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CMON
Confusing Mix of Nations

New York's Josh da Costa and Jamen Whitelock were doing pretty well for themselves as Regal Degal but were preferring the after show dancing to the actual performances so they aligned their music accordingly, made a swift name change to CMON. The resulting debut album aligns their old band's atmospherics with a kind of kinetic four to the floor dance music reminiscent of Drugdealer or Mild High Club. 
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Photay
Waking Hours

In response to the disintegrating chaos of the modern world, one which requires us to always be ‘on-brand’ and filling each moment with activity, New York’s Evan Shornstein gives us his second full-length Photay album Waking Hours, a meditative and calm plea for being satisfied with simply being. 
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Dungen
Dungen Live

Dungen Live doesn’t take much explaining. It’s an album capturing Swedish melodic psych-rockers Dungen live in 2015 in Gothenburg and MalmoĢˆ. The album includes a guest appearance from Swedish sax legend Jonas Kullhammar. It is entirely instrumental and includes a cover of Ain’t So Hard To Tell, originally by enigmatic lost-album wonder Doug Jerebine, a contemporary of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck.
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Jess Williamson
Sorceress

Like a lot of other artists, Texan singer-songwriter Jess Williamson is looking for meaning in her life and in her art. On her fourth album she addresses such issues by way of country music and West Coast psychedelia with nods to Dolly Parton and '70s film soundtracks. She tried to predict what the future will look like in these uncertain times and Mexican Summer have got in on the act by pressing the limited edition vinyl on 'crystal ball' coloured wax. 
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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Worn Copy

Worn Copy is one of Ariel Pink's defining statements and, although, eight albums into his wildly creative first burst of production, was one of the first times his music was heard by a wider audience courtesy of its 2005 re-issue on Animal Collective's Paw tracks imprint. It is a sprawling 2LP full of his uniquely warped pop vision that often sounds like a man trying to recreate hits of the 80s both blindfolded and ear-folded.  
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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
The Doldrums

Back when he wasn't making adverts for parallel universes and making glamtastic pop tunes (and being a douche), Ariel Pink was some sort of lo-fi recording artist, signed to Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label and making strange melodic vignettes with 8-track and guitars. It was strange and smooth, and it was called The Doldrums.
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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
House Arrest

Google 1245 Norton ave. Los Angeles California and you'll see the palatial family home Ariel Pink buried himself in in order to make his first batches of experimental lo-fi pop. For a boy who shared a classroom with Paris Hilton he was an oddball and this comes across these recordings. House Arrest is one of his best containing nuggets of warped-pop glory amongst failed experiments, skits and some surprisingly nifty '60s flavoured bubblegum.  
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Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox
Myths 004

With a rich history of teaming up with such highly-acclaimed pioneers as St. Vincent, John Grant and Perfume Genius, Cate Le Bon this time collaborates with US singer Bradford Cox to create 'Myths 004'. The result is a cynical bag of satire, containing salt-of-the-earth stories and garagey song compositions.
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Arp
Ensemble - Live!

Alexis Georgopoulos, better known by his stage name Arp, delivers a new 12” EP for the Mexican Summer label. Following the recent success of his studio-bound album Zebra, this new collection Ensemble - Live! showcases him as a musician, interacting spontaneously with four other musicians in the same room. 
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Ariel Pink
Odditties Sodomies Vol. 2

The second of three new releases from the archives of Ariel Pink during the time he recorded under his Haunted Graffiti guise, Odditties Sodomies Vol. 2 exhumes another batch of out-takes, demos and non-album tracks. Vol. 1 was originally released back in 2008, and this follow-up of sorts is released via Mexican Summer. 

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Underground

Part of his initial big burst of activity between 1998 and 2007, Underground is the album that everyone forgot. Look for it on Wikipedia...I've tried and I've failed. Anyway it was his inaugural release of his initial barrage of creativity originally self released in 1999 before getting a proper release around 2007. Early Ariel Pink - can't be an easy listen but always fascinating. 

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Loverboy

Looks like a load of Ariel Pink albums are coming back out on 2LP vinyl and here is his 2006 album Loverboy. Though it was his sixth album, it was part of his series of early lo-fi works which pretty much gave carte blanche to anyone wanting to re-work soft rock, funk and '60s pop into their own strange shapes. Loads of people followed but Ariel Pink did this stuff first. 

Allah-Las
LAHS

After a solo run out under the name Paint, Pedrum Siadatian returns to the womb that bore him, i.e. Allah-Lahs. LAHS is the band’s fourth album. There’s a palpable togetherness about this album, but their sun-bleached melodies and soft psychedelia remain at their core. On Mexican Summer.
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Connan Mockasin & Dev Hynes
Myths 001

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Arp
Zebra

Alexis Georgopoulos presents his fourth album as Arp, a name I can only assume must refer to a beloved synthesiser. The feel of Zebra is very much of that 80’s period where old and new influences from around the world were being mixed and melded into shiny new fourth world shapes. It’s also pretty funky, with some flagrant bass moves being pulled. Out on Mexican Summer.
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Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Tracing Back The Radiance

Tracing Back The Radiance is an album of beautiful drone ruminations from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. From a blend of instruments (vibraphone, reeds, keyboards and so on) and instrumentalists (Chuck Johnson, Gregg Kowalsky, Mary Lattimore to name but three) the Root Strata head-honcho crafts ambiences of shimmering and transcendental beauty. A gorgeous LP that reminds us of Ian William Craig and Vashti Bunyan's mid-00's collaborations with Animal Collective.
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Various
Self Discovery For Social Survival (The Original Soundtrack)

Self Discovery for Social Survival is a cool movie about surfing, with a more than cursory crossover with cool alternative music. Allah Las, an LA psych-rock band, both star in the film and provide a fair portion of its soundtrack, as heard here. As well as their excellent survey vibes, this collection also includes weird and wonderful new material from Peaking Lights, Connan Mockasin, Dungen and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Out on Mexican Summer.
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Weyes Blood
Front Row Seat To Earth

Front Row Seat To Earth is the new album by Weyes Blood, the solo recording project of Natalie Mering from Jackie O Mutherfucker. The album recalls the the US west coast folk sound of the ‘70s, artists such as Esra Mowhawk. The live band feel is contrasted with a clever use of electronics. The album was produced by Chris Cohen who has played with the likes of Cass McCombs and Ariel Pink as well as releasing a couple of solo albums.
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Cate Le Bon
Reward

You know what? Everything Cate Le Bon involves herself in is of interest. Le Bon’s previous work has encompassed all manner of sounds and quirks; think pop music with a difference. The far-afield sounds of psychedelia, art pop, indie rock and pop meet with wistful guitar lines, fanciful vocals, intriguing lyrics and melodies which skip and wander. Quirky and beautiful songs, delivered with Le Bon's distinct Welsh Valleys lilt.
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Drugdealer
Raw Honey

Before Michael Collins decided on the name Drugdealer he was alternately known as both Salvia Plath and Run DMT. As such, it might be best not to expect anything too serious from the Millennial Ariel Pink on his second Drugdealer LP Raw Honey. This is an album of possibly-post-ironic blue-eyed soul jams that sound like, I dunno, Bread or something. Raw Honey’s general air of disaffected frippery is aided by the fact that Mac Demarco produced this thing.
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Dungen & Woods
Myths 003

Marfa Myths is a festival in Texas curated by the Mexican Summer label. There you will find all you’d expect from a festival in terms of bands playing live and such, but there are also some special events. One of those events is a recording residency. In 2017,  Swedish psych rockers Dungen collaborated with Brooklyn’s alt. folk rockers, Woods. Myths 003 was the resulting LP. Liner notes from members of each band complete the package. LP on Mexican Summer.
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Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood
Myths 002

Moving fairly violently between tasteful folksy acoustic songwriting and explosions of operatic intensity, this collaboration is, if nothing else, unpredictable. Rich layers of instrumentation and clashing performance styles add to the exciting uncertainty, and over the four tracks you can be sure that weird and charmed places will be reached.

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
On The Echoing Green

Cutting his teeth with groups such as Portraits, The Alps, and collaborating with Liz Harris (Grouper) as Raum, San Francisco based multi-instrumentalist Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has been releasing albums consistently since. On The Echoing Green is full-on elation and uninhibited emotion. Through hazy tape fuzz and glistening guitar, a pop joy shines through and then washes away through a crackling hiss without really taking form, But it's not quite drone, just distant songs...

PAINT
PAINT

Paint is the solo project from Allah-las guitarist and singer Pedrum Siadatian. He started to record some of his weirder ideas on a four-track back in 2016 around the time of Allah-las third album, Calico Review. Taking inspiration from Kevin Ayers, Julian Cope, Syd Barrett, R. Stevie Moore and Lou Reed, his ideas have grown into a perfectly imperfect eponymous debut album. LP and CD on Mexican Summer.
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Pill
Soft Hell

New York’s Pill cite their influences as rock ‘n’ roll legend The Big Bopper (he was on the same plane as Buddy Holly) and Ian Svenonius (Nation Of Ulysees, The Make-Up). This means for their second album, Soft Hell, you can expect a whirlwind ride from guitar and sax, melody and dark humour. The album’s oxymoron of a title references our acceptance of everyday drudgery. LP and CD on Mexican Summer.
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Connan Mockasin
Jassbusters

God help us all, he's back. Popular hedonist Connan Mockasin has probably been sleeping in his pillow fort for the last couple of years but he returns with more ineffable R&B tinged indie rock. Jassbusters is his third record and is apparently the prologue to a five-part film he's making, esoterically soundtracking this thing we don't yet know about. If you like Connan, you're probably fine without the context.  
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Jess Williamson
Cosmic Wink

Dreaming the cosmic dream, dancing the cosmic dance, winking the Cosmic Wink. That’s what Jess Williamson is up to on her latest LP. Her third record - and first for Mexican Summer - is rooted in Americana and Byrds-y songcraft, but lyrically it finds Williamson gazing up at the stars. She ponders love, death, Jung and more on this wistful, pretty record.
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Xander Duell
Experimental Tape No2. Vol 1


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The Bitters
East General


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Allah-Las
Covers #1

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Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink
Hang On to Life / No Real Friend

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Gregg Kowalsky
L'Orange L'Orange

Gregg Kowalsky, who used to be half of Date Palms, presents new work. L’Orange L’Orange grew out of earlier work for manipulated tape machines, but takes that approach into lusher territory with a suite of dense and delicious ambient tracks that are almost pop-like in their listenability. Released on Mexican Summer.
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Ariel Pink
Another Weekend / Ode To The Goat (Thank You)

Super annoying but rather essential weirdo pop man Ariel Pink continues to change the name of his own game with "Another Weekend", a dabbling in a downbeat version of sunshine pop that retains some of the obnoxious advert antics of Pom Pom. "Another Weekend" starts as an acoustic ballad, breaks down into a slow transition a la the Beatles in their costumed area, before bringing in squelching synths. Typical of Ariel, it compacts lots of pop and prog into one nonsense track of never-ending hooks. Backed by the hilariously titled "Ode to the Goat (Thank You)" and a taster of the album to come.

Ariel Pink
Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

Ariel Pink’s eleventh full length album and his debut on Mexican Summer. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is a woozy psychedelic pop journey through the tragic ups and downs reflected in Bobby Jameson’s life story, and his continuous struggle for success in the music industry (having recorded with Frank Zappa, and The Rolling Stones). Decayed and slowed tape warbles shine throughout and a fair degree of pop genius it has to be said. 
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Home Blitz
A.T.K./ Last Cycle

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Jorge Elbrecht
Coral Cross - 001

‘Coral Cross - 001’ is the debut release from Jorge Elbrecht (Lansing-Dreiden, Haunted Graffiti, Violens) new metal project. Following his collaborative work with Ariel Pink and Caroline Polachek (Chairlift) this record sees Elbrecht move into new stylistic territories, from the tearing Bay area thrash metal intro A side to the lo fi sounding, depressive and rhythmically broken B side.
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Tonstartssbandht
Sorcerer

Sorcerer is the first full-length studio album from New York based duo Tonstartssbandht. The three-part record contains a brilliantly crafted mix of indie-rock and ambitious noise-rock paired with cleverly written vocals that are like poetry. Described as ‘a heavenly course above the storm and stress’ and available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Allah-Las
Autumn Dawn / Hereafter

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Marissa Nadler
Ballads of Living and Dying

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Weyes Blood
Cardamom Times

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Quilt
Plaza

Quilt craft a careful, sensitive set of tracks here on Plaza, working in the mould of luscious, string-section-augmented, folk-pop-rock. It sounds like the output of some relaxed 1970’s Californians, in the best way possible. The band’s third album, Plaza is released by Mexican Summer, with an indie-store-exclusive option of clear vinyl.

Allah-Las
Calico Review

Allah-Las dragged themselves off the beaches and palm-tree-lined boulevards of Los Angeles to record this third album of theirs. They did bring that warm, laid-back tone into the studio with them though: Calico Review feels like the kind of summer record you play as the evening starts to settle in. Out on Mexican Summer.
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Viet Cong
Cassette

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Pill
Convenience

Good shouting band Pill move super-fast through embittered punk sagas along the lines of V.H.S, their guitar missives arranging counsel with a saxophone stomp that gives the record a second wind of urgency. It's one of the most expressive and exciting things you'll hear this year, is Convenience -- it's post-punk meets the mild hint of free jazz and it sounds, against all odds, very free-flowing.
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Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
A Year With 13 Moons

Maker of the abstract and turner of the world's axis, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is one of musique concrète's rocks, using reel to reel tapes and field recordings of the area around his hometown to make half-compositions. He's pretty much always recording the sounds of his life, kind of like if WANDA GROUP was in The Truman Show. A Year With 13 Moons consists of sounds recorded to a stereo tape to create a record that's less fragmented and more sustainably gorgeous -- New Age coming from happy accidents.
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Ford And Lopatin
Emergency Room


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True Widow
As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth

Heavy tings here on the second album by True Widow, first released in 2011. As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth has the emotional weight of slowcore as well as the distorted-riff weight of stoner rock. Mighty stuff. Reissued on vinyl by Mexican Summer.

True Widow
I.N.O.

Heavy tings here on True Widow’s I.N.O. EP, first released in 2011. The band have the emotional weight of slowcore as well as the distorted-riff weight of stoner rock, although this release also sees them pushing into some weirder territory, with 2 10-minute-plus tracks that drone and dirge. Reissued on vinyl by Mexican Summer.

Torn Hawk
Union and Return

Torn Hawk is the project of Luke Wyatt, who is responsible for every single sound on this record. Union and Return sounds quite a lot like video game music to these ears: possible to accompany an adventure set in the digitally rendered sky-city of the cover art? Either way, it’s an atmospheric listen. Released by Mexican Summer.
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Soldiers of Fortune
Early Risers

Soldiers Of Fortune are not so much of a supergroup, more a super collective. They started as an anti-band doing the absolute opposite of what you’d expect a band to do - nothing. It was the brainchild of sometime Interpol bassist Brad Truax. Mike Bones joined in and got the band to actually do something. The result is Early Risers. Notable contributors include Matt Sweeney of Chavez and...er Zwan, Stephen Malkmus, Cass McCombs and Ethan Miller of Howlin Rain/Comets On Fire.

Andras Fox
Vibrate On Silent

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Tamaryn
Cranekiss

Tamaryn marries the always-welcome sound of shoegaze with celestial pop songs, the waveringly massive (and often groovy) backgrounds of guitar and synth supporting some bold pop vocals. Cranekiss, Tamaryn's third album, has to be their finest effort so far. On Mexican Summer, with a bonus booklet accompanying the indies-only LP.
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Terrible Truths
Lift Weights / Don Juan

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The Soft Pack (The Muslims)
Gagdad

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Gauntlet Hair
Out, Don't... b/w Heave

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Farmer Dave Scher
Bab'lone Nights


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No Joy
More Faithful

The third LP from No Joy is More Faithful which delivers some beautiful shoegaze that whirls around in reverb and almost chant-like vocals which layer over one another before being hooked back to earth with some concrete guitar work. It’s full of ethereal melodies which glance toward Slowdive and Curve before plowing its own groove and going with it.  
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Travis Bretzer
Waxing Romantic

There's already one Mac Demarco out there, creating great records and causing chaos in the live arena. From the sounds of the opening track here, we have another. It's identikit. However Travis proves he has more in his locker with some sweet '80s influenced jangle pop that nods towards Orange Juice and maybe Felt. Depending on how it grows this could be this years jangly summery treat. 
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Torn Hawk
Let's Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time

Audio-visual gloomer Luke Wyatt likes to go under the name Torn Hawk, where he makes bitty electronica on proudly primitive equipment, with a bit of processed live guitar work thrown in for good measure. 'Let's Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time' doesn't quite sum up the modestly beautiful electro-compositions he puts forward here, which feel more serious than they are playful.
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Weyes Blood
The Innocents

Southeastern Pennsylvania's Natalie Mering, aka Natalie Wiseblood from Jackie O Motherfucker, aka Weyes Bluhd, aka Weyes Blood, has a second Weyes Blood album following 2011's now-sold-out effort on Not Not Fun. Expect mystical folk-pop warblings with haunting, primitive backing and full-voiced but wistful vocals.
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Ashrae Fax
Never Really Been Into It

One for all you fans of gothy ethereal 80's referencing music that in another world would have emerged on 4AD with a Vaughan Oliver sleeve. This is a duo from North Carolina who use the regulation drum machine, affected guitars, wobbly bass and octave leaping vocal delivery of the Cocteau Twins. Its a little bit more straightforward than the Cocteau's but uses all their tricks to make some really ecovative music. This is their first new record in 10 years following a successful re-issue of their overlooked at the time 2003 release 'Static Crash' For fans of: Lush, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, The Cure
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Happy Jawbone Family Band
Happy Jawbone Family Band

Eighth album from Vermont mentalists The Happy Jawbone Band. The band have generally released home-recorded stuff up to now, and there was a lot of it. Previous album 'Taste the Broom' was a sort of compilation, whittled down to nine songs out of the hundreds these guys have recorded. Here though, they've been into a proper recording studio and you can tell. Crisper and a bit more polished, but no less fun. Available on vinyl or CD. 

Napolian
Rejoice EP

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Bi
Surf N Turf

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Lilacs & Champagne
Midnight Features Vol. I: Shower Scene

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Linda Perhacs
Parallelograms

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Various
Mexican Summer: Five Years

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No Joy
Pastel And Pass Out

No Joy continue their journey into cleaner focus with a 12” EP follow up to their second full-length, Wait to Pleasure. Thankfully there is still plenty of dreamgazing to be had in songs like opener Last Boss, which brings the noisy guitars crashing in after a patient build-up. Pastel and Pass Out is another goodun' on Mexican Summer.
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Lace Curtain
Falling / Running EP

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The Fresh & Onlys
Soothsayer EP

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Travis Bretzer
Making Love

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Part Time
PDA

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Turning Shrines
Face Of Another

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Lansing-Dreiden
The Dividing Island

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Vietnam
an A.merican D.ream


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Happy Jawbone Family Band
Tastes The Broom

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GR
A Reverse Age

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The Soft Pack (The Muslims)
Strapped


Home Blitz
Frozen Tracks

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The Alps
III

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The Alps
Easy Action

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Pink Playground
Destination Ecstasy

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Washed Out
Life Of Leisure

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