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Hey all —

Hope you all enjoyed your 4th safely and sanely! We had a nice, mellow one here that presages a mellower release week this week — mid-week holidays are always slower for releases because the shipping gets wonky and it's better to be a little safer.

All that said, however this week in new releases we've still got a handful of biggies for you (which you can click through below to order your copy), and a few other smaller-scale releases of note, mostly reissues. Read on: the rock group Assemblage recorded for Detroit's funk-centric label Westbound, branching out from their usual fare to harder-edged (for the time) psychedelic rock with the 1971 album Album, which has been reissued this week on CD, blue vinyl LP, and a limited RSD Essentials purple vinyl LP; Blue Note continues its Tone Poet Series of vinyl reissues with Donald Byrd's 1957 hard bop quartet session Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill and Wayne Shorter adventurous 1971 album Odyssey of Iska; and Rhino has now thrown its hat in the ring with Blue Note, Verve, and Prestige with their own series of high-quality jazz LP reissues, the Rhino High Fidelity series, which this week brings us John Coltrane's Latin-tinged 1961 album Olé Coltrane and Miles Davis's debut album for Warner Bros., the fusion-heavy 1986 release Tutu; reissues of Vince Guaraldi's soundtracks to Charles Schulz' Peanuts specials continue this week with an indie exclusive blue vinyl LP of It Was A Short Summer Charlie Brown; our one other new(-ish) release of the week is the CD issue of bluegrass legend Del McCoury's new album Songs of Love and Life (which is already out on LP); Prince's collaborative album collection music from his film Graffiti Bridge has been reissued on CD this (the LP reissue is also already out); Selena's classic album Amor Prohibido celebrates its 30th anniversary with a clear vinyl LP reissue (and this time it's the CD reissue that's already on the shelves); and last but not least Sia's album 1000 Forms of Fear celebrates its 10th anniversary with a colored vinyl LP reissue this week.

On Blu-ray and other video formats it's also mellow for releases. Read on for a sampling of the best of what's coming out: Kino has released the Jeff Bridges/Tommy Lee Jones thriller Blown Away on both Blu-ray and 4K UHD; the Criterion Collection has issued Sam Peckinpah's superb 1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid in a package that includes three different edits of the film, out now on both Blu-ray and a UHD/Blu-ray combo package; Shout Factory has put out a Blu-ray of the Madonna comedy Who's That Girl?. In UHD reissues, we've got a small batch of good titles: the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the 1990 suspense-thriller Narrow Margin, a 35th anniversary edition of the Weird Al cult comedy UHF, and limited edition steelbook releases of Natural Born Killers, Point Break (1991), and Taxi Driver!

Outside the store, coming up this Sunday July 7th, Cervantes will be playing host to a rare appearance by French psych rock/fusion band Cortex — a treat that you can read more about HERE! And next Friday the 12th, Denver performance art collective Itchy-O has a “Halloween in July” show taking place throughout the entire venue of Reelworks/Tracks — you can get all the info you need, including tickets, HERE. And throughout the latter half of July and most of August, MCA Denver had brought back its delightful summer music series, B-Side Music Fridays, featuring a plethora of local and regional talent playing Friday evenings on MCA Denver's rooftop event space. It'll be kicking off on Friday July 12th and running through August 23rd and you can see the whole lineup by clicking HERE. Also in mid-July, Agadez “desert blues” band Etran de L'Aïr, who played a killer show at Meow Wolf last year, return to Denver on Tuesday July 16th to rock the Marquis, and all the needed info is available by clicking HERE. And then two nights later, also at the Marquis, Portland-based rockers Quasi will be revisiting their 90's indie classic Featuring 'Birds' (and hopefully playing some cuts from their most recent album Breaking the Balls of History as well!) on Thursday July 18th and all of that info is available HERE. And the very next night, one of Twist's favorite indie rappers, Sage Francis, will be appearing on Friday July 19th at the Oriental Theater. All the info you need can be found HERE! But if for some reason you're not at that show, maybe it's because you're going to see hip-hoppers Chali 2Na and Cut Chemist performing their free show at the Levitt the same night — and if that's on your agenda you can reserve tix and get more info HERE. And the very next night, in yet another free show at the Levitt, Seun Kuti will be performing with his band Egypt 80 on Saturday July 20th and you can again reserve tix and get info HERE. And in keeping in line with African sounds, the next night London-based electronic/African group Ibibio Sound Machine, who played a superb but tragically under-attended show at the Gothic last year, will be performing at Meow Wolf on Sunday July 21st and all the info you need is available HERE! Nashville-based, but with Colorado ties, singer Emily Nenni will be supporting her excellent new album Drive & Cry performing in the Moon Room at the Summit on Wednesday July 24th, and everything you need to know about the show can be found HERE! And lastly for the very full month of July, you can get a jump on The Underground Music Showcase, closing out the month and taking place throughout South Broadway from July 26-28th. This year Denver's best indie and local music festival will be headlined by Beach Fossils, Tkay Maidza, and Amyl & the Sniffers, with dozens more artists performing across the spectrum of rock, hip-hop, electronic, and other genres. Early Bird tix are gone — it's still a bargain and a half at $125 bucks for a weekend pass, but rises as each tier sells out, so it's a good idea to get in now! See full lineup HERE and more info and ticketing at their site HERE!

Be sure to stay safe and healthy out there. Please feel free to take advantage of our complimentary masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer while shopping to help keep yourself and your community healthy!

Cheers,
Patrick



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