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Braids [Native Speaker (colour/10th anniversary edition)]

June 18 street date. Limited 10th anniversary edition of the album that put them on the map, Braids'’ debut LP "Native Speaker". Original designer Marc Rimmer re-worked the LP packaging with a high gloss record cover and a brand new lyric sleeve complemented by eye-popping coloured vinyl. An astonishingly accomplished debut from a young band, "Native Speaker" laid out some of Braids' core interests, including a meticulous attention to sonic detail and a rhythmic curiosity. As their later discography would reveal, this debut also set the course for a great deal of growth, change, and an ever-evolving sonic identity. Meticulously produced by the band, Native Speaker emerges as an extremely potent concoction of playful, lavishly orchestrated, and deeply cinematic pieces - all without a sample in sight. The album oscillates between textural density and heavenly spaciousness to construct an unforgettable pop tune.
Burnside, Cedric [I Be Trying (black vinyl)]

Please note new street date for LP: July 23 / June 25 for CD. "I Be Trying" might be the title of the new record from two-time GRAMMY nominee Cedric Burnside, but it's also a mission statement in an era when plenty of us have discovered what "the blues" really means. Recorded over three days at Royal Studios in Memphis (the home studio of Al Green and Hi Records in the 60s and 70s), this album is the ultimate statement of purpose for a critically acclaimed artist who has proudly carried the mantle of Mississippi Hill Country blues around the world. Over thirteen tracks, Burnside delivers his bruised but unfettered truth over blistering guitar and deep pocket drums - a sound birthed in his soul but developed and perfected on the road. But no matter how far he travels, the righteous sound he makes could only come from one place. Produced by second-generation Memphis soul trailblazer Boo Mitchell and featuring guest appearances from Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and Zac Cockrell (Brittany Howard), "I Be Trying" takes the sound that Burnside learned from his grandfather, blues legend R.L. Burnside, and reinterprets it into a modern, bold Black American sound that expands the sonic landscape while respecting and honouring its roots.
Dacus, Lucy [Home Video (clear)]

June 25 street date. The follow-up to 2018's "Historian" and her 2016 debut "No Burden", "Home Video" was built on Lucy Dacus's interrogation of her coming-of-age years in Richmond, Virginia. Many of the songs start the way a memoir might, and all of them have the compassion, humour, and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. "Home Video" is a gorgeous example of the transformative power of vulnerability. Dacus's voice, both audible and on the page, has a healer's power to soothe and ground and reckon. This album not only propels Dacus forward as a songwriter, but also props her up as one of the most effective storytellers of her generation.
Delgres [4:00 AM]

June 4 street date. Delgrès formed in 2016 when singer, songwriter and guitarist Pascal Danaë met drummer Baptiste Brondy and soubassophone player Rafgee. Their name is a tribute to Louis Delgrès (1766-1802), leader of the movement resisting the reinstitution of slavery in Guadeloupe by Napoleonic France. Sung mostly in Creole, their 2018 debut album, "Mo Jodi", was called "a hurricane of heavy blues", "ferocious and liberating", and a sound cast between "Tinariwen and Black Keys". In 2019 the band was nominated Best World Music Album at the French Victoires de La Musique. On their sophomore album, "4:00 AM", they continue to fight for their values in the face of injustice and conquer their path.
Elfman, Danny [Big Mess]

June 11 street date. "Big Mess" marks Danny Elfman's first solo collection in more than thirty years, but it's no return to form. Clocking in at 18 tracks, the sprawling, ambitious double album finds the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer breaking bold new ground as both a writer and a performer, drawing on a dystopian palette of distorted electric guitars, industrial synthesizers and orchestra in an effort to exorcise the demons brought about by four years of creeping fascism and civil rot. The songs here call to mind everything from Nine Inch Nails to David Bowie to XTC at times, balancing dense, harmonically complex arrangements with biting, acerbic wit as they reckon with the chaos and confusion of the modern world. Elfman wrote almost all of the record during quarantine, and while the anger, frustration, and isolation of it all is palpable in his delivery, "Big Mess" is about more than simply blowing off steam. In making the space to truly sit with his emotions and write without lim­itations, Elfman achieved a kind of artistic liberation on the record that had been eluding him for decades, rediscovering his voice and reinventing himself all at once in the process.
Evidence [Unlearning Vol. 1 (2LP)]

June 25 street date. In March 2020, right as the whole world was entering into a transitional phase, "Evidence" released a single titled "Unlearning". Now, a year later, Evidence launches the campaign for his upcoming album, "Unlearning Vol. 1", picking up where the single of the same name left off, and going beyond. Throughout his career, Evidence has always been adept at both staying true to his roots and evolving as he grows and learns from life experiences, including recognizing when the time comes to unlearn. During the campaign for his last album, "Weather Or Not" (2018), he expressed a desire to close the chapter on the weather-related theme that had been a staple of his solo career to that point. "Unlearning Vol. 1" not only sees that vision come to life, but shines brilliantly in the process. "Unlearning Vol. 1" pairs Evidence's own production with works from The Alchemist, Nottz, Sebb Bash, Animoss, Mr. Green, V Don, Daringer, and EARDRUM (QThree). This highlights perhaps an undervalued skill of Ev's - his ability to collaborate with a multitude of producers on a project, while still creating an album with a cohesion and consistency rarely found in such extensive collaboration.
Fripp, Robert & The Grid [Leviathan (2LP) (Ricahrd Norris & Dave Ball)]

June 25 street date. Though not intended as such, in some respects "Leviathan" and its creators represent between them one version of the history of British electronic music. In 1973, the curiosity of a significant chunk of the King Crimson and Roxy Music fan bases ropelled Fripp & Eno's "No Pussyfooting" into many thousands of homes where no such recording had previously registered a single sleeve, much less a gatefold. By the early 80s, Dave Ball and Marc Almond's Soft Cell were at the forefront of a wave of synth based bands who dominated the singles and albums charts. In the 1990s, The Grid - Dave Ball (again) and Richard Norris formed a key act in what was sometimes referred to as Electronica. The Grid were managed at the time (1992) by David Enthoven who had also managed King Crimson and Roxy Music from inception for many years and by now with a Sylvian/Fripp remix among their producing credits, it is no surprise that the duo and Fripp were keen to see if mutual recordings would produce interesting results. The resulting Fripp recordings provided material for much of The Grid's second album ‘456’ and their follow-up album ‘Evolver’. A few years ago, The Grid rediscovered tapes from these sessions, including unreleased tracks they'd worked up but never completed or mixed. Further Fripp soundscapes from the same period were added to the mix by David Singleton, which inspired The Grid to add new synths, drums, programming and effects to create "Leviathan".
Goon Sax [Mirror II]

July 9 street date. The long awaited third album from The Goon Sax, "Mirror II". Since forming in high school, Brisbane band The Goon Sax - the trio of Riley Jones, Louis Forster, and James Harrison, best friends who take turns writing, singing, and playing each instrument - have been celebrated for their unpretentious, kinetic homemade pop. "Mirror ll", The Goon Sax's first album for Matador, is something else entirely: a new beginning, a multi-dimensional eclectic journey of musical craftsmanship that moves from disco to folk to no wave skronk with staggering cohesion. "Mirror II" is intense, the sum of everything that has always made The Goon Sax great: robust sprech- gesang, raw lyrical candor, ascending guitar pop structures that would make the most storied jangle bands blush, elevated into their newfound narrative verisimilitude and expanded sonic experimentations.
Griffin, T. [The Proposal (180g)]

June 11 street date. The original score for the acclaimed feature-length artworld documentary by multi-disciplinary artist Jill Magid: an exploration of the contested legacy of the Mexican architect Luis Barragán and an art intervention in its own right. Griffin wrote, performed and recorded the "The Proposal" soundtrack with an understated but wide-ranging electro-acoustic sensibility that organically compliments the film's enigmatic narrative and the discreet beauty of Barragán's architectural spaces. Various acoustic instruments combine with electronics, sampling and ambient treatments for an ever-shifting suite of musical vignettes across the album's thirteen tracks. Guest musicians include Matana Roberts, Reut Regev, Jim White (Xylouris White, The Dirty Three), Jason Ajemian (Helado Negro), and Sophie Trudeau and Timothy Herzog (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) - alongside Griffin's own contributions on multiple instruments, field recordings and production. Hand-numbered vinyl edition of 500 copies is 180g LP in window-cut artboard jacket that frames eight different images from Magid's The Barragán Archives project, printed on four 12"x12" art card inserts including an artworked inner sleeve.
Hiss Golden Messenger [Quietly Blowing It (Peak Vinyl indie shop version/blue)]

June 25 street date. "Quietly Blowing It" was written and arranged by M.C. Taylor in his home studio - his 8’x10’ sanctuary packed floor to ceiling with books, records, and old guitars - as he watched the chaotic world spin outside his window. Between March and June, Taylor wrote and recorded upwards of two dozen songs - in most cases playing all of the instruments himself - before winnowing the collection down and bringing them to the Hiss band. In July, the group of musicians went into Overdub Lane in Durham, NC, for a week, where they recorded "Quietly Blowing It" as an organic unit honed to a fine edge from their years together on the road. Throughout "Quietly Blowing It", Taylor brings his keen eye to our "broken American moment" as he first sang on Hiss Golden Messenger's critically acclaimed, GRAMMY®- nominated "Terms of Surrender" (2019), in ways that feel devastatingly intimate and human.
Lambchop [Showtunes (Peak Vinyl indie shop edition)]

Please note new street date: June 18. In late 2019, Kurt Wagner was experimenting with something new, something that would eventually reveal itself as Lambchop's "Showtunes". By taking simple guitar tracks and converting them into MIDI piano tracks, "suddenly I discovered I could ‘play’ the piano", he says. "It was a revelation that from those conversions, I was able to manipulate each note and add, subtract, arrange the chords and melody into a form that didn't have any of the limitations I had with my previous methods of writing with a guitar". Removing these limitations led to a surprising new sound, something akin to show tunes but with edges sanded down and viewed through Kurt's own specific lens. For the first time, longtime friend and collaborator James McNew of Yo La Tengo joins on upright bass. As for the content of the songs, it's tempting to look at everything through the lens of the world we now live in. However, Kurt is quick to point out that these songs were conceived pre-COVID.
Mammoth WVH [Mammoth WVH (2LP-black vinyl)]

June 11 street date. "Mammoth WVH" is the debut, self-titled album of Mammoth WVH, the band created by Wolfgang Van Halen. At the beginning of 2015, Wolf broke ground on what would become Mammoth WVH with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette [Alter Bridge, Slash] behind the board. Wolf began to embrace his voice, inspired by everyone from his father to bands like AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, and Jimmy Eat World. In addition to writing and singing every song on the self-titled debut album, remarkably Wolfgang plays every instrument. "The name Mammoth is really special to me", says Wolf. "Not only was it the name of Van Halen before it became Van Halen, but my father was also the lead singer. Ever since my dad told me this, I always thought that when I grew up, I'd call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much".
Mergia, Hailu & The Walias [Tezeta]

June 4 street date. From their genesis as members of the Venus club in-house band in the early 1970s, Hailu Mergia and the Walias Band were at the forefront of the musical revolution during an era where modern instruments and foreign styles superseded the traditional fare to become the staple sound of Ethiopia. No one would argue that the Walias were the trailblazing powerhouse of modern Ethiopian music. This "Tezeta" album, the band’s second recording, released in 1975, is one of those that have been impossible to find for nearly three decades. Sourced by Awesome Tapes From Africa and expertly remastered by Jessica Thompson, its unique and funky renditions of standards and popular songs of the day are so quintessentially Walias, flavorful and evocative. Hailu's melodic organ, unashamedly front and center in every track, makes even the complex pieces accessible.
Murphy, Peter [The Last And Only Star (rarities/gold vinyl)]

June 25 street date. This album of rarities was curated by Andrew Brooksbank and Stephen Webbon with Peter Murphy's guidance. It contains 10 rare tracks that are demo versions, remixes and edits.
Perfume Genius [2021RSD1 - Immediately Remixes (2LP/metallic silver)]

June 12 street date. RECORD STORE DAY release. "IMMEDIATELY Remixes" is a companion album to Perfume Genius' "Set My Heart On Fire Immediately", remixed in original running sequence by Boy Harsher, Jenny Hval, A. G. Cook, Actress, Danny L Harle, Jaakko Eino Kaleivi, Jim-E Stack, Planningtorock, Initial Talk, Nídia, Westerman, Actress, Koreless and Katie Dey. Hadreas has said, "I'm very honored to have all these incredible musicians rework these songs. I felt personally remixed listening to their versions, hearing the spirit of my song completely transformed was very magical. Each one feels like a little portal to a fucked up shared world." The 2xLP will be pressed onto metallic silver vinyl, limited to an edition of 2500 exclusive to indie record stores.
Portugal. The Man [Oregon City Sessions (2LP)]

June 11 street date. Portugal. The Man had been a band for just over 2 years and in that period, they had released 3 full-lengths, 1 EP, and a couple standalone singles. In that same period, they had also performed just shy of 500 shows. This young band from Alaska was riding a creative wave that is rarely seen coupled with the most hardcore work ethic. They ended their tour in December of 2008 and instead of taking a much needed break made the decision that they needed to record the culmination of what their live performance had become. Finding a rare gem of a studio in the suburbs of Portland, they piled in to the studio with all their live gear and a handful of friends with handheld cameras. Forward to 2021. The band has been off the road for well over a year, by far the longest break from the road since they started and the time just seems right. Here is "Oregon City Sessions", dug out of the archives. Untouched, unchanged from the day it was finished. It is a time capsule of a band finding its way.
Rostam [Changephobia (black vinyl)]

June 4 street date. "Changephobia" is the second full-length solo record from Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer, and composer Rostam Batmanglij. An adventurous new direction for Rostam, the songs collected on "Changephobia" are deeply personal, yet universal for anyone who has ever experienced doubt. In addition to being a founding member of the seminal New York indie rock band Vampire Weekend, Rostam has been described as "one of the great pop and indie-rock producers of his generation". Rostam has produced & co-written critically heralded recent albums by Clairo and Haim, as well as singles from Maggie Rogers, Solange, Charli XCX, Frank Ocean, Santigold, and others.
Shins [Oh, Inverted World (20th anniversary remaster)]

June 11 street date. "Oh, Inverted World", the earth-shattering, indie-rock-redefining 2001 debut album by The Shins, is presented here in its finest form, dressed up all nice for its 20th birthday. The classic tunes get new life by way of a full remastering job under band leader James Mercer's watchful eye, the art is given a little extra zest via a die-cut jacket and a classy inner sleeve, and the package is rounded off with a big ol' booklet with vintage photos, handwritten lyrics, and more. The music, of course, is obviously essential. Aside from a friendly reminder that this is the album with the smash hit "New Slang", we just need to note that the remastering job truly makes this the album Mercer always wanted it to be. Never quite satisfied with the sonics of the original, Mercer took the 20th anniversary of the album as his opportunity to finally set the (literal!) record straight. And the results sound stellar: great for new fans, and well worth the attention of those already on board!
Tune-Yards [2021RSD1 - Whokill (colour)]

June 12 street date. RECORD STORE DAY release. Tune-Yards' 2011 breakthrough second album "w h o k i l l" will receive a limited edition pressing on splatter vinyl to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Record Store Day. "w h o k i l l" marks a time when everything came together into one cohesive whole. Recorded in a studio and influenced heavily by her moving from Montreal to Oakland, Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner made an album that delivered on her early promise. Lyrically Garbus explores constructs of femininity and sexuality with the threat of violence that lurks on the streets where she now lives.
Useless I.D. [Most Useless Songs]

June 11 street date. Israeli punks Useless ID have been together since 1994, releasing eight full-lengths and a slew of EPs, singles, and compilation tracks. That's a staggering number of songs to pare down into some kind of definitive portrait of the band. A career-spanning greatest hits, "Most Useless Songs" reaches as far back as the 1999 Fat Wreck Chords compilation "Short Music For Short People, but otherwise draws from the band's 2000s output. The liner notes feature commentary on all 16 tracks, written by the band. "Most Useless Songs" shows the band's growth throughout the years. That sound continues to evolve, as shown on two new tracks exclusive to "Most Useless Songs": the soaring, hopeful "Same Old Revolution" and "Into the Exquisite", a blistering track that's classic Useless ID. Stay tuned for more new material on the horizon; but in the meantime, enjoy a retrospective that perfectly captures what is so special about Useless ID.
V/A [Eccentric Disco (black vinyl)]

June 25 street date. Ten Numero-minted, dance floor ready dive bombers from disco's all-to-brief heyday, previously swept under rug by the whitewashed glitz and glam of the era. Chugging grooves, bubbling synths, soaring strings, and sonorous voices are guaranteed to light up your night, on living room rugs and dance floors alike.
Van Etten, Sharon [epic Ten (2LP)]

Please note new street date: June 18. Sharon Van Etten's career since the release of her second album, 2010's "epic", is well-known; critically lauded albums, films, and television shows have continually displayed her expanding artistry. Upon its release, "epic" laid a romantic melancholy over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak without one honest thought or feeling spared. Her songs covered betrayal, obsession, egotism, and all the other emotions disliked in others and recognize in oneself. Van Etten's grounded and clenched vocals conveyed a sense of hope - the notion that beauty can arise from the worst of circumstances. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this special album's release, and to acknowledge the convergence of Van Etten's present and past work, she asked fellow artists she admired to participate in an expanded reissue, where each artist would cover one different song from "epic" in their own style. Some are musicians Van Etten herself admired in her early days (Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, and Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon of Big Red Machine), some are peers (Courtney Barnett, IDLES), and others are part of a younger generation of innovators (Shamir, St. Panther). The resulting "epic Ten" is a double album featuring the original plus the new album of "epic" covers and reimagined artwork.
Webster, Faye [I Know I'm Funny haha]

June 25 street date. "I Know I'm Funny haha" is Faye Webster's most realized manifestation yet of her emotional and musical alchemy. Continuing to bloom from her 2019 breakthrough and Secretly Canadian debut "Atlanta Millionaires Club", Webster's sound draws as much from the lap-steel singer-songwriter pop of the 1970s and teardrop country tunes as it does from the audacious personalities of her city's rap and R&B community. Webster's music is full of personality. Many of her songs contain bits of girl-group-esque talk-singing, which color her atypical story-songs. Webster says she's in a growth mindset, pushing herself to learn more, to be more vulnerable. Includes "Better Distractions", which landed on Barack Obama's 2020 end of year playlist.

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