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New Releases for July 19th, 2011

311-  Universal Pulse CD, LP

Antony and the Johnsons – Swanlights EP CD

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti  – Worn Copy LP
Comes with a digital download code! Ariel Pink’s Worn Copy is a piece of work. Epic and grand in scale (seventeen songs clocking in over 70 minutes), Worn Copy is the history of popular music as revealed through the eyes and ears of Ariel Pink. It’s an impassioned combinatory view of popular and unpopular culture that takes in everything from The Cure, R. Stevie Moore and Amon Duul to forgotten episodes of The Gong Show, It’s Your Move, and What’s Happening? Out of print on vinyl for many years, now reissued by Paw Tracks.

Babe Rainbow – Endless Path EP 12″

Big Talk – S/T CD, LP
Recorded at The Killers’ Battle Born studios in Las Vegas with producer Joe Chicharelli (The Strokes, My Morning Jacket), and mixed in London by star mixer Alan Moulder (U2, The Killers, Foo Fighters), Big Talk sees the Killer’s drummer Ronnie Vannucci step from behind the kit. As a member of one of the biggest bands of the past ten years, Vannucci has collaborated on many Killers songs, so it will come as no shock to find that Vannucci has a way with a genius hook of his own. But Vannucci is more: a true multi-instrumentalist, superb vocalist, who has produced what is set to be the rock soundtrack to the summer.

Black Milk (w/ Jack White) – Brain b/w Royal Mega 7″
Third Man Records is proud to announce their first hip-hop release as none other than the inimitable Black Milk. Recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville and co-produced by Black Milk and Jack White, these two songs feature Milk’s deadly live band accented by the finest of Nashville’s horn musicians for a truly unique and impressive outing. Out of Detroit, Black Milk is one the most vital hip hop artist around. More than just an MC, Milk is brilliant producer who’s worked with hip hop notables from J Dilla, Slum Village, and Lloyd Banks to his recent collaborative work with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson in Random Axe. “Brain” and “Royal Mega” are classic funk and soul imbibed slices of classic skull snappin’ hip hop

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Iluminomi 10″
On red vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies! This 10-inch single comes in with two new songs by the band and plays for over 8 minutes. Recorded in the old East German TV & Radio building, this 2 track single features Will Carruthers (ex Spacemen 3, Spirtualized), Constantine Karlis (Dimmer), Friederike Bienert, Thibault Pesenti & Matt Hollywood. “Iluminomi” is a Newcombe composition, sung in French. “There’s A War Going On” written & originally sung by Bobby Jameson in 1966 from the album Songs of Protest and Anti-Protest. The lyrics remain a constant reminder the times change but war doesn’t

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall 7″

Eric Copeland (Black Dice) – Whorehouse Blues 7″

Crystal Antlers – Two-Way Mirror CD, LP

Keb Darge & Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers LP
In Keb Darge’s own words: “I’ve done many a compilation in my day, mostly based around the tunes I played at my long running Deep Funk nights in Madame Jo Jo’s. In the past few years, the Lost & Found nights at the club have been my real passion, and indeed Little Edith’s and Andy Smith’s passion too. What a marvelous era this is for good music. We may still have pure shite like dubstep pulling in large numbers of sheep, but an equal number of youngsters are being attracted to retro or at least retro-sounding music. People tell me it is because they are fed up with computerized music or men with drug problems shouting angrily over a dull repetitive beat, but I know lots of teenagers who have bypassed this muck all together. Must be the Internet that is helping kill off the demand for empty music. You no longer need to go to a good retro club night, or search out rare records to be exposed to good music. I don’t really know or understand why so many are at last getting into the good stuff, but they are, and it’s wonderful for the likes of me.

Dead Moon LP re-issues

Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive LP

EDM – Night People CD, LP

Brian Eno & Rick Holland – Drums Between The Bells LP
Brian Eno first came across the work of Rick Holland in the late 90’s during the Map-Making project; a series of collaborative works between students of the Royal College, the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the National Youth Orchestra and the English National Ballet, among others. In 2003, Brian and Rick made their first music together. The resulting work does not appear on this album. In the time since that initial session they have met infrequently to work on new compositions. In early 2011, following the release of Small Craft on a Milk Sea (Brian’s debut album for Warp Records), the pair resolved to finish the project. Drums Between the Bells is the result

Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw – Night Gallery CD, LP

Fink – Perfect Darkness CD

Floating Action – Desert Etiquette CD

Future Islands – Before The Bridge 7″

Holly Golightly & Dan Melchior – Desperate Little Town LP

Holy Ghost! – S/T LP
Limited to 500 copies with silk-screened covers. Over the last few years Holy Ghost! has grown from a promising duo with merely a single, nearly perfect song to their name (“Hold On”), into esteemed producers, internationally recognized DJs and sought-after remix artists – and, with the expansion of the band into a live touring act (including keyboardist Eric Tonnensen and guitarist Chris Maher), widely respected musicians. Their rapid ascension has been achieved without releasing a full-length record. The long wait is over: Holy Ghost!’s ten-track eponymous debut album brims with pop melodies, striking rhythms, vintage analogs and altogether timeless music. Opener “Do It Again” feels simultaneously familiar and unheard, laying down robotic funk with a nod to “The Safety Dance.” Standout “Wait and See,” a breezy electronic pop song packed with musical and vocal hooks, is as thoroughly catchy as they come. “It’s Not Over” has thunderous drum fills, hints of New Order and backing vocals by Luke Jenner of The Rapture; “Some Children” opens with the angelic voices of the Brooklyn Youth Choir, then doubles back with rubbery, deeply funky bass, spacey keys and the always fluid vocals of Michael McDonald (of The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan!). The album is rounded out by vocal and guitar contributions from both Chris Glover of Penguin and Juan Maclean

Horse Meat Disco – Horse Meat Disco III CD, LP

Grandaddy vinyl re-issues

Incubus – If Not Now, When? LP

Jackie-O Motherfu*ker – Earth Sound System LP

John Butler Trio – Live At Red Rocks CD

Theophilus London – Timez Are Weird These Days CD

Lost Sounds – Blac Static CD, LP
Lost Sounds is the late, great, Jay Reatard’s first band to see a bit of national success. The band was known for its brutal performances and uniquely combining garage rock with analog keyboards. The resulting sound was dark new wave reminiscent of not much that came before it. Lost Sounds quickly developed an international cult following before the band imploded in typical Reatard fashion. Blac Static is the band’s best material, as chosen by frontwoman Alicja Trout and drummer Rich Cook.

Milk Maid – Yukka CD, LP
Hailing from the same Manchester DIY scene that birthed labelmates Mazes, Milk Maid’s debut album finds songwriter Martin Cohen (of Nine Black Alps) drawing from a host of influences: deconstructed ’60s girl group melodies, Ramones swagger, Kurt Cobain-styled fatalism, Bob Pollard’s seemingly endless supply of pop hooks.Milk Maid pitches their sweet, sun-drenched pop hooks against viscerally dark and sinister lyrics; exploring mortality, disintegrating relationships, and other human darknesses against the gray backdrop of Cohen’s Manchester upbringing

Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman – Union Town CD

Norman Jay – Norman Jay Presents Good Times 30 CD, LP

Rahsaan Patterson – Bleuphoria CD

Madeleine Peyroux – Standing On The Roof LP

Pictureplane – Thee Physical CD, LP

Planningtorock – W LP
One doesn’t hear a record like W very often, that’s for sure, just as one seldom encounters an artist like Planningtorock’s Janine Rostron. In the grip of W‘s melodrama and uncommon beauty, suddenly all those clichés make sense: this album stops listeners in their tracks, blows their minds and makes them feel alive. W is melancholy and euphoric, epic in scale yet deeply personal, strikingly alien but weirdly familiar, and always daring and original. From the pulse and jabbing pizzicatos on opening track “Doorway,” she unveils the album’s unsettling yet heady allure. It’s littered with passionate gems like “The Breaks”; the baroque boogie of “Living It Out,” with grunting and growling straight out of Yoko Ono’s “Walking on Thin Ice”; the sharpened percussive scythe of “Jam”; a provocative take of Arthur Russell’s “Janine.”

Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain In The Cloud CD, LP
In the Mountain In the Cloud is Portugal. The Man’s major label debut. Produced by John Hill (Santigold, M.I.A.) with co-production from PTM lead singer/guitarist/songwriter John Gourley and longtime band producer Casey Bates, and mixed by Grammy Award winner Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley), In the Mountain In the Cloud marks the first recording to fully harness the Portland, Oregon-based band’s exhilarating live show. From the dynamic opener “So American” to the sprawling vision of “Sleep Forever,” the album – Portugal. The Man’s sixth overall – captures a truly distinctive band evolving in real time, revealing their singular sonic vision in its purest and most powerful form thus far

Portugal. The Man – vinyl re-issues

The Postelles – S/T LP

Prurient – Bermuda Drain CD, LP

The Ramones – LP re-issues

Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music LP re-issue

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Peyton On Patton CD, LP
A lot of folks will tell you that Robert Johnson was the King of the Delta Blues. But for gods sake don’t say it in front of Reverend Peyton. The guitar-wielding leader of The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has no problem praising Johnson and his incredible body of work. “But there’s only one King of the Delta Blues, and his name was Charley Patton,” Peyton said. “I’ll go toe-to-toe with anyone who says different.” Peyton on Patton is a powerful tribute to The Rev’s hero. The 13-track release features songs written and recorded by Patton during his brief recording career, which came to an end upon his premature death in 1934. During his lifetime and for nearly a quarter of a century afterward, Charley Patton was regarded almost universally as the preeminent Delta bluesman. He spent his formative years at Dockery Plantation near Ruleville, Mississippi, where he influenced future blues and gospel stars including the aforementioned Robert Johnson, as well as Son House, Willie Brown, Pops Staples, John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf. His flamboyant performance style was widely emulated and his songs frequently covered. During a five-year period, Patton recorded nearly 60 songs for Paramount Records. Peyton on Patton features a number of Patton’s best-loved blues songs including “A Spoonful Blues,” “Mississippi Boweavil Blues” and “Tom Rushen Blues,” as well as Patton-penned spirituals like “Jesus Is A Dying Bed Maker,” “Prayer of Death, Part 1” and “You’re Gonna Need Someone (When You Come to Die)”

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Live In Europe CD

Samiyam – Sam Baker’s Album LP
Coming out with one of the most anticipated and long-awaited albums so far on Brainfeeder is Samiyam aka Sam Baker. Sam Baker’s Album is 40 minutes of pure listening pleasure, a series of woozy, off-centre hip hop instrumentals drawing heavily on Baker’s love of electronic funk but never in hock to it. Intensely detailed and carrying considerable emotional weight, this is an album of fully-realised pieces of music which stand on their own without the need for an MC’s intervention

Sole and the Skyrider Band – Hello Cruel World CD

Spindrift – Classic Soundtracks LP

Sun Airway – Wild Palms b/w Symphony In White, No. 2 7″

T. Rex – Bolan’s Zip Gun CD, LP

The Telescopes – Taste LP

They Might Be Giants – Join Us CD, LP

Amon Tobin – Surge 12″

Toubab Krewe – TK2 CD

The Undertones – S/T LP
THE UNDERTONES self-titled debut is quite simply one of the greatest records to come out of the British punk scene of the late 1970s. Certainly the greatest to come out of Ireland. Every song sounds fresh and relevant these 32 years later, still evoking the passion and earnestness that the Undertones captured so brilliantly. Sixteen tracks including the singles “Get Over You” and “Teenage Kicks.” Released in limited white vinyl and 180-gram vinyl editions, 500 copies of each

Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs LP
Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. Featuring a number of songs that Vedder penned and first played live but never released nearly a decade ago, Ukulele Songs also includes a uke version of Pearl Jam’s 2002 track “Can’t Keep” and guest vocalists on two tracks: Glen Hansard on “Sleepless Nights” and Cat Power on “Tonight You Belong To Me.”

Wilco – I Might b/w I Love My Label 7″
“I Might” b/w “I Love My Record Label.” In advance of a new studio album, and in celebration of their new record label, Wilco offers a new single with two brand new recordings. “I Might” is an original that will appear on their forthcoming album; “I Love My Record Label” is a Nick Lowe cover, an ode to all things independent

Wiley – 100% Publishing CD, LP

Woods – Find Them Empty b/w Be There 7″

Richard Youngs – Amplifying Host LP
Amplifying Host finds Richard Youngs wandering the guitar desert somewhere between Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas score and Neil Young’s work on Dead Man. Yet, the randomly determined chord movements and Youngs’ stretched-out vocal passes across the record are, perhaps, more akin to Jandek’s Six And Six — here, removed from its gauze and dipped in a dark gold. When Youngs bends strings in this anglo-americana vision, it’s like he’s bending spoons