Oct 2018

Suspiria (2018) [OST] (CD)

Don’t expect Italo disco, a sweeping score, or retro giallo vibes from Thom Yorke’s Suspiria soundtrack. His compositions for the upcoming Luca Guadagnino remake pay effective tribute to the film’s history, its moody horror, and dark fairytale nature but they’re all done with that Thom Yorke flourish that makes every track feel imbued with the melancholy of the ages while still somehow managing to sound like they were written about 5-10 years in the future. Highlights include the gentle, lilting piano and melancholy flute on “Suspirium,” which stands in sharp contrast to the ominous ambient “Volk" and its icy, stabbing synths, while haunted distorted vocals open “Has Ended” before Yorke’s downtempo, distraught vocals kick in over hypnotic beats. The original Suspiria has already staked its claim as an arty, darkly beautiful classic — we’d reckon Thom Yorke’s soundtrack for the 2018 update will attain a similar status.

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You Won't Get What You Want (CD)

You Won't Get What You Want is the name of the latest LP from heavy rockers Daughters — perhaps it’s a nod to fans who were expecting more of the same from the manic Rhode Island quintet. Instead, the band serves up a brooding, sludged up foray into the realm of noise/experimental with bristling old school industrial menace. It’s a tour de force, thick with ominous riffs and simmering atmospherics. Daughters has the impressive ability to consistently evolve their sound in fittingly dark and aggressive ways and this most recent album stands as one of the highpoints in their dynamic career.

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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society [Deluxe Edition] (CD)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this truly excellent and highly influential album, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, with this new stereo and mono remastered version containing singles, B-sides, alternate takes and unreleased tracks, including the short but lovely single, “Time Song,” written in 1973 and characteristic of the group's wistful melodic style in that era.

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Last Building Burning (CD)

Cloud Nothings wrote their latest Last Building Burning with one main goal in mind: to make it heavy. The band conjured up their touchstones for the LP, drawing on inspiration from Drive Like Jehu, The Wipers, and Nirvana. All that’s evident in the music, yet this is still clearly the Cloud Nothings show. “Leave Him Now” benefits from irresistible hooks doused in pop-punk sneer. “The Echo of the World” is urgent hybrid punk/post-punk with tightly-wound drums and searing guitar riffs serving as a backdrop for frontman Dylan Baldi’s screams. “So Right So Clean” is blistering and brutal, with an air of melancholy lingering beneath the hard-hitting drums. Essential listening for fans of energetic, aggressive pure rock ’n’ roll.

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The Scorpion King: 5-Movie Collection (BLU)

This epic action-adventure fantasy collection includes five feature-length films in the Scorpion King franchise. With Dwayne Johnson, Michael Copon, Randy Couture, Victor Webster, Billy Zane, and Zach McGowan.

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Hell On An Angel (CD)

Country artist Dillon Carmichael makes his debut with Hell On An Angel, an album that shows off his southern rock influences but still provides plenty of twang. The title track and “Dancin' Away with my Heart” feature rock n' roll guitar licks that complement Carmichael's deep voice. “It's Simple” on the other hand floats on plaintive steel guitar and “Might Be a Cowboy” is a straightforward outlaw country ode. Produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), the album revels in the earthy country style of Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings.

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Una Noche Con Rubén Blades (CD)

Salsa legend Ruben Blades joined Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2014 for a critically acclaimed series that crossed genres and blended swing standards with Blades' own Afro-Cuban numbers. Now the experience is available on CD, with highlights including the singer's “Pedro Navaja” and “El Cantante” as well as Cole Porter's “Begin the Beguine,” all arranged by the orchestra's bassist Carlos Henriques. On the single, “Ban Ban Quere,” the exciting combination of rhythms from these virtuoso players dances around Blades' flexible voice with an infectious live energy.

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Live From The Ryman (CD)

Most bands go on tour to promote their new albums. Then there are those whose albums almost function as a promotion for the majesty of their live act. When you have a backing band as talented as Jason Isbell’s, the latter approach makes sense. The 400 Unit have been the musical bedrock behind ex-Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell for about a decade, and while their chops are surely evident on Isbell’s studio albums, they absolutely get their moment to shine on Live from the Ryman, a collection of 13 songs culled from the group’s six nights at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last October. Particularly epic is the rendition of “Last of My Kind” from 2017’s The Nashville Sound, as what is a relatively straightforward acoustic ballad is transformed into a sprawling, country-rock anthem with a huge, gospel-tinged aura, no doubt aided in part from the audience audibly singing along. While listening to the 400 Unit rip it up on your headphones is no substitute for being there, Live from the Ryman will get you pretty darn close.

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Vital Idol: Revitalized (CD)

Over 30 years after the remix album Vital Idol was released, comes this compilation of brand-new remixes of Billy's classic hits and some lesser known gems features Moby, Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, RAC, Cray, and more.

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Wasteland (CD)

Kevin Starrs aka Uncle Acid and his merry band of metal mayhem makers return for a killer fifth album of heavy stoner rock anthems. “I See Through You” tears a whole through its space-rock opening with a slick Bowie-ish riff and Starrs’ Ozzyriffic vocals. Thick slabs of monolithic distortion rain down like hail on the nearly nine-minute “No Return,” while the trim and sexy “Shockwave City” gets its kicks from lacing Beatlesesque melodies with riffs that snarl like motorbikes ripping through the desert in the dead of night. Though Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats don’t reinvent the proto-metal wheel here, they’re clearly running with the crown bestowed to them from touring with Black Sabbath and taking the sound to its logical extreme without losing their lo-fi cool. All hail Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, gleeful harbingers of doom!

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