Big vinyl shipment came in yesterday. Mostly restocks but a few sweet new releases and re-issues to talk about. A few we have been waiting patiently for, they are here now, but getting more is a challenge. Lots of vinyl is tough to get this summer, we are still waiting for more Jack White, Neil Young and the first shipment of Led Zeppelin Deluxe Edition re-issues.
Back in stock are:
Boards of Canada – Geogaddi
Boards of Canada – Music has the Right to Children
Mac Demarco – Salad Days
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy
Pearl Jam – Ten
Portishead – Third
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation: Best Of Pixies
Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day
White Stripes – White Stripes
White Stripes – De Stijl
White Stripes – White Blood Cells
And now on to the latest!
Lost in Translation – Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack – Re-issue
Sofia Coppola’s impressionistic romance Lost in Translation features an equally impressionistic and romantic soundtrack that plays almost as big a role in the film as Bill Murray and Scarlett Johanssen do. In the film, Bob and Charlotte are able to stretch their instant connection as strangers in a strange land into something that seems to last longer and feel deeper because of their need to believe in a love like that; their relationship is a beautiful, fleeting little world unto itself, and the music that plays behind them emphasizes the romantic fever dream. The soundtrack’s luminous atmospherics come from a variety of sources, but My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields leads the pack by contributing the Loveless classic “Sometimes” and four new tracks penned under his own name.
Likewise, the Jesus & Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey” is nearly as swooningly romantic as “Sometimes.” Sebastien Tellier’s “Fantino” and Squarepusher’s “Tommib” fit in well with Shields’ work and also recall the work of Air, whose “Alone in Kyoto” is a smoothly flowing, Asian-inspired piece that reflects both their own sound and the film’s setting. Ironically enough, Happy End’s “Kaze Wo Atsumete” is the only song by an authentically Japanese group, but it sounds a lot like Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again, Naturally,” which was used to devastating effect in The Virgin Suicides. Phoenix’s “Too Young,” a stylish re-creation of ’80s soft rock, is another highlight from Lost in Translation.
– Heather Phares, Rovi
Antlers – Familiars – 2LP w/CD
In seven years together, Brooklyn’s The Antlers have created a quiet revolution in thought and sound with their harrowing and often haunted tales of love unmoored, human frailty and emotional evisceration. On Familiars, their fifth album, and first for new home ANTI-, The Antlers – vocalist / guitarist Peter Silberman, multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci, and drummer Michael Lerner – have resumed the journey they began with 2009’s Hospice and continued over the next two albums Burst Apart and Undersea, which found the trio picking their way through a labyrinth of fear, doubt, love and loss against a backdrop of layered textural songs that were as deeply atmospheric as they were anthemic. More hopeful in mood than its predecessors, the new album emanates a palpable release of despair and an almost operatic verve on nine songs that took shape over the past year and a half. “We became really obsessed with Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda, Charles Mingus’ The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady, and Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew,” says Cicci. “We wanted to connect to the humanity of music from the past,” adds Silberman. “To capture grace and the heart within those performances.” So this time around The Antlers made a soul record in the truest sense of the word.
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Blind Melon – Blind Melon – Re-issue (We finally got this in! Hard to get more copies, so get it soon)
Blind Melon is the eponymous debut album by acclaimed Rock band Blind Melon, released in 1992, featuring breakthrough single ‘No Rain’. Fronted by singer Shannon Hoon (who can be heard doing backing vocals on Guns N Roses’ Use Your Illusion I and II) Blind Melon had a distinctive sound, influenced by Southern Rock and Psychedelic Rock. Songs like ‘Soak The Sin’ and ‘Tones Of Home’ evoke Hard Rock with a funky sound; ‘Time’ resembles Grateful Dead-style improvisational music and acoustic songs like ‘Change’ and ‘No Rain’ hinted at Pop and Folk influences. The band recorded the bulk of the album with producer Rick Parashar (who had produced Pearl Jam’s Ten) at London Bridge Studio in Seattle, Washington. Blind Melon’s production is marked by the use of outdated amplifiers and other antiquated studio technology. Modern studio effects were not used in its production as the band wanted to create a pure and intimate sounding record.
Swans – To Be Kind – 3LP (again we finally got this, not sure when more will be coming in)
A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA: Hello There, We (Swans) have recently completed our new album. It is called To Be Kind. The release date is set for May 13, 2014. It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a 2XCD Deluxe Edition that will include a live DVD. It will also be available digitally. The album was produced by me, and it was recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John’s studio in Dallas, Texas. A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment. The Swans are: Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica. Special Guests for this record include: Little Annie (Annie sang a duet with me on the song Some Things We Do, the strings for which were ecstatically arranged and played by Julia Kent); St. Vincent (Annie Clark sang numerous, multi-tracked vocals throughout the record); Cold Specks (Al contributed numerous multi-tracked vocals to the song ‘Bring the Sun’); Bill Rieflin (honorary Swan Bill played instruments ranging from additional drums, to synthesizers, to piano, to electric guitar and so on.
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Stay cool people!