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Black Milk [If There's A Hell Below]

October 28 street date. On Black Milk’s 6th solo rap LP, "If There’s A Hell Below", Black continues the narratives he started on his 2013 release "No Poison No Paradise". This time, rather than speaking through the character Sonny Jr., Black paints pictures from a first person perspective of someone raised and living in one of America’s toughest cities, and the ups and downs of pursuing a career in the arts. The stories reflect how he and the people where he’s from feel or have felt - if there’s a hell below, maybe we’re already in it.
Bodan, Dan [Soft]

October 28 street date. "I write about the things I know, but it should be interesting for other people. So I want it to be like a really great roman-a-clef, or reading your older sisters diary." - Dan Bodan 'Soft', the new album from Dan Bodan, is a rose-scented journey through millennial love issues, Soundcloud collage, and post-empire paranoia. Co-produced with Physical Therapy and Ville Haimala (Renaissance Man) and featuring M.E.S.H., 18+, Great Skin, Latisha Faulkner, Dena Yago, and Stadium. Berlin based songwriter Dan Bodan was born in the wide open Canadian prairies and raised in Montreal. Reared on the city’s underground noise and experimental music scene, Bodan moved to Berlin 8 years ago. Blossoming in the city’s unique mixture of crumbling old-world european values, start-up philanthropy, sleepless techno and epic grey skies, he began writing songs to soundtrack his train rides through the city and make sense of it all. Working together with a team of world-class producers, poets and artists, he writes songs to fit comfortably in that space between the finger and the mousepad, the bedroom and the club, the earth and the ether. LPs includes a download code. 400 copies available on pink vinyl. Initial pressing comes in a foil-embossed sleeve.
Brown, Apollo & Ras Kass [Blasphemy]

October 28 street date. "Blasphemy", the collaborative album from esteemed Mello Music Group producer Apollo Brown and Ras Kass, is a thought-provoking and highly personal treatise on the unspoken. The sub-rattling and operatic opener "How to Kill God," a scathing indictment of major religions and the transgressions enacted in their name, serves as a statement of purpose. No "ism" is out of bounds, no topic too untoward. Whatever you hold sacred isn’t above aggressive inquiry. Behind the boards, Apollo Brown orchestrates with divine aural vision. Though "Blasphemy" is his first album with a west coast rapper, he doesn’t retread g-funk synth grooves. He also forgoes the minimal, rubbery bounce popular with the current crop of west coast talent. Amidst a sea of production crafted for the drug-addled turn up, his work is a life preserver, saving ardent hip-hop fans with hard-hitting beats made buoyant by donuts of soul and blues. On his deftly layered suites, drums hit with the force of an unabridged Bible to the dome, the samples masterfully selected and utilized. With Blasphemy, Brown has created MPC gospel, sonic scripture. In his seminal memoir Soul on Ice, Eldridge Cleaver wrote, "All the gods are dead except the god of war." Ever since Ras Kass titled his 1996 opening salvo after Cleaver’s book, the critically revered Carson, CA rapper has waged verbal warfare against all those with aims of obscuring the truth. Rappers, preachers, politicians - none have been spared from the wrath of his sharp, illuminating rhymes. Above all, this album displays Apollo Brown & Ras Kass’ undeniable synergy. Their sacred writ is the same, their blasphemy for those who want to think as they nod to the rhythm. When Ras Kass crucifies supposed facts over Apollo’s beats, it’s clear he is the West Coast’s preeminent philosopher. When Apollo’s blaring suites soothe your soul, it’s an ontological fact that he ranks among the best producers in the game. With Blasphemy, the duo has delivered the truth.
Buzzcocks [The Way (white vinyl/Ltd)]

November 18 street date. 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.
Caribou [Our Love]

October 7 street date. Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop-inspired beats, muted house basslines, and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart - all of which, of course, are filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analog sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the record’s DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic nature that cut through bubbling synths and the blissful euphoria of their synthetic constructions. It’s not all downbeat of course; whilst some thoughts linger on mortality, loss, and letting go, there is always an element of celebration. Having followed up his Polaris Prize-winning 2007 record Andorra with the universally adored Swim in 2010 (selling nearly 175,000 copies worldwide and being named Album of the Year by Rough Trade, Mixmag, and Resident Advisor whilst also hitting The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin and Mojo’s Top 20), Dan has spent the intervening four years touring the world, bringing not only the sounds of Caribou to the stage but proving his immeasurable worth as a DJ, with epic 7½-hour-long sets. In 2012, Caribou were personally invited to join Radiohead on the road whilst Dan released his first album under the guise of his dancefloor-loving pseudonym Daphni to widespread critical acclaim. Following the shape-shifting sounds of JIAOLONG and the brightly textured, fluid constructions of Swim - both inward looking records in their own way - Dan withdrew to the basement once more to work on Caribou’s next opus. Only he didn’t: Our Love isn’t the sound of isolated creation but the sound of Dan at his most connected - with love for his listeners, his collaborators, and those closest to him. Caribou will be On Tour in Canada this November.
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.
Cramps [Fiends Of Dope Island]

October 28 street date (LP street date changed to November 25). The architects of a wicked toxibilly sound, The Cramps boast a cultural impact that spawned a legion of devil cults and left in its wake a cavalcade of cave-stomping imitators. On their final studio album, the self-produced Fiends of Dope Island, these charm-school rejects apply their sinister handiwork to a volatile combination of incantational rock ’n’ roll hexes like 'Big Black Witchcraft Rock' and 'Papa Satan Sang Louie' and put their hoodlum warp on exotica standard 'Taboo' before swerving and careening through the crypt-kickin’ blues rave-ups 'Dopefiend Boogie' and 'Wrong Way Ticket', finishing with the musical equivalent of a 13-car pile-up.
Dawnbringer [Night Of The Hammer]

October 28 street date. Led by the one-man heavy metal machine Chris Black, whom many people have claimed as the savior of modern-day heavy metal (and who should rightfully be considered the modern-day savior of heavy metal respectively), DAWNBRINGER has become a force in the more underground realms of true heavy metal over the last several years and several albums respectively (namely 'Nucleus' and 'Into The Lair Of The Sun God', both released by Profound Lore Records). Now with the new DAWNBRINGER album 'Night Of The Hammer' (which was recorded in Oakland’s legendary Sharkbite Studios) on the horizon, Chris Black is once again ready to remind us what the true spirit of heavy metal should really be all about. In an age where the majority of real heavy metal coming out today has been laughable for the most part, DAWNBRINGER serves its purpose to restore faith in the masses that real heavy metal is still alive and well. No image, no false attitude, no posturing or posing, just pure heartfelt genuine heavy metal the way it should be, 'Night Of The Hammer' is another glorious chapter in the DAWNBRINGER repertoire that will showcase Chris Black as one of heavy metal’s true visionaries today.
Dirty Beaches [Stateless]

November 11 street date. Stateless is the sixth full-length release from Dirty Beaches, the artistic identity of 33-year-old Taiwanese-Canadian artist Alex Zhang Hungtai. On the four-song album, Zhang Hungtai further explores the instrumental side of his identity that has been present since his first release in 2007 on Montreal label Fixture Records. Of course, since then the artist crafted 2011’s breakout record, Badlands, and its critically lauded followup double-LP, Drifters / Love Is The Devil. He has also found the time to compose film scores for Evan Prosofsky’s eerie Waterpark short and Jeremy Lynch’s The Hippo. Stateless is a reflection on Zhang Hungtai’s upbringing in various locales (Taipei / Honolulu / Montreal) and the past two years of living and drifting in Europe. The title reflects several years of reflection on associated ideas like Diaspora, borders and hybridism. A somber meditation on memories from an exiled man on a never-ending search for an imaginary homeland, Stateless puts the finishing touches on a chapter of artistic activity that began when the Badlands LP captured the imaginations of listeners the world over.
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.
Grouper [Ruins]

October 31 street date (date change). Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last song, which I did at mother's house in 2004. I'm still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time I'd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track ,Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasn't recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village. The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in. press quotes for The Man Who Died in His Boat: "Songwriting of this calibre needs no embellishment." - Drowned in Sound [9/10] // "Nobody sounds like Grouper." - Pitchfork [best new music] // "A masterclass in medicated bleakness." - NME
Pianos Become The Teeth [Keep You (LP+ CD copy)]

October 27 street date (November 11 for LP). Pianos Become The Teeth are from Baltimore, Maryland; the band made waves on the scene with their 2009 debut Old Pride and gained national attention with 2011’s The Lack Long After. Their third album and Epitaph debut, Keep You, sees the band taking a brave step forward to craft a musical statement that truly transcends genres. "There’s still the same amount of passion and energy inherent in this record, it’s just presented in a different way," frontman Kyle Durfey explains. The immediately noticeable difference is Durfey’s vocal approach that sees him traded the throat-gutting screams of the band’s early releases with cleaner, more intelligible vocals. However anyone who has followed the band’s trajectory - specifically the song 'Hiding' 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. Capturing the band’s creative vision this time around, producer Will Yip (Circa Survive, Braid) enhances the band’s new vision, bringing out harmonies and swelling strings that compliment these songs in exciting ways that even the band couldn’t initially predict. "I think it’s a musical growth not a departure," Durfey summarizes. "I wouldn’t say we would never make another overtly aggressive record again but this is the record we wanted to make." (For fans of Circa Survive, Title Fight, Touche Amore, La Dispute.) LP comes in a gatefold jacket with CD copy.
Portastatic [The Summer Of the Shark (2014 re-issue white vinyl)]

November 4 street date. First time on vinyl! LP consists of: gatefold jacket + 125g white vinyl + full album download coupon. Portastatic’s The Summer of the Shark will be available for the first time on vinyl as part of a monthly series of reissues to mark the 25th anniversary of Merge Records. Mac McCaughan, co-founder of Merge Records and frontman of the band Superchunk, began recording solo albums under the name Portastatic in the early ‘90s. Beginning with this album, Portastatic evolved from a lo-fi side project to become McCaughan’s main focus throughout Superchunk’s long hiatus in the early ’00s. McCaughan wrote the songs on The Summer of the Shark in 2001 while Superchunk was on tour in support of Here’s to Shutting Up, which was released mere days after the September 11 attacks and would be the band’s last studio album for nine years. The resulting batch of songs was the last Portastatic album recorded almost entirely at home; it was also the most emotionally resonant, and musically compact collection to date. Upon the album’s release, then Chicago Tribune reporter John Cook wrote of the album: "It is the most effective and moving musical answer yet to what has happened to us over the last two years. Faced with an enormous catastrophe, McCaughan elected to make a small record. There are no heroes rushing up stairwells and no dissections of good and evil - only scared, confused people and local heartbreaks." Recorded at McCaughan’s home studio in Chapel Hill, The Summer of the Shark included contributions from Janet Weiss (Wild Flag, Quasi, Sleater-Kinney), Tony Crow (Lambchop), Margaret White (Versus, Matt Pond PA), Matthew McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger), Aaron Oliva, and John Plymale.
Rancid [Honor Is All We Know (LP+CD)]

October 27 street date. Regular LP version, includes CD! Rancid’s new record 'Honor Is All We Know' is much like their other records in the sense that it is filled with the stories and characters that populate the band’s lives, and reflects the cultural and political climate in which it was written and recorded. It has classic Rancid songcraft: two minute songs packed with melody, personally empathetic and politically denunciatory. But Honor Is All We Know is also unique in that it is filled with the growing insight of a band who has been doing this for a while now: it feels natural and organic, written without an agenda or a bone to pick, rather the culmination of lives lived largely with a keen interest in the world and a sense of brotherhood. In the late 1980’s Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of Rancid were founders of arguably the most influential band from the Bay Area Operation Ivy. Operation Ivy has been cited by everyone from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong to Fat Mike of NOFX as the group that most affected the sound of their own bands. Rancid has lead in extensive career since those days back in the East Bay including selling nearly 3 million albums with one Platinum album and one Gold Record under their belts (And Out Come the Wolves, Let’s Go). In the midst of anniversaries for both albums, Rancid will be playing some high-profile festival shows in 2015, and the moment has never been better for old and new fans to remind themselves of the cultural force and punk rock power of Rancid.
V/A [Local Customs: Cavern Sound (2LP)]

October 28 street date. Not quite hell, but close enough. Local Customs: Cavern Sounds covers six years lost in the deranging darkness of Independence, Missouri’s Pixley limestone mine, where a team of misfit engineers captured the reverberating echoes of Kansas City’s rock ‘n’ roll blasting cap. Taped in the subterranean studio headspace of Cavern between 1967 and 1973 are previously unissued recordings by Jaded, Larry Sands & the Sound Affair, Sheriff, Mulligan, Stone Wall, Morningstar, the Montaris, and the Dantes, alongside the most explosive tracks released on KC’s Pearce, Rock, and Cave labels by the likes of the Reactions, Burlington Express, the Classmen, Fraight, American Sound Ltd, Baxter’s Chat, 21st Century Sound Movement, Pretty, Tide, and A.J. Rowe.
V/A [Nippon Girls 2: Japanese pop/beat 1965-70]

November 4 street date. Few guessed it would become one of our top sellers of recent years, but that's exactly what happened to "Nippon Girls". With that in mind, we've commissioned international girl-pop authority Sheila Burgel to compile a follow-up volume. Former Tokyo resident Sheila also provides the notes, which expertly guide us through our second journey into the wild world of female pop and beat, Japanese style. The collection is available in 24-track CD and 12-track 180g red vinyl LP formats. The CD's 20-page booklet and the LP's heavy-duty gatefold jacket are sumptuously illustrated with rare items from Sheila's collection. Leaving no stone unturned on her quest for groovy sounds, the LP version alone includes compelling tracks by Kayoko Ishuu, Reiko Mari, Mari Henmi, Katsuko Kanai, Akiko Wada, Akiko Nakamura, Kemeko Matsudaira, the Peanuts, Kazumi Yasui and cover girl Chiyo Okumura, none of whom featured on the first volume.
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.
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 [Bring It On Home: Black America Sings Sam Cooke]

November 4 street date. Black America has been singing Sam Cooke for more than half a century. The volume of great songs that Sam wrote in a secular career spanning barely seven years is matched by the quality of those songs - many of which are fundamental to the evolution of soul music in the early-mid 60s. It’s therefore logical and right that Sam should appear in Ace’s occasional 'Black America Sings' series, as he does this month in a package issued close to the 50th anniversary of his death in December 1964. 'Bring It On Home' features some of Sam’s best-known songs (as well as - this being Ace - some of his least-known), many performed by artists whose careers Sam helped to get underway, including Johnnie Taylor, the Simms Twins, Mel Carter, and Bobby Womack. Also featured are a number of singers who owe a vocal debt to Sam, including Brenton Wood, R.B. Greaves, Johnny Nash, Otis Redding and Louis Williams of the Ovations. 21 of the 23 featured recordings have never appeared on an Ace or Kent CD before. A suitably fitting tribute to a true giant of popular music and one whose influence pervades to this day.
V/A [The 78 Project: Volume 2]

November 11 street date. The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78 RPM records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one three-minute take. Inspired by folklorist Alan Lomax, The 78 Project celebrates the artistry and craft that captured America’s musical forms of a century ago, exploring the deep historical significance of American folk songs in the process. This album is the companion to the critically acclaimed documentary The 78 Project Movie, which was shot during a year spent driving across America, visiting artists to cut once-in-a-lifetime recordings. In Tennessee, Mississippi, California, Louisiana, these folk singers, punk rockers, gospel and Cajun singers from The 78 Project Movie share their lives through intimate performances, and find in that adventure a new connection to our cultural legacy. One-of-a-kind recordings by extraordinary artists not available anywhere else!! Includes two Grammy-winning and six Grammy-nominated artists and one Emmywinning composer!! Also includes a download code!! "The ineffable romance of old recordings makes for magic - ripe with wonder." - The Austin Chronicle // "I didn’t imagine anything like The 78 Project, in which we discover that not only are dead media platforms not dead at all, but that they can be gateways into their own peculiarly new universes of creativity." - William Gibson for The Oxford American // "[R]ises above simple vintage worship and does more than just glorify the past.. it helps us experience it." - The Village Voice // "The 78 Project grabs American music by the roots." - USA Today
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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