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Old 97's return with Twelfth, their aptly titled 12th studio album, recorded this spring in Nashville, Tennessee between a tornado and a pandemic. 2016's Graveyard Whistling took the 97's to new heights lead by the single "Good With God" - a bona-fide hit at non-commercial radio. Twelfth's lead single "Turn Off The TV" might be the unintentional anthem of 2020, celebrating the occasional and necessary need to turn off the TV set and tune out the outside world.

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The new studio album from Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter Gary Clark Jr.
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180-gram vinyl. Stevie Ray Vaughan's third studio album Soul To Soul was released in 1985, just two years after his massive debut Texas Flood. Moving more into a soulful R&B-tinged blues sound, Stevie included two new band members on keyboard and saxophone for Soul To Soul.
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Norah Jones

Pick Me Up Off The Floor [LP]

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Norah Jones’ seventh solo studio album Pick Me Up Off The Floor features collaborators from Brian Blade to Jeff Tweedy, and grew out of her acclaimed singles series of the past 2 years as the songs she hadn’t yet released unexpectedly congealed into an album of tremendous depth and beauty connected by the sly groove of her piano trios, lyrics that confront loss and portend hope, and a mood that leans into darkness before ultimately finding the light.

Norah Jones - Pick Me Up Off The Floor [LP]
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ZZ Top

Live From Texas [White 2LP]

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Double vinyl LP pressing. Live from Texas 2007 is a scorching live set from the veteran Blues Rock trio. Features 16 crowd-pleasing rip roaring tracks including "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man", "Legs" and more.
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Recorded direct to acetate - all live, no overdubs - Capitol Cuts - Live from Studio A captures a powerful moment in time. After months of cancelled shows Black Pumas went to Los Angeles this past fall and laid down eight explosive tracks at the famed Capitol Studio A. The recording brims with pent up energy, nearly bursting through the grooves on the expansive and mind-blowing seven minute rendition of “Colors.” A few weeks later the song would received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.

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ZZ Top

Eliminator [Colored Vinyl] (Ylw) (Uk)

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Limited Edition pressing on Yellow vinyl. Eighth studio album by the American blues rock band, originally released in 1983. 'Eliminator' is ZZ Top's most commercially successful release, with sales of over 10 million copies in the United States alone. It features the singles 'Gimme All Your Lovin', 'Got Me Under Pressure', 'Sharp Dressed Man', 'TV Dinners' and 'Legs'.
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The new album from Charley Crockett is perhaps even more potent proof of his literal heartbreak than the scar on his chest. After undergoing open heart surgery that saved his life, Charley says he considered calming down for “just a minute” but once he recovered he did just the opposite. He states boldly with one eyebrow raised, “I wanted to make an album that would change the entire conversation about country music.”

That album is Welcome to Hard Times , an aptly-named collection that perfectly fits these troubled days even though it was made just before the pandemic hit. The music was shaped by his heart issues and producer Mark Neill’s desire to make “a dark gothic country record.” Charley certainly knew how to deliver that. “I think you can hear that deep, dark sadness in this record,” he says, “but I think it’s the kind of darkness that will uplift others.”

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Erykah Badu

Worldwide Underground

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Vinyl LP. Erykah Badu considers this R&B record, "Worldwide Underground," an EP, but it is longer than most full LPs. More of a jam session release than an album of singles, Erykah gives writing and production credit to her supergroup she calls Freakquency. She's joined by stars such as Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, Angie Stone, Donald Byrd and many others. It is an easy album to love, and just kick on and groove. With hits such as "Back in the Day (Puff)" and "Danger," "Worldwide Underground" climbed all the way up to #3 on the Billboard 200 in 2003.
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180 gram audiophile vinyl. The Sky Is Crying (1991) is the fifth studio album containing performances spanning most of the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Released about one year after Vaughan's death in 1990, the album features ten previously unreleased tracks, originally recorded between 1984 and 1989.
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 album from Austin based blues and soul artist Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. Follow-up to his 2017 album Backlash, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart. Sonically inspired by the hill country blues of Junior Kimbrough, cowpunk style of The Gun Club, and the southern soul of Stax. Recorded in their hometown of Austin, Texas, with Grammy award winning producer Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse).
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The Wilderness is Explosions In The Sky's sixth album, and first non-soundtrack release since 2011's Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. True to its title, The Wilderness explores the infinite unknown, utilizing several of the band's own definitions of "space" (outer space, mental space, physical geography of space) as compositional tools.
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Limited 180gm gold colored vinyl LP pressing. Includes insert. Room Noises is the debut album by the American indie rock/ pop band Eisley. The album spawned three singles: 'Memories', 'Telescope Eyes', and 'I Wasn't Prepared'. It was placed at #9 among Paste magazine's top albums of 2005. The dreamy sound on this album is pretty unique and the album contains a healthy dose of fragile songs. Fans of dreampop and indie music will be enamoured.
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Once the best-kept secret of Dallas' music scene, Joshua Ray Walker catapulted himself into the international spotlight with his 2019 debut, Wish You Were Here. An album of character-driven songwriting and golden-era Texas twang, Wish You Were Here didn't just nod to the larger-than-life troubadours who'd inspired Walker's craft - it brought him into their ranks, too, adding Walker's name to the shortlist of songwriters worthy of carrying the torches of Guy Clark, John Prine, and Blaze Foley.What may have looked like overnight success to an outsider was, in reality, the product of a decade-long climb up the industry's ranks. A working musician since the age of 13, Walker spent years balancing his gigs as a sideman with a dizzyingly busy schedule of solo shows, regularly racking up more than 250 gigs annually. He sharpened his songwriting, too, developing a blend of autobiography and fiction that often revealed as much about the song's creator as it's characters. That prolific approach now leads Walker to 2020's Glad You Made It, a sophomore record that both matches and magnifies the vital, vulnerable lure of his debut.From "Voices" - a showcase for Walker's voice, with a high-lonesome yodel worthy of Dwight Yoakam - to the album's haunting, hard-rocking closer, "D.B. Cooper," Glad You Made It presents an interpretation of country music that's greasy one moment and gut-punching the next. A true Texas storyteller, Walker writes from the perspective of down-and-out characters who haunt the darker corners of the Lone Star State. There's the fake-tanned beauty who sells bass boats in the bittersweet, accordion-filled "Boat Show Girl." The addict who's ready to give into temptation during the honky-tonk rager "User." The procrastinator losing track of time in "Cupboard," a song whose first-rate guitar work evokes Dire Straits playing cowboy music in a Texas dancehall. The lyrics may be downcast, but Glad You Made It remains dynamic and defiantly upbeat, a result of lessons learned during Walker's tour in support of Wish You Were Here. That album earned worldwide acclaim from outlets like Rolling Stone, NPR Music and The Boot, and spent twelve straight weeks on the Americana radio albums chart.The push-and-pull between emotionally-charged, soul-baring storytelling and bright, buoyant arrangements makes Glad You Made It a modern classic. Like the Texas titans before him, Joshua Ray Walker confidently blurs the lines between the personal and the universal, between fact and fiction, between country music and the sundry sounds that orbit the genre. With Glad You Made It, he lays another brick in the pathway he's been constructing for years, pointing his way toward a destination that's unique and utterly compelling.
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“These songs should make you want to fall in love with somebody, or miss somebody, or want to do something outrageous with your life,” says Justin Furstenfeld, vocalist and lyricist for the unstoppable alt-rock band Blue October. He’s talking about the tracks on the quintet’s tenth studio album, This Is What I Live For, releasing in September 2020. The first single, ‘Oh My My,’ is sure to make a lasting impression.

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Vinyl LP pressing. With soaring vocal melodies, meticulous atypical rhythmic structures, huge anthemia choruses and lyrical content that restores the art of storytelling, San Antonio, Texas rockers Nothing More are set to take over the airwaves with their upcoming, self-titled Eleven Seven Music debut album. With tracks like "This Is The Time (Ballast)" they are ready to raise the standard for contemporary rock music. Nothing More is a four-headed musical hydra that runs on frenetic passion, unswerving DIY spirit and relentless sonic experimentation. Part schizoid System Of A Down weird-isms, part Mars Volta-esque prog rock freak out, part effortless pop nous, they seamlessly barrel from churning headbang to skyscraping chorus and back again in the blink of an eye.
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INCLUDES FULL BOARD GAME WITH GAME PIECES!!!

Pop on Floor It!!!, the new and second full-length effort from the Texas Gentlemen, and prepare your eardrums to be hit with everything from woozy, brass-fueled Dixieland-style jazz (“Veal Cutlass”), to slinky, chicken-scratch country funk (“Bare Maximum”) to lushly orchestrated pop-soul balladry (“Ain’t Nothin’ New”)—and that’s all in just the first 10 minutes of play time.

While the Gentlemen’s sound is clearly steeped in the classic roots, rock and pop music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, there’s a dreamy (the lilting “Sing Me to Sleep”), spacey (“Skyway Streetcar”) and occasionally progressive (“Dark at the End of the Tunnel”) element to what they do that seems to detach the music from belonging to any particular place and time. Add in elements of funk, soul, country, r&b, southern rock, gospel and essentially any other style that catches their musically omnivorous ears; an expansive and detailed approach to arrangement that sees the songs adorned with all manner of horns, strings and heavenly background vocals (“Hard Road”) and you have a collection of tunes that is more than just a mere album. Rather, Floor It!!! is a rich and righteous ride.

 

The Texas Gentlemen - Floor It!!! [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue, Red, Yellow 2LP+Board Game]
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Wire Mountain is Will Johnson's 6th solo album and sits atop a back catalog that includes Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, Marie/Lepanto, and Molina Johnson. When he's not writing and recording his own projects he's often contributing to others, like co-producing Austin Lucas' Immortal Americans, or playing drums in Strand of Oaks. Wire Mountain is Johnson's second album recorded with Britton Beisenherz at his Austin studio Ramble Creek Recording and together they further develop new palettes and textures for Johnson's songs, this time enlisting fellow Austinites Thor Harris (of Swans and Thor & Friends) and minimalist folk-duo Little Mazarn to help shape and define them. Britton also plays on the album, along with Austin legend Jon Dee Graham. "Cornelius" begins with a squall of feedback before giving way to acoustic guitars and an anthemic chorus that plunges into a dizzying electric guitar solo. "A Solitary Slip" is fragile folk, a lilting lullaby of finger-picked guitar, plucked banjo, and single piano notes with Little Mazarn's Lindsey Verrill mirroring Johnson's words. The last track is a hopeful instrumental, a calm before the next thing. "(You Were) Just Barely You."

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Erykah Badu

Mama's Gun

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Limited double vinyl LP pressing. Mama's Gun is the second studio album by American neo soul singer Erykah Badu. It was recorded between 1999 and 2000 at Electric Lady Studios in New York and released on November 21, 2000, by Motown Records. A neo soul album, Mama's Gun incorporates funk, soul, and jazz styles. It has confessional lyrics by Badu, which cover themes of insecurity, social issues and personal relationships. The album has been viewed by critics as a female companion to neo soul artist D'Angelo's second album Voodoo (2000), which features a similar musical style and direction. The album contains the single "Bag Lady", a top 10 Billboard hit, nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. Continuing with it's Respect The Classics initiative, UMe reissues this album on standard weight vinyl for the first time since it's original pressing.
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The Black Angels

Passover

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Double vinyl LP pressing of the Texas Alt-Rockers' 2006 debut album. The Black Angels reach high and stretch out over the 10 songs on Passover with trance-inducing guitar lines from Christian Bland, Nate Ryan's filthy medical dumpster bass, additional four and six string work from Kyle Ryan, and the grizzly preacher vox of lead shaman Alex Maas. Fifth track "Black Grease" is a bluesy monster full of swagger propelled by primitive beats of drummer Stephanie Bailey and mourning drone of organist Jennifer Raines; the gritty twang of "Bloodhounds on My Trail" seems like a perfect lost 'nugget' from the golden age of garage rock; and the other eight all seem like singles as well.
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Leon Bridges

Good Thing [Opaque Yellow LP]

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Long awaited 2nd album. Young soul sensation adopts a more contemporary R&B approach while staying true to his signature style.

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Conquest Of Kingdoms is a compendium of career-spanning live performances, b-sides, covers and rarities, culled from the complete studio album recordings of The Sword. This 3-LP set features 16 previously unreleased tracks. Triple gatefold packaging.

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Norah Jones

Little Broken Hearts

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Norah Jones presents LITTLE BROKEN HEARTS, her stunning new album produced by Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton), which features original songs co-written by Jones and Burton. LITTLE BROKEN HEARTS is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the music world's most consistently intriguing singer/songwriters. Jones first emerged on the world stage 10 years ago this month with the February 2002 release of COME AWAY WITH ME, her self-described "moody little record" that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signaling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing synthetic pop music of the time.
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Willie Nelson

Red Headed Stranger [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download. Red Headed Stranger is the eighteenth studio album by outlaw country singer Willie Nelson and released in 1975. After the wide success of his recordings with Atlantic Records, coupled with the negotiating skills of his manager, Neil Reshen, Nelson signed a contract with Columbia Records, a label that gave him total creative control over his works. A concept album, Red Headed Stranger is about a fugitive on the run from the law after killing his wife and her lover. The content consists of songs with brief poetic lyrics and arrangements of older material such as Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", Wolfe Gilbert's "Down Yonder" and Juventino Rosas' "O'er the Waves". Despite Columbia's doubts and the limited instrumentation, Red Headed Stranger was a blockbuster among country music and mainstream audiences. It was certified multi-platinum, and made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music.
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Townes Van Zandt's music doesn't jump up and down, wear fancy clothes, or beat around the bush. Whether he was singing a quiet, introspective country-folk song or a driving, hungry blues, Van Zandt's lyrics and melodies were filled with the kind of haunting truth and beauty that you knew instinctively. His music came straight from his soul by way of a kind heart, an honest mind, and a keen ear for the gentle blend of words and melody. He could bring you down to a place so sad that you felt like you were scraping bottom, but just as quickly he could lift your spirits and make you smile at the sparkle of a summer morning or a loved one's eyes - or raise a chuckle with a quick and funny talking blues. The magic of his songs is that they never leave you alone. 180 gram remastered vinyl - Remastered by Chicago Mastering -
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Gary Clark Jr.

This Land [2LP]

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The GRAMMY® Award-winning maverick channels his signature sense of soul from the crossroads of rock ‘n' roll, blues, jazz, hip-hop, reggae and punk. Clark's most accomplished songwriting and virtuosic performances to date; THIS LAND delivers socially relevant, transcendentally ambitious, and musically rich declaration as unapologetic, undeniable, and unique as he is. He emerges with a body of work that is dynamic in every sense, embodying an ever-evolving sound that transformed him into an artistic force anointed by everyone from President Barack Obama to the late Prince.

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Old 97's

Too Far To Care

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Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing including insert. The Old 97's are an alternative country/rock band from Dallas, Texas formed in 1993. They are recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement during the mid to late 90s along with bands such as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, and The Bottle Rockets. Too Far To Care is the third studio album by the band, originally released in 1997. The album's title comes from the song 'Streets of Where I'm From'. Lyrically the band's constant touring is evident in songs like 'Barrier Reef' (with references to Chicago), 'Broadway' (in New York City), and 'Niteclub' (inspired, according to the band, by clubs in Cleveland, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan). 'Four Leaf Clover' was originally recorded on Hitchhike To Rhome, the first Old 97's album. Rhett (vocalist/guitarist) was searching for a duet to record with friend Exene Cervenka and 'had started work on an old-fashioned duet that I thought we might sing, but Exene proclaimed it 'too pretty'. That song later became 'Fireflies'. Instead, Exene sang on 'Four Leaf Clover', replacing the lyric 'nothing to impress you' with 'nothing to attract you' which Rhett found 'much sexier'.
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Butthole Surfers

Rembrandt Pussyhorse [Vinyl]

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Limited vinyl LP repressing of this 1986 release from the controversial Alt-Rock veterans including digital download. This classic and influential LP captures the band at their peak, drawing from Punk, Rock, Psychedelic and experimental influences for a truly inspired and unmistakably unique sound.