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Charley Crockett will release his latest album The Man From Waco on September 9th via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. Crockett wrote or co-wrote all 14 songs on the album, and in many ways The Man From Waco is the purest distillation of his artistry to date. What started as a demo session with producer Bruce Robison at Robison’s studio The Bunker outside Austin, TX turned into the first album Crockett has ever made with his band The Blue Drifters backing him from start to finish. Mostly first takes with only a handful of overdubs, The Man From Waco finds Crockett refining his singular “Gulf & Western” sound which continues to captivate an ever-growing legion of fans.

“I just wanted an honest partnership: do it at your place, live to tape, everybody in the room,” Crockett says of the recording experience, and Robison was happy to accommodate. “The magic is in the performances on that tape. That’s what Bruce wanted to do, that’s what I wanted to do. When we were done, I said ‘these are masters, not demos.’”

There’s a loose narrative thread that ties the album together, but at the center of The Man From Waco is Crockett, who continues to trust his instincts and carve out his own singular space. Eschewing the ever-growing siren song of major labels and GRAMMY-winning producers, Crockett is forging ahead as a mostly DIY artist, calling his own shots and giving himself the space to strive for greatness on his own terms.

“Everybody was telling me: ‘go right, go right, go right,’” says Crockett. “I went left. I had to hold on to what has gotten me this far.”

The Man From Waco will be in a record store near you on September 9th on CD, Vinyl, and an indie record store exclusive edition featuring alternate album artwork. 

Charley Crockett - The Man From Waco [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Alternate Artwork LP]
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Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4 will include key music covering various classic eras and styles as featured in "Stranger Things 4." The soundtrack album is conceptualized and produced by The Duffer Brothers and Nora Felder (Grammy and Emmy nominee Nora Felder has served as music supervisor for "Stranger Things" since the show's inception and was nominated for a Music Supervision Grammy the first year the category was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences). The compilation album is produced by The Duffer Brothers and 2x Grammy nominee Timothy J. Smith.

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"Welcome To My World" is a collection of some of Daniel's most-beloved songs and is now available on vinyl for the very first time. These are the songs that built the legend...a must-have for the legion of devoted Daniel Johnston Fans as well as the perfect introduction for new listeners. The LP includes previously unheard sonic surprises. 

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In the kitchen of the Byron Bay home of Winston McCall stands a refrigerator, adorned on one side by a quote from Tom Waits: “I want beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.”

This, the PARKWAY DRIVE vocalist says, is a pretty good summation of him-self. It holds true, too, as one of the guiding principles behind Darker Still, the seventh full-length album to be born of this picturesque and serene corner of north-eastern NSW, Australia, and the defining musical statement to date from one of modern metal’s most revered bands.

Darker Still, McCall says, is the vision he and his bandmates – guitarists Jeff Ling and Luke Kilpatrick, bassist Jia O’Connor and drummer Ben Gordon – have held in their mind’s eye since a misfit group of friends first convened in their parents’ basements and backyards in 2003. The journey to reach this moment has seen Parkway evolve from metal underdogs to festival-headlining behemoth, off the back of close to 20 gruelling years, six critically and commercially acclaimed studio albums (all of which achieving Gold status in their home nation), three documentaries, one live album, and many, many thousands of shows.

While Darker Still remains irrefutably PARKWAY DRIVE, it finds the band sonically standing shoulder to shoulder with rock and metal’s greats – Metallica, Pantera, Machine Head, Guns N’ Roses – as much as it does their metalcore contemporaries. “I wanted a classic guitar tone for this record,” explains Ling, who credits much of his inspiration to the connection his riffs have with a crowd in a live setting. 

Emerging from the darkness of the past few years, this is the true face of PARKWAY DRIVE: redefined and resolute, focused in mind and defiant in spirit.

Parkway Drive - Darker Still [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear with Red Smoke LP]
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LINDSEY WEBSTER is the undisputed queen of Smooth/Contemporary Jazz vocalists. She is the first vocalist to score 4 #1 smooth jazz radio hits in a row. The debut single from Reasons, "I Didn't Mean It," has already reached top 10 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Radio Chart!!! REASONS, featuring a star-studded Grammy winning cast, elevates Lindsey Webster's sensuous artistry to a new level. Highlights such as the sensuous "Just The Night," the soulful "Stay With Me" and the spirited "You Take Me" make REASONS a must have album!
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Generator knocks about stirringly with a steadfast, mid-tempo punk roar, keeping the songs simple but continually on the upsurge. Brett and Greg Hetson’s guitars piggyback to ever-rousing heights, utilizing the essential chords and keeping limits on flashy things like solos or effects, never letting the enthusiasm or sentiment wane. With all players striving to turn each listening experience into a placard-waving melee, Bad Religion emblazons honest, dissatisfied-with-the-status-quo lyrics with an uberpunk spirit, Greg Graffin’s vocals growing more gravelly and endearing with each record. With the implicit understanding that strength lies in brevity, Bad Religion hew mighty exhortations to action out of a well-trampled happy-punk base, and the sheer motivational impact of “Generator,” “Only Entertainment,” “Atomic Garden” and “No Direction” sweeps clear any charges of oversimplification or sameness. Generator is a brutal noise that is louder, faster & angrier than ever! A plethora of power punching punk pedagogy.

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Bjork

Volta [LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 UNAVAILABLE
Bjork returns to her iconic, innovative and rhythmic roots with Volta. Featuring her own infamous beats and collaborations with Timbaland, Antony Hegarty, Brian Chippendale and an all-female Icelandic brass section, the end result is an explosion of beats and an amalgamtion of sound and visuals that give Volta a life of its own, like the world hasn't seen from Bjork in years.
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Spirituals is Santigold's first full-length album since 2016's 99˘,and was mostly recorded during the 2020 lockdown. "All of a sudden there I was with three small children out of school-just-turned-two-year-old twins and a six-year-old-I was cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and changing diapers from morning to night, with three little kids coming in and out of my bed throughout each night like musical chairs. I was losing touch with the artist me, stuck in a part of myself that was too small. I felt the other parts of me were shrinking, disappearing."Santigold struggled but succeeded in defining a space in which she could center herself and collaborate virtually with producers and contributors: Rostam, Boys Noize, Dre Skull, P2J, Nick Zinner, SBTRKT, JakeOne, Illangelo, Doc McKinney, Psymun, Ricky Blaze, Lido, Ray Brady, and Ryan Olson. "Recording this album was a way back to myself after being stuck in survival mode. It wasn't until I made the space to create that I realized I wasn't only creating music but a lifeline," she says. California was on fire, we were hiding from a plague, the social justice protests were unfolding. "I'd never written lyrics faster in my life. After having total writer's block, they started pouring out. I decided to create the future, to look towards where we are going, to create beauty and pull towards that beauty. I need that for myself, but it's also there for whoever else needs it."

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Like the many Banded Stilts that spread across the cover of her newest album Flood, Stella Donnelly is wading into uncharted territory. Here, she finds herself discovering who she is as an artist among the flock, and how abundant one individual can be. Flood is Donnelly's record of this rediscovery: the product of months of risky experimentation, hard moments of introspection, and a lot of moving around. Her early reflections on the relationship between the individual and the many can be traced back to Donnelly's time in the rainforests of Bellingen, where she took to birdwatching as both a hobby and an escape in a border-restricted world. By paying closer attention to the natural world around her, she recalls "I was able to lose that feeling of anyone's reaction to me. I forgot who I was as a musician, which was a humbling experience of just being; being my small self." Reconnecting with the 'small self' allowed Donnelly to tap into creative wells she didn't know existed. Soon songs were coming to her in a way she could not control and over the coming months, Donnelly accumulated 43 tracks as she moved out of Bellingen and around the country, often finding herself displaced due to border restrictions, a tough rental market, and once from the joys of finding black mould in the walls. "I had so many opportunities to write things in strange places," Donnelly remarks, having passed through Fremantle, Williams, Guilderton, Margaret River and Melbourne. "I often had no choice about where I was. There's no denying that not being able to access your family with border closures, it zooms in on those parts of your life you care about." With new locations came new approaches. "It freshened things up for sure," Donnelly says, and writing with band members Jennifer Aslett, George Foster, Jack Gaby and Marcel Tussie, soon began to feel like kindergarten play. "They all brought themselves to the record in such a beautiful way. A lot of us were playing instruments that weren't our first instrument: me on piano, Jack doing all these synth sounds, George trying a bunch of stuff out, Marcel sang! We were all like 'plink plonk'; it was quite vulnerable for all of us." Along with the support of her band members, co-producing the record beside Anna Laverty and Methyl Ethyl's Jake Webb helped to foster an important spontaneity in the studio. With Webb, Donnelly could "dig in" and discover a "forward-leaning sound" she'd been searching for, while Laverty's ability to "capture the piano" and discern the "perfect take" allowed the songwriter to take further risks. Straying from the easier option of writing on an electric guitar, Donnelly's move to piano imbues her new work with a fluidity and vulnerability that befits the record's introspective nature. Donnelly had not played much piano - what she fondly calls "a very easy instrument to fuck up" - since her early childhood and there was something wonderfully playful and poignant about climbing back up onto the piano stool and finding her fingers. Flood revels in this. In "Restricted Account", the piano quietly dances back and forth with her vocals, while the warmth of the fluegelhorn blooms above; piano again drives the band along in "Move Me" as the understated horn returns and Donnelly later aptly sings, "You're the bit that holds us all together". These patterns flicker across the record, dispelling any fears of the record turning out disjointed from it's origin story. Much of the album is ultimately united by Donnelly's intuitive songwriting, where listeners can expect commanding assertive verses, euphoric shimmery choruses and killer bridges; and just when you think you really know what to expect, something alien will arrive: the offspring of the band's "plink plonking". Subverting expectations and keeping people on their toes has long been a strategy of the 'firstborn' in Donnelly. "I can't sit on something for too long," she laughs, "it's an oldest child thing: you strive to entertain; you've got to fight for your spot to keep someone engaged." The child's fight for their spot at the table, both in and out of the home, appears throughout Flood in different personas; one offers a bold exclamation about being a child the rest of her life, while another grapples over whether to wear or throw away her beads from when she was five. In "Morning Silence", one declares "Same old fight was had today / Great grandchild will see the same." Throughout the record, Donnelly looks back at history and wonders where she's come from and where she'll go next. In opener "Lungs" we hear her plead, "History again teach me like a friend what you know and why," and this curiosity extends into many of the songs exploring relationships, be them familial, romantic or platonic. "I do love observing human dynamics," Donnelly says. "Dynamics between old best friends, or dynamics between housemates, or a relationship where the two people are broken up and haven't spoken in years. I like getting into the mind of someone who we've all been at some point." This interest expresses itself in a unique way on the record as Donnelly regularly 'plays dress-up', adopting different faces and personas to help her distill her truest self. In "Lungs" she writes from the point of view of a child whose family has just been evicted, while "Flood" invites us to look through the eyes of someone dating Donnelly, with lyrics frank and at times damning. Looking back at the Banded Stilt, Donnelly ultimately appreciates how when "seen in a crowd they create an optical illusion, but on it's own it's this singular piece of art." While each song on Flood is a singular artwork unto itself, the collective shares all of Stella Donnelly in abundance: her inner child, her nurturing self, her nightmare self; all of herself has gone into the making of this record, and although it would take an ocean to fathom everything she feels, it's well worth diving in.
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Every feedback squeal, bass chug, and hi-hat sizzle of what would be Unwound's final 37 shows was taped, the most compelling bits of which have been edited into a cohesive snapshot of a band at the end of an incredible run.
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GA-20 clearly is on to something big. It's a movement, a new traditional blues revival. The dynamic, throwback blues trio are disciples of the place where traditional blues, country and rock 'n' roll intersect. "We make records that we would want to listen to," says guitarist Matt Stubbs. "It's our take on the song-based traditional electric blues we love." Stubbs, guitarist/vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman have been at the forefront of this traditional blues revival since they first formed in 2018. It's no wonder they skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Blues Chart. According to Stubbs, "Since we started the band we've focused on the story, the melody, and on creating a mood. Playing live as much as we do, we're finding more and more that people are discovering how cool it all is. Traditional country, soul and funk music have all had these massive recent revivals, but traditional blues so far has not." With their new Colemine album, Crackdown, and an intensive tour schedule, that's all about to change. On Crackdown, GA-20's third full-length release, the band creates an unvarnished, ramshackle blues that is at once traditional and refreshingly modern. Expanding on their previous releases (2019's Lonely Soul and 2021's Try It... You Might Like It! GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor) GA-20 finds inspiration on the edges of the genre, where early electric blues first converged with country and rock 'n' roll. The album's nine original songs include the loping, Louisiana-flavored Dry Run, the dirty, and bare-bones Easy On The Eyes and the melodic, garage-tinged Fairweather Friend. With tight, propulsive performances and a brevity and punk energy reminiscent of The Ramones, Crackdown is rowdy and fun, filled with instantly memorable, and well-crafted songs.
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It’s the desire to celebrate their sonic bounty that first got Oberst and the band excited about the idea of comprehensive reissues. But this wouldn’t be a Bright Eyes project if a moment devoted to appreciating the past weren’t turned into an opportunity to connect with the future. That’s where the nine companion EPs come in. Or as Oberst puts it, “the supplemental reading” for the primary reissues: One six-track EP per reissued album, each featuring five reworked songs from that album. “My thing was they had to sound different from the originals, we had to mess with them in a substantial way.” Plus one cover that felt “of the era” in which that particular albums was made – a song that meant something to the band at the time. To help the EPs come alive in the fullest way, Bright Eyes called in lots of old friends, like Bridgers, M. Ward, and Welch and Rawlings, as well as new ones like Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee.
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Long-awaited first book from guitarist/founder member of King Crimson. Collects much of Robert Fripp's writing about Guitar Craft - his unique approach to guitar playing, collaborating and personal development. Presented in a limited edition first print hardcover format with cover, inside pages and jacket all printed on high-end Italian Fedrigoni paper. All copies will be individually wrapped and boxed. As one of rock music's foremost writers and earliest bloggers, Fripp's writing already enjoys a significant audience. A talking tour: "That Awful Man and his Manager" is being undertaken with manager/business partner David Singleton - initially in Canada and the USA - in Sept. 2022, to support the book launch. This is the first in a series of books to include The DGM Diaries, Crimson Chronicles and membership of King Crimson (1969 - 2021) and personal commentary on living in New York during and after the recording of 'Exposure' at a point in the late 1970s when New York was the fulcrum of a wider cultural rebirth . The book also encompasses the Four Pillars Of Ethical Conduct: Honesty, Responsibility, Equity, Goodwill. Straightforwardness + Transparency translate as Honesty. Accountability + Owning-up equate to Responsibility. Fairness + Distributive justice we understand as Equity. Common decency we recognise as Goodwill. Principles which Robert Fripp insists are met in all his work including within the music industry, an industry most often noted for ignoring all Four Pillars and, just as frequently, music itself. The Guitar Circle is unlike other books by contemporary artists on guitar playing and music. 564 pages
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Limited colored vinyl LP pressing of this rare FM radio broadcast from 1981.
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Declaime & Madlib

In The Beginning (vol. 2)

Vinyl: $27.98 UNAVAILABLE
In the Beginning (Vol. 2) continues the treasure trove of the early works of Declaime & Madlib, the longtime collaborators who helped usher in a new sound and style from the city of Oxnard, Calif. This collection is brimming with previously unheard tracks from this beyond-creative duo that blends hip-hop with funk, jazz, soul, and psychedelia to lay the groundwork for so many other emcees and producers. For Declaime (a/k/a Dudley Perkins), this series serves as a way to honor his friends and the city that raised them. He shouts out names like The Almighty Metaphor (aka MED), Oh No the Disrupt, DJ Romes, Kazi, and more, who he says "created a lane for the city of Oxnard to get the recognition it deserves." Some of them make an appearance in one form or another on this collection, too-Romes, for example, mastered the project-that compiles 10 previously lost tracks that were recorded from 1993 to '96. In The Beginning (Vol. 2) is entirely produced by Madlib, who provided all the cuts as well. His instrumentals are on that raw and dusty vibe as they move freely through genres and sounds, like on standout cuts "Bandwagon,"WLIX," and "Signs (feat. Wildchild)." Those are all highlights for Declaime, too, and they demonstrate his ability to blend his observations of the world with bravado and third-eye insights. Even as young kids just getting their feet wet in the studio, these two were firmly on their path.
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Tha God Fahim

Wide Berth

Vinyl: $32.98 Buy

MP3 Album: $7.99 Download

Hailing from a city known for club anthems, Tha God Fahim has taken the road less traveled, channeling hip-hop's grimy roots with complex, street-level lyricism and dusty, sample-heavy production. In the midst of his meteoric rise, the Atlanta artist released "Wide Berth", a rugged masterpiece executive produced by mysterious rap phenom Mach-Hommy. Featuring production by Camoflauge Monk along with Fahim himself, this 2018 classic is now available on vinyl for the first time ever, complete with new artwork.
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Mood

Doom

CD: $14.98 Buy

MP3 Album: $9.99 Download

Fat Beats in partnership with Space Invadaz is pleased to release the 25 year anniversary edition reissue of Mood's acclaimed 1997 debut LP, Doom. Originally released on September 23 of 1997, Doom was an important springboard for the careers of Talib Kweli, DJ Hi-Tek, Sunz of Man and Lone Catalysts. The 18 track LP is an artistically experimental album marked by stand out production and lyricism that remains on-point throughout. Cincinnati rappers Main Flow and Donte kick apocalyptic rhymes that cite sacred scripture, ancient history, and politics. Both their rhyme schemes and chemistry are strong and prove to be equally compatible with DJ Hi-Tek, who made his production debut on this record, composing nine of the album's 18 tracks, with newcomer Jahson handling the remaining production. Similar to the lyrical pairing, the production duo of Hi-Tek and Jahson are well matched, as they add a sense of darkness and mystery that shrouds the sonic backdrop throughout the album. Doom is lyrically and sonically an outstanding body of work that stands out as one of the more noteworthy indie rap titles of '97. In celebration of the 25 year anniversary milestone, this reissue comes equipped with remixes, including the J Dilla Remix for "Secrets of the Sand" which was never before featured on any previous album represses or reissues.
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Fresh off the heels of 2021's collaborative LP, Gotham from Talib Kweli and Diamond D, the BX icon returns with his sixth studio album, The Rear View. Comprised of 13 tracks, the album proves that without a shadow of a doubt, Diamond D's reputation as the best producer on the mic remains unrivaled. Never one to bogart the spotlight, Diamond is joined by a supporting cast of guest appearances that include Westside Gunn, Dre (Cool & Dre), Posdnuos (De La Soul), Ashtin Martin, Stacy Epps and KP, with a momentous introduction from the great Chris Rock. To boot, Diamond adds to the unblemished production value with additional board work from the likes of Nottz, Focus, D.R.U.G.S. Beats and Mr. Brady. "I took my time crafting this LP to make sure every track could stand on it's own as a possible single," says Diamond. "Every feature and track was carefully selected from an elite group of artists and producers that I had the honor of working with. The end result is top tier bar work over pristine production," he concludes.
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Big Jacks

Pimp Tight

Cassette: $10.98 Buy

"Do what you love and the rest will fall into place" is a way of thinking that Jason Isaac (aka DJ Big Jacks) has built his career and life on. In his case, the labor of love has always been music. His passion for it, fuelled by the inspiration of his father and family upbringing helped elevate Big Jacks' interest in the arts from a hobby he loved to his livelihood. For his latest effort, the promising deejay and entrepreneur pairs with the fledgliing CQQL Records for, Pimp Tight, a 50-minute cassete ride where Big Jacks returns from five years at the state pen and becomes crowned 'king of the pimping game.' Trouble comes when Memphis raps and cold mackin' movie quotes get flipped over soulful soundtracks. Big Jacks is out here doing the job the cops can't, but can he squash a crime lord who wants him to return to the small time?!
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Masta Ace & Marco Polo

Breukelen Story

Cassette: $10.98 UNAVAILABLE
The random meeting and a beat CD resultantly birthed A Breukelen Story, a collaborative release between the venerable veteran, Masta Ace, and the incredibly detailed and prolific producer, Marco Polo. The acclaimed LP is comprised of 14 tracks are strewn together through Ace's signature skits and interludes that frame the music and while telling the story of Polo manifesting his vision of being an NY transplant via Toronto while pursuing his dream of being a renowned record producer. To boot, the album is abound with guest appearances from the fast-rising Marlon Craft to spry OGs like Pharoahe Monch, Lil Fame (of M.O.P.), Smif-N-Wessun and Styles P (of the Lox). Polo's pastiche style boom-bap is the drum-driven centerpiece that perfectly couches Masta Ace's thoughtful stanzas and vivid storytelling for this effusive Brooklyn narrative.
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Xl Middleton

Chrome Springs

Cassette: $11.98 UNAVAILABLE
Chrome Springs Eternal is XL Middleton's first official beat tape, a collection of tracks made as recently as a few months ago, and as far back as the 2000's. As such, it's something of a retrospect on the evolution of XL's production over the years, and perhaps of the modern funk sound itself. Brought to you in the physical form via translucent red shell cassette, only 100 copies made!
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Xl Middleton

G-Funk Vibes Vol. 3

Cassette: $11.98 UNAVAILABLE
The third volume in XL Middleton's mix series of rare and obscure 90's g-funk from all over the country, centered around LA and the Bay but featuring tracks from all over - Phoenix, Detroit, Chicago, and even as far east as Philly. Most of the selections come from XL's record collection, along with a few unreleased tracks from his own vault. Brought to you in the physical form via translucent blue shell cassette, only 100 copies made!
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Tommy Martini debuts his first SIC release with Fresh Game 2, Smooth Grooves that give you Desires of Summer Memories!
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Through 16 tracks, Professor Creepshow & Mackjunt. Have discovered the tranquility that is provided by Stardust Alchemy. Songs to ponder upon the scenes of life to.

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