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Music Releases 09-25-20

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Prince

Prince’s iconic album,Sign O’ The Times, has been remastered for the very first time by Prince’s original mastering engineer Bernie Grundman.

  • LP1-2: Sign O’ The Times album (2020 Remaster)
  • LP3-4: 13x singles mixes and edits, all newly remastered
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Idles

Idles

Ultra Mono [LP]

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If 'Joy As An Act of Resistance.' was meant to detail the band's manifesto, then their highly anticipated third album ' 'Ultra Mono' - is the sound of IDLES heading into battle, battering ram in hand, for those tenets. Sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record (Kenny Beats even helped with programming on several tracks), the songs double down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work. Not far beneath the surface of their self-admitted sloganeering lies a deeply complex and brutally relevant album that chews up clichés and spits them out as high art for the masses. Active presence and self-acceptance also stand at the core of 'Ultra Mono,' with much of the songwriting done on-the-spot in the recording booth, and the phrase 'I am I' serving as a lyrical and spiritual mantra throughout. Ultimately 'Ultra Mono' is a celebration of community.
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Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso

Free Love [LP]

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Free Love thrives on collaborative frisson—two people pushing one another into new territories with the shared assurance of knowing they’re in good company, a sort of trust fall in reverse. Yes, these 10 songs are some of Sylvan Esso’s most direct. And most delicate. And most intricate. And most urgent. Free Love carries the confidence of two people delighted to be all those things, together, at once.

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Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Blue Hearts [LP]

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Single LP on black vinyl in single jacket w/ euro sleeve & matte coating. Includes coupon for full download

An explosive album of pain, rage and fear with some of the most direct and confrontational lyrics of his four-decade career. According to Bob, “This is the catchiest batch of protest songs I’ve ever written in one sitting.”

Bob Mould
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The Rolling Stones

Having not hit the road for most of the 80s, The Steel Wheels Tour was an astounding return for the Rolling Stones, not least as it was the longest they had by that point undertaken. It was also to be their last with Bill Wyman. Steel Wheels Live was recorded towards the end of the band's 60-date run through the stadiums of North America, in the second half of 1989. Special guest appearances from Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker. Limited Edition Color Pressing.

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Paris

Paris

Safe Space Invader [LP]

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In this era of reckoning for American policing, increases of racism fostered by the most incompetent president in modern times, and a global pandemic that has affected all areas of life as we once knew it, voices of dissent in entertainment have become more relevant than ever.

Enter Paris, arguably one of the most politically outspoken artists in hip-hop history, with his latest album, Safe Space Invader.  Entirely self-produced and released on his own Guerrilla Funk Recordings imprint, Safe Space Invader is a brutal commentary on Black life in 2020 America, touching on the topics of police brutality, racism, gentrification, economic inequality and cancel culture, among others.

Safe Space Invader, will be available globally September 25, 2020.  
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Nocturnus

One of the first bands to overtly combine death metal with atmospheric keyboards, Nocturnus' debut album introduced more technical and progessive elements into the traditional death metal formula without losing any of the brutality. The audio for this vinyl is taken from the original tapes in Full Dynamic Range, allowing the music's nuances to shine through and giving the album a more immersive and dynamic sound than ever before.

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Blitzen Trapper

Singer-songwriters have been tackling existential questions about life and death since time immemorial' or at least the 1960s. But when it came to Blitzen Trapper's newest album, Holy Smokes Future Jokes, front man Eric Earley looked beyond mere existence'or even the end of it'to contend with grander cosmic explorations: namely, the intermediate period between a person's separate lives on earth, 'and what it means to escape the cycle of birth and rebirth,' he explains. Inspired by George Saunders' 2017 experimental tome, Lincoln in the Bardo and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Earley's lyrics take the listener on a wild and dramatic journey through rivers of waist-high water in the aftermath of a tragic car wreck and the hazy morning before a murderous moment, and from getting blitzed to the point of extinction inside a masonic temple to a stop for chips and dip before the apocalypse.

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Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood's Carefree Theatre, out May 1, 2020 on Kanine Records, is their fifth studio album. The Carefree Theater in West Palm Beach, FL was the only real venue in town for most of John Paul Pitts childhood. It was where he would go for anything from shows to theatrical productions. It was just the kind of exposure that showed him there was a whole world outside of Florida, the kind of experience that would inform a twenty-one year old student to drop out of school and start a band. He did just that. Surfer Blood's rise was remarkable - and just recently recounted in detail with the 10 year anniversary of their debut and breakout album Astro Coast. A decade ago. That's a long time. Where a lot can happen. On May 1, 2020, Surfer Blood will release Carefree Theatre an album that bring them full circle. Pitts returned to Florida, returned to Kanine and created an album worth of short pop songs.

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Dashboard Confessional

At long last, Dashboard Confessional's RIAA Platinum-certified MTV Unplugged 2.0 arrives on vinyl for the first time, September 25, releasing as part of The Early Days, a vinyl reissue series spotlighting the albums that defined the band's formative years, and cemented singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba as one of the most vital voices that would Recorded in 2002 on the era-defining show - MTV Unplugged, the performance holds a significant place in Dashboard Confessional lore. The set was released as the iconic emo band's first live album on the heels of studio releases The Swiss Army Romance, The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most, and the So Impossible EP. The performance showcases re-imagined versions of seminal tracks such as "Hands Down" and "So Impossible" which receive a full-band treatment for the first time.

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Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore

By The Fire [2LP]

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Double vinyl LP pressing. This is Thurston Moore's seventh solo album, and features musicians Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) on bass and backing vocals, Jon Leidecker aka "Wobbly" (of Negativland) on electronics, James Sedwards on guitar, and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, as well as Jem Doulton, alternating on drums. "Hashish", the first single from the album, is described by Moore as "an ode to the narcotic of love in our shared responsibility to each other during isolation."

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Omar Rodríguez-López THE CLOUDS HILL TAPES Part I, II & III These recordings of three sessions dating from the years 2018/ 2019 and taken at the Clouds Hill Studio are now being published digitally and as a 3-LP vinyl box set. Part I features eight pieces, and Parts II and III six pieces each, which have been entirely newly arranged, produced by Johann Scheerer, and performed by Omar Rodríguez-López and a range of guest musicians. Only very few songwriters and arrangers have succeeded in leaving their mark on several generations with their compositions and their performances. Omar Rodríguez-López is one of these exceptional artists. Just hearing his name brings a shine to the eyes of aficionados of hard or virtuoso or cosmic music. Listening to his music you can feel it: This is someone who completely abandons himself to his art - and someone with an incredible amount of knowledge about the depth of possibility guitar music can explore. During the 2000s Omar Rodríguez-López released an astonishing variety of solo works. On these recordings the artist used pieces that had accumulated over the years. However, what has so far been missing is a release that brings together the pieces from that era. This wait now has come to an end for here are THE CLOUDS HILL TAPES, Part I - III featuring 20 tracks that present his music in a new light. Omar Rodríguez-López has long considered the Hamburg Clouds Hill studio his creative second home. He has known the producer Johann Scheerer for 15 years and they are close friends as well as creative partners. "Johann is great at what he does. What makes him truly special is his instinct. This helps him find most interesting sounds, make the right decision", is how Omar Rodríguez-López describes it. Whenever the two meet, a shared creative process ensues immediately. This is just what happened at the end of 2018: Really, Omar Rodríguez-López had come to Hamburg as a visitor at the Clouds Hill Festival, but Johann Scheerer invited him to use free studio capacity for a session in which to re-record outstanding pieces from the previous solo albums. "We got the band together, rehearsed for two days - and then we ran the tapes", Omar Rodríguez -López recalls. These original tapes can incidentally be seen on the covers of the three albums resulting from the sessions. THE CLOUDS HILL TAPES will be one of the reference works in the musical cosmos of this unique artist. The Clouds Hill Tapes Pts. I, II & III

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Reckless Kelly

Two CDs. 2020 release. For nearly 25 years, Reckless Kelly has graced the musical landscape with a high-powered form of Americana, equally rooted in raw passion, refined musicianship, and gritty authenticity. With the dual release of two new albums - American Jackpot and American Girls - the Idaho-bred band presents a beautifully detailed portrait of their beloved country, turning their nuanced songwriting to it's many glories and tragedies. While one batch of songs centers on slice-of-life storytelling and the other explores the complexities of human connection, the collective body of work unfolds with a profound and often eye-opening attention to the subtleties of American Life.

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Machine Gun Kelly (MGK)

Tickets To My Downfall is Machine Gun Kelly’s 5th studio album and first full project that is unabashedly rooted in pop-punk, following the platinum success of “I Think I’m Ok”. Produced by Travis Barker and containing previously released hits “bloody valentine” and “my ex’s best friend (with blackbear)”, the album set for release on September 25th via Bad Boy/Interscope Records.

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Will Butler

Will Butler

Generations [LP]

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In the five years since Will Butler released his debut album, Policy, he’s toured the world both solo and as a member of Arcade Fire, released the Friday Night live album, recorded and released Arcade Fire’s international #1 album Everything Now, earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, hosted a series of touring town halls on local issues (police contracts, prison reform, municipal paid sick leave, voting rights), and spent time raising his three children. 

He also found the time and inspiration to write and record a new album, Generations.

“My first record, Policy, was a book of short stories,” Butler says. “Generations is more of a novel—despairing, funny, a little bit epic… A big chunk of this record is asking: What’s my place in American history? What’s my place in America’s present? Both in general—as a participant, as we all are, in the shit that’s going down—but, also extremely particularly: me as Will Butler, rich person, white person, Mormon, Yankee, parent, musician of some sort, I guess. What do I do? What can I do? The record asks that question over and over, even if it’s not much for answers.”

While the songs on Generations contain their fair share of dread and regret, there is ultimately a lightness that shines through Butler’s music. That brightness is at its most intense when he and his solo band—Miles Francis, Sara Dobbs, and Julie and Jenny Shore—perform on stage. Their electricity is palpable throughout Generations, with the bulk of the new songs having been worked out live. Wild synth production—gnarly bass synths with live drums—and anthemic backing vocals as on first single “Surrender” are punctuated by intimate, direct moments: Butler’s voice cracking on “Fine” as he conjures his ancestors, and “Promised,” a meditation on friendship, how lives are built together, and how and why they drift apart.

Generations was recorded and produced by Butler in the basement of his home in Brooklyn. Tracking finished in March 2020, as New York closed down for the pandemic. Half the record was mixed in Montreal by longtime Arcade Fire engineer Mark Lawson, the other half by Brooklyn-based producer Shiftee (who is, incidentally, bandmate Julie Shore’s husband and Will’s brother-in-law).

Generations opens a dialogue with the world. It posits answers—and deals with those answers being refuted. Ultimately, it navigates the conversation as a way to find the truth… or at least a way forward.

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Tricky

Tricky

Fall To Pieces

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2020 release. Tricky might be over three decades deep into his music career but he's currently on a creative roll. In the last year he's put out an acclaimed autobiography, Hell Is Round The Corner, dropped the enchanting 20,20 EP and is now releasing Fall To Pieces, his 14th studio album.

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TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER (SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENINGKAI) will release DRAMA on CD in the U.S. on September 25th. Features three tracks: "Drama," (Japanese Ver.) & "Can't You See Me?" (Japanese Ver.) from recent album, The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY, plus new song, Everlasting Shine", will be the opening theme on upcoming animation series, Black Clover. Limited Edition Version A includes CD + DVD featuring a music video and `making of' the video.

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A Certain Ratio

A Certain Ratio

ACR Loco

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2020 release from the legendary Manchester-based post-punk band, their first studio album in 12 years.

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Movie Releases 09-29-20

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Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America [Documentary]

John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Queen Latifah, Questlove. Each episode of this documentary series focuses on one song that defined hip hop, using interviews with prominent artists to discuss their influence on the genre and socio-economic impact on culture. 6 episodes on 2 Blu-ray Discs. 2019/color/4 hrs, 30 min/TV-14/widescreen.

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DC's Stargirl [TV Series]

A decade after an ambush destroyed the venerable superteam known as the Justice Society of America, L.A. teen Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) happened upon the powerful Cosmic Staff formerly wielded by the hero called Starman (Joel McHale). With the reluctant mentoring of her stepfather Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson)-Starman's sidekick, in the day-Stargirl would recruit a new JSA from her high school peers. Fun DC Universe offering co-stars Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Cameron Gellman.13 episodes on 2 discs. 9 1/2 hrs. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

DC's Stargirl [TV Series]