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Music Releases 11-26-21

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Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Georgia Blue

CD: $11.98 Buy

“Georgia Blue is a labor of love. On election day 2020, when I saw that there was a good chance the state of Georgia might go blue, I came up with an idea: to record an album of Georgia- related songs as a thank you to the state and donate the money to a Georgia based non-profit organization. I will admit my motivations were a bit selfish. For years, I’ve been looking for an excuse to record these songs with my band and some friends. The songs on this album are some of my favorite Georgia-related songs, but the tracklist is not meant to be comprehensive. I would love to cover Outkast and 2 Chainz, but I don’t think the finished product would be very good. We’re a rock band, so we covered rock songs. We have roots in blues and R&B, so we enlisted some brilliant artists to help us pull off songs by Precious Bryant, James Brown, and Gladys Knight. My favorite part of the Georgia Blue recording process was having the opportunity to work with these very special artists, and I thank them: Amanda Shires, Brittney Spencer, Adia Victoria, Brandi Carlile, Julien Baker, Bèla Fleck, Chris Thile, Steve Gorman, Peter Levin, and John Paul White. I hope you enjoy listening to these recordings as much as we enjoyed making them. Keep listening to good music and fighting the good fight.”

- Jason Isbell

Proceeds from the release will go to Black Voters Matter, Georgia Stand Up and Fair Fight. Learn more about each organization below: 
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Grouplove

Never Trust A Happy Song: 10th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Green LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 UNAVAILABLE

It's been ten years since Grouplove met on a commune in Greece and brought the idea of forming a band back to California. They'd never have anticipated making it this far: five albums, multiple chart-topping singles across alternative and pop formats, a Grammy nomination, and critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, which heralded the group as “a band who have perfected big, radio-friendly rock songs.” As their debut album ‘Never Trust A Happy Song 10th Anniversary Edition’ approaches its tenth anniversary, Grouplove is ready to celebrate with the fans by releasing a limited edition vinyl, pressed on 180 gram green vinyl.

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Mogwai

e.p. x 3 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Curacao, Clear & Yellow Vinyl]

Vinyl: $42.98 UNAVAILABLE

Mogwai's 'EPx3' vinyl consists of the three EP's they released with Chemikal Underground from 1997 to 1999 (see below) and make up the CD release 'EP+6'. The three EP's will be housed in printed inners with the original front cover artwork and they will be held in an wide spined 7mm sleeve & coloured vinyl.

4 Satin (1997) on curacao coloured vinyl
No Education = No Future (1998) on clear vinyl
EP (1999) on sun yellow vinyl

The EP's were limited to 1000 and they all sold out quickly and this is the first time they have been available on vinyl in over 20 years.

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The Acacia Strain

It Comes In Waves [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Pink LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 Buy

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Black Label Society

Doom Crew Inc. [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear & Black Ice W/Grey 2LP]

Vinyl: $40.98 UNAVAILABLE
Indie retail exclusive color vinyl variant: Color In Color: Clear & Black Ice w/Grey/White Splatter. Everything about Black Label Society begins with the riff. A dedicated disciple of Zeppelin, Sabbath, and Deep Purple, Zakk Wylde looks to the massive guitar hooks in classics like "Whole Lotta Love," "Into the Void," and "Smoke On the Water" as guiding lights. "The main ingredient in any Black Label soup is the riff," says the larger-than-life frontman. Black Label Society builds their music on this simple truth, truth as self-evident on Back in Black as on the dozen songs comprising Doom Crew Inc., the eleventh album from the dependable stalwarts. Doom Crew Inc. Is both a tribute to the band's "first to bleed, last to leave" road crew and a salute to the legion whose support, stretching back to 1998, rivals that of the KISS Army. The Black Label Society biker-style battle vest "kutte" is as ubiquitous at hard rock and metal shows as a black t-shirt.
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Deep Purple

Turning To Crime [Limited Edition Crystal Clear 2LP]

Vinyl: $35.98 UNAVAILABLE

After five decades of records made chiefly of original material, Deep Purple’s 22nd studio album consists solely of songs written and previously recorded by other artists: a criminal offense commonly described by the rock police and purists Grand Jury as “doing covers.”

Studio recordings of songs previously released by Love, Huey “Piano” Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles & Quincy Jones, Little Feat, The Yardbirds, Lonnie Donegan/ Johnny Horton, Bob Seger System, Cream, plus the “Caught In The Act” medley feat. songs by Freddie King, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin and The Spencer Davis Group came to life with the band, for the first time in their career, recording them while not being in the same room.

Turning To Crime” is Deep Purple enjoying playing music without commercial plans nor losing their edge and drive. This is Deep Purple coming full circle.

This is 100% Deep Purple.

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Riki

Gold [Red in Clear LP]

Vinyl: $23.98 UNAVAILABLE

West coast new romantic icon Riki returns with her 2nd simulacrum of pitch-perfect synth-pop, aptly titled for the precious substance it is: Gold. Inspired by notions of symbolic power, letting go, and transmutable realms of the heart, the album further refines her rare gift for making swooning melancholia as anthemic as it atmospheric. Working with Telefon Tel Aviv co-founder Josh Eustis at his Pasadena studio, the sessions unfolded fluidly and fruitfully, focusing on “quieter moments” and refining the record’s palette and voice. Occasional interruption from a nearby flock of wild parrots infused a mood of California dreaming, purple sunsets dissolving into deepening neon night.
 
Like all the most elusive pop, Riki’s songcraft is simultaneously direct and oblique, dynamic and detached, shifting from sparkling chorus to elliptical outro according to its own poetic logic. She characterizes her lyrical muse as “very much what’s going on in my life, things I wanted to say but didn’t have the platform.” This subcurrent of dream fulfillment animates the melodies with a specificity and immediacy that transcends her pantheon of 80’s influences: from Saâda Bonaire and Strawberry Switchblade to Bryan Ferry, Bananarama, and beyond. Gold skews less dance floor than her instant classic 2020 debut but taken as a collection it’s equally stirring, stylish, and exquisitely produced. Evocatively layered arrangements of drum machinery, sequencer, fretless bass, grey sky guitar, saxophone, and FX, anchored by Riki’s singular voice, alternately widescreen and wounded, yearning beyond time for ecstasies both fleeting and forever: “Thought I knew you, but you’ve gone far away / it’s not in your nature to stay / but the thought that I need you, grows stronger every day / the colors begin / to change.”

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Narrow Head

Satisfaction [Purple LP]

Vinyl: $42.99 UNAVAILABLE

Narrow Head’s debut full-length record Satisfaction is available once again on vinyl for the first time since its initial release in 2016. Reissued by Run For Cover, this version of the album includes updated album art and a limited color vinyl release. While the band offered a handful of one-off singles and demos prior toSatisfaction’s release, this record offers a perfect introduction to the Houston band’s world.

Revisiting Satisfaction after the release of last year’s 12th House Rock finds this younger version of the band honing in their signature blend melody, heaviness and atmosphere. Leadoff track “Necrosis” immediately recalls the heaviness of genre fore-bearers like touring partners Quicksand, while standout song “Cool In Motion” kicks off with what feels like an all-time alt-rock hook before disintegrating into an airy and melodic full-band jam.

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sir Was

Let The Morning Come [LP]

Vinyl: $22.98 Buy

2020 was supposed to be Wästberg's big year. Still riding high from the release of his second album as sir Was '2019"s Holding On To A Dream ' the Swedish multi-instrumentalist was booked to open for Little Dragon across Europe and the US. When the tour was cancelled due to COVID, he decided to channel all his energies into writing new music instead, but in August of 2020, he received some life-changing news. Tests revealed he carried the gene for a rare, hereditary condition causing multiple strokes. This dichotomy lies at the heart of his beautifully bittersweet third LP. Meditating on love, growth, self-acceptance, forgiveness, mortality and the passing of time, Let The Morning Come, which arrives self-produced by Joel, contains his most candid writing to date. And yet, for all the heartache that comes with being cruelly confronted with one's own mortality, the prevailing impression Wästberg leaves listeners with is one of hope, resulting in a collection that is life-affirming in the very truest sense.

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Ka Baird & Pekka Airaksinen

FRKWYS Vol. 17: Hungry Shells [LP]

Vinyl: $27.98 Buy

Hungry Shells, the seventeenth entry in RVNG Intl.’s intergenerational collaborations series FRKWYS, brings together vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and sound artist Ka Baird with avant-garde composer and radical performance art pioneer Pekka Airaksinen. Recorded six months before Pekka’s passing,Hungry Shells alchemizes separate but similar spiritualistic practices, canvassing Baird’s voice and synthesizer rituals and Airaksinen’s lysergic sound explorations into startling, surreal landscapes.

Pekka Airaksinen, who left this realm for another in May 2019, is recognized as a pioneering composer both in and outside his native Finland’s fringe art community. A founding member of the late 60s art and music collectiveThe Sperm, Airaksinen discovered Buddhism in the early 1970s, eventually establishing a number of meditation centers around Finland.Throughout his career Airaksinen embraced a degree of obscurity and anonymity that was inspired by his Buddhist learnings, and afforded him complete creative freedom. Ashe explained, “The less success you have, the more time there is to develop things.”

Ka Baird, who found her musical footing in Chicago playing inSpires That In The Sunset Rise before moving to New York to pursue her solo career, has developed a practice based in forms of active and engaged embodiment. Inspired b yCharlemagne Palestine’s Body Music, Baird’s performances explore physical extremes as a catalyst for charged immediacy and presence. “I’m interested in the places between precision and something unrestrained,” she toldThe Wire in 2019.Drawing on minimalism’s ecstatic deployment of duration and endurance, her recordings explore the outer limit sounds of her voice and its synthesis with developing music technology.

Airaksinen and Baird convened in Utrecht in the fall of 2018 to write, rehearse, and record Hungry Shells ahead of a performance at the Dutch festival institution Le Guess Who? Sessions took place between contemplative walks along the city’s medieval canals, and, for Airaksinen, lengthy meditations in his hotel room. Early on in the trip, Pekka shared ODO with Ka, a collection of Buddhist parables that he divinely received while meditating. After translating several of these texts from Finnish to English the duo used them as text for the album, and a sort of psychic foundation.

On Hungry Shells, Airaksinen and Baird embrace the creative potential within ritualistic or meditative states. Manifesting as stylistic touchstones from both artists’ oeuvre and, ultimately, an innovative discourse, the artists’ voices thread like a golden, mystical rope throughout the album. This merging of musical voices creates the character of this collaboration: a limitless form without ego, dismantling our frame of reality to reveal  a portrait of true peace. Hungry Shellsadds one last, unique hue to Airaksinen’s spectral, unconventional fifty year discography, and sets a stage for Baird to preserve her mentor and collaborator’s legacy and promote the concept that transformation truly defies time.

Ka Baird and Pekka Airaksinen’s Hungry Shells, FRKWYS Vol. 17, will be released in vinyl and digital editions on October 22, 2021.Mastered byRashad Becker, the album features an artist essay from Baird, and poetry and cover artwork from Airaksinen. On behalf of Ka and Pekka’s estate, a portion of the proceeds from this release will benefit Nepal Art House, a non-profit art school that provides free art and cultural education toNepalese children who have limited resources and opportunities.

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B.B. King

Indianola Mississippi Seeds [Translucent Red Audiophile Limited Anniversary Edition LP]

Vinyl: $34.98 Buy

MP3 Album: $7.99 Download

The B.B. King - Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins Celebrate 5 Decades Of His Masterpiece. Impeccably Mastered From The ABC Bluesway /Universal Music Tapes By Joe Reagoso (Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles). Striking Original Gatefold Cover Art Not Seen In Decades. Features B.B. King Classics: "Chains & Things" "Hummingbird" "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother" "You're Still My Woman" & "Ask Me No Questions". Featured Musicians: B.B King, Leon Russell, Carole King, Joe Walsh, Russ Kunkel, Bryan Garofalo, Gerald Jemmott, Hugh McCrackin, Merry Clayton, Clydie King, Shirlie Matthews & Vannetta Fields
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Wet Leg

Chaise Longue [Vinyl Single]

Vinyl: $11.98 UNAVAILABLE

Amidst a night of hazy scenes in their native Isle of Wight, Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers found themselves at the summit of a Ferris wheel. They decided to start a band. The band is called Wet Leg. Arming themselves with guitars, a penchant for French disco, effervescent imaginations and a shared love of the The Ronettes and Jane Birkin, through to Ty Segall and Bjork, they set about making some recordings of their own. Enter their debut single, Chaise Longue.

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Richard Dawson & Circle

Henki [2LP]

Vinyl: $33.98 UNAVAILABLE

Henki is the epic joint record from Richard Dawson, the diminutive Geordie troubadour, and Circle, the genre-straddling pioneers of The New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal. Unlike any metal album you have heard before, Henki's seven tracks deal with special plants throughout history, making it the greatest flora-themed hypno-folk-metal record you'll hear this year.

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Danzig

Sings Elvis [Pink & Black Haze LP]

Vinyl: $32.98 Buy

Fresh new pressing of the now world famous studio album from punk/metal icon and powerhouse vocalist Glenn Danzig paying tribute to Elvis Presley! Features 14 unforgettable interpretations of well-known Elvis classics and unheralded deep cuts that will thrill fans of both of these kings of rock music! Highlights include Danzig's sinister take on "Fever" and a truly haunting version of "Always On My Mind!" Now available in PINK & BLACK HAZE!

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Steve Earle

I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive [Limited Edition Cherry Red LP]

Vinyl: $28.98 Buy

This is a first time color vinyl pressing of the anticipated follow up to the Grammy® Award-winning 2009 release Townes titled, I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive . This 11-track set was produced by T-Bone Burnett and was Earle's first collection of original material since his 2007 Grammy® Award-winning album, Washington Square Serenade. The album includes the celebrated song" This City," written for the HBO Original Series, TREMÉ, which Earle also appeared in as an actor. "This City" features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and has garnered a Grammy® Award Nomination in the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Category. Other highlights include the ballad "Every Part of Me" and the ode to those who make their living on The Gulf Of Mexico.

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Steve Earle

Washington Square Serenade [Limited Edition Metallic Gold LP]

Vinyl: $28.98 Buy

This is a limited edition Metallic Gold vinyl pressing. This is the first time this record has been pressed on color vinyl.

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Corrosion Of Conformity

No Cross No Crown [Limited Edition Beer 2LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 Buy

For over three decades Corrosion of Conformity (COC) has been setting the standard when it comes to heavy music. The band's early records, "Eye for an Eye" (1984) and "Animosity" (1985), were influenced by punk pioneers Black Flag, Minor Threat and others. But they also were clearly influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and other British metal bands that were beginning to take hold in the US. North America 2021 repress, limited to 1,500 worldwide
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Insane Clown Posse

Yum Yum Bedlam

CD: $16.98 Buy

2021 release, the 16th studio album by horrorcore duo Insane Clown Posse. The album is the fifth Joker Card in the second Deck of the Dark Carnival Saga. Features the single "Wretched".
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Big Wreck

Big Wreck 7.1 EP

CD: $13.99 UNAVAILABLE

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