Alpine – Yuck CD/LP (Votiv Music)
“The sound of the Australian indie-pop band Alpine is so spare and meticulous, it's hard to believe it emanates from a six-piece group. While there's guitar, bass, keyboards and drums at play behind frontwomen Phoebe Baker and Lou James, Alpine builds its songs up harmonically, allowing its sound a sense of space not unlike modern R&B or the likes of jj and Lykke Li. ‘Light’ was a descriptor tagged to 2012's A Is For Alpine, and it's easy to be smitten by that seemingly effortless attribute.” – Boise State Public Radio
Evan Caminiti – Meridian CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Evan Caminiti’s slow but steady progression towards electronic music from sand-swept guitar drone mirrors the pace of the music he makes. It has been measured, each move well-considered and clearly intentional. Caminiti has immersed himself in electronic production on Meridian, creating organic sounds through his machines, patching sounds that recall the brassy resonance of horns and hazy choral clusters. Synthesizers hiss and crackle under layers of reverb and fog. Sounds undulate and implode in upon themselves, with bursts of noise dropping in and out to create shadows of rhythm. Caminiti’s electronic systems do not run autonomously -- the sounds heard on Meridian required real-time human interaction to bring them to life, and that human touch is essential to the mysterious atmosphere he produces on this new album.
Donald Cumming – Out Calls Only CD/LP (Razor & Tie)
Debut solo album from the lead singer of The Virgins. Longtime East Village resident Cumming has been intimately involved in the music and art scenes of downtown New York since he was a teenager. After being featured on the cover of Ryan McGinley’s debut book of photos in 2002 he continued to work as a model and actor before forming The Virgins. As far as his solo album is concerned, Cumming explains: “I don't listen to a lot of contemporary music but it seems to a trend that favors aesthetics over content. I don't have a sound that I'm looking for as much as I just want to be as sincere as possible.”
The Dream Syndicate – The Days Of Wine And Roses [Reissue/1982] CD (Omnivore)
The Dream Syndicate’s debut album, The Days Of Wine And Roses, has long been considered a cornerstone release of the early ’80s Paisley Underground scene. The original Steve Wynn/Karl Precoda/Kendra Smith/Dennis Duck line-up took seminal ’60s rock and filtered it through more modern sounds. Bonus tracks from previous editions have been replaced by rehearsal tapes that capture two songs that later turned up on Medicine Show, as well as four songs that no one has ever heard, including a nearly 10-minute Krautrock inspired jam.
Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones CD/LP+MP3 (Partisan)
Heartless Bastards’ fifth studio recording and follow-up to 2012’s Arrow, finds singer/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom exploring as-yet-unvisited avenues of sound and sensation, her bravery and ambition readily apparent in the emotional timbre and the sheer physicality of her songs. The sessions were marked by the band’s openness to the unfamiliar, allowing previously untapped influences from The Byrds and Syd Barrett to the Faces and the Flaming Lips to take root in their own distinctive blues-powered rock & roll. “Wind Up Bird” and “Into The Light” are straightforward yet stunningly sophisticated, shot through with layered guitars, atmospheric harmonies, hints of synth, and a powerhouse rhythm section adept at both subtle swing and heavy horsepower. Wennerstrom’s spellbinding vocals are of course front and center, her one-of-a-kind voice as primal, cathartic, and indefinable as ever.
High On Fire – Luminferous CD/2xLP (eOne)
“There may be no band on the metal underground more consistently great than the long-running Bay Area power trio High On Fire. The band always comes off like a hoard of stampeding elephants, just ripping through these magnificently huge gutbuster gallops. But Luminiferous, the band’s new album, might stand as one of their best albums. Even on the moments where it lets up, as on the sludge-blues dirge ‘The Cave,’ it doesn’t really let up; it just finds another, more interesting way to stomp ass.” – Stereogum
Hudson Mohawke – Lantern CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Glaswegian super-producer Hudson Mohawke returns with a new LP, Lantern. With the rap-focused sound ever so slightly on the back burner, HudMo allows a boundless maximalism to fuel the experience. The euphoric chipmunked sample on Ryderz, the invigorating drop on ‘Very First Breath’ and the starry-eyed boldness of ‘Brand New World’ all come together for an LP that puts a brand of luminous joy at the forefront. Having pulled in headlines and credits with some of the planet’s biggest names, Lantern proves that Hudson Mohawke deserves the adoration from the other side of the mixing desk. His commitment to this fascinating and cinematically uplifting sound palette places him as one of the UK’s finest talents. This is the record that proves it. (Limited vinyl edition features a print and a bonus track.)
Amos Lee – Live At Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony CD (ATO)
When Amos Lee rolled into Red Rocks in August 2014 he had been on tour for almost a year in support of his fifth studio album Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, but this concert in particular was something special. His first headlining date at the legendary venue, and backed by the Colorado Symphony with arrangements composed just for that evening.
Maribou State – Portraits CD/LP+MP3 (Counter)
With a sound as quintessentially British as the picturesque Hertfordshire village that they call home, Maribou State release their debut album. Portraits sees Chris Davids and Liam Ivory exemplify the sort of rare but precious sonic harmony that has made their name so far: equal parts emotive instrumentation and sturdy rhythms, stark soundscapes and rich textures. Featuring longtime collaborator Pedestrian (2nd Drop/Born Electric) as well as vocalists Holly Walker and Jono McCleery, the album takes on a subtle dynamism and natural warmth redolent of Gold Panda and Sohn.
mewithoutYou – Pale Horses CD (Run For Cover)
mewithoutYou’s sixth studio album hearkens boldly to the raw intensity of 2004's Catch For Us The Foxes, while building on the rich imagery of 2006's Brother, Sister. Epic in scope, Pale Horses is mewithoutYou at their best, breathing fresh life into the end times, gloriously terrifying and hauntingly iconic. Vinyl version due August
Part Time – Virgo’s Maze CD/2xLP+MP3 (Burger)
“Sixties psychedelia, '70s glam and soft rock, '80s new romanticism and shambolic indiepop -- it's all there, sometimes in the same song.” – Brooklyn Vegan
Phish – Amsterdam 8xCD (Jemp)
An all-new eight-CD Box set from Phish's infrequent European shows. Full shows from 2/17/97, 7/1/97 and 7/2/97 at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Nate Ruess – Grand Romantic CD (Fueled By Ramen)
Debut solo album from the fun. frontman. Opening salvo from the second track “AhHa” is reminiscent of Ruess' foot-stomping, Queen-inspired fun. works, but the track soon blossoms into a touching tale about breaking free, struggling with depression and finding salvation in music. Despite Ruess' solo LP and guitarist Jack Antonoff's Bleachers project, fun. have promised fans that the trio is not breaking up, but they are going on hiatus until they are "inspired" to reunite again.
Ryn Weaver – Fool CD/LP (Interscope)
Debut album from singer/songwriter and producer Ryn Weaver. Produced by multi-platinum producer Benny Blanco and Passion Pit creative force and frontman Michael Angelakos, Fool features breakout single “OctaHate” along with brand new music from Weaver.
Yonder Mountain String Band – Black Sheep CD (Frog Pad)
For nearly 17 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock & roll and improvisation. “What all that growth has meant for the band is a sixth studio record, Black Sheep, and a new version of their sound that indulges their steely punk roots and fuses them with die-hard Appalachian rituals. This will be the first record that has the band in classic five-piece bluegrass formation on the entire LP — guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and bass — but, in Yonder Mountain String Band tradition, adhering to convention provides even more opportunities to shatter it just so.” – Rolling Stone
Yukon Blonde – On Blonde CD/LP (Dine Alone)
Perennial pop/indie rock wizards Yukon Blonde return with their third LP and follow up to widely acclaimed sophomore breakout album, Tiger Talk. “Canadian synth-pop band Yukon Blonde has built up a catalogue of perfectly crafted pop songs, but their new album has them expanding into a more sophisticated dance rock sound. Songs like ‘Como’ and ‘Saturday Night’ are euphoric gems of heavenly layered vocals and retro synth leads. It’s no wonder these tracks sound so huge and glossy, with Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan, Sleepy Sun) producing and Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck, Foster The People Air, Depeche Mode) mixing.” -- Stereogum
Air – Premiers Symptoms [Reissue/1997] LP (Parlophone)
Air – Moon Safari [Reissue/1997] LP (Parlophone)
Air – The Virgin Suicides [OST/Reissue/1999] 2xCD/2xCD+LP+7”+MP3 (Parlophone)
Air – 10,000 Hz Legend [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Parlophone)
Air – Talkie Walkie [Reissue/2003] LP (Parlophone)
Air – Pocket Symphony [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Parlophone)
Cheatahs – Murasaki 12”+MP3 (Wichita)
London shoegaze quartet Cheatahs are back like they never left after releasing February’s fierce Sunne EP.
The Fall – The Wonderful And Frightening Escape Route To The Fall [Reissue/1984] LP (Beggar’s Banquet)
The Fall - Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall [Reissue/1984] LP (Beggar’s Banquet)
The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace [Reissue/1985] LP (Beggar’s Banquet)
The Fall - Schtick - Yarbles Revisted  LP (Beggar’s Banquet)
The Wonderful And Frightening Escape Route To The Fall contains the material from the two singles and the EP, Call For Escape Route that the band released in 1984, which were also part of the extended cassette version of the original album. These were the remaining tracks recorded at the sessions. Released in 1984, The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall was the band’s seventh studio album and their first for Beggars Banquet. It makes few concessions to the larger market -- every potential hook seemed spiked with the band’s usual rough take-it-or-leave-it stance -- though the integration of Brix Smith into the band added a melodic twist. Originally released in 1985, This Nation’s Saving Grace is one of The Fall’s most loved releases and is often hailed as one of the greatest albums of the 1980s. Drawing from the well of primal rock ‘n’ roll, the band play with muscular spontaneity and inspiration to create music that still sounds unique and challenging, especially against today’s anodyne imitations of rock and ‘guitar music.’ Available for the first time on vinyl, Schtick – Yarbles Revisited compiles the singles released around This Nation’s Saving Grace and includes five tracks from the bands’ 1985 BBC Peel sessions.
Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Jaakko Eino Kalevi LP (Weird World)