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Surviving is the new album from American rock band Jimmy Eat World. This new set marks the groups 10th studio album, and will be released on their 25th Anniversary as a band! Ahead of the album release, Jimmy Eat World will release two singles and videos – a reworked version of fan favorite “Love Never” plus a new track “All the Way (Stay).”
Jimmy Eat World - Surviving [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
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4LP 140Gram Vinyl Box Set.Regarded as one of the most impressive experimental/progressive/psychedelic rock bands to emerge from the UK since it's inception in 1991, Porcupine Tree enjoyed a successful recording career spanning over 15 years. The release of 'The Incident' in 2009 was followed with a lengthy tour before the band entered a hiatus, giving band members Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin & Gavin Harrison time to work on their various solo careers and other collaborations. 'The Incident' went top 30 in both the UK and USA, and the world tour climaxed with sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York. The album marked another step forward in the incredible journey of the band from a solo studio project created by Wilson in the late eighties, to a multi-Grammy nominated act and one of the world's most revered live bands, selling out arenas across the globe and wowing fans with incredible shows. 'Octane Twisted' features 'The Incident' album in it's entirety, recorded in Chicago. The end of the album contains 5 classic PT tracks also recorded in Chicago along with 3 highlights from the band's landmark show at Royal Albert Hall. "Octane Twisted really captures the atmosphere and energy of a Porcupine Tree live concert experience. Recorded at a time when the band had the set well 'played in', you can hear the interaction between the band members as well as the audience as they navigate their way through The Incident and many other older songs too." Gavin Harrison Originally released on 2CD+DVD in 2012, this release sees Octane Twisted on vinyl for the first time across 7 sides in a 4LP box set with a new etching from long term designer Carl Glover.
Porcupine Tree - Octane Twisted (Box) [Indie Exclusive] (Uk)
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Sylvan Esso

WITH [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2 LP]

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Sylvan Esso -"WITH" : In November 2019 Sylvan Esso staged a unique new tour called WITH. Through seven shows in four select cities, the group presented their music like never-before; collaborating with some of their favorite musicians to create an experience that was totally memorable. The sold-out shows took place in iconic venues like LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall, NYC's Beacon Theatre, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and ended in their hometown at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Indie Exclusive Double LP

Sylvan Esso - WITH [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2 LP]
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Free Love thrives on collaborative frisson—two people pushing one another into new territories with the shared assurance of knowing they’re in good company, a sort of trust fall in reverse. Yes, these 10 songs are some of Sylvan Esso’s most direct. And most delicate. And most intricate. And most urgent. Free Love carries the confidence of two people delighted to be all those things, together, at once. LP pressed on Sky Blue Vinyl.

Sylvan Esso - Free Love [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sky Blue Opaque LP]
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COLOR LP: S&M2, the live set from Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony is the concert event of the year! S&M2 features 20 songs (over 2.5 hours of music) from the two-night event that opened San Francisco’s new Chase Center, with many Metallica fan favorites and 2 unique classical songs chosen by San Francisco Symphony Musical Director Michael Tilson Thomas. S&M2 has newly re-mixed and remastered audio for a whole new sound from the original theatrical run in October 2019. Four marbled orange LPs with a 16-page 12x12 booklet featuring photos by Anton Cobijn. Download card included. Exclusive to independent retail and Metallica.com.

Metallica and San Francisco Symphony’s September 6 & 8, 2019 S&M2 concerts were historic on multiple levels: They served as the grand opening of San Francisco’s Chase Center, reunited the band and Symphony for the first time since the 1999 performances captured on the Grammy-winning S&M album, and featured the first-ever symphonic renditions of songs written and released since those original S&M shows.

The sold out shows were rapturously received by the 40,000 fans who traveled from nearly 70 countries, as well as the media: Rolling Stone raved “the group proved that anything was possible,” Variety noted an atmosphere “buzzing with excitement,” while the Mercury News witnessed "a concert that fans will be talking about for decades to come,” and Consequence of Sound hailed "a true celebration of Metallica and their musical prowess.”

Metallica - S&M2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Marbled Orange 4LP]
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It is with great joy that we present the Mr Bongo edition of Marcos Valle's 1983 self-titled masterpiece. A pure vintage that features the ultimate Brazilian-boogie cult-classic 'Estrelar' and iconic 80s cover art that sees a gloriously sun-drenched Marcos dressed in a pink v-neck t-shirt surrounded by a generous selection of deadly-looking neon cocktails. The album was produced by the legendary Lincoln Olivetti and Marcos' brother Paulo Sérgio Valle. It showcases a real who's who of Brazilian music at the time, with stellar performances from vocalists and musicians such as Rosana, Serginho Do Trombone, Robson Jorge and Oberdan Magalhaes to name but a few. This was Marcos' second album, after having moved back to Brazil from his time living in Los Angeles, and that US influence is evident through it's prominent boogie, soul and funk sounds. It also features collaborations with the US singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, keyboardist, and record producer, Leon Ware, who co-penned three tracks including 'Estrelar'. To complete the album there are tracks such as 'Fogo Do Sol', which is pure AOR / Balaeric vibes, and tracks that are more MPB and pop-inspired, making a well-balanced track list for both home-listening pleasure and dancefloor business. What could we do to give one of Marcos' most celebrated albums the treatment it deserved and produce the most definitive re-issue possible? The answer was to enlist the services of Miles Showell, Abbey Road Studios Mastering and lacquer-cutting engineer and all-around audio-magician, to cut a special half-speed master edition. Miles had previously worked his half-speed magic on our Arthur Verocai album re-issue, and once again we are totally blown away by the richness which Miles has brought out in his mastering technique. He has enhanced the listening experience and taken this wonderful album to another level.
Marcos Valle - Marcos Valle (Mint Green Vinyl) [Colored Vinyl] (Grn) [Indie Exclusive]
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The fifth studio album from Baroness, Gold & Grey, is out on June 14th via the band's own label, Abraxan Hymns.

Side A

Side B

 

01 

Front Toward Enemy

02 

I'm Already Gone

03 

Seasons

04 

Sevens

05 

Tourniquet

06 

Anchor's Lament

01 

Throw Me an Anchor

02 

I'd Do Anything

03 

Blankets of Ash

04 

Emmett - Radiating Light

05 

Cold-Blooded Angels

 

Full Length Vinyl 2

 

Side A

Side B

 

01 

Crooked Mile

02 

Broken Halo

03 

Can Oscura

04 

Borderlines

05 

Assault on East Falls

06 

Pale Sun

 Side B on LP 2 will be an etching.

 

Baroness - Gold & Grey [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]
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This recording is a full-band rearrangement of the original- a solo piano & vocals ballad posted to Patreon in April of 2019, now turned rock song. It is about memory. It's about the past and how the past sometimes calls for us, but we can't go back to it. It's about how events are stamped in time, but not necessarily our minds.Some of my earliest memories are of the giant willow tree that stood in the yard of my childhood, looming over the house. I still see this huge yellow tree all the time in my mind's eye, but it's always changing, always a bit different. This is referenced in the first verse of the song.Another set of memories are from when I said goodbye to my grandfather in a hospital: the order of his last words to me, my sister standing on the opposite side of the bed, the elevator doors closing... I want to remember all of this in detail, but I'm not sure that's possible. This is what the second verse is about.Memories come randomly to me when I'm sitting at the piano, mindlessly playing. It's a kind of meditation, and as I noodle away events from the past float in and out of my skull, morphing and conflating with one another. A teenage road trip arrives at last year's swimming hole; mind-mush. It's as if the notes act as doorways for the memories to slip in and out, and they swim around together in my head like snakes in a well. This is more or less what I'm going on about in the third verse.This is one of my favorite tracks on the LP because it's metamorphosis from a slow piano ballad into the groovy number you now hear was one of the most profound transformations that occurred while remaking songs for this album. The two versions are entirely different, yet both, I think, work.
Spencer Krug - Fading Graffiti (IEX)
$21.98
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iDKHOW is a new project led by Dallon Weekes (Panic! At The Disco). Earning press acclaim, their debut EP hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers Chart. iDKHOW initially had a curated storyline, believed to have been a decades-old band that never got a big break until 2017, when an anonymous donor released recovered video footage that hints otherwise, leading fans, music historians and conspiracy theorists to debate. Debut album, RAZZMATAZZ on 10/16. LP on Peach Swirl vinyl w/ book insert.
I Don't Know How But They Found Me - RAZZMATAZZ [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peach Swirl LP]
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From the anthemic “Virginia (Wind In The Night),” an ode to Russell’s native state to which he’s recently relocated (“If it was solely up to me, I’d live her for the rest of my life,” he says), to the minimal but momentous “Tiebreaker,” Every Shade of Blue showcases The Head and the Heart’s unique ability to dip its toes into a variety of musical genres. It’s the band’s knack for supreme melody, however, that remains a constant. And it’s why many of the songs on Every Shade of Blue, including the slow-rolling title track, “Every Shade of Blue,” which Russell says has “a Sinatra vibe,” are undeniable pop-radio missiles. The band’s ability to create music that appeals to listeners’ common denominator, Russell says, is something he not only won’t shy away from but is immensely proud of. 

The Head And The Heart - Every Shade of Blue [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Orange Crush 2LP]
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The group went back to the basics (and the basement) for WAKE UP, SUNSHINE. Throughout 2019, the four musicians—Alex Gaskarth [vocals, guitar], Jack Barakat [guitar, vocals], Zack Merrick [bass, vocals], and Rian Dawson [drums]—congregated together in Nashville at Rian’s studio and at a Palm Springs rental house. Face-to-face, they wrote and recorded the 15-song affair joined by co-writer, producer, and collaborator Zakk Cervini. 

“We got back to how we started,” commented Alex. “It had been a long time since the four of us made a record under one roof. That became a central theme. We’ve been a band for 17 years. Everybody brought something to the table. A lot of what you’re hearing came from those magic moments together.” 
Jack concurred, “I think we accomplished something special. By putting our four heads together, we were able to make a classic All Time Low album.” 
WAKE UP, SUNSHINE distills two decades of experience into a definitive and dynamic body of work for the band. Welcoming new collaborators into their world, the forthcoming album sees All Time Low teaming up with blackbear on “Monsters” and The Band CAMINO on “Favorite Place”
All Time Low - Wake Up, Sunshine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Custard W/ White Splatter LP]
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A Day to Remember has announced their Fueled By Ramen debut. The announcement was coupled with the release of the album's latest single, "Brick Wall." The band's frontman Jeremy McKinnon discussed the big news, "It's finally here - almost! To all our fans around the world, we want to say, 'Thank you!' You've waited patiently, and we can't wait for you to hear this. There's a lot of detail in everything we do from the mixes to the artwork, because it all tells a story. So, we made sure each element was perfect. Every line happens for a reason. We took what we envision modern music to be and made a hybrid of who we were, who we are, and who we want to be. It took a lot of maneuvering to get it right, but we feel like we did. We're here now and very happy to present 'You're Welcome'."
A Day To Remember - You're Welcome [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
$19.98
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Deluxe double vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release from the alt-rock band led by singer/songwriter Mark Everett (AKA E). Earth to Dora is the follow-up to the band's 2018 release The Deconstruction.

Eels - Earth To Dora [Deluxe 2LP]
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THE ICONIC GARY NUMAN is set to release his brand new album Intruder on May 21st. Intruder is Numan’s 18th solo studio album and follows 2017’s Savage: Songs From A Broken World, which became his highest charting set in almost forty years when it debuted at #2 on the Official Albums Chart. That commercial success was complemented with wide-reaching critical acclaim from Mojo, The Quietus, Rolling Stone and more. Whereas Savage depicted earth as a barren wasteland in which humanity and culture had been largely crushed by the effects of global warming, Intruder presents a fresh but complementary narrative. It’s a philosophical examination of a potential future apocalypse: the planet can only survive by purging its inhabitants. Numan explains: “‘Intruder’ looks at climate change from the planet’s point of view. If Earth could speak, and feel things the way we do, what would it say? How would it feel? The songs, for the most part, attempt to be that voice, or at least try to express what I believe the earth must feel at the moment. The planet sees us as its children now grown into callous selfishness, with a total disregard for it’s well being. It feels betrayed, hurt and ravaged. Disillusioned and heartbroken it is now fighting back. Essentially, it considers human kind to be a virus attacking the planet. Climate change is the undeniable sign of the Earth saying enough is enough, and finally doing what it needs to do to get rid of us, and explaining why it feels it has to do it.”

Gary Numan - Intruder [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP]
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Debut album from Paul McCartney. Apart from wife Linda's vocal contributions, McCartney performed the entire album by himself, playing every instrument. Including the monumental track 'Maybe I'm Amazed,' the album held the number one position for three weeks on the US Billboard 200 chart and peaked at number 2 in Britain. Now reissued on 180g vinyl with included download card to complete your collection.

Paul McCartney - McCartney [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Red LP]
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New Puscifer album coming Oct 30, 2020 is the follow up to the highly acclaimed album "MONEY SHOT" & debuted #15 on the Top 200. Puscifer features Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE), Carina Round and Mat Mitchell.
Puscifer - Existential Reckoning [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
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NF

Perception [LP]

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MP3 Album: $8.99 Download

NF - Perception [LP]
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Moby’s eclectic career has cast him in the roles of electronic dance music pioneer, singer and songwriter, producer, activist, and restaurateur, but for his latest venture he presents his music in a whole new light.

Together with Deutsche Grammophon, he is releasing an album of his best known tracks in stunning new arrangements for classical instruments – featuring Moby himself and a stellar lineup of collaborators from across the musical spectrum.

Always a daring and imaginative thinker, Moby’s first classical collaboration happened in October 2018, when he performed a selection of his songs alongside the LA Phil and conductor and friend Gustavo Dudamel. This was the inspiration for the current project, which features not only full orchestral versions but new electronic arrangements, as well as sophisticated smaller-scale acoustic interpretations.

The 14-track album includes classic Moby songs like “Porcelain”, “Why Does My Heart”, and “Extreme Ways” in innovative new versions, featuring eye-catching collaborations including both Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Víkingur Ólafsson on “Porcelain”; Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah on “Natural Blues”; and Kris Kristofferson as well as original vocalist Mark Lanegan on “The Lonely Night”. The album concludes with a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”.

Moby - Reprise [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Grey 2LP]
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Flocked blacklight glow in the dark cover jacket, discobag and neon magenta vinyl.

When two artists as esteemed & talented as Apollo Brown & Stalley come together, they shine, even in the dark. “Blacklight” represents the combination of two titans of hip-hop, both largely recognized as legends in their own right while also being overlooked by some when the discussions of “best alive” come up.

Apollo Brown & Stalley - Blacklight [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Magenta LP]
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Detroit underground rap staple Quelle Chris will be releasing his new album "Deathfame" on 12/2. It features appearances by Navy Blue, Pink Siifu, Denmark Vessey, Cavalier, J Jig Cicero, and Moruf, and was largely produced by Quelle Chris himself, with contributions from Chris Keys on multiple tracks and Knxwledge on one track. 

Quelle Chris - Deathfame [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black Marble LP]
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Blood Harmony affirms Larkin Poe as an essential force in shaping the identity of Southern rock‘n’ roll, breathing new energy into the genre with both forward-thinking perspective and adecidedly feminine strength. In a departure from the self-contained approach of past albums like2020’sSelf Made Manpraised byAmerican Songwriteras “pumped up for arena-sizedconsumption without compromising any of its stripped-down command and intensityLarkinPoe co-producedthe new albumalongside Texas-bred musician Tyler Bryant (also Rebecca’shusband). With Megan handling harmony vocals, lap steel, and resonator guitar and Rebecca onguitar and keys, Larkin Poe also enlisted members of their longtime live band, including drummerKevin McGowan and bassist Tarka Layman. Mainly recorded at Rebecca and Tyler’s home studio,the result is an electrifying new work that fully harnesses the fiery vitality they’ve shown intouring across the globe, imbuing their songs with equal parts soulful sensitivity and thrillingferocity. Fromthe feverish guitar work of “Bad Spell” to the soul-stirring “Southern Comfort” andsmoldering title track,Blood Harmonyreveals a band in complete touch with their formidableintuition, their storytelling fortified with a blues-heavy sound that hits right in the heart.
 
When steering by your own stars, you never quite know where you’re going to wind up,” saysLarkin Poe. “Our true north is unique to us, and in following our true north without compromise,we have been out freewheeling this world on theride of our lives. And it still feels like just thebeginning. Blood Harmony is a creative step we are proud to have taken together as sisters.We grew these songs in a sweet part of our hearts and we hope they bring beauty.
Larkin Poe - Blood Harmony [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Apple LP]
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Throughout his six-decade long career, Dr. John embodied a near-mythic multitude of musical identities: Global Ambassador of New Orleans funk and jazz and R&B, visionary bluesman, rock and roll innovator, and a massively revered high priest of psychedelic voodoo.

Things Happen That Way, his final studio album, adds another dimension to his musicality: a lifelong affinity for country & western. It's a glorious farewell from one of the most essential figures in music history.

Dr. John - Things Happen That Way [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Garden District Green LP + Bonus 7in]
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On limited Translucent Purple Ripple vinyl. Here is Sweep It Into Space, the fifth new studio album cut by Dinosaur Jr.. during the 13th year of their rebirth. Originally scheduled for issue in mid 2020, this record's temporal trajectory was thwarted by the coming of the Plague. But it would take more than a mere Plague to tamp down the exquisite fury of this trio when they are fully dialed-in. And Sweep It Into Space is a masterpiece of zoned dialing. Recorded, as usual, at Amherst's Biquiteen, the sessions for Sweep It Into Space began in the late Autumn of 2019, following a West Coast/South East tour. The only extra musician used this time with Kurt Vile. Indeed, Sweep It Into Space is a very cool album. As is typical, Lou Barlow writes and sings two of the album's dozen tunes and Murph's pure-Flinstonian drumming drives the record like a go cart from Hell. Lou's songs here are as elegant as always. But there are very few moments where you wouldn't know you were hearing Dinosaur Jr. In blindfolded needle drop. They have a signature sound as sure as the Stooges or Sonic Youth or Discharge ever did. They continue to expand their personal universe with Sweep It Into Space, without ever losing their central core.

Dinosaur Jr. - Sweep It Into Space [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Purple Ripple LP]
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Skid Row are out to reclaim their turf as kings of hard rock and proclaim, “The Gang’s All Here”!

“The Gang’s All Here” is an oath to joy triumphant, bursting with euphoric energy that makes us hunger for more. It is the logical next-generation leap of the band’s trademark sound which stomps out new ground with singer Erik Grönwall (formerly of H.E.A.T, one of the best frontmen of this or any hard rock era) joining the family.

Produced by Nick Raskulinecz, long-time fan and much in-demand producer (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains, Halestorm, Evanescence), Skid Row are ablaze. They are re-energized, picking up exactly where they left us wanting more, kicking their sound way up to modern hard rock royalty.

Skid Row - The Gang's All Here [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black, Red, White Splatter LP]
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It’s impossible to describe Action Bronson in a way he hasn’t already thought of. First and foremost though, Action Bronson is a principled MC, a Queens legend respected for his idiosyncratic pen and vivid raps, now a decade into his career and still deepening his skillset. “TRUST WHEN I SAY IT AIN’T SAFE FOR ANY OF THESE ANIMALS THE ANCIENT APEX PREDATOR IS BACK ON THE PROWL.” – ACTION BRONSON

Action Bronson - Cocodrillo Turbo [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ultra Clear LP]
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Created as a celebration of Prine’s life and career, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2 features new renditions of some of Prine’s most beloved songs performed by Brandi Carlile,  Tyler  Childers,  Iris  DeMent,  Emmylou  Harris,  Jason  Isbell,  Valerie  June,  Margo  Price,  Bonnie  Raitt,  Nathaniel  Rateliff,  Amanda  Shires,  Sturgill Simpson and John Paul White. Proceeds from the album will benefit twelve different non-profit organizations, one selected by each of the featured artists. 
Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music praises, “aside from being one of the greatest songwriters we’ve ever had, he was also an amazing mentor to so many artists...his spirit really comes through,” while American Songwriter declares, “Those who fail to be affected by the effort involved may want to check their pulse to assure that there’s  still a heart within them that’s beating at full force” and No Depression proclaims, “Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows, Vol.  2 ensures that that remarkable gift and his influence continue to live on.”
Various Artists - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
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The explosion of indie Hip Hop labels in the early 90s resulted in an ongoing snowball effect that started to shift the narrative around an artist’s need to sign to a major label. Coincidentally, quality home recording equipment was also becoming more easily accessible and, with the rising popularity of CD-R technology, this allowed artists to write, record, and manufacture their own albums right at home.

Appleseed was a highly celebrated and influential release from that era, cementing Aesop Rock as a new face whose talent could not be denied. The album explores creative concepts with inventive writing and stripped-down yet melodic and melancholic production. Six out of the eight songs were produced byAesop Rock, with OmegaOne producing “Sick Friend” and longtime collaborator Blockhead handling “1000 Deaths”, and the project’s sole guest lyricist was Doseone.

The DIY process was followed in every aspect, as Aesop himself recalls, “I did the Appleseed hand style while working at Tepper Galleries in NYC. The cover was made at Kinko’s. The first Appleseed CD’s were CD-R’s I duped at home and sold from my backpack at an MF DOOM show at Brownies, which was right below my apartment at the time. I continued to sell hand to hand inNY, while Blockhead started fielding some mail orders from a young internet. People would send us cash or a check, and he’d cut the covers out and mail them off.“

The two of them were able to move a couple thousand CDs that way before turning their attention to newer projects, particularly Float in Aesop’s case. As a result, Appleseed went out of print for many years before resurfacing as a merch item on tour. However, in all that time it was only available on CD, directly from Aesop.

Finally, 21 years after its debut, Appleseed officially returns, now available on vinyl for the first time!

Aesop Rock - Appleseed [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear & Black Smoke LP]
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The vinyl artwork for Metric’s new album, Formentera, includes a motto that sums up the past few years: “This Is What Happened.” It’s an understatement that manages to say everything. This is what happened: pandemic, politics, social unrest, war. This is what happened: a band at the peak of its creative power deciphering the turbulence surrounding us, and blazing a way through it. This is what happened: nine new songs that capture everything essential about Metric —modular synthesis, muscular guitars, locked-in rhythm and shimmering vocals from Emily Haines.

Even real places become imaginary when they are so far out of reach. Named for an idyllic island near Ibiza off the coast of Spain, Formentera is a place that, for Metric, only existed on a page in a “dream destinations” travel book that lay open on a desk in the new recording studio that guitarist Jimmy Shaw built in 2020, in a rural hamlet north of Toronto. This is the setting where the band’s eighth album took shape. Shaw brought on Synthetica collaborator Liam O’Neil as well as longtime friend Gus van Go (The Stills) to co-engineer and co-produce with him. When the border opened, Metric bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott Key came in from the U.S to record, adding live energy and sonic depth to complete the Metric sound.

The result is a conceptual arc that progresses from tension and turmoil to dance-floor abandon, beginning with the edgy ten-minute album opener “Doomscroller,” and progressing through a color wheel of emotions, from determined perseverance on “What Feels Like Eternity” to self-emancipation in full orchestral bloom on the title track as Haines poses the question, “Why not just let go?” There’s a sense of resolution in the very matter-of-fact, deceptively catchy “False Dichotomy,” and the album ends on a melancholy high with “Paths in the Sky,” a love song to lifelong friendship, a thematic companion track to “All Comes Crashing,” an end-of-days banger and the first single.

“This is what we’re all thinking about,” Haines says. “So let’s address it, let’s have this whole expansive emotional experience that can feel collective instead of all going through it alone.”
Formentera is available on standard CD, and a low-priced indie exclusive CD on 7/8. The standard black vinyl, and Indie Exclusive Sky Blue vinyl will be available on 9/30. All formats are available for pre-order today from your local record store.
Metric - Formentera [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sky Blue LP]
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Shygirl is a multidisciplinary artist from the East London club scene. She has finished her first major body of work, her debut album entitled, Nymph. Written and produced by Shygirl, alongside long-term collaborator Sega Bodega, it features additional production by Mura Masa, Bloodpop, Danny L Harle, and Noah Goldstein among others. The 12-track album is a stunningly innovative and diverse collection of songs exploring themes of friendship, community, escapism, love, and loss. Indie Exclusive Translucent Blue LP.

Shygirl - Nymph [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Blue LP]
$29.98
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