New Releases for August 20, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Sturgill Simpson – The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita CD (High Top Mountain)
Inspired by such classic concept albums as Willie Nelson’s Red-Headed Stranger, Sturgill Simpson’s The Ballad of Dood & Juanita is the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s third album in twelve months, and his most ambitious project to date. Written and recorded in less than a week and featuring the same ace musicians who played on 2020’s Cuttin’ Grass albums, the record tells a classic American story of a Civil War-era couple torn apart by violence and reunited by love – what Sturgill calls “a simple tale of either redemption or revenge.” The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita is Simpson’s first album of all new original music since the release of 2019’s Grammy-nominated Sound & Fury. Special guest Willie Nelson is the featured lead guitarist on the track “Juanita.” [Vinyl edition due December 3.]
Aaliyah – One In A Million [Reissue/1996] CD (Empire)
One In A Million is the second studio album by Aaliyah. First released in 1996 by Blackground Records, One In A Million remains as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop and R&B and proved to be a major breakthrough in Aaliyah’s short career. Welcome to the new world of funk. [Vinyl edition due early next year.]
After 7 – Unfinished Business CD (Sono Recording Group)
After 7 formed in 1987 by Kevon and Melvin Edmonds and Keith Mitchel. Kevon and Melvin are the older brothers of Kenneth Babyface Edmonds. Their first two albums went Platinum and the third went Gold. Unfinished Business is their first without Melvin who passed away in 2019. The revamped trio has gotten their groove back, and their soulful synergy can be heard on this album.
Anti-Flag – 17 Song Demo [Reissue/1991] CD/LP (New Red Archives)
First-ever reissue of the legendary 1992 cassette-only, self-released demo from the political punk icons.
Between The Buried And Me – Colors II CD (Sumerian)
Tenth studio album from American progressive metal band. [Vinyl edition due October 8.]
Bob’s Burgers – The Bob’s Burgers Music Vol. 2 2xCD/3xLP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Featuring nearly every single musical morsel from seasons 7 through 9, this 90-song smorgasbord includes contributions from the Belcher family – Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), Linda (John Roberts), Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) – as well as the show’s numerous recurring and special guests. This includes actors, comedians, and musicians Adam Driver, Tiffany Haddish, Jenny Slate, Daveed Diggs, Max Greenfield, Toddrick Hall, Aparna Nancherla, and Matt Berninger (of The National).
Darrin Bradbury – Artvertisement CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Since releasing his debut album Elmwood Park: A Slightly Melodic Audiobook in 2016, Darrin Bradbury has documented the warts-and-all minutiae of everyday life with sharp wit and a big heart, doing so with a healthy dose of humor and a refreshing lack of self-seriousness.
Jake Bugg – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning CD/LP (RCA)
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning marks a bold and exciting new chapter for Jake Bugg. His fifth studio album is filled with catchy guitar hooks, rhythmic base lines and anthemic choruses giving the record a huge euphoric feel. The 11-track album features the upbeat “Kiss Like The Sun” and the gospel-infused anthem “All I Need”.
John Coltrane – Another Side Of John Coltrane CD/2xLP (Craft Recordings)
A collection of classic performances from John Coltrane as a sideman, featuring fellow jazz legends such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor. This insightful compilation features liner notes from award-winning music historian Doug Ramsey.
Deafheaven – Infinite Granite CD/2xLP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Over the course of their first ten years, Deafheaven’s music vacillated between tormented beauty and harmonic rage – a hybrid of black metal’s malice and shoegaze’s sublime wall-of-sound. On their fifth album, Infinite Granite, Deafheaven are no longer toying with the juxtaposition of pitting metallic abrasion against swirling grandeur. Quite the opposite: Infinite Granite is a bold and brave leap forward, a gorgeous and invigorating album brimming with style and splendor. In the context of their catalog, it takes on a whole other layer of defiant beauty.
Anderson East – Maybe We Never Die CD/LP (Elektra/Low Country Sound)
Maybe We Never Die takes the Alabama born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s seductively vintage voice in a decidedly fresh direction. Collaborating once again with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb along with longtime bandleader and now co-producer Philip Towns, the 12 tracks flow together with an overarching sense of urgency but maintain distinct musical boundaries. The energy toggles between a hunger for vulnerability in togetherness and a clinging to solitude as a romantic self-defense.
Seth Glier – The Coronation CD/LP (Sono Recording Group)
Grammy nominee Seth Glier’s uplifting album The Coronation distills society’s newfound potential in all its complex glory, beckoning us to a new era of compassion and awareness while addressing timely subjects like social isolation, racial injustice and gun violence with an unflinching but hopeful eye. With guest vocals by Everett Bradley (Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates) and rising star Raye Zaragoza, the largely synth-driven tracks include an ethereal take on Joan Osborne’s hit “One Of Us”.
Chrissie Hynde – Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan CD/LP (BMG)
The Pretenders singer/songwriter tackles some of her favorite Bob Dylan-penned tracks. Recorded with Pretenders guitarist James Walbourne, Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan features lesser-known tracks from Dylan’s vast catalog.
Wanda Jackson – Encore CD (Big Machine)
Wanda Jackson’s sonic farewell, Encore, was produced and conceptualized with Kenny Laguna and Joan Jett with the belief that the ethos Wanda pioneered has lived in Jett’s modern version of self-expression that has been taboo for women in music. Wanda’s 32nd album is a final chapter amplifying a career that’s ignited others too, from The Cramps to Amy Winehouse, Adele to Jack White. [Vinyl edition due November 5.]
Kool & The Gang – Perfect Union CD (Omnivore)
Formed in 1964, The Jazziacs would play with McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Saunders, and other jazz greats. They would change their name to Kool & The Gang in 1969, sign with De-Lite Records and release their self-titled debut the following year. Over five decades since their formation, Kool & The Gang return with their 25th studio album, Perfect Union.
James McMurtry – The Horses And The Hounds CD/2xLP (New West)
In James McMurtry’s new effort, The Horses And The Hounds, the acclaimed songwriter backs personal narratives with effortless elegance (“Canola Fields”) and endless energy (“If It Don’t Bleed”). This first collection in seven years spotlights a seasoned tunesmith in peak form as he turns toward reflection (“Vaquero”) and revelation (closer “Blackberry Winter”). Familiar foundations guide the journey.
Lee Morgan – The Complete Live At The Lighthouse 8xCD/12xLP (Blue Note)
The Complete Live At The Lighthouse is an expansive collection that presents for the very first time all 12 sets of music the legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan’s quintet with saxophonist Bennie Maupin, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Jymie Merritt, and drummer Mickey Roker recorded during their historic engagement at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California from July 10-12, 1970. This definitive edition, produced by Zev Feldman and David Weiss, encompasses 33 performances including more than four hours of previously unreleased music that lets the listener relive the experience of being in the club for every exhilarating moment. Both sets include a beautiful booklet featuring interviews, essays, and rare photos.
Shannon & The Clams – Year Of The Spider CD/LP/Cassette (Easy Eye Sound)
The widely anticipated and much ballyhooed garage rock idols, Shannon & The Clams’ new studio album, Year Of The Spider, is here! The band returned to Nashville to record with Dan Auerbach at his legendary Easy Eye Sound studio. Fresh off their standout album, Onion, and supporting tours with the likes of The Black Keys and Greta Van Fleet, they returned to the studio to craft their utterly unique vintage sound that incorporates wonderfully strange elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych and surf rock to produce this timeless gem from these perennial favorites.
Switchfoot – interrobang CD/LP (Fantasy)
Switchfoot reach a bold new creative peak on interrobang, the 12th full-length album of the multi-platinum selling rock band’s 20+ year career. Working with producer Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird), Switchfoot recorded the album in a burst of pent-up mid-pandemic creativity throughout last year and into 2021.
Villagers – Fever Dreams CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Villagers return with their fifth studio album, Fever Dreams. Written over the course of two years, the main bodies of the songs were recorded in a series of full-band studio sessions in late 2019 and early 2020.
Martha Wainwright – Love Will Be Reborn CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
Love Will Be Reborn is songwriter Martha Wainwright’s first album since 2016’s Goodnight City, and the first since 2012’s acclaimed Come Home To Mama to feature so much original material. All eleven songs on the album were written by Martha. She wrote the title track a few years ago in what was a very dark time for her personally and it hints at the ache of recent years while capturing a sense of optimism for the future. She wraps her wondrous, trademark vocals around the heartbreak to dizzying effect.
Wolves In The Throne Room – Primordial Arcana CD/LP (Relapse)
Two decades into their journey as ritualistic black metal conjurers, Wolves In The Throne Room has emerged from the forest with Primordial Arcana. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is also available.]
AJR – OK Orchestra LP (S-Curve/BMG)
Limited vinyl pressing. OK Orchestra is the multi-Platinum indie pop trio’s fourth album.
Trey Anastasio Band – Burn It Down 3xLP (Jemp)
‘Plasma orange’ color vinyl pressing. The Trey Anastasio Band went on tour in January 2020 intending it to be a warm-up for studio dates. The band was firing on all cylinders, reflected by the fiery sets and intense crowds. The pandemic cancelled the studio plans but producer Vance Powell told Trey there was already enough great material on tape from the tour to make the best TAB album ever. It was named Burn It Down, a line from “Set Your Soul Free”, because it encapsulated exactly what had been happening onstage every night.
Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong [Deluxe Edition/Reissue/2011] 2xLP+7”+MP3 (ATO)
Released in the summer of 2011, Nothing Is Wrong is Dawes breakthrough album. This 10th anniversary double-vinyl reissue comes packaged in a foil-stamped, die-cut, gatefold jacket and includes a bonus 7″ with two unreleased B-sides. Also includes a download card with the full album, B-sides, and four bonus tracks. Both LPs are pressed on milky clear color vinyl.
Lorde – Solar Power LP (Republic)
Recently, in a surprise move, Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum artist Lorde released her new song “Solar Power”. The track, which appropriately dropped timed to the only solar eclipse of the year, came alongside the announcement of her highly anticipated third studio album of the same name. Solar Power includes 12 tracks and is produced by Jack Antonoff, who she collaborated with on her chart-topping last album, Melodrama. [A discless Music Box edition is also available this week.]
Olivia Rodrigo – Sour LP (Geffen)
Record-breaking Olivia Rodrigo releases her debut album on vinyl featuring the global smash “Driver’s License” and her current hit “Déjà Vu”.
Type O Negative – Slow, Deep & Hard
Vinyl reissue of the debut studio album from Type O Negative, released in 1991 on Roadrunner Records.
Volbeat – Hokus Bonus LP (Republic)
A vinyl-only collection of all bonus tracks from the Danish heavy metal band’s previous albums.
Kelsey Waldon – Goldmine LP (Oh Boy)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “