New Releases for April 13, 2018
CDs + Vinyl:
Jason Aldean – Rearview Town CD/LP+MP3 (Broken Bow)
Eighth studio album from the country powerhouse. Features a guest appearance by Miranda Lambert.
David Bowie – Changestwobowie [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (Rhino)
Digitally remastered edition. Changestwobowie is a David Bowie compilation album issued in 1981 by RCA Records. It’s title and packaging followed the format of RCA’s earlier Bowie compilation, Changesonebowie released in 1976. As well as post-1976 singles, the album collected songs from earlier in Bowie’s career that had not appeared on Changesone.
Brazilian Girls – Let’s Make Love CD/LP (Six Degrees)
Brazilian Girls bring a woozy romanticism to many tracks on Let’s Make Love, their fourth album and first since 2008’s Grammy-nominated New York City. The set opens with the modern-age new wave love song and lead single “Pirates,” and gets its title from the frenetic yet ethereal “Let’s Make Love.” Both the album and the title track embody the quintessential spirit of Brazilian Girls: their strange balance of wildness and elegance, cheeky humor and fractured poetry, soulful mystique and libertine wisdom.
Breaking Benjamin – Ember CD/LP (DMG/Hollywood)
Multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin follow-up their No. 1 Billboard album Dark Before Dawn (2015) with their sixth studio effort Ember, which is ushered in by the dynamic singles “Feed The Wolf” and “Red Cold River.” “People have always really liked the heavier side of the band,” explains frontman Ben Burnley. “I think that’s what they sort of gravitate towards. But we also make sure to explore our melodic and softer side too. On Ember we just tried to make it more extreme – the softer side on this album is really soft, and the heavy side is really heavy. We decided to give everybody what they want to the furthest degree.”
Sandy Bull – Steel Tears/Endventions & Tributes CD (Omnivore)
A musical alchemist, introvert, gearhead, former junky, itinerant wanderer and erstwhile musicologist, Sandy Bull’s adventurous investigations of stringed instruments, whether guitar, banjo, the Hindustani sarod or the Turkish oud, predated celebrated savants like John Fahey and Leo Kottke. But Bull’s music got lost in the haze of his brief career, which began with the seminal Fantasia in 1964 and seemingly ended with an ode to self-destruction, Demolition Derby, in 1972. It would be 16 years before he would make another record, by which time Sandy Bull was largely forgotten. In many ways Steel Tears, first released in 1996 on his own label, stands as the musical testimony of a man trying to make sense of his own history.
The Nels Cline 4 – Currents, Constellations CD (Blue Note)
Guitarist Nels Cline debuts a new band with the Blue Note Records release of Currents, Constellations featuring The Nels Cline 4, an intrepid unit that builds upon Cline’s acclaimed collaboration with guitarist Julian Lage by adding the fierce and versatile rhythm section of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey. Of all the rich and varied projects guitarist Cline has pursued since his emergence as a leader in the late- ‘80s, his two-guitar duo with Lage, documented on the 2014 Mack Avenue album, Room, ranks among the most special.
The Damned – Evil Spirits CD/LP (Spinefarm)
The first album in a decade from the British punk legends. Produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex and more).
Beth Hart – Front And Center – Live From New York CD+DVD (Provogue)
Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter Beth Hart treats fans to an intimate performance at New York’s Iridium.
Juliana Hatfield – Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John CD/LP/Cassette (American Laundromat)
Juliana takes on 14 Olivia Newton-John classics and deep cuts to honor one of her childhood heroes. [Limited translucent orange vinyl pressing also available.]
A Hawk and A Hacksaw – Forest Bathing CD/LP (LM Dupli-cation)
Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. “Taking in the forest atmosphere” became the inspiration for A Hawk and A Hacksaw’s newest album. Their forest bath of choice is the Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. The album features ten original compositions by Heather Trost and Jeremy Barnes.
King Tuff – The Other CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
The ten tracks that make up The Other represent a kind of psychic evolution for Kyle Thomas aka King Tuff. No less hooky than previous records, the new songs ditch the goofy rock-and-roll bacchanalia narratives of earlier outings in favor of expansive arrangements, a diversity of instrumentation, and lyrics that straddle the fence between painful ruminations and a childlike, creative energy untarnished by cynicism.
Metallica – The $5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited [Reissue/1987] CDEP/12”/Cassette (Blackened)
Digitally remastered edition of Metallica’s 1987 EP that consists entirely of covers of late-’70s and early-’80s new wave of British heavy metal bands. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
The Moondoggies – A Love Sleeps Deep CD/LP (Hardly Art)
A Love Sleeps Deep’s bones rattle with all the seismic changes of the last five years since the release of The Moondoggies’ Adios I’m A Ghost. While the Washington band got lumped in early on with the woodsy folk-rock/Americana movement that sprung up in the Pacific Northwest in the 2000s, the core Moondoggies sound has always been rock in the more classical sense – more Pink Floyd than Woody Guthrie.
Naturally 7 – Both Sides Now CD (BMG)
Released last year in Europe and now available domestically, Both Sides Now is Naturally 7’s seventh studio-album. It represents a further remarkable development for the renowned vocal-group from NYC.
A Place To Bury Strangers – Pinned CD/2xCD/2xLP (Dead Oceans)
A noisy, pummeling sound collage. For well over a decade now, A Place To Bury Strangers have become well known for their unwavering commitment to unpredictable, often bewildering live shows, and total, some might say dangerous volume. [Also available: Deluxe double-CD and limited pink colored vinyl Brainwashing Machine editions.]
John Prine – The Tree Of Forgiveness CD (Oh Boy)
Produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) The Tree Of Forgiveness serves as legendary singer/songwriter John Prine’s first album of all original material since his 2005 release Fair & Square. Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the album includes ten new songs written by Prine along with co-writers Pat McLaughlin, Roger Cook, Dan Auerbach, Keith Sykes and Phil Spector. In addition to Prine (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic guitar, mellotron, claps, kazoo) and Prine’s longtime band, the album features special guests Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. The highly anticipated collection is introduced by the heartfelt “Summer’s End” which is classic Prine. [Vinyl edition due May 11.]
Josh Rouse – Love In The Modern Age CD/LP (Yep Roc)
After spending the better part of a year touring behind his critically acclaimed eleventh album, The Embers Of Time, Josh Rouse was ready for a change. Trading in his acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, he began experimenting with a new sonic palette, one inspired by everything from 80’s sophistipop and late-career Leonard Cohen to British indie rock and New York new wave. The resulting record, Love In The Modern Age, is an infectious collection that still bears Rouse’s distinct fingerprints, even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than 20 years into his celebrated career.
Derek Smalls – Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) CD (BMG)
The bass force of the fabled heavy metal band Spinal Tap announces his return to center stage with the release of his first full length solo venture, Smalls Change (Meditations On Ageing). It’s a poignant and oftentimes furious contemplation on ageing that explores the passing of time and all things loud. Running the gamut of musical styles, the album possesses the edgy rawness and Rock God sensibility that was always shared by Derek and his fellow former band members, Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins and, is now all too evident in his solo work. Guest artists on the album include Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers), Gregg Bissonette, Larry Carlton, David Crosby, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Jim Keltner, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Jane Lynch, Steve Lukather (Toto), Judith Owen, Joe Satriani, Paul Shaffer (David Letterman, SNL), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Richard Thompson, Steve Vai, Waddy Wachtel, Rick Wakeman (Yes) Phil X, Dweezil Zappa and Snarky Puppy Horns. [Vinyl edition due April 20.]
Tinashe – Joyride CD (RCA)
Second studio album by the R&B singer-songwriter. Guests include Offset, Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana, Little Dragon, and Future.
Laura Veirs – Lookout CD/LP (Raven Marching Band)
Fresh off the success of her 2016 collaboration with Neko Case and kd lang, Laura Veirs brings her tenth album. Lookout is a batch of inimitable, exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things. Featuring contributions from Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Sufjan Stevens. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine.
War On Women – Capture The Flag CD/LP (Bridge Nine)
Baltimore’s War On Women were born screaming – at the world, at the status quo, in the face of oppression. The band’s new album calcifies that rage. Much more than a collection of songs or a sonic experiment, it is a riff-fueled call to action.
The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy CDEP (XO/Republic)
“The Weeknd’s new six-song EP finds him in limbo between the bleary-eyed vibe of his early mixtapes and the bulletproof pop stylings of his last two albums.” — Pitchfork
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Adolescents – The Complete Demos 1980-1986 [Reissue/2005] LP (Frontier)
The Adolescents need no introduction, they virtually invented the melodic power punk that made Orange County famous when the band formed in 1980. Frontier Records, home of The Adolescents’ legendary debut, aka The Blue Album, is proud to reissue this collection of their influential demos from their earliest rehearsals up until 1986.
Bad Religion – The Gray Race [Reissue/1996] LP (Epitaph)
Newly remastered vinyl reissue of the West Coast punk band’s ninth album. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis – Sunday Down South [Reissue/1970] LP (ORG Music)
This 1970 Sun Record Company compilation release finds the Man In Black on the A-side and The Killer on the B-side offering up a soulful 10-track gospel roots collection featuring stirring takes on such timeless standards as “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Give Me That Old Time Religion” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
Eurythmics – In The Garden [Reissue/1981] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) [Reissue/1983] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Eurythmics – Touch [Reissue/1983] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Remastered vinyl reissues of the British new wave duo’s first three albums.
U2 – Wide Awake In America [Reissue/1985] 12” (Island)
U2 – Pop [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Island)
U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind [Reissue/2000] LP (Island)
180gm vinyl reissues now available.