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Basment Jaxx - Junto CD


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Junto is Basment Jaxx's seventh studio album. Two years in the making, it’s the first since they set out on their own after the completion of their decade-plus contract with XL. Now they’re working with Coop/PIAS to release via their own long-running imprint Atlantic Jaxx. So it’s the sound of freedom (not that XL kept them chained in a cellar + made them churn out sweatshop singalongs). And it’s the sound of ambition (not that the Glastonbury-headlining, three-million-album-selling, Brit- and Grammy-winning maestros of global dancetronica have ever lacked ambition). And it’s the sound of Simon and Felix diving back into sunshine and the spotlight (not that they’ve been wintering in idleness and obscurity – they’ve written two film scores, produced an orchestral album and last year they released two singles, “just to dip our toes in the water”. They’re not on the new album. Basement Jaxx, blessed with collaborators and ideas, had too many other crackers competing for slots on the tracklisting).

   


Bug - Angels & Devils CD

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New 2014 album from the UK producer ... his first in 6 years! Cameos by Liz Harris (Grouper), Death Grips, Gonjasufi and others.

   


Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lose CD

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The greatest strength of Lose, the third full-length effort from indie vintage act Cymbals Eat Guitars, is its sense of perspective. For the first time, singer/songwriter/everything-doer Joseph D’Agostino is drawing from his own life, and much of what he has to say have notes of tragedy, some quite overt. The album itself was mainly inspired by events from his teenhood, including the death of his good friend and bandmate Benjamin High. Needless to say, LOSE is an emotionally involving record, but it’s more light than heat. Thankfully lacking the myopic, misdirected antagonism that often accompanies records of this nature, LOSE finds D’Agostino making peace with these experiences behind ever-improving songwriting.

   


J Mascis - Tied to a Star CD

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J Mascis' Tied to a Star is the follow up to his acclaimed Sub Pop debut Several Shades of Why. The album, led by the songs "Every Morning" and "Wide Awake," was recorded and produced by Mascis and mixed by John Agnello at Bisquiteen in Amherst, MA. Tied to a Star also features guest appearances from musicians Ken Maiuri (Young@Heart Chorus), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power).

   


Kem - Promise To Love CD


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“With every record I get better, my artistry evolves, my songwriting evolves, the process evolves, it’s a special record,” says Kem about the new album. “I’m just really trying to express my belief in classic R&B, and tryin to represent the genre the best I can.”

   


New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers CD


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Brill Bruisers is the first new release in four years from the acclaimed supergroup The New Pornographers, who NPR calls "virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock. " Additionally, the New Yorker describes the band's music as "magnificent and clever" while Stereogum proclaims, "In recent history, no group has featured so much formidable established talent, collaborating on a regular basis."

   


Opeth - Pale Communion CD


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Pale Communion, which was produced by the band's very own Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, is heralded by the lead single, "Cusp of Eternity. " The new material find's Opeth once again challenging the boundaries of extreme music. In a recent interview with VICE s Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated, "I wanted to do something more melodic with this album... there s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall... I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process. " Metal Injection s Greg Kennelty broke down Opeth s Pale Communion in a track by track review, exclaiming "This record knows exactly what it's doing and nails it through and through... one of my favorite records of 2014. If not my favorite record of 2014. "

   


Shovels & Rope - Swimmin' Time CD

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Swimmin' Time is Shovels & Rope's follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 album O' Be Joyful. "Birmingham" (the number one song on American Songwriter's year-end list) and the rest of O' Be Joyful put Shovels & Rope on the larger stage in many ways from an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman to an acclaimed set on PBS' Austin City Limits and festival slots at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and ACL.

   


The Rentals - Lost In Alphaville CD


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The album features: Jessica Wolfe and Holly Laessig (Lucius - vocals), Ryen Slegr (Ozma - guitars), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet - strings) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys - drums). Mixed by D. Sardy (Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem).

   


Ty Segall - Manipulator CD


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The Segall has landed. And it s fully loaded, with everything that Ty Segall (and you and me) are gonna need in the world to come. Heads up! It s coming down fast. Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, Ty is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout Twins and Sleeper. And now more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image . . . picking up speed . . . . Still fighting the power with all the energy that a deter- mined mind-patriot can conjure, Ty s a fighter who loves, a surfer, a spaceman, and yeah, a casualty like you, he ll never be free. But unlike you, he knows it and when he goes down and his head cracks in two, out pour the multi-colored manias that make up Manipulator.