New Releases for August 10, 2018
CDs + Vinyl:
Allman Brothers Band – Filmore East, February 1970 CD (Allman Brothers Recording Company)
On Valentine’s weekend 1970, the Allman’s shared the stage with the Grateful Dead and Love at The Fillmore East along with Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac who’d showed up as they’d been sharing the bill with the Dead the previous week.
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me CD/LP+MP3 (Carpark)
The Beths occupy a warm, energetic sonic space between joyful hooks, sun-soaked harmonies, and acerbic lyrics. Their debut album, Future Me Hates Me, delivers an astonishment of roadtrip-ready pleasures, each song hitting your ears with an exhilarating endorphin rush like the first time you heard Pavement’s Slanted And Enchanted or The Breeders’ “Cannonball”.
Cordovas – That Santa Fe Channel CD/LP (ATO)
Rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang, Cordovas create their own version of American roots-rock with That Santa Fe Channel. Their sound has earned praise from NPR Music and Rolling Stone, who described the group as “the harmony-heavy, guitar-fueled house band at a Big Pink keg party in 1968.” [Limited orange colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Deathgrips – Year Of The Snitch CD (Harvest)
Year Of The Snitch is the sixth studio album by experimental the hip-hop group comprised of Stefan Burnett (aka MC Ride) and production team Zach Hill and Andy Morin. “In the process of trying to sabotage their career at every turn, Death Grips became career artists. Regardless of how you classify their prolific output thus far, the noise-rap art project has averaged one album per year, with enough variation and quality control to make their ‘will they or won’t they break up’ shtick background noise. They’re industrious, downright reliable, even. So, on their 10th release in seven years, Year Of The Snitch, Death Grips stay politically agnostic, persistently agitated—in a word, noided. It’s kinda quaint. Maybe even comforting.” – Pitchfork [Vinyl edition – including limited indie-only clear pressing – due September 7.]
El Ten Eleven – Banker’s Hill CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Topshelf)
The music of El Ten Eleven has been described as “meditation in motion,” which seems apt. To fully realize this descriptor the band worked with an outside producer for the first time in their 16-year career, teaming up with Sonny DiPerri and moving into the incredible confines of Panoramic House on the beautiful Northern California coast. The result is Banker’s Hill – an album that explores the paradox of beauty in anxiety, the importance and effect of family and the fleeting possibility of satisfaction.
Robbie Fulks/Linda Gail Lewis – Wild! Wild! Wild! CD/LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
The collaboration between Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and rock ‘n’ roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, Wild! Wild! Wild!, gleefully lives up to its title. Subversive as it is reverential, the album confidently jumps the genre tracks of nitty-gritty rock ‘n’ roll, Americana, country & western, rockabilly, and all of their offshoots.
Shooter Jennings – Shooter CD (Atlantic)
For nearly two decades, Shooter Jennings has defied expectation while constantly expanding the parameters of country, rock ‘n’ roll, and beyond. The scion of American music royalty, he has affirmed his own place in histories still to come as a truly limitless artist whose ambitious experimentation spans myriad genres and creative platforms. Produced by longtime friend and collaborator, Low Country Sound founder Dave Cobb at the renowned RCA Studio A on Nashville’s Music Row, the album sees Jennings staking out a fairly straightforward goal: to simply make a great country record, singing songs about growing up and getting older, about going out and getting trashed. [Vinyl edition due August 24.]
Dawn Landes – Meet Me At The River CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
Through four full-length albums, Dawn Landes has blazed her own path with songs that are as fresh as they are timeless. Still, there’s no mistaking that strains of Nashville reside in her voice and in her musical soul, and now, with her fifth album, Landes is finally bringing them to center stage. Meet Me At The River is Landes’ self-described “Nashville record,” and she has assured its pedigree by enlisting the production skills of Fred Foster, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who played a pivotal role in the careers of Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, and Kris Kristofferson.
The Magpie Salute – High Water 1 CD/2xLP (Eagle Rock Entertaiment)
For as much as The Magpie Salute represents a musical union of swaggering rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, and campfire-worthy storytelling, it also marks a reunion of musicians whose paths twisted and turned right back to each other. Pulled together by guitarist Rich Robinson, it continued a storyline he began in the Black Crowes with guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien. Meanwhile, vocalist John Hogg shared Hookah Brown with Robinson as keyboardist Matt Slocum and drummer Joe Magistro both joined him for solo records and tours over the years.
Marillion – All One Tonight (Live At The Royal Albert Hall) 2xCD/4xLP (earMUSIC)
British rock band Marillion, founded in 1979, have become one of the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock bands of the 1980s and are still one of the most outstanding representatives of their genre. On October 13, 2017, Marillion played at the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time. In two parts, All One Tonight firstly showcases the band’s acclaimed 2016 studio album F E A R in full. Accompanied by an awe-inspiring light show and films, Marillion perform their incisive and era-defining zeitgeist with unparalleled passion and power. The second half introduces In Praise Of Folly and guests, a string quartet with flute and French horn that throughout the rest of the show inject an extra depth and emotion to some of Marillion’s best-loved live material.
Jason Mraz – Know. CD/LP+MP3 (Atlantic)
It’s a testament to the generosity of spirit in Jason Mraz’s music that so many people have chosen his songs as the soundtrack to major moments in their lives, and new memories are certain to be made with the songs on his sixth album, Know. The bulk of the album was written against the backdrop of the 2016 Presidential election and its aftermath, and Mraz found himself writing a lot of “frustrated, angry, even sad songs, but nothing I wanted to sing.” Instead he has chosen to convey an uplifting, positive message. Mraz introduces the album’s theme with its first single “Have It All”, which was inspired by his 2012 visit to the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar.
Jake Shears – Jake Shears CD/LP (Freida Jean)
Showcasing the essence of what Jake Shears does best, the eponymously titled solo debut from the Scissor Sisters frontman is an album brimming with anthemic choruses and lyrics about the joys and vagaries of love and sex – all of it underpinned by a swampy soul influence imparted from his newly adopted hometown New Orleans. Shears’ artistic vision blossomed in the epicenter of Southern decadence, where he had headed following the Scissors hiatus in 2012. Initial ideas for the album were mapped out at the city’s famed Marigny Studios before he decamped to Louisville to work with producer Kevin Ratterman (Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket) who recruited members of My Morning Jacket, VHS or Beta, Jim James’ solo band, and Floating Action to lay down the album’s foundation. With string and brass arrangements by Christian Hebel (Barbra Streisand) and Lance Horne (Alan Cumming), they returned to NOLA to capture the city’s signature sound with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Sturgill Simpson’s brass section. The result is a thrilling work that plays inside some of the hallmarks of classic American rock music and marries them with Jake’s inimitable point of view, humor, and gift for unforgettable hooks.
Jordan Smith – Only Love CD (Republic)
The Voice winner’s sophomore album, Only Love, was produced by Grammy Award-winning RedOne (Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj) and includes current radio single & title single, “Only Love”.
Tirzah – Devotion CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Devotion is the long-awaited debut album by Tirzah. The Essex-born performer has been at the center of the vital post-grime and UK garage sound of London for the better half a decade, but it’s only now that her work has come to full fruition.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Christian Death – Live At The Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, October 31st, 1981 LP (Cleopatra)
Limited edition reissue of the earliest known recording of the infamous gothic death rock band, fronted by the inimitable Rozz Williams, performing an entrancing live set on Halloween. Special limited-edition splatter purple and black vinyl.
Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Hopeless)
Remastered, limited-edition clear blue with blue, yellow, and red splatter colored pressing of the alt-rock band’s third album.
D.R.I. – Violent Pacification And More Rotten Hits 1983-1987 LP (Cleopatra)
Limited vinyl LP pressing of this album that contains the very best tracks from everyone’s favorite Imbeciles, those legends of hardcore thrash metal, D.R.I.
The Fall – 45 84 89 A Sides [Reissue/1990] LP (Beggars Banquet)
First-ever US vinyl pressing containing classic singles from 1984-1989. The seventeen songs collected here come from The Fall’s Brix Smith era, aka “the golden era of Fall releases.” Limited white colored vinyl pressing.
Green River – Come On Down [Reissue/1985] LP (Jackpot)
Released in 1985, Green River’s Come On Down was a record existing in its sonic universe – out of step with its own time. Was it glam? Was it punk? Was it metal? Was it cool? We now know it was one of the building blocks of what Mark Arm would coin as “grunge”, but in 1985 this record was a silent groundbreaker. It was not only the raw, sludgy, slower guitar sound that makes this band important in its place in rock history, but the members of Green River would go on to lead some of the biggest names in the genre: Mudhoney and Mother Love Bone, the latter of which also contained the roots of Pearl Jam. Limited colored vinyl pressing with unreleased bonus track.
The Moldy Peaches – The Moldy Peaches [Reissue/2001] LP+7” (Rough Trade)
The Moldy Peaches were established in the mid- ‘90s by Adam Green and Kimya Dawson, after meeting in upstate New York. The duo helped spawn the “anti-folk” music genre movement, bringing a more quirky, lo-fi punk element into the indie music scene. After releasing their own music for a few years, they collected their best material for a proper album, and in 2001 shared The Moldy Peaches via Rough Trade Records. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available. CD reissue due August 17.]
Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic 2xLP (WB)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Shovels and Rope – Predecessors 3xLP (Dualtone Music)
Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent (known jointly as the Americana/folk duo Shovels & Rope) started their career performing independently as solo artists, each releasing records under their own names in the mid-to-late ‘00s and early ‘10s. In 2008 they released the album titled Shovels & Rope as a collaboration and the two artists decided to tour together. Performing live, they’d play together on songs from Hearst’s Lions and Lambs (2011), Trent’s The Winner (2010), and their collaborative album, creating the first live glimpses of the band that would eventually become Shovels & Rope. Predecessors features their early individual solo albums along-side early collaborations in the form a three LP package featuring Hearst’s Lions and Lambs, Trent’s The Winner, and a third LP with never-before-released material from Shovels & Rope’s archives.
Judee Sill – Songs of Rapture and Redemption: Rarities and Live 2xLP (Run Out Groove)
The astonishing Judee Sill was the first artist signed to David Geffen’s Asylum Records, and her eponymous 1971 debut was the label’s first ever album. Sill’s music is intensely spiritual, redolent of both mysticism and divine imagery, yet grounded by great songwriting and a pure but powerful singing talent. When stardom didn’t follow the critical acclaim of her first two albums her career never recovered. Sill was dead in 1979 at just 35 of a drug overdose. However, the brevity of Judee’s musical legacy is vastly outweighed by the emotional power in the work she left behind. This brand-new 19-track, 2xLP collection includes demos, outtakes and live recordings which are making their premier on the vinyl format.
Gillian Welch – Soul Journey [Reissue/2003] LP (Acony)
Gillian Welch’s rich and remarkable career spans over 20 years and is a pillar of the modern acoustic music world. This is the long-awaited first pressing of the roots singer/songwriter’s moving 2003 album, Soul Journey, a collaborative effort with producer/multi-instrumentalist David Rawlings which Mojo called “pretty much perfect” in their 5-star review.