Lots of recent new releases on vinyl to mention this week. Plus we have received a bunch of restocks of popular titles and have added some other new vinyl to the rotation here. We’ve changed up the website a little and have a few more things to get done, but what do you think so far? Mostly the changes were done to freshen it up and make it more mobile friendly. Let us know if you think we’ve missed something, would like to see any other features or if you are having any issues. We truly appreciate the feedback.
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Here’s a sample of the restocks and new additions to the vinyl selection, then right below that we will have all the details on the featured new releases for this week.
Featured New Releases
Red House Painters – Red House Painters “Rollercoaster” (2LP) – REISSUE
Just one year on from their brilliant debut, Red House Painters were back with not one, but two albums. Both eponymously titled and released just months apart in 1993, the first of which was this ambitious double album. With a rollercoaster on the cover to give it it’s unofficial title, the album is now seen as one of Mark’s most realised collections, containing career highlights like ‘Grace Cathedral Park’, ‘Katy Song’ and ‘Mistress’.
Red House Painters – Down Colorful Hill – REISSUE
Out of print since its initial release in 1992, Down Colorful Hill is the muchpraised debut album from Red House Painters. The introduction to the world of Mark Kozelek – “One of the finest artists of his generation” – Stereogum. “Down Colorful Hill” comprises six tracks, all taken from the band’s original demo tape, catching the band at their rawest.
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages Under The Savage Sky
Given that Barrence Whitfield & the Savages’ 2013 Bloodshot debut Dig Thy Savage Soul was a 12-round sonic knockout, the R&B wallop of Under the Savage Sky may very well stand for ‘Roundhouse & Beatdown.’ There’s no harder hitter than frontman Barrence Whitfield of Boston, MA. When he hits the boards with the Savages, you’re either gonna ride the energy or be crushed by it. The wilder, louder, and more insane the Savages bring it, the more BW is ready to attack the mic, wear you down on the ropes and eventually drop you. With its raw vocals, thick and nasty guitar tones, and preternaturally locked-in rhythm section, Under the Savage Sky might be the most soulful punk record (or the most punk soul record) you’ve ever heard, raining soul and brimstone from the heavens. “Barrence Whitfield is a treasure, with unbelievable pipes, an unimpeachable discography (with great taste in cover tunes) & undeniable appeal.” –POPMATTERS
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
In its purest form music acts as a conduit of self-expression that’s free from the conventions of society and that spirit of fearlessness lies at the core of twenty one pilots, a group whose musical vision is completely their own. Over the past few years the duo of front-man Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun have built a hardcore following that seems primed to reach a fever pitch with the release of their Fueled By Ramen debut Vessel.
The Columbus, Ohio-based band started out like most acts but instead of aimlessly touring they concentrated on their hometown base and before long they were selling out huge local venues like Newport Music Hall despite the fact they only had two self-recorded releases available. “Every show we play our hearts out because where we come from you have to grab people’s attention and make sure that they never forget you,” Joseph says. “In our case we were able to build up a fanbase – one that walked with us to grab the attention of the music industry outside of our hometown eventually opening up the doors that have led to so many opportunities to take our music around the world on what is an amazing journey”.
Faith No More – Sol Invictus
The music of Faith No More has lived through five presidents, endless wars, economic boons and busts, global meltdown and revolutionary rebirths. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, the hard-edged group’s hybridized sound has scored the soundtrack to a time of change, and now in the 21st century, the legendary band has evolved once more to return with a powerful new album, Sol Invictus, and a new focus.
After eleven years of silence, the San Francisco band reunited for a string of shows from 2009-2012. During that time, the group rekindled the creative anarchy that earned them platinum and gold records, cult status and critical acclaim, forging new music that captures the kinetic sound that made Faith No More one of the most influential rock outfits of their era. “When we first started rehearsing [for the reunion],” Gould says, “Our brains were there but our bodies weren’t. The muscle memory wasn’t there yet. We had to play these songs we hadn’t played in 14 years. But it came back, and it was incredible to hear our songs onstage, coming out of us again.”
Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There
“Stuff Like That There” is a 14 song collection of covers, originals and reworking(s) that happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Yo La Tengo’s landmark 1990 album, “Fakebook”. Recorded with Gene Holder (The Feelies), “Stuff Like That There” as the trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew augmented by the guitarist and former Yo La Tengo member Dave Schramm, with James negotiating the wonders of the upright bass for the first time. “This is Yo La Tengo laying out the vast playing field of their influences and curating a great deal of what will become the modern canon of pop music.” – Stereogum. “It’s impossible to imagine playing this record and not smiling and singing along.” – All Music.
That’s all we got for today, but really wasn’t that enough? No? Then come down to the shop.