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Black Mountain: Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Available in limited edition Grey Vinyl. Black Mountain's self-titled debut album is a new classic rock, with reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh, unfamiliar and irresistible. Savor the compact, spacey brilliance of this cosmic, heavy and subtle album, expanded now with a raft of delicious bonus tracks scavenged from the Black Mountain Army archives.

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2015-06-09
Sharon Van Etten: I Don't Want to Let You Down

One of music's most astute cartographers of the heart, able to squeeze enormous sentiments into especially small spaces, Sharon Van Etten offers up documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing with this 5 song EP, I Don't Want to Let You Down.

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2015-06-09
Sharon Van Etten: I Don't Want to Let You Down

One of music's most astute cartographers of the heart, able to squeeze enormous sentiments into especially small spaces, Sharon Van Etten offers up documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing with this 5 song EP, I Don't Want to Let You Down.

Includes: 1. I Don't Want to Let You Down ep on 12" vinyl. 2. I Don't Want to Let You Down ep on CD in a 6 panel wallet. 3. Limited Edition 7" featuring exclusive b-side "All Over Again." 4. 17" x 11" poster featuring album artwork. 5. Instant download of the title track. 6. Digital download code for the album (containing 320kbps MP3s) redeemable 2 weeks before release date on 05/25/2015.

Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles: Oh Man, Cover the Ground
CD  $11.99     LP  $14.99    

Shana Cleveland is a rare artist who seems dismissive of time. She's been performing with a rotating batch of musicians tagged as The Sandcastles for over six years, and yet Oh Man, Cover The Ground is their first proper album. It would be easy to chalk up the delay behind the debut to a slacker lifestyle--Oh Man, Cover The Ground's laid-back vibe certainly suggests an extremely casual approach to songcraft. But Cleveland is no slacker. In the years since she first started playing out under her own name, she's helmed a number of other music projects; most notably her revered Girls In The Garage-inspired band La Luz. In her downtime, she's crafted a set of 37 trading cards dedicated to obscure acoustic guitarists and a calendar of drawings depicting rock bands of yesteryear. The glacial pace of Oh Man, Cover The Ground's development has little to do with work ethic and everything to do with doing things in a way that feels right. "I don't really think of it as a proper band," says Cleveland. "The line-up has been different for almost every show depending on which arrangements I thought would be best for the atmosphere. Some shows I played alone; some with bass, clarinet, and backing vocals; some with the addition of drums, cello and piano. We've played shows really selectively throughout the last few years--just sticking to shows that I thought sounded really interesting. Like, I'd rather play these songs for people in their bedrooms or in a field at night than on a three band bill at a bar." In an industry fixated on striking while the iron is hot, getting an artist in front of as many people in as short of a time as possible, Cleveland's insistence on atmosphere over arbitrary numbers is a bold move. That insistence on operating outside of its pressures and tedious reminders has enabled Cleveland to make something that feels, well... timeless. Oh Man, Cover The Ground came together according to its own clock and calendar, and consequently feels removed from the bustle of everyday life. "I think these songs have a lot to do with the weirdness of being inside your own head all the time in the outside world. Sort of an internal monologue of thoughts I have but wouldn't say. It's about laziness, and lust, and wanting to eat other people's food when it looks better than mine." The LP is available in a limited pressing of 1,000 copies on custom Lake Blue color vinyl. A digital download card for MP3 is included.

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2015-05-26
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love
CD  $12.99     LP  $16.99    

The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.

Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band's already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson's vocals reach powerful new heights. "It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator," he says. "It's more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren't quite like anyone else's. I think that's much more subversive."

While legions of artists show fidelity to the roots of psychedelia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the rare quality that makes the genre's touchstones so vital: constant exploration.

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2015-05-26
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love (Deluxe Bundle)

Bundle includes: 1) Multi-Love on limited edition pink vinyl LP (while supplies last) and CD. 2) Limited edition 'SB-01/SB-02' 12", featuring 40 minutes of sonic exploration, formally released here for the first time. 3) Embroidered 3.5" patch featuring the UMO / Multi-Love logo in pink and yellow. 4) 11x17" poster. 5) Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable on May 12th, two weeks before release date

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2015-05-12
Guantanamo Baywatch: Darling... It's Too Late
CD  $11.99     LP  $14.99    

With Darling... It's Too Late, Guantanamo Baywatch sought to harness and manipulate the sparkling sounds from yesteryear, all while staying true to the tape hiss and rough takes of analog recording. "We really wanted a mixtape compilation sound to the record," says Powell, and that approach can be heard in both the songwriting and the production. According to Powell, each individual song was approached with all the amps and the EQs on the recording console zeroed out. That meant that every song was recorded with a new template. The title track and lead single, "Too Late", perfectly captures this new aesthetic. With Burger Records soul singer Curtis Harding contributing backing vocals and rounding out the classic Motown ballad vibe of the track, "Too Late" is an enormous departure from the trashy Mummies-esque ruckus of their earlier recordings. Of course, the band hasn't completely abandoned the rowdy surf rock of their previous releases--Powell put the finishing touches on the album back at his Jungle Muscles Studio in Portland to keep that rough-hewn feel intact. But even when he and his bandmates Chevelle Wiseman (bass) and Chris Scott (drums) tread on their familiar territory with songs like "Raunch Stomp" or their cover of Eddie & The Showmen's "Mr. Rebel", there's a newfound clarity, punch, and swagger to their sound. Throughout the course of Darling... It's Too Late the trio continues to fuck with various subgenres, from the dusty Western twang of "Corey Baum's Theme" to the straight-outta-Sun Studios rocker "Do What You Want."

The LP is available in a limited pressing of 1,000 copies on Peaches-and-Cream color vinyl. A digital download card for MP3 is included.

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2015-05-12
The Tallest Man On Earth: Dark Bird Is Home
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Dark Bird Is Home doesn't feel like it came from one time or one place. The songs were captured in various countries, studios and barns, carrying a weather-worn quality, some dirt and grit. This is Kristian Matsson at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, but it's also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings.

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The Tallest Man On Earth: Dark Bird Is Home (Deluxe Bundle)

Dark Bird Is Home in gatefold jacket on limited-edition white vinyl LP and CD in 6 panel wallet

11"x17" poster featuring album artwork, with photography by Cameron Wittig

T-Shirt with new design exclusive to the pre-order (size chart)

Early download of 1st single redeemable on February 25th

Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable 2 weeks before release date on April 28

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2015-05-12
The Weather Station: Loyalty
CD  $12.99    

In excess virtue lies danger, or at least limits to pragmatic action--it's a lesson hard learned by anyone disillusioned by the erosion of youthful mythologies. Strict fealty to a fixed ideal of identity doesn't do us any favors as adults. Loyalty, the third and finest album yet by The Weather Station (and the first for Paradise of Bachelors) wrestles with these knotty notions of faithfulness/faithlessness--to our idealism, our constructs of character, our memories, and to our family, friends, and lovers--representing a bold step forward into new sonic and psychological inscapes. It's a natural progression for Toronto artist Tamara Lindeman's acclaimed songwriting practice. Recorded at La Frette Studios just outside Paris in the winter of 2014, in close collaboration with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist), the record crystallizes her lapidary songcraft into eleven emotionally charged vignettes and intimate portraits, redolent of fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and David Wiffen, but utterly her own.

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2015-04-28
Bill Fay: Who Is The Sender?

Ask Bill Fay about his relationship with his instrument and he says something revealing, not "Ever since I learnt to play the piano," but "Ever since the piano taught me..." What the piano taught him was how to connect to one of the great joys of his life. "Music gives," he says. And he is a grateful receiver. But, it makes him wonder, "Who is the sender?" Fay - who after more than five decades writing songs is finally being appreciated as one of our finest living practitioners of the art - asserts that songs aren't actually written but found. He recorded two phenomenal but largely overlooked albums for Decca offshoot Nova in 1970 and 1971. After 27 years of neglect, people like Nick Cave, Jim O' Rourke, and Jeff Tweedy were praising those records in glowing terms. Recorded in Ray Davies' Konk Studios, North London, Who Is The Sender? sees Bill expanding upon themes he has touched on from the beginning, spiritual and philosophical questions, observations about the natural world and the people in the city he has lived in all his life.

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2015-04-28
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: Never Were The Way She Was

Two of Constellation's acclaimed solo instrumental artists join forces on this tremendous new album of original compositions for horn and violin.

Colin Stetson has developed a unique and highly-acclaimed voice as a performer/composer, chiefly on bass and tenor saxophones, rallying an array of technical strengths and innovations to make some of the most captivatingly organic, darkly soulful and otherworldly solo instrumental work of recent years with his New History Warfare trilogy. The solo violin work of Sarah Neufeld has emerged more recently, and especially through 2011-2014, in the period between her primary band Arcade Fire's last two albums; she's forged a distinctive and evocative solo violin practice combining rock, folk, ambient and modernist sensibilities, culminating with her debut solo album Hero Brother in 2013.

'Never were the way she was' charts an expansive sonic trajectory with a multiplicity of structures and voicings that belies the fundamental economy of two acoustic instruments combining in real time. The resulting musical chronicle powerfully establishes its own spatial and temporal horizon; Stetson and Neufeld offer up an impressively immersive integration of composition, performance, timbre and texture. 'Never were the way she was' is a sum quite definitively and thrillingly greater than its parts.