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Fleet Foxes
The Electric Lady Session

Troubled, episodic folk rockers Fleet Foxes issued their complex 'Crack Up' album last June but only days before the band entered New York's historic, Electric Lady Studios to record a few tracks for a WFUV session. Here it is in its unedited glory to present something at least semi-interesting for Black Friday. ...view item »

Wilco
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” is widely regarded as Wilco’s best album. The album took quite a journey before actually being released and due to a job cull at Warner’s, it was delayed, and Wilco were dropped by Warner off-shoot, Reprise. Eventually, Wilco got their album back, signed to Nonesuch and had it released. There were t...view item »

Steve Reich
Pulse / Quartet

Steve Reich’s office has a huge portrait of Steve Reich looking down benevolently on Steve Reich. Which is kind of like a Steve Reich piece, feeding off itself in a continuous loop. Where Quartet is full of energy and all over the place harmonically, Pulses is a more quiet work - especially for Reich stan...view item »

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet
Landfall

Substantial collaboration between musician and spoken word storyteller Laurie Anderson and San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet. Landfall, a multimedia project inspired by Anderson’s experience of Hurricane Sandy, blends skillful instrumentation with her powerful spoken word descriptions of the storm. On N...view item »

Jonny Greenwood
Inherent Vice - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

There’s more to Jonny Greenwood than meets the fringe-draped eye. As well as a guitar extraordinaire, he is also a fantastic composer, working with Paul Thomas Anderson as he has in the past on the Inherant Vice Soundtrack - the grimy looking film featuring Joaqui...view item »

Jonny Greenwood
Phantom Thread (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Here we are again with the dream team combo of super-director Paul Thomas Anderson and soundtracker Jonny Greenwood, who has proven to be an extremely capable avant-leaning orchestral composer over his previous three Anderson soundtracks. Phantom Thread is remarkably lush and rich, as b...view item »

The Staves & yMusic
The Way Is Read

The Way Is Read is a collaboration between the vocal talents of The Staves and yMusic, a musical ensemble outta NYC. The two acts initially worked together at Justin Vernon’s Eaux Clares festival - a festival that is known for artists performing together. This, however, is the first time t...view item »

The Magnetic Fields
50 Song Memoir

Another bit of music-hall high-conceptitude here from Stephin Merritt & Co. There’s a song here for each of Merritt’s 50 years on Earth, with writing begun on his 50th birthday. Not quite 69 but age inevitably brings a slowing down of productivity. Despite the shift from storytelling or meta-songwriting to a more...view item »

Chris Thile
Thanks For Listening

Chris Thile is the host of radio show A Prairie Home Companion, wherein he writes and performs a Song of the Week, within the week, each week, with a house band and whatever guest was on the show helping out. Thanks For Listening presents ten of the best, freshly re-recorded for this release. Guests include ...view item »

Rostam
Half-Light

Rostam (Batmanglij, also known as Boys Like Us) is most known for being in Vampire Weekend, as well as working with Frank Ocean, Solange and The Walkmen. Half-Light is his debut solo album, filled with cinematic electronic pop that pull...view item »

Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes

Seemingly everyone's top pick for the album of the year was the eponymously titled debut by the band Fleet Foxes. And it's justifiably so, it is a master-piece that singer/song-writer Robin Pecknold has concocted. Indie-folk/baroque-pop/psychedelic whatever you need to label it as, Fleet Foxes is heavenly from beginning to end with warm instrume...view item »

Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes beautifully paint Yeats' 'Lake Of Innisfree' in musical form, with the same simple yearning for a simple life in a natural sanctuary transposed expertly into Peckner's words. The album wonderfully rolls from one highlight to another; the screamed frustration of 'The Shrine / An Argument' to the saxophone of that same song, all backed...view item »

Fleet Foxes
Crack-Up

Fleet Foxes like to take their time with this just their third album since their 2008 debut. They also spawned Father John Misty onto the world but let's not blame them for that. This meticulous approach to their song craft generally yields good results as was proved by the excellent 'Helplessness Blues'. Expect a dense, lush an...view item »

Sam Amidon
The Following Mountain

Sam Amidon’s new album is unusual for him, in that every single song is an original composition of his. As well as regular collaborator and mighty musical all-rounder Shahzad Ismaily, our man Sam has managed to snare original 60’s-era free jazz drummer Milford Graves...view item »

Kronos Quartet
Folk Songs

Kronos Quartet, the go-to ensemble for crossovers of contemporary and indie music as well as regular interpreters of Steve Reich et al’s work, here collaborate with Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon and Natalie Merchant for a set...view item »

Conor Oberst
Salutations

Bright Eyes' lead quiverer Conor Oberst's last album Ruminations was a a home produced, stark work featuring just his own voice, guitar and piano. He still wanted to record with a band though and so headed down to Malibu to record Salutations with a full rocking band in tow. This includes band versions of ...view item »

Steve Reich
Music For 18 Musicians

As part of Record Store Day 2015 we have a special anniversary release of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. Two 180 gram Vinyls, one with a mono mix version, the other in full glorious stereo. As well as a bonus 7” with singles “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “I’m Depend...view item »

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

Chris Thile, who plays mandolin and also sings, joined up with the pianist Brad Mehldau a few years ago for a series of shows in which they played both original songs and familiar covers in a beautifully sensitive style. This eponymous album features studio recordings of these excellent pieces: what a pair of ab...view item »

Nico Muhly & Teitur
Confessions

Nico Muhly is a busy young modern-classical composer and performer isn’t he? Here he is now, rocking up on Nonesuch in a new collaboration with songwriter Teitur. With song lyrics derived from obscure youtube videos and the music scored for a baroque ensemble, Confessions probably qualifies as a u...view item »

Kronos Quartet
Pieces of Africa

Pieces Of Africa finds the go-to indie-classical string quartet supreme, the Kronos Quartet, taking on commissions from eight African composers. With the string quartet being arguably one of the most archetypal formats of the Western classical tradition, it is wonderful to he...view item »

Conor Oberst
Ruminations

Conor Oberst, aka Mr. Bright Eyes himself, has a new album of solo work. Ruminations was made according to the classic technique of sealing oneself away alone during the winter, and is a sparse affair involving O...view item »

Devendra Banhart
Ape In Pink Marble

A really nice, delicate release from freak-folk mainstay Devendra Banhart, although I think he might have toned down the ‘freakiness’ by now. Ape In Pink Marble is an LA production, imbued with the sunny attitudes of sweet sweet California. Released on Nonesuch: the LP edition comes with a bonus poster....view item »

Dawn Upshaw, London Sinfonietta, David Zinman
Górecki: Symphony No. 3

A vital reissue of the 1992 London Sinfonietta recording of Henryk Górecki’s 3rd Symphony, often better known as The Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs. It is a majestic, emotionally heavy work. This is the first time that this highly regarded Nonesuch recording has been released on vinyl: 180g he...view item »

Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet
Requiem For A Dream

Clint Mansell seems like a nice guy with a great name and rather talented too. This is the first ever vinyl edition of his  haunting score to Darren Aronofsky's 2000 film Requiem For A Dream, performed by Kronos Quartet. Performed by Kronos Quartet, have those words ever led to bad music? I sincerely d...view item »

Henryk Gorecki
A Nonesuch Retrospective

A Nonesuch Retrospective by Henryk Gorecki gathers together all of the recordings the late Polish composer made for the Nonesuch label including his final work Symphony No. 4 - Tansman Episodes which was completed by his son, Mikolaj Gorecki. Over the seven discs you will hear great orchestral moments and savag...view item »

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & Rajasthan Express
Junun

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, Tunun, impressionistically documents the recording sessions that led to this album. Jonny Greenwood, with his Radiohead pedigree, will attract the most attention, but it is qawwali group Rajasthan Express and composer Sh...view item »

The Arcs
Yours, Dreamily

The Arcs are somewhat of a supergroup featuring The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Richard Swift, Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss and Nick Movshon. Yours, Dreamily is the band debut album, and like a lot of Auer...view item »

The Arcs
Outta My Mind / My Mind

As a prequel to their debut album, ‘Yours, Dreamily’, multi instrumentalists The Arcs release their second 7’’ single ‘Outta My Mind’, including an otherwise unreleased track, B side ‘My Mind’. Mixed and recorded in various locations over a two week period of informal sessions, the tracks have a in...view item »

The Arcs
Stay In My Corner / Tomato Can

The debut album from The Arcs (Yours, Dreamily) is released shortly, but for now this 7” single is what you’ll have to settle for. Boxing-inspired Stay In My Corner is a preview of that album, but the B-side, Tomato Can will not be available elsewhere. Limited 7” only available to pur...view item »

Conor Oberst
Hundreds Of Ways / Fast Friends

The first single taken from 2014's excellent Upside Down Mountain, released for Record Store Day in April. Typically Oberst scathing lyrics blended with upbeat sarcastic Johnny Cash-inspired rhythm guitars, and with Swedish duo First Aid Kit providing jaunty backing vocals. Limited edition 7"on Nonesuch. ...view item »

Tyondai Braxton
HIVE1

Available on CD vinyl LP on Nonesuch. Former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton is probably fed up of being described as such, after all he has many more “strings to his bow”. Having had many compositions played all over the world he has returned with his first solo outing since 2009. Whilst Centra...view item »

Wilco
What’s Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014

Jeff Tweedy's band Wilco stormed out of the No Depression genre to create softer albums, played in a more formal type of country rock. A few albums in, they discovered the sprawl, stretching out and creating experimental clones of the traditional genre, with records such as warped as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot ...view item »

Wilco
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Wilco have never been particularly good at hiding their so-called rarities away, half of their fan-base having already been treated to the stellar, suffocatingly intimate early versions of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot songs. Here, though, the band leave another offering: Alpha Mike Foxtrot coll...view item »

Nico Muhly
Two Boys

Neo-classical artist Nico Muhly has collaborated with artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner on works that crossover from traditional composition to indie rock -- he's also an artist in his own right, composing music for a variety of orchestras. 'Two Boys' is his own two-part contemporary opera, and was commissioned by the Met (making ...view item »

Sam Amidon
Lily-O

A Sam Amidon, I quite like him don't I? He's a singer/banjoist/guitarist/fiddler.... oh and he also plays the violin. Boom boom. The albums ten songs are traditional folk type things re-worked and lovingly produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson who produced Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy and Feist. Bill Frisell's on it!  Yep its dead good this  - ...view item »

Conor Oberst
Upside Down Mountain

The first time Conor Oberst hit my radar was back in 2005 when, home one night with MTV on in the background, I happened upon the video for the Bright Eyes song ‘Lua’. The starkness of the arrangement; the wobbly cracked-up vocals and the bleak low fi simpli...view item »

The Black Keys
Turn Blue

Used to hate them but hate them less these days. The opposite to the normal trajectory. They seem to be purveying soulful, smoky atmospheric pop rather than balls out blues on this album and its all the sweeter for it. Nice production touches, 'Fever' does what MGMT used to do before they went mental. Clever lads. &n...view item »

Kronos Quartet
A Thousand Thoughts

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of legendary string quartet Kronos Quartet, A Thousand Leaves is a wide-ranging compilation of works from their vast oeuvre of reinterpretations. Covering a vast geographical range these 15 pieces go a long way to showcasing their talents and eclectic tastes. A fantastic entry point...view item »

Kronos Quartet
Kronos Explorer Series

Kronos Quartet have deftly challenged the conventions of being a string quartet through their years together, and Kronos Explorer Series continues to provide the set-up new horizons, rearranging five different albums -- each from different places in the world -- into Kronos territory. The series...view item »

Billy Bragg & Wilco
Mermaid Avenue

I like Billy Bragg, but I'm not a huge fan -- but I do like Wilco so this collaboration with interested me. Basically, they've set previously unrecorded Woody Guthrie lyrics to music. Jeff Tweedy sings some songs, Billy Bragg sings some songs. As it turns out, the one Billy Bragg sings are the best - "Walt Whitman's Niece" with its call-and-answ...view item »

Billy Bragg & Wilco
Mermaid Avenue Vol. II

More stomping Americana from Billy Bragg and Wilco. Volume two of this series didn't grab me as much as the fab Volume One did, but this is still pretty good. It opens with "Airline To Heaven", the rattling acoustic guitars give it a Bob Dylan quality. "My Flying Saucer" sees Bragg singing his heart out to a Buddy Holly-ish arrangement. "Feed of...view item »

Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos
Live In San Francisco

If you like, or love, Ry Cooder, you'll love this album. Comprised mainly of older songs with some more recent, and all done beautifully. The old Cooder classics, such as Boomers' Story and Goodnight Irene (Leadbelly, I know) have been reworked and sound fresh. The guitar solos aren't done to impress or show off, ...view item »

Sam Amidon
Bright Sunny South

Putting on a singer-songwritery type record you never know whether it will be another bland piece of rubbish or something that you will enjoy and connect with. Thankfully this record by Sam Amidon veers very much towards the latter. He does nothing special, nothing so innovative you will never heard it be...view item »

Bombino
Nomad

Bombino can really use his guitar; producing the uniquely rich and deep sounds he does. There is an immediately likable flavour to his music from the continuous, suttle guitar rhythms running throughought to his chant like vocals. It is a fresh sound to the West that will be enjoyed by many who know the difference b...view item »

Devendra Banhart
Mala

Mala is great from start to finish, although for Devendra fans it's different. This represents Devendra's first effort with a high level of production. It's not folksy by any stretch of the imagination. So hardcore Banhart fans might be disappointed, but give Mala a chance. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Devendra produced this album with...view item »

Billy Bragg & Wilco
Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions

Woody's daughter Nora sought out Billy Bragg & Wilco to write songs to Woody's unpublished lyrics. The result is really good, especially the Billy Bragg numbers. Wilco's modern sound provides an interesting contrast to Bragg's folksy approach. Criticised as "leftovers" and "outtakes," may be fair since Volume III was released over a decade l...view item »

Jonny Greenwood & Krzysztof Penderecki
48 Responses To Polyrhythmia

Jonny Greenwood is one of the most famous musicians in the world. As one of the founding members of the internationally acclaimed and enormously popular and influential rock group Radiohead, Greenwood has built a strong reputation as an innovator. Lately, Greenwood has been exploring other musical styles and has h...view item »

Wilco
Wilco (The Album)

Wilco the band's 7th studio album is "Wilco" the album and it opens with "Wilco" the song. It's an almost "Lady Madonna" style stomp. This is not their best and there aren't a great deal of outstanding moments, but to my mind, as it's a Wilco album it is naturally of a decent standard. There's a nice 1970s warmth to the whole thing. "One Wing" a...view item »

The Black Keys
El Camino

If Brothers seemed like an unexpected win for the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, then the follow up album, El Camino, seems desperate to argue that their time in the spotlight isn't over. Where Brothers was an expansive trip through many of the Black Keys's outer stylistic influences, El Camino is a tightly structured album designed to ...view item »

Philip Glass
Dracula

As years go by it seems as if almost every premise for something great has been overused and beaten to death, it's really cool to see an old classic like this given the right treatment without making a mockery of it. Even if you've memorised the entire movie's dialogue before this score was introduced, you'll still have visions of Bela Lugosi on...view item »

Laura Veirs
Year of Meteors

Once upon a time bands would make couple of great records out on an indie label, sign to major and promptly be ruined. It seems to happen less these days but  Laura Veirs has recently signed to a major label - how will she fare with the major label sandpaper treatment?Laura Veirs is more successful I think - her last ...view item »

The Magnetic Fields
Realism

Realism does away with the distorted guitars of the band's last effort and finds them returning to the chamber pop sound of 2004's "i". The songs are full of acoustic guitars, strings, piano and other natural instruments that lend the music a more realistic (a hint at the album's title perhaps?) feel. But while the music sounds beautiful and pri...view item »

Philip Glass
Glass Box: A Nonesuch Retrospective

There's more than enough Glass here for most folks. The cube package itself is an intriguing piece, with Philip Glass' image by Chuck Close, Francesco Clemente, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Robert Wilson. Each of the 10 discs inside are individually packaged in digipaks with cover artworks selected by Chuck Close. Also inside is a 19...view item »

Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban
Mambo Sinuendo

Love it, but I hate it that is sold out...view item »

The Magnetic Fields
Distortion

Last from this cat for the week is the latest album from skewed pop classicists The Magnetic Fields. Stephen Merrits outsider pop has always been a hugely influential & original brand. And on newie 'Distortion' the production is in a kind of lo-fi echo chamber making me repeatedly splurt words such as 'Ariel Pink!' everywhere. There's a dirgy t...view item »

Jonny Greenwood
There Will Be Blood

PLEASE Press this to vinyl? PLEASE Press this to vinyl? PLEASE Press this to vinyl? PLEASE Press this to vinyl? PLEASE Press this to vinyl? PLEASE Press this to vinyl? PLEASE Press this to vinyl? This album is perfect from beginning to end....view item »

Laura Veirs
Don't Lose Yourself

Last one from the Lovely Lovely LAURA VEIRS with her new single Don't Lose Yourself on Nonesuch Records. Pretty nice single this, striking a happy balance between being commercial and keeping some individual integrity. Its quite up beat for her and bobbles along with Dont Loose Yourself chorus softly knawing in...view item »

Stephin Merritt
Showtunes

Stephin Merrit is easily one of the busiest men in music. His style is distinct and diverse at the same time, lending itself to a variety of different projects. Showtunes is such a different project. The namesake has to do with the numerous plays Merritt has composed music for. Stephin Merritt has created another imaginative work with Showtunes....view item »

Laura Veirs
Galaxies

aura Veirs has a new single out - its a nice piece of melancholic yet upbeat pop music (her folky edge is long gone)  - comes on 7" (blue vinyl) and a CDs - different B sides....view item »

Stephin Merritt
Pieces Of April

Pieces Of April is probably the best introduction to his oeuvre for newcomers as it highlights some of the best tracks from the last Magnetic Fields and 6ths albums. The main attraction for longtime fans is the five new Magnetic Fields songs. Lyrically, he's as sharp as ever with his droll, Steinian wit. Mus...view item »