Music Releases 01-25-19

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FIDLAR

FIDLAR

Almost Free [LP]

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Almost Free, the new release from FIDLAR touches on many of the tragedies and irritations of modern life: existential dread, gentrification, the inescapable sway of the super-rich and the self-involved, post-breakup telecommunication, performative wokeness, the loneliness of sobriety or the lack thereof. But through sheer force of imagination and an unchecked joie de vivre, the L.A.-based band manages to turn feeling wrong into something glorious and essential. In the age of joyless self-care, Almost Free makes a brilliant case for being less careful, for living without fear of fucking up, and possibly embracing any incurred damage as a lucky symptom of being alive. The album sees the band pushing boundaries into new territory and influences while staying true to their unshakable core. "A lot of the vibe was, 'Well, why can't we do that? Why can't we have horns? Why can't we have key changes? Why can't we have a harmonica loop?', said lead singer/guitarist Zac Carper. It was abouttaking the ceiling off. Having it be limitless. Ain't no rules." Elvis added "Almost Free feels like a step forward for us in a lot of ways. We tried to be true to ourselves and let the music come out naturally, without fear of how people would receive it.

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Graeme James

Graeme James

The Long Way Home

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Acclaimed New Zealand singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graeme James has built a large and loyal fan base throughout his home country with his captivating live shows and unique folk style, performing with the aid of a loop pedal to layer electric violin, guitar, bass, baritone ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, percussion, and beatboxing in his one-man-band sound.

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Keuning

Keuning

Prismism [LP]

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Prismism examines our basic relationships and interactions, with family, friends and co-workers, how one can feel trapped by their surroundings, as well as those that rely on them, emotionally and/or professionally. It applies to Dave's difficulties in reconciling his domestic and career choices and finds the solution in the very thing that brought him here in the first place -- the music. Combining both acoustic and electric guitars, as well as a longtime fascination with keyboards and electronic music -- which he wasn't able to explore as much as he would've liked in The Killers -- Keuning has created a psychic diary that allows us to connect the dots and learn what brought him to a career crossroads.

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Rival Sons

Rival Sons

Feral Roots [2LP]

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Rival Sons have announced the release of their highly-anticipated new album. FERAL ROOTS arrives everywhere on January 25th via GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Dave Cobb's major label imprint Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records. The forthcoming LP is highlighted by the brand new track "Back In The Woods." Produced by longtime collaborator Cobb at Nashville's famed RCA Studio A and the equally legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL, FERAL ROOTS marks Rival Sons' Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records debut and features cover artwork painted by renowned contemporary artist Martin Wittfooth.

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Heart

The Decades Rock Arena in Atlantic City saw the legendary performers Heart being joined by several incredibly talented guest performers to create one magical night of celebrating music and friendship. And what a night it was! Part of this musical spectacle were country music star Carrie Underwood, Jane s Addiction founding member and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, country singer-songwriter Gretchen Wilson and Canadian-American singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. An exceptional highlight of the show furthermore entails the return of renowned grunge rockers Alice In Chains! Each guest artist had the chance to perform two or three songs together with the band, for instance Heart s Crazy On You , with Dave Navarro or Alice In Chain s Rooster . A joined performance featuring all of the guest artists of Barracuda rounded up a monumental show, which will now finally be released on audio, as well as visual formats for the world to enjoy. 

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Kiss

Kiss

KISSWORLD - The Best Of KISS

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In 2019 the legendary US band Kiss will bring their pyro-loving, make up-wearing, guitar-shredding live show to the world! It's KISSWORLD Kiss, America's #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time in every category, have a stunning catalogue of rock n roll classics. "KISSWORLD - The Best OF Kiss" brings 20 of their best loved tracks together on one album. Iconic fan favorites such as "I Was Made For Lovin' You", "Rock And Roll All Nite", "Detroit Rock City" and others in one huge collection.

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Rudimental

‘TOAST TO OUR DIFFERENCES' is the rich fruit of the collective's past three years of work and an artistic statement in itself. Written as an emphatic celebration of difference and a coming together of cultures and genres, the record defines a progressive Rudimental - the genre-defying collective that continue to change the face of dance music. The new album sees them champion incredible emerging vocalists such as Maleek Berry and RAYE on ‘1x1', the remarkable Kojey Radical and Kabaka Pyramid on ‘No Pain' and rising singer-songwriter Dan Caplen on recent #1 smash, ‘These Days'. In addition, ‘Let Me Live' features vocals from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, an incomparable x5 time Grammy-winning South African male choral group, and hotly-tipped soul songstress, Yebba, who has been heavily co-signed by global stars like Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Further features on the album include (in alphabetical order); Chronixx, Maverick Sabre, Protoje, Shungudzo, Kevin Garrett and Raphaella.

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Santana

In Search of Mona Lisa is the dramatic new EP from the legendary Santana. Three spellbinding and transportive new songs take listeners inside a magical and deeply personal experience Carlos Santana had when he visited the Louvre and set his eyes on Leonardo da Vinci’s beguiling masterpiece. The EP was produced by Narada Michael Walden and Carlos Santana.

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William Tyler

William Tyler

Goes West [LP]

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From M.C. Taylor:  William s new record, Goes West, is the best music that he s ever made. I m sure of this because I know and love all of his music intimately, and this album moves me the most, and the most consistently. The first time I heard it was in the late spring in the Texas Hill Country, rolling between limestone and scrub. I was on a cleanse then no alcohol, no drugs, no evil thoughts and was astonished at the emotional clarity that the album held. It offered up a model for what I wanted my head to feel like. Goes West marks a sort of narrowing of focus for William s music; it sounds as though he found a way to point himself directly towards the rich and bittersweet emotional center of his music without being distracted by side trips. Perhaps this is down to the fact that William only plays acoustic guitar on the album, a clear and conscious decision considering that he is one of Nashville s great electric guitarists. The band that performs Goes West alongside William including guitarists Meg Duffy and Bill Frisell, bassist and producer Brad Cook, keyboardist James Wallace, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, and engineer Tucker Martine is the best and most sympathetic group of players that William could have assembled to play these songs.

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Mindy Smith

Hailed as a 'striking debut album' (WXPN World Cafe), One Moment More is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a first ever vinyl release. One Moment More was co-produced by Smith and Steve Buckingham and recorded in Nashville. Featuring 11 original compositions, the album was nominated for two 2004 Americana Music Awards Album of the Year and the newly created New/Emerging Artist the latter of which Mindy was the first to win.

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Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon

Amo [LP]

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amo is the long awaited new album Sheffield, England based rock band Bring Me The Horizon. amo is Bring me The Horizon's sixth studio album, and the lead single from this collection is the driving rock song MANTRA. The band spent time writing and recording in Los Angeles, with members Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish handling production. What has transpired is one of their most exhilarating, genre crossing albums to date. Says Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes, "amo is a love album that explores every aspect of that most powerful emotion. It deals with the good the bad and the ugly, and as a result we've created an album that's more experimental, more varied, weird, and wonderful than anything we've done before." While amo has some surprises, it very much sticks to the bands successful fan pleasing formula of massive stadium bouncing rocks songs with huge singalong choruses. Bring Me The Horizon have been on a rocket of a journey over the last few years, selling over 4 Million albums globally to date, playing sell out shows in over 40 countries.

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Mike Krol

Mike Krol

Power Chords [LP]

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Power Chords, Mike Krol's new Merge release, picks up where 2015's Turkey left off. It traces Krol's journey back to punk rock, harnessing both the guitar technique and the musical redemption referenced in it's title. He's wielding the same influences-Misfits, The Strokes, early Weezer, Ramones-but turning up the gravity and the gain. Indeed, Krol has gone somewhere new; yes, he bludgeoned himself with over-analysis and self-loathing, but along the way he stumbled upon a trove of intricate guitar lines and artfully mutating melodies. Music ruined Krol's life. And then saved it. In chronicling that process, Krol has made his best record-painful, voyeuristic, and angry, but ultimately transcendent and timeless. It is the sound of Krol giving in to a force greater than himself, as though the chords are playing him rather than the other way around.

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Puppy

Puppy

The Goat [LP]

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"Puppy’s anticipated debut album is a fusion of mighty riffs, infectious melodies and genre-bustin’ ambition. In short, it’s like nothing else. Since releasing their ‘Vol II’ EP in 2017, this London-based trio have been climbing the ranks of rock royalty; they’ve featured on ‘Guitar Hero’ and they’ve appeared at a host of major festivals, including Glastonbury, picking up heavy praise (The Guardian, Radio One, etc.) along the way… All of which has paved the way for ‘The Goat’ – 12 tracks that successfully combine the left-field melodic turns of Weezer, the hazy fuzz of Smashing Pumpkins and the straight-to-the bone sonics of the Big Four of Thrash, the end result being a signature sound that hides a bloody, occult-esque heart beneath its festival-ready choruses. With eight of the album’s 12 tracks produced by Neil Kennedy (Creeper, Boston Manor) and the remaining four by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Ghost), ‘The Goat’ is a record that’ll inspire grins from even the most grizzled of metalheads and headbanging from the most hesitant of indie kids, dodging convention and pretension at every turn in favour of a fun-first approach. With video tracks ‘Black Hole’, ‘Demons’ & ‘Entombed’ all proudly featured, the latter pair in emboldened guise, ‘The Goat’ will be one of 2019’s finest guitar albums from one of the country’s most entrancing new bands. "

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Various Artists

2019 Grammy Nominees

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The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Recordings® and Republic Records have revealed the track listing for the 2019 GRAMMY® Nominees album. Set for release on Jan. 25 in stores and via digital retailers, the latest installment of the best-selling series—now in its 25th year—features a collection of top-charting hits from many of this year's illustrious GRAMMY-nominated artists. A portion of album proceeds will benefit the year-round work of the GRAMMY Museum® and MusiCares®—two charitable organizations founded by the Recording Academy that focus on music education programs and critical assistance for music people in need.

The 2019 GRAMMY Nominees album features 22 hits from the world's top recording artists and emerging talent, including Record Of The Year nominees Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin; Brandi Carlile; Childish Gambino; Drake; Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper; Kendrick Lamar & SZA; Post Malone featuring 21 Savage; and Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey.
 
"The artists highlighted on this year's album represent the overall diversity of the artists being recognized as 2019 GRAMMY nominees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "We are very grateful to partner with Republic Records to release this impressive collection of songs, and to raise funds and awareness for the GRAMMY Museum and MusiCares—the two philanthropic organizations of the Recording Academy dedicated to supporting our musical culture and music creators."
 
"This year's 2019 GRAMMY Nominees album is a testament to an incredible year in music," said Monte Lipman, founder and CEO of Republic Records. "It’s an honor to work alongside the Recording Academy and support these two important charities in the artist community."

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Vangelis

Vangelis

Nocturne

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Fascinated by space and having previously collaborated with NASA, Vangelis, the godfather of electronic music, releases a new album inspired by nighttime, along with solo piano versions of his best-loved hits, including the CHARIOTS OF FIRE and BLADE RUNNER themes. Tracks will be released at nightfall throughout the winter, tying in with moon cycles and key events in the astronomical calendar.

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Sneaks

Sneaks

Highway Hypnosis [LP]

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Just as she takes up space in the male-dominated Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area punk scene, Sneaks aka Eva Moolchan takes up space among the patriarchy. Highway Hypnosis, plays on hip-hop, post-punk, and invented words to fill a gap between the feminist underground and genre-specific singles charts. Through it, Moolchan joins the resistance forged by queer black feminists who create, explore, empower, conquer, and play bass.

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Matt Berry

Originally released in 2014, Matt Berry's Music For Insomniacs was an exploration into his love of the classic electronic experimentation of the 1970s, typified by the recordings of both Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield. The critically acclaimed recording received four stars from Mojo, The Times and The Sunday Times, and the NME boasted it was ''Much Too Good To Fall Asleep To.'' With the original vinyl release being limited to 500 units, Acid Jazz are making available a special blue vinyl reissue. A BAFTA Award winning actor, Matt is currently filming two new TV series, but will be back in the studio in 2019.

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Addi McDaniel

On her captivating solo debut, After The News, Addi McDaniel points her search inwards, channeling the pain of loss and regret into a transformative work of beauty and strength. Hailed as "a dynamo with a brass-plated voice" by the LA Times, McDaniel is both an extraordinary singer and a gifted interpreter of song, and After The News finds her breathing vivid life into a raft of original songs from collaborator Tom Siering, whose material she deftly pairs with covers of tracks by Andrew Bird and Bruce Cockburn. Backed by an all-star cast of musicians including drummer/producer Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Norah Jones), McDaniel blurs the lines between roots, blues, soul, and jazz on the album, inhabiting each track with the range and empathy of an actor taking on a role.  Smoky and sincere, gentle in it's insistence, her voice conveys a daring intimacy that feels tailor-made for Siering's candidly honest reflections on sorrow and regret, hope and forgiveness, pain and transcendence.

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Lil Baby

Lil Baby

Street Gossip

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Lil Baby’s Street Gossip caps off a year most artists of his stature would die for. He kicked in the door with Harder Than Ever and followed up with Gunna collaborative Drip Harder, establishing himself as one of the most beloved young voices in Atlanta and his Quality Control label. Street Gossip is both a victory lap and a victory in itself; an urgent and also worthy addition to Lil Baby’s catalog. The album features Atlanta heroes 2Chainz, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Gunna, Offset and Meek Mill.

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Rat Boy

Rat Boy

Internationally Unknown [LP]

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UK artist RAT BOY has teamed up with Tim Armstrong to produce his new album titled ‘INTERNATIONALLY UNKNOWN’, being released in North America via Armstrong’s Hellcat Records label. RAT BOY first found Armstrong’s punk/hip-hop band The Transplants in his father’s record collection, and subsequently delved into his back catalogue with Rancid and Operation Ivy. RAT BOY had repeatedly mentioned his admiration of Armstrong in interviews, which led to the L.A. punk veteran discovering the young Essex upstart. RAT BOY and Armstrong immediately connected through a shared love for mixing the visceral energy of punk with hip-hop beats. In many ways, it’s hardly surprising: both musicians share similar influences and often reflect on their upbringing in their lyrics. The pair met in Los Angeles at Armstrong’s Shiprec Studios where the momentum was such that the project was entirely written and recorded during three visits, which amounted to a total of two months’ work. RAT BOY’s live band joined him in Los Angeles, while other collaborators include former Aggrolites bassist J Bonner and The Interrupters’ vocalist Aimee Interrupter. John King of The Dust Brothers (Beastie Boys, Beck) also contributed production. The result is twelve tracks which amplify RAT ROY’s rabble-rousing riot act to a new level. He’s drawing on diverse influences which echo, at various points, The Clash, Beastie Boys, The Prodigy, Rebel MC, Green Day and Run DMC.

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Walter Trout

On January 25, 2019, Walter Trout will release his new album "Survivor Blues" on the Provogue label. Walter Trout is no ordinary artist. Survivor Blues is no ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for Survivor Blues. "I'm riding in my car sometimes," says the US blues titan. "I've got a blues station on – and here's another band doing Got My Mojo Workin'. And there's a little voice in me that says, 'Does the world need another version of that song?' So I came up with an idea. I didn't want to do Stormy Monday or Messin' With The Kid. I didn't want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that's how Survivor Blues started..."

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Green River

Green River

Rehab Doll: Deluxe Edition [LP]

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The story of Seattle's rise to global rock supremacy in the late '80s and early '90s begins with Green River. Made up of Jeff Ament (bass), Mark Arm (guitar/vocals), Bruce Fairweather (guitar), Stone Gossard (guitar), and Alex Shumway (drums), the quintet put out three 12”s and a 7” single during its brief existence. Green River's influence on Seattle's music scene spread far and wide thanks to the members' dispersion into bands including Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, and Love Battery, as well as the punk-glam-sludge-rock songs they left behind. "By '83, '84, there was definitely a movement that was happening within hardcore, like Black Flag slowing down for My War," says Arm. "The Replacements and Butthole Surfers were rearing their heads, and they're very different bands, but they're not hardcore—the Replacements are pretty much straight-up rock, and Butthole Surfers were God knows what. Sonic Youth's Bad Moon Rising was around, and a lot of really interesting post-hardcore things were happening." Green River, which formed in 1984, was part of that evolution, with a sound that straddled a lot of different genres—blues, punk, bloozy straight-ahead rock. The mini-LP Dry As A Bone, which came out in 1987, and the band's lone full-length Rehab Doll, which came out in 1988, were released as a single CD with a few bonus cuts, including their sneering cover of David Bowie's "Queen Bitch" and their marauding version of Dead Boys' "Ain't Nothin' to Do," in 1990—but they've been unavailable on vinyl for years. Now, these slices of Seattle music history are not only back in print, they're accompanied by items from the vaults that had been forgotten about for decades. Dry As A Bone was recorded at Jack Endino's Reciprocal Recording in 1986, and it shows the band in furious form, with Arm's yowl battling Fairweather and Gossard's ferocious guitar playing on "This Town" and "Unwind" opening as a slow bluesy grind then jump-starting itself into a hyperactive chase. The deluxe edition includes Green River's cuts from the crucial Seattle-scene compilation Deep Six, as well as long-lost songs that were recorded to the now-archaic format Betamax. Rehab Doll, recorded largely at Seattle's Steve Lawson Studios., bridges the gap between the taut, punky energy of Dry As a Bone and the bigger drums and thicker riffs that were coming to dominate rock in the late '80s. This new edition of Rehab Doll includes a version of “Swallow My Pride” recorded to 8-track at Endino's Reciprocal Recording, which features a more accurate depiction of how the band sounded when they played live. "When I listen to these mixes, I think, 'This is how we actually sounded—this is the kind of energy we had,'" says Shumway. Green River's place in American music history is without question, but these recordings paint a more complete picture of the band—and of rock in the mid- to late-'80s, when punk's faster-and-louder ideals had begun shape-shifting into other ideas.

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Green River

Green River

Dry As A Bone: Deluxe Edition [LP]

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The story of Seattle's rise to global rock supremacy in the late '80s and early '90s begins with Green River. Made up of Jeff Ament (bass), Mark Arm (guitar/vocals), Bruce Fairweather (guitar), Stone Gossard (guitar), and Alex Shumway (drums), the quintet put out three 12”s and a 7” single during its brief existence. Green River's influence on Seattle's music scene spread far and wide thanks to the members' dispersion into bands including Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, and Love Battery, as well as the punk-glam-sludge-rock songs they left behind. "By '83, '84, there was definitely a movement that was happening within hardcore, like Black Flag slowing down for My War," says Arm. "The Replacements and Butthole Surfers were rearing their heads, and they're very different bands, but they're not hardcore—the Replacements are pretty much straight-up rock, and Butthole Surfers were God knows what. Sonic Youth's Bad Moon Rising was around, and a lot of really interesting post-hardcore things were happening." Green River, which formed in 1984, was part of that evolution, with a sound that straddled a lot of different genres—blues, punk, bloozy straight-ahead rock. The mini-LP Dry As A Bone, which came out in 1987, and the band's lone full-length Rehab Doll, which came out in 1988, were released as a single CD with a few bonus cuts, including their sneering cover of David Bowie's "Queen Bitch" and their marauding version of Dead Boys' "Ain't Nothin' to Do," in 1990—but they've been unavailable on vinyl for years. Now, these slices of Seattle music history are not only back in print, they're accompanied by items from the vaults that had been forgotten about for decades. Dry As A Bone was recorded at Jack Endino's Reciprocal Recording in 1986, and it shows the band in furious form, with Arm's yowl battling Fairweather and Gossard's ferocious guitar playing on "This Town" and "Unwind" opening as a slow bluesy grind then jump-starting itself into a hyperactive chase. The deluxe edition includes Green River's cuts from the crucial Seattle-scene compilation Deep Six, as well as long-lost songs that were recorded to the now-archaic format Betamax. Rehab Doll, recorded largely at Seattle's Steve Lawson Studios., bridges the gap between the taut, punky energy of Dry As a Bone and the bigger drums and thicker riffs that were coming to dominate rock in the late '80s. This new edition of Rehab Doll includes a version of “Swallow My Pride” recorded to 8-track at Endino's Reciprocal Recording, which features a more accurate depiction of how the band sounded when they played live. "When I listen to these mixes, I think, 'This is how we actually sounded—this is the kind of energy we had,'" says Shumway. Green River's place in American music history is without question, but these recordings paint a more complete picture of the band—and of rock in the mid- to late-'80s, when punk's faster-and-louder ideals had begun shape-shifting into other ideas.

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Leyla McCalla

Inspired by the divided sociopolitical climate in the United States, Leyla's McCalla's album The Capitalist Blues explores the psychological and emotional effects of living in a society where money is king, and the poor are left to fend for themselves. Despite the pessimism and cynicism the album's title evokes, these songs focus on recognizing that while we may feel overwhelmed by the injustice happening around us, we must always resist the temptation to be overcome by it. The Capitalist Blues is a clear musical departure from the folk approach of McCalla's first two critically-acclaimed albums. Comprising mostly original songs and increasingly steeped in the music of her adopted home of New Orleans and her ancestral home of Haiti, McCalla's songs span the musical spectrum from New Orleans traditional jazz to Zydeco to Haitian Rara.

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Trapper Schoepp

The rising Milwaukee-based troubadour's third studio album 'Primetime Illusion' is released January 25th. Produced by Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansome, the album features ten essential Trapper originals whittled into shape under Sansome's "inspiration and Jedi-like guidance", offering a refined and relaxed approach akin to the classic Laurel Canyon sound of the 70's: glittering piano, ringing guitars, and crisp vocal harmonies.

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Julia Kent

Julia Kent

Temporal [LP+CD]

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Temporal is the elegantly restrained new album by Canadian cellist/composer Julia Kent. Following the dissonance and tension of her previous album for Leaf, 2015s Asperities, Temporal is a meditation on the transitory and fragile nature of existence.

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The annual release of Strictly The Best presents the best new Jamaican reggae songs. STB volume 58 features lover’s rock and roots reggae from top names and emerging stars in the genre. STB 58 features the brand new hit from Maxi Priest “Rock Steady Love” produced by Clive Hunt & Michelle Williams

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The annual release of Strictly The Best presents the best new Jamaican reggae songs. STB volume 59 features dancehall and new flavors from top names and emerging stars in the genre. STB 59 features the exclusive hit “Come Back Home (Netflix & Chill) by rising UK star Lisa Mercedez (feat. Shams The Producer). MARKETING Album launch includes branded event during CHTA Travel Marketplace convention in Montego Bay (January 29 - 31). Streaming plan for “Strictly The Best Montego Bay” event includes a live broadcast on RETV Jamaica and VP Records’ YouTube channel (716k subs) STB launch/viewing parties in select markets will also carry the live stream (NY, MIA, T.O,) Online advertising launch targets reggae music fans internationally Servicing of selected tracks to Caribbean/ reggae format radio and media outlets (September - November)

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Eric Dolphy

Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions is the first official release of previously-unissued Eric Dolphy studio recordings in over 30 years! This release contains the masterpiece albums Conversations and Iron Man recorded in NYC in July, 1963. The 3CD set features jazz greats such as saxophonist Sonny Simmons, trumpeter Woody Shaw, bassist Richard Davis and NEA Jazz Master vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. The 100 pg.booklet includes rare and unpublished photos, essays and interviews.

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Lula Wiles

Lula Wiles

What Will We Do [LP]

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On What Will We Do, Lula Wiles channel infectious energy and bold insight into music that strikes with purpose. The band fosters contradiction, embracing the spirit of traditional American music, yet unflinchingly calling into question the virtues of the culture that produces it— country songs that shine a light on a country’s crimes; love songs about being alone; murder ballads that challenge the standards of morality. Lula Wiles exist in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music.

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Mdou Moctar

The Third Man Records Cass Corridor space in Detroit had the distinct pleasure of hosting and recording one of the most compelling new guitarists of the 21st century, Mdou Moctar. Mdou is a member of the Tuareg music community gestating in the remote desert city of Agadez, Niger, 'where guitars are king.' His music fi rst came to the attention of Western music-lovers through the essential fi eld recording work being done by the good folks at Sahel Sounds, first on their 2010 compilation Music From Saharan Cellphones. While much of Tuareg music has become more distorted, faster and bombastic as of late, Mdou's soundscapes are more traditionally sparse, polyrhythmic and deeply psychedelic, with lyrics sung in the style of Tuareg nomadic poets. His show on the Blue Stage at Third Man Records Cass Corridor was proof of how special all of this feels, especially in front of a Western audience, most of whom were seeing Mdou live for the fi rst time. When Mdou took the stage with guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane and drummer Mahmoud Ahmed Jabra - only their faces exposed in their tunics and turbans - and began to play, there was a meditative intrigue that loomed heavy and thick in the room. Though hard to see clearly Mdou's precise and rapid-fi re fi ngerwork on his Fender, the audience was quickly and thoroughly transfi xed by his left-handed virtuosity. By the end of the psychedelic-guitar-rock-groove-explosion that was their set, it was clear that this was a show that would be talked about for a very long time. LP packaging: Direct-to-board LP jacket, standard weight vinyl Recorded live to tape on 9.15.17 at Third Man Records in Detroit. TRACK LISTING A1. Tarha A2. Kamane Tarhanine A3. Ibitilan A4. Taliat B1. Adounia B2. Tarhatazed B3. Chet Boghassa

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