Music Releases 11-05-21

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Original remastered album, previously unreleased full live concert and BBC Session Recorded in 2012, 2011 Electro-Vox Session, limited-edition poster and lithograph, “new car scent: air freshener, 100-page photo book.

The Black Keys release a special tenth anniversary edition of their landmark seventh studio album El Camino via Nonesuch Records on November 5, 2021. El Camino (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) will be 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, also will be available.

The Black Keys won three awards at the 55th annual GRAMMY Awards for El Camino— Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album—among other worldwide accolades. In the UK, the band was nominated for a BRIT Award (Best International Group) and an NME Award (Best International Band).

El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s then-new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. In the UK, the record gave the band their first top 10 hit, and in the US it debuted at # 2 on the Billboard Top 200. The band was also the # 1 most played artist at Alternative and AAA radio formats for 2012 in the US.  The album’s first single, “Lonely Boy,” reached # 1 on the Alternative and AAA charts; it also entered the top 10 at Rock radio.  The second single, “Gold on the Ceiling,” also reached # 1 on Alternative radio and the third single, “Little Black Submarines,” reached the top 3 at Alternative radio.   El Camino has been certified Double Platinum in the US, Australia, and New Zealand; Platinum in the UK, France, Ireland, and Belgium; Quadruple Platinum in Canada; and Gold in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. Of the album’s singles, "Lonely Boy" was certified nine-times platinum in Canada, triple-platinum in Australia, platinum in New Zealand, and gold in Denmark. "Gold on the Ceiling" was certified platinum in Australia and Canada.

Rolling Stone hailed El Camino for bringing “raw, riffed-out power back to pop’s lexicon,” and called it “the Keys’ grandest pop gesture yet, augmenting dark-hearted fuzz blasts with sleekly sexy choruses and Seventies-glam flair.” The Guardian said, “They sound like a band who think they've made the year's best rock'n'roll album, probably because that's exactly what they've done.”

The Black Keys - El Camino: 10th Anniversary Edition [Super Deluxe 5LP]
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Radiohead

KID A MNESIA [3LP]

Vinyl: $61.98 UNAVAILABLE

21 years since the release of Radiohead’s seminal albums, Kid A and Amnesiac comes a combined and expanded reissue, KID A MNESIA Here put back together as originally intended, with an additional disc of bonus material - including 2 original unreleased recordings from the era: ‘If You Say the Word’ + ‘Follow Me Around’. 

“A new, uniquely fearless kind of rock record for a new, increasingly fearful century, Radiohead’s fourth album, released in October 2000, remains one of the more stunning sonic makeovers in music history” Rolling Stone [500 Greatest Albums of All Time: #20 Kid A]

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ABBA

Voyage [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]

Vinyl: $27.98 UNAVAILABLE
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ABBA Returns — After Nearly 40 Years — With ‘Voyage,’ New Album.

ABBA, one of the most successful music groups of all time, has announced its return nearly 40 years with a new studio album and a new concert that will see singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad and instrumentalists/songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus performing digitally via avatars with a live 10-piece band in a purpose-built arena in London, beginning on May 27, 2022.

The “Voyage” album will be released worldwide on November 5 via Universal Music Group’s Capitol label. The two newly released songs, “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down,” were recorded by the group at Andersson’s Riksmixningsverket studio in Stockholm and will both feature in the concert. The songs are the first new material from ABBA since the release of the “Under Attack” single in December of 1982, although the members, now all in their 70s, have released several solo projects.

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Brian Fallon

Night Divine [LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 UNAVAILABLE

Night Divine is a series of hymns covered by Brian Fallon. This is a project he's been wanting to create for a long time, inspired by his time singing in the church choir as a child: “These are some of the very first sounds I remember hearing as a child.  My mother used to sing these hymns everywhere she went. I felt it was time for me to join in.” He finally got the opportunity to make the intimate record during lockdown, with background vocals by his mother.

The lead singer of beloved heartland-punk band The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon stepped away from that sound and into a more soulful singer/songwriter territory on his third solo album, Local Honey. Produced by Grammy-award winning producer Peter Katis (The National, Frightened Rabbit, Death Cab for Cutie), the album debuted at #1 Americana/Folk Album Sales, #2 Current Rock Albums, #3 Americana/Folk Albums, and #9 LP Vinyl Sales. It was largely praised as one of his best works, with Rolling Stone saying “Local Honey is as warm and comforting as its title, full of hooks and narratives that draw you in” (Best Country & Americana Albums of 2020) and Kerrang saying “No matter what side of the genre he sets his mind to, Brian always delivers the goods” (Best Albums of 2020).

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Diana Ross

Thank You [2LP]

Vinyl: $34.98 Buy

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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. Her new album, “Thank You” is scheduled for release this fall through Decca Records / Universal Music Group. The title track and first single,” Thank You,” will be available for streaming and download on June 17.

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”

Diana Ross - Thank You [2LP]
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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. Solid Gold LP.
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Beautiful Garbage 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.

Garbage - beautifulgarbage: 20th Anniversary [Deluxe 3LP]
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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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NCT 127’s 3rd repackage album 'Favorite' has 3 new songs of various genres, including the lead single “Favorite,” “Love On The Floor,” and “Pilot.” The album includes 1 bookmark, 1 photo card, 1 postcard, and 1 pendant card (all random 1 out of 9). It also includes 1 photo book, 1 lyric book, and 1 folded poster. This is an official release from SM Entertainment. Size: 144mm x 205mm x 8.5mm. Weight: 360g.

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AHI

Prospect [LP]

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Born in Ontario, AHI (pronounced “eye”) grew up in a traditional West Indian family that considered music diversionary entertainment, but after dropping out of school to hike, meditate, and fast his way across the world, he set his mind to pursuing songwriting professionally. His debut album, We Made It Through The Wreckage, was a breakout hit, with lead single “Ol’ Sweet Day” racking up more than 14M streams and earning AHI an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. The attention helped him score a deal with Thirty Tigers for his next LP, 2018’s In Our Time, which garnered a JUNO nomination and led to dates with Patty Griffin, Michael Franti, and Lauren Daigle.

Though much has been made of AHI’s years spent backpacking everywhere from the hills of Ethiopia to the jungles of Trinidad, Prospect, the globetrotting singer/songwriter’s extraordinary new album, is the story of an even more profound journey: an internal quest for understanding and self-discovery. Recorded in Nashville with GRAMMY-winning producer Paul Mabury, the collection is bold and expansive, delivering on the promise of AHI’s first two records with a captivating, immersive sound that showcases the raw power of his gravel-on-silk vocals like never before. The songs here are deeply introspective, looking inward with piercing insight and honesty, and the performances are similarly fearless, blurring the lines between roots, folk, pop, and soul as they grapple with pain and healing, faith and resilience, connection and identity.

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GarciaLive Volume 14 showcases a buoyant acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia and longtime friend/bassist John Kahn during the middle of a rare duo tour. Recorded on January 27, 1986 at The Ritz in New York City, Garcia and Kahn deliver two exquisite sets featuring Grateful Dead favorites ("Ripple," "Friend of the Devil," "Dire Wolf," and "Bird Song," among others) and spirited takes on Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "Simple Twist of Fate." New pressing on standard black vinyl.

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2021 release, the seventh studio album from the sibling trio. Against The World includes the single "Annalie". The song displays the band's influences from craftsmen like Paul Simon and the flavors of South African guitar, while the lyrics reflect Memphis and other musical places from which the band draws it's inspiration.
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The Low Highway was the follow-up to 2011's Grammy Award-nominated album I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and was the first billed as "Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)." The album is also the first to feature "The Dukes" band name since 1987's Exit 0. This is the first color pressing for this record.

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Terraplane takes its title from the 1930s Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit model, which also inspired the Robert Johnson song, "Terraplane Blues." It is Earle's 16th studio album since the release of his highly influential 1986 debut Guitar Town. As its title suggests, the album is very much a blues record, some of which was written while Earle toured Europe alone for five weeks with just a guitar, a mandolin and a backpack. Earle, who was raised outside of San Antonio before migrating to Houston, offers about Texas blues, "There was Fort Worth where the model was Freddy King and there was the Houston scene which was dominated by Lightnin' Hopkins. Two very different styles." He saw both of these giants and was also exposed to Johnny Winter, Jimmy and Stevie Ray Vaughn and Billy Gibbons - all of which make their influence heard here within Earle's masterful storytelling. This is the first time this record has been pressed on color vinyl.

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In 2009 Steve Earle released an album of Townes Van Zandt songs. It began as solo guitar and vocal tracks recorded in October 2008 in New York City. Other instruments were added later in subsequent sessions for the album in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. Those original recordings - The Basics - are available on color vinyl for the first time.

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Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. When asked about what drove him to craft his deeply evocative new album, Steve Earle says, 'I thought that, given the way things are now, it was maybe my responsibility to make a record that spoke to and for people who didn't vote the way that I did,' he says. 'One of the dangers that we're in is if people like me keep thinking that everybody who voted for Trump is a racist or an asshole, then we're fucked, because it's simply not true. So this is one move toward something that might take a generation to change. I wanted to do something where that dialogue could begin.' In ten deftly drawn, roughly eloquent, powerfully conveyed sonic portraits, Earle and his long-time band the Dukes explore the historical role of coal in rural communities. More than merely a question of jobs and income, mining has provided a sense of unity and meaning, patriotic pride and purpose 'I said I wanted to speak to people that didn't necessarily vote the way that I did,' he says, 'but that doesn't mean we don't have anything in common. We need to learn how to communicate with each other. My involvement in this project is my little contribution to that effort. And the way to do that ' and to do it impeccably ' is simply to honor those guys who died at Upper Big Branch.'

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Lilly Hiatt

Lately [Cassette]

Cassette: $14.98 UNAVAILABLE

Lately is a record I wrote to share some of where I’ve been with you. Whenever songs happen for me, they are like photographs of time.

Last year was tough. That’s an understatement for certain. Tears were shed, lives were lost, and lonely was a way of life. I have always felt lonely, but never gone to the depths of solitude that I had in 2020. The irony of that is, I was not alone at all in that space. Everyone had lost something, and we all were trying to rebuild our lives as we knew them.

As a means of keeping sane, I started to write songs. Some of them sucked. I kept doing it though, because I had nothing else to fill my cup. “The Last Tear” came and I thought, I’d like to share this. That opened the door for more. “Been” happened not too long after, reminiscing about this and that, and so on. The inspiration was occurring from simple moments, such as gathering with my family after months of not doing so. Or walking around looking at my neighbors on their porches and waving a hello.

I also was finally catching up with myself, and understanding I was reeling from some of my missteps. Forgiveness can occur through written words for me, so it was quite soothing to have my guitars and a melody. Depression was a big part of fall and winter. I forgot how down I could feel. But I also felt hope in that light came from a memory of a past adventure or a stranger’s smile while walking down the street. Little things lifted my spirits.

I missed my friends. I missed my family. I was devastated by the grief our country was facing, as well as the world. I felt unified in knowing that I was not on my own in that mentality. Many were questioning a lot of what was happening and though ideologies and understandings were fractured and opposing, most people I know craved to be together again.

I realized that my heart was full of everything I loved and that would carry me forward for the time being. Eventually we would all get back to one another.

Now that we are beginning to, I will be thrilled to share and play these songs for you.

Much Love,
Lilly Hiatt 

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Valentine, the hotly anticipated return of Snail Mail, arrives November 5th 2021. The sophomore album marks the first new music from Lindsey Jordan since 2018"s powerhouse debut Lush, called 'truly perfect' by The FADER and included in the top 5 albums of 2018 by Pitchfork. Available on limited indie-exclusive gold vinyl, standard vinyl and CD. LP Gatefold single LP, with limited indie-exclusive gold vinyl edition
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Neal Francis’ sophomore album offers up a body of work both enchanting and painfully self-aware. Recorded entirely on tape and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Dave Fridmann (Spoon, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips), the set spotlights Francis’s refined yet free-spirited piano playing, an instrument he took up at age four. The songs came to life over the course of a tumultuous year spent living in a (possibly) haunted church in Chicago. The result: a portrait of profound upheaval and weary resilience.

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Parcels have always been a band of extreme light and shade: they're from surf hotspot Byron Bay in Australia but living in Berlin for years; their sweet-as-honey vocal harmonies rival the Beach Boys but their live shows can turn into slamming techno rave-ups. The band returns with an ambitious third studio album, Day/Night, a double record huge in scope and sound, whose hopeful messages of perseverance through difficult times are a balm for these uncertain times. 2 LP Box Set.
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Chime School

Chime School [Blue LP]

Vinyl: $19.98 UNAVAILABLE

Chime School is the project of San Francisco musician Andy Pastalaniec. Endlessly charmed by 80s indie and its 60s forbearers (and any record with a 12-string guitar), Andy cut his teeth as a drummer with SLR labelmate Odd Hope in their early group Pink Films; later with shoegazers Cruel Summer, and currently with indiepop outfit Seablite. But it wasn't until he was gifted a cassette 4-track portastudio "almost as a dare," that he came out from behind the kit to write and record his own material.

Aptly named for its autodidact roots, Chime School pays homage to the formative jangle of The Byrds by way of early Primal Scream and The Springfields; the production and pop sensibility of the Biff Bang Pow and The Razorcuts; and the spirit of great singles labels like Creation, Postcard and Sarah. From the dreamy album opener "Wait Your Turn" to the driving jangle of "Dead Saturdays" and the lush, epic "Gone Too Fast" we can see that we're in the presence of a very talented writer indeed, someone with a lifetime's worth of pop fandom just waiting to burst out in song.

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12” single featuring “Yuletide Throwdown,” co-written and performed with Fab 5 Freddy, recorded around the time of “Rapture,” and using the same samples. The audio has been remastered from the analog tapes and includes an exclusive remix by Cut Chemist. The rare 1981 holiday flexi-disc has been reissued for the first time on 180-gram vinyl and packaged in die-cut bespoke “disco-bag” style sleeve with artwork by New York graffiti artist, Hugo Gyrl. Indie Exclusive on Hot Pink vinyl.

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Summer Walker

Still Over It

CD: $13.99 UNAVAILABLE
Summer Walker's 2019 debut, Over It, contains the platinum single "Come Thru" and the 2x platinum hit "Playing Games." The album spent 108 weeks on the Billboard 200 and 14 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart. It also produced 8 hits on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart which have collectively generated 3.7 billion US streams. In October 2021, Summer announced her 2nd album, Still Over It, with lead single, "Ex For A Reason," feat. City Girl's JT. Still Over It drops Nov. 5.
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Limited 'Daphne's dream purple' colored vinyl LP pressing. Wealth, lust, and betrayal set in the backdrop of Regency era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. Side 1 contains the violin laced pop 'cover 'songs performed by the legendary Vitamin String Quartet, originally by: Billy Eilish, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Celeste and Taylor Swift with side 2 contains original score music by Kris Bowers.
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On an early draft of folk trio Mountain Man's Bandcamp page, the project aptly described itself as "a creative growing from the mouths of Molly Erin Sarlé, Alexandra Sasuer-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath." Sparse and homespun, from the onset the voices of Mountain Man crafted an immediate intimacy. A Mountain Man song exists in a strange and wild and naturalistic world, populated with thick summer air and bright moons and chicadees, unfurling like a long night spent sitting on the back porch steps with your closest friends.

Released in the muggy summer of 2010, Mountain Man's debut full-length 'Made the Harbor' catapulted the project into the spotlight on indie music blogs across the Internet, and then into much bigger stages offline, too. From a MySpace buss band to touring as back-up singers for Feist across the world, Mountain Man's 'Made the Harbor' and the sound of their three voices tangling together had a certain magic that resonated so easily. 

Now, a decade past its release, 'Made the Harbor' celebrates its tenth anniversary with an addition disc's worth of bonus material. The second LP here features unreleased songs, live sessions recorded at Bennington College's Greenwall Auditorium at the inception of the project, along with covers of the Mills Brothers, Arthur Russell, and then-Vermont contemporary toothache, and more. The deluxe packaging includes a collage culled from the band's personal collection and live photos from that time, as well as a personal essay by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

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Admiral Fallow

The Idea Of You [LP]

Vinyl: $28.98 UNAVAILABLE

Admiral Fallow are thrilled to announce the release of their new album The Idea Of You, their first in six years, on Chemikal Underground. Written and mostly recorded in 2019, The Idea Of You is a captivating collection of songs ' generously melodic, confidently executed and festooned with intricacies. In true Admiral Fallow fashion, these tales of friendship and carefree adventure take the road less travelled, rarely finding their terminus where it might be most expected. Warmth, empathy and contentment course through the nine songs, a consequence of its makers finding themselves in a settled set of personal and professional circumstances. The Idea Of You traverses Philly soul, sophisticated pop and guitar-driven rock, delivering humbly anthemic choruses by the barrowload.

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Nathaniel once again demonstrates that he is a writer and performer of the highest order, who seems to be smack dab in the middle of what we all hope is an extended creative peak. The album showcases Nathaniel's unique observations of our world and people's ongoing struggle in learning how to better understand each other.  The Future was produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and R.M.B. The latter being the production team of Nathaniel himself, Patrick Meese, and James Barone (Beach House). The same team that both produced and were the core musicians behind Nathaniel's latest and greatest solo effort, And It's Still Alright.  Additional production was added by multifaceted musician, engineer, producer, Elijah Thomson (Father John Misty, Richard Swift).  Other notable contributions came from Jenny Lewis and Jess Wolfe (Lucius), whom both added backing vocals to the stunning track, "What IF I".  And Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) who sang on "Face Down In The Moment".  The album was recorded at Nathaniel's own Broken Creek Studio just outside of Denver, CO

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Limited edition 9CD boxset with a 40 page booklet & an exclusive signed print! This expansive new boxset features 129 tracks across nine CDs including five studio albums -'Bluefinger' (2007), 'Svn F ng rs' (2008), 'The Golem' (2010), 'NonStopErotik' (2010), and 'Paley & Francis' (2011). Plus, 'Abbabubba', a collection of B-sides, rarities and remixes, as well as two live albums 'Live In Nijmegen' and 'Live At The Hotel Utah Saloon' (which is released on CD for the very first time). All eight albums have been newly mastered for this release by Phil Kinrade at Alchemy Mastering at AIR. Also includes a 40-page companion booklet featuring exclusive new artwork, along with an introduction and album-by-album liner notes by Black Francis himself. This exclusive edition includes a print hand signed by Black Francis and is strictly limited to 500 copies

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Steve Perry

The Season [LP]

Vinyl: $25.98 UNAVAILABLE

STEVE PERRY "I hope when people hear this record, they're teleported in the same way I was when I recorded all these songs-I hope it brings them back to those golden moments with their loved ones and gives them that feeling of joy and connection and comfort that we all need so much."

All 8 tracks on the record come straight from the heart as Steve hopes to send listeners to the place they find the most comfort during the holiday season, which, for Steve, is his grandmother's home.

"When I was recording vocals for "I'll be Home For Christmas", as I was singing "Please have Snow and Mistletoe and Presents under the tree" . I was emotionally thrown into standing in my grandmother's house staring through the door that I always hung Mistletoe and then I saw her beautiful Christmas tree in front of her living room window.I had to stop singing because it felt like I was really there.I was a bit stunned.Back Home for Christmas is where everyone wants to be!"

One of the most iconic voices in rock & roll history, Steve Perry has captivated generations with the sheer power of his range and extraordinary warmth of his tone. The Season serves as the latest turn in a phenomenal career that's included landing on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" list, fronting Journey during the band's most successful era, and gaining entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

STEVE PERRY / SEASON

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10 year anniversary edition of Green Naugahyde.

Released in 2011 after a long hiatus - Naugahyde reunited the group with their early drummer Jay Lane and harkened back to the early days of Primus (think "Frizzle Fry"). The trio were described by Rolling Stone at the time as a "tight knotty rhythm team." Packaged here in an embossed gatefold jacket, with new photos. 2 x LPs pressed Ghostly Green vinyl.

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Storage units hold possessions on pause from the outside world, objects capable of reconnecting us to a time or place. Hana Vu (born in 2000s California) grew up with her family making regular use of public storage spaces in Los Angeles, moving every few years, leaving a mix of the sacred and the mundane to sit inside concrete and steel. The 20-year-old musician sees the art of making and releasing songs in a similar sense: "these public expressions of thoughts, feelings, baggage, experiences that accumulate every year and fill little units such as 'albums.'" She lived next to one of these buildings when she started writing her full-length Ghostly International debut, Public Storage, and it's towering presence lends a metaphor to a record that sounds far bigger than the bedroom it came from. The emotional chattels of these guitar-driven pop songs are scattered in different boxes, but they all belonged to one person at one point. Being left behind gives these vignettes a tone of brooding introspection. Across the album, Vu excavates an internal universe, loading and unpacking memories, moods, and imagined scenes with agency, charisma, and conviction.Vu's relationship with music began when she picked up a guitar her dad had lying around and taught herself to play. She'd wake up every day and listen to LA's ALT 98.7, home to '90s and '00s alternative rock; later in high school, she found the local DIY scene. She remembers, "A lot of my peer musicians were surf rock/punk type bands and so I tried to fit into that when I was gigging around. But what I was listening to at that time [St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens] was very different from what I performed." Ultimately she'd do her own thing, keeping a journal of bedroom pop experiments on Bandcamp, including a low-key Willow Smith collaboration and covers of The Cure and Phil Collins. She caught the ear of Gorilla vs. Bear, who released Vu's self-produced debut EP in 2018 on their Luminelle Recordings imprint, followed by a double EP the next year. Public Storage builds on the sound of Vu's early work underscoring her strengths as a songwriter with a deeper sense of luster, sophistication, and urgency. She calls it "very invasive and intense sounding music," refreshingly out of step with contemporary trends; this is music to engage with rather than lean back to. For the first time, she welcomes a co-producer, Jackson Phillips (Day Wave), who helps Vu create a vast, grainy, multifaceted world to stretch into vocally, her distinct contralto drifting freely between evocative low-lit ruminations and soulful, skyward bursts. Vu opens the album fixed on a force that recurs throughout. She explains, "I am not religious but when writing these songs I imagined a sort of desolate character crying out to an ultimately punitive force for something more." The first sounds we hear are charming: isolated piano keys cycle into warm strums and self-harmonies on "April Fool," as Vu's protagonist dismisses her surroundings and ability to communicate. The soft amber glow diffuses into the album's title track, a darker, murkier, louder place. Vu rips through "Public Storage' with a series of defiant rejections (failure, family, magic) and cathartic demands ("here are my bruises / all my dents and my fuses / everything that I've got to prove"). It's a rare and powerful display of vulnerability from a lyricist who favors the abstract over autobiographical. Built on a disco synth pattern and grooving bass stabs, "Aubade" has the bright bounce of it's morning namesake, cleverly at odds with it's downbeat subject. The contrast continues on "Keeper," a pulsating new wave cut, replete with soaring dreamy synths and a cooly snarling narrator, again challenging that force ("are you my keeper / can you keep me woe"). "Gutter" returns to the grungy lowlight, with muscular guitar riffs striating above a bed of feedback, swelling alongside orchestral strings to a roaring finish ("I keep score and scream it in the dark / like you wanted").The back half of Public Storage features some of it's most striking moments: the rhythmic, hook-heavy "Everybody's Birthday" speaks to the evil absurdity of the present, the end of times. The night is red, the mood is blue, and her character's shame is painted gold. Vu saves "Maker" for last, a final go at the existential. That long-lost trinket, enormously meaningful, buried at the bottom of a box at the back of the unit. Tender banjo plucks and piano keys serve as the base for Vu's escalating harmonies, overcome by remorseful exhalations, the song culminates on the lines: "save me oh my angel / are you angry / cos I'm not stronger and I crumble / oh that's my nature / just like you." In that address, in finding something lost along the way in too many shuffles from place to place, Vu finds a tarnished token of solace and a logical conclusion for Public Storage: we are all fucked up, scattered, prone to getting lost, and whoever, whatever made us is fucked up, scattered and lost too.
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We are pleased to announce the reissue of the fantastic 'WHAT'S GOING ON' (ORIGINAL DETROIT MIX), which was released in 2001 as a double CD as a DELUX EDITION including unreleased material and became a hot topic among not only soul lovers but also many music listeners!There was a source that had been mastered in Detroit, MOTOWN's home base, before the original source (which was mastered in Los Angeles on May 6, 1971) that is currently available in the market. The arrangement is so raw and rough that it seems to have vacuum-packed the atmosphere of the studio and the world at the time of recording, and the more you listen to this album, the more you will be amazed.
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"Pay to Cum" is the debut single from the band Bad Brains, self-released in June 1980 on the band's Bad Brain Records. The single was recorded in New York City by Jimi Quidd at his Dots Studios. This reissue marks the first release in the remaster campaign, re-launching the Bad Brains Records label imprint. In coordination with the band, Org Music has overseen the restoration and remastering of the iconic Bad Brains' recordings. The audio was mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Furnace Record Pressing. Indie Exclusive pressed on black and white (half and half) color vinyl, limited to 700 copies, and only available at independent record stores.
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“IL VOLO SINGS MORRICONE”, Il Volo’s new much-awaited album dedicated to the Maestro, will be released worldwide on November 5th. It is an exciting journey through the art and music of one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.

As a sign of the high esteem held for him, they decided to devote part of their amazing career to Ennio Morricone, with the endorsement from the Maestro’s family for this exclusive global project.

“IL VOLO SINGS MORRICONE” is an album with 14 songs recalling the Maestro’s legendary melodies, which have remained forever etched in our memory, including an absolute gem: “L’estasi dell’oro” (“The Ecstasy of Gold” from the movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” – “Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo”), which, for the first time ever, will be accompanied by lyrics written by Andrea Morricone specifically for Il Volo. It also features “I colori dell’amore” (“The colours of love”), an unreleased track composed by Andrea Morricone for the trio that was unexpectedly performed live for the first time, together with other songs by Ennio Morricone, at a big concert held at the Arena di Verona on June 5, 2021.

The album was recorded in the Forum Studios in Rome, with Maestro Marcello Rota conducting the historic Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, which – since it was established in 1994 – worked extensively with Maestro Ennio Morricone, performing under his musical direction at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.

The album also features other key collaborations: violinist David Garrett in “La Califfa” (“The Lady Caliph”), Hauser from 2CELLOS in “Se” (“If”) and trumpet player Chris Botti in “Come Sail Away”.

Il Volo have always felt closely connected to the Maestro, also appearing on stage with him in 2011, at Piazza del Popolo in Rome, to perform “E più ti penso” ("The more I think of you") on a medley of scores by Ennio Morricone from the films “Once Upon a Time in America” (“C'era una volta in America”) and “Malèna”.

A record that is destined to go straight to the heart of millions of people worldwide, as it combines the unforgettable melodies by the celebrated conductor, musician, composer and author of some of the greatest film soundtracks in the history of Italian and international cinema with the trio’s unique voices.

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