Music Releases 12-01-23
- Peter Gabriel
i/o [Bright-Side Mix 2LP]
- Hector Tellez Jr.
The Great Unknown [LP]
- Five Finger Death Punch
The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell Volumes 1&2 [6LP Box Set]
- Collective Soul
7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits, 1994-2001 [LP]
- Daisy Jones & The Six
Aurora [Indie Exclusive Super Deluxe Edition Milky Clear 2LP]
- Stephen Marley
Old Soul [2LP]
THE WORLD EP.FIN : WILL [Vinyl]
- Zach Russell
Where The Flowers Meet The Dew [LP]
SZNZ: Winter EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear Vinyl]
Lord Of The Flies & Birds & Bees [LP]
Translating the Name: 20th Anniversary [Limited Edition Picture Disc LP]
- Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes: Remastered 2023 [Deluxe Edition 2CD]
- Bruce Dickinson
Afterglow of Ragnarok [Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Single + Comic]
- Lil Durk
- Lil Durk
The Voice [LP]
PRAYERS & PARANOIA [Indie Exclusive limited Edition]
- Leslie Odom Jr.
When A Crooner Dies
- Robben Ford
Night In The City [LP]
- Passion Pit
Chunk of Change EP: 15th Anniversary Edition [LP]
- Various Artists
The Sound Of Music [Deluxe Edition] - Original Soundtrack Recording [3LP]
The Difference Between Hell And Home: 10th Anniversary [LP]
Smack Bunny Baby: 30th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Violet LP]
- Isaiah J. Thompson
A Guaraldi Holiday
- Kenny G
- Mayday Parade
Monster In The Closet: 10th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black Ice 2LP]
- Omar Apollo
Live For Me EP [White Vinyl]
- Rod Wave
Pray 4 Love [LP]
- Rod Wave
Ghetto Gospel [LP]
- Various Artists
Skyway Soul: Gary, Indiana' [Opaque Blue & White Swirl 2LP]
- Stone Foxes
Bears & Bulls [Crystal Clear w/ Black Wisps LP]
Khanate [White LP]
Things Viral [White 2LP]
- Charlemagne Palestine
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- Jennifer Vanilla
Castle In The Sky [Sky Blue LP]
- Fat Tony
Smart Ass Black Boy: Redux [Opaque Red LP]
Christmas With Brandy [Red LP]
Music Releases 12-08-23
On Before And After, Young chooses favorites from his playbook like a trip into his music history and performs them mostly alone on a solo acoustic journey. Each of the songs blend into each other and morph with mesmerizing clarity into a continuous flow of music creating a 48-minute pure and intimate listening experience. The 13-track album spans Neil’s career, from Neil’s early Buffalo Springfield contribution, "Burned" (1966) to the recent "Don't Forget Love"(2021) and includes the previously unreleased song “If You Got Love”.
As Neil put it on his NYA site:
Songs from my life, recently recorded, create a music montage with no beginnings or endings. The feeling is captured, not in pieces, but as a whole piece. Only for listening.
Big Big Love is the first single from the eponymous album that is a mantra for embracing humanity with kindness. The single will be released in conjunction with the Michael Franti & Spearhead tour date celebrating a return to Red Rocks on June 2. Franti announced the US Big Big Love tour on January 31 which launched May 13 and runs through August 20.
Michael Franti is a globally recognized musician, humanitarian, activist, and award-winning filmmaker revered for his high-energy live shows, inspiring music, devotion to health and wellness, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism. Throughout his multi-decade career, Franti has earned three Billboard No. 1's with triumphantly hopeful hits "Sound of Sunshine," "Say Hey (I Love You)," and "I Got You," as well as sic Top 30 Hot AC singles, 10 Top 25 AAA singles and three Billboard Top 5 Rock Albums.
Michael Franti & Spearhead continue to foster their community both on and off stage with a wish granting non-profit, Do It For The Love, founded by Franti and his wife, Sara. Do It For The Love brings those with life threatening illnesses, veterans, and children with severe challenges to concerts worldwide, fulfilling over 3,300 wishes and touching the lives of over 12,000 people to date. Franti also owns SOULSHINE Bali, a 32-room top-rated boutique retreat hotel located in Ubud, Bali.
Coming off the success of “Area Codes,” Kaliii returns with the release of her EP, Toxic Chocolate: Area Codes Edition. The original “Area Codes” peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on the Hot Rap Songs, and #10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Toxic Chocolate spawned hits like “UonU (Feat. Yung Bleu)“ and “Standards.” performances.
Vinyl: $41.98 Buy
Music For Nations/Legacy Recordings are proud to present a celebration of 10 years of Bring Me The Horizon’s Sempiternal. Originally released in 2013, Sempiternal is one of the most definitive metal albums of a generation. It smashed preconceptions with its trailblazing release and was both forward-thinking and innovative. It was also the perfect nod to their metal and post-hardcore roots; but with a fresh genre defining approach. It was the record that would catapult the band to global success on a grand scale.
To mark the decade of an album with a heritage and sonic veracity still firmly intact, a special 10th anniversary eco-friendly vinyl pressing has been carefully fashioned to emphasise the music and underline the enigmatic artwork still steeped in symbology and mystique.
2-disc package in a 7-inch sleeve, containing the Atom Heart Mother album on CD and a Blu-ray disc featuring newly discovered film of the performance from over 50 years ago. Originally only released in Japan in 2021, the set contains some unique memorabilia – a special photo book containing many rare, never-seen-before photos, reproductions of the pamphlet, the poster, the concert ticket, and the flier distributed at the event.
Mixing warm acoustic tones and strong vocals with heavy emo elements, the band launched several DIY tours, quickly developing a national presence. Signing with Boston indie Topshelf Records, they released their debut album, “The Earth Pushed Back" and in 2014, Have Mercy signed with vaunted indie Hopeless Records, which released their second LP, “A Place of Our Own”, later that year. Working with producers Paul Leavitt (All Time Low) and Brian McTernan (Thrice), Swindle and a rotating crew recorded the band’s Hopeless follow-up, “Make the Best of It”, which was released in early 2017. Have Mercy returned with “The Love Life” in 2019, which charted Swindle’s tumultuous personal life over the previous three years. The band came back in August 2022 with a self-tiled EP, released via Zodhiac Records, which caught the attention of Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD Magazine, The Noise, and more.
Vinyl: $29.98 Buy
Five years ago it seemed like Uncle Lucius had run its course. They had torn a swath out of the Texas roots music scene over a 13 year run, worn out 5 vans and recorded 4 albums, and grown a reputation at home and abroad as a thrilling, dynamic live act. Long-time fans were certain they'd be a massive global hit. The only question was when. Growing families demanded their fathers' attention, and years of touring started to feel like circles around a drain. The tide went out, and they folded up their sails.
The audience had other ideas. Interest in the band continued to grow during their absence from the touring circuit. Pro athletes used their songs for walk on music, and top-rated television shows (Yellowstone) featured their music during pivotal scenes.
"We should have broken up years ago," they joked.
They never intended to reunite. Some things are not up to us. intention is well & good, but some people are made to play together, meant to create together. And intuition was their intention, all along.
The tides had transferred, the forces realigned. Uncle Lucius was a dream, first materialized over dank nights at the Horseshoe Lounge, drinking cheap beer with Dixie while the jukebox moaned. It crystallized on endless highway drives and onstage fever dreams. It felt like part of the past, but where one van breaks down, another van comes rolling up.
After a five year hiatus, the band will be bringing their methods of soul, joy, and thunder to select stages across the country. All we've got is now.
On December 8th, the newly-reformed band will release their 5th album since 2015. Like It's The Last One Left carries on the Texas band’s deep rock and blues traditions while covering topics like mental health, love, and self-care.
Me Neither is a 29 track double album of instrumental guitar music. While juggling a number of other projects James Elkington began writing "music for which there was no purpose." It became a new way of working for him - waking up each morning and improvising and recording the first thing that came into his head. "The only rules I gave myself were that I should make most of the sounds with a guitar, changing the speed or processing the recordings afterwards to get the effect I was looking for." Before long he had an albums worth of material. About mid-way through the second album Elkington had a liberating thought: he was making his own version of library music "if you're writing library music, you don’t have to know what it's for - that can be someone else's job."
Percolating in the same watery diner coffee that spawned American Football and Hum, C-Clamp shrugged on and off the ’90s slowcore and emo scenes in a hurry. Compiled here are the band’s two albums for the venerable Ohio Gold label—Longer Waves and Meander + Return, plus a third LP of singles and compilation tracks, and a meticulously annotated book stuffed with lyrics, photos, flyers, and ephemera from their all-too-brief existence. This one’s colder than a Chicago winter— better plug in that space heater.
Michael Nau is set to release his fifth full length record under Karma Chief Records on 12/8/2023. Since the mid 2000’s, he’s crafted a catalog of thoughtful, reflective songs as the frontman of indie-rock mainstays Cotton Jones, Page France, and Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread.
All 11 tracks come together to paint a beautiful picture. The lyrics invoke the listener’s imagination throughout. They’re introspective, but vague and open-ended. The indie rock backdrop shows signs of psych-soul influence with dry and punchy drums, lush synth lines, and tastefully verb-soaked vocal production. Sweeping string arrangements and French horn runs add cinematic motion to the waltz-y “Shiftshaping” (track 4). Slide guitar and a shuffling snare drum add some get-up-and-go to “Painting a Wall” (track 2). Nau’s vocal delivery falls somewhere between crooning to a crowd, telling stories to a loved one, and musing to himself.
The singer-songwriter’s relaxed attitude toward making records is discernible in the sound. A while back, veteran producer and engineer Adrien Olsen (The Killers, Lucy Dacus, Fruit Bats), approached him about recording in his Richmond, Virginia-based studio. For the first time in a while, Michael had some sessions on the calendar. He called a few old friends and put together a band. “I didn’t have much of a plan before Adrien reached out, so I wrote some songs specifically for the session,” Michael explained. “I was thinking about what would be fun to play with this specific group of guys."
The band consisted of several long-time collaborators and musicians who had participated in Nau’s various recording and touring efforts over the years. “It had been a while since I’d made music in a room with other people,” Michael shared. “We just sort of started playing and didn’t really talk about what was happening.” The combo’s newfound chemistry was a primary source of inspiration and, with the help of Olsen, ultimately led to an album’s-worth of music.
Nau and the band spent five days at Montrose Recording and left with a plan to return and finish up a few months later. “After the first session, I took a copy of the recordings with me to overdub a few things at my spot,” Michael shared. While he was working through it, he found a bunch of beautiful moments of jamming in between the takes. “I grabbed a bunch of the pieces and tried to work them in. Then, I dumped the whole thing onto a cassette as one long stream of songs.” With the record mostly complete, the final session at Montrose would consist of some simple overdubs and finishing touches.
But somehow, in the months between, he lost the overdubs. “Going into the second session, all I had was the cassette,” Michael explained. The band got back together and performed another batch of songs. At the end of their second session, they had enough music to pick and choose from for the new full-length. “The songs, as they appear on the album, are basically how they were recorded as a live band.” Grab a copy of Accompany on 12/08/2023 and keep an eye out for tour dates in the coming months.
CD: $13.96 Buy
The soundtrack to the upcoming film “Killers of the Flower Moon” features an original score by the late artist Robbie Robertson, his final score and 11th collaboration with film director legend Martin Scorsese. Robertson spent much of his childhood on the Six Nations Reserve as part of his mother’s Mohawk community, the emotional soundtrack is an imitable sonic companion to the film rooted in authenticity. The album features an original score of 15 tracks crafted by the late musician for Scorsese’s western crime drama.
“Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal. Based on a true story and the New York Times – Bestseller book, “Killers of the Flower Moon” tracks the suspicious murders of members of the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight after oil was discovered underneath their land. The epic western film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert de Niro.
The CD is housed in a jewelcase and features a booklet with credits and film stills.
The legacy and lineage of Dais Records dovetails naturally with the mission statement of vintage electronics innovator Retrospekt: “Reviving retro tech for a new generation.” The fruit of their first collaboration is a chic, white, rose-adorned, limited-edition release of Retrospekt’s CP-81 portable cassette player containing an exclusive 19-track compilation cassette of unreleased material from the label's roster: C23. The title alludes to the year, the catalog number (DAIS223) and to the iconic UK indie collection C86, famously included with a 1986 issue of New Musical Express.
Dais co-founders Gibby Miller and Ryan Martin both came of age in the cassette era and remain champions of “the sacred nature of the analog object.” The medium’s customizable, affordable, and portable nature empowered generations of subcultures to document and disseminate their creations. Although the compact disc dominated much of the 1990s, tapes never went away. Martin is adamant about the format’s enduring potency: “Cassettes aren’t nostalgic, they’re relevant. Making a mixtape for a friend or love interest is a talismanic offering. It’s a reaching out, a sharing of discovery."
For Miller, too, cassette culture was seismic; he continues to see singular strengths in the limitations of older technologies: “Having a device solely dedicated to music may seem unique to a person today, but there’s also a purity in it. The ritual of hitting play. Feeling the hum of the machine. Flipping at the end of the side. Tapes changed everything for me.”
Retrospekt co-founders Adam and Kori Fuerst share a similar ethos. Although they initially started the company refurbishing vintage cameras, it has since expanded into tape players, radios, headphones, typewriters, Game Boys and beyond. Their passion for physicality, aesthetics and direct connection mirrors that of Miller and Martin: “These vintage machines aren’t obsolete – they still provide pleasure and enjoyment,” says Adam. “More and more people today realize this, and they want to have an organic, intentional experience without their metadata being tracked by some corporation.”
Dais in-house creative designer Nathaniel Young reimagined the CP-81’s standard presentation for both player and packaging. The white Dais edition of the cassette player comes packaged in a white box with black text, plus a set of white Dais-branded headphones and the C23 compilation tape.
This new 45 from Karma Chief Records showcases two tracks from Pale Jay's latest LP, Bewilderment. The A side, My Dirty Desire is a warbling slow-disco tribute to the introvert. Pale Jay acknowledges that society rewards extroverts, but he embraces his introverted nature and the benefits of solitude.
The B side, Dreaming In Slow Motion' has silken falsetto vocals that float on top of a dusty rhythm section driven by a pulsing bass and laid-back drums. Accompanied by a catchy guitar and a grand string arrangement, Pale Jay invites the listener on a soulful trip to the early morning hours floating between dream and reality.
Pale Jay's latest opus showcases his remarkable ability to craft sonic tapestries that transport listeners to a world of profound introspection and sonic bliss. This 45 from Karma Chief Records serves as a tantalizing glimpse into the depths of Pale Jay's musical genius, leaving you craving for more. So sit back, relax, and let the ethereal melodies whisk you away on an extraordinary sonic odyssey.
One of Rio de Janeiro’s most exciting singer-songwriters of the last fifteen years is now living in Los Angeles, where he stands on the verge of an overdue American breakthrough. Rogê—born Roger José Cury—gained an avid following for his swinging samba-funk, tinged with Brazilian Soul. His acclaim rose when he cowrote the theme song for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Seu Zé is the first new music from the Brazilian artist since the release of his debut American-made album, Curyman, in March of 2023. Lavishly produced by the Budos Band’s Thomas Brenneck, a top session guitarist and collaborator with the stars (Lady Gaga, Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Amy Winehouse), "Seu Zé" is meant to capture the spirit of the people on the streets. It’s a “Partido Alto” kind of samba that has its origins in the religious parties in rural communities where jongo (a style of music deeply rooted in Africa) was played. Brazilian energy has a universal ability to inspire and Rogê continues to accomplish this through his music and performance masterfully.
Levitation Sessions return with a live performance film and album from GOAT! Despite their cryptic and secretive lifestyle, the mysterious Swedish collective have been at the forefront of modern psych, and this live release follows a decade of cult-classic LPs - each a timeless entry into the psych canon, a heady mix of world music, 60s fuzz, afrobeat and funk grooves and Swedish psychedelia, from their 2012 debut World Music, to their most recent 2023 release, Medicine. Their Levitation Session film and live album was recorded in the heart of winter in early 2023, capturing the alchemy of the band’s creative process and a glimpse of their legendary live show, filmed in the band’s studio headquarters. We're excited to have it finally see the light of day and unleashed upon the world on Saturday, December 3. “We chose to record the session in our old temple during a cold night under a huge midnight sun in the darkest winter time. We thought it would bring out the best magic in us and we think it did. As the hours went by it started to loosen up and we went into some free form experiments with our electronics. In the end, this film became a perfect representation of what we do when we hang out“ - GOAT Recorded Live at Eternal Temple of Time somewhere near the Arctic Circle in Sweden, the live film has also been pressed to beautiful 12" wax with exclusive jacket art made for each USA and UK/EU Record Stores.
The A side of this 45, a brand new track from Aaron Frazer, is about how pressure makes diamonds. The last couple years have been really challenging, especially for those navigating relationships amidst the chaos. This song celebrates the connections of love that are strong enough to weather any storm, and the certainty that comes from making it through together.
The B side features a track from Aarons first solo LP, Introducing. Lyrically, Frazer sounds lovesick; the imagery he paints of demons “so close behind” and the repetition of these lyrics emphasise his longing. The song starts with piercing guitar, dark bass, and chime piano and Frazer himself drums throughout the song. The orchestration is swell while the strings and voices blend well with the transcendent feel of the music.
Grab this 45, on either black and limited edition heart shaped vinyl, available 12/08/2023 from Colemine Records.
Music Releases 12-15-23
- Mac DeMarco
Some Other Ones [Limited Edition Canary Yellow LP]
- The Black Crowes
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion: Remastered [Super Deluxe Edition 4LP]
Atomic City [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Photoluminescent Transparent 7in Single]
- Brittany Howard
What Now / Meditation [Orange Splatter 7in Single]
- Fort Minor
The Rising Tied [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Zeotrope Picture Disc 2LP]
- Willie Nelson
Long Story Short: Willie 90: Live At The Hollywood Bowl Vol. 1 [2LP]
- (Hed) P.E.
- Elaine Brown
Seize The Time - Black Panther Party [RSD Essential Indie Colorway White Marble LP]
- The Deviants
Ptooff! [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Crystal Curacao LP]
- Junior Wells
In My Younger Days [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Natural Opaque LP]
- Sarah Silverman
Someone You Love [LP]
- Mac DeMarco
One Wayne G [Blu-ray]
Can I Go Again? [LP]
Autumn Crossing EP [Etched Vinyl Single]
- Ray Barretto
- Children Of Bodom
A Chapter Called Children of Bodom: Final Show in Helsinki Ice Hall 2019 [Red & Black Splatter 2LP]
- The Belles
Melvin b/w Come Back [Blue & White Marble Vinyl Single]
- The Contessas
Broken Heart b/w Gimme Gimme [Opaque Peach & White Marble Vinyl Single]
- Vickie & The Van Dykes
I Wanna Be a Winner b/w Outcast [Peach & White Marble Vinyl Single]
Paradise [Red Cassette]
- Riley Green
Ain't My Last Rodeo
- Rosanne Cash
The Wheel: 30th Anniversary [Deluxe LP]
- Phil Caivano
CAIVANO [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Gold LP]
- Popa Chubby
Live At G. Bluey's Juke Joint N.Y.C. [LP]
- Grant Green
Green Street [Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series LP]
- Original Cast of The Time Traveller's Wife The Musical
The Time Traveller's Wife The Musical (Original Cast Recording)
- Louis Pierre Bergeron/Meagan Milatz
Drama - The 4th Mini Album (Sequence Ver.) [Limited Edition]
- ROSALÍA & RAUW ALEJANDRO
RR [Red/Black Smoke Heart-Shaped Vinyl Single]
- Four Year Strong
Holiday Special Live [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red/Green LP]
- Flatland Cavalry
Wandering Star [Standard Dark Water/Black Swirl LP]
- Ambrose Akinmusire
Owl Song [LP]
- Tony Bennett And Bill Evans
The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album [Original Jazz Classics Series]
MEDUZA EP [Vinyl]
- Yung Gravy, bbno$, BABY GRAVY
Baby Gravy 3 [Limited Edition Transparent Baby Blue LP]
- Jonathan Rado
For Who The Bell Tolls For [LP]
Movie Releases 12-19-23
- Mac DeMarco
One Wayne G [Blu-ray]
- Willie Nelson
Long Story Short: Willie 90: Live At The Hollywood Bowl [2CD/Blu-ray]