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Music Releases 01-14-22

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Punch Brothers

Hell on Church Street [LP]

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Hell on Church Street, Punch Brothers’ newest album, due January 14, 2022 on Nonesuch Records, is the band’s reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues. The record features a collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others. Recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio in November 2020, during a time of great uncertainty, Hell on Church Street was intended as both its own work of art and a gift to Rice, who died that Christmas. Punch Brothers said of Tony Rice and Church Street Blues: “No record (or musician) has had a greater impact on us, and we felt compelled to cover it in its entirety, with the objective of interacting with it in the same spirit of respect-fueled adventure that Tony brought to each of its pre-existing songs.”

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Bonobo

Fragments [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red Marbled 2LP]

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Bonobo will release new album Fragments, due on January 14, 2022 via Ninja Tune. Fragments is the most emotionally intense record that he - aka Simon Green - has ever had to make. It’s no surprise that it’s also his masterpiece. The album features Jamila Woods, Joji, Kadhja Bonet, Jordan Rakei, O’Flynn and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Born first out of fragments of ideas and experimentation, the album ultimately was fused together in a burst of creativity fueled by both collaboration and Green’s escape into the wild.

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The Kernal

Listen To The Blood [LP]

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With a storyteller's eye and sly sense of humor that echoes not only his “honorary uncle” Del Reeves, but Tom T. Hall and Roger Miller, The Kernal delves deep into everything from family dysfunction to road trips to matters of the heart. The music, which he describes with a laugh as “diet country,” embodies the spirit of that genre without any of the slavishness or self-seriousness of much modern Americana. Rolling Stone has called his style “sweetly subversive, intellectual and addictive,” while Lo-Down said “the songs have an air of nostalgia but they sound far from old - modern, yet timeless. ”
 
From the joyous, southern-fried grooves of “U Do U” and “Pistol in the Pillow” through the revved-up rockabilly stomp of “Green Green Sky” and the cinematic travelogue of “Wrong Turn to Tupelo” to “The Fight Song,” a sparkling '80s style duet with Caitlin Rose, it's a nine-song sequence that showcases The Kernal's warm, confidential voice while managing to make profound connections with the head, heart and feet.
 

“When people ask me what kind of music I play, I say, 'It's like sixteen-foot trailer country music,'” he says. “You pull up a hay trailer in a field and you barbecue a bunch of stuff and there are people setting off fireworks and there are kids running around in diapers with ice cream running down their bellies. You get up there, turn it up and have a good time.  I just love seeing people have a good time, and I think that's why I like country music. The groove of it. It speaks to people's legs. They loosen up and enjoy themselves and it's no big deal. I love that. And I love to be able to contribute to that.”

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The Wombats

Fix Yourself, Not The World [LP]

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15 years into their career, one of Britain's most adored live bands The Wombats return 'Fix Yourself, Not The World'.The album takes listeners on a rollercoaster journey of emotions. With the lead singer Murph's incredible lyrics and the band's ever-changing, though yet familiar musical sound in the front, the album is about realising that the world won't change until you look at yourself and change for the better first.Recording remotely over the past year from their respective homes, the band has worked with acclaimed producers Mark Crew (Rag'N'Bone Man, Bastille) and Jacknife Lee (U2, Kasabian, Catfish & The Bottlemen) to produce some of the most captivating and engaging music of their career.With x2 top 3 albums and x1 top 5 album over the space of 13 years, as a band that is continuously evolving, The Wombats will bring their established fanbase and newly found audience together for the biggest musical adventure of their career.
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Garcia Peoples

Dodging Dues [LP]

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Dodging Dues is a startlingly expansive record—“startling” in part because it’s relatively short (seven songs, all but one hovering around the four minute mark), but also because it traverses so many moods and styles: languid and dreamy one moment, surging and intense the next. Garcia Peoples (these days a six-person band) “hit their stride” a long time ago, but here they seem to be hitting a different one, working themselves loose of influences (though this tree has roots: traces of Thin Lizzy, of more arcane bits of U.K. folk-prog, of vintage Meat Puppets in some of the softer passages) while at the same time opening themselves up to their own individual strangeness, becoming ever more singular and ever more free.

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Richard Carpenter

Richard Carpenter’s Piano Songbook

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Richard Carpenter is the icon, musician, record producer, songwriter, & music arranger from the astronomically successful The Carpenters, a group who have sold more than 90M albums worldwide. On Richard Carpenter's Piano Songbook, Richard reimagines The Carpenters' biggest hits - & some choice favorites that inspired them - on solo piano. The album includes some of the most beloved melodies of all time - 'Top of the World' & 'We've Only Just Begun' - presented in a gloriously relaxing new way.
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Jamestown Revival

Young Man

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Jamestown Revival have made the quietest record of their career with Young Man, yet it may resonate the most. Recorded in their home state of Texas, it is their first project without electric guitars, with the emphasis instead on skillful songwriting, flawless harmony, and intricate fingerpicking. In addition, it’s the first time that bandmates Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance have created an album with a producer -- in this case, Robert Ellis, a fellow Texan and a recording artist in his own right.

“I really think this is an album about coming of age and settling into an identity,” Clay says. “It’s about losing your identity and searching for it. It’s feeling like you found it and then realizing that’s not it. And it’s about our experiences over the last 15 years of making music – the successes and failures and all of those things mixed up together.”

Sonically the album draws on inspirations such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Doobie Brothers (particularly “Black Water”), yet there’s also a dusty Western feel to Young Man, similar to a Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt album where the detailed backdrop and acoustic arrangements convey the story as eloquently as the lyrics do.

“This is our first excursion with fiddle and we didn’t hold back,” Chance says. “We wrote a lot of these songs about the questions and the perspectives now that we’re a lot older and have been doing this longer. It’s almost like having a conversation with ourselves at times. We wanted it to feel earthy and rootsy, so the fiddle was a big part of that identity.”

A sense of spaciousness came naturally in past projects like 2014’s Utah, recorded in the Wasatch Mountains, and 2019’s San Isabel, recorded in a Colorado cabin. This time, the band opted for a studio for the first time, choosing Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, Texas. Studio co-founder Josh Block engineered Young Man to evoke the experience of musicians huddled together, singing and playing without headphones or click tracks. Chance and Clay are joined on the session by their longtime rhythm section of bassist Nick Bearden and drummer Ed Benrock.

“The songs move, the tempos move, but we really wanted to capture the performances,” Clay explains. “We wanted the songs to push and pull as they needed to, and not to have to adhere to a grid. It feels like the songs straighten out too much when that happens, so it was cool to be in a studio with an engineer and producer who really supported that idea.”

Chance continues, “All of the adventures we’ve had recording in different places have been fun, but the burden of bringing our own gear, setting it up, and then being our own producer is a lot to carry on our shoulders sometimes. With Robert, he always has an opinion and he could help us pick a direction. We could relinquish control and focus on capturing our best performance.” 

Young Man opens with “Coyote,” a plaintive ballad the duo wrote on their ranch near Huntsville, Texas, about an hour north of their hometown of Magnolia. With its lonesome tones and sly title character, it sets the tone for the album, pulling in listeners with blended voices and a narrative that befits a campfire setting. From there, songs like “Young Man,” “Moving Man,” “Northbound,” and especially “These Days” further explore their restless frame of mind, due in no small part to the pandemic.

As Clay explains, “I think what we asked ourselves a lot throughout this process were questions like, ‘Damn, where did our fire go? Do we still have it?’ I didn’t pick up a guitar for six months after our tour got canceled when COVID hit. I just felt like music had turned on me. I felt like I was asking, ‘Am I a musician anymore?’” Chance agrees with that sentiment, adding, “It’s easier for us whenever we’re in motion. I don’t think you ever stop to question how fragile it actually is, and then it gets taken away. You lose the ability to identify with it.”

Even as “One Step Forward” finds the duo seeking a silver lining, “Slow It Down” shows them embracing the situation – by strumming their guitars, driving down dirt roads, and catching crawfish. That homegrown approach carries over into “Way It Was,” even as the opening lines address the inevitable changes in life.  Meanwhile, “Old Man Looking Back” is a co-write with Ellis, completed in Chance’s kitchen in the weeks leading up to the sessions for Young Man.

However, it’s a different gathering that set Jamestown Revival on the course to make Young Man. After a year apart of not playing together, Chance and Clay invited their band to the ranch to hang out and to record a few songs in their hay barn. The results served as an unintended pre-production of sorts, sparking ideas that they eventually carried into the sessions with Ellis. They also wrote “Coyote” during that time, as well as the album’s closer, “Working on Love.” 

Asked about the message of that final song, Chance replies, “For me, it was about the idea of love – and not just intimate love but love in general – being a lifelong journey. It’s similar to how you’ve got to plow the fields and replant the seeds and water it and tend to it. It’s the same way you have to approach your patience for love in your life.”

Chance and Clay envision Young Man as a collection of songs that should be played all the way through, like reading a book. “We had the most amazing time recording this album. We laughed nonstop,” Clay says. “When I listen to this album top to bottom, I’m really proud of what we did. I hope that this album transports people because it’s like a time capsule. It takes us right back to that studio and to that couple of weeks. It felt like we were doing what we were meant to do.”

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Fit For An Autopsy

Oh What The Future Holds

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Survival depends on evolution. As conditions change and tides turn, we must change with them in order to stay one step ahead of the coming challenges. It's clear that Fit for an Autopsy have embraced that mantra as they continue to perpetually evolve with each subsequent body of work. Not just blurring, but eradicating the lines between technical metal virtuosity, death metal menace, hardcore intensity, melodic insidiousness, and abstract approaches, the New Jersey band embody an uncompromising vision of their own. Following their caustic 2011 debut The Process of Human Extermination, the group quietly carved out a place among extreme metal's modern vanguard with their second LP Hellbound. Revolver cited 2015's Absolute Hope Absolute Hell among "15 Essential Deathcore Albums." And In the wake of The Great Collapse two years later, the band had truly created their own space in the realm of what could be described as "post-deathcore". This ascent reached another level on the 2019 opus The Sea of Tragic Beasts. Widespread praise from the fans and press alike is all but too common for their refreshing approach to modern aggressive music both on record and in concert. In early 2021, Fit for an Autopsy congregated in-person at Will Putney's Graphic Nature Audio and recorded Oh What The Future Holds. Now, they introduce the album with the single "Far From Heaven." Swirling as a perfect storm, airy guitar cuts through a pummeling percussive groove as melodic vocals slip into a guttural groan offset by neck-snapping riffs and powerful dynamics. In the end, Fit for an Autopsy haven't just personally evolved on Oh What The Future Holds; they've brought heavy music with them.
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Skillet

Dominion

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Dominion by SKILLET

Their 11th studio project, "Dominion" follows SKILLET's amazing track record of two RIAA certified multi-platinum albums, two Gold Albums, five RIAA certified multi-platinum singles, and four gold singles. The album, produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Disturbed) with songs written by John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Kevin Churko and Kane Churko, was created 100% remotely between the band's tour dates, home studio in Wisconsin, and the Churko's studio in Las Vegas.

DOMINIONis about the celebration of freedom, a liberation from fear - to be who we want to be, say what we want to say, believe what we want to believe, Cooper says. "In some ways it's a reminder of the God-given rights that we were born with. It's time to regain some sort of control over our lives and not be a slave to fear. I hope this record is going to make people feel empowered, inspired, uplifted and want to rock their faces off!"

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Jacob Bryant

Bar Stool Preacher [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2022 release from the country rocker.
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Bill Fay

Still Some Light: Part 1 [2LP]

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Bill Fay has always sung about attempting to understand the most universal questions: those of nature, spirituality, humanity. His songs are “calming hymns for another chaotic time”, he says. His influence can be traced through many artists’ work, and so it only seemed right to celebrate this with a collection of newer voices interpreting his timeless tracks. Originally released in2010 by David Tibet (Current 93), Still Some Light was released as a double CD, made up of70’s album demos (Disc One) and 2009 home recordings (Disc Two). This year, for the first time, this collection of recordings will be pressed to vinyl and released digitally, presented alongside contemporary reimaginings of the tracks by Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn, Julia Jacklin and Mary Lattimore. Bill Fay’s words and melodies remain unaffected by the passing of time and changing trends; and here alongside the original recordings, these reinvented versions still calmly guide us through another moment of chaos.

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Smoke DZA

A Closed Mouth Don't Get Fed [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]

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Smoke DZA’s 2020 album boasts features from WestSide Gunn, Wale, T-Pain, Flipp Dinero and more. Available for the first time at retail. Limited Edition Gold LP.

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Smoke DZA & Curren$y

Prestige Worldwide [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cerulean Marble LP]

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Harlem native Smoke DZA pairs up with one of NOLA’s finest, Curren$y, to release a joint project called Prestige Worldwide. The album features production from MonstaBeatz, Girl Talk, 183rd, Buda Da Future and Grandz Muzik. Available for the first time at retail. Limited Edition Cerulean Marble LP. 150-gram vinyl.

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Otis Redding

The Best Of Otis Redding [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Translucent Blue LP]

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Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 - December 10, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul and rhythm and blues. His singing style was powerfully influential among soul artists of 1960s and helped exemplify the Stax sound. Redding quit school at age 15 to support his family, working with Little Richard's backing band, the Upsetters, and also performing at talent shows for prize money. Redding received many posthumous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the honorific nickname King of Soul. In addition to ''(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay,'' ''Respect'' and ''Try a Little Tenderness'' are among his best-known songs. SIDE A 01 These Arms of Mine (2020 Remaster) 02 Pain in My Heart (2020 Remaster) 03 Stand by Me (2020 Remaster) 04 Mr. Pitiful (2020 Remaster) 05 That's How Strong My Love Is (2020 Remaster) 06 I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) [2020 Remaster] 07 Respect (2020 Remaster) 08 My Girl (2020 Remaster) SIDE B 01 I Can't Turn You Loose (2020 Remaster) 02 Satisfaction (2020 Remaster) 03 Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) [2020 Remaster] 04 Try a Little Tenderness (2020 Remaster) 05 Shake (2020 Remaster) 06 (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay [2020 Remaster] 07 Hard to Handle (2020 Remaster II) 08 I've Got Dreams to Remember (2020 Remaster II)

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The Monkees

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Translucent Green LP]

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The Monkees are an American rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. Side A 01 Salesman 02 She Hangs Out (Single Version) 03 The Door into Summer 04 Love Is Only Sleeping 05 Cuddly Toy 06 Words Side B 01 Hard to Believe 02 What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? 03 Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky 04 Pleasant Valley Sunday 05 Daily Nightly 06 Don't Call on Me 07 Star Collector

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Richard Hell & The Voidoids

Blank Generation [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Translucent Blue LP]

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Richard Hell and the Voidoids were an American punk rock band, formed in New York City in 1976 and fronted by Richard Hell, a former member of the Neon Boys, Television and the Heartbreakers. SIDE A 01 Love Comes in Spurts (2017 Remaster Audio) [Remastered] 02 Liars Beware (2017 Remaster Audio) [Remastered] 03 New Pleasure (2017 Remaster Audio) [Remastered] 04 Betrayal Takes Two (2017 Remaster) 05 Down at the Rock and Roll Club (2017 Remaster Audio) [Remastered] 06 Who Says? (2017 Remaster Audio) [Remastered] SIDE B 01 Blank Generation (2017 Remaster Audio) [Remastered] 02 Walking on the Water (2017 Remaster Audio) [Remastered] 03 The Plan (2017 Remaster Audio) [Remastered] 04 Another World (2017 Remaster Audio) [Remastered]

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Miles Davis & Michel Legrand

Dingo: Selections from the Motion Picture Soundtrack [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Red LP]

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''Dingo: Selections From The Motion Picture Soundtrack'' features a soundtrack composed by Jazz legends Miles Davis and Michel LeGrand. It also features one of Miles Davis’ final filmed performances. This 30th Anniversary Edition of the soundtrack will be the first pressing since its original release in 1991. It will be pressed on red vinyl. SIDE A 01 Kimberley Trumpet - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Chuck Findley 02 The Arrival 03 Concert on the Runway 04 The Departure 05 Dingo Howl - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Chuck Findley 06 Letter as Hero - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Chuck Findley 07 Trumpet Cleaning - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand 08 The Dream - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand 09 Paris Walking I - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Chuck Findley SIDE B 01 Paris Walking II - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand 02 Kimberly Trumpet in Paris - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Chuck Findley 03 The Music Room - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand 04 Club Entrance (The) - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Chuck Findley 05 The Jam Session - By Miles Davis, Chuck Findley 06 Going Home - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand 07 Surprise! - By Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Chuck Findley

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Tony Gallardo

Tony Gallardo: Selected Works [Transparent Blue LP]

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On Transparent Blue vinyl. Enigmatic pop outsider Tony Gallardo makes music that's perpetually perched on the outskirts of Mexico's fertile electronic underground. Since 2008, he has been releasing music that inhabits it's own artistic universe, a cross between Frank Zappa, Daniel Johnston, The Knife, OutKast and Rosa Pistola. He co-founded the Cocobass label, pioneered the fusion of L.A. noise and cumbia known as ruidos6n and has released music under a plethora of monikers: dark techno as Boi Patrol, ram- shackle electronic pop as Maria y Jose, experimental surf rock as El Capricho and experimental dembow as La Fiebre X. "Selected Works" assembles some of Gallardo's most crucial material from a run of EPs released between 2008 and 2013. These tracks show the breadth of his output, running through sleazy, neon electro ('Bruja', 'Mi Presa'), neck-snapping tropical dance music ('Kibose', 'La Conquista'), and eerie Mexican trap ('Plata 0 Plomo', 'Ultra'). It's introspective, haunted music from one of Mexico's most original and most under-appreci-ated artists that paints a picture of a psychedelic musical landscape that's hard to resist.One listen to the album's closer 'Club Negro', originally released in 2013, should tell you all you need to know. This track is the perfect introduction to the world of Tony Gallardo, with screwed 'n chopped Spanish vocals, 7 doomy syncopated beatbox rhythms and wobbly houseparty electronics.
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Spell Songs

Spell Songs II: Let The Light In

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Spell Songs offers a musical voice to the forgotten and often endangered natural world that surrounds us. It comprises an ensemble of musicians collaborating with E.M Forster Award-winning author Robert Macfarlane and award-winning illustrator Jackie Morris; to create a listening experience that intersects music, literature, language and art, as a call to reawaken our love of the wild.  
 
The Spell Songs ensemble  includes and features Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneux — all renowned musicians in their own right. Together, their music blends a diverse array of sounds from instruments like the kora, electroharp, cello, Indian harmonium and more, which are gorgeously layered with musical and linguistic influences spanning from Orkney to Senegal.

’Spell Songs II: Let The Light In’, produced and recorded by Andy Bell of Hudson Records at Real World Studios, is the follow up to the group’s 2019 self-titled album, which The Guardian called "a brave and magical creation" and accompanied ’The Lost Words’ and ‘The Lost Spells’ best-selling books, created in response to the loss of nature words from our children's everyday vocabulary.
This CD is packaged in an elegant hardback cover with gold foil accents, and includes 48 pages featuring illustrations by award-winning artist Jackie Morris, exclusive photos of the Spell Songs Ensemble Musicians, and some of The Lost Words spells that inspired the songs.
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Tkay Maidza

Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3 [LP]

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2021 release, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2020's Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2. Volume 3 is the final act of Tkay's EP trilogy. Featuring eight new songs produced by long-time collaborator Dan Farber.

Movie Releases 01-18-22

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Celtic Woman

Postcards From Ireland [DVD]

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Filmed at 14 beautiful and iconic locations around the island of Ireland, Postcards From Ireland features 80 minutes of beautiful Irish landscapes as Celtic Woman perform 13 new compositions from their latest album, plus some fan favorites. Breaking from the usual format of former concert specials, Celtic Woman bring an innovative, fresh and vibrant approach as they take fans on as magical journey through Ireland, performing in some of the most stunning land and seascapes across the country.

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The Addams Family [Movie]

The Addams Family 2

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Just because they're mysterious and spooky, that doesn't mean they don't have the same problems as "normal" families. With Wednesday (voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz) and Pugsley (Javon Walton) growing up and spending less time at home, Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) plan a wacky cross-country road trip for the whole Addams Family-in a haunted camper, no less-in an effort to spend some quality time together. Bette Midler, Snoop Dogg also supply voices to this computer-animated sequel. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
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