Now Hear This! - August 2021

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NEEDTOBREATHE
Into The Mystery
NEK
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Without telling a soul, NEEDTOBREATHE decamped to a historic house-turned-recording studio in Columbia, TN to begin working on new music. Over the course of three weeks, they resided under one roof, laughed during meals, explored their surroundings, and recorded together with special guests (Carrie Underwood, Jon Foreman from Switchfoot and Natalie Hemby), crafting an album reflective of the moment, yet independent of all expectations, even their own.
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The Flaming Lips
The Soft Bulletin Companion
WR
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The Soft Bulletin is one of The Flaming Lips' most popular and best-selling albums. The Soft Bulletin Companion Disc,was originally only available as a promo CD, hand-made by the Lip's management, and given to media and radio as the original album grew in popularity around its original release. This archived compilation includes unreleased songs from the era, plus outtakes and early mixes, B-sides, international bonus tracks and stereo versions of Zaireeka tracks.
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Prince
Welcome 2 America
Legacy
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Recorded in the spring of 2010 and then mysteriously abandoned by Prince before its release, the statement album Welcome 2 America documents Prince's concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice. The vinyl edition has the 12 songs spread across three sides on 2 LPs in gorgeous gatefold packaging, with a custom etching on the fourth side.
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Times Of Grace
Songs Of Loss And Separation
Wicked Good Records
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Songs Of Loss and Separation is insistent in its bluesiness, bleeding distortion and emotion, weaving effortlessly between pensive, heavy, midtempo rock riffs and atmosphere. It channels a haunting romanticism and deep spiritual yearning that collide in beautiful melancholy. The vocal interplay of Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach makes for a rich and enthralling concoction, powering through various trips through dark nights of the soul and mind-expanding excursions into the wild.
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Barbra Streisand
Release Me 2
Legacy
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*Available on Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Picture Disc* The follow-up to her acclaimed 2012 album, Release Me, this new collection contains previously unreleased tracks from Barbra's vault, including duets with Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog. With songs by Burt Bacharach, Barry Gibb, Paul Williams, Randy Newman, and Carole King, Barbra describes Release Me 2 as, "A lovely walk down memory lane…a chance to revisit, and in some cases, add a finishing instrumental touch to songs that still resonate for me in meaningful ways."
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Nicki Minaj
Beam Me Up Scotty
Republic
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Minaj is blessing fans with the release of her third and iconic mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty. The original version was released in 2009 with classic tracks like "I Get Crazy" and "Itty Biggy Piggy." The 2021 rerelease arrives with loosies from that era like "Boss Ass Bitch (Remix)" with PTAF and "Chi-Raq" with G Herbo, as well as three brand new tracks to hold fans over: "Seeing Green" with Drake & Lil Wayne, "Crocodile Teeth" with Skillibeng and "Fractions."
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Staind
Live: It's Been Awhile
BMG
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Staind enjoyed a welcome return to the concert stage in 2019 after an extended hiatus. Now fans will soon have a chance to enjoy the live album that was birthed out of those performances. Recorded at the band's comeback show back in October 2019, the setlist spans the nu-metal stalwart's 15 career. Singer Aaron Lewis acknowledges the band's long awaited return right at the top of the song, telling the audience, "So here we are. I guess hell freezes over once in a while."
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The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) is a national level organization comprised of the best independent record stores in America. CIMS was founded in 1995 with the goal of uniting like minded independent store owners, giving them a more powerful voice in the music industry. The stores that make up CIMS are all very different, but we share the same desires – to be the heart of our communities, to super-serve our customers, to support and develop artists, and to share our love of music.

For more information about CIMS and the stores in our organization, please visit cimsmusic.com or find us through social media with the #cimsmusic hashtag. And please remember to always shop local by supporting your neighborhood record store.

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