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What's New 8-12-22

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Century Media

A huge portion of melodies and a downright overdose of sheer power. Arch Enemy are solid as a rock when it comes to "pure fucking metal". The guitar harmonies delivered by one of the greatest axe-duos in this day and age - Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis - in combination with the unmistakable voice of singer Alissa White-Gluz is everything a metal-maniac can ask for. They take no prisoners! *Ltd. Ed. Light Blue LP*

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Fuzze-Flex

Collective Soul's long-awaited 2022 release sends the band's artistic spirit into the next stratosphere. From the propulsive gnarly kiss-off of "Cut the Cord" to the reflective midtempo jangle of "Take" to the heart-wrenching reality check of "Rule No. 1" to the choir-backed emotional crossroads of "Where Do I Go," Vibrating contains 42 minutes of irrefutable sonic evidence of a band wholly uninterested in sitting still.

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Sub Pop

Smash cut to Kiwi Jr.'s third album, Chopper, overseen by trusted pilot Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) on storied Sub Pop Records. Turning nocturnal with necks mock turtle, our Local Kiwi Jr. takes neon flight off the digital cliff - like The Monkees starring in Blade Runner; like Michael Mann directs Encino Man. Ten songs with synth shimmer, zen gongs with yard strimmer. *Ltd. Ed. Clear LP*

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Boo Boo Wax

Michael Franti has long been revered for his inspiring music, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism. As equal parts musician and activist, Franti continues to offer opportunities for gratitude, solidarity and celebrating how we get through the greatest ups and downs of our lives with our body, mind and soul still in one piece.

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BMG

Danger Mouse's soulful, freewheeling production serves as the perfect backdrop to Black Thought's metronomic, pin-sharp and chorus-free lyrical deluge. The natural chemistry comes through in the ease with which the artist and listener move through this album. It’s an album untethered to any genre, era or trend - uncategorizable and timeless. It is the sound of the pair observing their own culture and asking questions they still may not have the answers to. *Ltd Ed Red LP*

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Thirty Tigers

No Regular Dog shares a gritty and glorious portrait of living in devotion to your deepest dreams: the brutal self-doubt and unending sacrifice, hard-won wisdom and sudden moments of unimaginable transcendence. Revealing her supreme gift for spinning harsh truths into songs that soothe and brighten the soul, the Kentucky-bred artist ultimately makes an unassailable case for boldly following your heart.

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Third Man

Recorded under a loft bed in the guest bedroom of his Nashville home, I Survived, It’s Over starts in a humble space. It sets itself apart in its transformative properties as well as its transparency. What we have here is honest sound exploration, session musician-level instrumentation, and a true love for nature run through the fingers of a dude who can channel some acute and undeniable magic. This music goes deep.

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New Release Round-Up 08-12-22

Danny Elfman - Bigger. Messier.

Danny Elfman - Bigger. Messier. - Anti
Following his triumphant performances at the 2022 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Danny Elfman delivers Bigger. Messier., an ambitious double-album collection of remixed and reimagined tracks from his highly acclaimed Big Mess album. This sprawling, 23 track collection (available on 2 LP or 2 CD) features tracks reworked by some of the most groundbreaking and subversive artists around today. Bigger.Messier. views the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composers songs through the lens of luminaries from diverse sides of the music business, including Trent Reznor, Iggy Pop, Squarepusher, and Ghostemane.

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Goo Goo Dolls - Chaos In Bloom

Goo Goo Dolls - Chaos In Bloom - Warner Records
Chaos In Bloom, arriving this week via Warner Records. Marking the first album of their career to be produced by frontman John Rzeznik, the record finds Goo Goo Dolls at the top of their game and continuing to constantly evolve just as they have for nearly four decades together. Consisting of 10 tracks, Chaos in Bloom is an album of biting sarcasm, stadium-ready choruses, and the type of spear-sharp songwriting that’s led them to becoming one of the most influential alternative rock groups of all time.

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Beastie Boys - Check Your Head: 30th Anniversary

Beastie Boys - Check Your Head: 30th Anniversary - Capitol
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Beastie Boys’ 2X Platinum Check Your Head album, this limited-edition deluxe reissue is a rare version of the album that was released as a limited run in 2009. Long out-of-print and sought after by fans and collectors, it features two bonus LP’s including remixes, live versions, and B-sides. Featuring the songs ‘So What’cha Want’, ‘Pass the Mic’ and ‘Gratitude’. Check Your Head was a somewhat return to their punk roots and introduced the trio playing their own instruments for the first time on record since their early EP’s.

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Rich Ruth - I Survived, It's Over

Rich Ruth - I Survived, It's Over - Third Man Records
Recorded under a loft bed in the guest bedroom of his Nashville home, Michael Ruth aka Rich Ruth’s “I Survived, It's Over” starts in a humble space. And while many contemporary music projects are produced in such an environment, “I Survived, It’s Over” sets itself apart in its transformative properties as well as its transparency. What we have here is honest sound exploration, session musician-level instrumentation, and a true love for nature run through the fingers of a dude who can channel some acute and undeniable magic. This music goes deep. 



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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Pale Waves - Unwanted [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Pink LP]
Danger Mouse & Black Thought - Cheat Codes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
Kelsey Waldon - No Regular Dog
Wet - Pink Room [Pink Glass Translucent EP]
Boris - Heavy Rocks [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Girlpool - Forgiveness [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple LP]
The Paranoid Style - For Executive Meeting [LP]
Wade Bowen - Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth
Erasure - Day-Glo (Based On A True Story)
Hudson Mohawke - Cry Sugar
Puscifer - Existential Reckoning: Live At Arcosanti
Arch Enemy - Deceivers [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Light Blue LP]
Coil - Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil
Norma Jean - Deathrattle Sing For Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Doublemint 2LP]
Nicolas Dubé - The Oregon Trail: Music From The Gameloft Game [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Green LP]
Vandoliers - The Vandoliers [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Neon Orange LP]
Psyche Origami - The Standard [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]


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What's New 8-5-22

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Republic

Record-breaking BRIT and GRAMMY Award nominated, Billboard Award-winning global sensations, Glass Animals, announce the special anniversary collection of their critically acclaimed third album, Dreamland. Dreamland is the album that brought us the global hit, “Heat Waves,” leading to a 5 billion+ global streaming band. *Ltd. Ed. Glow In The Dark LP*

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Easy Eye

During the recording of Anderson’s 2020 album Years, Dan Auerbach hatched the idea of a tribute to the genius of the country legend. The herculean talents of everyone from Luke Combs to John Prine, from Eric Church to Tyler Childers, Nathaniel Rateliff to Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and many more all came together to pay tribute to John and his remarkable contributions in this stunning album. *Low Dog Blue LP*

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Metal Blade

The Swedish melodic death metal stalwart’s trademark sound undergoes yet another evolutionary overhaul. From the noisily rabble-rousing "Find A Way Or Make One" and the pummeling, pugilistic "Get In The Ring", to the evocative fury of "Saxons & Vikings," The Great Heathen Army encapsulates the essence of this legendary band, while still allowing acres of space for new ideas. *Triple Gatefold Blue/Black Marble LP*

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Prosthetic Records

More than two decades deep, and preparing to release their eighth studio album, Psycroptic are in fine fettle. The follow up to 2018’s As The Kingdom Drowns is on the horizon, and Divine Council sees the Australian band ready to push their creative boundaries in new ways as part of their ethos to always keep things fresh - both for themselves and their listeners. *Blue/Green/White/Clear LP*

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Epitaph

Gliding across a spectrum of breathless punk rock, doo-wop, gospel, dancehall, and the band’s customary nods to the lineage of two-tone, this 14-track opus is a band rejecting the easy impulses of simply repeating what’s worked before. Featuring guests Tim Armstrong, Rhoda Dakar, Hepcat, and The Skints. *Ltd. Ed. Opaque Aqua Blue LP*

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Empire

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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Virgin

Honesty, nostalgia and inner-light are at core of Lauv’s sophomore album. As humans, we tend to shy away from the darkness and spotlight the good, but acceptance and courage is what takes us beyond the horizon and gives us all the strength to move forward. All 4 Nothing sees the hit maker at his highest and lowest with no pretend while bringing his ultra-modern pop beats and snappy lyrical pairings.

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New Release Round-Up 08-05-22

Paul McCartney - McCartney I / II / III

Paul McCartney - McCartney I / II / III - Capitol
The eponymous solo albums written, performed, and produced by Paul McCartney from 1970, 1980, and 2020. Includes 3 LPs on 180-gram audiophile vinyl with 3 limited edition photo prints and an introduction from Paul housed in a beautiful slipcase box.

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Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Noise and Flowers

Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Noise and Flowers - Reprise
Neil Young + Promise of the Real release a new live album, Noise and Flowers, that captures the group in all their glory on their 2019 European tour. The release is accompanied by a similarly titled concert film that’s included in the album’s 2xLP+CD Deluxe Edition. Noise & Flowers documents a 9-date tour that began just two weeks after Young’s lifetime friend and manager of more than 50 years, Elliot Roberts, passed away at age 76. Performing alongside a photograph of Roberts taped to his road case, Young approached each show as a celebratory memorial service to honor his late friend. It’s a trek the legendary singer/songwriter describes as “wondrous.”

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The Interrupters - In The Wild

The Interrupters - In The Wild - Hellcat Records
After three studio albums and over a decade deep into the music game, The Interrupters deliver their new album, In The Wild. This 14-track opus is the real deal; it’s a story of survival, a story of resilience, by a band being bold and rejecting the easy impulses of simply repeating what’s worked before. Together during lockdown, Aimee Interrupter, partner and guitarist Kevin Bivona, and his younger twin brothers, Jesse (drums) and Justin (bass), decided to put idle hands to work. After building a home studio in their garage together, Kevin stepped up and took charge of production duties to become “the accountable one” this time around. The record took shape in an unforced and organic fashion, and the recording process was evidently a fun one, which is reflected in the sound of the album, gliding across a spectrum of breathless punk rock, doo-wop, gospel, dancehall, and the band’s customary nods to the lineage of two-tone. It’s further evidenced in the uplifting spirit and the glittering rollcall of guests (Tim Armstrong, Rhoda Dakar, Hepcat, The Skints) involved too. Thanks to the cocoon of the intimate environment they’d built and relaxed working practices, the results made for the most personal Interrupters album to date, as well as being the one all four feel most connected to.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Eminem - Curtain Call 2
Bad Bunny - Un Verano Sin Ti
Caroline Polachek - Pang [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fog LP]
Lauv - All 4 Nothing
Tool - Fear Inoculum
Primus - Conspiranoid EP
Soulfly - Totem [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
benny blanco / BTS / Snoop Dogg - Bad Decisions [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition CD Single]
Various Artists - Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson
Bluewerks Vol. 1 & 2 - Up Down Left Right / In Full Bloom [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Green LP]
Art Moore - Art Moore [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Van Hunt - Van Hunt [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Maroon 2LP]
Malcolm Middleton - A Brighter Beat: 15th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
HEALTH - GENERATIONS EDITION DISCO4 :: PART I and DISCO4 :: PART II [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque White LP]


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What's New 7-29-22

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Capitol

Rogers' voice is unfettered, cascading — running wild like the animals in her single “Horses” — and soars deliriously sometimes to the point of almost cracking. From the bubblegum pop of “Want Want” to the soaring ballad "Begging For Rain," Surrender consistently sparkles, with contributions from Florence Welch, Jon Batiste and Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett. *Ltd. Ed. Tangerine Orange LP*

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Republic

In its slowest moments, Eddie embraces the paths of the elders before him, jumping into Americana and blues. At other times, the music is more familiar, writhing with the intensity that made its maker famous. Even then, however, Vedder assures us he’s moving forward, dressing his rock songs with all the fixings of modern production. In doing so, Earthling plants itself firmly in this moment. *Ltd. Ed. Blue/Black Marble LP*

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Century Media

The masters of the Brazilian old school death metal Krisiun are back. After their last album, 2018’s Scourge of the Enthroned, the three Sao Paulo brothers deliver another board-hard and incredibly strong new studio album. On Mortem Solis, Krisiun convince with precise riffs and hard-hitting sound with the active support of Mark Lewis (production and mix).

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ATO

GRAMMY and Americana Award-winning singer/songwriter and violinist, Amanda Shires, has pushed the reset button with Take It Like a Man, a record that is so unlike anything she has ever recorded that you would be tempted to think it was her debut album instead of her seventh. Shires, brings forth a fearless confessional, showing the world what turning 40 looks like in 10 emotionally raw tracks. *Ltd. Ed. White LP*

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Merge

The vital new album and Merge debut of Friendship, the Philly-via-Maine outfit led by accomplished songwriter Dan Wriggins. A collection of alt-country songs driving the witty, gritty poetry of pioneers like Kath Bloom and Vic Chesnutt across a 21st century DIY terrain. Available on *Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Blue & White LP*

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Six Shooter Records

Carter Family meets Addams Family. Rich with quality finger picking and replete with harmonies, Easy Listening for Jerks offers many new moods of songs we think we know so well. Under a title that recalls the songwriting humour of Roger Miller and Steve Martin’s comedy stylings alike, the EPs offer a surprising and compelling mix of gravity and levity. Foggy Mountain Boys, but make it Beetlejuice.

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Rise

Rejecting tired formulas at every step, Dance Gavin Dance merge progressive rock and post-hardcore with thick groove, brilliantly combining experimental music with hooks and a warped sense of humor. On Jackpot Juice, the seminal “swancore” outfit have crafted their most electrifying, consistent and varied release to date. *Ltd. Ed. Yellow, Red & Black Splatter LP*

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Thirty Tigers

With this authoritative and impressive album, Whiskey Myers (Rolling Stone’s declared “new torch bearers for Southern music”) once again succeeds in working within the confines of Southern rock. The band pushes those limited borders wider with creativity and faith in their own substantial talents. With Tornillo, their recent burst of crossover popularity should be set to last. *Ltd. Ed. Iridescent Copper LP*

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Loma Vista

This is a loving tribute to one of the greatest living American songwriters and singers, Brian Wilson. Melt Away dives deep into the legendary artist’s extensive songbook, offering fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honored classics and overlooked gems alike. Infused with the familiar magic that fans know and love, it offers a new window into Wilson’s iconic catalog. *Ltd. Ed. Lemonade Translucent LP*

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Third Man

Entering Heaven Alive is the fifth studio album from Jack White, founding member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. True to his DIY roots, this record was recorded at White's Third Man Studio throughout 2021, mastered by Third Man Mastering, and released by Third Man Records. *Ltd. Ed. Detroit Denim Blue Vinyl*

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Concord

Dawes have crafted one their shortest and tightest albums to date with Misadventures of Doomscroller, and it also happens to be one of their most enjoyably experimental. It's a vibe that evokes the proggy 1970s style of Steely Dan without losing any of the emotive, singer/songwriter pathos that marked the best of their past work. These feral dogs have set sail for jam island. *Ltd. Ed. Translucent Blood Orange LP*

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Thirty Tigers

A compelling blend of acoustic folk and avant-garde pop playfulness, Birds in the Ceiling lives confidently in a space of its own, enriched by tradition but never encumbered by it. The songwriting that has stunned fans and critics alike since 2015’s High on Tulsa Heat remains potent, while the sonic evolution that unfolds on the record feels like a natural expansion of 2020’s acclaimed LP5. *Ltd. Ed. Blue Vinyl*

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Ninja Tune

Symphonic, vast, and emotionally stirring, The Last Goodbye is a project rife with brightness and emotion, nostalgic yet rooted in the present, serving as a sweeping sonic experience that speaks to themes of connection, reminiscence and the impact we impart on one another. It's a vivid celebration of the people and moments that have left fingerprints on our existence, echoing throughout the record. *Ltd. Ed. Clear 2x LP*

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MNRK

Rapper, producer, actor, and filmmaker RZA brings back his alter ego, Bobby Digital for a brand new graphic novel and soundtrack, RZA Presents: Bobby Digital and the Pit of Snakes, both released this month. The soundtrack merges hip hop, indie rock, and soul to complement and highlight the graphic novel’s storyline – as much poetry as rap, as much philosophy as sci-fi odyssey.

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Century Media

On Spirit of Ecstasy, the avant-garde metal trio manages to surpass their already brilliant long player Alphaville. It’s rife with shrieking black metal, polyrhythmic shifts, deliberately obtuse jazz patterns and anything else that grabs their passing fancy. Traditional songs are in short supply, but eerie soundscapes and clashing, challenging slabs of noise they have in abundance.

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Chrysalis

This fearless and immensely soulful work was largely inspired by the loss of a longtime friend and the lingering influence of a mercurial and charismatic father. It’s soul music, but never a stylistic tribute to some bygone era. Less a direct influence than the applying of hip-hop's inventiveness to longstanding paradigms of soul, blues and jazz, spinning it all forward into a reconfiguration of a new black Americana. *Vinyl out 9/30*

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New West

Regarded as the first album where Tony Joe controlled all elements, The Beginning is stripped down and recorded without any bells and whistles. This is Tony Joe recording himself playing his classic swamp blues sound. Long out of print, New West Records remastered, re-sequenced and, due to popular demand, is now reissuing the album on CD and Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Blue Vinyl.

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Empire

One In A Million is the second studio album by Aaliyah. First released in 1996, the 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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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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Empire

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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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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Empire

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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Reprise

One of the legendary “lost” albums in Neil’s catalog, this 7-song album was recorded at Toast studio in San Francisco in late 2000 and early 2001. It was shelved at the time and Are You Passionate was the next album Neil released. Different versions of 4 songs appeared on Are You Passionate, but the other 3 songs are completely unreleased (“Timberline”, “Gateway of Love” and “Standing In The Light).

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New Release Round-Up 07-29-22

Whiskey Myers - Tornillo

Whiskey Myers - Tornillo - Wiggy Thunp Records
For genre-bending band Whiskey Myers, 2019’s self-titled and self-produced album offered a watershed moment. With Rolling Stone declaring them “the new torch bearers for Southern music” in a story titled “How Whiskey Myers Won Over Mick Jagger and Made the Album of Their Career;” and the project debuting atop both the Country and Americana album charts, the band celebrated mainstream success a decade in the making.  Now, after spending 21 days isolated at the 2,300-acre Sonic Ranch studio deep in the heart of their native Texas, just miles from the U.S./Mexico border, the Gold-certified renegades have doubled down on what they do best: sharing honest truths with no-holds-barred instrumentation, letting the self-produced music speak for itself. Yet with Tornillo, named for the border town that is home to the pecan orchard-filled recording complex and released this week via their own Wiggy Thump Records with distribution by Thirty Tigers, the six-piece band has taken their solid decade-plus foundation and pushed themself to further explore new sonic landscapes.

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Ateez - The World EP.1 : Movement

Ateez - The World EP.1 : Movement - KQ Entertainment
Global sensation Ateez is back to begin a new journey with the first album in a new series, [The World EP.1 : Movement]. Praised for high-octane performances and bold musical stylings, ATEEZ sold 1.86 million albums in 2021 to firmly plant their name on the charts. ATEEZ also went on their first arena world tour "THE FELLOWSHIP : BEGINNING OF THE END" in 2022, meeting 150,000 fans from their kick off in Seoul, followed by five American cities and finishing with dates in five European countries. ATEEZ made history by being the first K-pop act to start a European arena tour after the pandemic. Having just wrapped up their search for precious [TREASURE], and a feverish journey in [ZERO : FEVER], ATEEZ unveils a powerful new concept in their next release [THE WORLD EP.1 : MOVEMENT] calling for change in our conformist reality.

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Maggie Rogers - Surrender

Maggie Rogers - Surrender - Capitol
GRAMMY® Award- nominated artist/producer/songwriter Maggie Rogers new album, Surrender, will be released this week via Capitol Records. Co-produced Kid Harpoon (Florence + the Machine, Harry Styles) and Rogers, Surrender is the follow-up to Heard It in a Past Life, Rogers’ massively beloved 2019 debut album, which entered Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart at No. 1 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Praised by the likes of NPR, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, TIME Magazine, and many others, Heard It in a Past Life landed Rogers a nomination for Best New Artist and went on to amass over one billion combined global streams.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Beyonce - RENAISSANCE
Tedeschi Trucks Band - I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Ithaca - They Fear Us [Indie Exclusive Alternate Sleeve Recycled Color LP]
Various Artists - ELVIS – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Little Feat - Waiting For Columbus: Remastered
Jim James - Regions Of Light And Sound Of God
Dance Gavin Dance - Jackpot Juicer [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow with Red & Black Splatter 2LP]
Eddie Vedder - Earthling [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Blue/Black Marble LP]
The Heavy Heavy - Life And Life Only EP
Amanda Shires - Take It Like A Man [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Hayley Kiyoko - PANORAMA
ENHYPEN - MANIFESTO : DAY 1 [M Ver.]
The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole: 25th Anniversary [2CD]
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Welsh LP]
Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick: 50th Anniversary Edition
Fear Factory - Soul Of A New Machine: 30th Anniversary Edition [Deluxe 3LP]


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What's New 7-22-22

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Interscope

Combining elements of psychedelia and indie rock with influences from his Latino heritage, Fantasy Gateway feels like stepping into a brave new world. Cuco is disconnecting himself from his reality and this dreamy, bass propelled record lets us see what is behind his closed eyes.includes appearances from Kacey Musgraves, Adriel Favela, Bratty, and DannyLux.

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Interscope

Produced by GRAMMY-winning producer, Dan Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo), the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter’s debut album, Aftershock, will feature 11 tracks, including “Hate Me If It Helps” which was co-written with Olivia Rodrigo plus the standouts “Crash” and “The Hardest Part.” *Indie Exclusive Lemon Colored Vinyl*

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Rough Trade

Hellfire builds on the brutality and intensity of 2019’s Schlagenheim while also drawing on the more melodic elements that weave through last year’s Cavalcade. Lead-singer Geordie says “If Cavalcade was a drama, Hellfire is like an epic action film,” that delves into overlapping themes of pain, loss and anguish. *Indie Exclusive Clear Red Vinyl*

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Matador

You might expect Interpol's pandemic record to be an emotional tar pit, given the presence of towering producer-engineer duo Flood and Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode). But Banks felt the call to push in a "counterbalancing" direction. “I feel now is the time when being hopeful is necessary, and a still-believable emotion within what makes Interpol Interpol."

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Epitaph

A product of generations of underground music in L.A. and beyond, The Linda Lindas’ debut channels classic punk, post punk, power pop, new wave, and other surprises into timelessly catchy and cool songs sung by all four members—each with her own style and energy. *Indie Exclusive Clear w/ Blue-Pink Splatter Vinyl*

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Atlantic

On Special, the singer/rapper’s fourth album, Lizzo struts back into the spotlight with a whole lot of sass, spirit, and soul. Embracing her vocal range like never before and celebrating herself to the fullest, she speaks her mind, censors nothing, and delivers an enviable level of honesty, pure passion, and fresh fire. *Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Grape Colored Vinyl*

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Oh Boy Records

Before leaving us, John Prine plucked another winner out of obscurity. Even though it doesn’t break new sonic ground, This Mess is proof that McKinley is a talent who’s in it for the long haul. McKinley’s voice conveys gentle gravitas to everything, while his band bolsters it with sympathetic, sturdy backing. *Indie Exclusive Marbled Opaque Orange Vinyl*

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Blue Note

After 36 years, Ronnie Foster returns with a collection of originals and covers that mark a fresh start for Foster who has whipped up an omnidirectional brew of Hammond Organ grooves that pay homage to the past but more often reflect Ronnie's restlessness for ushering in the new. Dedicated to the memory of his longtime friend Dr. Lonnie Smith.

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Pure Noise

Early ’00s emo-faves Senses Fail don’t hold back on living amongst the madness of the modern world. Hell’s words are the most potent part of what makes it magical, both outrageous and down to earth. It’s an honest, fresh wound, like the raw skin of a grazed knee as the band stands to its feet, brushing it off and embracing the fall. *Indie Exclusive Bear & Gold Butterfly Vinyl*

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Domino

On their second album, Superogranism bridges the personal and existential whilst delivering their brand of psychedelic indie pop and fizzy, funky electronica. Featuring an international set of collaborators including Stephen Malkmus, CHAI, Pi Ja Ma, Dylan Cartlidge & legendary musician and actor Gen Hoshino. *Indie Exclusive Gold Vinyl*

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La Honda Records

These songs speak to a new Appalachia, the people who understand the beauty, the struggle and the complexity of contemporary Appalachian life. With a focus on traditional instrumentation and styles of Kentucky, the group’s third album has strong themes of identity, ruralism, storytelling with huge characters, and the state of rurality and the issues we still face today.

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New Release Round-Up 07-22-22

Jack White - Entering Heaven Alive

Jack White - Entering Heaven Alive - Third Man Records
Entering Heaven Alive is the fifth studio album from Jack White, founding member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. True to his DIY roots, this record was recorded at White's Third Man Studio throughout 2021, mastered by Third Man Mastering, and released by Third Man Records.

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The Kooks - 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark

The Kooks - 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark - Lonely Cat
The Kooks sixth studio album, 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark is a fresh sounding, electronic-tinged evolution of their iconic sound.

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Bob Marley - Bob Marley With The Chineke! Orchestra

Bob Marley - Bob Marley With The Chineke! Orchestra - Island
Bob Marley With The Chineke! Orchestra reimagines some of Bob Marley’s most recognized and listened to songs with contemporary classical orchestration. The Chineke! Orchestra provides opportunities to a diverse range of up-and-coming and internationally respected classical musicians.

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Alex the Astronaut - How To Grow A Sunflower Underwater

Alex the Astronaut - How To Grow A Sunflower Underwater - Nettwerk Records
How To Grow A Sunflower Underwater is the follow-up to Alex the Astronaut's ARIA Music Award-nominated debut The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing. An unforgettably original lyricist, the music of Australian singer/songwriter Alex the Astronaut cycles through a series of radiantly detailed slices of life.

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ODESZA - The Last Goodbye [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Crystal Clear 2LP + 12in Art Card] Video Available

Beach Bunny - Emotional Creature
Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Blood Orange LP]
Palisades - Reaching Hypercritical
She & Him - Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Lemonade Translucent LP]
Ty Segall - Hello, Hi
Nas - Magic
Majid Jordan - Wildest Dreams
ZZ Top - RAW (‘That Little Ol' Band From Texas’ Original Soundtrack) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tangerine LP]
Nina Nastasia - Riderless Horse
John Moreland - Birds in the Ceiling [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
Cuco - Fantasy Gateway
Pool Kids - Pool Kids
Robin Carolan & Sebastian Gainsborough - The Northman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP]
Seventeen - SEVENTEEN 4th Album Repackage 'SECTOR 17’ [NEW HEIGHTS Ver.]
Ne-Yo - Self Explanatory


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New Release Round-Up 07-15-22

The Ballroom Thieves - Clouds

The Ballroom Thieves - Clouds - Nettwerk Records
New England indie folk duo The Ballroom Thievess continue to write and share music at a feverish pace with their release of their upcoming album Clouds, the album encapsulates the duo's longing to return to touring, but also a reflection of it's difficulties (insomnia brought on by sleeping in different hotel rooms every night). Clouds gives listeners an intimate look into the band's recording process as most of the album's songs began with Martin Earley and Calin Peters writing together. And for the first time, the album features songs recorded live in the hope of bringing fans directly into the room.

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The Linda Lindas - Growing Up

The Linda Lindas - Growing Up - Epitaph
A product of generations of underground music in L.A. and beyond, The Linda Lindas’ debut, Growing Up, channels classic punk, post punk, power pop, new wave, and other surprises into timelessly catchy and cool songs sung by all four members—each with her own style and energy. A handful of cuts have already been previewed at shows and enthusiastically approved by diehard followers in the pit at L.A.’s DIY punk institution The Smell and Head in the Cloud festival goers at The Rose Bowl alike. The Linda Lindas are stoked to unleash Growing Up.

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Senses Fail - Hell Is In Your Head [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Beer & Gold Butterfly LP]
mxmtoon - Rising
Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp - 18
Rise Against - Nowhere Generation II
beabadoobee - Beatopia [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Interpol - The Other Side Of Make-Believe
GWAR - The New Dark Ages
Alexander 23 - Aftershock [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Lemon LP]
Sabrina Carpenter - emails i can’t send
The Kut - Grit
Bright Eyes - A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997
Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors
Bright Eyes - Letting Off The Happiness
Various Artists - MJ the Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
ITZY - CHECKMATE [YEJI Ver.]
Minnie Riperton - Come To My Garden [RSD Essential Lilac LP]
Waylon Jennings - JD's [RSD Essential 180g Dark Gray LP]
Arlo McKinley - This Mess We're In [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Marbled Opaque Orange LP]
Halsey - If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power: Tour Edition [Olive Green LP]
David Lynch - Ghost of Love b/w Imaginary Girl [Silver Vinyl Single]
Alan Parsons - From The New World [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
Nathaniel Merriweather Presents...Lovage - Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By [RSD Essential 2CD] [Repress]
The Gabbard Brothers - The Gabbard Brothers [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Grass Green LP]
Madlib - High Jazz - Medicine Show #7 [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Seaglass Blue 2LP]
black midi - Hellfire [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Red LP]
Superorganism - World Wide Pop [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Elf Power - Artificial Countrysides

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What's New 7-8-22

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Metric Music International

Metric’s newest collection of electro-indie drags you from the abyss that is our current day-to-day, acknowledging the fragile fate of life whilst encouraging you to appreciate the here and now. It’s dark and claustrophobic, but dreamy and imaginative with grand, cinematic synth arrangements. Lead singer Emily Haines describes it as, “an escape for yourself in your mind because you're powerless over so many things."

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Chrysalis

Introduced to the world ten years ago, Sandé has become an icon of British singer-songwriting; emotional, honest, and prolific. Now, Sandé has freed herself from the expectations of others in order to make an album of expansive creativity. Something of an artistic rebirth, it draws on old familiarities and brave beginnings, uniting fans old and new in her endless drive to use music as a tool for inspirational lift.

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Show Dog

Something's happening in country music. Newer artists and younger audiences are embracing instrumentation, vocal stylings and song structures long thought drowned in the ocean of slick, snap-track productions. Kimberly Kelly's debut album may prove to be the clarion call. "I like to think of it as a sub-genre of country music called 'country music,'" Kelly says with a wink.

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New West

Ways & Means finds the New Orleans five-piece leaning on the country-folk of their debut along with the psychedelic, electrified gospel-soul sound of 2016’s Hurry Home. The sound will continue to draw comparisons to the country-funkiness of The Band, Link Wray and others but this is the sound of a band that understands the history of American music, while embracing their own contemporary approach.

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New Release Round-Up 07-08-22

Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Toast

Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Toast - Reprise
A 7-song unreleased album from Neil Young with Crazy Horse, recorded at Toast studio in San Francisco in late 2000 and early 2001. It was shelved at the time and Are You Passionate was the next album Neil released. Different versions of 4 songs appeared on Are You Passionate, but the other 3 songs are completely unreleased (“Timberline”, “Gateway of Love” and “Standing In The Light). This is one of the legendary “lost” albums in Neil’s catalog.

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The Deslondes - Ways & Means [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Autographed LP] Video Available


Laura Veirs - Found Light
Pearl Jam - Gigaton: Tour Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2 LP/1 CD]
Elton John - Regimental Sgt. Zippo
Journey - Freedom
James Bay - Leap
Metric - Formentera [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Low Price CD]
Andrew Bird - Shoulder Mountain [Limited Edition Red Vinyl Single]
Yves Jarvis - The Zug
Katy J Pearson - Sound Of The Morning
The Who - The Who Sell Out: Half-Speed Master [LP]
The Who - Tommy: Half-Speed Master [2LP]
CAKE - Fashion Nugget
Alice Merton - S.I.D.E.S. [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peach LP]



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What's New 7-1-22

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Loma Vista

This immersive and compulsively replayable new full-length cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. The album finds Sophie broadening the borders of her aesthetic without abandoning the unsparing lyricism and addictive melodies that made earlier songs so easy to obsess over. To support her vision Sophie enlisted producer Daniel Lopatin, whose recent credits include the Uncut Gems movie score and The Weeknd’s Dawn FM.

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Anti

Robin Pecknold describes the set as “me by myself on the longest night of the year... honoring the loneliness of 2020 with a nylon string and some songs new and old.” Selections cover all four of the band’s studio albums, while also featuring a cover of Nina Simone’s “In The Morning” and a rearrangement of the traditional “Silver Dagger.”

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Sub Pop

From the Brazilian standards that her family listened to while driving to the beach, to the European folk traditions she tapped into on her own, and the pursuits that interest her today – studies in archaeology, work as a gardener, and walking the world’s great trails – Naima’s music draws from family, the earth and music handed down through generations.

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Atlantic

Featuring Shinedown’s explosive yet artfully crafted sound and urgent lyrics, Planet Zero rings the alarm on a dystopian warning of the dangerous consequences to come when it all goes too far, and we begin to lose our respect for those with differing opinions and our compassion for one another.

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Sub Pop

My Other People presents TV Priest as a renewed and refined version of themselves. A band on a journey to express a more honesty while still remaining true to their post-punk roots. Giving 13 tracks of compassion, integrity and courage, TV Priest assert themselves as a band that not only wear their hearts on their sleeves, but also as a musical format for us all to enjoy.

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Sub Pop

Σtella makes her Sub Pop debut with the mesmerizing Up and Away, an old-school pop paean to the pangs and raptures of love. From the Greek folk-inflected get-go, we're swept up in Σtella's world - and it's quite the captivating place to be. The singer-songwriter joins forces with artist and producer Tom Calvert (aka Redinho) – a match made in Athens.

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Compass Records

Nicki Bluhm, the native San Franciscan who now calls Tennessee home, possesses a gorgeously emotive voice and her clear-eyed perspective on life informs the 10 tracks on Avondale Drive. Combining nostalgic country-rock with distinctly modern lyricism, Bluhm brings apt contrast for the process of studying one's past in order to make a better future.

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Red House Records

There’s a sense of optimistic yearning here, from the dreamy opener "Wonderment," to her ode to a broken heart, "Curiosity," to the pulsing promise of "Hope. " With the exception of "Golden," a searing indictment of white complacency, Sing To The Walls is ultimately about hope, connection, and love; the sweetness of life, even amidst a painful time.

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Napalm Records

It's time to put on your pirate hat and inflate your rubber ducks, because the world-famous Pirate Metal Drinking Crew Alestorm, have just set sail on a new voyage with their seventh studio album, Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum. Featuring symphonic choirs, intense technical riffage and exquisite solo duesl. And rum. Lots and lots of rum.

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Mascot

September 29, 2021, Kentucky's favorite sons realized their childhood dream of playing at the legendary Royal Albert Hall. From clubs to arenas and festivals, no one puts on the kind of show that these boys do. Here they tear through an impressive back catalog, playing songs from their most recent studio album through to their biggest hits and fan favorites.

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Republic

The creation process of Meet The Moonlight marks a major artistic milestone from past work, taking shape from a one-on-one collaboration with producer Blake Mills, and unveiling a highly experimental process that involved embedding Johnson’s elegantly stripped-back arrangements with enchanting sonic details. Indie Exclusive Silver LP on 180g vinyl.

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Dine Alone

Otherness is the first album in over a decade from the group Rolling Stone declared "put Canadian post-hardcore on the map." Five guys playing aggressive rock grew to a hockey-arena headlining phenomenon while pushing and pulling between spirited guitar leads, melodic might, and emotional weight. Available on Indie Exclusive Pink/Purple LP.

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Terapia Productions

Riff-monsters Crobot conjures up the kind of rock 'n' roll that has grooves so powerful they throw you around the room and hooks high enough to shake the heavens. "This is the record we've been wanting to do ever since we started," exclaims vocalist Brandon Yeagley. If we can make you smile, we've done our job".

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Republic

Conan Gray has emerged as one of the pre-eminent pop superstars of his generation. After the commercial success of the global multi-platinum hits, “Heather” and “Maniac,” his music maintains its unflinching authenticity and originality. Gray’s debut album, Kid Krow, reached #5 on the Billboard 200, #1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, and was the biggest new artist debut of the year. Available on Indie Exclusive Autographed CD.

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Philadelphonic Records

Mixing old school blues and folk with new school hip-hop and funk, G. Love’s electrifying new album brings together both sides of the genre-bending pioneer’s eclectic career in a wildly innovative and deeply reverent sonic pilgrimage to the heart of the South. Produced by North Mississippi All-Stars’ Luther Dickinson.

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Now Hear This! - July 2022

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New Release Round-Up 07-01-22

Various Artists - Minions: The Rise Of Gru

Various Artists - Minions: The Rise Of Gru - Decca
The original soundtrack to Minions: The Rise Of Gru promises another exciting installment in the Minions franchise. Produced by Jack Antonoff and filled to the brim with a star-studded list of artists, you can expect a very funky listening experience. Indie Exclusive Gru Blue 2 LP.

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UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro - Unprecedented

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro - Unprecedented - UMe
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro's album, Unprecedented, is the follow-up to 2018's A Real Labour of Love that went to #2 on the U.K. charts. Recorded in studios in London and Jamaica between lockdowns, the album is a collection of songs that Ali & Astro have loved for many years by artists they admire (such as Stevie Wonder and Kris Kristofferson) alongside self-penned tracks inspired by the pandemic and the state of the U.K. at the moment.

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Fleet Foxes - A Very Lonely Solstice [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
Imagine Dragons - Mercury – Acts 1 & 2 [Deluxe 2 CD]
Tedeschi Trucks Band - I Am The Moon: II. Ascension
Blood Command - Armagedonism [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange / Purple Half & Half LP]
Seether - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum: Deluxe
Shinedown - Planet Zero
Grey Daze - The Phoenix
Nick Cave - Seven Psalms
Naima Bock - Giant Palm
Municipal Waste - Electrified Brain [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Long Box]
Paolo Nutini - Last Night In The Bittersweet
Moor Mother - Jazz Codes
Yaeji - Ep 1+2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Jade Vinyl]
Nicky Egan - This Life [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange LP]
Madlib - Medicine Show No.5 - History Of The Loop Digga: 1990-2000 [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Sky Blue 2LP]
Hercules & Love Affair - In Amber [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Grateful Dead - Two From The Vault: Remastered [Limited Edition 4LP]
Paul Anka - Sessions
Ghost Woman - Ghost Woman


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New Release Round-Up 06-24-22

Soccer Mommy - Sometimes, Forever

Soccer Mommy - Sometimes, Forever - Loma Vista
Sometimes, Forever, the immersive and compulsively replayable new Soccer Mommy full-length, cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. The album finds Sophie broadening the borders of her aesthetic without abandoning the unsparing lyricism and addictive melodies that made earlier songs so easy to obsess over. To support her vision Sophie enlisted producer Daniel Lopatin, whose recent credits include the Uncut Gems movie score and The Weeknd’s Dawn FM.

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Jack Johnson - Meet The Moonlight

Jack Johnson - Meet The Moonlight - Republic
Meet The Moonlight, Jack Johnson's eighth studio LP and first full-length release in five years, was produced by Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius, Jim James) and recorded in Los Angeles and Hawaii. The creation process marks a major artistic milestone from past work, taking shape from a one-on-one collaboration with Mills and unveiled an intimate and highly experimental process that involved embedding Johnson's elegantly stripped-back arrangements with enchanting sonic details.

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Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince: Deluxe

Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince: Deluxe - Verve
On the deluxe edition of her breakthrough album, Arooj Aftab's remarkable voice, backed by a team of renowned musicians, transports listeners to worlds once known. Intimate compositions unveil mystical passage into Aftab's emotionally gripping symphonic world - vast with colorful sounds and transcendent of genre.

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Conan Gray - SUPERACHE

Conan Gray - SUPERACHE - Republic
Conan Gray has emerged as one of the pre-eminent pop superstars of his generation. After the commercial success of the global multi-platinum hits, “Heather” and “Maniac,” his music maintains its unflinching authenticity and originality. Gray’s debut album, Kid Krow, reached #5 on the Billboard 200, #1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, and was the biggest new artist debut of the year. Gray’s much anticipated sophomore album, SUPERACHE, is released this week.

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Luke Combs - Growin’ Up
Just Mustard - Heart Under
Caamp - Lavender Days
G. Love & Special Sauce - Philadelphia Mississippi
Porcupine Tree - Closure / Continuation [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White 2LP]
Coheed & Cambria - Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Sea Blue 2LP]
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella At The Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook
The Tragically Hip - Live At The Roxy
Christina Perri - a lighter shade of blue
Mello Music Group - Self Sacrifice [Indie Exclusive Limited Magma Edition LP]
Muna - Muna
Regina Spektor - Home, before and after
Hollie Cook - Happy Hour [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak Orchid & Tangerine LP]
+++ (Crosses) - Initiation / Protection [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
Alexisonfire - Otherness
Petrol Girls - Baby [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
Cimafunk - El Alimento
Kanye West - Donda [Deluxe 4LP]
These Arms Are Snakes - Oxeneers Or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
Zola Jesus - Arkhon [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Eco Mix LP]
The Driver Era - Girlfriend [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Green 2LP]
Phil Lynott + Thin Lizzy - Songs For While I'm Away + The Boys Are Back In Town [Blu-ray/DVD/CD]

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What's New 6-17-22

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Future Classic

Flume is an artist that has remained uncompromising in his vision and artistry since the beginning, and Palaces is no exception. Featuring a diverse range of artists from rising stars like Caroline Polachek, to established tastemakers like Damon Albarn, this album spans across genres, igniting his fan base and taking him to new heights, creating the perfect launch pad for his upcoming world tour.

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Loma Vista

Before Chester Bennington sang, screamed, and serenaded audiences of millions in Linkin Park, the frontman cut his teeth from 1993 to 1998 in his first proper band: Grey Daze. Working at LA’s iconic Sunset Sound Studios, the band really focused on being true to the group's original sound and all their 90s influences. The Phoenix marks the creative completion of their mission to complete Chester’s dream. Play it loud!

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Easy Eye

Hank Jr.’s latest album is a sonic testimony to his Blues upbringing. The project came together over three hot days in Nashville, recorded live with the finest blues session players in the country at producer Dan Auerbach’s legendary Easy Eye Sound. Never one to rest on his laurels, even after 56 studio albums, the acclaimed Country Music Hall of Fame member is still finding new creative ground to explore.

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New West

These songs come from Lund’s country-rock-folk wheelhouse. And while he doesn’t reinvent them, he and his band deliver lively, empathetic versions that will renew your appreciation for the songs you’re familiar with and pique your interest in the writers of those you’re not. “I’m fortunate to count a lot of world class songwriters as good pals,” Lund says. “These tunes bring a smile to my face and I hope they do the same for you.”

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Warner

Life Is Yours feels like a natural evolution for Foals, its disco-tinged guitars, tight syncopated rhythms and punchy, insistent hooks echoing their roots as purveyors of rambunctious house party chaos. Thematically, it’s escapist, transportive and in rapture at life’s endless possibilities. It’s a record that’s perfectly in tune with the prevailing atmosphere of this moment in time – a life-affirming celebration as the world is reunited.

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Sub Pop

Drawing from jangly, guitar-centric 80s college rock, RBCF’s latest album infuses the easygoing vibe with nuanced political songwriting. While vocals may be something of an afterthought for this band, the guitars themselves are anything but. The album never stops paying off with fidgety riffs, voluptuous tones, and sparkling flourishes. They mine so many shades and distinct variations that each song feels like a pull of a slot machine.

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SongVest Records

In April of 2021, 13 months into quarantine, Rick Springfield and his band performed his most iconic album, Working Class Dog, live at Rick’s home in celebration of its 40th Anniversary. The resulting work is a renewed interpretation of a classic. The DVD features behind-the-scenes footage, all the joyful live performances and 4 bonus hits: “Love Somebody,” “Don't Talk to Strangers,” “State of the Heart,” and “Affair of the Heart.”

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XL Recordings

Of all the projects to emerge from the Radiohead camp, The Smile (Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner) are certainly deserving of making it beyond the listenership of super-fans only. Whether you’re chomping at the bit for a new Radiohead album, or simply want to listen to some wonderfully executed and experimental alternative rock, this is a record worthy of your time.

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New Release Round-Up 06-17-22

The Beach Boys - Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys - Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys - Capitol
Originally released in 2003 with 30 tracks, UMe has updated the classic Sounds Of Summer compilation by The Beach Boys. The Expanded Edition 6 LP set features 80 key tracks from their storied career (all newly remastered) with 24 new stereo mixes, including two first-time stereo mixes. Limited pressing on 180-gram vinyl with updated photos and liner notes.

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Foals - Life is Yours [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Corb Lund - Songs My Friends Wrote [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Color LP]
Prince - The Gold Experience
The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow 2LP]
Lit - Tastes Like Gold
Mt. Joy - Orange Blood [Translucent Orange LP]
Calum Scott - Bridges
Brett Eldredge - Songs About You
Oddisee - Rock Creek Park [Indie Exclusive Autumn Gold Edition LP]
Flume - Palaces
The Alarm - Omega [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
Hank Williams Jr. - Rich White Honky Blues [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Splatter LP]
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - They Live OST [RSD Essential Black & White Galaxy LP]
Logic - Vinyl Days
Black Marble - Bigger Than Life: SB 15 Year Edition [Royal Blue LP]
Rick Springfield - Working Class Dog: 40th Anniversary Special Live Edition [CD/DVD]
A Place To Bury Strangers - Keep Slipping Away [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Vinyl Single]
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Quarters!



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What's New 6-10-22

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Losing Side Records

Arriving on the heels of the band’s two records of ’90s country covers, Slappers, Bangers & Certified Twangers, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Chicamacomico sounds like a return to original form. It’s a heart-wrenching reflection on loss that finds frontman BJ Barham scaling new expressive heights, resulting in the band's most elemental and emotionally resonant work to date. *Indie Exclusive Green/Black Smoke Vinyl Available on 8/19*

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BMG

In 2021, Wainwright and a laser-sharp jazz quartet gathered at Capitol for a livestream of a dozen-plus Garland favorites, a miniature reprise of his lavish Judy At Carnegie Hall symphonic recreations. Through muted but magnetic takes on classics like “How Long Has This Been Going On” and “Over The Rainbow,” Wainwright finds timely strata of darkness and hope. Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall was a spectacle of splendid imitation; here's a showcase of sensitive interpretation.

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New Release Round-Up 06-10-22

Carrie Underwood - Denim & Rhinestones

Carrie Underwood - Denim & Rhinestones - Capitol Nashville
Carrie Underwood releases a brand new studio country album called Denim & Rhinestones. The album includes 12 tracks including her latest hit single- "Ghost Story". Carrie is a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, film, and as a New York Times bestselling author and successful entrepreneur. She has sold more than 66 million records worldwide, recorded 28 #1 singles (14 of which she co-wrote), and has seven albums that are certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, all while continuing to sell out arena tours across North America and the UK.

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Elton John - Madman Across The Water: 50th Anniversary Edition

Elton John - Madman Across The Water: 50th Anniversary Edition - Mercury
Madman Across The Water, released in 1971, is the 4th studio album by Elton John. The 4 LP box set includes a 40-page booklet with introductions by Elton and Bernie, photos and a full essay featuring interviews with many who helped make the album, a reproduced 1971 poster, plus memorabilia and artwork from the Rocket Archive. LP 1: Remastered version of the album. LP 2 & 3: Piano demo version of the album + live and alternate versions. LP 4: BBC Sounds for Saturday concert, first aired in 1972.



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The Rolling Stones - Licked Live In NYC
Motionless In White - Scoring The End Of The World
Royksopp - Profound Mysteries
Judah & the Lion - Revival
Kiss - Kiss Off The Soundboard: Donington 1996 (Live)
Vance Joy - In Our Own Sweet Time
Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Does Judy At Capitol Studios
The Doobie Brothers - Liberte
BTS - Proof [Standard Edition]
Grace Ives - Janky Star
George Ezra - Gold Rush Kid
Richard Ashcroft - C'mon People (We're Making It Now) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Hand Numbered Vinyl Single]
The Walkmen - You & Me: Sun Studio Edition
Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders - GarciaLive Vol. 18: November 2nd, 1974 - Keystone Berkeley
Solemn Brigham - South Sinner Street [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Seventh Wonder - The Testament [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 2LP]
Joyce Manor - 40 Oz. To Fresno [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink LP]
The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966 [Limited Edition 7in Single Box Set]
Komar & Melamid/Dave Soldier - The People's Choice Music [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Random Color LP]
Marc With a C - Shock Treatment (Interpretations) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Random Color LP]
Worm Quartet - The Pac-Man EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pac-Man Colored LP]


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What's New 6-3-22

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Loma Vista

Recorded live, Inside Problems is a rather less meticulous and more spirited band set that examines the questions that keep Bird awake at night, in songs shot through with ‘70s country rock, chamber pop, Appalachian folk and Tin Pan Alley eccentricity. Highlights include a sweety urgent “Fixed Positions” and the easy-swinging, VU-like “The Night Before Your Birthday”.

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Round Hill Records

Fans of the GRAMMY-nominated six-piece can expect the same tight, wildly-funky instrumentals Lettuce has always been known for, but in the tightest form they’ve ever taken. And this time around, the guys have gotten the stamp of approval from one of the genre’s most legendary icons, Bootsy Collins, who lends his vocals on “Keep That Funk Alive.”

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Republic

Throughout the 14 tracks, Post Malone takes us with him on his trials with fame, giving a glimpse into the irony of seemingly having it all, but feeling like nothing all at the same time. As Post explained, he wants the new songs to “speak more to how I’m feeling at the moment: the ups and downs and the disarray and the bipolar aspect of being an artist in the mainstream.”

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Boo Boo Wax

Michael Franti has long been revered for his inspiring music, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism. As equal parts musician and activist, Franti continues to offer opportunities for gratitude, solidarity and celebrating how we get through the greatest ups and downs of our lives with our body, mind and soul still in one piece. *Vinyl available 8/12*

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Sonic Records

On his ninth studio album, Matt Andersen has drawn from the best roots music has to offer over his decades-long career: down and dirty blues, heart-wrenching soul, life-affirming gospel, and introspective singer-songwriter balladry. These sounds, textures, and influences are laid bare on House to House.

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Better Noise

This eclectic collection of masterfully crafted covers includes epic re-imaginings of classics like "Wind of Change" by the Scorpions, "Take a Chance on Me" by Abba, and "Beds are Burning" by Midnight Oil; and features collaborations with artists like Portugal the Man, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Jewel, Beck & more.

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Reprise

A 16-song solo acoustic show from January 30th1971 at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles. Recorded near the end of Neil’s solo tour of Canada and the US following the release of After The Gold Rush. It features Neil on vocals, guitar, harmonica and piano and is released as 1 LP and 1 CD, plus digital. Previously unreleased.

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Metal Blade

On August 6th, 2021 Killswitch Engage unleashed a streaming event that took fans by storm. The event took place at The Palladium in the band's native Massachusetts, which has been the site of many iconic KsE shows throughout the band's history. The setlist consists of 2019's Atonement album in full, with some fun and unexpected surprises along the way!

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Mascot

Riff-monsters Crobot conjures up the kind of rock 'n' roll that has grooves so powerful they throw you around the room and hooks high enough to shake the heavens. "This is the record we've been wanting to do ever since we started," exclaims vocalist Brandon Yeagley. If we can make you smile, we've done our job".

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Domino

Having taken time out after the busy schedule surrounding their 2003 debut album Keep On Your Mean Side, The Kills returned with No Wow in 2005, a dark and brooding musical examination of the period in which New York's punk scene became its dance scene. This 2022 reissue features new mixes of the original album by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow).

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ATO

DBT’s 14th studio album, marks a sharp departure from the trenchant political commentary of their last three records. A reckoning with the dualities of the things that make you alive and how they sometimes can kill you. A life affirming flashlight for the dark nights of one’s soul. As they say in the title track, “Our glory days did kinda suck”.

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In The Black

As she has so eloquently accomplished over the past 25 years, Gauthier has used her art once again to traverse the uncharted waters of the past few years. Thankfully, amid dark storms of pandemic loss, she found and followed the beacon of new love: her gift to us, the powerful collection of ten sparkling jewels reflecting both love and loss.

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Matador

Horsegirl expertly play with texture, shape, and shade across the record, showcasing their fondness for improvisation and experimentation. From elastic and bright post-punk to instrumental interludes with guitars smeared across the canvas like watercolors, and rough, blown-out pop charm to sharp edges and dark corners.

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New Release Round-Up 06-03-22

Post Malone - Twelve Carat Toothache

Post Malone - Twelve Carat Toothache - Mercury
Post Malone (9-time Grammy nominee) says of Twelve Carat Toothache, "I think this whole record is the most honest record I've made, and I'm so pumped for people to hear it. Every song in there tells a story."

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S.G. Goodman - Teeth Marks

S.G. Goodman - Teeth Marks - Verve
On her sophomore album, S.G. Goodman brings a series of powerful vignettes to life, with a sound that builds off her Southern roots but ventures deeper into indie rock and punk. Teeth Marks is about what love actually is: its psychological and physical imprint, its light, and its darkness.

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Ben Zaidi - Acre of Salt.

Ben Zaidi - Acre of Salt. - Nettwerk Records
"Fusing elements of each of his early influences, from Joni Mitchell to Phoebe Bridgers, Zaidi is creating soundscapes that bring awareness of documenting the euphoric high-and-low feelings of youth." - Unpublished Magazine. "Reminds us of the Garden State soundtrack in all of it's closeness and acoustic guitar strumming. This one's terrific." - American Songwriter. '2013' is a sweeping nostalgic offering from Zaidi... emotive, lyrically dense reflections... pulling from folk touchstones." - Under The Radar. "Formerly lo-fi, now increasingly hi-fi future soul musician." - KEXP

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Jasmyn - In The Wild

Jasmyn - In The Wild - Anti
Jasmyn is the new solo project created by Jasmyn Burke, former singer-song- writer and frontwoman of the critically acclaimed Canadian band, Weaves. Having two JUNO nominations for Alternative Album of the Year and two SOCAN Songwriting Prize nominations, Burke has established herself as one of Canada’s most exciting and fresh voices.  With this new project, she has decided to use her own name, Jasmyn, to mark the start of exploring her own unique sound as a solo artist. Collaborating remotely with Los Angeles-based producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten) on a body of work she had compiled over months of being in lockdown. Finally in the Spring of 2021, Jasmyn went to LA to record with Congleton, exploring themes of finding patterns in life and how to perhaps change them. On the general direction of her new album In The Wild, Jasmyn said, “This was written during the Fall of 2020; The world was feeling pretty heavy, and I felt myself wanting to write music that created a mood of happiness and space to grow. I feel like I have grown and changed as a person over the last few years and wanted to write songs that created a sense of confidence and well-being.”

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Frank Sinatra - Watertown: Remastered

Frank Sinatra - Watertown: Remastered - Capitol
Released in 1970, Watertown is a lost masterpiece. It was a turning point for Frank Sinatra: a concept album from the man who pioneered the concept album, written by Bob Gaudio, of Four Seasons fame, and Jake Holmes, who previously had written the Four Seasons’ own concept album. Despite a top 5 AC chart showing for the single “I Would Be In Love (anyway),” the album was poorly received at the time, but has gone through a re-evaluation in recent years and is now considered one of Sinatra’s finest recordings. The LP edition featuring the original 10-track sequence, a package with all original lyrics, a printed sleeve with new liner notes, a track-by-track breakdown from Mr. Gaudio, and a 12” X 24” poster.

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Darius Rucker - #1’s Volume 1

Darius Rucker - #1’s Volume 1 - Capitol Nashville
Darius Rucker releases his #1’s on CD for the first time. It includes 10 #1 Hits that span over 10 years. It begins with "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" which was his first #1 and all of the way up to 2020 with his #1- "Beers and Sunshine". Darius has released 5 solo country albums on Capitol Records Nashville that have included 10 #1 Country Songs.

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Just Mustard - Heart Under [Limited Edition Translucent Blue LP] Video Available

Tedeschi Trucks Band - I Am The Moon: I. Crescent
Drive-By Truckers - Welcome 2 Club XIII
Prince & The Revolution - Live
Andrew Bird - Inside Problems [Indie Exclusive Apple Red LP]
Angel Olsen - Big Time
Mr. Little Jeans - Better Days
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Follow Your Heart
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Endless Rooms
The Kills - No Wow: The Tchad Blake Mix 2022 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson - Dice Game [Indie Exclusive Limited Splatter Edition LP]
Crobot - Feel This
Don Davis - The Matrix – Original Motion Score: The Complete Edition
Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded [RSD Essential Metallic Silver LP]
Fantastic Negrito - White Jesus Black Problems [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tan LP]
Memphis May Fire - Remade in Misery
Nicki Bluhm - Avondale Drive [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
You Me At Six - Sinners Never Sleep: 10th Anniversary
Now That's What I Call Country, Volume 15
Now That’s What I Call Country Classics: 80’s
Seventeen - SEVENTEEN 4th Album 'Face the Sun' [ep.1 Control]
Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus: Clutch Collector's Series
Charlie Musselwhite - Mississippi Son


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What's New 5-27-22

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Nonesuch

Drop Out Boogie captures a number of first takes that hark back to the stripped-down blues rock of their early days making music together in Akron, Ohio, basements. The duo welcomed new collaborators Billy F. Gibbons, Greg Cartwright, and Angelo Petraglia to the sessions, marking the first time they've invited multiple new contributors to work simultaneously on one of their own albums.

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Rough Trade

Soak’s brilliant melodies are on full display here. Lead single “Last July” features a masterfully off-kilter vocal set against swooning guitars, creating a lush pop song that wouldn’t be out of place in the end credits of a 90s coming-of-age film. Lyrically, it manages to be both playful and self-aware. The idea of identity is central to the record and lyrics are as deeply personal as they are universal.

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Sub Pop

Raw, sugary blast of distorted pop. The debut album from METZ guitarist and vocalist Alex Edkins contains all of his main band's bite with an unexpected, yet totally satisfying, sweetness. Imagine The Amps covering Big Star, or the gloriously hissy miniature epics of classic-era Guided by Voices combined with the bombast of Copper Blue- era Sugar-just tons of red-line distortion cut with the type of tunecraft that thrills the moment it hits your ears.

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Century Media

Two decades into their venerable careers, the death metal savants are back with their new record. Their seventh studio album is a riff-driven assault that captures the tension of the modern condition and channels it into 9 songs of ripping end-times death metal. Spewing with Orwellian invective and razor-sharp songwriting, Complete Control is a much-needed wake-up call for the disaffected and dispossessed.

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Grand Jury

Jordana's mission is simple: keep trying to be her, even when it's hard. So it's no surprise perseverance and self-discovery are central themes on her first album. "The album title has a few meanings to me. Mostly, it's about not giving up," says the 21-year-old polymath. "The wall can be anything in your way. The album is a sort of reminder to myself that I have to face those things, and I can't take the easy route and turn around."

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Relapse

Heavy Pendulum showcases everything that has long established Cave In as one of the best contemporary rock, hardcore, and metal bands since their monumental 1998 debut. From the driving tracks such as crushing opener "New Reality" to the metallic edge of "Blood Spiller", Heavy Pendulum sees Cave In look back at their discography and capture their most memorable, visceral, and forward-thinking moments.

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UMe

Written by the band over the past two years it features 15 tracks including the anthemic, stadium-ready singles “Kick” and “Fire It Up”, with guest vocals from Alison Krauss on “This Guitar” and “Lifeless”. The album title references T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” with nods to T.Rex, David Bowie and Mott The Hoople across the album, which mixes the sound of their classic spirit with modern fire.

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Fat Possum

These 13 hits feel like flashlights in the dark, acknowledging how difficult everything from love and sex to living and dying can be while supplying the inspiration of their own experiences. “There’s a hole in my window/I was wondering how the rain was getting in,” Emily Kempf sings during the magnetic “Window,” acknowledging the problem before jubilantly exclaiming she’s moving toward something new. “Blue skies!”

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Last Gang

After spending over two decades together, Stars’ ninth album finds the Montreal indie rockers discussing the inevitability of mortality while celebrating the joys that make life worth living. Beautiful, bittersweet and inevitably brilliant, From Capelton Hill is a melancholic and melodic album about all of life’s foibles that will keep you warm in even the coldest moments.

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Zappo Production

‘Flicted completes a trilogy of song collections (Absolute Zero and Non-Secure Connection) based on film “cues” Hornsby composed for writer and director Spike Lee. This unique approach enables him to build upon and explore new stylistic techniques while collaborating with a wide variety of talented artists. On ‘Flicted, Hornsby’s goal was to make a more upbeat record overall, speaking on COVID-19 using the world of science as a recurring influence.

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Daptone

Before Dan Klein's unfortunate passing, The Frightnrs agreed to keep a promise he asked of them - continue making music together. Thanks to vocal stems captured in previous recording sessions, Klein's other-worldly voice lives on. The Frightnrs returned to the studio and painstakingly conceptualized, tracked, re-tracked and mixed them into a complete album with their beloved friend singing lead.

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Loosegroove Records

The second release from Pearl Jam co-founder Stone Gossard, folksinger Mason Jennings, soul innovator Brittany Davis, and iconic drummer Matt Chamberlain - is more than the sum of its parts. It's a different equation entirely, one that creates a genre-bending, rhythmic rock sound that makes room for electronic soundscapes, organic bombast, and four-way songwriting collaborations that defy categorization.

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New Release Round-Up 05-27-22

Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos

Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos - Mercury
Diamond Star Halos is the brand new album from Def Leppard, their first since their chart topping self-titled Def Leppard record in 2015. Written by the band over the past two years it features 15 tracks including the anthemic, stadium-ready singles “Kick” and “Fire It Up”, with guest vocals from Alison Krauss on “This Guitar” and “Lifeless”. The album title references T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” with nods to T.Rex, David Bowie and Mott The Hoople across the album, which mixes the sound of their classic spirit with modern fire.

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Nirvana - Nevermind: 30th Anniversary [Super Deluxe 8 LP/7in Single]

Nirvana - Nevermind: 30th Anniversary - Geffen
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Nirvana's seminal 1991 release, the Nevermind Super Deluxe contains 8 LPs on 180-gram heavy vinyl showcasing the newly remastered album from the original analog tapes along with 4 complete concerts on the Nevermind Tour from Amsterdam, Melbourne, Tokyo and Del Mar, California. Also included is a first-ever 7-inch for “Endless, Nameless” with B-sides “Even In His Youth” and “Aneurysm,” and a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos. Also available LP+7in, Deluxe 2CD and Super Deluxe 5 CD/Blu-ray Box Set.

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ABBA - ABBA - Album Box Set

ABBA - ABBA - Album Box Set - Capitol
The set, which includes the quartet's triumphant 2021 reunion set, Voyage, coincides with the opening of the unique concert experience ABBA Voyage at the ABBA Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London. The 10LP edition is pressed on 180-gram, heavyweight vinyl and housed in a bespoke box. The 10LP Box Set brings the ABBA story right up to date with the inclusion of Voyage, the 2021 album that added a spectacular new chapter to their unrivalled story. It topped the charts in 18 countries around the world, winning numerous platinum and gold certifications and becoming the group's highest-ranking album in the US in ABBA's history, at No.2. Voyage topped the charts in the UK and across most of Europe, as well as in Australia. Despite only being released in November 2021, it became the No.1 album of the year in Germany, Sweden, and elsewhere, and No.3 in the UK.  The set also includes ABBA Tracks, with such non-album singles as "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)," "Fernando," and other favorite B-sides. Also available 10CD Box Set.

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Just Mustard - Heart Under [Limited Edition Translucent Blue LP] Video Available

Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Liam Gallagher - C'mon You Know [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends: 20th Anniversary Edition [LP + 10in]
Jack Harlow - Come Home The Kids Miss You
Doja Cat - Planet Her [Deluxe 2LP]
Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Baby Pink LP]
Painted Shield - Painted Shield 2
Some Girls - Heaven's Pregnant Teens [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black Gold Swirl LP]
Dehd - Blue Skies [Limited Edition Pink Lipstick LP]
Bright Eyes - A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997: A Companion EP [Opaque Gold Vinyl]
Bright Eyes - Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion EP [Opaque Gold Vinyl]
Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors: A Companion EP [Opaque Gold Vinyl]
Caroline Polachek - Billions [Red Vinyl Single]
Various Artists - Top Gun: Maverick (Music From The Motion Picture)
Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Picture Disc LP]
Bruce Hornsby - 'Flicted [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Yellow LP]
HAAi - Baby, We're Ascending [Limited Edition Splatter LP]
Jonny Greenwood - The Power Of The Dog (Soundtrack From The Netflix Film)
The Frightnrs - Always [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Splatter LP]
ENHYPEN - DIMENSION : SENKOU [Standard Edition CD]
The Locust - New Erections [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Smoke LP]
Ugly Heroes - Ugly Heroes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Decapitated - Cancer Culture [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]


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What's New 5-20-22

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Legacy

Featuring two of the band’s most well-known songs, “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” and “Rock The Casbah” Combat Rock is being re-released as a 180g 3LP special edition, with an additional 12-tracks compiled by band. The People’s Hall charts the period from what was their last single right up to the release of Combat Rock, including unheard, rare and early versions of tracks. Also includes rare Pennie Smith images + history of Frestonia essay by Tom Vague.

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Better Noise

Expectations never mattered to Bad Wolves. Instead, the Los Angeles band fused unpredictable metallic intensity and impressive instrumental proficiency to arena-ready hooks, transforming from underdogs into elite platinum-certified hard rock contenders without compromise or apology. Dear Monsters continues this trajectory with the addition of The Acacia Strain’s Daniel Laskiewicz as lead vocalist.

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New Release Round-Up 05-20-22

Mavis Staples & Levon Helm - Carry Me Home

Mavis Staples & Levon Helm - Carry Me Home - Anti
Iconic singer Mavis Staples is an alchemist of American music, and during her 70+ year career one of her most beloved musical moments was her riveting performance in Martin Scorsese's film' The Last Waltz,' performing "The Weight", with The Band, a moment that forged a life-long friendship between her and Levon Helm. Staples came to Woodstock, NY to perform as part of Helm's renowned Midnight Ramble series, and the ensuing concert-available now for the first time on the rousing new ANTI- Records release 'Carry Me Home'-would mark a personal high watermark for both artists. Captured live in the summer of 2011, 'Carry Me Home' showcases two of the past century's most iconic voices coming together in love and joy, tracing their shared roots and celebrating the enduring power of faith and music. The setlist was righteous that night, mixing vintage gospel and soul with timeless folk and blues, and the performances were loose and playful, fueled by an ecstatic atmosphere that was equal parts family reunion and tent revival. Read between the lines, though, and there's an even more poignant story at play here. Neither Staples nor Helm knew that this would be their last performance together-the collection marks one of Helm's final recordings before his death-and listening back now, a little more than a decade later, tunes like "This May Be The Last Time" and "Farther Along" take on new, bittersweet meaning. The result is an album that's at once a time capsule and a memorial, a blissful homecoming and a fond farewell, a once-in-a-lifetime concert-and friendship-preserved for the ages. Staples and the night's soulful crew of backup singers handle the vast majority of the vocal work here, but it's perhaps album closer "The Weight," which features Helm chiming in with lead vocals for the first time, that stands as the concert's most emotional moment."It never crossed my mind that it might be the last time we'd see each other," says Staples. "He was so full of life and so happy that week. He was the same old Levon I'd always known, just a beautiful spirit inside and out." "My dad built The Midnight Rambles to restore his spirit, his voice, and his livelihood," says Helm's daughter, Amy, who sang backup vocals with her father and Staples at their performance. "He'd risen back up from all that had laid him down, and to have Mavis come sing and sanctify that stage was the ultimate triumph for him."

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Harry Styles - Harry’s House
Van Morrison - What's It Gonna Take?
Train - AM Gold
Jo Schornikow - Altar
Avi Kaplan - Floating On A Dream [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black Ice LP]
Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Levitation Sessions [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Simulation Splatter LP]
Porridge Radio - Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky
Gavin Degraw - Face The River
The Police - Around The World: Restored & Expanded [Silver LP/DVD]
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk - Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk [Deluxe Edition 2LP]
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Cave In - Heavy Pendulum [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Gold LP]
Pusha T - It's Almost Dry
Spice - Viv
Steve Vai - Flex-Able: 36th Anniversary
Tourist - Inside Out
Suicidal Tendencies - Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Deja Vu [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fruit Punch LP]
Moby - Reprise: Remixes
Hanson - Red Green Blue
Jordana - Face The Wall [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
John Doe - Fables In A Foreign Land [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black With Gold Swirl LP]
Craig Finn - A Legacy of Rentals
The Verlaines - Live at the Windsor Castle, Auckland, May 1986

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What's New 5-13-22

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Republic

Written and produced with producers Jack Antonoff and Glass Animals’ Dave Bayley, Dance Fever sees Florence at the peak of her powers, coming into a fully realized self-knowledge, poking sly fun at her own self-created persona, playing with ideas of identity, masculine and feminine, redemptive, celebratory, stepping into her place in the iconic pantheon.

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Sonic Records

On his ninth studio album, Matt Andersen has drawn from the best roots music has to offer over his decades-long career: down and dirty blues, heart-wrenching soul, life-affirming gospel, and introspective singer-songwriter balladry. These sounds, textures, and influences are laid bare on House to House.

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ATO

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. Available on Clear Smoke double vinyl.

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Verve

An eclectic collection of new originals and interpretations,12th of June highlights the dynamics of Lyle and his Large Band– and their singular ability to shift from one genre to the next with uncanny grace and ability. From beautiful acoustic ballads to swinging big band numbers, this record will remind listeners why Lyle is national musical treasure.

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Pure Noise

Phototroph is by far Moon Tooth’s most energetic and “poppy” release to date… in the best way possible. It sees the band double down on the more saccharine and bouncy elements of their upbeat and unrestrained brand of progressive metal while cutting some of the “technical fat” to create a moving, emotional, and at times danceable album.

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Hot Shot Records

This is Delbert's 27th studio album, and a bit of a return to his roots. While Delbert wrote just a handful of songs on the album, he puts his unmistakable footprint and charm on classics and deep cuts from some of his favorite songwriters such as Hank Williams and Jimmy Reed, pulling from across traditional blues, honky tonk, R&B, and more.

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New West

Russell County, Virginia-based 49 Winchester is ready and roaring to break onto the national scene with its unique brand of tear-in-your-beer alt-country, sticky barroom floor rock-n-roll, and high-octane Appalachian folk. At its essence, this is about going against all odds to bring your art into fruition and into the world - come hell or high water.

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New Release Round-Up 05-13-22

The Black Keys - Dropout Boogie

The Black Keys - Dropout Boogie - Nonesuch
As they've done their entire career, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney wrote all of the material for their new album, Dropout Boogie, in the studio, and the album captures a number of first takes that hark back to the stripped-down blues rock of their early days making music together in Akron, Ohio, basements. After hashing out initial ideas at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, the duo welcomed new collaborators Billy F. Gibbons, Greg Cartwright, and Angelo Petraglia to the sessions, marking the first time they've invited multiple new contributors to work simultaneously on one of their own albums.

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Florence + The Machine - Dance Fever

Florence + The Machine - Dance Fever - Republic
Florence + The Machine releases 5th studio album, Dance Fever. Written & produced through the haze of two lockdowns, in London & NY with producers Jack Antonoff & Glass Animals’ Dave Bayley. Dance Fever sees Florence at the peak of her powers, coming into a fully realized self-knowledge, poking sly fun at her own self-created persona, playing with ideas of identity, masculine & feminine, redemptive, celebratory, stepping into her place in the iconic pantheon.

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Tank and The Bangas - Red Balloon

Tank and The Bangas - Red Balloon - Verve
Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee and critically acclaimed band Tank and The Bangas return with their third studio album, Red Balloon. Red Balloon was born out of a pandemic-ordered break from the band’s rigorous touring schedule. The hiatus gave the band space to grow, allowing them to reunite as a more unified group. This new work pushes the band to a new level, shedding light on their unique observations and reflecting on the ills of America while also celebrating the beauty of Black life.

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The Rolling Stones - Live At The El Mocambo

The Rolling Stones - Live At The El Mocambo - Interscope
A legendary event in the incredible 60-year history of The Rolling Stones is available for the first time in-full. ‘Live At The El Mocambo’ marks the first official appearance of the group’s two famous secret concerts at the 300-capacity Toronto club in March 1977. It features the Stones’ full set from the March 5 show, plus three bonus tracks from the March 4 gig, newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain. Now available on 4LP black vinyl housed in a die cut slipcase with etching.

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49 Winchester - Fortune Favors The Bold

49 Winchester - Fortune Favors The Bold - New West Records
With its latest album, Fortune Favors The Bold, Russell County, Virginia-based 49 Winchester is ready and roaring to break onto the national scene with its unique brand of tear-in-your-beer alt-country, sticky barroom floor rock-n-roll, and high-octane Appalachian folk. Fortune Favors The Boldis not only a record that showcases the current state of 49 Winchester, it’s a melodic stake in the ground of how this group is constantly evolving and taking shape, sonically and lyrically. But, it’s also about looking into the rearview mirror with a genuine appreciation for where you came from and what you’re made of. Those salt-of-the-earth traits in your blood and character that define what it actually takes to climb that damn mountain of dreams. At its essence, Fortune Favors The Boldis about going against all odds to bring your art into fruition and into the world - come hell or high water.

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Mandy Moore - In Real Life

Mandy Moore - In Real Life - Verve Forecast
The latest album from the prolific singer-songwriter Mandy Moore offers a unique window into life’s next chapters. 

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Lyle Lovett - 12th of June

Lyle Lovett - 12th of June - Verve
Lyle Lovett returns with his first new album in over 10 years,“12th of June”, due out on Verve Records May 13th, 2022. The album is a fantastic and eclectic collection of new original songs and beloved interpretations that will please existing fans as well as invite new ones. Immaculately recorded, it highlights the dynamics of Lyle and his Large Band– and their singular ability to shift from one genre to the next with uncanny grace and ability.  From beautiful acoustic ballads to swinging big band numbers, this record will remind listeners why Lyle is national musical treasure.

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Mallrat - Butterfly Blue

Mallrat - Butterfly Blue - Nettwerk Records
Debut Album Solidifies Mallrat's Reputation as a Master of Clever, Timeless Pop. Mallrat's prized pop songwriting has become a beacon the music industry eagerly follows, and on her debut album Butterfly Blue, she embodies the spirit of it's titular creature - but without the delicacy that keeps you at a distance. Over a dozen clever and open-hearted tracks, Mallrat - aka Grace Shaw - draws you in close and shows you the world through her wide, hopeful eyes.



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The Chainsmokers - So Far So Good
State Champs - Kings Of The New Age [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow & Oxblood Galaxy LP]
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Irony Is A Dead Scene EP: 20th Anniversary Edition [Tangerine with Black/White Splatter Vinyl]
Kevin Morby - This Is A Photograph
Rammstein - Zick Zack [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
TOMORROW X TOGETHER - minisode 2: Thursday's Child [HATE ver.]
Bear's Den - Blue Hours [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Amyl and The Sniffers - Comfort To Me: Expanded Edition [Clear Smoke 2LP]
Misery Index - Complete Control
Omar Apollo - Ivory
Moon Tooth - Phototroph [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow & Blue Galaxy LP]
Obongjayar - Some Nights I Dream Of Doors [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
Various Artists - Forrest Gump – The Soundtrack [2LP]
Matt Dorrien - Blue Pastoral [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pastoral Blue LP]
Delbert McClinton - Outdated Emotion
Ben Kweller - Circuit Boredom [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]

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What's New 5-6-22

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XL Recordings

Spell 31 is the French Afro-Cuban twin sisters’ boldest offering yet, an antidote to apathy in a divided world. Ethereal, crystalized signature Ibeyi harmonies are fused with gospel, persuasive percussion, momentous deeply resonant bass, and electronic neo soul expressions, transporting us into a sublime rawness that is refined by Richard Russell's precise hand and synthesized into astonishing clarity.

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Columbia

Written, recorded, and released during a critical historical juncture, Arcade Fire’s sixth studio album is divided into two distinct sides, “I” and “WE.” If the “I” side of the record evokes and embodies our holed-up anxiety and lack of physical connection, the “WE” side captures the excitement of new possibilities and the elevating thrill of committing to one another socially and personally.

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Better Noise

This eclectic collection of masterfully crafted covers includes epic re-imaginings of classics like "Wind of Change" by the Scorpions, "Take a Chance on Me" by Abba, and "Beds are Burning" by Midnight Oil; and features collaborations with artists like Portugal the Man, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Jewel, Beck, Taylor Hanson & more. Available on one-of-a kind, recycled colored vinyl, mystery colored cassette and CD.

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Chrysalis

Introduced to the world ten years ago, Sandé has become an icon of British singer-songwriting; emotional, honest, and prolific. Now, Sandé has freed herself from the expectations of others in order to make an album of expansive creativity. Something of an artistic rebirth, it draws on old familiarities and brave beginnings, uniting fans old and new in her endless drive to use music as a tool for inspirational lift.

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Matador

This is a classic Belle and Sebastian album preoccupied with songs and melodies that won't leave your head. It's a band tackling the insight, experience and responsibility that come with getting older with humor and irreverence and lyrical exactitude and musical bravado. It's one of the UK's most beloved pop portraitists asserting themselves as an infallible source of energy and fun.

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Sub Pop

Memories of unrequited love, fits of longing, instances of anxiety, and unfiltered snapshots interlock like puzzle pieces into a mosaic of well-worn country, '90s-style alternative, and unassuming pop. Waterhouse writes the kind of tunes meant to be grafted onto dusty old vinyl from your favorite vintage record store, yet perfect for a sun-soaked festival stage.

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UNFD

Filled with moments of relentless energy throwing back to their punk and hardcore roots to visionary moments of modern heavy, Misery Made Me fastens the group's status as torchbearers of the scene on all fronts. It's both intriguing and inspiring that a band - who could have merely rested on the impressive legacy they've already cemented - would continue to dig deep and find the inspiration to reach people in meaningful new ways.

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Astralwerks

Following on from her 2018 album, Awake (#1 ARIA Dance Album, #1 Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Album), Alison Wonderland returns with her first record in four years, Loner. Featuring "Fuck U Love U," "Fear Of Dying," "New Day," and more, it’s a display of mystical, wobbly synths, gut wrenching bass and lyrics inspired by romantic loss.

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No Quarter Records

An instrumental masterpiece disguised as a movie soundtrack (Werner Herzog’s 2005 documentary Grizzly Man), this is Thompson at his natural best. Finger-picking dance; snake-curl twang and singing-wire harmonics in a solo clarity that runs from jig-like joy to deep-note meditation. The “Grizzly Man” blues march to the long night of “Treadwell No More,” a harrowing darkness in slicing treble and tremolo shiver.

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Dinner Time Records

With a laid-back, speak-singing delivery, “SingleWide Dreamer” immediately conveys Raitiere’s contentment in living a low-key life. And although every song on the album could be considered a love song in its own way, what really ties them together is his observant writing, which is sometimes reflective, sometimes irreverent, but always inspired by his own experiences. Co-produced by Anderson East and Miranda Lambert.

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New Release Round-Up 05-06-22

AURORA - The Gods We Can Touch

AURORA - The Gods We Can Touch - Glassnote
The Gods We Can Touch is an elegant and celestial but provocative album about shame, desire and morality, all seen through the narrative prism of Greek mythology. In each of the album's fifteen songs we meet a different god. Featuring lead single "Cure For Me," the album is ultimately "a celebration of being human, and what makes us human."

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Hermitude - Mirror Mountain

Hermitude - Mirror Mountain - Nettwerk Records
The multi-instrumentalist duo that comprises Hermitude - Luke Dubber (aka Luke Dubs) and Angus Stuart (aka El Gusto) holed up together in Angus' home with a pared-back music setup, they began a process that was all about taking back control over how and why they make music as Hermitude. The duo recorded vocal sessions in-person to create a more intimate experience. You can hear it in the way the drums coil themselves around the closely recorded vocals of "When U Feel Like This (feat. The Jungle Giants)," or the confidence in "Promises (feat. Andie)" that allows her voice to soar into the upper octaves easily. This control over their process led to a loosening of their creative inhibitions. A year and a half later, Mirror Mountain was finished. The album acts as a reawakening, a place to draw strength as time goes by. "The production quality & mixing all around is super clean and polished, it's delectable to the ears." - Banger Sound



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Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs

Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs - Sound Of Vinyl
Ukulele Songs comprises a fine mixture of original material penned by Eddie Vedder that he initially performed live, alongside vintage classics and standards. A recast, uke-driven version of "Can't Keep," which originally appeared as the opening track on Pearl Jam's hard-charging November 2002 album Riot Act, opens the proceedings, while newer-bred original songs like the resigned lament of "Sleeping By Myself," the charming love orbit of "Satellite," the hopeful brightness of "Light Today," and the instrumental interlude "Waving Palms" all set the table for the 35-minute album.



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Sheryl Crow - Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary

Sheryl Crow - Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary - A&M
The 2 CD companion piece to Sheryl Crow's forthcoming feature documentary, Sheryl, featuring 35 songs spanning 3 decades of music from the 9-time GRAMMY Award winner. 3 new songs are included with her hits "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up the Sun," "All I Wanna Do," "My Favorite Mistake," "Redemption Day," and many more! Sheryl Crow has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.

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Arcade Fire - WE [Indie Exclusive limited Edition White LP]
Black Crowes - 1972
The Head And The Heart - Every Shade Of Blue
Sunflower Bean - Headful Of Sugar [Orange Crush LP]
Belle And Sebastian - A Bit Of Previous [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
The Who - My Generation: Half-Speed Master [LP]
The Who - A Quick One: Half-Speed Master [LP]
Awolnation - My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me
Halestorm - Back From The Dead [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Ruby LP]
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) - Let It Be Blue [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
The Americans - Stand True
Tom Morello - The Atlas Underground Flood [Sky Blue Grape 2LP]
Simple Plan - Harder Than It Looks
Midland - The Last Resort: Greetings From
Stand Atlantic - F.E.A.R.
Three Days Grace - EXPLOSIONS
Emeli Sande - Let's Say For Instance
Neil Young - Royce Hall 1971
Neil Young - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1971
Neil Young - Citizen Kane Jr. Blues 1974 (Live At Bottom Line)
Pink Mountaintops - Peacock Pools [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Splatter LP]
Miloe - Greenhouse EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 10in LP]
Ibeyi - Spell 31
Sharon Van Etten - We've Been Going About This All Wrong
Warpaint - Radiate Like This [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Yellow LP]
Culture - Two Sevens Clash [RSD Essential Clear w/ Blue & Yellow Smoke LP]


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What's New 4-29-22

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Redwing

Just Like That..., the lifetime Achievement Grammy Award winner’s first new studio album in six years, is both one of the most heartfelt and most daring works in her storied 51-year recording career. Raitt’s always-expressive singing is more soulful and nuanced than ever, while her songwriting achieves new levels of craft and sophistication.

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MNRK

Bodysnatcher play a down tempo, extremely brutal beatdown version of deathcore. Their previous album, This Heavy Void, saw the band catapult into the extreme metal scene, garnering a number of successful tour runs with Chelsea Grin, Lorna Shore, Enterprise Earth, and Slaughter To Prevail. The new record showcases the band completely dialed in, knocking on the doors of deathcore's contemporary subgenre leaders.

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Prosthetic Records

If Undeath sound hyper-focused on one style, their commitment to this vision is also part of their appeal. The lyrics take delight in exploring death and torture from every angle. The message is plain: The human body is disgusting. Man's capacity for evil knows no limits. Undeath excel by soundtracking these thoughts through pitch-perfect metal bursting with energy. For them, death is only the beginning.

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Son of Davy

Jukebox Charley is the 4th installment in Charley Crockett's Lil G.L. Presents series of releases, which focus on heartfelt renditions of songs from some of Charley's biggest musical influences. This newest cover record is packed with songs originally written by greats such as Tom T. Hall, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, George Jones and more.

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Partisan

Used colloquially as an expletive, the title roughly translates from the Irish language into English as 'the damnation of the deer'; the spelling crassly anglicized, and its meaning diluted through generations. Part bittersweet romance, part darkly political triumph - the songs ultimately form a long-distance love letter, one that laments an increasingly privatized culture in danger of going the way of the extinct Irish giant deer.

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Motown

Staples follows up his intimate self-titled album with Ramona. “There’s a direct correlation,” Staples says of the two records. “They were kind of created at the same time. I was in a similar state of mind. This album will make even more sense if you heard the previous one, but this one has more answers. It’s symbolic of home,” he says of the Long Beach neighborhood for which the album is named.

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New West

“The last bastion of country music,” says Hedley, “was the early 1990s. You could turn on the radio and immediately know you’re hearing a country song. You could still hear steel guitar and fiddle. But there was a hard fork around 1996 or ’97, when country veered off into pop territory. Neon Blue asks, What if that fork had never happened? What if country kept on sounding like country?”

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Fat Possum

Everything Was Beautiful pulls heavily from throughout the Spiritualized catalog, whether it be the Ladies and Gentlemen-era “Best Thing You Ever Had”, the soft, sentimentality of Pierce’s mid-career work on “Crazy” or the lush balance of And Nothing. All those influences, and their tonal similarities to his last album, never distract or take away from the conceptual success of Everything Was Beautiful.

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Legacy

Willie is back with his 72ND solo studio album. The 14 tracks include 5 new Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon compositions, new songs from Chris Stapleton & Rodney Crowell (“I’ll Love You Till The End Of Time”) and a cadre of top Nashville songwriters, plus a couple of plum covers by Leonard Cohen (“Tower Of Song”) and The Beatles (“With A Little Help From My Friends”) given expert interpretation by Willie.

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Astralwerks

As their boldest and most viscerally charged output to date, The Silence in Between amplifies the unbridled energy that’s made Bob Moses a repeat winner of Resident Advisor’s Best Live Act prize. It encompasses a glorious collision of moody guitar tones, mercurial textures, and wildly propulsive beats as Moses channels the dizzying euphoria of new romance.

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PIAS

Two Ribbons is astonishing: a dazzling, heart-breaking, life-affirming and mortality-facing record that reveals the duo’s growing artistry and ability to parse intense feeling into lyrics so memorable you'd scribble them on your backpack. This is the artefact that signals progression out of very distressing times; a story of loss, change, and of survival; a proof of life.

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Third Man

Lady For Sale showcases Kirke’s unselfconscious, country-twinged vocals alongside a brightly colored candy shop of glam-twang guitar riffs, department store tv commercial synth stylings, and unabashedly feminine background vocals. It’s decidedly more easy-going and fun-loving than what we’ve come to expect from its genre (and the world in general) in recent years.

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Ipecac

Following in the footsteps of their predecessors Public Enemy while drawing from influences as varied as My Bloody Valentine and German experimentalists Faust, Dälek have succeeded in adding completely new textural and structural dimensions to rap music. Their brutal sonic temperament pushes rap music’s capacity for noise and protest to some exhilarating conclusions.

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Sofi Tukker LLC

Wet Tennis is about forward movement, optimism and positive growth, no matter what the challenge. It’s a dedication to constantly evolving and celebrating aliveness. Wetness is excitement, mother nature, movement, flow, sweat, and juice. It's athletic and elegant. It's loud and bright. All these qualities will be on full display when Sofi Tukker comes to town, both on stage and in the audience.

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New West

This is an interstellar synthesis of astral Soul, R&B, and sci-fi Funk, oscillating between Alice Coltrane-inspired bliss & Giorgio Moroder’s ecstatic release. Each song hovers and pulsates in the wide, dark matter—constellations guiding a journey through the subtle body, the vast fullness of the human experience and the irresistible potential of liberation.

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BMG

Alpha Games (the band’s first new album in seven years) veers from the intense & confrontational (“Traps”, “Day Drinker”) to melodic and introspective (“If We Get Caught”, “By Any Means Necessary”) and marks a new and important chapter in one of music’s most important voices in Kele Okereke and important bands in Bloc Party.

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Virgin

Rammstein in 2022 can still singe your face with the full force of their attack, but on Zeit they prove more than ever that they aren’t afraid to peel away their layers, lay bare their fears and show you their scars. Available as 2 LP set on 180-gram vinyl in gatefold jacket with gold embossed logo sleeve. Large format 20-page booklet included.

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Moribund Records

Satan's Host require no introduction, an American metal institution and one of the original pioneers of both thrash and power metal. Unique unto themselves, they once more present a genre-encompassing sound and album which unites the best elements of true heavy metal with thrash, black, death and power metal into a cauldron of epic true metal classics, This Legacy Will Never Die!

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Moribund Records

Swiftly following 2021's break-through death metal album Fiendish, Carnal Savagery returns. Once more delivering a sarcophagus-sized slab of putrid old school death metal, Scent of Death is ripe with catchy melodic rhythms, memorable choruses, pounding drums, brutal vocals, and searing solos. This Scent will continue to permeate the air and the metal scene long after the corpses it leaves behind have decayed!

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MNRK

Misfire makes old-school flavored thrash metal devastation with the kind of bombastic firepower that could wake the dead. It's music that could have arrived in the thrash golden age of 1986, when bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Dark Angel, and Sodom delivered vital records. And yet Misfire is forward-thinking, injecting modern metal mastery into their brew for a powerful, timeless sound.

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New Release Round-Up 04-29-22

Seratones - Love & Algorhythms

Seratones - Love & Algorhythms - New West Records
Love & Algorhythms is an interstellar synthesis of astral Soul, R&B, and sci-fi Funk. Working with producer Paul Butler (The Bees, Micheal Kiwanuka, Caroline Rose, Hurray for the Riff Raff), Seratones have taken the invitation to knock at the door of the cosmos. A.J. Haynes’s voice dances with soul-stirring devotion at the altar of Black Feminisms: weaving the words Toni Cade Bambara, Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis multiverse, echoes of bell hooks, and Audre Lorde’s Power of the Erotic. With drummer Jesse Gabriel’s machine-like precision and the transcendental touches from guitarist Travis Stewart, the album oscillates between Alice Coltrane-inspired bliss & Giorgio Moroder’s ecstatic release. Each song hovers and pulsates in the wide, dark matter—constellations guiding a journey through the subtle body, the vast fullness of the human experience and the irresistible potential of liberation.

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Bob Moses - The Silence In Between

Bob Moses - The Silence In Between - Astralwerks
Grammy Award-winning duo Bob Moses release their highly anticipated third album, The Silence In Between. The Silence in Between marks the Los Angeles-based band’s first release since signing to Astralwerks in a unique global partnership with Domino Recording Co. Love Brand New is one of the most anthemic moments on The Silence in Between, “Love Brand New” finds Vancouver-bred musicians / producers Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance tapping into their deep-rooted love for ’90s alt-rock and left-of-center dance music. Written with Michel Zitron and John Martin (a Swedish production duo known for their work with the likes of Avicii and Swedish House Mafia), the track encompasses a glorious collision of moody guitar tones, mercurial textures, and wildly propulsive beats as Bob Moses channel the dizzying euphoria of new romance.  As their boldest and most viscerally charged output to date, The Silence in Betweenamplifies the unbridled energy that’s made Bob Moses a repeat winner of Resident Advisor’s Best Live Act prize.



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Lola Kirke - Lady For Sale

Lola Kirke - Lady For Sale - Third Man Records
Released next week, the 10-song sophomore full-length album showcases Lola Kirke’s unselfconscious, country-twinged vocals alongside a brightly colored candy shop of glam-twang guitar riffs, department store tv commercial synth stylings, and swooping, lilting, unabashedly feminine background vocals. Lady For Sale channels a high-spirited insouciance that feels invigorating and familiar, decidedly more easy-going and fun-loving than what we’ve come to expect from its genre (and the world in general) in recent years. This is a party you’ll want to attend.

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Trombone Shorty - Lifted

Trombone Shorty - Lifted - Blue Note
Trombone Shorty returns with Lifted, his first album in 5 years and the follow-up to his Blue Note debut Parking Lot Symphony, featuring special guests including vocalist Lauren Daigle & guitarist Gary Clark Jr. An album that captures the energy of his legendary live shows, Lifted combines classic New Orleans sounds (funk, gospel, street rhythms, Mardi Gras Indian chants & second lines) with modern lyrics, melody & beats to create something fresh & unique. Part Jimi Hendrix, part James Brown and all New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs brass-band beats, rock dynamics & improvisation in a jazz tradition.

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Norah Jones - Come Away With Me: 20th Anniversary

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me: 20th Anniversary - Blue Note
Norah Jones’ seminal debut album, Come Away With Me, became a global phenomenon reaching #1 in 20 countries, selling nearly 30 million copies, and sweeping the 2003 GRAMMY Awards with 8 wins including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. The remastered 20th Anniversary Edition captures the emergence of a singular talent on this now-classic album.

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Bloc Party - Alpha Games [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
Toro Y Moi - Mahal
Willie Nelson - A Beautiful Time
Weezer - SZNZ: Spring EP
Caroline Spence - True North
The Weeknd - Dawn FM [2LP]
Sondre Lerche - Avatars Of Love
MOMO. - I Was Told To Be Quiet
Kehlani - Blue Water Road
Suicidal Tendencies - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sky Blue LP]
Miranda Lambert - Palomino
Rodrigo Y Gabriela and C.U.B.A. - Area 52
Moon Duo - Circles
Tomberlin - i don’t know who needs to hear this... [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sunstruck Edition LP]
Alfa Mist - Two For Mistake EP [10in Vinyl]
Rammstein - Zeit
Neil Young - Official Release Series Discs 13, 14, 20 & 21 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 4LP]
Migos - Culture III [2LP]
Dälek (Dalek) - Precipice
Melody's Echo Chamber - Emotional Eternal [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
Eli 'Paperboy' Reed - Down Every Road


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What's New 4-22-22

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ATO

Paint This Town offers a riveting glimpse into American mythology and the wildly colorful characters who populate it. The album pays homage to everyone from Elvis Presley to Eudora Welty while shedding a bright light on the darker aspects of the country’s legacy. Fueled by the band’s freewheeling collision of Americana, old-time music, folk, and rock & roll, Paint This Town turns razor-sharp commentary into rapturous sing-alongs.

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Verve

On his major label debut album, the ravenously creative Kurt Vile pulls his talents as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer in unexpected directions — and the result is a vibrant, yet meditative record propelled by his laid-back charm and curious spirit. Produced by Kurt Vile and Rob Schnapf.

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Quarto Valley Records

This tribute album is a powerful sonic journey, traveling the course of Johnny's musical life, impeccably directed, as only his brother Edgar could. Joining Edgar on the inclusive project is an impressive array of renowned musicians who knew, or were inspired by Johnny, including Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons, Michael McDonald, Ringo Starr and many more.

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Pepper Hill Records

One listen through reveals where Wheeler’s unrivaled confidence comes from. Once again produced by Dave Cobb (except the song “God Told Me To Fuck You,”) and recorded at historic RCA Studio A, the album is a loud, unapologetic roar of a comeback. Wheeler explains, “I figured if I’m gonna save country music, why not save Rock ‘n’ Roll too while I’m at it?”

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Pure Noise

Prince Daddy & The Hyena’s third album dives into the theme of life coming to an end, both vocalist Kory Gregory's own life and fear of his friends and loved ones aging and dying. Gregory expands on why by saying, "It’s the first time that it’s hit me as an adult, the first time that the impermanence of everything struck, and that sent me into a little existential spiral.”

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Blue Note

Acclaimed vibraphonist and composer Joel Ross returns with his third Blue Note album, an expansive suite comprised of seven evocative movements. Ross is joined by Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Maria Grand on tenor saxophone, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Kalia Vandever on trombone, Sean Mason on piano, Rick Rosato on bass, and Craig Weinrib on drums.

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New Release Round-Up 04-22-22

Dorothy - Gifts From The Holy Ghost

Dorothy - Gifts From The Holy Ghost - Roc Nation
Gifts From The Holy Ghost, Dorothy Martin’s third studio album as frontwoman for the pseudonymous rock band Dorothy, is the album she’s always wanted to make. Born from a sense of diving urgency, it’s their most bombastic rock n’ roll work yet. While their debut album was made on a combination of whiskey and heartbreak, Gifts was built on sobriety, health, and spiritualism, in a way that reverses the clichéd “good girl gone bad” narrative. It features the Top 40 Rock track, “Rest in Peace.”

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Joshua Hedley - Neon Blue

Joshua Hedley - Neon Blue - New West Records
Joshua Hedley is “a singing professor of country & western,” he declares on his raucous and witty new album, Neon Blue. It might sound like a punchline, but it’s not. An ace fiddle player, a sharp guitarist, and a singer with a granite twang, he’s devoted his entire life to the study of this genre. Ask him about it and he’ll explain: “When all my friends went off to college, I went to Nashville. I was 19 years old playing honkytonks and getting an education.” His 2018 debut, Mr. Jukebox, showcased his deep knowledge of country’s history, in particular the beery ballads of the 1950s and ‘60s. His mentors were George Jones, Ray Price, and Glen Campbell, but his most remarkable accomplishment was putting his own spin on their style.

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Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder - Get On Board

Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder - Get On Board - Nonesuch Records
Nearly sixty years after they first played together, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, longtime friends and collaborators, reunite with an album of music from two Piedmont blues masters who have inspired them all their lives: GET ON BOARD: THE SONGS OF SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE.  With Taj Mahal on vocals, harmonica, guitar, and piano and Cooder on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo-joined by Joachim Cooder on drums and bass-the duo recorded eleven songs drawn from recordings and live performances by Terry and McGhee, who they both first heard as teenagers in California.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Fontaines D.C. - Skinty Fia [Limited Edition Deluxe 2LP]  Video Available

Old Crow Medicine Show - Paint This Town [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP, 3 Random Covers]
Bonnie Raitt - Just Like That... [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Teal LP]
Christian Lee Hutson - Quitters [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Purple 2LP]
Jason Aldean - Georgia
Vince Staples - RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART
S. Carey - Break Me Open
Brian May - Another World: Remastered [Limited Edition Collector's Box Set]
Aldo Nova - Reloaded
SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY - The Romance Of Affliction [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Beer with Bone & Orange Twist LP]
Magnolia Park - Halloween Mixtape
Hatchie - Giving The World Away
Undeath - It's Time...To Rise From The Grave [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Violet w/ Red & Yellow Splatter LP]
Bowling For Soup - Pop Drunk Snot Bread
Loop - Sonancy
Jeanines - Don't Wait For A Sign
The White Buffalo - On The Widow's Walk: Deluxe
Spiritualized - Everything Was Beautiful [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink LP]
Bright Light Bright Light - How Queer [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Charley Crockett - Lil G.L. Presents: Jukebox Charley
Jazz Sabbath - Vol. 2


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New Release Round-Up 04-15-22

Kurt Vile - (Watch My Moves)

Kurt Vile - (Watch My Moves) - Verve
On his first album in partnership with Verve Records, Kurt Vile pulls his talents as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer in unexpected directions — and the result is a vibrant, yet meditative record propelled by laid-back charm and curious spirit.

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Rush - Moving Pictures: 40th Anniversary

Rush - Moving Pictures: 40th Anniversary - Island
Moving Pictures: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition - Celebrating 40 years of Moving Pictures with a Super Deluxe box set fully loaded for fans! Includes a 3 CD set featuring the 2015 album remaster and the complete, unreleased Toronto concert from March 25, 1981. All audio is also showcased on 5 LPs cut at half-speed DMM on 180-gram vinyl. Blu-ray Audio disc presents a first-ever Dolby Atmos and new 5.1 surround album mix including the brand-new video for "YYZ" + 3 music videos. Extras include a book, model car, drumsticks, posters, and more!


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George Thorogood & The Destroyers - The Original George Thorogood

George Thorogood & The Destroyers - The Original George Thorogood - UMe
Boston 1971: Historic early recording of Aerosmith in their rehearsal room – just the band, crew, and friends captured on Joe Perry's tape recorder. This never-before-heard performance showcases the early, raw talent of this future Hall Of Fame band, one year before signing to Columbia Records and two years before their eponymous debut, which featured many of these songs, including their enduring anthem" Dream On." 

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High Pulp - Pursuit Of Ends
Dr. Dog - Be The Void: 10th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Red & Clear Galaxy LP]
Wheeler Walker Jr. - Sex, Drugs & Country Music
The Police - Greatest Hits: Deluxe 30th Anniversary [2LP]
The Boxmasters - Help...I'm Alive
able machines - Pathological [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: 10th Anniversary [Deluxe Pink/White Swirl 3LP]
Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Etc. [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Doublemint & White Galaxy 2LP]
Pimps Of Joytime - Reachin' Up
Prince Daddy & The Hyena - Prince Daddy & The Hyena
Gracie Abrams - This Is What It Feels Like
Freddie Gibbs - Singles
Edgar Winter - Brother Johnny
Alec Benjamin - (Un)Commentary
Cancer Bats - Psychic Jailbreak
Nazareth - Surviving The Law


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What's New 4-8-22

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Third Man

Fear Of The Dawn is the most focused and exciting White solo record yet, a precision-tooled digital reconfiguration of his rock bona fides. By splitting his 2022 albums into two distinct projects and saving his quieter material for Entering Heaven Alive, White has delivered his best release since 2012's Blunderbuss, and one of the most consistently exciting albums in his 25-year-career.Y

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Jamestown Revival Recordings

Young Man is their first project without electric guitars, with the emphasis instead on skillful songwriting, flawless harmony, and intricate fingerpicking. Sonically the album draws on inspirations such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, yet there’s also a dusty Western feel, similar to a Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt album where the detailed backdrop and acoustic arrangements convey the story as eloquently as the lyrics do.

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Sub Pop

Lushly orchestrated and sweetly melodic, Chloë and The Next 20th Century (his first new material since 2018’s God’s Favorite Customer) sees Father John Misty combine his Honeybear-era sound with elements of 1920s-30s jazz and traditional pop to make something that sounds both familiar and fresh.

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Moribund Records

The mysterious occult black/death metal power-trio has released 3 prior critically acclaimed albums on Moribund Records. And now, rising once more from the ethereal fog, Pact returns with their highly anticipated fourth album and the bands unquestionable masterwork God Only Knows – 2022’s first metal masterpiece!

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Crows Feet Records

Hailed as 'the new master of the slide guitar' by the Montreux Jazz Festival and 'the real thang' by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent returns with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar playing, his poignant folk and blues-inspired vocals, and his range of beautiful folk ballads to raw blues to straight-up rock 'n' roll.

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Domino

After releasing two of the hottest singles of the year, Wet Leg's Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers were catapulted from their confines on the Isle of Wight to sold out venues across the UK and packed-out tents at festivals causing giddy excitement wherever they went. Now, the duo is thrilled to unveil news of their debut album.

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Interscope

Tucker Pillsbury continues to explore his pop sensibilities while playing with themes of love, healing, and religion - and ultimately, the power of a woman. One moment, he's crooning about his crush's earrings over crunchy chords. The next, he's spitting bars about staying home. Either way, the intimacy of his songwriting beckons connection.

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Ivy Music Company

A singer and guitarist who has played with many of the greatest players of the modern era, Albert Cummings has received the kind of recognition that few others do. Ten is a compelling and emotional summation of what the artist has seen and done. Blues is not a style of music that easily progresses, but this is exactly what Cummings is able to.

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New Release Round-Up 04-08-22

Jack White - Fear Of The Dawn

Jack White - Fear Of The Dawn - Third Man Records
Fear Of The Dawn is the fourth studio album from Jack White, founding member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. True to his DIY roots, this record was recorded at White's Third Man Studio throughout 2021, mastered by Third Man Mastering, pressed to vinyl at Third Man Pressing, and released by Third Man Records. Pressed on limited astronomical blue vinyl, only available at independent record stores

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Aerosmith - 1971: The Road Starts Hear

Aerosmith - 1971: The Road Starts Hear - UMe
Boston 1971: Historic early recording of Aerosmith in their rehearsal room – just the band, crew, and friends captured on Joe Perry's tape recorder. This never-before-heard performance showcases the early, raw talent of this future Hall Of Fame band, one year before signing to Columbia Records and two years before their eponymous debut, which featured many of these songs, including their enduring anthem" Dream On."


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Lucius - Second Nature Video Available
Daniel Rossen - You Belong There Video Available

Wet Leg - Wet Leg [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Yellow LP]
Camila Cabello - Familia
Father John Misty - Chloe and the Next 20th Century
Orville Peck - Bronco
Tool - Fear Inoculum [Limited Edition Deluxe 5LP]
Calexico - El Mirador
Papa Roach - Ego Trip
Grizfolk - Grizfolk
Joe Satriani - The Elephants of Mars
Jack Broadbent - Ride
Role Model - Rx
Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal: 10th Anniversary Edition
Kae Tempest - The Line Is A Curve [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange LP]
Foxes - The Kick
Cole Swindell - Stereotype
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Made In Timeland


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What's New 4-1-22

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Warner

Red Hot Chili Peppers have clearly been galvanized by guitarist John Frusciante's return from self-imposed exile in 2009 and the results are some of RHCP's strongest songs since 2002's By The Way. The sprawling 17 tracks are an impressive consolidation of their strengths an eager to relighting of the band’s classic elemental spark.

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New West

Set Sail continues the band’s tradition of creating roots music that displays remarkable variety. With their latest record, NMA are able to build upon their self-described sound of Primitive Modernism - a melding of the new and the old, traditional and futuristic, crafted lyrics and improvisational music.

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PIAS

In the world of Tilt, nothing is certain except taxes, death and Confidence Man. They are unstoppable, unquenchable, undeniable, and if you get in their way, you're gonna get hurt. Not even a global pandemic could stop Janet, Sugar, Reggie and Clarence from producing an album so fierce, flirty and full of anthems that you might need to sit down before you hit play.

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Atomic Fire

Full of surprises and yet instantly recognizable as the work of metal's most idiosyncratic force, Immutable redefines and redesigns the Meshuggah sound across more than an hour of the most stimulating and absorbing music the band have ever made. As we spiral towards a dystopian future, Meshuggah still stands alone.

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Mascot

The Danish-Swedish quartet Vola are back with their first live album featuring songs from their entire catalog. Live From The Pool showcases a band hitting their stride as they masterfully blend futuristic progressive rock with electronica and modern metal, topped off with clear, beautiful vocal lines.

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Velvet Rose Records

A complete 180 from 2019’s revealing and cathartic Room 41, Country Coming Down finds Cauthen renewed with a heathy, confident and downright fun headspace. The 10 new songs feature honest and brash themes that go from excess and hedonism to love and devotion, all rolled up in one album.

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Blue Note

Pianist and composer Gerald Clayton explores the impact and abstraction of time on his ravishing second Blue Note album. Bells On Sand (featuring his father on sax) includes new original pieces by Catalan composer Federico Mompou, his uncle Jeff Clayton, and 2 stunning solo piano versions of the standard "My Ideal."

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New Release Round-Up 04-01-22

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Unlimited Love

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Unlimited Love - Warner Records
Our only goal is to get lost in the music. We (John, Anthony, Chad and Flea) spent thousands of hours, collectively and individually, honing our craft and showing up for one another, to make the best album we could. Our antennae attuned to the divine cosmos, we were just so damn grateful for the opportunity to be in a room together, and, once again, try to get better. Days, weeks and months spent listening to each other, composing, jamming freely, and arranging the fruit of those jams with great care and purpose. The sounds, rhythms, vibrations, words and melodies had us enrapt.  We yearn to shine a light in the world, to uplift, connect, and bring people together. Each of the songs on our new album Unlimited Love, is a facet of us, reflecting our view of the universe.This is our life’s mission. We work, focus, and prepare, so that when the biggestwave comes, we are ready to ride it. The ocean has gifted us a mighty wave and this record is theride that is the sum of our lives. Thank you for listening, we hope you enjoy it. One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, including "Best Rock Album" for Stadium Arcadium, "Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group" for "Dani California, "Best Rock Song" for "Scar Tissue," and "Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal" for "Give It Away." The band holds the record for the most No. 1 singles of all time at Alternative radio, a total of 11, and a combined 81 weeks at No. 1.



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North Mississippi Allstars - Set Sail

North Mississippi Allstars - Set Sail - New West Records
Luther and Cody Dickinson started North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 as a loose collective of like-minded second-generation musicians who shared a local repertoire and regional style. Over the years the lineup shifted by design, and each NMA record offered up a different combination of collaborators. Set Sail finds the brothers working with Jesse Williams on bass and Lamar Williams, Jr. for the first time. Set Sail, North Mississippi Allstars’s thirteenth album, follows 2019’s Up and Rolling, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2021. Set Sail continues the band’s tradition of creating roots music that displays remarkable variety. With their latest record, NMA are able to build upon their self-described sound of Primitive Modernism - a melding of the new and the old, traditional and futuristic, crafted lyrics and improvisational music.

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Paul Cauthen - Country Coming Down

Paul Cauthen - Country Coming Down - Velvet Rose Records
Want to get a bead on Paul Cauthen? Good freakin' luck -- especially on his third album, Country Coming Down. COUNTRY COMING DOWN has been in motion awhile, actually. The title track, one of several co-writes with good Nashville pal Aaron Raitiere, has been around since before Cauthen's dark sophomore album ROOM 41. Its sense of campfire calm and "damn near off the map" idyll set a bar, for both music and lifestyle, that Cauthen aspired to, while the rest of the new album, recorded at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas with regular collaborators Beau Bedford (Texas Gentlemen) and Jason Burt (Medicine Man Revival), shows that Cauthen was able to get there without losing any of the playful "hot dog holly golly dagnabit" good-time spirit that rolls off his tongue like a tumbleweed in the west Texas panhandle.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Marvin Gaye - What's Going On: 50th Anniversary Video Available

Pup - The Unraveling Of PUPTHEBAND [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Coral & Black Smush LP]

Thomas Rhett - Where We Started
Molly Tuttle - Crooked Tree
Carpenter Brut - Leather Terror [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White 2 LP]
Animals As Leaders - Parrhesia
Tempers - New Meaning
King Garbage - Heavy Metal Greasy Love [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque White LP]
Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls [RSD Essential Black & White Explosion LP]
Jackson 5 - Diana Ross Presents... [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Orange LP]
Edwin Starr - War & Peace [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Orange LP]
Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle [RSD Essential Smoke LP]
Daryl Hall - Before After
Meshuggah - Immutable
The Hellacopters - Eyes Of Oblivion [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Testament - The Formation of Damnation [Limited Edition White w/ Blue & Green Splatter 2LP]
Com Truise - Galactic Melt: 10th Anniversary Edition [Black & Orange 2LP]
Quelle Chris & Chris Keys - Innocent Country 2: Remastered [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Fuego LP]
Devon Kay & The Solutions - Grieving Expectation [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Half Clear half white w/ Silver Splatter LP]
Port Noir - Cuts [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Lights - PEP

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What's New 3-25-22

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4AD

Warm Chris blends the breezier '70s folk of 2019's Designer with the jazz explorations and the dark chamber pop of 2017's Party. As usual, the idiosyncrasy and mystique of the Kiwi folk star's songwriting is thrilling with Harding unafraid to treat the ridiculous and the sublime with equal reverence. It’s this unpredictability that keeps the listener constantly on their toes, perplexed and enthralled all at once.

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Merge

Labyrinthitis brims with mystic and intoxicating terrain, circuitously drawing ever inward, with each turn offering giddy surprise, anxious esoterica, and thumping emotionality at equal odds. While Bejar initially envisioned it as a straight dance record (“just like Donna Summer’s greatest hits”), that simple notion is exploded into a million shining pieces, finding joy in mutual discovery instead of isolated certainty.

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Merge

Like all good Afrofuturist stories, it begins with an existential crisis. "It's darker than anything we've done previously," says Eno Williams, the group's singer. Produced by British synthpop group Hot Chip, a collaboration born out of a shared love of Francis Bebey and Giorgio Moroder, Electricity reveals a gleaming, supercharged, Afrofuturist blinder.

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Better Noise

Asking Alexandria teams up for the first time with Better Noise Music for their seventh studio album, See What's On the Inside. The band returns with a revival and a rebirth after spending the winter of 2021 living in the studio, the first time they had spent an extended period alone together writing and recording in over a decade. The product is the truest album by the band yet.

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Atlantic

Tell Me That It’s Over gives Wallows the opportunity to dive further into the exploration that they started on their first album, informed by everything from lo-fi post-punk to indie-folk to early-’90s dance-pop psychedelia. These 10 tracks bounce of the walls with an as much sadistic glee as nervous energy. There’s an innate ability present that makes any day that much sunnier with every listen.

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Sub Pop

After a decade building a reputation as one of the most ferociously creative art-rock groups working, Famously Alive finds Guerilla Toss coming into the fullness of their power, celebrating their prismatic idiosyncrasies from a place of optimism and abundance. It is a joyous album, equal parts bizarre, accessible, and fun, built off psychedelic texturing and Krautrock syncopation with the gloss and glow of contemporary pop music.

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Relapse

In the five tracks that make up Absent In Body‘s debut record, the band delivers music that is furiously spiritual. Its harshness is balanced by tranquil progressions that stir the mind – that lull listeners into a state where there is calm and storm. Made up of brilliant musicians Amenra’s Mathieu J. Vandekerckhove and Colin H. Van Eeckhout, Neurosis’ Scott Kelly, and ex-Sepultura’s Igor Cavelera.

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Lock13 Records

Like the creeks that run and tributaries that trickle throughout singer-songwriter Ian Noe’s homelands in Eastern Kentucky, water flows throughout his new LP. Thoughtfully and intentionally named, River Fools & Mountain Saints highlights Noe’s storytelling prowess through 12 country rockers and Appalachian ballads, depicting contemporary and historical life in the region.

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Fallen Sparks

Like only the most gifted storytellers, Matisyahu spins the rare kind of stories that simultaneously enlighten, enthrall and expand the audience’s sense of possibility. On his eponymous new album, the Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter/rapper shares his most autobiographical work to date, merging that personal revelation with a shapeshifting collision of reggae and hip-hop and boldly inventive pop.

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BMG

Like their sci-fi-noir rock contemporaries Garbage, Placebo are a band to which music is finally catching up. Nine years on from their seventh album Loud Like Love, Never Let Me Go finds their brooding cyber rock gently tweaked and polished – a little more synth, a touch more buzz and clatter – yet sounding as timely and relevant to future rock trends as ever.

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Interscope

Kelly’s ability to churn out infectious bangers is present here in his second collaborative project with drummer/producer Travis Barker. “emo girl” is a bucketload of charm; serving as a playful twist on the classic, doe-eyed poppy love song – the lyrics are so ridiculously self-aware that you can’t help but love it. And the Bring Me The Horizon feature ‘maybe’ is also a total delight, with Linkin Park-y guitars and a slick, irresistible flow.

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Red House

Steve Poltz is a living example of the American music tradition, a songwriter who can bend your ear with a hooky melody, then break your heart with a wry observation about the human condition. Now in Nashville, Poltz enlisted members of The Wood Brothers for Stardust and Satellites - an album dealing with loss (he's lost both parent's in the past two years), simple joys and childhood memories.

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Compass Records

Possessing one of the most distinctive and recognizable voices on the planet, former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay faces down struggle, loss and the existential questions about mortality on Now and The Evermore. It’s a defiantly joyful celebration of life and love drawing on vintage pop charm, pub rock muscle, and folk sincerity to forge a sound that's at once playful and profound, clever and compassionate, whimsical and earnest.

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Interscope

Fighting Demons, the fourth studio album and second posthumous album from Juice WRLD, is now available on vinyl, CD, and cassette with features from Justin Bieber, Polo G, Trippie Redd, Suga of BTS and more. It serves as a tie-in for an HBO-produced documentary titled Juice Wrld: Into the Abyss.

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Century Media

Approaching nearly 30 years since the beginning of their journey as one of Swedish Black Metal's most genuine and unvarnished exemplars, Dark Funeral continue to reach for new heights to bring audiences into its otherworldly & unholy visions on the band's seventh full-length. The new record sees the Satanic vanguards deliver their most aggressive and expansive songs to date.

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New Release Round-Up 03-25-22

Michael Buble - Higher

Michael Buble - Higher - Reprise
Michael Buble’s 2022 album Higher catapults the star’s enormous talent into the stratosphere as he continues his ongoing journey reinventing and interpreting the music of America’s most beloved standards amongst others. Fitting perfectly throughout these gems are a handful of Buble’ originals that further cement his gift for writing and performing great pop tunes and luscious ballads. An irresistible and uplifting collection from the ultimate romantic once again reminds us that the thrill of exploring the subject of love and romance continues inspiring this artist and the world. The definitive Buble’ masterpiece for sure.

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Placebo - Never Let Me Go [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Red LP]
Machine Gun Kelly - Mainstream Sellout [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tour Edition CD]
Reba McEntire - My Chains Are Gone
Ian Noe - River Fools & Mountain Saints
Destroyer - Labyrinthitis [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak Green/Bone LP]
Aldous Harding - Warm Chris
Wallows - Tell Me That It’s Over
Barrie - Barbara [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Metallic Blue LP]
Soul Glo - Diaspora Problems
Kevin Devine - Nothing's Real, So Nothing's Wrong [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cloudy Clear LP]
Bon Iver - Bon Iver: 10th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition White 2LP]
Maren Morris - Humble Quest
The Bogie Band featuring Joe Russo - The Prophets In The City [LP]
Ibibio Sound Machine - Electricity [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak LP]
Keshi - GABRIEL [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed CD]
VR SEX - Rough Dimension
Ornette Coleman - Genesis Of Genius: The Contemporary Albums [CD Box Set]
Architects - For Those That Wish To Exist At Abbey Road
Nigo - I Know Nigo
Camp Cope - Running With The Hurricane
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain: 2022 Edition
P.E. - The Leather Lemon [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Absent In Body - Plague God [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blood Red with Cyan Blue Splatter LP]
Matisyahu - Matisyahu [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Splatter 2LP]
Rise Against - Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 Soundtrack Special Edition - Rise Against with Flexi Single 'Broken Dreams, Inc'
Grey Daze - Dark Nights: Death Metal #2 Soundtrack Special Edition - Grey Daze with Flexi Single 'Anything, Anything'
Denzel Curry - Dark Nights: Death Metal # 3 Soundtrack Special Edition - Denzel Curry with Flexi Single 'Bad Luck'
Manchester Orchestra - Dark Nights: Death Metal #4 Soundtrack Special Edition - Manchester Orchestra with Flexi Single 'Never Ending'
Ed Schrader's Music Beat - Nightclub Daydreaming
Kraftwerk - Remixes

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What's New 3-18-22

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Hyperdub

Antidawn reduces Burial's music to just the vapours by exploring an interzone between dislocated, patchwork songwriting and eerie, open-world game-space ambience. In the resulting no man's land, lyrics take precedence over song, lonely phrases color the haze, a stark and fragmented structure makes time slow down. The result is both comforting and disturbing, producing a quiet and uncanny glow against the cold.

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New West

The release of their critically acclaimed 2020 album, Nothing As The Ideal, would’ve traditionally been followed by a lengthy 18-month tour across the globe. But those plans (and the world) were brought to a halt. This did not stop All Them Witches from assembling to broadcast a live set for their fans. That 16-song set, roundly received as an amazing performance, is now available on 6 variations of color vinyl across 3 LPs.

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City Slang

Kaina creates generational music that surpasses borders, a unified expression of her native Chicago, and her Venezuelan and Guatemalan heritage. On It Was A Home, she deepens that storied lyricism through a sound that is gentle, yet full of intent while exploring love, legacy, and ancestry with self-reflection and self-love and how her upbringing allowed her to occupy that emotional space.

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New Release Round-Up 03-18-22

All Them Witches - Live On The Internet

All Them Witches - Live On The Internet - New West Records
All Them Witches are known for their loud and lengthy live shows. 2020 found the band releasing their critically acclaimed album, Nothing As The Ideal. An album release from this band would traditionally be followed by a lengthy 18-month tour across the globe. Due to an international pandemic, the band’s touring plans were brought to a halt. This did not stop All Them Witches from assembling in a studio to broadcast a live set for their fans. The set was roundly received as an amazing performance and fans immediately inquired as to whether or not this show would be available outside of the broadcast. New West Records is proud to present All Them Witches - Live On The Internet

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Frank Zappa & The Mothers - The Mothers 1971

Frank Zappa & The Mothers - The Mothers 1971 - Zappa Records
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mothers Of Invention’s ‘71 line-ups, the complete Fillmore tapes are showcased with every note played over 4 shows, including the John Lennon/Yoko Ono encore, majority of tracks are newly mixed. Additionally, the full concert from the Rainbow Theatre in London where FZ was infamously pushed off the stage is newly mixed by Eddie Kramer. The box also features a bonus hybrid concert from Harrisburg & Scranton, PA 1971 and extensive liner notes & packaging.

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Tool - OPIATE² [Limited Edition Blu-ray Hard Cover Book]
Sonic Youth - In/Out/In
Charli XCX - CRASH [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Grey LP]
Bo Burnham - INSIDE (The Songs) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear 2LP]
Gang Of Youths - Angel In Realtime [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink Cover, White 2LP]
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound [RSD Essential Natural w/Black Smoke LP]
Son House - Forever On My Mind [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black And White Fleck LP]
Juice WRLD - Fighting Demons
Broadcast - BBC Maida Vale Sessions
Broadcast - Microtronics - Volumes 1 & 2
M. Ross Perkins - E Pluribus M Ross [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Keith Richards - Main Offender: Remastered
Various Artists - The Women Of Def Jam
Stray Kids - ODDINARY [FRANKENSTEIN ver.]
The Pretty Reckless - Going To Hell [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple LP]
Sea Girls - Homesick [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
Colin Hay - Now And The Evermore [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]
Midlake - For The Sake Of Bethel Woods [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]

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What's New 3-11-22

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Loma Vista

Ghost, one of the most esteemed and celebrated rock bands in the world today, return with their fifth psalm, Impera, fronted by the newly anointed Papa Emeritus IV. A dozen songs take on themes of isolation and demigod worship, as well as colonization of both space and mind. And all with the infectious hooky brand of rock their fans have grown accustomed.

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4AD

Classic Objects is a map of places; past places, like the old empty Melbourne pubs Hval’s band used to play in, public places Hval missed throughout lockdown, imagined, future places, and impossible places where dreams, hallucinations, death and art can take you. It’s also Hval’s version of a pop album, mixed to sound as though it’s played through a stereo in a mysterious room.

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Ipecac

Five Legged Dog — a four album acoustic retrospective/covers tribute, is a testament to Melvins’ unmatched work ethic and their penchant for pushing the envelope, then shredding it to bits. Said Melvins founder, Buzz Osborne, “One acoustic record seems like a joke and two is pretty normal, but doing FOUR?!? That’s like going to war against an army of gorillas on LSD.”

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BMG

“The pandemic and lockdown really brought home the truth that spontaneity can be taken away,” said Adams. “The title song 'So Happy It Hurt' is about freedom, autonomy, spontaneity, and the thrill of the open road. The album of the same name touches on many of the ephemeral things in life that are really the secret to happiness, most importantly, human connection.”

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Domino

A twenty track chronological journey through Franz Ferdinand’s career to date, Hits To The Head effortlessly runs through early singles, including the megahit “Take Me Out” while reminding us of their dancefloor appeal with cult classics “Michael” and “This Fire” standing out as forgotten indie bangers. A perfect reminder of their lasting importance and a celebration of feel-good outsider indie anthems.

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Mascot

Financial troubles and tornados among other things (ahem, pandemic) called for a stop-start recording process. But out of hardship the strong survive, and Rebelator is more than just survival. There is massive power in the playing here, but the down time seems to have added a freshness and a crispness to their sound. More melodies, more hooks, more experimentation. There’s hope in this heavy.

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New Release Round-Up 03-11-22

Kiss - KISS Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach

Kiss - KISS Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach - UMe
Rock icons KISS release the next installment of their Off The Soundboard official live bootleg series, KISS Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach, recorded live at the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre on July 25, 2004. Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach finds the legendary band in the midst of their `Rock The Nation' Tour, which is notable for being the first full U.S. tour of the longstanding Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer lineup. The career-spanning 20-song set includes classic KISS tracks such as "Lick It Up," "I Love It Loud," and the worldwide smash and No. 11 1979 U.S. Billboard charting "I Was Made For Lovin' You," as well as perennial KISS fan favorites "Makin' Love," "King Of The Night Time World," and "100,000 Years" that dig deep into the band's astonishing 40+ year back catalog. KISS are globally recognized as one of the greatest live bands of all time and are the creators of what is universally considered the best live album ever, 1975's gold-certified and No. 9 Billboard charting Alive!. The KISS - Off The Soundboard series continues their storied legacy of groundbreaking live albums with a document of the spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza that is a KISS concert.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Ghost - IMPERA [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orchid LP + The Chronology of Papas set of 5 stickers]
Rex Orange County - WHO CARES?
A Place To Bury Strangers - See Through You [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow w. Black Marble LP]
Bryan Adams - So Happy It Hurts
Jeremy Ivey - Invisible Pictures [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]
Franz Ferdinand - Hits To The Head [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Translucent Red LP]
Grateful Dead - Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 4--From Egypt With Love
Jenny Hval - Classic Objects [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project - Demos
Kishi Bashi - 151a: 10th Anniversary Edition
Melvins - Five Legged Dog
The Georgia Satellites - Lightnin' in a Bottle: The Official Live Album
Drug Church - Hygiene [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone, Blue & Yellow Twist LP]
ADULT. - Becoming Undone [In The Fog LP]
Drunk Uncle - Look Up
The Districts - Great American Painting [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]


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Jack White - Fear Of The Dawn - Indie Exclusive

Jack White - Fear Of The Dawn - Indie Exclusive

Jack White is busy at work (literally) pressing up the indie exclusive variant of his 4/8 release "Fear Of The Dawn".  Pre-order your copy now!

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What's New 3-4-22

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Six Shooter Records

Carter Family meets Addams Family. Rich with quality finger picking and replete with harmonies, Easy Listening for Jerks offers many new moods of songs we think we know so well. Under a title that recalls the songwriting humour of Roger Miller and Steve Martin’s comedy stylings alike, the EPs offer a surprising and compelling mix of gravity and levity. Foggy Mountain Boys, but make it Beetlejuice.

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Dualtone

On their Dualtone debut Sticking With It, Seattle-based seven-piece The Dip deliver the kind of unbridled soul/R&B that hits on every emotional level, inciting everything from raw catharsis to heavy-hearted reckoning to wildly exuberant joy. The resulting body of work captures the mood of the current moment while offering immediate escape into a more elevated state of mind.

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Fat Possum

Written alongside Ignorance, How Is It… a piece of reflection and quiet, meant to hold stillness in the aftermath. Recorded live, as a performance; an improvisation, with a group of Toronto jazz musicians, it was imagined as a record of ballads; simple, pure, almost naive, but speaking to many of the same realities as Ignorance does. Two albums as two halves of the same coin; the moon and sun, a photograph and a photonegative.

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Blue Note

The jazztronica duo’ full-length debut Motherland Journey is an album years in the making, celebrating pushing boundaries, taking risks, and overcoming adversity. Following their 2021 EP, We Will Rise, this new album is a star-studded affair featuring the duo (producer NK-OK and multi-instrumentalist Mr DM) joined by collaborators including Ghetto Boy, Tiana Major9, KillBeatz and more.

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BMG

Sonically, the album is a return to their earlier work and the kind of raw ethos that lies at the heart of Band of Horses. Emotionally intense, both on a personal and elemental level, we find band founder Ben Bridwell more autobiographical than he’s ever been on record detailing the nebulous frustrations and quiet indignities of relationship changes and what a person will do to make things right.

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Appalachia Recording Co.

The sole, full length album from Loney Hutchins's most productive era in the 197’s. In '79 the country rock album was too folksy for LA and too electric for Nashville. Featuring a rhythm section from Dolly Parton's live band during her 'Jolene' period, and searing hot country licks, this reissue is restored from the original 2" multitrack tapes, including two never before heard tracks.

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Legendary guitar player Mike Campbell, while seemingly inseparable from Tom Petty for over four decades, has always shown independence and musical curiosity which has resulted in some remarkable projects. External Combustion assures us that the Dirty Knobs are not side-band lark but, as tragic circumstances dictate, a worthy full-time concern for Campbell and his talents.

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Domino

Harder, faster, shorter and louder than any other Porches record, it’s direct and pointed, charged up and chaotic, and as described by creator Aaron Maine, “the most energetic, off-the-cuff moments, collaged together into the most captivating songs I could make.” It’s a dreamy, primal journey of coping with an incomprehensible time, reveling in the joy and confusion of living through it all.

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MNRK

This is the most unforgivably doomy Crowbar record since their landmark 1998 effort, Odd Fellows Rest. It’s reverently old-school, counterbalanced by a resonant melodicism that’s stunningly mature. Songs like “Chemical Gods,” “Bleeding from Every Hole,” and “It’s Always Worth the Gain” demonstrate what Crowbar does better than any other band: powerful, evocative, and crushingly heavy music.

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Metal Blade

Filthy, belligerent and obnoxious, Midnight make music to start fights to. Since 2003, one-man-band Athenar has been churning out an ungodly racket, dropping countless demos, splits and EPs - and in 2022 he returns, delivering a catchy mixture of black metal, speed metal, and dirty punk rock. "I always want it to be loud and nasty," he asserts. "That kinda thing never gets old with me.”

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Nuclear Blast

Sabaton’s tenth full-length was crafted as a concept album that dives deep into previously unexplored atrocities, miracles and events tied to the early 20th century's World War I. The stories and history told here are not only engaging, and well-told musically and vocally, but are important to remember. A worthwhile addition to any metal (or history) fan's library.

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Closed Casket Activities

"You're born into the world as a blank canvas. As you meet people and experience things, you're getting stained and torn up. " That's the concept here. Featuring guest appearances from Geoff Rickly, Jeff Smith and Bones, This World Is Going To Ruin You is a fully realized version of Vein.FM’s darker and more disgusting inception of metallic hardcore.

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New Release Round-Up 03-04-22

OUT THIS WEEK


Band Of Horses - Things are Great [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Rust LP]
Dolly Parton - Run, Rose, Run
Real Friends - Torn In Two [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Half Electric Blue/Half Doublemint with Heavy White and Baby Pink Splatter LP]
Porches - All Day Gentle Hold [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Various Artists - Motown: A Symphony Of Soul With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [LP]
Ceramic Animal - Sweet Unknown
Karate - The Bed Is In The Ocean [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Splatter LP]
Cécile McLorin Salvant - Ghost Song
Nilüfer Yanya - PAINLESS [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cloudy Blue LP]
Loney Hutchins - Appalachia
Stereophonics - Oochya!
Lovage - Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Turquoise 2LP]
Stromae - Multitude [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn: Mono Version
The Weather Station - How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
The Dead South - Easy Listening For Jerks, Pt. 1 EP
The Dead South - Easy Listening For Jerks, Pt. 2 EP
Various Artists - Essential Sun Records: The Ultimate Collection
Kiefer Sutherland - Bloor Street [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Sabaton - The War to End All Wars [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pacific Blue LP]
Marillion - An Hour Before It's Dark
Midnight - Let There Be Witchery
Crowbar - Zero And Below [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sky Blue Grey & White [LP]



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What's New 2-25-22

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Concord

Some forty years into one of music’s most impactful partnerships, Tears For Fears have arrived together at The Tipping Point – the group’s ambitious, accomplished and surprising first new studio album in nearly two decades. An inspired song cycle that vividly recalls the depth and emotional force of the group’s earliest triumphs, The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together all over again

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Metal Blade

Over the past fifteen years, Colorado's Allegaeon have built themselves a unique place in the musical landscape, forcing both technicality and melody to the forefront as they create tumultuous and riveting death metal. With Damnum, their sixth full-length, they push everything further into the extreme, and in the process deliver the definitive Allegaeon record, which while forging into new territory, takes everything compelling about the band and enhances it.

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Provogue Records

A few years ago, there were whispers about a glorious album of Led Zeppelin covers, meticulously put together by superstar producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance). The only thing missing was vocals. Beth's dynamically expressive singing, which spans honeyed delicate tones, sandpaper gritty soulfulness, and rattle-the-rafters high notes, would be the perfect fit and the result is an artistic feat – a viscerally rocking album that is both faithful and personal.

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Merge

The songs of Still Life were written in quiet moments between tours and recorded away from Texas in Ontario with musician and producer Daniel Romano. The phrasing and tones recall John Cale, The Kinks, Richard and Linda Thompson-like-minded artists of the late '60s and early '70s, another era of transition and innovation. It’s an offering of deliberation, a confirmation that creation is an act of hope.

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Loma Vista

Robert Glasper’s (who the New York Times proclaims is “probably the most prominent jazz musician of his generation”) highly anticipated third installment to the Black Radio album series is a cultural moment that celebrates black love and resilience, features an eclectic group of talented collaborators. An essential addition to Glasper’s seminal series. *Available on Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Chartreuse 2 LP*

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Merge

Like every record Superchunk has made over the last thirty-some years, Wild Loneliness is unskippably excellent and infectious. It’s a blend of stripped-down and lush, electric and acoustic, highs and lows. After the (ahem, completely justifiable) anger of What a Time to Be Alive, this new record is less about what we’ve lost in these harrowing times and more about what we have to be thankful for.

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Rough Trade

Caroline’s debut often cascades with force like an avalanche, squalling and rumbling on the edge of all-out collapse. At other points they slip back into impossibly fragile moments of quiet – a simple bassline or a rattle of snare the only sound amid a dark sea of silence. These songs are expansive and emotive pieces, their rich palette drawing on a mixture of choral singing, Midwestern emo and their roots in Appalachian folk.

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Spinefarm

Each track is a lyrical short story, minimal poem in prose, presented in a lavish sonic guise, featuring Scorpions trademarks from the early 1980s. The wealth of inspiration from the band’s longstanding career is an overflowing treasure chest that forges an arc between yesterday and tomorrow. Rock Believer is perhaps the group’s most characteristic album to date – a recording by a band at the pinnacle of their musical art.

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High Top Mountain

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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BMG

In the wake of his time leading The Healers, Marr’s solo career has given rise to three UK Top Ten albums. He now returns with his most expansive work to date, Fever Dreams Pts 1-4. It was created during the long, uncertain period that followed the arrival of the UK’s first lockdown, when his focus was pushed into both his interior life, and evoking the emotional states of others. “It’s an inspired record, and I couldn’t wait to get in and record every day,” he says. “But I had to go inwards.”

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Strngr Recordings

Like pausing a VHS tape, music freezes the frenetic motion of daily existence. Even if just for an instant, it calms the feedback loop of routine, engages respite, and provides perspective. Siphoning guitar transmissions and a dynamic vocal push-and-pull through a lens of cinematic production, Lo Moon deftly balance expansive soundscapes and eloquent songcraft, multimately use music to make sense of each day on their sophomore offering, A Modern Life.

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Red House Records

Sisters Eleanor and Bonnie, two of roots music's most accomplished songwriter/instrumentalist/ vocalists, are releasing their first album together as The Whitmore Sisters. Ghost Stories is inspired by the loss of family, friends, ex-boyfriends and - on the title track - people who died by police violence. These "ghosts" chose to appear right as Covid became entrenched - when live music evaporated and people were isolated from each other.

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Atomic Fire

Finnish figureheads Amorphis take us on an epic journey through the lands of the north, their rich cultural and historical heritage and musical traditions. This is not only an album for fans or metal connoisseurs. It’s a must for every imaginative mind out there with a soft spot for cinematic soundscapes, triumphant melodies and breathtaking dynamics measuring the borderlands of light and dark.

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Century Media

Continuing the fearless exploration of their legendary sound's outer limits, UK's Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death return with Resentment is Always Seismic: A Final Throw of Throes, a partner recording to their much acclaimed Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism album from 2020. Concluding matters through vital, tumultuous Grindcore and shockwave ambience, this 8-track mini-album with all previously unreleased material - including Bad Brains and Slab!

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BMG

True to the band’s expanding legacy, 4 has everything you’ve come to expect from the mega group, but also unlike anything you’ve heard from them yet. This time out, they captured a certain magic – the sound of five band mates listening to and playing off one another in the spirit of live, in-the-moment collaboration. “It has a very spontaneous, fun kind of thing to it, and I love that,” Slash says. “It’s the sound of the five of us just jamming together in one room.

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Century Media

Closing in on 40 eventful years of existence, Canada's progressive sci-fi metal innovators Voivod introduce their 15th studio album Synchro Anarchy. Following 2018's Juno Award winning album, The Wake, and 2020's stellar Lost Machine - Live, these nine tracks reaffirm Voivod as one of the most fervently creative bands on the planet.

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Atlantic

The Dream is an album of intrigue, beauty and humanity - a coalescence of everything that has made alt-J a global band with real staying power. True-crime inspired stories and tales of Hollywood and the Chateau Marmont rub shoulders with some of the band’s most personal moments to-date. It’s the sound of a band growing as songwriters and storytellers.

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MNRK

"I made a psychedelic rock record that Sleep and High on Fire fans would like," Matt Pike says when asked for a Cliffs Notes description of the album. And maybe if you're not a Sleep or High on Fire fan, you might like it too. I definitely think it's interesting; it has D-Beat punk, two-step. It's got everything and it still works together, it doesn't sound odd. It's just an off-the-wall psychedelic rock record."

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Sub Pop

Across 18 songs presented in 4 chapters, many types of style and song structures can be heard. Songs without drums, songs centered around acoustic guitar, mostly electronic songs with no guitar, wandering and repetitive melodies, songs built around the string sections. Don’t you worry though, many of the drum machines, organs, keyboards and tones that listeners associate with Beach House remain.

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New Release Round-Up 02-25-22

Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point

Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point - Concord Records
Some forty years into one of music’s most impactful partnerships, Tears For Fears have arrived together at The Tipping Point – the group’s ambitious, accomplished and surprising first new studio album in nearly two decades. An inspired song cycle that vividly recalls the depth and emotional force of the group’s earliest triumphs, The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together all over again.

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Dashboard Confessional - All The Truth That I Can Tell

Dashboard Confessional - All The Truth That I Can Tell - Hidden Note Records
Dashboard Confessional’s ninth studio album, All The Truth That I Can Tell, is both a remarkable renewal and fortunate step forward for the band’s songwriter, front man, and founder, Chris Carrabba. All The Truth That I Can Tell stands among Carrabba’s finest – a strikingly potent musical look at himself through a rediscovered keyhole, both an achievement of vision and a vital burst of artistic clarity; less like reading someone’s diary and more like reading their eyes. All The Truth That I Can Tell is available exclusively on “Cold Night” transparent dark blue/green vinyl.



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Lo Moon - A Modern Life

Lo Moon - A Modern Life - Strngr Recordings
Like pausing a VHS tape, music freezes the frenetic motion of daily existence. Even if just for an instant, it calms the feedback loop of routine, engages respite, and provides perspective. Siphoning guitar transmissions and a dynamic vocal push-and-pull through a lens of cinematic production, Lo Moon deftly balance expansive soundscapes and eloquent songcraft. The Los Angeles based quartet—Matt Lowell, Crisanta Baker, Sam Stewart and Sterling Laws - ultimately use music to make sense of each day on their sophomore offering, A Modern Life [Strngr Recordings/Thirty Tigers].

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Scorpions - Rock Believer

Scorpions - Rock Believer - Spinefarm
Legendary rockers Scorpions return with their new album, Rock Believer, which was created in the studio during the lockdown in their home base Hannover. “The album was written and recorded in the style of the classic Scorpions DNA with core Schenker/Meine compositions. We really went back to the essence of what defined us in the first place,” says front-man Klaus Meine. He goes on to explain how the new songs came to have such incredible, fresh energy and fervor: “We recorded the album as a band, live, in one room, like we did back in the Eighties. We can’t wait to get started and finally play for our fans again.” The sound of the new album has massive energy, delivers a real adrenaline rush and shows uncompromising quality.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Sturgill Simpson - The Ballad of Dood and Juanita [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Natural LP]  Video Available
Sixx: A.M. - Hits [Limited Edition Translucent Red with Black Smoke LP] Video Available

Robert Glasper - Black Radio III [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Chartreuse 2LP]

Johnny Marr - Fever Dreams Pt. 1-4 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Turquoise 2LP]
Superchunk - Wild Loneliness [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak LP]
Beth Hart - A Tribute To Led Zeppelin
Early Eyes - Look Alive!
Dorothy - What's Coming To Me/Rest In Peace [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
Avril Lavigne - Love Sux
Puscifer - Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti [Limited Edition Black & Gold Swirl 2LP]
Various Artists - Pokémon 25: The Album [Yellow LP]
Goblin - Zombi [RSD Essential Indie Colorway White LP]
Goblin - Suspira [RSD Essential White LP]
Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [RSD Essential White LP]
The Moldy Peaches - Origin Story: 1994-1999 [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Transparent Electric Blue LP]
Swamp Dogg - I Need A Job...So I Can Buy More Auto-Tune
Movements - Live At Studio 4 [Marble Mint 2 LP]
Corrosion Of Conformity - Deliverance [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tangerine 2LP]
Starset - Horizons [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Red Marble LP]
Pixies - Live In Brixton [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red, Orange, Green and Blue Clear Splatter 8LP Box Set]
John Carpenter - Halloween OST [RSD Essential Orange & Yellow Galaxy LP]
The Ghost Inside - Rise From The Ashes: Live At The Shrine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange 2LP]
Movements - Outgrown Things EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Beer Vinyl]
Sasami - Squeeze [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]



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What's New 2-18-22

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Limited Fanfare

Known for their energetic, shoegaze-inspired pop/rock music, the Miami four-piece showcases a dreamy, yet brooding sound in their debut album (produced by Torche’s Jon Nuñez). ontheinside explores the bands introspective and emotive side through, best displayed in the lead single, “Phoebe,” – their modern take on what a big-chorus, fuzzed out rock anthem can sound like.

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Abeyance Records

This is still a band whose recordings beg to be heard live, either in a punk-rock hole in the wall or honky-tonk roadhouse. Shook pulls from Hank Williams, Elliott Smith, the Sex Pistols, and her own self to create pop-savvy, honky-tonk punk that’s both an escape and a reality check––a re-opened wound and a balm. Relationships and life-changing realizations are dissected with honesty and humor, three tight minutes at a time.

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Dualtone

Originally planned as a stripped-down acoustic-leaning release, Manticore's tracks were written prior to the pandemic, but recorded during it, when Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst suddenly had much more time at their disposal. The duo reimagined the original arrangements, resulting in 10 new songs that range in sound from heartbreaking, stark piano to rollicking hard-rock and danceable guitar and drum numbers.

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Third Man

Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros—consisting of Bobby Weir, Don Was, Jay Lane and Jeff Chimenti— are releasing their first ever vinyl collection of recorded material. Live In Colorado was recorded at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater and Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on June 8, 9, 11, 12, 2021. “Been too long,” Weir said of the performances, “but I can’t think of a better place to pick it back up…”

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Fearless

Wage War has forged an ironclad hybrid of battering ram grooves, gnashing guitars and melodic hooks in the heat of those extremes. Following the most trying year in recent history, the Florida quintet only strengthened their creative bond on their 4th full-length, striking a seamless balance between behemoth riffs, soaring melodies, and electronic fits, straining their past, present, and future into one cohesive statement.

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Blue Note

The jazztronica duo’ full-length debut, Motherland Journey, is an album years in the making, celebrating pushing boundaries, taking risks, and overcoming adversity. Following their 2021 EP, We Will Rise, this new album is a star-studded affair featuring the duo (producer NK-OK and multi-instrumentalist Mr DM) joined by collaborators including Ghetto Boy, Tiana Major9, KillBeatz and more.

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New Release Round-Up 02-18-22

Beach House - Once Twice Melody

Beach House - Once Twice Melody - Sub Pop
Once Twice Melody is the 8th studio album by Beach House. It is a double album, featuring 18 songs presented in 4 chapters. Across these songs, many types of style and song structures can be heard. Songs without drums, songs centered around acoustic guitar, mostly electronic songs with no guitar, wandering and repetitive melodies, songs built around the string sections. In addition to new sounds, many of the drum machines, organs, keyboards and tones that listeners may associate with previous Beach House records remain present throughout many of the compositions.

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Goodbye June - See Where The Night Goes

Goodbye June - See Where The Night Goes - Earache Records
Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Paul Moak, See Where The Night Goes is the hotly-anticipated third studio album from Nashville rock n roll prodigies Goodbye June. 11 tracks of the very finest modern day rock music, with a twist of southern twang and washed down with a shot of blues. A riot-worthy album of runaway rock n roll rooted in southern blues, See Where The Night Goes brings swinging grooves, incendiary twin-attack guitars, relentless rhythm and vocals that give Steven Tyler a run for his money. Goodbye June collide with the most legendary of rock influences whilst making their own unique gleaming print on the canvas of modern rock. This is an album not to be missed by music fans who trust in rock 'n' roll to liberate them from the mundane.

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Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Nightroamer

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Nightroamer - Abeyance Records
When Sarah Shook & The Disarmers released Sidelong four years ago, the irreverent quintet’s debut turned heads around the world. Then 2018’s follow-up Years hooked everyone from Rolling Stone to Vice. “This ain’t no country for hipsters or posers,” said No Depression. “It’s real, raw, mean-and-evil-bad-and-nasty bidness.” Then, the first two albums turned into a tease: The pandemic shut down the world, just as The Disarmers finished recording Nightroamer in Los Angeles. The band has had to sit on the album––until now. Nightroamer is worth the wait. This is still a band whose recordings beg to be heard live, either in a punk-rock hole in the wall or honky-tonk roadhouse. Shook’s voice is crystalline––but boozy, too, with a cadence that sounds comfortable resting in the pocket before lagging, jumping, or cozying up to the offbeat. What initially may feel like a slip is actually a stroke––and listeners cannot get enough.

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Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros - Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado

Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros - Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado - Third Man Records
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the landmark film's release, this new 180g LP version of the soundtrack combines nine Cat Stevens originals as well as - for the first time - additional dialogue and instrumental music from the film plus unheard audio masters for "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out." All audio has been remastered at Abbey Road Studios. This new edition features enhanced packaging - liner notes, lyrics, transcription of movie dialogue, and photos.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Moon EP [Blue Daze Vinyl]
Hurray For The Riff Raff - LIFE ON EARTH [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Frank Turner - FTHC [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
White Lies - As I Try Not To Fall Apart [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cream LP]
Bad Brains - Quickness
Trace Mountains - HOUSE OF CONFUSION
Angelique Kidjo - Mother Nature
Fight - War Of Words [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
The Infamous Stringdusters - Toward the Fray
Bitch - Bitchcraft
Gregor Barnett - Don't Go Throwing Roses In My Grave
Metronomy - Small World [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent LP]
Shovels & Rope - Manticore
Palace - Shoals [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Blue LP]
Pike Vs The Automaton - Pike Vs The Automaton
Bossk - Migration [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White w/Clear Stripe LP]
The Hope Conspiracy - Death Knows Your Name: Deluxe [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black in Beer LP]
James Horner - The Amazing Spider-Man: 10th Anniversary Soundtrack [Limited Edition Green & Black Marbled 2LP]
Kendra Morris - Nine Lives [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle LP]
Nightrage - Abyss Rising [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump.....On A Wooden Piano [Limited Edition Pink LP]
Pale Waves - Who Am I? [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Green LP]
Los Bitchos - Let The Festivities Begin! [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Light Green LP]



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What's New 2-11-22

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Dualtone

On his eighth album, the Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter intimately documents his real-world struggles (alienation, anxiety, loneliness, despair), an outpouring born from deliberate and often painful self-examination. But, thanks to a palpable sense of playfulness, Dreamland embodies an unpredictable and endlessly imaginative sound-a prime showcase for Lee's warmly commanding voice and soul-baring songwriting.

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Republic

In its slowest moments, Vedder embraces the paths of the elders before him, jumping into Americana and blues. At other times, the music is more familiar, writhing with the intensity that made its maker famous. Even then, however, Vedder assures us he’s moving forward, dressing his rock songs with all the fixings of modern production. In doing so, Earthling plants itself firmly in this moment.

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4AD

A sprawling double-LP exploring the deepest elements and possibilities of Big Thief. To truly dig into all that the music of Adrianne Lenker, Max Oleartchick, Buck Meek, and James Krivchenia desired in 2020, the band decided to write and record a rambling account of growth as individuals, musicians, and chosen family over 4 distinct recording sessions. *Available on Indie Exclusive Double LP*

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Matador

Spoon's tenth album is alive, vital and inarguably the band's heaviest work to date. The first set of songs that the quintet has put to tape in its hometown, Austin, in more than a decade. Written and recorded over the last two years - both in and out of shutdown - these songs feel like a culmination of Spoon's career while marking a shift toward something louder, wilder, and more vivid.

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Cooking Vinyl

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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Oh Boy Records

Created as a celebration of Prine’s life and career, Vol. 2 features new renditions of some of Prine’s most beloved songs performed by Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers, Iris DeMent, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Valerie June, Margo Price, Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff, Amanda Shires, Sturgill Simpson and John Paul White.

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Cooking Vinyl

After forming his own Ironworks label in the 2000’s, signing artists like Rocco DeLuca, Ron Sexsmith and creating his own Americana outfit, The Kiefer Sutherland Band, Sutherland returns with a brand new record. Bloor Street explores the sense of home both externally and within yourself while showcasing his classic fire sparking Americana tunes.

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Normaltown Records

Electric Cowboy is caked in the soil where Jamil Rashad grew up, mired in the muck of this place—not stuck but freed. Grounded in personal experience and haunted by personal demons, this is an album that reaches out, that embraces the world, that mixes the confessional and the communal. But the dominant sound—the dominant mindset—is funk: gritty, warm, weird, charismatic.

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Blue Note

Pianist and composer Ethan Iverson makes his Blue Note debut with a remarkable, engaging and evocative album featuring a masterful new trio with bassist Larry Grenadier and legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette. The album is an opportunity for Iverson to look back at and expand upon his own musical history as he revisits the pop/rock influenced jazz style of The Bad Plus, the influential trio that the pianist co-founded in 2000.

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What's New 2-4-22

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Loma Vista

Korn changed the world with the release of their self-titled debut album. It was a record that would pioneer a genre, while the band’s enduring success points to a larger cultural moment. The band have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres in their newest release, Requiem, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

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Provogue Records

Always sees Krasno venture into an elaborate mix of blues, funk, rock and soul -- a sunny, funky and laid back album combining the vibe of 1970s Laurel Canyon, swaths of Hammond B3 organ, a rhythm section that appear to be joined at the hip, and of course that punchy Eric Krasno guitar sound. It evokes the spirit of Sly Stone, D’Angelo, Lenny Kravitz, and, dare we say his name, Prince?

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Mascot

In The Aftermath is the deliciously depraved outcome of an all-night rock n' roll riot. The Queens, New York-based quintet escaped to record with a few handles of whiskey, and, in one 24-hour session, ran down the Stone's seminal first album of all originals, 1966's Aftermath. Tracked live in the studio with minimal overdubs, In The Aftermath is potent proof the five-piece group is one of the last great American rock n' roll bands.

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Domino

These are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources.

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Republic

Bastille's wildly-ambitious new album is a tribute to tech times and a glimpse of what could be to come. Exploring both the opportunities of new technology and the dark side of lives lived online, it's as playful as it is thought-provoking, as dystopian as it is dancefloor-friendly and as electronic as the band has ever been. *Available on Indie Exclusive Yellow Vinyl*

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Good Memory

Erin Rae shares an intimate, honest, and playful version of herself through her sophomore album. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, and recorded in the musically hallowed grounds of California’s Topanga Canyon, the album represents a sonic and inner shift for Rae. In it, she embraces more of her influences, like baroque-pop, cosmic country, and indie-folk songs while mirroring a more compassionate self-view she calls “accepting my humanness”.

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Grand Jury

Minneapolis indie pop rebels Hippo Campus return with their third full-length, LP3. Their strongest and most complete work yet is a freshly-inked portrait excavating young adulthood, identity and, more importantly, how that personal identity fits into a larger camaraderie. Subverting expectations as they always tend to do, this third outing is colorful, meaningful, and as existential as always, a real treat.

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Loosegroove Records

“We made the unabashed folk record that I have been wanting to make for years," says Jennings. "Kind of a love letter to the acoustic guitar and to musical intimacy… and features some rich and wonderful instrumentation including horns and strings. The cover art is a woven wall hanging that my wife Josie made that is hanging on our lakehouse wall. That sets the tone: warmth, home, and intimacy. Hope you enjoy!"

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Nettwerk

Wild Rivers pour their collective impressions about merging into their mid-20s – a strange, liminal age where it's easy to romanticize childhood – by looking back longingly upon the time when you are truly present and you're not having this forward-thinking vision where you're worried about the next thing. Sonically, the band pulls from a spectrum of sounds, imbuing pop, rock, indie, and folk.

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MNRK

WMBM is a grand display of immaculate musicianship, intricate songwriting, and raw emotion. Vocalist Eva Spence is one of the most dynamic and varied vocalists in the progressive metal scene, her gorgeous cleans and guttural screams are truly unique. There is a consistent theme throughout the record which is accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful grand piano -- the album feels like a living, breathing work of art.

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Century Media

A wildly inventive but utterly destructive onslaught of genre-defying extremity, Erebos is a giant leap forward. It’s a thrilling explosion of artful savagery, warped melodies and tumultuous atmospherics creating a powerful, defining statement from one of the most exciting bands of the modern era. From humble origins to undisputed heavyweight status, Venom Prison are now an unstoppable force.

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New Release Round-Up 02-11-22

Eddie Vedder - Earthling

Eddie Vedder - Earthling - Republic
Earthling, the new album from Eddie Vedder, includes the tracks "Long Way," "The Haves," and more. It was produced by Andrew Watt and features special guest artists.

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Priscilla Block - Welcome To The Block Party

Priscilla Block - Welcome To The Block Party - Mercury Nashville
Priscilla Block draws listeners in with her unfiltered, relatable songwriting and catchy melodies. "I love writing about real-life experiences and the ups and downs that I've gone through," Priscilla says. "I don't sugarcoat anything, and I think that's the beauty of songwriting and being an artist. It's a little sass, a little trash and a little sad," she describes with a knowing wink as her catalog rolls easily from heartbreak to laughter. Features the Country radio hit, "Just About Over You."

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Boulevards - Electric Cowboy: Born In Carolina Mud

Boulevards - Electric Cowboy: Born In Carolina Mud - Normaltown Records
“I was born in the North Carolina mud,” says Jamil Rashad, better known as Boulevards, one of the most idiosyncratic artists making music in the Tarheel State. His fourth album, Electric Cowboy: Born In Carolina Mud, is caked in the soil where he grew up, mired in the muck of this place—not stuck but freed. Grounded in personal experience and haunted by personal demons, Electric Cowboy is an album that reaches out, that embraces the world, that mixes the confessional and the communal. But the dominant sound—the dominant mindset—is funk: gritty, warm, weird, charismatic. Rashad once again composed and recorded with Blake Rhein, guitarist for Durand Jones & the Indications, after they had worked so well together on 2020’s Brother! EP. They corralled an all-star team that included Adrian Quesada from the Grammy-nominated neo-soul act Black Pumas and Colin Croom from the Chicago indie-rock outfit Twin Peaks.

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Harold & Maude: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Harold & Maude: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - A&M
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the landmark film's release, this new 180g LP version of the soundtrack combines nine Cat Stevens originals as well as - for the first time - additional dialogue and instrumental music from the film plus unheard audio masters for "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out." All audio has been remastered at Abbey Road Studios. This new edition features enhanced packaging - liner notes, lyrics, transcription of movie dialogue, and photos.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Kanye West - Donda [Deluxe 2 CD]
Alt-J - The Dream [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear LP]
Alicia Keys - KEYS
Dan Andriano & The Bygones - Dear Darkness
Slash - 4 (feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple LP]
Spoon - Lucifer On The Sofa
Alan Parsons - One Note Symphony: Live In Tel Aviv
Various Artists - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2
Fort Romeau - Beings of Light
Empath - Visitor [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone LP]
The Cactus Blossoms - One Day
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Cold As Weiss [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear w/Blue LP]
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Live In Melbourne '21 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2 LP]
Nuclear Bubble Wrap - Problem Attic [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Amos Lee - Dreamland
Urge Overkill - Oui [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange & Green Splatter LP]
Brandy - The Best of Brandy
Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]
Falle Nioke & Ghost Culture - Badiare EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Green Vinyl]
Pozi - Typing EP [Limited Edition Transparent Sea Green Vinyl]
Zeal & Ardor - Zeal & Ardor [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]


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New Release Round-Up 02-04-22

Hippo Campus - LP3

Hippo Campus - LP3 - Grand Jury
Minneapolis indie pop rebels Hippo Campus return with their third full-length, LP3. Their strongest and most complete work yet, LP3 is a freshly-inked portrait excavating young adulthood, identity and, more importantly, how that personal identity fits into a larger camaraderie.

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Bastille - Give Me The Future

Bastille - Give Me The Future - Republic
Give Me The Future, Bastille's wildly-ambitious new album, is a tribute to tech times and a glimpse of what could be to come. Exploring both the opportunities of new technology and the dark side of lives lived online, it’s as playful as it is thought-provoking, as dystopian as it is dancefloor-friendly and as electronic as Bastille have ever been. Executive produced by Ryan Tedder, Give Me The Future by Bastille will release this week.

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Paul McCartney And Wings - Wild Life: 50th Anniversary

Paul McCartney And Wings - Wild Life: 50th Anniversary - UMe
Following the eclectic charm and intimacy of 1970's solo McCartney and 1971's homespun lo-fi indie-pop progenitor RAM credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, Wild Life found Paul once again redefining his post-Beatles creative identity, this time beginning his tenure as a founding member of Wings. A rollicking left turn from its predecessors, Wild Life was recorded in barely more than a week, with more than half of the songs captured in a single take. The end result would be eight songs running the gamut from joyous freewheeling jams to proto-chamber pop to spare introspective musings — all bristling with a raw, jagged energy akin to the grungiest of garage bands—whether on the careening blues-rock rave-up of opener "Mumbo," a reggae-tinged reimagining of Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange," or the plaintive and heart wrenching ballad "Dear Friend." Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Half Speed Master LP

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Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Marbled 2LP] Video Available
Animal Collective - Time Skiffs [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Ruby 2LP] Video Available 

Korn - Requiem [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear LP]
Mitski - Laurel Hell
Cate Le Bon - Pompeii [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sun Yellow LP]
Erin Rae - Lighten Up
Mason Jennings - Real Heart
As It Is - I WENT TO HELL AND BACK
(Hed) P.E. - Califas Worldwide
Jennifer Lopez & Maluma - Marry Me O.S.T.
Wild Rivers - Sidelines
Venom Prison - Erebos [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ivory LP]
Converge - You Fail Me (Redux) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red & Black Smoke LP]
Various Artists - West Side Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dooms Children - Dooms Children [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black w/ Yellow Splatter & Black w/ Blue Splatter LP]
Hollis Brown - In The Aftermath
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love [30th Anniversary Edition]


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What's New 1-28-22

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On What Happens Next, roots singer-songwriter and guitarist Davy Knowles boldly steps forward with timeless and cohesive songwriting, sleek modern production, and a lyrical, play-for-the-song guitar approach informed from soul, folk, rock, and blues. It’s 12 songs are equally influenced by The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito, Gary Clark Jr., as they are Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough, and R.L. Burnside.

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Rough Trade

11:11 is an unqualified triumph, an album that seizes listeners with hook-filled songs imbuing feelings of warmth, urgency, and poetic beauty, even as it asks some of life’s big and difficult questions. “It spends equal time on optimism, community, reaffirming what we are and how it’s our duty to look out for one another” says singer Evan Stephens Hall. “There’s anger, love, hope and grief. The record has all of that.”

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Provogue Records

Five years sober, creatively rejuvenated, and sagely insightful, Gales is ready for the fight of his career. Aptly, he calls his masterful new album, Crown. Here, the blues firebrand opens like never before, sharing his struggles with substance abuse, his hopes about a new era of sobriety and unbridled creativity, and his personal reflections on racism – all delivered with clarity and hope for positive change.

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ATO

A fever dream in sonic form, The Alien Coast is the first album recorded in their hometown of Birmingham, AL. The bands fourth full-length is a dizzying convergence of rock & roll and R&B, psychedelia and stoner metal, gospel and jazz-funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and thrillingly unhinged - it makes for a majestic backdrop to the groups visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.

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Republic

Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. The album is narrated by Jim Carrey, and features guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne. Majority of the production was handled by The Weeknd himself alongside Oneohtrix Point Never-who produced the majority of the tracks-as well as Max Martin, Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia, among others.

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Fearless

With Swan Song, The Plot In You have laid their souls bare and offered us access to the most honest and intimate parts of themselves. Perhaps it’s their way of cleansing themselves, or them taking the opportunity to reassure us as the listener – and themselves – that life gets better when things are bleak. The record is harrowing and beautiful in equal measure, and one of the most important learning experiences this year will offer.

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Ol' Buddy Records

Although a gospel album has been a long-time dream for Cobb, it has only come to fruition now due to a near-death experience in July 2020, when the vehicle that he was driving, with his young son inside, got T-boned. Following in the footsteps of his country music heroes, his new album, And Now, Let’s Turn to Page… offers eight familiar hymns alongside an original song written with his wife. The collection feels reverent as well as rowdy, and completely in his comfort zone.

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Blue Note

Alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins follows-up his acclaimed debut, Omega, with another striking album featuring his remarkable quartet with pianist Micah Thomas, bassist Daryl Johns, and drummer Kweku Sumbry. An hour-long suite comprised of 7 movements strives to bring them closer to complete vesselhood by the end, where the music would be entirely improvised and channeled collectively.

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Highway 20 Records

Lu's Jukebox is a six-volume series of mostly full-band performances recorded live at Ray Kennedy's Room & Board Studio in Nashville, TN. Each volume features a themed set of songs by other artists curated by the multi-Grammy award winner, Lucinda Williams. The series aired as ticketed shows in late 2020 with a portion of ticket sales benefitting independent music venues struggling to get by through the pandemic.

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Over the course of a more than 40-year career, Steve Vai has routinely transformed what would appear to be outrageously impossible into something very, very possible... and still also pretty outrageous. Inviolate’s nine-song opus does indeed push the boundaries of instrumental guitar music as this time out, Vai quite literally invented not just a new guitar, but also a new guitar-playing technique.

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Unique Leader

The career defining album from Pennsylvania's heaviest, The Last Ten Seconds of Life is the sound of a band attempting to transcend the turning of tides within their scene. Straddling the Nu Metal, Rock, Death Metal and Downtempo genres in equal measure, TLTSOL have created a magnum opus of a record that will appeal to fans of Korn and Slipknot as much as it will to fans of Alice in Chains or Pantera.

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New Release Round-Up 01-28-22

The Weeknd - Dawn FM

The Weeknd - Dawn FM - XO Records
Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. The album is narrated by Jim Carrey, and features guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne. The production was handled by The Weeknd himself alongside Oneohtrix Point Never-who produced the majority of the tracks-as well as Max Martin, Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia, among others. The album serves as a follow-up to The Weeknd's fourth studio album, After Hours (2020).

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Bad Suns - Apocalypse Whenever

Bad Suns - Apocalypse Whenever - Epitaph
Bad Suns sound - dreamy '80s pastiche flanked by Stratocasters through cranked Vox amps, pulsing synths, and palpable rhythmic energy - that endeared listeners to the band in the first place, and their fourth LP, Apocalypse Whenever, uses that musical foundation as the jumping-off point for their next evolution. Conceived as "the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't yet exist," the 13-track album, helmed by longtime producer Eric Palmquist (MUTEMATH, Thrice) at his Palmquist Studios and the band's North Hollywood rehearsal spot, is more conceptually rigorous than anything they've ever attempted - but no less compelling or accessible. "We also knew we wanted the album to have a through-line, a story from beginning to end," frontman Christo Bowman explains, so the band did what any good directors would: They assembled a mood board, filtering their neo-noir version of Los Angeles through the dreamlike haziness of author Haruki Murakami, the futuristic flair of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Blade Runner, and the lifted cinematography of Spike Jonze's HER. These disparate influences don't just offer APOCALYPSE WHENEVER an expanded palette of sonic choices to color Bad Sun's airtight hooks - they help give the songs an emotional complexity that works on a multitude of levels depending on how listeners choose to receive them.

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Eels - Extreme Witchcraft

Eels - Extreme Witchcraft - E Works / PIAS
Eels have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. The ever-changing project of principal singer/songwriter E (Mark Oliver Everett), Eels have released thirteen studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. During the height of the pandemic lockdown in early 2021, E got an out of the blue message from Mark Romanek, director of the first Eels video, "Novocaine For the Soul". It triggered him to reach out to John Parish, who was in between numerous projects and immediately got to work in his HonorSound studio in Bristol and began sending ideas to E. "I'd sneak out of bed at 4 in the morning to hear the latest thing John had sent, and try to add my part to it and get it back to him quickly before my 4 year old son woke up," E says. The resulting album is Extreme Witchcraft.  

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


St. Paul & The Broken Bones - The Alien Coast [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Nugget LP]
Fruit Bats - Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001–2021) [Indie Exclusive Deluxe 2LP]
Amber Mark - Three Dimensions Deep
The Temptations - Temptations 60
Lucinda Williams - Lu's Jukebox Vol. 6: You Are Cordially Invited....A Tribute To The Rolling Stones
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake - Demos
Tori Amos - Ocean To Ocean
Rick Ross - Richer Than I Ever Been [Deluxe]
The Magnetic Fields - The House Of Tomorrow EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Green Vinyl]
Brent Cobb - And Now, Let's Turn To Page...
Various Artists - SING 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Jethro Tull - The Zealot Gene [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP + CD]
Aaron Lewis - Frayed At Both Ends: Deluxe
Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2 [RSD Essential Clear w/ Red & Teal Splatter 2LP]
FKA Twigs - Caprisongs
Grateful Dead - Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 3/1/1969 [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition 3LP]
Margo Price - That’s How Rumors Get Started [Sliver LP + 7in Single]
Wiz Khalifa - Kush & Orange Juice
Lady Wray - Piece of Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Emerald LP]
Charlotte Day Wilson - Alpha [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink LP]
Indiana Mandy - ... EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green Vinyl]


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What's New 1-21-22

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Big Blue Zoo Records

For two decades now, Greensky Bluegrass has been building an empire, brick by brick. Their eighth studio release, Stress Dreams was produced by Dominic Davis (Jack White) and Grammy winning engineer/producer Glenn Brown. It follows their 2019 release, All for Money, which landed on the Top 100 at the Billboard Albums Chart

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I Love You

Olly Olly is a full-throated embrace of the self from a band that’s committed to leaving no stone unturned in their tireless quest for actualization. The songs here are fearless and introspective, embracing growth and change as they reckon with desire, intimacy, doubt, and regret, and the arrangements are similarly bold and thoughtful, augmenting the duo’s rich, hypnotic chamber folk with electronic flourishes and R&B grooves.

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MNRK

Enterprise Earth, a band committed to brutal audio onslaught and proficient excellence, carves out personal meaning from the darkness on The Chosen. Here they conjure self-determination and iconoclastic independence in the deathcore genre, while lead vocalist Dan Watson continues to grow in terms of both delivery and range, bringing his signature heartfelt, emotive lyrics.

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New Release Round-Up 01-21-22

John Mellencamp - Strictly A One-Eyed Jack

John Mellencamp - Strictly A One-Eyed Jack - Republic
John Mellencamp's 25th studio album, Strictly A One-Eyed Jack, is released this week on Republic Records. The album was written and produced by Mellencamp, recorded at his Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana, and recorded/mixed by GRAMMY-award winner David Leonard. It features a number of longtime band members including Andy York, Dane Clark, Mike Wanchic, Troye Kinnett, and more. It also features three collaborations with Bruce Springsteen including the landmark duet “Wasted Days.”

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Greensky Bluegrass - Stress Dreams

Greensky Bluegrass - Stress Dreams - Big Blue Zoo Records
For two decades now, Greensky Bluegrass has been building an empire, brick by brick. Their eighth studio release, Stress Dreams was produced by Dominic Davis (Jack White) and Grammy winning engineer/producer Glenn Brown amidst the 2020 pandemic. It follows their 2019 release, All for Money, which landed on the Top 100 at the Billboard Albums Chart, Top 20 at Independent Albums and Current Country Albums, Top 10 at Americana/Folk Albums Top 5 at Heatseekers, and #1 at Bluegrass Albums. Greensky is widely known for their dazzling live performances and relentless touring schedule. As with traditional bluegrass, the band writes about their own contemporary day-to-day happenings, emotions, and experiences in the modern world. Their die-hard fans pack out venues across the country. They travel in droves and sell out multiple-night show runs at iconic venues like Red Rocks and The Ryman.  

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Years & Years - Night Call
Billy Talent - Crisis Of Faith
Ghost - Hunter's Moon [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blood Red Vinyl Single]
Keb' Mo' - Good To Be...
Penny & Sparrow - Olly Olly
SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE - THE DOOR [Limited Edition Cloudy Teal Vinyl]
SYML - Sacred Spaces [Limited Edition Gold LP]
Aoife O'Donovan - Age Of Apathy
Miles Kane - Change The Show
Various Artists - Annie Live! Original Soundtrack of the Live Television Event on NBC
Fun Lovin' Criminals - Come Find Yourself: 25th Anniversary Edition [2LP]
Boris - W
Walker Hayes - Country Stuff The Album
El Camino Acid - Sunset Motel
Various Artists - Urban Cowboy [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Opaque Blue 2LP]
Ramones - Rocket To Russia [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Clear LP]
Quincy Jones - $ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Mint Green LP]
Bad Company - Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best Of Bad Company [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
Various Artists - Blade Runner Black Lotus (Original Television Soundtrack)
Bomba Estereo - Deja
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3001 [Indie Exclusive limited Edition 2 LP]


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What's New 1-14-22

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Dulatone

Coming off the success of their darkly cinematic third record III, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites' latest work is their most spontaneous and joyous yet, featuring their ever-more-sophisticated songwriting and arranging and production from longtime producer and friend Simone Felice. Touching on themes of love and American life, the album features the foot-stomping, anthemic, arena-filling sound the band has become beloved for worldwide.

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Ninja Tune

It’s no surprise that while being Simon Green’s most emotionally intense record, Fragments is also his masterpiece. The album features Jamila Woods, Joji, Kadhja Bonet, Jordan Rakei, O’Flynn and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Born first out of fragments of ideas and experimentation, the album ultimately was fused together in a burst of creativity fueled by both collaboration and Green’s escape into the wild.

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Jamestown Revival Recordings

Young Man is their first project without electric guitars, with the emphasis instead on skillful songwriting, flawless harmony, and intricate fingerpicking. Sonically the album draws on inspirations such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, yet there’s also a dusty Western feel, similar to a Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt album where the detailed backdrop and acoustic arrangements convey the story as eloquently as the lyrics do.

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4AD

ARIA & BET nominated artist, Tkay Maidza has announced the highly anticipated follow up to 2020’s breakout Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2, which earned the #1 Best EP of the Year nod from The Needle Drop. Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3 completes Tkay’s trilogy and will feature another round of eight plush, laid-back songs that effortlessly mix pop, rap, R&B, and reggae.

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Capitol

The Boy Named If is an album of urgent, immediate songs with bright melodies, stinging guitar solos, and a quick step to the rhythm. Costello says, “The full title of this record is ‘The Boy Named If (And Other Children’s Stories).’ ‘IF’ is a nickname for your imaginary friend; your secret self, the one who knows everything you deny, the one you blame for the shattered crockery and the hearts you break, even your own.”

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Domino

From Billie Holiday to Iggy Pop, Chan Marshall reaches back to songs that have affected her from childhood to the present, connecting each with a deeply personal memory. Alongside covers of rock-and-roll icons, Marshall brings her inimitable vocal power and elegant arrangements to songs by contemporary artists, capturing the defiance of Dead Man’s Bones’ “Pa Pa Power” and the dreaminess of Lana Del Rey’s “A White Mustang.”

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Pure Noise

A Tear In The Fabric Of Life is a balancing act: a mid-length EP with grand ambitions and scope, one full of new sonic elements and a cohesive aesthetic that hangs onto the band’s trademark anthemic delivery. The songs speak to each other in a language that’s equal parts Phil Spector and death metal while balancing the tension between technical mastery and catchiness. This is Knocked Loose, distilled, and taking a leap.

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New Release Round-Up 01-14-22

Punch Brothers - Hell on Church Street

Punch Brothers - Hell on Church Street - Nonesuch
Hell on Church Street, Punch Brothers’ newest album, out this week on Nonesuch Records, is the band’s reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues. The record features a collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others. Recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio in November 2020, during a time of great uncertainty, Hell on Church Street was intended as both its own work of art and a gift to Rice, who died that Christmas. Punch Brothers said of Tony Rice and Church Street Blues: “No record (or musician) has had a greater impact on us, and we felt compelled to cover it in its entirety, with the objective of interacting with it in the same spirit of respect-fueled adventure that Tony brought to each of its pre-existing songs.”

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Cat Power - Covers [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP] Video Available
Bonobo - Fragments [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red Marbled 2LP] Video Available

The Lumineers - Brightside [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Oceania LP]
Underoath - Voyeurist [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Golden Age LP]
Jeff Tweedy - Chelsea Walls
The Kernal - Listen To The Blood
Grace Cummings - Storm Queen
Elvis Costello & The Imposters - The Boy Named If
The Wombats - Fix Yourself, Not The World
Garcia Peoples - Dodging Dues
Richard Carpenter - Richard Carpenter’s Piano Songbook
Mary Lattimore - Collected Pieces: 2015-2020
Jamestown Revival - Young Man
Killing Joke - Killing Joke (2003) [Limited Edition Translucent Purple 2 LP]
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath [Limited Edition White, Gold & Glow In The Dark 3LP]
Fit For An Autopsy - Oh What The Future Holds
Skillet - Dominion
Smoke DZA - A Closed Mouth Don't Get Fed [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Smoke DZA & Curren$y - Prestige Worldwide [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cerulean Marble LP]
Otis Redding - The Best Of Otis Redding [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Translucent Blue LP]
The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Translucent Green LP]
Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Translucent Blue LP]
Miles Davis & Michel Legrand - Dingo: Selections from the Motion Picture Soundtrack [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Red LP]


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Now Hear This! - January 2022

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New Release Round-Up 12-17-21

Frank Zappa - 200 Motels: 50th Anniversary

Frank Zappa - 200 Motels: 50th Anniversary - UMe
Frank Zappa's "200 Motels" turns 50! In celebration of FZ's famous 1971 "Surrealistic Documentary," Zappa Records, UMe, and MGM are pleased to present the original soundtrack newly remastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and featuring all original packaging including the booklet and mini-replica movie poster. Pressed on 180-gram heavy vinyl 2 LP by Optimal Media in Germany.

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Kelley Stoltz - Antique Glow: Expanded Edition

Kelley Stoltz - Antique Glow: Expanded Edition - Third Man Records.
Third Man Records is proud to release the 20th anniversary expanded edition of Kelley Stoltz's defining album 'Antique Glow.' Originally self-released in miniscule vinyl-only quantities in 2001, 'Antique Glow' has served not only as a template for the length of Kelley Stoltz's twenty-plus year career, but has also served as a compass for other Anglophile, TASCAM 388 home recording acolytes.  Original copies featured Stoltz's clever, wry and fanciful hand-painted adornments overtop reclaimed thrift store LP jackets, Third Man's release here utilizes some of those original unused images for a die-cut sleeve that ultimately gives the listener six different possible album covers. The songs are by and large masterpieces of bedroom pop magic. From the whispering 'Here Comes the Sun'-adjacent acoustic underpinnings of album opener 'Perpetual Night' through the fuzz-threaded leads of 'Are You Electric?' Stoltz's inspirations are impeccable and clear. Sixties Davies British Invasion through 80's British Bunnymen post-punk, with appropriate off-shoots into West Coast American pop-psych, Velvets-indebted hooliganism and Drake/CSNY acoustic attenuations, the end result is pure joy. On the expanded version, standout tracks previously relegated to an Australian tour-only CD (like the breathlessly cinematic 'Old Pictures') see their first-ever vinyl and digital release while there's an additional 8 songs from the 'Antique Glow'-era seeing their first ever release in any format. The cutting room floor quality here is second-to-none, Stoltz clearly gifted with the curse of writing too many indelible songs, so the newly released 'Too Beck' (originally cast off by Kelley because he thought 'it sounded too much like Beck') and 'Umbrella' stand firm as some of the best, most timeless music Stoltz has ever released... a full two decades after he recorded them! With all instruments and vocals performed by Stoltz, the singularity of vision here is impeccably clear and executed.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Bo Burnham - INSIDE (The Songs)
Elbow - Flying Dream 1 [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Green LP]
Brian Wilson - At My Piano
Amanda Shires - For Christmas
Eddie Vedder - Long Way [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
FUZZ - LEVITATION Sessions [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green with Heavy Purple Splatter LP]
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Germaine Franco, Encanto - Cast - Encanto (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Demi Lovato - Dancing With The Devil...The Art of Starting Over
NCT - The 3rd Album 'Universe' [Photobook Ver.]
SING 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Illusory Walls [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
Ween - At the Cat's Cradle, 1992
Stubbs The Zombie: The Soundtrack [Indie Exclusive Black/Green Splatter LP]
The Zoo - Presents Chocolate Moose [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Spearmint Green LP]
Federal Duck - Federal Duck [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Orange LP]
Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon III: The Chosen
Logic - Bobby Tarantino III
Morgan Wallen - Dangerous: The Double Album [Double Cassette]


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SAVE THE DATE!

SAVE THE DATE!

We're looking forward to the 15th annual celebration of the brick-and-mortar record store, the people inside those walls, and the music, art and entertainment you take home from them. We can't wait for Record Store Day, the party that's become the Largest Single Day Music Event In The World. Record Store Day is April 23, 2022

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What's New 12-10-21

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Loma Vista

The continuation of Common's movement music, Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 recognizes there is much work to be done while acknowledging progress and starting to live our dreams. As Common puts it, "Something kept telling me to focus on the good and the things I wanted to see in the world. Music is one of the things that gives me hope and happiness." *Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Signed CD*

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Warner

Between1994 to 2001, Green Day would visit the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in London four times and record live sessions for Radio 1’s “Evening Show” and its popular DJ Steve Lamacq. This compilation documents those sessions, and includes many of the band’s hits including “When I Come Around”, “Basket Case”, “Brain Stew/Jaded” and “Minority”. *Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear 2x Vinyl*

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Republic

This musical family has played together for a half century, yet they continue creating elegant romantic acoustic ballads, powerhouse electric rockers and insightful rollicking tunes that stick with you. Neil and Crazy Horse fans have long shouted for “more barn” and here it is… 10 new songs that capture the wild, rock and roll spirit, the idiosyncratic raw sound and the lyrical beauty that epitomizes a classic NYCH collaboration.

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Sub Pop

Longtime Wrens member Kevin Whelan's first solo album draws heavily from the perseverance of the soul, resulting in an infectious and inspiring sonic uplift -- the kind of overpowering songwriting that will reaffirm your belief in life itself. If you're familiar with Whelan's past work, these ten tracks bear a certain and unmistakable familiarity, but also mark an exciting new chapter as he steps out with more vulnerability than ever before.

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Appalachia Record Co.

This archival project compiles previously unheard recordings from 80-plus hours of tape saved through the years by Appalachian music great Loney Hutchins. In addition to his vast catalog of traditional country music, there are songs never before heard by Hazel Smith and Helen Carter, as well as Johnny Cash penned tunes recorded for the first time. It’s an extraordinary time capsule from an amazing era of creativity in country music.

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New Release Round-Up 12-10-21

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Barn

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Barn - Reprise
Barn, the new Neil Young & Crazy Horse album was recorded in a remote, restored, 19th century log barn. This musical family has played together for a half century, yet they continue creating new music. Neil and the Horse fans have long shouted for “more barn” and here it is… 10 new songs that capture the wild, rock and roll spirit, the idiosyncratic raw sound and the lyrical beauty that epitomizes a classic NYCH collaboration. The last song appeared on the last morning and was recorded just an hour later during a pounding hailstorm and during the full moon. The album was recorded this summer over a handful of days. The ten new songs encompass all that Neil Young with Crazy Horse are known for, beautiful romantic acoustic ballads, powerhouse electric rockers and insightful rollicking tunes that stick with you. Niko Bolas was parked adjacent to the barn, in an exquisite analog mobile recording truck, Le Mobile ready to capture and mix the album on the spot. 

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Green Day - BBC Sessions

Green Day - BBC Sessions - Warner Records
Between 1994 to 2001, Green Day would visit the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in London four times and record live sessions for Radio 1’s “Evening Show” and its popular DJ Steve Lamacq. This compilation documents those sessions, and includes many of the band’s hits including “When I Come Around”, “Basket Case”, “Brain Stew/Jaded” and “Minority”.

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The Band - Cahoots: 50th Anniversary Edition

The Band - Cahoots: 50th Anniversary Edition - Capitol
The Band celebrates the 50th Anniversary of their fourth studio album Cahoots with an all-new remix and remaster by Bob Clearmountain. The Super Deluxe Box includes the new stereo mix, bonus tracks and a previously unreleased bootleg concert at Olympia Theatre, Paris 1971, on 2 CDs. Also included, is a surround-sound Blu-ray, a 180g half-speed master LP, a 7" single, booklet, all-new liner notes and collectable lithographs.

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Brian Wilson - At My Piano

Brian Wilson - At My Piano - DECCA
Genius, icon, trailblazer - he revolutionized music as head of the Beach Boys. Now, legend Brian Wilson retraces his steps and reimagines the most iconic songs from his back catalogue into their purest form, him alone at the piano. Featuring God Only Knows, Wouldn't it Be Nice, California Girls, Good Vibrations and many more on solo piano.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Common - A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2
Lady Gaga - Born This Way: The Tenth Anniversary [3LP]
John Carpenter & Chvrches - Turning The Bones (Chvrches Remix) [Blue/Pink/Clear Marble Swirl 7in Vinyl]
Rival Sons - Pressure & Time: 10th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Opaque Light Pink LP]
Les Claypool's Duo De Twang - Four Foot Shack [Golden Nugget Edition 2LP]
Spoon - Wild/Wild Remix [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation: 10th Anniversary Edition
Dear Laika - Pluperfect Mind [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Four Year Strong - Brain Pain: Deluxe
Toby Keith - Peso In My Pocket
Billy Cobb - Zerwee EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
Billy Cobb - Zerwee Pt. 2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue/White Galaxy LP]
Steve Earle - Townes [Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
Superchunk - Endless Summer b/w When I Laugh [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green Vinyl Single]
DMX - DMX: The Legacy [2LP]
Monsta X - The Dreaming
Various Artists - Licorice Pizza (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP]
Dorothy - What's Coming To Me/Rest In Peace [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
Sun Ra - Omniverse [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Chuck Prophet - No Other Love [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red Splatter LP]
Émoi - Willy's Wonderland (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange/Black Swirl LP]
Freeze - Rabid Reaction [Indie Exclusive limited Edition LP]
Gladiators - 1983 - THE NIGHTHAWK EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Red Green and Yellow Vinyl]
Swirlies - They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days In The Glittering World Of The Salons [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Clairo - Sling [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black & White Swirl LP]
The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy [Limited Edition Pink LP]
Various Artists - West Side Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)



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Now Hear This - December 2021

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