Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, August 11th, 2017
David Rawlings - Poor David's Almanack CD/LP (Acony)
Guitar man David Rawlings leaves the Machine moniker behind for his third album, Poor David's Almanack, a wry mixture of acoustic and electric performances rich in ageless American vernacular. Gloriously captured on analog tape by studio wizards Ken Scott and Matt Andrews, the ten new songs took shape in a rollicking weeklong session at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee where Rawlings and longtime compatriot Gillian Welch (who also designed the cover art) joined together with Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas, Ketch Secor, and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith to produce an album for all seasons.
Will Hoge - Anchors CD/LP (Edlo)
Recorded with an all-star band comprised of drummer Jerry Roe (Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Darius Rucker), bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White, Wanda Jackson), and guitarists Brad Rice (Son Volt, Ryan Adams) and Thom Donovan (Lapush, Ruby Amanfu), Anchors is a prime showcase for Hoge's searing, gritty vocals, as well as his remarkable gift for crafting complex characters with real emotional depth and plainspoken profundity.
The Districts - Popular Manipulations CD/LP (Fat Possum)
The distinctly intense sound of the Pennsylvania-borne band's third full-length - charging guitars, thunderous drumming, and Grote's searing vocals - was brought on by a few cited influences, from shoegaze's aggressive swirl to the Velvet Underground's impeccable drone-rock sound. There's a distinctly Canadian flavor to this brand of indie rock, too; Spencer Krug's anthemic, lushly inscrutable work in Wolf Parade and his defunct Sunset Rubdown side project comes to mind, as does 2000s Toronto barnburners The Diableros' overlooked 2006 gem You Can't Break The Strings In Our Olympic Hearts. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Kesha - Rainbow CD (RCA)
Kesha's first new album in five years features Eagles Of Death Metal, Dolly Parton, and more, including a track produced by Ben Folds and artwork designed by Robert Beatty. Vinyl due 10/27.
Frankie Rose - Cage Tropical CD/LP (Slumberland)
The result of an existential odyssey, Frankie Rose's fourth album is awash with vintage synths, painterly effects pedals, upside down atmosphere and reverberating vocals. [Limited edition white vinyl pressing also available.]
Guided By Voices - How Do You Spell Heaven CD/LP (GBV Inc.)
Hot on the heels of the smothered-in-plaudits double album August By Cake comes this hot and heavy fifteen-tune long player, a melody-dense thwack to the earholes that will both energize and deplete your body of its remaining music-appreciation enzymes.
Matt Pond PA - Still Summer CD/LP (131 Records)
His 12th release overall and the second on his own 131 Records is supposedly the last album to be released under the Matt Pond PA moniker, although Pond promises more music to come. Still Summer features the likes of Laura Stevenson, Laura Burhenn, Caroline Reese and Anya Marina. And of course there are the copilots, Chris Hansen, Shawn Alpay, Mel Guerison and Kyle Kelly-Yahner.
Downtown Boys - Cost Of Living CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Downtown Boys began by combining revolutionary ideals with boundless energy and contagious, inclusive fun, and their resolve has only strengthened as their sound and audience have grown. Cost Of Living is their third full-length, recorded with Guy Picciotto (Fugazi; producer of Blonde Redhead, The Gossip). Picciotto fostered the band's improvisational urges while pulling the root of their music to the forefront: unflinching choruses, fearlessly confrontational vocals, and the sense that each song will incite the room into action, sending bodies into motion that were previously thought to have atrophied.
The Cribs - 24-7 Rockstar Sh!t CD/LP (House Arrest)
Recorded to tape in just five days with legendary producer Steve Albini, the Jarman brothers' new album is a "return to our roots and the raw approach we took on our first two records in 2004 and 2005."
The Woggles - Tally Ho! CD/LP (Wicked Cool)
"For two decades, The Woggles have marched from Georgia like Sherman in reverse, leveling nightclubs with their hip-shaking, windshield steaming garage rock fusillade." - The Austin Chronicle
Dead Rock West - More Love CD (Omnivore)
For their fourth album, the California vocal duo of Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen joined forces with producer John Doe to create an album that places their achingly beautiful signature vocals and harmonies in finely etched rock, alt-country and pop settings.
Lapalux - Ruinism CD/2xLP (Brainfeeder)
Released on vinyl two weeks ago - now available on CD. Throughout Ruinism the British producer takes this exploration further, journeying onward to the more ominous limbo space between life and death. In this liminal space where the finite and infinite intermingle, Lapalux sounds more at home than ever. Much of Ruinism's inspiration was born out of a theatrical score Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) wrote for the performance art piece Depart which was performed in an East London cemetery. The aptly named project served as genesis for a direction wrought with doom and melancholia. Ruinism is all sonic wreckage and rubble created using only hardware and real instruments. The sound simultaneously destroys and redeems itself across a tight and formidable 48-minutes.
So Much Light - Oh Yuck CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
So Much Light unites the electronic indie charms of Toro Y Moi and Flume with the courage and swagger of R&B stars like Neyo and The Weeknd. By seamlessly combining soul with exceedingly intelligent and thoughtfully-arranged production and textures, Verrett has expanded the boundaries of conventional genres.
Luke Sital-Singh - Time Is A Riddle CD/LP (House Arrest)
"London based singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh's second full-length is a heartbreakingly emotive record. At times easy listening due to its graceful melody, at others uncomfortably affecting, this album is up there in the Julien Baker realms of super high-quality solo songwriting." - The Fat Angel Sings
Needtobreathe - HARD CUTS: Songs from the H A R D L O V E Sessions CDEP (Atlantic)
Six tracks including four previously unheard songs, including "Count On Me" and "Waiting."
Ben Sollee - Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native CD (Soundly Music, LLC)
Tracing the origins of a traditional American genre back to early immigrants, Sollee takes a nontraditional approach, blending the influences of early Irish and Scottish musicians with the rhythms of Mexico, Africa and India. Inspired by the interactions and collaborations of string musicians from all walks of life, Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native is Sollee's most personally revealing work and a reflection of his native Kentucky, a place like many others, that's still helping refine the ever-changing Bluegrass genre. Sollee and his bandmates recorded the album in a cabin at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, KY with a mobile, analog studio and with just a few overdubs. [Vinyl edition due September 1.]
Emily Saliers - Murmuration Nation CD (MRI Associated)
"What's a 53-year-old woman doing making her first solo record?" muses Saliers, best known as one half of the iconic duo Indigo Girls. In this 'post-fact' era in which we find ourselves living today, Saliers' fearless voice and insightful perspective feel more vital and relevant than ever before. The songs also reveal a new side of Saliers' artistry, one that even her most ardent fans might not expect to hear. [Vinyl edition due August 25.]
Jeremy Pinnell - Ties Of Blood And Affection CD (Sofaburn)
Pinnell's songs are shot through with honest and classic elements; rooted in his steady acoustic guitar, the tunes chug along in a spring-reverb dream from somewhere between, say, 1955 and 1975 - unearthing a sweet secret cache of songs that "Waylon Jennings might have written if he had cut a record with Alex Chilton" (Portland Tribune).
Hamell On Trial - Tackle Box CD/LP+MP3+CD (New West)
Hamell on Trial, the musical alias of New York-based poet and folk punk hero Ed Hamell, returns with his tenth album. A one-man explosion, Hamell on Trial is a dynamic performance informed by politics, passion, intelligence and the all-important sense of humor. [Vinyl edition includes a bonus live CD.]
A.J. Croce - Just Like Medicine CD/LP (Compass)
The acclaimed singer/songwriter A.J. Croce and his producer, soul music legend Dan Penn, explore the healing power of music with Just Like Medicine. An all-star cast including Steve Cropper, David Hood, Vince Gill, Colin Linden and the McCrary Sisters come together on Croce's ninth studio album.
Whiskey Shivers - Some Part Of Something CD/LP (Rhyme & Reason)
"Bluegrass-fueled Americana for a generation that grew up listening to punk rock." -- Washington Post
Trailer Trash Tracys - Althaea CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Spanning 10-tracks, Althaea sees Trailer Trash Tracys drift afield from traditional song structures and create a new aural lexicon of their own, one as influenced by Filipino carnival music and Latin rhythms as it is by Japanese tropical music from the '80s.
Hinder - Reign CD (The End)
New album from the multi-platinum rockers.
Medusa 1975 - Rising From The Ashes CD/LP (Svart)
A combination of their original proto-metal style with straight ahead rock and prog.
Moral Void - Deprive CD/LP (Translation Loss)
Ripping and tearing at the seams of the most raw and brutal of genres, Chicago's Moral Void presents their crushing debut album.
Atriarch - Dead As Truth CD/LP (Relapse) Ritualistic, apocalyptic noisemakers Atriarch are back with their fourth offering of mind-altering, doom-soaked, deathrock.
Poison Blood - Poison Blood CD (Relapse)
A collaboration between Jenks Miller (Horseback) and Neill Jameson (Krieg). A dark and low-fi exercise in mystic, minimalistic black metal.
Incantation - Profane Nexus CD/LP (Relapse)
The legendary death metal pioneers triumphantly return to their original label Relapse Records to vomit forth another unholy offering of godless abominations.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
No Use For A Name - Rarities Vol. 1: The Covers CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Archive collection of every non-album cover the California punk band has recorded.
Rico Rodriguez & Friends - Unreleased Early Recordings: Shuffle & Boogie 1960 CD/10" (Dubstore)
Previously unreleased early shuffle and boogie recordings from the 'Man From Wareika': Rico Rodriguez. One of the most talented musicians of his generation, the trombonist was a key player and founding father of Jamaican music who went on to establish ska in Britain in the early '60s and then add authenticity to the Two Tone ska revival of the late '70s.
Rosemary Clooney - I Feel a Song Coming On: Lost Radio Recordings 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
24 previously unreleased radio performances from the '50s.
Jo Stafford - It Had To Be You: Lost Radio Recordings CD (Real Gone Music)
24 radio performances taken from the Carnation Contented Hour, which Jo co-hosted on the Columbia Broadcasting System.
New on Vinyl
Washed Out - Mister Mellow LP (Stones Throw)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Boredom. Laziness. Complete apathy. Is it a quarter-life crisis or just an excuse to never grow up? This is the world of Washed Out's (Ernest Greene) new album Mister Mellow. A fully immersive multimedia experience, the album guides the listener through the highs and lows of this often-ridiculous struggle. In classic Millennial fashion, most young adults' perception of their own lives is overblown and over-dramatized to the point of absurdity - as are the many ways they distract themselves from the insecurities faced on a daily basis (see social media, fantasy, drugs, music). Mister Mellow shines a light on the humor found in this paradox - how we can be so bored and unhappy in what is often a very privileged, contented life? Further moving away from the synthesizer-driven sounds of his early work and the more band-driven sound of his work on iconic indie label Sub Pop, it is fitting that Greene has partnered with the rebellious beat-driven label Stones Throw as he continues to carve out a unique sonic identity that stands in direct opposition to most current trends. Limited yellow colored pressing also available.
Portugal. The Man - Woodstock LP (Atlantic)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. "It's been a long time coming since 2013's Evil Friends from Portugal. The Man, but a new album is on the way. Between 2006 and 2013, the Alaska-born psych-indie pop group released a whopping eight studio records, never leaving more than two years in between. As we approach four years since their last album, fans have begun to wonder what the wait is, - would a new album ever come? On a trip back home, frontman John Gourley was met by the same questioning by his father, who asked him 'What's taking so long to finish the album?' according to a press release. 'Isn't that what bands do? Write songs and then put them out?' It light a fire under PTM's collective asses, leading them to throw out all previous material of what they were going to call Gloomin' And Doomin', enlisting the help of Beastie Boys' Mike D, Danger Mouse, and John Hill on the production side. With a bit of inspiration from finding an old Woodstock '69 ticket of his Gourley's father, PTM went back to the drawing room table to produce an album that can inspire some good in this 'avalanche of flaming biohazard material sliding down a mountain of used needles into a canyon full of rat feces' that sums up 2017 so far." -- Indie88
Foster The People - Sacred Hearts Club LP+MP3 (Columbia)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Los Angeles, CA dance-pop outfit Foster The People incorporate '60s-inspired sounds and a psychedelic influence on their third studio effort Sacred Hearts Club. "One of my favorite things about music is that it's unifying," says frontman Mark Foster. "We wrote these songs to reflect joy in a time where people have needed it more than ever and we thought it was a good time to share them with you."
Soundtrack - 13 Reasons Why 2xLP (Interscope)
An eclectic mix of songs from Selena Gomez, Joy Division, The Japanese House, The Cure, Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam and many others.
Prince - I Wish You Heaven [Reissue/1988] 12" (WB)
Prince - Batdance/200 Balloons [Reissue/1989] 12" (WB)
Prince - Partyman [Reissue/1989] 12" (WB)
Vinyl reissues of one Lovesexy and two Batman singles.
Bob & Gene - If This World Were Mine [Reissue/2007] LP (Daptone)
Ten years ago, Daptone released an archival collection of the sweetest soul from upstate New York in the 1960s; Bob & Gene's If This World Were Mine. The beautifully packaged LP sold out quickly and has remained out-of-print ever since. Its stature has grown over the years and is, these days, a desirable but hard-to-find record for fans of sweet soul. So, to respond to the demand of soul fans worldwide Daptone released this remastered pressing.
Future - Pluto  2xLP (Omerta Inc.)
Limited double 180gm blue, purple and white tie-dye colored vinyl LP pressing of the debut album from the rapper featuring guest appearances from Drake, R. Kelly, T.I., Trae tha Truth and Snoop Dogg.
Photay - Onism LP (Astro Nautico)
The long-awaited full-length debut from Photay has received worldwide acclaim from tastemakers like Gilles Peterson, Ninja Tune, Ableton and BBC DJs, publications like FADER, Trendland, PigeonsandPlanes and The Wild Magazine. Limited clear transparent vinyl pressing.
Three 6 Mafia - Most Known Unknown  2xLP (Omerta)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the rappers' classic album which features guest contributions by Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Trick Daddy, Mr. Bigg, 8Ball & MJG, Young Buck, Remy Ma, Lil' Flip, as well as the Hypnotize Camp Posse (Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat, Frayser Boy, Lil Wyte, Chrome Korleone, Boogiemane, and Granddaddy Souf).
Swarvy - Bop LP (Paxico)
Swarvy is an L.A.-by-way-of-Philly musical polymath with a vast catalog including sun-soaked live instrumentals, jazz-infused loops and lo-fi gems. With Bop, he is musical mad scientist, flaunting his technical finesse as he plunges into the realm of abstraction.
Warm Digits - Wireless World LP (Memphis Industries)
In the words of legendary DJ/producer Andrew Weatherall, Warm Digits create "machine funk kraut-a-delia." Their brew of live drums, guitar and electronics betray a love of Neu!, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, My Bloody Valentine and Boards of Canada while motorik percussion, electronic basslines, Keith Levene-style guitar chops and squelchy analogue warmth coalesce.
The Bombay Royale - Run Kitty Run LP (Hope Street)
A retro Bollywood fueled rampage through psyche-surf, 80's electro-pop and desert rock, Run Kitty Run is, like its predecessors, conceived as the soundtrack to a lost film. The music conjures into life a devastated futuristic landscape peopled by robotic horsemen, killer satellites and grinning sadhus. Overlaid with vocals in Hindi, Bengali and English, the resulting soundtrack is one of love and betrayal, hopeless escapes and unlikely salvation.
Wolf Eyes - Strange Days II 12" (Lower Floor Music)
Wolf Eyes return to the audio world with two bangers of free abstraction and stretched out otherworldly electronics.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Source Tags & Codes [Reissue/2002] LP+12" (Interscope)
Vinyl reissue featuring three bonus tracks, and an etching on Side 4.
The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out [Reissue/2005] LP (Astralwerks)
The Kooks - Konk [Reissue/2008] LP (Astralwerks)
Vinyl reissues of the first two albums by the Brighton four-piece, both produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Supergrass) and recorded at Ray Davies' Konk Studios in North London.
Johnny Cash - The Johnny Cash Collection: His Greatest Hits, Volume II [Reissue/1971] LP (Friday Music)
Limited edition 180gm translucent audiophile vinyl reissue.
F.J. McMahon - Spirit Of The Golden Juice [Reissue/1969] LP (Kemado)
Originally pressed in a small quantity and scattered along the California coastline in 1969, F.J. McMahon's first and only album is a spell-binding blend of singer-songwriter emotion and spiraling guitar accompaniment with a raw, adventurous character all its own.
Alpheus - Good Prevails [Reissue/2014] LP (Liquidator Music)
The dynamic duo of London England-raised Jamaican singer Alpheus and producer Roberto Sanchez teamed up once again to make yet another quality album of ska and roots rocksteady reggae music with 2014's Good Prevails. Back in print on vinyl.
Venom Inc. - Ave 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Venom Inc. consists of former Venom founders Jeffrey "Mantas" Dunn on guitar and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray on drums as well as former Venom bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan. [Limited edition brown colored vinyl pressing.]
Amon Amarth - Fate Of Norns [Reissue/2004] LP (Metal Blade)
Amon Amarth - With Odin On Our Side [Reissue/2006] LP (Metal Blade)
180gm vinyl reissues of the death metal band's sixth and seventh albums.
Reissues & From The Vaults
Slits - Return Of The Giant Slits  CD (Real Gone Music)
Already far removed from the male-dominated, louder-faster ethos of punk rock, The Slits, with new drummer Bruce Smith of The Pop Group and multi-instrumentalist Steve Beresford in tow, added world music and free jazz to Ari Up's Ono-esque ululations, Viv Albertine's skittering guitar, and Tessa Pollitt's dubwise bass riddims. Predictably, Sony dropped the record like a hot potato, not even bothering to release it in the U.S., and it has only been intermittently available on CD in the 35-plus years since. [Vinyl edition due September 1.]
Live - Mental Jewelry [25th Anniversary Edition] 2xCD/LP (Radioactive)
Multi-platinum selling Pennsylvania band Live reissue their debut album to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The package includes the remastered studio album produced by Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison. Disc 1 also features never-before-heard studio material, whilst the second disc features an unreleased live performance recorded at The Roxy in 1992. [Single-disc, first-time vinyl pressing also available.]
Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra - My Brother The Wind Vol. 1 (Expanded Edition) CD (Cosmic Myth)
Released by Sun Ra in 1970 (but recorded in 1969), My Brother The Wind is one of several albums that showcase Sun Ra's initial reckonings with the then-recently introduced Moog synthesizer. The original My Brother the Wind LP on Saturn (catalog 521) featured four tracks, properly sequenced here on as tracks 1-4. For this expanded release, tracks 5-7 feature three complete session takes and more, with liner notes by Moog historian Brian Kehew. [Vinyl edition due September 8.]
Dwight Yoakam - Live From Austin TX CD+DVD (New West)
Recorded October 23, 1988. [Vinyl edition due September 8.]
Buck Owens - Live From Austin TX CD+DVD (New West)
Recorded October 23, 1988 KLRU-TV, Austin, TX. [Vinyl edition due September 8.]
Bonobo - One Offs... Remixes & B-Sides  CD/2xLP (Tru Thoughts)
Successfully beating the bootleggers at their own game, 2002's One Offs offered Bonobo fans the chance to get their mitts on rare 12" and 7" cuts, as well as some truly exceptional remixes.
Freddie McKay - Picture On The Wall  CD/2xLP (Studio One)
Picture On The Wall is Freddie McKay's first album, originally released by Studio One in 1971. The LP served as the first real introduction to the singer for the reggae public after a series of unsuccessful singles. McKay's untimely death in 1986 cut short a promising career, but here the listener can rediscover the greatness of one of reggae's unsung heroes.
Oneohtrix Point Never - Good Time [OST] CD/2xLP (Warp)
Rapturously received by Cannes film critics, Good Time is directed by Josh and Benny Safdie and stars Robert Pattinson (in a widely regarded career best performance) and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The hypnotic crime thriller follows Pattinson's Connie in a twisted odyssey through the New York underworld in a desperate attempt to get his brother out of jail. Oneohtrix Point Never received the prestigious Cannes Soundtrack Award at this year's 70th anniversary edition of the festival for his visceral original score. OPN was in competition with the likes of Jonny Greenwood, Jed Kurzel and Ibrahim Maalouf and took home the celebrated prize.