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Buzzcocks [The Way (white vinyl/Ltd)]

Please note new street date for LP: January 20, 2015 / CD available now. The Way is the follow up to 2006's "Flat - Pack Philosophy" LP and is the band's ninth studio album since their formation in Manchester in 1976. These 10 tracks penned by the group's long-standing core of Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle were recorded this year in London, and were produced by the band and Dave M Allen (best known for his production work with The Cure, Depeche Mode and Neneh Cherry). The album packs the same classic UK pop punk punch they've been known for over nearly four decades. Response to the lead-off single "It's Not You" has already garnered some excellent praise and over 6000 plays on Soundcloud in less than 24 hours. LP comes on WHITE vinyl, limited to 900 copies! Cassettes are hand numbered and limited to 250 copies! CD's come in a 6 panel digipack. "Even after almost 40 years, the group's blistering guitar chords are still razor sharp, and Pete Shelley's trademark anguished vocals show few signs of wear." - ROLLING STONE. "The bass-driven punk-pop rattler sports an impressive buildup to its final chorus as the Buzzcocks' reigning singer, Pete Shelley, chants the title over and over again. It's a helluva breakup song and a solid reintroduction to a group of English greats who haven't released a full-length since 2006." - SPIN. "Shelley’s voice comes through more than usual in this song, but otherwise, it could be easily mistaken for a track off one of their older records." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
Cooke, Sam [Ain't That Good News (clear audiophpile vinyl - ACV)]

November 18 street date. (Replacing the previously out-of-print 2014RSD edition) Ain’t That Good News was the last studio album released in Sam Cooke’s lifetime. It features his iconic recording 'A Change Is Gonna Come', which has become an anthem for civil rights plus the hit songs 'Another Saturday Night', 'Ain’t That Good News' and 'Rome (Wasn’t Built In A Day). (...)In this LP, two sides of Sam Cooke. The first side, strong and rockin’; the second side, ballads ... deep and soulful(...)" - (original liner notes) First edition of 500 numbered copies pressed on 140g Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV). Audiophile Clear Vinyl is made using the highest quality co-polymer available and processed without any carbon additive in order to dramatically reduce the "electrical distortion" often found on records.
De La Sierra, Jordan [Gymnosphere: Song Of The Rose (2LP)]

December 2 street date. Before New Age hit terra firms at the dawn of the 1980s, the classically-trained Bay Area composer Jordan De La Sierra’s consciousness soared with cosmic concepts. With cues and lessons from the great minimalists La Monte Young,Terry Riley, Pandit Pran Nath, and help from the venerable public radio program Hearts of Space, De La Sierra embarked on a journey in alternate tunings and resounding reverberations, transporting entranced listeners from the Golden Gates to the intergalactic. Take an interstellar ride on the sensory engulfing space piano with this lovingly recreated double LP set, complete with De La Sierra’s India-inspired visual artwork and musings on the tableau of space.
Fugazi [First Demo]

November 18 street date. In early January 1988 and after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. Despite the fact that Ian, Joe, and Brendan had been playing together for nearly a year, it was still early days for the band. Guy had only been a full member of Fugazi for a few months and only sang lead on one song ("Break In"). It would be nearly another year before he would start playing guitar with the band. At that time, the studio was still located in the basement of engineer Don Zientara's family house. It was a familiar space as almost all of the members of Fugazi had recorded there with their previous bands (Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Deadline, Insurrection, Rites of Spring, Skewbald, Embrace, and One Last Wish). Joey Picuri (aka Joey P), who would later become one of Fugazi's longtime sound engineers, joined the band for the initial tracking. The sessions only lasted a couple of days, but tour dates and indecision about the tape would delay the final mix for another two months. Though the band was at first pleased with the results, it soon became clear that this tape would remain a demo as new songs were being written and the older songs were evolving and changing shape while the band was out on tour. It was decided that the session would be passed out free as cassette copies, with the band actively encouraging people to share the recording. In the spring, Fugazi went out on its first U.S. tour and a few weeks after returning from the road they went back to Inner Ear to record what would become their debut Dischord release, the self-titled 7-song 12" EP. The only song from the demo session that was formally released was "In Defense of Humans", which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989. Now, some 26 years later, Dischord is releasing the entire first demo including the one song ("Turn Off Your Guns") that wasn't included on the original cassette. This release also coincides with the completion of the initial round of uploads to the Fugazi Live Series website. Launched in 2011, the site lists and details all of Fugazi's 1000+ performances and makes available close to 900 concert recordings that were documented by the band and by the public, as well as countless flyers, ticket stubs, posters, and photographs. After two years of work, all of the recordings in the band's archive are finally posted. LP copies of First Demo will include a postcard set featuring photos of the band. CDs are packed with a single postcard.
Ghost Inside [Dear Youth (LP+CD)]

November 17 street date. Los Angeles hardcore band The Ghost Inside will release their fourth album Dear Youth on November 17 on Epitaph Records. The album was co-produced by Jeremy McKinnon from A Day to Remember and producer Andrew Wade (A Day to Remember, Motionless In White). As always, frontman Jonathan Vigil has dug deep to create a powerful statement in post-hardcore, as seen in powerful songs like the title track, the brutally hard 'Mercy', and the surprising passion of 'Phoenix Flame', all showing Vigil and the band climbing to new heights in their songwriting. Alongside breakthrough albums like Bring Me the Horizon’s Sempiternal and A Day to Remember’s Homesick, Dear Youth sets a new high-water mark for hardcore. After playing the main stage at the Vans Warped Tour all summer and building their already mammoth fanbase, The Ghost Inside will tour the US in support of Dear Youth this November and December with label mates Every Time I Die and Architects UK. For fans of Bring Me the Horizon, Parkway Drive, Of Mice and Men, A Day to Remember. LP includes CD.
Loscil [Sea Island (2LP)]

November 17 street date. Available on CD & 2LP - Sea Island is a collection of new material composed and recorded over the past two years. While many of these compositions were performed live extensively prior to recording, others were constructed in the studio and are being heard for the first time here. Musically, the album represents a range of compositional approaches. Murky, densely textured depths of sound are explored with subtle pulses and pings woven within, contrasted with composed or improvised moments of acoustic instrumentation making a move into the foreground. Certain tracks on Sea Island such as album opener Ahull make rhythm their focus by exploring subtle polyrhythms and investigating colliding moments of repetition and variation.! Though staunchly electronic at its core, instruments such as vibraphone and piano make appearances, and layers of live musicality, improvisation and detail appear in the looped and layered beds of manipulated sound recordings. A varied cast of players appear in the loscil "ensemble", some familiar collaborators from the past such as Jason Zumpano on rhodes and Josh Lindstrom on vibraphone, and others new to the mix such as Fieldhead's Elaine Reynolds who provides layered violin on Catalina 1943, and Ashley Pitre contributing vocals on Bleeding Ink. Seattle pianist Kelly Wyse, who collaborated with loscil on his 2013 edition of piano-centric reworks Intervalo, performs on the tracks Sea Island Murders and En Masse. "Equal parts dub techno momentum and tenderly organic sound design, one which consistently and carefully treads a fine line between crepuscular, chamber-like melancholy and widescreen optimism." - Boomkat
Modernettes [Teen City]

December 9 street date. Modernettes were pop / punk phenoms from Vancouver, Canada - a city Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover magazine claims had the greatest undiscovered punk / new wave scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s. This is the first time the group’s debut release has been reissued in its original format since 1979. Produced by the legendary Bob Rock in his seminal days, Teen City delivers six classic anthems ranging from the über-catchy 'Barbra' (chorus: "B-A-R-B-R-A, Barbra") to the teen-angst-tinged 'Confidential' to the cool of 'Celebrity Crackup'. Produced by the legendary Bob Rock, who went on to work with Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Cher, etc.
NOFX [Backstage Passport soundtrack]

December 9 CD street date / February 10 for LP (date change). In 2008 NOFX starred in the TV show Backstage Passport, a series that documented the insane hijinks of the band as they weaved an unsteady path through exotic locales where most sane bands fear to tread. The reality romp originally aired on FUSE and later went on to be released on DVD, which served up tons of "too hot for TV" bonus footage. After the resounding success of the series, NOFX have been met with endless requests for a soundtrack including all the rare and exclusive songs (5 previously unreleased) from the show. After all, NOFX were beloved for their music long before their foray into the world of the Kardashians, Real Housewives, and the like. Well, fans can finally stop their pleading, because the official Backstage Passport Soundtrack is finally going to be available on CD and LP. Packed with 15 tracks from both seasons (That’s right! The second season is nearing completion as you read this.), the Backstage Passport Soundtrack is a one-stop shop for all the rare, remixed, and unreleased material that fans could only previously enjoy as snippets during the show. Followers of the show and diehard NOFX collectors will both be ecstatic that this soundtrack has gone from rumor to reality.
Pallbearer [2010 Demo]

December 9 street date. Earlier in 2014, Pallbearer dropped their second album, Foundations of Burden, the hugely anticipated followup to their revered and immortal Sorrow and Extinction debut. Pallbearer has taken the independent music world by storm over the last few years with these two monumental albums. But before all that, they began humbly, in Arkansas, making their presence first known via their 2010 Demo, which immediately caught the attention of the doom metal underground. Released as a limited CD-R and then as a more fully packaged but very limited cassette, the 2010 Demo contained the formative versions of "The Legend" and "Devoid of Redemption," both of which appear in re-recorded form on the band’s debut album. Also on the demo is the band’s version of the haunting 1933 song "Gloomy Sunday," not appearing anywhere else since. A one-sided 12-inch record with an exclusive B-side etching by Mike Lawrence Illustration and artwork made specifically for this release by the band’s continuing visual interpreter Animetalphysical.
Parquet Courts (aka Parkay Quarts) [Content Nausea]

December 2 street date. Content Nausea, Parkay Quarts' second release of 2014, is the inevitable repercussion to Sunbathing Animal's pure emotion. With one member completing a degree in mathematics, and another starting a family, Content Nauseafeatures mostly the work of Savage and Brown, with the help of a few friends (Jackie-O Motherfucker's Jef Brown on Saxaphone and Eaters' Bob Jones on fiddle). This likely explains the homophonic name shift, which was previously used last years' "Tally All the Things That You Broke". Featuring some of the bands most accessible and dissonant recordings, "Content Nausea" was recorded, mixed and mastered in two weeks on a 4-track tape machine. The band wanted something that listeners could "live with over the winter". At 35 minutes, the record lies somewhere between an EP and an LP, but who's counting? On Content Nausea, we find the band confidently exploring sounds that were previously only hinted at; Townes Van Zandt and Dylan are evident points of departure on "Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth", a lonesome tale about "two men tragically colliding in the deep south", explains Savage. The 13th Floor Elevators get a hat tip via NYC reinterpretation of "Slide Machine", and there's even an unexpected, gender-bending cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking". "A personal karaoke standard", explains Savage. Mostly, Content Nausea reflects the rapid change in the band's hometown of New York City, while at the same time emphasizing the changes in the band itself. The record's sleeve is a bleak vision of Freedom-Tower-era NYC flooded by (what else?) content. A city that is becoming increasingly unrecognizable to its romantic history. Not unlike Parkay Quarts."
Ramone, CJ [Last Chance To Dance]

CD Street date November 25 / LP Street date December 9. By 1989’s Brain Drain, the Ramones’ eleventh and least compelling album, the band appeared creatively exhausted. Rather than pick up a New York City/CBGB has-been to fill the enormous shoes left by departing bassist Dee Dee Ramone, the band chose Christopher Joseph Ward, a young punk kid fresh out of the Marine Corps. Christened CJ RAMONE, the band hit the road in 1989 on an extensive world tour that culminated in 1991’s Loco Live album. Clearly re-energized, the Ramones’ first studio record with CJ '1992’s Mondo Bizarro' was their strongest album in over a decade and a return to the classic Ramones punk rock form that they’d slipped in and out of throughout the 1980s in their search for more mainstream success. CJ RAMONE sang lead on two songs including 'Strenth to Endure', a true Ramones classic. Singing lead on three songs from 1994’s covers album, Acid Eaters and four songs on the Ramones’ swan song, ¡Adios Amigos!, including his own tune, 'Scattergun' (Joey sang another CJ original, 'Got a Lot to Say'), CJ RAMONE was coming into his own as a lead vocalist and songwriter. After the Ramones disbanded in 1996, CJ RAMONE continued making music, honing his singing and songwriting skills in Los Gusanos and Bad Chopper before releasing Reconquista in 2012, his first official album as CJ RAMONE. Invigorated by the reception of the album and live shows around the world from the Ramones faithful, CJ RAMONE is back in 2014 with Last Chance to Dance, a new album of even stronger material and a stellar backing band of Steve Soto (Adolescents), Dan Root (Adolescents), and David Hidalgo, Jr. (Social Distortion). With a sound and style true to the Ramones, CJ RAMONE has again added to the legendary Ramones canon with a positively infectious punk rock record. While Fat Wreck Chords has a long history of bands influenced BY the Ramones (Screeching Weasel, Chixdiggit!, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder), releasing an album FROM an actual Ramone is a first and a true honor. Sometimes you just "need a Ramones fix", the expression goes, and CJ RAMONE’s Last Chance to Dance satisfies that craving in spades. (LP includes download)
Rancid [Let's Go (20th Anniversary edition)]

November 24 street date (date change). To celebrate the 20th anniversary of two very special releases in our history, Epitaph Records is proud to present deluxe 20th Anniversary editions of Rancid’s Let’s Go and NOFX Punk In Drublic. Released on the cresting wave of second generation punk bands that brought the Offspring, Rancid and NOFX (alongside Green Day and Nirvana) to massive success, these LPs are finally receiving the treatment they deserve, remastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with beautiful heavy-stock embossed sleeves. These limited editions won’t be around for long (maybein another 20 years?), so order now and enjoy! LP Includes CD!
Russell, Arthur [Love Is Overtaking Me (2LP)]

November 25 street date. 2014 Reissue! 2LP. Compiled from over eight hours of material, three years in the making, Love Is Overtaking Me reaches back further to Russell’s first compositions from the early `70s and spans forward to his very last recordings, made at home in 1991. The album, which is comprised of 21 demos and home recordings of unreleased pop, folk and country songs from his vast catalog, reveals an as-yet-unavailable side of Russell's body of work - the most rare and, at the same time, arguably the most accessible part. Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear contributed mixing, restoration and editing to the album, whose tracks were selected by Audika’s Steve Knutson, Ernie Brooks and Russell’s companion, Tom Lee. A number of the songs feature prominently in Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell. Love Is Overtaking Me is the fifth release of Russell’s material by Audika Records, whose work has proven that the music remains as contemporary today as when it was first recorded.
Segall, Ty [$ingle$ 2 (that's Singles 2 eh)]

November 18 street date. You thought Manipulator was the money album of the year? Think . . . AGAIN! 2014 ain’t done yet, and Singles 2 is here. And this time, it’s for the money. Two times! As all of the ears that have heard what Ty’s been putting out for the past five-ish years already know in their tiny l’il ear-brains, our kid’s got any number of places that he’s coming from, and putting them all into his rock and roll music is what he’s all about! Which is cool. Singles 2 sweeps out the ashes of the breakneck days (and nights!!!!) of 2011-2013, and burns down the house all over again in the process - but not by accident. Sorry . . . .Singles 2 slinks low and flat-out sprints behind the scenes of the Goodbye Bread - Twins - Sleeper trilogy (no it isn’t!), collecting all the now-out-of-print sides that totally work amazingly well together when placed back-to-back-to-back as an album. The super-deadly 'Spiders' single is spun again here in full, along with the epically pop b-sides for 'I Can’t Feel It', 'The Hill', and 'Would You Be My Love'. Plus there are tracks for other righteous labels too (yes, Virginia . . . ) like Permanent, Castleface and Famous Class. Covering The Groundhogs, the Velvets and GG Allin, Ty reps for a good array of punk godheads too. Between the covers and the originals, Singles 2 is also a run through the SF 388 scene circa 2010-2013, with various local heroes like King Riff, Mike Donovan and Ty himself at the board. Sure, there’s the knotting up of all the loose ends for the heavy-breathin’, AADin’ freak-fans - but Singles 2 is really about the rush of getting a single for the a-side and then finding a total sunshine jewel like 'Children of Paul' or 'Mother Lemonade' on the flip. Or a stone-solid jam on a classic, like the COMPLETE retooling of 'Femme Fatale'. Or hearing the Mackay-style sax bleatings of 'Fucked Up Motherfucker', and it fucking YOU up too! Closing the album with the seemingly unlikely ('Music for a Film', for REAL) and the seemingly inevitable ('Pettin the Dog', a mighty hardcore slamming of the lid) cleanses the palate for . . . what? Another spin, probably! Singles 2 has been designed to withstand obsessive flipping. Well, that it’s it for this one - until Singles 3-D, my friend . . . .
Son Little [Things I Forgot EP]

November 11 street date. The ever-soulful Son Little is back with the EP Things I Forgot, the first long-form taste of this exciting new artist after Little turned heads earlier this year with the slowburn single 'Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches.' That single put Little on a lot of people’s radar, with NME calling the track "pure, heart-spilled-over-the-road soul", and BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe putting Little in his top tracks for the month. Now Son Little has a chance to display the range and vision of his artistry, expertly displaying the threads that tie together the many strains of what we think of as "pop music". From Prince-like driving rock to Curtis Mayfield sly groove, Son Little is an artist filled with all the internal mash-ups and contradictions that make American pop music great. Son Little has worked with the Roots and RJD2 (RJD2’s remix of 'Cross My Heart' is included on this EP). This is his ANTI- debut. Full length release due out in Spring 2015.
Stott, Andy [Faith In Strangers (2LP)]

November 11 street date. Faith in Strangers was written and recorded between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July of 2014. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it's a largely analog variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener "Time Away" featuring euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track "Missing," a contribution by Stott's occasional vocal collaborator Alison Skidmore, who also appeared on 2012's Luxury Problems. Between these two points Faith in Strangers heads off from the sparse and infected "Violence" to the broken, downcast pop of "On Oath" and the motorik, driving melancholy of "Science & Industry" -- three vocal tracks built around that angular production style that imbues proceedings with both a pioneering spirit and a resonating sense of familiarity. Things take a sharp turn with "No Surrender"-- a sparkling analog jam making way for a tough, smudged rhythmic assault, while "How It Was" refracts sweaty warehouse signatures and "Damage" finds the sweet spot between RZA's classic "Ghost Dog" and Terror Danjah at his most brutal. "Faith in Strangers" is next and offers perhaps the most beautiful and open track here, its vocal hook and chiming melody bound to the rest of the album via the almost inaudible hum of Stott's mixing desk. It provides a haze of warmth and nostalgia that ties the nine loose joints that make up the LP into the most memorable and oddly cohesive of Stott's career to date, built and rendered in the spirit of those rare albums that straddle innovation and tradition through darkness and light, lingering on in the mind like nothing else.
Swans [Filth (re-issue/remaster 1983)]

November 25 street date. FIRST AUTHORIZED VINYL EDITION OF DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM IN 25 YEARS. REMASTERED WITH ORIGINAL COVER ART. Swans' classic 1983 crawl, Filth, with the line up of M.Gira, Norman Westberg, Roli Mosimann, Harry Crosby, and Jonathan Kane. "This is all slabs of sound, rhythm and screaming/testifying. What more do you need? In a way, it was a reaction against Punk (and just about any other music you can think of), and the conservative notion that 3 chords were somehow necessary. I used to deny it vehemently at the time, but No Wave (I "hated" that scene too, for some reason I can’t remember now) played a big role as the germ from which this music grew, along with The Stooges and Throbbing Gristle, of course. I wanted Swans to be "heavier" though - I wanted the music to obliterate - why, I don’t remember! I think it just felt good. Live, we used two basses (playing utterly unmusical chords that were stabbed and left to sustain or sometimes hit in staccato or opposing rhythms), drums, a "percussionist" that slammed down on a metal table with a metal strap, crude cassette loops of various sounds/noises (usually some kind of undefined ROAR), and Norman Westberg’s glorious sustained and screaming guitar chords. It was pretty elating to play live - for us. If 100 people showed up (which would have been a huge audience at the time - 20 was more the average), 80 were guaranteed to leave by the second song. Somehow that tension - contempt or indifference from the audience - was nourishing, so we kept going. Here’s some music I was listening to at the time: Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, The Stooges, Brian Eno, Teenage Jesus And The Jerks, DNA, The Contortions, Glenn Branca, Black Flag, early Pink Floyd, This Heat, Kraftwerk, The Germs, Cabaret Voltaire, Can, Public Image LTD., SPK" - Michael Gira / Swans/Young God Records
V/A [While No One Was Looking: (3LP) Toasting 20 years of Bloodshot]

November 18 street date. To celebrate Bloodshot's 20th anniversary, we have assembled this deluxe 38-track package (to be released on 2-CD and Gatefold 3-LP) Retrospectives and "Best Of" compilations aren't really our style, so we reached out to a few artists and floated the idea of covering songs from our ample catalog because we thought it would be cool to hear what might happen. The speed, sonic breadth, ingenuity, and diversity of responses we received took us all by surprise. We heard from old friends, new friends, friends we didn't know we had, and even a few heroes of ours. As different as all their back stories are, the weird and winding paths that brought these artists to us come from all over the sonic spectrum. Here, 38 songs from the Bloodshot catalog re-emerge in oft-head-craning styles from gritty punk to back porch folk, dark bedroom new wave to straight-up honky tonk, lush power pop and new emo. Featuring artists like SUPERCHUNK, BLITZEN TRAPPER, FRANK TURNER, CHUCK RAGAN, ANDREW BIRD, WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE, MIKE WATT (and 31 more) covering the likes of RYAN ADAMS, NEKO CASE, JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO, WAYNE HANCOCK and many other Bloodshot favorites. While No One Was Looking is a totally satisfying sonic thrill ride from start to finish!
V/A [Saint Etienne Presents: Songs for a London Winter]

November 25 street date. Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs have ransacked their record collections, with a helping hand from DJ Martin Green, to give you the sound of Piccadilly in December - baubles, bangles, tinsel and whisky macs. This is a decidedly London selection - Joe Henderson's ‘Sleighride’ has the distinct feel of Hampstead Heath rather than Lapland. Homegrown rockers like Billy Fury and Adam Faith are found rubbing shoulders over a Christmas pint with John Barry and jazzers Kenny Baker and John Dankworth. Tricia Marks and Lyn Cornell provide festive glamour. Saint Etienne member and pop historian Bob Stanley writes the sleevenotes. This is a soundtrack for the Hamley's shop window and a proper 60s UK time capsule.
V/A [The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records Vol. 2 (6LP/book/aluminum case)]

November 18 street date. 'Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932)' contains: * 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 175 artists * 90+ fully-restored original 1920s-30s Paramount ads from Chicago Defender * 6 x 180g LPs pressed on alabaster-white label-less vinyl, each side with its own hand-etched numeral and holographic image * 250 pg. large-format clothbound hardcover book featuring original Paramount art and the label's curious tale * 400 pg. encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist bios & portraits and full Paramount discography * Polished aluminum and stainless steel cabinet, evoking 1930s high art deco stylings and America's own Machine Age modernism * First-of-its-kind music and image player app containing all tracks and ads, housed on sculpted metal USB drive. On Nov 18th, Jack White's Third Man Records, in partnership with John Fahey's Revenant Records, will unlock the second and final chapter chronicling the curious tale of America's most important record label with 'The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932).' A stunning omnibus of words, music, art and design, 'Volume 2' picks up where the ''spectacular'' (New York Times) and ''unprecedented'' (Rolling Stone) 'Volume 1' left off. It documents the label's final 5 year period between 1928-32, a stunning second act in which Paramount birthed the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issued some of the most coveted recordings in the history of the medium: Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Geeshie Wiley, The Mississippi Sheiks, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, and hundreds of others. 'Volume 2' contains six LPs, a sculpted metal USB drive with 800 songs and 90+ original hand-drawn ads from the Chicago Defender, a large-format hardcover book telling the label's story via new writing and original images, and an illustrated Field Guide with biographies and recording information for each artist represented in the set. It is all housed in a streamline case of polished aluminum modeled after a portable phonograph in 1930s American ''Machine Age'' Art Deco style. Like 'Volume 1', the collection was co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk. Paramount Records' open-door recording policy led it to the very bedrock of America's untamed blues, jazz, gospel and folk sounds. In the process the label provided the earliest and most representative snapshot of America's sonic landscape. 'Volume 2' offers a magnificent conclusion to this story of how a Wisconsin chair company, despite producing records on the cheap, changed how America thought of itself by allowing this young country to hear what it really sounded like, in all its stripes, for the very first time.
Ward, M. [Transistor Radio (2014 re-issue 180g + CD of 4 bonus tracks)]

December 2 street date. M. Ward describes Transistor Radio as a collection of songs "about childhood memories of a utopian radio power.." and dedicates the album to "the last of the remaining independent radio stations." Opening with a beautiful John Fahey-esque instrumental rendition of the Beach Boys’ 'You Still Believe in Me', Transistor Radio continues down a dusty well-worn road full of timeless, uniquely American stories. Ward’s distinctly weathered voice and intricate guitar playing are helped along with an impressive group of guests incuding Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Jordan Hudson (The Thermals). Originally released in 2005, M. Ward’s fouth album is now available on 180-gram vinyl with four additional tracks, as the December installment in the Merge25 reissue series.
Zappa, Frank [Puttin' On The Ritz - Deluxe Hardcover Edition (4LP/colored vinyl/Ltd)]

November 18 street date. LIMITED EDITION COLLECTORS HARDCOVER SLEEVE EDITION. THE CLASSIC FRANK ZAPPA N.Y.C. BROADCAST FROM 1981. 4LPs clocking in at 152 minutes! Zappa hit the road in September '81, with his latest touring band, comprising Chad Wackerman on drums, Ed Mann on percussion, Tommy Mars on keyboards, Scott Thunes on bass, with Steve Vai and Ray White on guitar. In November the group travelled to New York State, played a couple of shows up north before hitting the city and unloading at the infamous Ritz venue in the East Village on the 17th. The show that night was captured by WLIR FM Radio and broadcast across the East Coast to the delight of Zappa fans who hadn't been lucky enough to secure a ticket. Playing for more than two and a half hours, with special guests Al Di Meola and Brian Peters joining on a couple of numbers, this deluxe vinyl set features the complete gig as broadcast, available here on vinyl for the first time. 4LPs pressed on WHITE, RED & GREEN SPLATTER VINYL. DELUXE 12"x12" HARDCOVER BOOK SLEEVE.

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