Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS: DVD - Boredoms, Sublime Frequencies, Edan's Echo Party Movie!

v/a MY FRIEND RAIN DVD/CD
*** "My Friend Rain is an abstract homage to the endless monsoon cycles of rebirth and destruction. Dreamy musical segments, fleeting glimpses, odd sounds, temple shrines, tropical backdrops, decay, death, languid afternoon rains, and mysterious celebratory events take the viewer from soaked mornings in the lowlands of the Irrawaddy Delta to humid nights on the streets of Isan province. Includes a bonus CD with the film's soundtrack of traditional and popular music culled from live performance, cassette and LP archives." On SUBLIME FREQUENCIES.

BOREDOMS 77 Boa Drum DVD
*** "On July 7th, 2007 at 7:07 PM, Japanese group Boredoms, orchestrated a performance by 77 drummers at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, NY. Nearly three years later, the experience is finally making its way to DVD."

EDAN Echo Party Movie DVD
*** "Edan's Echo Party Movie is a fast-paced, retro conglomeration of unrelated video clips from the 60's, 70's and 80's that prove to be like a Sour Patch Kid for the eye. Cut in perfect harmony with Edan's music, the movie is an ideal synch for Echo Party's multi-elemental vibe -- an eclectic blend of psychedlia and beats."

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!

NEW ARRIVALS: CDs - Sun City Girls, ESG, Emeralds, R&B Hipshakers & more

v/a FLIPPER PSYCHOUT: Original Italian Library Music From The Vaults CD
*** "Dig into the historical library music catalog of Italy's Flipper Music -- a brilliant blend of obscure early '70s tracks: cinematic sound landscapes, space-age bachelor pad music (Italian style) and atmospheric, fuzzy psych-grooves."

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 R&B HIPSHAKERS Vol 1: Teach Me To Monkey CD
*** RECOMMENDED "A raucous and potentially life-changing comp of '60s R&B compiled by DJ Mr. Fine Wine (WFMU) encompassing crazy dances, intense guitar instrumentals, inspired forays into mind-altering whimsy, timeless odes to male horniness, and hook-filled, honest-to-goodness love songs."

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."

v/a SOUND OF SIAM: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam In Thailand 1964-1975 CD
*** "The 19 tracks reflect the outcome of a 20th century journey from Thai classical to Luk Krung and Luk Thung -- music that incorporated Western influences such as jazz, surf guitar, ballroom and even Latin and African."

RYAN ADAMS & THE CARDINALS III / IV 2xCD
*** Ryan Adams! Perhaps you heard of him!

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

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

*** BACK IN STOCK!

ESG Dance To The Best Of... 2xCD
*** "Finally! All in one place! The first comprehensive best of compilation for the iconic ESG!"

THE FUGS Tenderness Junction / It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest CD
*** Two albums on one disc!

FREELANCE WHALES Weathervanes CD
*** "Swirling with organic and synthetic textures, interlocking rhythmic patterns, and light harmonic vocals, Weathervanes works to tell a simple, pre-adolescent love story." Mm-hmm!

BORIS GARDINER Every Nigger Is A Star CD
*** "The long-lost soundtrack is a dose of the finest conscious Jamaican music, generously laced with blaxploitation-style heavy funk. Gardiner's original soundtrack has eluded any official or unofficial re-release since 1974."

HAR-YOU PERCUSSION Sounds Of The Ghetto Youth CD
*** RECOMMENDED "This Latin soul group was part of the Harlem Youth program of the 60s & is a fantastic mix of funky bass, heavy drums, burning horn lines and soulful vocals. Quite simply one of the great Latin releases of all-time."

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!"

NOAH HOWARD The Black Ark CD
*** RECOMMENDED An incredible & attractive reissue of an absolute brainburner out of the spiritual jazz era feat ARTHUR DOYLE's recording debut and tripped out percussion from JUMA who played Woodstock with Jimi Hendrix the same year Black Ark was released.

JON MUELLER The Whole LP+CD / 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.

SAM PREKOP Old Punch Card CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!

SPACEMEN 3 Perfect Prescription LP / CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!

SUN CITY GIRLS Funeral Mariachi CD
*** "Sun City Girls' final studio record is comprised of gorgeous folk & vocal styles, a heavy retro Italian cinema influence, Arabic and Indonesian references, and a ghostly psychedelic moodiness throughout." RIP Charles Gocher.

SUPERSILENT 10 CD
*** "Known as being heavy on the electronics, Supersilent have moved towards a more acoustic landscape with Steinway piano and some of their most beautiful and lyrical moments side-by-side with some of their most eerie soundscapes."

WITCH Introduction CD
*** "The stellar first album from Zambian psych-rockers Witch with crazy and wild fuzz guitars all over and chanting. An incredibly cool and stoned album from Africa originally released in 1973.

Friday, December 10, 2010

EVENTS - The Whip!

THE WHIP! - Friday, December 10 @ Elks Lodge - TONIGHT!
*** PSYCH ROCK & SOUL! R&B STOMPERS & INSTRUMENTAL KLANG! BLUES BUMPS & GIRL GROUP BOUNCE! A brand new dance party from DJs Forest Juziuk (HOTT LAVA) & Richie Wohlfeil (CONTACT). Bruise the balls of your feets dancing, stomping & screaming at the Detroit-meets-Ann Arbor-meets-Detroit party THE WHIP!!
Elks Lodge / 220 W Sunset / 10PM / $5 / FBOOK: http://on.fb.me/h8YHyh

NEW ARRIVALS: Vinyl - Sufjan Stevens, Tallest Man On Earth, Eric Copeland & more

THE BOOKS The Way Out 2xLP+MP3 / CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!

ERIC COPELAND Puerto Rican 7"
*** "Eric Copeland is an experimental musician based in New York. He is a core member of Black Dice. This 7" is a departure of sorts and is easily gonna twist your brain! Fantastic fun!"

ENVY Recitation 2xLP
*** NOW ON VINYL!

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY Those Who Tell The Truth... LP
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place 2xLP

*** BACK IN STOCK!

THE HIVE DWELLERS Get In 12"
*** "BEAT HAPPENING's Calvin Johnson hooked up with MAHJONGG to "play band" and all sorts of bleeps and bloops ensue. Wires and buttons come alive to the beat of a drum machine never tamed." Remixes by STRATEGY and SHAWN PARKE.

INFINITE BODY Carve Out The Face Of My God LP+MP3
*** BACK IN STOCK!

SUFJAN STEVENS All Delighted People 2xLP+MP3 / CD
*** "The EP, All Delighted People, is built around two different versions of Sufjan's long-form epic ballad All Delighted People, a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon's 'Sounds of Silence.'"

SUFJAN STEVENS The Age Of Adz 2xLP+MP3 / CD
SUFJAN STEVENS Illinois 2xLP

*** BACK IN STOCK!

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird EP+MP3
*** BACK IN STOCK! Vinyl includes MP3s.

NEW ARRIVALS: CDs - Sufjan Stevens, Daft Punk, The Books, Eluvium & more!

THE BOOKS The Way Out 2xLP+MP3 / CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!

DAFT PUNK Tron: Legacy CD
*** "Daft Punk scored TRON: Legacy with a symphony of one hundred world class musicians in London and recorded the orchestra at AIR Lyndhurst Studios, Britain's premier scoring facility."

DUFFY Endlessly CD
*** "Endlessly represents the next chapter of an already astounding career, co-written and co-produced by Duffy and acclaimed songwriter/ producer Albert Hammond."

ELUVIUM The Motion Makes Me Last CD
*** "In addition to the stately ambient pop title track, The Motion Makes Me Last EP features three brand new, previously unreleased non-album tracks. Strictly limited to 2,000 copies."

LIZ JANES Say Goodbye CD
*** "The first Liz Janes music in five years & she's teamed up with Asthmatic Kitty artist and ├╝ber producer Rafter Roberts to give us her own version of a soul record."

SUFJAN STEVENS Songs For Christmas 5xCD
*** BACK IN STOCK! And right on time!

SUFJAN STEVENS All Delighted People 2xLP+MP3 / CD
*** "The EP, All Delighted People, is built around two different versions of Sufjan's long-form epic ballad All Delighted People, a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon's 'Sounds of Silence.'"