New Releases for April 15, 2022
CDs + Vinyl:
Kurt Vile – (watch my moves) CD/2xLP (Verve Forecast)
Kurt Vile follows-up 2018’s Bottle It In with album (watch my moves). Across the record’s 15 songs – which includes 14 originals as well as a version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wages Of Sin” – Vile pulls his talents in unexpected directions. The result is a vibrant, yet meditative album propelled by his trademark laid-back charm and curious spirit. Every lyric has been chiseled down into an aphorism, every bloom of distorted guitar or murmuring synth helping create that “fried” pop. [An indie store exclusive green color vinyl pressing is available.]
Rush – Moving Pictures (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) 3xCD/5xLP/5xLP+3xCD+Blu-ray (Mercury)
This digitally remastered and expanded reissue featuring the 2015 remaster of the original album (available on CD for the first time) and the complete, unreleased Toronto concert from March 25, 1981. Also included is a booklet with new illustrations by Hugh Syme, plus liner notes by Kim Thayil, Les Claypool, Taylor Hawkins, Bill Kelliher and Neil Sanderso. [The vinyl edition has been cut at half-speed with Direct-to-Metal Mastering for the first-time ever and is pressed on 180gm vinyl.]
The Boxmasters – Help… I’m Alive CD/LP (Keentone)
Formed in 2007, The Boxmasters have recorded an impressive and diverse catalogue of music that touches on their love of a wide array of influences, but most importantly, the rock ‘n’ roll of the 1960’s. Listening to The Boxmasters, one can hear obvious odes to the Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, The Mothers Of Invention, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Big Star.
Bobby Cole – A Point Of View [Reissue/1967] CD (Omnivore)
Bobby Cole held court at Jilly’s (Frank Sinatra’s favorite “bistro”) for many years. Cole’s other gigs around New York landed him a recording contract with Columbia, but the 1960 release from The Bobby Cole Trio, while well reviewed, failed to gain traction. Jack Lonshein, whose day job was creating covers for artists including Sarah Vaughan, Maynard Ferguson, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, (and eventually Big Brother & The Holding Company and The Amboy Dukes), was a friend of Cole’s. He knew Bobby’s magic, and original songs, were what the jazz world needed. Taking things into his own hands, A Point Of View was released on Lonshein’s own Concentric Records. This reissue is expanded with 12 bonus tracks. [Vinyl edition TBD.]
John Craigie – Mermaid Salt CD (Zabriskie Point)
Portland, OR-based singer, songwriter, and producer John Craigie adapts moments of solitude into stories perfectly suited for old Americana fiction anthologies. Instead of leaving them on dog-eared pages, he projects them widescreen in flashes of simmering soul and folk eloquence. On his 2022 full-length album, Mermaid Salt, we witness revenge unfurled in flames, watch a landlocked mermaid’s escape, and fall asleep under a meteor shower. [Standard vinyl edition due April 29. An indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is due May 6.]
Down By Law – Lonely Town CD/LP (Kung Fu)
Hugely influential punk rock kings Down by Law hit hard on this supercharged album in effort to prove they haven’t lost a bit of their edge.
High Pulp – Pursuit Of Ends CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Drawing on bebop, punk rock, shoegaze, hip-hop and electronic music, experimental jazz act High Pulp deliver Pursuit Of Ends. The music of High Pulp music is simultaneously vintage and futuristic, hinting at everything from Miles Davis and Duke Ellington to Aphex Twin and My Bloody Valentine
Prince Daddy & The Hyena – Prince Daddy & The Hyena CD/LP (Pure Noise)
The new, self-titled release from the Albany, New York-based indie punk band dives into the theme of life coming to an end, both vocalist Kory Gregory’s own life and fear of his friends and loved ones aging and dying.
These Arms Are Snakes – Duct Tape & Shivering Crows CD/LP (Suicide Squeeze)
Archival rarities collection. Over the course of their seven-year run back in the ’00s, These Arms Are Snakes covered a lot of territory, both in terms of actual miles spent on the road and in terms of their creative bandwidth. Though the band was often mistaken for a typical non sequitur-named screamo outfit or another “animal” indie band, the Seattle group quickly deed expectations and garnered a reputation for subverting the popular underground sounds of time.
George Thorogood – The Original George Thorogood CD/LP (Capitol)
A collection of hard-stomping, party-down, all-original songs penned from the rock ‘n’ roll heart of George Thorogood.
Wheeler Walker Jr. – Sex, Drugs & Country Music CD (Pepper Hill)
New release from the honky-tonk/country music singer-songwriter.
John Zorn – Spinoza CD (Tzadik)
Spinoza is Zorn’s latest creation for the searing jazz-metal trio Simulacrum-perhaps the most extreme organ trio ever. Inspired by the life and thought of one of the world’s greatest philosophers he has composed two extended concerti: one for guitar genius Bill Frisell, and another featuring himself on saxophone. The musical mosaic flows seamlessly from one world to another, touching upon heavy metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, noise, ambient moods, funk, and so much more.
Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs – External Combustion LP (BMG)
Recently released on CD – now available on viny.
Dr. Dog – Be The Void [Reissue/2011] LP (ANTI-)
10th Anniversary Edition pressed on red & clear galaxy color vinyl.
The Mars Volta – Octahedron [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (Clouds Hill)
The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet [Reissue/2011] 2xLP (Clouds Hill)
Limited color (red and blue, respectively) vinyl pressings. Each of The Mars Volta albums that preceded Octahedron had pushed the envelope further, their music growing larger, more intense, more complex. Each had delivered an implied, unspoken challenge to its makers within milliseconds of its final notes: “top this”. And with each subsequent album, Omar and Cedric had turned their creative dials up one more notch, a further step past “eleven”. With the addition of new drummer Thomas Pridgen, and their ranks swollen by extra guitarists, more percussion and a sax-player, the intensity of The Mars Volta’s sound had increased. Octahedron, however, would follow The Bedlam In Goliath’s brilliant excesses with a sideways step few were expecting, even though the group had telegraphed their intentions to take this new direction for years.
Mayday Parade – What It Means To Fall Apart LP (Rise)
Recently released on CD – an indie store exclusive limited-edition blue/black/magenta multicolor vinyl pressing is now available. New release from the alternative rock band.
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday [Reissue/2012] 2xLP/3xLP (Republic)
Limited double pink color vinyl pressing of the debut album from the most successful female rapper of all time. Nicki Minaj celebrates the 10th anniversary of Pink Friday with this pink vinyl reissue. [A triple pink and white swirl colored vinyl featuring eight bonus tracks is also available.]
The Police – Greatest Hits [Reissue/1992] 2xLP (A&M)
Double vinyl pressing in gatefold jacket. Remastered at Abbey Road and cut at ‘half-speed’ for ultimate sound quality, the set contains two heavyweight black LPs with expanded artwork and packaging in a bespoke gatefold sleeve which enhances the original artwork.
Seether – Vicennial – 2 Decades Of Seether 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl – including an indie store exclusive smoke color pressing. A career-spanning compilation of the RIAA Platinum-selling group’s greatest hits, including 16 #1 original singles, as well as the fan-favorite cover of “Careless Whisper”.
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground: A Documentary By Todd Haynes 2xLP (Polydor/UMGD)
This soundtrack was curated by the documentary’s director Todd Haynes, and music supervisor Randall Poster. It features well-known and rare tracks from The Velvet Underground, as well as songs and performances that influenced the band including the doo-wop of the Diablos, the groundbreaking rock n’ roll of Bo Diddley, and the avant-garde compositions of La Monte Young. Also included is a booklet with exclusive liner notes by Todd Haynes.