Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, January 19th, 2018
Moon Taxi - Let The Record Play CD/LP+MP3 (RCA)
The highly anticipated fifth studio album from the alt-rock-five-piece band from Nashville. The album is self-produced by guitarist Spencer Thomson. Originally formed in 2006, Moon Taxi is enjoying immense success after a decade of dedication. Their first single from Let The Record Play, "Two High," has reached over 74 million streams on Spotify. The single's success led the alternative pop-rock band to ink a deal with RCA Records and recently landed them a spot on "The TODAY Show."
First Aid Kit - Ruins CD/LP+MP3 (Columbia)
Swedish duo First Aid Kit's new album Ruins follows the band's Columbia Records debut Stay Gold, a lush and ambitious 10-song collection that beautifully captured their vivid storytelling, landing the group on countless "Best of 2014" accolades. Produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Laura Veirs), the album was recorded in Portland, OR where Klara (vocals/guitar) and Johanna Söderberg collaborated with top rate musicians like REM's Peter Buck, Wilco's Glenn Kotche and Midlake's McKenzie Smith. Rolling Stone calls lead single "It's A Shame," a "Dylan-meets-Emmylou Harris shot of country-rock sunshine" while the duo note that follow-up, "Postcard" is one of the most traditional sounding songs we've ever written, and we wanted the production to mirror that. It's not a resentful song, but more of a reaching out to a lover to wish them well on their journey in the midst of having to let them go."
tUnE-yArDs - I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life CD/LP (4AD)
Thematically, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as tUnE-yArDs' (now a duo) most immediate and upbeat music yet - this is music to dance to. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Ron Gallo - Really Nice Guys CDEP (New West)
Really Nice Guys is a concept EP by Thyme Magazine's "Man Of The Year," Ron Gallo. The EP is another thought provoking and inspired installment, extending an already prolific calendar year by Gallo which saw the release of the critically acclaimed full-length album Heavy Meta as well as the 7" singles, "Temporary Slave" and "Sorry Not Everybody Is You." Really Nice Guys finds Gallo exploring new sonic frontiers and instrumentation in the form of what might be called a conceptual art piece. Whatever you call it is wholly original and Gallo continues to melt faces and free minds. A limited vinyl release is planned for April.
The Shins - The Worms Heart CD/LP+MP3 (Sony)
The Worms Heart is a complete re-work of The Shins 2017 album Heartworms. The album offers new reworked versions of Heartworms album tracks, and the sequence is flipped as well.
Fall Out Boy - Mania CD/LP (Island)
Mania is the follow-up album to Fall Out Boy's platinum-certified sixth studio album American Beauty/American Psycho. Telling single "Young And Menace" has an electronica-tinged industrial rock feel and is a departure from the punky rock 'n' roll sound of its predecessor.
Ghost B.C. - Ceremony And Devotion 2xCD/2xLP (Loma Vista)
Ceremony And Devition was recorded during the band's critically exalted Popestar tour during the summer of 2017 and documents Ghost's unforgettable live show in pursuit of becoming the world's next great arena band. Ceremony and Devotion was produced and mixed by Tom Dalgety and features fan favorites spanning the band's entire catalogue from Opus Eponymous (2010) to Infestissumam (2013) to Meliora (2015) to the Popestar EP (2016). Ghost's most recent studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP Popestar, earned the Swedish rock band a Grammy Award for 'Best Metal Performance'. Along the way Ghost have racked up both widespread critical acclaim and adoration from a legion of fans across the globe in a genre stagnated by Nü metal for nearly two decades.
Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Following up 2015's Grammy nominated Didn't He Ramble, and his 2012 solo debut Rhythm and Repose, Glen Hansard's third solo album Between Two Shores was produced by Hansard himself for the first time.
Of Mice & Men - Defy CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
Returning to legendary producer, Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, P.O.D.), Defy delivers a new era of Of Mice & Men. These songs are fast and heavy. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Porches - The House CD/LP (Domino)
The third studio album by New York-based musician Aaron Maine's Porches project. The House, a conscious effort in minimalism and honesty, includes contributions from (Sandy) Alex G, Dev Hynes, Solange collaborator Bryndon Cook, Okay Kaya, Maya Laner, Cende's Cameron Wisch, and Porches' father Peter Maine.
Caitlyn Smith - Starfire CD (Monument/Sony Music Nashville)
Some artists are bred of and for Music Row, forever confined to the narrow lyrical and sonic cutouts which spring from country radio's trend chasing. Others are singers and songwriters who carry the weight of the world on their shoulders and pour out their hearts three minutes at a time--screaming to be heard by anyone and everyone willing to give them a chance. Caitlyn Smith is the latter.
Devin Dawson - Dark Horse CD/LP (WB)
One of country music's rising stars releases his debut album. The up-and-coming singer-songwriter collaborated with top songwriters Luke Laird, Josh Kerr, Barry Dean, Seth Ennis and more on the project. An atypical country artist, Devin Dawson's approach to music is not different on purpose, it's different with purpose. He grew up just outside the gates of Folsom Prison, drawing inspiration from Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Pulling from these influences, he began to write in a style that is definitively country.
Lanco - Hallelujah Nights CD/LP (Arista)
New album from the country music outfit. Lanco's story begins in the small towns where all five bandmates Lancaster, bassist Chandler Baldwin, multi-instrumentalist Jared Hampton, drummer Tripp Howell and lead guitarist Eric Steedly were raised. Spread across Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, they lived normal lives full of late nights, long weekends, hard lessons and young love. Alongside award-winning producer Jay Joyce, Lanco focused on capturing the spirit of their exuberant live shows, sharing the same goal to make everything sound authentic and human.
Bahamas - Earthtones CD/LP (Republic)
Afie Jurvanen isn't from the Bahamas. He's a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie - a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he's been making music under the name Bahamas - writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. Afie is self-taught on guitar and has worked with such musicians as The Lumineers, Feist, Howie Beck, Jason Collett, Jack Johnson, The Weather Station, and Zeus. Earthtones is a quirky yet haunting collection of songs that touch on success, parenting, facing depression, and everything else in his life. Most of all, it's an album about friendship and how great it is to have someone in your life that can lift you up when you're feeling down.
Belle Adair - Tuscumbia CD/LP (Single Lock)
When Muscle Shoals four-piece Belle Adair recorded their new album Tuscumbia they leaned into their hometown's musical legacy to create a sound unlike anything that's come out of The Shoals region before. The result doesn't so much update the Muscle Shoals sound as redefine it with chiming guitars, meditative lyrics and a breezy, blissed-out feel. The eleven new songs on Tuscumbia were all written by frontman Matt Green, and the album marks a massive leap forward for a band that's already been praised by NPR for its "dreamy sound" and by SPIN for songs that "glow with a deep, dusky aura." Both grand and intimate, far-reaching and deeply personal, Tuscumbia is a definitive declaration of identity from a band that bucks tradition in search of their own personal truths.
They Might Be Giants - I Like Fun CD (Idlewild)
They Might Be Giants' remarkable new album I Like Fun jumps with surprises, vitality, and the startling point of view of these Brooklyn originals. Over a year in the making, songwriters and band founders John Linnell and John Flansburgh draw on themes of dread, death, and disappointment and set them to their driving, hyper-melodic music. The results will leave even the most heavy-hearted among us with a renewed sense of wonder. Fresh and sonically adventurous, the band's command of the studio and the song is in rare form from beginning to end. On I Like Fun, the spotlight is also on the band's formidable long-standing live lineup; drummer Marty Beller, bassist Danny Weinkauf and lead guitarist Dan Miller. While the group enjoys a reputation for delivering one of the liveliest shows around, the album accomplishes the rare feat of capturing that ecstatic intensity on LP. Co-produced with and mixed by Patrick Dillett (St. Vincent, Donald Fagen, The National, Mary J. Blige), I Like Fun was tracked and mixed at the brand-new Reservoir Studios - site of the legendary Skyline Studios where TMBG recorded their platinum-selling album Flood. [Vinyl edition due February 9.]
Shopping - The Official Body CD/LP (FatCat)
Following on the success of their two previous albums for FatCat, which were praised on both sides of the pond as "breakneck, open-eared, positivist post-punk canter" (NME) and "direct, smart, catchy, and extremely punk" (Pitchfork) - Shopping returns to shake some asses with their new album.
Tommy Emmanuel - Accomplice One CD/LP (CGP Sounds)
Accomplice One is a testament to Tommy Emmanuel's musical diversity, the range of expression that stretches from authentic country-blues to face-melting rock shredding, by way of tender and devastating pure song playing. The songs are a mix of new takes on indelible classics and brand new originals from Tommy and his collaborators. The artists who stepped forward to join Tommy in the studio are an impressive list of some of today's most respected performers, from across the musical spectrum - a lineup including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy Bogguss and many more.
Van William - Countries CD/LP (Fantasy)
Just a couple years ago, Van William thought he had life figured out. Having toured the world from age 20 - first with his band Port O'Brien, followed by his second group Waters - he had met and cultivated a tight knit community of fellow musicians, embarked on a serious romantic relationship, even found time to spend his summers on Kodiak Island, Alaska working on his father's commercial fishing boat, as he'd done all his life. When, in short order, his musical projects and relationship dissolved, and his father announced his retirement, Van reached an inflection point. "I was freaked out," the songwriter recalls, looking back on the most tumultuous year of his life. "But with that freak-out came a renewed sense of purpose." And a new musical direction, heralded by the arrival of Countries, Van's vivid and open-hearted solo debut full length album. BuzzBands.LA called the album centerpiece "The Country" - "the sound of a man turning the page, classic songwriting ferrying yesterday's melancholy and tomorrow's hopes on vessels of indelible melodies and poignant lyrics." Anchored in Van's love of melodic song craft and infused with melancholy, the eleven new, original songs on Countries don't belong to any specific style. Call them American Heartache, music that stirs up forgotten memories and feels eternal and fresh, pulling the past into the present as a way of navigating loss. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Walking Papers - WP2 CD (Loud & Proud)
Walking Papers' music is instantly familiar, yet profoundly forward-thinking, blending impactful singer/songwriting, '90s alternative and classic rock into a transcendent amalgam of breathtaking sounds and melodies. Featuring Jefferson Angell (The Missionary Position), Benjamin Anderson (The Missionary Position), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season), the band unleashes their moody and carnal second album WP2. [Vinyl edition due February 16.]
Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto CD/2xLP (Roman/Croshal Entertainment)
Sweetzerland Manifesto features 11 hard-rocking original songs from the legendary Aerosmith guitarist. Joining Perry is a Murderers Row of some of the baddest names in rock, including Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), who sings on the single "Aye, Aye, Aye", David Johansen (New York Dolls), and Terry Reid
Black Label Society - Grimmest Hits CD/LP (E1)
Black Label Society bandleader Zakk Wylde wields his guitar like a Viking weapon, bashing out thick riffage and squeezing out expressive squeals as if the glory of his Berserker brotherhood depends upon every single note, which of course, it does. Charismatic beast and consummate showman, Wylde puts his massive heart and earnest soul on display with unbridled, unchained, animalistic passion in Black Label Society, whether it's a crushingly heavy blues-rock barnstormer or a piano-driven ode to a fallen brother. Grimmest Hits is the band's tenth album.
The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band - Chinese Butterfly 2xCD (Concord Jazz)
Chinese Butterfly is a reunion of two musical titans, a creative partnership that dates back to the early days of Return To Forever with Chick Corea when Steve Gadd was one of the first drummers. [Vinyl edition due February 16.]
Phillip Phillips - Collateral CD (Interscope)
Third album from the singer/songwriter best known as the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol.
Reissues & From The Archives
The Rising Storm - Calm Before [Reissue/1967] CD/LP (Sundazed)
"Calm Before... remains one of the finest and most important LPs by a US 60s group, never mind one that was still attending high school when it was released on the privately-pressed Remnant label. From a cache of moody ballads to highly-charged, all-out flashing teen rock, everything here is broodingly and sensationally played out, including highly-personalised covers of Love's Message To Pretty, In The Midnight Hour and The Remains' gold-plated nugget Don't Look Back. The album's mix of deep beat-pop introspection and thoroughly intense modern R&B-instigated rock remains unique among most of their peers' long-play outings, and thus played a big part in the inordinately strong pull the group would have on many young 60s-fixated longhairs in the 80s and 90s." - Shindig Magazine. This deluxe limited edition, original mono issue of an unfathomably rare garage LP, is accurately mastered, pressed on colored vinyl and packaged with a poster in a gatefold jacket, with unseen photos from the bands personal archive!
Denny Doherty - Of All The Things: The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters CD (Real Gone Music)
Reissue of Denny Doherty's (The Mama and The Papas) 1971 solo album, Watcha Gonna Do, expanded with six bonus tracks - five of which are previously unreleased.
New On Vinyl
Belle and Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1) 12"+MP3 (Matador)
The second installment of three new EPs. The How To Solve Our Human Problems EP project is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the London residence of the US ambassador. Belle and Sebastian's new music has the timeless blend of joy and melancholy that has always characterized them.
Mudhoney - Lie LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Recorded live during their 2016 European tour at shows in Germany, Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Norway, and Slovenia LiE is the first unlimited-edition, non-bootleg live Mudhoney album to date. New album to be released sometime this year.
Moon Duo - Jukebox Babe b/w No Fun 12" (Sacred Bones)
Features covers of Alan Vega's "Jukebox Babe" and The Stooges' "No Fun."
John Prine - Diamond In The Rough [Reissue/1972] LP (Atlantic)
John Prine - Sweet Revenge [Reissue/1973] LP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissues of the bluegrass and country singer-songwriter's second and third albums.
Golden Smog - Weird Tales [Reissue/1998] LP (Rhino)
First time vinyl pressing of Golden Smog's second album. At the time the band featured members of the Jayhawks, Soul Asylum, Run Westy Run, and Wilco. Green colored pressing.
Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights [Reissue/1982] LP (Rhino)
Vinyl reissue of the sixth and final album by the British husband-and-wife rock duo.
Dan Penn - Do Right Man [Reissue/1994] LP (Rhino)
Upon its release in 1994, Do Right Man was master songwriter Dan Penn's first album in 20 years.
Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul [Reissue/1968] LP (Atlantic)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissue of the Queen Of Soul's 1968 LP.
Vangelis - Blade Runner [OST] LP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissue of Vangelis' soundtrack to Ridley Scott's 1982 film.
Sunny Day Real Estate - The Rising Tide [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
In 1997, Sub Pop approached an inactive Sunny Day Real Estate for help in compiling a rarities album. Because there were so few usable tracks, band founders Jeremy Enigk and Dan Hoerner agreed to get together and write some new material to augment the archival songs, but they wound up crafting an entire new album in a matter of days. Without Nate Mendel, who remains with the Foo Fighters to this day, Sunny Day reunited to record third full-length How It Feels to Be Something On in 1998. Epic 2000 follow-up The Rising Tide, their final LP to date and easily one of their finest, boasts sweeping production from Lou Giordano (Goo Goo Dolls, Live), anthemic songs galore and impassioned performances throughout.
The Dears - End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story [Reissue/2000] LP (Paper Bag)
Paper Bag Vintage reissues a remastered edition of The Dears' debut album End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story. The Dears, a critically acclaimed "orchestral-pop-noir-romantique" rock 'n' roll band from Montréal, is the lifework of Murray A. Lightburn. Son of a jazzman-turned-preacher, Lightburn's attunement to songwriting was shaped equally by '90s rock and a broad tableau of gospel, soul, and pop music.
Great Lake Swimmers - Great Lake Swimmers [Reissue/2003] LP (Paper Bag)
Great Lake Swimmers have hugely affected the music world with their ambient-independent-folk sound. Paper Bag Vintage are pleased to reissue the Canadian indie darlings' debut self-titled album on colored vinyl. Originally released in 2003, the haunting collection was recorded over several months in an abandoned grain silo in Southern Ontario and exhibits their familiar thematic threads of beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together.
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Medicine Songs LP (True North)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. The legendary folk singer-songwriter and tireless activist introduces new songs and revisits her classics.
Maroon 5 - Red Pill Blues LP (Interscope)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Sixth album from three-time Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum band.
Scour - Red LP (Housecore)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Scour is a supergroup comprised of Pantera's Philip H. Anselmo, Pig Destroyer's John Jarvis, and Cattle Decapitation's Derek Engemann.
BOYO - Me, Again LP (Danger Collective)
BOYO is the pseudonym of 20-year-old singer-songwriter Robert Tilden. Tilden's been kicking around the L.A. DIY scene since he was 16 years old, spending the better part of it fronting the garage band Bobby T. and the Slackers. Me, Again, the follow up to his debut Control, taps into his sense of vulnerability, taking on themes of isolation, addiction, and regret. The album is a jagged collection of garage rock and soft DIY indie and noisey pop music, channeling everyone from Ty Segall to Elliot Smith to Deerhunter. [CD edition due February 2.]
Lalah Hathaway - Honestly LP (8th Floor Production)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Seventh album from the Grammy-winning soul vocalist, the daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway.
Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic - The Reflecting Sea (Welcome To A New Philosophy) LP (Redefinition)
The Reflecting Sea revisits sonic textures of yesteryear combined with Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic's distinct ears for music. Speaking of the times, Raw Poetic's lyrical subject matter is nothing short of relevant. Speaking from an observatory perspective in addition to his own personal experiences, the album's content is infinitely relatable. Although known primarily as hip hop acts, both Damu and Raw P stretched out to expand what the genre is known for. The combination of elements from the mix of live instrumentation, improvisation and sampling to the range of styles including jazz, fusion, rock, electronic and soul make The Reflecting Sea unlike anything else. Limited colored pressing also available.
Samiyam - Pizza Party LP (Stones Throw)
Advancing the unfolding legacy of instrumental hip-hop at Stones Throw is Pizza Party: 24 minutes of off-kilter mobster music mixed with a warm soul sound that is unmistakably L.A. producer and beatmaker Samiyam.
Mayhem Lauren X DJ Muggs - Gems From The Equinox LP (Soul Assassins)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Meyhem Lauren's Gems From The Equinox is the crown jewel of modern NY rap. A future classic soundtracked by legendary producer DJ Muggs who has redefined dusty hip-hop production into a polished and dark, psychedelic world. The album features include the likes of Action Bronson, B-Real, Roc Marciano, Sean Price, Conway, Mr. Muthaf**kin' eXquire and more.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
Various Artists - Something Got A Hold On Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume One 1963-1964 CD (Omnivore)
Various Artists - Get It Right: Get Right: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume Two 1964-1966 CD (Omnivore)
The Baltimore soul/R&B label Ru-Jac Records was founded in 1963 by local promoter Rufus Mitchell and investor partner Jack Bennett (their names forming the Ru-Jac name). The label primarily released regional soul/R&B singles from 1963 until the mid-1970s, when Mitchell stepped away to focus on another business venture. All four volumes o The Ru-Jac Records Story (the first two available now, the third and fourth available in February) collects for the very first time the audio history of Ru-Jac Records. Each volume is produced by the Grammy-winning producer Cheryl Pawelski and Kevin Coombe, East Coast soul historian. Coombe provides liner notes detailing the rise and eventual closure of the label, and its close ties to the segregated beaches and performance spaces of the region. Rare photos and ephemera will be included in each volume to help illustrate and trace the history of the label. Utilizing original tapes, extremely collectible 45s, and acetates, all four volumes underwent extensive restoration and mastering by Grammy® Award winning engineer, Michael Graves. Volume One, 1963-1964 contains 28 tracks, 10 of them previously unissued. The other 18 tracks chart the history of the first 45s issued by the label and includes songs by Winfield Parker, Flattop Bobby & The Soul Twisters, and Brenda Jones among others.
Various Artists - Classic Delta And Deep South Blues From Smithsonian Folkways CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
As a shared art form, the Mississippi Delta blues tradition also extends across the river into Arkansas-running north from Helena through West Memphis, Marianna, Forest City, Hughes, and Blytheville-into Steele and Caruthersville, Missouri; on to St. Louis; then over the bridge into East St. Louis, Illinois, and eventually Chicago; and on the Tennessee side into Memphis, Brownsville, Ripley, and Jackson. This broadly constitutes the range of the Delta-based blues tradition and the orbit of the musicians who work in that regional style.