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  • What's New 1-28-22

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    On What Happens Next, roots singer-songwriter and guitarist Davy Knowles boldly steps forward with timeless and cohesive songwriting, sleek modern production, and a lyrical, play-for-the-song guitar approach informed from soul, folk, rock, and blues. It’s 12 songs are equally influenced by The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito, Gary Clark Jr., as they are Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough, and R.L. Burnside.

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    Rough Trade

    11:11 is an unqualified triumph, an album that seizes listeners with hook-filled songs imbuing feelings of warmth, urgency, and poetic beauty, even as it asks some of life’s big and difficult questions. “It spends equal time on optimism, community, reaffirming what we are and how it’s our duty to look out for one another” says singer Evan Stephens Hall. “There’s anger, love, hope and grief. The record has all of that.”

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    Provogue Records

    Five years sober, creatively rejuvenated, and sagely insightful, Gales is ready for the fight of his career. Aptly, he calls his masterful new album, Crown. Here, the blues firebrand opens like never before, sharing his struggles with substance abuse, his hopes about a new era of sobriety and unbridled creativity, and his personal reflections on racism – all delivered with clarity and hope for positive change.

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    ATO

    A fever dream in sonic form, The Alien Coast is the first album recorded in their hometown of Birmingham, AL. 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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    Republic

    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. Majority of 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.

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    Fearless

    With Swan Song, The Plot In You have laid their souls bare and offered us access to the most honest and intimate parts of themselves. Perhaps it’s their way of cleansing themselves, or them taking the opportunity to reassure us as the listener – and themselves – that life gets better when things are bleak. The record is harrowing and beautiful in equal measure, and one of the most important learning experiences this year will offer.

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    Ol' Buddy Records

    Although a gospel 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. Following in the footsteps of his country music heroes, his new album, And Now, Let’s Turn to Page… offers 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.

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    Blue Note

    Alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins follows-up his acclaimed debut, Omega, with another striking album featuring his remarkable quartet with pianist Micah Thomas, bassist Daryl Johns, and drummer Kweku Sumbry. An hour-long suite comprised of 7 movements strives to bring them closer to complete vesselhood by the end, where the music would be entirely improvised and channeled collectively.

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    Highway 20 Records

    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 in late 2020 with a portion of ticket sales benefitting independent music venues struggling to get by through the pandemic.

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    Over the course of a more than 40-year career, Steve Vai has routinely transformed what would appear to be outrageously impossible into something very, very possible... and still also pretty outrageous. Inviolate’s nine-song opus does indeed push the boundaries of instrumental guitar music as this time out, Vai quite literally invented not just a new guitar, but also a new guitar-playing technique.

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    Unique Leader

    The career defining album from Pennsylvania's heaviest, The Last Ten Seconds of Life is the sound of a band attempting to transcend the turning of tides within their scene. Straddling the Nu Metal, Rock, Death Metal and Downtempo genres in equal measure, TLTSOL have created a magnum opus of a record that will appeal to fans of Korn and Slipknot as much as it will to fans of Alice in Chains or Pantera.

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  • New Release Round-Up 01-28-22

    The Weeknd - Dawn FM

    The Weeknd - Dawn FM - XO Records
    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

    Bad Suns - Apocalypse Whenever - Epitaph
    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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    Eels - Extreme Witchcraft

    Eels - Extreme Witchcraft - E Works / PIAS
    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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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


    St. Paul & The Broken Bones - The Alien Coast [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Nugget LP]
    Fruit Bats - Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001–2021) [Indie Exclusive Deluxe 2LP]
    Amber Mark - Three Dimensions Deep
    The Temptations - Temptations 60
    Lucinda Williams - Lu's Jukebox Vol. 6: You Are Cordially Invited....A Tribute To The Rolling Stones
    PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
    PJ Harvey - Let England Shake - Demos
    Tori Amos - Ocean To Ocean
    Rick Ross - Richer Than I Ever Been [Deluxe]
    The Magnetic Fields - The House Of Tomorrow EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Green Vinyl]
    Brent Cobb - And Now, Let's Turn To Page...
    Various Artists - SING 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Jethro Tull - The Zealot Gene [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP + CD]
    Aaron Lewis - Frayed At Both Ends: Deluxe
    Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2 [RSD Essential Clear w/ Red & Teal Splatter 2LP]
    FKA Twigs - Caprisongs
    Grateful Dead - Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 3/1/1969 [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition 3LP]
    Margo Price - That’s How Rumors Get Started [Sliver LP + 7in Single]
    Wiz Khalifa - Kush & Orange Juice
    Lady Wray - Piece of Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Emerald LP]
    Charlotte Day Wilson - Alpha [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink LP]
    Indiana Mandy - ... EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green Vinyl]


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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Hippo Campus - LP3

    Hippo Campus - LP3 - Grand Jury
    Minneapolis indie pop rebels Hippo Campus return with their third full-length, LP3, on February 4th. Their strongest and most complete work yet, LP3 is a freshly-inked portrait excavating young adulthood, identity and, more importantly, how that personal identity fits into a larger camaraderie.

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    Bastille - Give Me The Future

    Bastille - Give Me The Future - Republic
    Give Me The Future, Bastille's wildly-ambitious new album, is a tribute to tech times and a glimpse of what could be to come. Exploring both the opportunities of new technology and the dark side of lives lived online, it’s as playful as it is thought-provoking, as dystopian as it is dancefloor-friendly and as electronic as Bastille have ever been. Executive produced by Ryan Tedder, Give Me The Future by Bastille will release on February 4, 2022.

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    Paul McCartney And Wings - Wild Life: 50th Anniversary

    Paul McCartney And Wings - Wild Life: 50th Anniversary - UMe
    Following the eclectic charm and intimacy of 1970's solo McCartney and 1971's homespun lo-fi indie-pop progenitor RAM credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, Wild Life found Paul once again redefining his post-Beatles creative identity, this time beginning his tenure as a founding member of Wings. A rollicking left turn from its predecessors, Wild Life was recorded in barely more than a week, with more than half of the songs captured in a single take. The end result would be eight songs running the gamut from joyous freewheeling jams to proto-chamber pop to spare introspective musings — all bristling with a raw, jagged energy akin to the grungiest of garage bands—whether on the careening blues-rock rave-up of opener "Mumbo," a reggae-tinged reimagining of Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange," or the plaintive and heart wrenching ballad "Dear Friend." Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Half Speed Master LP

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Music Releases 01-28-22

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The Weeknd Dawn FM [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed CD] New CD: $13.99
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Bad Suns Apocalypse Whenever [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Pink LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
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St. Paul & The Broken Bones The Alien Coast [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Nugget LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
Fruit Bats Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001–2021) [Indie Exclusive Deluxe 2LP] New Vinyl: $31.98
Amber Mark Three Dimensions Deep [2LP] New Vinyl: $39.98
The Temptations Temptations 60 New CD: $13.95
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Lucinda Williams Lu's Jukebox Vol. 6: You Are Cordially Invited....A Tribute To The Rolling Stones [LP] New Vinyl: $29.98
PJ Harvey Let England Shake [LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
Tori Amos Ocean To Ocean [2 LP] New Vinyl: $35.98
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Rick Ross Richer Than I Ever Been [Deluxe] New CD: $12.96
The Magnetic Fields The House Of Tomorrow EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Green Vinyl] New Vinyl: $17.98
Jethro Tull The Zealot Gene [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP + CD] New Vinyl: $48.98
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 [RSD Essential Clear w/ Red & Teal Splatter 2LP] New Vinyl: $32.99
FKA Twigs Caprisongs New CD: $15.98
Lady Wray Piece of Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Emerald LP] New Vinyl: $22.98
Joan Hutton & Sue Orfield Take That Back New CD: $9.98
Rise NYC / Binary Starr System Rock 'N' Roll Manifesto / What's Da T? [12in Single] New Vinyl: $19.98
Skunk in the Roses Rabid Perfume [LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
The 5th Dimension Greatest Hits On Earth [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Charlotte Day Wilson Alpha [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Grateful Dead Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 3/1/1969 [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition 3LP] New Vinyl: $79.98
My Little Pony My Little Pony: A New Generation New CD: $12.98
Various Artists Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack New CD: $11.96
Combo Chimbita IRÉ New CD: $11.98

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