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The Rekkid Store Report:  Oct. 20

Soooo… Tell us about your new releases.

bqeIncoming!  We’re all a-quiver what with the new Sufjan Stevens rock-opera “The BQE” dropping, plus the delayed-for-a-week Atlas Sound (Deerhunter dude), the new Flight of the Conchords (songs from Season Two), Pavement princeling Spiral Stairs’ new effort, new albums from Lightning Bolt, Maps, Fu Manchu, Fuck Buttons, Do Make Say Think, Kings of Convenience (their mellowest yet) and OOIOO.  Need a headtrip in triptych? Dead Meat, Espers and Warpaint explore three distinct triangulations of psychedelia on their new releases. You can re-live or discover (depending on your age) essential music milestones with the special Omnibus Editions of a couple Bauhaus classics (“In the Flat Field” and “Mask”) and an expanded reissue for Pylon’s 1983 masterpiece “Chomp.”  And lastly a collaboration between Jay Farrar (Wilco) and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab) in a variety of formats.  

Wax On: In addition to vinyl pressings for many of the titles above, including the spectacularly packaged Sufjan DLP, we’re welcoming the long-delayed new 7″ single by The Bats; new 45s by Bonnie Prince Billy, Bachelorette and Akron/Family; DLPs by Andrew Bird (“The Swimming Hour” on wax for the first time) and Majeure (vinyl-only); Young Prisms 12″, Bipolar Bear LP and John Carpenter 45 from Mexican Summer (the eagerly awaited Washed Out 12″ is coming soon); new Hozac Records offerings from Wizzard Sleeve on LP and 45s by Sharp Ends, Plastic Crimewave Sound and Girls at Dawn; a really limited Dungen tour 12″, a equally limited Parenthetical Girls 10″, Excepter LP+DVD, Mountains live-in-studio LP…Get ready: Neutral Milks Hotel’s first 2 albums remastered and reissued on 180g vinyl (with download codes) Nov 3rd! Vinyl hounds should check our Twitter for daily news on limited edition wax and new arrivals.

Rocking Our World: The new Espers CD has totally seduced us. The Big Pink’s debut is stuck in the carousel again, plus the new Flaming Lips, The Low Anthem, Modest Mouse’s recent singles collection, the ‘new’ Prefab Sprout, the upcoming Echo & The Bunnymen album ‘Fountains’ (along with their backcatalog, cold weather = Bunnymen marathons at Parasol HQ), Six Organs of Admittance, a recent Died Pretty reissue…

Parasol’s Top Ten List for the week of Oct. 19:

1.  The Bats – “Don’t You Rise” (Slumberland)
2.  Flight of the Conchords – “I Told You I Was Freaky” (Sub Pop)
3.  Espers – “I I I” (Drag City)
4.  Kings Of Convenience – “Declaration of Dependence” (Astralwerks)
5.  Sufjan Stevens – “The BQE” (Asthmatic Kitty)
6.  Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Stay” (Drag City)
7.  Fuck Buttons – “Tarot Sport” (ATP)
8.  Spiral Stairs – “The Real Feel” (Matador)
9.  Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard –  “One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Music from Kerouac’s Big Sur” (Atlantic)
10.  Atlas Sound – “Logos” (Kranky)

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