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Buffalo Tom [Birdbrain (30th anniversary/green vinyl)]

October 9 street date. Beggars Arkive is excited to announce a limited edition 30- year Anniversary edition of Buffalo Tom's epic second album "Birdbrain". Available on mint green vinyl, the album has been out of print for years. Buffalo Tom (Bill Janovitz, Chris Colbourn, and Tom Maginnis) formed at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1984 - a breeding ground of post-punk guitar bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Pixies. Their friendship with J. Mascis helped the band's career take off by assisting with the production on the band's first two albums. Since "Birdbrain"'s release 30 years ago, many songs from the album have become live favourites. According to Trouser Press, "Birdbrain" boasts most of Buffalo Tom's best songs.
Butler, Will [Generations (Peak Vinyl indie shop version/colour)]

September 25 street date. In the five years since Will Butler released his debut album, "Policy", he's toured the world both solo and as a member of Arcade Fire, released the "Friday Night" live album, recorded and released Arcade Fire's international #1 album "Everything Now", earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, hosted a series of touring town halls on local issues (police contracts, prison reform, municipal paid sick leave, voting rights), and spent time raising his three children. He also found the time and inspiration to write and record a new album, "Generations". While the songs on "Generations" contain their fair share of dread and regret, there is ultimately a lightness that shines through Butler's music. The band's electricity is palpable throughout "Generations", with the bulk of the new songs having been worked out live. "Generations" opens a dialogue with the world. It posits answers - and deals with those answers being refuted. Ultimately, it navigates the conversation as a way to find the truth... or at least a way forward.
Deradoorian [Find the Sun]

Please note new street date: September 18. Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and sonic visionary Angel Deradoorian has never shied away from testing aural and conceptual boundaries in her work. Fusing elements of indie rock, world music, and dance rhythms, Deradoorian launched a solo career after making a name for herself collaborating with notable acts Dirty Projectors, Avey Tare of Animal Collective, and Flying Lotus. Deradoorian has released two full-length solo albums, Mind Raft in 2010 (Lovepump United) and The Expanding Flower Planet in 2015 (Anticon). Her music is a fusion of riveting vocals co-mingling with various of instruments – a true testament to an artist who found new depths both within herself and in her process through allowing herself to be driven entirely by instinct. Now signed with ANTI- records, Deradoorian is set to release her third album Find The Sun on May 22.
Elevator [August Extra (2LP/colour)]

Please note new street date: September 25. Blue Fog Recordings offers a newly remastered version of the final album by Moncton's heavy true psychedelic gem known as Elevator. Originally released as a single LP in 2004, this new version comes with second full album of unreleased tracks from the original sessions! Pressed on fancy coloured vinyl with a nice gatefold jacket and inner sleeves containing lots of additional artwork. Elevator started as a side outlet for Eric's Trip songwriter/singer/guitarist Rick White when he released the first Elevator To Hell LP with Sub Pop in 1995. Soon becoming a full band, they released more albums with Sub Pop and others before creating Blue Fog Recordings for two final albums in 2002 and 2004. The original and only vinyl pressing of "August" remains very rare and sought after, so it's a pleasure for Blue Fog to have created this special new package for fans.
Future Islands [As Long As You Are (petrol blue/indie shop version)]

October 9 street date. Future Islands' sixth album "As Long As You Are" looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close. "As Long As You Are" also signals a new era for Future Islands. Drummer Mike Lowry officially joins as a fully-fledged member and songwriter bolstering the founding trio of William Cashion, Samuel T. Herring and Gerrit Welmers. Together, the four-piece took on official production duties for the first time, co-producing "As Long As You Are" with engineer Steve Wright at his Wrightway Studios in Baltimore. Their brand of new wave synth-pop full of bright melodies and heavenly choruses is as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career.
Garzon-Montano, Gabriel [Agüita]

October 2 street date. On Gabriel Garzón-Montano's new record, there are no outside producers. No ghostwriters.No gimmicks. No games. Nadie más. Just Gabriel. This will come as no surprise to those who've followed GGM since 2014's "Bishouné: Alma Del Huila", the critically-lauded, self-produced EP that put him on the map, and served as sample fodder for a handful of popular music's most iconic artists. His follow-up LP, 2017's "Jardin", melded classical and folkloric instruments with r&b, hip-hop, and cumbia, proving once again that Gabriel is totally comfortable making transformative, funky, cathartic records all by himself. "Agüita", his first release for Jagjaguwar, is a sequence of impossibly diverse offerings ranging from trap anthems to string-drenched art pop ballads - a prismatic self-portrait, personal and universal all at once. "Agüita" stands as the strongest installment thus far in a series of alarmingly sincere, sensationally profound works, from an artist who has sought not only to challenge established preconceptions and categories, but to expose their ultimate unworthiness.
Hot Chip [Late Night Tales (2LP-180g)]

October 2 street date. UK electronic artpop outfit Hot Chip provide the perfect antidote to these strange and uncertain times with the latest release in the hugely popular LateNightTales artist-curated series. Along with featuring new music from the band, they have selected music from some of the most engaging artists of the 21st century, taking in pulsating electronic rhythms, hypnotic grooves and leftfield ambience. Artists include Matthew Bourne, Nils Frahm, Fever Ray, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and many more. The 2LP edition is pressed on double 180 gram virgin vinyl and includes 30cm art print and download codes for MP3 / FLAC / WAV.
Lenker, Adrianne [Songs And Instrumentals (2LP)]

October 23 street date. Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker's "songs and instrumentals" are two distinct collections, both written and recorded in April after Big Thief's March tour was abruptly cut short due to coronavirus. After returning to the states from Europe, Lenker decamped to a one room cabin in the mountains of western Massachusetts. With a hankering to capture the feel of the space, Lenker enlisted the help of engineer Philip Weinrobe, gathering a mass of tape machines, a binaural head, and a pile of XLR cables. Nine of these songs were written freshly during the recording session. Lenker and Phil began and closed each day with an improvised acoustic guitar instrumental, later making a collage of their favorite pieces, which became the first side of the instrumentals album. This recording is 100% analog-analog-analog (AAA). No digital process was used in the production of this sound recording. The album's stunning artwork are watercolor paintings done by Adrianne's grandmother, Diane Lee.
Lily, Fenne [BREACH]

September 18 street date. Isolation is nothing new for Fenne Lily - in fact, she's written an album of songs all about it. "BREACH", her Dead Oceans debut written during a period of self-enforced isolation pre-COVID, is an expansive, diaristic, frequently sardonic record that deals with the mess and the catharsis of entering your 20s and finding peace while being alone. Fenne was born in London and moved to Dorset as a toddler, where she grew up in the picturesque English countryside. Her mother gifted Fenne with her old record collection, through which she discovered her love for T. Rex and The Velvet Underground and Nico. Soon after she fell for the strange genius of PJ Harvey and came to worship Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, and the richly crafted worlds of Feist, which inspired Fenne to pick up a guitar. Her debut album, self-released in 2018, organically found a large audience online, which grew after she opened for Lucy Dacus and Andy Shauf's North American tours last spring. Where "On Hold" grappled with love and relationships, "BREACH" digs deeper into Fenne herself.
Mina Tindle [SISTER]

October 9 street date. The third full-length from Mina Tindle, aka Parisian singer/songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Pauline De Lassus. "SISTER" is an album populated by mythic creatures of all kinds: lions on parade, lovers turned to cannibals, kings and Sirens and women with wings. Like any great fabulist, she threads her storytelling with a fragile wisdom, revealing essential truths about all the danger and wildness within the human heart. With each moment elevated by her spellbinding vocal work - a gift she's shown in recording and touring as a singer for The National (she is married to The National's Bryce Dessner) - "SISTER" ultimately makes for a transportive listen, at turns impossibly dreamlike and profoundly illuminating. Mostly made in New York City with producer Thomas Bartlett (Yoko Ono, Florence + the Machine), the album's elegant detail balances the odd magic of the songs with a fierce emotional realism. The album closes out with a stark rendition of "Is Anything Wrong" by Lhasa De Sela, the late artist whom De Lassus names among her most enduring influences. Mina Tindle's version originally featured as part of a tribute to the late singer that she conceived and organized in 2019 with another of her longtime heroes Canadian singer Leslie Feist.
Mould, Bob [Blue Hearts (Peak Vinyl indie shop version)]

September 25 street date. In 2019, Bob Mould bucked the era’s despair with his melodic, upbeat album Sunshine Rock. Cut to spring 2020, and he has this to say: “We’re really in deep shit now.” That sentiment informs his new full-length album, Blue Hearts, the raging-but-catchy yin to Sunshine Rock’s yang. Mould experienced deja vu writing Blue Hearts in the fall of 2019. “Where it started to go in my head is back to a spot that I’ve been in before,” he says. “And that was the fall of 1983.” Back then, Mould was a self-described “22-year-old closeted gay man” touring with the legendary Hüsker Dü and seeing an epidemic consume his community. Leaders were content to let AIDS kill a generation. Mould later realized why his mind wandered back there for Blue Hearts. “We have a charismatic, telegenic, say-anything leader being propped up by evangelicals,” he says. “These fuckers tried to kill me once. They didn’t do it. They scared me. I didn’t do enough. Guess what? I’m back, and we’re back here again. And I’m not going to sit quietly this time and worry about alienating anyone.” Recorded at the famed Electrical Audio in Chicago with Beau Sorenson engineering and Mould producing, Blue Hearts nods to Mould’s past while remaining firmly planted in the issues of the day. Acoustic opener “Heart on My Sleeve” catalogues the ravages of climate change. “Next Generation” worries for who comes next. “American Crisis” references “Evangelical ISIS” and features this dagger of a line: “Pro-life, pro-life until you make it in someone else’s wife.” That feels right for an explosive, hook-laden album like Blue Hearts. Only there’s nothing forgettable about it.
NOFX [The Decline Live From Red Rocks]

September 25 street date. It has been more than 20 years since NOFX released arguably one of the most important (and looooooongest) song in punk rock history. While the world was a very different place way back in 1999, "The Decline" is still just as relevant (if not more-so) today. After years of teasing to release a live version of this nearly 20 minutes opus in its entirety, the time has finally come. NOFX is ready to unleash "The Decline Live at Red Rocks". The song was played at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater alongside a full orchestra (Baz and his Orchestra)! NOFX fans have longed for the day they would get to hear this elusive live track, and now they get it from the comfort of their living room. If that wasn't enough, also included is a brand new unreleased song on the b-side! Fans will be clamoring to get their hands on this one.
Osees [Protean Threat]

September 18 street date. The follow-up to the prog mastercraft that was The Oh Sees' "Face Stabber". The Osees is the latest iteration of John Dwyer's ever changing, impossible-to-describe band. Castle Face offers this field recording, the Osees' "Protean Threat", from the pits as a quick booster between protein pills and recycled sweat beverage anthems to assist the listener to not worship at the altar of violence and greed, to not offer oneself up for free, to stand up and be vigilant! Truth will not be found in the speeches and photo ops of the overlords - stand strong and together under the gaze of the oppressors. This recording is at the apogee of scuzz - punk anthem amulets for the ears and heart, a battery for one's core.
Ozric Tentacles [Space For The Earth (180g)]

October 9 street date. Written, programmed, recorded and produced throughout 2019/20 by Ed Wynne in ‘Blue Bubble Studios’ by the sea, this exploratory and diverse musical adventure comprises seven new tracks spanning 45 minutes. Inspired by the Scottish hills, valleys and beaches surrounding his studio, Wynne feels that lockdown in a strange kind of way has provided ‘Space For The Earth’ to breathe for a while and for people to rediscover its resonant healing frequency. Ozrics' synth player Silas Neptune and drummer Balázs Szende join forces again with Wynne on the album which also features special guest appearances from former members synth player Joie Hinton, drummer Nick Van Gelder, flautist Champignon and percussionist Paul Hankin. Psychedelic voyager Gracerooms also contributes additional synth layers. The album artwork was inspired directly by these seven tracks and realised by arboreal artist Kitty (Twisty-Trees) with help from Ed and cosmic artist Ivy.
Savage, Sean Nicholas [Life Is Crazy]

October 2 street date. "Life Is Crazy", the accurately titled new record from Edmontonian Sean Nicholas Savage, is unlike anything we've heard from the cult balladeer. No drums or bass on the album, the accompaniment consists strictly of pure piano and lush strings, leaving Savage's songwriting bare to the listener like never before. Bold and attuned, "Live Is Crazy" marks the dawn of a new era for SNS, and a long-awaiting return to the full-length LP format. The album's collaborators are decidedly new as well. The piano is interpreted and performed by renowned virtuoso Marcin Masecki, winner of the 2005 International Jazz Piano Competition in Moscow, while the strings are arranged and performed by adored Grammy-winning composer Owen Pallett. This stark presentation sits within an artistic mix by producer savant Cecile Believe, of Grammy-nominated SOPHIE notoriety. "Life Is Crazy" is lush with beautifully ambiguous melodies, refections and new perceptions, all in a world of their own. The album is a masterpiece at a time of transition, in both the world and the oeuvre, from a unique songwriter and performer of the truest quality.
Shy Boys [Talk Loud (opaque light pink vinyl)]

September 25 street date. On Shy Boys' third full-length album, "Talk Loud", the Kansas City quintet push themselves artistically at nearly every turn, crafting 11 songs that explore new instrumentation, intricate vocal harmonies, and endearing, yet at times dark lyrics resulting in some of the band's best work to date. Every sound is imbued with emotion, every flick of the wrist is meaningful. On "Fraid I Might Die," the band grapples with mortality and the passage of time coupled with some of the most interesting vocal arrangements ever featured on a Shy Boys song. On other stand-outs, like "View From The Sky," the band highlight their varied musical influences by blending doo-wop backing vocals with laser-show synth work. "Talk Loud" is cinematic, sparkly, jumpy, and haunting all at the same time - a group of songs that have the heart-string-yanking ability of music concocted in a laboratory, while still feeling heavily human. It's complicated, it's swirly, it surrounds you and extends itself deep into your brain.
Stevens, Sufjan [The Ascension (2LP)]

Please note new street date: October 2. "The Ascension" is the eighth studio album from singer, songwriter and composer Sufjan Stevens and is the long awaited follow-up to Stevens' "Carrie & Lowell", one of the most acclaimed albums of 2015. In the time between "Carrie & Lowell" and the forthcoming "The Ascension", Stevens also released Oscar-nominated music for the Luca Guadagnino film "Call Me By Your Name"; a collaborative album entitled "Planetarium" with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner (The National) and James Mcalister; "The Decalogue", a solo piano work performed by Timo Andres; and scored several works for ballet. "The Ascension" is musically expansive and sweeping in thematic scope. The album is at heart a pop record, Sufjan's first. And when it came to writing these songs, Sufjan's goal was simple: keep it moving. 80s and early 90s jams informed Sufjan's songwriting on this record, with Janet Jackson's brilliant "Rhythm Nation" as guiding light - both for the pop framework and the underlying political themes. The beats on "The Ascension" sound a lot like those great 80s beats: honed, skillful, yes, but also big and loud and thick and, well, just straight up fun. The hooks are obvious and catchy and like any good pop song, last way past when you’re done listening to the song. Sufjan's vocals on "The Ascension" are soft, beautiful, natural, real, true.
Throwing Muses [Sun Racket]

Please note new street date: September 18. ‘Sun Racket’ is the brand new album from legendary Boston trio Throwing Muses, consisting of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard Georges. The follow up to 2013's ‘Purgatory/Paradise’ is an outpouring of modal guitars, reverbed shapes, echoey drums and driving bass set behind Kristin Hersh's well-thumbed notebook of storylines. A ten-song opus of suitably wrought tales set against a wall of sound that's at once calm and ethereal before building into glorious cacophonous crescendos. When Throwing Muses wrote their last album, they were shattered. Pieces were coming and going, elements repeating and charging the whole. Two-minute songs reappearing as twisted instrumentals or another song's bridge. They mimicked the effect live which kept them on their toes. ‘Sun Racket’ is the opposite. It refused to do anything but sit still. It says, "sit here and deal". "All it asked of us was to comingle two completely disparate sonic vocabularies: one heavy noise, the other delicate music box. Turns out we didn't have to do much. After thirty years of playing together, we trust each other implicitly but we trust the music more" - Kristin Hersh.
V/A [Girls Go Power Pop!]

Please note new street date: September 18. "Come On Let's Go!", Ace/Big Beat's survey of power pop gems from the 70s and 80s, was one of Ace's best sellers of 2019, with critics lavishing four and five star reviews upon the compilation. However, the label grew to rue the lack of the female voice on the CD, with the Shivvers being the sole representative. With that in mind, we now unveil "Girls Go Power Pop!", an entire collection of feminine decks from the 80s and 90s, all delivered with the kind of sassy pizazz you would expect from acts such as the Bangles and the Go-Go's. Not that you get the expected hits by those fab bands. Instead featured are the Bangles' little-heard second 45, ‘The Real World’, which is far more earthy than the glossy hits that followed; and, while you do get the Go-Go's’ ‘We Got The Beat’, it's the scarce Stiff version, which has far more, well, beat than the hit remake. Also here is the original Textones' recording of ‘Vacation’, a song later taken to the US Top 10 by the Go-Go's. For those who like to discover more obscure names there are little-known delights from Fuzzy, the Little Girls, the MnMs, Universal Honey and the "B" Girls, which all bristle with invention and quirky pop appeal. The Pandoras and the Muffs represent the garage band end of the equation here. We predict that "Girls Go Power Pop!" is destined to be loved by fans of power pop and cherished by aficionados of girl-pop!
V/A [Make More Noise (4CD): Women In Independent Music UK 1977-1987]

September 25 street date. In the wake of punk rock and its boundary breaking, rule bending remoulding of the musical landscape, female artists in particular found themselves able to work, at last, in a more meritocratic environment. Quickly, an industry long dominated by male artists, producers, managers and Svengalis became more accessible than ever before, and countless inspired and inspirational artists poured onto stages and into recording studios throughout the UK. ‘Make More Noise’ charts a path through the cultural shift that followed. Featuring ninety of the most remarkable female artists, all-girl bands and female-fronted groups to have recorded in the UK during the decade spanning 1977-1987, irrespective of genre and commercial success, "Make More Noise" proudly explores the breakthrough of countless pioneering women of the era. From household names and legends - Kirsty MacColl, Nico, Tracey Thorn, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry, Sinead O'Connor, Tracey Ullman - to underground figureheads and unsung pioneers. Spanning the genres - from the punk howl of X-Ray Spex and the NWOBHM stylings of Girlschool to Cosey Fanni Tutti's post-TG electronica, the experimental dub of Vivien Goldman and the the High Street pop of Bananarama.
Valium Aggelein [Black Moon (2LP)]

September 18 street date. Just as Duster's landmark debut album "Stratosphere" was making its first orbit, Clay Parton, Dove Amber, and Jason Albertini tracked a largely improvised companion capsule under their Valium Aggelein alter ego. An ode to 1970s Kosmische, "Hier Kommt Der Schwartze Mond" is a skeletal space nap for the prozac generation. Remixed and remastered from the original 16 track analog tapes, the 1998 album has been adjoined by 15 period-appropriate bonus tracks. A fuzzy masterpiece, hidden in plain sight, by the most important slowcore band of all time.
XTC [Nonsuch (2LP/200g/remaster/gatefold)]

October 9 street date. 1992's "Nonsuch" is the ninth in a series of XTC classics to be issued on a 200 gram vinyl edition. The album has been mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering with input from Andy Partridge and is fully approved by XTC. The album is the most requested vinyl reissue by the band as it was only on vinyl for a short period towards the end of the first vinyl era and was, as a result, never available as a decent quality pressing and was poorly presented in a single sleeve. The sleeve has been restored to its original quality with the gold coloured overlay - and expanded to a gatefold to accommodate both the weight of the vinyl and the inclusion of song lyrics.
Yo La Tengo [Sleepless Night (EP)]

October 9 street date. "Sleepless Night" is a six-song limited edition EP with one new tune (‘Bleeding’) plus covers of songs by The Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine. The tracks on "Sleepless Night" were initially released as one side of an LP included within a limited-edition catalogue accompanying the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's career retrospective for the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. A longtime YLT fan, Nara worked in collaboration with the group - Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew - to choose the EP's songs. This Matador version of the EP is a single-sided 12" with original cover art by Nara, a drawing of the band by Hubley, and an illustration by McNew etched on the record's flip.

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