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Republic

The queen of country pop is back! On her sixth full-length, Queen Of Me, the Canadian superstar delivers her most triumphant-feeling body of work yet; an album about standing in your own power and worshipping yourself. Featuring the glam-pop single “Waking Up Dreaming,” co-written and produced with BTS hitmaker David Stewart, and a rare tearjerker from Twain- the country-leaning “Last Day of Summer.”

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Nettwerk

SYML’s music has a sacred quality. His experiences of abandonment, adoption, loss, grief and love is what drives him to question how connections between people shape us as individuals. Over these 15 songs, SYML offers a profound exploration of the ways in which our lives intertwine, weaving in familiar iconography as a means of examining his feelings towards others, and about himself.

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Cooking Vinyl

Since 1999, Gogol Bordello have consistently riled up audiences with an inimitable patchwork of punk, gypsy, dub, folk, Latin swing, and Eastern European magic. Now Ukrainian-born band leader Eugene Hutz and co. trumpet the spirit of survival louder than ever on their eighth full-length album, Solidaritine, carrying us through these most turbulent, traumatic, and trying of times.

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New West

Extreme emotions can make the battle with self-destruction all the more perilous, yet from such trials Sunny War has crafted a set of songs that draw on a range of ideas and styles, as though she’s marshaling all her forces to get her ideas across: ecstatic gospel, dusty country blues, thoughtful folk, rip-roaring rock and roll, even avant garde studio experiments. It’s a new testament of building hope out of chaos.

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New Release Round-Up 02-03-23

Shania Twain - Queen Of Me

Shania Twain - Queen Of Me - Republic Nashville
Five-time GRAMMY® award winning and multi-platinum selling icon, Shania Twain, releases her new album, Queen Of Me, via Republic Nashville, a division of Republic Records. Her sixth original full-length album, Queen Of Me, is the superstar's most triumphant-feeling body of work; an album about standing in your own power and worshipping yourself. Its lead single “Waking Up Dreaming” was co-written and produced with BTS hitmaker David Stewart.

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SYML - The Day My Father Died

SYML - The Day My Father Died - Nettwerk Records
SYML's music has a sacred quality. The solo venture of Seattle artist Brian Fennell, it's themes tap into the instincts that drive us to places of sanctuary, whether that be a place or person. "It comes back to your identity of being human; throughout time we've shared the same drive," he explains. His own upbringing - interwoven with experiences of abandonment, adoption, loss, grief and love - is what drives him to question how connections between people shape us as individuals. The Day My Father Died is an exceptional record. Over 15 songs, Syml offers a profound exploration of the ways in which our lives intertwine. Throughout the album, Syml weaves in familiar iconography as a means of examining his feelings towards others, and about himself.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Tycho - Dive
Raye - My 21st Century Blues
The Go! Team - Get Up Sequences Part Two [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
James Brandon Lewis - Eye Of I
Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
Sunny War - Anarchist Gospel [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Red LP]
Twiztid - Freek Show: Twiztid 25th Anniversary [Limited Edition Transparent Red with Splatter 2 LP]
Brit Taylor - Kentucky Blue
Korn - Requiem Mass [Limited Edition Bluejay LP]
'Weird Al' Yankovic - Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Ghost - Seven Inches of Satanic Panic [Purple Vinyl Single]
Weezer - SZNZ: Spring EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Glow In The Dark Vinyl]
John Frusciante - . I :
Discovery - LP: Deluxe Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
Sparta - Sparta [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Rikki Ililonga - Zambia [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Smoke LP]
The Pharcyde - Bizzare Ride II The Pharcyde [RSD Essential Clear w/ Purple & Yellow Splatter 2LP]

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UPCOMING RELEASES

Andy Shauf - Norm

Andy Shauf - Norm - Anti
Andy Shauf’s songs unfold like short fiction: they’re densely layered with colorful characters and a rich emotional depth. On his new studio album Norm, Andy Shauf’s songwriting veers decidedly more oblique, hinting at sinister happenings and dark motivations. The result: an intoxicating collection of mellifluous melodies and beguiling lyrics. Levitating, synth-laden atmospherics drive Shauf’s storytelling on ‘Norm,’ mixed by Neal Pogue (Tyler, the Creator).  In 2016, The Party catapulted Andy Shauf to indie notoriety, followed by 2020’s The Neon Skyline which landed Andy Shauf performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS This Morning: Saturday, a Polaris Prize nomination, and mentions on several best-of lists — among them, a track on Barack Obama’s playlist and praise from Pitch- fork, The Atlantic, Esquire, Stereogum, and more.

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What's New 1-27-23

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Easy Eye Sound

In 2015, Dan Auerbach entered the studio with Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and the late Richard Swift (who passed away in 2018) to record The Arcs' debut album. Now, more than 7 years later, those same sessions became the bedrock on which the surviving members fleshed out the follow-up, Electrophonic Chronic, a collection of psychedelic rock, gritty funk, and heady, soulful grooves.

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Loma Vista

In just three remarkable solo albums Margo Price has cemented herself as a force in American music and a generational talent. On her fourth full-length Strays, recorded in Topanga Canyon and produced by Jonathan Wilson, the singer and songwriter presents a clear-eyed mission statement delivered in blistering rock and roll. Margo Price has something to say, and nothing to prove.

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Loma Vista

The stimulus behind Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn’s shiny, sophisticated electronic pop is, they say, an ongoing “argument” between themselves. If so, recording the North Carolina duo's fourth album must have been a tumultuous, unfettered affair. It’s a free-wheeling surge of glitchy beats and fizzing, ravey energy, with the wobbly UK garage underpinnings of “Echo Party” a notable standout.

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XL

An in-demand beatmaker who has worked with Denzel Curry, Vince Staples, and more, the producer finally releases his solo debut—a dynamic record bursting with soul samples and complicated emotions. Charismatic, self-effacing and generous, Louie reveals the duality of the artist— an enigmatic, introspective searcher who has experienced pain and duress, and alchemized it via looped samples and hypnotic drum patterns.

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Sunday Best

Born in Oklahoma, raised in Paris, living in NYC, assistant to a Nobel Prize Winner, licensed tour guide and Murder Mystery business owner, JW Francis is the newest signing to Sunday Best Recordings. His brand of utterly irresistible bedroom dream-pop takes its lead from the city JW lives in, with echoes of Jonathan Richman, The Velvet Underground and the lo-fi sound New York has been inspiring for decades.

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Capitol

Featuring guests like Kim Petras, Koffee, Jessie Reyez and Ed Sheeran, Gloria (the artist’s fourth LP) is a compact, steadily flowing collection of pop songs that showcase Smith’s vocal versatility and personal growth. Smith — one of the world’s most recognizable voices — graps how being true to themselves can make their own instrument’s power even mightier.

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Sub Pop

Gone is the scrappy garage/glam, in favor of sophisticated singer- songwriterly pop constructed around acoustic guitar, strings, extravagantly multi-tracked vocal harmonies and consistent tunes. There are still the nods to Marc Bolan, but with Smalltown Stardust, Kyle Thomas transcends references, transmitting purest joy in nature which cannot fail to make the listener's heart sing.

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Mascot Label Group

A true legend of guitar music, there’s nothing reining Steve Vai in, as he shows on new album Vai/Gash. Together with his since-departed biker friend Johnny “Gash” Sombrotto, he recorded these eight tracks back in the early 90s so that they’d have “real biker music” to blare from their Harley Davidsons. Three decades later, he’s finally putting them out to the world as the ultimate tribute.

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Merge

The Canadian hardcore legends have been known for their epic scale in the past, so it might be a surprise that Fucked Up’s sixth studio album is their shortest to date, written and recorded in the confines of one literal day (hence the title). Don’t mistake size for substance, though: The band’s sound has only gotten bigger, more hard-charging, with even denser thickets of melody.

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Merge

Every Acre’s focus is very much on McEntire’s (Mount Moriah) close-up storytelling and confessions on grief, loss, and links to land and loved ones -- the odd, soaring electric guitar solo aside. Fans of the early records of Margo Price and Courtney Marie Andrews will find much to love here, while the diversion into groovesome country soul on “Rows Of Clover” keeps the head nodding.

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Grand Jury

On her second album of raw, deliciously sad indie-rock, Samia dwells on broken relationships, toxic behavior and addiction revealing an album that’s diaristic and uncomfortably relatable. Honey constantly flits between blackly comic confessionals and excruciating bloodletting. It’s playful, painful and loaded with hooks that worm their way to the surface making it ripe for bleak midwinter wallowing.

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Relapse

It’s unusual for a band that’s been around since the ’80s to be doing some of their best work in the 2020s, but that’s exactly what Obituary have accomplished. Dying Of Everything destroys in the time-honored tradition of early classics while maintaining the killer studio sound that the band has perfected while their legacy as a Death Metal institution, churning out some of the heaviest riffs in their career.

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Matador

Late Developers floats through genres with ease – from the frantic Billy Bragg-with-hella-flute-energy of the opening track and what might be Stevie Jackson’s best song, into an all-out dance party in the third quarter of the record. They then unearth a 1994-era pre-Belle and Sebastian tune, with the help of Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell right before they bring you home with a true bop.

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Napalm

Katatonia's sound has evolved over the years, shifting from death/doom to a more varied musical palette that utilizes everything from gothic to post to prog. They have amped up the intensity a bit on Sky Void of Stars compared to their past few albums, but no matter if it's heavy or mellow, the band always delivers first-class musicianship and exquisite songwriting.

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Cooking Vinyl

Driven by analogue synths, distorted chimes and hallucinogenic soundscapes, Ladytron crash-landed at the turn of the century, using the dancefloor as a bridgehead to the collective unconscious. On Time’s Arrow the group adds new richness, distant shimmers and a shoegaze-adjacent glow with their trademark understated voices now inhabiting a space somewhere between cloudscape and dream.

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Human Season Records

Gigi’s Recovery is such a leap in songwriting and execution that it might as well not be the same band behind it. Where the first was terse and unwieldy (and amazing in its own right) this one is open – even joyous despite its heavy subject matter. At their best, which is often on Gigi’s Recovery, TMC combine muscular drama and skeletal grace with a confidence that Radiohead would be proud of.

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New Release Round-Up 01-27-23

Sam Smith - Gloria

Sam Smith - Gloria - Capitol
Following the global success of the unstoppable single “Unholy” featuring pop diva Kim Petras, Sam Smith releases their fourth studio album, Gloria. The 13-track record is Sam’s boldest statement yet and comes off the back of an undeniable run of success with the lead single from the album.

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Quinn XCII - The People’s Champ

Quinn XCII - The People’s Champ - Republic Records
Quinn XCII’s new album The People’s Champ features 13 brand-new tracks. The new album releases this week and includes collaborations with Big Sean and more!

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Tyler Hubbard - Tyler Hubbard

Tyler Hubbard - Tyler Hubbard - EMI Records Nashville
Tyler Hubbard will releases his debut solo album. With 19 No. 1 singles on country radio, countless awards, and sold-out tours, Tyler Hubbard has already had a remarkable career as a songwriter and as one half of multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line. Now, Hubbard is embarking on a solo career with his debut solo album Tyler HubbardThe 18-track album includes his hit single “5 Foot 9” and the songs “Dancin’ In The Country” and “Small Town Me”. The self-titled project was produced by Hubbard and Jordan Schmidt with Hubbard writing on all of the tracks. 

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Eminem - The Eminem Show: 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition

Eminem - The Eminem Show: 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition - Aftermath
The Eminem Show (his fourth studio album) was originally released on May 26, 2002 by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope. Featuring guest appearances from Obie Trice, D12, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Dina Rae and Eminem's daughter Hailie Jade Scott-Mathers, this Expanded Edition 4 LP set on 180-gram vinyl includes audio from the 1999 Tramps show in New York, as well as the previously unreleased track "Jimmy, Brian, and Mike."

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

White Reaper - Asking For A Ride
The Arcs - Electrophonic Chronic [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear w/Black Splatter LP]
Samia - Honey [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP+Flexi Disc]
SG Lewis - AudioLust & HigherLove
Elle King - Come Get Your Wife
Bob Dylan - Fragments – Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series Vol. 17
JW Francis - Dream House
Illiterate Light - Sunburned
The Cure - Wish: 30th Anniversary Edition
Ghost - Meliora [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe Translucent Yellow 2LP]
Bass Drum Of Death - Say I Won’t [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ivory LP]
Avril Lavigne - Let Go: 20th Anniversary Edition
Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits Live In '76
Ava Max - Diamonds & Dancefloors
Kimbra - A Reckoning
Green Day - Nimrod: 25th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 5LP Box Set]
Elvis Presley - Elvis On Tour [CD Box Set]
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sea Blue LP]
Fucked Up - One Day [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak Blue In Milky Clear LP]
Steve Vai - Vai/Gash
R. Ring - War Poems, We Rested
H.C. McEntire - Every Acre [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
TOMORROW X TOGETHER - The Name Chapter: TEMPTATION
Stephen Sondheim, Sara Bareilles, Into The Woods 2022 Broadway Cast - Into The Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording)
Lil Yachty - Let's Start Here.



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