This Just In: Era of Manifestations

Totally gonna drool over a mind-blowing performance by one of my favorite drummers this week – Kid Millions, holy shit! OK, yes, there are other people playing on the new People Of The North album, and they’re all amazing, but as a drummer I’m biased. I’m also a sucker for intense, improvised instrumentals (iii’s?), which is the entire makeup of Era Of Manifestations. Trust me – take a leap away from structure and go bananas in this contorted, post-rhythmic adventure! Don’t worry, if you prefer to play it safe(r) or differently, there’s a sweet haul of in-stocks this week as well. -MLE

People Of The North – Era Of Manifestations LP:
Listen: Various Tracks
“As People of the NorthOneida vets Bobby Matador (organ) and Kid Millions (drums) create cosmic improvised music performed with the intensity of a rock band. Their music is loud and distorted, anarchic to its core and imbued with a devotional spirit. The band’s new album, Era of Manifestations, is its most intense statement of purpose, and documents their impressive tonal and rhythmic interplay. The music oscillates between passages of extreme discord and stretches of seemingly spontaneous cohesion, the latter an indication of how intuitive their communication has become after a 25 years of playing together. The album features Shahin Motia of Oneida on guitar and significant low-end contributions from Richard Hoffman of SightingsEra of Manifestations is improvised music with bite, uncompromising and euphoric.

Several song titles on Era of Manifestations come from the Shakers, named thusly by Kid Millions, and the album’s title comes from a period in Shaker history in the mid 1800s when Shakerism underwent a period of spiritual reawakening. This period was marked by a preponderance of “revelations,” in which young members of the church were divinely given incredible bursts of spontaneous creative energy. The duality of those revelatory moments and the Shakers’ principles of simplicity and utility are alive and well in People of the North’s music. The album was created from a five-hour session of improvisations recorded at Seizures Palace in Brooklyn. Despite the at times overwhelming energy and sound produced by the group, it is imbued with simplicity produced by a laser-like focus, four minds working towards one ecstatic goal. The musicianship on display, the devotion to their craft, is stunning. Their range as musicians continues to amaze, as does their seemingly limitless capacity for innovation and individuality.” -Thrill Jockey

Take a leap – new releases, reissues and restocks…
A Tribe Called Quest – Anthology 2LP; Beats, Rhymes & Life 2LP
Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful CD*
Aphex Twin – Syro 2LP, CD
Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time LP
Barrington Levy – Too Experienced LP
Beach House – Bloom 2LP; Teen Dream 2LP
Bill Evans Trio – Explorations LP*
Billie Holiday – The Essential Rare Collection LP
Bjork – Biophilia Live 3LP+DVD*; Vulnicura CD*
Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality LP
Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children 2LP
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Catch A Fire LP; Easy Skanking In Boston ’78 CD
Brazil Classics 5 – Hips Of Tradition: Return Of Tom Ze LP
Broadcast – Work And Non Work LP
Broadcast And The Focus Group – Investigate Witchcults Of The Radio Age LP
Buena Vista Social Club – Lost & Found CD
Burial – Kindred 12″
Can – Ege Bamyasi LP; Tago Mago 2LP
Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love LP
Charles Mingus – The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady LP
Chastity Belt – Time To Go Home LP*
Christian Death – Ashes (30th Anniversary Edition) LP*
Clark – Flame Rave LP*
Common – Like Water For Chocolate 2LP*
Consular – Allapattah Blues LP
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think… CD, LP*
Curtis Knight & The Squires – You Can’t Use My Name LP*
Daft Punk – Discovery 2LP
Damon & Naomi – Fortune LP
Darren Hanlon – Where Did You Come From? LP*
David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed 2LP
Deftones – Adrenaline LP; White Pony 2LP
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration LP; Music For The Masses LP; Violator LP
Dinosaur Jr. – Where You Been LP
DJ Nigga Fox – Noite E Dia LP*
Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2LP
Echosmith – Talking Dreams LP*
Erykah Badu – Worldwide Underground LP
Eskmo – SOL LP*
Eternal Tapestry – Wild Strawberries LP*
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 – Expensive Shit LP
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 With Ginger Baker – Live! LP
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues 2LP
Floor – Oblation 2LP
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead 2LP, CD
Foals – Total Life Forever LP
Freddy Hubbard – Blue Spirits LP*
Future Islands – In Evening Air LP
Goat – World Music LP
Green Day – Dookie LP
Groovie Ghoulies – Appetite For Adrenochrome LP*
Hank Mobley – Soul Station LP
Irma Thomas – In Between Tears LP
Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days LP; Shepherd’s Dog LP; The Creek Drank The Cradle LP
J.J. Cale – Rewind: Unreleased Recordings LP
Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach 2LP*
Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin’ LP; Jacuzzi Boys LP
James – Laid 2LP*
JEFF The Brotherhood – Wasted On The Dream LP*
Jlin – Dark Energy LP*
Johnny Cash – Live From Austin TX LP
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Freedom Tower LP*
Julian Casablancas & The Voidz – Tyranny 2LP*
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly CD*
Kepi Ghoulie – Fun In The Dark LP*
Kode9 & The Spaceape – Killing Season 12″
Kraftwerk – Radio-Activity LP
Laura Marling – Short Movie 2LP*
Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire CD*
LoneLady – Hinterland LP*
Lory D – Strange Days 12”
Madlib – Shades Of Blue LP
Mark Kozelek – Live At Biko 2LP
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular LP
Misfits – Collection II LP
Mugwump – Unspell LP*
Nunhex – Disruptive Deception 7″
Outkast – Stankonia 2LP
Ramones – WBUF Broadcast, Buffalo, NY 2/8/79 LP*
Rhye – Woman LP
Ryan Hemsworth – Alone For The First Time LP*
Sarah Bethe Nelson – Fast-Moving Clouds LP
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty 2LP
Shins – Chutes Too Narrow LP; Oh, Inverted World LP; Wincing The Night Away LP
Sleater-Kinney – The Woods 2LP
Sleep – Dopesmoker 2LP
Soft Cell – NonStop Erotic Cabaret LP
Sonny Rollins – Vol. 1 LP
Surf City – Jekyll Island LP*
The Budos Band – The Budos Band I LP; The Budos Band III LP
The Cure – Disintegration 2LP
The Go! Team – The Scene Between LP*
The Loons – Inside Out Your Mind LP*
The Pogues – Hell’s Ditch LP
The Postal Service – Give Up LP
The Soft Pink Truth – Why Do The Heathen Rage? LP
The Who – A Quick One LP*; My Generation LP*; The Who By Numbers LP*; The Who Sell Out LP*; Who Are You LP*; Who’s Next LP*
Thursday – Waiting (15 Year Anniversary) 2LP*
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time 2LP
Twin Shadow – Eclipse LP
Various – Afro Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru LP
Various – Bossa Nova Vol. 1 2LP
Various – Haiti Direct 2CD
Various – Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4 LP*
Various – Studio One Ironsides 2LP; Studio One Rocksteady 2LP; Studio One Women 2LP
Various – World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s A Real Thing 2LP
Washed Out – Paracosm LP; Within And Without LP
Wayne Shorter – Night Dreamer LP*
Wu-Tang Clan – Legend Of The Wu Tang (Greatest Hits) LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue