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Queens Of The Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age second Album released in 2000. First Ever US Vinyl Pressing featuring original blue album artwork. Pressed on 180G Black vinyl in a single pocket jacket with 12' x 24' insert. Includes the International vinyl bonus track 'Ode To Clarissa'.

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Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel

On Avery Island [Vinyl]

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Jeff Mangum creates a world of his own on this amazing debut; trombone, keyboards, overdriven acoustics, beautiful songs. Available on high quality 180gm vinyl for the first time! Includes coupon for MP3 download of the entire album.
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William Onyeabor
2013 collection from the Nigerian Funk musician. In the early 21st century, a shadowy figure rose from the dust that settled atop forgotten record collections throughout Africa, leaving behind a trail of clues in what seemed like a wild goose chase, but on this release, Luaka Bop will unmask the great William Onyeabor!
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Tom Waits

Released in 1980, Heartattack and Vine was Waits’ final album on Elektra /Asylum Records and it built on the raw blues approach of Blue Valentine with the incendiary title track, the funky, organ driven “Downtown” and the stomping NOLA blues of “Mr. Siegal”. This album also contains some of Waits most popular ballads, including “Jersey Girl” which was famously a hit for Bruce Springsteen. “On the Nickle” is a moving song about the homeless people who lived on 5th street in downtown LA, and “Ruby’s Arms” is a beautiful song with a lovely Bach-like melody.

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Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley

Changes [Vinyl]

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Soul singer Charles Bradleys star has been on the rise since the release of his widely praised 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming, and his ascent has continued long after the release of his triumphant second album, 2013s Victim of Love. Dubbed The Screaming Eagle of Soul, the singer is proud to present his highly anticipated third album Changes, on Daptone imprint Dunham Records. The album is named for his popular, smoldering (SPIN) cover of the Black Sabbath track. I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing Changes and get emotional, notes Bradley. It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away.
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Mild High Club

Mild High Club

Skiptracing [Vinyl]

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Following on the mellow buzz generated on their 2015 debut album, Timeline, The Mild High Club returns this summer with their second full-length, Skiptracing. In just over a calendar year, it's been quite the journey for Alexander Brettin, who is both founder and member of the Club. Brettin admits that for the first Mild High Club album he resorted to vague lyrics so as to highlight the music itself. But for Skiptracing there's both a heightened thematic aspect as well as more complex musical arrangements encasing it. In Brettin's estimation, the album's story arc is that of a "private investigator attempting to trace the steps of the sound and the spirit of American music." And in investigating the spirit of American music, The Mild High Club re-imagine AM radio hits as blasting in from a parallel universe, the sound of early 70s LA in a smog of sativa. If Todd Rundgren was the primary touchstone for Timeline, Brettin and band now look to the wry, trenchant wit of Steely Dan, gazing deep into the dark underbelly of sun-bright LA and coming away with a catchy song underpinned by slippery jazz phrasings. It's a cosmic connection that tethers The Mild High Club to fellow sonic brethren like Ariel Pink, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Connan Mockasin and more.
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Amanaz

Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s Zamrock ethos. While other albums - Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia, WITCH’s Lazy Bones!!  - are competitors, it’s hard to best this album as it covers each major quadrant of the Zamrock whole: it came from the mines; its musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters, it envelops Zambian folk music traditions, and it rocks - hard. 

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A Side: Amanaz, I Am Very Far, Sunday Morning, Khala My Friend, History of Man, Nsunka Lwendo
B Side: Africa, Green Apple, Making the Scene, Easy Street, Big Enough, Kale
C Side: Amanaz (Reverb Mix), I Am Very Far (Reverb Mix), Sunday Morning (Reverb Mix), Khala My Friend (Reverb Mix), History of Man (Reverb Mix), Nsunka Lwendo (Reverb Mix)
D Side: Africa (Reverb Mix), Green Apple (Reverb Mix), Making the Scene (Reverb Mix), Easy Street (Reverb Mix), Big Enough (Reverb Mix), Kale (Reverb Mix)

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