Wow. There’s a ton of great music hitting the racks of wax this week. The anticipated new set from Alice In Chains is going to be available on vinyl, as well as two great new releases on Kill Rock Stars by Panther and Shaky Hands, a beautiful limited edition live set from Damon & Naomi that comes with a DVD and a calendar, the debut set from No Friends (featuring Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste and 3/4 of the excellent Florida hardcore outfit New Mexican Disaster Squad) and Digital Leather‘s new one, Warm Brother. As if that weren’t enough, there are also some excellent reissues, including another 4AD/Vinyl 180 Dead Can Dancereissue (The Serpent’s Egg) and Amon Duul‘s totally killer Phallus Dei.
But, despite all the great new vinyl coming out this week, there’s much bigger news to discuss. In fact, there are two pieces of much bigger news.
1) A massive reissue campaign of all – yes,all – of Fela Kuti‘s albums is getting underway, via the Knitting Factory label. Every single one of them will be available on vinyl. Yes, all 45 of them. For those who picked up the superlative Fela box sets of years gone by, and figured that between those, some cheap Celluloid cutouts and a handful of expensive, beat-to-shit original versions you had seen all the Fela vinyl you ever would, you were wrong. And now you will be destitute. The reissue series gets underway later in October with a best-of compilation (The Best of the Black President) and documentary to remind people of Fela’s greatness. As if. The whole reissue campaign is expected to take around 18 months.
2) Speaking of massive: the entire recorded output of South Florida metallians Floor is going to be compiled into a jaw-droppingly awesome box set by the folks at Robotic Empire. Below and Beyond will, according to Robotic Empire, consist of “ten 12″ LPs, one 7″ EP, eight CDs and a (roughly) 32-page booklet of writings, photos, lyrics, artwork (and more) are all to be housed in separate jackets contained within a custom cloth-bound box. Each record comes on a different color of vinyl to match to the corresponding artwork, and two etchings accompany recordings that didn’t have appropriate flipsides.” Holy shit you guys. It’s not cheap – $249 – and is going to be super-limited to just 305 copies (because, you know, they’re from the 305/Miami area code).
2.1) Also announced this week, but not quite as exciting: both Neutral Milk Hotelalbums are going to be reissued next month on vinyl. Yes, these two albums are noise-pop classics and they are indeed great; but they never went out of print on vinyl. However, these new versions are slated to be on 180g vinyl (Remastered? Don’t know.) so, you know, all that fuzziness and distortion can sound, uh, pristine.
Alice In Chains: Black Gives Way to Blue
Brand New: Daisy (180g w/download)
Tyondai Braxton: Central Market
Breakestra: Dusk Til Dawn
Brandi Carlile: Give Up the Ghost (180g)
Cymbals Eat Guitars: Why There Are Mountains
Damon & Naomi: 1001 Nights (LP + DVD)
Digital Leather: Warm Brother
Drivin N Cryin: Great American Bubble Factory (w/CD)
Frank Fairfield: Frank Fairfield
Karen O & the Kids: Where the Wild Things Are
Mark Knopfler: Get Lucky (Warner Bros, 180g 2LP)
Kowloon Walled City: Gambling on the Richter Scale (ltd. to 500, w/CD)
Kris Kristofferson: Closer to the Bone (New West, 180g)
No Friends: No Friends
Om: God Is Good
Panther: Entropy (Kill Rock Stars)
Phish: Joy (ATO, 180g 2LP)
Shaky Hands: Let It Die (Kill Rock Stars)
Teenage Bottlerocket: They Came from the Shadows
Thank You: Pathetic Magic 12-inch (Thrill Jockey)
Thorr’s Hammer: Dommedagsnatt
Yonder Mountain String Band: The Show
Amon Duul II: Phallus Dei
Dead Can Dance: Serpent’s Egg (180g)
Herbie Mann: At the Village Gate (Audio Fidelity, 180g)
The Octopus Project: Identification Parade, One Ten Hundred Thousand Million(Peek-A-Boo)
Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water (Sundazed, 180g)
Wilco: A.M. (180g w/CD)