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Ritual Howls new EP "Their Body"

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Son Lux - Stolen

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The Wanting by Nightmare Fortress

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I've been repeatedly listening to this at home on vinyl and digitally in my car.  It is dark and brooding and yet somehow also energizing and invigorating.  I love the vocals and the driving beat.  I recommend it highly if you are into Zola Jesus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Die Form, or other darkwave groups.


The Wanting by Nightmare Fortress

Atonalist featuring Gavin Friday - Atonalism. A cacophony of electronic and acoustic instruments

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I'll just say, first and foremost, this is going to be hard to beat out for my favorite record of 2017.  It is simply amazing.  I had to check it out because of Gavin Friday's involvement, but it didn't take but a few seconds of sampling the first song to convince me to preorder this. I was a wee bit anxious after hearing that only half the songs had vocals since I was motivated to buy this for Gavin Friday's involvement.  After several listens though I confess I don't really think of the songs as being with or without lyrics, at least not lyrics with words. The songs without words seem just as lyrical as those with words. I am now sure I will be buying the next Atonalism record with or without Gavin Friday.

It's fun to score

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Some items I picked up this past couple of weeks:

Marc Almond - Varieté
Ordered from Juno.com, Cherry Red Records put this on vinyl - Almost everything Marc Almond has done is essential listening for me - I think this is one of his best.



Suede - Coming Up
I've been watching for these Suede re-releases to be available in USA for affordable pricing.  Juno.com is definitely one of the most affordable places to pick up European albums.



Passenger - Young As The Morning Old As The Sea This has been on my wishlist since it came out, it just took awhile for it to make it on an order.  It is really a great album and the deluxe packaging is really beautiful.  Too many artists don't take advantage of LP size and potential in sleeve and booklet design.  

And from my local record store, Block Street Records: Midnight Oil - Red Sails In The Sunset

Fun Boy Three

Guadalcanal Diary - Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man

The Flesh Volcano - Slut (Marc Almond & J.G. Thirlwell aka Foetus)

The Housema…

Recent additions to my collection

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Record Store Day 2017 list was disappointing

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So the list is out and impressively long.  Unfortunately I found it sorely lacking in any items of substance.  Too many singles with no real unique value and certainly not budget friendly.  The album releases all seem rather dull reworkings, live shows, and/or rehashes.  I didn't find anything I would rush out for that day.  I was really looking forward to a day out and about rushing from one store to the next to score my wishlist.  Last year my list wasn't long but we had to go to three store to find what I wanted (John Grant, Dead Can Dance, and Etta James).  
I am mildly interested in Sire Records, Just Say 50 - but there is no track list yet and box sets are generally out of my range.  I'd like Big Star's 3rd, but the artwork is dull and there are two other volumes to consider in this archival reissue.  Marianne Faithful's Rich Kid Blues is tempting, but the UK has it on colored vinyl while the US listing doesn't mention color.  The Offspring s/t and Count…

Ivan Dorn - Collaba

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This isn't what I would expect to see from a popular Russian singer's video - very inclusive and free-spirited.

Soviet Soviet - Endless Beauty (Official Video)

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Amazing band, cool video

Dreamend - So I Ate Myself Bite By Bite

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An album I have been searching for - for years.  I was in a vinyl time out period when these came out originally and though I bought the CD and loved the music, when I found out about the animated picture discs once I was back into vinyl, I knew I had to have them.  Of course by then they were collectors items and hard to get anyone to part with for a reasonable sum of money.


PWR BTTM - Big Beautiful Day [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

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SNAP!  Pre-order it or be sad when others have prettier vinyl than you.

Skeleton Hands - Oxygen (Official Video)

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Still looking to find this on vinyl for a reasonable price

REVERE - 'Sonder' (Official Video)

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Sadly I just read on their facebook page that Revere has decided to "call it a day" and pursue other projects.  So with heavy heart I share a third video/song.

REVERE - 'A Road From A Flood' (Official Music Video)

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OK - I had to post another one by Revere - it's just too good not to

REVERE - 'I Won't Blame You' (Official Music Video)

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Another great band that needs more exposure.  Bizarre and compelling video set to a stirring song.

Shugo Tokumaru - "Katachi" (Official Music Video)

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So this is from a few years ago - it is still a really unique song and video that should be watched and experienced - play it full screen.

Dichroic Mirror - Here We Fall

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Someone needs to revive this bands catalog - never been on vinyl

Moon Duo - Cold Fear (Official Music Video)

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QUAL - CUPIO DISSOLVI

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Piano Magic – Closure

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How do you say goodbye to a friend that has been integral to your life for over a decade?  How do you thank them for sharing the most intimate, private parts of themselves and helping you discover more about yourself along the way?  This record feels like an unexpected breakup. It left me clinging to each track in desperation, vainly trying to keep my lover close and prevent them from leaving.