New Releases for August 19, 2022
CDs + Vinyl:
The A’s – Fruit CD/LP (Psychic Hotline)
Not to be confused with the late ’70s/early ’80s new wave band, The A’s is Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso, Mountain Man) and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Daughter of Swords, Mountain Man). The duo’s debut album Fruit is wild, weird cosmic cowboy songs performed on hair, ice chunk, nylon shorts, gravel, guitar, and more.
Eric Church – & CDEP/12” (EMI Nashville)
Commercial release of this EP that was previously only available through the Church Fan Club as part of the Heart & Soul album collection released in 2021. This 6-track CD completes the Heart & Soul song cycle.
Shemekia Copeland – Done Come Too Far CD (Alligator)
Done Come Too Far continues Shemekia’s riveting, clear-eyed testimony about our troubled world and the blessings that keep hope alive. The new album is again produced by Will Kimbrough, and an all-star supporting cast includes slide guitar whiz Sonny Landreth, hill country blues great Cedric Burnside and Hi Rhythm Section organist Charles Hodges. Done Come Too Far is another exhilarating Shemekia Copeland showcase, as her rousing vocals bring the heat in an infectious array of muscular rockers, stomping blues, swampy soul, and heartbreaking ballads. [Clear vinyl edition due September 30.]
DIIV – Oshin [Reissue/2012] 2xLP (Captured Tracks)
DIIV – Sometime / Human / Geist 3×7” (Captured Tracks)
DIIV craft a sound that is at once familial and frost-bitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creationrecords psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late- ‘80s Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence on their debut LP. To commemorate the 10th anniversary, the deluxe double-LP edition combines the Oshin tracklist with the original Oshin demos recorded by Smith, and two live cuts recorded at storied Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium – including the never released “Yuk”. Sometime / Human / Geist collects DIIV’s inaugural three 7″s, repressed for the first time since their original releases in 2011.
Five Finger Death Punch – AfterLife CD/2xLP/Cassette (Better Noise)
Multi-platinum hard rock powerhouse Five Finger Death Punch release AfterLife, their highly anticipated new studio album. Last month, the band released the first official single and title track from AfterLife, which was met with critical praise as Loudwire deemed it a “hard-hitting rock radio gem you’d hope for from 5FDP, starting with a solitary atmospheric guitar lick, giving way to bullet-like drums and a fleshed out full band assault brimming with energy and a pulsing low end.”
Hot Chip – Freakout/Release CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Freakout/Release is another dizzying high in a multi-decade career that’s seen Hot Chip continuing to innovate and develop a rich, resonant songcraft. [An indie store exclusive brown color vinyl pressing is available.]
I Prevail – True Power CD (Fearless)
The Platinum-certified and twice Grammy-nominated Michigan powerhouse return with their third full-length, True Power. [A limited-edition multicolor vinyl pressing is due December 16.]
Jackyl – Jackyl 30 Coming In Hot CD (Mighty Loud)
It’s been three decades since Jackyl shot out of Georgia spewing equal parts hard rock, heavy metal, and Southern rock. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the band debuts a brand-new album, Jackyl 30 Coming In Hot, with three new tracks: “Bad Decisions”, “Another Round (Coming In Hot)”, and the first single, “Get All Up In It”.
Early James – Strange Time To Be Alive CD/LP (Easy Eye Sound)
Alabama’s native son, Early James, returns with his sophomore album, Strange Time To Be Alive. The lyrical wordsmith conjures the ghosts of great southern gothic writers from Eudora Welty to William Faulkner, while channeling the haunted spirits of Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt. The album evokes a timeless amalgam of forsaken blues, wistful folk, and Tin Pan Alley crooning.
Jukebox The Ghost – Cheers CD (BMG)
Cheers is an arena-sized, ebullient toast to surviving and thriving in the face of hard times, conjuring up ‘70s-era Queen and McCartney-styled song suites, without sacrificing any modern punch.
Demi Lovato – HOLY FVCK CD/LP (Island)
Demi Lovato follows-up 2021’s Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over with the new 16-track album Holy Fvck which comes introduced by the Warren “Oak” Felder-produced lead single “Skin Of My Teeth”.
Madonna – Finally Enough Love – 50 Number Ones 3xCD (Rhino)
Madonna – Finally Enough Love – #1s Remixed CD/2xLP (Rhino)
Madonna made history once again when she topped the Dance Club Songs chart for the 50th time, making her the first and only recording artist to have 50 No. 1 hits on any single Billboard chart. Finally Enough Love – 50 Number Ones, is a new 50-track collection that includes her favorite remixes of those chart-topping dance hits that have filled clubs worldwide for four decades. The single CD and double-LP version, titled Finally Enough Love – #1s Remixed, is an abridged 16-track version. [An indie store exclusive vinyl edition is available.]
Cass McCombs – Heartmind CD (ANTI-)
On Heartmind, Cass McCombs enters the double-digit-album phase of his career, a quantitatively rarified place for any songwriter; rarer still, though, is the fact that he does not yet seem to have settled into a qualitative sound or pattern, of singing the same thought twice (or perhaps even once). Songs like “Karaoke” are a god-level burst of power-pop perfection, as fetching as anything Cass has ever cut.
John McLaughlin – Saturday Night In San Francisco: Live 12.6.80 CD/LP (Impex)
Working with hours of original 16-track live session tapes, Al Di Meola and his team have brilliantly curated this musical tour-de-force, bringing to life for the first time on LP, SACD-Hybrid and CD the explosively virtuosic final performance of Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco de Lucia at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, December 6, 1980.
The Mountain Goats – Bleed Out CD/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
The Mountain Goats’ new album Bleed Out is a cinematic experience unto itself. One song about preparing to exact bloody revenge begat another song about the act of exacting bloody revenge and then more songs about and the causes and the aftermath of being driven to exact bloody revenge, each delivered with the urgency and desperation deserving of their narrators and circumstances. [A limited-edition yellow vinyl pressing is available.]
Oneida – Success CD/LP/Cassette (Joyful Noise)
Experimental psych-punk institution Onedia return with Success, the band’s most guitar-centric, rocking album in decades. Long straddling the gray area between the NYC punk/psych/rock community and the art/experimental world, the music of Oneida is celebrated for its mix of abstract, atmospheric sounds and pulsing, hammering anthems. Success finds the band getting to the core of what makes minimal rock music so good – songs pared back to beat and melody with a limited number of guitar chords.
David Paich – Forgotten Toys CD/LP (Provogue)
If you’ve listened to music in the last 50 years, you were likely hearing David Paich. Besides being the co-founder of iconic rock band Toto, he has contributed to more than 2,000 albums. With his diverse catalogue, he has been kicking around song ideas for a solo album for some time. For as much as it may be a “solo” album, on Forgotten Toys Paich is joined by Joseph Williams as co-producer and sometimes co-vocalist, former Toto bandmate Steve Lukather, Brian Eno, Michael McDonald, Ray Parker Jr., Don Felder, and Steve Jordan of The Rolling Stones.
Panic! At The Disco – Viva Las Vengeance CD/LP (Fueled By Ramen)
Panic! At The Disco’s seventh studio album, Viva Las Vengeance shows a change in process for frontman/songwriter Brendon Urie, having cut everything live to tape in Los Angeles alongside his production partners, Jake Sinclair, and Mike Viola. The cinematic musical journey is about the fine line between taking advantage of your youth, seizing the day, and burning out. The songs take an introspective look into his relationship with his decade plus career including growing up in Las Vegas, love, and fame. [An indie store exclusive red color vinyl pressing is available.]
Gretchen Peters – The Show – Live From The UK 2xCD (Proper)
2022 marks the 25th year since US singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters first set foot on a UK stage and she is celebrating the anniversary in style with the release of a live album recorded during a 2019 UK tour with her band and an all-female Scottish string quartet.
R.E.M. – Chronic Town [Reissue/1982] CDEP/12”/Cassette (A&M)
40th Anniversary Edition of the debut EP from R.E.M. featuring “Gardening At Night”, “Wolves, Lower”, and more.
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Omnivore)
Russian Circles – Gnosis CD/LP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Russian Circles latest album, Gnosis, eschews the varied terrain of their past work and bulldoze a path through the most tumultuous and harrowing territory of their sound. [An indie store exclusive translucent orange color vinyl pressing is available.]
Silversun Pickups – Physical Thrills CD/2xLP (New Machine Recordings)
Physical Thrills, Silversun Pickups’ sixth studio album and the follow-up to 2019’s Widow’s Weeds, was produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Foo Fighters) and mixed by Billy Bush. Physical Thrills spans through an eclectic mix of distorted synths, pop-tinged danceable tunes, pared-down ballads, and a collection of “dream shanties” melodies that are all interconnected with each other into a cohesive body of work.
Soilwork – Övergivenheten CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
With Övergivenheten, Swedish metal visionaries Soilwork continue their streak of successes and prove why they’re still not only relevant but of the utmost importance to the vitality of the genre as well as influential as in their early days.
Tank – R&B Money CD (Atlantic)
With vocal fireworks lit enough to heat up any bedroom and an instantly recognizable presence, the nine-time Grammy Award-nominated multiplatinum singer, producer, actor, comedian, and R&B Money label founder has defined two decades of the genre with one seminal record after another.
Thick – Happy Now CD (Epitaph)
Since first forming in 2014, New York trio Thick have triumphed at turning the harshest truths into wildly exhilarating punk songs. On their second album Happy Now, vocalist/guitarist Nikki Sisti, vocalist/bassist Kate Black, and vocalist/drummer Shari Page deliver their most complex and confessional work yet, exploring everything from self-sabotage and insecurity to victim-blaming and destructive relationships.
Watkins Family Hour – Watkins Family Hour Vol. II CD/LP (Thirty Tigers)
“This record celebrates two decades of Watkins Family Hour with songs that have been with us since the beginning and songs that have recently reached us. Similarly, we are joined by musicians, some of whom we met in the early days, and some more recently; musical heroes and friends who have come to be family.” – Watkins Family Hour
Neil Young and The Restless – Eldorado [Reissue/1989] CD/LP (Reprise)
In April 1989, Neil Young released the 5-track mini-album Eldorado on CD in Japan and Australia under the name Neil Young and The Restless. Neil (guitar & vocals) was backed by Rick Rosas on bass and Chad Cromwell on drums, with long-time Crazy Horse band-mate Frank “Poncho” Sampedro contributing guitar on the title track. Long sought after by Neil Young fans, this album and guitar tour-de-force finally gets a worldwide release on CD, and the first US release on vinyl outside of Australia.
Belphegor – The Devils LP (Nuclear Blast)
Recently released on CD – now available on red color vinyl. Twelfth album from the diabolical death metallers.
The Bouncing Souls – The Bouncing Souls LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Limited gold color vinyl pressing of the third full-length album by the punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. It contains such fan favorites as “East Side Mags”, “Kate Is Great” and “East Coast F*** You!”.
Mort Garson – Mother Earth’s Plantasia [Reissue/1976] LP+MP3 (Sacred Bones)
Plants date back from the dawn of time, but apparently, they loved the Moog, never mind that the synthesizer had been on the market for just a few years. Most of all, the plants loved the ditties made by composer Mort Garson. Few characters in early electronic music can be both fearless pioneers and cheesy trend-chasers, but Garson embraced both extremes, and has been unheralded as a result. The cult classic that is Mother Earth’s Plantasia is now being repressed on a bunch of new plant inspired colors in celebration of Sacred Bones 15th year anniversary.
Lera Lynn – Something More Than Love LP (Ruby Range)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
J. Marinelli – Putting The World To Rights LP (Org Music)
Putting The World To Rights is the latest album from one-man-band, folk-punk luminary J. Marinelli. The recording showcases a more fleshed-out instrumentation than most of his vast discography, while keeping the DIY ethos intact and prevalent. Marinelli’s tried and true lo-fi aesthetic is as effective as ever, invoking comparisons to Guided By Voices, Billy Childish, or The Magnetic Fields.
Oscar Peterson – We Get Requests [Reissue/1964] LP (Verve)
Nothing less than one of the great jazz piano trio albums of all time. First released in 1964, We Get Requests features all-time-classic versions of “The Girl From Ipanema”, “Quiet Nights” and “The Days Of Wine And Roses”.
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou – May Our Chambers Be Full [Reissue/2020] LP+MP3 (Sacred Bones)
Blue & purple galaxy color vinyl pressing. Stemming out of an offer from Roadburn Festival organizer Walter Hoeijmakers, mutual acquaintances, and a shared love of each other’s output, May Our Chambers Be Full is the first recorded document of collaboration between Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou. While their solo material seems on its face to be quite disparate, both groups have spent their respective careers lurking at the outer boundaries of the heavy metal scene, the artists having more in common with DIY punk and it’s spiritual successor, grunge.
Wayne Shorter – Adam’s Apple [Reissue/1966] LP (Blue Note)
Wayne Shorter had already set a high bar over the course of his first several Blue Note albums, which included all-time jazz classics including Night Dreamer, JuJu, and Speak No Evil, but 1966’s Adam’s Apple featuring Herbie Hancock on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums immediately joined the ranks of the saxophonist’s greatest recordings and remains a pinnacle artistic statement of Blue Note’s fertile post-bop era.
Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones – Live At Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 2xLP (Mercury)
Red and white color vinyl pressing. On November 22nd, 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing 3 nights at the Rosemont Horizon. Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Buddy Guy’s club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman perform. It didn’t take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining in on stage and later Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Lefty Dizz also played their part.
Carol Woods – Out Of The Woods [Reissue/1971] LP (Soulgramma)
Carol Woods was born in Jamaica, New York in 1943. She was deeply influenced by her grandfather, a Pentecostal minister, and her mother Marion Jones, which led her to become lead singer with the local church choir. A necessary soulful album long out of print. Recorded in London and published on Ember (British label formed in the early 1960s by club owner and promoter Jeffrey S. Kruger, owner of the Flamingo Club, London) in 1971, Out Of The Woods is still a shiny gem on its own.
Larry Young – Unity [Reissue/1965] LP (Blue Note)
Until the emergence of Larry Young, Blue Note’s Hammond B3 organ tradition was firmly rooted in soul jazz, having been established by B3 trailblazer Jimmy Smith and soulful players the likes of Big John Patton and Baby Face Willette. However, Young brought an entirely new perspective to the instrument by placing it in a more adventurous post-bop context, an innovative approach that recontextualized its possibilities. Young had introduced these inclinations on his excellent 1964 Blue Note debut Into Somethin’, but with his 1965 album Unity he created a singular masterpiece with a cast of modernist jazz visionaries: trumpeter Woody Shaw, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, and drummer Elvin Jones.