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2021 Gotta Groove Year In Review!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Gotta Groove! Here is a list curated by several of us at GGR, featuring a few of our favorite pressings of 2021:

Clint Holley – Well Made Music
 
Colemine Records –  Soul Slabs V3.
Eugene McDaniels – Headless Heros of the Apocalypse
Eddie Suzuki’s New Hawaii – High Tide
JimboMathus/Andrew Bird – These 13
Full Metal Jacket OST
Don Tiki – Hot Like Lava
 
Dave Polster  (Well Made Music)
 
Henry Franklin-“The Skipper” (Real Gone Music)
Black Market Brass-“Chemical Plant Zone” b/w “Sagat Theme” 7″ (Colemine Records)
Chester Thompson-“Powerhouse” (Real Gone Music)
The Sawtooth Grin-“Pervavor” (Wax Vessel)
V/A-“Other Music” OMPS (MVD)
Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts-“Honky Tonkin’ Beauty Supreme” (Self-Released)
Neal Francis-“Changes (Demos)” (Colemine Records)
V/A – Soul Slabs Vol. 3 (Colemine Records)
Cultist-“Three Candles” (Stages of Grief)
Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos – “Beware” (Colemine Records)
Jonathan Elias-“Children of the Corn” OMPS (1984 Publishing)
Hill Spirits-“Hill Spirits” (Self-Released)
White Blinds-“Shimmy Sham” b/w “Fire Eater” (F-Spot Records)
My Morning Jacket-At Dawn (20th Anniversary Edition) (Darla Records)
Babe Ruth – “Que Pasa” (Renaissance Records)
My Morning Jacket – “Chapter 2” (Darla Records)
Terrycloth Mother – Terrycloth Mother (Self-Released)
Nick Shoulders-“George Washington” 7″ (Armadillo Tail Records)
The Shangri-Las-“Best Of” (Real Gone Music)
Trevor Something-“Death Dream
California Speedbag-“Little Guns” (Self-Released)
Paul Messina-“Blue Fire” (GVAP Music)
 
Matt Earley
 
36 & Awakened Souls – The Other Side of Darkness
The Awakening – Mirage
Arthur Lyman – Island Vibes
Babe Ruth – Que Pasa
Beach Fossils – Somersault Reissue
Bow To Your Masters – Vol. Two: Deep Purple
Calvin Keys – Proceed With Caution!
Catfish Keith – Blues At Midnight
Chester Thompson – Powerhouse
Cochemea – Vol. 2: Baca Sewa
The Conveniece – Accelerator
Daggerboard – Last Days of Studio A
Dean & Britta – Quarantine Tapes
Don Tiki – Hot Like Lava
Doug Carn – Adam’s Apple
Doug Carn – Infant Eyes
Doug Carn Feat. The Voice of Jean Carn – Revelation
Earthforce – S/T
Eddie Suzuki – High Tide
Eugene McDaniels – Headless Heroes of The Apocalypse
Fever Dog – Alpha Waves
Frank Yankovic  – Frank Yankovic & Friends: Songs of The Polka King
GA-20 – Does Hound Dog Taylor
The Glorias (Soundtrack)
Hill Sprits – S/T
The Evanstones – 1961
Faster Pussycat – Nola b/w Pirate Love
Future Roots – 2021 Flips
Henry Franklin – The Skipper
Henry Franklin – The Skipper At Home
Joe Morris & Damon Smith – Gusts Against Particles
Katie Schecter – Bad For Business
Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood, Jason Isbell – Live At The Shoals Theatre 2014
My Morning Jacket – At Dawn
Nraakors – Hoppel Poppel
Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Live at Century City Playhouse
Phil Madeira – Hornet’s Nest
Principe Q – Flores Verdes
Robert Pollard – From A Compound Eye
Rudolph Johnson – Spring Rain
Rudolph Johnson – The Second Coming
Replacements – I’m In Trouble b/w If Only You Were Lonely
The Shangri-Las – Best Of
Soul Slabs Vol. 3
Spanish Harlem Orchestra – The Latin Jazz Project
Starz – Live At The Agora
Sweet Trip – You Will Never Know Why
Tobacco – Fucked Up Friends 3
Tom Wachunas – Spare Changes
U Roy – Creation Rebel
Voivod – The Outer Limits
Walter Bishop Jr – The 4th Cycle: Keeper of My Soul
Willy McGee – We Had A Deal
Woody Goss – Gravy In My Coffee
Work Drugs – Summer Blood
Young Gun Silver Fox – Canyons
 
Mike Burrows
 
The Appleseed Cast – Low Level Owl Volumed 1 & 2 (Deep Elm Records / Steadfast Records / Burnt Toast Vinyl)
Cultist – Three Candles (Stages of Grief)
Cartridge / Wet Specimens – split 7″
Triage – S/T (Roman Numeral)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland
Clint Mansell – The Fountain Soundtrack (Mondo)
Jonathan Elias – Children of the Corn Soundtrack
Sandro Galileo – Ribelle Di Mare Soundtrack (Eraserhead Sound)
Fabio Frizzi – From the Archives Vol. 1: Frizzi Beyond Fulci (Cadabra Records)
Sandals – Music From The Endless Summer (Real Gone Records)
The Shangri-Las – The Best of the Red Bird and Mercury Recordings (Real Gone Records)
Gloria Barnes – Uptown (Colemine Records)
Booker T. & the MGs – The Complete Stack Singles Vol. 2 (Real Gone Records)
Wesley Bright & the Honeytones – Happiness b/w You Don’t Want Me (Colemine Records) [re-press]
Black Market Brass – Chemical Plant Zone b/w Sagat Theme (Colemine Records) [repress]
Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Live at the Century City Playhouse 9/7/79 (Nimbus West Records)
Gene Russell – Talk to My Lady (Real Gone Records / Black Jazz)
Roland Haynes – Second Wave (Real Gone Records / Black Jazz)
Henry Franklin – The Skipper (Real Gone Records / Black Jazz)
Henry Franklin – The Skipper at Home (Real Gone Records / Black Jazz)
Calvin Keys – Shaw-Neeq (Real Gone Records / Black Jazz)
Rudolph Johnson – The Second Coming (Real Gone Records / Black Jazz)
Walter Bishop Jr – 4th Cycle: Keeper of My Soul (Real Gone Records / Black Jazz)
Frank Yankovic – Frank Yankovic & Friends: Songs Of the Polka King, The Ultimate Collection (Cleveland International)
 
Ren Harcar
 
Cultist – Three Candles (Stages of Grief)
Fabio Frizzi – From the Archives Vol. 1: Frizzi Beyond Fulci (Cadabra)
Joe Keinberger –  Macabria 7” (Cadabra)
The Shangri-Las – The Best of the Red Bird and Mercury Recordings (Real Gone)

Vince Slusarz (Sr)
 
(Usual disclaimer, no particular order and so much I did not get the chance to listen to).
Beach Fossils- Somersault (Bayonet Records)
Patty Pershayla and the Mayhaps-Cheap Diction
GA 20- Does Hound Dog Taylor (Colemine)
Sandals- Music from Endless Summer (Real Gone)
Rachel Baiman- S/T (Signature Sounds)
Crack the Sky- Crack Attack, Best of Crack the Sky (Renaissance)
Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts- Honky Tonkin Beauty Supreme
Superdrag- In the Valley of the Dying Stars  20th Anniversary
Ashley Monroe- Rosegold (30 Tigers)
Eugene McDaniels – The Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse (Real Gone)
Orgone- Connection (Colemine)
Katie Schecter- Bad for Business (Soul Step)
Grys- Grys- To Fall Down   (Norton)
Phil Madeira- Hornet’s Nest (Mercyland)
Baldassarre- Collinwood Yards
My Morning Jacket- At Dawn  20th Anniversary (Darla)
Hiss Golden Messenger- Quietly Blowing It (Merge)
Wood Brothers- The Muse (Southern Ground)
Matthew Alec- Matthew Alec and the Soul Electric
Parker Millsap- Be Here Instead (30 Tigers)
The Freedom Affair- Freedom is Love (Sunflower Soul)
Guided By Voices- It’s Not Them, It Couldn’t Be Them, It Is Them! (Rockathon)
Don Tiki- Hot Like Lava (Aloha Got Soul)
Marcus Machado- Aquarius Purple (Soul Step)
Terrycloth Mother- S/T
Lucinda Williams- Running Down a Dream- Tribute to Tom Petty (30 Tigers)
Delvon Lamar Organ Trio- I Told You So (Colemine)
Sweet Trip- You Will Never Know Why (Darla)
Lauren Lanzaretta- Deliverance
Booker T and the MGs- The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 2 (Real Gone)
Mike Lundy- Rhythm of Life (Aloha Got Soul)
Jonathan Elias- Children of the Corn (1984 Publishing)
Catfish Keith- Blues at Midnight (Fishtail)
Andrew Gabbard- Homemade (Karma Chief)
Frank Yankovic and Friends- Songs of the Polka King (Cleveland International)
Pentanagle- Basket of Light (Renaissance)
Becca Stevens- Wonderbloom (Groundup)
Hood, Cooley and Isbell- Live at the Shoals Theatre (30 Tigers)
Avett Brothers- The Fifth Avett Guild 45 7” (Ramseur)
Stutter Steps with Anthony Lamarca- Lift/The Bend  7” (Blue Arrow)
Grateful Dead- Shakedown Street/France 7” (Rhino)
Los Yesterdays- Give Me One More Chance/Nobody’s Clown 7” (Daptone)
Harlem Gospel Travelers- Fight On! / Keep on Prayin  7” (Colemine)
The Replacements- I’m In Trouble/If Only You Were Lonely  7” (Twin Tone)
Benny Trokan  Get It In The End/Get Me Down (Wick)


(Artwork Courtesy of Ren Harcar).

Vinyl Pressing: Lionlimb – Spiral Groove

Lionlimb’s return delivers us singer-songwriter Stewart Bronaugh at the height of his artistic powers both visually and sonically. Angel Olsen describes “Spiral Groove” as an album about “what it means to endure your losses and the gift of being able to recognize the most real love in your life.” She speaks warmly of her former bandmate’s new album–a timeless, romantic collection of songs borne out of musician Stewart Bronaugh’s recovery from a neck surgery. Piano, cello, slide guitar and buzzing synth lines wind in and out comfortably over the course of this 31 minute album. Studded with stories of mortality, the challenges of addiction and sobriety, and the romance of a lifetime, “Spiral Groove” encapsulates all of our existential questions into tidy love songs. The name derives from a channel in the arm your nerves run through while simultaneously painting the picture of a needle dropping into a vinyl LP.

Written and conceived before covid-19, these songs were shaped by real-time feedback and the alchemy that happens when a group of well-seasoned musicians gather together. Bronaugh’s compositions found life in the hands of long-time collaborators Joshua Jaeger and Jonathan Sumner. Jaeger’s drumming is intuitive and full of care, creating space for the kind of cello and guitar riffs that flow like water. With Sumner’s rich bass playing following suit, they comprise a rhythm section that sets the stage for Bronaugh’s songwriting.

Available now from Bayonet Records.

Vinyl Pressing: Arthur Lyman – Island Vibes

Arthur Lyman - Island Vibes (AGS-061)

New Vinyl Pressing: Merging the sounds of nature along with his resounding vibraphone, Arthur Lyman and producer Gordon Broad created Island Vibes, an ambient/jazz/field recording album that exhibits the pure weightlessness of Lyman’s music.

A lost gem from the exotica pioneer’s catalog — and his last recorded album — Island Vibes paints a meditative tropical canvas of the Hawaiian Islands’ natural beauty. A welcomed sonic transport to paradise, much needed in a (post-)pandemic world.

Originally recorded with Broad Records, who’s responsible for Phase 7’s Playtime and other important 1970s and 80s-era local records.

At eight years old, Arthur Lyman’s music was already being played in public spaces via a toy marimba performance on the radio. While Lyman laughed about the experience, he would continue performing and ultimately debuted professionally at 14 with a jazz group. His skills earned him a place as a vibraphonist alongside exotica pioneer Martin Denny, although Lyman would leave the Denny’s group soon after to pursue a solo career.

Island Vibes would become Lyman’s final recorded album, an embodiment of the term of “relaxation”, relying solely on Lyman’s instrumentation and the quaint lull of ocean waves to produce a picturesque atmosphere.

Available from Aloha Got Soul.

Vinyl Pressing: Starz – Live At The Agora

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Recorded at the the famous Cleveland venue that once was right down the street from GGR! Live album from classic hard rockers Starz. Features “(She’s Just A) Fallen Angel”, “Cherry Baby”, “Hold On To The Night”. 180 gram deluxe gatefold vinyl. Package features trading cards, poster and lyric sheets. Available from Renaissance Records.

Vinyl Pressing: Gabriel Mervine – Say Somethin’

Octave Records Goes Jazz: Gabriel Mervine's Say Somethin' – PS Audio

New Audiophile Vinyl Pressing: At a time in music where history and originality rarely go hand in hand, trumpeter Gabriel Mervine brings both together as never before.

From one of the best jazz quartets in town comes a spectacular Audiophile Master, Say Somethin’ from trumpeter Gabriel Mervine. Without question, one of the best jazz recordings yet made, this wonderful Octave Records release will help set the standard for how an intimate musical session can sound.

Gabriel Mervine’s Say Somethin’ is a musical conversation in the language of jazz. Octave Records and Gabe Mervine put together an extraordinary hour of music, beautifully captured as if the quartet were playing in the intimacy of your living room. Order direct from PS Audio.

Vinyl Pressing: Frank Yankovic & Friends

In 1986, it seemed only fitting that Frank Yankovic won the first ever polka Grammy Award on Cleveland International Records(produced by Joey Miskulin and the mysterious Dragutin Razum)for it was he who had for so long bridged the ethnic gap between polka and the popular music forms which the Grammys represent.

It is Frank Yankovic who perfectly blends the ethnic roots of polka music with popular influences, presenting a package that all of America can enjoy. Songs Of the Polka King collects songs and artists fitting for the King. Weird Al Yankovic duets with Frank on Who Stole the Kishka while Drew Carey duets with Frank on the Too Fat Polka and Joey Miskulin, Yankovic’s protégé, does the moving, award-winning “For Old Time’s Sake Waltz”. Even now, as polka in America has evolved into many different regional, ethnic, and generational variants, it is Yankovic who remains the undisputed champion. And he did it all still with the same warm, regal smile which benefits the people’s king that he is and forever will be. This is an album all ages will enjoy singing and dancing to.

Order now from Cleveland International Records.

Vinyl Pressing: Guided By Voices

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New Vinyl Pressing – Guided By Voices – It’s Not Them. It Couldn’t Be Them. It Is Them!

It’s been just a few months since Guided By Voice’s faux rock opera Earth Man Blues garnered four-star and five-star reviews, with Rolling Stone proclaiming that it “squarely hits all the marks that make Guided By Voices great—again and again and again.”

“Again and again and again”, is perhaps GBV’s credo, with Robert Pollard’s never-ending supply of fascinating and supremely catchy rock. Just when one thinks one’s got them pinned down, album number thirty-four opens with bizarre percussion, mariachi trumpets, strings and acoustic guitar. The adventurous spirit pervades yet another killer album from the greatest and most versatile GBV line-up. The golden boys (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) can do no wrong.

Hooky singles “My (Limited) Engagement”, “High In The Rain” and “Dance of Gurus” intermingle with occasionally dark lyrics and the oddest of GBV oddballs, the ridiculous “Razor Bug”, “Psycho House”, and the “Maintenance Man Of The Haunted House”. The horns and strings return intermittently, with “The Bells Get Out Of The Way” going full Burt Bacharach. It’s Not Them. It Couldn’t Be Them. It Is Them! is a creative tour-de-force full of surprises from the most prolific and captivating band on the planet.

Preorder the Oct 22, 2021 release from Rockathon Records now!

Vinyl Pressing: Dean & Britta

New Vinyl Pressing: Dean & Britta’s 2020 album of covers, recorded in Echo Park during the pandemic, now re-mastered. SIDE 1 1. Neon Lights 2. Massachusetts 3. Sadness 4. He Dines Out On Death 5. Neon Licht (Holy Shit Remix) 6. I’m So Bored With the USA SIDE 2 7. The Carnival Is Over 8. Drive 9. Most of the Time 10. Indian Summer 11. 23 Minutes In Brussels. Grab it from the Dean Wareham website now!

Vinyl Pressing: Take Over And Destroy

New Vinyl Pressing: Take Over And DestroyFade Out. “TOAD” are described as an American rock & roll band from the 1970’s trapped inside of a Scandinavian metal band from the early 1990’s, scoring a John Carpenter film.

Their latest album is up for preorder now on wax – grab one of the variants today!

Vinyl Pressing: The Convenience – Accelerator

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New vinyl pressing available from Winspear! “It really was super natural”, laughs Duncan Troast, explaining how he and Nick Corson came to form The Convenience, and though he means it was as organic as breathing, the music these two conjure is from an alternate reality. Pulling from a pastiche of 80’s sounds and their own rolodex of future pop flourishes, their new album Accelerator sounds like a late-night disco party on a distant outpost, a sea of dancing bodies illuminated by an alien moon.

The two met at New Orleans’ Loyola University, where they eventually joined the rising pop group Video Age, and before long, were spending the downtime between tours exploring what their own music could sound like. Their early efforts showed promise, but when held next to the iridescent glow of their new material, it’s clear there was a fundamental shift. 

“There was a disconnect from the music that we were making, and the breadth of the music that we loved”, explains Corson, “I was relearning how to write songs.” The two went back to the music that made them truly feel alive, pouring over records by Stevie Wonder, Prince, NSYNC, “trying to figure out why it felt so good”.

The result of those efforts is a singular album packed with visceral, immediate pleasure; body music for a plastic pop future. “I had a hard time learning how to do things the right way, and just wanted to make a mess”, says Corson, thinking back on his earliest experiments with songwriting and production. You can hear that spirit in the brief snippets of noise that dot the record, but the immaculate pop songs here make it clear – whatever they’re doing is working.

At its core, Accelerator is a celebration of friendship, and the transportative power of music. It’s an ode to the joy of dancing, of loving just to have loved, and becoming who you are.

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