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
March 5, 2014 Real Estate's new album "Atlas" has taken the early lead as the big seller this week at Sound Cat, so much so that we're temporarily sold out of all of our copies of LP version. But never fear, we should have more vinyl copies tomorrow of the album about which about Pitchfork says: "its simplicity and eloquence is the key to 'Atlas'' surprisingly profound ache." Meanwhile, the good news for those more aluminumally-minded is that we did get more copies of the CD in today, and speaking of CD restocks, the new Beck album is back on CD today, as well. So, if you want to come in and stock up on new sad music in the most reflective of formats, we're ready for you! Video:Real Estate - Navigator (Atlas 2014)
March 4, 2014 As mentioned earlier, there are a number of new releases on the ECM label in stock today at Sound Cat, and one of them is a new CD from Vijay Iyer, "Mutations." As he often does, Iyer is trying something different here by combining piano and electronics with a string quartet. The album's title suite, says the review on the Free Jazz Collective blog, "is a great example of the virtues of the pristine ECM aesthetic, where a nice pair of headphones will open up subtleties and nuances of the recording that might otherwise be missed." Other releases out on ECM today that are in stock include a new CD from the Billy Hart Quartet, and CD reissues from Ralph Towner/John Abercrombie, Gary Burton and Sam Rivers, and even a couple LP reissues, from Rivers and Abdullah Ibrahim. Video:Vijay Iyer - Mutations