This Just In: The Frightnrs

Everyone’s talking about this year’s “summer anthem,” so I figured I’d join the pack. I have one pick, and it’s not a “new” song per se – hell, it’s not even that upbeat. It’s a cover of Etta James (yes, that’s dangerous territory), but since it’s a rocksteady cover, The Frightners pull it off without butchering the vocal. “I’d Rather Go Blind” works really well in a reggae style, and this version is so good that the mighty Daptone Records was happy to put their seal of approval on it. Pick up a copy today, relax with the single, then get real mellow with the dub version b-side. Don’t dig my summer anthem? Choose one of your own from this week’s in-stocks below, or from the INSANE amount of pre-loved wax hitting the floor every day (really jazz-heavy this week). -MLE

The Frightnrs – I’d Rather Go Blind 7”
Listen: “I’d Rather Go Blind”
“Ladies and Gentlemen we would like you all to give a gregarious ‘Great To Meet Ya’ to Daptone’s newest sensation, The Reigning Rocksteady Kings of Queens, New York: The Frightnrs . If classic Reggae done correct is your game, then kindly get ready to par ty down. Seriously… Once you hear their version of the late great Etta James’ classic (pressed into Daptone Family recipe petroleum based chips), ‘I’d Rather go Blind,’ you will find it impossible to not want to get down with friends and foes alike, imbibing on rum-flavored hooch lovingly poured into a pineapple or preferred tropical-fruit shaped vessel. Rejoice in the newfound excitement!

Had enough? NO! YOU WANT MORE!? Well, flip over this waxen platter of reggae perfection and find the dubbed-out ‘VERSION’, expertly produced by long time Daptone ringer, Victor ‘Ticklah’ Axelrod. Honestly… This record is a killer, and only available on this here Daptone 45rpm record. Please run down to your favorite INDEPENDENT record shop and grab one before they’re all gone.” -Daptone


I’d rather go broke – new releases, reissues and restocks…
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 4LP
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls LP
Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam LP
At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command 2LP
Atmosphere – Overcast 12″; When Life Gives You Lemons LP
Barrington Levy – Prison Oval Rock LP
Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap LP
Big Data – 2.0 LP
Boards Of Canada – Campfire Headphase 2LP; Music Has The Right To Children 2LP; Trans Canada Highway EP 12″
Bonobo – Dial ‘M’ For Monkey 2LP
Boof – The Hydrangeas Whisper 2LP
Buddy Rich – Birdland LP*
Bunny Lee – Kingston Flying Cymbals LP*
Camp Lo – Ragtime Hightimes LP
Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas LP
Cream – Fresh Cream LP*; Goodbye LP*; Live Cream LP*; Live Cream Vol. 2 LP*; Wheels Of Fire 2LP*
Cut Copy – Zonoscope LP
Danny Brown – XXX 2LP
Darkside – Psychic 2LP; Psychic Live DVD
Death Grips – Powers That B 2LP
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest LP; Monomania LP
Dexter Gordon – One Flight Up LP*
Donald Byrd – A New Perspective LP*
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah 2LP
Electrelane – The Power Out LP
Elliott Smith – Either/Or LP; Roman Candle LP
Fever Ray – Fever Ray LP
FKA twigs – EP2 12″
Flaming Lips & Stardeath and White Dwarves – The Dark Side of the Moon LP
Flume – Flume LP
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma LP; Los Angeles 2LP; Reset EP 12”; You’re Dead 2LP
Future Islands – The Chase 7”*
G. Love & Special Sauce – Sweet ’N Blues 10”*
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here LP
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest 2LP; Yellow House LP
Hank Mobley – The Turnaround LP*
High On Fire – Luminiferous 2LP
Hot Chip – Why Make Sense? LP
Hot Sugar – God’s Hand 2LP
Hudson Mohawke – Lantern 2LP
J Dilla – The Shining 2LP
Jaill – Brain Cream LP*
Jamie xx – In Colour CD, LP, 3LP
Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy LP
Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick LP*
Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels 2LP
Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$ 2LP
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP*
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3LP}Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid 2LP; To Pimp A Butterfly CD
King Diamond – Conspiracy LP
Lapalux – Lustmore 2LP
Lapsley – Station 10″*
Lou Reed – Rock N Roll Animal LP
Metallica – Master Of Puppets LP; Metallica 2LP
Moby – Hotel: Ambient 2LP*
Mutoid Man – Bleeder LP*
Niagara – Impar EP 12”
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part 2LP; The Boatman’s Call LP
Of Monsters And Men – Beneath The Skin 2LP*
Otis Redding – Dock Of The Bay (Mono) LP
Outkast – ATLiens 2LP; Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 4LP
Patti Smith – Horses LP
Pixies – Best Of: Wave Of Mutilation 2LP; Doolittle LP
Quasimoto – Talkin Shit 7″
Queens Of The Stone Age – Like Clockwork 2LP
Roxy Music – Roxy Music LP
Savages – Silence Yourself LP
Sigur Ros – Von 2LP
Soft Machine – Drop LP*
Stereolab – Space Age Bachelor Pad Music LP
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker 2LP; Lonerism 2LP
Television – Marquee Moon LP
The Budos Band – Burnt Offering LP
The Growlers – Chinese Fountain LP
The National – Trouble Will Find Me 2LP
The Orb – Moonbuilding 2703 AD 2LP*
The Pop Group / Sleaford Mods – Split 7”*
The Smiths – The Smiths LP
Thom Yorke – The Eraser LP
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time 2LP
Various – Haiti Direct 2CD
Various – Nu Yorika! 2CD
Various – Sounds Of The Universe Art & Sound Record A 2LP*; Sounds Of The Universe Art & Sound Record B 2LP*
Various – Studio One Dub Vol. 2 2LP; Studio One Rockers LP; Studio One Rude Boy 2LP; Studio One Sound 2LP
Warpaint – The Fool 2LP; Warpaint 2LP
Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself… LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue