New Releases for December 18, 2020
Drive-By Truckers – The New OK CD/LP (ATO)
Drive-By Truckers released The Unraveling in January 2020 and set out for what was supposed to be a full year of touring. Needless to say, it did not go as planned. The New OK is a phrase Patterson Hood found himself saying a lot these past few months. This new album, made up of songs left over from The Unraveling sessions and new ones written and recorded since, hopefully balances out the darkness of our current situation with a hope for better days and nights ahead. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Paul McCartney – Paul McCartney III CD/LP (Capitol)
50 years following the release of his self-titled first solo album McCartney, featuring Paul McCartney playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, Macca delivers McCartney III. Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown,” he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II. Recorded earlier in 2020 in Sussex, McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation. McCartney III spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between. [A Songbook edition containing piano/vocal/guitar arrangements for all songs from McCartney III and accompanying CD is also available, as well as a stand-alone ‘smoky tint’ cassette edition.]
I Prevail – Post Traumatic CD/2xLP (Fearless)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Grammy-nominated rock powerhouse I Prevail present a new 17-track collection Post Traumatic featuring live, reimagined, and acoustic versions of songs from their blockbuster 2019 sophomore effort Trauma.
The Black Keys – Brothers [Reissue/2010] CD/2xLP/9×7” (Nonesuch)
Deluxe digitally remastered and expanded Anniversary edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the duo’s breakthrough album. Both CD and vinyl formats include three previously unavailable songs. The extensive booklet features new liner notes written by David Fricke and previously unseen photos. [Limited edition 7” box set contains a 60-page book.]
The Kinks – Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One [Reissue/1970] CD/2xCD (Sanctuary)
Newly remastered from original HD master tapes. Recorded and released in 1970 the concept album Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One is a satirical appraisal of the music industry and life on the road. [The deluxe double-CD edition adds alternate mono/stereo versions and mixes, new remixes, live and film tracks. [Super deluxe triple-CD+2×7” box set edition due January 22.]
NCT – The 2nd Album RESONANCE Pt. 2 [Arrival Ver.] CD (SM Entertainment)
NCT – The 2nd Album RESONANCE Pt. 2 [Departure Ver.] CD (SM Entertainment)
The South Korean boy group skillfully combines a ‘90s R&B vibe with a more modern, electronic sound, leaning into the romantic boy band-ness of it all, with piano ballads showcasing the various members’ beautiful voices. Includes 21 songs including all of the songs from Pt.1 and eight new tracks of various genres.
Maggie Rogers – Notes From The Archive: Recordings 2011-2016 2xCD (Debay Sounds)
Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter/performer Maggie Rogers releases a special collection of archival music: Notes From The Archives: Recordings 2011-2016. The 16-track collection features newly remastered versions of tracks from Maggie’s early albums and six previously unreleased songs. Rogers’ 2019 Capitol Records debut album, Heard It In A Past Life entered Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart at No. 1, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and received widespread critical acclaim. [Vinyl edition due February 19.]
George Thorogood and The Destroyers – Live In Boston 1982: The Complete Concert 2xCD/4xLP (Craft Recordings)
This new, comprehensive reissue from George Thorogood and The Destroyers lets fans re-live the band’s legendary November 1982 concert at Boston’s Bradford Ballroom. The 27-track Live In Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert captures the band’s fiery set in its entirety, including spoken introductions. An earlier edition of the album, released in 2010, only offered highlights from the evening. This newly-remastered version adds 12 previously-unreleased tracks – including many of the band’s most iconic songs, like “Who Do You Love?” and “Cocaine Blues”, as well as “Bad To The Bone”.
The Wedding Present & Friends – Not From Where I’m Standing CD/2xLP (Come Play With Me)
Not From Where I’m Standing is a collection of 20 Bond themes covered by current and former members of The Wedding Present. 100% of the profits from this benefit album’s sales will be donated to the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). It arrives ahead of the release of the long-awaited new 2021 James Bond film, No Time To Die. A band always exploring new ways to showcase their music, this serves as fascinating insight into the strength and diversity of its members.
Mariah Carey – The Emancipation Of Mimi [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Def Jam)
Double vinyl LP pressing, including four bonus tracks, of Mariah Carey’s 10th album. The Emancipation Of Mimi features collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, Twista, Nelly and Pharrell Williams.
Childish Gambino – Because The Internet [Reissue/2013] 2xLP (Glassnote)
Double 180gm vinyl pressing of the sophomore album from Childish Gambino, the stage name of Grammy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winning recording artist, actor, and producer Donald Glover. Released in 2013, the album lends perspective to the complications born from an Internet- obsessed society. In creating Because The Internet, Glover set out to not just release an album but to build a world, also releasing a companion screenplay and short film, Clapping For The Wrong Reasons. The album features appearances from Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko, and Azaelia Banks.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – So Far [Reissue/1974] LP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissue of the fourth album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, their third as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the first compilation album released by the group.
The Decemberists – Castaways And Cutouts [Reissue/2002] LP+MP3 (Kill Rock Stars)
The Decemberists – Her Majesty [Reissue/2003] LP+MP3 (Kill Rock Stars)
Castaways and Cutouts is the first full-length album by The Decemberists, originally released on May 21, 2002. The album’s title is taken from a lyric of the song “California One/Youth And Beauty Brigade”. For all intents and purposes, 2003’s Her Majesty could best be described as the charming older brother to Castaways And Cutouts. And, while being recognizably related to its predecessor, it’s an altogether different beast. Present and accounted for are the Victorian literary tropes, the rakish mariners, and the Dickensian downtrodden that slouched their way across the laser imprinted surface of Castaways; in Her Majesty a new cast of characters is introduced as well, giving further depth to the richly bizarre songcraft of Colin Meloy.
Mac Miller – Swimming In Circles 4xLP (WB)
Swimming In Circles collects Miller’s two final studio albums, which were conceived by the late artist as companion albums, into one deluxe presentation.
Melanie Martinez – After School 12” (Atlantic)
Limited blue colored vinyl pressing. Multi-platinum pop phenomenon Melanie Martinez releases her After School EP, a supplement to the internationally acclaimed album and accompanying full-length film K-12 released in 2019. After School features seven brand new songs, including The Bakery, produced by Blake Slatkin and accompanied by an equally engaging companion video directed and designed by Melanie herself.
Tim McGraw – McGraw Machine Hits: 2013-2019 2xLP (Big Machine)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A compilation of McGraw’s biggest and greatest hits from recent years.
Phish – Fuego [Reissue/2014] 2xLP (Jemp)
Double pink salmon and orange colored vinyl pressing of the jam rock band’s twelfth studio album.