It’s Friday! We’ve got some great new releases this week from Wye Oakes, Sloan, Czarface & MF Doom and Dr. Octagon’s latest are all in stock now! We also have in a few of the Rob Zombie re-issues along with Astrocreep 2000 Live that just got released. Need more music for the weekend? Below all the latest releases there’s a huge list of restocks and additions including a huge amount of new jazz albums.
Also, if you missed our “flippin” video on Facebook of the latest load of used records we put out earlier this week, it’s way at the bottom of this post.
Let’s get on to the new stuff!
Sloan – 12
That title isn’t just some random number. 12 is indeed the 12th album from Canadian power-pop perennials Sloan, which means it’s as good as Led Zeppelin IV, Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4, and Chicago 4 all put together. But seriously: not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th record, and not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th record with all four original members, and not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th album with four original members who are equally prolific songwriters, they’re arguably the only band to make it to their 12th album with four original members who are both equally prolific songwriters and all still working at the top of their respective games, sounding utterly ageless in the process. On 12, each of the four principals contribute three stellar songs that play to their core strengths: Patrick Pentland with the soaring rock anthems, Chris Murphy with the playful, participatory sing-alongs, Jay Ferguson with the jaunty prog-pop gems, and Andrew Scott with the whimsical innerspace explorations. Says Murphy, “I guess with the album title, we are showing off the fact the we have 12 records.”
Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
For The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack flew to one another’s cities—she in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas—for a week or so at a time, hunkering in home studios to sort through and combine their separate song sketches. These shorter stints together produced less second-guessing and hesitation in their process, yielding an unabashed and unapologetic Wye Oak. They discarded past rules about how to write a record, instead funneling all those experiences and experiments into perfectly unified statements.
The result is the biggest, broadest, boldest music Wye Oak has ever made. Louder pursues a litany of modern malaises, each of its dozen tracks diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. It arrives at a time of immense doubt, when our personal problems are infinitely compounded by a world that seems in existential peril. But these songs answer the challenge by radiating self-reflection and resolve, wielding hooks and musical intricacy as a shield against the madness of the moment.
Czarface & MF Doom – Czarface Meets Metal Face
Rising from the wreckage of a war torn planet, Czarface joins forces with MF DOOM in the epic Czarface Meets Metal Face! Blending DOOM’s trademark abstractions and CZARFACE’s in-your-face lyrical attack, this album is ripe with cartoon violence, societal observations and pop culture musings. Over banging beats provided by The Czar-Keys, the armored team give you the witty unpredictable treats any hip-hop fan can sink their fangs into.
Expect beats, rhymes, and metal as Czarface controlled by WU-TANG CLAN powerhouse Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric team up with everyone’s favorite villain, MF DOOM. With track titles like “Nautical Depth”,”Meddle With Metal”, “Astral Traveling” to “Madness of Badness” this album packs a punch with 16 brand new tracks. Add that with features from Open Mike Eagle and Jedi Mind Tricks’ Vinnie Paz, we promise you mind-bending metaphors and brain-melting beats.
Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation
After 22 years, the visionary trio of Kool Keith, Dan the Automator, and DJ Qbert have reunited for Moosebumps: an exploration into modern day horripilation. Out April 6th via Dan the Automator’s Bulk Recordings, Moosebumps is the much-anticipated sequel to Dr. Octagonecologyst .
Largely recorded during marathon, 24-hour sessions at Automator’s studio, Moosebumps has a palpable urgency. When Kool Keith reprises his role as the lecherous Dr. Octagon, it sounds as though he’s been speeding through the cosmos since ‘96 and recording every noteworthy enterprise. Whether rapping alongside frequent Automator collaborator Del the Funky Homosapien (“3030 Meets the Doc Pt. 1”) or alone, Keith expands the Dr. Octagon mythos, utilizing his timeless, off-kilter cadences to relay everything from Octagon’s shameless branding (“Octagon Octagon”) to his kinkiest shenanigans. In short, Moosebumps finds the same incorrigible Octagon in improved and more outlandish garb.
Rob Zombie Re-issues and Astro Creep:2000 Live
Tying together three of his major loves – classic horror films, hard rock and electronic music – Rob Zombie created and released his debut solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe, in August 1998. Featuring his iconic hits ‘Dragula’, ‘Living Dead Girl’ and ‘Superbeast’, Hellbilly Deluxe cemented Rob Zombie as a hugely successful solo artist with over three million album sales and his first Top 5 album chart position in the Billboard 200.
The Sinister Urge
Focusing on his love of horror and suspense, Rob Zombie named his second studio album The Sinister Urge after the 1961 film of the same name, directed by Ed Wood. Featuring his third Top 20 Mainstream Rock single, ‘Demon Speeding’, as well as metal juggernauts Ozzy Osbourne (guest vocals on ‘Iron Head’) and Slayer’s Kerry King (additional guitars on ‘Dead Girl Superstar’), plus a flurry of other notable guest musicians, this album has achieved platinum sales status as well as garnering Rob Zombie his second Top 10 album chart in the Billboard 200.
Astro Creep 2000: Live Songs Of Love; Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head
In addition to the studio albums, there’s a new release Astro-Creep: 2000 Live. Astro-Creep: 2000 was the final studio album by White Zombie and on this live collection is performed front-to-back by Rob Zombie for the first time ever. Featuring ‘Electric Head, Pt.2 (The Ecstasy)’, ‘More Human Than Human’ and ‘Super-Charger Heaven’, this is a stunning take on a fan-favourite album.
Restocks and Additions
Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
Belle And Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
Blink-182 – Enema Of The State
Bowie, David – Low
Bowie, David – Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Dr. Dre – Chronic 2001
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Gaye, Marvin – Whats Going On
Greta Van Fleet – Black Smoke Rising EP
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory Lp
Mastodon – Leviathan
Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See
Metallica – Master Of Puppets
Metallica – Ride The Lightning
Metronomy – English Riviera The
Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
Pierce The Veil – Misadventures
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound Of Thunder
Pink Floyd – The Wall
Pop, Iggy – Idiot
Portishead – Third
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow
Soundtrack – O Brother Where Art Thou?: Mus
Soundtrack – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Soundtrack – V1 Guardians Of The Galaxy
Specials – Singles
Television – Marquee Moon
Tragically Hip – Live Between Us
Twenty One Pilots – Vessel
West, Kanye – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Wolfmother – Wolfmother
Jazz and Blues
Armstrong, Louis/Ellington, Duke – Great Reunion
Baker, Chet – Chet Is Back!
Blakey, Art & The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’
Brubeck, Dave Quartet – Newport 1958
Brubeck, Dave Quartet – Time Out
Coleman, Ornette – Shape Of The Jazz To Come
Davis, Miles – Birth Of The Cool
Davis, Miles – Kind Of Blue
Davis, Miles – Milestones
Davis, Miles – Plays For Lovers
Davis, Miles – Round About Midnight
Davis, Miles – Sketches Of Spain
Ellington, Duke & His Orchestra – Ellington Indigos
Evans, Bill – Live At The Village Vanguard
Evans, Bill Trio – Portrait In Jazz
Getz, Stan – Focus
Gordon, Dexter – Resurgence Of Dexter Gordon
Hawkins, Screamin’ Jay – At Home With
Holiday, Billie – Lady In Satin
Holiday, Billie – Songs For Distingue Lovers
Hooker, John Lee – Folk Blues
Hooker, John Lee – House Of The Blues
Hopkins, Lightnin’ – Lightnin Hopkins
Hopkins, Lightnin’ – Mojo Hand
Howlin’ Wolf – Howlin’ Wolf
Howlin’ Wolf – Rockin’ Chair Album
Howlin’ Wolf – Wolf At Your Door
James, Etta – At Last!
King, Albert – Big Blues
Manne, Shelly & His Men – Play Peter Gunn
Manne, Shelly & His Men – V1 At The Black Hawk
Monk, Thelonious – Monk’s Music
Montgomery, Wes – Full House
Montgomery, Wes – Incredible Jazz Guitar Of
Nelson, Oliver – Blues And The Abstract Truth
Parker, Charlie – Jazz At Massey Hall
Rollins, Sonny – Bridge
Simone, Nina – At Town Hall
Simone, Nina – Little Girl Blue
Sinatra, Frank – Come Fly With Me!
Wells, Junior – Cut That Out
Recent Arrival Used/Vintage Records
Let’s get you up to date on the latest used/vintage vinyl that just dropped here at Backbeat this week. Here’s our latest “flippin video” of the recent arrivals.