Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, December 2nd, 2016
The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome CD/2xLP+MP3 (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones first studio album in a decade, Blue & Lonesome was recorded in just three days in London, England. The album takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music, which has always been at the heart and soul of their sound. [Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe edition adds postcard prints and a 75-page hardcover mini-book chronicling the making of the album.]
Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love! CD (Glassnote)
In a recent interview with Billboard, 33-year-old rapper Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) explained the overall feel of his new album, Awaken, My Love!, was sourced from childhood memories of listening to his father's favorite music. "I remember listening to songs my dad would play - albums by the Isleys or Funkadelic - and not understanding the feeling I was feeling," Gambino says. "I remember hearing a Funkadelic scream and being like, 'Wow, that's sexual and it's scary.' Not having a name for that, though; just having a feeling. That's what made it great." Gambino went on to say he approached Awaken as "an exercise in just feeling and tone." He also summarized how some people felt in the 1970s and compares it to what's going on around the world today. "It felt like people were trying to get out of their minds, with all the things that were happening - and that are happening right now," Gambino said. "How do you start a global revolution, really? Is that possible with the systems we've set up? There's something about that '70s black music that felt like they were trying to start a revolution." Vinyl due sometime in early 2017.
Damien Jurado & Richard Swift - Other People's Songs Volume One CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
Over the weekend of August 21-22, 2010, not long after Damien Jurado and Richard Swift first collaborated to produce Damien's 2010 record, Saint Bartlett, the pair hunkered down with a 4-track recorder and one Coles 4038 ribbon microphone to record a collection of cover songs that run the gamut from John Denver to Chubby Checker to Kraftwerk. The timing was perfect. On Other People's Songs Volume One, we can see the scaffolding of what would become a creative turning point for the pair -- later seen with the release of Damien Jurado's Maraqopa, the first record in his Maraqopa trilogy -- less than two years later.
Kate Bush - Before The Dawn 3xCD/4xLP (Concord)
This three-act show contains many well-known Kate Bush songs along with two song suites: "The Ninth Wave" from Hounds Of Love and "A Sky of Honey," from Aerial. The New York Times called the performance "Dense, cathartic and physical." NME concluded: "It is no ordinary artist that can tackle life, death, synchronicity, identity, spiritual transformation, empathy and the chaos of relationships with idiosyncratic ease in the space of a few hours," and the UK's Independent gushed, "Undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage."
John Legend - Darkness & Light CD (Sony)
John Legend's new 12-track album was produced by Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes), and features multiple guest collaborations including Chance the Rapper, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, and Miguel. [Vinyl edition due December 16.]
Peter Doherty - Hamburg Demonstrations CD/LP+MP3 (BMG Rights Management)
Produced, recorded and mixed by Johann Scheerer, The Libertines and Babyshambles man took to Hamburg to make the album after 'falling in love' with the Clouds Hill Recordings studio and moving to the German city for six months. The record also features a new recording of the Amy Winehouse tribute "Flags Of The Old Regime" (now called "Flags From The Old Regime").
James Arthur - Back From The Edge CD (Sony)
UK X Factor winner James Arthur returns with his second album, one that displays his versatile style taking inspiration from soul, rock and hip-hop.
Sløtface - Empire Records CDEP (Inkind Music)
"The title-track of a new EP from the Norwegian rabble-rousers dreams of 'working in a run-down record store' to escape a constant cycle of sleeping in too late on Sundays, and getting stuck in a repeating loop of Netflix binges. Elsewhere on Empire Records Haley Shea also offers to play bass for fictional band Sonic Death Monkeys (from another noughties movie, High Fidelity). As well as being a pop culture dot to dot, the song sees Sløtface soaring atop crisp snares, restlessly fidgeting plunks of bass and curling, squealing guitar solos. It's an all-out winner." - DIY Mag
Hollow Earth - Dead Planet CD/LP (Good Fight Music)
"...A damn good album, offering a strange mix between metalcore and sludge, of all things. This seemingly paradoxical mix yields a uniquely aggressive album, channeling the different and often opposite timbers of the two genres into an impossible, astral beast." - Heavy Blog Is Heavy
Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage CD/2xLP (Capitol)
11 panoramic tracks inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme.
Reissues & From The Archives
Bob Dylan - The Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert 2xCD (Legacy)
For decades, Bob Dylan's performance in Manchester, England was incorrectly labeled. Now, for the first time, The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert!, originally recorded for a live album by CBS Records, is finally available (this show is also included in the massive 1966 Live Recordings box set). Dylan is accompanied on these recordings by Robbie Robertson (guitar), Rick Danko (bass, backing vocals), Richard Manuel (piano), Garth Hudson (organ) and Mickey Jones (drums). These recordings put a fiery exclamation point on Dylan's great mid- '60s creative epoch that produced -- in an 18-month span -- Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, the trilogy of album masterpieces which secured Dylan's reputation as a songwriter and performer of unprecedented depth, power and originality while significantly impacting the course of popular music and culture. These concert recordings from the same period document Dylan's evolution as an on-stage phenomenon whose transformative vision saw no limits.
The Clean - Getaway [Reissue/2001] 2xCD/2xLP+CD (Merge)
2001's Getaway may be the best illustration of whatever mercurial, inexplicable musical power animates The Clean. After the band's initial rush of activity between 1978 and 1982, the trio lay dormant until the end of the '80s, when a string of reunion shows inspired the Kilgours and Scott to start recording again. After three well-received albums in the first half of the nineties-1990's Vehicle, 1994's Modern Rock, and 1996's Unknown Country-The Clean disappeared again until the end of the decade, when another tour inspired another record. This reissue includes the rare 2003 album Syd's Pink Wiring System, along with the more experimental, piano-driven EP Slush Fund, from the same era.
The Miles Davis Quintet - The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions [Reissue/2006] 4xCD (Prestige)
Miles Davis' famed quintet sessions -- featuring John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones -- were recorded in three sessions, over the course of a year, beginning in 1955. At the helm was the legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who simulated nightclub sets at his studio.
Mickey Hart - Planet Drum [Reissue/1991] CD (UMe)
Planet Drum, the voice to Hart's book of the same name, represents a musical atlas of the World Beat. This 25th Anniversary Edition features three new bonus tracks, "Sea Of Showers," "Throat Games," and "The Spot." [Vinyl edition due January 20.]
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
Avenged Sevenfold - The Best Of 2005-2013 2xCD (WB)
18 songs from Avenged Sevenfold's best-selling Warner Bros. albums released between 2005 and 2013 including City Of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare and Hail To The King. The package also features a cover of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", originally on the tribute album Covered, A Revolution In Sound as well as two original songs that Avenged Sevenfold wrote for video games: "Carry On" (Call Of Duty II) and "Not Ready To Die" (Call Of The Dead).
Various Artists - The Hamilton Mix Tape CD (Atlantic)
The Hamilton Mix Tape is a musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Executive produced by The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon and more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased Hamilton demos.
Steve Moore - The Mind's Eye [OST] CD/LP (Relapse)
"Steve Moore has history in Zombi, meaning that he's demonstrated his talent for soundtracking spooooooky horror movies in the past. Here he applies his synth skills to The Mind's Eye, weaving uneasy ambient passages and bombastic themes like it ain't no thing. Plenty of tense dramatic music here that will certainly appeal to horror soundtrack aficionados." -- Norman
Beck - Odelay [Reissue/1996] LP+MP3 (Interscope)
Beck - Sea Change [Reissue/2002] LP+MP3 (Interscope)
Beck - Guero [Reissue/2005] LP+MP3 (Interscope)
Vinyl reissues of Beck's second, seventh, and eighth albums.
Pink Floyd - Animals [Reissue/1977] LP (Pink Floyd/Sony)
180gm vinyl reissue of Pink Floyd's tenth studio album.
Stevie Wonder - Talking Book [Reissue/1972] LP (Motown)
Vinyl reissue of the fifteenth album by Stevie Wonder. Includes "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life," and "Superstition."
Joseph - Merry Christmas To You [Reissue/1983] LP (Numero)
Joseph Washington Jr.'s 1983 holiday LP puts a soulful, funky, suave ribbon on nine frosty Christmas cuts. In that season of music's traditional descent into threadbare schmaltz, Merry Christmas To You restores joy and wonder to a blizzard of bland. Under this tree, find undiscovered classics for our cynical age: the buoyant "Jesus' Birthday," the hot and bothered soul of "Merry Christmas," the ridiculously catchy wallet-opener "Shopping." The world of records produces just a precious few yuletide keepers: Spector's A Christmas Gift For You; Fahey's The New Possibility; Guaraldi's indelible Charlie Brown Christmas. Down another nog and file Joseph Washington Jr. comfortably next to those.
The Magnetic Fields - Distant Plastic Trees/The Wayward Bus  2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
The Magnetic Fields spectacular first two albums (released in 1991 and 1992, respectively, and combined as a twofer on CD in 1994) have never been released on vinyl. That is, until now. Distant Plastic Trees, the Magnetic Fields' first album, was originally released in England and Japan in 1991. To the amusement of frontman Stephin Merritt, who composed and recorded the album electronically with virtually no live instruments, Distant Plastic Trees was called "a contender for album of the year" by Folk Roots magazine. The second album, The Wayward Bus, features a plinky, orchestral sound in tribute to pop producer Phil Spector and his Wall of Sound. Both are essential.
The Fall - Room To Live [Reissue/1982] LP (Superior Viaduct)
The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour [Reissue/1982] LP (Superior Viaduct)
On Room To Live, The Fall take the hurried, all-or-nothing approach of their preceding Kamera Records releases to extreme ends. Forged via Mark E. Smith's continual disassembling of players and focus on previously unrehearsed material, the album collects The Fall's most experimental and improvisational recordings. Hex Enduction Hour was originally conceptualized as the death knell for The Fall. Beleaguered by career uncertainty and guided by vague premonitions of collapse, Mark E. Smith declared that one full hour was needed to thoroughly and perhaps finally state his case with The Fall. This framework resulted in a true classic of the post-punk era and an album that gave The Fall their first taste of album chart success, thankfully removing surrender from the equation. These titles shipped late and should arrive Monday.
Telefon Tel Aviv - Fahrenheit Fair Enough [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Ghostly International)
The late 1990s was a fertile time in the American electronic underground. At the convergence of hip-hop, electronic, and soul music, these artists sought to carve out their own lane. In September 2001, New Orleans' Telefon Tel Aviv, high school friends Joshua Eustis and the late Charles Cooper, joined the conversation with their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released by Hefty Records. A labor of love, Fahrenheit was an attempt by the pair "to contribute something meaningful" Eustis says today, "something definitely American, and kinda southern too." Living in New Orleans in the late 1990s, Eustis and Cooper were in the thrall of two musical orbits: black America -- New Orleans' bounce, Detroit's techno, Chicago's house -- and British electronica -- Autechre, Aphex Twin, Jega. Recorded over the course of a year in Eustis' childhood bedroom in the Riverbend neighborhood of New Orleans, Fahrenheit mapped out a potential for American electronic music in a time of hope. Frank Turner - Campfire Punkrock [Reissue/2006] 10" (Xtra Mile) Vinyl reissue of the first EP by the English folk/punk singer/songwriter. Includes a live version of "The Ballad Of Me And My Friends."
Saint Motel - saintmotelevision LP (New Elektra)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Saint Motel is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, whose music has been described as everything from "dream pop" to "indie prog".
Ólafur Arnalds - Island Songs LP (Mercury Classics)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. The BAFTA-winning instrumentalist and producer brings you a unique and evolving audio-visual portrait of his home country of Iceland. "This project is on a scale that has never been attempted in the classical music world before."
Todd Rundgren & Utopia - Live At The Old Waldorf 1978 2xLP (Real Gone Music)
This 17-song live set includes four songs from Utopia's 1977 album, Oops! Wrong Planet and seven songs that did not appear on Rundgren's 1978 solo album, Back To The Bars. Limited edition gold color vinyl pressing. Boston - Boston [Reissue/1976] LP (Sony Legacy) Limited 40th anniversary 150gm picture disc vinyl repress of Boston's debut album. Enya - Shepherds Moon [Reissue/1991] LP (Reprise) Vinyl reissue of the third album by the Irish new age singer/songwriter/musician.
Elvis Presley - Wonder Of You: With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2xLP (RCA)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. As with last year's If I Can Dream, The Wonder Of You focuses on Elvis' unmistakable voice with lush new orchestral accompaniment recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick. The Wonder Of You features Elvis' most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and spans a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads.
Keith Urban - Golden Road  2xLP (Capitol Nashville)
Keith Urban - Get Closer  LP (Capitol Nashville)
Keith Urban - Fuse  LP (Capitol Nashville)
First time vinyl editions of the country superstar's third, seventh, and eighth albums.
John McEuen - Made In Brooklyn LP (Chesky)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder's new album is a time capsule of American roots music and features guest performances from Steve Martin, David Bromberg, David Amram, John Carter Cash, and a dozen other well-known stars of the genre.
The Flat Five - It's A World Of Love & Hope LP (Bloodshot)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. The Flat Five is a Chicago-based pop vocal supergroup comprised of Kelly Hogan, Nora O Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Alex Hall -- five in-demand musicians who individually spend much of their time touring and recording with bands like Neko Case, NRBQ, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Iron And Wine, Jakob Dylan, Robbie Fulks, Alejandro Escovedo, The New Pornographers, and many other heavy hitters. Their debut album features 12 irresistibly catchy, instantly hummable, and sweetly twisted pop songs written by longtime Chicago fixture Chris Ligon.
Kyle Morton - What Will Destroy You LP (Bug Hunt)
The lead singer of Portland's indie-orchestra Typhoon releases his debut solo album. Cream color vinyl.
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton - Once Upon A Christmas [Reissue/1984] LP (Friday Music)
Once Upon a Christmas is a 1984 Christmas album by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. The album was accompanied by a Christmas television special titled Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember, which originally aired on CBS on December 2, 1984. White color vinyl pressing.