New Releases for August 14, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
Bassnectar – All Colors CD (ATO)
Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, and his open-sourced musical project is as diverse as it is imaginary, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it is stunning. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style, the music draws inspiration from every genre imaginable and supplies a synthesis of intense, wobbling basslines and hypnotic soundscapes for a devout international audience that desires the beautiful and the bestial in the same breath. Bassnectar’s new studio album, All Colors, signifies a merging of music and social change. [Vinyl edition due September 25.]
Biffy Clyro – A Celebration Of Endings CD/LP (WB)
“This is a very forward-looking album from a personal perspective and a societal perspective,” explains frontman Simon Neil. “The title is about seeing the joy in things changing, rather than the sadness. Change means progression and evolution. You can retain everything you loved before, but let’s lose the bad shit. It’s about trying to take back control.” Sonically, Biffy Clyro playfully push the outer reaches of their sound to the extreme – often in the case of the same song. Opening track “North Of No South” hits hard before finding the space for the Johnston brothers to unleash some soaring Queen-style vocal harmonies, before “The Champ” throws piano, cinematic strings (conducted by Bruce Springsteen collaborator Rob Mathes at Abbey Road) and Biffy’s prototyped jagged rhythms into the mix without ever losing any of its sleekness. There’s the rush of “The Vertigo Of Bliss”, a detour into Sub Pop-style grunge and manic shrieks which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Liturgy record. But then it contorts again, first into ethereal orchestration and then with a final burst of violence. It’s an ending to celebrate.
Kris Delmhorst – Long Day In The Milky Way CD (Cen)
Called “bold and brilliant” by the Boston Globe and “transcendent” by the L.A. Times, Delmhorst is a veteran of the indie Americana world, with vivid songwriting, soulful delivery, and adventurous arrangements that stretch the limits of genre. She’s been compared to artists as various as Anaïs Mitchell, Lucinda Williams, and Juana Molina – though she cites Rickie Lee Jones, in all her fearless joy and complexity, as an artistic north star. [Vinyl edition due September 4.]
Kathleen Edwards – Total Freedom CD/LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Edwards makes her long-anticipated return to music with her fifth studio album, Total Freedom. Written and recorded in Canada and Nashville with longtime collaborator/guitarist, Jim Bryson, and Grammy-winning songwriter/producer, Ian Fitchuk, Total Freedom is both a return to form and a “hard reset,” one that empowered Edwards to write and perform entirely on her terms. For inspiration, she turned to Bob Seger, who’s “Against The Wind” struck a chord with her: “The song just reveals itself in such an effortless way. I was like, ‘That’s how I want to feel on these songs being written: that’s how I want it to feel when I play it start to finish.'”
Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
After winning his second Contemporary Blues Album Grammy for the acclaimed Please Don’t Be Dead, Fantastic Negrito is back with his new album Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? This record focuses on mental health, while providing commentary on the political and social state of America. Lead track “I’m So Happy I Cry” features fellow Tiny Desk winner, Tank, from Tank and The Bangas. Additional focus tracks include “Chocolate Samurai”, “Searching For Captain Save A Hoe (featuring E-40)” and “How Long?” which see him exploring hip-hop, R&B, and rock in a way like never before, providing a glimpse into the full versatility of Fantastic Negrito as an artist.
Bill Frisell – Valentine CD/2xLP (Blue Note)
The debut recording of guitarist Bill Frisell’s trio with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston is a wide-ranging 13-song set that mixes Frisell originals new & old, jazz standards, traditional songs, and covers. Valentine explores the creative freedom of the trio format and the profound musical relationship between these three musicians after years of touring.
Gaerea – Limbo CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Cathartic outfit Gaerea challenges the archetype of black metal, coloring outside of the genre’s lines with melancholy, texture and passion. Limbo devours the listener with misanthropic catharsis and cinematic agony, delivering palpable emotion for 52 uninterrupted minutes. Lose yourself in the abyss.
Bruce Hornsby – Non-Secure Connection CD/LP (Zappo Productions)
Bruce Hornsby is on a roll. After taking the music world by surprise with his wide-ranging, critically acclaimed 2019 album Absolute Zero, the singer, songwriter, composer and bandleader returns with a follow-up that picks up where its predecessor left off. Non-Secure Connection features 10 new songs exploring a broad range of themes, from civil rights to computer hackers, mall salesmen to the tribulations of youth basketball. Hornsby plays piano, of course, but the songs on Non-Secure Connection also feature Hornsby’s electric sitar and Chamberlin, along with guitars, horns, strings and subtle samples from sources as varied as minimalist composer John Cage and Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand. Like Absolute Zero, Non-Secure Connection also features a wealth of collaborators: singer James Mercer of The Shins and Broken Bells, singer and poet Jamila Woods, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Bon Iver leader Justin Vernon and the late Leon Russell, who appears thanks to a demo that he and Hornsby recorded together more than 25 years ago.
Into Eternity – Into Eternity [Reissue/2000] CD/LP (M-Theory Audio)
Digitally remastered and expanded 20th anniversary reissue of the rare debut album by the extreme progressive metal icons. Includes three bonus demos. [Limited colored first-time vinyl pressing of 2008’s Incurable Tragedy also available this week.]
King Buzzo – Gift Of Sacrifice CD/LP (Ipecac)
Gift Of Sacrifice is the second solo acoustic album from legendary grunge progenitor King Buzzo aka Buzz Osborne, frontman for the legendary Melvins. Buzz is accompanied throughout the record by Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) who is credited on the album cover. A different kind of animal, Gift Of Sacrifice follow’s up Buzz’s last solo album, 2014’s This Machine Kills Artists.
Mali Music – The Book Of Mali CD (RCA)
Mali Music is more than a contemporary gospel artist with an R&B foundation, he is an anointed force of nature, and his expressive, soulful, and beautifully rich body of work is a testament to that. With The Book Of Mali, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/ musician/producer is poised for more success. The thought-provoking lead track, “Let Go”, written by Mali and produced by David D1 Grant, Jr., tackles the everyday temptations people face and how the power of God can help overcome them.
Arlo McKinley – Die Midwestern CD (Oh Boy)
Coming out of the eclectic Cincinnati music scene that has produced everyone from The National and Walk The Moon to Bootsy Collins, Arlo McKinley has washed his songs in the blood of street soul, country, punk and gospel – and tattooed them onto the underground. Filled with a weight, honesty and gritty-hope from rustbelt city life, McKinley rolled downriver to Memphis to Sun Studio where Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine) gathered a working man’s all-star band to record Die Midwestern. McKinley’s 10 original songs bleed truth and emotion from a heart scarred by wild nights and redeemed by Sunday morning confessions.
Spoon – Girls Can Tell [Reissue/2001] CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Girls Can Tell served as Spoon’s stunning follow-up to 1998’s A Series Of Sneaks. The Austin, Texas indie rock outfit’s third studio album overall finds the extremely talented Britt Daniel developing into one of the most unique voices in rock ‘n’ roll with a remarkable maturity and economy to his songwriting. The perfect blend of craft and cool, Rolling Stone hailed Girls Can Tell as “A start-to-finish triumph!” Upon the album’s 15th anniversary, Under The Mag noted that, “Spoon have gone on to make some very good albums since Girls Can Tell, but they’ve never made one as great and one that expertly weaves their accessible and experimental sides quite as well.”
Whitney – Candid CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Secretly Canadian)
Following their acclaimed sophomore album Forever Turned Around, Whitney return with Candid, a 10-song collection of covers of songs by Kelela, David Byrne, John Denver, Labi Siffre, and more.
Bon Jovi – Cross Road (The Best Of Bon Jovi) [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Island)
Double vinyl LP pressing. Bon Jovi’s first hits collection was issued in 1994, recapping a 10-year career of massive hits including such #1’s as “Livin’ On A Prayer”. The album also featured a then-new song, Always, which became a global top 5 hit. This release marks the first time Cross Road is available on standard black vinyl in the US and includes a bonus track, “Never Say Goodbye”, not on the US CD.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory [Reissue/1970] LP (Craft Recordings)
Limited half-speed remastered 180gm 50th anniversary pressing of iconic studio album from one of America’s greatest rock and roll bands; first released in 1970 at the peak of Creedence’s prolific career. Includes the hits “Who’ll Stop The Rain”, “Run Though The Jungle”, “Up Around The Bend”, “Looking Out My Back Door” and more, plus a cover of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”.
Jerry Garcia/John Kahn – GarciaLive Volume 14: January 27th, 1986 The Ritz 2xLP (ATO)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. GarciaLive Volume 14 showcases a buoyant acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia and longtime friend/bassist John Kahn during the middle of a rare duo tour. Recorded on January 27, 1986 at The Ritz in New York City, Garcia and Kahn deliver two exquisite sets featuring Grateful Dead favorites (“Ripple”, “Friend Of The Devil”, “Dire Wolf”, and “Bird Song”, among others), spirited takes on Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and “Simple Twist of Fate”, and more from Garcia’s songbook.
Mac Miller – K.I.D.S. [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Rostrum)
The first-ever physical release of Mac Miller’s seminal mixtape K.I.D.S. Double LP with three sides of music and one silkscreen side. Gatefold jacket packaging.
Britney Spears – Oops!…I Did It Again [Reissue/2000] LP (Sony Legacy)
Limited 20th anniversary vinyl picture disc pressing.
Static X – Project Regeneration 1 LP (Otsego Entertainment)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the industrial metal band. Project Regeneration 1 is the first of two volumes featuring the last recordings of the late founder, Wayne Static. This is the band’s first studio album in 11 years following Cult Of Static (2009), marking the longest gap between two studio albums in the band’s career.
The Vandals – Live Fast Diarrhea [Reissue/1995] LP (Craft Recordings)
Limited explosive brown splatter vinyl pressing of The Vandals’ breakthrough 1995 studio album.