What's New 9-3-21

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Petaluma Records

Now Is The Time, the first release in eight years from the Lavender Diamond, was written and produced entirely by the chamber-pop trio of Becky Stark, Steve Gregoropoulos and Ron Rega Jr., and mixed by Tucker Martine. The album features contributions from Nathaniel Walcott (Bright Eyes), Sasami (Domino Records) and RRHOF inductee Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, PJ Harvey, Beck).

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Empire

Named by Q Magazine as one of the "5 Best Compilations of 2000," the soundtrack to the Andrzej Bartkowiak film was executive produced by Timbaland and features production from Irv Gotti, Rapture Stewart, Ant Banks, Eric Seats, Mannie Fresh and J Dub. Appearances include Aaliyah, B.G., Chanté Moore, Dave Hollister, Destiny's Child, Ginuwine, Joe, Lil' Mo, Mack 10, Playa, and Stanley Clarke.

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Sleepyhead Records

Shedding the Americana-adjacent associations of her previous efforts, Liz Cooper pursues sounds and songs from the likes of Courtney Love, Lou Reed, and Bowie. Hot Sass is Cooper coming into her own, both musically and as a person. “It’s me learning about what kind of woman I am and it’s not pretty all the time. I just want to continue making art that displays myself, the moments, and the people around me.

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Empire

Executive produced by Barry and Jomo Hankerson, the soundtrack to the Andrzej Bartkowiak 2001 film features production from a variety of producers including Dame Grease, Irv Gotti, Bud'da, Eric Seats, DJ Paul, Juicy J, The Beat Bullies, & Timbaland. Appearances include Black Child, Drag-On, Ja Rule, Lady Luck, Mack 10, Memphis Bleek, Nas, Redman, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Three 6 Mafia, Trick Daddy, Trina & WC, as well as the film's star, DMX.

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BMG

The heaviest of metal legends return with another sprawling double-album. More diverse than its predecessor (2015’s The Book of Souls), Senjutsu is full of gear changes (progressive tendencies run free), thematic leaps (Samurai Japan! Time travel! Celtic death marches! WWII!), but still manages to concentrate its punches. It’s the sound of perfectly honed craftsmen galloping, axes in hand, toward the battlefield—where (or when) ever that may be.

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