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  • Houston Publishing Demos 2002 Houston Publishing Demos 2002 Quick View

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    Houston Publishing Demos 2002

    Mark William Lanegan is an American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter.


    'The Pilgrims' is an intriguing mix of dark blues vocal, swinging percussion and post-punk guitar, 'I'll Go Where You Send Me''s alt-Americana wouldn't feel out of place on a David Lynch record and 'Blind' is a fine example of slow-paced psychedelic heaviness that fits in neither period of his canon but provides a neat keystone to keep the whole thing as neatly balanced as it can be. It all finishes with the strangest duo of songs; 'A Suite For Dying Love''s coda is as joyously uplifting as anything that he's ever been involved in, while closer 'Way To Tomorrow' (featuring a truly mighty vocal performance) is as bleak and despondent as you could hope for from his Dark Mark persona. - Si Forster, echoesanddust.com

    Mark Lanegan
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  • Live At The Old Quarter, Houston Texas (Awaiting Repress) Live At The Old Quarter, Houston Texas (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Live At The Old Quarter, Houston Texas (Awaiting Repress)

    Culled from Townes Van Zandt's years of independently released country-folk records, this austere collection of songs here serves, in effect, as a greatest-hits package. Van Zandt's dry, narrative wit was the source of influence for such singer-songwriters as Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, and one would be hard-pressed to find a more simple, prettier love song than If I Needed You (a hit for Emmylou Harris) or a more riveting ballad than Kathleen, both sung with focused precision. Brand New Companion shows off Van Zandt's blues-picking expertise, Talking Thunderbird Blues demonstrates his wit and one of his best creations, For the Sake of the Song shows off his poetic strength. A wonderful place to start your Townes Van Zandt fascination. This version of Live At The Old Quarter, Houston Texas comes courtesy of the Townes Van Zandt reissue series that Fat Posssum is undertaking in conjuction with the Van Zandt estate.
    1. Announcement
    2. Pancho and Lefty
    3. Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold
    4. Don't You Take It Too Bad
    5. Two Girls
    6. Fraternity Blues
    7. If I Needed You
    8. Brand New Companion
    9. White Freight Liner Blues
    10. To Live's to Fly
    11. She Came and She Touched Me
    12. Talking Thunderbird Blues
    13. Rex's Blues
    14. Nine Pound Hammer
    15. For the Sake of the Song
    16. Chauffeur's Blues
    17. No Place to Fall
    18. Loretta
    19. Kathleen
    20. Why She's Acting This Way
    21. Cocaine Blues
    22. Who Do You Love
    23. Tower Song
    24. Waitin' 'Round to Die
    25. Tecumseh Valley
    26. Lungs
    27. Only Him or Me
    Townes Van Zandt
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  • I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard Quick View

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    I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard

    25th Anniversary Of The Bodyguard To Be Celebrated With Release Of Soundtrack Featuring Previously Unreleased Material


    Purple Colored Vinyl




    An essential new Whitney Houston collection bringing together a variety of live and studio recordings-many previously unreleased or unavailable-chronicling the artist's peak achievements.


    I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard includes never-before-released live recordings from Whitney's historic The Bodyguard Tour (1993-1995); alternate versions of the audio recordings from the The Bodyguard film; an alternate version of a remix of "I'm Every Woman"; additional artwork and more!

    LP 1
    1. I Will Always Love You (Alternate Mix)
    2. I Have Nothing (Film Version)
    3. I'm Every Woman (Clivilles & Cole House Mix I Edit)
    4. Run to You (Film Version)
    5. Queen of the Night (Film Version)
    6. Jesus Loves Me (Film Version)
    7. Jesus Loves Me (A Capella Version)
    8. I Will Always Love You (Film Version)


    LP 2
    1. I Have Nothing (Live from Brunei)
    2. Run to You (Live from The Bodyguard Tour)
    3. Jesus Loves Me\ He's Got The Whole World In His Hands (Live from The Bodyguard Tour)

    4. Queen of the Night (Live from The Bodyguard Tour)
    5. I Will Always Love You (Live from The Bodyguard Tour) H
    6. I'm Every Woman (Live from The Bodyguard Tour)

    Whitney Houston
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  • Sam Brothers 5 Sam Brothers 5 Quick View

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    Sam Brothers 5

    Includes MP3 Download


    This LP, from Houston zydeco group, The Sam Brothers 5, is mostly coveted by collectors for the Chic-esque funk of closing track "S.A.M." but this is high quality traditional zydeco all the way through the rest of the record. It's reissued here on high quality vinyl with an exact reproduction of the paste-on sleeve.

    1. Going Down To Big Mary
    2. Sugar Cane Patch
    3. I'm A Hog For You
    4. Lafayette Zydeco
    5. Country Boy
    6. S.B. 5
    7. Lafayette Special
    8. La La Waltz
    9. Mama Roll Me Baby
    10. Good Rockin' Sam's Boogie
    11. S.A.M.
    Sam Brothers 5
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    Dispossession

    Drown is Texas music taken to the limit. The heat fries your brain down there, turning you into a twisted riff monster with no regard for listener safety. Pushing hardcore to more abusive and pummeling lengths with each song they write, the band's newest effort, Dispossession, solidifies these Houston natives as true gatekeepers of hell. Listen at your own peril.
    1. Deaths Bell
    2. Dispossession
    3. Winter
    4. Burn Your World
    5. Leech
    6. Drown
    7. Recede
    Drown
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  • Half A Native Half A Native Quick View

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    Half A Native


    Produced By Thom
    Monahan (Peter, Bjorn & John,
    Devendra Banhart And Vetiver)


    Won 2014 Houston Press Music
    Awards For Best Folk/Americana
    And Best Male Vocals


    Some places you feel like you only sort of fit in and it is this
    theme that permeates Houston based folk rock band Buxton's new aptly
    titled album Half A Native. One of the leading lights of an emerging music
    scene from a city with a burgeoning youth culture, Buxton have won 2
    Houston Press Music Awards as Best Houston Folk/Americana Band as
    well as Best Male Vocals (Sergio Trevino).


    Their new album ventures into vast sonic territories, sometimes
    pairing atmospheric piano with off-kilter electric guitar, blanketed by
    Trevino's heart-clenched voice and melancholic but optimistic lyrics.
    "We take from a lot of different genres and present it in a way that i think
    is most honest for us," Trevino says. "You'll hear rock, folk, country,
    ambience, and distortion, all interpreted through us."


    Recorded in Los Angeles with Thom Monahan (Peter, Bjorn & John,
    Devendra Banhart and Vetiver), the 11 new tracks broadcast a wandering
    sound, from the dusty tones of guitar-slinging anthems to lonesome
    acoustic affairs that look outward and within. Their latest effort is
    music for the search for home; the long journey to find somewhere,
    something, or someone that makes everything fall into place.

    1. What I'd Do
    2. Good As Gone
    3. Old Haunt
    4. Half A Native
    5. High Tones
    6. Miss Catalina 1992
    7. A Little Bit More
    8. Be Somebody Else
    9. The Heart Won't Bend
    10. Icebreaker
    11. Pool Hall
    Buxton
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  • A Seat At The Table A Seat At The Table Quick View

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    A Seat At The Table

    A Seat At The Table, is the new album from Solange Knowles. The singer describes A Seat At The Table as a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.


    A Seat At The Table was written by Solange, and features a host of guest artists including Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kelela, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Sampha, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews, Devonte Hynes of Houston Texas and Lu of Carolina.

    LP 1
    1. Rise
    2. Weary
    3. Interlude: The Glory is in You
    4. Cranes in the Sky
    5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad
    6. Mad (feat. Lil Wayne)
    7. Don't You Wait
    8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me
    9. Don't Touch My Hair (feat. Sampha)


    LP 2
    1. Interlude: This Moment
    2. Where Do We Go
    3. Interlude: For Us By Us
    4. F.U.B.U. (feat. The-Dream and BJ The Chicago Kid)
    5. Borderline (An Ode to Self-Care) [feat. Q-Tip]
    6. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It (feat. Kelly Rowland and Nia Andrews)
    7. Junie
    8. Interlude: No Limits
    9. Don't Wish Me Well
    10. Interlude: Pedestals
    11. Scales (feat. Kelela)
    12. Closing: The Chosen Ones

    Solange
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  • Ear Candy Ear Candy Quick View

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    Ear Candy

    Ear Candy, the sixth album by KING'S X, was originally released on May 20th 1996. Houston's King's X is wildly regarded as one of the most melodic and original rock bands in the country. Their immediately distinctive sound combines incisive songwriting, powerful guitars and the most soaring harmonies this side of early Queen. Ear Candy is easily one of the band's most powerful albums, featuring 13 new tracks including The Train, Thinking And Wondering (What Am I Gonna Do), Sometime and more.
    1. The Train
    2. (Thinking And Wondering) What I'm Gonna Do
    3. Sometime
    4. A Box
    5. Looking For Love
    6. Mississippi Moon
    7. 67
    8. Lies In The Sand (The Ballad Of...)

    9. Run
    10. Fathers
    11. American Cheese (Jerry's Piano)

    12. Picture
    13. Life Going By
    King's X
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    The Last Concert

    Selena, the first recording artist to place five Spanish language albums simultaneously on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, was a flamboyant, sexy stage performer whose music still resonates in today's world. The Last Concert is Selena's final performance at the Houston Astrodome. This 2xLP edition features 13 all-time hits, including Como La Flor, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, Amor Prohibido, Baila Esta Cumbia, No Me Queda Mas, and more!
    LP 1
    1. Disco Medley
    2. Amor Prohibido
    3. Baila Esta Cumbia
    4. Tus Desprecios
    5. Cobarde
    6. Techno Cumbia
    7. La Carcacha


    LP 2
    1. No Me Queda Más
    2. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
    3. Si Una Vez
    4. El Chico Del Apartamento 512
    5. Ya Ves
    6. Como La Flor

    Selena
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  • Diunna Greenleaf Diunna Greenleaf Quick View

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    Diunna Greenleaf

    Diunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy returned to Blue Heaven Studios in 2009 for the 12th annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads and to make this D2D recording. She'd closed the 2006 Blues Masters and absolutely floored the Blue Heaven Studios congregation. So powerful and dynamic and soul-stirring was her performance that many concert regulars have commented that Greenleaf remains their favorite act through all the years. To say she was back in 2009 by popular demand is a wild understatement.


    Greenleaf, of Houston, Texas, has a background steeped in both blues and gospel. She's been influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke and Charles Brown, and she includes intricate patches of jazz and soul in her performances.


    Greenleaf came to the life of professional performing quite late, considering how much talent she has to offer. She worked as a school counselor and occasionally sang rather informally for children's and educational benefits. She and her band played a small show at a hospice in celebration of Houston blues legend Teddy Cry Cry Reynolds' birthday. Afterwards, Reynolds told Greenleaf of how he'd known her parents, both gospel musicians, and how she was not only very talented but also had a duty to continue the family legacy of performing. So insistent was Reynolds that he solicited the opinion of his old friend Katie Webster, the Swamp Boogie Queen. Webster confirmed Reynolds' assessment and encouraged Greenleaf to seriously pursue a life in music, even giving her newfound protÉgÉ rules for forming and leading a band.


    In 2005, Greenleaf and Blue Mercy represented Houston in the International Blues Challenge, an annual contest in Memphis that features the world's best-unsigned blues bands. Greenleaf and Blue Mercy finished first out of 84 bands from 32 states and eight countries. What's more, Blue Mercy's guitarist, John Richardson, earned the Albert King award for Most Promising Guitarist. From there, the gigs came steadily, and the group's been booked solid ever since.


    Greenleaf also served for three years as president of the Houston Blues Society, becoming the first woman elected to that post. As president, she produced the Willie Mae Thorton Blues Festival, bringing in such talent as Texas Johnny Brown, I.J. Gosey, Koko Taylor, Bernard Allison, Mel Waiters and others.


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    1. Crazy
    2. Love Treasure
    3. Double Dealing
    4. The Backdoor Man (You Want To Be)
    5. Resolutions
    Diunna Greenleaf
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  • Mack Daddy Mack Daddy Quick View

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    Mack Daddy

    Mack Daddy is the third album from Sir Mix-a-Lot. It was originally released on February 4, 1992, on Def American Recordings and features the hit single, Baby Got Back. The single spent 5 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and sold more than 2 million copies. Only Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You sold better in 1992. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this album back on vinyl after being out of print for over 10 years
    1. One Time's Got No Case

    2. Mack Daddy

    3. Baby Got Back

    4. Swap Meet Louie

    5. Seattle Ain't Bullshittin'

    6. Lockjaw

    7. The Boss Is Back

    8. Testarossa

    9. A Rapper's Reputation

    10. Sprung On The Cat

    11. The Jack Back

    12. I'm Your New God

    13. No Holds Barred
    Sir Mix-A-Lot
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  • Waiting To Exhale Soundtrack Waiting To Exhale Soundtrack Quick View

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    Waiting To Exhale Soundtrack

    Masterfully Produced And All But One Track Written By Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds


    Featured R&B Divas Old School (Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan) And New School (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige)


    Released In Purple Vinyl (Whitney Houston's Favorite Color)


    Waiting to Exhale was a phenomenon on so many levels. First, it was a literary phenomenon, as the 1992 novel launched author Terry McMillan to superstardom. Then, when the feature film based on the book was released in 1995, it became a broader cultural phenomenon-a mainstream Hollywood film focusing on the lives of four African-American women was a genuinely revolutionary act at the time. And, finally, it was a musical phenomenon, as its soundtrack seamlessly blended female R&B divas new school (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, etc.) and old school (Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan) in a masterful suite of songs composed and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.


    Critical and commercial reaction to the soundtrack was over the top; The New York Times deemed the album one of the Top Ten releases of the year, and the record topped the Billboard Pop and R&B charts for five and ten weeks, respectively, spawning the #1 hit singles "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," "Not Gon' Cry," and "Let It Flow." Yet, because the album came out in 1995 at the height of the CD era, Waiting to Exhale never came out on LP in the U.S., and was released in Europe as a low-budget 2-LP set with both records stuffed inside a single album jacket pocket.


    Now, Real Gone Music is releasing this landmark '90s R&B album on vinyl in America for the first time in a limited edition (of 1000) gatefold double-LP package sporting a luminous photo of the movie's four principal actors (Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine) on the inside spread and pristine vinyl pressed in purple (Whitney's favorite color).


    Gently pulsating and seductive, Waiting to Exhale is Babyface's masterpiece, one of the great make-out records of all time; now you can get that slow jam groove in the grooves!

    LP 1
    1. Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston
    2. Why Does It Hurt So Bad - Whitney Houston
    3. Let It Flow - Toni Braxton
    4. It Hurts Like Hell - Aretha Franklin
    5. Sittin' Up In My Room - Brandy
    6. This Is How It Works - TLC
    7. Not Gon' Cry - Mary J. Blige
    8. My Funny Valentine - Chaka Khan


    LP 2
    1. And I Gave My Love To You - Sonja Marie
    2. All Night Long - SWV
    3. All Night Long - Chante Moore
    4. My Love, Sweet Love - Patti LaBelle
    5. Kissing You - Faith Evans
    6. Love Will Be Waiting At Home - For Real
    7. How Could You Call Her Baby - Shanna
    8. Count On Me - Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans

    Various Artists
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  • Drank Drank Quick View

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    Drank


    Remixed By DJ Candlestick And OG Ron C Of Legendary Houston DJ Collective The Chopstars


    Brainfeeder presents a special chopped not slopped mix of Thundercat's incredible album Drunk (2017) by DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C of legendary Houston DJ collective The Chopstars. Slowed down and chopped up, the mix has been appropriately re-titled Drank. It appeared online last year as an unofficial homage to the virtuoso bassist, songwriter and producer's third and universally acclaimed album and received hearty approval from Thundercat who proclaimed If you got Drunk it's only right that you get Drank. I feel like they go together. - inciting Brainfeeder to make a beautiful purple vinyl format.

    Thundercat
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  • Struggle (Pre-Order) Struggle (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Struggle (Pre-Order)

    This recording, first released by Folkways founder Moses Asch in 1976 to coincide with the celebration of America's Bicentennial, was originally recorded by Asch in the 1940s. The collection captures Woody Guthrie at his artistic best with gritty songs about the struggles of the American worker ("Waiting at the Gate," "The Dying Miner"), unions ("Ludlow Massacre," "1913 Massacre"), and an ode to a bad man ("Pretty Boy Floyd"). Blues harmonicist Sonny Terry sits in with Guthrie on "Lost John," and fellow traveling companion and folksinger Cisco Houston contributes his voice, guitar, and a song ("Get Along Little Doggie").
    1. Struggle Blues
    2. A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week
    3. Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Dogies
    4. Hang Knot
    5. Waiting at the Gate
    6. The Dying Miner
    7. Union Burying Ground
    8. Lost John
    9. Buffalo Skinners
    10. Pretty Boy Floyd
    11. Ludlow Massacre
    12. 1913 Massacre
    Woody Guthrie
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  • Black Talk! Black Talk! Quick View

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    Black Talk!

    The young organist Charles Earland converted the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" into an anthem called "Black Talk" and came up with one of the huge soul-jazz hits of the early Seventies. In this album, Earland worked the same magic with two other pop songs, "Aquarius" and "More Today than Yesterday," giving them the urgency and forward movement of R&B but managing to inject them with jazz values. He was greatly aided by a pair of soloists-trumpeter Virgil Jones and tenor saxophonist Houston Person-who added fuel to Earland's fiery concept. Guitarist Melvin Sparks and the quintessential soul jazz drummer Idris Muhammad helped keep the blaze going. It is not coincidence that his blues composition, and Earland himself, were called "The Mighty Burner."


    Black Talk! went on to become an enormous hit, spending most of 1970 on the best-seller charts.

    1. Black Talk
    2. The Mighty Burner
    3. Here Comes Charlie
    4. Aquarius
    5. More Today Than Yesterday
    Charles Earland
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    Ryou Cannon

    Palo Duro's forthcoming LP, Ryou Cannon, is set for release via Columbia Records.


    Previously known for fronting the band Gold Beach, Palo Duro's Michael J. Winningham has created a pulsating, technicolor universe with Palo Duro. A project that began in July 2012, Michael reached out to his childhood friend, producer Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker) to continue work on a new Gold Beach record. At 16 years old, Sam helped Michael arrange his first song at a house party in Houston TX. Fast forward many years later and this creative synergy proved to be strong-Instantly, in the studio, exciting and bold ideas emerged. Collaboration and endless possibilities informed the arrangements between Sam, Michael, and keyboardist Carlos Orozco, and a new spirit was born. This was no longer Gold Beach.

    1. Darken the Glow
    2. No Witness
    3. Embers
    4. True Fade
    5. Indian Ocean
    6. Flood
    7. Surrender
    8. Kill the Night
    9. Ryou Cannon
    10. Impression
    Palo Duro
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  • Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight Quick View

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    Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight

    In addition to inciting widespread fan fervor, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight has drawn overwhelming critical and tastemaker support across the board. Pitchfork claimed, "SCOTT's second studio album, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, is the Houston rapper's most concise and cohesive project to date," adding, "He has always been a mood-setter and a vocalist, and he is in full command of the vibe, tone, and mood of this entire project more than ever." Houston Press wrote, "SCOTT's playground is chaos; the pure and unbridled variety that some have tried to emulate live but have ultimately settled for second place," while W Magazine fittingly dubbed him, "Your new rap superhero." Billboard described the album as "his own trap opera," and Rolling Stone profiled him extensively.


    Over the course of 14 tracks, TRAVIS threads together an engaging, enthralling, and epic patchwork of anesthetized and apocalyptic production, mind-numbing raps, and glorious hooks punctuated by an A-list cast of collaborators. Kendrick Lamar delivers hard-hitting and hypnotic bars in the middle of "Goosebumps" just before a signature chantable chorus. "The Ends" veers between a haunting hum and a verse-for-verse tandem of our protagonist and Andre 3000 of OutKast. "Way Back" drips into a searing guitar solo as "Sweet Sweet" fires off one of his stickiest hooks to date. By the time The Weeknd and TRAVIS serve up a smooth send-off on "Wonderful," you're in the Trap for life, and you won't want to leave


    Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight is finally here, and TRAVIS SCOTT's presence can be felt throughout pop culture louder than ever.

    LP 1
    1. the ends (feat. Andre 3000)
    2. way back
    3. coordinate (feat. Blac Youngsta)
    4. through the late night (feat. Kid Cudi)
    5. beibs in the trap (with Nav)
    6. sdp interlude
    7. sweet sweet


    LP 2
    1. outside (feat. 21 Savage)
    2. goosebumps (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
    3. first take (feat. Bryson Tiller)
    4 pick up the phone (with Young Thug feat. Quavo)
    5. lose
    6. guidance (feat. K. Forest)
    7. wonderful (feat. The Weeknd)

    Travis Scott
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  • Labor Of Love Labor Of Love Quick View

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    Labor Of Love

    Previously Unreleased Late 1990s Recordings



    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings



    Taj Mahal, Loose And Casual In Informal Recording Sessions With Peers



    Taj Performs With Guest Artists: John Dee Holeman, Cool John Ferguson, Cootie Stark And Algia Mae Hinton



    Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing




    The blues live on because the blues give people life, not the other way around. Talk about the blues with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and composer Taj Mahal, or Tim Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and you'll quickly understand how deeply they grasp this. So it's no surprise that their shared love of blues has created a special vinyl-only album release that's got the loose, easy feel of a porch-sitting guitar strum, sipping sweet tea on a warm summer day.



    Labor of Love comprises recordings made by Duffy, hanging out with Taj and other artists in a Houston hotel room and during visits to the Music Maker Relief Foundation headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina.



    Taj and Tim first connected in the mid-1990s as Tim was establishing the foundation. The foundation is dedicated to preserving Southern roots music by directly supporting senior artists in need while documenting their music and sharing their stage and recording talents with the world.



    A CD collection released by the foundation featuring Music Maker artists caught Taj's attention. Tim invited Taj to his place in rural Pinnacle, N.C., where he hung out with several of the artists. Taj loved how they played and sang, but he especially loved getting to know their lives and how they made things work.



    Not much time passed before a performing tour was launched, with Taj as the headliner. Meanwhile, Tim, sensing an incredibly rich opportunity, was hauling along with the tour, high-end recording gear. He set it up in hotel rooms hoping to capture an impromptu session. One night in Houston, magic happened. A few senior bluesmen, Tim, Taj and the daughter of Katie Mae, immortalized in the Lightin' Hopkins classic Katie Mae Blues hung out together in a hotel room in Houston. Taj picked up an acoustic guitar and started in on classic tunes - Stack-O-Lee, Walking Blues, and more. The tape was rolling.



    During the time of the tour, Taj was also visiting during hang-out, barbecue and recording sessions at Music Maker's new North Carolina headquarters in Hillsborough. When the music got going, Taj would play some piano, bass, harp, banjo, mandolin and whatever else was needed.



    Now is the time for these immortalized sessions to be heard. So here they are on a solid piece of wax. And what wax it is - a full-on 200-gram vinyl Analogue Productions masterpiece plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings, maker of the world's best-sounding LPs. Packaged in a Stoughton Printing tip-on gatefold jacket. You won't find a more intimate portrayal of Taj as a freewheeling, fun-loving, always-in-the-pocket sideman.



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    1. Stack-O-Lee
    2. Shortnin' Bread (with Neal Patman)
    3. My Creole Belle
    4. I Ain't The One You Love (with Algia Mae Hinton)
    5. Fishing Blues
    6. Mistreating Blues (with John Dee Holeman)
    7. African Wysie
    8. So Sweet (with Cootie Stark)
    9. Klondike Gold
    10. Hambone (with John Dee Holeman)
    11. Walking Blues
    12. John Henry (with Etta Baker)
    13. Song For Brenda (with Cool John Ferguson)
    Taj Mahal
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    Stills

    Two years following the release of noise-pop duo Gauntlet Hair's self-titled debut LP, the band have announced a follow-up. Titled Stills, it drops July 16 through Dead Oceans.


    A press release notes that the band uprooted themselves from Denver and moved back to their hometown of Chicago since the release of Gauntlet Hair. The move apparently spiralled drummer Craig Nice and singer/guitarist Andy R. into a wave of nostalgia, which ultimately influenced their latest song cycle.


    I started listening again to the stuff I would have in my discman in the back of my mom's car, Nice said in a statement. White Zombie, Marilyn Manson - the production on those records is so amazing. Nothing sounds like that anymore.


    Recorded by Unknown Mortal Orchestra member Jacob Portrait at his Cave studio in Portland, the LP also apparently takes influence from INXS, Depeche Mode and Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), and diffuses all that into a garden of dark delights.

    1. Human Nature
    2. Spew
    3. Simple
    4. Bad Apple
    5. New To It
    6. Obey Me
    7. Heave
    8. G.I.D.
    9. Falling Out
    10. Waste Your Art
    Gauntlet Hair
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    Joey DeFrancesco Plays Sinatra His Way

    It is tempting to play up the Italian Connection on Joey's
    newest record. With Joey's previous nod toward the Goodfellas it would be easy to claim that Frank Sinatra is the natural next step. But the simple fact of the matter is that this is tribute of one master
    of American Music to another. Perhaps no other singer in history defined the American Popular Songbook as Frank Sinatra and it is only natural that Joey DeFrancesco - so instrumental in defining
    the new B-3 sound - would turn to wealth of exceptional material from the Sinatra discography. Great music is great music and Joey knows it and has surrounded himself with great sidemen. The great Houston Person on tenor sax is on hand as is groove master guitarist Melvin Sparks and Joey's drummer of choice, Byron Landham. Together they swing through six tunes recorded by Sinatra and, while far from mimicking the original arrangements, they pay tribute to the legacy of Sinatra, refracted
    through the prism of their own talent and imagination.
    1. I Get A Kick Out of You
    2. Teach Me Tonight
    3. What's New
    4. Witchcraft
    5. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
    6. Angel Eyes
    Joey DeFrancesco
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    The Light (Awaiting Repress)

    Whether they move minds or bodies, Uncle Lucius is out to make music that can lift
    our spirits. And rock our souls.


    Though Austin roots band Uncle Lucius has worn a Southern rock tag for most of
    its 10-year existence, the band's fourth studio album, The Light, charts a course
    designed to convey just how vast that musical territory really is. The Light dips into
    regions where blues, R&B, jazz, soul, country and gospel took form, mapping a sound
    that captures the true meaning of Americana.


    Containing songwriting contributions from all four band members, The Light also
    seeks to illuminate a different landscape: the sometimes-rocky terrain of our hearts
    and minds. Tracked at Austin's Treefort Studios with producer George Reiff, these 12
    songs deliver what guitarist Mike Carpenter, a Houston native, likes to call "Southern
    rock for the thinking man. Rock 'n' roll for the soul."


    Lead singer, Kevin Galloway, admits his ultimate goal is to turn musical energy into
    a catalyst for humanity's evolution. This is music with depth, made by men given to
    truth seeking on levels both existential and literal.

    1. The Light
    2. Age of Reason
    3. Taking in the View
    4. Ourboros
    5. End of 118
    6. No Time Flat
    7. Wheel's in Motion
    8. Gulf Coast Gypsies
    9. Flood Then Fade Away
    10. Don't Own the Right
    11. Nothing to Save
    12. Someday is a Far Cry
    Uncle Lucius
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    Jolene

    Import

    Jolene is Dolly Parton's 13th solo studio album, produced by Bob Ferguson. The title track, Jolene, tells the tale of a housewife confronting a beautiful seductress who she believes is having an affair with her husband. It became Parton's second solo number-one country single; it also was a moderate pop hit for her, and also did well in the United Kingdom. It has been covered by numerous performers.


    The album was released around the time Parton was embarking on a solo career, after having spent seven years as part of Porter Wagoner's weekly TV series and road show, and one of the album's songs, I Will Always Love You, was reportedly written to express the remorse Parton felt over the professional breakup. Released as the album's second single, it also became a number-one country single. In 1992, Whitney Houston's version of I Will Always Love You was a mega-hit pop ballad.


    Two of the album's songs had been released on previous Parton albums: Early Morning Breeze was a remixed version of a recording which had first appeared on 1971's Coat of Many Colors album (the Jolene version was remixed to more prominently feature the bass and electric steel), while Lonely Coming Down had first appeared on Parton's Wagoner tribute album, My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner, from 1972.

    1. Jolene
    2. When Someone Wants To Leave
    3. River Of Happiness
    4. Early Morning Breeze
    5. Highlight Of My Life
    6. I Will Always Love You
    7. Randy
    8. Living On Memories Of You
    9. Lonely Comin' Down
    10. It Must Be You
    Dolly Parton
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    This Is Christmas

    Rather than a do a rehash of many of the obvious traditional tunes that fill special holiday albums by contemporary performers, maestro Luther Vandross opted for the task of creating no fewer than 7 of the 10 tracks included on his 1995 Christmas release. The result is an album that demonstrates why Vandross is still considered the preeminent black male vocalist of close to two decades: as on typical Vandross recordings, the production is crisp and strong and the vocals are flawless.


    As usual, he employs the cream of musicians and background vocalists (including the inimitable Cissy Houston and Darlene Love, who is featured on the Motown-like duet I Listen to the Bells)--the perfect backdrop for Vandross's distinctive sound, exemplified on the standout title track. The Mistle Toe Jam has the party-like feel of Vandross sides like Bad Boy and the more recent Nights in Harlem, while Every Year, Every Christmas (cowritten with Richard Marx) is a soulful slow jam.


    A surprising reading of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic My Favorite Things shows that if Vandross ever chose to, he could easily do a fine album of jazz standards, while O Come All Ye Faithful (featuring an all-star choir that includes Valerie Simpson) is given the album's most traditional reading. Standouts include the gorgeous Please Come Home for Christmas and the almost funky A Kiss for Christmas. Easily one of the best Christmas albums around. --David Nathan

    1. With a Christmas Heart
    2. This Is Christmas (Album Version)

    3. The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody) (Album Version)
    4. Every Year, Every Christmas
    5. My Favorite Things
    6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    7. I Listen to the Bells
    8. Please Come Home for Christmas
    9. A Kiss for Christmas
    10. O' Come All Ye Faithful
    Luther Vandross
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    A Seat At The Table (Anniversary Edition)

    Special Anniversary Edition On Translucent Red Vinyl


    Solange's A Seat at the Table album was initially released on September 30th, 2016, and received immediate praise. The album went on to garner a 'Best R&B Performance' Grammy Award for the single, "Cranes in The Sky," and was one of the most critically acclaimed album releases of the year in the music press.


    In celebration of the 1 year anniversary of Solange's chart-topping release, the album is being offered again as an Exclusive Red Anniversary Edition on vinyl. This release will be limited to one initial pressing, on 150 gram Red vinyl with each package individually numbered and available for a limited time only.


    Solange describes A Seat At The Table as "a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing." A Seat At The Table was written by Solange, and features a host of guest artists including Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kelela, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Sampha, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews, Devonte Hynes of Houston Texas and Lu of Carolina.

    LP 1
    1. Rise
    2. Weary
    3. Interlude: The Glory is in You
    4. Cranes in the Sky
    5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad
    6. Mad (feat. Lil Wayne)
    7. Don't You Wait
    8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me
    9. Don't Touch My Hair (feat. Sampha)


    LP 2
    1. Interlude: This Moment
    2. Where Do We Go
    3. Interlude: For Us By Us
    4. F.U.B.U. (feat. The-Dream and BJ The Chicago Kid)
    5. Borderline (An Ode to Self-Care) [feat. Q-Tip]
    6. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It (feat. Kelly Rowland and Nia Andrews)
    7. Junie
    8. Interlude: No Limits
    9. Don't Wish Me Well
    10. Interlude: Pedestals
    11. Scales (feat. Kelela)
    12. Closing: The Chosen Ones

    Solange
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