New Arrival: Phillip Lewin’s “Am I Really Here All Alone” Finally gets a Reissue


Phil Lewin’s homespun debut is a loner folk masterpiece; accidentally psychedelic, lit by heartbreak and timeless in its sadness and hope. – Jeff Conklin, WFMU

In his own words, today:

In 1967 I began my life in the student union of a university. In other words, I was in school. But, classes definitely took a back seat to people-watching and attempts at relationships. I would not say that I was particularly good at the latter, but I made a great observer. I even stayed near the school community for an extra year until an opportunity came up to move in with friends in Toronto, Canada, which turned out to be a pivotal opportunity for me.

I was once told that one should first write about one’s own experiences, then, expand to documenting the observed experiences of those around, and, finally write about what one imagines. Am I Really Here All Alone? encompasses all of the above. Something else I realized in writing lyrics is that sometimes it is good to be transparent about the meaning and others times, not so much. “Unusual Day” is an example of me being honest struggling to develop and maintain a relationship, but ultimately realizing it was not going to succeed. “Watercolours” documents a crushing experience, but is couched in metaphor. I hope that listeners will relate through their own experiences, and because my reality is implied, not specified, will not be limited to mine. “Sweet Georgia” is an example of me, as a writer, leaving my personal space. I think of it as an attempt to clone William Faulkner to Bobbie Gentry. “The Magic Within You” is actually a commission where I was asked to write a song for a benefit to be performed by Doug Henning, the groundbreaking stage magician and friend. I once heard John Prine complain that there was no point in writing a ‘train song’ because Steve Goodman had already written the perfect one with “City of New Orleans”. Naturally, I had to write “Back Home, To You”, my idea of a train song where I tried to capture the movement of the train in the rhythm of the guitar. As for the other six songs, to me, they all reflect realities, experienced, observed and imagined. Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” However my question is, “Am I Really Here All Alone?”

-Philip Lewin, 2017

Interested in purchasing the vinyl? Shuga Records has the 2017 Tompkins Square Reissue available on their website here.


New Vinyl Releases 2/24/17


  • All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War (Deluxe LTD 2LP 150gm)
  • Andrew Bird – & The Mysterious Production of Eggs
  • Aquilo – Silhouettes
  • Baked – Farnham
  • Black Moon – Enta Da Stage (Deluxe 6LP Boxset Reissue)
  • Circa Survive – On Letting Go (10 Year Anniversary Gatefold, LTD to 2000)
  • Dams Of The West (Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson) – Youngish America
  • Damu The Fudgemunk featuring Raw Poetic – The Essentials Kilawatt Sessions (LTD White vinyl)
  • Destroyer 666 – Phoenix Rising (Transparent Clear vinyl, LTD to 250)
  • Destroyer 666 – Cold Steel…For an Iron Age (Opaque Grey vinyl, LTD to 250)
  • DNCE – S/T
  • Dude York – Sincerely (LTD Colored and Standard Black)
  • Electric Guest – Plural
  • The Feelies – In Between
  • Good Charlotte – S/T (LTD to 500 Reissue on Blue + Red Vinyl)
  • George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (Deluxe 180gm Remastered 3LP Boxset)
  • George Harrison – Dark Horse (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – Thirty Three & 1/3 (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – S/T (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – Cloud Nine (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – Brainwashed (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – Living In The Material World (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold)
  • George Harrison – Extra Texture (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – Electric Sound (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – Somewhere In England (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – Wonderwall Music (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – Live in Japan with Eric Clapton (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • George Harrison – Gone Troppo (Deluxe 180gm Remastered Gatefold LP)
  • Hippo Campus – Landmark (‘Indie Exclusive Yellow vinyl)
  • Immolation – Atonement
  • Jose James – Love In A Time Of Madness
  • King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana (‘Radioactive Yellow’ Pressing + Scratch n’Sniff Sticker + Zine while supplies last)
  • King Woman – Created in the Image of Suffering
  • Lemaitre – Afterglow (LTD Gold vinyl)
  • Phillip Lewin – Am I Really Here All Alone? (Remastered Reissue of v rare 1975 Psych Private Press LP)
  • Lupe Fiasco – Drogas Light
  • Lydia – This December; It’s One More and I’m Free (LTD Deluxe Gatefold Pressing w/Silk Screened D Side)
  • Meatwave – The Incessant
  • NE-HI – Offers (‘Shuga Exclusive’ Clear vinyl)
  • Paul Nice – Drum Library Vol. 15
  • Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling (LTD Clear / Red / Blue / Green vinyl)
  • Phobocosm- Bringer of Drought
  • Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now (LTD Sub Pop ‘Loser Edition’ Colored vinyl)
  • Power Trip –  Nightmare Logic (Red vinyl, LTD to 500)
  • Psychedelic Witchcraft – The Vision (LTD Trans Purple vinyl)
  • Karriem Riggins – Headnod Suite
  • Shadow Band – Wilderness Of Love
  • Soundtrack / Score / Jed Kurzel – Assassin’s Creed
  • Unearthly Trance – Stalking The Ghost
  • Various / Rough Guide – Peru Rare Groove
  • Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from Cape Verde 1973-88
  • Vision Of Disorder – Razed To The Ground
  • Watain – Casus Luciferi (Trans Red Reissue)
  • Xiu Xiu – Forget (LTD Light Blue of Standard Black vinyl)
  • Zeal & Ardor – Devil is Fine




New Vinyl Horoscopes (Feb 2017)


By: Raegan Bird

Aries (March 20 – April 19),

You’ve been riding a steady wave of luck this week after the lunar eclipse in fellow fire sign Leo. You’re the baby of the signs, representing a ton of child-like energy, check out the debut album of London O’Connor, O∆ (pronounced circle/triangle) on Pantone yellow vinyl. London’s self-written/ self-produced album guides you through his joys and frustrations of growing up. Plus the cover is shot by fellow young breakout artist Olivia Bee. Support today’s Youth!!!!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your fourth House, representing your home and family, has been getting the majority of your energy this week. You may relate to the love Terrace Martin shows for his Los Angeles roots in his Velvet Portraits. While you may not be a Californian, this contemporary jazz/ R&B LP will warm up even the draft-iest of Chicago apartments.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

The eclipse on the 10th brought priority to your third house, which rules communication and writing.

The third house is ruled by Gemini anyway so your natural inclination towards connecting with others is even more magnified. Seems like a pretty good time to use the 5×7 postcard that comes with the Daedelus LP from the Baker’s Dozen series to write your best buds! Perhaps share your recent adventures or rave about how accurate your music horoscopes have been! (sorry, leo moon… I need the validation) Complete with tasty instrumental tracks such as “Old Fashioned” and “Maple Bacon” that you can’t help but share.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You’re second house is prioritised this month meaning you could be making major bank! You could find that your extra hours at work have finally paid off this paycheck. Mars is also in your 10th house until March 9th, so soak up all the attention your reputation is causing. We just got in Queen’s Greatest Hits which is always a great celebratory album, Chill out a little and let Freddie Mercury tend to both your sensitive and party side. You may also want to check out the electronic album of Jlin, Dark Lotus, it’s the plant of your sign of course.

Leo (July 23- August 22)

Whew, you really got hit with a reality check this week didn’t you leo? The eclipse on Friday was in your sign giving you a major chance to self- actualize. The 10th also marked the release of Life & Livin it by Sinkane. This funk and soul filled album honors all the highs and lows of life. You’ll also love the bright yellow album in reference to the sun, your ruling planet. These next few weeks could have you changing up your plans to catch up to your growth, why not “feel new” alongside these great tracks?

Virgo (August 23-Sept 22)

Your hidden self, because of your 12th house, is shining with the effects of the full moon. This part of your chart typically reveals the workings of your inner mind, parts that you may not show to others. Now would be a great time to take that next step in tending to your mental health. Make some personal time for yourself Virgo, clear off some floor space and put on Kid Koala & Emiliana Torrini’s Music to Draw to: Satellite. The ambient pop and soothing synth will be sure to provide you and all your houseplants with some much needed revitalization.

Libra (September 22- October 22)

Still not coming down off that Valentine’s high Libra? This feeling should stick around for a while. Perhaps treat your S.O. with the sweet tape of Beach Slang, Here I Made This For You Mixtape vol. 2. It seems your 11th house is getting all the love under the past lunar eclipse. This house rules your dreams/wishes so some of your greatest desires could be coming to you this month. We’ve got Sleep’s new album The Clarity to provide you with what you need to accept what is coming to you. We also know that you’ve got a big weakness err… i mean strength for shopping, luckily we have both red, orange and white Vinyls stocked.

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)

New projects and potential raises, perhaps one you were not expecting, are in store for you! Also in store is Parquet Courts’s Captive Of The Sun. While you are technically a captive of Pluto and Mars your aggressive energy pairs well with this Brooklyn based rock band. Only 550 copies this press! Get it while it’s hot!

Sagittarius ( November 22- December 21)

Saturn, the planet of long term thinking, is complementing your ruling ninth house, making your philosophies feel stable and successful. Saturn alongside Uranus and the full moon created a grand trine (giant triangle in the sky) for you this month. You may want to join along with aries for their O∆ listen to celebrate but also pick up Chevelle’s This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) to keep your philosophical nature grounded.

Capricorn (December 22- January 19)

Uranus played a major role in this Lunar eclipse, bringing you something unexpected and perhaps money related. This with Saturn, your ruling planet, and the moon are formed a trine that will bring nothing but good news to you. Saturn is a wise planet, a teacher of sorts which is what gives ya your well informed and mature persona. You deserve to get Drunk with Vic Chesnutt, overall his darkest album with hints of paranoia; It will speak to your suspicious nature but is fun enough to not bring you down.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18)

We’re making our way out of Aquarius season and it looks like Uranus brought you some much needed innovation! Perhaps check out the Australian metalcore album Horizons by Parkway Drive. You see ahead in a way that most of us may not, tell us what’s on the horizon!

Pisces (February 19- March 20)

You’ve been completely absorbed into your projects lately, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Get done what you need to while nodding along to the downtempo tracks of Drexciya in Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe. The duo was quite secret about their identity for a long time and because you rule the 12th house of the hidden, you may appreciate their decision behind this.




New Vinyl Releases 2/17/17


  • 3 Doors Down – The Better Life
  • Ryan Adams – Prisoner (LTD  ‘Indie Exclusive’ Red vinyl)
  • Black Sites – In Monochrome
  • CHVE – 10910
  • Deep Throat Choir – Be OK
  • Fufanu – Sports
  • Hanni El Khatib – Savage Times (LTD 3x 10″ Boxset with Slipcover)
  • Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now (Sub Pop ‘Loser Edition’ Colored vinyl)
  • III Omen – Æ.Thy.Rift
  • Jai Wolf – Kindred Spirits
  • Alison Krauss – Windy City
  • Nikki Lane – Highway Queen
  • Lift To Experience – The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads (LTD 2LP Colored vinyl)
  • Lowly – Heba (Limited Edition Gold vinyl)
  • Middle Kids – S/T EP
  • The Orwells – Terrible Human Beings
  • Our Lady Peace – Clumsy (LTD Translucent Orange-Smoke vinyl)
  • Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Got Soul
  • Son Volt – Notes Of Blue
  • Strand of Oaks – Hard Love
  • Tash Sultana – Notion EP


New Vinyl Releases 2/10/17


  • 311 – From Chaos
  • Beach Slang – Here I Made This For You Mixtape Vol. 2 ( Cassette Tape)
  • Big Star – Complete Third Vol. 2: Roughs to Mixes
  • Bing & Ruth – No Home of the Mind (2LP White vinyl)
  • Bush – Razorblade Suitcase (in addition) Deluxe 2LP on Black + White Swirl vinyl
  • Vic Chesnutt – Drunk
  • Chevelle – This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
  • Daedelus – Baker’s Dozen
  • Denmark Vessey – Martin Lucid Dream
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan (w/Mike Patton) – Irony is a Dead Scene
  • Immolation – Failures For Gods (Transparent Red Vinyl, LTD to 500)
  • Immolation – Here in After (Transparent Red Vinyl, LTD to 500)
  • Immolation – Close To A World Below (Transparent Red Vinyl, LTD to 500)
  • Jeezy – Trap Or Die 3
  • Kid Koala (feat. Emilliana Torrini) – Music to Draw to: Satellite
  • London O’Connor – Ο∆ (Circle Triangle) on Pantone Yellow vinyl
  • The Other People Place – Lifestyles of The Laptop Cafe
  • Palberta – Bye Bye Berta
  • Panic At The Disco – Pretty. Odd.
  • Parkway Drive – Horizons
  • Parquet Courts – Captive of the Sun (feat. Bun B) 12″ Single Limited to 550!
  • Queen – Greatest Hits II
  • Will Sessions + Amp Fiddler – Lost Without You / Seven Mile 7″
  • Sinkane – Life & Livin’ It (Limited Edition Yellow vinyl)
  • Six by Seven – The Closer You Get + Peel Sessions
  • Sleep – The Clarity (Limited Edition Etched 12″ on Red vinyl)
  • Sleep – The Clarity (Limited Edition Etched 12″ on White vinyl)
  • Sleep – The Clarity (Limited Edition Etched 12″ on Orange vinyl)
  • Soundtrack / Eskmo – Billions
  • Ten Fe – Hit The Light
  • Various Artists – Ultimate Block Party Breaks (Vol. 3)
  • Various Artists – The Hamilton Mixtape
  • Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits
  • The Weeknd – Starboy (2LP Transparent Red vinyl)
  • Weltesser – Crestfallen (LTD Clear / Yellow Swirl vinyl)
  • Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed II