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Belle & Sebastian

A new Belle and Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the official London residence of the US ambassador (the last president’s ambassador, not the current one’s). Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/vocals) brought in the delicious ‘The Same Star’, which marries Belle and Sebastian’s melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor). “We’d met Leo in February of 2016, and I’d say that meeting and the recording of ‘I’ll Be Your Pilot’ were the first tangible steps of this EP project,” Martin says. “We didn’t have a stack of songs to play him, but we liked him and he became a part of the plan from that point - and when I’d got to a point with ‘The Same Star’ where it just needed to be recorded, I thought it could benefit from having a producer to steer things, and fortunately we had a slot in the diary marked ‘Leo’ coming up. It’s not a song we’d laboured over playing for months - it fell together quite quickly thanks in large part to Bob’s [Bobby Kildea, guitarist] enthusiasm and Stuart’s willingness to dismember an old song and repurpose the break, so that it wasn’t just the same three chords over and over and over.” There’s one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. “We’d made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You’re Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months,” Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band’s career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.

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Pianos Become The Teeth

Pianos Become The Teeth

Wait For Love [LP]

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Wait For Love, their fourth album, sees PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH taking another sonic step forward to craft a musical statement that truly transcends genres. The Baltimore natives have produced a collection of songs that feature lush soundscapes and a more nuanced and melodic sound when compared to the screamo-aggression of their early work.

Fans who have followed the band’s trajectory—from their 2013 split with Touché Amoré—can trace the way the band’s sound has evolved from a melodic screamo act to a group that create heaviness and weight via raw emotion instead of distortion and dissonance.

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I'm With Her

See You Around is the full-length debut from I'm With Her, featuring multi-Grammy-Award-winners Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan. Before coming together these artists co-founded seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still) and since have collectively contributed to critically acclaimed albums from esteemed artists including Yo-Yo Ma, The Civil Wars, Kris Kristofferson, John Mayer, Alison Krauss, John Prine, and many more. This much anticipated release reveals the commitment to creating a wholly unified band sound. With each track born from close songwriting collaboration, I'm With Her builds an ineffable magic from their finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies. The result is a collection both emotionally raw and intricate, with layers of meaning and insight within even the most starkly adorned track. Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in a tiny English village near Bath, See You Around delivers a warmly textured sound that proves both fresh and timeless.

180g black vinyl w/ download card.

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Ought

Single LP on black vinyl in gatefold sleeve with matte finish. Includes 12” x 12” printed insert. Includes coupon for full download.

On Room Inside the World—Ought’s third album and their first for Merge—growing up doesn’t mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside the World explores themes that have always concerned the band—identity, connection, survival in a precarious world—but with a bolder, more nuanced sound palette. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought’s first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths.

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Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet

Landfall [2LP]

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Superchunk

Single LP on black vinyl in gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve. Includes coupon for full download.

After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election, “I didn’t buy the silver lining some were promoting that ‘well, at least art and music will be great now!’,” says Superchunk co-founder and frontman Mac McCaughan. “Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers.”

That said, good music and art still have a lot to say, and the urgency of current events gave Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon the momentum to make something new sooner than later. “It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in.” Enter What a Time to Be Alive, Superchunk’s first album in over four years, out February 16, 2018, on Merge Records. It’s a record, says Mac, “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”

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Kendrick Lamar

LIMITED REVERSE EDITION : 2017 album from the Compton rapper featuring 'Loyalty' with Rihanna & 'XXX' featuring U2. Housed in a black & white sleeve with the tracklisting in the reverse order of the original release!

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Belle & Sebastian

A new Belle and Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the official London residence of the US ambassador (the last president’s ambassador, not the current one’s). Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/vocals) brought in the delicious ‘The Same Star’, which marries Belle and Sebastian’s melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor). “We’d met Leo in February of 2016, and I’d say that meeting and the recording of ‘I’ll Be Your Pilot’ were the first tangible steps of this EP project,” Martin says. “We didn’t have a stack of songs to play him, but we liked him and he became a part of the plan from that point - and when I’d got to a point with ‘The Same Star’ where it just needed to be recorded, I thought it could benefit from having a producer to steer things, and fortunately we had a slot in the diary marked ‘Leo’ coming up. It’s not a song we’d laboured over playing for months - it fell together quite quickly thanks in large part to Bob’s [Bobby Kildea, guitarist] enthusiasm and Stuart’s willingness to dismember an old song and repurpose the break, so that it wasn’t just the same three chords over and over and over.” There’s one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. “We’d made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You’re Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months,” Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band’s career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.

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Craig David

Craig David

The Time Is Now [LP]

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Morbid Angel

Morbid Angel

Kingdoms Disdained [7in Vinyl Box Set]

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Morbid Angel, the true forefathers of death metal music, triumphantly return with their 9th studio album Kingdoms Disdained, to be released on Silver Linings Music. Kingdoms Disdained finds legendary guitarist and founder Trey Azagthoth reigniting his creative alchemy with vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker to create a crushingly heavy and highly apocalyptic soundtrack for these increasingly dark times. Relentless and unrepentant Kingdoms Disdained abounds with sheer, brutal power, complex changes and a gloriously violent death metal underpinning, an album designed to confront fans and non-believers alike, with Tucker’s lyrics destined to spark deep conversation on several angles of mysticism and darkness. “Garden of Disdain” proclaims ’this world of useless being, this endless festering’ as the unceasing riff's weight further augments the song’s meaning, while the barbaric barrage of “Architect and Iconoclast” roars ‘I am all prophecies fulfilled, yet you refuse to see this.' Azagthoth produces some of his finest work yet, his demonically-heavy riffs and lead work finding a powerful delivery vehicle via the strength of Scotty Fuller’s insane percussion and Tucker’s relentless vocal savagery. The supreme solo during “The Righteous Voice” underscores Azagthoth’s unique creative arrangements, and in “For No Master”, Azagthoth illustrates that no guitarist in the genre orchestrates, and translates, dark chaos so masterfully. Wrapped in a thick wall of death metal sound, Kingdoms Disdained was recorded at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL and produced by Morbid Angel with Erik Rutan (produced albums by Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under, Belphegor and many more). It will unequivocally and unapologetically reset the bar for dynamic death metal music, and only the scared, the meek or the ignorant would wilfully deny themselves a taste of Kingdoms Disdained.

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Everything Is Recorded

Back in May, record producer and XL Recordings head Richard Russell introduced his new collaborative artist project, Everything Is Recorded. With Russell at the helm, his west London studio “The Copper House” had become (and continues to be) a creative second home for a revolving cast of vocalists and musicians who passed through to write, record and share ideas, mixing traditional recording sessions with extended, uninhibited live jams. The New Yorker did an extensive profile on Russell and spoke about the project back in May. As well as being the founder of XL, Russell is renowned for his album production work for Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, Ibeyi and Gil Scott-Heron among others. COLLABORATORS Sampha Syd Infinite Coles Obongjayar Ibeyi Wiki Mela Murder Baluji Shrivastav Ben Reed Damon Albarn Green Gartside IDMC Choir Kamasi Washington Kim Jordan Mark Ronson Owen Pallet Peter Gabriel Rachel Zeffira Rostam Batmanglij Seb Chew Tic Zogson PRESS “Russell’s vision, it seems, is about the power of collaboration … a grand synthesis of XL’s stylistic history” - New Yorker “Show Love” is so far, the most emotional song Russel has made as Everything is Recorded.” - Pitchfork “…it’s biggest triumph is in its ability to bring out the best in music, to return it to a collaborative practice, to embody those pure moments we each look for in the songs that excite us. To feel free.” - Vice / Noisey “ it’s clear that something magical is happening in that studio right now.” – Pigeons & Planes

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Loma

Loma

Loma [LP]

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Loma's enigmatic debut feels beautifully adrift in time and space. It's an album that takes you to a place you've never been, with a rare confidence in the strength of its own vision. Though it was recorded off a dirt road in rural Texas, there's no hint of country here: from the first airy notes of "Who Is Speaking?" to the decaying choir of "Black Willow," Loma create a hypnotic world of their own, where rustling leaves, fuzzed-out basses, panting dogs, prepared pianos, and a wilderness of percussion form a backdrop for Emily Cross's translucent voice. She's a steady, clear-eyed presence throughout, even among the heart-pounding pulses of "Relay Runner", the skittering drums of "Dark Oscillations" and the galloping release of "Joy"; in sparer songs like "Shadow Relief" and the haunting "I Don't Want Children," she's a fearless ally, swimming calmly with you against a powerful undertow. Loma is inviting but also beautifully self-contained, like a dream that stays with you all day. There's something here for lovers of Nina Nastasia or Broadcast, but also Linda Thompson, or The Silver Apples—even early Pink Floyd. But most of all, this arresting and mysterious album marks the arrival of a band whose first steps already feel timeless. Loma was recorded by the group at Dandy Sounds Studios in Dripping Springs, Texas and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Loma is Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski (Cross Record), and Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater).

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Pop Evil

Pop Evil

Pop Evil [LP]

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Ride

Hot on the heels of their triumphant return with WEATHER DIARIES, the bands first new record in 21 years, RIDE announce Tomorrows Shore, an EP of brand new material recorded in late '17 with Erol Alkan and Alan Moulder at the helm once more. These four tracks show the band still exploring new musical horizons with the zest of 20 year olds. Lead single Pulsar is already A listed at the BBC and this limited edition 12" is sure to sell out upon its release.

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Mt. Si

Mt. Si

911 EP [Vinyl]

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Mt. Si is a collaborative project among three friends Sarah Chernoff of Superhumanoids, Jesse Kivel from Kisses and Michael David of Classixx. The three Los Angeles natives began working together during the recording sessions for Classixxs debut, Hanging Gardens. Michael asked Sarah and Jesse to contribute guest vocals to the album, and it became quickly clear in the studio that they had chemistry as collaborative group. From there, Mt. Si took shape. The breakout Limits EP by Mt. Si, released by Cascine in early 2016, boasts four dazzling examples of fluid, stylish electronic pop. The trio returns to form this winter with their latest release a new three-track 12 called 911. The title track draws a clear arc from Limits with a blissful melody, highlighted by a reed instrumental rework of the track, whereas the b-side delivers the sensual deep groove Annie. Overall, 911 is electronic pop at its most refined.

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American Nightmare

American Nightmare

American Nightmare [LP]

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Letters From The Colony

Letters From The Colony

Vignette

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Various Artists
At this school, it takes GUTS to be yourself! Introducing the new Disney Channel Original Movie, ZOMBIES. Coming to Disney Channel in 2018. Welcome to Seabrook, a suburban town preoccupied with uniformity, traditions, and pep rallies. That is until students from Zombietown transfer into Seabrook High School where a tenacious zombie named Zed (Milo Manheim) and an inquisitive cheerleader named Addison (Meg Donnelly) must use their newfound friendship to lead their community to coexistence.
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Mansions
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Ryan Driver

Ryan Driver

Careless Thoughts

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Ryan Driver "wouldn't care to know" how to classify his music. After all, to attempt to bottle a sound as instinctive as his would be to do it a disservice. Inspired by the more adventurous figures of jazz and other musical genres, Driver turns off the guiding light of traditional form and convention and instead reaches in the dark for something more profound, his every note, melody and lyric a question thrown out into the universe. He may never quite find the answers, but it's in the act of searching that he carves out his musical identity.

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Roy Woods

Roy Woods

Say Less

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Angra

Angra

ØMNI

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Lee Dewyze

Lee Dewyze

Paranoia

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2018 release. Singer/songwriter Lee DeWyze broke through as the winner of the 2010 American Idol season but has been one of the few Idols to achieve a successful post-Idol career that has evolved musically into the alternative music realm. As a result, his music has been featured in many lm and television shows including The Walking Dead, Elementary, Suits, Nasvhille and others, as well as NASCAR commercials and the national campaign song for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His previous album, Oil & Water, debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Folk chart.

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Michael W. Smith

2018 release from the contemporary Christian singer/songwriter. A Million Lights was fueled by the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media. "About half the album was written in response to where we are as a nation," says Michael. "In the age of social media, people have forgotten how to talk with one another, to be civil." Eager to experiment with new sounds, Michael enlisted multi-platinum producer and songwriter Brian Todd (Miley Cyrus and Rascal Flatts) and songsmith Kyle Lee to help flesh out his vision for the new songs. "I called a bunch of people I'd never written with because I wanted to push myself and experiment." The result is a beautiful collection of sweeping, epic new songs that sees Michael exploring new ground with music created to enlighten, mesmerize and touch the soul of listeners.

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Visions Of Atlantis

Visions Of Atlantis

The Deep & The Dark

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Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen

Let's… EP

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Good Old War
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