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Alexander, Abraham [SEA/SONS]

April 14 street date. Singer-songwriter Abraham Alexander's highly anticipated debut album. Born in Greece to parents of Nigerian descent, Alexander moved to Texas with his family at the age of 11, determined to escape the racial tensions they faced in Athens. And while his lyrics speak to pain and trauma and life-changing loss, he instills his music with a joyful passion and irrepressible spirit, ultimately giving way to songs that radiate undeniable hope. From open mics in Fort Worth, Texas to recent stints on the road opening for Leon Bridges, Ani DiFranco, and Mavis Staples - an instinctive trinity for his sound - Alexander is ready for the spotlight and to articulate what many of us are feeling with "SEA/SONS". Features guest appearances from Mavis Staples and Gary Clark, Jr.
ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT ["Darling The Dawn" (180g)]

April 21 street date. ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT is the newly minted duo of Ariel Engle (La Force, Broken Social Scene) and Efrim Manuel Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion). ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT weaves these two unique voices through lustrous tendrils of blown-out tones and drones, expanding on Menuck's eponymous modular synth work of recent years, imbued with an additionally searing, soulful warmth and melodicism through Engle's singing. The result is a wholly compelling and spellbinding album of preternaturally genre-bending sonics and songwriting: a sort of electronic shoegaze suffused with freak-folk, kosmische, darkwave and post-industrial, conjuring traditionals sung in the haze of earliest light accompanied by overdriven circuit boards powered with ungrounded wires, thrumming with alternately tender and serrated beauty. With guests Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Big|Brave) on violins and Liam O'Neil (Suuns) on drums.
Alpert, Herb [Sunny Side Of The Street]

Available now. Released in late September 2022. This new set of 11 songs contains gentle ballads like "Childhood" and "Time After Time", upbeat romps like "Pata Pata" and "Tickle Time", and covers of classic songs like "I'll Remember You" and Louis Armstrong's "On The Sunny Side Of The Street". Few artists in the history of American music have been able to stay relevant decade after decade like the 87-year-old Alpert. So, put on your shades and take a walk with Herb on the "Sunny Side Of The Street". Canadian tour dates: April 4 - Nanaimo, BC / April 5 - Campbell River, BC / April 7 - Victoria, BC / April 8 - Vancouver, BC / April 10 - St. Albert, AB / April 11 - Calgary, AB / May 13 - Toronto, ON /  May 14 - Hamilton, ON / May 15 - Kingston, ON / May 17 - Ottawa, ON / May 18 - Montreal, QC
Deerhoof [Miracle-Level]

March 31 street date. "Miracle-Level" is Deerhoof's mystical manifesto on creativity and trust. It celebrates the infinite small wonders of existence that spontaneously present themselves, when not obstructed by our death-driven masters. Musically, "Miracle-Level" is vulnerable, brave, and brimming with spicy surprises. Deerhoof's 19th album is also their their first to be recorded and mixed in a recording studio. Production was entrusted to Mike Bridavsky, at No Fun Club in Winnipeg. This is also their first album written entirely in Satomi's native language. Deerhoof once again speak in a secret code that only their fans understand, in which hooks abound, and genre is nonexistent.
Fruit Bats [A River Running To Your Heart]

April 14 street date. Eric D. Johnson rarely lingers at one location too long. As a kid growing up in the Midwest, Johnson's family moved around a lot, but it wasn't until he became a touring musician years later that motion became a central part of his identity. That transient lifestyle stoked an enduring reverence for the world he watched pass by through a van window. A sense of place is a unifying theme he's revisited with Fruit Bats throughout its many lives. From the project's origins in the late 1990s as a vehicle for Johnson's lo-fi tinkering to the more sonically ambitious work of recent years, Fruit Bats has often showcased love songs where people and locations meld into one. Self-produced by Johnson - a first for Fruit Bats - with Jeremy Harris at Panoramic House just north of San Francisco, "A River Running to Your Heart" is Fruit Bats' tenth full-length release and one that finds the project in the middle of a creative resurgence. After two decades of making music, hard-earned emotional maturity has seeped into Johnson's songs, resulting in a more complex sound that's connected with audiences like no other previous version of Fruit Bats.
Gebru, Emahoy Tsege Mariam [Jerusalem]

Please note new street date: April 14 (LP) / June 9 (CD). From beloved composer Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru, a revelatory new album of piano pieces, unreleased or virtually inaccessible until now. Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru is a true original - an Ethiopian nun whose recordings have funded orphanages back home since the early 1960s. Her compositions and unique playing style live somewhere between Erik Satie, Debussy, liturgical music of the Coptic Ethiopian Church, and Ethiopian traditional music. It is some of the most moving piano music you will ever hear. This is the first archival release of the great composer's recordings since the "Éthiopiques" series reintroduced her music to the world in 2006. Drawn from original master tapes and a nearly impossible-to-find vinyl release, "Jerusalem" unveils profound new facets of Emahoy Gebru's performance and compositions. Newly remastered recordings pressed on 160g black vinyl, heavy jacket with reproduction of 1972 artwork, song notes by the artist.
Hidden Cameras [The Smell Of Our Own (2P/colour/20th Anniversary Edition)]

April 14 street date. The Hidden Cameras, in collaboration with Rough Trade Records, present the one-time pressing of the 20th anniversary expanded deluxe reissue of their majestic debut album, "The Smell Of Our Own". Bursting onto the Toronto music scene in the early 2000s, The Hidden Cameras boasted an irresistible combination of pop and queer sensibilities. Playing self-proclaimed "Gay Church Folk Music", their songs ranged from haunted, aching ballads to foot-stomping anthems, with the band's outrageous shows packing such disparate venues as sweaty dance bars, art museums, a working porn cinema, and many churches. Fronted by lead singer-songwriter Joel Gibb, the ensemble continues its musical provocations to this day, with Berlin now as its centre of gravity.The limited deluxe edition of The Smell of Our Own arrives on a yellow vinyl Double LP, with the second LP featuring bonus demos, B-sides, and live session recordings.
Johnson, Calvin [Gallows Wine]

April 7 street date. New album from Beat Happening/Dub Narcotic Sound System's Calvin Johnson. Rock 'n' roll is dead. "Gallows Wine" is a wake for its charred remains. Johnson traveled to Columbus, Mississippi to record "Gallows Wine" with the combo Hartle Road at their Pompeii studio. Columbus, in Lowndes County, is the childhood home of Tennessee Williams (just down US Route 45 from White Station, birthplace of Howlin' Wolf). Songs reflecting this singular environment include: "Pink Cadillac", written by Calvin when he was 16 (held in reserve for just the right session); title song "Gallows Wine" rips psycho psychedelic, poetic license intact; "Crazy Legs" is a Gene Vincent class act celebrating our sock hopulation; "Orange Aid" melts downtown no WAV. Yeah, "Gallows Wine" gets primitive: Lurch pulls a night shift on organ, Grandma Moses on the fife and drum. You wanted Calvin Johnson howling beyond the magnolia curtain, you got it.
Keithley, Joe [STAND (black vinyl)]

March 31 street date. After forty-five years of leading legendary Vancouver punks D.O.A., the man they call Joey Shithead aka Joe Keithley, has a new solo album out on Sudden Death Records - but don't worry, D.O.A. is still touring! "STAND" has a rootsy, rebellious tone, as Keithley combines acoustic and electric guitar on this timely and politically charged album. Many have compared Keithley to a modern day Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger because he has spent a lifetime standing up for what's right through his music and through his actions - "STAND" befits that ethic and long-held tradition. The songs cover a wide range of emotions. There's timely political stuff which really hits the mark, and he also covers songs from his idols Johnny Cash, Leadbelly and Stompin' Tom Connors. On "STAND", one gets a wide array of Keithley's talents: from his vocals that have never covered such a wide range, to his sterling guitar playing, to his powerful songwriting ability. To make sure the album had the right tone, Keithley got the right people to accompany him.
Lankum [False Lankum (2LP)]

March 24 street date. Dublin-based band Lankum present their fourth record, and third for Rough Trade, "False Lankum". 12 tracks, composed of 10 traditional songs and two originals, show the four-piece using a new palate to colour their sound in an increasingly experimental way, leaning into heavy drones and sonic distortion that imparts new intensity and beauty into each offering. From the start, the band planned for "False Lankum" to feel like a complete piece - a progression and a journey for the listener. "We wanted to create more contrast on the record so the light parts would be almost spiritual and the dark parts would be incredibly dark, even horror inducing," they explain. Breaking out from the folk genre Lankum are creating bold, contemporary music that may be fashioned from traditional elements but is firmly new, sitting comfortably alongside Rough Trade labelmates like black midi and Gilla Band.
Lily, Fenne [Big Picture (black vinyl)]

April 14 street date. A gorgeous and gripping portrait of Fenne Lily's last two years, "Big Picture" was pieced together in an effort to self-soothe. Tracked live in co-producer Brad Cook's North Carolina studio, the album delineates the phases of love and becomes a map of comfort vs claustrophobia. Though its creation took place amid personal and global turmoil, the ruminative yet candid "Big Picture" is Fenne's most cohesive, resolute work to date, both lyrically and sonically. With confidence and quiet strength, each track provides an insight into Fenne's ever-changing view of love and, ultimately, its redefinition - love as a process, not something to be lost and found. While the album was written alone in Fenne's Bristol flat - a fact intentionally reflected in its compact sonic quality - "Big Picture" was transformed from a solitary venture into a unifying collaboration during the recording process when she was joined by her touring band, Melina Dutere of Jay Som (mixing), Christian Lee Hutson (guitar and co-production), and Katy Kirby (vocals).
LØLØ [Debbie Downer/Overkill]

April 14 street date. Hailing from Toronto, LØLØ has emerged as a rising star in alternative pop. She broke through with her "overkill" EP with fresh takes on awkward adolescence ("lonely and pathetic"), heartbreak ("hurt less"), and self-deprecation ("death wish"), causing People Magazine to describe her as an Emerging Artist and Spotify to include her in their EQUAL campaign highlighting rising female artists. After signing to Hopeless Records, LØLØ stepped into the spotlight with her collaboration with alt-pop artist, Maggie Lindemann. The song "debbie downer" found itself in the full suite of pop/alt playlists on Spotify, Apple, and Amazon, and brought her touring opportunities and festival appearances at Lollapalooza and Sad Summer Festival, as well as a UK/EU tour with Leah Kate. With the release of her second EP, "debbie downer", LØLØ saw success at Canadian pop radio with the catchy "u turn me on (but u give me depression)" and is continuing to help shape the alternative pop scene. For the first time on vinyl, both EPs are available in one collection on limited red vinyl.
Love And Rockets [Love and Rockets]

April 28 street date. Love And Rockets is the seminal, groundbreaking trio of Daniel Ash (vocals and guitar), David J (vocals and bass) and Kevin Haskins (drums). They formed in 1985 after the first split of their band Bauhaus. Love And Rockets provided a clean slate and an opportunity to plumb the depths of imagination and influences. Everything changed for the band in 1989 when they released their self-titled breakthrough fourth album, "Love And Rockets". The song "So Alive" was a massive worldwide hit and Billboard wrote that it was the "best T. Rex tune that Marc Bolan never wrote". This is a single black LP with a standard sleeve, remastered by Sean McGee at Abbey Road Studios.
Magnolia Electric Co. [Sojourner (4LP)]

April 7 street date. For the first time on vinyl and returning from a long time out-of-print, Secretly Canadian is proud to re-present the "Sojourner" box set from Magnolia Electric Co. The four LPs that comprise the set are from four distinct recording sessions that Magnolia Electric Co. undertook following the release of their debut studio album, "What Comes After The Blues". From these, their sophomore album "Fading Trails" was born. But the four sessions, in full, chart the celestial map of Magnolia Electric Co.: its constellations and shooting stars, its Americana stompers and lean folk dirges. And, of course, the center of gravity that is Jason Molina's mournful, incomparable voice. With LP covers drawn from original box illustrations and with the original box's poster included, this LP edition of the "Sojourner" box set delivers for the most ambitious and robust Magnolia Electric Co. release to date.
Magnolia Park [Baku's Revenge]

April 14 street date. It's no secret that Epitaph Records has been the breeding ground for some of the most legendary bands in existence and Magnolia Park carry on in that tradition with their highly anticipated debut full-length, "Baku's Revenge". Since forming in Florida in 2019, the six-piece act have released an EP, mixtape, and handful of singles and toured with everyone from Sum 41 to Simple Plan as a way to bring their upbeat brand of alt-rock to the masses. While Magnolia Park's music is at times lighthearted, the ethnically diverse band are also serious about spreading a message of inclusivity and inspiring other kids like them to start bands as a form of creative expression.
McMicken, Scott and the Ever-Expanding [Shabang (he of Dr. Dog)]

March 31 street date. Scott McMicken has always thrived on switching things up. As a founding member of Philadelphia rock mainstays Dr. Dog, McMicken and his bandmates consistently explored new sounds and new ways of writing songs across 10 gleefully eclectic albums before their 2021 hiatus. While McMicken has quietly released solo projects via cassette and vinyl on his own label Press On Records, for his latest effort, he's done something he’s only done once before: started a band. With "Shabang" comes the debut album from Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expanding, and he's made some of his freest and most adventurous music yet: a wonderfully collaborative collection of songs that feel lived in and true. By being present and living with these musicians (quite literally: McMicken and collaborator Michael Nau stayed in tents outside the studio) united under one com-mon goal, "Shabang" is full of life and endlessly candid.
Mudhoney [Plastic Eternity]

April 7 street date. The world is filling up with trash. Humanity remains addicted to pollution. People are downing horse dewormer because some goober on television told them it cured COVID. The apocalypse is stupider than anyone could've predicted. Fortunately, the absurdities of modern life have always been prime subject matter for Seattle-based foursome Mudhoney, and the band take aim at all of them with typical barbed humor and muck-encrusted riffs on on their 11th studio album, "Plastic Eternity", a run through all the proto-genres of guitar rock with a keen eye on the inanities of the world in the 2020s. Mudhoney (vocalist Mark Arm, guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Guy Maddison, and drummer Dan Peters) remain the ur underground group, their gnarly primordial punk stew and Arm's sharply funny lyrics as potent a combination as they've been since the band's formation in the late 1980s.
Neale, Lael [Star Eaters Delight (LOSER edition-gold vinyl)]

April 21 street date. "Star Eaters Delight" is Lael Neale's second album for Sub Pop and reveals an expansion of her sonic collaboration with producer and accompanist Guy Blakeslee. In April of 2020, in the wake of transformations both personal and global, Lael moved from Los Angeles back to her family's farm in rural Virginia. Looking at the world from a distance and getting in tune with her own rhythms, she wrote and recorded steadily for two dreamlike years, driven by a need to make order out of chaos. Forged in isolation, "Star Eaters Delight" is a vehicle for returning, not just to civilization, but to celebration. Album opener and lead single "I Am The River" melts the ice with a dynamic explosion of minimalist transcendental pop clearly descended from The Velvet Underground's branch of modern music's family tree. Blakeslee's spare yet cinematic arrangements create an ambient space in which Neale's clear and unaffected voice can explore familiar themes in an unexpected way. Subtle but potent references to Shakespeare, Emerson, and the Bible swirl together with deeply personal musings and touches of wry humor, always more optimistic than cynical.
New Pornographers [Continue As A Guest]

March 31 street date. Over the past 20 years, The New Pornographers have proven themselves one of the most excellent bands in indie rock. The group's ninth album (and first for Merge) establishes them alongside modern luminaries like Yo La Tengo and Superchunk when it comes to their ability to evolve while still retaining what made them so special in the first place. A dazzling and intriguing collection of songs, "Continue As A Guest" finds bandleader A.C. Newman and his compatriots Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Todd Fancey, and Joe Seiders exploring fresh territory and shattering the barriers of their collective comfort zone. Themes of isolation and collapse bleed into this album, as Newman tackles the ambivalence of day-to-day life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Newman discovered new vocal approaches within his own talent - there are new and rich tones to his voice throughout the album. Even as Newman embraces a collaborative spirit more than ever, "Continue As A Guest" is a testament to his ability to discover new artistic sides of himself. "Continue As A Guest" sounds like a thrilling path forward for The New Pornographers, with songs that generate a contagious feeling of excitement for the future as well.
Olsen, Angel [Forever Means (EP) (black vinyl)]

April 14 street date. Last year's "Big Time" brought Angel Olsen to a deeper, truer sense of self than ever before. Borne from the twin stars of grief and love, the album delivered beautiful sense of certainty, the sure-footed sound of an artist fully, finally at home with herself. But within that wisdom comes the realization that there is no finish line, no destination or static end point to life while you're living it, and "Forever Means" collects songs from the "Big Time" sessions that hold this common theme. They are, in Olsen's words, "in search of something else. What are the things I'm seeking in friendship or love, and how can "forever" be attainable if we're always changing?'" Sitting with the reality of that entropy, Olsen realized "maybe the secret to ongoing love is to embrace change as part of love itself, that forever must have something to do with playing, looking, constantly searching things out for yourself, never letting yourself think you’re finished learning or exploring". All this packs into the four precious songs that comprise "Forever Means", songs from Olsen's roads traveled and the ones ahead.
Streliski, Alexandra [Neo-Romance]

March 31 street date. "Néo-Romance" is the latest chapter of a stellar career. A trailblazer in the modern classical world, Alexandra Stréliski's minimalist, emotionally striking music has enthralled listeners the world over. Her debut album "Pianoscope" (2010), originally self-released with Stréliski's mother sending out mail-order copies from her basement, garnered increased momentum over time and built a dedicated fan base. Her music has been featured in "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013), "Demolition" (2016), and at the Academy Awards (2014). This led Stréliski to sign with Montreal-based label Secret City for her second album, 2018's "INSCAPE". The album was a stunning success, reaching Platinum status in Canada, with debut "Pianoscope" reaching Gold status simultaneously. "INSCAPE" has won multiple awards including Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2020 JUNO Awards and has over 300 million audio streams and 140k album sales to date. "Néo-Romance" is a wondrous collection of 14 songs, full of crystalline beauty and poignant, wistful melancholia; "some of the saddest music I've ever written", adds Stréliski. Some of the most stunningly beautiful, too.
Tallest Man On Earth [Henry St.]

April 14 street date. Kristian Matsson has never remained in one place for very long. Having spent much of the last decade touring around the world as The Tallest Man on Earth, Matsson has captivated audiences using, as The New York Times describes, "every inch of his long guitar cord to roam the stage: darting around, crouching, stretching, hip-twitching, perching briefly and jittering away. Mr. Matsson is a guitar-slinger rooted in folk, and his songs are troubadour ballads at heart". Now, Matsson returns as The Tallest Man on Earth with "Henry St., his sixth studio album and notably the first time he recorded an album in a band setting. Nick Sanborn (of Sylvan Esso) produced "Henry St.", which includes contributions from Ryan Gustafson (of The Dead Tongues) on guitar, lap steel and ukulele, TJ Maiani on drums, CJ Camerieri (of Bon Iver) on trumpet and French horn, Phil Cook on piano and organ, Rob Moose (of Bon Iver, yMusic) on strings, and Adam Schatz on saxophone.
Tyler, William & the Impossible Truth [Secret Stratosphere (2LP/ltd initial on colour)]

March 31 street date. Recorded live at Yellowhammer Brewing in Huntsville, Alabama, in May 2021, "Secret Stratosphere" finds William Tyler and fellow psychedelic dreamers The Impossible Truth refashioning prime cuts from the Nashville guitarist's rich catalogue, casting new light onto once-familiar songs. Featuring the crackling combo of Jack Lawrence (Raconteurs, Dead Weather), Brian Kotzur (Silver Jews, Country Westerns), and Luke Schneider (solo, Margo Price), the quartet stretch the dynamics of Tyler's compositions to their fullest interdimensional potential, exposing a deep undercurrent of kosmische and post-rock influences (with the right amount of grit from the nitrous corner of the Dead Lot). In teasing these influences out on favourites and new songs alike, "Secret Stratosphere" confirms William Tyler's place as one of our most brilliant guitarists, bandleaders, and composers.
Yaeji [With A Hammer]

April 7 street date. NYC-via-Seoul artist Yaeji, whose introspective, genre-pushing tracks have made her a global icon occupying a space all her own, presents her debut album, "With A Hammer", arriving via XL Recordings. The 13-track full-length from the producer, vocalist, DJ, visual-artist and creative director is an exploration of shapeshifting sonics - blending her dance music roots with Korean indie rock, electronica and pop from the 1990s and early 2000s. Yaeji has excavated her inner world with full force, smashing everything in order to build it back up into the true visions of her dreams. In support of "With A Hammer", Yaeji has announced Canadian tour dates in Vancouver (April 6th, Commodore Ballroom), Toronto (May 13th, Danforth Music Hall), and Montréal (May 16th, Corona Theatre).

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