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John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies
Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Expanded Edition)

Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Expanded Edition) sees Halloween creator John Carpenter team up with his son, Cody Carpenter and Godson, Daniel Davies to score the 2018 version of the popular horror flick. The score is underpinned by several reworkings of Carpenter’s original synth soundtrack main theme. A must for Carpenter fans.
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Mark Korven
The Lighthouse

Sacred Bones presents the soundtrack to Robert Eggers’ new psychological horror movie 'The Lighthouse', composed and recorded by Mark Korven in league with the director himself. The pair teamed up again after their unnerving work on 2015’s 'The Witch', this time eschewing almost everything that didn’t have some kind of nautical feel or connection. Consequently, the score - prominently featuring horns, pipes, conch shells etc. - feels completely apt and thoroughly unique. 
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Moon Duo
Stars Are The Light

Moon Duo (I preferred them when they were a trio) go disco! One of the steadiest and most reliable bands in psych rock have discovered a new muse. As well as being influenced musically, they've also found inspiration in the liberatory qualities of the dancefloor. Produced by Mr. Sonic Boom so it's no less psychedelic than their past output. 
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Follakzoid
II

Öh gööd, a new recörd öf dröne-röck fröm Föllakzoid. II - unsurprisingly their second release, though it is their first LP - is another set of über-trippy Motorik Krautrock from the Chilean group, one on propulsive grooves contrast with guitars and effects which spiral ever-higher into the stratosphere. Fans of Moon Duo and Wooden Shjips should give II a spin post-haste. We höpe yöu have a lövely time with this öne.
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SQÜRL
The Dead Don't Die: Original Score

SQÜRL once again team up with director Jim Jarmusch (and SQÜRL member) to score his film, The Dead Don’t Die. Putting new and original twists on well-worn horror movie tropes - the film is a take on the zombie apocalypse genre - The Dead Don’t Die could in time be viewed alongside the greats of the oeuvre. 
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Blanck Mass
Animated Violence Mild

Benjamin Power returns one more time as Blanck Mass with the enticingly titled Animated Violence Mild. Since making the switch from dense ambience to something more industrial after the Fuck Buttons man's solo debut, each subsequent record has gotten more noisy, more intense, and more catchy, all at the same time. Animated Violence Mild is no different, with Power reaching for sound as varied as black metal, hardcore, and europop. 
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Jenny Hval
The Practice of Love

Musical witch lady Jenny Hval is back to cast her sonic hexes ‘pon us once more. Hval’s seventh LP The Practice Of Love is another fine work of modern-day Gothicism from the Norwegian artist, one in which she leans a little heavier into the pop stuff than she has done previously. Julee Cruise, Visions-era Grimes and Chromatics are the related artists you’re grappling with on The Practice Of Love.

Pharmakon
Devour

Margaret Chardiet drops her fourth LP as Pharmakon (anyone else reading that as ‘farm Akon’? Now there’s a thought…). Devour is the first album Chardiet has recorded live in the studio, and as such there’s a real feeling of spontaneity and immediacy to this tortured set of power electronics. Production from Uniform’s Ben Greenberg only adds to the intensity. You’re looking at the early days of Posh Isolation for Devour’s related records.

Föllakzoid
I

Chilean band Föllakzoid deliver their fourth studio album a very long four years after their last one. I (confusingly following 2015’s III) differs from their previous albums in that it was constructed painstakingly from dozens of musical stems, rather than done in single live takes with the band in the studio. 
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Uniform & The Body
Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back

After the success of 2018’s Mental Wounds Not Healing, The Body and Uniform join forces once more for another LP. Given that both of these groups work the channels between noise and melody, it’s no surprise that Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back is a set of totemic industrial electronics. EBM, darkwave, monolithic post-rock and plenty more are all chucked together on this intense album. Cuts like ‘Penance’ come across like New Order being reworked for a Posh Isolation compilation.

Uniform & The Body
Mental Wounds Not Healing / Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back

Two collaboration albums in a specially priced one-CD package presented by Sacred Bones. The result of a tour 30 months ago when industrial/noise outfit Uniform were asked to support their heroes The Body, Mental Wounds Not Healing followed soon afterwards and Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back. 

Black Marble
Bigger Than Life

Buses. Inspiration for many musicians over the years the latest of which Chris Stewart. His ride into the studio on the Echo Park to downtown L.A. service provided the inspiration for Bigger Than Life his third album under the Black Marble moniker. The result is fresh and lively synth pop on which Stewart played every instrument. Kudos to the bus driver for enabling this to happen.  
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Dean Hurley
Anthology Resource Vol. II: Philosophy Of Beyond

Following his close work with David Lynch on the third series of the cult classic series Twin Peaks, Dean Hurley turns his attention once again to his Anthology Resource output.⁣⁣These 12-tracks weave together rich and celestial soundscapes made up of tape loops and sampled field recordings to create a unique sonic tapestry. Hurley explores themes of death, the afterlife, and escaping our physical form, specifically near-death experiences, alien encounters, and psychedelic incidents. Spooky stuff!

Mort Garson
Mother Earth's Plantasia

Mort Garson was a pioneer of electronic music in the 1960s and an early user of Robert Moog's synthesizer. 'Plantasia' released in 1976 added warmth to the previously darker and colder melodies of earlier electronic releases. By turn playful, surreal or sinister, this is a diverse collection of sounds from a true innovator.

Lust For Youth
Lust For Youth

The insatiable Lust For Youth attempt to quench their thirst for young blood once more with a new eponymous LP. This is a gloriously evocative set of synth-pop from the Danish duo, one that invokes the very best of the genre’s 80’s heyday. Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys are all brought to mind by Lust For Youth’s louche, Gothic electro-pop ditties.

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky
Droneflower

An odd pairing on paper, but the dreamy indie-folk falsetto of Marissa Nadler and the post-hardcore guitar landscaping of Stephen Brodsky (of Mutoid Man and Cave In among others) makes for one of 2019’s most intriguing collaboration albums. Striking contrasts of light and darkness make for a cinematic experience that’s both beautiful and unsettling. 

Institute
Readjusting The Locks

Readjusting The Locks by Institute is the first album by the band since half of them upped sticks and moved from Austin to New York. It doesn’t seem to have held them back. They met up in Brooklyn in late 2018 and recorded an album of crisply produced scuzz rock, with the spirit of ‘77 inhabiting their thoughts and therefore the sounds they produced. On Sacred Bones.
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John Carpenter
Lost Themes

Moody and back in the present. John Carpenter arrives. Soaring synths, crystal piercing tones and brooding echoes can be found. Lost Themes is one to grab you and stay with you. Carpenter is also joined by his son Cody (Of the band Ludrium) and Daniel Davies (Who scored I, Frankenstein). Sacred Bones are known for their spook and this one will pull you right out of bed. We all know what John can see and hear. Now we all want back into that world, again...or do we ? Tense stuff.
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Spellling
Mazy Fly

Intriguing new one from Sacred Bones act SPELLING. The album tackles the dual realities of technological progress - the utopian and the apocalyptic - while backed by music that can flit from garbled R&B to scuzzy synth jams. ‘Mazy Fly’s’ 12-tracks reflect SPELLING’s seemingly contradictory impulses and finds a unique synthesis being formed from these seemingly combative forces.

Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil

An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil is the fourth album by lute player Jozef Van Wissem and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. The pair have also collaborated in the world of film too. Here, taking inspiration from William Blake, Swedish theologian and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg and Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky. Musically, it’s minimal stuff - electronics overlaid with Van Wissem’s lute and Jarmusch’s droning guitar. LP and CD on Sacred Bones.

Zola Jesus
Conatus


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Zola Jesus
Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remixes)

Zola Jesus and Johnny Jewel (of Chromatics fame) sat down together and decided that some material from Zola’s 2017 album Okovi could do with some revisiting. So here we have two songs, ‘Ash to Bone’ and ‘Wiseblood’, each remixed three times in order to explore all the possible angles and perspectives. 12” on Sacred Bones.

Jenny Hval
The Long Sleep

Jenny Hval has evolved from her origins as the singer of a Norwegian goth metal band in the late ‘90s to become a novelist and creator of arty, experimental and highly acclaimed music. Her new four song EP, The Long Sleep, follows on from her 2016 LP Blood Bitch. It was recorded with Håvard Volden, whom she has worked with before, producer Lasse Marhaug and for the first time a bunch of jazz musicians who add their own unique flavour to the EP. Black or Purple vinyl EP on Sacred Bones.

Thought Gang
Thought Gang

So who are Thought Gang then? Well just David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti that's all. The duo have of course worked together for many years, most famously on the Twin Peaks soundtrack but here they move away slightly from the cool jazz and cinematic sounds of earlier collaborations towards more experimental textures with acid/free jazz textures and spoken word narratives. They've been working on this since 1992 so it's about time we all dipped in.  

The Men
Hated: 2008 – 2011

Hated: 2008 - 2011 features the early material of The Men, the New York punk-etc. band who, at this point, were just punk. And what a gnarly kind of punk too: really grungy, noisy, hardcore-tinged stuff, represented in grainy glory in the form of tracks from demos, singles, live tracks, outtakes, and the group’s deeply rare first ever demo tape. On Sacred Bones.
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John Carpenter
Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Halloween is the latest Classic American Movie to be wrent from the tomb of history and paraded around the cultural flatland that is the Millennial West. The distinction that sets this latest big-budget remake apart from your King Kongs, your Tomb Raiders and your Jumanjis is that whoever’s helming the new one managed to get the main reason it was good in the first place - John Carpenter - back on board. Carpenter’s also redone the music, which is what we have here. Yes, it may be spooky. But you know what’s really scary? The snake of popular culture devouring its own tail.
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Exploded View
Obey

It's the Sacred Bones! Live from Brooklyn this time we've Exploded View, a band formed of members based in Mexico City and Berlin. On Obey they investigate the role of authority not just in our lives, but within the band itself. They do so with a rock'n'roll drenched in noise and sludge, stumbling forward but never falling down.

The Holydrug Couple
Hyper Super Mega

Chilean psychsters The Holydrug Couple return to Sacred Bones for their third LP on the esteemed indie imprint. The band have said all the right things in the run-up to Hyper Super Mega, talking us through their frustration with capitalism and their despair at the oncoming ecological apocalypse as well as name-checking The Beatles and The Beach Boys. This eleven-track record backs up what they've said thus far. All in all it’s quite a bit like Tame Impala.

Thou
Magus

Thou claim greater influence from 90s proto-grunge groups like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden than contemporaries like EYEHATEGOD, a band to whom the Baton Rouge outfit are frequently compared. Magus - Thou’s first LP since 2014’s Heathen - lands squarely between the two camps, but is also much more than that. Sludgy, abrasive and loud as heck, there's more than a little Converge in here. That is to say that Magus is modern metal par excellence. The vocalist’s screech is the first sound you hear in hell. Out via Sacred Bones.
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Uniform
The Long Walk

The Long Walk is Uniform’s second or third LP for Sacred Bones depending on whether you’re counting the collaborative record they made with The Body. However, don’t try and crunch the numbers while you’re actually listening to this thing. The pair make such a racket that it’s pretty much impossible to concentrate on anything else. File next to The Soft Moon and Blanck Mass.

Trouble
Snake Eyes

Instrumental trio Trouble made Snake Eyes especially for the return of Twin Peaks, as performed in the Roadhouse on an episode of the show. David Lynch's son Riley is on guitar, Dean Hurley drums and Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches) blows sax. Cinematic tunes for a darkly parallel universe.
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Hilary Woods
Colt

Dublin native Hilary Woods' minimalist acumen is on resounding display here, this limited-edition blue vinyl (out on Sacred Bones) also showcasing her compositional finesse. Expect atmospheric instrumentation, dreamy vocals and gentle electronica, along with a generous helping of stark piano and lyrical poetry. A glorious listen. 

Uniform & The Body
Mental Wounds Not Healing

Serial heavyweight collaborators The Body move onto their next hosts in the form of Uniform, after the two groups toured Europe together. The songs for Mental Wounds Not Healing were built up back and forth, until these monstrous music makers were virtually fused into one powerhouse entity. You know what to expect, dive in people. On Sacred Bones.

Marching Church
Coming Down

Marching Church started life as an experimental solo project for Elias Bender Ronnenfelt, the Iceage frontman and one half of Danish punk duo Var. The project morphed into a band for the 2014 LP The World Is Not Enough. The extra band members did not quell the urge for experimentation, however. Coming Down is an excerpt from an improvised session between six musicians, helmed by Ronnenfelt. Ronnenfelt described the session as “an attempt at playing jazz” but admitted that no one involved was a jazz musician. 12” on Sacred Bones.

Vive la Void
Vive la Void

Moon Duo keyboard player Sanae Yamada takes time out from the day job to lay down this solo LP under the name Vive la Void. The seven tracks of this eponymous album don’t stray too far from the MD blueprint while also incorporating more of a synthwave/darkwave influence. Lead single ‘Red Rider’ comes across like Grimes covering Goldfrapp’s ‘Strict Machine’. Your standard Sacred Bones fare then.

Zola Jesus
Okovi: Additions

Darkwave foghorn Zola Jesus releases an accompanying album to her recent 'Okovi'. Featuring four unreleased tracks from the same session there are also some remixes by some pretty impressively big names such as Johnny Jewell and Katie Gately - a combination which makes for an album that actually stands on its own.   

Amen Dunes
Freedom

In making ‘Freedom’, Amen Dunes shifts from whimsical guitars and warbly melancholic vocals to a darker electronic sound. Frontman Damen McMahon calls upon his usual star-studded collaborators; drummer Parker Kindred (Antony & The Johnsons, Jeff Buckley), Chris Coady (Beach House) and let them work their magic in Electric Lady Studios. Three years later, the resulting LP is an ode to coming-of-age and understanding oneself despite rigid societal expectations of masculinity. Or, as McMahon calls it, “mythical heroic maleness”. I guess this one’s for the intellectually minded music fan.
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The Men
Drift

The Drift is the seventh album in 8 years from New York’s The Men. It finds them back on Sacred Bones following a cathartic one-album hiatus. Rejuvenated and throwing everything they’ve learned during their period of re-self discovery in their new project makes The Drift a more experimental record which occasionally recalls their earlier, guitar driven work.
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The Soft Moon
Criminal

Luis Vasquez is angry. His latest album as The Soft Moon is Criminal, named for those that have hurt him, including himself. The songs are an aptly furious mixture of krautrock grooves, indie rock melodies, all lathered in so much distortion that this record could only come from Sacred Bones. Available on CD, vinyl, and limited edition white vinyl.

John Carpenter
Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998

Thy lord cometh. John Carpenter’s themes to his genre spanning and defining films are defining in themselves, with countless contemporary artists taking influence from them. This collection takes basically all of his biggest themes from his films including Halloween, Big Trouble In Little China, Assault On Precinct 13, Escape From New York, They Live, and The Thing. LP on Sacred Bones.
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Zola Jesus
Okovi

Foghorn-voiced chanteuse Zola Jesus has had a terrible time with death and loss recently so retreated to the woods near her childhood home to create this personal snapshot of loss and sympathy borne out of her experiences. It's fair to say that "Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey" this is not but instead a bleak meditation on tragedy. 

SQÜRL
EP #260

Originally called Bad Rabbit and forming especially to create the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s Limits Of Control, the three piece (that includes Jarmusch) renamed themselves SQÜRL and carried on after. With a number of releases on ATP and now on Sacred bones their strain of noisy, bluesy, instrumental avant-rock follows stoner rock’s slow pace with a crushed psychedelic edge. Limited single pressing.

Destruction Unit
Negative Feedback Resistor

How the hell is that for a name: Negative Feedback Resistor by Destruction Unit! Pow! Brutal noise-punk-rock that charges along with hardly a care. This is the group’s second album, and it arrives with strong anti-establishment political vibes and amps that are turned up quite far. On Sacred Bones, with all the lovely cover art aesthetic that you’d expect.

Psychic TV
Pagan Day

Sacred Bones present a pair of Psychic TV reissues. Pagan Day originally came out in 1984, presenting raw versions of songs fleshed out elsewhere. Unlike the ornate full band recordings, these are four-track demos and sketches, recorded by Genesis P-Orridge and Alex Fergusson alone. Out of print for three decades, here it is reissued!

Institute
Subordination

In the run-up to their 2016 European tour, Institute got themselves ready and fired-up by recording a new album, which we now see before us as Subordination. This the most live and direct Institute have ever sounded on record, with Moses Brown’s cynical, anti-normative lyrics riding on a bed of gnarly guitars. On Sacred Bones.
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Moon Duo
Occult Architecture Vol. 2

Occult Architecture Vol. 2 was written and recorded in order to act as a bright counterpoint to the nighttime fuzz of the first volume: Moon Duo considers this to be the Yang to that records Yin. Separating their approaches in this way allows the band to create a focused and consistent mood here. It’s a particularly blissful version of Moon Duo’s psych sound. On Sacred Bones.
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Blanck Mass
World Eater

Previously best known as being one-half of the overbearing electronics duo Fuck Buttons Benjamin John Power has carved his own name with his Blanck Mass moniker. World Eater is his third full length (2nd on Sacred Bones) under the name, and he shifts wildly between releases, but always with steroid pumped power behind it, with the leading track Please sounding like Lapalux getting into power electronics.

Moon Duo
Occult Architecture Vol. 1

Part One of a two part record by Moon Duo, the motorik duo of Sanae Yamada and Wooden Shjips man Ripley Johnson. You know how this game works by now: drum machines grooving endlessly beneath a constantly shifting carpet of fuzzed-guitar. Yum! Occult Architecture Vol. 1 is the dark and wintery part of the pair. Out on Sacred Bones.

Marching Church
Telling It Like It Is

Marching Church is an unexpected side project from a member of ferocious punks Iceage: Elias Bender Rønnenfelt has essentially formed a soulful big band. There are plenty of odd touches and lo-fi production details, but Telling It Like It Is is a proper ‘songs’ record. It’s also really rather good: impressive range Mr Rønnenfelt. Out on Sacred Bones, with a bonus label sampler bundled in.

Jenny Hval
Blood Bitch

We here at Norman love Jenny Hval, so this new album is a happy occasion for us. Blood Bitch engages with black metal, 70’s horror films and menstruation, ending up in a typically fantastic experimental song-suite. Oh, and Norwegian noise heavyweight Lasse Marhaug is on production duties too! On Sacred Bones.

Various
Killed By Deathrock Vol. 2

If unfamiliar with the Death Rock movement these series from Sacred Bones are a great bit of exploration. An offshoot of punk rock that emerged in California in the late 1970s it is punk rock but infused with a load of effects (warbling reverb mainly) and horror themes. Features Veda, Middle Class, Crank Call Love Affair.

Exploded View
Exploded View

Exploded View is the latest project of Anika, the haunted-voiced German artiste. The group is the result of a trip to Mexico, where Anika played shows with a lineup of Mexican musicians who turned out to be great creative partners: they improvised each of these dubby post-punk cuts live in one take only! Debut album on Sacred Bones.

Various
Todo Muere Volume 5

Fifth in the series (obviously) of Sacred Bones’ record store day released compilations. As stunningly broad a selection as would epitomise Sacred Bones itself, with Marissa Nadler covering Black Sabbath, and Institute taking on The Doors after being introduced by Benjamin John Power’s Blanck Mass project. Includes a previously unreleased track from Jenny Hval.
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Cheena
Spend The Night With...

New York five piece Cheena bring a truly American rock ‘n’ roll sound to the table on their debut album, Spend The Night With….They cook up a glam-tinged sound that falls somewhere between Kiss and the New York Dolls that is also likely to please fans of Royal Trux. On Sacred Bones.

Wymond Miles
Call By Night

Singing with a great sense of drama and intensity, Wymond Miles is finally back with a follow-up to 2013’s Cut Yourself Free. Sandwiching more gentle tracks between grand compositions on the beginning and the end of Call By Night, Miles brings his infectious Americana rock to its full potential.

Psychic Ills
Inner Journey Out

Psychic Ills’ new record is another ecstatic piece of psychedelic quality, working on an especially large scale. A broad cast of friends helped out with the recording, including Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star. Inner Journey Out is released by Sacred Bones, with sleeve art that imitates a battered old thrift-store record.

John Carpenter
Lost Themes II

The horror master returns with a swiftly followed up sequel to his 2014 album 'Lost Themes'. Several collaborators from that project remain including Carpenter's son Cody but this time the composers had the luxury of spending time collaborating in the same city. This has led to a more focussed work with a wider palette of sounds. Next stop for Carpenter? The road. 

Jenny Hval
Apocalypse, Girl

Since the release of her debut album in 2006, Jenny Hval has evolved an intimate sound that it uniquely hers. Her latest release ‘Apocalypse, Girl’ is a dreamy concoction of personal soundscapes, unspoken desires and memories inspired by classic science fiction films in which the world is run by auto-erotic choir girls who happen to be punks told through the medium of unimaginable pop.

Pop. 1280
Paradise

Pop. 1280 are ostensibly still a punk band, but in practice they spread themselves far beyond the boundaries of that genre. Dark ambient synth-scapes are leered over by Chris Bug’s desolate vocals and some real gnarly noisy guitar. Cello and trumpet ever appear, all contributing to the deliciously bitter atmosphere. On Sacred Bones.
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Blanck Mass
Dumb Flesh

A heavy album about genetic decay from one half of Fuck Buttons, Benjamin John Power. As Blanck Mass Power has been dealing in grandiosity since 2010, notably providing the soundtrack to the 2012 Olympic Games. Dumb Flesh is just as heavy, tribal and expansive as his work with Fuck Buttons. Out on CD and vinyl double LP from Sacred Bones.
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Wymond Miles
Passion Plays


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Carl Simmons
Honeysuckle Tendrals


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The Vermillion Sands
Miss My Gun EP


Nice Face
Mnemonic Device


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