August Burns Red – Phantom Anthem CD (Fearless)
The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal, uncorking a barrage of infectious intensity. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy. [Vinyl edition due October 13.]
Jeff Beck – Live At The Hollywood Bowl 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP+DVD (Eagle Vision)
In the summer of 2016, Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The setlist reached back to his first recordings with The Yardbirds in 1966 and came right up to date with tracks from his most recent album Loud Hailer. Guests include Billy F. Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Hall, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart and Steven Tyler. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray versions also available.]
The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers CD/LP (Metal Blade)
The Black Dahlia Murder’s eighth album shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. [Limited colored vinyl pressings also available.]
Carla Bruni – French Touch CD/LP (Verve)
Carla Bruni returns with an exciting collection of some classic hits performed in her signature softer, coffee house style. Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence”, The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”, and ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” appear.
Citizen – As You Please CD/LP+MP3 (Run For Cover)
While the cathartic melancholy of their debut Youth and the jarring intensity of 2015’s Everybody Is Going To Heaven are both present, the most welcome addition to Citizen’s arsenal on As You Please is the range of auxiliary instrumentation and sonic experimentation on the album.
Cults – Offering CD/LP+MP3 (Omnian Music Group)
Four years after Static, Cults return an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life.
The Darkness – Pinewood Smile CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
“Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, auto-tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM sh*t, Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness in electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career.”
Liam Gallagher – As You Were CD/LP (WB)
“Always operating in the shadow of his brother Noel, Liam Gallagher had difficulty separating himself from Oasis. Maybe that’s his fault, since he retained nearly the entire lineup of Oasis for Beady Eye, the group he formed after splitting with his sibling in 2009, but that band never gained traction — which had the unfortunate side effect of slowing Liam’s momentum. He pulled the plug on Beady Eye in 2014 and spent a couple of years regrouping, re-emerging in 2017 with As You Were. The very title suggests Gallagher is picking up where Oasis left off.” — Stephen Thomas Erlewine.
Kelela – Take Me Apart CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Kelela’s debut album emerges as an epic portrait of an artist spanning the past and future of R&B. In her hands, however, the genre knows no boundaries and so Take Me Apart exists as a singular and fearless addition to a canon of recent classics.
Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye and Jim White – Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye and Jim White 2xCD (Caldo Verde)
“For such a legendary curmudgeon, Mark Kozelek sure seems to play well with others. Following his collaborative LPs with Jesu’s Justin Broadrick and Parquet Courts’ Sean Yeaton, Mark Kozelek has teamed up with Ben Boye and Xylouris White/Dirty Three’s Jim White for a new album.”
Gill Landry – Love Rides A Dark Horse CD/LP (ATO)
Following his critically acclaimed, self-titled 2015 debut, Gill Landry’s Love Rides A Dark Horse reflects the better part of a year the singer/songwriter spent picking up the pieces of a failed relationship. Touring and recording alone during this period, he wrote with unflinching honesty about depression and expectation and desire. “Love and hate need each other for either to have meaning and I feel like it’s the same way with people,” says Landry. “I’d like to believe love always wins coming down the stretch – it just might not be the way you envisioned it.”
Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down CD/LP (Loma Vista)
On 10th album Heaven Upside Down, you can’t help but feel that Manson’s glancing back to the past. Throwbacks to numerous stepping stones in Manson’s career are given a punk feel – like the band have holed up in the Tate house again, or been rehearsing live for weeks to recapture the rawness of the Antichrist Superstar days. ‘Revelation #12’ is straight out of the traps with all the mechanical, riffy twitches of yesteryear and a primal howl. ‘We Know Where You F**king Live’ has all the white-hot intensity of ‘Irresponsible Hate Anthem’ or ‘The Reflecting God.’ ‘Say 10’ – originally the title of the record – is a big, snarling anthem that’s built for stages. Ultimately, Heaven Upside Down is a solid album that shows the Double M can still do what he got famous doing: write biting, anti-establishment goth rock full of dark, playful imagery.” – Team Rock
JD McPherson – Undivided Heart & Soul CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
JD McPherson presents what he calls “A truly romantic garage rock record” with Undivided Heart & Soul. Co-produced with Dan Molad (Lucius) and developed largely in the studio (that studio being the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville), the album carries a sense of immediacy and irreverence. “Most folks know us for our take on vintage R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll,” he says. “The past year, I’ve been digging so much into the heavier, brasher sounds of early rock ‘n’ roll…from bands like The Sonics, Link Wray, and into some early British rock such as The Creation…these influences feature heavily in these songs.”
Mister Heavenly – Boxing The Moonlight CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
“Supergroup” is a title that gets thrown around a lot, but in the case of Mister Heavenly, it’s well-deserved. The trio consists of Ryan Kattner (aka Honus Honus of Man Man), Nicholas Thorburn (The Unicorns, Islands) and Joe Plummer (The Shins, Cold War Kids, Modest Mouse). The band dabbled in love and affection on their first record, 2011’s Out of Love. This time, however, Mister Heavenly are in a scrappy mood, embracing a tougher sound than their previous effort. “We’re always trying to write the perfect little nugget,” Kattner says, that will endure even into the dystopian future that looks more and more likely every day. Or, as he puts it, “When you find that melted jukebox, and that Mister Heavenly record is spinning, you’re going to try your damndest to find a coin to put in it.” [Limited 180gm dark purple colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Jerrod Niemann – His Ride CD (Curb)
13 organic country songs, ranging in style from soulful anthem to red-hot party banger, and from lighthearted jam to deeply meaningful ballad.
Kele Okereke – Fatherland CD/LP (The End)
Fatherland is the first album to be released by Kele Okereke under his full name, following two acclaimed solo records as Kele, The Boxer and Trick, and five albums as the frontman of unparalleled British band Bloc Party. Kele recorded the album in Portland and it sees him embracing a much more organic – even classic – sonic palette, and ranges from delicate folk, sumptuous soul and insidious, dub reggae-meets-Weimar cabaret.
The Replacements – For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
The first official dive into the vaults for The Replacements since the 2008 expanded CD reissues. This live recording from Maxwell’s in 1986 is a relic from the much beloved era of the band with Bob Stinson as the guitarist. The 29-song performance captures the Replacements just a couple weeks removed from their performance on Saturday Night Live, with a set list touches on all five of the band’s albums to that point, plus a few rarities and covers.
Aurelia Kaitlyn Smith – The Kid CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
In 2015 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith released her first widely distributed full-length album, Euclid. Little more than a year later Smith returned with her wonderstruck psychedelic breakthrough EARS to universal praise in the spring of 2016. Pitchfork called EARS “rich and rewarding,” and included it in their list of the top twenty experimental albums of the year, while other outlets including NPR, SPIN, and Rolling Stone sung similar best-of-the-year praises.
Richard Thompson – Acoustic Rarities CD (Beeswing)
A collection of some of the most obscure material in Thompson’s catalogue, including tracks that have never previously been released along with some that have only been heard as cover versions.
Weaves – Wide Open CD/LP+MP3 (Kanine)
Toronto “Band To Watch” (Stereogum) alumni Weaves follow up last year’s self-titled debut with a second album. “The band has described Wide Open as its Americana record, though the songs only bear a passing resemblance to the genre. There’s pedal steel on the title track and a touch of twang on ‘Grass,’ but the songs, in general, flirt across genre lines: bombastic rock, jangly art-pop, freaked-out fuzz.” – NPR [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
The soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars and chaotic keys that make up Wolf Parade are on proud display over the course of Cry Cry Cry, the band’s thunderous first album in seven years.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Black Stone Cherry – Black To Blues LP+MP3 (Mascot)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Six blues-classics originally written and/or performed by legendary musicians like Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Booker T. Jones, Albert King and Freddy King.
The Clientele – Music For The Age Of Miracles LP+MP3 (Merge)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Of Montreal – Rune Husk 12”+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Four new songs from prolific songwriter Kevin Barnes. 180gm clear colored vinyl LP pressing.
P!NK – Can’t Take Me Home  2xLP (La Face)
P!NK – M!ssundaztood  2xLP (La Face)
P!NK – Try This [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (La Face)
Limited double 150gm vinyl LP pressings of P!NK’s first three albums now available.