Pixies Trompe Le Monde (30th Anniversary) For its 30th anniversary, Pixies 1991 album Trompe Le Monde is being reissued on limited marbled green vinyl, out September 24th 2021. Trompe Le Monde bookended a golden run of landmark records - a mini-album followed by four albums, released in quick succession – that cemented Pixies as one of the best for a generation. Translated from French to mean “fool the world”, Trompe Le Monde showed the band still restless to push their sound forward. Recorded between Burbank, Paris and London, with producer Gil Norton again at the controls, their fourth album is arguably their most playful with Black Francis’s lyrics on UFOs and conspiracy theories keeping things weird while power pop creeps in to amplify the space rock established on predecessor Bossanova. Featuring singles ‘Planet of Sound’, ‘Alec Eiffel’, ‘Letter to Memphis’ and a flawless cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Head On’, Trompe Le Monde goes full throttle with 15 tracks coming in a quickfire 40-minute salvo. Receiving critical praise at the time and being supported by a huge tour that included playing stadiums with U2, it also proved to be the end of act one for the band with them taking over a decade before returning to stage together. A brilliant record, Trompe Le Monde sounds just as fresh 30 years on with outlets such as Pitchfork concurring, retrospectively scoring it 9.3, they called it “more aggressive than anything in their catalog but also more confident. They can handle this now, and they do.” 4AD LP Pre-Order
The Birthday Party Junkyard This is a brand new re-release of Nick Cave's Australian post-punk's 1982 album Junkyard. It comes remastered by Henry Rollins (in 2000) with a 7" off Release The Bats / Blast Off and includes a CD of all thye tracks. The Party's second and final full studio album was perhaps its scuzzy masterpiece, its art/psych/blues/punk fusion taken to at times outrageous heights. Right from its start, nobody held back on anything, Cave's now-demonic vocals in full roar while the rest of the players revamped rhythm & blues and funk into a blood-soaked cabaret exorcism. Nearly every tune is a Party classic one way or another..."Blast Off" and "Release the Bats" were originally issued as a single; both seethe with rage and fire in spades. The latter is at once powerful and a bit of a tongue-in-cheek goth goof, with Cave serving up lines like "Don't tell me that it doesn't hurt/A hundred fluttering in your skirt." http://www.thebirthdayparty.com.au/ 4AD 7" | LP
Gene Clark No Other Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece gets the reappraisal it’s long overdue. “One of the greatest albums ever made. Initially celebrated for its obscurity, No Other is now celebrated for its magnificence. It was in every way a magnum opus: epic, sprawling, poetic, choral, rococo.” The Guardian On the eve of what would have been American singer-songwriter and Byrds founding member Gene Clark’s 75th birthday comes the reissue of one of his finest works, No Other. Released in 1974 on Asylum Records, a year after the Byrds shortlived reunion, Gene reached for the stars with No Other; a psychedelic rock, folk, country and soul record that famously cost a small fortune to make. Although received warmly by critics, it flopped and was soon deleted, a failure Gene never came to terms with. However, as The New York Times wrote around the record’s 40th anniversary in 2014, “hindsight has burnished No Other, as it has redeemed other albums that went on to be reconstructed as rock repertory, like Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers and Lou Reed’s Berlin,” with the album now being increasingly recognised as one of the greatest of its time, if not all time. 45 years on and recently remastered at Abbey Road, 4AD are giving No Other the reappraisal it deserves. The original eight track album is being released on both CD and LP, while a limited run double CD edition in a hardbound book cover is also coming which includes a bonus disc of alternate studio versions of each track plus a recording of ‘Train Leaves Here This Morning’ (an Eagles hit in 1972, written by Gene and Eagles founding member Bernie Leadon). Excitingly, the deluxe boxset edition fans have been waiting decades for has also been lovingly curated. An extremely limited item, the box contains the LP, three SACDs (the original album in an authentic Japanese vinyl replica sleeve plus two more discs of session mixes), an exclusive 7”, a comprehensive Blu-Ray disc which includes HD versions of all tracks, a stunning 5.1 surround mix of the album, the original 1974 vinyl master and an exclusive documentary by Paul Kendall (the director responsible for the acclaimed 2013 film, The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark), and a hardbound 80 page book which features essays, extensive liner notes and previously unseen photos. 4AD CD | LP
Deerhunter Microcastle/Weird Era Cont Deerhunter are an awesome band. Blissful experimental indie rock which does the My Bloody Valentine sound right for once. Comes backed with 'Weird Era Cont.', which is an album of more lo-fi and demoish sounding material. So two albums for the price of one, basically. Fans of the likes of Sonic Youth or M83 should love this. I love this. Microcastle: 1. Cover Me (Slowly) 2. Agoraphobia 3. Never Stops 4. Little Kids 5. Microcastle 6. Calvary Scars 7. Green Jacket 8. Activa 9. Nothing Ever Happened 10. Saved By Old Times 11. Neither Of Us, Uncertainly 12. Twilight At Carbon Lake Weird Era Cont.: 01. Backspace Century 02. Operation 03. Ghost Outfit 04. Dot Gain 05. Vox Celeste 06. Cicadas 07. Vox Humana 08. VHS Dream 09. Focus Group 10. Slow Swords 11. Weird Era 12. Moon Witch Cartridge 13. Calvary Scars II/Aux Out 4AD CD | LP
Tune-Yards I Can Feel you Creep Into My Private Life Indies only LP is on clear vinyl with an alternative sleeve. Both LPs include a poster and a download code. Following on from their acclaimed 2014 album Nikki Nack, Tune-Yards are back as a duo and joined by long-term collaborator Nate Brenner for I Can Feel you Creep Into My Private Life. Their new album, I can feel you creep into my private life, tackles race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album is their most immediate and upbeat yet – this is Tune-Yards’ music to dance to. 4AD CD | LP
Aldous Harding Old Peel b/w Old Peel (Alternate Version) Known And Loved By Fans As The Stunning Track That Closes Her Live Show, Aldous Harding Finally Releases ‘Old Peel’. Available To Independent Retailers On 7” With An Alternate Take On The B-Side. Aldous Harding Returned To Work With Producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Dry Cleaning) To Record Both Versions At The End Of Her Last European Tour. 4AD 7"
Tune-Yards W H O K I L L [RSD21] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2021 - Drop 1. Available from Saturday 12th June over the counter (if we're open), with online sales from 6:00pm on the same day. Click notify me above to be kept up to date. Tune-Yards’ 2011 breakthrough second album whokill will receive a limited edition pressing on splatter vinyl to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Record Store Day. Upon its original release the album received accolades from The Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR, The New York Times, and it won the Village Voice's prestigious Paz & Jop critic's prize. The brainchild of Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs began life as dictaphone recordings which were then painstakingly mixed down on GarageBand to create her opening gambit, the debut album BiRd-BrAiNs. Initially released on a limited LP run with screen printed sleeves recycled from thrift store bargain bins, the album was formally released in late 2009. Alongside the record, she also started to build quite a reputation for her live performances. Using loop pedals, two mics, a snare drum, a ukelele, her distinctive voice (she's spent time teaching singing in Kenya) and crucially, a second band member, Nate Brenner on bass. The album, w h o k i l l, marks a time when everything came together in to one cohesive whole. Recorded in a studio and influenced heavily by her moving to Oakland, California, she and Nate made an album that delivered on her early promise. Lyrically Garbus explores constructs of femininity and sexuality with the threat of violence that lurks on the streets where she now lives, while the energy of their show has been translated perfectly to record. Tracklisting: Side A 1. My Country 2. Es-so 3. Gangsta 4. Powa 5. Riotriot Side B 1. Bizness 2. Doorstep 3. You Yes You 5. Wooly Wolly Gong 5. Killa 4AD LP RSD 2021
The Amps Pacer A vinyl reissue of the 1995 album from The Amps, Kim Deal's side-project that was created while on a break from The Breeders. "I think Pacer has everything. It's kind of experimental; there's a lot of vocal experimentation on the record. I love the recording. The drums are very abrasive and raw, and it has everything. There's an incredible mix of pop songs and weird, kind of abrasive almost punk rock songs, and there's real beauty I think on this record." - Elijah Wood 4AD LP