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Bad Religion [30 Years Live]

February 26 street date. Bad Religion has become synonymous with intelligent and provocative West Coast punk rock and are considered one of the most influential and important bands in the genre. Over the past three decades the band has continually pushed social boundaries and questioned authority and beliefs armed only with propulsive guitars, charging drumbeats, thoughtful lyrics and an undying will to inspire and provoke anyone who will listen. 30 Years Live is the 2nd live album from Bad Religion, which was originally released in May 2010, therein documenting the band’s 30th anniversary House of Blues tour. This release was initially offered only as a free “thank you” to loyal fans for a limited time via digital download through the official Bad Religion mailing list. This classic live event will be pressed for the first time on vinyl. Includes download.
Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy [Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties (LP+12")]

March 18 street date. Yessir, Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy be in righteous and TRUE collaboration on this one, flowing ideas through the air between them, which seems a rare thing in this age where records course forth without wires, pieced together out of the zeros and ones that divide and don’t define us. Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties is simple and stark and empyrean and inspirational...and pretty modal, too - probably never more than three chords!
Case, Neko [Blacklisted]

Available now. First very limited run on color violet vinyl ! (Sold-out in the US) This will revert to the standard black vinyl version near April. This limited edition, vinyl re-issue marks the return of Neko Case's album which has been long out of print. The title has been remastered from their original analog tapes and come complete with full album download cards. Blacklisted is a sought after fan favorite that has been missing on wax for over 6 years. The enigmatic Neko Case returns with Blacklisted, the follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed Furnace Room Lullaby. On this, her third album, Case gracefully adds to her repertoire, taking on the roles of songwriter and musician, in addition to vocalist, with an intuitive ease. The haunting, lush layers of Blacklisted serve as a showcase for Neko’s formidable vocal strengths and her talent for creating this intensely intimate work. Unlike her previous releases, Case wrote most of the songs and played a wide variety of the instruments on Blacklisted including regular guitars and tenor guitars, piano, saw and even drums. The album reflects this lost, almost homesick, feeling - each song aches with vivid images to stunning results.

Cornfield, Charlotte [Future Snowbird]

March 11 street date. Toronto’s Charlotte Cornfield is a song farmer. She sings clever, heart-wrenching songs in a lived-in, streetwise drawl reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Will Oldham and Courtney Barnett. Future Snowbird, the follow up to the acclaimed 2011 album Two Horses, grew from Cornfield’s time living in New York and the background noise of her moments in the city: a formative relationship, a vicious bout of psoriasis, and an overall constellation of ups and downs. Future Snowbird was recorded live off the floor at Rooster Studios in Toronto with producer/engineer Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, The Rheostatics), and features guest performances by Tim Darcy (Ought) and Johnny Spence (Tegan & Sara). Future Snowbird is Cornfield's strongest statement to date.
Dion [New York Is My Home]

February 12 street date Dion Francis DiMucci, better known as Dion, is a legendary American singer-songwriter whose work has incorporated elements of doo-wop, rock and R&B styles—and, most recently, straight blues. He was one of the most popular American rock and roll performers of the pre-British Invasion era. He had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and early 60s. Songs such as “Teenager In Love,” “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer,” “Ruby Baby,” and “Abraham, Martin and John” are woven into the fabric of American rock history. In 1959 Dion gave away his seat on the plane that ended the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper during the infamous “Winter Dance Party Tour.” Throughout his life, Dion has never stopped making music and experimenting with styles, producing bodies of work in later years ranging from the influential Phil Spector-produced 1975 album “Born To Be With You” to the blues in later years. Dion was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, introduced by Lou Reed. In 2015 Dion signed with Instant Records for the 2016 album “New York Is My Home.” The title track is a love letter to New York City, recorded with Paul Simon. "All hail Dion, the real link between Frank Sinatra and rock ‘ n’ roll." - Bruce Springsteen "Dion comes from a time when so-so singers couldn’ t cut it – they either never got heard or got exposed quick and got out of the way. To have it, you really had to have it, no smoke and mirrors then – not a minute to spare – rough and ready – glorious and grand – grieving with heartache and feeling too much but still with the always “better not try it”attitude." - Bob Dylan
Dr. Dog [The Psychedelic Swamp]

February 5 street date. The Psychedelic Swamp is Dr. Dog’s ninth album, and third studio release with ANTI- Records. Most of the songs were among the first ever written together by Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman and an assemblage of friends and musical cohorts that would evolve as Dr.Dog over the years. This early endeavor of writing a concept album helped shape their creative process as they became a label-defying multi-hyphenated indie-psychedelic-rock-folk-Americana-basement-touring band. The Psychedelic Swamp could very well have been Dr. Dog’s first album. It could have been their only album; or it could have never been made at all. It’s either a refined culmination of 15 years of collaborative music-making or the raw instrument on which they cut their teeth. This chicken vs. egg debate will be for historians to decide; fact is that if The Psychedelic Swamp was halfbaked back in 2001, it has been reborn in 2016, fully baked.
Essaie Pas [Demain Est Une Autre Nuit]

February 19 street date. Montreal-based electronic duo Essaie pas is comprised of Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau. Both are respected musicians in their own right - Marie having released two acclaimed solo records, with Pierre being best known for production work on underground Canadian musicians such as Dirty Beaches and Femminelli. Essaie pas was born on a hot summer night in 2010, releasing some ultra-limited singles which culminated in their debut LP, Nuit de noce (Teenage Menopause Records) in 2013. The mix of drawling guitars, français mumbles, and minimal electronics caught the ear of DFA Records, who booked the pair to open for Factory Floor on their first North American tour. Their musical language is vibrant and varied - comparisons range from Film Soundtracks, Electronic Body Music, Disco, and Minimal Techno, with sensually-delivered lyrics exploring the themes of fantasies, obsessions, and the feeling of “The Void”.
Face To Face [Protection]

March 4 street date. Protection draws from the energy and passion of FACE TO FACE’s early records but is filtered through the band’s unique perspective as true "lifers" in punk rock. The result is an urgent and powerful 11-song blast that recalls the melody and angst of the band's formative sound, while showcasing their greatly matured song- writing acumen.
Fall [Wise Ol' Man EP]

February 19 street date Following the success of Sub Lingual Tablet, The Fall is proud to announce the Wise Ol’ Man EP a mixture of old and new material from the legendary Manchester band. Limited edition 12".
Frames [Longitude (2LP)]

Please note New Street Date is MARCH 4 (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.
J Dilla [Donuts - 10th Anniversary Edition (2LP/gatefold)]

February 26 street date. 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION. Drawing cover, UV sleeve, 2XLP, first-ever gatefold jacket. When "Donuts" came out, on J Dilla's birthday, February 7, 2006, it was with the "drawing" cover (scribbled up by Jeff Jank). As some years passed, the vinyl was eventually reissued with "the smile" photo cover, and the drawing cover eventually went out of print. Here's the 10th anniversary edition of the album. Drawing cover; new drawing on the back; UV coated sleeve; gatefold with liner notes by Jordan Ferguson, containing an excerpt from his book Donuts 33 1/3 about the making of the album.
Moodymann [DJ-Kicks (3LP/gatefold)]

February 19 street date. Following a year that saw the 50th entry in the long-running series released to wide acclaim, DJ-Kicks returns in 2016 another landmark edition. Iconic Detroit DJ and producer Moodymann is at the helm for his first ever multi-artist DJ mix compilation. Born Kenny Dixon Jr., Moodymann is a one-of-a-kind electronic music icon, hailing from, and wholly synonymous with the Motor City. He is an outspoken, impossibly charismatic artist who has been putting a distinctive and soulful stamp on house and techno since the early 90s. Melting together jazz, funk, soul, blues and rock in captivating ways, he is responsible for some of electronic music’s most definitive tracks, EPs and LPs on labels like Planet E, Peacefrog and his own KDJ and Mahogani Music imprints. As able to serve up the sweetest and most sensual sounds as he is the darkest and most depraved grooves, his own unique voice and stream of conscious musings infuse expertly sought-out samples for music that is decisively alive and authentic. Across 75 minutes and 30 tracks, Moodymann does not disappoint: despite being a notorious vinyl fetishist, Dixon’s aim is to present music of quality, not to one-up fellow collectors. Rather than serving up ridiculously rare or hard-to-find records, he instead focuses on creating a libidinous, blues-drenched mood that takes in heart-breaking soul, gorgeous hip-hop and love-fuelled house. In addition to cuts from his own creative circle, the mix features 11 exclusive Moodymann edits. Like everything Kenny Dixon Jr. touches, DJ-Kicks showcases the taste, skill, and soul of a dance music original.
Mount Moriah [How To Dance]

February 26 street date. Features guest appearances by Angel Olsen, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) and Mirah Zietlyn. The North Carolina-based band Mount Moriah—composed of Heather McEntire (lead vocals, guitar), Jenks Miller (lead guitar, keys), and Casey Toll (bass, keys)—seem insistent to grow. If Mount Moriah’s self-titled debut showed them standing with sea legs, determined to dream their way free from the dark crevices and corners of alt-country’s stiff template; and if Miracle Temple, their second album, called that darkness by its Southern name and met it with fire; then their latest collection of songs, How to Dance, is a devotion to the cosmic light itself: moving towards it, moving into it, becoming it. Mount Moriah’s third full-length sees them stretching further to explore their collective interest in the intangible fringes of fate and synchronicity. With How to Dance, the band presents new themes of symbolism, mysticism, alchemy, universality, sacred geometry. There is color, confidence, self-direction, joy. There is also darkness, but only to show you how it found its light. In I’m Not There, a film supposition of Bob Dylan’s life, the version of Dylan played by Cate Blanchett—the pre-motorcycle crash, Blonde on Blonde Dylan—says that “a poem is like a naked person,” and then, blending into the same line, “but a song is something that walks by itself.” Mount Moriah have created a continuous dialogue with humanity, with the metaphysical, with the ecology right in front of us. Here, in How to Dance, everything walks by itself. “McEntire bends your ear in her animated twang, as expressive as Dolly Parton’s but as observant as Patterson Hood’s.” —PITCHFORK
Rangda [The Heretic's Bargain]

February 19 street date. The Heretic’s Bargain takes territories that Rangda explored on their first two albums - the abraded fury and free forms off False Flag and the serpentine Rang-dang-doodle songatechture from Formerly Extinct - and evolves them further into a grand unified I-know-I-don’t-know-what-it-is- (but-I-like-it) development in music. The Heretic’s Bargain is the sound of Rangda - and, without getting all rock-opera on you (but a little AOR, to be sure), The Heretic’s Bargain is best taken as a whole. Lots of ground is covered, but it’s all part of the same earth. Until you fall off the edge in the end.
soundtrack [The Revenant (2LP) Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto score]

February 26 street date. A film of this magnitude deserves a composer who understands creative artistry and unbridled passion. Japanese master and Oscar winner Ryuichi Sakamoto fits the bill perfectly. Along with fellow Yellow Magic Orchestra member and frequent collaborator Alva Noto, Sakamoto has created a gripping soundtrack that is sure to be a treat for the winter crowds. Bryce Dessner also supplies additional music.
soundtrack [Batman Vs. Superman (3LP) Dawn Of Justice (Hans Zimmer/Junkie XL score)]

March 21 street date. The soundtrack is a collaborative effort by film composers Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg). 1st pressing on 3LP RED VINYL Deluxe Edition - Numbered - Triple Gatefold Sleeve - Insert - Poster- Etched Disc Side F- Download card!! This 3-disc deluxe vinyl set features over 90 minutes of music, five bonus tracks, an exclusive fold-out poster and liner notes from the composers. Additionally, the vinyl set features etched vinyl art and an album download card! The story: fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero the world really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, Lex Luthor creates a new threat: Doomsday.
Staples, Mavis [Livin' On A High Note]

February 19 CD street date (April 1 for LP). Mavis Staples has been a soul and gospel music legend for more than 50 years. Her work fronting the legendary Staples Singers defined the sound of politically-committed soul and influenced generations of musicians. As a solo artist in her own right she has helped to define much of what is righteous and soulful in American music. With Livin’ On A High Note, Mavis Staples has delivered the most joyful and uplifting record of her career. 12 original songs written exclusively for Mavis by some of the finest songwriters of our time including M .Ward, Ben Harper, Valerie June, Neko Case, tune-yards, Nick Cave, John Baptiste, Justin Vernon, Aloe Blacc, and more. At age 76, Mavis Staples shows no signs of slowing down and 2016 is slated to be one of her best years yet. On February 20th, HBO will debut Mavis! – the first feature length documentary on the gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon. (LP version due out in April)
V/A [Wayfaring Strangers:(2LP) Cosmic American Music]

March 18 street date. Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music picks up and dusts off golden ingots from the dollar-bin detritus of that domination, to reconstruct events as seen from the genre’s real Wild West - America’s one-off private press label substructure.
V/A [Out Of Left Field: Where Soul Meets Country]

February 5 street date. "Out Of Left Field" brings together 24 exceptional versions of soul and R&B hits and classics, performed by some of the best-known names in country music. All titles lend themselves extremely well to country and demonstrate just how blurred the line that separates soul and country could get at times. A great compilation in its own right, and sure to have a broader appeal than many others in the genre due to the interest from soul fans.
V/A [Why the Mountains Are Black:(2LP) Primeval Greek Village Music 1907-60]

February 5 street date. This is a two disc collection of primal and unhinged Greek village music that at times sounds more like free jazz or doom folk, feral and trance-like as it is. After years of research, fieldwork and collecting, Christopher King - Grammy-winning producer, sound-engineer, curator and writer - has gathered together from his private 78 rpm archive the most mind expanding and libido inducing song and dance music from the rural hinterlands of mainland Greece and its islands. Recorded between 1907 and 1960, this collection contains the first and the last - the alpha and the omega - of Greek demotika - or folk music. And it is not what you would expect.
V/A [Saint Etienne Present..songs for the Carnegie Deli]

February 5 street date. St. Etienne’s Bob Stanley returns to compile a second collection of themed songs for Ace. The tracks have the high production values of NYC studios and the pop and soul complement each other. Much-admired writer Bob Stanley provides an entertaining and illuminating sleevenote.
Ward, M. [More Rain]

March 4 street date. More Rain, Ward’s eighth solo affair, finds the artist picking up the tempo and volume a bit from his previous release, 2012’s A Wasteland Companion. Where that record introspectively looked in from the outside, More Rain finds Ward on the inside, gazing out. Begun four years ago and imagined initially as a DIY doo-wop album that would feature Ward experimenting with layering his own voice, it soon branched out in different directions, a move that he credits largely to his collaborators here who include R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Neko Case, k.d. lang, The Secret Sisters, and Joey Spampinato of NRBQ. The result is a collection of upbeat, sonically ambitious yet canonically familiar songs that both propel Ward’s reach and satisfy longtime fans.

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