March 11, 2014 New today at Sound Cat: It's sort of a quieter than usual new release Tuesday, but there are still some interesting things to tell you about, like a new album by Aloe Blacc on CD and LP, a Double LP comp of spy movie music on Soul Jazz called "Inner City Beat," a live CD/DVD (or CD/Blu-Ray) from Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, "Inside Llewyn Davis" on DVD and Blu-Ray, a CD from Elbow, along with a new one on CD from Dean Wareham (from Luna and Galaxie 500)! Video:Dean Wareham - My Eyes Are Blue
March 9, 2014 Used CD of the day: Dust, "Hard Attack/Dust." Just freshened up the used CD section here at Sound Cat with a couple dozen interesting titles, including this CD containing Dust's only two albums, which are worth checking out if you're a fan of early 70s hard rock and prog-ish psych. From their Allmusic bio: "At the dawn of the '70s, hard rock and early heavy metal were almost completely dominated by British innovators. Dust was one of the few American bands to try picking up the gauntlet, playing a progressive brand of proto-metal that was explicitly indebted to their British contemporaries."
March 8, 2014 Now playing at Sound Cat: Kraftwerk, "Computer World." Every once in a while, I have a week when I can't stop listening to Kraftwerk and this week it's been "Computer World." Since you may very well be reading this on your "pocket calculator" right now, you have to hand it to these guys for seeing into the future! Video:Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator
March 8, 2014 Used LP of the day: OutKast, "Big Boi and Dre Present..." You don't see OutKast's records in the used bin at Sound Cat too often, so this compilation of stuff from the earlier part of their career will be a good find for somebody!
March 7, 2014 7" of the day: Electric Eels, "Jaguar Ride." A great archival single, this is #2 in Hozac's Ohio Underground Series. "Jaguar Ride" is one of my favorite Eels songs and the B-Side "Splittery Splat" is a rarer comp-only track. Both were recorded in 1975, which boggles the mind. Some more (deserved) hype from the label: "The electric eels were the nexus of outsider noise at a time when there might have been several isolated antecedents in random basements in the early to mid 1970s, but none as stripped, bleeding, and almost too-cleverly-convulsing, and none more intimidating or more enigmatic considering how long it took their material to surface."
March 7, 2014 The sun is out in Pittsburgh, and Prince is on the cover of the April issue of Mojo (which arrived today at Sound Cat). Things are looking up!
March 6, 2014 Lots of records making their way into Sound Cat today, including--as promised yesterday--more copies of Real Estate's "Atlas" on LP. Plus, other restocks today include LPs from the Converge, Chvrches, Laurel Halo, Grizzly Bear, Husker Du, Drive-By Truckers, Elliott Smith, Burial, and a whole lot more. One of that more is a much-requested LP we've been out of for a long time, DJ Rashad's "Double Cup." Take note, if you've been looking for a copy of the record Pitchfork said this about: "This stuff would kill on a dancefloor, but you don't have to watch anyone's feet to appreciate what's on display here." Video:Dj Rashad - Feelin (feat. Spinn & Taso)
March 6, 2014 A eclectic batch of LP restocks went out late yesterday here at Sound Cat, with records from the whole wide world of music, from punk (Dead Boys, for example) to blues (Blind Boy Fuller, for one) to funk (James Brown, of course) to experimental (say, Derek Bailey) and so on. There were some good jazz titles we haven't had on LP before, too: Cecil Taylor's "3 Phasis," Sam River's "The Quest," and Miles' "Water Babies." One other notable LP arrival was a nice repress of John Cale's first solo album "Vintage Violence," a great album to have available in the analog realm again. Video:Hello There - John Cale (Vintage Violence)
March 5, 2014 Now in stock at Sound Cat: "Grand Budapest Hotel" Original Soundtrack CD. Every time there is a new Wes Anderson movie, it's certainly eagerly anticipated in my house--and if you share that feeling, perhaps the brand new soundtrack CD to "Grand Budapest Hotel" (with music by Alexandre Desplat) might help tide you over until it opens in Pittsburgh. Video:The Grand Budapest Hotel - Alexandre Desplat