New Releases — February 10, 2017

Elvin Bishop – Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio CD (Alligator)
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio is an exciting new project from one of the most recognized and beloved roots music figures in the world. The music is rootsy, spirited and soulful, performed by serious musicians hell-bent on having a good time.

David Bowie – Diamond Dogs [Reissue/1974] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Young Americans [Reissue/1975] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Station To Station [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Albums included in the Who Can I Be Now? 1974-1976 boxset are now available individually. These are the 2016 remastered editions.

David Bowie – David Live (2005 Mix) 2xCD/3xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Live At Nassau Coliseum ‘76 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Live is David Bowie’s first official live album, originally released by RCA Records in 1974. The set was recorded over five days in July of that year, on the initial leg of Bowie’s US Diamond Dogs Tour, at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia). The album catches Bowie in transition from the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane glam-rock era of his career to the ‘plastic soul’ of Young Americans. Live At Nassau Coliseum was originally released as part of the 2010 Special Edition reissue of Station To Station, and was recorded in Uniondale, NY, March 23, 1976 during his Isolar Tour in support of Station To Station. (These albums were also included in the Who Can I Be Now? 1974-1976 boxset and are now available individually.)

Cynic – Uroboric Forms – The Complete Demo Recordings CD/LP+7”+CD (Century Media)
Legendary demo recordings of Florida’s most influential progressive death metal band. All material was recorded prior to the band’s 1993 milestone Focus and shows their development from a thrash band to progressive death metal in astonishing fashion. Features impressive artwork by Manuel Tinnemans (The Devil’s Blood, Bölzer) as well as rare photos, flyers and detailed liner notes. [Limited assorted color vinyl pressings are also available, each including a bonus 7” and a copy of the CD.]

Sallie Ford – Soul Sick CD (Vanguard)
The Portland singer/songwriter’s new album Soul Sick “is an open, honest and relatable one acting as what Ford refers to as a ‘confessional’ album. ‘It’s about struggling with my issues — some that I’ve overcome and some that I still carry around. I felt confused, down about life and unsure of myself,’ Ford explains. As someone dealing with anxiety and depression, Soul Sick was a way for the singer to dig into her past, battle her inner demons, and heal by pouring herself into her lyrics. In addition to the deeply relatable concept and lyrics of Soul Sick, the album perfectly displays Ford’s unfiltered vocals and retro rock sound. If you need a reason to fall in love with Sallie Ford, Soul Sick gives you eleven.

Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Jesca Hoop’s new album Memories Are Now wastes no time in making clear its confidence, confrontation, and craftsmanship. The stark and reverberant title track opens the album with “a fighting spirit,” says Hoop, serving as an anthem to push through any obstacle and put forth your very best work. And she has unequivocally done that here, with an album of stunningly original songs — minimalist yet brimming with energy, emerging from a wealth of life experience, great emotional depth, and years of honing the craft of singing.  Memories Are Now covers a great deal of ground, showcasing every edge and curve of Hoop’s captivating voice, with sounds and themes ranging from the mythic to the deeply intimate. She sings of the religion that weighs heavily on her past and the world, of the imagination of myth, of the cruel nature of life and love.

Bap Kennedy – Reckless Heart CD (Last Chance)
Steve Earle described Bap Kennedy as “the best songwriter I ever saw.” Kennedy’s new (and final album — he passed away last November) is “a set of solidly constructed songs that generally lean towards country rock with simple chord structures and strong lyrical and melodic hooks. In general, the instrumentation is restricted to rhythm and lead guitars, piano, percussion and bass, augmented at times by organ and accordion” – [Vinyl edition due March 3.]

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Backlash CD/LP+MP3 (Black Joe Lewis)
Fourth studio album from Austin Soul screamer Black Joe Lewis featuring the band The Honeybears. On Backlash, the band return to their celebrated classic soul and punked up R&B.

Lupe Fiasco – DROGAS Light (1st & 15th Prod.)
“After recently declaring his retirement from music, Lupe Fiasco has announced a new album DROGAS Light. Last year, Lupe announced plans to release a trilogy of albums in 2016 (including one titled Drogas) which he later retracted, due to ‘clearance and mixing issues.’ He later released a track called ‘Made in America,’ reportedly from an album called Drogas Light slated to be released ‘at the top of 2017.’ His plans seemed to come to a halt when a lyric in a new song ‘N.E.R.D.’ sparked anti-semitism claims among listeners. After defending the track vigorously on Twitter, Lupe announced his decision to retire from music: ‘Yo Lupe fans it’s been fun and I hope you’ve had fun,’ he wrote, ‘I’m officially not releasing anymore music. Albums cancelled.’ Following his remarks, he briefly set his Twitter to private before engaging in debates with the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. His recently declared retirement ends February 10.” – Pitchfork. [Vinyl edition due February 24.]

Old Crow Medicine Show – Best Of CD/LP+7”+MP3 (Nettwerk)
Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show release select tracks from O.C.M.S. (2004), Big Iron World (2006), Tennessee Pusher (2008) as well as two previously unreleased tracks: “Black Haired Quebecoise” and “Heart Up In The Sky.” [180gm vinyl edition includes a bonus red color 7” featuring the two previously unreleased tracks.]

Overkill – The Grinding Wheel CD/2xLP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
18th album from the thrash metal kings. [Limited orange color vinyl pressing also available.]

Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Chuck Prophet describes his new disc Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins as California noir. The state has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs. Doomed love, inconsolable loneliness, rags to riches to rags again, and fast-paced violence are always on the menu on the Left Coast. [Vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve with die-cut cover and collectible button.]

The Sadies – Northern Passages CD/LP (Yep Roc)
“The Sadies are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and trust me, we’ll be better off because of it.” Recorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis’ parents’ home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies’ sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as “Riverview Fog” are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it. Kurt Vile appears on “Easy (Like Walking).”

Sinkane – Life & Livin’ It CD/LP+MP3 (City Slang)
Produced by founder and frontman Ahmed Gallab, Life & Livin’ It draws from the best elements of Sinkane’s previous records: the slinky funk and soul grooves are there, so are the sparkling melodies with roots in sub-Saharan Africa. Life & Livin’ It is true to its name: it’s an album about all kinds of experiences, an uplifting album about a universal feeling of soul. “My family emigrated to the United States from Sudan,’ Ahmed explains, “and I grew up around a lot of folks who weren’t like me, as an outsider. That’s influenced me and my music immensely, and ultimately, this entire project is my way of connecting with all kinds of people – what better way to start a conversation with someone than by telling them a story about yourself that they can relate to?’ [Limited edition yellow color vinyl pressing also available.]

Soundtrack – Fifty Shades Darker CD (Republic)
Soundtrack to the second installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy, featuring tracks by Nick Jonas & Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Tove Lo, John Legend, The-Dream, Sia, and Kygo, and more. [Danny Elfman’s original score is due February 17.]

Thievery Corporation – The Temple Of I & I CD/2xLP+MP3 (Eighteenth Street Lounge)
Temple Of I & I is the tenth studio album from the Washington DC duo. The 15 tracks, recorded on location in Port Antonio JA, finds Thievery Corporation deftly blending their signature style with the classic dub, dance hall, and roots vibes that have inspired them over an illustrious 20-year career. Includes guest vocal contributions from Mr Lif, Racquel Jones, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Puma and others.

Tinariwen – Elwan CD/2xLP+MP3 (ANTI-)
For the last five years, Tinariwen have been busy crisscrossing the globe bringing their triumphant tours to all five continents and expanding their audience. During this time their beloved homeland in the Adrar des Ifoghas, a Saharan mountain range that straddles the border between northeastern Mali and southern Algeria has, in effect, been transformed into a conflict zone, a place where nobody can venture without putting themselves in danger. These conflicts have forced the band into exile to record their eighth album, Elwan. Elwan means “the elephants” — an animal metaphor to describe those “beasts,” whether militias or multinational consortiums, who have trampled everything in their path: in the desert, where both the human and ecological equilibriums are extremely fragile. The album was recorded in several locations around the world, and features guest contributions from Kurt Vile (electric guitar), Mark Lanegan (vocals on “Nànnuflày”), Matt Sweeney (electric guitar) and producer/guitarist, Alain Johannes (cigarbox guitar).

Gene Vincent – The Complete Singles As & Bs 1956-62 2xCD (Acrobat)
Gene Vincent was a key figure in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, if only for his iconic landmark hit in 1956 with the self-penned “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” which remains one of the great rockabilly records of its time.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

311 – From Chaos [Reissue/2001] LP (Volcano/Sony Legacy)
Amidst their signature hip-hop/heavy rock/reggae hybrid, 311 additionally blends surf guitar over jungle beats, merges punk guitar with dancehall, and introduces ska on 2001’s From Chaos.

Big Star – Complete Third: Vol. 2: Roughs To Mixes 2xLP+MP3 (Omnivore)
RSD/Black Friday 2016 saw the release of the first in a series of three volumes of double LPs that will contain the entire, recently released Complete Third CD boxed set. This second volume, Roughs To Mixes, continues the journey, featuring rough mixes from producer Jim Dickinson, as well as Ardent’s John Fry, with over 15 previously unissued tracks. Almost every song on this collection is making its vinyl debut.

Vic Chesnutt – Drunk [Reissue/1993] 2xLP+MP3 (New West)
Faithfully remastered and complete with 13 bonus tracks, New West Records is proud to present Vic Chesnutt’s influential third full-length Drunk. Recorded over five total days, Drunk is marked by sparse instrumentation and minimal studio trickery that accent the depth of Chesnutt’s idiosyncratic lyrics and storytelling style. Bonus tracks feature B-sides, selections from an Inner Ear session and from a 1994 Radio Holland performance.

Chevelle – This Type Of Thing (Could Do Us In) [2004] LP (Sony Legacy)
First-time vinyl pressing of the alt-metal band’s third album.

Jeezy – Trap Or Die 3 2xLP (Def Jam)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the rapper. Jeezy’s street swagger and authentic style has quickly made believers out of some the biggest players in the game, from Fabolous to P. Diddy.

Queen – Greatest Hits II [Reissue/1991] 2xLP (Hollywood)
Queen’s best-selling compilations Greatest Hits I (reissued on vinyl last November) and Greatest Hits II throw fresh light on an unrivalled track record of chart-topping, award-winning, record-breaking rock and pop classics. As with the recent vinyl reissue of Greatest Hits I, the 2011 remasters were used for this pressing.

Various Artists – The Hamilton Mix Tape 2xLP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Hamilton Mix Tape is a musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Executive produced by The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon and more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased Hamilton demos.

The Weeknd – Starboy 2xLP (Republic)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. The Weeknd’s third studio album features guest contributions from Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey, Future and Kendrick Lamar.