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A Giant Dog [Neon Bible]

October 25 street date. Sabrina Ellis of A Giant Dog writes: "This year, Merge invited us to be part of their subscription series. They granted us a budget and said we could cover the entirety of any album we want, since the beginning of time. We debated which album to cover; we were full of ideas. Sheer Heart Attack, Tapestry, Captain Fantastic, Off the Wall, Purple Rain, such classics. Andrew insisted we take on Neon Bible because he believed we could do something cool and unique with it. Throughout the process, we learned that Neon Bible is a great album, that Arcade Fire made it with thematic focus and a cohesive sound. These discoveries will certainly influence our next AGD record. We found our own groove on each song during two five-hour rehearsals in my living room, then went to studio with Stuart Sikes. The themes in the album, of outrage at U.S. leadership in the early 2000s, and a need to escape our social climate, sadly, remain pertinent today. Recording a cover album, we felt like actors in a movie. Taking someone else’s lines and embodying those emotions, and expressing those ideas through our own selves, made us portals of human expression… and that’s why the album artwork is an open butthole (conceived by our drummer Danny and made possible by our friend Jennine Turow)."
Allah-Las [LAHS]

Please note new street date: October 18. On their fourth LP, drummer Matt Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian turn their collective gaze outward and toward the horizon. Simply titled LAHS (a reference to a common misspelling of the band’s name), the band turns in their most cohesive and ambitious work yet. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for” the saying goes. But suppose the proverbial harbor is Los Angeles — a place not particularly known for being the origin of adventures. From the Spanish Conquistadors to the countless starry-eyed nobodies hoping to make it big, LA is usually the destination. So it’s no wonder the Allah Las became fascinated with both the carefree spirit and glitter-in-the-gutter lifestyle of their hometown. After three records mining its lore and lure (from the desert to the sea) they have become global ambassadors of not just a place but a location. Having taken their compact California on the road across the world, they couldn’t help but peek through the other end of the telescope.
Carpenter, John [Halloween O.S.T. (2018): Expanded Edition (2LP-orange/black vinyl)]

October 18 street date. Sacred Bones Records is pleased to present an expanded edition of the soundtrack to 2018's "Halloween", including more than 28 additional minutes of music from the film and presenting a more complete, immersive listening experience. The additional material included on the expanded edition adds at total of 24 cues to the album, spread across two more sides of vinyl on the deluxe double LP version. The LP also has all-new art and lavish packaging, including an optical-illusion lenticular sleeve that makes the flames around Michael Myers' mask dance when you slide it off the record jacket. For diehard fans of the Halloween series, collectors of John Carpenter's music, or anyone who wants to hear even more of the incredible score to this movie, this expanded edition is a must-buy.
Cronin, Mikal [Seeker]

October 25 street date. Recorded live with a crew of close friends and engineer Jason Quever at Palmetto Studios in Los Angeles, Seeker finds Cronin pushing his often devastating power pop into darker territory—from the isolation of “Show Me” to the desperation of “Fire” to the unadorned heartache of “Sold.” "I collected as many friends as I could and brought them in to record live with me. I needed the energy of a group of people in a room playing together—a simple concept but one that I had never tried with my own songs. Most of the record is backed by Ty Segall’s Freedom Band. I play bass in this band. We had been touring and playing together for a long run over a few years, so it seemed natural to stick together. I aimed for nature. I wanted organic sounds. I wanted to bring you into the room. Jason and I talked about The Beatles’ White Album a lot when placing mics. I brought a charred pine cone from the woods to the studio, just in case it would help. Fire— specifically its cycle of purging and reseeding the landscape—is a central theme to the record. Death and rebirth. I was looking for something: answers, direction, peace. I am the seeker."
Delicate Steve [The Christmas Album (green vinyl)]

October 11 street date. A ‘musician’s musician’, New York guitarist Delicate Steve has performed with an eclectic group of fellow artists including David Byrne, tUnE-yArDs, Mac Demarco, Lee Ranaldo, Death Grips and many more. With three studio albums under his belt - as well as various EP’s, single and compilation appearances, Steve is now taking on another classic artist benchmark: a Christmas album. Simply titled The Christmas Album, the nine-track instrumental record will be released on limited edition translucent green vinyl and includes Christmas classics like “Silent Night”, “The First Noel”, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and more. With Steve on the guitar, he was joined in the studio by Joe Russo (Cass McCombs, The Trey Anastasio / Mike Gordon duo) on drums, Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) on bass, Marco Benevento on keys, Kelly Pratt (St. Vincent, Arcade Fire) on horns and Dan Lead (Cass McCombs) on pedal steel. The nine standards on The Christmas Album are faithful, intentional or not, to the essence of what makes great Christmas music timeless. These songs are grounded in something deeply familiar, but channeled through the celestial perspective that has been a hallmark of the acclaimed guitarist, songwriter, and producer’s music thus far. They come without regard to genre, geography, or calendar, or reality, really -- from a place we know, but that never exactly was.
Face To Face [Live In A Dive]

October 18 street date. Long-running SoCal punk band face to face released a live album back in 1998, when the group was only seven years old and had a trio of full-lengths to its name. Two decades, six studio albums, and roughly a million shows later, it's high time face to face recapture one their ferocious live performances on an album. The ninth edition of Fat Wreck Chords' ‘Live in a Dive’ series captures face to face blasting through 12 songs from their storied career in just 39 minutes. face to face's lengthy discography could've easily filled a live double album; but to keep it concise, the band selected highlights from their three-night stand at Brooklyn's St. Vitus in early 2019, 12 songs that fit neatly on one vinyl album. "Live In A Dive" is a stark reminder that face to face remains a force, even as they approach their 30th anniversary. Vinyl edition includes digital download of full album and oversized poster of the band from the LIAD show.
Fall [1982 (6CD)]

October 25 street date. 1982 was a decisive year for The Fall. Their critically acclaimed album "Hex Enduction Hour" was released in March on Kamera Records, closely followed by "Room To Live" in September. This six-disc boxset brings together those two classic albums alongside a host of John Peel sessions, Kamera singles, live performances and the group's live album "In A Hole", recorded during their tour of New Zealand and originally released on Flying Nun Records. Also included in the box is a replica poster from the August 1982 show at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and a replica press-release for "Hex Enduction Hour".
Guided By Voices [Sweating The Plague]

October 25 street date. Guided By Voices is now an unlikely candidate for the most perfect rock band of all time, while at the same time being a thoughtful reflection on what a rock band is, a fantasy that becomes a fact. Sweating The Plague, the band’s 29th album and their third this year, spars playfully with stadium-sized fidelity and uncharacteristically impactful arrangements. Producer Travis Harrison’s counterintuitive approach to Guided By Voices’ historically lo-fi sound is that he doesn’t want it to sound homemade, while the grinding tectonic plate guitars of Doug Gillard and Bobby Bare Jr. anchor the album. Play it loud! Being a fan of Guided By Voices can feel like standing in a ticker-tape parade and reaching out to grab at stray releases as the endless flurry of output from the Needmore Songs publishing house billows around—but here’s twelve compatible nuggets of Pollard content in one handy package, all boxed up and ready to go.
Hawkwind [Acoustic Daze]

October 25 street date. 2019 marks the beginning of Hawkwind's 50th anniversary! Following a live tour, when Hawkwind opened their own shows with an acoustic set, the band went into the studio and recorded "Acoustic Daze", acoustic versions of some classic Hawkwind tracks. Including "PSI Power", "Down Through The Night" and "We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago", this shows another fascinating side to the band. This vinyl edition of "Acoustic Daze" is limited to 1000 copies worldwide.
Jonathan Fire Eater [Tremble Under Boom Lights]

October 25 street date. First reissue since original 1996 release! Highly influential release from the ground floor of New York’s new rock scene of the late ‘90s/early 2000s!! Includes In the Head (previously unreleased). In a world chock full of flame-outs, coulda-been contenders and great white hopes, the band Jonathan Fire*Eater are among the “almost-est.” Widely praised as the mid-Nineties next-big-thing, they are largely credited with being the earliest purveyors of the “New York City Rock and Roll Revival” circa 2001. Which would be great, if only the band hadn’t imploded by 1998. The quintet employed a fresh, one-of-a-kind blend of sly rock and roll reference and reverence. Their press release at the time name-dropped all the correct and relevant influences...the Stooges, the Modern Lovers, Tom Waits, the Scientists, ? and the Mysterians, the Cramps, Nation of Ulysses, the Stones, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds...all markers conveying the point that Fire-Eater’s dark, brooding overtones are complemented by springy Farfisa tones and impressionistic, evocative lyrics. Lead-off track “The Search For Cherry Red” would not only provide the EP with a title via its lyrics, but would also see a second life as covered by esteemed rock-and-rollers The Kills. For the Japanese release of Tremble Under Boom Lights, the five-song running order was accentuated with four bonus tracks...three songs from the band’s 1995 debut single and a spritely cover of the Lee Hazelwood gem “The City Never Sleeps.” With the 2019 reissue, Third Man Records is proud to make these seminal songs available digitally and on vinyl for the first time in over two decades. All parties involved are beyond overjoyed to augment the running order of the Japanese version of Tremble Under Boom Lights to include the bonus track “In the Head.” Touted by the band members as the last song they ever recorded, it is wincingly brilliant. After the break-up, Barrick, Maroon and Martin would go on to form the backbone of the Walkmen and enjoy a solid run with their seven full-length releases.
King Crimson [In the Court Of the Crimson King (2LP/200g/50th anniversary edition)]

October 25 street date. Expanded 50TH Anniversary Editions - of one of rock music’s seminal debut albums. 2LP’s on 200gm super heavyweight vinyl. LP1: all new 2019 mixes by Steven Wilson. LP2: Alternate album featuring tracks mixed by Steven Wilson and David Singleton. Packaged in original gatefold sleeve art – fully restored from original paintings. Cut by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering from original 24/96 high-resolution source files.
Korven, Mark [The Lighthouse O.S.T. (black vinyl)]

October 18 street date. Mark Korven's original soundtrack for 'The Lighthouse,' starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, marks his second collaboration with director Robert Eggers (The Witch). "Robert [Eggers] and I were rather like the two wickies that went insane in "The Lighthouse", musically speaking. We travelled to some very dark harmonic and textural places. We both enjoy not just breaking the rules, but blowing them to smithereens. The spirit of experimentation was always present" -composer Mark Korven. "Mark Korven and I developed a shorthand working together on "The Witch". "The Witch" soundtrack was so string-prominent that I wanted a full departure. I only wanted horns, pipes, conch shells, concertina - things that sounded like the sea - or the lighthouse station's ominous foghorn. It would be a minimalist aleatoric soundtrack with a nod to sea shanties and ancient Greek music. As Mark and I embraced the sound of big brass sections, it quickly became a maximalist aleatoric soundtrack" - director Robert Eggers.
Le Bon, Cate & Bradford Cox [Myths 004]

November 1 street date. Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound). Fourth in Mexican Summer’s Myths EP series (and following previous tie-ups between Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood, and Dungen and Woods), Myths 004 sees Le Bon and Cox–each a much-revered musical innovator in their own right–finally united. For both artists, Myths 004 signals a change of tack: meticulousness thrown to the wind as spontaneous, jammy tales of firemen and 5p plastic bags, unbrushed hair and shoelessness and makeup-daubed landscapes–all miraculously written and recorded in just one week–roll effortlessly off their cuffs. Though this EP materialises after two individual 2019 album campaigns–Le Bon’s Mercury-nominated fifth album Reward, and Cox’s eighth with his band Deerhunter, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? (which Le Bon co-produced)–the chronologies are tangled: Myths 004 is in fact a snapshot of the pair’s very first meeting. After years of admiring each other’s work from afar, Cox and Le Bon finally converged on Marfa, Texas in 2018, at Mexican Summer’s annual Marfa Myths music, visual art, and film festival. “Marfa is an extraordinary town,” says Le Bon. “It feels like nothing else exists when you’re in it which is both comforting and unnerving.” In this otherworldly enclave, and with a band of frequent Cate Le Bon co-conspirators on hand to putty the gaps with drums, saxophone, percussion, keys, and additional guitar (Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint, Stephen Black of Sweet Baboo, Tim Presley of White Fence, and Samur Khouja), the EP was assembled whiplash-quick.
Lindstrom [On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever]

Please note: new street date is November 1. "I felt totally unrestrained making this album" says Lindstrøm about his 6th solo album "On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever". "I've listened to Robert Wyatt's solo albums and his Matching Mole's debut album a lot lately. It is so effortless, fearless and free. And not insisting. I was very inspired by this". In the autumn of 2018, Lindstrøm composed a commissioned piece for Norway's premiere art centre Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. Sketches from the three sold-out performances became the foundation for these new tracks. This is also the first time ever Lindstrøm has made an album entirely with hardware instead of computer-plugins. He utilised thirty plus synthesizers and drum-machines during his performance at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. The experience inspired him to embrace a similar set-up when making the album.
Megira, Charlie [Tomorrow's Gone (2LP)]

October 25 street date. The bastard love child of Elvis and Lux Interior, Israeli guitarist Charlie Megira brewed a heady amalgam of '50s trash rock, surf-y tremolo, and reverb-drenched goth during his all-too-brief 44 trips around the sun. He recorded seven albums worth of material in 15 years, primarily issued on CD-R, most of which is now unreadable or in a landfill. "Tomorrow's Gone" is the first collection of Megira's work; a 24-track double album accompanied by a lavish booklet that documents his tragic existence. Armed with only an Eko guitar, a black tuxedo, and his signature wrap-around shades, Charlie Megira was a mold-breaking artist who disintegrated while we were all staring at our phones.
Men I Trust [Oncle Jazz (2LP/Gatefold)]

Please note: new street date is October 11. Men I Trust's anticipated second album. After a year of extensive touring around the globe Men I Trust are now ready to share 'Oncle Jazz' with their fans. Over the span of 23 intricately crafted tracks the album showcases Men I Trust's refined trademark sound at its finest. Featuring the singles 'Tailwhip' and 'Norton Commander'. .. "Men I Trust have announced that they will release their third album, called Oncle Jazz, in October. The dreamy Montréal trio has stuck to one-offs since they put out Headroom in 2015, including “Seven” this past fall and “Show Me How” in the winter, but throughout that time they’ve been building up a bigger and bigger audience. They were one of the few rock bands to play Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival a couple weeks ago, if that gives you some sense of the scale they’re operating on." (Stereogum) .. "It'll be the Montréal group's first full-length as a trio, since lead singer Emma joined Jessy and Drago. In anticipation, they've shared a new single from the LP, "Say, Can You Hear. Built on a sticky bass line that cruises into a knockout chorus, it may be the group's most effective single to date." (The Fader) .. : Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=53&v=DyMVfGlL5_Q
Pan American [A Son]

November 8 street date. Legacy Chicago craftsman Mark Nelson’s latest offering as Pan•American is less a distillation or divergence than it is a return to his musical and spiritual beginnings. Spare, subdued, and largely acoustic, A Son unfurls like late summer dusk on the edge of town, expansive but intimate. Motivated by notions of “moving backward” and tracing roots—as well as a couple years of hammered dulcimer lessons—the album’s nine songs were written and recorded in his home in Evanston, Illinois, and honed during a recent solo tour in Europe. The emphasis on uncluttered arrangements and the centrality of the guitar and vocals reveal these songs as the most direct and emotional statement of his career. Nelson cites everything from June Tabor, The Carter Family, Suicide and Jimmy Reed as oblique inspirations, though his truest muse was creative self-inquiry: “What does music do, Where does music start? How simple can it be? How honest can it be?” After decades of mining postrock pathways and latticework electronics in Labradford and early Pan•American, A Son strips away ornament and distraction in favor of a direct gaze into the heart of what is.
Roberts, Matana [COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis (180g)]

October 18 street date. Matana Roberts returns with the fourth chapter of her extraordinary "COIN COIN" series - a project that has deservedly garnered the highest praise and widespread critical acclaim for its fierce aesthetic originality and unflinching narrative power. The first three "COIN COIN" albums, issued from 2011-2015, charted diverse pathways of avant modern composition - Roberts calls it "panoramic sound quilting" - and ranged sequentially from large band to sextet to solo, unified by Roberts' archival and often deeply personal research into legacies of the American slave trade and ancestries of American identity/experience. Roberts also emphasizes non-male subjects and thematises these other-gendered stories with a range of vocal and verbal techniques: singspeak, submerged glossolalic recitation, guttural cathartic howl, operatic voice, gentle lullaby, group chant, and the recuperation of various American folk traditionals and spirituals, whether surfacing in fragmentary fashion or as unabridged set-pieces. The root of this vocality comes from her dedication to the legacy of her main chosen instrument, the alto saxophone.
Stevens, Sufjan & Timo Andres [The Decalogue (deluxe edition-180g vinyl+book)]

October 18 street date. This deluxe edition of "The Decalogue" comprises a Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket, 180-gram vinyl, 40 page songbook, 9x12 art print, and download card. The title of "The Decalogue" has a touch of the grandiose: it means "The Ten Commandments." Yet this score, composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens' piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy. With "The Decalogue," Sufjan is making - gently, without ostentation - new departures.
Sun City Girls [Dawn of the Devi]

October 18 street date. Abduction Records reissue Dawn of the Devi, Sun City Girls' follow up album to Torch of the Mystics. Originally released in 1991 on Majora Records, many who had discovered SCG via the preceding Torch LP were immediately alienated and blindsided by Devi and all the harshness that comes with it. Below, John Olson takes us back to 1991 when Dawn of the Devi premiered in all its glory and obscurity. "Torch is like the APPLEBEES of the SCG catalog. My sister eats there, the appetizers are *good* / they have deals. Devi is after hours dish washing shift at the 'Bees: hurry with a joint out back with the one 'Kool' manager by the grease pit/catch the 11:15pm bus to go home to your loser roommates watching midget porn as they forget to clean up yet again. Everyone wants a wild free ethno-screech RNR unit as their own to mentally catalogue but when it comes to plugging in and actually DOING experiments, all of a sudden everyone wants to be locked into the 'Rock n Roll High School.' The underground should be difficult and on shaky ground -- like your first kiss. (..) Devi's sprawling anti-social etho-mess aside, the back photo says it all, in loud mid-range volumes: backs turned, duct taped third eyes..." - John Olson (Wolf Eyes)
Swans [Leaving Meaning.]

October 25 street date. Written and produced by Michael Gira, Leaving Meaning is Swans fifteenth studio album and features contributions from recent and former Swans, members of Angels of Light as well as guest artists Anna and Maria von Hausswolff, Ben Frost, The Necks, Baby Dee, and a Hawk and a Hacksaw. Michael Gira explains, “Leaving Meaning is the first Swans album to be released since I dissolved the lineup of musicians that constituted Swans from 2010 – 2017. Swans is now comprised of a revolving cast of musicians, selected for both their musical and personal character, chosen according to what I intuit best suits the atmosphere in which I’d like to see the songs I’ve written presented. In collaboration with me, the musicians, through their personality, skill and taste, contribute greatly to the arrangement of the material. They’re all people whose work I admire and whose company I personally enjoy.
V/A [Jon Savage's 1969-1971: Rock Dreams On 45 (2CD)]

November 1 street date. Unlike the previous volumes in Jon Savage's series of double CD compilations, which featured music from an expansive mixture of genres, this latest edition is 100% rock, as Jon elaborates in the customary bumper 28-page booklet: "in the late 60s, British pop and youth culture began to fragment into tribes. The divisions had always been there, even at the height of the supposedly classless mid-60s. I was an unrepentant rock fan. That was my tribe. I still bought Motown and reggae hits, but they were the hits: there was no deeper exploration. After Radio Caroline had gone, I’d lost most of the connection to black American music as part of the wider pop experience that I’d had in 1965, 1966 and 1967, even 1968. Thus streamed, I hunted the bins all over London for singles on Island, Elektra and Track". 43 tracks from artists such as MC5, The Stooges, Procol Harum, Mott The Hoople, King Crimson, The Velvet Underground, Free, The Kinks, Spooky Tooth, and more.
Waterparks [Fandom (indie exclusive version)]

October 11 street date. Busting onto the scene in 2012, Waterparks have always been a band with hard-hitting lyrics and quirky personalities. On their latest album ‘Fandom,’ releasing October 11, 2019, they bring their music to the next level, addressing everything from the familiar themes of heartbreak and depression to polarizing topics such as the hate rock bands often receive for wanting to make a living. (Related Artists: All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco)

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