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The esteemed big-indie label Jagjaguwar has spent all year celebrating its 25th anniversary with various projects, including ambitious and esoteric projects like Dilate Your Heart and This Is A Mindfulness Drill. Today, they’re releasing a covers compilation called Join The Ritual, which features some Jagjaguwar artists and friends covering bands that inspired label founder Darius Van Arman and partner Chris Swanson to get into the music business in the first place. We’ve heard Bruce Hornsby covering Dinosaur Jr. and Jamila Woods covering Tracy Chapman, and Join The Ritual also includes Angel Olsen taking on Smog, S. Carey covering Low, Nap Eyes doing Built To Spill, plus contributions from the Besnard Lakes, Cut Worms, Okay Kaya, and more. Check it out below.

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Smog’s 1999 masterwork Knock Knock — which turned 20 years old last year and happens to be this week’s Sunday Review over at Pitchfork — begins with a spare, tense, flickering ballad called “Let’s Move To The Country,” presumably inspired by Bill Callahan’s residence in a South Carolina farmhouse with Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, a…

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Bill Callahan always sounds like he’s in process. His earliest albums under the Smog moniker were wiry, bold compositions most easily described as experimental outsider art, while his most recent release under his given name is a no-frills acoustic ode to falling in love and raising a family. Over his long, prolific career, Callahan has […]