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Releases for 31 August 2018

We have, as usual, six of the very best of the releases due out on 31 August to recommend to you. First off, Hundred Records favourites Mogwai release their very first foray into soundtracking a feature film: Kin is a sci-fi thriller from the makers of Arrival, and the epic sweep and grandeur of Mogwai fits the film like a rather well-tailored glove. Runaway, the tenth studio album from Passenger, was recorded between the UK and Australia but draws on Americana more so than past Passenger albums. There is some lap steel, some mandolin, a little banjo, all courtesy of guitarist Benjamin Edgar. Hunter is the third studio album from Anna Calvi, her first new music for 4 years. It’s a visceral album exploring sexuality and breaking the laws of gender conformity: a queer and a feminist record, galvanising in its hunt for freedom, and as much about the hunted as it is about the hunter. Madeleine Peyroux’s new album, Anthem, comes ten years after the singer-songwriter’s previous album of original songs, and finds her wiser and with finer powers of articulation, with a clear message of hope, optimism and resilience in the face of a turbulent reality. The Pineapple Thief’s new album, Dissolution, tells of the often dark consequences of living in a society in which everything is played out on a public stage, and confirms their status as leaders of Europe’s experimental rock domain.

Our album of the week is Joy As An Act Of Resistance by Bristol’s IDLES, which takes aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity.

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  • Joy As An Act Of Resistance, the second album from Bristol’s IDLES, takes aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration and class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.
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  • Hundred Records favourites Mogwai release Kin, their very first foray into soundtracking a feature film. Given that Mogwai’s sound is the very definition of wide, open and cinematic, it’s surprising that it has taken this long for them to produce a feature-film soundtrack. Kin is a sci-fi thriller, and the epic sweep and grandeur of Mogwai fit the film like a rather well-tailored glove.
  • Note: The LP will be available on heavyweight red vinyl, exclusive to indie shops, and includes a download code.
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  • Runaway, the tenth studio album from Passenger, was recorded between the UK and Australia, but its aesthetic is North American. This is thanks in large part to Mike Rosenberg’s American father, who organised trips back to the States every other summer while Mike was growing up in Brighton. Some songs point to specific locations such as Yellowstone or Detroit; and, sonically, Runaway draws on Americana more so than past Passenger albums. There is some lap steel, some mandolin, a little banjo, all courtesy of guitarist Benjamin Edgar.
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  • Hunter is the third studio album from Anna Calvi, and her first collection of original material since 2013’s One Breath. This is a visceral album that explores sexuality and breaking the laws of gender conformity: a queer and a feminist record, it is galvanising in its hunt for freedom. It was important to Calvi that it was as vulnerable as it is strong; as beautiful as it is harsh; as much about the hunted as it is about the hunter. But she’s careful not to characterise any of these traits as “masculine” or “feminine” – the whole point is that one person, of any gender, can be both. The power is in the contrast itself; in the way she oscillates between extremes, sounding freer than ever before. She wanted to express herself while being “free from the story that either gender is given, free from worrying how people would judge me on what I want to do with my body and myself. For me, that’s quite a utopian vision.
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  • Madeleine Peyroux’s new album, Anthem, comes ten years after Bare Bones, the singer-songwriter’s previous album of original songs. Anthem finds Peyroux wiser and with finer powers of articulation. Inspired by her idol Leonard Cohen’s ability to “suffer for the work, but still present the listener with just a friendly thought,” Peyroux sends a spiritual but clear message of hope, optimism and resilience in the face of a turbulent reality.
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  • Dissolution is The Pineapple Thief’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Your Wilderness and is the band’s second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison, spurring them on as leaders of Europe’s experimental rock domain. The album’s concept is the often dark consequences of living in a society in which everything is played out on a public stage, a theme paralleled in the cover art. Songwriter Bruce Soord explains: “In a time when we are supposed to be bound closer together than ever, I have never felt so apart from the world. We are living through a revolution and right now I am not sure it’s a good one. Lyrically this is the most vivid I have been.
 

 

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Releases for 17 August 2018

Our six smashers due out on 17 & 24 August start with Performance, the new album from White Denim, a band who have long pulled hard at the parameters of rock & roll, admitting garage punk, soul, psychedelia, prog, jazz and blues while holding onto its vital good-time core. There simply is no other band quite like them. It’s been months since the last Oh Sees opus, so its obviously time for another! So crack the coffers for Smote Reverser, an album of head-destroying psych-epics to rock out to. Perhaps the most notable thing about the album is the artistic restlessness underpinning its flights of fancy. On their ninth record, Thank You For Today, premier US indie-rock outfit Death Cab For Cutie have expanded to a 5-piece and broadened their sonic palette accordingly, resulting in a subtle, important work full of catchy tunes! Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds returns with Re:member, a “breaking-out-of-a-shell” album recorded using his pioneering Stratus software that operates two self-playing semi-generative player pianos. It’s a work of opposing forces: twinkly piano sits behind forceful thuds of strings and rises and falls with ease. Everybody, Anyone is the fifth studio album by UK R&B aces Stone Foundation. Recorded at Paul Weller’s Black Barn studios, it features a healthy sprinkling of guest musicians, including Kathryn Williams, Steve White and Weller himself.

Our release of the week is Marauder, the first new music from Interpol since 2014’s El Pintor. It’s a multi-layered album, full of subtle and steely songs that easily meet the test of what makes a great Interpol album.

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  • For the first time since 2007’s Our Love To Admire, Interpol have opened themselves up to the input of a producer. For two-week spells between December 2017 and April 2018, they travelled to upstate New York to work with Dave Fridmann – famed for his work with Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon, Mogwai, and countless more – to record Marauder.
  • In the run-up to writing and recording, drummer Sam Fogarino found himself immersed in soul drummers such as Al Jackson Jr (Otis Redding’s drummer) and ’80s funk producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “How can I make shit swing?” was the question Sam repeatedly asked himself, and the answer is in the striding gallop of opener ‘If You Really Love Nothing’, the embellished skip ’n’ bounce of ‘Stay in Touch’ and the R&B swagger of closer ‘It Probably Matters’. Interpol have always been world-beaters at creating a feeling, but Marauder is where the feel is just as crucial.
  • Paul Banks may have stepped out of the shadows as bassist and singer, but he’s stepping into an even brighter light as a songwriter. On Interpol’s previous albums, he largely kept himself out of his own work, preferring to fill his lyrics with detached thoughts, characters, and observations, often phrased in abstract. But more than 20 years on since forming the band at NYU, the frontman is finally allowing himself to play a role in his own stories.
  • This record is where I feel touching on real things that have happened to me are exciting and evocative to write about,” he explains. “I think in the past, I always felt autobiography was too small a thing for me to reference. I feel like now, I’m able to romanticize parts of my own life.
  • Note: this album will be released on 24 August. The LP is available on indies-only cream vinyl.
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  • Performance is the new album from White Denim, a band who have long pulled hard at the parameters of rock & roll, admitting garage punk, soul, psychedelia, prog, jazz and blues while holding onto its vital good-time core. Their up-tempo drive has produced a body of work defined as much by stellar musicianship as off-the-chain exhilaration. Energy and adventurism have always been paramount. There is no other band quite like White Denim – unique in talent and legendarily potent as a live band, they are quite simply a very special band.
  • Note: this album will be released on 24 August.
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  • Crack the coffers, Oh Sees have spawned another frothy album of head-destroying psych-epics to rock out to. Notice the fresh dollop of organ and keyboard prowess while the twin drum-corps polyrhythmic pulse continues to astound and pound in equal measure, buttressed by the nimble-fingered shred-heaven fret-frying of John Dwyer, there’s a fresh heavy-prog vibe that fits like a worn-in jean jacket comfortably among hairpin metal turns and the familiar but no less horns-worthy guitar fireworks that Dwyer has made his calling card. Perhaps the most notable thing about Smote Reverser is the artistic restlessness underpinning its flights of fancy. Dwyer refuses to repeat himself and for someone with such a hectic release schedule, that stretching of aesthetic borders and omnivorous appetite seems all the more superhuman!
  • Note: the LP is an exclusive indies-only version.
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  • On their ninth record, Thank You For Today, premier US indie-rock outfit Death Cab For Cutie have expanded to a 5-piece and broadened their sonic palette accordingly. Ben Gibbard is now in sole creative control and Death Cab have delivered a subtle, important work full of catchy tunes!
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  • Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds returns with his new album, Re:member, recorded using his pioneering Stratus software that operates two self-playing semi-generative player pianos. Mixing the opposing forces of a sweaty dance-floor and the icy ocean, the video sits perfectly alongside the track’s subtle power; twinkly piano sits behind forceful thuds of strings and rises and falls with ease. “This is my breaking-out-of-a-shell album,” Arnalds says of the album. “It’s me taking the raw influences that I have from all these different musical genres and not filtering them. It explores the creative process and how one can manipulate that to get out of the circle of expectations and habit.
  • Note: this album will be released on 24 August.
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  • Everybody, Anyone is the fifth studio album by Paul Weller-endorsed UK R&B aces Stone Foundation. Recorded at Weller’s Black Barn studios, it features a healthy sprinkling of guest musicians, including Kathryn Williams, Steve White and Weller himself.
  • Note: this album will be released on 24 August. The deluxe LP version is exclusive to indy shops.
 

 

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Releases for 3 August 2018

Our 6 summer sizzlers for 3 & 10 August start with James, who release their 15th(!) studio album, Living In Extraordinary Times; as Tim Booth puts it: “We knew something was up when Leicester City won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It’s as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.Politics Of Living is the third studio album from Irish rockers Kodaline, on which the band team up with some of the biggest producers and writers out there. “We needed to take the time to make sure this was the best album we could make,” says Steve Garrigan. “We are so happy with it and can’t wait for people to hear it!Jake Shears, lead vocalist and a primary songwriter for New York band Scissor Sisters, is stepping out on his own for the first time; and his self-titled debut solo album, which adds a swampy, Southern feel to the Sisters sound we’re familiar with, is the talk of the town at the moment. The Magpie Salute’s new album, High Water I, represents a musical union of swaggering rock ’n’ roll, psychedelic blues, and campfire-worthy storytelling that first took flight in 2016 when the band first assembled for a now seminal Woodstock gig. North-western hard rockers Massive Wagons release their best record to date, Full Nelson, a stompathon full of surprises and energy. It’s a delightful rollercoaster of a record that you could never tire of, and stands above all of their other releases so far.

Our album of the week is Coup De Grace, the third solo album from Miles Kane. It’s a blistering exercise in modern rock ‘n’ roll, written mostly with Jamie T, and it’s well worth the wait. “This record is for me the most important record I’ve made to date,” said Miles. “It’s been 5 years in the making, a lot of emotion and excitement has gone into making this album!

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  • Coup De Grace is Miles Kane’s third solo album. It’s a blistering exercise in modern rock ‘n’ roll and well worth the wait since 2013’s Don’t Forget Who You Are. Recorded in LA, produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent), Miles wrote much of the album with Jamie T. “This record is for me the most important record I’ve made to date,” said Miles. “It’s been 5 years in the making, a lot of emotion and excitement has gone into making this album!
  • Note: this album will be released on 10 August.
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  • James release their 15th(!) studio album, Living In Extraordinary Times. As Tim Booth puts it: “We knew something was up when Leicester City won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It’s as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.
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  • Politics Of Living is the third studio album from Irish rockers Kodaline, and their first collection of new music since 2015’s Coming Up For Air. On the new album the band team up with some of the biggest producers and writers out there. “It’s been a while since we released our second album,” says Steve Garrigan. “But we felt we needed to take the time to make sure this was the best album we could make! We are so happy with it and can’t wait for people to hear it!
  • Note: this album will be released on 10 August.
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  • Jake Shears, lead vocalist and a primary songwriter for New York band Scissor Sisters, is stepping out on his own for the first time. His self-titled debut solo album is the talk of the town at the moment. He is also playing the lead in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, as well as just releasing a tell-all memoir about his life as a musician so far, Boys Keep Swinging. The album isn’t a big departure from the Sisters sound we’re familiar with, but adds a swampy, Southern feel – likely inspired by his move to New Orleans in 2015.
  • Note: this album will be released on 10 August.
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  • The Magpie Salute’s new album, High Water I, was put together by Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes and recorded at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville. The 12-song album represents a musical union of swaggering rock ’n’ roll, psychedelic blues, and campfire-worthy storytelling that first took flight in 2016 when Robinson assembled the band for a now seminal Woodstock gig.
  • Note: this album will be released on 10 August.
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  • North-western hard rockers Massive Wagons produce their best record to date, Full Nelson, a stompathon full of surprises and energy. They are a band that don’t take themselves too seriously and know how to put on a fun show, which is just what rock ’n’ roll should be about. Full Nelson feels like a step up both in terms of songcraft and energy. It’s a delightful rollercoaster of a record that you could never tire of, veering from the straight-up hard rock of ‘Under No Illusion’ to the Offspring-esque pop/punk of ‘China Plates’ and the melancholic wandering of ‘Ballad Of Verdun Hayes’. It stands above all of their other releases so far – more mature in terms of writing but still retaining that fun-loving vibe.
  • Note: this album will be released on 10 August.
 

 

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Releases for 20 July 2018

We kick off our recommendations for 20 & 27 July with the news that Ty Segall & White Fence are become one again, regrooving what we once called Hair into what is now Joy. Rock is dead, according to them, so experience the commencement of on-beyond rock: music made with old tools but emitted from a fresh new single-celled organism. Trojan Records, launched in 1968, was instrumental in introducing reggae to the world at large, with illustrious performers as Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, Bob & Marcia, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Dave & Ansel Collins, The Pioneers, and many, many more. To celebrate 50 years since the label’s founding, they have put together a super-deluxe multi-format box set, which reflects the amazing diversity of the label’s output. While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld’s Rick Smith arranged to meet Iggy Pop, whose music had also been central to the first Trainspotting film two decades earlier, in a room at the Savoy Hotel to discuss working on collaborative music for the film. On arrival, Iggy found a full studio set-up, and from that cheeky moment Teatime Dub Encounters was born. Punch Brothers deliver a concept album, All Ashore, that blends many of Americana’s best sounds into a sonic stew worth every delicious bite while being a meditation on committed relationships in the present day. This week’s touch of the heavy comes from Halestorm in the form of their fourth album, Vicious, which builds and improves on the previous three, being at the same time heavy-as-you-like and, crucially, full of honest-to-goodness tunes.

Our album of the week comes from Israel Nash, whose latest, Lifted, is as close to heaven as music can take you. Suffused with summer sunshine and bursting with optimism in the face of global fear and loathing, Lifted is – as its title implies – a much-needed antidote to all that Trumpery and Mayhem from a man whose long hair and beard, location in a remote part of Texas and penchant for dressing all in white give him the air of a cult leader.

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  • Israel Nash’s latest, Lifted, is like listening to cosmic Americana while being baked in a heatwave, and gets as close to heaven as music can take you. Suffused with summer sunshine and bursting with optimism in the face of global fear and loathing, Lifted is – as its title implies – a much-needed antidote to all that Trumpery and Mayhem from a man whose long hair and beard, location in a remote part of Texas and penchant for dressing all in white give him the air of a cult leader.
  • Note: this album will be released on 27 July.
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  • For the first time in seven years Ty Segall & White Fence are become one again, regrooving what we once called Hair into what is now Joy. Hair grew out of a simpler time, man! If, as the dyphrenic duo indeed affirm on Joy, rock in 2018 is dead, don’t come around here looking for no burial. Instead, find Joy caught up in the commencement of on-beyond rock: music made with old tools but emitted from a fresh new single-celled organism.
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  • It’s 50 years since Trojan Records launched in the summer of 1968. The label was instrumental in introducing reggae to the world at large. By the mid-Seventies, the label had enjoyed over 30 significant mainstream chart hits by such illustrious performers as Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, Bob & Marcia, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Dave & Ansel Collins, The Pioneers, and many, many more. Alongside these major successes, Trojan showcased the work of literally hundreds of Jamaican musicians, from artists whose careers remain shrouded in mystery to future international recording stars.
  • The Trojan Records Boxset presents, on an array of vinyl and CDs, all the major UK hits, numerous Jamaican best-sellers, hundreds of rarities that see issue for the first time in decades, and two brand-new recordings from the new record label, Trojan Reloaded. In addition, the set includes an array of essential items, including a stunning book on Trojan album sleeve artwork and a variety of stylish accessories. The handsomely designed set comprises:
  • Two 3-CD collections, featuring over 130 tracks with 69 making their digital debut
  • 4 vinyl LPs, showcasing the hits, rarities and rare ‘commercial reggae’ tracks
  • Two 7" singles, highlighting previously unreleased and brand new recordings
  • A book featuring essays and full-scale reproductions of 50 of the most iconic Trojan album sleeves from the past 50 years
  • High-quality Trojan slipmat
  • Stunning A2 poster
  • Stylish Trojan patch
  • Wooden Trojan 7" single adapter
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  • While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld’s Rick Smith arranged a meeting with Iggy Pop in a room at the Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand to discuss working on collaborative music for the film. Their respective tracks ‘Lust For Life’ and ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ had perfectly bookended the first Trainspotting film two decades before.
  • On arrival, Iggy found a fully working studio set up and eagerness to get cracking. According to Rick Smith: “Iggy was staying at The Savoy and graciously said ‘yeah you know we we can meet and talk about something’ because we both felt a strong connection to Trainspotting and to Danny. I turned up thinking I’ve got one chance here to convince this gentleman that we should work together. So I turned up with basically half my studio, hired a hotel room, set up and sat waiting.” As Iggy says: “When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skyped director who has won the Oscar recently and a microphone in front of you and 30 finished pieces of very polished music, you don’t want to be the wimp that goes ‘uh uhhh’, so my mind was racing.
  • Teatime Dub Encounters is the result of those clandestine hotel room recording sessions.
  • Note: this album will be released on 27 July.
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  • Punch Brothers deliver a concept album that blends many of Americana’s best sounds into a sonic stew worth every delicious bite. Chris Thile, the band’s mandolinist and lead singer, has called All Ashorea meditation on committed relationships in the present day.” It’s a generally soft, thoughtful nine-song set, and the album’s wide variety suggests Thile’s stylistic skills know no boundaries.
  • Note: the LP will be released on 7 September.
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  • Halestorm’s fourth album, Vicious, builds and improves on their previous three releases, being at the same time heavy-as-you-like and, crucially, full of honest-to-goodness tunes.
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Releases for 13 July 2018

We lead off 13 July’s new releases with Back Roads And Abandoned Motels, on which The Jayhawks play their own versions of songs written by front man Gary Louris with and for other artists, including Dixie Chicks, Scott Thomas, Carrie Rodriguez and more. PBS’s Sessions At West 54th brought the hottest and hippest acts to New York to perform live in front of a studio audience. One of the first was Ben Folds Five, and the recording of that 1997 session is the first live release from the ‘vintage’ years of the trio. From The Vault – San Jose ’99 is the latest in a long line of classic live Rollings Stones shows, and captures a stand-out show in a smaller venue, with the band on searing form on songs from the mid-sixties right up to Bridges To Babylon. Over the span of not much more than a year, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth has taken his listeners from a decidedly funereal self-titled break-up album to the celebratory Lamp Lit Prose, which focuses on new beginnings. By any measure, Bury Tomorrow are among modern British metal’s upper echelon. They have achieved this not by following trends or jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon but by sharpening their own brand of punishing yet melodic heaviness and by sheer force of character.

Our release of the week comes from the fabulous Cowboy Junkies, who once again gently shake the listener awake with All That Reckoning, the band’s most powerful album yet. While the music is characteristically easy to listen to, the songs are visceral, a juxtaposition of gentleness with rock that can be jarring.

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  • Cowboy Junkies once again gently shake the listener awake. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, their new album, All That Reckoning, encourages the listener to take notice. It might also be the most powerful album Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded. While the music is characteristically easy to listen to, the songs on All That Reckoning are visceral. In true Junkies fashion, the gentleness is juxtaposed with rock that can be jarring.
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  • Back Roads And Abandoned Motels contains The Jayhawks’ own versions of songs originally written by front man Gary Louris with and for other artists, including ‘Come Cryin’ to Me’ (originally released on Natalie Maines’ Mother in 2013); ‘Everybody Knows’ and ‘Bitter End’ (released on Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way in 2006); ‘Gonna Be a Darkness’ (written and performed by Louris and Jakob Dylan for the soundtrack of the HBO series True Blood in 2011); ‘Need You Tonight’ (originally released on Scott Thomas’ Matson Tweed in 2015); ‘El Dorado’ (originally released on Carrie Rodriguez’ She Ain’t Me in 2008); ‘Bird Never Flies’ (originally released on Ari Hest’s The Break-In in 2007); ‘Backwards Women’ (written with Wild Feathers but never recorded) and ‘Long Time Ago’ (written with Emerson Hart of Tonic but never recorded). In addition the album premieres two brand-new songs.
  • Ben Folds Five - The Complete Sessions At West 54th

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    • Ben Folds Five  The Complete Sessions At West 54th  CD £15.99 / Limited 2-LP £34.99
  • In 1997, American broadcaster PBS began airing Sessions at West 54th, a programme that brought the hottest and hippest acts to New York to perform live in front of a studio audience. And one of the first acts asked to appear was Ben Folds Five. This was a very big deal to the leader of the band. “I viewed it as an equal to a classic BBC live music television show,” says Ben Folds. “I walked into it thinking, ‘This is the one I leave behind,’ because it felt like some kind of a time capsule gig.” This release represents the first live album to be released in either format from the ‘vintage’ years of the trio (Folds, drummer Darren Jessee and bassist Robert Sledge).
  • Note: The vinyl version is available in a gatefold blue-vinyl double LP limited to 1000 copies!
  • The Rolling Stones - From The Vault – No Security, San Jose ’99

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    • The Rolling Stones  From The Vault – No Security, San Jose ’99  2-CD + DVD £19.99 / 3-LP box set £29.99
  • From The Vault – No Security, San Jose ’99 is the latest in a long line of classic live Rollings Stones shows. This release captures a stand-out show, with the band on searing form during the closing leg of their ‘No Security’ tour, so-called because it featured he Stones in smaller venues than normal.
  • The band treated the crowd to an up-close and personal experience, with a set list spanning from the mid-sixties hit singles to the Bridges To Babylon album, including a bluesy, dramatic version of ‘Midnight Rambler’, a dark and swaggering ‘Out of Control’, and ‘Some Girls’ and ‘Saint of Me’, both rarely performed live. The show was an electrifying, anthem-packed, cross-generational hot ticket, concluding yet another chapter from the band that wrote the book on rock’n’roll.
  • Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose

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    • Dirty Projectors  Lamp Lit Prose  CD £10.99 / LP £21.99
  • Over the span of two albums in not much more than a year, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth has taken his listeners to the musical equivalent of church. Last year’s self-titled break-up LP was decidedly funereal, while the new Lamp Lit Prose takes on the celebratory tone of a resurrection (if not of life, at least of love and a chance for new beginnings).
  • Bury Tomorrow - Black Flame

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    • Bury Tomorrow  Black Flame  CD £11.99 / LP £18.99
  • By whatever measure you care to use, Bury Tomorrow are among modern British metal’s upper echelon. Long since established as one of the UK’s most successful heavy exports, the Hampshire quintet have already scored two top 40 UK albums. That they have achieved all of this, and much more besides, not by following trends or jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon but by sharpening to a diamond-cut point their brand of punishing yet effortlessly melodic heaviness speaks of a character that few bands of any genre could hope to match.
 

 

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