New Releases for April 1, 2022
CDs + Vinyl:
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love CD/2xLP/Cassette (WB)
Unlimited Love serves as the L.A. funk-rockers follow-up to 2016’s The Getaway and their first with former guitarist John Frusciante since 2006’s Stadium Arcadium. The 17-track double album is introduced by the meditative lead single “Black Summer”. Drummer Chad Smith commented on the direction of the band’s twelfth album, “John hasn’t been in our group in 10 years. That’s a long time. So of course, it’s going to sound different, but it’s going to sound like the four of us because we do have this special chemistry together. It sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it’s different and new, and to me that’s great.”
Animals As Leaders – Parrhesia CD (Sumerian)
The groundbreaking, genre defying instrumental trio release their highly anticipated new album. [Vinyl edition – including an indie store exclusive orange color pressing – due April 22.]
Beirut – Artifacts CD/2xLP (Pompeii)
Artifacts began humbly as a means of compiling a few early Beirut EPs for a proper physical release. However, as Zach Condon explains in the album’s excellent liner notes, reconnecting with old recordings through fresh ears turned a simple re-issue project into something much more expansive. “When the decision came to re-release this collection, I found myself digging through hard drives looking for something extra to add to the compilation,” he notes. “What started as a few extra unreleased tracks from my formative recording years quickly grew into an entire extra records-worth of music from my past, and a larger project of remixing and remastering everything I found for good measure.”
Paul Cauthen – Country Coming Down CD/LP (Velvet Rose)
Paul Cauthen first earned his reputation as a fire-breathing truth-teller with the acclaimed roots rock band Sons Of Fathers, but it wasn’t until the 2016 release of his solo debut, My Gospel, that he truly tapped into the full depth of his prodigious talents. Vice Noisey dubbed it “a somber reminder of how lucky we are to be alive,” while Texas Monthly raved that Cauthen “sound[s] like the Highwaymen all rolled into one: he’s got Willie’s phrasing, Johnny’s haggard quiver, Kristofferson’s knack for storytelling, and Waylon’s baritone.”
Gerald Clayton – Bells On Sand CD/LP (Blue Note)
Pianist/composer Gerald Clayton explores the impact and abstraction of time on his ravishing second Blue Note album Bells On Sand, which features contributions from mentor Charles Lloyd on saxophone, father John Clayton on bass, longtime friend and peer Justin Brown on drums, and new collaborator Maro on vocals.
Daryl Hall – Before After 2xCD (Sony Legacy)
Drawing from 35 years of recordings, Before After unites highlights from Daryl Hall’s five studio albums and his groundbreaking Live From Daryl’s House performance series. Compiled and sequenced by Hall, its 30 songs paint a deeply soulful self-portrait of the artist, exposing the emotional depth at the core of his every musical impulse.
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Remaining Titles Vol. 1 (1950-1961) CD (Document)
Born in Centerville, Texas, Hopkins learned the blues during his youth in Buffalo, Texas from Blind Lemon Jefferson and his older cousin, country-blues singer Alger Texas Alexander. Hopkins recorded prolifically in Texas. Occasionally traveling to the Midwest and Eastern US for recording sessions and concert appearances, it has been estimated that he recorded between 800 and 1000 songs during his career.
King Garbage – Heavy Metal Greasy Love CD/LP (Ipecac)
King Garbage is the result of a 16-year friendship and collaboration between Zach Cooper and Vic Dimotsis. As Grammy-nominated Producers, KG has brought a unique perspective on American soul Music through their recordings Bangers & Ash (2013), Make It Sweat (2017), and their production offerings for The Weeknd, SZA, Travis Scott, Ellie Goulding, Ricky Reed, THEY., Gallant, The Knocks, Jon Batiste, Billy Porter, and Leon Bridges. Their sound, traces of D’Angelo, J Dilla and Marvin Gaye’s influence are easily detectable and revered.
Meshuggah – Immutable CD/2xLP (Atomic Fire)
Full of surprises and yet instantly recognizable as the work of metal’s most idiosyncratic force, Immutable redefines and redesigns the Swedish progressive metal band’s sound across more than an hour of the most stimulating and absorbing music. [An indie store exclusive red color vinyl pressing is available.]
North Mississippi Allstars – Set Sail CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Luther and Cody Dickinson started the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 as a loose collective of like-minded second-generation musicians who shared a local repertoire and regional style. Over the years the lineup shifted by design, and each NMA record offered up a different combination of collaborators. Set Sail finds the brothers working with Jesse Williams on bass and Lamar Williams, Jr. for the first time. Set Sail, the North Mississippi Allstars’ thirteenth album, follows 2019’s Up And Rolling, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2021. Set Sail continues the band’s tradition of creating roots music that displays remarkable variety.
Aldo Nova – The Life And Times Of Eddie Gage CD (MRI Associated)
New release from the veteran rock guitarist.
Pup – The Unravelling Of Puptheband CD/LP (BMG)
Pup return with their fourth album, The Unraveling of Puptheband, which finds the Toronto outfit teaming up with Sarah Tudzin (Illuminati Hotties), Kathryn McCauhey (Nobro), Mel St. Pierre (Casper Skulls) and Erik Paulson (Remo Drive), as well as producer Peter Katis.
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway – Crooked Tree CD (Nonesuch)
Recorded live at Nashville’s Oceanway Studios, Crooked Tree was produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas and features collaborations with Sierra Hall, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Dan Tyminski, and Gillian Welch. The album explores Tuttle’s lifelong love of bluegrass – a genre she first discovered though her father, a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist, and her grandfather, a banjo player. Across these thirteen original tracks, all written or co-written by Tuttle, she simultaneously honors the bluegrass tradition while also pushing the genre in new directions. [Vinyl edition due May 13.]
Vola – Live From The Pool CD/2xLP (Mascot Label Group)
In September 2021, Vola performed an intimate show in a stunning live setting. Live From The Pool took place at the swimming pool of the abandoned Auderød military camp in North Zealand near Copenhagen, Denmark. Creating a unique experience, the bands’ genre-melding music collaborates with visionary Danish audio-visual artist collective Vertigo, where light, nature, music, and concrete meet.
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls [Reissue/2012] LP (ATO)
RSD Essentials ‘black & white explosion’ color vinyl pressing of Alabama Shakes’s debut album. Produced and mixed by the band members, Boys & Girls is a vibrant fusion of swampy, dirty South rock, blues and soul delivered with punk rock fervor.
Can – Monster Movie [Reissue/1969] LP (Mute)
Can – Soundtracks [Reissue/1970] LP (Mute)
Color vinyl reissues of the legendary and highly influential Krautrock band’s first two albums.
Ceramic Animal – Sweet Unknown LP (Easy Eye Sound)
Recently released on CD – now available on translucent blue smoke color vinyl.
Eric Clapton – The Lady In The Balcony: The Lockdown Sessions 2xLP (Mercury Studios)
Released last November in a variety of audio & video formats – now available on yellow color vinyl.
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On [Reissue/1971] 2xLP (Motown)
50th Anniversary Edition. This premium vinyl release features direct-to-analog mastering from the original primary album tape reels by acclaimed engineer Kevin Gray, one of the first times this has been done since 1971, offering an undeniably authentic listening experience. The What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary edition includes a bonus LP which opens the album’s writing and production palette. Featured are four rare cuts making their vinyl debut, highlighted by a previously unreleased “stripped” version of the title song, plus all six original mono single mixes and their B-sides, with all those 7″ versions on vinyl for the first time since their original releases.
The Jackson 5 – Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 [Reissue/1969] LP (Motown/Elemental)
RSD Essential Indie Colorway orange vinyl pressing of the debut album by The Jackson Five.
John 5 & The Creatures – Sinner LP (Big Machine)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl.
Jungle Brothers – Out Of The Jungle [Reissue/1988] LP (Warlock)
RSD Essential clear w/ smoke color vinyl reissue of the hip-hop group’s debut album. Out Of The Jungle was largely recorded without the use of a sampler (with the exception of the tracks “On The Run”, “What’s Going On”, “Because I Got It Like That”, and “I’m Gonna Do You”). Instead, Jungle Brothers would lay down a beat straight off the records they were using as source material, in the words of Afrika Baby Bam: “looping it around by hand, eight bars at a time, until you had six minutes on tape, so there’d be enough music to do your rhymes before it ran out…I just had one copy of each record. That’s the way most of the album was done.”
Jackie McLean – Tippin’ The Scales [Reissue/1979] LP (Blue Note)
Recorded in 1962 (but not released until 1979), Jackie McLean’s album, Tippin’ The Scales, found the Blue Note stalwart leading a quartet with Sonny Clark, Butch Warren, and Art Taylor through a stellar set of hard bop including originals by McLean, Clark, and Vernon Duke’s “Cabin in the Sky.” Part of Blue Note’s Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered, and pressed on 180gm vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Bebe Rexha – Better Mistakes LP (WB)
Released last July on CD – now available on vinyl.
Roxy Music – Roxy Music [Reissue/1972] LP (Republic)
Roxy Music’s self-titled seminal debut album, released in 1972, firmly put Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno at the forefront of the art-rock movement. Their penchant for glamour was showcased in the lyrics and immortalized in the 1950sstyle album cover. This vinyl reissue is mastered at half-speed and cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. It also features revised artwork with a gloss laminated finish.