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Bad Religion [No Substance (re-mastered)]

June 15 street date. REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL STUDIO MASTERS, BRINGING A LOUDER MORE CLEAR SOUND. 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. No Substance is the tenth album from Bad Religion, and a return to form for the band. First released in 1998, the album features popular singles “Raise Your Voice ”, “Shades of Truth “ and “The Biggest Killer In American History.”
Big Black [Headache (2018 remaster)]

June 15 street date. Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he was attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Lungs, the first Big Black release was recorded by Steve on a borrowed 4-track. He played everything on the EP himself - except the sax bleating courtesy of pal John Bohnen and the drums courtesy of Roland. Soon after, Steve recruited Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) on bass, and Santiago Durango (also Naked Raygun) joined them on guitar. In 1983, together with live drummer Pat Byrne, they recorded the Bulldozer EP. By 1984, the band had done some touring and recorded the Racer X EP and the start of the Il Duce 7”. After that, Jeff returned to Naked Raygun and was replaced by Dave Riley. In 1985, Big Black recorded their first full-length, Atomizer, as well as finishing the Il Duce 7”. Atomizer was released in 1986 along with the release of the Hammer Party compilation CD. In 1987, the Headache EP and Heartbeat 7” were released. That same year, the band recorded and released the 7” of The Model/He’s A Whore as well as their second full-length album, Songs About Fucking. They toured extensively (for Big Black). And they broke up.
Brian Jonestown Massacre [Something Else]

June 1 street date. This is first full length offering from the Brian Jonestown Massacre for 2018, a second, self-titled, album will be coming out in September. This is the 17th full length release from the band & the style is less experimental & more of a retracing back to the traditional sound of the band. Recorded between 2017 & 2018 , this 9 track album will please old & new fans alike . The band have announced tours of the USA , Canada , Australasia & will be announcing tours through Europe later this year.
Brian Jonestown Massacre [Hold That Thought]

May 18 street date. This is the new single which announces the band's forthcoming two albums to be released this year . The first track is "Hold That Thought" which comes from the album "Something Else" . The second track is "Drained" which will come from the self titled album . Both tracks were recorded in Berlin & the band are announcing tours of the USA , Canada , Australasia & Europe throughout the year . All tracks were recorded at Cobra Studios , Berlin in 2017.
Case, Neko [Hell-On]

June 1 street date. Producer/singer/songwriter Neko Case has won a large and loyal audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals and the downcast beauty of her music. Now more than 23 years into her musical calling, Case is the consummate career artist--fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. On June 1st, Anti- will release Neko Case’s ‘Hell On,’ an indelible collection of colorful, enigmatic storytelling that features some of her most daring, through-composed arrangements to date. Produced by Neko with help from Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn & John), ‘Hell On’ is simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging album in a rich and varied career that’s offered plenty of both. Rife with withering self-critique, muted reflection, anthemic affirmation, and her unique poetic sensibility, the 12 tracks of ‘Hell On’ — which features collaborations such as Joey Burns, Beth Ditto, Kelly Hogan, KD Lang, AC Newman, Paul Rigby, Laura Veirs, and more.
Destroyer [Thief (re-issue on orange vinyl)]

May 25 street date. Reissue on Orange vinyl !! In the hallowed Destroyer discography, the early trinity of City Of Daughters / Thief / Streethawk: A Seduction holds an important place; for not only does it document Dan Bejar's evolution from lo-fi bedroom tyro to bona fide master of the rock album, it also contains a massive percentage of superlative Destroyer "classics." 1998's City of Daughters features some of the first steps out of the demo-tapey experimentation of earlier recordings, with songs like "Comments On The World As Will" refining the sound of that stripped-down earlier work, and the seminal "No Cease Fires" offering us the first taste of just what a full-band Destroyer might conjure. 2000's Thief naturally went further down that road, and from the opening strums of "The Temple" to the arty quirk of "Queen of Languages" to the gentle, jagged comedown of the title track, it soon became clear that Dan Bejar was master of a singular songcraft-- and one that was only just getting started.
Feuerstack, Michael [Natural Weather (180g/White vinyl)]

May 25 street date. There is a clichéd way to say anything worth saying, so Michael Feuerstack simply looks for the scenic route and tries to enjoy the journey at the same time. On his latest full-length album, Natural Weather, the songwriter wanted to make something gentle and complex: a recording that celebrates music as a refuge from binary thinking - a means to seek wisdom in the grey areas. Recorded at home, Natural Weather offers a deceptively rich palette. Most of the instrumentation is provided by Feuerstack, with Jeremy Gara on drums and violin cameos by Sarah Neufeld. The background singers also figure prominently: Camille Delean shadows Feuerstack in harmony, while Michelle Tompkins and Mike O’Brien glimmer in response. This collection balances Feuerstack’s signature dark humour and empathic inquisitiveness as the songs relax into deep ambiguity around heavy themes: love, death, memory, age, mental illness, intimacy, and ambition.
Here Lies Man [You Will Know Nothing]

June 15 street date. Here Lies Man took the music world by storm in 2017 with their self-titled debut positing the intriguing hypothesis: What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat? Rough Trade named that album in their prestigious Top 10 Albums of 2017. BBC 6 and Classic Rock Magazine deemed it among the year’s best, as well as countless other press outlets singing its praises. This June, the L.A. band comprised of Antibalas members quickly follow their auspicious debut with the even more thoroughly realized album You Will Know Nothing. Its eleven tracks expand upon the band’s exploration of heavy riff-based rock and psych within the ancient rhythmic formula of the clave. Sonically, the dynamic range is thicker, crisper and more powerful on this album. It glistens as much as it blasts. The songs are even catchier, more anthemic, and the production reflects that of a band truly come into its own. While it also certainly maintains its gritty grooves, there’s an interesting conceptual mathematics to the entire proceedings. “There are interludes between each song that are 2/3 to 3/4 of the tempo of the previous song,” vocalist / guitarist / multi-instrumentalist Marcos Garcia says. “The reason it breaks down to 2 over 3 or 3 over 4 is that everything in the music rhythmically corresponds to a set of mathematical algorithms known as the clave. The clave is an ancient organizing rhythmic principle developed in Africa.” Lyrically, the album is also an equally more conceptualized effort that reflects upon states of being and consciousness—a driving force that carries throughout the words and moods of all of the band’s releases, interconnected to their trancelike music. This band have truly honed their sound and their focus, and soon, you will truly know nothing.
Long Branch [Found The Setting Sun]

May 25 street date. "Members of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, the Good Family and Adaptor 45 Announce Debut Album as Long Branch" "The band brings together a number of music vets, including Lisa Myers and Laura Pitkanen of Adaptor 45, D'Arcy Good of the Good Family, Don Pyle of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, and Sally Lee of Venus Cures All (and Myers' all-girl punk group Chicken Milk). After crossing paths at various times and places over the decades — from seeing each other play to rallying together to fight "evil" landlords in Parkdale — the group are finally set to unveil their first full-length. " - Exclaim!
Mad Caddies [Punk Rocksteady]

June 15 street date. MAD CADDIES successfully combine a wide range of influences - dixieland, reggae, punk, ska, and more - while selling more than 400,000 records! They consistently assemble a collection of songs which are diverse yet cohesive from start to finish. So, when Fat Mike (NOFX) had the vision of putting a reggae twist on some classic punk tracks, there was really only one band for the job - the Caddies. With "Punk Rocksteady", Mad Caddies lend their unique style to 12 of the most popular punk songs from the past couple decades - Bad Religion, Green Day, Against Me!, SNUFF, Operation Ivy, Descendents, NOFX, Misfits, Lagwagon - they've even managed to turn a Propagandhi track into a ska song!
Madball [For the Cause]

June 15 street date. Formed at the end of the 80s, Madball began as a project of the quintessential hardcore band Agnostic Front. Fronted by Freddy Cricien, brother of Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret, Madball has been an unstoppable force in hardcore around the world • Since the bands inception, Madball has released eight full length albums in addition to a variety of eps. “For the Cause” is Madball’s ninth full length release. The record was mixed and mastered by renowned producer Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios in Denmark. It was co-produced by Tim Armstrong (RANCID), who is also featured on one song on the album. Commented MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien: “Tim and us go way back, he‘s an old friend and super talented guy... across the board! A legend in his own right. He invited us to come record with him and it all fell into place very organically. He‘s respected our band from day one and was excited to be a part of this. We‘re honored to have him on board.”Bass player Hoya Roc states: "We got a real good album. It feels like the movie "Pulp Fiction". We've got every style of hardcore in there. It feels like we've got something special!" The band also announced to have legendary rapper/actor/frontman Ice-T (BODY COUNT) to guest on one track.
Neurosis [Pain Of Mind]

May 25 street date. Reissue of first album by titans of punk and metal and impossible to describe other hybrids. “Pain Of Mind marks the inception of one of the weirdest and most powerful bands there ever was as they begin their odyssey through the sonic landscape: thirty-three years, thirteen albums and counting. These gritty punk songs bear little resemblance to what Neurosis would become, but the future was written here, and if you listen closely to these kids—barely out of high school at the time, you can hear their early influences: the guitars and existential anguish of Amebix and Rudimentary Peni, the passionate politics of Crass, the heaviness of Sabbath—and here, too, they lay the foundation for some of their enduring concerns: the pursuit of transcendence, and contemplation on the downward suck of despair. “With Pain of Mind, Neurosis sunk their claws into the hearts and minds of the East Bay scene like no one else. They were fucking dark, gazing right into the abyss and refusing to turn away. The cacophony of vocals on this album—Kelly’s unhinged screams, and Edwardson’s guttural growl, suggested a familiar sort of internal mania: like the voices in an unquiet mind, paranoid, but for all the right reasons. And Jason Story’s original cover art perfectly captures that torment.
Pedro The Lion [The Only Reason I Feel Secure]

May 25 street date. The Only Reason I Feel Secure is the second EP by Pedro the Lion. Originally released as a 5 track EP in 1999 on Made In Mexico Records, it was re-issued by Jade Tree records in 2001 with 3 bonus tracks which originally constituted the bands’s first single – and appear only on the Jade Tree reissue. 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. 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.
Porcupine Tree [In Absentia]

June 1 street date. CD edition.  Reissue of "In Absentia", the seventh studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released on 24 September 2002. The album marked several changes for the band, with it being the first with new drummer Gavin Harrison and the first to move into a more heavy metal and progressive metal direction, contrary to past albums' psychedelic and pop rock sounds. It was very well received critically and commercially, with it often being considered the band's crowning achievement, and selling over triple what any of the band's prior albums had in the past.
Sidekicks [Happiness Hours]

May 18 street date. Happiness Hours is the fourth album by THE SIDEKICKS, their second for Epitaph. THE SIDEKICKS came together in high school in suburban Cleveland, Ohio where singer/guitarist Steve Ciolek and drummer Matt Climer bonded over their love for punk bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, and Rancid. The two fell in with the local D.I.Y. punk community and began playing shows in basements and community centers in town garnering a strong following. The band released two albums and made some lineup changes before moving to Columbus, Ohio in 2012. During this time THE SIDEKICKS were stylistically evolving, as pop and indie rock influences began making themselves heard and their second album and fan favorite album, Awkward Breeds. Happiness Hours picks up sonically where Awkward Breeds left off, destined to be the new fan favorite. Ciolek and Climer along with Toby Reif (Guitar) and Ryan Starinsky (Bass) will be taking the Happiness Hours to the masses on tour around release. (Produced by John Agnello!! .. Dinosaur Jr., Weezer, The Menzingers, etc)
Spacemen 3 [Taking Drugs To Make Music..(2LP)]

June 1 street date (date change). (USA edition from Superior Viaduct) Berry coloured heavyweight 180 gram vinyl double LP in a gatefold sleeve with new artwork layout. Re-mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Studios especially for vinyl release. Amidst the swirl that is Spacemen 3’s discography, Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To occupies a pivotal position --- one right at the nexus between their garage beginnings and their expansionist future. While much of this material is expanded upon via Sound Of Confusion and The Perfect Prescription, many devotees consider these urgent, minimally treated recordings as the prime document of Spacemen 3 at this stage. Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To casts Spacemen 3 alongside the mid-80s cadre of UK front-line rockers, contributing a distinct variation of high pop shining through layered noisy guitars.  Ultimately, this collection serves to exalt the strength of Spacemen 3’s songwriting over the atmospherics and production assemblage that would permeate their later efforts.  Be it the rave-up rendering of “The Sound Of Confusion” or the churning take on “Losing Touch With My Mind”, these full band recordings capture the excited and inspirational spark of psychedelia rather than deep-dive ruminations on sonics and space.
Tracyanne & Danny [Tracyanne & Danny]

May 25 street date. Tracyanne & Danny is a new collaborative project between singer-songwriters Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby). Tracyanne hails from Glasgow, Scotland. London-born Danny is based in Bristol, England. Their paths first crossed in 2013 when introduced by mutual music industry pals. Tracyanne dug Danny’s Crybaby album (released on Helium Records) and invited him to open some Camera Obscura shows in the UK. Mutual artistic respect led to the swapping of song ideas, but tentative plans to work together were set aside while Camera Obscura wrote, recorded, released, and promoted their fifth album Desire Lines. Following the death of Camera Obscura’s Carey Lander, all band activity stopped. Time passed. Tracyanne and Danny revisited the idea of collaborating. A pool of songs were honed and crafted. On the suggestion of their manager (and Teenage Fanclub drummer) Francis Macdonald, they recorded at Clashnarrow, a studio in Helmsdale in the highlands of Scotland owned by the esteemed Edwyn Collins. Sessions took place throughout 2016 and 2017. Edwyn co-produced along with engineer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Read (Dexys). They had the use of Edwyn’s vintage gear (including the guitar pedal which features on his global hit “A Girl Like You”) as they invoked a range of shared influences: The Roches, Dion, Lou Reed, The Flamingos, Serge Gainsbourg, Santo & Johnny, and The Style Council. Edywn pops up with a guest vocal on first single “Alabama,” an intentionally “joyous” tribute to Tracyanne’s late friend and band mate Carey Lander. Tracyanne & Danny is not a diverting curio or a wee stop on the road to someplace else. It is a shared artistic aesthetic, forged over time. They have figured out how to fit round each other and work together, creating a rewarding musical synergy. (LP comes in Gatefold with Download code)
V/A [African Scream Contest 2 (2LP/Gatefold/Dlx)]

May 18 street date. Ten years after 2008's African Scream Contest, crate-digger Samy Ben Redjeb unveils a new treasure trove of Vodoun-inspired Afrobeat heavy funk crossover greatness on African Scream Contest 2. Gut-busting yelps, lethally well-drilled horn sections and irresistibly insistent rhythms. Features Stanislas Tohon, Elias Akadiri & Sunny Black´s Band, Picoby Band D´Abomey, Antoine Dougbé, Orch. Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Black Santiago, Lokonon André et Les Volcans, Sebastien Pynasco and L´Orchestre Black Santiago, Super Borgou de Parakou, Cornaire Salifou Michel et L´Orchestre El Rego & ses Commandos, Gnonnas Pedro and His Dadjes Band, and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. African Scream Contest 2 includes meticulously researched text and effortlessly fashion-forward photography, supplied by the artists themselves. CD version comes with a 44-page booklet. Double LP version comes on 140 gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve; includes 24-page, LP-size booklet.
V/A [Technicolor Paradise (3LP) Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights]

May 25 street date. It was a musical cocktail born in a marketing meeting: Two parts easy listening, one part jazz, a healthy dollop of conga drums, a sprinkling of bird calls, and a pinch of textless choir. Serve garnished with an alluring female on the album jacket for best results. Exotica! The soundtrack for a mythical air conditioned Eden, packaged for mid-century, tiki torch-wielding armchair safariers. Be it mosquito-bitten torch singers, landlocked surf quartets, fad-chasing jazz combos, mad genius band leaders, D-list actors, or a middle aged loner programming bird calls into a Hammond, Exotica was always more concerned with what geography might sound like over who was conducting. Captured across three albums are 48 (54 on the CD) curious examples of the short-lived genre’s reach, each summoning their own sonic visions of Shangri La, bringing their versions of the Pacific, Africa, and the Orient to the hinterlands of America. Technicolor Paradise is wher e one mak es it, after all.
V/A [Contract In Blood: A History Of UK Thrash Metal (5CD)]

June 8 street date. For decades, UK thrash metal has been the most underrated and overlooked member of the metal family. Criminally ignored, and considered secondary to its American, German and Brazilian equivalents, the genre has nevertheless continued to survive and thrive, rising from the ashes on more than one occasion. The scene has generated a wealth of amazing music, often in the face of adversity and apathy, and "Contract In Blood" documents the whole scene - warts 'n' all. From humble demo recordings to major label artists, spanning over thirty years of relentless and uncompromising music. This is the definitive collection of UK thrash. Curator and critically acclaimed music historian Ian Glasper's name has become synonymous with documenting the UK's thriving, aggressive musical underground. His books have become cult classics, and the last words on their respective genres. Ian is renowned for his knowledge and passion, and, most importantly, his deep immersion in the scene itself, ensuring unparalleled access to those who made the music. Released to coincide with the publication of Glasper's book of the same name, this box set includes 83 tracks across 5 CD's from legends such as Venom, Onslaught, Sabbat and Acid Reign to lesser-known, cult artists and includes ten previously unreleased tracks.
Waits, Tom [Small Change (remastered)]

June 8 street date (LP). / March 23 (CD). Remastered 2018 Reissue!! Tom Waits' first seven albums, originally released through Elektra Asylum Records in the 1970's, have been re-mastered and are being re-released via Anti-Records! Small Change (1976) is a masterpiece that contains some of Waits’ best early work. Classic jazz, Tin Pan Alley, and Stephen Foster filtered through Tom’s unique worldview and lyrical genius. Heartbreaking, hilarious and always vivid, songs like “Step Right Up”, “Tom Traubert’s Blues”, “I Wish I Was in New Orleans”, “The Piano Has Been Drinking”, and “Invitation to the Blues” are all classics that have influenced generations of songwriters since. Recorded with a live orchestra and featuring jazz legend Shelly Manne on drums, Small Change is a classic and stands as one of Tom Waits most popular recordings.
Wayfarer [World’s Blood]

May 25 street date. Unique black metal that encompasses the aura and aesthetic of the American West influenced by Americana and folklore of the Wild West. (Previous albums on the Prosthetic label) World’s Blood is black metal of the American West. Wayfarer recorded the album in the winter of early 2018 at The Thousand Caves in New York under the watchful production of Colin Marston. Drawing influence as much from the dusty, dark Americana of the “Denver Sound” and the scores of epic westerns as they do the fury and melody of black metal, the band brings something original to the table with a sound that is at once aggressive and honest. The album paints a hallucinatory picture of the western frontier, and the haunting presence of the blood in the soils from a culture lost to time. Releasing their debut album Children Of The Iron Age in 2014, which was later picked up by Prosthetic Records, they would tour alongside the likes of Dreadnought, Falls of Rauros, Anicon, Velnias, and Haunter.Thei rsecond album Old Souls was released in 2016 and continued the band’s progression to a sound not easily confined by genre tags, more refined and decidedly darker. World’s Blood marks Wayfarer’s debut with Profound Lore Records, as they step into their own in the music underground with their strongest and most fully realized vision to date.
Wire [Pink Flag (2CD/book/special edition/2018 remaster)]

May 18 street date. Wire’s first three albums need no introduction. They are the three classic albums on which Wire’s reputation is based. Moreover, they are the recordings that minted the post-punk form. This was adopted by other bands, but Wire were there first. These are the definitive re-releases. Each album is presented as an 80-page hardback book —the size of a 7-inch, but obviously much thicker. After a special introduction by Jon Savage, Graham Duff provides insight into each track. These texts include recording details, brand-new interviews with band members, and lyrics. The original album is presented on its own CD, accompanied by discs that feature relevant extra tracks: singles; B-sides; demos; and many previously unreleased songs. All audio has been painstakingly remastered (or, in some cases, mastered for the first time) Usually contextualized against a backdrop of two years of the growing cultural importance of punk rock—Wire’s debut Pink Flag, released in December 1977 on EMI’s progressive label Harvest was in fact was something “other.” To the keen cultural commentator, the timing and label of it’s release will register two essential facts about it. Firstly, too late (a year after the Pistol’s debut release) to be part of UK punk’s first flush and secondly that the band were signaling something beyond punk by their choice of label. Further investigation would reveal twenty-one tracks, some of them clocking in at well under a minute and covering a range of tempi well beyond the buzzsaw rockabilly that had become, even by the second half of 1977, punk’s staple.

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