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New Release Round-Up 09-30-22

Sammy Hagar & The Circle - Crazy Times

Sammy Hagar & The Circle - Crazy Times - UMe
Crazy Times is the brand-new studio album from Sammy Hagar & The Circle – Sammy Hagar (vocals), Michael Anthony (bass), Jason Bonham (drums/percussion), Vic Johnson (guitars). Featuring the title track, "Father Time," "Funky Feng Shui," and more.

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Luke Bryan - #’1’s Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Luke Bryan - #’1’s Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 - Capitol Records Nashville
Luke Bryan releases his #1’s on CD for the first time.  It includes 22 #1 Hits that span over 12 years. #’1’s Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 begins with “Rain Is A Good Thing” which was his first #1 and all of the way up to 2021 with his #1- “Knockin’ Boots”. Luke Bryan has released seven studio albums to date.  Since his debut, Luke Bryan has garnered 27 #1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other country artist with 68.5 million, has 15.6 billion streams worldwide, and has sold nearly 13 million albums.   Each CD includes a Free Limited Edition Poster

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Brooke Annibale - Better By Now

Brooke Annibale - Better By Now - Nettwerk Records
Written in early 2021, Better By Now features 10 blossoming indie-pop tracks that Brooke Annibale describes as a "spectrum of emotions." In her trademark layered approach, Brooke reflects on love, anxiety, and how two seemingly opposing forces can exist at once. "Better By Now is almost 50% about falling in love and 50% about depression and anxiety," she says. "And what that means in my life and how that applies to the world we're in right now."

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Pixies - Doggerel [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
Metric - Formentera [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sky Blue LP]
Bjork - Fossora [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green 2LP]
Freddie Gibbs - $oul $old $eparately
Denzel Curry - Melt My Eyez See Your Future [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Smoke LP]
Slipknot - The End, So Far [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Yellow 2LP]
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - XI: Bleed Here Now [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear w/ Translucent Blue Swirl 2LP]
Lambchop - The Bible [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Peak Yellow & Black Marbled 2LP]
L.A. Salami - Ottloline
Shygirl - Nymph [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Blue LP]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cool It Down
Tyler Childers - Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven? [3LP]
George Michael - Older: Remastered [Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Set]
OFF! - Free LSD [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Purple LP]
Milly - Eternal Ring [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Crush LP]
renforshort - dear amelia [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Various Artists - All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP Box Set+Back Stage Pass]
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular [RSD Essential Hot Pink LP]
Julie Odell - Autumn Eve [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Titus Andronicus - The Will to Live [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver & Black LP]
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: 20th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Creamy White 2LP]
Buddy Guy - The Blues Don’t Lie
Drowning Pool - Strike A Nerve


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UPCOMING RELEASES

Dayglow - People In Motion

Dayglow - People In Motion - Dayglow, LLC
Magnetically energetic and eternally hopeful, Dayglow (the project of Austin, TX based Sloan Struble) excels in creating catchy, carefully crafted, effervescent indie pop. His home-recorded 2018 debut album Fuzzybrain featured the Platinum Certified single “Can I Call You Tonight?”, which went on to be hailed as 2020’s biggest independent alternative hit. Following up with his sophomore album Harmony House in 2021, Dayglow generated a mountain of indie buzz and critical acclaim anchored by lead single "Close To You". Now, after racking up over a billion streams and selling out headline tours around the world, Dayglow returns with his third album People In Motion. Fun and colorful, People In Motion meditates on the ideas of commitment, inner peace, and movement, while inviting the listener to the dance floor to leave the chaos and noise of our current culture behind.

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Willow - COPINGMECHANISM

Willow - COPINGMECHANISM - MSFTS / Roc Nation
Willow's new album features "(maybe) it’s my fault," "hover like a GODDESS" and more. On tour with MGK and international festivals, plus appearances on NPR, SNL and more through 2022.

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Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros - Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado, Vol. 2

Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros - Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado, Vol. 2 - Third Man Records
Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros—consisting of Bobby Weir, Don Was, Jay Lane and Jeff Chimenti—are set for the release of their second vinyl collection of recorded material, Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado, Vol. 2, October 7 on Third Man Records. “This was our first quick tour with The Wolfpack,” Weir says. “There’s a rawness to it that we’ll prolly never get again…”The album follows Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live in Colorado, which was released this past February to critical acclaim.   Vol. 2 also features songs recorded live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Colorado in June, 2021—a documentation of their first live audience concerts in over a year due to the pandemic—featuring Greg Leisz on pedal steel, along with The Wolfpack: Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown.

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Alvvays - Blue Rev

Alvvays - Blue Rev - Polyvinyl Records
Alvvays' third album, the nervy joyride that is the compulsively lovable Blue Rev, doesn't simply reassert what's always been great about Alvvays but instead reimagines it. They have, in part and sum, never been better. There are newly aggressive moments here-the gleeful and snarling guitar solo at the heart of opener "Pharmacist," or the explosive cacophony near the middle of "Many Mirrors." And there are some purely beautiful spans, too-the church- organ fantasia of "Fourth Figure," or the blue-skies bridge of "Belinda Says." But the power and magic of Blue Rev stems from Alvvays' ability to bridge ostensible binaries, to fuse elements that seem antithetical in single songs-cynicism and empathy, anger and play, clatter and melody, the soft and the steely.

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Tom Waits - Blood Money: 20th Anniversary Edition

Tom Waits - Blood Money: 20th Anniversary Edition - Anti
Blood Money is etched. It’s scratched out in bold, dark lines, with marimba, trumpet, and bass clarinet and contains some songs of Tom Waits’ most memorable melodies. The songs are declarative, sardonic, unforgiving, musical dispatches, from the bottom of the heap. “Blood Money is flesh and bone, earthbound,” said Waits. “The songs are rooted in reality: jealousy, rage, the human meat wheel...They are more car- nal. I like a beautiful song that tells you terrible things. We all like bad news out of a pretty mouth. I like songs to sound as though they’ve been aging in a barrel and distressed.”

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Record of the Day - 09/22/2022

Megadeth - The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead!

The majority of the Megadeth fanbase was really pumped upon hearing the first singles off their new album and expectations skyrocketed. Would Megadeth finally release a truly great album again? If you ask me - as much as I can judge after only a couple of weeks - the answer is yes. “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” - our Record of the Day - shows a band that seems rejuvenated, full of enthusiasm and - this is important - anger and rage. Dave Mustaine may be the most talented musician of the original thrash movement, combining excellent technical guitar skills with the ability to write unique, memorable riffs and a knack for big hooks (even though his voice is a classic “you either love it or hate it” situation - I’m in the “love it” camp). This album is full of energy, masterful riffs and melodies that stick in your head. Megadeth have never really been gone, but it still feels a bit like a comeback. Dare I say it? Metallica wish they could still write an album this urgent and vibrant. 

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Record of the Day - 09/18/2022

Skyzoo - Milestones

People who have been following us might have noticed that guitar-driven music is very dear to my heart. It is my home base if you will. But that doesn’t mean that it’s the only thing I listen to. There is so much great music out there to discover, it would be silly to limit myself to only a few styles. Recently, I have been diving deeper into hip hop, mainly stuff outside of the commercial juggernauts. One of the artists I am deeply impressed with is Skyzoo, a rapper from New York City who has been active since the mid-2000’s. “Milestones” - our Record of the Day - is dedicated to fatherhood and the joys and struggles that come with it, from the perspective of the fathers as well as the kids. It’s a thoughtful and sentimental record, one that feels truly honest. Besides his flow, tone and lyrics I love Skyzoo for the wonderful beats that he uses. They’re often jazz-infused and produced warmly which gives the whole record a mellow yet powerful feel. Keeping an open mind and digging deeper often rewards you with wonderful music. This is just one example. 

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Record of the Day - 09/17/2022

Vinterland - Welcome My Last Chapter

I love it when bands combine heaviness with melody, fury with beauty. When Vinterland recorded their one and only album “Welcome My Last Chapter” - our Record of the Day - in the mid-90’s, that was still a pretty new concept. Dissection set the bar for this style, especially with their incredible masterpiece “Storm Of The Light’s Bane”. In their wake I have heard countless copycats, but barely anybody has ever rivaled them. Until I discovered this gem a few years ago. It’s full of amazing leads, even piano parts, but the melodic elements never compromise the harshness. In fact, they add to the ice cold atmosphere that is crucial to great black metal. Hands down, one of the best melodic black metal records ever and more than deserving of this reissue, remastered by none other than Dan Swanö. 

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RSD Black Friday - November 25th, 2022

The RSD Black Friday list is here. On November 25h, we'll celebrate Black Friday with a great variety of limited records only available at independent record stores. It is always a really fun celebration and a great way to kick off the holiday season. 

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New Release Round-Up 09-16-22

Fletcher - Girl Of My Dreams

Fletcher - Girl Of My Dreams - Capitol
Girl Of My Dreams is an up-close look at the moments of heartache, triumph and deeply transformative experiences on Fletcher's way to self-discovery. The new record expands on the boldly detailed storytelling she’s brought to hits like “Undrunk” and “Bitter.” This time around, FLETCHER reveals her inner world more fully and fearlessly than ever before, embracing the kind of uninhibited honesty that’s freeing for both artist and audience.

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Michelle Branch - The Trouble With Fever

Michelle Branch - The Trouble With Fever - Audio Eagle Records / Nonesuch Records
Created during the pandemic lockdown, The Trouble With Fever, co-produced with her husband, Patrick Carney, is Michelle Branch's fourth solo album and follows her critically acclaimed 2017 album, Hopeless Romantic. The time at home gave Branch the opportunity to stretch herself creatively. She says: "The album began during the 2020 lockdown, while Patrick and I were here at home in Nashville. I didn’t realize I was making a record at first — it was more just for our own sanity, living in a house with a toddler, getting time together to play music and screw around in the studio. I had some unfinished songs that I’d started during the Hopeless Romantic recordings that I wanted to revisit and finish."

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Little Big Town - Mr. Sun

Little Big Town - Mr. Sun - Capitol Nashville
Little Big Town release their brand-new studio album, Mr. Sun. This is their 10th studio album and first new music in over 2 years. It features their latest single, “Hell Yeah.” Little Big Town first entered the music scene more than 20 years ago. The band’s breakthrough albums, Tornado and Pain Killer, produced multiple #1 singles, including “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” and “Day Drinking,” as well as 2015’s history-making, best-selling country single of the year, “Girl Crush.” Their 2017 release, The Breaker, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #4 on the Billboard 200 to critical acclaim. “Wine, Beer, Whiskey,” was the latest from their self-produced 9th studio album, Nightfall, which also reached the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart and has garnered over 316 million global streams.

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Ondara - Spanish Villager No. 3

Ondara - Spanish Villager No. 3 - Verve Forecast
Spanish Villager No. 3 is the highly anticipated third studio album from Grammy-nominated artist Ondara. Featuring the single, "An Alien in Minneapolis," the album was produced by Ondara and Mike Viola.

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John Coltrane - Blue Train: The Complete Masters (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)

John Coltrane - Blue Train: The Complete Masters (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) - Blue Note Records
On September 15, 1957, John Coltrane went into Rudy Van Gelder's living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey and recorded his first great masterpiece: Blue Train. It would be the legendary saxophonist's sole album as a leader for Blue Note, a locomotive five-track album fueled by the bluesy title track that featured a dynamic six-piece band with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. To mark the 65th anniversary of the album's recording, Blue Train will be released in two special editions as part of Blue Note's acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series: a 1-LP mono pressing of the original album and a 2-LP stereo pressing of Blue Train: The Complete Masters which includes a second disc of alternate and incomplete takes, four of which have never been released before, and none of which have been available previously on vinyl. The 2-LP set comes with a bound booklet featuring session photos by Francis Wolff and an essay by Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn.

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Ringo Starr - EP3

Ringo Starr - EP3 - UMe
Ringo Starr's newest EP - cleverly named `EP3' - includes 4 new tracks featuring longtime collaborators Steve Lukather, Linda Perry, Dave Koz, Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Bruce Sugar. `EP3' is filled with Ringo's instantly recognizable vocals, feel-good lyrics and easy-breezy melodies.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

The Mars Volta - The Mars Volta
Marcus Mumford - (self-titled) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red Transparent LP]
Turin Brakes - Wide-Eyed Nowhere [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink LP]
Seether - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum: Deluxe [Ghost Marble 3LP]
Ringo Starr - EP3
Miloe - gaps
Death Cab for Cutie - Asphalt Meadows [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink LP]
Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends: 20th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver Smoke LP + Black 10in]
Dayglow - Harmony House
Dayglow - Fuzzybrain
Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2
The Murlocs - Rapscallion
Samara Joy - Linger Awhile
The HU - Rumble Of Thunder
BlackPink - BORN PINK
Clutch - Sunrise On Slaughter Beach [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Smoke Purple LP]
Rhett Miller - The Misfit
The Devil Wears Prada - Color Decay
Lissie - Carving Canyons [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Tangerine LP]


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New Release Round-Up 09-09-22

Madison Cunningham - Revealer

Madison Cunningham - Revealer - Verve
Revealer is full of confessions, intimations, and hard truths. It's a warts-and-all self-portrait of a young artist who is full of doubt and uncertainty, yet bursting with exciting ideas about music and life; who has numerous GRAMMY nominations but still feels like she has far to go; who turns those misgivings into songs that are confident in their idiosyncrasies. It's a rumination on music as a vehicle for revelations, what's gained and what's lost when you put words to your innermost feelings.

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Charley Crockett - The Man From Waco

Charley Crockett - The Man From Waco - Son Of Davy
Charley Crockett releases his latest album The Man From Waco via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. Crockett wrote or co-wrote all 14 songs on the album, and in many ways The Man From Waco is the purest distillation of his artistry to date. What started as a demo session with producer Bruce Robison at Robison’s studio The Bunker outside Austin, TX turned into the first album Crockett has ever made with his band The Blue Drifters backing him from start to finish. Mostly first takes with only a handful of overdubs, The Man From Waco finds Crockett refining his singular “Gulf & Western” sound which continues to captivate an ever-growing legion of fans.

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Of Montreal - Freewave Lucifer f-ck f-ck f-ck

Of Montreal - Freewave Lucifer f-ck f-ck f-ck - Polyvinyl Records
Over the course of the last two decades,Of Montreal's creative force, Kevin Barnes, has been wowing fans with their vast catalog of endlessly fascinating pop and mesmerizing live shows. Barnes' songwriting and production aesthetic has since become iconic in the industry and has garnered massive critical acclaim in publications such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork, who described the band's album, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? as "ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable," as well as ranking it as the #5 album of the year. Barnes' influence on pop music is undeniable, with multiple late night TV appearances, including The Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as brilliant collaborations with the likes of Solange, Janelle Monáe, Jon Brion, and others. The band has also performed across the globe, with festival appearances at Coachella, Sasquatch!, Pitchfork Music Festival and others, as well as hundreds of millions of streams worldwide. On Of Montreal's latest album, Freewave Lucifer f-ck f-ck f-ck, Barnes continues to push the boundaries of what pop music can be. 

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Parkway Drive - Darker Still

Parkway Drive - Darker Still - Epitaph
In the kitchen of the Byron Bay home of Winston McCall stands a refrigerator, adorned on one side by a quote from Tom Waits: “I want beautiful melodies telling me terrible things." This, the Parkway Drive vocalist says, is a pretty good summation of him-self. It holds true, too, as one of the guiding principles behind Darker Still, the seventh full-length album to be born of this picturesque and serene corner of north-eastern NSW, Australia, and the defining musical statement to date from one of modern metal’s most revered bands.

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The Paranoyds - Talk Talk Talk

The Paranoyds - Talk Talk Talk - Third Man Records
The Paranoyds are Southern California DIY rock royalty. Fueled by the fiery energy of their live shows paired with raw lyricism and subtle societal commentary, The Paranoyds are unafraid and unapologetically in perpetual pursuit of a good time. The four-piece is made up of Laila Hashemi (keyboardist-vocals), Lexi Funston (guitars/vocals), Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and David Ruiz (drums, vocals) who together masterfully blend light-hearted playfulness with sharp sincerity over fuzzy guitar, dreamy vocals and punchy, punky rock-n-roll. Talk, Talk, Talk, the sophomore album from The Paranoyds gives the band space to expand, evolve and above all, have fun. Over 11 tracks, the band experiments with sounds that span an eclectic array of genres–from jazz, to lo-fi punk-rock, to groovy R&B–that melt together showcasing the innovative range of The Paranoyds.

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Roxy Music - The Best Of

Roxy Music - The Best Of - Republic
To coincide with the band celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Roxy Music’s career-encompassing collection from 2001 is available for the first time on vinyl. Containing all of their classic singles including “More Than This,” “Jealous Guy,” “Love Is the Drug,” “Virginia Plain,” and classic album cuts, it’s a definitive testament to one of the most influential and daring artist catalogs of all time. This beautifully presented 2 LP set includes enhanced artwork and full song lyrics. Also check out the other remastered releases available for Roxy Music.

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Kiss - KISS Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines

Kiss - KISS Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines - UMe
Live recording from the soundboard during the Alive II tour at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, IA, on November 29, 1977. Features “Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Beth,” and more performed by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

The Afghan Whigs - How Do You Burn? [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Baby Pink LP] 
Built To Spill - When The Wind Forgets Your Name
NAV - Demons Protected By Angels
Ozzy Osbourne - Patient Number 9
Trampled By Turtles - Stars And Satellites: 10 Year Anniversary [Limited Edition Red LP + Bonus Orange Flexi Disc]
Julian Lennon - Jude [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Olive Green LP]
Lake Street Dive - Fun Machine: The Sequel
John Legend - Legend
Kane Brown - Different Man
Various Artists - Stranger Things Season 4
Tedeschi Trucks Band - I Am The Moon: I. Crescent
Tedeschi Trucks Band - I Am The Moon: II. Ascension
Tedeschi Trucks Band - I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Tedeschi Trucks Band - I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Delta Spirit - One Is One
Son Little - Like Neptune
Imagine Dragons - Night Visions: Expanded Edition
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà Vu [RSD Essential Gold LP]


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Record of the Day - 09/08/2022

Whiskey Myers - Tornillo

Whiskey Myers may appeal to many country music fans, but first and foremost they are a rock band. Southern Rock you might wanna add. Their sound is steeped in the glory past of heroes like Lynyrd Skynyrd, but they have found ways to make their music sound fresh, adding new nuances to their sound with every release. The most obvious change on their newest album “Tornillo” - our Record of the Day - are the horns. They are all over the album and they’re great. They work perfectly with the soulfulness of Cody Cannon’s voice and add a triumphant feel to much of the record. It’s not all party though. Cody still tackles heavier subjects on the album and there are somber, darker moments throughout. This is a record by a band that is completely comfortable in their own skin - probably because they are really good at what they’re doing. 

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Record of the Day - 09/04/2022

ZZ Top - Eliminator

ZZ Top were one of the unlikely beneficiaries of the MTV revolution in the 80’s. A gritty blues rock band from Texas was quite the contrast to the flamboyant new wave bands that dominated the channel’s early years and with that the charts. But ZZ Top were smart enough to use their now iconic look to their advantage. They updated their sound too though. On “Eliminator” - our Record of the Day - Billy Gibbons seemingly had some fun with the latest modern studio technology and made use of synthesizers and drum machines. That in tandem with their catchy songwriting resulted in their best selling album. There are timeless mega hits like “Gimme All Your Lovin”, “Sharp Dressed Man” or “Legs”, but to me the absolute highlight is the divine “Need You Tonight”, a perfect showcase for what makes Gibbons such an incredible guitarist (and songwriter). There is so much feeling in every single note. The perfect symbiosis of classic blues rock with the sound of the 80’s. 

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Record of the Day - 09/03/2022

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

Many consider “Piñata” - our Record of the Day - one of the best hip hop albums of the 2010’s. It was Freddie Gibbs’ and Madlib’s first collaborative studio album. Gibbs is a gifted and honest storyteller, a “gangster rapper”, but one who leaves space for moments of introspection. That consciousness makes his stories all the more interesting. But to me the producer aka beat creator is just as important in hip hop. And Madlib brings his A-game on this album. He’s a master at creating smooth yet hard-hitting beats, often inspired by jazz and soul. His soundscapes alone would make for an amazing record. Gibbs’ and Madlib’s skills matched up perfectly, elevating each other to the highest levels and resulting in a record that many called an instant classic upon its release and it has certainly held up almost a decade later. 

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New Release Round-Up 09-02-22

Megadeth - The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!

Megadeth - The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! - UMe
Megadeth's new album features 12 new songs from the titans of thrash metal! Produced by Dave Mustaine and Chris Rakestraw, the follow-up to the Grammyr award-winning Dystopia album will melt fans ' minds with songs like "We'll Be Back," the new radio hit "Soldier On!" and "Night Stalkers" featuring Ice-T. Indie Exclusive Deluxe 2 LP on 180-gram vinyl includes a 7" single of "We'll Be Back," b/w an unreleased 2021 live version of "The Conjuring," with lenticular litho. 

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Jon Pardi - Mr. Saturday Night

Jon Pardi - Mr. Saturday Night - Capitol Records Nashville
Capitol Records Nashville presents multiplatinum hitmaker Jon Pardi's fourth studio album, Mr. Saturday Night. The 14-tracks include the singles, "Last Lonely Night," and "Fill `Er Up." Jon says about the album, "A lot of time was spent living with the songs on this record. There is more life experience on Mr. Saturday Night than any album I've released before." It was produced by Jon with Bart Butler and Ryan Gore, the same team behind his award-winning 2019 album, Heartache Medication.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

YUNGBLUD - YUNGBLUD [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink LP]
Living Hour - Someday is Today [Blue LP]
Lean Year - Sides
King's X - Three Sides Of One [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Blue 2LP+CD]
Anomalie - Galerie
NOFX - White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean [Limited Edition Ghostly Sea Blue & Clear LP]
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - XI: Bleed Here Now
Shania Twain - Not Just A Girl (The Highlights)
Tom Chaplin - Midpoint
Luke Sital-Singh - Dressing Like A Stranger
Heartless Bastards - Arrow: 10th Anniversary [Black & Gold 2LP]
Rufus Du Sol - Surrender
Parker Gispert - Golden Years
Kris Kristofferson - Live At Gilley’s - Pasadena, TX: September 15, 1981 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White Marbled LP]


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Record of the Day - 08/31/2022

Jimi Hendrix - Experience Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix changed the way people viewed the guitar. He revolutionized not only his genre of music but also his instrument. That’s not something a lot of people can say. Many tried to copy his style over the years and you can hear traces of his sound all over rock history, but his playing stayed unique. Our Record of the Day is “Experience Hendrix” - a compilation of many of his best songs and a snapshot of a career that was way too short. He was also an amazing songwriter, but if I had to pick one Jimi song as my favorite it would be “All Along The Watchtower”. The way he transformed this song and made it his own is mind blowing and shows his boundless creativity. In my opinion the best cover ever recorded. 

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Record of the Day - 08/27/2022

Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood

Motley Crue are about as (in)famous for their debauchery as they are for their music (well documented in their hugely entertaining biography “The Dirt” which you should read right now if you haven’t yet). The fact that they returned from the “Girls, Girls, Girls” tour alive (and still are alive today) is pretty much a medical miracle. But even these maniacs realized that it was time for a change at some point. “Dr. Feelgood” - our Record of the Day - was the first album that they recorded sober. They hired perfectionist Bob Rock to produce and what seemed like a collaboration that couldn’t possibly work resulted in their most successful (and in my opinion second best) album. Rock made them sound bigger than ever (duly noted by Lars Ulrich) and the album spawned some of their biggest hits, staples of their live shows to this day. A glorious conclusion to a decade that they helped shape for better or worse (better if you ask me). (Yes, I realize that was a lot of side notes in parentheses.)

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Record of the Day - 08/26/2022

Radiohead - OK Computer

I have a confession to make. I don’t like Radiohead. Or as their fans would probably put it: I don’t get Radiohead. Music is highly subjective. It can’t be measured and that’s one of the beautiful things about it. What is highly enjoyable to one person leaves another one cold. That doesn’t mean I don’t respect them. There’s gotta be something about a band that is beloved by so many people. “OK Computer” - our Record of the Day - is just one the landmark albums in their discography. It was extremely influential and touched millions of people deeply. Just not me somehow. But I’m sure they’re ok with that. 

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New Release Round-Up 08-26-22

Muse - Will Of The People

Muse - Will Of The People - Warner Records
This album was created in Los Angeles and London and is influenced by the increasing uncertainty and instability in the world. A pandemic, new wars in Europe, massive protests & riots, an attempted insurrection, Western democracy wavering, rising authoritarianism, wildfires and natural disasters and the destabilisation of the global order all informed Will Of The People. It has been a worrying and scary time for all of us as the Western empire and the natural world, which have cradled us for so long are genuinely threatened. This album is a personal navigation through those fears and preparation for what comes next.

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Blondie - Against The Odds: 1974-1982

Blondie - Against The Odds: 1974-1982 - Capitol
The first-ever authorized and in-depth archive in Blondie’s history, a rarity for a band almost 50 years into their career with 40 million records sold. Against The Odds: 1974-1982 features 124 songs (36 previously unreleased) remastered from the original analog tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studios. Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition presents their first 6 albums expanded to include over 4 dozen demos, alternate versions, and outtakes - plus, a 120-page discography and a 144-page hardback book. 10 LPs/10” LP/7” Single.

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Pianos Become The Teeth - Drift

Pianos Become The Teeth - Drift - Epitaph
Drift, their fifth studio album sees Pianos Become The Teeth taking another sonic step forward to craft a musical statement that truly transcends genres. For the recording of Drift, the band took it back to basics, starting at a family-owned cabin in the woods of Virginia, that they transformed into an analog recording studio. The band lived together, recorded together and ate dinners together where they would listen to the day’s recordings, talk about them and pull them apart and reworking them, creating what may be their finest album to date.

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Marcus King - Young Blood

Marcus King - Young Blood - American Recordings
25-year-old GRAMMY-nominated artist Marcus King prepares to release his new album, Young Blood, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys via Rick Rubin's American Recordings/Republic Records. He has toured with The Marcus King Band for over 10 years, as well as tours with Chris Stapleton, Greta Van Fleet, and Nathanial Rateliff. He’s released 3 LPs with The Marcus King Band before his GRAMMY-nominated 2021 solo debut LP, El Dorado.

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Julia Jacklin - Pre Pleasure

Julia Jacklin - Pre Pleasure - Polyvinyl Records
Pre Pleasure, the beautiful new full-length album from Australian native Julia Jacklin, finds the musician at her absolute peak, delivering ten of the most personal, raw, and devastating songs of her career. Featuring stand-outs such as "Lydia Wears A Cross," "Love, Try Not To Let Go," and the driving "I Was Neon," the album is a clear portrayal of Jacklin's captivating strength as a lyricist, and her undeniable talents as one of the most gifted songwriters of the decade.

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Steve Earle & The Dukes - JERRY JEFF [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP] Video Available


Tedeschi Trucks Band - I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Brotherkenzie - NATHAN
Little Feat - Waiting For Columbus [RSD Essential Tomato Red 2LP]
Ezra Furman - All Us Flames
DJ Khaled - God Did
Alanis Morissette - The Storm Before The Calm
Lupe Fiasco - DRILL MUSIC IN ZION [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Blue 2LP]
Regina Spektor - 11:11
William Orbit - The Painter
Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Valerie June - Under Cover [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cobalt Blue LP]
Bret McKenzie - Songs Without Jokes
Madlib - Medicine Show No.3 - Beat Konducta In Africa [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Deep Purple 2LP]
Will Hoge - Wings on my Shoes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ultra Clear LP]
Charlie Halloran & The Tropicales - Shake The Rum [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink LP]
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars + Anderson .Paak) - An Evening With Silk Sonic
Bastille - Give Me The Future + Dreams Of The Past
Sean Paul - Scorcha


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Record of the Day - 08/25/2022

Alexisonfire - Otherness

Thirteen years had passed since Alexisonfire’s latest album before they returned this year with “Otherness” - our Record of the Day. It’s a meticulously crafted album, one on which every moment serves a purpose and it transcends the post-hardcore label that they’re usually associated with without losing sight of the band’s personality. The interplay of the different vocalists is brilliant, spicing up the masterfully written melodies and harmonies with bursts of harshness. Reunion albums are sometimes formulaic rehashes of the old days, but Alexisonfire prove that it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s emotional depth, a sense of adventure and unbridled creativity paired with their musical sophistication and experience that resulted in a triumphant return. 

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Record of the Day - 08/24/2022

Tyler Childers - Purgatory

Tyler Childers had been writing songs and playing them on many small stages for years before Sturgill Simpson took him under his wing and produced his debut album “Purgatory” - our Record of the Day. And the attention that he gained from his affiliation to Simpson was well deserved. Childers has one of those voices that make every word sound authentic whether he’s actually singing about himself or he’s taking on the role of a character. His storytelling is brilliant, the melodies stick in your head and he effortlessly mixes traditional country with bluegrass and folk. It was his breakthrough out of his native Kentucky, the inspiration for many of his songs, onto the national scene. 

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Record of the Day - 08/21/2022

Ithaca - They Fear Us

Ithaca’s brilliant new album “They Fear Us” - our Record of the Day - is exactly how a sophomore album should be. It expands on their sound while not losing any of the relentless energy of their debut. Whether vocalist Djamila Boden-Azzouz shouts aggressively or sings soaring melodies, every note drips with honest emotion. The riffs are pummeling with just the right amount of technicality to never lose sight of the song. And they show no fear to incorporate elements from outside of their core genre, keeping you on your toes from start to finish. The mellower moments make the heavy parts hit even harder. This is a breath of fresh air for metallic hardcore, a style that seemed stalled in formulaic songwriting for a while. I’m honestly surprised to be this blown away by a new album from this genre. Ithaca created one of the most exciting heavy albums of the year so far. 

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New Release Round-Up 08-19-22

R.E.M. - Chronic Town EP: 40th Anniversary Edition

R.E.M. - Chronic Town EP: 40th Anniversary Edition - UMe
40th Anniversary Edition of the debut EP from R.E.M. featuring "Gardening At Night," "Wolves, Lower," and more. Available on a double-sided picture disc featuring the album cover's iconic gargoyle and 1982 image of the band. Also available on Cassette and for the first time a standalone CD.

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Demi Lovato - HOLY FVCK

Demi Lovato - HOLY FVCK - Island
HOLY FVCK is the 8th studio album from GRAMMY-nominated, global superstar Demi Lovato. Released this week via Island Records, the 16-track album is a sonic journey grounded in Demi’s rock and pop roots, an earnest yet tongue-in-cheek retrospective of their life experiences. Illustrated by its leading single, “Skin of My Teeth,” Demi explores finding the inner strength to overpower the demons within.

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Five Finger Death Punch - Afterlife

Five Finger Death Punch - Afterlife - Better Noise Music
2022 release, the ninth album from the Las Vegas-based metal band. Five Finger Death Punch has amassed over 8 billion streams and 3 billion video views to date and have sold over one million tickets between 2018 and 2020 alone. Afterlife features the singles 'Welcome to the Circus', 'IOU', and the title track.

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Eric Church - &

Eric Church - & - EMI Nashville
Eric Church releases his & album this week. It was previously only available through the Church Fan Club as part of the Heart & Soul album collection released in 2021. Pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, this 6-track LP is a must-have album for fans and completes the Heart & Soul collection.

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Thick - Happy Now

Thick - Happy Now - Epitaph
Since first forming in 2014, New York trio Thick have triumphed at turning the harshest truths into wildly exhilarating punk songs. On their second album Happy Now, vocalist/guitarist Nikki Sisti, vocalist/bassist Kate Black, and vocalist/drummer Shari Page deliver their most complex and confessional work yet, exploring everything from self-sabotage and insecurity to victim-blaming and destructive relationships. Raw, irreverent, and brutally honest, Happy Now ultimately offers both joyful catharsis and much-needed instruction for living well in turbulent times. 

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Neil Young - Eldorado
Panic! At The Disco - Viva Las Vengeance [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Neon Coral LP]
Silversun Pickups - Physical Thrills [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Violet 2LP]
Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones - Live At Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981
Oddisee - People Hear What They See [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bowlero Storm Edition LP]
Rock Eupora - Pick At The Scab
Madonna - Finally Enough Love [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP + Slipmat]
Early James - Strange Time To Be Alive
Oneida - Success
The Mountain Goats - Bleed Out
I Prevail - TRUE POWER [Indie Exclusive Low Price CD]
Watkins Family Hour - Watkins Family Hour, Vol. II
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full: SB 15 Year Edition
Jukebox The Ghost - Cheers
Anna Tivel - Outsiders [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cerulean Splatter LP]
Slipknot - Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
American Aquarium - Chicamacomico [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Green w/ Black Smoke LP]
Wombo - Fairy Rust [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Hot Chip - Freakout / Release [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Brown LP]


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Record of the Day - 08/19/2022

Slipknot - Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

Slipknot were on top of the metal world but also on the brink of falling apart when they started working on “Vol. 3 - The Subliminal Verses” - our Record of the Day. The aftermath of relentless touring, various side projects, addiction and mental health problems made it unclear if they were gonna be able to pull together for a follow-up to “Iowa”, an album that cemented their status as one of the biggest metal bands of the day. As is often the case, the inner turmoil helped fuel their creativity. “Vol. 3” was their most diverse record up to that point. They were still brutally aggressive for a band of that commercial status, but they also made space for more melodic, quieter moments, adding new nuances to their core sound. A polarizing album that made them even bigger nevertheless. 

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Record of the Day - 08/18/2022

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

Ian Curtis’ life and untimely death was as tragic as the sound of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” - our Record of the Day - suggests. He hung himself when he was only 23 on the eve of what would have been their first North American tour. “Unknown Pleasures” is not for the faint of heart. It is utterly bleak, brutally honest, an at times terrifyingly depressive journey into a troubled mind and soul. And that is exactly why it resonated so well then and it still resonates to this day. Despite only releasing two albums Joy Division’s influence was immense and it leaves you wondering if knowing that his art would still touch people so deeply over 40 years later would have provided any comfort to Ian Curtis. 

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Record of the Day - 08/17/2022

Cars - Soundtrack

I never thought I would watch the same movie 100 times. Or 200. Then we had a kid. Now, “Cars” has become the most watched movie of my life (by a wide margin ahead of “Home Alone”. As you can see I have an exquisite taste in movies), because when my 2-year old Lynott proclaims “I need Cars” arguing is pointless. Luckily, it is actually quite a great movie (plus, of all possible things for my son to be obsessed with I can get on board with cars) with a really cool soundtrack - our Record of the Day. It will forever remind me of this time in my life and that is one of the beautiful side effects of records: while soundtracking your life they also become mementos. 

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Record of the Day - 08/13/2022

Steel Pulse - True Democracy

One of the great things about Steel Pulse’s classic “True Democracy” - our Record of the Day - is that it combines biting social commentary with music that is extremely danceable. Sonically, it is a bright and light album, but the subject matter is very heavy. It is a record that almost didn’t see the light of day. Even though they already had three albums under their belt, they didn’t have a record deal at the time they started working on “True Democracy”. “But Jah was on our side”, as lead singer David Hinds recalled later. A small record label in Denmark had just built a new recording studio and was curious about what a reggae band would sound like in there, so they invited Steel Pulse. Shortly after they finished recording they were signed to Elektra. A reggae classic recorded in Scandinavia. 

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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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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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Record of the Day - 08/11/2022

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Elton John and his long-time friend and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin have written so many incredible songs in their career now spanning over 50 years that it’s near impossible to pick one of their albums as their greatest. But if we had to the top contender would probably be “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” - our Record of the Day. Elton was at the height of his creative powers at the time, churning out hit songs one after the other. A double album boasting 17 songs, it shows the amazing versatility of his songwriting. Pop, rock, reggae, soul, country, R&B - all styles that make an appearance and that melt together into a surprisingly coherent album. There are tracks like “Bennie and the Jets”, “Candle In The Wind” or “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” that have become immortal staples of classic rock playlists and Elton’s live set, but the deeper cuts have just as much quality and are just as essential to the experience. 

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Record of the Day - 08/10/2022

The Interrupters - In The Wild

Aimee Interrupter pours her heart out on The Interrupter’s brand new album “In The Wild” - our Record of the Day. She opens up about her troubled youth, abuse and the resulting depression, anxiety and obsessions. With many bands, this would result in a bleak album, but they juxtapose the heavy subject matter with high-energy anthemic ska-punk. Aimee is a master at writing ultra-catchy but never cheesy melodies much like the band’s mentor Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Operation Ivy) who can be heard on one song and has co-songwriting credits on several. The hooks just keep on coming and they are incredible. The band shows an exceptional musical versatility, but Aimee’s wonderfully raspy and gritty voice holds it all together, making the album sound cohesive despite its peaks and valleys. It’s gut-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. I can’t think of many records released this year so far that I enjoyed more. Fantastic. 

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Record of the Day - 08-07-2022

Iotunn - Access All Worlds

Denmark’s Iotunn created something extraordinary with their debut album “Access All Worlds” - our Record of the Day. A lot of progressive metal is a little too much brain/too little heart and soul for me, but this one blew me away when I first heard it and it still does over a year after its release. They combine headbangibility (if this wasn’t a word yet, it now is) with complexity, majestic hooks with growls, traditional metal with a modern sound and they translate all of that into captivating songs that get better and better with each listen. An absolute masterpiece that I highly recommend for fans of traditional metal as well as those who prefer the heavier side of the spectrum. 

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Record of the Day - 08/06/2022

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

If you were consciously alive in the 90’s, it is (I think) physically impossible not to sing along when you hear “You Oughta Know”. Wherever you may be at that moment - at a bar, in the car, but preferably at a karaoke club. And I could probably say this about most of the songs on Alanis Morissette’s mega album “Jagged Little Pill” - our Record of the Day. It transformed her from Canadian teenie pop star to a worldwide phenomenon, selling approximately 33 million copies. A mind blowing number, especially these days. It was earnest, emotional, angry, beautiful. Alanis found words that millions could relate to and thanks to Glen Ballard - who co-wrote the album - she was able to package these raw emotions into incredibly catchy songs that still sound great today. 

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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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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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Record of the Day - 08/04/2022

High Pulp - Pursuit of Ends

Jazz is one of the oldest popular music styles and has such a rich history that it can be daunting for a new band to compete with the classics. High Pulp show that it’s possible on their second album “Pursuit of Ends” - our Record of the Day. While not classically trained they certainly studied the old heroes in their own way, but with a healthy DIY-attitude they found a way to inject new exhilarating youthful energy into an old style. The first association that comes to mind when listening to this record is pure freedom. They don’t care about any conventions and let their creativity flow resulting in a refreshing album that evokes jazz fusion from decades ago while putting a brand new spin on it. 

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Record of the Day - 08/03/2022

Viagra Boys - Cave World

We’ve heard many albums born during the pandemic recently dealing with topics such as isolation and fear. The Viagra Boys went a different route on their new album “Cave World” - our Record of the Day. It’s a satire about the bizarre outcomes of recent years such as conspiracy theories that seem to be getting more outrageous by the minute. Because they are a great band they make the madness we’re living in sound like great fun. The songs are strong enough that they would work with any subject matter. Punk rock at the core but with infectious grooves. It’s kinda like a great late night show that makes you laugh so you don’t have to cry.

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Record of the Day - 07/30/2022

Nirvana - Nirvana

I used to not be the biggest fan of Greatest Hits compilations. I love the album format too much and there are just so many examples of when certain songs really belong together and become even more enjoyable as a whole. Plus, if you stick to those compilations, you generally miss out on too many amazing songs. But I’ve grown to accept them more over the years. Sometimes, it is nice to get a snapshot of a band’s career on one record. I think they did a pretty good job when they compiled the 2004 Nirvana “Best Of” which is technically just self-titled - our Record of the Day. Whenever I listen to “You Know You’re Right” - the only song on this compilation that hadn’t been released while Kurt was still alive - I get sad and excited at the same time. Sad because it reminds me of how much more great music Kurt probably had in him and excited because it’s just so damn brilliant. Nirvana is a band that is still being discovered freshly by each new generation and while their discography is unfortunately small enough (but also fantastic enough) that everybody new to them should just go ahead and check out all of their albums, this is actually a really great starting point. 

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Record of the Day - 07/29/2022

Soundgarden - Superunknown

If you ask me, Chris Cornell was one of the greatest singers of rock history. A once in a generation voice. He was forceful, ha had an amazing range and he had an unmistakable tone. Soundgarden were already a pretty big band before “Superunknown” - our Record of the Day - was released, but with this one they reached superstardom. They polished their signature sound just enough to break into the mainstream in a big way without compromising quality. Across 16 sprawling tracks they showcase the whole palette of their musical abilities. There are big riffs, odd time signatures, somber moments, psychedelic elements, undeniable hooks. And of course, over everything towers Cornell’s voice. Even though they were part of the Grunge movement (which surely helped them commercially), they were first and foremost a fantastic rock band. 

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Record of the Day - 07/28/2022

Archers Of Loaf - Icky Mettle

One of rock’s most legendary critics, Robert Christgau, called Archers of Loaf’s debut LP “Icky Mettle” - our Record of the Day - a “tantrum set to music”. I think that was a compliment. It was the early 90’s, so obviously there was a lot of angst, and that combined with wild, squealing, fuzzing guitars being thrown at you from all angles could definitely feel like a tantrum. This record boasts an energy, at times bordering to aggression, rarely heard anymore in what is today commonly tagged Indie Rock, but underneath the maelstrom lay melodies other bands would kill for. They were most commonly compared to Pavement or Superchunk, but they carved out their own unique niche while still perfectly capturing their era. 

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Record of the Day - 07/27/2022

Korn - Follow The Leader

Korn laid the seeds for world domination with their first two albums, but it was with “Follow The Leader” - our Record of the Day - that they truly blew up and became international megastars. Remember TRL? Well, “Got The Life” was the first video that had to officially be retired from the show, because people wouldn’t stop requesting it. Korn were the undisputed leaders of a new phenomenon quickly tagged nu metal. They were copied so much that it’s hard to fathom nowadays how original they sounded when they first started. They weren’t the first to mix hip hop with rock and metal, but they did it in a completely different way, combining aggression, angst and cockiness. In retrospect, it’s incredible that a band this heavy and frankly at times prettt weird was able to compete commercially with the bubblegum pop of its time. Nu metal has seen a bit of a re-evaluation in recent years and Korn is one of the few bands of the genre that definitely stood the test of time. They were the originals. 

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Record of the Day - 07/24/2022

Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

When Outkast released their debut album “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” - our Record of the Day - in 1994, Hip Hop was dominated by the well-established and fiercely rivaling scenes on the coasts. They truly were outcasts. But they were able to put Atlanta and with that the whole South on the map. Outkast had their own distinct sound and proudly thematized life in the South. The heavy use of live instrumentation that accompanied the samples made them sound warmer and fresher than most of their contemporaries and it evoked the funk/soul spirit of old heroes such as George Clinton or Curtis Mayfield, updated for a new generation. It now stands as a classic of the genre and it forebode many more great things to come from Andre 3000 and Big Boi but also the hip hop scene in Atlanta as a whole, inspiring a wide variety of artists to put their own spin on a then still young genre no matter where they were from.

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Record of the Day - 07/23/2022

Green Day - American Idiot

After a glorious run in the 90’s, Green Day started the new century with an album that was widely seen as disappointing. Their career appeared to be at a crossroads when they had a seemingly crazy idea: a punk rock opera. This could have gone horribly wrong, but it didn’t. The resulting “American Idiot” - our Record of the Day - rejuvenated their career and made them legends (and was eventually even turned into a Broadway musical). The album seamlessly blends 9-minute mini suites such as “Jesus of Suburbia” with typical Green Day bangers like the opening title track or tender ballads such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”. The overall narrative - part social commentary, part exploration of love, angst and uncertainty -  holds the album together and makes it best enjoyed as a whole, but each song works individually as well. It shows a band challenging themselves and piecing an enormous amount of ideas together to an impressive cohesive whole. One of the most iconic albums of the 2000’s. 

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Record of the Day - 07/22/2022

Working Men's Club - Fear Fear

Working Men’s Club’s “Fear Fear” - our Record of the Day - starts with gloomy electronic beats that evoke strobe-lit dancefloors at a dark rave. It sets the tone for this record perfectly. There’s nods to the old heroes of mixing electronica with pop and rock such as New Order or Depeche Mode. Synth-pop bordering to post-punk - hooky, melancholic, cold, dreary, at times anthemic. After their critically acclaimed debut, they had a lot of eyes on them and they returned with a meticulously crafted, highly eclectic album. Yes, their core sound is definitely rooted in the 80’s, but Working Men’s Club update it for a new generation and make it modern and vibrant. 

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Record of the Day - 07/21/2022

Paul McCartney - Cнова в CCCP

Paul McCartney’s “Cнова в CCCP” (which translates to “Back in the USSR”) - our Record of the Day - was released in the Soviet Union in 1988 and was the first album by a Western artist that was exclusively issued for that market. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was issued in the rest of the world in 1991. It was Paul going back to his roots covering his favorite hits from the 1950’s, recorded in just two days. Except for the actual song titles every word on the sleeve of this USSR original issue is in Russian, so no liner notes reading for me on this one. Not only is this a really fun album of one of the biggest music legends paying tribute to his heroes, it is also a fascinating piece of music history intersecting with world history. 

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Record of the Day - 07/20/2022

Iqbal Jogi and Party - Authentic Music of the Snake Charmer

Some music is so charming you don’t even need ears to enjoy it. Our Record of the Day for example: “Authentic Music of the Snake Charmer” by Iqbal Jogi and Party. Apparently, snakes just can’t resist the sounds of the “been” (also called “murli” which sounds a lot like a Swiss word to my ears), an instrument made out of dried pumpkins. And if you do have ears, this record might be worth listening to in case you’re looking for something a bit different sounding. It’s actually quite fun. Plus, since we have our fair share of snake visits down here, this might be worth a shot for practical reasons as well. You know we always try to help the community. 

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Record of the Day - 07/17/2022

The Linda Lindas - Growing Up

The story of The Linda Linda’s is one that could only happen in the time we’re living in right now. In spring of last year, a video of them performing their song “Racist, Sexist Boy” went viral and made them internet sensations. Young girls of Chinese, Mexican and Salvadoran descent fighting back. They got signed by Epitaph, played shows with big names such as Jawbreaker and Bikini Kill and recorded their debut album “Growing Up” - our Record of the Day. By the time of its release the ages of the band members ranged from 11 to 17. Their music is heartwarming pop-punk with irresistible hooks and honest lyrics about the joys and struggles of adolescence. Will there ever be a better way to deal with that simultaneously universal and deeply personal teenage angst than to go to a garage and make noise with your friends?

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Record of the Day - 07/16/2022

Black Midi - Hellfire

I love it when bands that are uncompromising and truly unique are able find an audience. It keeps things interesting for us listeners and encourages fellow musicians to let their creativity run free. Black Midi has already gotten a good bit of attention - especially in their home country England - with their first two albums and now they released their new one: “Hellfire” - our Record of the Day. Merely calling them a rock band doesn’t even come close to describing their sound. Their music is progressive in the truest sense as in not giving a damn about any conventions and pushing rock’s boundaries into all kinds of musical territories. It’s wild, it’s manic, it’s thrilling, it’s imaginative, it’s experimental and it’s hugely entertaining. Since it’s impossible to categorize I suggest you just go ahead and experience it. What an exciting record. 

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Record of the Day - 07/15/2022

Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills

Some record covers are so amazing that they would be worth having even if no record came along with it. Big Brother & The Holding Company’s “Cheap Thrills” - our Record of the Day - has one of those. Originally, they wanted to use a photo of them naked in bed together, but the record company thought that was a bit too spicy. Cult artist Robert Crumb drew the now iconic sleeve which was originally intended for the back, but Janis Joplin insisted it would become the front cover. Of course, the music on the accompanying record is even better. I don’t know how many times I listened to Janis sing, but it’s still an experience again every time I play any of her records. She was truly one of a kind, attempted to be copied so many times but never matched. Her voice was a force of nature but also deeply emotional. And she was fortunate enough to have a band that matched her vocals perfectly. They were immensely talented - raw, hard rocking, bluesy, absolutely thrilling. This record captured the revolutionary zeitgeist of the late 60’s like few others.

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Record of the Day - 07/14/2022

The Who - Who's Next

Pete Townshend in the earlier years of his career was part rowdy guy who drinks heavily, part sensitive genius, part experimental visionary - a multi-faceted generational talent who takes his music very seriously. He wanted to follow up the bombastic rock opera “Tommy” with an album even more ambitious, preliminarily titled “Lifehouse”. The pressure was so big that he had a nervous breakdown and cancelled the project. Instead, their producer Glyn Johns convinced him to write a “regular” album. A wise decision. “Who’s Next” - our Record of the Day - became an all-time classic and is widely considered their finest hour. Many of the songs were originally meant to be part of “Lifehouse”, but canning the burden of an overarching concept freed them from their shackles and it resulted in an album that showed Pete’s (and for one song John’s) exceptional songwriting talent at its most cohesive. The Who explored what rock can do, pushing the style’s boundaries without ever losing sight of its gritty core and they never found a better balance than on this timeless masterpiece. 

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Record of the Day - 07/13/2022

Big Mama Thornton - Stronger Than Dirt

“Hound Dog” may be one of the most covered songs in music history. Most notable of course is Elvis Presley’s version which you’ve likely heard roughly a million times. But it was originally written specifically for Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller when they were only teenagers. Her version was already a pretty big hit on the R&B charts before Elvis made the song huge, but she claims to have only gotten a $500 royalty check. Not only was she an amazing singer, she was also a songwriter. “Ball and Chain” - known best for Janis Joplin’s version - was written and first performed by her. Thanks to Janis and many of her contemporaries who worshipped old blues, there was renewed interest in Big Mama Thornton when she released “Stronger Than Dirt” - our Record of the Day - in 1969. It ended up being her most successful album, one that showcases the incredible power and subtlety in her voice. It finally gave her at least some of the attention that she deserved. It is an absolute gem.

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Record of the Day - 07/10/2022

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” - our Record of the Day - starts with a keyboard hook that is so undeniably catchy, it pierces into your brain and won’t leave you for days. And there was more where that came from. “Time To Pretend”, “Kids” and “Electric Feel” were inescapable when they hit the airwaves in the late aughts, a time defined by crippling economical fear as well as hope for a change which in retrospect seems charmingly naive. It does make sense that their Summer of Love inspired indie rock modernized for a new generation became as big as it did when it did. The timing was perfect. But this album is more than just its mega-singles. It’s quirky enough to be interesting but also catchy and bright enough to appeal to the masses. Thanks to the great songwriting it has aged really well and still sounds fresh today.

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Record of the Day - 07/09/2022

A Wilhelm Scream - Lose Your Delusion

It took A Wilhelm Scream nearly a decade to follow up 2013’s “Partycrasher”, but their new album “Lose Your Delusion” - our Record of the Day - was well worth the wait. While many punk bands opt for simplicity, they have never shied away from some serious shredding. But the songs always come first. This album is intensely heavy and fast for the most part, but at the same time gloriously melodic without ever veering into poppy territory. The amount of ideas they pack into this collection of songs is amazing. There’s constant twists and turns and the energy level stays high throughout - never a dull moment.

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Record of the Day - 07/08/2022

Doug Lucas - Niara

Doug Lucas was a creative soul who didn’t know any boundaries. He was a jazz-funk pioneer associated with groups like JJ Band, Plus, Chakachas or Mombasa. In 1975, he released his first solo album “Niara” - our Record of the Day. It was recorded in Belgium where he was an integral part of a thriving scene for many years, and it became highly sought after and hard to find over the years. The musicianship and production is astounding. He may have not become a big name in the mainstream, but he was critically acclaimed and re-discovered over and over again. Many notable artists such as Busta Rhymes, Aceyalone or Nas sampled his music. A rare gem from an era that many call especially creative and fearless. 

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Record of the Day - 07/07/2022

Cheap Trick - At Budokan

Live albums were a big thing in the 70’s. In a way, it was a sign that you made it as a band. But most bands were still mainly judged by their studio output. Cheap Trick’s situation was a little different. They were already a pretty successful band, but upon the release of “At Budokan” - our Record of the Day - they got huge. It became their defining album. I mean, when was the last time you heard the studio version of “I Want You To Want Me” on the radio? Listening to the album, it makes sense. On this record they captured their energy like they never did on any studio albums. The screaming fans make you think of Beatlemania and the band is in absolute top form. There have always been rumors about the authenticity of many iconic live albums, but this one is the real deal, at least according to drummer Bun E Carlos who claims that “98 per cent is unaltered”. The debate over the merits of live albums will go on forever, but this is definitely one for the pro camp.

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Record of the Day - 07/06/2022

Creeper - American Noir

It’s usually not a great sign if a band releases songs from a previous album’s recording sessions, because they supposedly didn’t fit that album. Often, they don’t match the quality of the initial release. But Creeper’s “American Noir” - our Record of the Day - is an exception to the rule. Not only are the songs brilliant but they form their own mini rock opera that serves as a prequel to the story that “Sex, Death & The Infinite Void” told. That one was already quite a bombastic affair, but they dialed it up even more on this one. Jim Steinman would have been proud of the grandiosity that pours out of every note. The arrangements are monumental, building the perfect playground for vocalists William Gould and Hannah Greenwood whose hooks are nothing short of incredible. Their voices match perfectly, but Hannah is the true star of the show to me, especially when she throws in a bit of a rasp. Even though there are clear influences of 70’s glam rock (which they’re not trying to hide at all), they still manage to always sound modern. With its dark vibe and more mature songwriting, this EP stands firmly on its own and I hope the next full-length will continue what they started here, because the only complaint I have about this record is that it’s just too damn short. 

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Record of the Day - 07/03/2022

Forrest Gump Soundtrack

To celebrate 4th of July (yes, we know we’re a day early), we picked a wonderful journey through post-war popular American music history as our Record of the Day - the Forrest Gump soundtrack. Growing up in Switzerland, music was the main reason why I got fascinated with America. There had to be something special about a place that produces so much great music. When I finally had the chance to visit the home of many of my heroes, I didn’t plan for it to become my home too, but life is crazy sometimes. The love of my life (and reason for my move here) and my son were born here and so was 22 Sound. As divided as this country seems to be currently, I am happy that I get to experience one of its many wonderful sides every day in our little family business. We get to interact with like-minded music lovers and enjoy this place where it doesn’t matter what your job is, what your political opinions are or where you are from. Music knows no boundaries. We’re grateful that we get to pursue our dream and that we get to meet many wonderful people on our journey (who are the ones that make it possible to continue. We don’t forget that). Happy 4th and thank you, America, for having me!

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Record of the Day - 07/02/2022

Widowmaker - Too Late To Cry

We all know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. It’s a little different with records though. No, you shouldn’t judge a record by its cover either, but most record collectors know the joy of digging through the bins and  taking a chance on a record solely because of the cover. The success rate is surprisingly high. For us, one of the funnest things about doing what we do is the preliminary dig through the collections we purchase and seeing some records that we don’t know yet, but whose covers look really intriguing. We’re the first ones to admit that we’re still discovering new (and old) stuff every day. Our Record of the Day - Widowmaker’s “Too Late To Cry” - was one of those. When I saw this cover I just knew it would be great. And I was right. This is somewhat of a supergroup, consisting of guys who would before or after be members of bands such as Mott The Hoople, Spooky Tooth, Hawkwind, Rainbow or Ozzy Osbourne. They supposedly were a bit of a train wreck and only lasted for two albums, but while they held it together they produced some really great classic rock on the heavier side of the spectrum with some serious blues influences. A nice gem for those classic rock fans who like to dig a little deeper.

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Record of the Day - 07/01/2022

The Meters - Trick Bag

When his aunt took Art Neville to sweep floors at Trinity Methodist Church in New Orleans one day, he found a pipe organ and began playing. “I hit a key and - boom! - the sound nearly knocked me down”, said Neville. “What I heard wasn’t the voice of God, it was the voice of music, but it might as well have been the same thing. That sound turned me around. After that sound, everything changed.” And things didn’t just change for Neville. With The Meters he founded one of those bands whose sales numbers never quite matched their influence and ongoing acclaim. They were one of the founding fathers of funk and arguably one of the most legendary New Orleans bands. “Trick Bag” - our Record of the Day - was their seventh studio album, produced by Allen Toussaint. The opener is a not so subtle nod at disco which was starting to rule the airwaves at the time, but the rest of the album is just as groovy and funky as they had always been. An essential band in New Orleans music history. 

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Record of the Day - 06/30/2022

Misþyrming - Algleymi

Iceland definitely has the highest awesome black metal band per capita rate. Less than 400,000 people inhabit the country and it seems like a good percentage of them like it heavy. To me, Misþyrming’s “Algleymi” - our Record of the Day - is not only one of the best albums coming out of that impressive scene but one of the best black metal albums of recent years overall. It has the unsettling intensity that makes great black metal so captivating and it combines it with just the right amount of subtle melody to stand out of the crowd. While their debut was a blast of dissonance, this is a much more refined and versatile record even allowing moments for traditional rock beats to mix up the blastbeat fury which makes it all the more compelling. It’s dark, it’s melancholic, it’s aggressive and it sets a completely unique mood, proving that it’s still possible to create outstanding forward-looking black metal without abandoning its roots.

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Record of the Day - 06/29/2022

Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell

Absolutely everything about Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” - our Record of the Day - is over the top. And that’s exactly why it’s so great. It’s a musical disguised as a rock album. Jim Steinman (who wrote the songs) and Meat Loaf were a match made in heaven. Unsurprisingly, they met on the stage musical circuit where Meat Loaf had started to make a name for himself, most notably for his performance in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Steinman wrote his first musical while still in college (melodic traces of said musical can be found in a later Steinman hit you might have heard of - “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”). Todd Rundgren joined the two as producer, but it took them a long time to find a label. Most executives who heard the album thought it was absolutely ridiculous, but once it finally was released, people loved it, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. This is the product of artists who truly believed in their vision and refused to compromise. It’s an absolutely unique and unapologetically bombastic explosion of creativity, energy and passion. 

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Record of the Day - 06/26/2022

Redd Kross - Neurotica

Redd Kross’ brilliant album “Neurotica” - our Record of the Day - is viewed by some as a precursor to the grunge era that would dominate the music world just a few years after its 1987 release. While I can definitely see where this notion comes from, there is one fundamental difference that clearly ties it to the 80s: it is so much fun. They embraced the melodic sensibilities of power pop heroes such as Big Star, but combined that with the energy and snottiness of punk and every now and then didn’t even shy away from guitar riffs and solos that evoke the bands that ruled the Sunset Strip at the time. This album didn’t get the attention it deserved at the time, but it slowly became a cult classic and it still sounds fresh over 30 years later. It’s wild, catchy, ferocious and so colorful. 

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Record of the Day - 06/25/2022

Bikini Kill - Reject All American

Bikini Kill was basically as much a women’s rights and feminist activist group as it was a band. They chose punk - at the time mainly a boy’s club as well - to spread their message. And they weren’t subtle. Closely associated with the Riot Grrl movement, they addressed topics such as domestic abuse, rape, sexuality or female empowerment and they did so fiercely and loud. Their influence was immense, but so was the backlash. “People were throwing chains at our heads. People hated us. It was really, really hard to be in that band”, recalled Kathleen Hanna, the band’s singer and songwriter. They broke up after their last album “Reject All American” - our Record of the Day - but after over two decades they’re active again, still playing blistering live shows. Unfortunately, the fight that they’re fighting will seemingly never end. 

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Record of the Day - 06/24/2022

Billy Bragg - Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy

Listening to Billy Bragg’s debut album “Life’s A Riot With Spy vs Spy” - our Record of the Day - reminds you that punk is as much an idea(l) as it is a style of music. There was the righteous anger of punk, felt in the music and heard in the lyrics, but it sounded different. Bragg mixed punk with folksy tunefulness writing songs that were stripped down to its very core yet melodic and carefully constructed. And he gave his anger at the world a personal note, expressing doubt, love and empathy instead of just sheer rage, adding an emotional depth barely seen before in the punk world. He took the inclusive punk ethos to the next level. Not only can anybody who feels it do it, you can also do it all by yourself - just a voice, a guitar and a whole lot of heart.

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Record of the Day - 06/23/2022

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions

It’s hard to believe how gutsy Stevie Wonder was when he was only in his early twenties. On his 21st birthday, he let his contract with Motown expire, because label boss Berry Gordy wouldn’t give him the artistic freedom he craved. Motown was essentially a hit factory in the 60’s, but Gordy was also known to be a control freak. After leaving Motown, Wonder recorded two albums without a label that were so good that he got resigned. This time on his terms. It was a wise decision for both sides. Wonder’s second stint at Motown started with “Innervisions” - our Record of the Day. It was his 16th (!) studio album. He was 23. And it is still considered one of his best. He took full advantage of his new freedom, writing all of the songs and recording virtually every instrument himself. It is an album that shows his impressive musical spectrum and also served as a courageous commentary on life during the Nixon years from the perspective of a young black man. The often gloomy subject matter is accompanied by his soulful, funky compositions which often allow light to shimmer through the darkness. 

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Record of the Day - 06/12/2022

INXS - Kick

After INXS completed “Kick” - our Record of the Day - and presented it to their record label Atlantic they were supposedly offered 1 million dollars to rerecord it. “We can’t get this on the radio. You have to be like what’s happening now”, they were told. Keyboardist and main songwriter Andrew Farris responded with “We think this is what’s happening now” and the album was released as is. Boy, was he right. Already about a decade into their career, “Kick” made them worldwide superstars. It was a melange of rock and pop with bits of soul and funk thrown in to round up the picture. Glossy,  sexy and yet dirty. Even beyond monster singles like “Need You Tonight”, “Mistify” or “New Sensation” there is no filler to be found. Each song is carefully crafted, rocking and danceable at the same time. And is “Never Tear Us Apart” one of the most beautiful songs of the 80’s? Definitely. 

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Record of the Day - 06/09/2022

Agents Of Oblivion - Agents Of Oblivion

The music business can be cruel. Proper management and sheer luck often play as big of a part in success stories as musical talent. Many think Acid Bath could have been (and should have been) one of the biggest metal bands of the 90’s, but luck wasn’t on their side and their story unfortunately is a tragic one. What made them so special was the push-and-pull between the different band members and their musical preferences and influences. After the band’s ending, the individual members would go into vastly different musical directions. Dax Riggs’ and Mike Sanchez’ first project after Acid Bath was Agents of Oblivion, a band that would only release one album - our Record of the Day - but what an album it was. It is the musical bridge between Dax’ heavy past and a future in which he would leave metal altogether - a sludgy southern take on the era’s alternative rock with brilliant riffs and grooves. But Dax’ raspy vocals are what make it truly special. His melodies and lyrics push the music to emotional heights and depths, culminating in a completely unique album full of dark beauty.

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Record of the Day - 06/08/2022

Pretty In Pink Soundtrack

To many who lived through it and even to some that didn’t, “Pretty in Pink” is one of the quintessential 80’s movies. And its soundtrack - our Record of the Day - is almost as legendary as the movie itself. Good soundtracks capture the vibe of a movie, great soundtracks capture the vibe of a whole era. INXS, Psychedelic Furs, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order. All those bands exemplify the cutting edge of 80’s cool. Director John Hughes curated this and other soundtracks to his iconic movies of the time himself and he pieced it together like a carefully thought through mixtape. Only that he shared his with the world. We live in a world full of playlists designed for specific moods, eras, styles and so on, but rarely has anybody compiled such a cohesive collection of songs that share a similar vibe while still reflecting each artist’s strengths and personalities.

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Record of the Day - 06/05/2022

GISM - Detestation

There’s been so many extreme sub- and sub-sub-genres of metal and punk that it’s almost impossible to be shocked anymore these days, but imagine it’s 1984 and you somehow encounter GISM’s debut album “Detestation” - our Record of the Day. Of course, this would have been somewhat unlikely since it was only released in Japan at the time, but this was such an unusual, brutal and - well - insane album that it slowly gained attention in the underground to the point of almost mythical adoration. The tales of their vocalist Sakevi Yokoyama running through a crowd with a chainsaw or firing at them with a flamethrower - whether true or not - sure didn’t hurt the legend building. It was one of the first true crossover records, combining the drive and anarchic energy of hardcore with metal riffing inspired by the NWOBHM and thrash. On top of that, Saveki screams, shouts, grunts, belts, wails or laughs histerically like an absolute madman. Describing the production as raw is a vast understatement. At the time maximumrocknroll said it made “Venom sound like The Knack”. In other words: it’s perfect.

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Record of the Day - 06/04/2022

Fats Domino - Walking To New Orleans

Thank you to everyone who expressed concern and well wishes to our shop and our family yesterday. Some days throw heavy sucker punches. Yesterday was one of them. My earliest musical memory is sitting in front of the family’s large console turntable system as it blasted Fats’ soulful voice and wild piano. Nancy Dowouis, my mother and grandmother to 22 Sound, loved Fats. She may have left this world yesterday, but her memory will forever live on. In her her honor, today’s Record of the Day is “Walking to New Orleans”. Turn it up loud. -Stew

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Record of the Day - 06/02/2022

The Black Keys - Dropout Boogie

It’s been 20 years since the two college dropouts and old blues enthusiasts Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded their debut album on an old eight-track machine in their basement. It sounded like a relict from the past, partially because that’s what they wanted to sound like, partially because they simply couldn’t afford more up-to-date equipment. Restrictions that would soon go away. With Danger Mouse’s help they would go on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, armed with arena-ready anthems that would also work very well in commercials. A lot of commercials. Their new album “Dropout Boogie” - our Record of the Day - was expected to be a back-to-the-roots record after last year’s tribute album to their beloved Mississippi delta blues. And yes, there are some really dusty blues riffs, but there are also some of those big hooks, making them sound retro and modern at the same time. Or is that the same thing anyway? This is a band that knows what they’re good at and they seem to be pretty content with that. Why wouldn’t they? I’m sure they wouldn’t have said no to this career when they were jamming in their basement 20 years ago. 

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Record of the Day - 06/01/2022

Orion - Fresh

Did Elvis really die in 1977? Or did he change his name to Orion and start performing with a mask? Would it have been an odd decision to keep performing and recording albums only disguised by a simple mask that didn’t even cover his whole face when he wanted the world to believe that he’s dead? Or did he want everybody to know? Is this where Orville Peck got his inspiration from? Hmmm. Our Record of the Day: “Fresh” by Orion. 

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Record of the Day - 05/29/2022

Van Halen - 1984

Eddie Van Halen was a genius. In many ways. Not only was he one of the most influential rock guitarists ever, he was also smart enough to know the importance of catchy songwriting. All while always finding space for his guitar wizardry. Never did that show as obviously as on “1984” - our Record of the Day. It includes some of their biggest hits, songs like “Jump”, “Panama” or “Hot For Teacher”, all of which were inescapable at the time. It was also the last album with David Lee Roth until their reunion almost 30 years later. Diamond Dave was another hint at how smart Eddie was. Yes, the guitar geeks would have loved him no matter what, but with Dave he was able to take over the world. And let’s not forget about Wolfgang and Michael. Each member was integral. It was an album of its time, released in the middle of a decade defined by end-of-the-world fears and almost naive optimism alike. Van Halen opted for the latter and this album is to this day first and foremost one thing: fun. 

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Record of the Day - 05/28/2022

Arcade Fire - WE

At some points in band’s careers they seemingly can’t win anymore. Either they stick to their core sound and are accused of repeating themselves. Or they experiment and they’re accused of straying too far from their roots (in the 90’s people called it selling out). Arcade Fire’s ventures in different sonic territories on their latest albums caused mixed reviews from their fanbase, so their new album “WE” - our Record of the Day - was by many looked at as a comeback, a return to their roots. It seems as though they made peace with the fact that one of the things they’re so great at is being unapologetically grandiose. But they didn’t compromise their artistic integrity. When listening closer, you can still hear “weird” moments, experimentation, sounds that aren’t “normal” rock - something that was in reality always part of them. They have always been unique and they still are. 

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Record of the Day - 05/27/2022

Evanescence - Fallen

Evanescence’s debut album “Fallen” - our Record of the Day - was released in 2003 in the midst of nu metal mania, a genre often associated with male aggression. Evanescence might have shared a lot of sonic similarities with the type of rock and metal that was popular at the time, but the fact that they were female-fronted made them stand apart right away. That can’t be enough to sell an estimated 17 million copies though, a number that seems fantastical these days. Amy Lee impressed with an incredible voice and a gift to truly connect with her audience thanks to her melodies, her lyrics and a charisma that is hard to put in words. She wasn’t afraid to sing about her deepest emotions and she did that over the backdrop of heavy guitars and delicate piano parts alike. It was angsty but empowering at the same time and it stood the test of time much better than some other top selling records of the time. 

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Record of the Day - 05/26/2022

&uicideboy& - Long Term Effects of Suffering

New Orleans’ $uicideboy$’ origin story is rather dark which isn’t surprising given their name. It involved a suicide pact: If the music didn’t work out, there would be nothing left to live for. Thankfully, it has worked out. Despite never having a billboard hot 100 track or any airplay tally, they amassed billions of streams and a cult following. They did it in true DIY fashion. After releasing countless mixtapes, EP’s etc. in their first years of their existence, 2021’s “Long Term Effects of Suffering” - our Record of the Day - is only their second proper album and has finally been released on vinyl. It isn’t a happy affair. Just like many of their soundcloud rap peers, they deal with topics such as depression, suicidal thoughts and drug abuse. Their music ranges from melancholic to aggressive. The painful honesty and often violent nature of their lyrics might explain why the $uicideboy$ aren’t mainstream stars but at the same time be the reason for their devoted fanbase. 

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Record of the Day - 05/25/2022

Undeath - It's Time... To Rise From The Grave

The guys in Undeath are clearly obsessed with old school death metal. That’s not just made clear by the band shirts they’re wearing on the back cover. Their sophomore album “It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave” - our Record of the Day - is a celebration of the golden age of the genre when it was new, fresh and really scary to some people. You might still be able to scare some unwanted guests away with this one. This album sounds almost like a collage of influences from many different legendary bands of those early days. A little Cannibal Corpse here, a little Carcass there, a little Morbid Angel sprinkled in. You name it. Even though they’re not reinventing the wheel, it’s still fresh sounding, because the riffs are so great and they play with such enthusiasm. The songs are short and intense, never outstaying their welcome. Undeath created one of the highlights of the death metal year so far and I feel like we will be hearing from these guys for a long time to come. 

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Record of the Day - 05/22/2022

Kevin The Persian - Southern Dissonance

Kevin The Persian might sing about rock being dead on one of the highlights of his debut album “Southern Dissonance” - our Record of the Day - but I’m sure he’s not serious about that, since this record is a great counter argument against his own thesis. Hailing from New Orleans, Kevin locked himself up in a tiny room of an industrial building, diminishing contact to the outside world to write and record this album. All instruments are played by him. There are definitely strong 90’s rock vibes, but you can also hear his affinity to metal and southern rock in certain parts. Each song is constructed carefully with enough variety to keep things interesting all the way through without losing cohesion. The vocals are forceful, melodic and catchy and the guitars vary from heavy, groovy riffing to tasteful, beautiful acoustic picking. A very impressive debut. 

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Record of the Day - 05/21/2022

Volbeat - Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil

When Volbeat first hit the scene, it was a breath of fresh air for metal. A singer that sounded like a cross between Elvis and Danzig on top of simple but highly infectious metal riffs with a little sprinkle of country and rockabilly to round things up. I got hooked when their second album “Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil” - our Record of the Day - was released. Volbeat had found their unique sound and perfected it even further following an already incredible debut album. Finding a great formula isn’t enough to catch on though. You gotta have the songs. And boy, did they have them. Each track is catchy as hell without ever losing the heavy edge. And they played with dynamics brilliantly. When those guitars come in after the Johnny Cash tribute intro of “Sad Man’s Tongue” it is simply impossible to sit still. The contrast makes the riff hit even harder. They’re an absolute blast live, but they were also able to capture that energy and enthusiasm on record. 

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Record of the Day - 05/20/2022

Harry Styles - Harry's House

It is arguably the most anticipated pop release of the year so far, so naturally this has to be our Record of the Day: Harry Styles’ new album “Harry’s House”. Yes, we got some copies here, but they will probably not last long. 

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Record of the Day - 05/19/2022

Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco has always done things her own way. She never signed a label deal and instead founded her own label when she was only 19. She runs it to this day. When she wrote and recorded her self-titled debut album - our Record of the Day - at the tail end of the 80’s, it wasn’t as common and as easy as it is today to do your own recordings. Not a problem for her. This album is a wonderfully stripped down folk album - just a girl singing her phones into a microphone as she put it looking back many years later. It was recorded in about three hours. This approach gives her beautiful voice space to shine and puts her honest lyrics to the forefront. It was the beginning of an impressive musical career that was accompanied by countless acts of political and social activism. There was finally a space in the music mainstream for strong, independent women in the 90’s and Ani DiFranco was one of the forerunners. 

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Record of the Day - 05/18/2022

Bandaid Brigade - I'm Separate

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Looking at this album and knowing that it’s made by what is essentially a supergroup of punk and hardcore greats Zach Quinn (PEARS), Brian Wahlstrom (Scorpios, Gods of Mount Olympus), Paul Rucker (Armchair Martian, Street Dogs, Drag The River) and Chris Fogal (The Gamits), you’d expect something completely different than this. Bandaid Brigade’s debut and so far sole album “I’m Separate” - our Record of the Day - is them swimming free from any punk restraints and channeling influences from all over music history. Classic rock bordering to yacht rock, synth pop, funk - all there. And much more. And they’re really great at it, packaging all this in memorable songs. There’s a sense of humor to a lot of this, but they never fall in the irony trap. This album is way too good to have been made by people who aren’t genuine about it. Oh, and I have to point out that guitar solo on “Treat Me Like A Christmas Tree”. Heavenly. 

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Record of the Day - 05-14-2022

Jack White - Fear of the Dawn

Jack White clearly made good use of the time when live shows weren’t possible. He completed not one but two studio albums set for release this year. As he explained, he reserved the first one, “Fear of the Dawn” - our Record of the Day - for the heavy stuff while the second one (which will be released in July) is expected to show his mellower side. White likened that one to a Sunday morning album. Now that we had some time to spend with his first offering of the year, it’s clear that he wasn’t joking. It’s a ferocious, wild ride. The riffs keep coming, there’s constant twists and turns and his trademark howl is in full hysteria mode pretty much all the way through. The abundance of ideas thrown into the mix result in a manic, maybe at times a bit whacky, but always highly entertaining album. As deep into his career he is, it’s great to see that he’s still putting out music this exciting and full of life.

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Record of the Day - 05-13-2022

XXXTentacion - ?

The fact that XXXTentacion’s “?” - our Record of the Day - was released just months before he got murdered, gives it even more emotional punch and at times an almost eerie vibe. X was on his way to becoming a megastar at the time (despite him also being a very controversial figure) with this being only his second album, debuting at number one of the Billboard 200. He was one of the leaders of emo rap (or soundcloud rap), a subgenre of hip hop in which artists started showing much more vulnerability than what is typical for the genre, dealing with topics such as depression or substance abuse. XXXTentacion stood out of the crowd not only thanks to his rapping skills but his embracing of a wide variety of styles. This album is a collage of musical influences, but what holds it together is his emotional depth and his willingness to get very - sometimes painfully - personal.

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Record of the Day - 05-12-2022

Mad Season - Above

The grunge hype was beginning to fade in the mid-nineties, paralyzed by the flood of bandwagon-hoppers that could never meet the emotional intensity and musical talent of those that kickstarted it. It was then when some of its most highly regarded protagonists - Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin and The Walkabout’s John Baker Saunders, Jr - joined forces to create a late masterpiece of the genre. They called their band Mad Season and their sole album “Above” - our Record of the Day. With McCready and Saunders meeting in rehab and all members having their fair share of substance abuse issues, these jam sessions worked simultaneously as therapy sessions although unfortunately not with long term success for all of them. Each member’s different styles and strengths blended together greatly, culminating in an album that was in parts bleak and in others triumphant. It’s a great example of how musically diverse the grunge greats actually were.

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Record of the Day - 05-11-2022

Chris Stapleton - Traveller

One of the great things about music is its ability to transport you back to specific times in your life. Two years ago today, our son Lynott was born. It was the early days of the pandemic, a time of uncertainty, so the excitement of welcoming him was mixed with nervousness. Work was insane as we were trying to support many small business owners staying afloat in a moment full of anxiety bordering to panic. Little did we know that we would be small business owners ourselves soon. During all that, the quiet moments on our porch at the end of the day were extra valuable and Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” - our Record of the Day - became the soundtrack of that time for us. It has a soothing tenderness mixed with melancholy and will now always remind us of this crazy time but especially the wonderful feeling of being graced with the arrival of our son. Happy Birthday, Lynott!

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Record of the Day - 05-08-2022

Bluey - The Album

Parenting is all about compromises. I’m not the sole master over the remote anymore now that a little kid is in the house, but if I must watch cartoons I will definitely choose Bluey. The writers are smart enough to appeal to parents almost as much as to kids. I know I would probably be just as unprepared for a day by the pool as Bandit is. And I’m sure my wife would save the day just like Chili does. It’s what mothers do. The Bluey Album - our Record of the Day - features 17 songs, including (obviously) the ultra-catchy theme tune that I probably won’t get out of my head for years to come plus songs appearing in different episodes. Get them kids away from the tv and in front of the turntable.

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Record of the Day - 05-07-2022

Japandroids - Celebration Rock

It is very fitting that the Japandroids’ second studio album “Celebration Rock” - our Record of the Day - starts and ends with fireworks. As its title suggests, it is truly a celebration of what rock music can do, at the same time stripped-down to rock’s essentials and unashamedly jubilant. “We were in the studio just screaming out as if we were in the audience at our own show”, is how Brian King described their approach. That makes absolute sense. These are anthems made to shout out loud, the whole album an ode to youth, excess, friendship and lust.

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Record of the Day - 05-06-2022

Kanonenfieber - Menschenmühle

Many metal bands thematize the dark side of the human experience. Some do it in an almost cartoonish, exaggerated way, obsessed with blood and gore. Kanonenfieber chose a different approach on their latest album “Menschenmühle” - our Record of the Day. It’s an album about the horrors of World War I from the perspective of the German troops and entirely sung in German. It isn’t a glorification, rather a reminder of the human cost of wars. Their style of atmospheric black metal with sprinkles of death and doom metal in certain parts is the perfect musical backdrop for this extremely heavy subject matter and makes this album a touching experience even if you don’t understand any of the lyrics. The grim realness of a war that changed the world forever gets even further accentuated with spoken sonic samples recorded during that era. This album is a harrowing sonic journey, crushing at times, eerily melodic at others.

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Record of the Day - 05-05-2022

Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion

Swiss visionaries Tom G. Warrior and Martin Ain were ahead of their time many times. First with Hellhammer, a band so extreme that even the metal underground ridiculed them (now we all know that they were actually groundbreaking and amazing). They decided to dismantle the band and start over as Celtic Frost, outlining the concepts for the new band’s first three records right from the start. All of them would become cult classics. “To Mega Therion” - our Record of the Day - was the second one and the perfect balance between the primal aggression and the artful exploration that made them so special. The eerie atmosphere, the wrath, the riffs, the harsh vocals, the Avantgarde elements. Celtic Frost pushed the boundaries of what can be done in metal at a time when the style wasn’t dissected into countless subgenres yet, inspiring legions of bands in the process. It’s no exaggeration to say that they changed the course of metal history. One of the most important metal bands of all time. 

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Record of the Day - 05/04/2022

Father John Misty - Chloë and the Next 20th Century

Adding some strings to their sound is a popular way for bands to appear experimental and/or mature as they get deeper into their career. If they can afford it, said strings might even come from an actual orchestra. But I can’t think of many pop/rock artists who fully committed and went full orchestral like Father John Misty did on his new album “Chloë and the Next 20th Century” - our Record of the Day. While he already experienced with orchestral sounds on “Pure Comedy”, this time Tillman goes all in. There is an Old Hollywood vibe that runs through the album and the music evokes moods from eras before World War II, sounds not often heard anymore in contemporary music. Paired with his voice and songwriting sensibility indebted to 70’s folk rock and modern indie rock, it makes for a very unique and highly enjoyable album.

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Record of the Day - 05-01-2022

Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

I’m sure the guys in Rage Against The Machine would appreciate that we chose International Worker’s Day to make their groundbreaking self-titled debut album our Record of the Day. They weren’t the first ones that combined rapping with rock and metal, but they perfected it (and unfortunately inspired many bands that couldn’t even get close to their level). Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford built the rock-solid foundation which allowed Tom Morello to squeeze sounds so unusual out of his guitar that they felt the need to clarify that no samples, keyboards or synthesizers were used on the album, all while never forgetting that riffs are king. On top of all that Zack De La Rocha brought the rage, delivering his highly political lyrics with so much aggression and fervor that it was impossible not to be enraged, too. Even though they probably didn’t aim for that, they somehow managed to sound fun despite all the aggression and anger. Their music was as impactful as their message.

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Record of the Day - 04/30/2022

Trombone Shorty - Lifted

What makes the music of New Orleans so great is exactly the same as what makes the city as a whole great. It’s a unique melting pot. Trombone Shorty has been one of the most valuable ambassadors of New Orleans music in recent years and he’s not letting up on his new album “Lifted” - our Record of the Day. It captures the liveliness and positive energy of his live performances and borrows from funk, R&B, soul, jazz, even rock. The fact that Blue Note Records has picked him up (this is his second album on the legendary label) shows how highly respected he is well beyond the Crescent City. He dedicated this album to his mother, Lois Nelson Andrews, who passed away recently. The cover is a beautiful picture of her lifting him up at a second line when he was a little boy who had clearly already fallen in love with music. But instead of a mournful album, he delivered one that celebrates life and that was a great choice.

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Record of the Day - 04-29-2022

Kurt Vile - (watch my moves)

Kurt Vile sometimes sounds like the guy that turns those little melodies you randomly sing to yourself (or dog or kid or spouse) as you go about your daily chores into actual songs. Only that he’s actually a great songwriter, an observer of the little and the big things in life alike. Over the last decade, he has built such a great reputation that he landed on the legendary label Verve Records, home to many jazz greats and other free spirits of music history. He wrote and recorded his new album “(watch my moves)” - our Record of the Day - mainly at his home studio during the pandemic and the resulting forced break from any live activities. It gave him time to create a sprawling album that showcases everything that makes him a standout figure in today’s music scene. He is a master at creating a relaxed atmosphere with subtle melancholic hints while also making you chuckle with his quirky observations, sometimes sounding amazed himself by the adventure his music has taken him on.

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Record of the Day - 04/28/2022

The Monsters - Du Hesch Cläss, Ig Bi Träsch

Als Schwiezer im amerikanische exil, freu i mi regelmässig über alles, wo mi ad heimat erinneret. Es isch nöd allzu schwer es Toblerone oder e Lindor-chugle z finde, ha sogar scho Aromat im lade gseh, aber ehr chönd eu vorstelle, wa för e schiessfreud i gha ha zum die neu The Monsters-platte „Du hesch cläss, ig bi träsch“ i üsen plattelade z bringe. Als wär da nöd scho gnueg grandios isch es au no di schwierzerdütsch version. Logischerwies verdient das en Platte vom Tag-itrag. Es isch so richtig schö rohe, dreckige garage-punk - memol gradlinig, memol eher chli strub - vonere band wo jetzt scho über 30 johr eifach nur macht wa sie wött ohni sich au nur annöchernd kommerziell azbiedere. E absolut geili platte, wo sich au uf dere site vom teich e hörerschaft verdient het. I mach wan i cha.

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Record of the Day - 04/27/2022

Unto Others - Strength

If you like The Sisters of Mercy, but you wouldn’t mind them to be a bit heavier, we might have something for you. Unto Others’ sophomore album “Strength” - our Record of the Day - was finally released on vinyl this month and it was well worth the wait. They are firmly rooted in metal with plenty of heavy riffs, but their tasteful and melodic guitar leads add a dark atmosphere that is only being amplified by Gabriel Franco’s gloomy, gothy vocals. Their heaviness is paired with a classic songwriting sensibility which makes each track highly memorable without ever losing bite. This is a band that has the potential and the songs to appeal to people outside of the metal spectrum without alienating their core fanbase. Oh, and there’s a cover of Pat Benatar’s brilliant “Hell Is For Children”, repackaged so effortlessly in their signature sound that you wouldn’t even think it was a cover if you didn’t know the original. That just proves on what high level their songwriting is.

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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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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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Record of the Day - 04-16-2022

Dead Boys - Young Loud And Snotty

I can’t think of many album titles more fitting and perfectly descriptive than Dead Boys’ “Young Loud and Snotty” - our Record of the Day. I really don’t need to say much more. This was when punk was in its early stages, when it was still dangerous. It has that wonderful, dirty rock n’roll vibe of proto-punk bands such as The Stooges mixed with furious energy. Stiv Bators’ raspy vocals are perfectly imperfect but hidden underneath the grit are catchy melodies resulting from his love for 60’s pop tunes. Cheetah Chrome and Jimmy Zero’s guitar playing oozes swagger and is rooted in blues much more firmly than that of many of their scene contemporaries. The Dead Boys caught lightning in a bottle. They may have not lasted long, but they created an album that united everything that is great about punk. One of the essential American punk records. 

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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." 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


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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Record of the Day - 04/15/2022

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

The ultimately tragic story of Amy Winehouse - the scandals, the excess, her untimely passing - shouldn’t overshadow the outstanding talent she was. With only two studio albums she managed to become musically immortal as one of the greatest singers and songwriters of her generation. Her debut “Frank” already garnered attention, but it was her second album “Back To Black” - our Record of the Day - that secured her legacy. It was deeply rooted in old school soul which wasn’t uncommon at the time, but the songwriting was miles ahead of the neo-soul competition. Much of the album sounds cheery at first glance but is counteracted by Winehouse’s deeply honest, at times painfully dark, at others morbidly witty lyrics. She could be poetic in one line, street in the next and make it work. It’s an album full of opposites - old and new, light and dark, sad and funny. And above all towers her once-in-a-generation voice that will never be forgotten.

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Record of the Day - 04/14/2022

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets

All of the Lynyrd Skynyrd albums before that tragic plane crash are stone cold classics, but “Gimme Back My My Bullets” - our Record of the Day - is the most underrated one. They changed things up a bit despite the success of their first three albums and brought in Tom Dowd who worked with legends such as Eric Clapton or Rod Stewart to produce the album. The result was the most polished sounding Skynyrd album up to that point, but the grit that made this band so special can still be heard. And the songwriting is as superb as it always was on those first five immortal records - musically and lyrically. Ronnie Van Zandt was way more clever, witty and thoughtful than many give him credit for, distinctively different from the very conservative rhetoric his brother steered the band into later. Cuts like the title song, “Double Trouble” or “Searching” became fan favorites despite this being the lowest selling of their classic albums. Lynyrd Skynyrd are the undisputed kings of Southern Rock, but that tag is too small for them. They belong in the pantheon of rock overall.

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Record of the Day - 04/13/2022

Wet Leg - Wet Leg

Wet Leg came out of nowhere last year with two singles so irresistible they became the hottest new band in the indie world right out of the gate. It was enough to be welcomed in the States to sold-out crowds when they made their live debut on this side of the pond. Expectations were sky high for their self-titled debut full-length - our Record of the Day - which was finally released last Friday. While many artists wrote somber, melancholic albums during the pandemic, Wet Leg went the opposite route and are gracing us with an album that’s one thing first and foremost: fun. And damn, are those songs catchy. They aren’t reinventing the wheel, paying homage to the rich UK tradition of high-energy guitar bands delivering their tunes with witty lyrics, but that’s totally ok. They are a welcome breath of fresh air for the often painfully earnest indie rock scene. Summer can come.

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Record of the Day - 04-10-2022

Daft Punk - Discovery

Daft Punk’s 2001 album “Discovery” - our Record of the Day - was a landmark moment in the history of electronic music and due to its enormous popularity of pop music as a whole. It simultaneously paid homage to the history of dance music and reinvented it. At the time, electronic dance music had been infiltrating and reshaping mainstream music and transcended its American roots, culminating in big techno and house scenes all over Europe. The French duo had already turned some heads with their debut “Homework”, but it was this album that would make them superstars. They took songwriting cues from pop music, writing hooks so irresistibly catchy that their music worked in and outside of clubs without betraying their roots. Their influence can still be heard in temporary music, making this album still sound fresh despite it now being old enough to actually legally enter those clubs it was created for.

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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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Record of the Day - 04/09/2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Unlimited Love

It’s been about a week now to digest one of the most anticipated albums of the year: “Unlimited Love” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Time enough to say that it deserves a Record of the Day spot. The biggest story leading up to the release was that John Frusciante returned to the band. That is always good news. There is no bad Chili Peppers album with him and that statement stays true. He adds that certain something with his minimalist but always tasteful and heartfelt playing style and he seems to push the rest of the band’s creativity. Just like many of their previous records, it needs some time to grow and those willing to give it that time get rewarded with a great addition to their impressive discography. This is a band that is comfortable with their sound, that enjoys playing together and that is still capable of writing songs that you can’t get out of your head. There is a reason why they got so big and stayed so big for a long time.

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Record of the Day - 04/08/2022

Kvaen - The Great Below

Kvaen’s debut album “The Funeral Pyre” was one of my favorite metal albums of 2020. Melodic Black Metal that could appeal to the trve crowd and fans of thrash/speed/death or more traditional metal alike. It was ferocious, epic, intense and - dare I say - fun. Expectations were high in anticipation of the follow-up “The Great Below” - our Record of the Day. And Jakob Björnfot delivered again. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This album has all the ingredients that made its predecessor so great and more. Most of the time, Björnfot dials it up to 11, but the music never loses its intensity even during the slower, more epic moments. Everything is played with such enthusiasm, verve and technical prowess that it is easily stands out of the crowd in a well-saturated genre.

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Record of the Day - 04/07/022

Jacksons - Victory

The circumstances surrounding the release of The Jacksons’ 1984 album “Victory” - our Record of the Day - sound like a label executive’s wet dream. All six Jackson brothers united on an album for the first time including Michael who has become the biggest superstar on the globe after the release of “Thriller” (which would go on to become the highest selling album of all time), a guest appearance by Mick Jagger plus an accompanying tour with all members. A surefire commercial success. The resulting record has divided Jacksons fans ever since its release. Despite it being branded as a reunion, the brothers barely worked together and it ended up being closer to a compilation of individual songs by each member. Despite the lack of cohesion as a result of the process, it is a worthy addition to their discography showing their outstanding songwriting skills packaged in a sound that was updated to fit the time.

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Record of the Day - 04/06/2022

Hellacopters - Eyes Of Oblivion

Did The Hellacopters just release the best album of their career? It might be a little early to call less than a week after its release, but “Eyes of Oblivion” - our Record of the Day - is exactly the comeback album that we hoped for. By the second spin I was singing along to all the choruses, because Nicke Andersson has a knack for catchy melodies like few others in today’s rock world. And that’s the guy that helped define death metal with Entombed in the early 90’s. The Hellacopters have everything that makes rock great. The swagger, the energy, the cool, the dirty riffs, the solos. They have always knowingly nodded to the past, but they never sounded liked they tried to emulate it. It comes natural to them, they feel it and they make it sound effortless. And most importantly, they know how to turn all those ingredients into what really matters: great fucking songs. Welcome back, guys!

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Record of the Day - 04/03/2022

Ministry - ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ (Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs)

Ministry had been making noise of various forms for over ten years before “ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ” (or “Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs”) - our Record of the Day - was released. It became what many consider their magnum opus. They had started using guitars more prominently over the years, but on this album they were front and center, essentially creating the blueprint for industrial metal. They combined their heavy riffs with militaristic rhythms, distorted vocals and tons of samples, culminating in unique, hypnotic, aggressive soundscapes. The stories of the debauchery surrounding its creation are legendary. $1,000 a day were spent on drugs as Uncle Al reported. Not to promote performance-enhancing substances, but it’s hard to imagine that this mad masterpiece could have ever come to fruition without them. 

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

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Thomas Rhett - Where We Started
Molly Tuttle - Crooked Tree
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Jackson 5 - Diana Ross Presents... [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Orange LP]
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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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Record of the Day - 04/02/2022

Tool - Lateralus

I always found it surprising that Tool are as big as they are. Not because they aren’t great. They are. What makes it amazing is that they achieved all of this success without compromising at all. They are miles away from what is traditionally be considered an accessible and commercial sound. “Lateralus” - our Record of the Day - was the album after their mainstream breakthrough and it is monumental. For one its sheer length: It is just seconds shy of the CD maximum of 79 minutes (yes, that mattered at the time) and every single moment is carefully constructed, a building block for a piece of art that’s meant to be experienced as a whole. They push and pull, they build, they release, they invite you into a world that’s completely their own. Tool achieved what few artists have. Their sound is utterly unique, they answer to no one but themselves and exactly because of that they became one of the biggest bands of their generation.

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Record of the Day - 04/01/2022

The Velveteers - Nightmare Daydream

The Velveteers had been together for 7 years, opened for Guns N’Roses and were discovered by Dan Auerbach before they even released their debut album “Nightmare Daydream” - our Record of the Day. Auerbach was so impressed by them that he took it on himself to produce the album. That fact and a band line-up that doesn’t include a bass player will inevitably draw comparisons to the Black Keys, but The Velveteers are in no way a rip-off. What sets them apart are Demi Demitro’s vocals that range from classic cool to gloomy and add a dark vibe that lingers through the dirty, dusty riffs on top of groovy beats provided by not one but two drummers. They borrow from the rich past of rock music, but stand firmly in the present. 

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Record of the Day - 03/31/2022

Goodbye June - See Where The Night Goes

Greta Van Fleet has been riding on a wave of success in recent years, appealing to rock fans of all ages, with their sound that is deeply rooted in 70’s rock, namely Led Zeppelin in their case. It could be the start of a trend. Goodbye June is another band that celebrates old school rock on our Record of the Day “See Where The Night Goes”. The Nashville-trio’s sound is closer to AC/DC, blues rock with a healthy dose of southern influences. They’re groovy, anthemic and most of all fun. It’s an album filled with memorable riffs, catchy choruses and euphoric guitar solos. They might not be reinventing the wheel, but they show that this type of music can still sound fresh if it’s done with the enthusiasm they display on every second of this album. Goodbye June are aiming for the arenas and they have the songs for it.

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Record of the Day - 03/30/2022

A Place To Bury Strangers - See Through You

A Place To Bury Strangers create a gloomy, brooding, intense atmosphere on their new album “See Through You” - our Record of the Day. It’s a wild ride through post-punk, new wave, noise rock and industrial, all woven together into a cohesive whole but never polished. As noisy and abrasive it gets at times, frontman Oliver Ackermann manages to make each song catchy with its carefully constructed, catchy vocal melodies. There are so many layers of sound, so many departures into different territories that each repeat listen reveals new details and sucks you in further into what feels like a wild rave gone really dark.

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Record of the Day - 03/27/2022

Pixies - Doolittle

The Pixies can be loud and abrasive but also sweet and catchy. Often during the same (mostly very short) songs. Those different sides never came together quite as perfectly as on “Doolittle” - our Record of the Day. The decision to hire Gil Norton who produced bands like Echo & The Bunnymen or Throwing Muses wasn’t welcomed by many peers but proved to be a wise one. He cleaned up their sound without taking away their weirdness and at times eerie vibe that makes them so special. The album’s loud-and-quiet dynamics, the balance between indie rock, punk and straight-up poppy melodies influenced countless bands and foreshadowed the explosion of alternative rock in the 90’s. But besides its massive cultural impact, this record is first and foremost a collection of intense and memorable songs from a band at its creative peak.

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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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Record of the Day - 03/26/2022

Garth Brooks - No Fences

The impact that Garth Brooks had on country music is hard to put in words. Some numbers might help. He is the only artist that has 9 (yes, nine) diamond albums in the US. He is the best-selling solo artist in US history. Ahead of Elvis. His total album sales are estimated at roughly 170 million. His second album “No Fences” - our Record of the Day - ended up being his most popular one. The blue collar anthem “Friends In Low Places” became his signature song and with “The Thunder Rolls” he showed that he didn’t shy away from very serious, dark topics. While Brooks’ music has always been firmly rooted in country, he drew inspiration from singer-songwriters outside the country boundaries as well as rock, explaining his massive crossover potential. His live shows became legendary. They were closer to the theatrics of big arena bands like KISS than his country peers. Brooks was one of the biggest artists of the 90’s and reshaped country music forever.

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Record of the Day - 03/25/2022

Swamp Dogg - Rat On!

Jerry Williams Jr. released his first record as a 12-year old. That was in 1954. And he’s still making music to this day. In 1970, he invented his alter ego “Swamp Dogg” and became a cult figure in American music. “Rat On!” was his second album under the new moniker - our Record of the Day. Some say this is the worst album cover of all time. I think it’s great. But don’t be distracted by that. He obviously has a sense of humor, but he has also always tackled social issues in such an outspoken way that he found himself on Richard Nixon’s infamous “enemies list”. That side of him is best exemplified on this record by side two opener “God Bless America For What”, a ballad whose tenderness juxtaposes the biting commentary of its lyrics. The whole album offers top-tier 70’s soul and funk, groovy as hell and flourished with sweet and memorable melodies.

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Record of the Day - 03/24/2022

Run The Jewels - RTJ4

Chuck D called hip hop the “black CNN” in its early stages, a way to report stories that traditional media wouldn’t cover. Run The Jewels is probably the most popular hip hop duo of the past decade that embraced this tradition. In 2020, they released their major label debut, simply titled “RTJ4” - our Record of the Day. The move to a major didn’t take away any of their rage and brutal honesty. They tackle a wide variety of social issues, making this a true protest record. Anger and joy go hand in hand on this album, because despite the very serious subject matter, the beats are so infectious that they could work at a backyard party just as well as at a protest rally. The creatively explosive collaboration of Killer Mike and El-P is in itself a wonderful example of how greatly unity works - if we just want to.

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Record of the Day - 03/23/2022

Entombed - Left Hand Path

I am originally from Switzerland and one thing I quickly noticed after moving to America is that Switzerland gets mixed up with Sweden very often. Could be worse. Sweden is an amazing country, especially musically. Of course, there are Abba, Roxette or Europe, but there’s also a whole legion of bands a tiny bit heavier that started making a big impact in the international metal community in the 90’s and have continued to do so ever since. To many Entombed’s “Left Hand Path” - our Record of the Day - is ground zero of Swedish death metal. It took the scene by storm with its unique guitar sound and riffing style that would end up getting copied countless times. Even as metal has explored new extremes over the last three decades, this is still an intense experience, a showcase of creative riffing and youthful force.

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Record of the Day - 03/20/2022

Orville Peck - Show Pony

One of our customers described Orville Peck to sound as if Elvis Presley and Lana Del Rey had a baby who would grow up to make country music. This sums it up pretty nicely. He definitely set out to put his own mark on a traditionally conservative genre - not just because he happens to be gay, Canadian and always masked. On “Show Pony” - our Record of the Day and his major label debut - he took the leap to mainstream stardom boosted by a duet with Canadian country queen Shania Twain which was the closest he’s come to pop country thus far. His sound is rooted in traditional country, but he often pulls the darkness from alternative places, sometimes adding a goth-related vibe that works perfectly with his rich baritone. It’s hard to separate his music from his carefully constructed public persona, but luckily it’s great and unique enough to work on its own just as well.

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Record of the Day - 03/19/2022

The Cult - Sonic Temple

After the goth and new wave-tinged “Love” and the stripped down rock of “Electric”, The Cult decided to go full on stadium on 1989’s “Sonic Temple” - our Record of the Day. And they succeeded gloriously. Everything about this album is bombastic and grandiose. Nobody other than the master of making everything sound larger than life - the legendary (and controversial) Bob Rock - could have produced this album. He was the perfect choice for a band that wasn’t ashamed to go all in. As important as Ian Astbury’s unique, powerful voice and ability to write wonderfully catchy vocal melodies are, my vote for MVP goes to Billy Duffy. He is an amazing guitarist. His riffs have bite, his leads are exhilarating, his flourishes always serve the songs and his solos are blistering yet tasteful. Plus he always looked like a true rock hero doing all of that. Yes, that’s important, too.

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Record of the Day - 03/18/2022

Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual

As the 80’s gave way to the 90’s what at some point was dubbed alternative rock rose from the underground into the mainstream. Bands like Faith No More, Primus or Red Hot Chili Peppers started infusing their rock sound with all kinds of musical styles, creating something fresh and exciting, each of them in a unique way. Right there at the forefront along with them were Jane’s Addiction. Their second studio album “Ritual De Lo Habitual” - our Record of the Day - became their crowning achievement. The first side of the album is a series of fist-pumping, straight-up fun rock songs while on the second half things get a bit weirder, more alternative you might say, but no less captivating. It was a band being pulled apart by a haze of drugs, egos and differing visions somehow just barely keeping it together to create an ode to hedonism and artistic freedom that would influence countless other bands.

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Record of the Day - 03/17/2022

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

Bands with vocalists who talk more than they sing are all the rage in the UK at the moment. While most of them are based in post-punk, America saw a completely different type of band fronted by a talk-singer rise to fame in the 2000’s: The Hold Steady. With a sound heavily rooted in classic rock and Craig Finn’s springsteenesque storytelling, they were surely not chasing any trends, but their stories of (mainly) hard partying and the pitfalls that come with it were so relatable that the band gained a devoted following. “Stay Positive” - our Record of the Day - was their mainstream breakthrough. It’s easy to see why. The songs are anthemic, euphoric, catchy and even though more darkness had begun to seep in, there is always enough light to balance it, giving this record a deeply comforting feel. It’s timeless music that works now just as well as it did when it first came out.

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Record of the Day - 03/16/2022

Leon Russell - Leon Live

To call Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell a prolific musician is a vast understatement. He was a songwriter, studio musician, arranger, pianist, guitarist, singer. And not in the least he was an incredible performer which can be heard, experienced and truly felt best on his captivating live album “Leon Live” - our Record of the Day. It shows his amazing range of musical influences and does what live albums are supposed to do. It makes you feel like you’re right there. Russell’s standing among music legends says a lot about what talented and versatile musician he was. Among his collaborators and artists who performed his songs were Ray Charles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston, Willie Nelson and Amy Winehouse - to name just a few. We give the last words to Elton John with whom he recorded a late-career album in 2010: “He was my biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter”.

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Record of the Day - 03/13/2022

Sepultura - Chaos A.D.

By the time Sepultura unleashed “Chaos A.D.” - our Record of the Day - onto the world, they had already made a name for themselves as a furious force of nature somewhere between thrash and death metal. They had been refining their sound continuously over the years, but it was this one in which they started to truly embrace their Brazilian influences. They dropped the tempo in favor of a more groove-oriented sound without losing any of their heaviness and certainly none of their rage. This is a much more political album than many of its predecessors. Max was pissed. He sang, shouted and screamed about real-life atrocities and made it very clear where he stood. This album made Sepultura an international household name and encouraged metal bands around the world to infuse their music with influences native to their homes.

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Record of the Day - 03/12/2022

Tyler, the Creator - Igor

Despite the impressive list of collaborators (Kanye West, Playboi Carti, Solange, Jack White to name a few) there is never a doubt who the boss is on Tyler, the Creator’s masterpiece “Igor” - our Record of the Day. He took another leap not only as a songwriter but also as a masterful producer. Every note, every chord, every beat, every sample serves a purpose. Many people have been going on and on about the death of the album for over 20 years now, but seeing a cutting edge artist at the top of his game embracing the album as an art form is a great counter argument. This is meant to be listened to from start to finish. Instead of being fodder for playlists, these songs form a cohesive whole, culminating in a record that tells a captivating story of heartbreak.

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Record of the Day - 03/11/2022

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me

PJ Harvey’s “Rid Of Me” - our Record of the Day - is a blast of fury, an expression of pain and unpolished rage. Only in the 90’s could a rock album this abrasive become as big as it got. It fit the zeitgeist perfectly while further defining it. The loud-quiet-loud dynamics, switching from bluesy emotionality to feverish grunge riffs, make the quiet parts feel even more depressing and the loud parts even more aggressive. Crucial to the musical presentation was Steve Albini, one of the most influential producers of the time, who captured the band’s energy perfectly and made the album sound as if you were sitting right there in the rehearsal room with the band.

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Record of the Day - 03/10/2022

Irma Thomas - Sings

It’s impossible to talk about Irma Thomas without referring to her as the Soul Queen of New Orleans. At this point she holds the title pretty much officially. There are many wonderful records of hers, but we chose “Irma Thomas Sings” from the Bandy Records New Orleans Series, originally released in 1979, as our Record of the Day. Singing has always been an integral part of her being, something that was natural to her from early on. She got fired for singing on the job twice when she was young and she now - at 81 - still sings almost every Sunday in the gospel choir at her local church. That passion for music can be heard in every note. She has such beautiful tone and one of those instantly recognizable voices, one that has been heard and enjoyed way beyond New Orleans for many decades.

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Record of the Day - 03/09/2022

Royal Blood - Typhoons

No, Rock isn’t dead. And neither are the pitfalls that come with the rock n’ roll lifestyle. After heavy touring that came with heavy excess Royal Blood frontman Mike Kerr decided to kick booze and drugs before starting to work on the band’s third album “Typhoons” - our Record of the Day. But instead of accompanying his lyrics dealing with guilt, regret and his path to recovery with somber tunes, out came an album aiming at the dancefloors, the lion’s den for a recovering addict. It sounds bright, euphoric, full of swagger. Royal Blood found a way to present the good old almighty riff in a thoroughly modern light. Rock music that’s looking forward and is happening right now.

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Record of the Day - 03/06/2022

Skid Row - Skid Row

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Skid Row. The song was “Youth Gone Wild” - their declaration of intent, their anthem. It starts with one of the all-time greatest rock riffs, one of those you can sing along to. Then comes Sebastian, the perfect rock singer. He sounded intense, aggressive, full of energy yet always melodic. Naturally, I had to get the whole album, their self-titled debut - our Record of the Day. And I wasn’t disappointed. Guns N’ Roses had paved the way for rock to be dirty and dangerous again while other bands brought glitter and make-up to unprecedented extremes. Perfect timing for Skid Row. They were heavy enough for the rockers and sprinkled in such undeniably catchy and beautiful ballads that they could break into the mainstream. Sebastian’s looks didn’t hurt. This album was one of the last hurrahs of sleazy rock before the guys from Seattle took over. And it’s still so much fun.

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Record of the Day - 03/05/2022

White Ward - Love Exchange Failure

Every so often you come upon a record that truly transcends its genre and becomes one you go back to over and over again, discovering new things in it every time you listen. One of those albums for me is White Ward’s “Love Exchange Failure” - our Record of the Day and first released in 2019. Black metal and jazz seem like polar opposites of the musical spectrum, but somehow they managed to combine these styles not only seamlessly but in a way that one wouldn’t work without the other. It’s an album about isolation and depression in the modern world, its mood captured brilliantly by the album cover. The piano and saxophone add dark beauty to the harsh guitar eruptions flanked by desperate shrieks, all of it united in an utterly bleak atmosphere. The album’s many different elements are interwoven perfectly to form a cohesive piece of art that unveils its true glory if fully immersed in it, even if it hurts.

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Record of the Day - 03/04/2022

Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

As part of the Fugees Lauryn Hill had already become a superstar before she released her debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” - our Record of the Day. But this was her declaration of independence. She was running free, finding her own voice whether she was rapping or singing. That voice was confrontational and vulnerable at the same time. The musical and lyrical sophistication on this record makes it hard to believe that she was only 22 years old when she made it, burdened by the immense pressure of high expectations but not crushed by it. The seamless blend of hip hop, soul and reggae was presented with a beautifully warm tone, reminiscent of old soul records. With this landmark album, Hill paved the way for many women in a mainly male-dominated genre, freeing not only herself but inspiring many others in the process.

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Record of the Day - 03/03/2022

Roy Orbison - Mystery Girl

The circumstances surrounding the release of Roy Orbison’s masterpiece “Mystery Girl” - our Record of the Day - were tragic. A superstar in the 1960’s but largely forgotten during much of the following two decades, Orbison was in the middle of an improbable comeback. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, David Lynch raised his coolness factor by using his music in his legendary movie “Blue Velvet” and as part of the Traveling Wilburys (alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty) he was back in the charts. But in December of 1988, he suddenly passed away, shortly after finishing the work on “Mystery Girl” but before its release. It became his final triumph. Aided by a stunning list of collaborators, he graced the world one last time with his exceptional song craft and unmistakable voice. What was supposed to mark his big comeback as solo artist became his epitaph but what an incredible one it was, cementing his legendary status even further.

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Record of the Day - 03/02/2022

Jerry Cantrell - Brighten

Jerry Cantrell is one of THE riff masters of the grunge movement. His roots in metal and hard rock could always be heard on those incredible early Alice In Chains records, making them one of the grunge bands respected widely even in metal circles. What makes him so exceptional though is that he always kept the song as a whole in mind. The flow, the arrangement, the vocal melodies, the atmosphere, the feeling. On his latest solo album “Brighten” - our Record of the Day - he shows a different side of his musical spectrum while always staying recognizable. There are those beautiful yet gloomy melodies he’s known for, but the big riffs are replaced by influences of country and folk giving the music a brighter feeling. Relatively. And as always, the songs come first. Each one is expertly crafted and conveys true emotion. Cantrell is a genius, one of the most brilliant rock musicians of his generation and this is a wonderful addition to his already outstanding legacy.

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Record of the Day - 02/27/2022

Wipers - Is This Real?

It was the dawn of the 80’s when Wipers released their debut album “Is This Real?” - our Record of the Day. They became cult heroes in the Northwest, but were widely ignored elsewhere. Initially. Ten years later, grunge was all the rage and many of its heroes cited Wipers as one of their major influences - most notably Kurt Cobain. Many of the qualities that made Nirvana and their peers famous can be heard on this album. It combined youthful punk energy and a harsh, distinct guitar tone with a gloomy atmosphere and vocal melodies so catchy they could have worked on a power pop record. A groundbreaking album that rightfully became a punk cult classic even though it took a little while to gain the status it deserved.

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Record of the Day - 02/26/2022

Robert Glasper - Black Radio III

The fact that the first installment of Robert Glasper’s “Black Radio” series won a grammy for best R&B album and hit number one on the jazz charts says a lot about its genre-defying qualities. Ten years later, we’re being graced with “Black Radio III” - our Record of the Day. Glasper once again assembled an impressive group of collaborators and gives every one of them room to shine on top of the beautiful foundations laid by the master. The album starts like a protest record, with Amir Sulaiman reciting verses about racism over a subtle piano melody followed by the powerful “Black Superhero”, but it also explores themes like love and heartbreak. This is closer to being a straight R&B album than its predecessors, making it a cohesive listening experience despite the many different voices heard throughout. It’s a joy to be tuning in again.

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Record of the Day - 02/25/2022

Hurray for the Riff Raff - Life On Earth

Alynda Segarra who records as Hurray for the Riff Raff has chosen New Orleans as their home after growing up in the Bronx and traveling through the country hopping freight trains. A romantic at heart. Their new album “Life On Earth” - our Record of the Day - is quite far removed from the project’s folksy beginnings, but Alynda’s voice is still the star of the show whether they sing on top of synth, pianos or acoustic guitars (which are still there as well). It’s as close as they’ve ever gotten to a contemporary pop record without losing their edge, whether they’re documenting the inhumane border violence or personal traumas. New Orleans, the big, imperfect, sometimes dangerous, sometimes magical melting pot, is the perfect backdrop for this album that deals with the joys and horrors of life alike.

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Record of the Day - 02/24/2022

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

We’re nearing the peak of Mardi Gras season and there is no better soundtrack than our Record of the Day: “Mardi Gras in New Orleans”, a compilation of the biggest Mardi Gras R’N’B classics by local legends such as Professor Longhair, Al Johnson or Earl King. If this doesn’t get you in the mood then I don’t know what will. And if you can’t make it to the parades, here’s a way to bring the party to your living room. You’re welcome. Happy Mardi Gras!

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Record of the Day - 02/23/2022

Deftones - Adrenaline

When Deftones released their debut album “Adrenaline” - our Record of the Day - in 1995, the term “Nu Metal” wasn’t coined yet, but this record had all the ingredients that would come to define it. Just a little less rapping. Thankfully. It added raw aggression to the angst and self-loathing popularized by the grunge bands of the early 90’s, but it expressed those emotions in a much different way musically. The guitars were down-tuned, the beats often borrowed from the hip-hop world and Chino Moreno’s vocals ranged from desperate whispers to primal screams. It shows a band on its way to finding their unique sound, raw and unpolished, full of energy and passion. While no subgenre of metal provoked as much ridicule as nu metal and Deftones became one of its torchbearers, they found a way to stand on their own and to gain respect even from many of those who couldn’t stand Fred Durst.

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Record of the Day - 02/20/2022

Down - Nola

If we had to pick just one album to represent all that was great about the New Orleans heavy music scene of the 90’s it would be “Nola” by Down - our Record of the Day. Comprised of members of several legendary bands in their own right, Down became much more than the sum of its individual parts. The amount of killer riffs on this album is unreal. They are sludgy, dirty, heavy, and tinged in a southern blues vibe. On top of those riffs thrones Phil Anselmo who puts up the possibly greatest studio performance of his career (which is filled with great performances). He shows his incredible range, mixing aggression and rage with vulnerability, spitting out one monster hook after the other. Down captured lightning in a bottle, letting every member’s strengths shine to create a masterpiece that made a huge impact well beyond New Orleans.

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Record of the Day - 02/19/2022

Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There

An album by a septet that includes violin and saxophone alongside traditional rock instruments and presents a wild mix of rock, post-punk, free jazz, and even some classical influences, packaged in songs that are mostly over 6 minutes long (the closer exceeds the 12-minute mark) doesn’t sound like a recipe for success. But somehow Black Country, New Road make all of this work on their fantastic new album “Ants From Up There” - our Record of the Day. It’s a true journey, one that demands attention to unfold all of its glory. Despite its complexity the music is emotionally touching - largely thanks to Isaac Wood’s cryptic yet strangely relatable lyrics and beautiful vocal melodies. This record ebbs and flows. It’s full of dynamics, masterfully used to make the quiet moments feel extra intimate and the collective eruptions sound even more triumphant.

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Record of the Day - 02/18/2022

Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling

The Drive-By Truckers have always been vigilant observers of their surroundings. As progressive-minded people growing up in a predominantly conservative environment, their point of view was always unique, their character studies always full of empathy. On “The Unraveling” - our Record of the Day - they sound angrier than on many of their prior albums. The moody atmosphere of most of the songs fits the feeling of resignation that lingers throughout the album perfectly, for example when Hood wonders how he can explain to his kids that sometimes all those in power are willing to offer are “useless thoughts and prayers”. Both Hood and Cooley are gifted with an outstanding knack for melodies and their stories are as relevant as ever, over 20 years into a tumultuous career.

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Record of the Day - 02/17/2022

White Zombie - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One

By 1992, the grunge and alternative rock revolution was in full swing and metal seemed to be a thing of the past. The musical landscape shifted drastically. Doors were opened for a new generation of bands that not just questioned but smashed the status quo of heavy music. So it seems fitting that a band that started out as weird noise rock project would find a way to make metal cool again. White Zombie completely transformed on “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music - Volume One” - our Record of the Day - and helped lead metal into the new decade. Instead of setting speed records or trying to look prettier than their girlfriends, they injected so much groove into each mean riff that you didn’t know whether to bang your head or shake your butt. It was bright, catchy, fun but still heavy as fuck and it appealed to the alternative kids as much as those who were still proudly wearing their Slayer shirts.

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Record of the Day - 02/16/2022

Extreme - II: Pornograffitti

Having a smash single hit can be a bit of a double edged sword for a rock band. Especially if said song is a ballad. Extreme’s “More Than Words” off their sophomore album “Extreme II: Pornograffitti” - our Record of the Day - was one of those inescapable songs when it came out. It was so ubiquitous that some people didn’t even realize that Extreme is an amazing funk rock band. Every member is an absolute master at their instrument, but as a guitar guy I can’t help but think of Nuno Bettencourt as the star of the show. The guy can play absolutely everything and on this album he spits out one ultra-funky riff after the other. They never fall in the trap of just showing off though. Everything is done in the service of the songs. And yes, that ballad is absolutely wonderful, too - even though we heard it a million times.

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Record of the Day - 02/13/2022

Dr. Dre - The Chronic

Tonight’s Super Bowl halftime show will be a celebration of 90’s hip hop - the decade in which the genre started its dominance of the pop charts. An end is still not in sight. Dr. Dre is one of the instrumental figures in its history. He rose to fame with N.W.A., the group that revolutionized hip hop with a far more aggressive sound and lyrical content than what was common at the time. After producing several hit albums for different artists and leaving N.W.A., his career was at a crossroad. He responded by producing his first album released under his own name: “The Chronic” - our Record of the Day and one of the most influential hip hop albums of all time. Gangsta Rap became mainstream. And it introduced Snoop Dogg to the world. Dre is a wizard at the mixing desk, a sound architect, a visionary who changed the music world.

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Record of the Day - 02/12/2022

Chastain - The 7th of Never

It’s Super Bowl weekend. In support of our adopted son Joe Burrow and his Bengals (and because we’re still mad at the Rams), our Record of the Day hails from Cincinnati: Chastain’s “The 7th Of Never”. This is an album from the golden age of glorious, melodic, epic heavy metal. Guitarist David T. Chastain and singer Leather Leone were introduced to each other by none other than Mike Varney, president of Shrapnel Records (which released the first two Chastain albums), so you know there’s some serious shredding on here. But this isn’t aimless noodling. Chastain pulls off the heavy, mighty riffs just as well as the blistering solos and Leather Leone tops everything off with her powerful, raspy yet melodic vocals and choruses bigger than our surprise to see the Bengals play in the big game.

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Record of the Day - 02/11/2022

The Andy Griffith Show - Songs, Themes and Laughs 

The 1960’s were a time of cultural change. The sexual revolution, fights for civil rights, the Vietnam War. That’s just a few examples of things that impact us to this day. Maybe the Andy Griffith Show became so hugely popular during that time because it portrayed a world unaffected of all the turmoil (the fact that there were only 3 TV channels might have helped, too). Our Record of the Day is a rare compilation of “Songs, Themes and Laughs” of this show that every American who lived through the 60’s (and many decades afterwards) is familiar with. Even while it aired it was a retreat to simpler times, it is even more so now. A snapshot of the type of country life that doesn’t exist anymore.

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Record of the Day - 02/10/2022

Shame - Drunk Tank Pink

Many of us have learned a bit about isolation in the recent pandemic-dominated years. Shame’s latest album “Drunk Tank Pink” - our Record of the Day - is an album born of isolation of a different kind. After the extensive touring on the heels of their debut, the band’s frontman Charlie Steen sequestered himself in a cupboard - painted in the title giving color, hoping for its supposedly soothing qualities. Judging by the resulting album it only halfway worked. Which is good news for us listeners. There is still that restlessness and rage of their debut, but they have grown as songwriters, venturing out into new musical territories while always keeping a foot in the post-punk sound they started out with. This is somehow fun and sad at the same time.

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Record of the Day - 02/09/2022

Venom Prison - Erebos

Venom Prison lent the title of their brand new album “Erebos” - our Record of the Day - from Greek Mythology. Erebos is the personification of darkness, born from chaos. And chaotic it could get when a band mixes so many different elements of extreme music and stirs them up as relentlessly as they do on this brilliant record. At the core this is death metal, but you’ll hear some hardcore, some blackened riffing, some technical guitar wizardry, even some piano and clean singing. Venom Prison always remain the masters of the potential chaos, letting all these different aspects of their music flow naturally while never losing their edge. An early highlight of the metal year.

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Record of the Day - 02/06/2022

Comeback Kid - Heavy Steps

Hardcore punk thrives on rage, anger, energy. Keeping this up for 20 years and still coming up with fresh ideas is no easy feat. Comeback Kid show that it’s possible on their brand new album “Heavy Steps” - our Record of the Day. It’s an intense blast of aggression like a hardcore record should be. 11 songs in 33 minutes. Hailing from Winnipeg, outside of the big hardcore centers, they created their own mix of influences to set them apart from the crowd - close enough to metal that Nuclear Blast signed them and it actually makes sense. Bay Area riffing meets NYC rage meets SoCal melodicism.

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Record of the Day - 02/05/2022

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Rastaman Vibration

Bob Marley’s rise to becoming a global pop culture icon was an unlikely one. Hailing from a so-called third world country and playing a style of music barely known in the rest of the world, his odds for international success weren’t great. He ended up becoming way more than a “mere” musician - an ambassador of peace and love, a spokesperson for the poor, a symbol for a lifestyle. “Rastaman Vibration” - our Record of the Day - was his first US top 10 album, but it interestingly doesn’t include any of the songs that would end up on his famous 1984 hit collection “Legend”. The lack of overplayed, ubiquitous hits works in its favor. It is a cohesive album, one that showcases what made him so great, musically and lyrically. Even when he told heartbreaking or infuriating stories of loss and injustice, his message of positivity and hope prevailed.

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Record of the Day - 02/04/2022

Huey Lewis & The News - Sports

To celebrate the start of the Winter Olympics (which of course are much better than the Summer Olympics), there can only be one Record of the Day: “Sports”, the Huey Lewis And The News classic filled to the brim with hits. Five singles reached the Top 20 and it marked their commercial peak. 1984 was the year of album blockbusters. “Thriller”, “Born In The USA” and “Purple Rain” dominated the album charts, but “Sports” still managed the second-most sales for the whole year. Amidst all these superstars, Huey Lewis seemed refreshingly normal, making it possible for a wide audience to relate to him. Few albums signified the period it was born in as well as this one.

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Record of the Day - 02/03/2022

Buddy Holly - A Rock & Roll Collection

February 3rd, 1959 has become known as “the day the music died” as Don McLean put it in his major hit “American Pie” from 1971. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, “The Big Bopper” J. P. Richardson and their pilot Roger Peterson were killed in a plane crash. Our Record of the Day is “A Rock & Roll Collection” by Buddy Holly, a compilation of some of his best songs. Holly’s impact on rock n’ roll and with that music as a whole is immeasurable. His singing style as well as his unique guitar playing influenced a whole new generation of young musicians, not least some guys in Liverpool who would choose an insect-themed band name before conquering the music world - just like Holly’s band “The Crickets”.

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Record of the Day - 02/02/2022

Dr. John And His New Orleans Congregation

Before Mac Rebennack gained fame as Dr. John he already had quite an extensive history as a recording artist. He was a musical prodigy, starring in church musicals at an early age and then became involved with many New Orleans musicians, some of them legends such as Fats Domino or Huey Smith. “Dr. John and his New Orleans Congregation” - our Record of the Day - is a wonderful collection of early recordings in which he was featured in many different roles - as arranger, guitarist, pianist, or featured vocalist. It breathes the spirit of early rock n’ roll, the youth culture that would change the world and this album shows what an outstanding musician he already was very early on.

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Record of the Day - 01/30/2022

Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson - Highwayman

Supergroups sound great in theory. A bunch of famous musicians join forces to make music together. In reality, the outcome is often disappointing. That wasn’t the case when outlaw country heroes Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson got together and released “Highwayman” - our Record of the Day. Maybe it worked so well, because this wasn’t an idea of some record company executive. The four had been friends and admirers of each other’s work for a long time. The idea was born in Montreaux, Switzerland when Johnny Cash brought the four together for his Christmas special and they started jamming together. As individualistic all these guys were, their voices and singing styles blended perfectly and they created an album that has become an all-time classic of country music.

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Record of the Day - 01/29/2022

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

After the tremendous success of their debut album “Licensed to Ill” - the first rap album to ever top the Billboard charts - the Beastie Boys decided to take a sharp turn with their sophomore effort “Paul’s Boutique” - our Record of the Day. What first seemed like a flop is now regarded as a landmark album. They teamed up with the Dust Brothers and jam-packed the record with an amount of samples nobody thought was possible at the time. It may have initially disappointed some people that were hoping for another frat rap party album, but it earned them the respect of critics as well as peers and paved the way for their further career.

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Record of the Day - 01/28/2022

Rancid - ...And Out Came The Wolves

Sometimes, the stars align and everything comes together perfectly. Enter Rancid’s “…And Out Come The Wolves”. Commercially, the timing couldn’t have been better. It was the mid-90’s and punk rock had just become the next big thing. Again. And Rancid were ready. They were firing on all cylinders and packed an unreal amount of sublime hooks on this album. They never let up all the way to the last of the album’s 19 songs. And they did all that without becoming soft at all. Both Armstrong’s and Frederiksen’s gritty, snotty singing styles and their honest storytelling ensured that they didn’t lose the streets on their way to stardom. Did I mention the ridiculous amount of genius hooks? Punk rock perfection.

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Record of the Day - 01/27/2022

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

When Ozzy Osbourne got kicked out of Black Sabbath, not only his career seemed to be over. He lived his life in a haze of booze and drugs. Nothing pointed to him coming back with an album that would become an all-time classic. But that’s exactly what happened with “Blizzard of Ozz” - our Record of the Day. We probably have to thank Sharon for that. She took him under his wing and motivated/forced him to get on his feet and put a band together. We also have to thank Randy Rhoads. Rarely has a guitarist made such an impact in such a short time. His playing was at the cutting edge of its time, a melange of metal, hard rock and classical influences. They created an album that not only launched Ozzy’s solo career but helped transition heavy metal to a new decade.

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Record of the Day - 01/26/2022

The Replacements - Let It Be

There is probably no rock band in history more talented and simultaneously self-sabotaging than The Replacements. Their antics are almost as legendary as their music. Almost. There will always be a debate on which one their best album is, but I personally think “Let It Be” - our Record of the Day - is the best point of entry. It’s the perfect balance of what them so great, linking their early days with what would come later. There are still some dirty punk songs and moments of hilarity, but there are also moments of emotional depth and sheer beauty when Paul Westerberg truly showcases his exceptional songwriting skills. The Replacements never played by the music industry’s or the punk scene’s rules. It may have kept them from becoming superstars, but it earned them a fanbase as devoted as few others.

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Record of the Day - 01/23/2022

Billy Joel - The Stranger

When Billy Joel started working on “The Stranger” - our Record of the Day - it wasn’t out of the question that he would end up somewhat like the “Piano Man” he portrayed in one of his biggest hits. His latest album wasn’t a commercial success and Columbia considered dropping him. Maybe that sense of urgency was needed. He responded to the pressure with the arguably best album of his career. Joel insisted to record with his live band which helped him capture the thrilling energy of their live performances in the studio, but what truly stands out is the incredibly tight songwriting. There are no fillers. “The Stranger” is an album about New York in the late 70’s - sometimes depressing, sometimes hopeful, always real. Despite Joel’s impressive body of work, it’s this album that stands out as his most consistent achievement, one that cemented his status as one of the great American songwriters.

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Record of the Day - 01/22/2022

Sons Of Kemet - Black To The Future

While there are still many people who enjoy jazz, the old heroes tend to dominate the genre and many record collections to this day. It’s all the more exciting when a contemporary jazz band breaks through like Sons of Kemet did with their 2021 album “Black To The Future” - our Record of the Day. This is an album about the present, a rallying cry. The song titles combined form a powerful poem inspired by the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests. Rage and beauty united, expressed with virtuosic musicianship. Here’s proof that jazz can still move minds and hearts.

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Record of the Day - 01/21/2022

Ace Of Base - Happy Nation

Growing up in Europe in the 90’s, it was absolutely impossible to escape what many people called Euro-pop. Even if you tried. And nobody was bigger than Ace Of Base. Their debut album “Happy Nation” - our Record of the Day - sold over 25 million units and became a smash even on this side of the Atlantic. “The Sign” topped the cumulative Billboard year-end singles chart in 1994. Not only because they were Swedish they drew comparisons to ABBA. Their songs were extremely catchy, two guys wrote them, two girls sang them. But the sound was updated to meet the trends of the time and it worked as well on the radio as on the dance floor. Nobody does earworms like the Swedes.

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Record of the Day - 01/20/2022

Bad Brains - I Against I

Bad Brains made a name for themselves in the early 80’s hardcore scene by playing at breakneck speed but also by incorporating influences from other genres such as reggae into their sound. Standing out from the crowd from the very beginning it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that they wouldn’t stand still and keep evolving artistically. Yet few had expected a left turn quite like “I Against I” - our Record of the Day - when it was released in 1986. They slowed the tempo down considerably but didn’t sacrifice their fierceness. The basslines were funky, the guitar riffs closer to metal than punk and H.R.’s vocal lines ranged from sweet to brash, recorded reportedly in just two hours right before leaving to serve a prison sentence. It only added to the emotional intensity of his performance. A highly influential album that foreshadowed the dismantlement of genre boundaries within heavy music in subsequent years.

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Record of the Day - 01/19/2022

Resurrection Band - Awaiting Your Reply

There’s a long history of musicians flirting with the devil, especially in guitar-dominated genres such as rock and blues. Robert Johnson even sold his soul to him in exchange for devilishly great guitar skills. The Resurrection Band took a different path. Their debut “Awaiting Your Reply” from 1978 - our Record of the Day - rocked as hard as Led Zeppelin, but in the lyrics they praised the lord. Something unheard of at the time. They became one of the forerunners of Christian Rock. But even if they had sung about anything else, this would be a stand-out album. Husband and wife Glenn and Wendi Kaiser’s soulful yet gruff voices work brilliantly with the heavy riffing, thunderous drumming and the saxophone and harmonica flourishes sprinkled in throughout the album. An underappreciated classic rock gem.

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Record of the Day - 01/16/2022

The Muslims - Fuck These Fuckin Fascists

With an album title like “Fuck These Fuckin Fascists” and a cover showing John Lydon (I’m guessing) getting punched in the face, The Muslims certainly grabbed our attention, but we don’t make an album Record of the Day without the music backing it up. Luckily, it does. This is straight-up, aggressive, political punk. The Muslims are mad at a lot of things and they’re not subtle about it, but what makes this album even more enjoyable is that they don’t shy away from being flat-out silly at times (see album closer “John McCain’s Ghost Sneaks Into The White House And Tea Bags The President”). It lightens up the album without taking away the very serious messages. Punk’s certainly not dead.

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Record of the Day - 01/15/2022

Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

Whenever I listen to Emperor’s “Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk” - our Record of the Day - the first adjective that comes to mind is “intense”. Everything is dialed up. Maximum aggression, maximum speed, maximum darkness. But there was one thing that set Emperor apart from their black metal peers on their early albums: maximum bombast. They were one of the first ones in the genre that used keyboards and they did it without making their music softer in any kind of way. With that they set a template for many extreme bands that started incorporating symphonic elements into their music. A landmark album, but not one for the faint-hearted.

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Record of the Day - 01/14/2022

Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend

Wolf Alice had already garnered quite a bit of attention with their first two albums, especially in the UK, but with “Blue Weekend” - our Record of the Day - they went for something bigger. This is an album for festival stages. The main stages. The choruses are made to sing along and get yourself lost in. The lyrics are personal but universally relatable at the same time. Musically, this album fits our times in the sense that it borrows from many different genres. There’s some pop, some rock, some garage, some shoegaze - all held together by tight songwriting and a polished and pristine production, courtesy of Markus Dravs who worked with the likes of Coldplay or Arcade Fire. They already conquered the UK rock world. Let’s see if the US is next.

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Record of the Day - 01/13/2022

Husker Du - Zen Arcade

Underneath the ferocity, the abrasiveness and the let’s-call-it-raw production of Hüsker Dü’s “Zen Arcade” - our Record of the Day- lay absolutely fantastic songs. Masterminds Bob Mould and Grant Hart were uncompromising to each other as well as to the world. They didn’t always see eye to eye, but they pushed each other’s creativity, culminating in a monster of an album. 23 songs. It’s a tour de force, steeped in hardcore but too ambitious to be confined by genre boundaries. The birth of alternative rock.

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Record of the Day - 01/12/2022

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Rarely has there been an album that allowed the audience a more fascinating look into the inner turmoils of a band than Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” - our Record of the Day. They weren’t just band mates; they were friends, foes, lovers, ex-lovers and everything in between. The complexity of their relationships propelled each band member to creative heights, resulting in the most coherent and best Fleetwood Mac album, an all-time classic. The best rock soap opera ever.

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Record of the Day - 01/09/2022

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet

It was a make-or-break moment for Bon Jovi when they were working on “Slippery When Wet” - our Record of the Day. Its predecessor didn’t perform as well as they hoped, so they needed something big. And big they went. They brought in Desmond Child to assist with songwriting and trimmed every song to maximum catchiness, essentially creating the pop rock version of “Thriller”. It paid off. They became one of the biggest bands in the world, filling stadiums for decades to come. It is virtually impossible not to sing along to “Livin’ On A Prayer” when it’s played at any bar anywhere in this world. Even if you are the toughest rocker. Admit it. This album arguably stands as their best to this day.

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Record of the Day - 01/08/2022

Cinderella - Heartbreak Station

Because Cinderella got lumped in with Hair Metal (and certainly looked the part early in their career) people tend to overlook the fact that they were an absolutely amazing Hard Rock band. While their first album had the typical 80’s rock sound and its predecessor showed their Blues roots more openly, “Heartbreak Station” - our Record of the Day - harked back to influences from the Stones and early Aerosmith - to name a few. It’s their most underrated album. It showed how versatile they were, unafraid to include various styles while still sounding like themselves, in part due to Tom Kiefer’s unmistakable voice. One of their finest moments.

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Record of the Day - 01/07/2022

Kendrick Lamar - Damn.

Kendrick Lamar has always combined the personal with the political. In 2015, “Alright” - off the album “To Pimp A Butterfly” - became an anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement. The song was an exploration of the hardships Lamar has endured and has seen many others endure. The chorus however was a declaration of hope: “We Gon Be Alright”. On “DAMN.” - the 2017 follow-up and our Record of the Day - he seems not so sure about that anymore. It’s an album that thematizes his own condition as well as America’s as a whole and it shifts between doubt and triumph. Lamar is a fantastic storyteller and the musically more stripped-down approach gives his verses even more space to shine on this album.

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Record of the Day - 01/06/2022

Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg

When Florence Shaw joined Dry Cleaning as their frontwoman she did it only under the condition that she wouldn’t have to sing. She opted to just talk instead. This fact alone gives their debut album “New Long Leg” - our Record of the Day - a very unique sound. Not only does Florence just talk, she does it in an almost absent and disinterested sounding tone. The band provides the backdrop to her words with a sound that harks back to early post-punk. That combination gives their music a hypnotic feel and allows you to dive into Shaw’s observations of today’s life, often expressed in brilliant one-liners that seem absurd and meaningful at the same time.

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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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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.

Also Available Live at Rainbow Theatre [3LP], Live At Fillmore East, June 1971: 50th Anniversary [3LP]


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Release Round-Up 01-07-22

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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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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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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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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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New Release Round-Up 12-03-21

OUT THIS WEEK

Volbeat - Servant Of The Mind
Ice Nine Kills - Welcome To Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ultra Clear 2LP]
TOMORROW X TOGETHER - Chaotic Wonderland
David Lee Roth - Diamond Dave
NCT 127 - The 3rd Album Repackage 'Favorite' [Catharsis ver.]
Gregory Porter - Still Rising
Kenny G - New Standards
The Cast of Netflix's Film tick, tick... BOOM! - tick, tick... BOOM! (Soundtrack from the Netflix Film)
Geese - Projector
Osees - LEVITATION Sessions Vol. II [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Double 12in Vinyl]
Tasha - Tell Me What You Miss The Most
Spencer Cullum - Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
The Tragically Hip - Road Apples: 30th Anniversary [5 LP/Blu-ray]
LP - Churches
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings - All The Good Times
Travis - The Invisible Band: 20th Anniversary [Deluxe 2 CD/Clear 2 LP Box Set]
Nina Simone & Her Friends - An Intimate Variety Of Vocal Charm [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Transparent Emerald Green LP]
Ghost Woman - Lost Echo's [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White/Gold Splatter 7in Single]
Czarface - Czarface Meets Metal Face [RSD Essential Indie Colorway White LP]
Danzig - Always On My Mind [Pink Vinyl Single]
Bloodred Hourglass - Your Highness [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red & Green 2LP]
Like Pacific - Control My Sanity [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Baby Blue and White Marble LP]
Andrew Gabbard - Homemade [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Camo Green LP]
No Bragging Rights - No Bragging Rights [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Half Gold/Half Clear w/Heavy Black Splatter LP]



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New Release Round-Up 11-26-21

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New Release Round-Up 11-19-21

U2 - Achtung Baby: 30th Anniversary Edition

U2 - Achtung Baby: 30th Anniversary Edition - Island
A limited-edition black vinyl release of the Grammy-award winning U2 album Achtung Baby, to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and recorded between Berlin’s Hansa Studios and various locations in Dublin, Achtung Baby was released to critical acclaim in 1991 & is regarded as one of U2’s most seminal albums. The album featured five singles: ‘The Fly’, ‘Mysterious Ways’, ‘One’, ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ and ‘Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses’.

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Kiss - Destroyer: 45th Anniversary Edition

Kiss - Destroyer: 45th Anniversary Edition - UMe
In 1976, KISS dropped the bombshell on the world being DESTROYER, an album that originally received resistance from fans due to the band exploring a new sound and has long become the quintessential and all-time best selling KISS studio album. Exploding with concert staples and KISS Army favorites like “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It OutLoud,” and “God Of Thunder” – the album’s new sounds came from the softer side of songs like “Do You Love Me?,”and songs heavy with orchestral arrangements including “Great Expectations” and their surprise hit single “Beth.” For the 45th anniversary, UMe is releasing the most comprehensive Super Deluxe Edition 4CD + Blu-ray Audio boxset that will melt the KISS Army’s minds. The original album on CD 1 is newly remastered by Abbey Road Mastering, CD 2 features 15 demos from Paul Stanley’s and Gene Simmons’s personal archives – 9 of which are unreleased. CD 3 loads up with studio outtakes, alternate versions / mixes and single edits – most notably a brand-new stripped-down mix for “Beth (Acoustic Mix)” where we found the acoustic guitar stems recorded for the entire song but originally only used in the last several closing notes of the song on the album. CD 4 features a ripping performance from the band’s visit to Paris France at the L’Olympia on May 22, 1976. Steven Wilson was brought in to create a first-ever Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mix of the original studio album plus 2 bonus tracks “Beth (Acoustic Mix)” and “Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)” the latter featuring Ace Frehley’s original recorded guitar solo that was not released on the studio album (this track is available on the 2012 Destroyer: Resurrected project.) Packaging features a lift top-style box loaded with so much ephemera even KISS fans may need to seek medical advice upon receiving this boxset. Also available Deluxe 2CD and Deluxe 2LP.

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Teaser And The Firecat: 50th Anniversary

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Teaser And The Firecat: 50th Anniversary - A&M
Yusuf / Cat Stevens celebrates 1971's landmark album with this 4CD, Blu-ray, 2LP, and 7" set in a rigid clamshell box. It includes the 50th Anniversary remaster of the album on CD/Blu-ray HD Audio completed at Abbey Road by the original producer, Paul Samwell-Smith. Featuring 41 previously unreleased demos, sessions, live tracks, and 21 unreleased TV performances. Plus, an illustrated 108-pg essay book, a 44-pg replica of the original "Teaser And The Firecat" book, and a 7" single of "Moonshadow." Also available Super Deluxe 4CD/Blu-ray Box Set, Deluxe 2CD and LP & CD.

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Andy Shauf - Wilds

Andy Shauf - Wilds - ANTI
Few artists are storytellers as deft and disarmingly observational as Andy Shauf. The Toronto-based, Saskatchewan-raised musician’s songs unfold like short fiction: they’re densely layered with colorful characters and a rich emotional depth. Like he’s done throughout his career, Shauf wrote, performed, arranged, and produced every song on his new album Wilds at his studio space in the west end of Toronto.  Over the course of a year-and-a-half, Shauf had written more than 50 songs, and pared down this massive body of work, into a single album’s worth of material, which became 2020’s highly acclaimed The Neon Skyline album. These songs focused on a theme by intertwining the individual characters stories of a group of friends who gathered for one night at the same local bar. Wilds includes songs from those same writing sessions, that did not fit into the Skyline storyline and had their own singular identity apart from that album, though he does revisit with his old friends Judy and Jeremy in this outing.

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Adele - 30
Oasis - Knebworth 1996
Twenty One Pilots - Scaled And Icy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raise The Roof [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]
Cold War Kids - New Age Norms 3 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Green LP]
The Darkness - Motorheart [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Ringo Starr - Change The World EP [Vinyl]
Sting - The Bridge
Lady Gaga - Dawn Of Chromatica
James Blunt - The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)
The Tragically Hip - Road Apples: 30th Anniversary
Deap Vally - Marriage
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts
Willie Nelson - The Willie Nelson Family
Steve Earle & The Dukes - Guy [Limited Edition Red and Orange Swirl 2LP]
All Them Witches - Nothing As The Ideal [Limited Edition Galaxy Green and Black Mix LP]
FUR - When You Walk Away
Eagles Of Death Metal - EDOM Presents: A Boots Electric Christmas
Charlie Parr - Last Of The Better Days Ahead [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Canary Yellow & Magenta LP]
Lucinda Williams - Lu's Jukebox Vol. 5: Have Yourself A Rockin’ Little Christmas With Lucinda
Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
Grateful Dead - Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71
Escape The Fate - Dying Is Your Latest Fashion:15th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Red LP]
Swallow The Sun - Moonflowers
Ultra Q - Get Yourself A Friend EP
Beach Fossils - The Other Side of Life: Piano Ballads
Calexico - Seasonal Shift [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Summer Sky Wave LP]



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New Release Round-Up 11-12-21

Nirvana - Nevermind: 30th Anniversary

Nirvana - Nevermind: 30th Anniversary - Geffen
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Nirvana's seminal 1991 release, the Nevermind Super Deluxe contains 5 CDs 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. Additionally, a Blu-ray of the complete Live in Amsterdam concert video (newly remastered in HD) is included along with a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos. Also available LP+7in, Deluxe 2CD and later next year Super Deluxe 8LP/7in Single Box Set.

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Damon Albarn - The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows

Damon Albarn - The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows - PIAS
The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows was originally intended as an orchestral piece inspired by the landscapes of Iceland. This last year has seen Damon Albarn return to the music in lockdown and develop the work to 11 tracks which further explore themes of fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth. The result is a panoramic collection of songs with Albarn as storyteller. The album title is taken from a John Clare poem Love and Memory. Albarn says "I have been on my own dark journey while making this record and it led me to believe that a pure source might still exist."In a career of perpetual musical shifts and exploration, the record uncovers yet more ground, finding expansive orchestral arrangements nestling with intimate melodies, discordance brushing up against infectious majesty, all set to some of Albarn's most arresting vocal performances to date. Much like the beauty and chaos of the natural world it soundtracks, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows vividly documents the emotional ebb and flow of the human condition, in all it's extremes, serving as a soul enriching document for our times.

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They Might Be Giants - Book

They Might Be Giants - Book - Idlewild Recordings
Book is a new phase They Might Be Giants album presented on 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP, CD, Cassette and Limited Edition Deluxe CD/Book with package design by Paul Sahre. Featuring "I Broke My Own Rule," "I Lost Thursday," and "I Can't Remember the Dream," Book is billed as a beacon of light amid a pretty unanimously rough period of time with the band's John Linnell describing it's songs as "humorously germane to the catastrophe going on around us."

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Courtney Barnett - Things Take Time, Take Time [ALL EYES ON THE PAVEMENT BLUE LP]  Video Available


Taylor Swift - Red: Taylor's Version
IDLES - Crawler
Silk Sonic ( Bruno Mars + Anderson .Paak) - An Evening With Silk Sonic
Charlie Hickey - Count the Stairs EP [Metallic Silver Vinyl]
Elvis Presley - Back In Nashville
Gov't Mule - Heavy Load Blues [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Smoke 2LP]
Richard Ashcroft - Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Turquoise 2LP]
Eric Clapton - The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions [Limited Edition Deluxe CD/DVD/Blu-ray]
Allen Stone - APART
All Them Witches - Lightning At The Door [Limited Edition Sea Glass with Lavender and Metallic Swirl LP]
All Them Witches - Dying Surfer Meets His Maker [Limited Edition Pink and Smoke Swirl LP]
All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War [Limited Edition Orange and Red Swirl LP]
All Them Witches - ATW [Limited Edition Tan, Blue, Red and Purple Splatter LP]
The Seafloor Cinema - In Cinemascope With Stereophonic Sound [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone in Clear with Doublemint Splatter LP]
Aesop Rock & Blockhead - Garbology
Amanda Shires - For Christmas
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Imposter
Cage The Elephant - Melophobia [RSD Essential Custom Clear with Smoky White Swirls LP]
Cage The Elephant - Tell Me I'm Pretty [RSD Essential Custom Clear with White & Blue Smoky Swirls LP]
Acid Dad - LEVITATION Sessions [Limited Edition Clear Blue with Heavy Yellow Splatter LP]
Holly Humberstone - The Walls Are Way Too Thin [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [LP+7in]
Walk The Moon - Heights
Cody Jinks - Mercy
NRBQ - Dragnet
Rod Stewart - The Tears Of Hercules
Jerry Garcia Band - GarciaLive Volume 17: NorCal ‘76
DMX - Exodus


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New Release Round-Up 11-05-21

The Black Keys - El Camino: 10th Anniversary Edition

The Black Keys - El Camino: 10th Anniversary Edition - Nonesuch
The Black Keys release a special tenth anniversary edition of their landmark seventh studio album El Camino via Nonesuch Records. El Camino (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) is available in several formats including a Super Deluxe edition of five vinyl LPs or four CDs, featuring a remastered version of the original album, a previously unreleased Live in Portland, ME concert recording, a BBC radio Zane Lowe session from 2012, a 2011 Electro-Vox session, a limited-edition photo book, poster, and lithograph, and a “new car scent” air freshener. A three-LP Deluxe edition, which includes the remastered album and the live recording, is also available.

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Diana Ross - Thank You

Diana Ross - Thank You - Verve
Diana Ross sings “Thank You” to the world.  “This collection of songs is my gift to you with appreciation and love. I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to record this glorious music at this time,” said Ms. Ross. Recorded in her home studio, “Thank You" offers a powerful, inclusive musical message of love and togetherness.  With its songs of happiness, appreciation and joy, it wholeheartedly acknowledges that we are in this all together. Her family, friends and loyal and loving audiences all around the globe have been an integral part of her wonderful life’s story. In this special moment, it is time to step into the light. Ms. Ross co-wrote and collaborated on the 13 songs along with award-winning songwriters and producers including: Jack Antonoff, Troy Miller,Triangle Park, Spike Stent, Prince Charlez, Amy Wadge, Neff-U, Freddie Wexler, Jimmy Napes, Tayla Parx, Fred White, and Nathanial Ledgewick. Let us come together in harmony and gratitude with Diana Ross now and for the future. “I dedicate this songbook of love to all of you, the listeners. As you hear my voice you hear my heart.  "Let Love Lead the Way”

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Bullet For My Valentine - Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine - Bullet For My Valentine - Spinefarm
Metal vets Bullet For My Valentine announces their self-titled, seventh album which will be released via Spinefarm Records. It sees the band open a bold new chapter and is easily their heaviest, fiercest album so far.

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Garbage - beautifulgarbage: 20th Anniversary

Garbage - beautifulgarbage: 20th Anniversary - Geffen
beautifulgarbage is the third studio album from Garbage, initially released on October 1, 2001. The album expanded on the band's musical variety, with stronger melodies, more direct lyrics, and sounds mixing rock with electronica, new wave, hip hop, and girl groups. Featuring newly remastered audio by Billy Bush & Butch Vig, this deluxe edition includes Beautiful Garbage on 2 x 180g Black Vinyl, as well as a 12" 180g of B-Sides and memorabilia.

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Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers

Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers - Anti
Simply calling Curtis Harding a soul man feels reductive. Harding's voice conveys pain, pleasure, longing, tenderness, sadness and strength-a full gamut of emotions. Today his voice takes on an optimistic lilt with his his new album, If Words Were Flowers. If Words Were Flowers is Harding's first new music since 2018, a follow up to his critically acclaimed 'Face Your Fears" album. It features songs like " Hopeful", where Harding croons with devotion over a classic soul groove, textured with infectious horn playing, background singers and modern psychedelic flourishes. Harding fuels his psychedelic sound with the essence of Soul but isn't bound by it. Instead, his songs convey an eclectic blend of genres leaping from the many musical lives he has lived from following his evangelical Gospel-singing mother on tour around the country as a child to rapping in Atlanta, forming a garage band with The Black Lips' Cole Alexander to singing back-up for Cee Lo Green. Through these experiences he fully embraces life's darkest intricacies and conjures dynamic, addictive melodies

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Radiohead - KID A MNESIA
ABBA - Voyage [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
Brian Fallon - Night Divine
NCT 127 - The 3rd Album Repackage 'Favorite' [Classic Ver.]
AHI - Prospect
Jerry Garcia & John Kahn - GarciaLive Volume 14: January 27th, 1986 The Ritz
Hanson - Against The World
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) - The Low Highway [Limited Edition Butter Cream LP]
Steve Earle - Terraplane [Limited Edition Transparent Gold LP]
Steve Earle - Townes: The Basics [Limited Edition Gold LP]
Steve Earle & The Dukes - Ghosts Of West Virginia [Limited Edition Black & Blue Swirl LP]
Lilly Hiatt - Lately [Cassette]
Snail Mail - Valentine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Neal Francis - In Plain Sight [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Electric Teal LP]
Parcels - Day/Night [2LP Box Set]
Blondie - Yuletide Throwdown [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Hot Pink 12in Single]
Mr. Bungle - The Night They Came Home [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange 2LP]
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - The Future
Houndmouth - Good For You


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New Release Round-Up 10-29-21

Tori Amos - Ocean To Ocean

Tori Amos - Ocean To Ocean - Decca
In spite of the various crises that have occurred since 2017's Native Invader, Tori Amos has emerged with Ocean To Ocean, her most personal work in years - an album bursting with warmth and connection, with deep roots in her earliest song writing. Written during the third lockdown in Cornwall this year, Ocean to Ocean is a universal story of going to rock bottom and renewing yourself all over again.

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Mastodon - Hushed And Grim

Mastodon - Hushed And Grim - Reprise
Mastodon release their anxiously awaited ninth full-length album, Hushed And Grim, via Reprise Records. Over the past year, the group recorded the album in their hometown, collaborating with producer David Bottrill [Tool, Rush, Muse, Peter Gabriel] behind the board. As their most ambitious body of work to date, it consists of 15 tracks, surveying sonic landscapes of rock, psychedelia, punk, metal, alternative, and prog threaded together by the innately expressive musical interplay of these four musicians. At the same time, an atmosphere of loss, loneliness, and longing permeates through the trio of cathartic vocals as they musically say goodbye to old friend, confidant, and longtime manager the late Nick John by architecting a magnum opus that bears the influence of his eternal memory.

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Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color: Deluxe Edition

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color: Deluxe Edition - ATO Records
Deluxe edition of the groundbreaking, genre-defying second album by Alabama Shakes. Certified gold and the winner of four Grammys, Rolling Stone called "Sound & Color” a "weirder, woozier, fiercer and sexier record than their debut in nearly every way.” This repackaged set features revised artwork, new photos, and seven bonus tracks pulled from unreleased studio material, b-sides and live songs cut at the world renowned Capitol Records Studio A.

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SUSTO - Time In The Sun

SUSTO - Time In The Sun - New West Records
Time In The Sun is the 4th full length album from Charleston, SC band SUSTO. The album was written and recorded in the midst of a lot of life changing events for lead writer/singer Justin Osborne. Like everyone around the world, Osborne was navigating the global issues felt from the pandemic while normal life continued with its own blessings and challenges.. "We were navigating the global and national issues that everyone else was dealing with, but also I became a father and also lost my father. There was a lot of contemplation going on in my brain, a lot of personal evolution going on in my life, and songwriting was my way of working through it all. The title Time in the Sun is meant to be a monument to my own human existence and also a tribute to the human experience in general. I wouldn’t claim to understand what it means to be a human, from the countless different perspectives of the world, but I do have my own experience to reflect on and I want to be able to express and explain that in some way. I guess this album is an attempt at that. At the core though, it’s just a collection of songs about my life and my feelings."

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Bad Wolves - Dear Monsters

Bad Wolves - Dear Monsters - Better Noise Music
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. Since 2017, the core group-John Boecklin [drums], Doc Coyle [lead guitar, backing vocals], Chris Cain [rhythm guitar], and Kyle Konkiel [bass, backing vocals]-have consistently subverted expectations and accomplished the seemingly impossible. In 2018, the band earned a platinum plaque, topped iTunes, and ruled Active Rock at #1 for three weeks straight. This momentum also propelled their debut album, Disobey, to a Top 25 debut on the Billboard Top 200. In between performing to sold out audiences on multiple continents with heavyweights such as Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth, 2019's N.A.T.I.O.N. yielded their fifth straight #1 at Active Rock, "Sober," and brought their total stream tally past the half-billionmark-unprecedented for a modern rock band. Not to mention, LoudWire hailed it among the "50 Best Rock Albums of 2019" as Billboard and Consequence of Sound chronicled their rise. In the midst of 2021, Bad Wolves welcomed Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz-previously of The Acacia Strain-as lead vocalist, ushering in a new chapter with their third full-length offering, Dear Monsters,[Better Noise Music], led by the single "Lifeline."

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Save Face - Another Kill For The Highlight Reel

Save Face - Another Kill For The Highlight Reel - Epitaph
Save Face are a band who have always prided themselves on taking risks and the New Jersey band have doubled down on that sentiment with their sophomore album, Another Kill For The Highlight ReelAnother Kill For The Highlight Reel, which features indelibly human performances, including a guest appearance from Thursday’s Geoff Rickly on “A.M. Gothic”. “There’s something about the New Jersey kinship [between Geoff and I] that really resonates with me,” Tyler Povanda explains. “New Jersey’s music scene is really something special.” Musically, the album—which was produced by the Movielife’s Brett Romnes—sees Povanda taking influence from his Jersey brethren like Thursday but adds a theatrical twist. “‘GLITTER’ was the first song I wrote that ended up being on this album and it bridges the gap between Merci and Another Kill For The Highlight Reel, ” Povanda says. “I think that song serves as a cool sonic metaphor for the transformation of the band. I would say this album isn’t narrative in the same way as the last one, but it does feel much more immersive.”

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Spice Girls - Spice: 25th Anniversary

Spice Girls - Spice: 25th Anniversary - Virgin Records US
Originally released on November 4, 1996, The Spice Girls' debut album Spice celebrates its 25th anniversary this year! The album features the smash singles "Wannabe," "2 Become 1," and "Say You'll Be There" and is the best-selling album in music history by a girl group and one of the best-selling albums of all time. The 2CD set includes the original album along with bonus tracks, B-sides from the hit singles, remixes commissioned for the singles, and previously unreleased demos.

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Nat King Cole - A Sentimental Christmas With Nat King Cole And Friends: Cole Classics Reimagined

Nat King Cole - A Sentimental Christmas With Nat King Cole And Friends: Cole Classics Reimagined - Capitol
The new album 'A Sentimental Christmas With Nat King Cole And Friends: Cole Classics Reimagined' weaves Nat King Cole's unparalleled, beautifully restored vocals with new arrangements and contemporary artists creating beautiful sentimental duets of holiday classics. Taking its lead from the GRAMMY award-winning virtual duet of “Unforgettable,” by Natalie Cole with her father, this holiday album features brand new duets with John Legend, Kristen Chenoweth, Calum Scott, Gloria Estefan & Johnny Mathis.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Ed Sheeran - = [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Black Veil Brides - The Phantom Tomorrow
Dave Chappelle - 8:46
Khruangbin - Mordechai Remixes
R.E.M. - New Adventures In Hi-Fi: 25th Anniversary Edition
The War On Drugs - I Don’t Live Here Anymore [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Blue 2LP]
Joe Bonamassa - Time Clocks
Billy Bragg - The Million Things That Never Happened
Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse Of Reason: Remixed & Updated
Emily Scott Robinson - American Siren
Sam Evian - Time To Melt [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink LP]
Iggy Azalea - The End of an Era
Mouse Rat - The Awesome Album [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Nothing Rhymes With Blorange Orange LP]
Eddie Vedder/Glen Hansard/Cat Power - Flag Day (Original Soundtrack)
The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms: 10th Anniversary Edition
Bremer/McCoy - Natten (The Night)
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend: Deluxe [Limited Edition]
Bnny - Everything
Lindsay Lohan - A Little More Personal (Raw)
Nightmares On Wax - Shout Out! To Freedom...
The The - The Comeback Special [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set]
Tipper - The Seamless Unspeakable Something
Hayes Carll - You Get It All


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New Release Round-Up 10-22-21

My Morning Jacket - My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket - My Morning Jacket - ATO Records
On their new full-length - the first new music since The Waterfall (2015) - My Morning Jacket reaffirm the rarefied magic that has made them so beloved, embedding each song with moments of discovery, revelation and ecstatic catharsis. It comes after a near permanent hiatus for the band until performing four shows in summer '19 left them with a new energy. Jim James engineered/produced at 64 Sound in LA where the band spent weeks in intentional seclusion emerging with their self-titled 9th album.

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The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You: 40th Anniversary Edition

The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You: 40th Anniversary Edition - Interscope
Tattoo You celebrates 40 years with the release of a brand new Super Deluxe 5 LP Boxset which includes the newly remastered version of Tattoo You, Lost & Found: Rarities, and Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982. Also included is a 124-page book featuring over 200 rare photos from recording sessions and their world tour, plus interviews with producer Chris Kimsey and photographer Hubert Kretzscmar. The package includes a special lenticular sleeve. Also available: CD, 2CD, 4CD/Picture Disc Box Set, LP and 2LP

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John Coltrane - A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle - Impulse!
This newly discovered live-recording of a performance of the Love Supreme suite is a revelation. Recorded at The Penthouse in Seattle on October 2, 1965, this recording transports the listener to a prime seat for piece of musical history. While not studio-quality audio, the power of the performance shines through. This version is also of the full suite and features an expanded band that includes the same Classic Quartet and Pharoah Sanders in his first official gig as part of Coltrane’s group.

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Every Time I Die - Radical

Every Time I Die - Radical - Epitaph
Every Time I Die is a loud rock institution committed to leaving an outpouring of chaotic passion and blissful malcontent all over their records and on the stage. With boiling charisma and unrelenting energy to spare, the Buffalo, NY band manages not one but two near-impossible tasks. They’ve survived two decades as an underground entity cherished for coloring outside the lines, and contrary to most career arcs, continually improving with each successive album as they charge ahead. ETID makes a glorious hardcore-punk noise. Alchemized by a swampy summoning of Southern rock and coarse poetry, the music swirls beneath sardonic and clever wordplay, cementing them as leaders, not followers. The band’s ninth studio album, Radical, is 16 tracks of peak-ETID, including raucous new anthems. They deliver what you have come to know and love and then diverge into new paths. To say that “All This And War” featuring guest vocals by Josh Scogins from The ‘68 is absolute brutal heaviness is an understatement. It’s an addictive punch in the face, you’ll want on repeat. The boys then run off to explore the dark haunted woods of a more somber and melodic side in the track “Thing With Feathers” featuring Andy Hull from Manchester OrchestraRadical proves with every track that it is a distillation of the strengths of their past, injected with their unyielding revelry and signature sarcasm while cognizant – and fiercely combative – of the present state of world affairs.

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Jackson + Sellers - Breaking Point

Jackson + Sellers - Breaking Point - Anti
Introducing Jackson + Sellers and their debut album Breaking Point, on ANTI records. Jade Jackson and Aubrie Sellers, two rising stars who aligned during the pandemic to write one of the most compelling duo albums of the last decade. Drawn together by instant chemistry, cosmic forces and their ability to write intuitive romantic breakup songs for each other, their album is a window into the dissolution of two different relationships and the formation of another: a perfect, platonic, creative union. United in their desire to write a record that reflected their expansive musical interest from 70s rock to raucous roots to indie pop, their LA written, Nashville recorded album is a masterclass in unexpected vocal harmonic convergence. With Breaking Point, Jackson + Sellers will establish themselves as two individual artists who together, share a deep friendship, musical kinship and the ability to craft tight singular pop rock songs that will embed themselves in your ears for the rest of time.

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Sixx: A.M. - Hits

Sixx: A.M. - Hits - Better Noise Music
Sixx: A.M. Hits is the Ultimate Sixx: A.M. Collection featuring the first new song in six years and song that compliments his new book - 'The First 21', 2 more unreleased tracks "Penetrate' + "Waiting All My Life" and new mixes of "Talk to Me", " Skin" and the iconic "Life is Beautiful". Sixx: A.M. formed in 2007 by Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, renowned guitarist DJ Ashba, and producer /songwriter James Michael, and has had #3 US top 20 albums with #9 US Top 20 singles and is best known for their debut album The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack and the #1 hits "Life Is Beautiful" and "Lies of the Beautiful People". Available via limited edition CD digi pack and color vinyl.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Lana Del Rey - Blue Banisters
Duran Duran - FUTURE PAST [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Red LP]
Paul McCartney - McCartney III: 3333 Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow/Black Splatter LP]
Parquet Courts - Sympathy For Life
Elton John - The Lockdown Sessions
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells: 20th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peppermint Pinwheel LP]
Starset - Horizons
The Allman Brothers Band - Fillmore East 1970 [Limited Edition Pink LP]
NCT 127 - The 3rd Album 'Sticker' [Sticker Ver.]
Deerhoof - Actually, You Can
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - B-Sides & Rarities: Part II
The Replacements - Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash: Deluxe Edition [4CD/LP]
Wale - Folarin II
BIA - FOR CERTAIN
Spiritualized - Let It Come Down: Reissue [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ivory LP]
Jarvis Cocker - Chansons D'ennui Tip-Top
Superchunk - Here's to Shutting Up: 20th Anniversary Reissue [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak LP+CD]
Lady A - What A Song Can Do
Pennywise - Pennywise [Blue With Black Splatter LP]
Hiss Golden Messenger - O Come All Ye Faithful [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone Green Red Tri-Color Segment 2LP]
Guided By Voices - It's Not Them. It Couldn't Be Them. It Is Them!
Seether - Wasteland - The Purgatory EP
Hawthorne Heights - The Rain Just Follows Me
Seventeen - SEVENTEEN 9th Mini Album ‘Attacca’ [Op.1]
Moor Mother - Black Encyclopedia Of The Air [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Seaglass Wave LP]
Dream Theater - A View From The Top Of The World [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tan 2LP+CD]
The Convenience - Accelerator [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Young Gun Silver Fox - Canyons [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Red LP]
NOFX - Ribbed: 30th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red with Black Splatter LP]
Clinic - Fantasy Island [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]


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New Release Round-Up 10-15-21

The Beatles - Let It Be: Special Edition

The Beatles - Let It Be: Special Edition - Capitol
Newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo as guided by the original "reproduced for disc" version by Phil Spector. The Super Deluxe Edition includes 27 unreleased session recordings, a 4-track Let It Be EP, the 1969 unreleased 14-track "Get Back" stereo LP mix by Glyn Johns, and a 100-page hardback book with an intro by Paul McCartney, track-by-track recording information, and many unseen photos, notes, and more. A slipcase box set houses the 4 LPs, 12" EP, and hardbound book. Also available Limited Edition Super Deluxe 5CD/Blu-ray Audio Box SetIndie Exclusive Limited Edition Picture Disc LPDeluxe 2CDLP and CD.

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Pokey LaFarge - In The Blossom Of Their Shade

Pokey LaFarge - In The Blossom Of Their Shade - New West Records
Pokey LaFarge's 7th studio solo album, In The Blossom Of Their Shade, showcases the positivity of coming out of the darkness and into the light. When the 2020 global pandemic hit, LaFarge’s rigorous work ethic powered him through the potentially challenging creative period. As days became a couple months, songs blossomed from embryonic ideas into full-formed ones and he was ready to move on, which typified his mindset as a working artist. With this record LaFarge captures the thematic notion of being the perfect summer afternoon soundtrack...the type of music you want to listen to while having a cocktail with your significant other. It makes sense musically as well — LaFarge intentionally crafted songs that created space and have melodies that can glide throughout a composition that’s a far cry from the swing and blues-infused songs of his earlier work. LaFarge is an artist who refuses to rest on his laurels and compromise. He’s always motivated and ready to create. With In the Blossom of Their Shade the album is one of LaFarge’s strongest and most mature efforts to date.  

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North Americans - Going Steady

North Americans - Going Steady - Third Man Records
Official reissue of North Americans' 2018 breakthrough album, Going Steady. Originally limited to 100 vinyl LPs. "For a piece that feels as if it could float away into nothing, GOING STEADY becomes the night." - NPR. 

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Toby Keith - Peso In My Pocket

Toby Keith - Peso In My Pocket - Show Dog, LLC
Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith releases his first all-new Show Dog Nashville album in more than five years. Peso In My Pocket was co-produced by Kenny Greenberg and Keith, and features the highest Billboard Country Airplay chart debut of his career with the lead single "Old School." Though Keith has accomplished much since the 2015 release of 35 MPH Town - perhaps most notably in writing the Clint Eastwood inspired "Don't Let The Old Man In" - a new studio album was long overdue. And Peso In My Pocket has more than a little to do with the worldwide pandemic. "My whole musical career, I haven't been off the road this long," Keith says, calling 2020 "a reset button I never would have hit." Also deserving of credit for the collection is Mexico, where Keith has a house he stayed at for the first several months of the crisis. "It was like being on the moon," he says. "A lot of my friends down there were afraid they wouldn't be let back in the U.S., so they all went home. I wasn't on the road and nobody could go anywhere, so I thought, 'You've written a long list of songs by yourself, dumbass. Get up and get busy!' I went through the ideas I keep on my phone and thought, 'Shit, I need to write these.'"

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Xenia Rubinos - Una Rosa

Xenia Rubinos - Una Rosa - Anti
Xenia Rubinos is a New York City based artist who's been revered for her innovative voice and maze-like knack for melody. Una Rosa is Rubinos' third album, her second on Anti- Records, following up her critically acclaimed Black Terry Cat (2016).Xenia Rubinos dips in and out of genre and structure to create movingly powerful songs. Her powerhouse vocals stem from a combination of R&B, Hip-Hop and Jazz influences, all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Pitchfork has lauded the radiant singer as "a unique new pop personality" while The New Yorker described her work as "rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre."Having previously collaborated and toured with acts as diverse as Battles, Deerhoof, Man Man and Tune-Yards, Rubinos' energetic live show echoes some of the larger than life icons she admired as a child like Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, while wielding a space in music that is utterly her own. "I think my sound is a collage of different music coming together on a visceral level, connecting the dots with my voice and imagination," she said.Una Rosa is produced by Rubinos along with her longtime collaborator and drummer Marco Buccelli, and is full of color- drawing much of it's multichromatic sound from the bright colors of pop art, which Xenia was immersed in during the writing process.

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Jon Batiste - WE ARE: Deluxe

Jon Batiste - WE ARE: Deluxe - Verve
WE ARE is a career-changing, chart-topping album from musician & activist Jon Batiste. WE ARE celebrates Black American culture & music while exploring themes of lineage, authenticity, excellence & evolution. This album is about honoring roots & traditions, while looking forward to the future & constantly evolving. Featuring Mavis Staples, Zadie Smith, Kizzo, & many more. This expanded deluxe edition includes new features from Tori Kelly, BJ The Chicago Kid, & a new remix from Big Freedia.

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Norah Jones - I Dream Of Christmas

Norah Jones - I Dream Of Christmas - Blue Note
Norah Jones has been a warm voice of comfort and reassurance for nearly 20 years since her cozy 2002 debut, Come Away With Me. Now, the 9x GRAMMY-winning artist has made her first holiday album with I Dream Of Christmas, a collection of timeless seasonal favorites (“White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Christmas Time Is Here”) and profound new originals that explore the complicated emotions of the past year and our hopes that this holiday season will be full of joy and togetherness.

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cleopatrick - BUMMER

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

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

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

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Various Artists - The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes

Various Artists - The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes - Polydor
Curated by director Todd Haynes, the official soundtrack to his feature documentary (out Oct 15 on Apple TV+) about the highly influential, iconic New York band, The Velvet Underground.

Also Available: I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico, which is a contemporary tribute to the Velvets debut album.

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Tom Morello - The Atlas Underground Fire  Video Available
 

Coldplay - Music of the Spheres
Mac Miller - Faces [Limited Edition Transparent Coke Bottle Clear, Transparent Cobalt, Transparent Ruby 3LP]
The Alarm - History Repeating 1981-2021
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Sticky [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Blue + Solid Red Splatter LP]
Judas Priest - Reflections - 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music
Zac Brown Band - The Comeback
Melvins - Five Legged Dog
ENHYPEN - DIMENSION : DILEMMA [CHARYBDIS version]
Hayden Thorpe - Moondust For My Diamond [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black LP + Signed Print]
Santana - Blessings And Miracles
Fuckin Whatever - Fuckin Whatever EP
Chelsea Cutler - When I Close My Eyes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed CD]
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes (OST)
Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth - Utopia Ashes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Color LP]
Lucinda Williams - Lu's Jukebox Vol. 3: Bob's Back Pages: A Night of Bob Dylan Songs
Lucinda Williams - Lu's Jukebox Vol. 4: Funny How Time Slips Away: A Night of 60's Country Classics
Various Artists - Pokémon 25: The Album
FINNEAS - Optimist [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition CD w/ Signed Insert]
Yes - The Quest
Seether - Vicennial – 2 Decades of Seether
Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej - Divine Tides
The Joy Formidable - Into The Blue [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Gold and Black Marble LP]


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New Release Round-Up 10-08-21

Thrice - Horizons/East

Thrice - Horizons/East - Epitaph
To emerge from a global pandemic with a renewed sense of situational awareness, hard won insight, and a new album is the kind of move we’ve come to expect from Thrice over the last twenty years. With Horizons/East, Dustin Kensrue and his bandmates address, with candor and courage, the fragile and awkward arrangements that pass for civilization, while inviting us to dwell more knowingly within our own lives. Without surrendering any of the energy and hard edge of their previous albums, they’ve given us a profoundly meditative work which serves as a musical summons to everyday attentiveness. Since forming THRICE with guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Riley Breckenridge in 1998, Kensrue has never been one to back down from a mental fight. This mood is set by the opening synth-driven number “Color of the Sky,” which sounds well-suited to accompany the closing credits of the Stranger Things season finale. Think Flying Lotus giving way to Elbow and setting the listener down in a new dimension. A self-recorded effort, Horizons/East conveys a palpable sense of danger, determination, and possibility.

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Reba McEntire - Revived Remixed Revisited

Reba McEntire - Revived Remixed Revisited - MCA Nashville
Revived Remixed Revisited is a reimagined collection of Reba McEntire's most iconic songs. REVIVED features exciting new arrangements of fan favorites like “Is There Life Out There” and “Can’t Even Get The Blues” recorded with Reba’s touring band. REMIXED takes songs like “Little Rock” and “I’m A Survivor” and spins them in ways like you’ve never heard Reba before. REVISITED produced by the Grammy® award-winning Dave Cobb strips back songs like “Somebody Should Leave” and “Consider Me Gone” to let the raw power of Reba’s vocals shine and features a long-awaited pairing between Reba and Dolly Parton on Reba’s most famous duet, “Does He Love You.” The collection spans Reba’s entire career and offers something for every Reba fan.

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The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Illusory Walls

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Illusory Walls - Epitaph
Sometimes, the best place to begin is at the end. If you really want to dig deep into Illusory Walls, the fourth album by The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, it definitely helps to do that. That’s because epic closer “Fewer Afraid”—all 19 minutes, 44 seconds of it—doesn’t just revisit the themes and ideas on the ten songs that precede it, but also offers a self-aware summary of the Connecticut band’s entire history. It’s the conclusion of all the stories within the record as well as a nod to all the lives that helped make them—little glimpses of everything that’s come before, on both a micro, immediate level, and a more universal one. “That song is a higher level look at my whole life and the whole world,” explains vocalist/guitarist David F. Bello, “as well as the album, our band and our discography. It places the band in the context of the rest of the world, as if we’re listening to everything that came before. It touches on all the themes of the previous songs, but there are also callbacks to songs
from earlier in our career. But in this song, they’re the object, not the subject—I’m talking about a world in which these things happen, not talking about these things happening.”  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band—completed by Steven K. Buttery (drums and percussion), Joshua Cyr (bass/vocals) and Katie Dvorak (vocals/synth)—had nothing but time to realize the full extent of their musical and thematic aspirations. And so, four years on from lauded third album Always Foreign, they were able to make what is undoubtedly the band’s most ambitious and epic record to date. Written and recorded remotely—a first for the band—Illusory Walls takes on the weight of human existence while it’s buckling under the pressure of today’s near-dystopian society. Personal anxieties and political struggles collide with a series of portentous, apocalyptic and dramatic tunes, resulting in some of the darkest music the band has made since forming in 2009.

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Various Artists - The Best Of Bond...James Bond

Various Artists - The Best Of Bond...James Bond - Capitol
The Best Of Bond...James Bond is a compilation featuring celebrated theme songs from the longest-running franchise in the history of cinema. This updated collection includes "No Time to Die" by Billie Eilish, the title theme song from the highly anticipated new film. New additions also include Adele's "Skyfall" and Sam Smith's "Writing's On The Wall," Oscar winners for Best Song in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

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Darren Criss - A Very Darren Crissmas

Darren Criss - A Very Darren Crissmas - Decca
Celebrate the holidays with A Very Darren Crissmas! Darren Criss is a multitalented musician, songwriter, Broadway star, and Emmy/Golden Globe-winning actor famous for his award-winning roles on VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, GLEE, and HOLLYWOOD. His holiday record with Decca Records will be his first full-length album. It showcases creative reimagining of classic tunes and rarely covered hidden gems. Featuring guest artists Lainey Wilson, Adam Lambert, and Evan Rachel Wood.

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Sleigh Bells - Texis  Video Available
The Wild Feathers - Alvarado  Video Available

James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]
We Are Scientists - Huffy
Noah Gundersen - A Pillar Of Salt
Various Artists - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2
The Record Company - Play Loud [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition CD + Poster]
the Velveteers - Nightmare Daydream
Oh Wonder - 22 Break
Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing?: Deluxe Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Smoke LP]
S. Raekwon - Where I'm At Now [Orange Custard LP]
Badbadnotgood - Talk Memory [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White 2LP]
Tiberius B - Stains EP [Vinyl]
Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now: Deluxe Anniversary Edition [Cloudy Clear LP + 7in]
Josh Turner - King Size Manger
Trivium - In The Court Of The Dragon [Deluxe]
Old Dominion - Time, Tequila & Therapy
Sublime - Sublime [25th Anniversary Cassette]
Atmosphere - WORD?
Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under
Carolyn Wonderland - Tempting Fate
Julia Bardo - Bauhaus, L'Appartamento
Cimafunk - El Alimento
Alien Weaponry - Tangaroa
Newton Faulkner - Interference (Of Light)



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New Release Round-Up 10-01-21

Strand Of Oaks - In Heaven

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

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Roger Taylor - Outsider

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

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Hans Zimmer - No Time To Die (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Hans Zimmer - No Time To Die (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Decca
The Hans Zimmer produced soundtrack for the 25th installment in the James Bond film franchise, No Time To Die. The soundtrack includes Billie Eilish's electrifying title track No Time To Die, co-written (with brother Finneas O'Connell) and performed by Eilish. Joining Zimmer on scoring the soundtrack is Johnny Marr, who is also the featured guitarist on the album, with additional music by composer and score producer Steve Mazzaro.

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Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Metallica - The Metallica Blacklist [Limited Edition 7LP]
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love For Sale
Explosions In The Sky - Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television)
Taylor Swift - Fearless: Taylor's Version [Gold 3 LP]
Flying Lotus - Yasuke
JW Francis - Wanderkid
Asking Alexandria - See What's On The Inside
Hans Zimmer - No Time To Die (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hovvdy - True Love [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Hot Pink LP]
Neil Young - Carnegie Hall 1970
Jojo - Trying Not To Think About It
Various Artists - The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live! At the Apollo [Limited Edition Translucent Tie-Eye Teal 3LP]
Plain White T's - American Nights [Limited Edition Pink LP]
Ministry - Moral Hygiene
John Prine - Fair & Square [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
The Specials - Protest Songs 1924 – 2012
audiobooks - Astro Tough
Melissa Etheridge - One Way Out
Jeremy Zucker - CRUSHER [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed CD]


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Jungle - Loving In Stereo

Jungle - Loving In Stereo - Caiola Records
Jungle's new album ‘Loving In Stereo’ is the soundtrack for a summer quite unlike any other. The British producer duo have created a huge disco record for the post-social distancing age, with a life-affirming, dancefloor-igniting, sun-kissed celebration of all the things that make music irresistibly joyful. Both their Mercury Prize-nominated, Gold-certified debut and 2018’s follow-up ‘For Ever’ landed in the UK Top 10 & charted globally. Those two records have since accumulated 750,000 equivalent album sales and close to a billion streams worldwide. Atop that, Jungle have embarked on global sell out tours - notably in the UK, London’s 10k capacity Alexandra Palace & filling the Hollywood Palladium - two coveted Glastonbury performances, slots at numerous International festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Roskilde, Primavera & enjoyed shows across five continents.

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VP Records

VP Records
From humble beginnings as a small Kingston record store, VP Records has gone on to release some of the best known international artists in reggae, dancehall and soca, including Sean Paul, Chaka Demus, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel and Wayne Wonder. Recently we have been listening to some of their latest releases and we highly reccomend that you do too.

REGGAE GOLD 2021 - Celebrate the spirit of Summer with Reggae Gold 2021, featuring dancehall's finest for this annual collection of hits, featuring the smash summer anthems "Go Down Deh" by Spice, featuring Shaggy and Sean Paul and the reggae version of "Heartbreak Anniversary," the massive R&B streaming hit, covered by Tarrus Riley. Recent his "Nice Up The Dance' by Kabaka Pyramid and "Ginal (feat. Collie Buddz)" from international star Alborosie add to the set.

Celebrate the spirit of Carnival with SOCA GOLD 2021, featuring Soca champions Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and others, plus South African artist Master KG and the monster hit "Jerusalema," which has dominated world music charts since its release in January. The disc also includes six recent Soca Gold anthems from Rupee, Iwer George, Kevin Yearwood and others. Soca Gold 2021 is a non-stop party with a bonus mega-mix disc performed by DJ Puffy (available only in the physical package). Let the spirit of Caribbean carnival get into you through the sounds of Soca Gold 2021.

SPICE is the reigning Queen of Dancehall and a media powerhouse, with multi-million streaming videos and 3.5 million Instagram "Besties," often attracting 20,000 plus fans to her impromptu IG live sessions. She has built a loyal following on social media and on the live show circuit over years, and now her debut album. "10" features productions from Shaggy, Supa Dups, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor, Costantin "Costi" Ionita, Shane Hoosong, Ainsley Morris, and Grace Hamilton (Spice), among others. Guest vocalists include Melissa Musique, Olaf Blackwood, Sean Paul and Shaggy.  Stand out tracks include "Send It Up," "Po-Po (feat. Nicho)," her breakthrough anthem "So Mi Like It," and current smash single "Go Down Deh (feat.Shaggy & Sean Paul)," which is currently impacting at US radio and official music video is approaching 20 million YouTube views. The song has consistently been among top trending releases on Shazam, Twitter, and Tik Tok. The trio kicked off a US-based mainstream TV blitz in June, with Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Wendy Williams Show. These marked Spice's performance debut on National television in the U.S.




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New Release Round-Up 09-24-21

Quicksand - Distant Populations

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

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Ringo Starr - Change The World EP

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

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Steely Dan - Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live!

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

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Donald Fagen - Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly Live

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

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

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

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

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

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Mickey Guyton - Remember Her Name

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

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Carrie Underwood - My Gift: Special Edition

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

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

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



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New Release Round-Up 09-17-21

Charley Crockett - Music City USA

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

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

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

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

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



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New Release Round-Up 09-10-21

Kacey Musgraves - star-crossed

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

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Slothrust - Parallel Timeline

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

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Low - Hey What

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

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Heartless Bastards - A Beautiful Life

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

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Elvis Costello - Spanish Model

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

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Dori Freeman - Ten Thousand Roses

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

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Ray Charles - True Genius

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

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

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

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

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



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New Release Round-Up 09-03-21

Lauren Alaina - Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World

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

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DJ Seinfeld - Mirrors  Video Available

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





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The Beatles - Let It Be: Special Edition

The Beatles - Let It Be: Special Edition

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

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

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


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New Release Round-Up 08-27-21

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

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

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Madi Diaz - History Of A Feeling

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

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

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

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Boris - NO

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

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Boris - Flood

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

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

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

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

The Bug - Fire  Video Available

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





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New Release Round-Up 08-20-21

Sturgill Simpson - The Ballad of Dood and Juanita

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

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

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

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James McMurtry - The Horses and the Hounds

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

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

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




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

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

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Madi Diaz - History Of A Feeling

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

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

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

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Boris - NO

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

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Boris - Flood

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


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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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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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


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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