• Ben Lee

New Releases: 27th November 2020

Ben brings you all the new releases and reissues to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, featuring releases ranging from indie, soul, electronic, ambient, grunge, pop, 80s, folk, techno, soul, psychedelic, punk and rock. To order, you can find the items on the links below as we will send items as normal for delivery during lockdown. Here's Ben's roundup of his Top 10 Picks of the week:

Daniel Avery - Love and Light

Daniel Avery's third full-length album, Love + Light arrives unexpectedly, following his collaborations with Alessandro Cortini on the critically acclaimed Illusion of TimeLP. Avery’s previous solo album Song For Alpha was released in 2018 to similar acclaim.

Avery shares, “This record has been a real positive force of energy in my life, to the point where it almost formed itself in front of me. In that same spirit, I wanted to share it with you now, as soon as it was finished. As I started to collect the pieces together, it was apparent that the album would be split into two distinct halves but halves that were inexorably tied together. One could not have existed without the other. Music has always been a source of personal strength for me yet I remain fascinated by the power it can possess of its own volition. Releasing the record in this way, just a couple of weeks after the final note had fallen, felt like a decision made by an outside force yet one I agreed with entirely. Stay safe, friends and I’ll see you on the other side soon.”

Blossoms - Live From the Plaza Theatre - Stockport / In Isolation

Blossoms release a double set In Isolation/Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport.

The In Isolation side of the double album features a collection of tracks recorded by the band over the last few months in isolation, including re-worked takes on their own songs and a number of cover versions. The album also features some very special guests including Courteeners’ Liam Fray on a version of Please Don’t, The Coral’s James Skelly on a version of Dreaming Of You and Miles Kane on their Tame Impala cover The Less I Know The Better. Live At The Plaza Theatre, Stockport, features a full live set from the band’s ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ album launch show on 11th February at Stockport Plaza.

Craven Faults - Enclosures

This mini-album is Craven Faults’s second vinyl release on The Leaf Label. Thirty-seven minutes of music over three epic tracks - longform analogue electronic journeys across the north of England. Presented in full bleed monochrome sleeve with obi strip and limited to 300 copies on black vinyl and download code.

These 37 minutes of music are the start of the next journey. New terrain and more refined methods of travel. Dark clouds gathering. On Erratics and Unconformities, Craven Faults often found a calm inner space in the vistas. Here the tensions of the early EPs return, with a focus on how human ‘progress’ has impacted and shaped the landscape. How the land was divided now shapes our present and future, and retracing that journey is particularly pertinent. Click here for Grey Vinyl version.

Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Leo Abrahams - Small Craft On A Milk Sea

Big-time producer, art-rock god, and ambient mastermind Brian Eno returns with his first album for Warp records - surely a marriage made in heaven, with the best electronic label releasing music from the legendary electronic man. Recorded with collaborators Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams and taking as inspiration the concept of soundtrack music, this is an expertly crafted, intelligent and also passionate musical essay from one of the true masters of the art form - a seriously stately record, from the craft, breadth and gravity of the music to the sumptuous packaging, this is a glorious addition to an already immense body of work as well as evidence of an undimmed enthusiasm and restless intellect.

Peter Gabriel - Growing Up Live

The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, across 3x heavyweight LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell. The album looks amazing with a gatefold sleeve and full colour printed inner bags. This is the first time that Growing Up Live has been available on vinyl, with the LP designed by Marc Bessant at Real World.

In 2002 and 2003, following the release of his album UP, Peter Gabriel went on the road with his Growing Up tour, once again collaborating with production designer Robert Lepage to create a spectacular and theatrical live experience. The tour took in thirty-two cities across the USA, Canada and Europe and this concert performance was recorded over two nights at the Filaforum in Milan in May 2003, with Peter Gabriel and the band performing in the round at the centre of the arena. A concert film capturing the live show was released in late 2003, but Growing Up Live has never previously been on vinyl.

Little Simz - Drop 6

Little Simz releases Drop 6 her new five track EP. Drop 6 is her first solo release since the mercury nominated Grey Area album. The EP was recorded during lockdown. Little Simz produced the tracks herself, with additional production from Kal Banx, BLK VYNL, St Francis Hotel, and OTG. The tracks are urgent, immediate, powerful lyrically with a stripped back production.

Motley Crue - The End

On the 31st december 2015 mötley crüe took to the stage of the staples center in their home city of los angeles for their last ever live performance.

it was the culmination of a farwell tour which had started in july 2014 and travelled around the world taking in north and south america, japan, australia and new zealand, europe and the middle east. the band had signed a legally binding “cessation of touring” contract that prevented them touring as mötley crüe beyond the end of 2015 and so this concert truly was “the end”. being mötley crüe, they did of course go out in style with a spectacular light show and stage set, pyrotechnics, tommy lee’s incredible rollercoaster drum solo and a set list packed with mötley crüe classics. they may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten. the last-ever mötley crüe live performance. filmed in high definition. dvd+2lp set is packaged in a lp sized gatefold sleeve includes girls, girls, girls, dr feelgood, looks that kill, smokin’ in the boys room, saints of los angeles, home sweet home, live wire, primal scream and more!"

Smashing Pumpkins - CYR

The Smashing Pumpkins return with a new double album. The LP features 20 tracks, including the title track Cyr and The Colour of Love, and was recorded in the band’s native Chicago with Billy Corgan serving as producer.

Cyr marks Smashing Pumpkins’ second LP since their semi-reunion with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, following 2018’s Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The album is also the band’s first with Sumerian Records, who recently signed them.

The Snuts - Always

The Snuts return with their tender new single Always which has an anthemic chorus.

Paul Weller - On Sunset (Remixes)

One of the singles originally taken from On Sunset, the sublime More, is given an other-worldly dreamy remix by Skeleton Key, which is an alias for James Skelly of Liverpool band The Coral. Senegalese drummer Seckou Keita creates a beautifully stripped back version of Rockets featuring his added vocals and sparkling delicate strings, whilst acclaimed psych-folk singer Jane Weaver also plays with Rockets but gives it a completely different mind-bending trippy feel.

Welsh songstress and synth player Gwenno contructs a minimalist and atmospheric sound on Old Father Thyme creating a trance-like and abstract version. Le SuperHomard, who’s singer, Julie Gros, appeared as guest vocalist on More, gives the album’s title track their own special French je ne sais quoi which conjures up disco balls in plush nightclubs.

Here are the best reissues coming out this week at The Vinyl Whistle:

Billy Talent - Billy Talent II

Billy Talent’s second album debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart and also reached the first spot in the German chart. Compared to their debut album, which focused mainly on anger, this one is more mellow, dealing with real-life issues, to the praise of fans and critics. The band shows off some of it’s more melodic side with songs like Fallen Leaves, Where’s the Line (this song has a great chorus and sing along), The Navy Song and Surrender. Billy is another example of an awesome Canadian band making it big...and that’s a good thing!

Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis

A reissue of Jarvis Cocker’s 2006 self-titled debut Jarvis. Jarvis comes with a 7” featuring his rabble- rousing classic single Running The World, which was the subject of a UK fan campaign to get it into the Christmas charts in the aftermath of the general election.

Doves - Some Cities

It took a gap of almost three years for third album, Some Cities to emerge in February 2005. The album was co-produced by the band and Ben Hillier in typically nomadic fashion, completing sessions in Manchester, Liverpool, London and a former Benedictine Monastery in the Scottish Highlands. As a statement of intent, lead single, Black and White Town stopped traffic; a rug-cutting stomp that recalled the talc-dusted, amphetamine rush of the northern soul, only to be followed by the incisive Snowden, with Jez William’s ethereal guitar accents and ‘that’ melodramatic wall of strings as its returning motif. Third single, Sky Starts Falling sits in league as a neighbouring, chart-friendly rabble rouser, yet the orchestral, ambient beauty of The Storm, the tender anthem-in-waiting, Walk In Fire and the mournful, pub piano ballad of Shadow Of Salford, sung by Andy Williams, confirmed Doves’ greatest asset to be their versatility. The band’s musicianship, breadth of musical passions and collective and individual strengths – Jimi’s direct and credible delivery, Jez’ strokes of perfectly judged guitar and Andy’s wide-ranging percussive gift – had produced arguably their most rewarding album to date and the second Doves album to go straight to number one in the UK Albums Chart.

Echobelly - Black Heart Lullabies

Black Heart Lullabies is being made widely available for the first time. The album is a collection of of rarities, B-sides and bonus material from Echobelly and the 2 CD version comes as a 3-panel Digipak with 20-page booklet. Featuring tracks such as To The End, Still Running, Something That Remains and Sparks which are all previously unreleased and Heroes In June which was only ever available in the US and France.

Aretha Franklin - Soul Sister

Year after Aretha Franklin had been crowned the Queen Of Soul, she decided to leave Columbia in 1966 for her famous time at Atlantic.

Just before she recorded her first album with Atlantic, Columbia released "Soul Sister"; a collection of recordings from the Columbia vaults. Aretha may not have yet reached the heights she would in her later career, this collection shows an artist in the making, her raw talent budding with hope, grace and fire.

"Soul Sister" is not only made available again for the first time since 1966, Music On Vinyl is also releasing it with completely re-mastered audio for optimal listening pleasure!

Quinn Harris - Statements

Born in Texas but raised in Riverside, California, Quinn Harris first started playing music in 1954 when he saved up his paper route money for an alto sax. At a young age, Harris was influenced by jazz greats John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Eugene “Jug” Ammons, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. After a stint in the military playing with the 52nd Army Band, Harris attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he met the Tavares brothers. His relationship with the brothers would continue throughout his career as Harris would later become their touring music director.

This is the first official reissue of Quinn Harris’ funky soul-jazz classic Statements. The album features songs made popular by Al Green, Roberta Flack and Minnie Riperton, as well as two originals penned by Harris himself. Fetching hundreds of dollars for an original copy, now this private-pressed record is finally getting a much-deserved reissue! Available as a limited 180 gram vinyl edition (500 copies) complete with the original 1975 artwork.

Makin' Time - Rhythm and Soul

Largely remembered today at the first group of future Charlatans main man Martin Blunt, Makin’ Time emerged as a breath of fresh air from the 1980s mod scene. Younger than the revival bands that had gone before instead of watered down punk their music was a glorious mix of power pop and 1960s pop and soul.

Signed to Eddie Piller and Maxine Forrest’s Stiff distributed Countdown label it was seen as a possible contender for pop crossover. The album that emerged was the vibrant and exciting Rhythm and Soul.

The band was fronted by the bob-headed, strong voiced organ playing Fay Hallam and guitarist and vocalist Mark McGounden, and these two along with Martin Blunt provided a strong set of self penned songs. A dynamic band live Here Is My Number, Feels Like It’s Love, Only Time Will Time and the other self penned numbers were already fan anthems by the time they were recorded.

Jeremiah Sand - Lift It Down

In 1974, jeremiah sand and his nascent cult the children of the new dawn decamp la for the shasta mountain region and redding, ca.

they set up shop, begin printing leaflets, hold gatherings and start growing their ranks through recruitment. by mid 1974, jeremiah becomes obsessed with recording “his masterpiece”...a musical message to the world, communicating a “truth” that only he has been given spiritual access to. his lieutenant brother swann overhears that there is a small recording studio just north of the city. he arrives one day at the reception with a large gym bag full of cash and instructs the owner to cancel all sessions on the books. tents and rough structures appear on the surrounding property as the children make the studio and its grounds their new home. a disgraced professor from the electro acoustic music program at evergreen state arrives with a full buchla system he’s “liberated” from the university, jeremiah is entranced by it and for a few weeks the only sounds coming from the studio are blasts of atonal, corroded noise underpinned by ominous chanting. the mood changes. the town begins to turn against the children. a few people have gone missing. some teenagers. a studio engineer. by the spring of 1977, the entire session has broken down into hallucinogen and cocaine fueled chaos. bad vibrations. one night in early march, after a particularly grueling mixing session, the producer and owner of the studio is startled awake by an extremely agitated looking brother swann. swann is sweating and wild eyed, casually holding a gun, explaining to the producer that “plans have changed” and that jeremiah has “heard a calling and a great summons”. they are leaving. all of them. that night. swann directs the producer to put the existing reels in a lock box along with a short 16mm film, lyrics, album art and scribbled notes.

Sonic Youth - Goo Box Set Deluxe

The Deluxe Edition of Sonic Youth’s 1990 album Goo includes 31 songs : The original album remastered; remixed and remastered versions of the bands 8-track demos; the album out- take Lee #2 (previously unheard with vocals); rehearsal outtakes Tuff Boyz and Isaac; Can Song (a never-before-heard demo of The Bedroom); the Beach Boys cover I Know Theres an Answer; Dr. Benways House, the bands contribution to William Burroughs Dead City Radio; B-sides The Bedroom and Thats All I Know Right Now (the latter a cover of the Richard Hell/Tom Verlaine pre-Television group Neon Boys); and the promotion-only Goo Interview. A 16-page book is included with an interview-essay by Byron Coley, an essay by Mark Kates, and never-before-seen photos.

Spandau Ballet - 40 Years The Greatest Hits

Spandau Ballet were one of the most commercially successful bands of the 80s, and during their career they notched up 23 hit singles and spent a combined total of in excess of 500 weeks in the UK charts, achieving album sales of over 25 million worldwide. 40 Years – The Greatest Hits celebrates both the band’s musical and cultural impact.

The 2LP red vinyl set features the band’s biggest hits and a previously unheard version of the Simon and Garfunkel classic The Boxer recorded in 1990 with legendary producer, arranger and film composer Michael Kamen.

The 3CD set features all the hits, fan favourite album tracks as well as classic 12” versions, and a previously unheard version of the Simon and Garfunkel classic The Boxer recorded in 1990 with legendary producer, arranger and film composer Michael Kamen.

The Stranglers - Peaches The Very Best Of

The Stranglers formed in early 1974 and emerged via the punk rock scene building a fan base and reputation for their aggressive and uncompromising style, but the band’s sound developed throughout their career never being pigeonholed to a genre. As a result, their body of work (they continue to record to this day) is varied and hugely celebrated.

To date, the band have scored 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums. The Stranglers are one of the longest-surviving and most renown bands to have originated in the UK punk scene. Peaches (The Very Best Of) is a collection of their most famous celebrated songs for the first two decades of their illustrious career including iconic tracks such as Peaches, Golden Brown, No More Heroes and Hanging Around.

Toploader - Onka's Big Moka

Onka’s Big Moka is the debut studio album by English band Toploader, reaching #4 in the UK Album Chart. The song Dancing in the Moonlight, a cover of the King Harvest song, became a worldwide hit. Joseph Washbourne’s keyboards take center stage throughout the album, while his gravelly vocals, by turns joyful and melancholy, are well-suited to the band’s brand of dance-oriented rock. Most of the music is similar to Dancing - with a modern, ‘70s-retro flair, sure to get you in the mood to either sing along or jump up and dance around.

XTC - Drums and Wires

The band's third album from 1979 but first without co-founder Barry Andrews. Drums and Wires was a cavalcade of Andy Partridge's neuroses and paranoia. Although it contained 2 quirky bona fide pop songs - the calling card Making Plans for Nigel and the breezy Life Begins at the Hop. The music is as jagged as Partridge's attitude and a massive influence on the sound of now.

Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth (40th Anniversary Edition)

Young Marble Giants (YMG)’s one and only album Colossal Youth celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the Cardiff trio are releasing a special edition reissue onNovember 27th. Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth 40th Anniversary Edition includes the titular album as well as songs from Salad Days, Is The War Over, the “Final Day” single and theirTestcard EP as well a live DVD of their last ever US show at Hurrah in New York in 1980.

Comprised of guitarist-songwriter Stuart Moxham, brother and bassist Philip, and singer Alison Statton, YMG emerged from the punk and post-punk landscape with a sound like no one else. Recorded in five days, Colossal Youth went on to influence whole legions from Sheffield to Seattle, looking to de-grungify gangs of four or more. They found fans in the likes of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Belle & Sebastian, David Byrne, Sonic Youth, The Magnetic Fields.

Cited as one of the most definitive records of the post-punk era, there is something almost canonical about the album’s use of voice, muted instruments and space. Colossal Youth’s attention to sparse detail is now a modus operandi for haunted electronica auteurs and spectral singer-songwriters alike, but ultimately, only the Young Marble Giants sound like Young Marble Giants.

Young The Giant - Young The Giant 10th Anniversary Edition

Young the Giant write the sort of soaring, melodic rock 'n' roll that's bound for greatness. From the jolting percussion and anthemic chorus of My Body to the lovesick fervor of Cough Syrup to the uptempo, sun-stained pop of I Got, the California five-piece's stunning debut features an arresting collection of songs that announce the presence of a vital new band. Islands marries off-kilter jazz rhythms with vocalist Sameer Gadhia's haunting falsetto to create an unnerving effect; the electric slide guitar that punctuates Street Walker shrouds the song's dance beats in mystery; and it's impossible to interpret the wall of chiming guitars in Twelve Fingers as anything less than pure joy.

Here are the best of the rest of the new releases arriving at The Vinyl Whistle this week:

Billie Joe Armstrong - No Fun Mondays

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong release his covers series No Fun Mondaysinto a 14-song collection via Reprise / Warner Records. No Fun Mondays sees Armstrong putting his signature melodic-punk spin on the songs that have formed the soundtrack to his life, including classics by John Lennon, Billy Bragg, and Johnny Thunders.

Kicking things off with his perfectly on-trend cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ golden oldie, I Think We’re Alone Now, Armstrong treated fans to a new home-recorded cover song each Monday, accompanied by a DIY video. Beyond paying respects to his punk-rock forefathers (The Avengers’ Corpus Christi, Dead Boy Stiv Bators’ Not That Way Anymore) and working-class heroes (John Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth, Billy Bragg’s A New England), Armstrong also indulged his love of sugary pop through reverent versions of The Bangles’ Manic Monday and the Beatlesque theme to Tom Hanks’ 1995 film That Thing You Do! The latter was performed in tribute to the song’s writer, Adam Schlesinger, who passed away from COVID-19 complications in April.

Andrew Bird - Hark!

Andrew Bird releases Hark!, a brand new holiday album on Loma Vista Recordings. Building upon last year’s EP of the same name, the thirteen-song set delivers freshly recorded originals - including Christmas in April, perhaps the first COVID-inspired holiday song, which Andrew wrote during lockdown (“when will we know/if we can meet under the mistletoe?”) - plus holiday classics and wintertime reimagining’s of seasonally ambiguous deep cuts by John Cale, John Prine and Handsome Family. For the first time since 2002’s Ballad of the Red Shoes, Andrew Bird collaborated on the album artwork with his mother, who was also the inspiration for Hark!’s exquisite, solo violin arrangement of Mille Cherubini in Coro - her favourite piece from the Pavarotti and Vienna Boys Choir performance she and Andrew would always listen to when he was a child.

Herman Brood and His Wild Romance - Ciao Monkey (Expanded)

The versatile musician Herman Brood knew from his younger days that he was born to rock the world with his fascinating personality and musical abilities. With his band The Wild Romance he brought the rock ‘n’ roll to the public and performed with all the energy he possessed. His last official studio album Ciao Monkey is now exclusively available as an expanded edition. It´s the first time this wonderful Brood record is pressed on vinyl. The music is a mix of his well-known rock ‘n’ roll sound and some more poppy songs. The album closer and bonus track “When I Get Home” is the most fragile song and one that perfectly fits Brood’s voice. It also features the bonus track “She Came To Win, featuring Frédérique Spigt.

Available as a limited 20th anniversary expanded edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on crystal clear vinyl. It includes insert with pictures, credits and handwritten lyrics by Herman Brood.

Ane Brun - How Beauty Holds The Hand of Sorrow

2020 sees Norwegian songstress Ane Brun return with her first albums of new material since 2015. Now only a month after the release of After The Great Storm Brun follows that with a second album titled How Beauty Holds The Hand Of Sorrow. With eighteen songs united by common themes, Brun’s original intention was for a double album, but, as lockdown kicked in, spare time imposed by the pandemic led her to reassess this concept. So, while she and her team administered final touches remotely, she added one last song, before separating the recordings into two collections, distinguished by contrasting moods. Both, of course, are quintessentially Brun, but after the more upbeat After the Great Storm – which finds her in questing mode, drawing upon her experiences both in performance and in collaboration, her crystal-clear, affecting voice haunted by electronic and analogue textures – How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow finds Brun returning to her early works intimate poignancy and will be more familiar to those who recall Brun as the emotional, guitar-picking singer-songwriter who emerged at the turn of the century.

Cats In Space - Atlantis

Fourth studio album which was nine months in the making. 'Atlantis' has been a testing journey for the band in many ways, taking into account some personal events and indeed the state of the business due to Covid-19. However the band reassured fans that the album would rock more and have more symphony, courtesy of Mike Moran and his orchestra.

Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications

Jarvis Cocker's second solo collection was produced by Steve Albini. The two met while the former Pulp frontman was in Chicago for a Pitchfork music festival; Jarvis paid a visit to Albini's Electrical audio studio to put some new songs through their paces. The experience (and the price: 'very cheap') was perfect, and thus a partnership was born.

Buck Curran - No Love Is Sorrow

No Love Is Sorrow is the third solo album by American singer-songwriter-guitarist Buck Curran. The album's primary influence draws upon personal experience, along with an idiosyncratic musical style developed over many years as a solo artist and member of the psych-folk duo Arborea. The album presents a body of soundscapes...acoustic and electric instrumentals, psychedelic poetic folk songs...compositions inspired by visions of the surreal landscapes of life: love, hope, loss, fear, transformation, the light of expecting a newborn child, dreams, the realization of impermanence with the recent losses of family members and friends. Further inspiration was drawn from music as wide-ranging as experimental music, '60s, and '70s Folk and psychedelic Blues-rock, Jazz, Western classical music, and Indian classical music.

Tyrone Davis - Slip Away

Two great Brunswick sides on one disc, from two of the greatest soul vocalists. The A side features Tyrone Davis’ version of Clarence Carter’s Slip Away from his essential Can I Change My Mind album, which has never previously been available as a single. A mid-tempo toe tapper with a mid-section brass build that’s underpinned by a funky groove.

The flipside cranks up the action with Gene Chandler’s riotous take on James Brown’s anthem There Was A Time. Worth the entry for the horn stabs alone, it’s an expressive slice of sharp-edged driving funk.

Doves - The Last Broadcast

The Last Broadcast was released almost exactly two years after Lost Souls, in April 2002. Recorded over a year in myriad studio settings, including famously setting up beneath a motorway flyover for M62 Song, the album rushed straight to number one in the UK Albums Chart, preceded the week before by the chiming, anthemic brilliance of pummelling Top 3 lead single, There Goes The Fear. Having gone into sessions buoyed by Lost Souls’ reception and encountering the wide-eyed reactions of fans reactions throughout buoyant UK and overseas tours, The Last Broadcast heard Doves drawing the blinds to let in a little more light. Satellites’ hand claps and honeyed, gospel harmonies, Caught By The Rivers’ upbeat acoustica and the irrepressible indie dancefloor hit of Pounding sat alongside the gentility of Friday’s Dust in a hard to define blend of air-punching joy and a familiar heartache. The Last Broadcast was Doves’ second album to receive a Mercury Award nomination.

Doves - Lost Souls

Lost Souls is the debut album by Doves and was first released in April 2000 with traceable links to the band’s former identity as dance hit makers Sub Sub. Their self-enforced, creative isolation in shady, post-industrial Ancoats, Manchester and the decisive 1996 studio fire that set the coordinates for the trio’s reinvention as Doves. Freed of the past by unfortunate circumstance, it was chance to make the album they’d always hoped to make. Only three of the album’s twelve tracks come in under four minutes, with the long form opulence of singles, The Cedar Room and Sea Song captivating listeners with their cinematic drama, swelling with climbing instrumentation with every passing second and captivating the listener to the very last note.

Self-produced, save for Steve Osborne taking up desk duties for Top 40 single, Catch The Sun – said by the band to be the hardest to pin down on tape - Lost Souls’ grace, sense of humanity and gratifying complexity gained the band their first Mercury Award nomination and climbed to number 16 in the UK album charts.

Drive By Truckers - Plan 9 Records July 13, 2006

On July 13, 2006 the Drive-By Truckers set up shop at Plan 9 Records in Richmond, VA. It was the 25th Anniversary of the store. The band performed to a packed house and played a blistering set of fan-favourites featuring the songs, 18 Wheels of Love, Let There Be Rock, Goddamn Lonely Love and Daddy's Cup. The performance was also set up to benefit the Bryan and Kathryn Harvey Family Memorial Endowment. The foundation provides, among other things, music scholarships in the Richmond area. Lead vocalist and songwriter, Patterson Hood ended up writing the song Two Daughters and A Beautiful Wife about Bryan Harvey and his family. This Record Store Day Exclusive 3-disc set is pressed on black 140g vinyl and is packaged in a "bootleg" style wide-spine jacket featuring a a reprint of the ticket and show poster made for the event. The sleeves are numbered 0001-6000.

Aretha Franklin - Aretha

The 1986 self-titled Aretha Franklin album was a successful one, notable for containing five R&B hits, including the number 1 hit I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) and If You Need My Love Tonight. Aretha herself says in the liner notes that this is one of her favorite albums, and it’s easy to see why. She sings her head off on this album, and sounds like she’s having so much fun on each and every song. The album is noteworthy for the cover, which was Andy Warhol’s final work before his death in early 1987. Aretha is available as a limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on translucent green vinyl. The package includes an insert.

Gene - Libertine

Libertine is Gene’s final studio album released in 2001. Highlights include the single Is It Over? and O Lover.

Inspired by the songs of The Smiths, The Jam and The Faces, Martin Rossiter’sliterate vocals and Steve Mason’s fluid guitar lines were perfectly complemented by the intuitive rhythm section of Kevin Miles and Matt James. They released four studio albums and a collection of B-sides and radio demos between 1995 and 2001, were named Best New Act at the inaugural NME awards in 1995, and went on to score 10 Top 40 hits.

Gene - Revelations

Revelations is Gene’s third studio album released in 1999. 13 track album features the singles; As Good As It Gets (reached no.23 UK charts) and Fill Her Up.

Inspired by the songs of The Smiths, The Jam and The Faces, Martin Rossiter’sliterate vocals and Steve Mason’s fluid guitar lines were perfectly complemented by the intuitive rhythm section of Kevin Miles and Matt James. They released four studio albums and a collection of B-sides and radio demos between 1995 and 2001, were named Best New Act at the inaugural NME awards in 1995, and went on to score 10 Top 40 hits.

Kerbdog - Kerbdog

The cult Irish alt-rock quartet, Kerbdog, team up with Hassle Hindsight, the recently launched re-issue label from the team at Hassle Records, to re-release their 1994 self-titled debut and its heralded 1997 follow-up On The Turn, their last full studio album before their first break-up in 1998.

Their 1994 self-titled debut was recorded with Jack Endino, the producer of Nirvana's Bleach, at Rockfield Studios, with Sepultura recording Chaos A.D. at the same time next door. Cormac says of their raw debut record: "I think some of what they were doing seeped into what we were doing. It made the record heavier and more chunky than we intended, but we were happy with the results."

The band's songs were powerful and inspired - like those early Dave Grohl songs of the same era - by the likes of Husker Du, and then Bob Mould's subsequent work in Sugar; both direct and melodic, heavy but immediate. Kerbdog were, to many, their new favourite band.

However the explosive success of Britpop meant that their singles were at odds with daytime radio playlists and the mainstream press of the time, seeing them subsequently dropped by Mercury Records, two albums into a six-album contract. They struggled on for a year before playing their final show in Dublin the following year.

Kerbdog - On The Turn

The cult Irish alt-rock quartet, Kerbdog, team up with Hassle Hindsight, the recently launched re-issue label from the team at Hassle Records, to re-release their 1994 self-titled debut and its heralded 1997 follow-up On The Turn, their last full studio album before their first break-up in 1998.

On The Turn – which was recorded with Garth Richardson at the legendary Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California – was a near perfect album, one that front-man Cormac Battle most recently described as "the right album, at the wrong time".

The band's songs were powerful and inspired - like those early Dave Grohl songs of the same era - by the likes of Husker Du, and then Bob Mould's subsequent work in Sugar; both direct and melodic, heavy but immediate. Kerbdog were, to many, their new favourite band.

However the explosive success of Britpop meant that their singles were at odds with daytime radio playlists and the mainstream press of the time, seeing them subsequently dropped by Mercury Records, two albums into a six-album contract. They struggled on for a year before playing their final show in Dublin the following year.

Kodaline - One Day At A Time Deluxe

After the storming success of their digital album One Day At A Time, now streamed more than 60 million times and added another 100 million YouTube views, Kodaline are proud to present the deluxe edition. The album also features a collaboration with Gabrielle Aplin on their track Everyone Changes and This Is Christmas another as yet unreleased songs.

The album also includes the singles Wherever You Are, Sometimes, Saving Graceand Say Something. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

The band's primary objective was to focus on the emotion that has informed many Kodaline fan favourites. As we've seen from the two recent singles, they're playing to their strengths: insistent melodies and captivating hooks exploring stories that are revealing, unguarded and immediately relatable.

The League of Gentlemen - Series Four: The Anniversary Specials

Following on from the success of sold out Special Stuff box set, Demon present the three anniversary specials from 2017, pressed on 3 sides of 180g “Snowglobe” vinyl, with the fourth side an etching of Tubs and Edward trapped forever in a ‘Phantom Zone’ like state.

The Anniversary specials tell the story of Benjamin discovering that his late Uncle Harvey is far from dead and buried, Tubbs and Edward setting up shop in a derelict block of flats, Pauline reliving her past with her jobseekers and the continued woes of Geoff Tipps. Starring Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, and featuring gatefold artwork from horror maestro Graham Humphreys.

ME REX - Triceratops / Stegosaurus

Sometimes taking a break is the only way to reignite a passion. South London’s ME REX began life in 2018 in the home of songwriter Myles McCabe, who was experimenting with shouty, electronic bedroom pop after his previous bands broke up. Touring the culmination of six EPs across the UK and Europe, the band have securely found their feet in 2020. Joined by Phoebe Cross (Happy Accidents/Cheerbleederz), Rich Mandell (Happy Accidents) and Kathryn Woods (Fresh/Cheerbleederz), ME REX feels more like a collective idea rather than following an established formula. Taking inspiration from the instantly definable electronics and acoustics of WHY?, the rhythms of Joanna Newsom and lyrical prowess of Los Campesinos, the result is a collection of songs that is coloured in shades of melancholy and happiness in equal parts.

Having immersed himself in music from a young age, McCabe saw early success. However, he quickly felt disillusioned with the music industry, frustrated by the idea of being in a band while personally battling an addiction to alcohol and mental health issues. “I reached kind of a critical point with my mental health around the time I got sober and in the following months. I wasn’t really able to write or make music.” Says McCabe. “After a couple of years I decided I wanted to work as a solo act. In 2017 I joined Fresh and began to see that it actually was possible to organise practice, writing and touring in a way that wasn’t soul destroying.”

ME REX graduated from producing songs at home to recording their upcoming Stegosaurus and Triceratops EPs at Resident Studios in North London with Rich Mandell. They’ve spent the past few months exploring their musical concepts - shaping material that touches on themes of friendship, forgiveness, joy, dinosaurs and mental health, wrapped in sombre melodies that could easily find a home on the big screen as they do behind closed doors. Poignant yet beautiful all at once.

Ennio Morricone - Sacco E Vanzetti - Original Soundtrack

Sacco e Vanzetti is a 1971 docudrama film written and directed by Giuliano Montaldo, based on the events surrounding the trial and execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two anarchists of Italian origin, who were sentenced to death for murdering a guard and a paymaster during the April 15, 1920 armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree, Massachusetts. The film’s soundtrack was composed and conducted by Ennio Morricone with song lyrics by the American folk singer Joan Baez. For the lyrics of La Ballata Di Sacco E Vanzetti Part 1, Baez makes use of Emma Lazarus’ 1883 sonnet The New Colussus the lines of which appear inscribed on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. This is one of the most classical oriented scores composed by the maestro, with large strings arrangements and classical guitar parts.

The Neighbourhood - Chip Chrome and the Mono-Tones

11 Track double album. From the outside, the Neighbourhood's fourth album, 2020's loosely conceptual Chip Chrome and the Mono-Tones, may appear to be their weirdest album to date. However, while there are certainly light, Ziggy Stardust-esque sci-fi elements to the production, the record is one of the Los Angeles outfit's most accessible, rife with pop hooks and emotive lyricism.

Orville Peck - Show Pony

Show Pony Orville Peck’s brand new 6 track EP will come out via Peck's new label home of Columbia. It is the follow-up to last year's hugely successful debut,Pony. He explained in a statement:

"I loved my experience with Pony. However, Show Pony is a more confident perspective and allows me to share even more both lyrically and musically. Like all country albums, Show Pony is a little collection of stories – some sad, some happy – and I am excited for people to hear it. Working with Shania was a dream come true, her music made me feel empowered as a kid and was a huge influence on me."

Pure X - Rare Ecstasy: 2009-2019

On the heels of Pure X’s critically acclaimed S/T album and first in six years, the band is releasing ‘Rare Ecstasy 2009-2019’ on Fire Talk on November 6th. The release is a collection of demos, b sides and covers that span the more than a decade career of the Austin underground legends. Comprising tracks that reflect what Pitchfork once called the “druggy, wall-of-sound escapism that put them on the map,” these 12 tracks embody the Pure X sound, breaking it down and offering up a raw emotive portrait that cycle the band’s expansive output. A must have addition to the collection of any Pure X fan.

Rare ecstasy is packaged in a matte gatefold jacket with silver foil stamped embossing and a spot gloss photo collage interior

Resina - Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York Soundtrack

Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York is Resina’s soundtrack to the latest release from the cult videogame, one of the most popular and respected tabletop RPG games in history. The video game came out in September and Resina’s soundtrack is released on Polish label Coastline Northern Cuts in a vinyl edition of just 300 copies. It is pressed on violet coloured vinyl in full- black sleeve with matte finish and hot-stamped violet metallic print.

Signed to FatCat’s pioneering 130701 imprint, Resina has steadily been making a name for herself through her striking, emotionally-resonant recordings and her powerful live performances. Besides this soundtrack, Resina is currently working on a new solo album and two collaborative LPs – with Christina Vantzou and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch.

Throwing Muses - Sun Racket (Monochrome Edition)

Sun Racket is the brand new album from legendary Boston trio Throwing Muses, consisting of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard Georges. The follow up to 2013’s Purgatory / Paradise is an outpouring of modal guitars, reverbed shapes, echoey drums and driving bass set behind Kristin Hersh’s well-thumbed notebook of storylines. A ten-song opus of suitably wrought tales set against a wall of sound that’s at once calm and ethereal before building into glorious cacophonous crescendos. When Throwing Muses wrote their last album, they were shattered. Pieces were coming and going, elements repeating and charging the whole. “It sounded beautiful jumping around like that”. Two-minute songs reappearing as twisted instrumentals or another song’s bridge. They mimicked the effect live which kept them on their toes. Whatever was happening was already over in other words. Sun Racket is the opposite. It refused to do anything but sit still. It says, “sit here and deal”. “All it asked of us was to comingle two completely disparate sonic vocabularies: one heavy noise, the other delicate music box. Turns out we didn’t have to do much. Sun Racket knew what it was doing and pushed us aside, which is always best. After thirty years of playing together, we trust each other implicitly but we trust the music more” - Kristin Hersh And so, they continue. Business unusual.

Steven Wilson - 12 Things I Forgot

Steven Wilson releases new track 12 Things I Forgot the fourth to be taken from Steven’s sixth album The Future Bites.

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