Thrill Jockey Records:
Wake In Fright
Thrill Jockey Records
Uniform's Wake In Fright was issued as an "art edition" limited to 200, white vinyl housed in a screen-printed homage to Mad Max that's sealed with a wax stamp. Needless to say, these are gone. I won't say that the screen printed cover does much to enhance the actual album, but it's still pretty cool.
I reviewed Wake In Fright at No Ripcord. I recommend picking up a copy.
Castle Face Records:
Castle Face Records
I reviewed Bunker Funk for No Ripcord. Black vinyl copies of the album are still available at Castle Face.
Northern Spy Records:
Northern Spy Records
As I've been continually preaching the Parlor Walls gospel to everyone and anyone willing to tolerate my annoying fanboy drivel, I also made sure to pick up a copy of the album, Opposites. I purchased the LP directly from Northern Spy, who've been issuing some real gold this year.
I reviewed Opposites a little while ago. You can find the review here. Opposites is still available at Northern Spy Records on LP and digital variants.
Suicide Squeeze Records:
Sentimental Goblin E.P.
Suicide Squeeze Records
Ty Segall is an artist and a machine. I'll never understand how he manages to put out the amount of music he does while maintaining a level of quality that for many of his ilk would be impossible to achieve. This dude just writes, creates, performs, and records, and I've yet to hear something he's done that I haven't liked. It just doesn't make any sense.
Sentimental Goblin follows a new self-titled full-length LP that Segall put out in late January via Drag City: "Pan" b/w "Black Magick." It's more of a single than an EP.
The first pressing of 1,000 copies were released as half-blue/half-yellow vinyl and sold out very quickly. I jumped on the second pressing, which was issued as red vinyl. These are also sold out at this point, but the album is available in digital format. Prices on Discogs remain reasonable for both versions of the vinyl.
The Definitive 45 Singles Collection, Vol. 2: 1962-1991
Yes, I'm still building my Sun Ra library and, in this case, completing a series.
Another six sides of absolute awesome from Strut Records. These sets are a deep dive that require complete immersion with extensive liner notes. It's the type of set that affords one the opportunity to disconnect, sit still, and listen.
Letters From A Tapehead