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HISS & CRACKLE: Top 5 albums not to miss this month

If there’s one thing Mitchel Eaton from Wallsend’s Hiss & Crackle record shop knows, it’s music.

In his shop, there’s barely a minute that goes where the air is not filled with music spinning on Mitch’s trusty turntable behind the counter. So when he tells us it’s an exciting month of new releases, we listen.

Here are Mitch’s recommendations for albums you should get your vinyl copy of this month.

You Am I – The Lives of Others

One of the most exciting releases of the month is The Lives of Others from Aussie music royalty, You Am I. And if the first single from the release, The Waterboy, is anything to go by we’re all in for a cracker of an album. It drops 14 May.

The Black Keys – Delta Kream

Also dropping on 14 May, The Black Keys‘ tenth studio album, Delta Kream. The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers. Recorded at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville the album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover.

Weezer – Van Weezer

Van Weezer, the band’s fourteenth studio album, takes its inspiration from the deepest roots of Weezer… metal! The band are massive fans of acts like KISS, Black Sabbath fan, Van Halen, Rush, Slayer and Metallica and you can really hear it on this release which harks back to the sounds on their much loved 2002 release Maladroit.

My Bloody Valentine Reissues

My Bloody Valentine, the quartet of Bilinda Butcher, Kevin Shields, Deb Googe and Colm Ó Cíosóig are releasing new physical editions of the band’s seminal catalogue which are hitting shelves in May. Get in early though, these won’t last long.

black midi – Cavalcade

black midi’s new album Cavalcade drops on 28 May. Cavalcade is a dynamic, hellacious, and inventive follow-up to 2019’s widely-praised Schlagenheim. The release scales beautiful new heights, pulling widely from a plethora of genres and influences, reaching ever upwards from an already lofty base of early achievements.


The stage is set for a big month of live in-store performances at Wallsend’s Hiss & Crackle records.

Check out the poster below to see who’s playing when… And don’t forget Record Store Day is coming up too.


ADDRESS: 117 Nelson Street Shop 5 (Tyrrell Street Entry, Wallsend NSW 2287
PHONE: (02) 4001 0583