May 2020

Flight (CD)

Creating samples and beats with producer Leon Michels from scratch, Hanni El Khatib has created a rollicking sampledelic opus with Flight that recalls the beautiful chaos that the Dust Brothers created on Paul’s Boutique and Odelay. It's filtered through the singular lo-fi style that El Khatib has developed over the previous ten years, but it's also like if Dilla and Madlib had come up on The Cramps. Because El Khatib wasn’t concerned with the need to perform the songs live, it unlocked a new level in composition. So rather than blistering guitar attacks, you might hear two drum samples, a live flute, and a weird tape loop that could never be played live. It’s a record both dense and intricate yet direct and spontaneous. It is garage rock, it is hip-hop, it is soul, it is blues, it is psychedelic, but more than anything, it’s a brilliant Hanni El Khatib record.

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Emma [2020] (BLU)

Jane Austen's beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

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Brahms: Boy II (BLU)

Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

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All Visible Objects (CD)

Moby’s new dance-heavy album was made in the legendary EastWest Studios in Studio 3 where Pet Sounds was recorded, using the same board that was used in the making of Ziggy Stardust and the same piano that Sinatra used to record some of his most notable hits. With a pedigree as royal (and diverse) as that, and including a collaboration with Dead Kennedys’ drummer D. H. Peligro and rapper Boogie, Moby’s 17th studio album is as unique as he is.

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The Loves Of Your Life (CD)
For his second solo album, Hamilton Leithauser, former frontman of the Walkmen, releases a deeply personal collection of stories about real people he's met over his years living in New York City. His dynamic vocals and well-crafted songs about love and the large impact that strangers, friends, family, and lovers have on you comes at a perfect time, when we need it the most. Read more
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately (CD)

Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, the fifth studio album from Perfume Genius, explores masculinity through themes of love, sex, memory, and the body. Mike Hadreas channels American pop music history on this journey with nods to everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Elvis. This stylistically diverse release features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino, and Matt Chamberlin.

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Chaotic Good (CD)

With Chaotic Good, Johanna Warren transitions away from the folk-ish sound that defined her early solo albums. This is a bold statement piece demonstrating the breadth of her ambition. Warren alternates between crushingly honest declarations over sparse piano and heavy affirmations of independence that have more in common with ‘90s grunge than anything we’ve ever heard from her. More than stylistic flexing, this range of sounds and emotions demonstrates that there’s more to Warren than meets the eye

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The Photograph (BLU)

The discovery of a hidden family photograph sends Mae Morton (Issa Rae) on a quest for answers. The journey into her estranged mother's past exposes many secrets and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with rising-star journalist Michael Block (Lakeith Stanfield). Award-winning writer-director Stella Meghie (The Weekend, Jean of the Joneses) tells a sweeping love story about forgiveness and finding the courage to seek the truth, no matter where it leads you.

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Show World [180 Gram Vinyl] (LP)

Legendary punk outfit Redd Kross teams up with Third Man Records for a 180 Gram Vinyl reissue of 1997’s Show World. For the follow-up to their 1993 album Phaseshifter, brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald of Redd Kross returned with the same line-up (drummer Brian Reitzell, guitarist Eddie Kurdziel, and keyboardist Gere Fennelly) and their amps turned up. The album starts off with a spot-on cover of L.A. power pop group The Quick’s “Pretty Please Me,” which sets the tone for yet another classic album by the thinking person’s punk rock band. Like all Redd Kross albums before and since, this one is all killer, no filler.

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Phaseshifter [180 Gram Vinyl] (LP)

After some 40 years as an influential force in punk rock, brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald of Redd Kross partner with Third Man Records for a 180 Gram Vinyl reissue of 1993’s Phaseshifter. Redd Kross serves their trademark robust melodies and dreamy harmonies on a platter of psychedelic bubblegum punk metal. The brothers are joined by drummer Brian Reitzell, guitarist Eddie Kurdziel, and keyboardist Gere Fennelly. Every track is a gem, with standouts like “Crazy World,” “Dumb Angel,” “Pay For Love,” and “After School Special.”

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