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Acrassicauda [Gilgamesh]

December 11 street date. (LP due in early 2016) Presenting.. The self-released full-length debut album from ACRASSICAUDA, a band first introduced to North America in 2007 as stars of the popular feature-length VICE documentary "Heavy Metal Baghdad". The film was selected at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, transforming Acrassicauda overnight into a household name in the metal community. Now, breaking away from the old adage of politics, exile, war, death and destruction, Acrassicauda’s new take on things brings a breath of fresh air into the lives of the band members and allows them to break away from the past traumas and uncertainties of war torn Iraq. The new album pays homage to the ancient Mesopotamian civilization using the Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient poem written in the Acadian language in the 3rd millennium BC, originally inscribed on 12 tablets in cuneiform script. Delving into themes of exotic journeys, life and death, love, the divine, success and failure, the Epic of Gilgamesh has much in common with the experiences of the band —it is a humble yet honest comparison. The album is an ode to the modern Iraq, a home from which they are exiled today. “The whole album's concept is about journeys, life and death, love, the divine, success and failure, and the eternal struggle for immortality. Acrassicauda immortalizes the legacy of this character and his struggles through music, thousands of years later…” - Marwan Hussein // "heavy-metal tour de force" - ROLLING STONE, see full 2015 article here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/acrassicauda-iraq-heavy-metal-in-baghdad-20150401 // 2015 BILLBOARD Interview: www.billboard.com/articles/news/6509674/acrassicauda-interview-heavy-metal-in-baghdad-gilgamesh-vice // Watch the hit VICE Feature documentary here: www.vice.com/en_ca/video/heavy-metal-in-baghdad-feature
Case, Neko [Truckdriver Gladiator Mule (9LP box/book/slipmat)]

November 20 street date (date change). Case's entire catalog on Vinyl – most have been out of print for years! 9 x LP 180 gram vinyl box set, with limited edition 80-page full color photography book, complete download card and vinyl slipmat with illustration by Neko Case !! The long story of Neko Case and her musical wonderment will finally be told in a stunning and long overdue vinyl set , entitled the Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule LP box set. Neko’s entire discography on wax will be available on standard black 180 gram vinyl. The set includes all 8 vinyl remasters (remastered from the original analog tape), plus a limited edition 80-page full color photography book and a vinyl slipmat with illustration, both designed by Neko Case herself. All of this comes in a custom storage box. The titles are beloved by fans and many have been out of print on vinyl for years!
Deafheaven [New Bermuda]

November 27 for LP (date change) / October 2 for CD. CD / 2LP gatefold with download. (also available as a limited deluxe indie-store-only edition) San Francisco’s Deafheaven found massive critical success when their 2013 album Sunbather was an unexpected crossover hit, earning the band a 92/100 Metacritic score and ending the year as the best reviewed album of 2013. No one could have anticipated a band that drew from equal parts Weakling and My Bloody Valentine ascending to such heights, and that incomprehensibility added to the band’s singularity and allure. Two years later, founding members George Clarke and Kerry McCoy began working on their ANTI debut, New Bermuda, with a new perspective. Says Clarke: “Sunbather yearned for something better. New Bermuda focuses on the idea of false promise, achieving something and wondering if it’s what you really wanted in the first place.” McCoy shares that sentiment: “Sunbather sounds like people who have nothing but are satisfied with life. There’s an uplifting quality to it. But New Bermuda is a very tense record.” McCoy cites death metal demigods Dissection and Morbid Angel, the blackened death pioneers Behemoth, and Cliff Burton-era Metallica as influences on the new album. As New Bermuda progresses, Deafheaven travels further outside of their comfort zone, feasting on other niches of underground metal and offsetting the blunt force of their feral rage with more complex and nuanced beauty. A sophisticated and subdued pop element kicks off “Baby Blue”, before the band abruptly shifts into an amalgam of NWOBHM’s anthemic urgency and thrash metal’s racing chugs. There’s a brief comedown where the band veers into the musique concrete soundscapes and hushed melodrama of early Godspeed You! Black Emperor before “Come Back” resumes the band’s merciless assault of stampeding drums and vitriolic guitar harmonies, only to shift mid-song into the somber territories of 4AD’s early catalog. Which is not to say that Deafheaven have softened their approach; New Bermuda offers the most punishing music of the band’s career in the wake of their greatest success.
Fagan, Scott [South Atlantic Blues]

November 20 street date. The initial pressing of the vinyl comes as a limited edition, hand-numbered, 180g vinyl with a reproduction of Jasper Johns’ 1970 lithograph, ‘Scott Fagan Record,’ as cover art, and includes a digital download. The CD comes with extensive liner notes, rare photos, and a down-load of five bonus tracks—the original 1965 demo for Doc Pomus as well as a recently-discovered acetate, the only copy in existence of a previously-unknown Doc Pomus song, All For The Sake Of Love, that only Scott Fagan recorded. Scott Fagan’s debut album, ‘South Atlantic Blues,’ is a genuine lost classic — a mystical, mythical and deeply soulful masterpiece. Recorded when Scott was just 21, virtually homeless and with pennies to his name, it was released in 1968 on Atco Records but remained obscure, confounded by a series of frustrating near-misses. From being mentored by Doc Pomus to being discovered by Jasper Johns, Scott’s incredible story and music unfolds on ‘South Atlantic Blues,’ remastered and reissued for the first time ever on CD and vinyl on Saint Cecilia Knows in association with Scott Fagan’s own lil’fish records. Steeped in delicate psych, soul and resonant acoustic gui-tars “that stroke and stone you to the core” (Shindig). It’s an epic song cycle about Fagan’s hard-scrabble life in the Virgin Islands, where he was raised and lived until 19 before returning to his birthplace of New York City. A teenage prodigy, mentored and managed by songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Scott recorded early material for Columbia and Bert Berns’ BANG label before signing with Atco. In 1969, artist Jasper Johns discovered ‘South Atlantic Blues’ in a cut-out bin, fell in love with the record, and used it as the inspiration for three artworks, known as ‘Scott Fagan Rec-ord.’ The pieces are now housed in the permanent collections of MOMA, the Met and the Walker Art Center. Born on 52nd Street, Scott was the son of a sax player and singer who fraternized with jazz greats. That familial connection with music would come full circle when Fagan discov-ered he was the biological father of songwriter Stephin Mer-ritt of the Magnetic Fields. They did not meet until the premi-ere of a documentary about Doc Pomus in 2013. A conversation between the two is included in the liner notes of this CD release. Saint Cecilia Knows also released the acclaimed Mickey Newbury box set, ‘An American Trilogy.’
Frames [Longitude (2LP)]

DECEMBER 18 STREET DATE (date change). Legendary Irish band The Frames are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the release of the album Longitude. The record is a stirring compilation of songs chosen by the band, including new recordings of favorites "Revelate" and "Fitzcaraldo" as well as a brand new composition recorded just for this set. The Frames are a world renowned Dublin based band led by Glen Hansard , the singer/songwriter whose musical journey has included an Academy Award win for the film Once, success with his band - The Swell Season, as well as his acclaimed solo works, including his latest release Didn’t He Ramble and his 2012 solo debut Rhythm and Repose.
Leftover Crack [Constructs of the State]

November 27th street date. LEFTOVER CRACK are a scarce commodity in the music world, having generated a sub-genre which was completely unique. Drawing on the success of their first iteration, Choking Victim, LEFTOVER CRACK took ska/punk/crust to new heights with the innovation of what they cheekily dubbed “squat-core”. Their sound infuses hardcore, metal, ska, classical, grindcore, folk and various other elements into what has become the gold standard of the modern crust/ punk genre. LOC’s latest full-length (first since 2004), Constructs of the State, is a jarring reminder of that fact. The 13 tracks are a sonic assault, laden with the fiercely overt political and socio-economic lyrical content the band are known for. Constructs of the State shows the band’s progression with a very cohesive feel, yet it still contains all the varied and volatile ingredients that fans expect. The album also boasts contributions from a who’s who of the punk world including members of Operation Ivy, Crass, and Bouncing Souls, just to name a few. From front to back Constructs never lets up, thrashing from one massive moment to the next. Although the wait was long this is one case where it was truly worth it. A Canadian tour planned for 2016.
Magnetic Fields [69 Love Songs (6x10-inch box/book/download)]

November 6 street date. Solicited several months ago but postponed - until now - and now at a lower price than the originally offered price (outstanding orders have been adjusted to the new price). Remastered vinyl reissue of The Magnetic Fields’ classic 1999 3-CD box set rumination on, of course, love. Funny, smart, dark, memorable, and a lifetime’s worth of listening. Stephin Merritt solidifies his songwriting genius on his "most ambitiouis and fully realized work" - (AMG). This vinyl reissue is beautifully packaged in a 10" slip case box with three double gatefold sleeves and the original booklet in 10" size! First time available on vinyl - includes a coupon for MP3 download of ALL remastered '69 Love Songs' courtesy of mergerecords.com! Limited to only 3000 copies!
McAdorey, Michelle [Into Her Future]

November 27 street date (CD) / December 18 street date (LP). The first album in ten years from Michelle McAdorey, ex Crash Vegas. Produced by: Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo. The album was recorded over a period of two and half years with long-time collaborator and friend Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo at his Lost Cause studio near Peterborough. The nine songs in this collection (Eight on the vinyl version. The final song The Remainder, is available with the rest of the album, digitally, via a download card packaged with the LP) address the nature and importance of love as a guiding and crucial force in the world. The love for a child, the love of nature and the earth and the way love travels through time, linking the past to the present and indeed into the future. Toronto born McAdorey cut her musical teeth in London, England during the 1980s; recording with her own band as well as with Kirsty MacColl. On her return to Toronto, McAdorey formed Crash Vegas with Keelor. Memorably described at the time as ‘An awake Cowboy Junkies’, their debut album, Red Earth, was popular with critics and fans and was certified silver on the strength of the singles Inside Out, Smoke and Sky.
Mr. Lif [I Phantom (2LP 2015 re-issue)]

November 27th street date. 2LP on red, wite & blue splatter vinyl. The legendary debut album from Mr. Lif has returned. Originally released on Definitive Jux in 2002 this concept album that Rolling Stone called "graceful" is finally available again. This classic features Run The Jewels' El-P, Aesop Rock, Jean Grae, Edan, Insight, Akrobatic and DJ Fakts One.
No Use For A Name [All the Best Songs (2015 re-build)]

CD Street date December 11 / 2LP Street date February 5. NO USE FOR A NAME were one of the first bands on Fat Wreck Chords and remain a cornerstone of the label roster. Their unique take on California punk emphasized equally innovative and catchy melody, paired with top-flight musicianship. Of course, a lot of what made this possible was the vocal range and imaginative song writing of Tony Sly. Despite his tragic passing in 2012 Tony’s presence can still be felt today, as his influence is evident in the work of many other artists. Over the course of their more than 20 year career, NO USE FOR A NAME amassed an impressive catalog of albums packed with hit songs. In 2007 NUFAN compiled a “best of” collection from their material up to that point. In order to encapsulate the true life of the band from start to finish, All the Best Songs has been thoughtfully updated. Now including songs from their resurgent and critically acclaimed release Feel Good Record of the Year, as well as new artwork, All the Best Songs is a definitive collection. It’s truly a perfect album for new and old fans alike. The reissue also marks the first time All the Best Songs is available on vinyl, which will have collectors in a frenzy. The existing members of NO USE FOR A NAME recently reunited for the massive Fat Wreck Chords 25th Anniversary blowout weekend in San Francisco. On a bill featuring roster heavyweights from past and present, NUFAN stole the show. Singers from each band at the festival took a turn behind the mic, paying tribute to NUFAN’s amazing songs. The spectacular result was a testament to just how important NO USE FOR A NAME remain today.
Rancid [And Out Come the Wolves (2015 remaster)]

Please Note NEW STREET DATE: DECEMBER 11. Remastered from the original analog master tapes. Pressed on audiophile 180 gram vinyl. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this very special release in our history, Epitaph Records is proud to present the deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of Rancid’s ...and Out Come The Wolves. Released at the height of the 90’s wave of punk resurgence, ...and Out Come The Wolves is arguably on the most important albums of that decade and features tracks that became punk standards.
Segall, Ty [Ty Rex (Incl. Download)]

NOVEMBER 27 STREET DATE. (LP version includes download) The Ty Rex corner of Ty Segall’s oeuvre represents the nom-de-rock behind which the artist puts his spin on favored Tyrannosaurus Rex and T. Rex compositions. With previous releases now dwelling in out-of-print nether-regions, the album compiles the six-song Ty Rex EP (a.k.a. Ty Rex I, originally released by Goner as a limited edition 12-inch for Record Store Day 2011) and the two-song Ty Rex II 7-inch (RSD 2013). As if this wasn’t enough of a corrective gesture, Ty Rex is expanded to include a previously-unreleased cover as a bonus—but first… For those who missed out on this nook of Segall’s rapidly-growing footprint across the rock landscape, here is a cursory rundown: The compilation showcases a nice balance between T. Rex’s ’67-70 psych-folk incarnation under the name Tyrannosaurus Rex and the better-known pioneering and perfecting of glam-rock that defined the initial ’71-73 era under the shortened T. Rex moniker. Kicking things off is the thick, woozily rocking interpretation of “Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart,” one of two covers pulled from Tyrannosaurus Rex’s fourth and best album, 1970’s A Beard of Stars. Segall then double-dips into the consummate T. Rex (and for that matter, the entire glam-rock movement) achievement, The Slider, with a rendition of “Buick MacKane” followed by an excellent dirtying-up of the title track. Clearly executed with the ear and understanding of a super-fan, next up is Segall’s awesome tackling of “Woodland Rock” an Electric Warrior outtake that also surfaced on the B-side to 1971’s non-album “Hot Love” single. Returning to Tyrannosaurus Rex fare for the two tracks that originally concluded the Ty Rex I EP, “Salamanda Palaganda” originates from 1968’s Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages and “Elemental Child” from A Beard of Stars. “Cat Black” (from Tyrannosaurus Rex’s 1969 album, Unicorn) and Electric Warrior’s closing song “The Motivator” follow, before wrapping up this compilation of Ty-Rex material is the aforementioned previously unreleased bonus track, Segall’s cover of “20th Century Boy” (a non-album T. Rex single from 1973).
soundtrack [Entertainment (Neil Hamburger)]

December 4 street date. Experience the soundtrack to Neil Hamburger’s existential dread. Entertainment is the unnervig film account of a traveling comedian lost on the brink. A broken, aging comic tours the California desert, cast away in a sea of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and self-serving attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he drags across the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement, he confronts a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters. This sonic companion to Entertainment comes straight from the record collection top-secret Neil Hamburger alter ego Gregg Turkington, an avid gatherer of privately pressed curios and the self-proclaimed #1 fan of Frank Sinatra Jr. Joining the Son of the Chairman of the Board on this limited edition LP is a cast of downtrodden personalities, including a emphatically Los Angeleno nun, an Italian-language folkie whose guitar laments the Vietnam war, and a Columbus, Ohio, civil rights activist and record man. Included are interstitial dialogue snippets, one of which lets co-star John C. Reilly supply a bizarre rendition of “Away In A Manger.”
Spoon [Gimme Fiction (2LP - 2015 remaster)]

December 11 street date. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Spoon classic, Merge will release a deluxe limited-edition version of Gimme Fiction on double-LP (180g) and double-CD. The reissue contains the album remastered by Howie Weinberg from the original tapes, a second disc with 12 previously unreleased demos from the era, nine additional bonus tracks via digital download, and a fullcolor book containing photos and an extensive oral history of the making of the album. The deluxe LP package will also include a 24” x 36” poster. Gimme Fiction dragged the sonic pointillism of Kill the Moonlight further into dub-influenced weirdness as the increasingly confident Spoon went crazy in the studio, experimenting with everything from warped hip-hop samples to horse whinnies. How all this directionless Dylan worship and psychedelic goofing resulted in an album as sharply realized as Gimme Fiction is a testament solely to Spoon’s self-assurance and tastefulness (and some hard work, and a bit of luck, etc.). Whatever digging or strange alchemy had to go into it, they only produced more gold. Gimme Fiction deserves special recognition because it’s the album where Spoon—backed into a corner—took some crazy leaps, all of them forward. It’s a “departure point” for a band that, lucky for us, has never made a real departure. And when it came time for a reissue, we knew it deserved a lasting place on vinyl, right alongside every other indispensable record in Spoon’s discography.
Swans [White Light From the Mouth of Infinity (2LP)]

December 4 street date. 2LP Gatefold jacket with poster and insert. White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, Swans’ seventh studio album originally released in 1991, is considered the starting point for the second section of Swans’ inimitable history. Described as “…the glistening, glimmering sounds of the pensive countryside” by Stereogum, this will be the first time White Light from the Mouth of Infinity has been available on vinyl since its original release on Young God Records in 1991. The vinyl issue will include the track ‘Blind’, not included in the original release.
Swans [White Light From../Love Of Life (3LP/CD box)]

December 4 street date. Limited Edition Box Set Includes the 2LP-gatefold White Light album from 1991, Love of Life LP from 1992 and a CD of Outtakes & Live material. + Download Card!
Swans [Love Of Life]

December 4 street date. (Incl. Poster) Love of Life, the band’s eighth studio album, followed soon after in 1992. According to Allmusic’s Ned Ragget, “Love of Life continues the astounding creative roll Swans found themselves on … yet another Swans masterpiece." The vinyl version of this album has also been unavailable since its original release.
Tinariwen [Live in Paris (2LP)]

December 18 street date for LP (date change). Traveling to exotic lands is nothing new for Tinariwen. The Saharan blues band have performed the world over bringing their signature mix of hypnotic rock guitar with the traditional instruments and vocal stylings of their native Tuareg roots to their adoring fans. But this night in Paris would be different, and this live recording captures the magic. That night, under the auspices of this festive celebration of Tamashek culture, the Malian group invited everyone to celebrate the earthy, electrifying nuptials of the guitar and the tindé (small drum): A unique soirée normally reserved for more intimate spheres - around a fire in the desert in southern Algeria perhaps, or in the yard of house somewhere in the northern Mali. Touareg culture donned its finest apparel, there in the heart of Paris, in the name of communion, emotion, dance and trance. Tinariwen pay an extraordinary homage to the grandeur and vitality of Tamashek culture. The recording of that night will no doubt remain in the annals of music, just as it will remain carved in the head and heart of its audience.
V/A [Bobby Gillespie presents: (2LP) Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down]

December 4 street date. Primal Scream are one of the most popular and influential British groups of the past thirty years. Their 1991 album "Screamadelica" is regularly lauded as among the greatest of all time. They mix the musical past with the present to create a special sound. The tracks on this compilation, selected by lead singer Bobby Gillespie, allow a view into part of his music world. This is the first commercially released compilation put together by Bobby Gillespie. He describes the music as "beautiful, fragile and soulful". The CD’s tracklisting includes music by the 13th Floor Elevators, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Gene Clark, Ronnie Wood, Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis. It also features Primal Scream’s take on the Jesus And Mary Chain’s ‘Darklands’. The sleeve notes feature Bobby’s explanation of what the songs mean to him and how they influenced his band’s records. The cover image is an iconic image of him from the Corinne Day archive.The LP contains one bonus track- ‘Cheree (remix)’ by Suicide - and comes in CLEAR 180 GRAM VINYL with a gatefold sleeve.
V/A [Ork Records, New York, New York (4LP/book)]

October 30 street date. In August of 1975, the world’s first punk record label was born. Ork Records: New York, New York is a tale of Terry Ork, a film-obsessed fugitive of Warhol’s Factory set. Ork’s impresario ear would pull damaged, literate new rock music from the pregnant Bowery grime of CBGB, resulting in debut 45s by Television and Richard Hell, as well as landmark recordings by the Feelies and Lester Bangs. It’s a tale of Charles Ball, who’d steer Ork Records through solo exploits by Big Star’s Alex Chilton and the dBs’ Chris Stamey. And it’s a tale told across 2 CD or 4 LPs s in scorching sides by Richard Lloyd, Marbles, Prix, Mick Farren, Cheetah Chrome, the Idols, the Erasers, the Revelons, Student Teachers, and more. Our deluxe 190-page hardback book features evocative, unseen imagery, a portal opened by on-the-scene photojournalists as crucial to documenting punk’s conception in the squalid Lower East Side as the walls of CBGB itself. Ork Records: New York, New York is a visionary glimpse of punk and new wave as invented, nurtured, feted, and forgotten by the street-level artisans who attended the genres’ arrival.
Wavves/Cloud Nothings [No Life For Me]

December 18 street date (LP) / October 30 (CD). No Life For Me is the highly anticipated collaborative album between Nathan Williams of Wavves and Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings via Williams’s own imprint, Ghost Ramp. The album was recorded at Williams’s home during sessions in March and June of 2014, with production from Sweet Valley. “For all their differences, a Wavves / Cloud Nothings collaboration makes a good deal of sense, and fans have been eagerly anticipating an album since it was officially announced back in March…. [The album] is a summery slice of punk that’s more SoCal than Ohio, even if Baldi can’t help but smear his unique brand of melancholy all over standout tracks like ‘Nervous’ and ‘Nothing Hurts’…. / “No Life For Me is deeply indebted to early 1980s Southern California punk, a scene that’s probably buried deep in the soil of Williams’ mind by this point…. This is pop music executed with the no-frills precision of hardcore….” —Consequence of Sound
Yoko And the Oh No's [Yoko and the Oh No's]

December 18 for LP (date change) / October 30 street date for CD. Yoko & the Oh No’s are three kids from Chicago – Max Goldstein on vocals, Max Loebman on guitar, and Stef Roti on drums – a raging trio fueled by Taco Bell, rock & roll myths, and pilfered booze. It doesn’t quite add up how kids this young (Max L. just graduated high school) managed to tap into a vibe this classic. The band’s self-titled full-length debut, out October 30 on Autumn Tone, is crammed with classic rock riffs, swinging beats, and up front, the sassy, done-up style of Max G. emoting loosely and widly like a young David Johansen fronting the New York Dolls, possessing a crooner’s voice and a taste for style. Dolled up in flashy get-ups, Max G.’s voice is a growly, beefy thing, a rangy tenor that belies his taste for soul shouters. The prevailing mood in modern indie garage rock is one of stylistic indifference, but that’s not how Yoko & the Oh No’s come across; these kiddos don’t just care, they care a lot. Listen to the crashing classic rock chorus of “Heart Attack,” the sneering “She Knows It,” and the distorted R&B groove of “Nobody Wants to Know.” “Talking over radio/on the moonlit drive/We listen to VU/Jane says close your eyes.” Yoko & the Oh No’s S/T album is their first for Autumn Tone Records, which has a knack for finding raw young bucks (turn up records by the Orwells, Twin Peaks, and Modern Vices as a testament). Yoko & the Oh No’s are currently on tour with likeminded rock & roll weirdos The Growlers, blowing minds and connecting with crowds across the Midwest. On tour with the Growlers this summer. The debut album on Autumn Tone Records, the label that bought you the Orwells, Twin Peaks, and Modern Vices. For fans of the White Stripes, the Strokes, the Dolls, Velvets, and rock and roll.

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