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Morgue
Eroded Thoughts (2lp Reissue) (red Vinyl)
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The Crypt
FINALLY!!! The Crypt strikes again with this amazing reissue of the incredibly rare & long out of print 1993 album from the Chicago area death metal band MORGUE. The group were label mates with the legendary Wisconsin metal band MORBID SAINT & the MORGUE album lives up to the greatness of that underground death metal classic. True 90's death metal with a heavy AUTOPSY, CIANIDE, PESTILENCE, GORGUTS etc.. influence. If you're a fan of Chicago metal then you really need to pick up this amazing reissue that also features their 1991 & 1992 demos on the 2nd LP.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $27.99

Nasheim
Solens Vemod (imp, Green Vinyl) (ltd. To 300)
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Northern Silence
First proper full length from this mysterious Swedish one-man black metal/post black metal project known as NASHEIM. We've been stocking the excellent LP "Evighet/ Undergang" compilation off & on for a few years & have been wondering if any new music was ever coming. Now that we've heard this amazing album, it's clear that the sole member Erik Grahn has been meticulously crafting this album over a number of years. All of the songs are over 9 minutes long & two of them are over 13 minutes long. The music is mostly mid-tempo, sort of like DRUDKH's "Handful of Stars" album but there are some moments where the songs break into some faster, 90's black metal speed. There's some tasty string overdubs that end the album which reminded us of AGALLOCH a bit. This is an amazing album that any fan of progressive black metal will want to hear. Fans of DRUDKH, ALCEST, AGALLOCH, WOODS OF DESOLATION etc... will love this. Limited press of 300 on green vinyl.
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New LP $18.99

Woods Of Desolation
As The Stars (imp W/ Poster)
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Northern Silence
2014 album from the one-man post-black metal project from an Australian man that goes by the name of "D." & calls his band WOODS OF DESOLATION. We've loved the previous W.O.D. albums & this one is really great too. WOODS OF DESOLATION albums have always featured guest musicians & "As the Stars" is no different with this one boasting Vlad from the mighty (& Reckless fave) DRUDKH. There's a good deal of melodic post-rock passages but the lo-fi recording & early 2000s black metal-isms blend together nicely with the pretty parts to create a good balance. If you like this, do yourself a favor & check out the new NASHEIM album "Solen Vemod" (also on the solid Northern Silence label) which is a solid compliment to this great album. Fans of DRUDKH, ALCEST, The Northern Silence label in general should check this out.
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New LP $19.99

Melkbelly
Pennsylvania (black Vinyl) Hand #'d, Ltd To 400 Of 500, W/ Download
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Automatic
Local four-piece, MELKBELLY, are out with their debut album and we can already safely say it will be on a few of our "Best Of 2014" lists at the end of the year. "Pennsylvania" walks that line between catchy, smart, melodic pop, and powerful, intense noise-rock. Fuzzy, gnarly guitars mixed with skilled drumming and Miranda Stokes' sweet, airy vocals make for a mind-spinning, tap your foot, head-nodding concoction. "Pennsylvania" reminds us a little bit of a PIXIES release, but way noisier and weirder, in the best possible way. And thanks to Automatic Recordings their debut is released on LP! MELKBELLY is purified awesome and so RECOMMENDED to the max. BUY THIS NOW!
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New LP $14.99

Castle
Return Of The Gasface
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Mello Music Group
Dirty soul beats, & twisted bars from the minds of MELLOMUSICGROUP's HAS-LO & CASTLE. RETURN OF THE GASFACE is HAS-LO's remixes on CASTLE's excellent (if slept on) debut, but with a twist as this features CASTLE re-recording his verses & adding ad-libs & some bonus verses. CASTLE's rhymes will immediately remind you of AESOP ROCK, but there's something a little different there in the finish, & HAS-LO's aesthetic fits perfectly with the MMG crew's boom bap knock, but so personalized in the fuzzy, dirtiness of his drums & horns. GET THIS NOW!
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New LP $17.99

Julius, Orlando & The Heliocentrics
Jaiyede Afro (2lp) (w/ Cd)
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Strut
Strut Records says that this album is the first-ever internationally released effort from legendary Nigerian musician ORLANDO JULIUS, & seeing him team up with London's perpetually underrated HELIOCENTRICS (known for their funky, futuristic jazz) is a dream come true for us. African music does not get funkier!
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New LP $24.99

Various Artists
No Seattle Volume One (2lp) Forgotten Sounds Of The... (w/ Download)
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Soul Jazz
Soul Jazz Records has & likely always will be one of the kings of compilations when it comes to unearthing rare & just as cool material. Like the titles says, these are all bands from the same era/area as the big'n bands (NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN) but not big'ns themselves: STARFISH, THRILLHAMMER, HELLTROUT, etc. Late '80s & '90s rock fans rejoice! This is awesome. RECOMMENDED! *** VOLUME ONE ***
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New LP $27.99

Various Artists
No Seattle Volume Two (2lp) Forgotten Sounds Of The... (w/ Download)
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Soul Jazz
Soul Jazz Records has & likely always will be one of the kings of compilations when it comes to unearthing rare & just as cool material. Like the titles says, these are all bands from the same era/area as the big'n bands (NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN) but not big'ns themselves: STARFISH, THRILLHAMMER, ATTICA, etc. Late '80s & '90s rock fans rejoice! This is awesome. RECOMMENDED! *** VOLUME TWO ***
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New LP $27.99

Tricky
Adrian Thaws (2lp) (w/ Cd)
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K7
TRICKY's 11th album sees the UK genius finally create what he considers to be a more "club" oriented LP. The 13 songs on "Adrian Thaws" retain TRICKY's signature mellow vibe with several guest vocalists, but are definitely closer to hip-hop or dance (for lack of a better term) than before. RECOMMENDED!
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New LP $23.99

O, Karen
Crush Songs (blue Vinyl, W/ Booklet) (w/ Download)
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Cult
14-song collection written & recorded by KAREN O of the YEAH YEAH YEAHS between 2006-2010. In the liner notes, KAREN O says that these songs were inspired by crushes she had around this time, & the tunes are very stripped down (guitar & voice) & lovelorn. Pretty, low-key & catchy. RECOMENDED!
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New LP $18.99

Interpol
El Pintor (white Vinyl, Limited Edition) (w/ Download)
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Matador
INTERPOL have officially trimmed down to a trio for their 2014 album "El Pintor" which means "The Painter" in Spanish but is also an anagram for their name. The album has more of a cavernous, 'concert hall' reverb sound than their previous albums but it works, especially since the bass guitar (played by singer Paul Banks as overdubs) has taken a back seat in the band's sound. INTERPOL have been oft criticized for sounding too much like their influences, but on their last few records they've found their own sound & stuck with it. Limited edition white vinyl pressing.
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New LP $15.99

Total Control
Typical System (w/ Download)
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Iron Lung
"Typical System" is one of the most anticipated records of 2014. The Aussie group's 2011 "Henge Beat" was one of our favorite records of that year & they might have done the impossible & topped that with this. TOTAL CONTROL also boast a seriously impressive line-up, featuring members that also play in UV RACE, EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING & LACE CURTAIN. "Typical System" expands upon the group's blend of punk, post-punk & new wave & all it works perfectly together in a way that sounds effortless. The first 3 WIRE albums are probably the best reference point here & the group bounces between melodic punk ("Pink Flag") & new wave ("154") without missing a beat. There are hints of Gary Numan, Jay Reatard & even more mainstream stuff like THE CARS at times. This will definitely be on many staff lists at the end of 2014. AS RECOMMENDED AS THEY GET!!!
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New LP $13.99

Zammuto
Anchor (w/ Download & Bonus Track)
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Temporary Residence
"Anchor" is the 2014 album from former BOOKS member Nick Zammuto & his band that got their name from some mysterious source. Zammuto continues to distance himself from the arty, sound collages that BOOKS were best known for. In fact, "Anchor" is a mostly straight-forward electronic pop record, with some cool 8-bit sounds & mellow tunes. Think POSTAL SERVICE, ATLAS SOUND, DIRTY PROJECTORS etc...
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New LP $14.99

Various Artists
Music From The Mountain Provinces
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Numero Group
In 1988, David Blair Stiffler went to remote regions in the Phillipines to record music undocumented music for Folkways. It was a risky endeavor & Stiffler & his team's equipment was stolen by rebels. Fortunately they managed to smuggle a single cassette tape with them. Upon returning Stiffler learned that Folkways president Moses Asch had died & consequently the recordings were shelved until now. Thanks to Numero Group we now get to here these recordings of mostly unheard music from regions like Nueva Ecija, Aurora & Luzon.
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New LP $14.99

Various Arists
My Intention Is War : Trinidad Calypsos 1928- 1948
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Mississippi
Mississippi Records has been putting out an impressive amount of Trinidad Calypso records. "My Intention is War" is described as the sibling of their "Seven Skeletons" compilation recently released as well. There's lots of minor chord instrumentation here, fitting for their meditations on death. "My Intention Is War" showcases some of the finest Trinidad artists, The Roaring Lion, Attila The Hun, Lionel Belasco, and more, giving us a unique listen on the fragile, beautiful world of Calypso music.
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New LP $12.99

Mutual Benefit
Cowboys Prayer (reissue, One-sided 12") (w/ Etching & Download)
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Other Music
The debut album "Love's Crushing Diamond" by MUTUAL BENEFIT was a big success & now the debut E.P. has been remastered & reissued for our consideration. M.B. creates a woozy world of lo-fi bedroom folk with electronic bits & sparse percussion. Think BON IVER, BRIGHT EYES, SENTRIDOH etc...
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New LP $11.99

Various Artists
Pay Close Attention (4lp, W/ Dvd)
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XL
Four LP compilation album documenting the first 25 years of British Independent record label XL Recordings!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $54.99

Rylander, Henrik
Object Subject To Change (ltd 250)
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Ideal
Heavy SUNN 0)))-like drone from HENRIK RYLANDER (UNION CARBIDE PRODUCTIONS, SKULL DEFEKTS). Very low-frequency disturbance.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $16.99

Various Artists
Spiritual Jazz 5: The World (imp, 2lp)
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Jazzman
Jazzman presents the 5th volume in their 'Spiritual Jazz' compilation series. Features CHARLES MUNRO QUARTET, LOUIZ BANKS, JAZZ WORK SHOP, JORGE LOPEZ, HIDEO SHIRAKI and many more. All tracks are mastered from the original tapes and most tracks have never before been reissued. OUTSTANDING!
Available at: Broadway
New LP $25.99

Shit & Shine
Powder Horn (imp)
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Diagonal
CRAIG CLOUSE aka SHIT & SHINE moves quite far from his noisy beginnings and creates what is an engaging and strange techno record. Unpredictable, driving and funky.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New CD $12.99

Dirty Dirty Dollars
My Lady's Got A Toolbox Better Than The Old Man (w/ Download)
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Self
Debut 7-inch from Chicago rock & rollers! Sounds like ZZTOP meets DRIVE-BY TRUCKERRS. Comes with a CD- quality digital download!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New 45 $6.49

Rustie
Green Language (2lp) (w/ Download)
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Warp
Second album of shimmering, bass-y dance music from Glasgow's RUSTIE. This album is mostly instrumental, but features guest vocals on a few songs from DANNY BROWN (a total banger, D DOUBLE E, GORGEOUS CHILDREN (on the possibly XFL-inspired "He Hate Me") & REDINHO that get RUSTIE's hip-hop on. Upbeat, fun stuff.
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New LP $23.99

Ray, Gemma
Milk For Your Motors (w/ Download)
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Bronzerat
Elegant pop/rock from Berlin's GEMMA RAY, who kinda reminds us of JENNY LEWIS with her low-key melodies & isntrumentation.
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New LP $16.99

O'rourke, Jim & John Duncan
Yeah
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Ideal
Artists JIM O'ROURKE and JOHN DUNCAN recorded this in 1993 at CHRISTOPH HEEMANN's studio. O'ROURKE said "Let me tweak a couple of things." and 20 years later, here are those tweaks. Extreme and satisfying sounds, varied and uncompromising.
Available at: Broadway
New LP $16.99

New Pornographers
Brill Bruisers (ltd. Ed. Splatter Vinyl) (w/ Download)
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Matador
2014 release from this always fantastic super-group made up of AC NEWMAN, NEKO CASE, DAN BEJAR & KATHRYN CALDER. "Brill Bruisers" is an insanely catchy, upbeat celebration of the fighter spirit, much deserved for this group of musicians who have been battling serious losses & personal struggles in the last few years. Here, though, all the weight & introspection of their recent albums (& solo works) is surmounted, producing a truly jubilant work. "Brill Bruisers," like the name suggests, is harkening back to the era of factory-perfected pop-song craftsmanship and as such the aesthetic is closer to their earlier releases -- "Twin Cinema"s magnificent power-pop opus definitely comes to mind. Full of their signature harmonies & pop hooks, this album is a must have for fans of New Pornographers or of beautifully written pop songs in general! Get this!
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New LP $15.99

Moire
Shelter (2lp) (w/ Download)
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Ninja Tune
Clean, layered tracks from London's mysterious MOIRE recalls other spaced-out electronic experimentalists like FLYING LOTUS or ANDY STOTT.
Available at: Broadway and Loop
New LP $27.99

Merchandise
After The End (ltd. Ed. Green Vinyl) (w/ Download)
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4AD
Florida's MERCHANDISE have come a long way since their debut in 2010. No longer just a "punk band gone pop," the Florida group has completed a progression toward pure, blissfully moody pop music on their 2014 album, "After the End." While not completely abandoning their punk-rock roots (the album was recorded in their living room at home, after all), they certainly have cleaned up & polished all their rough edges. A clear shift toward 80s-inspired pop, "After the End" channels THE CURE, THE SMITHS, DEPECHE MODE & such more than anything Merchandise has created in the past. B E A U T I F U L & R E C O M E N D E D!!
Available at: Loop
New LP $16.99

M83
M83 (2014 Reissue, 2lp, 190g) (w/ Download Code)
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Mute
2014 reissue of M83's first ablum, originally recorded in 2000 & never released in the states. ON HEAVY WEIGHT VINYL!
Available at: Broadway
New LP $23.99

M83
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost... (2lp) : 2014 Reissue (180g, W/ Download Code)
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Mute
M83's 2nd album BACK IN PRINT ON HEAVY WEIGHT VINYL! Splendid and rightfully anticipated reisue from M83. Lush guitar heavy psychedelic pop meltdowns in the vein of RIDE, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, and SLOWDIVE. Intense and engaging, one of the best debuts of its year. A Mute and Gooom Records release and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $23.99

M83
Before The Dawn Heals Us (2lp, 180g) : 2014 Reissue (w/ Download Code)
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Mute
M83's 3rd album, BACK IN PRINT ON HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL! M83 return with another blast of high energy epic shoegazing rock. Dreamy vocals float atop a bed of fuzzy guitars, sunbathed synths and frantic drum work. As close to Slowdive, Ride, MBV, and the like anyone is going to get these days. HIGHLY RECOMMMENDED
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $23.99