Rock

Various Artists “Garland Records: Pacific Northwest Jukebox” (Sundazed)

2020-03-27T02:29:27+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Rare and unissued Pacific Northwest floor fillers! While soul music might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the music of the Pacific Northwest, Salem Oregon’s Garland Records was churning out high quality hip shakers along with their reels of garage & psych.

Contained here is some super deep ‘Northwestern Soul,’ including three cuts making their inaugural spins 50 years after they were put to tape.

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Peel Dream Magazine “Agitprop Alterna” (Slumberland)

2020-03-27T02:29:27+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Peel Dream Magazine is the musical vehicle for NYC’s Joe Stevens, who launched the band in 2018 with the critically acclaimed album “Modern Meta Physic,” a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Now Peel Dream are back with “Agitprop Alterna,” an album that pays homage to sonic and spiritual influences ranging from early Stereolab and Broadcast through stateside groups like Lilys and Yo La Tengo.. “Agitprop Alterna” finds Stevens channeling the collaborative spirit of the band’s live incarnation in the studio, deepening the connection between the existential and the interpretive first explored on “Modern Meta Physic.” It is a rejection of manipulation in all its forms and a buzzsaw against complacency; it’s a rare trick to agitate without being obvious, and perhaps that makes “Agitprop Alterna” the most Peel Dream Magazine-like statement yet.
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Tindersticks “See My Girls” (City Slang)

2020-03-27T02:29:26+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Tindersticks release a new limited four-song EP See My Girls. The four song EP features a radio edit of See My Girls, an instrumental dub version of the track and two new songs – the David Boulter penned instrumental A Street Walker’s Carol and Blood And Bone, with Sidonie on lead vocals. The EP is a companion to Tindersticks’ 2019 release No Treasure but Hope.

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Arbouretum ‎”Let It All In” (Thrill Jockey)

2020-03-27T02:29:25+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Arbouretum’s mystic folk-rock uses English folk, country blues, Americana and 70s psychedelia as touchpoints in their singular and distinctive sound and they’ve perfected the craft of storytelling, using a delicate interplay of melodies and prosaic lyrics. Let It All In is their most accomplished and evocative album yet. Guitarist and vocalist Dave Heumann’s melodies and solos remain a central focus bolstered by the hypnotic rhythms of bassist Corey Allender and drummer Brian Carey, enhanced by Matthew Pierce’s substantial yet understated keyboard figures. Each song a vivid scene or tale; Heumann’s deep sense of spirituality and command of storytelling through myth and metaphor transports the listener to another world and time.

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Sorry “925” (Domino)

2020-03-27T02:29:25+00:00March 27th, 2020|

North London’s Sorry release their hotly-anticipated debut record 925 via Domino. Together with co-producer James Dring (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Nilüfer Yanya), best friends Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen have woven 925 like a dreamscape in which idyllic and hellish scenes intermingle, forcing the question of what is real and what is make believe. Inspired by everything from Hermann Hesse to Aphex Twin and old-school crooner Tony Bennett, their experimental and holistic approach marks them out as a thoroughly 21st century band; from their open-minded approach to genre to their creativity allowing them to self-produce the music and direct accompanying videos. Joined by drummer Lincoln Barrett and Campbell Baum on bass, Sorry emerged from a thriving scene of bands in London, and though 925 is their debut album, it is by no means their first statement. It follows a series of mixtapes, released sporadically and used as a way to experiment with the disparate influences and sounds that give 925 its distinctively modern and apocalyptic sound. Where previous singles and mixtapes earned the band their status as one of the most vital and relentlessly creative new British bands of the moment, 925 is a record which will undoubtedly cement their status as true originals and cross-genre innovators in 2020 and beyond.

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Daniel Romano “Okay Now” (You’ve Changed)

2020-03-27T02:29:25+00:00March 27th, 2020|

In a shocking turn of events, Daniel Romano has decided to give you exactly what you asked for–– He and his unparalleled live band, The Outfit, have decided that you deserved it, that it is in fact already yours––and they want to say “you’re welcome.” The record is called “OKAY WOW”. Which is probably what you’ll say when you listen to it. It’s all your favourite songs except superior in every way to the versions you’ve exhausted. “OKAY WOW” also features several rarities previously heard only on two albums which received brief, momentary release via Bandcamp before being deleted forever. “OKAY WOW” was RECORDED LIVE by Kenneth Roy Meehan the 1st while on tour across Scandinavia.

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Aardvark “Aardvark” (Esoteric)

2020-03-27T02:29:24+00:00March 27th, 2020|

One of the best albums released on NOVA, “Aardvark” features such outstanding pieces as the evocative ‘Once Upon A Hill’, ‘Many Things To Do’ and the powerful album closing track; ‘Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It’.

This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been remastered from the original master tapes and features a booklet with fully restored artwork and new essay.

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Acrimony ‎”Hymns To The Stone” (Burning World)

2020-03-27T02:29:24+00:00March 27th, 2020|

The first album by Acrimony (from 1994) for the first time ever on vinyl! Remixed and mastered in 2019 from original studio files by James Plotkin. Includes new artwork from JimBob Isaac (Taint/Hark). Acrimony’s influences were varied, from ’70s rock to trance techno, but their riffs were undeniably heavy, with lyrics exploring the isolation of their hometown and the same kind of disaffection that once launched Black Sabbath to the outer reaches of doom from a blues rock beginning.

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Chapterhouse ‎”Whirlpool” (Music On Vinyl)

2020-03-27T02:29:23+00:00March 27th, 2020|

British shoegazing/alternative rock band Chapterhouse released two albums during their existence, ‘Whirlpool’ (1991) and ‘Blood Music’ (1993). Their debut album is a fantastic example of shoegaze at its best. The wall of sound approach is built around dance music structures and they’re creating some heavy grooves. Comes on 180 gram vinyl.

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Epizootic “Daybreak” (Longhair)

2020-03-27T02:29:22+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Epizootic’s sole album is very rare one and in good shape a very expensive album if you are looking for an original one. Longhair is proud to present the first official re-release of this album, first issued in 1976 by Epizootic as a private pressing. Their music could be described as raw hard rock with psychedelic flavours, dominated by organ and guitar. Breaks and tempo changes within the titles are responsible for a diversified album. In his book ‘Scented Garden Of The Mind’ Dag Erik Asbjornsen declares: Epizootic made one of the most obscure Swedish heavy rock albums, in a joyful style reminiscent of Fuzzy Duck and early Atomic Rooster. The album has been re-remastered from an early CD self-release by the band and gains a better sounding. On the insert, keyboarder Lars Liljegren tells the band’s story and some never before seen photos show the band in their glorious days. Don’t miss the limited edition of this extremely rare album. Recommended.

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Golden Earrings “On The Double” (Music on Vinyl)

2020-03-27T02:29:21+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Golden Earring’s On The Double was the band’s first double album, released in January 1969. It contains 19 tracks varying from poppy songs and acoustics to their well-known heavier rock tracks. The album includes the bands first piano based ballad simply entitled “The Grand Piano”. However, most people will know this album for the song “Just A Little Bit Of Peace In My Heart”, which reached #2 in the singles chart in their homeland The Netherlands. The band was charging like a mad bull through venues all over the country and started to gain attention from countries all over the globe. This is when it started to get really serious for the band.

On The Double is available as a limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on red coloured vinyl and the package includes an insert.

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Fraction “Moon Blood” (Phoenix)

2020-03-27T02:29:21+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Los Angeles-based Fraction’s heavy psych classic Moon Blood was originally released on the Angelus record label in 1971. Only 200 copies were pressed, so originals are currently worth a small fortune. Fraction, with vocalist Jim Beach, bearing an uncanny vocal resemblance to Jim Morrison (although he was singing on Sunset Strip long before Morrison took to the stage), were often compared favorably with The Doors, although their quasi-religious message would probably not have found favor with the recently-departed Morrison. Indeed, this rather fine record was once famously described as the album The Doors probably wished they’d made! Underpinned by guitarist Don Swanson’s superb Ritchie Blackmore-style guitar work, this is an album full of beautiful psychedelia, acid and hard rock, at once emblematic of the era, but not dated by its association. The five original compositions are consistently of the highest quality and the contribution of Beach’s now legendary vocals places a stamp of originality on the recording that endures from beginning to end. Monstrously heavy, howling, epic psych that is basically a must-own. A truly excellent album. Featuring the original die-cut cover with colored cellophane, and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

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GR ‎”The GR Record Head” (Cardinal Fuzz)

2020-03-27T02:29:21+00:00March 27th, 2020|

No-bullshit underground free-rock and proto-punk dosage featuring a multi-piece line up of GRs! This acetate slab of defiant mixture makes the magic happens like an hallucinatory disenchantment incorporated into some ultra vindictive power… Infectious, scary, brutal, elegiac, freakish and wickedly stylish, GR’s fifth solo album ‘The GR Record Head’ pushes the boundaries straight up to cook your synapses. Once again, the album comes out outside of the standards, with no other backing than GR himself on all instruments plugged into overheated tubes, then a few dusty razor-like moving coil transducers, a mixing board built like a Panzer and an analog 4 track reel to reel recorder from another age. GuitaRazing, frenzied riffing and cranked soloing vagabondage on corroded strings, mesmeric tone, acid rave ups, rhythms like catapults, motorik plus deconstructive free forms, opaque vocals full of venom and fuelled by raw lines & metrics… Now pair all that with the craft of fixing sounds onto an early ’80s 1/4 inch reel tape and you got an idea of what The GR Record Head is all about.
The mother of all fuckers in actual D.I.Y./low-fi rock’n’roll.
Limited edition of 300 copies on white vinyl. An Opaque Dynamo (FR) and Cardinal Fuzz (UK) co-production.

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Hair “Piece” (Mayfair)

2020-03-27T02:29:20+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Denmark’s finest hard-psychedelic band will now get their first official reissue on vinyl. Hair (no connections to the musical) released their one and only album in 1970 on EMI/Columbia and despite the fact that this was major-label release, the LP still remains as one of the rarest artifacts out of Denmark.
The listener will be rewarded with an effective combination of guitar dominated hard-psychedelic songwriting and strong melodic influences, culminating in their awesome masterpiece ‘Dream Song’. This 2LP-Set includes the original album and all six songs from their singles plus a previously unreleased (on vinyl) song as extensive bonus material. The album and single tracks have all been remastered from the master tapes.

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Rain “1971…The Lost Album” (Jargon)

2020-03-27T02:29:19+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Rain was a popular blues inspired rock band from Rochester, New York. Members were Brad Morse on vocals, Ted Paris on bass, Mick Guerin on drums and led by guitar maestro, Helmut Getto. Rain was a real powerhouse in their day! This legendary band broke up shortly after recording their studio album in 1971.
Lost and forgotten for nearly 50 years, the album was never released! ‘1971… The Lost Album’, a collection of original songs that the band recorded in the summer of 1971, was originally planned to be a follow up to their first record, ‘Live Christmas Night’, which came out on the band’s label, Whazoo Records in early 1971. Through fate’s twists and turns, the plan changed and the studio album fell by the wayside. Decades later and after lots of detective work, the studio tapes finally surfaced! These eight previously unreleased original songs have finally manifested themselves on limited edition 12″ vinyl, and Jargon Records are proud to present to you this epic treasure of rock history as a part of Jargon Records’ Time Capsule Series!

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The Savage Resurrection ‎”The Savage Resurrection” (Mercury)

2020-03-27T02:29:19+00:00March 27th, 2020|

US IMPORT. An exact repro vinyl reissue of the sole album by this Bay Area acid-/psychrock band, originally issued by Mercury in 1968. A classic delivery of guitar dominated psychedelia, recommended to fans of Hendrix, Cream, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Tripsichord Music Box, Frumious Bandersnatch, etc.

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Skip Bifferty ‎”Skip Bifferty” (Acme)

2020-03-27T02:29:18+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Originally recorded in 1967 but not released until 1968, and in conjunction with the band here is the brand new official reissue of their classic debut album. This special edition comes with the mind-blowing psych artwork now reinstated with correct back sleeve artwork (minus the typo errors that plagued the original LP sleeve and hideously cheaply printed band photo) courtesy of band member Colin Gibson. In addition, this release comes with a previously unreleased bonus 1968 7″ single ‘Round And Round’ b/w ‘Reason To Live’ that was planned to have been their third single but was pulled at the last moment. A great psych classic – comes highly recommended! Limited edition pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
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The Sweet Marie ‎”Sweet Marie 1″ (Wah Wah)

2020-03-27T02:29:18+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Back on vinyl, this is the first of two great albums released by this obscure Hawaii-based band. The album offers the same style of exotic-blues, light psych and hard-edged acid rock as their second album ‘Stuck In Paradise’. This reissue (500 copies pressed) comes with remastered sound, reproduced artwork and an insert.

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T2 “It’ll All Work Out In Boomland” (Lion)

2020-03-27T02:29:17+00:00March 27th, 2020|

The rise of power trio T2 in 1970 was rapid: important open-air festivals; headlining residencies at the Marquee Club; appearances at virtually every major venue in London. Then their debut album was released; they seemed poised for a breakthrough. As the band recalled, they were playing the Marquee club, with John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix hanging out backstage, which was all to the good. But people were coming forward saying, “we cant find your album anywhere.” In short order, the band fell apart. Still, their sole Decca album has become well established as an all-time classic amongst progressive and psychedelic music collectors-even the techno and dj crowds. The fact that it has done so without hype is a testament to the innate quality of the music. The album is packed with melodic acoustic passages, frenzied fuzz guitar workouts, not to mention acid-trip induced lyrical and musical content. It is, in every way, an extraordinary album, one of rock musics best kept secrets, on a par with all the other major works that form the rock music canon of the time. Hefty booklet contains extensive musicological analysis by composer and musician Andrew Keeling, which includes illuminating interviews with band members Peter Dunton and Keith Cross, as well as detailed illustrations. Included as bonus are three tracks from BBC Sessions recorded in October 1970. Licensed from Decca/Universal, UK.

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Toad “Dreams” (Akarma)

2020-03-27T02:29:17+00:00March 27th, 2020|

After the release of ‘Tomorrow Blue’, we have to wait ’til 1975 to find Toad’s third album, unfortunately their last one. Originally released on Frog, ‘Dreams’ is a very good album that never got the attention it deserved because the band was a little bit disregarded by international press, and what was supposed to be their best seller, turned out being their swan song.

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Warhorse “Red Sea” (Repertoire)

2020-03-27T02:29:17+00:00March 27th, 2020|

‘Red Sea’ was the second album from the excellent rock band, founded by ex-Deep Purple bassist Nick Simper. As with many original Vertigo releases, collectability and costs have been steadily increasing over the years, as its availability becomes rarer.

The album is a truly long lost classic. It features Pete Parks, formerly of Black August on lead guitar, having replaced Ged Peck. Originally released in 1972, it proved to be their final release for the label, as the band then underwent several personnel changes before finally breaking up.

Among the original seven LP tracks is a stunning version of the Shirley Bassey hit ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’, as well as the title song, and such surging rockers as ‘Back In Time’ and ‘Feeling Better’.

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Frijid Pink ‎”Frijid Pink” (Akarma)

2020-03-27T02:29:16+00:00March 27th, 2020|

From Detroit, Michigan this act was a fine example of the local hard rock and blues scene. They enjoyed three top 100 hits in the US, but their finest moment was their highly original rock arrangement of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’, which is especially notable for some superb guitar work. Produced by Michael Valvano, their debut album also sold well, peaking at no. 11 in the charts. Apart from ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ and ‘Cryin’ Shame’ (written by Valvano), all their material was written by Beaudry and Thompson. Recorded in New York and entirely composed of original tracks penned and produced by the group, the second album also met with some commercial success, climbing to no 149. Both albums combine hard rock and blues and are recommended to fans of the genre. The group then broke up and Rick Stevers assembled a new line-up with Craig Webb (ex-Lost Nation) on guitar.
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