Friday New Vinyl Releases 5/18

  • Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (‘Indie Exclusive’ Pressing on Red Vinyl)
  • Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (black Vinyl)
  • The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual (Reissue on Metallic Gold Vinyl, Limited to 1000)
  • The Black Dahlia Murder –Unhallowed (Reissue on ‘Sea Glass’ Colored Vinyl, Limited to 1000)
  • The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack (Reissue on White Vinyl, Limited to 1000)
  • Bombino – Deran
  • The Breeders – Mountain Battles (2008) (Reissue)
  • The Breeders – Last Splash (4AD Reissue)
  • The Breeders – Pod (4AD Reissue)
  • The Breeders – Title TK (4AD Reissue)
  • Jennifer Castle – Angels of Death
  • Erasure (with Echo Collective) – World Beyond (LE Pressing on Red Vinyl)
  • Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther (Original Score)
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard
  • Guru – Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 (3 Lp Deluxe Edition)
  • Quiet Slang (Beach Slang) – Everything Matters But No One Is Listening (180gram Pressing on Clear Vinyl)
  • Michael Rault – It’s A New Day Tonight (LE Pressing on Colored Vinyl)
  • Lenny Kravitz – Greatest Hits (2 Lp Comp)
  • Red Kross – Third Eye (1990) (‘Indie Exclusive’ RSD Reissue on Green Vinyl)
  • Mary Lattimore – Hundreds of Days (LE Pressing on Gold Vinyl)
  • Paul McCartney – Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (180gram Reissue on Gold Vinyl)
  • Paul McCartney – New (LE Reissue on Pink Vinyl)
  • Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
  • Parquet Courts _ Wide Awake (Collector’s Edition with 15-Page Art Booklet)
  • Otis Redding – Dock Of The Bay Sessions (’50th Anniversary Celebration’ Pressing)
  • Percy “Thrills” Thrillington – Thrillington (180gram Limited Edition EU Reissue on Marbled Vinyl)
  • TT (Therese Wayman of Warpaint) – Lovelaws
  • Various – I, Tonya (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Vitamin X – Age Of Paranoia
  • Pink Floyd – Relics (1971) (180gram Remastered Comp)
  • Pink Floyd – PULSE (live) (4 Lp 180gram Box Set with 52-Page Book and Slipcase)
  • Ryley Walker – Deafman Glance (Chicago, IL)
  • Waz Chattels – Wax Chattels
  • Wings – Wings Greatest (1978) (LE Reissue on Blue Vinyl)
  • Wolves In The Throne Room – Live At Roadburn 2008 (10th Anniversary Reissue)


Friday New Vinyl Releases 5/11

  • Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (180gram ‘Indie Exclusive’ on Clear Vinyl with Booklet and Download)
  • Beach House – 7 (‘Loser Edition’ on Opaque Yellow Vinyl)
  • The Birth Defects – Everything Is Fine (Dark Blue Vinyl)
  • Connections – Foreign Affairs (Red Vinyl)
  • Eminem – Revival
  • Jerry Garcia – Before The Dead (5 Lp 180gram Box Set, limited to 2500)
  • Grateful Dead – Cornell 5/8/77 (5 Lp 140gram Box Set)
  • Tony Lanez – Memories Don’t Lie
  • Little Junior – Hi (‘Indie Exclusive’ on Sea Foam Green Vinyl with Signed Poster)
  • Nightseeker – 3069: A Space-Rock Sex Odyssey
  • John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness
  • John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness (‘Indie Exclusive’ Translucent Green Vinyl)
  • Various / curated by Kendrick Lamar – Black Panther The Album (Music From and Inspired By)
  • Tom Waits – The Heart of Saturday Night (1974) (Remastered ‘Indie Exclusive’ Pressing on Opaque Yellow Vinyl)
  • Tom Waits – Nighthawks At The Diner (1975) (Remastered ‘Indie Exclusive’ on Opaque Red Vinyl)
  • Jess Williamson – Cosmic Wink (Mexican Summer Pressing with Lyric Sheet

Live Recap: Unknown Mortal Orchestra at The Vic 5.3.18

This past Thursday night, Unknown Mortal Orchestra returned to Chicago for the first time since 2016, touring in support of their latest record Sex & Food, out April 6th via Jagjaguwar Records.

The 90 minute set started off heavy with songs from Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s early catalog, easing the crowd into their new material. The night kicked off with”Ffunny Ffrends,” a track from the band’s debut, self-titled record, which was followed by “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” from their second album. As the setlist weaved through the band’s diverse discography, frontman Ruban Nielson and the rest of the band maintained an incredibly tight sound throughout the entire show. While the performance remained incredibly sharp, the band also had a relaxed and infectious energy about them, often extending out their tracks with instrumental breaks that added depth to the live experience of their records.

Early on in the evening, during “From The Sun,” Nielson actually jumped into the crowd with his guitar and played his way through the entire room, even making it up to the balcony. From that moment on, the crowd’s eyes clung to the stage, the audience eager to soak up the showmanship and musicianship that Unknown Mortal Orchestra has expertly honed in on over their years together. While the band exuded an incredible stage presence, an intricate lighting show backed them, adding another facet to their live production. Between the production quality, the setlist selection, and the chemistry of the band members, Unknown Mortal Orchestra put on the perfect show.

If you get the chance, do not miss Unknown Mortal Orchestra on this tour–see the remaining dates here.

Photos of Unknown Mortal Orchestra at The Vic, May 3rd, 2018

You can grab your copy of Sex & Food at the shop or on the web store here, and keep up with UMO on Instagram and Facebook.

 This article was originally posted on ANCHR Magazine

Friday New Vinyl Releases 5/4


  • 47SOUL – Balfron Promise
  • The Aquabats – The Fury Of The Aquabats (1997) (2 Lp Reissue on Neon Green Vinyl)
  • Aquilo – II
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow – Panic Blooms (2 Lp Limited Pressing on Gold Vinyl)
  • Daniel Blumberg – Minus
  • Leon Bridges – Good Thing
  • Christian Death – Atrocities (1986) (Reissue on Opaque White Vinyl, Limited to 600)
  • Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown (2 Lp Pressing on Clear with Purple and Orange Splatter Vinyl, Limited to 1000)
  • Cut Worms – Hollow Ground (Indie Exclusive on Red Vinyl)
  • The Dynospectrum – The Dynospectrum (25th Anniversary Pressing on Cream and Black Colored Vinyl)
  • Brian Eno – Music For Installations (9 Lp Box Set of Previously Unreleased Music, 64-Page Booklet with Photographs)
  • Yonatan Gat – Universalists (Limited Pressing on Cream Colored Vinyl)
  • The Glitch Mob – See Without Eyes (Indie Exclusive on Black and Clear Blue Vinyl)
  • Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs – Clippety Clop
  • Iceage – Beyondless
  • Jimmy Eat World – Love Never / Half Heart (Indie Exclusive 7″)
  • Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed
  • Matt and Kim – Almost Everyday (Red Vinyl)
  • Fred Mcdowell – Mississippi Delta Blues (1965) (Indie Exclusive on Transparent Yellow Vinyl)
  • Nas – I… Am (Reissue)
  • Parkway Drive – Reverence
  • Lake Street Dive – Free Yourself Up
  • Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville (1993) (25th Anniversary Reissue)
  • Malphino – Visit Malphino
  • Pink – I’m Not Dead (1st Vinyl Pressing on Pink Vinyl)
  • Pink – The Truth About Love (2 Lp Limited Reissue on Mint Green Vinyl)
  • Pink – Funhouse (1st Vinyl Pressing 2 Lp on Yellow Vinyl)
  • Reef – Revelation
  • Rise Against – The Unravelling
  • Shakey Graves – Can’t Wake Up (2 Lp Pressing)
  • Slow Corpse – Fables (with Hand-Numbered Polaroid)
  • Sum-41 – Does This Look Infected? (15th Anniversary Reissue on Clear with Green Blob Colored Vinyl, Limited to 1500)
  • Simon And Garfunkel – Greatest Hits (Reissue)
  • Thy Catafalque – Geometria (Limited to 400)
  • Trampled By Turtles – Life Is Good On The Open Road (Indie Exclusive on Yellow Vinyl)
  • Ihsahn (Emperor) – Àmr
  • Inquisition – Obscure Verses for The Multiverse (2 Lp on Green and Black Vinyl, Limited to 500)
  • Jimmy Cliff / Various – The Harder They Come (1972) (Soundtrack)
  • Billy Joel – River of Dreams (25th Anniversary Reissue on Translucent Blue Vinyl)
  • Sugar Candy Mountain – Do Right (Limited Pressing on Translucent Purple Vinyl)
  • Frank Turner – Be More Kind
  • Various Artists – Linval Presents Dub Landing Vol. 1 (2 Lp Reissue with bonus disc of original vocal cuts)
  • Various Artists – Linval Presents Dub Landing Vol. 2 (2 Lp Reissue with bonus disc of original vocal cuts)
  • Vive La Void – Vive La Void (Limited Pressing on ‘Death Money’ Vinyl)

Live Recap: Post Animal Plays a Rowdy Record Release Show to a Packed Lincoln Hall

At almost every concert you go to, there’s a sort of unspoken bond amongst audience members; a mutual love of music and an interest in the particular band performing that can take strangers, put them into a cramped room, and turn them into friends by the end of the night. At Post Animal’s album release show on Friday night, the room buzzed with an electrifying sense of camaraderie from the second the doors to Lincoln Hall opened. For many in the audience, they had already formed friendships with one another, due to the supportive nature of the Chicago music scene, and the show that would follow would only bring that community even closer.

Like most Chicago bands that have begun to garner attention nationally, and even internationally, during the last couple of years, Post Animal got their start playing DIY shows in basements and gritty locations around the city before eventually working their way up to headlining slots at the likes of The Hideout, The Empty Bottle, and The Subterranean. Headlining a sold out show at Lincoln Hall sits towards the top of many bands’ bucket lists in the city, so when Post Animal made their way up to checking this feat off their list, they made sure to put together a special show for the 500 lucky audience members that scored tickets to the gig.


First, they had some of the freshest local (and soon-to-be local) talent warm up the stage for them, with Rookie kicking off the night. Although they’re a new project and just released a debut single last week, Chicago music scene veterans Joe Bordenaro and Max Loebman act as the group’s leaders, working together on new music and revamping music from their past projects. Their experience of playing music for years in other projects gives them a commanding stage presence and sense of chemistry as bandmates that you rarely see in a new band. By the time Rookie’s set had finished, most of the room had already filled in, and anyone who had started the night unaware of Rookie had quickly been converted to a new fan after witnessing their live show.

Next up, Slow Pulp mesmerized the packed house with their dreamy mix of psychedelic, pop, and punk tones for the next 45 minutes. Hailing from Madison, Slow Pulp will soon be making a permanent move down to Chicago, and the audience response on Friday confirmed that they will be welcomed with open arms once they make the move later this year. The crowd gave the band their undivided attention as they played through songs from their self-produced and released EP2, which is actually the band’s first release since the addition of lead singer Emily Massey. The audience sang along with Massey throughout the show, especially during “Preoccupied,” which has stacked up close to 200,000 streams on Spotify.


Eventually the time came for Post Animal to hit the stage, and the current of energy that had been surging through the venue was further intensified when the opening riffs of “Gelatin Mode” rang out into the room. Although they’ve been playing the song live for months, the band had only recently released the track as a single with an accompanying, must-watch music video, and it acted as the perfect kickstart to the rowdy evening that would follow. Of course, no Post Animal show would be complete without a little (or a lot of) crowd surfing and moshing, and “Gelatin Mode” set the tone for a wild night when the crowd immediately started thrashing around to the fast-paced song.

Another new single from When I Think Of You In A Castle, “Tire Eyes,” followed, only slightly slowing down the pace. The exuberance of the crowd remained intact however, never wavering as the setlist weaved between songs featuring in-your-face guitar solos, like “Special Moment” and “Victory Lap: Danger Zone,” and more mellow, winding psychedelic-tinged tracks like “Castle.” The band did a great job of strategically plotting the placement of each song in the setlist, allowing for the audience fully appreciate the diverse texture and sonic diversity of not only their newest material, but some old favorites from their first two EPs. To assist with the flow of the set, the band even worked out more elaborate and refreshed transitions between songs, adding another layer to the new songs that fans can’t experience from just listening to the record.


After playing through the majority of When I Think Of You In A Castle and staples like “Alabaster” and “You Were Not There” from their earlier catalog, Post Animal closed the first part of their set with their viral track “When I Get Home,” which has always proved to be a crowd favorite with its grooving bass line and sweeping melody. At this point in the night, the room was overflowing with positive vibes, and the crowd had already been potentially the rowdiest that the Lincoln Park concert hall has ever hosted, but things only got crazier during the encore.

Cadien Lake James from Twin Peaks first took the stage with a bottle of champagne in hand to get the audience hyped for Post Animal’s return, further demonstrating the supportive nature of the city’s music scene. After the warm introduction, the band eased the audience into the final part of their set by kicking things off with “Goggles” from their 2015 EP Post Animal Perform The Most Curious Water Activities, but when they transitioned into “Dirtpicker,” it was no holds barred for the remainder of the show. The song anchors out their new album, but it has been the hype song of their live show for a while now, always riling up the crowd with its infectiously catchy riffs. The amiable spirits of the crowd peaked during this last song as everyone exerted their final ounces of energy, working to lift each other up to crowd surf or have one last go at moshing.

By the time Post Animal walked offstage on Friday night, it was clear to everyone in the crowd that they had just witnessed a very special moment (pun intended) and while this show marked a landmark achievement for the band, it’s truly only the beginning for them. You can catch Post Animal on a headlining national tour throughout the summer, with select shows featuring Slow Pulp or fellow Chicagoans Paul Cherry and Town Criers. The summer tour includes appearances at legendary festivals like Shaky Knees, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza (Chicago, catch them at Lolla on Friday, August 3rd). See the rest of their tour dates here, and snag a copy of When I Think Of You In A Castle  here.

More photos of Rookie, Slow Pulp, and Post Animal at Lincoln Hall on April 27th, 2018


This article was originally posted on ANCHR Magazine