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What's New 1-27-23

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Easy Eye Sound

In 2015, Dan Auerbach entered the studio with Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and the late Richard Swift (who passed away in 2018) to record The Arcs' debut album. Now, more than 7 years later, those same sessions became the bedrock on which the surviving members fleshed out the follow-up, Electrophonic Chronic, a collection of psychedelic rock, gritty funk, and heady, soulful grooves.

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Loma Vista

In just three remarkable solo albums Margo Price has cemented herself as a force in American music and a generational talent. On her fourth full-length Strays, recorded in Topanga Canyon and produced by Jonathan Wilson, the singer and songwriter presents a clear-eyed mission statement delivered in blistering rock and roll. Margo Price has something to say, and nothing to prove.

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Loma Vista

The stimulus behind Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn’s shiny, sophisticated electronic pop is, they say, an ongoing “argument” between themselves. If so, recording the North Carolina duo's fourth album must have been a tumultuous, unfettered affair. It’s a free-wheeling surge of glitchy beats and fizzing, ravey energy, with the wobbly UK garage underpinnings of “Echo Party” a notable standout.

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XL

An in-demand beatmaker who has worked with Denzel Curry, Vince Staples, and more, the producer finally releases his solo debut—a dynamic record bursting with soul samples and complicated emotions. Charismatic, self-effacing and generous, Louie reveals the duality of the artist— an enigmatic, introspective searcher who has experienced pain and duress, and alchemized it via looped samples and hypnotic drum patterns.

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Sunday Best

Born in Oklahoma, raised in Paris, living in NYC, assistant to a Nobel Prize Winner, licensed tour guide and Murder Mystery business owner, JW Francis is the newest signing to Sunday Best Recordings. His brand of utterly irresistible bedroom dream-pop takes its lead from the city JW lives in, with echoes of Jonathan Richman, The Velvet Underground and the lo-fi sound New York has been inspiring for decades.

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Capitol

Featuring guests like Kim Petras, Koffee, Jessie Reyez and Ed Sheeran, Gloria (the artist’s fourth LP) is a compact, steadily flowing collection of pop songs that showcase Smith’s vocal versatility and personal growth. Smith — one of the world’s most recognizable voices — graps how being true to themselves can make their own instrument’s power even mightier.

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Sub Pop

Gone is the scrappy garage/glam, in favor of sophisticated singer- songwriterly pop constructed around acoustic guitar, strings, extravagantly multi-tracked vocal harmonies and consistent tunes. There are still the nods to Marc Bolan, but with Smalltown Stardust, Kyle Thomas transcends references, transmitting purest joy in nature which cannot fail to make the listener's heart sing.

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Mascot Label Group

A true legend of guitar music, there’s nothing reining Steve Vai in, as he shows on new album Vai/Gash. Together with his since-departed biker friend Johnny “Gash” Sombrotto, he recorded these eight tracks back in the early 90s so that they’d have “real biker music” to blare from their Harley Davidsons. Three decades later, he’s finally putting them out to the world as the ultimate tribute.

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Merge

The Canadian hardcore legends have been known for their epic scale in the past, so it might be a surprise that Fucked Up’s sixth studio album is their shortest to date, written and recorded in the confines of one literal day (hence the title). Don’t mistake size for substance, though: The band’s sound has only gotten bigger, more hard-charging, with even denser thickets of melody.

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Merge

Every Acre’s focus is very much on McEntire’s (Mount Moriah) close-up storytelling and confessions on grief, loss, and links to land and loved ones -- the odd, soaring electric guitar solo aside. Fans of the early records of Margo Price and Courtney Marie Andrews will find much to love here, while the diversion into groovesome country soul on “Rows Of Clover” keeps the head nodding.

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Grand Jury

On her second album of raw, deliciously sad indie-rock, Samia dwells on broken relationships, toxic behavior and addiction revealing an album that’s diaristic and uncomfortably relatable. Honey constantly flits between blackly comic confessionals and excruciating bloodletting. It’s playful, painful and loaded with hooks that worm their way to the surface making it ripe for bleak midwinter wallowing.

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Relapse

It’s unusual for a band that’s been around since the ’80s to be doing some of their best work in the 2020s, but that’s exactly what Obituary have accomplished. Dying Of Everything destroys in the time-honored tradition of early classics while maintaining the killer studio sound that the band has perfected while their legacy as a Death Metal institution, churning out some of the heaviest riffs in their career.

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Matador

Late Developers floats through genres with ease – from the frantic Billy Bragg-with-hella-flute-energy of the opening track and what might be Stevie Jackson’s best song, into an all-out dance party in the third quarter of the record. They then unearth a 1994-era pre-Belle and Sebastian tune, with the help of Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell right before they bring you home with a true bop.

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Napalm

Katatonia's sound has evolved over the years, shifting from death/doom to a more varied musical palette that utilizes everything from gothic to post to prog. They have amped up the intensity a bit on Sky Void of Stars compared to their past few albums, but no matter if it's heavy or mellow, the band always delivers first-class musicianship and exquisite songwriting.

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Cooking Vinyl

Driven by analogue synths, distorted chimes and hallucinogenic soundscapes, Ladytron crash-landed at the turn of the century, using the dancefloor as a bridgehead to the collective unconscious. On Time’s Arrow the group adds new richness, distant shimmers and a shoegaze-adjacent glow with their trademark understated voices now inhabiting a space somewhere between cloudscape and dream.

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Human Season Records

Gigi’s Recovery is such a leap in songwriting and execution that it might as well not be the same band behind it. Where the first was terse and unwieldy (and amazing in its own right) this one is open – even joyous despite its heavy subject matter. At their best, which is often on Gigi’s Recovery, TMC combine muscular drama and skeletal grace with a confidence that Radiohead would be proud of.

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New Release Round-Up 01-27-23

Sam Smith - Gloria

Sam Smith - Gloria - Capitol
Following the global success of the unstoppable single “Unholy” featuring pop diva Kim Petras, Sam Smith releases their fourth studio album, Gloria. The 13-track record is Sam’s boldest statement yet and comes off the back of an undeniable run of success with the lead single from the album.

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Quinn XCII - The People’s Champ

Quinn XCII - The People’s Champ - Republic Records
Quinn XCII’s new album The People’s Champ features 13 brand-new tracks. The new album releases this week and includes collaborations with Big Sean and more!

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Tyler Hubbard - Tyler Hubbard

Tyler Hubbard - Tyler Hubbard - EMI Records Nashville
Tyler Hubbard will releases his debut solo album. With 19 No. 1 singles on country radio, countless awards, and sold-out tours, Tyler Hubbard has already had a remarkable career as a songwriter and as one half of multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line. Now, Hubbard is embarking on a solo career with his debut solo album Tyler HubbardThe 18-track album includes his hit single “5 Foot 9” and the songs “Dancin’ In The Country” and “Small Town Me”. The self-titled project was produced by Hubbard and Jordan Schmidt with Hubbard writing on all of the tracks. 

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Eminem - The Eminem Show: 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition

Eminem - The Eminem Show: 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition - Aftermath
The Eminem Show (his fourth studio album) was originally released on May 26, 2002 by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope. Featuring guest appearances from Obie Trice, D12, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Dina Rae and Eminem's daughter Hailie Jade Scott-Mathers, this Expanded Edition 4 LP set on 180-gram vinyl includes audio from the 1999 Tramps show in New York, as well as the previously unreleased track "Jimmy, Brian, and Mike."

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

White Reaper - Asking For A Ride
The Arcs - Electrophonic Chronic [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear w/Black Splatter LP]
Samia - Honey [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP+Flexi Disc]
SG Lewis - AudioLust & HigherLove
Elle King - Come Get Your Wife
Bob Dylan - Fragments – Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series Vol. 17
JW Francis - Dream House
Illiterate Light - Sunburned
The Cure - Wish: 30th Anniversary Edition
Ghost - Meliora [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe Translucent Yellow 2LP]
Bass Drum Of Death - Say I Won’t [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ivory LP]
Avril Lavigne - Let Go: 20th Anniversary Edition
Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits Live In '76
Ava Max - Diamonds & Dancefloors
Kimbra - A Reckoning
Green Day - Nimrod: 25th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 5LP Box Set]
Elvis Presley - Elvis On Tour [CD Box Set]
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sea Blue LP]
Fucked Up - One Day [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak Blue In Milky Clear LP]
Steve Vai - Vai/Gash
R. Ring - War Poems, We Rested
H.C. McEntire - Every Acre [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
TOMORROW X TOGETHER - The Name Chapter: TEMPTATION
Stephen Sondheim, Sara Bareilles, Into The Woods 2022 Broadway Cast - Into The Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording)
Lil Yachty - Let's Start Here.



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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

Shania Twain - Queen Of Me

Shania Twain - Queen Of Me - Republic Nashville
Five-time GRAMMY® award winning and multi-platinum selling icon, Shania Twain, announces her new album, Queen Of Me, out February 3, 2023 on Republic Nashville, a division of Republic Records. Her sixth original full-length album, Queen Of Me, is the superstar's most triumphant-feeling body of work; an album about standing in your own power and worshipping yourself. Its lead single “Waking Up Dreaming” was co-written and produced with BTS hitmaker David Stewart.

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SYML - The Day My Father Died

SYML - The Day My Father Died - Nettwerk Records
SYML's music has a sacred quality. The solo venture of Seattle artist Brian Fennell, it's themes tap into the instincts that drive us to places of sanctuary, whether that be a place or person. "It comes back to your identity of being human; throughout time we've shared the same drive," he explains. His own upbringing - interwoven with experiences of abandonment, adoption, loss, grief and love - is what drives him to question how connections between people shape us as individuals. The Day My Father Died is an exceptional record. Over 15 songs, Syml offers a profound exploration of the ways in which our lives intertwine. Throughout the album, Syml weaves in familiar iconography as a means of examining his feelings towards others, and about himself.

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New Release Round-Up 01-13-23

Mumford & Sons - Babel: 10th Anniversary

Mumford & Sons - Babel: 10th Anniversary - AWAL
A limited edition pressing of Mumford & Sons' much-loved album ‘Babel’, in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The album features hit singles I Will Wait and Lover Of The Light, and this anniversary edition features alternate artwork and is pressed on 180g cream coloured vinyl.

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Dayglow - People In Motion

Dayglow - People In Motion - Dayglow, LLC
Magnetically energetic and eternally hopeful, Dayglow (the project of Austin, TX based Sloan Struble) excels in creating catchy, carefully crafted, effervescent indie pop. His home-recorded 2018 debut album Fuzzybrain featured the Platinum Certified single “Can I Call You Tonight?”, which went on to be hailed as 2020’s biggest independent alternative hit. Following up with his sophomore album Harmony House in 2021, Dayglow generated a mountain of indie buzz and critical acclaim anchored by lead single "Close To You". Now, after racking up over a billion streams and selling out headline tours around the world, Dayglow returns with his third album People In Motion. Fun and colorful, People In Motion meditates on the ideas of commitment, inner peace, and movement, while inviting the listener to the dance floor to leave the chaos and noise of our current culture behind.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Margo Price - Strays [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple Smoke LP]
Belle And Sebastian - Late Developers
The Goose - Undecided EP
Gaz Coombes - Turn The Car Around [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
Joesef - Permanent Damage [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Eco Mix LP]
NOFX - So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes: 25th Anniversary Edition [Neopolitan LP]
Bob's Burgers [TV Series] - Music From The Bob's Burgers Movie
feeble little horse - Hayday
Bob Weir - Ace: 50th Anniversary Remaster [SYEOR 23 Exclusive Translucent Red LP]
Chicago - Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits [SYEOR 23 Exclusive Picture Disc LP]
Goo Goo Dolls - Chaos In Bloom
Kid Cudi - Entergalactic
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Live At Bonnaroo '22 [Orange Buzzsaw LP]
Angels & Airwaves - Love, Pt. 2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Grape 2LP]
Circa Survive - Two Dreams [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink Marble 2LP]

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

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What's New 1-20-23

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Domino

For 60 years, or at least since he was a young Welshman who moved to New York and joined The Velvet Underground, Cale has been reinventing his music with dazzling and inspiring regularity. Mercy-- his first full album of new tunes in a decade-- moves through true dark-night-of-the-soul electronic blues toward vulnerable love songs and hopeful considerations for the future with the help of some of music’s most curious young minds.

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New West

The Bad Ends qualify as an Athens supergroup, and not just because they include two local legends. Mike Mantione of Five Eight and Bill Berry of REM tap into a familiar strain of jangle rock for a set of inventive songs about growing old and dying in a small college town with a big music legacy. It’s life-affirming songs about death and dying, and an immediate classic showcasing the best of early 90s college rock.

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4AD

Bulli glimmers with an almost-uncomfortable pop sheen, whirring with strutting positivity and rich instrumentation that is at stark odds with the lyrics. Touchstones of leftfield electronic sounds meld with nods to alternative rock, power pop, even tender R&B and deft hip-hop. It’s at times frantic and manic, swirling with fragmentary soundscapes, but always pushing forward into somewhere that feels new and vital.

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Opium/Interscope

Once again, the Opium label started by Playboi Carti proves they are the future. Destroy Lonely’s No Stylist, his debut project with the label and his first project since 2020, lives up to the expectations ten-fold. As required, the release contains enough fashion-related quips to fill up Popeye Magazine, but the real gems are the lively, euphoric beats and airy synths with Lonely matching its breeziness with playful lyrics.

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