Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon. Collected here for the first time, and skillfully remastered from original board tapes, demos, and session masters, this collection is an authoritative chronicling of the wellspring and maturation of Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould—three St. Paul teenagers who’d go […]
A self-produced tape of spiritual and devotional songs made in the mid-’80s, Vision Songs Vol. 1 was recorded in spiritual retreat guest rooms and Laraaji’s bedroom in New York. It’s a rare example of him writing and singing lyrics, and it’s endearingly youthful. Where his collaboration with Sun Araw or […]
Very rare Mönchengladbach punk/wave classic from 1984 now available again. Members of this band also played in the more well-known EA80. Experimental melancholic dark punk. Original copies change hands for well over 100 euros. This reissue comes with a lyric sheet.
Following the success of Curve’s debut full-length Doppelgänger, which nearly hit the U.K. Top 10 and spawned two hit singles (even garnering alternative radio and dance club play in the United States), the British group went in a darker, moodier direction with 1993 follow-up Cuckoo. Opener “Missing Link” is furious […]
In 1991, British alternative rock group Curve created an enormous buzz with their first three EPs, which were solid enough to count as a proper album (they were eventually packaged in the United States as Pubic Fruit). However, they surpassed all expectations with their debut full-length, 1992’s Doppelgänger, which remains their most successful, highly […]
Mag Earwhig! is a 1997 album release by indie rock band Guided By Voices. Following the dissolution of the group’s “classic” lineup, band-leader Robert Pollard recruited Cleveland group Cobra Verde as his backing band, while retaining the Guided by Voices name. Most of Mag Earwhig! was recorded in a professional studio in Cleveland by the new lineup […]
The Birthday Party was the first album by The Idle Race, a psychedelic pop band, released in 1968. This quasi-concept album was the first to be composed almost entirely of songs by a young Birmingham guitarist/singer named Jeff Lynne.
Originally released in 1982 on Illuminated Records. Normil Hawaiians had a transformative 1982. With two 7″ singles and a 12″ EP under their belts, they suddenly found themselves disillusioned, so they forced the hand of change. The band’s true constant in Guy Smith soon found himself with a new crew of musicians: Simon […]
Further departing from both the cinematic abstraction of ‘Piteous Gate’ and the hectic drums of ‘Damaged Merc’, Berlin producer M.E.S.H’s new full-length, ‘Hesaitix’, is marked by its hyper-ornamented rhythms and a sense of pensive, moonlit spaces.
Otim Alphia is no newcomer, having begun releasing pioneering “electro acholi” records – updates of Ugandan Acholi “Larakaraka” wedding songs created using computer software and electronic instruments – alongside producer Leo Palayeng way back in 2001. This fine double vinyl collection marks the first time any of his material has […]
Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. Free As […]
First dropped in 1985, over thirty years ago, “No UFO’s” paved the way for Detroit to unleash the beast we know refer to as ‘techno’, to the rest of the planet. Merging everything the Juan Atkins had heard through his adolescent years, from electro to funk and krautrock, his first […]