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Bloodshot Bill [Come And Get Your Love Right Now]

February 15 street date. The one-man hurricane known as Bloodshot Bill started in his hometown of Montreal around 1998, with just a guitar and a stomp board. Since then, he’s had over 35 releases throughout Europe and North America. He keeps a jam-packed calendar, juggling insane live shows all over the world with the requisite studio time, where the magic often happens with a star-studded stack of cohorts including The 5.6.7.8.’s, Jon Spencer, King Khan, Beat Poet Charles Plymell, Mark Sultan, Deke Dickerson and Shannon Shaw of Shannon & The Clams. Although this pistol plays well with others, there’s a reason he’s known as the greatest living one-man band. Artist Joe Coleman once called him “a cross between Jimmie Rodgers and Popeye,” and director John Waters says he’s “like Roy Orbison with a head wound.” There have been some movie roles (usually playing himself), and accolades, too—he has won FME’s Coup De Coeur, and has been a nominee three times for an Ameripolitan Music Award. Bloodshot Bill’s whacked-out take on rockabilly stroll and early R & B begins where Charlie Feathers’ cryptic mumble meets Bobby Lee Trammell’s uninhibited beat and then goes scampering down dark alleys beyond genres—plus, it’s catchy as hell! Come Get Your Love Right Now is his seventh album, and first for Goner, after several with the great purveyors of forgotten sounds, Norton Records. Dig the unhinged howl, that loose-stringed strum, his unique beat. Go bang your head on a bongo—come and get it!
Carll, Hayes [What It Is]

February 15 street date. The chorus to the title track on the new Hayes Carll album, What It Is, is a manifesto. What it was is gone forever / What it could be God only knows. What it is, is right here in front of me / and I'm not letting go. He's embracing the moment. Leaving the past where it belongs, accepting there's no way to know what's ahead, and challenging himself to be present in both love and life. It's heady stuff. It also rocks. With a career full of critical acclaim and popular success, Carll could've played it safe on this, his sixth record, but he didn't. The result is a musically ambitious and lyrically deep statement of an artist in his creative prime.
Czarface & Ghostface [Czarface Meets Ghostface]

February 15 street date. Fresh off 2018's collaborative LP with the enigmatic MF Doom, "Czarface Meets Metal Face", the adventure continues as Czarface now faces off with Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah. "Czarface meets Ghostface" brings strictly mind melting beats and bars as 3 emcees clash like villains and heroes in the Savage Land. Czarface, a hip-hop and comics force comprised of Wu-Tang Clan General Inspectah Deck, Esoteric (who recently penned an X-Men comic for Marvel) and super producer 7L team up with Ghostface aka Iron-Man aka Tony Starks for murderous mayhem!
Delicate Steve [Till I Burn Up]

March 1 street date. Delicate Steve is back with his 5th studio album, Till I Burn Up. A critically acclaimed guitarist beloved by music critics and his peers, Steve has played on the albums of artists from Paul Simon to Yeasayer, and toured with artists from Tame Impala to The Growlers. Check out what the critics have to say about Delicate Steve. “Steve Marion..this fierce and lyrical guitar player, who performs as Delicate Steve, writes playful instrumental music led by hooky vocals — but there is no voice. His electric guitar is often played with a glass slide, mimicking a human being and bringing a palpable personality to his songs. “ - BOB BOILAND , NPR MUSIC “Steve Marion has become something you didn’t know you even needed in this day and age: a guitar hero. And just as contemporary superhero franchise reboots tend to focus less on their protagonists’ powers and more on their flaws, Marion wields his ample talent with the humility of a mortal. On the (mostly) instrumental albums he’s released as Delicate Steve, Marion’s guitar playing is always in the spotlight, but never hogging it—rather, his luminous leads form the emotional undercurrent around which everything else flows. What makes Marion a guitar hero isn’t just his technical wizardry, but his music’s mission to help you through dark times.” - STUART BERMAN, PITCHFORK
Frawley, Martin [Undone At 31]

February 22 street date. Martin Frawley is co-leader of Melbourne Australia’s Twerps, formed in 2008 & shortly thereafter named Best New Band in Australia via Uncut Magazine. Undone at 31 is Martin Frawley’s solo debut. Named for the year in his life when the bottom fell out following a long-term romantic partnership, Melbourne’s Martin Frawley (Twerps) sequenced Undone at 31 chronologically to emphasize his journey. He took time off from drinking after mistakes and missteps in his Australian pubs, as chronicled on “End of the Bar,” an early standout that’s equal parts Velvet Underground cool and outlaw country. While visiting Brooklyn during that period, Frawley found a collaborator in Stewart Bronaugh (Angel Olsen, Lionlimb) who, as he says, “gave me confidence and strength when I needed it the most,” and after bonding over albums by John Cale, Anna Domino, and Frank Ocean, “knew where I needed to take the music.” Those familiar with Frawley’s time as co-leader of Twerps will take comfort in hearing his deceptively simple songwriting is still intact, but the big reveal here is how new instrumentation and influences seamlessly expand Frawley’s playground. It might take several listens for one to realize Frawley is singing “Something About Me” over just violin, Moog, and a Graceland-esque bassline, or to appreciate the PB+J pairing of Fender Rhodes and lap steel on “Where the Heart Is,” which serves as Undone at 31’s twist ending. Frawley’s album does not shy away from morbid musings and raw emotions that come with a breakup, and like Shoot Out the Lights or Sea Change, Undone at 31’s tunefulness and exploration combined are what elevate the music above the melancholy subject matter.
Girlpool [What Chaos Is Imaginary]

February 1 street date. With their powerful harmonies and imaginative songrwriting in full force, Girlpool are making new creative leaps with their new album, What Chaos Is Imaginary. Combining elements of shoegaze, folk, and 80’s postpunk with their own melodic gifts, these two great songwriters come up with a modern classic full of great tunes and sonic surprises. Impressive growth for this already celebrated band. For fans of Frankie Cosmos, Japanese Breakfast, Soccer Mommy and Snail Mail. . . “When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker harmonize, it’s like a lightning bolt to the gut.” – NPR
Handsome Family [Through The Trees (20th Anniversary/blue vinyl/CD)]

February 15 street date. Although they are recently known to the mainstream from the opening theme song on True Detective Season 1 (Far From Any Road), The Handsome Family have been around since 1993 and have a deep discography that goes back just as long. 2018 marked 20 years since the release of their third album Through The Trees. Following its release, Uncut declared it to be the year’s “Best New Country Album”, and Mojo named it one of the “10 Essential Americana Records Of All Time.” The band is marking the occasion with a 20th Anniversary edition of the record. The sky-blue vinyl comes with an exclusive ‘Invisible Trees’ bonus CD, comprising of 15 tracks of “out-takes, live performances and bickering.” Also contains two essays, photos. First essay tells the story behind Through The Trees, written by Rennie Sparks. Second essay is by Andrew Bird. 1998 was when Andrew Bird discovered The Handsome Family. As he says, “There’s a lot more going on here than the alt-goth-country descriptive blurbs in the show listings; this is truly beautiful songwriting of the rarest order. If you really listen to what’s going on in these songs, beware, you may find yourself expecting more from music.”
Hot Water Music [A Flight And A Crash]

February 15 street date. In 2019, Hot Water Music will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band and touring the world performing tracks from their entire catalog. Epitaph Records will be repressing three of the band’s albums on colored vinyl for re-release in 2019: 2001’s A Flight and A Crash, 2002’s Caution and 2004’s The New What Next.
Hot Water Music [The New What Next]

March 15 street date. In 2019, Hot Water Music will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band and touring the world performing tracks from their entire catalog. Epitaph Records will be repressing three of the band’s albums for re-release in 2019: 2001’s A Flight and A Crash, 2002’s Caution and 2004’s The New What Next.
Mccombs, Cass [Tip Of the Sphere (2LP)]

February 8 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. McCombs has never made two albums that sound the same. His new one, Tip of the Sphere, is particularly unique. Tip of the Sphere is McCombs’ 9th studio album and while many of his records have been comprised of songs recorded in different studios and pieced together over time, this one was recorded quickly in one location with a strong sense of purpose, resulting in his most consistent record to date. This approach brings a raw immediacy to his songs, which are some of his best yet as he finds the perfect balance of compassion and experimentation. The rock songs rock harder, the ballads are more beautiful, the experiments more confident; with the sounds of jazz and latin music creeping in through the back window. This is an artist trying to make sense of it all through a relentless, ever searching creative process. Follow up to 2016’s Mangy Love which was McCombs’ most critically praised album.
Modeselektor [Who Else (Regular Edition)]

March 1 street date. Who Else is the new album by Modeselektor. It has been in the works for two years and was made within a month. It's a record offering essential Modeselektor, a record formed by experience, self-confidence, and the usual madness. Technical knowledge and craftsmanship have improved their creative process, but in the studio they are driven by the same old things. It's the quest for the beat they haven't made yet, the eternal hunt for the perfect mix. No bass drum sounds like the other on this record, no snare repeats itself in a different track. Each hi-hat is tailor-made, no synth sound recycled on another occasion. This isn't one of those predictable techno records, and that's what makes it such an effort: the endless search for new sounds while always bearing in mind that less is more. Lead single "Wealth" is a hip-hop track featuring London grime artist Flohio. Estonian rapper Tommy Cash parties on the crunchy and playful "Who", Otto von Schirach lends his screams to the dark industrial techno of "I Am Your God". And there's many other tracks that show Modeselektor rambling, raving, experimenting, or just enjoying themselves. Who Else is a record freed from outside pressure, only driven by a personal ambition to once more put out a great album. CD version comes in sixpanel, digisleeve and printed inner sleeve. Standard LP version comes in a printed inner sleeve. Deluxe picture disc version comes in printed inner sleeve; gatefold sleeve; includes inlay poster and download code.
Mould, Bob [Sunshine Rock]

February 8 street date. The cliché circulated after the 2016 election foretold a new artistic golden age: Artists would transform their anger and anxiety into era-defining works of dissent in the face of authoritarianism. Yet Bob Mould calls his new album Sunshine Rock. It’s not because Mould likes the current administration. His decision comes from a more personal place – found in Berlin, Germany. “Four years ago, I made plans for an extended break,” Mould explains. “I started spending time in Berlin in 2015, found an apartment in 2016, and became a resident in 2017. My time in Berlin has been a life changing experience. The winter days are long and dark, but when the sun comes back, all spirits lift.” Three years in Berlin would quite literally shed new light on Mould’s everyday mindset. “To go from See a Little Light to the last three albums, two of which were informed by the loss of each parent, respectively, at some point I had to put a Post-It note on my work station and say, ‘Try to think about good things.’ Otherwise I could really go down a long, dark hole,” he says. “I’m trying to keep things brighter these days as a way to stay alive.” Raw vocals counterbalance strings that appear on five songs. Although Mould has experimented with small-scale string accompaniment on previous albums, Sunshine Rock ambitiously incorporates an 18-piece orchestra performed by the Prague TV Orchestra. Mould wrote the string parts, which collaborator Alison Chesley transcribed for various instruments with input from consultant Paul Martens. It all amounts to Mould’s catchiest, grabbiest album since Copper Blue, the acclaimed 1992 debut of his trio Sugar. Back then, Mould’s work in Hüsker Dü, as a solo artist, and in Sugar helped define the sound of guitar rock in the alternative age. Sunshine Rock finds him doing it again for an era that has ostensibly eschewed rock.
Rhapsody Of Fire [The Eighth Mountain (blue vinyl)]

February 22 street date. Blue vinyl edition. Rhapsody of Fire hold a special position in the exciting and multi-faceted world of heavy metal: Like few other acts, the band from Italy stands for anthemnic symphonic metal presented with lots of speed, great pathos and technical refinement. Their latest studio recording "The Eighth Mountain" combines spirited songs and epic chorus parts with lavish orchestra arrangements. To dress the new material in appropriately lavish sounds to suit its extravagant songwriting, Rhapsody of Fire have worked with a major orchestra again. This time the musicians of the acclaimed Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, were instrumental in recording the album'ss sublime, atmospherically dense overall sound. Two choirs featuring more than 20 vocalists, as well as a number of soloists playing medieval instruments, also deserve to be mentioned. Also available: AFM 59511 - clear vinyl; AFM5959 - CD digipak
Rhapsody Of Fire [The Eighth Mountain (ltd. box set/incl. large t-shirt)]

February 22 street date. Limited edition box set including digipak CD, large t-shirt, poster, sticker, a written story concept, and a certificate of authenticity. Rhapsody of Fire hold a special position in the exciting and multi-faceted world of heavy metal: Like few other acts, the band from Italy stands for anthemnic symphonic metal presented with lots of speed, great pathos and technical refinement. Their latest studio recording "The Eighth Mountain" combines spirited songs and epic chorus parts with lavish orchestra arrangements. To dress the new material in appropriately lavish sounds to suit its extravagant songwriting, Rhapsody of Fire have worked with a major orchestra again. This time the musicians of the acclaimed Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, were instrumental in recording the album'ss sublime, atmospherically dense overall sound. Two choirs featuring more than 20 vocalists, as well as a number of soloists playing medieval instruments, also deserve to be mentioned. Also available: AFM5956M (medium), AFM5956XL (X-Large)
Rhapsody Of Fire [The Eighth Mountain (ltd. box set/incl. large t-shirt)]

February 22 street date. Limited edition box set including digipak CD, large t-shirt, poster, sticker, a written story concept, and a certificate of authenticity. Rhapsody of Fire hold a special position in the exciting and multi-faceted world of heavy metal: Like few other acts, the band from Italy stands for anthemnic symphonic metal presented with lots of speed, great pathos and technical refinement. Their latest studio recording "The Eighth Mountain" combines spirited songs and epic chorus parts with lavish orchestra arrangements. To dress the new material in appropriately lavish sounds to suit its extravagant songwriting, Rhapsody of Fire have worked with a major orchestra again. This time the musicians of the acclaimed Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, were instrumental in recording the album'ss sublime, atmospherically dense overall sound. Two choirs featuring more than 20 vocalists, as well as a number of soloists playing medieval instruments, also deserve to be mentioned. Also available: AFM5956M (medium), AFM5956XL (X-Large)
Sleaford Mods [Eton Alive (indie shop version/blue vinyl)]

February 22 street date. Sleaford Mods are one of the most important, politically charged and thought-provoking duos currently making their mark on the UK music scene and beyond. They are now poised to release their fifth studio album entitled ‘Eton Alive’ in February 2019. The new album, which features 12 new tracks from the prolific artists, was recorded in Nottingham. The record will be the first release on Jason and Andrew’s newly formed label ‘Extreme Eating’ and their first album since parting ways with Rough Trade Records. “Eton Alive speaks for itself really. Here we are once again in the middle of another elitist plan being digested slowly as we wait to be turned into faeces once more. Some already are, some are dead and the rest of us erode in the belly of prehistoric ideology which depending on our abilities and willingness, assigns to each of us varying levels of comfort that range from horrible to reasonably acceptable, based on contribution. So after the digestive system of the Nobles rejects our inedible bones we exit the Arse of Rule, we fall into the toilet again and at the mercy of whatever policies are holding order in the shit pipe of this tatty civilisation. It is here our flesh regenerates as we rattle into another form, ready, and ripe for order”. – Jason Williamson ‘Eton Alive’
Staples, Mavis [Live In London]

February 8 street date. Mavis Staples has been a soul and gospel music legend for more than 50 years. Her work fronting the legendary Staples Singers defined the sound of politically-committed soul and influenced generations of musicians. As a solo artist in her own right, she has helped to define much of what is righteous and soulful in American music. There are few people who can claim to have been per- forming as long as Mavis Staples, let alone to her standards. This album captures her live at the Union Chapel in London with her band performing some of the greatest songs from her musical catalog, while celebrating her 79th birthday. GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER, ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMER, KENNEDY CENTER HONOREE, NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT- TO NAME A FEW OF HER HONORS. MAVIS HAS BEEN AS A FEATURED VOCALIST THIS YEAR ON SONGS BY HOZIER, ARCADE FIRE, GORILLAZ AND MORE.
Sun Ra [Monorails & Satellites (3LP) Works for solo piano Vols. 1,2,3]

February 15 street date. “I have always thought orchestra. I play that way, even when playing the piano.” – Sun Ra... Considering the monumental depth of Sun Ra’s recorded oeuvre, there are surprisingly few solo piano albums. Monorails and Satellites Volumes 1 and 2 were the first commercial LPs of the artist’s solo keyboard excursions. Recorded in 1966 and released on his Saturn imprint in 1968, Volume 1 featured seven idiosyncratic originals and one standard (“Easy Street”) delivered in Sunny’s singular manner. Volume 2 was released the following year, and contains five compositions, all originals. A third volume was prepped but shelved, and this deluxe edition marks its premiere release. As with all Cosmic Myth releases these volumes are superbly mastered, and are available as a deluxe 2xCD or 3xLP tri-gatefold cover with copious liners notes by renown American jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and additional overviews by jazz historian Ben Young and producer Irwin Chusid.
Telekinesis [Effluxion]

February 22 street date. The fifth full length album he’s recorded as Telekinesis is perfect, unfussy power pop— romantic and hopeful and skittish and fresh and familiar, with hooks in all the right places. He called the album Effluxion because he too found the word a little alien when he first heard it in passing, but it also captured the spirit in which the album was made. After Lerner largely traded guitars and drums for moodier synthesizers and drum machines on 2015’s Ad Infinitum—more OMD than GBV—Scottish indie-pop gods Teenage Fanclub invited Lerner on board as a touring member in 2017. In addition to this being genie-lamp wish fulfillment for a devoted acolyte, playing those songs every night with his heroes brought him back to known pleasures. Effluxion is a back-to-basics album—not just in its reaffirmation of the sound and style that made Lerner an indie wunderkind a decade ago at age 22, but in the way it was created. Using the same now-discontinued MacBook microphone he used to record his earliest tracks, he holed up in the basement of his West Seattle home and put the album together piece by piece over the past two years, playing every instrument. While previous albums had former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla—who discovered and championed Telekinesis’ demos—and Spoon’s Jim Eno serving as producers and sounding boards and sidemen and general voices of authority and experience, Lerner wanted to do this one entirely on his own. Telekinesis has internalized the science of catchiness and understands what makes certain kinds of songs evoke certain kinds of chemical reactions. Hooks flow in, hooks flow out.
Unknown Instructors [Unwilling To Explain (Mike Watt/J. Mascis/George Hurley)]

February 22 street date. Featuring Mike Watt And George Hurley Of The Minutemen And J Mascis Of Dinosaur Jr. Pressed On Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas Group In Germany. Fourth album from Unknown Instructors project; this one featuring the original rhythm section from the Minutemen (Mike Watt & George Hurley) with J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.) on guitar and poet Dan McGuire performing spoken word.
V/A [Big Gold Dreams (5CD): A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989]

February 22 street date. "Big Gold Dreams" documents the vibrant independent music scene to emerge in Scotland across the late 70s and 80s. Initially ignited by punk, labels sprang up inGlasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere to give a voice to the explosion of new acts across the country. Named after Fire Engines' memorable single and Grant McPhee's recent TV and DVD documentary, "Big Gold Dreams" includes many of the Scottish music scene's most important names as well as countless obscurities. Includes landmark tracks by The Rezillos, Simple Minds, Skids, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Waterboys, Cocteau Twins, Aztec Camera, The Shamen, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie and many others. Includes recordings from key labels such as Zoom, Postcard, 53rd & 3rd, Rational, Fast Product/Pop:Aural, Supreme International Editions, Creation, Egg, Sarah, etc. Boasts lengthy essays and band histories by Grant McPhee, Neil Cooper and Tim Barr, within a lavishly illustrated 70-page booklet.
Veloso, Caetano [Caetano Veloso (Stoughton tip-on sleeve/180g)]

March 8 street date. Pressed at Third Man Pressing (Detroit, MI). Stoughton tip-on LP jacket, 180g vinyl. Caetano Veloso’s self-titled debut solo album is one of the most important and influential Brazilian (and, dare we say, South American) albums of all time. With the release of this seminal album, Veloso would become the leading voice of the racially diverse, psychedelic and politically-charged Tropica´lia art movement. Believe it or not, this is the first authorized North American vinyl issue of Caetano Veloso's 1968 solo debut album in partnership with Universal Special Markets. Whether you’re a longtime fan or first-time listener, we could not be more proud to spread the compelling story of this album, this artist and the Tropica´lia movement.
Yak [Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness]

February 8 street date. Pressed at Third Man Pressing (Detroit, MI) Direct-to-board LP jacket, standard weight vinyl. Few albums in rock ‘n’ roll history have seen its creator’s obsession veer so close to self-destruction, as Yak’s Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness. For London-based singer, guitarist and driving force Oli Burslem, making his band’s second album became about pursuing his artistic vision at the expense of all else, including his own financial security and mental health. Who else these days invests every single penny available to them into recording, to the point where they become homeless? Produced by friend and fan of the group J. Spaceman of Spiritualized and Spacemen 3 fame with help from Tame Impala's Kevin, this collection of catchy, blown out, full-bodied garage rock is an ace-in-the-hole.

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