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  • Best of Holiday Gifts

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    Recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York, Hey Clockface is the latest Elvis Costello & Sebastian Krys Production, following their collaboration on Elvis Costello and The Imposters’ GRAMMY-winning album Look Now. Hey Clockface also features contributions from Bill Frisell, Nels Cline and Steve Nieve. “I wanted the record to be vivid, whether the songs demanded playing that was loud and jagged or intimate and beautiful,” Costello said.

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    Loma Vista

    What started out in LA and was finished back in North Carolina at Esso’s home studio, Free Love asks major questions about self-image, self-righteousness, friendship, romance, and environmental calamity with enough warmth, playfulness, and magnetism to make you consider an alternate reality. These are Sylvan Esso’s most nuanced and undeniable songs—bold enough to say how they feel, big enough to make you join in that feeling.

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    Loma Vista

    In 2018, Margo Price claimed her rock star status at the Mother Church of Country Music. She was headlining the Ryman Auditorium for the first time ever, in a sold-out run of three nights that she had admittedly spent more time planning than her wedding. Now, Margo revisits the career-changing residency with the release of a new live album, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman. With special guest appearances from Jack White, Emmylou Harris and Sturgill Simpson!

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    Fantasy

    And It’s Still Alright is an intensely personal 10-song album of vibrant country-blues, badland ballads, ornate Americana and jazz-inflected R&B. Rateliff's warm baritone, ranging from gently hushed to a guttural howl, imbues these superbly drawn character studies with raw, naked emotion. It's a commanding next step in Nathaniel's evolution into one of America's most vital and essential songwriters.

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    As chaos envelopes the world, Manson penned the perfect prescription. The aptly titled We Are Chaos was written/produced by Manson & Shooter Jennings. Rock & roll icon and painter, Manson continues to infiltrate fashion, film, and music, leaving his fingerprints on modern culture.

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    Loma Vista

    The Third Gleam marks a return to the Avett Brothers’ roots, both sonically and with Seth & Scott playing as a trio with longtime bassist Bob Crawford. The eight tracks capture their personal experiences and perspectives on undeniably timely, universal themes: isolation, gun violence, incarceration, historical prejudice, mortality, resilience, love, hope, redemption.

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    Sub Pop

    Metz not only continues to push their music into new territories of dynamics, crooked melodies, and sweat-drenched rhythms, they explore the theme of growing up and maturing within a format typically suspended in youth. Covering seemingly disparate themes such as paternity, crushing social anxiety, addiction, isolation, media-induced paranoia, and the restless urge to leave everything behind, each of Atlas Vending’s ten songs offer a snapshot of today's modern condition.

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    Clipping reimagine horrorcore the way Jordan Peele does horror cinema: by twisting beloved tropes to make explicit their own radical politics of monstrosity, fear, and the uncanny. Visions of Bodies Being Burned contains sixteen scary stories disguised as rap songs, incorporating as much influence from Ernest Dickerson, Clive Barker, and Shirley Jackson as it does from Three 6 Mafia, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Brotha Lynch Hung.

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    Sugaregg roars from the speakers and jumpstarts both heart and mind. Like My Bloody Valentine after three double espressos, opener “Add It On” zooms heavenward within seconds, epitomizing the band’s newfound clarity of purpose, while the bass-driven melodies and propulsive beats of “Where to Start” and “Let You” are the musical equivalents of the sun piercing through a perpetually cloudy sky.

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    Brighter, more robust sounds made their way into the songs of Purple Noon and mark a new chapter for Ernest Greene as a producer and songwriter. The vocals are front and center, tempos are slower, beats bolder, and there’s a more comprehensive depth of dynamics. One can hear the luxuriousness of Sade, the sonic bombast of Phil Collins, and the lush atmosphere of the great Balearic beat classics.

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    After years spent looking out at landscapes and loved ones and an increasingly unstable world, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have turned their gaze inward, to their individual pasts and the places that inform them, on their second full-length, Sideways to New Italy.

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    Secretly Canadian

    Stevens’ eight studio LP is the long awaited follow-up to Carrie and Lowell. In the time between, Stevens also released Oscar-nominated music for the Luca Guadagnino film Call Me By Your Name; a collaborative album entitled Planetarium with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner (The National) and James Mcalister; and scored several works for ballet: Reflections (Houston Ballet) and Principia (NYCB).

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    Dead Oceans

    Amidst the current overwhelming uncertainty and upheaval of global and personal worlds, this reunion acts as both an escape from, and a confrontation of, trying times. Getting the band back together felt right, and necessary, and the friendship at the core of the band has been a longtime pillar of Bright Eyes’ output. For Bright Eyes, this long-awaited re-emergence feels like coming home.

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    Highway 20

    Three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams unabashedly takes on some of the human, social and political issues of our day with her boldest and most direct album to date. During the course of her celebrated four-decade, pioneering career Williams has never rested on her laurels as she continues to push herself as a songwriter. On Good Souls Better Angels, she has much she needs to get out.

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    Third Man

    A total reinvention of an iconic instrument, all of the sounds heard on this album were made with a 1967 Emmons Push / Pull pedal steel guitar. This is the sound of Valhalla, of heaven, planetary alignment, of total eclipse. This is the sound of an angelic army roaring into battle. This is the heavy metal thunder of the future we were promised.

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    Los Angeles-based musician collective with a rotating cast featuring Mary Lattimore and William Tyler, playing instrumental, psychedelic folk music. Pedal Steel and Nylon String guitar intertwine to create ethereal crystalline drones and twinkling hypnotic moods. Simple music.

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  • New Release Round-Up 11-27-20

    RSD Black Friday 2020


    RSD Black Friday
    is here, so start off your shopping season the right way by hitting your favourite record store and picking out some awesome gifts for your loved ones (and yourself).  As well as the fantastic variety of record store goodies we stock all year round there will of course be some special releases exclusive to record stores streeting that day. You can check out the list of those titles right here! And you can also head over to recordstoreday.com for more details.

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    Eleine - Dancing In Hell

    Eleine - Dancing In Hell - Black Lodge Records
    After a huge success with their EP "All Shall Burn" late 2019, Eleine now releases their third full-length album "Dancing In Hell". With a natural step into the darker and heavier sound Eleine delivers an album that sets a new standard within the symphonic metal genre with hard hitting, melodic and seductive metal that has become the renowned Eleine sound. With "Dancing In Hell", Eleine share stories of inner demons, strength and loss. You've surely been pushed down and even alone from time to time in the fight you're in, whatever that might be, right? Imagine yourself standing in the center of your own personal hell, but you have a smile on your face because you know that united we have the strength to push through. In "Dancing In Hell", you will find a legion to lean against and be a part of. Get ready to feel empowered like never before.


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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Miley Cyrus - Plastic Hearts
    Billie Joe Armstrong - No Fun Mondays
    Smashing Pumpkins - CYR
    Little Simz - Drop 6 EP
    Orville Peck - Show Pony EP
    William Prince - Gospel First Nation
    J. Lloyd - Kosmos
    Flogging Molly - Swagger: 20th Anniversary [Box Set]
    The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
    Widespread Panic - Coconut Image / Monkey Image Reissue [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
    Clutch - The Weathermaker Vault Series Vol. 1
    Jesse Colin Young - Highway Troubadour
    Shakin' Stevens - Singled Out
    Various Artists - An Americana Christmas [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green/Red LP]
    Hatebreed - Weight Of The False Self
    Cadaver - Edder & Bile
    Dream Theater - Distant Memories - Live In London [Box Set]



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    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Shawn Mendes - Wonder

    Shawn Mendes - Wonder - Island
    Grammy nominated Shawn Mendes returns with his fourth studio album Wonder, the follow up to 2018’s platinum Shawn Mendes.  Includes the first single, also entitled “Wonder” and 13 other tracks recorded over the course of 2020.  “Wrote an album. It’s called “Wonder”.  "It really feels like a piece of me has been written down on paper and recorded into song. I tried to be as real and as honest as I’ve ever been.  It’s a world and a journey and a dream and an album I’ve been wanting to make for a really long time.”


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    Frank Black - Christmass

    Frank Black - Christmass - Demon
    Demon Records is proud to present a new series of vinyl reissues from American singer-songwriter Black Francis / Frank Black. The first release in this new series is 'Christmass', a collection of acoustic performances from Frank Black's 2006 US solo tour. Recorded both live on stage and in hotel rooms whilst on the road, the album includes tracks from across Black's career. Highlights include stripped back renditions of Pixies' classics 'Where Is My Mind?', 'Cactus' and 'Wave Of Mutilation' along with 'I Burn Today', 'Bullet' and 'Nadine' from Black's solo albums. This new definitive vinyl edition is pressed on two 140g 'cactus' green vinyl.


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    Green Druid - At The Maw Of Ruin

    Green Druid - At The Maw Of Ruin - Earache Records
    2020 release from this metal band spawned in the mile-high city of Denver Colorado, the first city to legalize marijuana. Green Druid was nominated for 'Best Metal Band' at the 303 Magazine Awards. Album closer is a cover of UK trip-hop pioneers Portishead's 'Threads'.


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    Amy Winehouse - 12x7: The Singles Collection

    Amy Winehouse - 12x7: The Singles Collection - Republic
    A 7” singles box set comprising all of Amy Winehouse's singles from the Frank, Back To Black and Lioness: Hidden Treasures albums. Tracks include ‘Stronger Than Me’, ‘Rehab’ and ‘Love Is A Losing Game’, all of which won the Ivor Novello Award for Amy in 2004, 2007 and 2008. The set also includes the Grammy Award winning ‘Body and Soul’, a duet with Tony Bennett. The singles are housed in individual picture sleeves and pressed on black vinyl. The box also features a 20-page lyrics booklet and a set of art cards.

    Also Available: The Collection [5CD Box Set]


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    Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman: 50th Anniversary Edition

    Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman: 50th Anniversary Edition - A&M
    Tea For The Tillerman is arguably Cat Stevens’ best known and most cherished album. Originally released in November 1970, Universal Music will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in style on 20th November 2020 with a multi-format release suite, including a very special 5CD/BD/1LP/12” Live E.P. Super Deluxe Edition reissue of one of music’s most classic albums.  The Super Deluxe set features a brand new 2020 Remaster of the record, as well as a brand new 2020 Mix (overseen by Yusuf Islam producer / engineer David Hefti), with audio mixed from the original 1970 Island Records multi-track master tape. The 2020 Mix also appears on the 1LP which is 100% exclusive to this box set. CD3 features Yusuf’s brand new interpretations of these wonderful songs, Tea For The Tillerman², which is released on stand-alone formats on 18th September 2020. Yusuf has chosen to include it here in order to present the very most complete edition of the original album, and to show how these songs have evolved over their 50 year lifespan. CD4 features demos, outtakes and alternate versions, including two wholly previously unreleased tracks (“Can This Be Love?” and “It’s So Good”), while CD5 features 25x live performances including 5 previously unreleased tracks recorded Live At The Troubadour, 4 previously unreleased live performances from the 8th December 1970 show at Fillmore East, and 6 previously unreleased live from British, French and German TV performances in 1970/71. The Live At The Troubadour performance is also included in full on the live 12” E.P. (exclusive to this box). The Super Deluxe box set is rounded out with a BluRay featuring HD 24bit/96khz audio of the 2020 Mix, as well as 8x previously unreleased live TV performances, 7 tracks performed live at KCNET studios, Los Angeles, and the official “Father And Son” video.

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    Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon: 50th Anniversary Edition

    Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon: 50th Anniversary Edition - A&M
    Back in 1970 and following a period of illness and recuperation, singer-songwriting troubadour Cat Stevens re-emerged with a new record deal with Island Records and a spiritual and artistic rebirth. ‘Mona Bone Jakon’, his first album for Island, showcased a markedly different change in direction for Cat, unveiling with it a remarkable set of new compositions that included classics like ‘Trouble’, ‘Maybe You’re Right’ and the UK hit single ‘Lady D’Arbanville’. To commemorate the album’s 50th anniversary comes this definitive super deluxe box set of ‘Mona Bone Jakon’. Sounding as fresh as the day it was recorded, the original album is represented here by a brand new 2020 remaster of ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road, overseen by original producer Paul Samwell-Smith 2020 on CD, as well as a new 2020 Mix by David Hefti on both CD and LP. The set also includes an exclusive third CD of previously unreleased demos, and a fourth featuring 18 live performances from 1970/71. This box is rounded out with a live 12” etched vinyl E.P. of a rare audience recording of ‘Live At Plumpton Jazz & Blues Festival’ from August 1970, and with a BluRay disc featuring the original promo video of ‘Lady D’Arbanville’, plus eight live TV performances, and the HD audio of the new Mona Bone Jakon 2020 Mix. Also included is a 98-page beautifully illustrated hardcover book with extensive new sleevenotes. Finally there’s also a selection of memorabilia including Island Records press kit, two Island press photos, a replica 1970 Plumpton Jaxx and Blues flyer, a Cat Stevens tour sticker and ‘dustbin’ greetings card and pop art print in a card envelope.


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  • What's New 11-20-20

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    First released in 1995, Jewel's breakthrough debut Pieces of You dominated the charts with "Who Will Save Your Soul," "You Were Meant For Me" and "Foolish Games," making it one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. Across four compact discs, this special 25th anniversary reissue comprises the newly remastered album, B-sides, rarities, demos and outtakes, as well as live material.

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  • New Release Round-Up 11-20-20

    Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace

    Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace - Bad Seed Ltd
    Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace is a concert film and live album by musician Nick Cave. It was filmed by cinematographer Robbie Ryan and features Cave performing solo on piano at Alexandra Palace in London. Idiot Prayer serves as the final film in a trilogy-along with 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) and One More Time with Feeling (2016)-and was described by Cave as "it's luminous and heartfelt climax."


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    Tank and The Bangas - Friend Goals EP

    Tank and The Bangas - Friend Goals EP - Verve
    Grammy-nominated Tank and The Bangas are back with Friend Goals, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed major label debut album Green Balloon. This 6-track EP features collaborations from CHIKA, PJ Morton, and Duckwrth.


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    Various Artists - Southeast Of Saturn

    Various Artists - Southeast Of Saturn - Third Man Vinyl
    It makes sense that Detroit had a buzzy, thriving space-rock scene in the ‘90s. What American city’s denizens had a more urgent need to disengage and think outside the grim, post-industrial rustbelt realities? With space-rock (and its close sonic cousin shoegaze) being at once expansive and introspective, it naturally appealed to the young, intelligent artists who gravitated toward its vertiginous orbit. The music of Southeast Of Saturn did not arise organically from metro Detroit’s fertile soil. Locally, garage-rock, goth-rock, neo-hippie groups, and the usual preponderance of adequate bar bands dominated the landscape. Thirsty Forest Animals guitarist Andrew Peters summarizes the prevalent attitude among the Motor City’s space-rock contingent: “I don’t think we really noticed the local Detroit scene earlier on. We were more into the bands you would see in the NME / Melody Maker, zines, and records - mostly from the UK - on the walls at Play It Again”. If anything was a major factor locally, it was Play It Again, the independent record store in the suburbs of Detroit that nurtured the scene with its amazing curation of imports and killer used records picked up on owner Alan Kovan’s British record buying trips.  Penned “Detroit Space-Rock”, the scene centered around Burnt Hair Records, Burnt Hair CEO Larry Hoffman’s Life According To Larry radio show, Zoot’s Coffeehouse and bands, such as Windy & Carl, Asha Vida, Füxa, Auburn Lull, and Majesty Crush. It was a modern movement of a more traditional “space-rock” sound, influenced less by The Stooges and MC5 and more by Spacemen 3, Loop, My Bloody Valentine and krautrock bands like Can and Neu!. Even the best-known artists on Southeast Of Saturn - Windy & Carl, Majesty Crush, Füxa - never achieved mainstream success, but within the rock underground, they inspired a cultish devotion that burns to this day.  If you missed their evanescent output the first time around, this compilation will get you up to speed over its 19 mind-altering tracks.


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    Mary J. Blige - My Life: Deluxe Edition

    Mary J. Blige - My Life: Deluxe Edition - Republic
    Digitally remastered and expanded edition. The 3x platinum My Life was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album in 1995. In ensuing years, Rolling Stone included the album on their 50 Essential Female Albums (#17), 100 Greatest Albums of the '90s (#63) and 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (#279) lists. My Life is the second studio album by American R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige, originally released on November 29, 1994.

    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    mxmtoon - dawn/dusk
    The War On Drugs - Live Drugs
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live In Maui
    Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Nashville
    Sylvan Esso - WITH [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2 LP]
    BTS - BE (Deluxe Edition)
    The Dirty Knobs - Wreckless Abandon
    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Live In San Francisco '16
    Neil Diamond - Classic Diamonds With The London Symphony Orchestra
    Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019
    Seatbelts - Cowboy Bebop (Original Series Soundtrack)
    Local Natives - Sour Lemon EP
    Rilo Kiley - Rilo Kiley
    Iron Maiden - Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City
    Jamie Cullum - The Pianoman At Christmas
    Autechre - Plus
    Dame Shirley Bassey - I Owe It All To You
    Five Finger Death Punch - A Decade Of Destruction, Vol. 2
    Annie Lennox - A Christmas Cornucopia: 10th Anniversary Edition
    John Fogerty - Fogerty's Factory
    Mary J. Blige - My Life: Deluxe Edition
    Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound Of Thunder: Remastered
    Dirty Projectors - 5EPs
    Various Artists - '80s TV Classics - Music From G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero


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  • What's New 11-13-20

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    Columbia

    Power Up is the long awaited new album from AC/DC, and the band’s 17th studio album. For Power Up, the band reunited with producer Brendan O’Brien who helmed the double-platinum Black Ice in 2008 and the gold Rock Or Bust in 2014. Charged up for the next decade, AC/DC cut twelve new tracks for the album, proudly maintaining their signature sound and all of its powerful hallmarks.

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    Mascot

    As an all-time icon and Grammy-winning giant of jazz, we have grown used to seeing George Benson on the stages that befit his sky-high status. So it’s a rare treat – and a whole different thrill – to find this megastar going nose-to-nose with the breathless 250-capacity crowd at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, one of London’s most prestigious and famous venues.

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    Republic

    New Zealand's platinum sensation BENEE will release her highly anticipated debut album, Hey u x, on November 13. The genre-bending project features collaborations from Lily Allen, Grimes, Flo Milli, Mallrat, Kenny Beats & more. Includes Platinum-Certified smash "Supalonely" w/ Gus Dapperton and new bop "Night Garden" w/ Kenny Beats and Bakar.

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    Craft

    Craft Recordings honors the music of The Gospel Truth Records, a subsidiary of Stax Records, with the first-ever complete collection of all 17 singles-and their respective B-sides-issued by the imprint between 1972 and 1974. This set features in-depth liner notes by Memphis-based journalist Jared Boyd, who captured new interviews with Stax executive Al Bell, trailblazing gospel artist Rance Allen, and Mary Peak Patterson, who helped establish the label.

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  • New Release Round-Up 11-13-20

    Chris Stapleton - Starting Over

    Chris Stapleton - Starting Over - Mercury Nashville
    2020 release from the acclaimed country music singer/songwriter. Starting Over has 14 new tracks and is Chris Stapleton's first studio album of new material since 2017. Features the single "Starting Over". Chris has received five Grammy Awards, seven ACM Awards, ten CMA Awards, and five Billboard Music Awards to date and with his first three album he has sold over eight million albums to date, including his debut album Traveller which has sold over four million copies.

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    Elton John - Jewel Box

    Elton John - Jewel Box - Mercury
    An in-depth exploration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s extensive catalogue including early rarities and deep cuts personally curated by Elton John. The release the fans have been waiting for. With an eye watering amount of previously unheard and unreleased tracks this is a treasure trove for Elton John fans. The eight disc box set will be a beautiful hardcover book with discs housed in the back, wrapped in an outer slipcase. The collection spans the period 1965 to 2019. Also Available: And This Is Me [2LP], Rarities & B Sides [3LP] and Deep Cuts [4LP].

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    The Menzingers - From Exile

    The Menzingers - From Exile - Epitaph
    Philadelphia-based indie rockers, The Menzingers made great use of their free time during this summer's stay at home order by recording a "re-imagined" acoustic version of their brilliant 2019 album "Hello Exile." 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 From Exile, the band took 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, they ultimately maintain the irrepressible spirit that's always defined the band. These acoustic interpretations show once again how beautifully crafted these songs really are.

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    Andrea Bocelli - Believe

    Andrea Bocelli - Believe - Decca
    The internationally renowned and beloved Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli releases his breathtaking new album, Believe, celebrating the power of music to soothe the soul. It follows his record-breaking ‘Music for Hope’ performance at Easter from the historic Duomo cathedral in Milan which was watched live by millions around the globe. It features a previously unreleased track from the late, great Italian composer Ennio Morricone, as well as ‘Gratia Plena’ –  from the critically acclaimed new movie, Fatima –, two duets with award-winning mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, and for the first time ever Andrea Bocelli has recorded his own interpretations of ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Padre Nostro’ along with familiar favourites such as ‘Hallelujah’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Amazing Grace’. Believe, co-produced by Steven Mercurio and Haydn Bendall, is a collection of uplifting songs that have inspired and sustained Bocelli over the years.     

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    Boris - Amplifier Worship

    Boris - Amplifier Worship - Third Man Vinyl

    Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like “explosive” and “thunderous” barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. First released in 1998, catalog staple Amplifier Worship will see its first-ever reissue with minimalistic album art from the first-press Japanese CD on November 13, 2020 via Third Man Records. The Stoughton gatefold jacket will house both officially remastered LPs, pressed at Third Man Pressing. This will also serve as Amplifier Worship’s long-awaited debut across digital streaming services. Amplifier Worship is Boris’s most intense and unrelenting album to date. Not for the faint of heart, the group incorporates mythic doom-drones, up-tempo psych-sludge and even a refreshing ribbit into their signature concoction of celestial and heavy music. Amplifier Worship is a critical chapter in the Boris canon. The album is a testament to the group's bullishness in pushing metal to it’s uncomfortable and unfamiliar edges. And it is also undoubtedly one of their best. 



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    Boris - Absolutego

    Boris - Absolutego - Third Man Vinyl
    Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like "explosive" and "thunderous" barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. Absolutego is a trek over a staggering mountain of sound. The tension builds with wave after wave of massive feedback, drums leading into a crushing crescendo of full-band repetition and clarity before descending deeper until finally reaching a surreal divebomb purring drone finale. This song takes notes out of the Melvins playbook and pushes the sound to it's absolute logical and visceral extreme. It sets a solid foundation for why Boris is considered to be one of the most important metal bands of the 21st century.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    AC/DC - Power Up
    John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey - Dance Hall At Louse Point
    Lambchop - Trip
    Various Artists - Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983 - 1987
    The Cranberries - No Need To Argue: Remastered
    Sara Bareilles - More Love - Songs from Little Voice Season One
    Nas - King's Disease
    Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos - Live At The Hollywood Palladium: Remastered
    Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alice In Chains - Facelift
    Randall Bramblett - Pine Needle Fire
    Jess Gillam - TIME
    Parker McCollum - Hollywood Gold EP
    George Benson - Weekend In London
    Benee - Hey U X
    Yves Jarvis - Sundry Rock Song Stock
    Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons - We're The Bastards
    Marika Hackman - Covers
    Starcrawler - Lizzy B/ w Bet My Brains [Vinyl Single]
    Billie Holiday / Sonhouse All Stars - Billie (The Original Soundtrack)
    Katatonia - Dead Air

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  • What's New 11-6-20

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    Metal Blade

    Having been a formidable presence in progressive metal for more than 35 years, Fates Warning return in 2020 with Long Day Good Night. Says vocalist Ray Alder, "There are some songs with electronics and some with a nice ethereal feel, as well as some pretty straightforward grooves, at least for us.” As such, the album is something of a rollercoaster ride, moving through various moods and making for their most vital release to date.

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    Republic

    Rapper/director/innovative artist, Amine, moves culture forward for Portland's music scene. His new full-length studio album, Limbo, will be available on CD October 30th via Republic Records. Keeping his promise to change perceptions and defy expectations, the project pays homage to his past on tracks like "Shimmy", and features a selection of high-profile guest artists, including Young Thug on "Compensating".

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    Home Free Records

    The beloved country vocal group bring you 12 tracks, blending holiday classics with new songs and collaborations. Among the highlights is a collaboration with Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama on their hit "Christmas in Dixie." “Alabama is my all-time favorite country group,” Home Free tenor Austin Brown says. “So, needless to say, this is definitely a major highlight, if not the pinnacle of my career so far."

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    Meant Well Inc.

    “In the middle of a pandemic, as the truth of our environmental devastation sinks in, it feels silly to write about relationships,” Woods explains. “I was thinking about that when the title ‘Without People’ came to me… and how beautiful the world could be without us, and how we’re perhaps the first generation to consider that notion as a real possibility.”

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    BMG

    Disco, Kylie’s fifteenth studio album, is a triumphant return to the dance floor. Think Studio 54, pure pop, dance elation. The first single, "Say Something" falls in line with the overall sleek, modern disco-tinged record – produced by long-time collaborator Biff Stannard.

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  • New Release Round-Up 11-06-20

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Return To Greendale

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Return To Greendale - Reprise
    Return To Greendale is the latest installment in Neil Young’s Performance Series (#16) and features a concert (audio & on film) from the historic and unique 2003 tour supporting the release of the Neil Young with Crazy Horse album GreendaleOn the 2003 tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse were joined on stage by a large cast of singers and actors to perform the story Neil Young wrote about the small town of Greendale and how a dramatic event affects the people living there. The ten songs from the powerful original album are performed in sequence, with the cast speaking the sung words - adding to the intensity of the performance. The live album Return to Greendale is released this week in several formats: Double vinyl, a 2 CD set, and a limited-edition deluxe box set that includes a Blu-ray of the full concert, a DVD of Inside Greendale (the making of the album documentary), 2 LPs and 2 CDs. The film of the ambitious live show captures the vibrancy of Neil Young and Crazy Horse on stage in a unique multi-media experience. It seamlessly blends together the live performance, the actors portraying each song, with the story occasionally enhanced by scenes from the Greendale - The Movie. Both the live concert film and the Inside Greendale documentary are directed by Bernard Shakey and produced by L. A. Johnson.

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    Heather Trost - Petrichor

    Heather Trost - Petrichor - Third Man Vinyl LLC
    It’s hard to not get jaded about music itself when one deals with the ins and outs on a daily basis of what remains of the music industry. And then, well, you know how it is--when presented with music that’s actually fresh and unique, or simply fucking good, not only are we reunited with the reason we all are grinding away here, but it’s very difficult to not resort to superlatives. So we will do our best to stick to the facts here. But just do yourself a huge favor, and let this album wash over you, right now. Third Man Records is chuffed to present to you the New Mexico-based artist Heather Trost’s second or third solo full-length. Petrichor is fresh, unique, and really fucking good. Sonically, this modern psychedelic pop music is as experimental as it is accessible. Petrichor was recorded between 2018 and 2019 by Heather Trost and her husband Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel) at their home studio. The two are community activists, urban gardeners, and full-time musicians.

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    Paul McCartney And The Frog Chorus - We All Stand Together

    Paul McCartney And The Frog Chorus - We All Stand Together - Capitol
    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rupert the Bear, MPL has restored and remastered in 4K the BAFTA winning Rupert and the Frog Song a 1984 short animated film, directed by Geoff Dunbar. To accompany the film a reimagined picture disc for 'We All Stand Together' is also set to be released.  The track hit #3 on the UK Singles chart and then charted again a year later in 1985.  The 7" shaped picture disc with the iconic image of Rupert The Bear and Paul McCartney is packaged in a die cut sleeve to highlight the shaped vinyl and includes an exclusive folded poster in the sleeve and outer mailer.

    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Laura Veirs - My Echo
    Kylie Minogue - Disco
    Pylon - Pylon Box [4LP Box Set]
    Pylon - Gyrate
    Pylon - Chomp
    Olafur Arnalds - some kind of peace
    Donovan Woods - Without People
    Sun Ra Arkesttra - Swirling
    TOMORROW X TOGETHER - Minisode 1 : Blue Hour
    David Bowie - Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World)
    Public Enemy - What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?
    Adulkt Life - Book Of Curses
    Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter [White 2LP]
    Tunng - Tunng presents…DEAD CLUB
    John Lee Hooker - Live At Montreux 1983 & 1990
    Charlie Parker - The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection
    Brothertiger - Out Of Touch
    The Who - WHO: Deluxe & Live At Kingston
    Amine - Limbo
    Sir Woman - Bitch EP
    Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

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  • What's New 10-30-20

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    Capitol

    For Love Goes, Sam has enlisted a roll call of revered collaborators from Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion), Shellback/MXM (Robyn, Pink, Britney Spears), Labrinth (Love Goes title track), masterminds Stargate as well as good friend Guy Lawrence (Disclosure) and long-term collaborator Jimmy Napes to curate a collection of songs written over the last two years, all displaying individuality with every-one telling a different story.

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    TenThousand Projects

    Platinum-selling rapper, singer, and songwriter Trippie Redd has landed four consecutive Top 10 albums in just three years' time. With penetrating lyrics and a nuanced but hard-hitting vocal performance, the 21-year-old defies genre boundaries, embedding his melodic take on rap with rock-and-roll and heavy metal elements to create a wildly experimental yet massively appealing sound.

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    Mascot

    As the world plummeted into the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Stone Cherry was nestled deep in the woods, scrambling to complete their 7th album. Featuring their new standards for Southern rock - a revitalized tradition with burly riffs and stirring rock hooks - the aptly named The Human Condition was finished just before the global lockdown was imposed.

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    Ipecac

    The first release from Mr. Bungle since 1999, The Bunny Demo is a re-recording of the band's 1986 high school thrash metal demo along with songs written then, but never recorded. Featuring covers of classics by S.O.D. and Corrosion Of Conformity. This version of Mr. Bungle is original members Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn, joined by Scott Ian of Anthrax and Dave Lombardo of Slayer/Dead Cross.

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    Warp

    Magic takes in all elements of OPN's output of the last 13 years, from the deconstructed New Age plunderphonics of Replica and R Plus Seven, to the alt rock and chamber pop songwriting of Garden Of Delete and Age Of, and the symphonic, cinematic nature of the scores for Uncut Gems and Good Time; making self-titling the record both a reference to his roots while entrenched in the present.

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  • New Release Round-Up 10-30-20

    Sam Smith - Love Goes

    Sam Smith - Love Goes - Capitol
    Sam Smith continues their all-conquering journey to super stardom as they release their third album ‘Love Goes’. This follows an incredible run of global smashes including ‘Dancing with a Stranger’, with Normani which has amassed over 13 million copies and over 2.5 billion streams, became the #1 airplay in the US & UK and has achieved platinum status in 15 countries. ‘How Do You Sleep?’ and the accompanying game-changing video has already reached sales of over 8 million and remained in the Spotify Global Top 20 after 4 months. 2018 also saw Smith release their global hit with Calvin Harris ‘Promises’ which the pair performed at the BRIT Awards; Sam reached 13 million YouTube subscribers – one of only 8 UK artists to achieve this accolade – and they ended 2019 peaking at 8 on the Global Spotify monthly listeners chart. They have over 10 billion total streams on Spotify alone, with 2 singles (Too Good At Goodbyes and Stay With Me) being one of only 100 tracks to ever achieve over 1bn total streams on Spotify. During their career Sam has sold over 28 million albums worldwide and notched up seven UK No. 1 records to date including ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ – the first Bond theme to reach the position, gaining them a Guinness World Record. In addition, Sam has also received four Grammy Awards, three BRITs and an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song (Writing’s On The Wall).

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    U2 - All That You Can’t Leave Behind: 20th Anniversary

    U2 - All That You Can’t Leave Behind: 20th Anniversary - Interscope Records
    Limited 11 vinyl LP set. Includes fully remastered studio album plus 20 page booklet. 9 track b-sides, out-takes and alternate versions. Elevation Live From Boston 19 track set. 5 x 12" featuring 11 remix singles including 4 previously unreleased. 32 page hardback book by long-time U2 collaborator Anton Corbijn featuring previously unseen photos. Double-sided poster. Digitally remastered 20th Anniversary edition. The forever-evolving U2 looked back to their anthemic, passionate '80s classics on their 10th studio album, even as they took what they'd learned in the '90s and had maximum fun with studio production (aided ably here by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois). It didn't hurt that Bono and co. Had their best batch of songs in years at the ready; all this combined to catapult All That You Can’t Leave Behind to #1 in 32 countries.

    Also available: CD, Deluxe 2CD, 2LP and Limited Edition 5CD Super Deluxe Box Set

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    Eels - Earth To Dora

    Eels - Earth To Dora - PIAS
    2020 release from the alt-rock band Eelsled by singer/songwriter Mark Everett (AKA E). Earth To Dora is the follow-up to the band's 2018 release The Deconstruction.

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    Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God

    Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God - Conglomerate Ent
    The first album in eight years from hip-hop icon Busta Rhymes. The album is a sequel to his 1998 album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front. Includes the single "The Don and The Boss", a collaboration with dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

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    Jeremiah Johnson - Unemployed Highly Annoyed

    Jeremiah Johnson - Unemployed Highly Annoyed - Ruf Records
    Jeremiah Johnson blends the sounds of the south, with Mississippi River blues and a touch of country flair. Emotionally charged roots rock, powered by the common man's passion for life and all the struggles in-between. Songs with meaning, a powerfully persuasive voice and master class musicianship.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Ariana Grande - Positions
    Elvis Costello - Hey Clockface
    Mr. Bungle - The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo
    Hamilton Leithauser - Live! at Café Carlyle
    Record Store Day Presents Decibel Completely Extreme Volume One
    I Prevail - Post Traumatic
    John Petrucci - Terminal Velocity
    Cam - The Otherside
    Trippie Redd - Pegasus
    Troye Sivan - In A Dream EP
    Black Stone Cherry - The Human Condition
    Nils Frahm - Empty
    GWAR - Scumdogs Of The Universe: 30th Anniversary
    The Crow (Original Soundtrack) [Rocktober 2020 LP]
    Yes - The Royal Affair Tour (Live in Las Vegas)
    Bob Mould - Distortion: 1989-2019
    Bob Mould - Distortion: 1989-1995
    The Heshoo Beshoo Group - Armitage Road
    Ron Dante - Ron Dante's Funhouse


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  • What's New 10-23-20

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    Rough Trade

    Since 2008’s debut album Krülle Bol, This Is The Kit (lead by Kate Stables) have unpicked emotional knots and woven remarkable stories, but even by their high standards, Off Off On is a beautifully clear distillation of Stables’ song-writing gifts. In difficult times, it’s a record that feels like a lifeline, moving against the tide, standing against the storm. Keep going.

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    4AD

    Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker releases songs and instrumentals as two distinct collections, both written and recorded in April after Big Thief’s tour was abruptly cut short due to coronavirus. After returning home, Lenker decamped to a one room cabin in the mountains of western Massachusetts and set out to record using exactly zero digital processing. This album is 100% analog-analog-analog (AAA).

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    Fearless

    iDKHOW is a new project led by Dallon Weekes (Panic! At The Disco). They initially had a curated storyline, believed to have been a decades-old band that never got a big break until 2017, when an anonymous donor released recovered video footage that hints otherwise, leading fans, music historians and conspiracy theorists to debate.

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    Loma Vista

    On White Bronco Bronson rapped “my next album’s only for dolphins,” and the principled MC is nothing if not true to his word. A Queens legend, respected for his idiosyncratic pen and vivid raps, Bronson is a decade into his career and still deepening his skillset. With Only For Dolphins, he wants to take the listener on a tour of his creativity. Welcome to his world.

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    A&R Adventures

    Royal Tea was inspired by his British heroes - Jeff Beck, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Cream and recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. These 10 original tracks were co-written by Joe with Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Pete Brown (Cream) & Jools Holland.

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  • New Release Round-Up 10-23-20

    Gorillaz - Song Machine, Season One

    Gorillaz - Song Machine, Season One - Warner Records
    Song Machine, Season One is Gorillaz’ newest concept which started in January 2020, releasing brand new material episodically - as and when it happens – and has continued throughout the year.  The ongoing and ever-evolving process has seen our favourite characters joined by an expanding roster of collaborators captured live in Kong Studios and beyond. The result is an expansive collection of 17 tracks embracing a myriad of sounds, styles, genres and attitudes from a breath-taking line-up of guest artists including Beck, Elton John, Fatoumata Diawara, Georgia, Kano, Leee John, Octavian, Peter Hook, Robert Smith, Roxani Arias, ScHoolboy Q, Slaves, Slowthai, St Vincent and 6LACK, as well as CHAI, EARTHGANG, Goldlink, Joan As Police Woman, JPEGMAFIA, Moonchild Sanelly, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Skepta and Tony Allen. 

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    Ben Harper - Winter Is For Lovers

    Ben Harper - Winter Is For Lovers - ANTI
    Winter Is For Lovers was a lifetime in the making... a solo lap-steel guitar piece incorporating elements of delta blues, flamenco, and even Satie-like minimalism, this work resonates with lyrical virtuosity, originality and soul. In some ways Winter Is For Lovers is a love letter to Ben Harper’s longtime fans who have always revered his guitar virtuosity; it’s the record they always wanted him to make. For many other music lovers, this record is a revelation, an unknown side to a celebrated artist showing a sense of meticulousness, depth and music history that will add new dimensions to an already renowned career. As a child, before Ben Harper was even playing music, he sat at the feet of folk luminaries like Rev Gary Davis, John Fahey, Ry Cooder and others in his grandparents Folk Music Center in Claremont, CA, soaking up their influence and passion for pure guitar music. As a teenager, while discovering his own musical gifts, he was repairing guitars and being mentored by many of these artists, most notably, Taj Mahal. While his musical path has taken him to worldwide fame playing rock and roll, and many other idioms, that pure guitar music has always been central to his musical heart. Ultimately, Winter Is For Lovers is a very personal statement from Ben Harper, drawing from the bountiful garden of his earliest musical impressions and propelling him into the future with an elegiac masterpiece.

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    Beastie Boys - Beastie Boys Music

    Beastie Boys - Beastie Boys Music - Capitol
    Beastie Boys Music is a companion piece to the critically acclaimed documentary Beastie Boys Story and the group's best seller Beastie Boys Book. The album features 20 Beastie Boys classics spanning the band's 30+ year career.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You
    clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned
    The Mountain Goats - Getting Into Knives
    I Don't Know How But They Found Me - RAZZMATAZZ
    boy pablo - Wachito Rico
    Joe Bonamassa - Royal Tea
    Drive-By Truckers - Live From Austin, TX
    Action Bronson - Only For Dolphins
    Melody Gardot - Sunset In The Blue
    Pearl Jam - MTV Unplugged
    Faithless - All Blessed
    Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Live At The Tennessee Theatre
    Sparkle Division - To Feel Embraced
    The Phoenix Foundation - Friend Ship
    Nothing but Thieves - Moral Panic
    Blue October - This Is What I Live For
    Plants And Animals - The Jungle
    Luke Combs - What You See Ain't Always What You Get: Deluxe Edition
    Dan Penn - Living On Mercy
    Wallows - Remote EP


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Music Releases 11-27-20

Artist Title Price
Miley Cyrus Plastic Hearts New CD: $11.96
Billie Joe Armstrong No Fun Mondays [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Smashing Pumpkins CYR [Orchid Blue 2LP] New Vinyl: $37.98
Eleine Dancing In Hell New CD: $20.98
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Little Simz Drop 6 EP [Transparent Blue Vinyl] New Vinyl: $15.98
Orville Peck Show Pony EP [Purple Vinyl] New Vinyl: $27.98
William Prince Gospel First Nation New CD: $11.98
J. Lloyd Kosmos [Transparent Blue LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
Flogging Molly Swagger: 20th Anniversary [Box Set] New Vinyl: $74.98
The Hold Steady Heaven is Whenever: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red/Orange Marble 2LP] New Vinyl: $29.98
Widespread Panic Coconut Image / Monkey Image Reissue [Limited Edition Vinyl Single] New Vinyl: $11.99
Clutch The Weathermaker Vault Series Vol. 1 New CD: $14.98
Shakin' Stevens Singled Out [2LP] New Vinyl: $29.98
Jesse Colin Young Highway Troubadour New CD: $13.98
Various Artists An Americana Christmas [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green/Red LP] New Vinyl: $22.98
Hatebreed Weight Of The False Self [Limited Edition Bone Brown Swirl-Black Mint Green Splatter LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Cadaver Edder & Bile [Limited Edition Mint Green / Yellow SwirlLP] New Vinyl: $23.98
Editors The Back Room: 15 Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition White LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Straight To You: Live [Deluxe CD/Blu-ray] New CD: $17.99
Dream Theater Distant Memories - Live In London [Box Set] New Vinyl: $65.98
The Distillers The Distillers [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear w/Green, Purple, Black Splatter LP] New Vinyl: $22.98
Ty Herndon Regifted New CD: $12.98
Ryan Shaw Imagining Marvin New CD: $18.98

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