This Just In: Krautrock, Bacon Fat & Drone

Why not start off 2013’s run of “This Just In” with three of my favorite things, Krautrock, Bacon Fat & Drone? Well, not actual bacon fat… I’m talking about R&B here! Each of the following are great entry points to their respective sound styles and make excellent additions to any well-rounded collection. Lots of new releases and restocks in this week too!

Popol Vuh – Affenstunde LP:
*** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
“Brilliant debut by the godfathers of ambient and world music, Popol Vuh! Originally released in 1970, Affenstunde (literally ‘Ape Hour’) was the first album by a German band to employ the extraordinary sounds of the Moog synthesizer. Blending electronics with traditional percussion instruments, Popol Vuh – led by the legendary multi-instrumentalist Florian Fricke – created a tribal and dreamlike blanket of sound that would go on to influence many-a-band on the krautrock scene and beyond. Popol Vuh would also soon famously begin to collaborate with Werner Herzog, composing many of the soundtracks to his films from this period (including Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Nosferatu and Fitzcarraldo).” Numbered edition of 500, so move fast!

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Andre Williams – Bacon Fat: Fortune Singles LP
“One of the last remaining links to the heyday of R&B and funk, ‘Mr. Rhythm’ is a pure living legend of black music. He not only produced and wrote songs for folks like Ike Turner, Parliament/Funkadelic, Edwin Starr, and Stevie Wonder, and worked at seminal labels like Chess, Motown, and Fortune Records, but he also wrote and sang an enormous number of his own songs, cult classics like ‘Jail Bait,’ ‘Greasy Chicken,’ and ‘Bacon Fat’. This release focuses on the earliest — and dirtiest — years of his five-decade-long career, compiling all of his singles from 1957-1958 for the legendary Fortune Records label.”

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Stars Of The Lid – Ballasted Orchestra 2LP:
2013 repress, originally released in 1997. “The vinyl version of the second (or third, depending on how you calculate) Stars of the Lid album, their first for kranky, is finally being reissued. When kranky tried to reorder this title from our then vinyl manufacturer many years ago, we learned that the metal mothers had become oxidized and unusable, probably through poor care in storage. So we shrugged our shoulders and let it be. But with the recent resurgence in vinyl sales, the continued interest in the SotL catalog, and the promise of recent and future activity by the duo, here we are. The original 4 track cassette recordings (yes, 4 track cassette my friends) were remastered and new lacquers were cut, and the original artwork has been updated. The music itself shows Sotl with one of their first major transitions, from the found sound and guitar abstractions of their previous Music for Nitrous Oxide to a much more defined and refined compositional structure which would soon develop into the full blown miniature symphonies heard on later works. As an added bonus, the double LP vinyl version has 9 additional minutes of material not on the CD or digital versions. Sotl’s first major statement as a sonic force to be reckoned with is now available on the analog format once more.”

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Also on the slab…
Abner Jay – Folk Song Stylist LP
Actress – R.I.P. 2LP
Andy Stott – Passed Me By 2×12”; We Stay Together 2×12”
Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album LP; Selected Ambient Works II 3LP
Blind Willie Johnson – Praise God I’m Satisfied LP
Big Maybelle – Rojac Years 2LP
Bikini Kill – S/T 12”
Billie Holiday – Music For Torching LP+CD
Chromatics – Kill For Love 2LP; Night Drive 2LP
DJ Nu-Mark – Broken 2LP
Ex-Cult – Ex-Cult LP
Flaming Lips – Hear It Is LP; Oh My Gawd… LP
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – Simigwa LP
Jawbreaker – Bivouac LP; Chesterfield King 12”
Kim Fowley – King Of Creeps LP
King Tubby  – Roots Of Dub LP
Mark Stewart – Experiments 12”
New Order – Movement LP; Technique LP
Nick Drake – Family Tree 2LP
Nina Simone – It Is Finished LP
Pallbearer – Sorrow And Extinction 2LP
Psychic TV – Dream Less LP
Raime – Quarter Turns Over A Living Line 2LP
Ray Charles – S/T LP
Scuba – Triangulation 3LP
Sleaze – Sleaze LP
Spectrum – Soul Kiss LP
Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen… LP
Various – Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan 2LP
Various – More Favela Booty Beats CD
Various – The Velvet Underground & Nico LP