New Releases — January 26, 2018

Phil Anselmo & The Illegals – Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue CD/LP (Housecore)
Instead of treading the same ground as his previous bands Pantera and Down, Phil Anselmo and his band mates ”The Illegals” – Jose Manuel ”Blue” Gonzalez [drums], Stephen Taylor (moved from bass to guitar), and new extreme additions ”Metal” Mike DeLeon (guitar), and Walter Howard (bass) – open up another doorway altogether with their release. Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue is extreme, abrasive, aggressive, and anthemic.

Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
The ninth studio album from Calexico is a timely snapshot of the Arizona-bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still finding solace in limitless creativity. With less polish and more grit than ever before, The Thread That Keeps Us both honors enduring traditions and reveals Calexico’s confidence in songwriting, ultimately setting a whole new standard for the band.

Hollie Cook – Vessel Of Love CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Hollie Cook combines her unique vocal talent and charisma to craft a dynamic strand of lovers rock with enduring tropical vibes, weaving a path from her West London roots to an arena of diverse collaborations, critically acclaimed records, and iconic live appearances around the world. Cook’s ability to surprise, delight, and progress solidifies her position as one of the most exciting voices in reggae, and this is clear on her third full-length Vessel Of Love.

Craig David – Time Is Now CD (RCA)
Seventh studio album by the British singer. Guests include JP Cooper, Bastille, AJ Tracey, Ella
Mai, Kaytranada and GoldLink.

Django Django – Marble Skies CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Django Django – David Maclean (producer/drummer), Vincent Neff (vocalist/guitarist), Jimmy Dixon (bass) and Tommy Grace (synths) – return, exploring new sounds with their third full-length album, Marble Skies. It’s a concise and focused album that recalls their dynamic, genre-blurring debut and its handmade, cut-and-paste approach.

Nils Frahm – All Melody CD/LP+MP3 (Erased Tapes)
For the past two years, Nils Frahm has been building a brand-new studio in Berlin to make his seventh studio album All Melody.  His new album is born out of the freedom that his new environment provided, allowing Nils to explore without any restrictions and to keep it all about the melody.

Jeffrey Gaines – Alright CD (Omnivore)
Soulful singer-songwriter-guitarist Jeffrey Gaines returns with his first collection of new songs in 15 years.

Mary Gauthier – Rifles & Rosary Beads CD/LP (In The Black/Thirty Tigers)
Co-written with US veterans and their families, the 11 deeply personal songs on Rifles & Rosary Beads reveal the untold stories, and powerful struggles that these veterans and their spouses deal with abroad and after returning home. Each year it’s estimated that over 7400 current and former members of the US Armed Services take their own lives. The songs were all co-written as part of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a non-profit program that facilitates retreats bringing professional songwriters together with wounded veterans and active duty military.

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee CD/2xLP (J&R Adventures)
Four years have gone by since the Grammy nominated, No. 1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter and blues-rock powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa.  So, the time was ideal to reunite for another collection of 10 soul gems that encompass Hart’s breathtaking vocals and Joe’s masterfully expressive guitar playing. The results dig deep into the soul catalog where they honor and re-imagine songs from Edgar Winter, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Lil’ Green, LaVern Baker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams and Waldeck.

Machine Head – Catharsis CD+DVD (Nuclear Blast)
If heavy music stands for anything, it’s freedom. Formed in Oakland, California in 1991, Machine Head have forged a formidable reputation and huge global fan base by never surrendering their artistic liberty or compromising their belief in the power of heaviness. Includes a 22-track live DVD. [Vinyl edition due February 2.]

Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt CD/LP (Relapse)
New album from the underground extreme metal trio consisting of current and former members of Power Trip, Iron Reagan, and Darkest Hour.

H.C. McEntire – Lionheart CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
H.C. McEntire, frontwoman of Mount Moriah, strikes out on her own with her debut solo album Lionheart, a collection of songs inspired by the American South and a desire to reclaim ‘country’ music from the hetero-normative, homogenous shtick of tailgates and six-packs and men chasing women. Stereogum describes her voice as “weary, wise, and bright as morning sunshine all at once,” and that sunshine glows throughout the triumphant Lionheart.

Ben Miller Band – Choke Cherry Tree CD/LP (New West)
On their new record Choke Cherry Tree, the Ben Miller Band has taken another step forward in both style and content. With lyrics ranging from irreverent to introspective, offering views on American history and the societal issues of today, the band delivers a career-defining album.  The musical palette has expanded with four-part harmonies and a new batch of instruments from cello to homemade, one-off musical creations, forging a sound that is at once familiar and strange.

Wes Montgomery – In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording 2xCD (Resonance)
In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording captures jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery on his only tour of Europe on the night of March 27, 1965 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. The first official release of this legendary concert, In Paris has been released in partnership with the Institutnational de l’audiovisuel (INA) with remastered, high-resolution audio transferred directly from the original tape reels. The concert was organized by jazz producer and impresario Alan Bates to the great delight of European audiences who had long wanted to see Wes perform live, but his severe fear of flying had kept him in the states.

No Age – Snare Like A Haircut CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
“Been a while, hasn’t it? Fuzz punks No Age have been dwelling in slumber since they released An Object, their last and most thoughtful record in a back catalogue full of discarding and distorting. Here comes the shred: they’re back with Snares Like A Haircut and it sounds like they’re gonna make one of their famous, churning rackets.”

The Persuasions – Acappella [Reissue/1970] CD (Greyscale)
If one is to indulge in a bit of what is these days called ‘profiling’, one would probably have imagined that The Persuasions were a street band, too poor to buy instruments, who had come together in the mid-1950s, singing on street corners. Wrong! They were one of the leading lights of the Doo Wop revival in the late 1960s and this, their first record, was made under the tutelage of none other than Frank Zappa.

Portal – Ion CD/LP (Profound Lore)
Fifth full-length album from enigmatic Australian avant-garde death metal surrealists.

Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin CD/2xLP/Cassette (Drag City)
A head-spinning compendium of stompers, weepers, ballads, screamers, bangers and funker-uppers, all marking a different impasse, like a flag whirling into a knot, exploding and burning
on contact, in the name of life and loathing and the pursuit of what you love.

Steep Canyon Rangers – Out In The Open CD (Ramseur)
“The sessions that produced Out In The Open were brisk and instinctive, expansive yet intimate, visceral and immediate – and they would have had to be, for herein are songs that tell the big story by drawing the small ones. There is, to my ear, as much of Raymond Carver’s literate and humane influence on display as the Osborne Brothers, as much Welty in the pointed details – both sublime and confounding – as Clark and Van Zandt.’” – Joe Henry

Tiny Moving Parts – Swell CD/Cassette (Triple Crown)
Following 2016’s acclaimed Celebrate, the delightfully chipper trio from Benson, Minnesota bring you their brand-new record Swell. The collection finds Tiny Moving Parts building on its predecessor and throwing into the melting pot, their impressively complex instrumentation, infectious melodies and killer hooks to create a tight, mathy melodic punk combination that’s hard to resist.

Various Artists – Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James CD (Sylvan Songs)
Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James brings together a group of amazing artists to pay tribute to the legendary Elmore James in this 13-song collection of his classic blues standards. Warren Haynes, Billy Gibbons, and Mickey Raphael feature on a rendition of “Mean Mistreatin’” Mama.” Crooner Tom Jones lends his voice to “Done Somebody Wrong.” Keb Mo’ performs “Look On Yonder Wall” and Bettye LaVette sings “Person To Person.” Also featured are Rodney Crowell, Jamey Johnson, Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer, Chuck E. Weiss, and many others. Proceeds benefit Musicares and Edible Schoolyard NYC. Elmore James was known as King of the Slide Guitar and was noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice. [Vinyl edition due April 27.]

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 LP (Atlantic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Action Bronson, the Flushing, Queens chef-turned-rapper releases the third and final installment in his highly popular Blue Chips series.

Dr. John – Professor Bizarre’s Funknology 2xLP (Run Out Groove)
Deluxe individually numbered double 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold tip-on Stoughton sleeve. New collection that includes an LP of the best Atco tracks and an additional LP of unreleased demos recorded by Dr. John between the years 1968-1974, all previously unavailable on any format.

Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets [Reissue/1973] LP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno – Another Green World [Reissue/1975] LP (Astralwerks)
The standard vinyl reissue editions of Eno’s first and third album are now available.

Panic! At The Disco – All My Friends We’re Glorious: Death Of A Bachelor Tour 2xLP (Fueled By Ramen)
Live double-album recorded on the band’s 2017 Death Of A Bachelor Tour.

Veruca Salt – Eight Arms To Hold You [Reissue/1997] LP (Geffen)
Vinyl reissue of Veruca Salt’s second album. This was the last album to feature original band members Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro until the 2015 reunion album.