New Releases — May 6, 2022

New Releases for May 6, 2022

CDs + Vinyl:

Arcade Fire – WE CD/LP (Columbia/Sony)
WE is the new album from Canadian rock band Arcade Fire. This is the sixth Arcade Fire studio album and is made up of seven songs that speak to this moment with unique directness. Written, recorded, and released during a critical historical juncture, they are divided into two distinct sides, “I” and “WE.” If the “I” side of the record evokes and embodies our holed-up anxiety and lack of physical connection, the “WE” side captures the excitement of new possibilities and the elevating thrill of committing to one another socially and personally. Produced by Nigel Godrich, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, WE is a 40 minute epic as much about the forces that threaten to pull us away from the people we love, as it is inspired by the urgent need to overcome them. [An indie store exclusive white color vinyl pressing is available.]

Aurora – The Gods We Can Touch CD/2xLP/Cassette (Glassnote)
Aurora’s The Gods We Can Touch is an elegant and celestial but provocative album about shame, desire, and morality, all seen through the narrative prism of Greek mythology. In each of the album’s 15 songs we meet a different God. On “Exist For Love”, it’s Aphrodite; We also meet Persephone, queen of the damned (on “Heathens”), Morpheus (“This Could Be A Dream”) and Peitho, the personification of seduction and persuasion (“A Dangerous Thing”). “The Greeks had gods and goddesses for everything,” Aurora notes. “For anxiety, for wine, for sex… Long ago when this concept of gods and goddesses started, they were more human, more relatable, and almost touchable. Most importantly, they had flaws.”

AWOLNATION – My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers And Me CD (Better Noise Music)
AWOLNATION’s new album My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers And Me is a fiercely collaborative and celebratory project. It’s an eclectic collection of masterfully crafted and carefully curated covers, with each track featuring at least one acclaimed musical artist. It includes epic re-imaginings of classics like “Wind Of Change” by the Scorpions, “Take A Chance On Me” by ABBA, and “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil; and features collaborations with artists like Portugal The Man, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Jewel, Beck, Taylor Hanson and more. [Vinyl edition due June 3. Cassette version TBD.]

Belle And Sebastian – A Bit Of Previous CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
A Bit Of Previous is a classic Belle And Sebastian album preoccupied with songs and melodies that won’t leave your head and lyrics that can make you smile and ponder and sometimes be melancholic. It’s an album self-produced and recorded by Belle And Sebastian (with contributions from Brian McNeil, Matt Wiggins, Kevin Burleigh and Shawn Everett) and their most hands-on since The Boy With The Arab Strap. So, what is a A Bit Of Previous? It’s a bit of everything, and a lot of what makes Belle And Sebastian so special and enduring. It’s a band tackling the insight, experience and responsibility that come with getting older with humor and irreverence and lyrical exactitude and musical bravado. It’s one of the UK’s most beloved pop portraitists asserting themselves as an infallible source of energy and fun.

Halestorm – Back From The Dead CD/LP (Atlantic)
Halestorm has grown from a childhood dream of siblings Lzzy and Arejay Hale into one of the most celebrated rock bands of the last two decades. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Alice In Chains) with co-production by Scott Stevens (Shinedown, Daughtry, New Years Day), new album Back From The Dead quickly evolved from songwriting exercises into a matter of survival for Halestorm. Lead singer Lzzy Hale says: “We started writing this album about three months B.C. (Before COVID). Once we went into lockdown and were unable to perform and tour, I fell into a dark place and something of an identity crisis. This album is the story of me carving myself out of that abyss. It is a journey of navigating mental health, debauchery, survival, redemption, rediscovery, and still maintaining faith in humanity.” [An indie store exclusive translucent red color vinyl pressing is available.]

Ibeyi – Spell 31 CD/LP+MP3 (XL Recordings)
Ibeyi features French Afro-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. Performing from a young age, the daughters of famed Cuban percussionist Ánga Diaz, have released two critically acclaimed albums, a self-titled debut in 2015 and Ash in 2017. Spell 31 is their boldest offering yet, an antidote to apathy in a divided world. Ethereal, crystalized signature Ibeyi harmonies are fused with gospel, persuasive percussion, momentous deeply resonant bass, and electronic neo soul expressions, transporting us into a sublime rawness that is refined by Richard Russell’s precise hand and synthesized into astonishing clarity.

Jim Lindberg – Songs From The Elkhorn Trail CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
On his new solo acoustic debut, Songs From The Elkhorn Trail, Jim Lindberg takes a much more introspective turn, producing an album that is at once a personal reflection of life, a testament to family and friends, and a look at the fleeting nature of those relationships, and the resulting consequences of loneliness and alienation. With many of the songs being over 25 years in the making, the album is a heartfelt look at Lindberg’s life story. His late father who passed away in 2018 of Alzheimer’s Disease is a huge inspiration for the record, having encouraged him in many aspects of his life; from buying him his first guitar to supporting him quitting his job and going on tour with Pennywise.

Ella Mai – Heart On My Sleeve CD (Interscope)
Heart On My Sleeve, Ella Mai‘s sophomore album, is finally here. When speaking about the new album, Mai shared, “I poured my whole heart into this album, more so than ever before. I am overly excited for this sophomore journey. Let’s do it all over again!” she continued. Earlier this year, Mai released “DFMU”, which was her first single in two years. The artist’s last album debuted back in 2018. The eponymous project includes some of her chart-topping hits such as “Boo’d Up” and “Trip”. “It’s still me and it’s elevated,” Mai spoke to Billboard about Heart On My Sleeve. “Just in life, I’m a different woman. I’m more mature and I’ve experienced different things than I did when I was a 23-year-old. I’m surer of myself as an artist. I’ve been able to tour the world and I think that opens your eyes up a lot more.”

Leyla McCalla – Breaking The Thermometer CD (ANTI)
Haitian American artist Leyla McCalla draws upon her experience as a bilingual multi-instrumentalist and New Orleans resident to create distinctive music that reflects both her past and present. Her new album, Breaking The Thermometer, is captivating, fueled by rich, sophisticated melodic work and intoxicating Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and the juxtaposition of voices – English and Kreyòl, personal and political, anecdotal and journalistic – is similarly entrancing, raising the dead as it shines a light on the enduring spirit of the Haitian people. McCalla isn’t just some detached observer here, though; she writes with great insight and introspection, examining her own personal journey of growth and self-discovery as she uncovers the Radio Haiti story as well as the broader understanding of what Democracy and unalienable human rights means to each of us, no matter where we’re from. [Vinyl edition due June 24.]

My Idea – Cry Mfer CD (Hardly Art)
The closer you are to someone, the crueler you can treat them, but if they love you, they’re inclined to forgive you. Lily Konigsberg and Nate Amos forgive each other now, but they were in a bad way when they recorded Cry Mfer – which is not to say their debut album is a sonic bum out. Cry Mfer proves you can still make pop music while spiraling. When not using the other party as an emotional punching bag, Nate and Lily used one another as a creative filter and sounding board – pushing, prodding and challenging themselves to “mess with different sounds,” harkening to, Nate says, “songwriting duos who seem to have their own language that other people don’t quite understand.” In life, as in art, they share a language, a hive mind. Cry Mfer is, true to the band’s vision, a beautiful mess of different sounds, completely and effortlessly genreless (though if pressed to label it, the band settles on “Truth Or Dare Pop”). While a milieu of myriad styles, from folk to dance, the album’s main through line is truth, regardless of how much the expression thereof may hurt.

Pink Mountaintops – Peacock Pools CD/LP (ATO)
Pink Mountaintops’ first new album in eight years features 12 songs sparked from Stephen McBean’s magpie-like curiosity for a wild expanse of cultural artifacts: David Cronenberg, Disney Read-Along records from the ’70s, early Pink Floyd, mid-career Gary Numan, John Carpenter movies, and Ornette Coleman live videos. Featuring counterculture icons like Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Dale Crover (Melvins), Peacock Pools alchemizes those obsessions into a body of work with its own enchanting power. [An indie store exclusive color vinyl pressing is available.]

Aaron Raitiere – Single Wide Dreamer CD/LP (Dinner Time)
When a few friends offered to make a debut record on him, Nashville songwriter Aaron Raitiere simply agreed to go along with it. In the four years since that first session for what would become Single Wide Dreamer, the auspicious project has retained its casual charm even as its guest list gradually expanded. Anderson East and Miranda Lambert, who co-produced the album, now appear alongside Nashville musicians like Dave Cobb, Natalie Hemby, Ashley Monroe, and Waylon Payne, as well as Robert Randolph, Foy Vance, and Bob Weir. With a laid-back, speak-singing delivery, Single Wide Dreamer immediately conveys Raitiere’s contentment in living a low-key life. And although every song on the album could be considered a love song in its own way, what really ties them together is his observant writing, which is sometimes reflective, sometimes irreverent, but always inspired by his own experiences.

Emeli Sandé – Let’s Say For Instance CD (Chrysalis)
Internationally renowned British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé delivers the new album Let’s Say For Instance. Her first release on an independent label, Let’s Say For Instance marks a new era of Emeli’s expansive artistry after a decade on stage and on the airwaves. Exploring new sonic territory through shades of classical, disco, nostalgic R&B and more, it sees Emeli freeing herself from the expectations of others, flexing her holistic skills as a songwriter, producer, and vocalist in new, versatile ways. In her words: “‘an ode to resilience, rebirth, and renewal.” The album features the hit single “Brighter Days”, alongside fellow singles “Look What You’ve Done”, and “Family”. [Vinyl due September 9.]

Silverstein – Misery Made Me CD (UNFD)
Filled with moments of relentless energy throwing back to their punk and hardcore roots to visionary moments of modern heavy, Silverstein’s Misery Made Me fastens the group’s status as torchbearers of the scene on all fronts. It’s both intriguing and inspiring that a band – who could have merely rested on the impressive legacy they’ve already cemented – would continue to dig deep and find the inspiration to reach people in meaningful new ways. On Misery Made Me, Silverstein ultimately find themselves spring-boarding off the heights they’ve reached over the past handful of years. [Vinyl edition – including an indie store exclusive translucent blue color pressing – due July 22.]

Soft Cell – *Happiness Not Included CD/LP (BMG)
Soft Cell – legendary frontman Marc Almond and producer/instrumentalist Dave Ball – return with their fifth studio album *Happiness Not Included. It represents their first new album since they issued Cruelty Without Beauty back in 2002. One play of *Happiness Not Included reveals all the traits that fans first adored Soft Cell for: that distinctive and striking balance between light and shade, hope and despair, the personal and the universal. “In this album I wanted to look at us as a society: a place where we have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality and decency, food before the rights of animals, fanaticism before fairness and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others,” Almond notes. “But in the album, there is also a belief that there is a utopia if we can peel back the layers and understand what really matters.” Bell adds, “Recorded remotely during a world pandemic. Science fiction stories for the 21st century.”

Terror – Pain Into Power CD/LP (Pure Noise)
For two decades Terror has been relentless. The band has achieved a kind of longevity that’s exceedingly rare, managing to stay both consistently active and consistently ferocious – a feat that’s taken them from their underground roots to being one of the most legendary groups in hardcore. Now on their eighth studio album, Pain Into Power, the band have bridged the gap between their past and present, with original guitarist Todd Jones returning to the fold to produce an extraordinarily visceral record that proves Terror’s future is looking as fast, heavy, and aggressive as ever. [An indie store exclusive translucent w/ black & silver color vinyl pressing is available.]

Richard Thompson – Music From Grizzly Man CD/LP (No Quarter)
Richard Thompson’s score for Grizzly Man – Werner Herzog’s 2005 documentary film of real life and death in the Alaskan wilderness – is one of the best-kept secrets in the British guitarist’s epic canon: an instrumental masterpiece disguised as a movie soundtrack. Recorded over two days as Thompson played live in the studio to Herzog’s footage – mostly alone, at times in chamber settings with cello, piano, and percussion – these tenderly detailed melodies and quietly visceral improvisations are cinema in their own right, rendered with pictorial instinct and the dazzling technique forged in Thompson’s lifelong passage through traditional folk, psychedelia, North African modes and intensely personal songwriting.

Waterboys – All Souls Hill CD (Cooking Vinyl)
After blazing a trail with 2020’s critically acclaimed Good Luck Seeker, The Waterboys waste no time in delivering again with All Souls Hill. Lead track “The Liar” is a creeping, groove-laden masterpiece, taking a powerful, descriptive swipe at Trump and the lies and deceit that infest those in power. “’The Liar’ is a comment on recent and still-current events, and both the song and video speak for themselves,” says frontman Mike Scott. “All Souls Hill is mysterious, otherworldly, tune-banging and emotional,” he continues. “Its nine songs tell stories, explore dreamscapes, and cast a cold but hopeful eye on the human drama.” [Vinyl edition – including an indie store exclusive color vinyl pressing – due June 24.]

Suki Waterhouse – I Can’t Let Go CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Nowadays, voice memos, videos, and pictures chronicle our lives in real-time. We trace where we’ve been and reveal where we’re going. However, Suki Waterhouse catalogs the most intimate, formative, and significant moments of her life through songs. You might recognize her name or her work as singer, songwriter, actress but you’ll really get to know the multi-faceted artist through her music. Memories of unrequited love, fits of longing, instances of anxiety, and unfiltered snapshots interlock like puzzle pieces into a mosaic of well-worn country, ‘90s-style alternative, and unassuming pop. She writes the kind of tunes meant to be grafted onto dusty old vinyl from your favorite vintage record store, yet perfect for a sun-soaked festival stage. These compositions comprise her debut album, I Can’t Let Go.

Alison Wonderland – Loner CD/LP (Astralwerks)
Hugely acclaimed electronic music artist Alison Wonderland delivers her third album Loner, the follow-up to 2018’s Awake. “For me, Loner felt like a rebirth,” she says. “I owe it to whoever else is out there who was like me, wishing that they had an album like this to empower them to feel less alone and know that it’s all going to be okay one day.” Turning as always to music for inspiration, she revisited her previous albums for the first time in a long time. “I realized that I have always seen myself as the victim of my story,” she notes. “This time, something shifted in me, and I decided that I didn’t want to be the victim anymore. Instead, whatever I wrote from here would empower me, and help me find strength in this loneliness.” Self-written and produced single “New Day” is described as “the sound of Alison falling in love with life and the potential each day holds.”

!!! – Let It Blue CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Let It Be Blue contains 11 tracks that incorporate a multitude of styles and genres, easily becoming their most eclectic release yet. The band has taken a new approach to recording over the past two years, primarily working in the box to start, as opposed to their usual studio focused approach. The result, a prominent electronic / dance-leaning edge pervades the band’s familiar sonic motifs and songwriting, pushing the towards new dynamic limits for the New York mainstays. [An indie store exclusive blue color vinyl pressing is available.]

Terry Allen – Smokin The Dummy [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Terry Allen – Bloodlines [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Recorded exactly two years after acclaimed visual artist and songwriter Terry Allen’s masterpiece Lubbock (on everything), the feral follow-up Smokin The Dummy is less conceptually focused but more sonically and stylistically unified than its predecessor – it’s also rougher and rowdier, wilder and more wired, and altogether more menacingly rock & roll. Bloodlines compiles thematically related but disparate recordings from miscellaneous sources both theatrical and historical: two songs written for plays; two full-band reprises of selections from Juarez; the irreverent hellfire-hitchhiker-on-highway ballad “Gimme A Ride To Heaven Boy” (featuring Joe Ely); and the poignant eponymous ode to the arteries of ancestry and landscape (the debut recording of eight-year-old Natalie Maines, later covered by Lucinda Williams).

The Builders And The Butchers – Hell & High Water CD/LP (Badman Recording Co.)
The Builders And The Butchers were formed in the fall of 2005 in Portland, Oregon. The band’s first two years consisted of busking, playing house shows, and showing up unannounced anywhere around Portland where people were gathered. Folks began to take notice and the band transitioned slowly, going from playing on the floor of venues unplugged to gradually adding a mic here, an amp there, until they organically grew into one of the most exciting live acts in the Pacific Northwest. Even when plugged in, a cornerstone of almost every Builders show is playing on the floor at some point during the set. The Builders wrote their sixth studio album Hell & High Water together as a band in a boat house in the marina where bass player Willy Kunkle lives.

Basia Bulat – The Garden CD/2xLP+MP3 (Secret City)
Introducing The Garden: a strings album and a retrospective from a room in Montreal with the windows open, and the wind moving, and the leaves changing, and a spring-colored secret on the tip of Basia Bulat’s tongue. The Garden gathers fourteen string arrangements by three different arrangers (Owen Pallett, Paul Frith, and Zou Zou Robidoux), revisiting material from all five of Bulat’s studio albums.

Sheryl Crow – Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary 2xCD (A&M)
Two CD companion piece to Sheryl Crow’s documentary, Sheryl, featuring 35 songs spanning three decades of music from the nine-time Grammy Award winner. Three new songs are included with her hits “If It Makes You Happy”, “Soak Up The Sun”, “All I Wanna Do”, “My Favorite Mistake”, “Redemption Day”, and many more.

Desaparecidos – Read Music, Speak Spanish [Reissue/2002] CD (Saddle Creek)
2022 finds the 20th Anniversary Edition of Desaparecidos’ Read Music, Speak Spanish into a world in which the dread and disenfranchisement detailed throughout the album feel as pertinent today as they did then. The characters and settings may have changed, but the startling narrative has not. In late 2001, Conor Oberst, Denver Dalley, Landon Hedges, Ian McElroy, and Matt Baum spent a week at Presto! Recording Studio in Lincoln, NE recording a punk album. That debut album, released in the post-9/11 fog of early 2002, screamed out observational commentary on urban development, the sacrifice of human value for the dollar bill, and the new American Dream in a way that felt distinctly out of sync with the hyper-patriotic atmosphere of peak G.W. Bush-era America. [Two color vinyl editions – including an indie store exclusive pressing – are due May 20.]

Bill Fay – Still Some Light: Part 2 CD/2xLP+MP3 (Dead Oceans)
Bill Fay has always sung about attempting to understand the most universal questions: those of nature, spirituality, humanity. His songs are “calming hymns for another chaotic time”, he says. His influence can be traced through many artists’ works, and so it only seemed right to celebrate this with a collection of newer voices interpreting his timeless tracks. Originally released in 2010 by David Tibet (Current 93), Still Some Light was released as a double CD, made up of ‘70s album demos (Disc One) and 2009 home recordings (Disc Two). This year, for the first time, this collection of recordings will be pressed to vinyl and released digitally, presented alongside contemporary reimaginings of the tracks by Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn, Julia Jacklin and Mary Lattimore. Bill Fay’s words and melodies remain unaffected by the passing of time and changing trends; and here alongside the original recordings, these reinvented versions still calmly guide us through another moment of chaos.

Fozzy – Boombox CD (Fozzy)
The first album in five years by the powerhouse rockers fronted by Chris Jericho Fozzy.

Darlene Love – The Many Sides Of Love – The Complete Reprise Recordings Plus! CD (Real Gone Music)
50 years of criminally overlooked recordings by the great R&B and rock vocalist. Darlene Love’s work for Phil Spector gets most of the ink, and understandably so, but this 15-track collection captures her rare singles for the Reprise label with the vocal groups The Blossoms and The Wildcats, plus her own solo work, all newly remastered by Mike Milchner at Sonic Vision.

Midland – The Last Resort: Greetings From CD (Big Machine)
Midland likes their music straight-up. Hardcore country, the kind you find in forgotten bars in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, wherever the neon’s buzzing, but not quite dead. The Grammy-nominated trio plots a resurgence of their thick harmonies, tart lyrics, and steel guitar with The Last Resort: Greetings From. Unfiltered, they want their country 120 proof. Whether it’s a cheating song, a heartbreak ballad, or a shoot-out-the-lights romper, they savor the emotions with a gusto unseen for decades.

Osaka Popstar – Ear Candy CD/LP (Misfits Records)
Ear Candy debuts all-new material and ‘sweet’ new recordings by Osaka Popstar wrapped in a candy-coated punk-rock package sure to induce a sugar rush. Fronted (and produced) by longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero on vocals, with Dean Rispler (formerly of NY performance art-rock band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) switching off on guitar and bass duties, with Jon Wurster (of Superchunk, Bob Mould & The Mountain Goats) on drums.

John Scofield – John Scofield CD (ECM)
With a career spanning over half a century, marked by influential collaborations with jazz greats like Miles Davis and Joe Henderson as well as several dozen genre-bending leader dates, it’s striking that this is Scofield’s first ever guitar-solo recording.

Sea Power – Everything Was Forever CD/LP (Absolute Label SRVCS)
Sea Power (formerly British Sea Power) release their first new album in five years. Their music has won them some remarkable admirers – Lou Reed, David Bowie, and London’s National Maritime Museum. Indeed, the BSP fanbase now includes Doctor Who, Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes. Peter Capaldi is a confirmed BSP fan.

Three Days Grace – Explosions CD/LP (RCA)
Canadian rockers Three Days Grace release their seventh studio album, Explosions. Of the album, singer Matt Walst states: “In these crazy and divided times, everyone needs something to take the edge off.”

Sharon Van Etten – We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Jagjaguwar)
Sharon Van Etten has always been the kind of artist who helps people make sense of the world around them, and her sixth album, We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong, concerns itself with how we feel, mourn, and reclaim our agency when we think the world – or at least, our world – might be falling apart. [A limited-edition smoke color vinyl pressing is available.]

Warpaint – Radiate Like This CD/LP (Virgin)
Radiate Like This – Warpaint’s anticipated new record and their first in almost six years – arrives with its own very modern mythology intact, continuing the strange, brilliant, beautiful story of the band and quite neatly picking up where 2016’s Heads Up left off. If the previous album was the coming of age, Radiate Like This presents Warpaint mk II in all their glory, a luminous coalescence of sound and vision, an album that pulsates with ideas, energy and – most crucially – gorgeous melodies. [An indie store exclusive yellow color vinyl pressing is available.]

Neil Young – Royce Hall 1971 CD (Reprise)
During Neil Young’s long and storied career, some of his concerts have gained mythic status, thanks to the practice of bootlegging. Recorded on January 30, 1971, this previously unreleased concert was performed at gorgeous Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, near the end of the singer/songwriter’s 1971 solo tour. Young played 16 solo acoustic numbers that night, accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica. The track list features beloved classics like “Old Man”, “Heart Of Gold”, “Ohio”, “Cowgirl In The Sand”, “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”, and “Down By The River”, plus the timeless version of “The Needle And The Damage Done” that appears on 1972’s Harvest, one of the greatest albums of all time. [Vinyl edition due June 3.]

Neil Young – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1971 LP (Reprise)
A famous bootleg titled I’m happy that y’all came down. A live solo acoustic show recorded at Los Angeles Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on February 1, 1971. This was the last night of Neil’s 1971 solo tour, that also featured the shows have been released as the much-loved albums Massey Hall and Young Shakespeare. The show was marked by the first time Neil played harmonica live. This album features 15 songs including “On The Way Home”, “Heart of Gold”, “The Needle And The Damage Done”, and “A Man Needs A Maid”. [Vinyl edition due June 3.]

Neil Young – Citizen Kane Jr. Blues CD (Reprise)
A fan favorite bootleg that is usually called Live At The Bottom Line. A surprise solo acoustic performance following a Ry Cooder show on May 16, 1974. Notably features songs that would be included on On The Beach. The album title comes from Neil introducing the opening song with that title; a song that later became “Push It Over The End”. [Vinyl edition due May 20.]

Def Leppard – Pyromania [Reissue/1983] 2xLP (Mercury)
Def Leppard – Retro Active [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Mercury)
Vinyl reissues. Pyromania is the third studio album by Def Leppard, originally released in 1983 and the first album to feature guitarist Phil Collen, who replaced founding member Pete Willis. Retro Active is a compilation album featuring touched-up versions of B-sides and previously unreleased recordings from the band’s recording sessions spanning 1984 to 1993.

Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers / Absent Fathers 2xLP (Vagrant)
Multi-color vinyl reissue. Absent Fathers was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as the singer-songwriter began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. Single Mothers was released in September 2014 and combined with Absent Fathers, perfectly showcases exactly why JTE is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. The albums were recorded live with his four-piece touring band with only days of rehearsal leading up to recording to keep the ideas fresh. No overdubs, no other singers, no additional players – just a real, heartfelt performance capturing the moment.

Girls Against Boys – House Of GVSB [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Touch & Go)
Seminal post-hardcore band Girls Against Boys are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1996 release of their critically acclaimed album House Of GVSB with a double vinyl reissue of the album. Packaged in a full-color gatefold jacket, side A and B are the original album remastered by Bob Weston (Shellac). Side C and D feature odds and ends from the band’s ‘90s era work including sought-after B-sides, singles, compilation tracks, and one previously unreleased recording [An indie store exclusive white color vinyl pressing is available.]

The High Water Marks – Proclaimer Of Things LP (Minty Fresh)
The fourth album from The High Water Marks, a band comprised of Hilarie Sidney, co-founder of Elephant 6, one of the most influential musical collectives of the past 30 years and songwriter/drummer of The Apples In Stereo. Proclaimer of Things is a 39-minute blast of hook-laden numbers that careen and roll mightily away with jangling precision and indie rock smarts.

Kishi Bashi – 151a [Reissue/2011] LP (Joyful Noise)
Clear vinyl pressing. They say that you spend your entire life writing your first album, piecing every formative moment, scribbled turn of phrase, and thematic epiphany into a fantastical collage. Multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) disproves that adage. The title of Kishi Bashi’s 2011 debut album, 151a, is a riff on the Japanese phrase “ichi-go ichi-e,” roughly translating to “one time, one place.” That’s exactly what this debut is: A singular time, an inimitable place, a launchpad for bigger and better things to come.

Moon Duo ‎– Occult Architecture Vol. 1 [Reissue/2017] LP (Sacred Bones)
Moon Duo ‎– Occult Architecture Vol. 2 [Reissue/2017] LP (Sacred Bones)
Moon Duo ‎– Stars Are The Light [Reissue/2019] LP (Sacred Bones)
Color vinyl reissues. Moon Duo is a side project of psychedelic-space-drone rock band Wooden Shjips.

Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground Fire LP (Mom + Pop Music)
Blue color vinyl pressing. Following the 2018 release of his most ambitious album yet, The Atlas Underground, legendary musician and two-time Grammy winner Tom Morello returns with his latest project – a follow-up album entitled The Atlas Underground Fire. Morello’s remarkable guitar playing is on full display on the record fusing rock, alternative and electronic music together with collaborations from a mix of music icons and cutting-edge artists. The acclaimed list of collaborators includes Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Chris Stapleton, Mike Posner, Damian Marley, and others.

The Offspring – Ignition [Reissue/1992] LP (Epitaph)
30th anniversary edition pink/yellow/clear vinyl pressing of the second album by the punk rock band.

The Who – My Generation [Reissue/1965] LP (Geffen)
The Who – A Quick One [Reissue/1966] LP (Geffen)
Half-speed master vinyl reissues.