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DIRTY PROJECTORSLAMP LIT PROSEReleased Friday, July 13, 2018
Price: $13.99Rock & Pop


BOB DYLANLIVE 1962-1966 RARE PERFORMANCE FROM THE COPYRIGHTReleased Friday, July 27, 2018
Price: $15.99Rock & Pop
Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release a new compilation album of Bob Dylan recordings, Live 1962 1966: Rare Performances from The Copyright Collections, on July 27 (worldwide). This special Japanese Tour edition is being released worldwide by popular demand.Bob Dylans Live 1962 1966: Rare Performances from The Copyright Collections will be available on CD. Most of the performances on the album have been previously available only on the extremely limited edition 50th Anniversary / Copyright Extension albums (three highly-collectible compilationsreleased in 2012, 2013 and 2014of rare early Dylan recordings).Across two discs-worth of music, Live 1962 1966: Rare Performances from The Copyright Collections chronicles Dylans transformation from groundbreaking acoustic folk artist to iconic force of pop culture. The album features seminal recordings from the artists coffeehouse era (Gerdes Folk City, 1962), his mythic 1963 breakout concerts at New Yorks Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, a duet with Joan Baez from the historic March on Washington (August 28, 1963), definitive performances from his European and world tours of 1965 and 1966, incandescent moments from the 1964 and 1965 Newport Folk Festivals and more.


EPICAEPICA VS ATTACK ON TITAN SONGSReleased Friday, July 20, 2018
Price: $10.99Metal / Goth
Linked Horizon is a side project by Japanese composer Revo who is also the mastermind behind Sound Horizon, which focuses on telling epic stories and mixing classical music with metal elements and various other subgenres varying from Japanese pop music to Visual Kei. If you aren't familiar with Sound Horizon yet, you have missed out on an outstanding fusion of genres and should check out records like the epic Mrchen. The songs on this release were written for the Attack on Titan anime series which are one of the most popular but in my opinion also one of the least interesting series. Especially the live action adaptations aren't too spectacular. The soundtrack to this series is however quite interesting. Since these songs were quite chaotic with narrative passages in German and vocals in Japanese, I was more than surprised to learn that Dutch symphonic metal veterans Epica would cover these songs.I must say that I'm really impressed because the band did an outstanding job. Epica avoided the use of German and Japanese lyrics and stuck to English lyrics, making the songs easier to digest. The band made the overall sound of the tracks heavier but also more bombastic with its typical use of symphonic elements. Epica managed to make these songs their own and to make them more fluid, powerful and structured at the same time.


INTERNETHIVE MINDReleased Friday, July 20, 2018
Price: $14.99Soul - Funk - R & B
ast year, with the Internet on pause, Syd released Fin, a hard-strutting album of slick post-trap R&B, and its strongest singles were collaborations with her Internet bandmates. And now that shes back in the Internet, Syd seems to be consciously relegating herself to role-player status, even after hundreds of millions saw her grinning sheepishly in Drakes Nice For What video. It was the right move. If Syd sounded like a star on Fin, she sounds even more like one now. The Internet have always sounded confident. You have to be confident to give yourself a band name like that, especially if youre making dazed aquarian R&B in an instant-gratification streaming age. They have reason to be confident. Ego Death was a career breakthrough a dizzy and fully realized piece of work that succeeded in capturing the audience it deserved. (As happens more often than wed like to admit, critics like me were the ones who were late on Ego Death; the kids in the cult got it right away.) And last year, growing their empire in ways that recall plenty of rap crews of years past (Odd Future included), the different members of the band ventured out on their own, releasing solo albums or side projects. Guitarist Steve Lacy, still a teenager, produced tracks for Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole on his iPhone. And maybe its just my imagination, but I hear all the swagger that must come from vast success bleeding through on Hive Mind.


JASON ISBELLSIRENS OF THE DITCH (DLX)Released Friday, July 13, 2018
Price: $13.99Rock & Pop
The 400 Unit is a tight, talented group of musicians playing in a lean, understated style. All hail from the Muscle Shoals area of Northwest Alabama - a place with deep roots in the musical history of our culture. They are the perfect platform for Isbell's raspy, plaintive voice and his multidimensional guitar styles. His playing ranges from the gentle picking of a man entertaining his family on a front-porch swing to the all out, balls-to-the-wall energy of Neil Young's 'Rust Never Sleeps' era. His encore cover of 'Like a Hurricane' on the 'Live From Alabama' album requires no apologies to Mr. Young. If David Letterman's, and especially Paul Shaffer's, effusive support of the group is indicative of the their potential, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are destined to greater things. There isn't a song among them that i don't like. In my opinion, a Star is rising in the South. It has the potential to shine brightly enough to help drive by truckers find their way back to the highways.


CODY JINKSLIFERSReleased Friday, July 27, 2018
Price: $14.99Country
Cody Jinks opens Lifers, his first Rounder Records release, with Holy Water, a passionate plea for a taste of holiness, so scarce in our increasingly unholy world. For Jinks, pure country music is as holy as the more strictly spiritual stuff. Also, when he salutes real-deal country folk with the albums title track, hes singing as much about himself as them. Hes lifer, and we all benefitfrom his artistic commitment. Jinks certainly knows his way around traditional country forms. The sounds on this album range from Cant Quit Enough, a track that closes out with the sort of instrumental fire weve come to expect from Sturgill Simpsons hotter performances, to the moody border western Desert Wind. Somewhere Between I Love You and Im Leavin is the sort of heart-wrenching ballad George Jones used to excel at. Jinks rich singing voice sounds right at home, no matter the sonic setting. The talented singer/songwriter gets more personal with Stranger, which grapples with the mysteries of self-identity, while Head Case faces mortality head-on. Whereas many of the songs preceding these two tracks are exercises in stylistic muscle-stretching, both Stranger and Head Case are instances of sincere heartfelt self-reflection.


ISRAEL NASHLIFTEDReleased Friday, July 27, 2018
Price: $12.99Rock & Pop


PUNCH BROTHERSALL SHOREReleased Friday, July 20, 2018
Price: $13.99Folk


RISE AGAINSTGHOST NOTE SYMPHONIES 1Released Friday, July 27, 2018
Price: $14.99Punk / Hardcore
Rise Againsts The Black Market hit No. 1 on the Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock albums charts in the U.S. and topped album charts in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Germany. The follow-up album, WOLVES, debuted at No. 1 on Billboards Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock albums charts. Lead single The Violence topped the Mediabase Active Rock chart and House On Fire is currently in the Top 10 and climbing.Melodic, hardcore Rise Against follow up their eighth studio album, WOLVES, with a career spanning and genre defying release, thats a new addition to their already storied career. The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol I finds the band reimagining some of the biggest songs of their career with intimate performances and backed with strings.


BOZ SCAGGSOUT OF THE BLUESReleased Friday, July 27, 2018
Price: $14.99Rock & Pop
Sometimes with more gloss, at times with more grit, but always with great feeling, Boz Scaggs has kept some form of the blues close to the surface during most of his career, which has already sailed past the 50-year milestone. On Out of the Blues, the last of an informal trilogy also including Memphis and A Fool to Care revisiting his roots and influences, Scaggs covers some superior blues tunes from decades past, along with a Neil Young song and originals by long-time collaborator Jack Walroth.Unlike its two predecessors, Out of the Blues was produced by Scaggs instead of Steve Jordan, but some of the musicians from the earlier releases are back, including bassist Willie Weeks and guitarist Ray Parker Jr., topped up with additions including Jim Keltner (drums), Jim Cox (keys) and a lefty-righty combo of Texas six-stringers, Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton.


SLIGHTLY STOOPIDEVERYDAY LIFE EVERYDAY PEOPLEReleased Friday, July 13, 2018
Price: $15.99Punk / Hardcore
Reggae rock is what it is today from the direct influence of few bands Sublime being the breadwinning bellwether. But, Sublime made its mark on music in many ways, a primary one being when frontman Bradley Nowell unknowingly left his legacy in the hands of two adolescent Ocean Beach boys after signing them to his Skunk Records label in 1995. Thats right, Kyle and Myles formed Slightly Stoopid long before they formalized their grade school education, releasing their self-titled debut album by 1996. Fast-forward 22 years, the band is on their 9th studio album and celebrating 20 years on the road with Everyday Life, Everyday People: a 13-track dub-heavy album featuring an all star collaborative lineup. Embedded in the album are messages of love (and hate), odes to friends and strangers alike and enough good times to keep the party going for another 20+ years if need be. And, you better believe the bands not going anywhere any time soon theyve already ascended to the tippy top years ago.


KANYE WESTYE Released Friday, July 20, 2018
Price: $7.99 (sale priced)Rap
Has any major pop star, of any era, required the level of indulgence that Kanye West demands? Hes a brilliant producer, an ingenious curator, and arguably the most consequential pop star of the last decade, but liking Kanye has always meant making peace with the arrogant, petulant, sometimes infuriating character in the foreground. For a while, this compromise was almost part of his appeal, with every fresh Kanye outrage followed by a new burst of innovation that reminded you why you bothered with him in the first place. At best, his unvarnished loutishness just seemed like another facet of his messy humanity; at worst, he was a constant screw-up with a knack for extravagant make-up gifts. But after his alienating support of Donald Trump and stunningly asinine recent musings on slavery, plenty of his longtime fans have been rather publicly pondering if the great Kanye compromise is still worth it. Judging from a dozen listens through his eighth solo album, Ye, weve been right to wonder.