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New Release Round-Up 06-09-23

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Weathervanes

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Weathervanes- SoutheasternRecords
A Jason Isbell record always lands like a decoder ring in the ears and hearts of his audience, a soundtrack to his world and magically to theirs, too. Weathervanes carries the same revelatory power. This is a storyteller at the peak of his craft, observing his fellow wanderers, looking inside and trying to understand, reducing a universe to four minutes. He shrinks life small enough to name the fear and then strip it away, helping his listeners make sense of how two plus two stops equaling four once you reach a certain age -- and carry a certain amount of scars.There is something about boundaries on this record, Isbell says. As you mature, you still attempt to keep the ability to love somebody fully and completely while youre growing into an adult and learning how to love yourself.Weathervanes is a collection of grown-up songs: Songs about adult love, about change, about the danger of nostalgia and the interrogation of myths, about cruelty and regret and redemption. Life and death songs played for and by grown ass people. Some will make you cry alone in your car and others will make you sing along with thousands of strangers in a big summer pavilion, united in the great miracle of being alive. The record features the rolling thunder of Isbells fearsome 400 Unit, whove earned a place in the rock n roll cosmos alongside the greatest backing ensembles, as powerful and essential to the storytelling as The E Street Band or the Wailers.They make a big noise, as Isbell puts it, and he feels so comfortable letting them be a main prism through which much of the world hears his art. He can be private but with them behind him he transforms, and there is a version of himself that can only exist in their presence. When he plays a solo show, he is in charge of the entire complicated juggle. On stage with the 400 Unit, he can be a guitar hero when he wants, and a conductor when he wants, and a smiling fan of the majesty of his bandmates when he wants to hang back and listen to the sound.

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Niall Horan - The Show

Niall Horan - The Show-Capitol
Niall Horan's `The Show' - his third solo album and first since 2020's chart-topping `Heartbreak Weather' - will be released on June 9, 2023. Preceded by its lead single "Heaven," the album matches the pure emotion of his globally beloved past work with a powerful new element of soul-searching reflection. Each vinyl copy of `The Show' includes a randomly selected print of a letter handwritten by Niall about a song from the album.

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Jenny Lewis - Joy'All

Jenny Lewis - Joy'All- Blue NoteRecords
Jenny Lewis fifth solo album, Joy'Allarrives June 9th. JoyAll finds the singer-songwriter embarking on a new era, in a new town and on a new label, as she joins the iconic roster of Blue Note/Capitol Records. While JoyAll pulls from a bounty of sonic inspiration from classic soul to 90s R&B, as well as country and classic singer-songwriter records the albums rich, intimate and warm live sound is the hallmark of eight-time GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb. Recorded at Nashvilles historic RCA Studio A, JoyAll includes new single Psychos and the previously released single Puppy and a Truck.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Milky Chance - Living In A Haze [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ocean Blue LP]Video Available
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Strangers No MoreVideo Available

Janelle Monae - The Age of Pleasure
Christine And The Queens - PARANOA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE
Freddie Gibbs - $oul $old $eparately [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Yellow LP + Flexi Disc]
Ultra Q - My Guardian Angel
Dream Wife - Social Lubrication [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe Red & Black LP]
Squid - O Monolith
Youth Lagoon - Heaven Is A Junkyard
King Krule - Space Heavy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
TEKE::TEKE - Hagata
My Morning Jacket - MMJ Live Vol. 3: Bonnaroo 2004 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Thunderdome (Cloudy & Clear) 2LP]
Jess Williamson - Time Ain't Accidental [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Hot Pink LP]
Tears For Fears - The Hurting [Half-Speed LP]
Extreme - Six
Oceans Ate Alaska - Disparity
James - Be Opened By The Wonderful [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White 2 LP]
Rob Grant - Lost At Sea


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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Queens Of The Stone Age - In Times New Roman...

Queens Of The Stone Age - In Times New Roman...-Matador
In Times New Roman..., the 8th studio album from Queens Of The Stone Age is raw, brutal & rough around the edges but with a refinement that reveals itself further with each successive listen and QOTSA founder Joshua Hommes lyrics are as witty and withering than ever. The results are instantly identifiable; QOTSAs sonic signature, expanded and embellished with new and unprecedented twists in virtually every song, a live in-a-room recording that showcases a band at the height of their creative powers. In Times New Roman... is a party for the obscene and the clean, the outcasts and the weirdos, and anyone and everyone in between. One of the most important bands in recent rock history is B A C K but its no exaggeration to call this album a devastating rebirth."

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Sammy Rae & The Friends - Chapter One

Sammy Rae & The Friends - Chapter One- NettwerkRecords
Singer/songwriter, bandleader, and human being Samantha Bowers first began writing songs at age 12 while taking piano lessons and listening to Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Freddie Mercury playing on the family stereo. By 16, she developed a love of jazz and began to study the great female vocalists of the century (mainly Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Sarah Vaughn). She and her eight-piece group make music that has elements of pop, soul, funk, rock and jazz and focus on themes like coming-of-age, defiance, and self-expression. Their genre blending performances are high-energy, honest and quirky, influenced by the great performances of those childhood classic rock heroes.

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What's New 6-2-23

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Sour Mash Records Limited

Surefooted, revelatory, well-rounded and emotionally deep, Council Skies cements Gallaghers reputation as one of the best songwriters the UK has ever produced. This collection of songs is one of his finest post-Oasis offerings, and it feels like the album that Noel and his High Flying Birds have been aching to make.

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Legacy

Shadow Kingdom presents Dylan performing revelatory 21st century versions of songs from his storied back catalog. The album's setlist includes 13 original songs handpicked by Dylan for his Shadow Kingdom live performance. Facing down his past, he comes close to eclipsing it, and offers magnificent proof of his continued vitality as a performing artist.

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Sub Pop

Alicia Bognannos fourth album is the most close-to-the-bone album yet, drawing from personal pain and the universal struggle that is existing, learning, and moving on. And its all soundtracked by Bognanno's rock-solid melodic sensibilities and a widescreen sound that's impossible to pin down when it comes to the textures explored.

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Cooking Vinyl

Such Ferocious Beauty is vintage Cowboy Junkies and another dimension from the lo-fi Canadian band comprised of, well, family. A tangle of sonic textures, Beauty is a rumination on aging, losing parents, facing mortality and creating space for ones life in the midst of the ruin that comes from merely living.

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RCA

But Here We Are marks the bands return after a year of staggering losses, personal introspection and bittersweet remembrances. A brutally honest and emotionally raw response to everything Foo Fighters have endured recently, But Here We Are is a testament to the healing powers of music, friendship and family.

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Legacy

The Lockdown Sessions was recorded at home during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. Includes five seminal tracks from across Waters time with Pink Floyd and his solo career including Mother and Vera from The Wall; two tracks from The Final Cut; and The Bravery of Being Out Of Range from Waters highly acclaimed solo album, Amused To Death.

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Yep Roc

Inspired by their love of noir and neo-western films, their cinematic new album Ten Paces exhibits the rich, sonic versatility of the brothers, as every instrument heard on the album is performed by Henry and Rupert. The anthemic build of "The Fear" to the lonesome balladeering of "Bullet Blues" showcases these two outlaws at their creative peak.

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Concord

The Revivalists make the kind of rock n roll that grabs you and doesnt let go. On their fifth full-length release, the New Orleans outfit was inspired to create a life-affirming album that in many ways connects to the original seed of inspiration for the bands name. Pour It Out Into The Night is a celebration of resilience, living for who you are and what youre about.

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Loosegroove Records

On Tigercub's third record of nocturnal, hard-hitting rock, the band embraces a moody, melancholic sound that's every bit as cinematic as Hollywood itself. It's about counterpoint and opposites, stacked with songs that contrast overdriven guitars with whispered vocals, tight grooves with shoegazing swells of noise, sonic experimentation with sharp songwriting.

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Bayonet

Brooklyn bedroom-pop trailblazers Beach Fossils' new album is a triumphant return for one of the 2010s most influential NYC bands. Bunny is a precise blend of the luscious dream-pop atmospheres they notoriously honed on their earliest projects, the post-punk vigor expressed on Clash The Truth, and the warm sophisticated songwriting of Somersault.

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New West

Folds masterful new album is an open hand reaching out to all those wounded and bewildered by a world that seems to make less and less sense every day. The result is an undeniably joyful record, an ecstatic reminder of all the beauty and promise hiding in plain sight for anyone willing (and present enough) to recognize their moments as they arrive.

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City Slang

Dixon calls the late Toni Morrison the greatest rapper of all time; and the way he tackles topics like survival, violence, and religion within the expansive landscape of the Black experience, evokes her novels. Sometimes rough and other times delicate, this record is a journey into the psyche of Dixon, with all of the of the attendant peaks and valleys.

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Epitpah

Sixteen tracks of pure punk rock chaos, done in Rancids own inimitable style which is one of passion and delivered straight from the heart. In true punk style, the songs on Tomorrow Never Comes all come in at under three minutes long and are short, sharp shocks of sheer energetic punk rock, the type of which the band have always done and done so well.

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BMG

A star-studded album of folk music reinventions that sees the 2x Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter joined by a spectacular collection of special guests that includes Brandi Carlile, John Legend, David Byrne, Sheryl Crow, Nicole Scherzinger, Chaka Khan, Andrew Bird, ANOHNI, Susanna Hoffs, Van Dyke Parks, Madison Cunningham, and more.

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Prosthetic Records

Drawing from influences as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Deafheaven, Radiohead, and Deftones, Pupil Slicer have molded an album that is effervescent with passion but doesn't shy away from a good hook and a catchy chorus. Through darkness and despair, there is always - at the very least - a glimmer of light in all that they do.

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New Release Round-Up 06-02-23

Jack Johnson - In Between Dub

Jack Johnson - In Between Dub- RepublicRecords
In March 2020, Jack Johnsonreached out to Lee Scratch" Perry to produce a dub remix album based on Jacks most loved recordings. On August 29, 2021, the project was brought to a halt as Scratch departed this physical world. In 2022, Jack and Subatomic Sound System, Perrys band of the last decade, connected directly and discovered they had all the pieces to bring Lee Scratch Perrys three creations to completion. The LP also features dubs from Dennis Bovell, Scientist, Mad Professor, Nightmares on Wax, and more.

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Tom Waits - Closing Time: 50th Anniversary

Tom Waits - Closing Time: 50th Anniversary- ANTI
Closing Time foreshadows the distinctly lyrical storytelling and original blending of jazz, blues, and folk styles thatwould come to be associated with Tom Waits. It is on this debut album that Waits performs enduring classics of his career Ol 55 (famously covered by the Eagles), the heartbreaking Martha and the gentle acoustic folk of I HopeThat I Dont Fall In Love With You. Reissued for the first time as a double LP to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark debut with newly half speed mastering at Abbey Road Studios.

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Avenged Sevenfold - Life Is But A Dream

Avenged Sevenfold - Life Is But A Dream- WarnerRecords
Avenged Sevenfolds new album, Life Is But A Dream is a timeless work of art that blurs genres. Best served as a whole and consumed en masse to truly appreciate its musical breadth and sonic depth, it marks their boldest statement and most revolutionary work to date. Written and recorded over the span of 4 years, it was produced by Joe Barresi and Avenged Sevenfold in Los Angeles and mixed by Andy Wallace in the Poconos, PA. Inspired by Albert Camus The Stranger, the album is a journey through an existential crisis; a very personal exploration into the meaning, purpose and value of human existence with the anxiety of death always looming. Immerse into this experience

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Rancid - Tomorrow Never Comes

Rancid - Tomorrow Never Comes- Epitaph
Rancid - the legendary Bay Area punk rockers are back with their 10th studio album, Tomorrow Never Comes on Epitaph Records. Emerging from the blue-collar swamps of Berkeley, California, Rancid has now been a living, breathing punk rock band for over a quarter century.

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Neil Frances - There Is No Neil Frances

Neil Frances - There Is No Neil Frances- Nettwerk Records
There is no Neil Frances. OK, sort of. Neil Frances is not a solo artist, it's the name of a duo comprised of Sydney-born Jordan Feller and Southern California native Marc Gilfry. To help you remember that Neil Frances is not a person, the duo has named it's debut LP There Is No Neil Frances. Neil Frances' signature sound is beat-driven pop infused with a more organic warmth than most modern music. Putting special emphasis on their enthralling live sets-the group quickly developed a reputation as a must-see stage artist opening for SG Lewis, Jungle, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The band explains, "Our new album is about self-realization and becoming the person that you dream of. The concept is that we are insects on earth who ascend into outer space to become divas at a galactic ball." The album features both GRAE and Benny Sings..

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Kenny Rogers - Life Is Like A Song

Kenny Rogers - Life Is Like A Song- UMe
A collection of unreleased songs from Kenny Rogers' archives that tells the story of the love, life, loss and faith between Kenny and his wife, Wanda, and their two children. The album features the long sought after "Goodbye" written by Lionel Richie, interpretations of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" and "I Wish It Would Rain" originally recorded by The Temptations, and "Tell Me That You Love Me" a lost duet between Kenny and Dolly Parton.

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Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts: Reissue

Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts: Reissue- Blue NoteRecords
Norah Jones defied expectations with her 5th studio album Little Broken Hearts, a striking collaboration with Danger Mouse that arrived a decade after her debut Come Away With Me, prompting SPIN to call it "the 2nd essential record of Norah Jones' career." Deluxe Edition features an expanded 31-track set curated by Jones with rare bonus tracks, alternate versions, remixes, and a previously unreleased live version of the album recorded for Austin City Limits in 2012.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Purr - Who Is Afraid Of Blue?Video Available

Foo Fighters - But Here We Are
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Council Skies
Ben Folds - What Matters Most [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Color LP]
Beach Fossils - Bunny
Bully - Lucky For You
Bob Dylan - Shadow Kingdom
Ghost - Prequelle [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tangerine LP]
Half Moon Run - Salt
Ruen Brothers - Ten Paces
Hollywood Vampires - Live in Rio
Rival Sons - DARKFIGHTER
Jake Shears - Last Man Dancing [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Marble LP]
Ben Harper - Wide Open Light
The Revivalists - Pour It Out Into The Night [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sun Marble LP]
Rufus Wainwright - Folkocracy
Protomartyr - Formal Growth In The Desert [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
De La Soul - Stakes Is High
Tanya Tucker - Sweet Western Sound
Matt & Kim - Sidewalks [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Blue LP]
Matt & Kim - Grand [RSD Essential Yellow w/Orange & Black Splatter LP+7in]
Christina Aguilera - Aguilera
Roger Waters - The Lockdown Sessions
ENHYPEN - DARK BLOOD
Stray Kids - 5-STAR
Buckcherry - Vol. 10

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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

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What's New 5-26-23

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Third Man

At the end of the day, Guitar Romantic is simply a fucking awesome power-pop record that would've been just as relevant and engaging twenty-five years ago, and will undoubtedly be just as fun twenty-five years down the road. It may seem glaringly retro on the surface, but The Exploding Hearts have released an album that is, at its core, ageless.

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Warp

Some people have commented that Tinariwen have always been a country band, albeit a North African take on the genre. That idea is magnified here as the Tuareg bands trademark snaking guitar lines and hypnotic rhythms blending seamlessly with pedal steel, piano and strings from guest musicians including Daniel Lanois, the embellished arrangements lending the songs an epic, universal application.

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Thirty Tigers

The three-time Grammy nominees sound refreshed on 10 new songs distilled to the essence of The Milk Carton Kids: two voices blended together in spellbinding harmony, accompanied by subtly perfect acoustic instrumentation. Turns out thats a tough sound to get just right, but I Only See the Moon shows just how much the duo were willing to work for it.

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Atlantic

The tongue-in-cheek and aloof record finds its roots in covert sapphic, and paradoxical narratives, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and cool, grunge-fueled vocals. Complete with obscure and frank lyricism, I Am The Dog staples itself as one of this year's best. Featuring songwriting contributions from Teddy Geiger (Caroline Polachek, Sylvan Esso) and Sarah Tudzin (Weyes Blood, Slowdive).

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Rounder

This is a body of work born from a shared passion for pushing the limits of blues music. Produced by the legendary Jon Spencer, Death Wish Blues melds eclectic sensibilities into a batch of songs both emotionally potent and wildly combustible and helps fulfill their shared longtime mission of opening up the genre to entirely new audiences.

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Sub Pop

Aperture is Jadagus coming-of-age mixtape, chronicling bad breakups (scuzzy garage rocker What You Did), sibling allyship (the glitchy Admit It) and leaving behind a religious upbringing (distorted diary entry Letter To Myself); while opener Explanations hazy vocals and synthesized strings is Mazzy Star updated for the TikTok generation.

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Sub Pop

"The Become EP is a collection of 5 songs from the Once Twice Melody sessions. We didn't think they fit in the world of OTM, but later realized they all fit in a little world of their own. To us, they are all kind of scuzzy and spacious, and live in the spirit realm. It's not really where we are currently going, but it's definitely somewhere we have been. We hope you enjoy these tunes. - Alex and Victoria

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Jealous Butcher Records

Part experimental indie and part 70s soft rock, Califones first record in three years reaches new levels of harmony, fragility, and confidence. Whether detailing aging goths retaining their identity through year-long spooky decorations, an imagined conversation with an inbred monarch, or the conflicts between identity and technology, Villagers spreads out and luxuriates in the messy darkness of modern life.

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Capitol

A source of empathy through emotional lows and affirmations through emotional highs, Broken By Desire is a continuation of, more than an evolution from, his debut. Channelling sadness and self-doubt to forge connection, this album is what Lewis music has always strived to be: a testament to the strength that can be found in heart-wrenching sincerity.

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Loma Vista

Ghost follows last years opus Impera as intended from the start with Phantomime, a diverse and spellbinding sampling of the bands musical DNA. Featuring covers of classics by Television, Genesis, The Stranglers, Iron Maiden and Tina Turner, Phantomime pays tribute to these unlikely bedfellow influences while stamping them all with Ghosts undeniable sonic signature.

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UMe

Rock and classical royalty unite on brand new album Drastic Symphonies. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, Def Leppard have drastically deconstructed and reimagined some of their biggest hits, collaborating with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This bold new approach to the orchestral hits formula sees new vocal and guitar recordings from the band.

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Metal Blade

Cattle Decapitations extreme metal will be the soundtrack to the end of the world when it inevitably arrives. Here theyve once again penned an album to accompany the end of times and make us all feel terrible about it. At the end of the day are we not human parasites that feed off the Earths life force? A Terrasite?

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Napalm Records

Santa Barbara outlaws Devildriver are still wringing righteous thunder from those clouds over California on pummeling 10th album. If there is any question as to whether the band is slowing down any time soon, Dealing With Demons Vol. II proves that 20 years into their career, even with their demons in tow they move forward at the forefront of metal.

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Pure Noise

From start to finish, The Amity Affliction's whisper-to-a-scream energy and Dan Brown's masterfully dynamic guitar work underscores each track. With a musicality as heavy and hard-hitting as singer Joel Birch's intensely emotional lyrics-about suicide, gun violence, religion and mental illness- Not Without My Ghosts finds TAA at their brutal best.

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