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24 Carat Black [III]

Please note new street date: June 12. From Shrine to Stax, Isaac Hayes to Gloria Ann Taylor, The Mad Lads to The Staple Singers, Detroit to Atlanta, Kendrick to Pusha-T, Dale Warren's singular voice is the lone constant. Beneath the ethereal beauty of his productions was a genius crippled by his unbridled id. His ever-evolving 24-Carat Black project spanned the 1970s, producing a masterpiece and an unfinished follow up. Discovered in a storage space were Warren's 1980s demos cut with grown 'n' sexy divas Princess Hearn, Vicki Gray, and LaRhonda LeGette right before his untimely death at the age of 50. "III" is an unfinished symphony that peels away the final layer of Dale Warren's mysterious oeuvre.
Bloodshot Bill [Get Loose Or Get Lost]

Please note new street date: June 12. (Legendary Montreal-based wildman of rock and roll and R & B has worked with Jon Spencer, King Khan, the 5678’s and Deke Dickerson!!) For nearly twenty years, Bloodshot Bill has shouted, snorted, cooed and crooned his way through the wild shadowland of primitive rock and roll, touring the world and collaborated with heavyweights like Jon Spencer, King Khan, the 5678’s and Deke Dickerson. Seventeen albums and over two dozen singles later, this unstoppable Montrealeño has not slowed his manic touring and recording schedule one whit. He’s a seminal punk, a true wildman who blazes his own path to honky tonk hell with a bottomless repertoire of desperate rock and roll and insatiable R&B. That means he knows a lotta songs—not that he doesn’t wear pants. But on the right night, who knows! This spring, Bloodshot Bill will release his eighteenth album, Get Loose Or Get Lost, his second for Memphis’ Goner Records. He will be touring everywhere, continuing his twenty-year rampage with a new record and a new slew of shows—do not miss it!
Bridgers, Phoebe [Punisher]

June 19 street date. The arrival of "Punisher" cements Phoebe Bridgers as one of the most clever, tender and prolific songwriters of our era. Bridgers is the rare artist with enough humor to deconstruct her own meteoric rise. She doesn't write love songs as much as songs about the impact love can have on our lives, personalities, and priorities. "Punisher", her fourth release and second solo album, is concerned with that subject. To say she writes about heartbreak is to undersell her blue wisdom, to say she writes about pain erases all the strange joy her music emanates. Repeatedly praised by publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Pitchfork, The Fader, The Los Angeles Times and countless others. On "Punisher", Bridgers pulls together a formidable crew of guests, including the Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Christian Lee Hutson and Conor Oberst as well as Nathaniel Walcott (of Bright Eyes), Nick Zinner (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Jenny Lee Lindberg (of Warpaint), Blake Mills and Jim Keltner as well as her longtime bandmates Marshall Vore (drums), Harrison Whitford (guitar), Emily Retsas (bass) and Nick White (keys).
Buzzcocks [The 1991 Demo Album (coloured vinyl)]

Please note new street date: June 12. Having disbanded in 1981, Buzzcocks regrouped in 1989 and began to work on a new album, resulting in a demo cassette circulated in 1991. Featuring early versions of tracks which would appear on later albums, and material which would not make it that far, this collection has remained unreleased until now. Released in association with the band, ‘The 1991 Demo Album’ is alive with the combination of punk energy and melodic and memorable songwriting the band's reputation is founded on, and is both a long-awaited treat for fans and an important document of the group's rebirth.
caroline [Dark Blue]

May 29 street date. caroline’s debut 12" single features lead track ‘Dark blue’ (A side) and ‘BRJ’ (B side). London based caroline began as a three-piece (Jasper Llewellyn, Mike O'Malley, Casper Hughes) in early 2017, initially evolving out of weekly improvisation sessions. Bringing together shared influences in, and experiences of playing, midwestern ‘emo’ guitar music, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and various forms of dance music. The group spent a year and a half playing privately, without a project name. Reiterating, deconstructing and re-building the same small handful of songs over and over again, the group slowly expanded their on-stage members before playing their debut show as caroline in 2018. A hand drawn 12” insert is included with all orders.
Danzig [Sings Elvis]

Please note new street date: June 12. The brand new studio album from punk/metal icon and powerhouse vocalist Glenn Danzig paying tribute to his idol and inspiration, Elvis Presley! Features 14 unforgettable interpretations of well-known Elvis classics and unheralded deep cuts that will thrill fans of both of these kings of rock music! Highlights include Danzig's sinister take on "Fever" and a truly haunting version of "Always On My Mind!" Danzig is no stranger to working with American music royalty having written songs for both Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison! Available in a special digipak for CD and on vinyl in a deluxe gatefold jacket!
Deerhoof [Future Teenage Cave Artists]

Please note new street date: June 19. Over the past couple of years while making their new album, Deerhoof have been asking themselves if there was any music they could create that expressed how our rapidly emerging future might actually feel. The band envisioned an album about people haunted by memory of a lost world and of every failed attempt to save it. People already living outside the system, already having practiced new ways of life required for survival - these hopeful heroes are Deerhoof's inspiration. These are the Future Teenage Cave Artists. Like a lot of the music they have released over the last quarter-century, the Deerhoof of "Future Teenage Cave Artists" (Satomi Matsuzaki on bass and vocals, Ed Rodriguez and John Dieterich on guitars, and Greg Saunier on drums, vocals and piano) stitches together fragments of 'r&b' and 'classic rock' and transforms them into a new language of revolution, forgoing verse-chorus structures for dream logic and blind intuition. But what makes this album different is its intimacy - the blues riffs and slide guitars are joined by rusty pianos and whispered three-part harmonies. The album is borne of self-isolation and deprivation. It's the sound of a sparkling, manic musical intelligence being disconnected from a nourishing public and devouring itself inside its own cocoon, attempting metamorphosis.
Fake Names [Fake Names]

May 22 street date. In early 2016, D.C. punk legends Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion) and Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish) met up at Hampton's Brooklyn home to play music together. Friends since first grade, the two guitarists ended up writing a handful of songs that day, then closed out the session with a spur-of-the-moment decision to start a band. When it came to finding a bassist, Baker and Hampton looked to Johnny Temple of Girls Against Boys and Soulside (another fellow student at their elementary school), who equally shared their passion for what Temple refers to as "loud, angry, visceral music." By the end of the year, the band had enlisted Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén as their singer, thus cementing the lineup to punk-rock supergroup Fake Names. Soon after dubbing themselves Fake Names, the band headed to Renegade Studios with the goal of creating a demo to present to record labels. But after playing those recordings for Baker's Bad Religion bandmate Brett Gurewitz, the Epitaph founder made an unexpected proposal. "Brett said to us, "this isn't a demo, this is the album," Baker recalls. "He was pretty adamant about putting it out exactly as it was, so that's what we wound up doing."
Four Tet [Sixteen Oceans (2LP)]

Please note new street date: June 5. "Sixteen Oceans" is the first new Four Tet album in 3 years. Includes "Baby", featuring vocals by Ellie Goulding. "Four Tet is capable of going deeper and expanding higher than almost anyone else out there" - Pitchfork. "Eccentric spirit, production mastery and emotional heft " - NME.
Ghost Inside [The Ghost Inside]

June 5 street date. Los Angeles based outfit The Ghost Inside are poised to release their fifth studio album. The self-titled album is a true triumph over adversity. The band were involved in a shocking road collision one tragic night in November 2015; a truck crashed into the band's tour bus near El Paso, Texas, killing both the bus driver and truck driver as well as leaving vocalist Jonathan Vigil, guitarist Zach Johnson, and drummer Andrew Tkaczyk in critical condition. Tkaczyk was in a coma for 10 days and eventually lost his right leg. The metalcore heroes have spent the past four years recovering, with each member documenting their recovery process openly. In February 2019, the band released a video featuring some new music they were working on in the studio. Shortly thereafter, they also announced their first concert since the bus crash. It was to be a "one time only" event to take place in August in Los Angeles. 7000 tickets sold out within five minutes after they went on sale on March 1st. One line in "Aftermath" sums it all up: "triumph over tragedy".
Jamie xx [Idontknow]

Please note new street date: May 29. One of the year's most talked about and sought after club tracks, Jamie xx releases "Idontknow", his first solo artist release since his highly acclaimed BRIT and GRAMMY® nominated 2015 debut album "In Colour". Without knowing the artist behind it, people have been raving to "Idontknow" since late autumn 2019 when Jamie first debuted the track. Since then, the track has taken on a life of its own in clubs and on dancefloors around the world, garnering huge support from the likes of Ben UFO, Four Tet, Caribou, HAAi and Bicep, or via Jamie's own residency on NTS Radio and the series of last minute, word-of-mouth parties he threw in aid of the MIND and CALM charities at north London’s the Cause (where he was joined by the likes of Four Tet, HAAi and Koreless) and beyond. Now "Idontknow" gets a 12" release, available exclusively via independent retailers. It comes hot on the heels of Jamie's recent collaboration with Headie One and Fred again.. on "Smoke" from their acclaimed GANG mixtape.
Jones, Caleb Landry [The Mother Stone (2LP)]

Please note new street date: May 29. Caleb Landry Jones' debut solo album is a sprawling psychedelic suite built from abrupt and disorienting detours and schizoid shifts of voice, its manic energy forever pulling the tablecloth out from under classic pop orchestration. One minute you're squarely in the realm of biographical fact and a moment later you're having a discussion about lucid dreaming and how Jones once punched up a dream set on a soccer field by willing himself to experience it from the POV of the ball. But maybe that's just another story about grabbing the wheel of your own hallucination; maybe this pertains to the music after all. What you can hear on this record are the marks left by conversion experiences, two in particular. First there’s Jones' formative encounter with the Beatles' "White Album", the Fabs record most obviously composed by four Beatles rowing in different directions, and the beginning of what Jones calls "this British Invasion of my soul", which is still ongoing. Second, there's Syd Barrett, cracked vessel of Pink Floyd's most intergalactic ambitions, and the "falling-down-the-stairs" quality of his solo work in particular.
Lanegan, Mark [Straight Songs Of Sorrow]

Please note new street date: June 12. When considering any great work of art, be it a painting, a novel, or a piece of music, it's natural to wonder what might have inspired it. Mark Lanegan's new album, "Straight Songs Of Sorrow", features guest appearances from Greg Dulli, Warren Ellis, John Paul Jones, Ed Harcourt and more, These 15 songs are inspired his life story, as documented in his new memoir, "Sing Backwards And Weep". The book is a brutal, nerve-shredding read, thanks to Lanegan's unsparing candor in recounting a journey from troubled youth in eastern Washington, through his drug-stained existence amid the '90s Seattle rock scene, to an unlikely salvation at the dawn of the 21st century. While the memoir documents a struggle to find peace with himself, his new album emphasizes the extent to which he came to realize that music is his life.
Maserati [Enter The Mirror]

Please note new street date: June 12. Marking their 20th year as a band, Maserati returns with their first new album in five years. Produced by the band and mixed by Grammy-winning producer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, Swans, Angel Olsen), "Enter The Mirror" is Maserati's most compelling mélange of triumphant guitar hooks, abstract synth-pop, and Wax Trax-inspired noise anthems. The gated drums of Phil Collins and chorus-drenched guitars of INXS were prominent influences on "Enter The Mirror", paired to magnificent effect with the increasingly dystopian lyrical themes. In addition to longtime members Coley Dennis, Matt Cherry, Chris McNeal, and Mike Albanese, Maserati are joined by friends and collaborators, Bill Berry (R.E.M.), Owen Lange, and Alfredo Lapuz Jr. "Enter The Mirror" is Maserati's most efficient and cohesive album, and a monumental accomplishment for a band who have weathered many storms throughout their first two decades.
National [High Violet (3LP/colour/expanded 10year anniversary)]

June 19 street date. 10-year anniversary deluxe edition of The National's 2010 album "High Violet". The limited triple purple and clear marble LP with tri-fold jacket and obi strip package includes a third LP which includes eight tracks never before available on vinyl. Originally released May 11, 2010, the critically acclaimed fifth studio album features the now-classics "Terrible Love", "Bloodbuzz Ohio", "England", and perennial show closer, "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks". In addition to the 10 original tracks, the triple LP package includes a third LP which includes tracks never before available on vinyl, including "Wake Up Your Saints", an alternate version of "Terrible Love", "Walk Off", and more.
New Found Glory [Forever And Ever x Infinity]

Please note new street date: June 19. Pop Punk legends New Found Glory return with their 9th studio album, Forever and Ever x Infinity. Harking back to the days of Nothing Gold Can Stay and the band's self titled album, the record is full of fast, punk laced drums and the most emo of lyrics revolving around the ups and downs of falling in love. The band will be doing co-headline tour with Simple Plan in the Summer of 2020. For Fans Of: Blink 182, Yellowcard, Good Charlotte.
NNAMDÏ [BRAT]

Please note new street date: May 22. "BRAT" is the masterful LP from beloved Chicago multi-instrumentalist NNAMDÏ. It follows his critically acclaimed LP "DROOL" (2017), an album that brought him to Pitchfork Fest and earned him Best Music of the Year recognition from NPR, Fader, Bandcamp, and more. On his follow-up "BRAT", NNAMDÏ starkly explores the psychological turmoil between wanting and needing in a manner that is both intensely personal and highly relatable. Its virtuosic fusion of Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop, Electronics, Gospel, and West African influences firmly establishes him in a genre-less class of his own.
No Age [Goons Be Gone]

June 5 street date. "Goons Be Gone", No Age's number 2 record for Drag City, kicks into gear, takes you out west and gets some dirt on it, with what's possibly their most honed in and direct record yet. A guitar/drums duo with a penchant for self-recorded samples, No Age are mostly unconcerned with things like space or pause. "Goons Be Gone" is gorgeously thick - a hazy, delirious expanse that's both comforting and disorienting. Some fans might pine - at least at first - for the (vaguely) more experimental, less riff-driven muck of "An Object", but "Goons Be Gone" is a more thoughtful, coherent (and still plenty dirty) version of what No Age began building with all those EPs. "Goons Be Gone" is so cacophonous, so fertile, and so ripe with sound that parsing out the samples and effects and various layers of guitar is nearly impossible; besides, it's way more satisfying to just close your eyes and just enjoy it.
Perfume Genius [Set My Heart On Fire Immediately]

 On May 15 Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) will release his 5th studio album, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, via Matador Records
Perfume Genius will join Tame Impala on a North American arena tour throughout the Spring and Summer including shows in Toronto (June 2nd), Montreal (June 3rd) and Vancouver (August 5th)
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately sees Hadreas re-teaming with GRAMMY-nominated producer Blake Mills and features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino and Matt Chamberlin. It was recorded in Los Angeles, where Perfume Genius settled in 2017 with longtime partner and musical collaborator Alan Wyffels. Pre-order Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

The album explores and subverts concepts of masculinity and traditional roles, and introduces decidedly American musical influences. Throughout the album Hadreas plays with themes of love, sex, memory and the body, channeling popular music mythologies while irreverently authoring its own. "I wanted to feel more open, more free and spiritually wild," says Hadreas, "and I'm in a place now where those feelings are very close-- but it can border on being unhinged. I wrote these songs as a way to be more patient, more considered -- to pull at all these chaotic threads hovering around me and weave them in to something warm, thoughtful and comforting"
Sohn [Live With the Metropole Orkest (2LP)]

Please note new street date: June 5. Late last year the British producer and songwriter shared the stage with the Grammy-winning Metropole Orkest and conductor Hans Ek for the opening night of Amsterdam Dance Event. Combining SOHN’s signature glacial electronics with the 54 person-strong orchestra, the one-off live performance at celebrated Dutch venue Melkweg brought to life his best-known songs such as ‘The Wheel’, ‘Conrad’ and ‘Artifice’. SOHN says, “It was an incredible opportunity to work with the Metropole on sculpting a very special evening in Amsterdam - the arrangements elevated the songs to another dimension, and luckily we recorded it all…. The album ended up being more than just a live record to me, it’s somehow a hybrid of dry electronics and rich orchestration and I’m very proud of how it turned out.” Please note: this will no longer be issued as a Record Store Day release.
SONICS [Boom (180g)]

Please note new street date: June 12. We follow up January's release of "Here Are The Sonics!" with a 180g black vinyl replica release of "Boom", the Sonics' second album, originally released in 1966 on Etiquette Records in wonderful mono. "Boom" still does much more than merely deliver on the promise of the first album, "Here Are The Sonics!". Few records have ever packed as much of a musical punch from start to finish. Even more so than their first LP, it offers a representation of what the Sonics must have sounded like at the peak of their considerable powers. Recorded in the most glorious no-fi you could ever wish for and with anthemic originals like ‘Cinderella’ and ‘He’s Waiting’ vying for your attention with what is possibly the most violent version of ‘Louie Louie’ that there will ever be, "Boom" is an album that has always justified the esteem in which it is held by collectors around the globe.
Sweet Spirit [Trinidad]

June 19 street date. The six members of Sweet Spirit like pranks, glitter eyeshadow, and good stories. They also enjoy making music, as evidenced by the 12 bands they collectively play in. But above all, they love dancing, that place between exorcise and exercise. Sweet Spirit's famously raucous and sweaty live shows satisfy both their own and their audience’s need for connection and release. "Trinidad" marks the Merge debut of this mighty sextet from Austin, TX. Touting inspirations as varied as Prince, T. Rex, William Onyeabor, ABBA, Roy Orbison, Shintaro Sakamoto, Francoise Hardy, and Robyn, Sweet Spirit have created an album that pulsates with more LinnDrum and synth than guitar. The songs are stripped down yet more intricate than ever before. It's a pop record made by punk rockers - sonically happy but lyrically bitter. Lustful, sassy, and passionate.
Woods [Strange To Explain]

June 12 street date. Dreaming doesn't come easy these shadowed days, which is why "Strange To Explain" by Woods is such a welcome turning of new colours. It presents an extended moment of sweet reflection for the 15-year-old band, bouncing back to earth as something hopeful and weird and resolute. Like everything else they've recorded, it sounds exactly like themselves, but with subtly different shades and breaths and rhythmic feels and everything else that changes, the natural march of time and the intentional decisions of the musicians moving in what feels like an uncommonly organic alignment. Recorded in Stinson Beach, the kind of place that seems like an AI simulation of an idyllic northern California coastal escape, the familiar jangling guitars recede to the background. John Andrews' warm keyboards and twining Mellotron rise around Earl's songs and dance across the chord changes like warm sunlight off the Pacific. The music feels a karmic landmass away from the creepiness of the uncanny valley.

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May 4th Re-opening
F.A.B. will be cautiously re-opening week of May 4th, but for the safety of our staff and our community it will be in a very limited capacity so that we can follow physical distancing protocols. Stores that wish to be shipped in the coming week should please send orders asap, preferably by Monday. We will do our best but processing will take longer than usual and with couriers at over capacity, delivery dates cannot be guaranteed. We appreciate your patience and understanding in these uncertain times. Stay safe and well!


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