December 5, 2013 Numero Group always does a great job mining the worlds of lesser-heard soul and funk, and they do it again in a new release that just arrived this week at Sound Cat: "Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound." It's available as a 4LP or 2CD box set, each with lavish packaging up to Numero's high standards, and it documents the scene that Prince eventually emerged from--one that, according to Numero, was "radically manipulating American dance music, varnishing futurist funk with guitar rock's glamorous sheen." Video:Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
December 4, 2013 New this week at Sound Cat: Captured Tracks continues its great Flying Nun reissue campaign with two early albums from one my New Zealand favorites, The Verlaines. There's an LP reissue of "Juvenilia," which collects tracks that appeared on EPs from 1982-84, along with an LP reissue of "Hallelujah All The Way Home," their debut album from '85. Two classics of romantic NZ post-punk. Video:Verlaines - Pyromaniac
December 3, 2013 Just in at Sound Cat: vinyl reissues of two early EPs from Big Black, "Bulldozer" and "Racer-X." They're remastered by Steve Albini himself (with Bob Weston) and back in print for those in the mood for a pummel.
December 3, 2013 In stock today at Sound Cat--it's a relatively quiet week for new releases this week, but there are still some cool things making their way out into the store, like a diverse group of new CD releases/reissues from Glen Hansard, Lightning Bolt, Boston, Xiu Xiu, Johnny Winter, John Zorn, Cannibal Ox and more, plus an LP reissue of the obscure but really great album by the Numbers Band. Also, finally back in print on DVD is the excellent documentary about Chet Baker, "Let's Get Lost."! Video:Let's Get Lost - Trailer
December 1, 2013 Used LP of the day: Nilsson, "The Point!" I'm spending a quiet Sunday here at Sound Cat filling up the Newly Arrived Used LPs bin with some darn good records, like this soundtrack to the early '70s animation that might also be one of Nilsson's best. "There's also an intangible quality to this record," says the Allmusic review, "a warmth and generosity that really wasn't on any of his other albums."
November 30, 2013 SOME FAVORITES AROUND SOUND CAT IN NOVEMBER
1. Mick Turner - Don't Tell the Driver
2. Bob Dylan - Side Tracks
3. Chrome - Half Machine From the Sun, The Lost Tracks From '79-'80
4. Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me DVD
5. The Renderers - Measured Strychnine Invitations
6. The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies Deluxe Edition
7. Michael Hurley - Land of Lo Fi
8. Kevin Morby - Harlem River
9. Robert Wyatt - '68
10. Molly Drake - s/t
11. Thelonious Monk - Paris 1969
12. various artists - I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America, 1950-1990
13. Boards of Canada - In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country 12" reissue Video:Kevin Morby - "Slow Train"
November 29, 2013 It seems like the first wave of Black Friday Record Store Day has passed here at Sound Cat, and we're sold out of a few titles, but we still have copies of plenty of cool exclusives left, like the Dylan, Dead, Nick Cave and Flaming Lips releases...and this vinyl pressing of Gene Clark's "Here Tonight: The White Light Demos." Very nice! So there's lots to still look at--BFRSD stuff and otherwise.
November 27, 2013 Sound Cat will be closed on Thursday, November 28 to celebrate Thanksgiving--have a great holiday everybody! But we'll be open early--at 9:00 a.m.--on Friday, and we'll be selling some of the Black Friday Record Store Day exclusives, like Bob Dylan's "Side Tracks," a great 3LP set of Dylan songs previously released only on collections, as B-Sides, and so on. Hope to see you soon!