New Releases for April 10, 2020
The Acacia Strain – It Comes In Waves CD/LP (Closed Casket Activities)
New (ninth) full-length from the Massachusetts-based metalcore band. The seven-song album is 30 minutes in length with the single-word song titles forming the sentence “Our only sin was giving them names.”
John Anderson – Years CD/LP (BMG)
Dan Auerbach co-produced this album by the country-music legend and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer. The Blake Shelton collaboration “Tuesday I’ll Be Gone” joins “I’m Still Hangin’ On”, “Celebrate”, “Years”, “What’s A Man Got To Do”, “Wild And Free” and more. Both Anderson and Auerbach were deeply inspired by these sessions full of songs about the prospect of death and the celebration of life.
Kool Keith x Thetan – Space Gortex CD/LP+MP3 (The Anti-Corp)
Legendary Bronx, New York City-based rapper Kool Keith and Nashville power violence duo Thetan present their collaborative Space Goretex LP. Includes guest appearances from members of Gwar, Three 6 Mafia, Dwarves, Lost Dog Street Band, and more.
Pokey LaFarge – Rock Bottom Rhapsody CD/LP (New West)
“The man singing these songs isn’t exactly the same man who wrote them,” says Pokey LaFarge of Rock Bottom Rhapsody. In early 2018, LaFarge relocated from his longtime home base of St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles, California. New songs came quickly to LaFarge in his new environment, but new temptations soon found him, as well. LaFarge admits that he experienced a significant “fall from grace” during the last months of 2018. Shortly before the recording of Rock Bottom Rhapsody began, LaFarge experienced “a spiritual awakening” and the faith he re-embraced in his hour of darkness helped to buoy him through the making of the album.
Bill Laswell – Against Empire CD (Mod Reloaded)
Against Empire projects a hybrid activity, constantly evolving texture crashes against smooth, unfolding rhythms built around the solid and elastic drum foundations of four iconic drummers – Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Hideo Yamaki (Japan’s top dummer) and Satoyasu Shomura (Japanese pop phenomenon). Other contributors include legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, versatile multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum, minimal contributions from the great Herbie Hancock on electric piano and the unmistakable touch of master percussionist Adam Rudolph.
Maddie & Tae – The Way It Feels CD (Mercury Nashville)
Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their new music anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and “some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row” (Rolling Stone). They have toured with the likes of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. [Vinyl edition due June 5.]
Joe Satriani – Shapeshifting CD/LP (Sony Legacy)
New (18th) studio album from the acclaimed guitarist.
The Sleep Eazys – Easy To Buy, Hard To Sell CD (J&R Adventures)
The Sleep Eazys is comprised of Joe Bonamassa, Anton Fig, Michael Rhodes, Reese Wynans and John Jorgenson with special guests appearing throughout the album. Produced by Joe Bonamassa. The album pays tribute to Joe’s mentor, friend and one of the greatest guitarists of all time – the late great Danny Gatton – who fused blues, rockabilly, jazz, and country to create a unique musical style. [Vinyl edition due April 24.]
Steep Canyon Rangers & Asheville Symphony – Be Still Moses CD/LP (Yep Roc)
These Grammy winners and perennial chart toppers from North Carolina have been Steve Martin’s longtime musical companions. Now, the Rangers can add the Asheville Symphony to their list of collaborators; together, they breathe new life into the band’s favorites “Easy To Love”, “Radio”, “Be Still Moses” (featuring Boyz II Men), “Call The Captain”, “Let Me Out Of This Town”, “Blow Me Away” and more. [Transparent blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
The Strokes – The New Abnormal CD/LP+MP3 (RCA)
Produced by Rick Rubin, The New Abnormal is The Strokes’ first album in seven years, following Comedown Machine (2013), and their first release since the Future Present Past EP (2016). The album artwork features the 1981 painting Bird on Money by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and is packed full of the razor-sharp hooks, vintage vibes and NYC cool that made the Strokes an early-2000s phenomenon.
Watkins Family Hour – Brother Sister CD/LP (Family Hour)
Returning to the studio as Watkins Family Hour, Sean and Sara Watkins consider Brother Sister a duo-centric record – yet one that feels bigger than just two people. With Sean primarily on guitar and Sara on fiddle, and with both of them sharing vocals, the siblings enlisted producer Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis, Mandy Moore, J.S. Ondara) and mixer-engineer Clay Blair to harness the energy and honesty of their live sound.
Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool 2xDVD/Blu-ray+DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool tells the story of the legendary trumpeter, bandleader, innovator and trend-setter who crossed musical genres and whose life was notable on and off stage. Directed by award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson, the film features Miles’ music from live performances, studio recordings and outtakes, as well as interviews with those who knew Miles best (Quincy Jones, Santana, Wayne Shorter, etc). Includes bonus DVD disc of live footage from the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Lit – A Place In The Sun [Reissue/1999] LP (Sony Legacy)
Limited white vinyl LP pressing of Lit’s second studio album which features the hits “Miserable”, “Zip-Lock” and the multi-platinum “My Own Worst Enemy”.
Lee Morgan – The Rumproller [Reissue/1965] LP (Blue Note)
After trumpeter Lee Morgan set the music world on fire with the runaway success of his hit soul-jazz single The Sidewinder, many artists tried to duplicate his triumphant feat. Morgan himself cooked up funky follow-up The Rumproller, which was recorded the next year. The quintet featured Joe Henderson, Ronnie Mathews, Victor Sproles & Billy Higgins. The album covers diverse territory from the post-bop of “Desert Moonlight” to mournful closing ballad “The Lady” dedicated to Billie Holiday.