Music Releases 07-09-21

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Rock ‘n’ roll is often hard to define, or even to find, in these fractured musical times. But to paraphrase an old saying, you know it when you hear it.

And you always hear it with The Wallflowers. For the past 30 years, the Jakob Dylan-led act has stood as one of rock’s most dynamic and purposeful bands – a unit dedicated to and continually honing a sound that meshes timeless songwriting and storytelling with a hard-hitting and decidedly modern musical attack. That signature style has been present through the decades, baked into the grooves of smash hits like 1996’s Bringing Down the Horse as well as more recent and exploratory fare like 2012’s Glad All Over.

But while it’s been nine long years since we’ve heard from the group with whom he first made his mark, the Wallflowers are silent no more. And Dylan always knew they’d return. “The Wallflowers is much of my life’s work,” he says simply. That life’s work continues with Exit Wounds, the brand-new Wallflowers studio offering. The collection marks the first new Wallflowers material since Glad All Over.

Exit Wounds, which, true to its title, is an ode to people – individual and collective – that have, to put it mildly, been through some stuff. 

“I think everybody – no matter what side of the aisle you’re on – wherever we’re going to next, we're all taking a lot of exit wounds with us,” Dylan says. “Nobody is the same as they were four years ago. That, to me, is what Exit Wounds signifies. And it's not meant to be negative at all. It just means that wherever you’re headed, even if it’s to a better place, you leave people and things behind, and you think about those people and those things and you carry them with you. Those are your exit wounds. And right now, we’re all swimming in them.”

The Wallflowers - Exit Wounds [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple LP]
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This LP finally brings a Clipping fan-favorite, 2016’s Wriggle, onto vinyl in an improved, expanded version that features new art, previously unreleased remixes, and a track that’s exclusive to the vinyl format.

The original, digital-only Wriggle EP was six tracks that weren’t finished in time to make it onto the group’s 2014 Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG. For “Shooter,” Clipping recorded themselves firing fifteen dierent guns, the sounds of which exclusively constituted the beat’s drums, augmented only by a synthesized tone-row. The verses referenced the well-worn technique of “hashtag rap,” but instead of using it to boast about the rapper’s personal wealth and masculine prowess, Clipping put forth imagistic narratives of three violent encounters. True to much of the group’s music, “Shooter” was an attempt to reframe a familiar style and test the limits of its formal capabilities. “Hot Fuck No Love” contains what might be the most explicit verse to date from Clipping’s favorite New Jersey rapper Cakes Da Killa. The EP’s title track, “Wriggle,” was built around a sample of the influential power-electronics song “Wriggle Like a Fucking Eel” by Whitehouse, transforming William Bennett’s torturous imperative into a instructional dance-floor banger. “Wriggle” and “Shooter” have become classic Clipping tracks and staples of their live show.

With this vinyl edition, Clipping fans old and new - and there are many new fans thanks to their breakout 2020 album, Visions of Bodies Being Burned, and Daveed Diggs’ thriving acting career - get the vinyl version of Wriggle they’ve been clamoring for.

clipping. - WRIGGLE (EXPANDED) [LP]
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With her musical project Half Waif, Nandi Rose dives deep into the waters of artistic expression by layering evocative vocals and synths to create a powerful form of pop music. On Mythopoetics, Rose ex- plores a full spectrum of sounds that sparkle with memorable hooks, otherworldly production and uplifting grooves. “This is the record I’ve been trying to make for 10 years,” Rose says.

Previous albums The Caretaker (2020) and Lavender (2018) garnered acclaim for their compelling journeys through solitude, desire and the search for independence. Half Waif declares a new chapter on Mytho- poetics, a collection of 12 new songs – mythical stories that transcend time, each sung with a glorious contralto wrapped up in synths and electronic percussion, and her lyrical piano serving as the backbone. It is an essential reminder that we have the power to shape the stories we tell and the myths we make of our lives. This is music that you feel.

Half Waif - Mythopoetics [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Champagne Wave LP]
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Oliver Wood is a testament to slow and steady wins the race. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, he relocated to Atlanta in his early twenties to pursue a career in music. Gaining a reputation over a ten year period as one of the premier working musicians on the local Georgia music scene, he was invited to join blues legend Tinsley Ellis’ road band. From there, Oliver would form his own group, King Johnson, who’d build a loyal regional following. When opening for his brother Chris’ band, Medeski Martin & Wood, he was invited to sit in, which instantly reminded them of the deep musical bond they shared. Soon thereafter, The Wood Brothers were born. They’ve since gone on to release seven studio albums, perform high profile shows from Red Rocks to Bonnaroo and earn a Grammy Award-nomination.

Until the release of “Soul Of This Town” and “The Battle Is Over," in 2020, Oliver had never stepped out under his own name as a solo artist. 'Always Smilin'' is a strong opening statement from Oliver as a solo artist, and one that sets him apart as an accomplished singer and songwriter outside of his day job with The Wood Brothers.

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Almost 50 years after the sessions that would make them an “accidental Texas supergroup” (Rolling Stone), The Flatlanders have returned with Treasure of Love, their first new album in more than a decade. Completed during COVID-19 lockdowns with the help of longtime friend and collaborator Lloyd Maines, the record finds the iconic trio of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock in classic form, serving up a rollicking collection of twang-fueled, harmony-laden performances full of wry humor and raw heartbreak. While a few songs here are never-before-heard originals, the vast majority of the tracklist consists of tunes the band picked up during their half-century together, some stretching as far back as the group’s earliest performances in the honkytonks around Lubbock, TX, where you might have spotted Willie Nelson or Townes Van Zandt in the audience.

Largely ignored by press and radio, the initial incarnation of The Flatlanders lasted only a few years before disbanding in 1973. In the decades to come, however, Ely, Gilmore, and Hancock would all go on to considerable success as solo artists, and with the 1990 reissue of their long lost debut, The Flatlanders finally received their due. Critics hailed them as visionaries and craftsmen of the highest caliber (The New York Times dubbed their first LP a “founding document of the alternative country movement”), and the trio would spend the next 30 years collaborating and touring on and off again to widespread acclaim.

The Flatlanders - Treasure of Love [LP]
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1 CD, 1 Limited Edition Poster (2 versions), 1 Photo Book (2 versions), 2 Lyric Cards, 1 Photo Card (1 of 8 each random), 1 Instant Photo Card, 1 Graphic Sticker (2 versions), 1 Folded Message Card (1 of 7 each random), 1 Photo Stand (2 versions). All sales count towards the Korean Hanteo and Gaon charts. Sales will not count toward the US Billboard charts.  

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Originally conceived as a medium for Chicago-based multi-media artist/activist Damon Locks’s sample-based sound collage work, Black Monument Ensemble (BME) has evolved from a solo mission into a vibrant collective of artists, musicians, singers, and dancers making work with common goals of joy, compassion, and intention. A genuinely multi-generational collective, ages of BME members range from 9 to 52 years old; members include instrumentalists and fellow IARC recording artists Angel Bat Dawid and Ben LaMar Gay. Their debut album Where Future Unfolds was released in 2019 by International Anthem glowing praise; landing at #3 on Bandcamp’s “Best Albums of the Year,” #25 on WIRE Magazine’s “Best Albums of 2019,” and being repeatedly dubbed “The Best Album of 2019” by BBC/Worldwide radio titan Gilles Peterson.

Locks & BME’s new album NOW was created in the final throes of Summer 2020, following months of pandemic-induced fear & isolation, the explosion of social unrest, struggle & violence in the streets, and as the certain presence of a new reality had fully settled in. Set up safely in the garden behind Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, the music was recorded in only a few takes, capturing the first times members of BME had ever played or sang the tunes. For Locks, the impetus was more about getting together to commune and make art than it was about producing an album. In his words: “It was about offering a new thought. It was about resisting the darkness. It was about expressing possibility. It was about asking the question, ‘Since the future has unfolded and taken a new and dangerous shape... what happens NOW?’”

Damon Locks - Black Monument Ensemble - NOW
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Celebrating 20 years of the Academy Award winning film by Cameron Crowe, the Grammy® winning Almost Famous soundtrack is reissued as a deluxe 2CD with 35 songs from the film including Stillwater, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and many more. Unreleased songs: “Tiny Dancer (Almost Famous Version)” with Elton John & cast and the unique mix & edit for The Who’s “Amazing Journey / Sparks (Almost Famous Version).” Newly expanded artwork includes unreleased photos and an introduction by Cameron Crowe.

Various Artists - Almost Famous: Soundtrack [Deluxe 2CD]
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MARCO VEZZOSO and ALESSANDRO COLLINA, the jazz duo that has conquered the countries of the Rising Sun!The disc collects 10 of the most beautiful songs of Italian music reinterpreted in a refined instrumental version for trumpet, piano, and percussion. The artists offer a skilful reinterpretation of unforgettable pieces, creating a generational bridge between pop music and jazz.This live version is also a tribute to the artistic partnership between Vezzoso and Collina, which began in Japan and reached China via Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia.In the 'Italian Spirit live' project we decided to invite the percussionist Andrea Marchesini. Andrea is a highly talented and experienced musician who, like us, loves contamination between genres. It was therefore easy for us to integrate Andrea's artistic vein, who adapted very well to our playing. Indeed, he did much more, enriching the pieces with rhythmic details, sometimes almost melodic, without ever being invasive.Since their first musical meeting in 2014, the duo formed by the Piedmontese trumpeter Marco Vezzoso (who since 2012 lives and teaches at the National Conservatory of Nice) and the jazz pianist Alessandro Collina has come a long way. They have 5 albums, numerous concerts between France and Italy and several international tours. In 2015 their first tour in Japan, "Live in Osaka" was recorded and released from a Japanese label. In 2017, a long summer tour takes them to perform in Cambodia, Indonesia and again in Japan, with a closing concert in Tokyo. In 2018 a new tour in Indonesia and Malaysia and a series of concerts in the Czech Republic. In 2019 2 tours in China where they represented Italy at the first edition of the European jazz festival in Guangzhou and a tour in Norway, followed by one in Turkey. The duo ranges from a repertoire of great classics of past and contemporary Italian music to revive emotions in Italians far from their homeland. The interplay and harmony between the musicians, creates an intense musical continuum with a strong emotional impact, which guides the audience on a musical journey within the universe of the duo turned trio.
Marco Vezzoso and Alessandro Collina - Italian Spirit In Japan
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Teenage Gizzard is a newly unearthed collection of some of the very first material ever recorded by King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard between 2010 & 2011.

It includes three early singles, two B-sides, four tracks from the band’s first non-official EP “Angelsea” and one track considered to be long lost – until now!

Teenage Gizzard is a glimpse into the past of one of the most prolific bands in rock history.

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In front of 1.5 million people, one of the biggest free concerts in history, The Rolling Stones' performance on February 18, 2006, in Rio de Janeiro was a historic event. Fully restored and remastered from their A Bigger Bang World Tour, this includes 4 unreleased tracks: "Tumbling Dice," "Oh No, Not You Again," "This Place Is Empty," and "Sympathy For The Devil." Entire concert on SD Blu-Ray and 2 CDs. 8-panel Digi-Pak. 16-page book.
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Three CDs. Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul filmed the final night of their Summer of Sorcery tour in November 2019 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY. The concert audio and bonus tracks are available here on this set.
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The infamous MAYHEM return this year with an outstanding EP called "Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando" with additional material from the "Daemon" session, including a homage to bands that laid the foundation for what was to come! The EP will be released on July 9th.

The lords of darkness have dug deep and reflected their influences to create a musical odyssey that shows them multifaceted in several ways.

For this goal, cover versions of bands like DISCHARGE, DEAD KENNEDYS, RUDIMENTARY PENI and RAMONES were chosen, which in typical MAYHEM manner impressively fit into their bursting and darkened sound.

The band also recruited BILLY MESSIAH and MANIAC, who took over vocal performances on two songs!

In addition to the named cover versions, a previously unreleased track called "Voces Ab Alta" is featured on the EP, which continues the musical journey alongside "Black Glass Communion" and "Everlasting Dying Flame", which were used as bonus tracks for the 2019 album "Daemon".

The EP thus closes the capital, which was opened with the release of "Daemon" back in 2019 and illuminates the band once again in typical unusual and surprising-sounding way.

The visual concept was once again handled by Italian designer Daniele Valeriani (Lucifer's Child, Dark Funeral) who already took care of the artwork for their previous long player "Daemon".

The band comments:

"I always had some punk influences," says Attila. "I guess it comes from my childhood when we were constantly looking for more extreme music. That's how I discovered Dead Kennedys, GBH, The Exploited, Sex Pistols, U.K. Subs, Discharge, Rudimentary Peni and so on, in the early 80's, alongside heavy metal. But then I discovered Venom, that was a game changer!"

Century Media - ATAVISTIC BLACK DISORDER / KOMMANDO - EP / MAYHEM

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Irish rock band Inhaler’s debut album ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ is a record that sees Elijah Hewson, Josh Jenkinson, Robert Keating and Ryan McMahon turn their early promise into something special - an album teeming with expansive indie-rock grooves and soaring anthems. Includes the single ‘Cheer Up Baby’, a swooping, epic singalong alongside newly recorded versions of early fan favorites ‘My Honest Face’ and title track ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This.’

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Double LP heavyweight black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with remastered & remixed audio, and reimagined front cover artwork

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Limited blue colored vinyl LP pressing. 2021 release from singer/songwriter Zachary Dess AKA Two Feet. The album was inspired by his battle with mental health problems.
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It's the first widespread vinyl release for this classic slab of mid-'90s British glam! Recorded at Bearsville in NY by a bunch of Leeds expats (hence the Resident Alien title), this Gold album features the hit "In the Meantime" and lots of other hooks 'n' riffs from "The Band That Fell to Earth" (featuring Antony & Royston Langdon, Jonny Cragg, and guitar hero Richard Steel). Newly-created gatefold packaging housing a limited pink vinyl pressing (Note: watch out for the 'Untitled' track!).

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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 through the pandemic.
 
Like thousands of artists, Williams cut her teeth and developed her craft by playing in small, medium, and large clubs throughout the country, and the world. These venues are vital to the development of artists and their music. Williams has never forgotten her roots, and often performs special shows in some of her favorite halls.
 
This year, the Lu's Jukebox Series will be made widely available on Vinyl and CD. Volume 1, Running Down A Dream: A Tribute to Tom Petty, was released on April 16, 2021, and featured songs from the namesake's celebrated career.
Lu's Jukebox Vol. 2 - Southern Soul: From Memphis To Muscle Shoals will be released on July 9, 2021, and features a collection of classics from Ann Peebles to Al Green to Otis Redding and more. 
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Grammy-award winning bluegrass quintet, the Infamous Stringdusters, release their next album, A Tribute to Bill Monroe, on Americana Vibes. The album pays tribute to the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, with some of the songs being directly tied to the music that shaped the careers of members of the Stringdusters. Given the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the album was recorded at each band member's home studio, independent of other band members' physical presence.
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Here For Now is the debut full-length studio album from Chicago electronic duo Louis the Child, featuring songs such as "Big Love" with EARTHGANG and MNDR, "Little Things" with Quinn XCII and Chelsea Cutler, "Every Color" with Foster the People, and "Free" with Drew Love, on Clear LP. This Special Edition Double LP vinyl also includes their Candy II beat tape on Dusty Pink LP with limited edition lithographs only available with the vinyl!

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Pharaoh Overlord

6 [Yellow LP]

Vinyl: $31.98 UNAVAILABLE
Limited yellow colored vinyl LP pressing. When two planets collide in any solar system, the catastrophic result will most likely reduce both to dust and ash, sending warm debris hurtling through space. Yet from destruction, comes creation. So too the new and sixth record by Pharaoh Overlord - a cataclysmic clash with bewitching results. The band's current duo of Tomi Leppänen and Jussi Lehtisalo first channeled their love of krautrock-damaged monomania into synth-driven motorik soundscapes on 2019's '5' yet this new exploration is a step way beyond, into a chilly and captivating electronic panorama. Beholden to the melodies and textures of Kraftwerk yet also the cinematic austerity of EBM and the effervescent pulse of classic Italo-pop, it's further abetted by fierce and corrosive vocals from longtime collaborator and Sumac/Isis/Old Man Gloom seer Aaron Turner, which stand atop these futuristic serenades not unlike the fevered delivery of a dystopian hellfire preacher. The result arrives like a series of otherworldly epiphanies.
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Vinyl LP pressing. About ten years after their final show, which also served as their album release the music found a new audience against all odds. Somehow the album became adopted by the internet's Emo Revival. In the seven years since one of their fans posted the full album to Youtube, it has picked up over 65,000 views and a multitude of comments detailing the intimate connection people feel with the words and music. The band enlisted Ottawa-based mixing engineer Philip Bova Shaw (Andy Shauf, Feist, Bahamas) to remaster their record 15 years later. With members scattered across the world, they've managed to reunite to breathe life into an old project.
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One of the most significant collections in Trojan’s immense catalogue, the “The Trojan Story” album dramatically changed the perception of Jamaican music among the general British public outside of the country’s Afro-Caribbean population. Prior to its release in 1971 there had never been an attempt to present a comprehensive anthology of the island’s musical development, with vintage ska, rock steady and reggae widely regarded as obsolete and of precious little merit. The treble disc set, which became an instant best-seller, had been the brainchild of Trojan’s label manager and Black Music fan, Rob Bell, who, assisted by Trojan stalwarts, Dandy Livingstone, Webster Shrowder, Des Bryan and Joe Sinclair, produced arguably the most significant Jamaican music retrospectives of all time. Now, 50 years following its original release, this hugely influential album has been revisited by Bell, along with reggae musician, Rusty Zinn, who have succeeded in improving what was already an almost perfect collection. Presented in the original eye-catching artwork, the set is further enhanced by a highly illustrated 50-page booklet in which Bell and Zinn relate the stories behind the release life at Trojan in the 60’s and early 70’s and the 50 tracks featured on the compilation.

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Penelope Trappes

Penelope Three

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Penelope Three is the third and final installment of Australian-born Brighton-based musician Penelope Trappes’ trilogy. She completes her ambitious and other-worldly triptych with an album of healing, on which she looks to release herself from fear and into love, evoked in Penelope’s signature ambient gothic dreamlands that are equal parts shoe-gaze pop and surrealist soundscapes. In Penelope Three, she explores her metamorphosis through tales of motherhood, the divine feminine, anxiety, healing powers and their spiritual connections through vocal loops, piano and guitar drenched in reverb, all underpinned by subterranean drones. “This is my most personal album to date,” she says of Penelope Three. “I’m digging up the underworld with visual motifs, and a mystical, gothic darkness that symbolises my struggles. Yet the universal message is that of overcoming our fears to allow the love in. This is the healing.

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Clutch will be releasing Blast Tyrant as the first of 4 albums reimagined and individually curated by a band member, in this case Jean-Paul Gaster, and reissued as part of the Clutch Collector's Series. The artwork is in the vein of the original Blast Tyrant yet strikingly different. The vinyl release is remastered and manufactured on 180-gram colored vinyl which in turn is stored in extra heavy sleeves. The gatefold jacket is printed on metalized polyester paper, and each album includes a numbered insert autographed by the band. This version of Blast Tyrant in the Collector's Series is limited to 5,000 units worldwide.

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Vinyl LP pressing. Since forming in high school, Brisbane band The Goon has been celebrated for their unpretentious, kinetic homemade pop. Mirror ll, The Goon Sax's third album and first for Matador, is something else entirely: a new beginning, a multi-dimensional eclectic journey of musical craftsmanship that moves from disco to folk to no wave skronk with staggering cohesion. Gone are the first-person insecurities of their school days - they've been made expansive, more universal, more weird.
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Joy Oladokun - "in defense of my own happiness (complete)" Following the release of her critically acclaimed album, Nashville-based singer-songwriter and producer Joy Oladokun unveils the "complete" installment of her album series, in defense of my own happiness. The timeless body of work eloquently exudes Joy's deep emotions and confessional leanings as a black woman living in America. This is only the start of a breakout year for the fast-rising Nigerian-American songstress. Includes new songs "judas" and "the beginnings" chapter. EXPLICIT
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Whispering Sons have captured Belgium's hearts, selling 10K records (that's gold record standard in Belgium), opening mainstage Rock Werchter and being nominated for 4 MIAS. Known for their dark and unique blend of experimental and frenetic post-punk, they follow their 2018 debut Image with Several Others.  Having retreated to the Ardennes last summer to work on new material, the band took the strongest parts of their earlier work and refined it even further with a strong focus on their greatest strength - sheer, unpretentious intensity. Whispering Sons have constantly outstripped their own expectations, and with every momentous step forward, they redraw the boundaries of what they consider possible, then duly go beyond them yet again. "Every song we write is closer to the thing we really want to do. Without making compromises," Fenne says.