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Big Star [Live On WLIR 1974]

December 14 street date (January 11 for LP). Big Star recorded their second album, Radio City, as a trio, after the departure of founding member Chris Bell. When it came time to tour, original bassist Andy Hummel decided to return to school to pursue his engineering education. With this departure, Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens recruited fellow Memphis native John Lightman to take over on bass duties, and the band readied their live set. That set is on display as Big Star recorded a radio session at Ultrasonic Studios in New York for broadcast on the city’s preeminent WLIR. Nearly two decades later, those recordings were issued as Live in 1992. Omnivore Recordings is proud to reintroduce those recordings, restored and remastered from the original tapes, as Live On WLIR, on CD—and, its first official release on LP. The 15 track set features material from the band’s two releases, as well as a cover of “Motel Blues” by Loudon Wainwright III (which originally appeared on his classic 1971 sophomore release, Album II). With new, updated liner notes from Memphis writer/filmmaker, Robert Gordon (who won a Grammy® for his essay in 2010’s Big Star boxed set Keep An Eye On The Sky) and an interview with John Lightman by Chris Bell biographer Rich Tupica (There Was A Light: The Cosmic History Of Big Star Founder Chris Bell), Live On WLIR enters the Big Star canon in the form it deserves. Because, you know, you get what you deserve.
Blacc, Aloe [Christmas Funk]

December 21 street date. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc will release his first holiday album, "Christmas Funk" featuring eight original songs written by Blacc, and two classic cover songs by Wham! and Mariah Carey. "Christmas Funk is the type of holiday album I have been waiting to hear for a long time," says Aloe. "These new song concepts and stories are my interpretation of the time I spend with family and friends. I've been a fan of Motown and soulful Christmas songs since I was a young child. As much as I love Sinatra and Nat King Cole, I feel like the holiday spirit needed a funky revival. The eight new original songs are a perfect complement to the extra funky versions of two undeniable holiday classics, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and "Last Christmas." I chose to cover these songs because the world deserves to feel the funk."
Brian Jonestown Massacre [Forgotten Graves]

November 30 street date. The first track is "Forgotten Graves" (which is exclusive to this release) & the second track is “Tombes Oubliées” with Rike (Friedrike) Bienert providing the vocals which is off the forthcoming self titled BJM album. With Sara Neidorf on drums , Hakon Adalsteinsson on guitar & Heike Marie Rädeker on bass supporting Anton Newcombe in these sessions that were recorded between December 2017 & January 2018 at Cobra Studios in Berlin . Released in the same month as the hundredth anniversary of the World War 1.
C.I.A. [The C.I.A. (Denee Segall/Ty Segall/Emmett Kelly)]

December 21 street date. Visual artist Denée Segall backed by hubbie Ty Segall and Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang). "This s/t, by The C.I.A., is an urgent musical notice. I feel it immediately. The pointed vocal cadence and lyrics of Denée Segal is a sharp scythe, and the actual time is…now. “I feel the same distress call and disposition from Crass records like Penis Envy or DIRT. In fact, if you took that, mixed in “Black Silk Stocking” by Chrisma and a touch of early Nic Endo (Atari Teenage Riot) and even Dinah Cancer (45 Grave) Autopsy era, you can get a feeling. And, similarly to those mentioned, Denée is putting a time stamp on this time. The spirit and her viability is strong in many a corner, and in many a heart. The alarm is ringing. This is survival sound, put on record well backed by Ty Segall and Emmett Kelly, who have added anything-musthappen, mercurial, constantly moving instrumentation. The sounds, consistent with unique monochrome, move like an engine, made gas-tight by piston rings. Sonic rings moving in tight machine patterns. And at the vocal helm is Denée, steering this machine in vocal directions across an exclamation point motorway. No salt, all salt. Traction and reaction. They built a sound machine with, and for each other. Survival sound lifts its head up when it needs to. Thankfully it gets put on record and released when it needs to." - Tim Presley (White Fence/Drinks)
Calendar [Blues Images 2019 Calendar (with CD)]

November 16 street date. (12 month calendar with free CD) Returnable for full credit, in good condition - price tags OK. Until March 31, 2019. Our 2018 "Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920's" Calendar with free CD has broad appeal to anyone interested in Blues music or history. Within its pages is a huge treasure trove of original Blues artwork from the earliest days of recorded Blues history. In addition, each calendar contains a free CD that cleverly matches up each month's artwork with the original recording it advertises. These songs make the calendar come alive! ; This year's CD has a total of 23 tracks: 12 Blues classics from Blues masters Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake, Memphis Minnie and others . . . PLUS 11 super rare songs by legendary Blues artists including two recently discovered never-before-heard songs by Mississippi Blues master William Harris and two by Post War Blues giant Papa George Lightfoot. The songs are newly remastered using the American Epic sound team's amazing restoration techniques! Developed at great expense for the soundtrack of the PBS series, there is less surface noise and more dynamic range than in any previous release of these tracks. You will be excited when you feel as if you are right in the room with the performers as they play and sing their hearts out! ISBN:978-0-9894998-5-9
Ghostface Killah [The Lost Tapes]

December 21 street date. Ghostface Killah has released his 13th studio album called The Lost Tapes via Daupe! The 13-track LP includes guest spots from 25 artists including fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon, E-40, Snoop Dogg, Big Daddy Kane, Cappadonna, and Tricky.
Laughing Hyenas [Hard Times + Crawl/Covers (2LP)]

December 7 street date. 2LP reissue: Hard Times + Crawl with several bonus tracks / covers songs. By the time the Hyenas went back into the studio, Kevin Strickland and Jim Kimball had left to form Mule and had left John and Larissa without a rhythm section. Many people thought this marked the end of the band. Not the case. Todd Swalla (founding member of Necros) stepped in on drums and Kevin Ries on bass. Todd is a much more subtle timekeeper than Jim and Ries had no problem locking in with him, but stayed in the background a little more than Strickland leaving Larissa to take up a little more of the slack. She rises to the occasion, her leads a bit more melodic than before, although still blanketed in a sheet of noise. Brannon’s anguished vocals will still peel the paint of the walls and over the new slightly toned down direction, somehow seem even more extreme. Crawl is notably the only of the Hyenas records recorded in Detroit at White Room Studios. On the other hand, album "Hard Times" was recorded down in Memphis at the legendary Easley Studios to record their final LP with the one and only Doug Easley. Hard Times, we see the Hyenas influences are more Howlin’ Wolf/Muddy Waters than they are Nick Cave/Iggy Pop. The full-on sonic assault of the first three records has given way to a hard hitting groove that has a graceful Exile-era Stones vibe. Larissa’s simple and one-of-a-kind guitar playing has never been better. Brannon does more crooning than screaming on this one, giving us their most “musical” offering yet. Every bit as emotionally ruthless as their previous releases, the Laughing Hyenas went out on a high note with Hard Times.
Laughing Hyenas [Life Of Crime]

December 7 street date. With their roots firmly planted in Detroit’s Cass Corridor punk rock and hardcore scene of the early 80s, John Brannon (Negative Approach) and Larissa Strickland (L-Seven), along with the locked in rhythm section of Kevin Strickland and Jim Kimball, the Laughing Hyenas took it to a completely different plane. Taking pointers from The Birthday Party and Funhouse era Stooges as well as early blues and jazz artists, the Laughing Hyenas were a fierce, sulfuric blast of noise. While their style didn’t change much over the course of their first three albums, they kept improving on the formula and on Life Of Crime, they reached their peak! Kevin’s thick and agile basslines and Jim’s bone-breaking drumming make a rhythm section that is incomparable. Larissa’s blistering guitar somehow builds haunting melodies out of the sonic chaos. Brannon is a punk rock whirlwind with the conviction of an old bluesman, his relentless howl make this one of his finest vocal performances to date and make this a truly disturbing and terrifying listen. This is the last record of the “Butch Vig Trilogy” — a beautiful, creative partnership that resulted in three untouchable records and helped point bands like Nirvana and Sonic Youth in Butch Vig’s direction. • Liner notes by Mark Arm (Mudhoney) and Julia Cafritz (Pussy Galore and Free Kitten) • Includes unseen photos and flyer reprints+ Features bonus track “Save Me Tomorrow” — a LOC studio sessions that has been unheard by Butch or the band since it was recorded (first time on vinyl).
Mekons 77 [It Is Twice Blessed (original 1977 lineup reforms 2018)]

December 7 street date. Mekons 77 present: “It Is Twice Blessed” - a brand new LP written and performed by the original 1977 line up of The Mekons. 12 TRACKS of new and original material. Available on CD, and ltd. LP (pressed in the UK, by the band, on heavyweight vinyl. The Mekons are one of the longest-running and most prolific of the first-wave British punk rock bands. While the collective has experienced numerous line-up changes, in summer 2017 the original six band members celebrated their 40th anniversary in the English countryside by woodshedding some new songs. With minimal fanfare the results have been issued under the Mekons 77 moniker, the group going so far as to set up a separate website to draw a distinction between the groups legacy and the current Mekons lineup.
Metallica [Helping Hands - Live & Acoustic At The Masonic (2LP-coloured vinyl)]

February 1 street date. (Indie store exclusive) To assure best possible fill, please send orders to us for this title as soon as possible! ThinkIndie is proud to announce the release of Metallica's "Helping Hands - Live & Acoustic at The Masonic"! This limited edition vinyl release of the band's benefit concert will be released February 1, 2019 at independent retailers worldwide. The double album documents the inaugural Helping Hands Benefit Concert held in San Francisco on November 3rd of 2018. Proceeds from the album will go toward the band's charity, "All Within My Hands Foundation", whose mission is to fight hunger and to assist in creating sustainable communities through workforce education. Double 140g coloured vinyl. Includes downlad card.
Power Trip [Opening Fire: 2008-2014 (mixed colour vinyl)]

December 7 street date. To kick off their celebration of 10 years as a band, Dark Operative is proud to present "Opening Fire: 2008-2014," a complete collection of Power Trip's earliest non-LP output. The release documents the self-titled 7", "This World" (from "The Extermination Vol: 2" LP compilation on Flatspot Records), "Hammer Of Doubt" (2010 version from "America's Hardcore" LP compilation on Triple-B Records), and the entirety of "The Armageddon Blues Sessions." All tracks have been lovingly remastered by the band's longtime producer Arthur Rizk with the release being rounded out by stunning artwork from Portland illustrator Matt Stikker and photography by Angela Owens. This is the mixed color vinyl version.
Propagandhi [Potemkin City Limits]

Available now. CD edition of Propagandhi's 2005 album "Potemkin City Limits", which has been unavailable for a while in Canada!
Redd Kross [Hot Issue (re-issue)]

December 7 street date. On December 7, Merge Records will reissue Hot Issue, a dozen turn-of-the-century new digs and old finds recorded by Redd Kross in Hollywood between 1980 and 2007. Available on limited-edition translucent fluorescent green Peak Vinyl, licorice black vinyl, and CD, this collection of top quality recordings features Redd Kross rarities and focuses on the band’s most explosively creative period from the early ’90s straight through to Researching the Blues, all mastered from the original source tapes for optimal audio fidelity by Bill Inglot and Dave Schultz at d2. An energetic compilation created to be a complete play experience with unreleased and rare tracks unearthed from the Jeff McDonald archives, Hot Issue is a total must for all Redd Kross fans around the world!
Redd Kross [Teen Babes From Monsanto (re-issue)]

December 7 street date. A little drums… a little atmosphere… and it wails like this! Hotter than anything printed by a Hearst daily, the 12-song Versión Especial of Redd Kross’ Teen Babes from Monsanto—all art, no filler, direct from the source, pure from the tap—will be reissued by Merge Records on December 7. Available on CD or engraved on your choice of virgin black vinyl or limited edition translucent pink Peak Vinyl, the album features specially designed packaging that allows you to choose between two different front covers with just a flip of the wrist! Experience vintage teenaged Redd Kross as presented by Monsanto: 100% genuine, chemically inspired brilliance fueled by processed junk food.
Reel Big Fish [Life Sucks..Let's Dance!]

December 21 street date. Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of SoCal ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-’90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska, the group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream when their single “Sell Out” became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Perennial Warped Tour favorites, the band continues to tour relentlessly (over 250 shows per year!), both in the US and across the globe. Still fronted by original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett, the band is back with their new album, LIFE SUCKS...LET'S DANCE! The disc, the first studio release since 2012, features 14 brand new tracks. Vinyl release to come in 2019.
Scientist [In The Kingdom Of Dub (1981)]

December 7 street date. Originally released in 1981 on Kingdom Records, recorded at legendary Channel One Studio featuring Sly & Robbie along with members of The Revolutionaries, The Aggrovators and The Soul Syndicate ! Hopeton Brown, better known as Scientist, has been a pioneering figure in the world of dub for 40 years. His early love of electronics proved fruitful when (still a teenager) he was hired at King Tubby’s studio in Kingston. Brown quickly ascended the ranks and became heir to Tubby’s throne, producing imaginative and technically impressive mixes that solidified his forward-looking nickname. Originally released in 1981, In The Kingdom Of Dub remains one of the best early LPs in Scientist’s long career. Produced by Roy Cousins at Channel One and featuring Sly & Robbie along with members of The Revolutionaries, The Aggrovators and The Soul Syndicate, the album offers a wide range of arresting rhythms, bold effect drops and exquisitely melodic bass. From “18 Drumalie Avenue Dub” (a reference to King Tubby’s address) to “Burning Sun Dub,” Scientist lays down a veritable roadmap of dub—filled with disintegrating echoes of satiny organ and textural guitar—firmly cementing his place as one of the true innovators in Jamaican popular music.
soundtrack [Breaking Bad (5x10" box set)]

November 30 street date. First time on vinyl. 10th Anniversary of the Breaking Bad TV Series. 5 x 10” vinyl in 5 different jackets, 1 relating to each season. Each 10” is the same colour, Strictly Limited Edition Albuquerque Crystal Coloured (transparent with a hint of turquoise) Vinyl! Lift off box-set with Breaking Bad logo on front with special drip-off varnish. Exclusive Breaking Bad Poster & Pollos Hermanos plastic ID badge. Booklet with exclusive pictures and extensive liner notes by Thomas, the musical supervisor of Breaking Bad. One run only of this very exclusive BOX-SET. Individually numbered. The manufacturing qty for Worldwide is est 4000. So far only the score music has been released on vinyl and now finally, for the very very first time, the original soundtrack music is released on vinyl! Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time and celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018. The legion of fans have been waiting for this to be released for a long time. There will be a huge demand for this exclusive BOX-SET! This release was never released in any other format (CD, vinyl, digital) before and will only be available on vinyl! The box-set includes a selection of defining songs, devided in five 10” records on coloured vinyl, each representing a season with accessory artwork. The numbered box-set also includes a booklet, poster and Pollos Hermanos plastic ID Badge. Next to all essential Breaking Bad songs by Badfinger, Calexico, Far East Movement, America, Fever Ray, Apparat, Whitey, Knife Party, The Peddlers and others, the 10” records also include various dialogies by Walter, Jesse, Skyler, Mike, Gus, Saul and many more. The box-set is a ONE-RUN-ONLY and is STRICTLY LIMITED!
Spinanes [Manos (re-issue)]

December 7 street date. The Spinanes were Portland OGs singer-guitarist Rebecca Gates and drummer Scott Plouf, who met via mutual friends and started playing music together a few months before their performance at the legendary International Pop Underground Convention in Olympia, WA, in 1991, and were snapped up by Sub Pop in the post-Nirvana feeding frenzy. Gates was a guitar manipulator more artful and poetic and sensual than her peers, with a voice full of emotion and warmth—a deep, distinct standout among the samey girly-girls. Plouf was a powerhouse drummer, exact and on-point, with a giant collection of shades and enough mod swagger to make Paul Weller proud. Their urgency was soft but they pummeled us hard. A college radio hit, Manos was characterized as indiepop or indie rock or “alternative,” but also had a touch of art rock, folk, emo, math rock, postrock, even jazz, nearing the same spiritual space as ’90s bands like Unrest, Sebadoh, and Versus. Named after a misheard Jesus Lizard lyric, Manos is just that: It sounds like smoky venues and dance parties at punk houses: woozy, tight, fraught, wrought, tense, intense, swoony, breathy, fast, worldly/weary—sophisticated and primitive, stressful and soothing. Manos was an original in a crowded market in 1993, and the Spinanes seemed to be everywhere. All hail its reissue, one quarter century later.
Super Furry Animals [Rings Around the World (2LP+7")]

December 14 street date. Rings Around the World, an album that recaptured the cohesive, experimental feel of the Super Furry Animals Guerrilla but more song-driven and sonically expansive. The first single was a good indication of what was to come: “Juxtapozed With U”, released in July 2001, and made it to the charts (#14). The record following this success a few months later was the first album by any artist to be simultaneously released on both audio and video. The eclectic record incorporated prog, punk, techno, pop and death metal. Different musicians added their talents to this record, including Paul McCartney and John Cale. The overall result is a timeless masterpiece, layered and textured, and one of the finest releases of 2002. The Rings Around the World package contains lots of extras: a one-sided 7” single with locked groove of a sample of “All The Shit U Do”, 4 page booklet with lyrics and credits, and inside-outplay of side three. This release is available as a limited edition of 1.500 individually numbered copies on coloured (pink & purple mixed) vinyl.
Toro Y Moi [Outer Peace]

January 18 stret date. Following the ever-emotive Boo Boo, Toro Y Moi’s new album Outer Peace is a time capsule that captures our relationship to contemporary culture into one comprehensive, sonic package. Outer Peace is a response to the expendable state of art that is a product of instant gratification. Bear’s ingenuity reveals a multifaceted expression of his universe on this record. It’s the space between the accessible and unconventional where he invites us to experience Outer Peace, which is rooted in finding peace in antithetical conditions: being stuck in traffic, hustling for your next check as a freelancer and all other chaotic moments in life that require digging beneath the surface to find solace. As both a producer and designer, Bear utilizes abstract sound pairings with recognizable samples for his most pop influenced record to date. This is no departure from his funk and disco roots, which can be heard on “Ordinary Pleasure”, later fusing into variations of house with tracks like “Freelance” and “Laws of the Universe.” Smooth interludes melt into fast paced beats, paralleling the feeling of driving through the Bay Area, where Bear spent most of his time writing the album. Outer Peace is duality. It embodies whatever form you choose to inhabit in the moment. Listen and let your imagination become the universe.
V/A [Jon Savage's 1968 (2CD): The Year The World Burned]

December 7 street date. Fourth volume of this popular series. A genre-spanning 2CD mix of hit singles, slow burners and lost gems, including the first-ever official release of the preview pressing of "Kick Out The Jams" by the MC5. The 45s that defined 1968 and crystallised author Jon Savage's memories of the year. 1968 began with business as usual in the pop charts, but the year would see convulsive political and social changes. This turmoil would be replicated in the music industry, where the effects of 1967 were seen in a proliferation of musical styles and social attitudes. The old days of a unified, central Top 40 were gone, and in its place came a new energy that transformed pop into rock, ska into rocksteady and early reggae, and soul into funk. Jon's selections for this year oscillate between soul, funk, Americana, pop-psych and hard-edged rock. With the loss of pirate radio after March, he heard of many of these either by scouring the record bins in central London or picking up tips from the music and the underground press. Some are later discoveries but the aim is to construct an ideal playlist that simulates a top radio show, without all the populist choices and extraneous filler - a more radical and faster-moving soundtrack for an inflammatory year.
V/A [Third Noise Principle (4CD): Formative North American Electronica 1975-1984]

January 25 street date. The third in Cherry Red's "Close To The Noise Floor" early electronica series - this time exploring the USA and Canada. Enthralled by the mysterious synthesiser and inspired by the DIY ethos of punk, a quiet musical revolution took place across the western world in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Inspired by the microchip and affordable electronics, artists for whom guitars, drums and bass had become old hat began to spread their wings and breach the boundaries of sonic experimentation. Some wanted to dance, some to relax and others to confuse and confront - all are represented here. "Third Noise Principle" explores every corner of this chapter in American musical history via over four hours of futurist, modern and sometimes challenging music. And who better to tell this story than the artists themselves - this lavish hard-backed package features first-hand sleeve notes from artists and their biographers, unseen photographs and an introductory essay by Sounds and Wild Planet legend Dave Henderson. 60 tracks from legendary artists Suicide, The Residents (a previously unreleased track), Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Patrick Cowley, NON, Laurie Spiegel, Chrome, Ministry, Moev, and dozens more.

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