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The Weeknd

Dawn FM [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed CD]

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Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. The album is narrated by Jim Carrey, and features guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne. The production was handled by The Weeknd himself alongside Oneohtrix Point Never-who produced the majority of the tracks-as well as Max Martin, Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia, among others. The album serves as a follow-up to The Weeknd's fourth studio album, After Hours (2020).

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Bad Suns

Apocalypse Whenever [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Pink LP]

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Bad Suns sound - dreamy '80s pastiche flanked by Stratocasters through cranked Vox amps, pulsing synths, and palpable rhythmic energy - that endeared listeners to the band in the first place, and their fourth LP, APOCALYPSE WHENEVER, uses that musical foundation as the jumping-off point for their next evolution. Conceived as "the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't yet exist," the 13-track album, helmed by longtime producer Eric Palmquist (MUTEMATH, Thrice) at his Palmquist Studios and the band's North Hollywood rehearsal spot, is more conceptually rigorous than anything they've ever attempted - but no less compelling or accessible. "We also knew we wanted the album to have a through-line, a story from beginning to end," frontman Christo Bowman explains, so the band did what any good directors would: They assembled a mood board, filtering their neo-noir version of Los Angeles through the dreamlike haziness of author Haruki Murakami, the futuristic flair of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Blade Runner, and the lifted cinematography of Spike Jonze's HER. These disparate influences don't just offer APOCALYPSE WHENEVER an expanded palette of sonic choices to color Bad Sun's airtight hooks - they help give the songs an emotional complexity that works on a multitude of levels depending on how listeners choose to receive them.

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones

The Alien Coast [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Nugget LP]

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A fever dream in sonic form, The Alien Coast is the first album St. Paul & The Broken Bones recorded in their hometown of Birmingham. Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price) - the bands fourth full-length is a dizzying convergence of rock & roll and R&B, psychedelia and stoner metal, gospel and jazz-funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and thrillingly unhinged - it makes for a majestic backdrop to the groups visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.

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Eels

Extreme Witchcraft [Limited Edition Pink 2LP+CD]

Vinyl: $59.98 UNAVAILABLE
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Eels have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. The ever-changing project of principal singer/songwriter E (Mark Oliver Everett), Eels have released thirteen studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. During the height of the pandemic lockdown in early 2021, E got an out of the blue message from Mark Romanek, director of the first Eels video, "Novocaine For the Soul". It triggered him to reach out to John Parish, who was in between numerous projects and immediately got to work in his HonorSound studio in Bristol and began sending ideas to E. "I'd sneak out of bed at 4 in the morning to hear the latest thing John had sent, and try to add my part to it and get it back to him quickly before my 4 year old son woke up," E says. The resulting album is Extreme Witchcraft.

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Fruit Bats

Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001–2021) [Indie Exclusive Deluxe 2LP]

Vinyl: $31.98 Buy

Eric D. Johnson, the creative force behind Fruit Bats, doesn't spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror. But with the 20th anniversary of his first Fruit Bats release (2001's Echolocation) on his mind, it seemed as good a time as any to take stock of his work-and he's doing so in the form of Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001-2021), a two-disc collection that tracks the history of Fruit Bats from it's earliest days to right now. Thoughtfully compiled by Johnson himself, this set is split in two distinct halves. Set in reverse chronological order, the first disc cherry-picks from Fruit Bats' official releases, including fan favorites-"Humbug Mountain Song" from 2016's Absolute Loser and "The Bottom of It" from his 2019 Merge debut Gold Past Life-alongside some of Johnson's more personal choices like "Glass in Your Feet" from Echolocation.

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Amber Mark

Three Dimensions Deep [2LP]

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Creative multi-hyphenate Amber Mark releases her ethereal debut album, Three Dimensions Deep, featuring critically-acclaimed singles “Foreign Things,” “Worth It,” and more.

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The Temptations

Temptations 60

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A brand new album of brand-new songs from the No. 1 R&B Group of All Time, The Temptations. Features tracks written and produced by Narada Michael Walden, the young hip-hop producer K. Sparks, longtime group member Ron Tyson, founding member Otis Williams, and the equally legendary Smokey Robinson, whose classic songs launched the group’s original hit streak. The new album release will coincide with Otis Williams’s 80thbirthday, and the Broadway return (and road show edition) of the hit musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.

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Lucinda Williams

Lu's Jukebox Vol. 6: You Are Cordially Invited....A Tribute To The Rolling Stones [LP]

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Lu's Jukebox is a six-volume series of mostly full-band performances recorded live at Ray Kennedy's Room & Board Studio in Nashville, TN. Each volume features a themed set of songs by other artists curated by the multi-Grammy award winner, Lucinda Williams. The series aired as ticketed shows through Mandolin in late 2020 with a portion of ticket sales benefitting independent music venues struggling to get by through the pandemic.
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PJ Harvey

Let England Shake [LP]

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Vinyl reissue of PJ Harvey's eighth studio album, Let England Shake. Originally released in February 2011, it was produced by PJ Harvey, Flood, and John Parish. Let England Shake features the singles "The Words That Maketh Murder" and "The Glorious Land" and was the second album in her catalog to win the UK's Mercury Music Prize. This reissue is faithful to the original recording and package and was cut by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of original co-producer John Parish.
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PJ Harvey

Let England Shake - Demos [LP]

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Collection of unreleased demos of tracks written for PJ Harvey's eighth studio album, Let England Shake, including demos of "The Words That Maketh Murder," "The Glorious Land," and "The Last Living Rose." The package features brand-new artwork (the cover is a drawing by Polly) and includes previously unseen photos by Seamus Murphy. Mastering by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer John Parish.
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Tori Amos

Ocean To Ocean [2 LP]

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In spite of the various crises that have occurred since 2017’s Native Invader, Tori Amos has emerged with Ocean to Ocean, her most personal work in years — an album bursting with warmth and connection, with deep roots in her earliest song writing. Written during the third lockdown in Cornwall this year, Ocean to Ocean is a universal story of going to rock bottom and renewing yourself all over again.

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Rick Ross

Richer Than I Ever Been [Deluxe]

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Richer Than I Ever Been is Rick Ross’ eleventh studio album and oozes the kind of diamond-encrusted lyrical opulence that made him one of the greatest of this generation. The GRAMMY®Award-nominated multiplatinum superstar, two-time New York Times-Bestselling author, and business magnate makes everything feel “rich,eclipsing material wealth and hinting at a much more substantive spirit. Guest features include Wale, Future, 21 Savage and Wiz Khalifa among others. The deluxe 15 track version of the album features three additional songs:“Revelations,” “Vacheron” featuring AZ, and “Not For Nothing” featuring Anderson .Paak.

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The Magnetic Fields

The House Of Tomorrow EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Green Vinyl]

Vinyl: $17.98 UNAVAILABLE

MP3 Album: $4.99 Download

Cast your mind back to notable landmarks of 1992. Outside the Twin Cities, Mall of America opened to the public. Frank Gehry’s enormous golden fish sculpture, El Peix, welcomed Barcelona Olympians. And The House of Tomorrow, a four-song 7-inch on a small indie label, ushered in a new era for the Magnetic Fields.  Never before released as a 12-inch, this 30th anniversary remastered edition includes the additional track "Alien Being" plus a vinyl etching on side B. 

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Brent Cobb

And Now, Let's Turn To Page... [LP]

Vinyl: $20.98 UNAVAILABLE

Brent Cobb follows in the footsteps of his country music heroes with his new gospel album, And Now, Let’s Turn to Page…. By offering eight familiar hymns alongside an original song written with his wife, the collection feels reverent as well as rowdy—and completely in his comfort zone.

Although the album has been a long-time dream for Cobb, it has only come to fruition now due to a near-death experience in July 2020, when the vehicle that he was driving, with his young son inside, got T-boned at a rural four-way stop. Following the crash, Cobb found himself with a renewed outlook on life, remembering, “You just start piecing together how everything is sort of intentional…I’d always had it in the back of my mind to make a gospel album. That moment of clarity, of almost getting killed, made me think I should just make the gospel album now.”

Produced by Dave Cobb in RCA Studio A in Nashville, And Now, Let’s Turn to Page… continues a tradition established by legends such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley, who could invoke their spiritual side without losing sight of their musical foundation. “I’ve always wanted to make a southern gospel album because it’s what I come from, but also it used to seem like a rite of passage for country singers to make a gospel album,” Brent says. “It all comes from gospel music. That’s where country music came from. I’m just trying to carry that torch.”

Born and raised in Georgia, Brent returned to his home state a few years ago after establishing a career as one of Nashville’s most creative and compelling songwriters. He explains that he considers each of his past albums like a message to his kids: Keep ‘Em on They Toes explores his thoughts, Providence Canyon describes the people who influenced his life, and the Grammy-nominated Shine on Rainy Day reveals who he is. For the gospel album, he adds, “this is what I believe in.”

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and musician Brent Cobb will release his debut gospel album, And Now, Let’s Turn To Page…, January 28 via his own label, Ol’ Buddy Records.

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Various Artists

SING 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [2 LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 UNAVAILABLE

Illumination, Universal Pictures & Republic Records announce SING 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) releasing 12/17. It accompanies the new chapter in Illumination’s animated franchise, SING 2, hitting theaters on 12/22. The soundtrack includes a new U2 track & Bono makes his animated film debut as the voice of Clay. The soundtrack also includes tracks from Halsey, Pharrell, Anitta & Billie Eilish, with performances by cast members Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, & more.

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Jethro Tull

The Zealot Gene [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP + CD]

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InsideOutMusic/Sony Music are set to release the new studio album from progressive rock legends Jethro Tull. 'The Zealot Gene' is the bands first new studio album in nearly 20 years. With more than 30 albums to their credit and sales totaling more than 50 million, Jethro Tull are one of the most successful rock bands of all-time with a catalog that contains classics that still resonate today. Led by Ian Anderson, Tull still continues to tour throughout the world, entertaining audiences of all ages.

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Aaron Lewis

Frayed At Both Ends: Deluxe

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After 10 years in Nashville, 2 No. 1 Country albums and several hundred thousand miles playing shows, Aaron Lewis recognizes the part of America that no one is speaking to – or for. FRAYED AT BOTH ENDS is his measure of the wages of being a grown-up in today’s world, an American in a nation torn apart and a man seeking love and redemption in the words of his songs.

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Odonis Odonis

Spectrums [Slow Drip Red & Translucent LP]

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On Spectrums, Odonis Odonis showcase the extreme ends of their musical margins. Embracing a love of ‘80s goth and darkwave melodicism while maintaining an industrial strength intensity, the dualities of their sound are revealed in a striking new light. With four albums under their belts, the Toronto-based duo of Dean Tzenos and Denholm Whale have always followed creative impulses wherever they might take them. Yet while tracing their earliest experiments with surf-rock and shoegaze into more recent dabblings in abrasive EBM, they have never sounded as sonically boundless as this compilation of tracks.

Beyond their recorded output, Odonis Odonis have earned a reputation for the ferocity of their live performances, combining cathartic aggression with danceable beats set to pulsating strobe lights and the addition of live drummer Phil Wilson. Their 2017 album No Pop was described by Pitchfork as “ claustrophobic electronic music that sounds like the end of the world ,” while they have earned praise from influential sources such as NPR, FADER, Stereogum, and The Needle Drop.

Odonis Odonis began as a solo recording outlet for Tzenos in 2010 before evolving into a noisy rock band formation. They have now stripped down to a core duo as the project celebrates a decade of activity. The social limitations of the pandemic found the pair of multi-instrumentalist producers forced to work completely from home for the first time, challenging themselves to step outside of the box and create music they may have shied away from in the past. Tzenos describes their newfound process as cherry-picking elements from the angry and occasionally antisocial sound of past releases, but applying an extroverted approach.

“This project is the start of the third chapter of the band's evolution,” says Tzenos. “I still feel like we have a lot more to explore musically and writing these songs lit the spark for a lot of new directions. The idea of doing something poppy is a stark contrast to our last record, but as long as the project remains fun and experimental it will keep growing. We’re more like the weird goth kids in the back of the club now.”

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Scruffpuppie

letters to nobody [Lime Green LP]

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JJ Shurbet's debut studio album as Scruffpuppie and first for Phoebe Bridgers' Saddest Factory Records is letters to nobody: a record of self-determination, of hard-won confidence and contrition, of clarified spirit and abundant mind. Drawing from midwest emo as much as it does Elliott Smith, classic indie, and hyperpop, the album, produced by Phoebe Bridgers collaborator Marshall Vore, establishes JJ as a unique songwriter with agnosticism towards genre but total devotion to pop songcraft - a musical polymath whose only guiding light is her own truth. Accordingly, letters to nobody is something to hold onto: a cropped, high-detail portrait of a turbulent adolescence, to be sure, but also a lifeline - a buoy in high water and a much-needed icon of brightness.After spending the first 12-odd years of her life in Texas, JJ and her family moved to Georgia; a year after that, Utah. By the time she moved to Utah, JJ's world opened up. She began to foster a love of film and music became a significant part of her life, first as she played songs in bands with her schoolmates, and then as she started to write music for her short films, that she would record directly into iMovie. Slowly, JJ started to post videos of herself playing songs on YouTube with her videos frequently garnering over 100K views, with some of them reaching over 3M or 4M. At 16, she quit her job and started focusing on music. She released Zombie Boy, her debut project, on Bandcamp, and found that people were willing to listen beyond YouTube.Around the same time she was becoming known for her YouTube videos, JJ began experimenting with drugs. After a while, figuring that drugs could fuel her creativity and songwriting, she began using acid excessively and taking speed whenever she could all with the reasoning that it helped her creativity. Amidst it all, Scruffpuppie began to take off. Things began to spiral, eventually coming to a head in the moment immortalized in the intro track, "the morning where I woke and rode again." JJ entered rehab, and, while there, began to sketch out the beginnings of letters to nobody - if not exactly an album about the experience of going into rehab, then at least one wrought from the clarity it gave JJ.There is no single song that defines letters to nobody - it's an album that reveals itself to a listener over time, a portrait that appears deeper, more ineffably heart-rending, the more you look at it. It's a testament to the way art can act not just as a product, but as a tool of self-expression and healing - as something that can make any ending seem like a bright new beginning.
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Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels 2 [RSD Essential Clear w/ Red & Teal Splatter 2LP]

Vinyl: $32.99 UNAVAILABLE

Run the Jewels, the super dynamic duo of EI-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap brought you Run the Jewels 2 on mass Appeal records in 2014. The immensely anticipated album includes guests ranging from Zack de la Rocha to Travis Barker amongst others, but the duo maintains that the album is first and foremost about the creative partnership between the MC's themselves. 

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FKA Twigs

Caprisongs

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"CAPRISONGS" showcases a new side of FKA Twigs - one that's always been present but not in public. The songs are fun, carefree, upbeat and bold, brimming with messages of confidence and independence. Along with the bangers and bops are vulnerable, honest, eerie and soft songs that highlight FKA Twigs' lyrical prowess and vocal acrobatics. "CAPRISONGS," her first release on Atlantic Records, is a departure for the Grammy-nominated visual icon's previous works but it's also a reflection of where she is today. The 17-track mixtape documents her personal growth. "It's weird because, in some ways, this is my most fun project. But in other ways, it's my most honest and the deepest. It's a very fine line of how to describe it because, to me, it's not just like throwaway bangers. I think, if you really listen to the lyrics, maybe I'm really telling the truth as well," she says. "It was a bigger challenge because I don't really think I've ever channeled my art, particularly, through happiness before. "
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Lady Wray

Piece of Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Emerald LP]

Vinyl: $22.98 Buy

Big Crown Records is proud to present Piece of Me, the sophomore full length offering from Lady Wray. This is something of a homecoming for Nicole. Where her 2016 solo debut Queen Alone leaned more towards Soul and R&B with tinges of hip-hop, this record changes the mixture. It's still R&B with the textures of analog Soul, but there is a heavy Hip Hop influence that brings the sum of Nicole's career together in a new sound that will dene her future. Boom-bap drums and chunky bass lines are front-and-center creating a perfect head-nodding backdrop for Lady Wray to take on the good, the bad, the difficult, and the joyful on her most personal collection of songs to date.

The title track, "Piece of Me," which has already become a classic since it's 2019 release is about the people in your life who need more than you are willing to give. This tune and the B side of the 7” “Come On In” were the first songs put to tape for this album and they were recorded with Nicole sitting in a chair 8 months pregnant with her daughter. Her voice is so powerful, so raw, so thorough on these initial songs—it's wild to think that they were recorded this way. And even wilder to know that she knocked them all out in one take.Long time collaborator and producer Leon Michels keeps the musical backing restrained and expertly executed, setting up Lady Wray for the full spotlight and setting the tone for the rest of the album.

While the upbeat energies of “Under The Sun” and “Through It All” are sure to become hits that reconnect Lady Wray with her 90s R&B fanbase, “Where Were You” offers a behind the scenes look at what those days of stardom in her youth were really like. Nicole takes on the racial tension in America with her poetic and powerful “Beauty In The Fire” and leans heavy into her faith and church upbringing on the showstopper, “Thank You”. She gushes about the profound love she’s come to know for her daughter on “Melody” and celebrates life’s ups and downs on “Joy & Pain”. In 2021 it is rare to hear a varied yet cohesive album with no “skippers”, but that is what you have herein spades. The tried and true chemistry between Lady Wray and Leon Michels has undeniably found a higher level and this album stands as a testament to conviction and dedication for all of us to enjoy and be inspired by.

With this in mind, when talking about this record, for Lady Wray, it's about a larger purpose. "My goal is always to help and to heal people with singing," she explains. "Part of that is to try and bring back real music, real singing, so people can feel something again." Now, she's not dissing anyone here, to be clear. It's just that Lady Wray cannot sing without tapping into something deeper, searching for that shared compassion between all of us. Perhaps it comes from her church upbringing, or maybe from her years of trials and tribulations in the music industry. Either way, Lady Wray is looking to bring that "Good Sound" back and the good feelings that come with it. She calls it "those inner hands," and she always means to stir them up, grabbing your attention from within.

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Joan Hutton & Sue Orfield

Take That Back

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Take That Back is the dynamic debut by the inventive Midwest jazz quintet led by veteran composers/saxophonists Joan Hutton and Sue Orfield. The album draws on its leaders’ passion for original music and their mutual joy in pursuing unpredictable musical adventures.

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Rise NYC / Binary Starr System

Rock 'N' Roll Manifesto / What's Da T? [12in Single]

Vinyl: $19.98 Buy

**Please note this is a split 12" with a different artist on each side**

Debut release by World Domination Records contains unreleased remixes by Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle) and David J. (Bauhaus/Love and Rockets) of two of NYC's hidden gem groups of the early 2000s, Rise NYC and Binary Starr System. 

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