Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, September 15th, 2017
Foo Fighters - Concrete And Gold CD/2xLP+MP3 (RCA)
"I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin's sense of melody and arrangement." So speaks Dave Grohl of the mission statement made manifest in Foo Fighters' ninth epic, the aptly-titled Concrete And Gold. Just as Foo Fighters' anthem of the summer "Run" "opens as a dreamy, slow burner then quickly turns heavy as thunder" (Billboard) with its "huge triumphant chorus" (Stereogum), Concrete And Gold marries some of the most insanely heavy Foo Fighters riffs ever with lush harmonic complexities courtesy of a first-time team-up with producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Pink). "So I think maybe Greg is the guy that we ask to be our producer because he's never made a heavy rock record before and we've never worked with a pop producer," adds Grohl. Darrel Thorp (Beck, Radiohead) was soon enlisted to mix and engineer. This collective conceived a blueprint of the new record as, "Motörhead's version of Sgt. Pepper...or something like that." Free poster with purchase, while supplies last.
The Lone Bellow - Walk Into A Storm CD/LP (Sony Masterworks)
Walk Into A Storm is the third studio effort from The Lone Bellow featuring Zach Williams (guitar, lead vocals), Kanene Donehey Pipkin (mandolin, bass, vocals) and Brian Elmquist (guitar, vocals). The album was helmed by Grammy Award-winning go-to-producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), and was recorded in Nashville, TN. NPR notes that fast rising lead single, "Time's Always Leaving," "leans heavily into the rootsy, big-hearted warmth that has made The Lone Bellow one of the most sure-footed crowd-pleasers in the business." Walk Into A Storm follows-up the band's victorious 2015 album Then Came The Morning which was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner. In the years since the release the band left their beloved adopted home of Brooklyn, NY and moved to Nashville, TN. Buy the vinyl or CD at Grimey's and you'll receive a wristband guaranteeing you get into their in-store performance on Tuesday, September 26th at 6PM (space is limited so don't delay)!
Deer Tick - Deer Tick Vol. 1 CD/LP (Partisan)
Deer Tick - Deer Tick Vol. 2 CD/LP (Partisan)
Deer Tick proves with their two new simultaneously released albums titled, Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2 that their punk-roots rock have only gotten better with age since their last LP. The twin albums complement one another but also stand independently. Vol. 1 is classic Deer Tick: folk-rooted acoustic guitars and soft piano cushion out-front vocals. Vol. 2 commits wholly to the band's longtime garage-rock flirtations for a triumphant foray into punk. Singer-songwriter John J. McCauley sees the two records as a natural progression as he's always had one foot in each door. "Every album we've put out has had its manic moments in one way or another. I felt good enough about everything that I was writing to think that we could truly separate our two big interests: quiet and loud." McCauley says that he believes "Sea Of Clouds" and "It's A Whale" probably best capture the "extremities" of both records. He's right, of course: It's Vol. 1's quiet vs. Vol. 2's loud - Deer Tick's dual personalities, finally channeled onto two distinct and equally brilliant records. "These albums represent a new phase of my life that I haven't entirely figured out yet," McCauley says. "I don't know what's going to happen but that's part of the excitement for me."
The Texas Gentlemen - TX Jelly CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Lone Star-bred collective The Texas Gentlemen takes its cues from some of the iconic acts of the past - the quicksilver brilliance of The Wrecking Crew and Bob Dylan's one-time backers The Band are the most obvious examples. Founding member, Beau Bedford, who shares chief engineering and production responsibilities at Dallas' Modern Electric Sound Recorders, assembled The Texas Gentlemen as an all-purpose backing band for an eclectic array of singer-songwriters, including Leon Bridges, Nikki Lane, Jonathan Tyler and Paul Cauthen. That deft fusion of what came before with what is right now develops through the members' unswerving dedication to simply play to the best of their abilities, trusting their instincts, and letting the music guide them. Case in point: TX Jelly was created in less than a week - four days, start to finish - at Muscle Shoals' singular FAME Studios. Pared down from the 28 songs the Gentlemen recorded in that 96-hour span, TX Jelly effortlessly connects way back to what's next, summoning the spirits of American songcraft even as it heralds the arrival of 21st century talent. Cut live, with little use for the blinding polish and careful presentation of so much modern music, TX Jelly oozes with skill backed up by that hard-won authenticity. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.] The Texas Gentlemen will hit the stage for Americanarama X in the Grimey's parking lot this Saturday, Sept 16, at 3PM!
Willie Watson - Folksinger Vol. 2 CD/LP (Acony)
Produced by David Rawlings and recorded on analog tape at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, Folksinger Vol. 2 features eleven songs unearthed from the canon of American folk music and brought to light by Willies remarkable voice and wise beyond his years performances. Special guest appearances by the Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch, Morgan Jahnig and Paul Kowert round out the arrangements on this stunning sophomore collection.
*repeat repeat - Floral Canyon CD/LP (Dangerbird)
*repeat repeat is your favorite band's favorite band. Mixing the sunny swoon of Sixties pop with a dark swirl of Warholian garage rock, *repeat repeat create their own geography to match their sound. Based in Nashville, TN - where frontman Jared Corder, drummer Andy Herrin, and vocalist/keys player Kristyn Corder kicked off the band's career with 2014's Bad Latitude - the three musicians make pop songs rooted in the spirit of both coasts, looking beyond the borders of their landlocked hometown and, instead, mixing California surf culture and New York street smarts into the same tracklist. They're a blend of bloom, doom, and boom. They're Dick Dale's snot-nosed grandkids. Be sure to join us when *repeat repeat rock the shop with a free, live in-store performance at Grimey's on Monday, September 25th, at 6PM!
Rostam - Half-Light CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Half-Light is the debut album from Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Rostam Batmanglij, a kaleidoscopic 15-song collection written, produced, and performed by Rostam in his Los Angeles, CA home studio. Rostam produced three gold records with Vampire Weekend before announcing his departure from the group in the beginning of 2016. By the end of that year he had contributed songwriting and production to several of the most important albums of the year including Frank Ocean's Blonde, Solange's A Seat At The Table, and a collaborative full length with The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser. "It wasn't until I had almost finished this album and I was trying to decide what I should call it that I took the time to look up the word 'half-light,'" Rostam says of the album's title. "That lyric, and a large part of that song, had come to me in a stream of consciousness sitting in front of a piano, years ago, captured in a voice memo on my phone. I had never stopped to figure out what that word meant exactly. But when I read its definition, and found that it had a double meaning - that it referred to both dawn and dusk - I started to think of how those times of day are part of so many lyrics on this album."
Ariel Pink - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson CD/LP (Mexican Summer)
The title of Los Angeles's prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pink's eleventh studio effort makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life L.A. musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. Building upon his singular vision of pop songcraft, established by such seminal records as The Doldrums, Worn Copy, House Arrest, Loverboy, Before Today, Mature Themes, and Pom Pom, Pink revisits themes that have haunted his sonic cinemascapes since the late 1990s: mismanaged dreams, west coast mythologies, itinerant criminals, haunted boulevards, Hollywood legends, the impermanence of romance, bubblegum artifice, movie stardom, childhood terror, acceptance of self, and narcissism projected through a celluloid filter of controversion. Standout tracks here include "Feels Like Heaven," a lovelorn insta-classic paying tribute to the promise of romance, "Another Weekend," which encapsulates the lingering euphoria of a regrettable weekend over the edge, "Dedicated To Bobby Jameson," a rah-rah psych romp paying homage to L.A.'s punk history, and "Time to Live," an ironic anti-suicide anthem that promotes survival as a form of resistance before devolving into a grungy, "Video Killed the Radio Star"-style breakdown that supposes life and death as being more or less the same fate and embraces the immortal anarchy of a rock song as an alternative to the prison of reality.
Son Little - New Magic CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Son Little, the singer and songwriter born Aaron Livingston, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. He is a conjurer, and much like those of his heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, his songs are deconstructions of the diaspora of American R&B. Deftly he weaves different eras of the sound-blues, soul, gospel, rock and roll-through his own unique vision, never forced, always smooth, each note a tributary on the flowing river of rhythm and blues. And now, with his second full-length album, New Magic, he has delivered a profound statement, a cohesive creation that captures the diverse spirit of American music in a fresh and modern way. The song that serves as the album's true centerpiece is "Blue Magic," a Philly Soul inspired number deconstructed almost like a rap song or the best of production savants like J Dilla or Madlib, complete with chiming glockenspiel bells and old school female backing vocals. The song has the appeal of an instant classic. Son Little will perform a free, live set at Grimey's on Saturday, September 23rd, at 5PM! Enter now at Grimey's to win free tickets to the Son Little show Sept 23rd at Mercy Lounge and a vinyl copy of the new album.
Antibalas - Where The Gods Are In Peace CD/LP (Daptone)
Antibalas new studio album is an epic Afro-Western Trilogy searching for solace from American political opportunism, greed and vengeance. Through its battle cry of resistance against exploitation and displacement, Antibalas long-form compositions investigate oppression in 1800s America that eerily mirror the current state of the country. Three explosive original arrangements cultivate an urgent call to heal a broken system. Ultimately, the sonic excursion lands on an island where love is our first instinct. A new ideology is born opening our hearts to the possibilities of living as one unified people, where all gods are equal and together we prevail.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Echo Of Pleasure CD/LP (Painbow)
The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart have long set the benchmark for big-hearted, idealistic pop songs. With The Echo Of Pleasure, the band pushes beyond their many inspirations and embrace their role as indie pop heroes in their own right.
Gary Numan - Savage (Songs From A Broken World) CD/2xLP (BMG)
Savage (Songs from a Broken World) is the haunting new concept album from self-proclaimed "one man band" and electro and industrial music pioneer Gary Numan. Influenced by Donald Trump's presidential victory and the world's current climate policies, it serves as the twenty-second studio effort of Numan's trailblazing career. The record is set in a post global warming, apocalyptic, Earth in the not-too-distant future. There is no technology left and most of the planet has turned to a desolate, desert wasteland. Food is scarce, water even more so and human kindness and decency are just a dim and distant memory. Western and Eastern cultures have merged, more because of the need to simply survive than any feelings of greater tolerance or understanding. It's a harsh, savage environment, as are the survivors who still roam across it. Vinyl shipped late and should arrive on Friday.
Lee Ranaldo - Electric Trim CD/2xLP (Mute)
Electric Trim was recorded in New York City and Barcelona in collaboration with producer Raül "Refree" Fernandez and extends the work of Lee Ranaldo's solo canon, the most recent being his 2013 album, Last Night On Earth. Through his collaboration with Fernandez, Ranaldo moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside live players. In addition to Fernandez, he worked with several special guests including Sharon Van Etten who sings on six of the tracks and duets on "Last Looks" and Kid Millions (aka Man Forever) as well as longtime friend and collaborator Nels Cline (Wilco). In addition, the album features Ranaldo's band The Dust (fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, guitarist Alann Licht, and bassist Tim Luntzel). Ranaldo collaborated with award-winning New York author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude) for lyrics on six of the songs. The American artist Richard Prince, who previously painted the sleeve for Sonic Youth's 2004 album Sonic Nurse, created the artwork.
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Choir Of The Mind CD/2xLP (Last Gang)
Choir Of The Mind is the first release from Metric singer Emily Haines' Soft Skeleton solo project in a decade. Haines recorded the album over several weeks in September and October of 2016, more or less alone in Metric's Toronto studio with a borrowed 18-foot grand piano built in 1850. Her longtime musical partner/Metric bandmate, James Shaw, helped flesh out the sonics with various instruments and rhythmic elements. [Limited colored vinyl pressing available.]
Prophets Of Rage - Prophets Of Rage CD/LP (Fantasy/Concord)
Politically charged supergroup Prophets Of Rage combines the sonic firepower of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill - counting the likes of music rebels Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord in its ranks. And now they follow-up their 2016 EP The Party's Over with an eponymous full-length debut, helmed by esteemed producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC, RATM). Rallying cry lead single "Unf**k the World," is accompanied by a pull no punches music video directed by Michael Moore who says, "I am thrilled to once again be working with my old friends and comrades in the struggle for a just world. Prophets Of Rage is the right band, saying the right shit, at this very critical moment."
Gizmodrome - Gizmodrome CD (earMUSIC)
Gizmodrome is an all-star band made up of Stewart Copeland (The Police), Mark King (Level 42), Adrian Belew (ex-King Crimson, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads) and Vittorio Cosma (PFM and Elio e le Storie Tese). [Vinyl edition due September 22.]
Ringo Starr - Give More Love CD (UMe)
Ringo's 19th studio album features all new recordings with special guests Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Don Was, Richard Marx, Steve Lukather and more, plus new renditions of previously released tracks like "Photograph" and "You Can't Fight Lightning." [Vinyl edition due September 22.]
Mike Gordon - OGOGO CD/LP (Megaplum/ATO)
Phish bassist Mike Gordon presents OGOGO, his fifth solo album following 2014's Overstep, 2010's Moss, 2008's The Green Sparrow and 2003's Inside In. The album features Mike's regular touring band: Scott Murawski (guitar/vocals), Robert Walter (keyboards), John Morgan Kimock (drums), and Craig Myers (percussion). Along with acclaimed producer/sound engineer Shawn Everett, the bassist explores genres like pop, psych-rock and new wave to create 13 toe-tapping tracks that don't necessarily betray Gordon's jam band roots, but definitely reframe his approach to writing and recording. The first track is the synth-laden, poppy "Equilibrium." It's a fitting way to open the album, considering Gordon's career is its own kind of balancing act. There's the equilibrium between his solo work and his role in Phish, the tension between his love for songwriting and his natural ability to improvise and the overarching balance between his work and his family.
SIMO - Rise And Shine CD/2xLP+MP3 (Mascot/Provogue)
Varying a bit from their solid blues rock format, the Nashville band has some new influences, including Alabama Shakes, Funkadelic, and Isaac Hayes. The result is an album that has soulful vocals, funky, bluesy, and sometimes psychedelic guitar jams, all covered in a thick layer of bass and drums.
Michael McDonald - Wide Open CD/2xLP (BMG)
Soul singer/songwriter and former Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan collaborator Michael McDonald returns with his first album of original material in 17 years. Wide Open was recorded at his Nashville studio with some of Music City's finest session men (including drummer Shannon Forrest, guitarist Michael Landau and saxophonist Tom Scott) and features guest appearances by Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller, Willie Weeks and Branford Marsalis. NPR writes that, "Within seconds of the opening "oohs" and warm, groovy vibes of McDonald's new song, 'Find It In Your Heart,' your heart will be overjoyed. The opening notes call up immediate memories of some of his much-beloved Doobie Brothers classics, like 'What A Fool Believes' and 'Takin' It To The Streets,' as well as some of his incredible harmony singing with Steely Dan on 'Peg' and 'Bad Sneakers.' 'Find It In Your Heart' has the all the quintessential ingredients of a McDonald classic...The song also proves that, four decades in, McDonald is still a songwriting sophisticate."
Yusuf / Cat Stevens - The Laughing Apple CD/LP (Cat-O-Log/Decca)
The Laughing Apple follows the common '60s template of combining newly-written songs with a number of covers - except that all the covers are from Yusuf's 1967 catalogue. The album celebrates some of his earliest material, presenting the songs as he has always wished they had been recorded. "There are some I always wanted to hear differently," he explains. "Many of my earlier recordings were overcooked with big band arrangements. They crowded the song out a lot of times." Yusuf produced The Laughing Apple with Paul Samwell-Smith, the original producer behind Yusuf's landmark recordings, including 1970's Tea For The Tillerman. This new album takes listeners to that little garden where the Tillerman sat under the tree, with a charming new illustration by Yusuf. That picture harks back to Tillerman's younger days when he worked as an apple-picker. Yusuf also has illustrated each of the 11 songs in his naive style, resembling a storybook - for those whose hearts have never really grown old.
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams - Contraband Love CD/LP (Red House)
Multi-instrumentalist/singer Larry Campbell and singer/guitarist Teresa Williams have long provided musical firepower for fellow artists including Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Little Feat, Phil Lesh and Friends, and Rosanne Cash. Their new album, Contraband Love, features adventurous songwriting, powerful new interpretations of their blues and gospel influences, sterling musicianship, and some achingly vulnerable vocals as the duo tackles emotionally stormy themes of love and betrayal.
Bruce Cockburn - Bone On Bone CD (True North)
New release from the veteran Canadian singer/songwriter.
Hot Water Music - Light It Up CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
Gainesville, FL's Hot Water Music return with their second for Rise Records following 2012's Exister. Ushered in by the anthemic lead single "Never Going Back," the 12-track album was self-produced and serves as a prime example of a band remaining vital and increasingly relevant throughout a 25-year career. [Limited colored vinyl pressing available.] Circa Waves - Different Creatures CD (Virgin) Sophomore album from the British alt-rock band, co-produced by Alan Moulder, who's worked with The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Smashing Pumpkins.
Fink - Resurgam CD/LP (R'coup'd)
Resurgam - meaning "I shall rise again" - is the sixth studio album from Fink: UK-born, Berlin-based founding singer-songwriter musician Fin Greenall, alongside long-time bandmates Tim Thornton (drums, guitar) and Guy Whittaker (bass). It continues an acclaimed and distinctly adventurous catalogue, from the sample-splicing debut Fresh Produce (2000), through to the beautifully heady expressions of their last album, Hard Believer (2014).
Angus & Julia Stone - Snow CD (Nettwerk)
The Sydney-born siblings produced and largely engineered Snow themselves, in Angus's cottage studio, Belafonte, in the Byron Bay hinterland. "It was quite magical because Angus and I have never spent that much time together, just the two of us," says Julia. "The last phase of writing and recording was just eight weeks of him and me and the quiet of the land. It was a beautiful time." Since they began in 2006, Angus & Julia Stone have amassed multi-platinum sales and numerous ARIA awards at home, and won a fanbase of millions over tours of the UK, Europe & North America. [Vinyl edition due October 6.]
Kaleida - Tear The Roots CD (Lex)
Kaleida is an electro-pop duo from London featuring the combined talents of Christina Wood (vocals, lyrics) and Cicely Goulder (keyboards & production, lyrics). Writing, recording, mixing and producing all their music themselves, Tear The Roots serves as their debut full-length album following a pair of EPs (the title track from the first, "Think," was featured in the film John Wick) and offers up a deep, unsettling kind of pop. [Vinyl edition due September 29.]
Belle Game - Fear/Nothing CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, Belle Game weaves ethereal soundscapes into, blown-out, crush-pop confessions. Sonically, Belle Game exists somewhere between new-age visions and unkempt basements.
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - Handful Of Keys CD (Blue Engine)
The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests take you through 100 hundred years of jazz piano on Handful Of Keys. Star pianists Joey Alexander, Dick Hyman, Myra Melford, Helen Sung, Isaiah J. Thompson, and the JLCO's own Dan Nimmer grab hold of all 88 keys and reveal the full extent of the piano's evolution over the 20th century. Recorded on opening night of the 2016-17 Jazz at Lincoln Center season, Handful Of Keys showcases a band in full stride, burning through electric arrangements of beloved compositions from James P. Johnson, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, and more. With guests ranging in age from 13-year-old prodigy Alexander (recently featured on '60 Minutes') to 89-year-old American treasure Hyman, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO survey jazz piano's past and give the stage to several prodigies who are taking the instrument in bold new directions.
Dee Dee Bridgewater - Memphis ...Yes, I'm Ready CD (Sony Masterworks)
This album is not only a return to Bridgewater's roots, but it offers ground-breaking re-imagining of American Blues and R&B classics with backing by the Stax Academy Choir, Kirk Whalum and recorded at Willie Mitchell's world-renowned Royal Studios. Co-Produced by Bridgewater and close friend Kirk Whalum (a Memphis native) the Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready album features such crowd pleasers as "Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)" by the Staple Singers, "I'm Going Down Slow" (Bobby Blue Bland) and "Don't Be Cruel," among others.
Lizz Wright - Grace CD/LP (Concord)
Sixth full length from the acclaimed jazz and gospel vocalist. On Grace, Lizz Wright summons her Southern heritage and the spirit of the earth to usher us into a nurturing space. Produced by acclaimed singer and songwriter Joe Henry, the album is a stark reflection of Wright's sense of place and belonging that's deeply woven into the cultural fabric of America.
The Urban Renewal Project - 21st Century Ghost CD (Resonance)
The Urban Renewal Project is a dynamic young band out of Los Angeles, playing an original mix of pop, jazz, soul and hip-hop. Since 2010, the 15-piece ensemble has teamed up with singers and rappers to blend the hip-shaking grooves and deep pocket of today's music with face-melting horn lines and fiery improvisation from big band jazz.
Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition - Heart Of The City CD (BFM Jazz)
Drummer legend - and Journey member - Steve Smith returns as a band leader with his all-star group.
Seth McFarlane - In Full Swing CD (Republic/Verve)
Grammy-nominated artist Seth MacFarlane's love affair with standards continues with his fourth album.
Mike Floss - Tennessee Daydreams CD/LP (The Iconic Group)
Mike Floss capitalizes on his natural instincts with creativity and unmatched lyrical prowess. Growing up under the guidance of his father and renown jazz musician, Rod McGaha, his roots were deeply planted in art and self-expression. He attended the HBCU in his hometown, Tennessee State University, where in between the parties and classes, he began mastering his craft and developing his sound. "I can do a song with Yo Gotti and still get my wave in... then turn around and do J Dilla records with Erykah Badu and bring something young and refreshing to the culture."
Wyclef Jean - Carnival III: The Fall & Rise Of A Refugee CD/LP (Sony)
The third installment in Wyclef's Carnival series features contributions from Emeli Sande, Supah Mario, The Knocks, and Lunch Money Lewis.
Eamon - Golden Rail Motel CD (Huey Avenue)
After a decade-long hiatus, Eamon (pronounced Aim-in), the R&B singer and songwriter behind the hit single, "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)" returns with a fiery collection of new material, an album soaked in soul that plays like a modern soundtrack to a bygone era of music making. The LP not only signifies a return of one of R&B's most powerful voices, but also serves as a new chapter for Eamon, both personally and professionally. An early onslaught of fame, money, and all the trappings of instantaneous, worldwide success led to hardships and struggles for the young Eamon, and his demons almost derailed his very promising career and life - a journey that is captured in several songs on the album.
Galantis - The Aviary CD (Big Beat)
Galantis is the collaborative production duo of Christian Karlsson (aka Bloodshy, onethird of Miike Snow) and Linus Eklöw (aka Style of Eye) who has set a new standard for songwriting in dance music.
Sløtface - Try Not To Freak Out CD (Nettwerk)
On their debut album, Norwegian four-piece Sløtface deliver political punk wrapped in pop packaging. [Vinyl edition due October 6.]
Seaway - Vacation CD/LP (Pure Noise)
Vacation is the follow-up record to Toronto pop-punk outfit Seaway's critically acclaimed 2015 release Colour Blind and marks a progression in sound, while still giving listeners the high energy and well-crafted hooks they have come to expect. Biblical - The City That Always Sleeps CD/LP (Tee Pee) "A climactic, Red Sea-parting surge of narcotic guitar noise... stoner rock by way of Cecil B. DeMille." - Pitchfork
Ensiferum - Two Paths CD+DVD/LP (Metal Blade)
You can't talk about the true greats of folk metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. [Limited blue and grey colored vinyl pressing available.]
The Contortionist - Clairvoyant CD (E1)
The Contortionist makes progressive metal music, anchored in the heavy sounds that first drew the individual players to the stage, yet unmoored by convention or expectation.
Nothing More - The Stories We Tell CD/LP+MP3 (Better Noise)
With The Stories We Tell Ourselves, San Antonio, TX alternative rockers Nothing More's sixth album overall and first since their self-titled 2013 effort, the band sets the bar even higher for cutting-edge rock music. For fans of Papa Roach, As Lions, Like A Storm, Shaman's Harvest, Aranda, Devour The Day, Sanit Asonia and Through Fire.
Big Brave - Ardor CD/LP (Southern Lord)
Montreal three-piece Big Brave has been simmering since their 2015 release Au De La, but their relentlessly experimental sound and kinetic creative energy has finally, and thankfully, boiled over with their third album. The trio put everything into their music, until there's nothing left to give. Their particular art in musical refinement expands ever gradually, unfurling into a very heavy, strong, and elevating force. As comfortable as they are with tidal waves of sound, Big Brave is unafraid to experiment with silence, oscillating between sparse, gentle arrangements and deep swells of noise.
Blackfinger - When Colors Fade Away CD (M-Theory)
Following his departure as longtime vocalist for Chicago doom legends Trouble in 2008, Eric Wagner promptly removed himself from the spotlight and began intently writing new material of a more personal nature. Those writing sessions would yield the musical inspiration for Blackfinger who issued their eponymous debut in 2014. With the decision to relocate to the Pittsburgh area in 2015, it only made sense to revamp the Blackfinger line up. This move would see Eric team up with another stalwart of the doom scene, guitarist Terry Weston of Dream Death and Penance. A reinvigorated Blackfinger entered the studio in the Spring of 2017 to record When Colors Fade Away, a powerful follow-up that picks up where their debut album left off, but takes the listener even further down the path less traveled. Sonic landscapes of endless peaks and valleys, When Colors Fade Away will satiate the most ardent of doom fans, yet appeal to those beyond with its exquisite craftsmanship and beautiful storytelling.
Myrkur - Mareridt CDEP/12" (Relapse)
Emerging from the darkness of Scandinavia comes the much-anticipated debut EP by one-woman black metal band Myrkur. Combining the rawness of second wave black metal bands like Ulver and Darkthrone with a natural sonic, ethereal beauty, Myrkur has created a wholly unique perspective on the genre.
New on Vinyl
Beyoncé - Lemonade 2xLP (Columbia)
Beyoncé's latest is now available on 180gm yellow vinyl. Primarily an R&B album, Lemonade encompasses a variety of genres, including pop, reggae, blues, rock, hip-hop, soul, funk, Americana, country, gospel, electronic, and trap music.
Prince - Prince 4Ever 4xLP (WB)
Released last November on CD - now available on vinyl. Prince 4ever is the sixth compilation album of Prince's Warner Bros. studio work, and the first official posthumous release (it arrives more than ten years after the previous best-of compilation Ultimate). It comprises only Warner Bros.-era recordings under the name Prince from 14 studio albums, released originally between 1978 and 1993, as well as the standalone single track "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)" and two songs which previously debuted on The Hits 1 and The Hits 2 ("Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Peach" respectively). The compilation includes one previously unreleased track, "Moonbeam Levels" (originally recorded in 1982 during the 1999 sessions and later considered for the never released Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic album). Of the 40 tracks on the compilation, "Take Me With U," "Paisley Park," "Batdance," "Mountains," "Girls & Boys," "Glam Slam" and the previously-unreleased "Moonbeam Levels" had not appeared on a previous studio compilation album in any form.
Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan CD/LP (World Circuit)
Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali have created an album that is rich in texture, hauntingly melodic and strikingly inventive as violins, viola and cello combine with balafon, ngoni and the powerful female voice of Hawa 'Kassé Mady' Diabaté in transcendental style.
ZZ Ward - The Storm LP (Hollywood)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. ZZ Ward didn't have to look far for inspiration on her second full-length album, The Storm. Equally evocative of blues grit and hip-hop bounce, the Los Angeles-based vocal powerhouse and multi-instrumentalist leapt forward by taking a deeper look at some of her earliest inspirations including Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, and Vera Ward Hall and Big Mama Thornton.
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Son Of A Lady 10"+MP3 (Tendril Tales)
Four new tracks. "Antiquity" is exclusive to this vinyl version. Includes "Let Me Get There" (Demo Version) featuring Kurt Vile. Depeche Mode - Going Backwards 2x12" (Sony) Double 12" vinyl pressing of this single pulled from the veteran synthpop band's 2017 album Spirit. Features four remixes of "Going Backwards" plus "You Move" and "Poison Heart."
Joywave - Content LP (Hollywood)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. "Content is a world of shifting dynamics. Daniel Armbruster's (Joywave's lead singer and lyricist) fragile words give way to howling, bewildering blasts of rock and electronic programming. Powerful, immersive, lush, emotionally distant. The production by Armbruster, bassist Sean Donnelly and Rich Costey, who has worked with layered, dense-sounding bands such as Arctic Monkeys and Muse, is careful to keep the vocals out front.
Mystery Skulls - One Of Us LP (WB)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Genre-bending artist, producer, and singer Mystery Skulls builds built upon his sonic tapestry of soul, house, disco and R&B, while zeroing in on a single "Big Brother"-esque concept.
George Strait - Pure Country [OST/1992] LP (MCA Nashville)
First-time on vinyl. With the help of producer Tony Brown, George Strait redefined his relationship to the contemporary country mainstream with this 1992 soundtrack album, which became the bestselling single release of his career.
The Jerry Douglas Band - What If LP (Rounder/Concord)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Jerry Douglas, the 14x Grammy award winner who has played on over 2,000 separate recordings (Alison Krauss, Mumford & Sons, James Taylor, etc.), presents a new album with a unique sound and a brand-new outfit of musicians, hand-picked by Douglas himself. On What If, Douglas decisively merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul he's spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he - or anyone else - has done before. From the up-tempo combination of what Douglas calls 'bebop jazz and caveman jazz' on "Cavebop" to the symphonically sweeping title track, What If delves into areas unexplored by any other musician, much less by Dobro. The album also includes a funky, soulful take on Tom Waits' "2:19" and a blistering bluegrass-meets-jam-band reinvention of the classic "Hey Joe." [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping [Reissue/1974] 2xLP (Analogue Productions)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Nuthin' Fancy [Reissue/1975] 2xLP (Analogue Productions)
200gm audiophile 45rpm pressings of Lynyrd Skynyrd's second and third albums - each housed in a gatefold sleeve. Machine Gun Kelly - Bloom LP (Bad Boy/Interscope) Released last May on CD - now available on vinyl. Third studio album from the rapper.
Gensu Dean - R.A.W. (Refined Alkaline Water) LP (Mello Music)
Released last December on CD - now available on vinyl. Veteran producer Gensu Dean (for David Banner, Ol Dirty Bastard, CL Smooth, Planet Asia, etc.) comes back with his first compilation since Lo Fi Fingahz. The new project is as rugged as the name implies and features artists like Diamond D, Homeboy Sandman, Roc Marciano and more.
Lindstrøm - Tensions 12" (Smalltown Supersound)
Lindstrøm returns with a brand new 12" of his trademark epics! Tensions is classic Lindstrom. On the flip a remix by DJ Sprinkles collaborator and Comatose artist Will Long who delivered one of last year's best albums with Long Trax.
Ásgeir - Afterglow LP+CD (One Little Indian)
Second album from the Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and collaborator. Afterglow sees Ásgeir depart from the sentiment and sound of his first outing in many ways, bringing a great deal more electronic instrumentation into the fold, and adopting R&B and soul elements. The album leaves behind the folk-tinged acoustics and dives head first into melancholic, melodic electronica in its purest form.
Maximum Effort - Money Lies & Media Reels LP (Big Muddy)
Madness and truth are said to be inseparable, and with their album Money, Lies, & Media Reels, St Louis's Maximum Effort is a testament to that statement. Resting somewhere between science-fiction and stone-cold gospel, Maximum Effort is a self-described punk rock "awareness group" that uses a tightly honed guitar driven sound to deliver a spastic message about government cover-ups, alien conspiracies, and technologies that control our every move.
Abbath - Abbath [Reissue/2016] LP (Season Of Mist)
Limited transparent red/black marbled gatefold pressing of the Immortal frontman's debut solo album.
Reissues & From The Vaults
Chris Bell - I Am The Cosmos [Reissue/1972] 2xCD/LP+MP3 (Omnivore)
After co-founding Big Star, the world only received two tracks of new music from Chris Bell during his lifetime-a 1978 single on the Car Records label run by Chris Stamey (dB's, Sneakers) titled "I Am The Cosmos" b/w "You And Your Sister." He would tragically be killed in a car accident later that same year. However, those were not the only tracks Bell had recorded in his post-Big Star years. In 1974-1975, Bell worked in the famed Château D'Hérouville near Paris, France, and later recorded at both Shoe Studios and Ardent Studios in Memphis. Some of that material arrived in 1992 as I Am The Cosmos to great acclaim. An expanded 2009 release nearly doubled the track listing, adding alternate mixes, as well as some of Bell's pre-Big Star recordings. With those early recordings now taking their proper place on Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star (released in July 2017), it is now time for the definitive version of I Am The Cosmos. In addition to the bonus material found on the 1992 release and 2009 reissue, this new double-CD adds ten tracks, eight of which are previously unissued and two making their CD debut. [Limited clear vinyl pressing with an accompanying download of the bonus material is also available.]
Shawn Colvin - A Few Small Repairs [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
The 20th Anniversary of Shawn Colvin's 1996 masterpiece is commemorated with a newly remastered version of the album on CD and first-time vinyl pressing.
Linda Ronstadt - Simple Dreams [Reissue/1977] CD/2xLP (Elektra)
Digitally remastered and expanded 40th Anniversary edition including three bonus live recordings from a 1980 HBO concert special.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
The Doors - The Singles 2xCD/2xCD+Blu-ray/20x7" (Elektra)
Collects all 20 US singles released by The Doors with their corresponding B-sides, gathered together for the first time (44 tracks total). As a bonus, the CD features four original mono radio versions of some of the band's biggest hits which have never been made available anywhere after being sent to radio stations around their original release. The Deluxe CD edition adds high-resolution quadrophonic mixes of the 1973 compilation The Best Of The Doors on Blu-ray for the first time. The 20x7" box set is hands-down awesome. Free button pack with purchase.
Various Artists - A Tribute To John D. Loudermilk CD (BFD)
More than two dozen Loudermilk tunes including "Tobacco Road," "Abilene," and "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" performed by Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more. The set was recorded live on March 24, 2016 during an evening at the Franklin Theater hosted by songwriter Peter Cooper. Although ill at the time, Loudermilk was on hand to see the outpouring of love and respect during the tribute show, and died six months later at the age of 82.
Hank Williams III - Greatest Hits CD/LP+MP3 (Curb)
15 of Hank III's biggest selling country songs for the first time in one package. Available on vinyl as well as CD, this collection simultaneously showcases Hank's strong country influences from his legendary heritage as well as his own outlaw edge.
Steve Miller Band - Ultimate Hits CD/2xCD (Capitol)
One of history's most important rock bands return with a new collection featuring seminal tracks including "Abracadabra," "The Joker" and "Take The Money And Run." The double-CD version also includes four previously unreleased live tracks, three previously unreleased studio tracks and one previously unreleased demo. In 2016 Steve Miller was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist. [Vinyl edition due October 27.]
Deep Purple - A Fire In The Sky: Selected Career Spanning Songs CD/3xCD (Rhino)
A Fire In The Sky features 20 songs and focuses mainly on the band's singles. The Deluxe three CD edition dives even deeper into Purple's past with 40 songs and includes at least one track from every studio album through Now What?! [Vinyl editions due November 3.]
Live & In Concert
Carole King - Tapestry: Live In Hyde Park CD+DVD/CD+Blu-ray (Sony Legacy)
A spectacular concert for more than 65,000 fans in Hyde Park on July 3, 2016 celebrating the 45th anniversary of Carole King's 1971 masterpiece - the first-ever performance of the entire album in sequence.
Madonna - Rebel Heart Tour 2xCD (Eagle Vision)
22 tracks performed around the world on her 10th global trek. [DVD and Blu-ray editions also available.]
Carrie Newcomer - Live At The Buskirk-Chumley Theater With Friends CD (Available Light)
This concert was recorded Oct. 16, 2016, at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Carrie's hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Many of the songs performed and recorded during the concert were on The Beautiful Not Yet, as well as a few favorites from albums past.
DVDs & Bluray
Old Crow Medicine Show - 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde The Concert DVD/Blu-Ray DVD/Blu-ray)
Last year, to mark the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde, Old Crow Medicine Show performed Dylan's classic album in its entirety at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The event coincided with an exhibit that explored Dylan's time in Nashville: "Dylan, Cash And The Nashville Cat: A New Music City."