New Releases for July 1, 2022
CDs + Vinyl:
Fleet Foxes – A Very Lonely Solstice CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Robin Pecknold brings light to the bleakest of winters with Fleet Foxes’ A Very Lonely Solstice, a 13-track career spanning collection recorded in December 2020, at Brooklyn, NY’s St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Now being released for the first time on CD and vinyl, A Very Lonely Solstice captures a poignant moment in time. Pecknold describes the set as “me by myself on the longest night of the year…honoring the loneliness of 2020 with a nylon string and some songs new and old.” [An indie store exclusive clear vinyl pressing is available.]
Charlie Gabriel – Eighty Nine CD (Sub Pop)
Charlie Gabriel’s first professional gig dates to 1943, sitting in for his father in New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band. As a teenager living in Detroit, Charlie played with Lionel Hampton, whose band then included a young Charles Mingus, later spending nine years with a group led by Cab Calloway drummer J.C. Heard. Since 2006, Gabriel has been a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Eighty Nine includes six standards and three newer pieces on which Gabriel is a writer [Vinyl edition due July 22.]
Grey Daze – The Phoenix CD/LP (Loma Vista)
Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band, releases the new album, The Phoenix, the follow-up to 2020’s Amends, which featured newly recorded music with remastered vocals from the group’s long out-of-print and largely undiscovered catalog.
Guided By Voices – Tremblers And Goggles By Rank CD/LP (GBV Inc.)
You gotta feel for the unlucky bastard that must pen a one-sheet for the next GBV album. Yet, a living must be earned: “Tremblers And Goggles By Rank marks a new phase in Robert Pollard’s songwriting evolution. His songs have always included non-traditional approaches to form and song structure, but with this album, he has pushed it further than ever. While the familiar Guided By Voices pop-craft and melodic virtuosity always occupies center stage, the first-time listener will never be able to predict what’s coming next in a song.”
Imagine Dragons – Mercury – Acts 1 & 2 2xCD (Interscope)
Deluxe double-CD edition. Executive produced by Rick Rubin, Imagine Dragons present Mercury – Acts 1 & 2. Act 1, which includes the hits “Follow You”, “Wrecked”, and “Enemy”, featuring JID. Act 2 features 18 additional songs including the new single, “Bones”.
The Judds – Love Can Build A Bridge: Best Of The Judds CD/LP (Curb)
2022 collection from the award-winning country music mother-daughter duo. Love Can Build A Bridge features ten classic including “(Grandpa) Tell Me ’bout the Good Ol’ Days”. “Mama, He’s Crazy”, “Young Love”, and more.
Mötley Crüe – Too Fast For Love [Reissue/1981] CD (BMG)
Mötley Crüe – Shout At The Devil [Reissue/1983] CD (BMG)
Mötley Crüe – Theatre Of Pain [Reissue/1985] CD (BMG)
Mötley Crüe – Girls, Girls, Girls [Reissue/1987] CD (BMG)
Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood [Reissue/1989] CD (BMG)
Digitally remastered editions of the Los Angeles metal band’s first five albums. [Vinyl reissues due July 22.]
Necrophobic – Satanic Blasphemies [Reissue/2011] CD/LP (Century Media)
With 30 years of active, nefarious service under their bullet belts, Necrophobic is an undisputed legend of the death and black metal underground.
Seether – Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum [Reissue/2020] 2xCD (Fantasy)
Digitally remastered and expanded double-CD edition. Produced by Shaun Morgan and engineered/mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI), Seether’s album Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum was recorded in Nashville over two months in December 2019 and January 2020. The album has been expanded to include all 21 songs recorded during the SVPPB session along with the alternate version of “Wasteland.”
Shinedown – Planet Zero CD/2xLP (Atlantic)
Multi-platinum rock band Shinedown’s seventh studio album Planet Zero serves up an incisive look at the issues at hand: cancel culture run rampant, the corrosive effects of social media on mental health and society, and the increasingly toxic division among those of differing ideologies
Σtella – Up And Away CD (Sub Pop)
Σtella makes her Sub Pop debut with the mesmerizing Up And Away, an old-school pop paean to the pangs and raptures of love. From the Greek folk-inflected get-go, we’re swept up in Σtella’s world – and it’s quite the captivating place to be. Σtella’s songs have always riffed on American and Greek mid-century pop but Up And Away doubles down on the vintage aesthetic.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon: II. Ascension CD (Fantasy)
The fifth studio project from the Tedeschi Trucks Band is the most ambitious and, at the same time, intimate record that America’s best rock ‘n’ roll big band has ever made: a genuinely epic undertaking in four episodes and 24 songs inspired by classical literature but emotionally driven by the immediate drama, isolation and mourning of the pandemic era.
TV Priest – My Other People CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
My Other People intentionally maintains a strong sense of earth-rooted emotion, taking full advantage of the opportunity to physically connect. Using “Saintless” (the closing song from Uppers) as something of a starting point, Charlie Drinkwater set about crafting lyrics that allowed him to articulate a deeper sense of personal truth, using music as a vessel to communicate with his bandmates about his depleting mental health.
Various Artists – Minions: The Rise Of Gru Soundtrack CD/2xLP (Decca)
Set in the 1970s, Minions: The Rise Of Gru tells the origin story of how Gru (Oscar nominee Steve Carell), the world’s greatest supervillain, first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled. The funk-fueled soundtrack features a star-studded line-up. Following the recent release of her 2021 hit album Thank You, Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala leads the way with the joyous, dance-inducing first single “Turn Up The Sunshine”.
Nick Cave – Seven Psalms 10” (Goliath Ent.)
Limited 10″ vinyl pressing housed in dark petrol blue sleeve with grain embossed finish. Title and crucifix rendered in gold foil. Seven Psalms features seven spoken word pieces by Nick Cave set to music in collaboration with Warren Ellis.
Iron Butterfly – Live In Copenhagen 1971 2xLP (Purple Pyramid)
Silver color vinyl pressing of a vintage live set from the psych rock powerhouse.
Jethro Tull – Aqualung – The 2011 Steven Wilson Stereo Remix LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Generally considered the pinnacle of the band’s recorded output, frontman Ian Anderson’s songwriting was quickly evolving from British folk-blues roots and helping define prog-rock. While pushing the envelope for the era in taking about God and organized religion, it was guitarist Martin Barre who was establishing equal ground with Anderson’s flute as an instrumental voice of the band.
Mice Parade – lapapọ LP (Bubble Core)
Mice Parade return from a decade of silence to release lapapọ, an album that spans the many styles of their storied career and features guest singer appearances by Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors) and Arone Dyer (Buke & Gase). The rock is louder; the West-African-inspired highlife breaks are chubbier; the dueling drumkits are more complex, the instrumental passages more serene. Clear vinyl pressing.
Roxy Music – Flesh And Blood [Reissue/1980] LP (Republic)
Roxy Music – Avalon [Reissue/1982] LP (Republic)
Half-speed remastered vinyl reissues the influential art/glam rock band’s final two albums.
Otha Turner and The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band – Everybody Hollerin’ Goat [Reissue/1997] LP (Birdman)
The trance blues stylings of Otha Turner and his Rising Star Fife And Drum Band should be a music classification unto itself, a whole new primitive take on drum and bass. This music is the oldest still-practiced post-colonial American music, and Turner was one of its greatest artists of the 20th century. Blowing the cane fife with a band of drummers as back up, The Rising Star Fife and Drum band was legendary in the hills of Tate County, Mississippi, where they would perform during the yearly goat picnics on Turner’s farm. These tracks were recorded by Luther Dickinson during such picnics and released when Turner was ninety years old. Everybody Hollerin’ Goat shows firsthand the hypnotic and rhythmic style of fife and drum music at its best-raw and beautiful. It is every bit as essential a document of America’s folk-music heritage as anything Harry Smith or Alan Lomax ever offered up for posterity.