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David Bowie - "Tryin' To Get To Heaven"/ "Mother" (Parlophone)

8 January 2021

Together, “Mother” and “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” complete each other and stand as new reminders of the incredible artist we lost five years ago. But more importantly, the songs renew our gratitude that he was here with us.

Takaisin from Radio Supernova

Radio Supernova - Takaisin (Soit Se Silti)

3 January 2021

“There are eight tracks drenched in dream gaze and a post punk sensibility that will rock your corner of the world for a short time. While it may rain colder on your senses, there is always a warmth to be found at the core of these soundscapes.”

Cosmorama from Beautify Junkyards

Beautify Junkyards - Cosmorama (Ghost Box Records)

1 January 2021

“I’d be hard pressed to give a hard and fast description of this release, as it’s a constantly shifting musical cape, colors swirling about as crystalline notes settle around you. The instrumental passages are exotic swatches of tropicalia meshed with dreamy psych folk.”

Staple Singers

The Staple Singers – Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection (Craft Recordings)

31 December 2020

Gospel titans rock the house with spirit and soul, and everyone’s invited.

Iggy Pop - Dirty Little Virus

Iggy Pop - Dirty Little Virus (BMI/ASCAP)

30 December 2020

Earlier generations had journalists such as Hunter S. Thompson and Norman Mailer and poets like Charles Bukowski to help them voice their anger at the frustrations of life. At the end of a year like 2020, Iggy Pop’s cathartic wail of “Covid-19!” is the poetry we all needed to hear.

Elbow – Asleep in the Back LP, Cast of Thousands LP (Polydor)

30 December 2020

At the 20th anniversary of Elbow’s debut album, this vinyl reissue campaign treats the band’s early material with the loving touch its legacy warrants.

Junk Ranchers - 86 (self-released)

23 December 2020

The Junk Ranchers were one of the many guitar-based rock bands on the American college scene in the mid-80s. On the basis of 86 , the quartet was also one of the better examples.

Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas (Craft/Fantasty)

22 December 2020

The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s score for the animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas continues to serve as a point of entry for new generations of fans to discover jazz music at any age.

Ed Haynes - In His Latest Mystery (self-released)

22 December 2020

In His Latest Mystery is a reminder that there’s way more to Haynes than jokes and sarcasm.

Lia Ices - Family Album (Natural Music)

18 December 2020

Lia Ices returns in late January with an album that resonates with a divine splendor

Ain't About Me

Aint About Me – Aint About Me

14 December 2020

Poetic wordsmith Lukasz Polowczyk and his top-notch ensemble unveil a mesmerizing, meditative, and metaphysical album.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker – The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection (Craft)

11 December 2020

Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and friends make beautiful, exotic noise.

Girl Band - Shoulderblades (Rough Trade)

10 December 2020

Girl Band announce a new album, tour dates and release the single “Shoulderblades”

Thelonious Monster - Oh That Monster (Immediate Family)

9 December 2020

A great cry was heard throughout the land…well, the land populated by a certain kind of rock fan, anyway. And that cry was: Thelonious Monster is back.

Spencer Cullum - Coin Collection (yk)

8 December 2020
Though country music will always pay the bills for steel guitar players, it’s always good to hear one who recognizes the untapped potential of those ten strings, and delights in pushing them farther into the wild.

Midnight Canyon - Midnight Canyon

4 December 2020

With two excellent singles already being well-received both critically and commercially, Midnight Canyon unleash their debut eponymous e.p.

Anthony Pirog - Pocket Poem (Cuneiform)

4 December 2020

Interestingly, Pirog, who studied jazz guitar at Berklee and NYU, doesn’t play much actual jazz here. Instead, he explores folk and psychedelia, drawing on the sounds of the sixties, but reinterpreting them firmly for the twenty-first century.

Joan of Arc - Tim Melina Theo Bobby (Joyful Noise Recordings)

3 December 2020

Joan of Arc may have reached a career end, but they continue to be unstoppable.

Elvis Presley Nashville

Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Nashville (RCA/Legacy Recordings)

3 December 2020

The King meets the Nashville Cats in Music City. Fine country-pop ensues.

Nothing - The Great Dismal (Relapse)

3 December 2020

From humble beginnings, Nothing has grown into a truly excellent band, with a sure grasp on how it wants to sound and how to write for itself.

The Jigsaw Seen -Sleigh Bells Ring Ep

2 December 2020

The Jigsaw Seen go full tilt seasonal on the sublime Ep Sleigh Bells Ring

Black Unity Trio - Al-Fatihah (Salaam/Gotta Groove)

2 December 2020

Back in 1969, a Cleveland improvisational conglomerate called Black Unity Trio put out what may well be the first avant-garde jazz album released independently: Al-Fatihah, named after the first chapter of the Quran and self-released in an edition of 500 copies.

Toyah - Sheep Farming In Barnet [2CD/DVD + Vinyl Editions] (Cherry Red Records)

2 December 2020

Landing December 11,  Sheep Farming In Barnet is the sublime debut by Toyah, a fully realised release, 41 years after it’s initial incarnation

Kathy Crinion - Standing On The Edge [Feat. Adam James Deiboldt] (Whitethorn Music/ISG Records)

1 December 2020

The new atmospheric single from Irish songstress Kathy Crinion features the added charm of vocalist Adam James Deiboldt.

Perry Farrell -The Glitz; The Glamour [Box Set] (Last Man Music)

1 December 2020

The Glitz; The Glamour is an overview of Perry Farrell’s pre and post Jane’s Addiction work.

Keith Jarrett - Budapest Concert (ECM)

1 December 2020

Recorded two weeks before last year’s splendid Munich 2016 on his 2016 European tour in, of course, Budapest, the concert contains ninety minutes and two disks of spontaneous piano composition, plus a couple of standards to round off the encore.

The Bathers - reissues (Marina)

30 November 2020

Those with a taste for this kind of emotionally forthright chamber pop will wonder where the Bathers have been all their lives.

Little Richard

Little Richard – Lifetime Friend (Omnivore)

25 November 2020

Richard Penniman goes to church, ‘80s style.

Marty Willson-Piper – Nightjar (Schoolkids)

17 November 2020

MWP’s best solo work sees its vinyl debut. Don’t expect to be pinned to the wall by a pyrotechnic flash of frenetic guitars; this beautifully crafted album has a different and dreamier aim.

Swans - Children of God/Feel Good Now (Young God)

16 November 2020

Exploring religious themes, especially those that conflict with natural human behavio, Gira, Jarboe and the musicians wrestle with faith through love, pain, hate, defiance, supplication and indifference on this impressive, eclectic and frequently amazing album.

Juana Molina – ANRMAL (Crammed Discs)

14 November 2020

A freaky Argentine spellcaster conducts a dizzying head trip.

Les biches - Gentlemen Sailing Into Darkness EP

Les biches - Gentlemen Sailing Into Darkness EP (Commercial Suicide/Darkling)

14 November 2020

Their sound pushes and pulls against a sophisticated kind of minimalistic approach, a la ’80s Wire, New Order, and dare I say, Crazy Horse…

The Nels Cline Singers - Share the Wealth (Blue Note)

13 November 2020

Cline freely acknowledges the influence of a time when jazz fusion was more exploratory and avant-garde, less interested in technique and more concerned with telling stories in a way they hadn’t been told before. Cline and his Singers bring that sound into the twenty-first century on Share the Wealth.

The Death Wheelers - Divine Filth (RidingEasy)

12 November 2020

From hell they came, riding their monstrous motorcycles through the streets of Spurcity, bearing DTA, a hellish street drug capable of turning anyone who consumes it into a mindless zombie. Can nothing stop this filthy cult of madmen?

Colin Steele Quartet - Joni: Jazz Interpretations of the Joni Mitchell Songbook (Marina)

11 November 2020

Stepping onto the path blazed by Hancock thirteen years ago, Steele and his band – Dave Milligan on piano and arrangements, Calum Gourlay on bass, and Alyn Kosker on drums – gather nine songs by the Canadian songsmith and put their own spin on them for Joni: Jazz Interpretations of the Joni Mitchell Songbook.

Bobby Bare Shel Silverstein

Bobby Bare – Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (Bear Family)

10 November 2020

Two rascals conspire to create funny, touching character studies.

Stephan Thelen/Kronos Quartet/Al Pari Quartet - World Dialogue (RareNoise)

10 November 2020

Brilliant players plus a distinctive compositional take make World Dialogue a marvelous experience.

Ghost Rhythms - Imaginary Mountains (LEM)

9 November 2020

With its fifth album Imaginary Mountains, Paris’ Ghost Rhythms continues on its idiosyncratic path as one of the most unique and gifted instrumental bands in the world.

dunkie - Working To Design (SWND Records) 

6 November 2020

dunkie have just released Working To Design, balanced between cinematic depth and melodic bliss, it is an album that requires investigation.

Aaron Parks - Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man (Ropeadope)

5 November 2020

Parks, guitarist Greg Tuohey, bassist David Ginyard and drummer Tommy Crane explore groove, mood and texture on the troop’s second LP Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man.

David Bowie - Metrobolist (Parlophone)

4 November 2020

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s classic The Man Who Sold The World, the album returns on limited edition vinyl in it’s original intended format of Metrobolist

Jorge Roeder - El Suelo Mío (T-Town)

4 November 2020

A veteran of bands led by John Zorn, Julian Lage and Shai Maestro, the Peruvian native and longtime New Yorker has played nearly every strain of jazz under the sun, and knows exactly what to do when alone in a studio.

Whit Dickey - Morph (ESP Disk)

3 November 2020

Call it free improvisation or spontaneous composition or whatever metaphor for extemporaneous music you like – it’s been the mainstay of the label, and field of rich soil for Dickey, for decades.

Metz Atlas Vending

METZ – Atlas Vending (Sub Pop)

2 November 2020

A roaring Toronto trio turns raw noise into severe, thrilling beauty.

The Seeds - Vampire (Hypnotic Bridge Records)

31 October 2020

The sixties pysch-garage rockers The Seeds return with a new single.

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs - The Safari Years (Cherry Red Records)

29 October 2020

Before anyone did anything, Wayne County had done it all, and this four disc set proves that point.

Iwan Gronow - Out On A Limb EP (Self-Released)

28 October 2020

Recently Iwan Gronow released his debut Ep, falling short of an album but with a glorious depth