New Releases for February 22, 2019
CDs and Vinyl
The Claypool Lennon Delirium – South Of Reality CD/2xLP+MP3 (ATO)
South Of Reality, The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s epic sophomore album might be just the antidote this sick world needs. Music so potent it could repel an asteroid impact from space, these seasoned warriors of psychedelia have crafted timeless songs that may as well be chiseled in stone. The monolithic dream team’s new record was produced by Les Claypool and Sean Lennon themselves, and engineered and mixed by Claypool at his own Rancho Relaxo studio in Sonoma County, California. Claypool and Lennon told Rolling Stone that South Of Reality “feels like an organic extension of Monolith Of Phobos, blending the wildly surreal and psychedelic with satirical social commentary.” Additionally, Rolling Stone called new track “Blood And Rockets”, “a sprawling epic that finds Lennon and Claypool crooning and snarling, respectively, over spacey synths and chiming guitars.” [Limited half pink/half purple splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Martin Frawley – Undone At 31 CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Whether one seeks it out or it simply presents itself, change is an inevitability. Should one embrace it? Grapple with it? Fight it? These are the questions Martin Frawley unpacks as he steps into the spotlight for Undone At 31, his first album as a solo artist and the start of a new chapter for the Melbourne songwriter. Those familiar with Frawley’s time as co-leader of Twerps will take comfort in hearing his deceptively simple songwriting is still intact, but the big reveal on Undone At 31 is how new instrumentation and influences seamlessly expand his playground. It might take several listens for one to realize Frawley is singing “Something About Me” over just violin, Moog, and a Graceland-esque bassline, or to appreciate the PB+J pairing of Fender Rhodes and lap steel on “Where The Heart Is”, which serves as the album’s twist ending. [Exclusive indie-store vinyl pressing also available.]
Lily & Madeleine – Canterbury Girls CD/LP (New West)
Lily & Madeleine Jurkiewicz create candid music with deep emotional and personal resonance. The sisters, who record under the moniker Lily & Madeleine, boldly explore what it means to be women in the 21st century and aren’t afraid to use their music to call out injustice or double standards. This fearless approach has permeated their three albums, which are full of insightful lyrics and thoughtful indie-pop. But with their fourth studio album, Canterbury Girls – named after Canterbury Park, located in their hometown of Indianapolis – the sisters are coming into their own as women and musicians as the explore new sonic vistas. “Supernatural Sadness” is an irresistible slice of bubbly, easy-going disco-pop; the urgent “Pachinko Song” hews toward interstellar synth-pop with driving rhythms, and “Can’t Help The Way I Feel” is an effervescent, Motown-inflected number. Vocally, the sisters also take giant leaps forward. The dreamy waltz “Self Care” is a rich, piano-heavy track on which their voices intertwine for soulful harmonies, while the meticulous “Just Do It” has a throwback, ‘70s R&B vibe.
Overkill – The Wings Of War CD/LP (Nuclear Blast America)
It’s with over 30 years under their leather belts that New Jersey natives Overkill unveil their latest offering, The Wings Of War. With 10 tracks clocking in at fifty-one minutes, their nineteenth full length slab is the ultimate combination of sickening brutality and addictive melody. Album opener “Last Man Standing” is Overkill kicking the door in with a hard and loud tune that’s rooted in some of the best angst that thrash possesses. The album’s second single, “Head Of A Pin”, is a lyrical journey about disappointment and trust. Musically, the song comes across as “Black Sabbath on meth” proclaims frontman Bobby Blitz. [Limited digipak edition includes a bonus track.]
Susto – Ever Since I Lost My Mind CD/2xLP (Rounder)
Ever Since I Lost My Mind is the third album from Charleston-based musician Justin Osborne’s band Susto (derived from a Latin American term roughly translated as “panic attack”). The 12-track offering was produced by Ian Fitchuck (Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly) with input from Osborne’s longtime creative partner Wolfgang Zimmerman. “Ever Since I Lost My Mind is very personal,” Osborne explains of the new record. “This collection of songs came together over the course of a couple years, and they all represent different moments. It felt cathartic writing all of them, and they were also all fun in different ways.” “Ever Since I Lost My Mind is a showcase for frontman Justin Osborne’s masterful songwriting. It’s tasteful and subtle in the gentle parts, but there are major guitar moments and heavy tones, such on the first single “Homeboy,” which starts with chugging acoustics but then breaks into angsty electric wails at the chorus. These songs could stand strong stripped down to just an acoustic or blaze on with full band.” – Premier Guitar [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Telekinesis – Effluxion CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
The fifth full-length album Michael Benjamin Lerner has recorded as Telekinesis is perfect, unfussy power pop – romantic and hopeful and skittish and fresh and familiar, with hooks in all the right places. Its title, Effluxion, comes from the Latin term meaning “to flow” and captures the spirit in which the album was made: hooks flow in, hooks flow out. Effluxion is, in the purest way, a back-to-basics album – not just in its reaffirmation of the sound and style that made Lerner an indie wunderkind a decade ago, but in the way it was created. Using the same now-discontinued MacBook microphone he used to record his earliest tracks, he holed up in the basement of his West Seattle home and put the album together piece by piece over the past two years, playing every instrument. [Exclusive indie-store vinyl pressing also available.]
Vandoliers – Forever CD/LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
Vandoliers are the next wave of Texas music. The six-piece Dallas-Fort Worth group channels all that makes this vast state unique: tradition, modernity, audacity, grit, and-of course-size. Forever puts it all together for an enthralling ride down a fresh Lone Star highway. Produced and recorded by Adam Hill (Low Cut Connie, The Bo-Keys, Deer Tick, Don Bryant, Zeshan B) at American Recording Studios in Memphis, TN, the band’s third album, Forever is a mix of youthful and defiant punk, rugged Red Dirt country, and vibrant Tejano. The full-length’s 10 songs blend emblematic rock ‘n’ roll with bold horns, violin, and a slather of twang reflecting where the band is from, where they’ve been and, eventually, where they’ll be headed. It’s regional and universal all the same.
Yola – Walk Through Fire CD/LP (Nonesuch)
British rising star Yola presents her debut solo album, Walk Through Fire, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. A contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars, it provides the perfect soundtrack to Yola’s arresting vocals. Written and recorded at Auerbach’s Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, Walk Through Fire is a truly collaborative record. It was written in the studio by Yola and Auerbach with contributions from songwriting legends who between them have written songs for artists from Glen Campbell to Aretha Franklin. Auerbach also assembled his Easy Eye Sound all-star house band composed of legendary session players. Musicians who performed on the record include bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash) as well as drummer Gene Chrisman and pianist Bobby Wood who played on hits by Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley. Guest performers include up-and-comer Molly Tuttle and country music icon Vince Gill.
Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Better Oblivion Community Center is a brand-new band comprising the formidable talents of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. Better Oblivion Community Center features the work of several talented friends: Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner appears on two tracks (first single “Dylan Thomas” and “Dominoes”) while Carla Azur (Autolux, Jack White) plays drums on half of the album. Dawes’ rhythm section Wylie Gelber and Griffin Goldsmith appear on the other half. Songwriter Christian Lee Hutson contributes guitar and Anna Butterss provides bass. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy CD/2xLP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Released in December on vinyl – now available on CD. Comprised of a contagious mix of street rap, Latin music and R&B buoyed by a stack of famous guest artists like Migos, Chance The Rapper, YG and SZA, the self-made 25-year old Bronx native not only asserts herself as a force to be reckoned with here but proves she’s a perfectly timed modern pop star with staying power in the process.
Ray Charles – Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Volumes 1 & 2 2xCD (Concord)
Ray Charles – Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music [Reissue/1962] LP (Concord)
Listed among the greatest albums of all time by numerous publications, Modern Sounds in Country And Western Music became an instant classic when it was first released in 1962. Charles bent racial barriers in popular music, amid the height of the Civil Rights Movement, with his integration of soul and country music. The success led to the recording of Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Volume Two. Focusing more on balladry, one side featured performances by the Ray Charles Big Band with the Raelettes, and the other with a string section and the Jack Halloran Singers. Like its predecessor, it was released to both critical and commercial acclaim. [CD combines both volumes, while a single-disc vinyl reissue of the original first volume is also available.]
Gary Clark Jr. – This Land CD/2xLP (WB)
On his third full-length album, This Land, Grammy Award-winning guitar maverick Gary Clark Jr. channels his signature sense of soul from the crossroads of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, hip-hop, reggae and punk.
Dream Theater – Distance Over Time CD/2xLP/2xCD+2xLP+7”+DVD+Blu-ray (Century Media)
Dream Theater return to their roots combining heavy progressive music with epic melodies on their 14th album, Distance Over Time. [Digipak CD edition includes bonus track. Super deluxe edition in 12”x12” box includes the double vinyl LP pressing, a 7” vinyl single, two CDs, the 5.1 mix on DVD and Blu-ray.]
Howe Gelb – Gathered CD (Fire)
24th solo studio album from the Giant Sand mainman. Gathered features Gelb’s celebrated song-writing style, filled with emotive tunes and heart-warming arrangements invariably offset by gorgeous discordant moments. It is a chance meeting of the indie/alt country Sinatra annotated by clever wordplay, teased by tongue twisters and an earthy ramble. [Vinyl edition due March 8.]
Good F**k – Good F**k CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Tim Kinsella and Jenny Pulse have consummated their love on disc. The result is Good F**k, an erotic exploration of experimental literary techniques and adventurous electronic beats. There’s audible chemistry in Good F**k’s sound; Kinsella’s extensive history in genre-pushing rock and roll (Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz) is strikingly complimented by Pulse’s fresh ear for minimalist electro sounds. [Limited yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Knocked Loose – Pop Culture CDEP/12” (Pure Noise)
Bruised and bloodied, Knocked Loose opens up the pit with a brutal sound that falls between hardcore, punk and metal.
Kim Lenz – Slowly Speeding CD/LP (Secret Sound)
Following the critically-acclaimed album Follow Me, roots music icon Kim Lenz returns with her fifth release. The 10 songs on Slowly Speeding brim with growling vocals, clever turns of phrase, and heightened musicianship that services both the songs and the emotional intent behind them. As the first song written for the project, ‘Slowly Speeding’ sets the pace for what follows a gauzy, Western Gothic gaze into the heart of a woman who has abandoned her walls and inhibitions so that this deep, dark love might overtake her.” – No Depression
John Mayall – Nobody Told Me CD/LP (Forty Below)
The new studio album from Blues Hall of Fame member boasts an impressive and diverse list of guest guitarists including Todd Rundgren, Little Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, Alex Lifeson from Rush, Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray and Carolyn Wonderland.
Curtis Mayfield – Keep On Keeping On: Curtis Mayfield Studio Albums 1970-1974 4xCD/4xLP (Rhino)
This collection includes newly remastered versions of his first four studio albums: Curtis (1970), Roots (1971), Back To The World (1973) and Sweet Exorcist (1974).
The Three Tremors – The Three Tremors CD/LP (Steel Cartel)
New metal supergroup featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (Jag Panzer), and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann, Death Dealer).
Albert Ayler and Don Cherry – Vibrations [Reissue/1965] LP (ORG Music)
Recorded in Copenhagen in September of 1964, Vibrations is the second album released by American free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler’s quartet featuring Don Cherry, Gary Peacock and Sonny Murray. Originally issued by the Freedom label, it was also released under the alternate title, Ghosts.
Electric Wizard – Black Masses [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Rise Above Limited)
Vinyl reissue of the doom metal band’s 2010 album. Black Masses is an encyclopedia referencing the history of heavy metal from the Kinks right through to Bathory, thematically governed by occult knowledge passed down from their ancestors.
Billie Holiday – Body And Soul [Reissue/1957] LP (Verve)
Billie Holiday – Songs For Distingué Lovers [Reissue/1958] LP (Verve)
Songs For Distingué Lovers was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles from January 3 to January 9, 1957, and produced by Norman Granz. Norman Granz brings together Barney Kessel on guitar, Ben Webster on tenor sax and Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison on trumpet to back up Billie on this 1956 classic. Body And Soul is a perfect companion piece to Songs For Distingué Lovers and features classic versions of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”.
Lil Yachty – Nuthin’ 2 Prove LP (Quality Control)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. Nuthin’ 2 Prove is the third studio album by rapper Lil Yachty. The album features guest appearances from Quality Control labelmates Offset of Migos and Lil Baby, alongside Cardi B, Trippie Redd, Juice Wrld, Playboi Carti, Gunna and Kevin Gates, among others.
Sublime – Greatest Hits [Reissue/1999] LP (Geffen)
Limited vinyl LP pressing housed in a matchbook-style jacket.
U2 – No Line On The Horizon [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (Interscope)
U2’s twelfth album has been fully remastered with two additional remixes added to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
X – Los Angeles [Reissue/1980] LP (Fat Possum)
Four decades after their inception, one thing is clear: X was not only one of the most influential bands to crash out of the punk movement of the late ’70s, but the group’s music continues to be sonically groundbreaking today.