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Music Releases 07-05-24

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Kokoko

Butu

Vinyl: $27.98 Buy

Pioneers of Kinshasa's sonic revolution, Kokoko! Have captivated global audiences with their striking sonics and energetic performances since 2017. Their accolades include best live band award by AIF, NPR Tiny Desk and Boiler Room slots, appearances at festivals including All Points East, SXSW, Green Man and Pitchfork Festival, and a placement on the Grand Theft Auto and FIFA soundtracks. Their critically acclaimed debut album Fongola achieved global praise, with DJ Mag labelling it "quite unlike anything else you'll hear", while The Guardian called the group a "commanding new voice". The Congolese city of Kinshasa's after-dark buzz was the inspiration behind their sophomore album, BUTU, which means 'the night' in Lingala, and the experimental record dives deep into the heart of the chaotic place, celebrating the joyful and creative spirit of it's inhabitants. With vocalist Makara Bianko at the helm and production from Xavier Thomas, AKA Débruit, this follow-up to Fongola finds the group channelling a more electronic, upbeat sound. BUTU is a replication of the frenetic feel of that dynamic nightlife - equipment being pushed to it's limit, via saturated and distorted speakers, or the sonic push and pull of sounds after dark.
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Vinyl LP pressing. The winds of change were blowing through Wayne Shorter's life and career in 1970. The saxophonist had just left Miles Davis' group and was soon to form his collective fusion band Weather Report. His music was evolving too as he began to delve into his own unique fusion explorations on his previous two Blue Note recordings Super Nova and Moto Grosso Feio. Recorded in August 1970, the mesmerizing Odyssey of Iska would be the last release of Shorter's early Blue Note period. The album was a tribute to his daughter Iska-who had been born the year before with severe brain damage-with four immersive Shorter compositions portraying a variety of moods: "Wind," "Storm," "Calm," and "Joy." The album's centerpiece is an extended version of Bobby Thomas' Brazilian influenced piece "De Pois do Amor, o Vazio" (After Love, Emptiness), foreshadowing Shorter's growing interest in Brazilian music which he would explore further in the years to come. Shorter's soprano and tenor saxophones are the lone horns heard on the album which featured Gene Bertoncini on guitar, David Friedman on vibraphone and marimba, Ron Carter and Cecil McBee on bass, and Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Hart, and Frank Cuomo contributing drums and percussion.
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Indie Exclusive - Lee Mendelson Film Productions (LMFP) is thrilled to announce the release - from recently rediscovered tapes - the complete Vince Guaraldi soundtrack to "It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown," the timeless 6th animated Peanuts® special, from writer and creator Charles Schulz, director Bill Melendez and producers Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Originally the special aired on September 27, 1969 on CBS-TV.

The album includes the original recordings that comprise the cues from the Special across twenty-six tracks, plus another 6 alternative tracks that have never been released or heard before.

Guaraldi lovingly created the soundtrack for the summer camp adventure where Charlie Brown and his gang face off against the girl’s camp lead by Peppermint Patty. The large jazz combo album also includes the best rendition of Guaraldi classic, "Love Will Come (Nova Bossa)" as well as the first use of additional percussion in Victor Feldman.

The recording features Guaraldi (piano), Monty Budwig (double bass), Jack Sperling (drums), Conti and Pete Candoli (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Victor Feldman (percussion), Herb Ellis (guitar), Willian Hood and Peter Christlieb (woodwind), and John Scott Trotter as the orchestra leader. The soundtrack was produced by Sean and Jason Mendelson and restored and re-mastered by Vinson Hudson.

The album comes with liner notes that give a track-by-track analysis by Derrick Bang (author of "Vince Guaraldi at the Piano") and notes from Sean and Jason Mendelson, sons of Peanuts® producer Lee Mendelson. The album packaging also includes images from the special and images of historical documents from the found tapes.

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Oded Tzur - "My Prophet" / On his album, My Prophet, Oded Tzur - together with his quartet of pianist Nitai Hershkovits, bassist Petros Klampanis and new member Cyrano Almeida on drums - continues on the idiosyncratic musical path he has carved out for himself, a flowing jazz idiom that seamlessly combines multiple forms of expression while delving deeper into the meditative and highly concentrated realm of improvisation.
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Following two critically acclaimed black metal masterpieces, Vancouver's Liminal Shroud is back with their strongest album to date. Adding to their already impressive catalog, Visions of Collapse sees the band honing their songwriting by writing lengthy, yet catchy songs that are filled with amazing riffs. Sure to be on many metal year-end best lists. LP Packaging: Random Eco Mix LP.
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 #1’s Volume 1 CD will include 11 tracks that all went to #1 on the Country Charts.  A perfect compilation for any Country Music fan. Album includes “People Are Crazy”, “We Are Tonight”, and 9 additional tracks.

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This vinyl reissue celebrates Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound’s first release for Fania Records in 1970. Founded in 1969, “Apollo Sound” was considered one of the best salsa bands in Puerto Rico. Standout tracks include “Tu Loco Loco, y Yo Tranquilo,” “El Escapulario” and the Bobby Capó classic “Soñando con Puerto Rico.” Featuring (AAA) lacquers cut from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, this 180-gram vinyl pressing is housed in a vintage-style tip-on jacket.

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Celebrate a decade of chandelier swings and powerful anthems with Sia's 1000 Forms of Fear 10th Anniversary vinyl including all your favorites plus and extra disc of remixes and piano versions of "Chandelier," "Elastic Heart," and "Big Girls Cry". This deluxe 2-LP version is pressed on natural color vinyl.
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Indie Exclusive - Morning, the enigmatic group signed to Vault Records, etched their name into the chronicles of psychedelic rock history with their self-titled record from 1970. The group takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through the era's burgeoning psych scene; a seamless fusion of folk, rock, and psychedelia. Enjoy this shiny new reissue, pressed on heavyweight splatter effect vinyl. 

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Indie Exclusive - Twentieth Century Zoo are a quintessential representative of the psychedelic rock movement. The band's album "Thunder On A Clear Day" was originally released in 1968 on Vault Records, and captivates the psychedelic soundscape of the late 1960s. Bursting with raw energy and experimental fervor, this album delivers a sonic whirlwind of fuzz-laden guitars, swirling organs, and hypnotic rhythms. Enjoy this shiny new reissue, pressed on heavyweight splatter effect vinyl.

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BABYMETAL

Babymetal [Silver LP]

Vinyl: $39.98 UNAVAILABLE
Vinyl LP pressing. Babymetal is the debut studio album by Japanese heavy metal idol group Babymetal, originally released in 2014. Pressed on a limited run of 1000 silver LPs - dive into the electrifying origins of this groundbreaking fusion of metal and J-pop with BABYMETAL's self-titled debut album. Originally unleashed upon the world in 2014, this genre-defying masterpiece catapulted the band into international stardom, captivating audiences with their infectious energy, powerful riffs, and unforgettable melodies.
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An album about his "love for Brazilian music and its many shapes and colors," Sao Paulo-born Sessa's debut Grandeza set the scene for who The New Yorker called a "songwriter cut from Veloso's mold and blessed with a flair for the intimate, the enigmatic, and the licentious.' Long out-of-print, Mexican Summer continues its exploration of Sessa's musical vision with this special Fifth Anniversary Edition on Pink & Purple Splatter Vinyl.

        
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