New This Week
August 16th, 2019
Every Friday, we pick out our Top 10 new releases and we have some gems we think you'll love. Get spinning!
Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place
Available on Green and Blue Splatter Vinyl, incl download code.
If safe is boring… well this shoegaze band takes us on a ride to a place that isn’t safe. The journey there isn’t either: sonically, Ride polishes their oh-so-ever-dreamy songs with the shine of breezy pop hits, while also time-travelling to the scuzzy guitar work and distinct harmonies of their ‘90s debuts. The veterans of the genre offer a refreshing take on the often dreary mood of much of the shoegaze repertoire, cementing their place of trailblazers of the genre. (We’re not sorry about the puns in this write-up).
Sleater Kinney - The Center Won’t Hold
The Center Won’t Hold, a prophetic title for a band who is 1/3 less whole with the departure of drummer Janet Weiss… but this is a band that’s been through everything and prevailed. And if this record marks a departure, it also welcomes a new collaborator in St. Vincent’s Annie Clark who lent her hand in reinventing Sleater-Kinney’s ambitious sound. The 9th opus in their 25 year career, this album is a ferocious one, bolstered by Clark’s theatrical cyborg glam— and while it borrows Clark’s swag the iconic trio’s sincerity shines through, once more.
Connan Mockasin - Live at Rough Trade
In early November of 2018, Connan Mockasin waltzed up into our sister store, Rough Trade East, and played the set of a lifetime. We all wish we could’ve flown out from Brooklyn to London and been there to experience it, but luckily the set was professionally recorded and is now being released as a limited one time pressing with only 500 hand numbered copies. This Rough Trade exclusive mini LP features three tracks from Jassbusters and It’s Choade My Dear from 2010's Forever Dolphin Love. Connan’s smooth, charismatic energy is at an all time high on this album as he produces the best versions of his work yet.
Shura - forevher
Available on Blue and White Haze Vinyl, incl download code.
On her sophomore, queer synth-pop singer-songwriter Shura is in love - The funky-guitar-and-sunny-saxophone-kinda love, the sha-la-la-la-and-twinkling-synths kinda love… the forevher-kinda-love.
Rough Trade's Top New Releases This Week:
1. Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place
2. Sleater Kinney - The Center Won’t Hold
3. Connan Mockasin - Live at Rough Trade
4. Shura - forevher
5. Blanck Mass - Animated Violence Mild
6. Murder Capital - When I Have Fears
7. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Infest The Rats’ Nest
8. Ikebe Shakedown - Kings Left Behind
9. The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru The Passion
10. Explosions In The Sky - How Strange, Innocence