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RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENT!!

WICKER PARK
3PM CIRCUIT DES YEUX
4PM DANCE MANIA DJs (Parrish Mitchell & Jammin' Gerald)
630 KIM DEAL, KELLEY DEAL & MORGAN NAGLER
performance & signing (*there will be more
specific details about how this signing will work
that we'll announce shortly)

BROADWAY
1-2PM GHOST B.C. Convocation (this is not a signing)...
Civilian Papa will be showing up to give anyone in attendance the 360 degree Papa experience. Photos will be his and your pleasure
3PM LORD MANTIS (bring yer earplugs)
4PM VIDEO BUG (members of SPECK MOUNTAIN)

LOOP
no instores


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NEW ARRIVALS every day!
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Goldsmith, Jerry
Omen (soundtrack) (180g, 2014 Reissue)
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Mondo
VERY COOL & ultra-evil 2014 reissue of the soundtrack to "The Omen!" Yeah, it's about a kid who's the Antichrist & the music is by one of the masters: JERRY GOLDSMITH. Like all Mondo releases, this is limited & will sell out! Get it quick!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $29.99

Ema
Future's Void (purple Vinyl) (w/ Download)
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Matador
Second solo album from the former GOWNS lead singer, Erika M. Anderson, focuses a darker, dancier lens on the struggles of our internet age. Hints of PJ HARVEY at her stompiest, ZOLA JESUS, and heading in a similar direction as CHELSEA WOLFE.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $15.99

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Enter The Slasher House (2lp, 180g) (w/ Download)
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Domino
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE's Avey Tare is back with another side project, this time he's formed the group AVEY TARE'S SLASHER FLICK's with Angel Deradoorian, formally of DIRTY PROJECTORS & ex-PONYTAIL drummer Jeremy Hyman. Don't let the bandname & title full you, these guys aren't 'creepy' or 'scary', in fact the album is incredibly melodic & poppy. Hints of ANIMAL COLLECTIVE albumslike "Sung Tongs" & "Centipede HZ" are all over this & there's a funky pop ala TALKING HEADS & Ariel Pink outsider rock. Fans of Tare's other work will not but disappointed with this.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $19.99

Off!
Wasted Years (w/ Download)
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Vice
OFF! is back with another album of 80's style, fist pumping punk rock. Vocalist Keith Morris has been splitting his time between OFF! & the controversial BLACK FLAG reunion band FLAG & Dimitri (BURNING BRIDES), Mario (HOT SNAKES, EARTHLESS) & Steven REDD KROSS) are back for this round too. It wouldn't be fair to say that this is 'mainstream' punk just because they're headlining festivals. OFF! is fun for sure but these guys aren't kidding around, this is the real deal.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

Ratking
So It Goes (2lp) (w/ Download)
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HXC
Debut album from this NYC-based hip-hop group is quite tasty! Led by MC WIKI, this album has a lot of bass-heavy, layered beats & kinda reminds us of Chicago's own TYPICAL CATS with the fast, story- telling, introspective rhyme style. Other parts of this album remind us of other psychedelic rappers like OUTKAST or when the Jamaican-style MC kicks in, SMIF N WESSUN. Very nice material! Check it!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $17.99

Sea Of Shit
Sea Of Shit (10", 2nd Press) Instinctual Being (grey Vinyl)
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Diseased Audio
15-song full-length 10-inch from Chicago SEA OF SHIT comes after a demo, a solo 7-inch & split with WATER TORTURE & SOCIALLY RETARDED (R.I.P.). This is a serious ripper, & with ex-members of TOWER OF ROME handling the rhythm section & back-up vocals . . . trust us when we say this is a grinding good time. RECOMMENDED! *** SECOND PRESS ON GREY VINYL! GET IT! ***
Available at: All Stores
New LP $10.99

Sohn
Tremors (w/ Download)
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4AD
Viena-based electronic producer Christopher Taylor's debut release. Soulful, down-beat songs in the vein of a minimalist JAMES BLAKE.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

Pyrrhon
Mother Of Virtues (2lp, Ltd 1000) ("bone White" Vinyl, W/ Download)
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Relapse
Crazy second album from New York's PYRRHON is quite a beast. This reminds us of say CROWPATH, GORGUTS, or on the doom-ier songs ULCERATE. Dirty tech-death that could be CONVERGE if they were a death metal band. Plus, the artwork is kinda creepy. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $24.99

Bissonnette, Christopher
Essays In Idleness
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Kranky
"Essays in Idleness" is the first album from the Canadian composer Christopher Bissonnette in 6 years. For this album, Bissonnette ignored his past methods & over a period of about 2 years he gradually composed these pieces using a hand-built analog synthesizer. The result is a collection of epic soundscapes that sound like they're from other worlds, maybe icy ones or others with hidden oceans. The themes are slow moving & take time to develop & gradually layers build upon themselves to create some enveloping drones. Fans of the Kranky label in general as well as label staples like STARS OF THE LID, Ken Camden, Vangelis' "Blade Runner" etc... will love.
Available at: All Stores
New CD $11.99

Vehicle Blues
Letter Writer
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All Right
Solid e.p. from Chicago's Gabe Holcombe aka VEHICLE BLUES. Well-crafted dream pop/shoegaze/whatever you want to call it these days with minimalist percussion & impossible to discern lyrics & solid rhythm guitar playing. This makes us think of BAILTER SPACE, BELONG, early DEERHUNTER & BRAIN IDEA (RIP). We're hoping for music from VEHICLE BLUES soon.
Available at: All Stores
NCS $4.99

Hein, Kevin
Gauze Ii
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Baro
Second volume in the "Gauze" series from Chicago ambient musician Kevin Hein. On "Gauze II", Hein continues to create glassy & icey worlds that one might hear in the new Fumito Ueda videogame ("Ico & Shadow of the Colossus" for you non-nerds) if he'd ever freakin' finish it. Washed-out cavases of lo-fi reverb with high pitched digital synths & primitive drum pulses that that might give you the only pleasant memory of the Chicago winter of 2014 that you can possibly imagine while you're sweating your ass off this coming Summer.
Available at: All Stores
NCS $4.99

Luikart, Trevor
Angelica
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Baro
Brooklyn, NY producer Trevor Luikart comes straight out of left field and delivers lush swirls of color and psychedelic beatscapes for heads and thinkers alike. Hazy, thumping pulses of bass, treated vocal samples, and an air of futuristic tropicalia will keep your head bobbing all day long. This reminds us of early FLYING LOTUS and J DILLA, with a taste of west coast smoothness. This will never leave your walkman (or ghetto blaster).
Available at: All Stores
NCS $4.99

Dumas, Joshua
Rough Matinals
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Horror Fiction
Chicago pianist, musician and filmmaker Joshua Dumas exploring the opportunity, optimism, and anxiety in the moments before sunrise. Romantic modernism. Baroque introspection concealed inside a envelope of densely interpreted keys and stark ambient miasma. Moments that unfold the ears and awaken the mind to both possibilities great and limitations cruel. Forty five hand assembled copies, Inserts duplicated directly on individual pages of a 1964 copy of the novel The Dark Side Of The Earth, by Alfred Bester.
Available at: Loop
NCS $4.99

Demarco, Mac
Salad Days (w/ Download)
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Captured Tracks
Highly anticipated 2014 album from MAC DEMARCO is jangle-pop mastery. DEMARCO's low-key vocal delivery is part of what sets him apart, but it's the perfectly simple songwriting that's key. You can hear some of his (likely) influences: NILSSON, JOHN LENNON, JONATHAN RICHMAN. A must-have! On Captured Tracks.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

Body (w/ Haxan Cloak)
I Shall Die Here (w/ Poster & Download)
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RVNG
Very disturbing fourth album from THE BODY is a collaboration with THE HAXAN CLOAK, who "mutilated" the drums-and-bass-only BODY tunes into the aural torment you hear, uh, here. Throbbing dirges with an even weirded-than-normal-for-the-BODY slant because of the HAXAN CLOAK help. This doesn't really sound like anything else, so we'll recommend this to folks who enjoy pain, headphone albums & a bleak out- look on life. We'll also say that THE BODY is one of the most unique "metal" bands going these days, & everything they release is worth checking out.
Available at: Broadway
New LP $13.99

Goatwhore
Carving Out The Eyes Of God
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Metal Blade
2009 album from the mighty GOATWHORE is finally on vinyl in 2014! FINALLY! In our humble opinion, this album is really where GOATWHORE hit their stride: the perfect combination of blasting black/death & a straightforward punk/death 'n' roll vibe that results in riffs, riffs & more riffs. If this album doesn't make you want to bang your head . . . HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $17.99

Goatwhore
Haunting Curse
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Metal Blade
2006 album from GOATWHORE (ex-members of SOILENT GREEN & ACID BATH) is notable for its turn towards more death 'n' black 'n' roll than their previous two albums & really hitting their stride. So yeah, GOATWHORE do the blackened-death thing better than almost every other band who attempt it, but there's also a certain punk or more straightforward nature at times which is when they really get the grooves going. Beautiful triple gatefold LP with artwork & layout by JACOB BANNON from CONVERGE. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $17.99

Carey, S.
Range Of Light (black/white Vinyl)
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Jagjaguwar
Second proper album from BON IVER member SEAN CAREY, his first since 2010's all we grow (there was an EP released in 2012) sounds about as organic as you can get, each song rich with earthy layers that make the album sound like a dream. There's a good dose of piano on these songs, which, when mixed with CAREY's effortless singing style, is a recipe for success. Features a little help from BON IVER main- man JUSTIN VERNON on vocals, organ, banjo & harmonica!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $13.99

Inventions
Inventions (w/ Download)
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Temporary Residence
OK COOL!!! This is basically every etheral-pop music fan: a collaboration between MATTHEW COOPER of ELUVIUM & MARK T. SMITH of EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY! Spacious, subtly-layered songs that just scream for a pair of good headphones & a beanbag chair. If outer space weren't completely silent, it might sound like this. Just looks at the cover photo: it's courtesy of NASA & the Fermi Telescope! Beautiful.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

M83
You & The Night (soundtrack)
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Mute
Very nice soundtrack to "You & the Night" courtesy of M83. Airy, atmopsheric instrumentals (well, there's some vocal melodies but no real lyrics it seems). Lovely material.
Available at: All Stores
New CD $13.99

Coil/ Nine Inch Nails
Recoiled (imp, 5 Trks)
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Cold Spring
Excellent collaboration between COIL and NINE INCH NAILS, from the cave-like studio of DANNY HYDE/PETER CHRISTOPHERSON (also of THROBBING GRISTLE), which were remixed by COIL admirer, TRENT REZNOR. These were further mixed by HYDE and CHRISTOPHERSON. This includes a more full version of 'Closer', as well as PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED songs which were only rumored to exist. ASTONISHING!!!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $26.99

Future Islands
Singles (w/ Download)
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4AD
At this point, even people that barely pay attention to popular music must have at least heard of FUTURE ISLANDS, mainly because of their meme-inducing performance on the Letterman show. The Baltimore electronic rockers previous two albums did quite well & the group has gradually built a name for themselves (& solidified it with that previously mentioned talk show performance) with their energetic live shows led by singer Samuel T. Herring's spastic dancing & emotive vocalizing. The seemingly boldly titled "Singles" is a strong collection of tight, electronic pop songs with an obvious nod to 80's pop like A-HA, ORANGE JUICE, NEW ORDER & later ROXY MUSIC. In fact, Herring's vocal style reminds us a lot of Brian Ferry. No doubt about it kids, this is going to be one of the biggest records of the year.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

Thou
Heathen
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Gilead Media
Fourth album of depressive sludge-doom from Baton Rouge's THOU is what we look for in our slow metal: at once crushing & beautiful. The album is dedicated to "the doers," so if you're a jerk that complains without ever taking action to change anything, this album's vitriol is pointed in your direction. For those that haven't gotten on THOU's bandwagon, think INDIAN, BURIED AT SEA, BURNING WITCH, etc. VERY GOOD!
Available at: All Stores
New CD $11.99

Liars
Mess (2lp, 180g, W/ Cd)
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Mute
One of the most interesting things about a new LIARS album is you never really know what you're going to get. After helping start the dance-punk revival in the early '00s with bands like THE RAPTURE, they quickly veered of course in a darker, more abstract direction on their 2nd album. In 2007, they went straight-up rock on their "s/t" record & then in 2012 played around with RADIOHEAD-esque electronic meanderings. Now on their 7th album, these Berlin via NYC art rockers take on dance music but mutate it in that "LIARS" way. The beats are mostly straight-ahead & mid-tempo & hint at late 80's industrial & "120 Minutes" alt. rock. It's a little strange to hear such 'normal' beats from these guys, but like we mentioned earlier, LIARS always defy expectations & that's what we love about them so much.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $23.99

Chicago Underground Duo
Locus (w/ Download)
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Northern Spy
Seventh album from CHICAGO UNDERGROUND DUO (ROB MAZUREK & CHAD TAYLOR)! Jazz-funk with all sorts of grooves & a slant for the noisey & extraterrestrial. Instrument list includes mbrira (a wood/metal hand- piano of sorts...PHIL COHRAN plays one) & Game Boy. Think HELIOCENTRICS, WHITEFIELD BROTHERS, etc.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $16.99

Schoolboy Q
Oxymoron (2lp Deluxe, W/ Bonus Tracks)
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Interscope
Debut from TDE & Black Hippy member SCHOOLBOY Q. The most stylish of the four piece crew which also includes KENDRICK LAMAR, shows a different side of the crew. Q is as much a gangsta & pimp as he is a rapper, & this record is about trying to start something, hopefully a party, but a riot will suffice. Featuring visits from JAY ROCK, KENDRICK, TYLER, KURUPT & RAEKWON, this one has a lot to keep everyone interested. DELUXE EDITION comes with 3 Bonus Tracks!
Available at: Broadway
New LP $21.99

Various Artists
Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 1 Ballads: (2lp Reissue, 200grm In Box)
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Mississippi
Over the past five or six years, Mississippi Records has reissued rare records from many different genres from many different countries. They've explored blues, gospel, jazz, post-punk, garage & folk & that just scratches the surface. Now, they've tackled one of the most legendary collections of music to ever be released, Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music that was originally released in 1952. Legend has it that these records inspired Bob Dylan to start playing music & Carl Sagan claimed that it was the best record ever made. It's basically impossible to calculate how much these records effected music just based on their influence on Dylan & the Greenwich Village folk scene alone. Also, Mississippi also states that their label ethos was more or less based on this compilation. Each record comes in a heavy carboard, cloth-covered gatefold sleeve with the LPS pressed on heavy, 200grm vinyl & an insert with liner notes. We're incredibly excited to be able to stock these important & educational records in our shops.
Available at: Broadway and Loop
New LP $34.99

Various Artists
Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 2 Social Music (2lp Reissue, 200grm)
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Mississippi
Over the past five or six years, Mississippi Records has reissued rare records from many different genres from many different countries. They've explored blues, gospel, jazz, post-punk, garage & folk & that just scratches the surface. Now, they've tackled one of the most legendary collections of music to ever be released, Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music that was originally released in 1952. Legend has it that these records inspired Bob Dylan to start playing music & Carl Sagan claimed that it was the best record ever made. It's basically impossible to calculate how much these records effected music just based on their influence on Dylan & the Greenwich Village folk scene alone. Also, Mississippi also states that their label ethos was more or less based on this compilation. Each record comes in a heavy carboard, cloth-covered gatefold sleeve with the LPS pressed on heavy, 200grm vinyl & an insert with liner notes. We're incredibly excited to be able to stock these important & educational records in our shops.
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $34.99

Various Artists
Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 3 Songs (2lp Reissue, 200grm In Box)
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Mississippi
Over the past five or six years, Mississippi Records has reissued rare records from many different genres from many different countries. They've explored blues, gospel, jazz, post-punk, garage & folk & that just scratches the surface. Now, they've tackled one of the most legendary collections of music to ever be released, Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music that was originally released in 1952. Legend has it that these records inspired Bob Dylan to start playing music & Carl Sagan claimed that it was the best record ever made. It's basically impossible to calculate how much these records effected music just based on their influence on Dylan & the Greenwich Village folk scene alone. Also, Mississippi also states that their label ethos was more or less based on this compilation. Each record comes in a heavy carboard, cloth-covered gatefold sleeve with the LPS pressed on heavy, 200grm vinyl & an insert with liner notes. We're incredibly excited to be able to stock these important & educational records in our shops.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $34.99

Various Artists
Anthology Of American Folk Music Vol. 4 Rhythmic Changes (2lp Reissue, 200grm)
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Mississippi
Over the past five or six years, Mississippi Records has reissued rare records from many different genres from many different countries. They've explored blues, gospel, jazz, post-punk, garage & folk & that just scratches the surface. Now, they've tackled one of the most legendary collections of music to ever be released, Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music that was originally released in 1952. Legend has it that these records inspired Bob Dylan to start playing music & Carl Sagan claimed that it was the best record ever made. It's basically impossible to calculate how much these records effected music just based on their influence on Dylan & the Greenwich Village folk scene alone. Also, Mississippi also states that their label ethos was more or less based on this compilation. Each record comes in a heavy carboard, cloth-covered gatefold sleeve with the LPS pressed on heavy, 200grm vinyl & an insert with liner notes. We're incredibly excited to be able to stock these important & educational records in our shops.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $34.99