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Aggrolites [Dirty Reggae (reissue)]

Please note: new street date is December 20. (available as 10-track LP w/ download or 14-track digipak CD) This is the album that started it all. Cock Sparrer has "Shock Troops." Rancid has “Let’s Go." The Aggrolites have "Dirty Reggae;" and off the back of this album emerged a scene embracing that term itself, that would grow to be bigger than the band could ever be. “Dirty Reggae" is now in-and-of-itself a category of reggae that has taken the world by storm over the past decade-and-a-half. 15 years after the original release of this pinnacle record, Pirates Press Records and Axe Records have teamed up to repress "Dirty Reggae,” and make it widely available to all those who haven’t been able to find this classic for a long time! This includes the first ever time the album has been done as a digipak. Nobody could’ve guessed at the time, preparing an assembly of musicians to support classic reggae artist Derrick Morgan, that the project would lead to a band that has truly changed the face of Reggae. As with other classic albums, from the moment the needle touches down, the music takes the listener to a special place; in this case, one that has and continues to inspire others to build upon what this integral band has started. This ‘standard’ version brings this truly important record back into press, in a way that can be accessible to a whole new generation of Reggae (and vinyl) lovers across the globe.
Blood Incantation [Hidden History Of The Human Race]

November 22 street date. Featuring classic 1970s artwork by sci-fi god Bruce Pennington, Hidden History Of The Human Race promises to be both a meditative inquiry on the mystery and nature of human consciousness, and a dynamic foray into the realms of progressive, brutal and atmospheric death metal, as revealed by Blood Incantation. Recorded completely analog at World Famous Studios in Denver, Colorado, Hidden History Of The Human Race expands the sonic cosmos explored on Blood Incantation’s critically acclaimed debut album Starspawn.
Buckner, Richard [Dents And Shells (re-issue 2004 recordings/white)]

November 22 street date. Dents and Shells is the first LP that Richard Buckner made for Merge Records, in 2004. By the time the album was recorded in Austin, TX and Tucson, AZ, with the help of Butthole Surfers’ drummer King Coffey and other Austin locals, he’d been a touring musician and released over a half dozen records. With no fixed home base a decade deep into his career, he was still a roamer. That may be why Dents and Shells still sounds so fresh 15 years later. Whether working with collaborators or going it alone, on stage or in a studio, Buckner has always tended to play by feel. He documents what’s on his mind and of the moment on songs like Dents and Shells opener “A Chance Counsel,” as pedal steel guitar and piano provide a lovely soundscape for Buckner to wander through, weaving together words of assessment and encouragement as if thinking aloud. Dents and Shells features some of Buckner’s most beautifully plaintive songs, like “Her” and “Fuse.” Whether full-band arrangement or stripped down, the mood of both is much the same as the singer seems to be pining for something elusive. Listening to these songs today is like flipping through a poet’s notebook, encountering words and ideas, raw and immediate. As Buckner puts it in the song “Invitation,” sometimes the best way for a person to answer the question of another day is to dig through the scraps and “put the bones to use.” Dents and Shells captures an artist with many miles behind him, but no loss of wanderlust.
Burial [Tunes 2011-2019 (2CD)]

December 6 street date. Topping off Hyperdub's 15th year, Burial selects 'tunes’ from the last eight years of his EP releases on the label, for this very welcome two CD collection. Sequenced by Burial, ‘Tunes 2011-2019’ shows the depth and brilliance of his post-‘Untrue’ development; from long, twisting, collage works which travel through unexpected zones, to a more pointed, poppier side, and back again to the haunted, open horizons of his beatless pieces. We hope this collection of Burial's work is familiar, yet unfamiliar, to each listener. 17 tracks across 150 minutes, all previously released, six being available on CD for the first time. TRACKLISTING: (DISC 1) - 01. State Forest 02. Beachfires 03. Subtemple 04. Young Death 05. Nightmarket 06. Hiders 07. Come Down To Us 08. Claustro 09. Rival Dealer (DISC 2) - 01. Kindred 02. Loner 03. Ashtray Wasp 04. Rough Sleeper 05. Truant 06. Street Halo 07. Stolen Dog 08. NYC
Calendar [Blues Images 2020 Calendar (with CD)]

November 22 street date. (12 month calendar with free CD) Our 2020 "Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920's" Calendar with free CD has broad appeal to anyone interested in Blues music or history. Within its pages is a huge treasure trove of original Blues artwork from the earliest days of recorded Blues history. In addition, each calendar contains a free CD that cleverly matches up each month's artwork with the original recording it advertises. These songs make the calendar come alive! ; Our 2020 "Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920's" calendar with free CD has broad appeal to anyone interested in Blues music or history. Within its pages is a huge treasure trove of original Blues advertising artwork from the earliest days of recorded Blues history as well as photographs of Blues singers, both Pre-War and Post War. In addition, the calendar contains a free CD whose songs cleverly match up to the ad or artist featured for the month. This pairing brings the images to life! This year's CD has a total of 22 tracks, including six Post War rarities... 12 Blues classics from Blues masters B.B. King, Lonnie Johnson, the Mississippi Sheiks, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake and others . . . PLUS three recently discovered never-before-heard songs by Juke Boy Bonner, one unreleased track by Blues Boy Bill and and six super rare tracks by legendary Blues artists including Joe Stone (Jaydee Stone) and Mississippi Sarah. These songs are newly restored using the American Epic sound team's amazing restoration techniques. Developed at great expense for the soundtrack of the PBS series, there is less surface noise and more dynamic range than in any previous release of these tracks. You will feel as if you are right in the room with the performers as they play and sing their hearts out! ISBN: 978-0-9894998-6-6
Czarface [The Odd Czar Against Us]

December 6 street date. Czarface, iron clad crime fighter, heroically returns to his lair after two spine-chilling adventures with MF DOOM and Ghostface Killah. On "The Odd Czar Against Us", Czarface goes full Voltron, employing every asset in his arsenal, maximizing lyrical efforts from Inspectah Deck & Esoteric and pulse-pounding production from in house beatsmith 7L & Jeremy Page. This album stands to be the group's most ambitious and challenging effort to date.
Czarface [2019RSD2 - The Odd Czar Against Us (green vinyl)]

November 29 street date. "The Odd Czar Against Us" launches this Black Friday on green vinyl, and Czarface goes full Voltron, employing every asset in his arsenal, maximizing lyrical efforts from Inspectah Deck & Esoteric and pulse-pounding production from in house beatsmith 7L & Jeremy Page. This album stands to be the group's most ambitious and challenging effort to date. The variant Black Friday edition cover will not be used on any other issue of this release.
Deerhoof [Halfbird (coloured vinyl)]

November 22 street date. The first ever vinyl edition of Deerhoof's third LP, "Halfbird". Originally released in July 2001 by Menlo Park Records, "Halfbird" is 14 tracks of playful absurdity and pummeling energy, featuring founding member Greg Saunier (drums/guitar/vocals); Satomi Matsuzaki (vocals/bass); and Rob Fisk (guitar).
Eluvium [Virga I (crystal clear vinyl)]

January 17 street date. "Virga I" is the first album in a new ambient music series by Eluvium. Matthew Cooper, the composer behind the Eluvium moniker, explains: "I had recently been playing around with various forms of generative music and long-format looping - as well as practicing patience interacting with musical systems and recordings - hesitantly dueting with them, trying to keep things minimal while also encouraging as much depth as possible. It was really just something fun to privately experiment with for personal gain. It occurred to me that other people might find that peculiar feeling inside these works in the same manner that I have, and that I might enjoy returning to working in this way again soon. I decided it might be nice to start a series inspired by this setup. A place for me to relax and experiment with emotions, and slow movements with various toys in my studio, in honor of strange deep feelings, gentle touches, and memories from a long time ago."
Fay, Bill [Countless Branches (2LP deluxe edition)]

January 17 street date. Deluxe edition 2xLP set includes two exclusive tracks and a reworking of "Don't Let My Marigolds Die". The great Bill Fay returns with the third album in the celebrated second phase of his recording career. A prime Fay song is a deceptively simple thing which carries more emotional weight than its concision and brevity might imply. For decades now - it's almost 50 years since he cut his classic albums "Bill Fay" and "Time of the Last Persecution" - songs like these have been Fay's ambassadors helping rave reviews and endorsements from the likes of Jim O'Rourke (Tortoise) and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) which led to a huge revival of interest in his music. He had continued to make music almost every day in the intervening decades. For "Countless Branches" he's completed new toplines over some of his cache of backing tracks, most of them 20 to 40 years old.
Fils-Aimé, Dominique [The Red (EP)]

November 29 street date. This cinematic R&B and jazz-inflected debut by one of Montreal’s finest soul singer-songwriters, Dominique Fils-Aimé, "The Red" EP is available for the first time on high-quality vinyl. Fils-Aimé is a Polaris Music prize-nominated singer-songwriter who draws inspiration from soul icons of the 1940s and 1960s such as Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Nina Simone. While her musical roots are grounded in early soul and jazz, her sound transcends contemporary urban soundscapes. The songs were recorded live in the studio in only a few takes with minimal overdubs to capture the unconstrained depth of expression and natural impulse.
Grimes, Rachel [The Way Forth (2LP)]

December 6 for LP (date change) / CD available now. "The Way Forth", a new folk opera from Rachel Grimes, encompasses lush layers of voices and orchestrations in an experiential, non-linear investigation highlighting perspectives of Kentucky women from 1775 to today. Inspired by a treasure-trove of family documents, photos, and letters spanning several generations, Grimes began in 2016 to research some of the more vexing questions that came to the surface about these people, places, and events. The songs that make up "The Way Forth" weave back in time through a postcard, a personal account of a long life on a farm, traces of folk tunes, names, places, and rivers, all woven into an emotional fabric of yearning, nostalgia, grief, and the rich intimacies of everyday life. Initially solo voices are heard above vivid orchestrations, expanding with the choral voices of the community through fragments of traditional church music and popular tunes. The scope widens to include a modern male narrator's reflections on a place battered by greed, civil war, bigotry, and the exploitation of natural resources.
Hay, Jonathan/Benny Reid/Mike Smith [Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz]

December 13 street date. Vinyl edition of this album that topped the Billboard Jazz charts for four weeks a couple of months ago as a digital only release. Jonathan Hay, Benny Reid, and Mike Smith had numerous discussions on how to respectfully, faithfully, and creatively re-imagine Eric B. & Rakim's classic 1988 album, "Follow the Leader". The difficulty was twofold. One, "Follow the Leader" is a revered and iconic hip-hop album and had to reflect its adoration. Two, how can it be translated to a jazz style, especially omitting the centerpiece, Rakim's voice? Reid and Hay's initial strategy of replaying Rakim's extended, rhythmically intricate rap verses organically morphed into a more improvised, classic jazz style. The emcee vocal style and flow along with Eric B.'s through-composed instrumentals, served as a model for Hay, Reid, Smith and musician Mani Ajami to draw inspiration.
Kid Dynamite [Kid Dynamite]

January 17 street date. Kid Dynamite’s first album was, and always will be a masterpiece. It will influence hardcore bands down the line. Hell, it probably already has. If you loved Lifetime, you’ll love this. Or, if you’re just looking for a good hardcore listen, pick this up. You’ll thank me.” - PunkNews.org
Pharoahe Monch [Internal Affairs (2LP)]

December 13 street date. Now available for the first time on vinyl since its original release in 1999 on Rawkus Records, Trescadecaphobia brings you the CLASSIC LP from Pharoahe Monch "Internal Affairs". Featuring production from DJ Scratch, Diamond D, and The Alchemist with verses from Canibus, M.O.P., Busta Rhymes, Common, and Talib Kweli.
Reading Material [Maggot Brain (premier issue) Dec/Jan/Feb 2020]

December 20 street date. Introducing... Maggot Brain Black Friday is done! Small business Saturday is behind us! Now it's time to wrap up the year here at Third Man. We have a fair amount coming at you, but for now, we are going to focus on our newest project and arm of the company -- our print magazine, Maggot Brain. Maggot Brain is a new, full-color quarterly brought to you by Third Man Records and Books, under the eye of the ‘zine wizard Mike McGonigal. Over 100 pages packed with phenomenal content - art, music, literature, and unpublished archival stuff + more. The first issue, is available for newsstands for Dec/Jan/Feb 2020. About our editor: Mike McGonigal, the Detroit resident who was a music editor for Amazon in the ‘90s, has written about art and music for Spin, the Village VOICE, Artforum, and Index. He’s written two books, on cult indie-rock acts Galaxie 500 and My Bloody Valentine. And his gospel compilation reissues (including Give Me My Flowers on Third Man) have garnered acclaim from the New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and the New Yorker. It’s McGonigal’s work as the publisher/editor of the highly-regarded fanzines ‘Chemical Imbalance’ (1984-1994) and ‘Yeti’ (2000-2013) that impressed us the most. Stock his newest project, Maggot Brain, today!
Sofia, Maija [Bath Time]

November 22 street date. RIYL: Laura Marling, Angel Olsen, Powpig, Junior Brother. Maija Sofia, one of Irelands most lauded young folk artists has produced a timeless debut album, inspired by story-driven traditional folk-ballads, shone through the lens of punk DIY ethos. The album deals with the ways in which women's voices, stories and desires have been sidelined and misrepresented throughout history. From Edie Sedgwick to Bridget Cleary, Sofia's songs imagine a world in which silenced women speak back. The Gold Shoes’, is a mystical, ethereal opening before the melancholic ‘Hail Mary’, which starts soft, but the music grows in power as Sofia interrogates the sexual hypocrisy of the Catholic church, and the harp feeds into the haunting sound with effortless complexity and depth. ‘Edie Sedgwick’ has alt-country elements from lap steel player Niall Murphy (Oh Boland) and cellist Laura McCabe (Molly Sterling). ‘The Wife of Michael Cleary’ is an ode to Bridget Cleary, killed by her husband in 1895. Michael Cleary believed his wife had been abducted by fairies with a changeling left in her place. The male vocal is provided by off-kilter alt-folk Junior Brother, with singing in the round building tension. ‘The Glitter’ is disturbingly beautiful, an ode to Jean Rhys, a novelist from the Carribean who came to England aged 16 and dealt with issues of displacement and unbelonging. As is ‘Cobweb’ with Sofia’s rich contralto “I didn’t know I was on my own. I’m only as wise as you.” ‘Morning’ mourns lost relationship and the failure of trying to fix a flawed lover. ‘Elizabeth’ dwells on the troubled love affair between Elizabeth Siddal and the Pre-Raphaelite painter Rossetti.. ‘The Trees They Do Grow High’ is a disturbing English folk ballad sung from the point of view of a woman forced to marry an inappropriately younger man. The album wraps around the listener like a velvet cloak, time is irrelevant, and the pain and complexity of female life has been sharply observed by Sofia. Quotes : 'An essential new release to get obsessed with' - DIY magazine // ‘A heavenly blend of lo-fi and dream pop. Think Jesus and Mary Chain meets Angel Olsen.’ Hot Press
Stevens, Sufjan & Timo Andres [The Decalogue]

December 6 street date. The title of "The Decalogue" has a touch of the grandiose: it means "The Ten Commandments." Yet this score, composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens' piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy. With "The Decalogue," Sufjan is making - gently, without ostentation - new departures.
Strand Of Oaks [Dark Shores (black & white splatter vinyl)]

December 6 street date. Limited edition vinyl reissue of Strand Of Oaks' third album, on black and white splatter vinyl with a 4" x 6" postcard insert. On "Dark Shores", Timothy Showalter trades in his obscure references, convoluted plotlines, and grandiosity for bite-sized versions of his smoky-flavored brooding folk: condensed and accessible. He teamed up with John Vanderslice as producer, gave him some creative license, and ended up with a record every bit as cryptic and ambitious as its predecessor, even if the songs' lengths and catchy melodies might sound otherwise. Also available: cat # WV204LPC1 - blue vinyl
Strand Of Oaks [Pope Killdragon (dragon bone vinyl)]

December 6 street date. Limited edition vinyl reissue of Strand Of Oaks' second album, originally released in 2010. Dragon bone coloured vinyl, including an insert with new liner notes and original artwork by Will Scheff. "Pope Killdragon" maintains strange juxtapositions throughout: historical fact with whimsical fiction, a mournful delivery of absurd lyrics, an odd allure to the bifurcated sonics where synths sidle up with acoustic guitars. The album's playfulness and sense of humour allow it a broader range of emotion than the typical sadsack folkie. Timothy Showalter did a good deal of bloodletting on "Leave Ruin", and here Strand Of Oaks' horizons are limited only by his fantastical imagination. Also available: Cat # WV203LPC2 - blue vinyl
Twilight Sad [Killed My Parents And Hit The Road]

January 17 street date. With the majority of tracks mixed and mastered by Iain Cook of Aerogramme, ‘Killed My Parents And Hit The Road’ encompasses The Twilight Sad's bare, unfeigned use of melancholy with rousing, epic intensity, never straying too far from hitting sentimental nerves. Throughout the record, melodies stagger between feedback-laden instrumentals and rich, seemingly effortless acoustic ballads, each accented by Graham's strong Scottish tones, creating a collection of songs that are as intriguing as they are engufing. Alongside their own tracks, the band have chosen to cover songs by Joy Division (‘Twenty Four Hours’), Yeah Yeah Yeahs (‘Modern Romance’) and The Smiths (‘Half A Person’), providing greater scope into the tracks' pensive and wistful subjects, whilst retaining the stirring and engaging qualities of the originals.
Wire [Mind Hive]

January 24 street date. Wire exhibit little inclination to look back - rather they remain resolutely focused on producing music which is smart, vital and defiantly modern. Mind Hive is the group's first newly recorded material since 2017's Silver/Lead. That album garnered rave reviews and career best sales. Yet, if Silver/Lead set the bar pretty high, Mind Hive seems to have no problem vaulting over it. Mind Hive arrives at a time when Wire are being cited as an influence by yet another generation of bands. A career spanning feature documentary called People in a Film is due for release late 2020. Quite how a group that has been operating for such a long period is still able to produce such exciting and essential work is difficult to understand. And yet here we are…
Young Guv [GUV I & II]

Please note new street date: November 22. Young Guv only makes hits, baby. It's what he was born to do. Too many hits, in fact - since last summer, Guv (aka Ben Cook) moved to Brooklyn from his native Toronto and wrote music, because that’s what Young Guv does. This manic pace produced two albums worth of power-pop bliss, psychedelic riffs, and swagger that would make a Gallagher (the British ones, not the watermelon ones) blush.

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