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John Myrtle

Myrtle Soup

    London-based John Myrtle releases his charming debut album Myrtle Soup on Sad Club Records (BUGS, Clara Mann, nudista). Homemade sounds to be enjoyed alongside ‘a nice calm sigh’, the debut album is a playful exploration of love and identity, packaged to soothe and delight. The playful folk-popper walks us through sun-soaked love anthems, heartfelt ballads, and playful numbers, set to suit a perfect summer’s day. Turning worries and fears into rose-tinted charm, John Myrtle is guaranteed to brighten every mood. Dripping with summer’s joy and a sugary mojito to hand, Myrtle Soup follows John on a walk through his kitchen on a sparkling summer’s day. Alike the rising sourdough and pottery pandemic trend, John took to making soup with a more urgent need than ever to make himself feel safe and cozy. The tracks interplay with the process of making his homespun soup. ‘Get Her Off My Mind’ finds John brooding over a new found love, before ‘On The Hob’ comes in to remind him that his magic broth is about to boil over. ‘Remember Holly Park’ finishes the album with a reflective sentiment, right before he sits down to enjoy his meal to soothe away his worries.

    “I found myself making a lot of soup this past year, often just as something to keep me going when I was recording. In a way I wanted to soundtrack the euphoria of my soup coming to life on the hob and the flavours it brought to my world.”

    Written during a period of pressure to be overly productive, Myrtle Soup too reflects the overwhelming anxiety that comes with this and soundtracks a way to relinquish this feeling. “A lot of these songs are about overthinking, whether it’s going over the same emotions again and again, questioning who you love, longing to return somewhere - I think cooking is very therapeutic and can focus your mind on just one thing, rather than allowing your mind to go on tangents. It also has a definitive beginning - cooking the food, and a definitive end - eating it. Lockdown meant things didn’t have a beginning or end, especially being creative. Having all the time in the world meant it was hard to get anything actually finished, it felt like there was no end in sight and I could just stay on an idea forever and ever.”

    “I wanted to name the album something that would reflect my whole writing and recording process. Over the past year, writing and recording from home was amplified even more - just doing everything at home was the only thing you could do. Before I would write and record, then leave my house and go have fun. It was obviously quite a distressing time for everyone, and so I wanted a name that was homely but also soothing and reassuring. What’s more soothing and reassuring than a homemade bowl of soup!? I want people to play this record and enjoy my homemade sounds with a nice calm sigh!”

    “A new dose of indie-pop goodness”

    “If you’re craving a little dose of sunshine, John Myrtle’s got you covered”
    So Young Magazine

    “Pop that’s wonderfully lost in time”
    Brooklyn Vegan

    “Intimate, honest sonic signature”
    The Line of Best Fit


    Get Her Off My Mind
    Here I Go Again
    Just Can’t Seem To Say Goodbye
    Ballad Of The Rain
    On The Hob
    How Can You Tell If You Love Her?
    Spider On The Wall
    Remember Holly Park
    Soup’s Up

    John Foxx

    The Garden - 40th Anniversary Edition

      40th anniversary gatefold and ltd edition version of John Foxx’s classic 1981 album, The Garden featuring the singles Europe After The Rain and Dancing Like A Gun.  


      1 Europe After The Rain
      2 Systems Of Romance
      3 When I Was A Man And You Were A Woman
      4 Dancing Like A Gun
      5 Pater Noster Side Two
      6 Night Suit 7 You Were There
      8 Fusion/Fission
      9 Walk Away
      10 The Garden 

      Dylan John Thomas

      Dylan John Thomas EP

        A melody-rich ode, Jenna skits along, bobs and weaves, moving through the gears at will. It’s ridiculously infectious - an indie guitar song destined for the terraces. Play it once and you’ll have the melody looped, play it twice and you’ll already be singing along to the refrain.

        Dealing almost solely in earworms, young Dylan hails from the east end of Glasgow and is already ticking all the right boxes. He sold out the legendary King Tuts quicker than any other debuting Scot, and clocked over a million streams of his earliest introductory material. Mentored by Gerry Cinnamon, who took Dylan touring to sold-out arenas across this fair isle and into Europe, and hand-picked by Liam Gallagher to support him at the aircraft-hanger sized Hydro Arena. These are all telling rites of passage, and as Summer finally arrives, Dylan will inevitably be filling out the tent stages, the crowd belting these songs back to him.

        Inevitably aside, there would surely be few to deny him success. Enduring a tumultuous upbringing in foster care, Dylan was not given much encouragement to pick up a guitar in the first place. It’s a talent nurtured through despondency and resilience, a lad made of sterner stuff. Over the course of the forthcoming EP Dylan John Thomas makes a habit of telling his story in the most propulsive and colourful of ways, and whilst his journey might appear already a few chapters in, really this is just the start. Join him.


        When I Get Home
        Feel The Fire
        Wake Up Ma

        John Foxx

        Church - Reissue

          Church is a sister album to John Foxx’s The Garden (40th anniversary edition). Many elements of the original Church booklet, which was part of the original 1981 The Garden release, are integrated into the gatefold artwork. Church features singles, B-sides and out-takes from the same period, along with the Miles Away single when Foxx re-introduced more traditional instrumentation to his electronic template.


          1 This Jungle
          2 Miles Away
          3 A Long Time
          4 Fog 
          5 Swimmer I
          6 Swimmer II
          7 Swimmer III
          8 Swimmer IV

          John Coltrane

          A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle

            Impulse! dig up a never-before-heard live recording from a private collection featuring Coltrane’s Classic Quartet augmented by Pharoah Sanders amongst others. This is one of only three known concert performances of the most iconic suite in jazz.
            Recorded in late 1965 on the culminating evening of a historic week-long run at The Penthouse in Seattle, A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle is a musical revelation of historic importance, capturing Coltrane as he began to expand his classic quartet—adding Pharoah Sanders on second saxophone and Donald Garrett on second bass—and catapulting him into the intense, spiritually focused final phase of his career.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. A Love Supreme Pt. I – Acknowledgement
            2. Interlude 1
            3. A Love Supreme Pt. II – Resolution
            4. Interlude 2
            5. A Love Supreme Pt. III – Pursuance
            6. Interlude 3
            7. Interlude 4
            8. A Love Supreme Pt. IV – Psalm


            Nocturnal Manoeuvres

              Pre-order the LP / CD to be in with a chance of winning a signed test pressing and limited edition print!!!

              Nocturnal Manoeuvres – the new album from JOHN - finds the duo expanding upon their celebrated idiosyncrasies once more. It sees them returning to their trusted producer Wayne Adams (who was behind the boards for both of their previous albums) knowing his success in capturing their presence as a live band. Realising the expansive quality of the resulting recordings, they then enlisted mastering engineer Sarah Register (Protomartyr, Future Islands, Chastity Belt) in order to deliver the sense of space that the varied track-list deserved. The result is a towering, titanic body of work – one that moves easily between cinematic post-rock, elastic post-hardcore and pummelling noise rock.

              The new record is the follow-up to their second LP, 2019's Out Here On The Fringes, which catapulted them into the Top 40 of the UK Independent Vinyl Chart, was featured as an Album of the Day on BBC 6Music with three successive playlisted singles, and saw the band hit the road with the likes of IDLES, METZ and Mclusky.

              Having established an international presence with a blistering KEXP live session and a month-long journey through Europe in support of Out Here On The Fringes, JOHN return to the live stage in 2021 with a mammoth run of UK and Irish dates throughout the autumn of this. As venues continue to reopen, it offers a captivating chance to catch a band who've built a devoted following through the sheer energy of their live show: a celebration of the primal intensity of the guitar-drums duo as a format and a monument to idiosyncrasy, which is exactly the sort of manifesto you could attach to Nocturnal Manoeuvres as a whole.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Laura says: Ooof! This is just awesome! Intense, dynamic guitar noise that has more in common with the likes of Jesus Lizard or any number of bands from the 80s DC scene than any more contemporary noisemakers. (The dual vocal on Šibensko Powerhouse in particular brings to mind Mackay / Picciotto.) That's not so say their sound is dated, far from it, this is the most vital noise around right now.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Return To Capital
              2. Šibensko Powerhouse
              3. A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas
              4. Haneke'd
              5. Austere Isle
              6. Jargoncutter
              7. Stadium Of No
              8. Power Out For The Kingdom
              9. Northwood Turret
              10. Nonessential Hymn

              John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter And Daniel Davies

              Halloween Kills: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

              In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, slaughtered the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highestgrossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman. The film had the distinction of being the first film in the series with creator John Carpenter’s direct involvement since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter served as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: John Carpenter is obviously one of the most legendary figures in the soundtracking biz, and in the newest iteration with Cody &co, we get possibly his strongest late-career work to date. 'Halloween Kills' is a wonderfully evocative, perfectly pitched soundtrack from one of the true masters. Everything you'd expect.

              TRACK LISTING

              01.Logos Kill
              02. Halloween Kills (Main Title
              03. The Myer’s House
              04. First Attack
              05. Stand Off
              06. Let It Burn
              07. He Appears
              08. From The Fire
              09. Strodes At The Hospital
              10. Cruel Intentions
              11. Gather The Mob
              12. Rampage
              13. Frank And Laurie
              14. Hallway Madness
              15. It Needs To Die
              16. Reflection
              17. Unkillable
              18. Payback
              19. Michael’s Legend
              20. Halloween Kills (End Titles) 


              John Peel 13.12.94

                “Blueboy were Romantic poets looking on from their corner table while the barroom brawls of grunge and Britpop pulled focus: champagne cocktails amid a wreck of spilled pints.”

                Michael White, author of Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

                Stalwarts of the legendary Sarah Records label, Reading-based Blueboy were formed by core members the late Keith Girdler (vocals) and Paul Stewart (guitars) at the end of the 1980s from the ashes of their previous band Feverfew. Augmented by assorted others down the years – among them fellow Sarah mainstay Harvey Williams – the group released two much admired albums (‘If Wishes Were Horses’ and ‘Unisex’) plus a series of classic singles and EPs for the label. Initially renowned for their distinctive, refined, delicate pop, the group later developed a more obviously harder edge. Both sides of the Blueboy sound featured on the group’s sole BBC session for the iconic John Peel show on Radio 1. Among songs featured were the scathing ‘Dirty Mags’, the A-side of the final single ever issued on Sarah, and never-before-released ‘Good News Week’, which highlights Gemma Townley’s beautiful cello. Blueboy later recorded a third LP (‘The Bank of England’) for Shinkansen, the label formed by Sarah founder Matt Haynes, while Girdler and Stewart also released records as Arabesque and Beaumont.

                TRACK LISTING

                Good News Week
                Dirty Mags
                Loony Tunes

                John Prine

                Fair & Square

                  John Prine’s Grammy Award-winning album, Fair & Square, is available on vinyl for the first time in over sixteen years. There are three special double LPs: standard black, opaque green and a limited amount of “Irish Edition”—green and orange vinyl with a matte jacket featuring embossed lettering.
                  Originally released in 2005, Fair & Square won Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 48th Grammy Awards and achieved the fastest rise to number one in the history of Americana radio. The record marked Prine’s first album in nine years, following 1995’s Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings. Rolling Stone declared Fair & Square “an excellent set of songs full of rootsy warmth and unpretentious wit,” while The Washington Post praised its relatability: “this low-key masterpiece arrives not just as a reminder of Prine’s cleverness and mischievous wit but also as a confirmation of his deeply human values. These are values rooted in the enduring mystery and majesty of everyday, ordinary lives.”

                  Prine is a four-time Grammy winner and Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, a seven-time Americana Music Award-winner, a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient and member of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Since his debut in 1971, Prine released over 18 albums and has had his songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others, while drawing effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Disc: 1

                  1. Some Humans Ain't Human
                  2. Glory Of True Love
                  3. My Darlin' Hometown
                  4. Crazy As A Loon
                  5. Morning Train
                  6. Long Monday
                  7. The Moon Is Down
                  8. Taking A Walk

                  Disc: 2

                  1. Safety Joe
                  2. Clay Pigeons
                  3. She Is My Everything
                  4. Carousel Of Love
                  5. That's Alright By Me
                  6. I Hate It When That Happens To Me
                  7. That's How Every Empire Falls
                  8. Bear Creek Blues
                  9. Other Side Of Town
                  10. Dual Custody

                  Visionary artist John Glacier combines punk and grime informed poetry with futuristic, glacial electronics and warped, poppy hooks. It's a singular and unique sound which although the sole owner of its author, would find company and sympathy with acts such as GFOTY, Hype Williams and AJ Cook as much as it could be found next to a Lil Simz, DISCHI or Tyler The Creator track on a mixtape. Her slack but inspired rhyming shuns old tradition, hanging loose with benzo-rap, Princess Nokia and Blackhaine like they're all just friends on the school bus.

                  Produced with fellow London-born, LA-based producer Vegyn, it treads the radioactive, post-hip-hop badlands where genres, identity and culture blur and interact.

                  John has confessed that the album's content is incredibly personal and poignant, opening up her heart and soul to the listener whilst keeping up a streetwise, asphalt-hardened front, the product of a world and society in which weaknesses can be exploited by the greedy and malevolent.

                  It's striking, instantly arresting and rather quite special. An intimate and seductive journey that you'll want to play from start to finish every time. 

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. If Anything
                  2. Icing
                  3. Cryptomnesia
                  4. Trelawny Waters
                  5. Timing
                  6. Senseless
                  7. Boozy
                  8. Platoon
                  9. Green Elephants Freestyle
                  10. Some Other Thing
                  11. On Formulation
                  12. No More Left Like It’s Death

                  John Coltrane

                  Another Side Of John Coltrane

                    This collection showcases some of Coltrane's best recordings as a side artist and features collaborations with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor. Primarily focusing on Coltrane's recordings as side man from 1956 and 1957 on the Prestige, Riverside, and Jazzland labels, it also includes a guest appearance (and legendary tenor saxophone solo) with Miles Davis on the track "Someday My Prince Will Come" (from the 1961 Miles Davis Columbia album of the same title).

                    The 2-LP vinyl edition contains two extra tracks that are not available on the CD and digital editions: Nutty (Originally released on the album Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Jazzland JLP 46) and Birks' Works (Originally released on the Red Garland Quintet album Soul Junction featuring John Coltrane and Donald Byrd). The liner notes were written by Doug Ramsey, winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ramsey is the author of the award-winning biography Take Five, The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond. His other awards include two ASCAP Deems Taylors.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side A
                    1. SONNY ROLLINS QUARTET: Tenor Madness (12:08)
                    2. MILES DAVIS AND THE MODERN JAZZ GIANTS: 'Round Midnight (5:22)
                    3. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Oleo (6:17)
                    Side B
                    1. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Airegin (4:21)
                    2. TADD DAMERON WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Soultrane (5:22)
                    3. ART TAYLOR: C.T.A. (4:39)
                    4. THELONIOUS MONK: Monk's Mood (7:48)
                    Side C
                    1. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Epistrophy (Alternate Take) (3:07)
                    2. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Trinkle, Tinkle (6:39)
                    3. *THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Nutty* (6:36)
                    Side D
                    1. THE RED GARLAND QUINTET WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Billie's Bounce (9:21)
                    2. MILES DAVIS: Someday My Prince Will Come (9:02) 

                    * Vinyl Bonus Tracks.


                    God Speed In The National Limit - Signed Edition

                      Originally released back in 2017, this white vinyl repress is limited to 300 copies.

                      Four arms, four legs, two heads, wood, metal and plastic make a glorious racket!

                      At around a little over 20 minutes long, this is a short sharp blast of intelligent, high octane punk rock. 

                      If you're a fan of Metz, Protomartyr, Idles, Fucked Up, then you should check this out.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Balfron 02:38
                      2. Factory Settings 03:18
                      3. Ghost Printer 02:55
                      4. Industrial Action 03:17
                      5. Squad Vowels 02:38
                      6. Straight Lines 02:47
                      7. God Speed In The National Limit 04:17


                      Out Here On The Fringes - Signed Edition

                        The second pressing of JOHN's second album 'Out Here On the Fringes' . Record includes lyric sheet insert with artwork by John Newton of the band.

                        This duo make superb adrenalin fuelled, intelligent guitar noise.

                        If you're a fan of Metz, Protomartyr, Idles, Fucked Up, then you should check this out. 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Future Thinker 03:04
                        2. Standard Hauntings 02:26
                        3. Out Here On The Fringes 03:51
                        4. Western Wilds 02:21
                        5. High Digger 02:48
                        6. Dog Walker 01:59
                        7. Laszlo 04:16
                        8. Midnight Supermarket 02:24
                        9. Solid State 02:48

                        Binker Golding, John Edwards, Steve Noble

                        Moon Day (Repress)

                        Award winning saxophonist and composer Binker Golding returns to Byrd Out with a new trio comprising giants of the experimental scene Steve Noble and John Edwards for an album of unparalleled instant creativity: 'Moon Day'. The album plays with the post truth zeitgeist, using the first major moon conspiracy of 1835 as a launch pad, throwing a sly wink at Buzz Aldrin as the trio impart on their own musical odyssey. The sheer variety of pace, tone and texture across the record is breathtaking, from Golding’s soft, almost weightless opening on ‘One Giant Step’ through to the skittish re-entry of ‘Reflection’ as the musicians ricochet off one another, the album bursts with ideas and energy, yet remains coherent and singular in its purpose. Recorded during a gap between the various lockdowns of 2020, you can sense the release from the musicians as they combine after enforced isolation with a telepathic sense of where to push each other: Noble interjecting both chaos and order from the drums; Edwards the rocket fuel propelling the unit on; and Golding soaring and cutting through on sax. You will not find a better showcase of these musicians’ phenomenal abilities. This is free jazz at its most compelling and most engaging. ‘Moon Day’ is undoubtedly a future jazz classic.

                        Award winning saxophonist and composer Binker Golding returns to Byrd Out with a new trio comprising giants of the experimental scene Steve Noble and John Edwards.

                        From Golding’s soft, almost weightless opening on ‘One Giant Step’ through to the skittish re-entry of ‘Reflection’ as the musicians ricochet off one another, the album bursts with ideas and energy, yet remains coherent and singular in its purpose.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. One Giant Leap, Parts I-Iv
                        B1. Reflection
                        B2. Lunar Wind


                        Šibensko Powerhouse

                          JOHN's new single Šibensko Powerhouse announces their brand new album Nocturnal Manoeuvres to be released on the 8th October 2021 in a collaboration between Brace Yourself Records and their own label Pets Care Records. The lyrics of Šibensko Powerhouse recall the hazy landscape of a past memory, albeit reconfigured through the presence of a song. Understanding that any story retold through writing or speech is effectively a fiction. 

                          Whilst still recording vocals in the booth, JOHN quickly recognised that past tour mate Adam Devonshire (of the band IDLES) would be the perfect tonal accompaniment to Newton's lead, and in a somewhat serendipitous manner, there was already a phone message from Devonshire awaiting them outside of the booth: asking them how the recordings were progressing. The resulting invite certainly pays off, adding to the sense of space that runs through the track-listing of Nocturnal Manoeuvres.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A. Šibensko Powerhouse
                          B. Šibensko Powerhouse (Live From The Bookhouse) 

                          John Murry

                          The Stars Are God's Bullet Holes

                            John Murry’s third album is starlit and wondrous, like being wrapped in the softest black velvet. It’s an album of startling imagery and insinuating melodies, of cold moonlight and searing heat. It’s a record that penetrates to the very heart of you, searing with its burning honesty, its unsparing intimacy and its twisted beauty.

                            ‘The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes’ is not an album for an ordinary world, because it’s not an ordinary album. It’s an album to dive deep into and submerge yourself in, and to emerge from aware that this world is a remarkable place, and that John Murry is a remarkable artist.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: There's a palpable sense of rock and roll groove on this one from Murry, with the fuzzy bass and power-chord riffs being wonderfully offset with surprisingly light vocal accompaniments from the backing singers. Dynamically intricate but surprisingly simple audio constructions perfectly displaying Murry's unmatched songcraft.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Oscar Wilde (Came Here To Make Fun Of You)
                            2. Perfume & Decay
                            3. The Stars Are God's Bullet Holes
                            4. Di Kreutser Sonata
                            5. I Refuse To Believe (You Could Love Me)
                            6. Ones + Zeros
                            7. Time & A Rifle
                            8. Ordinary World
                            9. 1(1)1
                            10. Yer Little Black Book

                            PJ Harvey & John Parish

                            A Woman A Man Walked By - Reissue

                              Reissue on vinyl of the second collaboration album between PJ Harvey and John Parish – A Woman A Man Walked By.

                              Produced by Parish and Harvey, and originally released in March 2009, A Woman A Man Walked By features the single ‘Black Hearted Love’. Reissue is faithful to the original recording with vinyl cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, overseen by John Parish.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Side A
                              Black Hearted Love
                              Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen
                              Leaving California
                              The Chair

                              Side B
                              A Woman A Man Walked By / The Crow Knows Where All The Little Children Go
                              The Soldier
                              Pig Will Not
                              Passionless, Pointless
                              Cracks In The Canvas

                              John Lee Hooker

                              I'm A Boogie Man - The Best Of

                                Fantastic double CD and double LP of the best from the American blues singer. 

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Boom Boom
                                A2. Boogie Chillun
                                A3. Crawling King Snake
                                A4. I Love You Baby
                                A5. Hobo Blues
                                A6. Little Wheel
                                A7. Drive Me Away
                                A8. I'm Gonna Kill That Woman
                                B1. I'm A Boogie Man
                                B2. I Need Some Money
                                B3. Bundle Up And Go
                                B4. Mad Man Blues
                                B5. You Can Lead Me Baby
                                B6. Worried Life Blues
                                B7. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
                                B8. No More Doggin'
                                C1. Dimples
                                C2. Please Don't Go
                                C3. I Love You Honey
                                C4. I Don't Want Your Money
                                C5. High Priced Woman
                                C6. Just Me And My Telephone
                                C7. I'm Goin' Upstairs
                                C8. Walkin' The Boogie
                                D1. I'm In The Mood
                                D2. Shake, Holler And Run
                                D3. Leave My Wife Alone
                                D4. Blues Before Sunrise
                                D5. I'm Ready
                                D6. Wandering Blues
                                D7. Sally Mae
                                D8. Boogie Rambler

                                John Coltrane

                                Naima / My Favorite Things (RSD21 EDITION)



                                  The ethos behind the Major Keys label is take that originally accomplished Album masterpiece and give said slice of jazz brilliance its own side of a vinylÖso following the well-received maiden release of Herbie Hancock's Chameleon/Watermelon Man, what better way than to follow up with THE king "Trane" himself, and his seminal cut "Naima" backed with My Favourite things Exclusively on 180g for RSD.

                                  Dr John, The Night Tripper

                                  The Sun, Moon & Herbs (RSD21 EDITION)



                                    Deluxe and limited 50th anniversary edition of Dr. John's fourth studio album for Atco Records. 3LP expanded release with deluxe packaging and new liner notes features over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material on two discs, recorded during the 1971 album sessions and making a physical debut for RSD. Only one track from the bonus material was previously available on the limited Run Out Groove vinyl release: Dr. John: Professor Bizarreís Funknology.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1.Black John The Conqueror 2. Where Ya At Mule 3. Craney Crow 4. Familiar Reality-Opening 5. Pots On Fiyo (FilÈ Gumbo) / Who I Got To Fall On (If The Pot Get Heavy) 6. Zu Zu Mamou 7. Familiar Reality-Reprise 8. Home Boy, Show Me The Way Back Home (take 1)* 9. Free From The Beast (take 1)* 10. Headiní A Little Closer To My Home (take 2)* 11. Jungle (take 2)* 12. Trip City (edits Of Takes 4&7)* 13. Strictly Off The Wall, Look What Youíve Done 14. Unknown Jam* 15. Fish Dance* 16. Catfish Soiree Medley* 17. Burning* 18. Numerology* 19. Where Ya At Mule (alternate Take)* *=previously Unreleased


                                    A Song For Those Who Speed In Built Up Areas

                                      JOHN - the virtually ungoogleable moniker for London duo John Newton (drums, lead vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitar, backing vocals) - return with a new single 'A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas'. The 7" is the first release from the band since their second LP, 2019's Out Here On The Fringes, which catapulted them into the Top 40 of the UK Independent Vinyl Chart as well as being featured as an Album of the Day on BBC 6Music with three successive playlisted singles.

                                      'A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas' makes for an engulfing return: a titanic, whirring beast that gestures towards the stranglehold of individualism currently engrained in our present. Speaking of the track, the band offer:

                                      “We had the title written down for quite a few years, and it seemed to perfectly fit the sentiment and structure of the music as lyrics. These words guided us to a narrative image: a driver who is so wrapped up in themselves and their journey that they don’t seem to realise that the car is slowly filling with water. I guess it can be read as a slightly barbed reminder to have a sense of responsibility within the world, especially amongst constant calls for individual self-improvement.

                                      "Musically, the tempo is rather consistent, perhaps less frenetic than some of our past material, and we recognised and enjoyed this difference. Using ‘less is more’ as our mantra, we were interested in the way the track could gradually carve itself from a pretty constant groove, a bit like a car meandering on a long journey.”

                                      Meanwhile, on the 7"'s b-side, you'll find a live session version of the song recorded in December 2020. Without the chance to road-test new material, the band decided to make a visit to The Bookhouse Studio in South London to capture the track in lieu of live opportunities.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Laura says: This London duo make a glorious racket from a simple trio of guitar, drums and vocals. This super limited 7" is taken from their forthcoming LP which is set to be a definite contender for our Albums Of The Year chart.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A. A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas
                                      B. A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas (Live From The Bookhouse)

                                      John Grant

                                      Boy From Michigan

                                        Produced by longtime friend Cate Le Bon, ‘Boy from Michigan’ is Grant’s most autobiographical and melodic work to date. Grant stopped being a boy in Michigan aged twelve, when his family moved to Denver, Colorado, shifting rust to bible belt, a further vantage point to watch collective dreams unravel. Across 12 tracks, Grant lays out his past for careful cross-examination. In a decade of making records by himself, he has playfully experimented with mood, texture and sound, all the better for actualizing the seriousness of his thoughts. At one end of his musical rainbow, he is the battle-scarred piano-man, at the other, a robust electronic auteur. ‘Boy from Michigan’ seamlessly marries both.

                                        With Le Bon at the helm, Grant pared back his zingers, maximizing the emotional impact of the melodies. A clarinet forms the bedrock of a song. One pre-chorus feels lifted from vintage Human League. There is a saxophone solo. ‘Boy from Michigan’ ultimately swings between ambient and progressive, calm and livid. The album’s narrative journey opens with Grant at his artistic prettiest, three songs drawn from his pre-Denver life (the Michigan Trilogy, as Grant calls them): the title track, “The Rusty Bull,” and “County Fair.” Each draws the listener in to a specific sense of place, before untangling its significance with a rich cast-list of local characters, often symbolizing the uncultivated faith of childhood.

                                        Elsewhere, tracks like “Mike and Julie” and “The Cruise Room” offer an affecting plunge deep into Grant’s late teenage years in Denver, while the midpoint of the album is highlighted by “Best in Me” and “Rhetorical Figure,” a pair of skittish, scholarly dance tunes that build on the lineage of Grant’s electropop heroes, Devo. Childhood as a horror narrative is the theme of “Dandy Star,” which observes a tiny Grant watching the Mia Farrow horror movie ‘See No Evil’ on an old family TV set, and finally on “The Only Baby” (released this January) Grant removes his razor blade from a pocket to cleanly slit the throat of Trump’s America, authoring a scathing epitaph to an era of acute national exposition.

                                        Though he has lived in Iceland since 2011 – the same year he was also diagnosed HIV-positive – Grant spent his childhood and formative years in the US and maintains US citizenship. Growing up, Grant was subjected to a deeply ingrained hatred of anyone perceived as homosexual at school. Following the demise of his first band The Czars, Grant left music entirely for over five years, only to achieve greater success as a solo artist (his acclaimed 2015 solo LP ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ went Top Five in the UK). Grant has sold out Royal Albert Hall, performed at Glastonbury, Latitude + more, and his song “Snug Snacks” was featured on Pitchfork's 'Songs That Define LGBTQ Pride'. BBC Radio 6 host Mary Anne Hobbs described Grant’s music: "Most songwriting, even if it's based on a true story ... is embellished in some way. But John's lyrics — they're so true they might as well be written in blood."


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                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: Absolutely classic modern day John Grant this, filled with the wry self-deprecation and endlessly witty lyricism of Queen Of Denmark / Pale Green Ghosts era but swimming with the shimmering disco synths and snapping electronic groove of the more recent LP's. It's a PERFECT mix and is quite possibly his strongest outing to date. Another outstanding LP from this Piccadilly favourite.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Boy From Michigan
                                        2. County Fair
                                        3. The Rusty Bull
                                        4. The Cruise Room
                                        5. Mike And Julie
                                        6. Best In Me
                                        7. Rhetorical Figure
                                        8. Just So You Know
                                        9. Dandy Star
                                        10. Your Portfolio
                                        11. The Only Baby
                                        12. Billy

                                        John Carroll Kirby


                                          John Carroll Kirby returns with ‘Septet’, a live instrumental album.

                                          ‘Septet’ sees the widely acclaimed keyboardist and composer lead a band to perform a new suite of works.

                                          Second album for Stones Throw following ‘My Garden’, released in April 2020.

                                          From the acclaimed musician John Carroll Kirby, a new electronic jazz album à la Herbie Hancock’s ‘Head Hunters’.

                                          All tracks written and arranged by Kirby and performed by him and six additional musicians.

                                          Three bonus dubs.

                                          John Carroll Kirby has collaborated with artists including Solange, Frank Ocean, Harry Styles, Eddie Chacon and Sebastien Tellier.

                                          For fans of Herbie Hancock, Floating Points, Four Tet, Sons of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming, Shabaka Hutchings.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          P64 By My Side
                                          Sensing Not Seeing
                                          Swallow Tail
                                          Jubilee Horns
                                          The Quest Of Chico
                                          Nucleo (Boy From The Prebiotic Birth)
                                          Sensing Dub
                                          Jubilee Dub
                                          Nucleo Dub

                                          John Robb Feat. Iman Kakai-Lazell

                                          John Robb: Confessions Vol. 1

                                            Ladies & gentleman, introducing Mr. John David Robb... John Robb, is an English music journalist and singer. Robb writes for and runs the Louder Than War website and a monthly music magazine of the same name. He has written several books on music and occasionally makes media appearances as a music commentator. He is also the vocalist in the punk rock band Goldblade and bassist and vocalist in post punk band The Membranes.

                                            Robb has worked as a journalist for many years. He wrote for ZigZag in the 1980s, and was a regular freelance contributor to Sounds in the late 1980s, as well as writing for Melody Maker. He now writes for The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent.

                                            While working for Sounds, Robb was the first journalist to interview Nirvana (in 1988), and also later coined the word ‘Britpop'.

                                            "To live in the 21st century is an art from. To have your life turned into a visual feast is the aim of any artist. To have my life reimagined by Iman Kakai-Lazell has been a thrilling trip into sound and vision and this book is a dayglo adventure into the high decibel. As Lord Byron once said ‘ The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.’" - John Robb

                                            This is the 2nd in a series of custom made books by artist Iman Kakai-Lazell, featuring icons of 'The Arts & Entertainment' in a way never before seen. In conjunction with each artist, each book will feature never before seen photos, manipulated & reinterpreted with original lyrics & confessions. Each series will be extremely limited and will never be repressed.

                                            Dave Davies & John Carpenter

                                            Village Of The Damned (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (RSD21 EDITION)



                                              The Deluxe Edition for Village of the Damned presents the full score as heard in the film for the first time, a far more complete presentation then the 1995 Original Soundtrack which was not only truncated, but made of an entirely separate mix that wasn’t featured in the film. The set does however include the track, “Midwich Shuffle,” a fun number which was created specifically for the 1995 soundtrack despite never actually appearing in the film. Interest in John Carpenter's original film scores has never been higher, and his collaboration with Dave Davies of the Kinks is a one of a kind moment in cinematic music history. The album includes an all new original art direction with new notes and classic film stills and comes pressed on Orange Haze vinyl.

                                              John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer, Peter Kerlin, Tom Dolas, Brad Caulkins, Kyp Malone, Marcos Rodriguez, Ben Boye, Joce Soubiran, Laena Myers-Ionita & Andres Renteria


                                                The same crew as the boundary pulsing improvisation record Bent Arcana has made a trajectory shift and picked up Ben Boye along the path. The aptly-named Moon-Drenched is the second instalment from these sessions and keeps a heavy-lidded late night perspective on things as it eases from the somewhat familiar liminal twilight of skittering hues of black-blue and snaking street groove, to fizzing off into the ether in pursuit of lunar prism beams heretofore unseen. The more rhythmically dialed bits here have a lysergic halo of strangeness to them, and the wispy bits between are spun of iridescent gossamer. It sounds like a frizzled message from a future just filthy with guitar hoots echoing off of neon-splattered high rises, oil-slicked waterways and skittering digital beasts. For Castle Face’s money this is the strangest slice of this last bunch of John Dwyer and his crew’s improvisations.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: It's quite the lineup of musicians here, and true to the calibre on show, the tunes themselves are some of the most mind-meltingly psychedelic grooves committed to vinyl. Think JOMF but with a load of coffee instead of acres of weed and you might be somewhere near. Jazzy, loungy, psychedelic and groove-laden, classic Dwyer but with a host of wonderful guests.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Psychic Liberation
                                                2. X-Cannibal’s Kiss
                                                3. The War Clock
                                                4. Der Todesfall
                                                5. Get Thee To The Rookery
                                                6. Spoofing
                                                7. Terra Incognito

                                                David John Morris

                                                Monastic Love Songs

                                                  Debut solo album by the Red River Dialect songwriter. Recorded at the Hotel2Tango, Montreal, by Howard Bilerman. Featuring Thor Harris (Swans, Thor & Friends, Shearwater) on drums and Thierry Amar (GYBE!, ASMZ) on bass, with guest appearances from Tom Relleen (RIP) (Tomaga, Melos Kalpa), Catrin Vincent (Another Sky) and Coral Rose (The Silver Field, Red River Dialect).

                                                  David has written five critically acclaimed collections of songs under the Red River Dialect name. The last two albums (released by Paradise of Bachelors) achieved a glowing Pitchfork review and a Folk Album of the Month award from the Guardian. Selected press below.

                                                  “Folk Album of the Month. Alert, anti-colonialist folk. Songwriter David Morris brings alternate seduction and disquiet on this worldly album steeped in the British landscape... a wide-eyed, curious creature, willingly alert to the world.” – 4/5 The Guardian.

                                                  “Animated with a new intensity, the Cornwall band’s fifth album may be its most ingenious and immersive mix of folk and rock yet. It’s also Morris’ most compelling set of songs. He invests small sensations with outsize power, finding joy in sensory pleasures as well as in the mystical inquests that music allows. Even as the record is steeped in the long history of British folk music, that balance of the tactile and the spiritual anchors these songs in the present moment.” – Pitchfork.

                                                  “The most underrated folk-rock band in Britain. The idea of them as a Cornish-born, Buddhist-inclined Waterboys is more potent than ever. Their fifth album of elementally-battered, rueful and rousing folk-rock ... is as stirringly anthemic as they've managed thus far.” – MOJO.

                                                  “A beguilingly atmospheric record… imagine Steve Gunn transplanted to Kernow.” – Clash.

                                                  “Gorgeous and moving, anchored by the heft of the physical but reaching for more. The epic spareness, the way it manages to be both still and an enveloping swirl, reminds me most of Talk Talk. There’s a prayerful intensity to the quiet bits, a listening, wondering awe, that makes the rock payoffs more powerful. The album works as a restless, searching, gorgeous whole. Morris and his band have never been better.” – Dusted
                                                  “It’s not often that a band comes along and over the course of nine songs both plays to the tradition and stands it on its ear. RRD has taken the challenge of playing with reckless abandon to heart, generating an album that stands on the shoulder of giants showing no fear.” Folk Radio

                                                  Monastic Love Songs continues the tradition that David has established over the course of five albums with Red River Dialect: using a song cycle to articulate a relationship with inner and outer landscapes, inspired by the Taoist approach of observing the movement of the heavens in order to understand the cosmos within, and vice versa. The joyful closing track Inner Smile was initially written as a poem of thanks to his Tai Chi teacher Hollis and takes its name from a Taoist practice.

                                                  The songs were written during the final weeks of a nine-month retreat at Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in Nova Scotia where David took ordination as Buddhist monk. The album title is sincere, with a little tongue-in-cheek. The songs mostly explore human relationships within the community, with outliers: Gone Beyond shimmers with cosmic devotion, in Rhododendron a reverie grows from the shadow of a flower. Steadfast concerns the love to be found beyond the urge to like and be liked, when you can’t avoid that difficult person. Leonard Cohen, on his six years living in a monastery:
                                                  “You know, there’s a Zen saying: ‘Like pebbles in a bag, the monks polish one another.’

                                                  David considers this album to be a follow up to 2015’s Tender Gold and Gentle Blue. The cover of that lp featured an image of him on top of Skellig Michael, in the years before the island was made famous as the home of the Jedi. He considers the visit to that abandoned Celtic monastic site to be one of the influences that stirred up his motivation. Skeleton Key speaks of what was given up to go, and what he was giving up to leave, referencing the Tibetan concept of the ‘bardo of becoming’.

                                                  The album came about through a series of fortunate encounters. David’s friend Tom Relleen visited him at the Abbey in May 2019, mentioning a postponed plan to visit the Hotel2Tango. A spark was sown: this studio had long figured in David’s imagination. Many of the releases on Constellation Records, which he had become a die-hard fan of in his teens, were recorded there. Tom contributed some Buchla synthesizer to the opener New Safe, which concerns healing in emptiness and light.

                                                  In May David was given permission by the senior monastics to acquire a guitar, which was swiftly baptised as “Malibu Barbie”. Having let the identity of being a songwriter loosen up, not playing an instrument in six months, he was unsure what would happen. In the single hour he was permitted to practice each day, songs began to cascade. The first, Purple Gold, concerns a reacquaintance with first love. David wrote to the Hotel2Tango asking if they had any days available in mid-July?

                                                  Engineer and studio co-owner Howard Bilerman replied that they did, and a date was set. Did Howard know any local drummers or bass players who might do a session? He did, too many to choose from, what kind of style? David decided to ask for his ideal: did Thierry from Godspeed ever do sessions? Howard sent him the demos. Thierry was up for it. On the day he went deep into the cover of traditional song Rosemary Lane, his double bass singing on this and on Circus Wagon.

                                                  David asked if there were any local drummers he would recommend? Thierry said “many, what style?” David tried his luck again, “two of my favourite drummers are Thor Harris and Jim White.” Thierry said let’s invite them. Thor, having met David a decade earlier, flew from Austin to Montreal for that July day in the studio. Nine months of watching thoughts come and go in meditation helped David recognise this as an opportunity to practice enjoying the day without expectations.

                                                  He is, however, grateful that this album came out the way it did, channelling some of what it was like to live those nine months in a monastery overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence, frozen and flowing.

                                                  Mixed by Jimmy Robertson at SNAFU, London, mastered by DenisBlackham.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1 New Safe
                                                  2 Purple Gold
                                                  3 Rhododendron
                                                  4 Circus Wagon
                                                  5 Earth And Air
                                                  6 Rosemary Lane (trad.)
                                                  7 Skeleton Key
                                                  8 Steadfast
                                                  9 Gone Beyond
                                                  10 Inner Smile

                                                  John McLaughlin / La Pregunta

                                                  Planetary Citizen

                                                    Remember kids, Breaks & Beats do NOT fuck around. Never has this been more evident than on this FIRE extension of the WILD "Planetary Citizen" by John McLaughlin - the jazz funk monster which provided the "hey hey heeye hey" for Massive Attack's "Unfinished Sympathy". Thing is, though that sample spot is most fulfilling, it's the killer basswork, clav madness, guitar and groove which makes this one a must have. On the flipside, La Pregunta's 'Shangri La' is a gloriously cheesy bit of cruise ship disco which just happens to boast one of the fattest breaks ever. Hip Hop heads will know it from LL Cool J's "Breakthrough".

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. Planetary Citizen ( Extended Breaks Special Edition)
                                                    B1. Shangri-La (Extended Breaks Special Edition)

                                                    John Carpenter

                                                    Lost Themes

                                                      John Carpenter, the legendary director and composer behind Halloween, Escape From New York, They Live, Assault on Precinct 13 and many more announces his debut solo album ‘Lost Themes’ on Sacred Bones Records. 

                                                      John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genre’s most striking soundtrack work in the fifteen movies he’s both directed and scored. The themes that drive them can be stripped to a few coldly repeating notes, take on the electrifying thunder of a rock concert, or submerge themselves into exotic, unholy miasmas. It’s work that instantly floods his fans’ musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, lightning-fisted kung fufighters, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell. Lost Themes asks Carpenter’s acolytes to visualize their own nightmares.

                                                      “Lost Themes was all about having fun,” Carpenter says. “It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun. And I couldn’t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who scored I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasn’t dealing with just analogue anymore. It’s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.”

                                                      As is Carpenter’s style, repetition is the key to the thundering power of these tracks, their energy swirling with shredding chords, soaring organs, unnerving pianos and captivating percussion. Singularly titled to inspire dread with such names as “Vortex,” “Dominion,” “Abyss,” and “Purgatory,” but all linked into a unified whole, Lost Themes has a mesmerizing power. Horror fans will be reminded of Carpenter’s past works, as well as ancestors like Mike Oldfeld’s Tubular Bells and the raging guitars and chiming percussion of Goblin’s Suspiria. “’Both classical music and rock and roll are part of my musical language, which is riff-driven,” Carpenter explains. “So if you listen carefully, I’m sure you can hear some echoes from my past. But I’m sure that’s true of any composer. You just bring your music along with you.”

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Vortex
                                                      2. Obsidian
                                                      3. Fallen
                                                      4. Domain
                                                      5. Mystery
                                                      6. Abyss
                                                      7. Wraith
                                                      8. Purgatory
                                                      9. Night

                                                      On Halloween 2014, the director and composer John Carpenter introduced the world to the next phase of his career with “Vortex,” the first single from Lost Themes, his first-ever solo record. In the months that followed, Lost Themes rightfully returned Carpenter to the forefront of the discussion of music and film’s crucial intersection. Carpenter’s foundational primacy and lasting influence on genre score work was both rediscovered and reaffirmed. So widespread was the acclaim for Lost Themes, that the composer was moved to embark on something he had never before entertained – playing his music live in front of an audience.

                                                      2016 will host the first ever John Carpenter tour and in true Carpenter spirit, a sequel to Lost Themes: Lost Themes II. The follow-up brings quite a few noticeable changes to the process, which result in an even more cohesive record. Lost Themes’ cowriters Cody Carpenter (John’s son) and Daniel Davies (John’s godson) both returned. Cody was recently also heard as a composer for Showtime’s Masters of Horror series (Cigarette Burns and Pro-Life), and NBC’s Zoo. Davies was a composer for NBC’s Zoo, as well as the motion picture Condemned.

                                                      All three brought in sketches and worked together in the same city, a luxury they weren’t afforded on the first Lost Themes. The result was a more focused effort, one that was completed on a compressed schedule — not unlike Carpenter’s classic, notoriously low-budget early films. The musical world of Lost Themes II is also a wider one than that of its predecessor. More electric and acoustic guitar help flesh out the songs, still driven by Carpenter’s trademark minimal synth.

                                                      Keep your eyes peeled for John and his co-writers to hit the road next year performing both lost and newly found themes, in addition to retrospective work from Mr. Carpenter’s multi-generational career. Long live the Horror Master.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: Master of Kosmische synth-workouts and general synth-based sountracking legend John Carpenter returns here with the second instalment of his surprising 'not a soundtrack' offering from last year. More twinkling synths, motorik pulses and cavern-soaked reverbed drums. Though soundtracks have always been Carpenters raison d'etre, this outstanding expansion on his lost themes selections just goes to show that Carpenter is indeed the king of the cosmic.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Distant Dream (3:51)
                                                      2. White Pulse (4:21)
                                                      3. Persia Rising (3:40)
                                                      4.Angel’s Asylum (4:17)
                                                      5.Hofner Dawn (3:15)
                                                      6.Windy Death (3:40)
                                                      7.Dark Blues (4:16)
                                                      8.Virtual Survivor (3:58)
                                                      9.Bela Lugosi (3:23)
                                                      10. Last Sunrise (4:29)
                                                      11. Utopian Facade (3:48)
                                                      12.Real Xeno (4:30) (CD / Download Bonus Track)

                                                      John Carpenter In Association With Alan Howarth

                                                      They Live - OST

                                                        A classic story of one man fighting for the freedom of the world with a great science-fiction twist. This movie is full of amazing dialogue and also contains the greatest fist fight in the history of cinema. Like most of Carpenter's films, They Live has an urban-western feel to it, which is emphasized by the infectious score.

                                                        Celebrated designer and artist Alan Hynes has crafted a spectacular collectible package for the soundtrack befitting the film’s theme of subliminal communication, utilizing the iconic sunglasses to reveal hidden messages as you pull the disc sleeve from the slip case.

                                                        Carpenter and Howarth's main theme conjures up images of a lone cowboy entering town, with the main melody augmented with the sounds of harmonica and saxophone. There's a carefree attitude which reflects Rowdy Roddy Piper's character, but the score takes on a more sinister tone when he realizes he doesn't know anything about what's really going on. Carpenter's signature synth tones create an uncomfortable atmosphere, but the main bassline is always fighting against them, never giving up. Electric guitar is used fleetingly, but brilliantly, and the whole score embodies the kind of rebelling against authority Carpenter is famous for. They Live will rock your world without the need for a Brazilian plastic surgeon to put you back together again.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        SIDE A
                                                        1. Prologue Broadcast
                                                        2. Coming To L.A.
                                                        3. A Message
                                                        4. The Siege Of Justiceville
                                                        5. Return To Church
                                                        6. All Out Of Bubble Gum

                                                        SIDE B
                                                        7. Back To The Street
                                                        8. Kidnapped
                                                        9. Transient Hotel
                                                        10. Underground
                                                        11. Wake Up

                                                        John Lennon

                                                        Plastic Ono Band (The Ultimate Mixes)

                                                          Plastic Ono Band was the debut solo album by John Lennon. Released on December 11th 1970, John and Yoko had started writing and demoing at Abbey Road (EMI Studios) in the summer, with recording sessions during September/October

                                                          After the break-up of The Beatles that year, John and Yoko embarked on a period of self-reflection and experimentation, with the results that the songs and sessions for Plastic Ono Band were heavily influenced by his immersion in Arthur Janov’s primal therapy. John was able to find emotional depth and honesty within himself that few artists had ever done before, with John saying to Rolling Stone “now I write all about me and that’s why I like it. It’s me.” . The result is perhaps the most honest and emotionally raw album that anyone has ever released, let alone someone who was one of the four most famous musicians on the planet. With a small core band comprised of just Ringo Starr on drums and old friend Klaus Voorman on bass, co-produced by Phil Spector, the album peaked at 8 in the UK charts and 6 in the USA. It has come to be regarded by many as John’s finest solo work and has continued to grow in stature and reverence and has often featured in various Best Of lists through the years since. 

                                                          Released on the same day was Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band album, the couple regarding the release as a pair of albums rather than two entirely separate projects, albeit of course it not achieving the same sort of coverage or chart success as John’s.

                                                          Coming as this does hot on the heels of last year’s much loved and well-reviewed “Gimme Some Truth” set and “Imagine” before that, the audio has been completely remixed from the original studio tapes as part of the ongoing John Lennon Ultimate Mix series. The aim for this mix process is to achieve three things: to remain faithful and respectful to the original recordings; to ensure that the sound is sonically clearer overall and to increase the clarity of John’s vocals. As Yoko says, “it’s about John” and this new mix shows that it is his voice that brings the biggest emotional impact of the album.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Side A: The Ultimate Mixes Album And Singles
                                                          Hold On
                                                          I Found Out
                                                          Working Class Hero

                                                          Side B: The Ultimate Mixes Album And Singles
                                                          Well Well Well
                                                          Look At Me
                                                          My Mummy’s Dead

                                                          Side C: The Ultimate Mixes/Out-takes Album And Singles
                                                          Mother / Take 61
                                                          Hold On / Take 2
                                                          I Found Out / Take 1
                                                          Working Class Hero / Take 1
                                                          Isolation / Take 23

                                                          Side D: The Ultimate Mixes/Out-takes Album And Singles
                                                          Remember / Rehearsal 1
                                                          Love / Take 8
                                                          Well Well Well / Take 2
                                                          Look At Me / Take 2
                                                          God / Take 27
                                                          My Mummy’s Dead / Take 2

                                                          John Coltrane


                                                            “With Ballads Coltrane looks into the warmer side of things, a path he would take with both Johnny Hartman and with Duke Ellington. Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He’s not aggressive. Instead, he’s introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads’ draw.” - Sam Samuelson, AllMusic

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Say It (Over And Over Again)
                                                            You Don’t Know What Love Is
                                                            Too Young To Go Steady
                                                            All Or Nothing At All
                                                            I Wish I Knew
                                                            What’s New?
                                                            It’s Easy To Remember Nancy (With The Laughing Face)

                                                            John Dwyer, Ted Byrnesm Greg Coatesm Tom Dolas, Brad Caulkins

                                                            Endless Garbage

                                                              “Walk the dog. Exercise. Make art.’The mind is happy when the body is.’ Things I can potentially fill my days with if I am stuck at home for months on end…Then, one day, I hear a frenetic, free drummer playing in his garage a few blocks from me. And I think ‘interesting’. I stand outside his garage staring at the wall, like a fool, for a minute, then decide to leave a note on the car parked there. This is how I ended up meeting and working with Ted Byrnes. He wasn’t creeped out, and he ended up sending me a pile of truly spontaneous drums recordings from the carport to work with. I decided to have every musician come in one at at time and just take a wild pass at their track over the drums. None of these people had ever met or played together. I was the connecting thread. I scratched the surface initially with electric bass, saxophone, guitars, cuica, synthesizers, flute and effects, but soon realized I would need heavy hitters to make this place habitable. “Greg Coates, upright bass expressionist extraordinaire, hacked through the dense weeds, vines and frayed cabling. He lays the map out and makes breathing room. Space to swing a cat. Tom Dolas (keys), my often foil, came in and began tip-toeing through the rubble and refuse. Dotting the layout with flecks of light, flights of fancy and potential tangential trajectories. Then the finisher, Brad Caulkins on horns. As always, Brad came in like grace itself, scanned the floor for food, and huffed and puffed and blew the house down. He takes a bruiser situation and lends it some warmth and hospitality, old school. “After I spent a bit of time mixing and editing this down to a palatable offering I couldn’t help but think about human consumption. ...Endless Garbage seemed a fitting title. A cacophonous and glorious sketch of ourselves. For fans of Albert Ayler, ECM records, Gong, improvisation, sustainability and consumption” - John Dwyer.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Vertical Infinity
                                                              2. No Flutter
                                                              3. Goose
                                                              4. Four
                                                              5. Lucky You
                                                              6. Pro-Death
                                                              7. A Grotesque Display
                                                              8. No Goodbyes

                                                              Father John Misty

                                                              Fear Fun - Reissue

                                                                Father John Misty is the nom-de-plume of Josh Tillman, who has been recording and releasing solo albums under his own name since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums with them from 2008-2011.

                                                                When discussing Father John Misty, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: “‘It’s all of me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it.’”

                                                                ‘Fear Fun’, Father John Misty’s album from 2012 and now available again through Sub Pop, began gestating during what Tillman describes as an “immobilizing period of depression” in his former Seattle home, when he had lost interest in songwriting and wound up finding his voice by writing a novel. After breaking from Seattle and settling in a spider-infested Laurel Canyon treehouse, Tillman spent months demoing songs, eventually liberating himself from his creative impasse. With the help of LA producer/songwriter/pal Jonathan Wilson, a wealth of talented musicians kicking around LA and producer Phil Ek (who everyone knows has worked with Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes), ‘Fear Fun’ blossomed into a fully-formed expression of Tillman’s unrestrained vision.

                                                                ‘Fear Fun’ consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, All Things Must Pass and Physical Graffiti, often within the same song. Tillman’s voice has never been better and often sounds like Roy Orbison at his most joyous, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious yet playful, almost Dionysian quality.

                                                                Lyrically, his absurdist fever dreams of pain and pleasure elicit, in equal measures, the blunt descriptive power of Bukowski or Brautigan, the hedonist-philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Funtimes In Babylon
                                                                Nancy From Now On
                                                                Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
                                                                I’m Writing A Novel
                                                                O I Long To Feel Your Arms Around Me
                                                                Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2
                                                                Only Son Of The Ladiesman
                                                                This Is Sally Hatchet
                                                                Well, You Can Do It Without Me
                                                                Now I’m Learning To Love The War
                                                                Tee Pees 1-12
                                                                Everyman Needs A Companion

                                                                John Dwyer, Nick Murray, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas & Greg Coates

                                                                Witch Egg

                                                                  Transmission incoming…

                                                                  Alien sound waves have been bouncing off the side of our ship.

                                                                  We’ve managed to capture some of them on plastic.

                                                                  They seem to appear suddenly out of the vacuum.

                                                                  Projected by planets

                                                                  Beamed through stars

                                                                  Reflected off debris

                                                                  Hanging in space like dust motes

                                                                  Witch egg is a improvised set of songs by John Dwyer, Nick Murray, Brad Caulkins, Greg Coates & Tom Dolas.

                                                                  Another fired expedition out in the wilds.

                                                                  Recorded and mixed at Stu-Stu-Studio by John Dwyer

                                                                  This one is a burner designed optimally for your eco-pod sound system.

                                                                  When you’ve left the world behind, you will need a soundtrack while you lay in dream stasis

                                                                  This is it


                                                                  Teena Marie

                                                                  John Morales Presents Teena Marie - Love Songs & Funky Beats - Remixed With Loving Devotion

                                                                    Producer extraordinaire John Morales returns to BBE Music, celebrating the life and work of R&B / soul legend Teena Marie with a double album full of brand new remixes, lovingly crafted from the original studio tapes, entitled ‘Love Songs & Funky Beats’. “Teena is somewhat underrated, and people don't really know much about her.” Says Morales. “I set out to immerse people in her music and represent what she really did. That meant for me a dive into more than her R&B hits, to dig into her ballads and dance cuts. People know she was talented. I don't really think they really knew the depth of her abilities, her complete confidence to take it upon herself to do everything – singing, producing, arranging, songwriting. Teena Marie was the total package.” John Morales had the pleasure of mixing many of Teena Marie’s original records over the years, so it felt natural to dig into the archives and select his favourite cuts to rework, extend and subtly update in his own distinctive style. While by no means a definitive collection of Lady Tee’s expansive musical catalogue, ‘Love Songs & Funky Beats’ represents a fitting tribute to a multifaceted and important voice in popular music, by one of the most storied mix engineers and remixers of our age. Jumping into the music industry deep end in 1979 with a three-year mentorship from Berry Gordy & Rick James at Motown, Teena Marie then spent seven fertile years with Epic, which yielded her greatest commercial successes (including the classic album 'Starchild'). After founding an independent label ‘Sarai’, Marie took a ten-year hiatus which ended in 2004 in a deal with hip hop label Cash Money Records; a less unlikely partnership than some might assume, given that Teena was one of the first ‘mainstream’ artists to perform a rap verse, on 1981’s ‘Square Biz’. Teena Marie Brockert forged a unique path through the industry, an artist in-charge of her own destiny, influencing (and heavily sampled by) both the hip hop and R&B sounds of the 90’s and early 2000’s. Her 1982 lawsuit against Motown records resulted in "The Brockert Initiative", which has benefitted literally thousands of other artists by making it illegal for record companies to ‘shelve’ artists by keeping them under contract without releasing their material. She continued to tour regularly and deliver commercially successful, expertly sculpted music, right up until her untimely passing in 2010.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1 – I Need Your Lovin’ (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    2 – It Must Be Magic (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    3 – Aladdin’s Lamp (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    4 – First Class Love (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    5 – Now That I Have You (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    6 – I’m A Sucker For Your Love (Live In Long Beach, Ca 1981: Alternate Mix / John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    7 – Behind The Groove (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    8 – Love Just Wouldn’t Be Right (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    9 – Portuguese Love (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    10 – Chains (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    11 – 365 (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    12 – Wasn’t I Good To You (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    13 – Square Biz (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    14 – More Love (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    15 – You Got Away (John Morales M+M Mix)
                                                                    16 – You’re All The Boogie I Need (John Morales M+ M Mix)
                                                                    17 – Lonely Desire (John Morales M+ M Mix)
                                                                    18 – Fire And Desire (John Morales M+M Mix)

                                                                    John Smith

                                                                    The Fray

                                                                      Against the backdrop of a universally difficult 2020, songwriter and guitarist John Smith found himself facing personal and unrelenting change. “With newfound pain coming from so many directions, dealing with the uncertainty it brings, I closed the curtains and picked up the pen, turning to songwriting as a lifeline.” On his new album The Fray, Smith gives us an uplifting perspective on the path forward, but pays beautiful homage to the difficulties along the way.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Friends
                                                                      2. Hold On
                                                                      3. Sanctuary
                                                                      4. Deserving
                                                                      5. The Best Of Me
                                                                      6. Star-Crossed Lovers
                                                                      7. To The Shore
                                                                      8. Eye To Eye
                                                                      9. Just As You Are
                                                                      10. The Fray
                                                                      11. She's Doing Fine
                                                                      12. One Day At A Time

                                                                      The Jasmine Minks

                                                                      John Peel 17.02.86

                                                                        “The Jasmine Minks were the first real Creation band – their single ‘Think!’ was the fourth single we put out. An amazing unknown gem of a band. Working-class heroes – to me, anyway.” Alan McGee

                                                                        Formed in Aberdeen in 1983, the Jasmine Minks were one of the original artists on Alan McGee’s fledgling Creation label and regulars at the storied Living Room. They recorded several classic singles for the label – among them ‘Think!’, ‘What’s Happening?!’ and ‘Cold Heart’ – plus a number of LPs. These recordings are their only two sessions for the BBC.

                                                                        This session for the legendary John Peel show, features the band’s original line-up with powerhouse songwriting duo Jim Shepherd and Adam Sanderson; among tracks included are ‘The Ballad of Johnny Eye’ and ‘Cry For A Man’, both favourites with their fans. 

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        The Ballad Of Johnny Eye
                                                                        Cry For A Man
                                                                        You Take My Freedom
                                                                        I Don't Know

                                                                        John Frusciante


                                                                          John Frusciante releases the first instrumental electronic album under his own name on Aaron Funk's Timesig label. The record is dedicated to his cat Maya who recently passed away, a fellow traveller in his otherwise solitary music making sessions. 'Maya' is inspired by John's favourite music: '91 to'96 UK breakbeat hardcore and jungle. It’s a varied and personal take with sophisticated, authentic production balanced against John’s acute sense of melody, an inspired blending of machines and samples infused with a joyful energy. "I don't have that interest in singing or writing lyrics like I used to. The natural thing when I'm by myself now, is to just make music like the stuff being released this year. I really love the back and forth with machines and the computer." The fun he’s having on 'Maya' is infectious

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A: Brand E Usbrup Pensul
                                                                          B: Flying Pleasure Explanation Blind Aim
                                                                          C: Reach Out Amethblowl
                                                                          D: Zillion Anja Motherless

                                                                          Much has changed in the musical life of renowned composer and director John Carpenter since 2016’s Lost Themes II. Following the release of that album, he went on his first-ever concert tour, performing material from the Lost Themes albums, as well as music from his classic film scores. He re-recorded many of those classic movie themes for 2017’s Anthology album, working alongside son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies. The following year, he was asked to executive produce and compose the music for the new Halloween movie directed by David Gordon Green, which promptly became the highest-grossing installment in the series. Now, he returns with his first album of non-soundtrack music in nearly five years, Lost Themes III: Alive After Death.

                                                                          Underpinning Carpenter’s renaissance as a musician has been his collaboration with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. They’ve composed and performed as a trio throughout this entire run, on studio albums, on soundtracks, and onstage. Here, the trio reaches a new level of creative mind meld. Richly rendered worlds are built in the interplay between Davies’s guitar and the dueling synthesizers played by the Carpenters.

                                                                          “We begin with a theme, a bass line, a pad, something that sounds good and will lead us to the next layer,” John says of the trio’s process. “We then just keep adding on from there. We understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, how to communicate without words, and the process is easier now than it was in the beginning. We’ve matured.”

                                                                          Whereas the original Lost Themes album came as a pleasant surprise after years of relative silence from Carpenter, the third installment sees him in the midst of a resurgent moment as a cultural force. The 2018 Halloween score gave his music its biggest audience in decades, and the world he releases his new album into is one that has, at long last, given him the credit he deserves as a founding father of modern electronic music.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Barry says: There are very few forces more influential in the world of soundtrackery than John Carpenter, and it's no mean feat that his music outside of soundtracks is every bit as impressive. Featuring once again his son Cody and Daniel. Davies, Lost Themes III is every bit the pulsing, synthy wonder and helps further cement Carpenter's place in the annals of musical history.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Alive After Death (4:05)
                                                                          Weeping Ghost (3:33)
                                                                          Dripping Blood (3:54)
                                                                          Dead Eyes (3:26)
                                                                          Vampire’s Touch (4:30)
                                                                          Cemetery (4:11)
                                                                          Skeleton (3:13)
                                                                          Turning The Bones (3:33)
                                                                          The Dead Walk (4:25)
                                                                          Carpathian Darkness (5:36)

                                                                          Bob Dylan

                                                                          John Wesley Harding - 2021 Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                            John Wesley Harding (2010 mono version) is the eighth studio album by American singersongwriter Bob Dylan, released on December 27, 1967, by Columbia Records. Produced by Bob Johnston, the x12 song album marked Dylan's return to semi-acoustic instrumentation and folk-influenced songwriting after three albums of lyrically abstract, blues-indebted rock music. 


                                                                            Days - Inc. John Talabot / Ex-Terrestrial / Fit Siegel Remixes

                                                                              'Days' is like no other track Round has produced to date. For a start, it's the first song he has ever written without using samples. It's also the first time he's worked with a vocalist. Truth is that everything surrounding the track's conception is somehow exceptional. The melody came to Torsten as a sudden spark, which he discretely hummed into his phone while walking in Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen. "I always feel an urge to make music when I feel emotional, and like many other people I remember the emotional periods in my life", he recalls when questioned about what inspired him of that particular time and space. He then asked danish singer Astrid Engeberg to record vocals and after some work with the laptop the song was born. So simple, so special. The three remixes manage to be faithful to the original's haunting oddness while offering radically different takes on it. First off John Talabot pushes it into slow and sludgey mollusc break territories with a shamanic translation, then Ex-Terrestrial offers a sedated IDM interpretation for fans of BOC etc, finally the Fit Siegel gets his music box on with a deranged bit of technofunk.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Days
                                                                              A2. Days (John Talabot Skoooldub Remix)
                                                                              B1. Days (Ex-Terrestrial Remix)
                                                                              B2. Days (Fit Siegel's Bow Legged Mix)

                                                                              Rhyze / John Davis & The Monster Orchestra

                                                                              Free (Louie Vega Remix) (Danny Krivit 7” Edit) / Love Magic (Danny Krivit 7” Edit)

                                                                              With interest in Disco as strong as ever, we continue to mine the SAM Records catalogue for Disco treasures. “Free” by Rhyze is one of the catalogue’s lesser known titles, but with its inspired rolling horn hits sprinkled throughout the song and its funk based organ and keys, it’s got all the elements for a current hit among disco and house afficionados. World renowned and Grammy award winning producer Louie Vega recognized this a few years back even before disco was back in the spotlight and gave it a massive injection of modern dancefloor energy. And now the universally recognized “King Of the Edit” Danny Krivit has put his unique musical touch on this disco funk jam. On the B Side is another disco treasure from legendary Phillie based producer John Davis. “Love Magic” had all the memorable and classic elements of the late 70’s disco era. Produced at Sigma Sounds in Phillie, the song is embued with lush strings, over-the-top funky lead guitar and throbbing bass combined with sulty female vocals singing to one of the John’s consistently superb tunes. Danny Krivit brings out the hottest elements for the special 45 RPM 7" release.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Production / remix / DJ monolith Danny Krivit continues to put mere mortals to shame with his mammoth work ethic. You'da thought he'd have hung up his headphones by now but oh no, the man just keeps on giving!

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A. Rhyze - Free (Louie Vega Remix) (Danny Krivit 7” Edit)
                                                                              B. John Davis & The Monster Orchestra - Love Magic (Danny Krivit 7'' Edit)

                                                                              John Prine

                                                                              Common Sense

                                                                                Common Sense was John Prine’s fourth studio album, and final album released with Atlantic Records before moving to Asylum. Produced by Booker T. & the M.G.’s guitarist and songwriter Steve Cropper, the album features a number of headline collaborators such as Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Glenn Fray; as well as Steve Goodman continuing to feature with Prine. Tracks such as “Forbidden Jimmy” and “Saddle In The Rain” show a slight change in Prine’s sound with Cropper’s production. The album also features a cover of Chuck Berry’s “You Can Never Tell.”

                                                                                John Prine, who passed away in April, was one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of his generation and recipient of the 2020 Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award. Considered a true folk-singer, Prine was known for his raspy voice and equally admired for his unique songwriting ability. His career spanned over five decades, during which he created witty and sincere country-folk music that drew from his Midwestern American roots and incorporated sounds from rockabilly, R&B and rock 'n' roll.

                                                                                In addition to earning the Lifetime Achievement Award this year, Prine also won Grammy® Awards for The Missing Years (1991) and Fair and Square (2005). His songs have been recorded by a long list of well-respected artists, including Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, George Strait, Norah Jones, John Denver, Miranda Lambert, The Everly Brothers, Bette Midler, Paul Westerberg, Tammy Wynette and Dwight Yoakam.

                                                                                John Prine

                                                                                Diamonds In The Rough

                                                                                  Following his self-titled debut album in 1971, John Prine returned the following year with his second studio album Diamonds In The Rough. Prine’s songwriting was on form as ever, writing timeless classics such as Souvenir and the anti-war song The Great Compromise. The album also featured fellow folk singer-songwriter Steve Goodman on guitar and harmonies, as well as John’s brother Dave Prine playing mandolin, fiddle, banjo and supplying backing vocals.

                                                                                  John Prine

                                                                                  John Prine

                                                                                    John Prine’s self-titled debut album continues to sound as fresh as it did back in 1971, with Rolling Stone ranking it amongst its 500 greatest albums of all time. It includes some of Prine’s finest works such as “Sam Stone,” “Paradise,” and the famous “Angel From Montgomery.” After initially being spotted by famed singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, John Prine’s debut album earned him a number of admirers, including the likes of Bob Dylan. Tracks such as “Paradise” resonated with many, quickly becoming a bluegrass standard. Originally written by John for his father, the track has since been covered by a number of artists such as Johnny Cash and The Everly Brothers.

                                                                                    John Prine

                                                                                    Sweet Revenge

                                                                                      Back in 1973, John Prine released his third album Sweet Revenge. It starts with the title track “Sweet Revenge,” one of Prine’s most famous tracks. The majority of the album was recorded in Nashville, apart from the track Dear Abby, taken from a live performance at New York’s State University. It features Prine chatting to the crowd giving a prelude to the track, as well as the crowd reaction highlighting the wittiness and genius of his lyrics. 

                                                                                      John Bence


                                                                                        John Bence uses music to probe the deepest recesses of the human psyche. Over a handful of releases the composer has already built up a striking body of work bound by an incredible clarity of vision. His elegiac works occupy an omnivorous sound-world, assimilating elements of British avant-garde and electronic music, classical, traditional and sacred medieval song into cavernous, sepulchral compositions.

                                                                                        Early releases for Nicholas Jaar’s Other People imprint and Yves Tumor’s label Grooming were engulfed in overwhelming emotion. Struggles with alcoholism and addiction found their outlet in brooding chamber atmospheres and caustic eruptions of choral aggression on the macabre ‘Kill’ EP.

                                                                                        ‘Love’ forms the final chapter in a trio of works with ‘Kill’ and ‘Disquiet’ that chart Bence’s experiences with addiction and his subsequent journey to recovery. Returning to his first love, the piano, Bence explores the instrument’s deeply emotional qualities in ten movements.

                                                                                        ‘Love’s stark minimalism and raw production reflect the composer's personal struggles with striking honesty, searching for the deeper meaning in human suffering.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Intermittent Moon
                                                                                        Sleeping Under The Sky
                                                                                        Dark Wind
                                                                                        Thekla Kiss
                                                                                        Church Doors

                                                                                        John MOuse

                                                                                        The Goat

                                                                                          When lockdown commenced John MOuse seized the opportunity to create a new album. The concept behind The Goat, was to write, record and release a song on a weekly basis. Each song was then uploaded to bandcamp. The album was remixed and mastered for both vinyl and digital and the initial recordings were then ordered in a cohesive and exciting running order. Social distancing meant that the music for the album was created Lincolnshire by long term collaborator Phil Pearce and then sent to John in Cardiff who worked on the lyrics and vocal melody for each track. The result is a typically idiosyncratic, electronic pop album, heavy on spoken word content and catchy chorus hooks, these songs possess musical hints of everyone from Adian Moffat, Momus to early Pulp.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Side A
                                                                                          Le Pigeon
                                                                                          A Well-Planned Part
                                                                                          Kerplunk Sticks
                                                                                          Felix And Sebastien
                                                                                          The People Vrs Charles Mitchlemore
                                                                                          Buy To Let Industry Expert

                                                                                          Side B
                                                                                          Professor Max Beta
                                                                                          Use Neutral Tones To Accent Eyes
                                                                                          The Raven Argonette
                                                                                          O’Sullivan, Reardon, Doherty, Bond

                                                                                          John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey

                                                                                          Dance Hall At Louse Point

                                                                                            Reissue on vinyl of the first collaboration album between PJ Harvey and John Parish – Dance Hall At Louse Point. Produced by Parish and Harvey, and originally released in September 1996, Dance Hall At Louse Point features the single ‘That Was My Veil’. Reissue is faithful to the original recording with vinyl cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, overseen by John Parish.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                            ROPE BRIDGE CROSSING
                                                                                            CITY OF NO SUN
                                                                                            THAT WAS MY VEIL
                                                                                            URN WITH DEAD FLOWERS IN A DRAINED POOL
                                                                                            CIVIL WAR CORRESPONDENT

                                                                                            Side B
                                                                                            UN CERCLE AUTOUR DU SOLEIL
                                                                                            IS THAT ALL THERE IS?*
                                                                                            DANCE HALL AT LOUSE POINT
                                                                                            LOST FUN ZONE

                                                                                            John Cooper Clarke

                                                                                            I Wanna Be Yours

                                                                                              This is a memoir as wry, funny, moving and vivid as its inimitable subject himself. This book will be a joy for both lifelong fans and for a whole new generation. John Cooper Clarke is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator.

                                                                                              At 5 feet 11 inches (32in chest, 27in waist), in trademark dark suit, dark glasses, with dark messed-up hair and a mouth full of gold teeth, he is instantly recognizable. As a writer his voice is equally unmistakable and his own brand of slightly sick humour is never far from the surface. I Wanna Be Yours covers an extraordinary life, filled with remarkable personalities: from Nico to Chuck Berry, from Bernard Manning to Linton Kwesi Johnson, Elvis Costello to Gregory Corso, Gil Scott Heron, Mark E. Smith and Joe Strummer, and on to more recent fans and collaborators Alex Turner, Plan B and Guy Garvey.

                                                                                              Interspersed with stories of his rock and roll and performing career, John also reveals his boggling encyclopaedic take on popular culture over the centuries: from Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe to Pop Art, pop music, the movies, fashion, football and showbusiness - and much, much more, plus a few laughs along the way.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Javi says: Yes! THE poet of punk finally gives us a peek into his brilliant and back-combed head - and it's every bit as entertaining as you'd expect

                                                                                              John Foxx & The Maths


                                                                                                John Foxx And The Maths return with a new line-up on their 5th studio album, Howl. Former Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon joins Foxx, Benge (Ben Edwards) and Hannah Peel after previously guesting with The Maths at their debut Roundhouse show in 2010. ‘For years, I'd wanted to work with Robin Simon again,’ says Foxx. ‘There’s something central about what he does - and I always miss it, no matter who I work with. It’s what Rob can do with a song, and with the sheer power of sound.’

                                                                                                Work on the album began back in April 2019 at Benge’s Memetune studios in Cornwall with Rob Simon involved right from the start, his contributions instantly mutating the original ideas into something new. ‘Give him a song and he’ll give you three takes - all utterly different incarnations,’ enthuses Foxx who first worked with Simon on Ultravox’s Systems Of Romance album in 1978. ‘And it will all be much better. Demolition intercision is what he does and when you get used to the violence he can wreak, it’s a true delight.’

                                                                                                Foxx and Benge originally got together back in 2010, playing a headline show at the Roundhouse in London as the first ever John Foxx And The Maths show before they’d even finished their debut album, Interplay, which came out a few months later in 2011. Forward-looking, intuitive and risk taking from the start (Critic Mark Fisher summed them up as ‘a glimpse into another world in which rock ’n’ roll was invented on Moogs’) their passion for the strange sounds and atmospheres they seduce and rip from the machines in Benge’s studio has inspired a series of fiercely personal electronic records - the Shape Of Things (2012), Evidence (2013) and The Machine (2017), an eerie instrumental score for the theatre production of E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops. Along the way they’ve collaborated with The Soft Moon, Gazelle Twin, ADULT., Xeno & Oaklander, Gary Numan, Matthew Dear and many more, but at the core of everything is Foxx and the Cornish-based artist/producer. ‘Benge is this generation’s Conny Plank’, grins Foxx. ‘Original thinker, open mind, eager conspirator in insanity and the desire to push everything beyond its limits and record it all perfectly - but holding no daft prejudices. In other words, the kind of captain you always want at the helm of the Enterprise.’

                                                                                                Hannah Peel joined the line-up on the Interplay tour in 2011 and has played every show since, while also adding violin to Evidence and of course, Howl. ‘Hannah did a few star turns on the album,’ says Foxx, referring to the vicious noises that she conjured up as textures on a few songs. However on the electro-psychedelic ‘Everything Is Happening At The Same Time’, the complex interplay of the ‘The Dance’ and the romantic longing of ‘Strange Beauty’, Foxx describes her string-led contributions as ‘luscious, expansive and eloquent.’

                                                                                                The Maths have created an album of dark, writhing glamour. Opener ‘My Ghost’ sounds like haunted static in a cold wind, the title track is a twisted glam-punk celebration of ‘the outsider’ who leaves the fringes to make himself visible, while Foxx switches to a sinister Ferry-esque croon on ‘Tarzan And Jane Regained’.‘New York Times’ is a report back from the city of the 1970s, with Foxx’s vocals gently coaxing out the vulnerability of its street characters and Factory stars, while ‘Last Time I Saw You’ revels in an ice-cool narrative illuminated by neon-lit transformations and flickering revelations - this song is built for streets and strobes. The album ends with ‘Strange Beauty’, where Foxx sounds like an echo from the 1950s - a voice that is still searching across all these years for something just out of reach.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: There's a whole world of influence here being semlessly integrated into one cohesive whole. Elements of post-punk and synthpop mix with the headier aspects of industrial (distorted basses, jagged melodies a-la NIN), and more percussive, beat-led DFA style rhythms. A collection that is, amazingly, more than the sum of its parts.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. My Ghost
                                                                                                2. Howl
                                                                                                3. Everything Is Happening At The Same Time
                                                                                                4. Tarzan And Jane Regained
                                                                                                5. The Dance
                                                                                                6. New York Times
                                                                                                7. Last Time I Saw You
                                                                                                8. Strange Beauty

                                                                                                John Coltrane

                                                                                                Giant Steps - 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                                                                                                  John Coltrane is one of the most renowned jazz artists and influential saxophonists in music history

                                                                                                  Within the span of less than three weeks, John Coltrane completed his work with Miles Davis on what would become the bestselling jazz title in history (Kind of Blue) and embarked on his first record with Atlantic that would become the landmark recording Giant Steps.

                                                                                                  Saying farewell to bebop, "Giant Steps" was Coltrane's second album to be recorded for the Atlantic label, and marked the first time that all of the pieces on a recording had been composed by him. The recording exemplifies Coltrane's melodic phrasing that came to be known as 'sheets of sound', and features the use of a new harmonic concept later to be known as 'Coltrane changes'. The set features early versionss of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute".

                                                                                                  A remastered, deluxe 180g 2-LP and 2-CD, each with the original album plus a bonus disc of alternate takes and versions – including rehearsal and incomplete tracks, as well as false starts – only previously included in The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings of John Coltrane boxed set.

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Barry says: There are few artists more important to the history of jazz than John Coltrane, and ‘Giant Steps’ is one of the reasons why. From bebop to the development of free-jazz, you can hear the influence that Coltrane took in, and in turn his influence on the world of music. Now, we get a deluxe double album reissue with an extra disc of unheard outtakes. It’s a no-brainer for any jazz fan.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  2LP / 2 CD

                                                                                                  DISC ONE – STANDARD ALBUM (Side A)
                                                                                                  1. Giant Steps
                                                                                                  2. Cousin Mary
                                                                                                  3. Countdown
                                                                                                  4. Spiral

                                                                                                  DISC ONE – STANDARD ALBUM (Side B)
                                                                                                  5. Syeeda’s Song Flute
                                                                                                  6. Naima
                                                                                                  7. Mr. P.C.

                                                                                                  DISC TWO – THE OUTTAKES (Side A)
                                                                                                  1. Giant Steps (Alternate, Take 1, Incomplete)
                                                                                                  2. Naima (Alternate Take)
                                                                                                  3. Like Sonny (Alternate Take)
                                                                                                  4. Countdown (Alternate Take)

                                                                                                  DISC TWO – THE OUTTAKES (Side B)
                                                                                                  5. Syeeda's Song Flute (Alternate Take)
                                                                                                  6. Cousin Mary (Alternate Take)
                                                                                                  7. Giant Steps, Take 5 (Alternate)
                                                                                                  8. Giant Steps, Take 6 (Alternate)

                                                                                                  John Massoni & Sonic Boom

                                                                                                  The Sundowner Sessions

                                                                                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                                                                                                    LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                    Not previously released on vinyl Originally recorded in Seattle, in 2000 and released on CD only later the same year 'The Sundowner Sessions' is a recording featuring John Massoni (electronics) and Sonic Boom (custom human voice synthesizer). "[Sonic} can make something out of almost anything.He'd just pick out a tape of mine (I have a bunch of tapes with sound and drone experiments), and work something into a piece.His focus and ability not to be undermined by the limits surrounding him is really amazing to watch.We worked well into the night - thus 'The Sundowner Sessions' were born." - John Massoni. Never before released on vinyl but now re-mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Street Studio especially for vinyl release for RSD 2020.

                                                                                                    John Carpenter


                                                                                                      Legendary composer/director John Carpenter has returned with his first nonsoundtrack music since 2016’s Lost Themes II. Collaborating again with son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, his bandmates and co-composers for the David Gordon Green-directed Halloween films, Carpenter is sharing the propulsive new single “Skeleton” and its B-side, the haunting “Unclean Spirit.”

                                                                                                      The sessions for these songs saw the trio shifting their focus from scoring for the screen and engaging a totally different creative muscle. Instead of being guided by what was happening in the world of Halloween, they were free to work toward other ends.

                                                                                                      “It was refreshing to be able to write music that didn’t have to fit to any sort of locked image,” John said. “We also had a specific focus and direction we wanted to follow when working on Halloween, both in terms of mindset and instruments, and being able to return to working without that narrow focus was refreshing. Although working on Halloween didn’t specifically influence any of these new compositions, there is always a honing of craft that must take place when working on a film like Halloween, and our improved skills definitely helped us in writing these songs.”

                                                                                                      Working together to score a major Hollywood production only deepened the collaborative chemistry between the three composers. That comfort level paid dividends, as the songs developed largely in the room where they were recorded. “Like the majority of the songs that we write, both ‘Skeleton’ and ‘Unclean Spirit’ mainly started with an improvised riff, which was then expanded and built upon to create the full song,” John explained. “Like the previous Lost Themes album, we each handled duties of writing and recording, with all three of us contributing ideas and parts.”

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Patrick says: In the words of Youtube commenter Justin Martinez - "Now that we're all living in a John Carpenter film, we should at least buy the soundtrack."

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Skeleton (3:13)
                                                                                                      2. Unclean Spirit (3:01)

                                                                                                      John Mulaney And The Sack Lunch Bunch

                                                                                                      John Mulaney And The Sack Lunch Bunch

                                                                                                        Emmy Award-winning comedian John Mulaney aims to recapture the magic of that bygone television era - when children sang songs about their feelings with celebrity guests on funky outdoor sets - with ‘John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch’, a television special that premiered December 24, 2019 on Netflix. Now, Christmas is coming again like never before, with physical editions of the soundtrack. This includes a special peelable sticker on the cover of the LP edition, allowing children of all ages to pick at it. 

                                                                                                        Who are John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch and what is this album? Well, John Mulaney is a 6ft tall comedian with many credits and two awards and he was born on a humid August night in 1982. The Sack Lunch Bunch is a group of children ages 8-13, born after the turn of the 21st Century, and they are each unique human beings with way more talent than Mr. Mulaney.
                                                                                                        With the brilliant musical chameleon and Emmy nominated composer Eli Bolin, Mulaney and his co-writer Marika Sawyer put together some songs and then were joined by guests like David Byrne, Tony Awardwinner André De Shields, Annaleigh Ashford, Shereen Pimentel and Jake Gyllenhaal. 

                                                                                                        There are probable hits like ‘Grandma’s Boyfriend Paul’, inspired by the breezy piano pop of Carole King’s ‘Really Rosie’. ‘Plain Plate of Noodles’ may be a child’s existential food lament but you can still dance to its Three Dog Night-inspired funk. ‘I Saw a White Lady Standing on the Street Just Sobbing (and I Think About It Once a Week)’ is a daydream made of the rich major 7th chords of Laura Nyro layered with the warm flugelhorn that seems to whisper Burt Bacharach. 

                                                                                                        Calypso, New Orleans jazz and even the Alan Parsons’ Project’s ‘Eye in the Sky’ make up the DNA of other Sack Lunch songs. David Byrne lent his time, his voice and his whole essence for a song that demands the listener ‘Pay Attention’. Bolin, Byrne, Sawyer and Mulaney wrote it in 2019 but it’s also a nod to a bizarre boy back in the 1980s named John who was thunderstruck by Talking Heads’ ‘Warning Sign’ and its command: “Pay Attention, Pay Attention/I’m talking to you and I hope you’re concentrating.”

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. It’s John Mulaney And The Sack Lunch Bunch
                                                                                                        2. Grandma’s Boyfriend Paul
                                                                                                        3. Algebra Song!
                                                                                                        4. Googy’s Theme
                                                                                                        5. Plain Plate Of Noodles
                                                                                                        6. Do You Wanna Play Restaurant?
                                                                                                        7. Pay Attention!
                                                                                                        8. Do Flowers Exist At Night?
                                                                                                        9. I Saw A White Lady Standing On The Street Just Sobbing (and I Think About It Once A Week)
                                                                                                        10. Music, Music Everywhere!


                                                                                                        Civic Jams - Remixes (Feat. John Talabot, Loraine, Parris And Horsepower)

                                                                                                          "Broad brushes of melancholic warmth often underpinned by metronomic propulsion" - Crack

                                                                                                          "New album on Warp is inspired by everyday life, shoegaze and the hardcore continuum" - Resident Advisor

                                                                                                          "'Civic Jams' may have been produced before the current climate, but arguably only personifies the here and now, adding to the ambience of what we make of our surroundings" - IA.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A1. Wolf (John Talabot’s Euphoric Remix)
                                                                                                          A2. Wolf (Loraine James Remix)
                                                                                                          B1. Jam (Parris Remix)
                                                                                                          B2. Jam (Horsepower Productions Remix)
                                                                                                          B3. Wolf (John Talabot’s Materia Dub)

                                                                                                          John Robb

                                                                                                          The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop : The Reunion Edition

                                                                                                            'The Stone Roses have become folk heroes, frozen in time. And their story, with roots in punk through post-punk, scooter boys, skinheads, Northern Soul, psychedelia, acid house and Madchester, is everything that is great about British street culture.'

                                                                                                            Reni. Mani. Ian Brown. John Squire. Names that will forever be remembered for creating their defining album The Stone Roses and a unique but inimitable baggy style. Their phenomenal story was first documented by the man who was with them every step of the way: John Robb. And now, in this special edition of his acclaimed and intimate biography, Robb brings the ultimate rock 'n' roll tale fully up to date.

                                                                                                            John Dwyer

                                                                                                            Vinegar Mirror

                                                                                                              Presented for the public’s perusal, a coffee table collection of film photos from 2009-2013 by Oh Sees frontman, Castle Face co-conspirator, and all around restless artistic presence John Dwyer. Dwyer seemed to always be pulling out a camera around then and these flicks function as a technicolor joyride through his universe in San Francisco and beyond, with his jackal’s smirk from behind the lens all but palpable in these pages. Tour snaps, blackmail fodder, candid camaraderie, and the ringing echo of maniacal laughter await one within. Originally printed in a limited quantity by San Francisco clothing shop and live music incubator Vacation, Castle Face has dusted it off for a wider release for those that never got the chance. 

                                                                                                              Peter Bjorn And John

                                                                                                              Endless Dream

                                                                                                                Peter Bjorn & John celebrate their 20-year anniversary in 2020 with the release of ninth full-length studio album.

                                                                                                                Originally released in 1982, "Dawhe" is the first chapter in John Carter's "Roots and Folklore" saga. A five parts epic journey through the African American heritage conceived by the great clarinetist-composer and performed by a stellar line-up featuring Carter himself, Bobby Bradford - cornet, James Newton - flute, Charles Owens - soprano sax, oboe, clarinet, Red Callender - tuba, Roberto Miranda - bass, William Jeffrey - drums and Luis Peralta - percussion. This is a highly integrated form of Jazz based on the processing of different musical forms and related topics. From the ancient African mythology through the Blues experience towards the open land of Creative Jazz. A strong musical and cultural statement from one of the greatest West Coast modern Jazz composers.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                A1. Dauwhe
                                                                                                                A2. Ode To The Flower Maiden
                                                                                                                B1. Enter From The East
                                                                                                                B2. Soft Dance
                                                                                                                B3. The Mating Ritual

                                                                                                                High John and Douniah are an alternative R&B / Hip-Hop duo from Hamburg and Berlin. Johns warm, lo-fi beats and Douniahs rich, soul-soaked voice interact in a very natural way, combining almost organically 90's urban music with the timbre und themes of the here and now.

                                                                                                                The two first met at the St.Pauli Kreativ Nacht Festival in Hamburg. When High John started his beat set, Douniah stepped to the mic and the magic happened. John and Douniah jammed for nearly one hour and this session became the stepping stone for their future project.

                                                                                                                High John released a split album with Plusma earlier this year titled "High+" and is part of the Raw Suppliers collective. Douniah released two dope collaborations this year: "Don't You Worry" with Fuchy (aka Farhot)
                                                                                                                and "Naked Trees" with Cap Kendricks.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Dream Baby
                                                                                                                2. Representin'
                                                                                                                3. Like That
                                                                                                                4. Neighbourhood
                                                                                                                5. 90bpm
                                                                                                                6. Get Down (Skit)
                                                                                                                7. Back In (My) Bed
                                                                                                                8. Early Summer
                                                                                                                9. Thinking (Enemies)
                                                                                                                10. I Miss
                                                                                                                11. Smooth With Us 

                                                                                                                Dr. John


                                                                                                                  Get On Down is all too eager to reissue this unique record for Record Store Day Black Friday, which has not been repressed on vinyl in over 40 years. In keeping with the album's hallucinogenic sound, it is presented on trippy splatter colored vinyl, and housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket

                                                                                                                  Joe Tex / Little Willie John

                                                                                                                  Pneumonia / Fever

                                                                                                                    Joe Tex, born Joseph Arrington Jr, needs no introduction to the rare soul fan having enjoyed dance floor action over the entire history of the scene – who could forget the enormity of “Show Me” at Wigan Casino and the ever-popular “Under Your Powerful Love”. So, it is ironic that he would have to wait almost fifty years for one of his earliest recordings, “Pneumonia”, to be finally appreciated! It is of course an answer-song to “Fever” which was recorded earlier in the same year, 1956, by Little Willie John earning him a Gold Disc for a million-seller and a #1 on the R&B Chart. Peggy Lee would go on to popularise the song world-wide with her hit cover in 1958.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Pneumonia
                                                                                                                    2. Fever

                                                                                                                    John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter And Daniel Davies

                                                                                                                    Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Expanded Edition)

                                                                                                                      This soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved.

                                                                                                                      2018’s Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and with music by series creator John Carpenter (along with his son and godson, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies) was a critical and box-office smash. It grossed $159 million against a $10 million budget, becoming the most profitable Halloween movie since the 1978 original. The soundtrack album was a hit, too, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Albums chart and #2 on the vinyl chart, on its way to becoming one of the most successful movie soundtracks of the last decade. One year later, Sacred Bones Records is pleased to present an expanded edition of the soundtrack, including more than 28 additional minutes of music from the film and presenting a more complete, immersive listening experience.

                                                                                                                      The additional material included on the expanded edition adds at total of 24 cues to the album, spread across two more sides of vinyl on the deluxe double LP version. The LP also has all-new art and lavish packaging, including an optical-illusion lenticular sleeve that makes the flames around Michael Myers’s mask dance when you slide it off the record jacket. For diehard fans of the Halloween series, collectors of John Carpenter’s music, or anyone who wants to hear even more of the incredible score to this movie, this expanded edition is a must-buy.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Aaron Meets Michael
                                                                                                                      2. Halloween Theme
                                                                                                                      3. Laurie’s Theme
                                                                                                                      4. Aaron And Dana Enter Laurie’s Compound
                                                                                                                      5. Laurie’s Past
                                                                                                                      6. Prison Montage
                                                                                                                      7. Laurie Breaks Down
                                                                                                                      8. Karen’s Flashback
                                                                                                                      9. Lumpy Explores Crash
                                                                                                                      10. Michael Kills
                                                                                                                      11. Hawkins Arrives At Crash Site
                                                                                                                      12. Dana’s In The Shower
                                                                                                                      13. The Story Of Judith’s Death
                                                                                                                      14. The Gas Station
                                                                                                                      15. Michael Kills Again
                                                                                                                      16. Gas Station Aftermath
                                                                                                                      17. The Shape Returns
                                                                                                                      18. The Boogeyman
                                                                                                                      19. The Shape Kills
                                                                                                                      20. Hawkins Called To Babysitter’s House
                                                                                                                      21. Laurie Sees The Shape
                                                                                                                      22. Babysitter Aftermath
                                                                                                                      23. Sartain Meets Laurie
                                                                                                                      24. Looking For Allyson
                                                                                                                      25. Wrought Iron Fence
                                                                                                                      26. The Shape Hunts Allyson
                                                                                                                      27. Talking To Cops
                                                                                                                      28. Allyson Discovered
                                                                                                                      29. Gun Closet
                                                                                                                      30. Halloween Theme (I’ve Got Eyes)
                                                                                                                      31. Sartain’s Gone Mad
                                                                                                                      32. Say Something
                                                                                                                      33. Through The Woods
                                                                                                                      34. Ray’s Goodbye
                                                                                                                      35. The Shape Attacks Laurie
                                                                                                                      36. The Shape Is Monumental
                                                                                                                      37. Searching For The Shape
                                                                                                                      38. Mannequin Panic
                                                                                                                      39. Death Drum
                                                                                                                      40. The Shape And Laurie Fight
                                                                                                                      41. The Grind
                                                                                                                      42. Trap The Shape
                                                                                                                      43. The Shape Burns
                                                                                                                      44. Halloween Triumphant

                                                                                                                      'In 1964, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled “Le chat dans le sac” (“The Cat in the Bag”).  Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to this film.In June of that year, Coltrane’s ‘Classic Quartet’ entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio and recorded five previously- recorded Coltrane originals. For many years, viewers of the film who recognized the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard. Now, with the release of Blue World, we can hear these newly-discovered recordings for the first time.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A1. Naima (Take 1)
                                                                                                                      A2. Village Blues (Take 2)
                                                                                                                      A3. Blue World
                                                                                                                      A4. Village Blues (Take 1)
                                                                                                                      B1. Village Blues (Take 3)
                                                                                                                      B2. Like Sonny
                                                                                                                      B3. Traneing In
                                                                                                                      B4. Naima (Take 2)


                                                                                                                      Stairway To Nick John

                                                                                                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                                        10" Black Vinyl single

                                                                                                                        Technological force-of-nature Leafcutter John teams up with fellow stalwarts of idiosyncratic electronica Border Community for the release of his masterful seventh artist album: the small-yet- perfectly formed joyously utopian artefact ‘Yes! Come Parade With Us’.

                                                                                                                        Interweaving layers of lyrical modular synth and occasional guest drums (from Tom Skinner and Sebastian Rochford) with a set of field recordings collected during his sixty mile walk along the Norfolk coastal path during the summer of 2017, these seven bright-eyed folk anthems sing with positivity and a sense of place and see Leafcutter John on career-defining form.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Doing The Beeston Bump
                                                                                                                        Yes! Come Parade With
                                                                                                                        Elephant Bones
                                                                                                                        Stepper Motor
                                                                                                                        This Way Out

                                                                                                                        Three years after releasing his post-Civil Wars solo debut, John Paul White has announced details of his next solo album, The Hurting Kind, which will be released via White’s Single Lock Records.

                                                                                                                        Featuring vocal contributions from Lee Ann Womack, Erin Rae, and the Secret Sisters, White’s forthcoming album was co-produced alongside the Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner and recorded a variety of studios in White’s native Muscle Shoals region. The Hurting Kind also finds White co-writing with legendary Nashville songwriters like Bobby Braddock and Whisperin’ Bill Anderson.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Barry says: Shining with the heartfelt vocals and beautiful slide guitars of classic Americana but turned more towards the more subtle realms of folky singer-songwriter with JPW's impeccable ear for a progression and indelible sense of melody.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. The Good Old Days
                                                                                                                        2. Wish I Could Write You A Song
                                                                                                                        3. Heart Like A Kite
                                                                                                                        4. Yesterday's Love
                                                                                                                        5. The Long Way Home
                                                                                                                        6. The Hurting Kind
                                                                                                                        7. This Isn't Gonna End Well (Feat. Lee Ann Womack)
                                                                                                                        8. You Lost Me
                                                                                                                        9. James
                                                                                                                        10. My Dreams Have All Come True

                                                                                                                        John Lennon & Yoko Ono

                                                                                                                        Wedding Album

                                                                                                                          Originally released in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Wedding Album’ was the couple’s third experimental album length record and one of the most remarkable of the duo’s testaments to an intense romantic and artistic partnership that would last fourteen years, until Lennon’s tragic passing in 1980.

                                                                                                                          On March 20, 1969, John and Yoko were married in a civil service in Gibraltar. To celebrate the event, in lieu of a conventional honeymoon, the newlyweds spent a week in bed at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, inviting members of the press into their room for interviews and photo sessions and using their fame and the publicity generated by their ‘Bed-in’ to call attention to their campaign for world peace.

                                                                                                                          With ‘Wedding Album’, John and Yoko created an enduring snapshot of a vibrant pop-cultural moment, with the hostilities of the Vietnam War as its bracing backdrop. It captures the humour, earnestness, and spontaneity that marked the early years of the ‘Ballad of John and Yoko’ era.

                                                                                                                          ‘Wedding Album’’s innovative, original packaging, created by graphic designer John Kosh, included a box filled with souvenirs of John and Yoko’s nuptials: photographs, a copy of the couple’s marriage certificate, both Lennon’s and Ono’s drawings, a picture of a slice of wedding cake and more. Now, with a faithful recreation of ‘Wedding Album’ on special edition white vinyl LP, as well as compact disc, Secretly Canadian are making one of the most unusual and emblematic recordings of the Sixties available again - fifty years after John and Yoko were married - to mark the Golden Wedding anniversary of two of the 20th Century’s most emblematic cultural figures.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          John & Yoko


                                                                                                                          St John

                                                                                                                            Birthed out of the boredom of rural village life in Buckinghamshire, Haze now reside in Bristol and make urgent, dissonant music, described as a ‘special brand of ramshackle post-punk that’s raucous and dripping with irony’ by So Young Magazine.

                                                                                                                            Lyrically, often adopting the biographical form, they have strived to deconstruct our society, addressing topics such as toxic masculinity in ‘Ladz Ladz Ladz’ and our false deification of historical figures in ‘Piochitas’ and new single ‘St John’, whilst maintaining a sense of humour that pervades their live shows

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A - St. John
                                                                                                                            B - Piochitas

                                                                                                                            John Coltrane

                                                                                                                            1963: New Directions

                                                                                                                              'In the brief, bright arc that is the career of John Coltrane, 1963 marks a point of transition between past jazz masterpieces and future work which would transcend the boundaries of the music itself.  That year's recorded output shows movement in many directions: a look back at the past, continued examination of a familiar repertoire, exploration of more traditional formats and a look forward at compositions and approaches that would further extend the reach of jazz. John Coltrane 1963: New Directions collects all of John Coltrane’s 1963 Impulse recordings in the order in which they were recorded

                                                                                                                              5-LP, 3-CD sets include artwork featuring original collages.

                                                                                                                              The box is meant to show the growth in Coltrane’s musical journey in 1963 that ultimately resulted in 1964’s “Crescent” and, especially, “A Love Supreme” // Music comes from the original albums “Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album”, “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman”, “Dear Old Stockholm” (released after Coltrane’s death), “Newport ‘63” and “Live at Birdland”.

                                                                                                                              Ethan Gold Featuring John Grant

                                                                                                                              Sway Lake

                                                                                                                                Ethan Gold’s new double a-side 7’’ single from the film The Song Of Sway Lake is a limited edition talisman from a film about characters fixated with the past, and searching for old records in a grand lake house in the Adirondack Park.

                                                                                                                                The inimitable John Grant sings the haunting, quiet moonlight Lost Record Version, arranged to sound like a small group of musicians in 1939 playing after midnight in a barn. His range as a vocalist brings a pathos and gravity that is timeless, utterly convincing as a 30s performance, filled with emotion and longing.

                                                                                                                                English sisters trio The Staves sing the brassy daylight Big Band version, arranged as if it were a pop hit of 1947, all brash tight three-part harmonies, reflecting the razzle dazzle arrogance and exhuberance of post-War America. Swing your honey around the dance floor!

                                                                                                                                Composed & Produced by Ethan Gold. Arrangements by Gina Leishman. Mixed by Flood.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                ‘Sway Lake (Lost Record Version) Ethan Gold Featuring John Grant
                                                                                                                                ‘Sway Lake (Big Band Version) Ethan Gold Featuring The Staves

                                                                                                                                Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss

                                                                                                                                Old fat furry cat-puss

                                                                                                                                Wake up and look at this thing that I bring

                                                                                                                                Wake up, be bright

                                                                                                                                Be golden and light

                                                                                                                                Bagpuss, Oh hear what I sing

                                                                                                                                12th of February, 1974, and for an audience of small children at 1:45pm, a life irrevocably coloured by the wayward wonderings of one saggy cloth cat. Some 44 years later and Earth Recordings opens the door to Bagpuss & Co. once again, revealing for the first time the original music in all its newly-mastered splendour.

                                                                                                                                The 32 tracks that make up the main body of the compositions are – like all good folk music – a patchwork of traditional pieces, half-remembered tunes and pure improvisation. It's testament to Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner's musicianship that the recordings work so well, not only within the context of the television episodes, but as an album in its own right. Of the recording, Oliver Postgate (in his exquisite autobiography 'Seeing Things') says: "Between them Sandra and John could play every sort of instrument from a mountain dulcimer to an Irish fiddle. They knew and could sing every tune in the world and didn't bother with written music, except as a last resort. They were exactly suited to Gabriel the Toad and Madeleine the Rag Doll and in those roles were happy to play whatever music and sing whatever songs would be needed."

                                                                                                                                Those songs manifested themselves as reworkings of familiar tunes ('I Saw A Ship'; 'Row Your Boat'; 'Bucket's Burning'), takes on traditional ballads ('Brian O'Lynn'; 'The Frog Princess'; 'Weaving Song'; 'The Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket') and delicious flights of fancy ('The Bony King of Nowhere'; 'Turtle Calypso'; 'Uncle Feedle'). The counterpart to Madeleine and Gabriel's more polished ditties are the interludes from the mice; a raggle-taggle chorus that accompanies the creatures' efforts of help (with the mice once famously going on strike when they were not permitted sang as they worked). Again, Postgate muses: "Once I had worked out a few episodes I would make a very rough list of the bits where I though music would be appropriate. I would send it to [Sandra and John] to think about. Then we would borrow a fairly silent room in a remote house and, taking the various articles that we intended to celebrate with us, would spend a happy day with a tape recorder, thinking up and recording whatever songs and tunes came to mind."

                                                                                                                                The outtakes provide an intimate – and often very humourous – insight into the trio's work ethic, if it can be called such a thing. (By all accounts they sound as though they're having a very jolly time indeed.) Highlights include alternative opening words and end music, as well as Postgate sound-checking in character as Bagpuss. This never-before heard audio provides a real treat for fans (and indeed those new to the Smallfilms stable) – affirmation again to the enduring quality of these special recordings, and the beloved programme that inspired them.

                                                                                                                                "An accidental classic of the folk-roots underground that we never dared hope we’d hear with such clarity." -Stewart Lee.

                                                                                                                                And so their work was done.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1 Opening
                                                                                                                                2 We Will Wash It
                                                                                                                                3 I Saw A Ship
                                                                                                                                4 We Will Rub It
                                                                                                                                5 The Bony King Of Nowhere
                                                                                                                                6 Cat And Bird Tone Phone
                                                                                                                                7 Princess Suite
                                                                                                                                8 The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe
                                                                                                                                9 Row The Boat
                                                                                                                                10 We Will Lace It
                                                                                                                                11 Ballerina Music Box
                                                                                                                                12 Porcupine Song
                                                                                                                                13 Here's A Pin
                                                                                                                                14 We Will Fix It
                                                                                                                                15 Turtle Calypso
                                                                                                                                16 The Elephant's Fable
                                                                                                                                17 The Miller's Song
                                                                                                                                18 We Will Find It
                                                                                                                                19 The Town Band
                                                                                                                                20 Song Of The Flea
                                                                                                                                21 We Will Do It (Undo It)
                                                                                                                                22 The Weaving Song
                                                                                                                                23 Charliemouse Weaving
                                                                                                                                24 Bucket's Burning
                                                                                                                                25 Brian O'Lynn
                                                                                                                                26 Lullaby For Cabbages
                                                                                                                                27 We Will Do It (Go Through It)
                                                                                                                                28 The Old Woman Tossed Up In A Basket
                                                                                                                                29 Mouse Ragtime
                                                                                                                                30 We Will Fold It
                                                                                                                                31Uncle Feedle
                                                                                                                                32 Closing
                                                                                                                                33 Opening Words (Outtake)
                                                                                                                                34 Introducing The Characters (Outtake)
                                                                                                                                35 Characters Waking Up (Outtake)
                                                                                                                                36 Bagpuss Soundcheck
                                                                                                                                37 I Saw A Ship A-Sailing (Alternate Version)
                                                                                                                                38 Mermaid Song
                                                                                                                                39 Captain Bagpuss Poem
                                                                                                                                40 Owls Of Athens Story
                                                                                                                                41 Birdsong
                                                                                                                                42 Princess Suite (Outtake)
                                                                                                                                43 The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe (Outtake)
                                                                                                                                44 Porcupine Song (Outtake)
                                                                                                                                45 Bagpipes
                                                                                                                                46 Brian O'Lynn (Outtake )
                                                                                                                                47 Agricultural Jig
                                                                                                                                48 Percy Pratt Poem
                                                                                                                                49 End Music (Outtake) 

                                                                                                                                Peter, Bjorn And John

                                                                                                                                Darker Days

                                                                                                                                  Peter Bjorn and John return with their eighth full-length studio album, Darker Days. Written almost immediately after the release of 2016’s Breakin’ Point, the band decided to strip away the noise and take it back to a simpler time where it was just the three of them, playing music together and releasing albums every other year.

                                                                                                                                  The 11 songs on Darker Days reflect this move, showcasing each member’s unique song writing style while sounding resolutely like a band that has played together for nearly 20 years. Darker Days got its start at Stockholm’s Atlantis Studios where the band laid down basic tracks, agreed on the album title and then went off to finish the songs. The title was the starting point and became the central theme of the album, with each member bringing their interpretation into the studio and playing on each other’s songs.

                                                                                                                                  Each member’s take on darkness is distinctive, Peter tackling what’s happening in the world right now, Bjorn delving into relationship issues and John, the most existential, exploring the shadows of our own psyche. Connected by the central theme and musicians, Darker Days is composed and simple. That goes for the cover art too which features three bones broken to make a complete triangle. Peter Morén, Björn Yttling and John Eriksson are three musicians with an undeniable chemistry that comes from nearly two decades of making music together and the trio create a sound that is intrinsically Peter Bjorn and John.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Longer Nights
                                                                                                                                  One For The Team
                                                                                                                                  Every Other Night
                                                                                                                                  Gut Feeling
                                                                                                                                  Living A Dream
                                                                                                                                  Velvet Sky
                                                                                                                                  Wrapped Around The Axle
                                                                                                                                  Dark Ages
                                                                                                                                  Sick And Tired
                                                                                                                                  Silicon Valley Blues
                                                                                                                                  Heaven And Hell

                                                                                                                                  When the new Halloween movie hits theaters in October 2018, it will have the distinction of being the first film in the series with creator John Carpenter’s direct involvement since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter serves on the new David Gordon Green-directed installment as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his three recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.

                                                                                                                                  The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved.

                                                                                                                                  “We wanted to honor the original Halloweensoundtrack in terms of the sounds we used,” Davies explained. “We used a lot of the Dave Smith OB-6, bowed guitar, Roland Juno, Korg, Roli, Moog, Roland System 1, Roland System 8, different guitar pedals, mellotron, and piano.”

                                                                                                                                  Unlike the Lost Themes albums, where the composers wrote the soundtracks for imaginary movies, Halloween saw the Carpenters and Davies collaborating on music set to images for the first time. Though it marked a significant change from their previous creative process, the trio thrived under the constraints and tight deadlines that film scoring work demands.

                                                                                                                                  “Being limited by the length of time in scoring the sequence, we focused on the director’s tempo, timing, and vision,” Davies said. “He would tell us what he had in mind, how long the cue should be, what emotion he wanted, and we would take it from there. It’s only the three of us, there is no elaborate system. We wrote, performed, and orchestrated everything.”

                                                                                                                                  For John Carpenter, who reunited on the new film with original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, composing the score felt like a homecoming. Not only had he not worked on a Halloween movie in 35 years, he hadn’t composed a soundtrack since his 2001 sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars.

                                                                                                                                  “It was great,” Carpenter said of the experience. “It was transforming. It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director's head. I was proud to serve David Gordon Green’s vision.”

                                                                                                                                  For Cody Carpenter, John’s son, and Davies, his godson, it was surreal to work on something that means so much to generations of fans, and that they grew up around.

                                                                                                                                  “It was an honor for us to be involved, and we are really happy to be a part of something that so many people are anticipating and excited about,” Davies said. “Working together with both the director of the new Halloween and the creator of the original Halloween was really a fantastic experience.”

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. "Halloween Theme" 2:21
                                                                                                                                  2. "Halloween 1963" 3:11
                                                                                                                                  3. "The Evil Is Gone!" 4:08
                                                                                                                                  4. "Halloween 1978" 2:50
                                                                                                                                  5. "The Boogeyman Is Coming" 0:40
                                                                                                                                  6. "The Shape" 1:43
                                                                                                                                  7. "The Hedge" 1:35
                                                                                                                                  8. "He Came Home" 2:40
                                                                                                                                  9. "Trick Or Treat" 0:39
                                                                                                                                  10. "The Haunted House" 1:43
                                                                                                                                  11. "The Devil's Eyes" 1:39
                                                                                                                                  12. "The Boogeyman Is Outside" 1:27
                                                                                                                                  13. "Damn You For Letting Him Go!" 1:34
                                                                                                                                  14. "Empty Street" 0:33
                                                                                                                                  15. "See Anything You Like?" 2:22
                                                                                                                                  16. "Lock The Door" 2:53
                                                                                                                                  17. "He's Here?" 0:55
                                                                                                                                  18. "Light's Out" 2:49
                                                                                                                                  19. "Cut It Out" 1:19
                                                                                                                                  20. "Tombstone" 1:19
                                                                                                                                  21. "The Shape Stalks Laurie" 1:35
                                                                                                                                  22. "Turn Around" 0:33
                                                                                                                                  23. "Unlock The Door" 2:53
                                                                                                                                  24. "The Hanger" 3:04
                                                                                                                                  25. "Call The Police" 0:28
                                                                                                                                  26. "Last Assault" 1:34
                                                                                                                                  27. "Was That The Boogeyman?" 0:32
                                                                                                                                  28. "End Credits/Halloween Theme (Reprise)" 3:36

                                                                                                                                  The White Stripes

                                                                                                                                  The Complete John Peel Sessions

                                                                                                                                    At both our Nashville and Detroit locations as well as a record store near you, we present the first-ever official release of The White Stripes Peel Sessions on 2 stuffed-to-the-brim discs.

                                                                                                                                    Capturing Jack and Meg at the precipice of international renown in the hubbub of “White Blood Cells," their two live sessions with famed BBC DJ John Peel are arguably the best document of the White Stripes at that time. Having been widely bootlegged since their initial broadcast in 2001, these recordings are enjoying their first authorized release in celebration of their 15 year anniversary.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    VOL 1:
                                                                                                                                    A1 Let's Shake Hands
                                                                                                                                    A2 When I Hear My Name
                                                                                                                                    A3 Jolene
                                                                                                                                    A4 Death Letter
                                                                                                                                    A5 Cannon
                                                                                                                                    A6 Astro / Jack The Ripper
                                                                                                                                    A7 Hotel Yorba

                                                                                                                                    B1 I'm Finding It Hard To Be A Gentleman
                                                                                                                                    B2 Screwdriver
                                                                                                                                    B3 We're Going To Be Friends
                                                                                                                                    B4 You're Pretty Good Looking
                                                                                                                                    B5 Boll Weevil
                                                                                                                                    B6 Hello Operator
                                                                                                                                    B7 Baby Blue

                                                                                                                                    VOL 2:
                                                                                                                                    C1 Lord Send Me An Angel
                                                                                                                                    C2 Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
                                                                                                                                    C3 I Think I Smell A Rat
                                                                                                                                    C4 Lets Build A Home / Goin’ Back To Memphis
                                                                                                                                    C5 Little Room
                                                                                                                                    C6 The Union Forever
                                                                                                                                    C7 The Same Boy You've Always Known
                                                                                                                                    D1 Look Me Over Closely
                                                                                                                                    D2 Looking At You
                                                                                                                                    D3 St James Infirmary Blues
                                                                                                                                    D4 Apple Blossom
                                                                                                                                    D5 Rated X
                                                                                                                                    D6 Little Girl That Says
                                                                                                                                    D7 Jumble, Jumble
                                                                                                                                    D8 Little People

                                                                                                                                    John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

                                                                                                                                    Halloween 2

                                                                                                                                      Death Waltz Recording Company is proud to present the return of one of horror's scariest boogeymen, as well as one of the genre's most iconic theme tunes with John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to HALLOWEEN II. Set directly after the events of the first film, Rick Rosenthal's sequel sets itself up as the slasher equivalent of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, making a family connection between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers while getting some good kills in at the same time. Carpenter and Howarth's score is beefier and more intense than before, using layers of electronics to drive the audience to madness.

                                                                                                                                      As before, Myers aka “The Shape” is propelled by that theme, souped up with a new and more powerful arrangement from Carpenter and Howarth. HALLOWEEN II is more overtly synth and is perhaps less focused than the original score, although that certainly means it's nastier and more schizophrenic. The score also brings back the evocative 'Laurie's Theme', incorporating into a score full of harrowing musical effect, its synthesised howls and wails piercing your ears so that by the time 'Mr. Sandman' comes around, you'll feel just like the final girl, delirious at having survived the aural ordeal. And that's just when The Shape wakes up.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      A1. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween II Theme
                                                                                                                                      A2. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Laurie's Theme
                                                                                                                                      A3. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - He Know's Where She Is
                                                                                                                                      A4. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Laurie And Jimmy
                                                                                                                                      A5. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Still He Kills
                                                                                                                                      B1. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - The Shape Enters Laurie's Room
                                                                                                                                      B2. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Mrs. Alves
                                                                                                                                      B3. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Flats In The Parking Lot
                                                                                                                                      B4. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Michael's Sister
                                                                                                                                      B5. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - The Shape Stalks Again
                                                                                                                                      B6. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Operation Room
                                                                                                                                      B7. The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman

                                                                                                                                      It's been a hell of a recent past for John Grant, who, aside from getting the unquestionable delight of getting to see our faces every time he comes to Manchester (and us, his), has produced a superb album with Stephen Mallinder of Cab Voltaire and Wrangler fame under their collaborative moniker, 'Creep Show', and a string of live dates in the diary. All of this while recording his oft-teased new LP, 'Love Is Magic'. 

                                                                                                                                      'Metamorphosis' kicks things off, bringing together stabbing saw-waves and Grant's unmistakeable vocal acrobatics, tumbling atop off-piste melodic turns and new-beat percussives, setting a brilliantly warped precident before what may well be Grant's finest work to date in the stunning titular piece, 'Love Is Magic'. Treading familiar minor-key ground, we get a solemn but hopeful progression played out by stabbing synth lines and huge gated snare hits, covering all the sonic space necessary while keeping the mess down to a minimum and allowing John's voice to really shine before launching into the mindblowingly beautiful chorus (the vocal harmonies, attributed to Paul Denton of Midlake have an ethereal and dynamic momentum that is unmistakeable) and staggered but determined forward-thrust. 

                                                                                                                                      I could keep running through the tracks, but some of our readership would doubtless give up or expire before i'd finished blathering on, so i'll keep it to a few key points. 'Smug Cunt' while clearly filled with the wry venom we've come to know and love from Grant is an unimaginably deep cascade of dytopian synth pulses and resonant bass,  launching into a spine-tinglingly effective culmination of gloom and euphoria. 'He's Got His Mothers Hips' brings the camp disco vibes spectacularly, with a truncated snappy analogue bassline swirling around beneath the syncopated vox before exploding into a major key serotonin release in the hand-waving chorus. 

                                                                                                                                      Move on a little and the spoken-word commentary of 'Diet Gum' takes an admittedly hilarious step into the leftfield, perfectly illustrating JG's clever tongue-in-cheek sense of humour 'Did you really think you could seduce me in a leisure suit?... well.... fair enough' and captivating presence before bringing it back to the sublime with the tear-inducing majesty of 'Is He Strange'. Stunning piano and vocal harmonies meet together into the perfect storm of majesty and misery. The closing duo of 'The Common Snipe' and 'Touch And Go' are once again perfectly matched, with the minimalistic backline and flickering sample and hold synth lines peaking lightly behind the former, and the anthemic, rolling stagger of the latter closing off a stunning and career-defining collection. It's a testament to Grant's sphere of influence and ability as a songwriter and producer that so many influences can be absorbed into his sound without sounding forced or disjointed. A brilliantly melodic, heart-warmingly anomalous wonder.  

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Barry says: Once again, John Grant pulls out a diverse range of influences (we've seen what records he buys!) into a cohesive and superb combination of off-piste vocal timbres, mind-melting synths and spine-tingling melodies. Punctuated with moments of introspective melancholy but quickly resolved into a warm bath of huge rock progressions and gritty synth swirls. Absolutely brilliant, and undoubtedly the best work of his career.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1 Metamorphosis
                                                                                                                                      2 Love Is Magic
                                                                                                                                      3 Tempest
                                                                                                                                      4 Preppy Boy
                                                                                                                                      5 Smug Cunt
                                                                                                                                      6 He's Got His Mother's Hips
                                                                                                                                      7 Diet Gum
                                                                                                                                      8 Is He Strange
                                                                                                                                      9 The Common Snipe
                                                                                                                                      10 Touch And Go

                                                                                                                                      John Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist from Devon, England. He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter, and enchanting writer. A contributor and collaborator, John quickly and effortlessly earns the esteem of his comrades and heroes. He has opened for folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called John Smith “the future of folk music.” On the contemporary side, he has also opened for Iron and Wine, Tinariwen, and Ben Howard. He has guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas, Glen Hansard and Rodney Crowell. He has played guitar for artists such as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Joe Henry and Joan Baez. John described his reason for making Hummingbird "

                                                                                                                                      Ever since my teenage epiphany at the altar of Folk Music, hearing Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn for the first time, I have been a devotee. The six strings of my guitar have granted me access to a sacred space between things, the unconscious interweaving sensations that allow us that gentle buzz on hearing a good folk song. It was with this in mind that I returned to Sam Lakeman’s Somerset studio in March of 2018, two years since recording my previous album ‘Headlong’ in that same place, to commit six of my favourite folk songs to tape, alongside one cover version and three original songs. The tracks quickly took on their own shape in Sam’s able hands. I invited several good friends to join me in this process: Cara Dillon, John McCusker and Ben Nicholls. "

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Barry says: Superbly toeing the line between traditional folk and more pop song structures, John Smith presents a brilliantly cohesive and heart-warmingly beautiful collection of perfectly measured odes to love, life and loss. Nice one John.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Hummingbird
                                                                                                                                      2. Lowlands Of Holland
                                                                                                                                      3. Boudicca
                                                                                                                                      4. Hares On The Mountain
                                                                                                                                      5. Lord Franklin
                                                                                                                                      6. Master Kilby
                                                                                                                                      7. The Time Has Come
                                                                                                                                      8. Willy Moore
                                                                                                                                      9. Axe Mountain
                                                                                                                                      10. Unquiet Grave

                                                                                                                                      John Gordon, a trombone master, brings us another gem from that most renowned of 70’s record labels, Strata-East. The trombone is a difficult instrument. In the hands of an artist like John Gordon, however, it can create vivid images and conjure up beautiful music. And when the cohort of other players includes the likes of Charles Tolliver & Stanley Cowell, you know you’re in for an extra treat.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      A1. Step By Step
                                                                                                                                      A2: P + G
                                                                                                                                      A3. Dance Of The Ymas
                                                                                                                                      B1. No Tricks/No Gimmicks
                                                                                                                                      B2. Making Memories
                                                                                                                                      B3. Activity

                                                                                                                                      The Wolfhounds

                                                                                                                                      Hands In The Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions

                                                                                                                                        Originally formed as teenagers in 1984, The Wolfhounds released four critically acclaimed LPs and numerous singles, appeared on the NME’s influential C86 cassette, extensively toured the UK and continental Europe, finally disbanding in 1990. The band reformed in 2006 at the request of St Etienne’s Bob Stanley to celebrate 20 years since the release of C86, and inflicted a severe guitar noisefest on an unsuspecting indiepop crowd at London’s ICA. Since 2012 they have been recording and releasing new material.

                                                                                                                                        At the peak of media attention over the new bands promoted by the C86 cassette, The Wolfhounds recorded three four-song sessions for the BBC’s legendary late-night John Peel Show between March 1986 and January 1987, capturing all the excitement and youthful exuberance of a band just catching the public imagination. With an energy born of sweaty, rammed gigs in the function rooms of London pubs and a willful experimentation nurtured in suburban bedrooms and garages away from watchful eyes, The Wolfhounds blasted their raw live sound straight to tape with little in the way of overdubs or the more considered studio polish of their excellent albums.

                                                                                                                                        Every song from these sessions is now gathered together on Hands In The Till, making a surprisingly coherent whole despite the heady disorganized thrust of the times and a couple of line-up changes in the meantime. More wiry and angular than most of their C86 peers, The Wolfhounds had more in common with The Fall than The Byrds, and "Hands In The Till" shows them at their caustic best.

                                                                                                                                        The Wolfhounds are now (hyper-)active again, releasing two full-length LPs in recent years and performing at several popfests (including Berlin and New York) and Stewart Lee’s All Tomorrow’s Parties, as well as regular club dates of their own. The band continue to be more relevant than ever, grabbing their home country’s woes by the horns on the recent double LP, "Untied Kingdom or How to Come to Terms with your Culture" (which featured guest musicians from such bands as PJ Harvey, Gallon Drunk, Scritti Politti and Evans The Death), Hands In The Till is sure to illuminate such an expansive modern work’s precocious teenage beginnings, as well as providing the band’s contemporary listeners a nostalgic buzz – forever, a real all-ages show!

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1) The Anti-Midas Touch
                                                                                                                                        2) Hand In The Till
                                                                                                                                        3) Me
                                                                                                                                        4) Whale On The Beach
                                                                                                                                        5) Boy Racer RM1
                                                                                                                                        6) Disgusted E7
                                                                                                                                        7) Rule Of Thumb
                                                                                                                                        8) Sandy
                                                                                                                                        9) Happy Shopper
                                                                                                                                        10) Non-specific Song
                                                                                                                                        11) The William Randolph Hearse
                                                                                                                                        12) Son Of Nothing

                                                                                                                                        John Maus

                                                                                                                                        Songs (Reissue)

                                                                                                                                          Better known as a core member of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and keyboard player with Animal Collective's Panda Bear, John Maus is a musician with a distinctive sound of his own. This is his debut release, his life work, which was written and recorded at home over the last five years.

                                                                                                                                          'Songs' is a twisted baroque pop record that brings to mind early 80's hits and coming-of-age movie soundtracks. Almost entirely electronic, Maus' sound is created from synthesisers, drum machine, bass and his remarkable vocals, which are pitched somewhere between Ian Curtis, Calvin Johnson and David Bowie.

                                                                                                                                          The record is a manic lo-fi masterpiece, which blurs addictive melodies, emotive lyrics and dreamy soundscapes to memorable effect. Permeated by feelings of intense nostalgia, with this album Maus has created a testimony to lost romance and to longing.

                                                                                                                                          John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                          Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Deluxe Edition)

                                                                                                                                          These 2CD and 2LP formats features a further 7 tracks of different takes giving a further 40 minutes of music.

                                                                                                                                          June 8, 2018 (New York, NY) – On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet— McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones –recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, is now finally released 55 years later. This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz.
                                                                                                                                          The first week of March in 1963 was busy for John Coltrane. He was in the midst of a two-week run at Birdland and was gearing up to record the famed John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman album, which he did on March 7. But there was a session the day before that was the stuff of legend, until now.
                                                                                                                                          On Wednesday, March 6, Coltrane and the quartet went to Van Gelder Studios in Englewood, NJ and cut a complete album’s worth of material, including several original compositions that were never recorded elsewhere. They spent the day committing these to tape, taking time with some, rehearsing them two, three times, playing them in different ways and in different configurations.
                                                                                                                                          At the end of the day, Coltrane left Van Gelder Studios with a reference tape and brought it to the home in Queens that he shared with his wife, Naima. These tapes remained untouched for the next 54 years until Impulse! approached the family about finally releasing this lost album. Though the master tape was never found—Rudy Van Gelder wasn’t one for clutter—the reference tape was discovered to be in excellent condition.
                                                                                                                                          As the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins so rightly put it, “This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.” The musical implications of this album, the original compositions, the arrangements, the band, the year it was recorded, all amount to a rediscovery and re-contextualization of one of the most important musicians of our time.
                                                                                                                                          Danny Bennett, President and CEO of the Verve Label Group and home of Impulse! records, says, “Jazz is more relevant today than ever. It’s becoming the alternative music of the 21st century, and no one embodies the boundary-breaking essence of jazz more than John Coltrane. He was a visionary who changed the course of music, and this lost album is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. It gives us insight into his creative process and connects us to his artistry. This album is a cultural moment and coincides perfectly with our relaunch of the iconic Impulse! label.”
                                                                                                                                          On this album, there are two completely unknown and never-before-heard originals. “Untitled Original 11383” and “Untitled Original 11386,” both played on soprano sax. “11383” features an arco bass solo by Jimmy Garrison, a relative rarity, and “11386” marks a significant structural change for the quartet, in that they keep returning to the theme between solos, not typical in the quartet’s repertoire.
                                                                                                                                          In addition to the two unheard originals, “One Up, One Down” – released previously only on a bootleg recording from Birdland – is heard here as a studio recording for the first and only time. It contains a fascinating exchange between Elvin Jones and Coltrane.
                                                                                                                                          “Impressions”, one of Coltrane’s most famous and oft-recorded compositions, is played here in a piano-less trio. In fact, McCoy Tyner lays out a number of times during this recording session. It’s one of the more interesting aspects of this session and reflects the harmonic possibilities that Coltrane was known to be discussing regularly with Ornette Coleman around this time.
                                                                                                                                          This studio session also yielded Coltrane’s first recording of “Nature Boy,” which he would record again in 1965, and the two versions differ greatly. The one we know is exploratory, meandering. This version is tight, solo-less and clocking in at just over three minutes. The other non-original composition on the album is “Vilia,” from Franz Lehár’s operetta “The Merry Widow”. The soprano version on the Deluxe Edition is the only track from this session to have been previously released.
                                                                                                                                          This incredible, once-in-a-lifetime discovery reveals a number of creative balances at work, like developing original melodies while rethinking familiar standards. Like trying out some tunes first on tenor saxophone, then on soprano. Using older techniques like the arpeggio runs of his “sheets of sound” while experimenting with false fingerings and other newer sounds. This session was pivotal, though to call it such overlooks the fact Coltrane was ever on pivot, always pushing the pedal down while still calling on older, tested ideas and devices.
                                                                                                                                          Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is a major addition to the Coltrane catalogue and the most important jazz discovery in recent memory.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Disc: 1
                                                                                                                                          1. Untitled Original 11383
                                                                                                                                          2. Nature Boy
                                                                                                                                          3. Untitled Original 11386
                                                                                                                                          4. Vilia
                                                                                                                                          5. Impressions
                                                                                                                                          6. Slow Blues
                                                                                                                                          7. One Up, One Down

                                                                                                                                          Disc: 2
                                                                                                                                          1. Villa (Take 5)
                                                                                                                                          2. Impressions (Take 1)
                                                                                                                                          3. Impressions (Take 2)
                                                                                                                                          4. Impressions (Take 4)
                                                                                                                                          5. Untitled Original 11386 (Take 2)
                                                                                                                                          6. Untitled Original 11386 (Take 5)
                                                                                                                                          7. One Up, One Down (Take 6)

                                                                                                                                          Written largely in New York between Summer 2016 and Winter 2017, Josh Tillman’s fourth Father John Misty LP, ‘God’s Favorite Customer’, reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom.

                                                                                                                                          God’s Favorite Customer reveals a bittersweetness and directness in Tillman’s songwriting, without sacrificing any of his wit or taste for the absurd. From “Mr. Tillman,” where he trains his lens on his own misadventure, to the cavernous pain of estrangement in “Please Don’t Die,” Tillman plays with perspective throughout to alternatingly hilarious and devastating effect. “We’re Only People (And There’s Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)” is a meditation on our inner lives and the limitations we experience in our attempts to give and receive love. It stands in solidarity with the title track, which examines the ironic relationship between forgiveness and sin. Together, these are songs that demand to know either real love or what comes after, and as the album progresses, that entreaty leads to discovering the latter’s true stakes.

                                                                                                                                          God's Favorite Customer was produced by Tillman and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara, and Trevor Spencer. The album features contributions from Haxan Cloak, Natalie Merring of Weyes Blood, longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson, and members of Misty’s touring band.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          Andy says: Tillman segues into Beck territory a little here, with falsetto harmonies and jagged college-rock melodies, tastefully accentuated with staggered percussion and swooning loungey piano. As ever, FJM smashes out another killer album, conceptually clever and brilliantly accomplished, exactly as you'd expect.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1 Hangout At The Gallows
                                                                                                                                          2 Mr. Tillman
                                                                                                                                          3 Just Dumb Enough To Try
                                                                                                                                          4 Date Night
                                                                                                                                          5 Please Don't Die
                                                                                                                                          6 The Palace
                                                                                                                                          7 Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All
                                                                                                                                          8 God's Favorite Customer
                                                                                                                                          9 The Songwriter
                                                                                                                                          10 We're Only People (And There's Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)

                                                                                                                                          John Humphreys presents his 15-track suite of throbbing syntheisisers, percussive breakdowns and atmospheric, simmering pads. 

                                                                                                                                          Cinematic epic, 'Wathching Memories' takes the central refrain, abstracts and adds to it to twist it into a slow ballad from a highly charged synth-pop number into ambient territory before breaking down into a driven house number. 

                                                                                                                                          Likewise, 'Armands Clouds' relies on a throbbing central motif, with layered bass-heavy reverbed synth pulses and a kicking bass drum, this time opting for the instrumental appeal rather than the more song-based lyrical approach. 

                                                                                                                                          In all, we have a confident and varied outing, beautifully constructed and warmingly diverse, all brought together with Humphries' deft hand. 

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. Intro
                                                                                                                                          2. Watching Memories
                                                                                                                                          3. Would I Lie To You (Progress Mix) 
                                                                                                                                          4. State Of Taylor
                                                                                                                                          5. Wishing On A Star
                                                                                                                                          6. Armands Clouds
                                                                                                                                          7. John Prayzz
                                                                                                                                          8. Belinda
                                                                                                                                          9. Finally
                                                                                                                                          10. EDD
                                                                                                                                          11. Joker
                                                                                                                                          12. Nothing's Changed
                                                                                                                                          13. SpreadoutandSkattah
                                                                                                                                          14. Whole Again
                                                                                                                                          15. Gwen

                                                                                                                                          Creep Show (John Grant & Wrangler)

                                                                                                                                          Mr. Dynamite

                                                                                                                                          Creep Show brings together John Grant with the dark funk of analogue electronic band Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder/Phil Winter/Benge) to create Mr Dynamite - a debut album packed with experimental pop and surreal funk. Recorded in Cornwall with a lifetime’s collection of drum machines and synthesisers assembled by Benge and explored by every member of Creep Show, there’s a real sense of freedom in the shackles-off grooves, channelling the early pioneering spirit of the Sugarhill Gang through wires and random electric noise. This sense of adventure is also part of the interplay between the two vocalists, John Grant and former Cabaret Voltaire frontman Stephen Mallinder, who switch between oblique wordplay to sinister humour as Phil Winter and Benge continue to man-handle the machines. The creepy ‘alter-ego’ title track, ‘Pink Squirrel’’s vocoder kaleidoscope and Grant’s exhilarating croon on the nine minute ‘Safe And Sound’ are just some of the twists and hooks to be explored on this consistently inventive record.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          Barry says: So, imagine John Grant's unmistakeable vocal serenades over the top of some rhythmic Bureau B synth pulses, swirling synth patterns and sickly-sweet Linn stabs. What could possibly go wrong? Absolutely nothing is what, it's superb, like we'd expect any different from our John.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1 Mr. Dynamite
                                                                                                                                          2 Modern Parenting
                                                                                                                                          3 Tokyo Metro
                                                                                                                                          4 Endangered Species
                                                                                                                                          5 K Mart Johnny
                                                                                                                                          6 Pink Squirrel
                                                                                                                                          7 Lime Ricky
                                                                                                                                          8 Fall
                                                                                                                                          9 Safe And Sound

                                                                                                                                          John Bramwell

                                                                                                                                          Leave Alone The Empty Spaces

                                                                                                                                            I Am Kloot’s songwriter and frontman, John Bramwell, has announced the release of his first studio solo album “Leave Alone The Empty Spaces” The record is a stunning showcase of John’s skillful, widely acclaimed songwriting and his unique voice.

                                                                                                                                            It’s the first completely new collection of songs by John as a solo artist since he started his adventures away from I Am Kloot. “Leave Alone The Empty Spaces” has been inspired by John’s travels around the UK and Europe performing more than 300, intimate solo gigs.

                                                                                                                                            Travelling in his VW Campervan with his dog Henry, the experience allowed John to explore parts of the country hitherto unknown, develop his solo sound and ideas, and meet an awful lot of interesting people...

                                                                                                                                            The album is inspired by the spirit of liberty, independence, adventure and solitude that John has enjoyed on the road, as well as the diverse emotions that escape and travel can bring about - from sadness to exhilaration.

                                                                                                                                            It’s about rediscovering the romance, intimacy and magic of the live music experience, one to one with the audience.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A Field Full Of Secrets
                                                                                                                                            Who Is Anybody
                                                                                                                                            Times Arrow
                                                                                                                                            From The Shore
                                                                                                                                            Sat Beneath The Lightning Tree
                                                                                                                                            The Whipperwill
                                                                                                                                            Leave Alone The Empty Spaces
                                                                                                                                            Meet At The Station

                                                                                                                                            John Zorn

                                                                                                                                            The Hermetic Organ:Philharmonie De Paris

                                                                                                                                              John Zorn. Rituel * Une Crise de Nerfs * Prière Empoisonné * L’heure des Sorcières John Zorn returns to his original instrument with a new volume of organ improvisations recorded at his infamous Weekend in Paris in April 2017. The organ at the Grand Salle Pierre Boulez is one of the most powerful and versatile in France, and Zorn approaches it with great sensitivity and wild abandon. Includes both the full 40 minute concert recording, and over 30 additional minutes of Zorn alone at the manuals in rehearsal the same day.

                                                                                                                                              Jon Langford

                                                                                                                                              Four Lost Souls

                                                                                                                                                Carted off to Muscle Shoals, Alabama under the cloud of dark politics, Welsh-born, Chicago-based punk-rocker-turned-Americana musical icon and revered visual artist Jon Langford and a band of alchemists and merry-makers filed into NuttHouse studio, a one-story former bank building in Sheffield, AL, the day after the 2016 election and four days later emerged with Four Lost Souls.

                                                                                                                                                It's an album of pure Americana - not just because of where it was recorded, or that many of its players helped put Muscle Shoals on the musical map, but because it is beyond the news of the day. It goes to a place where the differences between country, soul, blues, and rock and roll are blown aside by the warm, languid breezes. The music has no time for such petty details because in the moment, in that place, was the sound of sweet agreement. 

                                                                                                                                                John Wall & Mark Durgan


                                                                                                                                                  John Wall and Mark Durgan return after a lengthy absence [ there first release together was in 2011] Theirs is a fractured sound world woven together from improvisations that took place in the Utterpsalm Studio in London between 2012-15. The resultant seven tracks are an attempt at imposing order,structure and "expression" without meaning or intentionality onto a huge amount of heavily edited sonic material

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                                                                                                                                                  John Murry

                                                                                                                                                  A Short Piece Of Decay

                                                                                                                                                    John Murry was adopted at birth into the family of William Faulkner. Some have speculated that the Faulkner blood might also run in his veins, but that should be left for a Southern Gothic novel yet to be written (or perhaps re-written)..Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the shadow of Elvis, his undiagnosed autism led to troubles at an early age which led to prescribed medication, which led to unprescribed medication which led to being institutionalised for addiction and mental health issues at a too young age. Eventually, discarded onto the streets of Memphis, he found music, which became the one constant positive force in his life. Memphis led to San Francisco and San Francisco led to heroin and heroin led to a near fatal overdose on the corner of 16th and Mission, so harrowingly memorialised in his song Little Coloured Balloons.

                                                                                                                                                    Music again came to his rescue and led him to Tim Mooney (American Music Club) and the group of musicians that helped create his 2012 masterpiece "The Graceless Age". The album was hailed by MOJO magazine and received a 5 out of 5 rating, UNCUT called it a "masterpiece", both magazines included it in their Top 10 albums of the year; American Songwriter put it in their Top 5 of the year and The Guardian included it in their best of the year as well. The accolades rolled in and John toured the world. He entranced and devastated audiences with his raw, unfiltered live performances, and it looked like his trajectory was set, that music had won and would have the final word. And then Tim Mooney, John’s mentor, his beacon, his bedrock, died suddenly and unexpectedly… and John’s world fell back in to chaos.

                                                                                                                                                    Over the next few years, John would lose the footing that he had struggled so hard to establish. He would lose his wife, his daughter, temporarily his freedom and ultimately his country. Somewhere along this volatile journey, John crossed paths with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies . John had opened for the band at a show in Glasgow and Michael watched side-stage transfixed by John’s performance. Over the next few years the two of them kept in touch, they talked about the music business, politics, books, but most of all they talked about music. And they talked about making an album together.

                                                                                                                                                    Eventually John completed his descent and landed in Kilkenny, Ireland where he found some solid ground as part of a welcoming arts community. Michael then convinced him to travel to his Toronto studio where Michael put a band together consisting of brother Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) on drums and Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers, Gord Downie, Lee Harvey Osmond) on bass. John brought along Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues, Elvis Costello) whom he had met in Ireland and who wanted to be a part of John’s journey. The five of them put aside five days to record all bedtracks and overdubs, with the brief that they would let the songs dictate where the journey took them, spontaneity was the order of the week. Michael Timmins describes the sessions, "I felt that it was important that John got out of his own way and that we set up a situation where he would just play and sing and the rest of us would just react, no second guessing, just react and capture the moment. It was a very inspired and inspiring week of playing and recording. Very intense. And I think we captured the raw essence of John’s writing and playing".

                                                                                                                                                    A Short History Of Decay is an intensely personal document of an artist’s fall from grace. It contains all the tragic elements of that unwritten Southern Gothic novel: the revelations of a man coming to terms with the personal shortcomings, the flaws and the perverse twists of fate that led him to the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Barry says: Murry has always been known for his true life confessionals, and this outing is no different. Hard hitting rocking Americana anthems like 'Defacing Sunday Bulletins' and 'Under A Darker Moon' sit confortably alongside minimal acoustic odes like 'Wrong Man', or driven guitars and melancholic harmonies of 'Come Five & Twenty'. Lovely stuff all-round.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Silver Or Lead
                                                                                                                                                    2. Under A Darker Moon
                                                                                                                                                    3. Wrong Man
                                                                                                                                                    4. Defacing Sunday Bulletins
                                                                                                                                                    5. When God Walks In
                                                                                                                                                    6. Come Five & Twenty
                                                                                                                                                    7. One Day (You’ll Die)
                                                                                                                                                    8. Countess Lola’s Blues (All In This Together)
                                                                                                                                                    9. Miss Magdalene
                                                                                                                                                    10. What Jail Is Like

                                                                                                                                                    An introduction to a new mystical world, Waiting Around fuses the great Brit folk-jazz traditions of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, with further-flung sounds of Gene Rains, Eden Ahbez, Moondog and Sun Ra.

                                                                                                                                                    Whilst their influence would not sit so brazenly on John’s rolled-up sleeves, each one possesses inspiring techniques; “I deliberately listen to how music is recorded and put that into my process,” John explains. “A lot of percussion in exotica stuff or Indian, South American folk gives me ideas. Things like a distorted reggae hi hat or a backing vocal that’s way too loud and bleeds all over the other musicians – I like natural accidents which you only get with tape.”

                                                                                                                                                    Fittingly titled, Waiting Around is the fruits of melodic craftsman, John Stammers’ labour. Arriving no sooner than six years since the release of his 2011 debut; a physically demanding day job and fascination for all things analogue has made way for a record of stark beauty and enduring quality - delayed only by an unyielding sense of intrepid experimentalism.

                                                                                                                                                    Sounding like its own reel of ticker tape, Waiting Around is punched with even more magical moments; given its name, it’s a wake-up call (“It means you’re wasting your life and not being as productive as you or I should be!” John says), whilst beautifully warm songs recall friends as well as past and present loves. ‘Stepping Round Her Clothes’ captures the feeling of being young and in love whilst fiancée Yasmin plays a starring role in ‘Woman.’ “’Risky Flowers’ is about a troubled young man I knew who smoked heroin; he didn’t do it regularly but then I once met him and he looked bad. People said they didn’t recognize him. Then I didn’t see him for ages – that was three years ago,” John says.

                                                                                                                                                    Waiting Around also features the varied skillset of John’s many musical friends. Paddy Steer (Home Life, 808 State) lends his expertise by way of homemade percussion, Nancy Elizabeth plays Celtic harp and adds warmth with her vocals, piano melodies are provided by Aidan Smith and Alfie’s Ben Dumville plumps up proceedings with rousing trumpet sounds.

                                                                                                                                                    Produced by Jim Spencer (The Charlatans, Bert Jansch), Miles Copeland (Superimposers), and Dan Munslow (The Monks Kitchen, Luca Nieri), the album was recorded in Eve studio, nestled in Manchester’s city suburbs. “The idea was to book the studio for two weeks and rehearse in my cellar,” tells John. “We got to choose which tape machine to use, synths, compressors – the perfect place to record if you’re geared to analogue and like 18th century chapels.”

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Waiting Around
                                                                                                                                                    2. Stepping Round Her Clothes
                                                                                                                                                    3. Woman
                                                                                                                                                    4. Risky Flowers
                                                                                                                                                    5. Miss Valentine
                                                                                                                                                    6. I See The Signs
                                                                                                                                                    7. Oblivion
                                                                                                                                                    8. Your Time 

                                                                                                                                                    John Coltrane

                                                                                                                                                    Trane: The Atlantic Collection

                                                                                                                                                    To coincide with the release of the John Coltrane documentary Chasing Trane, this 1 LP & 1 CD compilation with unique artwork, remastered for the release, is designed as an introduction to John Coltrane’s revered Atlantic recordings. Trane: The Atlantic Collection includes the hit single ‘My Favorite Things,’ the iconic ‘Giant Steps, ‘Naima’ and more, from one of the legends of the jazz world. The album features a new liner notes essay by Ben Ratliff, former NY Times jazz critic, & author of the 2007 biography ‘Coltrane: The Story of a Sound.’

                                                                                                                                                    John Matthias & Jay Auborn

                                                                                                                                                    Race To Zero

                                                                                                                                                      ‘Race To Zero’ is the new album by musician and composer John Matthias and producer, musician and composer Jay Auborn, via the Village Green label.

                                                                                                                                                      The album’s starting point was a series of acoustic improvisations recorded in a variety of locations, from a 700-year-old chapel in the Devon countryside to a basement studio in Reykjavík, Iceland. In an attempt to create a fractured sense of space reflective of the digital condition, the duo found themselves working within a place that could only exist in the digital landscape. By crushing the recordings through a hundred different virtual rooms of reverb and other chaotic digital processes they collided, soared and splintered into sweeping new rhythms, melodies and drones. Pushing the computer’s processor beyond its limits threw up sonic ‘errors’ that wouldn’t be easily possible to create through standard methods. In response, these outcomes created new and unplanned inspiration for further composition. Elements of the album were then produced binaurally adding a three dimensional listening experience. The outcome is a unique landscape that blurs the line between the virtual and physical worlds.

                                                                                                                                                      “Cerebral yet accessible” - Uncut (8/10)

                                                                                                                                                      “A fascinating album that continually surprises with its neo-classical meets electronic template” - Clash

                                                                                                                                                      John Moreland

                                                                                                                                                      Big Bad Luv

                                                                                                                                                        The new album from John Moreland is an honest, bruising experience. A beautiful record about love, faith and the human condition, Big Bad Luv is John’s fourth album to date and also his debut for 4AD.

                                                                                                                                                        Hailing from Tulsa, OK, John composes both pointedly and prodigiously, and has released largely self-produced albums every other year since 2011. Playing an equally pivotal role in his rise have been his mesmeric solo performances (including his TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year), which coupled with his incredible records, has helped to create a real word-of-mouth about him. Big Bad Luv, was recorded in Little Rock, AK, and mostly with a crew of Tulsa friends: John Calvin Abney (piano and guitar), Aaron Boehler (bass), Paddy Ryan (drums), Jared

                                                                                                                                                        Tyler (dobro) and Lucero's Rick Steff (piano). Coming together in three sessions over ten months, which were sandwiched between touring dates and life, the final album was then mixed by GRAMMY winning Tchad Blake, who has worked with iconic acts from Al Green to Tom Waits.

                                                                                                                                                        Since 2012, Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably, um, idiosyncratic) voice. Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy; his live performances which may perhaps be described best as “intimately berzerk”, or the infuriating line he seems to occupy between canny and total fraud online or in interviews, Father John Misty has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape - that of a real enigma. Pure Comedy sees Tillman at the height of these powers: as a lyricist, and equally so a cultural observer - at times bordering on freakishly prescient. Tillman’s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and - at 75 minutes - there’s a veritable fuck ton of it. The album navigates themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all with his usual candour, and in terms as timely as they are timeless.

                                                                                                                                                        Tillman wrote the majority of Pure Comedy throughout 2015 and recorded all the basic tracking and vocals live to tape (in no more than two takes each) at United Studios (fka the legendary Ocean Way Studios, favored by Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys) in Los Angeles March 2016.

                                                                                                                                                        Pure Comedy was co-produced once again by Josh Tillman and long-time producer Jonathan Wilson; mixed by Tillman, Wilson and Trevor Spencer, and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios. The album features string, horn and choral arrangements from classical iconoclast Gavin Bryars (Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, Sinking Of The Titanic), with additional contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1. Pure Comedy
                                                                                                                                                        2. Total Entertainment Forever
                                                                                                                                                        3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution
                                                                                                                                                        4. Ballad Of The Dying Man
                                                                                                                                                        5. Birdie
                                                                                                                                                        6. Leaving LA
                                                                                                                                                        7. A Bigger Paper Bag
                                                                                                                                                        8. When The God Of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell To Pay
                                                                                                                                                        9. Smoochie
                                                                                                                                                        10. Two Wildly Different Perspectives
                                                                                                                                                        11. The Memo
                                                                                                                                                        12. So I’m Growing Old On Magic Mountain
                                                                                                                                                        13. In Twenty Years Or So

                                                                                                                                                        John Lennon & Yoko Ono

                                                                                                                                                        Unfinished Music, No. 2: Life With The Lions

                                                                                                                                                        The sound of Ono and Lennon validating their love as something impenetrable and timeless. It’s when we, the listener, begin to fully understand that the scope of their recording efforts was much more than a recording collaboration and something closer to a performative documentary, a declaration of “Our life and our love is our art - every nitty, gritty part of it.”

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        Cambridge 1969
                                                                                                                                                        No Bed For Beatle John
                                                                                                                                                        Baby’s Heartbeat
                                                                                                                                                        Two Minutes Silence
                                                                                                                                                        Radio Play

                                                                                                                                                        John Cage, David Tudor & Christian Wolff

                                                                                                                                                        San Francisco Museum Of Art, January 16th, 1965

                                                                                                                                                          Recorded live by KPFA Radio in the halls of the sculpture court of the San Francisco Museum of Art on January 16, 1965, the day of 39th birthday of fellow pianist and longtime associate David Tudor, this historic concert with John Cage opens with a duet for Cymbal with contact microphones agitated by a wide gamut of objects and concludes with Variations IV in which loudspeakers outside the performance space interacted with speakers next to the audience. First release on vinyl for a very important piece in the history of minimalist music.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          Side A:
                                                                                                                                                          JOHN CAGE, DAVID TUDOR - Duet For Cymbal

                                                                                                                                                          Side B:
                                                                                                                                                          CHRISTIAN WOLFF For 1, 2 Or 3 People

                                                                                                                                                          Side C:
                                                                                                                                                          JOHN CAGE - Variations IV Part 1

                                                                                                                                                          Side D:
                                                                                                                                                          JOHN CAGE - Variations IV Part 2

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