New Releases for August 9, 2019
Denzel Curry – Zuu CD/LP (Loma Vista)
Arriving just 10 months after the release of his critically-acclaimed breakout album Ta13oo, Zuu finds Denzel Curry returning to his South Florida roots both sonically and thematically, reflecting on the lessons his surroundings and family have taught him, while drawing influence from the deep, diverse soundscape of South Florida rap that he was surrounded by. It includes features from Kiddo Marv, Rick Ross, Tay Keith, Ice Billion Berg, and Sam Sneak. “If Zuu isn’t in your rotation, you’re sleeping.” – Exclaim!
Destruction – Born To Perish CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
German thrash battalion Destruction return with their 17th full-length, Born To Perish. There’s some new blood in the band as drummer Randy Black (ex-Annihilator, ex-Primal Fear) and guitarist Damir Eskić joined in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Black makes his presence known with a militaristic drum opening setting the tone on title-track “Born To Perish”. Mechanized grooves meld with serrated thrash across a song that proves that after nearly 35 years since the release of their first record, Destruction remain one of the genre’s most volatile forces.
Grizfolk – The Rarest Of Birds CD/LP (Nettwerk)
Based in Los Angeles and Nashville with roots in Sweden, alternative-rockers Grizfolk’s new album Rarest Of Birds is an ode to Southern California classic rock with a 2019 spin. Dynamic, upbeat, and dreamy the band says, “Listening to Rarest Of Birds should feel a bit like looking through a kaleidoscope of fleeting moments…a glimpse into our yearning for truth and answers within and without. Written in some of the darkest times, it was a vehicle out of addiction and depression. It was a one-way ticket out of a personal hell, purchased by the heart and paid for with love, light, and dedication.”
Marika Hackman – Any Human Friend CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
“Reverting the classical tropes of pop production, whether this be in melodic form or narrative structure, Hackman’s third studio album, Any Human Friend, is, to put it in her own words: ‘me diving into myself and peeling back the skin further and further, exposing myself in quite a big way. It can be quite sexual.’ Writing the album over the course of a year and recording tracks in stages with producer David Wrench (Frank Ocean and The xx), Hackman wrote a number of songs in the grips of insomnia. It is an explosive body of work, one that isn’t afraid to discuss sex and female eroticism with a microscopic lens.” – The Line Of Best Fit
Ra Ra Riot – Superbloom CD/LP (Rob The Rich Recordings)
Superbloom finds Ra Ra Riot taking a decidedly pop-minded approach to the album-making process. In shedding their inhibitions, Ra Ra Riot ultimately created an impossibly radiant album, a selection of songs powered by imaginative yet indelible melodies. At the same time, the band maintains the offbeat eclecticism they’ve embraced since first forming as a baroque-pop outfit back in the mid-2000s, embedding Superbloom’s lavish arrangements with elements of psychedelia, new wave, punk and country.
Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind CD/2xLP (Roadrunner)
Masked metal juggernauts Slipknot return with their sixth album, We Are Not Your Kind, the follow-up to 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter. “We are taking some really cool risks musically,” said singer Corey Taylor. “We’re dipping into some evil we haven’t played with in a long time, let’s put it that way. It’s got little hints of everything we’ve ever done, but it’s got some of the heaviest stuff we’ve ever done as well.” “This is most time we’ve had to write a record, and work stuff out together,” guitarist Jim Root adds. “One of my inspirations this time around was those artists that recorded full-length albums – not just songs. While the industry is moving toward singles, Slipknot wanted to make an album experience, front to back.”
Dirty Heads – Super Moon CD (Five Seven Music)
Seventh album from the Southern California-based alternative rock band. [Vinyl edition due November 15.]
The Regrettes – How Do You Love? CD/LP (WB)
How Do You Love?, the sophomore LP from L.A. power-pop outfit The Regrettes, is a an album about the most universal of emotions: love. Throughout the record, 18-year-old frontwoman Lydia Night details the rise and fall of a relationship – from that first rush of butterflies, through a destructive break-up, to ultimately finding peace and closure.
Soundtrack – Blinded By The Light CD (Sony Legacy)
Blinded By The Light brings together 12 essential Bruce Springsteen performances ranging from greatest hits and fan favorites (“Born To Run”, “Dancing In The Dark”, “Hungry Heart”, “Because The Night”) to previously unreleased tracks, including the long-sought-after studio recording of “I’ll Stand By You”. Also, for the first time on album, Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack presents two live rarities: the debut live performance of “The River” (from No Nukes ’79 – Madison Square Garden, NYC – September 21, 1979) and an acoustic solo performance of “The Promised Land” (Concert For Valor – The National Mall, Washington DC, November 11, 2014). [Vinyl edition due August 30.]
Strung Out – Songs Of Armor And Devotion CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
If you listened to Songs Of Armor And Devotion with no prior knowledge of Strung Out, you probably wouldn’t guess that the California punk band has been together for almost 30 years – such is the intensity and fresh energy of these 13 songs.
Jefferson Airplane – Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 3xLP (Real Gone Music)
Limited 50th Anniversary “New Dawn” blue colored vinyl edition. According to Paul Kantner, “We were supposed to go on at 10:30 at night and we’d been up and down about four or five times on acid that night, getting ready to go on, and then everything was delayed for whatever reasons. So, we didn’t get on until like 7:00 the next morning and everybody was pretty much burned out.”
Panopticon – Social Disservices [Reissue/2011] LP (Nordvis)
Vinyl reissue of the 2011 release from the black metal band.