New Releases — August 2, 2019

New Releases for August 2, 2019

Tyler Childers – Country Squire CD/LP+M{3 (RCA)
Rising singer/songwriter Tyler Childers returns with Country Squire, his second official full-length effort. Produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, the album was recorded at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville and consists of nine new originals. In addition to Childers (vocals, acoustic guitar), the long player features several world-renowned musicians including Stuart Duncan (fiddle, mandolin, banjo), Miles Miller (drums, background vocals) and Russ Pahl (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel, Jaw harp, baritone). Of the mission behind the album, Childers notes, “I hope that people in the area that I grew up in find something they can relate to. I hope that I’m doing my people justice and I hope that maybe someone from somewhere else can get a glimpse of the life of a Kentucky boy.” [Indie store exclusive color splatter vinyl LP edition also available.]

John Batiste – Anatomy Of Angels: Live At The Village Vanguard CD/LP (Verve)
“In the fall of 2018, Jon Batiste played a six-night residency at the historic Village Vanguard in downtown New York City. The pianist/bandleader delivers selections from those nights under the title, Anatomy Of Angels: Live At The Village Vanguard. The release is comprised mostly of Batiste’s own compositions, which range from bluesy (“Dusk Train To Doha”) to Coltrane-esque explorations (the titular track “Anatomy Of Angels”, “Creative”.) In addition to his own works, Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive joins him for Ray Noble’s “The Very Thought Of You”. Batiste also arranged on one of the most famous works of his idol Thelonious Monk, “‘Round Midnight”.

Carnifex – World War X CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Colossal swells erupt from a vast ocean of human suffering and universal dread and in their wake present to us the latest offering from the minds of Carnifex: World War X. Soul darkening, eye-bloodying, flesh crushing death metal is to be expected from this group of musicians, yet with the new album comes a unique notion of unavoidable hopelessness; the inevitable rot of mankind. Carnifex has stoked the coals and breathed a distinct power into World War X that boils over into subjects and sounds of human degradation.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana CD/LP (Keep Cool/RCA)
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib first connected on their 2014 universally acclaimed collaborative album Piñata, which was celebrated on the street and by critics. The duo’s seamless collaboration juxtaposes two giant talents: Madlib, the prolific producer with a record collection from all genres and eras, an adept sampler, peer to the late J Dilla and foil for Doom with whom he created the landmark Madvillainy. Freddie Gibbs, the gravel-voiced braggadocios rapper, a vocal athlete, a star-on-the-rise knocked off course who refused to give up and has since offered some of the most compelling rap music in the past 10 years. Bandana picks up right where their first album left off, as Madlib chops up vintage samples into a complex soundscape that only a lyricist of Freddie’s caliber could match in flow and tenacity.

Lettuce – Elevate CD/2xLP (Lettuce/Ingrooves)
Recorded at Colorado Sound outside of Denver with legendary engineer Russ Elevado (D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu), Elevate shows Lettuce touching on its past while moving full force into the future. The band explores its funk roots in the Tower Of Power-like punch of “Ready To Live” (the cover of a song by Cold Blood’s Lydia Pense), the Prince-like swagger of “Royal Highness” and the OG blues-soul of “Love Is Too Strong”, while expanded trip-hop sounds of the space age audio-scapes like “Trapezoid”, “Gang 10” and “Purple Cabbage” show the influence of sax player Ryan Zoidis’ Korg X-911 synths and Nigel Hall’s Rhodes keyboards. [Deluxe bone colored double-LP picture disc and red colored double-LP picture disc pressings are also available.]

Mabel – High Expectations CD/2xLP (Capitol)
High Expectations is a stunning statement of intent from Mabel. It’s a record – and a state-of-mind, in many ways – that she has worked towards her whole life. It’s an ambitious body of work from an increasingly fearless young artist, which explores the multiplicity of expectations (as a woman; in love; of others; and ultimately of yourself). What’s emerged as High Expectations is an empowering, uplifting and disarmingly candid record, which tells the next chapter not only in Mabel’s own extraordinary life-story, but – like those records which shaped her, The Writing’s On The Wall or The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill – also seeks to tell those stories of so many others.

Penny & Sparrow – Finch CD (I Love You)
Beginning with 2013’s Tenboom, the staunchly DIY pair Penny & Sparrow released a series of critically lauded records that garnered comparisons to the hushed intimacy of Iron & Wine and the adventurous beauty of James Blake. NPR praised the band’s songwriting as a “delicate dance between heartache and resolve,” while The World Café raved that they’ve “steadily built a sound as attentive to detail as Simon & Garfunkel and as open to the present day as Bon Iver.”

The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow CD/LP (Glassnote)
Honoring that old school Motown sound and working it into something of their very own, Australian four piece The Teskey Brothers stunned many in 2017 with their gorgeous debut album Half Mile Harvest – a raw combination of soul and blues. Listening to the record you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the work of Stax Records alumni in Memphis circa ‘67 rather than a group of twenty-somethings from the Yarra Valley just outside Melbourne. On Run Home Slow, avoiding genre labels is something that the band have strived for musically, incorporating elements of southern rock, Americana, psychedelia, Dixieland jazz, gospel and a surprise striking pop centerpiece.

Various Artists – Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 2xCD (Third Man)
August 1969 might have seen another musical gathering grabbing the world’s attention, but the Ann Arbor Blues Festival has since proven a cultural milestone in its own unique right – the first American festival devoted solely to blues music. Held August 1-3, 1969 at Fuller Flatlands, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, for three days it was not unusual to find scenes like B.B. King playing his forthcoming single for Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Mama Thornton and Junior Wells or Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Big Joe Williams catching up about grandchildren, life on the road and the recent moon landing. The family reunion backstage led to an all-star game onstage as an audience of eager young blues converts was treated to a living history of the blues from some of its inventors, innovators and greatest talents. Released on the 50th anniversary of the event, Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 collects 24 previously unheard songs by such blues legends as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, James Cotton, Son House, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Pinetop Perkins, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Charlie Musselwhite and more.

Blue Highway – Somewhere Far Away: Silver Anniversary CD (Rounder)
A band that makes it into bluegrass’ exclusive 25-year club inevitably celebrates the thousands of one-nighters, hundreds of festivals, dozens of recordings, and uncountable road miles by taking an album off, and releasing a retrospective. But that’s not Blue Highway and not their new release. For 25 years, writing their own songs has set this highly-awarded band apart, so it’s no surprise that for Somewhere Far Away, their Silver Anniversary release, Blue Highway takes the road less traveled. The dozen new songs come from some of the finest songwriters in bluegrass, three of whom happen to be founding members – Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor and Shawn Lane.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Live At Woodstock CD/2xLP (Craft Recordings)
The first-ever official release of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s legendary Woodstock performance in its entirety. Their hour-long set took place shortly after midnight on 17 August 1969, a later-than-planned start due to the Grateful Dead’s set over-running.

Ani DiFranco – No Walls Mixtape CD (Righteous Babe)
“So here is my mixtape for you, like the kind that I would make you on cassette if it was, like, 1993 and I was really into you. It’s a flight of Ani songs that I took the liberty of revisiting, solo stylie, 20… (30?!) years later, songs that factor (either literally or figuratively) into my memoir, No Walls And the Recurring Dream. These songs take the same stumbly trip through my formative years that the book takes – except for ‘To The Teeth’. ‘To The Teeth’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the book; I just wanted to include it.”

Föllakzoid – I CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
The long-awaited fourth full-length by Föllakzoid isn’t merely a recalibration for the band. It is a multidimensional reconsideration of what the process of songwriting, performance, and creating a work of recorded music can be. Unlike past Föllakzoid records, that were done in single takes with the full band, this record took three months to construct out of more than 60 separate stems – guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, and vocals, all recorded in isolation. Producer Atom TM, who was not present for recording, was then asked to re-organize the four sequences of stems without any length, structural restrictions or guidelines. Those sequences ultimately became the four long tracks that appear on I. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

My Morning Jacket ‎– The Tennessee Fire [Reissue/1999] 2xCD/3xLP+MP3 (Darla)
20th anniversary deluxe, expanded edition of the debut album by My Morning Jacket with 16 previously unreleased bonus tracks selected from the archives by Jim James.

Neurosis & Jarboe – Neurosis & Jarboe [Reissue/2003] CD/LP (Neurot)
When two independent and distinct spheres overlap, the resulting ellipse tends to emphasize the most striking and powerful characteristics of each body. Such is the case with this particular collaboration between heavy music pioneers Neurosis and the multi-faceted performer Jarboe (who performed in Swans and who has collaborated with an array of people from Blixa Bargeld, J.G. Thirlwell, Attila Csihar, Bill Laswell, Merzbow, Justin K. Broadrick, Helen Money, Father Murphy, the list goes on…) The musicians pull from one another some of the most harrowing and unusual sounds ever heard from either artist at the time-a sentiment which also rings true to some fifteen years later.

Prurient – Garden Of The Mutilated Paratroopers 2xCDEP (Profound Lore)
A limited double-EP of airborne electronics for the 75th anniversary of Screaming Eagles Radio and 82nd Neptune Death Row. Adrenaline drones, memorial distortion, windy feedback, loud speaker vocals with a heavy influence from the naked and neither fact-nor-fiction black humor drama forgotten style of Aquifer Sodality and Slaughter Productions.

Russian Circles – Blood Year CD/LP (Sargent House)
With their new album Blood Year, Russian Circles forsake the sonic crossroads of divergent musical paths found on albums like Guidance and Memorial to offer up the most direct and forceful collection of songs in their discography – an album that fully embraces the most forceful aspects of their repertoire, retaining the dexterity, multi-faceted techniques, and dramatic compositions that have been a trademark of Russian Circles since day one.

Ty Segall – First Taste CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
First Taste is an introspective set for Segall after the extroversions of 2018’s Freedom’s Goblin. Lines of struggle wind through the songs as Segall reflects on family, re-encountering pasts, anticipating futures. He skates through oneness, self-esteem, the parents – all the joys of a rain-filled childhood – while reaching outward in the here and now, feeling for a shared pulse.

Spoon – Everywhere At Once: The Best Of Spoon CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Spanning a career well into its third decade, Spoon has announced a greatest hits compilation to coincide with their enormous North American amphitheater tour alongside Beck and Cage The Elephant. In addition to the 12 classics assembled onto this collection, Spoon enters a new classic into the canon: “No Bullets Spent.”

Volbeat – Rewind, Replay, Rebound CD/2xCD/2xLP (Republic)
Volbeat’s seventh album, Rewind, Replay, Rebound finds the Danish/American hard rockers building upon the distinct, psychobilly, punk-tinged rock ‘n’ roll sound they’re known for.

Jerry Garcia Band – Electric On The Eel, August 10th 1991 4xLP+MP3 (ATO)
The first official Jerry Garcia Band live release to be pressed to vinyl, Electric On The Eel: August 10th, 1991 features two complete, previously unreleased sets captured at French’s Camp on the Eel River in Piercy, California. The release consists of the familiar Jerry Garcia Band line-up, which was in peak form, jamming through a diverse songbook. This 4LP set pressed onto 180gm vinyl features an etching derived from Thos Chapman’s original show poster on Side H.

John Lee Hooker ‎– The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker [Reissue/1959] LP (Craft Recordings)
John Lee Hooker’s debut on Riverside Records is perhaps the truest to his Mississippi roots. Unaccompanied and playing acoustically instead of his usual amplified guitar, he turned in a wonderfully varied set of deep Delta blues, moans, boogies, one field holler, and even a bit of hokum. Some songs are autobiographical, others reworkings of blues standards-all stamped with the hauntingly personal Hooker touch.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live From Twist & Shout 11.16.07 LP (New West)
Now available on vinyl LP for the first time, Live From Twist & Shout 11.16.07 is a 2008 released live EP from singer/songwriter Jason Isbell and his backing band, The 400 Unit. The six track collection was recorded live during an in-store at Denver, Colorado’s Twist And Shout Records in 2007 and features thrilling versions of “Hurricane And Hand” and “Outfit” plus a moving cover of Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic”.