Alvarez Kings – Somewhere Between CD (Sire/London/Rhino)
Four lads from South Yorkshire, UK who gleefully share their moniker with an infamous old school South American gang, Alvarez Kings summon pop power through timeless analog synth and guitar magic.
Blackfoot Gypsies – To The Top CD/LP (Plowboy)
“The Nashville-based roots rockers deliver a hearty and full-bodied rock ‘n’ roll platter with help from some of Nashville s finest talent, including red-hot singer Margo Price.” – No Depression
Direct Hit! – Domesplitter [Reissue/2011] CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Direct Hit! has been pumping out their own brand of pop-punk infused mind altering tracks for about a decade now. In 2011, after half a dozen EPs and dozens of demos released to the DH faithful on the internet, Direct Hit! threw together a collection of these songs that would comprise their debut full length Domesplitter.
Lillie Mae – Forever And Then Some CD/LP+MP3 (Third Man)
Nashville is a lifer’s town and Lillie Mae is a true music lifer, singing and playing on stages across America since she was but three years old. Her much-anticipated debut album, Forever And Then Some, sees the Music City-based singer/ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist weaving classic country, bluegrass, and blues with her own extraordinary experiences to create a breathtaking song cycle of romance and struggle, solitude and adventure. Penned and performed with uncommon spirit and invention, songs like “Wash Me Clean” and the plaintive first single, “Over The Hill and Through The Woods,” stand out as snapshots of intimacies, encounters, and moments that matter, reverberating with earnest emotion and restless creative energy. Produced by Jack White III at Third Man Studio in Nashville.
John Mayer – The Search For Everything CD (Columbia)
In his first release since Paradise Valley back in 2013, The Search For Everything (rolled out in a series of four “Waves”) sees John Mayer come back strong with several nods to his roots. Album track “Moving On And Getting Over” was one of the first songs he wrote for the album back in spring 2014. The R&B-influenced tune is soulful and powerful with one of his well-known classic guitar solos and an unexpected hook with Mayer singing ‘I still can’t seem to get you off my mind’ with a full-stop between each word. It isn’t any secret that while he initially started composing The Search For Everything in 2014, Mayer was going through a rough breakup with singer/songwriter Katy Perry, and like other songs on the album, “Moving On And Getting Over” is about a breakup. Mayer stated that he had started feeling his mood lift by the time he finished writing and recording the song, which explains its upbeat conclusion. “If I’d had to finish it a year ago, it wouldn’t have this ending.” As for the rest of the album, Mayer told Rolling Stone “I, for the first time in my life, believe I recorded exactly what I was feeling. It’s about my impression of loss.” [Vinyl edition due May 26.]
Michael Nesmith – Infinite Tuesday: Autobiographical Riffs – The Music CD (Rhino)
Michael Nesmith tells the story of his eclectic life in his upcoming book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff (Deckle Edge). On this audio companion, Nesmith focuses mainly on the numerous solo albums that he recorded during the ‘70s.
Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart CD/LP (Six Shooter Recordings)
Since the release of his 2015 debut, Angeleno, Outlaw remains one of L.A.’s only modern country singers to earn international acclaim. With his follow-up, Tenderheart, he shows an impressive refinement of his artistic identity. Sonically, the album further elaborates Outlaw’s SoCal country sound: a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country’s neo-traditionalists and L.A.’s legendary singer-songwriters.
Chris Shiflett – West Coast Town CD (SideOneDummy)
New solo album from Chris Shiflett, best known as lead guitarist for Foo Fighters.
Soundtrack – The Fate Of The Furious: The Album CD (Artist Partner Group/Atlantic)
The Fate Of The Furious (the franchise’s eighth release) marks the first film of the franchise since The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) not to star Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013 during the filming of Furious 7 (2015). The hip-hop heavy soundtrack features Travis Scott, Migos, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, Post Malone, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Kehlani, PnB Rock and more.
The String Cheese Incident – Believe CD/LP (SCI Fidelity)
Believe was recorded and produced in the newly founded “Sound Lab,” a hybrid recording studio and band hangout in Colorado. Each band member’s eclectic tastes shine throughout the diverse recording from the contagious single, “Sweet Spot,” to the country/hip-hop hybrid “Get Tight,” to Eagles-esque “Down A River,” to the psychedelia of “Flying” and the Afro-Caribbean reggae rhythms of “Beautiful.”
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Mars [OST] LP+MP3 (Milan)
Released late last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis deliver a cosmic title song and score to Nation Geographic’s MARS, the network’s six-part series that predicts an international crew of astronauts’ critical, maiden mission to the red planet.
Dance Gavin Dance – Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean  12” (Rise)
Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain  LP (Rise)
Dance Gavin Dance – Dance Gavin Dance  LP (Rise)
Limited color vinyl pressings.
Daryl Hall/John Oates – Rock’n Soul Part 1 [Reissue/1983] LP+MP3 (RCA)
Limited 150gm vinyl LP pressing.
Soundtrack – 31: A Rob Zombie Film LP (UMe)
Along with tracks by The James Gang, Kitty Wells, The Mamas & The Papas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ernest Tubb & more, this soundtrack to the 2016 film includes the score music from Zombie and John 5.
Soundtrack – Moana LP (Walt Disney)
Released late last year on CD – now available on vinyl. “Pacific contributors to the soundtrack of Disney’s latest animated film Moana say the music is an authentic reflection of the sound and culture of the South Pacific. Moana follows the adventures of a young Polynesian princess and navigator who is accompanied by the superhero-demigod Maui, but in the run-up to the film’s premiere reaction has been divided between those who have praised its cultural inclusiveness and others who feared the potential for cultural appropriation. Australian based band Te Vaka was approached by Disney to help write the soundtrack and its bandleader Opetaia Foa’i said despite the controversy, the filmmakers spent years researching to get the film right.” – Radio New Zealand