New Releases for August 16, 2019
Sleater-Kinney – The Center Won’t Hold CD/LP (Mom + Pop Music)
The Center Won’t Hold is Sleater-Kinney’s midnight record on the doomsday clock. After 25 years of legendary collaboration, rock ‘n’ roll giants Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss rise to meet the moment by digging deeper and sounding bigger than we’ve heard them yet. Here are intimate battle cries. Here are shattered songs for the shattered survivors. [Deluxe vinyl pressing also available.]
Thee Oh Sees – Face Stabber CD (Castle Face)
Face Stabber is Soundcloud hip-hop reversed, a far flung nemesis of contemporary country and flaccid algorithmic pop-barf. No songs about money or love are floating in the ether. Just memories, echoes, foggy blurs, blip-blop goes the scope, heavy funk, dystopia-punk canons, long jams, bloated solos dribbling down your caved-in chest. Human cattle like a beef avalanche, right on your burned out face hole. For fans of fried prog burn-out, squished old-school drool, double drums, lead weight bass, wizard keys (now with poison), old-ass guitar and horrible words with daft meanings. [Vinyl edition due September 13.]
Clairo – Immunity CD (FADER Label)
Clairo, the moniker of 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Claire Cottrill, drops her debut album, Immunity. Following-up her debut EP Diary 001, which featured the hit singles “Pretty Girl”, “Flamin’ Hot Cheetos” and “4EVER”, Immunity sees Clairo team up with co-producer Rostam (Vampire Weekend) in a stunning glimpse into an artist’s growth.
The Commonheart – Pressure CD/LP (Jullian)
“This band is therapy for me to bring myself back to being a better person, and I hope people come along with me,” says powerhouse singer Clinton Clegg of The Commonheart. The testimonial begins with their sophomore album, Pressure – a potent and purposeful dose of grittily redemptive rock ‘n’ soul. The 10-song album showcases raw-nerve soul musicianship pristinely recorded.
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Dragons CD/LP (Magnolia Music)
Drew Holcomb’s songs have always charged his listeners’ hearts and minds while inspiring them to think, feel, dance, and love. But with his new album, Dragons, his subject material finds the singer using a finer brush and mixing more of the joys, struggles, and specific moments of his own life than ever before to help him paint his masterpieces and connect with fans on a universal level. With its modern production, careful sense of craft and collaboration, and rafter-reaching anthems carrying profound, intentional lyrics, the album represents Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors’ biggest moment yet, a powerful portrait stretched across a wide sonic canvas.
Killswitch Engage – Atonement CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Killswitch Engage’s eighth album, Atonement, is the culmination of a trying and turbulent two-year period. KsE started kicking around ideas for the album as early as 2017. “Atonement is a solid slab of metalcore; it is beefy, it is thrashy, it has hooks, and it has all the assorted goodies we have always expected from Killswitch Engage.” – Metal Wani [Limited indie-exclusive red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Infest The Rats’ Nest CD/LP (ATO)
Infest The Rats’ Nest is the sound of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard scratching the thrash metal itch, fully and unequivocally. Ferocious and direct, “Organ Farmer” is built on drums that gallop away like a battalion of wild horses over the horizon and a triple guitar attack set to stun. It’s the type of sub-three-minute song you wish Hetfield and Co. still made. “Venusian 1” goes at it even harder, a shredding collection featuring an army of guitars.
Lillie Mae – Other Girls CD/LP (Third Man)
Lillie Mae’s new Third Man Records album Other Girls features eleven new, original songs produced by Grammy-winner Dave Cobb at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A. The Nashville singer, songwriter, downtown scene slayer, and most-wanted fiddler signals a reclaimed confidence and bold evolution here, telling women’s stories – including her own – that build on the strength of her 2017 Jack White-produced debut.
The Murder Capitol – When I Have Fears CD/LP (Human Season)
Masters of the dark/light dichotomy The Murder Capital release their debut album, When I Have Fears, which was recorded with Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave &The Bad Seeds, Foals). An exercise in both darkness and light, When I Have Fears only serves to highlight the early ambition in the band’s sound. From the post-rock build and breakdowns of the two-part “Slowdance”, to the tender, bruised confessional of “On Twisted Ground” and industrial pulse of closer “Love, Love, Love”, there’s a consistent intensity throughout that marks out The Murder Capital as a band arriving fully formed on their debut album.
Ride – This Is Not A Safe Place CD/2xLP+MP3 (Wichita)
Ride return with the sixth studio album of their career and their second since reforming in 2014. Gathering influences from sources such as the Jean Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Barbican, and the post punk sound of The Fall and Sonic Youth, Ride has made an album which contains echoes of their earliest days as a band, while bringing these elements into 2019. Both musically and lyrically, this is clearly an album made by a band who love being back together and who are at the very top of their game.
Bobby Rush – Sitting On Top Of The Blues CD/LP (Deep Rush)
Sitting On Top Of The Blues is the 26th studio album (and 75th career release) by Grammy winning Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Rush. It serves as the follow-up to his first Grammy Award winning album Porcupine Meat and is another strong set of original songs that are equally funny, curious, and all around entertaining. Sitting On Top Of The Blues incorporates down home Chicago style blues, Southern soul, and even acoustic blues, reconfirming Bobby Rush as a one-of-a-kind storyteller who’s veins run deep with the blues.
Rodney Crowell – Texas CD/LP (Rodney Crowell)
Featuring Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F Gibbons, Randy Rogers, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Ringo Starr and more, the 11 tracks on Texas represent not just a fresh batch of weathered poetry from one of Americana’s finest craftsmen, but also an iconic singer-songwriter letting loose with his friends.
The Hold Steady – Thrashing Thru The Passion CD/LP (French Kiss)
The Hold Steady’s seventh album collects five new songs alongside five of the nine singles the band has intermittently released since 2017. Thrashing Thru The Passion is a signature set of snarling electric guitars, chiming piano chords and the clever, deadpan observations of frontman Craig Finn.
Ikebe Shakedown – Kings Left Behind CD/LP/Cassette (Colemine)
Ten years ago, Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of instrumental music. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper into combining the primal elements of ’70s soul, raw psychedelic style, and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and soaring melodies. Their new album Kings Left Behind features the entire group collaborating to produce tracks that deliver punches right to the gut, even as dreamy guitars and lush horn melodies and string arrangements capture the imagination. [Limited pink colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Eilen Jewell – Gypsy CD/LP (Signature Sounds)
Described as one of Americana’s most intriguing and creative voices (American Songwriter), Jewell calls Gypsy her favorite album yet: new sounds, old sounds, electric guitar-driven rockers, classic country, and tender ballads. It continues to solidify Jewell’s reputation as one of the most distinctive and potent voices in the Americana world today.
Old Salt Union – Where The Dogs Don’t Bite CD/LP (Compass)
Coming from varied musical backgrounds, Old Salt Union’s collective melting pot of styles and musical vocabularies informs their fresh approach to modern string band music and has helped to carve a unique niche for this Belleville, Illinois roots outfit.
ZZ Top – Goin’ 50 3xCD/5xLP (WB)
Packed with enough hits to fill a roadhouse jukebox, Goin’ 50 spans the band’s entire musical career, from its 1969 debut, and its multi-platinum zenith during the ’80s, to its most-recent releases. This retrospective includes an array from each of the 15 studio albums that guitarist Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard and bassist Dusty Hill have recorded since 1970. Two bonus tracks, “Salt Lick” and “Miller’s Farm” – a single and B-side respectively – were recorded in 1969 by the original incarnation of ZZ Top.
Explosions In The Sky – How Strange, Innocence [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Temporary Residence)
Explosions In The Sky – The Rescue [Reissue/2005] LP (Temporary Residence)
In honor of the band’s 20th anniversary, we are delighted to bring these treasured documents of Explosions In the Sky’s humble beginnings back into the world. Both have been beautifully remastered by Heba Kadry – with vinyl lacquers cut by Bob Weston – and packaged in full-color, heavyweight triple-gatefold jackets with matte varnish, and heavyweight full-color inserts. [Limited colored vinyl pressings are also available.]
Off With Their Heads – Be Good LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Off With Their Heads are back with their new album, Be Good. The band has been relatively quiet over the last two years, largely because frontman Ryan Young was tending to an ill family member who ultimately passed away in 2018. While all of Off With Their Heads’ previous work shares a common thread of being rooted in Young’s fatalistic view of the world, Be Good at least allows a tiny glimmer of hope to peek through.
Sturgill Simpson – Dead Don’t Die 7” (Elektra)
Limited 7” vinyl single from the country singer/songwriter. Includes instrumental version on the B-side.
Thom Yorke – Anima 2xLP (XL)
Limited deluxe edition on 180gm heavyweight orange double LP with sewn orange cloth spine; also includes a 40-page book of artwork from Stanley Donwood and Tarik Barri. Thom Yorke’s new solo album Anima was produced by Nigel Godrich. The album features 9 tracks, with an extra track exclusively on vinyl. “The third solo album from Thom Yorke is the first one that feels complete without his band behind him. It floats through the uneasy space between societal turmoil and internal monologue.” – Pitchfork (Best New Music)