Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS: Vinyl - Stellar OM Source, Emeralds, Arp, Rune Grammofon, Psych Funk & more!

v/a 20 CENTURIES OF STONY SLEEP 2xLP
*** "Rune Grammofon celebrates release number 100 with this quite excellent and suitable collection of tracks from 13 of their esteemed artists, old and new. By far the best compilation album they have done w/ twelve tracks exclusive to this release."

v/a IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM Vol. 4 LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "The fourth volume of the acclaimed guitar series focusing on the present generation of pickers, representing American and English musical traditions. Feat. C. Joynes, Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses), William Tyler (Silver Jews) and more."

v/a MESSAGE FROM THE TRIBE An Anthology Of Tribe Records: 1972-1976 2xLP+BOOK
*** RECOMMENDED "After Motown, the boom of the car industry and the advances of civil rights in the 1960s, came a decade of governmental abandonment, high unemployment and inner-city violence and urban decay. Tribe (Phil Ranelin, Wendell Harrison, Harold McKinney, Marcus Belgrave) was a collective brought together to fight these negative forces, producing seminal deep jazz and funk albums & more. This album features the best of the seminal music produced by this legendary Detroit collective." On SOUL JAZZ.

v/a PSYCH FUNK SA-RE-GA! Aesthetic Expressions of Psychedelic Funk Music In India 1970-1983 2xLP
*** "Much of the music on this compilation experiments in the fusion of India's classical traditions of Hindustani and Carnatic music, folk music such as bhangra and dandiya; that Western psychedelia and funk music would occur at some point is only natural. Also included are off the beaten path Indian experiments in psych funk."

v/a SHANGAAN ELECTRO 2xLP / CD
*** "An astounding compilation of the breakneck Shangaan dance output of the Nozinja studio in Soweto recorded between 2006 and 2009. This is hyper‐local music, all of it still considered traditional, all of it marketed through Shangaan radio and newspapers to a relatively small set of people who live between Johannesburg, Limpopo and Mozambique."

ARP The Soft Wave LP
*** "The Soft Wave is expansive in scope, unfolding like a collection of short stories or filmic vignettes, each piece building upon the other. The Soft Wave incorporates guitars, piano, flute, and Ebows to create a dense brocade of sound. Recalls Cluster, John Cale & Brian Eno."

AWESOME COLOR Massa Hypnos LP
*** NOW ON VINYL!

CHORD Progression 2xLP / CD
*** This band play chords. BIG chords. You're supposed to buy the LP & CD to play at the same time & achieve a big, nasty six-chord wall. Feat. members of PELICAN & X-Bax. Read more here: http://bit.ly/dHIftd

DUCKTAILS Hamilton Road 7"
*** "3-song home recorded teaser for the upcoming Ducktails full-length Ducktails 3: Arcade Dynamics."

EMERALDS Does It Look Like I'm Here? 2xLP / CD
EMERALDS What Happened 2xLP

*** BACK IN STOCK! NOW ON VINYL! INSANE!

JD EMMANUEL Wizards LP
*** RECOMMENDED "With so much being made of current practitioners of the kosmische/New Age vibe, here's your opportunity to hear an original deep trance electronic music album. This straight analog pressing sounds as close to the original master tapes as you can get."

EXPLODE INTO COLORS Paper b/w Heat 7"
*** BACK IN STOCK!

FUTURE ISLANDS In Evening Air LP+MP3 / CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!

GROUP DOUEH Beatte Harab LP
*** RECOMMENDED "Group Doueh have been playing in the Western Sahara for over 27 years. Doueh's guitar heroics and wife Halima Jakani and Bashiri Touballi's soaring vocal interplay are an arsenal of sounds. The songs represented on this album adhere to the roots of Saharoui music & Group Doueh manage to attain heights of spiritual poetry that this music aspires to convey: blissful and exalted realms." On SUBLIME FREQUENCIES.

DANIEL A.I.U. HIGGS Say God 2xLP / 2xCD
*** "Say God is an album of gospel songs and poems as presently received by Daniel "LUNGFISH" Higgs recorded with the help and enthusiasm of David Andrew Sitek. Clairaudient fellowship,y'all!"

BASIL KIRCHEN Primitive London LP
*** "Two Basil Kirchin soundtracks (1965 & 1971) & it's music for strippers, wife-swapping, death, birth, crime and chicken factories. The music has touches of jazz, drones and oddness for the images of abattoirs, strip joints, alcoholism, beatniks and peculiar supermarkets."

MARK MCGUIRE Living With Yourself LP
*** "Mark McGuire operates chiefly as guitarist in the legendary Emeralds. The opening track is a fine example of McGuire's magical technique of taking a lone acoustic guitar then transforming the track into bliss-out electro wash looping off into the distance."

JON MUELLER The Whole LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Through a rolling, unamplified snare drum, booming low toms, hammered dulcimer and his own voice, Mueller creates a sound that is original and totally beguiling."

OFEGE Try & Love LP / CD
*** "Legendary heavy psych afro-rock debut LP by Nigerian wonder kids Ofege recorded while the band was still in high school. Try & Love is overflowing with great songs, sweet harmonies, and relentless psychedelic guitars."

OVAL O 2xLP+MP3 / 2xCD
*** BACK IN STOCK! The longest Oval album ever. And you won't be disappointed.

PANTHA DU PRINCE Diamond Daze 2xLP
*** "Pantha Du Prince captures wounded textures and cryptic pop unfold their mysteries in a pumping, crystalline mobile of sound. Shivering noise-pop-drones, pulsing patterns of bass-drum-bass, filigreed clicks, bursting diamonds."

THEO PARRISH Traffic 12"
*** "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."

SCORCH TRIO Melaza LP
*** "Fourth album from the free-spirited power trio that should need no long introduction by now, apart from the significant fact that Frank Rosaly has taken over the drum stool from Paal Nilssen-Love."

STELLAR OM SOURCE Trilogy LP+MP3
*** "Trilogy Select is Netherlands-based Christelle Gualdi's compilation of tracks from her CD-R trilogy released in 2009, re-edited and meticulously sequenced. Also includes an mp3 download coupon."

WILLIAM TYLER Behold The Spirit LP
*** "Excellent instrumental guitar album by William Tyler of Silver Jews and Lambchop among others. Tyler is an ace arranger, augmenting complex textures and various instrumentation with his lyrical compositions. A stunning, beautiful and varied guitar album for the ages." LIMITED TO 500.

RICARDO VILLALOBOS Zero Set II 12"
*** "Remix of the legendary '80s Krautrock record Zero Set from Moebius, Plank, Neumeier."

GERT WILDEN Schulm├Ądchen Report LP
*** "German sexploitation soundtrack music from the 1960s and 1970s as scored by softcore sound-specialist Gert Wilden & Orchestra that swipes from Led Zeppelin, acid rock, smoky jazz, R&B, crazily-mangled surf music & more."

DUSTIN WONG Infinite Love 2xLP+MP3+DVD / 2xCD+DVD
*** BACK IN STOCK!