This Just In: Space Echo

Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed has BY FAR the coolest backstory I’ve ever heard for an album, ever. And the music is great too. Read the story below, listen to the album and check out our SUBLIME weekly in-stock list. Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be dreaming about synths from outer space. -MLE

Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! 2LP
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“In the spring of 1968 a cargo ship was preparing to leave the port of Baltimore with an important shipment of musical instruments. Its final destination was Rio De Janeiro, where the EMSE Exhibition (Exposição Mundial Do Son Eletrônico) was going to be held.

It was the first expo of its kind to take place in the Southern Hemisphere and many of the leading companies in the field of electronic music were involved. Rhodes, Moog, Farfisa, Hammond and Korg, just to name a few, were all eager to present their newest synthesisers and other gadgets to a growing and promising South American market, spearheaded by Brazil and Colombia.

The ship with the goods set sail on the 20th of March on a calm morning and mysteriously disappeared from the radar on the very same day.

One can only imagine the surprise of the villagers of Cachaço, on the Sao Nicolau island of Cabo Verde, when a few months later they woke up and found a ship stranded in their fields, in the middle of nowhere, 8 km from any coastline. After consulting with the village elders, the locals had decided to open the containers to see what was inside – however gossip as scintillating as this travels fast and colonial police had already arrived and secured the area.

Portuguese scientists and physicians were ordered to the scene and after weeks of thorough studies and research, it was concluded that the ship had fallen from the sky. One of the less plausible theories was that it might have fallen from a Russian military air carrier. The locals joked that again the government had wasted their tax money on a useless exercise, as a simple look at the crater generated by the impact could explain the phenomena. “No need for Portuguese rocket scientists to explain this!” they laughed.

What the villagers didn’t know, was that traces of cosmic particles were discovered on the boat. The bow of the ship showed traces of extreme heat, very similar to traces found on meteors, suggesting that the ship had penetrated the hemisphere at high speed. That theory also didn’t make sense as such an impact would have reduced the ship to dust. Mystery permeated the event.

Finally, a team of welders arrived to open the containers and the whole village waited impatiently. The atmosphere, which had been filled with joy and excitement, quickly gave way to astonishment. Hundreds of boxes conjured, all containing keyboards and other instruments which they had never seen before: and all useless in an area devoid of electricity. Disappointment was palpable. The goods were temporarily stored in the local church and the women of the village had insisted a solution be found before Sunday mass.

It is said that charismatic anti-colonial leader Amílcar Cabral had ordered for the instruments to be distributed equally in places that had access to electricity, which placed them mainly in schools. This distribution was best thing that could have happened – keyboards found fertile grounds in the hands of curious children, born with an innate sense of rhythm who picked up the ready-to-use instruments. This in turn facilitated the modernisation of local rhythms such as Mornas, Coladeras and the highly danceable music style called Funaná, which had been banned by the Portuguese colonial rulers until 1975 due to its sensuality!

The observation was made that the children who came into contact with the instruments found on the ship inherited prodigious capabilities to understand music and learn instruments. One of them was the musical genius Paulino Vieira, who by the end of the 70s would become the country ́s most important music arranger.

8 out of the 15 songs presented in this compilation had been recorded with the backing of the band Voz de Cabo Verde, lead by Paulino Vieira, the mastermind behind the creation and promulgation of what is known today as ‘The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde.'”

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This Just In: Case/Lang/Veirs

Supergroup alert! Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs made a freakin’ stellar record together and you should buy it right now! Yeah, I know that this really big band has some other big record out today too, but not gonna lie, I dig this one more. There’s also a new SWANS album out today, which is technically (physically) bigger than the one by that other band. Don’t worry – we’ve got plenty of that other thing in stock too, along with a metal-heavy list of new releases, reissues & restocks (Neurosis reissues – woooooo!). Used section’s bulking up for beach weather too, so come dig! -MLE

Case/Lang/Veirs – S/T LP
Listen: “Delirium”
“Several years ago k.d. lang sent an email to Neko Case and Laura Veirs on a whim. It read simply, ‘I think we should make a record together.’ Though the three musicians were barely more than acquaintances ‘Laura and I both responded immediately,’ recalls Case. ‘There was no question.’

But now there is an answer. case/lang/veirs, a new album by three phenomenal, self-driven artists, which features fourteen new, original songs written by the artists over a period of two-and-a-half years. It was recorded in Portland, OR where lang and Veirs both live, and produced by Tucker Martine with the group. Sessions commenced in lang’s loft with a view of Mount St. Helens, and in Veirs’ dining room and backyard studio.

Full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms, case/lang/veirs draws inspiration from alluring, mysterious subjects: a supermoon, the tumbledown story of 70s singer Judee Sill, and the ‘best kept secret’ in Silver Lake, to name but three.” -ANTI


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This Just In: Fantasma

Wooooooooo! Cornelius’s Fantasma album’s been reissued AND expanded. Wooooooooo! One time I called WVUM and requested the album track “Star Fruits Surf Rider.” They played it and afterwards the DJ said “well, that was weird.” I never really thought of Corenelius as being that weird, but I suppose strange syncopation and glitchiness, even within an essentially-pop/rock structure, might be off-putting to some people. I played the album reissue at my house last night and within seconds a friend was wondering how he’d never heard it before. It was so much fun to revisit and rant AND hear the bonus tracks. So yeah, superfans, get on this. And people willing to check out something weird (really, it’s not that weird), watch the video for the track in question below and glitch out. New release, reissue & restock list below too. -MLE

Cornelius – Fantasma 2LP
Watch: “Star Fruits Surf Rider”
“Cornelius is the brainchild of Japanese multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada. Performing musician since his teens, Oyamada created his creative alter-ego (the name is an homage to the Planet of the Apes), in the early 1990’s from the ashes of his previous project, Flipper’s Guitar.

With the 1997 release of Fantasma, Cornelius gained international recognition for his cut and paste style reminiscent of American counterparts Beck and The Beastie Boys.  Being called a “modern day Brian Wilson” for his orchestral-style arrangements and production techniques, Cornelius subsequently he became one of the most sought after producer/remixers in the world, working with artists ranging from Blur, Beck Bloc Party, and MGMT, to James Brown.”


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This Just In: It Came From N.Y.C.

One of my favorite Miami concert memories is seeing White Zombie back in ’96 at the Miami Arena. I’m actually surprised I remember it though, since it was my first time in a pit and I got a mild concussion. The show they put on was nothing short of a circus spectacle and it changed my impressionable, 12-year-old life forever. I wore my White Zombie concert tee until threadbare and virtually inkless. To this day I still have conversations with random (and non-random) people who were at that show. Randy, our resident metal aficionado staff member was there too, and he might even be a bigger White Zombie fan than me (but did he read the lyrics to “Grease Paint And Monkey Brains” to his 8th grade English class on poetry day?) Hmmmm…

Anyway, when we found out about White Zombie’s early stuff  being released to the masses, we both lost our shit (and sorta fought over the promo). Soooooo – for all of you obsessives who relentlessly called record stores in your teenage spare time looking for the impossible-to-acquire Soul-Crusher or Make Them Die Slowly titles, THIS IS IT! Try it now – give us a call and ask for them, and your dreams (nightmares?) will FINALLY come true. Thanks, Numero Group… -MLE

White Zombie – It Came From N.Y.C. 5LP
Watch: It Came From N.Y.C. release trailer
“Years before Beavis and Butt-head headbanged ‘Thunder Kiss ’65’ and ‘More Human than Human’ into the eternal rock video canon, there was primordial White Zombie—a quintessential, diabolically loud byproduct of Manhattan’s underground rock scene, born of art-school rendezvous and squalid apartment circumstance. It Came From N.Y.C. is the most exhaustive attempt so far to document the band’s wondrously ugly birth. Get reintroduced to White Zombie as New York noise-rock, a grotesque creation that clawed and threatened its way to crossover metal glory.

On June 3rd 2016, Numero resurrects White Zombie’s eternally out-of-print early EPs and LPs as It Came From N.Y.C. Spread across five LPs or three compact discs, all 39 tracks have been remastered by guitarist J. Yuenger and packaged alongside the original lurid artwork. The accompanying 108-page book painstakingly documents White Zombie’s punishing progression through scores of unpublished photos, period discography, a T-shirtography, and tales from the terrifying early years that stitch together the sordid story of a band whose true power eclipsed its mainstream heyday. White Zombie lives. Don’t be afraid.” -Numero Group

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