Music Releases 05-26-23
My Soft Machine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Green LP]
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Hailed as the “hitmaker of tomorrow” by Variety, multiple GRAMMY-nominated rapper/actor/entrepreneur born Jackman Harlow is one of music’s brightest stars. The Louisville, KY native boasts six GRAMMY Award nominations, two #1 singles, nearly 30 RIAA platinum certifications, and over 10 billion career streams to date. Harlow released his critically acclaimed, RIAA platinum certified debut album, THATS WHAT THEY ALL SAY in December 2020, which featured the chart-topping, 8x Platinum worldwide hit, “WHATS POPPIN,” which earned him his first GRAMMY nomination for “Best Rap Performance,” along with a wide array of other award nominations.
The Generation Now/Atlantic Records rap superstar reached even greater heights in May 2022, with his Gold-certified sophomore album, COME HOME THE KIDS MISS YOU, highlighted by the bombastic Platinum-certified lead single “Nail Tech” and the chart topping, multiple-GRAMMY-nominated, 2X platinum single “First Class,” which made a spectacular debut at atop the Billboard “Hot 100,” marking his first solo #1 single, while earning the biggest streaming week of 2022.
The Generation Now/Atlantic Records star has graced the covers of Rolling Stone, GQ, Forbes, Variety, Complex, SPIN, Footwear News and XXL’s coveted Freshman Class Issue, and brought his captivating live show to TV with performances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards and Kids Choice Awards, to name a few.
This Spring, Harlow will make his acting debut, starring in the remake of the cultural classic, “White Men Can’t Jump.”
Black Country, New Road
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In early 2022, Black Country, New Road released their UK #3 and Billboard #9 (Vinyl Albums) album “Ants From Up There” (their second Top 5 UK album debut in 12 months, following their A2IM Libera Award nominated “For the first time”), which was lauded by fans and critics alike, spending 6 weeks in the Top 10 of the NACC Top 200, gaining numerous 5* reviews and appearing on end of year lists across the globe, including being voted #1 by fans on r/indieheads, Rate Your Music and #3 by Pitchfork readers.Fresh from the success of “Ants From Up There” and with a full touring schedule ahead of them in 2023, the now six-piece band decided to write an entire new set of material to perform. They played to swelling crowds at festivals, including triumphant performances at Primavera, Green Man and Fuji Rock, entering a new musical phase as they navigated and developed songs that were just weeks old. They also toured the US with black midi and headlined two shows at Bowery Ballroom in New York, the first of which sold out in under 5 minutes. Their US tour was covered Pitchfork, Stereogum, Paste, and more.The band garnered widespread support for this new material across the board with Rolling Stone UK describing their Green Man set as "unmissable", and the Guardian going on to say that they were "greeted by something close to rapture." These performances have also attracted a profile from the New York Times, multiple glowing live reviews, and a nomination for Best Live Performer at the AIM Independent Music Awards last year.
Feast of Wire: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [3LP]
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Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition 3xLP of Calexico's acclaimed 2003 album Feast of Wire on 180 gram vinyl. The original album has been fully remastered, includes the band's popular cover of Love's Alone Again Or. This limited triple LP edition includes the unreleased live recording of Calexico's 2003 performance at the China Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden, and titled More Cowboys in Sweden (Live).
The Exploding Hearts
Guitar Romantic: Expanded & Remastered [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink/Yellow Wisp Clear LP]
The thought of how an underground power/pop/punk band should exist in the aftermath of the Green Day Nineties was a proposal that hung heavy with apprehension, confusion and bewilderment. While a difficult construct to navigate, this is the unlikely Portland, Oregon setting we see the Exploding Hearts erupt from.
Drawing spiritual inspiration from the likes of the Buzzcocks, Undertones, and Nick Lowe, the attitude and implied delinquency of the Exploding Hearts was more in line with that of au courant Naughties Warped Tour line-ups. The band also considered themselves peers with the scuzzier side of “The” rock bands at the top of the 2000s. The intersection between Detroit garage punk, Goner Records and the shelves at Hot Topic is a seldom tread land, but it was fertile with potential.
With ten undeniable songs clocking in at just 28 minutes, the Hearts' indisputably essential Guitar Romantic operated as the punk rock equivalent of Ernest Hemingway’s writing: Nothing extraneous, simple, straightforward, to the point, deserving of no additional flourish or accoutrement, with every creative decision pushing forward the work as a whole. Arguably, perfect.
The album immediately felt strong. It felt classic. It felt…destined for bigger things.
Yet barely three months after its domestic release, with momentum building and Lookout! Records sniffing around, band members Jeremy Gage, Adam Cox and Matt Fitzgerald, all barely in their twenties, would die in a tragic van accident that ended the band.
The intervening two decades has found Guitar Romantic bubble up from a below-the-radar cult classic to a genuinely acknowledged and appreciated touchstone of its time. As years have carried on with the album rightfully landing on countless “Best of” lists, this record is somehow still ascending and growing.
With that in mind, the passing of Guitar Romantic co-writer “King” Louie Bankston in 2022 served as inspiration for Six to place the album with an appropriate and caring long-term home after years of planning to self-release. Six approached only one label - Third Man Records - who immediately agreed to take up the mantle of the record that was near and dear to their collective hearts.
Guitar Romantic (Expanded & Remastered) doesn’t just present the album with a sharp, spiffed up remastering. It also found original album producer Pat Kearns spinning the old reel to reel and archived DAT tapes for the first time in twenty years. This enabled Six to drop in nuggets like little snippets of pre-and-post-take studio dialogue amongst band members, adding audible life to a record that for too long has been overly-associated with death.
If that weren’t enough, the remastering uncovered the previously forgotten organ-heavy “King Louie Mix” of the fan favorite “I’m A Pretender.” Even more intriguing was the discovery of a completely unheard take of “So Bored", previously not even known to have been recorded at the Guitar Romantic sessions. Of most excitement though is a remastered version of “Busy Signals” (a song originally released on a small-quantity 7-inch in January 2003).
All of these songs are included here, housed in a beautiful gatefold packaging and still all fitting on a single LP.
With plans to play a handful of select tribute shows across the US to honor the Guitar Romantic material, Terry Six continues to carry the torch for the Exploding Hearts and the countless fans who count this album as a quintessential touchstone.
Disposable Everything [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Strawbably Red LP]
Kings Never Die
All The Rats [Limited Edition Glow In The Dark LP]
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At long last, the classic Steely Dan catalog is back on vinyl. Led by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan released 7 albums from 1972-1980. The vinyl series continues with Countdown to Ecstasy, the band's sprawling 1973 sophomore LP with standouts such as "Bodhisattva," "Show Biz Kids" and "My Old School." 180-gram vinyl.
Temporary Time [Electric Blue LP]
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Through And Through [Rose Red LP]
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Baby Rose makes healing music for the aimless and heartbroken. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and producer’s uniquely rich voice naturally lends itself to her powerful, smoke-filled ballads lamenting lost loves and broken futures. “I make music to help myself get through things,” she says. The piercing honesty and vulnerability she brings to her lyrics in turn helps others process their feelings and find a place of healing. For Rose, it’s a journey that’s still ongoing. “If I’m going to leave anything behind, it’s going to be getting people back to themselves,” she says. “As I get back to myself, it’s a constant reset: Remember who you are, remember who you want to be.”
You can hear the impact of this approach in Baby Rose’s upcoming second album, Through and Through. Take the hypnotic “Fight Club.” Over the track’s simmering baseline and crashing cymbals, she declares, “I don’t need no one else to show me the way.” She describes the song as a “breaking of the shell. It encourages me to just go for it and not care about what anyone else thinks.” Therein lies Baby Rose’s strength: a determination to live, love, and create on her own terms. “I’m not just a singer with a unique voice,” she says. “I’m somebody that has something to say.”
In the years since releasing her last album, To Myself, Rose has been painstakingly piecing together its sequel. Started almost immediately after its release, her new body of work finds her in a state of musical and personal transition. It’s a subtle merging of new sounds—stirring rock, upbeat r&b, psychedelic funk, pop, and soulful ballads—, all mastered through analog tape to make the music feel warmer and all-encompassing. It’s also a journey inward as she battles past fear and self-doubt to finally discover—and love—who she is, where she is. Finishing an album with such peace and firm resolution is a first for Rose, but she makes it clear: She’s nowhere near done writing her story.
The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte [LP]
Cult Band's 26th Studio Album on Vinyl LP!
Sparks has announced the release of its 26th studio album, The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte, which will see the duo return to Island Records.
The duo - brothers Ron and Russell Mael - first rose to fame with the release of their seminal breakthrough album, Kimono My House, in 1974. That album was also released on Island, followed by two more records in Propaganda and 1975's Indiscreet. The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte marks the band's return to Island Records for the release, nearly 50 years after their breakthrough on the label
Funny how things work! Russell Mael said in a statement. "One of the most memorable periods for Sparks, the one that forever cemented our relationship with the UK and also exposed Sparks to a bigger audience around the world, was the '70s Island Records era. Chris Blackwell, Muff Winwood, and Co. went all in on our album Kimono My House and released a truly non-conventional first single, 'This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us.'
Their belief (and ours) proved right: that there was a place for both bold creativity and commerciality in pop music. And here we find ourselves in 2023, almost 50 years later, re-signing with Island Records, again with an album that we all feel is as bold and uncompromising as anything we did back then, or for that matter, anytime throughout our career. We're happy that after so much time, we've reconnected with Island, sharing the same spirit of adventure that we all had way back when, but with our new album, The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte.
Louis Bloom, president of Island, added: "Sparks have always been one of the most original, groundbreaking, and creative groups in pop and their longevity is partly down to their ability to constantly reinvent themselves. It's an honor and thrill having Sparks back on Island. Next year it will be 50 years since Island released Kimono My House. That album sounded like it came from the future, and once again, with The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte, Ron & Russell have created a pop masterpiece that sounds like no one else."
Levels of interest in Sparks have reached great new heights in recent years, thanks to the 2021 musical romantic drama Annette, which the cult band wrote and provided music for, as well as the career-spanning 2021 documentary The Sparks Brothers. The latter was directed by Edgar Wright and featured commentary from famous fans, including Beck, Jason Schwartzmann, Jack Antonoff, Todd Rundgren, Giorgio Moroder, Flea, the Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin, and more.
Sparks The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte LP
True Romance Original Angels Repress [Silver LP]
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lonerism, Tame Impala present fans with a deluxe 3 LP reissue of the album that features previously unreleased demos from the era. Lonerism was Tame Impala’s breakout record. It received critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and NME and is regarded as one of the best albums of 2012. This expanded deluxe edition of the album features the original album track list, 2 previously unreleased demos, a full side of album demos, and a deluxe 24-page booklet.
Water From Your Eyes
Life is horribly dark right now. And yet, it is not unfunny. That’s the sentiment that animates Water From Your Eyes on their new album, and first for Matador, ‘Everyone’s Crushed.’ On the follow-up to the Brooklyn duo’s 2021 breakthrough, ‘Structure,’ Rachel Brown (they/them) and Nate Amos (he/him) find silliness and fatalism dancing in a frantic lockstep, using heart palpitating rhythms and absurdist, deadpan lyrics to convey stories of personal and societal unease. Described by Brown as Water From Your Eyes’ most collaborative record ever – and, as such, a kind of reset for the pair, almost like a debut, despite technically being their sixth –it’s a swollen contusion of an album: experimental pop music that’s pretty and violent, raw and indelible.
#1 Record [RSD Essential Metallic Gold LP]
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Recorded at Ardent Studios and released in 1972, the album has gone on to become one of the most influential and iconic debut albums of all time. This 50th-anniversary edition is pressed on 180-gram metallic gold with purple smoke vinyl and features all-analog mastering by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl. The album has been included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, with the song “Thirteen” featured in its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Alan Menken / Howard Ashman / Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Little Mermaid (Live Action) [LP]
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Change The Way You Think About Pain [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Violet/Grey/Neon Violet Mix LP]
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Exploring a new style like never before – symphonic metal icons SIRENIA revolutionize their melodic darkness on the brand new studio album, 1977, out May 26, 2023 via Napalm Records. Transporting the listener to a retro auditory arcade harking back to when groovy synthwave melodies dominated the world of music, the international band merges late 70’s and 80’s pop rock stylings with synthwave elements and their remarkable, hard-hitting symphonic melodies - shaking the listener to the core. Once again, Norwegian mastermind, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter Morten Veland produced the 11th record, while HK at Vamacara Studio, France, took care of the mixing. It marks another prove that, after more than twenty years of existence, SIRENIA still rank at the very top of the genre. Captured within the magic of captivating 80’s sonics, the four-piece opens up their enchanting new offering with the captivating opener “Deadlight”. The world of soulful violin and fragile piano lines builds up an energetic atmosphere, underlined by the wistful tunes of the multi-talented mezzo soprano voice of French singer Emmanuelle Zoldan. The track is followed by the fast-paced “Wintry Heart”, which gives a bittersweet taste of early 90’s vibes and roaring guitars, while “Nomadic” represents SIRENIA’s characteristic dark and heavy side as shredding guitar riffs alternate with playful interludes while relentless drums and symphonic electronic elements go hand in hand with another. “A Thousand Scars” marks a totally new fusion for SIRENIA, as heavy symphonic tunes dressed as remarkable rock riffs and poppy rhythms dance together with the feathery light vocals of Emmanuelle. With the eerie and epic tunes of “Fading to the Deepest Black”, the song is reminiscent of their last album, Riddles, Ruins & Revelations (2021). Kicking off with vertiginous blast beats and a mesmerizing performance by Emmanuelle Zoldan, a warm vocal interlude by Morten Veland supports the song's stunning atmosphere before it leads into an impressive guitar solo. Following their operatic symphonic highs, the heavy side of SIRENIA is not forgotten and appears especially towards the end of their 11th record. Wrapping up their multifaceted album, 1977, the bonus track “Twist in my Sobriety” is an absolute time machine. The cover of the million-times-over streamed song by German born British singer Tanita Tikaram matches the surprisingly deep voice that presents Emmanuelle in a very new range, while the eerie mid-tempo appears in a brand new light of modern synth beats and characteristic synth-oboe. Morten Veland states: “‘Twist in my Sobriety’ is a track that I have enjoyed since it was originally released by Tanita Tikaram back in 1988. The song has a very melancholic vibe to it, which in my opinion makes it a perfect match with SIRENIA.” Transporting their fans right into smokey, neon lit nightclubs, the eclectic mix of 1977 opens up exciting new facets of symphonic, electronic and groove elements in SIRENIA’s music.
Simple Plan's 2002 debut studio album, No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls, produced by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace, King's X), features 12 irresistible anti-anthems of adolescent alienation, each one fit to burst with unstoppable hooks, melodic punk vocalizing, and shout-it-out-loud choruses. Available on limited-edition crystal-clear vinyl.
Ruinas [Indie Exclusive Coke Bottle Clear LP]
Is it RAP? It is POP? Is it ROCK? Every other day we question a genre but today Rico Nasty released her long awaited Las Ruinas mixtape and we’ll just call it GREAT MUSIC. The most personal and vulnerable, yet fun project is available for streaming everywhere now. In the words of Rico Nasty, ‘dance, scream and daydream.'“I’m very excited to be dropping a new mixtape. I had so much fun making this project. I can’t wait to share it with you guys. It’s so different from anything I’ve ever made.And I hope you guys enjoy it!” – RICO NASTYLas Ruinas was ushered in by the single “Watch Your Man (Feat. Marshmello),” along with several other boisterous singles including “Blow Me,” “Skullflower,” “Black Punk,” “Intrusive,” and “Vaderz (feat. Bktherula)”. On this body of work, we see Rico taking full creative control creating a work of art that reflects her vulnerability and authenticity. She lets you know that when you release the noise around you, magic is made.