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Bibi Club [Feu De Garde]

May 10 street date. The pair named themselves Bibi Club for the discotheque in their living room, where the couple's bibis - their loved ones - come and dance. The duo formed by Adèle Trottier-Rivard and Nicolas Basque explore emotional and physical territories, overcoming obstacles with intense, raw yet benevolent radicalism. A former member of the very first exclusively female scout group, Les Guides, Adèle reconnects with the values that made her who she is: courage, perseverance, sisterhood, friendship. The years she spent in that community, discovering nature and developing intense relationships, became part of her identity and informed her writing, all the way to the creation of "Feu de garde". The influence of Moondog, Stereolab, and, more than ever, Suicide can be heard in the direct, singular approach of the album, which also features group chants inspired by Girl Guide outings in the woods. Pushing back the boundaries of genres and letting their creativity run free, Bibi Club fill "Feu de garde"with relentless rhythms. On stage Adèle grabs percussion instruments and takes risks. Liberated, seductive, undeniable.
Bonny Light Horseman [Keep Me On Your Mind/See You Free]

June 7 street date. Bonny Light Horseman's core trio - Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman - have amassed an incomparable collected resume. They've also lived a big ol' messy and tangled up pile of life, and all that living permeates their music with the wisdom, humor, and depth that underlies the accolades. Theirs is the stuff that defines folk music as a genre: love and loss, hope and sorrow, community and family, change and time. At the center of Bonny Light Horseman is, always, the singular combination of three powerful and tender artists, artists who expertly dodge superlatives but are quick to acknowledge that their bond makes each one better, braver and more vulnerable than they'd be on their own. Bonny Light Horseman's new album, "Keep Me On Your Mind/See You Free", is an ode to the blessed mess of our humanity. Confident and generous, it is an unvarnished offering that puts every feeling and supposed flaw out in the open. The themes are stacked high and staked even higher: love and loss, hope and sorrow, community and family, change and time all permeate Bonny Light Horseman's most vulnerable and bounteous offering to date.
Coope, Anastasia [Darning Woman (black vinyl)]

May 31 street date. "Darning Woman" is an intentional, beautiful, sometimes confrontational album that shreds expectations of DIY, bedroom music, and feminine themes. There's a lushness and maternal instinct at play, as Anastasia Coope connects the dots between physicality, ephemera, and the ultrafeminine. "Darning Woman" explores, among other things, the meditative aspect of sewing, patching and embellishment, care and repair, collection not as modern, craven consumption but as a counterpoint to materialism. Coope is also the founder and leader of the Bonzo collective and show series, an exciting new home for the type of expansive, profoundly creative scene that New York has been missing for some time. And while Bonzo may well be the ascent of a new community, "Darning Woman" is the story of Anastasia Coope, herself. It is the sound of Coope entering the world as an artist, acknowledging the tangle of what changes - the gaze of the world, Coope's art in reaction and community to art in general - and what does not: her ideas and her own self.
Death Cult [Paradise Now (splatter)]

May 17 street date. Southern Death Cult formed in 1981, releasing their sole, self-titled album posthumously in 1983. That same year, Death Cult formed, with Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy joining forces for the first time, releasing two 12-inches which were subsequently combined and released as a CD in 2008. Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Cult, the duo have compiled tracks from the Death Cult era for a special release, "Paradise Now". Death Cult is a vital transmission from the generation of Shamanic post-punk gothic futurists. In late 2023, Astbury and Duffy reformed the project for a series of live performances including a sole U.S. date at The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, and a limited run of U.K. shows. Death Cult became The Cult in 1984, releasing "Dreamtime" that same year. The seminal post-punk band has gone on to sell more than four million albums, with numerous Canadian and U.S. gold and platinum certifications.  Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitar) have released 11 studio albums over The Cult's 40-year career.
Eels [EELS TIME!]

June 7 street date. Eels, the ever-changing critically acclaimed project of principal singer/songwriter E (Mark Oliver Everett), have released 14 studio albums since their 1996 debut, "Beautiful Freak". "Eels Time!" was recorded between Los Feliz, California and Dublin, Ireland. It consists of twelve brand new tracks with some of E's most introspective and personal material in recent years, and features collaborations with American musician and actor Tyson Ritter.
Gendron, Myriam [Mayday]

May 10 street date. “Mayday is an album that keeps on giving; every listen reveals additional nuances and every visit to the end- groove invites a return to the start.” -Lucy Sante In May 2024, Myriam Gendron comes back with her third full-length record, aptly titled Mayday. On Mayday, the artist showcases her love of traditional folklore music, drawing inspiration from the Appalachian variant of an English Christmas carol (“Lully Lullay”) and French Canadian sea shanties alike (“La belle Françoise (pour Sylvie)”). But the album is just as much an endorsement of Gendron’s talent as a singer-songwriter, as her bold poetic voice and musical arrangements shine on tracks such as country-folk ballad “Long Way Home”, rock and jazz infused closer “Berceuse”, cinematic 6-minutes long “Terres brûlées” or heartwarming instrumental interlude “La Luz”. On Mayday, she sings in both English and French, paying homage to various traditions across North America. Music critic Byron Coley writes: “Myriam has privately described the mood of Mayday as dark, in part due to the fact it was assembled after her mother’s passing, but she is always capable of balancing and blending emotional content in a way that makes it ultimately hopeful.” The album benefits from the precious contributions of renowned artists, collaborators and friends of Myriam, amongst which we can name Marisa Anderson, Jim White (‘Dirty Three’), Cédric Dind-Lavoie, Bill Nace and Zoh Amba.
Ghost Inside [Searching For Solace]

June 7 street date. The Ghost Inside stands as an unstoppable force in the realm of hard rock music. Fueled by unwavering determination and unyielding passion, this band has forged a path marked by resilience and redemption. Their latest endeavor, the 6th studio album titled "Search For Solace", delves into the profound theme of grappling with one's own thoughts - the internal struggle between good, bad, and evil. It explores the journey of finding comfort and making peace amidst the chaos of life's ebb and flow. The album reflects the band's commitment to not succumb to negativity, anger, or darkness, aligning with their identity as an uplifting and comforting musical force for fans seeking solace. Established in 2004, The Ghost Inside has solidified its position as a trailblazer in melodic hard rock. Their music seamlessly combines raw aggression with profound lyricism, creating a resonant experience for their dedicated fanbase. Their music embodies a spirit of resilience, unity, and the indomitable power of the human spirit. Each thunderous breakdown and soaring melody strikes a deep chord within the hearts of their fans, serving as a testament to the band's enduring impact.
Girl And Girl [Call A Doctor]

May 24 street date. In one sense, it's easy for artists - songwriters, specifically - to express their feelings in their work. After all, that's what the lyrics are for! But it's much harder to convey emotional energy in how you play, slash at the guitar, and the structure of the music itself. That's precisely why Girl And Girl's Sub Pop debut, "Call A Doctor", feels like such a vital, electrifying shock to the senses. Not since the early work of Car Seat Headrest or Conor Oberst's widescreen emotional brutality as Bright Eyes has indie rock managed to come across as this intimate and grandiose, as the Australian quartet led by Kai James lay a lifetime's worth of woes - mental health, the human race's planned obsolescence - across a canvas of indie rock that feels both timeless and in-the-moment. The album's eleven songs - spanning sweeping guitar epics and wry acoustic shuffles to spiky punk maneuvers and the type of raw, adoringly unvarnished indie-pop associated with legendary PacNW label K Records - are literally plucked from James' personal history, as he reworked older recordings with newer lyrics reflecting his past struggles as well as new anxieties that emerged prior to the album's recording.
Goat Girl [Below the Waste]

June 7 street date. Goat Girl - Lottie Pendlebury (she/her), Rosy Jones (they/them) and Holly Mullineaux (she/her) - present their third album, "Below The Waste", arriving on Rough Trade Records. Progressing from their angst-fuelled self-titled debut (2018) to the escapist world of sophomore LP "On All Fours" (2021), the South London trio enter their most self-assured era yet with this 16-track record. Pieced together like a collage over an extended period of time, the instrumentation was tracked mostly over a ten-day stint in Ireland at Hellfire Studios, in the shadow of the infamous Hellfire Club itself. They also used Damon Albarn's Studio 13. Additional strings, woodwind instruments, and vocals (including a choir made up of family and friends) were added to this framework at a number of locations, from a barn in Essex to Goat Girl's own studio. Co-produced by the band and John Spud Murphy (Lankum/Black Midi), "Below The Waste" takes the band's distinctive sound to new extremes, as they delve fearlessly into expansive noise-rock, delicate folk and synth-driven pop.
Gou, Peggy [I Hear You]

June 7 street date. Peggy Gou presents her 10-track debut LP, "I Hear You". Featuring the Canadian Platinum single, "(It Goes Like) Nanana", and her Lenny Kravitz collaboration, "I Believe In Love Again", the record sees Gou stepping into the next level of her artistry and boldly claiming her voice through the kaleidoscopic lens of 90s house music. Peggy Gou has ascended from underground sensation to global icon by sticking to her own unwavering vision, becoming one of the most in-demand electronic musicians/DJs in the world. Having performed to over a million people worldwide in 2023, the self-managed, South Korean-born and Berlin-based producer/artist has blazed her own trail as the first Korean DJ to play Berghain, the first female DJ to headline Ushuaïa Ibiza, and the first woman in over 20 years to appear within the Top 10 of DJ Mag's annual Top 100 list.
Ibibio Sound Machine [Pull the Rope]

May 3 street date. "Pull The Rope", the new record by Ibibio Sound Machine, casts the Eno Williams and Max Grunhard-led outfit in a new light. The hope, joy, and sexiness of their music remains, but, further honing the edge of their acclaimed 2022 album "Electricity", the connection they aim to foster has shifted venues from the sunny buoyancy of a sunlit festival to a sweat-soaked, all-night dance club. Williams and Grunhard attribute this shift to a matter of collaborators, recording "Pull The Rope" with Sheffield-based producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A.) over the course of two weeks. The way the pair wrote songs changed significantly - rather than Eno penning lyrics to music generated by Max and company's jamming, Orton started with Eno and Max writing together before adding the band. With less time in the studio and a new way of considering how they built songs, the duo found making decisions about the sound of "Pull The Rope" quicker and more instinctual than before.
L'Imperatrice [Pulsar (black vinyl)]

June 7 street date. With two successful albums and a sold-out world tour under their belt, Paris-based L'Impératrice have matriculated from a good-times instrumental act created by music critic Charles de Boisseguin to a six-piece powerhouse whose sashaying mixes of funk and French Touch, disco and deep house now include the fetching vocals of singer Flore Benguigui. Their new album, "Pulsar", is a focused but far-reaching record, the jubilant testament of a band with plenty to say and the skills to say it themselves. Across 10 tracks, L'Impératrice move freely and authoritatively among the sounds they love, bridging hip-hop, kosmische, and modern pop with their most unabashed embraces of French Touch and international house ever. Benguigui, meanwhile, boldly sings of self-empowerment by shirking beauty standards, ageism, and drab normalcy, with a little help from an exciting set of new friends. Throughout these 10 songs, L'Impératrice espouses the rare willingness to be real about life and its woes while also sounding like a perfect picture of joy.
La Luz [News Of The Universe]

May 24 street date. With a credo adapted from science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, an album title from a collection of metaphysical poetry, and an expansion in consciousness brought on by personal crisis, guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland learns to embrace a changing world with unconditional love on "News Of The Universe", the new full-length from California rock band La Luz. "News Of The Universe" is a record born of calamity, a work of dark, beautiful psychedelia reflecting Cleveland's experience of having her world blown apart by a breast cancer diagnosis just two years after the birth of her son. It's also a portrait of a band in flux, marking the first appearance for drummer Audrey Johnson and the final ones from longtime members bassist Lena Simon and keyboardist Alice Sandahl, whose contributions add a bittersweet edge to a record that is both elegy for an old world and cosmic road map to a strange new one. It might be La Luz's most brutal record to date, but it is also their most blissful.
Leclerc, Charles & Sofiane Pamart [Dreamers]

May 24 street date. In an unprecedented collaboration, Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc and world-renowned pianist Sofiane Pamart present Dreamers, a unique piano composition project. This collaboration brings together the high-octane world of racing and the emotive realm of music, embodied in four distinct and captivating co-composed piano pieces. Charles Leclerc, celebrated for his prowess on the racing circuits, joins forces with Sofiane Pamart, a pianist acclaimed for his innovative and soul-stirring compositions. Dreamers is born from their shared vision of blending the intensity of motor racing with the expressiveness of piano music, creating a narrative that speaks to the dreams and aspirations of both artists. This musical project is an immersive experience that unites the visceral energy of Formula 1 with the profound depth of piano music. A celebration of ambition and passion, reminding dreamers everywhere that with focus, heart, and no limits, the dream always continues.
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes [Blow It - At Madison's Quinceañera!]

June 14 street date. Twenty years have passed since Me First And The Gimme Gimmes ruined Johnny's Bar Mitzvah, and punk rock's premier cover band is back to wreak havoc on another important coming-of-age ceremony. This time, as the album title reveals, it was a Quinceañera. Nobody attending had ever heard of Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, and nobody knew what to expect. Recorded on July 15th, 2023, at The Soap Factory in San Diego, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes were completed by Joey Cape on guitar, CJ Ramone on bass, Swami John Reis on guitar, and Andrew "Pinch" Pinching on drums - a veritable punk rock supergroup, as ever, not that anyone at the Quinceañera knew or cared. However, they also had a wind section for the first time, courtesy of Keith Douglas and Jason Crane. It all comes together to create a performance that rises (even as it's sinking) to the occasion in "¡Blow it…at Madison's Quinceañera!".
NOFX [Half Album (EP)]

May 24 street date (LP). Resolicitation at higher price.  All pre-orders have been cancelled.  Over the past few years, NOFX have unleashed their very first double album in the form of 2021's "Single Album", followed by "Double Album" a year later. What fans didn't know is that wasn't all there was to this masterpiece. That's right, NOFX's first and only double album has a 5th side! "Half Album" is the final chapter to NOFX's epic double album. The songs that comprise this EP - as well as its two predecessors - were all recorded at the same time. "Half Album" is not simply the leftover songs from this session, but rather an integral part that ties the entire project together. "Half Album" isn't the last record they will release, but it is the beginning of the end of NOFX as we know them. It's also proof, despite its title, that NOFX doesn't do things by halves. This might be called "Half Album", but it's part of a much bigger legacy and an even greater whole.
Of Montreal [Lady On The Cusp (clear sky blue vinyl)]

May 17 street date. Over the course of the last two decades, of Montreal's creative force, Kevin Barnes, has been wowing fans with their vast catalog of endlessly fascinating pop and mesmerizing live shows. Barnes' songwriting and production aesthetic has since become iconic in the industry and has garnered massive critical acclaim in publications such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork. Barnes' influence on pop music is undeniable, with multiple late night TV appearances, as well as brilliant collaborations with the likes of Solange, Janelle Monáe, Jon Brion, and others. On of Montreal's latest album, "Lady On The Cusp", Barnes shapeshifts between genres with each song. On some tracks, Barnes revisits sounds of late 1960s guitar pop and psychedelia reminiscent of 2013's "Lousy With Sylvianbriar", while other tracks showcase Barnes' love of experimental funk pop that has been present throughout much of the band's discography. "Lady On The Cusp" is another exciting listen from one of the most prolific and influential artists making music today.
Pedro The Lion [Santa Cruz]

June 7 street date. On Pedro The Lion's new album, "Santa Cruz", critically acclaimed musician David Bazan returns with a new chapter in his ambitious and ongoing recording project - 5 albums devoted to places he lived in throughout his life. "Santa Cruz" is Bazan's third album in the series and follows up where 2022's "Havasu" and 2019's "Phoenix" left off. Tracks like "Modesto" and "Little Help" foreshadow Bazan's exposure and ultimate love of classic rock 'n' roll records, while songs like "It'll All Work Out" showcase his unique approach to synthesizers, something he introduced with the 2005 self-titled Headphones album. The stories on "Santa Cruz" highlight Bazan’s teenage years and solidifies what he sees as an exposition in a traditional three-act structure.
Rhapsody Of Fire [Challenge The Wind (2LP-white marbled vinyl)]

May 31 street date. It's time to "Challenge The Wind"! The Italian symphonic power metal institution Rhapsody Of Fire return with one of their best works yet, a continuation of their epic Nephilim saga which started with "The Eighth Mountain" in 2019. Ask any power metal fan and they will remark about how in 30 years Rhapsody Of Fire not only shaped a genre but developed as a band and created a legacy as the undisputed kings of symphonic power metal. Having built their standing upon classics like "Legendary Tales" (1997), "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands" (1998), and "Dawn Of Victory" (2000), Rhapsody Of Fire once again show what they do best: epic orchestral arrangements, grandiose choirs, fast and melodic guitars, and a gripping story that ties this opus of symphonic-power-finesse together.
Slash [Orgy Of The Damned (2LP)]

May 17 street date. A collection of 12 dynamic songs that shakes up and revitalizes blues classics with a stripped-down, instinctive approach, Slash's "Orgy Of The Damned" creates a singular expression that pays homage to the blues. A great cover takes something old and makes it new again. This is the philosophy behind "Orgy Of The Damned", on which the acclaimed guitarist re-teamed with storied producer Mike Clink and enlisted the album's diverse guest vocalists, which include Gary Clark Jr., Billy F. Gibbons, Chris Stapleton, Dorothy, Iggy Pop, Paul Rodgers, Demi Lovato, Brian Johnson, Tash Neal, Chris Robinson, and Beth Hart. To round out his band in the studio and on the road, Slash reunited with two of his bandmates from his Blues Ball outfit in the 90s, bassist Johnny Griparic and keyboardist Teddy Andreadis, and brought on drummer Michael Jerome and singer/guitarist Tash Neal.
Stone, Angus & Julia [Cape Forestier (gatefold/gold/booklet)]

May 10 street date. "Cape Forestier, our latest record, holds a really special place in our hearts - a chapter in the ever-unfolding book about the road we're traveling together. It feels reminiscent of our earlier records in terms of style; there's a real acoustic rawness to the sound. However, the songwriting and performances are naturally tied to the humans we are right now, with all the branches of experience hanging in there. We couldn’t be more excited to share this music. It’s been an incredible experience writing and recording these songs together." The Sydney-based sibling duo of Angus & Julia Stone have unfolded with an almost magical magnetism that has galvanized the world. Their albums have amassed multi-platinum sales and numerous ARIA and APRA awards at home and won a fanbase of millions over spiraling tours of the UK, Europe, and North America. Just last year, Angus shared the stage with Post Malone to perform their multi-platinum hit “Big Jet Plane,” a song that Malone fondly refers to as "probably my favorite song for-fucking-ever." Their indelible impact has been nothing short of timeless.
Strand Of Oaks [Miracle Focus (black vinyl)]

June 7 street date. According to Timothy Showalter, the idea of Strand Of Oaks' eighth album, "Miracle Focus", was born out of one simple concept: to make people feel good. Throw in a healthy mix of Ram Dass, yoga, Freddie Mercury, Alice Coltrane, and Beastie Boys, plus over a year of writing and building the extremely dense architecture of the songs, and "Miracle Focus" was born. The result is FUN, wild, rhythmic music filled with synth layering and mantra-like lyrics intended to uplift and hopefully bring some light to whoever listens. Tim says, "In many ways, this record is a love letter to bliss. Through meditation, I found a way to connect with something greater, a positive force that allowed me to write music as a manual towards a more love-focused life. And the miracles I refer to aren't asking the universe for anything; it's just acknowledging and celebrating this complex beautiful moment that we all get to share. My most sincere hope is that whoever listens might through sonic osmosis experience a similar joy".
Unessential Oils [Unessential Oils]

May 31 street date. Unessential Oils is the search for something authentic. Bits and pieces of Warren Spicer's life - traumas and weaknesses, successes and breakthroughs, moments of clarity and enlightenment mixed with the mundane and menial. The weight of grief and anger imposed on the joy and ecstatic freedom of new life. "I wanted to expose truths and realities inside myself, and not create illusions and beautiful places in which to hide and conceal myself. It's the opposite of escapism, it's about the feeling of home and safety and welcoming people into my world", explains Warren. The result is an album that is somewhat like a jazz record in that it focuses on the musicians' performances. Many of the songs are quite minimal in terms of songwriting, but the execution and the musicianship are at the heart of this album; they are adventurous with room for embellishment and improvisation. The microphones were turned up loud and everyone played quietly, complementing Warren's vocals, which are more conversational in terms of range and volume, almost under-sung. The four backup singers are singing in unison - a hat tip to the backing-vocal style in Brazilian Tropicalía records - gently enveloping the lead vocals.
Washington, Kamasi [Fearless Movement (2LP)]

May 3 street date. Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington presents his new double-LP, "Fearless Movement", via Young. Washington calls "Fearless Movement" his dance album. "It's not literal. Dance is movement and expression, and in a way it's the same thing as music expressing your spirit through your body. That's what this album is pushing". Where previous projects dealt with cosmic ideas and existential concepts, this record focuses in on the everyday, an exploration of life on earth. The album features Washington's daughter - who wrote the melody to "Asha The First" during some of her first experimentations on the piano - as well as a host of collaborators new and old. André 3000 appears on flute, George Clinton lends his voice, as do BJ The Chicago Kid, Inglewood rapper D-Smoke, and Taj and Ras Austin of Coast Contra. Further enlisted are lifelong friends and collaborators Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Patrice Quinn, Brandon Coleman, DJ Battlecat, and more.

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