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Bardo Pond [Volume 8]

February 2 street date. LPs include a download card. LP purple vinyl (FAME516LP) is for Indie stores only. Brand new album from Philadelphia’s much loved neo-space rock stoner drone outfit. A euphoric transcendental journey to a mountain top nirvana, a psychedelic tapestry that slowly unwinds as they travel onwards into the inner mind. A 40-minute opus delivered from a hail of reverb soulfully caressed by a ceremonial flute, that makes way for a shroud of ‘Weld’—era Neil Young fog. Bardo Pond is your rather ruffled tour guide to this far off place, this distant sense of wonderment at the crossroads with bewilderment. “One of underground rock’s most extraordinary enigmas” The Quietus
Calexico [The Thread That Keeps Us]

January 26 street date. Over the past two decades, a strong sense of place has shaped the music of CALEXICO, infusing their albums with a stylistic unpredictability and richness of texture. While 2015’s Edge of the Sun brought the Tucson-bred band to the Mexico City borough of Coyoacán, their new full-length The Thread That Keeps Us mostly came to life in a house studio near the Northern California coast nicknamed “The Phantom Ship” by CALEXICO vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino. Like “End of the World with You,” much of The Thread That Keeps Us captures the anxieties and unease of living in tumultuous times. While the album draws a kinetic energy from all that uncertainty, its lyrics unfold with a literary nuance and sense of setting and character. “Instead of writing straight-up protest songs, I want to tell stories,” Burns says. Largely inspired by his wanderings around Northern California during the album’s production, the narratives embedded in The Thread That Keeps Us reflect on displacement, transitory existence, and—in Burns’s words—“returning to your home after being gone for some time and seeing how things have changed, and maybe not in the best way.”
Cook, Hollie [Vessel of Love]

January 26 stret date. Hollie Cook combines her unique vocal talent and charisma to craft a dynamic strand of lovers rock with enduring tropical vibes, weaving a path from her West London roots to an arena of diverse collaborations, critically acclaimed records, and iconic live appearances around the world. Cook’s ability to surprise, delight, and progress solidifies her position as one of the most exciting voices in reggae, and this is clear on her third full-length and Merge debut, Vessel of Love. Cook’s music career commenced at age 19, when family friend and punk trailblazer Ari Up asked Cook to join the raucous ’70s post-punk outfit The Slits for their reformation in 2006. Thrown into the deep end she thrived, and quickly cut her teeth with four years of back-to-back shows around the globe. Acclaimed legendary producer Martin “Youth” Glover (Killing Joke) lends his venerable production expertise to Vessel of Love. Hollie Cook sits in good company on Glover’s impressive production list, joining Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, The Verve, Primal Scream, Pink Floyd, and Depeche Mode. Glover describes Cook’s songs as “sharp lyrical observations and clever word play combined with an exquisite and informed pop sensibility.” Hollie Cook’s vibrant, spirited take on lovers rock radiates positivity, and with Vessel of Love, expect to see her on top of the tropical throne of pop in 2018!
Factory Floor [Heart Of Data/Babel]

February 9 street date. Factory Floor were originally commissioned by London’s Science Museum, to write a brand new live score for Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent cinematic landmark, Metropolis. The 150 minute score was performed live at the Science Museum’s IMAX in April 2017, coinciding with the 90th anniversary release of Metropolis and as part of the acclaimed Robots exhibition. Heart of Data and Babel is the first 12” release on Factory Floor’s own imprint H/O/D Records. An inspired six and half minute track, Heart of Data bears all the hallmarks of a Factory Floor record but as you’ve never heard them before. An animated modular synth groove sets in motion the atmospheric textures within the spacial arrangement. The b side Babel which traverses many scenes in the film, retains a transient meditative pulse in pursuit of space and time. Both bring together an emotive relationship between the machine like qualities of their instruments and visual images provided by Fritz Lang’s industrial masterpiece. Heart of Data is the first of two 12” releases planned for early 2018 with a full length audio of the score on CD and download to follow.
Felt [Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty (remastered/gatefold)]

February 23 street date. During the 1980's, FELT made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. Their debut album, "Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty" was originally issued in 1982 on the Cherry Red label. Band leader Lawrence's ambition was to release the best debut English album ever! Adrian Borland offered his services, then commitments with his band The Sound prevented this from happening. So Felt began a relationship with Swell Maps producer John A. Rivers. Recorded and mixed in six days the band got a taste of how bitter reality fares compared to the "mellow fruitfulness" of blind ambition. At long last, Cherry Red is now reissuing a deluxe, remastered vinyl edition, packaged in a beautiful gatefold sleeve.
Felt [Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty (CD+7-inch box)]

February 23 street date. Specially packaged remastered CD version of FELT's debut album. Packaged in a bespoke 7" box, complete with various ephemera consisting of the original album in a special gatefold sleeve, long deleted 7" vinyl single pertaining to the relevant year of release ("Something Sends Me To Sleep"/alternate version), reproduction gig flyers, double sided wall poster, and four button lapel badges for wearing with pride! The initial pressing of 2000 copies comes signed by Lawrence.
Hansard, Glen [Between Two Shores]

January 19 street date. Between Two Shores is the third solo release from acclaimed singer-song writer Glen Hansard. Glen Hansard has built a career, now over 2 decades strong, on struggle. His impassioned songs mostly veer between the exhausting struggle to make it professionally and the numbing struggle to keep the affections of a romantic partner. Pick up any Frames or Swell Season record, or his first two solo releases, 2012’s Rhythm and Repose, and 2015’s Didn’t He Ramble to find him chipping away at those two pillars. (*Glen Hansard will be touring the world in support of Between Two Shores. *Glen Hansard has won both an Academy Award and multiple Tony Awards for his work on “Once” – the song “Falling Slowly” won an Oscar for Best Original song in 2007 and the musical won 8 Tony Awards in 2013. *Glen Hansard’s catalog has sold over 2 Million units - including his solo work, The Frames and Swell Season.)
Husker Du [Savage Young Du (4LP)]

Please note: (DELAYED) New street date is January 12 (for LP) / December 15 (for CD) (available as 3CD or 4LP box) Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon. Collected here for the first time, and skillfully remastered from original board tapes, demos, and session masters, this collection is an authoritative chronicling of the wellspring and maturation of Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould—three St. Paul teenagers who’d go on to become the most heralded trio of the American punk underground. Follow the Hüskers to their earliest gigs in 1979, through extensive road dog touring, and to the start of their partnership with West Coast tastemak er SST in 1983. This primitive stage in the fabled car eer of Hüsker Dü is presented as a deluxe box set and packaged with a hardbound book crammed full of never before seen photos, flyers, and a sprawling essay with participation from the band. Spread across four LPs or three CDs, 47 of the 69 songs compiled here are previously unissued. Also included are Statues/Amusement, In A Free Land, Everything Falls Apart, and an alternate recording of the Land Speed Record set.
Laraaji [Vision Songs]

January 19 street date. Vision Songs Vol. 1 (1984) is the LARAAJI album like no other, located at the intersection of new age and gospel. It is both his outlier and magnum opus, the feel-good DIY tape of the century. Discovered busking in Washington Square Park by Brian Eno in the late 70s, engagement with the eternal flow has led Laraaji to, seemingly by magic, emerge as the most beloved avatar of the unstoppable new age music revival of recent years. Now Vision Songs rewrites Laraaji's musical history. Vision Songs is literally a revelation -- of a master songwriter whose unbelievably catchy best compositions such as "We Shall Be Lifted", "All Of A Sudden", and "Is This Clear?" belong in any great American songbook. Casio synth jams recorded at spiritual retreat guest rooms and a tiny bedroom on the Upper West Side, lysergically-spectacular anthems for a continually arriving new moment, "channeled," as Laraaji states in the album's eloquent liner notes, "from the sky," previously available in an edition of 100 cassettes sold at yoga retreats and on the streets of New York City, Vision Songs is humbly offered on vinyl, CD, and streaming for the very first time.
McEntire, H.C. [Lionheart]

January 26 street date. H.C. McEntire, frontwoman of Mount Moriah & Bellafea, strikes out on her own with her debut solo album LIONHEART, a collection of songs inspired by the American South and a desire to reclaim “country” music from the heteronormative, homogenous schtick of tailgates and six-packs and men chasing women. Stereogum describes her voice as “weary, wise, and bright as morning sunshine all at once,” and that sunshine glows throughout the triumphant LIONHEART. “LIONHEART is personal: from recording it mostly at my house, to inviting close friends to play on it and put themselves in it, to the deeply autobiographical narratives of place and people,” writes McEntire. “In music, there are no rules. You make your own language. You can be both the Southern rock outlier and the twangy gospel conduit. You can be both the cherubic, honey-tongued innocent and the ardent punk. To get here—to find my lion heart—I had to become them all.” For the album, McEntire collaborated with many of her favorite musicians, including Kathleen Hanna, Angel Olsen, Amy Ray, Daniel Hart, Tift Merritt, William Tyler, and Phil Cook, while remaining bravely devoted to her most authentic self throughout the process. LIONHEART was recorded during the first few months of 2017 with additional recording and mixing taking place on the run as McEntire toured the world as a member of Angel Olsen’s band. “I learned a great deal about who I am and how to trust myself while making this record,” muses McEntire. “In general, the songs feel more country to me, in a sincere way. There’s gospel. There’s more pop. There’s no hiding.”
No Age [Snares Like A Haircut]

January 26 street date. Recorded in a few days and mixed forever, "Snares Like a Haircut" finds NO AGE in full on mode, because there was nothing else to do but go full on. In the songs inside the songs, the thumpy/thwappy drums, the desperately voiced paens to determination, a promise from the 1980s echoes once again across today, for the undetermined in-between generation reality seekers. With "Snares Like a Haircut", No Age scrub the itch in the little moments, engage actively with the process and carve/plaster/shave something in an album shape that’ll last.
Olympic Symphonium [Beauty In The Tension]

February 9 street date. Beauty in the Tension, the fifth studio album from New Brunswick songwriting quartet The Olympic Symphonium, is the result of rural isolation, small comforts, and the discovery of two pairs of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ pajama pants. For six days last winter, Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, Dennis Goodwin and Graeme Walker holed up in the legendary Old Confidence Lodge studio in Riverport, Nova Scotia to focus on capturing 13 new compositions. Working long days with the help and stamina of engineer Diego Medina, the band laid down a batch of songs that were road-tested and ready to be captured. Delicious home-cooked meals and harmony vocals were provided by Jennah Barry, a fellow resident of Nova Scotia's south shore, and additional instrumentation was provided by Michael Belyea (Jenn Grant), Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors) and composer/arranger Drew Jurecka. The Olympic Symphonium has been trudging through the murkier depths of the Canadian music stream since 2005. Consisting of four distinct and diverse songwriters, the band has crafted a full, lush sound that is entirely their own. A sound that features emotional musical flourishes, soaring harmonies that float in and out, and dramatic lyrical content. It is the sound of a strange and beautiful tension. (180g LP version due in March!)
Pianos Become The Teeth [Wait For Love]

February 16 street date. Wait For Love, their fourth album, sees PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH taking another sonic step forward to craft a musical statement that truly transcends genres. The Baltimore natives have produced a collection of songs that feature lush soundscapes and a more nuanced and melodic sound when compared to the screamo-aggression of their early work. Fans who have followed the band’s trajectory—from their 2013 split with Touché Amoré—can trace the way the band’s sound has evolved from a melodic screamo act to a group that create heaviness and weight via raw emotion instead of distortion and dissonance. PRODUCED BY WILL YIP (CIRCA SURVIVE, BRAID). FOR FANS OF BALANCE AND COMPOSURE, CIRCA SURVIVE, TITLE FIGHT, TOUCHE AMORE!
Portal [ION (Gatefold)]

January 26 street date. ION is the fifth full-length album from enigmatic Australian avant-garde death metal surrealists PORTAL. ION is the band’s most intense and experimental release to date, an album not for the faint of heart and/of mind. Featuring artwork and design by Zbigniew Bielak (Ghost). Vinyl edition comes in a gatefold jacket with a fold out poster and a designed vellum inner sleeve. (Also available on CD cat. # PFL188)
Rezillos [Flying Saucer Atttack: The Complete Recordings 1977-1979 (2CD)]

February 23 street date. Formed in 1976 in Edinburgh, Scotland, John Peel favourites THE REZILLOS were viewed as a punk act simply because they emerged at a specific time in the history of rock. But there was so much more to The Rezillos and their music. Branding themselves a "new wave beat group", The Rezillos' music lacked the nihilism and social commentary of many of their counterparts, replacing this with an irreverent glam rock image and a love of science fiction, B-movie, comic book and campy girl group iconography that set them apart from their musical peers. Initially performing mainly 50's and 60's rock 'n' roll covers at their live shows, they began penning their own original songs, and soon after came the release of their highly acclaimed debut LP, "Can't Stand The Rezillos", contained here. This classic album is now available in this collectable 2CD digipack release, together with their famous live recording from the Glasgow Apollo on 23rd December 1978 - released at the time under the name of "Mission Accomplished - But The Beat Goes On:. The package also includes all the B-sides and rarities from the band’'s first stint as The Rezillos between 1977 and 1979.
Segall, Ty [Freedom's Goblin]

January 26 street date. "Freedom's Goblin" is the new TY SEGALL album: 19 tracks strong, filling four sides of vinyl nonstop, with an unrestricted sense of coming together to make an album. It wants you to get your head straight - but first, the process will make your head spin! Back in the "Twins" days, we talked about the schizophrenia of Ty's outlook; today, it's super-dual, with loads of realities all folding back on each other. On any given side, we're tracking five or six full-blown personalities, unconcerned with convention or continuity. "Freedom's Goblin" is thick with deep songwriting resources, be it stomper, weeper, ballad, screamer, banger or funker-upper, all diverted into new TYdentities - each one marking a different impasse, like a flag whirling into a knot, exploding and burning on contact, in the name of love and loathing.
Shirt [Pure Beauty (180g)]

February 23 street date. Third Man Records has been searching for a hip-hop artist whose multidisciplinary vision, immovable work ethic and natural sense of aesthetic are compatible our label's mission. The label is proud to release Pure Beauty by mysterious Queens, New York visual artist, designer and rapper SHIRT.
Superchunk [What A Time To Be Alive]

February 16 street date. Indeed, like so much of Superchunk’s music in the band’s nearly three decades together, the songs on What a Time to Be Alive meet rage and anxiety head-on with the catharsis and exhilaration of loud punk fire and vulnerable pop energy. Like 2013’s I Hate Music, which focused on death, loss, and the role of music in an aging life, the new record brings spirit to the frontlines of pain—it’s as defiant as it is despairing, as much a call to arms as a throwing up of hands. The record features more guest backing vocalists than any previous Superchunk album, including Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Skylar Gudasz, and David Bazan. “Part of that was wanting a feeling of community,” says Mac. “I think that’s important to not be completely bummed out about everything all the time.”
Unknown Artist [Self Hypnosis: Control Your Addiction to Television, Screens & Media]

Please note: new street date is February 9. Self Hypnosis: Control Your Addiction to Television, Screens & Media. (Includes download) Keep your eye on the prize!! This tape will help keep you focused during this new era of infectious social media & constant digital distractions. "Are you tired of working on a computer all day long, only to go home and stare at more screens? Perhaps you know someone who is chronically distracted by digital detritus, and you wish to make a point by giving them this tape as a passive-aggressive gift?... Whatever the case may be, this tape functions as a cure-all for any screen-related distractions which you and your loved ones may be facing!” SIDE A is a sincere 23 minute guided HYPNOSIS session, featuring customized binaural tones, ASMR sound and cleansing subliminal massages. SIDE B features the therapeutic soundscapes without the voice. Break the spell of addictive digital distractions, and reclaim your personal space, time & clarity. Get the most out of your life. Listen to this tape. Take back your autonomy. Take a deep breath in. Smile. For fans of: Getting stuff done, technology, entertainment, videogames, Reveen, Marshall McLuhan, The Hip Hypnotist, Tony Robbins, Stockhausen, Edgar Cayce, W. Reich, Luc Ferrari, Aldous Huxley, Xenakis, Dr. Brule, Dr. Spock, Spock, Shatner, Tim Leary, Pierre Schaeffer, Terence McKenna, Gregg Turkington, Robert Anton WIlson, Ivor Cutler, William Burroughs, ASMR, GRM, DMT, Key of Z, Mr.T.
Unwound [New Plastic Ideas (re-issue 1994)]

January 26 street date. An album Maximum Rock 'N' Roll deemed not punk enough to review, Unwound's 1994 sophomore effort was a lethal depth charge aimed at major label grunge and independent hardcore alike. From the off-kilter, vertiginous rhythm of "Entirely Different Matters" to the neck-snapping velocity of "What Was Wound" to the relentless pounding at the end of "All Souls Day," New Plastic Ideas is the Sonic Youth-loving older sister to Fake Train's post-punk-obsessed little brother.
V/A [Beat Girls Espanol!: 1960's She-Pop From Spain (180g white vinyl)]

February 9 street date. Having already put out collections spotlighting the girl singers of 1960s Japan, France, Italy and Sweden, Ace now turns their attention to sunny Spain. The influence of hit records from the USA and the UK in the early 60s had resulted in a musical style the French called yé-yé. Spain also adopted the term to describe this new type of beat-oriented pop, while maintaining its own musical identity via sexy rhythms and an underlying current of drama and flamenco, as evidenced in this predominantly uptempo all-female compilation. Compiled by Ace's in-house international girl-pop buff Mick Patrick, "Beat Girls Español!" is available in 14-track LP and 24-track CD formats. The LP version - pressed on 180g white vinyl - is packaged in a heavy-duty sleeve with an inner bag featuring a 3500-word note and copious colour illustrations, while the CD edition comes with a bumper booklet containing expanded notes and extra illustrations.
V/A [Classic Delta and Deep South Blues]

January 19 street date. Mississippi, particularly the Delta, lays claim to being the land where the blues began. Forged in the crucible of poverty and racial oppression, blues flourished there as nowhere else, evolving into what most critics consider the deepest or most intense strain of the blues tradition. During the Great Migration, music changed consistently, adapting to its new surroundings like St. Louis and Chicago, while retaining its connection to its down home Delta roots. This collection celebrates the diversity and dissemination of the blues’ most powerful and influential voices. Track Listing: 1. C.C. Rider - Big Bill Broonzy 2:34 / 2. Woman In Elaine, Arkansas - Roosevelt Sykes 2:23 / 3. Death Letter Blues - Son House 2:58 / 4. Your Crying Won’t Make Me Stay - KC Douglas & R.Riggins 2:43 / 5. Columbus, Mississippi Blues - Bukka White 3:30 / 6. I’m Going To Walk Your Log - William ‘Cat Iron’ Carradine 1:53 / 7. Why Did You Go Last Night - Clifton Chenier 3:17 / 8. I Stand And Wonder - Sam Chatmon 3:51 / 9. Sleeping With The Devil - Johnny Young and Walter Horton 3:58 / 10. Short Stuff’s Corinna - Short Stuff Macon 2:43 / 11. Married Woman Blues - Big Joe Williams 1:57 / 12. Up The Country Blues - Little Brother Montgomery 2:57 / 13. Dream - John Littejohn 4:44 / 14. Good Morning Little School Girl - Dr (Isaiah) Ross 3:36 / 15. Catfish Blues - David “Honeyboy’ Edwards 3:27 / 16. M & O Blues - Memphis Slim 3:37 / 17. Forty-Four - Scott Dunbar 4:14 / 18. Sun Goin’ Down - Son House 4:59 / 19. Frisco Line - Mississippi Fred McDowell 3:58 / 20. Diggin’ My Potatoes - Big Bill Broonzy 2:58
White, Jack [Connected By Love/Respect Commander]

Available now. Jack White's first new music since 2014's Lazaretto is pressed now and available immediately for fulfillment and retail sale. Both sides of the 7", "Connected By Love" and "Respect Commander", are tracks featured on forthcoming Jack White full-length album Boarding House Reach, with more details to come. "Connected by Love" was produced by White and recorded at Sear Sound in New York City, Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, and Third Man Studio in Nashville - marking the first time that White has recorded an album in NYC and LA. The track features White on vocals, synthesizer, and acoustic guitar, backed by a remarkable new lineup of musicians that includes drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncé, Q-Tip, John Legend), bassist Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger), synthesizer player DJ Harrison, keyboardist Neal Evans (Soulive, Talib Kweli, John Scofield), percussionist Bobby Allende (David Byrne), and backing vocalists Ann & Regina McCrary of Nashville's beloved gospel trio, The McCrary Sisters.

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CALEXICO LIVE PERFORMANCE - CBS THIS MORNING - SATURDAY JAN 13, 2018

Calexico's brilliant new album, The Thread That Keeps Us, will be available Jan 26.

In the meantime, here's a link to check out their live performance of album track "End of the World With You" from CBS THIS MORNING broadcast Saturday Jan 13th.

https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/saturday-sessions-calexico-performs-end-of-the-world-with-you/

"The Thread That Keeps Us" (Anti 87573 LP or CD) available January 26.




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