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What's New 9-24-21

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Verve

I’ll Be Your Mirror is a contemporary tribute to the Velvets' debut, with each of the album’s songs performed by one of the band’s noteworthy artistic descendants. Featured artists include Kurt Vile and the Violators, Sharon Van Etten, Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney, Michael Stipe, Matt Berninger, Courtney Barnett, King Princess, Fontaines D.C. and more. Indie Exclusive Yellow 2 LP.

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Hardly Art

Colleen Green has always been cool, but didn't necessarily feel it. Too young to be free of insecurities but old enough to be sick of them. Five years and a new album later, we find her parsing out what it means to be grown-up. Burnt out on bad feelings and ready to have fun with melodies and beats, Green takes Cool to higher ground while keeping her lo-fi aesthetic intact.

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Empire

Soundtrack To Your Life is the debut studio album from former O-Town star, Ashley Parker Angel. Originally released in 2006 by Blackground Records, the album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold. Primarily written by Angel himself, the 12-track album features the hit single, "Let U Go.”

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Empire

The debut self-titled album by singer Jojo, originally released in 2004, features pop and R&B influenced tracks and vocal maturity well beyond typical thirteen-year-olds. Featuring the explosive single, "Leave (Get Out)," the platinum selling album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, and established Jojo as a pop force for years to come.

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Empire

Originally released in 2006, JoJo’s second album (at only 15 years of age), The High Road, features an eclectic array of styles, such as pop, alternative rock, and hip hop soul. The album’s lyrical themes showed off growing confidence in the young mega-star while slower tracks and a group of high-profile producers helped showcase JoJo’s superb vocal abilities.

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Merge

While the pop-oriented tracks hint at sounds first explored on the Superchunk frontman’s 2015 album Non-Believers, McCaughan’s recent excursions down the rabbit hole of synthesizers and sequencers (resulting in an ambient project with Mary Lattimore) add a particularly crystalline spaciness akin to The Durutti Column and Bowie’s Berlin trilogy.

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Universal

Includes "Let's Change The World," delivering a welcome dose of hope and optimism, the reggae-infused "Just That Way," the Country-esque "Coming Undone," Starr's first collaboration with Linda Perry who wrote and plays on the track alongside Trombone Shorty. Also, Ringo rocks his version of "Rock Around The Clock" revved up by the unmistakable Joe Walsh on guitar.

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Republic

The songs on Bill chronicle ideas, challenges, and questions Shatner’s confronted all along the way. The resulting work blends long-form autobiographical poetry and prose, music, spoken word, performance art, and philosophical exploration. Toggling between passion and despair, reflection and yearning, this collection explores his life journey during a pivotal and chilling moment of history.

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Napalm

Throughout his time with massive bands like Alter Bridge and Creed - and most-recently his solo band, Tremonti has never strayed from his love of writing memorable songs with strong inspiration at their core. With Marching In Time, the band looks to build upon this trend while exploring their love for searing heavy music, drawing from current events throughout the last year to form the basis of each colossal track.

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UMe

Produced by Gary Katz (who worked on all of the original era Steely Dan records), The Nightfly was a critical and commercial success with popular singles like “New Frontier” and “I.G.Y.” This new live release sees the album performed in its entirety, in order, by Steely Dan, or ‘The Steely Dan Band’ as they tend to be referred post Walter Becker’s 2017 death.

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Black Powder Soul Records

On his debut album, the South Carolina native has formed his own sense of unique musicianship—incorporating self-taught styles that fit each song rather than following conventional techniques With the fourteen tracks, including a special prologue featuring the voice of his late grandfather, McCall explores the balance of good and evil, destruction and healing and the importance of having faith in the darkest of times.

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BMG

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark recording of this Cuban ensemble masterpiece, producer Ry Cooder and World Circuit's Nick Gold have gone back to the original tapes and into the archive to produce this Deluxe Remaster package, featuring previously unheard tracks from the original 1996 recording sessions, previously unseen photos, and new liner notes.

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Unique Leader

Pittsburgh heavyweights' monumental fourth album, Absolvere, takes a dark conceptual journey into the realm of the human mind and the modern condition. With pulverizing production from Christian Donaldson (Shadow of Intent, Cryptopsy, Ingested), crushing riffs collide with insane drumming, all layered under explosive vocals pushed to the front.

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Metal Blade

Reading, Pennsylvania's Rivers of Nihil have never fit neatly into a box, but with 2018's Where Owls Know My Name, they transcended all labels applied to them. Returning in 2021 with The Work, they have forged further into new territory, delivering an album that is as cerebral as it is visceral, and that covers a staggering sonic range, definitively placing them in a category of their own.

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New Release Round-Up 09-24-21

Quicksand - Distant Populations

Quicksand - Distant Populations - Epitaph
Distant Populations, just the fourth full-length album of Quicksand's career, comes as a comparatively swift follow-up to Interiors--which itself came a full 22 years after its predecessor, 1995’s Manic Compression. Critically lauded and deemed very much worth the wait, Interiors succeeded in reestablishing the band as the powerful and contemporary entity they had always been. Distant Populations has a punchier, more up-tempo sound than its predecessor; its 11 songs are concise, carved sonic jewels boasting not a single wasted note; and its raw power, its gripping lyricism, leaps out from the very first listening. It is a striking step up for the band.

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Ringo Starr - Change The World EP

Ringo Starr - Change The World EP - UMe
Change The World, recorded at Ringo Starr's Roccabella West, includes "Let's Change The World" (Joseph Williams/Steve Lukather) that delivers a welcome dose of hope and optimism, the reggae-infused "Just That Way" (Ringo Starr/Bruce Sugar,) the Country-esque "Coming Undone," Starr's first collaboration with Linda Perry who wrote and plays on the track (also with Trombone Shorty,) and Ringo rocks his version of "Rock Around The Clock" revved up by the unmistakable Joe Walsh on guitar.

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Steely Dan - Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live!

Steely Dan - Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! - Geffen
Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! is the first live Steely Dan album in over 25 years. Featuring Hey Nineteen, Aja, Reelin' in the Years & more.

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Donald Fagen - Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly Live

Donald Fagen - Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly Live - Geffen
Donald Fagen’s acclaimed solo album performed live by The Steely Dan Band. Featuring I.G.Y., New Frontier & more.

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Various Artists - I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico

Various Artists - I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico - Verve
I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico, is a contemporary tribute to the Velvets debut, with each of the album’s songs performed by one of the band’s noteworthy artistic descendants.  Featured artists include Kurt Vile & the Violators, Sharon Van Etten, Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney, Michael Stipe, Matt Berninger of The National, Courtney Barnett, King Princess, Fontaines D.C. and more.

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DJ Shadow - Endtroducing.....: 25th anniversary [Half-Speed Master 2 LP]

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing.....: 25th anniversary [Half-Speed Master 2 LP] - Mercury
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of DJ Shadow's Endtroducing..... A seminal, incredibly influential hip-hop release, Endtroducing..... is simply one of the defining albums of the ‘90s. Now available as an Abbey Road Half-Speed Mastered Edition LP.

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Mickey Guyton - Remember Her Name

Mickey Guyton - Remember Her Name - Capitol Nashville
Capitol Nashville’s Mickey Guyton releases her album, Remember Her Name. Mickey co-penned 15 of the 16 songs on the album. Remember Her Name follows the release of her critically acclaimed Bridges EP which included “Black Like Me” for which she went on to receive a historic GRAMMY nomination. Her performance on the prestigious GRAMMY show was the first by a black female country artist and was touted by NPR as “the night’s most affecting live performance.”

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Carrie Underwood - My Gift: Special Edition

Carrie Underwood - My Gift: Special Edition - Capitol Nashville
Carrie Underwood releases a Special Edition of her Christmas album, My Gift. This new version includes all 11 tracks from the 2020 release as well as 3 new tracks, including “Favorite TimeOf Year,” “All Is Well,” and “Let There Be Peace/Something In The Water” that was performed on her HBO Max special, My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Jordan Rakei - What We Call Life [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Green LP]  Video Available

Angels & Airwaves - Lifeforms [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Aqua with Neon and Magenta Splatter LP]
Brittany Howard - Jaime Reimagined
Alessia Cara - In The Meantime
Taylor McCall - Black Powder Soul
Migos - Culture III
X Ambassadors - The Beautiful Liar
The Connells - Steadman's Wake
William Shatner - Bill
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner's Mind [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Olympus Perseus Shield Gold [LP]
Third Eye Blind - Our Bande Apart
Dave Chappelle, Talib Kweli & Yasiin Bey - The Midnight Miracle
Anthony Hamilton - Love Is The New Black
Hiro Kone - Silvercoat the throng [Purple LP]
Angel Olsen - Aisles EP
SOJA - Beauty In The Silence
Badflower - This Is How The World Ends
Itzy - Crazy In Love
The Milk Carton Kids - Prologue: 10th Anniversary [3LP Box Set]
Mac McCaughan - The Sound of Yourself [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak LP]
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Mettal / Jazz EP
Twiztid - Rose Petal [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Picture Disc 12in]



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UPCOMING RELEASES

Roger Taylor - Outsider

Roger Taylor - Outsider - UMe
Rock icon and multi-instrumentalist Roger Taylor introduces his new solo album Outsider. With much of Outsider recorded during lockdown, this new album finds Taylor in a reflective mood, conveying a palpable sense of isolation, concerns over the passing of time, and tellingly dedicated "to all the outsiders, those who feel left on the sidelines". A highly personal project, Outsider's instrumentation is almost entirely performed by Taylor, with his vocals matching the mood-piece atmosphere.

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Strand Of Oaks - In Heaven

Strand Of Oaks - In Heaven - Galacticana Records
To say In Heaven is about conquering grief would be oversimplifying everything Tim Showalter has achieved on the eighth studio album from Strand Of Oaks. A stunning, hopeful reflection on love, loss, and enlightenment, In Heaven is a triumph in music making, and a preeminent addition to the Strand of Oaks discography.

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What's New 9-17-21

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Herb Alpert Presents

The iconic leader of the Tijuana Brass shows no signs of slowing down with his latest effort, Catch The Wind. This new collection features nine original compositions, covers of beloved Beatles hits "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday", and American classics "Smile", "America The Beautiful", and "Summertime".

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Mute

Local Valley strikes a balance between stripped back arrangements— just Jose’s intimate vocal and exquisite nylon string guitar work— and tracks driven by groovy drum machine loops and other percussive elements. The 13 tracks invite us to look beyond our tribal instincts and explore our shared humanity and the scientific-based existential questions we face together on our quest to understanding.

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Son of Davy

In the Crockett tradition, Music City USA is as ambitious and ground-breaking as each piece of recorded music he’s put out so far. And it’s not just an album. It’s a double album of Charley Crockett originals, each song going the distance to further define this singer-songwriter-performer-artist who came out of the proverbial nowhere.

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Highway 20 Records

bLOW will bring you to the dance floor, or up your highway speed by ten or fifteen mph, but it’s also worth listening to in a more contemplative way. Most classic blues songs were written by more than one person over more than a few decades, and that’s what gives them their gravity. Colin has steeped himself in this tradition, via advice he got, at age eleven, from the legendary Howling Wolf.

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Dogtree Records

'Don’t bore us, get to the chorus’ is a questionable nugget of wisdom which Chris Daughtry has frequently practiced. Yet on Dearly Beloved, Daughtry offers space for intros to build slowly, brooding over the arch of the narrative, eventually erupting into an array of blazing, arena-sized anthems and massive ballads that fill your entire consciousness.

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Mild High Club makes a long-awaited comeback with Going Going Gone, the band's first solo album since 2016’s cult favorite Skiptracing. An album that speaks directly to the times we live in, it sees the band blending the psychedelic pop of earlier albums with influences from around the world, especially Brazilian avant-garde music from the '70s and '80s.

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BMG

Eternal Blue is a masterpiece of modern heavy music; a record that twists and turns and sits long in your memory warranting listen after listen. Vulnerabilities laid bare, cacophonous bursts, walls of sound so lush and dense, they’re almost holographic in their effect. Heavy music has a new face and it belongs to Spiritbox.

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Candid

Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mold of the greats, with a legion of fans worldwide, and a host of honors and awards including a Grammy nomination. An interpreter of The Great American Song Book and beyond, Kent's music and influences span multiple genres, a testament to her "wandering, restless spirit" as an artist.

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Empire

The 2001 debut studio album by the legendary R&B singer, Force of Nature debuted with hits such as "Maybe I Deserve," and "Slowly.” Featuring production from several notable Blackground regulars, including Bud'da, J. Dub, and Eric Seats, Tank makes his mark as one of the heavyweight R&B singers of the next decade to come.

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Empire

The 2002 released second studio album by acclaimed R&B singer, Tank. Though primarily featuring production from Tank himself, the album also sees work from acclaimed producers such as Mannie Fresh, Jazze Pha, and Bud'da. At just over 70 minutes, the album is filled with tender, sexed-up ballads, followed by up-tempo jams.

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Empire

Even more smooth, deep, seductive grooves are offered up on Tank’s third full-length. Originally released in 2007, the album was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album. Features production from Timbaland, The Underdogs, St. Nick, and Tank himself. Hit singles include "Please Don't Go," and "Heartbreaker."

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New Release Round-Up 09-17-21

Charley Crockett - Music City USA

Charley Crockett - Music City USA - Son of Davy
The album cover you’re looking at might lead you to conclude Charley Crockett is on one hell of a roll. You wouldn’t be wrong. Ten records in six years is some kind of prolific. The latest, a double album, suggests the artist has some songs worth paying attention to. It’s clear that he’s invested as much time in the studio, recording storytelling songs, and making storytelling videos, as he has barnstorming around the United States and Europe playing live shows.  Not bad for a thirty-seven-year-old late bloomer.

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NCT 127 - The 3rd Album 'Sticker' (Sticky Ver.)

NCT 127 - The 3rd Album 'Sticker' (Sticky Ver.) - SM Entertainment Co., Ltd
NCT 127’s 3rd full-length album ‘Sticker’ will be released worldwide this week with 11 songs of various genres including the lead single ‘Sticker.’ The album highlights NCT 127’s unique musical sensibility and outstanding performances. In March 2020, NCT 127 became a million-seller with their 2nd album, NCT #127 Neo Zone, which reached #5 on the Billboard 200. The album includes 1 photo book, 1 folded poster, sticker, photo card, postcard (sticker, photo card, postcard: random 1 out of 9). Dimensions 144mm x 205mm x 8.5mm.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Jordan Rakei - What We Call Life [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Green LP]  Video Available

José González - Local Valley [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club: 25th Anniversary Edition [Deluxe Bookpack]
Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985)
The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang Live On Copacabana Beach [Limited Edition Multi Color 3 LP]
Royksopp - Lost Tapes
Carly Pearce - 29: Written In Stone
James Vincent McMorrow - Grapefruit Season
Colin Linden - bLOW
The Plot In You - Swan Song
Ronnie Wood - Mr. Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue 2LP]
Billy Idol - The Roadside EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Vinyl]
Della Mae - Family Reunion
Mild High Club - Going Going Gone [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Spiritbox - Eternal Blue [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham
Rumer - Live From Lafayette
Adia Victoria - A Southern Gothic
Vince Guaraldi - It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown [Orange Pumpkin Shaped LP]



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What's New 9-10-21

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Empire

Aaliyah is the self-titled third and final studio album by the "Queen of Urban Pop." Originally released in 2001, the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Cited by critics as one of the best R&B records of its time, the album is a reflection of herself as both a young adult and matured vocalist. Standout tracks include "We Need A Resolution," "More Than A Woman," and "Rock The Boat."

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Mascot

If you could call out to your country, what would you say? Bibb has known many different Americas, the good, the bad and the ugly. But, just as the history of the United States has both light and shade, so does Dear America. It's a record that laces it's exploration of the nation's most poisonous issues with hope, love and a brighter road ahead. All is not lost, stresses Bibb, and neither are we -- the future is ours to write.

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Napalm

Channeling the manic euphoria that has compelled Andrew W.K.’s auditory insignia for decades, God Is Partying is comprised of nine exhilarating exaltations soaked with a flood of epic energy. From sinister metallic bastions like the buzzing single “Babalon”, to the timeless story telling of “Remember Your Oath”, the album will have fans of embracing their own party power and reveling in the depths of musical euphoria.

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Sub Pop

The ten pieces of Hey What—each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook—are turbocharged by the vivid textures that surround them. The ineffable, familiar harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker break through the chaos like a life raft. Layers of distorted sound accrete with each new verse - building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered.

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Epic

The Golden Casket hovers in the liminal space between raw punk power and experimental studio science as frontman Isaac Brock explores themes ranging from the degradation of our psychic landscapes and invisible technology, to fatherhood. The twelve tracks behave like amorphous organisms, undergoing dramatic mutations and mood swings that speak to the chronic tug-of-war between hope and despair that plays out in Brock’s head.

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KGLW

KGLW’s 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000, might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; a suite of ten songs that all began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesizers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and utterly seductive dream-pop. It’s simultaneously like nothing they’ve done before, and thoroughly, unmistakably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. This is undoubtedly their most accessible and jubilant album to date.

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BMG

Bela Fleck has made a point of boldly going where no banjo player has gone before, a musical journey that has earned him 15 Grammys in nine different fields, including Country, Pop, Jazz, Instrumental, Classical and World Music. But his roots are in bluegrass, and that's where he returns with My Bluegrass Heart, a 19-track set featuring a who's who of some of the greatest instrumentalists in bluegrass music's history alongside some of the best of the new generation of players. *Vinyl out 10/29

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Candid

Over the course of a distinguished career spanning nearly 30 albums, multi-GRAMMY-winning pianist/singer/composer Eliane Elias' distinctive musical style has emerged as one of the most unique and immediately recognizable sounds in jazz. Elias blends her Brazilian roots and alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills, while consistently displaying her pianistic mastery and ability to integrate the many artistic roles she takes on. *Vinyl out 11/12

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Sweet Unknown

A Beautiful Life, the Bastards first release since 2015’s Restless Ones, serves up a mélange of blues, rock and singer-songwriter surrounding themes of self-love and awareness, mental health, the environment, and consumerism. Featuring performances by Andrew Bird, Greggory Clifford (White Denim), Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake), David Pulkingham (Patty Griffin), and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket).

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La Honda Records

While tracks like “Half a Heart Keychain” and “Too Late to Write a Love Song” allowed Riddy Arman to heal, her debut LP is far from just a breakup album. Her songs are rooted in the poetic imagery of country life, from the beauty of its simplicity to the isolation and loneliness that can often overtake its inhabitants. With fierce honesty and a voice that immediately commands attention, Arman has proven herself as much more than a lone cowboy.

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ATO

"I've got plenty of energy, it's my currency" belts Amy Taylor on the opening track of Comfort To Me. Amyl and the Sniffers’ unrelenting, jaw dropping live show has propelled them to must see status and prompted The Guardian to declare AATS “the single most exhilarating rock’n’roll show I’ve seen in years.” Comfort To Me is somehow both heavier and more awesome than their debut and fully captures the chaotic energy of their legendary live show.

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New Release Round-Up 09-10-21

Kacey Musgraves - star-crossed

Kacey Musgraves - star-crossed - MCA Nashville
Kacey Musgraves’ new album star-crossed is a bold, empowering, and personal series of songs that displays the 6x GRAMMY Award winner's continued growth as one of the finest singer-songwriters of our time. It's the follow-up to Golden Hour, which earned Musgraves her third No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and distinguished her as only the third artist ever to take home Album of the Year at the GRAMMY Awards, CMA Awards, and ACM Awards.

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Slothrust - Parallel Timeline

Slothrust - Parallel Timeline - Dangerbird
On Slothrust's latest album, bandleader Leah Wellbaum pushed herself to try and understand her own spirituality on a deeper level, putting a lens on the core wound of the human experience, the idea that we’re alone. With Parallel Timeline, Wellbaum explores the feeling of being trapped inside her own consciousness while simultaneously searching for a meaningful connection to the universe, and all the mysteries it contains.

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Low - Hey What

Low - Hey What - Sub Pop
Focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share, Low present HEY WHAT. These ten pieces—each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook—are turbocharged by the vivid textures that surround them. The ineable, familiar harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker break through the chaos like a life raft. Layers of distorted sound accrete with each new verse - building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered. There will be time to unravel and attribute meaning to the music and art of these times, but the creative moment looks FORWARD, with teeth. HEY WHAT is Low's thirteenth full-length release in twenty-seven years, and their third with producer BJ Burton.

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Heartless Bastards - A Beautiful Life

Heartless Bastards - A Beautiful Life - Sweet Unknown Records
A Beautiful Life is the first new music from Heartless Bastards since 2015’s Restless Ones. The album was produced by Kevin Ratterman (Strand Of Oaks, Jim James, White Reaper). Album performers include Andrew Bird on “The River,” Greggory Clifford (White Denim) on drums, Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake) on keys, flute, clarinet; David Pulkingham (Patty Griffin) on guitar, Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket) on keys. The music is a melange of blues rock, rock and singer-songwriter which surround themes about self-love and awareness, mental health, the environment, and consumerism.

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Elvis Costello - Spanish Model

Elvis Costello - Spanish Model - UMe
Elvis Costello and award-winning producer, Sebastian Krys, have brought together a stunning international cast of some of the biggest Latin rock and pop artists from around the globe to interpret Elvis Costello and The Attractions' album, This Year's Model, entirely in Spanish. The inspired Spanish-language adaptations are set to the band's classic studio performances, culled from the original master recordings, which have been newly mixed by Krys. Available on black Vinyl.  Also available, This Year's Model, which has been newly remastered. Available on 180-gram black vinyl with the addition of "Big Tears" and "Radio Radio."

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Dori Freeman - Ten Thousand Roses

Dori Freeman - Ten Thousand Roses - Blue Hens Music
Dori Freeman's inimitable signature sound is in peak form on her fourth studio album, Ten Thousand Roses. Raised among a family of musicians in the Blue Ridge Mountains and hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the most authentic vocalists to emerge from the hills of southwestern Virginia in recent years,” she’s a bonafide Appalachian artist, while simultaneously shattering the archetype by empowering the characters in her songs with personal strength and homegrown wisdom. 

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Ray Charles - True Genius

Ray Charles - True Genius - Exceleration Music / Tangerine
Every Ray Charles album post-1960 is represented here, along with singles not available on any of his previously released albums. Most of these recordings will be available on major streaming services for the very first time in a decade or more. Released on Ray Charles own Tangerine Records and remastered from the original masters, you can now stream all of your favorite hits. The True Genius box set consists of 6 discs including a never before released live concert from Stockholm in 1972. A beautifully designed, coffee table style book includes rare, unseen photos and other Charles memorabilia. The liner notes were written by Quincy Jones, Valerie Ervin and A. Scott Galloway. This prestigious release and the campaign that surrounds it will create long awaited access to Ray’s music to generations of fans around the world as well as target new fans that will hear his music for the very first time.

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Andrea Bocelli - Concerto: One Night In Central Park - 10th Anniversary

Andrea Bocelli - Concerto: One Night In Central Park - 10th Anniversary - Verve
Digitally remastered 10th Anniversary edition. Andrea Bocelli's One Night In Central Park concert is undoubtedly a seminal moment in his career, the concert was not only a childhood dream turning into reality but the validation of Andrea as one of the world's true superstars. The concert had an all-star cast including Celine Dion, Tony Bennet, David Foster, and more. The original album was one of the best-selling live albums of all time.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Frances Forever - Paranoia Party EP [Baby Blue Vinyl]  Video Available

Andrew W.K. - God Is Partying [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Turquoise LP+Poster]
Metallica - Metallica: Remastered [Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set]
The Band CAMINO - The Band Camino [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Hayley Williams - FLOWERS for VASES / descansos [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear LP]
Matthew E. White - K Bay
Samantha Fish - Faster
Andrea von Kampen - That Spell [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Sky Blue LP]
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000 [English Cover LP]
Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe Color 2LP]
Rufus Wainwright - Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session [LP]
Twiztid - Unlikely Prescription [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Long Box]
Belly - See You Next Wednesday
The Vaccines - Back In Love City
Amyl and The Sniffers - Comfort To Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Romer Red LP]
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space: Remastered [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neptune Blue LP]
UFO - Force It: Deluxe Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Enjoy The View [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
Donny Osmond - Start Again
Chicago - Chicago At Carnegie Hall - Complete [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 16CD Box Set]
Bela Fleck - My Bluegrass Heart
Sincere Engineer - Bless My Psyche [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple LP]



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What's New 9-3-21

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Petaluma Records

Now Is The Time, the first release in eight years from the Lavender Diamond, was written and produced entirely by the chamber-pop trio of Becky Stark, Steve Gregoropoulos and Ron Rega Jr., and mixed by Tucker Martine. The album features contributions from Nathaniel Walcott (Bright Eyes), Sasami (Domino Records) and RRHOF inductee Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, PJ Harvey, Beck).

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Empire

Named by Q Magazine as one of the "5 Best Compilations of 2000," the soundtrack to the Andrzej Bartkowiak film was executive produced by Timbaland and features production from Irv Gotti, Rapture Stewart, Ant Banks, Eric Seats, Mannie Fresh and J Dub. Appearances include Aaliyah, B.G., Chanté Moore, Dave Hollister, Destiny's Child, Ginuwine, Joe, Lil' Mo, Mack 10, Playa, and Stanley Clarke.

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Sleepyhead Records

Shedding the Americana-adjacent associations of her previous efforts, Liz Cooper pursues sounds and songs from the likes of Courtney Love, Lou Reed, and Bowie. Hot Sass is Cooper coming into her own, both musically and as a person. “It’s me learning about what kind of woman I am and it’s not pretty all the time. I just want to continue making art that displays myself, the moments, and the people around me.

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Executive produced by Barry and Jomo Hankerson, the soundtrack to the Andrzej Bartkowiak 2001 film features production from a variety of producers including Dame Grease, Irv Gotti, Bud'da, Eric Seats, DJ Paul, Juicy J, The Beat Bullies, & Timbaland. Appearances include Black Child, Drag-On, Ja Rule, Lady Luck, Mack 10, Memphis Bleek, Nas, Redman, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Three 6 Mafia, Trick Daddy, Trina & WC, as well as the film's star, DMX.

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The heaviest of metal legends return with another sprawling double-album. More diverse than its predecessor (2015’s The Book of Souls), Senjutsu is full of gear changes (progressive tendencies run free), thematic leaps (Samurai Japan! Time travel! Celtic death marches! WWII!), but still manages to concentrate its punches. It’s the sound of perfectly honed craftsmen galloping, axes in hand, toward the battlefield—where (or when) ever that may be.

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New Release Round-Up 09-03-21

Lauren Alaina - Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World

Lauren Alaina - Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World - Mercury Nashville
Lauren Alaina releases her third studio album, Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World. The 15 tracks include the Top 40 Country hit "Getting Over Him," which features Jon Pardi and her signature powerhouse vocals, as well as "Run" which addresses the rat race of life we are all on.

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DJ Seinfeld - Mirrors  Video Available

Imagine Dragons - Mercury – Act 1
Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red & Yellow 2LP]
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Layla Revisited [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Blue 3LP]
Rudimental - Ground Control [Transparent Green 2LP]
Nils Frahm & FS Blumm - 2x1=4
Tipper - The Seamless Unspeakable Something
Bob Marley & The Wailers - The Capitol Session '73
Liz Cooper - Hot Sass
My Morning Jacket - Live 2015 [White 3LP]
Lady Gaga - Born This Way: The Tenth Anniversary
Cinderella Original Motion Picture Cast - Cinderella (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Grizfolk - Grizfolk
LANY - gg bb xx
Jinjer - Wallflowers [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Grey LP]
Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers - Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert (1990)
Kat Von D - Love Made Me Do It [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Glow In The Dark LP]
Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World: 20th Anniversary Edition
Early James - Tumbleweed b/w Mama Can Be My Valentine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 7in Single]





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What's New 8-27-21

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First released in 1996, One In A Million (Aaliyah's second album) features production from a variety of producers including Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Carl-So-Lowe, J. Dibbs, Jermaine Dupri, Kay Gee, Vincent Herbert, Rodney Jenkins, Craig King, Darren Lighty and Darryl Simmons. It remains as one of the most influential albums in Hip-Hop & R&B and proved to be a major breakthrough in Aaliyah's career. Welcome to the new world of funk.

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Capitol

Halsey’s fourth studio album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is a career-defining body of work. Produced By Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the album is a bold concept record that pushes creative boundaries. If I Can’t Have Love follows Manic, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart. *Available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Orange Vinyl.*

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The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter's third album in twelve months is his most ambitious project to date. Written and recorded in less than a week, the record tells a classic American story of a Civil War-era couple torn apart by violence and reunited by love—what Simpson calls "a simple tale of either redemption or revenge. I just wanted to write a story—not a collection of songs that tell a story, but an actual story, front to back.”

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Peppa Pig is an animated series for pre-school children about a cheeky and slightly bossy little pig called Peppa. Peppa lives with her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa does everything a normal four year old does, like writing a follow-up to her wildly successful first album - one that’s a charming and self-assured celebration of family, friendship and muddy puddles!

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Steve Gunn returns with the stunning Other You, an effort meant to create something that would push his melodic and compositional sensibilities to thrilling new heights. The results find Gunn pushing his cosmic Americana to exciting new dimensions encompassing elements of prog, jazz, and contemporary classical music. Featuring contributions from Mary Lattimore, Juliana Barwick, Bridget St. John and Jeff Parker.

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Originally released in 1998, Tim's Bio is the debut solo album from Hip-Hop & R&B superproducer Timbaland. With guest appearances from heavyweights such as Magoo, Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Plays, Skillz, Nas, Jay-Z & Twista, as well as the debut on-record appearance of acclaimed MC Ludacris, Timbaland takes full control of production for the album. Features hit songs "Here We Come," and "Lobster & Scrimp."

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Welcome To Our World is the debut studio album by the Norfolk, VA duo Timbaland & Magoo. First released in 1997, the platinum selling album features guest appearances from artists such as Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, and Playa. Known as a classic among duos in Hip-Hop history, the album features singles "Up Jumps Da Boogie," "Clock Strikes," & "Luv 2 Luv Ya."

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Empire

Indecent Proposal is the second studio album from duo Timbaland & Magoo. Originally released in 2001, the album features Magoo's Q-Tip-like flow and Timbaland's distinct production style drawing from reggae, retro and soul. Features include early appearances from Jay-Z, Twista, Petey Pablo and Ludacris, as well as looks from Aaliyah, & Static Major. Released nearly two months after Aaliyah's untimely passing, the album was dedicated to the memory of "Babygirl."

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Under Construction, Part II served as the follow-up to Missy Elliot's album of the same name. With Timbaland handling a majority of the production, the album boasts the large and flamboyant beats that we've come to expect from Timbaland as one of the top producers of his time. The album features appearances from longtime collaborators such as Missy Elliot and Sebastian, as well as notable names such as Brandy, Wyclef Jean, and Bubba Sparxxx.

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From the blast beat banger "Colossus", 90s grunge vibe of "Disclosure!" and dynamically blazing "Mediator", and to the dark and gloomy psychedelic ride of "Wallflower" - the unbridled heaviness and personality of Wallflowers is sure to overwhelm hardcore fans while winning over new ones as well. The album proves another standout addition to Jinjer's already widely celebrated catalog, and a new standard for creativity in modern heavy metal as a whole.

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The Beatles - Let It Be: Special Edition

The Beatles - Let It Be: Special Edition

Following on from the global success of ‘Abbey Road’, Apple Corps and USM are proud to present the next multi-format Beatles album reissue of ‘Let It Be’. 

January 1969 –The Beatles planned to return to live performance, setting up in Twickenham Film Studios, London, for 21 days of rehearsals. They then decamped to their new studio in their Apple office building in Saville Row and on January 30th performed their last ever live group performance on the rooftop. All of this was filmed for aproposed documentary (eventually released in 1970). During the rehearsal process, they asked Glyn Johns, who had been hired to help with the live sound, to attempt a mix to create an album. This was never released, becoming known as one of the great ‘lost’ albums in rock history and is now included in this Super Deluxe Set. The album was delayed further and in fact became their 12th and final official album release on 8th May 1970 following additional production by American producer Phil Spector.

Watch the unboxing video below and pre-order your copy of the album on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Picture Disc LP, Super Deluxe 4LP + 12in EP, Super Deluxe 5CD/Blu-ray, Deluxe 2CD, LP or CD.


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New Release Round-Up 08-27-21

Halsey - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power

Halsey - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power - Capitol
Halsey's fourth studio album If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power is a career-defining body of work. Produced By Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross, the album is a bold concept record that pushes creative boundaries. Halsey has surpassed 60 million RIAA-certified units across albums, singles and features. Worldwide, she has sold over 150 million adjusted singles. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power follows Manic, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart.

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Madi Diaz - History Of A Feeling

Madi Diaz - History Of A Feeling - Epitaph
Rage, confusion, despair, self-deception, and introspection—Madi Diaz cycles through the full spectrum of emotions on History Of A Feeling, her debut on ANTI-. It’s an album that undeniably marks Diaz’s status as a first-rate songwriter, a craft she’s spent years refining, and one wherein Diaz establishes herself as an artist capable of distilling profound feelings with ease. Diaz pulls from a range of folk, country, and pop leanings—she is as much influ- enced by Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna as she is the sonics of PJ Harvey and di- rectness of Kathleen Hanna. On History Of A Feeling, the Nashville based songwriter comes to terms with the dissolution of a meaningful relationship. By the end of it, she wills herself into a self-reflective state where she doesn’t hate herself for being so heartbroken. The songs on History Of A Feeling, are the most direct and introspective songs Diaz has ever written. In the few times she’s gotten to perform them live in front of an audience, Diaz describes the experience as one where she feels acutely present even though she’s singing about emotions that started to take root years ago. It’s relatable to anyone who has experienced heartbreak and great change in some manner, and this profound sense of intimacy and camaraderie she seamlessly weaves into the songs was important to her. “I wanted it to sound conversational, like I had just walked over to your house and we’re sitting and at the end of your driveway talking—just like we’re hashing it out in the same way that you’d call a best friend at one in the morning because you needed to talk about what just happened.”

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The Beach Boys - Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971

The Beach Boys - Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971 - Capitol
The Beach BoysFeel Flows’ collection is based on the landmark 1970/1971 albums ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Surf’s Up’. This 4LP features remastered versions of the original albums and has 64 tracks including 44 previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions, alternate mixes and vocals. Available in 4LP, 5CD, 2LP and 2CD sets.

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Boris - NO

Boris - NO - Third Man Vinyl
Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like "explosive" and "thunderous" barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. Furiously recorded in the early days of the covid-19 pandemic and surprise-released in July 2020, NO was met with immediate and widespread praise. Meant to serve as a mirror that redirects the negativity of the global lockdown to something more positive, the content on NO can be characterized as “extreme healing music”. Musically, it draws from influential noise-heavy hardcore group Gudon, even including a cover of their song “Fundamental Error”. NO is a classic hardcore thrash record and is one of the band’s strongest efforts from start to finish. This will also serve as the release of NO on streaming services worldwide. "Their most compelling album in more than a decade." - Pitchfork

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Boris - Flood

Boris - Flood - Third Man Vinyl
Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like "explosive" and "thunderous" barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. This is the first-ever and particularly-anticipated official vinyl release of Boris's essential 2000 album, Flood. The album was originally released in Japan, only on CD. Delivered in four equally important movements, Flood is simultaneously delicate, dense, undulating, devastating, emancipating, hypnotic and triumphant. Each season of the album has its own sense of place, best revealed listen-by-listen. With the album, Boris broaden their vision of musical possibility, with a notable and imaginative influence from visionary American minimalist Steve Reich, weaving in prog, drone and slowcore into a multifaceted symphony. There simply has never been another piece of music like Flood.

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Diane Warren - Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1

Diane Warren - Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1 - BMG
After three decades of penning massive hits for Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Toni Braxton, and many more, songwriting great Diane Warren is stepping out on her own with The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1, out August 27th via Di-Namic Records/BMG. The album's eclectic guest list mixes legendary artists like Carlos Santana and Celine Dion with contemporary stars G-Eazy, Ty Dolla $ign, Maren Morris, and Luis Fonsi. Other notable contributors include Darius Rucker, John Legend, Leona Lewis, and Lauren Jauregui. Rounding out the features are Rita Ora, Batiste, Pentatonix, Sofia Reyes, Reik, James Arthur, Jimmie Allen, LP, Paloma Faith, and James Morrison.

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The Bug - Fire  Video Available

Chvrches - Screen Violence [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Red LP]
DMX - Exodus
John Mellencamp - The Good Samaritan Tour 2000
OneRepublic - Human
The Bronx - The Bronx VI
Mouse Rat - The Awesome Album
Masego - Capitol Cuts - Live From Studio A
Donna Missal - Capitol Cuts - Live From Studio A
Yann Tiersen - Kerber [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
TesseracT - P O R T A L S
Spice Girls - Wannabe 25 [Picture Disc]
Lil Tecca - WE LOVE YOU TECCA 2
(Hed) P.E. - Sandmine EP
Toyah - Posh Pop [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed Space Grey LP]
Big Red Machine - How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last? [Red LP]
J. Cole - The Off-Season
Indigo de Souza - Any Shape You Take
Brian Setzer - Gotta Have The Rumble
Death Cab for Cutie - The Georgia EP





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What's New 8-20-21

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For fans of the show, enjoying the music of Bob’s Burgers on its own is both an irresistible to-go bag and ultimately a world unto itself. Lose yourself in the strangely epic disco celebration “Hot Pants Rain Dance”, sing along with the musical theater gem, “The Wedding Is My Warzone,” or do whatever you’re gonna do to “Sexy Little Tiger” but don’t miss the Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2. Fans, your order is up.

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Live from Plan 9 Records’ 25th Anniversary, it’s a blistering set of fan-favorites featuring, "18 Wheels of Love", "Let There Be Rock", "Goddamn Lonely Love" and "Daddy's Cup." The show was also set up to benefit the Bryan and Kathryn Harvey Family Memorial Endowment, a foundation providing music scholarships in the Richmond area. Lead vocalist and songwriter, Patterson Hood ended up writing the song "Two Daughters and A Beautiful Wife" about Bryan Harvey and his family.

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KGLW’s 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000, might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; a suite of ten songs that all began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesizers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and utterly seductive dream-pop. It’s simultaneously like nothing they’ve done before, and thoroughly, unmistakably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. This is undoubtedly their most accessible and jubilant album to date.

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In The Horses and the Hounds, McMurtry backs personal narratives with effortless elegance and endless energy. His first collection in seven years spotlights a seasoned tunesmith in peak form as he turns toward reflection and revelation. Familiar foundations guide the journey. “There’s a definite Los Angeles vibe to this record,” McMurtry says. “The ghost of Warren Zevon seems to be stomping around among the guitar tracks. Don’t know how he got in there. He never signed on for work for hire.”

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New Release Round-Up 08-20-21

Sturgill Simpson - The Ballad of Dood and Juanita

Sturgill Simpson - The Ballad of Dood and Juanita - High Top Mountain
Sturgill Simpson releases his new concept album, The Ballad of Dood and Juanita, on CD, vinyl release will be December 3rd.  This is the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter's third album in twelve months and his most ambitious project to date.. Written and recorded in less than a week, and featuring the same ace musicians who played on last year's Cuttin' Grass albums, the record tells a classic American story of a Civil War-era couple torn apart by violence and reunited by love—what Simpson calls "a simple tale of either redemption or revenge." “I just wanted to write a story—not a collection of songs that tell a story, but an actual story, front to back,” says Simpson. He describes the concept album as a “rollercoaster ride through all the styles of traditional country and bluegrass and mountain music that I love, including gospel and a cappella.” In a career marked by risk-taking and rule-breaking, Simpson has previously challenged genre conventions with 2016’s soul-inflected A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy award for Country Album of the Year and was nominated for Album of the Year, and 2019’s Sound & Fury, which was nominated for Rock Album of the Year. The Ballad of Dood and Juanita is available on an indie record store-exclusive CD that includes a printed illustration from the album artwork. A standard CD is also available. On 12/3/21, the vinyl will be available on indie-exclusive Translucent Natural vinyl, and will include another 11x11 print of the illustration on the front cover. Standard black vinyl is also available. 

Bob's Burgers [TV Series] - The Bob's Burgers Music Album Vol.2

Bob's Burgers [TV Series] - The Bob's Burgers Music Album Vol.2 - Sub Pop
The Bob's Burgers Music Album Vol.2 includes nearly every single musical morsel from seasons 7 through 9. This 90-song smorgasbord will feature the Belcher family - Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), Linda (John Roberts), Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) - as well as the show’s numerous recurring and special guests. This includes actors, comedians, and musicians Adam Driver, Tiffany Haddish, Jenny Slate, Daveed Diggs, Max Greenfield, Toddrick Hall, Aparna Nancherla, and Matt Berninger (of the National). For fans of the show, enjoying the music of Bob’s Burgers on its own is both an irresistible to-go bag and ultimately a world unto itself. Lose yourself in the strangely epic disco celebration “Hot Pants Rain Dance”, sing along with the musical theater gem, “The Wedding Is My Warzone,” or do whatever you’re gonna do to “Sexy Little Tiger” but don’t miss the Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2. Fans, your order is up.

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James McMurtry - The Horses and the Hounds

James McMurtry - The Horses and the Hounds - New West Records
In James McMurtry’s new effort, The Horses and the Hounds, the acclaimed songwriter backs personal narratives with effortless elegance (“Canola Fields”) and endless energy (“If It Don’t Bleed”). This first collection in seven years spotlights a seasoned tunesmith in peak form as he turns toward reflection (“Vaquero”) and revelation (closer “Blackberry Winter”). Familiar foundations guide the journey. “There’s a definite Los Angeles vibe to this record,” McMurtry says. “The ghost of Warren Zevon seems to be stomping around among the guitar tracks. Don’t know how he got in there. He never signed on for work for hire.” The Horses and the Hounds is a reunion of sorts. McMurtry recorded the new album with legendary producer Ross Hogarth (Ozzy Osbourne, John Fogerty, Van Halen, Keb’ Mo’) at Jackson Browne’s Groovemaster’s in Santa Monica, California. Hogarth recorded McMurtry’s first two albums, Too Long in the Wasteland and Candyland and later mixed McMurtry’s first self-produced album, Saint Mary of the Woods. Another veteran of those three releases, guitarist David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp, Dixie Chicks), returns with some of his finest work.

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Fink - IIUII [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bronze 2LP]  Video Available

Lorde - Solar Power [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Brown LP]
Jake Bugg - Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
AJR - Ok Orchestra [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
Connie Smith - The Cry of the Heart
Shannon & The Clams - Year Of The Spider [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Midnight Wine LP]
Chrissie Hynde - Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan
Caravan - Who Do You Think We Are? [37 Disc Deluxe Box Set]
Various Artists - Smithsonian Anthology Of Hip-Hop & Rap [9CD Box Set]
Deafheaven - Infinite Granite
Trey Anastasio - Burn It Down (Live)
Between The Buried And Me - Colors II
TOMORROW X TOGETHER - The Chaos Chapter: FIGHT OR ESCAPE [FIGHT version]
Sierra Ferrell - Long Time Coming [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Olive Green LP]
Wanda Jackson - Encore
Kool & The Gang - Perfect Union
Martha Wainwright - Love Will Be Reborn
Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [2LP+7in]
MG [Martin Gore] - The Third Chimpanzee Remixed
Switchfoot - Interrobang
John Coltrane - Another Side of John Coltrane
Anderson East - Maybe We Never Die [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Fear Factory - Aggression Continuum
The Offspring - We Never Have Sex Anymore [Translucent Green 7in Single]




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What's New 8-13-21

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Heavy Shoes is Cold Stares' best record yet, and they know it. It took a lot of blood, sweat, tears and doubt before Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins reached this moment, but it's all the sweeter knowing they did it their way. It’s an intense amalgam of Zeppelin meets Free, Soundgarden meets Black Crowes; rock and roll wizardry where the riffs are hard, the vocals are searing, and the low end is capital "H," heavy.

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The Killers return with their 7th studio album, about the small town of Nephi, Utah where Brandon Flowers spent his youth. Forgoing their normal razzmatazz in favor of something more tender and contemplative, Pressure Machine presents a new angle with, as Flowers says, “songs that would have otherwise have been too quiet and drowned out by the noise of typical Killers records.” Featuring Phoebe Bridgers on “Runaway Horses”.

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Grand Jury

Continuing the success from The Baby and The Baby Reimagined, the Scout EP showcases the distinct sides of Samia with each song: a midtempo pop/rock track, a ballad, an atmospheric indie track, and a cover (When In Rome’s “The Promise” with Jelani Aryeh). The release is also in front of her support dates with Sylvan Esso and headline dates featuring Savannah Conley. *Available on Limited Edition Apple Red colored vinyl*

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Watchhouse (FKA Mandolin Orange) present a seamless reinvention as a band at the regenerative edges of subtly experimental folk-rock. An inspired search for personal and political goodness, these nine songs offer welcome lessons about what any of us might become when the night begins to break. First single "Better Way" pairs their own honest songcraft with bold, otherworldly sonic explorations signifying a new sense of confidence and ambition for the band.

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New Release Round-Up 08-13-21

Watchhouse - Watchhouse

Watchhouse - Watchhouse - Tiptoe Tiger Music
On April 21, 2021 the duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz — who over the past decade have achieved grassroots success as Mandolin Orange, going from coffee shop performers to festival headliners — announced that they are now called Watchhouse. Says the band in a new statement: "This past year has been the first time we’ve stayed still since we were 21, and the pause gave us the opportunity to sit with ourselves and set intentions. We have long been burdened by the dichotomy between our band name and the music we strive to create—if you’ve heard the songs, you know they are personal. Now that we can see a future where music is a shared experience again, we're defining the space we share with you on a stage or in your headphones, and making it one that welcomes our creativity and anyone who wants to listen." Watchhouse's self-titled album is the first under their new name, and is co-produced by Josh Kaufman, who has produced records for The National and Bonny Light Horseman, and also played on Taylor Swift’s folklore and evermore. The album represents a seamless reinvention as a band at the regenerative edges of subtly experimental folk-rock. Challenging as they are charming, and an inspired search for personal and political goodness, these nine songs offer welcome lessons about what any of us might become when the night begins to break. The first single "Better Way" pairs their own honest songcraft with bold, otherworldly sonic explorations that signify a new sense of confidence and ambition for the band.

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The Killers - Pressure Machine
Sheryl Crow - Live From The Ryman And More
Jennifer Hudson - RESPECT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Nicki Minaj - Beam Me Up Scotty
Pop Smoke - Faith
Jungle - Loving In Stereo [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Marble LP]
Pachyman - The Return of Pachyman
Mastodon - Fallen Torches [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl]
Sepultura - SepulQuarta
Rainbow Kitten Surprise - RKS! Live From Athens Georgia
Dan + Shay - Good Things
Paul Anka - Making Memories
Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson - Refuge
Jade Bird - Different Kinds of Light
Luke Hemmings - When Facing The Things We Turn Away From
Various Artists - Rip It Up: The Best Of Specialty Records
Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue: 2021 - Stereo Remaster
El Michels Affair Meets Liam Bailey - Ekundayo Inversions
Bendigo Fletcher - Fits Of Laughter [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Violet LP]
Samia - Scout EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Apple Red Vinyl]
Pearl Jam - No Code
Ben Platt - Reverie


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What's New 8-6-21

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Universal

2021 reissue of Queen guitarist Brian May's first solo album Back To The Light, originally released in 1992. Newly re-mastered by Bob Ludwig from original tapes and overseen by Brian May, the album will also be presented in a limited Collector’s Edition box set, which features an exclusive white vinyl LP, two CDs, a 32-page book, a 12” art print, a download card and an enamel badge.

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All Things Must Pass was Harrison's first release following the acrimonious falling apart of the Beatles. Co-produced by the unhinged genius that was Phil Spector, it features his biggest solo hit in 'My Sweet Lord'. With its 50th Anniversary, All Things Must Pass is being celebrated with a suite of new releases highlighted by a stunning new mix of the classic album by Grammy Award-winning mixer/engineer Paul Hicks, overseen by executive producer Dhani Harrison.

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The Wandering Hearts headed deep into the Catskills, where producers Simone Felice and David Baron hosted experimental and spiritual sessions in a studio packed with vintage instruments. The album echoes the timeless songcraft of Fleetwood Mac and Simon & Garfunkel with the pure passion of Jade Bird and The Lumineers. It’s a record that celebrates life, new beginnings, and striving to shine through a darkening world.

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Magic, miracles, ghosts, world leaders; these days it seems there is little left to believe in. Lies outweigh truth and even truth can be dangerous. Raising everyone's spirits Already Dead - the fourth album and the first for nine years from Willy Mason - explores honesty and deception, anonymity in the digital age, good intentions with unexpected consequences, freedom, colonialism, love, god, and purpose because, its storyteller says, now is the time to restore some much-needed faith.

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Grand Jury

Hippo Campus’ first new music since their 2018 sophomore album Bambi finds the band at their most honest and vulnerable to date, with five new intensely cathartic tracks tinged with confessions and dark humor. It's a collection of songs that came together with ease, and without pressure -- a wildly different experience than the typical recording process. It’s a celebration of brotherhood, and the “all for one, one for all” mentality that has permeated Hippo Campus’ work since the very beginning.

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Perpetual Obscurity Records

In contrast with earlier work that riffed on short-term love affairs, as well as “kissing the right one good-bye,” the writing on Thorn’s newest release features music from a man who is with the “right one” and is happy to be there. On Never Too Late to Call we find mellower Thorn. The razor wit and the gently humorous commentary on life’s existential questions are in evidence, but here there is a peace about his life’s journey. Or, to put it in his words, “I’ve been such a lucky boy. I’m crying two tears of joy.”

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New Release Round-Up 08-06-21

Barbra Streisand - Release Me 2

Barbra Streisand - Release Me 2 - Sony Legacy
The only artist to ever achieve #1 albums in SIX consecutive decades, Barbra Streisand's Release Me 2 is yet another musical gem in her unparalleled career.  The follow-up to her acclaimed 2012 album, Release Me, this new collection contains previously unreleased tracks from Barbra’s vault, including duets with Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog. With songs by Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Barry Gibb, Paul Williams, Randy Newman, Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen, and Carole King, Barbra describes Release Me 2 as, “A lovely walk down memory lane…a chance to revisit, and in some cases, add a finishing instrumental touch to songs that still resonate for me in meaningful ways.” 

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Guccihighwaters - Joke's On You

Guccihighwaters - Joke's On You - Epitaph
Guccihighwaters is the artistic persona of 21 year -old, artist/producer, Morgan Murphy. Since his debut single in 2017, Murphy has exploded in the cloud rap community and his music has been streamed over 200 Million times. His new album, Joke's On You, is his debut for Epitaph Records and will be his first available on vinyl. Guccihighwaters is the keystone to the label's dedication to this sound that we feel is the future of Alternative music. Spending his formative years growing up in rural Ireland, Murphy was shy and when his family returned to their native New York, that shy 15 year-old turned to home recording/bedroom production and starting making his own beats. He began to indulge his musical vision by exploring community on the internet, finding a place to belong that he had not found prior. As a singer, Murphy was a bit of an outsider to the SoundCloud rap world he'd begun to orbit. "I was grouped in because of the time and place and platform," he says. His use of original piano with a classic touch and his angelic singing gave him an original voice within the scene's crowded world. Even if he wanted to blend in, he didn't know how. With Jokes On You, he says, "basically my goal was to make it sound like me. " Some members of that community, like Powfu and nothing, nowhere, feature on the album, adding their voices to Murphy's signature sound. Guccihighwaters is a top digital artist in the Indie Pop/Cloud Rapspace, releasing his music on vinyl for the first time. Album features include lo-fi sensation powfu , top emo rapper Convolk and popular alt/hip hop artist, nothing, nowhere. For Fans of powfu, Lil Peep, nothing, nowhere and Lund

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Brian May - Back To The Light: Remastered

Brian May - Back To The Light: Remastered - UMe
The original album newly remastered by Bob Ludwig from the original master tapes and personally overseen by Brian May. The CD is presented in a 6 panel digipak with a 24pg booklet containing rare photos and album notes. The second disc, Out of the Light, contains alternative versions, B-Sides and live tracks. The LP is presented in 180g heavyweight white vinyl in spined sleeve with printed inner bag. The whole package comes in a 12” lift lid box with 2 X CD in wallets and enamel badge.

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George Harrison - All Things Must Pass: Remastered

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass: Remastered - Capitol
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass is being celebrated with a suite of new releases highlighted by a stunning new mix of the classic album by Grammy Award-winning mixer/engineer Paul Hicks, overseen by executive producer Dhani Harrison.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Drive-By Truckers - Plan 9 Records July 13, 2006 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Spring Green 3LP] Video Available 
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Video Available
Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better Video Available
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand Video Available


Hippo Campus - Good Dog, Bad Dream EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red Marble Vinyl]
Kississippi - Mood Ring [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Jawbreaker LP]
Bob Mould - Distortion: Live [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed 140-Gram Clear Splatter 8LP Box Set]
Movements - No Good Left To Give B-Sides [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Grape Candy Purple 7in Single]
Leah Blevins - First Time Feeling
Paul Thorn - Never Too Late To Call
Benet - Game Over! EP
Chris Young - Famous Friends
Sponge - Lavatorium
BTS - BTS, THE BEST
Staind - Live: It's Been Awhile
Liars - The Apple Drop
Will Young - Crying On The Bathroom Floor
Night Ranger - ATBPO
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye (LCD Soundsytem Live At Madison Square Garden)



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Now Hear This! - August 2021

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NEEDTOBREATHE
Into The Mystery
NEK
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Without telling a soul, NEEDTOBREATHE decamped to a historic house-turned-recording studio in Columbia, TN to begin working on new music. Over the course of three weeks, they resided under one roof, laughed during meals, explored their surroundings, and recorded together with special guests (Carrie Underwood, Jon Foreman from Switchfoot and Natalie Hemby), crafting an album reflective of the moment, yet independent of all expectations, even their own.
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The Flaming Lips
The Soft Bulletin Companion
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The Soft Bulletin is one of The Flaming Lips' most popular and best-selling albums. The Soft Bulletin Companion Disc,was originally only available as a promo CD, hand-made by the Lip's management, and given to media and radio as the original album grew in popularity around its original release. This archived compilation includes unreleased songs from the era, plus outtakes and early mixes, B-sides, international bonus tracks and stereo versions of Zaireeka tracks.
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Prince
Welcome 2 America
Legacy
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Recorded in the spring of 2010 and then mysteriously abandoned by Prince before its release, the statement album Welcome 2 America documents Prince's concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice. The vinyl edition has the 12 songs spread across three sides on 2 LPs in gorgeous gatefold packaging, with a custom etching on the fourth side.
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Times Of Grace
Songs Of Loss And Separation
Wicked Good Records
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Songs Of Loss and Separation is insistent in its bluesiness, bleeding distortion and emotion, weaving effortlessly between pensive, heavy, midtempo rock riffs and atmosphere. It channels a haunting romanticism and deep spiritual yearning that collide in beautiful melancholy. The vocal interplay of Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach makes for a rich and enthralling concoction, powering through various trips through dark nights of the soul and mind-expanding excursions into the wild.
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Barbra Streisand
Release Me 2
Legacy
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*Available on Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Picture Disc* The follow-up to her acclaimed 2012 album, Release Me, this new collection contains previously unreleased tracks from Barbra's vault, including duets with Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog. With songs by Burt Bacharach, Barry Gibb, Paul Williams, Randy Newman, and Carole King, Barbra describes Release Me 2 as, "A lovely walk down memory lane…a chance to revisit, and in some cases, add a finishing instrumental touch to songs that still resonate for me in meaningful ways."
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Nicki Minaj
Beam Me Up Scotty
Republic
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Minaj is blessing fans with the release of her third and iconic mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty. The original version was released in 2009 with classic tracks like "I Get Crazy" and "Itty Biggy Piggy." The 2021 rerelease arrives with loosies from that era like "Boss Ass Bitch (Remix)" with PTAF and "Chi-Raq" with G Herbo, as well as three brand new tracks to hold fans over: "Seeing Green" with Drake & Lil Wayne, "Crocodile Teeth" with Skillibeng and "Fractions."
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Staind
Live: It's Been Awhile
BMG
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Staind enjoyed a welcome return to the concert stage in 2019 after an extended hiatus. Now fans will soon have a chance to enjoy the live album that was birthed out of those performances. Recorded at the band's comeback show back in October 2019, the setlist spans the nu-metal stalwart's 15 career. Singer Aaron Lewis acknowledges the band's long awaited return right at the top of the song, telling the audience, "So here we are. I guess hell freezes over once in a while."
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The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) is a national level organization comprised of the best independent record stores in America. CIMS was founded in 1995 with the goal of uniting like minded independent store owners, giving them a more powerful voice in the music industry. The stores that make up CIMS are all very different, but we share the same desires – to be the heart of our communities, to super-serve our customers, to support and develop artists, and to share our love of music.

For more information about CIMS and the stores in our organization, please visit cimsmusic.com or find us through social media with the #cimsmusic hashtag. And please remember to always shop local by supporting your neighborhood record store.

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What's New 7-30-21

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Merge

Thirstier marks a turn towards a bigger, more bombastic sound for Torres. Guitar-driven walls of sound, reminiscent of producer Butch Vig’s work with Garbage and Nirvana, surge and dissipate like surf in high winds, carrying Scott’s commanding voice to the fore. From the sparkling country romp of “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head” to the sour grunge bite of “Keep the Devil Out” and the unabashed, overflowing devotion of the album’s title track, Thirstier clasps together love songs from all angles.

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RCA

Mega producer of the stars (T. Swift, Lorde, Clairo) Jack Antonoff's third album as Bleachers, is a heartfelt batch of tracks written with boundless enthusiasm for those grand, euphoric moments of our lives. Unstoppably catchy hooks push their way through boisterous, stadium-rocking arrangements, making it an all-caps endeavor. When he’s not serving some of pop’s most visionary artists, Antonoff is someone earnest who knows how to translate his nostalgic longing into passionate sing-alongs.

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Transmit Sound

Electro Melodier takes a slight turn from 2019’s politically pointed Union to a series of songs that asks questions rather than demanding answers – think of “Living in the U.S.A.” as Farrar’s version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” or Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” an anthem to unite the populace. It all helps remind us to be thankful of what we still have – new music from Jay Farrar and Son Volt, 25 years on.

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New West

LA’s Los Lobos are influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. With Native Sons, the band set out to showcase all of these influences with their own take on the songs of Los Angeles. Featuring 13 songs from well-known LA artists such as Buffalo Springfield, WAR, Jackson Browne and the Beach Boys as well as deep cuts from the Jaguars, The Basters and The Premiers.

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Napalm

Leave A Scar is an illuminating plentitude of angst etched in time, serving as a musical refuge and expressive output for the legendary heavy metal vocalist and pop culture pillar Dee Snider. This auditory time capsule written to express the anger, unease and pain he experienced during lockdown emerges as not only blisteringly heavy, but relentlessly powerful. If 2018’s For The Love Of Metal ignited Snider’s eminent surge into a new era, Leave A Scar sets it ablaze.

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Vanity Music Group

Game Changer opens with all the subtlety of a kick to the throat. “On the Horizon’s” bombastic drumming (Chris Lepre) pummels while the twin guitars’ (Tony Lepre and Billy Sablan) one-two punch set up a snarling detour into old school Testament thrash riffage. The tone is set – pure, melodic mayhem. 70’s riff rock to early 80’s east and west coast metal, Game Changer is a work of art the appeals to al metalheads, old and new school fans alike.

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New Release Round-Up 07-30-21

Son Volt - Electro Melodier

Son Volt - Electro Melodier - Transmit Sound
2020 was not quite what Jay Farrar was expecting for the 25th anniversary of Son Volt, the band he started in 1995 after leaving the seminal group Uncle Tupelo, whose No Depression album helped define the alt-country and Americana genre. The group had just finished an Outlaw Country Cruise when the pandemic hit and sent them into their homes on lockdown. Instead of a triumphant tour marking the illustrious landmark, Farrar was forced indoors by the pandemic, and his “Reverie” during that time helped define Electro Melodier, Son Volt’s 10th studio album – and third for influential Nashville indie Thirty Tigers. The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, also describes the disc’s unique blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock – an electric troubadour with melodies that hit and stick. Social protest songs like “Living in the U.S.A.” and “The Globe,” the former about the promises of this nation gone wrong, the latter referencing the street protests accompanying the Black Lives Matter movement, exist side by side with odes to long-term relationships (specifically his 25-year marriage) in “Diamonds and Cigarettes” and “Lucky Ones.” Once again accompanied by the current Son Volt line up – keyboardist/steel guitarist Mark Spencer, bassist Andrew Duplantis, guitarist Chris Frame and drummer Mark Patterson – Farrar takes a slight turn from 2019’s politically pointed Union to a series of songs that asks questions rather than demanding answers – think of “Living in the U.S.A.” as Farrar’s version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” or Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” an anthem to unite the populace. One listen to Electro Melodier, which opens with “Reverie,” describing Farrar’s contemplative state gazing out his window, enlivened with Mark Spencer’s “Wichita Lineman” guitar riffs and the lush Big Star melodies, and you wonder why no other rock ‘n’ roll bands or singer/songwriters are making albums like this about what we’re all going through. With tour dates scheduled before the end of 2021, Son Volt is ready to return to what they know best after a welcome period of introspection. The songs of Electro Melodier help remind us to be thankful of what we still have – new music from Jay Farrar and Son Volt. 

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Parker McCollum - Gold Chain Cowboy

Parker McCollum - Gold Chain Cowboy - MCA Nashville
Parker McCollum will be releasing his major label debut- Gold Chain Cowboy on MCA Nashville on July 30th.  He is born and raised in the Houston-TX market and has been based in Austin-TX since he released is first independent single and EP in 2013.  He has performed and will headline numerous radio station festivals during the summer.  The 10 Tracks on his debut album will feature the #1 Platinum-"Pretty Heart" and his current Top 40 hit- "To Be Loved By You". 

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Los Lobos - Native Sons

Los Lobos - Native Sons - New West Records
Los Angeles based band, Los Lobos, have always been inspired by their surroundings and the place they call home. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. With Native Sons the band set out to showcase all of these influences with their own take on the songs of Los Angeles from some of the cities greatest songwriters. Native Sons features 13-songs from well known LA artists such as Buffalo Springfield, WAR, Jackson Browne and the Beach Boys as well as deep cuts from the Jaguars, The Basters and The Premiers. The album title track is the sole original composition written by the band. 

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Brown 2LP]
Prince - Welcome 2 America [Deluxe 2 LP / 1 CD / 1 Blu-Ray]
Clay Walker - Texas to Tennessee
Yola - Stand for Myself [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Hot Pink LP]
Torres - Thirstier [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak Opaque Red-in-Translucent Yellow LP]
Blues Traveler - Traveler's Blues [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
Naia Izumi - A Residency In The Los Angeles Area
Son Lux - Tomorrows [Limited Edition 3LP]
Grouplove - This Is This
Durand Jones & The Indications - Private Space
Needtobreathe - Into The Mystery
Bleachers - Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Dee Snider - Leave A Scar
King Woman - Celestial Blues [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear w/Gold and Silver Splatter LP]
Slayyyter - Troubled Paradise
Peaches - Pussy Mask [Vinyl Single]
Patrick Page II - If I Fail Are We Still Cool? [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Smokey Translucent LP]
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - Gone Are The Good Days
Erasure - The Neon Remixed


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What's New 7-23-21

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Columbia

This R&B collection is birthed from extended late nights at the L.A.’s Gold-Diggers studio and celebrates Leon’s immersive experience of creating music in the same East Hollywood room where he lived, worked and drank over the course of two years. The soulful collaboration between Leon as an artist and the space itself was so encompassing that he chose to name the album after the soon-to-be legendary complex.

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Matador

Spiral marks the long-awaited return of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's experimental electronic side-project. "From the beginning, Darkside has been our jam band. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn't wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again. We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. Darkside is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together."

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4AD

Lyrically, Sensational aims to dismantle the stereotype of single women looking for love, tackling relationship dramas and the toxicity of dating – a chance to rewrite scenarios in ways that empowered de Casier, fantasizing about what could've been. Musically, it’s as much influenced by Aaliyah and Janet Jackson as house, garage and techno. With hushed, pillow-soft vocals and production that references turn-of-the-millennium sounds, de Casier's sound surveys the past while looking to the future.

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662

The defining blues voice of his generation releases the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to his Grammy-nominated debut, 2019's Kingfish. 662 is a powerful and personal album, a fiery coming-of-age record. The lyrics reflect Ingram's newfound maturity and how your roots inspire where you're heading. The record also delivers a heaping helping of the deep, visceral Ingram guitar magic his fans love, fueling a combustible mix of molten blues rock, down home shuffles and soulful grooves.

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Inside Recordings

Nearly five decades since his debut LP, Jackson Browne’s Downhill From Everywhere sustains the soulful intimacy of his first release, combined with a power and wisdom gained from a life pursuing positive change. Perhaps sensing the inevitable arrival of his mortality, Browne lends parental concern and ultimately hope for a future of which he won’t be a part. “I’m still looking for something,” he sings on the opening track. “I’m way out over my due date.”

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RC1 Records

Written during the great political, environmental and economic upheaval that has marked recent years, the chaos encouraged Crowell to look inward for solace and answers. The result is Triage, a series of songs that contend with these themes, but approaches them from a place of healing, love and solution. That they are being released while we find ourselves walking through a global pandemic, is a gift of perfect timing.

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Parabellum is the best example yet of guitar/composition virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen's creative spark lighting a raging fire that is surely set to burn brightly for many years to come. What truly makes it remarkable is the undoubted joy radiating through each of the songs here. "The bottom line for me is that the passion I feel for the music I make has to be obvious,” Mamlsteen says. “I wanted this album to have a joyous, spontaneous atmosphere. I want fans to experience the delight I had in making it."

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New Release Round-Up 07-23-21

Paul McCartney - McCartney III Imagined

Paul McCartney - McCartney III Imagined - Capitol
Hailed upon its release last year as "vital and comfortable taking new chances” (Rolling Stone) and “cheery, resilient, forever looking forward” (The New Yorker), Paul McCartney’s McCartney III, which topped album charts across the world, is now literally moving into the future in the form of McCartney III Imagined.  Personally curated by Paul, McCartney III Imagined features an A-List assortment of friends, fans and brand new acquaintances, each covering and/or reimagining their favorite McCartney III moments in their own signature styles. The result is a kaleidoscopic reinterpretation of an album Rolling Stone accurately tagged “an inspiration to us all”—one that serves as an extension of the instantly beloved McCartney III while standing on its own as brilliant and adventurous milestone in the McCartney discography.

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Descendents - 9th & Walnut

Descendents - 9th & Walnut - Epitaph
Formed in L.A.’s South Bay in 1978, Descendents began as a power trio featuring bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, and guitarist Frank Navetta (d. 2008). The band recruited vocalist Milo Aukerman in 1980 and began establishing themselves as major players in the Southern California Punk movement. Over the years, the band has sustained a potent chemistry and shared vision, further cementing them as punk legends.  In 2002, the original four-piece lineup — Frank Navetta, Tony Lombardo, Bill Stevenson, and Milo Aukerman — got back into the studio to finally record their first-ever songs. The songs were written by the band from 1977 through 1980, before recording the Fat EP (1981) and the Milo Goes to College LP (1982). Put simply, this is the DESCENDENTS’ earliest material, representing a “lost” pre-MGTC album. Most of these songs have not been heard—until now.  Every element of DESCENDENTS’ genre-creating sound is here: Stevenson’s hyper-caffeinated surf-beats, Lombardo’s intrepid bass, Navetta’s crunching attack, Aukerman’s impassioned, infinitely relatable singing—and all those great melodies and harmonies.

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Rodney Crowell - Triage

Rodney Crowell - Triage - RC1 Records
'Triage' offers a rare look inside of the songwriter. This album finds Rodney Crowell introspectively looking for answers and for healing, resulting in what he has called his most personal record yet.  This new collection of songs was written during the great political, environmental and economic upheaval that has marked recent years. The noise of that chaos encouraged Crowell to look inward for solace and answers. The result is this series of songs that contend with these themes, but approaches them from a place of healing, love and solution. That they are being released while we find ourselves walking through a global pandemic, is a gift of perfect timing.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Molly Burch - Romantic Images [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]
David Crosby - For Free
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000
Lacuna Coil - Live From The Apocalypse [CD/DVD]
Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Alternate Cover LP]
Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere
Taylor Swift - folklore [Beige 2 LP]
Pennywise - Land Of The Free [Red LP]
2pac - Until The End Of Time [4 LP]
Erika de Casier - Sensational
Various Artists - Bills & Aches & Blues
Darkside - Spiral
Piroshka - Love Drips And Gathers [Limited Edition Red LP]
Glen Campbell - Live From The Troubadour
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe: Original Hib-Tone Single [7in Single]
Spice Girls - Wannabe 25 [Silver Cassette]
Anika - Change [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red & Silver Galaxy LP]
Page McConnell/Trey Anastasio - December [Barn Board LP]
Mudhoney - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge: 30th Anniversary [Deluxe Edition 2LP]
Miley Cyrus - Plastic Hearts [2LP]
Brothers - March 10, 2020 Madison Square Garden
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - 662
Joshua Radin - The Ghost and the Wall


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What's New 7-16-21

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Columbia

Straddling the line between ‘80s parody and homage, Sob Rock, Mayer’s eight full length, embraces the guitar and synth mesh of the soft and yacht rock varieties. Recorded during the pandemic (with legendary producer Don Was) as an offering of comfort in these trying times - it’s a warm blanket of breezy tracks in which listeners can sink into and enjoy a smooth trip back to the “before” times.

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Loma Vista

To accompany the unrestrained awesomeness of DC’s Dark Nights: Death Metal comic series, executive producer/composer Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick) presents the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack. Directly inspired by the comic series’ storyline, the diverse soundtrack illuminates the darkest corners of each DC character’s psyche.

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Republic

Written and recorded in upstate New York at Allaire Studios, Sling was co-produced by Clairo and Golden Globe/GRAMMY Award-winning producer Jack Antonoff (of fun.). Featuring “Blouse”, the crushing ballad with Lorde on backing vocals. Available in various formats, including indie exclusive dark green vinyl, cassette, and as five limited edition box sets.

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Fat Possum

"It's real peaks and valleys with me," Nathan Williams says. "I can be super optimistic and I can feel really good, and then I can hit a skid and it's like an earthquake hits my life, and everything just falls apart. Some of it is my own doing, of course." It's this self-awareness that permeates each of Hideaway's songs, marking them each as mature reckonings with who he is. Produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio.

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Blue Note

Dave McMurray made his Blue Note debut in 2018 with Music Is Life, an album that focused largely on his own assertive original tunes. Now, the saxophonist returns with Grateful Deadication, a cover album that turns one of the most celebrated catalogs in rock songwriting into a vehicle for his own jazz expression.

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Republic

Republic Records present the soundtrack to Space Jam: A New Legacy, the mega-anticipated animated/live-action film. Featuring the hit single, “We Win", which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and united multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper Lil Baby with 16x GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum gospel icon Kirk Franklin.

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Dedstrange

Released on their own newly formed label, Dedstrange, Hologram is a sonic return to Stranger’s rawest, most unhinged sound. With songs addressing the decay of connections, friendships lost, and the trials and tribulations of these troubled times, Hologram serves as an abstract mirror to the moment we live in.

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New Release Round-Up 07-16-21

RSD Drops 2021

RSD Drops is back this Saturday and we are super excited to celebrate and thank you for supporting Indie Record Stores. Now is the time for you to look over those lists and see what you will be spinning this weekend.  Check out the list of titles available here and of course hop over to RecordStoreday.com for more details.
  

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


John Mayer - Sob Rock
Clairo - Sling [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Dark Green LP]
Ida Mae - Click Click Domino [Indie Exclusive Mystery Melt LP]
Cautious Clay - Deadpan Love [LP]
T.A.T.U. - 200 km/h In the Wrong Lane [Coke Bottle Clear LP]
J. Cole - The Off-Season
Aesop Rock - Appleseed [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear & Black Smoke LP]
Acid Dad - Take It From The Dead
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Layla Revisited
Wavves - Hideaway [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
Barenaked Ladies - Detour De Force
Opeth - Blackwater Park: 20th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 2LP]
Chet Faker - Hotel Surrender
A Place To Bury Strangers - Hologram
Bob Mould - Distortion: Live [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed 140-Gram Clear Splatter 8LP Box Set]
Nathaniel Rateliff - Red Rocks 2020 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2CD]
Willow - lately I feel EVERYTHING [Red LP]
Tones and I - Welcome To The Madhouse
Lonelady - Former Things
The Allman Brothers Band - Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival July 3 & 5, 1970
Various Artists - Space Jam: A New Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Luke Combs - The Trilogy [10in Single]
Various Artists - Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Electric Smoke 2 LP]
Rise Against - Broken Dreams, Inc. (DC - Dark Nights: Death Metal Version) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 7in Flexi Disc + Comic]
Grey Daze - Anything, Anything (DC - Dark Nights: Death Metal Version) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 7in Flexi Disc + Comic]
Denzel Curry/PlayThatBoiZay - Bad Luck (DC - Dark Nights: Death Metal Version) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow 7in Flexi Disc + Comic]
Black Pumas - Capitol Cuts - Live from Studio A [Red LP]


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What's New 7-9-21

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New West

“I think everybody – no matter what side of the aisle you’re on – wherever we’re going to next, we're all taking a lot of exit wounds with us,” Dylan says. “Nobody is the same as they were four years ago. That, to me, is what Exit Wounds signifies… wherever you’re headed, even if it’s to a better place, you leave people and things behind, and you think about those people and those things and you carry them with you. Those are your exit wounds. And right now, we’re all swimming in them.”

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Matador

Since forming in high school, Brisbane band The Goon has been celebrated for their unpretentious, kinetic homemade pop. Mirror ll, The Goon Sax's third album and first for Matador, is something else entirely: a new beginning, a multi-dimensional eclectic journey of musical craftsmanship that moves from disco to folk to no wave skronk with staggering cohesion. Gone are the first-person insecurities of their school days - they've been made expansive, more universal, more weird.

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Republic

Following the release of her critically acclaimed album, Nashville-based singer-songwriter and producer Joy Oladokun unveils the "complete" installment of her album series, in defense of my own happiness. The timeless body of work eloquently exudes Joy's deep emotions and confessional leanings as a black woman living in America. This is only the start of a breakout year for the fast-rising Nigerian-American songstress.

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Honey Jar Records

When opening for his brother Chris’ band, Medeski Martin & Wood, Oliver was invited to sit in. Soon thereafter, The Wood Brothers were born. They’ve since gone on to release seven studio albums and earn a Grammy Award-nomination. Until 2020, Oliver had never stepped out under his own name as a solo artist. Always Smilin' is a strong opening statement from Oliver as a solo artist, and one that sets him apart as an accomplished singer and songwriter outside of his day job with The Wood Brothers.

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Rack'Em Records

Almost 50 years after the sessions that would make them an “accidental Texas supergroup” (Rolling Stone), The Flatlanders have returned with their first new album in more than a decade. The iconic trio serve up a rollicking collection of twang-fueled, harmony-laden performances full of wry humor and raw heartbreak. While a few songs here are never-before-heard originals, the vast majority of Treasure of Love consists of tunes the band picked up during their half-century together.

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Highway 20 Records

Lu's Jukebox is a six-volume series of mostly full-band performances recorded live in-studio in Nashville, TN. Each volume features a themed set of songs by other artists curated by Williams, the multi-Grammy award winner. The series aired as ticketed events in late 2020 with a portion of sales benefitting independent music venues struggling to get through the pandemic. Vol. 2: Southern Soul features a collection of classics from Ann Peebles to Al Green to Otis Redding and more.

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New Release Round-Up 07-09-21

Various Artists - Almost Famous: Soundtrack

Various Artists - Almost Famous: Soundtrack - Geffen
Celebrating 20 years of the Academy Award winning film by Cameron Crowe, the Grammy® winning Almost Famous soundtrack is reissued as a deluxe 2CD with 35 songs from the film including Stillwater, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and many more. Unreleased songs: “Tiny Dancer (Almost Famous Version)” with Elton John & cast and the unique mix & edit for The Who’s “Amazing Journey / Sparks (Almost Famous Version).” Newly expanded artwork includes unreleased photos and an introduction by Cameron Crowe. Also Available: 2LP and coming 8/20: Super Deluxe 6LP and Super Deluxe 5CD

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Half Waif - Mythopoetics

Half Waif - Mythopoetics - Anti
With her musical project Half Waif, Nandi Rose dives deep into the waters of artistic expression by layering evocative vocals and synths to create a powerful form of pop music. On Mythopoetics, Rose ex- plores a full spectrum of sounds that sparkle with memorable hooks, otherworldly production and uplifting grooves. “This is the record I’ve been trying to make for 10 years,” Rose says. Previous albums The Caretaker (2020) and Lavender (2018) garnered acclaim for their compelling journeys through solitude, desire and the search for independence. Half Waif declares a new chapter on Mytho- poetics, a collection of 12 new songs – mythical stories that transcend time, each sung with a glorious contralto wrapped up in synths and electronic percussion, and her lyrical piano serving as the backbone. It is an essential reminder that we have the power to shape the stories we tell and the myths we make of our lives. This is music that you feel.

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The Flatlanders - Treasure of Love

The Flatlanders - Treasure of Love - Rock'em Records
Almost 50 years after the sessions that would make them an “accidental Texas supergroup” (Rolling Stone), The Flatlanders have returned with Treasure of Love, their first new album in more than a decade. Completed during COVID-19 lockdowns with the help of longtime friend and collaborator Lloyd Maines, the record finds the iconic trio of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock in classic form, serving up a rollicking collection of twang-fueled, harmony-laden performances full of wry humor and raw heartbreak. While a few songs here are never-before-heard originals, the vast majority of the tracklist consists of tunes the band picked up during their half-century together, some stretching as far back as the group’s earliest performances in the honkytonks around Lubbock, TX, where you might have spotted Willie Nelson or Townes Van Zandt in the audience.

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Marco Vezzoso and Alessandro Collina - Italian Spirit In Japan

Marco Vezzoso and Alessandro Collina - Italian Spirit In Japan - ITI Records
Marco Vezzoso and Alessandro Collina, the jazz duo that has conquered the countries of the Rising Sun! Italian Spirit In Japan collects 10 of the most beautiful songs of Italian music reinterpreted in a refined instrumental version for trumpet, piano, and percussion. The artists offer a skilful reinterpretation of unforgettable pieces, creating a generational bridge between pop music and jazz. This live version is also a tribute to the artistic partnership between Vezzoso and Collina, which began in Japan and reached China via Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In the 'Italian Spirit live' project we decided to invite the percussionist Andrea Marchesini. Andrea is a highly talented and experienced musician who, like us, loves contamination between genres. It was therefore easy for us to integrate Andrea's artistic vein, who adapted very well to our playing. Indeed, he did much more, enriching the pieces with rhythmic details, sometimes almost melodic, without ever being invasive. 

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


The Wallflowers - Exit Wounds [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple LP] Video Available
clipping. - WRIGGLE (EXPANDED) [LP] Video Available
Damon Locks - Black Monument Ensemble - NOW Video Available

Oliver Wood - Always Smilin' [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Anthrax - I Am The Law, Discharge, Madhouse, Time [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 3in Bundle]
BTS - BUTTER
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Teenage Gizzard [Magenta & Yellow w/Yellow Splatter LP]
The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang Live On Copacabana Beach [2 CD/Blu-ray]
Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul - Summer of Sorcery Live! At The Beacon Theatre
Mayhem - Atavistic Black Disorder/Kommando EP
Inhaler - It Won't Always Be Like This
Muse - ORIGIN OF SYMMETRY: XX Anniversary RemiXX [2LP]
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Cinderella: The Musical (Original London Cast Recording) [3 LP]
Two Feet - Max Maco Is Dead Right? [Limited Edition Opaque Light Blue LP]
Spacehog - Resident Alien [Limited Edition Pink 2LP]
Lucinda Williams - Lu's Jukebox Vol. 2 - Southern Soul: From Memphis To Muscle Shoals
The Infamous Stringdusters - A Tribute To Bill Monroe
The Monkees - The Monkees [Limited Edition Deluxe 2LP]
The Goon Sax - Mirror II


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What's New 7-2-21

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Century Media

The Swedish melodic death metal pioneers newest offering explodes to life with the catchiest of deathness, but there are a lot more flavors being explored here. Most notable are the progressive elements that crop up across The Nightmare of Being, and lavish orchestrations expand the dramatic scope, all of this well-executed and inarguably the work of a confident and seasoned band.

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Third Man

Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, alongside Savages’ Jehnny Beth, explore the loss, miscommunication and emotional inarticulacy that a married couple experience as they realize their relationship is breaking down. Utopian Ashes draws on the tradition of country soul classics, such as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris’s Grievous Angel and George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s We Go Together, to deal with the heavy realities of love turning sour.

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New Release Round-Up 07-02-21

Tom Petty - Angel Dream (Songs From The Motion Picture She's The One)

Tom Petty - Angel Dream (Songs From The Motion Picture She's The One) - Warner Records
Angel Dream is a special reimagining of the album She’s The One to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its original release. This also brings to a close the celebration of Tom Petty’s masterpiece Wildflowers, as most of the songs on this album were recorded during the same time period.  She’s The One included some songs that were left off the original Wildflowers album, recently included in the Wildflowers & All The Rest re-issue. To take the place of those songs, four previously unreleased songs have been added here – two Petty originals (“105 Degrees” and “One of Life’s Little Mysteries”), a cover of JJ Cale’s “Thirteen Days”, and the instrumental “French Disconnection”.  An extended version of “Supernatural Radio” is also included. The album has been remixed & remastered and brand new cover art commissioned – emphasizing that this is a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album, rather than a soundtrack album.

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Carlos Nino & Friends - More Energy Fields, Current Video Available

The Go! Team - Get Up Sequences Part One [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Turquoise LP]
Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth - Utopia Ashes
At The Gates - The Nightmare Of Being [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone LP]
Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones: Tenth Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Yellow 2LP]
Chris LeDoux - Wyoming Cowboy: A Retrospective
Vince Mendoza - Freedom Over Everything
Bella White - Just Like Leaving
Bebe Rexha - Better Mistakes
Jeremy Zucker/Chelsea Cutler - brent ii
Marina Allen - Candlepower
Steve Marriner - Hope Dies Last
Joni Mitchell - The Reprise Albums (1968-1971)
Laura Mvula - Pink Noise
Wanderlust - All A View


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What's New 6-25-21

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M-Theory Audio

The time period between The Absence’s previous 2018 release and the COVID outbreak saw the band stay busy with other outside endeavors, with drummer Jeramie Kling manning the kit for Venom Inc., bassist Mike Leon with Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy, and guitarist Taylor Nordberg with Massacre. With those experiences the band reconvened to put together 11 tracks of pummeling death metal that compose Coffinized.

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Merge

Steeped in gospel, Southern soul, indie folk, and alt-country with tinges of blues, rock, and jazz, Quietly Blowing It is an intimate and introspective offering that finds M.C. Taylor ruminating on themes of growing up, alienation, obligation, hope, purpose, family, class, self-discovery, healing, and rebuilding, fashioned with impressionistic tones.

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Merge

One of the words that John Darnielle used when talking about the direction for Dark in Here was "wild." Not wild in the sense of abandon - these aren't those kind of songs. But wild in the sense of something undomesticated, untamable. Wild like the immutability of nature. Like a powerful animal. Or a virus - the beast that awakes, emerges from a forest, and stops the world. You can fight the calamity all you want, but either way, it's going to demand your surrender.

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Matador

This new gift from Dacus, which features vocal contributions from boygenius bandmates Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers, was built on an interrogation of her coming-of-age years in Richmond, VA. Many songs start the way a memoir might, all of them have the compassion, humor, and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. Most importantly and mysteriously, this album displays Dacus's ability to use the personal as portal into the universal.

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Republic

After his autobiographical debut album, The Good & The Bad, Brooklyn artist/actor Anthony Ramos returns with his sophomore release, Love And Lies, an adrenaline-filled record that leads listeners through a night out filled with lust, passion, and losing oneself in living on the edge. Proclaimed as Ramos’ most matured music to date, the album — like Ramos himself — is multi-genre from pop with “Lose My Mind”, to R&B on “Control,” and the Latin- inspired “Échale.”

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La Honda

A torchbearer of the Texas songwriter tradition, Emerson channels the straightforward truth-telling of his songwriting heroes in Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Steve Earle into something fresh and distinctly his own. Where his 2019 debut proved that he is one of the most reverent students of country and Western musical traditions, his follow-up is a brave step forward that solidifies his place as one of music's most compelling and emotionally clarifying storytellers.

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New West

Heading into the spring of 2020, T. Hardy Morris had 12 demos that he thought would make-up his next album, then, everything changed. The world took a break and so his plans to record did as well. He scrapped the demos and began a collection of songs in quarantine where the unprecedented times and topics were unavoidable. “I wanted it to sound like how the world felt to me in the second half of 2020 - uncomfortable and chaotic, dystopian but still beautiful.”

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Epic

The Golden Casket hovers in the liminal space between raw punk power and experimental studio science as frontman Isaac Brock explores themes ranging from the degradation of our psychic landscapes and invisible technology, to fatherhood. The twelve tracks behave like amorphous organisms, undergoing dramatic mutations and mood swings that speak to the chronic tug-of-war between hope and despair that plays out in Brock’s head.

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Nuclear Blast

Unleashing influential albums with devastating anthems for over 30 years, Fear Factory is widely recognized as both crucial and innovative in extreme metal circles. Fear Factory manufactured, demanufactured, and remanufactured a sound that reverberates across several subgenres. Aggression Continuum is the band's tenth studio album, their latest since 2015's Genexus.

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Nuclear Blast

With the upcoming new album, which not without reason simply bears the band name as its title, Helloween are opening a new chapter in their glorious career after more than 25 years of band history: From now on, the future of one of the most influential German metal bands in the world will take place together and with three singers - what started as a live idea was the birth of a seven-piece metal instance in a unique line-up.

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New Release Round-Up 06-25-21

T. Hardy Morris - The Digital Age of Rome

T. Hardy Morris - The Digital Age of Rome - New West Records
Heading into the spring of 2020, T. Hardy Morris had 12 demos that he thought would make-up his next album, then, everything changed.  The world took a break and so his plans to record did as well. As we all watched and waited out the storms; viral and societal, we seemed to wake up scrolling through a whole new century, a time Morris began to refer to as The Digital Age of RomeHe scrapped the demos and began a collection of songs in quarantine where the unprecedented times and topics were unavoidable. He wanted to document the era sonically and lyrically in some way. “I wanted it to sound like how the world felt to me in the second half of 2020. Uncomfortable and chaotic, dystopian but still beautiful.”  The Digital Age of Rome was recorded in a deserted downtown Athens, Ga. With long-time collaborator / producer Adam Landry.

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Gary Allan - Ruthless

Gary Allan - Ruthless - EMI Nashville
Gary Allan releases a brand new album of all new material this week. Ruthless is Gary's first studio album in over 8 years. Overall, Allan's nine studio and greatest hits albums have produced 26 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including the number one hits "Man to Man", "Tough Little Boys" (both 2003), "Nothing On but the Radio" (2004), and "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" (2013). Seven more of his singles have reached the Top 10 on this chart as well: his debut single "Her Man", "It Would Be You" (both at #7), "Right Where I Need to Be" (at #5), "The One" (at #3), "Best I Ever Had" (a cover of a Vertical Horizon song) (at #7), "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" (at #4), and "Watching Airplanes" (#2).

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Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band - Banned

Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band - Banned - Anti
Yves Jarvis and Romy Lightman are a pair of idiosyncratic and restlessly creative artists. In the past decade, Jarvis’s ever-expanding swatch have earned international acclaim, while Lightman’s twin-sister-led band Tasseomancy has transfixed listeners since the late 2000s. The Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band marks the duo’s first collaboration, slingshotting both musicians out of their comfort zones into spellbinding territories of lysergic folk and impressionistic rock. Banned was recorded in the tranquil environment of the Tree Museum, an outdoor art gallery in rural Ontario, Canada, hosting residencies for contemporary sculptors over the past 20 years. The pair credit its 200 acres of natural spaces intermingling with human-made creations as the fuel for their unfettered process. Recorded over two weeks in a free-flowing stream of improvisation, the album finds Lightman on synthesizer with Jarvis on drums and guitar, as their voices weave together into an electrified pastoral tapestry.

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Vincent Neil Emerson - Vincent Neil Emerson

Vincent Neil Emerson - Vincent Neil Emerson - La Honda Records
Vincent Neil Emerson is a torchbearer of the Texas songwriter tradition. He channels the straightforward truth-telling and resonance of his songwriting heroes in Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Steve Earle into something fresh and distinctly his own. Where his 2019 debut Fried Chicken and Evil Women proved that he is one of the most reverent students of country and Western musical traditions, his follow-up LP, the masterful Rodney Crowell-produced Vincent Neil Emerson, which is out this week via La Honda Records/Thirty Tigers, is a brave step forward that solidifies his place as one of music's most compelling and emotionally clarifying storytellers. His songs are cathartic and bluntly honest, never mincing words or dancing around uncomfortable truths.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red & Black Inkspot LP] Video Available

Lucy Dacus - Home Video [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Hiss Golden Messenger - Quietly Blowing It [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Metallic Blue LP]
Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe CD]
Caroline Shaw - Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part
Anthony Ramos - Love And Lies
Dance Gavin Dance - Tree City Sessions 2
Josh Turner - Your Man: 15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Nina Simone - Nina Simone: The Montreux Years
Etta James - Etta James: The Montreux Years
The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!: 25th Anniversary Edition [Deluxe LP]
Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?: The Platinum Pleasure Edition
Ceramic Dog - Hope [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]
Selena Gomez - Revelacion EP
Devin Townsend - Devolution Series #2 - Galactic Quarantine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 2LP]
Beartooth - Below
The Mountain Goats - Dark In Here [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue 2LP]
PJ Harvey - White Chalk
PJ Harvey - White Chalk - Demos
Justin Bieber - Justice
Elvis Costello - La Face de Pendule à Coucou EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Coral Vinyl]
Motorhead - No Sleep 'til Hammersmith: 40th Anniversary Edition
DMX - Greatest Hits [Limited Edition Splatter LP]


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What's New 6-18-21

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Easy Star

The brand new studio album from one of the biggest reggae bands in the world. In The Moment finds Rebelution ruminating on time, living in the present and making your future better. The grammy-nominated band's first full length studio album since 2018's Free Rein, ITM brings 15 new tracks with guest appearances by Busy Signal, Kabaka Pyramid, Durand Jones and Keznamdi.

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Kartel

Mammoth WVH is the debut, self-titled album of Mammoth WVH – the band created by Wolfgang Van Halen. In addition to writing and singing every song, remarkably Wolfgang plays every instrument. “The name Mammoth is really special to me.” says Wolf. “Not only was it the name of Van Halen before it became Van Halen, but my father was also the lead singer. Ever since my dad told me this, I always thought that when I grew up, I’d call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much.”

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Epitaph

Big Mess marks Elfman’s first solo collection in more than thirty years, but it’s no return to form. Clocking in at 18 tracks, the sprawling, ambitious double album finds the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer breaking bold new ground as both a writer and a performer, drawing on a dystopian palette of distorted electric guitars, industrial synthesizers and orchestra in an effort to exorcise the demons brought about by four years of creeping fascism and civil rot.

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BMG

Garbage return with their seventh studio album No Gods No Masters, to be released 11th June 2021. “This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins. It was our way of trying to make sense of the craziness of the world and the astounding chaos we found ourselves in.” -Shirley Manson

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Lightning Rod Records

The title is more of an attitude than anything else, answering the question what if the four boys were sitting on a porch together and someone begins to sing a favorite old Gospel song or a country and Western standard, and everyone else just joined in? That is what happened at RCA Studio A, but, under producer Dave Cobb’s leadership, it turned into so much more. Dave and co. kept coming to the table with terrific creative ideas to enhance the Front Porch experience.

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Dine Alone

The album was written and recorded during the pandemic, and though COVID-19 restrictions didn't allow Ward (At The Drive-In, Sparta) to record the album in person with other musicians, it does feature a very notable rhythm section: bassist Ben Kenney of Incubus (and briefly of The Roots) and drummer Tucker Rule of Thursday. "My friends did this for the pure love of making music with a friend," Ward said of Ben and Tucker.

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New Release Round-Up 06-18-21

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage - Goliath Ent
Written, recorded, and completed during lockdown, CARNAGE is the first studio album from Nick Cave & Warren Ellis outside of the Bad Seeds and their many soundtrack collaborations. The eight song project - developed amidst the downtime of a long, anxious, global emergency - showcases Cave & Ellis’ typical sonic and lyrical adventurism and stands as a quintessential record for these uncertain times. CARNAGE is shot through with moments of distilled beauty and resonating with an almost defiant sense of hope. In Cave's own words, it is "a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe."



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Rosie Tucker - Sucker Supreme

Rosie Tucker - Sucker Supreme - Epitaph
Sucker Supreme is the third album from Rosie Tucker, and first for Epitaph Records. It is a coming of age album that aches with self-discovery, self-definition, and self-redefinition. Sucker Supreme is also just the right follow-up to where their last album, 2019’s Never Not Never Not Never Not, left off: still playfully observed, still sneakily political, still indebted to folk singers of the past – but also much, much bigger, brighter, louder and noisier than anything Tucker has dared before. It delivers mightily on an ambitious M.O.: to be relentlessly catchy and muscular and noisy but also beautiful; be achingly sad and searching, but never too far away from funny, either; and to spotlight Tucker’s empathetic, yearning vocals on top of it all. It takes a unique group of people to make an album that leaps out of the speakers at you like this one. Sucker Supreme is the first record made by Tucker’s current touring band: drummer Jessy Reed, guitarist Jess Kallen, and bassist Wolfy, who also occupied the producer’s chair. It’s a group of people as eager to share their long-dead folk music heroes as they are to pay homage to their still-kicking pop-punk heartthrobs.

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Styx - Crash Of The Crown

Styx - Crash Of The Crown - UMe
A new era of hope, survival, and prosperity comes calling on Styx's Magnum Opus, Crash Of The Crown, the band's first studio album since 2017's The Mission. Though the 15-track album takes a hard look at some inherently dark subjects, the prevalent light at the end of the tunnel eventually becomes each song's focal point - a persistent fervor to keep moving forward and achieve the greater good. Featuring "Crash of the Crown," "Reveries" & more, available on black vinyl.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Ashe - Ashlyn Video Available

Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting: The Best Of Aretha Franklin 1980-2014
James - All The Colours Of You [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple/Black & Red/Black 2LP]
The Interrupters - Live In Tokyo! [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink & Black Pinwheel LP]
Crumbsuckers - Life Of Dreams [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
The Obsessed - The Church Within [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange
Seventeen - SEVENTEEN 8th Mini Album 'Your Choice' (ONE SIDE version)
Evolfo - Site Out Of Mind
Fear Factory - Aggression Continuum
Rebelution - In The Moment
Silk For The Starving - The Lounge Society EP
Amy Helm - What The Flood Leaves Behind
Now That's What I Call Music! - Now That's What I Call Country, Volume 14
Now That's What I Call Music! - NOW That's What I Call Country Classics 00s
Natalie Gelman - Moth To The Flame
Omar Apollo - Apolonio
Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon III: The Chosen



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New Release Round-Up 06-11-21

Mammoth WVH - Mammoth WVH

Mammoth WVH - Mammoth WVH - Ex1 Records
Mammoth WVH is the debut, self-titled album of Mammoth WVH – the band created by Wolfgang Van Halen. This collection includes the chart topping new single, "Distance” plus “Don’t Back Down,” “Epiphany,” “Mammoth” and more. At the beginning of 2015, Wolf broke ground on what would become Mammoth WVH with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Alter Bridge, Slash] behind the board. Wolf began to embrace his voice, inspired by everyone from his father, to bands like AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, and Jimmy Eat World. In addition to writing and singing every song on the self-title debut album, remarkably Wolfgang plays every instrument. “The name Mammoth is really special to me.” says Wolf. “Not only was it the name of Van Halen before it became Van Halen, but my father was also the lead singer. Ever since my dad told me this, I always thought that when I grew up, I’d call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much.”



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Danny Elfman - Big Mess

Danny Elfman - Big Mess - Anti / Epitaph
Big Mess marks Danny Elfman’s first solo collection in more than thirty years, but it’s no return to form. Clocking in at 18 tracks, the sprawling, ambitious double album finds the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer breaking bold new ground as both a writer and a performer, drawing on a dystopian palette of distorted electric guitars, industrial synthesizers and orchestra in an effort to exorcise the demons brought about by four years of creeping fascism and civil rot. The songs here call to mind everything from Nine Inch Nails, to David Bowie to XTC at times, balancing dense, harmonically complex arrangements with biting, acerbic wit as they reckon with the chaos and confusion of the modern world. Elfman wrote almost all of the record during quarantine, and while the anger, frustration, and isolation of it all is palpable in his delivery, Big Mess is about more than simply blowing off steam. In making the space to truly sit with his emotions and write without limitations, Elfman achieved a kind of artistic liberation on the record that had been eluding him for decades, rediscovering his voice and reinventing himself all at once in the process. Born and raised in southern California, Elfman began his career as part of a surrealist, avant-garde musical theater troupe known as The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo. The group would eventually morph into the critically acclaimed rock band Oingo Boingo, whose high-energy performances and genre-bending sound garnered them a fanatically devoted cult following in the 1980s and ’90s. Among the group’s early fans was fledgling director Tim Burton and Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), who enlisted Elfman to score their first feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The collaboration would prove to be the start of a long and fruitful partnership for Elfman and Burton, with Elfman going on to score a string of iconic Burton features like Batman, Beetlejuice, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. To date, Elfman has scored more than 100 films.

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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Live Bullet

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Live Bullet - Capitol
Considered to be one of the best live albums of all time, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s 'Live' Bullet was captured at Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI, in September 1975. The album was released April 12, 1976, and helped to supercharge Bob Seger’s career. To mark the 45th anniversary, the album has been remastered and will be released in its original 2LP format in both black and color vinyl.

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Def Leppard - Volume Three [Limited Edition 9 LP Box Set]

Def Leppard - Volume Three [Limited Edition 9 LP Box Set] - Mercury
The 3rd in four volumes of Def Leppard's complete recorded output, this box set contains all of the recordings from the band in the 2000's and features the original packaging. Housed in rigid boxes, the set also contains a hard-backed book with rare photos by Ross Halfin and liner notes by Classic Rock's Paul Elliott. Band members Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen and Phil Collen have also contributed introductions to the set. Limited Edition 180gm 9 LP Box Set.

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Sleater-Kinney - Path Of Wellness [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque LP] Video Available

Garbage - No Gods No Masters
Mr. Bungle - The Night They Came Home [Blu-Ray + CD]
Lin-Manuel Miranda - In The Heights (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011-2021) [Deluxe 3CD]
Maroon 5 - JORDI
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World: 20th Anniversary Remaster
AFI - Bodies
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - A Few Stars Apart [Limited Edition Ink & Paint Black w/ White Splatter LP]
Joe Bonamassa - Now Serving: Royal Tea: Live From The Ryman
Leslie Jordan - Company's Comin'
Marina - Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land

Kiss - KISS Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 [3 LP]
The Oak Ridge Boys - Front Porch Singin'
Faith No More - Who Cares A Lot?: The Greatest Hits [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
Roisin Murphy - Crooked Machine
Indigo de Souza - I Love My Mom [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple Splatter LP]
Jordan Davis - Buy Dirt EP
Black Sabbath - Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition [4LP+7in]


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What's New 6-4-21

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Loma Vista

Unabashedly outspoken 11 songs explore the tight bonds and the distances we share, the struggles of everyday life, our personal failings and triumphs, as well as how the social and economic decks can be stacked against us. But also hints at the reclamation of ourselves, a call to resurrect who we are at our core, who we want to be and what we want to do with our lives, despite the rampant weaponizing of our culture.

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Astralwerks

After a fantastic year leading up to the release of their long-awaited 3rd album We Will Always Love You, The Avalanches are set to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album Since I Left You, with a deluxe edition release featuring the original 18 tracks + a 21 track that includes 7 unreleased tracks + their own remixes of The Manic Street Preachers, Badly Drawn Boy, Belle & Sebastian + Franz Ferdinand.

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Concord

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and ZZ Top frontman, Billy F Gibbons wants to take you on a desert trip. Gibbons compiled a group of a-listers including Matt Sorum and Austin Hanks and headed into the California desert to record in Pioneertown. Hardware features the guitar prowess and vocals that have made Billy a legend but it also shows him stretching his music landscape past the place where the road ends.

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Southeastern Records

On June 15th 2014, Jason Isbell reunited onstage with former Drive By Truckers bandmates Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for a special round-style night in Muscle Shoals Music. The setlist includes acoustic versions of Isbell-era Truckers gems including “Heathens,” “Decoration Day” and “Zip City” as well as post-Isbell Truckers tracks like “Space City” and solo Isbell faves such as “Cover Me Up.”

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Sham 2

Jump For Joy is Gary Louris' long awaited 2nd solo album. Over the last three decades, the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Best known for his seminal work with The Jayhawks, he is one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota's teeming rock scene.

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BFD

Mark Collie presents the adventures of the Rockabilly Hitman in Book Of My Blues, a ground-breaking new album. This smokey fifteen song project chronicles the tale of Jessie Wayne Hardin aka the “Rockabilly Hit-man”. The audience joins this journey of misadventure as Hardin balances the moral scales of good and evil in the service of rock and roll.

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Nowhere Special Records

Cleopatrick harness all the magic they’ve been brewing over their two-decade friendship and funnel it into a record that aims to reinvigorate the rock landscape from the ground up. Taking the ethos of their New Rock Mafia collective – a group of friends and fellow bands, united in making a more inclusive, equality-driven space in rock music – Bummer bursts with the sonic ambition and ferocity of a record designed to be played hard and loud.

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New Release Round-Up 06-04-21

Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood & Jason Isbell - Live At The Shoals Theatre

Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood & Jason Isbell - Live At The Shoals Theatre - Southeatern Records
On June 15th 2014, Jason Isbell reunited onstage with former Drive By Truckers bandmates Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for a special round-style night in Muscle Shoals Music. The setlist includes acoustic versions of Isbell-era Truckers gems including “Heathens,” “Decoration Day” and “Zip City” as well as post-Isbell Truckers tracks like “Space City” and solo Isbell faves such as “Cover Me Up.” The set opens and closes with a pair of classic Hood-sung numbers, 2004′s “Tornadoes” and 2001′s “Let There Be Rock.”  

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Atreyu - Baptize

Atreyu - Baptize - Spinefarm
Atreyu ushered in a new movement in heavy music. They've broken into the Top 10 in the Billboard 200 more than once; 2 of their albums are certified gold. Yet, 2 decades since the release of their first album, Atreyu is just getting started. Baptize is a definitive work for a new era. Atreyu recorded Baptize w/ producer John Feldmann. Guests include Jacoby Shaddix & Travis Barker. Songs like "Warrior," "Catastrophe," & "Save Us" are massive.


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cleopatrick - BUMMER

cleopatrick - BUMMER - Nowhere Special Recordings
"Listening to the story of Canadian duo cleopatrick is a bit like hearing the plot of the best, most righteously validating coming-of-age film never made. Two friends meet aged four in Hicksville, Nowheretown (real name: Cobourg, Ontario, population 19,000), grow up completely inseparable, form a band and, against numerous obstacles, blossom into a genuine, global underground sensation. There are heroes and villains, highs and lows and, crucially, some of the most poetic plot twists that could seem almost too perfect, were they not completely true.

Take the story of 2017 breakthrough track ‘hometown’ for example. “It’s one of the craziest, most ironic things that’s ever happened,” begins vocalist and guitarist Luke Gruntz. “I was going to college because I was too scared to put all my chips in the band pile, and that’s what ‘hometown’ is about: it’s a song about feeling like we’re doing all this stuff and we’re working so hard and we’re just never going to be heard. It’s literally a song about people probably never hearing our songs. And then by some act of the universe, that song ended up unlocking all the doors for us.”

Today, cleopatrick has logged 77 million streams and counting - all from an increasingly dedicated fanbase who’ve found the duo, completed by drummer Ian Fraser, their own way: no major label, no big budget, just two best pals knuckling down, cementing a unique sonic alchemy and filling a space of honest, empathetic yet undeniably heavy-hitting rock music that they’d been searching for themselves for years. Between multiple sold out tours in Canada, the US and the UK/EU and appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Reading/Leeds, the pair have been crafting BUMMER: a debut album that sees cleopatrick harness all the magic they’ve been brewing over their two-decade friendship and funnel it into a record that aims to reinvigorate the rock landscape from the ground up. Taking the ethos of their New Rock Mafia collective - a group of friends and fellow bands, united in making a more inclusive, equality-driven space in rock music - and imbuing it with the sonic ambition and ferocity of a record designed to be played hard and loud, it’s an album about two friends, who’ve been with each other since the formative first steps that adorn ‘BUMMER’’s heartwarming cover image and made something that’s a testament to the power of sticking to your guns."

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Rostam - Changephobia

Rostam - Changephobia - Mastor Projects
Changephobia is the 2nd full-length solo record from Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer, and composer Rostam Batmanglij. An adventurous new direction for Rostam, the songs collected on Changephobia are deeply personal, yet universal for anyone who has ever experienced doubt. In addition to being a founding member of the seminal New York Indie Rock Band, Vampire Weekend, Rostam has been described as "one of the great pop and indie-rock producers of his generation." Rostam has produced & co-written critically heralded recent albums by Clairo and Haim, as well as singles from Maggie Rogers, Solange, Charli XCX, Frank Ocean, Santigold and others

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Poté - A Tenuous Tale Of Her Video Available
San Holo - bb u ok? [Clear 2LP] Video Available


Crowded House - Dreamers Are Waiting

Liz Phair - Soberish [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear LP]
Rise Against - Nowhere Generation [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Flame LP]
Atreyu - Baptize
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
TOMORROW X TOGETHER - The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE [WORLD version]
Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear with Yellow Swirl LP]
Satsang - All. Right. Now.
Tristen - Aquatic Flowers [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cool Blue LP]
Billy F Gibbons - Hardware
Chris Thile - Laysongs
Bad Brains - Into The Future (Alternate Shepard Fairey Cover)
Mndsgn - Rare Pleasure [Limited Edition Yellow LP]
The Avalanches - Since I Left You: 20th Anniversary [Deluxe 2CD]
Einar Selvik - Assassin's Creed Valhalla: The Wave of Giants [Opaque White LP]
Red Fang - Arrows [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Yellow with Heavy Neon Magenta Splatter LP]
Cheap Trick - In Another World [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue & White Splatter LP]
Night Beats - Outlaw R&B [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone LP]



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What's New 5-28-21

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Rough Trade

Black Midi’s new album Cavalcade is a dynamic, hellacious, and inventive follow-up to 2019’s widely-praised Schlagenheim, “a labyrinth with hairpin-turn episodes and lyrics full of dourly corrosive observations” (New York Times, Best Albums of 2019). It scales beautiful new heights, pulling widely from a plethora of genres and influences, reaching ever upwards from an already lofty base of early achievements.

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Regent Park Songs

When Smoke Rises is the debut solo musical release from Toronto-based, poet, activist and songwriter Mustafa. Written in the past 18 months after losing several friends to gun violence, the project is a cross-genre celebration of his friends and narrative vignettes from his community, Regent Park. Mustafa describes his work as 'inner city folk music'. *Available on Limited Edition Green Vinyl*

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Verve

Always a daring and imaginative thinker, Moby’s first classical collaboration happened in October 2018, when he performed a selection of his songs alongside the LA Phil and conductor and friend Gustavo Dudamel. This was the inspiration for the current project, which features not only full orchestral versions but new electronic arrangements, as well as sophisticated smaller-scale acoustic interpretations.

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KGLW

KGLW return with L.W., their seventeenth studio album and the third volume in the band’s explorations into microtonal tunings. A companion piece to its 2020 predecessor, K.G., as well as a stand-alone work of art in its own right, L.W. displays a collision of musical worlds. After a decade of frenzied productivity and a recent inability to tour, the band was able to “reset their brains” and embark upon a search for “the notes between the notes”.

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3 Legged Records

Throughout their career, Blackberry Smoke has embodied Georgia’s rich musical legacy, honoring the people, places and sounds of their home state. On their latest album, You Hear Georgia, Blackberry Smoke is further celebrating these roots with 10 new songs that feel like Georgia, accented by the addition of Grammy-winning producer and fellow Georgia-native, Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile).

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New Release Round-Up 05-28-21

Blackberry Smoke - You Hear Georgia

Blackberry Smoke - You Hear Georgia - 3 Legged Records
Throughout their career, Blackberry Smoke has embodied Georgia’s rich musical legacy, honoring the people, places and sounds of their home state. As the band celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, their reverence for Georgia has only deepened. On their latest album, You Hear Georgia, the follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed Find a Light, Blackberry Smoke is further celebrating these roots with 10 new songs that feel like Georgia, accented by the addition of Grammy-winning producer and fellow Georgia-native, Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile). “Dave and I had spoken for the last few years about making a record,” Starr says. “Finally, it worked out, our schedule and his schedule, and we said, yes—let’s make a record.”

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Various Artists - Get On Board The Soul Train - The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1

Various Artists - Get On Board The Soul Train - The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1 - United Souls
8CD Book set with bonus 12 inch single. United Souls, in conjunction with Sony Legacy Recordings, is delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records with the eagerly anticipated release of Get On Board The Soul Train - The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1. This is the first volume in a limited edition series which covers the first eight studio albums released by the label from 1971-1973. The series, in which all album are re-mastered from the original tapes, will map the history of Philadelphia International Records chronologically. Housed in a stylish 48 page slipcased book, the edition is strictly limited to 2500 copies. It also includes a numbered certificate of authenticity, an exclusive 12" single and a unique poster. The detailed 48 page hard cover book, including rare photographs was compiled and curated in association with PIR artists, engineers and producers, with liner notes by Tony Cummings (Author of The Sound of Philadelphia) and a foreword by Ralph Tee. The eight classic albums included in Volume 1 comprise: Billy Paul - Going East/Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - I Miss You/The O'Jays - Back Stabbers/Billy Paul - 360 Degrees of Billy Paul/Dick Jensen - Dick Jensen/The Intruders - Save the Children/MFSB - MFSB/Billy Paul - Ebony Woman. Exclusive 12"- The O'Jays - Back Stabbers / MFSB - Back Stabbers

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Moby - Reprise

Moby - Reprise - Deutsche Grammophon
Moby’s eclectic career has cast him in the roles of electronic dance music pioneer, singer and songwriter, producer, activist, and restaurateur, but for his latest venture he presents his music in a whole new light. Together with Deutsche Grammophon, he is releasing an album of his best known tracks in stunning new arrangements for classical instruments – featuring Moby himself and a stellar lineup of collaborators from across the musical spectrum. Always a daring and imaginative thinker, Moby’s first classical collaboration happened in October 2018, when he performed a selection of his songs alongside the LA Phil and conductor and friend Gustavo Dudamel. This was the inspiration for the current project, which features not only full orchestral versions but new electronic arrangements, as well as sophisticated smaller-scale acoustic interpretations. The 14-track album includes classic Moby songs like “Porcelain”, “Why Does My Heart”, and “Extreme Ways” in innovative new versions, featuring eye-catching collaborations including both Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Víkingur Ólafsson on “Porcelain”; Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah on “Natural Blues”; and Kris Kristofferson as well as original vocalist Mark Lanegan on “The Lonely Night”. The album concludes with a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Porter Robinson - Nurture [Ultra Clear 2LP] Video Available


World Party - Dumbing Up
Dispatch - Break Our Fall
Del Amitri - Fatal Mistakes
Nat Turner Rebellion - Laugh To Keep From Crying
k.d. lang - makeover
Shannon Mcnally - The Waylon Sessions
Elder Island - Swimming Static
LP - Live In Moscow [Limited Edition LP]
Perturbator - Lustful Sacraments
Taylor Swift - evermore [Deluxe Green 2 LP]
Robert Ames - Change Ringing
Brian Setzer - Rockabilly Riot! Volume One: A Tribute To Sun Records [Red 2LP]
Texas - Hi

Mustafa - When Smoke Rises [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Alestorm - Live in Tilburg (Live) [CD + Blu-ray + DVD]
black midi - Cavalcade
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World [12in Picture Disc]
PJ Harvey - The Peel Sessions 1991-2004



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What's New 5-21-21

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New West

With Leftover Feelings, there’s no drummer, yet these grooves are deep and true. And while the up-tempo songs are, as ever, filled with delightful internal rhyme and sly aggression, the Jerry Douglas Band’s empathetic musicianship nudges Hiatt to performances that are startlingly vulnerable. Here are Hiatt and Douglas, creating the meant-to-be: love songs and road songs, sly songs and hurt songs. Their songs, and now our songs. Leftover feelings that edify and sustain.

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Domino

The long awaited follow-up to their genre-defining 1991 album Loveless, m b v is an album of astonishing music, some of which could lay claim to being of a type never been made before. Otherworldly, intimate and a visceral listen, m b v is a startling and beautiful metamorphosis of what was known of the My Bloody Valentine sound, pushing the boundaries of genre unlike any other band.

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Matador

On Afrique Victime the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky, boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and 'rock music' by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights inequality, and Western Africa's exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.

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Republic

Lord Huron presents their fourth studio album, Long Lost. The band has often tried to uncover the past of their studio, Whispering Pines, without much success. Instead, they decided to imagine what has gone on in the studio, who has passed through, and that is how Long Lost was created. Featuring the singles “Not Dead Yet,” “Mine Forever,” “I Lied” and “Love Me Like You Used To.” *Available in Opaque Custard/Blue gatefold LP*

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Rough Trade

Recorded following a US tour with his band, Seeking New Gods was mixed in LA with superstar producer Mario C (Beastie Boys). The album concept was originally driven to be the biography of a mountain, Mount Paektu (an East Asian active volcano). However, as Gruff's writing began to reflect on the inhuman timescale of a peak's existence and the intimate features that bring it to mythological life, both the songs and the mountain became more and more personal.

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Blue Note

Pianist & producer James Francies follows-up his acclaimed 2018 debut Flight with the expansive opus Purest Form, an eclectic new album that taps into the essence of his artistry across 14 tracks that conjure a world of sounds & textures, interpreting love, grief, frailty, & fortitude. In addition to Burniss Travis on bass & Jeremy Dutton on drums, the album features alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, vibraphonist Joel Ross, guitarist Mike Moreno, & vocalists Peyton, Elliott Skinner, & Bilal.

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New Release Round-Up 05-21-21

Lord Huron - Long Lost

Lord Huron - Long Lost - Republic
Lord Huron presents their fourth studio album, Long Lost. The band has often tried to uncover the past of their studio, Whispering Pines, without much success. Instead, they decided to imagine what has gone on in the studio, who has passed through, and that is how Long Lost was created. Featuring the singles “Not Dead Yet,” “Mine Forever,” “I Lied” and “Love Me Like You Used To.”

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John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - Leftover Feelings

John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - Leftover Feelings - New West Records
In the midst of a global pandemic, John Hiatt walked into Historic RCA Studio B and opened up a lifetime full of leftover feelings. A half-century ago, Hiatt lived in a ratty, $15-a-week room on Nashville’s 16th Avenue, less than a mile away from the RCA and Columbia studios that were the heartbeat of what had come to be known as “Music Row.” In the ensuing 50 years, he went from a scuffling young buck to a celebrated grand master of song. With Leftover Feelings, Hiatt teamed up with multi-grammy winning artist and producer, Jerry Douglas and his band, The Jerry Douglas Band. There’s no drummer, yet these grooves are deep and true. And while the up-tempo songs are, as ever, filled with delightful internal rhyme and sly aggression, the Jerry Douglas Band’s empathetic musicianship nudges Hiatt to performances that are startlingly vulnerable.  In life, leftover feelings can remain unresolved, no matter how often explored. Explicated in a place of history, a place of comfort. A sacred place, if you believe the documentation of human expression to be a holy thing. Here then, with this album,  there is a meeting of bruised and triumphant American giants. Here are Hiatt and Douglas, creating the meant-to-be: Love songs and road songs, sly songs and hurt songs. Their songs, and now our songs.  Leftover feelings that edify and sustain.

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My Bloody Valentine - m b v [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe LP] Video Available


Twenty One Pilots - Scaled and Icy
Gary Numan - Intruder [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP]
Counting Crows - Butter Miracle Suite One
Mat Kearney - January Flower
Blake Shelton - Body Language
P!NK - All I Know So Far – The Setlist
The Tragically Hip - Saskadelphia
Lambchop - Showtunes
Gruff Rhys - Seeking New Gods
Sara Bareilles - Amidst the Chaos: Live from the Hollywood Bowl
Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR
Robert Finley - Sharecropper's Son
Morcheeba - Blackest Blue
Fly Pan Am - Frontera
Reigning Sound - A Little More Time with Reigning Sound [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak Green & Yellow Swirl LP]
Chai - Wink
The Devil Wears Prada - ZII EP
Violent Femmes - Add It Up (1981-1993) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Aqua 2 LP]
The Gabbard Brothers - Sell Your Gun Buy A Guitar [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Teal 7in Single]
Monster Magnet - A Better Dystopia





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What's New 5-14-21

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Loma Vista

"It’s stories of being down and out in downtown NYC. Last night's heels on the morning train. Glamour that's been up for three days straight,” says Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent). “The album was inspired by the classic records of the 70’s. Stevie, Sly, Stones, Steely Dan, Chords, Groove. The days when sophisticated harmony and rhythm didn't sound heady - they just sounded and felt good. Lots of guitar. But warm sounds, not distortion and chaos. Hopefully a turn nobody will see coming"

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Napalm

The Ides Of March showcases the organic side of Kennedy’s musical spectrum and one-of-a-kind voice, but while bright inclusions of lap steel and mandolin have replaced some of the pummeling kick drum and downtuned electric riffage, each of its offerings maintain the same steadfast energy that never relents. Fluxing between Jimmy Page-worthy solos, and stripped-down, bluesy beckonings, the album manifests as an uplifting refresher arriving when society needs it most.

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Woods Music

The new album is the third offering from one of the fastest rising bands in the worlds of independent country and Southern rock. Since releasing their debut Straw In The Wind album in 2017, The Steel Woods have staked their claim as worthy successors of Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd, with a dynamic live show and a songwriting verve that draws inspiration from country icons like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

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Transoceanic Records

After years dedicated to rowdy, high-energy live shows, Strung Like a Horse teamed up with Grammy-winning producer, Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine, Margo Price, Calexico/Iron & Wine, Lucero), to record their first studio album, WHOA!. Most of the tracks the band laid down together in one pass, without overdubs, and were sent direct to tape, making it a “record that captures the vibe of their rightfully celebrated live shows perfectly.”

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New Release Round-Up 05-14-21

The Black Keys - Delta Kream

The Black Keys - Delta Kream - Nonesuch
This week, The Black Keys release their tenth studio album, Delta Kream, via Nonesuch Records. The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded Delta Kream at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville; they were joined by musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover. 


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Paul & Linda McCartney - RAM

Paul & Linda McCartney - RAM [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Half Speed Master LP] - Capitol
To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of RAM, the album will be pressed from a master cut at half speed using the original master tapes at Abbey Road. The only album credited to both Paul & Linda McCartney, RAM reached Number 1 in the UK and stayed in the US Top 10 for five months. Recording after he’d left The Beatles and before the formation of Wings, Paul initially flew with Linda to New York to record the songs they’d written but arrived without a band. As Paul recalls, “We were thinking of forming a group at that time, Wings. We went to New York, found a really grotty little basement somewhere and auditioned a bunch of people. We got someone to throw a lot of drummers at us, out of which we picked Denny Seiwell who’s one of the best, and his personality fitted. Then we went in, worked with him, Hugh McCracken, Dave Spinozza, a couple of New York session men, and did RAM.” To avoid arousing too much interest, the auditions were held under the guise of a session for a commercial jingle. As well as Paul’s lead vocals there are harmonies from Linda. “I gave her a hard time, I must say, but we were pleased with the results. Elton John later said somewhere that he thought it was the best harmonies he’d heard in a long while. It was very much the two of us against the world at that point.”


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Strung Like a Horse - WHOA!

Strung Like a Horse - WHOA! [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink Splatter LP] - Transoceanic Records
After years dedicated to rowdy, high-energy live shows, providing tour support for Old Crow Medicine Show, Travis Tritt, Sam Bush, and Shooter Jennings---and building their own grassroots cult-following---Strung Like a Horse teamed up with Transoceanic Records and Grammy-winning producer, Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine, Margo Price, Calexico/Iron & Wine, Lucero), to record their first studio album, WHOA!, at Nashville's famed Sound Emporium. Most of the tracks the band laid down together in one pass, without overdubs, and were sent direct to tape, making it a “record that captures the vibe of their rightfully celebrated live shows perfectly.” 


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Sons Of Kemet - Black To The Future

Sons Of Kemet - Black To The Future - Impulse Records
Sons Of Kemet returns with their new album Black To The Future, the follow up to 2018’s Mercury Prize nominated breakout release Your Queen Is A ReptileThis release finds the UK-based quartet at their most dynamic – showcasing harmonically elegant arrangements and compositions, coupled with fierce, driving material that will be familiar to initiated fans. This is their 4th record, and 2nd on impulse! This album features prominent UK vocalists and a strong emphasis on lush compositions and arrangements. Guest artists include Kojey Radical, Moor Mother, Angel Bat Dawid, Joshua Idehen, D Double E and is part of the impulse! records “impulse 60!” 2021 campaign


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Alan Jackson - Where Have You Gone

Alan Jackson - Where Have You Gone - EMI Nashvilee
Alan Jackson's brand new studio album, Where Have You Gone, is his first country release in over 5 years. He's one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 75M records sold worldwide. Alan is a member of the Grand Ole Opry & has topped the Billboard Country charts with 35 #1 Singles & 15 #1 Albums. He's received multiple awards including 2 Grammys, 16 CMAs, 17 ACMs. CD includes blow-in card for a FREE Download of the Bonus Track "That's The Way Love Goes (A Tribute Merle Haggard)"


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Steve Miller Band - Live! Breaking Ground August 3, 1977

Steve Miller Band - Live! Breaking Ground August 3, 1977 - UMe
Steve Miller has dug deep into his archives and found an unreleased, full-length concert recording. The album captures Miller's legendary 1977 lineup at the beginning of the band's turn from playing ballrooms and theatres to arenas and football stadiums. Recorded at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD on multi-track tape and newly mixed and mastered by Miller and Kent Hertz. Includes original liner notes by music journalist David Fricke and is pressed on 2 Black Vinyl 180G LP's.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


The Steel Woods - All Of Your Stones Video Available
Riley Downing - Start It Over Video Available


St. Vincent - Daddy’s Home [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black Smoke LP]

David Gray - Skellig
Phoebe Bridgers - Copycat Killer EP
Matt Berry - The Blue Elephant
Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley - Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection
Arcade Fire & Owen Pallet - Her (Original Score) [180-Gram White LP]
Myles Kennedy - The Ides Of March
The Go-Go's - God Bless The Go-Go's [Limited Edition Opaque Blue LP]
The Chills - Scatterbrain [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Marble LP]
Old Sea Brigade - Motivational Speaking
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - The Jazz EP [12in Orange Smoke Vinyl]
Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By - Side B (Deluxe Edition) [Opaque Grey 4 LP]
Juliana Hatfield - Blood [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black W/Blood Red Splatter LP]
Keith Urban - THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 [2LP]
Damien Jurado - The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu: 50th Anniversary [Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set]
The Deep Dark Woods - Changing Faces
ENHYPEN - BORDER: CARNIVAL [DOWN Version]
The Coral - Coral Island [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Current Joys - Voyager [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Purple LP]



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What's New 5-7-21

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Sub Pop

Tallahassee is the lost-in-time debut album from Sam Beam’s Iron & Wine. A collection of songs recorded three years prior to their official Sub Pop debut, Tallahassee documents the very first steps on a journey that would lead to a career as one of America's most original and distinctive singer-songwriters. Tallahassee comes with a strange sense of confidence. Perhaps an almost youthful discretion that likely comes from being too young to know better and too naive to give a shit.

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4AD

Tkay Maidza is a tour de force on her new EP Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2. Her mastery of sonic versatility takes center stage on the assertive eight tracks that weave from whiplash-inducing spitfire summer anthem and lead single “Shook” to smooth boy-bye manifesto “Don't Call Again (ft. Kari Faux)” to trap-infused “Awake (ft. JPEGMAFIA).” The release follows 2018's Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1, which established her as one of the most exciting voices in the new guard of hip-hop.

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Morpho Music

Princess Goes is a new alternative band, self-described as 'Gothadelic Rocktronic' with influences from David Bowie to Black Sabbath to Donna Summer, all with a unique and modern spin. The band is comprised of a powerhouse trio: vocalist Michael C. Hall who's TV credits include "Dexter" and "Six Feet Under", keyboardist Matthew Katz Bohen from iconic rock band Blondie, and drummer Peter Yanowitz of Wallflowers and Morningwood.

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SME UK

Build A Problem is an album of processing, from the dark depths of bad brain to the giggly, performative nonchalance of feeling broken. It’s full of feeling, full of soaring strings, thick harmonies, honesty, vulnerability and therapy. Lead single "Cool Girl,” a song about misplaced anger, stems from the suppression of communicating your needs in a relationship in order to attempt to be the most chill, cool, and loveable. It's bitter, desperate, frustrated, proud, determined, and unhealthy.

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Third Man

While many know Bergman as one half of brother-sister duo Wild Belle, her forthcoming record is a cathartic collection rooted in the hopeful values and traditions of gospel that have helped her through the recent, tragic loss of her father. Helmed by her heavenly voice, Bergman’s solo album is steeped in mystic melodies and time-bending tones of psychedelic rock and soul, showcasing her multi-instrumental and creative versatility.

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BMG

Latest Record Project: Volume 1 is a 28-track delve into Morrison’s ongoing love of blues, R&B, jazz and soul. However much you may love his classic albums, this new project proves that he’s living in the present, and remains an artist of integrity and distinction. “I’m getting away from the perceived same songs, same albums all the time,” says Morrison. “This guy’s done 500 songs, maybe more, so hello? Why do you keep promoting the same ten? I’m trying to get out of the box.”

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Napalm

Canadian rock/metal crossover quartet Sumo Cyco transcend into an explosive new era with their third full-length album and Napalm Records debut, Initiation – inviting a mass of new fans into their warped, dystopian-like world of “Cyco City”. Interlaced with infectious heavy metal grooves, pop-perfected hooks, electronic undertones and a dose of punk flavor, Initiation breaks all the rules while delivering a cohesive yet purely unbridled sonic adventure.

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New Release Round-Up 05-07-21

Natalie Bergman - Mercy

Natalie Bergman - Mercy - Third Man Records
While many know Bergman as one half of brother-sister duo Wild Belle, her forthcoming record is a cathartic collection rooted in the hopeful values and traditions of gospel that have helped her through the recent, tragic loss of her father. On the signing of Natalie Bergman, Third Man Records co-founder Ben Swank adds, “Natalie has a unique vision and has approached this album with a reverence for the sacred and healing nature of the history of this music, but has managed to update it in a way that is distinctly her own. We're very excited to welcome her to the Third Man label and family.” Alongside her brother Elliot, the island-influenced music Natalie Bergman made in Wild Belle has led to collaborations ranging from Major Lazer to Tom Tom Club, performances at Coachella and Lollapalooza, tours with Beck, Cage The Elephant, Toro y Moi and more. Helmed by her heavenly voice, Bergman’s solo album is steeped in mystic melodies and time-bending tones of psychedelic rock and soul. Showcasing her multi-instrumental and creative versatility, songs will be accompanied by visuals that blend her own abstract artwork, self-designed wardrobe and beyond. Stay tuned.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Nancy Wilson - You And Me Video Available
Esther Rose - How Many Times [Opaque White LP] Video Available


Weezer - Van Weezer [Indie Exclusive Neon Magenta LP]

Frank Zappa - Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Super Deluxe 5LP]
Iceage - Seek Shelter [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
Iron & Wine - Archive Series Volume No 5: Tallahassee Recordings
Lucinda Williams - Ramblin' On My Mind
Tom Jones - Surrounded By Time
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - When God Was Great [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow 2LP]
Van Morrison - Latest Record Project Volume 1
New Order - Education Entertainment Recreation (Live)
TEKE::TEKE - Shirushi [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
Amy Winehouse - At The BBC
Alfie Templeman - Forever Isn't Long Enough
dodie - Build A Problem [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent 2LP]
Tony Allen - There Is No End
Squid - Bright Green Field [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green 2LP]
GoGo Penguin - GGP/RMX
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall - The Marfa Tapes
NU'EST - The 2nd Album 'Romanticize' [AFTER GLOW Version]
A Certain Ratio - ACR:EPA EP [Limited Edition Valentine Red Vinyl]


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What's New 4-30-21

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Loma Vista

With Masks, the band pushed themselves to break beyond the scope and limits of every previous album, and focused on creating a tightly-woven, cinematic record intended to be an immersive experience, listened to in sequence and in a single sitting. The result is their most powerful and sonically impressive release of their career: an album as epic and ripping sonically as it is conceptually heady, which unfurls into an ever-expanding and lush world of instrumentation.

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Road Runner

First single, “Born For One Thing” represents a natural evolution for the acclaimed French band: hyper-focused but unhinged, confrontational and yet compassionate. “We have to practice detaching ourselves from everything, beginning with actual things,” vocalist / guitarist Joe Duplantier says of the song’s anti-consumerist message. “One day we’ll have to let everything go, and if we don’t, we’ll just become ghosts stuck between dimensions.”

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Warner Bros

Typhoons involved a conscious return to their roots, back when they had made music that was influenced by Daft Punk, Justice, and Cassius. It also called for a similar back-to-basics approach to what had made their self-titled debut album so thrilling, visceral and original. “We realized that we didn’t have to completely destroy what we’d created so far; we just had to shift it, change it. On paper, it’s a small reinvention. But when you hear it, it sounds so fresh.”

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Born & Bred

With the 11 tracks on Turn Up That Dial, Dropkick Murphys celebrate the simple pleasure of music, the relief and release from worry that comes when you “turn up that dial” and blast your troubles away. Volume cranked, heads held high, smiles wide, eyes on the prize, Dropkick Murphys charge forward with the same spirit that brought them here in the first place…yet with a new determination and exuberance that brings both the live show and this album to the next level.

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Sub Pop

Rich with emotional range and sharp awareness, Indian Yard explores love, desire, frustration, pain, revolution, and connection through the magnetic expressions of an Indigenous mind (Nicholas Galanin is Tlingit and Unangax̂, born in Sheet’ka, Alaksa). These 11 tracks put, Ya Tseen, Galanin and Indigenous art at large in a current musical conversation with the likes of Moses Sumney and TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs and James Blake.

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Mountainrose Sparrow

Rosegold finds the GRAMMY-nominated Nashville star pushing her sound in bold new directions, drawing on everything from Kanye West and Kid Cudi to Beck and The Beach Boys as she layers lush vocal harmonies atop dreamy, synthesized soundscapes and sensual, intoxicating beats. It’s an ecstatic, revelatory meditation on happiness and gratitude, celebrating our endless capacity to love, and to be loved, even in the midst of chaos and tragedy.

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New Release Round-Up 04-30-21

girl in red - if i could make it go quiet

girl in red - if i could make it go quiet - World In Red
if i could make it go quiet, the debut album from girl in red, is the musical distillation of Marie Ulven’s solitary conversations on the road: it’s an album brimming with the things we wish we could say to others, but tell ourselves instead. The album is girl in red in its purest, elevated form. She has never been braver, and the music follows suit, whether it’s collaborating with pop mastermind and Billie Eilish collaborator FINNEAS on “Serotonin,” a huge pop anthem that speaks to Ulven’s struggles with mental health, or flexing her instrumental chops with album closer “it would feel like this.” Betrayal, lust, longing, pulling herself out of a depressive spell -- nothing is off-limits on if i could make it go quiet. “I really poured my heart into a lot of these lyrics, fully,” she says. “I just feel like I emptied myself in this album.”


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Royal Blood - Typhoons

Royal Blood - Typhoons - Warner Records
After two UK #1 albums, 2 million album sales and an array of international acclaim, you might’ve thought you knew what to expect from Royal Blood. Those preconceptions were shattered when they released ‘Trouble’s Coming’ last summer. Hitting a melting pot of fiery rock riffs and danceable beats, they delivered something fresh, unexpected and yet entirely in tune with what they’d forged their reputation with.  When Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher sat down to talk about making a new album, they knew what they wanted to achieve. It involved a conscious return to their roots, back when they had made music that was influenced by Daft Punk, Justice, and Philippe Zdar of Cassius. It also called for a similar back-to-basics approach to what had made their self-titled debut album so thrilling, visceral and original. 


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Julia Michaels - Not In Chronological Order

Julia Michaels - Not In Chronological Order - Republic
Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Julia Michaels is set to release her highly anticipated full-length debut, Not In Chronological Order. The 10-track album is executive produced by Monsters & Strangerz, with two songs co-written with JP Saxe. Each track takes listeners through a storytelling journey of events in Julia’s love life and explores themes of being happy and most importantly: love.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever Video Available


Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks Of God [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink Smoke LP]

Mick Fleetwood & Friends - Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac [Limited Edition 4LP]
Blood From The Soul - DSM-5 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue/Green/Black Mix LP]
Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis - She Walks in Beauty
Dropkick Murphys - Turn Up That Dial [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Green LP]
Ashley Monroe - Rosegold [LP]
Teenage Fanclub - Endless Arcade [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink LP]
PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her [LP]
PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her - Demos [LP]
DJ Khaled - KHALED KHALED
Carrie Underwood - My Savior [White 2LP]
Gojira - Fortitude [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black Ice LP]
Eddie Vedder - Matter of Time / Say Hi [Limited Edition 7in Single]
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. - Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons
Bob Mould - Distortion: 2008-2019 [Signed 140-Gram Clear Splatter Vinyl]
Shovels & Rope - Busted Jukebox Volume 3
Thomas Rhett - Country Again, Side A
Guided By Voices - Earth Man Blues
Julia Stone - Sixty Summers [Limited Edition Gold LP]
Serj Tankian - Elasticity EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple Vinyl]
Dawn Richard - Second Line [Limited Edition Peak White LP + Bonus Shaped Gold 12in]
Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now [Limited Edition Blue Vinyl Single]


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What's New 4-23-21

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Elektra

Frontman and songwriter JJ Julius Son has been in the studio off-and-on for two years, allowing for a combination of globe-trotting and meticulous tinkering, resulting in a spectrum of sounds recorded around the world. The final product is refreshingly free of calculation, with Julius Son allowing each tune to dictate its path while simultaneously leaning-in to his blues, folk and rock inclinations.

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Mascot

Over its past 17 years, Dumpstaphunk has earned its reputation as the most well-regarded next-generation New Orleans live powerhouse. Cousins Ivan and Ian Neville have built upon their family’s iconic NOLA legacy as they’ve transformed Dumpstaphunk into the city’s pre-eminent 21st-century funk-fusion export. The band’s mix of classic and modern influences can be heard throughout the party-friendly mix of R&B, funk, rock, swamp-pop and blues of Where Do We Go From Here.

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The term "Guitar Hero" is bandied about loosely these days. But if you ask the actual guitar heroes---like Brian May, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton---who their Guitar Heroes are, Steve Cropper is definitely on the shortlist. He’s a guitarist's guitarist, and a songwriter's songwriter. Fire It Up, Cropper's first album of new Soul/R&B material in 10 years. Produced by Steve and Jon Tiven, the album will be released worldwide on April 23, 2021.

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Harvest

Wide-eyed Nashville singer-songwriter Dreamer Boy’s upcoming album All the Ways We Are Together wasn’t necessarily written with the turmoil of 2020 in mind, but its ethereal melodies, delicate timbre and empathetic lyrics will surely speak to fans burdened by the state of things. He chose Earth Day, April 22nd, as a release date for the album to reflect the global communal spirit he feels with people and our shared environment.

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Aimless Records

"With this album I had the idea for the sound first, I think. I had done a lot of listening to and looking into Parliament and James Brown and lots of reggae music, too." Borne from Todd Snider's popular weekly live stream series, ”touring stopped, and so I started a Sunday morning show. Viewers started jokingly referring to it as a church and to me as a reverend. I've only reverend-ed twice. But I have the license so in my mind this opened me up to play bossy kinds of songs.”

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New Release Round-Up 04-23-21

John Lennon - John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band The Ultimate Mixes

John Lennon - John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band The Ultimate Mixes - Capitol
Completely remixed from original multitracks, overseen by producer Yoko Ono Lennon, featuring Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston & Phil Spector. Ultimate Mixes, Outtakes, Elements, Raw Studio, Evolution, Demos, Jams & Yoko Live Sessions. 2 Blu-Ray Audio Discs: 159 new mixes, 11+ hrs, HiRes 192/24: Stereo, 5.1 Surround & Dolby Atmos. 6 CDs: 102 new mixes, 6+ hrs. 132-page hardback book with rare photos, memorabilia & extensive notes. Poster & 2 postcards.


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Peter Frampton Band - Frampton Forgets The Words

Peter Frampton Band - Frampton Forgets The Words - UMe
On the heels of his recently released New York Times Best Selling memoir, the rock n' roll legend and Grammy winning artist Peter Frampton turns his focus back to music with his new studio album Frampton Forgets The Words. With his 1954 Les Paul Phenix, Frampton brings virtuosic guitar playing to 10 instrumental interpretations of his favorite songs including "Isn't It A Pity" by George Harrison, "Reckoner" by Radiohead, and more. 


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Eric Church - Heart & Soul

Eric Church - Heart & Soul - EMI Nashville
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church confirmed that new music is on the horizon: "I have [new] albums coming out in April. They came out of my 28 days in the mountains of North Carolina, where the songs were recorded and written. The collection is entitled Heart & Soul."


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The Who - The Who Sell Out: Deluxe Edition

The Who - The Who Sell Out: Deluxe Edition - Geffen Records
5CD + 2 7" Singles Super Deluxe Remastered Edition featuring the album in both Mono and Stereo, bonus tracks featuring 14 previously unheard Pete Townshend Demos, studio sessions, outtakes, unheard jingles and more. The package also features 9 posters, replica ephemera, and an 80 page hard bound book with rare photos and new liner notes by Pete Townshend. 112 tracks, 46 unreleased.  Initially released in December 1967 and described latterly by Rolling Stone as “The Who’s finest album,” The Who Sell Out reflected a remarkable year in popular culture. As well as being forever immortalized as the moment when the counterculture and the “Love Generation” became a global phenomenon and “pop” began metamorphosing into “rock.”  The new Super Deluxe Edition of The Who Sell Out features 112 tracks, 46 of which are unreleased, an 80-page, hard-back, full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia, track-by-track annotation and new sleeve notes by Pete Townshend with comments from the likes of Pete Drummond (Radio London DJ), Richard Evans (designer) & Roy Flynn (the Speakeasy Club manager).


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Dinosaur Jr. - Sweep It Into Space [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Purple Ripple LP]
Animal Collective - Crestone (Original Score)
Todd Snider - First Agnostic Church Of Hope And Wonder
Pærish - Fixed It All
Kaleo - Surface Sounds
Dumpstaphunk - Where Do We Go From Here
The Selecter - Too Much Pressure: 40th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP + Bonus 7in]
Field Music - Flat White Moon
Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies: Remastered [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
The Prize Fighter Inferno - The City Introvert [Bone White LP]
Alfa Mist - Bring Backs
Steve Cropper - Fire It Up
Bleachers - Chinatown (feat. Bruce Springsteen) [Translucent Red Vinyl Single]
Imagine Dragons - Follow You / Cutthroat [CD Single]
Dirty Honey - Dirty Honey
Big Brave - Vital
California Music - California Music Presents Add Some Music
Cabaret Voltaire - Bn9drone
Motorhead - Louder Than Noise... Live In Berlin


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What's New 4-16-21

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Concord

The legendary So-Cal punk group return with their 10th album, and first new offering since 2008, with the blistering and triumphant Let The Bad Times Roll. Produced by Bob Rock, the group describes the album as "the most cathartic thing we've done. The messages might be dark, but at the end what's left is that communication is important, working through feelings is important and most of all, hope is important."

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Republic

After three years, one-million concert tickets sold across five continents, four consecutive #1 singles, a GRAMMY Award, and performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, Greta Van Fleet is hurtling into the future with its second album, The Battle at Garden's Gate on Lava/Republic Records. *Available on Indie Exclusive double white vinyl*

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Blue Note

Nearly two decades into her storied career, 9-time GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, pianist, and 2020’s most livestreamed artists, Norah Jones is set to release her first full live album, Til We Meet Again. The collection presents globe-spanning performances that were recorded between 2017-2019 and features 14 songs spanning Jones’ entire career from her 2002 debut Come Away With Me to her more recent singles series.

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Highway 20 Records

Award-winning, revered singer / songwriter Lucinda Williams is working to help independent music venues during this time with the announcement of Lu’s Jukebox. Scheduled as a six- episode series of mostly full-band, HD video performances in-studio, Lu’s Jukebox features a themed set of songs by other artists curated by the multi-Grammy award winner. The first episode kicks off with Running Down A Dream: A Tribute To Tom Petty, featuring songs from his celebrated career.

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Metal Blade

Violence Unimagined - the title tells you everything you need to know about Cannibal Corpse's fifteenth hellish opus. Comprising eleven tracks, it is state of the art death metal played with passion and breathless precision, making for another flawless addition to what is inarguably one of the premier catalogues the genre has thrown up.

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New Release Round-Up 04-16-21

Greta Van Fleet - The Battle At Garden's Gate

Greta Van Fleet - The Battle At Garden's Gate - Republic
After three years, one-million concert tickets sold across five continents, four consecutive #1 singles, a GRAMMY Award, and performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, Greta Van Fleet is hurtling into the future with its second album, The Battle At Garden's Gate on Lava/Republic Records. Indie Exclusive on white vinyl.


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Tom Petty - Finding Wildflowers: Alternate Versions

Tom Petty - Finding Wildflowers: Alternate Versions - Republic
Finding Wildflowers: Alternate Versions—the latest offering of Tom Petty music, curated with help from his loving family, bandmates and collaborators—released via Warner Records. The tracks, which were previously released on the limited-edition Super Deluxe 9-LP version of 2020’s Wildflowers & All The Rest, will now be available on limited edition gold vinyl for indie retail, and CD.  A black vinyl release will follow on May 7. Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) features 16 studio recordings of alternate takes, long cuts and jam versions of Wildflowers songs as Tom, band members and co-producer Rick Rubin worked to finalize the album in 1994. The release offers fans further deep access into the writing and recording of Wildflowers, as well as realizing the full vision of the project as Tom had always intended. The collection was produced by Tom’s longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate who listened to 245 reels of 24-track tape, revealing Tom and his collaborators’ evolutionary process, and finding the group willing to do whatever it took to discover the essence and magic in the material.


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Eric Church - Heart & Soul

Eric Church - Heart & Soul - EMI Nashville
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church confirmed that new music is on the horizon: "I have [new] albums coming out in April. They came out of my 28 days in the mountains of North Carolina, where the songs were recorded and written. The collection is entitled Heart & Soul."


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Imelda May - 11 Past The Hour

Imelda May - 11 Past The Hour - Decca
The goal of the album is to show Imelda May returning to her most honest self. Truthful beauty, feminine intuition. Intelligence. Visually, we should be showing a soft sense of warm spirited grittiness. Intimate. At home. Behind the curtain Imelda's radiant smile and illuminating laughter. A nod to her roots. Irish Heritage & inherent connection to storytelling. Imelda's words as a lyricist/poet/writer & overall thread to her Irish roots as a storyteller is a key thread within the campaign.


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Deftones - White Pony: 20th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Super Deluxe]
Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White w/ Olive Green Melt LP]
The Living - 1982 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Canary Yellow LP]
The Offspring - Let The Bad Times Roll [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Crush LP]
The Network - Money Money 2020 Pt II: We Told Ya So!
Lucinda Williams - Runnin' Down A Dream: A Tribute To Tom Petty
Midland - The Sonic Ranch [Limited Edition]
Norah Jones - ‘Til We Meet Again (Live)
Fitz - Head Up High
Havok - Point Of No Return EP
Garage A Trois - Calm Down Cologne
The Armed - Ultrapop [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Tan LP]
Amigo the Devil - Born Against
Escape The Fate - Chemical Warfare
Liquid Tension Experiment - LTE3 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange 3LP]


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What's New 4-9-21

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Normaltown

The Pink Stones deliver a full serving of Peach State picked country-rock from Athens, Georgia with the release of their debut album, Introducing… The Pink Stones, via the New West Records imprint Normaltown Records. Mixing elements of classic cosmic country, raucous rock’n’roll and fresh humor and heartaches, The Pink Stones are authoring a new chapter in the annals of Cosmic American Music.

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Okrahoma Records

Be Here Instead emerged from a wild alchemy of instinct, ingenuity, and joyfully determined rule-breaking. In a departure from the guitar-and-notebook-based approach, Millsap experimenting with everything from piano to effects pedals to old-school drum machines. As those explorations deepened and broadened his musical vision, Millsap soon arrived at a body of work touched with both unbridled imagination and lucid insight into the search for presence in a chaotic world.

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Family Owned Records

Led by led by Reverend Peyton, who most consider to be the premier finger picker playing today, the Big Damn Band is the greatest front-porch blues band in the world. Peyton has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy, country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life. Dance Songs For Hard Times brings a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.

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Third Man Records

This is record nerd-core in a major way, evocative of the LP's first golden era, as the late sixties oozed into the strange 1970s, with the requisite T-Rex stomps, Britfolk twists and turns, and dueling Verlaine/Lloyd guitars. You could call Silver Synthetic rock & roll formalists, but the truth is they're more like minimalists, stripping away tired clutter and unnecessary bloat and just zooming in on the essential. In a world that doesn’t seem capable of swaying, Silver Synthetic’s self-titled debut shakes and boogies.

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BMG

With over 5,000 performances spanning four decades, 20 million records sold worldwide, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. While it has evolved throughout the years, Cheap Trick has continued to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender” have cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time.

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Moribund Records

Fiendish is a choice cut, beefy slab of putrid and rotting old school Death Metal! This morsel of meat comes with hooks attached- catchy melodic rhythms, memorable choruses, pounding drums, clear yet brutal vocals, and searing solos. With Fiendish, Carnal Savagery not only eat the dead, but they also devour every other modern Death Metal band with their gnashing teeth, spitting out the gristly remains!

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New Release Round-Up 04-09-21

Silver Synthetic - Silver Synthetic

Silver Synthetic - Silver Synthetic - Third Man Records
In the midst of the thick New Orleans summer of 2017, Chris Lyons of garage punks Bottomfeeders found himself sitting on a small batch of songs that didn’t quite fit the fuzzed-out pileups of that band. The new songs were more chiming, driving but relaxed, full of little corners begging to be filled with classic pop harmonies and wayward country licks. He called in his trusted confidants: Bottomfeeders drummer and longtime musical partner Lucas Bogner—the two started playing music together at the tender age of 15—plus bassist Pete Campanelli, and Kunal Prakash (Jeff the Brotherhood) dug the songs and signed on, and the quartet started playing in earnest, hunkering down in the practice space.  By the time the band played its first gig in late 2018 at the opening of Nola’s ManRay Records, the songs had multiplied and the members of the newly christened Silver Synthetic had become genuine rock & roll craftsmen. In a world that doesn’t seem capable of swaying, Silver Synthetic’s self-titled debut shakes and boogies. It makes sense that the band’s first gig was in a record shop ‘cause folks, this is record nerd-core in a major way, evocative of the LP's first golden era, as the late sixties oozed into the strange 1970s, with the requisite T-Rex stomps, Britfolk twists and turns, and dueling Verlaine/Lloyd guitars. It’s about warmth, and you can practically smell the gently glowing amp tubes on “In the Beginning,” which wafts along on a gust borrowed from Lou Reed’s beatific Coney Island Baby breeziness. With “Chasm Killer,” the boys lean into jammy heartland rock, almost approaching Silver Bullet Band territory at one point! Even when the band kicks into charging lean rock-n-roller, like on the Kinksy “Around the Bend,” there’s a laid-backness that allows more room for the spirit.  You could call Silver Synthetic rock & roll formalists, but the truth is they're more like minimalists, stripping away tired clutter and unnecessary bloat and just zooming in on the essential.


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SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE - Entertainment Death [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Maroon, Deep Purple and Coke Bottle Clear Marbled LP]  Video Available

Taylor Swift - Fearless: Taylor's Version [2 CD]
Parker Millsap - Be Here Instead
Rhiannon Giddens - They're Calling Me Home
Cheap Trick - In Another World
The Orb - Abolition Of The Royal Familia - Guillotine Mixes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Double Blue LP]
The Pink Stones - Introducing...the Pink Stones
Luke Bryan - Born Here Live Here Die Here: Deluxe
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Dance Songs For Hard Times
Nick Waterhouse - Promenade Blue
Ariana Grande - Positions [Coke Bottle Clear LP]
BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
Briston Maroney - Sunflower [Translucent Blue-Green LP]
The Blips - The Blips
Bill MacKay and Nathan Bowles Keys - Keys
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac Live: Super Deluxe Edition [2LP/3CD/7in]
Various Artists - Wilcovered [Red 2LP]
Pony - Tv Baby
Show Me the Body - Survive EP [10in Vinyl]


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What's New 4-2-21

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Jazz Is Dead

There's early work with Eric Dolphy and McCoy Tyner in Charles Mingus' Jazz Workshop, work with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, a stint in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and also one with Miles. This is what Gary Bartz brings to the Jazz Is Dead project and as can be expected, his questing spirit fits the JID style like a glove and has produced an album that's a cutting-edge addition to his immense canon as he effortlessly interfaces with a new generation.

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Cooking Vinyl

Lead single, “Six Days In June,” is an upbeat and foot-stomping anthem that sure to put a big smile on the face of any Fratellis fan. “Some days you sit on the couch watching daytime TV and along comes a song like Six ‘Days In June’ to remind you that you’re still alive!,” says Jon Fratelli. Half Drunk… follows their critically acclaimed album In Your Own Sweet Time and very much continues on this upward trajectory, sure to become a signature moment in the band's career.

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4AD

The South London trio’s New Long Leg is more ambitious and complex, with spoken vocals tightly intertwined with the band's restless instrumentals. With lyrics preoccupied by themes like dissociation, escapism, daydreaming, complicated feelings of love, anger, revenge, anxiety, the kitchen, lethargy, forgetfulness, and survival, lead singer Shaw says, "the title is ambiguous; a new long leg could be an expensive present or a growth or a table repair."

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eOne

Heavy Sun fuses classic gospel and modern electronics, mixing gritty, human textures with crisp, digital accents and lush, swirling atmospherics to create a sound that's at once warmly familiar and boldly unexpected. It’s spacious and dreamy, anchored by rich, righteous organ topped with airy falsetto and mesmerizing four-part harmony, tapping into the shared uncertainty of the human condition to offer hope, comfort, and connection at a time when all three run in desperately short supply.

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High Top Mountain

Sturgill returns with the next installment of his bluegrass series, Cuttin' Grass Vol. 2. An A-Team of acoustic players reconvened for another round of reinterpretations of his catalogue, this time largely focusing on 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year. This volume also includes "Jesus Boogie," originally performed by Simpson's first band, Sunday Valley, and two previously unreleased songs, "Tennessee" and "Hobo Cartoon."

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Strolling Bones Records

In 2008 Etienne de Rocher paused his budding career as a songwriter in the Bay Area to relocate his growing family to the fertile artistic grounds of Athens, GA. Faltering Light is more than just a love letter to the Classic City though. It’s a love letter to life. 11 rocking, thoughtful, psychedelic, literary songs about Etienne’s experience with life raising kids, restoring homes, cooking, holidays and his inward contemplations of dreams, emotions, and nightmares.

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Island

Demi Lovato returns with her highly anticipated seventh studio album, Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over. The album serves as the companion to Demi's powerful 4-part YouTube Originals documentary, Dancing with the Devil, which premiered March 23rd. The album includes 19 original songs including previously released Grammy Awards showstopper "Anyone" as well as "What Other People Say" with Sam Fischer.

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New Release Round-Up 04-02-21

Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions)

Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions) - High Top Mountain
After the surprise release of the Cuttin' Grass (Vol. 1): Butcher Shoppe Sessions album—which Uproxx called “the most sublime and delightful music he’s yet made on record”— Sturgill Simpson returns with the next installment of his bluegrass series, Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions). The genre-defying singer/songwriter reconvened an A-Team of acoustic players (now dubbed "The Hillbilly Avengers") for another round of reinterpretations of his catalogue, this time largely focusing on 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year and was nominated for Album of the Year. This volume also includes "Jesus Boogie," originally performed by Simpson's first band, Sunday Valley, and two previously unreleased songs, "Tennessee" and "Hobo Cartoon," the latter of which was co-written with the incomparable Merle Haggard—who once said that Simpson was "about the only thing I've heard that was worth listening to in a long time."


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear & Black LP]  Video Available

Demi Lovato - Dancing With The Devil...The Art Of Starting Over
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & the London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
The Fratellis - Half Drunk Under A Full Moon
Flux Pavilion - .Wav
Haunted Shed - Faltering Light
Hey, King! - Hey, King!
Flock Of Dimes - Head Of Roses
Shakey Graves - Roll The Bones X
Charlotte Lawrence - Charlotte EP
Brasstracks - Golden Ticket [Deluxe 2LP]
Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Teenage Gizzard [Limited Edition Pink Splatter on Transparent Yellow LP]




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What's New 3-26-21

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Artistry

With a 50+ year history, ToP has been a funk institution since 1968, knocking out hits like “What is Hip,” “So Very Hard to Go,” and “You’re Still a Young Man" while lending their soulful sound to collaborations with Santana, the Grateful Dead, Elton, Huey Lewis, Justin Timberlake and everyone in-between. 50 Years of Funk & Soul captures their storied career with no-holds-barred concerts, performing their full spectrum of life-affirming funk and soul hits to sold out audiences in 2018.

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New West

For two decades, Sara Watkins has been one of the most visible artists in roots music, with her catalog ranging from solo albums and Watkins Family Hour, a duo with her brother Sean Watkins, to her Grammy-winning bands Nickel Creek and I’m With Her. With the nostalgic and gentle new album Under the Pepper Tree, Watkins offers a comforting record for those moments as daily rhythms fade into nightly rituals – and when a child’s imagination comes to life.

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NF Real Music

Building on the success of Perception and The Search, consecutive No. 1 Billboard Top 200 albums, Michigan rapper NF is back with his first ever mixtape, Clouds (The Mixtape). The project comes as a surprise for fans who are sure to enjoy NF’s signature blend of introspective lyrics and thematic elements, and features from Hopsin and Tech N9ne. The album boasts a wide range of new sounds, including heavy hitting hip hop tracks alongside melancholic anthems.

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4AD

Tune-Yards, the celebrated Oakland-based duo of Merrill Garbus & Nate Brenner, release sketchy., a balance of self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries. It’s reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards – a colorful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone. "I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up,” Merrill reflects.

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New Release Round-Up 03-26-21

The Antlers - Green To Gold

The Antlers - Green To Gold - Anti
Green To Gold is the much-anticipated new album from New York based, Indie/Folk band, The Antlers. Perhaps what distinguishes Green to Gold from the rest of The Antlers’ canon is its, well, sunniness. Conceived and written almost entirely in the morning hours, Green to Gold is the band’s first new music in nearly seven years, and easily their most luminous to date. ”I think this is the first album I’ve made that has no eeriness in it,” singer and primary songwriter Peter Silberman asserts. “I set out to make Sunday morning music.”  The brighter outlook emerged, paradoxically, after a succession of ominous events. In 2015, Silberman suffered with an auditory condition that made touring near impossible and he retreated to the quiet of Upstate New York to heal. His return in 2017 with a solo album was short lived when he was diagnosed with lesions on his vocal chords, which required surgery and again a quiet rest and recovery period. Silberman explains. “I took these health obstacles as a sign that I should change course for a little while. I hadn’t made a full stop like that since The Antlers began.” But he still felt the strong pull to spend time and work with longtime drummer Michael Lerner, and frequently invited him up to visit the idyllic hamlet he now called home. The two friends’ days typically involved long walks in the woods, but routinely ended up in Silberman’s converted-garage studio. “I would record him playing drums in the studio while he listened to old soul and R&B songs in headphones... and those drum recordings ultimately served as starting points for the songs that followed. At the time, we were merely attempting to make music together again, without really knowing how to approach it, or to what end.” “I think the shift in tone is the result of getting older. It doesn’t make sense for me to try to tap into the same energy that I did ten or fifteen years ago, because I continue to grow as a person, as I’m sure our audience does too. Green to Gold is about this idea of gradual change,” he sums up. “People changing over time, struggling to accept change in those they love, and struggling to change themselves. And yet despite all our difficulty with this, nature somehow makes it look easy.”


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Sara Watkins - Under The Pepper Tree

Sara Watkins - Under The Pepper Tree - New West Records
For two decades, Sara Watkins has been one of the most visible artists in roots music, with her catalog ranging from solo albums and Watkins Family Hour, a duo with her brother Sean Watkins, to her Grammy-winning bands Nickel Creek and I’m With Her. With the nostalgic and gentle new album Under The Pepper Tree, Sara Watkins offers a comforting record for those moments as daily rhythms fade into nightly rituals – and when a child’s imagination comes to life. Made with families in mind, the personal project encompasses songs she embraced as a child herself, as well as the musical friendships she’s made along the way. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Tyler Chester, Under the Pepper Tree brings storytelling, solace, and encouragement to the listener, no matter the age.


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The Dust Coda - Mojo Skyline

The Dust Coda - Mojo Skyline - Earache Records
Championed by Sir Elton John on Apple Music Beats 1. From the label that is pioneering the new wave of 21 st century Rock N Roll artists. Following in the footsteps of bands like Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke, Massive Wagons & Those Damn Crows. Developed a fearsome live reputation with relentless touring up and down the UK. Played festivals such as Ramblin' Man Fair, Planet Rockstock & Winter's End. Chosen for the support slots with the likes of Black Stone Cherry * The Dead Daisies Huge support from major UK Rock media such as Classic Rock Magazine and Planet Rock Radio (1.2 million listeners per week)


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3 Doors Down - The Better Life: 20th Anniversary

3 Doors Down - The Better Life: 20th Anniversary - Republic
Anniversary edition of the debut album from 3 Doors Down. The first disc is the album featuring the smash hit "Kryptonite" plus four bonus tracks: The Better Life (XX Mix), Kryptonite (2000 Acoustic), Be Like That (2000 Acoustic) & Wasted Me (Studio Version). Disc two is The Escatapwa Sessions of early home demo recordings, including the never-released "Dead Love" & "Man in My Mind". 2 CD.


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Carrie Underwood - My Savior

Carrie Underwood - My Savior - Capitol Nashville
Carrie Underwood will be releasing her first ever Inspirational album on March 26th entitled My Savior. Available on Double White Vinyl on April 30th.


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SYML - You Knew It Was Me EP

SYML - You Knew It Was Me EP - Nettwerk Records
With a keen grasp on textural and emotive songwriting, SYML aka Brian Fennell wrote this EP choosing to paint in piano rather than using lyrics to describe his feelings. Says Fennell, "Words can be limiting, especially when the writer isn’t speaking a language you understand. I wanted to make a piece of wordless music that still tells a story."


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Joe Strummer - Assembly [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP]
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition
Neil Young - Young Shakespeare
Ariana Grande - Positions
Evanescence - The Bitter Truth
Tune-Yards - Sketchy. [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
AJR - Ok Orchestra
Justin Bieber - Anyone / Holy [12in Single]
Loney, Dear - A Lantern And A Bell
Xiu Xiu - Oh No
Tomahawk - Tonic Immobility [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Green LP]
The Horrors - Lout [Limited Edition Blood Red 7in Single]
SG Lewis - Times
The Mountain Goats - Songs for Pierre Chuvin [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink & White Swirl LP]
Ben Howard - Collections From The Whiteout [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
Death From Above 1979 - Is 4 Lovers [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
World Party - Bang!
Suzi Quatro - The Devil In Me
Karol G - KG0516
Lamb Of God - Lamb of God: Live In Richmond, VA


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What's New 3-19-21

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Verve

We Are is a career-changing album from musician and activist Jon Batiste. We Are celebrates Black American culture and music while exploring themes of lineage, authenticity, excellence and evolution. This album is about honoring roots and traditions, while looking forward to the future and constantly evolving. Featuring Mavis Staples, Zadie Smith, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, Kizzo, Autumn Rowe, Steve Jordan, and many more.

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Domino Record Co.

The Sydney-based rock trio’s follow up to their debut album Lost Friends, is an astonishing collection of 12 songs that are deeply personal, courageous, and rattling. Singer Hannah Joy sums up the title track as, “a simple song about people being tiny and our lives being fleeting but also that we are epic and great. It’s finding the beauty and majesty of the everyday. Life is gory and boring sometimes: it’s both hectic and mundane and we have to accept both.”

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New West

On August 20, 2020 the world lost an amazing light with the passing of Justin Townes Earle. Justin's father, Steve Earle, pays tribute to his son by recording an album of songs written by Justin titled, J.T. The album consists of ten Justin Townes Earle songs as well as one song written by Mr. Earle shortly after Justin's passing. J.T. is a loving tribute to a loved son and beautiful songsmith who left this earth too early. All proceeds from this release will be put into a trust for Justin’s 3 year old daughter, Etta.

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Epitaph

Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold shares, “Shore feels like a relief, like you’d feel when your feet finally hit sand after getting caught in a riptide. It’s a celebration of life in the face of death, honoring our lost musical heroes, from David Berman to John Prine to Judee Sill to Bill Withers, embracing the joy and solace they brought to our lives and honoring their memory. Shore is an object levitating between the magnetic fields of the past and the future.”

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Legacy

Still Woman Enough celebrates women in country music. From her homage to the originators, Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family, through a new interpretation of her very first single, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl," Lynn acknowledges her role in the continuum of American country music while her duets with Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Margo Price and Tanya Tucker find her sharing the musical torch with some of the brightest lights and biggest stars in contemporary pop-country.

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New Release Round-Up 03-19-21

Fleet Foxes - Shore

Fleet Foxes - SHORE - Anti
Fleet Foxes release their fourth studio album entitled SHORE, a collection of 15 new songs, on double-gatefold 2LP vinyl and CD. Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold shares, “SHORE feels like a relief, like you’d feel when your feet finally hit sand after getting caught in a riptide. It’s a celebration of life in the face of death, honoring our lost musical heroes, from David Berman to John Prine to Judee Sill to Bill Withers, embracing the joy and solace they brought to our lives and honoring their memory. SHORE is an object levitating between the magnetic fields of the past and the future.” SHORE was released digitally in its entirety on the fall equinox (9/22) alongside an album length Super-16mm landscape film captured and edited in Washington State by the filmmaker Kersti Jan Werdal. The album was recorded in upstate New York at Aaron Dessner’s Long Pond Studio, in Paris at Studios St. Germain, in Los Angeles at the legendary Vox, in Long Island City at Diamond Mine, and New York City’s Electric Lady.


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Steve Earle & The Dukes - J.T.

Steve Earle & The Dukes - J.T. - New West Records
On August 20, 2020 the world lost an amazing light with the passing of Justin Townes Earle. Justin was a vibrant songwriter who could play the blues, country, and rock n roll all in the same song.  In his short career, Justin released eight albums and one EP that all manage to sound classic and yet inventive.  Justin's father, Steve Earle, pays tribute to his son by recording an album of songs written by Justin titled, J.T.  The album consists of ten Justin Townes Earle songs as well as one song written by Mr. Earle shortly after Justin's passing. J.T. features fan favorites such as "Harlem River Blues," "Far Away In Another Town" and "Champagne Corolla" along with lyrically heavy songs like, "The Saint of Lost Causes" and "Turn Out My Lights."  J.T. is a loving tribute to a loved son and beautiful songsmith who left this earth too early.  But in his wake, Justin left a wealth of beauty.  All proceeds from this release will be put into a trust for Justin’s 3 year old daughter, Etta.


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Ringo Starr - Zoom In EP

Ringo Starr - Zoom In EP - UMe
'Zoom In' was recorded at Ringo Starr's home studio from April-October 2020. The 5 new songs "Here's To The Nights," "Zoom In Zoom Out," "Teach Me To Tango," "Waiting for the Tide to Turn" & "Not Enough Love In the World" include contributions from Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Steve Lukather, Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eric Burton, Yola, FINNEAS, Benmont Tench, Robbie Krieger, Sam Hollander, Bruce Sugar & more.


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Chris Cornell - No One Sings Like You Anymore

Chris Cornell - No One Sings Like You Anymore - UMe
No One Sings Like You Anymore is Chris Cornell's handpicked collection of 10 cover songs, which he personally selected and sequenced to celebrate artists and songs that inspired him, including John Lennon's "Watching The Wheels," "Get It While You Can," popularized by Janis Joplin, a new recording of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," and two songs currently available as digital singles, Lorraine Ellison's "Stay With Me Baby" and Chris's 2020 hit "Patience" originally recorded by Guns N' Roses.


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Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker: 30th Anniversary Edition

Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker: 30th Anniversary Edition - American Recordings
The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker, the multi-platinum debut by the seminal rock n' roll band celebrates it's 30th Anniversary with a suite of reissues. The 4LP Super Deluxe version includes the original album, remastered; 3 never-before-heard studio recordings; 2 unreleased demos from the band's early incarnation as Mr. Crowe's Garden; B-sides; a spectacular, high-energy 14-song unreleased concert recorded in their hometown of Atlanta, GA in December 1990; reproductions of an early Mr. Crowe's Garden show flyer, setlist and tour laminate; a 4" Crowes patch; and a 20-page book with liner notes by David Fricke. Limited edition 8"x10" glossy photo print in the box. Only 1000 photos made for the world.


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Miami Horror - Illumination: 10th Anniversary Edition

Miami Horror - Illumination: 10th Anniversary Edition - Nettwerk Records
Founded by Benjamin Plant, Miami Horror extracts ethereal melodies from down-tempo nocturnal soundscapes punctuated by funky struts, glossy electronics, and luminous pop. Miami Horror has generated a staggering 100 million-plus combined streams with a catalog highlighted by anthems such “I Look To You (feat. Kimbra),” “Real Slow (feat. Sarah Chernoff),” and standout singles from the debut album “Holidays (feat. Alan Paloma)” and “Sometimes.” Also, they’ve garnered acclaim from Billboard, NPR Music, Forbes, MTV, Pitchfork, Stereogum, EARMILK and many others. They’ve graced the stages of festivals such as Coachella, Governors Ball, Electric Forest, Splendour in the Grass, Beyond the Valley, Just Like Heaven, Funka Fest in Ecuador, and Corona Capital Festival in Mexico. Now signed to Nettwerk Records, Miami Horror revisit and recharge their seminal debut album Illumination with a 3-LP, 10th Anniversary Edition featuring twelve remixes four B-sides , and a lush 25-minute trip through the entire record entitled “Lucid Stream.”


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Paul Stanley's Soul Station - Now And Then

Paul Stanley's Soul Station - Now And Then - UMe
Paul Stanley's Soul Station is a new project from the legendary lead singer of KISS, Paul Stanley. Paying homage to influences of his youth, Stanley has called upon a set of seasoned musicians to record a set of classic Motown covers & five original songs on Now And Then.


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Jon Batiste - WE ARE

Jon Batiste - WE ARE - Verve
WE ARE is a career-changing album from musician and activist Jon Batiste. WE ARE celebrates Black American culture and music while exploring themes of lineage, authenticity, excellence and evolution. This album is about honoring roots and traditions, while looking forward to the future and constantly evolving. Featuring Mavis Staples, Zadie Smith, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, Kizzo, Autumn Rowe, Steve Jordan, and many more...


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark Video Available

Ryan Adams - Wednesdays
Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over The Country Club [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
Justin Bieber - Justice
Sam Smith - Live At Abbey Road Studios
Sara Bareilles - Amidst the Chaos: Live from the Hollywood Bowl
Arcade Fire & Owen Pallet - Her (Original Score)
Rise Against - Nowhere Generation - Single [Limited Edition 7in]
Papa Roach - Greatest Hits Vol.2 The Better Noise Years [US Exclusive Smoke 2LP]
Chad VanGaalen - World's Most Stressed Out Gardener
Serj Tankian - Elasticity EP
Sting - Duets
Loretta Lynn - Still Woman Enough
Austin Meade - Black Sheep
Guided By Voices - Propeller
Harry Connick, Jr. - Alone With My Faith [Limited Edition]
Devin Townsend - Devolution Series #1 - Acoustically Inclined, Live In Leeds [Indie Exclusive Limted Edition Ruby 2LP]




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What's New 3-12-21

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Fantasy

Produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend) and Valerie June, the new album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers achieves a transcendent effect thanks in no small part to the splendor of its sound, an exquisitely composed tapestry of folk, soul, gospel, country, blues, psychedelia, and time-bending symphonic pop. The result is a selection of songs both ornate and elegant, each moment crafted with a profound awareness of what’s most essential in creating enduring beauty.

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Century Media

Since 1988, New Orleans’ EYEHATEGOD’s snarling, bilious sounds have been a soundtrack for the troubled masses. Ugly music for ugly times. That’s the sense of disenchantment and disease that lies at the heart of their latest and sixth full-length album, A History of Nomadic Behavior. From the bitter pill of opener “Built Beneath the Lies” to the hypnotic haze of closer “Every Thing, Every Day” it’s clear they haven’t slowed or mellowed with time. This is disorienting, uneasy listening. Music that still very much hurts.

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New Release Round-Up 03-12-21

Rob Zombie - The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy

Rob Zombie - The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy - Nuclear Blast America
As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film. He has sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of eight feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million.  October 2020 saw the release of the first new ZOMBIE track and video in over four years - "King Freak: A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition" off of the new full-length album entitled The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy. A classic ZOMBIE album through and through with high-energy rages like The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man and Get Loose to heavy-groove thumpers like Shadow Of The Cemetery Man and Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass.


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The Paper Kites - Roses

The Paper Kites - Roses - Nettwerk Records
'Roses' is the 5th studio album from The Paper Kites. An alluring, dynamic and diverse company, the ‘Roses’ vocalists were hand picked by the band to feature on the new album. Along with Lucy Rose the band have confirmed Julia Stone (AU), Nadia Reid (NZ), Maro (PT), Aoife O’Donovan (US), Rosie Carney (UK), Ainslie Wills (AU), Amanda Bergman (SE), Lydia Cole (NZ) & Gena Rose Bruce (AU) will all be featured on the 10 track album. ‘Roses’ is a testament to sincere, patient and understated songwriting. A deeply moving collection of songs, helmed by a cherished selection of artists.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Nils Frahm - Tripping With Nils Frahm [LP]  Video Available
Roosevelt - Polydans [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]  Video Available



Valerie June - The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
Nick Jonas - Spaceman
Lake Street Dive - Obviously [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Selena Gomez - Revelación [Box Set]
Andra Day - The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (Music From the Motion Picture)
Gang Of Four - 77-81 [Deluxe Box Set]
Eyehategod - A History Of Nomadic Behavior [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Evergreen LP]
Baby Boys - Threesome [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink LP]
Dead Poets Society - -!-
Blackmore's Night - Nature's Light [Limited Edition Yellow LP]
Stepson - Help Me, Help You [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear With Pink/Purple LP]
Fu Manchu - Godzilla's / Eatin' Dust / + 4 [Neon Green and White Splatter 2LP]
Giveon - When It's All Said And Done... Take Time
Joyner Lucas - Evolution



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What's New 3-5-21

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Acony

After a devastating tornado ravaged Nashville in the Spring of 2020 making their studio unusable, immediately followed by a global pandemic shutting down their community and touring livelihood, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were able to find the inspiration to set up recording equipment in their home living room and record 10 performances of some of their favorite songs from the likes of John Prine (“Hello In There”), Bob Dylan (“Abandoned Love”), Norman Blake (“Ginseng Sullivan”), and more.

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RCA

When You See Yourself is the highly anticipated new album from Kings of Leon, and the band’s 8th studio album. This new collection was recorded at Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studios, and produced by Grammy Award-winning Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine). When You See Yourself propels KOL into 2021 with a modern evolution of their sound.

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Pure Noise Records

Conduit is the South Dakota legend's first studio album since 2012's Gestalt, making it their 5th studio album overall. Having been in the scene since 2003, the band has toured all over the world with iconic acts including The Goo Goo Dolls, The Plain white T's, Motion City Soundtrack, The Juliana Theory, Secondhand Serenade, Ryan Cabrera, and The Academy Is as well as appearances at Emo Nite.

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Wegawam Music

It’s a little bit folk, a little bit gospel, a little bit bluesy, a little bit Hank, a little bit hill country, but most emphatically, it is all heart. Andrew Bird and Jimbo Mathus have climbed the height of their creative ladders in this collection of soul-strung songs, both lyrically and musically, a synchronicity between the two that feels joined in some special imaginative place that can only be visited by the best of songwriters.

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New Release Round-Up 03-05-21

Adult Mom - Driver

Adult Mom - Driver - Adult Mom
Adult Mom began as the solo project of Stevie Knipe in a Purchase College dorm room in 2012, and now falls between the playful spectrum of solo project and collaborative band with beloved friends and musicians Olivia Battell and Allegra Eidinger. On Driver, Adult Mom’s third studio release, Stevie Knipe delves into the emotional space just beyond a coming-of-age, where the bills start to pile up and memories of college dorms are closer than those of high school parking lots. Like so many other twenty-somethings, Adult Mom’s third LP seeks to answer the age old question: what now? With an actualized sound, Adult Mom has arrived to soundtrack the queer rom-com they’ve been dreaming of since 2015. Driver incorporates an expert weaving of sonic textures ranging from synths and shakers to ‘00s-inspired guitar tones which convey a loving attention to detail.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Tindersticks - Distractions [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]  Video Available


Kings Of Leon - When You See Yourself [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cream 2LP]
Neil Young - Neil Young Archives Vol. II (1972-1976)
Ron Gallo - Peacemeal [Green LP]
Tigers Jaw - I Won't Care How You Remember Me [Coke Bottle Green LP]
Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird - These 13 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Mix Dark Grey LP]
The Spill Canvas - Conduit [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Half Purple/Half Clear w/ Heavy Pink Splatter LP]
Pat Metheny - Road to the Sun
Chevelle - NIRATIAS
Maple & Rye - For Everything
Zara Larsson - Poster Girl
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings - All The Good Times
A Day To Remember - You're Welcome [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
The Explorers Club - Rarities Volume 1
Chase Atlantic - Beauty In Death [Red & Black LP]
Various Artists - Coming 2 America (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Various Artists - Rhythms of Zamunda (Music Inspired By: Coming 2 America)
Beachwood Sparks - Beachwood Sparks: 20th Anniversary Edition [2LP]


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What's New 2-26-21

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Positive Jams

Open Door Policy is The Hold Steady's 8th full length studio album and the follow up to 2019's Thrashing Thru The Passion. Produced by Josh Kaufman (The National, Hiss Golden Messenger, Josh Ritter), this new release once again finds the 6-piece line up in peak form in what Craig Finn describes as "the best band we've ever been".

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Shuffle Records

Despite the fact that it emerges in an era of struggle and strife, The Dog Star a remarkably uplifting effort sharing a decidedly modern sound, one rooted in a freewheeling pop approach. From the effusive opener, “Sleeve,” and the upbeat entry that follows, the half-spoken “Don’t Get in the Bed Dirty,” to the album’s riveting conclusion, “My Power,” the songs soar on the strength of their effusive arrangements and sparkling, shimmering melodies.

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Jazz Is Dead

The American Negro is an unapologetic critique, detailing the systemic and malevolent psychology that afflicts people of color. This project dissects the chemistry behind blind racism, using music as the medium to restore dignity and self-worth to my people. It’s an insightful, provocative and inspiring experience and should land at the center of our ongoing reckoning with race, racism and the writing of the next chapter of American history.

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Legacy

Honoring the enduring inspiration of Frank Sinatra, That’s Life is Willie Nelson’s second album of classics made famous by The Chairman Of The Board. Nelson (who has penned a few standards himself) inhabits 11 more of the most treasured songs in the Great American Songbook including the title track, "Luck Be A Lady,” "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "I Won't Dance" (a duet featuring Diana Krall).

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XL Recordings

Norwegian duo Smerz release Believer, their much anticipated debut album that pushes the band far beyond their previous EP releases, 2017’s Okey and 2018’s Have Fun. The duo meld sonic touchstones from their youth, like musicals and classical music, with swirling, trance-indebted synth lines and hip-hop plus R&B vocals that is distinctly Smerz.

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Matador

Little Oblivions, her third, weaves together unflinching autobiography with assimilated experience and hard-won observations from the past few years, taking Baker’s capacity for storytelling to new heights. It also marks a sonic shift, with the songwriter’s intimate piano and guitar arrangements newly enriched by bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, and mandolin with nearly all of the instruments performed by Baker.

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Rough Trade

This collection features 21 brand new studio recordings captured up-state in the house where the band lived and recorded for 4 years. From acoustic versions to unique arrangements featuring piano, pedal steel and organ, Amperland, NY touches on notes of folk and progressive rock previously unheard on their studio albums. This will be an essential addition to the Pinegrove catalog and encompasses all of the earnest and ecstatic live energy the band is known for.

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Black Ranch Records

The full-length debut from Bones Owens is both gloriously gritty and undeniably euphoric -- a bold departure from the moody Americana of his previous EPs. The Missouri-bred musician delivers a powerful sound deeply inspired by ’60s garage-rock, Hill Country blues, and the swampy roots-rock of bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival. A potent showcase for his formidable guitar work, Owens arrives as a full-tilt expression of his wildest impulses, all swinging rhythms, and swaggering riffs.

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Cooking Vinyl

If you’ve followed Lucy’s journey from her days as a cheeky Brit singing about tea and toast on X-Factor, her ever-rising popularity should come as no surprise. However, while her career has gone from strength to strength, her personal life has not always been as rosy, and her sixth album reflects back on a troubled twelve months. From sobriety, heartbreak, mental health, to just being yourself, Choices lays it all out in this raw and deeply honest collection.

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New Release Round-Up 02-26-21

Glitterer - Life Is Not A Lesson

Glitterer - Life Is Not A Lesson - Glitterer
Life Is Not A Lesson is Glitterer’s second full-length album, featuring Ned Russin, bassist/vocalist of seminal hardcore-punk band Title Fight. This time Ned has produced the record himself, notwithstanding some recording and performance help from his twin brother, Ben, and some other friends, as well as mixing and mastering by Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Power Trip). It may surprise you to hear that, irrespective of worldly doom and gloom, the new songs are even catchier and bigger-sounding than those from his 2019 release, Looking Through the Shades. With roomier drums and more electric-guitars-per-square-inch than ever, Life is Not a Lesson has a way of evoking an alternate-universe version of Guided By Voices, one with a hardcore-punk background. Life is Not a Lesson proves to be a rigorous reckoning with the life of the mind at a time when there’s not much life outside the mind.


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Architects - For Those That Wish To Exist

Architects - For Those That Wish To Exist - Epitaph
Architects are back with their ninth studio album “For Those That Wish To Exist”. The band have confirmed their ascent to the very upper echelons of British heavy music. Few bands, of this modern era or any other, can match the quintet’s ability to blend uncompromising heavi-ness with razor-sharp melodic musicianship.  A versatile metal group based out of Brighton, England, Architects employ a lethal combination of breakdown-heavy guitars, melodic vocals and symphonic-ambient post-metal. That sonic delivery is conducted from a platform built on veganism and environmental activism.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Bones Owens - Bones Owens  Video Available
Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker: 30th Anniversary Edition  Video Available


Alice Cooper - Detroit Stories [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP]

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Way Down In The Rust Bucket
Architects - For Those That Wish To Exist [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Summer Sky Wave LP]
Altin Gun - Yol [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple LP]
Say Anything - ...Is a Real Boy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow 2LP]
PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea - Demos
Stereolab - Electrically Possessed (Switched On Volume 4)
Julien Baker - Little Oblivions [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
Pinegrove - Amperland, NY
Willie Nelson - That’s Life
Wesley Schultz - Vignettes
Smerz - Believer
Melvins - Working With God [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]
Cloud Nothings - The Shadow I Remember
Evergrey - Escape Of The Phoenix [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Red 2LP]
Maximo Park - Nature Always Wins
NOFX - Single Album
Steve Lukather - I Found The Sun Again
Joseph Williams - Denizen Tenant
Lil' Kim - The Notorious K.I.M. [Pink/Black Mix 2LP]
Ray Charles - The Best Of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years [Blue 2LP]
Chaka Khan - Epiphany: The Best Of Chaka Khan [Burgundy LP]



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What's New 2-12-21

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Because Music

Glowing in the Dark has a running theme of escape: from despair, from constraints, from small town life, and even, in dreams, from the Earth. The brilliant title track and new single, for instance, soars gloriously towards the stratosphere. A track built around a sample from one of Dave Maclean’s spoken word records then plushly upholstered with Moog synths and drum loops, it is accompanied by some eye strobing visuals from rapidly ascending NYC artist and illustrator Braulio Amado.

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Fearless

Written through the heartbreaking losses of Chris Cornell, who was one of frontwoman Taylor Momsen’s musical muses, and longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala, Death By Rock And Roll is The Pretty Reckless’s most ambitious release yet. The titular single became their fifth #1 at Active Rock Radio, a first for a female-fronted group. Features “25”, “And So It Went” w/ Tom Morello, & “Only Love Can Save Me Now” w/ Matt Cameron & Kim Thayil.

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Lucky Music/Empire

Marking his first full-length album in six years, Five-Time GRAMMY Award nominee and diamond-selling performer Robin Thicke makes a return in 2021 with the long awaited new album, On Earth, and in Heaven. Setting the stage for the record, the scorching single "That's What Love Can Do," ignited this new flame and hit #1 on the charts. Presenting the same bold, bright, and boisterous R&B that turned him into a household name, Thicke ascends to new heights on his eighth full-length album.

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New Release Round-Up 02-19-21

Frank Zappa - Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Frank Zappa - Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Zappa Records
The Soundtrack is a perfect complement to the film available on 3 CDs for the Zappa completist. Showcasing 69 total songs, with 12 previously unreleased recordings from archive along with the 1978 Saturday Night Live performance; 24 additional Zappa songs from the catalog spanning 4 decades; songs from Zappa's labels Straight / Bizarre Records; 2 classical compositions by Edgard Varese and Igor Stravinsky; and 26 Original Score cues newly composed by John Frizzell for the documentary.

Also Available Soon: Crystal Clear 2LP & 3CD


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Icon For Hire - Amorphous

Icon For Hire - Amorphous - Icon For Hire
Icon For Hire’s sound is one that effortlessly blends heavy riffs, elements of electronic production and soaring vocal lines into a powerful & bold sonic explosion. However, at the heart of Icon For Hire’s music is a message of positivity, self-love and personal empowerment from the painfully relatable and rousing lyrics of Ariel. For Amorphous, the band worked with Grammy Nominated engineer Romesh Dodangoda (known for his previous work producing the last Bring Me The Horizon album as well as acts such as Don Broco, Busted, and Kids in Glass Houses). The album has been completely funded by fans through Kickstarter. This success was achieved thanks to the band’s highly dedicated ICON Army fanbase that support them on Patreon and have been there for the band though thick, thin, litigation, addiction and more. Having overcome both personal and professional adversity, Icon For Hire are living proof that you can take control of your life—and that’s perhaps the greatest success anyone can hope to accomplish.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Tash Sultana - Terra Firma [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Yellow LP]  Video Available
Loathe - I Let It In And It Took Everything [Gold/Black 2LP] Video Available


The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy

Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump.....On A Wooden Piano
Mogwai - As The Love Continues [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Yellow LP]
Edie Brickell and New Bohemians - Hunter And The Dog Star
nothing,nowhere. - Trauma Factory
BTS - Be (Essential Edition)
Ricky Warwick - When Life Was Hard And Fast
Devonte Hynes - We Are Who We Are (Original Series Soundtrack)
Wild Pink - A Billion Little Lights [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Glow-In-The-Dark LP]
Sheila E. - The Glamorous Life [Teal LP]
Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted And Black [Burnt Orange LP]
Hearty Har - Radio Astro
Porter Robinson - Look At The Sky [Vinyl Single]
Geneva Jacuzzi - Lamaze
The Who - WHO [7in Singles Box Set w/ Live At Kingston CD]
Hand Habits - Dirt EP [Vinyl]


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New Release Round-Up 02-12-21

Teenage Wrist - Earth Is A Black Hole

Teenage Wrist - Earth Is A Black Hole - Epitaph
The world may seem like a pretty strange place right now, but if nothing else that’s forced us into realizing that being human is a shared experience. That sentiment lies at the core of Earth Is A Black Hole, the second full-length from the Los Angeles rock act Teenage WristThe album also marks the group’s first release as a duo, with guitarist Marshall Gallagher stepping up as frontman, and longtime drummer Anthony Salazar backing him up in spectacular fashion. Gallagher explains. “I wanted to keep this band going and we didn’t know exactly what that would look like, so I wrote two songs and demoed them myself to see if everyone was still on board.” Those songs turned out to be the jangly power ballad “Yellowbelly” and spacey rocker “Wear U Down”—and with that, a new era of Teenage Wrist was born. The artistic liberation of this lineup change, coupled with the past two years the band spent touring alongside genre-smashing acts such as Thrice, allowed Teenage Wrist to expand on the shoegazing sound that helped establish them as one of the most exciting rock bands around today. From lush, guitar-driven songs like “High Again” to the atmospheric ambience of “Stella” and syncopated aggression of “Earth Is A Black Hole,“—most evidently on the swirling anthem “Silverspoon,“— Earth Is A Black Hole sees the band shifting their songwriting focus to a more modern sound that showcases the limitless potential of the band.


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The Band - Stage Fright: 50th Anniversary

The Band - Stage Fright: 50th Anniversary - Capitol
Stage Fright is the third studio album by Canadian American group The Band, released on August 17, 1970. Engineered by Todd Rundgren and Glyn Johns, it features two of the group's best-known songs, "The Shape I'm In" and "Stage Fright", both of which showcased inspired lead vocal performances (by Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, respectively) and became staples in the group's live shows. Product Suite • Super Deluxe Box • 5.1 surround and hi-res stereo mix of album (by Bob Clearmountain) + new bonus tracks + previously unreleased Royal Albert Hall (1970) performance on Blu-ray • CD of new stereo mix album + new bonus tracks and unreleased Calgary hotel demo tracks CD of the Royal Albert Hall performance (stereo) • LP of main album new stereo mix (180gram, 33rpm) • 7” reproduction of original “Time To Kill” b/w “The Shape I’m In” Capitol single (Spanish pressing) Photo booklet with new notes by Robbie Robertson and a reprinting of the original 1970 Robert Hilburn Los Angeles Times album review


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Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter

Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter - MCA Nashville
Loretta Lynn introduced the world to a crucial aspect of American life that was rarely acknowledged when she released her 1970 autobiographical album, Coal Miner's Daughter. Already a country star with chart-topping singles, this title track, led a string of #1 hits and became her first recording inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame. In addition, she was among a notable list of singer/songwriters who brought a woman’s perspective to country music. Celebrating 50 years.


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TOMORROW X TOGETHER - STILL DREAMING

TOMORROW X TOGETHER - STILL DREAMING - UMe
'STILL DREAMING' is the first Japanese album from TOMORROW X TOGETHER. The 10 tracks are comprised of Japanese versions of 6 of the group's Korean hits, plus 2 new instrumental tracks, a brand new Japanese original song, "Force," and their Japanese hit "Everlasting Shine:" The album is now available on CD and includes a lyric booklet filled with sunset-time photos. The first press also includes 1 of 5 randomly selected photo cards.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Weezer - OK Human [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Splatter LP]
Sia - Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
Florida Georgia Line - Life Rolls On
Django Django - Glowing in the Dark [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Luminescent Green LP]
The Pretty Reckless - Death By Rock And Roll [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 2 LP]
Taylor Swift - evermore [Grey Shell Cassette]
Humanity's Last Breath - Välde
Rammstein - Herzeleid - XXV Anniversary Edition
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - New Fragility [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear Translucent LP]
Robin Thicke - On Earth & In Heaven
Pentatonix - The Lucky Ones
Moe. - Not Normal EP
Fletcher - The S(Ex) Tapes
Public Enemy - Power To The People And The Beats - Public Enemy's Greatest Hits [Limited Edition Blood Red w/ Black Smoke 2LP]
Curtis Mayfield - There's No Place Like America [Blue LP]
Curtis Mayfield - Roots [Orange LP]
R+R=Now - R+R=Now Live



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What's New 2-5-21

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RCA

Medicine at Midnight, the new album from Foo Fighters, packs nine new songs into a tight-ass 37 minutes. This collection (their 10th full length) shows the usually more rock-focused group return with an expanded sound, incorporating pop, R&B and more, including the smoldering new single, “Shame Shame.” Produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters. *Available on limited edition blue vinyl.*

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Loma Vista

A Beautiful Revolution finds Common returning to his hip-hop roots. A full length continuous listening experience, it features two interludes and seven new songs that Common refers to as movement music; “music to uplift, heal, and inspire listeners dealing with racial and social injustices. It’s recognition. It’s elevation. It’s music to go with a movement. To help channel pain and outrage into something productive, inspirational and good.”

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New West Records

With his off-center charm and restless creative dazzle, Tasjan makes music with conviction that has its roots in rock's murky past, armed with an arsenal of songs that spill over with humor, intelligence, irony, and at times prophecy. Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! is 11 of those songs. This is not anxious music for anxious times, but rather music as an antidote for anxious times. It is the sound of the future arriving.

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Sub Pop

It’s tempting to think that you have all the answers, screaming your gospel every day with certainty and anger. Life isn’t quite like that though, and the debut album from London four-piece TV Priest instead embraces the beautiful and terrifying unknowns that exist personally, politically, and culturally. Posing as many questions as it answers, Uppers is a thunderous opening statement that continues the UK’s recent resurgence of grubby, furious post-punk music. It says something very different though – something completely its own.

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Nonesuch

The Staves’ first album in five years is an accumulation of everything that life has thrown at them in that time. It’s a decade since The Staves self-released their first EP and a lot has happened since then. Their third album Good Woman was written and recorded amid major upheaval, heartbreak and bereavement. The new-found boldness, loudness and lyrical directness on this record are indicative of lives forced to become a serious concern.

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XO/Republic

Two days before his half-time performance at this year’s Super Bowl, The Weeknd will release a highlight reel of his own. The career-spanning The Highlights includes five songs each from 2020’s After Hours and 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness, three Starboy tracks, two House of Balloons cuts, one My Dear Melancholy song, and two songs that were not on Weeknd projects (Black Panther’s “Pray for Me” and Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder”).

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New Release Round-Up 02-05-21

Aaron Lee Tasjan - Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!

Aaron Lee Tasjan - Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! - New West Records
Every now and then an artist comes along who makes you remember why you started listening to albums in the first place: Aaron Lee Tasjan is that artist. With his off-center charm and restless creative dazzle, he makes music with conviction that has its roots in rock’s murky past, armed with an arsenal of songs that spill over with humor, intelligence, irony, and at times prophecy. He updates the idea of androgyny but dispels the emotional and social ambiguity with lyrics that reflect his own geographic and artistic wanderings. Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! is 11 songs. The man who began the album, is not the same man who completed it, transformed both by the experiences that inspired the songs and crafting them. This is not anxious music for anxious times, but rather music as an antidote for anxious times. It is the sound of the future arriving.


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John Mayall - The First Generation 1965-1974

John Mayall - The First Generation 1965-1974 - Snapper UK / Madfish
There are box sets and then there are BOX SETS. John Mayall’s The First Generation 1965-1974 set sits firmly in the latter category, being substantial both in the artefacts contained within and the superb music it encompasses. The first set of this size to be released documenting John Mayall’s early years sees not only all albums from his much lauded formative career, but also unreleased tracks aplenty. Featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Blue Mitchell, Jon Mark and many more outstanding musicians, this mammoth package contains 35 CDs, a beautiful hardback book and much more. Not for nothing did Mayall earn the moniker ‘Godfather of the British Blues’. For a short but compelling time in the 60s and 70s he recognised raw talent, took it in, nurtured it, and everyone thrived and benefitted as a result. Many of the best musicians of the period passed through the hallowed ranks of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. All are on show here in a stunning set crammed with musical highlights.


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The Weeknd - The Highlights

The Weeknd - The Highlights - XO Records
If you can’t feel your face waiting for the big game this Weeknd, save your tears because we’ve got the perfect soundtrack to carry you to kickoff and all the way through the after hours. Get acquainted with The Highlights – a new greatest hit collection from The Weeknd ahead of his highly-anticipated Super Bowl halftime performance. Or explore The Weeknd’s entire catalog, from his 2013 debut Kiss Land all the way through last year’s multi-platinum smash After Hours. Go ahead, you’ve earned it.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Black Country, New Road - For the first time [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]  Video Available


Common - A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red/White/Blue Marble LP]
Foo Fighters - Medicine at Midnight [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)
The Weather Station - Ignorance [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]
Various Artists - A Benefit For Equality Vol. 1 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
John Prine - September 78
Danny Kroha - Detroit Blues [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Turquoise LP]
The Decemberists - Live Home Library Vol 1 August 11 2009 Royal Oak [LP]
Hounds - Cattle In The Sky
The Staves - Good Woman
Yes - House Of Yes: Live From House Of Blues [Limited Edition Translucent Blue 3LP]
A.J. Croce - By Request
Deacon Blue - Riding On The Tide Of Love

Role Model - Our Little Angel EP
Transatlantic - The Absolute Universe: The Breath of Life (Abridged Version) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 3LP]
Transatlantic - The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Edition) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue 3LP+2CD Box Set]
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Songs Of Freedom: The Island Years [6 LP Box Set]
George Benson - Breezin' [Blue/Badge LP]
Sugarhill Gang - The Best of Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight [Limited Edition Translucent Gold Audiophile LP]
TV Priest - Uppers




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What's New 1-29-21

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Liberty & Lament

Building on the themes of their critically acclaimed album Among The Ghosts, "family" is at the center of Lucero's new album When You Found Me. The album reimagines family stories as modern fables, with young heroines and storybook lyrics inspired by the fairy tales lead singer Ben Nichols' reads with his four year old daughter at bedtime. Throughout When You Found Me, true stories are turned into fantasy and folktales are reimagined into pummeling rock songs.

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Rough Trade

On All Fours sees the band veer away from the confrontational lyricism of their debut and indicates Goat Girl’s maturing perspectives in discussing the world's injustices and social prejudices, using the music to explore global, humanitarian, environmental and mindful well-being. Frequent use of sci-fi synthesizers, off-beat chord progressions, analogue drum machines, diverse vocal styles and distinct, gritty guitars fuse a musical language that expresses both former characteristics and newer developments of the band’s sound and vision.

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Transgressive/PIAS

2021 is less than a month old and already we have one of the albums of the year from London-based musician and poet Arlo Parks. It’s a series of vignettes and intimate portraits surrounding her adolescence and the people that shaped it. Heartbreak, beautiful poetry, betrayal and hope, all inspired by Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, Jim Morrison and Fela Kuti. One listen and you will fall in love, like when you first heard Frank Ocean, King Krule or Lilly Allen.

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Six Shooter Records

Recorded during the Served Cold World Tour, which traveled the USA, UK and Ireland before the shutdown, Served Live is a full concert set list taped at iconic and beloved venues, from London’s Brixton Academy and Denver’s Mission Ballroom to The Belasco Theatre in LA. Featuring new material from the Gold-certified bluegrass band and their JUNO Award winning album Sugar & Joy, Served Live puts you in the front row in your own home, where we hope you’ll stay safe.

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Arts & Crafts

The Future Bites is an exploration of how the human brain has evolved in the Internet era, an online portal to a world of high concept design custom built for the ultra-modern consumer. It’s less a bleak vision of an approaching dystopia, more a curious reading of the here and now featuring gorgeous, warped electronic sounds, stratosphere-leveled acoustics, relentless, bass-driven Motorik grooves and swampish, murky funk.

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Metal Blade

Sweden’s kings of gothic, deathly metal have returned with Where the Gloom Becomes Sound-- a masterclass in all things tenebrous and creepy. The Swedes have crafted a sonic fingerprint unlike any other by fusing heavy metal, death metal, hard rock, and (Swedish) folk music into what can only be described as the “Tribulation sound.” Moored by incredible songwriting and developed by a brilliant production team, Tribulation is aesthetically in a league of their own.

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New Release Round-Up 01-29-21

Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams

Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams - Transgressive
Twenty-year-old, London-based musician and poet Arlo Parks, has been very steadily climbing the ranks as an artist to watch since the release of her confessional debut single "Cola" in 2018. Arlo has received praise from artists such as Billie Eilish, Wyclef Jean, Clairo, Florence Welsh and Phoebe Bridgers during the past year while growing her fan base exponentially. Arlo's debut album "is a series of vignettes and intimate portraits surrounding my adolescence and the people that shaped it. It is rooted in storytelling and nostalgia - I want it to feel both universal and hyper specific." On a personal level, Parks struggled with her identity growing up; a self- confessed tom-boy who was super sensitive and "uncool," she says it was like "I'm a black kid who can't dance for shit, listens to emo music and currently has a crush on some girl in my Spanish class." By the time she reached 17, she shaved her head, figured out she was bisexual and produced/wrote an album's worth of material.


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Lucero - When You Found Me

Lucero - When You Found Me - Liberty & Lament
Like the great river that flows through Memphis, the music of Lucero keeps rolling on, twisting and turning through the years, the same dark and brooding steadiness always at work.  Since forming in late the ‘90s, this group of Memphis road-dogs has mixed heartfelt lyrics with the sounds of early rock and roll, classic punk, country-folk, and deep-fried Southern soul. It’s a sound that stands on the pillars of American music, born more of feeling than technique, delivered night after night to legions of fans in dive bars and theaters, and on stages as august as Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Ryman. In short, it’s music that is built to last, impervious to trends.  For their tenth studio album, When You Found Me, the band continues its natural evolution, this time tapping into a more atmospheric, widescreen vision (one that wouldn’t seem out of place on a Reagan-era FM dial) while still staying tethered to its roots.  “I wanted a very classic rock sound for this album,” says songwriter and frontman Ben Nichols. “I wanted it to sound like stuff I heard on the radio growing up. I didn’t want to make a retro record at all, but I did want to reference some of those sounds and tones and moods. I think we struck a nice balance between nostalgia and something that still sounds like contemporary Lucero.”


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Baio - Dead Hand Control  Video Available

Steven Wilson - THE FUTURE BITES
Mike Krol - Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records
The Milk Carton Kids - Live From Lincoln Theatre
Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose: Live At Brixton
PJ Harvey - Is This Desire? (2020 Reissue)
PJ Harvey - Is This Desire? - Demos
Goat Girl - On All Fours
The Dead South - Served Live
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - I Told You So
Lastlings - First Contact
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Best Years Of Our Lives: 45th Anniversary
BlackPink - THE ALBUM
Various Artists - Golden Age: 25 Years Of Signature Sounds
Joan As Police Woman - Live
The Notwist - Vertigo Days
John Prine - Storm Windows [SYEOR 2021 LP]
John Prine - Pink Cadillac [SYEOR 2021 LP]
John Prine - Bruised Orange [SYEOR 2021 LP]
Ani DiFranco - Revolutionary Love
Public Enemy - Power To The People And The Beats - Public Enemy's Greatest Hits
Anna B Savage - A Common Turn



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Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams

Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams

At just 20-years-old, Arlo Parks has seen her profile steadily rise since the release of her debut single, “Cola,” in 2018. Parks is quick to note the impact independent record stores have had on her, and her ascension in the music world. “I spent a lot of time in indie record stores when I was a kid and I’m really grateful for all they brought to me,” said Parks. “They’re a place where you can really delve into music, explore new music and discover whole worlds of sonic palates.”

Since releasing “Cola,” Parks, a London-based musician and poet, has emerged as a favorite on “artists to watch” lists thanks to a prolific output of delicately-soulful tracks like “Sophie,” “Eugene” and “Hurt.” Along the way, Parks has received praise from the likes of artists like Billie Eilish, Wyclef Jean, Clairo, Florence Welsh and Phoebe Bridgers.

The next stop on Parks’ journey comes on January 29 with the release of her full-length debut, Collapsed in Sunbeams. Parks describes the album as “a series of vignettes and intimate portraits surrounding my adolescence and the people that shaped it. It is rooted in storytelling and nostalgia – I want to feel both universal and hyper-specific.”

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New Release Round-Up 01-22-21

The Dead Daisies - Holy Ground

The Dead Daisies - Holy Ground - SPV
The Dead Daisies have started the next chapter welcoming new band member Glenn Hughes. Also known as "The Voice Of Rock", Glenn has taken over lead vocals and bass guitar, joining guitarists Doug Aldrich, David Lowy and drummer Deen Castronovo. With the addition of Glenn Hughes, The Daisies supercharge their front line through his rock solid bass grooves and unmatched vocal intensity. As all fans know, the man is a true original, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, with a rich history of music that features heavy weights like Deep Purple and Black Country Communion as well as a successful solo career. One might say: "They don't build rockers like him anymore". Followers can expect more High-Voltage Rock songs, indomitable grooves and spellbinding lyrics, all the ingredients that have made this music so timeless, out-living trends of the modern day. The sound of The Dead Daisies is entrenched in the Hard Rock way of life we all love but as a living, breathing rock band, they are constantly evolving & bringing new dynamics to a classic style.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Bring Me The Horizon - Post Human: Survival Horror
Bicep - Isles
Perry Farrell - The Glitz; The Glamour
Guided By Voices - Styles We Paid For
Brian Eno - Film Music 1976 – 2020
Kiwi jr. - Cooler Returns
Rhye - Home
Moon Taxi - Silver Dream
Seasick Steve - Love & Peace
Steve Hackett - Under A Mediterranean Sky
Cub Scout Bowling Pins - Heaven Beats Iowa EP
Nicholas Lens / Nick Cave - L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S
Bob Mould - Distortion: 1996-2007
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Bang!... The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Spice Girls - Forever [Deluxe LP]
Old Dominion - Meat And Candy
Jason Bieler & The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra - Songs For The Apocalypse
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 [SYEOR 2021 2LP]
Genesis - A Trick of the Tail [SYEOR 2021 Easter Yellow LP]
Genesis - Duke [SYEOR 2021 White LP]
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms [SYEOR 2021 2LP]
Dire Straits - Communiqué [SYEOR 2021 LP]
Dire Straits - Dire Straits [SYEOR 2021 LP]
Dire Straits - Love Over Gold [SYEOR 2021 LP]
Dire Straits - Making Movies [SYEOR 2021 LP]
Dire Straits - On Every Street [SYEOR 2021 2LP]
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly [SYEOR 2021 Opaque LP]



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New Release Round-Up 01-15-21

Beach Bunny - Blame Game EP

Beach Bunny - Blame Game EP - Mom & Pop Music
Beach Bunny release their new EP Blame Game out via Mom+Pop Music. The new EP follows the band’s 2020 Billboard Top 10 debut album Honeymoon, which received 4 STARS from Rolling Stone - and a print profile - a multi-page critic’s essay from The New Yorker and features with The Cut, i-D, Paper, Nylon and many more. Where Honeymoon centered on the highs and lows of new love, Blame Game takes aim at toxic masculinity, sexism and the emotional labor of unreliable relationships. Blame Game was written in quarantine and recorded in Chicago over a week in August. The four new original songs are produced by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor, Modern Baseball, Remo Drive).


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By - Side B (Deluxe Edition)
Jeff Tweedy - Love Is The King
Tyler Childers - Long Violent History
You Me At Six - Suckapunch
Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs
Zayn - Nobody Is Listening
Accept - Too Mean To Die
Bill Withers - Greatest Hits
Why Don't We - The Good Times And The Bad Ones
DaBaby - BLAME IT ON BABY [Deluxe 2LP]
Matthew Sweet - Catspaw
Trampled By Turtles - Blue Sky & The Devil
Trampled By Turtles - Songs From A Ghost Town
Fleetwood Mac - The Best Of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
Buffalo Springfield - Retrospective: The Best Of Buffalo Springfield [SYEOR 2021 LP]
Talk Talk - It's My Life [SYEOR 2021 LP]
Billie Joe + Norah - Foreverly [SYEOR 2021 Orange Ice Cream LP]
Danny Elfman - Batman: Original Motion Picture Score [SYEOR 2021 Solid Turquoise LP]
Danny Elfman - Dick Tracy (Original Score) [SYEOR 2021 Transparent Blue LP]
Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song/Hey Hey What Can I Do [Vinyl-Single]
21 Savage / Metro Boomin - SAVAGE MODE II
Lil Tecca - Virgo World
Pop Smoke - Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
Kurt Vile - Speed Sound Lonely KV EP




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New Release Round-Up 01-08-21

Passenger - Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted

Passenger - Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted - Nettwerk Records
Mike Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, is a multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter from Brighton, England. Although still known for his busking, he long ago made the journey from street corners to stadiums – most notably with 'Let Her Go', which reached number 1 in 19 countries and which has now notched more than two billion plays on YouTube. For his latest album "Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted" Rosenberg explains, “I chose the album title because a lot of the songs are about drinking and the emotions felt around it” he explains. There are personal references Rosenberg adds, “I’ve recently gone through a break-up, which is always a rough time but can actually be very inspiring too. I spent a few months going out and drinking too much which was fun and heartbreaking and awful all at once. Some of the material is personal and some of it is about other people, either people I’ve met or fictional characters. That’s always been a Passenger thing: sad stories about people drenched in disappointment with that sense of what could have been.”


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Barry Gibb - Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook (Vol. 1)

Barry Gibb - Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook (Vol. 1) - Capitol
A lifelong bluegrass and country music fan, legendary singer, songwriter and producer Barry Gibb has long dreamed of a project that would bring him together with some of the artists he admires the most. With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, that dream has become a reality with Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook (Vol. 1)—out this week via Capitol Records. Featured artists roster includes Alison Krauss, Brandi Carlile, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and more.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Morgan Wallen - Dangerous: The Double Album
Aaron Frazer - Introducing...
Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent: Finale
Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump 20th Anniversary Collection [4LP Box Set]
Steven Wilson - 12 THINGS I FORGOT [Vinyl]
Beck - Hyperspace: 2020 Deluxe Edition
Becca Stevens - Wonderbloom
Melody Gardot - Sunset In The Blue
Viagra boys - Welfare Jazz
Greg Graffin - American Lesion [White LP]
The Cars - Shake It Up [SYEOR 2021 Neon Green LP]
K.D. Lang - Invincible Summer: 20th Anniversary Edition [SYEOR 2021 Yellow Flame LP]
Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues [SYEOR 2021 Sky Blue LP]
Talking Heads - The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads [SYEOR 2021 Red Opaque 2LP]
Strung Like a Horse - Whoa!
Various Artists - Goodnight Songs For Rebel Girls
Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation: 10th Anniversary Remix Edition
Oliver Tree - Ugly Is Beautiful
Call Me Spinster - Call Me Spinster EP


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New Release Round-Up 12-18-20

Paul McCartney - McCartney III

Paul McCartney - McCartney III - Capitol
50 years following the release of his self-titled first solo album McCartney, featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, Paul McCartney releases McCartney III. Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown,” he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II. Recorded earlier this year in Sussex, McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation. McCartney III spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between — captured with some of the same gear from Paul’s Rude Studio used as far back as 1971 Wings sessions. And Paul's array of vintage instruments he played on the new album have an even more storied history, including Bill Black of Elvis Presley's original trio's double bass alongside Paul's own iconic Hofner violin bass, and a mellotron from Abbey Road Studios used on Beatles recordings, to name but a few. Just as McCartney’s 1970 release marked Paul’s return to basics in the wake of the biggest band break-up in musical history, and the 1980 avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II rose from the ashes of Wings, McCartney III finds Paul back on his own, turning unexpected circumstances into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history.


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Aluna - Renaissance

Aluna - Renaissance - Mad Decent
The desire for change stirs from the inside. We either listen to it-or not. Aluna chose to listen. After widespread critical acclaim as one-half of multi-platinum duo AlunaGeorge, the singer, songwriter, and producer established an unpredictable and undeniable signature sound on her 2020 solo debut, Renaissance.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Taylor Swift - evermore
Drive-By Truckers - The New OK
Mac Miller - Swimming In Circles [4LP]
Mumford & Sons - Delta Diaries [CD Book Set]
Conan Gray - Kid Krow [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition CD w/ Autographed Booklet]
Childish Gambino - Because The Internet [2LP]
The Brummies - Automatic World
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Soul (Original Motion Picture Score) [LP]
Jon Batiste - Music From And Inspired By Soul [LP]
The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One
Fit For An Autopsy - The Sea Of Tragic Beasts [Black/Green/White Splatter LP]
Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side: 25th Anniversary Edition
ENHYPEN - BORDER : DAY ONE [Dawn Version]
Skip Marley - Higher Place EP
NCT - NCT - The 2nd Album RESONANCE Pt. 2 [Departure Ver.]
James Blake - Before EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl]
Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony
The Black Keys - Brothers: 10th Anniversary Edition [Deluxe 2LP]
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard - The Non-Stop EP
Lil Baby - My Turn [Deluxe]
George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Live In Boston 1982: The Complete Concert [Deluxe 4LP]
Between The Buried And Me - Colors [2020 Remix/Remaster 2LP]
The Wedding Present & Friends - Not From Where I'm Standing
Maggie Rogers - Notes From The Archive: Recordings 2011-2016


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New Release Round-Up 12-11-20

Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions)

Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions) - High Top Mountain
Since breaking through in 2014 with his Grammy nominated Metamodern Sounds in Country Music album, Sturgill Simpson has established himself as one of the most daring and most acclaimed artists of our time. His music stretches across genres and styles, from the psychedelic soul of 2016's A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Grammy nominated for Album of the Year and winner for Best Country Album) to the fuzzed-out rock attack of Sound & Fury in 2019. Now Simpson returns to the music of his native Kentucky with his first bluegrass project, Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions)A true "mixtape for the fans", as Sturgill calls it, sees him reimagining songs from across his catalogue backed by some of Nashville's finest acoustic virtuosos.


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Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams - Plastic Bouquet

Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams - Plastic Bouquet - New West Records
Every December, Christchurch, NZ  enjoys the start of summer as Saskatoon, SK  begins to freeze over. For as far apart as these places may seem, you would never know it from the sound of Plastic Bouquet, the debut collaborative album between Saskatoon duo Kacy & Clayton and Christchurch singer and songwriter Marlon Williams.  While on tour across Europe in 2017, Kacy & Clayton quite literally stopped Marlon in his tracks. As if playing by divine design through the radio, the pair’s “Springtime of the Year” immediately enchanted him.  Soon thereafter, Marlon hopped a flight to Saskatoon and they wrote and recorded the bulk of what would become Plastic Bouquet. They unlocked undeniable chemistry.  With Plastic Bouquet, these three musicians find common ground in dusty country spun through a kaleidoscope of psychedelic soul and dreamy fifties delivery.  They created an ethnosphere that is more than the sum of its parts. It’s also the beginning of something very exciting.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
The Kills - Little Bastards
Laura Jane Grace - Stay Alive
Belle And Sebastian - What To Look For In Summer
Coheed & Cambria - Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Volume 2: No World For Tomorrow
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters [Deluxe]
M. Ward - Think Of Spring
Mumford & Sons - Delta Tour EP
Deftones - White Pony: 20th Anniversary [Deluxe 2CD]
Various Artists - Willie Nelson American Outlaw (Live At Bridgestone Arena 2019)
Jeezy - The Recession 2
The Rolling Stones - I Can't Get No Satisfaction: 55th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Emerald 12in Single]
Soulwax - Nite Versions [Limited 15 Anniversary Edition Pink & White LP]
The Killers - Imploding The Mirage [LP]
Big Sean - Detroit 2
Neil Young - After The Gold Rush: 50th Anniversary Edition
Def Leppard - Hits Vegas - Live At Planet Hollywood [Limited Edition Translucent Blue 3LP]
Less Than Jake - Silver Linings
Puscifer - Existential Reckoning
John Prine - John Prine Live
Guided By Voices - Styles We Paid For
Majestica - A Christmas Carol



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New Release Round-Up 12-04-20

Shawn Mendes - Wonder

Shawn Mendes - Wonder - Island
Grammy nominated Shawn Mendes returns with his fourth studio album Wonder, the follow up to 2018’s platinum Shawn Mendes.  Includes the first single, also entitled “Wonder” and 13 other tracks recorded over the course of 2020.  “Wrote an album. It’s called “Wonder”.  "It really feels like a piece of me has been written down on paper and recorded into song. I tried to be as real and as honest as I’ve ever been.  It’s a world and a journey and a dream and an album I’ve been wanting to make for a really long time.”


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Frank Black - Christmass

Frank Black - Christmass - Demon
Demon Records is proud to present a new series of vinyl reissues from American singer-songwriter Black Francis / Frank Black. The first release in this new series is 'Christmass', a collection of acoustic performances from Frank Black's 2006 US solo tour. Recorded both live on stage and in hotel rooms whilst on the road, the album includes tracks from across Black's career. Highlights include stripped back renditions of Pixies' classics 'Where Is My Mind?', 'Cactus' and 'Wave Of Mutilation' along with 'I Burn Today', 'Bullet' and 'Nadine' from Black's solo albums. This new definitive vinyl edition is pressed on two 140g 'cactus' green vinyl.


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Green Druid - At The Maw Of Ruin

Green Druid - At The Maw Of Ruin - Earache Records
2020 release from this metal band spawned in the mile-high city of Denver Colorado, the first city to legalize marijuana. Green Druid was nominated for 'Best Metal Band' at the 303 Magazine Awards. Album closer is a cover of UK trip-hop pioneers Portishead's 'Threads'.


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Amy Winehouse - 12x7: The Singles Collection

Amy Winehouse - 12x7: The Singles Collection - Republic
A 7” singles box set comprising all of Amy Winehouse's singles from the Frank, Back To Black and Lioness: Hidden Treasures albums. Tracks include ‘Stronger Than Me’, ‘Rehab’ and ‘Love Is A Losing Game’, all of which won the Ivor Novello Award for Amy in 2004, 2007 and 2008. The set also includes the Grammy Award winning ‘Body and Soul’, a duet with Tony Bennett. The singles are housed in individual picture sleeves and pressed on black vinyl. The box also features a 20-page lyrics booklet and a set of art cards.

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman: 50th Anniversary Edition

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman: 50th Anniversary Edition - A&M
Tea For The Tillerman is arguably Cat Stevens’ best known and most cherished album. Originally released in November 1970, Universal Music will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in style on 20th November 2020 with a multi-format release suite, including a very special 5CD/BD/1LP/12” Live E.P. Super Deluxe Edition reissue of one of music’s most classic albums.  The Super Deluxe set features a brand new 2020 Remaster of the record, as well as a brand new 2020 Mix (overseen by Yusuf Islam producer / engineer David Hefti), with audio mixed from the original 1970 Island Records multi-track master tape. The 2020 Mix also appears on the 1LP which is 100% exclusive to this box set. CD3 features Yusuf’s brand new interpretations of these wonderful songs, Tea For The Tillerman², which is released on stand-alone formats on 18th September 2020. Yusuf has chosen to include it here in order to present the very most complete edition of the original album, and to show how these songs have evolved over their 50 year lifespan. CD4 features demos, outtakes and alternate versions, including two wholly previously unreleased tracks (“Can This Be Love?” and “It’s So Good”), while CD5 features 25x live performances including 5 previously unreleased tracks recorded Live At The Troubadour, 4 previously unreleased live performances from the 8th December 1970 show at Fillmore East, and 6 previously unreleased live from British, French and German TV performances in 1970/71. The Live At The Troubadour performance is also included in full on the live 12” E.P. (exclusive to this box). The Super Deluxe box set is rounded out with a BluRay featuring HD 24bit/96khz audio of the 2020 Mix, as well as 8x previously unreleased live TV performances, 7 tracks performed live at KCNET studios, Los Angeles, and the official “Father And Son” video.

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon: 50th Anniversary Edition

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon: 50th Anniversary Edition - A&M
Back in 1970 and following a period of illness and recuperation, singer-songwriting troubadour Cat Stevens re-emerged with a new record deal with Island Records and a spiritual and artistic rebirth. ‘Mona Bone Jakon’, his first album for Island, showcased a markedly different change in direction for Cat, unveiling with it a remarkable set of new compositions that included classics like ‘Trouble’, ‘Maybe You’re Right’ and the UK hit single ‘Lady D’Arbanville’. To commemorate the album’s 50th anniversary comes this definitive super deluxe box set of ‘Mona Bone Jakon’. Sounding as fresh as the day it was recorded, the original album is represented here by a brand new 2020 remaster of ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road, overseen by original producer Paul Samwell-Smith 2020 on CD, as well as a new 2020 Mix by David Hefti on both CD and LP. The set also includes an exclusive third CD of previously unreleased demos, and a fourth featuring 18 live performances from 1970/71. This box is rounded out with a live 12” etched vinyl E.P. of a rare audience recording of ‘Live At Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival’ from August 1970, and with a BluRay disc featuring the original promo video of ‘Lady D’Arbanville’, plus eight live TV performances, and the HD audio of the new Mona Bone Jakon 2020 Mix. Also included is a 98-page beautifully illustrated hardcover book with extensive new sleevenotes. Finally there’s also a selection of memorabilia including Island Records press kit, two Island press photos, a replica 1970 Plumpton Jaxx and Blues flyer, a Cat Stevens tour sticker and ‘dustbin’ greetings card and pop art print in a card envelope.


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Grandson - Death Of An Optimist

Grandson - Death Of An Optimist - Fueled By Ramen
Grandson's debut EP trilogy of Modern Tragedy 1, 2, and 3, which turned Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and musician Jordan Edward Benjamin into a vocal spokesperson on some of today's most pressing political and social issues, Death Of An Optimist continues grandson's dynamic search for meaningful change with some of his most clear-eyed and assertive songwriting yet.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Arctic Monkeys - Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Margo Price - Perfectly Imperfect At The Ryman
Beyonce - Homecoming: The Live Album
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - K.G.
The White Stripes - The White Stripes Greatest Hits
Deafheaven - 10 Years Gone
Coldplay - Christmas Lights [Limited Edition Blue 7in Vinyl]
Stevie Nicks - Live In Concert: The 24 Karat Gold Tour
Britney Spears - Glory: Deluxe [Opaque White 2LP]
Steven Wilson - 12 Things I Forgot
Bob Marley & The Wailers - The Complete Island Recordings [11LP Box Set]
Khruangbin - Late Night Tales: Khruangbin
Calexico - Seasonal Shift
YUNGBLUD - weird!
Steve Perry - Traces: Alternate Versions & Sketches
Rich The Kid & YoungBoy Never Broke Again - Nobody Safe
Sigur Ros - Odin's Raven Magic
Rory Gallagher - The Best Of
Various Artists - The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (Original Soundtrack) [Red, Green & Clear Smoke 3LP]
Twice - Eyes Wide Open (Story Version)
SuperM - SuperM The 1st Album 'Super One' [Limited Edition Orange Cassette]



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New Release Round-Up 11-27-20

RSD Black Friday 2020


RSD Black Friday
is here, so start off your shopping season the right way by hitting your favourite record store and picking out some awesome gifts for your loved ones (and yourself).  As well as the fantastic variety of record store goodies we stock all year round there will of course be some special releases exclusive to record stores streeting that day. You can check out the list of those titles right here! And you can also head over to recordstoreday.com for more details.

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Eleine - Dancing In Hell

Eleine - Dancing In Hell - Black Lodge Records
After a huge success with their EP "All Shall Burn" late 2019, Eleine now releases their third full-length album "Dancing In Hell". With a natural step into the darker and heavier sound Eleine delivers an album that sets a new standard within the symphonic metal genre with hard hitting, melodic and seductive metal that has become the renowned Eleine sound. With "Dancing In Hell", Eleine share stories of inner demons, strength and loss. You've surely been pushed down and even alone from time to time in the fight you're in, whatever that might be, right? Imagine yourself standing in the center of your own personal hell, but you have a smile on your face because you know that united we have the strength to push through. In "Dancing In Hell", you will find a legion to lean against and be a part of. Get ready to feel empowered like never before.


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Miley Cyrus - Plastic Hearts
Billie Joe Armstrong - No Fun Mondays
Smashing Pumpkins - CYR
Little Simz - Drop 6 EP
Orville Peck - Show Pony EP
William Prince - Gospel First Nation
J. Lloyd - Kosmos
Flogging Molly - Swagger: 20th Anniversary [Box Set]
The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Widespread Panic - Coconut Image / Monkey Image Reissue [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
Clutch - The Weathermaker Vault Series Vol. 1
Jesse Colin Young - Highway Troubadour
Shakin' Stevens - Singled Out
Various Artists - An Americana Christmas [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green/Red LP]
Hatebreed - Weight Of The False Self
Cadaver - Edder & Bile
Dream Theater - Distant Memories - Live In London [Box Set]



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Best of Holiday Gifts

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Concord

Recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York, Hey Clockface is the latest Elvis Costello & Sebastian Krys Production, following their collaboration on Elvis Costello and The Imposters’ GRAMMY-winning album Look Now. Hey Clockface also features contributions from Bill Frisell, Nels Cline and Steve Nieve. “I wanted the record to be vivid, whether the songs demanded playing that was loud and jagged or intimate and beautiful,” Costello said.

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Loma Vista

What started out in LA and was finished back in North Carolina at Esso’s home studio, Free Love asks major questions about self-image, self-righteousness, friendship, romance, and environmental calamity with enough warmth, playfulness, and magnetism to make you consider an alternate reality. These are Sylvan Esso’s most nuanced and undeniable songs—bold enough to say how they feel, big enough to make you join in that feeling.

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Loma Vista

In 2018, Margo Price claimed her rock star status at the Mother Church of Country Music. She was headlining the Ryman Auditorium for the first time ever, in a sold-out run of three nights that she had admittedly spent more time planning than her wedding. Now, Margo revisits the career-changing residency with the release of a new live album, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman. With special guest appearances from Jack White, Emmylou Harris and Sturgill Simpson!

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Fantasy

And It’s Still Alright is an intensely personal 10-song album of vibrant country-blues, badland ballads, ornate Americana and jazz-inflected R&B. Rateliff's warm baritone, ranging from gently hushed to a guttural howl, imbues these superbly drawn character studies with raw, naked emotion. It's a commanding next step in Nathaniel's evolution into one of America's most vital and essential songwriters.

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As chaos envelopes the world, Manson penned the perfect prescription. The aptly titled We Are Chaos was written/produced by Manson & Shooter Jennings. Rock & roll icon and painter, Manson continues to infiltrate fashion, film, and music, leaving his fingerprints on modern culture.

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The Third Gleam marks a return to the Avett Brothers’ roots, both sonically and with Seth & Scott playing as a trio with longtime bassist Bob Crawford. The eight tracks capture their personal experiences and perspectives on undeniably timely, universal themes: isolation, gun violence, incarceration, historical prejudice, mortality, resilience, love, hope, redemption.

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Sub Pop

Metz not only continues to push their music into new territories of dynamics, crooked melodies, and sweat-drenched rhythms, they explore the theme of growing up and maturing within a format typically suspended in youth. Covering seemingly disparate themes such as paternity, crushing social anxiety, addiction, isolation, media-induced paranoia, and the restless urge to leave everything behind, each of Atlas Vending’s ten songs offer a snapshot of today's modern condition.

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Clipping reimagine horrorcore the way Jordan Peele does horror cinema: by twisting beloved tropes to make explicit their own radical politics of monstrosity, fear, and the uncanny. Visions of Bodies Being Burned contains sixteen scary stories disguised as rap songs, incorporating as much influence from Ernest Dickerson, Clive Barker, and Shirley Jackson as it does from Three 6 Mafia, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Brotha Lynch Hung.

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Sugaregg roars from the speakers and jumpstarts both heart and mind. Like My Bloody Valentine after three double espressos, opener “Add It On” zooms heavenward within seconds, epitomizing the band’s newfound clarity of purpose, while the bass-driven melodies and propulsive beats of “Where to Start” and “Let You” are the musical equivalents of the sun piercing through a perpetually cloudy sky.

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Brighter, more robust sounds made their way into the songs of Purple Noon and mark a new chapter for Ernest Greene as a producer and songwriter. The vocals are front and center, tempos are slower, beats bolder, and there’s a more comprehensive depth of dynamics. One can hear the luxuriousness of Sade, the sonic bombast of Phil Collins, and the lush atmosphere of the great Balearic beat classics.

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After years spent looking out at landscapes and loved ones and an increasingly unstable world, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have turned their gaze inward, to their individual pasts and the places that inform them, on their second full-length, Sideways to New Italy.

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Secretly Canadian

Stevens’ eight studio LP is the long awaited follow-up to Carrie and Lowell. In the time between, Stevens also released Oscar-nominated music for the Luca Guadagnino film Call Me By Your Name; a collaborative album entitled Planetarium with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner (The National) and James Mcalister; and scored several works for ballet: Reflections (Houston Ballet) and Principia (NYCB).

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Dead Oceans

Amidst the current overwhelming uncertainty and upheaval of global and personal worlds, this reunion acts as both an escape from, and a confrontation of, trying times. Getting the band back together felt right, and necessary, and the friendship at the core of the band has been a longtime pillar of Bright Eyes’ output. For Bright Eyes, this long-awaited re-emergence feels like coming home.

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Highway 20

Three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams unabashedly takes on some of the human, social and political issues of our day with her boldest and most direct album to date. During the course of her celebrated four-decade, pioneering career Williams has never rested on her laurels as she continues to push herself as a songwriter. On Good Souls Better Angels, she has much she needs to get out.

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Third Man

A total reinvention of an iconic instrument, all of the sounds heard on this album were made with a 1967 Emmons Push / Pull pedal steel guitar. This is the sound of Valhalla, of heaven, planetary alignment, of total eclipse. This is the sound of an angelic army roaring into battle. This is the heavy metal thunder of the future we were promised.

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Los Angeles-based musician collective with a rotating cast featuring Mary Lattimore and William Tyler, playing instrumental, psychedelic folk music. Pedal Steel and Nylon String guitar intertwine to create ethereal crystalline drones and twinkling hypnotic moods. Simple music.

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What's New 11-20-20

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Concord

First released in 1995, Jewel's breakthrough debut Pieces of You dominated the charts with "Who Will Save Your Soul," "You Were Meant For Me" and "Foolish Games," making it one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. Across four compact discs, this special 25th anniversary reissue comprises the newly remastered album, B-sides, rarities, demos and outtakes, as well as live material.

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New Release Round-Up 11-20-20

Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace

Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace - Bad Seed Ltd
Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace is a concert film and live album by musician Nick Cave. It was filmed by cinematographer Robbie Ryan and features Cave performing solo on piano at Alexandra Palace in London. Idiot Prayer serves as the final film in a trilogy-along with 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) and One More Time with Feeling (2016)-and was described by Cave as "it's luminous and heartfelt climax."


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Tank and The Bangas - Friend Goals EP

Tank and The Bangas - Friend Goals EP - Verve
Grammy-nominated Tank and The Bangas are back with Friend Goals, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed major label debut album Green Balloon. This 6-track EP features collaborations from CHIKA, PJ Morton, and Duckwrth.


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Various Artists - Southeast Of Saturn

Various Artists - Southeast Of Saturn - Third Man Vinyl
It makes sense that Detroit had a buzzy, thriving space-rock scene in the ‘90s. What American city’s denizens had a more urgent need to disengage and think outside the grim, post-industrial rustbelt realities? With space-rock (and its close sonic cousin shoegaze) being at once expansive and introspective, it naturally appealed to the young, intelligent artists who gravitated toward its vertiginous orbit. The music of Southeast Of Saturn did not arise organically from metro Detroit’s fertile soil. Locally, garage-rock, goth-rock, neo-hippie groups, and the usual preponderance of adequate bar bands dominated the landscape. Thirsty Forest Animals guitarist Andrew Peters summarizes the prevalent attitude among the Motor City’s space-rock contingent: “I don’t think we really noticed the local Detroit scene earlier on. We were more into the bands you would see in the NME / Melody Maker, zines, and records - mostly from the UK - on the walls at Play It Again”. If anything was a major factor locally, it was Play It Again, the independent record store in the suburbs of Detroit that nurtured the scene with its amazing curation of imports and killer used records picked up on owner Alan Kovan’s British record buying trips.  Penned “Detroit Space-Rock”, the scene centered around Burnt Hair Records, Burnt Hair CEO Larry Hoffman’s Life According To Larry radio show, Zoot’s Coffeehouse and bands, such as Windy & Carl, Asha Vida, Füxa, Auburn Lull, and Majesty Crush. It was a modern movement of a more traditional “space-rock” sound, influenced less by The Stooges and MC5 and more by Spacemen 3, Loop, My Bloody Valentine and krautrock bands like Can and Neu!. Even the best-known artists on Southeast Of Saturn - Windy & Carl, Majesty Crush, Füxa - never achieved mainstream success, but within the rock underground, they inspired a cultish devotion that burns to this day.  If you missed their evanescent output the first time around, this compilation will get you up to speed over its 19 mind-altering tracks.


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Mary J. Blige - My Life: Deluxe Edition

Mary J. Blige - My Life: Deluxe Edition - Republic
Digitally remastered and expanded edition. The 3x platinum My Life was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album in 1995. In ensuing years, Rolling Stone included the album on their 50 Essential Female Albums (#17), 100 Greatest Albums of the '90s (#63) and 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (#279) lists. My Life is the second studio album by American R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige, originally released on November 29, 1994.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

mxmtoon - dawn/dusk
The War On Drugs - Live Drugs
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live In Maui
Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Nashville
Sylvan Esso - WITH [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2 LP]
BTS - BE (Deluxe Edition)
The Dirty Knobs - Wreckless Abandon
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Live In San Francisco '16
Neil Diamond - Classic Diamonds With The London Symphony Orchestra
Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019
Seatbelts - Cowboy Bebop (Original Series Soundtrack)
Local Natives - Sour Lemon EP
Rilo Kiley - Rilo Kiley
Iron Maiden - Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City
Jamie Cullum - The Pianoman At Christmas
Autechre - Plus
Dame Shirley Bassey - I Owe It All To You
Five Finger Death Punch - A Decade Of Destruction, Vol. 2
Annie Lennox - A Christmas Cornucopia: 10th Anniversary Edition
John Fogerty - Fogerty's Factory
Mary J. Blige - My Life: Deluxe Edition
Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound Of Thunder: Remastered
Dirty Projectors - 5EPs
Various Artists - '80s TV Classics - Music From G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero


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What's New 11-13-20

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Columbia

Power Up is the long awaited new album from AC/DC, and the band’s 17th studio album. For Power Up, the band reunited with producer Brendan O’Brien who helmed the double-platinum Black Ice in 2008 and the gold Rock Or Bust in 2014. Charged up for the next decade, AC/DC cut twelve new tracks for the album, proudly maintaining their signature sound and all of its powerful hallmarks.

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Mascot

As an all-time icon and Grammy-winning giant of jazz, we have grown used to seeing George Benson on the stages that befit his sky-high status. So it’s a rare treat – and a whole different thrill – to find this megastar going nose-to-nose with the breathless 250-capacity crowd at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, one of London’s most prestigious and famous venues.

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Republic

New Zealand's platinum sensation BENEE will release her highly anticipated debut album, Hey u x, on November 13. The genre-bending project features collaborations from Lily Allen, Grimes, Flo Milli, Mallrat, Kenny Beats & more. Includes Platinum-Certified smash "Supalonely" w/ Gus Dapperton and new bop "Night Garden" w/ Kenny Beats and Bakar.

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Craft

Craft Recordings honors the music of The Gospel Truth Records, a subsidiary of Stax Records, with the first-ever complete collection of all 17 singles-and their respective B-sides-issued by the imprint between 1972 and 1974. This set features in-depth liner notes by Memphis-based journalist Jared Boyd, who captured new interviews with Stax executive Al Bell, trailblazing gospel artist Rance Allen, and Mary Peak Patterson, who helped establish the label.

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New Release Round-Up 11-13-20

Chris Stapleton - Starting Over

Chris Stapleton - Starting Over - Mercury Nashville
2020 release from the acclaimed country music singer/songwriter. Starting Over has 14 new tracks and is Chris Stapleton's first studio album of new material since 2017. Features the single "Starting Over". Chris has received five Grammy Awards, seven ACM Awards, ten CMA Awards, and five Billboard Music Awards to date and with his first three album he has sold over eight million albums to date, including his debut album Traveller which has sold over four million copies.

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Elton John - Jewel Box

Elton John - Jewel Box - Mercury
An in-depth exploration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s extensive catalogue including early rarities and deep cuts personally curated by Elton John. The release the fans have been waiting for. With an eye watering amount of previously unheard and unreleased tracks this is a treasure trove for Elton John fans. The eight disc box set will be a beautiful hardcover book with discs housed in the back, wrapped in an outer slipcase. The collection spans the period 1965 to 2019. Also Available: And This Is Me [2LP], Rarities & B Sides [3LP] and Deep Cuts [4LP].

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The Menzingers - From Exile

The Menzingers - From Exile - Epitaph
Philadelphia-based indie rockers, The Menzingers made great use of their free time during this summer's stay at home order by recording a "re-imagined" acoustic version of their brilliant 2019 album "Hello Exile." Since forming as teenagers in 2006, The Menzingers have shown their strength as rough-and-tumble storytellers, turning out songs equally rooted in frenetic energy and lifelike detail. On From Exile, the band took their lyrical narrative to a whole new level and share their reflections on moments from the past and present: high-school hellraising, troubled relationships, aging and alcohol and political ennui. And while their songs often reveal certain painful truths, they ultimately maintain the irrepressible spirit that's always defined the band. These acoustic interpretations show once again how beautifully crafted these songs really are.

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Andrea Bocelli - Believe

Andrea Bocelli - Believe - Decca
The internationally renowned and beloved Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli releases his breathtaking new album, Believe, celebrating the power of music to soothe the soul. It follows his record-breaking ‘Music for Hope’ performance at Easter from the historic Duomo cathedral in Milan which was watched live by millions around the globe. It features a previously unreleased track from the late, great Italian composer Ennio Morricone, as well as ‘Gratia Plena’ –  from the critically acclaimed new movie, Fatima –, two duets with award-winning mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, and for the first time ever Andrea Bocelli has recorded his own interpretations of ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Padre Nostro’ along with familiar favourites such as ‘Hallelujah’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Amazing Grace’. Believe, co-produced by Steven Mercurio and Haydn Bendall, is a collection of uplifting songs that have inspired and sustained Bocelli over the years.     

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Boris - Amplifier Worship

Boris - Amplifier Worship - Third Man Vinyl

Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like “explosive” and “thunderous” barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. First released in 1998, catalog staple Amplifier Worship will see its first-ever reissue with minimalistic album art from the first-press Japanese CD on November 13, 2020 via Third Man Records. The Stoughton gatefold jacket will house both officially remastered LPs, pressed at Third Man Pressing. This will also serve as Amplifier Worship’s long-awaited debut across digital streaming services. Amplifier Worship is Boris’s most intense and unrelenting album to date. Not for the faint of heart, the group incorporates mythic doom-drones, up-tempo psych-sludge and even a refreshing ribbit into their signature concoction of celestial and heavy music. Amplifier Worship is a critical chapter in the Boris canon. The album is a testament to the group's bullishness in pushing metal to it’s uncomfortable and unfamiliar edges. And it is also undoubtedly one of their best. 



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Boris - Absolutego

Boris - Absolutego - Third Man Vinyl
Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like "explosive" and "thunderous" barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. Absolutego is a trek over a staggering mountain of sound. The tension builds with wave after wave of massive feedback, drums leading into a crushing crescendo of full-band repetition and clarity before descending deeper until finally reaching a surreal divebomb purring drone finale. This song takes notes out of the Melvins playbook and pushes the sound to it's absolute logical and visceral extreme. It sets a solid foundation for why Boris is considered to be one of the most important metal bands of the 21st century.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

AC/DC - Power Up
John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey - Dance Hall At Louse Point
Lambchop - Trip
Various Artists - Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983 - 1987
The Cranberries - No Need To Argue: Remastered
Sara Bareilles - More Love - Songs from Little Voice Season One
Nas - King's Disease
Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos - Live At The Hollywood Palladium: Remastered
Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Alice In Chains - Facelift
Randall Bramblett - Pine Needle Fire
Jess Gillam - TIME
Parker McCollum - Hollywood Gold EP
George Benson - Weekend In London
Benee - Hey U X
Yves Jarvis - Sundry Rock Song Stock
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons - We're The Bastards
Marika Hackman - Covers
Starcrawler - Lizzy B/ w Bet My Brains [Vinyl Single]
Billie Holiday / Sonhouse All Stars - Billie (The Original Soundtrack)
Katatonia - Dead Air

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UPCOMING RELEASES

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What's New 11-6-20

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Metal Blade

Having been a formidable presence in progressive metal for more than 35 years, Fates Warning return in 2020 with Long Day Good Night. Says vocalist Ray Alder, "There are some songs with electronics and some with a nice ethereal feel, as well as some pretty straightforward grooves, at least for us.” As such, the album is something of a rollercoaster ride, moving through various moods and making for their most vital release to date.

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Republic

Rapper/director/innovative artist, Amine, moves culture forward for Portland's music scene. His new full-length studio album, Limbo, will be available on CD October 30th via Republic Records. Keeping his promise to change perceptions and defy expectations, the project pays homage to his past on tracks like "Shimmy", and features a selection of high-profile guest artists, including Young Thug on "Compensating".

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Home Free Records

The beloved country vocal group bring you 12 tracks, blending holiday classics with new songs and collaborations. Among the highlights is a collaboration with Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama on their hit "Christmas in Dixie." “Alabama is my all-time favorite country group,” Home Free tenor Austin Brown says. “So, needless to say, this is definitely a major highlight, if not the pinnacle of my career so far."

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Meant Well Inc.

“In the middle of a pandemic, as the truth of our environmental devastation sinks in, it feels silly to write about relationships,” Woods explains. “I was thinking about that when the title ‘Without People’ came to me… and how beautiful the world could be without us, and how we’re perhaps the first generation to consider that notion as a real possibility.”

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BMG

Disco, Kylie’s fifteenth studio album, is a triumphant return to the dance floor. Think Studio 54, pure pop, dance elation. The first single, "Say Something" falls in line with the overall sleek, modern disco-tinged record – produced by long-time collaborator Biff Stannard.

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New Release Round-Up 11-06-20

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Return To Greendale

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Return To Greendale - Reprise
Return To Greendale is the latest installment in Neil Young’s Performance Series (#16) and features a concert (audio & on film) from the historic and unique 2003 tour supporting the release of the Neil Young with Crazy Horse album GreendaleOn the 2003 tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse were joined on stage by a large cast of singers and actors to perform the story Neil Young wrote about the small town of Greendale and how a dramatic event affects the people living there. The ten songs from the powerful original album are performed in sequence, with the cast speaking the sung words - adding to the intensity of the performance. The live album Return to Greendale is released this week in several formats: Double vinyl, a 2 CD set, and a limited-edition deluxe box set that includes a Blu-ray of the full concert, a DVD of Inside Greendale (the making of the album documentary), 2 LPs and 2 CDs. The film of the ambitious live show captures the vibrancy of Neil Young and Crazy Horse on stage in a unique multi-media experience. It seamlessly blends together the live performance, the actors portraying each song, with the story occasionally enhanced by scenes from the Greendale - The Movie. Both the live concert film and the Inside Greendale documentary are directed by Bernard Shakey and produced by L. A. Johnson.

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Heather Trost - Petrichor

Heather Trost - Petrichor - Third Man Vinyl LLC
It’s hard to not get jaded about music itself when one deals with the ins and outs on a daily basis of what remains of the music industry. And then, well, you know how it is--when presented with music that’s actually fresh and unique, or simply fucking good, not only are we reunited with the reason we all are grinding away here, but it’s very difficult to not resort to superlatives. So we will do our best to stick to the facts here. But just do yourself a huge favor, and let this album wash over you, right now. Third Man Records is chuffed to present to you the New Mexico-based artist Heather Trost’s second or third solo full-length. Petrichor is fresh, unique, and really fucking good. Sonically, this modern psychedelic pop music is as experimental as it is accessible. Petrichor was recorded between 2018 and 2019 by Heather Trost and her husband Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel) at their home studio. The two are community activists, urban gardeners, and full-time musicians.

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Paul McCartney And The Frog Chorus - We All Stand Together

Paul McCartney And The Frog Chorus - We All Stand Together - Capitol
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rupert the Bear, MPL has restored and remastered in 4K the BAFTA winning Rupert and the Frog Song a 1984 short animated film, directed by Geoff Dunbar. To accompany the film a reimagined picture disc for 'We All Stand Together' is also set to be released.  The track hit #3 on the UK Singles chart and then charted again a year later in 1985.  The 7" shaped picture disc with the iconic image of Rupert The Bear and Paul McCartney is packaged in a die cut sleeve to highlight the shaped vinyl and includes an exclusive folded poster in the sleeve and outer mailer.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Laura Veirs - My Echo
Kylie Minogue - Disco
Pylon - Pylon Box [4LP Box Set]
Pylon - Gyrate
Pylon - Chomp
Olafur Arnalds - some kind of peace
Donovan Woods - Without People
Sun Ra Arkesttra - Swirling
TOMORROW X TOGETHER - Minisode 1 : Blue Hour
David Bowie - Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World)
Public Enemy - What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?
Adulkt Life - Book Of Curses
Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter [White 2LP]
Tunng - Tunng presents…DEAD CLUB
John Lee Hooker - Live At Montreux 1983 & 1990
Charlie Parker - The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection
Brothertiger - Out Of Touch
The Who - WHO: Deluxe & Live At Kingston
Amine - Limbo
Sir Woman - Bitch EP
Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

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What's New 10-30-20

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Capitol

For Love Goes, Sam has enlisted a roll call of revered collaborators from Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion), Shellback/MXM (Robyn, Pink, Britney Spears), Labrinth (Love Goes title track), masterminds Stargate as well as good friend Guy Lawrence (Disclosure) and long-term collaborator Jimmy Napes to curate a collection of songs written over the last two years, all displaying individuality with every-one telling a different story.

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TenThousand Projects

Platinum-selling rapper, singer, and songwriter Trippie Redd has landed four consecutive Top 10 albums in just three years' time. With penetrating lyrics and a nuanced but hard-hitting vocal performance, the 21-year-old defies genre boundaries, embedding his melodic take on rap with rock-and-roll and heavy metal elements to create a wildly experimental yet massively appealing sound.

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Mascot

As the world plummeted into the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Stone Cherry was nestled deep in the woods, scrambling to complete their 7th album. Featuring their new standards for Southern rock - a revitalized tradition with burly riffs and stirring rock hooks - the aptly named The Human Condition was finished just before the global lockdown was imposed.

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Ipecac

The first release from Mr. Bungle since 1999, The Bunny Demo is a re-recording of the band's 1986 high school thrash metal demo along with songs written then, but never recorded. Featuring covers of classics by S.O.D. and Corrosion Of Conformity. This version of Mr. Bungle is original members Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn, joined by Scott Ian of Anthrax and Dave Lombardo of Slayer/Dead Cross.

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Warp

Magic takes in all elements of OPN's output of the last 13 years, from the deconstructed New Age plunderphonics of Replica and R Plus Seven, to the alt rock and chamber pop songwriting of Garden Of Delete and Age Of, and the symphonic, cinematic nature of the scores for Uncut Gems and Good Time; making self-titling the record both a reference to his roots while entrenched in the present.

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New Release Round-Up 10-30-20

Sam Smith - Love Goes

Sam Smith - Love Goes - Capitol
Sam Smith continues their all-conquering journey to super stardom as they release their third album ‘Love Goes’. This follows an incredible run of global smashes including ‘Dancing with a Stranger’, with Normani which has amassed over 13 million copies and over 2.5 billion streams, became the #1 airplay in the US & UK and has achieved platinum status in 15 countries. ‘How Do You Sleep?’ and the accompanying game-changing video has already reached sales of over 8 million and remained in the Spotify Global Top 20 after 4 months. 2018 also saw Smith release their global hit with Calvin Harris ‘Promises’ which the pair performed at the BRIT Awards; Sam reached 13 million YouTube subscribers – one of only 8 UK artists to achieve this accolade – and they ended 2019 peaking at 8 on the Global Spotify monthly listeners chart. They have over 10 billion total streams on Spotify alone, with 2 singles (Too Good At Goodbyes and Stay With Me) being one of only 100 tracks to ever achieve over 1bn total streams on Spotify. During their career Sam has sold over 28 million albums worldwide and notched up seven UK No. 1 records to date including ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ – the first Bond theme to reach the position, gaining them a Guinness World Record. In addition, Sam has also received four Grammy Awards, three BRITs and an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song (Writing’s On The Wall).

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U2 - All That You Can’t Leave Behind: 20th Anniversary

U2 - All That You Can’t Leave Behind: 20th Anniversary - Interscope Records
Limited 11 vinyl LP set. Includes fully remastered studio album plus 20 page booklet. 9 track b-sides, out-takes and alternate versions. Elevation Live From Boston 19 track set. 5 x 12" featuring 11 remix singles including 4 previously unreleased. 32 page hardback book by long-time U2 collaborator Anton Corbijn featuring previously unseen photos. Double-sided poster. Digitally remastered 20th Anniversary edition. The forever-evolving U2 looked back to their anthemic, passionate '80s classics on their 10th studio album, even as they took what they'd learned in the '90s and had maximum fun with studio production (aided ably here by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois). It didn't hurt that Bono and co. Had their best batch of songs in years at the ready; all this combined to catapult All That You Can’t Leave Behind to #1 in 32 countries.

Also available: CD, Deluxe 2CD, 2LP and Limited Edition 5CD Super Deluxe Box Set

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Eels - Earth To Dora

Eels - Earth To Dora - PIAS
2020 release from the alt-rock band Eelsled by singer/songwriter Mark Everett (AKA E). Earth To Dora is the follow-up to the band's 2018 release The Deconstruction.

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Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God

Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God - Conglomerate Ent
The first album in eight years from hip-hop icon Busta Rhymes. The album is a sequel to his 1998 album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front. Includes the single "The Don and The Boss", a collaboration with dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

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Jeremiah Johnson - Unemployed Highly Annoyed

Jeremiah Johnson - Unemployed Highly Annoyed - Ruf Records
Jeremiah Johnson blends the sounds of the south, with Mississippi River blues and a touch of country flair. Emotionally charged roots rock, powered by the common man's passion for life and all the struggles in-between. Songs with meaning, a powerfully persuasive voice and master class musicianship.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Ariana Grande - Positions
Elvis Costello - Hey Clockface
Mr. Bungle - The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo
Hamilton Leithauser - Live! at Café Carlyle
Record Store Day Presents Decibel Completely Extreme Volume One
I Prevail - Post Traumatic
John Petrucci - Terminal Velocity
Cam - The Otherside
Trippie Redd - Pegasus
Troye Sivan - In A Dream EP
Black Stone Cherry - The Human Condition
Nils Frahm - Empty
GWAR - Scumdogs Of The Universe: 30th Anniversary
The Crow (Original Soundtrack) [Rocktober 2020 LP]
Yes - The Royal Affair Tour (Live in Las Vegas)
Bob Mould - Distortion: 1989-2019
Bob Mould - Distortion: 1989-1995
The Heshoo Beshoo Group - Armitage Road
Ron Dante - Ron Dante's Funhouse


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What's New 10-23-20

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Rough Trade

Since 2008’s debut album Krülle Bol, This Is The Kit (lead by Kate Stables) have unpicked emotional knots and woven remarkable stories, but even by their high standards, Off Off On is a beautifully clear distillation of Stables’ song-writing gifts. In difficult times, it’s a record that feels like a lifeline, moving against the tide, standing against the storm. Keep going.

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4AD

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker releases songs and instrumentals as two distinct collections, both written and recorded in April after Big Thief’s tour was abruptly cut short due to coronavirus. After returning home, Lenker decamped to a one room cabin in the mountains of western Massachusetts and set out to record using exactly zero digital processing. This album is 100% analog-analog-analog (AAA).

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Fearless

iDKHOW is a new project led by Dallon Weekes (Panic! At The Disco). They initially had a curated storyline, believed to have been a decades-old band that never got a big break until 2017, when an anonymous donor released recovered video footage that hints otherwise, leading fans, music historians and conspiracy theorists to debate.

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Loma Vista

On White Bronco Bronson rapped “my next album’s only for dolphins,” and the principled MC is nothing if not true to his word. A Queens legend, respected for his idiosyncratic pen and vivid raps, Bronson is a decade into his career and still deepening his skillset. With Only For Dolphins, he wants to take the listener on a tour of his creativity. Welcome to his world.

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A&R Adventures

Royal Tea was inspired by his British heroes - Jeff Beck, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Cream and recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. These 10 original tracks were co-written by Joe with Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Pete Brown (Cream) & Jools Holland.

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New Release Round-Up 10-23-20

Gorillaz - Song Machine, Season One

Gorillaz - Song Machine, Season One - Warner Records
Song Machine, Season One is Gorillaz’ newest concept which started in January 2020, releasing brand new material episodically - as and when it happens – and has continued throughout the year.  The ongoing and ever-evolving process has seen our favourite characters joined by an expanding roster of collaborators captured live in Kong Studios and beyond. The result is an expansive collection of 17 tracks embracing a myriad of sounds, styles, genres and attitudes from a breath-taking line-up of guest artists including Beck, Elton John, Fatoumata Diawara, Georgia, Kano, Leee John, Octavian, Peter Hook, Robert Smith, Roxani Arias, ScHoolboy Q, Slaves, Slowthai, St Vincent and 6LACK, as well as CHAI, EARTHGANG, Goldlink, Joan As Police Woman, JPEGMAFIA, Moonchild Sanelly, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Skepta and Tony Allen. 

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Ben Harper - Winter Is For Lovers

Ben Harper - Winter Is For Lovers - ANTI
Winter Is For Lovers was a lifetime in the making... a solo lap-steel guitar piece incorporating elements of delta blues, flamenco, and even Satie-like minimalism, this work resonates with lyrical virtuosity, originality and soul. In some ways Winter Is For Lovers is a love letter to Ben Harper’s longtime fans who have always revered his guitar virtuosity; it’s the record they always wanted him to make. For many other music lovers, this record is a revelation, an unknown side to a celebrated artist showing a sense of meticulousness, depth and music history that will add new dimensions to an already renowned career. As a child, before Ben Harper was even playing music, he sat at the feet of folk luminaries like Rev Gary Davis, John Fahey, Ry Cooder and others in his grandparents Folk Music Center in Claremont, CA, soaking up their influence and passion for pure guitar music. As a teenager, while discovering his own musical gifts, he was repairing guitars and being mentored by many of these artists, most notably, Taj Mahal. While his musical path has taken him to worldwide fame playing rock and roll, and many other idioms, that pure guitar music has always been central to his musical heart. Ultimately, Winter Is For Lovers is a very personal statement from Ben Harper, drawing from the bountiful garden of his earliest musical impressions and propelling him into the future with an elegiac masterpiece.

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Beastie Boys - Beastie Boys Music

Beastie Boys - Beastie Boys Music - Capitol
Beastie Boys Music is a companion piece to the critically acclaimed documentary Beastie Boys Story and the group's best seller Beastie Boys Book. The album features 20 Beastie Boys classics spanning the band's 30+ year career.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You
clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned
The Mountain Goats - Getting Into Knives
I Don't Know How But They Found Me - RAZZMATAZZ
boy pablo - Wachito Rico
Joe Bonamassa - Royal Tea
Drive-By Truckers - Live From Austin, TX
Action Bronson - Only For Dolphins
Melody Gardot - Sunset In The Blue
Pearl Jam - MTV Unplugged
Faithless - All Blessed
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Live At The Tennessee Theatre
Sparkle Division - To Feel Embraced
The Phoenix Foundation - Friend Ship
Nothing but Thieves - Moral Panic
Blue October - This Is What I Live For
Plants And Animals - The Jungle
Luke Combs - What You See Ain't Always What You Get: Deluxe Edition
Dan Penn - Living On Mercy
Wallows - Remote EP


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What's New 10-16-20

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Concord

After a series of stand-alone singles and a release under the moniker EL VY (with Brent Knopf of Menomena), Serpentine Prison is the first solo record from Grammy-Award winning artist Matt Berninger of The National. Recorded with and produced by the legendary Booker T. Jones, it's a collection of deeply personal songs dripped in Booker's signature Memphis sound perfectly blended with Berninger's unmistakable baritone.

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Mahakala Music

A commissioned jazz suite to commemorate the 60th anniversary of a turning points in the civil rights movement, No Tears Suite brings together local composers Christopher Parker & vocalist Kelley Hurt with an incredible band featuring Grammy-award winning drummer, Brian Blade and Ellington band veteran saxophonist Bobby LaVell.

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ATO

Impossible Weight is a work of sublime highs and mesmerizing lows, its restless intensity both unsettling and transcendent. Co-produced by bandleader Jessica Dobson and Andy D. Park, the album's lush textures and mercurial arrangements reveal the limitless imagination of Dobson’s guitar work (which she’s previously shown in playing lead guitar for Beck and The Shins) and fully illuminates the power of her vocals.

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What's New 10-9-20

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4AD

As Long As You Are is an album about trust, honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close. But being delivered via their brand of new wave synth-pop full of bright melodies and heavenly choruses, it’s as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career.

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Sub Pop

Metz not only continues to push their music into new territories of dynamics, crooked melodies, and sweat-drenched rhythms, they explore the theme of growing up and maturing within a format typically suspended in youth. Covering seemingly disparate themes such as paternity, crushing social anxiety, addiction, isolation, media-induced paranoia, and the restless urge to leave everything behind, each of Atlas Vending’s ten songs offer a snapshot of today's modern condition.

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Hollywood Records

The fifth album from Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen), Sad Hunk, takes its title from a nickname bestowed by his wife in reaction to how he was portrayed in the media. A collaboration from the same team as 2018’s Earthtones, the graceful guitar work of Sam Weber - a musician he discovered on YouTube - and with GRAMMY-nominated producer Robbie Lackritz, Sad Hunk is the next step in Afie’ virtuosic signature style.

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Republic

Good Intentions, the celebrated third record from Toronto-native Nav, has features from rap heavy weights like Young Thug, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna, Lil Durk, Don Toliver and Pop Smoke. He set the tone early with the success of his song `Turks' feat. Travis Scott and Gunna.

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More Doug Records

The claustrophobia of the here and now - a desire to return to past states on one hand and change on the other. In some cases, repetition and return are a desirable way to deal with uncertain times; in others, the stagnancy of the present is overwhelming. Fish Pond Fish lives between the two, creating simultaneously the most bedroom-tracked (thanks quarantine) and production-heavy full-length the band has yet released.

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Search Party

Produced by Randall Poster and Stewart Lerman, I'd Rather Lead a Band finds Loudon Wainwright III partnering up with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks for their take on some of the American songbook's finest classics. This album showcases a fresh side of LW3 with big band sounds and timeless songs from Irving Berlin, Cliff Friend, Lew Brown and other Tin Pan Alley contemporaries.

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Petaluma Records

Creation Myths is the first album in 5 years from Elvis Perkins. Produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Danger Mouse, etc), the album in many ways picks up where his debut Ash Wednesday (XL Recordings) left off. Subtle nods to Americana and spooky, blissed-out folk, but never lights for too long on any one spot.

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Napalm

The quintessential dark groove metal innovators return to deliver fans their most electrifying and introspective collection of anthems yet – Dealing With Demons I – part one of a hard-hitting double album that will have metalheads everywhere ushering in a new era! DevilDriver proves that they still reign supreme among metal’s all-time greats, leaving the listener craving what’s to come on Dealing With Demons II.

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ATO

Black Pumas have unveiled a deluxe edition of their Grammy-nominated self-titled debut album via ATO Records. Features original album plus 11 bonus tracks, three new original songs and four cover tracks, plus unreleased live material. The package is updated with new artwork, and contains unpublished in-studio and live photographs.

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Verve

SKALD is inspired by the Doggerland, an island that disappeared 20,000 years ago following various natural disasters (tsunami, long winter...). The Vikings tell here the history of the people who preceded them and question the role of Man for saving the planet. This is an invitation to listen to messages from the past to build the future.

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Daptone

Long In The Tooth delivers a truly epic collection of new material that finds the group further bridging the gap between the farfisa-fueled Ethio-Funk stylings of their early recordings, with the psychedelic, Sabbath-inspired hellfire of late. Heavy drum breaks reign supreme, setting the stage for the pulsating, hallucinatory wall of organ, menacing horns, and rugged guitar riffs to permeate your soul.

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Park The Van

Brooklyn indie-rock stalwart Drew Citron formed Beverly in 2013, after having got her start as a touring member with Frankie Rose and The Pains of Being Pure of Heart. With Free Now, Citron, one of the most beautiful voices in indie rock, comes to the table with a whole lot of pain to sing about and the full musical knowledge to put herself, and her talents, front and center.

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New Release Round-Up 10-16-20

Tom Petty - Wildflowers & All the Rest

Tom Petty - Wildflowers & All the Rest - Warner Records
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the 1994 album by Tom Petty. Contains the original album (remastered) with 15 tracks spread over two LPs. LP 3 contains All The Rest, the 10 songs from the Wildflowers sessions that were left off the album, five of which are previously unreleased.

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown - Pressure

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown - Pressure - Spinefarm
Singer/guitarist Tyler Bryant wrote "Crazy Days" to help him deal with the insanity that is 2020. There were zero plans to have it be the lead-off single for a fourth album, Pressure, whose 13 blues-infused, timeless rock songs create a full-circle journey that both embraces and distracts Guest vocals include Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke. and Rebecca Lovell of the duo Larkin Poe.
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Virtual ConcertFor their only show of 2020 the band wanted to put together a little something special, A one-of-a-kind virtual concert on Oct 16th featuring songs from Pressure, as well as some Shakedown favorites. Click Here For Details.

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Various Artists - Blue Note Re:imagined - Blue Note Records
Legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note have joined forces for Blue Note Re:imagined; a brand-new collection of 16 classic Blue Note tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents. Representing a bridge between the ground-breaking label’s past and future, the project features contributions from a rollcall of internationally acclaimed jazz, soul and R&B acts including Shabaka Hutchings, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Mr Jukes, Steam Down, Skinny Pelembe, Emma-Jean Thackray, Poppy Ajudha, Jordan Rakei and Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith.

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (Original Soundtrack)

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (Original Soundtrack) - Decca
Relive the soundtrack from "The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners" VR zombie experience. The gripping complete collection brings to life the horrifying journey through walker-infested New Orleans. This 2-CD set features 56 Bayou-inspired songs and compositions by Michael David Peter & Joshua Mosely, with muddy re-imaginings of songs like "When The Levee Breaks", "In The Pines" and "When The Saints Go Marching In". Immerse and ask yourself: are you a saint or a sinner?  Also available on Red/Green/Clear Smoke colored 3LP with Alternative Cover



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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

beabadoobee - Fake It Flowers
The Struts - Strange Days
Tommy Lee - Andro
BTS - SKOOL LUV AFFAIR: Special Addition
Pluralone - I Don't Feel Well
Japandroids - Massey Fucking Hall
Jeremy Ivey - Waiting Out The Storm
Cordovas - Destiny Hotel
Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison
Autechre - Sign
Helena Deland - Someone New
Eagles - Live From The Forum MMXVIII
Kevin Morby - Sundowner
Katie Melua - Album No. 8
Steep Canyon Rangers - Arm In Arm
Woodkid - S16
NCT - NCT - The 2nd Album RESONANCE Pt. 1 [The Future Ver.]
Deep Sea Diver - Impossible Weight
Pixies - Hear Me Out / Mambo Sun [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow 12in Vinyl Single]
Sasha Sloan - Only Child
Various Artists - Def Jam Forward



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New Release Round-Up 10-09-20

Touche Amore - Lament

Touche Amore - Lament - Epitaph
Touche Amore has been burrowing through angst, alienation, cancer, and heartbreak throughout four adored studio albums. After over a decade of working through darkness, the band’s gorgeously gruff fifth album, Lament, finds the light at the end of the tunnel. Through 11 songs, TOUCHÉ AMORÉ looks back at its past and uses hard-won optimism to point its fans toward light, and love.

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John Lennon - GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES.

John Lennon - GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES. - Capitol
GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES. is the definitive new best of John Lennon – 36 tracks on four 180-gram LPs completely remixed from the original master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come and sounding better than ever before. Lift-off lid box contains 4LPs, 8 page booklet, fold-out double-sided poster, 2 post cards and GIMME SOME TRUTH. bumper sticker.

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Brothers Osborne - Skeletons

Brothers Osborne - Skeletons