New Releases for November 3rd, 2009



Devendra Banhart – What Will We Be (180g 2x LP + MP3)
What Will We Be was recorded in a sleepy Northern California town throughout the Spring of 2009, and was co-produced by Paul Butler (from UK outfit Band Of Bees). This is the second album Devendra’s recorded with the same crew of players: Noah Georgeson (producer of Banhart’s last two albums, Little Joy, Bert Jansch and Joanna Newsome) on guitar and backing vocals, Greg Rogove (Priestbird) on drums and backing vocals; Luckey Remington (The Pleased) on bass and vocals and Rodrigo Amarante (Los Hermanos, Little Joy) on guitar and backing vocals. All the musicians involved played a part in arranging the songs recorded

Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young
The debut solo record from Strokes member Julian Casablancas. Eight songs recorded in NYC, LA, and Nebraska, with production by Jason Lander and Mike Mogis

Citay – Remixes
Citay’s 2007 album Little Kingdom made reference to everything from Thin Lizzy and acoustic Led Zeppelin, to Popul Vuh and early Mike Oldfield. So, when the band started asking remixers to rework tracks from Little Kingdom, we were more than a little surprised. As it turns out, the world needs Citay’s Remixes. From the ambient textures of White Rainbows’ “Eye on Dollar” remix to Cornershop’s Anthony Saffery adding sitar and percussion to “First Fantasy,” these are anything but typical remix rave-ups

Cold Cave – Love Comes Close

Devo – Freedom Of Choice (red vinyl)

Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (yellow vinyl)

Efterklang & The Danish Nation – Performing Parades (2x LP + DVD)

Foo Fighters – Greatest Hits (2x LP)

Green Day – American Idiot (2x LP)

JJ Grey & Mofro – The Choice Cuts

Etienne Jaumet – Night Music
Etienne Jaumet is one half of the French duo, Zombie Zombie. They make this sort of improvisational krautrock/Goblin/John Carpenter-influenced horror soundtrack electronic tracks. While the drummer is off doing his thing as half of Herman Dune, Etienne, who works as an engineer in a studio in Paris, set to work on Night Music. As with Zombie Zombie, Etienne made this record pretty much on his own on vintage analog equipment. A big part of this album is Carl Craig’s production and mixing of the album. They worked together to morph analog machines into modern psychedelic instruments

King Khan & BBQ Show – Invisible Girl
The King Kahn & BBQ Show’s long-awaited third full-length album will not disappoint the band’s admirers of their devoted cult following. Invisible Girl marks a return to the trademark doo-wop-laced, anthemic garage rock that earned the band their fame and their infamy

Kings Of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence

Lightning Bolt – Earthly Delights (2xLP + etching on side 4)

Little Dragon – Machine Dreams
A pulsating electro pop epic, Machine Dreams is the sophomore release of Gothenburg based Little Dragon. The album is full of dynamic and organically soulful pop sounds; an undeniable swing and lightness of touch, braced with bass heaviness, borne from the intuitive connection between the band members that epitomizes Little Dragon’s music

The Melvins – Nude With Boots (2x LP, red vinyl)

Molina & Johnson – Molina & Johnson
Consider the collective catalogs of these two prolific masters of the new American folk songcraft: Magnolia Electric Co., Centro-matic, Songs: Ohia, South San Gabriel. Now, let’s just be honest. A little bit of artistic ego and one-upsmanship can serve a greater purpose. In this collaboration between Jason Molina and Will Johnson, each seem to hold the other’s talents to the fire and elevate both performance and creativity. In the friendly sharing of ideas, Molina and Johnson become two poets’ poets in a workshop to craft a singular, searing elegy

Mum – Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Know (2x LP)
Two years (almost to the day) after their previous release, Iceland’s eccentric pop maestros múm have returned with their fifth studio album, Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Know. Sing Along… recalls sand running through fingers or ripples on a lake; it’s an ode to the light in its different shapes, from a fading bulb to the blinding sun. Alternately sunny and melancholy, Sing Along… flows like the tides: now ebullient, now brooding, cacophony resolving into tight melody

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (180g + MP3)

Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island (180g + MP3)

Nirvana – Nevermind
This reissue from Original Recordings Group is on 180g vinyl and remastered from the original analog recordings

Nirvana – Bleach (2x LP Deluxe Edition)
Marking the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s debut album, Sub Pop will re-issue the Platinum Certified Bleach on November 3, 2009. This expanded CD/double-LP will include a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on 180g white vinyl

Alec Ounsworth – Mo Beauty
(of ‘Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’ )

Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Higher Than The Stars 12″
This 12-inch features the incredible Balearic dub-disco remix from ace UK producers Saint Etienne, plus an exclusive Skanfrom Mix. Spacey yet totally danceable, it’s certain to burn up the dancefloor

Pastels/Tenniscoats – Two Sunsets

Slayer – World Painted Blood (180g)

Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions (2x LP)

Various Artists – Light: On The South Side (2x LP + Book)
Light: On The South Side gathers for the first time over 100 of Michael Abramson’s photos taken on Chicago’s south side in the late 70s. The 132-page hard back book features photos, an ephemera section, and an essay by Nick Hornby. Housed in a gorgeous slipcase with the 12X12 book is Pepper’s Jukebox, a seventeen track compilation of the kind of funky Chicago blues heard from the stage and the Wurlitizer. The deluxe 2LP set is packaged in a sharp gatefold jacket with two inner sleeves crammed to the gills with label scans and stories from the bar stool

Weezer – Raditude


Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young

Cold Cave – Love Comes Close

Devo – Freedom Of Choice (Deluxe Remastered Edition)
With Freedom of Choice, Devo completed their transition into a full-fledged synth-pop group, producing a musically cohesive album spawning hits like the breakthrough hit “Whip It,” “Girl U Want,” and “Gates Of Steel.” Synthesizers were fully integrated into the band’s sound, frequently dominating the arrangements sharing equal time with the guitars. Everything is played with a cool, polished precision that mirrors the stylized uniformity of the band’s visuals; the dissonance is more subdued than in the past, and the rhythms lock the band into a rigidly even keel. Jewelcase. Content includes the 12 tracks from original album plus 6 live bonus tracks, all on one disc

Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Deluxe Remastered Edition)
Produced by Brian Eno, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was a seminal touchstone in the development of American new wave. It was one of the first pop albums to use synthesizers as an important textural element, an innovation that began to lay the groundwork for the synth-pop explosion that would follow very shortly. Q: Are We Not Men also revived the absurdist social satire of the Mothers of Invention, claiming punk rock’s outsider alienation as a home for freaks and geeks. While Devo’s appeal was certainly broader, their sound was tailored well enough to that sensibility that it still resonates with a rabid cult following. The album featured some of Devo’s most memorable work with “Uncontrollable Urge,” the incredible cover of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Mongoloid” and “Jocko Homo.” Jewlecase packaging. Content featues the 11 tracks from the original album plus 11 live bonus tracks, all on one disc

Efterklang & The Danish Nation – Performing Parades (+ DVD)

Foo Fighters – Greatest Hits (CD/DVD also available)

Gift Of Gab – Escape To Mars
The Gift of Gab is a Hip Hop institution. From the breakout success of Blackalicious in the late 1990s and beyond as well as an impressive and lauded solo debut, he has built one of the most enduring coalitions of discerning music fans of most in the world of thinking man’s Hip Hop. Escape To Mars is Gab’s second fully realized solo record of his illustrious career. Guests include Brother Ali and Del The Funky Homosapien, and the record contains another progressive step in groundbreaking lyrical and structural delivery

Mike Gordon – Inside In

Guided By Voices – Suitcase 3: Up We Go Now
Up We Go Now is the third in the Suitcase series of unreleased Robert Pollard / Guided By Voices tracks excavated from a suitcase of cassettes in his closet. Like the previous two volumes, Suitcase 3 includes 100 songs on four compact discs in a box. Disc 4 is an acoustic jam session by Pollard, Tobin Sprout, and Greg Demos in 1994-1995 (the period between GBV classics Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes)

King Khan & BBQ Show – Invisible Girl

Lymbic System – Shutter Release
With a touring schedule that keeps them on the road seemingly more than it gives them time at home, Lymbyc Systym have miraculously completed their second full-length album, entitled Shutter Release. Magnifying the already giant sounds of Love Your Abuser was not an easy task, but with Jeff Zeigler behind the boards recording the album and John Congleton (Modest Mouse, Explosions In The Sky) shaping the mixdowns, they’ve managed to do just that. Instrumentation has become broader, arrangements more grandiose, and melodies more focused, resulting in a sublime second album

Molina & Johnson – Molina & Johnson

Nirvana – Live At Reading (CD/DVD also available)

Nirvana – Bleach (2x CD Deluxe Edition)

The Residents – Ten Little Piggies
Ten Little Piggies is a futurist compilation. Simply put, this means that it is a collection of music by The Residents that will most likely be part of projects coming out during the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010. The projects – CD’s, digital downloads, performance concepts, and soundtrack scoring – are all still in the works so no one really knows what will come to exist and what may merely evaporate over time

The Residents – The Ughs!
The Residents christened this conceptual alterego as The Ughs! Utilizing this new persona, The Ughs quickly became the perfect vehicle for exploring the conflicted emotions of Nate, the Voice of Midnight’s tormented protagonist. The group then fashioned “written music” from the raw, impulsive ideas created by The Ughs!, building the musical structure of The Voice of Midnight on these pieces. Two years later these original Ughs! recordings were rediscovered; freed from its previous role supporting The Voice of Midnight’s narrative, the music suddenly sounded as fresh as when it was first recorded

Max Richter – Memoryhouse
Originally released in 2002 but long out of print, Max Richter’s gorgeous debut album will finally see a much-awaited reissue. Recorded by Richter with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and critically lauded on its original release, Memoryhouse is quite deservedly held very dear to the broad-reaching “post-classical” field

Slayer – World Painted Blood

Weezer – Raditude
(2x CD Deluxe Edition also available)