LA LUZ @ The Echo

LA LUZ plays tonight at The Echo, Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Photo: Angel Ceballos

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REVENGE OF THE MEKONS : U.S. Premiere @ Film Forum

US Theatrical Premiere Wednesday, October 29 at Film Forum

MEKONS Symposium @ Columbia University with Jonathan Franzen, Greil Marcus, Luc Sante & more

Watch REVENGE OF THE MEKONS trailer on Yahoo! (click here)

Photo:  Frank Swider

“The Mekons were kind of like the background music of my life.” 
– Jonathan Franzen

“An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band. A compelling look at why this particular band of ruffians has continued to remain so important for its devoted followers since their long-ago and almost accidental inception at the height of the punk-rock era."
 – Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

Film Forum is pleased to present the US theatrical premiere of Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary, REVENGE OF THE MEKONS, beginning Wednesday, October 29. According to renowned music critic Lester Bangs: “The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. They are also the finest artists ever to have graced this admittedly somewhat degenerate form with the grace of their aesthetic sensibilities, rarefied as a glimpse through a butterfly’s wing.”
A genre-defying collective who emerged from the 1977 British punk scene, The Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students from Leeds (England) with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. The film follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and their artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL), comedian/musician Fred Armisen, and rock critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train). REVENGE OF THE MEKONS reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, The Mekons continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.
REVENGE OF THE MEKONS will play for one week, October 29 – November 4, at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St (W. of 6th Avenue), with screenings daily at 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, and 9:30.

Mekons-related events in NYC on opening week:
After-party concert by Mekon Jon Langford at Bell House 
in Brooklyn on Wed, Oct 29 at 9pm.
Go to www.thebellhouseny.com  for tickets/more info.

Mekons Symposium at Columbia University 
Thurs, Oct 30 at 7:30 pm. 
Panelists include: Langford, Vito Acconci, Mary Harron, Jonathan Franzen, Greil Marcus, & Luc Sante. Free and open to the public. At Buell Hall, Maison Francaise (via main entrance, 2960 Broadway).

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REVENGE OF THE MEKONS (2013, 95 mins.) Produced and Directed by Joe Angio. Co-producer: Jessica Wolfson. Editor: Jane Rizzo. Cinematographer: Jean-Louis Schuller.Featuring The Mekons: Jon Langford, Tom Greenhalgh, Susie Honeyman, Sally Timms, Rico Bell (Eric Bellis), Lu Edmonds, Steve Goulding, Sarah Corina. USA. A Music Box Films Release.
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Dean Blunt shares new video + Announces NYC and LA tour dates




"Trident" is the B-side to album track "50 Cent," both of which can be streamed below. "50 Cent" b/w "Trident" 12" is coming soon.
Dean Blunt's new album, Black Metal, will be released Nov 4 on Rough Trade. 

WATCH: "Trident" - http://youtu.be/HJNUpB_8AsI


LISTEN: "50 Cent" - http://youtu.be/YQfwPziK-SA 

U.S. Tour Dates:

11/6 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
11/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Jewel's Catch One

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The Rural Alberta Advantage set to live stream

The Rural Alberta Advantage Set To Live Stream
 Surprise Show at Toronto's Dakota Tavern

 Mended With Gold Out on Saddle Creek
The Rural Alberta Advantage are celebrating the release of their new album 
Mended With Gold with their fans Tuesday, September 30th at 8:30PM EST. The RAA will be performing a set of new material and old favorites in front of an intimate audience at Toronto's Dakota Tavern while being live streamed to the rest of the world via the band's YouTube Channel.

Watch the Rural Alberta Advantage's Twitter and Facebook and Saddle Creek's Twitter and Facebook for more details on how you can be part of the live audience at the Dakota Tavern or part of the live stream for the rest of the world. 

Mended With Gold was recorded at Toronto's Candle Recording with the band's long-time live engineer Matt Lederman (Hayden, !!!, Besnard Lakes) alongside co-producer Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, F*cked Up). The album is available for pre-order now here and digitally via iTunes.  

In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008's Hometowns and 2011's Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), the Polaris Music Prize Long List, and a hard earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you'll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA's latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape.

The Rural Alberta Advantage also just released a live performance video from the band's show on July 8 at Massey Hall in Toronto. The video includes a performance of "Terrified" from Mended With Gold along with fan favorites "Luciana," and "Tornado '87".  Watch the video here.

Mended With Gold Tracklisting:
Our Love...
This City
On the Rocks (Listen)
Terrified (Listen)
Runners in the Night (Listen)
To Be Scared
All We've Ever Known
The Build
Vulcan, AB
Not Love or Death
...On the Run
Tour Dates:
Fri-Oct-03, Vankleek Hill, ON, Beau's Oktoberfest Event
Thu-Oct-09, Detroit, MI, Magic Stick *
Fri-Oct-10, Columbus, OH, Skully's *
Sat-Oct-11, Indianapolis, IN, Radio Radio *
Sun-Oct-12, St. Louis, MO, Firebird *
Tue-Oct-14, Chicago, IL, Metro *
Wed-Oct-15, Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall *
Thu-Oct-16, Omaha, NE, Slowdown *
Fri-Oct-17, Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue *
Mon-Oct-20, Edmonton, AB, Starlite (2 shows) - SOLD OUT *
Tues-Oct-21, MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB - SOLD OUT *
Thu-Oct-23, Vancouver, BC, Commodore *
Fri-Oct-24, Seattle, WA, The Crocodile *
Sat-Oct-25, Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge *
Mon-Oct-27, San Francisco, CA, The Independent *
Tue-Oct-28, Santa Ana, CA, Constellation Room *
Wed-Oct-29, Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy Theatre *
Thu-Oct-30, San Diego, CA, Soda Bar *
Sat-Nov-01, Salt Lake City, UT, The State Room *
Sun-Nov-02, Denver, CO, Hi Dive*
Tue-Nov-04, Dallas, TX, Club Dada *
Wed-Nov-05, Austin, TX, Red 7 *
Thu-Nov-06, New Orleans, LA, The Beatnik *
Fri-Nov-07, Birmingham, AL, The Bottletree Cafe *
Sat-Nov-08, Atlanta, GA, The Earl *
Sun-Nov-09, Chapel Hill, NC, Local 506 *
Tue-Nov-11, Washington, DC, Rock & Roll Hotel *
Wed-Nov-12, Philadelphia, PA, First Unitarian Church *
Thu-Nov-13, New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom *
Fri-Nov-14, New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom *
Sat-Nov-15, Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair *
Fri-Nov-21, Birmingham, UK, The Hare and Hounds #
Sat-Nov-22, Glasgow, UK, Broadcast #
Mon-Nov-24, Leeds, UK, Brundenell Social Club #
Tue-Nov-25, Manchester, UK, Soup Kitchen #
Wed-Nov-26, London, UK, Islington Assembly Hall #
Thu-Nov-27, Amsterdam, NL, Paradiso Upstairs
Sat-Nov-29, Munster, DE, Gleiss22 #
Mon-Dec-01, Cologne, DE, Luxor #
Tues-Dec-02 Hamburg, DE, Knust #
Wed-Dec-03, Berlin, DE, Lido #
Thu-Dec-04, Munich, DE, Atomic Café #
Fri-Dec-05, Frankfurt, DE, Zoom #
Thu-Dec-18, Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall

*with special guests July Talk# with special guests PS I Love You
For more info, please visit:

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Lucius Reveal "Wonderful" (My Morning Jacket Cover)

Wildewoman Digital Deluxe Edition 
out 10/14, 
Bonus tracks on ltd. edition 12” out 11/25. Preorder now

“Wonderful” (My Morning Jacket cover) Revealed w/ Stereogum

Tour Continues, including Austin City Limits
 + Headlining Terminal 5 in NYC

Photo Credit: Peter Larson

How far we’ve come. Since the release of Lucius’ debut album Wildewoman nearly 1 year ago, the band has toured the world several times over, making new friends and collaborating with their musical heroes. With gratitude to all of these people, the quintet will release the Wildewoman Deluxe Edition, which features a collection of covers, sessions and remixes from the last year. The physical and digital Wildewoman Deluxe Edition pre-order is available now at iTunesAmazon + Lucius’ webstore. Also out today is a limited edition pink Wildewoman vinyl in collaboration with "Ten Bands One Cause" Breast Cancer Awareness.
In celebration of the Wildewoman Deluxe Edition announcement, the band shares their cover of My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful” which was revealed with Stereogum.“Wonderful” (My Morning Jacket cover) is available to post and share HERE and will be available for download immediately upon pre-order of the Wildewoman Deluxe Edition
Last week saw the ladies of Lucius grace The Colbert Report stage, lending their discernible harmonies to Tweedy, the new project from Jeff Tweedy and son. This guest appearance marks a continuing relationship between the two groups, with the girls having contributed to numerous tracks on Tweedy’s new album Sukierae, in addition to previous on-stage collaborations at Newport Folk Festival, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Lucius will continue to tour throughout the fall and winter, including a stop at Austin City Limits Music Festival and culminating with a headlining hometown show at Terminal 5. For a taste of the band’s mesmerizing, sincere live performance, watch them play “It Doesn't Matter Anymore” + “Go Home” for The Wild Honey Pie Session, filmed at Newport Folk Fest on a boat! A complete list of tour dates follows.

Lucius Tour Dates
9/30: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City (w/ Lake Street Dive)
10/1: New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's (w/ Lake Street Dive)
10/3: Austin, TX @ Emo's (w/ The Head and the Heart)
10/4: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (w/ Lapland)
10/8: Chicago, IL @ Metro (w/ Lapland)
10/9: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway (w/ Lapland)
10/11: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/15: Stockholm, SE @ Kägelbanan
10/16: Oslo, NO @ Bla
10/17: Gothenberg, SE @ Pustervik
10/18: Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA
10/22: London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
10/23: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
10/24: Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy 2
10/25: Dublin, IE @ Whelans
10/27: Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
10/28: Paris, FR @ Café de la Danse
10/29: Luxembourg, LU @ den Atelier
10/31: Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
11/1: Bulle, CH @ Ebullition
11/2: Milano, IT @ Circolo Magnolia
11/3: München, DE @ Atomic Café
11/5: Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
11/6: Köln, DE @ Blue Shell
11/7: Berlin, DE @ Magnet
11/8: Strasbourg, FR @ La Laiterie
11/9: Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique (club stand)
12/4: Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
12/5: Albany, NY @ The Hollow
12/6: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
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Sleaford Mods Release "Chubbed Up +" via Ipecac Recordings





SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30 – The UK’s Sleaford Mods join Ipecac Recordings’ roster with the Oct. 28 release of Chubbed Up +, a singles collection featuring three previously unreleased songs (“The Committee,” “Bring Out the Canons” and “Fear of Anarchy”).

Sleaford Mods speak with The Quietus (http://youtu.be/EjWojQwqbRE)

UK press on Sleaford Mods

 “…some of the best music being made in England right now is happening from artists creating a lurid, living portrait of a country that’s not right in its head… Nobody is doing it as explicitly as this duo though, and frankly it’s a pleasure to for once hear music that’s made with such bile, such attack.”  -NME

 “Sleaford Mods sound like nothing else. Best Band in the land. It’s that simple” – The Quietus

“It isn’t always the role of political music to come up with solutions. But nothing could be more urgent than the questions Sleaford Mods pose.” – The Wire

 “Like Happy Mondays, the Fall and William Blake, Sleaford Mods are English visionary ranters…” – The Sunday Times

Sleaford Mods' video for "Jolly Fucker" (http://youtu.be/Wi-JClH7DZ0)

Chubbed Up + track listing
1. The Committee *
2. Jobseeker
3. 14 Day court
4. Black Monday
5. Jolly Fucker
6. Tweet Tweet Tweet
7. Bambi
8. Routine Dean
9. Scenery
10. Pubic Hair Ltd
11. Bring Out the Canons *
12. Fear of Anarchy *

* Previously unreleased

Sleaford Mods are Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn.

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Stream the entire VASHTI BUNYAN album now

Stream Vashti Bunyan’s new album ‘Heartleap’ here

Vashti Bunyan
Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: FatCat
Formats: LP / CD / Dig
Cat. No.’s: FATLP131 / FATCD131 / FATDA131
Barcodes: LP: 6 - 00116 - 51311 – 3; CD: 6 - 00116 - 51312 – 0;  Digital: 6 - 00116 - 51315 – 1

Preorder it here here


1. Across The Water
2. Holy Smoke
3. Mother
4. Jellyfish
5. Shell
6. The Boy
7. Gunpowder
8. Blue Shed
9. Here
10. Heartleap

Nine years after ‘Lookaftering’, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a breathtaking new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, ‘Heartleap’ is a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album.

Vashti’s third album follows her rediscovery - after thirty years in the wilderness - with the 2000 re-release of ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ (a bona fide cult classic that made # 53 in the Observer Music monthly’s ‘top 100 British albums of all time’), and the critical success of 2005’s ‘Lookaftering’. With ‘Heartleap’ she has delivered an album with a classic sound, where – for the first time – she herself has been in control of the whole process, from writing and arranging to playing and recording. Working predominantly from a studio set up in her Edinburgh home, the record was slowly pieced together, and reveals an artist at her peak, capturing her songs within fluid settings that masterfully marry content and form.

Both ‘JADD’  and ‘Lookaftering’ saw Vashti‘s songs arranged and framed by others. Joe Boyd’s production and Robert Kirby’s arranging of the former remain timelessly classy, whilst Max Richter’s elegantly beautiful production of Lookaftering was enhanced by contributions from a raft of supporting artists - all eagerly adding their colours. Vashti is justly proud of ‘Lookaftering’, but ‘Heartleap’ is a more personal record, standing solely on the merits and patient endeavour of its author rather than being buoyed by and filtered through the cachet and collaborative creativity of a powerful supporting cast.

The vast majority of ‘Heartleap’ was recorded and edited by Vashti, who “wanted it to be more akin to my very first recordings, the ones even before ‘Diamond Day’. I wanted to try to emerge from the shelter of others and stand out in the open. It would have been much easier had I worked with a producer and an engineer - I would not have had to spend so much time on editing - but that’s been the interesting part. If I’d taken these songs and gone into a studio with them they might have turned out very differently, perhaps more 'produced' - but not as near to how I hear them for myself.”

Recording her vocals when no one else was around to overhear - freed Vashti up to deliver more confident performances. Equally, working without the induced pressures of studio deadlines enabled her to craft it slowly and lovingly in her own time, weaving together tracks out of numerous takes. Predominantly guitar or piano led - with additional instrumentation building throughout - the songs have no underpinning bass-line or percussion, giving each instrument and voice the chance to pace itself.

Where the synthetic instrumentation on Vashti’s ‘Lookaftering’ demos was rejected in favour of recording the warmth and organic nature of real acoustic instruments, ‘Heartleap’ retains those electronic voices, alongside  studio-recorded string and recorder arrangements  - the two mixed in a delicate balance between the synthesized and the organic. Freely admitting that she can’t actually play the piano, Vashti built the keyboard parts from single notes and multiple one-handed takes. No-one else would have made it or played it that way and it’s that voice, her own voice, that helps lend the record its power and marks it out as distinctive.

“The whole point of the album was finally to learn a way that would enable me to record the music that is in my head, by myself. I neither read nor write music, nor can I play piano with more than one hand at a time, but I have loved being able to work it all out for myself and make it sound the way I wanted. I’ve built these songs over years. The album wouldn't have happened any other way. Sometimes when I replace the arrangements with real instruments they don't work in the same way. The extended notes of the clarinet on the song ‘Heartleap’ for instance could not be played on a real clarinet. I can't 'play' a musician playing their instrument - I can't make them play each note as I want it, but with a keyboard and a music program I am the player."

Concise as ever, Vashti’s lyrics open out a series of locket-like miniatures - stories of family and friends, lives and loves, memories, dreams and realities; of differences in perception and the gaps between people / meanings / understandings; of coping, getting by, surviving. “All the songs are based on real stories or real people, 'Mother' especially. 'Blue Shed' was written when the house was still full of young people slamming doors and yelling. (I do miss them now). 'Gunpowder ' is about an ex-partner with whom communication can still be difficult."  There is no vast sweep or ambitious stabbing at the grandiose in her lyric writing, yet in their honesty these close-focused articulations draw you in and resonate with heartfelt emotions and universal truths.

The luminous musical arrangements act with the lyrics illustratively - ‘Jellyfish’ ripples and floats from side to side, “and is soft apart from the vibraphone which is quite harsh - like the dream it's about. The kalimba and the tumbling guitars in Across the Water are to give the song the sound of waves on shingle, and the piano on 'Mother' is to sound a little like the old un-tuned upright piano I overheard my mother playing sometimes, 'briefly unbound' from her duties as wife and mother."

Recording in studios in California, New York and London - but mostly alone in her own studio - it took in total seven years to put together these ten songs. The first was written in 2007, the last just two months before mastering. A hiatus in recording came with the untimely passing of Robert Kirby in 2009. Robert had arranged three songs on ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ and the pair had just reconnected and planned to work on new arrangements together - just weeks before he died. It would be another two years before she took the decision that she must arrange the music herself, with Robert always in mind. The subsequent three years saw her gradually picking the thread back up and working with renewed purpose. Slowly more songs found their way out of her. Gems like ‘The Boy’ - which she’d sat on, fretted over and intended to ditch - were prised from oblivion. Seven became ten and those around her finally began to really believe that an end was in sight. The right final mix frustratingly eluded her until the album magically came together in a week in May 2014 - when it was balanced and mastered beautifully at the hands of mixing engineer Martin Korth - and mastering genius Mandy Parnell at her Black Saloon studios in London.

The album’s striking cover artwork is once again taken from a painting by Vashti’s daughter, Whyn Lewis, and forms a neat companion to her hare painting featured on ‘Lookaftering’, giving the impression (besides both album’s titles being portmanteaus) of a pair of bookends. Whyn describes this painting (titled 'Hart’s Leap’) as being “about getting away unscathed… about confidence and self-assuredness, and wisdom. The deer is leaping forward while looking backwards - and it has a little grin. It is said that deer make a large bound of joy when they know they are escaping. The deer is linked with the deerhound shown on the deer’s collar - what it has been escaping from. The deerhound in this case really is just allegory for the thing that chases or hounds you. Life is most appreciated when it is challenged.”

One of the final songs to be written, the gorgeously gauzy, autobiographical title track came to Vashti all of a sudden in March this year, as she was gazing at Whyn's painting. Recorded straight off, with only minor changes made in the final mix, it closes the album perfectly. A bittersweet song, it cryptically catalogues and a whole life’s worth of loving, losing, letting go, getting through; of heartbreaks and happiness and the lulls in between – through a minimal, modular, repetitive structure with recourse to just a handful of compound word variations - surges and tugs between head and heart. Simultaneously aching and hopeful, it looks back with both pain and joy, with resigned acceptance.  If it truly is to be the final word on a final album, then it is an utterly fitting and devastatingly beautiful one.

Like the deer on the cover painting, ‘Heartleap’ moves gracefully, enchantingly. Overcoming adversity through sheer willpower, its very existence is a dazzling triumph.

‘Heartleap’ will be released on FatCat in UK / Europe on October 6th and in North America via DiCristina on oct 7th.
Vashti will play a run of UK tour dates in smaller settings with guitarist Gareth Dickson (her first since 2010) in support of the album, with more dates to be added in early 2015.

UK Tour Dates
07 Oct - MAC, Birmingham, UK
08 Oct - St. Pancras Church, London, UK
09 Oct - St. Pancras Church, London, UK
11 Oct - The Band Room, Farndale, UK
12 Oct - St. Philip’s Church, Manchester, UK

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Arca shares new video + cover story at The FADER revealed




Still from "Thievery"

Arca recently announced details of his highly anticipated debut album, Xen (out November 4th onMute), while at the same time debuting brand new track "Thievery." Today, the 24-year-old Venezuelan producer reveals the stunning video that accompanies "Thievery," created by long-time visual collaborator Jesse Kanda. The pair have had a unique creative relationship since first meeting, at age 14, on an online artists community, culminating most recently with works such as theirTRAUMA series, Arca's &&&&& mixtape, and collaborations with FKA twigs (including on her breakout 'Water Me' which Arca produced and Jesse directed the video for). Kanda has also designed all the artwork and accompanying imagery for the Xen album. 

Together the pair have created Xen, the star of the "Thievery" video. While Xen is an album of mercurial forms, fluxing unpredictably from smooth to spiked to sweet, Xen is also a girl whose skin ripples and twists as she dances. Arca is Alejandro Ghersi, who, in turn, is also Xen: a meta-modern self-projection, embodying a side of Arca that had previously been hidden by a producer who's so far remained one of the most intriguing enigmas in recent electronic music.

WATCH: "Thievery" - http://youtu.be/XQXKelbB9wk

Meanwhile. Arca is delighted to announce a series of European tour dates, including a UK show atLondon's ICA on November 27th. The shows will be a further development of Arca's relationship withKanda, who first joined Arca live for a visual interpretation of his &&&&& mixtape at New York's MoMA PS1 in 2013 and will accompany him at all of the shows. Full dates below. 


27th November - ICA, London
28th November - Rotonde, Brussels
1st December - Point Ephemere, Paris
4th December - OT301, Amsterdam
5th December - Kantine/Berghain, Berlin

(November 4th, Mute)
1. Now You Know
2. Held Apart
3. Xen
4. Sad Bitch
5. Sisters
6. Slit Thru
7. Failed
8. Family Violence
9. Thievery
10. Lonely Thugg
11. Fish
12. Wound
13. Bullet Chained
14. Tongue
15. Promise


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