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Music Releases 11-19-21

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U2

Achtung Baby: 30th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]

Vinyl: $48.98 Buy

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A limited-edition black vinyl release of the Grammy-award winning U2 album Achtung Baby, to celebrate its 30th Anniversary.

Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and recorded between Berlin’s Hansa Studios and various locations in Dublin, Achtung Baby was released to critical acclaim in 1991 & is regarded as one of U2’s most seminal albums. The album featured five singles: ‘The Fly’, ‘Mysterious Ways’, ‘One’, ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ and ‘Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses’.

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U2 - Achtung Baby: 30th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]
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Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Teaser And The Firecat: 50th Anniversary [Super Deluxe Edition 4CD/1Blu-ray/2LP/7in Box Set]

Vinyl: $299.98 Buy

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Yusuf/Cat Stevens celebrates 1971's landmark album with this 4CD, Blu-ray, 2LP, and 7" set in a rigid clamshell box. It includes the 50th Anniversary remaster of the album on CD/Blu-ray HD Audio completed at Abbey Road by the original producer, Paul Samwell-Smith. Featuring 41 previously unreleased demos, sessions, live tracks, and 21 unreleased TV performances. Plus, an illustrated 108-pg essay book, a 44-pg replica of the original "Teaser And The Firecat" book, and a 7" single of "Moonshadow."

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Teaser And The Firecat: 50th Anniversary [Super Deluxe Edition 4CD/1Blu-ray/2LP/7in Box Set]
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Andy Shauf

Wilds [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Blue LP]

Vinyl: $25.98 Buy

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Few artists are storytellers as deft and disarmingly observational as Andy Shauf. The Toronto-based, Saskatchewan-raised musician’s songs unfold like short fiction: they’re densely layered with colorful characters and a rich emotional depth. Like he’s done throughout his career, Shauf wrote, performed, arranged, and produced every song on his new album Wilds at his studio space in the west end of Toronto.

Over the course of a year-and-a-half, Shauf had written more than 50 songs, and pared down this massive body of work, into a single album’s worth of material, which became 2020’s highly acclaimed The Neon Skyline album. These songs focused on a theme by intertwining the individual characters stories of a group of friends who gathered for one night at the same local bar. Wilds includes songs from those same writing sessions, that did not fit into the Skyline storyline and had their own singular identity apart from that album, though he does revisit with his old friends Judy and Jeremy in this outing.

Andy Shauf - Wilds [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Blue LP]
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Twenty One Pilots

Scaled And Icy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

2021 release. Written and largely produced by Tyler Joseph in isolation over the course of the past year at his home studio, with Josh Dun engineering the album's drums from across the country, Scaled And Icy is the product of long-distance virtual sessions and finds the duo processing their upended routines along with the prevailing emotions of 2020 - anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and doubt. The duo had to forgo their normal studio sessions but reached a new of level of introspection in the process, adopting a more imaginative and bold approach to their songwriting. The result is a collection of songs that push forward through setbacks and focus on the possibilities worth remembering.

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Cold War Kids

New Age Norms 3 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Green LP]

Vinyl: $26.98 Buy

2021 release, the third installment in the band's New Age Norms series. Over their career, Cold War Kids have fielded music's seismic shifts while simultaneously sticking to their own game plan. Over the course of more than a dozen releases - including studio albums, multiple EPs, and a live album, non-stop tours and the festival circuit's biggest stages, massive radio, sales and streaming successes, the band has become a major part of the modern landscape. Their album New Age Norms 3 is the next chapter with the approach of taking apart the idea of what the band is and just trying to take the doors off a bit to see where it can go.

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The Tragically Hip

Road Apples: 30th Anniversary [5 LP/Blu-ray]

Vinyl: $179.98 Buy

30th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic albums from The Tragically Hip. Contains 5LPs including the remastered Road Apples album, Saskadelphia, Live at the Roxy Los Angeles, May 3, 1991 and unreleased demos, outtakes & alternate versions. Blu-ray contains Dolby Atmos, 7.1, 5.1, and binaural mixes by Richard Chycki of Road Apples, and 5 cuts from Saskadelphia. Also includes a 36-page booklet, a 1991 24'x 37' promo poster, never-before-seen photos, original lyrics, essays, and more.

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Beach Fossils

The Other Side of Life: Piano Ballads

CD: $12.98 Buy

Inspired by a love of artists such as Bill Evans, Lester Young, Chet Baker and Vince Guaraldi, Dustin Payseurre imagines some of his greatest hits from the Beach Fossils catalog alongside a group of formally trained jazz musicians. A rich and mellow mix of piano, saxophone, upright bass and brushed drums explore the contours of familiar songs, soaring Payseur’s melancholic harmonies to new heights.

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Willie Nelson

The Willie Nelson Family

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The Willie Nelson Family finds Willie joined in his Pedernales Studios by a host of his family members and extended family of long-time band members, performing songs that they have performed for much of their lives. Sister Bobbie, sons Lukas and Micah, and daughters Amy and Paula all contribute plus band members Mickey Raphael, Kevin Smith and Billy and Paul English. Produced by Willie and Steve Chadie and shaped around a setlist of 12 favorite spirit-driven songs from the Nelson Family repertoire, the album draws on deep Americana (including A.P. Carter's "Keep It On The Sunnyside" and the traditional hymn "In The Garden") while celebrating classic songwriting from Hank Williams ("I Saw The Light") and Kris Kristofferson ("Why Me") to George Harrison ("All Things Must Pass") and Willie Nelson (who penned half of the album's compositions). Willie's son Lukas (who fronts his own band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) sings lead vocals on two of the album's tracks--"All Things Must Pass" and "Keep It On The Sunnyside"--while sharing lead vocals with Willie on "I Saw the Light," "I Thought About You, Lord" and "Why Me." These songs represent the final recordings Willie made with his longtime drummer and pal Paul English who was Willie’s drummer for over 50 years before he passed away in February 2020.

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Steve Earle & The Dukes

Guy [Limited Edition Red and Orange Swirl 2LP]

Vinyl: $31.98 Buy

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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Eagles Of Death Metal

EDOM Presents: A Boots Electric Christmas

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2021 holiday release. Eagles of Death Metal arrive just in time for the holidays with six new recordings to fill your holiday spirit! "Just a few songs to warm your heart during Christmas time. I hope you like them. May Christmas bring peace to you all. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, I love you, and God bless you all." - Jesse Hughes.
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Ladyhawke

Time Flies [DigiPack on Recycled Card]

CD: $13.98 Buy

The 11 track studio album titled 'Time Flies' will be released by Mid Century Records under exclusive license to BMG. 

Time Flies, is an extraordinary collection that fuses intimate subject matter and upbeat guitar-led rock with irresistibly catchy electronic elements. In the half decade since her acclaimed 2016 album Wild Things, Pip has gone through a personal transformation. 

Pip has openly struggled with mental health, anxiety and depression for a long time and, after dealing with severe postnatal depression + a serious skin cancer condition which has thankfully seen a full recovery, was able to successfully procure the right balance of therapy & medication which is so individually specific. When she embarked on writing songs for this new record in 2019, there was a sense of freedom in the work. “I was feeling pretty grateful to be alive and making music, so I felt like I didn’t ‘care’ anymore - not in a bad way, I just stopped overthinking it.”

Time Flies was produced with a host of incredible collaborators including, LA songwriter and producer Tommy English (K.Flay, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kacey Musgraves, Adam Lambert, Broods etc), Auckland based Josh Fountain (Leisure, Benee),  Jeremy Toy (Leonard Charles, She’s So Rad) , Sydney's Chris Stracey (Bag Raiders, Paloma Faith, Diplo.) and  Jono Sloan (Empire Of The Sun, PNAU) 

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Ray Charles

True Genius [2LP]

Vinyl: $32.98 Buy

Ray Charles is both one of the most iconic artists of all time as well as one of the hardest to define by genre. At the beginning of his career, he was dubbed the Genius of Soul for boldly combining traditional R&B with Gospel music and giving birth to Soul music. Yet this momentous musical accomplishment was just the beginning of a five-decade career in which he uniquely succeeded in virtually every genre. Ray's unique mastery of music allowed him to continue to explore all forms of music, freely floating between jazz, blues, pop, rock, soul and country while continuing to combine them in new, unprecedented ways. This two (2) disc vinyl collection illustrates the many musical "sides" of Ray by focusing each album side on some of the broader genre categories he visited most.
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Geographer

Down And Out In The Garden Of Earthly Delights

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Geographer captured the interests of many over the last ten years through his unique indie-pop/rock sonic scapes that have solidified his sound. The solo project for Mike Deni, Geographer, is constantly evolving and reinventing his music, which began as an outlet for Deni after his sister's tragic death; born from a place of grief but ultimately capturing the optimism that is inherent to persevering through life. He continues his quest in music exploration with his new album 'Down and Out in the Garden of Earthly Delights' - which he was inspired to name after moving to LA from SF: "Everything feels possible here. Everything should be wonderful. That's the vibe of LA: You've made it to paradise! You should be really happy... and then nobody is. There's a lot of darkness - you have to sift through everything to find your own path." On the track "Giving In," Deni pours his heart out, shortly written after a tough breakup, equating the loss to being "Like when you hear a ringing in your ears and that's the last time you'll ever hear that frequency." The beautiful ballad shows off his pure vocal tone and features a gorgeous string arrangement from Daniel Hart (film composer: 'A Ghost Story' [David Lowery], St. Vincent). Deni's song "Get There Soon" was synced to an episode of the new season of Hulu's 'Love, Victor' & the "Verona (Stripped)" version of his iconic song was also featured in the CW show 'Republic of Sarah.'
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Grateful Dead

Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71 [5LP]

Vinyl: $119.98 Buy

Complete, previously unreleased performance by the Grateful Dead on 180-Gram Vinyl with 10th Side Custom Etching, Limited Edition of 12,000. Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction, with mastering by Jeffrey Norman, Produced for release by David Lemieux.

One of the shortest-lived iterations of the Grateful Dead was the band that existed December 1971 through March 1972. Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill, Pigpen, and Keith formed a formidable version of the Dead that only played a few shows together before Donna Jean joined as vocalist, and before Pigpen would depart the stage for good in June 1972. What this sextet lacked in quantity of shows it made up for with creativeness, power, and inspiration. When Pigpen rejoined the Dead on December 1, 1971, after a few months off during which Keith had joined as piano player, the band was now an unstoppably powerful live juggernaut it hadn't been since the height of the Primal Dead era in late 1968-1969. Widely considered one of the best shows from the Pigpen-Keith era of the Grateful Dead, December 10, 1971 in St. Louis has it all: Pigpen singing lead on four songs including an 18 minute version of Good Lovin' and a very rare performance of Run Rudolph Run; a deep dive into the Dead's psychedelic recent past with a monster version of The Other One; plus plenty of the new material from earlier in 1971 like Bertha, Loser, Sugaree, and Playing In The Band. They also hit upon much of the music that would appear the following year on Europe '72, such as Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Mr. Charlie, and One More Saturday Night. And no Dead show of this vintage would be complete without the "hits": Truckin', Sugar Magnolia, and Casey Jones all make appearances. This is truly one of the deepest, most dynamic, exciting, and accessible live shows in the entire Grateful Dead canon.

Grateful Dead/Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO (12/10/71) [Live](5LP)

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Converge

Bloodmoon: I

CD: $11.98 Buy

“We wanted to do something grander than the typical four-piece Converge music.”

That’s CONVERGE vocalist Jacob Bannon talking about the seed of inspiration that eventually bloomed into BLOODMOON:I, the new collaborative album created by the legendary hardcore band alongside dark songstress Chelsea Wolfe, her bandmate/writing partner Ben Chisholm and Cave In vocalist/guitarist Steve Brodsky.

What began as a mutual admiration society between festival bands has grown into a collaborative project featuring the indie music scene’s finest song writers. Harrowing and atmospheric, triumphant and melodious, BLOODMOON:I is CONVERGE as you’ve never heard them before. Produced by Kurt Ballou at his God City Studio.

“It’s hard to find new ways to be creative, but I think we’ve been good at sort of forcing ourselves to do that,” Ballou says. “And this project is no exception. Getting Steve and Chelsea and Ben to contribute with us, we were kind of playing musical Cupid with all of them. But we had a feeling that if we got this group of people together, something powerful would come out of it.”

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Swallow The Sun

Moonflowers [2LP/CD]

Vinyl: $39.98 PREORDER

At 52-minutes, Moonflowers is an eight-song affair that drives deep into the heart of Swallow the Sun main songwriter Juha Raivio's disconsolate soul. From the dramatic "Enemy" and the grim "This House Has No Home" to the delicate "Moonflowers Bloom in Misery" and the beauteous "The Fight of Your Life," Moonflowers is as rewarding and dynamic as it is accomplished and intimate. Gatefold vinyl 2LP + CD-set.
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Ultra Q

Get Yourself A Friend EP

CD: $9.98 Buy

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Deap Vally

Marriage

CD: $13.98 Buy

Being in a band is like being in a marriage: sometimes it’s magical, sometimes it’s unbearably challenging. To reinvigorate that marriage, Deap Vally have made their third album a genre-bending experiment with new collaborators and instrumentation that push the limits of what has previously defined the duo - Marriage is their musical Rumspringa, if you will. The album sees Julie and Lindsey break free of the rigid creative constraints within which they previously existed (two members, two instruments, two voices) and invite in collaborators such as KT Tunstall, Peaches, Jennie Vee and jennylee, as well as a range of producers including Allen Salmon, Josiah Mazzaschi and Harvey Mason Jr.

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Jamie Cullum

The Pianoman At Christmas [LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 UNAVAILABLE

MP3 Album: $9.99 Download

Triple Platinum-selling singer/songwriter and pianist Jamie Cullum returns with his holiday big-band album, The Pianoman At Christmas. Jamie’s most expansive album to date spans 10 original songs, features 57 musicians and was recorded at the hallowed Abbey Road Studios. With production by Greg Wells (Adele, Dua Lipa), the album is sure to become a timeless Christmas staple.

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Various Artists

Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Volume 2 [8CD Book Set with Bonus 12in Single]

CD: $149.99 UNAVAILABLE
Celebrating The 50th Anniversary In 2021 Of The Hugely Influential Philadelphia International Records. United Souls, In Conjunction With Legacy Recordings, The Catalogue Division Of Sony Music Entertainment, Is Delighted To Celebrate The 50th Anniversary Of Philadelphia International Records With It's Eagerly-Anticipated Release Of Volume 2 In This Special Series: Satisfaction Guaranteed - The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Vol 2. Following On From The Huge Acclaim For The First Volume 'Get On Board The Soul Train', The Second Volume In This Highly Sought After Limited Edition Series Covers Eight Albums Released By The Label During One Of It's Vital And Most Productive Years, 1973. Featuring Albums From Billy Paul, Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, The Three Degrees, The Intruders, Spiritual Concept As Well As One Of The Most Successful O'Jays' Titles, 'Ship Ahoy', This Collection Showcases A Label On A Meteoric Rise To Capture The Soul Of A Nation. The Series, In Which All Albums Are Re-Mastered From The Original Tapes, Maps The History Of Philadelphia International Records (PIR) Chronologically. Housed In A Stylish 48 Page Slip-Cased Book. It Also Includes A Numbered Certificate Of Authenticity, An Exclusive 12" Single Featuring Two Of The Central Stars Of The Philly Story And A Unique Poster. The Detailed 48 Page Hard Cover Book, Including Rare Photographs, Was Compiled And Curated In Association With PIR Artists, Engineers And Producers, With Liner Notes By Tony Cummings (Author Of 'The Sound Of Philadelphia') And A Foreword By Ralph Tee. Satisfaction Guaranteed - The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Vol 2 Is Released As A Deluxe 8CD Book Set With Bonus 12" Single Via United Souls.
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André Rieu / Johann Strauss Orchestra

Happy Together [Deluxe CD/DVD]

CD: $29.98 Buy

Deluxe CD/DVD edition. Andre Rieu presents his new album, Happy Together - a wonderful and emotional "ode to joy" celebrating the return to life, happiness, and love! For this new album, Andre has personally chosen his favorite songs from all over the world. Fans can look forward to many classics like "Happy Together," "You Are My Sunshine," "Valencia," "Estudiantina," and more. The Dutch King of Waltz is excited to delight millions of fans around the world once again!
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Whiskey Class

Whiskey Class EP [Vinyl]

Vinyl: $19.98 Buy

On their sophomore release, Whiskey Class channels their fear of growth and change with six brand new songs.  The EP was written, produced and recorded in Patrick and Liz's bedrooms over the last year and a half. Tight grooves, layered harmonies and soul soothing vibrations bring the songs to life.

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Various Artists

Motown: A Symphony Of Soul (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

CD: $13.95 Buy

Motown: A Symphony Of Soul features some of Motown’s best known and loved singles now reimagined with new orchestration by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Also included are some beautiful new guest vocalist versions that sit alongside the original vocals laid down over 50 years ago. Beverley Knight joins Marvin Gaye on the seminal “Abraham, Martin & John” and Mica Paris joins Jimmy Ruffin on “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted.”

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Mike Adams at His Honest Weight

Oscillate Wisely: 10th Anniversary Edition [2CD]

CD: $15.98 Buy

For ten years now, I've understood "Oscillate Wisely" as a play on the Smiths' instrumental "Oscillate Wildly"-itself, of course, a pun on Morrissey's muse, Oscar Wilde. This is not to say that anything about Mike Adams and his band reminds me of the Smiths (especially Morrissey), as much as the idea that rock bands like Mike Adams At His Honest Weight take shape more or less as a thesaurus of past ideas-winking at them, borrowing them like a library book, checking them out from across the room, cloning them.But the best stuff is more ineffable, far more than just cut-and-paste. There's a weird grandeur to Adams' music, starting with that fully formed, geekily majestic 2011 debut LP Oscillate Wisely, that I don't hear in anything else, before or since. A sense that Adams is guiding his listeners toward a cosmic joke so personal, so inscrutable, so funny ("funny"), if you give him your attention. It's in his blood, I think. He's not Oscar Wilde, but a uniquely Midwestern type of deeply sincere romantic and dyed-in-the-wool goofball cast from the mold of Hoosier icons like Letterman and Vonnegut. He doesn't want to believe in anything, he didn't create this body, he loves a parade. It's all in fun, but it gets so personal. Onstage, Adams is gregarious and playfully self-effacing, a college town denizen telescoping backwards to the brief early 90s moment when "college rock" entered the corporate suite, and performers forced to become showmen retreated to the comfort of their native tongue: irony. And Oscillate Wisely has demonstrated for a decade that earnestness and sarcasm are as intricately bound in rock and roll's lingua franca as hang-ups and chill hangs. I've never heard any musician summon everything I love about being from Indiana so perfectly. And I'm fucking old.- Eric Harvey
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