It’s the weekend so we have a couple new releases to feature plus Buzzcocks 40th anniversary re-issues have also dropped. A quick list of restocks and additions will be after the new release details.
Also, just a quick reminder that we will be closed Sundays and Mondays in February.
On to the new stuff!
Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
Anderson .Paak continues his unstoppable climb to superstardom with his third album Oxnard.
In roughly three years the hip-hop artist has transformed from obscurity to one of the biggest and brightest acts in the world.
.Paak stole the show with his feature on Dr Dre’s 2015 album Compton. He scored a Grammy nod in 2016 for his LP Malibu. He was the stand out performance at Auckland’s 2017 Laneway. And now his leading single with ol’ mate Kendrick; Tints, insinuates .Paak’s gotten so damn famous he needs tinted windows.
As a schoolboy in his hometown of Oxnard, Southern California, he would dream of making an album that could match up to The Blueprint by Jay-Z, College Dropout by Kanye West or Documentary by The Game. The talented multi-instrumentalist has certainly pulled out all the stops, releasing on Dr. Dre’s label, and getting Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kadhja Bonet, J. Cole and Pusha T to make guest appearances.
Sneaks – Highway Hypnosis
Sneaks, a.k.a. Eva Moolchan, emerges from the male-dominated Baltimore-Washington punk scene, joining the resistance forged by queer black feminists who create, explore, empower, conquer, and play bass. Highway Hypnosis combines bewitching beats and invented words, to produce what Clash Magazine described as “stripped down hip-hop, skeletal postpunk, and extra-dimensional pop music.” Highway Hypnosis was co-produced by Carlos Hernandez (of Ava Luna), Tony Seltzer (Princess Nokia), and Eva Moolchan herself. A glimmering anthem shrouded in an atmosphere of darkness, her first single “Beliefs” drops its bass along with a call to arms for all non-believers whose mantra is assigned: “Remove your beliefs and start again / ’cause all I wanna do is start again.” Among laughter samples and charming vocals featured on the album lie one club banger, your little sister’s anti-meat school lunch protest song, a 55- second epic bass surprise, and a Jacknife Lee (Taylor Swift, Bat for Lashes, R.E.M.) production credit on “Hong Kong to Amsterdam.”.
Buzzcocks – 40th Anniversary Editions
– Another Music In A Different Kitchen
– Love Bites
Both albums have been lovingly restored and re-mastered from the original ¼” tapes for the first time and come packaged in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves with lavish 8-page booklets containing unseen images and extensive liner notes by famed writer, broadcaster, music journalist and cultural commentator Jon Savage.
Famously taking their name from ‘It’s the buzz, cock’, a headline from a Time Out review of 1970s TV music drama ‘Rock Follies’, Buzzcocks formed in Bolton in 1976 by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, who have a strong claim to have kick-started a musical revolution in Manchester having organised and played at the now famous Sex Pistols show at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976, a show which inspired and spawned the likes of Joy Division, The Fall and The Smiths.
Having recorded and pressed their debut EP, Spiral Scratch, in December 1976 for a cost of £500 (the single would go on to sell 16,000 copies in the first six months of release on their own New Hormones label), the band soon under-went personnel changes with founder Howard Devoto leaving before they signed to United Artists and embarked on the recording of their debut album.
Recorded at Olympic Studios in London between December 1977 and January 1978 with producer Martin Rushent and featuring the line-up of Pete Shelley (vocals / guitar), Steve Diggle (guitar / vocals), Steve Garvey (bass) and John Maher (drums), Another Music In A Different Kitchen was released in March 1978 featuring a distinctive cover by Malcolm Garrett whose work would become inextricably linked with the band.
Within six months of their debut album release, the band had recorded and released its follow up. Again working with Martin Rushent at Olympic Studios, Love Bites was recorded in late July 1978 and released in September of that year. Reaching number 13 in the U.K. album charts, it featured their highest charting single, and arguably best-known song, Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve).
By the end of 1978 with the release of these albums not only had Buzzcocks established themselves as one of the leading-lights of punk but proved themselves as deft songwriters capable of producing three-minute-mini-masterpieces that would endure long after the initial spark of punk had faded.
Restocks and Additions to our new record selection
|A Tribe Called Quest||People’s Instinctive|
|Booker T & The MG’s||Green Onions|
|Brown, James||20 All Time Greatest Hits|
|Brown, James||Live at The Apollo|
|City And Colour||Little Hell|
|Czarface & MF Doom||Czarface Meets Metal|
|Eminem||Marshall Mathers LP 2|
|Eminem||The Marshall Mathers|
|Gaye, Marvin||The Soulful Moods Of Marvin|
|Guns N Roses||Appetite for Destruction|
|Johnson, Robert||King of the Delta Blues Vol 1+2|
|Massive Attack||Blue Lines|
|Mazzy Star||So Tonight That I Might See|
|MF Doom||Unexpected Guests|
|Milk Carton Kids||All the Things I Did And All|
|Nirvana||MTV Unplugged In New York|
|Parks, Tess & Anton Newcombe||Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe|
|Peterson, Oscar||Night Train|
|Petty, Tom||Greatest Hits|
|Pop, Iggy||The Idiot|
|Run The Jewels||Run The Jewels 3|
|Simone, Nina||At The Village Gate|
|Soundtrack||Sid & Nancy: Love Kills|
|Tragically Hip||Fully Completely|
|Tragically Hip||Road Apples|
|Various Artists||Studio One Rockers|
|Waters, Muddy||The Best Of Muddy Waters|
|White Stripes||Get Behind Me Satan|
|White Stripes||Icky Thump|
That’s it… I’m Audi…