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  • In conjunction with Wilco's 20th anniversary comes Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a four-LP box set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives, plus 64 pages of liner notes, including track-by-track recollections from Jeff Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt, and dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos chronicling all phases of the band’s career. Pre-orders include an instant download of “A Magazine Called Sunset,” which Tweedy calls “a mysterious omission from an official recorded output and a real attempt at complete pop music.”

  • In conjunction with Wilco's 20th anniversary comes Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a four-LP box set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives, plus 64 pages of liner notes, including track-by-track recollections from Jeff Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt, and dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos chronicling all phases of the band’s career. Pre-orders include an instant download of “A Magazine Called Sunset,” which Tweedy calls “a mysterious omission from an official recorded output and a real attempt at complete pop music.”

  • The recordings made by Abelardo Barroso with Orquesta Sensación in Havana during the 1950s represent one of the pinnacles of the golden age of Cuban music. On Cha Cha Cha, World Circuit, the label behind Buena Vista Social Club, releases a re-mastered selection of 14 of their most irresistible recordings from one of Cuba's all-time great singers. Pre-orders include an instant download of the album track "La Hija de Juan Simón."

  • Conor Oberst's Upside Down Mountain features many of his friends, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills, and the Swedish folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit. Rolling Stone raves: "A sumptuous immersion in '70s California folk pop, it is the most immediately charming album he has ever made." The New York Times says: "All of Mr. Oberst’s gifts align on Upside Down Mountain."

  • Toumani Diabaté, widely recognized as the greatest living kora player, and his eldest son Sidiki, release the recording Toumani & Sidiki on World Circuit. The album is a set of unaccompanied kora duets, featuring both obscure, almost forgotten kora pieces and a new look at some Mandé classics from Mali. The Evening Standard calls it "a rare treat, one of the albums of the year." The Guardian calls it "the finest Toumani collaboration since his classic work with Ali Farka Touré ... gently exquisite."

  • Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach, and Patrick Carney, Turn Blue features 11 new tracks. Mojo says the album "underlines the fact that The Black Keys are the most vital rock band in the world right now." Rolling Stone calls it "a giant step into the best, most consistently gripping album the Keys have ever made."

  • For Record Store Day 2014, Conor Oberst, who makes his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of the album Upside Down Mountain, releases a limited-edition 7" single including the album track "Hundreds of Ways" along with album outtake "Fast Friends" on the B-side. The 7" was cut by Chicago Mastering Service and pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands. This recording is no longer available in the Nonesuch Store.

  • From Nickel Creek—Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins—A Dotted Line was produced by Eric Valentine and includes six new co-written songs, one tune by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers. "The most striking feature about A Dotted Line is the sheer strength of the singing, and the frequency with which it takes flight in three-part harmony," writes the New York Times. "The signature Nickel Creek blend comes across loud and clear." "It's tight, it's masterful; it's totally grown-up," says NPR. "But it's also a blast."

  • The debut album from the electric duo of Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, features Mehldau on Fender Rhodes and synthesizers and Guiliana on drums and effects. Mehliana comprises 12 original tunes—six written by the duo and six written by Mehldau—and was engineered and mixed by Greg Koller (Jon Brion, Kanye West). Jazzwise calls it "astonishing ... one of the best albums of 2014." The vinyl includes two 140-gram LPs pressed at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany, and a CD of the album. 

  • On 2012's Grammy-winning album Unity Band, Pat Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone for the first time since 1980, featuring Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. With Kin (←→), Metheny has added multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi and christened the ensemble Pat Metheny Unity Group. The album "takes guitar-led improvisation to new aesthetic levels," says Mojo, Metheny's "eloquent guitar etching a kaleidoscope of sonic hues." The vinyl includes two 140-gram LPs pressed at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany, and a CD of the album.

  • On the acclaimed Mermaid Avenue albums, Billy Bragg and Wilco put music to lyrics by folk legend Woody Guthrie for which he had not written music or made recordings. Tweedy and Bragg were "the perfect pair to conclude that Guthrie ... was a prophetic rock-and-roller with a whole lot to say," said the New York Times. "All he needed was a band and a little freedom." This third volume, released in conjunction with Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions 3CD+DVD set in 2012, comprises 17 previously unreleased recordings from the original sessions. The 2-LP, 180-gram vinyl edition was pressed at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany, for Black Friday 2013.

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