Indie Exclusive Releases
Field Music's new album 'Making A New World' is released 10 January 2020, a 19 track song cycle about the after-effects of the First World War. Born out of a project the band undertook for the Imperial War Museum, this is Field Music's first true concept album. This new release from the band follows two projects in 2019 from the brothers separately - Peter's album with Sarah Hayes as You Tell Me, and David's Donald Trump funk musical, '45', as School of Language. Field Music will be touring Making a New World throughout 2020, including a show at Hackney's Earth.
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Three years since their last album proper, singer Stuart Staples decided Tindersticks’ return called for something special and No Treasure but Hope, is very much that! Rich in intuitive warmth, lush melodies and an inquisitive spirit, it’s an album that casts a fresh light on Tindersticks’ core qualities, bathed in the glow of a band intent on rediscovering what they can do. Expanding the horizon without losing the focus, No Treasure but Hope manages to collect some of the band’s most immediate work in one outsstanding album.
This will be the bands twelfth record, the earliest Tindersticks release being in 1991. Over the course of the band’s rich history, Staples has found a voice in film composition as well. This includes a soundtrack to Claire Denis’ science-fiction film High Life (2019), which features vocals from actor Robert Pattinson.
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Revenge, murder, bloodshed, and retribution, the Slayer Repentless Killogy is a perfectly packaged story reflecting these values that most look down upon. This is the story of Wyatt who used to run with the wrong crowd. Wyatt is a former Neo Nazi associated with a gang known as “The Hand Brotherhood” whose signature mark is a bloody handprint left after a murder had taken place. Wyatt left his gang after he fell in love with Gina, a woman who saved his life after a brush with death from those who wanted revenge on him and his gang. Wyatt and Gina go into hiding to start a family and escape his tarnished past. The Hand Brotherhood are not going to let this happen.
The Repentless Killogy Short Film is the combination of music videos from Slayer’s last full- length release “Repentless”, threaded through a film narrative that ends with Slayer performing a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ iconic Forum. The 2-cd & vinyl formats “The Repentless Killogy (Live at The Forum in Inglewood, CA)” contain the entirety of the concert, consisting of 21 tracks
Mono formed in Tokyo, Japan in the closing winter weeks of December, 1999. They played their first live shows at the top of the new millennium, and released their first album, Under The Pipal Tree, in 2001. Recorded live in one day on a razor-thin budget, Pipal Tree was an earnest introduction to the curious magic of a band that would eventually become synonymous with monstrously dynamic, contemporary classical rock music. To commemorate those austere beginnings - and celebrate their remarkable longevity - Mono revisit three of their earliest songs, and retrofit them with speaker-destroying upgrades. Anchored by the towering 16-minute noise opus, "Com(?)", Before The Past Live From Electrical Audio shows the evolution of Mono's execution, stripping away the strings and layers of guitar overdubs to show just how massive this band can be at their most instrumentally austere. Newly recorded in one day in 2019 with longtime collaborator, Steve Albini - and mixed by Albini with Temporary Residence founder, Jeremy deVine - Before The Past is as much a declaration of the present as it is a document of the past. These songs, which are now 20 years old, feel more powerful and profound than ever - a testament to Mono's enduring dedication to their craft, and their dogged exploration of maximum minimalism.
High Line represents a new path into the high country for the NYC ambient country quintet known as SUSS. The follow-up release to their acclaimed album Ghost Box (Expanded) on Northern Spy Records, High Line explores the horizon line where the cosmic meets the landscape of the American West. Drawing on influences such as Ry Cooder and Bruce Langhorne while forging new paths alongside fellow travelers like Daniel Lanois and Boards of Canada, SUSS uses a combination of acoustic guitars, pedal steel, harmonica, mandolin and synthesized sound manipulation to take the listener on a blissful and mythic trip into the unknown.
There is a closeness at the heart of Turnover's aptly titled new album, 'Altogether.' Though it's the first collection the trio has written while living on opposite coasts, the record actually represents the group's most collaborative and connected work to date, showcasing the intuitive, near-telepathic relationship frontman Austin Getz has developed over the years with his bandmates. Turnover first emerged roughly a decade ago in Virginia Beach, VA, but the group's critical and commercial breakthrough didn't arrive until six years later, when they cracked the Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart with their acclaimed sophomore album, 'Peripheral Vision.' The band-which consists of Getz, his brother Casey on drums, and their childhood friend Danny Dempsey on bass-followed it up in 2017 with 'Good Nature,' a streaming smash that racked up roughly 40 million plays on Spotify alone and which Vice proclaimed to be "their best album yet." 'Altogether' demonstrates the band's eclectic mix of personalities from the very start, opening with a lo-fi, jazzy intro that quickly gives way to the driving drums and delay-drenched guitar of "Still In Motion." Like much of the album to come, the song is a meditation on change and perspective, on learning to quiet your mind and appreciate the moment before it's gone. The bittersweet "No Reply" reckons with guilt over failing to be present with a loved one, while the effervescent "Much After Feeling" recognizes the sacrifices we make to stay connected across geographical distance, and the breezy "Parties" grapples with the kind of self-consciousness that can leave us prisoners of our own design.
CUP is the duo of Nels Cline (the guitarist/composer best known for his work with Wilco) and Yuka C Honda (the composer/keyboardist/programmer best known for her work with Cibo Matto). Combining aspects of electronica, folk, improvisation, and some heated rocking, this debut recording'perhaps predictably'defies easy categorization. But fear not! Contained within this package is a sometimes sweet, sometimes jarring, but always compelling excursion into what a shared sensibility sounds like, and after taking the journey that is 'Spinning Creature' it all feels just right as CUP's music veers from the accessible to the abstract and back. This balance is what CUP music is all about. Nels and Yuka (who are married, by the way) even sing a little here and there as they enter their singular sound world. And now you can enter it, too!
Half Moon Run return with their third album, A Blemish In The Great Light, via Glassnote. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, Beck, Killers) and featuring the singles Then Again and Flesh & Blood.The word everyone comes back to when describing Montreal indie rockers Half Moon Run is "complex" (The Guardian, Exclaim, et al.) Whether they're billed as dreamy alt-pop, bucolic alt-folk, or psychedelic indie rock, the four multi-instrumentalists-Devon Portielje (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion), Conner Molander (vocals, guitar, keyboard, piano, pedal steel, bass, harmonica), Dylan Phillips (vocals, drums, piano, keyboard), and Isaac Symonds (vocals, drums, mandolin, synth, bass)-have built their name on cerebral, acrobatic arrangements and harmonies that lilt prettily till they turn feral. Their first album, Dark Eyes, placed two A-list singles on BBC Radio 1 and went platinum in Canada, earning them a nod as a Rolling Stone "band to watch." They followed up with Canadian Gold Record Sun Leads Me On (Glassnote), which had them touring furiously through Europe and North America and got them a Juno nod for Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2016.
Cigarettes After Sex return with their anticipated sophomore album - Cry via Partisan Records. Recorded during night time sessions in a mansion on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the album is a lush, cinematic meditation on the many complex facets of love - meeting, wanting, needing, losing...sometimes all at once. The album was self-produced and engineered by Greg Gonzalez, and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).
2 Custom 180 Gram Translucent Orange LPs, Gatefold Jacket, Printed Insert, Inside LP Pockets, 24”x 36” Movie Key Art Poster folded and 11” X 17” Hollywood Map Poster folded
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Process Black are a brutal sonic venture by members of Kiss it Goodbye, Ramprasad, Deadguy, No Escape, Lumbar, Bible Black Tyrant, Cascabel, COTCM, and Craft Spells. The band began in 2015 gaining attention through an incredible demo that blended noise-rock viciousness with hardcore/punk intensity. Bringing to mind the influential music the creators made in previous bands while continuing to evolve in sound and character. “Countdown Failure” is their masterful three song EP recorded by engineers Derek Moree (drums) and Joe Boldizar (vocals). Member Aaron Edge tracked guitars and mixed the material at Alphabaphomet in Portland, OR. Brad Boatright (Converge, Nails, etc) later mastered the release at Audiosiege
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Formed in 2009 by Lucas Mann, Rings of Saturn wasn’t made just to be a studio project but rather a fully-fledged band. The interstellar beings contacted Mann after he opened an inter-dimensional portal using the Art of Shred. For years after, they would speak to Mann in Archaic Sumerian of their invasion plans. The interactions, or rather instructions, prompted Mann to write the music in response. Albums of complex, experimental, and sonically heavy music followed. Embryonic Anomaly (2009 - Self Released / 2010 - Unique Leader), Dingir (2012 - Unique Leader), Lugal Ki En (2014 - Unique Leader), Ultu Ulla (2017 - Nuclear Blast), and the upcoming Gidim (2019 - Nuclear Blast) were the byproduct of Mann absorbing, reinterpreting, and projecting back a language resonant from another world. To harness the wicked intricacies on the new album Gidim, guitarist and mastermind Mann, vocalist Ian Bearer, guitarist Joel Omans, and session drummer Lord Marco (aka Marco Pitruzzella) relied on the violent vibrations caused by the new songs “Pustules,” “Mental Prolapse,” and “The Husk” to hear the otherworldly invasion message. Mann and team conjured even stranger things, odder shapes, accelerating fast and faster to attain full understanding of their inevitable fate. Songs like “Tormented Consciousness,” “Genetic Inheritance,” and “Gidim (Instrumental Title Track)” were envisioned. They harkened back, yet were future-proof in composition, style, and tone. Since the last message from Planet X was positively ominous, Rings of Saturn called on Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, Carnifex) to record vocals, as well as perform the technical ritual of mixing and mastering. The material on Gidim wasn’t a quiver but a next-level tremor, so they implored the Nashville-based veteran to amp up the songs, putting the band on a whole new level of production quality. Due to the multi-state spread of Rings of Saturn, Joel Omans’ solo work and Lord Marcos drum work were shipped to Mann for assembly at Mann Studios in Texas. It was in the Lone Star State where Gidim came into view, with Mann responsible for the majority of writing and composition, guitar recordings, as well as bass and synthesizer, following the methodical pattern of previous Rings of Saturn records. Whatever was to happen next at the behest of murderous inhumanoids, Gidim would sound clear, punchy yet melt minds.
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For principal songwriter and frontman Neige, ALCEST has always been a gateway to the otherworldly, a means of exploring his spirituality. An elemental two-piece, completed by long-serving drummer and creative confidante Winterhalter, their forthcoming sixth album “Spiritual Instinct“ finds Neige at his most personal. “This time I had something urgent to put on the table,” he explains. “It is a very cathartic record - something needed to get out of me. It’s darker than usual, and heavier.” Written in bursts both during and after a prolonged period of touring in support of 2016’s hugely successful “Kodama“, the sense of urgency Neige speaks of manifests in a record full of spontaneity, of immediate impact – be that in the breath-taking pace of the tempo changes in 'Les Jardin De Minuit'’ or the sun-kissed harmonies over an impermeable back beat in 'Sapphire', one thing “Spiritual Instinct“ has is riffs, an acknowledgement and celebration of the black metal foundations that anchor their uplifting post-metal. “Some real metal riffs!” agrees Neige. “I come from the metal scene originally and it never really left me; I used black metal as a teen as a way to escape from reality and that’s what I love the most about it. It’s the best type of music to express overwhelmingly darker feelings. I usually don’t speak about my darkness in ALCEST’s music but this time it felt like something I had to do.”
Ukrainian progressive groove metal wrecking machine JINJER have returned with their long awaited new album Macro and once again prove why the unique blend of singer Tatiana Shmaylyuk‘s beautifully aggressive harmonies and vocal hooks, and the bands sheer technical brilliance and precision have set them apart from the pack. From Macro’s opening track ‘On The Top’, which showcases all of their trademark sounds at once, to the superior musicianship and delivery of tracks like ‘Pausing Death’ and ‘Home Back’, to the viciously heavy reggae induced vibe on ‘Judgement (& Punishment)’, JINJER are making it known that they are here to take over in a huge way.
Double LP. Originally released in 2009. Remixed and remastered in 2019.
Originally released in 2011. Remixed and remastered in 2019.
Part 2, like Part 1, was produced by Foals themselves: Yannis Philippakis (vocals/guitar), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Jack Bevan (drums) and Edwin Congreave (keys), with Philippakis and Congreave contributing bass too. The album simmers with the pure visceral intensity which has long been emblematic of the band— “The Runner” and “Black Bull” are streamlined attacks, and this approach also informs“10,000 Feet”— while retaining the opening chapter’s eclectic nature. “Wash Off” marries manic world music-tinged grooves with a punk-like intensity and the cinematic instrumentals “Red Desert” and “Ikaria” underline that Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost is a journey rather than a mere collection of songs.
From the opening bars it's clear that Mark Lanegan's outstanding 11th solo album, Somebody's Knocking, was made by someone deeply obsessed with how music - with all its primal, spiritual healing power - truly penetrates the soul. As a result, there's joy in the music, as if created from a perfect set of inspirations smashed and grabbed from God's own record shop. From the Raw Power-esque garage metal grind of ''Disbelief Suspension'' to ''Letter Never Sent's'' rocket-powered take on Love-era kaleidoscope-psych, through the pensive subterranean murk of ''Dark Disco Jag'' and on to ''Playing Nero's'' sun-bleached riff on Joy Division's ''Atmosphere'', there's the glee of infatuation running deep in the tracks. This album is less the tale of a brooding, crepuscular rock'n'roll veteran and more that of someone consumed by a lifelong love of words and sound fused together.
The best musical mavericks never sit still for long. They mutate and morph into new shapes, refusing to be boxed in. Floating Points has so many guises that it’s not easy to pin him down.
Floating Points’ first album in four years, Crush, twists whatever you think you know about him on its head. It’s the producer at his most “unhinged,” he says, a tempestuous blast of electronic experimentalism whose title alludes to the pressure-cooker of the current environment we find ourselves in. It’s the sound of the many sides of Floating Points finally fusing together: the carefree selector, the considered composer and the passionate label curator. But it’s also a sound that, while it’s born out of despair and frustration with the overwhelmingly dark forces around us, manages to provide some hope for compassion. Crush on that.
Virginia Metalheads MUNICIPAL WASTE return with a fresh EP for fall 2019. It’s been few years and several hundred live shows since the Waste oozed out the much celebrated Slime and Punishment album. Back with 4 ripper tracks that embrace all the bands punk and street metal roots without clutching the past. That honest formula has led the Waste to innovate the festival scene with the opening track and party of the summer “Wave of Death”. Charged by the exotic and biting wit of vocalist Tony Foresta. Turbo charged by the dual guitar aggression of Ryan Waste and Nick Poulos. Locked in and ready for takeoff by rhythm section LandPhil Hall on bass and Dave Witte on Drums. Partiers, you’ve been taught the “Art” and now it is time for an advanced lesson. Thrashers on alert! MUNICIPAL WASTE is delivering, The Last Rager.
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The Root Down EP from Beastie Boys was released on May 23, 1995. The first three tracks are variations of the track "Root Down", and the remaining seven tracks were recorded "live in Europe, winter 1995". Pressed on 4 random colored Limited Edition 180-Gram vinyl (Red, Orange, Green, or Blue).
To the 5 Boroughs is the sixth studio album by the Beastie Boys. The album was released on June 15, 2004 internationally, and debuted #1 on the Billboard 200. Featuring the singles Ch-Check It Out, Triple Trouble, Right Right Now Now, and An Open Letter To NYC. Pressed on Limited Edition 180-Gram Blue Vinyl.
Music has been the genesis of Common's creative life. Let Love is the culmination of a journey. Common spent 2018 and 2019 immersed in self-care and, ultimately, catharsis. In the process, he underwent a transformation as he examined God, faith, fatherhood, community, and love. He unites with prominent forces from different eras of the culture to deliver a timeless dedication to hip-hop. As such, the record details his past and present and shines a light on a bold and bright future. Of hip-hop, Common admits on lead single HER Love, "You gave me a voice in the world, it's been hard to choose another girl."
"a State of the Rap Union as he addresses the rise and expansion of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years" - VIBE
"his most impactful body of work yet, - OkayPlayer.
"Common's homage to hip-hop" - Rolling Stone
On their fourth LP (after Allah-Las, Worship The Sun and Calico Review), drummer Matt Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian A.K.A Allah Las turn their collective gaze outward and toward the horizon. Simply titled LAHS (a reference to a common misspelling of the band’s name), their forthcoming release on Mexican Summer finds the band turning in their most cohesive and ambitious work yet. “We’ve been traveling a lot the past couple years and I think that played a role in influencing the broader variety of songs on this record” Correia explains. And this is precisely what sets LAHS apart from its predecessors -- a record inspired less by time, but by place. “LAHS to me feels like a soundtrack to the past 5 years or so. A sort of audio postcard to anyone who wants to listen.”
We ve come Full Circle and Then Some, goes the chorus to the title track of Trigger Hippy s sophomore album, their debut for Nashville indie label Thirty Tigers on the Turkey Grass Records imprint, and it s the perfect description of the long road these experienced musicians have traveled to arrive with an eclectic set that burnishes their collective roots from country, delta blues, R&B and gospel to southern rock and funk, from Memphis soul to New Orleans honky-tonk. This new collection spotlights Trigger Hippy s patented call-and-response duets and three-part vocal harmonies, with a stylistic range that encompasses traditional country plaints ( Strung Out on the Pain ), classic rockers (the title track), honking blues ( Dandelion ), a Basement Tapes-ish swamp-pop nod to the devastation of Katrina ( Goddamn Hurricane ), Dr. John-meets Allen Toussaint bayou grooves ( Long Lost Friend ) and even a psychedelic trance/dirge raga ( Born to be Blue ).
Ode to Joy - the 11th studio album from the pioneering Chicago rock band Wilco - will be released Oct. 4 via dBpm Records. The album features 11 new songs written and produced by Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Wilco at the bands' own Chicago studio dubbed The Loft.
'May Your Kindness Remain' is Courtney Marie Andrews statement piece. It is the follow up album to Courtney Marie Andrews critically acclaimed 2016 album Honest Life, which made Rolling Stone's list of the "Top 40 Country Albums of 2016" and was The Bluegrass Situation's Album of the Year. She even appeared on an episode of 'Later…with Jools Holland.” She has toured with The Head & The Heart, Big Thief, Hamilton Leithauser and more.
Philadelphia-based punk band, The Menzingers are set to release their sixth studio album, Hello Exile. Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Quicksand), the album is the follow-up to the band’s 2017 critically acclaimed release After The Party.
Since forming as teenagers in 2006, The Menzingers have shown their strength as rough-and-tumble storytellers, turning out songs equally rooted in frenetic energy and lifelike detail. On their new album Hello Exile, the band take their lyrical narrative to a whole new level and share their reflections on moments from the past and present: high-school hellraising, troubled relationships, aging and alcohol and political ennui. And while their songs often reveal certain painful truths, Hello Exile ultimately maintains the irre- pressible spirit that’s always defined the band.
The Menzingers are: singer/guitarists Greg Barnett and Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino.
'A forgotten roll of film was found. Shot before the turn of the century, the photographs resonate with music. The images inspired an accompanying soundtrack. The music is full of stories. The songs and stories originate in two neighboring rural counties. The cast of characters includes four families of Mississippi musicians, three generations deep, and a photographer from Texas.' - Luther Dickinson In 2017, Wyatt McSpadden found an old roll of film and tracked down members of North Mississippi Allstars to share his forgotten photographs. The images were so profound and so beautiful that they would come to inspire the latest recording, Up And Rolling. The images inspired the band to ask, 'What did the music sound like that night in 96? What does Mississippi music sound like now? What would ideally be on the push button AM/FM radio as we drove thru the hills?' The North Mississippi Allstars would return to the famous Zebra Ranch to record Up And Rolling, inspired by Wyatt's images. They gathered together, trimmed back the wisteria, and swept out the converted barn recording studio. The fired up the tube amps and old computers and began conjuring up modern Mississippi music, ancient and futuristic all at once. Telling it how it was and how they think it should be. Up And Rolling is modern Mississippi. Transcending time and space, the music reaches out into the dark of night like the wisteria vine, looking for free hearted souls to latch onto and wedge into the foundation of hate, slowly tearing down walls a generation at a time.