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In The News: Bob Dylan, Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants, Arcade Fire, Kurt Cobain, Velvet Underground, Tindersticks And More

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The latest installment of Columbia/Legacy’s Bob Dylan Bootleg Series will be released November 6. The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 is a deluxe six-CD anthology containing previously unreleased studio recordings from the Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde sessions … Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 is the deluxe 20th anniversary boxed set edition of the Flaming Lips’ 1995 album, due out from Warner Bros. on November 27 … They Might Be Giants has announced the November 27 release of its second album of 2015, Why?, via Idlewild … Following the September 23 release of Arcade Fire’s feature film The Reflektor Tapes, the band will issue a deluxe edition of Reflektor on September 25 … The 25th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album, Peoples’ Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm, will be celebrated with the November 13 release of a remastered anniversary edition via Legacy … On November 13, Kurt Cobain documentary Montage Of Heck will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats from UMe. The soundtrack album, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings, will also be available the same day … Polydor/UMe will issue The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes on November 20. The four-CD boxed set contains material recorded during the Velvet Underground’s 1969 residency at the Matrix … Jenny Lewis will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat, with a deluxe limited-edition vinyl reissue, as well as a tour with the Watson Twins and special guest M. Ward … Alone In The Universe is the first album of all new ELO music in more than a decade, due out from Columbia on November 13 … November 27 marks the release of Deerhoof’s live album, Fever 121614, via Polyvinyl … The latest Tindersticks record, The Waiting Room, is due out from City Slang on January 22 … Merge will reissue the Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs on vinyl on November 6 … Verve will issue A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters on November 6 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s magnum opus, complete with alternate versions and previously unreleased recordings … SUNN O))) has announced the December 4 release of Kannon via Southern Lord … One Way Street is a vinyl boxed set containing Mark Lanegan’s first five solo albums, due out from Sub Pop on November 20 … That same day, Look Around, a two-LP, career-spanning anthology by Beat Happening, will be available from Domino … Ghostly International has announced the February 19 release of Grasque, the new album from Choir Of Young Believers.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Beatles, Edith Piaf, Ride, Frank Sinatra, Six Organs Of Admittance And More

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For the first time ever, the Beatles’ top hits and videos will be available together as deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray packages. 1+ will feature restored clips for each song from the 27-track 1, as well as a second disc of 23 alternate and rarely seen videos, and is due out from Apple Corps Ltd/UMG on November 6 … The 100th birthday of Edith Piaf will be celebrated on November 27 by Parlophone with the release of a 20-disc deluxe collection, Integrale 2015 Limited Edition Box Set, which will feature more than 350 tracks remastered in high definition … Love Saves The Day, the new album from G. Love And Special Sauce, is set for an October 30 release via PledgeMusic … Warpaint’s jennylee has announced the December 11 release of her debut solo album, right on!, on Rough Trade … On October 30, Universal Music will celebrate Eels with Eels: The Complete Dreamworks Albums, an eight-disc vinyl boxed set containing the band’s first five studio albums … Eagle Rock will issue Slowhand At 70: Live At The Royal Albert Hall, featuring Eric Clapton’s 70th birthday concert this year, in multiple formats on November 13 … Ride will celebrate the 25th birthday of debut album Nowhere on November 6. Nowhere25 will feature the expanded original LP as well as a live performance from 1991 … Three albums by Alison MoyetHometime, Voice and The Turn—will receive deluxe edition reissues by Cooking Vinyl on October 2, and will all feature previously unreleased material … Wallflower, the latest Diana Krall record, will be available as an expanded deluxe edition on September 25 on Verve … The centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra will continue November 20 with the vinyl reissue of three 1965 albums—Sinatra ’65, September Of My Years, and Sinatra: A Man and His Music—via FSE/UMe … Jade Tree will reissue the Promise Ring’s Nothing Feels Good on vinyl and cassette on October 30 … November 13 marks the release of the debut album by the Wainwright Sisters, Songs In The Dark, via PIAS … Six Organs Of Admittance will release Hexadic II on November 20 via Drag City … Three new Kelley Stolz albums will be issued this fall, the first being the 4 Cuts EP and The Scuzzy Inputs Of Willie Weird LP on October 30 via Stroll On. They will be followed by the November 6 release of In Triangle Time via Castle Face … No Means Of Escape, a combination of a live set (Live At Metropolis) and documentary (Made In Scotland) on Nazareth, will be available from Eagle Rock on October 16 … TimeChange will issue a newly remastered edition of You And Your Sister, Vulgar Boatmen’s debut album, on November 14 … On October 23, the new Harry Connick, Jr. album, That Would Be Me, will be available from Columbia.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Okkervil River, Built To Spill, Decemberists, Who, Frank Zappa And More

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The 10th anniversary of Okkervil River’s Black Sheep Boy will be commemorated with the December 4 reissue of the album as a three-LP set combined with its counterpart, Black Sheep Boy Appendix, as well as a new LP of covers, There Swims aASwan, via Jagjaguwar. The band will also perform the album in its entirety on tour … Up Records has announced the October 30 vinyl reissue of Built To Spill’s 1994 album There’s Nothing Wrong With LoveThe Decemberists will release a five-song EP, Florasongs, a collection of b-sides from What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, on October 9 via Capitol … On October 30, The Who Hits 50! celebrations will continue with the release of The Track Records Singles 1967-1973. It’s the third volume of a four-part series of classic singles by the Who … The new album from White Fang, Chunks, is due out from Burger on October 30 … Light In The Attic and Third Man will present This Record Belongs To ___, a children’s compilation album, full-color storybook and portable turntable, on November 6. The record features tracks by the likes of Shel Silverstein, Carole King, Harry Nilsson, Woody Guthrie and more … Frank Zappa’s Roxy: The Movie, a never-before-released concert film from 1973, will be available October 30 from Eagle Rock … November 13 marks the release of the first solo album by Wreckless Eric in a decade, amERICa, via Fire. He’ll tour the U.S. and Europe this fall in support … The 50th anniversary of the formation of the Monkees will be celebrated next year when Rhino releases the band’s television series on Blu-ray for the first time ever, along with the film HEAD and extras including never-before seen outtakes … Concord will reissue The Definitive Vince Guaraldi as a deluxe vinyl boxed set on October 30. The four-LP edition showcases Vince Guaraldi’s career with 31 tracks recorded between 1955 and 1966 along with rare photos … Peter Case’s first new album in five years, HWY 62, will be out via Omnivore on October 30.

—Emily Costantino

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Colbert Update: The First Week

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Stephen Colbert noted this was his first Friday show ever after being previously tied to a four-shows-a-week schedule. “Now I have to look for a T.G.I. Thursday’s,” he complained. As expected, he’s loosened up considerably from those first few nights. He raked Hillary Clinton’s candidacy into the dustbin, possibly for good, when he went on about her handlers trying to remake her into someone who cares for the common people. Amy Schumer, Hollywood’s current “it” girl/loose cannon, accomplished the same goal without half-trying when she arrived looking like a real person instead of an over-coiffed, ultra-styled Hollywood mannequin. “Look at that ass,” she said. “That’s a bad ass.” Horror author Stephen King was a delight, vowing to keep writing until he dies, “or maybe after.” The first week’s most intriguing musical moment was its last. Colbert was determined to whistle the bit from “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” with Troubled Waters, a “Paul Simon tribute band” staffed by old geezers. “Paul Simon’s a jerk,” muttered Colbert, who found that whistling when you’re nervous is very difficult. Fortunately, they gave him a second chorus, and he did much better.

—Jud Cost

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Stephen Colbert Gets His Feet Wet

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The successor to David Letterman’s recently vacated throne as emperor of late-night TV opened for business on Tuesday with the arrival of Stephen Colbert as the new guy in the saddle on CBS’s Tonight Show. Not to say Colbert automatically inherits Letterman’s ratings matched against NBC’s Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel; he’ll have to earn that. And, wacky as he can be (usually a good thing in a TV host), Colbert did not complete the oddball trifecta by introducing himself as “Jimmy” Colbert, although the thought may have flickered across his fertile mind.

I’d already heard plenty about Colbert from MAGNET editor Eric T. Miller, an uber fan for as long as I can recall, and after just two shows it’s easy to see the reason for all the hoo-hah. Colbert seems to be something like Letterman with a Boy Scout utility knife. He’s more mobile than the revered Hoosier, opening his debut with forehead-scraping leg kicks worthy of a Radio City Rockette. Colbert even showed a decent voice when he took a solo chorus on the show’s closing number, Sly Stone’s “Everyday People.”

It’s comforting to learn that Colbert is every bit as polically liberal a master of ceremonies as Letterman was. The new boy certainly made his second guest, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, squirm enough that Bush flubbed a few lines when he was asked right off the bat, “Why do you want to be president of the United States?” To no one’s surprise, Colbert informed Bush that he had “zero percent chance” of getting his vote in 2016. Colbert also dredged up a recent quote from Bush’s mother that “two Bush presidents were enough.” The audience loudly hooted its agreement. The Colbert vs. Donald Trump heavyweight collision in the near future ought to be a humdinger.

The debut’s headliner, George Clooney, on board even though he had no project to pitch, seemed right at home even when Colbert admitted he’d never met Clooney before, instead of pretending otherwise as most hosts would have done. Colbert even presented Clooney with a belated wedding gift, a paper weight with “I don’t know you” inscribed on the top, then described Clooney as his wife’s “arm candy,” a notion that drew a chuckle from Clooney.

The second night of Colbert’s regime featured Scarlett Johansson, now married and living in Paris. A segment with the actress lying alongside Colbert on a blanket titled something like “Deep Questions With Big Stars” didn’t really pan out. Better was the second guest Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, who volunteered that Mars would one day be colonized once an atmosphere similar to Earth’s has been created.

Summing up the Letterman aftermath, I will miss his band leader, Paul Schaeffer, a man of impeccable musical taste, more than anyone from Letterman’s former cast. But Colbert’s new band, led by Jon Batiste, seems competent enough to help bridge the gap. Final verdict: Stephen Colbert seems perfectly able to carry on in the grand tradition of Letterman with more than enough interesting character fiords all his own to forge a unique individual late night style.

—Jud Cost

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In The News: Baroness, Half Japanese, Garbage, Helvetia, Lynyrd Skynyrd And More

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The fourth album from Baroness, Purple, is due out December 18 via Abraxan Hymns … Light In The Attic and Munster have announced the December 4 reissue of Cubist Blues, featuring Alex Chilton, Alan Vega and Ben Vaughn. The two-album release will feature the original 1996 LP as well as two full concerts … Half Japanese has re-signed to Fire Records and is back in the studio working on a new album. In the mean time, Volume 4: 1997-2001, the final installment in the label’s reissue series, will be released November 27 … On November 6, Phil Collins’ “Take A Look At Me Now” retrospective reissue campaign will kick off with the release of deluxe versions of Face Value and Both Sides, via Rhino … The self-titled debut album from Garbage turns 20 this year, and the band will release a special 20th anniversary edition October 2 in celebration. It will also kick off its 20 Years Queer Tour, during which the band will play the album in its entirety, on October 6 … Dromomania is the new Helvetia record, set for an October 2 release from Joyful Noise … Eagle Rock will issue Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin’nérd & Second Helping: Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on October 23 … Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lera Lynn and more appear on True Detective Music From The HBO Series, which is out now from Electromagnetic/Harvest … On October 20, the soundtrack to The Sopranos—which features tracks by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Frank Sinatra and more—will be available on vinyl for the first time via SRCVinyl.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Velvet Underground, Minus The Bear, Van Morrison, British Sea Power, Chris Isaak, Loren Connors, Alarm And More

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The 45th anniversary of the Velvet Underground’s Loaded will be celebrated October 30 when Rhino releases an expanded six-disc boxed set, complete with stereo, mono and surround mixes as well as rarities and live performances … Menos El Oso, the second full-length from Minus The Bear, turns 10 this year. Suicide Squeeze Records will reissue the album as a deluxe version December 4, and the band will perform the LP in its entirety on tour this fall … Legacy Recordings has acquired the rights to the complete discography of Van Morrison, spanning more than 50 years of music, and plans to issue several compilations, deluxe editions and digital releases beginning August 28 … Speaking of Van Morrison, his Astral Weeks and His Band And The Street Choir, will be honored October 30 as expanded and remastered versions via Warner Bros. … British Sea Power’s new album, Sea Of Brass, is due out from Golden Chariot on October 30 … On October 2, a best-of album chronicling the work of Bad Company, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy: The Very Best Of Bad Company, will be available from Rhino … After a six-year hiatus, Chris Isaak will return November 13 with the release of First Comes The Night via Vanguard … Just Let Go, a new live concert film featuring Lenny Kravitz, will be released by Eagle Rock on DVD, Blu-rayband digital formats October 23 … Temporary Residence Ltd. will issue Rehumanizer II, the new Maserati album, October 30 … Phish’s Trey Anastasio’s new solo record, Paper Wheels, is set for an October 30 release via Rubber Jungle/ATO … Iconic Alarm album Strength has been re-arranged and re-worked by singer/songwriter Mike Peters in honor of its 30th anniversary. It will be out via Twenty First Century on October 2 … September 18 marks the release of the new album from Loren Connors, Live In New York, via Family Vineyard … For the first time ever, Scott Fagan’s 1968 debut record, South Atlantic Blues, will be available on vinyl and CD on November 20 … An eight-disc boxed set featuring the work of Billy Cobham, The Atlantic Years 1973-1978, will be released September 25 via Rhino … Population Wars, the new book from Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin, will be available September 15 … Concord will reissue the classic soundtracks to Amadeus, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings as deluxe vinyl boxed sets September 11.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Nada Surf, Françoise Hardy, Johnny Cash, YACHT, Alanis Morissette, Bill Hicks, Rage Against The Machine, Richard Hawley And More

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Live At The Neptune Theater, a deluxe three-LP package featuring Nada Surf’s 2012 performance in Seattle, is available now digitally via Pledge Music … Omnivore has announced the October 16 release of the soundtrack to The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes And The Course Of Country Music. The documentary film chronicles the life and career of the Carter family, and features songs by the Original Carter Family, George Jones, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Roseanne Cash and more … Françoise Hardy’s first five French-language albums—Tous Le Garçons Et Les Filles,
 Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour,
 Mon Amie La Rose, 
L’Amitie and
 La Maison Ou J’Ai Grandi—will be reissued by Light In The Attic on October 16 on CD, and as deluxe LPs on January 26 … On October 16, the new album from YACHT, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, will be available from Downtown … The 20th anniversary of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill will be celebrated by Rhino with a four-disc collector’s edition. It will be out October 30 and include remastered audio, an entire disc of previously unreleased demos, as well as a full concert from 1995 … Strangers Again is the latest studio album from Judy Collins, due out September 18, and it contains guest appearances from Jeff Bridges, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson and more. She’ll tour extensively this fall in support … Comedy Dynamics will issue a Bill Hicks boxed set on September 11. Bill Hicks: The Complete Collection has 12 CDs, six DVDs and a photo book … Natalie Merchant’s new album, Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings, a collection of all-new recordings revisiting solo debut Tigerlily, will be released along with a companion documentary on DVD on November 6 via Nonesuch … October 16 marks the release of Rage Against The Machine’s Live At Finsbury Park on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats by Eagle Rock … An updated version of the dB’s and friends’ 1986 EP Christmas Time, Christmas Time Again!, will be available October 16 from Omnivore … Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul turns 50 this year, and Rhino will commemorate the occasion with the October 30 release of an Otis Redding boxed set, Soul Manifesto … Concord Jazz will issue Two, a live double-album by Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, on September 11 … Richard Hawley’s eighth studio album, Hollow Meadows, will be out September 11 via Warner Bros. … On September 14, Eric Clapton’s Live At The Royal Albert Hall will be released in cinemas worldwide. It features his May performance celebrating his 70th birthday as well as 50 years in the music business … The first new album from Kinky Friedman in nearly 40 years, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, will be released October 2 via Avenue A/Thirty Tigers … Dear Wormwood is the second LP from the Oh Hellos, due out from Elektra on October 16 … Acetate will release Holdin’ The Bag, the new Supersuckers album, October 16 … Maserati’s new LP, Rehumanizer, is due out October 30 from Temporary Residence Ltd. … On October 16, a collection of previously unreleased recordings by John Renbourn, The Attic Tapes, will be available from Riverboat.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Joanna Newsom, Sharon Jones, Public Enemy, Twilight Sad, Jimi Hendrix, Dr. John, Most Serene Republic, Son Volt And More

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Joanna Newsom has announced the October 23 release of her first new album in five years, Divers, via Drag City … It’s A Holiday Soul Party is the first holiday album by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, due out from Daptone on October 30 … UMe and Metropolis Studios will issue Public Enemy: Live From Metropolis Studios, featuring Public Enemy’s performance last year, on September 4 … On October 16, the Twilight Sad’s new album, Òran Mór Session LP (a collection of reworked tracks from last year’s Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants to Leave), will be available via Fatcat … Two new releases featuring Jimi Hendrix are due out this fall: Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival, a two-CD/two-LP package out on August 28, and Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, a documentary film set for an October 30 release on DVD and Blu-ray. Both will contain footage from his 1970 performance at the second Atlanta International Pop Festival … Dr. John will release a 22-song collection containing a- and b-sides from all of his U.S. and U.K. singles, The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974, on September 18 via Omnivore … Mediac, the first new album from the Most Serene Republic in six years, will be available from Maplemusic on November 13 …. The 20th anniversary of Son Volt’s debut album, Trace, will be celebrated October 30 with the release of a two-disc deluxe anniversary edition via Rhino. Jay Farrar will perform the songs from this LP on a U.S. tour this fall … Light In The Attic will reissue Spooner Oldham’s 1972 solo album, Pot Luck, on September 18 … October 9 marks the release of the new Jesse Malin LP, Outsiders, via One Little Indian/Velvet Elk … Rare archive, live and studio footage, as well as brand new interviews, comprise Another Glorious Decade, a film featuring Van Morrison’s work in the ‘70s after his hiatus, due out September 18 … Marshall Crenshaw’s #392: The EP Collection is a compilation album featuring standout tracks from his vinyl EP series, set for an August 21 release via Red River … Music From Love & Mercy, the soundtrack to the acclaimed Brian Wilson biopic, will be released by Capitol on August 14 … Noneusch will issue an eight-LP vinyl boxed set, 10 Years Solo Live, featuring material from 19 Brad Mehldau performances, on October 16.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Nirvana, Reatards, Zombies, Futurebirds, Elvis Presley, Wolf Eyes, Urge Overkill, Escort, Sisters Of Mercy And More

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On August 28, Nirvana’s posthumous collection Nirvana (originally released in 2002) will make its debut on vinyl complete with a digital download card via UMe … Goner will reissue Grown Up Fucked Up, the second album by the Reatards, on August 21 … The Zombies have signed with The End, which will release their new album, Still Got That Hunger, on October 9. The band will also perform 1968 album Odyssey & Oracle on American stages for the first time this fall … The National’s Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf have joined up to create El Vy. Debut album Return To The Moon is set for an October 30 release via 4AD … Hotel Parties, the new Futurebirds LP, is due out on Easy Sound on September 25 … October 30 marks the release of If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra via Legacy. It features classic Elvis Presley vocal performances with brand-new orchestral accompaniment as well as appearances by Michael Buble, Il Volo and Duane Eddy … Third Man has announced the October 30 release of Enemy Ladder, the new record from Wolf EyesEmerson, Lake & Palmer’s 1997 performance at Montreux will be available on CD and digital formats for the first time ever on September 11 as Live At Montreux 1997 via Eagle Rock … Twenty-three years after its original release, Urge Overkill’s Stull EP will be reissued by Touch And Go on October 30 on limited-edition white vinyl … Liberman is the fifth album from Vanessa Carlton, due out this October from Dine Alone … On October 30, Escort’s second album, Animal Nature, will be released by Escort Records … Proud Souls/Thirty Tigers will issue Squelch, the eighth studio album from Jason Boland & The Stragglers, on October 7 … Sisters Of Mercy’s 1987 album Floodland will be reissued as a four-LP set on September 25 via Rhino … The first-ever release of audio from Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin’s 2011 Montreux performance will be out on Eagle Rock on September 11 … Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90)—Scott Crawford and Jim Saah’s documentary featuring the likes of Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Fugazi and more—will be released on DVD on September 18 … On October 30, Falsework, the new album from Young Galaxy, will be issued by Paper Bag … Bear Family has announced the September 25 release of Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait Of An American Singer (1949-2960). It’s a five-disc boxed set featuring all of the secular-themed studio recordings from Tennessee Ernie Ford early in his career.

—Emily Costantino

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