D’Angelo And The Vanguard – Black Messiah Vinyl Pre-order

I’ve only listened to it 30 times in the past three days so can’t for certain say whether Black Messiah is one of the best albums released this year or merely one of the best released this decade. The original press release via okayplayer.com claimed a 2xLP but this listing looks like a single LP. It’s 56 minutes long – let’s hope for two LPs, folks. In any case, you can get a February 10th pre-order in over at myplaydirect.com and watch the birth-rate skyrocket nine months from then.

Dangelo and the Vanguard Black Messiah

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Mark Templeton + Kyle Armstrong – EXTENSIONS LP + DVD

‘Extensions’ is the inaugural release on Templeton’s new Graphical label, and man, right out of the gate they are killing it. This 12” + DVD combo release is a tribute to Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian author and media theorist. As with last year’s ‘Jealous Heart’ LP, Templeton has this fantastic way of utilizing tape manipulation and found sound that makes the memories of a bygone time drip right out of your speakers. Kyle Armstrong’s visual component of the release is comprised of warped film and blurred imagination that is the perfect compliment to both the audio and to the underlying themes of technology and over-extension present in the release.

Check it out at Graphical. The LP is available to pre-order in an edition of 300 (and currently at a discount) and first 100 copies come with a limited edition postcard, with 20 different postcards in all.
 

extensions

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Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper 2xLP + Mr. Noah 12″ EP

It’s not as if we need the ecstatic new single “Mr Noah” to prove that the new album is going to be a highlight for 2015 but listening to it on repeat should at least help you solidify the decision to pre-order this limited edition of Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper. Two healthy slabs of vinyl plus the Mr Noah 12″ EP along with the eye-popping paper package to hold it all together – $30 at acus.dominorecordco.com.

Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

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Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music LP

You aren’t impressing anybody with your dilettante’s deconstruction of the piss-poor state of modern Country & Western music. Why not focus on something positive, man? Why not find an artist who represents everything that ever was and will be great about Country music and tell all your jaded, 30-something, micro-brew drinking buddies all about it? Listen to sturgillsimpson.bandcamp.com and buy a copy of his new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.

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Reagenz – The Periodic Table 3xLP

The Bunker New York is now shipping this 3xLP documentation of The Periodic Table, a collaboration of sound between Jonah Sharp (aka Space Time Continuum) and David Moufang (aka Move D). Recorded live off of a table full of analog hardware, each side represents 10-15 minutes of progression on what amounts to be a fully formed journey into classic Detroit sounds, synthetic melodies and the occasional wash of ambient bliss-out. Pick up a copy at thebunkerny.bandcamp.com.

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Darkspace – Darkspace I 2xLP

Frostbite in outer space is infinitely more grim than frostbite on planet Earth. It is known. Darkspace channel cold, clinical soundwaves from the Outer Reaches, and now you can replay these transmissions with the added buffer of analog warmth. Darkspace I is now available as a 2xLP edition from avantgardemusic.bigcartel.com. Make sure to read their blurb about shipping to North America – with a little bit of patience you can save some money.

Darkspace - Darkspace I 2xLP

Darkspace - Darkspace I 2xLP

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Drexciya – Harnessed The Storm 2xLP

It’s a good time to start exploring the work of Detroit legends Drexciya. Their classic albums are being repressed on vinyl – thereby nullifying the exorbitant prices being charged on Discogs and Ebay. Harnessed The Storm, in particular, can now be picked up over at experimedia.net (and on sale, too).

It also appears that all four 2xLP volumes of the Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller have been reprinted, so you can pick up I-IV (also on sale) here.

Drexciya - Harnessed The Storm

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Author & Punisher – Drone Machines 2xLP

So, ‘Drone Machines’ by Author & Punisher (aka Tristan Shone) was originally released in 2010 on…CD? Yeah, we weren’t sure either. What matters is the NOW, people. Seventh Rule has finally ushered in a double LP version of this massive and brutal recording. Fans of any kind of industrial or doom metal will be way into this. For those that aren’t familiar with A&P, Shone has built all these crazy machines to aid in his production. We could go on about this forever, or, you can watch the video and see for yourself why this record deserves its place in the pantheon in which it sits, and why seeing it is way more interesting than reading about it. When you are done, do not pass go, go directly to Seventh Rule, and pick up this slick release on black vinyl (which is on sale for $15.00!) OR a really rad silver w/ black/gold/green splatter (which is limited to 100 copies for mailorder)

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Sleep – Volume One LP

You may or may not have noticed that Sleep’s Volume One has been repressed. That’s about as seminal of a stoner rock record as any basement-dwelling, couch-bound vinyl collector could hope for – so maybe find a way to part with one of your 20 variations of Dopesmoker and pick this one up on wax. Essential. Ask your favorite online/offline record store or go pick up a copy from amazon.com or discogs.com.

Sleep - Volume One LP

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Kiasmos – s/t 2xLP

We’re fairly smitten with this recent full length from Kiasmos, a collaboration between Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. On their own they dabble in minimal, electronic-infused compositions and electro-pop, respectively. So put them together and you get engaging, rhythmic electronics with enough texture to keep things immersive while at home with your favorite pair of headphones. Pick it up from the label at erasedtapes.com or distributed in the States by experimedia.net.

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