Well, to start off this weeks newsletter, a big ol' announcement. As you may know, the goal this year was to move into a new/better space, and as you may have guessed, it will be down the East Lancs road (other roads are available) in Leigh. More specifically Spinners Mill, Leigh. A 15 minute drive from where currently situated in Walkden.
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Hard Drive (2022 Remaster, Vinyl)
Guided By Voices - La La Land
50% jazz is the above, jazz january. Firstly though at the top left you will see The Murder Capital, not jazz. Part of the seemingly thriving scene over in Ireland, this is their 2nd album. Perhaps not as raucous this time round, but certainly more refined. London Odense Ensemble next with one of those mighty fine El Paraiso sleeves, everything on that label is always worth a buy just on the artwork. It's one to get lost in, listen to 'Reflective Shapes'. Ghost Woman, shimmering guitar riffs ready for weather that we currently seem a bit far of experiencing. Sun Ra, Art Blakey, jazzers you know the score. Lastly, Guided By Voices, on what must betheir 100th album now.
Upcoming Releases - Selected Pre Orders
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Where to start... Loads chucked on the website since we last spoke. Very difficult to pick just a few, but that's what i've done below.
Free Love - Inside
I'll kick things off with this from Free Love. Cosmic Scottish electro-pop duo mixing things up both musically and linguistically. It's due out February 24th and sounds great. Hence it going top of the list this week. Listen to 'Dans Le Noir'.
Just got the info for this in time for the mail. boygenius is Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker. All star indie/folk trio. They've put out a few bits before this, but this is their first album proper. Comes with a magazine n all.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Council Skies (Vinyl LP + Bonus 7")
Think Sleaford Mods and Noel have insulted each other on the odd occasion? So made sense to stick these two next to each other.
Trevor Beales - Fireside Stories (Hebden Bridge circa 1971-1974)
Perhaps my biggest stock blunder last year was not stocking the first press of this. Thankfully, another batch has been done. Largely promoted around the tag line of 'Hebden Bridges answer to Nick Drake', that might sound extremely bold, but this is one of those rare occasions where the hype really is called for. A fantastic set of songs. Would encourage you to click through for all the info. Listen to 'Marion Belle', please.
Mainstream Disco Funk (Mainstream Records 1974-1976)
Forest - Forest (Vinyl LP)
Thats a good set of releases right there. Top left we have a jazz-funk, cinematic excursion out of 1973. Top right a 1979 release from Sweeden/Sveeden being reissued by Manchester reissue label 'Be With', a folk/jazz/acoustic excursion that is a must listen. Bottom left a collection of rare disco/funk 7" from the mid seventies. Bottom right Forest, described as a Mother Earth jamming with Tim Buckley kind of sound, a real rarity with 6 of the tracks previously unreleased.
The Stranglers - Feline (Deluxe Version) Red & Translucent Marble Vinyl 2LP
Inspiral Carpets - The Complete Singles (Heavyweight Midnight Licorice Vinyl)
A couple of big hitters to chuck into the mix.
Tricky - Adrian Thaws
Tricky - False Idols
Tricky - Ununiform
The National - First Two Pages Of Frankenstein (Black Vinyl)
The National - First Two Pages Of Frankenstein (Red Vinyl)
A big one to finish things off this week. New from The National.
Back In Stock
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Tinderbox
Pulp - Different Class
Soundtrack - Pulp Fiction
Blur - 13
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (Mono)
Eminem - The Eminem Show
Tricky - Maxinquaye (Vinyl LP)
Portishead - Dummy
Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift
Thanks For Reading!
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