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Girlpool

Forgiveness [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple LP]

Vinyl: $25.98 PREORDER

Forgiveness is the brand new full-length Girlpool album, which finds the duo embracing weirdo-pop decadence without sacrificing the poetic curi- osity that has always made their music so absorbing. Just like they did for What Chaos Is Imaginary, Harmony and Avery each wrote their Forgiveness songs separately, then came together to decide how to present them in a style that felt representative of what excites and inspires them now. This time, the process resulted in their slickest and most ambitious music to date, filled with idiosyncratic and provocative gestures that simultaneously support and complicate the emotionally intricate material. With its unique blend of introspective earworms and surreal party music, Forgiveness reaches beyond the loosely sketched parameters of “indie rock,” challeng- ing any preconceived notions of what a Girlpool album can or should be. “Faultline” the albums first single, is an effective introduction to the world of Forgiveness; the notion of straddling a fault line feels somewhat indicative of Forgiveness on the whole. These songs investigate the always-shifting boundaries between a number of elementally human concepts: pain and pleasure, sex and love, reality and delusion, insecurity and confidence, grief and growth.To support their vision of a sound at the intersection of Holly- wood futurism and post-grunge sincerity, Girlpool enlisted help from pro- ducer Yves Rothman (Yves Tumor, Miya Folick).

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Blood Command

Armagedonism [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange / Purple Half & Half LP]

Vinyl: $26.98 PREORDER

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Porcupine Tree

Closure / Continuation [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White 2LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 PREORDER

Porcupine Tree have made their comeback today with a new single "Harridan". This will be off their new album "CLOSURE/CONTINUATION" which hits stores on 6/24. The band last released an album in 2009 (‘The Incident’). They released ten albums between 1992’s ‘On The Sunday of Life’ and 2009’s ‘The Incident’ before entering a hiatus after their biggest live show to date at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2010. The band is composed of Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison.

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Mello Music Group

Self Sacrifice [Indie Exclusive Limited Magma Edition LP]

Vinyl: $25.98 PREORDER

Never before on vinyl - original cover art by the legendary Mear One. Featuring Oddisee (4 tracks), Apollo Brown (2 tracks), Roc Marciano, Black Milk, Georgia Anne Muldrow, !llmind and more.

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Corb Lund

Songs My Friends Wrote [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Color LP]

Vinyl: $33.98 PREORDER

Songs My Friends Wrote is an album I’ve been threatening to make for years. It’s a bunch of tracks that are my versions of a bunch of…songs my friends wrote. I’m fortunate to count a lot of world class songwriters as good pals and I wanted to shine a little light on some of my favourite examples of their work. In most cases I’ve picked relatively obscure songs that have always spoken to me, even though many of them won’t be so familiar to people. There’s a pretty good chance of a Volume Two, Three and Four eventually, because there were a lot of friends and a lot of songs to choose from. The best part about recording all these tunes was that they reminded me of all the people who I haven’t been able to hang out with for the past two years because of the plague we’ve all been dealing with. All of these tunes bring a smile to my face and I hope they do the same for you. - Corb Lund

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Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson

Dice Game [Indie Exclusive Limited Splatter Edition LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 PREORDER

10th anniversary edition! New alternate all black cover & vinyl labels. Special photo discobag. 

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Mason Jennings

Real Heart [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Blue LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 PREORDER

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Fleet Foxes

A Very Lonely Solstice [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2LP]

Vinyl: $27.98 PREORDER

Robin Pecknold brings light to the bleakest of winters with Fleet Foxes’ ‘A Very Lonely Solstice,’ a 13-track career spanning collection recorded in December 2020, at Brooklyn, NY’s St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church.

Now being released for the first time on vinyl, CD and digital formats, ‘A Very Lonely Solstice’ captures a poignant moment in time. The recording was originally broadcasted as a live-stream event on the winter solstice of 2020, just days after New York declared a state of emergency tightening restrictions again in response to increasing COVID-19 cases. Pecknold describes the set as “me by myself on the longest night of the year... honoring the loneliness of 2020 with a nylon string and some songs new and old.” Fans worldwide tuned in while quarantined at home, finding solace and a sense of community in a period of extreme isolation.

Much of ‘A Very Lonely Solstice’ showcases a solo focus on Pecknold who offers up acoustic arrangements of fan-favorite songs spanning Fleet Foxes’ catalog. Selections cover all four of the band’s studio albums, including their 2008 self-titled debut album (“Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”) to 2011’s Helplessness Blues (“Blue Spotted Tail”) and 2017’s Crack-Up (“If You Need To, Keep Time On Me”), all the way to their latest release, Shore. Resistance Revival Chorus joins Pecknold on Shore tracks “Wading In Waist-High Water” and “Can I Believe You.” Also featured: a cover of Nina Simone’s “In The Morning” and a rearrangement of the traditional “Silver Dagger.”

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Oddisee

Rock Creek Park [Indie Exclusive Autumn Gold Edition LP]

Vinyl: $25.98 PREORDER

2 bonus tracks never before on vinyl 

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Keb' Mo'

Good To Be... [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition ’62 Chevy Red 2LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 PREORDER

Written partially in Nashville and partially in the Compton house Keb’ grew up in, Good To Be… weaves together past and present into a heartwarming tapestry spanning more than forty years of sonic evolution. Joined by a variety of collaborators, including country legend Vince Gill, famed producer Tom Hambridge (B.B. King, Buddy Guy), Darius Rucker, Kristin Chenoweth, and Old Crow Medicine Show, Good To Be…is a deeply cohesive and optimistic collection of music about appreciating what you’ve got, where you come from, and who you get to share it with.

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The Weeknd

Dawn FM [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cassette]

Cassette: $29.98 PREORDER

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Indie Exclusive Cassette w/ alternate cover art

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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Bloc Party

Alpha Games [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 PREORDER

“Alpha Games was conceived on the road, playing in front of amazing crowds on our last tour and then brought to life with the fire and the frustrations of 2020,” says Kele Okereke on Bloc Party’s first new album in seven years.

The first Bloc Party album written and recorded as this four piece; adding the musicality of Justin Harris (bass) and the unbridled energy and power of Louise Bartle on the drums to capture the spark of their live shows and to deliver the most exciting Bloc Party album yet.

“We wanted to can what was happening at those massive gigs in 2019, to showcase what Louise can do, what Russell is capable of and most importantly the electricity coming off the audience. We knew that Nick & Adam were the right choice of producers to do that and the result feels like fire in a bottle.”

Produced by Nick Launay & Adam Greenspan (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, IDLES), the 12 tracks of Alpha Games veer from the intense & confrontational (Traps, Day Drinker) to melodic and introspective (If We Get Caught, By Any Means Necessary) and marks a new and important chapter in one of music’s most important voices in Kele Okereke and important bands in Bloc Party.

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Various Artists

Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]

Vinyl: $23.98 UNAVAILABLE
Created as a celebration of Prine’s life and career, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2 features new renditions of some of Prine’s most beloved songs performed by Brandi Carlile,  Tyler  Childers,  Iris  DeMent,  Emmylou  Harris,  Jason  Isbell,  Valerie  June,  Margo  Price,  Bonnie  Raitt,  Nathaniel  Rateliff,  Amanda  Shires,  Sturgill Simpson and John Paul White. Proceeds from the album will benefit twelve different non-profit organizations, one selected by each of the featured artists. 
Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music praises, “aside from being one of the greatest songwriters we’ve ever had, he was also an amazing mentor to so many artists...his spirit really comes through,” while American Songwriter declares, “Those who fail to be affected by the effort involved may want to check their pulse to assure that there’s  still a heart within them that’s beating at full force” and No Depression proclaims, “Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows, Vol.  2 ensures that that remarkable gift and his influence continue to live on.”
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Lola Kirke

Lady For Sale [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Lime Green Marble LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 PREORDER

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Scheduled for release in April 2022, the 10-song sophomore full-length album showcases Kirke’s unselfconscious, country-twinged vocals alongside a brightly colored candy shop of glam-twang guitar riffs, department store tv commercial synth stylings, and swooping, lilting, unabashedly feminine background vocals. Lady For Sale channels a high-spirited insouciance that feels invigorating and familiar, decidedly more easy-going and fun-loving than what we’ve come to expect from its genre (and the world in general) in recent years. This is a party you’ll want to attend.

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Old Crow Medicine Show

Paint This Town [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP, 3 Random Covers]

Vinyl: $23.98 PREORDER

On Paint This Town, Old Crow Medicine Show offer a riveting glimpse into American mythology and the wildly colorful characters who populate it. Co-produced by OCMS and Matt Ross-Spang the album pays homage to everyone from Elvis Presley to Eudora Welty while shedding a bright light on the darker aspects of the country’s legacy. Fueled by Old Crow's freewheeling collision of Americana, old-time music, folk, and rock & roll, Paint This Town turns razor-sharp commentary into rapturous sing-alongs.

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The Waterboys

All Souls Hill [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Red LP]

Vinyl: $27.98 PREORDER

After blazing a trail with 2020’s critically acclaimed Good Luck Seeker, The Waterboys waste no time in delivering again with the announcement of their brand new record All Souls Hill - out April 22nd 2022 on Cooking Vinyl.
 
All Souls Hill is nine tracks of Waterboys brilliance, all mixed by Scott himself. Announced off the back of the band’s recent sold out UK tour, All Souls Hill is current, on the money social commentary, but with an air of hope.
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SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY

The Romance Of Affliction [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Beer with Bone & Orange Twist LP]

Vinyl: $22.98 PREORDER

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Undeath

It's Time...To Rise From The Grave [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Violet w/ Red & Yellow Splatter LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 PREORDER

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Jack White

Fear Of The Dawn [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Astronomical Blue LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 PREORDER

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Fear of the Dawn is the fourth studio album from Jack White, founding member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. True to his DIY roots, this record was recorded at White's Third Man Studio throughout 2021, mastered by Third Man Mastering, pressed to vinyl at Third Man Pressing, and released by Third Man Records. Pressed on limited astronomical blue vinyl, only available at independent record stores

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Christian Lee Hutson

Quitters [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Purple 2LP]

Vinyl: $25.98 PREORDER

Christian Lee Hutson starts his new album Quitters with a laugh. In this follow up to his ANTI Records debut, Beginners, Hutson moves away from a focus on growing up to the dread and complications of growing older. Written under lock down, the laugh that announces Quitters is the kind you’ll find at the end of John Huston films, one of resignation and release, and somehow a cosmic laugh that says “California,” a place where lonely people gather together like birds.

The song “Rubberneckers” follows the story a romance from beginning to breakup, with backing vocals by Phoebe Bridges, who returns as producer along with Conor Oberst. Quitters is a departure from the digital recording of his debut. Hutson shares, “With this record, Phoebe and Conor had an idea that it would be fun to make it to tape. Phoebe is my best friend and making Beginners with her was so comfortable and easy. So I wanted to work with her again and Conor is someone who I really respect as a lyricist.”

If every great record is a world, then this is Christian Lee Hutson’s world. It’s one filled with the fuzzy haze of a dream, and the half-remembered moments of a forgotten life. It’s a record brave enough to say, In the good old days, when times were bad. But beyond the songs, it is this voice. The voice of someone who was alive in 2021 and recorded a group of songs with his friends for us to hear.

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North Mississippi Allstars

Set Sail [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Gotham LP - Alternative Packaging + Bonus Tracks]

Vinyl: $26.98 PREORDER

This is a color LP that features alternative packaging from the standard LP. The LP package also includes a download of the full album that includes two exclusive bonus tracks. 

Luther and Cody Dickinson started North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 as a loose collective of like-minded second-generation musicians who shared a local repertoire and regional style. Over the years the lineup shifted by design, and each NMA record offered up a different combination of collaborators. Set Sail finds the brothers working with Jesse Williams on bass and Lamar Williams, Jr. for the first time. 

Set Sail, North Mississippi Allstars’s thirteenth album, follows 2019’s Up and Rolling, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2021. Set Sail continues the band’s tradition of creating roots music that displays remarkable variety. With their latest record, NMA are able to build upon their self-described sound of Primitive Modernism - a melding of the new and the old, traditional and futuristic, crafted lyrics and improvisational music.

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Paul Cauthen

Country Coming Down [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]

Vinyl: $20.98 PREORDER

Want to get a bead on Paul Cauthen?

Good freakin' luck -- especially on his third album, COUNTRY COMING DOWN.

COUNTRY COMING DOWN has been in motion awhile, actually. The title track, one of several co-writes with good Nashville pal Aaron Raitiere, has been around since before Cauthen's dark sophomore album ROOM 41. Its sense of campfire calm and "damn near off the map" idyll set a bar, for both music and lifestyle, that Cauthen aspired to, while the rest of the new album, recorded at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas with regular collaborators Beau Bedford (Texas Gentlemen) and Jason Burt (Medicine Man Revival), shows that Cauthen was able to get there without losing any of the playful "hot dog holly golly dagnabit" good-time spirit that rolls off his tongue like a tumbleweed in the west Texas panhandle.

If you want to know what COUNTRY COMING DOWN sounds like, tuck into the album's sonic array, an austere, sinewy attack that puts Cauthen's vocals dead center in the ride. "We've really unleashed Big Velvet in this situation, which I love," he says. Nowhere is that more true than "Country As Fuck," with a taut groove and loping gait tailor made for a 21st century honky tonk. Cauthen, Bedford and Burt play with that template throughout COUNTRY COMING DOWN, punctuating "Caught Me At a Good Time" with a sharp guitar solo, "High Heels" with a tasteful Wurlitzer break and the satiristic "Country Clubbin'" with a disco beat and chorus of female backing vocals.

His muse fully engaged, Cauthen is looking towards doing more of that in the future, with a few conceptual ideas up his sleeve about what he might do next.  No matter what direction he takes, however, he won’t be abandoning that cabin in the hills or the "Country Clubbin'" life; Cauthen will just be adding more to the mix he's stirred together.

"It's just about looking at yourself in the mirror and knowing that what you've done to this day has been in good standing, with good morals and a good compass in life, driven the right way," he says. "Legacy is all we have -- that, and try to be a good person as well. If you get all that together, then you can do whatever the fuck you want and it'll be alright."

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King Garbage

Heavy Metal Greasy Love [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque White LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 PREORDER

King Garbage is the result of a 16-year friendship and collaboration between Zach Cooper and Vic Dimotsis. 

As Grammy-Nominated Producers, KG has brought a unique perspective on American Soul Music through their recordings BASH003 , Make it Sweat, and their production offerings for The Weeknd, SZA, Travis Scott, Ellie Goulding, Ricky Reed, THEY., Gallant , The Knocks, Jon Batiste, Billy Porter and Leon Bridges. 

They’ve shared the stage with Leon Bridges, John-Robert, Ghostface, Raekwon, Talib Kweli and Blackalicious among others in venues and arenas around the country.

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Pup

The Unraveling Of PUPTHEBAND [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Coral & Black Smush LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 PREORDER

Following their critically acclaimed 2019 album, Morbid Stuff, and 2020's raucous This Place Sucks Ass EP, PUP are back with their fourth album, their most ambitious release to date. Recorded with Grammy winning producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Kurt Vile), the band spent five weeks in the summer of 2021, recording and mixing the typically furious and anthemic songs that would become The Unraveling Of PUPTHEBAND.

The critical darling band has been met with their share of success over the last eight years—winning a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year, being shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, write ups and accolades everywhere from the New York Times to Pitchfork to NPR and playing venues around the world packed with rabid fans. They have performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and played at major festivals like Lollapalooza, Boston Calling, Shaky Knees, and Riot Fest.

Every PUP record arrives with an implied “contents under pressure” warning; the tension between the band’s instinct for the melodic and its gift for chaos propels the songs forward while making them also seem close to flying apart in a horrifying spray of tears and gore. The Unraveling Of PUPTHEBAND is the sound of a band that is not just comfortable with but in command of that chaos.

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Placebo

Never Let Me Go [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Red LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 PREORDER

Placebo have unveiled their long-awaited 8th studio album. Nine years on from the release of their last outing Loud Like Love, Never Let Me Go is set for release on March 25th, 2022.

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Fickle Friends

Are We Gonna Be Alright? [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Marble LP]

Vinyl: $27.98 PREORDER

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Destroyer

Labyrinthitis [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak Green/Bone LP]

Vinyl: $20.98 PREORDER

LABYRINTHITIS brims with mystic and intoxicating terrain, the threads of Dan Bejar’s notes woven through by allusions at once eerily familiar and intimately perplexing. The record circuitously draws ever inward, each turn offering giddy surprise, anxious esoterica, and thumping emotionality at equal odds. “Do you remember the mythic beast?” Bejar asks at the outset of “Tintoretto, It’s for You,” the album’s first single, casting torchlight over the labyrinth’s corridors. Delivered in a Marlene Dietrich smolder, Bejar’s lyrical menace seeps like smoke through the brazen march’s woozy synths and dizzied guitar. “There’s some character here that feels new to me, a low drawl, an evening gown draped over a piano,” Bejar says of the song. Throughout, LABYRINTHITIS insists that everything’s not all right, but that even isolation and dissolution can be a source of joy—stepping into the sunlight at the other end of the maze in your ear, Bejar strolling alongside like a wildmaned,
leisure-suited minotaur.

More than an arcane puzzle for the listener, LABYRINTHITIS warps and winds through unfamiliar territory for Bejar as well. Written largely in 2020 and recorded the following spring, the album most often finds Bejar and frequent collaborator John Collins seeking the mythic artifacts buried somewhere under the dance floor, from the glitzy spiral of “It Takes a Thief ” to the Books-ian collage bliss of the title track. Initial song ideas ventured forth from disco, Art of Noise, and New Order, Bejar and Collins championing the over-the-top madcappery. “John is in his 50s, and I’m almost there, but we used to go to clubs,” Bejar laughs. “Our version may have been punk clubs, but our touchstones for the album were more true to disco.”

Bejar and Collins conducted their questing in the height of isolation, Collins on the remote Galiano Island and Bejar in nearby Vancouver, sending ideas back and forth when restrictions didn’t allow them to meet. “From the vocal manipulation to the layered electronics, making this record pushed us to a new place, and reaching that place felt stressful,” Bejar recalls. “But I trust that that stress is a good feeling.” That cuddly anxiety excels in tracks like “Eat the Wine, Drink the Bread.”

Lyrically, LABYRINTHITIS embraces a widescreen maximalism, blocks of text dotted with subversions and hedges. Building from the koans of Have We Met, Bejar continues to carve his words precisely, toying with expectations and staid symbols, while Collins’ production reconstructs the pieces into a unified whole. “Even though everyone recorded in their own isolated corners, this is the most band record that we’ve done in the last few years,” Bejar says. “Everything’s manipulated, but the band is really present, and our plans wound up betrayed by what the tracks wanted. I’ve written 300, 400 songs in my adult life—I don’t know how to do anything else—but this album feels like a breakthrough into new territory.”

That unprepared synchronicity and mutual discovery shines on “June,” a six-and-a-halfminute track that features a blend of funk bass, fluttering synth, and charred poetry recitation. While Bejar initially envisioned LABYRINTHITIS as a straight dance record (“just like Donna Summer’s greatest hits”), the end of “June” explodes that simplicity into a million shining pieces, finding joy in mutual discovery instead of isolated certainty. LABYRINTHITIS closes on “The Last Song,” Bejar singing and strumming all alone, a gentle yet no more settled exodus out of the fractured dance party. “I try and sneak in sweet moments where I can,” Bejar laughs. As LABYRINTHITIS closes, the reorienting vertigo lingers, its implacable aura and bewitching lyrics wriggling ever deeper into the mind.

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Kevin Devine

Nothing's Real, So Nothing's Wrong [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cloudy Clear LP]

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Nothing’s Real, So Nothing’s Wrong is a grown-up break-up record, for strugglers by a struggler. It’s a record about fatherhood written during a pandemic. It’s a kitchen-sink 10th album pivot, painstakingly brought to life by two career-long collaborators and their shared and split obsessions. Lyrically evocative, excavating and unflinching without irresponsibly printing your journals.

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Ibibio Sound Machine

Electricity [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak LP]

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Single LP on yellow & black splatter color vinyl in same packaging as standard edition. Full album download included. Ltd edition. Indie only.

Electricity is the fourth and most progressive album from Ibibio Sound Machine, and like all good Afrofuturist stories, it begins with an existential crisis. "It's darker than anything we've done previously," says Eno Williams, the group's singer. "That's because it grew out of the turbulence of the past year. It inhabits an edgier world." Electricity was produced by the Grammy Award- and Mercury Prize-nominated British synthpop group Hot Chip, a collaboration born out of mutual admiration watching each other on festival stages, as well as a shared love of Francis Bebey and Giorgio Moroder. The fruits of their labor reveal a gleaming, supercharged, Afrofuturist blinder. Electricity is the first album Ibibio Sound Machine have made with external producers since the group's formation in London in 2013 by Williams and saxophonist Max Grunhard. True, 2017's Uyai featured mixdown guests including Dan Leavers, aka Danalogue, the keyboard jedi in future-jazz trio The Comet Is Coming, but Hot Chip and Ibibio Sound Machine worked together more deeply throughout the process, collaborating fully. Along the way, the team conjured a kaleidoscope of delights that include resonances of Jonzun Crew, Grace Jones, William Onyeabor, Tom Tom Club, Kae Tempest, Keith LeBlanc, The J.B.'s, Jon Hassell's "Fourth World," and Bootsy Collins.

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Sea Girls

Homesick [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]

Vinyl: $35.98 PREORDER

Following the success of their UK Top 3 debut album in 2020, Sea Girls will release their new album, Homesick, on March 25, 2022. They have teamed up with longtime producer Larry Hibbitt and GRAMMY Award-winning producers Jacknife Lee, Jonny Coffer and Cass Lowe to co-produce. A deeply personal record, singer Henry Camamile returned to his childhood home in Lincolnshire at the wake of the pandemic and found himself reflecting on events from his past. 11 tracks. Indie Exclusive Yellow LP.

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Charli XCX

CRASH [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Grey LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 PREORDER

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Gang Of Youths

Angel In Realtime [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink Cover, White 2LP]

Vinyl: $31.98 PREORDER

Gang of Youths say, “The album is about the life and legacy of Dave's father, indigenous identity, death, grief and God. And also the Angel, Islington.” 

Despite and indeed because of frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s father’s absence, his influence permeates every talking point that the album offers. At times it’s solely focused upon the precise, personal experiences of loss: the dichotomy of intensity and peace that comes as someone passes through their final days; the overwhelming feeling in the wake of their death that life will never be the same, even if the rest of the world at large remains utterly unchanged. 
Although the album is eclectic - influences range from American minimalism and contemporary classical, to drawing upon the legacy of Britain’s alternative/indie scenes, from drum ‘n’ bass to the most transcendent moments of Britpop -- it’s equally rooted in Le’aupepe’s Samoan heritage, with the majority of tracks featuring samples from David Fanshawe’s recordings of indigenous music from the Polynesian islands and the wider South Pacific. ‘angel in realtime.’ also features contributions from a cast of talented Pasifika and Māori vocalists and instrumentalists.
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Son House

Forever On My Mind [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black And White Fleck LP]

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A new Son House album of previously unreleased recordings from the legendary “Father Of The Delta Blues” features the never before recorded track, “Forever On My Mind.” The album comes from noted blues manager and historian Dick Waterman’s archives which were the first upon Son House’s 1964 re-discovery. Restored to remarkable clarity, by producer Dan Auerbach for Easy Eye Sound, these recordings represent the earliest recordings of House upon his return to the limelight after 20+ years away.

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Gregor Barnett

Don't Go Throwing Roses In My Grave [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear with Black Smoke LP]

Vinyl: $25.98 PREORDER

Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave is the first solo record by beloved frontman of The Menzingers, Gregor Barnett. Devoted Menzingers fans will love its electrified Americana riffs, yearning melodies, driving beats and indelible lyrical imagery. The Philadelphia based singer/songwriter is telling his stories with a folkier style then he does in The Menzingers, but his stories are just as moving and compelling.

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M. Ross Perkins

E Pluribus M Ross [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]

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Like some kind of time-hopping wizard with preternatural melodic sensibilities, M Ross Perkins is back with his sophomore full-length, E Pluribus M Ross. The album, his first for Colemine/Karma Chief Records, is another masterclass in home recording with 12 shimmering slices of purely perfect psychedelic pop.Perkins fittingly had music journalists in a tizzy when he released his critically acclaimed self-titled full-length on Sofaburn Records in 2016. Record Collector called it "a truly great album filled with late '60s and early '70s pop goodness," while High Times praised it as "the kind of good old-fashioned psychedelic-tinged rock & roll that the world could use right now." Shindig upped the praise, calling Perkins' music "the perfect percolated distillation of Nilsson and Emitt Rhodes, one minute SoCal harmony pop inspired by the Fabs' trippy era, the next Merseybeat, and often silly, but biographical, like Harry at his best." The critics are right to praise the Ohio-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who conjures up his distinctively imaginative recordings all alone in his home studio. However, one would be missing the point to simply portray Perkins as a man lost in the past. The music of this unique artist is undeniably steeped in the indelible melodic hooks and laidback rhythms of the psychedelic '60s, but he's no copycat.In describing Perkins, it's not wrong to namecheck Rhodes and Nilsson, but you have to expand that list of influences to include pop-rock visionaries like Brian Wilson, Colin Blunstone, and even John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Let's also throw in the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Kinks as well. Perkins clearly learned plenty of helpful tips from these and other legends that made the late 1960s and early 1970s such a magical musical time, but he has charted his own singular path from the past and back again.The warbly filmstrip soundtrack that opens E Pluribus M Ross let's listeners know immediately this isn't going to be another bland modern rock album. And Perkins confirms this time and time again with each lush arrangement, with each delightfully unexpected left turn. He tastefully mines the sonically rich period from 1968 to 1972, whether it's Mersey-inspired harmonies, haunting mellotron, Gram Parsons style country-rock embellishments, or McCartney-esque bass runs. And yet, this is no simple pastiche. A fresh, forward-thinking spirit links the old with the new, making E Pluribus M Ross the kind of album that possesses a broad multi-generational appeal.The hooks, arrangements, and overall sense of songcraft are as sophisticated as the work of Wilson and Nilsson, which is remarkable when you consider Perkins not only produced all of the musical arrangements but also played all of the instruments and sang all of the vocal parts on the album. Even more impressive, Perkins is able to evoke all of these iconic figures in his songs without resorting to psych-rock cliches or outright thievery. It's an extraordinary balancing act, and what emerges is a shimmering tapestry of skillfully-woven musical threads, each harkening back to the past while simultaneously pointing toward the future.While Perkins had previously recorded demos of a number of the songs from E Pluribus M Ross, this recorded version of the album didn't exist before the pandemic hit in March of 2020. Like many musicians, he admits he was struggling to be creative at the time:"I was just waiting to see how bad the catastrophe was going to be," Perkins said. "Like everybody, I started to get pretty depressed. It was like, 'Man, the world is ending.' We didn't know how the election was going to turn out; the entire system was just ripping at the seams. Musically, I just couldn't imagine going downstairs and trying to be like, 'Oooh, baby, baby.' Trying to write a love song or something just seemed like the most ridiculous thing a person could do in that moment."Perkins found inspiration when Terry Cole, founder of Colemine Records, signed him to his Karma Chief imprint in the early days of the global pandemic. "After Terry hit me up, I went downstairs and just immediately got to work," Perkins said. "It was a shot in the arm. I went down and recorded an LP from start to finish. I pulled out a lot of unreleased songs, tried to rethink how to arrange and play them, and turned them into a new album.""Wrong Wrong Wrong," the lead single from E Pluribus M Ross, opens with a descending guitar riff that would make the Byrds blush. However, it quickly transforms into a bouncy number, in stark contrast to the seriousness of the lyrics, which touch on "fake news" and malicious disinformation. That dichotomy is something of a hallmark of Perkins' work and reappears on tracks like "Industrial Good Day Mantra," "Tired of Me," and "The Butterscotch Revue." Without eschewing any deliciously gooey hooks, Perkins leans a bit into the harder side of psychedelia with "Venti Gasp Inhale" and "Funeral For a Satellite," a fitting, fuzz-guitar-drenched album closer.So, take our advice and join Perkins on his magical mystery trip through time, E Pluribus M Ross, coming March 18th on Colemine/Karma Chief Records.
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