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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