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Music Releases 12-01-23

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More than 20 years in the making, this December finally sees the release of i/o, Peter Gabriel’s first album of new material since 2002’s Up. During 2023, Peter has been releasing a new song from the album on the occasion of every full moon. Being revealed roughly every four weeks, each track has been allowed to find its own time and space, to enjoy its own orbit. “It’s a little like getting a Lego piece each month,” Peter explains. Now it’s time to stand back and admire the final, completed creation. And what a creation – 12 tracks of grace, gravity and great beauty that provide welcome confirmation of not only Peter’s ongoing ability to write stop-you-in-your-tracks songs but also of that thrilling voice, still perfectly, delightfully intact. Throughout the album the intelligent and thoughtful – often thought-provoking – songs tackle life and the universe. Our connection to the world around us – ‘I’m just a part of everything’ Peter sings on title track i/o – is a recurring motif, but so too the passing of time, mortality and grief, alongside such themes as injustice, surveillance and the roots of terrorism. But this is not a solemn record. While reflective, the mood is never despondent; i/o is musically adventurous, often joyous and ultimately full of hope, topped off as it is, by the rousingly optimistic closing song, Live and Let Live.  Always looking to push the boundaries, i/o is not simply a collection of a dozen songs. All 12 tracks are subject to two stereo mixes: the Bright-Side Mix, handled by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, and the Dark-Side Mix, as reshaped by Tchad Blake. “We have two of the greatest mixers in the world in Tchad and Spike and they definitely bring different characters to the songs. Tchad is very much a sculptor building a journey with sound and drama, Spike loves sound and assembling these pictures, so he’s more of a painter.” Peter has also invited a range of visual artists to contribute a piece of art to accompany each track. The dozen artists make an exceedingly impressive team of collaborators: Ai Weiwei, Nick Cave, Olafur Eliasson, Henry Hudson, Annette Messager, Antony Micallef, David Moreno, Cornelia Parker, Megan Rooney, Tim Shaw, David Spriggs and Barthélémy Toguo. Having handpicked the artists, Peter recognises that “They have the same obsessive attention to their visual work that we musicians have in sound.”

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Hector Tellez Jr. is a soulful big-voiced singer and virtuoso rock guitar-player from Havana, Cuba. Growing up in a musical family in Cuba, he listened to scratchy bootlegged cassettes and CDs leading him on a passionate and self-curated music journey of blues and classic rock n’ roll. His cornerstone influences coalesced into Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley, and Leonard Cohen.
Today Hector lives in Nashville, Tennessee and writes and records music in both English and Spanish. His upcoming debut album was produced by Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Stone Temple Pilots) and features Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana.

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Limited to one pressing, this 10th Anniversary Viny Box Set Brings Together 2 of Five Finger Death Punch’s Best-Selling Albums (Pressed on Silver Metallic and Gold Metallic vinyl and housed in gatefold sleeves with updated album art), along with their long out-of-print live album, PURGATORY (TALES FROM THE PIT).  This 6-platter collection contains 6 bonus tracks and a 4-decal sticker sheet.  This will be a highly sought-after collectable among the band’s legion of devoted fans.  Five Finger Death Punch will have just wrapped up fall tour dates with Metallica and Ice Nine Kills in November.

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Daisy Jones & The Six Aurora Super Deluxe Album is set to release on December 1st on vinyl, cassette, and CD including 14 new tracks that have never been released on a physical format. The 14 new tracks include live, acoustic demos, and reimagined versions of hit singles “Look At Us Now (Honeycomb)” by Marcus Mumford & Maren Morris as well as “Let Me Down Easy” by Demi Lovato. The show Daisy Jones & The Six was the #1 most streamed show on Amazon upon launch and recently received 9 Emmy nominations. “Aurora” was produced by GRAMMY®-nominated writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills (Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes, John Legend, Andrew Bird, Perfume Genius). 

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Stephen Marley

Old Soul [2LP]

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Stephen Marley is one of the most respected artists in reggae and pop, with eight GRAMMY® Awards from his career as a solo artist, as a producer and as a member of his family band, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.

His brand-new album, Old Soul, is his fifth, and is releasing on UMe in partnership with the Marley Family, Tuff Gong and Ghetto Youth International. It’s Stephen stretching himself as a singer and songwriter, bringing along some special guests in a wide range of material beyond the reggae category.

Among its 14 tracks is the title song, released as a single on Stephen’s fortuitous birthday, 4/20 – which also got a lyric video on Father’s Day Weekend – plus “Winding Roads,” a collaboration with Jack Johnson and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir; a new version of his father’s song, “I Shot the Sheriff,” with Eric Clapton, who made the song globally famous, on guitar; two songs with his brothers; and unique covers of the traditional pop songs, “Georgia On My Mind” and “These Foolish Things,” both transformed into modern ska singalongs.

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ATEEZ, referred to as the 'Global Performance Idols' by Korean media and dubbed the '4th Generation Leaders' by the Korean Ministry of Culture, boasts over 6 million global album sales and 5 consecutive #1 Billboard World Albums chart-toppers.Their June 2023 release, 'THE WORLD EP.2: OUTLAW, ' debuted at #2 on Billboard 200, breaking their previous record of #3. It charted for 5 consecutive weeks, selling over 100, 000 copies in the U.S. in the first week of sales, with global sales surpassing 1.7 million units to date.ATEEZ has received accolades such as MAMA'sWorldwide Fans' Choice Award (2019, 2020), TMA's Artist of the Year (2021, 2022), and SeoulMusic Award's Main Award (2021, 2022). Album Inclusions:Jacket CoverTracklist Description InsertGroup PosterColor Disc (Bone)hello82 Distribution only Photocard (1 Random of 8)US Exclusive Photocard (1 Random of 8)
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Each year, thousands of people flock to the city of Nashville with hopes of “making it”. Ironically, it wasn’t until Zach Russell made the decision to leave Music City, USA that he inked his first record deal with Thirty Tigers. Zach had stints as a manager at a shoe store and a karaoke host. He installed irrigation systems, and and also worked as a carpenter. He traveled the US and Europe as Tyler Childers merchandise manager for 3 years and got to witness firsthand what it takes to chase down greatness. Through it all, one thing that remained constant was his belief that he could chase it down as well.

Since leaving Nashville and returning back to the hills of East Tennessee, the past 18 months have been busy for Russell. He spent those months writing music, touring with The Alex Leach Band, and delivering a guest appearance on Adeem the Artist critically acclaimed album, White Trash Revelry. That wave of momentum has culminated to this moment, and the release of his highly anticipated full-length debut, Where the Flowers Meet the Dew.

Once again joining forces with up-and-coming producer Kyle Crownover (Adeem the Artist), this ten-song effort never takes its foot off the gas pedal. Dominant themes of wrestling with mortality, pondering reincarnation, and finding that ever elusive feeling of contentment that all weave gracefully through.


As the old saying goes, “Big hitters take big swings.”, and Russell’s choice as the first single is as bold a statement as can be made. Coming in at a shade over seven minutes long, “Born Again” begins as a rockabilly banger, then midway through, via a psychedelic segue it morphs into a funky, groove heavy jam.  Russell sings of reincarnation and hints that perhaps every waking moment is, in fact, an opportunity to start anew.


The first half of the record is filled with traditional waltzes (“I Thought I Was the Trees”, “Take Me Back to Tennessee”), haunting electric folk (“What You Want Comes to You”), and 60’s R&B style (“Milk & Honey”) cuts. Its deep, mellow, and the lyrics are contemplative. It draws you in while not letting the listener get too comfortable.


Beginning with the aforementioned rip-roaring lead single, the back half of the record brings with it an altogether different vibe. Greasy, distorted guitar licks pepper the back half of Where the Flowers Meet the Dew. “Playing House” fully displays his creative dexterity, and would be right at home on a post-grunge rock radio station, circa 1998, sandwiched between Matchbox 20 and Third Eye Blind. There’s an underlying current filtering through the back half of the record that bristles with tongue in cheek humor, confidence, and all-out swagger. As a whole, Where the Flowers Meet the Dew is a remarkably ambitious effort that undoubtably demands and is worthy of repeated listens.

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TALK is preparing to release his debut album Lord Of The Flies & Birds & Bees. Executively produced by hitmaker Justin Tranter, the record will showcase his diverse talents, ranging from emotional ballads to massive stadium anthems full of love and passion. The album will include TALK’s debut single “Run Away To Mars,” a song that has connected with listeners all over the world earning 150 million-plus of streams, rising to #1 on the Spotify Global Viral 50 and reaching multi-platinum certification around the world, including in Canada, Sweden, Norway and more.
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Afterglow Of Ragnarok US Release Date: 12/1/23 GATEFOLD BLACK VINYL

★ First new solo release in 19 years

★ Includes centrefold comic book ‘Afterglow Of Ragnarok’ is the brand new single from legendary Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, his first new solo release in 19 years.

This deluxe 7” single comes in a gatefold that contains a comic book in the centerfold

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Lil Durk

7220 [2LP]

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The platinum LIL DURK album 7220 is now available on vinyl for the first time. The 17 track 2LP set features GUNNA, FUTURE, SUMMER WALKER, and MORGAN WALLEN.

New Vinyl: $30.98 Digital:$9.99
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SIPHO.'s debut album, PRAYERS & PARANOIA, is a product of an eclectic musical palette and will see the Birmingham native channel influence from his childhood, while tackling the complexities of retaining hope in the face of growing up and becoming an adult. Championed by The Guardian, The New York Times, COLORS, Complex, BBC Radio 1, Jools Holland, NME, The Fader, NPR, i-D, Trench, Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, DIY and more. Indie Exclusive Digipak CD.
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When a Crooner Dies - Leslie Odom Jr. / The album also will mark the Tony and Grammy Award winner's first new album featuring original music since 2019. Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr., currently starring in and co-producing Broadway's Purlie Victorious, will release his fifth studio album, When A Crooner Dies, November 17 through BMG. The release marks Odom's first new album of original music since 2019. When a Crooner Dies will feature 10 newly penned songs that are described as Odom's "most personal music to date."
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2023 release. Robben Ford is multiple Grammy-nominated American rock, blues and jazz guitarist. Ex-member of fusion pioneers Yellowjackets, admired for his solo works but also known for his collaborations with giants of music like Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and many others.
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Originally the Chunk of Change EP was released as a Valentine's Day gift for frontman Michael Angelakos' then girlfriend. In 2008, Frenchkiss Records picked up the commercial rights to rerelease the EP with the additional of "Better Things" and an early version of one of their biggest hits "Sleepyhead." This vinyl only release will include a previously commercially unreleased track "Batty Lashes 2016" that has been remastered for this launch.

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10th anniversary pressing of Canadian hardcore staple, Counterparts’ third studio album. Originally released in 2013, Rock Sound asserted, "This is raw feeling, distilled through true musicianship – exactly as great hardcore should be.” The album features the single, “Witness,” and showcases the band’s fiery honest lyrics as well as their melodic hardcore sound. The first release peaked at #49 on the US Billboard Indie chart and #7 on the Heatseekers chart.
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Brainiac is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Smack Bunny Baby, by bringing it back into print on vinyl. Upon its initial release in 1993, SPIN called the album "a noisy little devil that benefits greatly from a fondness for Moog synth and a good ear for (buried) melody." With its reputation established, the band went on to open for Beck, the Breeders, and The Jesus Lizard. Members of Nine Inch Nails, Death Cab For Cute, Muse, and more have cited Brainiac as an influence.
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Mayday Parade is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their fourth studio album, Monsters In The Closet, with an expanded vinyl reissue. The LP includes six previously unreleased demos and alternate cover art, complete with an etching on the d-side. The original July 2013 release debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200, and #16 on the UK Independent Singles Breakers. Kill Your Stereo dubbed the album “Mayday Parade’s strongest, most accomplished release yet” and “an absolutely incredible release.”
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For Omar Apollo, longing is an art form—and he’s mastered it. The young singer/songwriter’s aching, visceral musings on love and heartbreak have earned him connection with a devoted fanbase as well as industry-wide recognition, including a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist, two Latin GRAMMY nominations for Record of the Year and Best Alternative Song (“Te Olvidaste,” with C. Tangana), Variety’s Future Icon award, and most recently his first RIAA-certified platinum record for viral hit “Evergreen (You Didn’t Deserve Me at All)”—which was also his Billboard Hot 100 debut. He ushers in his next chapter with a new EP, Live for Me, with some of his most personal writing to date, expressing themes he hasn’t previously spoke about. Born in Hobart, Indiana, to parents who immigrated from Mexico, he often felt isolated as a minority in his hometown. As he draws on another year of life, love, and longing for his latest chapter, Apollo’s promise is limitless.

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Rod Wave

Pray 4 Love [LP]

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The double platinum ROD WAVE album PRAY 4 LOVE is now available on vinyl for the first time. The album features fan favorites “RAGS2RICHES” & “GIRL OF MY DREAMS.”

New Vinyl: $22.98 Digital:$9.99
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Rod Wave

Ghetto Gospel [LP]

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The double platinum ROD WAVE album GHETTO GOSPEL is now available on vinyl for the first time. The album features the tracks “HEART ON ICE” (feat LIL DURK) & “CUBAN LINKS” (feat. KEVIN GATES.)
New Vinyl: $22.98 Digital:$9.99
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A sonic snapshot of America’s steel capital, developed in the prosperous cavern between the departure of the Jackson 5 to Motown and the collapse of U.S. Steel, Skyway Soul is a love letter to Gary, Indiana. Featuring The New Day, El Anthony, Nate Evans, Sky’s The Limit, Wilton Crump, Lost Weekend, General Lee, Krash Band, Billy Foster & Audio, I.N.D., and Junei, this double album collects 21 lost songs from the southern-most tip of Lake Michigan. Housed in a deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket, with a 16-page booklet crammed with photos, ephemera, and an in-depth essay from Jake Austen, Skyway Soul connects the dots between The Spaniels, Michael Jackson, and Freddie Gibbs. Don’t forget to pay the toll.
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It's not just great song writing, warm guitars, a nut-tight rhythm section, and the occasional blues harp riffs that make The Stone Foxes' so good; the Bay Area four-piece consisting of brothers Shannon and Spence Koehler have captured something else on this recording and live shows that makes them huge, and very, very cool.
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Khanate’s self titled debut (2001) has all the pleasant ambiance of a plane crash site, a bleak urban waste of mangled and torn metal beams and hissed alarms. When Khanate first issued instructions to the void in 2001, the band was embraced as the next iteration of guitarist Stephen O’Malley’s tube-cracking forays into amplifier variance; a fascinating further step of vocalist Alan Dubin and low-frequency shifter James Plotkin’s space charts; and a warning for the crawling-pace hammers of Tim Wyskida’s drums. But Khanate was not preaching of coming doom or offering emotional catharsis. The band was totally post-dread. The worst had already happened, and would continue to happen, over and over. The 5 songs on Khanate sound like an “orchestrated root canal” (Julian Cope).
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Sensing that defenses to their contagion were down, Things Viral (2003) withdrew from any familiar or friendly shapes. On their second offering, the band decelerated to its own tempo, freezing the decay of the debut in a shocking and powerful stasis. Pitchfork lauds, “Khanate have that skill for unfolding an action in such excruciating detail that you’re slowly edged off your seat... Things Viral is extreme enough to appeal to people who don’t have any interest in metal; the members cross metal pedigrees with noise-drone-art-damage bands-- from Burning Witch and Old, to Sunn 0))), to Blind Idiot God’s Tim Wyskida on drums. It’s committed but not overbearing, too resolute and unyielding to resist; it’ll grab your skull and hold you achingly still as it thrashes through the depths, then totally, quietly wears itself out.”
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Charlemagne Palestine’s newest record pairs two energetic works for carillon bells. On side A, a new piece recorded at his studio in Belgium—a high-ceiling, stuffed animal paradise he calls Charleworld—among friends and divinities. On the flip side, Blank Forms Editions’ very first and long out-of-print release appears on vinyl for the first time: a cathartic street recording of his 2018 musical eulogy for his late friend Tony Conrad, performed on the bells of St. Thomas Episcopal Church where the two first met. Two mesmerizing “klanggdedangggebannggg” sessions in the Quasimodo of 53rd Street’s unmistakable improvisatory style. 

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"Smart Ass Black Boy: Redux is the 10th anniversary remixed and remastered edition of Fat Tony's acclaimed second studio album and this is first time that the album has been available on vinyl!!!

Smart Ass Black Boy was one of the most acclaimed hip-hop records of 2013, ultimately becoming one of the most beloved Houston rap records of the 2010’s. The album landed on year-end lists at Complex and VICE, with Noisey and Pitchfork premiering the videos for ""BKNY"" and ""Hood Party"" respectively. It was featured in NPR’s First Listen series, while Pitchfork said it ""absolutely knocks."" Robert Christgau gave the record an A- review (“homespun and imaginative”), and Rolling Stone called it a “thoroughly enjoyable batch of smart-ass raps.”"

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Produced by No Doubt and recorded in various locations in Southern California including the band’s homemade studio on Beacon Avenue in Anaheim, California, the originally self-distributed ‘The Beacon Street Collection’ features 10 tracks that the band released independently during the creative period prior to the debut of their blockbuster Tragic Kingdom album. Now officially available on vinyl for the first time ever. Pressed on 180-gram black vinyl.

New Vinyl: $27.98 Digital:$9.99
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The title of the previous Atmosphere album, So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously, evokes the multiversal storytelling that's recently vaulted into the mainstream consciousness. Now with their latest effort, the irrepressible Talk Talk EP, Slug and Ant dart across space-time to grab hold of the timeline where they became titans of the electro-rap that was foundational to their youths. Evoking artists like Kraftwerk and Egyptian Lover, Atmosphere makes decades old visions of the future seem new once again.

The genesis of the Talk Talk EP was in recording a track of the same name for their So Many Other Realities album. The "Talk Talk" song exists alongside electro classics, at once vaguely alien and deeply human. Enamored with its outcome, Slug and Ant returned for a longer exploration of the sound, to mesmeric results.

For all its well-documented roots in disco and R&B, rap's connection to the electronic music of the 1970s and '80s is a core part of its DNA. The Talk Talk EP is one of the clearest articulations of this truth to emerge in many years, a testament to the communal power of programmed sound.

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Affirmations is the powerful new album from Anthony Brown & group therAPy. This project includes a dozen soul-stirring tracks that showcase the dynamic outfit’s polished grasp of contemporary gospel music with subtle flourishes of Classical, Hip-Hop, Pop, Pentecostal, and even Celtic influences. Brown and company are letting their little lights shine in big and affirmative ways on this brilliantly inspirational collection.

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Two standard weight “deluxe blend” vinyl discs (one pink, one purple), in standard gatefold jacket with foil stamping, black paper inner sleeves, and 16 page 12”x 12” insert booklet

TRUSTFALL – Tour Deluxe Edition, is an expanded version of P!NK’s critically acclaimed TRUSTFALL album. This deluxe package contains all of the original album release tracks, with a second disc of music featuring six stunning live recordings from her 2023 Summer Carnival Stadium Tour; two covers – Sade’s “No Ordinary Love” and Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” with Brandi Carlile; and two new singles, including “Dreaming,” a collaboration with Marshmello and Sting.

The critically acclaimed original version of TRUSTFALL was released in February of 2023, and debuted at # 1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart.

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Carlos Simon

Together

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Grammy-nominated composer Carlos Simon demonstrates his versatility as he composes, improvises, conducts, curates and performs on this intimate studio album. “Being a composer can be a very lonely profession, so I set out bring my closest friends and collaborators to enjoy the practice of music making. It is a coming together after being separated for so long. It is a coming together to share new ideas and experiences through music. It is a coming together to heal and to help others. It is a coming together to sharpen one another.” – Carlos Simon
New CD: $13.95 Digital:$11.49
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The sixth installment in the Scream franchise stars Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmine Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Hayden Panettiere, and Courteney Cox. Scream VI follows a new Ghostface killer who targets the survivors of the "Woodsboro legacy attacks" in New York City. The film is the highest-grossing Scream movie domestically, and features a score composed by Brian Tyler and Sven Faulconer.
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The Fear of Fear is set to release on 11/3. The Fear of Fear builds on the band’s momentum from their massively successful 2021 debut album ‘Eternal Blue’, which topped charts and dominated critics’ year-end lists. The EP features previously released standalone single “The Void” along with 5 new tracks for a total of 6 songs.

New Vinyl: $25.98
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ABBA’s eighth studio album, The Visitors, is now available on 180g heavyweight black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with obi-strip and certificate of authenticity. The 2 LP set features high-quality audio half-speed mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios.
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The Cats was released in December 1959 and features John Coltrane (tenor sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Louis Hayes (drums), Doug Watkins (bass) and Kenny Burrell (guitar), and Idrees Sulieman (trumpet) playing what are mainly Flanagan-penned tunes. This new edition of the album is released as part of the OJC Series and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI with all-analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. It is presented in a Tip-On Jacket.
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Diamond-certified, eight-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Travis Scott returns with the long awaited UTOPIAThe fourth full length #1 studio album contains 19 tracks including “I KNOW ?,” “K-POP” with Bad Bunny and The Weeknd, “DELRESTO (ECHOES)” feat. Beyoncé, and “FE!N” feat. Playboi Carti. This Indie Exclusive 2-LP translucent orange vinyl version contains “MELTDOWN” feat. Drake which was not on the initial pressing of the vinyl.

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