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click to enlarge Folkie Joan Shelley also offered new work with a six-song EP of covers, paired with other singers, called Rivers and Vessels (No Quarter Records).
  • Folkie Joan Shelley also offered new work with a six-song EP of covers, paired with other singers, called Rivers and Vessels (No Quarter Records).

While another round of reissues from Devo and Janis Joplin gained all the attention on Record Store Day, a few gems offered better returns. In the category of unreleased material culled from recent recording sessions, Jeff Tweedy’s WARMER (dBpm) and Broken Social Scene’s Let’s Try the After, Vol. 1 & 2 (Arts and Crafts) dish up new material that can scarcely be called leftovers. Folkie Joan Shelley also offered new work with a six-song EP of covers, paired with other singers, called Rivers and Vessels (No Quarter Records).

Exuberant brass-and-strings ensemble San Fermin blasts a Live at the Fillmore (Votiv) album that is unmatched in enthusiasm. The very first 2016 EP of Nashville’s Soccer Mommy, For Young Hearts (Orchid/Fat Possum), got its first vinyl release April 13. Finally, the long-gone 1980s champions of country-rock, Lone Justice, released Live at the Palomino 1983 (Omnivore), a mere five months after launching The Western Tapes, 1983 on the same label. Listeners may wonder anew why vocalist Maria McKee gave up on roots music to pursue a less auspicious career in mainstream pop.

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