Featured New Vinyl + Record Store Day 2015 Late Comers

A few great titles to feature this week. It has happened before that an EP has made it to my top albums of the year before, and I think it may just happen again this year, although the full album is supposed to be out later in 2015 too. Petite Noir – The King of Anxiety EP has to be the best new music this year so far, for me. Please take the time to check out the sample tracks below. Oh yeah, Alabama Shakes and Sufjan Stevens have new albums out too, now, back to Petite Noir. Here are the featured albums for today.

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Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Sound & Color is the follow-up to the band’s Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned them three GRAMMY nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist.

“Soul-stirring, shape-shifting new sound.”  – NEW YORK TIMES

“This is a weirder, woozier, fiercer and sexier record than their debut in nearly every way.” – ROLLING STONE

“The Shakes’ furious energy can bridge geographical divides and remind you that rock and soul aren’t mutually exclusive” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

The album’s twelve songs reveal a band honed by years on the road, and drawing from a wide range of influences. The bluesy groove of “Shoegaze” or the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” give way to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini.” The gently swaying, chiming title song opens the album then explodes into the urgent, tightly-coiled funk of “Don’t Wanna Fight.” Long instrumental intros and passages create hazy atmosphere, and then the intensity of Howard’s vocals snaps everything back into riveting focus.


Petite Noir – The King Of Anxiety EP

Petite Noir is a South African producer, multi-instrumentalist, and genre-defying performer. Born Yannick Ilunga, to a Congolese father and Angolan mother, the artist known as Petite Noir has been making his unclassifiable, joyous music in various iterations for a number of years now. Collaborations with friends such as Spoek Mathambo, garnered him online attention in 2013 and 2014, leading to his signing with Double Six.

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Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Steven’s new beautiful solitary and rich record filled with faith and disbelief and the resurrection of trust and dreams. Sufjan’s new songs on Carrie & Lowell are absent of irony or artifice and that makes it difficult to critique. But his songs have given us the companionship and commiseration we didn’t know we needed.

Sufjan is on tour in North America in just a couple of weeks, and will also be making stops at VIVID in Sydney in May, at Eaux Claries Festival in July, and End of Road Festival in the UK in September.

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 Record Store Day 2015 – Late Comers

Well, it inevitably happens when you try to release 600 new things on one day that a few will be late. So let’s just start calling it Record Store Week and take all the pressure off the one day. A few titles showed up today and there will no doubt be more later this week. We will keep you posted when more comes in. Here’s what showed up today.

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Midlake – Live in Denton TX

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: ATO
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:

12” vinyl with DVD concert film recorded at Dan’s Silverleaf in the band’s hometown of Denton, Texas. Directed by Jason Lee and Eric Noren.


12” Vinyl
Side A: The Old and the Young (Live in Denton, TX), Antiphon (KDHX Session)
Side B: Roscoe (Live in Denton, TX), It’s Going Down (KDHX Session)

DVD: 1. Young Bride 2. We Gathered in Spring 3. Antiphon 4. Provider 5. Ruler, Ruling All Things 6. The Courage of Others 7. Kingfish Pies 8. Balloon Maker 9. It’s Going Down 10. Aurora Gone 11. The Old and The Young 12. Roscoe 13. Provider Reprise 14. Van Occupanther 15. Head Home

Courtney Barnett – Kim’s Caravan

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: mom+pop
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:

The B-side of this 12″ is a cover of John Cale’s “Close Watch” and is exclusive to this Record Store Day release.


“Brand New Song”/”Close Watch”

Nick Thorburn – Original Music From Serial

Format: LP
Label: Manque Music
Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release
More Info:

Exclusive vinyl release of the music from wildly popular Serial podcast (creators of This American Life.)  The music is composed by Nick Thorburn (Unicorns, Islands.)

 Used gear selection expanded

Added a bunch of gear to the used section of our turntable catalog, check it out by clicking the link at the top of the page, or click here: Audio Gear Available at Backbeat


That’s all folks!