If you didn't spend all of your money at Bumbershoot over the weekend, then today is a great day to go out and buy some new records. South African psychedelic rock combo BLK JKS just released their highly anticipated album, After Robots, and it's available on vinyl. Polvo, who play at the Crocodile on October 6, have a new record on shelves today as well.
There isn't a ton of new vinyl being released today, but that shouldn't stop you from supporting your neighborhood record store and making a purchase anyway. After the jump, vinyl columnist Jason Ferguson gives you the low-down on all of the new releases and reissues that are available on wax as of today.
It looks like everyone - including purveyors of beautiful vinyl - is getting out of the way of the Beatles reissues this week. Between the impending (CD only) arrival of the Fab Four remasters and the Labor Day holiday, a lot of labels decided to sit this Tuesday out. Still, even though the action on the racks may be a little light this week, I got quite a nice surprise courtesy of the US Postal Service in the form of two unexpected slabs of 180-gram vinyl coated with some thick, contemporary takes on retro-soul.
Thanks to the folks at an upstart soul label called Rabbit Factory, acts like JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound and Wiley and the Checkmates are getting some much-deserved attention. Both Brooks' Beat Of Our Own Drum and Wiley's We Call It Soul came packaged in simple, thin sleeves adorned with arresting artwork (the Checkmates album slyly nods its visuals toward an Ornette Coleman album), with liner notes, well-mastered 180-gram vinyl and even a CD-R stuffed inside. Although both albums are available via iTunes and on CD, I can't recommend enough picking up the (inexpensive) vinyl versions; the analog editions really jump out of your stereo, thanks both to the fiery performances and the top-notch production.
Anyway, like I said, the release front is a little thin this week, but hey, there's still some pretty big releases - Polvo, Yo La Tengo, Health - so go give your local record store a reason to exist beyond selling 40-year-old albums for the zillionth time.
BLK JKS: After Robots
Boredoms: Super Roots 10
Howie Day: Sound the Alarm
Health: Get Color
Lord Newborn & the Magic Skulls: Lord Newborn & the Magic Skulls
Polvo: In Prism
Taken By Trees: East of Eden
Wild Beasts: Two Dancers
Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs
The Breeders: Pod, Last Splash (180g)
The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (the remastered album on 180g vinyl with a bonus 7-inch)