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Atmosphere [To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EP's (2LP)]

December 4 street date. Similar to their now-legendary "Lucy Ford" release, Atmosphere had originally conceived "To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy" as two separate EP's. Much like "Lucy Ford", the desire to simplify the concept for the sake of tour merchandising and retail distribution led them to join the two EP's together, packaged onto one CD. However, unlike "Lucy Ford", neither of these individual EP's were ever made available for purchase on vinyl - though the most attuned fan would point out there was a very limited pressing of the "To All My Friends" EP tucked inside the first deluxe print edition of photographer Dan Monick's photo essay book, "7 Years With Atmosphere", but that vinyl was never sold separately, much less granted packaging or artwork. Now, in celebration of its 10th anniversary, here is "To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy" on 2xLP vinyl for the first time ever, with all new artwork and packaging designed and illustrated by Dave Quiggle!
Belle And Sebastian [What To Look For In Summer (2LP)]

December 11 street date. "What To Look For In Summer" is a live double album gathering choice selections from Belle And Sebastian's 2019 world tour. Neither a retrospective nor a back-door greatest-hits, "What To Look For In Summer" is the sound of a band that's always moving forward, a picture of Belle and Sebastian in 2019 that gives equal weight to early days ("My Wandering Days Are Over", "Seeing Other People") and recent years.
Calexico [Seasonal Shift]

December 4 street date. Calexico's "Seasonal Shift" is less of a Christmas album and more of a cross cultural seasonal celebration. The themes are based around that familiar end of year feeling, of reflection, of ceremony and of recognition of the year gone by and changes it brought for better and for worse. It contains a few cover songs including classics by John Lennon and Tom Petty, a few more special guests and a whole load of good will. It's heartfelt but fun, and earnest but celebratory. It features Calexico in an assortment of guises, referencing Portuguese Fado and old Mexican folk songs, from the stripped back two-man skeleton to the full party of international collaborators including artists like Bombino, Gaby Moreno, Gisela João, Nick Urata (DeVotchKa) and Camilo Lara.
Carcass [Reek Of Putrefaction (FDR audio edition)]

January 8 street date. Liverpool's legendary Death Metal pioneers Carcass (who still tour extensively to this day) are often credited with shaping the entire death metal genre, pushing boundaries with their shocking imagery whilst evolving and innovating with each new album. "Reek of Putrefaction, originally released in 1988, gave the band their 'Goregrind' identity breeding the genres of grindcore and death metal. Presented with their famously controversial artwork consisting of extremely vivid images taken from a medical dictionary. Pressed from the original master tapes, this edition of "Reek Of Puterfaction" has been specially recreated using "FDR" - full dynamic range - mastering allowing the music's nuances to shine through and give this classic a more ferocious and dynamic sound.
Crover, Dale [Rat-A-Tat-Tat!]

January 15 street date. Rat-a-Tat-Tat! Is that the sound of the reaper knocking on your door to collect your soul - or Dale Crover hammering out another distinctive drum fill? There are pretty good odds it's the latter; between 36 years (and about as many full-lengths and EPs) as drummer/bassist for the Melvins and his contributions to acts as varied as Altamont, Peeping Tom, Redd Kross, Shrinebuilder, and a little band called Nirvana, he's built quite the body of work. In 2017, he added a proper solo album to his extensive catalog, "Fickle Finger of Fate". Now he's followed that with "Rat-a-Tat-Tat!". Crover takes the solo thing seriously: he wrote the album while on the road and provided vocals, drums, guitars, vibraphone, and miscellaneous percussion. So what's different this time around? Crover assembled an actual band to help him out. Redd Kross bassist Steve McDonald asked Crover to open for Redd Kross, Crover asked McDonald to play bass for him, and the rest is history.In addition to McDonald, Toshi Kasai (ex-Big Business, Plan D) helps with keyboards, synths, jawharp, and backing vocals. Mindee Jorgensen (Dangerously Sleazy) sits behind the kit live and contributes additional drumming and some sweet saxophone skills here. His former Altamont bandmate Dan Southwick plays bass on "Tougher", a track Crover cowrote with Kasai.
Fields Of The Nephilim [Elizium (green/30th Anniversary edition)]

December 11 street date. Beggars Arkive are happy to announce a 30th anniversary vinyl reissue of Fields Of The Nephilim's third highly acclaimed album "Elizium", released by Beggars Banquet in 1990. Recorded and produced by Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson, the audio is via analogue transfer to 96khz/24 bit by John Dent at Loud, with vinyl mastering by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road. It’s pressed on dark green 180g vinyl. Formed in 1984, Fields of the Nephilim is the creation of vocalist and front man Carl McCoy. Highly influential, especially in the world of goth, but also within the metal and electronic genres, their legacy endures to this day. You can hear their influence on bands like Swans, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Explosions In The Sky, Wolves in The Throne Room, Behemoth and more. Carl McCoy has even been called the "uncle" of black metal. "Elizium" is one of their most beautiful albums and considered by many to be their best.
Fields, Lee & The Expressions [Big Crown Vaults Vol. 1]

December 4 street date. Big Crown are always sitting on a handful of unreleased songs that didn't make their way to albums. Listening back to these gems, they decided to launch a new series entitled Big Crown Vaults and the first volume features the music of Lee Fields & The Expressions. These tunes were cut during the "Special Night" and "It Rains Love" sessions. This stands as a testament to The Expressions' musical prowess.
Finnigan, Kelly [A Joyful Sound]

Please note new street date: December 11. "A Joyful Sound" is a future soul classic with all the elements of a classic R&B record, but simply with a joyful holiday lean. With an all-star supporting cast of who's who from the contemporary soul scene, this record is truly a family affair with Kelly at the wheel. Featuring members of Durand Jones & The Indications, The Dap-Kings, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Monophonics, Thee Sinseers, Orgone, Ikebe Shakedown, Jason Joshua & The Beholders, The True Loves, Neal Francis, Jungle Fire, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Ben Pirani, The Jive Turkeys, The Harlem Gospel Travelers, Rudy De Anda, Alanna Royale, and more! Inspired by records like Phil Spector's "A Christmas Gift For You" and Rotary Connection's "Peace", this album will be a record that will appeal not only to lovers of holiday music, but lovers of SOUL music in general!
Four Tet [There Is Love In You (3LP expanded edition)]

Please note new street date: December 11. Originally released in 2010, Four Tet's most celebrated album "There Is Love In You" is reissued on vinyl as a deluxe, limited edition 3xLP set that includes remixes by Caribou, Jon Hopkins, Floating Points, Joy Orbison, and Roska. This special expanded edition has been remastered for vinyl by Matt Colton at Metropolis Mastering.
Frazer, Aaron [Introducing]

January 8 street date. Soft-spoken with the look of a slightly disaffected 1950s matinee idol, Aaron Frazer possesses a unique voice that's both contemporary and timeless. On "Introducing", his debut solo album produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Aaron melds mid-60s soul with Auerbach's particular sensibilities ('Over You'), songs with a message in the key of Gil Scott-Heron ('Bad News'), and uplifting tales of love told through a blend of disco, gospel, and doo-wop ('Have Mercy'). The Brooklyn-based, Baltimore-raised songwriter first came into the international spotlight as multi-instrumentalist and co-lead singer of Durand Jones & The Indications, but he's more than a revivalist act. On "Introducing", Aaron expertly calibrates consciousness-raising and the desire to be enveloped by love. Where previous records were written in a partial state of turmoil, Aaron's debut LP shows maturation and range. "Introducing" is both loving and gracious, critical without losing hope, and a showcase of a young artist on a seriously soulful ascent.
Funkadelic [Free Your Mind... And Your Ass Will Follow (180g-blue vinyl)]

December 18 street date. Funkadelic's second album, originally released in 1970, gets the HIQLP treatment to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Packaged in a thick card sleeve. 180g blue vinyl pressing.
Grace, Laura Jane [Stay Alive (blue vinyl)]

December 11 street date. The debut solo album from Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, recorded with Steve Albini. Laura Jane Grace wasn't planning on making a solo record this year. In fact, she was planning on making a record with Against Me!, the band she's fronted for the past 23 years. But clearly, nothing went according to plan this year. As she sat at home, all of her tours canceled, and the members of Against Me! - as well as her other band Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers - spread across the country, she was left with a batch of songs and no band to record them with. So, Grace picked up the phone and called Electrical Audio to ask if she could make a record with famed engineer Steve Albini. The goal was to go in and document these songs exactly as she'd been playing them in her home, straight to analog tape. When she hung up the phone, she had four days booked. Across the 14 songs that comprise "Stay Alive", Grace takes all her pent-up fears, anger, and anxiety and releases it, like an olive branch to the weary listeners who are feeling those exact same ways.
Guided By Voices [Styles We Paid For]

December 11 street date / January 22 for LP (date change). "Styles We Paid For" is Guided By Voices' third album of 2020 and it stands as a testament to this "year in isolation", reflecting these dark days through Robert Pollard's prism, with the band sounding as confident and authoritative as ever. Pollard's searing vocals hold center stage, with endless melodic invention and impeccable phrasing. The album is notably heavy in its worldliness, lyrical content, texture, and approach - and rides out like a cinematic journey of the bizarro world one finds oneself in. While other bands have been napping, GBV have achieved their second consecutive hat-trick (three albums per annum), and have further cemented their status as rock legends for achieving more in this bleak year then most bands do across their entire careers.
Jamie xx [In Colour (colour/2020 remaster)]

December 11 street date. Remastered version of Jamie xx's debut album "In Colour", available on single coloured LP, with colours distributed at random. Standard black vinyl will also be available. "In Colour" is a bold, celebratory and emotional artistic statement that received critical acclaim across the board as well achieving huge commercial success. The 11 track LP was widely regarded as one of the best albums of 2015 and was voted in the top 25 of Pitchfork's best records of the decade. "In Colour" went on to receive Grammy, Brit and Mercury Award nominations, reaching Gold status in the UK Official Charts, and its singles ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ featuring Young Thug and Popcaan and 'Loud Places' are both certified Gold in Canada. As well as continued success with The xx (whose third album "I See You" was released in 2017), Jamie released a new single ‘Idontknow’ in April this year, which has sold out on limited edition 12".
Khruangbin [Late Night Tales (2LP-180g)]

December 11 street date. Hot on the heels of ‘Mordechai’, the third album from US psych-rockers Khruangbin, the Texas trio are set to become the latest act to present their own LateNightTales in the popular, long-running musician-curated album series. With a mind-blowing selection of tracks that cross borders and cultures, Khruangbin's deep love of global grooves - from Asian pop to Nigerian reggae - Japanese mellow groove to Latina flavas - are steeped in eclecticism; Nazia Hassan's Hindi-disco ‘Khushi’, produced by British-Indian legend Biddu, South Korean rock band Sanullim who contribute ‘Don’t Go’, a pair of African bangers from Nigerian Maxwell Udoh and Roha Band, from Ethiopia; a diversion to Belarus and thence to Madrid for the strident vocal performance of Paloma San Basilio with ‘Contigo’ before hightailing back to Texas. Elsewhere, the Lone Star state reps proudly, with David Marez and Kelly Doyle plus, in the LateNightTales tradition, the band deliver an exclusive, horizontally brilliant version of Kool & The Gang's ‘Summer Madness’, while the mix concludes with a spoken word piece by Tierney Malone, accompanied by fellow Houstonian Geoffrey Muller’s atmospheric banjo rendering of Erik Satie's ‘Gnossienne’.
Midnight Sister [Painting The Roses]

January 15 street date. As Midnight Sister, multi-disciplinary LA artists Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian make motion pictures. Yes, sometimes with moving images - but most often only with the music they create together. Balouzian's serpentine, string compositions are movie scenes that allow Giraffe, a brilliant character actor, to cloak herself in a new roles and voices. A bit of Jon Brion's score work; some old Hollywood strings; a solid dose of glam and outsider disco from 70s independent cinema. Any perceived artifice is always matched by an indelible human fingerprint, something perfectly off. Giraffe and Balouzian's respective work in fashion, visual art, video and film scoring - along with the gang of virtuosos with which they surround themselves - all wonderfully coalesce as Midnight Sister. And if 2017's ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ was their collection of short films about outcast life in The San Fernando Valley, then their new album ‘Paining the Roses’ is the inventive, meta motion picture that cements them as auteurs.
Pamart, Sofiane [Planet Gold]

Please note new street date: December 11. Sofiane Pamart is a uniquely flavored French artist. Classically trained, he plays the piano with true perfection, but the genre-crossing artist has collaborated with many well-known French rappers. His debut "Planet" was released in 2019 and has since accumulated 7.7M streams worldwide. He plays with a strong aggressive nature that is driven from his rebellious temperament. He is devoted to the composition of his own work rather than direct interpretation of classical repertoire. Renowned for his detail-defined imagery, he regularly collaborates with designers of prestige such as Sézane, Etudes Studio and Walk in Paris. He fuses the elegance of high-end fashion with an embellished street style."Planet Gold" is a deluxe repackage of "Planet", including 6 new bonus tracks.
Rock, Pete [Petestrumentals 3]

December 11 street date. Vinyl was originally solicited as an RSD release but was withdrawn and all orders have been cancelled. For the third installment of his PeteStrumentals series, producer Pete Rock takes a departure from the sample-heavy style that has earned him recognition as a living Hip-Hop legend. This twelve-track project is instead a collection of beats crafted by the producer, then reimagined by his stellar band, The Soul Brothers - drummer Daru Jones (Jack White), keyboardist BigYuki, bassist MonoNeon (Prince), guitarist Marcus Machado and vocalist Jermaine Holmes (D'Angelo); all critically acclaimed musicians in their own rights. After performing together across Manhattan, cementing their creative bond, Pete Rock & The Soul Brothers combined their individual musical influences and experiences to craft a smooth sonic experience that is truly the sum of all of its stylistic and instrumental parts. "PeteStrumentals" 3 is a masterful blend of Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Soul, a mellow soundtrack for any occasion.
V/A [Exquisite Corpse (red vinyl)]

December 18 street date. "Exquisite Corpse" is a real-time sonic experiment intended to open the door for Polyvinyl's wide-ranging talents to create something beautiful in the midst of upheaval. In total, 47 participants rounded out 11 groups of 4-5 musicians assembled more or less at random from all ends of the Polyvinyl family tree. Each team worked from scratch to write an original song, an adaptation of the "Exquisite Corpse" game where each player adds to a shared drawing. Musically, the results are every bit as exciting and unpredictable as the concept envisioned, with collaborators spanning the globe. Artists known for sparkling pop worked with more ragged rockers or folks from acoustic-leaning emo bands, and the end results defied the expected sum of their parts. With contributions from longtime label signees like Xiu Xiu, Braid, American Football, and Mark Duplass of Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! to more recent roster additions such as Palehound, Kero Kero Bonito, Jeff Rosenstock, Yumi Zouma, and Anamanaguchi, "Exquisite Corpse" captures the spirit of kinship and community that is foundational to Polyvinyl's Midwest roots.
Ward, M. [Think Of Spring (translucent orange)]

December 11 street date. "I first heard "Lady In Satin" in a mega-shopping mall somewhere in San Francisco. I was about 20 years old and didn’t know much about Billie's records or her life or how her voice changed over the years. Anyway, the sound was coming from the other side of the mall and I remember mistaking her voice for a beautiful perfectly distorted electric guitar - some other-world thing floating there on this strange mournful ocean of strings and I was hooked for life. Ten years later in 2006 I recorded an electric guitar instrumental version of "I'm A Fool To Want You" for my album "Post-War". In 2018 I performed a concert in LA. of all the songs from "Lady In Satin" as a quintet and began preparing guitar arrangements for the recordings compiled on this record. The conceit of "Think of Spring" is to filter the songs and strings from "Lady In Satin" through a single acoustic guitar using various alternate tunings and a minimal amount of textures and studio manipulation. most of the songs were recorded on an analog Tascam four track. "Think of Spring" is inspired by Billie Holiday, Ray Ellis, J.J. Johnson, John Fahey and Robert Johnson. Proceeds from this record will benefit Inner-City Arts & Donors Choose via PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund". - M. Ward.
Washington, Kamasi [Becoming (music from the Netflix Documentary)]

December 11 street date. Kamasi Washington composed and produced the original score for "Becoming", the four time Emmy-nominated film that provided an intimate glimpse into the life of Michelle Obama. Produced by Netflix Originals, "Becoming" documented a moment of profound change for the former First Lady, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House. Washington, who joined the project in its embryonic stages, provides the powerful musical backdrop.
Yo La Tengo [Sleepless Night (EP)]

Now back in stock! "Sleepless Night" is a six-song limited edition EP with one new tune (‘Bleeding’) plus covers of songs by The Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine. The tracks on "Sleepless Night" were initially released as one side of an LP included within a limited-edition catalogue accompanying the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's career retrospective for the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. A longtime YLT fan, Nara worked in collaboration with the group - Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew - to choose the EP's songs. This Matador version of the EP is a single-sided 12" with original cover art by Nara, a drawing of the band by Hubley, and an illustration by McNew etched on the record's flip.
Younge, Adrian & Ali Shaheed Muhammad [Run This Town (Original Score to the Motion Picture)]

December 18 street date. Linear Labs releases today a soundtrack album for the drama Run This Town. The album features the film’s original score composed by Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge (Luke Cage, Black Dynamite). The soundtrack is available to stream/download here.

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