New Releases for August 7, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
Glass Animals – Dreamland CD/LP (Republic)
Dreamland is the hotly anticipated follow-up to Glass Animals’ highly acclaimed 2016 album How To Be a Human Being. Album track “Tokyo Drifting” features a collaboration with rapper Denzel Curry. Dreamland marks the first album from the Oxford quartet since drummer Joe Seaward was severely injured in 2018 after being hit by a truck while riding his bike in Dublin.
CeeLo Green – CeeLo Green Is Thomas Callaway CD/LP (BMG)
CeeLo Green Is Thomas Callaway is the 5xGrammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-producer’s first album in five years, a highly anticipated new artistic endeavor which finds him collaborating with Dan Auerbach. The Black Keys frontman invited CeeLo to Nashville for some writing sessions without the intention of creating an album, but this unexpected, musical pair started vibing and walked away with a timeless record. CeeLo Green Is Thomas Callaway is soulful, with gospel undertones and naturally was influenced by its surrounding in Nashville. It reflects who Thomas Callaway is and a nod to his churchgoing, southern family roots.
Joe Bonamassa – A New Day Now CD (J&R Adventures)
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his 2000 debut album, A New Day Yesterday, Joe Bonamassa releases a newly re-mixed and re-recorded version entitled, A New Day Now. [Vinyl edition due August 28.]
Luke Bryan – Born Here Live Here Die Here CD (Capitol Nashville)
The new release from the country superstar includes the #1 hit “Knockin’ Boots” and his current single “Whatever She Wants Tonight”.
Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Dirt And The Stars CD/2xLP (Lambent Light)
Five-time Grammy-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter’s fifteenth studio album, The Dirt And The Stars, finds the singer-songwriter pondering life’s intimate, personal moments and exploring its most universally challenging questions at an unprecedented time.
Deep Purple – Whoosh! CD/CD+DVD/2xLP+DVD (earMUSIC)
Whoosh! sees Deep Purple for the third time joining forces with producer Bob Ezrin, who invited the band to Nashville to write and record new songs. Together they created the most versatile album in their collaboration. “Deep Purple is putting the Deep back in Purple” was the half-joking motto in the studio after the first songs made it clear that Ezrin and Purple were on their path to creating an album pushing the boundaries of time, while voicing their resentment about the current situation of the world and addressing all generations.
Laura Marling – Songs For Our Daughter CD/LP (Chrysalis/Partisan)
Laura Marling’s exquisite seventh album Song For Our Daughter arrives almost without preamble or warning amidst uncharted global chaos, and yet instantly and tenderly offers a sense of purpose, clarity and calm. As a balm for the soul, this full-blooded new collection could be posited as Laura’s richest to date, but in truth it is another incredibly fine record by a British artist who rarely strays from delivering incredibly fine records.
Jason Molina – Eight Gates CD/LP+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
Eight Gates is the last collection of solo studio recordings Molina made before he passed from complications related to alcoholism in 2013.
The Stooges – Live At Goose Lake: August 8th, 1970 CD/2xLP (Third Man)
The apocryphal tale of the Stooges performance at the Goose Lake festival on August 8th, 1970 has been told countless times over the past five decades. Bassist Dave Alexander, due to nerves or overindulgence or whatever you choose to fill in the blank, absolutely spaces in front of 200,000 attendees. He does not play a single note on stage. He is summarily fired by Iggy Pop immediately following the gig. Here starts the beginning of the end of the Stooges. Found buried in the basement of a Michigan farmhouse amongst other tasty analog artifacts of the same era, the 1/4″ stereo two-track tape of the Stooges complete performance at Goose Lake is the Rosetta Stone for fans of this seminal band. Not only is this the last ever performance of the original godhead Stooges line-up, but it is the only known soundboard recording of said line-up. Playing the entirety of their canonical 1970 masterpiece Fun House, the sound, the performance, everything about this record is revelatory.
Washed Out – Purple Noon CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Washed Out is Atlanta-based producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene. Over the course of three uniquely enchanting, critically lauded albums and an EP, the music he makes has proved both transportive and visual, each new effort inviting listeners into immersive, self-contained universes. Each Washed Out release has been rooted in a form of escapism, but coupled with a new layer of emotional intensity, Purple Noon takes the project’s music to dazzling new heights. The coastlines of the Mediterranean inspire Purple Noon, and Greene pays tribute to the region’s distinct island culture – with all of its rugged elegance and old-world charm – and uses it as a backdrop to tell the album’s stories of passion, love, and loss (its title comes from the 1960 film directed by Rene Clement, which is based on the novel The Talented Mister Ripley by Patricia Highsmith).
Collective Soul – Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid [Reissue/1993] LP (Craft Recordings)
Collective Soul – Collective Soul [Reissue/1995] LP (Craft Recordings)
Collective Soul followed their hit 1993 debut, Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid, with an eponymous record known as The Blue Album, which would go on to become the highest-selling title of their career. Both are back in-print on vinyl.
Grateful Dead – Aoxomoxoa [Reissue/1969] LP (Grateful Dead)
In 1969, for their third album, The Grateful Dead eschewed outside producers and created Aoxomoxoa themselves, beginning a run of self-produced albums that would continue until 1977. Scrapping the first sessions, which were recorded to eight-track tape, the Dead now had 16 tracks with which to experiment their psychedelic sound, with an album that included entirely Robert Hunter-penned lyrics for the first time.