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Alfa Mist [Bring Backs]

April 23 street date. Alfa Mist is one of the driving forces behind a young and vibrant scene of UK musicians who've taken on jazz as their musical narrative. On his new album "Bring Backs" the producer, self-taught pianist and rapper takes us on a sonic trip back to his beat-making past on the streets of East London, through the depth and musicality he discovered composing and playing jazz. 2017 saw the release of Alfa's breakthrough record, "Antiphon" and the 2019 album "Structuralism" were both self-released on his Sekito label. His latest endeavour, 2021's "Bring Backs", sees Alfa taking on new challenges. The record marks his first release for the label Anti and is also the most detailed exploration of his upbringing in musical form.
black midi [John L/Despair]

April 9 street date. "Cavalcade" album opener "John L." with b-side "Despair", has a massive sound, driven by some gutsy "Discipline"-era King Crimson thrust, and energy wrought by the inclusion of Jerskin Fendrix on violin. The group tease the raging track to the point of nonexistence before leading it through caverns of reverb and gauzy snareskin landscapes, just for it to return, hitting hard as hell once more. The story painted is a jet black comedy about what happens to cult leaders when their followers turn on them. Its equally massive video was directed by choreographer Nina McNeely, known for her work on Rihanna's "Sledgehammer" and Gaspar Noe's "Climax".
Carll, Hayes [Alone Together Sessions]

April 23 street date. For nearly two decades, Hayes Carll has been making consistently great singer-songwriter records, influenced by the back-porch songcraft of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. While off the road in Nashville for his longest stretch in years, Carll had the chance to revisit some of his best material - which he reimagines on a new acoustic album, "Alone Together Sessions". The collection includes duets with his wife Alison Moorer and Ray Wylie Hubbard. "Alone Together Sessions" is a loose, soulful, and ruff hewn collection of some of Carll's finest performances to date.
Dinosaur Jr. [Sweep It Into Space]

April 23 street date. Here is "Sweep It Into Space", the fifth new studio album cut by Dinosaur Jr.. during the 13th year of their rebirth. Originally scheduled for issue in mid 2020, this record's temporal trajectory was thwarted by the coming of the Plague. But it would take more than a mere Plague to tamp down the exquisite fury of this trio when they are fully dialed-in. And "Sweep It Into Space" is a masterpiece of zoned dialing. The only extra musician used this time with Kurt Vile, who co-produced the album. As is typical, Lou Barlow writes and sings two of the album's dozen tunes and Murph's pure-Flinstonian drumming drives the record like a go cart from Hell. But there are very few moments where you wouldn't know you were hearing Dinosaur Jr. in blindfolded needle drop. They have a signature sound as sure as the Stooges or Sonic Youth or Discharge ever did. They continue to expand their personal universe with "Sweep It Into Space", without ever losing their central core.
Dry Cleaning [New Long Leg]

April 2 street date. Dry Cleaning, The South London group of Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals) will release "New Long Leg" on 2 April. The 10-track long-player was recorded over two weeks last summer at Rockfield Studios in rural Wales with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding). Following on from their thrillingly taut 2019 EPs "Boundary Road Snacks And Drinks" and "Sweet Princess", "New Long Leg" is more ambitious and complex, with Shaw's spoken vocals tightly intertwined with the band's restless instrumentals. Dry Cleaning was formed by friends Tom Dowse, Nick Buxton and Lewis Maynard after a karaoke party in 2017 inspired a collaboration. They wrote instrumentally to begin with until six months later Florence Shaw, a visual artist, university lecturer and picture researcher by day - with no prior musical experience - turned up to a band rehearsal armed with reams of her own collected writing and a copy of Michael Bernard Loggins' "Fears Of Your Life" to read out over the music. Before long she was the group's front-person, contributing words of her own, and serving as the perfect foil to the band's music.
Elevator To Hell [Eerieconsiliation (2LP "Extra" edition/colour)]

April 30 street date. Blue Fog Recordings now brings to you this sweet fully remastered double vinyl gatefold reissue of this classic album. Record one features the original 16 song album and record two has 16 more songs from the "Eerie" sessions including original 7 inch only tracks, rarities, live tracks and 3 completely never before heard out-takes. All the original artwork has been freshly rescanned and is looking better than ever with a new layout including lots of photos and lyrics. Coloured vinyl.
Glenn-Copeland, Beverly [Keyboard Fantasies]

Please note new street date: April 30. Reissue of Beverly Glenn-Copeland's 2020 Polaris Heritage Prize winning album! 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". Marking its 35th anniversary, Transgressive reissues "Keyboard Fantasies" with updated artwork and liner notes by pop star, Robyn.
Hatfield, Juliana [Blood]

May 14 street date. "Blood" is Juliana Hatfield's 19th solo studio album of originals, and a deep dive into the dark side. The album is a brutal and critical look at modern human psychology and behavior; at personal and societal sickness. "I think these songs are a reaction to how seriously and negatively a lot of people have been affected by the past four years," says Juliana. "But it's fun, musically. There's a lot of playing around. I didn't really have a plan when I started this project". "Chunks" and "Had A Dream" are gritty and abrasive while "Mouthful of Blood" and "Gorgon" are groovy and ultra-melodic. All of it is eminently hummable and thought-provoking. Sophisticated but catchy. Challenging but danceable.
Iceage [Seek Shelter (indie exclusive-clear orange)]

May 7 street date. With each new release, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Jakob Tvilling Pless, Johan Surrballe Wieth and Dan Kjær Nielsen refigure the contours of a typical Iceage song. This is especially true of "Seek Shelter", their fifth LP and first for Mexican Summer. Enrolling Sonic Boom (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3) to produce the record and an additional guitarist in the form of Casper Morilla Fernandez, "Seek Shelter" sees Iceage's propulsive momentum pushing them in new, expansive, ecstatic directions. A decade on from their first record, Iceage continue to harness their lives together through music. This journey, in music and life, has never progressed in a linear fashion. What precisely makes an Iceage song is still a mysterious thing, and the band wishes to maintain this protean quality. With "Seek Shelter", they've managed to hold onto this core of presence and risk while writing their most ambitious songs.
Iron & Wine [Archive Series Vol. 5: Tallahassee Recordings (LOSER edition)]

May 7 street date. "Archive Series Volume No. 5: Tallahassee" is the lost-in-time debut album from Iron & Wine. A collection of songs recorded three years prior to his official Sub Pop debut, "The Creek Drank the Cradle" (2002). A period before the concept of Iron & Wine existed and principal songwriter Sam Beam was studying at Florida State University with the intent of pursuing a career in film. "Tallahassee Recordings" documents the very first steps on a journey that would lead to a career as one of America's most original and distinctive singer-songwriters. "Creek" arrived like a thief in the night with its lo-fi, hushed vocals and intimate nature, while almost inversely "Tallahassee" comes with a strange sense of confidence. Perhaps an almost youthful discretion that likely comes from being too young to know better and too naïve to give a shit. The recordings themselves are more polished than "Creek" and give a peak into what a studio version of that record might have offered up.
Lee, Sook-Yin & Adam Litovitz [jooj two]

April 9 street date. An iconic Canadian media figure, Sook-Yin Lee is an award-winning filmmaker, musician, actor, visual artist and broadcaster who has immersed herself in myriad creative collaborations. Many of them were made with her life partner and frequent co-creator Adam Litovitz, including their 2015 ethereal electroacoustic album "jooj". Though Adam passed away in 2019, his work with Sook-Yin lives on with "jooj two", an unapologetic dive into playful art-pop and a document of a lost language between lovers. While financial difficulties and external pressures contributed to the end of their romantic relationship, Sook-Yin and Adam remained best friends and creative partners. As he was busy with a soundtrack for Netflix, Adam gave Sook-Yin his blessing to continue working on their second album without him. Increasingly, Adam struggled with anxiety and depression, compounded by a prescription drug dependency that exacerbated insomnia and pain. Tragically, he died by suicide June 16, 2019. With the assistance of mixer Steve Chahley (U.S. Girls, Badge Époque Ensemble, Darlene Shrugg) Sook-Yin completed the album and will share it with the world this spring. Despite the circumstances surrounding its completion, "jooj two" is a celebration of life, especially Adam's.
Maidza, Tkay [Last Year Was Weird Vol. 2]

May 7 street date. Tkay Maidza announces the release of her assertive 8-song EP "Last Year Was Weird Vol. 2" Released on streaming services in August 2020, this is her first release on 4AD, following 2018's "Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1", which established her as one of the most exciting voices in the new guard of hip-hop. "Vol. 2" will include 2019's trap-infused, ARIA-nominated single ‘Awake’ featuring JPEGMAFIA, which earned a best of the decade nod from The Needle Drop, as well as praise from Pitchfork, The FADER, Dazed, Complex, and others.
Mighty Mighty Bosstones [When God Was Great (2LP/indie shop verion/yellow)]

May 7 street date. Since their formation in 1983, the BossToneS have been credited as one of the forefathers of ska punk and the creators of its subgenre, ska-core. With a career spanning over 30-years, Boston's best dressed band has built and continued to build a devoted following with their unique brass-infused brand of punk rock. Here with their 11th studio album, "When God Was Great", their first for Hellcat Records, produced by Tim Armstrong (of Rancid) and Ted Hutt (of Flogging Molly), and featuring guest artists from the many punk and ska bands that they have influenced. The Mighty Mighty BossToneS are vocalist Dicky Barrett, bassist Joe Gittleman, saxophonists Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton and Leon Silva, Bosstone Ben Carr, drummer Joe Sirois, guitarists Nate Albert and Lawrence Katz, keyboardist John Goetchius, and trombonist Chris Rhodes.
Murphy, Peter [Holy Smoke (clear/smoke/1992 release)]

May 7 street date. The fourth Peter Murphy album "Holy Smoke" contained the single "The Sweetest Drop", which made it onto the modern rock charts. It was an elegant follow up to "Deep" with crisp production by Mike Thorne. As written in the original press release for the album, "you can’t pin down "Holy Smoke", it curls and eddies in white and blue swirls, drawing a series of patterns on the brain, but just when an image begins to come into focus, the music mutates into something hypnotically new".
Pelgag, Klo [L'etoile thoracique (2LP/colour)]

April 23 street date. “L’Étoile thoracique” is Klô Pelgag’s second album. Initially released in 2016, this will be its first reissue. Carrying an entire universe of baroque, absurd songs, the damsel charms and unsettles us with her gorgeously crafted music driven by an instinctive desire to challenge her own purpose. “What I write is always full of contrasting elements, because I enjoy baffling myself. When everything fits together too neatly, it can quickly become tiresome.” This resulted in the 13 tracks of “L’Étoile thoracique”, a freewheeling fresco that has the artist weaving a sprawling concerto.
“Science-fiction and magic realism streak concrete situations that go beyond poetic flights of fancy – romance, desire, self-surrender, insomnia, fantasies about the wax figures of the Grévin museum” ???? - La Presse
“The lyrics convey images that are alternately clear and impressionistic” - ICI Musique
“With her fluid, mischievous voice, Klô Pelgag never forgets to touch upon the grey, engulfing nuances of melancholia” - Libération

« L’Étoile thoracique » est le deuxième album de Klô Pelgag. Sorti originellement en 2016, ce sera sa première réédition. Portant sur son dos un univers chargé de chansons, de baroque, et d’absurde, la demoiselle séduit et déstabilise en déployant une musique finement concoctée et qui braque les feux sur un désir instinctif de la créatrice à confronter ses propres fins: « il y a toujours un contraste dans ce que j’écris, parce que j’aime me désarçonner, parce que quand tout est en accord, ça peut vite devenir plombant. » En témoignent les 13 titres qui s’emboîtent sur « L’Étoile thoracique », fresque déliée sur laquelle l’artiste se donne des airs de concerto aux contours arachnéens.
« La science-fiction et le réalisme magique de la chanteuse sont ici entrelardés de situations bien tangibles au-delà de leur diffraction poétique - romantisme, désir, abandon de soi, insomnie, réflexion fantaisiste sur les personnages de cire au musée Grévin » **** - La Presse
« Les textes suscitent des images parfois limpides, souvent impressionnistes » - ICI Musique
« Voix ondoyante et espiègle, Klô Pelgag n'oublie pas les nuances les plus grises de la mélancolie et s'engouffre dans la gravité » - Libération

Rhys, Gruff [Seeking New Gods (die cut envelope-style/colour)]

May 21 street date. Gruff Rhys is releasing his seventh solo album, "Seeking New Gods", recorded following a US tour with his band and mixed in LA with superstar producer Mario C (Beastie Boys). The album concept was originally driven to be the biography of a mountain, Mount Paektu (an East Asian active volcano). However, as Gruff's writing began to reflect on the inhuman timescale of a peak's existence and the intimate features that bring it to mythological life, both the songs and the mountain became more and more personal.
Richard, Dawn [Second Line (LP+12"/colour/Peak Vinyl indie shop edition)]

April 30 street date. Much like the New Orleans born artist who created it, "Second Line" is an unapologetic genre bender that pushes boundaries, expands possibilities, and shatters expectations. It's more than just an album: "Second Line" is a cohesive sensory experience that questions traditional ideas of sound, production, and visual aesthetics as they relate to music. Its interlocking parts tell an epic story about the quest for artistic expression, with Dawn describing her project as "a movement to bring pioneering Black women in electronic music to the forefront". "Second Line" cuts to the chase with its opening suite of dancefloor bangers, immediately displaying Dawn's mastery of layered production and melodic hooks. The album treats Louisiana Creole culture, New Orleans bounce, and Southern Swag as elemental, allowing Dawn to weave in and out of house, footwork, R&B, and more.
Shovels & Rope [Busted Jukebox Vol. 3]

April 30 street date. Shovels & Rope continue their Busted Jukebox series where they join forces with their musical friends to cover classic songs in their own unique ways with "Busted Jukebox Volume 3". Volume 3 sees the duo covering a series of kid-friendly songs, such as "Tomorrow" from 'Annie' featuring The War and Treaty, "You Are My Sunshine" featuring The Felice Brothers, and "What A Wonderful World" featuring John Paul White, along with some other classics like R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" alongside T. Hardy Morris, and The Beach Boys' "In My Room" featuring Sharon Van Etten.
SQURL & Jozef Van Wissem [Only Lovers Left Alive O.S.T. (2LP-clear with red splatter)]

May 7 street date. Jim Jarmusch's crypto-vampire love story film, "Only Lovers Left Alive" won the 2013 Cannes award for best soundtrack. The soundtrack, predominantly by Jozef Van Wissem and SQU¨RL, also features Zola Jesus, Yasmin Hamdan and Madeline Follin (of Cults). Sacred Bones is thrilled to bring this incredible soundtrack back in print! SQU¨RL (Jarmusch is a member) are an enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums and broken guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped and screwed hip-hop, and imaginary movie scores. Jozef Van Wissem is a Dutch minimalist composer and lute player based in Brooklyn.
Teenage Fanclub [Endless Arcade (Peak Vinyl indie shop version/pink)]

Please note new street date: April 30. Even if we weren't living through extraordinarily troubling times, there is nothing quite like a Teenage Fanclub album to assuage the mind, body, and soul, and to reaffirm that all is not lost in this world. "Endless Arcade" follows the band's ninth album "Here", released in 2016 to universal acclaim and notably their first UK Top 10 album since 1997, a mark of how much they're treasured. The new record is quintessential TFC: melodies are equal parts heartwarming and heartaching, guitars chime and distort, keyboard lines mesh and spiral, harmony-coated choruses burst out like sun on a stormy day. Recent albums such as "Shadows" and "Here" have documented a more relaxed, less "teenage" Fanclub, reflecting the band's stage in life and state of mind, alongside which "Endless Arcade" slots perfectly.The album walks a beautifully poised line between melancholic and uplifting, infused with simple truths. The importance of home, community, and hope is entwined with more bittersweet, sometimes darker thoughts of insecurity, anxiety, and loss.
V/A [What Goes On: The Songs Of Lou Reed]

May 7 street date. The latest in Ace Records' Songwriters series features the songs of Lou Reed and takes the listener from a version of ‘Why Don't You Smile Now’ from Reed's pre-Velvet Underground days through selections from the band's albums to songs from 1972's solo classic "Transformer". 20 tracks, from artists including Beck, The Soft Boys, Cowboy Junkies, Iggy Pop, Yo La Tengo, Nico, Swervedriver, and more.
Williams, Lucinda [Ramblin' On My Mind]

May 7 street date. Lucinda Williams' debut album from 1979, now back in print on vinyl. American singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams' Southern blues roots are unmistakable on her debut record "Ramblin' On My Mind", showcasing the artistry that would make her an icon. Recorded in Mississippi in the late 1970s, the album features a collection of traditional folk and country standards arranged and performed by Williams, with intimate accompaniment by John Grimaudo on his six-string guitar. Her raw and drawly voice is as curvy and natural as a back road as she wistfully explores the familiar melodies of Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, and the Memphis Jug Band, among others. Includes a liner notes booklet with the song lyrics and is housed in an original Folkways-style tip-on jacket. Part of the Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series, revisiting some of the most iconic and influential albums in the label's collection.
Ya Tseen [Indian Yard]

April 30 street date. Nicholas Galanin is one of the most vital voices in contemporary art. Born in Sheet'ka (Sitka, Alaska), Galanin is Tlingit and Unangax^; he creates from his perspective as an Indigenous man. His work calls for an accounting of the damages done to land and life by unfettered capitalism while envisioning and advocating alternate possibilities. His work spans sculpture, video, installation, photography, jewelry and music; advocating Indigenous sovereignty, racial, social and environmental justice, for present, and future generations. His debut as Ya Tseen ("be alive" - a reference to his Tlingit name Yeil Ya Tseen) is "Indian Yard", his first album for Sub Pop. Rich with emotional range and sharp awareness, "Indian Yard" explores love, desire, frustration, pain, revolution, and connection through the magnetic expressions of an Indigenous mind. These 11 tracks put Galanin, Ya Tseen, and Indigenous art at large in a current musical conversation with the likes of Moses Sumney and TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, and James Blake. During strings of sessions in Sitka and Seattle, a cast of brilliant friends - Shabazz Palaces, Nick Hakim, fellow Indigenous Alaskan singer and songwriter Qacung, fellow Alaskans Portugal. The Man (whom Galanin counts as friends and allies for social and environmental justice), Stas THEE Boss (THEESatisfaction), to name a few - helped turn "Indian Yard" into a cataract of intensely current pop wonders.

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