Music Releases 02-14-20
The Slow Rush [Forest Green 2LP]
Honeymoon [Color LP]
And It's Still Alright [Coke Bottle Green LP]
The Ballroom Thieves
White Ladder: 20th Anniversary Edition [4LP]
ALL ABOUT LUV [Opaque Magenta LP]
Puss N Boots
Huey Lewis & The News
New Empire, Vol. 1 [LP]
The Accidental Falls
CHICKABOOM! [Buttercream LP]
Forward Motion Godyssey [LP]
Alabama Song: 40th Anniversary [Limited Edition Picture Disc Vinyl Single]
Cave Vaults On The Moon In New Mexico [LP]
Dick's Picks Vol. 24: Cow Palace Daly City, CA 3/23/74 [Limited Edition Hand-Numbered 4LP]
Grandpa Metal [LP]
In This Town You're Owned [LP]
Akuma No Uta
Movie Releases 02-18-20
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood [Movie]
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
21 Bridges [Movie]
Music Releases 02-21-20
Grimes started producing music when she had to learn the program Logic for her neuroscience class. Shortly thereafter she had a viral myspace page, which allowed her to start booking shows and focus full-time on music. She lived in a crack den in Montreal with no heat (where she got frostbite twice and her neighbor was bludgeoned to death in the hallway), playing raves until her 2012 breakout, Visions, which was recorded during a 2 week speed binge wherein she did not leave her bedroom. Upon the success of this album, Grimes attempted to enter society as a regular human, which has clearly not gone super well but has nonetheless been entertaining. She’s since become an award winning music video director as well as a music writer, producer, engineer, singer-songwriter. She’s toured globally to sold out crowds, headlined festivals, and is now moving into the space of corporate surrealism. She recently had experimental eye surgery only available to the upper class. She is putting out her final earth album February 21st 2020.
2020 sees the release of Always Tomorrow, the hotly anticipated new album from Best Coast. Inspired by the 70s, the LA based duo expand their signature indie pop sound into a harmonic blend of melodic guitars and keyboards as warm and refreshing as a California breeze. Multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno, along with the irrepressible Bethany Cosentino, combine to bring her masterful storytelling to new heights, crafting their most eloquent and reflective album to date. It’s the Best Coast you know and love at an entirely new level.
Norwegian indie rock band Sløtface deliver a powerful sophomore record in "Sorry for the late reply". Fierce yet melodic, the album takes on everything from break ups to climate change and lead vocalist Haley Shea's immigrant experience.
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On October 22nd Courtney Barnett performed a unique and special show at the invitation of MTV Australia in her hometown of Melbourne. The “Unplugged” performance features Barnett as you’ve never heard her before, warm, vulnerable and emotional. Under a garland of lights and a canopy of florals in the outdoor courtyard of Howler, Barnett performed a stirring set of eight songs to an intimate audience including “Depreston”, “Avant Gardener” and “Sunday Roast." Joined by her usual band Dave Mudie and Bones Sloane, she also enlisted cellist Lucy Waldron. MTV Australia Unplugged Live in Melbourne will be released physically on February 21.
This is the Ozzman’s first album in 10 years and with his recent appearance on the Post Malone track “Take What You Want” as well as his single “Under The Graveyard” which has now been #1 at Active Rock for five weeks and #1 at Classic Rock for nine weeks we are poised to have a massive return to the marketplace. Some of the announced features include longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde, Slash & Duff McKagan (GNR), Chad Smith of the RHCP, and Post Malone guitarist / producer Andrew Watt. There are additional big name features that have yet to be announced.
Photo Book (4 versions), Lyric Book (4 versions), CD, Mini Book (4 versions), Photo Card (4 versions, Random), Postcard, Sticker, Coloring Paper (4 versions), Poster (4 versions, Limited).
All sales count towards Soundscan and the US Billboard Charts, as well as the Korean Hanteo and Gaon charts.
LYRIC & thanks to BOOK (140* 185mm)
MINI BOOK(THE NOTE) - 4 Version (90*127mm)
PHOTOCARD 4 Version / Random / 1ea of 32ea (54*86mm)
POSTCARD - 1 Version (120*80mm)
STICKER PACK - 1 Version
COLORING PAGES - 1 Version (140* 185mm)
POSTER - 4 Version / 1ea
Starting off the year with a 100-song marathon in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve, Robert Pollard is setting a mighty high bar for Guided by Voices in 2020. Following three acclaimed and stylistically distinct full-length albums in 2019, Surrender Your Poppy Field, is a head-spinning tour de force: a bit of everything... plus more! And hands down the most adventurous GBV album ever. There are lo-fi four-track tape recordings, there are songs recorded with a single microphone in a basement, there are big studio fully-produced hook-laden pop songs, and there is a lot in between. Seemingly, the guiding concept of Surrender Your Poppy Field was to make the songs sound as different from one another as possible: sudden shifts in mood, tempo and rhythm, unexpected chord progressions, false endings and codas, string orchestrations, mysterious voices... It's an exhilarating and dizzying trip to an inventive world of strange characters: Andre the Hawk, Queen Parking Lot, the Cul-de-Sac Kids, the Hard Hitter, the Steely Dodger, the Stone Cold Moron, A Man Called Physician, A Man Called Blunder...Not content with their usual mastery of the 4 P's (punk, pop, prog, psych) Professor Pollard pushes the envelope on Poppy Field, and continues to redefine GBV from a myriad of angles. Anyone who thinks that he's gotten complacent after 104 albums hasn't been paying attention! Don't miss out.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 debut album from New York City born, raised and forever-based songwriting partners Eliza Barry Callahan and Jack Staffen. Like New was produced by Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Father John Misty, Whitney, The Lemon Twigs). The duo - who had previously captured attention releasing deft, stripped down, warm-toned pysch-pop under their names, Jack and Eliza - shifted to what naturally felt like their next musical gear. If Jack and Eliza showcased the songwriting prowess of a promising young duo (they are both still in their early twenties), then Purr let's Callahan's and Staffen's work bloom in the fertile ground of a fully realized soundscape. Purr builds upon an ageless, classic sound that at once looks at the past while leaning into their own, individual future - with Staffen's and Callahan's vocals humming at the center.
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For almost a decade, Agnes Obel has been one of the most independent and original artists in contemporary music. Now she has returned with new music, releasing the enchanting single "Island Of Doom", ahead of the release of her highly anticipated new album Myopia - through Deutsche Grammophon, Universal Music Group's prestigious Yellow Label, and Blue Note in North America, out on 21 February 2021.
Every debut album represents a journey, but few have come as far or struggled so tenaciously for the chance to be heard on their own terms as Cuba's Sweet Lizzy Project. The five-piece rock band built a strong following in its native Havana with scant resources or infrastructure to support them, in a cultural setting where they could never be entirely themselves. When American roots rockers The Mavericks' lead singer Raul Malo, whose parents emigrated from Cuba in 1960, got to know the band, he sponsored them for US work visas and signed them to their record company in late 2017. The band made the bold decision to move to Nashville, where they recorded Technicolor [out 2/21] at Blackbird Studios. The feisty, infectious album draws on several eras of rock and pop, adding subtle Latin undertones. "We've been outsiders from the start," says Lisset, lead singer. "In Cuba, we were swimming against the tide by singing rock'n'roll in English. It took us time to gain respect by the institutions that would let us play our music. And then we had a chance to come here, and we're outsiders again. But that's ok. We just want to play." The band has opened dates for Heart, Joan Jett, JOHNNYSWIM, and Jamey Johnson. More touring is expected in 2020.
Like any great artist on the rise, Archy Marshall's life is moving fast. There's a lot to catch up on, after 2017's sprawling masterpiece, The OOZ, broke through amid Mercury Prize nominations and mind-blowing media plaudits. Unlike that record, Man Alive! doesn't aim to present any kind of narrative thread, or Brexit-era state- of-the-nation address, just a collection of snapshots and stories, artfully sequenced into a dazzlingly coherent whole. Man Alive! is available on CD, standard single LP black vinyl and as a limited red vinyl edition sold exclusively at independent record stores.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Americana artist David Starr is embarking on a new musical and literary adventure with a collection of songs inspired by Of What Was, Nothing Is Left, a novel written by his grandfather in 1972. Beauty And Ruin, recorded in Nashville, is produced and arranged by John Oates and co-produced by David Starr and David Kalmusky. After working with John Oates (Hall & Oates) on his 2017 The Head And Heart EP, David approached him with the idea: what if we gave several of our favorite songwriters a copy of the book and asked them to write for a concept album based on the story? Starr and Oates collaborated with a group of incredible artists on the project, including Jim Lauderdale, Wood Newton, Dana Cooper, Doug and Telisha Williams (Wild Ponies), Irene Kelley, and Shelley Rae Korntved.
Since emerging in 2009, their first decade comprised Deceiver , Life Cycles , Real. , and Dark Matter , reaching a high watermark on Violent Noise in 2018. Bringing their total streams past 100 million, the latter included “Why Am I Like This?” and “Red Clouds” in addition to garnering acclaim from the likes of New Noise who asserted, “Their excellent and engaging Violent Noise has all the hallmarks of a band at the peak of its powers.” After a triumphant decade anniversary tour, the group once again set their sights on the future cast in fire on the 2019 single “Burning Your World Down.” Produced by Erik Ron [Panic! At The Disco, Godsmack], it teeters between synth swells, gut-punching riffs, and a hypnotic hook, igniting a new era for the band and setting the stage for their sixth full-length, "MONOMANIA". “We wanted to share "Burning Your World Down" to end 2019 because it represents both where we have been, but prepares listeners for what will be an amazing year for our band and our fans in 2020 when we unveil our sixth studio album. We didn't chase where we were, what we've made previously, what our peers had done or are doing. We stopped listening to all the outside noise, and we just focused on writing the most honest songs we could. We pushed ourselves, pushed our boundaries and we will certainly push the boundaries of what people perceive as The Word Alive. We wrote an album that will define The Word Alive, and this is just the beginning. Welcome to the new chapter of our story.” - Telle Smith - The Word Alive
With their new song ‘All Things Go’ Mighty Oaks announce their third album, set for release in 2020. The first single of the new longplayer bridges the gap between their last acoustic EP and the new chapter in their band history. A history that the Berlin based indie-folk trio comprised of Ian Hooper (US), Claudio Donzelli (Italy) and Craig Saunders (UK) began over ten years ago in a living room in the German capital and that has lead to two records (2014: Howl, 2017: Dreamers), hundreds of gigs across the world, and shared stages with the likes of Kings of Leon, The Lumineers and Chvrches.
Sonny Landreth’s new album "Blacktop Run" mixes genres and styles across a landscape of lyricism and rootsy grooves. His 3rd album for blues connaisseur label Provogue, and his 14th overall, will be released on February 21, 2020. A percussive burst of acoustic resonator guitar pushes the narrator on a journey “between the life I left and the edge of next” in the title cut of guitarist, songwriter and bandleader Sonny Landreth’s 14th album. As the singer feels the wind at his back, a rising bass line intersects Landreth's vocalizing to stretch the fingerpicked tune into Far Eastern melodicism. The south Louisiana artist's groundbreaking work has long mixed familiarity with experimentation, and his latest ten-song collection stretches from hard-edged electric instrumentals to wistful acoustic ballads. The project's range is the fruit of a renewed collaboration. Producer RS Field – who helmed Landreth's trio of breakout albums – joined the six-stringer and co-producer Tony Daigle to finish the record.
A coming of age album that pulls from pop, americana, rock, and folk, Expectations is a daring statement tackling topics of religion, mental health, and modern love. Katie Pruitt’s Rounder debut delivers messages of resilience and the idea of embracing what makes you unique. Produced by Katie Pruitt and Michael Robinson Expectations features 10 original songs, that are both uplifting and insightful.
Craft Recordings is thrilled to announce the release of a vinyl box set celebrating one of music’s greatest gospel and soul groups, The Staple Singers. Set for a December 6th release date, Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection presents all of the group’s studio albums released on the iconic Memphis label, spanning 1968–1974, and features the Staples’ biggest hits, including “I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself” and “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me).” The six studio albums were cut from the original analog masters by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl. The final, seventh disc offers rarities, non-album singles and several live recordings from the legendary 1972 Wattstax music festival. The seven discs come in heavyweight 180-gram vinylpressed at Memphis Record Pressing. Housed in a slipcase, the collection also includes a deluxe booklet with archival photos and new liner notes from American music specialist and curator Levon Williams (formerly of the Stax Museum and the National Museum of African American Music), and folklorist, ethnomusicologist and writer Dr. Langston Wilkins. The complete collection will also be released digitally, and the six studio albums will be available in hi-res 24-bit/192 kHz and 24-bit/96 kHz formats for the first time.
Hyacinth is the second album from Spinning Coin. A brave step forward, Hyacinth is an album full of poetry, light and warmth of heart, and presents a band holding nothing back. It registers a number of changes for the group since their debut LP Permo in 2017: personnel changes, geographical changes, a new context, an ever-changing world outside. Throughout Hyacinth, there is joy in spades, but also melancholy, and a checked fury, threading the group's political vision through their refl ections on the personal and the interpersonal. Made in France at Black Box Studios, Hyacinth is a beautiful patchwork of a record, a group spinning off in various directions, sometimes all at once. It's experimental, pop, psychedelic, and it's got so much love and humanity about it.
DEMONS & WIZARDS is one of the most legendary collaborations in the history of heavy metal, uniting the talents of Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) and Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) who are friends for nearly three decades. DEMONS & WIZARDS musically embodies both musician's stylistic trademarks and has resulted so far in two hugely celebrated studio albums, 2000's 'Demons & Wizards' and 2005's 'Touched by the Crimson King'. Both records have been reissued in 2019 on time with the group's extremely successful return to the world's stages. DEMONS & WIZARDS presented an impressive stage production and intense sets, toured North America for the first time, performed at renowned festivals such as Wacken Open Air (DE), Hellfest (F), Sweden Rock (SE), GMM (BE), Barcelona Rock Fest (ES), Copenhell (DK), Chania Rock (GR), Metaldays (SI) as well as shows in Moscow, London and many more. Now, the band presents 'III', a stunning monument of dynamic and powerful heavy metal that simply has all you would expect from these iconic musicians! 'III' is epic, melodic, crushingly heavy, atmospheric, and all in between. 65 minutes of heavy metal mastery!
When it came time to make their new album, "The Death Of Me", Sydney metalcore outfit Polaris knew they had a tall order on their hands. It's predecessor, their 2017 debut "The Mortal Coil", was an ARIA-nominated, Top 10 hit in Australia, introducing the group to legions of fans around the country and, thanks to an extensive international touring schedule, the world as well. Walking a line between maintaining what's defined the band, while trying to write for themselves and remain interested, Polaris wanted to give their fans things they wouldn't expect, take them to new places, but also remain definitively a Polaris record.The tone was set early in the writing process when the first two songs the five-piece penned - the melodically charged "Masochist" and the feral, two-minute-40-second aural headbutt that is "Hypermania" - stretched the boundaries of their sound further than ever before. These songs set the course for an album that features some of the most bruising material Polaris have recorded - witness the churning, high intensity "Landmine" - and in the '80s rock-infused "Martyr (Waves)", some of their most melodic. Attuned listeners may also hear a palpable undercurrent of anxiety and paranoia in songs such as "Hypermania". It stems not only from the pressure of following "The Mortal Coil", but from the fact that while writing "The Death Of Me" each member was coming to terms with their world being turned upside down by the success of their debut.
Yacht Rock Revue's first original record, Hot Dads in Tight Jeans, aptly embodies the band in both title and in essence. An album of ten songs inspired by the smoooooth sounds of the Seventies and Eighties, Hot Dads in Tight Jeans is as plush and shiny as Kenny Loggins' beard. Produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Kaiser Chiefs, Gnarls Barkley), it returns Yacht Rock Revue to their roots in original music while paying homage to the genre that granted them esteem in a fresh, modern way. "Step," the record's first single.", serves as the mission statement for the album in a way, because it's about deciding who you want to be, and making space for that in your life. Lauded by The Boston Herald as both "hip and classic," Hot Dads in Tight Jeans has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Adult Swim, Sirius XM. The national 35-city Hot Dads in Tight Jeans tour is happening Spring 2020, sponsored by Sirius XM Yacht Rock Radio.
Cape God will be the fourth studio release from Allie X and includes collaborations with Troye Sivan and Mitski. The first single 'Fresh Laundry' was released in September 2019 and coincided with a series of tour dates supporting the likes of Charli XCX and MARINA across the US, UK and Europe. "In early 2018, I saw the documentary that started my journey to write this record. It's an HBO doc called "heroine: cape god". Though I've never done junk and don't plan on trying it, in an abstract way I found myself relating to the film's young interviewee's. I've never spoken much publicly about this, but during high school, I was in and out of the hospital with physical illness. Often debilitatingly sick. To say it shaped my adolescence is an understatement. In multiple ways I related to the characters I saw in the documentary. Going into these feelings I had as a teenager was the perspective I chose to write this album from. It happened very naturally and without much thought - it became "Cape God". I would say Cape God is a liminal space I created to explore my repressed feelings and perhaps create a different outcome. While in cape god, you are in limbo. You stay there until you die or come to life and while you are there you are somewhere in between..."
Movie Releases 02-25-20
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen II, she must hope they are enough.
Music Releases 02-28-20
Five Finger Death Punch
color theory [LP]
The Secret Sisters
Saturn Return [LP]
The Main Thing [LP]
Broken Social Scene
Live At Third Man Records [LP]
A Simple Trick To Happiness
Cha Cha Palace [LP]
Made In Muscle Shoals
It's Easy To Feel Like A Nobody When You're Living In The City [LP]
In The Key Of Joy [LP]
Full Hand [LP]
The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection [4 Disc Deluxe Box Set]
SremmLife [2 LP] [Translucent Red]
I’ll Get By EP [Vinyl]
American Standard [LP]
You Already Know [LP]
The Allman Brothers Band
Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection [10-LP Box Set]
Poppin' [LP][Blue Note Tone Poet Series]
Comin' Your Way [LP][Blue Note Tone Poet Series]
Four Year Strong
Brain Pain [LP]
Free Your Mind [2LP]
Sheldonian / Live / EP [Vinyl]