New Vinyl in our unique collection

The Now Now album cover

From the new album by the world famous virtual band Gorillaz to the newly remastered Guns N’ Roses megahit album Appetite for Destruction – new vinyl in our unique collection, once again, features exciting stuff. For Aotearoa music fans, check out the fantastic new album by Jonathan Bree.

Gorillaz – The now now
The Now Now is 11 all-new songs from the World’s Most Successful Virtual Act. The album sessions for The Now Now saw the band largely eschewing guest stars, taking it back to the core creative crew: blue-haired, sweet-natured dreamer 2D on vocals; whip-smart Japanese badass Noodle on guitar; not forgetting Brooklyn-born philosopher and the meat–behind-the-beat Russel Hobbs on drums. And with Murdoc Niccals temporarily indisposed, bass duties on the new album have been taken up by erstwhile Gangreen Gang member Ace.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

DJ Koze – Knock knock
“Like all DJ Koze records, Knock Knock exists outside of trend and influence. In fact, it’s a step further beyond: absolutely every single thing here, from grooves to voices to handclaps, is otherworldly and unique. Which is not to say it is utterly alien abstraction, mind. There is still disco, there is still soul, there is still techno, there is still hip hop, there is still psychedelia – there are even wafts of easy listening, lost crackly thriftstore record memories and… sort of… indie rock – but though it may sound familiar, it never does what your brain thinks it’s going to do.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Tom Waits – Bastards
“The collection of 56 songs went far beyond a simple career retrospective. It dipped back as far as 1984 with the bulk of it’s songs hailing from the mid-nineties onward. Over 2/3 of the material had never been heard when originally released in 2006 and had 30 newly recorded songs. Orphans also featured a number of songs finding a home on a Waits’ album for the first time.” (adapted from realgroovy.co.nz)

Jonathan Bree – Sleepwalking
“Jonathan Bree began releasing solo records in 2013, in the decade prior to that he was one half of indie duo The Brunettes. His solo output is a departure from the music he was making before; it has taken a darker, cinematic turn. Like his previous albums Sleepwalking has a heavy orchestrated element featuring real strings, celeste and soprano vocals. His arrangements draw distinct influence from orchestral pop of a bygone era (think Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra), but many of the songs dip in and out of the avant-garde in a way that is also distinctly modern.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth
“The long-awaited follow up to Washington’s debut The Epic, Heaven & Earth is comprised of two halves, which find Washington confronting quotidian realities with cosmic themes. A further investigation of Washington’s world-building ideas, the new album explores his reckoning with current global chaos and his vision for the future. Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Ronald Bruner, Jr., Cameron Graves, Brandon Coleman, Miles Mosley, Patrice Quinn, Tony Austin and many more contribute to the album.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for destruction
“First ever album remaster from original analog tapes. Original album expanded to 2-LPs for maximum audiophile playback. Vinyl cut from 192kHz 24-bit remastered high-resolution audio. Limited edition foil art slipcase. Side 4 extra bonus: hologroove hologram of GNR Logo.” (adapted from realgroovy.co.nz)

Judge a vinyl by its colour?

Since 2016, Wellington vinyl lovers have been able to borrow records from the library. However, not all of our LPs are rendered in the traditional black. One of our staff members, Joe, checks out some of the more colourful items found among the shelves.


Soft sounds from another planet.
The sublime music of Japanese Breakfast makes its home among translucent cherry grooves. Restful ambience, cathartic vocals and flawless indie rock instrumentation are the mainstays of one of 2017’s most exquisite releases.

Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit.
Barnett’s studio debut delivers rollicking riffs and self-aware stream of consciousness lyricism. Barnett’s trademark delivery and lush arrangements are perfectly captured on yellow vinyl.

Bush.
After dabbling in reggae, the doggfather of hip-hop turned his attention to nostalgic, funky R&B grooves. Blue plastic transmits Snoop’s smooth autotuned vocals over slick Pharrell Williams production. Stevie Wonder even makes an appearance to deliver some iconic harmonica and vocals.

Blues and haikus / Jack Kerouac featuring Al Cohn and Zoot Sims.
Unlike the bulk of Kerouac’s fiction bibliography (which are kept safe at the fiction enquires desk), this recently re-released album can be found amongst the other items in the AV section. Kerouac waxes poetic on wax over jazz accompaniment.

Masseduction.
Futuristic pop with a digital pulse. St. Vincent delivers mysterious vocals and yet again proves her aptitude for unique melody. Opaque pink vinyl creates the perfect aesthetic for her intriguingly crafted tunes.

Lemonade.
Lemonade’s impressively constructed track list showcases Beyoncé’s virtuosic vocal talent over a tremendously wide range of musical styles. From gospel to county, from trap to reggae tinged R&B: it’s all here on lemon yellow vinyl.

Perfect body. / Mermaidens
The talented Wellington indie trio present their collection of ethereal tunes on satsuma orange vinyl. Pounding basslines, shoe-gazey riffs and passionate vocal performances populate the record.

Images courtesy of Turntable Lab, Fat Beats & Mermaidens. Used with permission.

They keep coming! New vinyl in the library

Girls with Guitars

New vinyl keeps coming to our unique collection. This month’s newbies feature new albums by Courtney Barnett and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks as well as the compilation of the most influential hip hop producer J Dilla’s early years. Check them out!

Courtney Barnett – Tell me how you really feel
“One of the most distinctive voices in music, Courtney is known for mixing witty observations with unflinching self-assessment – fast forward to now and although all of the clever turns of phrase and an eye for story telling are still there; this new collection of songs see a more serious and outwardly tone capturing the current social landscape yet still retaining moments of intimacy and warmth.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Neil Young – Roxy : Tonight’s the night live
“Compiled from a series of gigs in September 1973, Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live captures Neil Young & the Santa Monica Flyers just after they recorded the epochal Tonight’s the Night. It would be another two years before Tonight’s the Night hit the stores, the label sitting on the record because it was too dark and murky. On-stage, these same songs straighten themselves out and, in the process, get a touch lighter. On Tonight’s the Night, it often appeared as if Young and his crew learned the songs as they recorded them, but on Roxy, the Santa Monica Flyers have the changes under their belts and are really in the mood to have a good time.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Stephen Malkmus – Sparkle hard
“Modesty and plain good manners might prevent them from saying so themselves, but the fact that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have thrived, rather than simply endured over 17 years and delivered six albums of buzzy, sub-cultural significance, constitutes an impressive legacy. The Jicks’ seventh record involved some “navel gazing”, according to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Malkmus and not only in terms of what it means to be releasing music in 2018.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Evan Dando – Baby I’m bored
“Double yellow vinyl LP, single sleeve, printed inners, download card included. 2CD Book-back with 24 page book. Emerging after The Lemonheads disbanded Evan Dando returned to music first with a solo tour and Live At The Brattle Theatre then came his debut solo album Baby I’m Bored. Mature and autobiographical, Baby I’m Bored is a stellar record that stripped Dando of his grunge label.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Girls with guitars
“This release in Ace’s swanky HIQLP range comprises a dozen hot nuggets from their popular Girls With Guitars CD series, each one hand-picked with vinyl lovers in mind. Guaranteed to sound as good as it looks, the record comes housed in a heavy-duty jacket and is pressed on 180g crimson vinyl. Wasting no space, the inner sleeve contains notes by compiler Mick Patrick and an array of great photos. Featured artists include groovy guitar-toting all-girl bands Goldie & the Gingerbreads from New York, the Girls from Los Angeles, the Debutantes from Detroit, the Liverbirds from Merseyside and the Ace Of Cups from San Francisco, all of whom give their male counterparts a good run for their money.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

J Dilla – Jay Deelicious : 95-98
“Jay Dee, aka J Dilla, emerged as a Hip Hop producer to be reckoned with in 1995 when his name was attached to the first single from The Pharcyde’s eagerly anticipated sophomore album Labcabincalifornia. Hit play on his first Pharcyde production ‘Runnin’ and you have the launch point of a producer’s career that mesmerized, titillated and expanded the domes of Hip Hop fans for the next decade. Jay Deelicious: Originals, Remixes & Rarities documents Jay Dilla’s early production on Delicious Vinyl.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

New vinyl to borrow

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Check out some of these newly catalogued vinyl in our AV collection. They include wonderful new albums by our very own Eb & Sparrow, and Jack White. Our vinyl collection is growing by adding both new and essential recordings. Come in and check them out.

Eb & Sparrow – Seeing things
Seeing Things is written by front-woman Ebony Lamb and arranged by Eb & Sparrow, recorded in the historic homestead Ahiaruhe, in the heart of the Wairarapa January 2017, with Tui award winning producer and sound engineer Brett Stanton (NZ/ Melbourne) who co-produced with the band. Utilising vintage recording equipment and instruments in the large wooden building to take advantage of the lush textures and presence, the band has pulled out all the stops.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Jack White – Boarding house reach
Boarding House Reach is the 2018 solo album from Jack White, and is a testament to the breadth of the artist’s creative power and his bold artistic ambition. This material finds Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern.” (adapted from realgroovy.co.nz)

Jimi Hendrix – Both sides of the sky
Both Sides Of The Sky presents 13 studio recordings including 10 which have never before been released. All but two of these studio recordings were made during a fertile period between January 1968 and 1970. Jimi’s mastery and use of the studio as a proving ground for new songs resulted in a growing collection of extraordinary material.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cocteau Twins – Treasure
Treasure is the third studio album by Scottish rock band Cocteau Twins. It was originally released on 1 November 1984 by 4AD. With this album, the band settled on what would, from then on, be their primary lineup: vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, guitarist Robin Guthrie and bass guitarist Simon Raymonde. This new lineup also coincided with the development of the ethereal sound associated with the band’s music.” (adapted from realgroovy.co.nz)

Trinity Roots – True
True is the debut album from Trinity Roots, originally released in 2001. Recording began in Oruawharu, an old colonial house in Takapau. Oruawharu personifies the history that Trinity Roots embody in their sound: from the acoustic flavours of Maori party songs sung around a fire to the roots of black music’s soul, jazz and blues.” (adapted from realgroovy.co.nz)

New vinyl featuring NZ artists and more

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New vinyl features fantastic new releases by Kiwi artists; Hex and Marlon Williams. Our vinyl collection keeps getting bigger and better. Come and have a look.

Hex – The hill temple
“HEX is the progeny of wives Kiki and GG Van Newtown, a musical love affair who draw on influences spanning classical to folkto punk to metal. Together with Jason Erskine they align quick, incisive lyrics and rock opera levels of riffage to reflect the chaos approaching post-capitalism with fury and laughter.” (adapted from realgroovy.co.nz)

Marlon Williams – Make way for love
“Known for his effortlessly distinctive voice, Make Way For Love marks Marlon’s exponential growth as a songwriter. Throughout 11 original songs, he explores new musical terrain and reveals himself in an unprecedented way in the wake of a fractured relationship. While Make Way For Love draws on Marlon’s own story, it captures the vagaries of relationships we’ve all been through: the bliss, ache, uncertainty, and bitterness.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Rolling Stones – On air
“A collection of rarely heard radio recordings from their formative years. The songs, including eight the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on bygone UK BBC shows such as Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show between 1963 and 1965.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Nick Cave – Abattoir blues ; The lyre of Orpheus
“This masterful double album was produced by Nick Launay at Studio Ferber in Paris in March–April 2004 with Cave splitting drumming duties for the two parts, with Jim Sclavunos on ‘Abattoir Blues’ and Thomas Wydler on ‘Lyre Of Orpheus’. The entire album was completed in twelve days, and notably, the last track on the album, ‘O Children’, was featured in the 2010 film Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part One. The song is also referenced as an achievement in Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7!” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Belle and Sebastian – How to solve our human problems
“Taken as a whole piece, though, the striking thing about How to Solve Our Human Problems is neither the finely honed sense of craft — evident in both the compositions and sharp production — nor how the group now excels in churning out a disco epic like the six-minute ‘Sweet Dew Lee.’ Rather, it’s how Belle and Sebastian have completely devoted themselves to joy, squeezing out any remnants of melancholy that may have lingered in their music.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Penguin Cafe Orchestra – The imperfect sea
“The album title refers to a saying by his father that ”we wade in a sea of imperfections,” reflecting upon the idea that beauty can be found amongst the chaos. ”If there is a narrative to the album it’s coming to the acceptance of the imperfections in all aspects of life; moreover, the recognition that these imperfections and tiny randomnesses are in fact what make up the best parts,” Arthur explains. Predominantly self-composed, the new album also features covers of electronic works by Simian Mobile Disco and Kraftwerk, along with a re-working of Simon’s ‘Now Nothing’.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

New vinyl for the new year

Check out some of these newly catalogued vinyl LPs in our AV collection. They include the 50th anniversary deluxe reissue of Rolling Stones’ Their satanic majesties request and the intriguing collaboration album by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Our vinyl collection keeps growing. Come and check them out, as well as our new vinyl display at Central library.

Rolling Stones, Their satanic majesties request
“To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stones’ 1967 psychedelic classic, comes this limited edition, remastered double-vinyl, double-CD deluxe package. The set contains both stereo and mono versions of the album, remastered at Abbey Road by Bob Ludwig, and presented on two 180-gram vinyl LPs and two Super Audio CDs (compatible with all players). The sleeve features a fully restored 3-D lenticular of Michael Cooper’s iconic cover shot, with all discs coming housed in a bespoke fold-out limited edition numbered package with a 20-page book featuring a host of further photos from Michael Cooper and new liner notes by Rob Bowman.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Lotta sea lice
“Standard Black Vinyl Edition. A conversation between friends, documented in raw, unvarnished song form, brimming with personal history, crackling with energy and shot through with humour – this is the collaborative album of Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Two of the most acclaimed and gifted song writers of our generation “Lotta Sea Lice” also sees them roping in friends such as Dirty Three, Stella from Warpaint and Mick Harvey to create a body of work that sounds organic & candid.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Pearl Jam, Let’s play two : Pearl Jam live at Wrigley Field
“In celebration of Pearl Jam’s legendary sold out performances at Wrigley Field on August 20th & 22nd, 2016 during the Chicago Cubs historic World Series championship season, Pearl Jam is set to release the documentary film Let’s Play Two and this accompanying soundtrack album. With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Tom Petty, Hard promises
“This is where Petty’s Dylan influence begins to rear its head. He made his name as an all-American, Byrds-inspired rock & roller, but on HARD PROMISES Petty began to explore a more reflective style, leaning on the softer side of his folk-rock roots. HARD PROMISES is Petty’s first step towards the eclecticism that would mark his later work, and it’s easily his most underrated album.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Four Tet, New energy
“New Energy, his 2017 full-length, seems somewhat ironically named at first, as it finds him revisiting the downtempo sound of earlier productions such as his 2003 breakthrough, Rounds. New Energy is one of the most accessible, listener-friendly releases in the Four Tet catalog, but it still maintains the creativity and unpredictability that have always made his work stand out.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Take our new vinyl for a spin!

Check out some of these newly catalogued albums, including the intriguing Neil Young’s long-unreleased recording and the new album by LCD Soundsystem, in our unique vinyl collection.

Neil Young Hitchhiker
“Recorded over the course of one lazy, stoned day in Malibu in 1976, Hitchhiker was never bootlegged, unlike Homegrown and Chrome Dreams, its unreleased cousins from the mid-’70s. Neil Young first let its existence be known in 2014, when he mentioned a 1976 solo acoustic session recorded with longtime producer David Briggs that was “a complete piece.” Most of the songs from that complete piece drifted out in different versions over the years.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

LCD Soundsystem American dream
American Dream is the long awaited fourth album from LCD Soundsystem. The first two singles released from the album are “call the police” and “american dream,” that moved Pitchfork to rave the songs “couldn’t sound timelier” and that “Murphy and company have never sounded so invigorated.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Foo Fighters Concrete and gold
“2017 release from Dave Grohl and his Foos, their first studio album in three years. “I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.” So speaks Grohl of the mission statement made manifest in Foo Fighters’ ninth epic, the aptly-titled Concrete and Gold.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Mogwai Every country’s sun
“Mogwai return with their 9th studio album which was recorded with renowned producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lip’s, Mogwai’s Come On Die Young and ROCK ACTION) at his Tarbox Road Studios in New York State. Every Country’s Sun, named after a friends lack of knowledge in how the universe works, takes two decades of Mogwai’s signature, contrasting sounds and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. It will definitely appeal to fans of the band and will gain many new ones along the way.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Brian Eno Another green world
“It was here that Eno first began to experiment with abstract soundscapes, to employ a greater spatial element and the ethereal synthesizer effects that presaged an entire movement of ambient music. While most of the tracks are instrumental, the numbers that feature Eno’s peculiar, affectless voice and free-associative lyrics seem to blend into the fabric of the album. Superior guest musicians include John Cale, Robert Fripp and Phil Collins.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

The Black Seeds are amongst our new vinyl picks this month

Check out some of these newly catalogued albums, including the highly anticipated Black Seeds’ new album Fabric, in our rapidly growing vinyl collection.

The Black Seeds – Fabric
“Lead track “Better Days” is a Black Seeds classic and an exciting taster of what is to come from the new record. Rich with chugging guitars and soothing vocals, the track is warm with a positive message: “Better Days are calling, lonely nights are leaving. I see better Days, are just around the corner. No it wont be long till something good happens for ya.” ” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

War on Drugs – A deeper understanding
“For much of the three and a half year period since the release of Lost In The Dream, The War On Drugs’ frontman, Adam Granduciel, led the charge for his Philadelphia-based sextet as he holed up in studios in New York and Los Angeles to write, record, edit, and tinker—but, above all, to busy himself in work.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Motorhead – Under cöver
“Loud and proud as always, Motörhead’s album Under Cöver is the ultimate raucous rock’n’roll rager, with the boys reminding everyone that they even did other people’s songs better than they did! From the Rolling Stones to Twister Sister, Under Cöver brings together the “Motörheading” of firm rock favourites, and also features their epic take on David Bowie’s “Heroes” which has never been heard before.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Japanese Breakfast – Soft sounds from another planet
“The first Japanese Breakfast album Psychopomp was the best kind of bedroom pop record; fragile, intimate, and slightly weird. It drew from various indie pop tributaries and was built around Michelle Zauner’s achingly pure vocals and her unique pop vision. On Soft Sounds from Another Planet, she and producer Craig Hendrix take the project out of the bedroom and aim for something larger. Much slicker and less wonky, the songs have a spacious, expansive sound that envelops the listener in warmth.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

New albums on vinyl

Check out some of these newly catalogued albums in our growing vinyl collection. They include the debut album by the Dunedin band Élan Vital and the Sufjan Stevens’ new project Planetarium.

Élan Vital / Shadow self
“Élan Vital comprising Renee Barrance (keyboards, vocals), Danny Brady (synths, drum machines, live mixing, vocals) and Nikolai Sim (bass) – formed in 2015 in Dunedin’s None Gallery, an undefined artist-run creative community in a former pharmaceutical factory which is also the home of Death And The Maiden. The expression Élan Vital describes the vital force or impulse of life. The music on Shadow Self seems to symbolise that life impulse in an ambiguous zone between machine and human worlds.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

U2 / The Joshua tree.
“30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION : (2LP) 2017 remastered reissue of landmark 1987 album featuring ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ & ‘With Or Without You’.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Sufjan Stevens / Planetarium.
“2LP set. New 2017 collaborative album with his drummer James McAlister, plus Bryce Dessner (The National) and composer Nico Muhly! Songs inspired by the solar system, originally performed in 2013 for the Brooklyn Academy Of Music.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard / Murder of the universe
“‘Murder Of The Universe’ is the second of five albums from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard set for release in 2017. Broken down into 3 distinct ‘chapters’, the 21-track album is concerned with the downfall of man and the death of the planet.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Arcade Fire / Everything now
“‘Everything Now’ is the 5th studio album from Arcade Fire. The thirteen track album features the lead single ‘Everything Now’ and was produced by Arcade Fire, Thomas Bangalter and Steve Mackey, with co-production by Markus Dravs.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)