New Releases for Feb. 23rd


Arling & Cameron – Music For Imaginary Films
On Music for Imaginary Films, the follow-up to their debut, All In, Arling and Cameron continue to write elevated camp (their delicious songs are too sincere and well constructed to be dismissed as kitsch). The concept behind this release is a perfect vehicle for the pair to display their seemingly limitless proficiency in any number of musical styles. So, what kind of movies did A&C have in mind? Some sort of James Bondian caper wouldn’t be out of the question, nor would a late-’60s sitcom, nor a jazzy Woody Allen film or wah-wah-pummeled blaxploitation flick, for that matter

Blind Man’s Colour – Wooden Blankets
Six-track EP from St. Petersburg, FL psych-pop band that has received raves from both Kanye West and Ed Droste [Grizzly Bear]. Recorded prior to their 2009 full-length Season’s Dreaming [one of the year’s most promising debut albums, Prefixmag] RIYL: Animal Collective

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? (2x LP)
The double vinyl is 180g and white with purple splatters! Recorded in early and late 2009 between Iceland and Berlin with an US tour in between, the Brian Jonestown Massacre move forward with this new full length album, Who Killed Sergeant Pepper? Working with musicians Will Carruthers (ex-Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized), Unnur Andrea, Einarsdottir (who recorded vocals on the last BJM album) and Felix from the Russian band Amazing Electronic Talking Cave and other musicians from France, Germany, and Iceland, this is the band’s most multi-cultured release to date, while obviously keeping the band’s trademark style throughout this album. Thirteen tracks ranging from the ambient bhangra beats, to rock, to shoegazing, to gypsy influences of Eastern Europe music, and then back again to the subliminal all twinged with the psychedelia of the band

Cotton Candy – Top-Notch & First-Rate

Dam-Funk – Toeachizown (5-LP box set)
Known as Los Angeles Ambassador of Boogie Funk, Dam-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. Headquartered in the Leimert Park section of L.A., Dam (pronounced: Dame as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-80s styles known as Boogie, Modern Soul and Electro-Funk. Stones Throw Records like-minded honcho Peanut Butter Wolf brought Dam on to the team to glide into the future with his unique, synth and bass-driven vibe. Its a promising new chapter for Southern Cali space funk. The 5 volumes of Toeachizown are packaged together in a box. This contains five songs which are not on the CD version

Efterklang – Magic Chairs (+ MP3)
Magic Chairs is the third full-length album by Copenhagen, Denmark’s Efterklang. The album finds the band expanding on their already expansive sound, while diving into the core of their ever evolving music. After six years of ambitious releases and concerts around the world, Efterklang have arrived at their most immediate and focused album to date

Four Tet – There Is Love In You (180g, 2x LP + MP3)
Unique artwork to be announced for the vinyl version! Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) finally releases a follow up to 2005’s Everything Ecstatic with There Is Love in You, after a few years of EPs and remix albums in between. First single “Love Cry” was released ahead of the album to enthusiastic reviews.

High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine

Hot Chip – One Life Stand

LoneLady – Nerve Up
oneLady, aka Julie Campbell, is a self-styled writer, vocalist and tight guitarist. With little more than thorny determination and a shoestring budget, she built a secluded ramshackle studio in the belly of one of Manchester’s crumbling mills and created her debut full length album, Nerve Up in the span of four weeks. The aesthetics of this ex-mill were a pure joy for LoneLady, and invoked the ghosts of bands she loves (Joy Division, ESG, Wire, Grace Jones, The Fall, Suicide, PiL). Co-produced by Julie and Guy Fixsen (My Bloody Valentine, The Breeders, Stereolab), LoneLady has delivered far more than just an assembly of songs in album form, but the outcome of a process of making something out of nothing

Daniel Merriweather – Love & War

Mr. Chop – For Pete’s Sake
Mr. Chop, the multi-talented producer, engineer, and guitar-reared multi-instrumentalist behind a host of releases on Now-Again and Jazzman Records, couldn’t have foretold that the legendary rapper MF Doom would call him “the illest to grace the boards” after tapping into his otherworldly skills as co-producer/co-writer on a series of tracks on the recently released Born Like This album on Lex Records. Nor could he have foretold that Doom’s praise would lead to an offer to rework psych funk, jazz and rock covers of producer Pete Rock’s greatest beats

Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me (3x LP box)
Highly anticipated follow up to her critically acclaimed 2006 album “Ys”. Triple LP set features 18 tracks of all new material!

Phantogram – Eyelid Movies (+ MP3)
Phantogram’s music sounds like it’s made by a band from the city. Electronic loops, hip-hop beats, shoegaze, soul, and pop each find its way into their songs. Unexpectedly, the band doesn’t live and work in a major urban center, but rather calls the town of Saratoga Springs, NY home. Despite the cultural influence of local Skidmore College (where fellow beat-experimenters Ratatat formed) Saratoga isn’t exactly teeming with fans of J. Dilla, My Bloody Valentine or Serge Gainsbourg. Using various samplers, tapes, records, synths, drums, and both percussive and stringed instruments, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, the duo that make up Phantogram, have allowed their natural surroundings and metropolitan influences to mix, resulting in brilliant, unusual recordings that are beautiful yet hard, dreamlike yet substantial, danceable yet smar

She & Him – In The Sun b/w I Can Hear Music 7″

Shout Out Louds – Work (+ MP3)
Work is the third full-length from Sweden’s Shout Out Louds. Produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins), Work strips away all of the bells and whistles of previous efforts to showcase the band doing what they do best, writing and playing pop music

Meat Puppets – II

Holly Miranda – The Magician’s Private Library (+ MP3)
This is Holly Miranda’s debut full-length album, The Magician’s Private Library.The 10-track album was produced by Dave Sitek at Staygold Studio in Brooklyn, NY, and includes contributions from Sitek, Kyp Malone and Jaleel Bunton (TV On The Radio), Eric Biondo and Stuart Bogie (Antibalas), and Holly’s long-time violinist, Marques Toliver. Holly Miranda officially made her XL Recordings debut with her “Forest Green Oh Forest Green” single

Peanut Butter Wolf – Straight To Tape 1990-1992

Quasi – American Gong

We Are Wolves – Invisible Violence

White Hills – White Hills
Formed by Dave W. on guitar and Ego Sensation on bass, White Hills are an ever changing entity and are always striving to push the envelope. White Hills stands apart from previous albums in that there’s a certain intimacy to it, a toughness and brutality. In the mind of the band, it is a rebirth, a new beginning, and the eponymous title reflects this. It is still heavy and certainly “Space Rock” but it finds the band employing a more open and free flowing style of playing. The LP and CD versions are not only different in artwork, they are sequenced differently with the respective formats in mind. The LP will have two exclusive tracks, come with a download that includes the CD tracks, and have a silver foil embossed sleeve

Wolf People – Tidings (+ MP3)

Xiu Xiu – Dear God, I Hate Myself


Alkaline Trio – This Addiction

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?

Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave
Sadly this is the final chapter in this wonderful series by Johhny! Lots of media attention of course, and features one Johnny Cash original and the Avett Brothers on the title cut!

Clem Snide – Meat Of Life
The Meat of Life contains twelve songs that further showcase the wry, intimate, sometimes angst-filled observations of songwriter Eef Barzeley. As the weighty title would suggest, there’s a depth of lyrical subject matter that Barzelay deftly presents alongside his streamlined band. The songs exude a variety of moods in their trademark angularity and carefully crafted style – somehow comfortingly familiar, yet imbued with a newfound energy and focus

Efterklang -Magic Chairs

Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit
The Norwegian nine-piece return to the fray with the stunning One Armed Bandit. All galloping rhythms, arpeggiated harpsichord and grandiloquent reach, main man Lars Horntveth describes the new sound, tongue-a-little-in-cheek, as “Wagner meets Fela Kuti!” Certainly we find it harder to imagine a better soundtrack being written for the first Nollywood Viking epic

K-os – Yes

LoneLady – Nerve Up

Holly Miranda – The Magician’s Private Library

Daniel Merriweather – Love & War

Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime – Someothaship
Georgia Anne Muldrow radiates light into west coast hip hop. Georgia’s youthful flow is a beguiling mix social revolution and raw street wisdom. Her choruses, a haunting echo of our ancestors’ reality. And her beats, a cosmic exploration of interplanetary fonk. Her collaborative efforts (Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Madlib) have garnered her a well deserved spotlight. Meanwhile, Declaime (Dudley Perkins) breaths a spiritual wind back into the supercool, fonked out vibrations of hip hop

Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me (3-CD)

Quasi – American Gong
Quasi (Sam Coomes, Janet Weiss, Joanna Bome) has been rocking the sticky floored graffiti scrawled dimly lit trenches since ’93, and American Gong is their eighth album. It will be released on their new label, Kill Rock Stars. What’s been learned in these long years? Get off your ass, kick out the jams, lay it on the line, and communal mind meld is within reach. Do it for love and there is no reason for regret

Shearwater – The Golden Archipelago (w/ booklet)
The Golden Archipelago is the third album in a triptych of mindblowingly beautiful, dense and ambitious excursions about man’s impact on the natural world from Austin’s Shearwater. This time singer-songwriter Jonathan Meiburg turns his attention to life on islands – a world of lushness and austerity, silence and sudden cataclysms. From rising sea levels to displaced populations, Meiburg travels from the Falklands to Madgascar, from the Bikini Atoll to the Tierra Del Fuego. The music matches the grandeur and melancholy of its subject matter. This is a true album in the larger sense of the word. Meiburg’s soaring vocals and complex song structures recall opuses like Kate Bush’s “Hounds Of Love,” Hüsker Dü’s “Zen Arcade” and classic Pink Floyd. The CD comes packaged with a 50-page perfect-bound book that is a set of extracts from a dossier of records, photos, regulations and images collected by Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg

Shout Out Louds – Work

Various Artists – Stroke: Songs For Chris Knox
In June 2009, Chris Knox suffered a life-altering stroke at his home in Grey Lynn, New Zealand. This album is a celebration of Chris and his music. Chris Knox was instrumental in bringing New Zealand punk and alternative music to international audiences with Tall Dwarfs, Toy Love and with his solo work. Artists from the U.S. (Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo, Mountain Goats, Will Oldham, Stephin Merritt, Bill Callahan, Lou Barlow, Jay Reatard), New Zealand (The Bats, The Verlaines, The Chills), and the world over have donated their time and talents so that all proceeds can go toward assisting his recovery

Rocky Votolato – True Devotion

We Are Wolves – Invisible Violence
We Are Wolves’ trademark irreverent Dance-rock-electro mix is more melodic and refined than ever on Invisible Violence. Recorded in the band’s hometown of Montreal in July and August, 2009 with producers Radwan Moumneh (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Pas Chic Chic) and Hadji Bakara (Wolf Parade, Megasoid), the album ranges from charging, bratty punk of “Holding Hands” to the hypnotic electro-pop of “Reaching For The Sky”; from the grooving disco beat of “Blue” to the moody, angular, and anthemic “Walking Commotion.” Creative and energetic, yet nuanced, Invisible Violence is every minute the visceral sonic explosion for which they have become known and loved

Xiu Xiu – Dear God, I Hate Myself
The two biggest constants throughout Xiu Xiu’s catalog are honesty and evolution. This remains true with Dear God, I Hate Myself as it delivers a look at responsibility, fear, healing, and societal roles wrapped in rich gothic pop music. The sound is still distinctly Xiu Xiu, but Jamie Stewart’s vocals are finally effortless paired with vibrant melodies full of subtlety and the distinct sonic accents expected of this anticipated Xiu Xiu release. The result is a record that proves that art can be pop and pop can challenge you to look inside yourself. Stewart is joined by new full-time band member Angela Seo on piano, synth, and drum programming; with production handled by Jamie and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. Together they’ve crafted a fully-grown sound for Dear God, I Hate Myself with elements from goth and pop that are expertly performed by a crop of brilliant musicians