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Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt is not a loud performer. She does not have to be. In a club of a few hundred, even the bar staff are known to go quiet while she's on stage. Her third album, Quiet Signs, feels like a distillation of this power. The album leads off with "Opening Night," a nod to Gena Rowlands' harrowing, brilliant performance in the John Cassavetes film of the same name. It’s also an emblem of where this spare, mysterious collection of songs falls in the course of Pratt’s career.

"On some level I considered an audience while making the last record (2015's On Your Own Love Again)," she writes, "But my creative world was still very private then and I analyzed the process less. This was the first time I approached writing with the idea of a cohesive record in mind."

After a collection of demos and early studio recordings (Jessica Pratt, Birth Records, 2012) earned her a small, dedicated audience, Pratt moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles and recorded her first intentional album in her bedroom in a matter of months. That album, On Your Own Love Again (Drag City, 2015), would bring her around the world many times, leading many to fall under the spell of Jessica Pratt the performer, the songwriter, the singer with the heavy-lidded voice that feels alien and familiar at the same time.

Her first album fully recorded in a professional studio setting, Quiet Signs finds Pratt's songwriting and accompanying guitar work refined -- more distinct and direct. Songs like "Fare Thee Well" and "Poly Blue" retain glimmers of OYOLA's hazy day afternoon spells, yet delicate flute, strings sustained by organ arrangements, and rehearsal room piano now gesture towards the lush chamber pop and longing of The Left Banke. On the album’s first single, "This Time Around," Pratt hits on a profound, late-night clarity over just a couple of deep chords, evoking Caetano Veloso's casual seaside brilliance. And before the curtain drops on Quiet Signs, Pratt provides a show-stopping closer, "Aeroplane."

In the world of Quiet Signs, the black of night usually represents fear, despair, resignation; finally at home descending towards the illuminated city, she sings over black leather drone and tambourine shuffle with a newfound resolve. Quiet Signs is the journey of an artist emerging from the darkened wings, growing comfortable as a solitary figure on a sprawling stage.

The album was written in Los Angeles and recorded at Gary's Electric in Brooklyn, NY over 2017 and 2018. It was co-produced by Al Carlson. He plays flute, organ and piano on some songs. Matt McDermott also played piano and string synthesizer. It will be released on Mexican Summer on February 8, 2019.

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Steve Earle & The Dukes

Steve Earle was nineteen and had just hitchhiked from San Antonio to Nashville in 1974. Back then if you wanted to be where the best songwriters were you had to be in there. Guy Clark had moved to Nashville and if you were from Texas, Guy Clark was king.

Flash forward more than forty years. In the fall of 2018, Steve and The Dukes went into House Of Blues studio in Nashville and recorded GUY in six days. 'I wanted it to sound live...When you've got a catalog like Guy's and you're only doing sixteen tracks, you know each one is going to be strong.'

Earle and his current, perhaps best-ever Dukes lineup, take on these songs with a spirit of reverent glee and invention. But in the end GUY leads the listener back to its beginning, namely Guy Clark, which is what any good 'tribute' should do. GUY is a saga of friendship, its ups and downs, what endures. We are lucky that Earle remembers and honors these things, because like old friends, GUY is a diamond.

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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

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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Blind Guardian

Active since 1984, Blind Guardian is one of the most influential & revered bands in the metal genre. Nuclear Blast is excited to release 3 of the band’s classic albums on vinyl, remixed and remastered as well as bonus content.

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Mandolin Orange

2LP w/ DL, bonus EP with 4 traditional covers, blue vinyl, insert

Anchored by poignant songwriting and their intimate live shows, Mandolin Orange (Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz) has quietly and confidently found their audience. On February 1, they will release a new album, Tides of a Teardrop, through Yep Roc Records. Thematically this album is a release for Andrew Marlin, the group's songwriter. He lost his mother at a younger age, and although that has impacted his writing in the past, this collection of songs is thematically about letting go and finding peace. Marlin and Frantz were joined by their touring band and for the first time, took more than a few quick days between tour, to record the album. That level of comfort shines through in the band's most accomplished set of songs to date.

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Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music & their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Defying stereotypes and shattering convention, Freddie became one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band with their iconic songs and revolutionary sound through to Live Aid, becoming of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.

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The Lemonheads

Ltd Edition Banana Scented Scratch & Sniff Sleeve, Yellow Vinyl.

The Lemonheads follow up the critically acclaimed Varshons from nearly ten years ago with another eclectic collection of covers. Produced by director Matthew Cullen and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Beastie Boys, Nirvana, The Ramones), their tenth studio album brims with the slowly-matured vocal of Evan Dando as he lures a host of personal faves to his melodic lair. He really has become one of the great expressive singers of our time.

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Bob Mould

Single LP on black vinyl with euro sleeve. Includes coupon for full download

The cliché that circulated after the 2016 election foretold a new artistic golden age: Artists would transform their anger and anxiety into era-defining works of dissent in the face of authoritarianism.

Yet Bob Mould calls his new album Sunshine Rock.

It’s not because Mould—whose face belongs on the Mount Rushmore of alternative music—likes the current administration. His decision to “write to the sunshine,” as he describes it, comes from a more personal place—a place found in Berlin, Germany, where he’s spent the majority of the last three years. Here Mould would draw inspiration from the new environments.

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Yak

Few albums in rock ‘n’ roll history have seen its creator’s obsession veer so close to self-destruction, as Yak’s The Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness. For singer, guitarist and driving force Oli Burslem, making his band’s second album became about pursuing his artistic vision at the expense of all else, including his own financial security, and mental health. Who else these days invests every single penny available to them into recording, to the point where they become homeless? If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Where have all the guitar rockstars gone?,” we have an answer: they are sleeping in the back of an old Citroën in a London alleyway awaiting the release of their hard-earned masterpiece.

Listening to The Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness, you frequently feel the white-knuckle monomania of Yak’s mission. It’s one of those once-in-a-decade records, whose sheer sense of belief and commitment pulsates through every nanosecond of boundary-breaking sound – like Spiritualized’s Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, and Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker, both of whose creators had a part to play in its genesis.

Guitar music is alive and well on The Pursuit of Momentary Happiness, and with Yak on the scene, we expect it’s not going anywhere.

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The Paper Kites

On their latest album "On the Train Ride Home", The Paper Kites muse on late night longings both romantic and heartbreaking, but all filled with hope. The mostly acoustic collection is anchored by singer Sam Bentley's croons for the escapists, the street wanderers, the lovers, and the lonely. "On The Train Ride Home" is the first part of a two-part release, with the second album "On The Corner Where You Live" to be released this fall.

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J.S. Ondara

Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, J.S.Ondara fell in love with Bob Dylan and moved to Minneapolis Minnesota when he was 20 to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter.He notes other musical influences as Neil Young, Noah Gundersen, Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne. His debut album, Tales of America, is an examination of the American Dream from an outsider's perspective; an introspection on a universal matter.

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  • New Release Round-Up 01-18-19



    New Releases 18 January 2019


    Pedro The Lion - Phoenix - Polyvinyl Records
    Phoenix is the first album in 15 years from pioneering emo/indie rock outfit Pedro The Lion fronted by David Bazan.

    Alice Merton - Mint - Mom & Pop Music
    After rising to fame two years ago in 2016 with her explosive debut 1 Million selling single 'No Roots' (Mom + Pop), written about her constant moving homes as a child becoming such as huge debut, its safe to say its been a whirl wind for Alice Merton with 124 Million YouTube hits to date. She also gained 6+ Million streams, toured the US supporting the brilliant Vance Joy, championed by Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine with Performances on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show and James Corden's Late Late Show, Live With Kelly and Ryan, and even a recent 2018 Teen Choice Awards Nomination in 'Best Rock' category. Merton's debut album, Mint features "No Roots", "Lash Out" and her newest single "Why So Serious".

    Toro Y Moi - Outer Peace - Carpark Records
    Following the ever-emotive Boo Boo, Toro Y Moi’s new album Outer Peace is a time capsule that captures our relationship to contemporary culture into one comprehensive, sonic package. As both a producer and designer, Bear utilizes abstract sound pairings with recognizable samples for his most pop influenced record to date, including features from ABRA, WET, and Instupendo. This is no departure from his funk and disco roots, which can be heard on “Ordinary Pleasure”, later fusing into variations of house with tracks like “Freelance” and “Laws of the Universe.” Smooth interludes melt into fast paced beats, paralleling the feeling of driving through the Bay Area, where Bear spent most of his time writing the album. Outer Peace is duality. It embodies whatever form you choose to inhabit in the moment. Listen and let your imagination become the universe.

    Guster - Look Alive

    Guster - Look AliveGuster - Look AliveGuster - Look Alive - Nettwerk Records
    Guster's latest studio album Look Alive was produced by English musician, composer, and producer Leo Abrahams (Regina Spektor, Brian Eno/David Byrne, Belle and Sebastian, Chromatics). The forthcoming LP maintains the band’s unique charm while charting new sonic and lyric pathways. It is available on CD, Vinyl, and Indie Exclusive Dandelion Yellow Vinyl.

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    James Blake - Assume Form

    James Blake - Assume FormJames Blake - Assume FormJames Blake - Assume Form - Republic
    James Blake has long been a hip-hop ally. Not only has his own discography cemented him as a critically acclaimed artist, the multiple Grammy award-nominee and Mercury Prize winner has worked with artists from the likes of Drake, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and more. 2018 was a massive year for the producer, singer and song-writer who collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on the era-defining Black Panther soundtrack and lent his vocals to Travis Scott's "Stop Trying To Be God."

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    Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow - Jagjaguwar
    Remind Me Tomorrow was written in stolen time. In the four years since Are We There, Sharon Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, performed in David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival, and wrote her first film score and song for TV - for Kathering Dieckmann's Strange Weather Tig Notaro's show Tig, respectively. Van Etten also had a child, and began studying psychology. In the scraps of hours between these endeavors, Remind Me Tomorrow was born. Working with producer John Congleton, Remind Me Tomorrow reveals piano keys that churn, deep drones, distinctive sharp drums. Originally a piano ballad, "Comeback Kid" evolved into a dark, menacing anthem. "Seventeen" began as a Lucinda Williams-esque dirge, but winds up a star-spangled nod to Springsteen, exploring gentrification and generational patience. The breadth of Van Etten's new passions have inflected Remind Me Tomorrow with a wise, warped-time perspective. She explains, "I want to be a mom, a singer, an actress, go to school, but yeah, I have a stain on my shirt, oatmeal in my hair. I feel like a mess, but I'm here. Doing it. This record is about pursuing your passions." This is Remind Me Tomorrow, fusing a pained attentive realism and radiant lightness about new loves.


     

    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Malibu Ken (Aesop Rock / Tobacco) - Malibu Ken
    Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
    Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert
    Joe Jackson - Fool
    Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between
    Juliana Hatfield - Weird
    M. Ward - What A Wonderful Industry
    Papa Roach - Who Do You Trust?
    Greensky Bluegrass - All For Money
    Trippie Redd - A Love Letter To You 3
    The Flesh Eaters - I Used To Be Pretty
    Switchfoot - Native Tongue
    Lost Under Heaven - Love Hates What You Become
    Arch Enemy - Covered In Blood
    Liz Brasher - Painted Image
    The Twilight Sad - It Won't Be Like This All The Time
    Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life
    Cody Johnson - Ain't Nothin' To It
    Night Beats - Myth Of A Man


    & More .....

    Ohtis - Runnin [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
    Cane Hill - Kill The Sun EP
    The Moth & The Flame - Only Just Begun
    Steve Earle & The Dukes - Dublin Blues
    Amanda Palmer - Drowning In The Sound
    Lauren Jenkins - Running Out Of Road
    Emily King - Can't Hold Me





     

    UPCOMING RELEASES 

    Graeme James - The Long Way Home

    Graeme James - The Long Way HomeGraeme James - The Long Way HomeGraeme James - The Long Way Home - Third Man Records
    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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  • New Release Round-Up 01-11-19



    Old Sea Brigade - Ode To A Friend

    Old Sea Brigade - Ode To A FriendOld Sea Brigade - Ode To A FriendOld Sea Brigade - Ode To A Friend - Nettwerk Records
    Old Sea Brigade releases his highly anticipated full-length debut Ode To A Friend. While the songs remain rooted in Americana, indie, rock, and ambient soundscapes, they also toss and turn between analog cinematic flourishes and provocative lyricism. At times singer-songwriter, other times indie-rock – no matter the inspiration behind the mélange of styles, Cramer has created a soundscape of the utmost sincerity and beauty. Throughout Ode...Old Sea Brigade tackles one of life’s most complex crises: how to make each day’s fleeting moments amount to something. It's these deeply introspective, meditative songs that make Old Sea Brigade so compelling.

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    Taking Back Sunday - Twenty - Craft Recordings
    Twenty is a career retrospective, celebrating 20 years of Taking Back Sunday. The collection spans all seven of their full-length studio albums: Tell All Your Friends, Where You Want To Be, Louder Now, New Again, Taking Back Sunday, Happiness Is and Tidal Wave. Whether your introduction to the band was singing along to "A Decade Under The Influence" in a sweaty club or hearing "MakeDamnSure" or "Sink Into Me" on the radio, Twenty is a look back at some of the highlights from this genre-defying band. Additionally, fans will be able to hear newly recorded songs, which hint at the direction that Taking Back Sunday are heading in the coming years.

    Ski Mask the Slump God - Stokeley

    Ski Mask the Slump God - StokeleySki Mask the Slump God - StokeleySki Mask the Slump God - Stokeley - Republic
    Ski Mask the Slump God releases his debut album Stokeley via Victor Victor / Republic Records. The breakout album includes the fan favorite, "Nuketown" featuring Juice WRLD as well as the underground hits "Foot Fungus" and "Faucet Failure."

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    Tommy Emmanuel / John Knowles - Heart Songs - CGP Sounds
    In music as in love, one + one can add up to not two but a new and greater one. On Heart Songs two of the world's greatest guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles, make this clear. Both are masters of their instrument, honored by the iconic Chet Atkins with the rare designation of CGP (Certified Guitar Players). Their early journeys were dissimilar. Emmanuel began his in Australia, grew up on the road with his family's band, settled as a teenager in Sydney and left his rock band to launch a spectacular solo career. Knowles followed a more academic path, eventually earning a PH.D. in physics from Texas Christian University but then electing to pursue his true love of music. Inevitably they would cross paths, become friends and perform on stages and clinics around the world. Their styles are distinctive but for that very reason they mesh seamlessly, with Knowles generally creating sophisticated but compelling foundations over which Emmanuel's guitar soars in astonishing yet always musical flights.

    Soilwork - Verkligheten - Nuclear Blast America
    Soilwork has been around, in one form or another, for twenty years now. Some people say that they haven’t made anything worth listening to after “Steelbath Suicide”. Some have only heard “Stabbing The Drama. Some think “The Living Infinite”, the band’s 2013 double disc release, was quite epic. It’s all good. At this point in a band’s career, you can either choose the nostalgia route, playing old albums in their entirety, because that makes an easy package for promoters to sell. Verkligheten, the title of Soilwork’s latest offering, is the Swedish word for reality, the entity that we’re all trying to escape from. Verkligheten is their attempt to try and go somewhere else, to express all those things that are born in between hypnagogic states and frenzies of hyperrealism. SOILWORK is a band that has been through a lot. They don’t have to try and tidy things up by using clichés like personal and/or musical differences. It has been hell. They are not young anymore, and their reality these days is the hellhounds on their tails, the ghosts in their subconscious and the coldness of existence that starts eating at the soul the very day that you leave the womb. We can no longer escape the fact that we’re vulnerable to the shortcomings of life itself.

    boy pablo - Soy Pablo + Roy Pablo - U OK?
    Norwegian 19 year old indie pop sensation boy pablo releases double EP on 2cd set full of winningly naïve but old soul pop. Disc 1 is the brand new Soy Pablo EP, featuring new single “Feeling Lonely” along with “Losing You” and “Sick Feeling.” Disc 2 is his Roy Pablo EP from 2017, never before released on CD. Tremendous press; Pitchfork, Fader, Pigeons & Planes, i-D. Touring the world this fall with two dates in LA… full US tour in Spring 2019. The EPs are also available on individual Vinyl pressings Soy Pablo EP [Light Blue Vinyl]Roy Pablo EP [White Vinyl].


     

    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Born Of Osiris - The Simulation
    Randy Houser - Magnolia
    Jacob Banks - Village
    Gregory Porter - One Night Only (Live At The Royal Albert Hall) [CD/DVD]
    The Kentucky Headhunters - Live At The Ramblin' Man Fair
    Nailed To Obscurity - Black Frost


    & More .....

    Meat Puppets - Nine Pins
    Galactic - Going Straight Crazy (Feat. Princess Shaw)
    Keuning - The Night
    Insane Clown Posse - Fury!
    Royal Trux - White Stuff
    Swervedriver - Spiked Flower
    Michael Franti & Spearhead - When The Sun Begins To Shine
    The Dandy Warhols - Motor City Steel
    Ex Hex - Cosmic Cave




     

    UPCOMING RELEASES 

    Guster - Look Alive

    Guster - Look AliveGuster - Look AliveGuster - Look Alive - Nettwerk Records
    Guster's latest studio album Look Alive was produced by English musician, composer, and producer Leo Abrahams (Regina Spektor, Brian Eno/David Byrne, Belle and Sebastian, Chromatics). The forthcoming LP maintains the band’s unique charm while charting new sonic and lyric pathways. It will be available on CD, Vinyl, and Indie Exclusive Dandelion Yellow Vinyl.

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  • GRIZFOLK EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

    GRIZFOLK EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

    Listen to alternative band Grizfolk's latest single “Spoonful,” which channels a retro sound to deliver a dark tale of yearning for someone out of reach. And check out their upcoming song [exclusively at this record store], "Heavy Crown," which melds a danceable bass line with jangly pianos to create an upbeat track that is sneakily about the tough subject of fighting for what's right in today's complicated world. See Grizfolk with Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness on tour and listen to their two latest singles now. 

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Music Releases 01-18-19

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Pedro The Lion Phoenix [LP] New Vinyl: $27.98
Alice Merton Mint [Green LP] New Vinyl: $26.98
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Toro Y Moi Outer Peace [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Guster Look Alive [LP] New Vinyl: $26.98
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James Blake Assume Form New CD: $12.99
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Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Malibu Ken (Aesop Rock / Tobacco) Malibu Ken [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Deerhunter Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? [LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Various Artists Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert [2LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Joe Jackson Fool [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Juliana Hatfield Weird [LP] New Vinyl: $33.98
M. Ward What A Wonderful Industry [Limited Edition Clear LP] New Vinyl: $20.98
Papa Roach Who Do You Trust? [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
Greensky Bluegrass All For Money [2LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
Trippie Redd A Love Letter To You 3 New CD: $12.49
The Flesh Eaters I Used To Be Pretty [2LP] New Vinyl: $26.98
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Switchfoot Native Tongue [2LP] New Vinyl: $29.98
LP Heart To Mouth [Orange LP] New Vinyl: $22.98

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