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Music Releases 06-17-22

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Foals take a fresh, thrilling new direction on with their upcoming album Life Is Yours, which will be released on June 17th via Warner Records. Life Is Yours is the follow-up to the triumphant, two-part Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, which proved to be a pivotal pinnacle in the bands story. Not only did it result in the bands first ever UK #1album, but the ambitious scale of the Mercury-nominated album saw Foals win their first BRIT Award for Best Group.

Life Is Yours feels like a natural evolution for Foals, its disco-tinged guitars, tight syncopated rhythms and punchy, insistent hooks echoing their roots as purveyors of rambunctious house party chaos. Thematically, its escapist, transportive and in rapture at lifes endless possibilities. Its a record thats perfectly in tune with the prevailing atmosphere of this moment in time a life-affirming celebration as the world is reunited.

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Songs My Friends Wrote is an album Ive been threatening to make for years. Its a bunch of tracks that are my versions of a bunch ofsongs my friends wrote. Im fortunate to count a lot of world class songwriters as good pals and I wanted to shine a little light on some of my favourite examples of their work. In most cases Ive picked relatively obscure songs that have always spoken to me, even though many of them wont be so familiar to people. Theres a pretty good chance of a Volume Two, Three and Four eventually, because there were a lot of friends and a lot of songs to choose from. The best part about recording all these tunes was that they reminded me of all the people who I havent been able to hang out with for the past two years because of the plague weve all been dealing with. All of these tunes bring a smile to my face and I hope they do the same for you. - Corb Lund

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Originally released in 2003 with 30 tracks, UMe has updated the classic Sounds Of Summer compilation by The Beach Boys. The Expanded Edition 6 LP set features 80 key tracks from their storied career (all newly remastered) with 24 new stereo mixes, including two first-time stereo mixes. Limited pressing on 180-gram vinyl with updated photos and liner notes.

The Beach Boys - Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys [6LP Box Set]
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The Gold Experiencewas the first full-length Prince album to be credited to his unpronounceable symbol and was released at the most public, heated stage of his battle with the major label industrial complex. With the word SLAVE written on one cheek, Prince shined on the opulent ballads The Most Beautiful Girl in the World and Gold and the defiant single Eye Hate U, and the album earned widespread critical acclaim.

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"Not The Smile as in ha-ha-ha, more The Smile as in the guy who lies to you every day"... so speaks Thom Yorke on the inspiration behind the name of the new trio consisting of himself, his Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood and drummer Tom Skinner of UK jazz outfit Sons of Kemet. The description is borne out by The Smile's acerbic first single "You Will Never Work In Television Again," a 2:48 blast of ragged, raw energy that moved The New York Times to rave: "Over a bruising 5/4 beat and flailing guitars climbing through three chords, Yorke snarl-sings his avenging fury at 'some gangster troll promising the moon' who'd devour 'all those beautiful young hopes and dreams,' and you can almost feel the spittle flying."

Additional singles "The Smoke", "Skrting the Surface" and "Pana-Vision" - which epically closed the series finale of hit show Peaky Blinders - followed with equal critical acclaim; all are collected on The Smiles first album, A Light For Attracting Attention, produced by Nigel Godrich.

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Mt. Joy channels bold, brilliant energy. After quietly racking up over a half-billion global streams, the Philadelphiaquintet reemerges with 2022s Orange Blood. The album represents joy in its purest form. When you hear this, we
hope it makes you happy, says lead vocalist and guitarist, Matt Quinn. We wanted something that found beauty inthe fact that the world has always been crazy. Weve been through some shit together to the point where we have
become a family.

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Calum Scott

Bridges

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Bridges is the sophomore album from British singer/songwriter, Calum Scott, featuring his new single, Heaven.

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Brett Eldredge

Songs About You

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ELDREDGE - SONGS ABOUT YOU - The album features 12 songs co-written by Eldredge including the previously released "Want That Back" and "Holy Water." "I knew exactly what I wanted to say and what I wanted the album to sound like," said Eldredge of the new album. "I wanted the album to be songs that connect us all in the human experience. These are emotions that are reflective of each of us. There are songs of solitude, joy and heartbreak, and I like that tension. Songs About You is about the songs that instantly recall your own experiences. The songs that can make you remember exactly how you felt, or the sights around you or the smells in the air. The songs that make you remember all the happiness and the heartbreak." These latest releases follow his seven country-radio No. 1's, nine Gold and Platinum-certified singles, two Gold-certified albums, multiple CMA, ACM and CMT Music nominations and wins and most recently, his critically acclaimed fourth studio record, Sunday Drive.
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Flume

Palaces

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Flume kicks off a new cycle with his highly anticipated third album, Palaces. The 13-track LP shows off his ability to expertly push the boundaries of a sound he helped define, while delivering songs that are still undeniably "Flume." Flume is an artist that has remained uncompromising in his vision and artistry since the beginning, and Palaces is no exception. Featuring a diverse range of artists from rising stars like Caroline Polachek, to established tastemakers like Damon Albarn, this album spans across genres, igniting his fan base and taking him to new heights, creating the perfect launch pad for his upcoming world tour.
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Written and recorded in 50 days over lockdown, Omega was released digitally the day it was completed. Nowavailable on Red LP with a new, previously unreleased song, Time to Start Over. The album will be supported by afull tour and a film that will be released day and date. The music is a soundtrack to the global lockdown with hardhitting rock tracks and subtle themes of resistance and personal survival. It includes a cover of Massive AttacksSafe From Harm, feat. Beni Webbe (Skindred). Indie Exclusive Red LP.

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Hank Williams, Jr.s sound has always been built on the blues, and his latest album, Rich White Honky Blues, is a sonic testimony to that. The project came together over three hot days in Nashville, recorded live with the finest blues session players in the country at producer Dan Auerbachs legendary studio, Easy Eye Sound. Never one to rest on his laurels, even after 56 studio albums, the acclaimed Country Music Hall of Fame member is still finding new creative ground to explore.

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A classic story of one man fighting for the freedom of the world with a great science-fiction twist. This movie is full of amazing dialogue and also contains the greatest fistfight in the history of cinema. Like most of Carpenters films They Live has an urban-western feel to it which is emphasized by the infectious score.
Celebrated designer and artist Alan Hynes has crafted a spectacular collectible package for the soundtrack befitting the films theme of subliminal communication utilizing the iconic sunglasses to reveal hidden messages as you pull the disc sleeve from the slipcase.
Carpenter and Howarths main theme conjures up images of a lone cowboy entering town with the main melody augmented with the sounds of harmonica and saxophone. Theres a carefree attitude that reflects Rowdy Roddy Pipers character but the score takes on a more sinister tone when he realizes he doesnt know anything about whats really going on. Carpenters signature synth tones create an uncomfortable atmosphere but the main bassline is always fighting against them never giving up. Electric guitar is used fleetingly but brilliantly and the whole score embodies the kind of rebelling against authority Carpenter is famous for. They Live will rock your world without the need for a Brazilian plastic surgeon to put you back together again.
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Logic

Vinyl Days

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Vinyl Days is the highly anticipated seventh studio album from GRAMMY-nominated, multiplatinum artist Logic.Hosted by Funk Flex and driven by samples from the vinyl collection of MadLib collaborator, Egon, Vinyl Daysboasts appearances from Wiz Khalifa, The Game, RZA, Action Bronson, Morgan Freeman, Earl Sweatshirt,Nardwaur, Anthony Fantano and more.

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The second LPby Belarussian trioMolchat Doma, Etazhi, meaning Floors,was first released in 2018 on Berlin-based Detriti Records, then reissued andreleased in North America for the first time in 2019. Throughout the first halfof 2020, the album's seventh track, Судно (БорисРыжий) (Bedpan (BorisRyzhy)), gained viral popularity as a result of the song being used oen asbackground music on TikTok, the song has appeared in around 100,000 videoson the platform. The song peaked at number two on the Spotify Global Viral50 chart and number one on the United States Viral 50 chart in early May.

Molchat Doma (translated as Houses Are Silent), founded in 2017 in Minsk,Belarus, stands at the intersection of post-punk, new-wave and synth-pop. Darkyet danceable, and with a heavy dose of goth ethos, their music is reminiscentof the masters that predate them, but make no mistake:Molchat Doma createsa sound and meaning that is immediately recognizable as all their own.

The band is comprised of Egor Shkutko, who sings the Russian lyrics in hisdeep monotone, Roman Komogortsev on guitar, synths, and drum machine,and Pavel Kozlov on bass and synths.

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When Chris Stewart set out to write and record his third album asBlack Marble, he wasnewly living in Los Angeles, fresh o a move from New York. The environment broughtmuch excitement and possibility, but the distance had proved too much for the car hebrought along. With it out of commission indefinitely, he purchased a bus pass and plannedhis daily commute from his Echo Park apartment to his downtown studio, where he beganto shape Bigger Than Life. The route wound all through the city, from the small local shopsof Echo Park to the rising glass of the business district, to the desperation of Skid Row. Thehurried energy of the environment provided a backdrop for the daily trip. When Stewartfinally arrived at his studio, hed look through his window at the mountains and the sky,seeing the beauty that makes L.A. unique the same beauty his fellow commuters, somepushed to the edge of human endurance, had seen. That was the headspace he was in whenhe began to map out the syncopated drums and staccato arpeggiation of Bigger Than Life, anode to his new condition and a shimmering synth-pop response to its cacophony.

As with every Black Marble album, Stewart recorded, produced, and played everything youhear on Bigger Than Life using entirely analog gear, though the process was new. This timearound, he wrote everything on his MPC and sequenced it lie to his synths only using thecomputer to record, not to create. I try new approaches every time, which helps me stayengaged but also its kind of a trick I play on the creative side of my brain, Stewart says.Keeping one side of my mind busy on organizational creativity I think frees up the otherside where the inspirational creativity comes from.

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For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova hasbeenrecording music asZolaJesus. Shesbeen on Sacred Bones Recordsfor most of that time, andOkovi markedherreunionwith the label. Fittingly, the11electronics-driven songs onOkovi share DNAwith her earlywork on Sacred Bones. The musicwas written in purecatharsis, and as aresult, the sonics are heavy, dark, andexploratory. In addition tothe contributions of Danilovas longtime live bandmate AlexDeGroot, producer/musicianWIFE, cellist/noise-maker ShannonKennedy fromPedestrianDeposit, andpercussionistTed Byrnes all helped buildOkovis textural universe.

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In April of 2021, 13 months into quarantine, Rick Springfield and his band performed his most iconic album, Working Class Dog, from start to finish live at Ricks home in Malibu in celebration of its 40th Anniversary. The resulting work is a renewed interpretation of a classic. The DVD features behind-the-scenes footage, all the joyful live performances, plus 4 bonus Rick Springfield hits: Love Somebody, Don't Talk to Strangers, State of the Heart, and Affair of the Heart.

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140g Clear Vinyl in Standard Sleeve ofA PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS 2009 single Keep Slipping Away, including brand new Keep Slipping Away 2022 and previously unreleased My Heart Was Empty. Taken from their sophomore studio album Exploding Head, released in 2009, the limited edition release also features 4 remixes, including South Central, Cereal Spiller, Maps & Richard Fearless.

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Like an old bone dug up by an even older dog, Quarters! is decaying, stinky, flyblown, but still somehow... meatyand tasty. Its wonky! Its wobbly! Warts n all! The Gizzard Gator flies in, serenades you for 40:40 and is off insearch of more flesh. Quarters! is a woozy jam recorded to warped tape. Join the cult. Join the Quarters! club.Pressed on recycled 180-gram vinyl and packaged in a brown paper bag in place of shrink wrap.

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You are getting very sleepy... Red-cloaked, faceless figures beckon. You ascend the staircase to the castle in theair. You step to their groove. Its kraut, its garage, its soul, its psych. Its crazy. Its all in your head. Or is it? You aregetting very sleepy... Im in Your Mind Fuzz is pressed on recycled 180-gram vinyl and packaged in a brown paperbag in place of shrink wrap.

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Option Explore,Dylan Moonssecond full-length album, is a glassy-eyed survey of popsplaying field both past and present, and acollection of clever, colorful songs filteredthrough frequencies, timbres, and dreamsdiscovered and discarded while its maker shiftsfrom one sub-genre to the next.

Option Explore signals a significantdeparture from Moons debut 2019 albumOnlythe Blues, which at its heart is a folk recordfrom the forlorn fringes of psychedelia: a littlemysterious, but ultimately lucid in its internallogic and generous with standalone, but sing-along, songs. Dylans 2020 EPOh No Oh NoOh Nosuggested both a shift in his writingand listening habits, culminating with the 2021compilationMoons Toons Vol. 1. OnOptionExplore, Moon willfully spins multitudes. Witha careful study of synthpop, a penchant forwarped yet unwavering guitar grooves, andan effortless songwriting ability, he leans intounlikely convergences, and arrives at somethingdeeply futuristic in its disregard for genresanctity.

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There's a space between literal and abstract where art often resides, and few bands excel at navigating that surreal territory more deftly than Horse Jumper of Love. On their third full-length, Natural Part, the Boston-based three-piece revels in the act of grasping at something that can't be held, smudging the lines between rich details, hazy memories, vivid moments, and intangible feelings to create their most captivating record to date. Sonically, Natural Part feels even more expansive than anything Horse Jumper of Love have done before, which is no small feat for a band whose music has often hinged on billowing guitars and roomy drums. Opener "Snakeskin" gently welcomes the listener with an enveloping atmosphere, before a sharply angled guitar riff in the towering second track "Ding Dong Ditch" fractures the aura. Familiar influences like Duster and David Berman can still be heard throughout, but new elements like cello-performed by Emily Dicks Thomas and inspired by both Nirvana's unplugged album and listening to Oasis' "Wonderwall" in preparation for a Halloween cover set)-add different textures to the band's reverberating sound. A sense of mystery and the inevitability of change permeates much of The Natural Part, with vocalist / guitarist Dimitri Giannapoulos often capturing snapshots that take note of a flickering feeling in the mundane, and then letting his imagination expand it into something profound. It's those kinds of details that makes Natural Part such a compelling listen. It's an album planted firmly in small moments that feel big: the unexpected flashes that somehow feel authentic and esoteric all at once, and cut through our busy lives to ground us in something that seems meaningful-even if we can't fully articulate why.
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