Music Releases 06-18-21

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Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Carnage [LP]

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Written, recorded, and completed during lockdown, CARNAGE is the first studio album from Nick Cave & Warren Ellis outside of the Bad Seeds and their many soundtrack collaborations.

The eight song project - developed amidst the downtime of a long, anxious, global emergency - showcases Cave & Ellis’ typical sonic and lyrical adventurism and stands as a quintessential record for these uncertain times.

CARNAGE is shot through with moments of distilled beauty and resonating with an almost defiant sense of hope. In Cave's own words, it is "a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe."

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Ashe

Ashlyn

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A graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Ashe has been lauded by the likes of The FADER who raved about her “effortless voice”; People called her music, “deeply emotional yet so fun,” Consequence of Sound described her songs as, “accessible yet emotional” and NME declared she’s “a formidable new force in the pop world,” among other accolades. Ashe’s touring resume includes performances at Coachella with Big Gigantic, and opening slots for The Chainsmokers, LAUV, Louis The Child, Lewis Capaldi and more.  On TikTok Ashe gained 1 million followers, hitting over 2.5 billion video views and 2.5 million videos created.  On Instagram she has over 905K followers and growing, approaching 515K followers on Twitter, and over 7.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Her double EP Moral of the Story Chapters 1 & 2 is out now.  In 2020, Ashe also released the single “Save Myself,” which garnered over a million streams a week last summer, while the official music video saw #SaveMyselfMV trend on Twitter worldwide after its debut, including the U.S. at #5. She recently contributed an original song, “The Same,” to the new film and soundtrack, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, her second placement in the wildly popular Netflix franchise. Ashe made her stunning late-night TV debut alongside Niall Horan on The Late Late Show with James Corden, taped at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall and her daytime debut on Ellen at the top of 2021. “Till Forever Falls Apart” is the first hint of more exciting new music on the horizon from Ashe coming soon. Ashe and FINNEAS recently performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ashe’s forthcoming debut album Ashlyn includes 14 songs which she describes "Ashlyn is deeply reflective and honest, full of stories of my experiences with fear and pain and turning those hard things into joy and independence. I’m an experiential writer and there was no way I was going to make an album that didn’t address my personal journey, from my brother’s death this last year to my own experiences with emotional abuse. I think you have to be vulnerable to create something really great and I believe I did that. Writing this album was also an opportunity to show that I’m not just a songwriter and a singer but a producer and a musician with a very clear vision for my art. Joni Mitchell refers to herself like a bee, gathering stories like pollen and trying to make honey from it, “whether or not the flavor suits people is something beyond my control.” I really tried to take that approach to writing this album, making something I loved above everything else. I couldn’t be more proud of Ashlyn and I hope many people happen to love it too.”

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Deluxe/Limited/Special Edition Details: The creator of "Hamilton" and the director of "Crazy Rich Asians" invite you to a cinematic event, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big... "In the Heights." Lights up on Washington Heights... The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. "In the Heights" fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda's kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu's lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of it's place, but universal in it's experience ViNYL
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They look like we do, and may live somewhat the same. Yet, they are multiplied. Where once was Superwolf, now are Superwolves. What world, REALLY are Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy from? A place of all-music, knowing no borders, no morals other than natural tribal lines to be violated in the name of love and light, for all together.

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Sucker Supreme is the third album from Rosie Tucker, and first for Epitaph Records. It is a coming of age album that aches with self-discovery, self-definition, and self-redefinition. Sucker Supreme is also just the right follow-up to where their last album, 2019’s Never Not Never Not Never Not, left off: still playfully observed, still sneakily political, still indebted to folk singers of the past – but also much, much bigger, brighter, louder and noisier than anything Tucker has dared before. It delivers mightily on an ambitious M.O.: to be relentlessly catchy and muscular and noisy but also beautiful; be achingly sad and searching, but never too far away from funny, either; and to spotlight Tucker’s empathetic, yearning vocals on top of it all. It takes a unique group of people to make an album that leaps out of the speakers at you like this one. Sucker Supreme is the first record made by Tucker’s current touring band: drummer Jessy Reed, guitarist Jess Kallen, and bassist Wolfy, who also occupied the producer’s chair. It’s a group of people as eager to share their long-dead folk music heroes as they are to pay homage to their still-kicking pop-punk heartthrobs.

Rosie Tucker - Sucker Supreme [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]
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A new era of hope, survival, and prosperity comes calling on STYX's Magnum Opus, Crash of the Crown, the band's first studio album since 2017's The Mission. Though the 15-track album takes a hard look at some inherently dark subjects, the prevalent light at the end of the tunnel eventually becomes each song's focal point - a persistent fervor to keep moving forward and achieve the greater good. Featuring "Crash of the Crown," "Reveries" & more, available on black vinyl.

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James release their 16th studio album All The Colours Of You. The new full-length was produced by Grammy award-winning Jacknife Lee (Taylor Swift, U2), who bought a fresh approach to James' sound and captured the band in all their glory. All The Colours of You features the most arena ready tracks of James' 38-year career, the sound of one of Britain’s best bands, deconstructed & reassembled by one of the world’s most renowned producers. 1 Purple/Black LP & 1 Red/Black LP. Indie Exclusive.

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Los Angeles based Alt-rock quartet THE INTERRUPTERS are releas- ing their first-ever live album Live In Tokyo! with a set list that captures the live power that made them one of the busiest touring bands in the world, with fan favorite songs from each of the bands three albums including hit tracks such as “She’s Kerosene,” “Gave You Everything,” “Take Back The Power” and “Bad Guy.” Their greatest hits performed in the greatest way you can see THE INTERRUPTERS: LIVE!

The past three years have been pivotal for THE INTERRUPTERS. The band toured the world in support of their Fight the Good Fight (2018) album, including their first ever tour stop in Japan, where they captured this energetic live performance for their first live album Live In Tokyo!

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Evolfo’s homegrown musical universe is forever expanding. If the Brooklyn-based pysch rockers felt pressured to repeat the successes of their 2017 album 'Last of the Acid Cowboys' they certainly didn’t show it. One might think a band that racked up six million plus streams on their debut record would try to recreate this by doing more of the same, but Evolfo's latest album, 'Site Out Of Mind,' finds them stepping boldly forward, using 'Last of the Acid Cowboys' as a springboard for even more vivid conceptual territory, departing its earth bound adventures in melting landscapes, rat cities, and desert sojourns for metaphysical territory in the mountains of the mind. On this latest 11-track effort, Evolfo reaches far beyond the confines of genre to create a colorful echo drenched psych rock dream all their own. Partially inspired by concepts pulled from sci-fiction and one group psychedelic drug trip, 'Site Out of Mind' is a thrilling spiral into the depths of the spiritual mind and the afterlife. During late-night overdub sessions, the band would tweak lyrics line by line until it resulted in poetic verses like those of “In Time” and “White Foam." Comprised of one-take recordings, an organ-heavy song like “Orion’s Belt” feels like you’ve walked into a mind-exploding jam session where everyone is so in tune that they don’t even need to make eye contact, or a rhythm-driven cut like “Strange Lights” which jolts with an energy akin to Can. Evolfo don’t just channel ‘60s psychedelia on 'Site Out of Mind,' they warp the genre with experimental flair, from saxophone electronics to droning violinists. The result is a collection of songs that are unexpected, absorbing, and blissfully tripped out.

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The brand new studio album from one of the biggest reggae bands in the world. IN THE MOMENT finds Rebelution ruminating on time, living in the present and making your future better. The grammy-nominated band's first full length studio album since FREE REIN in 2018. It brings 15 new tracks including guest appearances by Busy Signal, Kabaka Pyramid, Durand Jones and Keznamdi.

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Whispering Sons

Several Others [LP]

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Whispering Sons have captured Belgium's hearts, selling 10K records (that's gold record standard in Belgium), opening mainstage Rock Werchter and being nominated for 4 MIAS. Known for their dark and unique blend of experimental and frenetic post-punk, they follow their 2018 debut Image with Several Others.  Having retreated to the Ardennes last summer to work on new material, the band took the strongest parts of their earlier work and refined it even further with a strong focus on their greatest strength - sheer, unpretentious intensity. Whispering Sons have constantly outstripped their own expectations, and with every momentous step forward, they redraw the boundaries of what they consider possible, then duly go beyond them yet again. "Every song we write is closer to the thing we really want to do. Without making compromises," Fenne says.
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Hailing from the surprising West Yorkshire musical hot spot of Hebden Bridge, The Lounge Society are a teenage quartet, birthed out of the same "Calder sound" that has given the world The Orielles and WH Lung among others. A chance email from their band manager to Speedy Wunderground caught the label's ears. Their debut EP, Silk For The Starving, was recorded with producer Dan Carey (Kae Tempest, Bat For Lashes, Fontaines D.C.), and crackles with the type of listless, nervous energy that comes when you're teenager who has been denied all the simple pleasures in life, and robbed of a precious summer that you'll never get back.
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NOW That's What I Call Country Volume 14 will be the latest installment in the popular NOW series. This release is part of the multi-platinum NOW That's What I Call Music! compilation series, the world's best-selling multi-artist albums with sales topping 250 million worldwide and 94 million in the U.S. Now That's What I Call Country Collections have sold over 3 Million. Volume 14 includes songs from Country Superstars- Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, & others.

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NOW That's What I Call Country Classics: 00's will be the latest installment in the popular NOW series & the 2nd in the Country Classics series. This release is part of the multi-platinum NOW That's What I Call Music! compilation series, the world's best-selling multi-artist albums with sales topping 250M worldwide. Now That's What I Call Country Collections have sold over 3M. NOW Country Classics: 00's will include country superstars - Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, & Taylor Swift.

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After ten years, one of the greatest trilogies in hip-hop gets its final chapter.Kid Cudi unveils his anxiously awaited 7th full-length studio album and the third installment of his legendary Man On The Moon series, Man On The Moon III: The Chosen [Republic Records]. Cudi has returned with 18 new songs, such as "Show Out" [feat. Pop Smoke and Skepta], "Lovin' Me" [feat. Phoebe Bridgers], and "Rockstar Knights" [feat. Trippie Redd]. CD Softpak.

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The band's first Greatest Hits compilation from their first four albums, originally released on Reprise in 1993. Includes "More Bounce To The Ounce" sampled by The Notorious BIG, and "Computer Love" sampled by "2Pac. On two-color per LP Violet and Magenta / Orange and Pink 140g colored vinyl.

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The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four is a double album of tracks written by Andy Gill and Gang of Four - all newly reinterpreted and recorded by artists whose own unique contributions to music were enriched by listening to Gang of Four. Andy Gill died unexpectedly on February 1st, 2020, and in May 2021, the world gets a new way to enjoy his genius and the lasting brilliance of the band he co-founded. With original artwork by Damien Hirst.

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On Angelique Kidjo's new album Mother Nature, the four-time Grammy Award-winning luminary joins forces with many of her musical progeny, including some of the most captivating young creators of West African music, Afrobeat, Afro-pop, dancehall, hip-hop, and alt-R&B. The result is a truly visionary body of work, rooted in a deep understanding of musical tradition yet endlessly forward-thinking and inventive.

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Oh! The Horror brings their 2nd full-length record with more rap-infused hard rock tracks ready for rock radio! Featuring the singles, "Dead Inside," "Strange," and "Eat Me Alive" featuring Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens. Also included is their cover of Fouzia's pop hit "Tears of Gold" which has seen increased play at radio and on Sirius XM Octane's The Test Drive.

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The new album What the Flood Leaves Behind from Amy Helm

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One of the most significant collections in Trojan’s immense catalogue, the “The Trojan Story” album dramatically changed the perception of Jamaican music among the general British public outside of the country’s Afro-Caribbean population. Prior to its release in 1971 there had never been an attempt to present a comprehensive anthology of the island’s musical development, with vintage ska, rock steady and reggae widely regarded as obsolete and of precious little merit. The treble disc set, which became an instant best-seller, had been the brainchild of Trojan’s label manager and Black Music fan, Rob Bell, who, assisted by Trojan stalwarts, Dandy Livingstone, Webster Shrowder, Des Bryan and Joe Sinclair, produced arguably the most significant Jamaican music retrospectives of all time. Now, 50 years following its original release, this hugely influential album has been revisited by Bell, along with reggae musician, Rusty Zinn, who have succeeded in improving what was already an almost perfect collection. Presented in the original eye-catching artwork, the set is further enhanced by a highly illustrated 50-page booklet in which Bell and Zinn relate the stories behind the release life at Trojan in the 60’s and early 70’s and the 50 tracks featured on the compilation.

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Penelope Three is the third and final installment of Australian-born Brighton-based musician Penelope Trappes’ trilogy. She completes her ambitious and other-worldly triptych with an album of healing, on which she looks to release herself from fear and into love, evoked in Penelope’s signature ambient gothic dreamlands that are equal parts shoe-gaze pop and surrealist soundscapes. In Penelope Three, she explores her metamorphosis through tales of motherhood, the divine feminine, anxiety, healing powers and their spiritual connections through vocal loops, piano and guitar drenched in reverb, all underpinned by subterranean drones. “This is my most personal album to date,” she says of Penelope Three. “I’m digging up the underworld with visual motifs, and a mystical, gothic darkness that symbolises my struggles. Yet the universal message is that of overcoming our fears to allow the love in. This is the healing.

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".To All The Boys: Always & Forever became a love letter to the important life events that have been sacrificed or postponed in 2020-21: global travels, high school proms, graduations, weddings and even just heart-to-heart talks in a beloved diner," explains Michael Fimognari. "In the 3rd and final act of our trilogy, Lara Jean stands at the threshold of young adulthood, committed to living in full measures. This soundtrack represents her joys, sorrows and bravery to face whatever happens next."

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Clutch will be releasing Blast Tyrant as the first of 4 albums reimagined and individually curated by a band member, in this case Jean-Paul Gaster, and reissued as part of the Clutch Collector's Series. The artwork is in the vein of the original Blast Tyrant yet strikingly different. The vinyl release is remastered and manufactured on 180-gram colored vinyl which in turn is stored in extra heavy sleeves. The gatefold jacket is printed on metalized polyester paper, and each album includes a numbered insert autographed by the band. This version of Blast Tyrant in the Collector's Series is limited to 5,000 units worldwide.

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The Specials are one of the defining bands of the late 70's/early 80's along with Jerry Dammers iconic label Two Tone Records. They combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady mixed with the energy of punk and launched a whole Ska Revival which paved the way for fellow likeminded bands Madness, The Beat and The Selecter to release their first singles.Having had seven top 10 singles and two Gold albums over the course of two years, the band released Jerry Dammers' Ghost Town in June 1981, backed by Lynval Goldings' Why? and the Terry Hall penned Friday Night Saturday Morning. The beginnings of the song were written around the closure of the Larcano dancehall in Coventry, but also reflecting what was happening in other towns and cities with urban decay, unemployment and ongoing racial tensions of the period. Themes which are still relevant today.The single, which was recently voted the second greatest UK single of all time by Alexis Petridis in the Guardian, reached Number One in the UK singles charts and stayed there for a further 3 weeks, becoming one of the biggest selling singles of 1981 and has remained one of the classic UK singles of all.This 40th Anniversary Edition has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes for optimum audio quality. Presented in a new 3mm 12" spined sleeve, using the original iconic artwork and featuring the 2Tone 40th Anniversary Bellyband.
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The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four is a double album of tracks written by Andy Gill and Gang of Four - all newly reinterpreted and recorded by artists whose own unique contributions to music were enriched by listening to Gang of Four. Andy Gill died unexpectedly on February 1st, 2020, and in May 2021, the world gets a new way to enjoy his genius and the lasting brilliance of the band he co-founded. With original artwork by Damien Hirst.

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2021 release. Gentle Man is the first solo album from Grammy-award-winning artist Rory Feek (of Joey+Rory) & the first he's recorded since losing his wife and collaborator in 2016 to cancer. On Gentle Man, Rory tells stories about everyday small-town life, heartbreak, healing, and salvation. On Gentle Man Rory is joined on the record with other country artists like Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, Allison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, Sonya Isaacs, and Ben Isaacs.
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Vampira was a horror movie host icon from the 1950s. She was personal friends with Elvis and had her own weekly show on L.A. Television. Her only movie appearance was as an undead woman in the cult favorite, "Plan 9 From Outer space". She was adored by The Cramps, who had hired her to introduce her at local shows, and loved by the Misfits who wrote a song about her simply titled "Vampira".In the 80's Vampira was selling merch and autographs at local swap meets in Southern, CA to make ends meet. It is there she met Jane, the drummer of Satan's Cheerleaders who became friends with her and eventually convinced her to come into the studio and record some songs. The outcome resulted in two independent 7 inches from 1987 that is long out of print and valuable. For the first time ever, we have all 5 songs from those recording sessions, using original mixes that the band prefers over the mixes that ended up on the original 7 inches. Also included on side B of this LP is the first recording session by Satan's Cheerleaders. The 1985 Lysergia session includes the 2 tracks from their first 7" and two previously unreleased tracks.