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Music Releases 11-03-23

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Global Superstar Michael Bolton celebrates his 70th Holiday Season with the release of a timeless collection of Christmas songs including versions of all-time classics & duets with female Country/R&B artist Mickey Guyton & multi-platinum singer Lara Fabian. Grammy Award winning and Emmy nominated Michael Bolton says; "I still get excited and kid-like around Christmas time and associate it with that classic chestnuts roasting on an open fire warm cozy feeling. My favorite thing to do is gather with my daughters and grandkids at my house in Connecticut - where if it snows it's transformed into a white winter wonderland. It truly is the time of year to fill your heart with cheer."
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Off World

3 [LP]

Vinyl: $27.98 Buy

Off World presents the final album in its trilogy of surreal and spacious leftfield electronics. "A stellar project headed by Sandro Perri, one of the most singular producers in contemporary music" (Boomkat), this third volume is another distinctive collection of tracks constructed from semi-improvised ensemble recordings made over the past decade with a varied cast of co-conspirators. Drew Brown, Matthew Cooper, Susumu Mukai and Andrew Zukerman join Perri again on a variety of synths and machines, along with violinist Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Fond Of Tigers). Perri also continues to add organ and piano to the mix, while Volume 3 notably features first-time Off World contributors Nicole Rampersaud on trumpet and Martin Arnold on guitar, both mainstays of Toronto’s vibrant improv and out-music scenes.

The Quietus calls Off World "genuinely explorative…the musical equivalent of a Dali-esque landscape" which through all sorts of genre-defying twists and turns, at times evokes "off-kilter, late Miles Davis ambience". Off World 3 doubles down on that jazz-adjacent trope in certain respects, while holding fast to Pitchfork's dictum that Perri "cultivates his own genreless brand of futurism." Marked by longer tracks than previous collections, three of the album's five songs clock in around the 10-minute mark, where overtly improvised instrumental playing wends its way across alternately bubbling and woozy electronic beds. "Impulse Controller" is a languidly skewed rhumba where ambling melodic undercurrents and dubby electronic pointillism provide a dulcet promenade for Rampersaud’s Miles-esque trumpet excursions. "Ludic Loop" see-saws along in a slow synthy two-step, punctuated by Perri's restrained piano chords and Arnold's fried electric guitar. "Empasse" is perhaps most reminiscent of earlier Off World collections, though again slowed and stretched, with oozing synth bass ostinatos counterposed by ambient layers of viola and violin filigree from Zubot.

These three centerpiece longform tracks each highlight one of the album's instrumental improvisers, and taken together, make for the most scintillating sedate and ruminant album in the trilogy. Off World 3sounds as sui generis as ever, but in wrapping up the series, Perri sprinkles the project's emblematic alien surrealism with decidedly anthropic elements and temporalities. This final volume in the trilogy could also be seen as a re-statement of the politico-aesthetic mission that Pitchfork aptly celebrates in its glowing reviews of Perri's two most recent solo albums, In Another Life (2018) and Soft Landing (2019), that were released between Off World 2 and the present volume: a uniquely purposeful, subtly detailed cannon of songs "busy, vibrant, and bursting with life, but that aren't ever in a rush to get anywhere". Thanks for listening.

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Elliot Brood

Town [LP]

Vinyl: $22.98 UNAVAILABLE

With a familiar 1, 2, 3…Elliott BROOD count in a new album cycle, Town & Country, that explores the people and places that shape our lives, wherever we call home. On part one, Town, Elliott BROOD rumble and rock over a map of the towns and cities that populate their experiences and imaginations. With their brand of nitty gritty city folk mixed with retro nods, be it classic country or 60s surf, Elliott BROOD take us on a highly entertaining trip. Who better to write an ode to Windsor, ON (“Rose City”) than the band that has become the city’s unofficial ambassadors. Over bridges and into barrooms, lose your way to find yourself in Elliott BROOD’s "Town".

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Ziggy Alberts

Made Of Water: Deluxe [LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 UNAVAILABLE

Made Of Water (Deluxe) celebrates a decade of Alberts’ melodies and songwriting since the original album was released in 2013. Featuring all eight original tracks, plus two additional poetry reads from his debut poetry book, Brainwaves, which deepen Made Of Water’s emotional resonance and are “a message from an older me to a younger me.” It also unveils a new demo track titled, “Into The Wild,” a lyrical reflection of Alberts’ life after the original album’s release.

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The Chats

Get Fucked [LP]

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New album GET FUCKED is fully loaded with 13 new, high-velocity punk tracks that rip from start to finish, and lyrically cover panic attacks, junkies, prison breaks, the price of smokes, surf mafia, being drunk in every pub in Brisbane and many more based on personal experiences.
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Mortuary Drape

Black Mirror [Grey LP]

Vinyl: $42.99 UNAVAILABLE
THE LATEST, LONG-AWAITED FULL STUDIO ALBUM OF BLACKENED OCCULT HEAVY METAL FROM THE ITALIAN LEGENDS. PRESENTED ON GREY VINYL. Cult band Mortuary Drape was formed in Italy in 1986 as a trio, including the long-standing/sole-remaining member, band founder & visionary Wildness Perversion. Highly inspired by the dark arts & combining early influences from bands such as Mercyful Fate & Celtic Frost, Mortuary Drape developed their own unique style, defining themselves as black occult metal & releasing the demo ‘Necromancy’ in 1987 which spread their name throughout the underground; though it was not until 1992 that their first official release surfaced, with ‘Into The Drape’. This was followed by the debut full-length album, the classic ‘All The Witches Dance’ in 1994. Since then, Mortuary Drape has been revered for their influential & pioneering work in the firm establishment of global black metal. A further progression from the 2022 mini-album ‘Wisdom – Vibration – Repent’, which gave a firm taste of what was to come after signing with Peaceville Records, the Italians return with ‘Black Mirror’ for a new dose of ritualistic blasphemy. ‘Black Mirror’ is Mortuary Drape’s sixth full-length studio album & presents a spellbinding, occult-draped journey featuring haunting passages & dark yet melodic vintage metal mastery, bringing to mind acts such as Mercyful Fate with their eerie, classic metal-rooted compositions & atmospherics, expertly crafted & delivered with the band’s own distinguishable injection of wicked intent. The cover art for ‘Black Mirror’ appears courtesy of Misanthropic Art. This edition of ‘Black Mirror’ is presented on grey vinyl, including printed inner sleeve.

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Vinyl LP pressing. Crime & the City Solution return with their seventh studio album, and first in 10 years, the killer. Played out over 7 tracks and recorded in Berlin, the record is arguably Crime's finest work and is set to be their masterpiece. The album sees central figurehead Simon Bonney's trademark storytelling surrounded by the deep, layered and mesmerising instrumentation created by this new incarnation of the band, including long term member Bronwyn Adams and new members Frederic Lyenn, Donald Baldie, Georgio Valentino, Chris Hughes and Joshua Murphy. This is paired with Martin J. Fiedler's (Josh T. Pearson, Alex White) production, creating a magical atmosphere of foreboding and opportunity.
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On January 28, 2022, Lady Wray released her Piece Of Me album. A deeply personal record that takes on the good and the bad in life from deception and abuse to the joys of motherhood and long awaited professional triumph. The accolades the album has received since its release speak volumes. From performing on The Stephen Colbert Show to selling out multiple US tours to cleaning up in the best of 2022 lists to crushing an NPR Tiny Desk on the 1 year anniversary of the album, Piece Of Me continues to prove itself a timeless classic. 

In March of 2023, Lady Wray had Ghostface Killah join her on the “Piece Of Me” remix and had Pete Rock lend his legendary remixing skills to “Joy & Pain”. Now it’s a Big Crown family affair as Les Imprimés lends his production prowess to a remix for “Come On In” and Surprise Chef take the warm weather anthem “Under The Sun” and give it their unorthodox Jazz / Funk treatment. Both of these remixes put brand new energy on the originals that will hold us over while Lady Wray is finishing her new album with El Michels Affair.

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This new album sees Taylor Skye (producer and musical mastermind of Jockstrap alongside Georgia Ellery) remix their Mercury Prize Shortlisted and Album of 2022 (Billboard, NPR, Pitchfork & more), I Love You Jennifer B. Collaborating with a series of inspirational artists (Babymorocco, Coby Sey, Kirin J Callinan), Taylor focuses on the sonic palette and retexturing of the music. After a sold out tour this summer, including performances at Wembley Stadium (supporting Blur), Pitchfork Festival and Glastonbury – the duo return for their first run of West Coast tour dates before returning to London for two sold out nights at The Barbican. “The full-length debut from the shapeshifting UK duo is a virtuosic display of theatrical mayhem, dazzling production, and surprisingly lustrous pop music.” - Pitchfork (Best New Music) “one of London’s most exciting new musical prospects” – Stereogum (Band To Watch)

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Here's the thing about ill peach: this band exists because they are too weird to not exist. The seed of ill peach was planted in the recording studios of New York City where Pat Morrissey and Jess Corazza were working as professional songwriters, collaborating with artists like Icona Pop, SZA, Weezer, Pharrell, Big Freedia, and others. Then came the day they were offered their own publishing deal. Cool, right? Well, about that: "Everyone kept saying, 'The stuff that you're writing is slightly too left-of-center-weirdo stuff," remembers Morrissey. Thus ill peach, a pop band with a punk streak and a taste for both the rotten and the sweet, with a freewheeling approach to making music. Ill peach's "weirdo stuff" comes to fruition on THIS IS NOT AN EXIT: a collection of anthemic songs built out of bright pop and gritty experimental elements, punctuated with hooky choruses ready to be screamed along to in the safety of your own bedroom or at one of ill peach's intense live shows.
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Earth

Earth 2 [Glacial Blue 2LP]

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30th anniversary repress on glacial blue vinyl. Did you know there are horses on the cover of Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version? There are at least three in the right hand corner, gathered inexplicably near a white canvas tent, a human possibly perched among it's folds. As widescreen and vast as the cover may seem, those little details-the horses, the possible human, the faint wisp of white clouds-give it depth and wonder, something to which the imagination can return.Did you know that the music on Earth 2-repressed now for it's 30th anniversary, back in it's original artwork, and accompanied by a riveting set of remixes that demonstrate the reach of what Dylan Carlson long ago called "ambient metal"-works much the same way? The surface is massive and obvious, the meatpaw riffs of Carlson and bassist Dave Harwell pounding and swiping and pawing at the speakers, a true bludgeon in three-dimensional sound. Listen, though, for the details in the corners, for the finesse beneath the force, and Earth 2 reveals new levels of depth and wonder.The widespread impact of Earth 2 suggests that others have indeed been leaning in, listening to these minutiae and making something new of them. A masterpiece without many genre precedents, Earth 2 surely helped send doom metal down it's more modern drone, ambient, and avant-garde avenues. Those descendants are obvious. Perhaps more surprising and gratifying are the ways it has influenced electronic music, modern composition, and even hip-hop by realigning our senses of tempo, time, and texture. See the 2023 digital/ltd. LP companion piece, Earth 2.23: Special Lower Frequency Mix, for evidence from The Bug, Flowdan, Justin K. Broadrick of Godflesh/Jesu, Robert Hampson of Loop, and Brett Netson of Built to Spill/Earth. Earth 2 engendered a rearrangement of expectations, regardless of preferred form.These are not obvious directions for Earth's impact. Again, Earth 2 was never an obvious record. 30 years on, have we yet to grasp the enormity of Earth 2, an album that has continued it's slow cycle of influence, uninterrupted? Probably not. Hell, most of us don't even know there are horses on the cover.
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Pianist/composer Joey Alexander's seventh album, Continuance, is the story of a critically acclaimed artist at the peak of his creativity, not only as a bandleader but as a celebrated composer. At 20 years old, Alexander has gathered his touring band, consisting of Kris Funn (bass) and John Davis (drums), to translate their unique improvisation on the stage to the studio with the help of trumpeter Theo Croker. Featuring five newly written original compositions and breathtaking renditions of "I Can't Make You Love Me" (made famous by Bonnie Raitt) and the popular hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," Alexander is bound to make new waves on a global level.
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Limited 180gm yellow colored vinyl LP pressing. 2023 EP release. 7A Records are proud to release Micky Dolenz Sings R. E. M., a 4 track EP comprised of songs R. E. M. wrote throughout their career, all beautifully reimagined by Dolenz and producer Christian Nesmith. The EP features fresh and completely new arrangements of some of R. E. M. 's most memorable and catchy songs. R. E. M. Reactions to the EP: "These songs are ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Micky Dolenz covering R. E. M. Monkees style, I have died and gone to heaven. This is really something. Shiny Happy People sounds INCREDIBLE (never thought you or I would hear me say that!!!). Give it a spin. It's wild. And produced by Christian Nesmith (son of Michael Nesmith), I am finally complete". Michael Stipe "That voice-one of the main voices of my musical awakening-singing our songs... It is beyond awesome. Let's help make this as huge as we possibly can. I am beyond thrilled. " Mike Mills. "I've been listening to Micky's singing since I was nine years old. It's unreal to hear that very voice, adding new depth to songs we've written ourselves, and inhabiting them so completely. " Peter Buck.
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A fiery, resurrected rage barrels it's way out of hell's erupting chasms with blistering fury; Fuming Mouth has returned. Lead singer, guitarist, and founder Mark Whelan emerges triumphant after a life-threatening battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, rekindling the inferno of their music with Fuming Mouth's second full-length album, Last Day of Sun. Gatefold LP, Smoke vinyl
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Transparent Red Vinyl w/ 10"x20" Poster and Download Card in Standard Jacket. On Ian Sweet's upcoming full-length album, SUCKER, creative mastermind Jilian Medford delivers the strongest and most personal batch of songs she's ever written - brimming with despair, vulnerability, and remorse. "I'm a sucker for the pain and the heartbreak," she sings on standout "SUCKER," which features woozy synth lines and droney guitar work that touches on themes of uncertainty. Recorded at The Outlier Inn, nestled in New York state's southern Catskill mountains, and mixed by Al Carlson (St. Vincent, Weyes Blood, Jessica Pratt), the album showcases Medford's ability to craft beautiful pop songs that tug at your heartstrings while at the same time, busting wide open with layers of lush synths and overblown guitars. These songs are full of heartache and longing - a sadness Medford addresses head-on in what is undeniably her best album to date. Ian Sweet's music has been streamed millions of times worldwide and has been featured in publications such as FADER, Stereogum, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork, who included her last full-length album, Show Me How You Disappear, in their Best Rock Albums of 2021 list and profiled Medford in a 2021 Rising feature.
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Known for his explosive live shows and electrifying stage presence, COJO Music / Warner Music Nashville Platinum recording artist Cody Johnson has established a following of passionately loyal fans who regularly sell out shows across the country and have helped him accumulate more than two billion streams worldwide. The recipient of multiple ACM and CMA Awards nominations, his RIAA certifications include two Gold-selling songs (“Nothin’ On You” and “With You I Am”) and the Platinum-selling, Top 10 single, “On My Way To You.” Named one of NSAI’s 10 Songs I’d Wish I’d Written 2020 and ASCAP’s Most Performed Songs of 2019, “On My Way To You” was featured on his first major-label release, Ain’t Nothin’ to It, which skyrocketed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and all-genre Digital Sales charts. The LP reached Top 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and made history as the third-highest pre-added album of all time in the country music genre on Apple Music at the time of release.Cody Johnson has established a following of passionately loyal fans who regularly sell out shows across the country. MusicRow predicted Cody “just might be the future of real country music,” with four celebrated albums –Ain’t Nothin’ To It, Human The Double Album, A Cody Johnson ChristmasandCody Johnson & The Rockin’ CJB Live, his highly successful award-winning feature-length documentary “Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story,” his double platinum-selling, Grammy winning (“Country Song of The Year”) two-week #1 single “’Til You Can’t”, 17 career RIAA certifications, a Pandora Billionaire Award, and more. In BOTH 2021 and 2022 Cody increased his global career streams by One Billion, with a current career tally nearly 5 billion global streams. His numerous industry honors include recognition as a CMT Artist of The Year, three CMT Music Awards wins, two CMA Awards and being named “Best New Country Artist” at the iHeart Music Awards. His television appearances have entertained fans on the Today Show, the Kelly Clarkson Show and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in addition to outstanding live tv performances at the iHeart Music Awards, the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Giants honoring Vince Gill, and the CMT Artist of the Year Special. This spring, Cody’s stellar 2023 CMT Music Awards performances included hit “Human” andfeatured him as a lead vocalist on a show-stopping all-star tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd featuring a stacked lineup of music royalty including Cody, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Paul Rodgers, Slash & Warren Haynes, alongside LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna Judd. This summerCody and Reba McEntire delivered a knock-out rendition of “Whoever’s in New England” on the CMA Fest television special.
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