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  • Toumani & Sidiki

    Toumani Diabaté

    Toumani & Sidiki

    Toumani Diabaté, widely recognized as the greatest living kora player, and his eldest son Sidiki, release the recording Toumani & Sidiki on World Circuit. The Guardian has called it "the finest Toumani collaboration since his classic work with Ali Farka Touré." 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. With this album, Toumani aims "to show the positive side of Mali," to reassert the legacy of a country with access to untold musical riches. Pre-orders include an instant download of the track "Rachid Ouiguini."

  • Upside Down Mountain

    Conor Oberst

    Upside Down Mountain

    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. "This is a return to an earlier way I wrote," Oberst says of the songs on the album. "It’s more intimate or personal, if you will. For me, language is a huge part of why I make music." Pre-orders on CD and LP include an exclusive print and an instant download of the tracks "Hundreds of Ways" and "Governor's Ball."

  • Turn Blue

    The Black Keys

    Turn Blue

    The Black Keys’ new album, Turn Blue, is due May 13. Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach, and Patrick Carney, Turn Blue features 11 new tracks. The first single, "Fever," is included as a free instant download with album preorders, as is the title track, "Turn Blue," along with early access to tickets for the upcoming North American tour. Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to A: Suffocation; B: Sadness; C: Numbness from extreme cold; D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi; E: All of the above.

  • City Noir / Saxophone Concerto

    John Adams

    City Noir / Saxophone Concerto

    John Adams's City Noir (2009) and the debut recording of his 2012 Saxophone Concerto are performed here by the St. Louis Symphony led by David Robertson, featuring saxophonist Timothy McAllister. City Noir, inspired by Los Angeles "noir" films of the 1940s and '50s, "is riveting," says the New York Times. Adams composed his Saxophone Concerto for McAllister, whom he calls "a fearless musician and risk taker," after McAllister's performance of the sax solo part in City Noir.

  • Natalie Merchant

    Natalie Merchant

    Natalie Merchant

    Natalie Merchant's self-titled album is her sixth solo work and her first collection of entirely original songs in 13 years. Merchant describes the self-produced release as informed "by decades of experience and keen observation," dealing with issues of "damage, love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph." fRoots gives it a perfect five stars. Pre-orders include a download of the track "Ladybird."

  • Silver Threads

    Jacob Cooper

    Silver Threads

    Composer Jacob Cooper’s label debut, Silver Threads comprises a six-song cycle performed by soprano Mellissa Hughes. Cooper wrote the title track for Hughes in 2011, setting a haiku attributed to Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō for voice and electronic track. To expand it into a full cycle (for voice and track), he enlisted five other poets to write text that was inspired by the haiku: Greg Alan Brownderville, Tarfia Faizullah, Kristin Kelly, Dora Malech, and Zach Savich. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include an instant download of the title track.

  • Here Lies Love: Original Cast Recording

    David Byrne + Fatboy Slim

    Here Lies Love: Original Cast Recording

    The Here Lies Love cast recording features music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim as performed by the original 2013 Public Theater cast of the Obie Award-winning Here Lies Love musical, starring Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos. The cast recording features seven new songs written specifically for the musical. CDs include a 80-page full color book with lyrics, an introduction by Public Theater director Oskar Eustis, and two essays by Byrne. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include an instant download of the new track "Child of the Philippines."

  • Hundreds of Ways / Fast Friends (7" Single)

    Conor Oberst

    Hundreds of Ways / Fast Friends (7" Single)

    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.

  • Wrecking Ball [2CD + DVD]

    Emmylou Harris

    Wrecking Ball [2CD + DVD]

    This three-disc reissue of Emmylou Harris’s groundbreaking, Grammy Award–winning album Wrecking Ball, produced by Daniel Lanois, features the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material, and a DVD of the documentary Building the Wrecking Ball, which includes interviews and studio footage of Harris and Lanois as well as special guests Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Brian Blade, and others. The reissue earns five stars from Mojo and Uncut, which calls it "ambitious and audacious ... a masterpiece."

  • A Thousand Thoughts

    Kronos Quartet

    A Thousand Thoughts

    Released in Kronos Quartet's 40th anniversary year, A Thousand Thoughts is a look at the group's geographically wide-ranging sources, featuring music from 14 different countries, including China, India, Sweden, and Vietnam. The album includes the four cellists who have been in Kronos Quartet over the last 36 years. Ten of the album’s 15 pieces are previously unreleased.