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Bad Religion [The Gray Race (remaster/1996 album)]

April 13 street date. Bad Religion has become synonymous with intelligent and provocative West Coast punk rock and are considered one of the most influential and important bands in the genre. Over the past three decades the band has continually pushed social boundaries and questioned authority and beliefs armed only with propulsive guitars, charging drumbeats, thoughtful lyrics and an undying will to inspire and provoke anyone who will listen. The Gray Race is the ninth full-length album by Bad Religion, which was originally released in 1996. It was the follow-up to the band’s highly successful 1994 album Stranger Than Fiction.
Bonnie Prince Billy [Wolf Of The Cosmos]

April 27 street date. Issued late last year but not available to distributors until now, "Wolf Of The Cosmos" covers SUSANNA's 2007 album "Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos" in its entirety. According to Mr. Oldham, "this has been a long-imagined project, an attempt to understand or, better yet, experience the mysteries of that record. the lyrics are repetitive, almost like nursery rhymes for undead teenagers. why is it so scary, why is it so sweet, why is it so comforting and disruptive at the same time".
Creation [We Are Paintermen (pink vinyl)]

April 20 street date. The Creation's only LP, cut from the original mono masters for the first time since 1967. Producer Shel Talmy masterfully captured every bow scrape, tom rattle, and mod growl before the UK quartet imploded after two brilliant, but short years. Originally issued only in Germany, We Are Paintermen collects the Creation's first three singles and adds a handful of period covers culled from the band''s raucous stage show. Pressed on heavy-weight pink vinyl to make even the most seasoned collector nerd sweat.
Drinks [Hippo Lite]

April 20 street date. DRINKS are CATE LE BON and TIM PRESLEY, with JOHN "JT" THOMAS on drums. Sez Presley: "In a town, so very still and quiet. A month in St. Hippolyte Du Fort, South France. We set up a recording unit in an old stone mill turned house and began to write and record with the attention of tree trimmers or gardeners. It got so hot we had to swim in a local river near by just to be able to think, then back to our home to make sounds and songs. Any sounds we could think of or wanted. We used night sounds, night insects and used frogs as instruments. Did you know frogs have saxophones in their throats? This is a broken music. a crumble. It’s the music of the building we called home for a month. We've never made and recorded music in such a simple living environment. It was the opposite of what a typical recording experience usually is for any of us. We tried to capture all of this and put it on record.
Garden [Mirror Might Steal Your Charm]

Street date: CD March 30 / LP May 18. THE GARDEN is an ever-evolving duo from Orange County, California. Established in 2011 by twin brothers Fletcher and Wyatt Shears, they also created the term, “Vada Vada” to represent their music and other endeavors. Touring globally since 2012, they have become known for their energetic, aggressive and off the wall performances. Typically seen live playing drums and electronics, Fletcher can also be seen front and center on vocals, belligerently performing alongside his brother, Wyatt. Wyatt consistently takes position of lead vocals and bass in the duo whilst performing and can be seen simultaneously moving in un-choreographed bizarre patterns. For fans of Panda Bear, The Frights, Puzzle and Enjoy.
Grouper [Grid Of Points]

April 27 street date. New release from critically acclaimed experimental singer / songwriter (Follows 2014’s Ruins, which was on numerous Year End Lists, including #5 on Pitchfork, #13 on The Wire, and many more.) Not long after recording her tenth album Ruins, Liz Harris traveled to Wyoming to work on art and record music. She found herself drawn towards the pairing of skeletal piano phrasing with spare, rich bursts of vocal harmony. A series of stark songs emerged, minimal and vulnerable, woven with emotive silences. Inspired by “the idea that something is missing or cold,” the pieces float and fade like vignettes, implying as much as they reveal. She describes them as “small texts hanging in space,” impressions of mortality, melody, and the unseen— fleeting beauty, interrupted. Grid Of Points stands as a concise and potently poetic addition to the Grouper catalog. “Grid Of Points is a set of songs for piano and voice. I wrote these songs over a week and a half; they stopped abruptly when I was interrupted by a high fever. Though brief, it is complete. The intimacy and abbreviation of this music allude to an essence that the songs lyrics speak more directly of. The space left after matter has departed, a stage after the characters have gone, the hollow of some central column, missing.” —Liz Harris
Harper, Ben & Charlie Musselwhite [No Mercy In This Land (180g/limited edtion)]

March 30 street date. GRAMMY-Award winning, multiplatinum-selling artists BEN HARPER and CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE will collaborate once again for their new album No Mercy in This Land, due out March 30, 2018. No Mercy in This Land is the first of new music from the pair since the 2013 release of their collaborative album Get Up!, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Albums Chart and won a GRAMMY Award in 2014 for “Best Blues Album.” A musical expression of the kinship between the two, the album recounts both Ben and Charlie’s personal stories and adds to the sonic history of American struggle and survival. “Charlie Musselwhite is that very rare and hallowed place where blues past, present and future collide,” says Ben about his collaborator and friend. “He transforms notes into emotions that feel both hauntingly familiar and brand new, as if hearing them for the first time every time. He is a living legend whose harmonica playing should be beamed into outer space to search for other life forms.” // “On stage or in the studio - working with Ben Harper holds the same excitement I experienced working with Chicago blues legends back in the day,” says Charlie. “I think it is safe to say that Ben has reinvented the Blues in a great way: playing modern while preserving the feel. I am honored and privileged to be a participant in this project.”
McDowell, Mississippi Fred [Mississippi Delta Blues (yellow vinyl)]

May 4 street date. Indie Exclusive edition on transparent yellow color vinyl is limtied to just 300 copies. “Mississippi” Fred McDowell’s 1965 Recording with Producer Alan Bates in Como, Mississippi! Remastered at Infrasonic Mastering, Pressed on Audiophile-Grade Vinyl at Pallas Group ! As Ron Wynn wrote for AllMusic, “Fred McDowell played simple, haunting blues with vivid, demonstrative passion and power.” This is music that owes nothing to artifice, but simply makes its impact through the total honesty of the performer. Of all the blues singers of the older school who have been discovered or rediscovered in recent years, McDowell may well be the most impressive, and this LP affords ample proof of his stature. “Mississippi Delta Blues” was recorded in Como, Mississippi, late in 1965, by producer Alan Bates. The LP was originally issued by Bate’s Black Lion label in 1965. It has now been remastered by Infrasonic Mastering, and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.
Mien [Mien]

April 6 street date. Rocket Recordings are pleased to reveal the self-titled debut album by MIEN, the exciting new four piece band comprised of The Black Angels’ Alex Maas, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John-Mark Lapham. Inhabiting a modern-day realm in which what is termed ‘psych’ is all-too-often a codified and predictable incarnation entirely at odds with the original free-flowing spirit of psychedelia, it can be a struggle to find a band who can marry the essence of its inception with an adventurous mindset - one with the ability to render their creations beyond clichéd genre trappings and studied thriftstore cool. Who knows whether through study or serendipity, but MIEN - a Transatlantic four-way collision of considerable force involving luminaries who have each forged a reputation for head-spinning audial magick in their own right - are just such a band. What’s more, their eponymous Rocket recordings debut is no less than a rich tapestry of third-eye visions and nocturnal serenades both vivid and vital. The chemistry between these four gures is manifest amidst a kaleidoscopic series of atmospheres and excursions whereby the fertile songwriting of the golden age of ‘60s psychedelia is transmitted into a transcendental realm above and beyond the second decade of the 21st century.
Parkway Drive [Reverence]

May 4 street date. Reverence arrives as the follow-up to 2015’s Ire—Parkway Drive’s most successful album to date and a major force in boosting their ever-growing worldwide following. Like each album released since the band formed in 2002, Ire has been certified gold in their homeland of Australia; it also helped fuel their recent dominance at European festivals and won critical praise from outlets like Kerrang (who hailed Ire as a “fascinating album”). But while Ire brought Parkway Drive’s uncompromising artistry to bold new levels, Reverence pushes their creative ambition even further. Reverence both expands the band’s sonic palette and offers up their most devastating songs yet. On tracks like “The Void”—whose refrain of “Welcome To A World Of Pain” brilliantly embodies the tone of Reverence—Parkway Drive channel their furious energy into thrashing rhythms and ferocious vocal work while delivering deeply infectious melodies. That energy also infuses such songs as the vital and volatile “Prey,” a gang-vocal-driven anthem that unfolds in both punishing riffs and intricate guitar lines.
Pedro The Lion [It's Hard To Find A Friend]

May 4 street date. 20th Anniversary reissue (PEDRO THE LION HAVE REUNITED AFTER 11YRS AND WILL TOUR THE WORLD IN 2018! THIS DEBUT RELEASE IS REMASTERED AND AVAILABLE ON 180 GRAM VINYL!!) It’s Hard to Find a Friend is the debut full-length album by Pedro the Lion; a solid indie rock album with plenty of lyrical talent to spare. After a shifting lineup, Pedro the Lion eventually became a one-man outfit. That man is David Bazan. A Seattle native, Bazan cut his teeth playing in hardcore bands before forming Pedro in 1995, taking the band’s name from a character he made up for a possible children’s book. It’s Hard to Find a Friend was originally released in 1998. Under the moniker of Pedro the Lion, Bazan creates melodic pop in the vein of Bedhead, Hayden, and Sebadoh, with a lyrical focus on relationships -- with both other people and God. In early 2006, Bazan retired the Pedro moniker to continue on with solo work under his own name. In December of 2017 Bazan announced that Pedro The Lion be reunited to make a new album and tour the world in 2018.
Pennywise [Never Gonna Die]

April 20 CD Street date. June 15 LP street date. Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles, a neighborhood with a rich punk rock history, Pennywise began in 1988. The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history and are ready to continue their legacy with their long awaited new album, Never Gonna Die. A return to form for the band, Never Gonna Die contains 14 solid tracks that a punk fan can run in circles to.
Promise Ring [Nothing Feels Good (remaster/1997)]

April 20 street date. On their 1997 release The Promise Ring made emo more accessible, which laid the groundwork for the commercially successful acts that would follow. The band showed it doesn’t always have to be such a pity party, and that catharsis can come in many forms, particularly in the naively optimistic power-pop of Nothing Feels Good. The pioneering band walked the line between brusque sentimentality and uplifting hooks, making them emo’s first pop emissaries. Cheap Trick for hardcore kids. If Fountains of Wayne, Sebadoh, and Jonathan Richman had an emo love-child, Nothing Feels Good might be its name. The record was a high point for many fans of the band, and is considered one of the pillars of the genre. Perhaps because of this light-hearted yet concentrated approach, Nothing Feels Good landed with the kind of fanfare that hadn’t been seen for a band from emo’s sophomore class, selling over 50,000 records in its initial run. Considering a good run for some of their peers was around 10,000 to 15,000 albums, Nothing Feels Good was veritable emo-platinum. -Eddie Cepeda / Noisey
Roach, Steve [Dreamtime Return (2LP/Gatefold)]

May 4 street date. Steve Roach's 1988 double-disc is back in vinyl production for the first time in 30 years. Dreamtime Return was inspired by multiple visits to the Australian Outback. The concept behind Dreamtime has secured the album as one of the pivotal works in ambient music today. The tales told over two LPs touch on the earth's origins, and the role humans have to play in it. Inspired by the stories of Australia’s first people, Steve Roach used a combination of synthesizers and Aboriginal instruments to create the album’s signature sound. Dreamtime Return travels through unexpected pathways with slow moving textures, as tones scatter into brilliant arrays and evolve into a mystic long-distance journey. Remastered from the original tapes, Dreamtime Return will be released as a deluxe gatefold double LP on May 4th, 2018
Ross, Diana & The Supremes [Supreme Rarities (4LP/box) Motown Lost & Found 1960-69]

April 20 street date (date change). Surprise from Third Man!! Supreme Rarities - a 4xLP box set of Supremes rarities, b-sides, demos, etc. Aside a handful of forgotten vinyl releases decades ago, the majority of this material has not been released on vinyl. Until now! Originally released on 2xCD in in 2008, the Supremes ''Supreme Rarities'' from the Motown Lost & Found Series collects from the depths of the label archives to showcase the rarities, the outtakes and the incomparable live recordings from this inimitable group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Listen to the story unfold from the innocent teenaged doo-wop of ''You Can Depend On Me'' from 1960 all the way through the slick, socially-conscious refinement of ''I'm Livin' in Shame'' from 1969.
Soft Kill [Savior]

May 11 street date. ( CD version of “Savior” includes exclusive bonus track “Cannibal) Portland Oregon’s SOFT KILL, ripped through 2016 with their first release on Profound Lore Records “Choke”, the follow up to 2015’s “Heresy” became the band’s most acclaimed LP to date and saw the band on a constant touring cycle in support of it through North America and Europe as demand for the band was on a constant upswing. SOFT KILL now return with the triumphant follow up full length “Savior” to be released by Profound Lore Records on (insert release date here), bringing their unique blend of gloom, laced with pop charm and flawless song writing that transcends the post punk genre. With “Savior”, recorded/mixed in Kingsize Sudios in Los Angeles and produced by Benjamin Greenberg (Uniform, The Men, Algiers) SOFT KILL have matured into a powerhouse, effortlessly combining genres, always with Grave’s powerful, raw emotional storytelling where we see a person come to grips with their own reflection as seen in the eyes of their dying son. From the pop perfection of ‘Trying Not to Die’ to the swelling and crushing guitars on ‘Hard Candy’ to the unrelenting dirge of ‘Bunny Room’, “Savior” is a creative tour de force. Drawing from a diverse musical palette, “Savior” is influenced by early U2, Gun Club, The Replacements and a requiem to Tom Petty. Videos forthcoming by directors Grant Singer (Lorde, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd) and Nate Weaver (Marylin Manson, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, The Used etc.) (RIYL: Drab Majesty, The Cure, Chameleons, Joy Division etc)
Spacemen 3 [Recurring (Incl/Download)]

Please note new street date: April 20. 1990’s Recurring, the fourth and final studio album by Spacemen 3, is often considered the introduction of two brilliant solo projects (Spectrum and Spiritualized) rather than the work of a functioning band. While Spacemen 3’s departing statement surely reveals a deep divide within the S3 camp—each side of the LP was written by Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce separately and, unlike previous releases, the two do not play on each other’s songs— Recurring maintains a cohesive, dreamy feel with its chief sonic officers backed by fellow travelers Will Carruthers, Mark Refoy and Jon Mattock. Opening saga “Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)” marries ambient haze with narcotized indie rock, while “I Love You” manages to arrange a beautiful flute alongside a defiantly throbbing bass track. “Hypnotized,” a reimagined fuzz-pop hymn, would become the group’s first entry in the UK Singles Charts. Recurring lays bare the essence of Spacemen 3’s persistent sound, rooted in both aural expansion and phenomenal songwriting. Includes download card and new insert with liner notes by Marc Masters.
Speedy Ortiz [Twerp Verse]

April 27 street date. “Necessary brattiness” is the motto in Speedy Ortiz’s dauntless new collection of songs, Twerp Verse. The follow-up to 2015’s Foil Deer, the band’s latest indie rock missive is prompted by a tidal wave of voices, no longer silent on the hurt they’ve endured from society’s margins. But like many of these truth-tellers, songwriter, guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis scales the careful line between what she calls being “outrageous and practical” in order to be heard at all. “You need to employ a self-preservational sense of humor to speak truth in an increasingly baffl ing world,” says Dupuis. “I call it a ‘twerp verse’ when a musician guests on a track and says something totally outlandish – like a Lil Wayne verse – but it becomes the most crucial part. This record is our own twerp verse, for those instances when you desperately need to stand up and show your teeth.” Twerp Verse was tracked in Brooklyn DIY space Silent Barn, mixed by Omaha legend Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beck). The record pulls from the most elastic pop moments in Squeeze’s Argybargy and the seesawing synth-rock of Deerhoof and the Rentals. With Dupuis on guitars, vocals, and synths, supporting guitarist Andy Molholt (of psych pop outfi t Laser Background) now joins Speedy veterans Darl Ferm on bass and Mike Falcone on drums – and together they accelerate the band’s idiosyncrasy through the wilderness of Dupuis’ heady refl ections on sex, lies and audiotape. Dupuis, who both earned an MFA in poetry and taught at Umass Amherst, propels the band’s brain-teasing melodies with her serpentine wit. Inspired by the cutting observations of Eve Babitz, Aline Crumb’s biting memoirs, and the acute humor of AstroPoet Dorothea Lasky, Dupuis craftily navigates the danger zone that is building intimacy and political allyship in 2018. Vinyl Includes download.
V/A [Planet Mod: Brit Soul, R&B & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults]

May 4 street date. If only for his stewardship of the Who, Kinks and Creation, SHEL TALMY is revered as the producer responsible for distilling the cathartic, kinetic sound of mod rock to disc. Yet within his mid-60s production catalogue lie many other fabulous examples of a genre that wields considerable influence to this day, while remaining very much a way of life for those already converted. "Planet Mod" assembles two dozen examples of Talmy's work in the field, all drawn from a fresh excavation of his rarely tapped, thoroughly ear-opening tape vault. Many, such as the Thoughts, Wild Uncertainty and Tribe were recorded for his short-lived Planet label, while the Trackers and Pros & Cons and others were independent productions Talmy farmed out to major labels. The playlist balances black US acts John Lee Hooker, Ray Gates and Screamin' Jay Hawkins with the homegrown club R&B of the Soul Brothers, Groundhogs and mod heroes the Untamed. Complete with copious notes and illustrations drawn from the Talmy files, "Planet Mod" is a fitting tribute to the American who injected some much-needed muscle into British rock in its glory days. (Also available: Cat # XXQLP2052 - double 180g transparent red vinyl)
V/A [W2NG 89.9 FM (blue vinyl)]

April 20 street date. In the wake of 2017's Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht, the Numero Group is proud to present another addition to the soft rock cannon: W2NG. Set your FM dial to smooth and sail away with 42 minutes of uninterrupted easy glide, pontoon rock, and whispery disco. Featuring unreleased burners from Gary Hyde, Love Transfusion, Marshall Titus, and Phillips, alongside scarce cuts from Nannette, Greenflow, Jim Spencer & Son Rize, Larry Sanders, Kettner & Shawe, Orphans of Love, and Lion, W2NG is sure to surprise even the most devout boat shoe enthusiast.
V/A [I Only Listen To the Mountain Goats (2LP/Colour)]

April 6 street date. Gatefold, 2LP Colour vinyl (1 x Opaque Pink / 1 x Opaque Blue) includes download. Here is a 2LP cover album!!.. and companion piece to the podcast debut of I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, from Night Vale Presents in collaboration with Merge Records and the Mountain Goats. Premiering September 2017 and running through early April 2018, this unique bi-weekly podcast is a conversation music series focusing on the seminal Mountain Goats album All Hail West Texas, between Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn’t Dead creator Joseph Fink with New York Times best-selling author John Darnielle, who is also the founder, lead singer, and songwriter for the Mountain Goats—and Fink’s own personal artistic hero. Together, Fink and Darnielle take the listener on a deep dive into the world of creativity and the duality of being an artist and a fan, both by sharing their own creative processes and music-geek obsessions and through immersive chats with other notable musicians and writers including best-selling YA author and music nerd John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), as well as many special music guests such as Andrew Bird, Craig Finn, Laura Jane Grace, and Amanda Palmer, who offer up their own opinions as well as new renditions of songs from All Hail West Texas. This limited edition 2LP contains the full All Hail West Texas covers collection, introduced over the course of podcast season one, pressed to opaque pink & opaque blue vinyl. Full list of contributing artist to be unveiled later in 2018.
Washington, Walter Wolfman [My Future Is My Past]

April 20 street date. Walter Wolfman Washington is a soulful musician of rare talent, as well as a deep thinker and hip philosopher, and his hometown is New Orleans. Walter has cut his teeth for the last 50 years playing everywhere from European festivals to bars that Google Maps will never find. New Orleans is notorious for its wildness, parades, and celebrations. New Orleans is Mardi Gras, but it’s also the uptown class of Allen Toussaint and hip style and language of Dr. John. Walter has always embodied both, but finally we have a set of songs that reflects the yin to Walter’s bring-the-party yang. This is the record that we all have known he has in him. This is the night after that party, or maybe just the after party. He’s been given free rein to express himself, and that’s special. Producer Ben Ellman has assembled a sympathetic group of musicians from keyboardists Jon Cleary and Ivan Neville to a versatile rhythm section of bassist James Singleton and drummer Stanton Moore. Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas lends her voice to a cut and matches Wolfman note for note. Those two go back a long way. Walter played guitar in Irma’s band in the late 1960s. Can you picture how much fun that might have been? And this is their first recording together. His future is his past indeed. — DAVID KUNIAN, WWOZ New Orleans / Curator, New Orleans Jazz Museum
Williamson, Jess [Cosmic Wink]

May 11 street date. When love burst into being for Jess Williamson, it was a force so powerful that it seemed to redirect the sun, re-casting all of her life in new light. That’s how she tells her story across Cosmic Wink — her third album, and first for Mexican Summer — all of which came together in the midst of a series of transitions in her personal life. In 2016, after living in Austin on and off for a decade, she left her home state of Texas for California. Deeply inspired by the move to Los Angeles and the bliss of new love, she rented a back house from an actor friend who was away on a movie and started writing the songs that eventually became Cosmic Wink. As she wrote, her beloved dog Frankie began going gray with old age. It was the eventual passing of Frankie that inspired the album's opening song, "I See the White," which Williamson has shared today with a new music video. “I noticed the graying of the fur around her eyes and I realized that she was a physical manifestation of the passing of time, and it was heartbreaking. It’s so easy to act like we have all the time in the world, to feel immortal or invincible.” - Jess Williamson

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