TYLER, THE CREATOR
[XL Recordings, available now]
This is where the spirit of DIY is at today: ridiculously talented teenagers generating an entire universe out of language, art and attitude. The rise of Odd Future happened completely organically, and it sidestepped all the usual institutional fail-safe mechanisms of culture (i.e., if you think Kanye West is the gold standard of anything, you're not gonna like Goblin). Essential listening for anyone living in L.A. in 2011.
[Goner Records, May 31]
This deluxe re-release of the Reatards' first LP reminds us of the irony in Jay Reatard, including a mix of tracks from Fuck Elvis Here's the Reatards, covers and early songs recorded on a 4-track and released only on cassette. Catchy hooks and raw energy fit together to make a sound part blues, part garage, part punk; some were recorded when the young Jay Reatard was still in his teens and filled with a type of fury that can be perfectly communicated but only partly contained by simple lyrics like “I love the way you tease me!” Worth picking up a physical copy for the liner notes alone, which give insight into the mind of a teenage Reatard.
BISHOP MANNING AND THE
Converted Mind: The Early Recordings
[Big Legal Mess Records, available now]
Dready Manning was a drinkin', partyin', cussin' wild man until he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. But after his conversion, and through the 1970s, Bishop Manning devoted his considerable R&B chops to testifying. This under-the-radar reissue digs up some of the saltiest church music you were never likely to hear, and it's a goddamn miracle: Sunday morning music, Saturday-night style. Find it.
[Omni, available now]
Every self-respecting music aficionado knows that Yma Sumac recorded a string of ridiculously successful Exotica albums in the 1950s with arranger Les Baxter. What few people know is that in 1971 the Inca princess of lounge music and the king of Tiki music produced a psychedelic rock comeback album that was quickly withdrawn. Here it resurfaces, in all its perverse glory. A rare treat.