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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: January 25, 2012

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    January is almost over, but the new year's vinyl releases are just getting started. This week kicks off with the first major metal release of 2012 in Lacuna Coil's Dark Adrenaline, and also includes a live Motorhead album, a new, super-charged album from Nada Surf, reissues of two game-changing albums from the '90s, and some unearthed treasures from the '60s and '70s.

    The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II (Delicious Vinyl/Traffic)
    Reissue of the Pharcyde’s landmark 1992 debut album, presented here on deluxe red and blue double vinyl. Ranked in the “Top 100 Favorite Records of the ‘90s” by Pitchfork, Bizarre Ride helped establish a new alternative hip-hop scene on the West Coast in the wake of the Gangsta Rap era with its playful wit, jazzy production, and inventive beats. Includes the classic “Ya Mama” and crossover hit “Passing Me By.”

    Nada SurfStars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
    The band that brought us the alt-rock anthem “Popular” is back with a new album. And with The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, frontman Matthew Caws says they made a conscious decision to “preserve what it felt like in the practice room, when you play with that new-song energy.” The result is one propulsive rush of power pop.

    Motorhead The World Is Ours Vol. 1: Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else (UDR)
    In celebration of their 35 years as road warriors, the British hard rock band has released a live DVD of the finest moments from their The World Is Yours world tour. Accompanying this is a double 180-gram vinyl set of their entire Chile concert, which features classics like “Overkill,” “Ace of Spades,” “Killed By Death,” and “Over the Top.”

    Lacuna Coil Dark Adrenaline (Century Media)
    Limited edition vinyl pressing of the Italian goth-metal band’s highly anticipated new album. Recorded with producer Don Gilmore (Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Bullet for My Valentine) at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, Dark Adrenaline is hooky and heavy, and it includes an unexpected cover of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.”

    Karen Dalton1966 (Delmore Recordings)
    Recorded one evening in her remote Colorado cabin, this newly unearthed rehearsal tape from 1966 reveals the underground folk legend at her most raw and unfiltered. LP is housed in a tip-on jacket with four-page heavy insert, exclusive color portrait, and download card.

    moe. – What Happened to the La Las (Sugar Hill)
    The 10th studio album from the veteran indie jam band presents their signature pop- and prog-laced rock in a more tightly produced form but with plenty of the searing guitar riffs and complex rhythms that fans love.

    Mighty SparrowSparromania! (K7!)
    He’s been called “a true Caribbean great, a cultural and social icon on par with Fela Kuti in Nigeria or Miriam Makeba in South Africa,” and this long overdue retrospective double LP brings us “Wit, Wisdom and Soul from the King of Calypso.” Covering what are considered his most creative years between 1962 and 1974, the album includes a handful of live tracks, a cover of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness,” and Mighty Sparrow breezing through everything from calypso to boogaloo to soul. He even trades insults with fellow calypso legend Lord Melody like a hip-hop mic battle.

    Al KentBest of Disco Demands Vol. 1 & 2 (K7!)
    Finally, Al Kent’s Disco Demands series is available on vinyl. In these two double LP volumes, Kent compiles rare ‘70s disco tracks including exclusive re-edits.

    The Apples in StereoFun Trick Noisemaker (Yep Roc Records)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of the Elephant 6 indie-rock band’s 1995 debut. One of the band’s most critically praised albums, Fun Trick Noisemaker helped catalyze a shift in the alternative lexicon from angst-filled grunge to a Beach Boys-inspired psych-pop sound.

    Michael ChapmanRainmaker (Light in the Attic)
    Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing of the 1969 debut album from the British singer-songwriter. A psychedelic-guitar-folk delight, it features one of Chapman’s best known songs, “It Didn’t Work Out.”

    John K. SamsonProvincial (ANTI)
    2xLP pressing of the debut solo release from Winnipeg songwriter John K. Samson (The Weakerthans, Propagandhi). A geographically inspired project, Provincial explores four different roads in the Canadian province of Manitoba, where Samson lives, through guitar-driven folk-rock. LP packaging includes full album on CD.

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