Tuesday, October 30, 2007

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: Vinyl ))))) Akron / Family, Vashti Bunyan, Italians Do It Better

AKRON / FAMILY Love Is Simple 2xLP

VASHTI BUNYAN Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind 7"
*** Repress of Vashti's debut Decca single, written by Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the forthcoming two-disc collection of old odds and ends.

CHROMATICS In The City 12"
*** “CHROMATICS draft in new vocalist RUTH RADELET for this ‘70s opus of Chicago Nosferatu disco. A stabby little cardiac-monitor bleep darts back and forth through the shimmering strings and swathes of gold and silver. Chromatics cast themselves as afro-ed divas gliding through the city in a gleaming Back To The Future Delorean, but we’re only seeing this in the dazzling reflective sheen from their aviator shades as the vroom off into 2012 AD leaving flaming tire marks."

DJ BLAQSTARR Shake It To The Ground 12"
*** "With Baltimore club's influence seeping everywhere else on earth, it might seem strange that the new 12" from DJ Blaqstarr - Bmore's most talented and quickest rising producer - is way darker and more intense than your average gimmick club track." Released on DIPLO's Mad Decent label. SWITCH, CLAUDE VON STROKE, and DROP THE LIME remix.

*** "Legendary German post-rock band formed in 1971 by undisputed noise pioneer Uwe Nettelbeck, Faust garnered an immediate following due to its artistically extreme experimentations with music cut ups and other mixed sources hinging on cacophony and distortion. Don't miss their 1971 cult classic debut, now reissued with its original clear printed sleeve on clear vinyl."

GLASS CANDY Miss Broadway 12"
*** "One of GLASS CANDY's most insane covers ever! Originally recorded by Euro-disco legends Belle Epoque, “Miss Broadway” is a legendary baeleric disco song. Known for the epic string arrangements and insane vocal range--the band does it justice." Features main, instrumental, and synth/drum mix versions.

HOLY GHOST Hold On 12"
*** "Holy Ghost! consists of NY boys Nicholas Millhiser and Alexander Frankel formerly of AUTOMATO. Holy Ghost! is a product of their obsessions with analog synthesizers, rare disco, and ancient production techniques. Their first single is 'Hold On', a thumping disco trot that recalls a smoother and more mysterious time. Accompanying the title track is an instrumental version and a rhythmic French disco remix by Blackjoy a.k.a. Jerome Caron."

JAY DEE Jay Deelicious 3xLP

PHAT KAT Carte Blanche 2xLP

*** "PROFESSOR GENIUS come out of Jersey City with three totally intense dancefloor anthems rocked with breezy synths, thumping Italo basslines, and smooth analog drums that brings to mind Cerrone and Moroder, but with a more soundtrackish feel à la Midnight Express or Scarface."

RUB Party Medleys 12"
*** "Basically the record is 4 medleys, about 6 minutes long each, in four different genres (at four different tempos). Each side is a continuous 12 minutes, so that is also valuable if you have to run to the bathroom, or if you're a beginner, just to throw on at a party. It's all quick mixed, NYC party style, but with intros and outros to each medley for mixing, and it's easy enough to just run a couple songs off of it."

SAGE FRANCIS Personal Journals 2xLP / CD

SCOTTIE B Money Lotion Vol. 3 12"
*** "Baltimore club godfather Scottie B sets the record straight on this new EP for the DJ's champ, the Money Lotion series. Sick of all the amateurish Baltimore-style records dropping lately, Scottie’s created an instant classic with every style of the Baltimore spectrum represented. Scottie finally unleashes the track that EVERYONE has been look for the Bmore version of: “Never Be Alone.” (This one’s been getting hammered by Hollertronix, Tittsworth, Ayres...)" Limited edition.

SHIT ROBOT Chasm 12"
*** "On the epic A-side, 'Chasm', Lambkin masterfully joins relentless, brooding, patiently building techno with underlying melodic rock grooves. This dance track is both innovative and immediately familiar. The flipside, appropriately titled 'Lonely Planet', is a galactic krautrock adventure through whirling synths into the unknown." On DFA.

*** "Beginning in 1992, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion earmarked songs from their recording sessions for their Jukebox Single Series on In The Red. Now, for the first time, all five out-of-print singles have been collected in one place on Jukebox Explosion, along with eight previously unheard rarities from the band's early days that are every bit as action-packed, frantic, and furious."

STILL GOING Still Going Theme 12"
*** "Still Going is the combination of two NYC dance music leaders-- Eric 'Dunks' Duncan of Rub 'n' Tug and Olivier Spencer of Manthraxx and Mr. Negative." On DFA.

*** "Since 2005, there has been one Venetian Snares album that everybody has talked about: the masterpiece Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett, Aaron Funk's story of falling in love among the spires of Budapest, scored by an orchestra and the Amen break. If that album was in effect a question, then this one is his answer: the unfolding of this particular Hungarian story. If anything, My Downfall is even more epic and bombastic than its predecessor, but not without those little humorous touches so beloved of Snares."

NEIL YOUNG Tonight's The Night LP