This Just In: kranky Represses

kranky (yeah, the k is lowercase) is home to tons of bands you don’t know you love (yet), and probably a couple you do. Their catalog has been consistently solid from day one (Labradford’s Prazision in 1993), mostly because they just “get” the important role of atmospherics in any style. But, as with most labels that have been around for a while and put out great stuff, their titles can sell out fast rendering them unavailable for long periods, if not forever. Luckily kranky also “gets” the importance of physical format and is giving the people what they want by repressing some of their highly sought-after titles. As per usual, here’s where I tell you that if you don’t have these on vinyl already, get them. And if you haven’t heard this stuff, stop what you’re doing, pick these up, sit in a dark room and listen (with headphones).


Stars of The Lid – Avec Laudenum LP:
“The first vinyl release in the U.S. for this, the fifth SotL album, originally released by Sub Rosa in 1999 and then reissued by Kranky in the fall of 2002. A pivotal album in their career, this marked the first time the duo completely stepped away from the more abstract sound pieces of earlier albums and engaged with the more symphonic and compositional approach that has become the forte of their more recent recordings.”


Pan American – Quiet City LP:
Quiet City is the fourth album from Mark Nelson’s Pan American project and combines the computer-centric approach of The River Made No Sound with the organic instrumentation that marked Nelson’s work in Labradford and the first two Pan American albums. Three of the eight tracks were recorded with Charles Kim (Sinister Luck Ensemble) and feature upright bass, drums, trumpet and flugelhorn. Nelson even sings a bit. The rippling electronics and muffled beats of the first three Pan American albums are still there; distended into elegiac, resonant, wavering, and ambient song craft”


Keith Fullerton Whitman – Antithesis LP:
“An LP-only release of material from Keith Fullerton Whitman’s archives, originally released in 2004. The theme for the album is ‘ensemble works’, that is a combination of instruments played by Whitman himself with no computer interaction. Each piece was recorded in one of the different apartments Whitman has rented since he lived in Boston.”


Other (non-kranky) new releases, reissues and restocks…
ADULT. – The Way Things Fall LP
Animal Collective – Monkey’s Gone To Burntown 12″
Art Ensemble of Chicago – Message To Our Folks LP
Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO LP
Bill Fay – Time Of The Last Persecution LP
Billie Holiday – Velvet Mood LP+CD
Bleached – Ride Your Heart LP
Bon Iver – Blood Bank 12”
Brazos – Saltwater LP
Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love LP
Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms LP
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt – The Raw & The Cooked LP
Chuck Johnson – Crows In The Basilica LP
Cramps – Songs The Lord Taught Us LP
Damien Jurado – Where Shall You Take Me Deluxe Reissue LP
DJ Koze – Amygdala 2LP + 7”
Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis LP
Ethiopians – Freedom LP
Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place LP
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes 2LP, Cosmogramma LP
Foxygen – No Destruction 7”
Fugazi – Margin Walker LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Slow Riot LP, Yanqui U.X.O 2LP
Grizzly Bear – Shields LP
Hands – Synesthesia LP
Haxan Cloak – Excavation 2LP
Invisible Hands – s/t 2LP
James Blake – Overgrown LP
JJ Doom – Key To The Kuffs LP
Julian Lynch – Lines LP
Kid Koala – 12 Bit Blues LP
King Of Dub – s/t LP
Kylesa – Ultraviolet CD
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Lightnin’ Hopkins And The Blues LP, Dirty Blues LP
M83 – Oblivion OST 2LP
Major Lazer – Free The Universe 2LP
Megadeth – Killing Is My Business LP
MF Doom – Doomsday 2LP
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again LP
Mono – Hymn To The Immortal Wind 2LP
Neon Neon – Praxis Makes Perfect LP
O.D.B – Return To The 36 Chambers 2LP
Phosphorescent – Muchacho LP
Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet LP, Hot Rocks 2LP, Let It Bleed LP (all on 190g clear vinyl)
Rudimentary Peni – Pope Adrian 37th LP
Saturday Looks Good To Me – One Kiss Ends It All LP
Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information LP
Slayer – Hell Awaits LP
Songs: Ohia – s/t LP
Sun Ra – It’s After The End Of The World LP
Swamp Dogg – Gag A Maggot LP
The Ex & Brass Unbound – Enormous Door LP
TNGHT – s/t 12″
Various – Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! 2LP
Various – R&B Hipshakers Vol. I 2LP, Vol. II 2LP
Various – Soul Jazz Records Presents Mirror To The Soul 2LP+DVD
Various – Who’s That Man: Tribute To Conny Plank LP
Who – Quadrophenia 2LP
Wild Nothing – Empty Estate 12″
Wipers – Youth Of America LP