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  • What's New 3-24-23

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    New West

    There is a romantic nature within the sonic landscape of The Art of Forgetting. Tape effects and loops emulate the feeling of aging (recent memories turning to old ones, then ultimately being forgotten) while the juxtaposition of modern acoustic-electronic textures, like lo-fi tape next to hi-fi granular synths result in some of Rose’s most mature and honest work to date.

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    Sub Pop

    There’s an extraordinary elasticity across Good Luck’s masterful production. From industrial, claustrophobic gloom to sweeter and more spacious compositions, Friday moves seamlessly through these deftly-engineered soundscapes. There’s always something new to hone in on and further draw you into this immensely multi-faceted body of work that testifies to the liberating potential of making a racket..

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    Columbia

    Depeche Mode's first album as a two-piece of Dave Gahan and Martin Gore, following co-founder Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher’s tragic passing in 2022. A vast expanse of moods and textures, from its ominous opening to its closing resolve—running the gamut from paranoia and obsession to catharsis and joy, and hitting myriad points between. For a record preoccupied by death, its big heart bursts with life.

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    Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Flemons has built a reputation on presenting 100 years of American roots music, but now, with Traveling Wildfire, his own songwriting prowess comes into the spotlight. Carefully selected from his personal repertoire, these original songs reveal his love of country, western, blues, Americana, bluegrass and folk music as they tell of true love, family legacy, survival, time travel, and the juxtaposition between light and dark.

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    4AD

    Building on the warm, elemental soundscape of 2021's Antidotes EPs and the moody, elegant timbre of her cello, Chua has self-produced and engineered a deeply introspective and fully realized vessel of creative expression. Yian emerges as less an album than a worldview, a commitment to learning and uncovering one's own selfhood honed over Chua's lifelong reconciliation with her own personal history and identity.

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    Cooking Vinyl

    Last year Babymetal were “sealed” from the world after a successful 10-year journey. The Other One restoration project began to recover the Babymetal we never knew existed within a virtual world called the “Metalverse”. 10 songs have been discovered within the project, each representing a theme of the 10 parallel worlds that exist. Strap yourself in, and put those kitsunes up.

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    Season of Mist

    Exul personifies Ne Obliviscaris' distinctive, boundary-pushing ethos. The band's trademark blend of emotion and beauty is as towering as ever, if not even more compelling, particularly how the haunting violin lines carefully weave their way around the riffs. The duality of clean vocals and growls remains the narrative anchor, elevating songs that emanate sophistication and are a masterclass in composition.

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    Interscope

    Lana Del Rey’s ninth album is heavy and disarmingly truthful, yet expands its close lens thanks to her wide-ranging, alluring aesthetic looseness. It might deal with some major existential questions, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had as it cements Del Rey’s status as one of modern music’s most intriguing songwriters. Featuring Father John Misty, Tommy Genesis, Jon Batiste, Bleachers and more.

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    Rough Trade

    Drawing on traditional folk songs, Lankum put their own dark, distinctive mark onto each, leaning into heavy drones and sonic distortion that imparts new intensity and beauty. This record sees the band cement their breakout from the folk genre, creating bold, contemporary music that may be fashioned from traditional elements but is firmly new, sitting comfortably alongside labelmates black midi and Gilla Band.

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    Thirty Tigers

    Celebrants marks a highly anticipated return for the beloved trio and explores the inherent dynamics of human connection. Across the 18 tracks, the trio addresses love, friendship and time with lyrics both poetic and plain-spoken, as they see bridges built, crossed, burned and rebuilt. Produced by longtime collaborator Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Grace Potter, Weezer).

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    Pure Noise

    For over three decades the New Jersey punk legends have been one of the most reliably joyful bands in punk rock, fostering an incredibly close kinship with their loyal listeners. Now on Ten Stories High, The Bouncing Souls have taken this connection even further, creating an album of 10 songs inspired by the stories of their fans through direct, one-on-one conversations. .

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    Equal Vision

    Newest release from Alabama metalcore warriors Gideon. Beards. Boots. Breakdowns. And a 10-gallon hat. It's a Southern-fried beatdown destined to ignite mosh pits from coast to coast, thanks to the thunderously chunky breakdowns with extra grit and girth. A pummeling blast of vicious, metal-tinged hardcore, all acerbic guitars and chugging riffs.

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    UNFD

    While Heavner doesn’t deviate from the foundation laid by previous releases, Invent Animate focuses on what they’re good at and expand. From the beautiful and infectious melodies of the choruses to the ferociously intense grooves of the breakdowns and riffs, Heavener is an exceptional display of their talent for balancing the melodic and the aggressive.

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    Napalm

    Riding on its own wave in the symphonic metal space, The Awakening benefits from every inch of the dark and glorious landscape it lovingly paints. It’s a broadside blast of ultragoth that feels simultaneously uniquely Kamelot and yet the most accessible work they’ve released to date. It’s simply huge in both performance and effort and, power metal affection depending, is well worth getting lost in.

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    Mute

    With Fantasy, the Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated artist returns with his most personal album to date. Featuring long-time collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Joe Berry, M83’s touring keyboardist and sax player, the album was born out of extended jam sessions that lasted nearly a year. The result is an exuberant, live-sounding record where trademark M83 goosebump moments abound.

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    Glassnote

    12 songs full of sleek grooves and bold melodies that the Boston quintet put together to help ride out tough times, an anthem for better days ahead. “The wildest thing for me is that the record simultaneously sounds like it has the scars of everything we’ve been through and also that it doesn’t — it’s joyful music, which is very exciting given that it was made in the middle of getting hit in the stomach,” says singer Robbie Wulfsohn.

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    Century Media

    Extreme metal stalwarts Suicide Silence channel the spirit of their classic albums to deliver a modern deathcore masterpiece. Remember… taps into the rawness and energy of the band’s DNA to thunderous result. Album singles are proof positive that Suicide Silence are far from mellowing with time. With this record, they’re going deeper and darker, meditating on death and finality.

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  • New Release Round-Up 03-24-23

    Caroline Rose - The Art of Forgetting

    Caroline Rose - The Art of Forgetting - New West Records
    The time is now for Caroline Rose. Their last record, Superstar, was released on March 6, 2020. The record was critically acclaimed and positioned Rose as the next big breakthrough in music. Needless to say, the resulting pandemic grinded all momentum to a halt while at the same time throwing Rose’s personal life into turmoil. The result of that turmoil is the fuel that fired the creation of their latest album, The Art of Forgetting. With The Art of Forgetting, Rose took on the dual role of writer and producer. The album encapsulates the feeling of experiencing recent memories, having them turn into old ones and then ultimately forgetting those memories altogether. There is a romantic nature within the sonic landscape of this record. Tape effects and loops emulate the feeling of aging while the juxtaposition of modern acoustic-electronic textures, like lo-fi tape next to hi-fi granular synths result in some of their most mature and honest work to date.

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    Fake Names - Expendables

    Fake Names - Expendables - Epitaph
    If credibility were currency, Fake Names’ wealth would be off the charts. Composed of Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, INVSN, The [International] Noise Conspiracy), Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside) and the newest member Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Rites of Spring), the band is a veritable post-hardcore dream team. However instead of rehashing the past, Expendables is a reinvention that sees the band dialing back the distortion and leaning into the melodies. The result pairs their unparalleled pedigree with a pop sensibility that’s slightly unexpected and wholly satisfying. “For our last record [2019’s FAKE NAMES]the general influences were 70’s U.K. punk and power-pop; but it wound up with a little classic rock vibe as well, like the Vibrators meets Aerosmith. We never saw that coming!” , Baker explains. For Expendables the band enlisted producer Adam “Atom” Greenspan (IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Baker explains, “The pop influences are a little more out front on this one and the production really helps it shine. It sounds more direct, more urgent.” Expendables is the latest exchange in a musical conversation that spans four decades. Baker aptly refers to the lineup of FAKE NAMES as a “mutual admiration society” and says that once the five members got in the same room together, it felt as if they had already been in the band together for years.

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    Elton John - Honky Chateau: 50th Anniversary

    Elton John - Honky Chateau: 50th Anniversary - Island
    Released in May 1972, Honky Chateau was the album that made Elton John a superstar and ushered in a new era for him.  Named after the residential studios outside Paris where the album was recorded, Honky Château bought a new level of simplicity and directness to Elton’s music that had previously only been seen in glimpses. Shorn of the complexities and ornate orchestrations of his recent work, Honky Chateau seemed freewheeling and intimate. It was helped by Rocket Man, the record which became another of Elton’s signature songs.  These special editions contain the original album, and on both vinyl and CD editions a newly created selection of outtakes from the sessions, produced from the original tapes by Matt Still, which highlight the warmth and humor of the sessions. On CD only there are eight tracks from the album that were recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in 1972, all receiving their live debut, just a few days back in the UK after recording. Assembled with the customary care by Elton’s catalog team, the album comes as a gatefold with an eight-page booklet with rare photos, memorabilia and an essay by co-curator and music writer Daryl Easlea, featuring interviews from those who were there.  Honky Château has been mastered at Lurssen in California, and the vinyl cut at Abbey Road.



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    Bob Marley - Tuff Gong Jamaica Pressings

    Bob Marley - Tuff Gong Jamaica Pressings - Island
    Twelve limited-edition Bob Marley vinyl LP's, each numbered and pressed exclusively at the legendary Tuff Gong International headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, will be available, featuring nine original studio albums and two original live albums, plus the world's best-selling reggae album, Legend, all including a highly-desirable Tuff Gong stamp.  The limited-edition albums were pressed at Tuff Gong's newly refurbished vinyl pressing plant, which re-opened in summer 2020 and will have an annual capacity of 250,000 units.  Each album was mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters in Los Angeles. 

    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Lana Del Rey - Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Light Green 2LP/Alt. Cover]
    Fall Out Boy - So Much (For) Stardust [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]
    Nickel Creek - Celebrants [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Confetti Yellow 2LP]
    BABYMETAL - THE OTHER ONE [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Solid White LP]
    Depeche Mode - Memento Mori
    Sophie B. Hawkins - Free Myself
    Wage War - The Stripped Sessions [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Swirl LP]
    Diplo - Diplo
    Luke Combs - Gettin’ Old
    Chasms - Glimpse of Heaven [Pink & Blue Swirl LP]
    Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon: 50th Anniversary
    Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon: Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974
    Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone & Green Swirl LP]
    Aoife O'Donovan - Aoife O'Donovan Plays Nebraska [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
    Debby Friday - Good Luck
    Carly Pearce - 29: Written In Stone: Live From Music City
    Botch - American Nervoso: 25th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Purple LP]
    OTTTO - Life Is A Game [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
    *NSYNC - *NSYNC: 25th Anniversary [LP]



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    UPCOMING RELEASES

    The Who - The Who - With Orchestra Live At Wembley

    The Who - The Who - With Orchestra Live At Wembley - Interscope Records
    Recorded at the band's show at the world-famous Wembley Stadium on 6th July 2019, The Who performed many of their greatest hits as well as songs from their acclaimed recent studio album with the help of the Isobel Griffiths Ltd Orchestra, which gave a new perspective to some of their best-loved material.  This release is available as a 2-CD + Blu-Ray containing an Atmos mix of the entire album and a 3-LP black vinyl edition. Both are housed in a trifold sleeve with an extensive booklet containing multiple photos from rehearsals, backstage, and the show.

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  • What's New 3-17-23

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    Interscope

    Songs of Surrender features 16 new acoustic and reimagined recordings from the U2 catalog, produced and compiled by The Edge, including “One,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and “Pride (In The Name Of Love).” Available on Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Opaque White 2 LP. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl with 4-page insert featuring liner notes from The Edge.

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    Blue Note

    A stunning companion piece to the acclaimed View With A Room. Featuring the trio of bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King with the addition of guitar icon Bill Frisell. Intimate and gorgeous, The Layers is a welcome additional offering from this meeting of two of modern jazz's most distinctive voices with one of the music's most skilled and inventive rhythm sections.

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  • New Release Round-Up 03-17-23

    Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park: 10th Anniversary Edition

    Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park: 10th Anniversary Edition - Mercury Nashville
    Kacey Musgraves releases a limited edition Zoetrope Picture Disc Vinyl in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of her debut Platinum and Grammy winning album- Same Trailer Different Park. The album went to #1 on the Country Album Charts when it was released in 2013. Kacey co-wrote all 12 tracks and co-produced the album with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. Album won the Grammy award for the Best Country Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The album featured the break-out singles- “Merry Go Round”, “Blowin’ Smoke”, and “Follow Your Arrow”.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    U2 - Songs of Surrender [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque White 2LP]
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra - V
    M83 - Fantasy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Marble 2LP]
    Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker: Live [2LP]
    All Time Low - Tell Me I'm Alive
    Say Hi - Elocution Prattle
    100 Gecs - 10,000 gecs [Indie Exclusive limited Edition White LP]
    Dropkick Murphys - Blackout: 20th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Translucent Red LP]
    Ghost - Ceremony And Devotion [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Lemon 2LP]
    Sonny Rollins - Go West!: The Contemporary Records Albums
    Jake Baldwin - Misc. Items
    Sandrider - Enveletration
    Pierce The Veil - A Flair For The Dramatic
    Stephen Sondheim, Sara Bareilles, Into The Woods 2022 Broadway Cast - Into The Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording)
    Creatrix - Now More Than Ever
    The Band of Heathens - Simple Things
    Subhumans - 29:29 Split Vision [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Deep Purple LP]
    Subhumans - EP-LP [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Deep Purple LP]
    Subhumans - Time Flies + Rats [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Deep Purple LP]
    Kamelot - The Awakening [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 2LP]
    Ten Years After - A Space In Time: 50th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Half-Speed Master LP]
    Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse: 10th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]
    The Offspring - Smash [RSD Essential Milky Clear LP]
    Warren Zevon - Life'll Kill Ya [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Smoking Skull LP]
    Mystic - Cuts For Luck And Scars For Freedom [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Black Ice 2LP + Ruby Red 7in]


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Music Releases 03-24-23

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Lana Del Rey Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd [2LP] New Vinyl: $35.98
Caroline Rose The Art of Forgetting [Audiophile Collectors Edition Clear Lenticular Cover 2LP] New Vinyl: $50.98
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Fake Names Expendables [LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
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Elton John Honky Chateau: 50th Anniversary [2LP] New Vinyl: $37.99
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Wage War The Stripped Sessions [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Swirl LP] New Vinyl: $25.99
Diplo Diplo [LP] New Vinyl: $34.98
Luke Combs Gettin’ Old [LP] New Vinyl: $34.98
Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon: Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974 [LP] New Vinyl: $37.98
Debby Friday Good Luck [Loser Edition Metallic Silver LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Carly Pearce 29: Written In Stone: Live From Music City New CD: $13.49
Cecile McLorin Salvant Mélusine New CD: $14.98
Kate Davis Fish Bowl [LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
Botch American Nervoso: 25th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Purple LP] New Vinyl: $31.98
6lack Since I Have A Lover New CD: $13.99
Omar Apollo Ivory [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
OTTTO Life Is A Game [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Elvis Presley Elvis Live 1972 [2LP] New Vinyl: $35.98
Thrice The Artist In The Ambulance [Green LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
The Bouncing Souls Ten Stories High [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow, Blue & Black Twist LP] New Vinyl: $27.98
Cheap Trick Authorized Greatest Hits [2LP] New Vinyl: $30.98
Katie Melua Love & Money [LP] New Vinyl: $26.98
*NSYNC *NSYNC: 25th Anniversary [LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
The Scarlet Goodbye Hope's Eternal [Red LP] New Vinyl: $18.98
Disney Peaceful Piano Disney Peaceful Piano [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98

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