titles of these compositions invoke a literal kind of emotional color -- specic nuances associated with the unique hue of summer insects, or the underside of leaves in the shade. In their own words, "sketch" is a sonic portrait of "a summer's whispers".

Isolee - Well Spent Youth CD (Pampa) [PAMPA001CD] $14.75
After six years, IsolÄée finally releases his third album on DJ Koze's Pampa Records. "Over the last 15 years, IsolÄée has managed to create a breathtaking trademark sound. Every note seems lovingly scavenged from the depths of his analog equipment pool, then polished and woven into an abstract, otherworldly, always morphing yet still binding and bouncing sound composition of epic proportions. Well Spent Youth is a chameleon; it assumes different forms depending on the volume it's played. Tunes like 'Taktell,' 'Thirteen Times An Hour,' 'Hold On,' 'One Box' and 'Celeste' set the club on fire, quickly spreading the unique, indescribable IsolÄée vibe, which imbues the often cold, bleak dancefloor with a unique, clever color. The collective joy at being challenged is ubiquitous. People dance to IsolÄée's music with their eyes closed -- opened every now and then only to exchange knowing nods. Now, IsolÄée reminds us yet again what electronic music is capable of -- crossing boundaries and achieving the psychedelic." --DJ Koze

Iszoloscope - Beyond Within CDEP (Ant-Zen) [11441] $14.25
13 track ep including new tracks and yet unreleased works, plus additional remixes by missT, ah cama-sotz, ivardensphere, demanufacturer, norad, mangadrive, esa and xenocode. distorted technoid industrial dance tracks, heavy rhythmic noise, breakcore and dark ambient soundscapes enriched with tribalistic percussion and a disturbing piano result in a well-wrapped package of contemporary electronics to move mind and body.

Iszoloscope - The Edge of Certainty CD (Ant-Zen) [11437] $17.50
iszoloscope's new full length album, recorded between 2007 and 2010, is proof that waiting is worthwhile. nine powerful tracks ranging between icy crystal clear technoid industrial to merciless rhythmic distortion, from breakbeats to breakcore, from dark ambient to complex electronica - go find out what lies beyond the edge of certainty!

Jono El Grande - Phantom Stimulance CD (Rune Grammofon) [RCD2106CD] $16.00
This is the third full-length release by Jon Andreas HÄ~C¥tun aka Jono El Grande, a self-taught composer, musician, conductor and prankster who remains an outsider on the far margin of the Norwegian experimental music scene. He released his debut mini-album Utopian Dances in 1999, a collection of absurdist instrumentals recorded at home using not much more than a workstation synth. 2003 saw the release of Fevergreens (RCD 2031CD), an album that drew upon classic progressive rock, film music, easy listening and a variety of pop idioms and featured a 9-piece orchestra. 2009's Neo Dada (RCD 2084CD/RLP 3084LP) was a masterstroke; brimming with creative ideas, odd turns, weird combinations of sounds and instruments, complex time signatures and a healthy dose of pure musical joy, all mysteriously sugared with melodic hooks that would stick to your brain like any annoying pop tune. As far as musical form and content goes, this can be said to continue with Phantom Stimulance. It's put together to celebrate Jono's 15 years as a composer and performer and 10 years as a band leader, but it's not a mere compilation. Recorded in Athletic Studio, home to great analog recordings by Supersilent, Motorpsycho, Scorch Trio and countless others, it's a collection of new versions of stage favorites and previously-unreleased songs as well as a brand-new song. Jono lists movements like Rock In Opposition and the Canterbury Scene and artists and composers like Frank Zappa, Stravinsky, Magma, Henry Cow and Gentle Giant as inspirational sources but has established his own signature with his latest releases and stage shows. Instrumentations and arrangements have become more adventurous, he has picked up the electric guitar again and successfully added a rougher edge to the ensemble sound.

Junk Culture - Summer Friends CD (Illegal Art) [IA122CD] $11.25
"Junk Culture developed the sound for his newest release, Summer Friends, from sounds captured on a handheld recorder. Drawing on the vibrant harmonies, psychedelic noises & dance rhythms that saturated his environment, he created alluring melodies using guitar, keyboard, & percussion & his own explosive vocals. The warm euphoric tunes he emerged with reflect a compelling range of influences that include everything from west-coast style pop to hip-hop mash-ups & raw punk-informed electronic dance tunes."

Kazuo Uehara - Experimental Music of Japan Vol. 8: Assemblage CD (Edition Omega Point) [OPX008CD] $23.25
This is the eighth volume in Edition Omega Point's Experimental Music Of Japan series. Japanese composer and synthesizer artist Kazuo Uehara was born in Osaka in 1949. He studied composition in Tokyo and in New York and is a Professor of Music at the Osaka University of Arts, teaching composition, experimental music and also multi-media performance. His music has been performed in France, Germany, the U.S., and other countries and he has also performed his interactive live music and multi-media pieces at major festivals in Sweden, Bulgaria, Russia, France, Poland, Brazil, China, Korea and other countries. He was the main prize-winner at the Bourge International electroacoustic music competition in 1983. In 1990, he was awarded a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. He has been producing the International Festival for Contemporary Music in Japan since the 1980s. "'Assemblage' is a word from the domain of modern art. This is one of the techniques in the expression of art. The word means 'mixture,' originally. I decided that assemblage would be the concept of this CD. A collage by Picasso is similar example. Dadaism is also another similar example. I try to express new directions in music by using the assemblage technique. 'Music Collage Re-Mix Version' is based on the live recording of a performance from Brazil in 1989 -- a collaboration with a Brazilian dancer and her voice. 'Pont De l'Alma De Paris' was a piece composed at INA-GRM, which is well-known as the place where musique concrÄ~C¨te was created by Pierre Schaeffer. The title of this piece 'Pont De l'Alma' is the name of the metro station in Paris. I tried to express the harmony between traditional images and contemporary images of Paris. 'OTO Mandala 2' -- usually a mandala is created as a visual image but in this piece I tried to create a mandala image by using sound with bandoneon by Miho Kurosawa. 'Sound Work 1' is the first piece I composed by using a personal computer. I used NEC PC 8-bit which came out in the beginning of the 1980s. I tried to create very simple synthesized sounds. 'Forest Of Gombe' is a piece on the subject of nature from a chimpanzee's forest in Africa. 'Assemblage 2004' was composed using the assemblage technique using various sounds, noises from nature and instruments like piano and biwa. 'Meteora Version 1.0' is the name of a strange rock from the northern part of Greece. 'Meteora 1' is created as acousmatic music." Housed in a cardboard paper sleeve. Including newly-written liner notes in Japanese & English by the artist. Limited edition of 400 copies only.

Liz Janes - Say Goodbye CD (Asthmatic Kitty) [AKR48] $13.00
Asthmatic Kitty is super stoked to announce the release of the Say Goodbye full-length, the first LIZ JANES music in five years! This time around she's teamed up with Asthmatic Kitty artist and ueber producer RAFTER ROBERTS to give us her own version of a soul record-as seen through the lens of a lady who cut her teeth in the fertile Olympia noise and improv scene. Say Goodbye is a 11-piece collection of unpretentious life and philosophy paired with Rafter's space-pop backing, JASON CRANE's (ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT) soaring Motownian horn arrangements, and CHRIS SCHLARB's smooth as chocolate gelato guitar work. Rafter and friends give new life to Liz's beautiful, spacious voice and her attempts at making sense of the world.

Locrian - The Crystal World 2CD (Utech Records) [UR056/7CD] $19.75
"The Crystal World, the third studio album from Locrian, is an epic journey. Titled after JG Ballard's 1964 novel that tells the story of a physician who specializes in leprosy sent to a remote African outpost to discover a jungle that is slowly crystallizing and encroaching upon everything it touches. Disc one comprises six tracks while disc two consists of one extended piece, 'Extinction,' that picks up on the intensity of disc one and sustains it for close to an hour. On The Crystal World, Terence Hannum, and André Foisy, are joined by Steven Hess (On, Pan American, Ural Umbo) on percussion and electronics. Hess' contribution pushes Locrian deeper into the abyss of despair rendering a sound that is darker, bleaker, and engulfing than any of the group's previous releases. Locrian continue the conceptual trajectory of blackened drone that the group initially embarked on during their first studio album Drenched Lands (2009). Masters of layering, The Crystal World finds the group manipulating tones and textures that transport the listener to an apocalyptic wasteland. At times, the layers are serene and somber, at other times they are chaotic. The Crystal World is Locrian's essential release, finding the band creating a sound all of their own. A sound that evades simplistic analogies to black metal, power-electronics, noise, or other categories. This is the album that will stun fans of the bands previous works with how far the group has come from their early releases. Presented in a Stoughton gatefold sleeve with art by Vberkvlt. Edition of 1000."

Low Five - November CD (Saint Rose) [SRR03] $8.75
The debut full-length CD from Santa Rosa, California's LOW FIVE. Ten tracks. 51 minutes. Full band tracks recorded by ROSS HARRIS (Emily Jane White) with home recordings by GUY HENRY.

Mamiffer/House Of Low Culture - Split CD (Utech Records) [UR055CD] $15.50
"A spacious, luxurious split release from Mamiffer and House of Low Culture. Piano, guitar, synthesizer, organ and field recordings are just a few of the devices that etch the open, free passages of music. A remarkable piece from each contributor. Collage by Are Mokkelbost. Edition of 500."

Martino Traversa - Manhattan Bridge CD (Neos) [NEOS11023CD] $20.50
Performed by: Mario Caroli, flute, bass flute; Garth Knox, viola; Roberta Gottardi, clarinet; Arditti String Quartet: Irvine Arditti, Ashot Sarkissjan, violins; Ralf Ehlers, viola; Lucas Fels, cello; Ensemble Algoritmo, Marco Angius, conductor. "Martino Traversa, a music autodidact at age seven, was originally a jazz musician. He went on to study composition, electronic music, and information technology, obtaining a diploma at the high perfecting Academy of Pescara. He attended the summer courses in Siena, as well as those at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) of Stanford University. He studied with Luigi Nono from 1987 to 1989. In 1990, with the support of Luigi Nono, he founded Ensemble Edgard VarÄ~C¨se. In 1991 he instituted the international review of modern and contemporary music Traiettorie. He's a composer and a researcher in the field of electronic technologies applied to musical acoustics and spatialization techniques. His works are performed by the most important international interpreters." Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.

Master Musicians Of Bukkake - Elogia de la Sombra CD (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT024CD] $13.50
"Limited edition of 1000! Master Musicians Of Bukkake are an enchanting collective, comprising a fine pedigree of musicians from bands as diverse as Earth, Sun City Girls and Burning Witch. With an amalgam of global influences drawn from music, philosophy, mysticism, and the kitchen sink, they are difficult to pigeonhole, but this is to their credit as Master Musicians are entirely original and when they come together, the result is truly magical."

Maurizio Bianchi - Computers Spa / Com.sa 2CD (At War With False Noise) [ATWAR077] $14.50
The second in At War's series of CD reissues of early tapes by noise legend MB features very primitive use of synthesizer, tape loops and tape manipulation. Lo-fi, otherwordly. Edition of 500.

Melvin Davis - Detroit Soul Ambassador CD (Vampisoul) [VAMPI118CD] $15.75
Vampisoul presents the first-ever compilation of the complete early to mid-'60s recordings by Melvin Davis -- an essential figure in Detroit music history. One of the most talented, dynamic and prolific artists in the history of Motor City music, Melvin Davis isn't so much a musician as he is a musical force: songwriter, drummer, performer, producer, arranger, label owner, etc. His bands have included everyone from a pre-Temptations David Ruffin to a post-MC5 Wayne Kramer. His drumming helped define the Miracles' Motown smash "Tears Of A Clown," drove the Lyman Woodard Trio's double-sided funk masterpiece River Rouge/It's Your Thing and became the stuff of legend on Dennis Coffey's seminal LP Hair And Thangs. He's the evocative lead vocalist behind the 8th Day's million seller "You've Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)" and the songwriter who penned JJ Barnes' desperate ode "Chains Of Love." The genre that has come to be called northern soul could hardly claim a more qualified ambassador, for Davis penned many of its most crucial cornerstones: Johnnie Mae Matthews' "Lonely You'll Be," Darrell Banks' "I'm The One Who Loves You," Lonette McKee's "Stop! Don't Worry About It," Edward Hamilton's "I'm Gonna Love You," Ann Perry's "That's The Way He Is," Steve Mancha's "I Won't Love You And Leave You." While Davis' very presence helped to define a myriad of local labels whose output was every bit as essential to the soul of Detroit's golden era as was Motown's, his profile as an artist has often been boiled down to the northern soul floor-fillers "Find A Quiet Place (And Be Lonely)" and "I Must Love You." As brilliant as they are, it should come as no surprise that there is another side to Davis' early Detroit discography, one that is the very essence of the city's rockin' soul aesthetic. A true portrait of Melvin Davis would be incomplete without the superb sides he cut for tiny labels such as Jack Pot and KE KE, fiercely independent imprints like Fortune and Wheel City, and slightly larger concerns such as Groovesville. For the first time ever, every one of them is here, along with several unreleased cuts from the Groovesville vaults. Detroit soul is represented in all its stylistic nuances: the garage R&B of "I Don't Want You," the proto-northern sound of "I Won't Be Your Fool," the bohemian jazz inflections of "It's No News," the frantic rock'n'roll of "Playboy" and "This Ain't The Way," the persistent, minor-keyed mood of "Wedding Bells" and the majesty of "Find A Quiet Place" and "I Must Love You." Comprehensive liner notes by writer, historian and musician Michael Hurtt.

Monotonix - Not Yet CD (Drag City) [DC454CD] $13.00
"Not Yet, the second Monotonix full-length album, focuses the band's energy like a beam, searing away everything extraneous, leaving only the essentials. Monotonix are kicking it with pure, slamming rawness from start to finish on Not Yet, with short and fast songs, direct to the point; Yonatan's riffs, doubled up and driving forward, Haggai rattling jaws with blow after blow on the kit as Ami sings and screams of you and me, of the thrill and dismay of too much, of action and release, his voice almost swallowed in the din but cutting through with the rigor of a scalpel and the fury of a fanatic. These enhancements are due in some degree to Monotonix recording with Steve Albini. They booked time at Electrical, then went about writing the music back in Tel Aviv in between tour runs. While writing the songs, they cut to the chase, feeling the joy in the bones of the songs and the way they fit together. This made working on the record very easy and fun. The finished sound is trembling with distortion, screaming with release. Even the extended break on 'Late Night' is a surging, rhythmic outing -- one that conveys the very real qualities of Monotonix in an inspired performance Not Yet is the livest, loudest, most focused set of songs and sounds that we and Monotonix can have. The question you have to ask yourself is, if Not Yet, then when?"

Mount Eerie - Black Wooden CD (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT018CD] $13.50
"Limited edition of 1000! In high summer of 2007, Phil Elverum, in the guise of Mount Eerie, found his way to Southern Studios, armed with a borrowed guitar, some notebook paper, & with little time before an evening gig, Mount Eerie & Southern's engineer Harvey Birrell recorded the six songs of Black Wooden. Black Wooden is the coming together of ideas that had travelled with Mount Eerie for months & had solidified into compositions in the days & hours before the studio session. The title itself refers acutely to the genre black metal -- perhaps less surprising a reference considering black metal often shares Mount Eerie's appreciation with low fidelity production aesthetics (among many other things), and that Phil Elverum had just been in Norway before arriving in the UK."

Mr. Oizo & Gaspard Auge - Rubber CD (Ed Banger Records) [BEC5772735] $14.75
Ed Banger Records presents the soundtrack to Quentin Dupieux's third film, Rubber. Dupieux is not only one of the most unconventional French directors of his generation, he also creates undeniably fierce French house under his music alias Mr. Oizo. This short film (which chronicles the journey of a murderous, roving car tire) debuted at Cannes Film Festival in 2010. This soundtrack was created by Mr. Oizo and Gaspard Augé (one-half of Justice). Seriously brain-rattling, synth-driven, banging French house on a terrifying mission to destroy.

Mudsuckers - Mudsuckers CD (Important) [IMPREC104CD] $12.50
Pete Swanson & Gabe Salomon (Yellow Swans), Tom Carter (Charalambides) & Robert Horton. "Swamp noise drone. Feedback is layered like mud on the carcass of song structure. Robert uses primitive cassette manipulation as well as digital processing to thicken the sound into a swamp. Think Credence Clearwater Revival without the one chord they knew. On three of the songs, Pete uses his analog reel-to-reel wall-of-sound processing apparatus. 'Longjaw Mudsuckers' was inspired by a mid-eighties cassette where Merzbow mixed John Hudak's nature sounds into a screaming mass of sonic debris. Robert recorded a stream after the huge New Year's Day storm and Pete plugged it into his system, making it sound at times like a stream, an ocean, and robots whispering mechanical secrets. This CD contains some of the first recordings of Tom Carter's circuit-bending. Individual attributes of Gabe Mindel's guitar roar, Tom Carter's ebow laptop whirl, and Horton's clanky homemades merge into the mud stew. Driving the swirl are samples of boogie woogie piano, riffs from the session, and pounding drums."

Nadja - Sky Burial CD (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT022CD] $13.50
"Limited edition of 1000! Crafting two lengthy slabs of crushing yet ethereal instrumental material, Nadja have once again upped expectations. Their highly unique strain of doom-infused shoegaze is little short of trance-inducing beauty."

Near The Parenthesis - Japanese For Beginners CD (n5MD) [MD184] $12.25
RELEASE DATE: 02-15-2011
"Japanese for Beginners" is Near The Parenthesis' 4th album via the n5MD imprint and 5th overall. Not far behind on the contemplative artfulness of 2010's "Music For the Forest Concourse" this new album finds Tim Arndt adding more texturally experimental treatments to his signature mix of melodic IDM and Modern Classical. Arndt was intent on creating a decidedly more "electronic" backdrop for the record, which includes what may be some of the most creative drum programing of his career. Building on this new platform, Japanese for Beginners continues Arndt's bias and skill in constructing haunting piano motifs and, as always, brings the pieces together seamlessly. The songs on "Japanese For Beginners" are as hopeful, as dreamy, and as thoughtfully crafted as you want them to be. With this album as with any of Arndt's releases, it is up to the listener to dive in to the details or simply let it play as the soundtrack to your day.

Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise CD (Circus Company) [CC009CD] $16.00
Four years after his debut EP on Wolf + Lamb, Nicolas Jaar, the New Yorker by way of Chile returns to Circus Company with Space Is Only Noise, an uncompromising manifesto on traces of the past, love lost, and spectres of the future. Having previously-contributed to the catalog twice with his Marks And Angels EP, Circus Company is proud to present his first foray into the realm of the long player. Jaar has made it quite apparent over the course of his nascent catalog and increasingly sought-after live sets that challenge is an intrinsic part of his creative discourse. Few are the producers of any age with the guts to ride a sub-100-bpm tempo at peak-time in the techno Mecca of Berlin, and fewer still are those who receive an ecstatic hands-in-the-air response for their precocious efforts. It is precisely this sense of risk which elevates Space Is Only Noise beyond the realm of valiant first effort or crossover dance music oddity. Those looking to wade through the sea of Jaar's potential influences will quickly find themselves in the deep waters of golden age Factory records, the home-spun digitalism of Mille Plateaux, Endtroducing-era DJ Shadow and Eric Satie. Jaar gently coaxes his listener into the experience from the opening sounds of rolling waves on "Ä~Cªtre," but quickly transitions into the sophisticated percussion and meandering melodies that characterize his sound. Jaar seeks, and often finds, beauty in melancholy on the first few tracks of the album. As the album begins to accelerate with "Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust," Jaar confronts us with the often forgotten reality that our sadness is not mutually exclusive on the dancefloor. Suddenly, on "Keep Me There," Jaar's voice appears over the delicious, rumbling melody. Though your hips stir to the relentless bass line and the sexiness of the voices, your heart is jolted out of its luxurious malaise when horns erupt seconds later. "How can you talk about a landscape without showing the sky and the earth?" a voice asks, translating from the French on "Ä~Cªtre." So Jaar concludes, revisiting the same track to end the album. Complete landscapes such as these are only realized in contrast -- the indulgent against the reserved, the sky against the earth; lightness and darkness. Space Is Only Noise is a tour de force with few modern equals, and a great sign of things to come from one of electronic music's most exciting producers.

Nin Kuji - Sayonara CD (Ant-Zen) [11442] $17.50
The one man project nin kuji was started at the end of 2001, founded to establish a striking and powerful instrument for emotional transfer via the medium of sound. after various demo cd-rs and tapes, the project gained the attention of djs in the u.s., japan and germany with the self-released album 'no way out' in 2004. since 2005 nin kuji started co-operating with german d.i.y. label le petit machiniste where the ep 'medicine man' was released. and since then his' musical emphasis shifted from noise, power electronics and dark electro to rhythm'n'noise and experimental electronica. he considers his project as an act that prefers an approach of honest interpretation of feelings in place of technical skills. making music means keeping grounded and giving retreat, hence there is no segregation between the private person and the artist. 'sayonara' clearly demonstrates nin kuji's knowledge in how to control the buttons of heavy pounding machinery. a crossover between technoid aphex twin-based ambient-industrial, heavily distorted electro noise and the tribal approach displayed by the likes of muslimgauze and this morn' omina. the well thought out tracklist order is held together by gapless, more quiet sequences and was intended to generate a continuous flow between the rhythmic parts which operate in ultra-repetitive spheres based on mid-tempo rhythm textures and heavy subtle bass-drones. tracks like 'daichi no musuko', 'tamashii' and 'theatre [stages]' should be considered as essential for topical industrial dancefloors. an ingenious combination of multiple layers, hypnotic patterns and sophisticated beats. nearly eight years were needful for this release to mature. based on concepts going back to 2002 combined with notions from various live appearances, this album marks an essence of what nin kuji stands for from the beginning until now - a chapter's end, maybe even a conclusion before breaking new ground. an album of ageless, self supported personality - sayonara, medicine man!

NSI (Non Standard Institut) - Sync CD (Non Standard Productions) [NSP009CD] $13.00
"Max Loderbauer & Tobias Freund prod. 24 pieces for drummachine and sequencer."

Phil Manley - Life Coach CD (Thrill Jockey) [THR258CD] $13.75
"Phil Manley, founding member of the pioneering DC-trio Trans Am, and in-demand recording engineer (The Alps, Arp, Mi Ami, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) has recorded his debut solo album. Life Coach, a title inspired by Tony Williams Lifetime and Charles Bullen's Lifetones project, is a dynamic collection of instrumental songs composed, performed, and recorded entirely by Phil. While there are reflections of Phil's work in Trans Am, Oneida, The F***ing Champs, and Jonas Reinhardt that a listener familiar with those bands will notice, Life Coach is more minimal and adheres to the structures of German rock of the mid 70's that has long inspired Phil, specifically the free-spirited and loose arrangements, the propulsive 'motorik' pulse, and the sonic textures or 'Klangfarben' (translated 'sound colors'). German analog recording technology had reached its zenith in the late 70's. This coincided nicely with the careers of such artists as Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster and Popol Vuh. German recording engineer Connie Plank, a hero of Phil's, was responsible for most of the greatest recordings of each of these bands. Life Coach pays homage to the 'Klangfarben' of Connie Plank's recordings."

Pim Scheelings - Q65 - The Book Book (Ugly Things) [UTQ65] $16.75
"The five original members of Q65 first banded together in The Hague in the Netherlands in 1965. Joop Roelofs, Frank Nuyens, Willem Bieler, Peter Vink and Jay Baar were an unlikely, often volatile gang of outcasts and misfits, but with their raw, unconventional music and rowdy, unkempt image they quickly built up a large and fiercely loyal following. Their first record, You're the Victor, kicked off a string of hit singles for the group including 'The Life I Live,' 'From Above' and 'World of Birds.' Their 1966 debut LP, Revolution, sold over 50,000 copies, topping the Dutch album charts ahead of new releases by the Rolling Stones, the Troggs and the Animals. By 1969 it had all fallen apart, but in the few short years they were together Q65 recorded some truly extraordinary music. They continue to be regarded, quite rightly, as one of the great, unsung bands of the era. Pim Scheelings has captured their story in all its strange, stoned, comical, complicated, tragic glory -- the drink, the drugs, the fights and, of course, the music -- all discussed and dissected in frank, often brutally honest words by the surviving band members and their collaborators. This is the story of Q65: no punches pulled -- the whole truth and nothing but the truth. 208 pages with tons of rare photos, interviews and discography."

Port Royal - 2000-2010: The Golden Age Of Consumerism2xCD CD (n5MD) [MD183] $13.50
RELEASE DATE: 02-15-2011
In 2010 Italian wide-screen electronica group port-royal celebrated 10 years as a band. For the occasion they have teamed up with the n5MD imprint yet again for the release of a career spanning double album. "2000-2010: The Golden Age Of Consumerism" collects all of the band's rarities, compilation appearances and remixes in one unabbreviated package containing close to 3 hours of music . Disc one includes the long out of print Kraken EP, tracks from the Magnitogorsk split with Absent Without Leave, the Honvéd EP, and the band's many compilation appearances. Disc 1 also boasts two unreleased tracks. One which features port-royal siren Linda Bjalla (aka Izumi Suzuki) on vocals. The other comes in the form of a brand new extended version of Gļnther Anders originally heard in brief on the Onda Drops Vol. 2 compilation. Disc two features all remixes that the band has conceived over their decade together. Felix Da Housecat, Ladytron, Millimetrik, D_rradio, Bitcrush and Jatun among others get the port-royal remix treatment. This disc showcases the band's deftness in the production of the various sub-genres of electronic music they are known to encompass. "2000-2010: The Golden Age Of Consumerism" is a wonderful retrospective that shows the band's musical growth, emotional dexterity and unique approach to electronic music.

Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, The - The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet CD (Caprice) [CAP21435CD] $16.75
Performed by: Raschèr Saxophone Quartet: (Christine Rall, soprano saxophone; Elliot Riley, alto saxophone; Bruce Weinberger, tenor saxophone; Kenneth Coon, baritone saxophone). Featured works: Erik Bergman (1911 - 2006): Etwas Rascher; Richard Dünser (B. 1959): Personae; Yannis Xenakis (1922 - 2001): XAS; Michael Denhoff (B. 1955): Pnoxoud; Günter Bialas (1907 - 1995): 6 Bagatelles; Dimitri Terzakis (B. 1938): Panta Rei.

Rimacona - Tasogare to Piano CD (Parade) [parade03] $16.00
RELEASE DATE: 12-06-2010
Rimacona consists of two members: Natsuko Yanagimoto (vocalist and photographer) and Marihiko Hara (pianist and composer). They are based in Kyoto where Marihiko, in particular, produces music for theatre performances and people involved in the field, such as visual artists and traditional Japanese instrumentalists.

In addition to a short tour of Europe in 2009, they have also been included on Mille-Plateaux's 'Click and Cuts 5.0' compilation, of which they were the only vocal band on the album.

"Tasogare to Piano" (Piano in the Dusk) is Rimacona's first full debut album. Their music is dynamic yet sensitive, with a strong emphasis on progressive song development and the sounds of piano. Furthermore, their arrangements offer a unique atmosphere, and blend vocals with natural sounds, as well as electronics captured via the use of a tape recorder. Rimacona's music goes beyond the boundaries of electronica, pop, jazz and so on.

Rorschach Garden, The - 42 Times Around the Sun CD (Bazooka Jo) [11433] $18.00
42 times around the sun, not normally a time span associated with the completion of a lifecycle, but this album feels a lot like it. this is the sixth full-length in six years, and it really is a musical stroll through the styles and contents trg have explored so far, with a strong emphasis on progress and refinement. what once started with a very retro sound has now got a lot of modern aspects sonically. also it seems no coincidence the sun is mentioned in the album title - not much gloominess to be found here, positivity is the word. philipp münch has invited some well-known friends to join him on vocals while his own style of singing has also progressed with the vocals barely untreated, working just fine with his probably most interesting and diverse lyrics so far. 42 times around the sun starts with the uptempo 'automatic', something trg hasn't done in a while. more in the classic trg vein with the more familiar melodies are 'broken' and 'unusual romance', the latter being a heart-felt declaration of love by the charging cable to its connected mobile (!), and yes, it does remind somehow of the b 52's. 'some reasons to call this time the hate-ies' is not only a clever reference to the morrissey quote, not only a punch into the face of the narrow-minded nostalgist, but also a wonderful party track. dirk ivens delivers unmistakable backing vocals on 'living in a cage' while genevieve pasquier does so on the anti-paparazzi track 'how to become invisible'. '(in search) of the amber room' is a detroit-tinged electro smash with the immortal line 'what has gone lost must be found, underwater, in the ground.' other standout tracks are the devo-style 'micro machines', a duet with synapscape partner tim, and the wonderful 'red light', a track in timeless pop tradition, and maybe the ultimate earworm trg have created so far, featuring background lyrics by scott milton of american newcomer act the present moment. the latter also performs the entire vocals of 'rejection', a spine-tingling trance-infused ballad that makes way for the closing title, a very upbeat remix by memmaker. 42 times around the sun is nothing less than a classic pop album, tightly produced and with a coherent mood, yet enough diversity in sound and content, and it

RVDS - Moments CD (It'S) [ITS005CD] $16.00
This is the first full-length album on the It's label for Germany's Richard von der Schulenburg aka RVDS. It's deep, acid, fragile, party, lonely, and special. After the EP Waiting, Kiss And Love comes Moments, inspired by classic deep and acid house. Old instruments such as the TR-808, Roland JP-6, Wurlitzer E-Piano and some others are combined with new accents, but always with a special bent towards Detroit music. Special tips go towards the tracks "Acid Dream" and the vocal track "Pain."

Scuba - Triangulation (Interpretations) 2CD (Hotflush) [HF003LTD-CD] $15.75
Hotflush presents a 2CD package of Scuba's acclaimed Triangulation album, plus a CD of all-new artist remixes. Scuba aka Paul Rose has been at the forefront of the dubstep scene since its birth. Having founded the innovative and influential Hotflush Recordings label in 2003, he has continually brought color and depth to an advancing genre, expanding its sonic structure and increasing its influence on the wider electronic scene. Through Scuba and seminal work by central figures including Distance, Vex'd and more recently Mount Kimbie and Joy Orbison, Hotflush remains crucial to the immediate moment and the developing future of the most exciting aspects of electronic music. In addition to label and production duties, he also runs the massively successful SUB:STANCE night at Berlin's techno Mecca, Berghain, the sound of which he committed to plastic in a DJ mix (OSTGUT 011CD). Following the first Scuba LP, A Mutual Antipathy (2008) which was remixed by Marcel Dettman, Martyn and Surgeon, Triangulation (2010) took the Scuba sound to a new level. The collision of dubstep and techno has produced startling music from a wide range of producers in the last few years, none more than Scuba, and that has been well documented. But Triangulation moves past the dubstep/techno axis and into new territory. Working at multiple tempos, the album covers an area ranging from house to experimental drum n' bass while retaining the Scuba sound that has become so distinctive. For Triangulation (Interpretations), new allure is breathed into Scuba's originals. The listless beauty of "Before" is imbued with a spine-tingling warmth on Scuba's luscious opening re-edit, "Before (After)." A remix of "Latch" by Will Saul and Mike Monday, infuses the dubbed-out original with a dose of bumping house flavor. America's totem of bass Faulty DL takes leave from the original "On Deck" with a low, burring bass line and elegantly woven melodies drawn warmly across the whole. Scuba's back with the old skool vibes on "You Got Me (I Got You)" but confidently skips the line by keeping it firmly in this moment. Deadbeat's remix of "Tracers" sees him in classic form, delivering a deep 7am techno heavy-hitter. Joe's rework of "So You Think You're Special" has a slowly blossoming groove underpinning stuttering percussion, jangling keys and an expertly playful melody that opens out across the sparse background. Finally, South London's Deadboy offers an understated modern jungle remix of "Before" with skittering hats and heavy bass that can't fail to light up floors and faces.

Shackleton - Fabric 55 CD (Fabric) [FABRIC109CD] $16.75
"The elusive Shackleton showcases his incendiary live set on Fabric 55. A disorienting trip through unclassifiable styles awaits those brave enough to enter the void. The self-effacing Lancashire-born Sam Shackleton first came to prominence during the early rise of the dubstep scene. The Skull Disco label he ran alongside Appleblim was influential, in that it combined more abstract or avant-garde musical forms with music that could work on advanced dancefloors. Skull Disco was home to Shackleton's cuts such as 'Stalker', 'Death Is Not Final' and 'Blood On My Hands', reworked by Ricardo Villalobos into an 18-minute four-to-the-floor version. Like Ricardo Villalobos and Omar S before, Shackleton's contribution to the Fabric series blurs the boundaries between artist album and mix CD, featuring only his own tracks. The mix consists mainly of unreleased, exclusive material alongside a handful of earlier tracks, and all tracks have been re-worked into entirely new, never-before-heard versions."

Shindig - Shindig! Vol. 2, Issue 20 Jan-Feb 2011 Magazine (Shindig) [SHINV2#20] $8.50
"The Soft Machine: Feelin' Reelin' Squealin': Is it jazz? Is it psych? Is it pop? The groundbreaking early years; Merrell Frankhauser: His visonary journey from surf to folk to psych to lost continents; The Lovin' & The Nerve: From mod underdogs to Troggs-approved pop confectioners; Allied Records: Plastic Cloud, Reign Ghost, Christmas... inside Canada's coolest label; Euphoria: The remarkable saga of the most expensive cult album ever made. Also Patrick Campbell-Lyons, Cat Stevens, The Holy Mackerel, and much more!"

Sic Alps - Napa Asylum CD (Drag City) [DC455CD] $13.00
"Napa Asylum is the Sic Alps in 2010 ? two and one half years since the fabled release of US E.Z.! Napa Asylum accounts for the swift tilt of time since aught-eight with twenty-two crafted tracks bubbling in the reverb tank. The Alps are in the summer of their years, where they suddenly find a minute to reflect on the breaking down of the years previous. Napa Asylum is overfull with Sic pleasures, echoing half-emptily like they do as the hooks slide into your flesh, animating you marionette-style to tip-tat your way across the dance-floor. Let's away to the Tascam 8-Ball! Themes from Napa Asylum include re-incarnation, magic and schizophrenia. SUCH AS: 'The First White Man to Touch California' ties the 'discovery' of California to the recent mortgage crisis. 'Zeppo Epp' tells parallel tales from Midwestern homes: Zeppo Epley drives off to never be heard from again while Charlotte Muldeen breaks up with her girlfriend and joins the Navy. And there's more, lots of it there, all dripping through a $100 preamp for your misunderstanding. Yeah, the sound reflects a minimal set-up, but don't let them fool you. The process is the flavor -- and three albums in, you can still get in on the ground floor, 'cause Sic Alps always record in the basement. Get down your steps while you can, the songs are as short as they are bitter-sweet. But the one that ends just makes way for the one coming next."

Sidi Toure & Friends - Sahel Folk CD (Thrill Jockey) [THR256CD] $13.75
"Throughout his time making music, Sidi's sound has both captured and challenged his roots. His music moves from the translucent swaying takamba to the trance inducing Holley, while the lyrics often address many non-traditional issues. Sidi has a critical mind and his songs have a purpose. At its heart, Sahel Folk, Thrill Jockey's debut release with Sidi Touré, is an album of friends reuniting around a glass of tea. It's Sidi Touré's second album, but the first time most of his collaborators have been documented. Sidi Touré has been performing music in his home of Mali since the 1970s when he formed the Songhaį Stars regional orchestra. He has won the award for best singer two times at the Mali National Bienale. Sidi is a peer to Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate, and he shares a kinship with the late Ali Farka Touré."

Sky Burial - Kiehtan CD (Lens) [11446] $12.75
Kiehtan marks Michael's 40th appearance on recorded format since 2004. This disc focuses on pure ambient drift and aural bliss drawing influence from the ambient masters of the 70's. Kiehtan features a sonic reconstruction by Mark Spybey (Dead Voices On Air, Beehatch, Reformed Faction) from Sky Burial source material and was mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, OLD - mastering for Sunn O))), Earth, Isis).

Kiehtan is the name of the "creator spirit" of the Wampanoag tribe, the original inhabitants of Cape Cod where Michael lives. "Wampanoag" translates to "People of the first light" as Cape Cod is one of the first places in the continental United States to experience sunrise. Kiehtan is a divine spirit with no human form or attributes including gender. This CD is inspired by solitary evenings under autumn's receding light in the dunes and pine forests of outer Cape Cod where this spirit still seethes and breathes.

Sky Burial was formed in 2006 as a conduit for the ambient/industrial sonic meandering of Michael Page (Fire In The Head). Having well established himself in the power electronics/noise field with FITH, Michael realized he wanted to move into a musical direction that offered him more freedom of expression and room for sonic experimentation. Although initially inspired by early "industrial" music projects, electronic/ambient acts of the 70's and 80's, and Krautrock, the music of Sky Burial continues to evolve and blur genre boundaries creating its own version of "ambient" music, often citing esoteric and mythological subject matter as a muse.

Michael records in a stubbornly "old school" manner preferring to record the majority of source material to four-track cassette resulting in a more raw recording. Compositions are mixed and edited from various session materials with no pre-conceived notion of a final form, thereby letting the source material itself dictate the musical flow resulting in completed recordings which are largely improvised.

Sleep Chamber - Silverstar Merry X-mas CD (Inner X) [11430] $9.75
A Christmas gift from Inner-X-Musick by SLEEPCHAMBER! Only available through December 31 2010. Then it will be removed from the catalog till November 2011! We hope theze magickal moods brighten your holiday experiences. A Merry X-Mas to all from John Zewizz and enclosed Inner-X-Musick Gang; Bob Avakian, Gimmie Sparks, Tick, Jazz, Zora, John Gardy, Amy Nitrate, & Brad

Soft Moon - Soft Moon CD (Captured Tracks) [CT85] $12.00
On the heels of two sensually dark 7-inches, LUIS VASQUEZ of THE SOFT MOON, has completed his self-titled debut full-length on Captured Tracks. Raised under the burning sun of the Mojave desert, Vasquez channels both his punk upbringing and Afro-Cuban heritage to sculpt decidedly dystopian soundscapes for a new generation of torn romantics. It's a record set somewhere in the near post-apocalypse where technology enchants as much as it destroys.

Steffi - Yours & Mine CD (Ostgut Ton) [OSTGUT016CD] $14.75
On the debut album by Berlin-based Dutch DJ/producer Steffi, you will discover an even further developed producer who shares her personal journey. A long period of intense experimentation and self-discovery led to this sensitive, instinctive and extremely insightful long-player. Carefully mixing old and new, warm analog synth and drum textures flow in unison with modern studio finesse over nine tracks, each telling its own story. Ethereal, hypnotic passages and positive, uplifting messages meet temperate, slow-building vibes and heart-wrenching moments. Often, simplicity blurs into satisfying complexity. Moments of sheer joy arise against the backdrop of a rich and elegantly-controlled exploration of sound. The opening track "Lilo" is a soothing, harmonious forecast of this deep dance music album; swirling, and reduced. A warm solid state thump drives it however, and it becomes clear that the beauty in Steffi's house music lies in this meeting of classic, emotion-drenched melodies and bold, earthy drums. The tactile "Piem" rises and climbs with a strong late-night intensity before "Yours" featuring Virginia comes to the fore. Striking a clever balance between positive, addictive pop and straight-up club energy, this vocal-led future-classic is a loud and proud testament to how far Steffi has come -- not only as a producer, but as a DJ who understands the need for balance, control and release. Perhaps an ode to the many foundations of house that have no doubt inspired Steffi, "Arms" is a string-led jack track, a slow burner in the best sense, and all the better for it. Similarly, "Manic Moods" sells itself on the strength of its handful of carefully-crafted analog synth lines, slowly fusing to become one while her beats urge us forward. The urgent, sci-fi tones and extended, soaring strings of "Mine" bring it back to the club as heady images of warehouses past, present and future flash before you. This retro-futurism is then taken further with the muscular "Nightspacer," whose NY house roots are fleshed out by blossoming pads and an unstoppable, throbbing, traveling vibe. Drawing the album towards its close, the deeply spaced "You Own My Mind," featuring Virginia's beautifully smooth vocals, washes over and wraps around you in a melancholic blanket of sound. Deeply personal to the last, "Moving Lips" could be that special last embrace; one more moment to end the night and yet keep you longing for more.

Subtractivelad - Kindred CD (n5MD) [MD185] $12.25
RELEASE DATE: 02-15-2011
Now 7 albums in, Stephen Hummel has decided to push his SubtractiveLAD project into seemingly uncharted territory. Fans of Hummel's work know that at any given moment his songs can thoughtfully veer into more "classic" electronic music territory. On previous efforts, artists such as Boards of Canada and Brian Eno have been name-dropped as stylistic signposts but now such widescreen chill-room workouts are only one part of Hummel's big picture. Hummel has also injected elements of Jazz, Shoegaze and even Industrial into his works and excels in making such incorporations transparent and cohesive. With his latest album "Kindred", Hummel adds the Berlin School era of Krautrock (and more specifically its close, more electronically minded sibling, Kosmische Musik) to his long list of inspirations. Hummel does so by utilizing more of the analog synthesizer sound-bed-of-choice of artists like Cluster, Ashra, and one of his biggest influences, Tangerine Dream. By mixing all these elements, Hummel is using his own history as well as the tradition of his influences to create an album that is on one hand somewhat future-retro but on the other undeniably fresh. "Kindred" could very well be the album that Hummel was born to create. An amalgam of the new and the old with a no apologies level of honesty and emotion. Each song a journey to some landscape we've never seen before.

Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People CD (Asthmatic Kitty) [AKR75] $10.75
The EP, All Delighted People, is built around two different versions of SUFJAN STEVENS' long-form epic ballad "All Delighted People," a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon's "Sounds of Silence." The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan's previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers "Djohariah," and the gothic piano ballad "The Owl and the Tanager," a live-show mainstay.

Swankia - Hotel CD (Pflichtkauf) [11436] $17.50
a doom metal noise assault from pflichtkauf... we are swanika - can you hear us in your dreams? we are swanika - can you see us in the night? we are swanika - can you feel us in the cellar? we are swanika - can you smell us in the hut? we are swanika - noisy, rythmical, extreme. we are swanika - we are you!

Teebs - Ardour CD (Brainfeeder) [BF010CD] $15.50
"As music from the Los Angeles area thrives and swells across the globe, one of its most beloved and deeply rooted members, Teebs, steps out with an album full of infectious melodies, subtle hip-hop and a kaleidoscope of sound. Music for the imagination."

Tetragrammaton - Point Of Convergence CD (Utech Records) [UR032CD] $15.50
"Trapped on an ocean of disparate languages, sound gravitates towards meaning, escaping the obsolescence of mother tongues by denying the slow decay of time. In the biblical tale of the Tower of Babel, God punishes the tower builders by scattering them across the earth, unintelligible to each other. As they departed their blissful prison of same-think, they became drunk with new songs, washing down their newfound 'auditory cheesecake' with sectarian babble. In as much as their speech had been confounded, they were offered a musical re-enchantment through floating words, alveolar clicks and talking drums. By refusing the past, their music ceased to exist in time, choosing instead to create it. Employing hurdy-gurdy, crystal bowls, bells, voice, drums and waterphones, Tetragrammaton revisits the bedraggled unlanguage of the castoff nomad builders with quantum force. Climbing into gilded time capsules, the three members soon reappear uttering unknown tongues and blowing ancient horns, drenched in the embryonic saliva of Thoth, that Egyptian God of knowing-it-all. Point of Convergence is arguably the group's finest outing yet, capturing stripped-down harmonic explorations, overdriven dronescapes, meditative underwater recordings and a judicious dose of blown-out psychedelia. Edition of 500."

Thank You - Golden Worry CD (Thrill Jockey) [THR243CD] $13.75
"Thank You could only come from one city, at one moment in time. Like Pere Ubu's Cleveland and Joy Division's Manchester, post-industrial Baltimore serves as simultaneous playground, obstacle course, and muse to this show-stealing art-rock trio. Jeffrey McGrath (everything), Michael Bouyoucas (everything), and Emmanuel Nicolaidis (everything) are veterans of a cold era when the Baltimore music scene barely exceeded the carrying capacity of a warehouse elevator. Things change, and the band's urgent collision of rhythm, melody, and noise has placed them at the creative center of today's Baltimore renaissance. Here we have guitars, drums, and vocals -- but also '60s Vox organs, harmonica, mini-moog, jaw harp, sampler, and Fender Twin Reverb amps -- all in the service of six hypnotic tracks of Baltimore-built avant-rock. From the first-jangling, then-jagged guitars of album-opener '1-2-3 Bad' to the triumphant swirls and squeals of 'Continental Divide' and the dexterously deconstructed instrumental bridge of galvanizing closer 'Can't/Can,' these songs are intricate yet immediate stunners. Attacked with the ecstatic, fierce energy of a Thank You live set -- and then perfected in the studio with ears attuned to dub, Eno, 20th Century classical, and Konono No. 1 -- Golden Worry is a new world in which we listeners can lose ourselves: the sound of Baltimore at the vanguard as we enter the Two-Thousand Teens."

Thollem Mcdonas & Stefano Scodanibbio - On Debussy's Piano And... CD (Die Schachtel) [ZEITC006CD] $16.00
Die Schachtel is proud to present a recording that embodies the virtuosity of piano soloist/composer Thollem McDonas and contrabass soloist/composer Stefano Scodanibbio, in the spirit of Claude Debussy's rebellious creativity. As Terry Riley wrote: "Anyone who has heard Thollem or Scodanibbio as a soloist might well imagine what a combination of their unique genius could produce. Awesome, well-matched virtuosos in an ocean of sound." During the listening of this CD, you will witness the renowned talent of Scodanibbio, a 21st century Paganini, whose innovations on the contrabass inspired some of the most important composers of the 20th century, such as Cage, Berio, Scelsi and Stockhausen. Thollem devised the improvisational scheme specifically for this occasion, demonstrating once again his distinctive sound and his unique approach to music. This album was recorded on the only piano Claude Debussy owned the last 14 years of his life, kindly loaned by the City of Brive-La-Gaillard and Musée Labenche of Art and History. Thollem and Scodanibbio's improvisational style creates a sonic flow, resulting in a unique combination of historical and contemporary musical genius. In his liner notes for this album Terry Riley continues, "an imaginative idea, wonderfully realized with virtuosity, improvisational mastery and intuitive communication of deep sensibility all residing here in the magical marriage of their artistry."

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972 CD (Kranky) [KRANK154CD] $13.00
"Tim Hecker's latest work approaches a form of secular musical transcendentalism from within the battered temple of spirituality. Recorded in a church in Reykjavik, Iceland and using a pipe organ as the primary sound source, this new piece is essentially a live recording. In reality, it exists in a nether world between captured live performance and meticulous studio work, melding the two approaches to sonic artifice as a unity. It is in parts a document of air circulating within a wooden room, and also a pagan work of physical resonance within a space once reserved for the hallowed breath of the divine. ! While the title of the piece 'Hatred of Music' might be a clue, the album is also partly an attempt to confront a pervasive negativity surrounding music. Historical rituals of destroying pianos, mountains of pirated CDRs pushed by bulldozers in Eastern Europe, or the melancholy of the digital music era began as sideline motifs which quickly informed the work on this record. They also really didn't at all. ! Despite that the context is wide open in such a form of musical abstraction, the substance of these immersive compositions showcases Hecker's continued mastery of organizing sound into a visceral near entity. It is an almost physical presence that the listener feels as much as hears. This work is a significant contribution to Hecker's oeuvre, one which spans over ten years of musical production. Ravedeath is an enigmatic document of beauty and force. ! The album was recorded mostly over the period of one day in July of 2010. Iceland-based musician Ben Frost assisted with the engineering and performs on this recording."

Vanessa Van Basten - Closer To The Small / Dark / Door CD (Robotic Empire) [ROBO078] $8.50
Italy's VANESSA VAN BASTEN reside among a rare breed of bands (loosely categorized as "post-rock") that truly create instead of simply copy. At times lush and layered, at others minimal and haunting, Closer to the Small/Dark/Door's breadth is the result of years in the underground. Although quite heavy, the album employs far more atmosphere and ambiance than its contemporaries. Acoustic / classical instrument tracks conjure visions of Mogwai conducted by Ennio Morricone, while programming-centric tracks imagine Swans personnel falling hard for a Mediterranean girl who listens to a lot of Godflesh and Jesu. Nothing fits snugly into place, though-Vanessa Van Basten pushes genre boundaries in more than one direction. Thankfully, these veterans know the importance of "too much" vs "not enough." Closer to the Small/Dark/Door is a truly unique 50 minutes of rock music. Includes large booklet with artwork specific to each song.

Various Artists - Space Escapade 2CD (Aventura Espacial) Unit 1) [ER1153] $13.25
Elefant Spacelines presents: SPACE ESCAPADE (aventura espacial) Unit 1. Destination: Pluto -- Sector 68.

Welcome, everyone, to the first journey on the recently inaugurated Elefant Space Airlines! We invite all of you to enjoy some of the most incredible journeys currently available, on board our amazing new space-yacht, "Lula 1", with everything necessary to make your experience unforgettable: a pool, a disco, a chill-out area, a high-end restaurantâ~@¦ The newest technology allows you to experience the most unbelievable things through the most distant planets in our Solar System, on which you can make friends while enjoying a fresh, robotic coconut (and if you don't want that, we'll clone whatever you do want), relax gravity-free in our invisible-light with narcotic effects, enjoy the thousands of digitalized pleasures we have to offer (in this case, audio, but in other journeys you will also be able to enjoy the video format) or enjoy our superstratopheric music - calmly, in the lounge, dancing non-stop on the dance floor, or intensely at a concert. Follow us on any of your devices; we assure you that the coming meetings will be of great interest.

This trip, the first of many that will take you to all those places you could never even imagine, has the exclusive destination of Pluto, Sector 68. Renowned throughout the galaxy for its environment where specters are instantly born, during the journey around this inimitable place we guarantee you that you will see and hear things never before known to man. In addition, we offer a complete range of side-trips, including our most recommended one that takes you to Pluto's surface, dressed in a vintage space-suit -- an imitation of the one Neil Armstrong wore in his day. As you can see in our lovely explanatory pamphlet, designed exclusively by Jean Duprez, this trip is definitely unique, and includes, among many other activities, the following offers:

Various Artists - The Matinee Holiday Soiree CDEP (Matinee) [matcd078-2] $7.00
Brilliant release featuring exclusive new seasonal songs from five of Matinée's most beloved current artists. Seattle's Math and Physics Club arrive with sleighbells on, as 'It Must Be Christmas' successfully manages to knit candy canes, carolers, mistletoe, reindeer, Santa's sleigh, snowflakes, stockings, and winter into an indie Christmas carol of their very own. Copenhagen's Northern Portrait answer the challenge with an acutely jangling take on Christmas tradition called 'Leave The Trees Alone' which speeds along at a distinctly steady pace. Tis the season to be jolly, indeed! Glasgow duo Strawberry Whiplash celebrate the season with a reverb-drenched and highly melodic nod to our overworked chubby pal up north called 'Santa Needs A Holiday,' while new label signing Champagne Riot from Copenhagen set the bar high with their debut Matinée track, the orchestral and hypnotic holiday love song 'Xmas Safari'. Finally, Glasgow's prolific Bubblegum Lemonade deliver a Jesus and Mary Chain-infused tale of the telly going out on Christmas day called 'White Noise Christmas.' This is not your standard Christmas fare and we're all the better for it! Five festive songs from Matinée's finest, the 'Matinée Holiday Soirée' is a sparkling celebration of the season that will be an essential holiday staple for years to come. Limited to 1000 copies in custom minijacket sleeve.

Various Artists - Music From Vietnam Vol. 5 CD (Caprice) [CAP21674CD] $16.75
"Vietnam is a wonderfully rich country -- from a musical perspective! Here, on Music from Vietnam Vol. 5, one has for the first time the chance to become acquainted with music from nine of the more than fifty minorities living in the country. The recordings were made using a modern mobile digital studio in the central hills and on the coast of Vietnam, doing justice to a wholly unique and exciting world of timbres, a world that has lived its own life for hundreds of years and now is available to interested ears. They sing and play on drums, flutes, horns, rattles, bamboo, porcelain, and above all on gongs, handed down for generations. In a world where the wheels of communication spin ever faster, these peoples maintain and develop their cultural identities and their music. Meet Cham, Raglai, Bahnar, Xo-dang, and Giarai, and revel in their music from rites and religious ceremonies, work, and celebrations."

Various Artists - Music From Montenegro CD (Caprice) [CAP21741CD] $16.75
"Once part of the former Yugoslavia, Montenegro is a country with a long and dramatic history, whose music has been relatively unknown beyond its borders. Music from Montenegro, no. 22 in a series produced jointly by SIDA (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and Caprice Records, presents for the first time 76 minutes of traditional music from this country: heroic songs, songs from mountain villages, shepherd songs and even songs from cities that are more influenced by the Central European tradition. One of the groups participating in this CD, Ansambl Podgorica, is one of MontenegroÄ~B's best-known and most-loved professional popular music orchestras, which plays both the 'classical' entertainment music from Montenegro and the more traditional music from the countryside."

Various Artists - The Sound Of The Soul - Music For Quin And Xiao 2CD (Caprice) [CAP22065CD] $32.25
Performed by Deng Hong, qin; Chen Shasha, xiao. "'In no other music does one come so close to a whole civilisation's fate, feelings and dreams as one does with qin music,' says sinologist Cecilia Lindqvist, and describes her relationship to qin music as one of 'a deep and lasting love for this wonderful, meditative music which in and of itself encapsulates several thousand years' experience in how to live one's life.' Cecilia Lindqvist has devoted much of her life to the qin, having written the August Prize-winning book Qin, which is now in great demand in China and Taiwan, and been involved in the production of the earlier Caprice release Qin - Celestial Music For Qin And Xiao. The very positive reception in Sweden and the Asiatic world prompted Cecilia to work on the recording of a new CD. There are, she says, many thousand pieces for the qin, and has chosen 24 for this new recording. 'Almost half of them form the very soul of qin music and have never been recorded before, including some of the most beautiful love songs ever written in the history of music.' The qin used on this recording once belonged to China's foremost qin player of the 20th century, Guan Pinghu. Cecilia explains that it is extremely important for the sound to follow tradition and play on silk strings, since 'this music is based on the beauty of the individual notes.' Qin player Deng Hong and Chen Shasha, who plays the xiao, are both employed by China's internationally renowned National Orchestra, and featured on the previous CD. Deng Hong's performance prompted the British world music magazine Songlines to dub her 'Qin's New Queen'." Deluxe packaging, includes a 21-page booklet.

Various Artists - Maschinenfest '10 2CD (Pflichtkauf) [11432] $20.00
featuring tracks from performing bands of the maschinenfest 2010 (mostly exclusive). feat. 13th monkey, abs6, ah cama-sotz, ambassador21, architect, asche, bipol, chrysalide, config.sys, edgey, frl. linientreu, horque, iszoloscope, killer, lingouf, mandelbrot, matta, mono no aware, niveau zero, nullvektor, simon schall, sonic area, sonar, subheim, swanika, winterkälte, zero degree. gatefold sleeve packaging.

Various Artists - 200 - The Mix Compilation CD (200) [200001CD] $14.75
After 2 years and 10 releases, 200 Records releases their first CD -- a mix compilation with 11 tracks, mixed and compiled by the label owners Kai Sasse and Dirk Middeldorf. It contains the first 200 release "Libido 200" by RaucherEcke, Sarah Goldfarb's "Breaking Down Remix," the summer hits "Sun Wanted" by Soukie & Windish and "Careless" by Mueller & Mitch, Henson's great remix of BlackIsBeautiful's "Pergamon" and Marcel Janovsky's perfect rework of RaucherEcke's "Chordhose." The remixes of BlackIsBeautiful's "Purpur" by Einmusik and SCSI-9 as well as the originals are also included. Till Krüger's smasher "Wumme" and "Wrong Shirt" appear on a mix CD for the second time after Sven VÄ~C¤th had chosen them for his In The Mix: The Sound Of The Eleventh Season CD (CORMIX 032LTD). Additionally, the CD includes a download sticker to provide all customers with free full-length original tracks plus a single-file version of the mix.

Various Artists - The Internalization Of MÄ~C¤ssy CD (Massy) [MAS202CD] $15.75
The 14 previously-unreleased tracks on The Internalization Of MÄ~C¤ssy make up a compilation offering a worldwide vision of the skweee sound in its current stages of development, bringing the many different strands of the style together in a unique way; these tracks link the positive feeling they share, beyond similarities found in technique or rhythm. These musicians do not underestimate their listeners, everything you hear is created without trying to give the audience what they think they want -- instead, the record offers the possibility to its user to enlarge their capacity of receiving sonic information. As a phenomenon, skweee has grown steadily and reached wider audiences, while new labels are always popping out, and promising new artists emerge to influence the whole field of modern electronic production. In terms of music, global dispersion has made skweee more diverse, as its practitioners take ideas and inspiration from each other and then develop in different directions. In the almost physical stadium-sized synthesis of Mother North, the drum machinery of JyrkkÄ~C¤ Pajulaakso, or Spartan Lover's rugged touch, these sounds convey something to turn on and energize any life-form. Some of these tracks are more direct and "easier" to get right away, whereas others present a more intriguing listening challenge, inviting repeat plays, each time provoking new ways of thinking about that piece. There's enough texture to get you hooked and enough depth to take you far beyond, into what scientists call "the zone." Other artists include: Misk, Randy Barracuda, Coco Bryce, Stickem, V.C., Motem, Beatbully, Hybakusha and Drums.

Various Artists - Swarf Pot: Ringo Recordings 2003-2010 2CD (Ringo Records) [RNG001CD] $15.75
Transition. It's a word that takes you from one place to another. It's also a small studio round the back of an unassuming building in South London. More specifically, it's the working HQ of Jason Goz, the man who helped shape the dubstep sound with his Neumann cutting lathe -- and his higher level ears, if course -- and it is the first port of call for a whole roll-call of artists from original nuttahs like Mala, Coki, Loefah, Burial, Kode 9, Skream and Benga to the international artists who only want their shit cut at Transition, as well as a heady brew of musicians including everyone from Jah Shaka to funky man-of-the-moment DJ Paleface to avant-garde ambient don Christian Fennesz. Initially, most of the custom came from the reggae community. Word soon spread and thanks to some flyers in Big Apple and a call from Magnetic Man's Arthur "Artwork" Smith, Jason became the man that all the early dubstep producers went to for their dubs. It's also why he runs two labels, one named after the cutting house Transition and another named Ringo, after Jason's sadly departed dog who would be there, lying under the desk at 2am when Jason would be cutting and cutting for late-night sound-clash business. The labels are going strong, which is why Ringo has compiled these CDs of past and future releases, including 3 brand-new exclusive tracks. Other artists include: Distance, LD, Cluekid, G Squad, Kromestar, Johnny Clarke, Mr. Lager, Alyce Be and Silkie.

Various Artists - Bangs & Works Vol. 1: A Chicago Footwork Compilation CD (Planet Mu) [ZIQ290] $13.25
After releasing albums by DJ NATE and DJ ROC plus an EP by DJ RASHAD, Planet Mu presents their first compilation of music from the competitive world of Chicago's footwork scene. For those who don't know, footwork is a hyper-rhythmic, abstract dance music pitched around 160 BPM and largely consists of cut-up samples and phrases twisted into repetitive rhythms and shapes, put to offbeat, syncopated drum-machine patterns and pumping sub-bass lines. Outside of a few low-key vinyl 12-inches, local mix CDs and tracks posted on sites like YouTube and imeem, footwork has 'til now remained very local to Chicago. Although it evolved from the city's dominant form of house music since the mid '90s (sometimes known as juke or ghetto house), this splinter scene is absent from local radio. Instead, at competitive dances in vacant warehouses, karate gyms and on YouTube, DJs provide the soundtrack for a circle of spectators surrounding combatants, or "footworkers," battling each other with their legs, using the particular style of high-speed, combat-dancing that Chicago originated. The music on this compilation ranges from RP BOO (whose track "Baby Come On" from the late '90s is regarded as the first footwork release) to producers who have come through the ghetto house scene such as DJ ROC, DJ SPINN, TRAXMAN, DJ CLENT and DJ RASHAD. In addition to established DJs, Planet Mu have picked a number of young producers whose music is less known-DJ NATE, DJ DIAMOND, DJ ELMOE, THA POPE, DJ KILLA E, DJ LIL ROME, YUNG TELLEM AND DJ TROUBLE. No exports outside North America or Japan.

Various Artists - Boysnoize Presents Super Acid CD (Boysnoize Records) [BNR008CD] $16.00
Boysnoize Records has compiled 12 modern acid jams done by BNR artists and homies like Feadz, Joakim & Krikor and Brodinski, in a tribute to 20 years of acid. How does one make a classic acid track? First, you need a Roland TB-303 bass line which -- back in 1982 -- was made for musicians to replace the actual bass or guitar. Its manual is the most annoying thing to read because it teaches you classic music lessons -- no wonder that the concept of the Roland TB-303 as a real instrument failed and no one wanted to buy it. In the midle of the '80s, DJ Pierre, member of Phuture, produced a 12 minute track "Acid Trax" with just a drum machine and the 303 -- a totally new sound created for the clubs. Shortly after, a few more producers put that "useless" thing together with a drum machine such as the Roland TR-808 or 909, programmed a bass line pattern and recorded live sessions, abusing its incredible filters. Acid-house was born. Because the Roland TB 303 was so expensive, you can find diverse clones of that wonderful machine and you can even make acid sounds with your phone. Boysnoize presents a compilation full of new, modern acid, made in all kinds of ways. Some, well, most of the producers on this compilation have used the classic Roland 303, some used a 303 clone, a 303 plug-in and some even rocked the 303 iPhone application. Some of the producers on this compilation spent their time with all kinds of analog gear and mixers to have the original "warm" sound they love and some others just used a f***ing laptop. Can you hear the difference Well, WE can, but do you really? And why release new acid tracks when you can find the best ones made 10-20 years ago? Because this is some fresh acid you haven't heard before, produced by incredible young talents that know everything about the acid-life -- producers that take this genre to another level into the future. Other artists include: Boys Noize, Jan Driver, Housemeister & Dave Tarrida, Noob, Brodinksi, Djedjotronic & Harvard Bass, Siriusmo, Erol Alkan, Shadow Dancer, Strip Steve, and Benny Rodrigues.

Various Artists - Werkschau CD (Bpitch Control) [BPC227CD] $14.00
Imagine you had the difficult task of representing your entire life in the form of seventeen songs. BPitch Control has attempted to do just that, packing a turbulent 12-year label history onto one silver disc. The resulting album is not just a simple reflection of the past, it's a statement showing how comprehensive, complex, progressive, emotional and ultimately enthralling electronic music can be; the kind of potential and opportunities for development that can be found in a genre -- given the necessary courage to ignore pigeon-holes and open new doors. The Werkschau (trans. "Showcase") compilation presents BPitch Control and its forward-thinking artists in all their stylistic elasticity. The BPC Werkschau compilation is in no way a conventional "best of" album. Instead, all 17 tracks are previously-unreleased works. The featured artists include label colleagues from BPC's founding period as well as completely new faces and musical collaborations which have been formed here for the first time. The artists' homelands are also worthy of note, ranging from various European countries to North and South America. Paul Kalkbrenner gives you an ironic wink as he combines straight, catchy tech-house production with a highly distorted Hammond organ and Mr. Statik unashamedly lays house beats under crooner vocals. The track "Deutsche Werden" from Aérea Negrot has a considerably more fantastical feel. The intermittent singer of Hercules and Love Affair sets off a reaction between her apparently deranged, broken German-speaking vocals and a unique and very coherently-arranged electro production style. The straight-up tech-house opener "The Present" from Irish Memo artist Cormac is carried by vocals, as is the wonderfully atmospheric synth-pop song from the Italian duo We Love. Dillon combines beatbox-electro with pop vocals in her collaboration with Coma. TimTim's contribution "How We Moove" merges classic singer/songwriting with bleepy electronic sounds, followed by the finely-woven dub textures of AGF/Delay. Telefon Tel Aviv offer challenging, futuristic yet retro Chicago post-rock/electronica sounds. Known and loved for being just as challenging are Jahcoozi -- with "Day In Day Out," the trio based around song-writer/MC/singer Sasha Perera makes a surprisingly docile appearance, showing their laid-back, dub-sounding side. Sascha Funke spreads his epic sound carpets over characteristic minimal techno structures while Thomas Muller creates another irresistibly dynamic clockwork construction with "West." Chaim's Chicago-inspired tech-house track could be a promising taste of what's to come and Mark Broom offers up a pure and simple dancefloor bomb with "Refund." Real house jacks Zander VT offer up a rare pearl and Kiki & Lenz release their first co-production on this CD. Finally, label boss Ellen Allien slots a classic house stomper in amongst the ranks of her colleagues. Without a doubt, this is a fabulous release with countless magic moments -- a clearly-defined point in the label landscape and a starting point for the next twelve years.

Various Artists - Strade Trasparenti CD (Staubgold) [STAUBDIG009CD] $16.00
Strade Trasparenti features the original exclusive music by The Necks, David Grubbs, Mira Calix, Mute Socialite and O-Type made for the soundtrack to Augusto Contento's film Strade Trasparenti (trans. "Transparent Roads"). The film delivers the physical sensations of a bus trip -- it's so realistic it becomes oniric at times and portrays Brazil's human variety in a series of encounters. The landscapes seen through the windows, the restaurants on the road, the testimonies of common and awfully endearing people are so touching, because they don't correspond to the stereotypes we have about this country. The soundtrack was composed by prestigious musicians from different countries especially for the film. Strade Trasparenti is part of a tetralogy of films that are set in Brazil and share the same ethic and aesthetic principles. This film is not a trip in Brazil, it's rather a trip into the depths of the Brazilian land and people. It is about Brazil, but not only. Brazil is a mirror used to reflect visions and arguments that could be universally valid. Strade Trasparenti is a cinevoyage, a ritual of initiation to the journey, to the discovery of the unknown, the indecipherable and the irreducible. It's to go beyond the logic of one's own national, cultural, and perceptive borders.

Various Artists - Pop Ambient 2011 CD (Kompakt) [KOMP087CD] $14.00
Kompakt's beloved Pop Ambient series returns for the year 2011. This is the label's other arena of bliss -- always curated and carefully compiled by label co-owner Wolfgang Voigt (aka Gas). Somber times call for more introspective soundscapes -- Pop Ambient 2011 continues its mission to slowly persuade its signature sound introduced over a decade ago. In 2011, Kompakt sees the series leaning towards a slightly darker complexion than its predecessors. It launches with a selection from one of Voigt's favorite albums of 2010 -- the impeccable "Bernsteinzimmer" from ANBB aka Carsten Nicolai/Alva Noto from Raster Noton and the legendary Blixa Bargeld of Einstļrzende Neubauten. Marsen Jules brings classical composition to soothing synthetic reality with "Once In A Moment." Triola is the ambient voice of legendary Cologne producer JĶrg Burger aka The Modernist. If compared to the melancholic but soothing and light Triola signature-sound, "Dunkelraum" ("Darkroom") is rather dark and epic. Wolfgang Voigt chooses to remain unveiled this year as he presents an exclusive track on Pop Ambient 2011. "Rļckverzauberung 1" illustrates his new Profan concept. Emotive, Gas-eous harmony that glows and leaves you wanting more. Bhutan Tiger Rescue is the surprising duo of October and Ewan Pearson. They debut with a sleighbell melodic drone tune that ominously breaks down in a sea of noise. Kompakt co-founder Jļrgen Paape recalls the vintage beauty of Ambient 4 Eno together with compelling vocals and horns to soothe the way. Bvdub is one of today's most revered musicians and Kompakt is pleased to welcome him back with his seemingly endless layers of depth. Kompakt's own John Harten aka Crato could be Pop Ambient's answer to black metal -- a most unholy matrimony but exceptionally executed! Fellow Cologne conspirator Daniel Ansorge aka Barnt made waves in 2010 with his debut on the Magazine imprint alongside Crato and takes the sound of the chime to astounding levels. Mikkel Metal of Copenhagen returns after a very successful run of releases on Echocord, contributing a masterful synth-pop excursion. Jens-Uwe Beyer may be known to many as Popnoname and has remained a highlight of past editions of Pop Ambient. This year, he thrills us with a guitar treatment with "Volax" -- sincerely Beyer's, he evokes a talent not unlike Tim Hecker. Finally, Kompakt leaves you with a production of epic proportions. In October, 2010, The Orb's own Thomas Fehlmann performed together with select members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. Kompakt presents an exclusive, alternative Fehlmann "solo" take of "Symphony No. 1" aka "Titan" by Gustav Mahler. The Pop Ambient 2011 version is an exclusive solo version of this classical recording.

Walter Marchetti - In Terram Utopicam CD (Alga Marghen) [ALGA076-2CD] $18.50
"Walter Marchetti is one of the most original and controversial pre-Fluxus authors. In this work he frees all of his sophisticated poeticism. In Terram Utopican, includes 'J'aimerais Jouer Avec Un Piano Qui Aurait Une Grosse Queue' (1974/75) and 'Per La Sete Dell'orecchio' (1981). The 16-page booklet presents the original score of 'J'aimerais Jouer', photos of the performances in Milano and at the Venice Biennale, and the reproduction of the original In Terram Utopicam LP layout. All texts are published both in English and Italian."

Walter Marchetti - De Musica Inversa Book (Alga Marghen) [ALGAWM] $31.75
"alga marghen very proudly presents the new book by Walter Marchetti titled De Musica Inversa, an instruction manual of both theory and practice for the proper and improper use of music. A method for perfecting oneself in composition annotated and commented upon by Gabriele Bonomo.'The most amazing thing about music is its exterior aspect. High, vertical, translucent, almost turgid, maybe a bit too monolithic. One should, in any case, give a lot of attention to the large number of interstices which lead to the centre of the ear, wherefrom sounds spread out through a dense network leading to more circuits which direct these same and their relationships directly to the brain, in a logic of musical articulation which is nothing less than frightening. Even if, to attentive listening, dominating all is the eye of silence.' The 180-page De Musica Inversa book is published in both English and Italian. First included in an LP sized 4CD box set together with other 4 CDs titled La Caccia, In Terram Utopicam, Natura Morta and Vandalia, this book is also available now, separately from the complete box set, in a very limited number of copies. 'Too true: in all music there are, in effect, a lot of sounds henceforth?more than that, too many; everything that we listen to has become heavy beyond measure, completely unbearable. Rather than chasing it we should look for how to escape from music. Everything in it is monolithic, frozen, and the notes of music which slowly, more or less, are thickening around the listeners wrap them all in dripping blankets of death.'"

White Wires - WWII CD (Dirtnap) [ZZZ98] $12.00
"Ottawa, Ontario is exploding with good bands, easily one of our favorite musical hotbeds in North America at the moment, and we here at Dirtnap knew we had to get in on the action, before the action got in on us. What better way to start than with THE WHITE WIRES WWII, a sun-soaked garage-pop gem that will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. Simple, spare, haunting, instantly memorable pop songs that'll leave you glad to be alive. White Wires refers to WWII as the band's "Dirtnap" album, in that it's a little more "punk" and a little less "garage" than their debut. The tones are a little brighter, the tempos a little faster, the songs a little catchier than WWI."

Wire - Red Barked Tree CD (Pink Flag) [PF018CD] $16.25
"At a time when back catalogue outsells fresh creativity and newcomers achieve fame by adding a lick of paint to their parents' record collections, it's unusual to find a band who, despite plying their trade for decades, are willing and able to make new work that's as vital and relevant as their own illustrious past recordings. Wire are such a band, and with Red Barked Tree they have succeeded in making a statement that will sound as strong in 30 years as their celebrated historical oeuvre does today. Red Barked Tree rekindles a lyricism sometimes absent from Wire's previous work and reconnects with the live energy of performance, harnessed and channelled from extensive touring over the past few years. Red Barked Tree was conceived, written and recorded mostly during 2010 by the pared-down lineup of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey -- with no guests. Ranging from the hymnal 'Adapt' to the barking sledgehammer art-punk of 'Two Minutes', the album encompasses the full range of style and nuance that has always endeared Wire to pastel-tinged pop aficionados and bleeding-edge avant-rockers alike."

Wolfram - Wolfram CD (Permanent Vacation) [PERMVAC075CD] $14.75
Wolfram Eckart from Vienna has been on the forefront of the Italo disco revival since 2005 with his label Diskokaine and productions under his monikers The Diskokaines and marfloW. As Wolfram, he now releases true electro-disco fireworks with guest appearances by Euro dance legend Haddaway, Holy Ghost!, Hercules And Love Affair, Patrick Pulsinger, Sally Shapiro, Legowelt, Sebastian (Heartbreak) and former Patrick Cowley protégé Paul Parker. Andy Butler (Hercules And Love Affair) on Wolfram: "Wolfram is a musician and producer whose record intelligently and lovingly sings the praises of the significant contributions that the Euro sound from those early days of electronic dance music has made on pop music. Wolfram is an aesthete, operating in that Warholian tradition of seeing beyond what is considered by many to be "trash" and finding the beauty in it. The songs are listenable; so listenable, that in a way, listening feels like a guilty pleasure. When truly analyzed and contextualized however, the listening experience becomes a more substantial one -- one might go so far as to even say a challenging one. The approach is fun and emotional. There are a host of collaborators; some new and some old. The result is a truly remarkable, colorful and diverse collection of songs that lift the spirits and will undoubtedly inspire make-out sessions on the dancefloor."

Xavier Charles & Terrie Ex - Addis CD (Konkurrent) [TERPIS017CD] $13.75
"In May 2009, The Ex went to Ethiopia with Silent Block from France who perform with tables full of self-made instruments & experimental electronica. Xavier Charles is one of the members. He is also an incredible clarinet improviser. Suddenly Terrie Ex & Xavier Charles found themselves playing in a room in the Baro Hotel & outside in the garden of the Bateau Ivre bar. An adventure. 'Addis' means 'new'. That's how it felt."

Yoni Kretzmer Trio - Nevertheless CD (Hopscotch) [HOP022CD] $13.50
"Yoni Kretzmer, newly arrived in NYC, has just produced his second CD, Nevertheless. In it he progresses still further on his unique journey, an emotional and quizzical investigation of naÄ~C¯ve melodies with a twist: simple truths skeptically reexamined, which while uncompromisingly intelligent, nonetheless -- nevertheless -- do not alienate, but rather engage the listener on what is almost an invasively emotional plane. Yoni is a true master of his craft: his music is challenging, never boring, and incredibly personal, almost to the point of voyeurism. A young Israeli avant-garde Jazz saxophonist, he has been described as a passionate and accurate player, with the maturity and depth of a veteran jazz musician. After his first CD, in which Kretzmer used an almost unlikely arrangement of saxophone, bass, drums, cello and viola, in this CD Kretzmer goes back to basics -- giving his own take on the traditional sax-bass-drums trio. Mike and Jason are the ideal sides to this triangle: Mike Pride, despite his sophisticated innovativeness, approaches the drums with a primal intensity, and Jason Ajermian's extravagant bass provides an essential depth to this trio's sound. The CD consists of ten of Kretzmer's minimally planned ideas -- whims almost -- which provide a conceptual framework for free exploration. The piece entitled 'four notes' is in fact an exploration of exactly that: of four notes. That is all Kretzmer wrote down."

Zero Degree - Probe CD (Ant-Zen) [11439] $17.50
zero degree was founded in 2004 by matthias erhard who already had a long background in experimental music. during his 2 year stay in canada from 1999 to 2001 he discovered minimal and idm, which opened him up to a whole new perspective of ways to express his creativity. in 2007 he met bernhard korth, whose main attention was on creating ambient soundscapes influenced by synthesizer pioneers like klaus schulze. while matthias' emphasis is focused on programming complex rhythmical structures, bernhard loves to create endless evolving pads and dreamy spheres to get lost in between time and space. together they create a very atmospheric mixture of minimalistic rhythmical structures and lush ambient sounds. 'probe' displays a perfect balance between elaboration and improvisation, as each track was recorded directly onto hard disc. zero degree have the talent to abduct the listener into a distinct sonic universe, as calm and dark as outer space at the same time. ethereal key sequences are combined with deliberate minimalistic grooves that expand and contract around the listener, while sometimes well-selected vocal samples add a mysterious, haunting touch. the organic, fluid construction of tracks provides a constant ebb and flow and a special subtlety that is worthy of some quality time in a darkened room at night. with 'probe' zero degree present a well rendered and mesmerizing release that should be able to bridge the gap between a number of electronic music styles and will draw in fans because of its excellence rather than its strict adherence to any narrow categorization. an album which will catch your attention right from the first time and grow with subsequent spins - ageless sounds composed with patience, knowledge and creativity.

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Carlos Casas - Cemetary Archive Works DVD (Von Archives) [VON09] $20.50
Research for a future film about a cemetery of elephants, part of which experiments with archive film material as visual and sound matter. Based on classic adventure films, documentaries, Lost World literature adaptations and exotic adventure films from the golden period of adventure film. An overwhelming experiment with the audiovisual matter. Edition of 500

Carlos Casas/Prurient - Vezdekhod DVD (Von Archives) [VON08] $20.50
Field recordings from the northeastern extremity of Asia in the northern part of the Russian Far East, radio frequency scans, ambient landscapes. Apropos of one of the planet's most desolate and extreme environments.

Floor - Sight & Seen 2xDVD (Chunklet) [CHKDVD005] $16.50
After years of toiling away in obscurity, followed by years of escalating interest during their hiatus, the legendary Florida band FLOOR reunited for a handful of shows in April 2010. Three different drummers. Three different sets. Over two hours of material spanning their early dirgey/noise singles to their landmark psych/drone/pop self-titled masterpiece. Filmed over two nights at the Earl in Atlanta, Georgia, Sight & Seen is truly something that needs to be seen to be believed. A multi-camera performance coupled with professionally recorded and mixed audio, Sight & Seen is an enveloping, droning wall of guitars. Floor's two guitarists, ANTHONY VIALON and STEVE BROOKS (of TORCHE fame), spend over two hours on stage with their various drummers. Their three drummers, BETTY, JEFF and HENRY, rotate through the band's lineup: crashing through their early singles, smoking the viewer with their mid-period haze and ending with the cathartic and anthemic final album. Disc #1 of Sight & Seen also includes a 20-minute featurette that documents the band's history with never-before-seen live footage, photography and interviews. Disc #2 is intended lure in both massive fans and completists alike. A data disc (which means you pop it in your computer), it includes: a high quality audio files of both Atlanta shows (not just the one shown on disc #1)-the complete and edited film of Floor that ended up on the cutting room floor (which clocks in at over 2 hours of video). Also included is over an hour of archival footage spanning Floor's career from 1993 at Churchill's in Miami to their final shows in 2002. Sight & Seen is also housed in an elegant package which was initially used on Chunklet's landmark Anthem 2xDVD release by Harvey Milk in 2006. All designed by Chunklet's in-house designer, HENRY H. OWINGS.

John Duncan - Tailing DVD (Von Archives) [VON10] $20.50
A microscopical audiovisual study on pornography by the legendary American sound artist who describes The Tailing thus: "Slow writhing in near-total darkness. Intertwining drones from a church organ. Movement and sound heavy, thick as oil. Erotic and forbidden."

Paul Kalkbrenner - 2010 - A Live Documentary BLU-RAY DVD (Paul Kalkbrenner Music) [PKM001BRD] $22.25
Following the fictional account of the life of DJ Ikarus in the movie Berlin Calling (BPitch Control), here is an exhilarating, live glimpse into Paul Kalkbrenner's real life as a musician. With far more than 100,000 concert-goers, the 2010 live tour by Paul Kalkbrenner was a milestone for electronic music. No other German musician within the electronic music genre had access to the big concert halls as Kalkbrenner did, playing himself into the hearts of fans everywhere. To capture the vibes of this unforgettable tour, Paul Kalkbrenner and his team decided to film more than 20 shows in high quality. The finished product is a fascinating 10-track trip through Paul Kalkbrenner's shows all over Europe, which shows his unique status as a live electronic music artist. On the second part of the DVD, the viewer gets a glimpse into backstage and on the road scenes from this tour with lots of additional interview footage by Paul Kalkbrenner himself, his brother Fritz Kalkbrenner and various other people involved in the tour. After 140,000 sold copies (over-the-counter) of the Berlin Calling Soundtrack (BPC 185CD) and a sold-out tour with ticket sales of 65,000 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland alone, this DVD is the next big chapter within the success story of Paul Kalkbrenner, which started in the early '90s in youth clubs in East Berlin. NTSC format, running time: 120 minutes. Aspect: 16:9 (DVD)/16:9 1080x1920 (Blu-ray), Sound Format: Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1, DTS, English subtitles.

Paul Kalkbrenner - 2010 - A Live Documentary DVD (Paul Kalkbrenner Music) [PKM001DVD] $18.25
Following the fictional account of the life of DJ Ikarus in the movie Berlin Calling (BPitch Control), here is an exhilarating, live glimpse into Paul Kalkbrenner's real life as a musician. With far more than 100,000 concert-goers, the 2010 live tour by Paul Kalkbrenner was a milestone for electronic music. No other German musician within the electronic music genre had access to the big concert halls as Kalkbrenner did, playing himself into the hearts of fans everywhere. To capture the vibes of this unforgettable tour, Paul Kalkbrenner and his team decided to film more than 20 shows in high quality. The finished product is a fascinating 10-track trip through Paul Kalkbrenner's shows all over Europe, which shows his unique status as a live electronic music artist. On the second part of the DVD, the viewer gets a glimpse into backstage and on the road scenes from this tour with lots of additional interview footage by Paul Kalkbrenner himself, his brother Fritz Kalkbrenner and various other people involved in the tour. After 140,000 sold copies (over-the-counter) of the Berlin Calling Soundtrack (BPC 185CD) and a sold-out tour with ticket sales of 65,000 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland alone, this DVD is the next big chapter within the success story of Paul Kalkbrenner, which started in the early '90s in youth clubs in East Berlin. NTSC format, running time: 120 minutes. Aspect: 16:9 (DVD)/16:9 1080x1920 (Blu-ray), Sound Format: Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1, DTS, English subtitles.

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Arsene Souffriau - ExpÄériences BIMES CD Box (Metaphon) [METAPHON002CD] $45.50
"ArsÄ~C¨ne Souffriau (born Brussels 1926) is a cornerstone of the first generation of Belgian electronic and experimental music composers along with Henri Pousseur, Karel Goeyvaerts and Leo Küpper. Regardless of decades of dedicated work he received even less recognition than his Belgian contemporaries. In the late '60s Souffriau got some appreciation among the larger public for his contribution of electronic sounds to the Free Electronic Pop Concept LP, a psychedelic pop album around the brothers Jess & James. But his professional musical career that started at young age reached much further than this: he worked as a conductor, composer, sound editor, functional music composer for film, documentary and theatre producing a massive quantity of recordings. Since the early '60s, in his free time, he has independently been working in his home studio BIMES, where he has recorded numerous experimental, electronic music works of which most never left his studio. The pieces on this release, which span over a period of almost 40 years, have been selected from Souffriau's private music archive and were mostly recorded at his BIMES studio. The pieces clearly depict the wide spectrum of his work throughout the time starting with the primitive concrete tape music from the early 60's, going through his period of (group) improvisation (Groupe Fusion) with analogue (and live) electronics towards the digital techniques in the 80's and 90's using MIDI and computer. Hardboard linen CD box contains 3 CDs and a 40-page booklet with extensive background, photos and notes from A.S. (in Dutch, French and English) Edition of 300 copies."

Atsuhiro Ito - Experimental Music of Japan Vol. 6: R.G.B./Pre OPTRON 1999 CD (Edition Omega Point) [OPX006CD] $23.25
This CD is a remastered reissue of a very limited CD-R released by Omega Point in 1999. This is the sixth volume in Edition Omega Point's Experimental Music Of Japan series. Atsuhiro Ito was born in 1965. He launched his career as a visual artist in the late '80s, and in '98 began presenting sound performances at art exhibitions. Ito made use of fluorescent lighting (which is also an element of his art installations) in the creation of an original musical device called the Optron. In addition, Ito is active in a number of musical units. One of these is Optrum, the explosively loud "extreme optical noise-core band" consisting of Ito and drummer Yoichiro Shin, and another is free jazz trio Kazuo Imai Trio with Kazuo Imai, a guitarist who is also a member of Marginal Consort, and Manabu Suzuki (electronics). He published his own label Gotobai Recordings in 2009. "My homemade instrument is called the Optron -- it outputs flicker-noise of fluorescent lamps as sound directly. In the early years of its conception, it was not only uncontrollable and unstable, but also the sound was so barbaric. However, I had no intention of controlling the system and performing it as music. I recorded the electric 'phenomenon' by flicker of fluorescent lamp innocently. I first named the Optron sound system when I performed a live show after the release of the CD-R. The sound materials of this CD-R were not recorded as noise-performances, but rather, they would be called recordings of phenomenon as effect from experimental works, and an extension of my installation works. This 'fluorescent performance' had not gotten a good reputation from my acquaintances in those days. However, I was interested in the lights and sounds simply, and it is not too much to say that it's only a feeling of 'wow, it's so exciting!'" --Atsuhiro Ito; Housed in a cardboard paper gatefold sleeve with newly-written liner notes in Japanese & English by the artist himself. Limited edition of 400 copies only.

Ben Patterson - Born In The State Of FLUX/us 2CD (Alga Marghen) [MARGHEN034CD] $44.75
"Published for the opening of Ben Patterson first large retrospective exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, this double CD anthology includes both historical recordings taken from the Early Works (issued some years ago by alga marghen), from 370 Flies CDs (an art multiple also issued by alga marghen and long sold out) as well as the first digital version of the no longer available LP titled A Fluxus Elegy and a previously unpublished track. The first CD starts with the first ever recording of 'Ants' (1960), one of Ben Patterson first graphic scores, pre-dating the Fluxus group. Also included in this CD are two essential 1961 documents: 'Duo For Voice And A String Instrument' and 'Variations for Double-bass', both recorded in concert at the Galerie Parnass in 1962; this event has special historic significance in that it included the first public presentation by George Maciunas of his Fluxus manifesto and plans for the Wiesbaden Fluxus Festival. Two more tracks titled 'Paper Piece'(1960), the work that cut the umbilical cord to all of the author's previous classical and contemporary musical training and experience, and 'Pond' (1962), a piece that reminds of Richard Maxfield's electronic music with voice collage, see the collaboration of Philip Corner, Walter Marchetti and Davide Mosconi. The second CD includes more recent works as 'A Simple Opera' (1995), a repetitive hommage to Emmett Willons on his 70th birthday, also recorded in collaboration with Philip Corner, Walter Marchetti and Davide Mosconi; '370 Flies' (2003) for electronic loops and voice; as well as 'A Fluxus Elegy' (2006), previously issued on Alga Marghen's VocSon LP series and based on the basic principles of the polyphonic music of the Bantu tribes of West and Central Africa, applied to the initials of artists listed in Fluxus: The Most Radical and Experimental Art Movement of the Sixties, through encoding them in basic International Morse Code. Starting as a virtuoso double-bass performer of classical music, Ben Patterson was one of the very first founders of the Fluxus Group in Wiesban. This digipak CD will introduce you to some American neo-avantgarde music classics, a crossover between John Cage exploding influences and the experimental art atmosphere of the early 1960s in Europe. Edition limited to 200 copies in silkscreened digipack sleeve, including a 4 page folded insert with liner notes, original score as well as performance photos and program from the 1962 concert at Galerie Parnass, Wuppertal."

Blackwood Apology - The House Of Leather CD (Aurora) [AU5015CD] $16.00
The brainchild of 23 year-old writer/guitarist Dale Menten, The House Of Leather is a rock opera set in a bordello during the U.S. Civil War. It was originally released in December 1968, shortly before it was staged as a sell-out rock opera in Minnesota. A fine mixture of acid-tinged pop-rock and ballads, it makes its long-overdue CD debut here -- together with liner notes that tell the story of the production's ill-fated move to New York in 1970.

Cluster - Cluster 71 CD (Bureau B) [BB058CD] $14.00
Originally released on the Philips label in 1971, Bureau B reissues Cluster's eponymous debut full-length album. According to The Wire, Cluster 71 is one of the "One Hundred Records That Set The World On Fire." Very few albums from Germany can lay claim to this honor. This album is a mere three untitled tracks and was quite an ordeal for untrained ears at the time of its release, yet the album pointed the way forward like no other electronic opus. Cluster's previous incarnation was a trio named Kluster. A change in direction and musical differences moved Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius to split from their third member, Konrad Schnitzler, in 1970. The following year, as well as playing live, they recorded their first album, Cluster 71, in publisher Ralf Arnie's Star Musik Studio in Hamburg. Here they first met Conny Plank, who would himself become a legend. They remained close friends until his death in 1987. Early Cluster music was new -- new in the sense that it did not continue any tradition, instead laying the foundations for a future tradition. The duo's utter renunciation of conventional harmony and rhythm, their embracing of near total aural abstraction, confident use of noise, rigorous live electronic improvisation and a positive mind-set tuned to winning rather than losing -- these were all factors in Cluster's innovative trailblazing of 1971. For want of a better category, Cluster 71 was classified rather inappropriately and incorrectly as "cosmic." Few recognized Cluster for what it was -- the synthesis of pop music stripped of embarrassing glamour and so-called serious music without intellectual constraints. Moebius and Roedelius took the liberty of raiding both disciplines to perfect their musical concept. A common enough practice today, but akin to a palace revolution in 1971. So it is that three pieces of electronic music meander and pulsate through Cluster 71, with no beginning and no end. Cluster's music is free and open in all directions. There are sounds, noises and structures to be heard on this album which would become ingrained in the electronic pop music of the 1980s and 1990s. Cluster had taken the first step into the future with Cluster 71. Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens.

Corpus - Creation A Child CD (Axis UK) [AX1016CD] $16.00
From Corpus Christi, Texas, this gritty quintet produced one of the best underground rock LPs of the early 1970s, which appeared on the tiny Acorn label in 1972. Their song structures reflect the influence of psychedelia, while the jamming guitars pay homage to southern rock greats like the Allman Bros. Original copies now sell for several hundred dollars, making this long-awaited reissue especially welcome.

Crass - The Feeding Of The 5000 CD (Crassical Collection/Southern) [CRASS001CD] $18.00
"Part 1 of 'The Crassical Collection' reissue series, the legendary Crass album has been been restored from the original analogue studio tapes, repackaged with a 64-page booklet replete with lyrics, liner notes from band members Steve Ignorant & Penny Rimbaud, a CD sized recreation of the original fold-out poster sleeve, & bolstered by rare & unreleased tracks, & stunning new artwork from Gee Vaucher, who has lovingly created what could only be considered a real artifact. First released in 1978 on Small Wonder Records, & later re-released on the band's own Crass Records, The Feeding of the Five Thousand showed Crass as an anti-establishment & highly uncompromising act, & one that would influence countless other bands to follow."

Crass - Stations Of The Crass CD (Crassical Collection/Southern) [CRASS002CD] $18.00
"Part 2 of The Crassical Collection reissue series, the legendary Crass album has been been restored from the original analog studio tapes, repackaged with a 64-page booklet replete with lyrics, liner notes from band members Steve Ignorant & Penny Rimbaud, a CD sized recreation of the original fold-out poster sleeve, & bolstered by rare & unreleased tracks, & stunning new artwork from Gee Vaucher, who has lovingly created what could only be considered a real artifact. Includes Peel Session from 1979!"

Death - Spiritual/Mental/Physical CD (Drag City) [DC447CD] $13.00
"Spiritual-Mental-Physical is a collection of wild early Death demos, presenting the three young Hackney brothers consolidating their powers as they embark on a trip into pure rock and roll music. For many years following the emergence of punk rock, nothing changed. Punk bands either signed contracts and played the rock band game or they lived in a world parallel to the world of commercial rock and roll. Farther along came 'the year that punk broke,' a puzzling decade and a half after the whole thing had first been absorbed into the mainstream in the last of the 1970s. And so it was. The books were written; the pronouncements made. Then came news of Death. They'd self-released a single in 1976; the tracks made it onto an unheard punk compilation a couple decades later. In 2008, an obsessive young man tracked them down and found that the surviving two brothers had master tapes from all those years ago. These made up the truly senses-shattering album ...For The Whole World To See. Suddenly, the book was open again and the history of punk rock needed to be rewritten to include Death. The sounds on ...For the Whole World To See are those of young men, scorching their influences in the process of becoming new. Spiritual-Mental-Physical gives us Death by transistor radio, with a tinnyyet- furious sound representing the 1970s environment of Death. Here, the musical landscape that inspired them is more clearly defined as they demo material that didn't make it to the studio, but shares the same ferocious bent as 'Politicians In My Eyes,' 'Keep On Knocking,' and the rest of ...For The Whole World To See. Spiritual-Mental-Physical is an inside look at Death's early days, one that fans of the group and fans of punk rock (and, indeed, rock of all kinds) are sure to enjoy for the rest of time."

Decima Victima - Décima VÄ­ctima LP Box (Munster Records) [MR305LP] $71.00
This box-set contains all the music made by Hispanic-Swedish quartet Décima VÄ­ctima, including two unreleased tracks, released almost 30 years after their first record. For this edition, the sound of the original tape recordings has been cleaned and improved. In 1981, brothers Lars and Per formed the instrumental band Clausula Tenebrosa. After a show, they started talking about the possibility of rehearsing with Carlos, a friend at the time and ex-singer of Ejecutivos Agresivos. That's how the story of Décima VÄ­ctima starts -- rehearsing with a drum machine in the cellar of the Mertanen's house in Madrid. "After a few months, in the year 1981, we made our first studio recording, a demo recorded on a 4-track. A little later on, with our friends from the band Esclarecidos, we started the independent label Grabaciones Accidentales (GASA), and we were able to start releasing our own records. The first single came out in 1982, with Lars playing drums on it. Soon after, Los Esclarecidos introduced us to Jose Brena, brother of one of the original members of their band, and he joined as our drummer. The second single was also recorded in 1982. A few months later, we went to Vigo for a week to try out our first LP playing our repertoire live, in order to see which tracks the audience liked best and chose 12 for the record. Paco Trinidad, our producer, always understood what we wanted and he researched how to achieve it technically. The LP was very well received by the press, especially by El Pais, one of the biggest-selling newspapers in Spain. Our next recording was the maxi-single Un Lugar En El Pasado, with three tracks. With regards to our audience, we didn't make any concessions. Our shows were static. Carlos would sing sitting down like a crooner while Lars and Per only moved as little as necessary and Jose remained behind his drum kit. The sound, despite being made using only three instruments and voice, managed to be as enveloping live as it was on record, thanks to the Mertanen brothers' personal way of playing and to having, most of the time, Paco Trinidad as our sound technician. Our last show was at Madrid's Rock-Ola on December 3, 1983. In the winter of 1983 we recorded live, on a 4-track, a demo of our second LP, Un Hombre Solo. A few months later, already disbanded, we recorded it in the studio. In our opinion, it contains some of our best tracks. The band ended mainly for work reasons beyond our control. There were no musical or personal differences. Although we would argue sometimes, we always were, above all, very good friends. In 1999, Jose Brena, our drummer, died. It was a hard blow for everyone. He appears on the cover of Los Que Faltan, reminding us that there are things which, unfortunately, won't ever happen again." --Décima VÄ­ctima; Includes a 24-page LP-size booklet in Spanish and English that tells the band's story in their own words and includes many unseen pictures, a full discography and complete lyrics.

Deirdre Wilson Tabac - Deirdre Wilson Tabac CD (Aurora) [AU5014CD] $16.00
Recorded in Philadelphia in 1969, this trio's irresistible blend of funk, jazz and pop didn't connect with audiences on its original release, but has gone on to attract a considerable cult following. Truly groovy, soulful weirdness that you kind of can't stop listening to. Deirdre Wilson Tabac's sole album makes its CD debut here, accompanied by background notes and two rare bonus tracks from a post-LP 45.

Dionysos - Le Grand Jeu CD (Axis Uk) [AX1015CD] $16.00
Dionysos was one of Canada's most influential early progressive rock bands. Having formed in Quebec in 1969, they gained a name for combining French-language vocals with intricate musical interplay, and played at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in 1971. This classic debut appeared the same year, combining stoner rock with psychedelia, blues and progressive influences, and makes a welcome return to CD here, together with background notes.

Dirty Martha - This Is It CD (Gear Fab) [GF247CD] $12.25
"From New Jersey, the 'sister band' Of Chaplin Harness. Their great and unreleased 1969 psych gem recorded in the same studios as Chaplin Harness I & II."

Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer - Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer CD (Magazine) [MAGAZINE003CD] $14.75
Founded in Cologne the early 1980s, the anarchistic formation Drums Off Chaos has continued uninterrupted to the present day. The collective of Jaki Liebezeit, Reiner Linke, Maf Retter, Manos Tsangaris and others make music centered on dynamic but still very precise rhythmic codes using carefully-selected sounds and patterns on self-constructed drums. Previously, the group considered the shared and nonrecurring experience of playing live more important than getting the music recorded. The latest release, however, is the result of a collaboration with Cologne-based musician Jens-Uwe Beyer (Popnoname). Thus, the Drums Off Chaos sound is available on record for the first time after almost 30 years (aside from an experimental singer collaboration available as a very limited CD mailorder release). Beyer -- from a generation that grew up with Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project rather than with Can -- opens the record with the beat of a gong adding irradiant sounds and elements of soft rhythms, which over time interweave seamlessly with the energetic drum sound. The slowly floating melodies and punctuated bass of Beyer convey an almost monastic intensity which underpins and reinforces the exacting rhythm of the drums. This uncommon and multi-generational clash of musicians results in peerless music that defies classification and comparison, as effects never before heard on record materialize for the first time.

Floating Bridge - Floating Bridge CD (Aurora) [AU5006CD] $16.00
Boasting two fine lead guitarists (including Rich Dangel, a longtime member of legendary garage band the Wailers), in their brief existence, this Seattle quartet shared stages with The Doors, Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. Their sole album came out in 1969, and combines exciting psychedelic rock with inventive renditions of contemporary standards (including an instrumental "Hey Jude" that has been acclaimed as one of the best Beatles covers of all time). It's presented here together with both sides of their rare non-album 45, and is essential listening for all fans of late '60s acid rock. Includes liner notes.

Flower Travellin' Band - Make Up 2CD (Phoenix Records) [ASH3033CD] $21.50
When released in 1973, Make Up, with its incredible faux-leather imitation attaché case outer bag, looked every bit the last word in over-the-top packaging and now originals, complete and in good condition, fetch hundreds of dollars in the collectors' market. However, despite the lavish packaging, Make Up did little to enhance the group's already considerable reputation and the various band members went their separate ways immediately after the album's release. Although the album has been described as "inconsistent," there are some definite stand-out tracks, and generally Make Up reflects the varied influences that the band drew on throughout their sadly short career. This double album consists of both live and studio recordings and features keyboardist Nobuhiko Shinohara. 2CD housed in a replica outer slip-case and deluxe gatefold sleeve, including the original LP insert. Numbered, limited edition.

Gray - Shades Of... CD (Plush Safe Records) [PSR1001CD] $13.25
In downtown New York City, in 1979, painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Holman founded their industrial-sound band, Gray. Jean named the band after Gray's Anatomy, an important reference source for his paintings and the perfect name to capture the haunting, machine-like ambient music the band wrote and performed. In the Whitney Museum's catalog for Basquiat's 1991 Retrospective, Robert Farris Thompson, professor of Anthropology at Yale, wrote this about Gray: "They worked the Mudd Club, CBGB's, and Hurrah's in New York, where Blondie and the Talking Heads were at that time emerging. They performed, in other words, at the epicenter of New Wave. Here they contended for space and recognition with a style that, in Basquiat's own words, was 'incomplete, abrasive, and oddly beautiful.'" In an Interview magazine review (Jan. 1981) Glenn O'Brien wrote: "Gray became an industrial sound effects band. They played on scaffolds ... Lately, they've really developed their own groove... it's sort of an easy listening bebop industrial sound effects lounge ensemble." Besides Basquiat and Holman, other members of the original group were Nicholas Taylor, Justin Thyme and Vincent Gallo. Just after Jean-Michel Basquiat's passing in 1988, Holman, Taylor, Thyme and Gallo re-united as Gray and performed at Basquiat's Memorial at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in the Citicorp Building. In 1996, the making of the MiraMax feature production Basquiat brought Gray's three original members (Holman, Taylor & Thyme) back together as they reenacted one of their legendary gigs at the Mudd Club with Tony Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright playing Jean-Michel Basquiat. While reenacting their Mudd Club gig, the members of Gray realized that 1990's pop/ambient music sounded a lot like what Gray was doing in the past. Inspired by their own historic sound, the band decided to return to the studio to create and record new music. This "new" Gray sound evolved from industrial bebop to electronica with poetic vocals and groovy beats. Michael Holman and Nicholas Taylor have now reunited once again to produce the first Gray album ever, titled, Shades Of... on their own label, Plush Safe Records, that harkens back to Gray's sonic roots -- industrial noise melded with electronic atmospheres. This multi-track compilation includes and involves sample tracks from Gray's earliest recordings and performances, with samples of Basquiat's music and voice. Included is a solo performance by Basquiat (recorded by Justin Thyme) called "Suicide Hotline," where Basquiat, in 1980, called a suicide hotline, and in dramatic, and darkly teasing fashion, reads bits of his poetry to the hotline operator, never allowing the operator to know for sure if the "caller" is insane, suicidal, or simply toying with him. The effect of the piece is powerful and disturbing, yet poignant and moving in a way only Basquiat could produce. The other tracks range from Stockhausen-inspired fugues, to trip-hop lanced throw-downs. Holman & Taylor were fortunate to work with John Cale's drummer Dean Anthony on this new music, as well as fabled Tubes drummer, Prairie Prince and downtown scenester/drummer, Lenny Ferraro. Shades Of... is not only a living piece of New York history, it's also an audio interpretation of a journey to where Taylor & Holman see the future of music.

Head Over Heels - Head Over Heels CD (Aurora) [AU5013CD] $16.00
One of the loudest acts of their time, this Detroit-based power trio made only one album, which stands as a lost proto-metal classic. A product of the same scene that spawned The Stooges and MC5, they play raw and dirty on a superb selection of self-penned material, as well as a molten cover of blues staple "Red Rooster." Unusually, the LP (originally released in June 1971) combines live and studio recordings, perfectly showcasing their inventive take on crunching hard rock and searing power ballads. Finally available on CD once again, with background notes.

Index - Black Album + Red Album + Yesterday & Today 2CD (Lion Productions) [LION644CD] $23.00
"In the mid 1960's, Detroit Michigan was a thriving industrial city. It was at the edge of a cliff, however. The great ethnic diversity in the inner city was a brewing powder keg of civil unrest. This, coupled with a disillusioned population struggling to make some sense of a questionable war in the rice paddies of Vietnam, set an uneasy and troubling tempo for the future. Still, there were pockets of communities in the Detroit area where things were good and economic life was vibrant. The Grosse Pointes were such communities. It was on the outskirts of this political and racially tense era, in the affluent suburbs just outside of the city of Detroit, that Index was formed. The music of Index has been lauded by music heads for decades, and with good reason: it is bizarre, atmospheric, and 'home-made' (in the best of all possible ways); the band has a druggie sound, with songs full of feedback and fuzzy guitars, hazy guitar riffs and loud rhythms. Hidden amongst the echoing canyons of sound there's some snotty post-punk attitude wrapped up in that trippy velvet fuzz; a wonderful bleak sound, both droning and murky, the atonal side of late 1960's rock that would leave the most lasting impression on those who would eventually become punk, post-punk and indie rock artists like Joy Division or the Fall. Includes a 32-page booklet, written by Index drummer Jim Valice, detailing the band's rock and roll adventures, replete with photos and lyrics; printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy."

Jacobs Creek - Jacobs Creek CD (Aurora) [AU5011CD] $16.00
This New Jersey band was led by brothers Lon and Derrek Van Eaton, who are best-known for the subsequent music they made for The Beatles' Apple label. The sole album made by Jacobs Creek is a fine collection of acid-tinged rural rock, which first appeared in 1969. With arrangements encompassing electric guitars, horns and sitar, it's an eclectic treat for fans of vintage psychedelia, and makes its long-overdue CD debut here.

Jane Kennaway - IOU CD (LTM) [LTM2565] $14.75
RELEASE DATE: 02-14-2011
LTM presents the first compilation CD by singer/songwriter Jane Kennaway, best remembered for her smart hit single IOU in 1980.

The daughter of acclaimed Scottish writer James Kennaway, Jane released a string of superior new wave pop singles between 1980 and 1982, all of which appear in digitally remastered form on this CD together with compilation tracks, unreleased demos and a complete live concert from December 1980.

Producers include Steve Lillywhite, Thomas Dolby and Andy Duncan. The CD runs for 76 minutes, with a deluxe booklet including archive images and a detailed Jane Kennaway biography. The witty video for IOU can be watched on YouTube.

Praise for Jane Kennaway: 'A voice that could turn water into wine, a writing talent that creates a seemingly endless supply of golden goblets, and a level of musicianship that makes the rest of the current crop seem like vin very ordinaire' (Melody Maker); 'A set of future classics, original phrases hung on instantly memorable tunes' (New Music News); 'An attractive blonde with features reminiscent of Marianne Faithfull on a good day and a voice several hundred times better' (Sounds); 'Lyrical intelligence blessed with commercial appeal, Jane Kennaway will surely go very far' (NME)

John Cage - ASLSP CD (Neos) [NEOS11042CD] $20.50
Performed by Sabine Liebner (piano). "Liebner is active primarily as a performer of new music. Numerous recordings for radio, television, and CDs as well as invitations to international festivals, both as chamber musician and as soloist, document her work as an artist. She has collaborated on projects with the composers Olga Neuwirth, Jörg Widmann, Franco Donatoni, and Christian Wolff, among others, and given numerous world and national premieres. In recent years Sabine Liebner's interests have focused on American composers of the twentieth century. Her repertoire of American music includes Henry Cowell, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros, and Tom Johnson. She plays nearly all of the piano works of John Cage, and her recording of Cage's Music for Piano 1-84 is legendary."

Mahogany - Mahogany CD (Aurora) [AU5009CD] $16.00
Though they were contemporaries of Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown and others, this youthful British blues-rock quartet's album only saw release in America and Holland, unfairly dooming it to obscurity. Originally released in 1969, it features exciting rock songs as well as more contemplative numbers, with especially fine guitar and harmonica playing, and is sure to appeal to all fans of electric blues. It makes its long-awaited CD debut here, complete with background notes.

Markley - A Group CD (Aurora) [AU5012CD] $16.00
Though credited as the sole work of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band frontman Bob Markley, this is in fact the final album made by psychedelic legends WCPAEB, recorded and released towards the end of 1969, and released under a new name in a final attempt to find commercial success. A far cry from the experimental rock of earlier releases, the album contains melodic songs and delicate arrangements, though the eccentric influence of Markley is as strong as ever, making it essential for fans of the band. Finally back on CD, with background notes.

Michael Ranta - Mu CD Box (Metaphon) [METAPHON003CD] $37.00
"The only time this ensemble got together before was for the singular and legendary Wired session recorded in 1970 and published on the Deutsche Grammophon box set Free Improvisation in 1974. The Wired session also included Karl-Heinz Böttner while this release of Mu just has the trio of Ranta, Lewis and Plank. Mu got recorded a few months after the Wired session, in Plank's studio, but never got released strangely enough. Yet it's a true hidden treasure of marvelous minimal psychedelic improvisations with an oriental touch controlled and mixed by 'Diabolis in Musica' Conny Plank. Although the intense recording session ended early in the morning the mixdown was still done straight afterwards of which this is the direct result for MU1, Mu2, and Mu4. For Mu3 Michael Ranta added live percussion to the original tape mix and dedicated it to Mike Lewis. Due to circumstances and moving to different continents they never had the chance to meet again. Previously unreleased studio material from 1970 recorded a few months after the legendary Wired session. Hardboard linen CD box contains 2 CDs and a 28-page booklet with biography text and notes from Michael Ranta (in Dutch, German and English). Edition of 500 copies." Michael Ranta : percussion, guitars and prepared thundersheet Mike Lewis : keyboards, wind instruments and percussion Conny Plank : live electronics, sound control, recording supervision, mix "What a stunning surprise discovery of this obscure ensemble with Michael Ranta, Mike Lewis and Krautrock master Conny Plank. As on the legendary Wired LP on the Free Improvisation box set (Deutsche Grammophon 1974) they created an amazing free form abstraction, a floating resonant and timeless music, similar in many ways to the early experiments of Tangerine Dream but in a world of its own, in all their twisted exotic and melancholy beauty... To be filed under classic Krautrock, a masterpiece!" -- Steven Stapleton

Miguel y El ComitÄ~c? - Para Hacer MÄ~Cºsica, Para Hacer... CD (Lion Productions) [LION647CD] $15.00
"El Syndikato made Miguel Livichich a rock star in South America; but it was his sole effort as Miguel y el ComitÄé that made him a groove-loving crate-digger's dream! Livichich left El Syndikato and in an instant formed another band, joining forces with an existing group called Feeling Rock. This new group was called Miguel y el ComitÄé (Miguel and the Committee) -- a clear allusion to Livichich's previous group (the Syndicate), and also a demonstration of his leadership role; even though Miguel y el ComitÄé worked as a proper band in their structure, Miguel Livichich made all decisions concerning the group. As Livichich recalled, 'I told them, I want a band to join me, but we all work together?more rock and candombe and a few things more commercial. Accept, and we make a titanic effort. An aggressive launch. I do not lie, in fifteen days we were recording the LP. It was pin, pin and we were playing at all dances. It was amazing working with Miguel y el ComitÄé.' That band's 1971 album, with Livichich firmly at the helm, fused the local candombe rhythm with beat music in an unusual and aggressive (oft-times funky, break-beat) way. Miguel y el ComitÄé played mostly original songs, but they also mixed in covers of tracks by other Uruguayan bands. They were the first to sing hits by other groups (El Kinto, Los Shakers), which added a new dimension to the burgeoning Uruguayan scene. Percussion plays a key role in the band's sound, although the guitar playing is most distinctive: sometimes melodic, at other times carving a path through the mix, with a hard and acid distorted fuzz guitar sound, as on the title track and the fabulous cover of El Kinto's 'QuÄé me importa.' Dynamite! Comes with a 28-page booklet, printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy, with band history, photos, and bi-lingual lyrics."

Nat Dove & The Devils - Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-In-Law Original Soundtrack CD (Magic Disc) [TEG9910CD] $13.00
2007 release. "Official reissue of this lost funky soundtrack from 1977 that features the one and only Rudy Ray Moore, otherwise known as Dolemite, and his band Nat Dove and the Devils, available for the first time ever on CD! Nat Dove has been playing blues, boogie-woogie and barrelhouse music for over four decades. And, as one of the last of a breed of blues pianist, Dove is the most sought after and respected blues pianist in the western United States. Dove has been featured on the recordings of Robert Cray, George 'Harmonica' Smith, Freddie King, Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Pee Wee Crayton, Louis Meyers and Big Joe Turner... just to name a few. Nat Dove and his funky combo The Devils lay down a monster set of grooves that virtually define the Blaxploitation sound. Most of the tracks on here are instrumentals, and a few of the cuts have vocals by Mary Love. The original is so rare it is impossible to find, and this reissue has excellent sound quality taken from the original master tapes. Includes the highly sought after funk classics 'Junkie Chase', 'Zombie March', 'Ghetto Street U.S.A', and 'Petey Wheatstraw' along with the original track listing and cover artwork."

O Rex - My Head's In '73 CD (Gulcher) [GULCHER433] $16.50
A forty-three-song collection of material from this band that would eventually mutate into the AFRIKA KORPS. "O. REX was a living-room band from Brooklyn, New York. Formed in 1973 by brothers SOLOMON and JAY GRUBERGER, they were shortly joined by future GIZMOS founder KEN HIGHLAND. Ken would bus down to NYC from his home in Brockport, New York to record with the Grubergers on Solomon's cheap reel-to-reel tape recorders. Their output was prolific, although mostly cover versions of Alice Cooper, Grand Funk, Allman Brothers, Mountain, Black Sabbath, '60s garage bands, etc. Fortunately they also wrote original songs, and we've dug up a big bag full of primitive gems for ya. Proto-ounk, lo-fi, all that stuff-but deep down a sense of songwriting and rock'n'roll that's often brilliant even as it seems very stupid! Hey, they were young."-Eddie Flowers.

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Queen Constance Band - University Dances Of 1978 CD (Queen Constance Records) [TEG9914CD] $13.00
2007 release. "Long before anybody even coined the term disco, P&P Records was filling speakers nationwide with grimy jams that kept people on the dance floors. As most know, the legendary label P&P is notorious for their disco classics, and this reissue is no exception. Queen Constance, one of many labels that reside under the P&P umbrella, released an album called University Dances of 1978 by their very own resident house band called none other the Queen Constance Band. Executive produced by music legends Peter Brown and Patrick Adams, this treasure trove of disco funk guarantee a head-nod and booty-shake on even the stiffest of folk. Comprised of twelve tracks, six vocal and six matching instrumentals, this great and rare studio group album is filled to the brim with brilliant underground dance tracks."

Residents, The - Not Available CD (MVD Audio) [MVD5122CD] $13.00
"Recorded in 1974, originally released in 1979 and now reissued with seven minutes of material originally edited out. While there are a million stories about The Residents, one of the more intriguing concerns the recording of their second LP, Not Available. Early in the career of the band, the 'theory of obscurity' was introduced to them by the German avant-guardist, N. Senada. The plan called for the creation of complete projects that were literally not intended to be heard by anyone other than its creators. The Residents realized the truth in this ideal: that music really was difficult to record without considering the audience. They thought the experience gained by completing such a project would prove worthwhile toward achieving an independent attitude toward music. Not Available was completed in 1974 and stored. Several years later, in 1978, The Residents were severely over schedule on their opus, Eskimo. The record company pulled Not Available from the masters room and released it. Surprisingly, The Residents were not upset by this fact since it in no way violated their original intent."

Roedelius - Selbstportrait - Vol. II CD (Bureau B) [BB064CD] $16.00
This is the fourth solo album by German keyboardist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, originally released in 1980 on Sky Records. With Selbstportrait, Roedelius gave unequivocal confirmation that he no longer was treading the hitherto common paths of electronic music. Selbstportrait - Vol. II corroborated the findings: for Roedelius, electronics would no longer be a means of creating abstract, noise-like music in the future, nor of generating utopian, mechanical rhythmic structures. His own utopia was quite a different place, more in keeping with his own personality and view of the world. Hence both self-portraits, in particular Selbstportrait - Vol. II, are programmatic. Uniquely among musicians of the German electronic scene at the time, Roedelius succeeded in blending European and extra-European musical styles quite intuitively, developing his own language of music, neither epigonic nor weighed down by stereotype, as often occurred in the emerging world music genre of the period. There is a fascinating simplicity to the music of Roedelius: his vision does not reside in cloud-cuckoo-land. His utopia is founded in reason, his vision sustained by a simple base: not only did he ignore musical traditions, he also sought to create something new out of them. He succeeded where many of his contemporaries failed, going to ground as they attempted to bridge the postmodern gap. Not Roedelius. Roedelius' music is littered with stumbling blocks. The listener may not necessarily lose his footing, but will not exactly find himself sitting comfortably as he listens. With this album, Roedelius has drawn a clearly delineated picture of himself. Few musicians can say the same, few even harbor such aspirations. Transcending styles, hypes and modernisms, Selbstportrait - Vol. II is electronically-sourced music, yet sounds anything but technical, dismantling the misconception that electronic music has to sound cold and distant. Selbstportrait - Vol. II has never been released completely before. Includes 5 tracks never released on CD! Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens.

Roedelius - Selbstportrait I CD (Bureau B) [BB063CD] $16.00
This is the third solo album by German keyboardist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, originally released in 1979 on Sky Records. Alongside his ongoing work with Cluster and Harmonia, Roedelius amassed an almost incalculable number of musical notations during his time in the idyllic Weser Uplands. Fleeting sketches, spontaneous improvisations, implied miniatures, rough compositions -- Roedelius recorded virtually every idea he came up with outside the studio sessions on his Revox A77 reel to reel; with the basic intention of capturing his moments of inspiration, he simply let the tape run as he played around on the Farfisa organ. Sound quality was not his prime concern, as he was not as yet entertaining any notion of releasing the results. As Roedelius recalls, costly tape spools were at a premium, so he recorded over older tapes in mono, at a less than ideal speed. Substandard, technically speaking (or listening), but as a self portrait, nothing short of a masterpiece. It would be inappropriate to measure this album by the hi-fidelity yardstick; see it as something closer to an intimate confession, an unguarded communiqué from one person to another. Bordering on naivety and free of conceit, Roedelius introduces us to his world through these chiffonesque études. There may be little variation in the Farfisa sound, but this is soon forgotten when Roedelius invites us to listen, to enter the experience. No expensive technology, no producer, no collaborators. This is unfiltered personality, the real Roedelius. Musically, Selbstportrait I is characterized by a combination of lĤndler, minimalism and harmonic simplicity. The Weser Uplands, where Roedelius recorded his music, are certainly no Arcadia and the village of Forst is anything but Atlantis, but perhaps it could become the Graceland of German electronic music. Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens.

Sea-Ders, The - The Sea-Ders CD (Lion Productions) [LION646CD] $10.50
"This specially-priced disc contains all known recordings of infectious Middle Eastern inflected rock/beat from the Cedars (or Sea-Ders), Lebanon's top musical export to the world. Eight dynamic tracks, with driving rhythms, blazing electric bouzouki (or oud?), recorded between 1966-1968. Fantastic! Starting in 1965, many groups began to borrow elements of Eastern music to add a little mystery and exotica to their sound. Some prominent examples of this trend include the Kinks' 'See My Friends,' the Beatles' 'Norwegian Wood,' and the Byrds' 'Eight Miles High'; less well-known than the aforementioned acts, but considered masters of the form by those in the know, were the Sea-Ders. For them it wasn't a case of flirting with foreign culture -- they tapped right into the source, there in their own backyard! Decca Records contacted the group and offered them a record deal in the UK. The Sea-Ders relocated to London, and in 1967 Decca released 'Thanks A Lot' b/w 'Undecidedly.' The record got some airplay on the pirate stations, but failed to break into the charts. Nevertheless, Decca went ahead with an EP release, featuring three tracks along with the fine 'Cause I Do Care.' Apparently the record had a very limited pressing as it's now very rare, despite being one of the most exciting releases of the era. Booklet contains liner notes by Mike Stax (Ugly Things Magazine), printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy."

Sleepy Hollow - Sleepy Hollow CD (Aurora) [AU5016CD] $16.00
This trio's sole album has been described as one of the most uncanny Beatles sound-alikes ever made, and now it makes its long-overdue CD debut here. Recorded in Philadelphia in 1972, it contains several perfect pop songs, and is sure to delight fans of the Fab Four and other early '70s pop wizards such as Badfinger and We All Together.

Stooges, The - A Thousand Lights: Live In 1970 CD (Easy Action) [EAR034CD] $22.00
"These are probably the only currently known live recordings of the Stooges from the 1970 shows. Deluxe long box packaging with stunning unseen photos of the band shot by Fan Club girl Natalie Stooge-ling on the road in 1970."

Various Artists - The Abilene Teen Scene 1964-1967 CD (Cicadelic Records) [CIC995CD] $14.50
"In the 60s, Abilene, Texas had a thriving music scene. Bands enamored with the British Invasion sound of The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, and The Beatles formed in droves. The top band in Abilene was The Chevelle V, whose best known track, 'Come Back Bird' employed the British slang for 'girl' and the beat of The Yardbirds' 'I'm A Man.' The other popular Abilene bands, such as The Livin' End, The Continentals and The Coachmen, comprise the other recordings on this album, making this the most complete trip yet to Abilene in the 60s. Only seven of the recordings were ever released during the 60's, which reflects the rarity of the recordings included on this collection."

Various Artists - Portobello Shuffle CD (Easy Action) [EABOSS001CD] $17.25
"Two of the most legendary British underground bands of the late 1960s and early '70s were without any doubt The Deviants and Pink Fairies. Scores of musicians have cited them as one of their favorite bands and key influences, yet neither enjoyed any real success during their existence. The Deviants released three albums between 1967 and 1969, before evolving into the Pink Fairies, who also released three albums between 1971 and 1973, the latter featuring Larry Wallis as front man. Rich Deakin, author of Keep It Together! Cosmic Boogie With The Deviants And The Pink Fairies has spent the best part of two years putting together an album of Deviants and Pink Fairies songs, as well as a smattering of new numbers, performed by artists who jumped at the chance to be included in this set. Although featuring luminaries of both the '60s counterculture and '70s punk scene, including current and past members of The Damned, Dead Kennedys, Faith No More, W.A.S.P., MotĶrhead, Hawkwind, Dr Feelgood, The Blockheads, The Only Ones, Crushed Butler, and The Deviants and the Pink Fairies themselves. It was real coup getting three of the original members of the Fairies back together for the first time in over thirty years to record a track with Brian James, a founder member of The Damned, producing."

Walter Marchetti - Natura Morta CD (Alga Marghen) [ALGA076-3CD] $18.50
"A very simple sequence of piano accidents, according to Robert Ashley one of the most beautiful piano music ever recorded. Natura Morta, includes the piece with the same title from 1980. The 8-page booklet reproduces original photos of the performance at Milanopoesia in 1988, as well as the text titled In My Music. All texts are published both in English and Italian."

Walter Marchetti - Vandalia CD (Alga Marghen) [ALGA076-4CD] $18.50
"With Vandalia Walter Marchetti is focusing his concrete and radical themes. Also including is an homage to John Cage. Action Music! Vandalia includes 'Perpetuum Mobile' (1981), 'Song for John Cage' (1985) and 'Le Secche Del Delirio' (1989). The 8-page booklet presents the photo of the 'Perpetuum Mobile' performance at Musicalia in 1981, the score of 'Song for John Cage', the photos of two 'Musica Da Camera' installations, as well as the reproduction of the original Vandalia CD layout. All texts are published both in English and Italian."

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, The - Where's My Daddy? CD (Aurora) [AU5010CD] $16.00
This is the fifth album by psych legends The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Recorded shortly after this legendary Californian psychedelic band had left Reprise (where they'd made three classics), this oddity is more pop-based than their previous efforts, though the eccentric influence of frontman Bob Markley is still strong. Released in the summer of 1969, it sold poorly and hasn't been widely heard since, making this CD reissue especially welcome. Includes liner notes.

Wunder - Wunder CD (Karaoke Kalk) [KK002CD] $14.00
2010 repress of this 1999 release! Another exquisite out-of-nowhere Karaoke Kalk discovery "Karaoke Kalk's new talent Wunder's (= miracle, wonder) first creation proves a talent for textured electronica combined with strange emotional songwriting. Drawing together influences & inspiration from jazz to Mouse On Mars, Wunder creates what would be a fine soundtrack with occasional pop-moments."

This week's VINYL update contains releases by:

Aardvarck & Kubus * Abner Jay * Abstract Eye, The * Air Waves * Airway/Hijokaidan * Alex Celler * Alexander Tucker & Decomposed Orchestra * Alexi Delano * Alfabet * Alvarius B. * Alvaro * Anika * Anja Schneider * Anthony 'Shake' Shakir * Anthony Selassie * Aril Brikha * Arsene Souffriau * Baobinga & Mensah/Baobinga & DVA * Bart Davenport * Bbq * Beaches * Ben Verse * Bessie Smith * Bfffth * Big John Patton * Biglietto Per L'Inferno.Folk * Black Heat * Blind Willie Mctell * Bon Homme * Brackles & Shortstuff * Brother Jack Mcduff * Burial Hex * Burning * Buzzoven * Carlos Malcolm * Catalogue * Chaim * Charles Wright * Chocolate Watch Band * Chora * Christoph Heemann * Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett * Cleared * COH * Compound One * Cyclobe * Cymande * C_utter/Dead Peni * D'eon * Dapayk Solo * Darkstar * David Alvarado & Luca Bacchetti * David August * David Labeij & Onno * Dead Ghosts * Death * Decima Victima * Dels * Delta Funktionen * Demian * Deputies Of Love * Dia * Digital Mystikz * Discodeine * DJ Lengua * DJ Vadim * Don Carlos * Donny Hathaway * Dro Carey * Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer * Ducktails/Rangers * Duke Ellington & His Orchestra * Duo505 * Durian Brothers, The * Eddie Harris * Efeel * Ekoplekz * El Gusano * Electras, The * Elephant Micah * Eliane Radigue * Elton John * Emptyset (FEAT. Cornelius Harris) * Enemy Earth * Faust * Freak Seven (feat. Aniff) * Freddie Hubbard * Frivolous * Gaiser * Gamits * Gang Gang Dance * Garnett Silk * Garybaldi * Gibson Bros. * Gnod/Robedoor * Gowentgone * Gowns * Grant Green * Graveyards * Greymachine * Guided By Voices * Guy Gerber * Gwen McCrae * H.O.S.H. * Hank Mobley * Harald Grosskopf * Harlem River Drive * Harmonious Thelonious * Hatcha & Lost * Heavy Hawaii * Hem feat. Terrible Shock * Herb Diamante * Herman Kelly & Life * High Wolf * High Wolf/The Savage Young Taterbug * Hobo * Holmby Hills * Horaflora/Secret Boyfriend * Hundred in the Hands, The * Hype Williams * Igor Boxx * Ilitch * Impressions, The * Infinite Body/No Age * Isolee * J:kenzo * Jack Sparrow * Jam, The * James Blake * James Brown * James Duncan * James Ferraro * Jan Driver * Jeff Rehnlund * Jeremy Gluck & Friends * Jimmy Edgar * Joao Gilberto * John Coltrane & Don Cherry * John Martyn & Beverly * John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh * Jokers * Jono El Grande * Josefus * Jules & Moss * Juli Holz * Julian Jay Savarin * Julian's Treatment * Katy B (Feat. Ms. Dynamite) * Kinks, The * Kito * Kohn * Kraus * KZA * La Banda Trapera Del Rio * Laurel Halo * LHF * Liquor Ball * Lithops * Los Cheyenes * M Ax Noi Mach * M.in * Magical Power Mako * Mamiffer/Oakeater * Manaboo * Manik * Marco Resmann * Marisa Anderson * Martyn * Master Musicians Of Bukkake * Matthew Dear * Matthew Friedberger * Maurizio Bianchi * Maxim Lany/Lemakuhlar/James Teej * Mayday * Mc & Lx1 * Melvin Davis * Mensah * Messer Chups * Metabolismus * Metal Mountains * Michael Ranta * Micky Y Los Tonys * Miracles Club * Miracles Club, The * Modern Lovers * Moloch * Monopoly Child Star Searchers * Monotonix * Moon Duo * Morgen * Moritz von Oswald Trio/Digital Mystikz * Morphosis * Mount Eerie * Mr. Oizo * Nadja * Naked On The Vague/Wet Hair * Napalm Jazz * Nathan Fake/DJ Koze * Nina Simone * No Joy * No Regular Play * Noaipre * OL * Oleg Poliakov * Oliver Koletzki & Fran * Omurah * Oren Ambarchi/Flaherty, Corsano, Yeh Trio * Ornette Coleman * Outer Limits Recordings * Pains of Being Pure at Heart * Parliament * Patrick Mullins * Pauline Oliveros * Peaking Lights * Pearson Sound * Pepe Wismeer * Perc * Phil Cohran and Legacy * Phil Kieran * Phil Manley * Policy * Prinzhorn Dance School * Prompt * Psychatron & Paul Woolford * Psychic Reality/Sex Worker * QNS * Raime/Regis * Rainbow Arabia * Ramon Tapia * Ravers, The * Residents, The * Riya * Robert Aaron * Robert Turman * Roedelius * Roland Kirk * Rongetz Foundation, The * Roy Ayers Ubiquity * Ruth * Ryan Jewell * Sammy * Santana * Scuba * Secret Cinema * Serge Gainsbourg * Shadow Dancer * Shirley Collins & Davy Graham * Shit Robot * Shrinnirs * Sic Alps * Sidi Toure & Friends * Siriusmo * Skinnz * Soft Moon * Sophia Knapp * Sound of Pot * Spacemen 3 * Spite * Steffi * Stevie Wonder * Strawberry Path * Sun Ra & The Blues Project * Teebs * Terence Fixmer * Tete * Thank You * The Wake * Theo Parrish feat. IG Culture * Thou * Thymolphthalein * Tiago * Tiefschwarz * Tim Berresheim * Tim Hecker * Tony Roach * Tormentors, The * Traversable Wormhole * Tribraque * Trolley Snatcha * Truth and Janey * Unknown * Vincenzo * Viva L'American Death Ray Music * VVAQRT * Walter Marchetti * Wet Hair/Peaking Lights * Whatnauts, The * White Car * Wire * Wooden Shjips * Young, The * Yours * Yusef Lateef * Zohar, The * ZZ Top

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Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist/Re-Synthesist LP+CD (RVNG International) [RERVNG001LP] $19.75
"Synthesist, the landmark 1980 solo album by Harald Grosskopf, the enigmatic percussionist behind Ash Ra Temple, Klaus Schulze, Cosmic Jokers, and YOU. A melodically rich and celebratory symbiosis of krautrock, kosmische, and new age, restored and remastered for RVNG Intl's debut reissue. Includes a bonus album compilation CD Re-Synthesist, featuring reinterpretations of Synthesist by Oneohtrix Point Never, Blondes, Arp, CFCF, Stellar Om Source, and more. The Synthesist LP comes in a deluxe package including a unique reverse-bound record jacket and full-color liner notes in English and German."

Jokers - Iran's Lost Psychedelic Treasure LP (Fading Sunshine) [FS001LP] $40.50
LP version, housed in a heavy paste-on jacket. Limited edition of 500 copies. "Hailing from Tehran, Iran, the Jokers were one of Iran's heavy underground rock groups during the early 70's. Having visited the UK for a short period, Vaheed, the lead singer and guitarist of Jokers returned to Iran with new ideas and influences. After hearing groups like MC 5 & Cream, the Jokers decided to pursue this type of sound, and subsequently recorded a heavy psychedelic blues album in a garage circa 1972 using nothing more than a reel to reel and two microphones. Filled with heavy fuzz, loud wah guitars and screaming vocals, the album sounds unlike any rock artifact unearthed from Iran so far. Sadly no record label would release their album, so they continued to perform at local venues, and even managed to get a performance at the German Embassy before disbanding. Here for the first time ever is a limited edition pressing taken directly from the reels they recorded in 1972. Fully licensed, this is a one-time pressing only. The 1000 copy CD comes in paste-on mini-LP jackets with inner sleeves."

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Aardvarck & Kubus - Gloom 12 inch (Eat Concrete) [EAT022EP] $12.25
Aardvarck presents Gloom, the second split effort between Aardvarck and Dutch beat-master Kubus. It features Aardvarck on an oldschool techno vibe with deep and greasy beats plus his signature style breaks. On the flipside, Kubus delivers three insanely loud and bass-heavy bangers. Limited white label!

Abner Jay - Last Ole Ministrel Man 10 inch (Mississippi Records) [MR080LP] $11.75
"Abner's last recording session. Here we find him laying into 5 never before released compositions (...& one never released version of his popular tune - 'Cocaine') On these songs the usual one man band set up is put aside & replaced by a simple delicate acoustic guitar & harmonica accompaniment, with the exception of the rocking 'My Middle Name Is The Blues' which has Abner's classic sound in full force. The first track -- 'I Cried' -- is as sad as they come. The last track -- 'Too Poor To Live, Too Poor To Die' -- is almost too honest to bear. Beyond that is the strange blues number 'Love Wheel'. Altogether this 10" stands as a fitting last testament by one of Americas most neglected musical geniuses. Tip on old school cover. Each copy includes two commemorative photos of Abner & a 16 page booklet with extensive liner notes by Jack Teague, who recorded this session & palled around with Abner in his final days. "

Abstract Eye, The - Cool Warm Divine 12 inch (Upon You) [SIGN003EP] $12.25
Valentine Connexion Records presents a five-track EP from little-known artist, The Abstract Eye. Five brilliant, analog techno tracks, which keep the spirit of original Detroit techno alive. It will really leave you breathless. Beautiful stuff! For fans of Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, et al.

Air Waves - Dungeon Dots LP (Underwater Peoples) [UPLP04LP] $16.50
Underwater Peoples is proud to present the debut LP from AIR WAVES. New York/ Austin's NICOLE SCHNEIT wrote all the songs and plays guitar throughout the album. Her soft, clear voice careens across walking bass lines, big cymbals and brassy guitars. Her songs are universally described as warm, inviting and bittersweet. Nicole's pop reaches great depths, enticing all who hear to stay and listen. Dungeon Dots features SHARON VAN ETTEN as well as YELLOWFEVER's JENNIFER MOORE.

Airway/Hijokaidan - Split LP (Harbinger Sound) [HAS099] $16.00
Released to coincide with the LAFMS retrospective in London. Legendary free jazz percussionist SABU TOYOZUMI joins JOJO HIROSHIGE on guitar, JUNKO on vocals and TOSHIJI MIKAWA and FUMIO KOSAKAI on electronics on this live recording from late 2009. The maddest of LAFMS mad dogs feature JOE POTTS, RICK POTTS, TOM RECCHION, DENNIS DUCK, JOHN DUNCAN, FREDRIK NILSEN, VETZA, LINDA PITMON, and AARON MOORE on this live recording from 2009.

Alex Celler - Wallaby 12 inch (Area Remote) [AREA026EP] $11.50
Greek by right, but a Londoner by choice, producer/DJ Alex Celler is back again causing a stir with his energetic and intense house sounds, full of swing, tribal rhythms & deep bass lines. "Wallaby" features a banging industrial bass line that's powered with dancefloor diesel, taking you on a sound excursion across funky sound snippets, sex sighs and soaring sirens. "Montagu Bay" has some upbeat and trippy percussive action meshed with electric space warps, pulling you into melodic madness.

Alexander Tucker & Decomposed Orchestra - Grey Onions LP (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT020LP] $16.00
LP version, limited to 1000 copies.

Alexi Delano - Un Do Me 12 inch (Leena) [LEENA018EP] $11.50
Alexi Delano is part of the first wave of Swedish electronic music producers that made a name for themselves in the mid-'90s, releasing on techno labels such as Plus 8, Missile, Primate, Hybrid, Svek and many more. His style dwells in the perfect balance between shiny minimalism and dark, vivacious techno, and both of these tracks pack a powerful punch and high energy. With more than two decades on the stage, he has no intention of slowing down.

Alfabet - A/B 12 inch (Rush Hour) [RHALFA1-EP] $12.25
Tom Trago and Awanto3 (aka Steven de Peven, one-half of Rednose Distrikt) team up for a project they call Alfabet. This series is all about warm and dusty house music. It will run for 13 two track singles, totaling 26 tracks. Each track represents a letter. "Roundabout" is a percussive workout that builds up and sucks you in. "Lap The Music" does the some thing, only this one makes use of an addictive vocal sample. Artwork from Stefan Glerum.

Alvarius B. - Baroque Primitiva LP (Poon Village) [PV006LP] $28.50
"By my count, Baroque Primitiva is the sixth album cut by Alvarius B. and is, like its predecessors, a deep swim through mysterious waters. The 11 tracks here were recorded at various sessions over the course of several years and range from "Humor Police" (a track that imagines what Syd Barrett might have sounded like had he been a devotee of rembetika) to a trippily Beatles-damaged version of "You Only Live Twice" (the sole surviving shard of the aborted Alvarius B. Plays The Bond Songbook project). Baroque Primitiva is the first long-format telegram from Alvarius B. since he lost his mothership (the Sun City Girls, with whom he employed his slave name, Alan Bishop) and it also feels like his most consistently non-acerbic -- perhaps even most beauty-oriented -- work. The songs often have a meditative pace and are filled with gorgeous lo-fi blends of vocals, guitar, bass and keys. Eyvind Kang guests on several tracks, but the bulk of the material was broadcast direct from the naked soul of Alvarius B., which turns out to be a warmer, sweeter place than you might imagine. The record also marks the return of the equally-legendary Poon Village label, whose 1993 Sun City Girls LP, Live At C.O.N. Artists, is a rare and lovely piece of that band's sonic puzzle. Poon Village's productions are always extraordinary in visual terms, and Baroque Primitiva is no exception. The cover's meditative human mandala is a brilliant ocular ode to shifting visions of feminine pulchritude, and is worthy of the best framing job you can afford." --Byron Coley

Alvaro - Tongue LP (Bimbo Tower) [LPALVARTONG] $24.00
"The Chilean with the singing nose," legendary for the Drinking My Own Sperm LP (Squeaky Shoes 1977), combines Chilean traditional music, post-punk feeling and a little spirit of the European avant garde. Joining ALVARO (voice and Casio) are JENS VOLK (bass and voice) and GIORGOS NOTARAS (percussion and voice).

Anika - Anika LP (Stones Throw) [STH2261] $15.25
"Political Journalist" isn't a credential we usually have in musician's bios, but this is exactly what ANIKA was doing while living between Berlin and Bristol earlier this year when she met GEOFF BARROW. The producer was looking for a new singer to work with his band BEAK>, and it was immediately clear they shared the same musical vision, including a love of punk, dub and '60s girl groups. Just a week later Anika and Beak> (Barrow, BILLY FULLER and MATT WILLIAMS) went into the studio to begin recording material. The resulting album was recorded in twelve days, live, with the four together in one room. Dub with no overdubs. The collaboration is political, trashy, dub, punk, funk... a cohesive sound, and experience in uneasy listening. In the tradition of short-lived but deeply influential 99 Records and the NYC's '80s No Wave nexus, the nine songs on Anika run the gamut from experimental rock ("Yang Yang", "Officer Officer") to covers of folk ("Masters of War") and pop songs ("Terry", "I Go to Sleep"), while showcasing reverb-drenched ancient drum machine rhythms.

Anja Schneider - Pushin 12 inch (Mobilee) [MOBILEE072EP] $11.50
For the Pushin EP, Anja Schneider partnered up with Paul Brtschitsch, with whom she co-produced her debut LP Beyond The Valley in 2008. Famed for playing DJ sets that always come with a powerful bass and sexy groove, "Pushin" is the perfect production equivalent of Anja Schneider's club performances. The title track comes with a soulful vocal, while "Strong Way" is a female interpretation of the same track. "Don't Feel Anything" takes you on an eerie ride with whispered utterances.

Anthony 'Shake' Shakir - Frictionalism 1994-2009 Remixes Part 2/2 12 inch (Rush Hour) [RH110-R2EP] $12.25
Part 2 in the Anthony "Shake" Shakir Frictionalism 1994-2009 (RH 110CD) reissue series. MRSK and Skudge remix techno pioneer Shakir with two floor-fillers.

Anthony Selassie - Busy Body 7 inch (Digikiller) [DKR032EP] $6.25
"...historically under-recorded singer... Anthony Selassie's 'Busy Body', voiced on one of the best-ever digital cuts of the 'green bay' riddim."

Aril Brikha - Deeparture In Time: Revisited 2xLP (Art Of Vengeance) [AOV001LP] $24.00
2LP version.

Arsene Souffriau - ExpÄériences BIMES LP Box (Metaphon) [METAPHON002LP] $96.50
Hardboard linen LP box version, contains 3 LPs and a 20-page booklet with extensive background, photos and notes from A.S. (in Dutch, French and English). Edition of 200 copies.

Baobinga & Mensah/Baobinga & DVA - NSG/This One's Wavey 12 inch (Build) [BUILD004EP] $10.50
"The fourth release on Build, again mixing and matching the tempos and styles for maximum raving fun. Support from Skream, Plastician, Mistajam, Jackmaster, Mark Pritchard / Harmonic 313, Brackles, L-Vis & Bok Bok, 2562 and more."

Bart Davenport - Searching For Bart Davenport LP (Tapete) [TR194LP] $16.00
Bart Davenport releases an album of cover songs dear to his heart. Davenport grew up in California, devoured his hippie parents' vinyl collection, and learned to play guitar at 8 years old. He was the frontman for The Loved Ones and The Kinetics. His first solo album Bart Davenport came out in 2002. He has toured with Kings Of Convenience and opened for many of his heroes, including Arthur Lee, Robyn Hitchcock, Jonathan Richman and John Lee Hooker. His second solo album Game Preserve came out in 2003 and Maroon Cocoon followed in 2005. The absolutely brilliant Palaces came out in 2008. Bart is also the singer of Honeycut. One of California's coolest songwriter/performers, this is a totally fab collection of tracks. "At the turn of the century I found myself at a crossroads, transforming from axe-less frontman into solo voyager. I clearly was a singer already but I also wanted to write. I spent days, months, years cocooning, trying to become a songwriter. Time flew by, and eventually I re-emerged with a handful of decent tunes and lyrics. I've been fortunate to have so many friends around, musicos who've helped me record those little gems. I've performed on what feels like a thousand stages and often, out of pragmatism, I'm alone up there. Also, along the way, I've taken to performing the songs of my heroes. That these cover versions should fit so seamlessly into one of my sets could be seen as living proof of just how derivative my own music is. If that's true, I'm not bothered by it. In performance, I tend to forget which ones are mine and which ones are theirs. I forget where the songwriter ends and the singer begins. Or perhaps I've been trying subconsciously to reveal my influences for a long, long time." Searching For Bart Davenport is the musical chronicle of an artist seeking his soul with words from others made into his own. Songs by Broadcast, Kings Of Convenience, Caetano Veloso, Sandycoates, The Incredible String Band, Bridget St. John, Love/Arthur Lee, David Byrne, Bert Jansch, Jackson C. Frank, The Changes, and Gil Scott-Heron.

Bbq - My Way Home 12 inch (Cynosure) [CYN044EP] $11.50
Delivering some grooves inspired by the warmth of the summer, Brett Johnson and Mike Shannon come together to cook up some BBQ. "BBQ Bounce" features a playful Brett Johnson-style groove and a bubbling Mike Shannon-style lead synth that builds to a monster walking bass line drop. "My Way Home" is a house burner with the added sultry vocal stylings of Amsterdam's Coco Jones -- a perfect combo of the two producers' signature styles of mutated swing and razor-sharp synths.

Beaches - Eternal Sphere LP (Mexican Summer) [MEX063LP] $20.75
"Beaches are Antonia Sellbach (Love of Diagrams) on guitar and vocals, Alison Bolger (Panel of Judges) on guitar and vocals, Ali McCann on guitar and vocals, Gill Tucker (Spider Vomit) on bass and vocals and Karla Way on drums and vocals. The band's communal creative processes are collaborative and intuitive, a shared stream of consciousness and subconsciousness which allows each member's textural layers and sonic harmonics to emerge and merge into the whole. The stylistic shades reflect the shared musical loves of Beaches, from 1960s hit parades to 1970s psychedelia, shoegaze to prog, southern boogie to Krautrock. Two thick, clotted sides of heavy psychedelic, instrumental destructo rock, pupils completely dilated from sugar cubes the size of flash cubes. Rippin' up the surf and kickin' sand in your eyes, these three tracks are the most stunning examples in the genre we've heard in some time." Hand-numbered limited edition of 500 copies.

Ben Verse - Dark Star/Good Feeling 12 inch (Wheel & Deal) [WHEELY012EP] $10.50
"N Type presents two fresh cuts from the man otherwise known as the MC of drum & bass outfit Pendulum: Ben delivers a pair beastly rollers. Proper dubstep for the mind body and soul. Wdd atch you bass bins!"

Bfffth - Two Phases Of Emanation Of Light 2010 LP (Heard Worse) [HW07] $11.75
MARKOS ZOGRAFOS' complete composition for music and text contains a total of four phases; Heard Worse's LP contains the third and fourth. It's a noise drone work, made of slow building intensity, inspired by Xenakis, one in which "time stops [and e]verything disappears except for the sensation of infinity...."

Biglietto Per L'Inferno.Folk - Tra L'assurdo E La Ragione LP (Ams) [AMS043LP] $31.75
"Featuring original band members Pilly Cossa, Baffo Banfi, Mauro Gnecchi, and blessed by the approval and contributions of singer/lyricist/flautist Claudio Canali -- famous for having retired in a monastery, in strong contrast to the hateful verses he wrote when playing in the original Biglietto per l'Inferno line-up -- this release is far more than a simple collection of newly recorded old tracks: the band's classics have been re-arranged - therefore the suffix '.folk' has been added to the band's name. 180gr vinyl, triple gatefold sleeve! First 500 copies in white vinyl!"

Bon Homme - Bon Homme LP (Rent A Record Company/Motor Music) [BH002LP] $16.00
LP version.

Brackles & Shortstuff - Good Foundations 12 inch (Blunted Robots) [BLR005EP] $11.75
"Blunted Robots have done another record. If we say it's future garage, will you like it more? DJs showing love include Sinden, Mr Scruff, Jackmaster, Rob Da Bank, Hot Chip, Roska, and Toddla T."

Burial Hex - Bagirwa Hymn LP (Von Archives) [VON03] $24.25
A tribal funeral ode in the form of two dense, obscure messes, from one of the masters of the new mysticism. Edition of 300.

Buzzoven - At A Loss LP (Emetic) [LPBUZZOATA] $16.50
NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL!!! "BUZZOVEN has been cranking out drug-fueled, misanthropic sludge punk in various incarnations since their inception in 1990. Known almost as much for their out-of-control and sometimes violent live shows as they are for their music, the band carries on a tradition shared by such fellow troublemakers as Eyehategod and Antiseen."

Catalogue - Brussel Live LP (Metaphon) [BXLX] $38.50
"Highlights of their first 2 concerts in about 20 years, live in Brussels (2007-2008), shows the trio of Artman, Berrocal and Pauvros anarchistic, powerful and controversial as ever. LP with 1-sided fluo green bonus 7" (minimal rock & roll version of 'Be bop Ä~C Lula'), edition of 200 copies handnumbered and signed by Artman, Berrocal, Pauvros. ... after several years on tour in different galaxies the group returns on earth, notably in the region of Brussels." "Uncertain rockers, exacerbated freejazzmen, pranksters, Jean-FranÄ~C§ois Pauvros: guitarist, Jac Berrocal: trumpeter and vocalist, Gilbert Artman: drummer and pianist are a bit of everything, rock stomping, boring the avant garde, enraging the virtuosity. Trespassing the unbreakable with the surprises of clumsiness they reach a flamboyant music. It smells like sulphur, like a desperate laugh."

Chaim - U & Eye 12 inch (Bpitch Control) [BPC226EP] $11.50
Chaim Avital unlocks the club cosmos, moulds moods and sounds into a universal pop language and seduces you with enchanting grooves. This first single from his debut album fills the listener with euphoric longing. "U & Eye" features the voice of Meital De Razon and takes the home-listener on a cinematic trip through a pair of headphones. The melody carries you away and burrows deeper into your mind with every bar.

Chora - Slates LP (Sergent Massacre) [LPCHORASLAT] $24.00
First vinyl outing for Peckham-based trio-BEN MORRIS, ROB LYE and CHRIS BOYD-who use a revolving approach to composing, improvising and recording, with sounds moving between shingled, skeletal percussion and kitchen-sink Gamelan to electronic attack and ecstatic vocalization.

Christoph Heemann - The Rings Of Saturn LP (Robot) [ROBOT040LP] $23.00
"Originally only available as an artist-released CD, The Rings Of Saturn spans a lengthy narrative of music prepared over the years 1997-2008. Infusing early field recordings along with recently completed studio compositions, this new album of 'cinema pour l'oreille' (cinema for the ear) transports the listener to discrete locations that evoke rich memories and sympathetic recollections. This remastered vinyl edition is pressed on clear wax in a beautiful, full-color jacket. Available initially during the recent Christoph Heemann US Tour (October 2010), The Rings Of Saturn is one of Heemann's finest and most anticipated new solo works."

Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett - Beat Dimensions Vol. 2 7 inch (Rush Hour) [RH109EP] $7.25
Originally released by Rush Hour in 2009. Dutch beat-masters Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett present a 7" on red vinyl in their Beat Dimensions Vol. 2 series. Low Limit (Lazer Sword) and Busy push it elsewhere, shrink the format and bump your speakers.

Cleared - Cleared LP (Immune) [IMMUNE014LP] $15.75
"Cleared is the Chicago duo of Steven Hess and Michael Vallera. Cleared was formed in the latter part of 2009 as a project meant to focus on repetition and patience as central elements of composition. Hess and Vallera have previously worked in various contexts of improvisational, long form and experimental music. Cleared is an effort to take the knowledge both have gained from these arenas in order to build hypnotic patterns of sound and rhythm. The sessions that created the material for the initial tracks were made in Steven Hess's Chicago studio in an extremely straightforward manner of recording. Percussion, electronics, field recordings and other experiments were arranged and supplemented with synthesis and guitar. Frequently, parts of the original audio recordings were sampled and further manipulated back into the work. The result is a body of songs that are simultaneously familiar and indistinguishable in their instrumentation."

COH - IIRON 2xLP (Editions Mego) [EMEGO114LP] $23.25
It would be too easy to simply call IIRON the COH metal album, as it goes way beyond that. True, this album of classic Ivan Pavlov stompers contains more than its fair share of guitars both acoustic and electric, yet it still maintains that sense of power and purpose through electronic music which stands out as the COH "raison d'Ä~Cªtre." Coming 11 years after IRON (Wavetrap, 2000), which also tackled the sound of rock with alarming results, the new album features not only recent guitar tracks recorded at Music Research Centre at York University, but also recordings made during Soviet-era Russia, which refer to Pavlov's underground music activities in the early '80s when making or even consuming of "metal music" was forbidden. IIRON is a powerful, well-executed electronic rock record, with just a dash a humor to keep it from becoming pompous, as so much of that kind of music can be sometimes. Packaged in a 4-panel digipack for CD, and lavish gatefold for the vinyl, with stunning artwork by Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))). Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, November 29th, 2010. HAIL TO WORLD PEACE AND DEATH TO FALSE METAL. In memoriam: Satoshi Kon and Peter Christopherson.

Compound One - Pum Pum/Back Off 12 inch (Compound One) [CMP008EP] $11.00
"The eighth release on their self-titled label sees Compound One step out of the darkened lab to take time out from their usual techy experiments and head straight for the rave... A hugely diverse release that has been played across the board by DJs such as Mista Jam, MJ Cole and Brendon Moeller. As featured by Zero T on his recent Fabric Live 52 mix, Pum Pum Beat gets its peculiar name from the rhythm of the kicks and snares rather than what people seem to think! The highly swung beats and quirky percussion form a backbone for a bassline that is hard to resist. Emotional Detroit style stabs complete the picture and the breakdown will have your hands in the air! Carrying on with the emo vibes of this release, 'Back Off' sees the duo go right back to their roots with an early UK 2step garage inspired number. Trademark Qualifide vocal cut ups and fractured breakbeats come together to form the groove. Once again, the breakdown is pure hands in the air."

Cyclobe - Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window LP (Phantom Code) [NAOS001LP] $19.00
This is the long-anticipated third album by Cyclobe. Essentially a duo comprised of Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower, Cyclobe have created a thrilling and compelling collection of music, which moves effortlessly from realms of cavernous cacophony to moments of blissful delicacy. The first new Cyclobe music to surface since their "death-concrÄéte" missile Paraparaparallelogrammatica (an album made in collaboration with Nurse With Wound), Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window showcases major new developments, with contributions from Thighpaulsandra (synthesizer/piano), John Contreras (cello) Cliff Stapleton (hurdy-gurdy), and Michael J. York (duduk/pipes). Together, they've created an immersive pan-psychedelic dream warren, rich in detail and surprise. Album opener "How Acla Disappeared From Earth" rides on celestial waves of shimmering synthesizers and vocals, with York's duduk providing rhapsodic arabesques. The album's longest piece, "The Woods Are Alive With The Smell Of His Coming" (which was premiered in the United Kingdom at The Tate Gallery St. Ives, as a part of the exhibition "The Dark Monarch: Magick and Modernity In British Art") is a 17-minute pagan opus which fully manifests Cyclobe's flair for endless invention, developing from a subtly-shifting percussive motif, through multiple layers and dizzying cello crescendos, into a truly disorientating sonic invocation. Side two commences with "We'll Witness The Resurrection Of Dead Butterflies (Three Moons)," in which Stapleton's hurdy-gurdy transmutes into a keening blizzard of sound. The haunting "Sleeper," with its clustered piano chords and Brown's beautiful, disembodied vocals, evokes an elegant otherworldliness that's finally overwhelmed by the monstrous electronic paroxysm of "Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window," concluding the album on surges of rapturous cosmic convulsion. Wounded Galaxies' front cover features stunning artwork by the renowned American artist Fred Tomaselli, whose work has been exhibited at the Whitney and MoMA. Thrower and Brown are well-known for their work in the legendary group Coil (Thrower played on the band's seminal 1980s/early 1990s releases, while Brown was involved in their 21st century studio and live incarnations). Among other recent credits, Thrower plays in Unicazürn and the improvising group The Amal Gamal Ensemble, while Brown appears on Current 93's recent, highly-acclaimed album Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain. Cyclobe's unique and complex sound-world has been developing and mutating ever since their debut album released in 1999 Luminous Darkness and its unearthly successor The Visitors. With Wounded Galaxies, the group has not only produced their finest and most ambitious work to date, they've created an album which can stand tall with the year's most innovative and exciting releases.

C_utter/Dead Peni - Split LP (Blossoming Noise) [BN077LP] $17.25
"Collaborative split LP. This is a cooperative release from Knife Cult (Spain), Editions Zero (Greece), HCB (Israel), & Blossoming Noise (USA) 2010." Limited edition.

D'eon - Palinopsia 12 inch (Hippos In Tanks) [004HIT] $11.75
"Montreal's exotic digi-funk wizard, D'EON is the latest artist to escape from HIT's vortex of future-vintage pop greats. As if from nowhere, his debut album Palinsopia presents a fully formed package that's hard to ignore, injecting R&B, breakbeat hardcore, and electrosoul with sublime doses of psychedelic raga drones and a devotional pop spirit, subsequently sounding quite like nobody else we can think of."

Dapayk Solo - Schwarz & Kaden Remixes 12 inch (Mo's Ferry) [MFP053EP] $11.50
Mathias Kaden and Henrik Schwarz remix their favorite tracks from Dapayk's Decade One (2000-2010) album. Kaden's remix of "All Eyes On You" seems to be aware of the efficiency of his loop, giving it time to develop without leaving people waiting for the drop longer than necessary. Schwarz's remix of "Back To Me" enriches the track with his saxophone variation. In addition to the original instruments, he uses a weird needle-scratch kind of sound to play the solo passages.

Darkstar - Gold 12 inch (Hyperdub) [HDB043EP] $12.25
"Gold is the new single from Darkstar's highly anticipated debut album North. In contrast to last year's very popular Aidy's Girl Is A Computer 12", Gold is indicative of Darkstar's current direction as a three piece group."

David Alvarado & Luca Bacchetti - Remix EP 12 inch (Ovum) [OVM212EP] $10.75
Ovum brings you updates of two seminal releases from David Alvarado and Luca Bacchetti. On the A-side, Alvarado gives us his interpretation of Bacchetti's 2008 Ovum debut "El Matador," a deep tribal journey that will take you to another place. On the B-side, Luca really puts his stamp on Alvarado's classic "Klugha," transforming this into a chunky house monster, adding a vocal sample and taking elements of the original and making it his own. Two incredible remixes.

David August - Peace Of Conscience EP 12 inch (Diynamic) [DIYNAMIC045EP] $11.50
David August made his Diynamic debut with the fantastic Instant Harmony EP. Now a treasured member of the Diynamic family, and master of ceremonies with his residency at the label's club night, David presents his next release on the imprint, the incredible Peace Of Conscience EP. Four choice cuts of seriously uplifting house music, that while wonderfully melodic, all contain a raw, biting and unique edge that will see them easily stand out amongst the crowd.

David Labeij & Onno - Heart Street 12 inch (Remote Area) [REMOTE031EP] $11.50
David Labeij and ONNO are two talents who've joined creative forces for the first time ever. With their studios only 2 minutes away from each other, they've been up and down the Hartenstraat (Heart St.) in Amsterdam to perfect this EP. Labeij is internationally-recognized as one-half of Polder but his solo productions have caused a huge stir soaring between hypnotic deep house and delicate techno. ONNO has received full support from the likes of Dubfire and has performed at many club hotspots.

Dead Ghosts - Dead Ghosts LP (Florida's Dying) [FDR34] $14.25
This is the first proper LP from Vancouver's DEAD GHOSTS, following a live tape turned 12-inch and a string of sold out 7-inches, and these kids knock the ball clear out of the park. A thirteen-song non-stop hit parade of jangly lo-fi garage rock bashers, with some doo wop prom breaks, country & western twangy lead work, and shuffling rhythms to get the kids shinglin and shakin. The perfect soundtrack to a sweaty basement dance party. Album also comes with a digital download code.

Dels - Trumpalump 12 inch (Big Dada) [BD168EP] $12.25
"Hand-sprayed and numbered sleeves -- only 300 available worldwide! The second single from his forthcoming debut album finds Kieren Dickins aka DELS collaborating once again with Hot Chip's Joe Goddard on a tune which throws all the rules about the correct structuring of a classic pop song out of the window, drags them back in through the backdoor and makes of them one of the most beautiful, funny and compelling rap records you've heard in a good old while."

Delta Funktionen - Setup Two: Fusion 12 inch (Ann Aimee) [ANN013EP] $12.25
Darker and more sinister than all his releases before. Beats getting tighter and rougher, there's no chance to escape. Welcome to the world of Delta Funktionen. This second part of his Setup EPs brings three times dark, heavy, soaking techno tracks, with the otherworldly track "Conflict Data" closing the Setup.

Deputies Of Love - 1517/Suicide Is Painless 12 inch (Deputies Of Love) [DOL002EP] $11.50
Deputies Of Love release their second EP! This time, the mysterious Deputies present a funky remix of The Whitest Boy Alive's wonderful "1517." On the flip side, they travel back in time to the '70s with a nice remix of the theme song from all-time favorite U.S. movie and TV-series M*A*S*H.

Dia - Make A Move EP 12 inch (Vinyl Did It) [VDI007EP] $11.50
Brand new release from Vinyl Did It label boss Dia. Dancefloor-oriented house at its best.

Digital Mystikz - Urban Ethics 3x12 inch (Dmz) [DMZ002LP] $32.25
Absolutely immense new release from sub bass heaven's leading name. Seven tracks of prime dubstep ruffage produced, arranged and mixed this time around by Coki, with co-production by Smurks on "Intergalactic." Trademark Mystikz style throughout: smoked head-nod action driven by mutated interlocking polyrhythms, creeping digi-flutter and atomic bass weight. Enormous, essential, unstoppable. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed within a full-color gatefold sleeve.

Discodeine - Synchronize (feat. Jarvis Cocker) 12 inch (DFA) [DFA2270] $10.00
Brit pop legend JARVIS COCKER has joined creative forces with two of the most exciting and innovative French producera-PENTILE and PILOOSKI, both collectively known as DISCODEINE-and created the much buzzed about dance track of 2010. Discodeine, the brainchild born from these two critically acclaimed producers, are one of the most anticipated musical duo's to grace our consciousness in recent years. Having discovered a mutual love for sci-fi movies, avant-garde electro and South Western French cuisine, the duo soon discovered they had an undeniable chemistry in the studio and quickly started churning out killer remixes for the likes of Metronomy, Whomadewho, Bot'ox, Photonz, Yelle. Earlier this year, the duo decided to write and record their debut album, consisting of only original material, written from scratch and including an honorable handful of yet-to-be-announced guest vocalists to be featured on some of the tracks coming next year. Right off the bat, "Synchronize" is the first single from their highly anticipated forthcoming full-length, due early next year. Watch out for the exclusive new video for "Synchronize," starring Jarvis-soon to be unveiled next month.

DJ Lengua - Cruzando 12 inch (Unicornio) [LPDJLECRUZ] $7.50
Discos Unicornio is proud to release the second 7-song 12-inch EP from Los Angeles-based visual artist and musician DJ LENGUA. An incredible sophomore effort from his now sold-out self-titled EP. With Cruzando, once again Lengua "crosses-over" the rhythms and sounds of the Latina American landscape. Through a dense concoction of electro-cumbias, boleros, and banda, DJ Lengua manages to evoke a fusion of sounds that are in a class of their own. Songs include: "La Jungla," "Perdido," "Dejame En Paz," and the cumbia monster "SAMPU." Limited vinyl pressing release only. Album art by JULIO CESAR MORALES.

DJ Vadim - Terrorist Remixes 12 inch (Ninja Tune) [ZEN12276EP] $10.50
"As part of the ongoing celebrations of Ninja Tune's 20th anniversary, we decided to commission some remixes of one of the label's most iconic recordings. DJ Vadim's 'The Terrorist' was one of the standout tracks from his 1999 album USSR: Life From The Other Side, -- the LP that perfectly embodied his singular vision of hip-hop. Featuring crisp, addictive drums, the charismatic, threatening voice of Motion Man, and one almighty bass-line, it quickly became one of the album's (and the label's) all-time classics. 'The Terrorist' has been treated to two roaring, infectious drum n bass remixes by MIR Crew, and Zane Lowe favourites The Prototypes. These are released on ltd. edition, heavyweight 12" vinyl, which come in a black disco bag with a Ninja Tune XX sticker and download codes for high-quality MP3s."

Dro Carey - Venus Knock 12 inch (The Trilogy Tapes) [TTT002EP] $18.50
"Four tracker from Dro Carey, a high school student from Sydney. Unusual beat maker. On Will Bankead's label, The Trilogy Tapes. Mastered and cut by CGB at D&M. Limited edition of 200 in hand-stamped sleeve."

Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer - Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer LP (Magazine) [MAGAZINE003LP] $14.75
Founded in Cologne the early 1980s, the anarchistic formation Drums Off Chaos has continued uninterrupted to the present day. The collective of Jaki Liebezeit, Reiner Linke, Maf Retter, Manos Tsangaris and others make music centered on dynamic but still very precise rhythmic codes using carefully-selected sounds and patterns on self-constructed drums. Previously, the group considered the shared and nonrecurring experience of playing live more important than getting the music recorded. The latest release, however, is the result of a collaboration with Cologne-based musician Jens-Uwe Beyer (Popnoname). Thus, the Drums Off Chaos sound is available on record for the first time after almost 30 years (aside from an experimental singer collaboration available as a very limited CD mailorder release). Beyer -- from a generation that grew up with Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project rather than with Can -- opens the record with the beat of a gong adding irradiant sounds and elements of soft rhythms, which over time interweave seamlessly with the energetic drum sound. The slowly floating melodies and punctuated bass of Beyer convey an almost monastic intensity which underpins and reinforces the exacting rhythm of the drums. This uncommon and multi-generational clash of musicians results in peerless music that defies classification and comparison, as effects never before heard on record materialize for the first time.

Ducktails/Rangers - Bored Fortress 7 inch (Not Not Fun) [NNF203EP] $6.75
"Ridgewood, New Jersey's patron saint of palm tree listening takes a break from the real estate market to strum out a couple summer sunset polaroid instrumentals. Rangers serves up a similarly faded slice of TV bumper music, 'The Bride Of Marin,' that surfs down from the clouds on a rainbow-trailed wave of phasered guitar licks. Sleeve art by Spencer Longo."

Duo505 - Walzer Oder Nicht LP (Morr Music) [MORR103LP] $16.00
This is the third album by Bernhard Fleischmann and Herbert Weixelbaum aka Duo505. Forget about lyrics to convey feelings or moods: it's all in the music, in the melodies and harmonies. After all, these tracks don't need words to say a whole lot. The same is true of their genesis: Bernhard Fleischmann and Herbert Weixelbaum hardly discussed any ideas or musical concepts while in the studio. Instead, these tracks simply emerged while they were playing together; the melodies grew out of a wordless conversation, an exchange of sounds and notes. This newfound collaborative spirit lies at the heart of Walzer Oder Nicht: the various tracks and layers intertwine and complement each other on a whole new level. That's how a song like "No Mail" came about, a track whose inner logic and intricate composition manages to captivate the listener entirely. Yet, it's not just the interlocking density that's new, as Duo505 present a whole new set of arrangements: above all, Fleischmann and Weixelbaum added guitars to the mix, which in turn means that the Roland MC-505 is no longer the predominant element of their sound. Case in point: On the opening track "Facing It 2010," a re-recording of a song they wrote for their debut full-length Late (MORR 046CD/LP), they hardly use electronic elements at all. This, however, doesn't affect the fundamental nature of Duo505's music: Walzer Oder Nicht ultimately shows that their tracks work both as acoustic and electronic versions. These recordings are somewhat reminiscent of The Velvet Underground (at their catchiest), of Yo La Tengo's sense of melody, or the kind of ballads Brian Eno or Zach Condon are known for. Make no mistake: even though Walzer Oder Nicht certainly has its noisier moments, some Tall Dwarfs-style clank and clatter even, this album is even more thoughtful, quiet and warm-hearted than its predecessors. Walzer Oder Nicht is an album that evokes child-like enthusiasm, ease, swing, and elegance.

Durian Brothers, The - Cuts EP 12 inch (Diskant) [DISKANT003EP] $15.50
"African drumming inspired rhythm tracks with subtle & house/techno compatible atmosphere."

Efeel - Do What You Do 12 inch (International Feel) [EFEEL004EP] $11.50
Here's the next installment of International Feel's Edit series. Although is it an edit -- can you spot the samples and who actually did it (if indeed it is an edit)? Limited edition run of 500 copies pressed on clear vinyl.

Ekoplekz - Stalag Zero/Distended Dub 12 inch (Punch Drunk) [DRUNK020EP] $11.75
"300 hand-numbered copies for the world, each sheathed in individually hand-painted sleeves. No repress, means no repress. Punch Drunk, Bristol's esteemed electronic music imprint, celebrates its 20th release with a strictly limited edition 12" single. This double A-side is also the official debut release by shadowy Bristol-based experimental electronic musician Ekoplekz. As such, it represents something of a departure for the label, for here is an artist who shuns modern digital production techniques in favour of primitive analogue devices, lo-fi cassette recorders and a spontaneous, improvised approach to composition. Taking inspiration from 'Radiophonic' soundtracks, early dub reggae, Krautrock and post-punk D.I.Y. experimenters like Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Robert Rental, Ekoplekz is intent on introducing a new generation to the kind of raw eruptions of sound that first gave birth to the UK's electronic underground over 30 years ago."

Elephant Micah - Plays The Songs Of Bible Birds LP (Time-lag Records) [TLR047LP] $22.25
"Finally available on vinyl. Packaged in a lovely three-color, screen-printed heavy stock tri-fold art paper cover, with heavy stock offset printed lyric insert. Limited edition of 500 copies. We'll let Joe himself shed a little light here: 'touring the East Coast in 2003, someone asked, 'you're from Indiana - have you ever heard of the Bible Bird man?' I hadn't, so I did some research. His video had already been stolen from the library at Earlham College, but I stole it back and returned it. I began to imagine what the musical equivalent of his evangelical bird act might sound like. I wrote a song about the Bird Man, thinking of releasing it as a 're-issue' of a central Indiana country-gospel group that had never existed - the Bible Birds. Then I thought maybe I would do an Elephant Micah album of covers originally written by this (non-existent) Bible Birds band. In the end of course the concept kind of dissipated and it just became an Elephant Micah album. I recruited Beth Remis from Static Films (and more recently Pillars And Tongues) to help arrange/sing harmonies for the songs, and generally bring them up to pseudo-gospel snuff. We played the songs around the upper midwest once with Ben Racher on a portable pump organ and Jason Henn on upright bass. All of us got together in Indianapolis in 2006 and recorded this. I drove everyone crazy with my insistence on weird recording methods. I think i was kind of trying to approximate the timbres of the hymn sing broadcast on Salem, Indiana's WSLM. Who knows? I was critical of the results and didn't finalize them for several years. Here it is finally, a kind of 'prequel' companion to the Hindu Windmills (Time-Lag 035) album.' -- Joe O'Connell 2010. So there you have it. An overlooked chapter from this wonderful artist finally seeing the light of day, and a perfect companion piece to the highly praised Hindu Windmills album. Both albums are clearly united by their warm, lo-fi intimacy, sparse production, and stunning song-craft. Strikingly simple & beautiful stuff."

Elton John - The Covers Record LP+CD (Lilith) [LR322LP] $25.50
"Back in the days when full-length LPs were still considered a luxury item, record labels devised a way to get people to buy them: hire an unknown singer to do a full-length album's worth of cover versions of all the latest hits. People bought these albums because it was an affordable way to amass a collection of the latest hits, and cheaper than buying the original singles. In the late sixties Elton John was one of these 'unknown singers' and although the cover albums did not afford him with much creative room (given that by contract he was not allowed to reinterpret any of the covers), they did pay the rent. An interesting glimpse at Elton before he became a pop star...who knows if his mastery of the pop song is not in some small way owed to this early apprenticeship inside the belly of the beast. Includes 'Lady D'Arbanville' (Cat Stevens), 'Cottonfields' (Beach Boys), 'I'm A Natural Sinner' (Fair Weather), 'Travelin' Band' (Creedence Clearwater Revival), 'It's All In The Game' (Four Tops), 'Signed Sealed Delivered' (Stevie Wonder), 'Spirit In The Sky (Norman Greenbaum), and more!"

Emptyset (FEAT. Cornelius Harris) - Altogether Lost 12 inch (CLR) [CLR042EP] $12.25
Altogether Lost is a collaboration between the Bristol-based experimental techno duo Emptyset and the Detroit vocalist Cornelius Harris aka Atlantis from Underground Resistance. The project marks their first-ever joint production and is backed up by a creative label partnership between Multiverse and CLR, who will release different versions of remixes of the original in a mutual promotion and release approach. CLR starts this series with the release of the stunning original and a slamming remix by Chris Liebing.

Enemy Earth - Bardo LP (Eat Concrete) [EAT021LP] $16.00
After the sold-out success of their debut album, Enemy Earth returns to Eat Concrete with Bardo, their second full-length release for the label. This album continues where the previous Interstellar Commute ended, taking their psychedelic sound to a much deeper and emotive level by using live piano, guitar and bass with layers of effects and lo-fi sampling. It offers eight songs with recurring themes and instruments, all mixed into two big sessions, each filling one side of the LP. The result is very obscure yet beautiful and enigmatic, sounding like a '70s psych-rock/ambient jam session where Bibio, Fripp and Eno all play along to Buddhist chants and drums. Bardo is a journey into the unknown, or, as the artists themselves describe: "for a state of mind or transition in or from one's life." This is the kind of record you won't find very often and with their mind-bending and authentic sound, Enemy Earth establishes themselves as a favorite in the ever-growing Eat Concrete roster. Limited edition vinyl release with inlay.

Faust - Something Dirty LP (Bureau B) [BB065LP] $16.00
Faust has been around for over 40 years. Since 2007, the line-up of the Krautrock legends has comprised founding members Jean-HervÄé Peron and Zappi Diermaier, the English musician James Johnston, founder of the brutish blues rockers Gallon Drunk and long-standing member of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, plus the English painter, filmmaker, author and musician Geraldine Swayne. On Something Dirty, the creativity and musical ideas of these four personalities coalesce into a perfect symbiosis of sound. It is at once hypnotic, repetitive, melodic, exhilarating, psychedelic, menacing, Dadaist and ethereal. Johnston's guitar saws its way through Diermaier's archaic beats, harmonically enriched by Peron's powerful bass and Swayne's psychedelic keyboards. Time and again, Faust revisits their avant-garde roots, experimenting with voices and unusual instruments. (A flamethrower and goat hooves can be detected in their arsenal of sonic sources.) Best of all, however, Faust have succeeded in reproducing the raw energy and roughness of their live performances on Something Dirty. Breathtaking stuff! "There is no group more mythical than Faust." Thus wrote English musician and eccentric Julian Cope. Which says it all really, neither the habitus nor the music of the six-piece Hamburg group was easy to grasp. While some lauded Faust as the best thing that ever happened to rock, others dismissed them as shameless dilettantes. Their collage of Dadaism, avant-garde rock and free improvisation radically divided opinion. When the first LP was unleashed on the world in 1971, Faust were very much the prophet in his own land, as the saying goes: few were interested in listening to their music -- in Germany. Not so across the Channel: this is where Faust's career really kick-started. These monoliths of avant-garde rock sold 100,000 copies of their album The Faust Tapes. Exactly 40 years after their debut, Faust has come up with another archetypical album: inspiring, innovative, unpredictable, anarchic and Faustian.~@¨Something Dirty is a definitive milestone in the long history of this world-famous musical institution from Hamburg.

Freak Seven (feat. Aniff) - Nano Kids/Feel 12 inch (Rush Hour) [RH032EP] $12.25
Rush Hour presents two tracks from Freak Seven, in both vox versions and instrumental versions.

Frivolous - Meteorology 2x12 inch (Cadenza) [CADENZA060LP] $24.00
This is the first full-length release on Cadenza from Canada's Frivolous (Daniel Gardner). To Frivolous, dance music is about living life to the full, about acting out all possible human emotions in the eccentric, sweaty arena of a club. Gardner's tracks engage the crowds with grooves bursting with life and startling, eerie atmospheres. Exotic samples arranged into improbable yet emotionally-charged sound-scapes create a very special Frivolous experience: the sounds of a primeval forest encounter a dignified, aristocratic piano, a beautiful Russian waltz gets twisted into an overturning house groove. Romance turning into contempt, one's home becoming alien and strange, Metereology deals with the experience of emotional extremes. Focusing strongly on the rhythmic sides of things, this album is denser than its predecessors. The grooves have an enhanced inertia. Short melodic sequences create sustainable loops superseding elaborate forms on top. Frivolous merges his seminal genre-bending qualities and jazzy intricacy into grooves that push the house sound as far into the experimental realm as physically possible. The sonic arrangements are fused into one immersive idea that engages dancers completely. With these sonic landscapes, one is never quite sure which objects exist in their immediate environment and which objects are super-imposed. The sounds become a reality of their own, creating imaginary spaces. In an experience as exciting as uncanny, everyone on the dancefloor realizes that the other, sonically-projected environment is more real than anything else. The album represents a journey with different emotional chapters: disappointment, depression, relief, excitement and exuberance for life. The eleven tracks span the spectrum of existential extremes and all the subtleties of emotional dissonance that exist between them. There is a mystical, idealistic side to Metereology, yet there is the isolated, angry, frightened side to it as well. The songs explore the whole range of experience from devoted love to detached solitude, from social commitment to radical autarchy. These contradictions separate the music from obliging escapism in order to express a significant human experience.

Gaiser - Unstable Static 12 inch (Minus) [MINUS094EP] $10.75
Following Gaiser's recent digital-only productions, M_nus decided to create a special vinyl release featuring the two stand-out tracks from both EPs. "Static Level" is a trip into the insanity of late-night repetition. From as early as the first full listen, it's obvious that Gaiser is the master of the subtle build; patiently modulating sounds and grooves so fluidly, it's difficult to truly know when one phase has began, and another has ended.

Gamits - Parts LP (Paper + Plastick / Suburban Home) [PP070] $13.50
NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL!!! When THE GAMITS disbanded in 2004, they went out on top. At a sold out show in Denver, CO, they bid farewell to the city, the fans, old tunes, and new classics from their second full-length entitled Antidote. Over the 10-year life-span of the band, their music had matured from a pop punk band to that of a melodic rock trio that drew from varied influences with intricate guitar work, thoughtful lyrics, and beautifully simple song structure. In 2009, it all started over with a phone call from Japan. The country that once embraced The Gamits wanted a reunion tour. With the idea planted firmly in frontman CHRIS FOGAL's mind, he called SCOTT WEIGEL and FORREST BARTOSH to pick up the bass and drum duties and take a nice paid vacation to Tokyo. But the idea grew from a simple reunion tour into a brand new album. Parts was completed in July at Fogal's Black In Bluhm studio in Denver. This album is the next step forward for a band who may not have played together for a while, but must have been listening. The foundation of melodic rock is still the same, but this time taking on more of an edge. Vocally, the album is a departure from Fogal's sticky sweet tone of the past, and walks toward a gruffness reminiscent of Blake from Jawbreaker or Eric from Dillinger Four. All the hooks are there, but they still leave room for texture through time changes and hard rock beats. Parts is the logical next step for a band that every Gamits fan loves and everyone else hasn't heard yet.

Gang Gang Dance - Kamakura LP (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT016LP] $16.00
LP version.

Garnett Silk - Every Knee Shall Bow 7 inch (Digikiller) [DKR033EP] $6.25
"Garnett Silk's 'Every Knee Shall Bow.' Over ten years from his start, Garnett was back working right where he began, with Rythem Track. Originally released posthumously in 1997 on Callo's offshoot 2-Hyped label, this is one of Silk's best ever, a high-water mark for both him and the producer, a shining example of the indelible legacies of both."

Gibson Bros. - Build A Raft 2xLP (Columbus Discount) [CDR062] $21.00
The legendary GIBSON BROS. need no introduction. "COUNTRY" JEFF EVANS, DON HOWLAND, ELLEN HOOVER and DAN DOW put the flag on top of the whole "twisted versions of obscure country and blues songs" hill. What we have in this Build A Raft double-LP is a reissue of the earliest of the Gibson Bros recordings. The first LP is a meticulous master for vinyl that follows the original Old Age/No Age cassette format. It consists of a studio side that was recorded many long years ago in the village of Harrisburg by MIKE REP and TOMMY JAY, and a live side that features material recorded in '85 at Bernie's as well as excerpts from a grade school Rock'n Roll assembly at Avondale Elementary. The second LP is made up of six bonus songs from the Harrisburg sessions, three of which were released on their rare first 7-inch on the band's own OKra records, the other ones were unreleased until now. Put all of this together you get the definitive picture of the Gibsons pre-Homestead / SFTRI / Siltbreeze / ITR career! This is where their long and storied journey began... legendary stuff we're peddlin' here. Gatefold includes some never before seen pictures of the Avondale Elementary performance. Both were LPs mastered for vinyl by JOHN HULL at Musicol recording on his '44 Scully lathe.

Gnod/Robedoor - Bored Fortress 7 inch (Not Not Fun) [NNF202EP] $6.75
"Manchester's choicest chain gang lumber through the mildewed concrete of some abandoned-bomb-shelter-turned-hippie-commune, spewing molten wah and echo-vocal polemics. Turn off, dig in. The B sees LA drone thugs Robedoor pitching Molotov cocktails of pure wraith blood through stained glass windows. Sleeve art by Zully Adler."

Gowentgone - Walk With Us EP 12 inch (Vidab) [VIDAB013EP] $11.50
Gowentgone presents their third release on Vidab. The Walk With Us EP is another deep statement of Gowentgone's passion for house music and techno. "Strange Light" focuses on a central rim-theme that is embedded in a wall of layers. "Move Of The Day" is a dynamic and simple mover that draws you deep into a tooly and mechanic sound. "Burning Flowers" is the pair's interpretation of house that morphs pleasingly into a spacey chill-out zone.

Gowns - Broken Bones LP (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT019LP] $16.00
LP version.

Grant Green - Shades Of Green LP (Blue Note) [BST84413LP] $11.00
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1971. Featuring Emmanuel Riggins (electric piano & clavinet), Billy Wooten (vibes), Wilton Felder (fender bass), Nesbert "Stix" Hooper (drums) and King Errison (percussionist). Songs include James Brown's "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing, Open Up The Door I'll Get It Myself" and "Cold Sweat" and Stevie Wonder's "If You Really Love Me."

Greymachine - Disconnected 2xLP (Sige) [SIGE002LP] $23.50
"Much has already been said about the long and illustrious career of Greymachine mastermind Justin K. Broadrick, but little of it can actually describe the extent of his impact on listeners of his music in the many forms it has taken. As an integral, founding or sole member of such bands and projects as Godflesh, Final, Jesu, Napalm Death, Techno Animal, Ice, etc. Broadrick has managed not only to expand upon the boundaries of industrial, ambient, metal, and hip hop, but practically reinvented the genres all together. With help from fellow travelers such as Aaron Turner (ISIS, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer, etc), Dave Cochrane (Head Of David, Jesu, Transitional) and Diarmuid Dalton (Jesu, Final), Broadrick has yet again smashed the barriers between often segregated musical realms, combined elements of harsh industrial noise, hypnotic metallic riffing, and the most unsettling aspects of modern dub to create something entirely unclassifiable. While the aforementioned mix of styles might give the impreesion of a scattered pastiche of sounds, Disconnected is anything but -- an album comprised of distinct chapters dynamic and complete in their execution, when combined forming a dark enveloping monolith of sound. Originally released by Hydra Head Records on CD in 2009, the 2xLP version is now finally available for the first time via SIGE records. Housed in deluxe silkscreened covers with revamped artwork by band member Aaron Turner, Disconnected can now be 'enjoyed' in the superior format of the vinyl format. Limited to 500 copies."

Guided By Voices - Live In Daytron? Go 3xLP (Rockathon) [ROCK010] $39.75
A special limited edition GUIDED BY VOICES live release! Forty-three classic cuts running two hours. Professionally recorded with a split mic set-up and mixed live on site in a truck outside the venue circa 2001. SOUNDS INCREDIBLE. B Seitz APPROVES! Pressed on three colored vinyl LPs and packaged in triple-gatefold sleeves with free digital download.

Guy Gerber - Time For A Change 12 inch (Supplement Facts) [SFR025EP] $11.50
Guy Gerber teams up with an all-star line-up of fantastic friends to bring Supplement Facts' 25th release to the dancefloor -- a collaborative work featuring the likes of dOP, Ryan Crosson, Varoslav, Guti & Greg Paulus. The title track takes charge with an almost marching tone while "The Fire Within" is a hypnotic, 12-minute soundscape of brass band-style swells that will make you dance in a frenzy of forgetfulness.

H.O.S.H. - Connecting The Dots 2xLP (Diynamic) [DIYNAMIC005LP] $19.00
2LP version. Diynamic man, producer and planet-spanning DJ, H.O.S.H. aka German Holger Behn -- serves up his debut full-length Connecting The Dots for the Hamburg-based imprint. This is an album made up of ten dancefloor cuts which all exhibit a trademark Diynamic musicality, hinting at H.O.S.H.'s influences and simultaneously marking out a path into the future of underground house music. These are not just a selection of ten mindless cuts -- far from it. Instead, H.O.S.H. breathes new life into the dancefloor by taking inspiration from the past and taking it very much into the future. Furthermore, this album is stuffed with all the idiosyncrasies and seductive sonic motifs you would expect from someone of H.O.S.H.'s ability. An accomplished and assured debut, Connecting The Dots is likely to attract much attention from fans old and new alike.

Harmonious Thelonious - Mokambo EP 12 inch (Diskant) [DISKANT004EP] $18.25
"2nd EP from the Talking album; raw, dynamic, african drumming inspired rhythm tracks."

Hatcha & Lost - Workout/Dark Corners 12 inch (One Gun Salute) [OGS002EP] $9.25
A heavy dubplate from Tempa's Dubstep Allstars DJ Hatcha with Lost.

Hatcha & Lost - Why So Serious/Next 2 String 12 inch (One Gun Salute) [OGS002P2-EP] $9.25
"Why So Serious" repeats a ridiculous sample of the title and the rhythm sounds like it's systemically kicking lemmings off a cliff. The flip starts off with some epic synth lead like it's opening for a Michael Bay movie trailer, except the sick wobble is sharp enough to skin the gut off a beached Val Kilmer. Bro-step of the highest caliber, exceptional for all non-bros.

Heavy Hawaii - Heavy Hawaii 12 inch (Art Fag) [AF011EP] $13.50
"6 song EP for San Diego's Heavy Hawaii, featuring Matt Bajaras, former band mate of Nathan Williams of Wavves. The Heavy Hawaii EP was produced by Jon Greene (Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls) and Brandon Welchez of the Crocodiles." On red vinyl with glossy insert.

Hem feat. Terrible Shock - On A Mission (Shortstuff Remix) 12 inch (Berkane Sol Records) [BRKDUB017EP] $10.50
"For this tune Hem and Terrible Shock take apart an '80s soul LP, add some sci-fi synths, lazy drums and a sprinkling of analogue FX. After many painstaking hours of recording the duo take a well earned coffee break, then return to the studio just in time to see the back of the light-footed Blunted Robots man Shortstuff as he runs off chuckling 'your vocals are mine now!' Revenge plans are made, vehicles are fuelled up in preparation -- but these activities are cut short by the arrival of an email from the culprit -- it seems that he took the files back to his HQ for what he describes as a 'refix' -- with the engines still running, Hem and Shox check out the file and find it to be a work of genius -- what they hear is an accelerated kaleidoscopic fusion of on-beat claps and snares in a peak-time northern soul style, super heavy sub bass hits and hectic syncopated keyboard chops. The easy tempo and flow of the original have been transformed into a dancefloor classic, no doubt about it. Hem and Shox call off the troops and head back to the studio -- calls are made, contracts drawn up and everything gets sent off to Transition for the magical transfer to vinyl. For the flipside the duo select 2 fresh beats from the archives featuring all the trademark Hem elements - flexible riddims, slinky edits, fat synths, warm bass tones, hip-house references... The refix of 'On a Mission' featured on Onemans' much-loved Rinse 11 mix CD."

Herb Diamante - My Crawling Eye Sees All LP (Manhand) [MH115LP] $19.25
"Herb teams up with The Diminished Men, Kinski, Master Musicians of Bukkake and more, to make this amazing collection of songs, hits, and heavy dancefloor vibe on some tracks."

High Wolf - Incapulco LP (Sergent Massacre) [BTR07] $24.00
Unmapped land, a place under mystic light accessible only via HIGH WOLF's fuzzy wah guitars, trancey keyboards, delayed vocals, groovy percussion and jungle spirit. This vinyl reissue of the CDR (Winged Sun 2009) was remastered by PETE SWANSON. 180-gram vinyl.

High Wolf/The Savage Young Taterbug - Bored Fortress 7 inch (Not Not Fun) [NNF205EP] $6.75
"France's fave psych-snakecharmer trances a new coiled creature from the same thatched basket of white light fuzz, canned drums, and keyboard sign language. Over on the wrong side of the tracks there's Midwestern madcap Charles 'Free' Taterbug, perched on a fence with a 2-string and some rusted tape machines, crooning to the crickets in the parking lot. Sleeve art by Carlos Gonzalez."

Hobo - Berlin Booty 12 inch (Minus) [MINUS103EP] $10.75
Joel Boychuk aka Hobo presents his third outing for M_nus -- a double whammy of funkatronic hobo-techno, with both tracks showcasing two very distinct journeys into the depths of his musical merry-making. "Berlin Booty" is a proper party jam set to wake up the freaks and party animals and get their asses shaking. An incredibly sinister and massive saw-wave bass tone dominates the cut, with growling, grinding frequencies guaranteed to make partygoers sneer a devilish grin on the dancefloor.

Holmby Hills - Bohemia EP 12 inch (Formresonance) [FORM006EP] $11.50
Holmby Hills present two smooth'n'ruff house tracks and two hip-hop jazz encores. Engin Oeztuerk, one-half of Here Today, and Block Barley are both tinkering in search of music to dance to. They wickedly transform their musical masters' ideas into something extraordinary sounding. An off-the-grid team!

Horaflora/Secret Boyfriend - Split LP LP (Hot Releases) [HR015LP] $14.25
"I met Raub of Horaflora during his tour down from New England when he had his entire set-up on a bicycle. Using a clever and economical system that included a hand drum, trumpet mouth piece, balloon, computer sub-woofer, transducers, hand-held tape recorders and various found objects, he created an immersive shuddering meadow mecha-organic sound environment. Empty cans and scrap metal rattled to the same pulse, balloons exhaled lost-in-the-fog tones on the taut drum skin, tapes whirred weird in their lascivious carriage in the front and back : the sum being a barnyard of coldly throbbing sounds from all angles harmonizing with the resident frogs and insects. Two years later we have this, the vinyl debut of both Horaflora and Secret Boyfriend. On his side, Raub wrings pleasingly alien sounds from his systems - taken in this instance from a live session with Andrea Williams on KALX. The electro-acoustic room-rattling is crisply recorded but still very inscrutable ... strange sounds mingling spatially guided by unseen hands of a restless poltergiest . . . The Secret Boyfriend side begins stunned in the still room where Horaflora left us, oozes and flirts with a baroque chamber mentality giving away to exquisite / blown speaker melodies and drooling song-form, morbid and tender. A sense of calm and peripheral melancholy is held, abrasion dialed back. One quarter alive in a cold apartment for twenty years. The windows are open. Pro-printed jackets, 300 copies."

Hundred in the Hands, The - Commotion 12 inch (Warp Records) [WAP311EP] $15.50
"Limited to 300. Following the release of their album, New York's The Hundred In The Hands' are set to drop a slice of insidiously effective avant pop, in the form of new single Commotion. The single also includes fresh remixes by the illusive duo Tiger and Woods and DFA's Capracara."

Hype Williams - Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite, And Start Gettin' Reel LP (DeStijl) [IND088] $17.50
**D. BLUNT and INGA COPELAND's latest installment in DENNA FRANCES GLASS's 18-year relay project. JOSS STONE is alleged to have content and financing connections. "Ritolin" (sic) and "Rama Lama 555" (sic) also contain the key to understanding what this is. JOSEPH STANNARD clears up some of the mystery, with the reminder that HYPE WILLIAMS have also operated under the names BO KHAT ETERNAL TROOF FAMILY BAND and PARADISE SISTERS. He observes that their "obscure, lo-fi form of dub-inflected half-pop [is] as much akin to the post-industrial funk of 23 Skidoo and early Cabaret Voltaire as the scratchy psych of The Skaters et al.... It's like somebody flooded the wine bar with cough mixture..." all "hazy nihilism and sensual flow." So give it up for Joseph Stannard.

Igor Boxx - Breslau LP (Ninja Tune) [ZEN166LP] $17.25
"Igor Boxx known also as Igor Pudlo (from Ninja Tune's Polish act Skalpel) is opening a new decade with his first solo album, Breslau. Skalpel have released two acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune -- Skalpel (2004) and Konfusion (2005) have become one of the most important Polish music exports, well received both in Poland and internationally. In Igor's solo debut album, the inspiration comes like before from his home country and his home town. Breslau tells a tale of 1945 siege of Festung Breslau undertaken by the Red Army. The historical background might mean nothing to an average listener not familiar with the multinational and multicultural history of Breslau (now known as Wroclaw) but this journey is musically so emotional and powerful that it allows anyone to follow the story."

Ilitch - Dark Summer LP (Ilitchmusic) [LPILITCDARK] $24.00
Dark guitar music from THIERRY MULLER with a strong impending doom vibe. Distortion, feedback, samples, and raw improvisations using guitar and / or bass, recorded on the first or second take. Edition of 250.

Infinite Body/No Age - Bored Fortress 7 inch (Not Not Fun) [NNF204EP] $6.75
"West coast light-breather Infinite Body emits a dense harmonic sound cloud that condenses in yr ear before evaporating into the ether. California DIY heroes No Age get minimal on the instrumental 'Wintry KK,' burrowing into tom-rolls and the poetry of distortion pedals. Sleeve art by Cody De Franco."

Isolee - Well Spent Youth 2xLP (Pampa) [PAMPA001LP] $19.00
After six years, IsolÄée finally releases his third album on DJ Koze's Pampa Records. "Over the last 15 years, IsolÄée has managed to create a breathtaking trademark sound. Every note seems lovingly scavenged from the depths of his analog equipment pool, then polished and woven into an abstract, otherworldly, always morphing yet still binding and bouncing sound composition of epic proportions. Well Spent Youth is a chameleon; it assumes different forms depending on the volume it's played. Tunes like 'Taktell,' 'Thirteen Times An Hour,' 'Hold On,' 'One Box' and 'Celeste' set the club on fire, quickly spreading the unique, indescribable IsolÄée vibe, which imbues the often cold, bleak dancefloor with a unique, clever color. The collective joy at being challenged is ubiquitous. People dance to IsolÄée's music with their eyes closed -- opened every now and then only to exchange knowing nods. Now, IsolÄée reminds us yet again what electronic music is capable of -- crossing boundaries and achieving the psychedelic." --DJ Koze

J:kenzo - Stomp/Between Two Worlds 12 inch (Argon) [ARG034EP] $10.50
"With an increasing fanbase and tracks released on Argon, Dub Police and Roska Kicks & Snares, accompanied with resident plays at London's prestigious Fabric nightclub, heat is steadily rising around the Kent-based selector."

Jack Sparrow - Loveless/Dread (feat. Ruckspin) 12 inch (Tectonic) [TEC041.1EP] $10.75
Jack Sparrow presents two tracks off of his Circadian album (TEC 009CD/LP). As the restrained 4/4 kick drum of "Loveless" pounds in, fans of Mala, Martyn, Quest and Silkie will feel right at home. The vibe switches then for "Dread" -- a collaboration with fellow Leeds-based producer Ruckspin -- a dark, cold ragga-techno rhythm which should please fans of Headhunter, F and 2562.

Jam, The - All Mod Cons LP (Polydor) [PD6188LP] $11.00
1978 album, released the same year as their "News Of The World" single. This record features the single "Down In The Tube Station At Midnight," a great story about why you shouldn't go to England. Exact repro reissue.

James Blake - Limit To Your Love 10 inch (Blake, James: Limit To Your Love 10") [ATLAS001EP] $11.75
"So far 2010 has been a stellar year for James Blake; first with his critically acclaimed The Bells Sketch EP then the huge underground smash 'CMYK' on R&S, he's gone from a left field beat-maker operating on the fringes of dubstep to one of the brightest new names to watch in British music today. A second R&S release -- the brilliant Klavierwerke EP - was released in September 2010, and immediately set about defining the sound of James' future as he cut and spliced his own voice to create an EP of emotive, insular genius, knowingly paving the way for his full vocal debut with Limit To Your Love. Off the back of this EP, some bloggers claimed to have been reduced to tears by the simplicity and beauty of the sounds the 21-year-old teases from his home studio. James now rounds off an unparalleled year of discovery by unveiling one of the most stunning male vocals to emerge this millennium. This version of Feist & Chilly Gonzales's 'Limit To Your Love' will be the first taste of his debut album due in early 2011. Re-worked, recorded and produced entirely alone in his bedroom, this single is also the first time listener will have had the chance to hear James' incredibly soulful voice. Matching a heart-stoppingly emotional delivery to a speaker-busting, foundation-crumbling bassline, this is a simply exceptional piece of music, the natural successor to Massive Attack's 'Unfinished Sympathy' as the ultimate expression of UK urban emotion."

James Duncan - Shades Of House 12 inch (Real Soon) [RS021EP] $11.50
Toronto-based producer James Duncan returns to Real Soon with his second release for the label. James' trademark, as fully demonstrated on this EP of four new untitled tracks, is a raw, soulful, minimal and uncompromising take on classic Chicago and NY house music. This is the sound of house music taken apart and reconstructed with the most basic, rough-edged building blocks; gritty, dirty percussion, sine wave bass, EQ'd & filtered vocal and piano parts.

James Ferraro - Night Dolls With Hairspray LP (Olde English Spelling Bee) [OESB59] $16.50
"While you're out tonight listening to records in reverse and getting off slashing tires in the night in your purple mohawk and heels sacraficing your soul to the sound all dolled up in shiny leather as a human cockroach with studs remember to pick up a copy of Night Dolls With Hairpsray for the ultimate halloween night experience set your brain on fire with the out of this world sound from the planet Airhead Entertainment! The one and only blue haired new wave freakazoid from planet shock tart, the Glaminator himself JIMMY FERRARO of the legendary 'The Blow Up Dolls of 143rd St.' comes now with his first solo fully produced juke box hit smasher! Guaranteed to run shivvers up the spines of all the lipstick and studded weirdos and queer night glammer's with big hairsprayed hairdos out there. This one is for all the blow dryer dreamers somewhere out there singing in the mirror of their shampoo perfumed bathrooms beckoning a mysterious moon lit love. For the leather punkster muffins with green tongues and pockets filled with cheez whiz on the subway, where a world just outside the subway window leads to the back alleys of 143rd st."-OESB.

James Ferraro - Night Dolls With Hairspray LP (Olde English Spelling Bee) [OESB059LP] $16.75
"The one and only blue haired new wave freakazoid from planet shock tart, the Glaminator himself Jimmy Ferraro of the legendary 'The Blow Up Dolls of 143rd St.' comes now with his first solo fully produced juke box hit smasher!! Guaranteed to run shivvers up the spines of all the lipstick and studded weirdos and queer night glammer's with big hairsprayed hairdos out there. This one is for all the blow dryer dreamers somewhere out there singing in the mirror of their shampoo perfumed bathrooms beckoning a mysterious moon lit love. For the leather punkster muffins with green tongues and pockets filled with cheez whiz on the subway, where a world just outside the subway window leads to the back alleys of 143rd st. where the garbage pail kids from hell in metal bras all dolled up in New York Cities finest 99cent store eye shadow, blush and glitter sing the soundtrack to the seedy nether worlds of the teenage fantasy machine...Leather High School!! Which is Saved By The Bell meets Marquis De Sade in its principle or shall we say in its male Principal who is a masochistic cross dresser underneath that pretty little socially acceptable mask of his. Tune into the sound that all the lunatic love puppets are craving, the magical pop radiance that outshines their topiary styled hairdos and made them into hopelessly romantic cheetah spotted glam dolls from the underground. Armed with their glammy sound that is much like the soundtrack spilling out of a 1970s Time Square erotic/b-movie theater, they parade the night streets as TERROR THIRSTY GLAMzoids wishing upon their neon pop shooting stars, terrorizing New York City with their studs, high heels and air guitars, THIS IS THE RECORD THAT MADE THEM DO IT!!"

Jan Driver - Gain Reaction 12 inch (Boysnoize Records) [BNR053EP] $11.50
Techno mainstay Jan Driver presents a selection of 4 tracks for Boysnoize Records -- "Gain Reaction," a good, fun, heavy bass bleep champ, "CS40M," a slower, powerful jam that creates an energetic build-up of pink noise and 303 sounds for a very special atmosphere, "Hornetbeef," tech-house at its best, and "MecaFunk" -- darker techno and big sounds, the right track to close this magnificent production. What more do you need?

Jeff Rehnlund - Smoke From The Mirror LP (Hot Releases) [HR016LP] $14.25
"Mostly recorded during a year in Las Cruces, New Mexico with a reverb unit and other gear found in a spider- and cat-infested geodesic dome in the desert. Smoke is a mottled sound diary of sweltering mutant pop, distressed voices, sweaty-dense-and-deep drone in a wider, darker sky, wretching cassettes, sparse stone garden melody, gamelan, plus a lengthy field recording of an exorcism in India that was interrupted by a wandering bull. All tracks evoke an overwhelming sense of heat and empty space, life and death, distance, isolation -- carved with broader, more direct gestures than Jeff's previous releases, but still with flourishes of his trademark bewildering, confusing sonic style. Pro-printed jacket, 300 copies."

Jimmy Edgar - +NXTLVLNXTLVL/My Balance (Last Priority) 12 inch (Nonplus) [NONPLUS009EP] $11.75
"Hot off the back of his sexually charged XXX album which included the track 'Hot Raw Sex' of which Instra:mental provided one of many remixes, Jimmy Edgar has elevated the Nonplus catalogue with this superb two track 12".) '+NXTLVLNXTLVL' : Upon listening to this track it's obvious this guy oozes natural musical talent from every orifice. Jerky electro beats set the backing or playful chords and melodies and the odd bit of pitch bent Gfunkery, all spliced together with the trademark 'on the fly' sounding sequencing like he's played the whole track from start to finish off the top of his head. This is Jimmy Edgar doing what he does best and that is making raw music with his raw talent."

Joao Gilberto - O Amor, O Sirriso E A Flor LP+CD (Doxy) [DOK201LP] $22.25
"Once upon a time JoÄ~C£o Gilberto was just a reclusive and eccentric bohemian with a guitar, then came 'Chega De Saudade,' the song that launched both bossa nova and JoÄ~C£o's career. Over the next three years (with the help of song writing masterminds Tom Jobim and Vicinius De Moraes), JoÄ~C£o revolutionized Brazilian music with the three seminal albums that have become the bibles of bossa nova: Chega De Saudade (1959), O Amor, o Sorriso e a Flor (1960) and JoÄ~C£o Gilberto (1961)."

John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh - Compound 7 inch (Von Archives) [VON02] $11.75
A threshold of sound composed from the electrocacoustic improvisations of C. SPENCER YEH and the chirurgical, abrasive noise patches of JOHN WIESE. A majestic experiment by two unclassifiable masters of the new improv. Edition of 300.

Jono El Grande - Phantom Stimulance LP (Rune Grammofon) [RLP3106LP] $20.75
This is the third full-length release by Jon Andreas HÄ~C¥tun aka Jono El Grande, a self-taught composer, musician, conductor and prankster who remains an outsider on the far margin of the Norwegian experimental music scene. He released his debut mini-album Utopian Dances in 1999, a collection of absurdist instrumentals recorded at home using not much more than a workstation synth. 2003 saw the release of Fevergreens (RCD 2031CD), an album that drew upon classic progressive rock, film music, easy listening and a variety of pop idioms and featured a 9-piece orchestra. 2009's Neo Dada (RCD 2084CD/RLP 3084LP) was a masterstroke; brimming with creative ideas, odd turns, weird combinations of sounds and instruments, complex time signatures and a healthy dose of pure musical joy, all mysteriously sugared with melodic hooks that would stick to your brain like any annoying pop tune. As far as musical form and content goes, this can be said to continue with Phantom Stimulance. It's put together to celebrate Jono's 15 years as a composer and performer and 10 years as a band leader, but it's not a mere compilation. Recorded in Athletic Studio, home to great analog recordings by Supersilent, Motorpsycho, Scorch Trio and countless others, it's a collection of new versions of stage favorites and previously-unreleased songs as well as a brand-new song. Jono lists movements like Rock In Opposition and the Canterbury Scene and artists and composers like Frank Zappa, Stravinsky, Magma, Henry Cow and Gentle Giant as inspirational sources but has established his own signature with his latest releases and stage shows. Instrumentations and arrangements have become more adventurous, he has picked up the electric guitar again and successfully added a rougher edge to the ensemble sound.

Jules & Moss - Noke 12 inch (Klangfarbe Schallplatten) [KLA006EP] $11.50
Klangfarbe Schallplatten presents the first full EP by Jules & Moss, containing three new tracks and one remix. "Kapoun" is a cool & sophisticated accordion track in a typical French tradition, but with a modern groove. "Noke" is a relaxed minimal groover with organic percussion, nice melodies and some freaky sounds. Channel X have remixed this track into a more uplifting version. "Soep Van De Dag" (Dutch for "Soup Of The Day") starts fairly neo-trance-y but ends with nice organs.

Juli Holz - Winterabend 12 inch (Stil Vor Talent) [SVT055EP] $11.50
The enchanting voice of singer/producer Juli Holz can now be heard again on Stil vor Talent. On the title track, Holz sings about the cold feeling after a break-up. Her overlaid vocals create an inner dialogue on top of a poppy groove. Oliver Koletzki's remix keeps the speed of the original but transforms it into a more dancefloor-oriented piece of house music. Juli teams up with Daso to create the tech-house drift of "KĶnigskinder" -- a neatly orchestrated piece of music.

Katy B (Feat. Ms. Dynamite) - Lights On 12 inch (Rinse) [RINSE006EP] $10.75
The first bonafide pop star to emerge from the dubstep and UK funky undergrounds championed by the newly-legal Rinse FM, Katy B encapsulates the sound, spirit and energy of British youth culture right now. Seizing the middle ground between Lily Allen, Ms. Dynamite and Neneh Cherry, Katy's combination of pop sass, powerful voice and total immersion in London's club culture makes her the perfect pop star. Lights On features Ms. Dynamite and was produced by Geeneus, with remixes by Skream and Girl Unit.

Kito - Kito 2x12 inch (Disfigured Dubz) [DISF009EP] $21.75
"After a series of life-changing experiences abroad, Kito returned home to Australia in 2008 and began to focus on cultivating the ideas which had been germinated through her travels into her own unique sound. The amalgamation of these efforts eventually gave rise to her seminal work 'What If,' which along with 'Cold' on the B-side was immediately recognized and released by Skream, one of dubstep's figureheads, on his label Disfigured Dubz in 2009. Into 2010 and Kito has continued the progression of her style and produced a four-track for Disfigured Dubz featuring the hugely popular 'LFO' with vocals by Reija Lee, along with 'On The Floor,' 'Don't Wanna Lose You' and her remix of Vaccine's 'Fever' which are characterized by a pop-infused, fresh and precisely clean production style, Kito's music has received support globally from a number of leading DJs including Skream, Benga, Diplo, D-Bridge, Intra:mental, Joker, Jakes, Digital Mystikz and many more."

Kraus - Faster Than The Speed Of Time LP (Dilettante Courtoisie) [LPKRAUSFAST] $24.00
"The superpowered arrogance of the title (of an earlier KRAUS release called I Could Destroy You With a Single Thought)," observes NZ watchdog Jon Bywater, "Matches the pains taken to craft (it), somewhere between a pop Moog record and the harshest no wave. Short melodic and rhythmic figures are worked hard into the knife edge between queasy claustrophobia and rigorous brilliance." A resident of Auckland, Kraus plays guitar, drums, synthesizer, organ, tape loops and electronics; he played drums in THE MURDERING MONSTERS and THE AESTHETICS, co-founded THE FUTURIANS and played on their first album !Blastov! (Root Don Lonie For Cash 2001) and plays currently in POUFFE (with Matthew Plunkett), THE MALTESE FALCONS (with Duckling Monster of The Futurians), and OLYMPUS (with Stefan Neville). Edition of 300.

KZA - Le Troublant Acid 12 inch (Endless Flight) [EF030EP] $11.50
After their brilliant first solo album Dig And Edit, KZA return with two fresh songs. "Le Troublant Acid" is already included on volume 4 of the Mule/Endless Flight compilation I'm Starting To Feel OK, which KZA mixed. This track was one of the highlights of the compilation and it's already supported by a lot of the label's friends. "Mechanique" is more uplifting stuff -- it's acid-y, Krautrock disco house, with Kuniyuki on keyboards.

Laurel Halo - King Felix 12 inch (Hippos In Tanks) [006HIT] $11.75
On King Felix LAUREL HALO says hello to the world in the most ingenious fashion: effortlessly blending the classical and modern worlds in a presentation of tonality via a production method that is wholly new and refreshing. Infused with extraordinary leads, pads and sequences Halo clearly demonstrates her skills with tone generators taking stylistic incentives from the likes of Air and Milla Jovoich. Above the steadily flowing ocean of sine waves lie some heavy vocal harmonies making a salient impact on our brains and their avatar like counter parts all the wile accelerating life at a rapid pace-boyz to men. A guest appearance comes from fellow electronic romantic ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER who ends the record with an impassioned edit of "Metal Confection."

LHF - EP2: The Line Path 12 inch (Keysound Recordings) [LDN019EP] $11.50
"Together, LHF have got this sound like Sun Ra's hijacked Rinse FM and is using it to communicate with the heavens. Buried inside one corner of the LHF collective is a junglist fighting his way out: these guys have got drumz. Other members of the collective remind me of Horsepower's ability to transport you to lands far, far away: to Bollywood films or damp Brazilian riverbanks. I'm just lost in their sound right now..." --Blackdown

Liquor Ball - Break 'n Run Live LP (Feast) [F001] $10.00
Once again SF displaced and sceneless Bay Areans LIQUOR BALL are back with another sonic onslaughtering. The follow up to the band's Grady's Record Refuge LP, and recorded just a few months apart, Break 'n Run Live shows the versatility of these loser drunks. Pulling up the waders for their classic San Francisco gutter psychedelia. Caught live in 29 Palms California in the late summer desert heat of 2008 at the world famous Marine's watering hole, the Break n Run. Two side-long blasssts guaranteed to destroy speakers and piss off everyone around you! Includes members of NOTHING PEOPLE, BAD TRIPS, INTERNATIONAL HELLO, MONOSHOCK and AMERICAN WASTE. Limited to 540 copies

Lithops - Formationen LP (A-musik) [A035LP] $24.75
"The A-Musik label is back with a very special release by Jan Werner, who has been an important artist on the label since 1995. Its first release back then was the debut LP by Microstoria, Werner's collaboration with Oval's Markus Popp that became a milestone in the history of experimental electronica. The sources for Formationen are early solo recordings by Werner, which he produced with synthesizers and tapes in 1992 and 1993, during his collaborations with F.X.Randomiz and his first experiments with Andi Thoma that would be released a bit later under the alias Mouse on Mars. Werner found those early tapes a while ago, remastered and carefully re-worked them, and the result is four stunning pieces of beautiful electronic music. Formationen closes a gap in the oeuvre of Jan Werner and helps understand the impressive work of one of the key figures of 1990's/2000's electronica. Essential and highly recommended. Vinyl only, strictly limited to 300 copies."

M Ax Noi Mach - In The Shadows LP (White Denim) [WD18] $13.50
M AX NOI MACH is Philadelphia-based artist, poet and musician ROB FRANCISCO. As M Ax Noi Mach, Francisco channels his most personal experiences, desires and paranoia into a foreboding world of night, chasing the listener into a maze of back alleys and city tunnels. Harsh club beats mingle with power-electronic squall, convulsing like a Baltimore club deep within the seventh ring of Hell. Combined with Francisco's menacing vocals, it's a singular statement within the world of noise. Through these nine tracks, we are reminded of artists as varied as Intrinsic Action, Atari Teenage Riot, DJ Assault, Mammal, German Shepherds, Schleimer K, Brainbombs, and Macronympha, but M Ax Noi Mach is its own beast entirely

M.in - Teach Me House 12 inch (Trapez) [TRAPEZLTD096] $11.50
Teach Me House features new school versions of the early "jack" tracks. "Lord Teach Me House" is a groove monster that plunges into the catchy vocals of a TV preacher, evoking that early house spirit while connecting it to M.in's indisputably funky beats. "Le Cirque Du Tambours" comes in an original version and a remix by Den Ishu that is pure, driving house with frantic female vocals, pumping M.in's soulfulness onto the dancefloor.

Mamiffer/Oakeater - Split LP (Sige) [SIGE003LP] $19.75
"The split LP is a time honored tradition in the realm of underground musics, one which has often signified an artistic and personal kinship between the participating parties. Such is the case with this split album between Mamiffer and Oakeater, to which both contribute lengthy side-long tracks. Having played numerous shows together in various forms, collaborated live as well as in the studio, Oakeater and Mamiffer embody the idea of musical community, sharing an affinity for musical explorations into the murkier regions of emotionally driven sound and song craft."

Manaboo - Delinquent/SB Massive 12 inch (Immerse Records) [IME024EP] $11.50
The next single release from the Immerse label sees Brendon Moeller and Shigeru Tanabu reappear under their Manaboo moniker for some superb electro-techno and broken beat mayhem. "Delinquent" is a wonderful slice of electro-fuelled techno that comes on like the modern bastard child of Lil' Louis and Model 500. "SB Massive" is a dubbed-out journey into the outer realms of bass-heavy electronica, taking in off-kilter drums, delayed chords and the heavily effected "Sound Boy Massive" vocal -- pure class.

Manik - Keep That Fresh 12 inch (Ovum) [OVM211EP] $10.75
MANIK returns to Ovum with the Keep That Fresh EP. The title track has a funky 303 bass line with intricate grooves and a hook made up of some chords. "Ditmars Blvd," with its heavy drums and catchy synth line, is a stone-cold groove track. "Hold On" is inspired by the sounds of early West Coast g-funk hip-hop with its lead synth and funked-up analog bass line. "She's Slow Motion" features an R&B vocal floating over an incredibly deep instrumental.

Marco Resmann - Drop Outz 12 inch (Upon You) [UY042EP] $11.50
To prove that a streak of technical bad luck can sometimes enhance creativity, Marco Resmann has come up with this little gem of a new single. "Mal Pas" (trans: "difficult road") is an ode to the suffering he went through with his computer; however, the track itself is light and sweet. "All Out" is also a little beauty, and "What's Crackin'?" is the ultimate proof that, no matter what happens, the sun always shines again.

Marisa Anderson - Golden Hour LP (Mississippi Records) [MR082LP] $10.50
"Portland guitar wizard Marisa Anderson's long awaited solo guitar record. Marisa has been a fixture on many a music scene for years & years playing with everyone from the Evolutionary Jass Band to Tara Jane O'Neil to The Dolly Ranchers. In any context, she can't escape her rag/blues/folk roots no matter how hard she tries. On this LP featuring only guitar - no vocals & no overdubs - we are treated to a very intimate sounding home recording filled with delicate grace. Comparisons to John Fahey & his ilk who do their hoodoo mystical rewrite of folk music is bound to occur, but close listening reveals a very original & yet truly rooted in the old style record that we hope will stand the test of time nicely. "

Martyn - Left Hander/Shook Up 12 inch (3024) [3024010EP] $11.00
"After a year dominated with collaborations (the Great Lengths remix double pack), fresh blood and inveterate genre renegades (Illum Sphere's Titan EP & Altered Natives The Bitch/Crop Duster respectively) we at 3024 came to the conclusion a new Martyn release was perhaps overdue. Not so much an album preview as a standalone document of a year spent expanding dance floor horizons over (a great many) seas. 3024's milestone 10th release arrives with 2 brand new Martyn tracks as 'Lefthander' clatters in on heavily filtered drums, flickering high hats & garbled radio transmissions before a carousel synth melody breaks through the percussive murk accompanied by a roaming bass line that prioritizes restraint over bludgeon. Dubbed out ambience rapidly takes root in the gaps between concrete snares & dissonant brass stabs as bass and synths elevate themselves for one last round of call & response sparring before dissolving back into barely audible dialogue. Steam age industrial monolith 'Shook Up' swaps slink for haunted metronomic brutality, snapping quickly into focus first with relentless kicks before bass akin to an Atari2600 playing Berghain looms over the clouded horizon. Offsetting the claustrophobia is the first hints of melody as an impossibly slight piano phrase creeps in, countering rhythmical pummeling with ghost in the machine delicacy. Classically spastic 808 tendrils are underpinned by soaring synth strings as proceedings draw to a juddering close. Capturing 3024's musical progress with typical accuracy Erosie's latest sleeve design is perhaps his best yet, echoing the back to basics theme with beautifully austere monochrome geometry curdling into something altogether more volatile at the edges."

Master Musicians Of Bukkake - Elogia de la Sombra LP (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT024LP] $16.00
LP version.

Matthew Dear - You Put A Smell On Me 12 inch (Ghostly International) [GI130] $9.25
RELEASE DATE: 12-14-2010
***If MATTHEW DEAR's Black City is an opus of bacchanalian futurism, then second single "You Put A Smell On Me" is its presumptive climax-an unblinking industrial march to the center of the brain s most neglected corners. Its drums are militant, its pace is unswerving, and the squarewave synths that start falling like mortar shells are searing and wide-eyed. Then there s the marbled voice of Dear himself, pent-up and sexually charged, beckoning you for a ride in his "big black car." It s the sound of staring down the part of yourself that you are most afraid of. If that seems too daunting, there s always the dub version. When mirrored through the eyes of others-specifically WOLF + LAMB prodigy NICOLAS JAAR and ED BANGER's resident boogie revivalist, BREAKBOT-"You Put A Smell On Me" starts to feel less lobotomizing. Jaar s version is a sullen, scratchy, headphoneready beat trip-atmospheric vibraphone samples here, stilted kicks and snares there, all of it amorphously affecting together. And Breakbot has no problem hamming it all up into the sort of blithe electro-funk every prom night deserves. Limited to 200 copies for North America. No Exports.

Matthew Friedberger - NapolÄéonette LP (Thrill Jockey) [THR262LP] $14.50
"Matthew Friedberger is one half of The Fiery Furnaces and this is his first solo material since Winter Women/Holy Ghost Language School (recorded in 2006). NapolÄéonette is the first of six full length albums Matthew Friedberger will release in 2011. Only 350 copies of NapolÄéonette are available for individual purchase (most copies are being sold through a subscription service). Do not delay. This album will not be made available on CD or as a digital download in its entirety."

Maxim Lany/Lemakuhlar/James Teej - WPH Red 12 inch (We Play House) [WPHRED-EP] $12.25
Here's a new Red one from Maxim Lany, Lemakuhlar and James Teej.

Mc & Lx1 - Down/Judgement 12 inch (Tempa) [TEMPA052EP] $10.75
Tempa present 12" number three from SP:MC and LX1 (formerly known as Joker D). Known for their deep, half-step beats and unrelenting bass weight, this 12" will not disappoint. Fans of Rinse FM's DJ Youngsta will instantly recognize "Down" as his trademark set opener. "Judgement" keeps the same spartan half-step vibe, with plenty of sub-bass. With these tunes first gracing the sacred record box of Youngsta as exclusive dubplates, you know that the mixdown and vibe are going to be on-point.

Melvin Davis - Detroit Soul Ambassador LP (Vampisoul) [VAMPI118LP] $18.25
LP version.

Mensah - Digital Dreamer 12 inch (Hench) [HENCH022EP] $10.50
"Mensah's debut release on the Hench imprint, Pulse 80's, turned heads with its stylish production and out-of-the-box approach. His follow-up release, Untitled Future Funk EP, was all the talk on the blogs and his remix of Baby D's 'Let me be your Fantasy' has been hailed as one of the hallmark dubstep tracks of 2010. With each new release Mensah's studio skills and fresh thinking stand out ever clearer. This latest offering will be no disappointment. A dreamy synth-line commences 'Digital Dreamer', which immediately sets the scene for one of Mensah's more ethereal productions. The harmonic lead-line builds into an other-worldly riff before releasing that tripped-out, bouncing bass rhythm. Synths let loose overhead, twisting and turning the track into the funky number that it is. Once again, something different from the man like Mensah."

Messer Chups - Heretic Channel LP (Quasipop) [QPOP0545] $20.50
This Russian cult band explores the most horrible, cynical and vicious side of the classic rock'n'roll sound-groovy surf riffs, Fender Jazzmasters, spring reverbs, trash drums-with this imagined soundtrack for cheap, nasty exploitation B-movies. Evil Martians, flying saucers, sexy babes, the living dead and dancing zombies, spies, voodoo, coffins, vampires, Satanic orgies in castles, sci-fi machines, boobs, and mutants. 180-gram vinyl, gatefold jacket printed on retro recycled paper. Edition of 200.

Metabolismus - Mauser O.K. 7 inch (Amish Records) [AMI043EP] $8.75
"Mauser O.K. celebrates much of what makes this German-ensemble so essential, drawing from a variety of sources and influences to provide listeners with another important indication of the contribution Metabolismus has made to psych and outsider experiments over its almost three-decade-long existence. Whether it be lo-fi pop, free improvisation, sixties psychedelia or music concrete tape manipulation, like the Sun City Girls (who formed around the same year) Metabolismus 'metabolizes music' of all styles, shapes and forms; for this release, they transform Crass' screed 'Do They Owe Us a Living' into a Canterbury classic and resituate Brian Brain's 'Asthma Game' into the delicate pastoral landscape of their native Germany. These pieces were recorded and compiled over a fifteen-year span and it has been well worth the wait."

Metal Mountains - Golden Trees LP (Amish Records) [AMI042LP] $18.25
"...out of the ancient ruins of The Tower Recordings has now finally risen a stealth Metal Mountains! It features Helen Rush, Pat Gubler (Mr. PG Six) and Samara Lubelski, all former Tower soldiers, and some may say the very key ones. There's a sort of haunted architecture to Metal Mountains, they morph 1960s electric and psychedelic folk rock, the right VU influence, spatial excursions, and whispery dreams into a unique whole. It is a carefully crafted album that is real and intimate, yet has the air of ease and playfulness about it. It is confident in its frailty, if that makes any sense to you. Did I say it is perfectly sequenced? Y'know, that's the kind of thing a reviewer needs to mention if he wants to be taken at all seriously." -- Jesper Eklow / November 2010

Michael Ranta - Mu LP Box (Metaphon) [METAPHON003LP] $85.00
Hardboard linen 2LP box version, containing 2 LPs and a 16-page booklet with biography text and notes from Michael Ranta (in Dutch, German and English). Edition of 300 copies.

Miracles Club - A New Love LP (Mexican Summer) [MEX066] $20.75
"Hallelujah! MIRACLES CLUB is the brainchild of RAFAEL FAURIA and HONEY OWENS (VALET, NUDGE, JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER). In yet another left turn from the inherent psychedelia of those projects, this new EP presents four excessively blissful, thumpety piano-led acid house time machine numbers, reminiscent of the late '80s/early '90s, the Hacienda, late-period Factory Records, big pants, Soul II Soul, shopping at the Gap, Coogi sweaters, Stu-Stu-Studio Line hair gel and mousse, Lisa Stansfield's spitcurl ... you get it, right? Owens is assisted here by MARK BURDEN (SILENTIST) and JONATHAN SIELAFF (GOLDEN RETRIEVER), and there's a dancer in the mix for live performances too. So cool, confident and energetic, you can relive the glory days of clubbing and that awesome, fruity smell that cassette tapes you bought (or racked!) at the mall record store had when you first took off the cellophane."

Miracles Club, The - A New Love LP (Mexican Summer) [MEX066LP] $21.00
"Hallelujah! Miracles Club is the brainchild of Rafael Fauria & Honey Owens (Valet, Nudge, Jackie-O Motherf***er). In yet another left turn from the inherent psychedelia of those projects, this new EP presents four excessively blissful, thumpety piano-led acid house time machine numbers, reminiscent of the late '80s/early '90s, the Hacienda, late-period Factory Records, big pants, Soul II Soul, shopping at the Gap, Coogi sweaters, Stu-Stu-Studio Line hair gel and mousse, Lisa Stanisfield's spitcurl ... you get it, right? Owens is assisted here by Mark Burden (Silentist) and Jonathan Sielaff (Golden Retriever), and there's a dancer in the mix for live performances too. So cool, confident and energetic, you can relive the glory days of clubbing and that awesome, fruity smell that cassette tapes you bought (or racked!) at the mall record store had when you first took off the cellophane." Hand-numbered limited edition of 1000 copies.

Monopoly Child Star Searchers - Bamboo For Two LP (Olde English Spelling Bee) [OESB053LP] $16.75
"A Night's Creativity. A Parroted Companions guided tour to the most Romantic details of a Jungle's sensbility. Imagine the elements of your most recent landscaped vision coming to life and allowing you to witness a hearts perception of the natural world. Charles Berlitz has reported this eventful experience in the form of a Romantic Poem, and the Star Searchers have invented the soundtrack. Olde English Spelling Bee and Pacific City Sound Visions invite the listener to experience the first Studio album in Pacific City's history! Featuring James Ferraro as Rocco Martini, Lieven Martens of Dolphins Into the Future, and Eva Van Deuren of Orphan Fairytale; Playing the most exotic keyboard melodies this side of a Parrots hotly lit Plumage. This album is the first in series of Romantic Audio recordings that will later include the titles: Make Mine, Macaw and The Garnet Tucan. Do enjoy the excitement of this one of kind journey to Pacific City's Nightlife and relax your mind's physical limitations."

Monotonix - Not Yet LP (Drag City) [DC454LP] $14.75
"Not Yet, the second Monotonix full-length album, focuses the band's energy like a beam, searing away everything extraneous, leaving only the essentials. Monotonix are kicking it with pure, slamming rawness from start to finish on Not Yet, with short and fast songs, direct to the point; Yonatan's riffs, doubled up and driving forward, Haggai rattling jaws with blow after blow on the kit as Ami sings and screams of you and me, of the thrill and dismay of too much, of action and release, his voice almost swallowed in the din but cutting through with the rigor of a scalpel and the fury of a fanatic. These enhancements are due in some degree to Monotonix recording with Steve Albini. They booked time at Electrical, then went about writing the music back in Tel Aviv in between tour runs. While writing the songs, they cut to the chase, feeling the joy in the bones of the songs and the way they fit together. This made working on the record very easy and fun. The finished sound is trembling with distortion, screaming with release. Even the extended break on 'Late Night' is a surging, rhythmic outing -- one that conveys the very real qualities of Monotonix in an inspired performance Not Yet is the livest, loudest, most focused set of songs and sounds that we and Monotonix can have. The question you have to ask yourself is, if Not Yet, then when?"

Moon Duo - Silver Bells / Winter 7 inch (Holy Mountain) [2010XG] $7.00
New holiday themed single from MOON DUO. ERIK and SANAE add more lilt to the season than any combination of egg nog and booze ever will. On the B side the duo wrap a coat around the classic Goat Head Soup deep cut "Winter."

Moritz von Oswald Trio/Digital Mystikz - Restructure 2/Restructure 2 Rebuild 12 inch (Honest Jon's Records) [HJP054EP] $10.75
Musically, this new stepper appears to swell out of thin air. Immense and minimal, the propulsive groove of this monstrous child of Krautrock is overlain with the blues abstraction of Tikiman's guitar, the swing and effects of Marc Muellbauer's double bass, Delay's digressive steel percussion, and the otherworldly keys of Loderbauer and von Oswald. Mala's rebuild ratchets up the drama and dread. A barrage of bleeps rains down on a clopping drum pattern and steely synths. An immensely powerful record.

Morphosis - What Have We Learned 12 inch (Liebe Detail) [MMDR001EP] $12.25
Two remixes of tracks by Morphosis. NWAQ turns in one hell of a dub! An almost relentless 7.5 minute float that's underpinned with thriftily-placed percussion, and a true beast of a kick drum. Just For One Day hijacks "Androids Among Us" and throws it right into a sound system shootout, somehow leaving the core elements from the original track in tact. Seriously killer. For fans of 2-step, jungle and Dr. Who.

Mount Eerie - Black Wooden LP (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT018LP] $16.00
LP version.

Mr. Oizo - Moustache (Half A Scissor) LP (Brainfeeder) [BF012LP] $20.00
"Five years after the 2000 debut album of Mr Oizo, Analog Worms Attack, Mr Oizo returned with his second album, Moustache (Half A Scissor). It was heard by a young man in LA by the name of Steve Ellison. Steve is now better known as Flying Lotus and his label, Brainfeeder is re-releasing Moustache in an edition of 1000 vinyl copies. It's a thing of amazing, demented beauty which Ellison felt deserved to be heard again and reassessed."

Nadja - Sky Burial LP (Latitudes/Southern) [GMT022LP] $16.00
LP version, limited edition of 1000 copies.

Naked On The Vague/Wet Hair - Split LP (Night People) [NP100] $15.00
A prime split LP from Iowa City's WET HAIR and NAKED ON THE VAGUE from Sydney Australia. Both bands have a slew of releases on a host of good labels but this might be the best offering from both yet. The release feels cohesive despite being a split long player with the similarities in aesthetic ideas and sounds of the two groups being taken into consideration. Despite both bands recently taking on new members beyond there duo origins both stick to the duo lineup for this release. Wet Hair is at there most composed taking on more pop sensibilities then prior recordings, focusing on the melodies both vocally and musically but retaining the psychedelic pulse of older material. Naked on the Vague follow with the focus on melody but draw things out as well into instrumental addition and subtraction, letting the effected variety of sound sources battle it out only to decay together in the end.

Napalm Jazz - Le Viandier De Taillevent LP (Galerie Pache) [LPNAPALLEV] $24.00
Debut album recorded in part during a 2006 European tour and in Quebec. PHILEMON, A_DONTIGNY, and ERICK ORION are joined ERIKM, ARNAUD RIVIERE, and ERIK MINKINNEN whose wax footprints are noted for their delicacy, subtlety, and unorthodox approaches to improv. Edition of 181.

Nathan Fake/DJ Koze - Xmas Rush/Mi Cyaan Believe 12 inch (Pampa) [PAMPA005EP] $13.25
Features two completely different artists. Having reportedly recorded his track "Xmas Rush" in his London studio during a jam session, Nathan Fake has turned in a total brain-f***. It's mercilessly exaggerated, psychedelic, inexorable, and at the same time, sweet and heart-warming. Unique in its consistency, we haven't heard anything like it since the '90s. DJ Koze pays tribute to Michael Smith on "Mi Cyaan Believe It," recalling the ruthlessness, rawness and revolutionary energy of Public Enemy.

No Joy - Ghost Blonde LP (Mexican Summer) [MEX068] $21.00
"We could say a lot of things about the debut album from Montreal/LA ladies NO JOY: that it fully delivers on the promise of their Mexican Summer 7-inch, that it builds upon the revitalization of shoegaze pop in recent times with a melodic fervor and angst that many of their contemporaries fail to capitalize on, that their records look and sound gorgeous, that there are moments on Ghost Blonde that match the challenges laid down by My Bloody Valentine and Lush years ago. We could say those things, but then what would the bloggers think? Probably the same. Oh well. We said it. Killer record from a band to be reckoned with. Ten new songs that'll singe your eyelashes off."-Mexican Summer.

No Joy - Ghost Blonde LP (Mexican Summer) [MEX067LP] $21.00
"We could say a lot of things about the debut album from Montreal/LA ladies No Joy: that it builds upon the revitalization of shoegaze pop in recent times with a melodic fervor and angst that many of their contemporaries fail to capitalize on, that their records look and sound gorgeous, that there are moments on Ghost Blonde that match the challenges laid down by My Bloody Valentine and Lush years ago. We could say those things, but then what would the bloggers think? Probably the same. Oh well. We said it. Killer record from a band to be reckoned with. Ten new songs that'll singe your eyelashes off." Hand-numbered limited edition of 2000 copies.

No Regular Play - Serious Heat 12 inch (No19 Music) [N19015EP] $11.50
Canada's hottest musical imprint, No.19 Music, presents a stunning new single from sometime Wolf & Lamb players No Regular Play, backed with remixes from Art Department and Shaun Reeves. "Serious Heat" is an incredibly hypnotic slice of deep slo-mo house that layers tight vocal loops and delay-drenched horns to immense effect. "Walking (Next To Me)" is a deep slab of atmospheric electronica that rides on a bed of superb sub-bass. Tightly-looped vocals and horns create a richly entrancing vibe.

No Regular Play - Serious Heat EP 12 inch (No19 Music) [19015EP] $11.50
Canada's hottest musical imprint, No.19 Music, presents a stunning new single from sometime Wolf & Lamb players No Regular Play, backed with remixes from Art Department and Shaun Reeves. "Serious Heat" is an incredibly hypnotic slice of deep slo-mo house that layers tight vocal loops and delay-drenched horns to immense effect. "Walking (Next To Me)" is a deep slab of atmospheric electronica that rides on a bed of superb sub-bass. Tightly-looped vocals and horns create a richly entrancing vibe.

Noaipre - Pretty Psycho/Anxiety Square 10 inch (Arkestra Discos) [ARKST002EP] $12.25
Arkestra presents the first release for this mysterious Spanish producer. Little is known about Noaipre (Rohe Rodriguez on his ID). The A-side kicks things hard with "Pretty Psycho," a fuzzy-squared mammoth stomper greased with glowing hot marmalade riffs and rave-ish crescendos, topped with colorful chipmunk-diva chops that sugarcoat this urgent ode to golden-era grime circa 2005. "Anxiety Square" features synths in a bright green, dense waterfall of ones and zeros pouring and bubbling over spin-dry cycle snares, toms and kicks.

OL - Kurilovo 7 inch (Faces Records) [FACES701EP] $10.75
Four-tracker 7" of quality thump from OL! Limited edition of 500. Heavyweight vinyl and sleeve. OL aka Oleg Buyanov is an extremely talented young Russian producer who spends most of his time skating the streets of Moscow and making beats. Together with his crew How To Make (DZA, Lapti, Mujuice), they deliver the new sound of Moscow. This first edition is dedicated to the children of drum & repetitive beat lovers. For fans of Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Onra, etc.

Oleg Poliakov - Comet EP 12 inch (Circus Company) [CCS052EP] $11.50
Oleg Poliakov's Comet EP introduces another view to his musical approach. With "Stellar," Oleg tightens his grooves to a maximum. Creating an irresistible energy, the beats create an ideal stage for a reverent fanfare and a sexy voice. "Comet" features a deep, trance-inducing bass line while the whirl of a snare drum and the saxophone hold the dancers firmly on the dancefloor. "Exoplanet" defies all stylistic boundaries. The frenzy of the grooves is absorbed by the grace of detached Detroit sounds.

Oliver Koletzki & Fran - I Might 12 inch (Stil Vor Talent) [SVT054EP] $11.50
Oliver & Fran Koletzki present another single from their album Lovestoned (SVT 050CD). The slow, jazzy trip-hop ballad "I Might" gets remixed for the dancefloor by Murat Kilic, who takes the original and transforms it into a fast-paced, grooving tech-house monster, and Animal Trainer, who keeps the jazzy ethos while still creating something new and groovy. There is also a remix of "Strandbar Berlin" by Björn Störig, who has created a deeply moving house treatment that is decidedly floor-fit.

Omurah - Paranormal Symphonies 12 inch (Kindisch) [KD034EP] $11.50
Patrick Rasmussen's musical worldview goes beyond the adjectives that are continuously used to describe his music -- eclectic, accomplished, experimental. Weightless deep-space sounds introduce "Die Hochzeit," with looped, finger-plucked strings, and a tide of deep, formless pulses and harmonica trails that are pursued by galloping rhythm, created from the marriage of bass and acoustic guitars. The original version of "Paranormal Symphony" will undoubtedly draw comparison to Ricardo Villalobos. Hemmed by a subtle house beat, "Paranormal Symphony" slowly buds and unfurls.

Oren Ambarchi/Flaherty, Corsano, Yeh Trio - Split 7 inch (Krayon) [07AMBARFLAH] $10.50
THE FLAHERTY, CORSANO, YEH TRIO's oceans of bawling drum kit fire and fluttering string overtones fuse a complex web of ear asterism. Infiltrated by a woozy sax line that soon reduces in duration and increases the overall vehemence, with fragmented reed chewing rasp and roar joining myriad coordinates in this dense labyrinth of free magic. On the flip, an unexpected monolith from OREN AMBARCHI, stunningly crafted harmonic percolations of feedback glare, and riff particles slam into tantric drum force blast beats by MATT SKITZ SANDERS. Art by PAUL COORS.

Outer Limits Recordings - Julie 7 inch (Olde English Spelling Bee) [OESB709EP] $8.00
"New single taken from the recent series of pop videos created by Sam Meringue of Outer Limits Recordings (aka Matrix Metals, Flashback Repository, Yoga, 90210, The Sweethearts, Foxy Baby, Explorers, etc.). 'Julie' is an epic Brit-pop track about love/suicide/reincarnation & 'Plastik Child' channels early-'80s E.L.O. with its funky shuffle and layers of synth-washes. Super addictive stuff."

Outer Limits Recordings - I Need My T.V. 7 inch (Olde English Spelling Bee) [OESB710EP] $8.00
"The A-side 'I Need My T.V.' is a Squeeze-meets-XTC vibed track that will appeal to fans of the Rangers, as it sounds like a half-remembered lost classic from an '80s infomercial beamed onto a thrift-store VHS. 'Burnin' Through The Nite' is performed by OLR's The Sweethearts (a collaboration with Zak Mering of Greatest Hits/Raw Thrills) and rides its nocturnal groove all the way to #17 of DJ TONY FRANKEL'S NIGHT BURNER HIT CHART (circa 1972)."

Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Heart In Your Heartbreak 7 inch (Slumberland) [SLR134] $5.50
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART return with a new 7-inch teaser to an upcoming second album. To help bring this new batch of tunes to life they enlisted the help of producer FLOOD (Smashing Pumpkins, U2, PJ Harvey) and ace mixer ALAN MOULDER (My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Arctic Monkeys). "Heart in Your Heartbreak," the first preview from the new album, is a perfect snapshot of where Pains are headed in 2011: an infectious slice of chunky power-pop with a great beat, sweeping synths and well-placed guitar jangle. It's immediately obvious that the new production team has brought out the best in the band. Pure Pains all the way, but bolder, louder and more confident. On the flip, non-LP track "The One" is a classic-sounding rocker that would sit just fine next to Teenage Fanclub on any well compiled mix tape. All in all a superb single and a great taster for that second album, due for release in February 2011. All copies on colored vinyl with a digital download coupon. No exports to Europe.

Patrick Mullins - Don't Go To Sleep LP (Yik Yak) [YIKYAK019] $13.25
When THEE OH SEES were still OCS, PATRICK MULLINS was half their sound. After the band expanded to a four-piece, changed their name and recorded Sucks Blood, Patrick left San Francisco for the greener pastures of Louisville, Kentucky, where he started working as a bread baker. In his spare time and with his arsenal of field recordings, electronics, musical saw and guitar, he started working on Don't Go To Sleep, an album of experimental / ambient folk music that expresses his love of Luc Ferrari, folk muisc and horror movies. Limited edition of 100 copies.

Peaking Lights - Space Primitive LP (Night People) [NP101] $15.00
PEAKING LIGHTS return with a follow up EP to their excellent Night-People full length Imaginary Falcons and a teaser to lead into their killer next full length album set to drop on Not Not Fun later this winter. Space Primitive was originally released as a limited cassette on F*** It Tapes but needed a bit more shelf life so Night-People set to work to make this release a reality on vinyl. Aesthetically very similar to Imaginary Falcons, the same haunted low fi electronics surfacing throughout, cascading shimmering layers of guitar, and Indras ethereal vocals moving through the sound like a surfer on a wave. This 12-inch comes on clear one-sided vinyl with a silkscreen on the B side, the best looking one-sided homemade picture disc Night-People has made yet. Artwork by SHAWN REED.

Pearson Sound - Blanked/Blue Eyes 12 inch (Hessle Audio) [HES016EP] $10.50
"Pearson Sound, aka David Kennedy, returns to Hessle Audio for his second solo 12" on the label. He lives in Leeds & co-owns Hessle Audio with Ben UFO and Pangaea. Effortlessly blurring the boundaries of house, techno, duke, funky, dubstep to devastating effect."

Pepe Wismeer - Musi LP (Equation Records) [E=MC026LP] $21.75
"This is a 1-off pressing of 100 copies only - each numbered (in various places). Musi features 6 tracks selected by the band from their past 11 years that forms a coherent and continuous work. While this is not a 'Best of...', it does provide an excellent introduction to the band for those not already familiar with them. Pepe Wismeer have a pretty extensive discography with a vinyl LP, CD, a remix LP and numerous CD-Rs to their name. While drawing comparisons with other artists is always difficult - and often misleading - their warm, mature and fluid musical style and melancholic visions may remind some of Coil, Current 93 and others. Their work is structured around piano and voice accompanied by electric/acoustic guitar, 5-string bass, concrete sounds, samples, oud, sitar, metallophone ... and maybe some sheep & birds & water & glass. All music recorded on analogue equipment to add warmth and handcraft to the icy atmospheres." Each copy comes with an 8-page stapled booklet + insert.

Perc - Antifunk/Purple 12 inch (CLR) [CLR040EP] $12.25
Perc presents a memorable record for CLR. While "Antifunk" is straightforward techno, characterized by Perc's ceaseless sonic experimentation, "Purple" basically breaks with everything heard on CLR before. But even though the beat pattern is unconventional, and even though he uses all kinds of influences from different musical styles, Perc never loses sight of the dancefloor. With this record, CLR releases its first broken beat track and heralds a new, slightly more experimental phase in the musical history of the label.

Phil Kieran - Love Wish 12 inch (International Deejay Gigolo) [GIGOLO276EP] $11.50
Gigolo Records release two killer cuts from the prolific and legendary Phil Kieran. "Love Wish" sounds like a lost techno lament to an erstwhile sound that could only come from a producer with experience. Never showy, the track builds carefully, introducing strings at the final pay-off. On the B-side is the amazing "Odd Ball," again a master-class in reserved arrangements that holds the dancefloor solidly, delivering subtle yet powerful pay-offs at every turn. Truly mind-affirming techno for the body!

Phil Manley - Life Coach LP (Thrill Jockey) [THR258LP] $15.00
"Phil Manley, founding member of the pioneering DC-trio Trans Am, and in-demand recording engineer (The Alps, Arp, Mi Ami, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) has recorded his debut solo album. Life Coach, a title inspired by Tony Williams Lifetime and Charles Bullen's Lifetones project, is a dynamic collection of instrumental songs composed, performed, and recorded entirely by Phil. While there are reflections of Phil's work in Trans Am, Oneida, The F***ing Champs, and Jonas Reinhardt that a listener familiar with those bands will notice, Life Coach is more minimal and adheres to the structures of German rock of the mid 70's that has long inspired Phil, specifically the free-spirited and loose arrangements, the propulsive 'motorik' pulse, and the sonic textures or 'Klangfarben' (translated 'sound colors'). German analog recording technology had reached its zenith in the late 70's. This coincided nicely with the careers of such artists as Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster and Popol Vuh. German recording engineer Connie Plank, a hero of Phil's, was responsible for most of the greatest recordings of each of these bands. Life Coach pays homage to the 'Klangfarben' of Connie Plank's recordings."

Policy - Specialty Party 12 inch (Rush Hour) [RHDC6-EP] $12.25
Policy told Rush Hour he is from NYC, a part-time movie director and only started making music recently. Out of the bunch of tracks the label received, "Speciality Party" and "Light Over Fort Lee" form his debut EP. Both tracks challenge the beat spectrum and definitely speak his cinematic mind. Expect more music from Policy on Rush Hour -- he is definitely a contender for best newcomer of 2011.

Prinzhorn Dance School - Seed, Crop, Harvest 7 inch (DFA) [DFA2255] $8.75
BACK IN STOCK!!! PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL announce their return with new single, "Seed, Crop, Harvest." We haven't heard a thing from TOBIN PRINZ and SUZI HORN for three years (their debut LP was released on DFA back in 2007) but they've been far from work-shy. They toured extensively, then came home and built their own bespoke recording studio (The Red Shed)-and learned how to use it. Time consuming endeavors which saw them drop off the music radar. Which might just explain the title of the equally charged B-side "Off The Radar, Off The System."

Prompt - Sharing Sounds 12 inch (Highgrade) [HIGH088EP] $11.50
Prompt has been producing electronic music since the mid-'90s and during this time has made a string of outstanding EPs, some of which have even won awards. His debut EP on Highgrade set the tone for his convincing mix of sound design and subtle hooks. On Sharing Sounds it's all about deepness expressed through dense, loopy forests and deep, broken valleys. Few other techno producers have such a distinctive style or unique voice.

Psychatron & Paul Woolford - Thunder/Cloud 9 12 inch (Cocoon) [COR081EP] $12.25
With their first co-production, DJ/producer Paul Woolford and Irish producer team Paul Hamill and Dee Lievense aka Psycatron deliver the proof that UK techno has not lost any of its energy or visionary power in the year 2010. "Thunder" impresses with extremely dynamic drumming and ever-changing percussion patterns. "Cloud 9," however, steps back at first and stresses an explicit chord techno structure before integrating some noise rave signals following an epic break. Watch the whole floor blast off.

Psychic Reality/Sex Worker - Bored Fortress 7 inch (Not Not Fun) [NNF201EP] $6.75
"Farmer's market zen learner Leyna Noel channels the swaggering lust of Jimi's finest hour via stumbling drum machines and amplifier howls while her beau Sex Worker mines Debbie Harry's telephonic anxieties for deeper fears, darker secrets: 'I can't control myself.' Sleeve art by Julien Langendorff."

QNS - QNS 5 12 inch (Hidden Hawaii) [QNS005EP] $15.75
"Berlin local one sided pressing, upfront heavy tune on the edge of advanced half-stepping drum'n'bass & dubstepping electronica - TIP!"

Raime/Regis - If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are/This Foundry 12 inch (Blackest Ever Black) [BLACKEST002EP] $12.25
"If Anywhere Was Here He Would Know Where We Are" is a tense work, with a rolling rhythm that might make one think of jungle, if jungle were a product of the '80s cold wave. The drum hits and synth tones seem almost punitive, designed to admonish rather than seduce - and yet seduce they do. On the flip, Regis reinvents "This Foundry." It's a tough but sensitive version, true to the original's overriding atmosphere of decay and disquiet, but also tapping into its romantic undercurrents.

Rainbow Arabia - Kabukimono 12 inch (Manifold) [MANI016EP] $10.25
Second EP from LA duo features five new songs and two remixes of classics from their 2008 debut. Recorded between a grueling tour schedule with fellow exotic spice beat-makers, Gang Gang Dance, RAINBOW ARABIA kept themselves busy digging inspiration from Sublime Frequencies compilations and Neo-Gothic sub-culture. Kabukimono is fully committed to turn-on minds and ears to sounds from the outer territories of time, space and uncharted culture.

Ramon Tapia - Year 3000 12 inch (Strictly Rhythm) [SR8587747EP] $13.25
Ramon Tapia presents the next edition of the highly-acclaimed Strictly Rhythms series. Ramon's club hits "This Groove," and "It's That Dub Thing" as well as brand-new tracks "Year 3000" and "Yeah Yeah" show his outstanding quality and represent a best of selection of Strictly Rhythms Vol. 6.

Riya - Seems Like/The Cycle 12 inch (Autonomic) [NOMIC002EP] $11.75
"Next in line on a very busy Autonomic schedule is a single from one of the hottest vocal talents around, Riya. Lacing the Autonomic sound with her voice was an obvious choice for the Autonomic camp and the results are two timeless tracks that have been picked up on by a huge cross section of DJs such as Skream, Youngsta,dBridge, Instra:mental and many more. A) Riya - Seems Like -Having become popular after featuring on the Fabric/dBridge and Instra:mental Autonomic CD, this track has rightly been given a home on the Autonomic imprint and has been eagerly awaited by many. Riya proves her songwriting talents once again and complemented with the backing track by a certain other Autonomic artist, this one was never going to fail. AA) Riya - The Cycle -The AA side offers us a different angle from Riya, with a steadily building backing track her vocals loop in a hypnotic and enchanting cycle around Rhodes chords and a pumping heartbeatlike 4x4 bassline. Pure simplicity and an uncluttered soundscape gives this track the listen again qualities expected from Autonomic."

Robert Aaron - Trouble Man LP + 7 inch (Heavenly Sweetness) [HS030LP] $29.00
A soul-jazz trip from the streets of Brooklyn & Afro-Paris to the Cuban bush by a legend of the New York music scene. Former busker and NYC no wave scenester and all-around amazing New York life-force Robert Aaron -- working beautifully here in a timeless soul-jazz inspired mode -- capturing that vibe wonderfully on this effort for the Heavenly Sweetness label. Keys, smooth, but lively saxes and some great percussion are usually at play in these tunes -- which bear the influences of greats from Pharoah Sanders to Gato Barbieri in spirit and instrumentation. Aaron plays a lot of instruments, here working on saxes, piano, Hammond organ and electric bass, with Cheick Tidiane Seck on organs and piano, Marc Bertaux on bass, Steve McCraven on drums, Roger Raspail and Emilo Del Monte on percussion, Jose Palmer on guitar and guests Anthony Joseph who sings on "The Saddest Kiss," guitarist Monnette Sudler and alto sax player Suleyman Hakim. Trouble Man is a journey in jazz as it was lived and defined in the '70s; no borders, no conventions. Robert Aaron's music, with its range of saxophones and keyboards (piano, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer), has a unique style that is hard to find in this age of mathematical solos. When you listen to this album, you experience the profound and now rare feeling of what drives the playing and writing of an exceptional musician. We call it "soul," that paradoxical state when the profane and the sacred, joy and sorrow merge into one. We hear it less and less in increasingly rational musical recordings because it can only happen when there is a live connection between two hearts. Includes "Trouble Man," "A Song For Monette," "Maimouna," "Thembi," "Bombo" and "Sweet Obsession." Includes a bonus 7" featuring the tracks "The Saddest Kiss" and "Flower Like A River."

Rongetz Foundation, The - Simone/Zap Carnivorous (Patchworks Remix) 7 inch (Heavenly Sweetness) [HS041EP] $8.25
Dancefloor jazz from trumpeter StÄéphane Ronget's band. Two vocal hits featuring Saunders Sermons: "Simone" on the A-side and a dancefloor treatment of "Zap Carnivorous" by Patchworks on the flip.

Ryan Jewell - Eschew Obfuscation Espouse Elucidation LP (Hot Releases) [HR017LP] $14.25
"The long-awaited first full-length LP from conservatory-educated Columbus OH free-improv and jazz percussionist and noise-maker Jewell is a mammoth statement. Side A is one long stereo-melting, ear-bending composition comprised of sounds recorded over the span of a decade, evoking the best sense shock of harsh noise, except with organic sounds manipulated with the class and finesse of Pierre Henry. Side B focuses on the deep drone/long tones wrought with patience and intensity from a snare -- a beautiful compliment to the classy frenzy of the first half. After collaborations with the likes of Spencer Yeh, Mike Shiflet, Wasteland Jazz Unity, Graveyards, Envenomist, Pink Reason, Psychedelic Horseshit, and Tatsuya Nakatani, this solo wax is a serious treat. Mastered by Bhob Rainey, with art by Dylan Nyoukis. 300 Copies, pro-printed art."

Sammy - Too Sad To Name It 12 inch (Goodvibe Records) [GVR003EP] $11.50
Sammy's debut on Goodvibe Records is an interesting and solid debut. 4 tracks on vinyl made with a strong "dance" attitude inside. Inspiration came to Sammy from his daily life. Bad things do happen. How we respond to them define the quality of our life. Sammy's strengths as a producer is the way he employs everything he does in service of a deep and groovy mood. One can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of everyday losses, or to rise from the pain and treasure life as it is.

Scuba - You Got Me (I Got You)/Before (After) 12 inch (Hotflush) [TRI004EP] $10.50
"Part 2 of a series of limited 12" remixes taken from Scuba's Triangulation (Interpretations) album. On this 12" Scuba's back with the old skool vibes on 'You Got Me (I Got You)' but confidently skips the line by keeping it firmly in this moment. The listless beauty of 'Before' is embued with a spine tingling warmth on Scuba's luscious opening re-edit, 'Before (After).'"

Scuba - Before (Deadboy Remix)/So You Think You're Special (Joe RMX) 12 inch (Hotflush) [TRI005EP] $10.50
"Part 3 of a limited series of 12" vinyl taken from the Triangulation (Interpretations) album. Joe made an immediate impact on the scene with his 12"s on Hessle Audio and Applepips; his rework of 'So You Think You're Special' has a slowly blossoming groove underpinning stuttering percussion, jangling keys and an expertly playful melody that opens out across the sparse background. South London's Deadboy offers an understated modern jungle remix of Before with skittering hats and heavy bass that can't fail to light up floors and faces."

Secret Cinema - Timeless Altitude 2011 12 inch (Gem Records) [GEM008EP] $11.50
Created back in '94 by Secret Cinema, "Timeless Altitude" is truly timeless. If you are into electronic music and live on this planet, there's a 75% chance you'll recognize the weird reversed, reverbed piano riff. Now, remixes by Slam, Egbert and Secret Cinema have made their way onto vinyl. The Secret Cinema remix is a peak-time main room power tool, Slam take a deeper, more subtle approach, and Egbert takes the track to a warmer, funkier level.

Shadow Dancer - Murder Room 12 inch (Boysnoize Records) [BNR055EP] $11.50
Paul Farrier aka Shadow Dancer is back with 4 diverse songs for all you cool DJs. "Catmoves" is a great mix of modern disco and house. "Parallax" is an epic disco-tech song, which will remind you of how good those old Legowelt tracks were. On "Murder Room," Paul delivers a groovy dancefloor-murder track, full of little sounds to brainwash ravers. "Lo Fighters" is an unreleased Shadow Dancer song from 1999 -- classic pre-millennium electro with a robot vocoder voice.

Shit Robot - Take Em Up 12 inch (DFA) [DFA2271] $10.00
From the Cradle to the Rave is a near perfect album, and "Take Em Up" is one reason why: The interplay between MARCUS "SHIT ROBOT" LAMBKIN's loping synthesizer disco funk and NANCY WHANG's unflappable vocals is, simply, great. Now, that track yields added dividends through its pairing with a collection of remixes from an eclectic group of estimable artists. Birmingham, England's MARK E contributes his Black Country Dub, a reworking that adds a robot-precise, thudding beat to minimal arrangements, and then overlays the whole structure with room-filling synths. MARCUS MARR takes things slowly, opening with brooding synths and solitary vocals that burst into blissful electronic pop at the chorus. The digital release adds two tracks: A JOHN TALABOT remix that feels like a laidback house party that really gets going when it relocates to a disco floor. And Germany's MICHAEL MAYER's epically inventive take on "Tuff Enuff"-another From the Cradle to the Rave standout-is an otherworldly listening experience that literally builds toward take off.

Shrinnirs - Early Singles LP (Mystra Records) [MYS006LP] $14.50
"Contains the first three 45s by New England's political punkers influenced by The Ex, Dog-Faced Hermans, and various avant-garde movements. The Bimbo Shrineheads/Shrin/Shrinnirs have been blowing minds at endless venues since 1988. In true Dead Moon fashion, Dawn Cook (vocalist, songwriter) and Joe Malinowski (drummer & Tulpa Records executive) are still shredding around New England with their unique vision. Try to see them asap! Includes hand-painted covers with art box attached including artwork, flyers, liners, and more. Limited to 100 copies."

Sic Alps - Napa Asylum 2xLP (Drag City) [DC455LP] $19.25
"Napa Asylum is the Sic Alps in 2010 ? two and one half years since the fabled release of US E.Z.! Napa Asylum accounts for the swift tilt of time since aught-eight with twenty-two crafted tracks bubbling in the reverb tank. The Alps are in the summer of their years, where they suddenly find a minute to reflect on the breaking down of the years previous. Napa Asylum is overfull with Sic pleasures, echoing half-emptily like they do as the hooks slide into your flesh, animating you marionette-style to tip-tat your way across the dance-floor. Let's away to the Tascam 8-Ball! Themes from Napa Asylum include re-incarnation, magic and schizophrenia. SUCH AS: 'The First White Man to Touch California' ties the 'discovery' of California to the recent mortgage crisis. 'Zeppo Epp' tells parallel tales from Midwestern homes: Zeppo Epley drives off to never be heard from again while Charlotte Muldeen breaks up with her girlfriend and joins the Navy. And there's more, lots of it there, all dripping through a $100 preamp for your misunderstanding. Yeah, the sound reflects a minimal set-up, but don't let them fool you. The process is the flavor -- and three albums in, you can still get in on the ground floor, 'cause Sic Alps always record in the basement. Get down your steps while you can, the songs are as short as they are bitter-sweet. But the one that ends just makes way for the one coming next."

Sidi Toure & Friends - Sahel Folk LP (Thrill Jockey) [THR256LP] $15.50
"Throughout his time making music, Sidi's sound has both captured and challenged his roots. His music moves from the translucent swaying takamba to the trance inducing Holley, while the lyrics often address many non-traditional issues. Sidi has a critical mind and his songs have a purpose. At its heart, Sahel Folk, Thrill Jockey's debut release with Sidi Touré, is an album of friends reuniting around a glass of tea. It's Sidi Touré's second album, but the first time most of his collaborators have been documented. Sidi Touré has been performing music in his home of Mali since the 1970s when he formed the Songhaį Stars regional orchestra. He has won the award for best singer two times at the Mali National Bienale. Sidi is a peer to Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate, and he shares a kinship with the late Ali Farka Touré."

Siriusmo - Feromonikon/Signal 12 inch (Monkeytown) [MONKEY009EP] $11.50
Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records imprint presents the album pre-single Feromonikon/Signal, a surprising showcase of Siriusmo's stylistic diversity. Not necessarily known as a techno producer, this 12" shows Moritz Friedrich aka Siriusmo flexing his muscles. Adrenergic "Feromonikon" slightly reminds of the best moments of Alter Ego rave anthems, paired with Warp-esque sound elements and those typical Siriusmo trademarks. "Signal" is not far from the melodic catchiness of "Berlin Calling" mega-seller, Paul Kalkbrenner.

Skinnz - Keep It Gutta/Euphorbia 12 inch (Boka) [BOK033EP] $10.50
"Bristol-based Skinnz unleashes his debut solo release after more than 5 years in the game! His productions date back to an appearance on a Destructive Recordings compilation back in 2005 alongside the likes of Skream, Toastyboy, Distance and Vex'd. More recently his collabs with I.D have seen releases on labels such as Pinch's Earwax and Double Science. 'Keep It Gutta' features soaring synthetic soul chords, like Joker's 'purple wow' sound with aggro elements sublimated into a crisp urban elegance. 'Euphorbia' strays into Martyn/Joy Orbison territory, its fizzing drone chords and soul vocal samples compressed around a bassier but grime-inclined beat to breathless effect!"

Soft Moon - Soft Moon LP (Captured Tracks) [CT85LP] $15.00
On the heels of two sensually dark 7-inches, LUIS VASQUEZ of THE SOFT MOON, has completed his self-titled debut full-length on Captured Tracks. Raised under the burning sun of the Mojave desert, Vasquez channels both his punk upbringing and Afro-Cuban heritage to sculpt decidedly dystopian soundscapes for a new generation of torn romantics. It's a record set somewhere in the near post-apocalypse where technology enchants as much as it destroys.

Sophia Knapp - Nothing To Lose 7 inch (Drag City) [DC456EP] $6.00
"The new single from Cliffie Swan (formerly Lights) guitarist/vocalist Sophia Knapp. Modern melodic vocal/pop star; highly visual, saturated realm of fragments of memories and dreams presented in familiar, warm, pure and straightforward pop music."

Sound of Pot - Sound of Pot LP (Manhand) [MH116LP] $19.25
"Conrad Capistran's debut solo LP. Twenty-five tracks, song-based electronica."

Steffi - Yours & Mine 2x12 inch (Ostgut Ton) [OSTGUT008LP] $17.25
On the debut album by Berlin-based Dutch DJ/producer Steffi, you will discover an even further developed producer who shares her personal journey. A long period of intense experimentation and self-discovery led to this sensitive, instinctive and extremely insightful long-player. Carefully mixing old and new, warm analog synth and drum textures flow in unison with modern studio finesse over nine tracks, each telling its own story. Ethereal, hypnotic passages and positive, uplifting messages meet temperate, slow-building vibes and heart-wrenching moments. Often, simplicity blurs into satisfying complexity. Moments of sheer joy arise against the backdrop of a rich and elegantly-controlled exploration of sound. The opening track "Lilo" is a soothing, harmonious forecast of this deep dance music album; swirling, and reduced. A warm solid state thump drives it however, and it becomes clear that the beauty in Steffi's house music lies in this meeting of classic, emotion-drenched melodies and bold, earthy drums. The tactile "Piem" rises and climbs with a strong late-night intensity before "Yours" featuring Virginia comes to the fore. Striking a clever balance between positive, addictive pop and straight-up club energy, this vocal-led future-classic is a loud and proud testament to how far Steffi has come -- not only as a producer, but as a DJ who understands the need for balance, control and release. Perhaps an ode to the many foundations of house that have no doubt inspired Steffi, "Arms" is a string-led jack track, a slow burner in the best sense, and all the better for it. Similarly, "Manic Moods" sells itself on the strength of its handful of carefully-crafted analog synth lines, slowly fusing to become one while her beats urge us forward. The urgent, sci-fi tones and extended, soaring strings of "Mine" bring it back to the club as heady images of warehouses past, present and future flash before you. This retro-futurism is then taken further with the muscular "Nightspacer," whose NY house roots are fleshed out by blossoming pads and an unstoppable, throbbing, traveling vibe. Drawing the album towards its close, the deeply spaced "You Own My Mind," featuring Virginia's beautifully smooth vocals, washes over and wraps around you in a melancholic blanket of sound. Deeply personal to the last, "Moving Lips" could be that special last embrace; one more moment to end the night and yet keep you longing for more.

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions LP (Tamla) [T326LP] $12.00
1973's Innervisions is Stevie Wonder's all-time masterpiece. Tracks include "Too High," "Golden Lady," "Higher Ground" and "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing." There's nothing to say about this record except that it deserves a place in every American household and, before our society fails, we need to figure out what happened to that guy on "Living For The City." Gatefold exact repro reissue.

Teebs - Ardour 2xLP (Brainfeeder) [BF010LP] $20.00
"As music from the Los Angeles area thrives and swells across the globe, one of its most beloved and deeply rooted members, Teebs, steps out with an album full of infectious melodies, subtle hip-hop and a kaleidoscope of sound. Music for the imagination."

Terence Fixmer - Comedy Of Menace Pt. 2 12 inch (Electric Deluxe) [EDLX013EP] $11.50
Comedy Of Menace Pt. 2 is the second vinyl single from Terence Fixmer's Comedy Of Menace album, including reworks by Niederflur and Brendon Moeller. The vinyl includes the dubby and light original of "Phantoms" and the sensitive rework by Niederflur, who transforms it into a more driven techno track without losing the original's tender essence. The B-side presents the hypnotic "Breathless" and Brendon Moeller's remix of "Things Are Over," which will shift your dub-reality from head to toe.

Tete - Rotor 12 inch (Innervisions) [IV031EP] $13.25
2 days in Karlsruhe - Ä~B½ ChÄ~C¢teau Flight - Ä~B½ Ä~C,me - 2 accents circonflexes - 1 Roland Jupiter-6 - 1 Roland MC-202 - 1 Roland TB-303 - 1 Roland TR-808 - 1 Yamaha YC-45D - 1 pseudonym - 2 new tracks - I:Cube and Frank Wiedemann are TÄ~Cªte.

Thank You - Golden Worry LP (Thrill Jockey) [THR243LP] $15.00
"Thank You could only come from one city, at one moment in time. Like Pere Ubu's Cleveland and Joy Division's Manchester, post-industrial Baltimore serves as simultaneous playground, obstacle course, and muse to this show-stealing art-rock trio. Jeffrey McGrath (everything), Michael Bouyoucas (everything), and Emmanuel Nicolaidis (everything) are veterans of a cold era when the Baltimore music scene barely exceeded the carrying capacity of a warehouse elevator. Things change, and the band's urgent collision of rhythm, melody, and noise has placed them at the creative center of today's Baltimore renaissance. Here we have guitars, drums, and vocals -- but also '60s Vox organs, harmonica, mini-moog, jaw harp, sampler, and Fender Twin Reverb amps -- all in the service of six hypnotic tracks of Baltimore-built avant-rock. From the first-jangling, then-jagged guitars of album-opener '1-2-3 Bad' to the triumphant swirls and squeals of 'Continental Divide' and the dexterously deconstructed instrumental bridge of galvanizing closer 'Can't/Can,' these songs are intricate yet immediate stunners. Attacked with the ecstatic, fierce energy of a Thank You live set -- and then perfected in the studio with ears attuned to dub, Eno, 20th Century classical, and Konono No. 1 -- Golden Worry is a new world in which we listeners can lose ourselves: the sound of Baltimore at the vanguard as we enter the Two-Thousand Teens."

The Wake - Harmony LP (Drastic Plastic) [DPRLP10] $12.00
Originally released by Factory Records on the recommendation of New Order manager Rob Gretton, Harmony is an important link between the darkness of early post-punk efforts and later dance-driven pop beats that became the soundtrack to the rave scene. This recording creates a memorable listening experience that distinguishes itself by its goals and its earnest attempts to fulfull them. Quiet and moving, rhythmic and minimally melodic, this album is a must-have for serious vinyl collectors who follow the family tree of underground sound. And a definite must for anyone who loves New Order, the band who took this sound mainstream. Includes the original LP, and for the first time, the popular 12-inch single "Something Outside" as an additional track. Limited to 1,000 copies on 180-gram vinyl.

Theo Parrish feat. IG Culture - Traffic 12 inch (Kindred Spirits) [KS034EP] $12.25
"Limited single-sided white label of an exclusive Theo & I.G track, 'Traffic'!! You'll have heard this one if you've been paying attention to Mr Parrish's DJ sets over the past year or so."

Thou - Summit LP (Southern Lord) [LORD119] $14.00
THOU are a "punk rock" doom band. They've somehow combined the ethics of true DIY punk and the sound of sludging, droning doom to breathe life into a creative entity that is completely passionate. Thou draws so drastically on so many different influences, influences that find their ways through the band's songs in a myriad of ways. Summit showcases the band at their most progressive, melodic and diverse, all while retaining their signature style of apocalyptically crushing metal. Six songs, 52 minutes.

Thymolphthalein - Ni MaÄ~C®tre, Ni Marteau LP (Editions Mego) [DEMEGO015LP] $18.25
A key ingredient in disappearing ink, Thymolphthalein describes the working method of this brilliant French-Australian quintet. Leader Anthony Pateras (Pivixki) conceived a detailed hour-long structural premise for the group's first tour in 2009, creating a masterful pastiche of richly dynamic, timbrally-devastating explorations for electroacoustic ensemble, melded by his own distinctive prepared piano and analog electronics. Natasha Anderson combines buzzing slabs of electroacoustic sound with fractured acoustic gestures, sculpting exquisite perceptual explorations with recorders and electronics, producing a poetic and uncanny otherness. Will Guthrie expertly fuses the drum kit with an array of homemade electro-acoustic devices to produce a fluid cataclysm of sonic richness, melded by his searing technical prowess and faultless ear. JÄérÄ~C'me Noetinger is THE live concrÄéte maestro, electro-acoustically manipulating his bandmates with expert timing and breathtaking invention, scrambling proceedings with the occasional ring-modulated depth charge. Clayton Thomas' thoughtful and virtuosic prepared double bass playing has taken Europe by storm since moving there from Sydney in 2007 -- part groove cannon, part kinetic sculpture, all parts BAD bass skills. Natasha Anderson (contrabass recorder and electronics), Will Guthrie (percussion and electronics), JÄérÄ~C'me Noetinger (tape machines and electronics), Clayton Thomas (double bass and preparations), Anthony Pateras (prepared piano and analog synthesizer). All music by Thymolphthalein, performed live at SWR2 New Jazz Meeting, Gare du Nord, Basel, November 15th, 2009. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin -- 45 rpm. Edition of 500 copies.

Tiago - Disambiguation 12 inch (DFA) [DFA2269] $10.00
TIAGO's "Disambiguation" begins like an aural sea, with a surface made of synthesized swells that rise, fall and crest again. Beneath these waves are briefly clangorous metallic noises, searing electro hisses, long-armed synth stretches, and a never ending beat. There are moments of understated beauty floating through this perfect marriage of disco and house, sounds that are there and gone: a bassline that stairsteps and synthetic strings that follow suit; playful keyboard melodies; and percussion provided by Tiago himself, who fell in love with music when he learned to play drums as a kid. "Nada a Perder" ("Nothing to Lose") shies away from the extravagance suggested by its name and instead feels relaxed-at least at its outset. Against shape shifting synths and the sound of piano house, percussion takes a leading role here, including finger snaps and clanging cowbells. The energy builds to a peak but, even when things are at their most frenetic, this track never loses its studied composure. TIAGO MIRANDA's remixes and releases have been issued on Disco Devil, Italians Do It Better, Rong Music, Ene, Hands of Time, Eskimo and Claremont 56. He is one half of DJ duos SLIGHT DELAY, THE SEA POWER & CHANGE, and MENDES & ALCADA, and also handles mutiple duties in the band GALA DROP. Tiago has been DJ'ing seven hour sets almost every weekend for more than a decade at the infamous Lux in Lisbon, Portugal.

Tiefschwarz - Melted Chocolate 3 12 inch (Souvenir Music) [SOUVENIR032EP] $11.50
Tiefschwarz present volume three of remixes inspired by the candy world of their LP Chocolate (SOUVENIR 002CD). Melted Chocolate 3 completes the series and brings the Chocolate year of 2010 to a beautiful ending with remixes by Reboot and Bruno Pronsato.

Tim Berresheim - Studies In Future Blues LP (Eventuell) [EVTL008LP] $30.50
"A good three years after his first solo debut No Time Left on Eventuell, Tim Berresheim presents Studies in Future Blues. The new album shows a different take on experimental music. While No Time Left gave a proof of his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, Studies in Future Blues is pure computer music. The title is programmatic because here Berresheim presents different takes on blues rock, from plunderphonic tracks in the tradition of John Oswald via melancholic treatments a la Caretaker, to abstract micro-assemblies that remind of early computer music like Horacio Vaggione, for example. The six tracks, all entitled 'Wicked Son,' are highly entertaining demonstrations of his craftsmanship. Cover art by Tim Berresheim, done in conjunction with the correspondent exhibition earlier this year at the gallery Hammelehle und Ahrens in Cologne."

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972 2xLP (Kranky) [KRANK154LP] $16.75
"Tim Hecker's latest work approaches a form of secular musical transcendentalism from within the battered temple of spirituality. Recorded in a church in Reykjavik, Iceland and using a pipe organ as the primary sound source, this new piece is essentially a live recording. In reality, it exists in a nether world between captured live performance and meticulous studio work, melding the two approaches to sonic artifice as a unity. It is in parts a document of air circulating within a wooden room, and also a pagan work of physical resonance within a space once reserved for the hallowed breath of the divine. ! While the title of the piece 'Hatred of Music' might be a clue, the album is also partly an attempt to confront a pervasive negativity surrounding music. Historical rituals of destroying pianos, mountains of pirated CDRs pushed by bulldozers in Eastern Europe, or the melancholy of the digital music era began as sideline motifs which quickly informed the work on this record. They also really didn't at all. ! Despite that the context is wide open in such a form of musical abstraction, the substance of these immersive compositions showcases Hecker's continued mastery of organizing sound into a visceral near entity. It is an almost physical presence that the listener feels as much as hears. This work is a significant contribution to Hecker's oeuvre, one which spans over ten years of musical production. Ravedeath is an enigmatic document of beauty and force. ! The album was recorded mostly over the period of one day in July of 2010. Iceland-based musician Ben Frost assisted with the engineering and performs on this recording."

Tony Roach - Entertainer 7 inch (Digikiller) [DKR031EP] $6.25
"Tony Roach's 'Entertainer'....voiced on one of the best-ever digital cuts of the 'green bay' riddim."

Tormentors, The - Hanging Round LP (Void Records) [VOID054LP] $14.75
"Long awaited Void release of '67 California Garage folkadelia with some fuzz. Originals like the moody 'Childhood Memories' and the rockin' 'Cause You Don't Love Me' are highlights. Nice cover of the Beau Brummels but the rest are originals. This is mega-rare as an original and sought after the world over. We have used the exact cover design for this vinyl reissue."

Traversable Wormhole - Traversable Wormhole CLR Special Edition 12 inch (Clr) [CLR041EP] $12.25
This is the final remix vinyl of the Traversable Wormhole Series Vol. 01-05, remixed by Chris Liebing and Kevin Gorman. This is a CLR special and limited edition: music speaks louder than words!

Tribraque - Entraxes Inegaux LP (Bimbo Tower) [LPTRIBRENTR] $28.00
Free and improvised navigation of the murky waters of organized sound, orchestrated like New Yorkers or Koeln-ists. JEAN-FRANCOIS PAUVROS (guitars and voice) PATRICK MULLER of ILITCH (electrosonics), JEAN-NOEL COGNARD (drums and objects).

Trolley Snatcha - One Trick Pony EP 2x12 inch (Dub Police) [DP044EP] $21.75
"As anyone will know, Dub Police is one of the dubstep scene's leading labels, having helped launch the careers of artists like Caspa and Rusko into the dance music stratosphere. The label's ethos has always been about giving the next generation a step up and the next wave of superstar producers has arrived as the Dub Police war machine continues to roll ever onward towards world domination. Trolley Snatcha is the latest artist to receive the Dub Police stamp of approval with his diverse four-tracker the One Trick Pony EP. Proving that he is anything but, Trolley turns out a selection of tunes that display a mature and open-minded approach to dubstep. From the ear-battering Trolley trademarks that litter 'Pass Me By' and 'Rocco's Revenge' to the smoothed out bliss of 'Always On My Mind' and the light techno touches of 'We Go Deep', this EP will grab the attention of anyone with a keen ear for quality music. DJ support: Caspa, Rusko, Skream, The Others and Benga."

Unknown - Story #5 12 inch (Story) [STORY005EP] $11.50
Another anonymous high priest of the Secret New House World Order presents three deep tracks in the best Chicago tradition. "Feel About" exposes a basic jacking beat somewhere around the magical 120bpm range, an almost sedative walking bass line, swinging organ chords and vocal snippets that command your butt to shake. "Gruteaussichten" packs a harder punching groove and a slightly eerie atmosphere before a warm shower of synth chords hits the euphoria switch in your subconscious. Resistance is futile.

Various Artists - Rain Don't Fall On Me LP (Mississippi) [MR073] $10.00
A compilation of prewar country blues & gospel. Features popular artists such as BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON, GARY DAVIS, BUKKA WHITE, and MEMPHIS MINNIE alongside unfairly less documented artists such as SONNY BOY & HIS PALS, LULU JACKSON and WILLIE MAE WILLIAMS. Could be viewed as a sequel to Mississippi's Last Kind Words compilation. Some heavy meditative songs and some dance numbers too.

Various Artists - Luv.One 12 inch (Love Unlimited Vibes) [LUV001EP] $11.50
New mysterious imprint focusing on warm and soulful vibes between house, techno and downbeat. Some well-known producers show their soft skills with their own productions or edits/re-works.

Various Artists - Speckto 12 inch (Mainakustik) [MUSIK002EP] $11.50
Mainakustik presents another 12" in their Stamp-Series. Label-owner Matt Star's track "Specto" is a functional, groovy tech-house track, already dancefloor-proofed in his various live gigs. Co-label-owner Dermaptera presents hypnotic tool "Zeig Her" followed by a funky, minimalistic track by Frank Leicher in collaboration with Pascal Feos. To round things out, Ben Hoffmann presents a special track for special moments, full of emotion.

Various Artists - Peahen 12 inch (Watergate Records) [WG004EP] $11.50
Watergate Records presents their fourth vinyl edition, focusing on exclusive tracks from the seventh edition of the Watergate mix CD series. Brandt Brauer Frick's exclusive track, "Melancholie II" gets the remix treatment from Lee Jones, which results in a crafty club number. MyMy's "Mymorial" has depth provided by analog synth pads that harmonize seamlessly with a warm and luscious bass line. Acid Pauli's "December" features a deep, low-slung kick, sparse melodies, and what sounds like field recordings. A collector's 12", indeed.

Various Artists - Texas Flashbacks Volume 2 LP (Past & Present) [PAPR1006LP] $20.75
The Past & Present label reissues the second volume of the Texas Flashbacks compilation on digitally-remastered 180 gram virgin vinyl. The Lone Star State was home to a disproportionate number of fine garage, psych and punk bands in the 1960s. This stupendous 6LP series gathered together no fewer than 95 of their greatest moments, culled from some of the rarest singles ever issued. Complete with a full-color insert featuring discographies, rare pictures and background info, this limited edition hand-numbered vinyl series is an essential purchase for collectors and all fans of snarling, snotty, sneering rock and roll. Artists include: The Jades, The Oxford Circus, The Blue Things, Jimmy Rabbit & The Karats, Wally And The Rights, The Boys, The One Way Street, The Twilighters, The Outcasts, S.J. And The Crossroads, The Iguanas, The Chevelle V, The Runaways, The Six Pents and Knights Bridge.

Various Artists - Funky FrÄ~C¤uleins Vol. 2 LP (Bureau B) [BB061LP] $16.00
LP version on 180 gram vinyl.

Various Artists - Ishilan n-Tenere LP (Mississippi Records) [MR079LP] $15.00
"Compilation of recent field recordings made by Chris Kirkley (Sahel Sounds) All tracks feature acoustic guitar players & vocalists from Senegal & Northern Mali, with the exception of the last song which is a rocking Tuareg electric guitar band. Beautiful music by some of Africa's finest griots. At times melancholic and at others romantic pop music. We think this is one of our strongest releases ever. Old school tip on cover. Comes with a 16 page full color booklet featuring descriptive notes & beautiful never before published photos."

Various Artists - African Calling Vol. 1 12 inch (Mule Musiq) [MUSIQ052EP] $13.50
"Mule Musiq proudly introduce the new artist & music in South Africa. There are huge deep house scene in South Africa. You already know the one of the star in South Africa 'Culoe De Song' who release on Innervisions and Mule Musiq. On a side, the music remind Joe Claussell or that kind of music but 'Moodswings' put more unique touch. On b side, the music is bit closer with Chilean stuff than Afro house. So their unique music is like a fusion of Joe Claussell and Henrik Schwarz and Luciano."

Various Artists - YZ(XMissing): Christmas And Seasonal Sounds LP (Mystra Records) [MYS007LP] $20.50
"LP, art book, and cassette of contemporary, bizarro and acoustic-based Christmas And Seasonal Sounds by 24+ groups and individuals like: SOP, Ed Askew, Exusamwa (Fat Day & Preggy Peggy folks), Dawn Cook, Bromp Treb, Pat Conte (Secret Museum), Ralph White, Jack Callahan, Bunwinkies, Flaming Dragons Of Middle Earth, Defneg & Tumblecat Duo, Big Kids, Cycles Inside, Crystaline Roses, Happy Jawbone Band, Betsy Nichols, Bengeorge7, Richie & The Zip Code?and a bunch more. Comes with a cassette with more similar soundz and a big fold-out art cover with separate pages by Jeff Hartford, Josh Verizon, Ruth Garbus, John Moloney and Josh Burkett. Limited to 350 copies."

Various Artists - Sitar Beat!: Indian Style Heavy Funk Vol. II 2xLP (Guerilla Reissues) [SBR202LP] $15.00
2007 release. "Sixteen tracks of rare and funky Indian flavor, blending heavy beats with the sounds of the sitar and the inimitable vocal sounds of beloved Indian singers such as the ubiquitous Asha Bhosle and producers/songwriters like Kalyanji Ananji and R. D. Burman. Most of the tracks are culled from Bollywood sound tracks from the 70s and early 80s. Enormously popular, often wild and packed with action and romance, these films put the intense music of star composers like Burman and Kalyanji & Anandji at the forefront. The strange, psychedelic sounds possess their own cultural mish-mash of flavors -- combining traditional Indian instrumentation and melodies with film music's intensity, and incorporating styles from American/Western music from about 5 years or so behind the trend. All this to say -- expect funk, psychedelic rock, disco and proto-electro to jump out from the grooves of Sitar Beat Volume 2 and hit you harder than a mouth full of spicy masala. This is soul from the Sub-continent at its best!"

Various Artists - El Mexico '70: El Funk Pesado Y Rock LP (Le Smoke Disque) [LSD003LP] $8.75
2007 release. "Heavyweight funk and psychedelic rock from South of the Border pressed loud on wax! The formula behind El Mexico 70 is simple -- good Mexican funk is rare as hell, obscenely expensive, and often pressed low on poor quality vinyl. This new series -- which has aspirations to stretch further into South America -- takes raw, funky source material, and remasters, edits and chops it together into dance-floor filling smashes! The psychedelic funkers Rabbits and Carrots get three songs on Side A. Their 'Cuatro Culturas,' a Mexican stand off, if you will, with James Brown's 'Give It Up Turn It Loose', is probably one of the only examples of the Godfather losing to those whose music he spawned. Well, at least, tying for first place! Their version of Rufus Thomas's 'Funky Chicken,' however, squarely knocks the Crown Prince of Dance on his ass! Lastly, the drums that start their cover of Jorge Ben's 'Pais Tropical' make the song worth inclusion -- but the swinging boogaloo funk that follows is nothing to sniff at. Side B starts off with one of the heaviest psychedelic rock jams to originate in Mexico. Las Moskas 'Buscando La Felicidad' switches tempo effortlessly, and never loses the groove. Jae's Soul gets a worthwhile edit, and bonus beats to extend those funky drums, and the EP closes with yet another band besting Rufus Thomas -- this time with a superb rendition of his 'Push And Pull.'"

Various Artists - Boysnoize Presents Super Acid 2xLP (Boysnoize Records) [BNR054LP] $19.00
2LP version.

Various Artists - Desolat X-Sampler 2x12 inch (Desolat) [DESOLAT015EP] $19.00
Desolat celebrates a year packed full of music, with the second yearly label sampler: a showcase of inspiring heavyweights alongside fresh talent from two continents. While the previous vinyl sampler was red, this sampler will be blue. All artists featured on the sampler have released music on Desolat previously: some as special guests, some as cherished label staples. Artists include Martin Buttrich, Livio & Roby, Guti & Audiofly, Yaya, Loco Dice, Franck Roger, Premiesku, and DJ Sneak.

Various Artists - Pop Ambient 2011 LP+CD (Kompakt) [KOM223LP] $14.00
Kompakt's beloved Pop Ambient series returns for the year 2011. This is the label's other arena of bliss -- always curated and carefully compiled by label co-owner Wolfgang Voigt (aka Gas). Somber times call for more introspective soundscapes -- Pop Ambient 2011 continues its mission to slowly persuade its signature sound introduced over a decade ago. In 2011, Kompakt sees the series leaning towards a slightly darker complexion than its predecessors. It launches with a selection from one of Voigt's favorite albums of 2010 -- the impeccable "Bernsteinzimmer" from ANBB aka Carsten Nicolai/Alva Noto from Raster Noton and the legendary Blixa Bargeld of Einstļrzende Neubauten. Marsen Jules brings classical composition to soothing synthetic reality with "Once In A Moment." Triola is the ambient voice of legendary Cologne producer JĶrg Burger aka The Modernist. If compared to the melancholic but soothing and light Triola signature-sound, "Dunkelraum" ("Darkroom") is rather dark and epic. Wolfgang Voigt chooses to remain unveiled this year as he presents an exclusive track on Pop Ambient 2011. "Rļckverzauberung 1" illustrates his new Profan concept. Emotive, Gas-eous harmony that glows and leaves you wanting more. Bhutan Tiger Rescue is the surprising duo of October and Ewan Pearson. They debut with a sleighbell melodic drone tune that ominously breaks down in a sea of noise. Kompakt co-founder Jļrgen Paape recalls the vintage beauty of Ambient 4 Eno together with compelling vocals and horns to soothe the way. Bvdub is one of today's most revered musicians and Kompakt is pleased to welcome him back with his seemingly endless layers of depth. Kompakt's own John Harten aka Crato could be Pop Ambient's answer to black metal -- a most unholy matrimony but exceptionally executed! Fellow Cologne conspirator Daniel Ansorge aka Barnt made waves in 2010 with his debut on the Magazine imprint alongside Crato and takes the sound of the chime to astounding levels. Mikkel Metal of Copenhagen returns after a very successful run of releases on Echocord, contributing a masterful synth-pop excursion. Jens-Uwe Beyer may be known to many as Popnoname and has remained a highlight of past editions of Pop Ambient. This year, he thrills us with a guitar treatment with "Volax" -- sincerely Beyer's, he evokes a talent not unlike Tim Hecker. Finally, Kompakt leaves you with a production of epic proportions. In October, 2010, The Orb's own Thomas Fehlmann performed together with select members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. Kompakt presents an exclusive, alternative Fehlmann "solo" take of "Symphony No. 1" aka "Titan" by Gustav Mahler. The Pop Ambient 2011 version is an exclusive solo version of this classical recording.

Various Artists - MCDE 1206/07 2x12 inch (Motor City Drum Ensemble) [MCDE1206/07EP] $22.25
Double pack of MCDE label delights, including the artists Motor City Drum Ensemble, Hundred 20, John Roberts, Stee Downes and Creative Swing Alliance.

Vincenzo - The Clearing 12 inch (Dessous) [DES100EP] $11.50
Vincenzo will release his next full-length album in 2011, and the first single to be featured is the breathtaking The Clearing. Beautifully warm and overflowing with atmosphere, this anthemic modern ode swirls and builds with incredible depth and clarity. The dub version works the groove further with a straighter edge and an even later-night theme. Ian Pooley's remix pays tribute to the power of the original, while cutting up some old-school flavors and laying down that classic Pooley key-led funk.

Viva L'American Death Ray Music - Miles of Smiles, Towns of Frowns LP (Mexican Summer) [MEX062LP] $20.75
"Memphis-to-Brooklyn transplant Nicholas Ray has been pushing the moniker of Viva L'American Death Ray Music for close to fifteen years, as musical trends have come and gone around him. Nobody wants to hear about 'the best band you haven't heard of' anymore, but truthfully you'd have to stay pretty low to the ground to discover any of the albums and countless singles and EPs he's made under this name in that time. When you do find it, you'll realize that you're down on the ground because your home is literally ON FIRE from the excitement this guy's music has generated all around you. Miles of Smiles, Towns of Frowns is VLADRM's sixth full-length, following releases on Sympathy for the Record Industry, Misprint, New York Night Train, Shattered, and Ray's own Sangre Libre label. Though the band's entire output is uniformly recommended for you to check out at once, you would do well to start here, with twelve songs that capture a lost-in-time paean to glam rock, the Fall, the Velvet Underground, Britpop and dub reggae: earworms burrowing in, effortless cool breezing across the room, and a set of songs that will define your day/month/year/rest of life. It's hard to describe 'total music' but it's also difficult to categorize VLADRM in modern terms without bringing up lofty comparisons to Roxy Music or Bowie. And yet ... here we are. It'll have to make do. This cup will never run dry and never spill over, and no amount of clichÄés could do this music justice. Just get yourself a copy and try to prove us wrong." Deluxe gatefold LP on 180 gram vinyl; hand-numbered, limited edition of 750 copies.

VVAQRT - Than On Eother and You Have 0 Answers LP (Hot Releases) [HR018LP] $14.25
"VVAQRT (say 'Vak-art' or 'Vak-ert') are a dark, crumbling consciousness minimal synth pop duo from Saxapahaw, NC. Well-recorded, tightly-wound succinct synth sculptures are coupled with ornately mangled text, evoking a mind forcefed too much useless information that has begun to froth and die. This LP is party music for the modern apocalypse... we're very proud of this one, the record with the strongest, bitterest pop appeal that we've released so far. Definitely not witch-house. Pro-printed jackets."

Wet Hair/Peaking Lights - Bored Fortress 7 inch (Not Not Fun) [NNF200EP] $6.75
"Iowa City silver apple-pickers Wet Hair pitter-patter into yet another picture-perfect futurist synth-pop raga, 'Blessed.' Yes you are. On the flip, kindred midwestern matrimony team Peaking Lights hotbox a basement of black ark basslines and waterlogged reggae 45s. Sleeve art by Robert Beatty."

White Car - No Better 12 inch (Hippos In Tanks) [002HIT] $10.50
"From the same label that brought us Daniel Lopatin's Games, comes this 12" of twisted eighties style new wave electro industrial electronic pop from this duo, a dizzying mix of old school synth pop and industrial crunch, with a teeny bit of Chicago house swirled in. And some straight up eighties MTV style pop. But it's not the parts, it's what they do with them, and what these guys do is pretty bizarre and fantastic. Imagine Oingo Boingo but way more minimal and druggy and psychedelic, or a way more industrial version of The Fixx, think old Ministry, Foetus, Coil, Severed Heads, even Portion Control, it's poppy, but dark, warped and electronic, new wavey but also a little witch housey here and there. Woozy melodies are wrapped around stuttery beats, deep super dramatic vox drift over angular off kilter synths, strange sound effects swirl in the background, while the beats skitter and pound, keyboards buzz and pulse, all somehow molded into some retro dancefloor destroying electronic industrial pop weirdness, that manages to totally hit the spot, referencing all of those bands we grew up with, but also twisting that sounds into something fresh and new and gloriously tweaked and tripped out. Pressed on super thick white vinyl, and probably pretty limited too..."-Aquarius

Wire - Red Barked Tree LP (Pink Flag) [PF018LP] $23.75
LP version.

Wooden Shjips - Oh Tannenbaum / Auld Lang Syne 12 inch (Sick Thirst) [ST005] $15.00
Strap in for travels beyond the galaxy, to tranced-out festive bliss! WOODEN SHJIPS presents "Oh Tannenbaum / Auld Lang Syne" 12-inch on Sick Thirst as a seasonal round-off to a year that saw them release their second compilation, Vol. 2, of hard-to-find Wooden Shjips tracks. Available on limited edition 12-inch green or red vinyl (500 of each) with two tracks that originally appeared on a giveaway (sent to friends and family in 2008) cassette. Released to coincide with a clutch of UK dates in December. Each side of the 12-inch is 8 minutes plus of West Coast groove-laden egg-nog supping reindeer shaking stocking stuffing krautrock drenched seasonal fuzz...absolutely addictive. UK import.

Young, The - Sweet/Swollen 7 inch (Mexican Summer) [MEX073EP] $4.75
"Two new tracks from The Young grace this 7" single, out just in time for the band's December 2010 East Coast tour. The Austin, TX quartet continues to carry the torch for honest, emotive rock music, gravel-throated and pure of intent, the way we all used to remember indie rock: as music for the outcasts, in the years before it was co-opted as a marketing tool. 'Sweet' and 'Swollen' both continue in the path of the group's debut album Voyagers of Legend, a stark and sincere rally for all the proud men and women holding back the tears out there in radioland." Hand-numbered, limited edition of 500.

Yours - Yours 12 inch (Domeright) [DOMERIGHT001EP] $11.75
Detroit-influenced house from an unknown producer.

Zohar, The - The Rogue 12 inch (Quintessentials) [QUINTESSE019EP] $11.50
The mysterious guy who hides himself under many pseudonyms, including The Zohar or Ibrahim might be relevant or not. What is important is that his music is good as hell. Exploring the inner workings of Afro-American dance music history, from sketchy blues and jazz to disco, hip-hop and the toughest techno, his music is a proposition of what house music is or should be.

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Bessie Smith - Them Graveyard Works LP (Monk) [MK333LP] $21.00
"Bessie Smith was the greatest of all pre-war blues singers, and perhaps the greatest female blues singer of all time, as these meticulously restored sides from the very apex of her career in 1927 so divinely prove. At six feet tall and over 200 pounds, she belted out the blues of America's poor and downtrodden with a passion not heard before or since. In her short lifetime (she died in a car accident at age 42), she made close to 200 recordings, teaming up with just about every talented black musician of her day, including Clarence Williams, Charlie Green, Joe Smith, James P. Johnson, Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson, to name just a few. The 'Empress of the Blues' fought her way to the top of the recording industry to become the biggest selling and highest paid black recording artist of the roaring twenties, and it was also in no small part thanks to the sales of Smith's 'race records' that Columbia Records was saved from bankruptcy. These recordings all made in New York City in 1927 include her best known sides, including 'Back Water Blues', 'Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out', and 'After You've Gone'."

Big John Patton - Let 'Em Roll LP (Blue Note) [BLP4239LP] $11.00
With Grant Green (guitar), John Patton (organ), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) and Otis Finch (drums). Exact repro, originally released in 1965. "In an unusual setting for a groove/soul jazz setting, B3 organist extraordinaire big John Patton creates a band around himself that includes Grant Green, drummer Otis Finch, and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. It's truly weird to think of vibes on a groove date, but the way Patton's understated playing works, and the way Green is literally all things to all players, Hutcherson's role is not only a clearly defined one, but adds immeasurably to both depth and texture on this date." -- All Music Guide

Black Heat - Black Heat LP (Atlantic) [SD7237LP] $11.00
Debut album from Atlantic's classic '70s funk act, originally released in 1972. Reedman David "Fathead" Newman guests. Also featuring sick drumming from Esco Cromer. Iconic cover art, too. Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.

Blind Willie Mctell - Searching The Desert For The Blues 2xLP (Monk) [MK335LP] $31.75
"The 'King of the Georgia blues' and a master of the 12-string guitar, Blind Willie McTell is credited with having created an entire subgenre of the blues by mixing the hard roots of the Delta style with the more refined East Coast style (Piedmont Blues). Although McTell had been busking for change since his early teen years, his official recording career began for Victor in 1927 in Atlanta, Georgia. This 32-track collection of rare sides -- originally released on Okeh (as Georgia Bill), Victor (as Hot Shot Willie) and Vocalion (as Blind Willie) -- finds McTell playing alongside another amazing Georgia blues guitarist, Curley Weaver, and backing two fine Atlanta blues singers Ruth (Mary) Willis and Ruby Glaze."

Brother Jack Mcduff - Tobacco Road LP (Atlantic) [SD1472LP] $11.00
Hammond organ master Brother Jack McDuff's 1967 album, focusing on some covers -- by the likes of Bob Dylan ("Blowin' In The Wind"), Clyde Otis ("This Bitter Earth") -- as well as originals ("Can't Get Satisfied," "Wade In The Water"). Killer ten-piece ensemble rendition of "The Shadow Of Your Smile." Gatefold exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.

Burning - Madrid LP (Vinilisssimo) [MRSSS018LP] $23.25
"Almudena cemetery, Madrid, 1978. In black and white, the five members of Burning observe, with a look between menacing and intriguing, the photographer who is about to immortalize them. The location is not accidental, and neither is their debut album's title -- paying homage to the streets where they've grown up, on a diet of The Rolling Stones and glam rock, between electric guitars and cheap make-up. They pose next to the graveyard where they think their country's rock scene could be buried. Surrounded by groups influenced by jazz rock, sharing stages with bands with which they have nothing in common, Toıo, Pepe, Johnny, Quique and Jeto decided to change that situation. They are street guys who mix the influence of Lou Reed with Keith Richards' riffs, who won't put up with you staring at their girl but who are dying to tell her that they love her, perhaps under the streetlights of the back sleeve. The album features great songs, worked on intensely at their incendiary gigs. Theirs wasn't an easy path, neither did they win over critics and their natural audience without having to tour the venues on the outskirts, where violence was ever-present. Once established, the creative pair of singer Toıo and guitarist Pepe Risi signed with Belter, a record company with an extensive folklore catalog which was trying to catch up with the times: after starting the Ocre label, a rock subsidiary in the broadest sense of the word, Belter got behind the band. Sales weren't spectacular and the sound was confusing, but the biggest legend of Spanish rock had just started to take shape. Gone were two singles sung in a form of English that defied every orthographic and phonetic rule, which nevertheless hinted that their music was something serious. The near future would bring other records, good sales, appearances on TV, film soundtracks and singles climbing up the charts that marked the next generation, who took them as an example. However, they paid an expensive price for their intrepid behavior. The bill was high and created a black legend around them that evens out the balance: immortality and death, militant rock and inner fights, a brotherhood sentiment and toxic rows. Inside the gatefold sleeve, paraphrasing Brian Jones, they asked not to be judged too hard. But that's another story." --Alfred Crespo; 180 gram vinyl in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. Includes an insert with liner notes in Spanish and English.

Carlos Malcolm - Don't Walk, Dance! LP (Roulette) [SR25359LP] $11.00
Originally released in 1964, Carlos Malcolm and his 10-piece orchestra blend Spanish, West Indian and jazz styles, authentically informed by Malcolm's Jamaican roots. Exact repro reissue.

Charles Wright - Rhythm And Poetry LP (Warner Brothers) [WS4681LP] $15.00
The first solo album from Charles Wright, originally released in 1972. Wright was a member of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and frequently smoked them under the table, making his solo work suitably bent and all the better for it. Tracks include "Soul Train," "Good Things," "Just Free Your Mind" and a cover of "Here Comes The Sun." Exact repro.

Chocolate Watch Band - No Way Out LP (Tower) [ST5096HLP] $15.00
180 gram reissue of this all-time psych garage classic, originally released in 1967. Heavily Jagger-esque leader Dave Aguilar tears shit up with opener "Let's Talk About The Girls." From then on, you'll be desperately searching for your dad's name in the "dedicated to" section on the back cover. Exact repro, licensed from Universal.

Chocolate Watch Band - The Inner Mystique LP (Tower) [ST5106HLP] $13.50
Originally released in 1968, the follow-up to the garage classic No Way Out. Covers of The Kinks' "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" and Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." Exact repro, licensed to Universal.

Cymande - Promised Heights LP (Janus) [JXS7004LP] $11.00
Gatefold exact reissue of British group Cymande's deep funk fusion release from 1974. The classic track is "Brothers On the Slide," but "Losing Ground," "Changes" and "Breezeman" are equally righteous.

Death - Spiritual/Mental/Physical LP (Drag City) [DC447LP] $14.75
"Spiritual-Mental-Physical is a collection of wild early Death demos, presenting the three young Hackney brothers consolidating their powers as they embark on a trip into pure rock and roll music. For many years following the emergence of punk rock, nothing changed. Punk bands either signed contracts and played the rock band game or they lived in a world parallel to the world of commercial rock and roll. Farther along came 'the year that punk broke,' a puzzling decade and a half after the whole thing had first been absorbed into the mainstream in the last of the 1970s. And so it was. The books were written; the pronouncements made. Then came news of Death. They'd self-released a single in 1976; the tracks made it onto an unheard punk compilation a couple decades later. In 2008, an obsessive young man tracked them down and found that the surviving two brothers had master tapes from all those years ago. These made up the truly senses-shattering album ...For The Whole World To See. Suddenly, the book was open again and the history of punk rock needed to be rewritten to include Death. The sounds on ...For the Whole World To See are those of young men, scorching their influences in the process of becoming new. Spiritual-Mental-Physical gives us Death by transistor radio, with a tinnyyet- furious sound representing the 1970s environment of Death. Here, the musical landscape that inspired them is more clearly defined as they demo material that didn't make it to the studio, but shares the same ferocious bent as 'Politicians In My Eyes,' 'Keep On Knocking,' and the rest of ...For The Whole World To See. Spiritual-Mental-Physical is an inside look at Death's early days, one that fans of the group and fans of punk rock (and, indeed, rock of all kinds) are sure to enjoy for the rest of time."

Decima Victima - Décima VÄ­ctima LP Box (Munster Records) [MR305LP] $71.00
This box-set contains all the music made by Hispanic-Swedish quartet Décima VÄ­ctima, including two unreleased tracks, released almost 30 years after their first record. For this edition, the sound of the original tape recordings has been cleaned and improved. In 1981, brothers Lars and Per formed the instrumental band Clausula Tenebrosa. After a show, they started talking about the possibility of rehearsing with Carlos, a friend at the time and ex-singer of Ejecutivos Agresivos. That's how the story of Décima VÄ­ctima starts -- rehearsing with a drum machine in the cellar of the Mertanen's house in Madrid. "After a few months, in the year 1981, we made our first studio recording, a demo recorded on a 4-track. A little later on, with our friends from the band Esclarecidos, we started the independent label Grabaciones Accidentales (GASA), and we were able to start releasing our own records. The first single came out in 1982, with Lars playing drums on it. Soon after, Los Esclarecidos introduced us to Jose Brena, brother of one of the original members of their band, and he joined as our drummer. The second single was also recorded in 1982. A few months later, we went to Vigo for a week to try out our first LP playing our repertoire live, in order to see which tracks the audience liked best and chose 12 for the record. Paco Trinidad, our producer, always understood what we wanted and he researched how to achieve it technically. The LP was very well received by the press, especially by El Pais, one of the biggest-selling newspapers in Spain. Our next recording was the maxi-single Un Lugar En El Pasado, with three tracks. With regards to our audience, we didn't make any concessions. Our shows were static. Carlos would sing sitting down like a crooner while Lars and Per only moved as little as necessary and Jose remained behind his drum kit. The sound, despite being made using only three instruments and voice, managed to be as enveloping live as it was on record, thanks to the Mertanen brothers' personal way of playing and to having, most of the time, Paco Trinidad as our sound technician. Our last show was at Madrid's Rock-Ola on December 3, 1983. In the winter of 1983 we recorded live, on a 4-track, a demo of our second LP, Un Hombre Solo. A few months later, already disbanded, we recorded it in the studio. In our opinion, it contains some of our best tracks. The band ended mainly for work reasons beyond our control. There were no musical or personal differences. Although we would argue sometimes, we always were, above all, very good friends. In 1999, Jose Brena, our drummer, died. It was a hard blow for everyone. He appears on the cover of Los Que Faltan, reminding us that there are things which, unfortunately, won't ever happen again." --Décima VÄ­ctima; Includes a 24-page LP-size booklet in Spanish and English that tells the band's story in their own words and includes many unseen pictures, a full discography and complete lyrics.

Demian - Demian LP (Klimt) [MJJ309LP] $24.75
"One of the bands that helped build the great Austin, TX music scene (the 'live music capital of the world'), Demian was actually Bubble Puppy with a new name and sound. While Bubble Puppy was classic psychedelia, Demian was hard rock in the vein of bands like Atomic Rooster. Recorded live-in-studio at L.A.'s legendary Record Plant studio in 1970, Demain was also one of the first bands to feature dueling lead guitars. Despite the high quality of the songs and the local buzz this album generated at the time, due to mismanagement, Demian soon faded into the record collecting beyond."

Don Carlos - Favorite Cup 12 inch (Narcohz) [NARCOHSP001EP] $10.50
"Don Carlos (born Euvin Spencer) legendary reggae artist -- born and raised in Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical spawning ground for many of reggae's greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, original member of Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy to name but a few. Don Carlos started his singing career back in 1973, as one of the original members of the aforementioned roots vocal group Black Uhuru. Don played a prominent role in the recordings of the highly acclaimed Love Crisis (Black Sounds of Freedom) album, for producer Prince Jammy in 1977. Don reached the peak of his solo career during the heydays of the eighties dancehall mania thus celebrating his impact with five top ten hits between 1982 - 1985, reggae hit such as 'Late Night Blues', 'Dice Cup', 'Hog & Goat', 'I'm Not Getting Crazy', 'Laser Beam', 'Young Girl' and 'Favorite Cup' are forever hailed as CLASSICS! The latter of which is included in this Narco. Hz 12" special for your enjoyment." Features a 12" extended version and a remix by Juju & DJG.

Donny Hathaway - Donny Hathaway LP (Atco) [SD33360LP] $11.00
Originally released in 1971, second album from Hathaway, following 1970's Everything Is Everything. Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Jubilee Stomp LP (Monk) [MK334LP] $21.00
"During a career spanning half a century, Duke Ellington and his orchestra composed enough songs to keep jazz musicians busy for the next half. During this time he also popularized jazz as a legitimate form of music to white audiences through his nightly performances at Harlem's legendary Cotton Club, beginning in 1927. 1927 was a watershed year for Duke Ellington, not only did he landed the prestigious Cotton Club gig (and the nationwide radio broadcast that went along with it), but it was also the year that Ellington signed a lucrative deal with agent Irving Mills. Mills introduced Ellington to an even wider audience, getting him recording sessions with Victor, Columbia and Brunswick. His reputation grew and by 1929 he was starring in the groundbreaking all-African American RKO short film Black And Tan. These recordings, all from 1927 and 1928, mark those significant years when Ellington was a swiftly rising star."

Eddie Harris - Is It In LP (Atlantic) [SD1659LP] $11.00
Originally released in 1974. Eddie Harris plays electric sax, piano, electric piano & vocals; also featuring Ronald Muldrow on guitar, Rufus Reid on electric & string bass and William James on drums & electric bongos. Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.

El Gusano - Fantasia Del Barrio LP (Heavy Light) [HLR002LP] $16.75
"Fantasia del Barrio is the missing link between the psychedelic sounds of Texas and the Chicano soul and funk of the late 1960's and early '70s. Recorded soon after Eugenio Jaimez returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam, Fantasia del Barrio is his musical meditation on life at war and the Chicano experience at home. Skillfully performed in one marathon recording session, Jaimez and El Gusano embraced the soul, funk and psychedelic sounds of their day to craft this lost instrumental concept album. Long sought after by break hunters and psych collectors, Heavy Light Records is proud to bring Eugenio Jaimez Jr.'s masterpiece to light. Beautiful, faithful remastering featuring color insert with historical notes and unpublished photos. Limited hand-numbered pressing of 1,000 copies in heavy, old school tip-on jacket."

Electras, The - The Best Of The Electras LP (Get Hip) [GHAS5066LP] $14.50
"A collection of 8 tracks recorded in 1967 by the Electras that include the smokin' 'Dirty Old Man' and 'This Week's Children' amongst others. Their version of 'Action Woman' gives the Litter a run for their money on the punk-o-meter! Also includes tracks by the Scotsmen and Victors (all previously unreleased) as well as an info-packed 12x12 insert detailing the Electras story. Midwest '60s garage at its best!" 180 gram vinyl.

Eliane Radigue - Jouet Electronique/Elemental I LP (Alga Marghen) [MARGHEN029LP] $25.50
"Alga Marghen proudly presents two sublime pieces by Eliane Radigue, 'Jouet Electronique' (1967) for feedback on magnetic tape and 'Elemental I' (1968) for feedback of natural sounds on magnetic tape. Both works, recorded at Pierre Henry's Studio Apsome in Paris, have not been published before. Between 1967 and 1968, Eliane Radigue was the assistant of Pierre Henry in his studio, mainly for the editing of 'L'Apocalypse de Jean.' He also put her in charge of organizing his sound archive according to different criteria. It was endless work -- there were incredible sounds, a true sound library! Eliane Radigue really enjoyed doing this work, even if it took a long time. So, sometimes she decided to set the machines of the studio to do some little work on her own. 'Jouet Electronique' and 'Elemental I' were born this way as a kind of recreation during her time as a studio assistant. Working with feedback is something that Eliane Radigue learned through Pierre Henry. Do you remember 'Voyage'? There's that fluid part which is made of feedback constructed with a microphone. Everything had to be set at a precise distance from the loudspeakers because that is the specific problem with feedback -- you have to be at the right distance. Afterwards, these high tone recordings were slowed down in order to discover the deeper character of their color. This work with feedback was in the end quite limited and the composer preferred working with two reel tape machines to produce sounds. The first was set on the recording mode while the other was playing and it was the accidents happening in this phase that made the feedback richer. With some fine-tuning you could reach very beautiful results: low pulsations, very high-pitched sounds -- sometimes both at the same time -- or long sounds. All of these sounds could be slowed down or accelerated, which gave her a beautiful material to work with. With 'Jouet Electronique' Eliane Radigue had a lot of fun, hence the title. As far as 'Elemental I' is concerned, it was the first attempt at something which was very important to her based on the theme of the basic elements: water, fire, air and earth. Eliane had the chance to record in open air thanks to a small Stella Vox that Arman gave her in the beginning of the 1960's. At the time she was still living in Nice and every now and then she went for a walk to do some recordings of the sea, the wind, the rain, the fire?Eliane Radigue continued this way to build her very minimal sound library, consisting of not more than ten reel tapes. This was the starting point and in 1968 she used these recordings for her work with two reel tape machines. First pressing limited to 300 copies, with a text by Emmanuel Holterbach and a photo portrait by Arman."

Freddie Hubbard - Backlash LP (Atlantic) [SD1477LP] $11.00
Originaly released in 1966. Gatefold exact repro, manufactured by Rhino. "...this excellent set falls between hard bop and the avant-garde, often hinting at both. Hubbard's regular group of the time (with James Spaulding on alto and flute, pianist Albert Dailey, bassist Bob Cunningham, and drummer Otis Ray Appleton, plus guest conga player Ray Barretto) performs the debut version of his famous 'Little Sunflower,' an excellent remake of 'Up Jumped Spring,' and four lesser-known pieces. Hubbard and Spaulding made for an excellent team and there are plenty of exciting moments on this brief but potent set." -- All Music Guide

Garybaldi - Note Perdute LP (Ams) [AMS041LP] $31.75
"An amazing collection of rarities for one of the most important bands of Italian '70s prog-rock: Garybaldi. This anthology contains a track that was meant to be included in their Gleemen debut, some live and alternate versions recorded between 1969 and 1998, and an amazing gem, three live tracks recorded during the Naples Be-In festival of 1973, one of the very few testimonies of those legendary festivals, as in those times no one used to record gigs in Italy! The artwork has been entirely conceived by Matteo Guarnaccia, one of the most important psychedelic painters in Italy: inspired by the famous Nuda cover art, he drew a marvelous triple gatefold artwork. Triple gatefold LP with 180g black vinyl and a 25x60cm poster with vintage pics of Garybaldi/Gleemen."

Graveyards - Cinders LP (Sergent Massacre) [SM02] $24.00
AVAILABLE AGAIN!!! BEN HALL (NEW MONUMENTS) on percussion, HANS BUETOW on cello, JOHN OLSON (WOLF EYES) on saxophone and electronics, and COCCYX on reeds base this effort around high, metallic drones, with bowed and scraped cymbals generating a metallic / electric cloud cover that attracts lightning strikes of phantom saxophone articulation, desolate breath storms and percussion and hallucinatory, held tones. Psychedelic and brain re-arranging. Silkscreened jackets. Artwork by WOUTER VANHAELEMEESCH.

Gwen McCrae - Rockin' Chair LP (Cat Records) [CAT2605LP] $11.00
Prior to her move to Atlantic, this 1975 album from the southern soul singer featured the oft-sampled "90% Of Me Is You" and "Damn Right It's Good." Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.

Hank Mobley - The Turnaround! LP (Blue Note) [BLP4186LP] $11.00
Exact repro of this 1965 release. "The Hank Mobley of the Turnaround album was a markedly different one from a few years earlier. This session issued in early 1965 was the product of two different sessions. The first was in March of 1963, immediately after Mobley left the Miles Davis band. Those recordings produced 'East of the Village,' possibly the greatest example of Mobley's 'round tone' on record, and the other was 'The Good Life,' a ballad. The rest was recorded nearly two years later in February of 1965. The title cut was produced here -- an Alfred Lion answer to Lee Morgan's 'Sidewinder,' which was burning up the charts -- as well as the beautiful 'Pat 'n' Chat,' with 'Straight Ahead' and 'My Sin' rounding out the program." -- All Music Guide

Hank Mobley - The Flip LP (Blue Note) [BST84329LP] $11.00
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1969. Featuring Dizzy Reece (trumpet), Slide Hampton (trombone), Vince Benedetti (piano), Alby Cullaz (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums). "The title track opens the set and it lays deep in the soul-jazz cut, tempered by hard bop sensibilities: the solos by Reece, Hampton, and Mobley are top-notch, but it is Benedetti's muscular comping and blues-wailing piano that drives the tune. 'Feelin Folksy,' means in an African way, with its beautifully crafted and lively minor key melody that touches upon South African township musics and the lyrical harmonic assertions put forth by Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand). But the personality of the tune, with its gloriously bluesy swing, is all Mobley." -- All Music Guide

Harlem River Drive - Harlem River Drive LP (Roulette) [ROULETTE3004LP] $11.00
1970 Latin funk album featuring Eddie Palmieri and vocalist Jimmy Norman. Tracks include "Broken Home," "Seeds Of Life," "Idle Hands" and "If." Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.

Herman Kelly & Life - Percussion Explosion LP (Electric Cat) [ECS225LP] $11.00
Disco funk and classic break album from 1978, recorded in Brazil and Miami. Opener "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" has been sampled all over the place, most notably by Steinski, Coldcut, DJ Shadow and about a dozen 2 Live Crew songs. Other tracks include "Time After Time," "Who's The Funky D.J.?" and "Share Your Love." Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.

Impressions, The - Finally Got Myself Together LP (Curtom) [CRS8019LP] $11.00
Exact repro reissue of this 1974 release. Soulful arrangements by Rene Hall and Rich Tufo on tracks like "Miracle Woman," "Don't Forget What I Told You," "Guess What I've Got" and "I'm A Changed Man."

Impressions, The - This Is My Country LP (Curtom) [CRS8001LP] $11.00
First release on Curtis Mayfield's own label, 1968's This Is My Country is a peak moment in late-'60s soul. Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.

James Brown - Sho Is Funky Down Here LP (Polydor) [KS1110LP] $11.00
Exact repro, originally released in 1971. This is basically really a Grodeck Whipperjenny album with James Brown grunting -- contractual obligations sometimes churn out the funniest things. "This is the funky... the ever surprising... the never the same James Brown music. It's instrumental all the way. It will surprise some of his fans... but will be a delight to all." -- Hal Neely

James Brown - There It Is LP (Polydor) [PD5028LP] $11.00
Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1972. Do you need to listen to "King Heroin" again? What about "Public Enemy"? Because this record's got those songs and, although the front cover color-scheme looks like it walked out of your aunt's closet, the back cover illustration looks like a scene right outta Last Exit To Brooklyn. F***ed.

Jeremy Gluck & Friends - I Knew Buffalo Bill 2xLP (Munster Records) [MR293LP] $24.00
Munster Records reissues an expanded 2LP edition of the seminal 1987 indie-rock album by Jeremy Gluck & Friends -- a unique record with a rootsy, haunting sound, which mixes dark folk, swamp blues and the ghostly side of country music. "It was 1986, autumn. Over the years Nikki Sudden and I had discussed, planned and written songs for an eventual collaboration. Nikki was working on his music full-time; I was writing and raising my kid. One day Nikki calls pretty much out of the blue and says he is in Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg's lush Woodworm Studio recording with his brother Epic Soundtracks and Rowland S. Howard, and do I want to tack a week on and do an album? I started packing. When I arrived at the studio one gorgeous afternoon, the band had just laid down the backing track to Nikki's remarkably beautiful 'Gallery Wharf.' I was awed and enchanted. I still love that song and my good fortune in performing its only recorded incarnation is humbling. In the years since, I Knew Buffalo Bill has been heard more, evaluated further, loved by a few fiercely, liked by many more, overlooked by millions. The unusual combination of players and pieces, and some great production, have earned it a niche all its own. In that time, four of its key players -- Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks, Rowland S. Howard and Jeffrey Lee Pierce (whom I only met briefly before and during the sessions) -- have passed away. It gladdens me that our work on the album has been the cause of one excellent shared homage (Italians Circo Fantasma's 'I Knew Jeffrey Lee'), and that one of its latter tracks, 'Burning Skulls Rise' (from the eponymous EP that followed the original album), was covered by Rowland and Lydia Lunch. Subsequently, it has appeared on a handful of European compilations and even one modern B-movie soundtrack, for I Pass For Human (2004), directed by former Flesheater Chris D. On this deluxe edition, I've included all but one track of the original album, demos, B-sides and, to bookend the album, live material reinventing the songs Nikki, Rowland, Epic and I laid down recklessly over 20 years ago. My favorite line of Nikki's, from 'Gallery Wharf' -- 'What's done can never be put down' - speaks for all of what is here for you to remember, discover or rediscover. It's a strange pile of sounds and songs to have helped create." --Jeremy Gluck; Vinyl-only reissue. Limited edition of only 500 copies. Liner notes by Jeremy Gluck.

John Coltrane & Don Cherry - The Avant-Garde LP (Atlantic) [SD1451HLP] $13.50
Originally released in 1966. With Percy Heath on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums. Listen to "Focus On Sanity" once, that song'll be stuck in your head for days. Then years. 180 gram exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.

John Martyn & Beverly - Stormbringer! LP (4 Men With Beards) [4M803LP] $20.50
"Originally released in February 1970 by Island Records this is the first and classic album by John and Beverley Martyn. After being rehearsed in Woodstock, NY Stormbringer! was recorded and mixed in only 8 days with engineer John Wood and producer Joe Boyd. John Martyn, inspired by The Band's Music From Big Pink, worked hard to find a distinctive guitar sound and in two tracks ('Would You Believe Me?' and 'The Ocean') introduced his pioneering guitar technique. Levon Helm guested on drums on two tracks while John Simon and Paul Harris are among the other contributors. Jazzy undertones, spirit lifting vocals, and buttery folk guitar leads for such a unique and beautiful record." 180 gram vinyl.

Josefus - Dead Man LP (Klimt) [MJJ312LP] $24.75
"One of the great lost albums of Southern hard rock, Dead Man was the 1970 debut album of the Houston band, Josefus. Formed in 1969, Josefus soon garnered a huge live following, opening for acts like ZZ Top and Grand Funk Railroad. Unfortunately, their debut album, a heavy mix of Zeppelin-inspired acid rock with a Southern twist, was destined to obscurity, due largely to the fact that it was not released on a proper label (the band actually paid to have the album pressed and released on their own 'Hookah' label). Just a few months prior to recording Dead Man, however, Josefus had actually recorded an album's worth of material for a producer in Phoenix, but the album was never released. This is what prompted the band to go back into the studio with their own money to record Dead Man. Dead Man was, therefore naturally, a mix of some of the songs from this earlier album (tentatively called: Get Off My Case) along with some new ones. Actually only three tracks from Get Off My Case did not make it onto Dead Man ('Get Off My Case', 'A Social Song' and 'Fealin' Good'), but these have been restored here as bonus tracks, so what you are actually getting is the complete track listing from the two albums."

Julian Jay Savarin - Waiters On The Dance LP (Guerssen Records) [GUESS076LP] $24.00
Here's the second Julian Jay Savarin album, released in 1971 on the short-lived Birth label (a Youngblood imprint). Another stunning prog-rock masterpiece (based on the Savarin-authored sci-fi novel of the same name), still Hammond and keyboard/Mellotron-dominated but with a more hard-rock approach, featuring plenty of killer guitar riffs, powerful but melodic vocals courtesy of Lady Jo Meek (sister of Catapilla's vocalist Anna Meek) and a solid, groovy rhythm section. A legendary album lovingly reissued featuring original artwork, master tape sound, 180 gram vinyl and detailed liner notes by Andy Morten (Shindig! Magazine).

Julian's Treatment - A Time Before This 2xLP (Guerssen Records) [GUESS075LP] $32.25
Debut double album by musician/sci-fi writer Julian Jay Savarin. Originally released on Miki Dallon's Youngblood label in 1970, this has been a classic since the early days of record-collecting. Hammond-dominated, spacey, psychedelic prog-rock with long tracks, cool female vocals and a cosmic, sci-fi concept/vibe. This reissue features the original gatefold sleeve, master tape sound on 180 gram vinyl, and detailed liner notes by Andy Morten (Shindig! Magazine). Essential to anyone into early UK prog-rock.

Kinks, The - Kinda Kinks LP (4 Men With Beards) [4M801LP] $20.50
"The Kinks were one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion and Kinda Kinks is their second album released in 1965 by Pye Records (Reprise in the States). Ray Davies and co. knew how to crank out three-minute pop songs and the album's smash hit, 'Tired of Waiting For You,' shows why their unique sound remained so influential. 'Nothing In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl' has been overlooked by many until West Anderson's Rushmore popularized the track, as well as the Kinks, to a new generation. The 12 tracks are stripped down and simple but they retain a sort of moder perfection making Kinda Kinks an understated but growingly catchy Kinks classic (reissued here on mono and with the original UK track list)."

Kohn - Dimension 111: ĶhnĶch 12 inch (Slow To Speak) [DIMENSION111EP] $15.50
"ĶhnĶch," written by KĶhn, originally released by Kraak in 1999. One-sided release in the Alice B. Toklas series. "The guardian angel of sonic excavation returns for this latest installment of scarcely numbered perennial tributes to the vanguard of dark ambient music. Creeping digitalized walls of sound pile on in this mounting of patient, protracted aural warfare, waged on the battlegrounds of a most unsettling prophecy of isolation and loss. Approaching out of a sunless nordic expanse, 'ĶhnĶch' begins at a distance -- and then, suddenly, it is everywhere, its metallic tones overrun and seething over a singular distorted note of gothic dissonance, painting a scene of a steady apocalyptic decay: slow, painfully gorgeous disintegration. An unquestionable masterpiece, this haunting archaeology of the fringes of introspective left-field is a definitely disturbed take on the soundscape that manages to satisfy the most extreme scruples of aesthetic beautify and formal perfection."

La Banda Trapera Del Rio - La Banda Trapera Del RÄ­o LP (Vinilisssimo) [MRSSS017LP] $23.25
Vinilĭsssimo presents the 1978 debut album by seminal Spanish rockers La Banda Trapera Del Rĭo. "Cornellġ -- a satellite town on the outskirts of Barcelona, a depot for immigrants abandoned to its own rotten luck. Spain -- a country that had been in the dark for 40 years, then pushed to make a quick move if it wanted to join the capitalist orbit. La Banda Trapera Del Rĭo arrived by pure surprise within such a confused context, with devastating certainty and precise aim. Their uniqueness was their ability to naturally present a social critique of the two realities they belonged to, without any other mirror than their own reflection. 'Nobody is nothing,' they said, 'we are everything.' Their conscience was exposed to working class militance and they were musically anointed in the hard rock that was blasted in bars and discos at the time, but La Trapera possessed their own will. Arrogant, provocative, disobedient, they provided a mythical and poetic credibility to the plain character of the outskirts' juvenile delinquent. Through their music, La Trapera forged a new archetype: the curriqui, i.e. the little thief that lives precariously, an expert in other people's car radio cassette. With hash, a Xibeca beer and proletarian cheekiness, unafraid to speak their mind, with nothing to lose, they didn't give the curriqui a revolutionary voice, but they gave him something to think about. La Trapera only wanted to have as much fun as possible. If they wanted to change anything, it was the collective perception of a rock scene that, in their eyes, had become complacent. In order to do that, they had their singer Morfi Grei's shocking stage immolation, Raf Pulido's naturalist lyrics and the inspired guitar of Tĭo Modes, without forgetting about the enthusiasm of their manager, Chiri, and the contacts of Carlos Carrero. The latter was one of the few receptive and independent journalists in the local press, and acted as a Svengali who, among other things, got them a contract with Belter, the Mecca of Spanish popular music, the only record label that gave them a chance, without knowing the risks they were taking. Produced by Carrero, and the origin of a stir in stuffy circles, their first single, a daring call for menstrual normalization, appeared in the same period that produced the debuts of Madrid's Burning and Ramoncĭn & WC, originators of the cheli sound. Although they came out the losers out of those three bands in the commercial sense, La Trapera were winners in the legend stakes. Their first LP was released a year after it was recorded. Just 500 copies reached the record shops. When the band split up, leaving an unissued second album, that first LP remained an isolated statement which captured all the mystery they left behind. Successive generations got to know the band through the oral transmissions of the traces left by their seminal gigs. Many would see the light thanks to the countless bootleg tapes of their LP that spread around the street markets of Madrid and all over Spain. Apart from their live energy, the essence of La Trapera is preserved intact. A frantic collusion of blues rock, hard rock, prog and proto-punk, their eclecticism is still surprising, charting the path of a precocious evolution that would take shape in their best and most remembered songs. Although they reformed years later, never again would La Trapera be as immediate and universal, nor would they enjoy a more fertile balance between chemistry and skills." --Jaime Gonzalo; 180 gram vinyl in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. Includes an insert with liner notes in Spanish and English.

Los Cheyenes - Los Cheyenes LP (Vinilisssimo) [MRSSS014LP] $23.25
Los Cheyenes were four teenagers from the Poble Sec neighborhood in Barcelona: brothers Roberto (singer and lead guitar) and Joselin Vercher (bass, backing vocals) plus Jose Maria Garces (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and drummer Ramon Colom (ex- Flaming Stars and the only one with previous musical experience). They had a cocky, defiant look. They were angry young men with a repertoire of their own influenced by British white R&B. They debuted in 1965 with "Valgame La Macarena" (written by the famous Spanish songwriter Jorge Domingo), a song with an obvious Spanish flair in the style of Los Brincos' "Flamenco" and the closest they ever got to a hit. It was the main track on their first EP, completed by a cover of Los Kinks' "Come On Now" ("Ven Ahora"), another title by Jorge Domingo ("No Me Esperes") and a self-written song ("Llore Por Ti"). You could sense there was something great in those grooves, although the lack of resources and the rush to find a place for them within the "industry" didn't help much. Neither did their indomitable attitude. They tried to use the censorship incident that banned them from appearing on TVE (Spanish public TV broadcaster) after refusing to get their hair cut, staging a parody of it in Madrid's Gran Via which caused a traffic jam outside the Radio Madrid studios. That same year they released their second and fantastic EP where, right away from the cover, with a black and white picture of their faces looking like drugged-up zombies, it was obvious they were different from everyone else. Two self-written compositions ("Conoces El Final" and "¿Por Que Te Fuiste?") along with a Guess Who cover via The Hollies ("Y Olvidame") plus another song by Jorge Domingo ("Devuelveme El Corazon") confirmed the perfection of their immediacy, energy and rage. They started the following year with the single "He Perdido Este Juego"/"Tu No Llegaste A Mi." The former, punk before punk, is pure teenage adrenaline: R&B with sharp riffs, a tight rhythm and a mischievous harmonica towards the end. The latter, featuring refined guitars, mixes melancholic folk rock with what is known today as "popsike." A third EP rounded out the magical year of 1966. All the songs were written by the band, and the record was the most honest representation of who they really were. The last breath of an unrepeatable moment that lasted almost two years -- the sum of coherence, rigor, talent and stubbornness that only happens during brief moments in life. And perhaps they should have left it there. Compulsory military duties, disenchantment, people leaving the band occurred later. They still released a half-hearted last single that did not live up to their own legend: Borrachera/Siguiendo El Sol, without Roberto, who was replaced by a new lead guitarist and a new singer. He would come back in 1968 but by then the demise of Los Cheyenes was inevitable. 180 gram vinyl. Limited edition of 1,000 copies. Includes an insert with liner notes in Spanish and English and original sleeves.

Magical Power Mako - Super Record LP (Phoenix Records) [ASH3039LP] $20.75
Super Record, the second of Magical Power Mako's 20-plus recordings, originally released in 1975, is considered by those that know to be his finest, combining as it does strong elements of Japanese folk music alongside innovative psychedelic sounds and broad musical vistas of extraordinary imagination. Mako was born in Shuzeni Izu in Japan in 1956, and he began his musical education at a young age, making his first public performance in 1973 at the age of 16 with his band Genge in the famous Shibuya Club. Based on these impressive public performances, the precocious Mako was invited to play with one of Japan's foremost contemporary composers, Toru Takemitsu, playing alongside the composer on three film scores, Inheritance For The Future, Petrified Forest and Himiko. The response to his performances was overwhelmingly enthusiastic, elevating Mako to almost god-like status in his native country. Mako's music has often baffled pundits keen to place him in a particular musical slot. As one perplexed scribe opined "Mako's music possesses a certain strange kind of texture. It is certainly what they call rock, but contains elements we can't describe so succinctly. It clearly goes beyond the various genres of music and while full of them all, it sends forth a fierce glow." Another critic wrote: "Adding to the variety of folk music from India, Turkey and Russia, his mandolin or Taisho koto, and especially his marvellously-performed guitar, expresses fully the odor of the soil and mankind's universality". This limited edition has been digitally-remastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl with an LP replica sleeve.

Maurizio Bianchi - Plays The Clockwork Orange LP (Hot Releases) [HR019LP] $14.25
"Reissue of a February 1980 decomposition from the Italian industrial forereunner. Halting tape cut-ups of the classical score from the film. One of the strangest M.B. recordings! Pro-printed jacket."

Mayday - Relics Sampler 12 inch (Rush Hour) [RHMS1-EP] $12.25
A special reissue featuring four tracks from the 1992 Relics album. Since then, it has been out-of-print, bar some dodgy bootlegs. These four tracks were exclusive to the album, and this is the first time they are available as a 12". These are landmark techno pieces considered to be among Mayday's (Derrick May/Rhythim Is Rhythim/Long Ago/Long Long Ago/Longer Than Long Ago) best output. Special packaging in a matte varnish and die-cut sleeve. This is a one-time run of 1,000 units. Vinyl only.

Micky Y Los Tonys - Micky Y Los Tonys LP (Vinilisssimo) [MRSSS013LP] $23.25
During his 50-year career, Spanish rock 'n roll pioneer Micky has done all kinds of things. At the peak of his period fronting Los Tonys (spanning most of the 1960s) he commanded with authority all the genres that were around in that marvelous decade: rock 'n roll, twist, surf, beat, garage, etc. Micky y Los Tonys developed a very personal career -- inspired, ironic (when not sarcastic) and played songs mostly written by themselves. The band started up at the legendary morning sessions of Madrid's Price Circus Theatre during 1962, the real foundation stone of Madrid rock at the time, and they immediately stood out due to their covers of Spanish and Latin classics ("La Luna Y El Toro," "Guadalajara," "Zorongo Gitano") rocked up by the guitar sound patented by The Shadows. However, opening this record, from this period, you'll find their furious surf take on "La Cucaracha." In 1965, they debuted on screen with their role in the movie Megatijn Ye-Ye, without a doubt one of the most notable Spanish contributions to the new pop aesthetic promoted by Richard Lester and The Beatles in their A Hard Day's Night. The movie had an excellent soundtrack which is unquestionably one of the band's highlights, and which showed their hardest side with garage beat gems such as "Sha-La," "Jabon De Azufre," "Pretty Baby," "Tu Seras Muy Feliz," "Ya No Estas" and "Estoy Cansado." The change of music style brought about by the film took them to their second golden age: "No Comprendemos Por Que No Somos Millonarios," "Cuarto Intento De Exito" and the arresting "Up & Down," a roaring nugget Ä la Stones that showed the band's enormous versatility. In 1967 they visited the film studios again, this time along with the great Spanish rock 'n roll artist Bruno Lomas and a very young Massiel (future winner of the 1968 Eurovision Festival), in Codo Con Codo. It was a fun movie which revved up every time the band performed original midtempo tracks such as "Cuando Pienso En Ti" or the fantastic "El Problema De Mis Pelos," which featured some delicious phasing effects, shining as one of the best moments in Micky y Los Tonys' brilliant discography. But the record doesn't end there; there's still time for two highlights from the end of the decade, "Correcto O Falso" and "Boum, Boum, Boum," which round up this exultant anthology. 180 gram vinyl. Limited edition of 1,000 copies. Includes an insert with liner notes in Spanish and English and original sleeves.

Modern Lovers - Longbranch LP (Vinyl Lovers) [901127] $22.00
This hit-laden set, recorded in April 1972 at Berkeley's legendary Longbranch Saloon, captures THE MODERN LOVERS as they so expertly walk that fine line between genius and disaster. One of the few existing live recordings of the band in their heyday, this rare recording captures the live energy of JONATHAN RICHMAN and company as they churn through all their 'hits'. Also includes a cover of the then unreleased Velvet Underground track, "Foggy Notion". No Export To Canada.

Moloch - Moloch LP (Klimt) [MJJ310LP] $24.75
"Formed in Memphis in 1968 by blues guitar legend Lee Baker. Upon hearing Baker play, Jimmy Page is said to have commented, 'that's the best white bluesman I ever heard!' Produced, written and arranged by Don Nix (Mar-Keys and Paris Pilot) at Memphis' Ardent Studios, Moloch's 1970 debut album was is an excellent mix of hard blues and acid rock, with amazing guitar solos by Baker. It was also the first time the song 'Goin' Down' appeared on record (famously covered by Jeff Beck). Although Moloch definitely had the chops to make it big (apparently Freddie King covered a few of the band's songs and would hang out and jam with Baker whenever he was in town), they lacked distribution. The band also got panned in Rolling Stone magazine, but Rolling Stone also panned Led Zeppelin's first albums, so..."

Morgen - Morgen LP (Probe) [CP4507HLP] $13.50
2010 repress. Exact replica exact repro; 180 Gram Vinyl. "Singer/guitarist Steve Morgen and company originally hailed from Long Island, New York. Signed by ABC's short-lived Probe subsidiary, their 1969 debut Morgen teamed them with producer Murray Shiffrin. After this superb debut, the entire band quite simply disappeared. If you're into heavy psych guitar, then this is for you. While Morgen had a competent, if limited voice, he was a truly amazing guitarist with the likes of Nick Saloman of Bevis Frond becoming a staunch advocate of Morgen's status as a 'psychedelic guitar hero.' Tracks such as 'Eternity In Between,' 'Welcome To the Void,' 'Of Dreams' and 'Beggin' Your Pardon' (Miss Joan) were simply drenched with fuzz and feedback guitar. Underpinned by Maiman's powerhouse drumming (easily compared with Led Zepplin's John Bonham) and suitably trippy lyrics and you're looking at a pseudo-classic slice of psychedelia."

Nina Simone - Nina At Newport LP+CD (Doxy) [DOK202LP] $22.25
"When this album was recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960, Nina Simone had just had her first Top 20 hit with 'I Loves You, Porgy,' but the 'Porgy' found here (written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, most famous for 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love') is actually a continuation of Gershwin's original version of the story. Other highlights include 'Flo Me La,' an African work chant, and 'Little Liza Jane,' an African-American folk song."

Nina Simone - The Legendary First Recordings in NYC, 1957 LP+CD (Doxy) [DOK203LP] $22.25
"Nina Simone's first album is quite simply one of the finest debuts in the history of recorded music. Backed here only by Jimmy Bond on bass and Albert Heath on drums, this stripped down trio format brings Nina's considerable talents (as a classically trained pianist) to the fore. Her soulful versions of songs like 'Mood Indigo,' 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' and 'I Loves You, Porgy' have all become standards in their own right and Nina the declared idol of many."

Ornette Coleman - Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation LP (Atlantic) [ATL1364LP] $11.00
Originally released in 1960, Free Jazz was recorded in one uninterrupted take: Coleman, Scott LaFaro, Don Cherry, & Billy Higgins are on the left stereo channel; Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell are on the right. "We were expressing our minds and emotions as much as could be captured by electronics." Gatefold exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.

Ornette Coleman - Ornette! LP (Atlantic) [ATL1378LP] $11.00
Originally released in 1962, recorded a month after Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. With Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro and Ed Blackwell. "Ornette Coleman's proposition is a very simple one: release me from the bondage of long out-dated harmonic and formal conventions, and I will take you away from the wallpaper-like cliches of my contemporaries and let you hear a world of sound which you have never heard before, which is free, and which is beholden only to its own innermost logic and discipline." Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.

Parliament - The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein LP (Casablanca) [NBLP7034LP] $11.00
Exact repro of this 1976 episode of the Parliament saga, opening with backwards-masked weirdo vocals declaring "funk is its own reward." Bernie Worrell and Fred Wesley split the horn arrangements, while Bootsy Collins and George Clinton address the scientific community at large. Of course, this is a concept album... or something.

Pauline Oliveros - To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition.. LP (Roaratorio) [ROAR021LP] $13.50
..Of Their Desperation. "Shortly after it was published in 1968 the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas fell into my hands. Intrigued by the egalitarian feminist principles set forth in the Manifesto, I wanted to incorporate them in the structure of a new piece that I was composing. The women's movement was surfacing and I felt the need to express my resonance with this energy. Marilyn Monroe had taken her own life. Valerie Solanas had attempted to take the life of Andy Warhol. Both women seemed to be desperate and caught in the traps of inequality Monroe needed to be recognized for her talent as an actress. Solanas wished to be supported for her own creative work. Commissioned by the Music Department of Hope College, Holland Michigan, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation had its premiere in 1970. Though everyone knew Marilyn Monroe hardly anyone recognized Valerie Solanas or took her Manifesto seriously. I brought the names of these two women together in the title of the piece to draw attention to their inequality and to dedicate the piece." -- Pauline Oliveros. "This LP contains both the 1970 Hope College premiere, performed by a 14-piece ensemble, and a 1977 recording from Wesleyan University, performed by a 43-piece orchestra. Roaratorio is proud to present the first commercially available release of this eerie, beautiful, and important Oliveros work. Cover artwork by Judith Lindbloom. Download coupon included."

Phil Cohran and Legacy - African Skies LP (Captcha Records) [HBSP-2X010] $19.50
Captcha Records is proud to announce the arrival of African Skies, the most recently recorded album from the visionary BROTHER KELAN PHILIP COHRAN and his band LEGACY. This record was influenced and realized in 1993, shortly after the passing of Brother Phil's friend, mentor and band mate, HERMAN BLOUNT (better known as SUN RA). It was heard publicly for the first and only time at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois that same year. By channeling the energy of Sun Ra, Brother Phil brings us closer to enlightenment, closer to the cosmos with melodies that are as ancient as time itself. Sun Ra believed that music is the voice of the spirit, the energy we want to live within. In the aftermath of his death, Brother Phil drew upon his mentor's cosmic perspective to produce an elegiac album that is utopian in spirit: a vessel brim-full of primordial vibes and a memo from some higher astral plane. In the words of its maker, African Skies is a "nourishing and inspirational" document-a nuanced portrait of one of the most visionary musicians of our time in his prime. African Skies, available commercially for the first time ever, is the first record to be released since the stellar Malcolm X Memorial (Zulu/Mississippi) record in 1969.

Ravers, The - Bad, Bad World (Ravers Going Underground) LP (Wah Wah Records) [LPS095LP] $26.00
"Wah Wah proudly unearths another lost gem from the past, this time by studio-exploitation German band The Ravers, a.k.a The Tonics. Under the production of Herbert Hildebrandt (ex-member of The Rattles, credited on some internet blogs to be some kind of German Kim Fowley), members of The Rattles/Wonderland (Achim Reichel) and The German Bonds produced a series of studio albums as cash-in operations, among them some very known works like Hell Preachers Inc. or Bokaj Retsiem. Bad, Bad World is one of those amazing releases. Having in mind the hardest beat/psych rock sounds of the era (the LP was originally released in 1969) and the rhythms that move a dancefloor, they produced this superb collection of groovy Hammond/fuzz/wah-wah driven freak rockers. More than one song here should be on any genre DJ's bag, the most direct one being 'What You Can Do For Your Country,' but with the whole LP packed with cool songs moving from the Kinks inspired 'We've Got Too Much' to early Deep Purple Hammond versus lead guitar duels."

Residents, The - Not Available LP (Mvd Audio) [MVD5122LP] $14.25
LP version.

Robert Turman - Way Down LP (Dais) [DAIS017LP] $18.25
"Originally released as a small run cassette in 1987, only to fall into tape label obscurity, Robert Turman's industrial genre-bending masterpiece album Way Down finally has been excavated for a proper vinyl reissue after twenty-three years in the shadows. This album solidifies Turman as a cut above the rest with respect to his talent and his natural ear for experimental composition. Turman first came onto the industrial scene in the late '70s as the ominous 'other half' of legendary noise outfit NON, alongside Boyd Rice, together releasing the now classic first NON single, Mode of Infection/Knife Ladder 7~@³ in 1977. After parting ways, Turman went on an excursion of self-released cassettes to which he fused every possible influence at his disposal, culling together past habits of experimental know-how and going forward into uncharted terrain. After his previous experimental efforts included on his Flux release in 1981, and even later in the prolific Chapter Eleven boxset, Turman turned the tables with the creation of Way Down, using synthesizer arrangements and drum machines alongside guitar solos, piano chords, tape loops and primitive sampling to create a whole new concoction of dance-like minimal synth blended together with the industrial darkwave noise he was mostly known for. After almost vanishing from the music scene, Turman resurfaced in 2005, teaming up with seminal noise musician Aaron Dilloway to not only reissue previous recordings, but to record and perform once again with new releases out on Hanson and Medusa. This vinyl reissue of Way Down serves as the blueprint of what Turman sought to render as a very accessible minimal synth/industrial album, yet keeping it just obtuse enough to make it one of the most brilliant and engaging albums to be ushered into the canon of '80s experimental culture."

Roedelius - Selbstportrait - Vol. II LP (Bureau B) [BB064LP] $16.00
This is the fourth solo album by German keyboardist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, originally released in 1980 on Sky Records. With Selbstportrait, Roedelius gave unequivocal confirmation that he no longer was treading the hitherto common paths of electronic music. Selbstportrait - Vol. II corroborated the findings: for Roedelius, electronics would no longer be a means of creating abstract, noise-like music in the future, nor of generating utopian, mechanical rhythmic structures. His own utopia was quite a different place, more in keeping with his own personality and view of the world. Hence both self-portraits, in particular Selbstportrait - Vol. II, are programmatic. Uniquely among musicians of the German electronic scene at the time, Roedelius succeeded in blending European and extra-European musical styles quite intuitively, developing his own language of music, neither epigonic nor weighed down by stereotype, as often occurred in the emerging world music genre of the period. There is a fascinating simplicity to the music of Roedelius: his vision does not reside in cloud-cuckoo-land. His utopia is founded in reason, his vision sustained by a simple base: not only did he ignore musical traditions, he also sought to create something new out of them. He succeeded where many of his contemporaries failed, going to ground as they attempted to bridge the postmodern gap. Not Roedelius. Roedelius' music is littered with stumbling blocks. The listener may not necessarily lose his footing, but will not exactly find himself sitting comfortably as he listens. With this album, Roedelius has drawn a clearly delineated picture of himself. Few musicians can say the same, few even harbor such aspirations. Transcending styles, hypes and modernisms, Selbstportrait - Vol. II is electronically-sourced music, yet sounds anything but technical, dismantling the misconception that electronic music has to sound cold and distant. Selbstportrait - Vol. II has never been released completely before. Includes 5 tracks never released on CD! Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens.

Roedelius - Selbstportrait I LP (Bureau B) [BB063LP] $16.00
180g vinyl. This is the third solo album by German keyboardist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, originally released in 1979 on Sky Records. Alongside his ongoing work with Cluster and Harmonia, Roedelius amassed an almost incalculable number of musical notations during his time in the idyllic Weser Uplands. Fleeting sketches, spontaneous improvisations, implied miniatures, rough compositions -- Roedelius recorded virtually every idea he came up with outside the studio sessions on his Revox A77 reel to reel; with the basic intention of capturing his moments of inspiration, he simply let the tape run as he played around on the Farfisa organ. Sound quality was not his prime concern, as he was not as yet entertaining any notion of releasing the results. As Roedelius recalls, costly tape spools were at a premium, so he recorded over older tapes in mono, at a less than ideal speed. Substandard, technically speaking (or listening), but as a self portrait, nothing short of a masterpiece. It would be inappropriate to measure this album by the hi-fidelity yardstick; see it as something closer to an intimate confession, an unguarded communiqué from one person to another. Bordering on naivety and free of conceit, Roedelius introduces us to his world through these chiffonesque études. There may be little variation in the Farfisa sound, but this is soon forgotten when Roedelius invites us to listen, to enter the experience. No expensive technology, no producer, no collaborators. This is unfiltered personality, the real Roedelius. Musically, Selbstportrait I is characterized by a combination of lĤndler, minimalism and harmonic simplicity. The Weser Uplands, where Roedelius recorded his music, are certainly no Arcadia and the village of Forst is anything but Atlantis, but perhaps it could become the Graceland of German electronic music. Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens.

Roland Kirk - The Inflated Tear LP (Atlantic) [SC1502LP] $11.00
1968 album featuring Ron Burton (piano), Steve Novosel (bass) and Jimmy Hopps (drums). Between opener "The Black And Crazy Blues" and closing track "Lovellevelliloqui," Rahsaan Roland Kirk tenderly surrenders himself to pure sound, although there's some "middle of the road blowing" in-between to keep your head in place. Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.

Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Everybody Loves The Sunshine LP (Polydor) [PD6070LP] $11.00
Exact repro of this 1976 album from one of the great jazz-funk heroes of the 20th century. Ayers is mellowing out at this point -- and that's a good thing. The title track is a revered classic of mid-'70s optimism.

Ruth - Polaroid / Roman / Photo - 25th Anniversary Deluxe Special Edition LP (Angular) [ARC078] $28.00
After the acclaim and success of the Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics compilation earlier this year, Angular is proud to announce the release of a 25th Anniversary Deluxe Special Edition reissue from one of the artists featured on this collection. RUTH's "Polaroid/Roman/Photo" was consistently noted as one of the standout tracks from the comp, which received glowing reviews across the board. This wasn't the case the first time around though. Originally released on Paris Records in 1985 Ruth's LP sold just 50 copies and was relegated to obscurity until the track "Polaroid/Roman/Photo" started appearing on bootlegs and compilations in the early '00s, slowly becoming the cult synth pop classic it is nowadays. An original copy goes for upwards of #300 on eBay and Ruth are a shining light from an oft forgotten music scene that is becoming increasingly influential today. Ruth was the brainchild of THIERRY MULLER, a photographer and graphic artist from Paris who drew his inspiration from bands and artists like Brian Eno, Stockhausen, Pere Ubu, Neu, Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk. In the late '70s he began to work on Ruth, releasing the lone album Polaroid/Roman/Photo in 1985. The line up of Ruth was collaborative and fluid, brass mingles with prototype drum machines, and squalling experimentation sits alongside sultry French girls across 40 minutes of edgy pop innovation that sounds remarkably undated alongside contemporary pop music. This deluxe limited edition comes in a gatefold sleeve on transparent scarlet vinyl, and features a 12-page booklet of lyrics and photos and download codes for a digital version of the album which includes six bonus tracks.

Santana - Tiger's Head 2xLP+CD (Lilith) [LR323LP] $34.75
"In 1969 at Woodstock, a relatively little-known band from San Francisco, led by a young guitar virtuoso named Carlos Santana, wowed audiences with their new breed of Latin-tinged rock. The festival catapulted Santana's self-titled debut album to the number one spot on the U.S. charts and on to superstardom. However, before Woodstock, Santana had been playing live around the Bay Area for more than two years, as these recordings a collection of live tracks recorded during that early period 1968/69 at different Bay Area locations, can attest. Featuring Gregg Rolie (later of Journey) on organ. Features early versions of classic Santana tracks 'Jingo', 'Soul Sacrifice' and more."

Serge Gainsbourg - Initials B.B. LP (4 Men With Beards) [4M196LP] $16.75
"Let's get it out right away: this 1968 album is really fantastic. Containing a second set of songs cut with the one and only B.B. (Brigitte Bardot) Initials B.B. sounds almost like a greatest hits of funky decadence. The sensuous melodies and gorgeous arrangements make the songs like little technicolor movies in sound. Initials B.B. continues to sound as stylish and hip as it must have the day it was released: you will be left wanting more. Contains: 'Initials B.B.', 'Comic Strip', 'Bloody Jack', 'Ford Mustang', 'Hold Up' and more."

Shirley Collins & Davy Graham - Folk Roots, New Routes LP (4 Men With Beards) [4M802LP] $20.50
"An extraordinary and classic album originally released by Decca in 1964. A landmark recording bringing together Shirley Collins' haunting vocals and Davy Graham's innovative guitar style. Folk Roots, New Routes was more than just a record when it first came out: it opened many minds and the door for Fairport Convention and Pentangle. A gem."

Spacemen 3 - Walkin' With Jesus 12 inch (Fire U.S.) [SFIRE1581EP] $14.50
"First 12" single for Glass Records released in 1986. Contains the early version of 'Walkin' With Jesus (Sound Of Confusion)', the full 17-minute monster rampage through the 13th Floor Elevators' 'Rollercoaster' and the original 'Feel So Good'. Comes with the original insert."

Spacemen 3 - Transparent Radiation EP 12 inch (Fire U.S.) [SFIRE1582EP] $14.50
"Second 12" single for Glass Records released in 1987. Contains 'Transparent Radiation', the complete and original version of 'Ecstasy Symphony', 'Transparent Radiation (Flashback)', the unedited version of 'Things'll Never Be The Same' and the 10-minute lengthy remake of the MC5's 'Starship'."

Spacemen 3 - Take Me To The Other Side 12 inch (Fire U.S.) [SFIRE1583EP] $14.50
"Third 12" single for Glass Records released in 1988. Contains 'Take Me To The Other Side' along with The Perfect Prescription out-take unfinished instrumental (late nite homage to Stax Records' heyday) 'Soul 1' and 'That's Just Fine'."

Spite - Violence LP (Harbinger Sound) [HAS095] $16.00
Vinyl reissue of this scarce cassette (Broken Flag 1982) by GARY MUNDY, recorded just before the formation of RAMLEH, and his later solo workings as KLEISTWAHR. Simple, crude and effective power electronics created with the same equipment used on later classic recordings. Ink-stamped sleeve. Edition of 200.

Strawberry Path - When The Raven Has Come To The Earth LP (Phoenix Records) [ASH3034LP] $20.75
Another lost gem for lovers of Japanese psych and hard rock, this time from the inspirational '70s prog outfit, Strawberry Path. From its extremely cool front cover to the last track, this is an album that will appeal to garage fans, psych heads, mondo music lovers and acid freaks alike, merging as it does a variety of Western influences, ranging from Jimi Hendrix (check out Shigeru Narumo's hard psych guitar) to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Originally released in 1971, Strawberry Path were the forerunners of Japan's Flied Egg, one of the most influential Japanese prog bands to emerge in the '70s. This is hard psych rock at its best, and an album which has soared in value over the last few years. Highly collectable and highly listenable. All-analog pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve. 180 gram virgin vinyl

Sun Ra & The Blues Project - The Sensational Guitars Of Dan & Dale: Batman And Robin LP (Klimt) [MJJ311LP] $24.75
"This novelty album, released in 1966 during the height of the Batman & Robin craze, was initially credited to the 'The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale' and featured an album full of tracks based on the popular TV show like 'The Batman Theme Song', 'The Penguin Chase', and 'The Batcave'. The album is entirely instrumental, except for someone singing 'Batmaaaan!' in the theme song. But the interesting thing about this album, and what makes it an absolute cult gem, are the musicians who are behind it all: basically a joint collaboration between Sun Ra's Arkestra and Danny Kalb's Blues Project (one of the first psychedelic rock bands as well as one of the world's first jam bands). 'Dan and Dale' were actually blues guitarist Danny Kalb and Steve Katz (later of Blood, Sweat & Tears) on dueling guitars, while Sun Ra and Al Kooper take over organ duties (a Hammond B-3) and members of Ra's Arkestra play sax. All I can think of when listening to this record is how much fun these guys, all formidable musicians, must have had putting it together." Gatefold sleeve.

Tony Roach - Big Bout Yah 7 inch (Digikiller) [DKR030EP] $6.25
"Callo Collins' Rythem Track label was started in 1985, during the birth of the digital sound. And even as such early digital productions, the first batch of Rythem Track releases from that very year stand as some of the freshest and best productions of the entire 1980's digital era. The Rythem Track crew of 1985 was itself similarly fresh, a small group of talented young artists. There was deejay Little Bimbo, who would become the late great singer Garnett Silk, another future star named Tony Rebel, and a pair of terrific but historically under-recorded singers, Anthony Selassie and Tony Roach. Callo and Rythem Track continued producing quality dancehall music well into the 1990s, with more big tunes and big artists along the way. As evidence of Rythem Track's brilliance, here we present four of the best Rythem Track selections, three from 1985, and one from 1997. Tony Roach's 'Big Bout Yah' has been one of our favorite tunes for years, the riddim a killer variation on 'tempo'."

Truth and Janey - No Rest For The Wicked LP (Rockadrome) [ROCK030LP] $19.75
"Limited edition, high quality vinyl reissue of this underground hard rock monster from 1976 by Iowa's legendary power trio led by guitarist BillyLee Janey. Old style tip-on jacket and quality vinyl pressing. Includes insert with history of the group, lyrics and rare band photos. Since the release of No Rest for the Wicked in 1976, its stature among collectors of '60s and '70s hard rock and psychedelia has grown steadily, with original copies now fetching a large sum in the collector's market. It has often been lauded as perhaps the best independent U.S. heavy rock release of the entire 1970's."

Various Artists - In The Storm So Long LP (Mississippi) [MR066] $13.00
A compilation of gospel songs from the Pitch/Gussman label. Raw and ragged 1960s & 1970s recordings made in Georgia. Most tracks have a heavy guitar sound with loads of reverb. At times haunting and at times joyous. Real rockin' homemade music by and for the people. Old school "tip on" sleeve. Liner note sheet too. Great stuff.

Various Artists - Groove Club Vol. 2 - Cambodia Rock Spectacular 2xLP (Lion Productions) [LION112] $19.50
Recorded in raw, bare bones conditions, mostly live and with traditional Cambodian instruments finding their place alongside found keyboards or guitars, the music of the Khmer rock musicians transformed the nightlife of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.The rise to power of the anti-Western, fanatical Khmer Rouge in 1975 caused drastic and permanent changes for Cambodia. These years saw social upheaval in the form of massive famines, selective executions and a brutal campaign of genocide responsible for the deaths of an estimated two million Cambodians, many in the notorious "killing fields." Even the most famous and beloved Khmer musicians could not escape. SINN SISAMOUTH ("the Emperor of Khmer Music"), ROS SEREYSOTHEA ("The Golden Voice of the Royal Capital"), and PAN RON met their deaths at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. The music of these honored musicians and others live on in this exclusive 2xLP edition, assembled with much love and respect for the artists who made the Khmer rock scene as thrilling as we find it to be. The music is wild and anarchic, rhythmic and undulating, sometimes sweet and lyrical, but always moving. Cambodia Rock Spectacular! captures that deep soulfulness ingrained in the best music; and along with its sister album, Cambodia Rock Intensified!. It is perhaps the most definitive collection of classic Cambodian rock music to appear on the scene to date.

Various Artists - Acid Dreams LP (Past & Present) [PAPR1007LP] $20.75
Recognized as one of the truly great comps of all time, this 1979 selection of '60s U.S. hard guitar-psych, compiled by the owner of a record shop in Berlin, has often been reissued on CD with the wrong tracklisting and non-existent liner notes. Originally released on LP, only 77 copies were pressed and apart from a few that were given to friends and family, the remaining records were only sold through the compiler's shop or shamelessly bootlegged. The Past & Present label is pleased to make this important compilation available again as a deluxe 180 gram vinyl limited edition. Acid Dreams proved that punk rock was not a new thing; kids had adopted the same snotty attitude in the mid-to-late '60s. The opening track, White Light's "William," sets the standard for what's to come: a compulsive, classic, hard guitar-psych 45 rocker and 17 more psych diamonds follow in its wake. A true gem mined and polished by Past & Present. Hand-numbered limited edition, containing a full-color insert with the original CD liner notes. Digitally-remastered. Artists include: White Light, Caretakers Of Deception, Outcasts, Music Machine, Mystic Tide, Stereo Shoestrings, Velvet Illusions, Unrelated Segments, Beautiful Daze, Painted Faces, Teddy & His Patches, Vejtables, Faine Jade, Balloon Farm, Minds Eye, Zakary Thaks, and Remaining Few.

Various Artists - Funk Drops 2: Breaks, Nuggets And Rarities 2xLP (Warner Music) [WS8413LP] $16.75
...From The Vaults Of Atlantic, Atco, Reprise And Warner Bros. Records 1968 - 1975. 2002 compilation featuring Bobby Byrd, The Noble Knights, The Mighty Hannibal, The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band, Aretha Franklin, The Fabulous Counts, The Mohawks, The Beginning Of The End, The T.S.U. Toronadoes, The Southshore Commission, King Curtis, Baby Huey & The Babysitters, Curtis Mayfield , Little Sister, Betty Wright, Society's Bag, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Meters, Cold Blood, Tower Of Power and T.J. Kirk.

Various Artists - Avant Marghen Vol. 4 LP Box (Alga Marghen) [MARGHEN032LP] $156.50
"New volume of the Avant Marghen series in a numbered edition of 80 copies. This luxury black boxset edition actually includes the fourth group of 7 LPs previously issued for the VocSon series and now sold out. Each individual LP record includes a numbered Avant Marghen inner-sleeve. LP 1 to 4) FranÄ~C§ois Dufrene Oeuvre desintegrale 4 LP set. First 80 copies from the original pressing of 345 copies issued in 2007, presented here with minimal hand-elaboration on each sleeve. FranÄ~C§ois Dufrene's impressive work, along with that of Gil J. Wolman and Brion Gysin, was a strong influence for experimental poets like Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck and Ake Hodell. LP1) Oeuvre desintegrale 1 LP includes an 18-minute-long crirythme from 1969 as well as 'Osmose-art,' a long piece from 1969 divided into two suites where Dufrene superimposes his crirhythms to classical music. LP2) Oeuvre desintegrale 2 LP includes six majestic crirythmes (created between 1965 and 1976) as well as 'Eryximaque, suite choreographique au Tombeau de Pierre Larusse,' a work halfway between the written text and the sound poem whose unity is achieved through Dufrene performing it, a masterpiece of synthesis of active poetry. LP3) Oeuvre desintegrale 3 LP includes two 'Lecture-collages' dating from 1965, adding jazz music (especially drum and percussion pieces) to poems marked by strong Lettristic esthetic. One of his most extreme crirythmes, titled 'Belles nuisances, hantez nos nuits,' dating from 1970, is also included on this record. LP4) Oeuvre desintegrale 4 LP includes three breathtaking crirythmes as well as two 'Comptinuum' from his early on-progress works started in 1958. LP5) Charlemagne Palestine Voice Studies LP, limited to 80 numbered copies pressed on dark blue vinyl and featuring a new sleeve, only available with this boxset edition. Palestine's introduction to music or sound was first with his own voice. This LP includes the very early 'Surrealistic Studies,' using a Webcor reel-to-reel tape recorder, discovering a technique of shouting into the microphone and immediately pulling it out, creating an interior echo chamber where the sound would turn around on itself, changing and distorting. 'Voice + Piano Study I & II' are short and beautiful piano improvisations with tape superimposition of accelerated voice pieces. In 'Voice Study' Charlemagne sings in a falsetto duet with himself on two separate tracks in a resonant space, searching for intervals that resonate together and respond like electronic sound wave oscillators played against each other. LP6) Gherasim Luca 2 Poems LP. First 80 copies from the original pressing of 385 copies issued in 2009. Created in close connection to Sten Hanson who invited the Rumenian artist at Fylkingen in the very beginning of the 1970's and made him discover the possibilities of the advanced EMS electronic music studio of Stockholm. The two recordings presented here are quite unique as they are the only poems by Gherasim Luca created through the use of electronic manipulations. 'Autres Secrets Du Vide Et Du Plein' (April 1971) and 'Crimes Sens Initiales' (April 1972) were both performed at the 1971 and 1972 Text-Sound Festivals of Stockholm. Including an essay by Henri Chopin. LP7) Charlemagne Palestine & Simone Forti Illuminations LP. First 80 copies from the original pressing of 365 copies issued in 2010. Duo interactions, illuminated with dim red lights. The three previously unreleased recordings on this LP were made between October and December 1971."

Various Artists - The Perfumed Garden Volume 1 LP (Past & Present) [PAPR1005LP] $20.75
LP version pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl. Named in honor of John Peel's 1967 late-night program on pirate radio station Radio London, which Peel named after a 13th century Arabic sex manual, the original 3 volumes of Past & Present's The Perfumed Garden (which many aficionados felt set the benchmark for future compilations) were applauded for the quality of both their content and their sound, but these accolades were often undermined by the lack of information about the tracks and the artists who performed them. This hand-numbered limited edition LP series contains a scholarly and informative insert with rare photographs and exhaustive full-color liner notes. This is full-on '60s UK garage rock and psychedelia, and every track's a winner. Great digitally-remastered sound coupled with original artwork and CD liner notes. Artists include: Factory, Eyes, Syn, Nimrod, Smoke, Birds, Shy Limbs, Game, Frame, Mandrake Paddle Steamer, French Revolution, Vamp, Syndicates, Sands, Tintern Abbey, The Craig and Open Mind.

Various Artists - Piccadilly Sunshine Part One: British Pop Psych and ... LP (Past & Present) [PAPR1008LP] $20.75
Other Flavours 1968-1970. LP version. Before expert compiler Psychomania found a limited amount of fame and even less of a fortune curating the widely-respected Electric Asylum series, he cut his musical molars on the little-known Piccadilly Sunshine series (most tracks were originally released on the Desiree label in 2003), which took the wide-eyed aficionado into the deep and wondrous valleys of British pop music culture. Daring to bring forth the once-overlooked and sadly-neglected songs that were laid to waste in a saturated wonderland of suburban teenage pop, Psychomania asks the listener to join him as he tiptoes barefoot through the late '60s and early '70s in Great Britain's vast and glorious cultural wastepaper basket. Stepping amongst the 20 flower-powered trippers presented here, they have been lovingly restored to their former glory. Hand-numbered limited edition 180 gram virgin vinyl, including a full-color insert with the original CD liner notes. Digitally-remastered. Artists include: Jason James, Peppermint Circus, Roger Bloom's Hammer, Alan David, Studio Six, The Magicians, Tin Tin, The Cups, Billy Boyle, Sounds Inc., Svensk, Christopher, Merlin Q, Mighty Joe Young, The Nocturnes, Mixture, Mood Of Hamilton, Jon, Tony Fabian, and Tim Andrews.

Various Artists - Groove Club Vol. 2: Cambodia Rock Spectacular! 2xLP (Lion Productions) [LION112LP] $19.75
"Recorded in raw, bare bones conditions, mostly live and with traditional Cambodian instruments finding their place alongside found keyboards or guitars, the music of the Khmer rock musicians transformed the nightlife of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh -- and many years later seduced countless listeners around the world with their groovy sound. The rise to power of the anti-Western, fanatical Khmer Rouge in 1975 caused drastic and permanent changes for Cambodia. These years saw social upheaval in the form of massive famines, selective executions and a brutal campaign of genocide responsible for the deaths of an estimated two million Cambodians, many in the notorious 'killing fields.' Even the most famous and beloved Khmer musicians could not escape. Sinn Sisamouth ('the Emperor of Khmer Music'), Ros Sereysothea ('The Golden Voice of the Royal Capital'), and Pan Ron met their deaths at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. The music of these honored musicians and others live on in this exclusive 2xLP edition, assembled with much love and respect for the artists who made the Khmer rock scene as thrilling as we find it to be. The music is wild and anarchic, rhythmic and undulating, sometimes sweet and lyrical, but always moving. Cambodia Rock Spectacular! captures that deep soulfulness ingrained in the best music; and along with its sister album, Cambodia Rock Intensified!, it is perhaps the most definitive collection of classic Cambodian rock music to appear on the scene to date."

Various Artists - Groove Club Vol. 3: Cambodia Rock Intensified! 2xLP (Lion Productions) [LION113LP] $19.75
Follow-up to Cambodia Rock Spectacular!. "Recorded in raw, bare bones conditions, mostly live and with traditional Cambodian instruments finding their place alongside found keyboards or guitars, the music of the Khmer rock musicians transformed the nightlife of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh -- and many years later seduced countless listeners around the world with their groovy sound. The rise to power of the anti-Western, fanatical Khmer Rouge in 1975 caused drastic and permanent changes for Cambodia. These years saw social upheaval in the form of massive famines, selective executions and a brutal campaign of genocide responsible for the deaths of an estimated two million Cambodians, many in the notorious 'killing fields.' Even the most famous and beloved Khmer musicians could not escape."

Walter Marchetti - La Caccia LP (Alga Marghen) [ALGA083-1LP] $24.75
LP version, previously released in the Il Divano Dell'orecchio 5LP box (ALGA 083LP). "Includes the same materials as the original 1974 Cramps LP titled La Caccia (1965). The LP sleeve reproduces the original scores, photos of both the 1965 ZAJ performances and of Marchetti recording La Caccia. The full-color inner sleeve reproduces the original La Caccia LP layout.

Walter Marchetti - In Terram Utopicam LP (Alga Marghen) [ALGA083-2LP] $24.75
LP version, previously released in the Il Divano Dell'orecchio 5LP box (ALGA 083LP). "Includes the same materials as the original 1978 Cramps LP titled In Terram Utopicam, or 'J'aimerais Jouer Avec Un Piano Qui Aurait Une Grosse Queue' (1974/75), 'Adversus' (Home-made electric music) (1966) and 'Osmanthus Fragrans' (Home-made electric music) (1973). The LP sleeve reproduces the original scores of 'J'aimerais Jouer' and 'Adversus', photos of the performance at the Venice Biennale. The full color inner sleeve reproduces photos of various Marchetti performances as well as the original In Terram Utopicam LP layout."

Walter Marchetti - Per La Sete Dell'orecchio LP (Alga Marghen) [ALGA083-3LP] $24.75
"The LP includes 'Per La Sete Dell'orecchio' (1981), previously privately issued on the LP with the same title as well as 'Song for John Cage' (1985), never available on vinyl before. The LP sleeve reproduces the 'Song for John Cage' score. The full color inner sleeve reproduces the original Per La Sete Dell'orecchio LP layout. All texts are published both in English and Italian. First included in a 5LP box set together with other 4 LPs titled La Caccia, In Terram Utopicam, Natura Morta and Vandalia, this LP is also available now, separately from the complete box set, in a very limited number of copies."

Walter Marchetti - Natura Morta LP (Alga Marghen) [ALGA083-4LP] $24.75
LP version, previously released in the Il Divano Dell'orecchio 5LP box (ALGA 083LP). "The LP sleeve reproduces a photo of the performance at Milanopoesia in 1988, as well as the text In My Music. The full color inner sleeve reproduces a photo of the Natura Morta installation."

Walter Marchetti - Vandalia LP (Alga Marghen) [ALGA083-5LP] $24.75
LP version, previously released in the Il Divano Dell'orecchio 5LP box (ALGA 083LP). "Includes 'Perpetuum Mobile' (1981) and 'Le Secche Del Delirio' (1989). Both pieces were never available on vinyl before. The LP sleeve reproduces a photo of the 'Perpetuum Mobile' performance at Musicalia in 1981. The full color inner sleeve reproduces a 'Musica Da Camera' installation and the original Vandalia layout."

Whatnauts, The - Reaching For The Stars LP (Stang Records) [ST1012LP] $11.00
Baltimore soul group The Whatnauts released several singles in the early '70s on New Jersey's Stang Records. Reaching For The Stars was their third album, released in 1972. Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.

Whatnauts, The - Whatnauts On The Rocks LP (Stang Records) [ST1018LP] $11.00
Originally released in 1974. Featuring "Why Cant People Be Colors Too?", sampled by A Tribe Called Quest. Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino.

Yusef Lateef - Yusef Lateef's Detroit: Latitude 42º30'-Longitude 83º LP (Atlantic) [SD1525LP] $11.00
Originally released in 1969. Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino. "The string section, as heard on the opener 'Bishop School,' is far from the pastoral or classically seeking group of recordings past, but another rhythmic and melodic construct that delves deep into the beat and the almighty riff that this recording is so full of. For all of the soul-jazz pouring forth from the Blue Note and Prestige labels at the time, this album stood apart for its Eastern-tinged melodies on 'Eastern Market'; the 'Black Bottom,' gutbucket, moaning bluesiness on 'Russell and Elliot,' with Gale and Lateef on tenor trading fours in a slowhanded, low-end groove; and the solid, Motown-glazed, rocking Latin soul of 'Belle Isle.'" -- All Music Guide

Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds LP (Prestige) [OJC612LP] $13.50
2009 release. Classic album from Yusef Lateef (sax, oboe, flute) recorded in 1961. Backed by pianist Barry Harris, bassist Ernie Farrow and drummer Lex Humphries. Tracks include: "The Plum Blossom," "Blues For The Orient," "Purple Flower."

ZZ Top - Fandango! LP (Warner Brothers) [WB79963LP] $13.00
This 1975 release is ZZ Top's fourth best album. One side's recorded in the studio; one side's live. The deeply entrancing yet violently offensive effect of their songs carry an imputed unlocking of social constraint directly into the earlobes and subconscious netherworld of its listeners, and it's no wonder that listeners often lose themselves completely during songs like "Tush," "Heard It On The X," "Backdoor Love Affair No.2" and "Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings." Perhaps the resistance that generations of our current times put up reveals their inability to even grasp, at the base level, music whose appeal should be as obvious as the basic pull of sexual or violent urges; and let there be no doubt that the unlocking of these desires are one of the last weapons the youth can wield against the increasingly boring and unsurprising social script written by the demigods of quasi-celebrity and stale culture, dispersed through every available outlet of mass & minute media, and acted out over countless dinner dates, rock concerts and club nights to the detriment of what we might call, simply, real lived experience, the present. F***ing ZZ Top. 180 gram vinyl with poster.