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Coleman, Brian
Check The Technique Volume 2 More Liner Notes For Hip-hop Junkies
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Wax Facts
HIP-HOP FANS YOU NEED THIS BOOK!! Author BRIAN COLEMAN's second volume of the storied behind classic hip-hop records, as told by the artists themselves. 25 albums are covered in this volume, including records by ICE CUBE, 3RD BASS, COMPANY FLOW, MANTRONIC, RAEKWON, DR. OCATAGON, GRAVEDIGGAZ & tons more! Totally essential!
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New Book/Magazine $24.99

Mineral
Power Of Failing (reissue, Remastered) (dmm 180g, 2lp, W/ Download)
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Arena Rock
2014 remastered reissue of this extremely influential emo album from 1996. Think SUNNY DAY REALESTATE or BRAID. Includes lyrics & liner notes from the band.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $26.99

Mineral
End Serenading (reissue, Remastered) (dmm 180g, 2lp, W/ Download)
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Arena Rock
2014 remastered reissue of this extremely influential emo album from 1998. Think SUNNY DAY REALESTATE or BRAID. Includes lyrics & liner notes from the band.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $26.99

Mineral
1994- 1998: The Complete Collection Complete Collection (2cd)
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Arena Rock
Although they only made music together for four years, Austin, Texas' MINERAL left a lasting impression on the emo & indie rock landscape. Their two studio recordings ("Power of Failing" & "End Serenading") are collected here with bonus tracks & a booklet of lyrics & stories from the members.
Available at: All Stores
New CD $16.99

Frightened Rabbit
Midnight Organ Fight (2014 Reissue) (w/ Download Code)
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Fat Cat
Previously only available on import vinyl & as a limited Record Store Day pressing, FRIGHTENED RABBIT's sophmore release is finally reissued!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $13.99

Various Artists
I'm Just Like You: (2lp, 180grm) Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70
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Light In The Attic
In 1969/70, Sly & the Family Stone were one of the most popular bands around. Despite his busy schedule with his own band, Sly somehow found time to start a label & produce a few other artists. The label was called Stone Flower & 4 singles were released by LITTLE SISTER, 6IX & Joe Hicks. Sly had has hands in writing & producing everything & you can tell. Many of the sounds are quite familiar, especially the Maesetro Rhythm King drum machine which Sly would go on to use on many recordings. His work on these singles clearly pushed him in a new direction & you can hear it all over the legendary "There's a Riot Going On" album which would be released soon after this. All 5 of the singles are included here as well as some extra tracks from the sessions. Any fan of Sly will want to pick this up...
Available at: All Stores
New LP $22.99

At The Gates
At War With Reality (deluxe) (w/ Patch & Bonus Tracks)
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Century Media
2014 & comeback album from this legendary band! It may seem cliche, but this could have come out a few years after "Slaughter of the Soul" & no one would have thought twice. "At War" seems a little more controlled & slightly more melodic than "Slaughter," which was basically in your face screaming the entire time. Most importantly, the riffs are there & they don't disappoint, especially when coupled with TOMAS LINDBERG's howl. There's still plenty of full-bore thrashing on this album, too. It's just nicely balanced & of course, RECOMMENDED! Get this & the new CARCASS!
Available at: All Stores
New CD $16.99

Budos Band
Burnt Offering (color Vinyl, Ltd Ed Art) (w/ Download Code)
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Daptone
It's been a few years since we've had an album from the BUDOS BAND, but this Staten Island 10-piece has been hard at work. In their fourth full-length for Daptone, the band pushes the boundaries of their signature sound with a heady, BLACK SABBATH-loving ode to early psyche-metal. The FELA KUTI-esque Afrobeat funk obsession is still prevalent -- but they've layered it with hazy guitar riffs, & heavier, trance- inducing percussion. To seal the deal, they've gone ahead & named their record after Old Testament animal sacrifice & wrapped it in occult art (illustrated by the drummer!) :::LIMITED EDITION VERSION is pressed on grey marble vinyl & has different artwork!:::
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99

Iceage
Plowing Into The Field Of Love (2lp)
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Matador
Like many punk rockers before them, the Danish band ICEAGE have "grown up" on their third album & expanded their sound. There's still a ton of raw edge & snarl but these new songs are much more refined, with heavy blasts of mid-tempo, gothy rock that will appeal to fans of BIRTHDAY PARTY, NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, GUN CLUB, & weirdly on some of the more melodic moments, bands like CURSIVE & the more rockin' BRIGHT EYES songs.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Iv (2lp, Deluxe Edition) (180grm, Remastered)
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Atlantic
The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues, this time focusing on "Houses of the Holy" & "IV". Similar to the deluxe editions that have come before them, these albums include a companion disc of outtakes, working demos & instrumentals of songs of album tracks. We've all heard these albums a billion times so it's really cool to hear different guitar solos, drum fills, vocal ideas. Basically, we're all nerds. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $35.99

Led Zeppelin
Houses Of The Holy (2lp Deluxe Edition) (180grm, Remastered W/ Obi)
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Atlantic
The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues, this time focusing on "Houses of the Holy" & "IV". Similar to the deluxe editions that have come before them, these albums include a companion disc of outtakes, working demos & instrumentals of songs of album tracks. We've all heard these albums a billion times so it's really cool to hear different guitar solos, drum fills, vocal ideas. Basically, we're all nerds. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $35.99

Wrekmeister Harmonies
Then It All Came Down
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Thrill Jockey
JR Robinson is a mysterious & tall bearded fellow that you've likely seen slinging drinks at some point or just out & about in Chicago since he's kind of hard to miss. Over the past few years he's been perfecting his drone craft in graveyards, museums & recording studios around the world. "Then It All Came Down" is his most recent effort & is based around an amazing interview with Manson Family murderer Bobby Beausoleil by legendary author Truman Capote (Look for this on Google, it's well worth the read we assure you, but it's not for the faint of heart). This album has a crazy guest list including Sanford Parker, Chris Brokaw (CODEINE), Ryley Walker, Noah Leger (DISAPPEARS) & Mark Solotroff (ANATOMY OF HABIT) just to name a few. The Beausoleil influenced 35 minute piece starts with a beautiful drone then adds almost siren-like vocals, some nice guitar from Walker, some haunting strings then a drone/metal explosion that we assume represents the murder committed by the famous ex hippie. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $16.99

Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles
Last Transmission (2lp) (limited Edition)
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Now Again
Uh . . . YEAH! Amazing collaboration between the ever- underrated HELIOCENTRICS & actor/director MELVIN VAN PEEBLES. The music is funky, outer-space jazz & PEEBLES gets his spoken-word on on a couple of tracks. *** LIMITED EDITION features a second LP of instrumentals! *** RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $27.99

Stranger
Bleaklow (imp, Reissue, Remastered)
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History Always...
Originally released on CD in 2008, this excellent album by THE STRANGER aka LEYLAND KIRBY (aka CARETAKER) is bleak, gray and excellent. Unsettling, frightening and cinematic, this album is fantastic. If you're into horror soundtracks, NATE YOUNG or alienatin, YOU NEED THIS!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $25.99

Ugly Heroes
Ugly Heroes Ep
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Mello Music Group
UGLY HEROES is VERBAL KENT & RED PILL dropping sick rhymes over dirty, groovy, soul crafted by APOLLO BROWN. This EP features a couple of tracks from their LP reworked as well some brand new tracks to hold you over while they work on the next LP. Check it out if you like old school DITC style stuff, or even some of the less jazzy TRIBE stuff.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

Diamond District
March On Washington
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Mello Music Group
Second LP from DMV URREA supergroup DIAMOND DISTRICT. We've been waiting on this since the first record dropped, & while each member has given dope solo product, there's not a whole lot out there like when these 3 MCs get together. This one's a departure from the first record definitely, as that one featured a more old school boom bap, sample driven style of production, but even with the new emphasis on synth sounds, the drums are crisp & deep, & the rhymes are amazing. From MelloMusicGroup, & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New CD $13.99

Walter Tv
Apettite (w/ Download Code & Poster)
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Sinderlyn
Originally released on cassette only in 2012, "Appetite" by WALTER TV is basically MAC DEMARCO & his touring band but with Pierce McGarry on guitar & vocals.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $15.99

Slant 6
Soda Pop * Rip Off (2014 Remaster) Soda Pop Rip Off (red Vinyl)
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Dischord
Our original description of this album from 1993 just said: "SLANT 6 HAVE MAD SEX APPEAL," so we'll elaborate on that by saying that this all-female three-piece plays stripped down rock but with a punk feel. They are on Dischord, after all. An underrated gem!
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $12.99

Peaking Lights
Cosmic Logic (gatefold) (w/ Download)
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Domino
The married couple Aaron Coyes & Indra Dunis return with another album in 2014 as PEAKING LIGHTS. Since their move from Wisconsin to L.A., PEAKING LIGHTS has gotten a little shinier & a little poppier & "Cosmic Logic" is their most straight-ahead pop album yet. The sounds of "936" aren't entirely erased though, you can still hear reminders of their lo-fi, electro-dub early days but there's nothing lo-fi about this one. If you've beeen following these guys, this album will seem like a pretty logical progression to you & we wouldn't even be surprised to find out that folks who dig things like GRIMES & PURITY RING will like this.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $17.99

Marr, Johnny
Playland (w/ Printed Inner, Download)
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Sire
Marr's signature guitar style is quite present on this, along with some nice understated synth strings & some masterful drum work. PLAYLAND won't really feed your SMITHS addiction, but if you're really in need of a good dose of Brit-Pop, you'll probably be all about this record.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $16.99

Nehruvian Doom (bishop Nehru X Doom)
Sound Of The Son (w/ Printed Inner, Download)
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Lex
BISHOP NEHRU is part of the new school of NYC rappers. A prodigy, as a teen his flow, & rhyme style impressed one DOOM to come out of seclusion. On SOUND OF THE SON, DOOM mostly provides the backbeat & only rarely rhymes, while NEHRU uses a GURU like style to build excellent songs & an killer album.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $17.99

Unicorns
Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? (180g, W/ Download)
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Caterpillar
2014 reissue of this now-classic album from 2003. This is how we described it back then (it still holds up): This Montreal lo-fi pop quartet are a departure for Alien8's usual harshness. The Unicorns take their cues from the more loose Elephant6 label, less Beach Boys/ Revolver than the Olivia Tremor Control but hovering somewhere around that aesthetic. Moogy blips accent the guitars and whispers, super ironic lyrics make being Canadian a commodity as do the VELVET UNDERGROUND musical references and moments of first take beauty that is surreal, sincere and odd.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $20.99

Zola Jesus
Taiga (w/ Poster, Download)
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Mute
ZOLA JESUS' work has been defined by starkness, romanticism, & a gothic, dark catchiness. On TAIGA her first record for MUTE, she steps even further from the cave she began to emerge from with STRIDULUM II. This isn't to say she's begun to make pop music, or that she's abandoned the atmospher of her earlier works, just that she's creating bigger, more aggressive music than ever before.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $16.99

Winterfylleth
Divination Of Antiquity
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Candlelight
The English atmospheric/pagan black metal group WINTERFYLLETH is back in 2014 with " The Divination of Antiquity." Similar to groups like ENSLAVED, DRUDKH & ULVER, WINTERFYLLETH attempt to honor the pagan culture & folk music of their ancestors by fusing it with contemporary black metal. Their last album "The Threnody of Triumph" is one of our favorite black metal albums of the past few years & this one will definitely follow suit. There's some great riffs on here & some relentless blast-beating but WINTERFYLLETH knows how to break things up with mellow, shoegazing or folky interludes. No doubt, this is one of the best black metal albums of 2014 & if you're into melodic, atmospheric & pagan themed black metal, then this one's for you.
Available at: All Stores
New CD $13.99

Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos (2lp, Clear Vinyl)
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Kranky
"Atomos" is the 2nd album from the drone duo known as A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN. The music was commissioned by the choreographer Wayne McGregor who you might know from the somewhat goofy dance moves he coached to Thom Yorke for RADIOHEAD's "Lotus Flower" video. Something tells us he has different moves in mind for "Atomos." AWVFTS is Adam Wiltzie of STARS OF THE LID & Dustin O'Halloran who played with SPARKLEHORSE & like SOTL, the duo patiently let their music progress & develop slowly. There's more synth & organ drones on this one but there's still plenty of the beautiful orchestral swells that Wiltzie has now trademarked with his two groups. There are hints of the sounds on the first LP, especially "Atomos V", but the duo definitely has added to their texture pallet on this one. If you're going to pick up any neo-classical leaning drone record in 2014, this is probably the best one to get. On Kranky & RECOMMENDED!!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $19.99

Anjou
Anjou
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Kranky
ANJOU is the first collaboration between LABRADFORD members Robert Donne & Mark Nelson since "Fixed: Content" that was released back in 2001. Also on board is Nelson's PAN AMERICAN partner, Chicagoan Steve Hess who you might also know from CLEARED & LOCRIAN. ANJOU wrote the record over a period of 4 years or so & it's mostly based around ambient modular synth textures & heavily processed & at times, "blown-out" sounding percussion. This is likely the closest thing that we'll ever get to a new LABRADFORD album & that's pretty damn exciting we must say. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $13.99

Oasis
(whats The Story) Morning Glory (2lp) (remaster, W/ Download & Bonus Tracks)
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Big Brother
Back in '95 you couldn't get away from this record. OASIS were at the forefront of a new British Invasion, & "Don't Look Back in Anger," & "Wonderwall," were on radio & TV some at least once an hour. Now the Gallagher's can't stop fighting long enough to agree that the sky is blue, but that's okay, (WHAT'S THE STORY...) is still a great pop record, & you'll be singing along in no time. LP version comes on super heavyweight vinyl, & includes 28 unreleased bonus tracks!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $26.99

Great Apes
Thread (w/ Download)
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Asian Man
Debut full-length from GREAT APES, which features a couple of ex-Chicago residents in RYAN MARSHALL & BRIAN MOSS (ex-THE GHOST, WUNDER YEARS, etc). Ballsy, mid-tempo punk rock with more hooks than a tacklebox.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $12.99

Liminanas
I've Got Trouble In Mind 7"s & Rare Stuff 2009/2014 (w/ Download)
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Trouble in Mind
Trouble in Mind has wisely collected the rare singles & compilation tracks for these French psychedelic pop geniuses, some of which have never appeared on vinyl until now. Serge Gainsbourg influenced French pop with a psychedelic/garage twist.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

Juan Maclean
In A Dream (2lp, Color Vinyl) (w/ Download Code)
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DFA
Highly anticipated album of new material from THE JUAN MACLEAN. After a five year hiatus the duo are back & this new album is further evidence of the "undeniable creative chemistry between house music wizard Juan Maclean & vocalist/ former LCD SOUND SYSTEM member Nancy Whang" (-Pitchfork). Whang certainly steals the show on this album; she's emerged from the shadow world of "LCD Soundsystem keyboardist" to full on Disco Diva & her voice is front & center on nearly every track. What with the return of DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 & now this, 2014 is shaping up to be a dance-punk renaissance! GET THIS!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave. and Loop
New LP $20.99