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Bad Religion [Christmas Songs (gold vinyl/ltd edition)]

November 22 street date. Who better to help you celebrate that most wonderful time of the year than holiday favorites Bad Religion? Tackling eight chestnuts in their classic punk rock style. From “White Christmas” with its nod to pioneers The Ramones, to the glorious choirboy intro to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Christmas Songs is the record you need to get your holiday household’s toes tapping.
Blood Incantation [Hidden History Of The Human Race]

November 22 street date. Featuring classic 1970s artwork by sci-fi god Bruce Pennington, Hidden History Of The Human Race promises to be both a meditative inquiry on the mystery and nature of human consciousness, and a dynamic foray into the realms of progressive, brutal and atmospheric death metal, as revealed by Blood Incantation. Recorded completely analog at World Famous Studios in Denver, Colorado, Hidden History Of The Human Race expands the sonic cosmos explored on Blood Incantation’s critically acclaimed debut album Starspawn.
Bonnie Prince Billy [I Made A Place]

November 15 street date. The last time there was a new collection of original Bonnie Prince Billy songs was 2011's "Wolfroy Goes to Town". The released records in the intervening years have been of previously-recorded songs most often written by other people (the Everly Brothers, Susanna Wallumrod, Mekons, Merle Haggard; even Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) as well as a collaborative album with Bitchin' Bajas. "I Made A Place" is intensely inspired by the 50th state. In fact, for a while there the working title of the record was "49th State Of Mind", after the mid-20th century Hawaiian music record label optimistically and ultimately erroneously called 49th State Records. The songs likewise are influenced by certain Hawaiian musics, mainly the recordings of Johnny Lum Ho and Edith Kanaka’ole; also by the recordings of Jake Xerxes Fussell; by the songwriting of John Prine, Susanna Wallumrod and Tom T. Hall.
Buckner, Richard [Dents And Shells (re-issue 2004 recordings/white)]

November 22 street date. Dents and Shells is the first LP that Richard Buckner made for Merge Records, in 2004. By the time the album was recorded in Austin, TX and Tucson, AZ, with the help of Butthole Surfers’ drummer King Coffey and other Austin locals, he’d been a touring musician and released over a half dozen records. With no fixed home base a decade deep into his career, he was still a roamer. That may be why Dents and Shells still sounds so fresh 15 years later. Whether working with collaborators or going it alone, on stage or in a studio, Buckner has always tended to play by feel. He documents what’s on his mind and of the moment on songs like Dents and Shells opener “A Chance Counsel,” as pedal steel guitar and piano provide a lovely soundscape for Buckner to wander through, weaving together words of assessment and encouragement as if thinking aloud. Dents and Shells features some of Buckner’s most beautifully plaintive songs, like “Her” and “Fuse.” Whether full-band arrangement or stripped down, the mood of both is much the same as the singer seems to be pining for something elusive. Listening to these songs today is like flipping through a poet’s notebook, encountering words and ideas, raw and immediate. As Buckner puts it in the song “Invitation,” sometimes the best way for a person to answer the question of another day is to dig through the scraps and “put the bones to use.” Dents and Shells captures an artist with many miles behind him, but no loss of wanderlust.
Burch, Molly [The Molly Burch Christmas Album (gold vinyl)]

November 15 street date. On this collection of holiday songs, Austin chanteuse Molly Burch does Christmas with a twist. Quite an omnibus, the album features classics like "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Auld Lang Syne" alongside heartland hits like "Hard Candy Christmas" and "Snowqueen of Texas". It also features a playful cover of Wham's "Last Christmas" with two special guests: actor/comedians John Early and Kate Berlant add a blithe intro and backing vocals throughout. Recorded by Will Paterson (RF Shannon, Jesse Woods) and Jarvis Taveniere (Woods, Martin Courtney, Purple Mountains), the album also features two beautiful originals penned by Burch to add to your holiday canon.
Burial [Tunes 2011-2019 (2CD)]

December 6 street date. Topping off Hyperdub's 15th year, Burial selects 'tunes’ from the last eight years of his EP releases on the label, for this very welcome two CD collection. Sequenced by Burial, ‘Tunes 2011-2019’ shows the depth and brilliance of his post-‘Untrue’ development; from long, twisting, collage works which travel through unexpected zones, to a more pointed, poppier side, and back again to the haunted, open horizons of his beatless pieces. We hope this collection of Burial's work is familiar, yet unfamiliar, to each listener. 17 tracks across 150 minutes, all previously released, six being available on CD for the first time. TRACKLISTING: (DISC 1) - 01. State Forest 02. Beachfires 03. Subtemple 04. Young Death 05. Nightmarket 06. Hiders 07. Come Down To Us 08. Claustro 09. Rival Dealer (DISC 2) - 01. Kindred 02. Loner 03. Ashtray Wasp 04. Rough Sleeper 05. Truant 06. Street Halo 07. Stolen Dog 08. NYC
Calendar [Blues Images 2020 Calendar (with CD)]

November 22 street date. (12 month calendar with free CD) Our 2020 "Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920's" Calendar with free CD has broad appeal to anyone interested in Blues music or history. Within its pages is a huge treasure trove of original Blues artwork from the earliest days of recorded Blues history. In addition, each calendar contains a free CD that cleverly matches up each month's artwork with the original recording it advertises. These songs make the calendar come alive! ; Our 2020 "Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920's" calendar with free CD has broad appeal to anyone interested in Blues music or history. Within its pages is a huge treasure trove of original Blues advertising artwork from the earliest days of recorded Blues history as well as photographs of Blues singers, both Pre-War and Post War. In addition, the calendar contains a free CD whose songs cleverly match up to the ad or artist featured for the month. This pairing brings the images to life! This year's CD has a total of 22 tracks, including six Post War rarities... 12 Blues classics from Blues masters B.B. King, Lonnie Johnson, the Mississippi Sheiks, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake and others . . . PLUS three recently discovered never-before-heard songs by Juke Boy Bonner, one unreleased track by Blues Boy Bill and and six super rare tracks by legendary Blues artists including Joe Stone (Jaydee Stone) and Mississippi Sarah. These songs are newly restored using the American Epic sound team's amazing restoration techniques. Developed at great expense for the soundtrack of the PBS series, there is less surface noise and more dynamic range than in any previous release of these tracks. You will feel as if you are right in the room with the performers as they play and sing their hearts out! ISBN: 978-0-9894998-6-6
Czarface [The Odd Czar Against Us]

December 6 street date. Czarface, iron clad crime fighter, heroically returns to his lair after two spine-chilling adventures with MF DOOM and Ghostface Killah. On "The Odd Czar Against Us", Czarface goes full Voltron, employing every asset in his arsenal, maximizing lyrical efforts from Inspectah Deck & Esoteric and pulse-pounding production from in house beatsmith 7L & Jeremy Page. This album stands to be the group's most ambitious and challenging effort to date.
Dead Meadow [Feathers (2LP)]

November 15 street date. Feathers is the fifth album by Dead Meadow. It was released in 2005 by Matador Records and now reissued by Xemu Records under license. The upcoming release will be an exact copy of the original double vinyl and CD packages with original art and masters. In addition to the reissue this new product will include a "demo rarities CD' that will be included in both the CD and LP releases. This demo CD includes outtakes from the 2004 recording session as well as demos with different song structure/ arrangements and 2 tunes that were axed off the final album. The band was shifting from pure 60's-70's heavy psych sounds to a more gentle and layered new-psych sound. The different approach shocked current fans and gained lots of new ones as well as garnering solid underground praise. Revered and as equally hated this divisive record would be a landmark in the band's history and important piece of the puzzle that has kept the boys rocking and relevant.
Deerhoof [Halfbird (coloured vinyl)]

November 22 street date. The first ever vinyl edition of Deerhoof's third LP, "Halfbird". Originally released in July 2001 by Menlo Park Records, "Halfbird" is 14 tracks of playful absurdity and pummeling energy, featuring founding member Greg Saunier (drums/guitar/vocals); Satomi Matsuzaki (vocals/bass); and Rob Fisk (guitar).
Fils-Aimé, Dominique [The Red (EP)]

November 29 street date. This cinematic R&B and jazz-inflected debut by one of Montreal’s finest soul singer-songwriters, Dominique Fils-Aimé, "The Red" EP is available for the first time on high-quality vinyl. Fils-Aimé is a Polaris Music prize-nominated singer-songwriter who draws inspiration from soul icons of the 1940s and 1960s such as Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Nina Simone. While her musical roots are grounded in early soul and jazz, her sound transcends contemporary urban soundscapes. The songs were recorded live in the studio in only a few takes with minimal overdubs to capture the unconstrained depth of expression and natural impulse.
Good Ones [Rwanda, You Should Be Loved]

November 8 street date. THE GOOD ONES renown is evidenced by the stellar musicians who collaborated with them on their new album: Wilco’s Nels Cline, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, and Fugazi’s Joe Lally. In 2009, Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott) traveled to Rwanda in search of local music with his Italian-Rwandan wife, filmmaker and photographer, Marilena Delli. After two weeks of crisscrossing the country and listening to countless artists, they met THE GOOD ONES. For The THE GOOD ONES’ new album, Rwanda, You Should Be Loved, bandleader Adrien Kazigira composed over forty songs. The recording was done live without overdubs on Adrien’s farm in Rwanda. Since they live without electricity and have had little access to devices to reproduce musical recordings, THE GOOD ONES’ vocalizations are based on the singing traditions and dialect of their local immediate, agricultural district more than by outside and Western influences. Primary songwriter Adrien Kazigira interweaves intricate harmonies with co-singer, Janvier Havugimana, in a style frequently referred to as “worker songs from the streets.” With the musicians rural and remote hilltop origins, the harmonic similarities to American Bluegrass vocals is often eerie. Third member, Javan Mahoro, lends additional background vocals and percussion on select songs. From the moment he laid eyes on them, Brennan said he knew, “What these guys do is precious and rare. Don’t f*** it up!” THE GOOD ONES formed the band as a healing process after the Rwandan genocide, which marks its 25th anniversary in 2019.
Grimes, Rachel [The Way Forth (2LP)]

December 6 for LP (date change) / CD available now. "The Way Forth", a new folk opera from Rachel Grimes, encompasses lush layers of voices and orchestrations in an experiential, non-linear investigation highlighting perspectives of Kentucky women from 1775 to today. Inspired by a treasure-trove of family documents, photos, and letters spanning several generations, Grimes began in 2016 to research some of the more vexing questions that came to the surface about these people, places, and events. The songs that make up "The Way Forth" weave back in time through a postcard, a personal account of a long life on a farm, traces of folk tunes, names, places, and rivers, all woven into an emotional fabric of yearning, nostalgia, grief, and the rich intimacies of everyday life. Initially solo voices are heard above vivid orchestrations, expanding with the choral voices of the community through fragments of traditional church music and popular tunes. The scope widens to include a modern male narrator's reflections on a place battered by greed, civil war, bigotry, and the exploitation of natural resources.
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.
Our Native Daughters [Songs Of Our Native Daughters]

November 15 street date for LP (CD available now). Songs of Our Native Daughters gathers together kindred musicians Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell in song and sisterhood to communicate with their forebears. Drawing on and reclaiming early minstrelsy and banjo music, these musicians reclaim, recast, and spotlight the often unheard and untold history of their ancestors, whose stories remain vital and alive today. The material on Songs of Our Native Daughters -- written and sung in various combinations -- is inspired by New World slave narratives, discrimination and how it has shaped our American experience, as well as musicians such as Haitian troubadour Althiery Dorval and Mississippi Hill Country string player Sid Hemphill, and more. Co-producer Rhiannon Giddens is the GRAMMY-award winning co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and current host of The Metropolitan Opera & WQXR’s newest podcast “Aria Code.” “A restoration of narrative, to render in song the pain and resilience of black women over the course of American history.” – NPR Music // "A peerless and powerful voice in roots music" - Pitchfork (on Rhiannon Giddens)
Pan American [A Son]

November 8 street date / November 15 for LP (date change). 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.
Sofia, Maija [Bath Time]

November 22 street date. RIYL: Laura Marling, Angel Olsen, Powpig, Junior Brother. Maija Sofia, one of Irelands most lauded young folk artists has produced a timeless debut album, inspired by story-driven traditional folk-ballads, shone through the lens of punk DIY ethos. The album deals with the ways in which women's voices, stories and desires have been sidelined and misrepresented throughout history. From Edie Sedgwick to Bridget Cleary, Sofia's songs imagine a world in which silenced women speak back. The Gold Shoes’, is a mystical, ethereal opening before the melancholic ‘Hail Mary’, which starts soft, but the music grows in power as Sofia interrogates the sexual hypocrisy of the Catholic church, and the harp feeds into the haunting sound with effortless complexity and depth. ‘Edie Sedgwick’ has alt-country elements from lap steel player Niall Murphy (Oh Boland) and cellist Laura McCabe (Molly Sterling). ‘The Wife of Michael Cleary’ is an ode to Bridget Cleary, killed by her husband in 1895. Michael Cleary believed his wife had been abducted by fairies with a changeling left in her place. The male vocal is provided by off-kilter alt-folk Junior Brother, with singing in the round building tension. ‘The Glitter’ is disturbingly beautiful, an ode to Jean Rhys, a novelist from the Carribean who came to England aged 16 and dealt with issues of displacement and unbelonging. As is ‘Cobweb’ with Sofia’s rich contralto “I didn’t know I was on my own. I’m only as wise as you.” ‘Morning’ mourns lost relationship and the failure of trying to fix a flawed lover. ‘Elizabeth’ dwells on the troubled love affair between Elizabeth Siddal and the Pre-Raphaelite painter Rossetti.. ‘The Trees They Do Grow High’ is a disturbing English folk ballad sung from the point of view of a woman forced to marry an inappropriately younger man. The album wraps around the listener like a velvet cloak, time is irrelevant, and the pain and complexity of female life has been sharply observed by Sofia. Quotes : 'An essential new release to get obsessed with' - DIY magazine // ‘A heavenly blend of lo-fi and dream pop. Think Jesus and Mary Chain meets Angel Olsen.’ Hot Press
Stevens, Sufjan & Timo Andres [The Decalogue]

December 6 street date. 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.
Strand Of Oaks [Pope Killdragon (dragon bone vinyl)]

December 6 street date. Limited edition vinyl reissue of Strand Of Oaks' second album, originally released in 2010. Dragon bone coloured vinyl, including an insert with new liner notes and original artwork by Will Scheff. "Pope Killdragon" maintains strange juxtapositions throughout: historical fact with whimsical fiction, a mournful delivery of absurd lyrics, an odd allure to the bifurcated sonics where synths sidle up with acoustic guitars. The album's playfulness and sense of humour allow it a broader range of emotion than the typical sadsack folkie. Timothy Showalter did a good deal of bloodletting on "Leave Ruin", and here Strand Of Oaks' horizons are limited only by his fantastical imagination. Also available: Cat # WV203LPC2 - blue vinyl
Toy [Songs Of Consumption]

November 15 street date. LP is on cream opaque vinyl and is exclusive to Indie stores. Songs Of Consumption, an 8-song collection of unique interpretations of tracks which have inspired the band - tracks by Stooges, Amanda Lear, Nico, The Troggs, Serge Gainsborough, Soft Cell, John Barry and Pet Shop Boys/Elvis/Willy Nelson (depending on how you know the song). Talking about the album, TOY said: Songs of Consumption sonically is a continuation and development of the themes conceived on Happy In The Hollow and it will show people where we are going towards musically. The DIY approach was explored further utilising more of the electronic elements that we touched upon before. Drum machines, stripped down arrangements and rudimentary production give a primitive sound that we thought suited the choice of songs. Some of the songs have very big sounding production, so we wanted to experiment with them by going in a different direction. Music is consumed voraciously now whereas these songs came from a time when the song was of the most important thing and that's what was appreciated. Stripping them back to the essence of what they are was also something we wanted to explore. Also, we wanted to make a covers record with songs by people that influenced us in the past few years and it’s as much about the way they dealt with their ideas, and how they put themselves in uncomfortable situations in order to make something that in the end is simple. It’s a homage to the spirit of these people, that helped us to untangle ourselves from our inherent complicated nature and create a new space where we can exist. Video link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pChRP6itG1c&feature=youtu.be Listen - https://soundcloud.com/tough-love/toy-fun-city/s-xB7rA
Unwound [The Future Of What]

November 15 street date. Back in print on vinyl! Unwound's third album in as many years, 1995's "The Future of What" is an unrelenting, constructivist masterstroke. The Olympia trio's signature sound - grinding bass, syncopated drums, and fragmented guitar over measured yelps - ratchets past the thread into a stripped-out metallic slurry. Equal parts noise and adrenaline, the album opens with a simple question: "where’s your energy?". It's been 25 years and we're still searching for the answer.
V/A [Further Perspectives & Distortion (3CD)]

November 22 street date. ‘Further Perspectives And Distortion’ presents a snapshot of the UK's experimental and avant-garde music scene, observed through the paradigm-shifting lense of the post punk revolution and bringing together disparate names from across the experimental spectrum. This is a long-overdue look at the ‘other side’ of the freedom offered by the tectonic shifts in the musical landscape in 1976 and 1977. From speed-fuelled kids bursting with raw talent and homemade electronic gizmos to trained composers and writers with a new, fresh audience to explore, herein lay the flipside of the independent explosion and the newfound ability to find homes (and stockists) for even the most unruly of sounds. 58 tracks from establshed names to lesser known experimentalists and explorers, including The Pop Group, Throbbing Gristle, Soft Machine, 23 Skidoo, Nurse With Wound, Robert Fripp, This Heat, Gavin Bryars, and many more.
Young Guv [GUV I & II]

Please note new street date: November 22. Young Guv only makes hits, baby. It's what he was born to do. Too many hits, in fact - since last summer, Guv (aka Ben Cook) moved to Brooklyn from his native Toronto and wrote music, because that’s what Young Guv does. This manic pace produced two albums worth of power-pop bliss, psychedelic riffs, and swagger that would make a Gallagher (the British ones, not the watermelon ones) blush.

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