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A Day To Remember [Bad Vibrations]

September 2 street date. On their new album, Bad Vibrations, A Day to Remember claim to have approached the writing process with no expectations and organically came up with their finest work to date. ADTR have certainly come a long way since their beginnings in Ocala, Florida back in 2003. Through constant touring, hard work and persistence the band has grown to be the biggest in their scene. Their unique sound which mixes pop punk, hardcore and metal has been dubbed affectionately as “pop mosh” by their fans. Over the course of their career, ADTR have sold out entire continental tours, landed two Top 25 Billboard debuts, sold over 2.1 million records and have 2 Gold certified Albums. According to Jeremy McKinnon, ADTR’s frontman, this album “… came together organically. We took some time to get together and write with no real expectations,” says the singer. The band took a trek up to Fort Collins, CO where they’d collaborate with Descendants’ Bill Stevenson who produced the album. The lead single “Paranoia” raced up the Active Rock Charts upon release , and McKinnon recalls , “That song just kind of came out of nowhere one day—and we were all really pumped on it.” Radio is just one key to this band’s success, as touring is front and center to the ADTR master plan. The band has curated their own music Festival, dubbed Self Help Fest – since 2014 – with the attendance growing each year. In March 2016 over 17,000 fans attended the fest in San Bernardino, CA. , which was headlined by ADTR and featured some of the best bands in the scene. They will kick off summer 2016 with a massive tour - 3 months of arenas and amphitheaters with blink 182. In 2016 - A Day To Remember will be everywhere. (LP includes download)
Brian Jonestown Massacre [The Sun Ship]

September 16 street date. Available on honey coloured vinyl , numbered and limited to 2,000 units worldwide . This single is from the forthcoming album “Third World Pyra-mid” . B side “Playtime” is exclusive to this release ,recorded in March 2016 in Anton’s studio in Berlin .
Chivalrous Amoekons [Fanatic Voyage]

September 16 street date. Sea Note and Palace Records join forces to welcome Chivalrous Amoekons to our rowdy collective stable! Here we have one of the hottest road-leathered bands in recent memory, laying it all on the line for a joyous Fanatic Voyage to the center of the never-ending enigma of The Mekons. The Mekons inspired an optimism in a young Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy that accepted the course of all paths and all fates in life, so long as they could be righteous. Some years later, Bonny himself performed at The Mekons’ 30th anniversary shows, filling in for Tom Greenhalgh in true deputy style. But all this wasn’t enough — nor were the thousand nights of bellowing along with the stereo. Something more needed doing; a bellowing all Mekons blowout with a kick-ass band, squint-eyed and gnarled fist in the air! Equipped with a variety of voices, Bonnie’s band of 2012 was ideally suited to the multi-headed attack of The Mekons, and literally prepared too — they were packing a whole set of Mekons material in addition to the extensive Bonny catalog and, in the midst of a European tour, dropped it on an unsuspecting audience in Zurich! Is it this that accounts for the high spirits, thick-bottomed rock ’n‘ roll and fleet-footed country style on display here? Or is it that the songs of The Mekons simply rock? Fanatic Voyage was mixed in homage to Lou Reed’s Street Hassle, removing all aspects of the live event beyond the musical performance. Bitchin Bajas’ Cooper Crain was brought in to commit this execution; his deft edits allow the band their breathless frenzy while leaving no trace of what must surely have been an gobsmacked Swiss crowd. Featuring the playing and singing of Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Danny Kiely, Emmett “The Cairo Gang” Kelly, Angel Olsen and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Fanatic Voyage is an exquisite tribute not just to The Mekons, but to the spirit and image of rock and roll, the rights of the righteous man and to time, that great elevator and annihilator, from which we will always have much to learn. In the spirit as well of The Mekons to pay forward to the next generation with all efforts, proceeds from the sale of these recordings will go to Roots of Music in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose work empowers local youth through music education, academic support and mentorship, while preserving and promoting the unique music and cultural heritage of their city, which has transformed so many lives already.
Chixdiggit [2012]

September 16 street date. Canada’s favorite pop-punk sons CHIXDIGGIT! are back with their most monumental release to date, 2012. The epic EP consists wholly of a 24 minute-long opus chronicling every tour stop CHIXDIGGIT! made throughout 2012. From Schiphol to Victoria, 2012 takes the listener on a whirlwind trip via their trademark upbeat, guitar driven sound, addictive melodies, and KJ’s cheeky lyrics. The legendary song weaves together what might be described as 21 individual musical vignettes (one dedicated to each destination) into one glorious pop-punk entity. The release of 2012 coincides with the band’s 25th anniversary, marking two momentous accomplishments that CHIXDIGGIT! will be celebrating with a barrage of tour dates!
Cover Your Tracks [Fever Dream]

September 9 street date. COVER YOUR TRACKS is an Atlanta, GA based metal band, releasing their debut album Fever Dream on Epitaph Records. The four-piece formed in 2014, with guitarist Omar Magana, bassist Cory Ferris and drummer Brent Guistwite, who after the break-up of their band Cursed Sails joined forces with vocalist Paul Rose. Fever Dream features ten tracks that are infused both with heavy industrial leanings, as on opening track “Spin The Bottle” , as well as catchy choruses and ambitious, soaring melodies as on “Are We Innocent?” Whichever side of the spectrum these songs fall, they all combine together to create a debut album that’s as full of confidence as it is uncertainty, and which is full of nihilistic despair and determined defiance against it. COVER YOUR TRACKS has toured in their native South with lablemates Parkway Drive and will be hitting the US this summer to win fans across the country.
Fall [Grotesque (After The Gramme)]

August 26 street date. Originally released in 1980 on Rough Trade ! First time available domestically since its original release ! Bursting into the 1980s on a new label (the then-upstart, now-legendary Rough Trade) and with an augmented, audibly panicked lineup, The Fall’s Grotesque is the true purebred Fall release from the Marc Riley era. Released in the immediate wake of The Fall’s most beloved single (Totally Wired), the album carries over that righteously famed teethchattering, bolstered in no small part by the drumming of new addition Paul Hanley, brother of bassist Steve Hanley and aged only 15 at the time of recording. “Pay Your Rates” negates the notion of easing into things, opening the album with pure jitter, guided by hornet-buzz guitars and Mark E. Smith’s commanding shout, allowing for breath only during the brief, lumbering waltzes that appear at unexpected intervals. “New Face In Hell” is an entirely alien take on dancehall post-punk – a kazoo-driven rave-up that holds an unshakable position in the band’s canon. Many significant firsts surround Grotesque, including The Fall’s inaugural production partnership with Mayo Thompson and the debut of Suzanne Smith’s wonderful artwork, both of which would play key roles in the band’s following phase. Superior Viaduct’s edition is the first time that Grotesque has been available on vinyl domestically since its initial release in 1980. Liner notes by Brian Turner.
Handsome Family [Unseen]

September 16 street date. Brett and Rennie Sparks’ music is steeped in the western gothic of New Mexico life. The unseen is powerful here. Nothing rusts, but entire oceans have disappeared. Ski masks mean robberies, but in the slow dive of the sun enormous bugs awaken in thorny yards and unseen sirens and coyotes cry out to the purple sky. Just about anywhere you stand there’s been some blood drawn. 2016 brings the release of Unseen— 10 songs by a couple both world-famous and happily invisible (they provided the main title theme from the first season of HBO's True Detective). Each song on the record has a guiding color—gold, silver, green, red, white. Unseen is about the light that emanates from things we can’t see— behind “The Red Door,” in the empty hands of blackjack losers , and amidst desert bones bleaching in the sun.
Lanois, Daniel [Goodbye To Language]

September 9 street date. DANIEL LANOIS is one of the most influential record producers of the modern era: the man who brought Bob Dylan back; longtime collaborator with Brian Eno, soundsculpting a series of mammoth releases for U2; and producer of breakthrough late-career albums by Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. But before all that, DANIEL LANOIS was an experimental musician, recording his unique guitar voicings for groundbreaking albums with guys like Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, along the way helping to invent a genre called ambient music. Goodbye to Language is the perfect joining of the dots, through the world-changing experiments of his early days with Eno, to his flights through the most rarefied atmospheres of the mainstream of music. Constructed entirely from the sounds of the pedal steel guitar, Daniel on the pedal steel and his mate Rocco Deluca on the lap steel with compositional rigour that recalls the 20th century dreamscapes of Ravel and Debussy, with a sense of sonic futurism and yet also with the naturalness that can only come from someone rooted in centuries of grassroots music. And while fusions of influence can sometimes lead to homogenisation in the blending of source material, this record does precisely the opposite: it’s about highlighting the highest common factors from a lifetime of influences. Or as he succinctly puts it: “I operate under the banner of soul music – music that just feels right and comes from a truthful place.” When a musician with as much expertise and experience as Daniel tells their own personal truth, you should really listen closely. (LP Includes download)
Lee Harvey Oswald [Blastronaut (green vinyl)]

September 16 street date. AVAILABLE ON VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME! LIMITED EDITION GREEN VINYL! Lee Harvey Oswald Band. The facts. A trio from Texas compromised of Zowie Fenderblast, Dredge, and James Meat who released their third and last album Blastronaut on Touch and Go Records in 1996. Comprised of 11-songs, the Lee Harvey Oswald Band’s 36-minute magnum opus is now available on vinyl for the first time ever – 20 years later. Well worth the wait. You weren’t ready yet. You still might not be. Brace yourself
Mccombs, Cass [Mangy Love]

August 28 street date. Over the past decade, Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters. It’s a career that’s twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them. His new record, “Mangy Love,” ventures into realms of experimental soul, twisted psychede-lia, and straight-up rock, resulting in a sound that articulates his live show better than ever before. Thematically, it’s far darker, tackling heavy issues through McCombs’ uniquely cracked lens of (oftentimes hilarious) lyrical wit and acumen toward subtlety. Hip-hop and Beat poetry influences have never been more evident, with several songs employing a speech-style and clever fast-paced wordplay. There are guest appearances by many fellow musicians of his tribe ranging from Angel Olsen to Blake Mills, under the production of veteran Rob Schnapf, and the overall result is his most immediate and upbeat record to date.• Cass McCombs is a “songwriters” songwriter – who receives love and fan mail from musicians everywhere including members of The War on Drugs, Vampire Weekend, Phish, My Morning Jacket and many more.
Romweber, Dex [Carrboro]

September 9 street date. “Dex Romweber was and is a huge influence on my music... one of the best kept secrets in the rock n’ roll underground.” --JACK WHITE // For nearly 30 years, Dex Romweber has been the password to a cool club, where rock and roll is still real... and real, real gone. Through his wild and wildly influential work with Flat Duo Jets, his namesake Duo and solo, he’s impacted artists like the White Stripes, The Black Keys, the Kills and dozens of other bands that have stripped down, turned up, and cut loose. Through the 13 originals and far ranging covers on Carrboro (his fourth record for Bloodshot), Dex plays most of the instruments and assumes several musical mantles. From the sparse and jumpy hillbilly liveliness of “Knock Knock” to the fuller sound of the New Romans, a 10-piece Chapel Hill collective who help flesh out “Nighttide,” a Tarantino grind on the surfdeck of the USS Enterprise, to his take on the Broadway chestnut “My Funny Valentine,” turning it into the soundtrack to a ghostly roller rink murder caper, Carrboro plays like the jukebox at the honky tonk saloon and Tin Pan Alley jazz club at the end of the tracks.
Silkworm [Lifestyle (pink vinyl)]

September 16 street date. Out of Print for over five years! Originally released in 2000, Lifestyle is Silkworm’s seventh album (and third for Touch and Go). These songs show Silkworm presenting their clearest and most polished visions. To the beat of Michael Dalquist’s drums, Andy Cohen’s razor-wire guitar and Tim Midgett’s baritone guitar snake around one another like twin brothers with a common soul. And, when the last strains of Lifestyle fall away, there is hope - hope that reasonably welladjusted adult guys can turn the boredom and disappointment of the everyday into glorious art-rock.
Silver Apples [Clinging To A Dream (2LP/coloured vinyl - 2016 new material)]

September 2 street date. Limited white & purple splatter vinyl. Brand new album, the first in 19 years, features 11 new songs rec-orded at the ChickenCoop studios in Fairhope, Alabama, USA and produced by Graham Sutton in London, UK. These new songs car-ry on the tradition begun in 1967 by Silver Apples of merging pure, raw electronic sounds with melodic poetic content and represents 40 years of polishing and refining this experiment. The new album release on ChickenCoop, is part of a larger worldwide deal with Cargo Records, which sees back catalogue titles, 'The Garden', 'Beacon' and 'Decatur' re-issued on all formats.’. Silver Apples will be promoting Clinging to a Dream with a number of US dates and festival appearances. A full UK and European tour kicks off on Sat-urday 13th August in Oslo. Also available on regular 2LP #CCRLP006 or CD # CCR006.
Sneaks [Gymnastics (re-issue)]

September 9 street date. On September 9, welcome Sneaks to Merge Records with the reissue of Eva Moolchan’s debut full-length Gymnastics. Sneaks songs are the mesmerizing post-punk incantations of Washington, DC’s Eva Moolchan. Bass and drum machine underpin Moolchan’s compelling vocals, and the music straddles several decades of serious minimalist fun. Sneaks is currently recording her sophomore album Hi Spirits with Mary Timony and Jonah Takagi, to be released on Merge in early 2017. See the band on tour now, with more dates to be announced soon.
Subrosa [For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages (2LP/Gatefold/Download)]

August 26 street date. Vinyl edition for “For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages” comes beautifully packaged in a gatefold jacket with designed inner sleeves and a designed insert along with a download card. Salt Lake City doom/chamber-metal wonder SUBROSA, over the last several years have been recognized as one of America’s most singular and important bands within the doom metal genre. Their 2013 breakthrough album, “More Constant Than The Gods” saw the five-piece (in which two members paly the electric violin) gain acclaim all across the board and gaining praise from the doom metal scene and all key media outlets such as Pitchfork, NPR, Decibel Magazine, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, just to name a few key outlets where the album would gain year end accolades. “More Constant Than The Gods” also saw the band become more active on the live circuit, touring and playing with bands such as Boris, Deafheaven, and Cult Of Luna, along with playing prominent festivals such as Hopscotch, Roadburn, Housecore Horror Fest, Scion Rock Fest, Hellfest, Southwest Terror Fest, and Treefort. With the release of their new album “For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages”, SUBROSA have created their most triumphant and biggest album to date.
Teenage Fanclub [Here]

September 9 street date. The wait is over! On September 9, Teenage Fanclub return with Here, the band’s first album in six years. As ever, song-wise the Fanclub present a textbook representation of democracy in action, the record offering four each by Norman Blake, Gerard Love, and Raymond McGinley. From the almighty chime of opener “I’m In Love” through the ecstatic soul-search of “The First Sight” and the paean to unerring friendship “With You,” Here is a collection of twelve songs about the only things that truly matter: life and love. As is befitting of a record that took its time to arrive, Here uses reflective space to dazzling effect. “Steady State,” with its gorgeous ebb and flow, has echoes of The Notorious Byrd Brothers’ astral jangle, while “I Was Beautiful When I Was Alive” unexpectedly curves off from dreamlike beginnings into a semi-acoustic/motorik outro, sonically replacing the steady beat of the German autobahn with the vast open skies of the Pacific Coast Highway. Not for one second is Here the sound of procrastination or headscratching. It’s the effortless work of a band entirely confident in their own craft—the consolidation of nearly three decades of peerless songwriting and almost telepathic musicianship. Here is a record that embraces maturity and experience and hugs them close. (LP Includes download)
Titus Andronicus [S+@DIUM ROCK: five nights at the Opera - live]

Please note new street date is September 9. (Includes download) In July of 2015, noted rock band Titus Andronicus [hereafter +@] made history, twice. The wider world shook upon the impact of The Most Lamentable Tragedy [hereafter TMLT], the triple-LP rock opera that immediately established itself as the most ambitious punk record of all time, a distinction challenged only by a foolish few. Meanwhile, in the hallowed halls of Shea Stadium, New York City’s longestrunning active all-ages DIY space, +@ was doing the unthinkable again, becoming the first band in the history of NYC DIY to sell out five consecutive nights at the same venue. While these epic shows ostensibly served as a record-release celebration for TMLT (as well as an uproarious shindig for the 30th birthday of +@ singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles), they shattered the limits of mere promotional exercise and reached mythical status. Sadly for the wider world, you had to be there… until now. +@ and their patient patrons at Merge Records are pleased to announce the new live LP, S+@DIUM ROCK: Five Nights at the Opera, a record which will allow fans everywhere their chance to relive the auspicious occasion from the comforts of their own home. +@’s position as the most thrilling live act in rock and roll has long been etched in stone, but never before has that riveting energy been captured on wax as it is here. The A-side to S+@DIUM ROCK revisits some of TMLT’s most celebrated hits in a newly concise context, stripping away all studio wizardry until only the primal passion remains. The B-side offers fresh electric arrangements of the largely acoustic fifth act of TMLT’s rock opera narrative, presenting a new perspective on the material Tiny Mix Tapes praised for “emotional intensity… unrivaled anywhere in rock music,” as well as debuting the previously unreleased TMLT outtake, “69 Stones.” Taken as a whole, S+@DIUM ROCK is a whirlwind journey through a moment in time never to be repeated, preserved for future generations starving for “the real deal.”
Toy Guitar [Move Like A Ghost]

September 2 street date. The six songs on Move Like a Ghost are the perfect dose of toyGuitar’s unique blend of fuzzy garage rock, ‘70s proto-punk, and undeniably melodic pop. More than just a continuation of their first album, Move Like a Ghost sees toyGuitar succinctly dial in all the sweet spots of their brand of referential and innovative rock ‘n’ roll. Dalrymple expands “I think collectively what we bring to the table and the way we are on stage together, is reflective of people that love being around each other. We trust and support one another, through the good and the bad.” Move Like a Ghost delivers all the charms that toyGuitar have become known for, with some pensive moments thrown in along the way. Dalrymple says, “There’s a song called ‘Swan’ on the record, which encapsulates the sentiment of loving who you perform with perfectly. There’s a song about my friend Heiko Schrepel (One Man Army) called ‘Turn It Around,’ which was super hard for me to write. After they were recorded, I found the whole experience to be very cathartic.” More than an EP, Move Like a Ghost is a fully formed, perfectly executed six-song record. Together, the four members of toyGuitar collaborated to churn out the most blissed-out, beautiful rock ‘n’ roll record you’ll hear all year.
V/A [Afterschool Special: (2LP) the 1,2,3s of Kid Soul]

September 16 street date. The formula was simple: marry bubblegum and soul to the absolute sincerity of an enthusiastic child, cross your fingers and pray for airplay. But while the youthful sums of that formula may have grown up and walked away from their illusions of stardom, their permanent records remain. By 1973, Michael, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Jackie were as hip as kids could get—household names, with lunchboxes, coloring books, a Saturday morning cartoon, and an Alpha-Bits cereal commercial pushing the J5 brand onto any kid with television reception. Their impressive run of four consecutive #1 singles playing on both pop and R&B stations cemented their appeal to both whites and blacks, prompting MGM to launch the Osmonds as the safer (read: white) alternative. And parents? Well Michael had that wrapped up with his impossible-not-to-love mini-James Brown thing. Even their song selection straddled both sides, with “Zip A Dee Do Dah” and “ABC” for kids, and contemporary standards “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” and “My Cherie Amour” for the older crowd. This extreme marketing and merchandising juggernaut created the kid soul explosion. A decade removed from our acclaimed Home Schooled compilation comes a fresh batch of talent show titans. With enterprising parents, neighbors, and teachers turning play dates into recording dates, groups like Magical Connection, Little Man and the Inquires, and Five Ounces of Soul emulated the Jacksons, who’d made grade-school stardom appear easy as ABC. Afterschool Special: The 123s Of Kid Soul contains 19 tiny tunes ranging from bilingual D.A.R.E. anthem, to James Brown bio, to young love and life beyond the playground.
Walker, Butch [Stay Gold]

August 26 street date. As a writer of dozens of songs with hooks that stick in your head, Rolling Stone has called Butch Walker, "one of America's best singer-songwriters," as he has penned choruses you want to sing (or shout) along to from acts including Frank Turner, Brian Fallon, Taylor Swift, and many more. He is a teller of authentic stories of exploits and predicaments and romance that are filled with optimism; builder of albums with no boundaries - rock, pop, Americana, singer-songwriter…or, as he says, “I think it’s all just rock & roll.” Stay Gold, his 8th studio album, is clearly Walker's most articulate to date. When asked if the stories are real or imagined, he replies, “All the songs are half true.” Available on LP or CD.
Wilco [Schmilco]

September 9 street date. The Chicago band Wilco will release their 10th studio album, Schmilco, on Sept. 9. Schmilco features 12 new songs written by Jeff Tweedy and it is the third release on the band’s own dBpm Records. It follows Star Wars, which was released for free and as a surprise in July 2015. Mostly an acoustic collection, Schmilco bears neither the vicious, fuzz-glam guitars of Star Wars, nor the dazzling, baroque-ish arrangements that fans have come to expect from Wilco. But in their place is a spaciousness and chaos that might feel welcome after 20-some years of enjoyed but now-familiar Wilco releases. It is an intentionally loose affair. Schmilco finds band leader Tweedy in a state of alienation: how to cope with dissonance between self-identity and the public perception of his band – to maintain an innocence and earnestness even as some have come to see him as more (or less) than human, and Wilco as something other than six musicians? “I think this record is ‘joyously negative’,” Tweedy said. “It’s sad in a lot of ways but not in any that reach a conclusion of doom or hopelessness… I just had a lot of fun being sour about the things that upset me.” Recorded at the band’s Chicago studio the Loft, Schmilco is produced by Jeff Tweedy and Tom Schick. Wilco is Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Patrick Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen.
X-Ray Spex [Germfree Adolescents (ltd shocking pink vinyl)]

September 9 street date. Real Gone Music is proud to present Germfree Adolescents, one of the signature albums of the early (1978) British punk movement, in the format (vinyl!) and color (shocking pink!) it belongs. The one and only LP release from X-Ray Spex and its irrepressible frontwoman Poly Styrene has been deemed by everybody from Greil Marcus to Robert Christgau to Spin to Mojo as one of the greatest punk albums ever made, yet, somehow, this is its first vinyl reissue (and you can tell because prices for the used vinyl are insane)! And we’ve done it right; besides the colored vinyl, we’ve reproduced the inner lyric sheet, where you can read Poly’s brilliant observations about the plastic, corporate nature of modern society. All of which she sings in a passionate yowl all her own (with Lora Logic among others backing on saxophone); this is not only one of the most penetratingly observant punk records, it’s also one of the most passionate, and, surprisingly enough, catchy. Check out “The Day the World Turned Day-Glo” and “Germ Free Adolescents” if it’s hooks you’re after; if it’s righteous anger and a noisy racket you’re seeking, every track will do ya. Limited edition of 900!

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