New Releases for August 3, 2018
CDs + Vinyl:
Peabo Bryson – Stand For Love CD (Caroline)
Stand For Love showcases legendary recording artist, Peabo Bryson’s broad vocal range and musical skill. Counted among the world’s most dynamic and gifted vocal talents, Peabo is a world-renowned balladeer with a career that includes two Grammys, two Oscars, multiple gold albums, multiple No. 1 songs and chart-topping singles in R&B, pop and contemporary jazz.
Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child CD (Alligator)
“On her eighth album, America’s Child, produced by Will Kimbrough, a Nashvillian with quite the resume, who’s played guitar in Emmylou Harris’ band in recent years, Copeland offers a true hybrid of simmering, real-talking spirit and emphatic, folkie- and soul-style statement-making. The array of guest performers convened by Kimbrough and Copeland — including Harris, John Prine, Mary Gauthier and Rhiannon Giddens — signal Copeland’s belonging within their rootsy ranks.” – NPR
Houndmouth – Golden Age CD (Reprise)
New Albany, Indiana-based rock band Houndmouth, famous for their heartfelt, introspective storytelling and rich instrumentality, make their welcome return with a new record.
Immortal – Sons Of Northern Darkness [Reissue/2002] CD/2xLP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
On the heels of their recently released new album Northern Chaos Gods, the pioneering Bergen, Norway black metal outfit reissues their seventh album on CD, vinyl and cassette. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Integrity / Krieg – Integrity / Krieg [Split] CD/LP (Relapse)
Metallic horror trailblazers Integrity join forces with cult US black metal horde Krieg for an unearthly split recording.
James – Living In Extraordinary Times CD/2xLP (BMG)
Mancunian outfit James returned in May 2018 with the Better Than That EP and follow it up with their fifteenth studio album, Living In Extraordinary Times. “Hank”, which appeared on the EP and opens the record, is further evidence that James have no inclination to shy away from politics.
Lambchop – What Another Man Spills [Reissue/1998] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
What Another Man Spills (1998) represented a milestone in Lambchop’s career, but not in the modern sense of a ‘landmark’ release. Building on foundations that had once sounded almost literally creaky, it expands upon the tentative maneuvers they’d undertaken with the previous year’s Thriller (1997) and gestures confidently towards its brassy successor, Nixon, which would arrive in 2000 to wild acclaim and previously unimaginable commercial success. Indeed, it sits at a crossroads between the band that Lambchop first emerged as, and the band that they would later become. [Limited deluxe colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Jim Lauderdale – Time Flies CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
Classic Americana distinctively infused with striking notes of country and soul.
Lovelytheband – Finding It Hard To Smile CD/2xLP (Century Media)
Following-up their promising 2017 EP, Everything I Could Never Say…, Finding It Hard To Smile is the catchy, synth-driven full-length debut effort from sleek L.A.-based indie-pop trio Lovelytheband featuring vocalist/guitarist Mitchy Collins, guitarist/keyboardist Jordan Greenwald and drummer Sam Price. The inviting 16-track, double-LP collection is ushered in by the infectious MGMT-esque hit single “Broken”. [Limited autographed vinyl copies also available.]
Lucero – Among The Ghosts CD/LP (Liberty & Lament)
Lucero’s ninth studio album, Among The Ghosts, was recorded at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Service, the studio built by the legendary producer after outgrowing his Memphis Recording Service/Sun Studio. Captured primarily live, it eschews the Stax-inspired horns and Jerry Lee Lewis-style boogie piano featured on some of the band’s past recordings for a streamlined rock & roll sound that pays homage to their seminal influences as it seeks to push that legacy into the future. For a band who carried the torch of the alt-country movement back in the ‘90s and helped pave the way for what is now called Americana, Lucero have re-discovered what inspired them in the first place. The ten-song LP’s title is both a tribute to the spirits which roam the streets of their fabled city of Memphis, as well as the hard road the determinedly independent band set out on 20 years ago.
Mac Miller – Swimming CD (WB)
Introduced by the sonically laid-back and funk/R&B-heavy tracks “Self Care,” “Small Worlds” and “What’s The Use?”, Swimming is the latest exploratory offering from shape-shifting rapper/singer/producer Mac Miller and follow-up to 2016’s The Divine Feminine. Serving as his fifth full-length studio effort overall, it includes contributions from fellow rapper/producer J. Cole, British singer/songwriter Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and composer/instrumentalist John Brion. Miller told Zane Lowe that the album is focused on space and “what it means to be inside of a record.” [Vinyl edition tentatively scheduled for October 26.]
NOFX – Ribbed: Live In A Dive CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
The eighth edition of Fat Wreck Chord’s Live In A Dive series features the legendary L.A. punk band NOFX’s performance of their 1991 classic Ribbed.
Amanda Shires – To The Sunset CD/LP (Silver Knife)
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires’ follows up her critically acclaimed 2016 release My Piece Of Land with her highly anticipated fifth album, To The Sunset. It serves as Shires’ second album with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb and represents an adventurous move with an edgier sound and attitude. Shires continues to push herself artistically and sonically, but the spotlight always shines brightly on her unmistakable songwriting style and emotive and distinctive vocals. To The Sunset is a compelling collection of narratives often told from a female perspective. The themes range from grappling with self-esteem in “Mirror, Mirror” to mental illness and addiction in standout track “Wasn’t I Paying Attention?” and the power of a changed perspective with a dash of her signature wit in “Break Out The Champagne”. Shires has a penchant for delivering her stories in ways that are intelligent and poetic yet thoughtful and warm, feeling as if coming from a good friend. Features special guest Jason Isbell on guitar.
Spider Bags – Someday Everything Will Be Fine CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Recorded in Memphis at Bunker Audio by Andrew McCalla (who also engineered Spider Bags’ seminal 2012 rock and roll party record Shake My Head), Someday Everything Will Be Fine leverages the limitations and glory of the Tascam 388, a vintage recording/mixing device that’s acquired a mythos via its association with legendary records by Dinosaur Jr., East River Pipe, the Black Keys, Ty Segall, and Thee Oh Sees to name a few. [Deluxe colored vinyl pressing also availbable.]
Ultraphonix – Original Human Music CD/LP (earMUSIC)
Ultraphonix is the new creation of Corey Glover (Living Colour) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) alongside the great rhythm section of drummer Chris Moore and bassist Pancho Tomaselli. The core and value of Ultraphonix lies in the songwriting and the quality of the songs. Original Human Music is an album where Glover’s profound and thoughtful lyrics sound loud, together with the warm and heavy wall of sound created by Lynch. To quote Lynch, “The album sounds like a fusion of early Chili Peppers meets King Crimson meets Judas Priest! It’s a super fun band.” Drawing on (very heavy) rock, funk and jazz influences, Ultraphonix celebrates social consciousness through great rock songs.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Jeff Buckley – Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk [Reissue/1998] 3xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Jeff Buckley – Mystery White Boy: Live ’95 – ’96 [Reissue/2000] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissues now available. Buckley was dissatisfied with material recorded in the summer of 1996 and early in 1997 and continued working on demo recordings to refine his sound. The album was to be titled My Sweetheart, The Drunk, but was never finished, as the rest of the band were traveling to meet Buckley at the time of his death on May 29th 1997.
The Byrds – Sweetheart Of The Rodeo [Reissue/1968] LP (Friday Music)
Limited audiophile 180gm translucent green and blue swirl colored vinyl pressing.
The Cranberries – Something Else LP (The End)
Released last year on CD – now available on limited green colored vinyl. “Something Else by The Cranberries is a strange sort of greatest hits compilation. On one hand, it does collect the Irish band’s most popular songs, dutifully released to mark the 25 years since their first formal musical release: the ethereal, fresh-faced 1992 single ‘Dreams.’ But Something Else isn’t a mercenary cash grab, bloodlessly assembled to fulfill a contractual obligation. For one, it features three brand-new songs. Every old song on it was also re-recorded in 2016 acoustically and with string accompaniment (provided by the Irish Chamber Orchestra). Rather, Something Else is a veteran band’s attempt to celebrate their own canon by reimagining and extending it.
The Doors – Hello, I Love You b/w Love Street 7” (Elektra)
“Hello, I Love You” became The Doors’ second #1 hit when it topped the Billboard singles chart for two weeks beginning on August 3, 1968. Now, exactly 50 years later, Rhino releases a new 7″ version of the single with its B-side “Love Street”. For this anniversary release, Rhino used mono radio mixes of the songs that were given exclusively to radio stations for airplay in 1968.
Earth – The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull [Reissue/2008] 2xLP (Southern Lord)
This new 2018 reissue contains the exclusive bonus track “Junkyard Priest” (featuring Milky Burgess on slide guitar). The audio was specifically mastered for vinyl, the lacquers were cut by Bob Weston (Shellac) and the double-LP set comes housed in a beautiful “old style” Stoughton gatefold jacket.
Fugees (Refugee Camp) – Bootleg Versions [Reissue/1996] LP (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the R&B and reggae fusion group’s 1996 remix album.
Marvin Gaye – Midnight Love [Reissue/1982] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the 17th and final studio album by the R&B/soul legend.
Lykke Li – So Sad So Sexy LP (RCA)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Nas – Nastradamus [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Since the release of the landmark Illmatic in 1994, Nas has proven himself to be one of hip-hop’s most potent, durable, and abiding forces. 1999’s Nastradamus served as the rapper’s fourth of eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums. Issued on the cusp of the millennium, it finds him waxing poetic about the future and spirituality bolstered by beats from the likes of DJ Premier, Havoc, Timbaland, L.E.S., Dame Grease and Rich Nice.
X Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents [Reissue/1978] LP (Real Gone Music)
Clear vinyl repressing of one of the signature albums of the early British punk movement.