This Just In: Empire

Unwound is one of Team Sweat’s favorite bands, so we’ve been up on all of Numero Group’s box-set reissues over the past couple years. And at last, the fourth installment, Empire, is available. This one’s especially exciting because it caps off Unwound’s body of work with 1998’s Challenge For A Civilized Society and  Leaves Turn Inside You, their 2001 self-recorded/self-produced opus. Neither album has been available since their release on Kill Rock Stars years ago, so it’s extra exciting to have them back in print to share with everyone. This monster 4LP box is beautiful, comes with unreleased tracks, EXTENSIVE liner notes, and is a great value. Take a listen to a track below and check out this week’s in-stock list too – it’s bananas!

Unwound – Empire 4LP:
Listen: “Look A Ghost”
“The climactic entry in our four-set Unwound exploration, Empire compiles the final pair of albums by the Olympia, Washington, trio. On 1998’s Challenge For A Civilized Society, the band toyed with conventional verse/chorus form, stacking layers of noise and distraction on top of tightly constructed melodies. They’d abdicate entirely just three years later with 2001’s Leaves Turn Inside You, executing a 14-song masterclass in home recording that observed a crucial band in graceful transition from post-hardcore trio to experimental quintet. The mammoth double album was lost in the chaos of a post-9/11 media, baffling onlookers and exhilirating fans in successive breaths before it fell far out of print. At their reinvention and terminus, Unwound ultimately asked ‘Who Cares’? The Empire box-set teems with period singles, B-sides, unreleased studio tracks, and demos, alongside a 15,000-word essay exploring the terminal stages of the ’90s, indie rock, Unwound, and civilization as we know it. ” -Numero Group


Build your empire with new releases, reissues and restocks…

A Perfect Circle – Mer De Noms 2LP
Against Me! – 23 Live Sex Acts 3LP*
Air – Moon Safari LP, Premiers Symptomes LP, Talkie Walkie LP
Alt-J – This Is All Yours 2LP
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP
Andy Stott – Luxury Problems 2LP
Autechre – L-Event EP 12″
Basic Channel – Q Loop 12″
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds LP
Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty 2LP
Big Pun – Capital Punishment 2LP
Bill Evans – Trio 64 LP*
Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin LP
Bjork – Family (Remix By Katie Gately) 12”*, History Of Touches (Krampfhaft Remix) 12”*, Lionsong (Choral Mix Ft. Untold) 12”*, Lionsong (Kareokieijd Remix By Mica Levi) 12”*, Notget (Lotic Fromdeath Version) 12”*, Notget (Lotic Keepsafe Version) 12”*, Vulnicura Deluxe 2LP*
Black Keys – Attack and Release LP
Blank Realm – Illegals In Heaven LP*
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus LP, Legend (The Best Of) LP
Boards Of Canada – Campfire Headphase 2LP, Hi Scores 12″, Music Has The Right To Children 2LP
Bonobo – North Borders 2LP, Ten Tigers EP 12″
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Than God For Mental Illness LP
Burial – Street Halo 12”, Truant 12”
Busta Rhymes – The Coming 2LP
Can – Ege Bamyasi LP
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss 2LP
Chet Faker – Built On Glass 2LP
Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head LP, Parachutes LP
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah CD
Daft Punk – Discovery 2LP
De La Soul – 3 Ft. High And Rising 2LP
Dead Moon – Nervous Sooner Changes LP
Depeche Mode – Songs Of Faith And Devotion LP
Destroyer – Poison Season 2LP
Diane Coffee – Everybody’s A Good Dog LP*
DJ Rashad – I Don’t Give A Fuck 12″, Rollin EP 2×12”
Dr. Dre – Compton CD, The Chronic 2LP
Ellington & Coltrane – Ellington & Coltrane LP
Elliott Smith – From A Basement On The Hill 2LP
Emptyset – S/T 2LP
Envy – Atheist’s Cornea LP*
Erykah Badu – Baduizm LP
Fennesz – Becs 2LP
Fidlar – Too LP*
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma LP, Pattern + Grid World EP, Reset EP 12”, You’re Dead 2LP
Frank Zappa – Apostrphe (‘) LP, Uncle Meat 2LP
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain LP
Godspeed You Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress LP
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 2LP, S/T 2LP
Hate Eternal – Infernus LP
Helena Hauff – Discrete Desires 2LP*
Holy Sons – Fall Of Man LP*
Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls 3LP*
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive 2LP
J Dilla – Jay Deelicious 3LP
Jackie Greene – Back To Birth 2LP
James Brown – Hot Pants LP
James Leg – Below The Belt LP*
Jerusalem In My Heart – If He Dies, If, If , If, If, If, If LP*
Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$ 2LP
Joan Shelley – Over And Even LP*
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP, My Favorite Things LP
Justice – Cross 2LP
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid 2LP
King Tubby – Roots Of Dub LP
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 2LP
LCD Soundsystem – S/T LP
Led Zeppelin – II LP, III LP, S/T LP
Lee Fields – Faithful Man LP
Lone – Lemurian LP
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2LP
Mac Demarco – Another One LP
Madlib – Pill Jar LP, Shades Of Blue 2LP
Madness – One Step Beyond LP
Major Lazer – Apocalypse Soon EP 12″, Free The Universe 2LP
Makaveli – The Don Illuminati 2LP
Manu Chao – Clandestino 2LP+CD
Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man LP
Mastodon – The Hunter LP
Method Man – Meth Lab 2LP, CD
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue LP, Milestones LP
Mississippi Fred McDowell – Delta Blues LP
Moderat – S/T LP
Morcheeba – Big Calm LP
Mueller-Rodelius – Imagori LP*
Mutant Beat Dance – PolyfonikDizko 12”*
Nas – Illmatic LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Kicking Against The Pricks LP, Let Love In LP, Tender Prey LP, The Firstborn Is Dead LP
Nicolas Jaar – Don’t Break My Love 10″, Space Is Only Noise LP
Nina Simone – At The Village Gate LP, High Priestess Of Soul LP, The Amazing Nina Simone LP
Nirvana – Feels Like The First Time 2LP
Offshore – S/T LP
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers 2LP
Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 4LP, Stankonia 2LP
Pale Blue – The Past We Leave Behind 2LP
Pantera – Far Beyond Driven 2LP
Phantogram – Eyelid Movies LP
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard LP*
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP, The Wall 2LP
Public Image Ltd. – What The World Needs Now… 2LP*
Purple – Silence & Remorse LP*
Queen – News Of The World LP, S/T LP
Raekwon – Only Built For cuban Linx (Colored) 2LP
Rancid – Let’s Go! 2×10”
Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl Deluxe 2LP
Royal Headache – High LP
Sam Cooke – Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 LP
Scientist – The Dub Album They Didn’t Want You To Hear LP
Sebadoh – Defend Yourself LP
Singers & Players – War Of Words LP
Son House – Father Of Folk Blues LP
Soul Coughing – Irresistable Bliss LP*
Sufjan Stevens – Enjoy Your Rabbit 2LP, Illinois 2LP
Surgeon – Basictonalvocabulary 2LP, S/T EP 12”
T. Rex – Electric Warrior LP
Talib Kweli & Hi Tek – Reflection Eternal 2LP
Tamaryn – Cranekiss LP*
Tame Impala – Currents 2LP, Innerspeaker 2LP, Lonerism 2LP
The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily, LP*
The Bug – Zim Zim Zim 12”*
The Doors – Full Circle LP*, Other Voices LP*
The Hemingers – What’s A Heminger? EP 7”*
The J.B.’s – These Are The J.B.’s LP
The Mothers Of Invention – Freak Out! 2LP
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead LP
The Treacherous Three – S/T LP
Thee Silver Mt. Zion – 13 Blues For 13 Moons 2LP
Thievery Corporation – Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi 2LP
Tom Waits – Closing Time LP
Toro Y Moi – Causers Of This LP
Tycho – Past Is Prologue 2LP
Various – Bossa Nova Vol. 1 2LP
Various – Bossa Nova Vol. 2 2LP
Various – Diablos Del Ritmo Vol. 2 LP
Various – Drop On Down In Florida 2CD+Book
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label 2LP
Various – I’m In A Strange Town: Blues & Gospel 1927-1967 LP
Various – Love, Peace & Poetry: African Psychedelic Music LP
Various – Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! 2LP
Various – Psych-Funk 101 2LP
Various – Psychedelic Jazz & Soul From The Atlantic And Warner Vaults 2LP
Viet Cong – S/T LP
Widowspeak – All Yours LP*
World Psychedelic Classics 4 – The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia 3LP
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP
Zero 7 – Simple Things 2LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue