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The Pogues | The Stiff Records B-Sides (1984-1987) (2023)


A collection of B-sides and non-album tracks by Celtic punk favorites The Pogues that originally were released on Stiff Records is being compiled for the first time as a 16-track, 2LP colored-vinyl release for Record Store Day.
Rhino Records release The Stiff Records B-Sides (1984-1987) on black and green marbled vinyl at participating independent record stores in the U.S. and U.K. The double-album collects B-sides from “Dark Streets Of London” and “The Boys From the County Hell,” off 1984’s Red Roses For Me; “Dirty Old Town,” “A Pair Of Brown Eyes” and “Sally MacLennane,” off 1985’s Rum, Sodomy & the Lash; and “Fairytale Of New York,” off 1988’s If I Should Fall From Grace with God. The set also includes all four tracks off the Poguetry In Motion EP, released in 1986, and the two songs recorded for “The Irish Rover” single with The Dubliners in 1987. Slicing Up Eyeballs

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VA | Gary Crowley’s Punk and New Wave 2 (2023)


Following on from the highly popular first volume of Gary Crowley’s Punk & New Wave, Demon Records are proud to introduce Vol.2. “Alongside my rhythm pal Jim Lahat, we’ve once again pillaged our respective music collections to bring you a highly personal and extremely eclectic selection of gems, mined from the rich seam that was the late ‘70s/early ‘80s.”
A period when a raft of bands and artists imbued a new energy into the country’s musical culture. This mega 77 track collection features some of the biggest names from this period such as The Clash, Ramones, The Jam, The Cure and The Slits. Alongside the bigger names Gary & Jim also shine a light on the lesser known bands, those who might have left just the one great single in their wake such as The Limit, Gary Valentine, The Wardens, Basement 5 and The Limps. Many of these incredibly rare tracks appearing here for the very first time on CD.

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Fall Out Boy | So Much (For) Stardust (2023)


Fall Out Boy’s eighth album, ‘So Much (For) Stardust’, begins with delicate piano keys, cinematic string arrangements and vocalist Patrick Stump singing with an angry edge. The Chicago band’s quick-witted lyrics follow as the tempo picks up and Stump asserts, “I’d never go / I just want to be invited” right before he is “sending my love from the other side of the apocalypse”. ‘Love From The Other Side’ is a strong start for the band’s first collection of music in more than five years, gently (then abruptly) pulling themselves back onto the pop-punk rollercoaster that FOB strapped themselves onto more than two decades ago. NME
Now, they’re older. They’ve lived, they’ve thrived, and it may be no coincidence that this release aligns with their return to punk/emo staple label Fueled By Ramen. They’re no longer a band who need to be ambitious – they’ve achieved dizzying heights, regularly play stadiums, they’ve even got a big fuck-off flamethrower bass. This is why it’s not so surprising that So Much (For) Stardust instead feels like a return to home.
Instantly, everything is BIG. Grandiosity remains Fall Out Boy’s preferred delivery, and with a renewed six-string focus wrapping nicely around maturer themes and genres, it holds up well. “Love From The Other Side” blows away any cobwebs with its powerful, teeth-bearing promise of a return to their heavier side. The Line of Best Fit

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Various Artists | Dance Craze (Deluxe Edition) (2023)


Dance Craze is a 1981 concert film recorded at various venues throughout 1980 at the height of the 2Tone movement featuring exclusive live recordings by The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Bad Manners and The Bodysnatchers.
This new expanded Deluxe Edition 3 disc box set features the previously unreleased 27 track film soundtrack, along with the original 14 track vinyl album. Newly remastered from the original production masters.
Available as a 3LP Vinyl Box set including the original poster, and a 3CD Clamshell Box Set with the original poster. Chrysalis Records
Directed by Joe Massot (responsible for the Led Zeppelin concert film The Song Remains The Same) Dance Craze was originally released at a selection of cinemas across the UK, US and Australia and there was an album release at the same time (on cassette and vinyl). A comprehensive reissue programme restores the film and presents expanded deluxe editions of the audio on both vinyl and CD. SDE

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Wild Billy Childish & CTMF – Failure Not Success

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Eternal cynic that he is, Billy Childish is just the man who would name an album Failure Not Success, though by any creative standpoint, he’s been as consistently successful as any man in rock & roll since the late 1970s. How many people have made over 150 albums, and can honestly say the significant majority of them are actually good? Just as remarkably, after more than 45 years of making music, Childish hasn’t come close to losing his touch, and 2023’s Failure Not Success, cut with his combo Wild Billy Childish & CTMF, is practically a catalog of what he does well. AllMusic
New studio album by Billy and CTMF! Featuring Billy at his song writing best! Includes covers of Richard Hell and Jimi Hendrix songs, along with a newly recorded version of ‘Bob Dylan’s Got a Lot to Answer For’! We asked Billy a few questions about this mighty fine album…
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