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Maintaining unbelievable momentum in 2022 on a stratospheric superstar ascent, the multiplatinum hip-hop phenomenon Yung Gravy releases his third studio album Marvelous. It features the RIAA gold-certified single "Betty (Get Money)," which is a reimagined version of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." For this album, Gravy wrote and recorded on the road and in L.A. Working with usual suspects PopNick and Dwilly, he emphasized the incorporation of live instrumentation into the production.
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Ive been coming a thousand years / you could call me the endless fuck, goes the memorable opening line of Rubblebuckets Earth Worship, a dance-forward, joyously layered collection of songs which work to dissolve the imaginary lines between the natural world and its inhabitants. Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth, the groups front persons and co-writers, first began a friendship as jazz students at the University of Vermont. Soon after, they formed a prolific band that has delved into pop, funk, dance and psychedelia over five records, with performances spanning Bonnaroo to their self-curated Dream Picnic Festival, and collaborations with kindred genre-blenders including Arcade Fire and Questlove. But Traver and Toth initially bonded over another shared passion: the two were part of UVMs Sustainable Community Development program. Though Toth communes with nature as part of his morning routine, and Traver is adept at foraging in the bands adopted home of New York, songwriting explicitly about environmentalism in Rubblebucket has felt immaterialbesides, the band has shared its beliefs over the years by inviting anti-fracking, reproductive justice, and other organizations to table at their shows. But Traver was interested in writing love songs for and from the natural world, and both were inspired by their parents work in ecology and community facilitation, from which they saw a throughline to musics communal healing. Traver suggested earth worship as a lyrical prompt for their sixth record, and with this concept at its core, the duo began writing Earth Worship: a Rubblebucket album with renewed shimmer, showcasing the groups intricately sparkling beats, hushed yet hooky vocals and infectious melodic complexity.

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Princes first compilation ever, The Hits 1 was released as a stand-alone album and as part of a three-CD set, The Hits/The B-Sides on September 10, 1993. Back on vinyl on 2 black vinyl LPs for the first time in decades, The Hits 1 contains 16 of Princes best-known singles released between 1978 and 1993 including When Doves Cry, 1999, Diamonds And Pearls, and Lets Go Crazy, along with two then-previously unreleased tracks: Pink Cashmere and Princes own rendition of Nothing Compares 2 U, which he had originally written for his protg act The Family and had recently become a global hit as performed by Sinead OConnor.

Prince - The Hits 1 [2LP]
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Palomino is the highly anticipated new album from First Aid Kit, the critically acclaimed Swedish folk duo consisting of singer-songwriters, and sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg. The first track from the album, Angel, was released prior to the album being announced. The announcement of Palomino and the albums street date, also included news of the new single, Out Of My Head.

Palomino is the groups 5th studio album.

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To confuse parts for the whole is inevitable with Palm. Drummer Hugo Stanley, bassist Gerasimos Livitsanos and guitarists/vocalists/highschool sweethearts Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt started making music together as teenagers, and spent much of their twenties in the kind ofproximity unusual for adults, outside of touring bands and the International Space Station. For a number of years the band consumed the livesof its members to a point of exhaustion: To be honest I think we got a little burnt out. There were times where it wasnt clear if wed makeanother record, says Alpert. It was only after multiple freak injuries followed by a pandemic, forced a pause - from touring but also fromwriting, rehearsing, even seeing each other- that the four were able to regroup and see a way forward again.

On their latest effort,Nicks and Grazes, Palm embrace discordance to dazzling effect. We wanted to reconcile two potentially opposingaesthetics, Kurt says. To capture the spontaneous, free energy of our live shows while integrating elements from the traditionally griddedpalette of electronic music. In order to avoid what Kurt refers to as Palm goes electro, the musicians spent years educating themselves onthe ins and outs of production by learning Ableton while also experimenting with the percussive, textural, and gestural potential of theirinstruments. To this end, the band continued the age-old tradition of instrument-preparation, augmenting guitars with drumsticks, metal rodsand, at the suggestion of Charles Bullen (This Heat, Lifetones), coiling rubber-coated gardening wire around the strings. The unruliness of theprepared guitar on songs like Mirror Mirror and Eager Copy contrasts with the steadfast reproducibility of the albums electronic elements.

While Palm cite Japanese pop music, dub, and footwork as influences on this albums sonic palette, they found themselves returning time andagain to the artists who inspired them to start the group over a decade ago. When we were first starting out as a band, we bonded over anappreciation of heavy, aggressive, noisy music, Alpert reflects. We wrote parts that were just straight-up metal. Kurt adds, I found myselfrediscovering and refalling in love with the visceral, jagged quality of guitars in the music of Glenn Branca, The Fall, Beefheart, and SonicYouth, all important early Palm influences. Returning to the fundamentals gave Palm a strong foundation upon which they could experimentfreely, resulting in their most ambitious and revelatory album to date.

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Drummer, composer, and producer Tom Skinner who is the drummer for The Smile and Sons of Kemet releases his new album, Voices of Bishara, on November 4, 2022, via Brownswood / International Anthem / Nonesuch. The first recording under Skinners own name is a reference to an album he listened to repeatedly during the COVID-19 lockdown: cellist Abdul Waduds 1978 solo album By Myself, which was privately pressed on Waduds label, Bishara. The common Arabic name has the intention or meaning of good news or the bringer of good news. Voices of Bishara began life when Tom Skinner asked some musician friends to join him for a Played Twice session at Londons Brilliant Corners. These regular sessions had a simple format: play a classic album in full through the venues audiophile system and then have a live ensemble improvise a response. The night in question focused on drummer Tony Williams 1964 Blue Note album, Life Time, and the music conjured that night inspired Skinner to write an albums worth of new music. Skinner recorded an album of that music with a cellist, bass, and two saxophonists subsequently putting it aside, occasionally bringing it out for some attention in between his many other creative projects. Gradually, the record began to take shape as he embraced the studio recordings and accentuated their idiosyncrasies.

Tom Skinner - Voices of Bishara
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Apollos long-awaited debut album IVORY brings him to another level in his career. Crossing genre lines as well as language barriers, the full-length showcases even greater musical diversity from the already boundless creator. Despite being at this pivotal moment in his career, Omar feels like he's just getting started. The artist who once called himself just a kid from Indiana is breaking new ground, abandoning all comfort zones, and never looking back.

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Morbikon is the creative effort of Phil "Landphil" Hall exploring the dark corners of extreme music. Guided by the second wave of Black Metal and Melodic Death Metal scenes of 1990s Scandinavia he crafted the band's sound. He then recruited his Municipal Waste bandmate, Dave Witte to handle the drums and reached out all the way to Finland for vocalist Matthias "Vieth" Lillmns of Finntroll. The studio efforts result in a euphony of blackened and evil extreme metal.
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SMITHEREENS already one of the most anticipated new albums of the year is the follow-up toJojis 2020 sophomore albumNectarand features the worldwide hit singleGlimpse of Us,which has gone Gold since its release in June 2022.
Joji - SMITHEREENS
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The Older I Get, the Funnier I Was, which follows Thomas' brilliant 2020 HBO special The Golden One and his Can't Believe You're Happy Here EP released earlier this year, surveys a range of emotion and offers a broad sonic palette, moving between pop punk, electro, and the obvious influence of the singer-songwriters he grew up listening to in early childhood. It conjures the ennui of Bright Eyes alongside the barefaced storytelling of John Prine, the overstuffed lists of Fred Thomas with the lackadaisical humor of Colleen Green, among many others.Thomas attributes the dexterity of the record to Duterte, who recorded and engineered most of it in addition to serving up plenty of encouragement when Thomas got down on the process. "As a comic, I used to test out new songs during sets to see if the funny bits were hitting, but since I wrote this in isolation I ended up writing lyrics and worrying less about making jokes," Thomas says. That said, the album's plenty funny. Stand-out and lead single "Rigamarole" opens with a Thomas-voiced infomercial that recalls his oft-cited lookalike Jim Carrey as the Grinch, before launching into a buoyant pop song about being depressed.Whitmer Thomas will admit that when he traveled home to small town Gulf Shores, Alabama to record his HBO stand-up special, The Golden One, he expected to be greeted as a returning hero, a conquering king, or at minimum, a guy with a moderately successful career as an entertainer in Los Angeles. "I expected a big welcome home, open arms, but when I went back I realized: nobody fucking knows me. Nobody remembers me," Thomas says. "In the years I'd been performing that show, I'd been romanticizing my childhood in this mythologized place, but the visit made me see that I'm not really from there anymore."The sense of alienation compounded when Thomas recognized how few people in town remembered his mom, to whom The Golden One is dedicated and largely about. Thomas grew up watching her perform with her twin sister at the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge, where he set the special, and still counts her as one of his musical influences. His new album, The Older I Get, the Funnier I Was, isn't overtly about his mom, her presence is deeply felt throughout. While in Gulf Shores, Thomas discovered dozens of her old recordings, all of which had been wrecked by Katrina, but upon returning to LA, Thomas paid "a fancy place in Hollywood" to fix the tapes and hired Melina Duterte (Jay Som, Bachelor, Routine) to mix them. The two struck up a collaborative friendship, and Thomas had the sound of his mom's voice back. "I was listening to songs she recorded when she was about my age, just these heartfelt, sweet Americana songs," he says. "I decided then that I wanted to lose the Ian Curtis voice I always sing with; I wanted to do what came naturally, because my mom always sounded like herself, even when she was singing some cheesy reggae song about, like, Jamaica."Thus he went into The Older I Get, the Funnier I Was knowing it was time to retire his darkwave persona, and leaning into his natural, chirpier voice, which he says sounds "like a 12-year-old's." It makes sense: much of the album chronicles what Thomas calls "being a kid and feeling like you have no control and overcompensating by being annoying." "So much of the album is about witnessing drug and alcohol addiction as a kid and seeing what it does to people, but also realizing that there's nothing you can do about it," Thomas says. It's familiar territory (see: "Partied to Death") but the methodology is different this time around; true to it's title, The Older I Get, the Funnier I Was isn't always looking for laughs.Thomas might've left his hometown behind, but his kid self is still tagging along, a Peter Pan shadow he can't untether himself from. The first line he sings on The Older I Get, the Funnier I Was is: "There should be a room at every party where you can just sit and watch a movie." Find a 12-year-old who wouldn't say the same.
Whitmer Thomas - The Older I Get, The Funnier I Was [Limited Edition Pink LP]
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Antipope

Rex Mundi

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Finland's ANTIPOPE return with their highly anticipated Genre-Melding 6th Album of Melodic & Progressive Heavy Metal! A conceptual, progressive melodic Heavy Metal masterpiece based on the 1200's Cathar Crusades! The ever transforming but always recognizable, progressive, melodic Metal artisans Antipope are a staple in today's modern hard music scene. Since their founding in 2004 they have released 5 full length albums, "Desert" (2010), "House of Harlot" (2011), "3 Eyes of Time" (2013), "Denial / Survival" (2017), culminating with 2020's break-through release "Apostle of Infinite Joy" on Fertile Crescent / Moribund Records. Finland's icons of melodic and progressive Metal return with their highly anticipated 6th album "Rex Mundi". An incredible concept album set in the 1200's based on the Albigensian Crusade / Cathar Wars, delivering 11 bold tracks of progressive, melodic and deeply conceptual Metal unrestricted by the confines of any singular genre. Predominantly melodic singing is punctuated with harsh extreme Metal vocal and clean vocal passages, backed by melodic yet heavy guitar rhythms which breathe with acoustic segments, all interspersed amongst monster Metal riffs. "Rex Mundi" showcases a depth and range of sound and variation rarely achieved in Metal!
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2022 solo album from Jerry Only of the Legendary Misfits! CD in Deluxe Gatefold packaging with Glow-in-the-Dark ink and spot UV finish. Includes lyric sheet and free poster!
Jerry Only - Anti-Hero
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Debut album of ripping Canadian Power Thrash Metal! Canadian ripping Power Thrash newcomers Triskelyon deliver the stainless steel goods with their debut album "Downfall"! Founded in 2021 by guitarist Geoff Waye, best known from the True Metal band Category VI, Triskelyon released one self-titled EP and were promptly signed to Moribund Records. Utilizing a myriad of both male and female guest vocalist from Oberon, Hyperia, Catagory VI and Incidium, "Downfall" has a range and depth of sound unique in today's modern Thrash Metal scene, setting the band ahead and apart from the hordes of young new thrash acts. Triskelyon also features guest bass appearances from members of Afterforever and Catagory VI, making Triskelyon a veritable Super Group of the Canadian Metal Scene! Depicting a nature taking over post-apocalyptic view on our ever screwed up world, Triskelyon keep with 80's Thrash tradition employing world-ending yet self-empowering socially conscious lyrical themes. From straight-up 80's thrashers like "Odessey (Blessed by Steel)", to the Power Metal laced "Find A Way", and more anthemic Thrash tracks such as "Hunger" and "Willful Ignorance", "Downfall" is sure to satiate even the most discriminating old-school and modern Thrash Metal fan alike! The album even features a unique and thrashing rendition of the Billy Idol song "Nobody's Business"! With "Downfall" Triskelyon deliver an amazing Thrash album that harkens back to the old-school days of such luminaries as Forbidden, Agent Steel, Sentinel Beast, Dtente, Overkill & Testament!Prepare yourself for the global "Downfall"!
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Sparta

Sparta

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When the world came to a halt, Jim Ward couldnt stop moving. Hed just released a reunion album, Trust the River, as the frontman of Sparta when the pandemic hit, and as tour dates dried up, Ward returned to the studio. A year later, he debuted his raucous solo record Daggers and now hes offering up yet another Sparta album to the world.

The resulting collection of songs were entirely written on keys in what Ward considers an effort to stretch musical muscles he wouldnt otherwise have had the expanse of time to indulge in. Boldly self-titled some 20-odd years into Spartas career, the album serves as a kind of reintroduction to the band, what Ward calls a fresh slate.

He recorded the song at Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, where for the first time in his long career, Ward had a state of the art recording space to himself, and an engineer able to help him enact his vision. The rest of the album was self-produced at Wards El Paso studio, Crowded Heart.

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Enumclaw

Save The Baby

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2022 release.
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2022 release, the fourth album from the Australian psychedelic rock band.
Ocean Alley - Low Altitude Living
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After "Quiet Places" (2020) Andreas Vollenweider has grouped his music on his new album according to atmosphere and character: "Slow Flow" is a collection of pieces with a relaxed, flowing feel, while "Dancer" is full of movement and rhythm.All 11 songs on "Slow Flow" and "Dancer" were created between 2010 and 2021 in collaboration with British producer Andy Wright (Eurythmics, Simply Red, Jeff Beck, Simple Minds, among many others). The two were supported in their creative process by Vollenweider's talented circle of friends, who laid the foundation for the songs: Walter Keiser (drums), Andi Pupato (percussion), Daniel Kueffer (bass clarinet), Oliver Keller (guitars) and the young Swiss rapper and beat boxer Steff La Cheffe, a.k.a. Stefanie Peter.The music of "Dancer" also reflects Vollenweider's connection with Africa. The South African vocal harmony band Africapella and singer Ayanda Nhlangothi embody this connection.The London Session Orchestra, consisting of musicians from the Royal Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of James McWilliam, filled out the sound. Renowned British producer and arranger Peter Vettese is responsible for most of the orchestration.The recordings took place at Andreas' Lakeside Studios in Switzerland, as well as at SABC Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, and finally at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. Andy Wright's long-time sound engineer Gavin Goldberg has set new sonic standards for Vollenweider's music with his work, and is able to delight even the most discerning audiophiles with a punchy yet transparent, dynamic soundscape.

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Big Joanie

Back Home

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Formed in the heart of Londons DIY punk scene, Big Joanie (featuring guitarist Stephanie Phillips, bassist Estella Adeyeri, and drummer Chardine Taylor-Stone) are a Black feminist punk band whose passionate live shows and moreish blend of nineties riot grrrl and synth-heavy post punk, have seen them steadily rise to become one of the most championed bands of the current era. Back Home is a dramatic leap forward for the band; the band build on their tightly knit, lo-fi punk formula to bring forth a collage of blazing guitars, down tempo dance punk, and melancholic strings that evoke the full depth of the bands expansive art punk vision. The albums strength lies in the bands bold and varied new sound. Album opener Cactus Tree is an eerie, gothic folk tale that tells the story of a woman waiting for her lover while a wall of euphoric harmonies and screaming feedback roll in the background. Lead single Happier Still is a driving, Nirvana-influenced track that grapples with the idea of wanting to push through a depressive episode. Inspired equally by the melodic rock of Hsker D and the mystical sensibilities of Stevie Nicks, closer Sainted brings the club-ready sentiment of the 2018 single Fall Asleep to its natural conclusion. Despite Big Joanies many accomplishments, there is so much more the band want to achieve and Back Home looks set to be the breeding ground for a new era of Big Joanie. With their boundary-breaking approach to punk, radical politics, and an appreciation for earworm melodies, Big Joanie are set to become important voices for a new generation of punks.

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The highly anticipated Apple Original Film and new holiday epic from director Sean Anders, Spirited, premieres globally on Apple TV+ and hits theaters on November 18, 2022. The Spirited Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features new original music penned for the film by the Academy Award-winning duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul [La La Land & The Greatest Showman] and performed by stars Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer, and more.

Various Artists - Spirited (Soundtrack from the Apple Original Film)
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