New Releases — April 7, 2023

New Releases for April 7, 2023

CDs + Vinyl:

Daughter – Stereo Mind Game CD/LP (Glassnote)
Returning with their first studio album for seven years, Stereo Mind Game is a new chapter for Daughter.  After more than a decade spent depicting the darkest emotions, the trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella present their most optimistic record yet. Connection and disconnection permeate Stereo Mind Game’s twelve songs literally and figuratively.

Robbie Fulks – Bluegrass Vacation CD/LP (Compass)
Robbie Fulks’s adventurous spirit has defined a critically acclaimed 30-year career that has included 15 solo albums and two Grammy nominations. He came to national attention as a defining artist of the alt-country scene in the 1990s. Bluegrass music has always been a part of Fulks’s musical vision but his new album, Bluegrass Vacation is his first purely bluegrass endeavor. Featuring some of the brightest stars of the genre including Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Ronnie McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Alison Brown, John Cowan, and Jerry Douglas.

Ellie Goulding – Higher Than Heaven CD/LP (Polydor)
Higher Than Heaven is the fifth studio album from multi-platinum British superstar Ellie Goulding. Enlisting some of pop music’s finest – including Greg Kurstin, Koz, and Andrew Wells – the record sees Ellie put her own spin on modern pop music.

Joey Bada$$ – 2000 CD/2xLP (Columbia)
2000 arrives nearly 10 years to the date after Joey Bada$$’s classic mixtape, 1999, marking a new chapter for the 27-year-old multi-hyphenate while closing another one. The new project features previously released singles “Zip Codes”, “Survivors Guilt”, “Where I Belong”, and “Head High”, alongside guest appearances from Diddy, Capella Grey, Chris Brown, JID, Larry June and Westside Gunn.

Ruston Kelly – The Weakness CD/LP (Rounder)
Pushing forward with the intensely self-aware truth-telling he’s always brought to his music, Ruston Kelly immersed himself in the making of his third full-length effort The Weakness: a blisteringly honest, but profoundly hopeful album that reveals our potential to create strength and beauty from painful experiences.

Linkin Park – Meteora: 20th Anniversary 3xCD/4xLP (WB)
Contains Meteora, LPU Rarities 2.0 and Live Rarities 2003-2004. Meteora, Linkin Park’s ground-breaking second album, was released in March 2003 and included the global hit singles “Somewhere I Belong”, “Faint”, “Numb”, “Breaking The Habit”, and “From The Inside”.

Madness – One Step Beyond [Reissue/1979] 2xCD (Union Square)
One Step Beyond is Madness’ seminal debut album, recorded in just three weeks and originally released in October 1979. The album – one of the most important in the 2Tone ska revival of the late ’70s and early ’80s – received much critical praise and includes the classic hit singles “One Step Beyond…”, “My Girl”, “Night Boat To Cairo” and “The Prince”. The special reissue includes 18 bonus tracks (including demos, B-sides, and BBC John Peel Session tracks) alongside brand-new liner notes which include interviews with founder Madness members Chrissyboy Foreman, Mike Barson, Mark Bedford and Daniel Woodgate.

Manchester Orchestra – The Valley Of Vision CD/LP (Loma Vista)
The Valley Of Vision finds the Manchester Orchestra reinvigorated once again, delivering a serene salvo of songs that defy the heavy weight of adulthood, faith and self-redemption through sounds unlike anything they have made before.  An evolution from its predominantly guitar-driven past, the band almost completely abandons the instruments it is used to, and instead plays with primitive yet powerful piano leads and shimmering atmospheres, backed by sub-synth frequencies of bassist Andy Prince and shapeshifting sounds of drummer Tim Very.

Mister Rogers – Back In The Neighborhood: The Best Of Mister Rogers, Volume 2 CD (Omnivore)
Even though Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood ceased production in 2001 (with Fred Rogers passing away two years later), the show has been available and viewed every year since its debut in 1968. Back In The Neighborhood: The Best Of Mister Rogers, Volume 2 is another definitive excursion into the music and legacy of Fred Rogers. It contains 15 tracks drawn from You Are Special, Coming And Going, Bedtime, and You’re Growing including seven unique edits. Also featured is “What Would You Like To Do Today” plus five previously unissued tracks.

Mudhoney – Plastic Eternity CD/LP/Cassette (Sub Pop)
The absurdities of modern life have always been prime subject matter for Seattle-based foursome Mudhoney, and the band take aim at all of them with typical barbed humor and muck-encrusted riffs on their eleventh studio album, Plastic Eternity. From taking on climate change from the perspective of the climate if the climate tried to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix (“Cry Me An Atmospheric River”) to a driving rock and roll song about taking drugs meant for livestock (“Here Comes The Flood”) to a classic punk attack on treating humans like livestock (“Human Stock Capital”), Plastic Eternity is a run through all the proto-genres of guitar rock with a keen eye on the inanities of the world in the 2020s.

µ-Ziq – 1977 CD/2xLP (Balmat)
Under a slew of aliases, chief among them µ-Ziq, British artist Mike Paradinas revolutionized leftfield electronic music in the 1990s – coincidentally, this year marks the 30th anniversary of his debut album, Tango N’ Vectif.  With 1977, he turns the clock backward in a sense, and not just with the album’s title: Rooted in classic ambient and electronic sounds, these 15 tracks evoke the anything-goes spirit of the early ’90s, before the tools and tropes had calcified into cut-and-dried styles.

NF – Hope CD/2xLP (NF Music)
Hope is the fifth studio album from chart-topping, multiplatinum rapper, NF. Known for rapping quick-witted lyrics over hip hop beats and cinematic production, NF has built a loyal fan base that has earned him over 30 billion global streams and established NF as one of the most consumed artists today.

North Americans – Long Cool World CD/LP (Third Man)
North Americans-the project from Los Angeles guitarist Patrick McDermott and Portland’s Barry Walker on pedal steel-release their album Long Cool World via Third Man Records. Long Cool World strips away most of the musical collaborators, allowing Walker and McDermott to settle on an approach that is at once intricate and simple, creating hypnotic music that loops and layers, with subtle shimmers of noise or quiet psychedelic freakouts hiding beneath McDermott’s unshowy but emotionally affecting guitarwork and Walker’s pedal steel hum.

Walter Smith III – Return To Casual CD/LP (Blue Note)
Saxophonist and composer Walter Smith III has signed with Blue Note Records and enters a new era of his band leading career with the release of Return to Casual, the long-anticipated follow-up to his 2014 recording Still Casual. Eight original works (and one new arrangement) all composed within weeks of each other layer, displace, dismantle, and reassemble among the Houston native’s fellow artists.

Ralph Towner – At First Light CD (ECM)
An ECM artist for his entire musical career, US guitarist Ralph Towner has built up a unique body of work in his recordings for the label. Central to his oeuvre are his solo albums, the first of which, Diary, was released 50 years ago. At First Light extends this great tradition, drawing inspiration from a broad palette of music. In addition to his own pieces, Towner also plays Hoagy Carmichael’s “Little Old Lady”, Jule Styne’s “Make Someone Happy” and the traditional tune “Danny Boy”.

Wednesday – Rat Saw God CD/LP/Cassette (Dead Oceans)
Rat Saw God is an album about riding a bike down a suburban stretch in Greensboro while listening to My Bloody Valentine for the first time on an iPod Nano, past a creek that runs through the neighborhood riddled with broken glass bottles and condoms, a front yard filled with broken and rusted car parts, a lonely and dilapidated house reclaimed by kudzu. Four Lokos and rodeo clowns and a kid who burns down a corn field. Roadside monuments, church marquees, poppers and vodka in a plastic water bottle, the shit you get away with at Jewish summer camp, strange sentimental family heirlooms at the thrift stores. The way the South hums alive all night in the summers and into fall, the sound of high school football games, the halo effect from the lights polluting the darkness. It’s not bright enough to see in front of you, but in that stretch of inky void – somehow – you see everything. [

Braid – Frame & Canvas [Reissue/1998] LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Braid’s iconic 1998 album, Frame & Canvas, Polyvinyl and the band are thrilled to announce a new version of the album, completely remixed, remastered, and repackaged for 2023. Originally recorded and mixed in the span of just five days with producer J. Robbins (The Promise Ring, Against Me!) at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA, Frame & Canvas would eventually become a genre-defining staple and essential listening for indie/emo fans.

The Grateful Dead – On From The Vault [Reissue/1991] 3xLP (Future Days)
Newly remastered by Joe Gastwirt. For a legacy filled with legendary performances, The Grateful Dead Live at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on August 13th, 1975, stands out.

Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island [Reissue/1996] 2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
Jeff Mangum creates a world of his own on this amazing 1996 debut from Neutral Milk Hotel. On Avery Island is full of trombone, keyboards, overdriven acoustics, and beautiful songs. On this anniversary reissue, the complete version of “Pree-Sisters Swallowing A Donkey’s Eye” as originally intended completes the album.