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Aeon Station [Observatory]

December 10 street date. Aeon Station's "Observatory" is an epic statement more than a decade in the making, with miles of timeless melodies and the kind of overpowering songwriting that will reaffirm your belief in life itself. Longtime Wrens member Kevin Whelan's first solo album draws heavily from the perseverance of the soul, resulting in rock music possessing an infectious and inspiring sonic uplift. If you're familiar with Whelan's past work, these ten tracks bear a certain and unmistakable familiarity - but they also mark an exciting new chapter in Whelan's musical career, as he steps out with more vulnerability than ever before. Whelan's scope of musical vision on "Observatory" is wide open and free with possibilities - at once recalling the reflective wisdom of Bruce Springsteen, Broken Social Scene's huge anthemic burn, and the Wrens' own pulsing-with-life take on rock music. First vinyl pressing on cloudy blue vinyl.
Bria [Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 (EP)]

December 10 street date. Bria is an intimate and incisive labour of love from multi-instrumentalists Bria Salmena and Duncan Hay Jennings, who have toured for years as members of Toronto four-piece FRIGS, whose 2018 debut "Basic Behaviour" was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize. Making a mark in diverse genres from country to punk, both play as permanent members of Orville Peck’s band. Catapulted by a deep sense of dread and confusion in the depths of 2020, Salmena decided to forgo writing her own music. "I wanted to listen for what might reflect my life back to me", she says, "six tracks that could be my mirror". The result is a pointillistic knockout of an EP that weaves a landscape both luscious and a little rogue; showing us exactly what good songs can do. "Cuntry Covers Vol. 1" houses it all: well-worn favourites and lesser-known gems from Karen Dalton, John Cale, Waylon Jennings, The Walker Brothers, Lucinda Williams, and Mistress Mary. First vinyl pressing is on opaque light blue vinyl.
Claptone [Closer (2LP-grey & white)]

Please note new street date: December 3. The third album from Claptone, "Closer" features a string of collaborators and pop icons including Barry Manilow, Seal, James Vincent McMorrow, Dizzy, and many others. "Closer" has been in the making for over three years and showcases a natural development in sound for Claptone. The album has been co-produced by Stuart Price, the three-time Grammy-winning electronic musician, DJ, songwriter, and record producer known for his work with artists such as Madonna, The Killers, Dua Lipa and Pet Shop Boys.
El Michels Affair [The Abominable EP (indie exclusive-yeti baby blue)]

November 26 street date. El Michels Affair follows up the success of their full length "Yeti Season" with "The Abominable EP", a collection of unreleased tracks, alternate takes, and instrumentals from the "Yeti Season" recording sessions. EMA's blending their signature cinematic soul sound with influences from Turkish Funk and the grittiest of Bollywood soundtracks yielded an instant classic The Fader calls "a carnival of dusty funk and soul". The EP starts off with the unreleased gem "Messy Grass" whose synth intro, peppered with distant yeti cries, gives way to a tremendous backing track that Tamer Pinarbasi’s Qanun dances over. On "Cham Cham", EMA invites Piya Malik to the microphone again to share her styled storytelling vocals over the instrumental track from "Yeti Season"'s "Perfect Harmony". Where some of the tunes on the EP have vocals added, some of them have them removed letting the band take center stage, giving them a wholly different energy than the vocal versions.  The EP is being released with two different covers.  Covers are at random.
Fu Manchu [A Look Back: Dogtown & Z Boys (2LP-coloured/one side etched)]

December 3 street date. "A Look Back: DogTown & Z-Boys" is the first short documentary by legendary artist/photographer Glen E. Friedman. The film looks back on an essential period in the history of skateboarding, but more directly on how the original award winning documentary affected the original surviving members of that influential team and what they thought about the original film itself, 20 years after its release. Fu Manchu provided the entire soundtrack for the film with the songs personally curated by Friedman. This official soundtrack recording release features all 9 tracks featured in the film in the order that they appear. The music spans the band's entire career from their 1994 debut album, "No One Rides For Free", to "Il Mostro Atomico" (featuring Alex Lifeson) from their most recent full length album, "Clone Of The Universe". This limited edition double LP run is pressed on one purple and one green vinyl and features an etching from legendary skater, Lance Mountain.
Fucked Up [David Comes To Life (2LP/Matador Revisionist History Edition)]

December 10 street date. Limited 2LP 10th anniversary edition of Fucked Up's titanic 78-minute masterpiece, "David Comes to Life", on lightbulb-yellow vinyl. In 2011, Toronto's Fucked Up delivered an album that chafed the edges of punk rock's conceptual boundaries - a set of songs that splayed freely into unexpected instrumentation, psychedelic drift, and situationist philosophy. Its ambition was limitless and its run time opulent. Which is to say, they made a concept album. "David Comes To Life" is a story of lost love, global meltdown, depression, bombs, guilt and madness. Or is it? A modern-day morality tale set amid the dour backdrop of a British industrial town in the late 70s, it's a four-part play that follows the dark moods and inner psyche of the titular hero. At the same time, the reliability of the narrator gets called into question. The tables are turned, responsibility shifts, and the story goes meta.
Get Dead [Letters Home]

November 26 street date. Get Dead were originally drawn together by their love for punk rock, joy of acoustic impurities, desire to keep music simple, and on a lesser scale, their shared affinity for the drink. In fact, Get Dead's first band practice allegedly consisted solely of hollowing out some pineapples, filling them with rum, and "getting sticky", as Sam (lead singer) puts it. Regardless of their unorthodox start, they did eventually get on track and have since been creating some of the most earnest and satisfying punk rock around. After a couple years of playing famously raucous shows in the Bay Area, the band's song writing ability caught the ear of NOFX front man Fat Mike, resulting in three stellar albums over the last eight years. FAT is excited to now be able to share with you Get Dead's debut album from before Fat Wreck got their hands on them. "Letters Home" - available for the first time on vinyl - is an essential piece of the Get Dead collection, giving insight into the early days of the band and how they have evolved into what they are today.
Glenn-Copeland, Beverly [Keyboard Fantasies Reimagined]

December 17 street date. In 1970, nine years after leaving the United States to study music in Canada, Beverly Glenn-Copeland released two self-titled albums. Both were a stunning showcase of classical and jazz acumen, layered with poetry and accompanied by some of the best players of the time. Original pressings now fetch thousands of dollars. Glenn-Copeland then vanished as a recording artist until his re-emergence in 1986 with the release (just a few hundred copies on cassette) of what many now believe to be his masterpiece, "Keyboard Fantasies". This seminal album just celebrated its 35th anniversary, and this new reimagining features indie all-stars from Bon Iver (with A Flock Of Dimes), Blood Orange, Joseph Shabason, Julia Holter, Arca, and more.
Jackson + Sellers [Breaking Point (+ poster)]

December 10 street date (LP) / October 22 for CD. Introducing Jackson + Sellers and their debut album "Breaking Point". Jade Jackson and Aubrie Sellers are two rising stars who aligned during the pandemic to write one of the most compelling duo albums of the last decade. Drawn together by instant chemistry, cosmic forces and their ability to write intuitive romantic breakup songs for each other, their album is a window into the dissolution of two different relationships and the formation of another: a perfect, platonic, creative union. United in their desire to write a record that reflected their expansive musical interest from 70s rock to raucous roots to indie pop, their LA written, Nashville recorded album is a masterclass in unexpected vocal harmonic convergence. With "Breaking Point", Jackson + Sellers will establish themselves as two individual artists who together, share a deep friendship, musical kinship and the ability to craft tight singular pop rock songs that will embed themselves in your ears for the rest of time.
Jarv Is [Remix ed (2LP)]

November 26 street date. From its earliest recordings beginning in an actual cave, via the enticing hypnotics behind the mantra-likes tracks "Sometimes I Am Pharaoh" and "Must I Evolve", the exquisite yet candid storytelling of "Swanky Modes" and timeless anthem-turned-inadvertent lockdown soundtrack, "House Music All Night Long", the debut album of the Jarvis Cocker-led band JARV IS proved a standout swirl of creativity, invention and vision on its release last summer. Yet "Beyond The Pale" has continued to inspire long after the sessions for the record stopped. Despite being divided by the pandemic, audiences came together around the album, Jarvis and co made a live film based on the album with pioneering directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard entirely underground in a cavern, and intriguingly other musicians and producers have continued to be intrigued by the songs Cocker and his band created. The latter now has yielded an entirely new way of hearing "Beyond The Pale", as for the first time in his career, Jarv is releasing a remix album based on one of his records. Boasting re-imaginings and re-stylings from the likes of David Holmes, Hot Chip, Dennis Bovell and Greg Wilson among others, the record is a collaborative mix that offers new focus and insight on the music of one of this generation's greatest songwriters, while also allowing the remixers' own unique characters to take flight within JARV IS' creative cave.
Lambchop [I Hope You're Sitting Down/Jack's Tulips (2LP)]

December 10 street date. Back in 1994, when Lambchop first lurched lackadaisically into public view, they seemed to many people freakish, outlandish, destined at best for the pages of photocopied fanzines and the graveyard hours of specialist radio stations. A sprawling collective of Nashville musicians - eleven were credited on the sleeve of "I Hope You’re Sitting Down"/ "Jack's Tulips" - they'd named themselves after a sock puppet, inexplicably given their album two titles, and stuck a painting on the cover of a small, barefooted child holding a dog whose cock and balls are on proud display. Kurt Wagner - the artist behind that striking cover, as well as the group's soft-spoken singer, songwriter, and one of their guitarists, proceeded to offer further fleeting glimpses of a mysteriously intimate encounter, its unconventional details lingering long after the final note of lap steel guitar had faded. Disheveled yet tender, anarchic yet intricate, "I Hope You’re Sitting Down"/"Jack's Tulips" provided the springboard for a career - still ongoing, despite repeated reinventions, and still compelled by stubbornly freakish, outlandish intentions - during which Lambchop's ever-changing line-up has continued to confound expectations.
Long Blondes [Someone To Drive You Home (2LP/colour)]

December 10 street date. Rough Trade Records are giddy - well, obviously! - to announce the release of the 15th anniversary edition of The Long Blondes debut album, the acclaimed ‘Someone To Drive You Home’. Originally released in November 2006 and produced by Pulp member Steve Mackey, this will come as a limited edition, double gatefold LP. Pressed on to red and yellow vinyl to mirror the album's artwork - a picture of actress Faye Dunaway also painted by Jackson - the edition will feature the original record, plus 11 additional tracks that the band used on B-sides. The home of a host of indie disco classics with its noir atmospheres and vivid storytelling - qualities that saw the record inspire recent, generation-capturing movie "Giddy Stratospheres" which takes its name from The Long Blondes' iconic single - the Sheffield band's first album managed that rare trick of capturing the 2000s zeitgeist while leaving a timeless artistic mark for the ages.
Lumineers [Brightside]

January 14 street date. Multi-platinum selling GRAMMY nominated band The Lumineers are back with their highly anticipated fourth album, "Brightside". Coming off the success of their darkly cinematic third album "III", Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites' latest work features their ever-more sophisticated songwriting and arranging, with production from longtime producer and friend Simone Felice. The lead single and title track "Brightside" sets off the album with an anthemic bang, touching on themes of love and American life and featuring the foot-stomping, arena filling sound the band has become beloved for worldwide.
Maidza, Tkay [Last Year Was Weird Vol. 3]

December 10 street date. ARIA and BET nominated artist, Tkay Maidza has announced the highly anticipated follow up to 2020's breakout "Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2", which earned the #1 Best EP of the Year nod from The Needle Drop. "Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3" completes Tkay's trilogy and will feature eight new songs produced by longtime collaborator Dan Farber. Tkay recently wrapped a stratospheric 2020 that propelled the Zimbabwe-born, Australia-raised artist to new heights. From billboards in Times Square, to features in Pitchfork and Vogue and a placement on the FIFA Soundtrack, her "Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2" EP presented a compelling new stride for the young artist whose craft spans genres.
Men I Trust [Untourable Album (LP)]

December 10 street date. With layered synths and rich bass tones that feel simultaneous full-bodied and feather-light, Untourable Album is a meticulously made album that is perfect for late-night headphone listening. At 13 songs and 37 minutes, Untourable Album is around half the length of 2019's sprawling Oncle Jazz. "Untourable Album is smooth and subtle, with slow tempos and reverb-kissed melodies that will sound great on a playlist of mood music. But with such beautiful keyboard tones and intricately woven guitar melodies, this is an album worth getting immersed in." - Exclaim!
New Pornographers [Mass Romantic (red vinyl + bonus 7")]

December 10 street date. Matador Records celebrates the 21st anniversary of The New Pornographers' debut record and breakout, "Mass Romantic", with a limited-edition LP reissue. The album - clocking three singers and 12 effervescent and undeniable power-pop gems - will return to us on red vinyl and will include a bonus 7", "Letter From An Occupant", which includes two rare B-sides, "The End of Medicine" and "When I Was a Baby". What's more, The New Pornographers will tour the U.S. and Canada this fall playing a series of two-night stands - performing "Mass Romantic" in its entirety on the first night and running down the equally outstanding "Twin Cinema" (2005) on the next. Throughout this trip, the band's lineup will feature AC Newman, Dan Bejar, Joe Seiders, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, Neko Case, and Todd Fancey.
Pollard, Robert [From A Compound Eye (2LP)]

December 17 street date. Double vinyl gatefold reissue of Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard's most celebrated solo album, previously released in 2006 on Merge Records. "From A Compound Eye" was Pollard's first solo album after dissolving Guided By Voices in 2004. When things came to an end for GBV, Pollard promised that this would not mean the end of his songwriting and recording career. It actually provided a fresh start. Leaving his band behind allowed him to record when he wanted and what he wanted, with whomever he wanted. Chock full of fantastic songs including "Dancing Girls and Dancing Men", "I'm a Widow", "Love Is Stronger Than Witchcraft", and "I'm A Strong Lion".
Rosenstock, Jeff [SKA DREAM (white vinyl)]

December 3 street date. "SKA DREAM" is a complete re-recording of Jeff Rosenstock's critically-acclaimed 2020 record "NO DREAM" - however this time around all the songs are ska songs! The very good idea to make this record came together when, like many other bands throughout this pandemic that refused to participate in super spreading events, Rosenstock's band were trying to find a fun way to make some music together to share with people. What started out as a fun goof with friends eventually morphed into "hey, what if we tried to make it good though?. All of us have a pretty deep history playing and touring the country in punk/ska bands. We all understand the stigma that comes along with ska, we've all dealt with the pitfalls of it, and we've all kept on truckin' regardless".
Sixx: A.M. [HITS (2LP-translucent red with black smoke)]

December 3 street date. "HITS" is the ultimate Sixx: A.M. collection, featuring their first new song in six years and one that compliments Nikki Sixx's new book, "The First 21". The collection also features two more unreleased tracks and new mixes of "Talk to Me", " Skin" and the iconic "Life is Beautiful". Sixx: A.M. was formed in 2007 by Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, renowned guitarist DJ Ashba, and producer/songwriter James Michael, and has had 3 US top 20 albums.
Sumney, Moses [Live From Blackalachia (2LP-black)]

December 10 street date. "Live from Blackalachia" is a live album and movie composed of dynamic band arrangements from Moses Sumney's first 2 albums. It was recorded in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the summer of 2020, on a stage built on a hill nestled within a 72-acre ranch. In January 2020, Moses Sumney and band gathered in Western North Carolina to design festival-ready versions of songs from "Aromanticism" and "græ". After the world shut down and tour was canceled, Moses maintained a desire to share the show, but in a new way. Not just a live stream or recording. A film. A concert film. So in the summer of 2020, the band re-convened in Asheville, and designed the show for "Live From Blackalachia". Moses directed the conceptual concert film, and decided to release it in both audio and visual formats.
Sunset Rubdown [Shut Up I Am Dreaming (pearl coloured)]

December 10 street date. Originally released in 2006 on Absolutely Kosher Records, "Shut Up I Am Dreaming" is the first full-band effort from Montreal's Sunset Rubdown, a project previously reserved for the solo experiments of Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug. Alongside Michael Doerksen (guitar), Jordan Robson-Cramer (drums, keys, guitar), and Camilla Wynne-Ingr (keys, percussion, vocals), Krug and his new band recorded the songs in just five days with the help of engineers Jace Lasek and Dave Smith at Breakglass Studios. Though met with praise by fans and critics alike, placing 15th on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2006, "Shut Up I Am Dreaming" was never made available on LP. Now, fifteen years later, Krug is having the album pressed to vinyl via his own tiny record label, Pronounced Kroog. Remastered for vinyl at Greymarket Mastering by Harris Newman (the same engineer who mastered the original), and with original cover art by Matt Moroz reformatted for LP jacket, this first-ever pressing of a now cult classic will be available in December.
V/A [Lenny Kaye Presents Lightning Striking (2CD)]

December 3 street date. Lenny Kaye's new book "Lightning Striking" is part history, part memoir and one hundred percent engaging from start to finish. It is not the generalist flip through rock's back pages, but instead surfs the flashpoints of inception and development that have lightning-struck Lenny the most. Each section devours the history and excitement of specific moments in rock 'n' roll evolution, and with chapter headers such as "Memphis 1954", "Detroit 1969", or "Seattle 1991", the thrust of "Lightning Striking" is unequivocally, unapologetically concerned with rock 'n' roll in its most basic and thrilling incarnations. In collaboration with Ace's Alec Palao, Lenny has also assembled an original soundtrack to "Lightning Striking"; the perfect playlist to spin whilst one peruses the pages. Like the book, it is a mixture of the familiar but essential and the fascinatingly unpredictable: in other words, not dissimilar to Kaye's curatorial triumph of yore "Nuggets", the compilation that established the garage rock genre. The earliest entry here is the Boswell Sisters' 1934 prophetic ‘Rock And Roll’, the most recent ‘Gimme Chocolate!!‘ by hard rock/J-Pop hybrid Babymetal. In-between we hear a nuanced selection of the finest vintage R&B, pop, psychedelia, punk rock and heavy metal, from an intriguingly diverse selection of bedfellows.
V/A [Sentimental Noise (2LP-metallic silver)]

December 3 street date. Jagjaguwar's year-long 25th anniversary campaign enters its final chapter, with newly uncovered and unreleased work from some of the label's earliest friends like Drunk, Manishevitz and Bevel. Also called upon were necromancers like Norway's Jenny Hval, Jagjaguwar legends Wilderness, and Bloomington post-rock heroes Tammar. Mysterious noise mongers like Canada's Wold and Oslo's Some Nerve have delivered on their promise to absolutely split our skulls open. There are two loving tributes to Patron Saint of Jagjaguwar John Prine. And unearthed are two songs from Atsushi Miura, who once upon a time allowed label founder Darius Van Arman to book shows in the basement of the sushi restaurant he ran. Limited edition metallic silver vinyl.
World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid [Illusory Walls (2LP)]

December 3 street date (LP) / October 8 (CD). Sometimes, the best place to begin is at the end. If you really want to dig deep into "Illusory Walls", the fourth album by The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, it definitely helps to do that. That's because epic closer "Fewer Afraid" - all 19 minutes, 44 seconds of it - doesn't just revisit the themes and ideas on the ten songs that precede it, but also offers a self-aware summary of the Connecticut band's entire history. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band had nothing but time to realize the full extent of their musical and thematic aspirations. And so, four years on from lauded third album "Always Foreign", they were able to make what is undoubtedly the band's most ambitious and epic record to date. "Illusory Walls" takes on the weight of human existence while it's buckling under the pressure of today's near-dystopian society. Personal anxieties and political struggles collide with a series of portentous, apocalyptic and dramatic tunes, resulting in some of the darkest music the band has made since forming in 2009.

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