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Mind Over Mirrors: Undying Color (PoB-32)

Mind Over Mirrors: Undying Color (PoB-32)

The new album by the ever-evolving project of Jaime Fennelly is his most ambitious and spellbinding set of roiling, meditative recordings to date, and the first to supplement his foundational arsenal of Indian pedal harmonium, analog synthesizers, and incantatory voices with a full ensemble, including Janet Beveridge Bean (Eleventh Dream Day), Jim Becker (Califone), Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux), and Jon Mueller (Death Blues).

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Michael Chapman: 50 (PoB-29)

Michael Chapman: 50 (PoB-29)

After five decades of recording and touring, veteran British songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman has finally made what he calls his “American record,” and the aptly titled 50 now stands as his late career masterwork, a moving legacy statement by a legend. Backed by Steve Gunn (who also produced), Nathan Bowles, James Elkington, Jason Meagher, Jimy SeiTang, and Bridget St John, Chapman tears into both bold renderings of new songs and radical reinterpretations of material from his revered catalog, his world-weary whispers assuming the incandescent power of prophecy.

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Terry Allen: Lubbock (on everything) (PoB-27)

Terry Allen: Lubbock (on everything) (PoB-27)

Allen’s deeply moving second masterpiece, a satirical memory palace to his West Texas hometown, is often cited as the urtext of alt-country. Produced in collaboration with the artist and remastered from the original tapes, this is the definitive edition: the first to correct the tape speed inconsistencies on all prior versions; the first U.S. vinyl reissue; the first CD to restore the full track listing; and the first to contextualize the record within Allen’s 50-year career.

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Itasca: Open to Chance (PoB-30)

Itasca: Open to Chance (PoB-30)

The music of L.A.-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kayla Cohen is mutable and multivalent, richly allusive of the hermetic worlds of private-press canyon-cult mystics and East Coast noiseniks alike. Her adept fingerstyle guitar work—nimble but unshowy, always at the service of framing her plaintively unspooling modal progressions and gorgeous, moonlit voice—centers these melancholy pastorales in a hazy, heat-mirage space equally suggestive of familiarity and distance, community and anomie. Itasca’s enchanting, acid folk-inflected PoB debut is also the first to feature a full band.

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Nathan Bowles: Whole & Cloven (PoB-28)

Nathan Bowles: Whole & Cloven (PoB-28)

On his exquisite third solo album, Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn, Pelt, Black Twig Pickers) again augments his mesmeric clawhammer banjo pieces with piano, percussion, and vocals. Whole & Cloven offers a stoic meditation on absence, loss, and fragmentation, populating those experiential gaps—the weighty interstices and places in-between—with stillness and wonder. Straddling Appalachian string band music and avant-garde composition but beholden to neither idiom, Nathan proves himself heir to deconstructivist tradition-bearers like Henry Flynt and Jack Rose.

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Terry Allen: Juarez (PoB-26)

Terry Allen: Juarez (PoB-26)

Legendary Texan artist Terry Allen occupies a unique position straddling the frontiers of country music and visual art. Widely celebrated as a masterpiece—arguably the greatest concept album of all time—his spare, haunting 1975 debut LP Juarez is a violent, fractured tale of the chthonic American Southwest and borderlands. Produced in collaboration with the artist and meticulously remastered from the original analog tapes, this is the definitive edition of the art-country classic.

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Mike Cooper & Derek Hall: Out of the Shades (PoB-25)

Mike Cooper & Derek Hall: Out of the Shades (PoB-25)

First-ever reissue of folk and experimental music icon Mike Cooper’s historic earliest recordings and PoB’s very first official Record Store Day exclusive release. Named for The Shades, the Reading, UK folk club where Mike Cooper regularly performed, and which housed prodigy Derek Hall—“a guitarist who could actually match Davey Graham both in technique and musical ideas”—this super rare EP was issued in 1965.

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Nap Eyes: Thought Rock Fish Scale (PoB-24)

Nap Eyes: Thought Rock Fish Scale (PoB-24)

Recorded live to tape, with no overdubs, on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, Nap Eyes’ quietly contemplative sophomore record refines and elaborates their debut, offering an airier, more spacious second chapter, a bracing blast of bright oceanic sunshine after the moonlit alleys of Whine of the Mystic. But the briny, cold Atlantic roils beneath these exquisite, literate guitar pop songs, posing riddles about friendship, faith, mortality, and self-doubt.

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Gun Outfit: Dream All Over (PoB-23)

Gun Outfit: Dream All Over (PoB-23)

On their most refined and ruefully elegant album, Gun Outfit perfect their incandescent sonic signature: a dusky, canyon-cult blues fueled by melodic dual-guitar weaving and seductive male/female incantations at zero hour. It’s the nocturnal sound of desert-damaged L.A. burnout, a soured American surrealism in rock and roll creole: white line fever, paint fume flashbacks, a stranger wading out alone into the black surf. Feat. Henry Barnes of Man Is the Bastard/Amps for Christ.

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Promised Land Sound: For Use and Delight (PoB-22)

Promised Land Sound: For Use and Delight (PoB-22)

Nashville’s finest purveyors of febrile root-work psychedelia return with a dizzyingly accomplished second album that highlights an expanded band; bigger, bolder arrangements featuring more and louder guitars, squally strings, and Steve Gunn; and road-ripened songwriting that veers between the frenetic and tender, recalling Jim Ford, the Pretty Things, the Grateful Dead, Dennis Linde, and the Byrds at their most eight-miles-fried.

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James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg: Ambsace (PoB-21)

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg: Ambsace (PoB-21)

The second album of astonishing duets by guitarists James Elkington (who has toured and/or recorded with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, and Steve Gunn, among others) and Nathan Salsburg (an accomplished soloist deemed by NPR “one of those names we’ll all associate with American folk guitar”) is a sublime suite of nimble, filigreed compositions by two singular stylists.

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Nap Eyes: Whine of the Mystic (PoB-20)

Nap Eyes: Whine of the Mystic (PoB-20)

Nova Scotia’s Nap Eyes is the greatest band you’ve never heard, and Whine of the Mystic is their first full-length album, a brilliant small-batch brew of crooked, literate guitar pop refracted through the gray Halifax rain. Recorded live to tape with no overdubs, it’s equal parts shambling and sophisticated, with one eye on the dirt and one trained on the starry firmament, inhabiting a skewed world where odes to NASA and the Earth’s magnetic field coexist easily with songs about insomnia and drinking too much.

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