Whenever a new reissue comes out on eclectic local label Mississippi Records, you automatically know it's an essential buy. But the quality of their most recent releases bumps these up from essential into the MUST-HAVE category. And with so many of them to purchase, you may find yourself selling your plasma and Oregon Trail Card to make ends meet, because Mississippi vinyl is surely more important than blood and food. Good thing their records are always so well-priced.
DEAD MOON - IN THE GRAVEYARD / UNKNOWN PASSAGE / DEFIANCE
The first three Dead Moon releases reissued on vinyl. "Dead Moon were a band that existed outside of the constraints that time & style usually impose on artists. An authentic mix of psychedelic rock, punk, blues, country, & every other American music worth a damn. Lo-fi as hell. Remastered from the original tapes."
ABDUL KARIM KHAN - S/T
"Compilation of 78's by the master of Indian classical vocal music. First U.S release dedicated to his work. Heavy & spiritual austere performances of 10 ragas. Comes in an old school 'tip on' cover. Includes a 12 page booklet with many archival photographs & notes by Ian Nagoski."
RAIL BAND - ORCHESTRE RAIL-BAND DE BAMAKO
"Reissued for the first time, the legendary Malian Rail Band's classic 1970 debut LP. Based out of the Buffet Bar of the Station Hotel in Bamako, the band was sponsored by the Ministry of Information. Swirling Afro-Latin guitars & horns. Malian folk songs modernized & played by some of the country's finest musicians including Tidani Kone & Salif Keita."
COUNT VERTIGO - I'M A MUTANT / PATRIOT X
"Reissued for the first time, a crazed Portland punk record from 1979. A side project of Ice Nine, Count Vertigo only existed for this one record as a band. Side A features 'I'm A Mutant' - an uneasy little song with a relentless menacing organ riff. On the flip is 'Patriot X,' an angry political song that still rings a little too true. Two heroic punk anthems not to miss."
FRED MCDOWELL - THE ALAN LOMAX RECORDINGS
"The first ever recordings of Fred McDowell! Recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959. The first vinyl release dedicated entirely to this phenomenal recording session. 12 songs that highlight the depth of his repertoire - from droning & hypnotic versions of songs that later became blues standards such as 'Shake Em On Down' & 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl' to his deeply felt renditions of spirituals like 'Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning' . Accompanied at times by some amazing hair comb playing & beautiful backup vocals. Comes in an old school 'tip on' sleeve with liner notes by Nathan Salsburg. A co-release with our friends Domino Sound. The stuff of dreams."
ORCHESTRE REGIONAL DE MOPTI - LES MEIULLEURS SOUVENIRS...
"Recorded in 1970 as part of the First Biennale of Arts and Culture for the Young in Mali. The Regional Orchestra of Mopti was a state funded orchestra that participated in country wide music festivals and competitions. A hypnotic band featuring electric guitars & a large horn section. This is the first in a series of six Mali music LPs we will be reissuing this summer from Sterns. A serene and droning record that is both sorrowful & celebratory."
HADRAMI OULD MEDEH - KAMLAT / LA MONE
"Two songs from Mauritanian guitarist and singer Hadrami Ould Medeh. Originally pressed in Lebanon in 1970. There were 500 copies pressed but only distributed at shows. Before a second pressing could be made, war broke out in Lebanon."