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  • What's New 4-23-21

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    Elektra

    Frontman and songwriter JJ Julius Son has been in the studio off-and-on for two years, allowing for a combination of globe-trotting and meticulous tinkering, resulting in a spectrum of sounds recorded around the world. The final product is refreshingly free of calculation, with Julius Son allowing each tune to dictate its path while simultaneously leaning-in to his blues, folk and rock inclinations.

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    Over its past 17 years, Dumpstaphunk has earned its reputation as the most well-regarded next-generation New Orleans live powerhouse. Cousins Ivan and Ian Neville have built upon their family’s iconic NOLA legacy as they’ve transformed Dumpstaphunk into the city’s pre-eminent 21st-century funk-fusion export. The band’s mix of classic and modern influences can be heard throughout the party-friendly mix of R&B, funk, rock, swamp-pop and blues of Where Do We Go From Here.

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    The term "Guitar Hero" is bandied about loosely these days. But if you ask the actual guitar heroes---like Brian May, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton---who their Guitar Heroes are, Steve Cropper is definitely on the shortlist. He’s a guitarist's guitarist, and a songwriter's songwriter. Fire It Up, Cropper's first album of new Soul/R&B material in 10 years. Produced by Steve and Jon Tiven, the album will be released worldwide on April 23, 2021.

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    Harvest

    Wide-eyed Nashville singer-songwriter Dreamer Boy’s upcoming album All the Ways We Are Together wasn’t necessarily written with the turmoil of 2020 in mind, but its ethereal melodies, delicate timbre and empathetic lyrics will surely speak to fans burdened by the state of things. He chose Earth Day, April 22nd, as a release date for the album to reflect the global communal spirit he feels with people and our shared environment.

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    Aimless Records

    "With this album I had the idea for the sound first, I think. I had done a lot of listening to and looking into Parliament and James Brown and lots of reggae music, too." Borne from Todd Snider's popular weekly live stream series, ”touring stopped, and so I started a Sunday morning show. Viewers started jokingly referring to it as a church and to me as a reverend. I've only reverend-ed twice. But I have the license so in my mind this opened me up to play bossy kinds of songs.”

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  • New Release Round-Up 04-23-21

    John Lennon - John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band The Ultimate Mixes

    John Lennon - John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band The Ultimate Mixes - Capitol
    Completely remixed from original multitracks, overseen by producer Yoko Ono Lennon, featuring Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston & Phil Spector. Ultimate Mixes, Outtakes, Elements, Raw Studio, Evolution, Demos, Jams & Yoko Live Sessions. 2 Blu-Ray Audio Discs: 159 new mixes, 11+ hrs, HiRes 192/24: Stereo, 5.1 Surround & Dolby Atmos. 6 CDs: 102 new mixes, 6+ hrs. 132-page hardback book with rare photos, memorabilia & extensive notes. Poster & 2 postcards.


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    Peter Frampton Band - Frampton Forgets The Words

    Peter Frampton Band - Frampton Forgets The Words - UMe
    On the heels of his recently released New York Times Best Selling memoir, the rock n' roll legend and Grammy winning artist Peter Frampton turns his focus back to music with his new studio album Frampton Forgets The Words. With his 1954 Les Paul Phenix, Frampton brings virtuosic guitar playing to 10 instrumental interpretations of his favorite songs including "Isn't It A Pity" by George Harrison, "Reckoner" by Radiohead, and more. 


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    Eric Church - Heart & Soul

    Eric Church - Heart & Soul - EMI Nashville
    Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church confirmed that new music is on the horizon: "I have [new] albums coming out in April. They came out of my 28 days in the mountains of North Carolina, where the songs were recorded and written. The collection is entitled Heart & Soul."


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    The Who - The Who Sell Out: Deluxe Edition

    The Who - The Who Sell Out: Deluxe Edition - Geffen Records
    5CD + 2 7" Singles Super Deluxe Remastered Edition featuring the album in both Mono and Stereo, bonus tracks featuring 14 previously unheard Pete Townshend Demos, studio sessions, outtakes, unheard jingles and more. The package also features 9 posters, replica ephemera, and an 80 page hard bound book with rare photos and new liner notes by Pete Townshend. 112 tracks, 46 unreleased.  Initially released in December 1967 and described latterly by Rolling Stone as “The Who’s finest album,” The Who Sell Out reflected a remarkable year in popular culture. As well as being forever immortalized as the moment when the counterculture and the “Love Generation” became a global phenomenon and “pop” began metamorphosing into “rock.”  The new Super Deluxe Edition of The Who Sell Out features 112 tracks, 46 of which are unreleased, an 80-page, hard-back, full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia, track-by-track annotation and new sleeve notes by Pete Townshend with comments from the likes of Pete Drummond (Radio London DJ), Richard Evans (designer) & Roy Flynn (the Speakeasy Club manager).


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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


    Dinosaur Jr. - Sweep It Into Space [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Purple Ripple LP]
    Animal Collective - Crestone (Original Score)
    Todd Snider - First Agnostic Church Of Hope And Wonder
    Pærish - Fixed It All
    Kaleo - Surface Sounds
    Dumpstaphunk - Where Do We Go From Here
    The Selecter - Too Much Pressure: 40th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP + Bonus 7in]
    Field Music - Flat White Moon
    Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies: Remastered [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
    The Prize Fighter Inferno - The City Introvert [Bone White LP]
    Alfa Mist - Bring Backs
    Steve Cropper - Fire It Up
    Bleachers - Chinatown (feat. Bruce Springsteen) [Translucent Red Vinyl Single]
    Imagine Dragons - Follow You / Cutthroat [CD Single]
    Dirty Honey - Dirty Honey
    Big Brave - Vital
    California Music - California Music Presents Add Some Music
    Cabaret Voltaire - Bn9drone
    Motorhead - Louder Than Noise... Live In Berlin


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    UPCOMING RELEASES

    girl in red - if i could make it go quiet

    girl in red - if i could make it go quiet - World In Red
    if i could make it go quiet, the debut album from girl in red, is the musical distillation of Marie Ulven’s solitary conversations on the road: it’s an album brimming with the things we wish we could say to others, but tell ourselves instead. The album is girl in red in its purest, elevated form. She has never been braver, and the music follows suit, whether it’s collaborating with pop mastermind and Billie Eilish collaborator FINNEAS on “Serotonin,” a huge pop anthem that speaks to Ulven’s struggles with mental health, or flexing her instrumental chops with album closer “it would feel like this.” Betrayal, lust, longing, pulling herself out of a depressive spell -- nothing is off-limits on if i could make it go quiet. “I really poured my heart into a lot of these lyrics, fully,” she says. “I just feel like I emptied myself in this album.”


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    Royal Blood - Typhoons

    Royal Blood - Typhoons - Warner Records
    After two UK #1 albums, 2 million album sales and an array of international acclaim, you might’ve thought you knew what to expect from Royal Blood. Those preconceptions were shattered when they released ‘Trouble’s Coming’ last summer. Hitting a melting pot of fiery rock riffs and danceable beats, they delivered something fresh, unexpected and yet entirely in tune with what they’d forged their reputation with.  When Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher sat down to talk about making a new album, they knew what they wanted to achieve. It involved a conscious return to their roots, back when they had made music that was influenced by Daft Punk, Justice, and Philippe Zdar of Cassius. It also called for a similar back-to-basics approach to what had made their self-titled debut album so thrilling, visceral and original. 


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  • What's New 4-16-21

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    Concord

    The legendary So-Cal punk group return with their 10th album, and first new offering since 2008, with the blistering and triumphant Let The Bad Times Roll. Produced by Bob Rock, the group describes the album as "the most cathartic thing we've done. The messages might be dark, but at the end what's left is that communication is important, working through feelings is important and most of all, hope is important."

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    Republic

    After three years, one-million concert tickets sold across five continents, four consecutive #1 singles, a GRAMMY Award, and performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, Greta Van Fleet is hurtling into the future with its second album, The Battle at Garden's Gate on Lava/Republic Records. *Available on Indie Exclusive double white vinyl*

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    Blue Note

    Nearly two decades into her storied career, 9-time GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, pianist, and 2020’s most livestreamed artists, Norah Jones is set to release her first full live album, Til We Meet Again. The collection presents globe-spanning performances that were recorded between 2017-2019 and features 14 songs spanning Jones’ entire career from her 2002 debut Come Away With Me to her more recent singles series.

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    Highway 20 Records

    Award-winning, revered singer / songwriter Lucinda Williams is working to help independent music venues during this time with the announcement of Lu’s Jukebox. Scheduled as a six- episode series of mostly full-band, HD video performances in-studio, Lu’s Jukebox features a themed set of songs by other artists curated by the multi-Grammy award winner. The first episode kicks off with Running Down A Dream: A Tribute To Tom Petty, featuring songs from his celebrated career.

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    Metal Blade

    Violence Unimagined - the title tells you everything you need to know about Cannibal Corpse's fifteenth hellish opus. Comprising eleven tracks, it is state of the art death metal played with passion and breathless precision, making for another flawless addition to what is inarguably one of the premier catalogues the genre has thrown up.

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  • New Release Round-Up 04-16-21

    Greta Van Fleet - The Battle At Garden's Gate

    Greta Van Fleet - The Battle At Garden's Gate - Republic
    After three years, one-million concert tickets sold across five continents, four consecutive #1 singles, a GRAMMY Award, and performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, Greta Van Fleet is hurtling into the future with its second album, The Battle At Garden's Gate on Lava/Republic Records. Indie Exclusive on white vinyl.


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    Tom Petty - Finding Wildflowers: Alternate Versions

    Tom Petty - Finding Wildflowers: Alternate Versions - Republic
    Finding Wildflowers: Alternate Versions—the latest offering of Tom Petty music, curated with help from his loving family, bandmates and collaborators—released via Warner Records. The tracks, which were previously released on the limited-edition Super Deluxe 9-LP version of 2020’s Wildflowers & All The Rest, will now be available on limited edition gold vinyl for indie retail, and CD.  A black vinyl release will follow on May 7. Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) features 16 studio recordings of alternate takes, long cuts and jam versions of Wildflowers songs as Tom, band members and co-producer Rick Rubin worked to finalize the album in 1994. The release offers fans further deep access into the writing and recording of Wildflowers, as well as realizing the full vision of the project as Tom had always intended. The collection was produced by Tom’s longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate who listened to 245 reels of 24-track tape, revealing Tom and his collaborators’ evolutionary process, and finding the group willing to do whatever it took to discover the essence and magic in the material.


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    Eric Church - Heart & Soul

    Eric Church - Heart & Soul - EMI Nashville
    Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church confirmed that new music is on the horizon: "I have [new] albums coming out in April. They came out of my 28 days in the mountains of North Carolina, where the songs were recorded and written. The collection is entitled Heart & Soul."


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    Imelda May - 11 Past The Hour

    Imelda May - 11 Past The Hour - Decca
    The goal of the album is to show Imelda May returning to her most honest self. Truthful beauty, feminine intuition. Intelligence. Visually, we should be showing a soft sense of warm spirited grittiness. Intimate. At home. Behind the curtain Imelda's radiant smile and illuminating laughter. A nod to her roots. Irish Heritage & inherent connection to storytelling. Imelda's words as a lyricist/poet/writer & overall thread to her Irish roots as a storyteller is a key thread within the campaign.


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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


    Deftones - White Pony: 20th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Super Deluxe]
    Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White w/ Olive Green Melt LP]
    The Living - 1982 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Canary Yellow LP]
    The Offspring - Let The Bad Times Roll [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Crush LP]
    The Network - Money Money 2020 Pt II: We Told Ya So!
    Lucinda Williams - Runnin' Down A Dream: A Tribute To Tom Petty
    Midland - The Sonic Ranch [Limited Edition]
    Norah Jones - ‘Til We Meet Again (Live)
    Fitz - Head Up High
    Havok - Point Of No Return EP
    Garage A Trois - Calm Down Cologne
    The Armed - Ultrapop [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Tan LP]
    Amigo the Devil - Born Against
    Escape The Fate - Chemical Warfare
    Liquid Tension Experiment - LTE3 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange 3LP]


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  • What's New 4-9-21

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    Normaltown

    The Pink Stones deliver a full serving of Peach State picked country-rock from Athens, Georgia with the release of their debut album, Introducing… The Pink Stones, via the New West Records imprint Normaltown Records. Mixing elements of classic cosmic country, raucous rock’n’roll and fresh humor and heartaches, The Pink Stones are authoring a new chapter in the annals of Cosmic American Music.

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    Okrahoma Records

    Be Here Instead emerged from a wild alchemy of instinct, ingenuity, and joyfully determined rule-breaking. In a departure from the guitar-and-notebook-based approach, Millsap experimenting with everything from piano to effects pedals to old-school drum machines. As those explorations deepened and broadened his musical vision, Millsap soon arrived at a body of work touched with both unbridled imagination and lucid insight into the search for presence in a chaotic world.

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    Family Owned Records

    Led by led by Reverend Peyton, who most consider to be the premier finger picker playing today, the Big Damn Band is the greatest front-porch blues band in the world. Peyton has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy, country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life. Dance Songs For Hard Times brings a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.

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    Third Man Records

    This is record nerd-core in a major way, evocative of the LP's first golden era, as the late sixties oozed into the strange 1970s, with the requisite T-Rex stomps, Britfolk twists and turns, and dueling Verlaine/Lloyd guitars. You could call Silver Synthetic rock & roll formalists, but the truth is they're more like minimalists, stripping away tired clutter and unnecessary bloat and just zooming in on the essential. In a world that doesn’t seem capable of swaying, Silver Synthetic’s self-titled debut shakes and boogies.

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    BMG

    With over 5,000 performances spanning four decades, 20 million records sold worldwide, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. While it has evolved throughout the years, Cheap Trick has continued to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender” have cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time.

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    Moribund Records

    Fiendish is a choice cut, beefy slab of putrid and rotting old school Death Metal! This morsel of meat comes with hooks attached- catchy melodic rhythms, memorable choruses, pounding drums, clear yet brutal vocals, and searing solos. With Fiendish, Carnal Savagery not only eat the dead, but they also devour every other modern Death Metal band with their gnashing teeth, spitting out the gristly remains!

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  • New Release Round-Up 04-09-21

    Silver Synthetic - Silver Synthetic

    Silver Synthetic - Silver Synthetic - Third Man Records
    In the midst of the thick New Orleans summer of 2017, Chris Lyons of garage punks Bottomfeeders found himself sitting on a small batch of songs that didn’t quite fit the fuzzed-out pileups of that band. The new songs were more chiming, driving but relaxed, full of little corners begging to be filled with classic pop harmonies and wayward country licks. He called in his trusted confidants: Bottomfeeders drummer and longtime musical partner Lucas Bogner—the two started playing music together at the tender age of 15—plus bassist Pete Campanelli, and Kunal Prakash (Jeff the Brotherhood) dug the songs and signed on, and the quartet started playing in earnest, hunkering down in the practice space.  By the time the band played its first gig in late 2018 at the opening of Nola’s ManRay Records, the songs had multiplied and the members of the newly christened Silver Synthetic had become genuine rock & roll craftsmen. In a world that doesn’t seem capable of swaying, Silver Synthetic’s self-titled debut shakes and boogies. It makes sense that the band’s first gig was in a record shop ‘cause folks, this is record nerd-core in a major way, evocative of the LP's first golden era, as the late sixties oozed into the strange 1970s, with the requisite T-Rex stomps, Britfolk twists and turns, and dueling Verlaine/Lloyd guitars. It’s about warmth, and you can practically smell the gently glowing amp tubes on “In the Beginning,” which wafts along on a gust borrowed from Lou Reed’s beatific Coney Island Baby breeziness. With “Chasm Killer,” the boys lean into jammy heartland rock, almost approaching Silver Bullet Band territory at one point! Even when the band kicks into charging lean rock-n-roller, like on the Kinksy “Around the Bend,” there’s a laid-backness that allows more room for the spirit.  You could call Silver Synthetic rock & roll formalists, but the truth is they're more like minimalists, stripping away tired clutter and unnecessary bloat and just zooming in on the essential.


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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


    SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE - Entertainment Death [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Maroon, Deep Purple and Coke Bottle Clear Marbled LP]  Video Available

    Taylor Swift - Fearless: Taylor's Version [2 CD]
    Parker Millsap - Be Here Instead
    Rhiannon Giddens - They're Calling Me Home
    Cheap Trick - In Another World
    The Orb - Abolition Of The Royal Familia - Guillotine Mixes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Double Blue LP]
    The Pink Stones - Introducing...the Pink Stones
    Luke Bryan - Born Here Live Here Die Here: Deluxe
    Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Dance Songs For Hard Times
    Nick Waterhouse - Promenade Blue
    Ariana Grande - Positions [Coke Bottle Clear LP]
    BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
    Briston Maroney - Sunflower [Translucent Blue-Green LP]
    The Blips - The Blips
    Bill MacKay and Nathan Bowles Keys - Keys
    Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac Live: Super Deluxe Edition [2LP/3CD/7in]
    Various Artists - Wilcovered [Red 2LP]
    Pony - Tv Baby
    Show Me the Body - Survive EP [10in Vinyl]


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  • What's New 4-2-21

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    Jazz Is Dead

    There's early work with Eric Dolphy and McCoy Tyner in Charles Mingus' Jazz Workshop, work with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, a stint in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and also one with Miles. This is what Gary Bartz brings to the Jazz Is Dead project and as can be expected, his questing spirit fits the JID style like a glove and has produced an album that's a cutting-edge addition to his immense canon as he effortlessly interfaces with a new generation.

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    Cooking Vinyl

    Lead single, “Six Days In June,” is an upbeat and foot-stomping anthem that sure to put a big smile on the face of any Fratellis fan. “Some days you sit on the couch watching daytime TV and along comes a song like Six ‘Days In June’ to remind you that you’re still alive!,” says Jon Fratelli. Half Drunk… follows their critically acclaimed album In Your Own Sweet Time and very much continues on this upward trajectory, sure to become a signature moment in the band's career.

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    4AD

    The South London trio’s New Long Leg is more ambitious and complex, with spoken vocals tightly intertwined with the band's restless instrumentals. With lyrics preoccupied by themes like dissociation, escapism, daydreaming, complicated feelings of love, anger, revenge, anxiety, the kitchen, lethargy, forgetfulness, and survival, lead singer Shaw says, "the title is ambiguous; a new long leg could be an expensive present or a growth or a table repair."

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    eOne

    Heavy Sun fuses classic gospel and modern electronics, mixing gritty, human textures with crisp, digital accents and lush, swirling atmospherics to create a sound that's at once warmly familiar and boldly unexpected. It’s spacious and dreamy, anchored by rich, righteous organ topped with airy falsetto and mesmerizing four-part harmony, tapping into the shared uncertainty of the human condition to offer hope, comfort, and connection at a time when all three run in desperately short supply.

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    High Top Mountain

    Sturgill returns with the next installment of his bluegrass series, Cuttin' Grass Vol. 2. An A-Team of acoustic players reconvened for another round of reinterpretations of his catalogue, this time largely focusing on 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year. This volume also includes "Jesus Boogie," originally performed by Simpson's first band, Sunday Valley, and two previously unreleased songs, "Tennessee" and "Hobo Cartoon."

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    Strolling Bones Records

    In 2008 Etienne de Rocher paused his budding career as a songwriter in the Bay Area to relocate his growing family to the fertile artistic grounds of Athens, GA. Faltering Light is more than just a love letter to the Classic City though. It’s a love letter to life. 11 rocking, thoughtful, psychedelic, literary songs about Etienne’s experience with life raising kids, restoring homes, cooking, holidays and his inward contemplations of dreams, emotions, and nightmares.

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    Island

    Demi Lovato returns with her highly anticipated seventh studio album, Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over. The album serves as the companion to Demi's powerful 4-part YouTube Originals documentary, Dancing with the Devil, which premiered March 23rd. The album includes 19 original songs including previously released Grammy Awards showstopper "Anyone" as well as "What Other People Say" with Sam Fischer.

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  • New Release Round-Up 04-02-21

    Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions)

    Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions) - High Top Mountain
    After the surprise release of the Cuttin' Grass (Vol. 1): Butcher Shoppe Sessions album—which Uproxx called “the most sublime and delightful music he’s yet made on record”— Sturgill Simpson returns with the next installment of his bluegrass series, Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions). The genre-defying singer/songwriter reconvened an A-Team of acoustic players (now dubbed "The Hillbilly Avengers") for another round of reinterpretations of his catalogue, this time largely focusing on 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year and was nominated for Album of the Year. This volume also includes "Jesus Boogie," originally performed by Simpson's first band, Sunday Valley, and two previously unreleased songs, "Tennessee" and "Hobo Cartoon," the latter of which was co-written with the incomparable Merle Haggard—who once said that Simpson was "about the only thing I've heard that was worth listening to in a long time."


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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


    Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear & Black LP]  Video Available

    Demi Lovato - Dancing With The Devil...The Art Of Starting Over
    Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & the London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
    The Fratellis - Half Drunk Under A Full Moon
    Flux Pavilion - .Wav
    Haunted Shed - Faltering Light
    Hey, King! - Hey, King!
    Flock Of Dimes - Head Of Roses
    Shakey Graves - Roll The Bones X
    Charlotte Lawrence - Charlotte EP
    Brasstracks - Golden Ticket [Deluxe 2LP]
    Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun
    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Teenage Gizzard [Limited Edition Pink Splatter on Transparent Yellow LP]




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  • What's New 3-26-21

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    Artistry

    With a 50+ year history, ToP has been a funk institution since 1968, knocking out hits like “What is Hip,” “So Very Hard to Go,” and “You’re Still a Young Man" while lending their soulful sound to collaborations with Santana, the Grateful Dead, Elton, Huey Lewis, Justin Timberlake and everyone in-between. 50 Years of Funk & Soul captures their storied career with no-holds-barred concerts, performing their full spectrum of life-affirming funk and soul hits to sold out audiences in 2018.

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    New West

    For two decades, Sara Watkins has been one of the most visible artists in roots music, with her catalog ranging from solo albums and Watkins Family Hour, a duo with her brother Sean Watkins, to her Grammy-winning bands Nickel Creek and I’m With Her. With the nostalgic and gentle new album Under the Pepper Tree, Watkins offers a comforting record for those moments as daily rhythms fade into nightly rituals – and when a child’s imagination comes to life.

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    NF Real Music

    Building on the success of Perception and The Search, consecutive No. 1 Billboard Top 200 albums, Michigan rapper NF is back with his first ever mixtape, Clouds (The Mixtape). The project comes as a surprise for fans who are sure to enjoy NF’s signature blend of introspective lyrics and thematic elements, and features from Hopsin and Tech N9ne. The album boasts a wide range of new sounds, including heavy hitting hip hop tracks alongside melancholic anthems.

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    4AD

    Tune-Yards, the celebrated Oakland-based duo of Merrill Garbus & Nate Brenner, release sketchy., a balance of self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries. It’s reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards – a colorful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone. "I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up,” Merrill reflects.

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  • New Release Round-Up 03-26-21

    The Antlers - Green To Gold

    The Antlers - Green To Gold - Anti
    Green To Gold is the much-anticipated new album from New York based, Indie/Folk band, The Antlers. Perhaps what distinguishes Green to Gold from the rest of The Antlers’ canon is its, well, sunniness. Conceived and written almost entirely in the morning hours, Green to Gold is the band’s first new music in nearly seven years, and easily their most luminous to date. ”I think this is the first album I’ve made that has no eeriness in it,” singer and primary songwriter Peter Silberman asserts. “I set out to make Sunday morning music.”  The brighter outlook emerged, paradoxically, after a succession of ominous events. In 2015, Silberman suffered with an auditory condition that made touring near impossible and he retreated to the quiet of Upstate New York to heal. His return in 2017 with a solo album was short lived when he was diagnosed with lesions on his vocal chords, which required surgery and again a quiet rest and recovery period. Silberman explains. “I took these health obstacles as a sign that I should change course for a little while. I hadn’t made a full stop like that since The Antlers began.” But he still felt the strong pull to spend time and work with longtime drummer Michael Lerner, and frequently invited him up to visit the idyllic hamlet he now called home. The two friends’ days typically involved long walks in the woods, but routinely ended up in Silberman’s converted-garage studio. “I would record him playing drums in the studio while he listened to old soul and R&B songs in headphones... and those drum recordings ultimately served as starting points for the songs that followed. At the time, we were merely attempting to make music together again, without really knowing how to approach it, or to what end.” “I think the shift in tone is the result of getting older. It doesn’t make sense for me to try to tap into the same energy that I did ten or fifteen years ago, because I continue to grow as a person, as I’m sure our audience does too. Green to Gold is about this idea of gradual change,” he sums up. “People changing over time, struggling to accept change in those they love, and struggling to change themselves. And yet despite all our difficulty with this, nature somehow makes it look easy.”


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    Sara Watkins - Under The Pepper Tree

    Sara Watkins - Under The Pepper Tree - New West Records
    For two decades, Sara Watkins has been one of the most visible artists in roots music, with her catalog ranging from solo albums and Watkins Family Hour, a duo with her brother Sean Watkins, to her Grammy-winning bands Nickel Creek and I’m With Her. With the nostalgic and gentle new album Under The Pepper Tree, Sara Watkins offers a comforting record for those moments as daily rhythms fade into nightly rituals – and when a child’s imagination comes to life. Made with families in mind, the personal project encompasses songs she embraced as a child herself, as well as the musical friendships she’s made along the way. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Tyler Chester, Under the Pepper Tree brings storytelling, solace, and encouragement to the listener, no matter the age.


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    The Dust Coda - Mojo Skyline

    The Dust Coda - Mojo Skyline - Earache Records
    Championed by Sir Elton John on Apple Music Beats 1. From the label that is pioneering the new wave of 21 st century Rock N Roll artists. Following in the footsteps of bands like Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke, Massive Wagons & Those Damn Crows. Developed a fearsome live reputation with relentless touring up and down the UK. Played festivals such as Ramblin' Man Fair, Planet Rockstock & Winter's End. Chosen for the support slots with the likes of Black Stone Cherry * The Dead Daisies Huge support from major UK Rock media such as Classic Rock Magazine and Planet Rock Radio (1.2 million listeners per week)


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    3 Doors Down - The Better Life: 20th Anniversary

    3 Doors Down - The Better Life: 20th Anniversary - Republic
    Anniversary edition of the debut album from 3 Doors Down. The first disc is the album featuring the smash hit "Kryptonite" plus four bonus tracks: The Better Life (XX Mix), Kryptonite (2000 Acoustic), Be Like That (2000 Acoustic) & Wasted Me (Studio Version). Disc two is The Escatapwa Sessions of early home demo recordings, including the never-released "Dead Love" & "Man in My Mind". 2 CD.


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    Carrie Underwood - My Savior

    Carrie Underwood - My Savior - Capitol Nashville
    Carrie Underwood will be releasing her first ever Inspirational album on March 26th entitled My Savior. Available on Double White Vinyl on April 30th.


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    SYML - You Knew It Was Me EP

    SYML - You Knew It Was Me EP - Nettwerk Records
    With a keen grasp on textural and emotive songwriting, SYML aka Brian Fennell wrote this EP choosing to paint in piano rather than using lyrics to describe his feelings. Says Fennell, "Words can be limiting, especially when the writer isn’t speaking a language you understand. I wanted to make a piece of wordless music that still tells a story."


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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


    Joe Strummer - Assembly [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP]
    Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition
    Neil Young - Young Shakespeare
    Ariana Grande - Positions
    Evanescence - The Bitter Truth
    Tune-Yards - Sketchy. [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
    AJR - Ok Orchestra
    Justin Bieber - Anyone / Holy [12in Single]
    Loney, Dear - A Lantern And A Bell
    Xiu Xiu - Oh No
    Tomahawk - Tonic Immobility [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Green LP]
    The Horrors - Lout [Limited Edition Blood Red 7in Single]
    SG Lewis - Times
    The Mountain Goats - Songs for Pierre Chuvin [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink & White Swirl LP]
    Ben Howard - Collections From The Whiteout [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
    Death From Above 1979 - Is 4 Lovers [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
    World Party - Bang!
    Suzi Quatro - The Devil In Me
    Karol G - KG0516
    Lamb Of God - Lamb of God: Live In Richmond, VA


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  • What's New 3-19-21

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    Verve

    We Are is a career-changing album from musician and activist Jon Batiste. We Are celebrates Black American culture and music while exploring themes of lineage, authenticity, excellence and evolution. This album is about honoring roots and traditions, while looking forward to the future and constantly evolving. Featuring Mavis Staples, Zadie Smith, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, Kizzo, Autumn Rowe, Steve Jordan, and many more.

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    Domino Record Co.

    The Sydney-based rock trio’s follow up to their debut album Lost Friends, is an astonishing collection of 12 songs that are deeply personal, courageous, and rattling. Singer Hannah Joy sums up the title track as, “a simple song about people being tiny and our lives being fleeting but also that we are epic and great. It’s finding the beauty and majesty of the everyday. Life is gory and boring sometimes: it’s both hectic and mundane and we have to accept both.”

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    New West

    On August 20, 2020 the world lost an amazing light with the passing of Justin Townes Earle. Justin's father, Steve Earle, pays tribute to his son by recording an album of songs written by Justin titled, J.T. The album consists of ten Justin Townes Earle songs as well as one song written by Mr. Earle shortly after Justin's passing. J.T. is a loving tribute to a loved son and beautiful songsmith who left this earth too early. All proceeds from this release will be put into a trust for Justin’s 3 year old daughter, Etta.

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    Epitaph

    Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold shares, “Shore feels like a relief, like you’d feel when your feet finally hit sand after getting caught in a riptide. It’s a celebration of life in the face of death, honoring our lost musical heroes, from David Berman to John Prine to Judee Sill to Bill Withers, embracing the joy and solace they brought to our lives and honoring their memory. Shore is an object levitating between the magnetic fields of the past and the future.”

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    Legacy

    Still Woman Enough celebrates women in country music. From her homage to the originators, Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family, through a new interpretation of her very first single, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl," Lynn acknowledges her role in the continuum of American country music while her duets with Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Margo Price and Tanya Tucker find her sharing the musical torch with some of the brightest lights and biggest stars in contemporary pop-country.

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  • New Release Round-Up 03-19-21

    Fleet Foxes - Shore

    Fleet Foxes - SHORE - Anti
    Fleet Foxes release their fourth studio album entitled SHORE, a collection of 15 new songs, on double-gatefold 2LP vinyl and CD. Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold shares, “SHORE feels like a relief, like you’d feel when your feet finally hit sand after getting caught in a riptide. It’s a celebration of life in the face of death, honoring our lost musical heroes, from David Berman to John Prine to Judee Sill to Bill Withers, embracing the joy and solace they brought to our lives and honoring their memory. SHORE is an object levitating between the magnetic fields of the past and the future.” SHORE was released digitally in its entirety on the fall equinox (9/22) alongside an album length Super-16mm landscape film captured and edited in Washington State by the filmmaker Kersti Jan Werdal. The album was recorded in upstate New York at Aaron Dessner’s Long Pond Studio, in Paris at Studios St. Germain, in Los Angeles at the legendary Vox, in Long Island City at Diamond Mine, and New York City’s Electric Lady.


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    Steve Earle & The Dukes - J.T.

    Steve Earle & The Dukes - J.T. - New West Records
    On August 20, 2020 the world lost an amazing light with the passing of Justin Townes Earle. Justin was a vibrant songwriter who could play the blues, country, and rock n roll all in the same song.  In his short career, Justin released eight albums and one EP that all manage to sound classic and yet inventive.  Justin's father, Steve Earle, pays tribute to his son by recording an album of songs written by Justin titled, J.T.  The album consists of ten Justin Townes Earle songs as well as one song written by Mr. Earle shortly after Justin's passing. J.T. features fan favorites such as "Harlem River Blues," "Far Away In Another Town" and "Champagne Corolla" along with lyrically heavy songs like, "The Saint of Lost Causes" and "Turn Out My Lights."  J.T. is a loving tribute to a loved son and beautiful songsmith who left this earth too early.  But in his wake, Justin left a wealth of beauty.  All proceeds from this release will be put into a trust for Justin’s 3 year old daughter, Etta.


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    Ringo Starr - Zoom In EP

    Ringo Starr - Zoom In EP - UMe
    'Zoom In' was recorded at Ringo Starr's home studio from April-October 2020. The 5 new songs "Here's To The Nights," "Zoom In Zoom Out," "Teach Me To Tango," "Waiting for the Tide to Turn" & "Not Enough Love In the World" include contributions from Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Steve Lukather, Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eric Burton, Yola, FINNEAS, Benmont Tench, Robbie Krieger, Sam Hollander, Bruce Sugar & more.


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    Chris Cornell - No One Sings Like You Anymore

    Chris Cornell - No One Sings Like You Anymore - UMe
    No One Sings Like You Anymore is Chris Cornell's handpicked collection of 10 cover songs, which he personally selected and sequenced to celebrate artists and songs that inspired him, including John Lennon's "Watching The Wheels," "Get It While You Can," popularized by Janis Joplin, a new recording of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," and two songs currently available as digital singles, Lorraine Ellison's "Stay With Me Baby" and Chris's 2020 hit "Patience" originally recorded by Guns N' Roses.


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    Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker: 30th Anniversary Edition

    Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker: 30th Anniversary Edition - American Recordings
    The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker, the multi-platinum debut by the seminal rock n' roll band celebrates it's 30th Anniversary with a suite of reissues. The 4LP Super Deluxe version includes the original album, remastered; 3 never-before-heard studio recordings; 2 unreleased demos from the band's early incarnation as Mr. Crowe's Garden; B-sides; a spectacular, high-energy 14-song unreleased concert recorded in their hometown of Atlanta, GA in December 1990; reproductions of an early Mr. Crowe's Garden show flyer, setlist and tour laminate; a 4" Crowes patch; and a 20-page book with liner notes by David Fricke. Limited edition 8"x10" glossy photo print in the box. Only 1000 photos made for the world.


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    Miami Horror - Illumination: 10th Anniversary Edition

    Miami Horror - Illumination: 10th Anniversary Edition - Nettwerk Records
    Founded by Benjamin Plant, Miami Horror extracts ethereal melodies from down-tempo nocturnal soundscapes punctuated by funky struts, glossy electronics, and luminous pop. Miami Horror has generated a staggering 100 million-plus combined streams with a catalog highlighted by anthems such “I Look To You (feat. Kimbra),” “Real Slow (feat. Sarah Chernoff),” and standout singles from the debut album “Holidays (feat. Alan Paloma)” and “Sometimes.” Also, they’ve garnered acclaim from Billboard, NPR Music, Forbes, MTV, Pitchfork, Stereogum, EARMILK and many others. They’ve graced the stages of festivals such as Coachella, Governors Ball, Electric Forest, Splendour in the Grass, Beyond the Valley, Just Like Heaven, Funka Fest in Ecuador, and Corona Capital Festival in Mexico. Now signed to Nettwerk Records, Miami Horror revisit and recharge their seminal debut album Illumination with a 3-LP, 10th Anniversary Edition featuring twelve remixes four B-sides , and a lush 25-minute trip through the entire record entitled “Lucid Stream.”


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    Paul Stanley's Soul Station - Now And Then

    Paul Stanley's Soul Station - Now And Then - UMe
    Paul Stanley's Soul Station is a new project from the legendary lead singer of KISS, Paul Stanley. Paying homage to influences of his youth, Stanley has called upon a set of seasoned musicians to record a set of classic Motown covers & five original songs on Now And Then.


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    Jon Batiste - WE ARE

    Jon Batiste - WE ARE - Verve
    WE ARE is a career-changing album from musician and activist Jon Batiste. WE ARE celebrates Black American culture and music while exploring themes of lineage, authenticity, excellence and evolution. This album is about honoring roots and traditions, while looking forward to the future and constantly evolving. Featuring Mavis Staples, Zadie Smith, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, Kizzo, Autumn Rowe, Steve Jordan, and many more...


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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


    Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark Video Available

    Ryan Adams - Wednesdays
    Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over The Country Club [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
    Justin Bieber - Justice
    Sam Smith - Live At Abbey Road Studios
    Sara Bareilles - Amidst the Chaos: Live from the Hollywood Bowl
    Arcade Fire & Owen Pallet - Her (Original Score)
    Rise Against - Nowhere Generation - Single [Limited Edition 7in]
    Papa Roach - Greatest Hits Vol.2 The Better Noise Years [US Exclusive Smoke 2LP]
    Chad VanGaalen - World's Most Stressed Out Gardener
    Serj Tankian - Elasticity EP
    Sting - Duets
    Loretta Lynn - Still Woman Enough
    Austin Meade - Black Sheep
    Guided By Voices - Propeller
    Harry Connick, Jr. - Alone With My Faith [Limited Edition]
    Devin Townsend - Devolution Series #1 - Acoustically Inclined, Live In Leeds [Indie Exclusive Limted Edition Ruby 2LP]




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Music Releases 04-23-21

Artist Title Price
John Lennon Plastic Ono Band: The Ultimate Mixes [6 CD/2 Blu-ray Box Set] New CD: $135.98
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Dinosaur Jr. Sweep It Into Space [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Purple Ripple LP] New Vinyl: $22.98
Peter Frampton Frampton Forgets The Words [2LP] New Vinyl: $34.98
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Eric Church Soul [LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
Video Free Stuff
Animal Collective Crestone (Original Score) [LP] New Vinyl: $26.98
Todd Snider First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Pærish Fixed It All [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
The Who The Who Sell Out: Deluxe Edition [5 CD + 2 7in Singles Box Set] New CD: $139.98
Video
Kaleo Surface Sounds [White 2LP] New Vinyl: $29.98
Dumpstaphunk Where Do We Go From Here [Limited Edition Bronze Gold 2LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
The Selecter Too Much Pressure: 40th Anniversary Edition [2LP + Bonus 7in] New Vinyl: $27.98
Field Music Flat White Moon New CD: $13.98
Spiritualized Lazer Guided Melodies: Remastered [LP] New Vinyl: $29.98
The Prize Fighter Inferno The City Introvert [Bone White LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Alfa Mist Bring Backs [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Steve Cropper Fire It Up [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno [LP] New Vinyl: $20.98
Bleachers Chinatown (feat. Bruce Springsteen) [Translucent Red Vinyl Single] New Vinyl: $9.98
Imagine Dragons Follow You / Cutthroat [CD Single] New CD: $11.98
Dirty Honey Dirty Honey [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Big Brave Vital New CD: $10.98
California Music California Music Presents Add Some Music New CD: $16.98
Cabaret Voltaire Bn9drone [Limited Edition White LP] New Vinyl: $30.98
Bodom After Midnight Paint The Sky With Blood EP New CD: $9.98

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