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1349 – Massive Cauldron Of Chaos CD/LP (Season Of Mist)

The Norwegian black metal tyrants deliver aural hellfire with new album. Over four years in the making, Massive Cauldron Of Chaos builds on their storied career and sees the band sharpen their orthodox black metal assault with a thrashier edge. (Limited quantities pressed on black, white, and transparent vinyl.)

ABBA – Live At Wembly 2xCD/3xLP (Polydor)

This fantastic live release encapsulates 25 songs from ABBA’s landmark gig at Wembley Arena, London in 1979. As well as featuring a full rendition of classics, this is also the first time the track “I’m Still Alive” has ever been released. This is the first time this concert full of classic hits has been released.

Bryan Adams – Tracks Of My Years CD (Verve)

Covers album featuring a diverse collection of time honored classics from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Highlights include: Chuck Berry’s ”Rock & Roll Music,” Ray Charles’ ”I Can’t Stop Loving You,” and Beatles’ ”Any Time At All.” The album also includes a brand new track, “She Knows Me.”

Alabama – Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites CD (Eagle)

Twelve gospel tracks, featuring “Church In The Wildwood,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and an all-new recording of their hit “Angels Among Us.”

Alabama & Friends – At The Ryman 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xLP (Eagle)

Join Alabama for a once in a lifetime concert event, filmed at the historic Ryman Auditorium, featuring on stage collaborations with country’s biggest stars: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Trisha Yearwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jamey Johnson and the Eli Young Band. Also available on stand-alone DVD.

Sam Amidon – Lily-O CD (Nonesuch)

Lily-O is a collection of reimagined folk songs by Vermont-born singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon. The album features the innovative jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, along with Amidon’s other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro. Lily-O’s ten songs are mostly traditional folk songs gathered from disparate sources and refashioned in Amidon’s signature way. Vinyl version due October 27.

Steve Aoki – Neon Future I CD (Ultra)

International DJ and producer Steve Aoki has always been at the forefront of future music. As the founder of Dim Mak Records and a Grammy-nominated electronic musician, his projects have grasped the attention of influencers and music enthusiasts worldwide. Given that he’s an avid follower of forward- thinking and evolving technology, it’s only fitting that the new album from Aoki being titled Neon Future. 

Joshua Abrams – Represencing CD (Eremite)

Recorded at home in Chicago in 2011, Abrams again organizes small group statements around the resonant grooves of the North African ceremonial instrument the guimbri with a unique and broadly assimilative compositional voice. 

Lydia Ainsworth – Right From Real CD (Artutus)

“Like a fever dream of Julia Holter merging with Grimes, Lydia Ainsworth’s future visions weave neoclassical flourishes and enchanted melody-mangles into cool ‘80s sound-beds.” — Dazed Vinyl version due October 14.

Herb Alpert – In The Mood CD (Shout! Factory)

On the heels of his 2014 Grammy win for his 2013 album Steppin’ Out, legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert presents his latest album. A collection of original compositions and modern takes on classic standards, In The Mood continues Alpert’s tradition of pushing his own musical boundaries.

Amplifier – Mystoria CD (Superball Music)

With a career that spans over a thousand shows of every conceivable size over 16 years and five studio records, Amplifier have by this point progressed past being simply a band and have become a zen-like state of being. Behemoth double album The Octopus (2012) ultimately and justifiably proved a great success, garnering praise from the BBC, Drowned In Sound and Classic Prog, among others.

Ian Anderson – Homo Erraticus (Tour Edition) CD+DVD (Kscope)

The Jethro Tull frontman’s latest album has been expanded with a DVD featuring the exclusive videos to each album track, as seen at the shows, set to hi resolution 24-bit stereo audio. Also includes a live performance of “Enter The Uninvited” and new interview footage.

Steve Arrington – Way Out: 80-84 CD (Tummy Touch)

Ohio funk legend/ambassador Steve Arrington releases a retrospective album, covering 30 years of unreleased and reworked material. Way Out: 80-84 is a compilation of sorts, blending more obscure cuts from earlier in his career with touched-up wonders that simply never left the cutting room floor.

Ausmuteants – Order Of Operation CD (Goner)

Order Of Operation is nasty and free of juvenile bullsh!t, but still 100% Australian, and opens with guitarist Shaun Connor’s forehead and thigh-slapping musical and lyrical debut, “Freedom of Information.” From there, songs range from balls-to-the-wall punkers (“Felix Tried To Kill Himself,” “Boiling Point”), well-considered workouts (“Family Time,” “Tunnel Vision”) and unguarded tenderness (“Wrong,” “Looney Bin”). Vinyl version due October 14.

Avec le Soleil Sortant de Sa Bouche – Zubberdust! CD/LP (Constellation)

Debut album from Montreal kraut-funk supergroup led by J.S. Truchy of Fly Pan Am.

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Aeges – Above & Down Below CD (The Mylene Sheath)

Expanding upon the foundation of the sound that already drew influence from the ‘90s post-hardcore era, Above & Down Below mixes that same heavy edge of Quicksand with the more melodic heavy rock sheen of Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Queens Of The Stone Age. At times it’s as heavy as lead, crushing and lurching hard, while other times it’s melodic and hook-laden; usually you’ll find this contrast within the same song. Vinyl version due October 7.

Edip Akbayram/Dostlar – Nedir Ne Degildir [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Pharaway Sounds)

As Turkey’s political factions turned more and more violent in the late 1970s, Buscemi-eyed Edip Akbayram was nearly beaten up by rioting audiences for daring to sing about rural points of view that were naturally critical of Istanbul’s political leaders. This second album of Anatolian psychedelia, originally released in 1977, showed defiance even in its gatefold art, with a drawing of the band members seeming to grow straight out the ground, covered in plant tendrils. Akbayram poached members of Mogollar and Baris Manco’s Kurtalan Ekspres to get the best fuzz breaks and Hammond slams and put ‘em straight in your ears. The band also tried out some mixes that pushed the vocals or a particular instrument way up front, and of course long, low, reverberant welcomes from Edip’s echo-covered voice. 

Alt-J – This Is All Yours CD/2xLP (Atlantic)

“As with An Awesome Wave, the defining characteristic of This Is All Yours is the band’s almost mechanical approach to its music, which can be in contrast to the visceral intent of its cryptic lyrics. While the music can be unyielding and is always meticulously arranged, words are strung together to create sensual images rather than formal narratives. Though electronics are still a primary force, much of the new album finds the trio exploring its interest in chamber pop and folk.” – The Wall Street Journal

Aphex Twin – Syro CD/3xLP (Warp)

Aphex Twin makes his return on Warp with new album Syro. Richard D. James has been releasing music since the beginning of the ‘90s. His first full-length album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92, came out in 1992 through R&S Records. The first Aphex Twin release on Warp would be 1993’s On EP, which was followed by four studio albums for the label, as well as numerous other EPs. Syro is the first new Aphex Twin album since 2001’s Drukqs.

Marcia Ball – The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man CD (Alligator)

New album from one of America’s best-known and beloved roots artists. “A joyful musical tour of the territory between New Orleans and Austin. Ball’s voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker.” — Boston Herald

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek CD (Interscope)

Cheek To Cheek is a cross-generational project that combines the fire-power of two superstar talents in their respective areas coming together to create something completely fresh and exciting. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks. Vinyl version due October 7.

Big & Rich – Gravity CD (B$R LLC)

As Big & Rich, John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin have exerted a definite gravitation pull to the direction modern country music has taken. They are America’s Technicolor cowboys; brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, and entertainers.

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Allah-Lahs – Worship The Sun CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)

Worship The Sun expands the sound established by the Allah-Lahs’ maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock, Latin percussion and electric folk. The album is richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, evocative of L.A.’s storied past full of beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads, remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip, golden tans and cosmic sunsets.

Anjou – Anjou CD (Kranky)

The culmination of four years writing and editing, Anjou marks the first collaboration between Labradford’s Robert Donne and Mark Nelson since the release of that groupʼs Fixed::Context LP. Combining modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation, Anjou deftly weaves noise with gentle ambience and melody with texture. Guitar, bass and Steven Hessʼ (Locrian, Fennesz, Pan American) live percussion give the eight pieces immediacy and create a framework for the more abstract sounds of digital and analog synth programming.

Antropomorphia – Rites Ov Perversion CD (Metal Blade)

New album from the Dutch necromantic death metal act.

Mike Auldridge/Jerry Douglas/Rob Ickes – Three Bells CD (Rounder)

Three Bells is a collaboration between Dobro masters Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge (The Seldom Scene), and Rob Ickes (Blue Highway).

Aurelio – Lándini CD (Real World)

On a narrow peninsula on Honduras’ Caribbean coast — in Plaplaya, a small village without electricity — singer, guitarist and Garifuna activist Aurelio Martinez learned music at his mother’s knee. At day’s end, workers returned from the sea, gathering to hear paranda — the guitar-driven music of Garifuna troubadours. Aurelio joined in from a tender age, set atop a table by his uncles.

He may be among the last generation in Honduras to grow up with Garifuna traditions, passed down over 300 years since shipwrecked African slaves intermarried with native Indians on St. Vincent in the 1600s. Their families were forcibly deported to the Central American coast by British colonials three centuries ago — but their unique culture still endures. Lándini (‘landing’) is an exuberant yet bittersweet homage to his beloved home and to his Garifuna people.

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