09 Aug Newsletter 09/08/19 ft: Marika Hackman | Once Upon A Time In Hollywood | Dinosaur L
A selection predominantly consisting of re-issues this week with a smattering of new bits to fill the gaps… The pre-orders are hotting up however, with new Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Lana Del Rey among others.. scroll to the bottom for these! So let’s get into it.
A Quentin Tarantino soundtrack is always something to look forward to and this week we have the CD release of his latest and, if the reviews so far are anything to go by, one of his best movies to date. “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer/director features a large ensemble cast and multiple story-lines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
Personally curated by Tarantino himself, the soundtrack is a love letter to the music of 1960s era Hollywood. The Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood soundtrack features over 20 standout tracks from artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Deep Purple, and Neil Diamond, as well as vintage radio advertisements, creating a true time capsule of a golden era of film-making. This is the CD release, we are also pre-selling the LP which will be available as a limited edition double on orange vinyl with 24×36 poster as well as a standard version.
“Any Human Friend”, the third album from Marika Hackman, embraces a more electronic sound than previous outings, with greater use of synthesizers and a brazen and bold lyrical content.
“This whole record is me diving into myself and peeling back the skin further and further, exposing myself in quite a big way. It can be quite sexual,” Marika says. “It’s blunt, but not offensive. It’s mischievous.” ‘Any Human Friend’ is ultimately about how, as Marika puts it, “We all have this lightness and darkness in us.” On limited salmon coloured vinyl.
Dinosaur L is an alias of Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to dance music from the late 70s and through the 80s was formidable but only quietly acknowledged. His innovative and leftfield dance records were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time. As well as his great strides in dance music he was also involved in the New York downtown avant-garde music scene and produced some albums in a more avant-garde/experimental vein as well as trying his own unique approach to pop. He scored several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan was a huge supporter). His biggest tunes, “Go Bang!” and “Is It All Over My Face?” were worldwide club hits and are still played today as classics.
Sadly Arthur died in 1992, but his music lives on and his influence is still felt on the dance music scene, his tunes still sound great and are still moving many dancers around the world; his spirit lives on. We have Dinosaur L’s classic “24->24 Music“ for the first time ever on double white vinyl. Includes the original album track-listing plus rare 12” remixes and edits.
In the beginning, The Wedding Present were resolutely not an album band. In fact, frontman David Gedge had often been quoted as saying that they would never release an LP. Pleased to have recorded and released that debut single… they just started on the next one. This continued for a couple of years, while the band went from organising their own concerts in pubs around Leeds to playing at Glastonbury Festival. That all changed, of course, when “George Best” became The Wedding Present’s first album in 1988. But “Tommy” – released one year later – was made up of the early songs from the singles and radio sessions that had catapulted them from being bedsit musicians into indie darlings.
“Tommy 30” – a brand new re-recording of “Tommy” – did not come about simply as a ‘follow on’ to “George Best 30″. The band felt – during a Tommy 30th anniversary concert tour – that the songs had grown and evolved. Enter a more confident vocalist… an altogether growlier guitar. A bigger sound. The urgency of a 25 year old Gedge is replaced with a charming vocalist with years of experience. Everything’s warmer and, maybe, gentler… but in a satisfying way. It’s like your old friends have come home to see you. You’ve all changed, you’ve all had broken hearts… but you’re all still friends and you still enjoy each other’s company after all these years”. Limited edition blue vinyl with CD.
Three rather nice Blue Note reissues join us this week:
“Alligator Boogaloo” Lou Donaldson’s 1967 album for Blue Note and one of his funkiest sets as well as his best-selling. Features a young George Benson on guitar, Lonnie Smith on organ, Melvin Lastie on cornet and Leo Morris (AKA Idris Muhammad) on drums.
Donald Byrd’s “Ethiopian Knights”. Re-issue of the jazz trumpeters 1972 album for Blue Note, featuring performances by Thurman Green on trombone, Harold Land on tenor sax, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Joe Sample on organ and Wilton Felder on bass, amongst others.
The first time on vinyl for the jazz guitarist John Scofield’s 5th Blue Note album, “Hand Jive” originally released in 1994. Features Eddie Harris on tenor sax, Larry Goldings on keys, Dennis Irwin on bass, Bill Stewart on drums and Don Alias on percussion.
We have a bit of a treat for you Arctic Monkeys fans. Seven of their singles are being reissued on 7″ single… these are:
“When The Sun Goes Down”, “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala”, “Teddy Picker”, “Suck It And See”, “My Propeller”, “Fluorescent Adolescent” and “Black Treacle”.
On the excellent Dais records this week reissues of the first two albums by German darkwave/new wave band Pink Turns Blue. “If Two Worlds Kiss” is a seminal offering to the canon of dark wave’s DNA – a liquid lesson in melody, mood, and pacing – each track continuously adding to the journey like a unique push pin on a map of melancholy. “Meta” flexes the songwriting muscle and spirit of the band’s second iteration, informed by an entirely different set of circumstance and vocabulary. Both on limited clear vinyl.
Finally here after much delay – Anderson .Paak’s “Ventura”, his fourth album coming only 5 months after “Oxnard”. Includes guest spots from Andre 3000, Smokey Robinson, Nate Dogg, Lalah Hathaway, Jazmine Sullivan, Sonyae Elise and Brandy. Limited edition of 750 copies on milky clear vinyl.
Chali 2na and Krafty Kuts “Adventures Of A Reluctant Superhero”. The ex-Jurassic 5 rapper teams up with Brighton scratch DJ Krafty for their first album together, with guests Lyrics Born, Gift Of Gab, Harry Shotta, Skye (from Morcheeba), Omar and Dynamite MC. Includes exclusive 8-page comic-book by official Star Wars illustrator JAKe.
Bonobo’s classic debut “Animal Magic” on Tru Thoughts receives a much deserved reissue, limited edition of 2000 copies on double yellow vinyl.
Two demos from Sister Ray favourite Alex Chilton, recorded in sessions at the Ardent studio in 1969, but not released on the superb “Free Again” compilation that collected most recordings from those sessions, with Alex in transition from the end of The Box Tops and the start of Big Star. “It Isn’t Always That Easy / If You Would Marry Me” are both stunning songs – essential for Big Star completionists.
Pre-order goodness this week from:
50th anniversary edition of The Beatles classic 1969 album “Abbey Road” on 3 vinyl formats and 3 CD formats.
Lana Del Rey with new LP “Norman Fucking Rockwell” on limited edition double translucent blue vinyl.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with new EP “This Is The Place” on aquamarine coloured vinyl with 2 new tracks and 2 remixes from Dense & Pika and The Reflex.
Oasis’s seminal debut “Definitely Maybe” is being reissued on limited edition double silver vinyl.
Foals with “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2” on limited edition orange vinyl.
The ironically titled “Greatest Hits” from Throbbing Gristle on translucent orange vinyl.
Plus plenty more!
Well that’s your lot for this week. As always, thanks for reading and have a great weekend.