Stoned Monkey Sign to Argonauta Records for Debut Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 19th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

As habit dictates, I was scouring the internet for some media to include with this post about Italy’s Stoned Monkey signing to countryman imprint Argonauta Records for the CD and tape release of their forthcoming debut album. I managed to find a clip on their YouTube page that’s 57 seconds long and pretty much just a riff. One riff. A minute of riff. And you know what? I feel like I get it. I get why Argonauta picked them up. All it took was one riff.

Bongripper would seem to be a reference point for the instrumental three-piece, what with the largesse of that lone riff and all, but I won’t claim to speak for their sound as I’ve heard basically nothing. Still, that was a sick riff, as in, “Sick riffs, bro,” which is what you’d probably say to the guitarist right after they got off stage.

In my case, it’s “sick riff, bro.” Singular. Fair enough.

Info from the PR wire:

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Sludge rockers STONED MONKEY ink worldwide deal with ARGONAUTA RECORDS!

Born in Varese, Italy, in 2017, Sludge ‘n Doom Noise rockers STONED MONKEY have signed a worldwide record deal with Argonauta Records! Mesmerizing atmospheres, high pitched amplifiers, heavy soundwalls and a strong scent of the weed distinguish the experience on a STONED MONKEY trip: An unmistakable Sludge timbre mixed with the rhythmic-sonorous intensity by influences such as Doom and noisy Stoner Rock.

Says Argoanuta Records owner Gero Lucisano: “Once I’ve heard the very first notes of these guys, I’ve been totally levelled by their massive approach. Back in the days I received some rough mixes and I have been surprised how an instrumental band can generate a so huge wall of sound. I heard echoes of Bongripper and Sleep, though in a more dynamic way yet a lot hypnotic and abrasive”.

While the band is currently working on their upcoming debut, followed by an extensive touring schedule, STONED MONKEY are excited to have signed with Argonauta:

“As fans of the genre, we are proud to sign with such an important label in the sludge/doom scene and we are glad to release out debut with them soon. This record will be the fruits of a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication, and let’s not forget about the neurons we burnt on every single track. We are ready to share our concept of music with the whole world soon!“

STONED MONKEY is:
CPX – Drums
DESA – Guitar
TIA – Bass

www.facebook.com/stonedlikeamonkey
www.argonautarecords.com

Stoned Monkey, “Satanic Warhead” live Circolo Degli Artisti Vinago, April 7 2018

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Black Rainbows to Reissue Stellar Prophecy and Hawkdope on July 26

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 11th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Has there been a better album title this decade than Hawkdope (review here). The 2015 outing from then-burgeoning Italian trio Black Rainbows (pictured above circa 2016) was followed on a quick turnaround the next year by Stellar Prophecy (review here), and the two records represent an important stretch for the band in terms both of their profile and their creative development. Reissuing them together with new artwork seems fair enough to me, particularly for those who may have gotten on board with the band since and been unable to purchase them because they’re sold out.

These are recent records, obviously, more than historical reissues, but still relevant, and those who want to chase down extra copies either for the art or just to have another version can do so. I certainly understand the impulse.

Preorders are up now, as the PR wire dutifully informs:

BLACK RAINBOWS to reissue rock record classics Hawkdope and Stellar Prophecy!

Coming July 26th on Heavy Psych Sounds!

Since they formed twelve years ago in Roma, the Italian trio BLACK RAINBOWS have established themselves as one of the most active fuzz-fueled rock acts in Europe. With six albums, a remarkable handful of EPs (including a split record with L.A.’s space rockers Farflung) and countless tours and festival appearances across the continent, blending the drive and swagger of 70’s hard rock with the sun-baked thickness of 90’s stoner rock, BLACK RAINBOWS have managed to create their very own sound imprint. Following their critically acclaimed 2018- effort, Pandaemonium, the band fronted by extraordinary vocalist and guitarist Gabriele Fiori has just announced to re-release two tasty pieces of their fuzzy record cake and back catalogue, with the timeless classics Hawkdope and Stellar Prophecy!

Hawkdope was released in 2015, while Stellar Prophecy followed just a year later. Both so spacey, psyche and blistering, two fuzz rock trips at its best: This is 100% BLACK RAINBOWS!

Says frontman Gabriele Fiori: “We’re so excited to repress Hawkdope and Stellar Prophecy, two really important albums for us, the fact we are repressing it means our audience enjoyed and supported us so much! The new alternative cover artwork look so rad, as well as the new vinyl versions!“

Both records are set to be reissued via powerhouse label Heavy Psych Sounds on July 26th 2019, the pre-sale has just started at THIS LOCATION!

BLACK RANBOWS live:
30.08.19 FR – Black Bass Festival, Braud-Et-Saint-Louis
04.10.19 CH – Chur, Palazzo Bowling & Beat Club

BLACK RAINBOWS is
Gabriele Fiori – Guitar & Vocals
Giuseppe Guglielmino – Bass
Filippo Ragazzoni – Drums

http://www.theblackrainbows.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BLACKRAINBOWSROCK/
http://blackrainbows.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/

Black Rainbows, Stellar Prophecy (2016)

Black Rainbows, Hawkdope (2015)

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BBF Sign to Argonauta Records; New Album Outside the Noise Later This Year

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 6th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Taking their moniker from the surname initials of each of their three members, BBF will debut on Argonauta Records sometime later this year with their second album, Outside the Noise. As to what sort of funky-heavy-whatnottery might ensue, I don’t know. I’m not even sure if the thing is recorded yet, but the stated aim of “help bodies and minds develop a greater sense of awareness and connection,” as per the PR wire, sounds pretty ambitious. Like, isn’t that what yoga is supposed to do?

Nothing against yoga either, mind you, and I imagine Outside the Noise will provide a decent core workout as well for those who dig in.

Here’s the announcement about picking up the band from Argonauta:

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Stoner rock funkers BBF sign worldwide deal with Argonauta Records!

Straight out of the Alps of Northern Italy, stoner, psychedelic and acid funk power trio BBF has announced the worldwide signing with Argonauta Records, who will release the band’s second studio album during 2019!

BBF were formed in 2016 from a collaboration between the minds of Pietro Brunetti, Claudio Banelli and Carlo Forgiarini, who all share a deep-rooted passion for the sound of the 60s, 70s and everything that springs out of its creative sound and the world of rock. After the release of BBF’s first studio LP Beside Everything We Need 70s, the band went through a period of great introspection, which helped them to become much more aware of their possibilities as musicians; new songs came to life, with a new and much more sophisticated and mature sound. In November 2018, the trio barricaded themselves in the studio to record their second album Outside the Noise, a psychedelic conceptual LP that wishes to help bodies and minds develop a greater sense of awareness and connection. This album will be part of Argonauta Records’ 2019 eclectic catalogue.

“We are thrilled about having signed with Argonauta Records.“ the band comments. “We hope that our album may have a great impact on our audiences, and that it may help us to carry out our message in a powerful way.”

Watch out for many more news, details and album tunes to follow in the days ahead!

BBF is:
Pietro Brunetti (Electric bass, synth, vocals)
ClaudioBanelli (Electric and acoustic guitar, vocals)
Carlo Forgiarini (Drums and percussions)

www.facebook.com/BBFtrio
www.instagram.com/bbftrio
www.argonautarecords.com

BBF, Beside Everything We Need the ’70s (2017)

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Ufomammut to Release Anniversary Box Set XX on Sept. 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 31st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

I was kind of curious whether or not Ufomammut would do anything other than the touring to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, and apparently they’re kind of doing everything. XX, to be released Sept. 9 through the band’s own Supernatural Cat imprint, compiles their nine albums in one box and has a bonus of re-recorded tracks, and comes with a special book and photos, lyrics, a poster and backpatch other sundry other this-and-thats as detailed below.

You might recall the three-piece cosmic doomers issued the documentary/live-performance DVD XV (review here) when they hit the 15-year mark. I have to wonder what they might do in five years’ time when they pass a quarter-century. They’re setting a pretty high standard here. Re-record Godlike Snake? I don’t even know.

Preorders are up now for the box, and if you want one, get yours in, because these will go and be gone:

UFOMAMMUT photo by Francesca De Franceschi Manzoni

UFOMAMMUT Announces XX Discography Boxset Celebrating Their 20th Anniversary In 2019

Italy’s mind-altering trio UFOMAMMUT marks their 20th Anniversary as a band this year. Having recently returned from their latest European and North American tours, the band has a new surprise for their amazing and loyal fans. On September 9th, Supernatural Cat will release a special anniversary box set, XX.

To be released on both CD and LP, the XX box set will feature nine UFOMAMMUT albums, all individually housed in sleeves with exclusive cover artworks, created specifically for this release. The box sets will include all eight studio albums; Godlike Snake, Snailking, Lucifer Song, Idolum, Eve, Oro, Ecate, and 8. Additionally, the box will include a new release, titled XX. This new recording features six revisited tracks – “Satan,” “Plouton,” “Lacrimosa,” “Infearnatural,” “Mars,” and “Destroyer – which were re-recorded during the band’s recent European tour. These special box sets will also include a 64-page book with original covers, photos, and lyrics to all songs with an additional poster, backpatch, and sticker.

The XX box sets are available for preorder at the new UFOMAMMUT official webstore along with other exclusive new merchandise RIGHT HERE.

UFOMAMMUT has also just announced further European touring for later in the year, surrounded by one-off festival performances this summer, two gigs in Russia this September, with more tour dates to be announced over the months ahead, as the band celebrates their 20th Anniversary with their fans around the planet.

UFOMAMMUT 2019 Live Dates:
5/30/2019 Dunk! Festival – Zottegem, BE
9/11/2019 Aglomerat – Moscow, RU
9/12/2019 MOD – St. Petersburg, RU
9/26/2019 Le Fil – Saint Etienne, FR
9/27/2019 Petit Bain – Paris, FR
9/28/2019 The Garage – London, UK
9/29/2019 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE
9/30/2019 Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
10/02/2019 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
10/03/2019 Sticky Fingers – Göteborg, SE
10/04/2019 Høstsabbat – Oslo, NO
10/05/2019 – TBA
10/06/2019 Debaser – Stockholm, SE
10/08/2019 On The Rocks – Helsinki, FI
10/09/2019 Von Krahl – Tallinn, ES
10/10/2019 Melna Piektdiena – Riga, LV
10/11/2019 Narauti – Vilnius, LT
10/12/2019 Hydrozagadka – Warsaw, PL
10/13/2019 Zet Pe Te – Krakow, PL
10/15/2019 Rockhouse – Salzburg, AT
10/16/2019 Mochvara – Zagreb, CR

www.ufomammut.com
https://ufomammut.8merch.com/
www.facebook.com/ufomammutband
www.instagram.com/ufomammut
http://www.supernaturalcat.com

20 Year of Ufomammut trailer

Ufomammut, 8

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Rome Set for Oct. 12 with Black Rainbows & More

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 30th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Another day, another Heavy Psych Sounds Fest announced. This time it’s in the label’s hometown of Rome, and Black Rainbows will headline a lineup that also features GiöbiaHigh ReeperCrypt Trip and Fvzz Popvli. The fest is set for Oct. 12, which puts it smack in the middle of a busy season in Europe, but with that lineup, they shouldn’t have any trouble getting heads in the room, whatever else might be going on at the time — it’s Keep it Low in Munich, which is plenty far enough away so that the two aren’t competing. Another good bill and another cool show for Heavy Psych Sounds, which already this year has done or announced fests on the US West Coast (a tour), Germany (Berlin and Dresden), and Austria. Shit is busy and logistically complex.

I’ll be honest, I’m having trouble keeping up with it all, but here’s what I think is the latest:

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Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking and Metamorphosis are really proud to announce the HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST – ROME

– Artwork by Branca Studio –

!!! We are so stoked to announce the very first edition of the HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST in ROME !!!

feat.
BLACK RAINBOWS
GIÖBIA
HIGH REEPER
CRYPT TRIP
FVZZ POPVLI

– SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER – TRAFFIC LIVE CLUB –

Headquartered in Rome, Italy, Heavy Psych Sounds specializes in presenting the best artists in the global heavy psych, doom, fuzz blues and space rock realms, and their Festival- series will be no exception, spotlighting the ever-growing label’s dedication to its craft. While the first HPS Fests were held in Italy, the label has since extended its live reach into the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and even the USA: The underground cult label is not only THE adress for all heavy rock record collectors, but has also become an important live and festival institution; with a brisk participation from heavy music fans all over the world.

Now, Heavy Psych Sounds is set to bring the ROCK to Rome with the just-announced special shows taking place this October 12th!

In cooperation with Metamorphosis, the very first HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST in ROME will feature bands like Black Rainbows, GiÖbia, High Reeper, Crypt Trip and Fvzz Popvli !!!

TICKETS PRESALE (active soon)
www.heavypsychsounds.com

official Facebook event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/624855984662136/

https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com

Black Rainbows, Pandaemonium (2018)

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Fuzzalicious Post Debut Single “Pockets”

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 29th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Scuzz-tone garage rockers Fuzzalicious have two songs out as of about two weeks ago and it looks like they’ve already been through at least two bassists since getting their start about a year ago. Currently consisting of Giacomo O’Neil and Francesco Panunzi, the duo release the track “Pockets” as a name your-price download accompanied by a cover of The Doors‘ “Hello I Love You” that’s been suitably kicked in the dirt. It’s a vibe-heavy release, but it shows immediately, in true first-7″ fashion, that Fuzzalicious have the distortion on overload and they would seem to like it that way.

I’ve no idea whether these guys are looking for someone else to handle low end, or if they’re going to go with the rawness of just guitar and drums, but lover of low-end that I am, I’m not inclined to argue with the results as they appear here.

The band offers a bit of background — always nice — and of course the tracks are streaming below. Enjoy:

fuzzalicious pockets demo

Fuzzalicious is the brainchild of Rome’s masterminds and inventors of diabolical schemes, Francesco and I also sometimes referred to as io e Giacomo. The sheer level of noise and rawness in the sound is off the level with this one.

Picture this, first you’re walking down the street on a bright sunny day while listening to All Summer Long by The Beach Boys when boom! you suddenly get hit by a wall of disorienting distortion and chaos that send you in a downward spiral all the way to the realization that your life is a shit show and that you’re not in California but in some crappy, beat down and dirty suburb of this god forsaken town. We still love it and we really don’t give a shit anyway. Love

Fuzzalicious is:
Giacomo O’Neil – Vocals/Drums
Francesco Panunzi – Guitar

https://www.facebook.com/Fuzzaliciousband/
https://fuzzalicious.bandcamp.com/

Fuzzalicious, Pockets (2019)

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Review & Full Album Stream: 1782, 1782

Posted in Reviews on May 23rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream 1782’s self-titled debut in its entirety. Album is out May 24 on Heavy Psych Sounds.]

If you go and look up the year 1782 in Wikipedia, you’ll find a rundown of what are considered the noteworthy events that happened across that 12 months. It’s a lot of war and governmental action, people being born, people dying — basically the stuff you’d expect when you think of who was keeping records in the 18th century. None of it is the story Italian doomers 1782 are telling however. The Roman two-piece of Marco Nieddu (vocals, guitar, bass) and Gabriele Fancellu (drums, backing vocals) are focused on the later witch trials in Europe, in particular the case of Anna Göldi, who indeed was tortured and eventually decapitated by the Swiss state in 1782 as a witch after she allegedly put needles in the milk of the child of the family for whom she was working as a maid. In 2007-2008, the Swiss government acknowledged it as a “miscarriage of justice,” so better late than never, but Göldi is considered the last witch to be executed in Switzerland if not wider Europe and her story — including an affair and child with the head of that household, who was married and had her arrested — is emblematic of the treatment of women at the time.

The two-piece don’t take an outwardly critical stance on the subject matter, but neither are they glorifying chopping ladies’ heads off, which is something of a relief. The eponymous “1782,” which appears as the last original cut of the eight inclusions ahead of closer “Celestial Voices,” a Pink Floyd cover with guest vocals and organ, is instrumental, but in “She Was a Witch” and the slow rolling subsequent track “Black Sunday,” they seem nonetheless to be passing judgment of their own on the reasoning of centuries past; fair enough given the enduring spirit of masculine entitlement to control over a woman’s body and life. More than direct commentary, though, 1782‘s self-titled debut — which runs eight songs and 39 minutes delivered through Heavy Psych Sounds with a guest appearance from label honcho Gabriele Fiori (also of Black Rainbows, Killer Boogie and The Pilgrim) on guitar for the aforementioned “She Was a Witch” — prefers to stake its claim in dense-fog doom and nodder groove.

Nieddu‘s vocals are pushed low and echoing in the spirit of true post-Electric Wizard witch doom, and as a result, the tonality surrounding feels all the more viscerally massive. The recording’s overarching rawness — the album was produced by Alfredo Carboni at RKS Studios in Sardinia — only bolsters the bleak aesthetic and makes moments like the chanting toward the end of “The Spell (Maleficium Vitae)” come across as especially resonant ahead of the wah-bass finish. The album begins, suitably enough, with the ringing bell of “Intro (…To the Church)” and moves quickly into the riff-led “Night of Draculia,” a shorter and quicker leadoff that may or may not tie into the witchy thematic but makes a rousing introduction to the sound of the record more generally, with Fancellu‘s drums thud and crash backing the thick guitar and bass tones and Nieddu‘s vocals left to cut through that swamp of low end. The later, hooky “Oh Mary” is more angular, but still something of a complement in terms of overall approach, with the vocals particularly blown out at the forefront of the mix.

1782

That leaves the trio of “The Spell (Maleficium Vitae),” “She Was a Witch” and “Black Sunday” as the doomed heart of 1782, as well as the point of the switch between sides A and B, but the latter seems to be less of a concern for the band than a linear flow from front to back. As they push deeper into the villainous fuzz and damned melodicism, the sense of plunge is palpable, and their take on doom, well informed by the likes of Saint Vitus and of course Black Sabbath, nonetheless holds a modern edge in its willingness to cast off the trappings of frill in favor of the most straight-ahead-into-the-abyss vibe possible. Small turns here and there like Fiore‘s guitar solo in “She Was a Witch,” or the already-noted chanting in “The Spell (Maleficium Vitae),” or the organ showing up in the second half of “1782” in order to tie it more fluidly to the capping Floyd cover, do much to distinguish individual pieces, but clearly 1782 are thinking in terms of their first offering as a whole experience.

And it is their first offering. They are a new band, formed in Dec. 2018 and hit the studio this past February. Nieddu and Fancellu have worked together previously in the band Raikinas — whose vocalist, Alfredo Carboni, sings on “Celestial Voices” while Nico Sechi adds Hammond beneath — and that prior experience helps stave off some of the formative feel that might otherwise typify an effort from a group so nascent, but there’s little doubt in listening that 1782 are doing the work here of finding their sound and their place in the sphere of doom, discovering what they want to say with their sound and how they want to go about it. There are moments where the album feels disjointed, as in the jump from “Oh Mary” to “1782,” but the band make clear their foundation in these tracks, and as an initial connection, it still proves largely cohesive thanks in part to its conceptual basis and tonal consistency.

It is one to grow on, and listening to the hint at vocal harmony in the second half of “She Was a Witch,” 1782 give hints of their intention to do just that. In the meantime, their debut under the banner of obscure history gives them an immediately distinguishing place from which to grow. They’re neither strictly traditional doom nor cult rock, stoner riffing nor retro-style throwback, but there are of course elements of all of them at play and more besides. Where 1782 might lead them, I’d expect natural progression around what they’re doing here, with a mindset toward craft coming forward in kind with the clear purpose in their overall sound. They may stay this raw and they may not, but it works for them here.

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Rancho Bizzarro to Release Possessed by Rancho EP Aug. 2

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 15th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Italian desert-style heavy rockers Rancho Bizzarro — that’s two ‘z’s and two ‘r’s, just so you know; I’ve had it wrong before — will release a new EP titled Possessed by Rancho on Aug. 2 through Argonauta Records. The same countryman imprint issued the band’s debut album last year and has had them on its Argonauta Fest as well, so certainly familiar terrain, but the instrumentalist four-piece are still giving a tease of what the new release portends in streaming “Open Bar Deluxe,” the 7:55 opening track, which is nothing short of a fuzzy delight sure to earn approving nods from the converted. I have to think “Open Bar Deluxe” will be among the longer cuts on Possessed by Rancho, if only for the simple fact that if it’s five songs and they’re all upwards of eight minutes long, well, that’s an album, not an EP. I guess we’ll see when we get there.

Info (and tour dates) from the PR wire:

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RANCHO BIZZARRO announce brand new EP, coming this Summer!

Tour Dates to kick off in May!

When Palm Desert tunes meet Detroit sounds, it’s time for RANCHO BIZZARRO to take over! The Italian four-piece, known from their excellent jam sessions drenched into fuzzy instrumental Stoner Rock with the hint of a classic 70’s attitude, has just announced the release of a brand new EP, coming on August 2nd 2019 via Argonauta Records! Following the band’s self-titled 2017 debut album and their critically acclaimed MONDO RANCHO EP (2018), the upcoming ‘Possessed By Rancho’ EP will deliver a new trip of a sound between motorcycles, vans, women and bars:

The tracklist reads as follows:
1. Open Bar Deluxe
2. King of the Van
3. El Motardo Loco
4. The Vengeance of Lord Humungus
5. Giusquiamo Slow Drink

Get possessed by the Rancho, and make sure to catch RANCHO BIZZARRO’s unique and heavy live performance at the following dates, to kick off this May:

18.05.19 IT – Montepulciano / Tap Room Olmaia
21.05.19 DE – Dresden / Ostpol
22.05.19 DE – Berlin / Toast Hawaii
23.05.19 DE – Bielefeld / Ptemkin Bar
24.05.19 DE – Tunzenberg / Kulturbraurei
25.05.2019 CH – Kreuzlingen / Horst Klub
27.06.19 IT – Milano / Magnolia Stone III

https://www.facebook.com/ranchobizzarro/
https://instagram.com/rancho_bizzarro
https://ranchobizzarro.tumblr.com/
http://www.argonautarecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArgonautaRecords/

Rancho Bizzarro, “Open Bar Deluxe”

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