Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, July 21st, 2017
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Barefoot In The Head CD+LP (Silver Arrow)
The self-produced Barefoot In The Head serves as the third collection of new material in only two years' time for the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The album opens with the Americana funk of "Behold The Seer," which sounds like something of a mission statement for the CRB. On the dreamy "She Shares My Blanket," Robinson crafts cinematic scenes from a winter love affair in the mountains, while elegant pedal steel added by special guest Barry Sless on "Blonde Light Of Day" casts a warm, romantic haze and "Blue Star Woman" sounds like T-Rex dressed in overalls living on a West Coast commune. Throughout Robinson and Co. deftly intertwine country, blues and psychedelia, even channeling freewheeling '60s folk on "Hark The Herald Hermit Speaks," a breakneck stream of consciousness that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. On the English psych inspired "Glow," which Robinson calls "one of the most special things I've ever done in the studio," The CRB are joined by the celebrated sarodist Alam Khan (son of the legendary Ali Akbar Khan).
Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life CD (Interscope)
Along with an appearance by The Weeknd on the title track, Del Rey expanded her circle of collaborators on her upbeat new album, Lust for Life, to include Sean Ono Lennon, hip-hop producer Boi-1da (Drake, Rihanna), and pop hitmakers Benny Blanco (Ed Sheeran, Major Lazer) and Max Martin (Katy Perry, Ariana Grande), among others. As a result, Del Rey's creative partners call Lust For Life her most diverse work to date. "There is a ton of hip-hop that's infused," Grant says. "But there are some [songs] that go back to her jazz and folk roots." Says Nowels, "There's hip-hop, piano songs, acoustic guitar songs, psychedelia." Del Rey's collaborators say she was well aware that listeners could use some positivity in 2017.
Tyler, The Creator - Scum F**k Flower Boy CD (Sony)
14 new tracks - includes guest appearance from Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County, A$AP Rocky, and more.
Foster The People - Sacred Hearts Club CD (Columbia)
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." [Vinyl edition due August 11.]
Avey Tare - Eucalyptus CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Eucalyptus is the new studio album written and produced by Animal Collective's Avey Tare. Conceived on Hawaiian mornings, written on a sunlit bedroom afternoon in Los Angeles, practiced in the dark early hours of the California twilight, recommended listening for dawn or dusk. Recorded by Animal Collective's Deakin (Josh Dibb), featuring chamber orchestration arranged by Eyvind Kang, musicians Angel Deradoorian and Jessika Kenney, Eucalyptus is an immersive album length electroacoustic movement through leaves, rocks and dust.
s a r a s a r a - a m o r f a t i CD/2xLP (One Little Indian)
s a r a s a r a is a 29-year-old French woman who, by day, works as a project manager for an agency making mobile apps, and by night is a performer and musical artist whose recordings echo Björk's recent declaration in the Guardian: "I build bridges between tech and the human things we do." That's what s a r a s a r a does (she remains surname-less because she wants to protect the day job and renders her name with spaces between the letters, because "it looks beautiful even though it's really challenging for search engines"). She uses Ableton, Korg and Tenori-on, those must-haves for the modern at-home composer-producer, as well as various keyboards and African instruments.
Nicole Atkins - Goodnight Rhonda Lee CD/LP (Single Lock)
Nicole Atkins is a rare artist whose timeless songwriting and raw, emotional voice spans decades - a miasma of faded glamour and nostalgic pop noir. Nicole's voice has always recalled a classic vinyl collection, a heir to the legacy of Roy Orbison, Lee Hazlewood, Sinatra, Aretha, Carole King and Candi Staton. However, she remains untethered to a decade or movement or the whim of the hipster elite. In order to capture the timelessness she sought for her fourth studio album Goodnight Rhonda Lee, Nicole enlisted a modern day Wrecking Crew, Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, TX who had just risen to national acclaim as Leon Bridges' secret weapon, and co-writers like Chris Isaak and Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds).
Vera Blue - Perennial CD (Capitol)
Debut album by Australian electro-folk artist. "While there is a stylistic distinctiveness between individual tracks, the album is cohesive overall. Perennial is an ambitious debut. It follows a narrative of the initial rawness of a relationship which is then transformed into a celebration of renewal and vivacity." -- Beat
Sara Evans - Words CD/LP (Born To Fly)
The first new album from the country singer in over three years was co-produced with Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts).
Violent Femmes - Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America CD (PIAS America)
Violent Femmes' new live album, 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged in America, includes rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests and random improvisations. While visiting radio stations to support their latest record I Can Do Anything, Violent Femmes and their talented backing band of multi-instrumentalists recorded this live record using special equipment and recording techniques to capture an ideal sound. "This is the first time we've delivered a full scale recording to the public which captures the sound and spirit of the band the way we play together when we're working out songs in the hotel or dressing room," says bassist Brian Ritchie. The intriguing vulnerability of a live show captured in a refined recording is unable to be matched by a polished studio session. Ritchie explains further, "This project refocuses attention upon the repertoire as a whole by stripping songs to their essentials, conveying them without artifice and removing them from any timelines. It's the closest we've gotten to the essence of Violent Femmes." [Vinyl edition due August 4.]
Mr. Big - Defying Gravity CD (Frontiers)
Produced by Kevin Elson, who's worked with Mr. Big on their classic albums from the Eighties and Nineties, Defying Gravity features inspired songwriting, virtuosic musicianship and most importantly, tasty fretwork." - Guitar World [Vinyl edition due August 18.]
Declan McKenna - What Do You Think About The Car? CD (Sony)
Debut album from the 18-year-old alternative singer/songwriter and socially conscious artist. Of the album's lead single, "Humongous," Declan says, "this was the last song I wrote for the record, not to pick a favorite child, but I think this might be. Definitely a step in the direction I'm heading in. I love big powerful choruses that you can just scream and I wanted this to be one of those." Other tracks on the album include the song "Listen To Your Friends," produced by Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend; "Paracetamol," produced by Neil Comber; and "Brazil," produced by Max Marlow.
Harts - Smoke Fire Hope Desire CD/LP (Washington Square/Concord)
"When Prince invited Darren Hart, aka Harts, to his Paisley Park mansion in 2014, he famously said, 'He reminds me of me at that age.' The praise could hardly be higher for the Melbourne singer/multi-instrumentalist, and while it would be hyperbolic to call him heir to the throne after Prince's untimely death in April 2016, on Harts' second LP he demonstrates the maturity, skill and range to show that he's no flash in the pan. Where 2014 debut Daydreamer was an electro-funk-dominated nod to his musical mentor - think Justin Timberlake with guitars - Smoke Fire Hope Desire is more purple haze than Purple One, with more gravelly riffs and fewer squiggly synth lines, surely concocted with live crowds in mind. Tracks like 'All Rise' and 'Power' are rollicking rock jams that combine chant-along choruses with Harts' virtuosic shredding, while the smoky atmospherics of 'Fear In Me' and 'Deeper The Hole' reveal the musician's broodier side, despite the overwhelmingly positive, self-empowering tone of his broad message." - Rolling Stone
Stanton Moore - With You In Mind: The Songs Of Allen Toussaint CD/LP+MP3 (Cool Green)
New release from Galactic-drummer Stanton Moore with David Torkanowsky (keyboards) and James Singleton (bass) features an all-star cast: Cyril Neville, Jolynda Kiki Chapman, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty, Maceo Parker, and Wendell Pierce.
Stu Larsen - Resolute CD/LP (Nettwerk)
Singer-songwriter Stu Larsen's 'Resolute' brings the self-professed vagabond's experiences around the globe to life triggering feelings as if you were right there with him on his journey.
Goldfinger - The Knife CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
The Knife includes 13 catchy, energetic tracks that showcase the evolution of the punk/ska band. Goldfinger's first new album since 2008's Hello Destiny... features several notable guest appearances, including Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun, Mighty Mighty Boss Tones' Nate Albert and ONE OK ROCK's Takahiro Moriuchi among many others.
In This Moment - Ritual CD (Roadrunner)
Throughout history, art rejoices and revels in the wisdom of women. Within a deck of tarot cards, the High Priestess serves as the guardian of the unconscious. In Greek mythology, the old oracles celebrate the Mother Goddess. William Shakespeare posited portentous prescience in the form of Macbeth's Three Witches. On their sixth fulllength album Ritual, In This Moment-Maria Brink [vocals, piano], Chris Howorth [lead guitar], Travis Johnson [bass], Randy Weitzel [rhythm guitar], and Kent Diimel [drums]-unearth a furious and focused feminine fire from a cauldron of jagged heavy metal, hypnotic alternative, and smoky voodoo blues
Decrepit Birth - Axis Mundi CD (Nuclear Blast)
Awakening from a 7-year slumber, the newest offering from technical death metallers Decrepit Birth is entwined with musical athleticism and characteristic esoteric themes. Axis Mundi was recorded at three different studios over the course of a year. The clarity, the power, the musicianship, and the brutality aren't vying for attention. They're in absolute harmony. The guitars are razor sharp yet spine-snappingly heavy. The drums are genre-defining, recalling what Sean Reinert, Gene Hoglan, and Steve Flynn did for Death and Atheist, respectively. And the bass has a great deep-end against the ceaselessly wicked rhythms. Tracks like "Hieroglyphic," "Spirit Guide" and "The Sacred Geometry" wouldn't crush skulls and blow minds if it wasn't for the accomplished mixing and mastering of Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios. The icing on the cake is the astonishing cover artwork that was made by renowned fantasy artist Dan Seagrave (Morbid Angel, Entombed, The Devil Wears Prada).
Wintersun - The Forest Seasons CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Since the band's inception in 2003 Wintersun has released two critically acclaimed full-length records, 2004's self-titled Wintersun album and 2012's Time I, each of which blended elements of power metal, melodic death metal, neo-classical metal and black metal into their own genre. The Forest Seasons is Wintersun's third full length release, comprised of four sprawling tracks which clock in at thirteen plus minutes each. The new collection picks up on some of the atmospheric aspects of Time I while incorporating more aspects of the band's black and symphonic metal elements.
New on Vinyl
Radiohead - OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 3xLP+Cassette+MP3 (XL)
This Deluxe Boxed Edition features a black box emblazoned with a dark image of a burned copy of OK Computer containing three heavyweight 180 gram black 12" vinyl records and a hardcover book containing more than thirty artworks (many of which have never been seen before) and full lyrics to all the tracks (except the ones that haven't really got any lyrics). Under this weighty tome are yet more surprises: a notebook containing 104 pages from Thom Yorke's library of scrawled notes of the time, a sketchbook containing 48 pages of Donwood and Tchock's "preparatory work" and a C90 cassette mix tape compiled by the band, taken from OK Computer session archives and demo tapes.
The Regrettes - Feel Your Feelings, Fool! LP (WB)
Released last January on CD - now available on vinyl. Perfectly imperfect - that's one way to describe L.A. based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O -- with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of '50s and '60s acts a la The Temptations or Buddy Holly -- the four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.
Roxy Music - Avalon [Reissue/1982] LP (Virgin)
Vinyl reissue of the eighth and final studio album by Roxy Music. Avalon is widely considered one of their finest albums and filled with lush, elegant soundscapes that are far removed from the edgy pop of their early recordings. Features the singles "More Than This", "Avalon", and "Take A Chance With Me".
The Beach Boys - Wild Honey [Reissue/1967] LP (Capitol)
Originally mixed in mono, The Beach Boys transitional 1967 album Wild Honey is newly mixed in stereo for the very first time and pressed on 180gm vinyl.
Eagles - Their Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2 2xLP (Elektra)
Two of the best-selling albums of all time together on 180gm vinyl.
Carl Perkins - The Best Of The Sun Records Sessions LP (ORG Music)
Prime selections of Carl Perkins' material from his time at the legendary Sun Record Company in Memphis. The recordings have been remastered for vinyl. The album includes favorites like Roll Over Beethoven, Blue Suede Shoes, and Only You. [Limited cream colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Moloch - Moloch [Reissue/1969] LP (Stax)
A supremely successful combination of rock, hard blues, psychedelic acid-washed guitar solos, and blue eyed soul, Moloch is a prime example of the wildly eclectic music coming from Memphis at the time. 180gm.
Various Artists - The Passion Of Charlie Parker 2xLP (Impulse!)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. On this Impulse! Release, Charlie Parker's music is uniquely re-imagined by living legends of the modern jazz scene. Produced by Larry Klein, and including artists like Ben Monder, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, and Gregory Porter, this 'musical play' follows the narrative arc of Bird's life.
Bill Frisell/Morgan Thomas - Small Town 2xLP (ECM)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York's hallowed Village Vanguard.
Ras Kass - Soul On Ice [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Priority)
Vinyl reissue of the acclaimed debut album by West Coast emcee Ras Kass. The album's title is a reference to Black Panther member Eldridge Cleaver's 1968 book Soul On Ice.
Clint Mansell - Black Mirror: San Junipero [OST] LP (Lakeshore)
In October 2016 Netflix debuted the six-episode third season of Black Mirror. This season featured an amazing array of composers including Max Richter (Nosedive), Bear McCreary (Nosedive), Alex Heffes (Shut Up And Dance), Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (Men Against Fire), and Martin Phipps (Hated In The Nation). Composed by Clint Mansell, the beloved fourth episode, San Junipero, takes place in a seaside town in 1987. Two pressings: Limited purple colored and limited picture disc.
Soundtrack - Sid & Nancy: Love Kills [Reissue/1986] CD/LP (Geffen)
Soundtrack to the 1986 biopic on the lives of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen featuring songs from Clash founder Joe Strummer, former Pistols' bandmate Steve Jones, Velvet Underground's John Cale, plus contributions from The Pogues and Circle Jerks, as well as actor Gary Oldman.
Soundtrack - Walk The Line  LP (Craft)
First-time vinyl edition. Joaquin Phoenix delivers a fiery collection of Johnny Cash's most memorable songs on this Grammy-winning soundtrack. Producer T-Bone Burnett navigated Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and their fellow cast members through new recordings of classic country and rockabilly tunes. With additional tracks by Tyler Hilton, Johnathan Rice, Shooter Jennings and Waylon Payne, this album serves as a lively tribute and worthy companion to Cash's original works.
Chuck Johnson - Balsams LP (VDSQ)
Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician who approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on guitar, experimental electronics, minimalism and soundtrack composition. Johnson's pedal steel guitar debut delivers a group of pieces for ambient meditation. Recorded in a single two-week session during late 2015, and subsequently arranged/constructed/treated in the studio in spring of 2016, Balsams is awash in layers of tonal perfection. Balsams is a record that lives outside genre and time, one that continues to develop with each successive deep listen. A unique expansion in the VDSQ catalog, Balsams is an album created in the hopes of providing solace and regenerative energies for many years to come.
Popul Vuh - Sei still, wisse ICH BIN LP  (Wah Wah/Supersonic Sounds)
Originally released on Klaus Schulze's Innovative Communication label in 1981, 'Sei still, wisse ICH BIN' is Popol Vuh's 13th LP. Fricke and Fichelscher worked under the production of Klaus Schulze himself and were helped for the occasion by Chris Karrer on soprano sax, Renate Knaup on vocals and the Chorensemble der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Two of its songs, Laß los and ...als lebtendie Engel auf Erden where used on the soundtrack of Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo, from 1982.
Florian Fricke - Die Erde Und Ich Sind Eins  (Wah Wah/Supersonic Sounds)
Issued in 1983 as a limited private pressing, Die Erde und Ich sind Eins was Florian Fricke's first 'solo' LP. It features the guitar of his Popol Vuh partner Daniel Fichelsher and vocals by Anni Morris Wieland, Bettina Fricke Waldthausend, Dieter Prym, Florian Fricke, Gisela Von Doering, Jana Faust, Klaudia Wieland & others. 'You could label it as 'body-space-music' where you sing inside the body and take it in such a way that every cell in the body, from the sole of the foot to the crown of the head, starts to vibrate. In order to be able to realise this I have experimented to find where speech resonates in the body. The consonants vibrate at the body walls, the bones and flesh and the vowels fill the body spaces. And that sounds like a gong-concert: it also has a great therapeutic effect.' - Florian Fricke
Andrew Belling - Wizards LP  (Wyrd War)
Wyrd War very proudly presents the original motion picture soundtrack to Ralph Bakshi's animated masterwork Wizards, on vinyl for the very first time! Ostensibly Bakshi's "family film," this almost impossibly PG rated post-apocalyptic "fantasy epic of peace and magic" emerged like a strange fungus through fissures in the Hollywood machine in 1977 to psychedelicize unsuspecting audiences with slouching android assassins, nearly nude fairy wenches, supernatural siblings skirmishing for world domination between slugs of cheap wine, demonic dog soldiers belly-crawling through skeletal landscapes of airbrushed fog, and, perhaps most memorably, terrifying genocidal elfin warfare punctuated with Leni Riefenstahl stock footage, all perfectly choreographed to a beautifully ethereal sci-fi jazz soundtrack seemingly scorched with atomic energy. Such music! Composer Andrew Belling delivered one of the first truly musical scores for a major Hollywood film composed almost entirely for ARP 2500 and ARP 2600 synthesizers. 40 years after its theatrical release, the music of Wizards continues to fascinate, perplex and inspire viewers, like a beautifully handcrafted Rorschach test of the late 20th century's excesses, hopes and increasingly foreboding anxieties of things to come.
Yoke Lore - Goodpain EP 10" (Independent Label Alliance)
Brooklyn-based Yoke Lore is the new musical venture of Adrian Galvin (Yellerkin, Walk The Moon). Yoke Lore layers the harmonies of Panda Bear, the soulful beats of M83, and the modern pop of Blackbird Blackbird to tell the stories of how we are bound. Bone colored vinyl.
The Indoor Garden Party - The Musical LP (Model 101)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Curated by principal songwriter Russell Crowe, The Indoor Garden Party currently features Canadian folk rock hero Alan Doyle and chart-topping producer Carl Falk, as well as master vocalists Scott Grimes and Samantha Barks. Free from conventional restraints, their ever-growing songbook spans a variety of genres including pop, soul, rock and folk.
Chon - Homey LP+MP3 (Sumerian)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from the instrumental progressive band.
The White Noise - AM/PM LP+MP3 (Fearless)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Southern CA's The White Noise have launched an audio assault onto the scene with their brand of kinetic, heavy-hitting tunes, packing a high dose of punk aesthetic. Limited white and purple colored vinyl pressing.
Napalm Death - From Enslavement To Obliteration [Reissue/1988] LP (Earache)
Vinyl reissue of the grindcore band's last album to feature vocalist Lee Dorrian and guitarist Bill Steer and the first to include Shane Embury on bassist.
Tau Cross - Pillar Of Fire LP (Relapse)
Tau Cross, the multinational punk/heavy metal collective revolving around Amebix bassist/frontman Rob "The Baron" Miller, Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War//Plague, return with their sophomore full-length. Pillar Of Fire is comprised of dark folk witchery to industrial punk metal brutalism; a moody melting pot of Killing Joke's metallic post-punk and Motörhead's anthemic, hard rock with flourishes of traditional instrumentation and an infusion of 16th century English mysticism.
Reissues & From The Archives
Ramones - Leave Home (40th Anniversary Edition) [Reissue/1977] CD/3xCD+LP (Rhino)
Following on from the 40th Anniversary Deluxe version of the Ramones' debut comes the expanded edition of the original punks' second album - another 30 minute opus of buzzsaw rock. Released in January 1977, Leave Home features a clutch of Ramones' classics including "Swallow My Pride," "Pinhead," "Suzy Is A Headbanger," "California Sun" (a hit for the Rivieras in the '60s) and of course the controversial "Carbona Not Glue." Produced by Tony Bongiovi and Tommy Ramone, Leave Home also features the engineering talents of Ed Stasium, who would go on to work with the band over numerous other releases, and is on hand to compile this 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album. Along with the remastered edition of the original album, this set includes a special 40th Anniversary Remaster Mix along with the Sundragon Rough Mix and other assorted mixes. A live set recorded at CBGB's on 4/2/77 is also included, as well as a copy of the 40th Anniversary mix on vinyl.
Sam Frazier Jr. - Take Me Back CD/LP (Big Legal Mess)
In the story of southern soul, the studios of Memphis and Alabama's Muscle Shoals region loom large, effectively overshadowing other musical scenes in the South, including that of Birmingham, Alabama. A leading force in the soul movement there was Neal Hemphill, who set up his Sound Of Birmingham production studio in the basement of his plumbing shop in the mid- '60s and continued recording until a decade later, when health problems led him to sell the operation. A regular at the studio was Sam Frazier, Jr., whose power as a southern soul vocalist is captured here in recordings he made between 1969 and 1971.